TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY WILL BE ONLY MARKET WITH WALMART, AMAZON, ALIBABA US giant Walmart set to buy Flipkart, expand retail map Could pick up between 60-80% for $15-20 bn, deal will need regulatory OK PRANAV MUKUL 3 NEW DELHI, MAY 4 BENGAL ITHASFLOUNDERED: HCONSECROLEIN PANCHAYATELECTIONS US-BASED retail major Walmart Inc is close to sealing a deal wherein it could pick up anywhere between 60 and 80 per centstakeinIndiane-commerce marketleaderFlipkartinatransaction that could value the Bangalore-based online retailer at an estimated $15-20 billion. Thedeal,whichislearnttobe in its final stages, would mark the largest investments in the country’s e-commerce sector and would make India the biggest emerging market where three of the largest global retailers Walmart, Amazon and China’s Alibaba would be pitted against each other. For Walmart, which has so far failed to make big inroads into markets outside the US, the deal could come as an opportunity to allocate resources in one of the fastest growing e-commerce markets in the world and also expand its retail operations inthecountrythathavehitherto been restricted to the cash and carry segment. Analysts predict that Walmart could also leverage its logistics, supply chain and retail WHAT DOES THE DEAL MEAN ■ Walmart enters one of the fastest growing e-commerce markets ■ Can expand in India beyond B2B segment, get into smartphones/fashion categories ■ Consumers get better choice pricing as competition intensifies ■ With large investments, deal could create an Amazon-Flipkart duopoly GADCHIROLI, MAY 4 TWELVE SUCCUMBED to bullet injuries, four were shot but died due to drowning and four drowned. These are the findings contained in the post-mortem reports of 20 of the 40 suspected Maoists killed in two alleged encounters over two consecutive days by police and commandos in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli two weeks ago. The reports for 15 women andfivemen,writtenandsigned by seven doctors at the civil hospital, reveal that most suffered multiple bullet injuries, causing ruptures in critical parts such as lungs, heart and head. All 20 were wearing green shirts and trousers, they say. The post-mortems include six of those killed in an alleged encounternearNaintarvillagein Aheri tehsil on April 23, and 14 from around the Indravati river near Kasnasur village in Bhamragad tehsil the previous day when 34 suspected Maoists werekilledinanambushbyElite C-60 commandos. “The remaining 20 post-mortem reports will be ready within the next two days,” an official said. The completed reports show fractures in ribs, femur, scapula, skull and other bones in almost all cases of bullet injuries, with the cause of death described as “multiple firearm injuries with massivehaemorrhageleadingto multiple organ failures”. Some of the bodies of those who drowned were found with missing limbs, with doctors suspectingthattheymayhavebeen eaten by crocodiles. The other findings in the reports are: ■ The number of bullet injuries ranged between one and 10. ■Twounidentifiedpersonswho drowned were found to have suffered one bullet injury each, one on the leg and the other on the head. “They may have been shot and then either fallen into the river or jumped in,” an official said. ■ The maximum of 10 bullet injuries were suffered by a suspected Maoist identified as 30year-old Nagesh Narote. ■ The reports also illustrate the spotswherebulletwoundswere found. “The number of bullet injuriesdoesnotnecessarilymean thenumberof bulletshittingthe person.Onebulletcancausetwo injuries, like the entry and exit wounds,” another official said. Officials said that in the case of Sainath,believedtohavebeen one of the top three Maoists caught in the ambush, the cause of death was “firearm injuries with multiple organ failure and massive haemorrhage”. He had received six bullet injuries, three each in the front of the body and CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice Madan Lokur shake hands at a farewell function for Justice R K Agrawal (centre) who retired from Supreme Court Friday. Anil Sharma You have data to attack judiciary, not on appointments: SC to Govt NEW DELHI, MAY 4 THE STANDOFF between the government and the Supreme Court over the appointment of judges saw a two-judge bench question the Attorney General Friday about the status of Collegiumrecommendationsfor High Courts and the latter, in turn, said the number of recommendations being made by the Collegium were not enough to fillthelargenumberof vacancies in the High Courts. “Your shortly... can be several Karl Marx 2.00 Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on how to read Marx 200 years after his birth MILIND GHATWAI Disquiet in office of President over film awards ceremony boycott, I&B invite NEW DELHI, MAY 4 THE SC IS ONE, SAYS CJI months. What are you doing?” a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked Attorney General K K Venugopal while hearing a plea related to the shortage of judges in the Manipur High Court. Assuring the court that appointmentstoHighCourtsinthe North-Eastwouldbemadesoon, the Attorney General said that will not however resolve the problem of vacancies in all High Courts. “Collegium has to look at the future. Recommendations need to be made keeping in mind vacanciesthatwillarisesixmonths THEIDEASPAGE ABANTIKA GHOSH & KRISHN KAUSHIK CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G 9 Ujjain’s Dalits must give baraat notice: official order ‘I&B knew President couldn’t give all awards, sent invite saying he would’ Gadchiroli ambush: Post-mortem reports show 12 fell to bullets, 8 died of drowning VIVEK DESHPANDE JOURNALISM OF COURAGE later,” Venugopal said, pointing out that though some High Courts had 40 per cent vacancy, only a few names were being recommended for appointments. “Collegium doesn’t send us the names and the government is told it is being tardy in processing,” he said. This prompted the bench to ask the Attorney General if he had the data on the pending recommendationsof theCollegium forappointmentstoHighCourts. When Venugopal replied in the negative, the bench said “when we ask for data, you don’t have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THERE IS a sense of disquiet in Rashtrapati Bhavan after the unprecedented public spectacle of an estimated 50 award-winners boycotting the 65th National Film Awards because they were told last-minute they would not get the award from President Ram Nath Kovind but from I&B MinisterSmritiIraniandhercolleague Rajyavardhan Rathore. Rashtrapati Bhavan, sources said, is upset because the President’s Secretariat was in touch with the Ministry over the event and as early as March had letitbeknownthatthePresident would spend only an hour at the event and, therefore, not give away all the awards. “By end March, all discussions about logistics were finalised.ItwaslefttotheMinistry to decide how many awards the President would give and who else would be there on the dais,” said a source. Yet, the Ministry’s 8 LEADEDITORIAL The Sarkari Awards The artists doth protest too much. The real debate is elsewhere, they surely know that invitation to the award-winners mentioned that the President would give the awards. It was this that sparked off the protests by the winners. Sources said I&B Secretary N KSinhametPresidentKovindon May 1 to inform him about the number and categories of the awards he would give. Rashtrapati Bhavan sources said not only had the Ministry been informed in advance, there were several discussions on the venuetooaftertheMinistrysuggested changing it from Vigyan Bhawan — where the awards CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Congressional move to rename US Pacific Command as Indo-Pacific Command LALIT K JHA WASHINGTON, MAY 4 APOWERFULCongressionalcommittee Friday proposed that the USPacificCommandberenamed as the Indo-Pacific Command, which is in line with the Trump Administration’snomenclatureof describing the strategically vital region. The region has traditionally been called as Asia Pacific. The House Armed Services Committee in its mark for the National Defence Authorisation Act(NDAA)2019hasrenamedthe SoutheastAsiaMaritimeSecurity Initiative as the Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative and proposedtoaddIndiaasacovered country.Thisformspartofthekey proposalsoftheNDAA2019mark of the Committee, which once passedwouldauthoriseapproximatelyUSD639.1 billionindiscretionary base budget authority. It would also authorise approximatelyUSD69billionofOverseas Contingency Operations (OCO). Similar provisions need to be passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee and thereafter by both the House of Representatives and the Senate beforebeingsignedintolawbyUS President Donald Trump. BHOPAL, MAY 4 AUTHORITIES IN the Mahidpur tehsilof UjjaindistrictinMadhya Pradesh have asked sarpanches and panchayat secretaries to inform police three days in advance if there is a wedding in a Dalit family in villages under their jurisdiction. Citing a recent showdown between Dalits and upper castes that led to an FIR against 17 people in Naggurdiya village after uppercastemenallegedlyforced a Dalit groom to get off a horse, Mahidpursub-divisionalmagistrate Jagdish Gome, in a circular, asked sarpanches and secretaries to keep an eye on villages in their areas. “It’s a precautionary measure. We want to avoid any untoward incident. After a case of atrocity is reported, it’s difficult to get evidence because the accused deny everything and come up with a different explanation. It becomes difficult to probe such cases. It’s better that police remain present during marriage processions,’’ SDM Gome told The Indian Express over phone. He said the idea of the circular struck him while he was speaking to a sub-divisional policeofficeraboutcasesunderthe SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.Referringtotheincidentthat prompted the circular, the SDM said the Dalits backed the atrocity charge but the upper caste members, some of whom have been arrested, claimed they had asked the Dalit family to stop for a few minutes since it was a single-lane road with a tractor parked there. He said there were several small incidents involving different castes that burdened the administration with work. He said the circular would also help stop child marriages, if any, because the presence of policemen would be a deterrent. Nobody, he said, had complained about the circular. The circular would also apply to marriages among STs and OBCs, he said. INSIDE PAGES 4, 5 ● VENKAIAH TO VISIT THREE CENTRAL AMERICAN NATIONS ● BJP MP: DINING WITH DALITS WON’T GIVE THEM JOBS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP turns up Kathua heat again His father says he alerted woman’s family, wanted affair to end with video slamming J&K police BIKANER MAN FOUND DEAD HAMZA KHAN BIKANER, MAY 4 THREEDAYSafteraMuslimyouth was found dead in Bikaner, allegedlykilledbythekinofayoung Hindu woman with whom he hadanaffair,thevictim’sfatheron Friday claimed that he had advised him against furthering the relationship and had even informed the woman’s family. The woman’s family, meanwhile, claimed the youth used to harass her and the family. Saif Ali worked as a loader in Bikaner. Bikaner’s Superintendent of Police Sawai Singh Godara and Circle Officer of Sadar Rajendra Singh Rathore, investigating officer of the case, said that the woman’s family has alleged that thevictim,Saif Ali,21,hadthreatenedherfatheronmultipleoccasions.Saifwasfoundunconscious on the night of May 1 and died in a hospital soon after. HisfatherAslamKhansaidSaif and the woman had known each other for some time. “I had found her identity card with him and askedaboutit.Ialsofoundouthe had photographs with her in his phone. I warned him not to pursue (the relationship) since she comes from a different community,” he said. This, Aslam said, took place a few months ago. “I located the girl’s home and spoke to her parents. I asked her about the identity card; she claimedtohavelostit.ThenItold herparentsaboutthephotos.We agreed that we do not want this relationship to go ahead,” Aslam saidatthefamily’shomeinBhutto ka Baas locality of Bikaner. “We restricted Saif’s movements but the girl kept calling him. We want call detail records to be investigated,” Aslam said. Educated up to Class V, Saif worked as a loader at Bikaner’s vegetable market and earned about Rs 200-250 every day. The woman’s father, Vijay Singh (surname withheld to protectheridentity),hercousinBunty (aliasPoonamchand),andanother relativeVijendrawerearrestedon Thursday on charges of murder, among others. A relative, Chiragdeen, 38, and a cousin namedSanjayKhan,werewithSaif whenhewasallegedly“abducted” bythewoman’skinonMay1. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, MAY 4 RATCHETINGUPtheircampaign in support of the accused in the Kathua case, the BJP’s J&K unit Friday uploaded a video on its official website of an advocate questioning the Crime Branch’s investigation and arrests in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakarwal girl. The move comes less than a month after the party got two of its state ministers to step down forattendingarallyinsupportof the accused in the case. It also comes three days before the Supreme Court hears the matter Monday. The latest BJP move is set to strain its alliance with the PDP further, especially because Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her party have strongly backed the J&K police investigation and questioned any support for the accused. After uploading the video labelled“AbigexposeonKathua facts” and featuring advocate MonikaAroraintheevening,the party’sITcellalsoissuedappeals onWhatsAppgroupstosharethe clip on social networking sites. Arora was part of an “independent” five-member team that recently visited Jammu on “a fact-finding mission” into the rape and murder in Rasana village.Itsothermembersincluded Meera Khadkkar, retired district judge, Nagpur; Sarjana Sharma, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR KRISHNA GETS PRIDE OF PLACE WITH PM, BUT IS HOME ALONE APURVA MADDUR, MAY 4 ONTHURSDAY,formerCongress leader and Karnataka ex-chief minister S M Krishna shared the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time atanelectionrallyinthestateafter switching sides last March. With the assembly polls eight days away, it was a moment to showcase for the BJP in Bengaluru. But 65 km to the south, in Krishna’s hometown Maddur, the irony was not lost on anyone. For, barely a week ago, most of Krishna’s supporters and relatives, who quit with him last year, returned to the Congress claiming that they were ignored by the BJP leadership. Also gone was the Maddur taluk BJP president Lakshman Kumar — and the first office that the BJP opened in the region. Denied a ticket, Kumar, from whose office the campaign was beingrun,quitthepartyonApril 28, leaving BJP candidate Satish in the lurch. Kumar’s office was also stripped of all BJP symbols, including flags and posters and a giant board bearing pictures of chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa and Satish. The only political symbol on the building now is a Congress flag. Satish, meanwhile, has found a new office in a residential colony nearby. Speaking to The Indian Express, Krishna’s nephew Gurucharan, who had quit the Congresswithhisunclelastyear, said, “My supporters and I had decided to remain neutral, butw e joined the Congress again last week. After we quit the Congress, nobody approached us at the state or local level. We DECISION 2018 K A R NATA K A BJP loses its office in Maddur as loyalties shift back to Cong waited till the end but to no avail.” According to Gurucharan, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah “personally asked” him to rejoin the Congress. “When he called, I decided I must. Here, our fight is with the JD(S) and I thought I could serve the people better and maintain our identity,” he said. While his family has moved back to the Congress, sources said Krishna would remain in the BJP and that his presence at Modi’s rally was a signal. Krishnawasbroughtintothe BJP fold to boost its image amid thepowerfulVokkaligacommunity in south Karnataka — a regionwheretheBJPisyettomake CM vs SRIRAMULU BRING US VICTORY: MODI TO BJP WOMEN FARM THRUST IN BJP MANIFESTO PAGE 7 inroads. Sources said Krishna, Karnataka CM between 1999 and 2004, later Governor of Maharashtra and then Minister of External Affairs in the UPA-II government, could have helped the party’s image. However, apart from attending a few ral- lies,Krishnahasnotparticipated in the BJP’s election campaign. BJP’s Maddur chief Kumar, too,citedlackof communication fromhisparty.“TheBJPwasnonexistent in this region and I built most of the organisation. I was promised a ticket, but suddenly, they gave it to someone else. I conveyed my anger to the BJP but nobody even wanted to talk about it, so I moved to the Congress,” he said. BJP state general secretary N Ravikumar confirmed the Uturn in Maddur. “There were some problems, so some people have quit,” he said.
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