LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE BJP leaders’ firm that bought Nagrota land owes Rs 29.31 cr to J&K Bank, account NPA Loan has to be repaid, admits Speaker Nirmal Singh; losses can happen, says Dy CM Kavinder Gupta ARUN SHARMA & MUZAMIL JALEEL JAMMU, NEW DELHI, MAY 13 INSIDE ● STORM KILLS 41 ACROSS FOUR STATES, PAGE 6 PNB fraud: CBI to name senior bank officers in chargesheet RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, MAY 13 THE CBI is likely to chargesheet two serving and one former senior officer of Punjab National Bank with 19 others arrested in the alleged Rs 13,400 crore fraud involving diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi. Sources said the first chargesheet is likely to be filed Tuesday in the case registered against Nirav Modi. Between January and March, the CBI filed three FIRs in the case — against Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and also against Modi’s company Firestar Diamonds. “In 2016, a fraud of a similar nature was detected where the accused persons in criminal conspiracy with branch officials siphoned off bank funds under the garb of letters of comfort in favour of a Hong Kong-based company purportedly issued by the Chandigarh branch of a nationalised bank to the overseas branches of two other nationalised banks including PNB,” said an official. “Based on these fraudulently issued letters of comfort, these banks issued buyers’ credit to the account of the accused companies abroad. After the detection of the fraud, the banks including PNB were advised by RBI to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 WORLD CHINA’S HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT CARRIER SEES TRIAL RUN FAMILY OF BOMBERS HITS CHURCHES IN INDONESIA, 13 KILLED HIMGIRI INFRASTRUCTURE Development Limited, the company incorporated in 2000 by senior BJP leaders in Jammu which was used to buy land next to the Army ammunition depot in Nagrota, owes Rs 29.31 crore to Jammu and Kashmir Bank. And its account was declared a non-performing asset (NPA) in December last year, records investigated by The Indian Express show. Days later, on January 5 this year, present Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta and Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh (he was Deputy CM then), his wife Mamta Singh and BJP Lok Sabha member Jugal Kishore, along with nearly 20 shareholders, promoters, directors and guarantors, received a notice from the bank under Section 13(2) of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets & Enforcement of Security Interest Act (SARFAESI), 2002. As The Indian Express first reported on Friday, Singh’s wife and Gupta also owned land next to the Army depot. Singh received a strong letter from the Core Commander of the Army’s 16 Corps, Lt General Saranjeet Singh, telling him to halt construction on the plot since it was The Indian Express report on May 12, 2018 illegal and a security risk to the ammunition depot and to the personnel who lived there. The bank’s Assistant VicePresident Joginder Pal Sharma, who is shown to have served the notice, declined to comment. According to the notice, a term loan of Rs 18.50 crore along with a cash credit facility of Rs 56.83 lakh was sanctioned to Himgiri by the bank’s Link Road, Jammu, branch in 2012, for part financing of a power project to To ensure there is a contest today, Oppn makes it TMC vs rest here ESHA ROY SOUTH 24 PARGANAS, MAY 13 SRIPUR IN South 24 Parganas district is among the 66 per cent gram panchayats which will see polling in Monday’s elections in West Bengal. The Trinamool Congress has won 34 per cent of the seats uncontested, a figure large enough to invite the Supreme Court ire, which has withheld announcement of their results. To ensure that the remaining panchayats are not similarly won by the TMC uncontested, in Sripur panchayat and many others in South Parganas, the opposition members and Independents have come together. While in the 2016 Assembly elections, there was a ‘People’s Alliance’ between the Left and Congress, in Monday’s elections here, it will be the TMC versus everybody else. There are 15 gram panchayat seats in Sripur and three panchayat samitis. A stronghold of a Left party, SUCI, till 2012, it went to the TMC in 2013. In this election, the SUCI has eight candidates, the Congress four and CPM three. Five of these candidates are however not contesting on their party symbols but either on the symbol of boat, chosen for those representing all other parties in the fray (barring the BJP), or of mango, which all the Independent candidates are running under. be set up in Himachal’s Chamba district. Nirmal Singh was Power Minister and Deputy Chief Minister since 2015 till he was made Speaker in a reshuffle last month. Himgiri, with an authorised share capital of Rs 50 lakh and paid-up capital of an equal amount, was incorporated as a private company in September 2000. It got a 3 MW hydel power project in Chamba district in 2001 when Prem Kumar Dhumal was the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. Records show that in 2015, the bank sanctioned an additional term loan of Rs 6.60 crore to meet an estimated cost Pak Army to meet, Sharif says Mumbai attacks quote distorted ISLAMABAD, LAHORE, MAY 13 “Even though we don’t have an alliance with the BJP, at the grassroot level we have an understanding with them. If their candidate is strong in a booth, our people will endorse that our people vote for the BJP. If our candidate is strong, then BJP workers have gone out and endorsed our candidate,” says a CPM worker, not wishing to be named. Moinak Kashari was a CPM gram panchayat member in the 2013 polls. Not a contestant this time, he says, “The primary aim EXPRESS NETWORK ● TMC ‘WINNERS’ TO BJP CONTENDERS, LALGARH HOLDS ITS BREATH, PAGE 6 is to defeat the TMC at all costs. Our panchayat will not go uncontested. It’s because all of us are united. There is no way the TMC can break this stronghold.” Many candidates standing in this area, in fact, are TMC work- ers who claim they are opposed to its strong-arm tactics against opposition leaders, or fed up of corruption by its grassroot leaders. Sanjit Deb, contesting under the boat symbol, says, “I was quite vocal in my dissidence against the TMC,” he says. “Fifteen days ago, the alliance approached me and I agreed to stand against the TMC candidate. I now represent all the parties — the Congress, CPM and SUCI.” Hours to go before the polls, more precautions are being AS OUSTED Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif claimed on Sunday that the media had “grossly misinterpreted” his remarks on the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, the Pakistan Army said it would hold a high-level meeting on Monday presumably to discuss his statement. Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted on Sunday that a suggestion was made to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to call a meeting of the high-powered National Security Committee (NSC), a platform of top civil and military leadership, “to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident”. “Being held tomorrow morning,” he added. Pakistan daily Dawn had carried an exclusive interview of Sharif on Friday, where he had questioned the policy to allow “non-State actors” to “kill” people in Mumbai. Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed or Maulana Masood Azhar’s militant organisations operating in the country, Sharif was quoted as saying, “Militant organisations are active in Pakistan. Call them non-State actors, should we allow CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dalit youth was killed for harassing Koli woman, not for riding horse, say police Will step aside for Dalit CM if party asks, says Siddaramaiah First admission by him of such a Cong plan; Dalits form 23% of state numbers CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA At a bus stand near Jhargram on the eve of West Bengal panchayat polls Sunday. Subham Dutta RESULTS TOMORROW 3 GUJARAT BJP CM candidate B S Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru on Sunday. He said BJP would get 125-130 seats. PTI JOHNSON TA BENGALURU, MAY 13 TWO DAYS before the Karnataka election results, Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Sunday said that he was ready to step aside and make way for a Dalit chief minister in the state if the Congress high command wanted. “I have no issues. If the high command says they want to appoint a Dalit as CM, I will say go ahead. I am not opposed to anybody,’’ he said at a press conference at his home in Mysuru. He was asked if the Congress favoured the appointment of a Dalit chief minister in Karnataka in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “The MLAs also have to give their opinion is it not? You cannot force it also. The MLAs have to give their opinion and the high command has to also clear it. You cannot run the government by forcing... In my five years of rule, there has been no instance of dissident activities. All the MLAs have cooperated.” After voting in Karnataka on Saturday, six out of eight major exit polls predicted that the BJP RAJKOT, MAY 13 BHAVNAGAR POLICE on Sunday claimed to have “cracked” the murder of a Dalit youth of Umrala taluka, saying that the 21-year-old was not killed by upper-caste men for owning and riding a horse but was hacked to death by a Koli (OBC) sharecropper as the youth was harassing his wife. Parading 28-yearold Munna Thaleisha, a native of Padana village in Dhandhuka taluka of Ahmedabad district before the mediapersons, police 21-year-old Pradeep Rathod was hacked to death on March 29. His father rejects police theory said that the share-cropper has confessed to his crime. The Dalit youth’s father, however, said that he did not believe the police theory and alleged that the upper-caste men had made the share-cropper a scapegoat to cover their crime committed due to caste-prejudices. Pradeep Rathod, 21, of Timbi village in Umrala taluka of Bhavnagar district, was found dead near his village on the night of March 29. In his complaint, Pradeep’s father Kalu had stated that Natubha Darbar, who belongs to upper-caste Kshatriya community, had warned his son against owning or riding a horse as it was a “privilege” of upper-castes only. Darbar, according to Kalu, had warned his son of dire consequences if the family continued to keep the horse and ride it. On Sunday, Bhavnagar Superintendent of Police Pravin Mal told The Indian Express that Pradeep was harassing Thaleisha’s wife and was seeking sexual favours for around two months before he was murdered. “The woman even complained to her husband about it, and suggested that they should approach the police. However, the husband turned down the suggestion, telling her that they were poor and therefore they 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● MLA’s sons booked for firing at musical show BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 7 EXPLAINED Why Deve Gowda matters A public health emergency BY DARRYL D'MONTE To contain suicides, BSF plans mental health tests NEW DELHI, MAY 13 BHAVNAGAR LAND STIR TURNS VIOLENT, POLICE USE TEARGAS TO DISPERSE FARMERS KARNATAKA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY GOPAL KATESHIYA DECISION 2018 TRYING TO contain suicides among paramilitary forces, the BSF has made it mandatory for all its personnel to undergo an annual test to determine their mental health. Based on how they fare in the test, soldiers will be assigned duties and corrective measures taken. Until now only annual physical tests were held to see if soldiers were fit to discharge their duties. The BSF has also come up with a broad set of guidelines on ensuring recreational time for soldiers, holding periodic meet- ings on the pattern of alcoholics anonymous where they can share personal stories, mandatory interviews for all those returning from leave, and an informal mechanism to address grievances. The steps follow year-long research, where the force studied the pattern of suicides by its personnel and analysed the reasons for the same. Two hundred BSF medics were then trained in clinical psychology in consultation with psychiatrists from London to conduct the tests to determine mental health ofjawans. The programme is being called ‘Holistic Well-Being Intervention’ so as to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR HOW TUITION IN A DALIT COLONY IS GETTING CHILDREN TO COLLEGE SHAJU PHILIP PALAKKAD, MAY 13 IN THE 1990s, when C D Sajith Kumar, a student of NSS Engineering College in Palakkad, Kerala, lived in a rented house near a Dalit colony in Kongappadam village, he realised not one person from there went to college. In 2013, now a mechanical engineer in Qatar, Kumar returned to Palakkad for an alumni meet, and was struck by how little had changed — most children still dropped out after Class 10. “Despite the college being a mere half kilometre away, most youngsters didn’t finish school. They toiled in nearby farms or did odd jobs in Palakkad town,” says Kumar, 46. That’s when he decided to step in. In 2013-14, Kumar launched a free educational empowerment programme, called ‘Ente Kongappadam (my Kongappadam)’, giving tuitions to children from the colony who were in Classes 8, 9 and 10. He roped in students from NSS Engineering College to volunteer as teachers and started morning and evening classes at an angan- TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com wadi in the colony. The project has so far helped 38 students pursue education beyond Class 10. For a colony that had no graduates, there are now three who are in undergraduation courses and two who are set to join this year. Besides, At one such tuition class in Kongappadam village. Express there are students pursing diploma courses. Since the project began, says Kumar, only one student from the colony has failed Class 10. Kongappadam, which is part of the Akathethara village panchayat, has 174 Dalits from the Cheruma Scheduled Caste community. Men and women work as daily labourers, and no one holds a government job. “I spoke to the parents and convinced them that it was important for their children to study because besides being eligible for jobs, it was the only way they could fight social isolation,” says Kumar, adding that education the road to “joining the mainstream”. “All these government schemes of giving Dalits free supply of rice and other provisions should stop. Instead, their social disconnect for want of education should be addressed effectively.” Besides motivating students from NSS College to teach the children, Kumar introduced online education through laptops and a television and ensured broadband connectivity. Classes for science, mathematics and English were held at the anganwadi in the morning and evening. Apart from the tuition classes, students were trained in soft skills such as communication. Kumar says he only had to spend Rs 8,000 a month to keep the programme running. Prof P R Suresh of NSS Engineering College, who helped Kumar with the programme, says, “To get children in the colony to start dreaming big, we took them on a tour of the college.” “Until last year, engineering students worked as tuition teachers, but now, we get students from within the colony and teachers living in the area to give classes,” he adds. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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