TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA NEW DATES WITHIN A WEEK, PM SPEAKS TO JAVADEKAR INSIDE ● VERDICT IN SALMAN KHAN BLACK BUCK POACHING CASE ON APRIL 5 ● ‘GODMAN’ HELD FOR SODOMY AND ABETTING SUICIDE, PAGE 3 9 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THEIDEASPAGE Left-liberal blinkers In addressing ‘Muslim question’, they have been hesitant in admitting role of caste CBSE Class X Maths, Class XII Economics papers leaked, re-test and probe ordered SHRADHA CHETTRI NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 IN A move that stunned several hundred thousand students and parents, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Wednesday announced that reexamination will be conducted across the country for the Class X Mathematics and Class XII Economicspapers.Newdatesfor the examinations will be announced within a week. While the CBSE did not use the ‘leak’ word, the government said it had “taken serious cog- nizance of the leak” and a police investigation had been ordered. The board merely said this was being done to “uphold the sanctity of the board examination and in the interest of fairness to students”, and “taking cognizance of certain happenings in the conduct of examinations”. The Class X Mathematics exam held Wednesday was taken by 16,38,428 students, while the Economics paper was held on Monday. A total of 11,86,306 students have registered for the Class XII examination, the exact figure on how In Assembly, Naidu plays Modi’s old speeches on special status many sat for the Economics exam — a compulsory subject — BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Wife, daughter of Mohd Saleem in Saharanpur. Praveen Khanna Holes in Saharanpur encounter: Unheard shots, missing report and many versions CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes... And Speaker says House stands adjourned SREENIVAS JANYALA CBSE Class XII students after an exam in Mohali. File was not available. Last year, 383,647 students had taken the Class XII Economics exam. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources said, had spoken to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar who later said: “I have taken serious cognizance of the leak. Looks like a gang of miscreants is doing this. CBSE conducts 24 different examination in a year and does it with fairness. Thistime,half anhourbeforethe examination, the papers were available on WhatsApp. On the first day itself, we filed a complaint and Delhi Police formed a Over 8 days, all of 16 minutes spent on no-trust notice in Lok Sabha HYDERABAD, MARCH 28 IN A direct attack on the Prime Minister, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu played video clips in the Assembly on Wednesday of NarendraModi’sspeechesinthe state, both before and after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, in which he assured that Andhra Pradesh would be given special category status. In the video clip of his campaign speech in Tirupati, on May 4, 2014, Modi says: “I am giving an assurance to the people of AndhraPradeshtoday,thatif you send me to Delhi, we will not onlyfulfill the promiseof special category status given to Andhra, but also extend it. In another video clip of his speech at the foundation stone layingceremonyatAmaravation October 22, 2015, the PM says, “I am assuring you that all the assurances given in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, would be fulfilled by the government.’’ After playing the video clips, Naidu said Modi should tell the people of the state why he was notfulfillinghispromises.“Asthe CMofthisstate,IamaskingquestionstothePM,anddemandanswersfromhim.Iamaskinghim whether he knows that Andhra Pradesh has submitted all utilisation certificates (UCs) for the fundsgrantedsofar?BJPleaders CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LIZ MATHEW 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE SAHARANPUR, MARCH 28 DOWN, UNDER BAN NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 “EVERYBODY IS ready to discuss the no-confidence motion. They are also ready, this side is also ready, but we cannot proceed like this.” This is what Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said before she adjourned proceedings Wednesday for the eighth day since the first no-trust motionagainstthegovernment.The proceedings were adjourned 11 minutes past noon. This has been the scene in Lok Sabha since March 16 when the YSRCP and TDP gave notices for a motion of no-confidence. Discountingthetimespentin laying papers — it takes place at noonafterthestatutoryquestion hour window — the total time spent on a substantive motion ABHISHEK ANGAD Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday. PTI liketheno-trustmotionhasbeen all of 16 minutes over eight days. Houseproceedingsweredisrupted initially by the TDP and YSRCPprotestingtheCentre’srefusal to grant special status category to Andhra Pradesh. Ever since the two parties moved the no-confidence motion, their MPs have remained seated while AIADMK and TRS members have trooped into the well of the House, raising placards and shouting slogans with demands like “constitute Cauvery CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Liberals and nationalism BY ASHUTOSH VARSHNEY Sacked Australia captain Steve Smith at the airport in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Cricket Australia said Steve Smith and David Warner have been banned for 12 months. They have also been barred from playing in this year’s IPL. Reuters Govt to sell 76% stake in Air India, invites bids as it lays down some ground rules ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 INVITING EXPRESSION of interest from potential bidders for sale of Air India, the Centre on Wednesdaysaiditwouldoffload 76 per cent of its stake in the debt-laden airline, along with management control. Issuing a preliminary information memorandum (PIM), which lays down ground rules for entities wanting to acquire the flag-carrier, the government also allowed management or employees to participate in the bidding Push frontiers of science, says oncologist, author Siddhartha Mukherjee, with humility EKTAA MALIK NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 IN A country where the incidence of cancer is rising and palliative care lagging woefully behind, acclaimed oncologist and author Siddhartha Mukherjee said he will petition the government for easier access to opioids for patients. “We have to approach palliativecarefromseveralsectors.We have approached the Prime Minister about this....Morphine is a cheap drug but we barely get 6 WHEN MOHAMMED Saleem (36), wanted in several criminal cases, was shot dead inside the Saharanpur Mandi on March 25, theUttarPradeshpolicesaidthey wereforcedtofireinself-defence after he shot and injured an officerwhenstoppedatacheckpost. The police alleged Saleem alias Ehsan, who had just robbed a farmerof cashandshothim,was attempting to avoid arrest. Butontheground,TheIndian Express found examples that show glaring inconsistencies home guards posted at the Mandi who did not hear shots firedorseepolice,varyingpolice versions on where and when Saleemfirstopenedfire,missing medical records of the injured policeman and a reward against Saleem declared before he was formally booked. Consider this: ■ The press note issued by process, directly or by way of forming a consortium. The issuance of this document kickstarts the final stages of Air India’s strategic disinvestment. Through the PIM, the Centre has sought expression of interestfromentitieswhichwillneed to qualify as per the minimum eligibility criteria. The qualified interested bidders will then move on to the request for proposal stage, where the more minute details of the stake sale will be shared. Bids have also been called for sale of Air India’s 50 per cent stake in AI-SATS, a 7 WORLD WORLDRISKS COLDWAR, SAYSRUSSIAN ENVOY ground-handling subsidiary between Air India and Singapore Airport Terminal Services. The expression of interest mandates that the consortium bidding for Air India has a minimum net worth of Rs 5,000 crore. However, to encourage participation by Indian airlines, the Centre has allowed scheduled air operators based in India with a nil or negative net worth to also bid, given that they form a consortium that meets the minimum criteria. Currently, among Indiabased airlines, only IndiGo has a ‘WITHDRAW ORDER’ “Iamsorrytoread...about the Govt inviting expression of interest for selling Air India... We strongly opposethisandwantthis order to be withdrawn immediately,” Mamata Banerjee tweeted. Letter Rogatory sent to UK to stop fund transfer from Nirav Modi account KHUSHBOO NARAYAN Did not disclose Barclays Bank account: I-T MUMBAI, MARCH 28 Plea to PM to allow opioids to ease pain for terminal patients: Siddhartha Mukherjee. Neeraj Priyadarshi it in India. When my father passed in October last year, I wentfromdoorsteptodoorstep, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHINA CONFIRMS: KIM MET XI, AGREED TO DENUCLEARISE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt readies invite for CHOGM: Feel free to use our cricket set-up DEVENDRA PANDEY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A MUMBAI court has issued a LetterRogatory(LR)tothe“competent authority of Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”, askingitto“restrain”NiravModi Ltd and Barclays Bank PLC from transferring1.2millionGBPfrom thefirm’saccountwiththebank. The LR, issued by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate the office of the Saharanpur SSP, Babloo Kumar, said two men werespottedatacheck-postand they went inside the Mandi. “Today, March 25, 2017, during checkingwithSHOMandipolice station and SWAT at Samrat Vikram Colony, a motorcycle with two men was spotted who saw the police and rode into the Mandi.Thepolicefollowedthem inandthetwomenfellwhenthe motorcycle slipped,” said the press note. Thepressnotedoesnotmention Saleem firing at the police outsidetheMandi,whichMandi police station SHO Muninder Singh,whowasattheencounter spot on Sunday, confirmed. He said, “We were already alerted about Saleem looting Rs 1 lakh fromthefarmer.Around1.30am two people on the motorcycle were spotted and when they were asked to stop, they fired on us and fled inside the Mandi and we (Sarsawa police, SWAT and Anil Deorao Palaspagar on March26,hasalsorequestedthe competent authority to probe Modi’s UK firm. A Letter Rogatory is a formal requesttoaforeigncourtseeking CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, MARCH 28 INDIA IS likely to let Commonwealth nations have free access to its world class cricketing facilities. An official announcement about this proposed open invitation is likely to take place during Prime MinisterNarendraModi’svisitto London next month for the Commonwealth Heads of Government(CHOGM)summit. Officials of the Ministry of External Affairs, sources said, had met BCCI representatives a few weeks ago and expressed the government’s desire to use cricket to enhance India’s relations with other Commonwealth countries. It is learnt that a memorandum of understanding will be signedbetweenthegovernment and the BCCI in the coming days. If all goes to plan, two to three Commonwealthteamswilltravel to India each year, with BCCI bearing the cost of these trips. “CEO Rahul Johri and Saba Karim(GeneralManager,Cricket Operations) had a few meetings with the Ministry of External Affairs and also with the Sports Ministry. The paper work is almostcomplete.TheIndianboard CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR EXPLAINED FARMERS, PONZI VICTIMS: EVERYONE HAS A CAUSE AT ANNA SIT-IN DEVYANI ONIAL NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 Definition of ‘illegal’, recovery of fine: issues in Odisha mine crime ANNA HAZARE sits on stage, the Tricolour waving behind him as patriotic songs waft through Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, where peoplewithdifferentcausesand problems have come to hitch their protest wagon to his. From Tamil Nadu and Punjab farmers to Jaypee home buyers and employees against the Moser Baer boss, everyone hopes the spotlightthatwillfallonhimwillalso throw a light on them and their troubles. Seven years after he launched his India against Corruption (IAC) movement in Delhi and mobilised thousands of disenchantedpeopletomarch to Ramlila Maidan to wage a heady war against corruption, Hazareisbackwithanindefinite fast that began on March 23. Then, he had got thousands to shake off their apathy and gave them a chance to be part of a people’s movement that played out under the glare of TV cameras. This time, however, the crowd is limited to farmers and people with specific causes. The buzz too seems muted. Unlike in 2011, when Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav came together under Hazare’s leadership and a new party, the Aam Aadmi Party, was born, in 2018 there are no high-profile visitors. On this hot Tuesday afternoon, after sitting on the dais for a while Anna moves backstage while leaders of various unions take to the stage to list their demands. People from across the country, who have come to attend the dharna, sit at a fair distance from the stage, behind a barricade, chatting in groups in the sprawling maidan. This time, the government mayhavechangedbutAnna’sde- Anna Hazare at the Ramlila Maidan. Abhinav Saha mands remain almost the same: greater compensation and pensionforfarmers,implementation oftheLokpalandLokayuktasAct, 2013 and the use of ballot paper in elections and totaliser machines for counting of votes. While farmers belonging to the Bharatiya Kisan Union make upalargenumberof thecrowds, the young and the urban are largely missing, except perhaps for a group of youngsters from Umang theatre in Burari. Dressedinblack,practisingtheir protest songs, they say they “try and support all social causes”. Ved Parkash Gupta says he has protested several times in Jaipur the last few years but this time, he is filled with hope. He is near certain that sharing the same spaceasAnnawillfinallygethim a refund of the Rs 9 lakh that he and his daughters had invested in a Ponzi scheme run by PACL (Pearls Agrotech Corporation). “Modiji apni mann ki baat kehte hain, kabhi hamare mann ki baat kyon nahin kehte (The Prime Minister only says he what he wants to, why doesn’t he speak for us). Maybe the media that is here to cover Anna Hazare will notice us and air our grievances,”saysGupta,aretired railway employee. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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