eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY MARCH 11, 2018 20+6 (EYE) 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 9 AGE N K SINGH, Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission NEW CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT AMONG 14 PACTS SIGNED Kathua girl was raped, killed to force nomads out, finds probe Eye on China, India and France focus on defence, maritime ties ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, MARCH 10 THE INVESTIGATION into the rape and murder of an eightyear-old Bakherwal girl in Kathua’s Rasana village, which brought the communal divide in Jammu out in 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. A medical board set up by 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 police Friday submitted a status report 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, and a resident of Rasana, was the “main conspirator”. Other than the juvenile, the J&K Crime Branch have arrested Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In plea in SC, EC shifts stand on Aadhaar: Must link with voter card SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 10 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 10-11 between the armed forces of the two countries during authorised 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 NEW DELHI, MARCH 10 AMC to fill Sabarmati Riverfront with treated water this summer RITU SHARMA AHMEDABAD, MARCH 10 AS GUJARAT stares at a water crisis this summer due to declining supply from Narmada, plans are afoot to find alternate sources to fill the Sabarmati Riverfront, a major modern landmark that flows through the heart of Ahmedabad city. Among them is the plan to feed the 11.5-kmlong Sabarmati Riverfront, stretching from Dafnala to Vasna, with treated sewage water, starting as early as this summer itself. Since 2004, water from Narmada Main Canal has been a major contributor to the mon- NARMADA RATIONING THE LIFELINE AN EXPRESS SERIES AMC to set up four sewage treatment plants and one water treatment plant to feed Sabarmati Riverfront with 565 MLD. Javed Raja soon-fed Sabarmati river. But with water from Narmada declining and city’s water demand increasing, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has planned to install four sewage treatment plants (STPs) and one water treatment plant (WTP) with a total capacity of 565 MLD to feed the riverfront, which requires an estimated 1 crore cubic metre of water to fill it. The cost of setting up the four sewage treatment plants and one water treatment plant will be close to Rs 540 crore. “With an increase in water demand in the city and decline in the supply from Narmada river, the future water needs of 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, both of the Maratha warrior king 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, a Muslim neighbourhood 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, residents of 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 pelted in the direction of 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 Justice Gogoi: In triple talaq, SC did what it could not in Shah Bano EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, MARCH 10 NEW DELHI, MARCH 10 RITIKA CHOPRA CHANGING ITS stand on Aadhaar, the Election Commission (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 always supported linking Aadhaar with voter ID cards, its stated position in court earlier Poll panel was that seed- changed ing is com- stand after pletely volun- A K Joti took tary. The EC charge as changed its CEC opinion after A K Joti took charge as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) — he retired on January 23 this year. The EC is learnt to have justified the shift — from voluntary to mandatory seeding — on the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rahul: Internal, generational fight, graft issues behind Cong defeat 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Ink pact to allow access to defence facilities, extend ‘reciprocal logistics support’ STEPPING UP strategic cooperation — with China in mind — India and France on Saturday signed a pact that will enable their defence forces to access each other’s facilities and extend logistical support on a reciprocal basis. The deal, which is similar to the logistical support pact with the US, is an indicator of the strategic depth and maturity in defence ties between the two countries. “I consider today’s agreement on the reciprocal logistics support 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. 8 ‘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 World Famous in Thrissur 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 population and whose ring road is lined 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 University of 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 the Congress party. Generational fight in the Congress party. An older vision, a newer vision and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UNDERLINING THE Supreme Court’s recent landmark judgments on triple talaq and transgenders among others, Justice Ranjan Gogoi Saturday said the Supreme Court was “democratising the interface of power relationships, not only between state actors and citizens, but also between non-state actors and subjects, between two individuals and autonomous citizens in a way that has never been done before”. Citing the triple talaq judgment, he said, “I don’t know why media and intelligentsia were quick to draw a parallel between Shayara Bano and Shah Bano. It is my earnest view that Supreme Court in Shayara Bano, that is GOVT & POLITICS Justice Ranjan Gogoi in Ahmedabad Saturday. Express triple talaq, did perhaps what it could not do in Shah Bano. It extended democratic ideals into a very intimate private sphere.” “In Shah Bano ruling it is interesting to note that the same Supreme Court held that this appeal (Shah Bano) doesn’t involve the question of constitutional CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 15 WORLD ● BHAIYYAJI JOSHI IS RSS GEN SECY AGAIN PAGE 7 PLANNING FOR MEETING BETWEEN TRUMP, KIM BEGINS
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