LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SC REGISTRAR TAKES PETITIONS TO CHIEF JUSTICE AT MIDNIGHT 11 WORLD JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MALAYSIA'S ANWAR FREED, SAYS NEW DAWN IS HERE BJP gets invite & 15 days, Cong cries foul, knocks on Supreme Court door INSIDE Page 6 DECISION 2018 NORTH KOREA SAYS MAY RECONSIDER TRUMP SUMMIT, SUSPENDS TALKS WITH SOUTH Answer roll call with Jai Hind, MP govt orders schoolkids MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, MAY 16 THE MADHYA Pradesh government has issued a circular making it compulsory for school children to answer roll calls with Jai Hind. The circular was issued Tuesday, more than five months after the government said this would instil patriotism in children. “Different words are used to mark attendance. To instil patriotism among students, it has been decided by the government that Jai Hind should be used while marking attendance in school,” the circular stated. Last November, state School Education Minister Vijay Shah made an announcement to the effect while addressing NCC cadets from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on NCC Day in Bhopal. According to Shah, the present practice of saying “Yes Sir, Yes Madam” does not foster patriotism. He said Jai Hind would be made compulsory in all 1.22 lakh government schools and an advisory would be issued to private schools. He had announced that students of government schools in Satna district would answer roll calls with Jai Hind on an experimental basis and it would later be introduced in all schools if the Chief Minister agreed. The state government has already instructed schools to hoist the Tricolour and sing the national anthem daily. EXPRESS NETWORK ● Cong-JD(S) waves KARNATAKA ● On table for BJP: Goa at Governor abstentions by MLAs, rehab as MLCs BSY swearing-in at 9 am today, Cong hopes to stall or cut 15 days given by Governor Vala BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY BENGALURU, MAY 16 THREE-TIME Congress MLA from the Sandur reserved constituency in Bellary, E Tukaram, was driving down to Bengaluru on Wednesday, after his victory in the Karnataka Assembly elections on May 15 when he heard rumours that he was among 12 ● CONSTITUTION DOESN’T ALLOW ARREST WITHOUT FAIR PROCESS: APEX COURT ON SC/ST ACT, PAGE 5 EXPLAINED More votes, fewer seats — how? CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New Delhi responds to Srinagar’s Nagrota land deal: J&K call, announces Ramzan ceasefire HC asks officials to lay down law, file report RAHUL TRIPATHI & BASHAARAT MASOOD NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, MAY 16 JAMMU, MAY 16 THE JAMMU and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday asked senior revenue and police officials to file by May 30 their report regarding compliance of its earlier direction to strictly implement restrictions imposed by state government on construction activity near Army’s ammu- nition depot in Nagrota. This followed a petition by the Army seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Mamta Singh, wife of former Deputy CM and now Jammu & Kashmir Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh, for allegedly violating the court’s order dated May 7 last wherein it had directed authorities to ensure implementation of the August 2015 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RESPONDING TO Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s call for a unilateral ceasefire, the Centre Wednesday directed “security forces not to launch operations in Jammu & Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan” and retaliate only “if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people”. The announcement, made three days before Prime Minister PM will be in Srinagar on May 19. Shuaib Masoodi THE MUCH-AWAITED meeting of the five most senior judges who constitute the Supreme Court Collegium, which was expected to act on its reiteration of Justice K M Joseph’s name, ended with the decision being deferred for the third time. The meeting, which began at 4.15 pm lasted nearly two hours, the longest any Collegium meeting has lasted this year. It was attended by all five members of the Collegium, CJI Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph. Govt sent back Justice K M Joseph’s name on April 26 The meeting failed to reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name despite having pre-arranged to meet to do precisely that last week, apart from suggesting other names for the Supreme Court. The apex court is currently functioning with just 25 judges, six below its sanctioned strength. Five judges of the court are scheduled to retire in 2018 — CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GANDHINAGAR, MAY 16 THE GUJARAT State Commission for Unreserved Classes has recommended the state government to relax the age limit for unreserved classes in competitive exams of Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC). The current age limit for unreserved class candidates is 35 years. The commission, which was formed by the BJP government following the Patidar quota agitation, submitted its first report to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday. The Commission has also recommended that the government should consider youths belonging to unreserved classes for Samras Hostels, which are built for the students of SC, ST and OBC communities, if the seats in the hostel remain vacant. “Yes, we have submitted a report to the chief minister today. We have made several policylevel recommendations to the government for the welfare of people of unreserved classes, especially youths. Now, it is up to the state government to take a decision on the recommendations. We have been assured that the government will take decision on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR OVER-RELIANCE ON INDIAN MONEY AND FANS TOPS THE ICC’S LIST OF ITS WEAKNESS SRIRAM VEERA MUMBAI, MAY 16 THE OVER-RELIANCE on Indian money has been listed as a weakness in a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis done by the International Cricket Council as it plans to take the game to uncharted markets and achieve financial sustainability for all member countries. The strategy document also mentions the need to enlist the services of global influencers and cricket fans like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Satya Nadella, Sundar Pichai and Indra Nooyi who was recently made the first female independent director of ICC. Usain Bolt, Russell Crowe and Chris Martin are the nonIndian celebrity influencers that ICC seeks to make use of. The ICC is set to meet BCCI office-bearers and Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators in Delhi Thursday where the future of the game will be discussed. And once all member countries are on board, various programmes to promote the game and ways to engage, broaden and monetise the fans will be launched. ICC, BCCI officials will meet in New Delhi Thursday to discuss the future of the game. Express file Narendra Modi visits Srinagar on May 19, was welcomed by Mehbooba Mufti who told The Indian Express: “Home Minister Rajnath Singh called me, saying the Centre has decided on a ceasefire during the month of Ramzan. It is very good news. I hope everybody supports this initiative.” Hoping for a positive response from Pakistan, Mufti said: “I personally thank our Prime Minister Modiji and Home Minister Rajnathji. They showed personal interest in it (ceasefire). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Once again, apex court PATIDAR QUOTA STIR Relax job age limit for Collegium stalls on Justice Joseph’s name unreserved classes: Panel to Rupani govt NEW DELHI, MAY 16 MISHAP: 14 BODIES FOUND 10 MLAs to have gone missing while the Congress party tried to gather its flock of 78 to stake claim to form the next government in alliance with the JD(S). Tukaram eventually arrived at the Congress party’s Bengaluru office in the afternoon. “We were celebrating the election victory when we were asked to come to Bengaluru by CONSTRUCTION NEAR ARMY DEPOT SEEMA CHISHTI ● GODAVARI BOAT VARANASI, LUCKNOW, MAY 16 8 short of stable, BJP looks for horses, Cong and JD(S) try to fence them in JOHNSON T A CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SARAH HAFEEZ & MAULSHREE SETH Praveen Khanna BENGALURU, NEW DELHI, MAY 16 ARUN SHARMA Five warning letters were sent to flyover firm but no one read Barricades outside the Chief Justice of India’s residence in New Delhi on Wednesday midnight where the SC Registrar went with the Cong-JD(S) petitions. JOHNSON TA, MANOJ CG & KAUNAIN SHERIFF M THE LEADER of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa was on Wednesday invited by Governor Vajubhai Vala to form a new government in the state on account of the BJP’s emergence as the single largest party with 104 seats in the 224-member Assembly in polls held on May 12. The swearing-in has been scheduled for 9 am on Thursday. The Governor has also given the BJP 15 days to prove its majority in the hung People look at vehicles crushed under the flyover in Varanasi on Wednesday, a day after the mishap. Anand Singh Eight key areas have been identified to be pursued in the next five years. Fans, participants, women and girls, technology, cricket’s products, financial sustainability, cricket’s purpose, integrity and values. However, what might hurt the sensibilities of Indian cricket administrators, if not its fans, is the fact that the strategy document sweats about the financial over-reliance on India. In an embedded SWOT analysis, the document mentions India twice, under Weakness: “Not a truly global sport —heavy dependence on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A DAYafter 18 people were killed when a section of a flyover under construction fell on moving cars and pedestrians in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh police said they had sent at least five letters to the UP State Bridge Corporation (UPSBC) since November last year and registered an FIR in February this year for not following traffic safety regulations during construction. IG Deepak Ratan told The Indian Express: “We have shot five letters to the Bridge Corporation since November last year, asking it to ensure safe traffic regulation during construction work. Ideally, when they are constructing a portion of the flyover, they are supposed to deploy their own staff for safe traffic regulation and they can request police for assistance. But it is we who have been alerting them about the potential problem and they have not acted.” According to police, staff of the Sigra police station registered an FIR against the Pariyojana Prabandhak of the UPSBC on February 19 under IPC sections relating to public nuisance and danger or obstruction in public 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE way or line of navigation. The FIR described the Chauka Ghat to Lehartara bridge construction work as chaotic with iron beams hanging over the traffic below. “A senior police officer inspected the site... several letters were written to the project manager of the UPSBC and necessary directions were given to the assistant engineer to conduct smooth traffic. But at the site, chaotic construction work and non-assistance in traffic management was causing the public extreme inconvenience and anger,” it stated. After the collapse, police Wednesday booked officials of the UPSBC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, attempt to commit culpable homicide and sections of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. The FIR was registered at Sigra police station against supervising officials, contractors and staff involved in the construction of the flyover. Late Tuesday night, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya suspended four UPSBC officials — chief project manager H C Tiwari, project manager K R Sudan, assistant engineer Rajesh Singh and engineer Lal Chand. But Rajan Mittal, UPSBC managing director, said they had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Time to seize the chance, cease fire BY FIRDOUS TAK
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