TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP 7 EXPLAINED State Election Commission: Its role, its powers NCERT to replace Left textbooks: Tripura CM RAHUL TRIPATHI AGARTALA, APRIL 10 CHARGINGTHETripuraBoardof Secondary Education (TBSE) under the previous Left governmentof spreadingMarxistpropaganda over the last two decades, BJP Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb Tuesday said his government will soon “introduce” CM Biplab NCERT syllabus Kumar in the state-run Deb schools. He said the government is in the process of “setting up a committee” to discuss adopting NCERT over the state board. Speaking to The Indian Express at the first NITI Aayog meet for the Northeast, Deb said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi works on Beijing to drop objections on n-club entry Talks more positive than in the past SHUBHAJITROY HE GOES FOURTH TO CONQUER EMBOLDENED BY its entry into three of the four multilateral export control regimes over the last two years, India on Tuesday once again reached out to China and tried to convince the interlocutors in Beijing to lift their objections at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). JointSecretary(Disarmament and International Security) Pankaj Sharma met Beijing’s top interlocutor Wang Xun, who heads the disarmament division in the Chinese government. Almost two years ago, in June 2016,Wanghadblockedtheproposal to include India as a member of the elite export control group at a plenary meeting in Seoul. The Indian Express has learnt that the talks were “constructive”and“forward-looking”. “Therewasalotofcandourinthe conversation, and it was in the rightdirection,”saidasource,but did not disclose whether there was a breakthrough. In a step forward, the Indian side indicated that both sides emphasised the importance of “bilateraldialogue”.Inanofficial statement issued on Tuesday night, the Indian embassy in Beijing said, “Both sides underlined the importance of the bilateral dialogue as an important mechanism between the two countries for consultations on important issues... The delegationsexchangedviewson India’s Muhammed Anas Yahiya finished fourth in the finals of 400 metres at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. He clocked 45.31seconds, missing out on a podium finish by 0.20 seconds, but setting a new national record. PTI PAGE 14 NEWDELHI,APRIL10 Indian, Chinese officials in talks in Beijing Tuesday. PTI ROAD SINCE DOKLAM 2017 August: Doklam crisis ends September: Modi, Xi meet at BRICS November: Modi-Li Keqiang meet in Manila December: Wang Yi, Sushma Swaraj meet; Doval, Yang Jiechi meet 2018 February: Skip Tibetan events: Foreign Secy to Cab Secy March: Meeting on trans-border rivers various topics of mutual interest,including,developmentsrelated to disarmament and nonproliferation at multilateral forums, nuclear issues, role of science and technology in the contextof internationalsecurity and disarmament as well as outer space.” Pointingtothetalksbetween then Foreign Secretary CONTINUEDONPAGE2 18 dead as truck carrying labourers, their families veers off Highway SUSHANTKULKARNI 10 WORLD FBI RAIDS OFFICE OF TRUMP LAWYER, SEIZES DOCUMENTS INSIDE PAGE 6 ● WEST BENGAL POLL PANEL REVERSES ITS OWN ORDER, ANGRY BJP MOVES COURTS ● TWO JAWANS KILLED IN PAK SHELLING Fund share: 3 non-BJP southern states meet, accuse Centre of bias Needless controversy, says Jaitley, charges far from truth EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, NEW DELHI, APRIL 10 THREE NON-BJP ruled southern states and Union Territory Puducherry Tuesday expressed serious reservations on the Termsof Referencestipulatedby the Centre in the 15th Finance Commission for devolution of funds to states. At a conclave of finance ministers of southern states in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry said that the ToR contradicted the principles of federalism and morenon-BJPruledstateswould be involved to debate the issue. The ToR, the states argued, would lead to states with higher population bagging a larger share of tax resources and a loss forstatesthathavepursuedpopulation control. Responding to these concerns, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in a statement, deniedbiasandsaidthatFinance 9 THEIDEASPAGE Ensuring Equity Debate on 15th Finance Commission ignores evolution of Constitutional mechanism Commissions use both qualitative and quantitative criteria such as population and income level to decide financial needs and allocations to states. After the meeting, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac said the issue is not a dispute between the South and North. Isaac said the terms of reference of the 15th FC are a threat to the federal system. “Thereisadeliberateattempt tocutdowntaxdevolutiontothe statesandforciblyimposecondi- BJP MLA holds grip on village, so girl who alleged rape has to hide SATARA, APRIL 10 EIGHTEEN PERSONS, including seven women and two children, werekilledand19injuredwhena speeding truck, carrying labourers and their families, veered off theMumbai-BengaluruHighway in the early hours of Tuesday. Themishaptookplacearound 4.45amonaS-shapedcurvewith descending slope, near the Khambatki tunnel in Satara, which has seen several accidents inthepast. Theaccidentspotislocated 70 km from Pune city and 40 km from Satara city. Before Tuesday’s accident, the 700-metrecurvedstretchhadseen116accidents, in which 55 persons had losttheirlives,inthelast10years, according to official figures of the Satara district police. Almost 40 persons were crammed inside the truck and they were travelling with bags of clothes,kitchenwareandutensils, as well as tools like ploughs, spades and steel bars. Most of themhadcomecomefromatem- 15TH FINANCE COMMISSION’S TERMS OF REFERENCE MANISH SAHU The mishap took place around 4.45 am on the Mumbai-Bengaluru Highway. Express porary settlement of labourers, called Madbhai Tanda, in Bijapur tehsil of Bijapur district in Karnataka. “These families had started from Bijapur on Monday around 6 pm and were on their way to a construction site at ShirwalinPunedistrict.Thetruck veeredofftheroadonthecurveof the S-shaped slope. The truck rammedintoaroadsidebarricade and toppled over the short wall duetohighmomentum.Someof thevictimssustainedinjuriesdue to the impact, while others were injured after the construction toolsandmetalbarsfellonthem,” said Superintendent of Police, Satara, Sandeep Patil. Many of the victims succumbed to severe head injuries that were caused by the metal tools, which they were carrying, forconstructionwork.Somepersons from the same group, who were following the truck on twowheelers, alerted police. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT: NEWSLINE UNNAO, APRIL 10 THE UPROAR over the death in custody of the father of a 17-year-old girl who alleged she had been raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar saw UP police arrest Atul Singh, the MLA’s brother. On Tuesday, he became the fifth person to be held — and sent to judicial custody — in connection with the brutal assault on the girl’s father that led to his death early Monday. Police also promised to question the MLAaspartof their probe. Butsuchisthecloutof Sengar and his family, so complete their grip on the village of Makhi, BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY barely 15 km from Unnao, that the girl and her family have refused to return home, saying they fear for their lives. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BEYOND URBAN SQUALOR , HOPE LIES WITH SWACHH BHARAT’S RURAL FOOTSOLDIERS SPECIAL TO THE TAVLEEN SINGH EXPRESS CHAMPARAN (BIHAR), APRIL 10 PRIME MINISTERS are not born with a thousand hands,” Narendra Modi said exultantly, “but now I know that you young people have given me a thousand hands.” Below him, under a vast white tent sat more than 20,000 young men and women who came to Champaran from villages across India to participate in the inaugural of a movement that is being called ‘Satyagraha se Swachhagraha’. The Prime Minister said they had gathered in Champaran becauseahundredyearsagoitwas Nitish Kumar welcomes Modi to Patna Tuesday. Also present is Governor Satyapal Malik. PTI ANOTHER REPORT, PAGE 5 from here that Gandhiji created the idea of Satyagraha to drive theBritishoutandhehopedthat Swachhagraha would succeed onedayindrivingunsanitarybehaviour out of India. During his speech, he acknowledged more than once the role played by the thousands of swachhagrahis in taking his idea of Swachh Bharat and making it a people’s movement. These swachhagrahis are mostlyyoung,mostlyvolunteers and mostly women who have taken up the cause of bringing sanitation to rural India as if it were a personal crusade. The Prime Minister also acknowledgedtheworkdoneby the Secretary in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 tionsonthestates.Thestateshave togetconsentfromtheCentrefor borrowing funds from the market.TheFinanceCommissionisa Constitutional structure to share finances of the country between theCentreandthestates.Whatis being given from the FC should notbedepictedaslargesseof the Centre,’’ he said. The next meeting will be held in Visakhapatnam early next month, in which Delhi, West Bengal, Odisha and Punjab are also expected to take part. There will also be attempts to bring in Telangana and Tamil Nadu for the next conclave, said Isaac. Today’s meeting was attended by Karnataka, Andhra andPuducherry,apartfromhost Kerala. While the terms of reference for the 14th Finance Commission were to use the 1971 Census data for determining devolution of taxes, duties and grants-in-aid; the Central government asked the 15th Finance Commission’s ToR to use the 2011 data. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KATHUA CHARGESHEET In J&K child gangrape, rituals, a chilling invite and a police cover-up MUZAMIL JALEEL NEW DELHI, APRIL 10 THE EIGHT-YEAR-OLD was gangraped thrice inside the Devasthan or prayer hall, after themastermindhad“performed rituals”. One of the rapists was calledfromMeerutto“satisfyhis lust”. The girl was confined using sedatives, then strangled and hit on the head twice with a stone — “in order to make sure” she was dead. But not before another accused, a police personnel, asked the others to “wait because he wanted to rape” her one last time. And all this, to “dislodge” a group of Bakherwal Muslim nomads from Rasana village in Kathua near Jammu. These are just some of the chilling details in the 18-page chargesheetfiledMondaybyJ&K Police’sCrimeBranchagainstthe eight accused in the rape and murder of the girl who went missing from near her house in RasanaonJanuary10—herbody 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE On Monday, lawyers tried to stop filing of chargesheet wasfoundsevendayslaterinthe forests nearby. In the days that followed, the chargesheet states, the accused paid Rs 1.5 lakh as a bribe to local policemenwhoknewwherethe girl was kept and helped cover up the crime initially. The killing had sparked outrage across J&K with the government handing over the case to the Crime Branch following protests from the Bakherwal community. The case took a communal turn in Kathua, whereanoutfitcalledHinduEkta Manch was set up by politicians CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The problem of identities BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA
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