TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Key changes in Congress, Gehlot replaces Dwivedi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 30 CONGRESS PRESIDENT Rahul Gandhi on Friday ordered several changes in key positions across the organisation, signallingagenerationalshiftinthe party in the run-up to 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot was appointed AICC general secretary in-charge of organisation and training, replacing Janardan Dwivedi who will be stepping down after decades in the post. Gehlot was earlier general secretary in-charge of party affairs inGujaratandhasbeenreplaced Trunks with answer sheets outside the CBSE headquarters in New Delhi Friday. Prem Nath Pandey CBSE CLASS X RE-TEST IN JULY IF AT ALL Class XII Economics paper re-test on April 25, says Govt Decision taken to ensureClass XII students do not face trouble in securing admission to colleges and universities, says School Education Secretary EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 30 THE CENTRAL Board of SecondaryEducation(CBSE)will conduct re-examination of the Class XII Economics paper on April 25, the government announced Friday in the wake of growing outrage over leak of question papers. The Class X Mathematicspapermaybeheld in July, but only in Delhi NCR and Haryana. Speakingtoreporters,School EducationSecretaryAnilSwarup clarified that the Class XII re-ex- amination was only meant for students in the country and not thosestudyinginCBSE-affiliated schools abroad. The government, he said, was confident that the latter were unaffected by the Economics paper leak. The HRD Ministry, Swarup said, had reasons to believe that theMathematicspaperleakwas restricted only to Delhi NCR and Haryana, which is why the Board, if at all there is a decision to hold re-examination, will not askall16,38,428ClassXstudents to reappear for the paper. The fi- nal decision will only be taken after a detailed inquiry, he said. Justifying the difference in the government’s response to thetwopaperleaks,Swarupsaid that the decision to hold nationwide re-examination for the Class XII Economics paper was taken to ensure that students do not face any trouble in securing admission to colleges and universities based on their Board performance. While the government can wait for the police to wrap up its investigation intothe Class Xpaper leak, it cannot afford any CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Ashok Gehlot by Rajeev Satav. “Congress president Rahul Gandhi has designated Ashok Gehlot as general secretary incharge, organisation and training,inplaceof JanardanDwivedi, generalsecretaryAICC,”Dwivedi said in a statement. Gehlot’s shift to a national role in the party is being seen by one section of the Rajasthan Congress as the high command making way for Sachin Pilot to play a leadership role in Rajasthan elections. There was, however,noofficialwordonthis. Gehlotwasgivenresponsibility as AICC general secretary inchargeofGujaratbeforeAssembly polls in that state late last year. The statement further stated that a note from the Congress presidentsaid,“Thepartyappreciates the hard work and contributionof JanardanDwivedi,who will be stepping down from his responsibility as AICC general secretary.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 For riding horse, upper caste men kill Dalit youth GOPAL KATESHIYA BHAVNAGAR, MARCH 30 LEAVING AN entire Bhavnagar village in shock, a 21-year-old Dalit youth was hacked to death Thursday night allegedly by three men from the Kshatriya community because he owned and rode a horse, according to police and local residents. On Friday, following protests from the family of the youth, Pradeep Rathod, and other residents of Timbi village in Umrala taluka, police said they were questioning three men in connection with the murder. All the three are from the Kshatriya community, they said. Speaking to The Indian Express, Rathod’s father Kalu, a farmer,said,“Hehadbeenplead- Pradeep Rathod ing me to buy him a horse for a long time. I suggested that I would buy him a Bullet motorcycle instead. But he wanted a horse. Eventually, I bought him one around eight months ago. But people from the upper caste couldn’tstandhimridingahorse and started threatening us.” “We own just three bigha of land on which we grow cotton. Keeping a horse is costly and people like us cannot afford it. But then, I had also treated Pradeep like a prince,” said Kalu, who has never been to school. His son had dropped out after Class 10 and was helping his family at the farm. Bhavnagar SP, Pravin Mal, said that “prima facie, the victim riding a horse led to his death”. However, Mal said, “Some people from the village and nearby villages have also complainedabouthischaracter.They saythathewouldperformstunts in front of girls near schools, bus stations, etc. That can also be a reason for the attack.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Asansol on edge: Hindus terrified to return, Muslims scared to step out RAVIK BHATTACHARYA ASANSOL, MARCH 30 STANDING ALONE outside his house inside the Railway Colony atChandmari,AkhilanandSingh points towards his neighbour’s house, which have been broken into and looted. His own son, he says, is in police custody. And, he doesn’t know what to do. Singh, a Railway guard with twoyearslefttoretire,isjustone face among the hundreds struggling to pick up the pieces in Asansol, where two people died and hundreds fled their homes after the violence that followed the Ram Navami celebrations. Here, the pain cut across the religious divide. Those who left, mainly Hindus, were too scared to return. Those who stayed back, mostly Muslims, were too scared to step out. “I dialled 100 and any number I could find to call police. No one answered. Then I called my friend who came with some other Hindu youths to our help. Police patrol the streets of Asansol Friday. Subham Dutta Sunday afternoon, I took my wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandchild to my friend’s house in Burnpur about 6 km away. Today, I returned with my son to check my home, and police arrested him,” said Singh, his house standing amidst ransackedhomesandaburntvechicle. A 10-minute drive away, 50year-old Sumitra Devi and her family have “lost everything”, frommoneytojewellerytoeven important documents like their ration cards after their home in RamKrishnaDangalparawasset on fire by a mob. Another 15 minutes down the road, 16-year-old Nadim CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR LUNG CANCER RISK HIGH FOR THOSE LIVING NEAR DELHI ROADS: STUDY ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL NEW DELHI, MARCH 30 LIVING CLOSE to main roads in NewDelhimayincreasechances of “lungcancermortality”dueto the inhalation of particulate matter that contains trace elements such as chromium and nickel, a new study published in March has found. According to the study, the excess cancer risk (ECR) through traceelementsintheairwascalculatedtobe“13-16timeshigher than the safe limit for children,” and in the “tolerable limit” for adults. DEATH BY BREATH Thestudy,“Chemicalcharacterization and quantitative assessment of source-specific health risk of trace elements in PM1ataroadsiteof Delhi,India” was published in March 2018 in the Journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research. It was conducted by scientists of IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur who studied the concentration of submicron aerosols or PM 1 collected between November 2009 and March 2010. The study looked at the concentration of PM 1 at two sites one on the road and another at an elevated site - near the IIT Delhi campus and found that in winters 83 per cent of PM 2.5 was composed of PM 1. It also said that this indicated the “dominance of combustion activity-generated particles.” While PM 2.5 particles are those which have a diameter of lesser than 2.5 microns, PM 1 particles are those where the diameter is less than 1 micron. Particulate matter is lethal, fine dust that clogs lungs. The study analysed the contents of PM 1 particles and calculated the excess cancer risk (ECR) through inhalation. ECR is estimated in terms of the incremental probability of developing cancer over a lifetime through exposure to potential carcinogens.TherangeforECRis as per recommendations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Researchers found that the ECR for chromium and nickel was in the “tolerable limit (104)” for adults, but “13-16 times CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE From reform to politics By VALERIAN RODRIGUES Minority tag to Lingayats will deny them their SC rights: Centre RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, MARCH 30 AS THE BJP and Congress spar overminoritystatustoLingayats in Karnataka before assembly polls in May, the Ministry of HomeAffairs(MHA),inaninternal note, has argued that the movemayhave“widespreadimplications” if other sects of Hinduism also raise similar demands.Thenotealsomentioned thatif declaredareligiousminority, Lingayats would be “deprived”of scheduledcastestatus. Before assembly elections in Karnataka were announced earlier this week, the Congress governmentinthestatehaddecided torecommendtotheCentrethat religious minority status be granted to the Lingayat community. The move is expected to have a strong bearing on polls in thestate,whereLingayats,amajorBJPsupportbase,formalmost 17 per cent of the electorate. While a final decision by the homeministryonthedemandis yettobetaken,theinternalcommunicationtreadscautiouslyon the state government’s decision. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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