TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `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 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WILL MAKE INDIA ONLY MARKET WITH WALMART, AMAZON, ALIBABA Walmart close to acquiring Flipkart, expand its retail map across India Could pick up anywhere between 60-80% for $15-20 billion, deal will need regulatory clearance PRANAV MUKUL EXPRESS NETWORK ● THUNDERSTORMS, SQUALLS ACROSS COUNTRY FOR NEXT 5 DAYS: IMD ● TENSION IN DUDU AFTER VIDEO CLIP OF YOUTHS BEATING GIRL, BOYS GOES VIRAL PAGE 3 Move to rename US Pacific Command as Indo-Pacific LALIT K JHA WASHINGTON, MAY 4 A POWERFUL Congressional committeeFridayproposedthat the US Pacific Command be renamed as the Indo-Pacific Command, which is in line with the Trump Administration’s nomenclature of describing the strategically vital region. The regionhastraditionallybeencalled as Asia Pacific. The House Armed Services Committee in its inputs for the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2019 has renamed the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative as the IndoPacific Maritime Security Initiative and proposed to add India as a covered country. This forms part of the key proposals of the NDAA 2019 mark of the Committee, which oncepassedwouldauthoriseapproximately USD 639.1 billion in discretionary base budget authority. It would also authorise CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE 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. 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 sourcing experience to improve Flipkart’s operations for the company to compete better against its rival Amazon India. Notably, Amazon was also understood to have placed a bid toacquire60perstakeinFlipkart while seeking a non-compete from Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, both of whom are former Amazon employees. Both Flipkart and Amazon are currently neck and neck in the Indian e-commerce market with both companies having strengths in certain segments. According to sources, this deal could see the exit of some 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 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. 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. Saif was found dead on the night of May 1. 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, Rajasthan. “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 protest her identity), her cousin Bunty (alias Poonamchand), and another relative named Vijendra were arrested on Thursday on chargesofmurder,amongothers. ■ With large investments, deal could create an Amazon-Flipkart duopoly CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 Gadchiroli post-mortem reports show 12 fell to bullets, 8 died due to drowning 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 Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on how to read Marx 200 years after his birth There’s disquiet in President’s office over I&B snafu at film awards function NEW DELHI, MAY 4 UNITY OF THE BAR 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 Karl Marx 2.00 ABANTIKA GHOSH & KRISHN KAUSHIK CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 VIVEK DESHPANDE THEIDEASPAGE ‘I&B knew President couldn’t give all awards but issued invite he would’ ■ Consumers get better choice pricing as competition intensifies Bikaner killing: Victim’s father says woman’s family was told about affair HAMZA KHAN 9 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THERE IS a sense of disquiet in Rashtrapati Bhavan after the very public spectacle of an estimated 50 award-winner boycotting the 65th National Film Awards because they were told that they would not get the award from President Ram Nath Kovind but from I&B Minister Smriti Irani and her junior colleague Rajyavardhan Rathore. Rashtrapati Bhavan is said to be peeved at being put in a spot by the invitation to the awardwinners that mentioned the Presidentwouldgivetheawards — this was pointed out by those who stayed away. An embarrassed I&B Ministry is said to be finalising a protocol under which, in the future, the President will only give away the Dadasaheb Phalke award while other awards will be given away by other dignitaries, most likely the I&B minister of the day. Sources said I&B secretary N KSinhametPresidentKovindon May 1 to inform him about the number and categories of the awards that he would give. The controversy, sources said, has its rootsintheI&BMinistry’sinability to figure out how best to handle the Rashtrapati Bhavan decision that President Kovind will notattendanyfunctionformore than an hour unless it’s a Constitutional award. Sources said that the Securing your data By SUBHASISH BANERJEE ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR KRISHNA GETS PRIDE OF PLACE WITH PM, BUT ALONE AT HOME A BJP board being removed from its Maddur office. dent Lakshman Kumar — and the first office that the BJP opened in the region. MADDUR, MAY 4 Denied a ticket, Kumar, from ONTHURSDAY,formerCongress whose office the campaign was leader and Karnataka ex-chief being run, quit the party on April minister S M Krishna shared the 28, leaving BJP candidate Satish stage with Prime Minister in the lurch. Kumar’s office was Narendra Modi for the first time also stripped of all BJP symbols, including flags and at an election rally in posters and a giant the state after switchboard bearing pictures ing sides last March. ofchiefministerialcanWith the assembly didateBSYeddyurappa polls eight days away, and Satish. it was a moment to KARNATAKA The only political showcase for the BJP in symbolonthebuilding Bengaluru. But 65 km Maddur now is a Congress flag. to the south, in Mandya Satish,meanwhile,has Krishna’s hometown found a new office in a Maddur, the irony was residential colony nearby. not lost on anyone. Speaking to The Indian For, barely a week ago, most of Krishna’s supporters and rel- Express, Krishna’s nephew atives, who quit with him last Gurucharan, who had quit the year, returned to the Congress Congresswithhisunclelastyear, claiming that they were ignored said, “My supporters and I had by the BJP leadership. Also gone decided to remain neutral, but CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 was the Maddur taluk BJP presi- APURVA Jaipur A R Rahman was one of only 11 who got his award from the President. Tashi Tobgyal Ministryhadbeenintalksonthe event with the President’s Secretariatsincemid-Marchand by March end, the Ministry knew that Kovind would spend onlyanhourattheeventandnot give away all the awards. Despite knowing this, invites to awardees went out with the line that the President of India wouldgiveawaytheawards.But senior officials in the I&B Ministry claim Rashtrapati Bhavan approved of the invite. Emails sent to Sinha and ADG, Directorate of Film Festivals Chaitanya Prasad were not answered. Rashtrapati Bhavan sources said not only had the ministry been informed well in advance, there had been several discussions on the venue too after the ministry suggested changing it from Vigyan Bhawan where the awards have traditionally been held to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Subsequently, both sides agreed that Rashtrapati Bhawan does not have an auditorium big enough to accommodate an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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