TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, LUCKNOW `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 6 THE EDITORIAL PAGE A public health emergency BY DARRYL D'MONTE 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&Enforcementof 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 CorpsCommanderof theArmy’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 PNB fraud: CBI to name senior bank officers in chargesheet To ensure there is a contest today, Oppn makes it TMC vs rest here 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 withheld announcement of 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 on. MUMBAI, MAY 13 THE CBI is likely to chargesheet twoservingandoneformersenior officer of Punjab National Bank with 19 others arrested in thealleged Rs 13,400crorefraud 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 the RBI to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 WORLD CHINA’SHOMEBUILTAIRCRAFT CARRIERSEES TRIALRUN FAMILY OF BOMBERS HITS CHURCHES IN INDONESIA, 13 KILLED ESHA ROY SOUTH 24 PARGANAS, 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 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 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 corruption by its grassroot leaders. Sanjit Deb, contesting on 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE 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. The 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 in Mumbai. Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed or Maulana Masood Azhar’smilitantorganisationsoperatinginthecountry,Sharif was quotedassaying,“MilitantorganisationsareactiveinPakistan.Call themnon-Stateactors,shouldwe allow them to cross the border CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LUCKNOW, MEERUT, MAY 13 41 ACROSS FOUR STATES ● EAST DELHI COMPLEX FIRST TO GET ROOFTOP SOLAR PLANT PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 Congresshighcommandwanted. “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 togivetheiropinionandthehigh commandhastoalsoclearit.You cannot run the government by force... 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DECISION 2018 KARNATAKA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 9 EXPLAINED Why Deve Gowda matters Police arrest 6 Dalits from Meerut, say bid to create caste unrest MANISH SAHU & AMIT SHARMA ● STORM KILLS First admission by him of such a Cong plan; Dalits form 23% of state numbers Pak Army to meet, Sharif says Mumbai attacks quote distorted ISLAMABAD, LAHORE, MAY 13 At a bus stand near Jhargram on the eve of West Bengal panchayat polls Sunday. Subham Dutta Will step aside for a Dalit CM if party asks, says Siddaramaiah CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA To contain suicides, BSF plans annual mental health tests DEEPTIMAN TIWARY 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 RESULTS TOMORROW THE MEERUT police arrested six Dalit youths on Saturday night, claiming to have busted a conspiracy to create caste violence in western Uttar Pradesh through the murder of an upper casteleader,toavengethekilling of the brother of Bhim Army’s Saharanpur district president Kamal Walia. Sachin Walia had been shot on Wednesday in Saharanpur. Police also claimed that Sachin had died in “accidental firing” and there was no caste angle to it. Police said that the six arrested — Rahul, Deepak, Satveer Singh and Ravindra Kumar of Meerut; and Nitin and Bunti of Ghaziabad, all in their 20s — were Bhim Army sympathisers. The arrests were reportedly made from the Hastinapur policestationareainMeerut.While no weapon was recovered from the six, police said they had seized seven cellphones from them. While Kamal Walia refused to speak on the matter, Bhim Army Saharanpur city president Paveen Gautam denied that the six were its sympathisers. The Meerut unit of the Bhim Army had been long dissolved, he said. On Sunday, the six accused were produced before a local court and sent to judicial custody, said Station House Officer, Hastinapur police station, Munendra Pal Singh. Asserting that Sachin’s death was the result of accidental firing, and not caste-linked “as had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR HOW A TUITION PROGRAMME IN A DALIT COLONY IS GETTING KIDS 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 realisednotone person fromthere 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 X. “Despite the college being a mere half kilometre away, most youngsters didn’t finish school. EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com 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 At one such tuition class in Kongappadam village. Express roped in students from NSS EngineeringCollegetovolunteer as teachers and started morning and evening classes at an anganwadi in the colony. The project has so far helped 38 students pursue education beyond Class X. For a colony that had no graduates, there are now three who are in undergraduationcoursesandtwowhoareset to join this year. Besides, 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 com- munity. 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 on- line 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 EngineeringCollege,whohelped 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. Despite continuing with his jobinQatar,Kumarkeepsaclose watch on the programme and makes periodic visits. Says K Guruvayoorappan, a resident of the colony, “The tuition scheme has helped us realisethatonlyeducationcanimprove our lives.” Namitha R, 19, one of those whoattendedthetuitionclasses, says, “Now all the teenagers are keen on continuing their studies. I was the first person from thecolonytowritetheengineering entrance exam. I even got CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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