TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `4.00 ● MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PROTESTS ROCK SOUTH KASHMIR, 4 CIVILIANS DEAD 12 militants, 3 Armymen killed in three encounters in Shopian, Anantnag BASHAARATMASOOD SHOPIAN, APRIL 1 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY IN ONE of the biggest counterterroroperationsinrecenttimes, 12 militants were killed in three separate operations in Draggad andKachdoravillagesinShopian districtandDialgaminAnantnag district. While three Army personnel and a civilian were also killed in the encounters, three civilians were killed in the protests that followed. The encounters triggered massive protests in South Kashmir, where thousands of peoplehitthestreets,resultingin fierce clashes with security personnel. More than 70 protesters were reported to have been injured,someofthemhitbypellets in their eyes. According to sources, a joint team of the Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police Special Operations Group and paramilitaryforcescordonedoff Draggad villageonSaturdaynight,following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants. Sources saidthemilitantsenteredacluster of houses, including the ancestral house of an IPS officer serving in Hyderabad. There was a gunfight, in whichsevenmilitants—allfrom Shopian district — and a civilian, Mushtaq Ahmad, were killed. Security forces said Ahmad was theownerofoneofthehousesin which the militants were holed up. However, his family claimed thathewasathishomeinSugan villageatnight,whensomeArmy Girls run for cover as protesters clash with security forces in Srinagar on Sunday. AP FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 7 personnel came and told him to accompany them. “He left home with a solar lantern. After some time,therewasfiring.Thefamily waited till morning, and then startedlookingforhim.Wewere thentoldthathehadbeenkilled,” said his uncle, Ghulam Ahmad. Calling it a “special day” for counter-terror operations in the Valley, Lt General A K Bhatt, GeneralOfficerCommanding,15 Corps, said two of the seven militants—IshfaqAhmadMalikand RayeesAhmadThokar—wereinvolvedinthekillingof LtUmmer FayazlastMay.“Wehaveavenged hisdeath,”hesaid.“Wewillcarry out kinetic operations” against anybody who uses his weapon, as “we have carried out today,” said Bhatt. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC/ST Act order: Govt to file review plea in apex court today ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, APRIL 1 A DAY before Monday’s Bharat bandh called by Dalit organisations to protest the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act, the Centre on Sunday announced that it would move the Supreme Court onMondaytoseekareviewof its judgement that laid down stringent ‘safeguards’ before registering a case under the Act. Announcing this on Twitter, UnionLawMinisterRaviShankar Prasadwrote,“Reviewpetitionby the Government against the SC judgement on SC/ST Protection Actshallbefiledpositivelytomorrow, Monday, April 2.” Sourcessaidthedecisionhad been taken at the “highest level of the government” and Prasad EXPRESS NETWORK ● BJP’S MP HOLDS RALLY, TARGETS GOVT PAGE 5 ● DALIT BODIES CALL BANDH, PAGE 6 and Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot were in touch to expedite the process. The petition will be filed by the Social Justice ministry, they added. In its March 20 judgement, a bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit had expressed concern that “working of the SC/ST Atrocities Act should not result CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A casket with the remains of an Indian, being taken to Baghdad airport on Sunday. The remains of Indians killed in Mosul will be brought back on Monday. AP ISRO: Lost contact Mosul victims’ remains to be brought with communication home today, kin told not to open coffins satellite GSAT-6A EXPRESSNEWSSERVICE AMRITSAR,NEWDELHI, APRIL1 JOHNSON TA ASPECIALplanecarryingthebodies of 38 of 39 Indians, who went missinginMosulinJune2014and whom the government recently declareddead,isexpectedtoland in Amritsar on Monday. On Sunday, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh left for Iraq to bring back the mortal remains of those killed. The 39th BENGALURU, APRIL 1 THE INDIAN Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced Sunday that it has lost communication with its GSAT-6A satellite launched on board the GSLV F08 rocket on March 29. The loss of contact was reported a day after executing the satellite’s second orbit raising manoeuvre. “When the satellite was on course to normal operating configuration for the third and final firing,scheduledforApril1,2018, communication from the satellite was lost. Efforts are underwaytoestablishthelinkwiththe satellite,’’ the space agency said in a statement Sunday.ISRO had earlier not reported on the status of the second orbit raising manoeuvre on the GSAT-6A, which was to be carried out Saturday after the launch and first orbit raising manoeuvre on Thursday and Friday. “The second orbit raising operation of GSAT-6A satellite has been successfully carried out by THEIDEASPAGE The right agri support LAM Engine firing for about 53 minutesonMarch31,2018,inthe morning,’’ ISRO said on Sunday without explaining the delay in providing the update. Sources in ISROsaidthedelaywasduetokey personnel involved with the updates falling ill. On Sunday, the space agency reported the successful execution of the second orbit raising Trade and tariffs must be synced with minimum support price to ensure farmers get fair returns CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 hadtoldParliamentthatasmany as 40 Indians were abducted by terrorgroupISfromMosulinIraq in June 2014, but one of them, Harjit Masih, escaped by posing as a Bangladeshi Muslim. The remaining39Indiansweretakento Badoosh and killed, she had said. Of the 39 who died, 27 are fromPunjab,fourfromHimachal Pradesh, two from West Bengal and six from Bihar. The Punjab government has deputed Local Bodies minister Navjot Sidhu to receive the mortal remains at the airport. Haryana Food and Civil SuppliesministerKrishanKapoor and Deputy Commissioner, Kangra (Himachal Pradesh), SandeepKumarwillbepresentat the airport to receive the mortal remainsof thosefromtheirstate. Some of the family members ofthevictimssaiddoctorsandthe district administration had advisedthemnottoopenthecoffins andconductthelastritesimmediately, “within 15-20 minutes of bodies reaching homes”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prime Minister applies brakes on Railways’ plan for full electrification AVISHEK G DASTIDAR & RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, APRIL 1 A HIGH-LEVEL meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have suggested to the Indian Railways to not rush through unilaterally with its grand drive of 100 per cent electrification of the country’s railway network. The Prime Minister is learnt tohavenudgedthepolicycorrectionwhilereviewingtheworkof theRailwayMinistryatthePMO last Monday in the presence of the full Railway Board led by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Modi is learnt to have raised questions on the 100 per cent electrification policy — pursued aggressively by Goyal since his arrival in Rail Bhawan in September last year — wonder- ing what the need/ justification for it was, especially because massive working infrastructure is already in place for diesel, the other mode of traction. The PM was of the view that premature idling of in-service rolling-stock assets from the diesel stable was not a good idea, sources told The Indian Express. The Indian Railways have around 5,800 working diesel locomotives. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 200 incidents, 64 this year alone EXPRESS NETWORK SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, APRIL 1 ● 30 HELD FOR IF THE BJP’s allies in Bihar have raised concerns about rising incidents of communal tension in the state, they have reason to. Since July 2017, when the JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar broke its alliance with the RJDCongress and went back to the NDA, there have been 200 incidents of communal tension, as many as 64 this year alone, a scrutiny of official records by The Indian Express reveals. Comparethiswithdataof the last five years: 50 such incidents in 2012, 112 in 2013; 110 in 2014, 155 in 2015, 230 in 2016 (see box onpage2).At270,2017recorded the highest number of communal incidents in recent times. Of the64casessofarthisyear, there were 21 in January, 13 in Februaryand30inMarch.Many of the incidents in March have been over religious processions passing through Muslim areas. This year, besides the Araria incident, when an allegedly fake video of three Muslim youths shouting “anti-India slogans” went viral after the RJD’s win in the bypoll there, communal incidents were reported from Bhagalpur,Munger,Aurangabad, Samastipur,Shekhpura,Nawada and Nalanda. RAJASTHAN VIOLENCE, CURFEW STAYS PAGE 6 Centralandstateintelligence agencies said the surge in presence of people during Ram Navami processions, especially in Aurangabad, Nalanda, andShekhpura,pointstoan“unprecedented mass mobilisation”.Sourcesinthepoliceheadquarters said that though traditional weapons such as lances, swords and gadasa (a blunt object to cut husk) have been displayed during Ramnavami processions in the past,thisyear’sprocessionshave witnessedyouthsbrandishing“a bigger number of brand new swords”. Police are now investigating if these swords were supplied by a particular group. Bihar police headquarters, however, said the months aroundRamnavami(March)and Dussehra (September-October) have always been sensitive. “It is too early to say that there has been a communal surge this year. But yes, we do see hints of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Maharashtra sees 26 pc revenue jump after GST kicks in REVENUE COLLECTIONS Month 2016-17 2017-18 April 8692.97 9771.57 12.41 May 6733.85 7811.7 16.01 June 6770.45 8139.29 20.22 July % change 7884.24 9797.34 24.26 30081.51 35519.9 18.08 August 6348.87 9593.79 51.11 September 7003.08 9075.97 29.60 October 22.07 PRE GST COLL 8014.16 9783.2 November 7931.9 9334.9 17.69 December 7069.25 9316.82 31.79 January 8859.74 10032.62 13.24 February 7282.99 11984.63 64.56 March Post GST TOTAL COLL 7933.7 9413 18.65 60443.69 78534.93 29.93 90525.2 114054.83 25.99 *in crores PRIYANKA SAHOO MUMBAI, APRIL 1 MAHARASHTRA HAS recorded a 26 per cent jump in revenue collection from Goods and Services Tax this year. ThestatereceivedRs1.14lakh crore in revenue from taxes, according to data from the GST department. Of the total revenue, 31 per cent was collected as Value Added Tax (VAT) between April and July, before the GST came into existence. It was the time when dealers were confused and gearing up for the new tax regime. “We saw a good upside in revenue in these four months as dealers were in a hurry to clear their stocks and inventories. Maharashtra being a state with a strong manufacturing sector, VAT collections were quite high," state GST Commissioner Rajiv Jalota said. Between August and March --- the GST period of the year --- revenues increased by 30 per cent compared to that for the same period the year before. Once GST was rolled out on July 1, new taxpayers were registered. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 11 WORLD 9 ISRO's GSLV-F08 carrying GSAT-6A. PTI file body is not being brought back now since DNA testing had only provideda70percentmatch;the others have had more than 95 per cent match. “Theministerleftaround1pm fromHindonairbaseandisexpected to return with the bodies tomorrow,” an official said. From Amritsar, Singh is expected to go to Patna, followed by Kolkata, to hand over the bodies to relatives of the dead, official sources said. Earlier this month, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj How communal pot simmers since Nitish went back to NDA USBLOCKSUN STATEMENTON GAZAVIOLENCE KIM ATTENDS SOUTH KOREA CONCERT STATES WITH HIGH GDP FACE GREATER RISK OF DIABETES: STUDY TRACKING SUGAR STATES CHANGE» ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, APRIL 1 FOUR MONTHS ago, when the first ever attempt to chronicle India’s disease burden by states over a 16-year period till 2016 was made public, the most startling finding was this: The more developed states had managed to rein in communicable diseases, but their illness burden was by no means less, it had merely changed. Diarrhoea deaths had been replaced by those living with diabetes. In other words, since the 1990s, India has been hurtling EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org towards the dubious distinction of becoming the diabetes capital of the world. Today, according to theNationalHealth Portal,India, with 69.2 million cases, stands second on the world diabetes chart, after China with over 100 million cases. But what the disease burden study released last November andanICMR-INDIABstudy,published in The Lancet Diabetes Endocrinology in June 2017, also show is that even when it comes todiabetes,theIndianlandscape is extremely diverse. “Theoverallprevalenceof diabetesinall15statesof Indiawas 7.3% (of the population). The prevalence of diabetes varied from 4.3% in Bihar to 10.0% in Punjab and was higher in urban areas (11.2%) than in rural areas (5.2%) and higher in mainland states (8.3%) than in the northeast (5.9%),” the study noted. The other telling finding: States with higher per-capita Top states with highest shift in high plasma glucose (percentage shows fraction of death and disability risk): State 1990 2016 State 1990 2016 Tamil Nadu 4.9% 12.9% Delhi 4% 8.5% Punjab 4.0% 10.0% Gujarat 2.2% 5.8% Goa 3.2% 9% Note: High plasma glucose refers to Kerala 5.9% 11.1% glucose levels in blood higher than Maharashtra 2.4% 7.1% the normal mark of 126 mg/100 ml GDP seemed to have a higher prevalence of diabetes. “Inruralareasof allstates,diabeteswasmoreprevalentinin- dividualsof higherSES.However, in urban areas of some of the moreaffluentstates(Chandigarh, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu), diabetes prevalence was higher in people with lower SES. The overallprevalenceof prediabetes in all 15 states was 10.3%. The prevalenceof prediabetesvaried from6.0%inMizoramto14.7%in Tripura, and the prevalence of impaired fasting glucose was generally higher than the prevalence of impaired glucose tolerance,” the study found. It concluded that age, male sex, obesity, hypertension, and family history of diabetes were independent risk factors for diabetes in both urban and rural areas. The diagnosis is grim. “There is no doubt that when it comes to diabetes we are looking at a potentially explosive situation,” says Dr Lalit Dandona, Public Health Foundation of India, who ledthegroupthatconductedthe state-level study. “Small lifestyle changes have made a lot of difference. For instance, only odd exceptions cycle to work now. It is a global phenomenon but the effects have somehow been magnified in India,” says Dr Nikhil Tandon, professor of endocrinology and metabolismatAIIMS,NewDelhi. Thepathaheadtoreversethe change is clear, say experts: A system of early detection. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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