LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 GUJARAT PAGE 3 ● TEXTILE TRADERS PLAN MEGA CONVENTION AGAINST GST ON MAY 12 ● AGRICULTURIST CERTIFICATE OF AHMEDABAD BUILDER IS FORGED: GOHIL US-BASED retail major Walmart Inc is close to sealing a deal wherein it could pick up anywhere between 60 and 80 per cent stake in Indian e-commerce market leader Flipkart in a transaction that could value the Bangalore-based online retailer at an estimated $15-20 billion. The deal, which is learnt to be 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 in the country that have hitherto 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 encounters over two consecutive days by police and commandos in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli two weeks ago. The reports for 15 women and five men, written and signed 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 encounter near Naintar village in Aheri tehsil on April 23, and 14 DECISION 2018 from around the Indravati river near Kasnasur village in Bhamragad tehsil the previous day when 34 suspected Maoists were killed in an ambush by Elite 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 massive haemorrhage leading to multiple 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. ■ Two unidentified persons who CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CM vs SRIRAMULU BRING US VICTORY: MODI TO BJP WOMEN FARM THRUST IN BJP MANIFESTO PAGE 8 EXTREME WEATHER conditions have halved the mango yield in its home districts of Junagadh and Gir-Somnath, according to findings of a survey by the Gujarat government. Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Parshottam Rupala, while speaking at the ‘Farm to Fashion: Indian textile global summit 2018’ in Ahmedabad, said that the mango crop in the state had been affected severely by unfavourable weather conditions 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 5 THERE IS a sense of disquiet in Rashtrapati Bhavan after the unprecedented public spectacle of around 50 award-winners boycotting the National Film Awards because they were told lastminute they would not get the award from President Ram Nath Kovind but from I&B Minister Smriti Irani and her colleague Rajyavardhan Singh 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 let it be known that the President would spend only an hour at the THE SC IS ONE, SAYS CJI 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 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G 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 Collegium recommendations for High Courts. The Attorney General, in turn, said the number of recommendations being made by the Collegium were not enough to fill the large number of 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 while hearing a plea related to the shortage of judges in the Manipur High Court. Assuring the court that appointments to High Courts in the North-East would be made soon, the Attorney General said that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 this season and that the government was assessing potential crop losses. “Due to the extreme heat, mango trees have been damaged. There is a very big loss to the mango crop this year. We have got details from some of the farmers. We are doing a survey of it,” Rupala said at the threeday event that began Friday in Ahmedabad. His comments have come around two weeks after a survey conducted by the Gujarat government concluded that mango orchards in Saurashtra were likely to produce only 40 to 45 per cent of fruits of the long-term average this year. Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Parshottam Rupala “Gujarat Agriculture Minister Ranchhod Faldu had visited Junagadh on April 5 and he instructed us to conduct a survey to assess the loss of crops, stating that farmers had made representations in this respect. With the help of scientists from Junagadh Agricultural University, we conducted sample survey in Junagadh and Gir Somnath districts. At the end of the survey, we concluded that the crop is 50 to 55 per cent less of the average in Junagadh district and 55 to 60 per cent less in Gir Somnath district,” an officer of state horticulture department told The Indian Express on the condition of anonymity. The report was submitted to the state government last month and sources said it was being considered at higher level. Junagadh and Gir Somnath in Saurashtra region are known for the Kesar variety of mango. Farmers have grown mango CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR KRISHNA GETS PRIDE OF PLACE WITH PM, BUT ALONE AT HOME dent Lakshman Kumar — and the first office MADDUR, MAY 4 that the BJP opened in the region. ON THURSDAY, former Denied a ticket, KARNATAKA Congress leader and Kumar, from whose ofKarnataka ex-chief fice the campaign was Maddur minister S M Krishna being run, quit the Mandya shared the stage with party on April 28, leavPrime Minister ing BJP candidate Narendra Modi for the Satish in the lurch. first time at an election rally in Kumar’s office was also stripped the state after switching sides of all BJP symbols, including flags last March. With the assembly and posters and a giant board polls eight days away, it was a bearing pictures of chief ministemoment to showcase for the BJP rial candidate B S Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru. But 65 km to the and Satish. south, in Krishna’s hometown The only political symbol on Maddur, the irony was not lost the building now is a Congress on anyone. flag. Satish, meanwhile, has For, barely a week ago, most found a new office in a residenof Krishna’s supporters and rel- tial colony nearby. atives, who quit with him last Speaking to The Indian year, returned to the Congress Express, Krishna’s nephew claiming that they were ignored Gurucharan, who had quit the by the BJP leadership. Also gone Congress with his uncle last year, was the Maddur taluk BJP presi- said, “My supporters and I had Karl Marx 2.00 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 K A R NATA K A RAJKOT, AHMEDABAD, MAY 4 THE IDEAS PAGE ABANTIKA GHOSH & KRISHN KAUSHIK Mango crop affected in Gujarat due to unfavourable weather, says Rupala GOPAL KATESHIYA & AVINASH NAIR 11 APURVA BJP loses its office in Maddur as loyalties shift back to Cong decided to remain neutral, but we joined the Congress again last week. After we quit the Congress, nobody approached us at the state or local level. We 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. Krishna was brought into the BJP fold to boost its image amid the powerful Vokkaliga community in south Karnataka — a region where the BJP is yet to make Ujjain’s Dalits must give baraat notice: official order 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 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 nonexistent 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. BHOPAL, MAY 4 event and, therefore, not give away all the awards. “By end March, all discussions about logistics were finalised. It was left to the Ministry to decide how many awards the President would give and who else would be there on the dais,” AUTHORITIES IN the Mahidpur tehsil of Ujjain district in Madhya 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 upper caste men allegedly forced a Dalit groom to get off a horse, Mahidpur sub-divisional magistrate 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 police officer about cases under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Referring to the incident that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘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 10 LEAD EDITORIAL The Sarkari Awards The artists doth protest too much. The real debate is elsewhere, they surely know that BJP turns up Kathua heat again with video slamming J&K police ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, MAY 4 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 its state ministers to step down for attending a rally in support of 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 on WhatsApp groups to share the 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. Its other members included Meera Khadkkar, retired district judge, Nagpur; Sarjana Sharma, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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