LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, APRIL14, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE KATHUA, UNNAO: WE ARE ASHAMED AS A COUNTRY, SAYS MODI Justice for daughters, says PM; exit for 2 J&K BJP ministers who backed accused Protests over Cauvery: Vaiko nephew sets himself on fire MDMK leader Vaiko outside the hospital in Madurai ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, APRIL 13 AMID PROTESTS in the state against the Centre’s failure to constitute the Cauvery management board, MDMK leader Vaiko’s nephew, Saravana Suresh (50), set himself on fire in Virudhunagar, about 500 km from Chennai, on Friday morning. Police said Suresh left home around 5 am, after informing his wife that he was going for a walk. “Around 7 am, he was found to have doused himself with kerosene and set himself on fire on an open ground near his house. He was reportedly raising slogans demanding the formation of the Cauvery management board,” said a police officer. Suresh, who suffered 80 per cent burns, was first taken to the Virudhunagar government hospital, and later shifted to a private hospital in Madurai. While addressing the media at the Madurai hospital, Vaiko broke down and appealed to people not to commit suicide. He said Suresh is the son of his wife Renuka Devi’s elder brother Ramanujam. “He is fighting for his life now,” he said. While Suresh did not hold CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UNNAO RAPE CASE MLA arrested, HC says law & order machinery under his influence As PDP steps up pressure, BJP tells ministers to quit EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BREAKING HIS silence on the gangrape and murder ofan eightyear-old girl in J&K’s Kathua and the alleged rape of a teenager in UP’s Unnao, which sparked outrage across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday that “our daughters will definitely get justice”. The Prime Minister’s comments came on a day when two BJP ministers in J&K’s coalition government with the PDP — Industries and Commerce Minister Chander Parkash Ganga and Forests Minister Choudhary Lal Singh — submitted their resignations to their party’s state chief. Singh and Ganga had faced criticism for taking part in a rally last month against the police probe in the Kathua case. In Delhi, speaking at the inauguration of the Ambedkar Memorial in Alipur, Modi said, “Incidents being discussed since the past two days cannot be part of a civilised society. As a country, as a society, we all are ashamed of it. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice.” The Prime Minister said, “Such incidents in any part of the country shake the human CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CWG LAST NIGHT MEDAL TALLY G S B T Australia 65 49 54 168 England 31 34 33 98 India 17 11 14 42 Canada 14 34 27 75 ■ 15-year-old Anish wins gold in 25m pistol, as India win 11 more medals. For the first time, nearly 6,000 Class X students opted for NCERT’s math, science and English syllabi in state board exam AHMEDABAD, APRIL 13 IF THE ongoing confusion over replacing the science, mathematics and English Class X textbooks of Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training (GCERT) with those of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) on a pilot basis was not enough, the Gujarat Education Department is all set to introduce the NCERT textbooks of the two subjects — maths and science — from Class I to Class XI in all the 58,000 schools across the state from the next academic session. By doing so, the Education Department has set aside its earlier decision to introduce NCERT books in a phased manner in all the schools affiliated to Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB). Earlier, it was decided to introduce the NCERT books in only two to three classes every year, thereby completely replacing GCERT textbooks in all the classes from I to XII by 2020. The Education Department’s decision is set to impact nearly 1.15 crore students enrolled between Class I and XI in 43,000 government schools and 15,000 private schools affiliated to the GSHSEB. “Since these subjects (mathematics and science) are relevant in view of the national entrance examinations like Joint SC notice on bid by Kathua lawyers to block police NEW DELHI, JAMMU, APRIL 13 Gujarat Education dept to introduce maths, science NCERT textbooks from next academic session RITU SHARMA ‘WE FEARED WILD ANIMALS, NOW WE FEAR HUMANS’ NCERT PILOT District Number of schools Surat 21 Ahmedabad City 15 Ahmedabad Rural 5 Gandhinagar 1 Mehsana 3 Vadodara 5 Surendranagar 2 Anand, Panchmahal, Banaskantha, Kheda and Aravalli 1 each 5,896 Number of students who opted for NCERT textbooks as part of the pilot scheme Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), it makes sense to replace the GCERT textbooks with the Central board,” Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB) chairman Nitin Pethani said justifying the Education Department’s decision. The talk of replacing the GCERT textbooks with those of NCERT began a few years ago following dismal results of students from Gujarat in the national entrance examinations. The Education department then CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 The father of the 8-year-old girl, who was gangraped and killed, in Udhampur. Shuaib Masoodi On the Bakerwal migrant trail, a long march under death’s shadow NAVEED IQBAL UDHAMPUR, APRIL 13 ON THE road just beyond Jawahar Tunnel, between Jammu and Kashmir, the Bakerwals have made a meadow their home for the night. It’s an annual ritual, this trek with grazing livestock from various districts in Jammu province to Kashmir and Ladakh. But this time, the journey is different. They are a month early, they are in a hurry. They stay close, they keep their children closer. Because, this time, close on their heels are memories of the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old daughter of one of their own. “We felt we were a part of the population all these years. Now, we feel exposed,” says 21-yearold Ikhlaq, who walks the 300-km Jammu-Srinagar highway twice a year. “We left as soon as the child was buried,” he says, adding that he has known the biological and adopted parents of the Kathua victim for most of his life. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TAKING SERIOUS note of the attempt by a group of lawyers in Kathua to prevent J&K Police from filing a chargesheet last week in the gangrape and murder ofan eight-year-old Bakerwal girl, the Supreme Court sought explanations from the Bar Council of India, Jammu and Kashmir Bar Council, Jammu High Court Bar Association and Kathua District Bar Association. The apex court asked for replies from all by April 19. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud took cognizance of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY FULL COVERAGE PAGE 10 Needle in room, 2 Indian athletes thrown out EXPRESSAT CWG 2018 MIHIR VASAVDA GOLD COAST, APRIL 13 THE ATHLETICS Federation of India (AFI) is under the impression that needles are banned at the Commonwealth Games to prevent AIDS, not doping. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) believes its athletes are being targeted. The team manager claims the syringe that was seized was used by those with diabetes to inject insulin. On a day of shame for Indian athletics, when K T Irfan and Rakesh Babu were thrown out of the Commonwealth Games for violating the stringent noneedles policy, officials and athletes trotted out a number of excuses that swung from the bewildering to the bizarre. The two athletes, who were asked to leave after a needle and a syringe was found in their room, denied any wrongdoing before a Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) jury. But later, they told AFI officials they may have inadvertently broken the rules. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kuldeep Singh Sengar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VARANASI, LUCKNOW, APRIL 13 AFTER QUESTIONING him through the day, the CBI arrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping a 17-year-old in Unnao in June 2017, on Friday night. The action came hours after the Allahabad High Court ordered the MLA’s immediate arrest, saying that the “law and order machinery” was “directly in league and under the influence of” Sengar. REPORT, PAGE 6 Pulling up the state police and administration, the bench of Chief Justice D B Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar, in its 20page order, said: “The SIT report reveals as to how police personnel and doctors were/ are under the influence of Kuldeep Singh CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CJI meets 2 top judges, tells them he’s looking into issues they raised SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 UNDER PRESSURE after the letters from Justices Jasti Chelameswar and Kurian Joseph about the government’s role in stalling appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and high courts, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is understood to have informed two of his colleagues that he is working to address the concerns. Sources told The Indian Express that CJI Misra informally met Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Kurian Joseph on Wednesday and indicated that he was looking into the issues pertaining to the apex court. The meeting, which lasted for half-an-hour, 12 WORLD NAWAZ SHARIF BARRED FOR LIFE FROM FIGHTING ELECTIONS 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Reform must come from court By UPENDRA BAXI followed the inauguration of the gymnasium in the Supreme Court premises by the CJI. Without referring to the letters or naming any individuals whose appointments have been CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUJARAT ● ISHRAT CASE: CBI COURT ADJOURNS HEARING ON DISCHARGE PLEAS OF VANZARA, AMIN, PAGE 4
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