TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA In Pak jail with blood disorder, MP youth set to return home KATHUA RAPE Dy CM calls it a minor issue, BJP MLA who backed accused made minister 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, JetindaeraArjanwarawillbesent 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,IndianHighCommission 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,butinJetindaera’scase, because he is so unwell, it is still unclear whether the Red Cross willbeallowedtotakechargeand havehimscreenedfortreatment. IndianHighCommissionerto PakistanAjayBisariasaidallcare would be taken to repatriate JetindaerabacktoAmritsar,from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK ● MILITANTS KILL THREE CIVILIANS IN VALLEY, PAGE 6 ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, APRIL 30 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 REPORT, P 11 Saudi DNA tests confirm 2016 Jeddah bomber was Indian RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, APRIL 30 SAUDIARABIAhasconfirmedon 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 operativeof theLashkar-e-Toiba, a senior security official told The Indian Express. “Wehavereceivedconfirmation from Saudi Arabian authorities that the DNA samples of Kagzi sent by us last year have Maharashtra set to get Rs 13,650-cr package, and can thank Gadkari SOWMIYA ASHOK ‘Package will address agrarian distress in 14 districts’ NEW DELHI, APRIL 30 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 Minister’s Office (PMO) on April 9. As a follow-up, an inter-ministerial ExpenditureFinanceCommittee (EFC) met last week. Official sources told The Indian Express that the EFC has vetted the proposal for Cabinet approval. 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Theproposalstatesthatprojects approved under the special package “do not fit into the guidelines for inclusion/funding under the existing schemes [Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP)/Har Khet Ko Pani] of this Ministry (Water Resources). Therefore, Central Assistance in the form of special package is proposed.” Theproposalincludes83surface minor irrigation projects of which 66 are in Vidarbha and 17 in the Marathwada region, and 8major/mediumirrigationprojects with a potential across projects of 3,76,915 hectares. “The balance estimated cost of projects of Maharashtra to be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Master Plans must be real BY A G KRISHNA MENON 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,whichinjuredtwosecurity 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 NationalInvestigationAgencyhas informed an NIA special court in Delhi that Kagzi, who is wanted in terror-linked cases, is dead. Investigators believe that Kagzi,fromBeedinMaharashtra, 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 EXPLAINED WHY BUDDHISM INVITES DALITS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Surprising that SC judge indicates decision before Collegium meeting’ Justice Kurian Joseph’s suggestion that Collegium may send file back is distressing, says senior Govt functionary KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, APRIL 30 ADAYafterJusticeKurianJoseph said that the Supreme Court Collegium is likely to reiterate its recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph after the Government’s requestforreconsideration,atop government functionary ex- 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 Bengal rural polls: Pregnant kin of candidate ‘raped’, BJP blames TMC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, APRIL 30 A 23-YEAR-OLD pregnant woman was allegedly raped by a group of armed men who bargedintoherhomeonSunday morning in Nadia. Doctors said her condition is stable. ThewomanisrelatedtoaBJP candidatefightingthepanchayat polls, the party said. It blamed the attack on "goons" affiliated totherulingTrinamoolCongress (TMC), which has denied any role. The family also claimed that police had put pressure on them to change their statement. The police denied this and said the family had initially lodged an assault and loot complaint. The rape charge was added later. "An FIR has been lodged under sections of rape and others , on the basis of a complaint, and aninvestigationison,"Nadiapolice superintendent Santosh Pandey told The Indian Express. According to the mother-inlaw's complaint, a group of over six assailants barged into their house around 2 am on Sunday. At the time of the attack, the candidate, also the victim's sister-in-law, had been in hiding along with some other other family members after she was allegedly threatened to withdraw her nomination. Only the two women were home along with a three-year-old child. The six-month pregnant woman was allegedly beaten andsexuallyassaultedwhenshe triedtoshieldhermother-in-law from the attackers. The complainant said the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BENCHES OF STEEL FOR RAILWAY STATIONS, WITH NAMES OF SPONSORING LEGISLATORS AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, APRIL 30 ACTING ON an idea pushed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Railways plans to install at least one lakh stainless steel benches in 1,500 stations across the country. The benches will sport the name of the local Member of Parliament, whose funds will be used, as sponsors of the project. The tender for the one lakh benches, which will likely be floated next month, will be the single largest procurement of public furniture by a government utility in the country and is among the more ambitious moves by the Railways to utilise MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds to upgrade basic station amenities. The Prime Minister’s Office JOURNALISM OF COURAGE 1 lakh benches planned across 1,500 stations has been monitoring the progress of this little-known idea, it is learnt. With trains accountingfornearly2.5crorepassengers every day from all constituencies,thethinking,sources said, was that elected representatives should also contribute to help passengers as they wait for trains. At present, the seating space at railway platforms is often inadequatecomparedtothenumberof peopleonplatformsevery day. The cost involved in the project may not be much, sources said. According to the ministry’s assessment, a steel bench may cost between Rs 12,000 and Rs 30,000 dependingonthesizeandspecifications. Atpresent,theRailways areconsidering four-seater and 10seater circular benches. To give the project a fillip, the Railways has also adopted a novel “1+1” policy - for every bench an MP sponsors at a station in their constituency, the Railways will install another bench at the same station and display MP’s name on it as the benefactor. MPs from across the political spectrumhavebeeninformedof thisnewpolicydecision.Sources said that MPs who want the benches sporting their names couldcontactrailwayauthorities with a pledge to sponsor. It is believedthatthejobcouldbecompleted before March 2019 but the Railways hopes to complete it earlier. Overthepastyear,theideato utiliseMPLADfundsforplatform benches has not been as fast as the ministry had hoped with MPs chipping in only in fits and starts. Around Rs 14 crore has been collected so far for the benches leading the Railways to take the central approach this time. Prime Minister Modi, for instance, gave Rs 40 lakh from his MPLAD fund for 900 benches at railway stations like Kashi and Varanasi in his constituency, while Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has committed Rs 25 lakh in her Vidisha constituency. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has pledged 1,940 seats for stations in Gujarat, from where he is a Rajya Sabha MP and Water CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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. Speakingtoreportersafterhis swearing-inMonday,Guptasaid, “Yeh ek chhoti si baat hai Rasana. Isprakarkighatnadobarakabhina ho,issparhumeinvicharkarnahai. Ussbacchikonyaymile,aisebahut sechallengessarkarkesamnehain. 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.Ifeelthatbygivingsomuch importancetoRasana,wearenot doing the right thing).” Gupta was the J&K Speaker before swapping posts with Nirmal Singh in a reshuffle directed by the party. Singh had backed Chief Mehbooba Mufti’s decision to stick to a probe by the Crime Branch in the Kathua case, though many BJP leaders had backed the demand for a CBI inquiry. OnMonday,amongtheeight legislatorsinductedintothegovernment were BJP state president Sat Sharma and Kathua MLA Rajiv Jasrotia. In March, Sharma had sent two BJP ministers at the time, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY IN 5 YRS, 46% HIKE IN BASE Tax net widens as individuals fuel the surge AANCHAL MAGAZINE & ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, APRIL 30 EVEN AS the country’s total taxpayerbaseincreasedto6.41crore in assessment year (AY) 2016-17 from 4.38 crore in AY 2011-12 — ariseof over46percentoverfive years—thissurgehasalmostentirelybeenonaccountof individual taxpayers. Over these five years, the addition in individual taxpayers numbers was higher than the average trendline — up by about 48 per cent. Whilethetotaltaxpayerbase grew at an average rate of about 7.9percentayear,individualtaxpayers recorded an average annual growth rate of 8.2 per cent in these five years, inching up from 94 per cent in AY 201112to94.9percentinAY2016-17, according to official data. The term individual taxpayersincludeindividualswhoearn 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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