TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 9 One Reddy by his side, PM slams those calling Bellary a home of thieves DECISION 2018 JOHNSON T A BELLARY, MAY 3 SPEAKING ON the home turf of the Reddy brothers, who are facing a number of charges including illegal iron-ore mining, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday accused the Congress of consistentlydefamingBellary by projecting the region as “inhabitedbyrobbersandthieves” while ignoring the good governance witnessed during the Vijayanagara empire between the 14th and 17th centuries. The Prime Minister also called the Congress anti-Dalit, anti-Muslim, anti-OBC and anti-women, and said the BJP has done more for these communities despite being tagged a “Bania and Brahmin” party. He cited the examples of the Congress failing to make Dalit leader Mallikarjun Kharge the chief minister of Karnataka in 2013 and the SHIVAJI MEMORIAL Govt gets MoEF nod for 210 m statue, govt plans to increase height by 2 m EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, MAY 3 THE MINISTRY of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has last month given its approval to increase the height of the proposed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial on the Arabian Sea from 192 metres to 210 metres. However, sources said the state government seeks to submit another plan to the MoEF, seeking clearance to increase the height of the statue to 212 m to ensure that it is the tallest in the world. An expert panel of the MoEF, at its meeting held in april, had approved the proposed memorialat210mbutwithcertainriders. “The project shall be dove tailed with the Coastal Zone Management Plan to be drawan up by the state government in compliance to the NGT orders. Full compliance to the NGT orders shall be ensured,” the committee said. The committee said the state government should draw up a marine biodiversity management plan, along with a planformanagementof fishand fishing operations, to be implemented in consultation with respectivedepartments. “Theproject proponent will certify that thereisnolegalrestrictiononthe proposedprojectactivitiesatthe proposed site,” the panel added. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD NO STAY ON SC/ST ACT ORDER Govt says SC usurping power of legislature, judges disagree KARNATAKA EXPLAINED Why politicians eat with Dalits 12 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Bengaluru on Thursday. PTI INSIDE Page 8 ● THIMAYYA, CARIAPPA AND GOONDA: PM DIGS INTO HISTORY TO SAY CONG INSULTS ARMY LEGENDS BJP’s role in making Ram Nath Kovind the President of India as examples of the BJP’s greater acknowledgement of the community. The Prime Minister cited himself as an example of the scope given to OBCs by the BJP and cited A P J Abdul Kalam being the president and Nirmala Sitharamanthedefenceminister as examples of the BJP being “all encompassing”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The nameplates of winners who skipped the national film awards ceremony were removed at Vigyan Bhavan on Thursday, their seats went empty. Tashi Tobgyal NATIONAL FILM AWARDS 50 skip film awards saying want it from President, not Ministers KRISHN KAUSHIK & DIVYA A NEW DELHI, MAY 3 THE 65TH National Film Awards ceremony saw a lot of suspense, drama, action and emotion — much of this for the way the ceremony was conducted rather than the cinema that was being celebrated. An estimated 50 of the 125 awardees refused to attend the event protesting that, contrary towhattheirinvitationsaid,they were not going to receive the awards from President Lost tiger finds its way to an abandoned rubber factory in Bareilly, next home is zoo ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL NEW DELHI, MAY 3 AT FIRST, they thought those people were crying wolf. On Thursday evening, they found the tiger. And with it, an incredible story of survival that began in Haldwani or Pilibhit, wound its way through the tall sugarcane fields of western Uttar Pradesh, paused inside an abandoned rubber factory on the outskirts of Bareilly and ended up inside a narrow tunnel. Estimated to be 3-4 years old The tiger was first sighted near the factory two months ago . TRUMP ADMITS HE REPAID HUSH MONEY FOR STORMY DANIELS and weighing 172.45 kg on an empty stomach, “Fateh” will now spend the rest of his life in Kanpur zoo. Accordingtoofficialsandrescuers, the first alarm was raised two months ago near the crumbling factory northwest of the city. As reportsof more sightings came in, a team from the UP forest department and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) set up camera traps and “rovers” on the premises. ForDrPPSingh,chief conservator of forests (Bareilly) and field director of the Pilibhit Tiger CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UP encounter Villagers who took compensation rue death No. 50: lost livelihood, say project ‘dangerous’ Same chase, same story SHUBHANGIKHAPRE JAITAPUR NUCLEAR PLANT MADBAN (JAITAPUR), MAY 3 CHINAINSTALLS MISSILESON SOUTHCHINA SEAOUTPOSTS Ram Nath Kovind. The wrinkle in the red carpet surfaced on Wednesday when the awardees reached the venue for the rehearsal. They were told that breaking away from tradition, the President would give away only a select few awards — 11 of the 70 categories — and the rest would be given by Union Minister for Information and BroadcastingSmritiIraniandher junior Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore. This did not go down well with many awardees who felt that this segregated the awards into two categories, and, most IT HAS been five years since SatyavanMahadevMayekar(70) gave up his 6.5 hectares of agricultural land for the Jaitapur nuclear power plant. A resident of Madban village in Ratnagiri district, Mayekar had received Rs 1.45 crore as compensation. Today,theland,wheremango and paddy were once grown, is encircledwithaconcreteboundary wall and Mayekar is unemployed.HissonSharadisthefamily’s sole breadwinner. An autorickshaw driver, he earns Rs 500 daily. Mayekar is one of the 2,338 farmersfrom13villageswhohad EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, MAY 3 Outside the NPCL office at Madban. Shubhangi Khapre givenuplandfortheproject.Most farmershaveacceptedacompensationof Rs22.5lakhperhectare (2.5 acres). Today,whilevillagersseemto haveshedtheiracrimonyagainst the project, the question that lurks in their minds is can two mega projects — West Coast Oil Refinery and Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant — co-exist in Ratnagiriwithoutcausinganyenvironmentalhazard.Full-fledged workattheplant—whichwould havesixreactorseachwith1,650 MW capacity — is likely to begin from December. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MARKING THE 50th case of encounterkillinginUPsincetheBJP government came to power last March,policesaidThursdaythata wanted criminal succumbed to bullet injuries sustained during a shootoutinMuzaffarnagarearlier in the day. Police identified the man killed as Rehan and said he was a member of the Mukeem Kala gang with a reward of Rs 50,000onhishead.Rehanhad15 cases registered against him, including those of murder and attempt to murder, police said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 15 DAYS & COUNTING, VILLAGE WAITS FOR ITS MISSING VIVEK DESHPANDE GATTEPALLI, KASNASUR (GADCHIROLI), MAY 3 NEARLY A fortnight after the Gadchiroli police claimed one of its biggest successes in an antiMaoist operation, 21 of the 40 bodies remain unidentified. Most of them decomposed beyond recognition, these lie at four mortuaries, in Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Gondia and Bramhapuri, and could contain answers to what happened to eight people who went missing from Gattepalli village in Gadchiroli district around the same time. Of the 19 identified too, five bodies are yet to be claimed by their next of kin. The relatives of the missing eight belonging to Gattepalli — In Gattepalli, the families of the missing. Deepak Daware the youngest 15, the oldest 39 — have been doing the rounds of police and mortuaries to see if their kin are among the dead. Their fears were strengthened when one of the bodies appeared to resemble one of the missing girls, Bhujji Usendi, 15. However, DNA result is awaited. The government ordered testing of all the bodies after reports emerged of eight missing villagers. The families are reluctant to talk, claiming pressure from boththeauthoritiesandMaoists. SP, Gadchiroli district, Abhinav Deshmukh said, “We are relying upon DNA test to ascertain if the missing eight, four girls and three men (apart from Bhujji), had died in our operation. It will take some time for the DNA test results to reach us.” Villagers say the eight, including Bhujji Usendi, Nusse Madavi, Anita Gawde, Raso Madavi, yet another Raso Madavi, Mangesh Atram, Mangesh Madavi and Irpa Madavi, left Gattepalli together with their bags around 7 pm on April 21. “They said they were going to the marriage of Soma Madavi at Kasnasur,” says a villager. The encounter, in which the Gadchiroli police shot 34 near Kasnasur village in Bhamragad tehsil, happened early next morning. The distance from Gattepalli to Kasnasur is about 23 km. A shortcut through the jungle on foot cuts this to about 15km.Thevillagerssaytheeight set out on foot. In a separate encounter, near Rajaram Khanla village in Aheri tehsil, police killed six more alleged Maoists. The guests at the Kasnasur wedding say the eight never turned up. Refusing to be identified, a Kasnasurvillagersaid,“Themarriage was on April 22 at 11 am. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 importantly, went against what their invitation had said. Irani, called to placate them, is said to have assured them that she would “convey” their “sentiments” to the President’s office.Unimpressed,thewinners reached The Ashok Hotel, where they had been put up. This morning, the Press Information Bureau posted a statement that the award ceremonywouldbedividedintotwo phases: At 4 pm, Irani and Rathorewouldhandtheawards, then at 5:30 pm President Kovindwouldarriveandgivethe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Atrocities against Dalits happening because no quick punishment: Bench ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MAY 3 HEARING ON the Centre’s petition seeking review of the SupremeCourt’sMarch20order, whichstoppedautomaticarrests in cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (PreventionofAtrocities)Act,witnessed sharp exchanges Thursday with the government telling the court that it had usurpedpowersofthelegislature andthebenchgivingitback,saying atrocities against Dalits were continuing not because of its order, but because there was no quick punishment for offenders. “Forthelastfourdecades,the court has believed that it has the power of legislature,” Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit, contending that the NEW DELHI, MAY 3 ● STORMS KILL OVER 100 IN UP, RAJASTHAN, PG 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Regional faces: Govt & SC once took opposite sides KAUNAIN SHERIFF M INSIDE March 20 order amounted to law-making by courts. “Your lordships have passed rules which are in the nature of laws... by virtue of separation of powers, which is part of the basic structure, court can lay down guidelines for disposal of a case but not as a matter of law in respect of the whole country,” he said. But the bench disagreed and pointed out that there were several cases in the past where judicial pronouncements had settled the law. The Attorney General referred to protests against the March 20 order but Justice Lalit reminded him that “our judgment did not ask anyone to commit any crime”. Venugopal said the matter should be sent to a larger bench for review and requested the THE GOVERNMENT today underlines the importance of regional representation in the apex court as one reason to block Justice K M Joseph’s elevation. The irony is that the government and the Supreme Court were on different sides on this issue when they last crossed swords over judicial appointments in the famous NJAC case in 2015. In October 2015, it was the Supreme Court, which had argued for regional representation 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Hurting the judiciary BY ARVIND P DATAR intheappointmenttothejudges to the apex court while quashing the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act (NJAC)anditwastheBJPgovernment which was silent on this criterion. Returning the file of Justice K M Joseph for reconsideration, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.