TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Child rape: Death penalty wrong BY FLAVIA AGNES BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 9 THEIDEASPAGE Saving our kids Civil society needs to speak out against fake news targeting immunisation programmes JOURNALISM OF COURAGE BJP MLA present, Una Dalits convert to Buddhism IDENTIFYING NPAs PSU banks start audit of loans over Rs 50 cr GOPAL KATESHIYA MOTA SAMADHIYALA (UNA), APRIL 29 MEMBERS of a Dalit family who wereallegedlyassaultedby‘cow vigilantes’ here in July 2016 converted to Buddhism on Sunday, along with around 300 membersof thecommunityfromvarious parts of Gujarat. The ceremony, organised in Mota Samadhiyala village near Una town of Gir Somnath district, was attended by BJP Dalit MLA Pradip Parmar. Not believing in Hindu gods and goddesses was among the 22 resolves that the converts made. The conversion will be recognisedonlywhenregistered with the district collector, as per the Gujarat Freedom of Religion law. Balu Sarvaiya, his wife Kunvar, sons Vashram and Ramesh, and daughters-in-law Manisha and Sonal, were initiated into Buddhism by three monks. They were joined by Balu’s nephew Ashok, relative Will prepare details of accounts that could become NPAs, share with govt Sarvaiya, his sons after the conversion. Gopal Kateshiya Bechar and his wife Hansa, and another relative, Arjan Babariya, of neighbouring Bediya village. Vahsram, Ramesh, Ashok and Bechar had been beaten up by a group of ‘cow vigilantes’ while skinning the carcass of a cowinMotaSamadhiyalavillage on July 11, 2016. The assailants hadaccusedtheDalitsof slaughtering the cow. Balu and Kunvar, whorushedtothespottorescue the four, and Devashi Babariya and Arjan, who tried to intervene, had also been beaten up. Later, the accused had taken Vashram, Ramesh, Ashok and Rahul addresses the Jan Aakrosh Rally at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi Sunday. Prem Nath Pandey After Karnataka, will go to Kailash Mansarovar: Rahul Slams PM for silence on key issues, says will win state polls MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, APRIL 29 FROM ANNOUNCING a Kailash Mansarovarpilgrimagetolisting the NDA government’s unfulfilled promises and accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making “promises...(with) no truth” and staying silent on critical issues such as the Kathua rape and the crisis in the judiciary, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Sunday revealed the broad contours of the main Opposition party’s line of attack against the BJP for the 2019 general elections. Addressing his party’s Jan Aakrosh Rally at the Ramlila ground in a 32-minute speech, Gandhi launched an all-out attack on Modi, taking his name 38 times while referring to him as Prime Minister and chowkidar 13 times — the second reference being to Modi frequently SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, APRIL 29 FOLLOWING A fresh directive from the Finance Ministry, publicsectorbankshavestartedconducting forensic audits on all loan accounts above Rs 50 crore for any possible fraud, industry sources told The Indian Express. After completion of the audits, the banks will prepare details of accounts that could potentially turn into non performingassets(NPAs),which willthenbesharedwiththegovernmentandinvestigativeagencies for further action. Accounts where any fraud is detected will be referred to the CBI after consultations with the chief vigilance officers of the banks, sources said. “We are undertaking this challengingtaskofauditingallaccounts above Rs 50 crore. These are forensic audits being done in linewiththegovernment’sinitiative to detect frauds. For any accountthatisturningintoNPA,we are seeking a borrower status report from the Central Economic IntelligenceBureau.Thiswillhelp us identify whether the NPA is duetogenuinebusinessissuesor some fraudulent activity,” a top CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 J&K reshuffle today, BJP With last outpost in Manipur, govt May send name of judge to to replace Dy CM who govt again: Justice Joseph backed Mufti on Kathua says all villages have electricity CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 But task still cut out for rural households: 17% off the grid DEEPAK PATEL NEW DELHI, APRIL 29 WITH ELECTRICITY reaching Manipur’s Leisang on Saturday evening, the Central Governmenthasannouncedthe completion of electrification of all villages in the country. Leisang in Senapati district, with 19 families, now joins the other 5.97 lakh inhabited villages that havebeenofficiallyconnectedto the national grid. When the NDA government launched its version of the villageelectrificationscheme—the Rs 76,000 crore Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) — there were an estimated 18,452 unelectrified villages. An additional 1,275 villages were added to the list subsequently. The electrification of 5.77 lakh villages was achieved over the years by previous governments. According to the 2011 census, there are 5,97,463 villages in the country. “Leisang village in Manipur, like the thousands of other villages across India has been powered and empowered!” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, APRIL 29 THE SUPREME Court Collegium is likely to send back to the Government its recommendationtoelevateUttarakhandChief Justice K M Joseph to the apex court,seniorjudgeJusticeKurian Joseph has indicated. Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Kurian Joseph said, “The Collegium might have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Precedent, facts not put in perspective by Govt’ to reiterate its recommendation furnishing facts and figures, and citing precedent, which have not been put in perspective by the Government when it CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, APRIL 29 ON THE backfoot in its Jammu provincestrongholdoveraseries of issues, the BJP has decided to go in for major changes in the much-anticipated Cabinet reshuffleof theJ&Kgovernment. Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh will step down, trading places with Speaker Kavinder Gupta. Earlier, the BJP had asked all Jaipur Nirmal Singh to trade places with the Speaker its ministers in the Mehbooba Mufti government, except Nirmal Singh, to resign after two of itsministers,ChanderPrakash Ganga and Choudhary Lal Singh, hadtoquitovertheirstandinthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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