TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FAKE NEWS Prime Minister Modi steps in to cancel I&B Minister Smriti Irani’s punish-journalist order 5 PM annoyed at ‘tone and timing’ of directive, said official; after outrage, Irani tones down pitch, calls for talks KRISHN KAUSHIK & LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, APRIL 3 PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi today ordered the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to withdraw its order laying down new guidelines punishing journalists for fake news after widespread criticism that these norms were an attempt to intimidate and muzzle the free press in an election year. Soon after, the I&B Ministry issued a statement, saying its press release regarding fake news put out by it last night “stands withdrawn.” In the press release last night, the I&B ministry had cited rising fakenewstoannouncethatithad amended guidelines for journal- PMO ‘not consulted’ ists’ accreditation stating that if a journalist is found to have “created and/or propagated” fake news, the journalist’s accredita- EXPLAINED In govt bids to gag media, similar scripts end in rollback tion will be suspended for six months or a year for a second violationorpermanentlycancelled. It had said that the Press Council of India and the News BroadcastersAssociation,thetwo regulatorybodiesforprintandTV media respectively, will determinewhetherthenewsisfakeor not. And that the journalist’s accreditation would be suspended onceacomplaintisregistereduntil either body decides — within 15 days — if it is fake or not. Media bodies and Oppositionpartiesslammedthis order calling it an attempt to curb press freedom ahead of the general elections in 2019. Clearly, the order from the PM was a snub to I&B Minister BY UNNY E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, APRIL 3 Day after bandh, SC says no interim stay Houses of Dalit MLA, ex-minister set ablaze in Rajasthan NEW DELHI, APRIL 3 No retest of Class X Maths paper: CBSE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 3 STATING THAT Class X “remains largely an internal segment of the school education system”, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said on Tuesday that it would not conduct a re-examination of the CBSEClassXMathematicspaper. On March 28, the CBSE had announcedthatitwouldholdreexamination of Class XII Economics and Class X Mathematics papers, following complaints of paper leak. Two days later, it said the Economics re-testwouldbeheldonApril25, whiletheMathematicsre-test,if required, would be held only in Delhi-NCR and Haryana in July. Announcing the decision on Tuesday, Education Secretary Anil Swarup said: “Consequent to a preliminary evaluation of the impact of the reportedly leaked CBSE Class X Maths paper, and keeping in mind the paramount interest of students, the board has decided not to conduct a re-examination, even in the states of Delhi-NCR and Haryana. Hence, no re-exam for Class X.” Inadetailednotificationlater, CBSE said: “Class X examination is essentially a gateway for Class XI, it thus remains largely an internal segment of the school educationsystem.Itisthereforefelt that the board must address the primary concern of a large section of the students. Therefore, the Class X Maths re-examination will not be held anywhere in the country.” It said a random evaluation of the paper did not indicate “sudden spikes or unusual patterns, giving any impression of passing on widespread benefits of alleged leaks”. The board, however, added that if after CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7 WORLD MAKING CLEAR “we are not going by any agitation”, the SupremeCourtTuesdaydeclined an interim stay on its March 20 order which forbids arrest without prior permission for an offence under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The judges said the Centre’s review petition, filed Monday when Dalits staged protests across the country against what they called dilution of the Act, will again be heard after written submissions are filed. The hearing Tuesday was in open court, as desired by the Centre. “We are not diluting any provisions of the Act, we are only protecting the innocent... only reiterating the law of arrest,” a bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit said, turning down Attorney General K K Venugopal’s plea to stay the March20directionsforapreliminaryenquirybeforeregistration of a case and sanction for the arrest of the accused. Venugopal told the bench that he was not bringing up its direction on the provision of anticipatory bail to an accused under the Act but was raising its directions for a preliminary enquiry and prior sanction for arrest. The judges clarified that authorities will not have to wait for registration of an FIR to grant compensation to victims of offencesundertheAct.Andincase it involves an offence under the ActandIPClikerape,murderetc, DEEP MUKHERJEE JAIPUR, APRIL 3 Ramvati, wife of Rakesh Tomatiya, who was killed during the Dalit protests in Gwalior on Monday. The toll rose to 10 on Tuesday. Gajendra Yadav 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Ruling out reverse casteism BY SUDHEENDRA KULKARNI EXPRESS NETWORK ● GOVT BLAMES OPPN FOR VIOLENCE, P 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Day after Madhya Pradesh violence, Dalits and upper castes blame each other SOURAV ROY BARMAN GWALIOR, MORENA, APRIL 3 THECYCLEcartinwhichDeepak Mittal’s bullet-ridden body was taken to the nearby nursing home is parked in a narrow lane thatleadstohishouse.Theblood stains have not been washed yet and houseflies buzz all around. Inside the single-room tin house, Deepak’s father Mohan Singh sits on his haunches, fre- 3 yrs on, no takers for India’s $1-billion credit line to Asean for digital projects SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, APRIL 3 NEARLY 40 months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered a $1-billion credit line for digital connectivityfor10ASEANcountries from India, there are few takers. The credit line was announced at the India-ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur in November2015,aspartof India’s “Act East” policy. Surprised by this lack of interest from ASEAN countries, in January, Delhi decided to give a grant of $40 million for pilot projects in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) countries to help “kick-start” the credit line. Government sources said that the pilot projects “had been planned to ensure better takeoff of credit line projects and to reduce the dependence of the ASEAN countries solely on China. These, we hope, will be like trailers of the movies, yet to be released.” The overall responsibility for the $1-billion credit line, which includes both physical and digital connectivity in ASEAN coun- tries, is with the Ministry of External Affairs, with funds released by the Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank). The Department of Telecom (DoT) and Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council(TEPC)aretheleadagenciesfromtheIndiansideforconnectivity projects. Of the 10 ASEAN countries, only Laos has so far sent formal requests for digital connectivity projectsunderthecreditline.But, this request for three projects, made through diplomatic channels last May, has not progressed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 quentlysmokingbidis.“Thebullet came from the direction of the Tomar building and pierced my son’s body,” he says. A resident of Gallar Kotha, one of the many Dalit settlements across Gwalior, Deepak was one of the seven killed in Madhya Pradesh Monday after Dalit protests erupted across the country against the alleged dilution of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 4 INSIDE YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW BUSINESS AS USUAL CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G In election year, only 30 per cent of 18-19 age group are enrolled as voters A DAY after Dalit protests triggered violence in different parts of the country, fresh violence broke out in Rajasthan as a mob set ablaze the houses of a sitting MLA and a former MLA — both Dalits — in Hindaun, in Karauli district, about 160 km from Jaipur, on Tuesday morning. Police said the mob also tried to attack a settlement of Dalits. “Yesterday, a crowd of about 15,000-20,000 protesters, who were in favour of the Bharat Bandh, created a ruckus in severalareaslikeGangapurinSawai Madhopur and Hindaun in Karauli.Today,traders,businessmen and non-Scheduled Caste people took out a rally against yesterday’s violence,” said Inspector General of Police, Bharatpur range, Alok Kumar Vashishtha. “Defying prohibitory orders imposed in the area, they tried to enter a Jatav settlement. Police had to intervene,” he said. “The mob of 3,000-4,000 people also attacked the houses of MLA Rajkumari Jatav and former MLA Bharosi Lal Jatav. The police were outnumbered. The houses were set on fire, several CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH LOK Sabha elections due next year, more than two thirds of 4.85 crore population in the 18-19 age group are still not enrolled as voters. Election Commission data also shows that enrolment of first-time voters in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, which go to polls this year, are almost as low. According to data on voter enrolment obtained from the Election Commission by The Indian Express under the Right to Information Act, of the estimated 4.85 crore population of the 18-19 age group (or millennium voters), 3.42 crore or 70.51 per cent will not be able to exercise their franchise if elections are held on the basis of the present voter list. Only 29.49 per cent of the projected population of this age group in the country is in the voter list as of January 1, 2018. In contrast, the percentageof allel- igible voters who are enrolled is 63.75 per cent. According to EC data, the total projected population in the country for 2018 is 137.63 crore and 87.75 crore of them are eligible to vote. Data for first-time voters in Karnataka (33.67 per cent), Madhya Pradesh (21.19 per cent) and Rajasthan (46.58 per cent) shows a similar trend. Before the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, EC data showed thatineachconstituency,the1819 age group accounted for about 34 per cent or 43,000 voters.Thewinningmarginwasless than this in 226 Lok Sabha constituenciesinthe2009elections. Even in states where polls concluded — Meghalaya, MizoramandNagaland-theenrolment of the 18-19 age group was poor, but in Tripura the enrolmentwasabovetheestimated CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 L-G cleared less than half of Delhi Govt proposals — with 5-month delay ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL NEW DELHI, APRIL 3 OF THE 32 policy proposals that the Delhi Government sent to the Lieutenant Governor for approval since it took charge in February 2015, only 15 or just under half of the schemes were approved — with an average delay of 157 days or roughly five months. This assessment, The Indian Express has learnt, is part of the white paper on the “outcomes” of the L-G’s performance which is likely to be tabled on Wednesday in the Delhi Assembly. Delays range from a maximum of 402 days for the highereducationloanguarantee scheme and a minimum of 21 days for the approval of the Delhi L-G Anil Baijal doorstep delivery of services, which saw a flurry of letters between Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and the L-G. The white paper alleges that the L-G, while perusing files, doesn’t specify differences of opinion but raises objections, asks for clarifications, or refers the matter to the Centre. Consider some key schemes said to be flagged in the white paper: ■ Higher education scheme, 402 days delay: A loan CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DRI booked Videocon Group in two cases, yet to prosecute KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, APRIL 3 CHANDRABABUNAIDU SPENDSDAYIN PARLIAMENT,MEETS OPPNLEADERS Only 1.43 cr first-time voters enrolled so far THE VIDEOCON Group and its top management are facing charges of alleged overvaluation of imports,siphoningfundsfrom its listed entities to subsidiaries abroad, forgery of central excise documents and wrongly claiming drawback, in two separate cases filed by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in 2014 and 1992. While the two cases are pending at different stages of litigation, the DRI is yet to launch Venugopal Dhoot prosecution against the firm or itsemployeesallegedlyinvolved inthecases,saidsourcesfamiliar with the development. The Indian Express has learnt that a DRI probe found that Videocon Industries Ltd, between 2009 and 2013, “resorted to deliberate over-valuation” of imports of colour picture tubes used in televisions to “evade” antidumpingdutyof overRs142 crore and “siphoning off money from public listed company to overseas step-down subsidiaries”. TheDRIshow-causenoticeissued in December 2014 alleged that Videocon Industries imported colour picture tubes at an over-valuedpricefromsixrelated firms — Applicomp (India) Ltd, CenturyAppliancesLtd,KAILLtd, MillenniumAppliancesIndiaLtd, Sky Appliances Ltd, Trend Electronics Ltd and two firms in China and Hong Kong. The DRI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ISRAELHAS RIGHTTOITS LAND: SAUDI CROWNPRINCE THE GAMES BEGIN TODAY... TO AUSTRALIA’S GREAT RELIEF EXPRESSATCWG2018 MIHIR VASAVDA APRIL 3 US DESIGNATES HAFIZ SAEED'S MILLI MUSLIM LEAGUE AS TERROR OUTFIT “YOURBOYShavebeenuptoalot of mischief, eh?” The Australian BorderForceofficerattheboarding gate of Singapore’s Changi airport tries to sound courteous. But his smile and wink barely disguise the sarcasm. It’s tempting to remind the stern, greyhaired officer about Steve Smith and the Sandpaper-gate. India has had a rather troubled relationship with the CommonwealthGames.In1986, they boycotted the Glasgow edition to oppose Scotland’s support for apartheid South Africa. Fouryearslater, the Games were a site of India’s first recorded doping offence — Subrata Pal, weightlifting. Twelve years ago in Melbourne, an official was accused of misbehaviour. Delhi 2010 does not need a reminder whileatGlasgowfouryearslater, officials were at it again — accused of misbehaving with hotel staff and drunk driving. In continuation of the complex relationship, last week, a groupof Indians,whoclaimedto be journalists travelling to cover the Commonwealth Games, weredetainedattheBrisbaneairportforfalsedocumentationand suspicions of not being genuine. Days later, Indian boxers found themselves involved in a ‘syringe-gate’ after needles disposed in a crushed plastic bottle was found outside a senior pugilist’s room in the Games Village. While they were cleared of doping charges, the Indians Indian athletes with Australian artists at the flag-hoisting ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Monday. PTI were guilty of violating the Games’no-needlepolicytokeep them clear of drug cheats. The twin incidents, though, haveputamajorityofIndia’stravelling party under scanner. Until Monday,everyIndianathleteenteringtheGamesVillagewasfirst being escorted to the dope controlroomwhileattheairport,the border force officers have been askingeverytravellingjournalist to‘stepaside’forbio-metricscans andbackgroundchecksthattake forever to complete. Theseissueshavedominated thelocalnewscyclehere;thesyringe-gate coming as a muchneededdistractionfromsandpa- Jaipur per-gate. After the initial hysteria, the debate seems to be graduallyshifting—didthethecountry over-react to the actions of Steve Smith & Co. On Monday, one sports networks ran an hour-long programme rich with anecdotes to show how ball tampering has been common since Don Bradman’sdayswhereasthe‘letters to editor’ section of The Australian focused on how the ‘cricketers have been dealt with manifest injustice’. Australia wants to portray the CWG as a kind of travelogue. Gold Coast’s stupendous CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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