JAIPUR,LATECITY APRIL29,2018 16+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 7 BIG PICTURE PAGES 8-9 The faceoff The cliffhanger The tension between the Executive and Judiciary isn’t new. What’s different about this latest round is an unusual mix of factors “To anyone looking at me from the outside, I seem like a fairly successful woman. I couldn’t figure out why I felt so angry or so lonely all the time” The Rs 5,750-crore Kishanganga Hydro Electric Project is finally set to be inaugurated next month. A sneak peek To expand urban footprint, RSS apartment pramukhs to target highrises EIGHT MONTHS AFTER DOKLAM RESOLUTION Modi, Xi direct their armies to build trust Takeaways from informal summit: China won’t force India on BRI; both sides for joint project in Afghanistan LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 AS HIGHRISE residential buildings gain popularity in metros acrossthecountry,theRashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided to knock on doors of apartments in major cities to expand its footprint. The exercise is aimed at starting shakhas and running social programmes in apartment societies in the near future. To this end, the RSS has decided to appoint “apartment pramukhs” in such residential societies in major cities including Delhi, Noida, Bangalore, Lucknow, Agra, Meerut and Gurgaon. In Delhi alone, the RSS has identified at least 50 societies, particularly in areas like Saket and Rohini, where apartment pramukhs fan out. An apartment pramukh will be an RSS worker - usually a gata-nayak or a grassroots worker looking after shakhas. The gata-nayak will identify “like-minded” people living in apartments, through whom the gata-nayak will hold group meetings with other residents. Incidentally, the RSS has also found that several of its own workers reside in such apartments in major cities, which will make communication easier. The gata-nayaks is expected to hold weekly and monthly meetings with locals and talk to them about the RSS, its ideology anditsopiniononcontemporary issues. The worker will also have to convince people to take part in shakhas within the premises of local residential society. RSS All India Prachar Pramukh,ArunKumarconfirmed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHUBHAJIT ROY WUHAN, APRIL 28 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping take a walk along the East Lake, in Wuhan, China on Saturday. PTI SRINAGAR, APRIL 28 “IAMnotinspiredbyJKRowling only because she writes well but alsobecauseshehasfacedmany difficulties but didn’t give up,” wrote 12-year-old Kulsum Bano Bhat in her school essay. OnApril26,Kulsum’steacher at Haji Public School in Jammu’s Doda put up a tweet with a photograph of the child’s essay. The director of the school, Sabbah Haji, while retweeting teacher Priya Antony’s tweet, tagged Rowlingandextendedheraninvitation to visit Doda to meet Kulsum, saying the 12-year-old, “a first generation English learner from the Himalayas wouldliketomeetyousomeday. So come visit us at #HajiPublicSchool”. Later that day, Rowling sur- should attempt to dominate regional security affairs or infringe upon the legitimate rights and interests of other countries,” Xi had said on May 21, 2014. New Delhi, which congratulatedhimonhisbeingre-elected as the country’s supreme leader, has conveyed that India’s security interests fit in with Xi’s thoughts on security. The focus on border issues between the two countries comes after bilateral ties took a hit in 2017 starting with the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, which China protested. Then, for more than then twoand-a-half monthsstartingmidJune last year, Indian and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Minimum age, qualified teachers: Bedi fiat: Free rice only if ODF; NCERT issues nursery guidelines she has no clue, says CM RITIKA CHOPRA WHAT THE PRESCHOOL GUIDELINES STATE: THE MINIMUM age for admission to nursery should be three years; the admission process should not involve evaluation or interaction; teachers should have passed Class XII and must hold a diploma in preschool education; the teacher-child ratio should be 1:25 and the duration of the programme be fixed at four hours. These are some of the nursery education prerequisites outlined in the guidelines and curriculumthattheNationalCouncil for Educational Research and Training(NCERT)sharedwithall ■ Admission to nursery not before the child turns 3 years. ■ Pre-school education should be of 2 years. ■ Should be surrounded by a boundary wall ■ Should have an outdoor play area ■ Time for rest/nap NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 state governments this week. A pre-school is broadly defined as any setting that imparts education to children between the age of three and six years. It is ■ Daily routine fixed at 4 hours ■ Teacher-child ratio should be 1:25 ■ Teachers should have a diploma in preschool education recognized by NCTE ■ Police verification for support staff usuallyknownbydifferentnames including anganwadi, balwadi, nursery, preparatory, preschool, pre-primary, LKG and UKG. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Rowling’s tweet to 12-year-old in Doda leaves her spellbound NAVEED IQBAL EIGHT MONTHS after the Doklam crisis was resolved, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping Saturday issued “strategic guidance” to their militaries to strengthen communication, build trust and mutual understanding and “enhance predictability” and “effectiveness” in managing border affairs. Thetwoleadersalsodirected their militaries to earnestly implement various confidence buildingmeasures,includingthe “principle of mutual and equal security”. The announcement Saturdaycomesafter10hoursof conversationbetweenModiand Xi at their first “informal summit”-muchof itone-on-oneand accompanied only by interpreters. Atopsource,privytotheconversations between the two leaders, told The Indian Express: “Xi is now the supreme leader, especially after the Constitutional amendment. We expectthearmytolistentohim.” Sources pointed out to of Xi’s early speeches in May 2014 when he had outlined his concept of “New Asian Security Concept For New Progress in Security Cooperation” at the Shanghai Expo Center. “Security must be equal. No country prised the school with a reply to Haji’s tweet, asking for Kulsum’s details to be able to “send her something”. The reply from the author of the bestselling series left Kulsum in disbelief, and everyone at school elated. “Sabbah ma’am told me that J K Rowling had seen my essay and that she had replied. I was so happy. If I get to meet J K Rowling, I will tell her she is wonderful.” Kulsum, one of four children of a farmer couple in Breswana, attendsHajiPublicSchool,anonprofit school in Doda, with her younger brother. “My brother is in Class III in the same school. I speak in English with him at home... in school, we all have to speak only in English,” she says, speaking from Breswana in Doda on Sabbah Haji’s phone. Shespeaksinslow,carefullyconstructed sentences as she goes Kulsum (last row, centre) with her friends. on to talk of her love for the Harry Potter series. Now in Class 7, Kulsum says shebeganreadingEnglishbooks while in Class 2 with help from her teachers and started with Enid Blyton’s Noddy before immersing herself in Rowling’s world of wizards and flying brooms. Of the four Harry Potter books she has read, the second, HarryPotterandtheChamberof Secrets, is her favourite. She has begunwatchingtheHarryPotter movie series as well. “Hermoine is my favourite character, she is intelligent,”saysKulsum,adding, “If there was one spell I could do, itwouldbeWingardiumLeviosa (thelevitationcharm),”sheadds. “Her books made me so happy. Whenever something upset me, I immersed myself in the wizard world and it always CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, APRIL 28 PUDUCHERRYLtGovernorKiran Bedi kicked up a controversy with her announcement on Saturday that the administration’s Free Rice Distribution Scheme to villagers would be “made conditional to the certification that the village is open defecation free and free of strewn garbage and plastics”. Bedi also set a deadline of May 31 for villages to clean up and qualify for the rice scheme. Responding to Bedi’s statement, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said her statement showed she “has no clue 3 Puducherry L-G sets May 31 deadline for clean-up. Archive abouttheimplicationsof suchan order”. “It is against the National Food Security Act, 2013, which ensures free rice as a statutory right for 75 per cent of the rural population.Shecannotissueany formal order and implement it without consulting us... In the pasttoo,shehasreturnedseveral files on the free rice scheme by raising flimsy queries. Agriculturallabourers,women,school children, the physically challengedandthoseinunorganised sectors are the major beneficiaries of this rice scheme. She will definitely face the consequences,” Narayanasamy, who has had several run-ins with Bedi, said. Under the rice scheme, the Puducherryadministrationgives 20 kg of rice for those below the poverty line and 10 kg for those above the poverty line. Bedi, who made the announcement on Twitter, also sent a WhatsApp message to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Court in Antwerp declares Nirav firm bankrupt KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, APRIL 28 AN ANTWERP-BASED firm ownedbyfugitivediamondjeweller Nirav Modi, which controls three companies in Russia, Armenia and South Africa, has been declared bankrupt by a commercial court in the northern Belgian city last month, according to court documents accessed by The Sunday Express. The court in Antwerp on March 19 declared Modi’s Firestar Diamond BVBA bankrupt, suspended payments, and gave the creditors of the firm a month to file claims, according to the bankruptcy notice published in the Belgian Official Gazette on March 22. The court has set May 18 as the deadline forfilingof thefirstofficialreport of verification of the claims in its Solvency Central Register. It has also appointed the Antwerpbased insolvency law experts VanCampEddyandMertensIlse as official liquidators in the case. “I am not aware of the development,” Vijay Agarwal, lawyer representing Nirav Modi, told The Sunday Express. Firestar Diamond BVBA was set up by Nirav Modi’s father Deepak Modi in 2009. Nirav Modi’sbrotherNeeshalModiisa director of the company, which leads the rough diamond sourcing and trading for the group, and distributes assorted polished productions from various manufacturing locations to both its local and international customers. Firestar Holdings Ltd, Modi’s Hong Kong corporation, has significant stake in Firestar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As telcom firms shut shop, merge, job losses in sector could double this year EXPRESS NETWORK MOVESENGARTO DELHIFORFAIRPROBE: VICTIM’SFAMILY 5 WORLD KOREAS SET THE TABLE, TRUMP WILL TRY TO CLOSE DEAL WITH KIM PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 THEFALLING numbersof operatorsineverytelecomcircleinthe country have resulted in thousands of job losses in the sector overthelast12-18months.From around 10 operators on average some two years ago, each telecom circle today has only six operators on average. According to a report by recruitment firm CIEL HR, some 80,000-90,000jobscouldbelost in the sector over the first two or threequartersof theongoingcalendaryear,whichwillbedouble the number of telecom jobs — 40,000 — that were lost in 2017. More layoffs could follow as ongoing processes of mergers and acquisitions are completed, andevenfeweroperatorsareleft in the field. The merger of Vodafone India, the country’s second largest mobile operator, and third-placed Idea Cellular, which is expected to create India’s largest mobile phone company, could see 5,000 jobs being lost, according to industry estimates — a number that Vodafone has disputed. The largest player in India, Bharti Airtel, is in the process of acquiring Telenor India and Tata Teleservices. “Traditionally, once a deal for merger or acquisition is announced, employees of the smaller company in the deal start looking for jobs elsewhere. While junior or entry-level employees have the option of re- skilling themselves to move out of the sector, the job cuts tend to impact middle-management,” a senior executive with a large telecom company told The Sunday Express on condition of anonymity. Responding to a query sent by this newspaper, a spokesperson for Vodafone India said no decisions had so far been taken on the workforce of the merged entity. “This(estimatesof joblosses) is pure speculation and totally untrue.Thetwocompanieshave not received final merger approvals and so the leadership teamsof VodafoneandIdeacontinue to compete in the market and manage their businesses separately. No decisions have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A school play and a 6-yr-old’s final bow: Father donates girls organs VIVEK DESHPANDE NAGPUR, APRIL 28 FOR A fancy dress competition in school in 2017, six-year-old Rivyani played a visually challenged girl and ended her act with a few lines on organ donation. She walked away with the first prize and a rousing applause. On Friday, Rivyani, daughter of Radheshyam Rahangdale, a police driver at Deori in Maharashtra’s Gondia district, donated four of her organs after doctors declared her brain-deadfollowingaroadaccident. After doctors at New Era Hospital in Nagpur harvested her organs, they were rushed to three different hospitals, two in Nagpur and one in Mumbai, where the transplants were carried out. Her eyes were donated to an eye bank in Nagpur. On April 18, Rivyani was hit by a motorcycle a little away fromDeori,whenshewasdrinking water by the roadside. “She wascomingfromherfather’snative village in Salekasa tahsil with her aunt and uncle, when they stopped to drink water by the roadside. A motorcycle hit them,butpassersbydidnothing; only took photos and videos for more than an hour. But later, a man took them to Deori,” says her maternal uncle Pravin Bisen. From Deori, an unconscious Rivyani, along with her injured uncle and aunt, were taken to a hospital Gondia. A private paediatrician at Gondia then referred Rivyani to Nagpur, where she was admitted to New Era Hospital around 2.30 am on April 19. Nilesh Agrawal, Director of New Era Hospital, said, “We immediatelyoperatedonherother injuries but we had lost her pulse.Shewasirretrievablybrain dead. After about a week of hospitalisation, we told Radheshyam that there was no pointintryingtoprolongherlife. I was pleasantly surprised when he said he wanted to donate her organs. Usually, even the most educated people don’t agree to organ donation and here was a man from a far-off village in a tribal district who had the heart to make an offer in his most tragic moments of his life.” He added: “After completing theformalitiesfortransplant,we secured her kidneys, liver, heart and eyes. While the heart was sent to Fortis Hospital in Thane and was transplanted into a three and a half year old girl, the liver was transplanted into the Rivyani at the school function in 2017. Express bodyof a40-year-oldmanatour hospital and the kidneys were given to a 14-year old boy at Orange City Hospital in Nagpur. The eyes were donated to Mahatme Eye Hospital in Nagpur.” “While organ donation by children is not uncommon, it must be unprecedented for four sets of organs to be harvested from a single child,” said Ravi Wankhede, an organ donation activist-doctor,whoplayedakey role in co-ordinating the effort. Speaking on the phone from Deori, Rivyani’s father Radheshyam said, “When the doctors told me that my daugh- ter was brain-dead, my first thought was, her other body partsarenotdead.Sowhynotlet them stay alive? My heart was pounding heavily but within 12 minutes of the doctor telling me she was brain-dead, I decided to donate my daughter’s organs.” Butbeforethat,Radheshyam spoke to his wife on phone. “She was in Deori. Children get their father’s name but it is the mother who has all other rights over her children. So it was important to ask her. She immediately agreed.” Rivyani’s mother Arti, 28, said, “I have seen people suffer becauseof ailments.SoIthought Jaipur why not help them the way I can.” Arti is a science graduate, besides holding a BEd degree. Where did Radheshyam get the inspiration from? “I have brokenafewrulesbefore...when we were getting married. In our community, the tradition is for the engagementceremony to be held at both the bride’s and groom’s homes. I took a stand, sayingwewillhaveonlyoneceremony. Why waste time and money? My in-laws agreed. Sincethen,manyothershavefollowedsuit.Whenyoutakeastep forward,othersfollow.Iremembered that when I thought of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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