TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● 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 NEW DELHI, MAY 4 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. The deal, which is learnt to beinitsfinalstages,wouldmark the largest investments in the country’s e-commerce sector and would make India the biggestemerging 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 containedinthepost-mortemreports 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. Thereportsfor15womenand five men, written and signed by sevendoctorsatthecivilhospital, reveal that most suffered multiple bullet injuries, causing ruptures in critical parts such as lungs,heartandhead.All20were wearinggreenshirtsandtrousers, they say. The post-mortems include six of those killed in an allegedencounternearNaintarvillage in Aheri tehsil on April 23, and14fromaroundtheIndravati 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 allcasesofbulletinjuries,withthe causeofdeathdescribedas“multiple firearm injuries with massivehaemorrhageleadingtomultiple organ failures”. Some of the bodies of those who drowned were found with missing limbs, with doctors suspecting that they may have been eaten by crocodiles. The other findings in the reports are: ■ The number of bullet injuries ranged between one and 10. ■Twounidentifiedpersonswho drownedwerefoundtohavesuffered 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 injuries does not necessarily mean the number of bullets hitting the person.Onebulletcancausetwo injuries, like the entry and exit wounds,” another official said. Officials said that in the case of Sainath, believed to have been one of the top three Maoists caught in the ambush, the cause of death was “firearm injuries with multiple organ failure and massive haemorrhage”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 You have data to attack judiciary, not on appointments: SC to Govt 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 months. What are you doing?” a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked Attorney General K K Venugopal This prompted the bench to ask the Attorney General if he had the data on the pending recommendations of the Collegium for appointments to High Courts. When Venugopal replied in the negative, the bench said “when we ask for data, you don’t have (it). But when it comes to attacking the judiciary, you have the data”. The petitioner wanted the Supreme Court’s permission to challenge an order of a single judgeof theManipurHighCourt before the Gauhati High Court. He claimed he could not file an appeal in the Manipur High Court since it had only two judges, one of whom had given the order. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bombay HC grants bail to Bhujbal in money laundering case SAILEEDHAYALKAR MUMBAI, MAY 4 THE BOMBAY High Court on Friday granted bail to NCP leader and former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal (71),undertrialinamoneylaundering case since March 2016. The court has taken into account Bhujbal’s age while ordering his release. He is likely to be releasedfromtheArthurRoadjail onMay6.Followingtheorder,the NCPtweetedthatthebailisastep Chhagan Bhujbal towards justice. Justice P N Deshmukh granted bail to Bhujbal at a bond of Rs 5 lakh and on the condition that he will not “make any inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the case so as to dissuade him to disclose such facts to the court or to any other authority”. Moreover,Bhujbalwasasked toappearbeforetheinvestigating agency whenever required and also present himself before the specialPMLAcourtinMumbaion fixed dates without fail. Bhujbal was also asked to submit his residential address and passport to the investigating agency. On the High Court’s order on December 18, 2014, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) — comprising Enforcement Directorate (ED)andAnti-CorruptionBureau (ACB) officials — was constituted to probe alleged malpractices in granting a contract to K S Chamakar Enterprises and India Bulls Private Limited for the construction of Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi and Kalina Library at Mumbai University’s Kalina campus. Bhujbal was accused of misusing his post as the state PWD ministerandindulginginmoney laundering. He was arrested on March14,2016andhassincefiled three bail applications and two writ petitions challenging his ar- 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 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 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 NEW DELHI, MAY 4 Karl Marx 2.00 NEW DELHI, MAY 4 THE SC IS ONE, SAYS CJI 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 mindvacanciesthatwillarisesix months 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. 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 VIVEKDESHPANDE JOURNALISM OF COURAGE rest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Bhujbal’s counsels Vikram Chaudhri and Shalabh Saxena told the court that since he was senttojudicialcustodyonMarch 17,2016,theinvestigatingagency hasnotinterrogatedhimandthat no purpose will be severed by keeping him in jail. Stating that Bhujbal was 71 years old and is in fragile health, the lawyers argued that as the maximum punishment under PMLA offence is seven years, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 LEADEDITORIAL The Sarkari Awards The artists doth protest too much. The real debate is elsewhere, they surely know that 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,” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP turns up Kathua heat again with video slamming J&K police ARUNSHARMA JAMMU,MAY4 RATCHETING UP their campaign 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 itsstateministerstostepdownfor attendingarallyinsupportof 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 “A big expose on Kathua facts” and featuring advocate Monika Arora in the evening, the party’s IT cell also issued appeals onWhatsAppgroupstosharethe clip on social networking sites. Arora was part of an “independent”five-memberteamthat recentlyvisitedJammuon“afactfindingmission”intotherapeand murderinRasanavillage.Itsother members included Meera Khadkkar, retired district judge, Nagpur;SarjanaSharma,journalist;SonaliChitalkar,assistantpro- State govt: Strict action against contractors for substandard work on roads EXPRESSNEWSSERVICE MUMBAI,MAY4 THE MAHARASHTRA government on Friday said constructing substandard roads would be treated as criminal and civil offense and contractors behind the workwillbeheldresponsible.The decision came into force from Friday. A government resolution issued by the PWD went on to define the how long roads should ideally survive. While a tar road shouldhaveaminimumlifespan of 15 years, it should be 30 years for concrete roads and 100 years forbridges.Ifanyofthesedevelop cracks or potholes before the timeline, contractors would receive stringent punishment, it added. “The government has formulated these stringent norms followingcomplaintsonsubstandard works carried out on roads in two years,” it said. Whilewarningthatconstruction or extension of roads and bridges should ensure quality work, if there are problems like potholes,cracksorerosionofsurfaceonroadsorbridges,theonus to fix the problem will vest with contractors. fessor, Department of Political Science, Miranda House, Delhi University; and, Monicca Agarwaal, a social activist. The team based the report on the testimonies of families of the accused, their lawyer Ankur Sharma and the Jammu Bar Associationwhoseassociates,the Kathua Bar Association, had last month allegedly tried to prevent J&K police from filing its charge sheet in court. The group didn’t meet the family of the victim or theMuslimBakarwalcommunity and haven’t mentioned them in their report. The group has included photos of their meeting with Mufti and J&K Minister ZulfikarChoudharybutdidn’tinclude their views in the report. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 WORLD TRUMPSAYSNO PLANSTO REDUCE TROOPSIN SOUTHKOREA ABBAS OFFERS APOLOGY FOR REMARKS ABOUT JEWS ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR KRISHNA GETS PRIDE OF PLACE WITH PM, BUT ALONE AT HOME APURVA MADDUR, MAY 4 ON THURSDAY, former Congress leader and Karnataka ex-chief minister S M Krishna shared the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time at an election rally in the state after 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 Yeddyurappa and Satish. The only political symbol on claiming that they were ignored by the BJP leadership. the building now is a Congress Also gone was the Maddur flag. Satish, meanwhile, has taluk BJP president Lakshman found a new office in a residenKumar — and the first office tial colony nearby. Speaking to The Indian that the BJP opened in the reExpress, Krishna’s gion. nephew Gurucharan, Denied a ticket, who had quit the Kumar, from whose Congress with his unoffice the campaign cle last year, said, “My was being run, quit the supporters and I had party on April 28, leavKARNATAKA decided to remain ing BJP candidate Maddur neutral, but we Satish in the lurch. joined the Congress Kumar’s office was Mandya again last week. After also stripped of all BJP we quit the Congress, symbols, including flags and posters and a giant nobody approached us at the board bearing pictures of chief state or local level. We waited ministerial candidate B S till the end but to no avail.” DECISION 2018 K A R NATA K A BJP loses its office in Maddur as loyalties shift back to Congress. According to Gurucharan, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah “per- sonally 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. Krishna was brought into the BJP fold to boost its image CM vs SRIRAMULU BRING US VICTORY: MODI TO BJP WOMEN FARM THRUST IN BJP MANIFESTO PAGE 6 amid the powerful Vokkaliga community in south Karnataka — a region where the BJP is yet to make inroads. Sources said Krishna, Karnataka Chief Minister 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 rallies, Krishna has not participated in the BJP’s election campaign. BJP’s Maddur chief Kumar, too, cited lack of communication from his party. “The BJP was non-existent 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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