TheIndian EXPRESS LATECITY, 16+4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `4.00 ● MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PRIME MINISTER INAUGURATES EASTERN EXPRESSWAY On bypoll eve, Modi targets Congress: they worship family, not the country AVISHEK G DASTIDAR BAGHPAT, MAY 27 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE No longer sea-blind BY C RAJA MOHAN India, Pak coast guards meet today SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MAY 27 INDIA AND Pakistan will hold a meeting of their coast guard officials on Monday in New Delhi, sourcessaidhereonSunday.Top on the agenda will be the issue of fishermen and illegal trafficking, they said. This comes even as former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav is facing death sentence in Pakistan on charges of espionage, and that hassouredrelationshipbetween the two countries. This is the second time after the surgical strikes in September 2016 that security establishment officialsfromPakistanwillbevisiting. In January-February this year,Islamabadsentafour-memberteamofcounter-terrorismand intelligence specialists to attend an SCO meeting. On Monday, the chief of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman will be representing Pakistan, while the Indiansidewillberepresentedby Indian Coast Guard director general Rajender Singh. In July 2016, Indian Coast Guard officials had visited Islamabadforthepreviousround of talks. The Indian Coast Guard and PMSA signed a Memorandumof Understanding (MoU) on October 3, 2005, that came into effect on March 16, 2006,envisagingcooperationbetween ICG and PMSA through exchange of information on Exclusive Economic Zone violations, apprehended vessels, marine pollution, natural disasters/calamities, combating smuggling, illicit trafficking of narcoticdrugsandpiracy,andcoordination in search and rescue and return sea passage. 3 VIRTUALLY PICKING up from where he had left off in Cuttack a day earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mounted a scathing attack on the Congress Sunday,sayingthepartythathas “worshipped only one family cannot worship democracy”. “Unke liye unka parivaar hi desh hai, aur mere liye desh hi meraparivaarhai(Forthemtheir family is their country, while for me the country is my family), Modi said in Baghpat in western UttarPradesh,whereheinaugurated the 135-km greenfield Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The Congress, Modi said, had nofaithindemocracyandconstitutional institutions, referring to the move to bring an impeachment motion against the Chief JusticeofIndia.“Wehaverecently seenhowtheyputthefaithinthe country’shighestcourtindanger. The country has seen that they have suspected the Election Commission,EVMs,theeventhe RBI and its policy,” he said. Speaking on what was the first day of the final year of his government, the Prime Minister seemed to be firmly in election campaign mode. “You can gauge the speed of our government’s work by this: in 10 years, the Congress could connect only 59 panchayats with optic fibre network. We have connected 1 lakh panchayatsinjustfouryears,”he said. The Congress, he said, had lost its bearings seeing the kind of development that his government was bringing. In an apparent reference to opposition parties coming together against the BJP, Modi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PROHIBITION IN BIHAR SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, MAY 27 PM Modi and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari at a roadshow i n Delhi, Sunday. Renuka Puri In Baghpat, BJP songs set 2019 tone: lion vs jackals, marriage of thieves AVISHEK G DASTIDAR BAGHPAT, MAY 27 AUNITEDOppositionis“unityof destruction”,a“marriageamong thieves”. Numerous songs on themes such as these set the tone in UP’s Baghpat Sunday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and other BJP leaders converged to declare open the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. With a day to go for bypolls LIZ MATHEW & RAVISH TIWARI across the country, including in Kairana about an hour away, these songs also gave a glimpse into how the emerging unity in Opposition ranks might be used in the BJP’s campaign for the 2019 general elections. “Yeh bandhan toh naash ka bandhan hai, choron ka sangam hai,” went one song. Describing the Opposition alliance as one made of disparate entities — “kahin ka eent kahin ka rora, Bhanumati ne jaise kunba ho joda” — another song tried to illustrate how inorganic the association is. “Majboori mein yeh 4 YEARS DONE THE LAST LAP NEW DELHI, MAY 27 ‘Politics is not about hatred’ “justice to all and appeasement of none” in the last four years. The Home Minister spoke to gatbandhan banaya hai” (the alliance is a result of compulsion), it said. The songs, all set to popular Bollywood tunes, even borrowed from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s iconic qawwali “Mere rashk-e qamar” to fit in the lines “Mere Modi dear, tu ne angrezon par aisa jadoo chalaya, maza aa gaya” (My dear Modi, you have castsuchaspellontheEnglish,it made us happy). The song was abouthowtheBJPisfullof tigers, while Modi is a lion. Poking fun at the Congress, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Opposition parties need each other’s support... we are not scared: Rajnath INTERVIEW,PAGE6 The Indian Express on the day the Modi government completed four years. He listed the achieve- ments of the government, and said that the opposition parties were getting together as they “need each other’s support”, but theBJP“isnotscared”.Goodgovernancewouldprevailovercaste equations in the elections of 2019, Singh, a former president of the BJP and one of its most senior leaders, said. The Home Minister denied thattheBJP-ledgovernmentwas indulging in the “politics of hatred”. “You may have seen there is an increase in such incidents andcriticismintheelectionyear. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Two Australia cricketers, three from England involved in fixing in India: Al Jazeera sting EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MAHARASHTRA POLLINGINPALGHAR, GONDIA-BHANDARA TODAY Bihar’s prohibition crackdown: 2 years later, OBC, EBC, SC, ST face brunt In 3 jail circles with 67% arrests, their share is far more inside than outside BJP not afraid of Oppn unity: Rajnath Singh AMID THE opposition’s allegations of “fear and insecurity” in the country under the Narendra Modi-led government, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said politics should not be done by “breakingsocietyintopiecesand creatinghatred”.Singhhasurged “all those who are indulging in such politics” to introspect, and saidthattheBJP-ledNDAgovernment has followed a policy of AN EXPRESS SERIES NEW DELHI, MAY 27 Former Pakistan player Hasan Raza (left) and ex-Mumbai Ranji player Robin Morris in the Al Jazeera documentary FIVE INTERNATIONAL cricketers — two from Australia and three from England — were allegedly involved in spot-fixing in Test matchesinvolvingIndia,according to a purported sting operation conducted by Al Jazeera. The Doha-based news channel did not identify the five players but said their names have been forwarded to the ICC, which has launched an inquiry. Overall, three Test matches involving India were tainted by spot-fixing, claimed the channel which broadcast the results of the purported sting in the form of a 54-minute documentary titled ‘Cricket’s Match-Fixers’. These Tests were identified bythechannel’sinvestigativereporter David Harrison, who conducted the purported sting, as the England Test in Chennai (December 16-20, 2016), the Australia Test in Ranchi (March 16-20, 2017) and the Sri Lanka Test in Galle (July 26-29, 2017). No Indian international has been mentioned in the documentary.Butthepurportedsting Test for Oppn unity and BJP strength in UP elections today LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, MAY 27 MONDAY’S VOTE for the vacant Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh will test the potential of a united opposition in the state that the BJP swept in 2014 and 2017. The Lok Sabha byelection in Kairana —andtheAssemblybyelectionin Noorpur in Bijnor district, which too,isscheduledforMonday—is a prestige battle for the BJP after thedefeatsatthehandsoftheSPBSP alliance in the Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur in March. In Kairana, Tabassum Begum of Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) is contesting against the BJP’sMrigankaSingh,thedaughter of the late BJP leader Hukum Singh, whose death in February has necessitated the byelection. Tabassum Begum has the support of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress. In Noorpur, SP’s Naim-ulHasan is contesting against the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BYPOLLS: FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 5 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY INSIDE ● ANGERED BY CRYING, FATHER THROWS 6-YR-OLD IN CANAL, P2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ON APRIL 6, marking two years since he introduced prohibition in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that “it’s the poor people from the SC, ST and OBC class who have been benefitted the most”. But figures compiled by jail officials show that these samegroups—amongthestate’s weakest and the most marginalised — also faced the brunt of the government’s crackdown. Their share of inmate populationintheeightcentral,32districtand17subjailsacrossBihar, after they were arrested for violating prohibition laws since April 2016, far outstrips their share in the state’s population, accordingtothefiguresthatwere accessed by The Indian Express. Scheduled Castes, for example, account for 27.1 per cent of arrests while their share in population is just 16 per cent. Scheduled Tribes make up 6.8 per cent of those arrested but formonly1.3percentof thepopulation. And the OBC share is 34.4 per cent of the arrests, and 25percentof Bihar’spopulation. A senior jail official told The Indian Express that “80 per cent” of those who have been held in TORA AGARWALA GUWAHATI, MAY 27 THE DAY after he retired, Assam DGPMukeshSahaywentbackto school. Sahay, who has been in the police force for 34 years, is now a fulltime Mathematics teacher at the Sonaram Higher Secondary School in Guwahati’s Bharalumukh area. Sahay was DGP till April 30. But the seeds of his new career were sown in 2016 when he visitedtheschoolastheguestof honour for a tree plantation programme. “I happened to tell him TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org that we were in need of a Maths teacher,” says Dwinjendra Nath Barthakur, principal, Sonaram Higher Secondary School. The school, established in 1894, counts former Assam Chief Minister Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloiandeminentliteraryfig- Former DGP Mukesh Sahay at Guwahati’s Sonaram Higher Secondary School. TOMORROW: FACES BEHIND THE FALLOUT hisjailoverthelasttwoyearsunder the new law were “regular users or alcoholics”. Former inmatesandsocialactivistsalleged thatthegovernmentcrackdown has not targetted the big fish “who run liquor mafias across the state”. TheIndianExpressaccesseddetailedrecords(seebox,page2)ofthe social profile of inmates arrested CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE ● DEMONETISATION: NITISH SLAMS ROLE OF BANKS, PAGE 4 POPULATION ARRESTS: 2016-2018 10,38,04,637 1,22,392 34.4% 25% 27.1% 26% 14.4% 12.5% 19.2% 16% 1.3% 6.8% ST SC OBC EBC Gen Gen:Generalcategory(uppercaste),OBC:OtherBackwardClasses, EBC:ExtremelyBackwardClasses,SC:ScheduledCaste,ScheduledTribe Source: Census 2011, jail survey of arrests from April 2016 to March 2018 3 dead, 9 injured as major fire breaks out in Goregaon building EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, MAY 27 A MAJOR fire broke out at Techniplus One building in Goregaon (E) at around 4.45 pm onSunday,killingthreeandinjuringnine,includingeightfiremen. The building is a commercial property and houses a bank. Chief Fire officer Prabhat Rahangdale said, “One of our firemen,SureshArte,attachedto Andheri fire station, was injured duringtherescueoperationsand is being treated for smoke inhalation. Besides Arte, seven other firemen are being treated for smoke inhalation. The fire brigade managed to rescue nine peoplefromthebuilding,including Wasim (30) and Naimuddin Shah (28). Shah, however, was declared dead on arrival at ASSAM’S EX-TOP COP IS TEACHING KIDS A LESSON — IN SCHOOL after he retired, May 1, Sahay calledtheprincipal.OnMay7,he began his new career. “I have neverworkedasateacherbefore but I am a certified police trainer and that helps,” says Sahay, who was born into an economically disadvantaged family in Bihar. “I used to work as a part-time tutor to supplement my income in my younger days,” he says. Sahaynowteacheseveryday of the week, holding one-hour lessons on Calculus. “The new Class XI batch will join a couple of months later, and perhaps I will begin to teach two lessons when they do,” he says, adding PART I SHARE IN POPULATION VS SHARE IN ARRESTS ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ure Hemchandra Goswami among its former headmasters. However,despitebeingoneof the oldest and the most reputed schools in Assam, the students havemanagedwithoutafulltime Maths teacher since 2016. “Even thoughIteachChemistry,Iwould pitchinandteachthemMaths.So did the Statistics teacher,” says Barthakur, “And that is how we managed for two years.” Sahay expressed an interest in the job the moment he heard of this requirement. “He even asked me to send him textbooks,” says Borthakur. This was inAugust2017.Thisyear,theday THE FALLOUT that a new Maths teacher has just been hired. “I am quite conversant in Calculus so it has not been too difficult, but I definitely need to do my homework every day,” he says, “We never stop learning,onemustalwaysbesocially relevant, physically active and mentally engaged.” Meanwhile, the 11 students whohavechosenMathematicsas their subject in the Sonaram HS schoolareecstaticthattheyfinally haveateacher—thattoosomeone of Sahay’s stature. “He carries on teachinglikearegularperson,and thatiswhatthestudentslikeabout himthemost,”saysBorthakur. Siddharth hospital. Two more bodies were recoveredfromtheliftof thebuilding that was stuck between the fourth and fifthfloors. They have been identified as Ram Avatar and Ram Tirathpal. Among the injured are AdditionalDivisionalFireOfficer Robinsan Soared (48), Assistant Station Officer Shivaji Mandade (32), fireman Shriram Narhare (35) and fireman Maruti Arate (24). According to eyewitnesses and local residents, the fire erupted on the seventh floor of the building. Officials classified thefireasLevelIII,oramajorfire. Several fire tenders were rushed to the site. The glass facade building consists of a basement and two podiums. All injured are being treated at Siddharth hospital in Goregaon. 10 WORLD USWARSHIPS NEARISLANDS ONSOUTH CHINASEA NORTH KOREANS ARE COMMITTED TO TRUMP SUMMIT, SAYS SOUTH
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