TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 9 THEIDEASPAGE Premium delayed farmer denied Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana does not inspire confidence of farmers HIMGIRI INFRASTRUCTURE Development Limited, the company incorporated in 2000 by senior BJP leaders in Jammu whichwasusedtobuylandnext 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 investigatedbyTheIndianExpress 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&Enforcementof Security Interest Act (SARFAESI), 2002. AsTheIndianExpressfirstreported 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 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 termloanof Rs18.50crore 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 PNB fraud: CBI to name 3 senior bank officials in chargesheet To ensure there is a contest today, Oppn makes it TMC vs rest in dist RASHMI RAJPUT 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 withheldannouncementof their results. To ensure that the remaining panchayatsarenotsimilarlywon 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, chosenforthoserepresentingall other parties in the fray (barring the BJP), or of mango, which all the Independent candidates are running under. MUMBAI, MAY 13 THE CBI is likely to chargesheet three serving and retired employees 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, theCBIfiledthreeFIRsinthecase — 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 accusedpersonsincriminalconspiracy with branch officials siphonedoff bankfundsunderthe 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 nationalisedbanksincludingPNB,”said an official. “Based on these fraudulently issued letters of comfort, these banksissuedbuyers’credittothe 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 7 WORLD CHINA’SHOMEBUILTAIRCRAFT CARRIERSEES TRIALRUN FAMILY OF BOMBERS HITS CHURCHES IN INDONESIA, 13 KILLED ESHA ROY SOUTH 24 PARGANAS, MAY 13 be set up in Himachal’s Chamba district.NirmalSinghwasPower 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 calls meet, Sharif says remarks ‘distorted’ 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 workers 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. “Fifteendaysago,theallianceap- proached me and I agreed to standagainsttheTMCcandidate. I now represent all the parties — the Congress, CPM and SUCI.” Hours to go before the polls, more precautions are being taken, including briefing booth agents and putting workers on alert to keep out unknown persons trying to armtwist or bribe voters. Sabhapati Shankar Roy (59) of the Congress is briefing workers in Kashipur, talking about the TMC “misusing” MNREGS job cards to “line own First admission by him of such a Cong plan; Dalits form 23% of state numbers BJP CM candidate B S Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru on Sunday. He said BJP would get 125-130 seats. PTI JOHNSON TA 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 peoplevotefortheBJP.If ourcandidate 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 As party eyes 2019, Sidda says can make way for Dalit CM 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 DAY AFTER POLLS AS OUSTED Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif claimed on Sunday that the media had “grossly misinterpreted” his remarks on the Mumbai terror attacksof 2008,thePakistanArmy said it would hold a high-level meetingonMondaypresumably to discuss his statement. Army spokesman Major GeneralAsif Ghafoortweetedon 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-Stateactors”to“kill”people CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BENGALURU, MAY 13 A DAY after polls in Karnataka, Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Sunday said that he is willing to step aside and make way for a Dalit chief minister in the state if the party 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 NEW DELHI, MAY 13 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 meetings 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. Thestepsfollowyear-longresearch, where the force studied thepatternof suicidesbyitspersonnel and analysed the reasons for the same. Two hundred BSF medicswerethentrainedinclinical psychology in consultation with psychiatrists from London toconducttheteststodetermine mental health of jawans. The programme is being called ‘Holistic Well-Being Intervention’ so as to avoid stigma related to mental illness. Officials said their research showed that suicides were higher among personnel from poor socio-economic background, and mostly among the 25-35agegroup.However,there was not much difference in suicide rates when it came to the marital status of personnel or whether they belonged to nu- 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 clear or joint families. “Poormotivation,alcoholdependency,sleepdisorders,problems with spouse or other relatives at home, unfavourable working conditions, financial issues, anger and helplessness” were identified as factors leading to stress and depression and eventually suicides. Inspector General Satwant Atwal Trivedi, who has been a studentofclinicalpsychologyand oversaw the project, said, “Suicidesanywherearetragic,but when a trained soldier commits CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR HOW A TUITION PROGRAMME IN A DALIT COLONY IN PALAKKAD IS GETTING CHILDREN TO COLLEGE TRACKING CHANGE» SHAJU PHILIP PALAKKAD, MAY 13 IN THE 1990s, when C D Sajith Kumar, a student of NSS EngineeringCollegeinPalakkad, Kerala, lived in a rented house near a Dalit colony in Kongappadam village, he realisednotonepersonfromthere 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. EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com At one such tuition class in Kongappadam village. Express “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 KARNATAKA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 To contain suicides, BSF does year-long survey, plans annual mental health test DEEPTIMAN TIWARY DECISION 2018 to children from the colony who were in Classes 8, 9 and 10. He roped in students from NSS EngineeringCollegetovolunteer as teachers and started morning andeveningclassesatananganwadi 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 undergraduationcoursesandtwowho are set to join this year. Besides, there are students pursing diploma courses. Since the project began, says Kumar, only one CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur A public health emergency BY DARRYL D'MONTE
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