LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE In Pak jail with blood disorder, MP youth set to return home JYOTI MALHOTRA NEW DELHI, APRIL 30 FIVE YEARS after he inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan, across the Rajasthan desert into Sindh in search of water, Jetindaera Arjanwara will be sent home May 4. A patient of sickle cell anaemia, a blood disorder that requires regular blood transfusion to stay alive, 21-year-old Jetindaera will be taken from Malir jail in Karachi to Wagah border, Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad told The Indian Express. Officials will provide him an emergency passport, enabling him to cross back into India. Indians returning from Pakistan usually spend hours being debriefed by Indian intelligence agencies, but in Jetindaera’s case, because he is so unwell, it is still unclear whether the Red Cross will be allowed to take charge and have him screened for treatment. Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria said all care would be taken to repatriate Jetindaera back to Amritsar, from where officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Punjab government will send him home. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK ● MILITANTS KILL THREE CIVILIANS IN VALLEY, PAGE 6 8 9 JOURNALISTS AMONG 25 KILLED IN KABUL BLAST Afghan journalists fell victim to the second of two blasts carried out by the Islamic State in Kabul Monday. Reuters Saudi DNA tests confirm 2016 Jeddah bomber was Indian RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, APRIL 30 SAUDI ARABIA has confirmed on the basis of DNA tests that the bomber who blew himself up outside the US Consulate in the western Saudi coastal city of Jeddah two years ago in a foiled suicide attack was Fayaz Kagzi, an Indian national and alleged operative of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, a senior security official told The Indian Express. “We have received confirmation from Saudi Arabian authorities that the DNA samples of Kagzi sent by us last year have Master Plans must be real THE EDITORIAL PAGE BY A G KRISHNA MENON Need to immediately resolve land issue for bullet train: Japan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, APRIL 30 WITH LAND acquisition issues plaguing the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, Japan on Monday called for immediate resolution of the issue. Speaking at a tourism festival, Japan Calling, here in Ahmedabad, Japanese Consul General at Mumbai, Ryoji Noda, said that India needs to immediately solve the land problem, and added that the bullet train project will only be operational by the end of 2023. “The bullet train project should be completed by the end of 2023. So there is only five years. We do not have much time. The land problem issue should be solved immediately... 11 WORLD Japan and India are in very close collaboration to establish this high-speed train,” Noda said. The Rs 1.08 lakh crore-project is being built with Rs 88,000 crore financial aid from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Last September, the Indian government had advanced the deadline of the project by a year, saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted it to be completed by 2022, though the official deadline set in consultation with the Japan government is 2023. Once completed, the travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will decrease to two hours. However, the National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC), which is executing the project, is facing protests from villagers and farmers over acquisition of land. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SAJID JAVID IS NEW UK HOME SECRETARY AFTER AMBER RUDD QUITS TRUMP FOR KIM MEETING AT PEACE HOUSE Suicide bombers struck in Medina (above), Jeddah and Qatif on July 4, 2016. AP File matched those of the Jeddah bomber,” said the official. The Jeddah blast on July 4, 2016, which injured two security officers, was the first of three attacks to hit the kingdom that day. The other two were also in the form of blasts near a Shia mosque in Qatif and outside the Masjid-i-Nabvi in Medina. According to sources, the National Investigation Agency has informed an NIA special court in Delhi that Kagzi, who is wanted in terror-linked cases, is dead. Investigators believe that Kagzi, from Beed in Maharashtra, was the “mastermind” and “financier” of two blasts in Pune — at the German Bakery in 2010 and on J M Road in 2012. Sources said Kagzi was also a “wanted accused” in the 2006 10 REPORT, PAGE 11 KATHUA RAPE EXPLAINED WHY BUDDHISM INVITES DALITS Justice Kurian Joseph’s suggestion that Collegium may send file back is distressing, says senior Govt functionary A DAYafter Justice Kurian Joseph said that the Supreme Court Collegium is likely to reiterate its recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph after the Government’s request for reconsideration, a top government functionary ex- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph pressed “surprise” that a “possible decision” has already been taken before the Collegium meeting. Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Kurian Joseph had said: “The Collegium might have to reiterate its recommendation furnishing facts and figures and citing precedent which have not been put in perspective by the government when it returned his name.” The Collegium is scheduled to meet on Wednesday. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Maharashtra set to get Rs 13,650-cr package, and can thank Gadkari SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, APRIL 30 3 GUJARAT FOUR ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF RAPE ACCUSED INSIDE DAMAN JAIL ITS RULING alliance with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra in disarray, and the Congress and NCP closing ranks on the opposite side, the BJP-led central government is all set to approve a “special package” to “address agrarian distress in 14 suicide-prone districts of Vidarbha and Marathwada” worth around Rs 13,650 crore over five years. It is learnt that the proposal is being pushed by Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari who hails from the Vidarbha region. A meeting on the proposal was held in the Prime ‘Package will address agrarian distress in 14 districts’ Minister’s Office (PMO) on April 9. As a follow-up, an interministerial Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) met last week. Official sources told The Indian Express that the EFC has vetted the proposal for Cabinet approval. The proposal states that projects approved under the special package “do not fit into the guidelines for inclusion/funding CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR AT WORKSHOP FOR MUSLIM YOUTH, STRESS ON BECOMING JOB GIVERS INSTEAD OF JOB SEEKERS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GANDHINAGAR, APRIL 30 AT A workshop for minorities and underprivileged sections of the society, leaders from the field of politics, finance and education exhorted Muslim students to choose entrepreneurship over seeking jobs. The entrepreneurship workshop — Taleem-o-Tarbiyat— was organised by ‘The Indus Entrepreneurs’ at IIT- Gandhinagar. Speaking at the event, Maulana Azad National Urdu University Zafar Sareshwala stressed on engaging with the government and “benefiting from its various welfare schemes”, while State Bank of India Managing Praveen K Gupta said in today’s time it has become more important to start own business instead of seeking jobs. “Artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, automatic process all this has re- The speakers at the event in Gandhinagar, Monday. Express sulted in less jobs being created in services and manufacturing sector today, and the existing jobs are being replaced due to this automisation. India’s tradition of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) business is very good. Maximum employment generation is also through the MSME sector. To start a business of your own, it is not necessary at all to start with a big venture,” Gupta told the participants at the workshop. “For instance in SBI, five-six years ago there were 2.20 lakh employees. In this period, the bank’s business has increased by more than double, but the number of employees has declined CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AANCHAL MAGAZINE & ANIL SASI JAMMU, APRIL 30 ‘Surprising that SC judge indicates decision before Collegium meeting’ NEW DELHI, APRIL 30 Dy CM calls it a minor issue, BJP MLA who backed accused made minister Tax net widens as individuals fuel the surge ARUN SHARMA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KAUNAIN SHERIFF M IN 5 YRS, 46% HIKE IN BASE NEW DELHI, APRIL 30 THE RAPE of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua’s Rasana village, which sparked outrage across the country, is a “minor issue” and giving the case “too much importance” is “not the right thing” to do, according to J&K’s new Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Kavinder Gupta. Speaking to reporters after his swearing-in Monday, Gupta said, “Yeh ek chhoti si baat hai Rasana. Is prakar ki ghatna dobara kabhi na ho, iss par humein vichar karna hai. Uss bacchi ko nyay mile, aise bahut se challenges sarkar ke samne hain. Mujhe lagta hai ki Rasana case ko hum itna bhav deke hum thik nahin kar rahe hain (Rasana is a small issue. We should think about ensuring that such incidents do not recur. Ensuring that the girl gets justice is among the challenges before the government. I feel that by giving so much importance to Rasana, we are not doing the right thing).” Gupta was the J&K Speaker before swapping posts with EVEN AS the country’s total taxpayer base increased to 6.41 crore in assessment year (AY) 2016-17 from 4.38 crore in AY 2011-12 — a rise of over 46 per cent over five years — this surge has almost entirely been on account of individual taxpayers. Over these five years, the addition in individual taxpayers numbers was higher than the average trendline — up by about 48 per cent. While the total taxpayer base grew at an average rate of about CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7.9 per cent a year, individual taxpayers recorded an average annual growth rate of 8.2 per cent in these five years, inching up from 94 per cent in AY 201112 to 94.9 per cent in AY 2016-17, according to official data. The term individual taxpayers include individuals who earn income through salary or through means such as interest, pension, who earn income from one housing property and individuals or Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs) with income from profits and gains of business or profession. The surge in the numbers is, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FIVE-YEAR GROWTH Assessment Year 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17* No. of Total Taxpayers No. of Individual Taxpayers 4.38 cr 4.73 cr 5.25 cr 5.69 cr 6.11 cr 6.41 cr 4.11 cr 4.46 cr 4.96 cr 5.39 cr 5.79 cr 6.08 cr * Returns for AY 2016-17 were allowed to be filed up to 31.3.2018.
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