TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BENGAL PAGE 3 ● RURAL RE-POLL: 68% TURNOUT, VOTING ‘LARGELY PEACEFUL’; COUNTING TODAY ● CENTRE ASKS SC REGISTRAR TAKES PETITIONS TO CHIEF JUSTICE AT MIDNIGHT BJP gets invite & 15 days, Cong cries foul, knocks on Supreme Court door FOR ANOTHER REPORT ON POLL VIOLENCE Answer roll call with Jai Hind, MP govt orders schoolkids MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, MAY 16 THE MADHYA Pradesh government has issued a circular makingitcompulsoryforschoolchildren 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 presentpracticeof saying“YesSir,Yes Madam” does not foster patriotism. He said Jai Hind would be madecompulsoryinall1.22lakh 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. DECISION 2018 ● Cong-JD(S) waves KARNATAKA ● On table for BJP: NEW DELHI, MAY 16 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, thelongestanyCollegiummeeting 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. The meeting failed to reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name despite having pre-arranged to meet to do precisely that last INSIDE PAGE 6 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 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 Praveen Khanna BENGALURU, NEW DELHI, MAY 16 THE LEADER of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa was on WednesdayinvitedbyGovernor 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 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 8 short of stable, BJP looks for horses, Cong and JD(S) try to fence them in JOHNSON T A 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 EXPLAINED More votes, fewer seats — how? MLAs to have gone missing whiletheCongresspartytriedto gather its flock of 78 to stake claim to form the next government in alliance with the JD(S). Tukaram eventually arrived attheCongressparty’sBengaluru office in the afternoon. “We were celebrating the election victory when we were asked to come to Bengaluru by 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 CONSTRUCTION NEAR ARMY DEPOT RAHUL TRIPATHI & BASHAARAT MASOOD ARUN SHARMA 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 earlierdirectiontostrictlyimplement restrictions imposed by state government on constructionactivitynearArmy’sammu- Once again, apex court Collegium stalls on Justice Joseph’s name SEEMA CHISHTI JOURNALISM OF COURAGE week, apart from suggesting other names for the Supreme Court.Theapexcourtiscurrently functioning with just 25 judges, six below its sanctioned strength. Five judges of the court are scheduled to retire in 2018 — Justice Chelameswar as early as June 22. On May 11, the Supreme Court had chosen to put its foot down,butcautiously,sayingthat it was for the reiteration but promising to send other names too for elevation along with the reiteration. The calculation was that simply sending the reiteration would amount to throwing a gauntlet to the Centre and likely to lead to a major confrontation. The Collegium had then declared in its resolution: “The Chief Justiceandothermembers CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 implementationof theAugust2015 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK ● DAY AFTER GODAVARI MISHAP, 14 BODIES FOUND PAGE 6 12 WORLD NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, MAY 16 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 threedaysbeforePrimeMinister NORTH KOREA SAYS MAY RECONSIDER TRUMP SUMMIT, SUSPENDS TALKS WITH SOUTH CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Five warning letters were sent to flyover firm but no one read SARAH HAFEEZ & MAULSHREE SETH VARANASI, LUCKNOW, MAY 16 ADAYafter18peoplewerekilled when a section of a flyover under construction fell on moving carsandpedestriansinVaranasi, Uttar Pradesh police said they hadsentatleastfiveletterstothe UP State Bridge Corporation (UPSBC) since November last year and registered an FIR in Februarythisyearfornotfollowingtrafficsafetyregulationsduring construction. IG Deepak Ratan told The Indian Express: “We have shot five letters to the Bridge CorporationsinceNovemberlast year, asking it to ensure safe traffic regulation during constructionwork.Ideally,whentheyare 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 theSigrapolicestationregistered an FIR against the Pariyojana Prabandhak of the UPSBC on 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE February 19 under IPC sections relating to public nuisance and danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation. TheFIRdescribedtheChauka 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 theUPSBCforculpablehomicide not amounting to murder, attempttocommitculpablehomicide and sections of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. The FIR was registered at Sigra police station againstsupervisingofficials,contractors and staff involved in the construction of the flyover. Late Tuesday night, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya suspended four UPSBC CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Time to seize the chance, cease fire BY FIRDOUS TAK Panchayat elections: Missing PNB FRAUD Arrest of woman after presiding officer found dead sunset illegal, CBI officials liable for disciplinary action: HC RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA, MAY 16 SAILEE DHAYALKAR MALAYSIA'S ANWARFREED, SAYS NEW DAWN IS HERE PM will be in Srinagar on May 19. Shuaib Masoodi NarendraModivisitsSrinagaron 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 PrimeMinisterModijiandHome Minister Rajnathji. They showed personalinterestinit(ceasefire). People look at vehicles crushed under the flyover in Varanasi on Wednesday, a day after the mishap. Anand Singh MUMBAI, MAY 16 THE BOMBAY High Court on Wednesday held the arrest of PunjabNationalBank(PNB)fraud accused Kavita Mankikar in February “illegal”. She was arrested by the CBI in connection with the Rs 11,400-crore PNB fraud. The HC said that the CBI is liablefordisciplinaryproceedings for“flagrantviolation”oftheprovisionsoftheCriminalProcedure Code. According to the CBI, Mankikar was signing as the authorised signatory of the three firmsof NiravModiGroup,asper the instructions and assurance of Modi without knowing the facts orramificationsofheractions.She was arrested along with five others, including Vipul Ambani. Mankikarinherpetitionhadsaid thatshewasarrestedonFebruary 20 at 8 pm by a male inspector of theCBI,violatingSection46ofthe Criminal Procedure Code which says that no woman shall be arrestedaftersunsetandbeforesunrise. Her lawyers Vijay Agarwal and Yashwardhan Tiwari had stated that her arrest was illegal and unconstitutional as it was a gross violation of the provisions of law.Adivisionbenchof Justice SJKathawallaandJusticeBharati H Dangre, in its order, said, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A 45-YEAR-old teacher's body was Wednesday found on railway tracks at Sonardanga in North Dinajpur a day after he went missing from a polling station, where presided over panchayat balloting on Monday. Raj Kumar Roy's family lodged a complaint alleging he was kidnapped and murdered while police claimed a train had run him over. He taught English at Karandighi's Rohotpur High Madrasa. Roy's widow, Arpita Burman-Roy, said he called her around 8 pm on Monday from polling booth number 84 at Itahar block's Sonarpur Junior Basic School saying he would be late. "...(He) told me there were still voters in queue and he will be able to return only after mid- Raj Kumar Roy night. We could not find him after that. His cell phone was sometimes ringing and sometimes switched off,'' BurmanRoy, a mother of two, told The Indian Express. "My husband has been murdered." She said the police were claiming a train had hit Roy. "We fear he was murdered and his body was kept on the railway tracks to show it as a suicide." In her complaint, Burman said her husband has been murdered in cold blood and thrown onrailtrackswhiledemandinga Central Bureau of Investigation probe. A police report about Roy's death said he had suddenly left the booth complaining of severe headache.Itsaidanotherpresiding officer was called in and the voting procedures were completed at 3 am. "As... Roy did not returnhome...BDOItaharlodged a missing diary at Itahar PS today (Tuesday) at 16:45 hours (4:45 pm),'' it said. The report said Kolkatabound Radhikapur Express's driver submitted a memo to Raigunj station master "regarding sudden knock down of a male (Roy) aged 45 years betweenBanglabariandRaigunj..." "The CID (Criminal Investigation Department) has taken up the case. The presiding officer's body was found on railway tracks. This is all I can say right now,"saidNorthDinajpurpolice superintendent Shyam Singh. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN ICC LIST OF ITS WEAKNESS: THE OVER-RELIANCE ON INDIAN MONEY 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 InternationalCricketCouncilasit 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 servicesof globalinfluencersand 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 non-Indiancelebrityinfluencers who 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 Eight key areas have been identified to be pursued in the next five years. Fans, participants,womenandgirls,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 revenues and fans from India” is listed as the top weakness, and “Lack of aggressive expansion/growth strategy to counter overreliance on India”. Asisthecasewithmostsport bodiesaroundtheworld,theICC is also worried about commercial operators who are more focused on short-term gains instead of looking at a holistic promotion of the game. “Uncontrolled private investment into the sport by commercial operators whose interests are aligned with short-term financial gain rather than the long-term health and growth of the sport” is listed under threats. Intherecentpast,talksabout a breakaway world governing body had hit cricket and ICC had then expressed reservations about the development. The concern is featured in the Threat sectionof thestrategydocument as well. “Breakaway governing body — rebel group” and ICC seeks to tackle it with improving financial sustainability of all member countries. It also tries to convert threats into opportunities. Like cricket’s newest format T10. Last December, a T10 league was played in UAE, with cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Keiron Pollard, Mohammad Amir, Tamim Iqbal — and it was quite a success. It has triggered concerns in ICC which lists T10 as a threat in the SWOT analysis, but also seeks to use the T10 format to spread the game. “What other traditional or shorter formats of cricket (if any) should be included in world cricket’s portfolioof productsandif so,howand why?”isoneof thequestionsthe ICCstates.ItplacesT10underopportunity: “Cricket as a sport should continue to capitalise on shortened format opportunities like T10.” Thedocumentstatesthatthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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