eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE CHANDIGARH,LATECITY MARCH11,2018 22+6(EYE)+4(NEWSLINE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY P AGE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM IDEA EXCHANGE P 17 AGE ‘HAVE AUTHORITY TO REVISIT ANYTHING... NOT BOUND BY ANYTHING BUT TERMS OF REFERENCE’ A 7-year-old killed in a school washroom, a 16-year-old ‘afraid of exams’ arrested. The crime that shook the Capital and its suburbs also changed two families forever, one of them unseen N K SINGH, Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission NEW CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT AMONG 14 PACTS SIGNED Eye on China, India and France focus on defence, maritime ties Kathua girl was raped, killed to force nomads out, finds probe ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, MARCH 10 THE INVESTIGATION into the rape and murder of an eightyear-old Bakherwal girl in Kathua’s Rasana village, which broughtthecommunaldividein Jammu out in the open, has found that it was part of a conspiracy to make Bakherwal nomads move out of the area in fear. Government sources also told The Sunday Express that the person arrested first in the case was not a juvenile as earlier believed.Amedicalboardsetupby the Principal Government Medical College, Jammu, has concluded, after conducting physical, dental and radiological examinations, that the accused was over 19 years. The Jammu and Kashmir policeFridaysubmittedastatusreport in the case to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. According to the status report, the juvenile’s relative, who is also a retired revenue official, andaresidentof Rasana,wasthe “main conspirator”. Other than the juvenile, the J&K Crime Branch have arrested Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ink pact to allow access to defence facilities, extend ‘reciprocal logistics support’ NEW DELHI, MARCH 10 ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, MARCH 10 THE WOMB is not the only place where the girl child is at a disadvantage. Data from sick newborn care units (SNCU) across the country for the last three years, shows families are reluctant to seek treatment when a premature or very sick baby is a girl, experts say. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare — where the SNCU data is available — has flagged the issue and even written to states, but without tangible results so far. The data shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron in New Delhi on Saturday. Praveen Jain Signed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, the pact will facilitate reciprocal provision of logistics support, supplies and services BIG PICTURE P AGES 12-13 between the armed forces of the twocountriesduringauthorised port visits, joint exercises, joint training, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. The two sides also signed a WHEN A RIVER RECEDES With a water crisis looming, Gujarat will soon stop supplying Narmada waters for irrigation. The uneasy wait for March 15, when the supply will run dry More newborn boys admitted than girls in paediatric ICUs: Data a60-40percentbreakupof boys and girls, even after accounting for 919 girls per 1,000 boys national sex ratio at birth (SRB). Anintegralpartof India’splan to control infant mortality, SNCUsarefullyequippedpaediatric ICUs meant for newborns up to the age of 28 days (neonates). At present there are 700 SNCUs in the country — morethanoneineachdistrict.In 2015-16, 58.6 per cent of babies admitted in these units were boysandin2016-17and2017-18, boysaccountedfor58.8percent. Dr Vinod Paul, Niti Aayog memberandformerprofessorof CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In plea in SC, EC shifts stand on Aadhaar: Must link with voter card RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MARCH 10 CHANGINGITSstandonAadhaar, theElectionCommission(EC)has filed a revised application in the Supreme Court seeking mandatory seeding of the 12-digit unique identity number with all voter cards, The Sunday Express has learnt. While the poll panel has alwayssupportedlinkingAadhaar withvoterIDcards,itsstatedposition in court earlier was that seeding is completely voluntary. The EC changed its opinion after A K Joti took charge as the Chief Poll panel changed stand after A K Joti took charge as CEC Election Commissioner (CEC) — heretiredonJanuary23thisyear. The EC is learnt to have justifiedtheshift—fromvoluntaryto mandatory seeding — on the ground that the government has passed the Aadhaar Act, and Aadhaarcanalsohelpensurethat each person has only one vote and, thus, prevent voter fraud. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Goa, fight over two statues: Shivaji at traffic junction vs Shivaji in garden SMITA NAIR PANJIM, MARCH 10 WHILE STATUES fall elsewhere, in Goa, the rise of two statues, bothof theMarathawarriorking Shivaji, is keeping the government and police establishment on their toes. In less than a week, there has been a protest, a threat and a complaint lodged with the police over the statues. It all began a year ago, when a “Hindu crowd” gathered in Hathwada,aMuslimneighbourhood in Valpoi, North Goa district, on the night of February 18, 2017, and started shouting slogans hailing Shivaji. Police records say they had got along a brass statue of Shivaji and wanted to install it right at the centre of the traffic square in Hathwada.Soon,residentsof the neighbourhood and the crowd got into a verbal fight that ended with police “taking custody of the brass statue”. A few banners were torn and a few stones peltedinthedirectionof Muslim homes, but police managed to disperse the crowd and send everyone home. Early morning on February 19, 2017, people woke up to see a Rahul: Internal, generational fight, graft issues behind Cong defeat EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 10 SHUBHAJIT ROY STEPPING UP strategic cooperation — with China in mind — India and France on Saturday signed a pact that will enable their defence forces to access eachother’sfacilitiesandextend logistical support on a reciprocal basis. The deal, which is similar to the logistical support pact withtheUS,isanindicatorof the strategic depth and maturity in defence ties between the two countries. “Iconsidertoday’sagreement onthereciprocallogisticssupport between our armies as a golden step in the history of our close defence cooperation,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, after bilateral talks with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron. 10 The Shivaji statue installed in a park in February new statue of Shivaji at the main junction in Hathwada, a locality with a sizeable Muslim populationandwhoseringroadislined with homes of Catholics and Hindus. The statue, police records state, “must have been erected at 2.30 am”. When police went around asking “familiar faces in the crowd” who installed the statue, all over Valpoi they got one answer: “must be a Shiv premi”. A complaint was filed against “unidentified persons”. No one came owning the statue and no one knew how, by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 new confidentiality agreement, replacing the 2008 pact, that shields government from sharing classified information on defence deals, including the Rafale CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN “INTERNAL” and “generational fight” in the Congress, a collision between the “older vision” and a “newer vision” in the party, as well as “issues with corruption” contributed to the Congress’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, party president Rahul Gandhi said during an interaction in Singapore. Rahul, in fact, picked up from where he left off at an interaction with students at the Universityof California,Berkeley in September last year. He had then admitted that a “certain amount of arrogance” had crept into the Congress midway through UPA-II and it had stopped “conversations with people”. During an interaction with IIM alumni in Singapore on Friday, Rahul was asked what happened from 2010-11, during UPA’s second stint in office, after a great ride from 2004 to 2009. “We had a perfect storm. Oil price (at) 140. Internal fight in theCongressparty.Generational fight in the Congress party. An older vision, a newer vision and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 World Famous in Thrissur The life of social media’s newest heartthrob, Priya Prakash Varrier, and how she moved a nation to breathless, punch-drunk love in the wink of an eye CAPTAIN@1 Year after take-off, ground still to cover KAMLADEEP SINGH BRAR, MAN AMAN SINGH CHHINA, NAVJEEVAN GOPAL AND KANCHAN VASDEV AMRITSAR,CHANDIGARH, MARCH 10 LAST WEEK, when Chief Minister Minister Amarinder Singh tweeted aerial shots of what he said was an illegal mine that he had spotted from his chopper while on his way to inaugurate the Jang-e-Azadi memorialoutsideJalandharandannouncedhehadorderedofficials to take stern action against the wrong doers, social media erupted with praise and urged him to visit more places in Punjab. Ironically, the responses underlined an open secret of the last one year: Amarinder Singh, who led the Congress back to power on this day in 2017, and will complete one year in office on March 17, has hardly toured his state in the last 12 months. In this one year, the Congress government has removed red beacons from VIP cars, started rollingoutaloanwaiverscheme, claims to have broken the back of drug supplies, has been roiled by a controversy in the sand mining auctions that claimed Punajb CM Amarinder Singh Rana Gurjit’s ministership, and was forced to crack down on an extortion racket allegedly being run by a minister’s relative. But, say many political observers, the most conspicuous change since the Shiromani Akali Dal government gave way to the Congress is this: a chief minister who runs the state through bureaucrats, and keeps his engagement with people to the bare minimum. The change of style is dramatic, especially as Amarinder’s predecessorParkashSinghBadal was out in the villages of Punjab almost every week. In the 10 years that the Akali Dal was in power from 2007-2017, Badal conducted hundreds of “sangat darshans”,whilehissonSukhbir Badal, the deputy chief minister, micro-managed the work of governance, to the extent of overwhelming the bureaucracy. While Badal’s public CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 facebook.com/parlehideandseek @parlehideandseek
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