TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FIFTH RESHUFFLE IN GOVT Smriti Irani is out of I&B, Piyush Goyal gets Finance until Arun Jaitley returns Irani’s exit comes after order on fake news had to be withdrawn, tension with Rashtrapati Bhavan over film awards row EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 14 DAYS BEFORE the government marks its fourth year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reshuffled portfolios of his ministers “temporarily” assigning Finance MinistryandCorporateAffairsto Piyush Goyal during the “period of indisposition” of Finance 4 INSIDE Minister Arun Jaitley who underwent a renal transplant surgery on Monday. And removing SmritiIranifromtheInformation and Broadcasting Ministry and assigning it to Minister of State (Independent Charge) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who has been MoS in the Ministry since November 2014. While Goyal will continue with his charge of Railways and Jaitley with Goyal Irani with Rathore Coal Ministries, the reshuffle made two lateral shifts as well: AlphonsKannanthanamwasrelieved of his duties as Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. He has been replacedbySSAhluwaliawhowill assist Cabinet Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the ministry. While Kannanthanam retains his duties as MoS (Independent 72% TURNOUT AMID REPORTS OF BOOTH CAPTURING, STOLEN BALLOT PAPERS 14 killed, many injured as violence rocks rural polls in West Bengal For and against Jinnah BY JAVED ANAND Jammu BJP says Nagrota land deal can hurt party, but work is on JAMMU, MAY 14 ● Gurjar mahapanchayat today, to press for 5% reservation within OBC quota THE EDITORIAL PAGE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ARUN SHARMA ACTIVISTS,CIVIL SOCIETYGROUPS SLAMRAJASTHAN GOVERNMENT FOR‘HARASSMENT OFDALITS’ 8 Charge) in the Ministry of Tourism, Ahluwalia has been relieved as MoS in charge of Drinking Water and Sanitation to take charge as MoS in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Thisreallocationof portfolios was announced late evening by Rashtrapati Bhavan. Since there isneitheranynewinductionnor People injured in poll violence in Nadia district of West Bengal on Monday. PTI SANTANU CHOWDHURY KOLKATA, MAY 14 AT LEAST 14 people were reported to have been killed and many injured as the panchayat pollsweremarredbywidespread violenceacrossseveraldistrictsof WestBengal,includingNorthand South 24 Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad, East Midnapore and South Dinajpur, on Monday. While reports from the districts said 14 had died, the state police confirmed 12 deaths, but said only six deaths were linked to poll violence. The State Election Commission (SEC) said over 72 percentpollingwasrecordedtill 5 pm. The turnout is expected to increase as people were still standing in queues outside polling booths in the evening, said officials. According to the state police, SEC and district administration reports: ■Two persons, Appu Manna and Jogeshwar Ghosh, were killed in Nandigram Block-2 in East Midnapore, when miscreants threw bombs on voters outside a polling booth. The CPI(M) claimed they were party workers who had supported an independent candidate. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY FULL COVERAGE, P 3 AS JAMMU and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh’s wife Mamta Singh continued with the construction of her multi-storey bungalow near the ammunition depot near Nagrota despite Army’s serious objections, the BJP here on Monday said that “it (the issue) has potential to damage the image...and dent the stated position of the party.” Asking its senior leader to resolve the issue by “rectifying” himself, chief spokesperson of the state BJP Sunil Sethi said: “Normally, the party is not concerned about personal issues. The present issue also pertains to Dr Nirmal Singh and he should have resolved it.” “However, the party is taking serious note of the issues...It will be appropriately reported to the leadership,” he added. The BJP also distanced itself from Singh over his assertion againsttheArmy,withSethisaying: “We do not agree with it. Our stand is that Army is a very responsibleorganisationandwe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Verdict today, Cong leaders rush to reach out to JD(S) just in case MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, MAY 14 TRYING TO buck antiincumbencyandretainpowerin Karnataka for the first time in almost 40 years, the Congress is leaving little to chance a day before election results. Though appearingconfidentof crossingthe halfway mark on it own, the CongressMondayreachedoutto theJD(S)andrushedseniorleaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot to Bengaluru. The move follows the uncertainty after exit polls and the lessons learnt from Goa and Manipur, where it failed to form governments despite emerging as the single largest party. Azad, an old Karnataka hand and general secretary in charge of thestatetwodecadesago,was the AICC minder for Karnataka when former president Sonia GandhicontestedtheBellaryLok Sabha seat in 1999. AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal too is in Bengaluru. Sources said that Azad met a senior JD(S) leader in Delhi on Sunday night before leaving for Karnatakatounderstandformer THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the allegedRs13,400-crorefraudinvolvingdiamantairesNiravModi andhisuncleMehulChoksihave named 25 accused including UshaAnanthasubramanian,MD & CEO of Allahabad Bank, who was a former CEO of PNB; two Executive Directors of PNB Brahmaji Rao and Sanjeev indianexpress.com From 7 am. Live stories, videos and reports from the ground, data analysis From 9 am. Video panel with Express Experts interpreting the results prime minister and JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda and his son Kumaraswamy better. Sourcessaidthemeetingwas a mere exchange of notes and thatnothingsubstantialwasdiscussed as no “serious discussion CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 5 NEW DELHI, MAY 14 THE DELHI Police Monday charged Congress MP Shashi Tharoor with abetting the suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, who was found dead in a Delhi hotel in January 2014. In a 3000-page chargesheet, police also accused Tharoor of subjecting Pushkar to cruelty and sought to summon him to court. The Delhi police Special InvestigationTeam(SIT)filedthe Nirav Modi named as wanted in chargesheet Sharan and a General Manager NehalAhadbesidesNiravModi’s three firms Stellar Diamonds, SolarExportsandDiamondR’US in its chargesheet filed in the CBI Special Court on Monday. Nirav Modi and his brother CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR AS MIDNIGHT APPROACHES, IT IS IPL VS SLUMBER BHARAT SUNDARESAN MUMBAI, APRIL 14 THE 2018 season of the Indian Premier League has so far produced more last-over thrillers than usual. But the late finishes, withmatchesendingonaverage between11.55pmandmidnight, have an unusual consequence. That many television sets are turned off across the country in the last hour despite nail-biting finishes. The trend has Star India, in theirfirstseasonasofficialbroadcasters for the IPL, coping with a major dip in TRPs post-11 pm. Star India managing director Sanjay Gupta told The Indian #DecisionKarnataka 2018 on PRITAM PAL SINGH Named in Modi case, Allahabad Bank CEO, 2 PNB directors face axe MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, MAY 14 KARNATAKA Delhi Police charge Tharoor with cruelty, abetting wife’s suicide PNB-MODI CHARGESHEET RASHMI RAJPUT & SUNNY VERMA DECISION 2018 40-50% dip in ratings after 11 pm: Star India MD Express that there was a nearly 40-50percentdipinthatperiod. The first IPL outing for Star, which bought the broadcast rights for Rs 16,347.5 crore last year, has been successful, with numbers suggesting a spike in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur Cong called chargesheet political vendetta chargesheetbeforeMetropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh and said that there was no need to arrest Tharoor, the only CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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