LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SIKH YATRIS IN PAKISTAN India protests: Pak blocking consular access to pilgrims 11 WORLD Pak denies charge, says facts ‘distorted, misrepresented’ SHUBHAJIT ROY GUNMEN TARGET PAK SC JUDGE’S RESIDENCE PUTIN WARNS OF GLOBAL CHAOS IF SYRIA IS HIT AGAIN NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 CAPITAL PROTEST At a protest against the rape and murder in Kathua and rape in Unnao , in New Delhi on Sunday. Abhinav Saha REPORTS, P 4, 6 59% of LIC Govt orders RoC report on Top broadcaster, popular cancer policies website and official letter, Deepak Kochhar, Dhoot firms sold in Kerala, dodgy T20 league had it all KHUSHBOO NARAYAN NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 Maharashtra, Until the Jaipur police, acting on NIHAL KOSHIE a tip-off from the BCCI, exposed THE GOVERNMENT has told the NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 the matchfixing rot beneath the Registrar of Companies (RoC) to Gujarat, TN prepare a report on the firms cricketing glitter. GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, APRIL 15 FIVE MONTHS after the launch of its unique cancer cover, with a sum assured of up to Rs 50 lakh, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has sold 88,750 policies across India. And data shows that just four states — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Kerala — accounted for 58.5 per cent of these cancer policies sold during this period. The west zone, comprising Maharashtra and Gujarat, have taken 26,280 policies. South zone, comprising Tamil Nadu and Kerala, have taken 25,670 policies, accounting for the maximum number of cancer cover policies sold so far. Responding to queries from The Indian Express, LIC said in a statement: “As on date we have sold 88,750 policies with a first premium income of Rs 42.68 crore.” Incidentally, the first ever state-level disease burden study released last November showed that Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and Gujarat, which are placed higher on the development ladder, have become hubs of non-communicable diseases, including cancer. IT HAD roped in an established sports channel for live telecast, tied up with a popular cricket website for real-time ball-byball updates and obtained recognition from BCCI’s affiliated state unit. The organisers of the Twenty20 Rajputana Premier League (RPL) had it all covered. THE EDITORIAL PAGE The great bank fiddle BY MANISH SABHARWAL GUJARAT PAGE 3 ● MEVANI STOPPED AT JAIPUR AIRPORT CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 controlled by Deepak Kochhar, husband of ICICI Bank Managing Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar, and Venugopal Dhoot, promoter of Videocon Group, following allegations of a possible quid pro quo in the Rs 3,250crore loan granted by ICICI Bank to Videocon Group in 2012. TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICI Bank-Videocon-Deepak Kochhar The RoC’s technical report will look into the books of account and analyse the transactions CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 minors found hanging from tree in Barmer, cops say suicide, girls’ families allege murder DEEP MUKHERJEE SWAROOP KA TALA (BARMER), APRIL 15 SURROUNDED BY a vast expanse of sand and a thatched hut nestled between its roots, a Khejri tree stands amidst the barren landscape of Swaroop Ka Tala, a remote village in Barmer district. Villagers who ride motorcy- The spot where the bodies were found. Deep Mukherjee cles or pickup trucks through a narrow strip of road leading to Chohatan, the nearest town, throw quick, furtive glances towards the tree before speeding away. Two days ago, the village woke up to the sight of three bodies hanging from a branch of the tree — two Dalit girls and a Muslim boy, all minors. Their deaths have left many unan- swered questions. “My daughter Shanti (13) and niece Madhu (12) were sleeping with us in our house on Thursday night. We woke up after midnight to find that they were missing; their bodies were found on Friday morning. We are certain that they were kidnapped, and then raped and murdered,” says Bhairu Meghwal (41), father CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEARLY 500 COVERED, HOW NATIONAL GRID IS TRANSFORMING JUSTICE DELIVERY Soon, 14,000 courts will be a click away KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 EIGHT YEARS ago, a court room in east Delhi’s Karkardooma lower judiciary complex witnessed an unusual event. On the dais, instead of a judge, was a touchscreen. All the files in that court had been digitised. And a video conferencing facility was installed to record evidence from jails, forensic labs and hospitals. Today, this experiment to fast-track the disposal of pending cases has reached 488 district court complexes and 342 jails. And, according to the Union Law Ministry, 14,249 courts are being made ready under its E-courts Mission Mode Project — all of them will get computer hardware, local area networks and standard application software. The challenge is huge — over TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org 2.68 crore cases are still pending in various courts (see box on page 1). But the change is visible, say judges, officials and legal researchers. These courts have been connected to the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG). And, apart from the obvious benefits of transparency and real-time tracking, the e-move has sharply reduced the time taken to process a case, especially transcription of evidence. The NJDG now finds a mention in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2018 report. The grid has “made it possible to generate case management reports on local courts, thereby making it easier to enforce contracts”, states the report. But more importantly, say researchers, it has thrown up realtime data that shows the patterns in which justice is delivered at the lowest level. For instance: ■ The courts of the chief judicial magistrate in Allahabad district have the maximum number of cases (41,101) pending for more than ten years; a family court in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot has the least number of cases (2) pending for more than ten years. ■ 15.8 per cent of pending cases in Andhra Pradesh are those filed by women, the highest for any state. The Guntur district CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ON GRID: 2.68 CR CASES PENDING TOP 5 CASES PENDING Uttar Pradesh 24.12% Maharashtra 12.66% Bihar 6.04 % West Bengal 6.77% Gujarat 5.94% FASTEST DISPOSAL* Kerala 120 Karnataka 98 Himachal Pradesh 88 Haryana 66 Assam 62 (*Proportionat to courts; cases disposed of by one court in a month) ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SOLVING PROBLEMS OF AHMEDABAD CITY’S SLUM RESIDENTS — BY ROLLING THE DICE PREETI DAS AHMEDABAD, APRIL 15 THREE BOARD games, 13 students of urban design and numerous rounds of playing the board games with residents of Faisal Nagar slums in Ahmedabad. Don’t be mistaken, the students ofCEPT University are here to understand various social and economical problems of the slum-dwellers and offer them solutions. As part of the Play Methodologies Studio, a course offered for the time by the CEPT University, students of Bachelor of Urban Design were introduced to using games to understand the problems faced by the community, ranging from children dropping out of schools, water and electricity problems, and difficulties faced by vendors in the area. “The idea is to understand design and spaces and what it mean to the community through a board game. We zeroed in on Faisal Nagar slums because the residents here have faced riots and structural violence. Such areas are neglected when it comes to providing basic amenities and infrastructure. So, we decided to get the students of urban design Residents of Faisal Nagar slums play a board game. Express to understand the problems of the slum-dwellers and offer them solutions by engaging the community in board games,” says Kruti Shah, tutor of Play Methodologies Studio. As part of the study, the students spent two weeks in mapping the area and understand the issues of the community. They then divided themselves into three groups and designed three board games — Safar, Lakshya and Bhav Tol — with the help of studio tutors, faculty members and game design experts from the National Institute of Design (NID). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sikh pilgrims at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Pakistan. AP said the MEA. “A standard practice has been that the Indian High Commission’s consular/ protocol team is attached with visiting pilgrims, to perform consular and protocol duties, like helping out in medical or family emergencies. However, this year, the consular team has been denied access to Indian Sikh pilgrims. The team could not UP cop on tape warning gangster of encounter: ‘manage’ BJP leaders MANISH SAHU CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 Investigators say tie-ups with broadcaster Neo Sports and sports website cricbuzz.com, and a letter from a Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) official gave the organisers legitimacy — and helped them broadbase their betting racket. INDIA HAS lodged a strong protest with Islamabad for preventing visiting Sikh pilgrims from meeting Indian diplomats and consular teams in Pakistan. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in a statement on Sunday, said the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan was also “compelled to return” while he was on his way to meet the pilgrims. This comes weeks after New Delhi and Islamabad decided to resolve the crisis arising out of harassment and intimidation of diplomats and their families. “A jatha of around 1,800 Sikh yatris has been travelling in Pakistan from April 12, under a bilateral agreement on facilitating visits to religious shrines,” LUCKNOW, APRIL 15 THE UP government Sunday ordered a probe into an encounter in Jhansi between police and a gangster after an audio clip surfaced on social media purportedly of an officer alerting the “target” — and asking him to strike a deal with two BJP leaders. The government suspended Mauranipur police station incharge Suneet Kumar Singh, who is allegedly heard on the clip tipping off gangster Lekhraj Singh Yadav about the encounter. In the purported tape, Singh is also heard asking Yadav to “manage” Rajeev Singh Parichha, BJP MLA from Babina seat in Jhansi, and Sanjay Dubey, BJP district president. In the clip, the officer is also heard boasting: “Don’t know how many I have killed and dumped” (read transcript, page 2). No one was injured in the encounter that took place Friday evening at Basari village under the Mauranipur station limits. Police claimed that all accused escaped from the spot. The tape has emerged at a time when UP’s BJP government, under Yogi Adityanath, has courted controversy with a spate of encounters since coming to power on March 20, 2017. According to police records, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 meet the pilgrims on their arrival at Wagah Railway Station on April 12. Similarly, it was denied entry into Gurdwara Panja Sahib on April 14, for a scheduled meeting with pilgrims there. The High Commission was thus prevented from performing basic consular and protocol duties for Indian citizens,” it said. The MEA said that on Saturday, the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, who was scheduled to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib at the invitation of the Chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), was “suddenly asked to return while en route to the shrine, for unspecified ‘security’ reasons”. “The High Commissioner, who was to greet Indian pilgrims on the occasion of Baisakhi, was thus compelled to return without meeting Indian citizens,” it said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY GOVT & POLITICS ● JAITLEY TAKES OATH AS RS MEMBER, PAGE 5
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