TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `4.00 ● MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE NEW SET OF ALLEGATIONS India-Pak low: Diplomats and families facing ‘intimidation’ Accused of stalling Indian plans in Islamabad, Pak raises charges in Delhi SUSHANT SINGH & SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 Building Ram Temple is ‘certain’, says RSS gen secy VIVEK DESHPANDE NAGPUR, MARCH 11 A DAY after taking over as RSS Sarkaryawah(generalsecretary) for a fourth consecutive term, Suresh Joshi told reporters that the RSS did not approve of damagingorpullingdownstatues,or attacking churches. Acts such as these were carried out by “antisocial elements”, Joshi told a press conference on Sunday. “The RSS has always spoken outagainstsuchincidents,”Joshi said in response to a question on the pulling down of a statue of Lenin in Tripura soon after the BJP’s victory in the Assembly elections. “We had condemned whentherewereincidentsof attack on churches too. On some occasions of confusion and conflict, anti-social elements become active, and do such acts,” he said. “The truth behind it (the toppling of Lenin’s statue) will soon come out,” Joshi added. The 70-year-old RSS leader said it was “certain” that only a Ram Temple would be built in Ayodhya; however, a “process” would have to be followed. “It’s a foregone conclusion (tay hai) that there can’t be anything else there except Ram Temple. But for anything to happen, a process has to be gone through.Currently,theSupreme Court is hearing the case about title ownership. It will be resolved soon,” he said. Asked about the role of the RSS in the seemingly unstoppablemarchof theBJPacrossthe country and, likewise, the role of the BJP in the growth of the RSS, Joshi said, “It is not that anyone comes or goes because of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DECISION 2018 UP | BIHAR TURNOUT LOW IN BIG UP BATTLES PHULPUR 37% GORAKHPUR 43% ARARIA 57% FULL COVERAGE, P 7 Hundreds of protesting farmers from Nashik arrive in Thane late Saturday on their the way to Mumbai. Janak Rathod EXPLAINED, PAGE 10 Sea of farmers in Mumbai, here’s what they say VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, MARCH 11 THROUGH SUNDAY, the financial capital witnessed 40,000 farmers and tribals from across Maharashtra march slowly across the length of the city. Having walked over 160 km in six days, the men and women traversed their final 20 km into centralMumbaievenasthestate government scrambled to prevent the embarrassment of a gherao of the legislature as threatened by the CPI (M)-affili- Kashmir issue isn’t political: Drabu; retract, orders PDP BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, MARCH 11 JAMMU AND Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu has said thatKashmiris“notapoliticalissue”, rather, it is a society with “social issues” — a statement that has set off a political firestorm in the state. Drabu’s statement has come at a time when the PDP and its coalition partner, the BJP, are at loggerheads on a range of issues, and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has openly pressed for talks with ‘A society Pakistan. with social Drabu is issues’ consideredtobe close to the BJP leadership at the Centre. The PDP has asked the finance minister to “retract his statement immediately”. At an event, ‘Kashmir: The Way Forward’, organised by the PHDChamberof Commerceand Industry at New Delhi on March 9, Drabu said: “Don’t see J&K as a conflict state and a political issue. It is a society which has social issues right now. We are tryingtofindourownspaceandwe are going through a process which many other countries are also going through. “It (J&K) is not a political CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CM SEEKS CENTRE’S HELP IN JOURNALIST’S CASE, PAGE 6 ated All India Kisan Sabha that has organised the long march. The farmers, including a very large number from tribal-dominated talukas in Nashik, Thane and Palghar, are demanding a loan waiver free of any conditions, implementation of the ForestRightsAct,fixedremunerative prices for agri produce, and implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission. As the Shiv Sena, Congress, MNS, and others extended support to the protesting farmers, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis invited a delegation of farmer leaders for talks on Monday afternoon. Who are among the protesting 40,000? Radhabai Kisan Gagonde, 65 The senior citizen from Dahivi village inNashik’sDindori tehsil has walked all six days. She is seeking transfer of a one-acre plot of forest land that she has been tilling for two decades to her name. “I spent my entire life working in others’ fields. Now, I want the land to be transferred to our names, so that my grandchildren are able to get an educationandhaveabetterlife,”said Radhabai, who is a member of the Kisan Sabha, and had been among the 40,000 farmers who protestedinNashikcityinMarch 2016. NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 INDIA STEPPED up efforts at positioningitself asaglobalclimate leader at the first conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Sunday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledging to generate 175 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2022, including 100 GW from solar and 60 GW from wind. Modi said that India has launchedthe“world’sbiggestrenewable energy programme” with this target in mind. Speaking at the conference, which India co-hosted with France, the Prime Minister also referred to the Vedas and said that they considered the sun as the soul of the universe and a With French President Emmanuel Macron in Delhi. nourisher of life. “We have to look at this ancient, balanced and all-encompassing philosophy when we today look for ways to deal with the challenge BY UNNY Hiraman Waghmare, 46 Hiraman tills five acres of forest land in Chikadi village in Nashik’s Suhana tehsil. He is entirely dependent on a good CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India co-hosts first solar alliance meet, Modi says 100 GW by 2022 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BUSINESS AS USUAL of climate change,” he said. Elaborating on India’s target, Modisaid,“Of thetargetforsolar energy generation, we have already achieved 20 GW installed solar power.” He also announced that 500 training slots will be created for member countries and a solar technology mission launched to lead R&D in the sector. The ISA is the first international treaty-based organisation headquartered in India. It was established following the Paris Declaration as an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energyamongitsmembercountries.Of the121countriesassociatedwithISA,61havejoinedthe alliance and 32 have ratified the framework agreement. In his speech, French President Emmanuel Macron CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Araria will be ISI den if RJD wins: Bihar BJP chief MANIBELI (NANDURBAR), MARCH 11 ONE RAINY night in 1993, around1am,KesuDedhyaTadvi saw swirling river waters rush into his hut in Nandurbar district’s Manibeli village. His was the first hut on the Maharashtra side of the Narmada to be submerged by the Sardar Sarovar dam. Last month, Tadvi, now 85 years old, was shown a plot of land where he will be rehabili- tated by the state government. Twenty-five years after he lost three hectares of farm land, his hut and cattle to the dam, the resettlement proposal holds little value, Tadvi says. continued on page 2 “Teen baar jo dooba hai ghar mera,uskabharpaikoinahi.(My hut was submerged three times, there is no compensation for that),”thewisenedoldmansays, insisting that he will not accept the land now allotted to him in Akkalkuwaif therearenohealth facilities and road access. Like him, 65 of 200 families CONTINUEDONPAGE3 RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 OF THE 14 states and Union Territories that have replied to theHomeMinistryonaproposal toabolishthedeathpenalty,only two, Karnataka and Tripura, want the practice to be done away with. In its report in 2015, the Law Commission of India, then headed by Justice A P Shah, had proposed the abolition of capital punishment for non-terrorism cases, following which the ministryhadsoughtcommentsfrom 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE PATNA, MARCH 11 POLICE IN Araria have registered acaseagainstBiharBJPchief and Ujiyarpur MP Nityanand Rai for making a provocative speech during the byelection campaign for the Araria Lok Sabha seat. Rai had said at Narpatganj in Araria on March 9 that if RJD candidate SarfarazAlamwon,Arariawould become a “den of the ISI”. Narpatganj police station incharge Sunil Singh told The Indian Express: “We have lodged a case against Rai for making a provocative speech during a KALPETTA (WAYANAD), MARCH 11 THERE ARE giant ants in pink and green, there’s a boy holding red balloons, there’s a bright greenparrotperchedonafading brown branch. And then, there’s M M Rajan. All of them, together, are making a gaggle of noisy children at a remote school in Wayanad want to come back to the classroom, every day. Over 150 km from Attappadi in Palakkad, where a tribal was lynched last month by a mob THE CONTEXT 91.93% EVERY MONDAY Literacy rate in Kerala For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com who accused him of stealing food, Rajan is a vital cog in a new governmentschemethat’sfighting dismal school dropout rates and unemployment among Scheduled Tribes. Launched nine months ago, it has placed at least one “gothra bandhu”, or a tribal mentor, in 73.64% ST literacy rate 0.22% School dropout rate in Kerala 2.27% ST school dropout rate M M Rajan, a tribal mentor in Kalpetta, Wayanad. Shaju Philip Source: Census 2011, Kerala Economic Review 2017 BY BHALCHANDRA MUNGEKAR CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UTTARAKHAND BJP MLA ACCUSED OF DALIT ASSAULT, PAGE 5 state governments. Among the states and UTs that vetoed the abolition of capital punishment were Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. A senior government official toldTheIndianExpress,“Wehave been writing to states but only 14 have replied so far. Some of the big states such as Uttar PradeshandMaharashtraareyet to give comments. And Tripura, after the change in regime, may change its stand.” The 12 states, while arguing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Parliament panel slams agency, Skills Ministry says action is being taken ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 FROM AN old cycle stand being labelledasaworkshoptoseveral institutes functioning without basic safety provisions such as earthing of installed electrical equipment. These are just some of the key findings in a series of audits conducted by the Directorate General of Training (DGE&T) on accreditation granted to Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), which are at the heart of the Centre’s skilling initiative. Over four years till 2016, the audits found, accreditation was granted to several privately run ITIs while their buildings were under construction; institutes that were operating under tin sheds and out of basements; and, multiple ITIs that applied under the same address. There were also instances of institutes not existing at the address provided on record, and several lacking requisite equipment. Theseinstitutesweregranted accreditation at a time when GIANT ANTS, RED BALLOONS & A ‘BANDHU’ KEEP TRIBAL KIDS IN SCHOOL SHAJU PHILIP New faculty quota norms are faulty Holes in accreditation of ITIs: Cycle stand is workshop, no building ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TRACKING CHANGE» CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 25 yrs on, Narmada oustee Death penalty should stay, shown resettlement land say 12 out of 14 states/UTs TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA UNDERLINING THE chill in India-Pakistan relations, Islamabad has accused New Delhi of allegedly “harassing” its diplomats and their families in India, and threatened to pull them out of the capital if the “intimidation” did not stop. The charges, detailed in diplomatic correspondence known as note verbale, come after several complaints arose of harassment of Indian diplomats in the Pakistani capital, including hurdles being created for the High Commission to use its residential complex and the High Commissioner’s membership of Islamabad Club being stalled. Diplomatic sources told The Indian Express that the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had written four note verbale to theMinistryofExternalAffairson Thursday,FridayandSaturday,allegingspecificincidentsofharassment of diplomats, their family members and Indian workers in the High Commission. Sources said that a similar demand was also made to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad,withPakistanthreateningtopulloutitsfamiliesfrom New Delhi. The note verbale allege a total of 18 incidents “of harassment and intimidation against the officers of the High Commission as well as the supporting staff” over the last week, which have been “brought to the attention of Foreign Secretary H.E. Mr Vijay Keshav Gokhale by the High Commissioner for Pakistan, H.E. Mr Sohail Mahmood and by acting foreign secretary to High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria”. One of the alleged incidents on March 8 refers to “the morning between 0735-0800 hours, each of the 241 government and aided schools in Wayanad district, where Scheduled Tribes form18.5percentof thepopulation of 8,17,420, the highest in Kerala. These mentors, chosen from within the district, help bridge the language barrier between students and teachers in Class I, and make sure children reach school using free transportation provided by the government. “Our people speak the gothra language ‘nanku math’ (our language), which outsiders can’t understand. A tribal student who joins Class I struggles to understand what a teacher from another community is saying. Also, a teacher from another district finds it difficult to understand what a tribal student is saying.Asamentor,that’swhere I help,” says Rajan, a member of the Kattunaikka tribe and mentor for the 20 ST children out of 27 students in Class I at the VadakkanaduschoolinKalpetta. “A tribal youth as a mentor in the classroom also helps in removing the feeling of alienation among the students. When they feel that a senior from their colonyiswiththem,itmakesalot of difference,’’ says the 29-yearold who obtained a teachers CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 there was a spike in the government’s skilling efforts that was matched by a surge in the number of private ITIs. Of the 13,353 operationalITIstoday—fromjust 6,906in2009—about11,000are privately run, with this segment growingannuallyattherateof 15 per cent. Accreditation qualifies ITI operators to access funds under the government’s skilling programme. The DGE&T report has been shared with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour, which has passed strictures against Quality Council of India (QCI), which was engaged as a third party agency to accredit ITIs between 2012 and 2016. Recordsshowtheinspections were part of just a 5 per cent samplingof institutesaccredited by the QCI. De-affiliation notices were subsequently issued to 14 ITIsoutof 33ITIsfornon-compliance with norms laid down by the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT). Currently, the QCI has no role to play in the accreditation process, and some 183 cases are pending in high courts. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 11 WORLD SHARIF ATTACKED WITHSHOEAT LAHORE CONSTITUTION AMENDED, CHINA CLEARS WAY FOR XI TO RULE FOR LIFE
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