TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `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 Irani is out of I&B, Goyal gets additional charge of Finance until Jaitley is back K J Alphons keeps Tourism but relieved of MoS, Electronics & IT; this goes to S S Ahluwalia who is out of Water, Sanitation 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 UTTAR PRADESH MinisterArunJaitleywhounderwent a renal transplant surgery onMonday.AndremovingSmriti Irani from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and assigning it to Minister of State (Independent Charge) RajyavardhanSinghRathorewho 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 He has been replaced by S S Ahluwalia who will assist Cabinet Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the ministry.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 ● VILLAGERS WAKE UP TO FIND ‘JAI BHIM’ WRITTEN ON THEIR WALLS ● REOPEN ARSON ATTACK CASE: SC/ST PANEL TO POLICE PAGE 6 For and against Jinnah BY JAVED ANAND 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. PNB-MODI CHARGESHEET Named in Modi case, Allahabad Bank CEO, 2 PNB directors face axe RASHMI RAJPUT & SUNNY VERMA Nirav Modi named as wanted in chargesheet MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, MAY 14 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 Sharan, and a General Manager, NehalAhad,besidesNiravModi’s three firms Stellar Diamonds, SolarExportsandDiamondR’US in its chargesheet filed in the CBI Special Court on Monday. Nirav Modi and his brother Nishal have been shown as wanted accused in the chargesheet. The CBI chargesheet has focused on Letters of Undertakings or LOUs and Foreign Letters of Credit or FLCs of close to Rs 500 crore of the total alleged Rs 6498-crore loss caused to PNB by Modi, sources said. Initschargesheet,theCBIhas relied on over 80 witnesses, digital evidence and documents that the agency recovered during the course of the probe. Responding to the chargesheet, the government said it has initiated action to removeAnanthasubramanianand the PNB board divested its two executive directors Rao and Saran, of all financial and executive powers, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar said. Kumar said the Allahabad Bankboard—likelytomeetsoon — has been asked to divest Ananthasubramanian of all powers and initiate further action. She was managing director of PNB until May 5 last year. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 hurled bombs outside a polling booth. The CPI(M) claimed the victims were party workers who had supported an independent candidate. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY FULL COVERAGE, P 7 Modi, Putin ‘informal summit’ in Russia May 21 SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MAY 14 LESS THAN a fortnight after the US, under President Donald Trump, pulled out of the P-5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be travelling to the Black Sea resort town of Sochi for an “informal summit” with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 21. This is in line with the new template framed last month, when Modi had travelled to Wuhan to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 28. EversincetheTrumpadministration decided to withdraw from the nuclear deal, alleging that Tehran is not fulfilling its commitments, the international community has been working overtime to salvage the deal. All major powers, including the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China, have said that they will fulfill the commitments under the deal, known as JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). Russia is emerging as a major power player in West Asia, as it is seen to be working towards saving the deal between P-5+1 and Iran. After Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia last week, Iranian Foreign MinisterMohammadJavadZarif was in Moscow on Monday to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also scheduled to visit 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,withmatchesendingon average between 11.55 pm and midnight, 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 Express that there was a nearly 40-50percentdipinthatperiod. The first IPL outing for Star, which bought the broadcast Nagrota land deal can hurt party image, admits Jammu BJP JAMMU, MAY 14 STATE CHIEF HOLDS ‘NATIONAL MEET’ AT VVIP GUESTHOUSE PAGE 4 THE EDITORIAL PAGE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ARUN SHARMA ● EXPELLED HYV 10 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 is neither any new induction nor 40-50% dip in ratings after 11 pm: Star India MD rights for Rs 16,347.5 crore last year, has been successful, with numbers suggesting a spike in viewership from last season. But the steep decline in viewership towards the business end of most matches has strengthened their view that the IPL would be better off if matches would start an hour earlier, like the playoffs next week. “The drop starts at 10.45 pm to about 25 per cent and then it increased progressively. The last half hour in a normal match should be your highest number of viewers. If you compare it to what you call an opportunity cost, the gap could be as high as 50 per cent. Most of small-town India and a large part of urban India start sleeping around 1111.30 pm. Even entertainment programspeakbefore10pmand dip thereafter,” Gupta said. The introduction of the UmpireDecisionReviewSystem (DRS) this season has only extended the length of matches. Though Gupta lauded the introduction of technology to the most high-profile T20 league in the world, the extra 15-20 minutes added to the duration has also impacted ratings. “Until last year, the matches used to finish at 11.20-11.25 pm onaverage.Thisyear,aftertheintroduction of DRS, it takes a lot longer. Roughly the matches are ending half-hour later at around 11.55 pm to midnight broadly. We think there will be a dramatic increase in people who willbeavailablefrom7-11pmas compared to 8 pm to midnight just because of that last one hour,” he said. Though the figures so far show a significant dip, a closer look suggests that viewership curves seem to depend on how closethegamesarecomparedto thetimetheyfinish.Indianviewers don’t seem thrilled with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 appearing confident of crossing the halfway mark on it own, the CongressMondayreachedoutto the JD(S) and rushed senior leaders 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 DECISION 2018 KARNATAKA #DecisionKarnataka 2018 on 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 9 Delhi Police charge Tharoor with cruelty, abetting wife’s ‘suicide’ PRITAM PAL SINGH 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 a3,000-pagechargesheet,police also accused Tharoor of subjecting Pushkar to cruelty and sought to summon him to court. The Delhi police Special InvestigationTeam(SIT)filedthe Cong called chargesheet political vendetta ANOTHER REPORT, P 7 chargesheetbeforeMetropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh and said that there was no need CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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