KOLKATA,LATECITY 16+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 (EX KOLKATA `7, `12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 8-9 As India stares at a loneliness epidemic, a look at the triggers and why conversations around mental health need to broaden their horizons The cliffhanger The long road to the strategic Kishanganga project, which is finally set to be inaugurated next month EIGHT MONTHS AFTER DOKLAM RESOLUTION Modi, Xi direct their armies to build trust China won’t force India on Belt and Road; both countries for joint economic project in Afghanistan, say can have more informal summits in the future 13 EXPRESSINWUHAN WORLD SHUBHAJIT ROY APRIL 28 KOREAS SET THE TABLE, TRUMP WILL TRY TO CLOSE DEAL WITH KIM As telcos shut shop, merge, job losses could double PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 THE FALLING number of operatorsineverytelecomcircleinthe country has 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 — CONTINUEDONPAGE2 PM Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a garden in Wuhan on Saturday. Xinhua via AP REPORT, PAGE 5 KOLKATA, APRIL 28 A DAY after the President approved the appointment of a Chief Justice and four more judges to the Calcutta High Court, its bar association on Saturday lifted its 69-day strike. The Centre had notified the appointment of Acting Chief Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya of the Calcutta High Court as its Chief Justice. The Union Law Ministry also notified the appointmentof AdvocatesBiswajit Basu, Amrita Sinha, Abhijit GangopadhyayandJaySengupta - as Additional Judges of the HC the same day. The Supreme Court Collegium had recommended Justice Bhattacharya’s appointment on January 10 and that of others on March 26. TAKEAWAYS FROM THE INFORMAL SUMMIT KHUSHBOO NARAYAN STRATEGIC guidance to AN ANTWERP-BASED firm ownedbyfugitivediamondjeweller Nirav Modi has been declared bankrupt by a commercialcourtinthenorthernBelgian city last month, according to court documents accessed by The Sunday Express. The Antwerp court on March 19 declared Modi’s Firestar Diamond BVBA, which controls three companies in Russia, ArmeniaandSouthAfrica, bankrupt, suspended payments, and gave the creditors of the firm a monthtofileclaims,accordingto thebankruptcynoticepublished in the Belgian Official Gazette on March 22. The court has set May 18asthedeadlineforfilingof the first official report of verification of the claims in its Solvency CentralRegister.Ithasappointed the Antwerp-based insolvency law experts Van Camp Eddy and MertensIlseasofficialliquidators. “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 their militaries to build trust and effectively manage border affairs INTENSIFY efforts to seek a fair, and mutually acceptable settlement on borders ARMED forces of both countries to implement confidence building measure to prevent incidents in border regions. PUSH forward bilateral trade and investment STRENGTHEN strategic communication on matters of common interest COOPERATE on counterterrorism AGREED on the utility of holding similar informal summits in the future. STRENGTHEN partnership in pursuit of national modernisation and greater prosperity for both countries Minimum age, qualified teachers: Bedi fiat: free rice only if villages NCERT issues nursery guidelines ODF; she has no clue, says CM RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 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 Calcutta HC gets Chief Justice, more judges; lawyers end 69-day strike EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EIGHT MONTHS after the Doklamcrisiswasresolved,India Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping issued “strategicguidance”totheirmilitaries to strengthen communication, build trust and mutual understanding and “enhance predictability” and “effectiveness”inmanagingborderaffairs. New Delhi said that both sides have the “maturity and wisdom” to handle differences through “peaceful discussion”, while keeping in mind the importance of “respecting each other’s sensitivities, concerns and aspirations”. Thetwoleadersalsodirected theirmilitariesto“earnestly”implement various confidence buildingmeasures,includingthe “principle of mutual and equal security”. The announcement came Saturday after 10 hours of talks between Modi and Xi, in six meetings — four of them CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EarlieronMarch7,theCentre also notified the appointment of advocates Shampa Sarkar, Ravi Krishan Kapur and Arindam Mukherjee to be Additional Judges of the High Court. These names were recommended by theSupremeCourtCollegiumon December 4, 2017. The new judges are scheduled to take oath on Wednesday. Lawyers will resume work from Monday, said bar associationpresidentUttamMajumder. “Wehavebeeninformedthat the warrant, which is the appointment letter by the President, has been issued for four new judges and a permanent chief justice for Calcutta High Court (on Friday). Therefore, according to a resolution taken during Thursday’s meeting of our Association, our CONTINUEDONPAGE2 WHAT THE NCERT PRESCHOOL GUIDELINES STATE 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 Training(NCERT)sharedwithall state governments this week. A pre-school is broadly de- 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 fined as any setting that imparts education to children between CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, APRIL 28 PUDUCHERRY LIEUTENANT Governor Kiran Bedi kicked up a controversywithherannouncement on Saturday that the administration’s Free Rice Distribution Scheme to villagers would be “made conditional to thecertificationthatthevillageis open defecation free and free of strewn garbage and plastics”. Bedi,whohadalsosetadeadlineofMay31forvillagestoclean up and qualify for the rice scheme, later issued a “clarification”, saying she was withholding her order. Rowling’s tweet to 12-year-old in Doda leaves her spellbound NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, APRIL 28 HAJI PUBLIC School is no Hogwarts, yet Kulsum Bano Bhat, a 12-year-old in the Doda school, experienced one such magical moment straight out of the fictional world J K Rowling created in her Harry Potter series. On April 26, Kulsum’s teacher,Priya,hadputupatweet with a photograph of Kulsum’s essay, in which the 12-year-old had written, “I am not inspired by J K Rowling only because she writes well but also because she has faced many difficulties but didn’t give up.” The director of the school, Sabbah Haji, while retweeting the teacher’s tweet, tagged Rowlingandextendedheraninvitation to visit Doda to meet Kulsum (in blue) with her friends. Pic tweeted by her teacher Kulsum, saying the girl, “a first generation English learner from the Himalayas would like to meetyousomeday.Socomevisit us at #HajiPublicSchool”. Later that day, Rowling sur- 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 best-selling 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 am so happy. If I get to meet J K Rowling, I will tell her she is wonderful.” After Rowling’s response to her tweet, Sabbah Haji replied, “Shoutout to the very gracious J KRowling.Thistweetframedfor ever in our school hallway.” Kulsum, one of four children of a farmer couple in Breswana, attends the non-profit school in Doda with her younger brother. “My brother is in Class III in the same school. I speak in English withhimathome...inschool,we CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Court in Antwerp declares Nirav firm bankrupt Puducherry L-G had set May 31 deadline. Archive Responding to Bedi’s statement, CM V Narayanasamy said herordershowedshe“hasnoclue about its implications”. “It is againsttheNationalFoodSecurity Act,2013,whichensuresfreerice asastatutoryrightfor75percent SUNDAY STORY PAGE 10 THE FACEOFF JUDICIARY vs EXECUTIVE 3 WEST BENGAL DIRECTOR OFFILMON JANSANGH FOUNDER SPMOOKERJEETO MOVEHIGHCOURT, POLICESAY‘NOBAN’ of the rural population. She cannotissueanyformalorderandimplementitwithoutconsultingus... In the past too, she has returned several files on the free rice scheme byraisingflimsyqueries. Agricultural labourers, women, school children, the physically challengedandthoseinunorganisedsectorsarethemajorbeneficiariesofthisricescheme.Shewill definitelyfacetheconsequences,” Narayanasamy,whohashadseveral 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, APRIL 28 To expand its urban reach, RSS to send out ‘apartment pramukhs’ LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, APRIL 28 AS HIGHRISE residential buildings increase in metros across the country, the Rashtriya 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 will 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In school, 6-yr-old spoke on organ donation; in death, she practises those lines VIVEKDESHPANDE NAGPUR,APRIL28 FORAfancydresscompetitionin school in 2017, six-year-old Rivyani played a visually challengedgirlandendedheractwith afewlinesonorgandonation.She walked away with the first prize and a rousing applause. Months later, Rivyani’s father Radheshyam Rahangdale, a police driver at Deori in Maharashtra’sGondiadistrict,ensuredtheapplauseforhisdaughterwouldn’tdiedown:onFriday, he donated her organs after a roadaccidentleftherbrain-dead. After doctors at New Era HospitalinNagpurharvestedher organs,theywererushedtothree 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. OnApril18,Rivyaniwashitby a motorcycle a little away from Deori,whenshewasdrinkingwaterbytheroadside.“Shewascoming from her father’s village in Salekasa tehsil with her aunt and uncle,whentheystoppedtodrink water.Amotorcyclehitthem,but passersby did nothing; only took photos and videos for more than an hour. But later, a man took themtoDeori,”sayshermaternal uncle Pravin Bisen. Rivyani at a school function From Deori, an unconscious Rivyani, along with her injured uncle and aunt, were taken to a hospitalinGondia.AprivatepaediatricianatGondiathenreferred RivyanitoNagpur,whereshewas admitted to New Era Hospital around 2.30 am on April 19. DrNileshAgrawal,Directorof New Era Hospital, says, “We immediately operated on her other injuriesbutwehadlostherpulse. Shewasbraindead.Afterabouta week of hospitalisation, we told Radheshyam that there was no point trying to prolong her life. I waspleasantlysurprisedwhenhe said he wanted to donate her organs.Usually,eventhemosteducatedpeopledon’tagreetoorgan donation and here was a man fromafar-offvillageinatribaldistrict who had the heart to make an offer in his most tragic moments of his life.” He added: “After completing the formalities for transplant, we secured her kidneys, liver, heart andeyes.Whiletheheartwassent to Fortis Hospital in Thane and was transplanted into a threeyear-old girl, the liver was transplantedintothebodyofa40-yearold man at our hospital and the kidneys were given to a 14-year oldboyatOrangeCityHospitalin Nagpur.Theeyesweredonatedto Nagpur’sMahatmeEyeHospital.” “While organ donation by children is not uncommon, it is probably unprecedented for four sets of organs to be harvested from a single child,” says Ravi Wankhede,anorgandonationactivist-doctor, who played a key role in co-ordinating the effort. Speaking on the phone from Deori, Rivyani’s father Radheshyam says, “When the doctorstoldmethatmydaughter was brain-dead, my first thought was, her other body parts are not dead. So why not let 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.” But before that, Radheshyam spoke to his wife on phone. “She wasinDeori.Childrengettheirfather’s name but it is the mother who has all other rights over her children. So it was important to askher.Sheimmediatelyagreed,” he says. Rivyani’smother,Arti,28,says, “Ihaveseenpeoplesufferbecause of ailments. So I thought why not help them the way I can.” Arti is a sciencegraduate,besidesholding a BEd degree. Where did Radheshyam get theinspirationfrom?“Ihavebrokenafewrulesbefore...whenwe weregettingmarried.Inourcommunity,thetraditionisfortheengagementceremonytobeheldat both the bride’s and groom’s homes. I took a stand, saying we will have only one ceremony. Whywastetimeandmoney?My in-laws agreed. Since then, many others have followed suit. When youtakeastepforward,othersfollow. I remembered that when I thought of donating my daugh- ter’s organs. It helped me decide fast,”saysRadheshyam,33,alsoa graduate. Says Agrawal, “In my entire practice,Ihaven’tseenparentslike Radheshyam and Arti. After we harvestedtheorgans,sametome andsaidhewantedtohugmeand wanted me to bless his child. I hugged him and put my hand on Rivyani’sheadtoblessher.When Iwenthomethatday,Icriedalot.” Radheshyam has a message for the parents of the 3-year-old whoreceivedhisdaughter’sheart. “Please convey to them that they should celebrate my daughter’s birthday on May 5 every year along with their child’s regular birthday,” he says.
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