TheIndian EXPRESS LATECITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE In Nitish backyard, a town’s first Ram Navami procession and a street battle STORMY SCENES IN COURT SC: Will hear if entire Ayodhya matter should go to big bench As the dust settles on the violence in Bihar, The Indian Express returns to the spot, discovers the faultlines You were quick on polygamy, why not this: lawyer for Muslims to CJI bench ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, APRIL 6 A NEIGHBOUR CALLS After the clashes in Silao, Nalanda. Dipankar Ghose BETWEEN THE FAULTLINES BIHAR PART-1 DIPANKAR GHOSE SILAO (NALANDA), APRIL 6 THERE WAS forewarning. And based on it, the administration took decisions. Yet, when March 28 arrived, one narrow street in the town of Silao in Nalanda, the home district of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, came under siege. Members of a Ram Navami procession,policepersonneland Muslims who live along this street fought pitched battles. Stones flew in every direction, lathichargesfollowedandteargas shellswerefired.Ninetyminutes ofclasheslater,20people,includ- Patna BIHAR Nalanda ing policemen, were injured. Andstrewnacrossweresigns of premeditation and administrative failure. More than a week later, Silao isstillpickingupthepieces.Senior officialsinNalandatoldTheIndian Express that in a district not new to communal tension, the guard wasupeversinceMarch26when an estimated 25,000 people participatedinaRamNavamiprocession in the heart of Bihar Sharif, the district headquarters. “Processionslikethese,organised by the Bajrang Dal, are fairly CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prime Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli arrived on a three-day visit to New Delhi on Friday. He was received by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Amit Mehra CBI questions former RBI Deputy Governor on Nirav-Choksi case RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, APRIL 6 THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation(CBI)isplanningto write to the Ministry of Finance to seek details on the 80:20 scheme concerning jewellery importsafterquestioningformer deputy governor of the RBI HR Khan Friday. Sources said they suspectedtheschemebenefited diamantaire, Mehul Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi who are being probed in the alleged over Rs 13,500 crore fraud caused to Punjab National Bank (PNB) A Nirav Modi showroom in New Delhi. File The decision to write to the Finance Ministry was taken after the examination of senior Reserve Bank of India officials who informed the CBI about the scheme and how it allegedly benefited the accused, agency sources said. The CBI also questioned former deputy governor of the RBI, HR Khan Friday in connection with the ongoing probe. Sources said Khan was questioned about the 80:20 scheme and the Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) through which Choksi and Modi raised loans. “He was asked on the circularpertainingtothe80:20issued on May 21, 2014,” said a senior official. The circular laid down conditions under which Star TradingHouses/PremierTrading Spend two nights in Amit Shah compares Oppn to Dalit villages, restore snakes & mongoose, cats & dogs faith: PM to BJP MPs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, APRIL 6 STEPPING UP his attack on Oppositionparties,BJPpresident Amit Shah on Friday compared them to snakes and mongoose, cats and dogs, all traditional rivals now forced to come together on a tree to escape the “flood” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Later, Shah sought to explain hisremarksbysayingthathehad Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves the BJP parliamentary party meeting at Parliament House, Friday. Prem Nath Pandey LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, APRIL 6 FOUR DAYS after the Bharat Bandh by Dalit groups over the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Atrocities Act amid increasing unrest within the community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi askedhisparty’sMPstospendat least two nights in Dalit-dominated villages and “restore” the faithof thecommunityintheBJP. The Prime Minister’s call on the party’s 38th foundation day cameevenasBJPpresidentAmit INSIDE ● COURT TO HEAR SALMAN BAIL PLEA TODAY PAGE 3 Shah reiterated at a rally in Mumbai that the party would not let the reservation policy be scrapped. “ThePrimeMinisteraskedall party MPs to spend two nights in villages between April 14 (the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar) and May 5. He told them to pick at least one village withover50percentpopulation of SCs,” said a BJP MP who attended the meeting. According to sources, the Prime Minister pointed out that there are “more than 20,000 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shah on Friday. Prashant Nadkar referredtopartiessuchasSP-BSP and Congress-TMC, which are ideologically on opposite sides but forced to come together to counter “Modiji’s influence”. The remarks drew a furious reaction from the Congress with senior leader Anand Sharma describing it as “shameful” and “condemnable” and reflective of the BJP’s “mindset”. AddressingarallyinMumbai to mark the BJP’s 38th foundation day, Shah said, “2019 ke karykram ki shuruvat ho gayi hain. Sara vipaksh avahan karta hai ikattha aao. Maine ek varta suni thi. Jab bahut badi baath aati CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Houses (STH/PTH), which are registered as nominated agencies by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), could import gold under 20:80 scheme. According to the CBI, the scheme introduced in 2013 was relaxedinMay2014justdaysbefore the the counting of votes for theLokSabhaelections.Thecentral agency is now probing if this move benefited the accused and decided to write to the Finance Ministry on the issue. “The RBI officials were called in as we wanted to understand the 80:20 scheme concerning CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DIDN’TKNOW STORMY DANIELSWAS PAID:TRUMP 6 WORLD NEW DELHI, APRIL 6 A TWO-FRONT threat from Pakistan and China, modernisation of armed forces amid budgetary constraints and the government’spushforMakeinIndia in defence. Just seven months since she becamethefirstwomantoindependently hold charge of the Defence Ministry, Nirmala Sitharaman has her hands full. Andwithbarelyayearleftforthe next general elections, she doesn’t have much time to deliver. Nirmala Sitharaman 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE NEW DELHI, APRIL 6 UNITED STATES IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON PUTIN’S INNER CIRCLE OnSaturday,Sitharamanwill be the guest at the Express Adda in Mumbai. The Express Adda is a series of informal interactions organised by The Indian Express Group and features those at the centre of change. Born in Madurai into a middle-classfamily,Sitharamancompleted her Masters in Economics fromJNU.Hermother-in-lawwas a Congress MLA and her fatherin-lawaministerintheCongress government in Andhra Pradesh in the 1970s. A founding member of Pranava, a reputable school in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 appeared for the Muslim side, that its March 14 interim order in which it said will consider the question of referring the Ismail Faruqui judgment to a larger bench “will not possibly close our hands”. The hearing will resume April 27. The CJI said this when Ramachandrandrewthebench’s attention to the March 14 order andsaidwhenhehadthenraised the demand for referring the Ayodhyamattertoalargerbench, thejudgeshaddescribedhissubmission as “very ambitious” and said it “will consider his request at an appropriate stage”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mutual respect key to Nepal ties By C RAJA MOHAN IIM Act: Union HRD Minister to meet all 20 directors next week RITIKA CHOPRA Sitharaman is guest at Express Adda today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THESUPREMECourtbenchconsidering the Ayodhya title suit Friday said it will hear arguments on whether the entire matter needs to be referred to a larger bench. Duringearlierhearingsinthe matter,thebenchhadsaiditwas willingtoonlyconsiderwhether the court’s 1994 decision in the Ismail Faruqui vs Union of India case should be referred to a Constitution bench. In that ruling, the Supreme Court had held that “a mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam...” and “accordingly, its acquisition is not prohibited by provisions in the Constitution of India”. The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, told senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, who His bench will resume hearing on April 27 THE GOVERNMENT has called a meeting of all 20 IIM directors next week to discuss the concerns flagged by them with regard to the rules being drafted under the IIM Act. The IIM directors will meet HRDMinisterPrakashJavadekar on April 11 to discuss, among other things, their suggestion to have either the President, Vice President, or the minister head the IIM Coordination Forum — the IIM equivalent of the IIT Council, which is the highest decision-making body of the IITs. Interestingly, the first draft of theIIMBillhadtheHRDMinister as the head of the Coordination Forum, but this was dropped at the behest of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which wanted the body to be chaired by an eminent person. IIM directors, The Indian Express has learnt, also want the committeedraftingtheIIMrules tolaydowntheeligibilitycriteria for appointment of members to the Board of Governors (BoG). “Just like how the eligibility criteria are defined at the time of appointment of a director,” said an institute head on condition of anonymity. That apart, the directors also want the rules to define their powers and autonomy vis-à-vis the Board. As first reported by The Indian Express on February 5, at least six directors of new IIMs had expressed concern that relinquishing government control could undermine the accountability of the institute’s leadership. The new law grants statutory powers to all IIMs, including appointment of directors and chairpersons. UnderthenewIIMAct,aninstitute director, who will also act asChief ExecutiveOfficer,willbe selected by the BoG of the institute from a panel of names recommended by the search-cumselection committee, also constituted by the BoG. Earlier, the director was appointed by the Board, but with prior approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister. At least half of the 13 new IIMs set up in the last decade are of the view that the ACC should continue to remain involved CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR DANGAL ECHO FROM THE PACIFIC, AND A SILVER AT THE GAMES Papua New Guinea weightlifting star’s story bears uncanny resemblance to Bollywood script on wrestler Geeta Phogat’s rise to glory in Haryana BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EXPRESSATCWG2018 MIHIR VASAVDA GOLD COAST, APRIL 6 FOR THE world, she is the pioneer of women’s weightlifting. In her country, she is a national treasure. For her villagers, she is the Dangal girl. When the Bollywood movie based on Commonwealth Games gold medallist Geeta Phogat hit TV screens in Hanuabada, a coastal village on the outskirts of Papua New Guinea (PNG) capital Port Moresby, it was as if the story of Dika Loa Toua was being played out. Dikaisaweightliftinglegend. At Sydney 2000, she became the first woman weightlifter at the OlympicGames.Dikawasjust16 then. Nearly two decades later, the mother of two still remains athreattohercompetitors,some of them half her age. On Friday, she was narrowly beaten to the gold by India’s 24-year-old Sanjita Chanu. Thesilver,however,wasgood enoughforthemotleyPNGcrew, all in their colourful Hawaiian shirts, to break into an impromptu celebration on the lawns outside the weightlifting auditorium at the Carrara Stadium. “Dika has inspired a generation of athletes in PNG, breaking stereotypes and has proven that women can be highly successful in the sporting arena as well. Just like your girls have done in wrestling,” says John Dawanincura, secretary general, PNG Olympic Committee. Dawanincura, also the presi- Women’s 53 kg silver medallist Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea with gold winner Sanjita Chanu of India and bronze medallist Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet of Canada. AP dent of PNG’s weightlifting federation,sayshewasremindedof Dika when he saw ‘Dangal’ two years ago because of the similarityof theirachievementsandthe social structure in their villages. “Both these girls (Dika and Geeta) took up a sport dominated by men. They challenged villagestereotypes,trainedinsevere conditions and went on to win Commonwealth Games goldmedals.If youseehowtheir storiespanout,Dikaistouswhat those wrestling girls are to India,” he says. LikeGeeta,Dikachoseasport that was dominated by men and wereignoredattheOlympicstill Jaipur the turn of the century. When Dika took up weightlifting, she was met with curious glares — not just because she was a girl trying to play what was perceived as a man’s sport but also because Hanuabada had virtually no weightlifting history. Instead, the village was famous for producing cricketers. “Many players from the current PNG team, too, are from Hanuabada,” says Dika’s father, Toua. “Even I was a diehard cricket fan and did not focus much on weightlifting.” While the village was glued to bat and ball, Dika was smitten CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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