TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE HARD CAMPAIGN CLOSES Karnatakachoosestomorrow 20 YEARS OF POKHRAN TODAY 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE The difference the n-tests made BY GEORGE PERKOVICH 9 Kakodkar looks back, forward ‘Post-1998 India got tech freedom’ Rivals meet the press in Bengaluru on the last day of campaigning on Thursday: Rahul Gandhi with Siddaramaiah (left) and Amit Shah. PTI 12 WORLD Modi has anger inside him... I attract that anger because he sees a threat in me Claims worth Rs 5.19 crore yet to be settled, but state says all paid Pune: Maharashtra may have beenhailedforthewayithasimplemented the Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana, but data from the insurance company concernedrevealsthattherearequestion marks about the settlement of claims. The response to a RTI application, filed by The Indian Express with the National Insurance Company Limited, shows that for the 2016 rabi season, claims worth Rs 5.19 crore were unsettled. However, data from the Commissionerate of Agriculture shows zero pending claims for that season. FULLREPORT:NEWSLINE We will win at least 130 seats... Congress wants to win in an undemocratic manner RAHUL GANDHI, CONGRESS PRESIDENT TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT IN SINGAPORE ON JUNE 12 AMIT SHAH, BJP PRESIDENT Siddaramaiah leaves one of his 2 seats for last dash APURVA CHAMUNDESHWARI, MAY 10 LEADERS MADE a last-minute dash Thursday to try and sway voters in Karnataka and parties braced for the vote Saturday at the end of a bitter, hard campaignfortheassemblyelections. And it was no different in Chamundeshwari. After leading the Congress charge across Karnataka over the last few weeks, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah left Chamundeshwari — one of the twoconstituenciesheiscontesting — for the very end. He began with an apology. “I couldn’tcomeherebefore.Iwent tonorthKarnataka.Butthisplace is not new to me, you have all always supported me,” Siddaramaiah said. “You have a chancetoelecttheCMagain.Iam winning, you know. I know with yourblessings,IwillbeCMagain.” But the cracks in his own campaign showed when he reached D Kattur village Wednesday night, his tenth stop for the day. As left his car to visit a local leader, a small crowd gatheredandraisedslogans—in support of his opponent and incumbent JD(S) MLA G T Devegowda. Annoyed, the Chief Minister hurried into the leader’s house, while his security detail seat lucky, DECISION Home lap — with BSY does a final a prayer 2018 KARNATAKA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AARON PEREIRA & VISHNU VARMA SHIKARIPURA, MAY 10 A DECADE after his victory in Shikaripuraallowedhimtohead the first BJP government in a southernstate,BSYeddyurappa, counting on his home turf to return him to power, wrapped up a scorching campaign Thursday with a roadshow and prayers at a temple. Declared the chief ministerial candidate by his party, Yeddyurappa headed to Badami in the morning where BJP presidentAmitShahledafinalassault on one of the two constituencies chosen by Chief Minister Deal done, Walmart CEO: Will create jobs, good for customers WRAPPINGUPamarathonhearing that lasted 38 working days spread over four months, the Supreme Court Thursday reserved its verdict on a clutch of petitions challenging the Constitutionalvalidityofthe2016 Aadhaar Act. Will comply with tax rules: CEO Doug McMillon Walmart will operate both the brick-and-mortar and online retailbusinessesseparatelyinIndia. It will also explore the possibility ofreplicatingFlipkart’spayments ecosystemmodelsinothercountries. Walmart’s investment, which primarily comprised purchaseofFlipkartstockfromexistingshareholdersincludingJapan’s Softbank Group, online marketplaceeBay,SouthAfricantechnologyfirmNaspersandFlipkartcofounder Sachin Bansal, entails $2 billion of new equity funding. Thetransaction,apartfromtax authorities, would be subject to clearance from Competition Commission of India and other regulatorsandwillmakeIndiathe biggest emerging market with US-based Amazon, China’s Alibaba and Walmart pitted against each other. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PRESIDENT VISITS SIACHEN President Ram Nath Kovind with soldiers at Siachen Base Camp on Thursday. PTI SC collegium meets today, Justice Joseph’s returned file on its table SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, MAY 10 NINE DAYS after it deferred its decision at the meeting called to consider the reiteration of the choice of elevating Chief Justice of Uttarakhand Justice K M Thomas to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court collegium is set to meet Friday Pressure on CJI to reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name afternoon at 1 pm. It was four months ago, at its meeting on January 10, that the Collegium consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, the seniormost judge in the apex court Justice J Chelameswar and Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph had decided unanimously to recommend the names of Justice K M Thomas and (then senior advocate) Indu Malhotra to the Supreme Court. On April 26, the government CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OF 14 LAKE REVIVAL PROJECTS SANCTIONED, 11 IN MAHARASHTRA MINISTER’S HOME DISTRICT OF 14 lakes across Maharashtra that were selected for governmentfundsin2017-18forconservation work under a scheme of the state environment department, 11 are located in Ratnagiri, state Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam’s home district. The senior Shiv Sena leader, now a member of the Maharashtra LegislativeCouncil,wasearlierthe MLA of the former Khed Assembly constituency in Ratnagiri for four consecutive terms, until 2009. According to documents accessed by The Indian Express un- PAGE 8 NEWDELHI,MAY10 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR MUMBAI,MAY10 FULL COVERAGE ANANTHAKRISHNANG NEWDELHI,MAY10 VISHWASWAGHMODE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam der the Right to Information Act, the minister sanctioned funds worth Rs 12.47 crore for the rejuvenation of 11 lakes in his home district during the last financial year, of which Rs 4.55 crore was released. Between 2006-2007, when the State Lake Conservation Scheme(SLCS)waslaunched,and theyear2016-17,44lakeswereselected for funds under the scheme. Of these, seven are from Govt said buy VVPATs from pvt sector, EC said no, will hurt public faith Poll panel put foot down after three letters from govt seeking its views RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 10 ARGUING THAT the involvement of private players could hurt the credibility of the electoral process, the Election Commission (EC) rejected the government’s proposal to buy voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units fromprivatemanufacturers.This is confirmed by official records obtained by The Indian Express this week under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The Commission put its foot down after the Law Ministry sent three letters, between July and September 2016, seeking its views on the suggestion. In its reply, dated September 19, 2016, theECstatedthatit“isof thefirm opinion that private manufacturers cannot be given the very sensitive job of manufacturing VVPAT which are integral to YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION EVMs”. Nasim Zaidi was the Chief Election Commissioner then. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs in India, from the beginning, have only been produced by two public sectorunits—BharatElectronics Limited (BEL) in Bengaluru and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) in Hyderabad. VVPAT units produce a printout of the vote cast using an Electronic Voting Machine or EVM, which can be shown to the voter to dispel any doubts. This printoutisthendepositedinabox and can be used to resolve any dispute regarding the election. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Aadhaar: Second longest hearing in SC comes to an end, order reserved ENSECONOMICBUREAU USRETAILmajorWalmartInc.will complywithanypotentialtaxdemand arising from its $16-billion buyofacontrollingstakeinIndia’s online-retail market leader Flipkart. “Our intent is, whether looking backwards related to our acquisitionhereorlookingforward, we will be compliant with whatever the tax rules are. We will workwithregulatoryagencieson this,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told reporters here. The statement comes in the backdropofcontinuingtaxlitigationfacedbyglobalinvestorssuch as UK’s Vodafone Plc and Cairn EnergyPlc.AheadofWednesday’s announcement about the deal, the tax department is learnt to have sent a communication to both Flipkart and Bentonvillebased Walmart, apprising them aboutsectionsof theIncome-Tax ActthatwouldapplytothetransactionsinceFlipkartderives“substantial value” of its shares from assets held in India and would be liable for taxation here. McMillonsaidtheFlipkartacquisitionnotwithstanding,theretailer plans to continue running its cash-and-carry business and expand it further. Siddaramaiah. By afternoon, he wasinShikaripuraforthelastlap of campaigning. In Shimoga district, Shikaripura is dominated by the Lingayat community to which Yeddyurappa belongs. As they waited for him outside the Anjaneya temple, BJP workers and supporters cheered while auto-rickshawswithgiantspeakers blared campaign songs and recorded speeches, praising the achievementsoftheirstrongman. Finally, around 3.30 pm, Yeddyurappa stepped out of a EXPLAINED PAGE YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION Nagpur, six from Kolhapur and four each from Thane and Sangli. By the end of 2017-18, the total numberoflakesselectedforfunds by the department rose to 58. Of the14newones,11arelocatedin Ratnagiri, the remaining three in Kolhapur district. For the three lakesinKolhapur,fundsworthRs 8.42 crore were sanctioned, of whichRs1.05crorewasreleased. Sanctionsforfundsfor11lakes inRatnagiriweregranteddespite asteeringcommitteecomprising bureaucratspointingoutthatthe lion’sshareof lakesbeingconsideredforfundswerelocatedinone out of Maharashtra’s 36 districts. On June 5, 2017, the minister wrote to Additional Chief Secretary (Environment) Satish Gavai listing 11 lakes to be taken upfor‘appropriateaction’.The11 included 10 from Dapoli taluka andonefromMandangadtaluka, both in Ratnagiri district. A steering committee overseeing the operation of the scheme, headed by Gavai, held a meetingonJuly19,2017todiscuss the proposals. In all, 12 proposals were placed before the committee. These included the 11 new proposalsforwardedbythemin- ister and one proposal, also suggestedbyhimbutregardingaltering the scope of work on a previously sanctioned lake at Khed in Ratnagiri, involving no change in funds sanctioned. Intheminutesofthemeeting, the committee noted: “So far, threelakeconservationproposals have been approved in Ratnagiri district.If these11newproposals are to be taken, then 14 lakes will be from Ratnagiri district itself.” “Since there are directions from Minister for Environment, the Committee suggested that it willscrutinisetheproposalstechnicallyandthedecisionof releasing the funds can be taken on the stategovernmentlevel,”itadded. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A five-judge bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and JusticesAKSikri,AMKhanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan began hearing the matteronJanuary17.Inconcludingremarks, Attorney General K K Venugopal said this was the secondlongestoralhearinginthehistoryoftheSupremeCourt,thefirst beingthelandmarkKesavananda Bharati case in which the apex court in 1973 outlined the basic structure of the Constitution and ruled that it cannot be tampered with. Appearing for the petitioners, senior advocate Gopal Subramaniumtoldthebenchthat if the Act was struck down, the database should be destroyedandthosewhosuffered due to failure of authentication should be paid damages. CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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