KOLKATA,LATECITY APRIL1,2018 20+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 The Battle for Karnataka Is more than a battle for the state, for both Cong, BJP. What is at stake, why this is an evenly matched contest, and what it means for 2019 BIG PICTURE AS HE READIES FOR AUGUSTA MASTERS IN THE US, A LOOK AT WHAT MAKES SHUBHANKAR SHARMA, INDIA’S TOP-RANKED GOLFER, SO SPECIAL PAGES 10-11 Who needs your data? And should you be worried? BANK OFFICIALS QUESTIONED Indian boxers tested after anti-dope officials find syringe outside room ICICI-Videocon deal: CBDT, CBI begin probes MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 THE INDIAN contingent at the Commonwealth Games found itself engulfedinapotentialdoping scandal Saturday after Australian anti-doping officials recovered a used syringe from a bin outside the room of senior boxers at the Athletes Village in Gold Coast. Acting on a tip-off from the housekeepingstaff,officialsfrom the Australian Sports AntiDoping Agency (ASADA) and local police raided the room sharedbyfourboxersandseized their possessions. They also recovered the syringe, which had been stuffed inside a crushed CONTINUEDONPAGE2 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Governor K N Tripathi with a riot victim in Asansol Saturday. Subham Dutta Governor visits riot areas in Bengal, stays off Muslim localities RAVIK BHATTACHARYA ASANSOL, RANIGUNJ, MARCH 31 WEST Bengal Governor Kesari NathTripathionSaturdayvisited theriot-affectedareasof Asansol and Ranigunj, meeting victims and officials. The four-and-ahalf-hour tour ended without a halt at any of the minority-dominated areas, with police officers saying “he never asked to go” and “if he had, it would have been difficult to take him there”. Asked about this at a press conferenceheheldafterhisvisit, the Governor did not reply. In the riots that broke out on March 26, a day after Ram Navami, Mahesh Mondol and Sibtullah Rashidi were killed in Ranigunj and Asansol in West Burdwan district respectively, while many people were injured. Over a dozen houses were burnt and shops ransacked. The state government had earlier dissuaded Tripathi from visiting the riot-hit areas a day after the violence. At his press conferenceattheAsansolCircuit House, the Governor said he had talked to the IGP, district magistrate and officials to get an updateandwassatisfiedwithwhat CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As communal heat rises, BJP allies in Bihar rally together SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, MARCH 31 FOLLOWING THE RJD’s victory in the Araria Lok Sabha bypoll, and therecentsurgeofcommunalincidents in Bihar, the BJP’s alliance partners in the state — Nitish Kumar’sJD(U),RamvilasPaswan’s LJP and Upendra Kushwaha’s RashtriyaLokSamtaParty(RLSP) — have begun a serious attempt tocreate“ablockwithintheNDA” to “assert their position more aggressively than before”. For the first time in many years, Food Minister Paswan has invited the Bihar chief minister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 facebook.com/parlehideandseek @parlehideandseek RITU SARIN & RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 ALONG WITH the CBI, the investigation wing of the Income-Tax (I-T) Department, too, has commenced what is being described as a “suo motu” inquiry into transactionsandmoneyflowsin the ICICI Bank-Videocon case. Officials in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) told The Sunday Express that following The Indian Express report on the Rs 3,250 crore loan to the VideoconGroupfromICICIBank, the investigation wing in Mumbai has commenced a preliminary enquiry. The focus of the scrutiny would be the “money trail” among the key players and bankers, and a decision would soon be taken on what action could be taken by the I-T Department. “Investigation wings do not need any instructions from the CBDTtostartinquiriesespecially if the transactions are reported to be of the stated amounts. So TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar the DG Mumbai will examine all aspects of the loans and company transactions and, by next week, a clear picture of violations,if any,couldemerge,”akey Income-Tax official said. The CBI, which registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the ICICI Bank-Videocon deal some weeks ago, recently questionednodalofficersofICICIBank as part of its investigation into a possible quid pro quo in the Rs 3,250 crore loan that the bank gave to the Videocon Group in 2012. Agency officials said they werealsostudyingrelevantdocuments of the transaction, and if CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A day to Monday’s exam, a new CBSE system, centres panic SHRADHA CHETTRI NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 WITHPRESSUREmountingover leaks, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to implement a new measure and have examination centres print question papers, startingMonday’sexam.Theuntried measure has seen only one dummy run, last week. On Monday, when the CBSE starts implementing this, Class 10 has French/Sanskrit/Urdu-B paper,andClass12hasLanguage Elective. All the centre superintendents in Delhi received a circular intimating them about this on Saturday, sending confusion down the ranks. With just a day to make the preparations, from high-speedInternettoA4sheets to calling in computer teachers, the superintendents, who are CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Class X maths leak spreads to Jharkhand, 12 arrested EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RANCHI, MARCH 31 POLICE IN Chatra, Jharkhand, have arrested at least 12 persons, including students and coordinators of a coaching institute, in connection with the alleged leak of the Class X maths paper of the CBSE. According to a press statement issued by police, an FIR was registered at Sadar police station area on March 28. It was lodged following a complaint from the principal of the Chatra Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV). He said he had got information from a student that some persons had got the leaked maths paper and their answers were being provided in the school. Among those arrested is a maths teacher of the school, Harmesh, and a former ABVP office-bearer. Policeareunderstoodtobein touch with their Delhi counterparts,asthegangappearstohave CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SCHOOL PRINCIPAL QUESTIONED, PAGE 4
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