LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 4 YEARS DONE THE LAST LAP BJP’s campaign 2019: Modi as vehicle, Modi in driver’s seat PAGE12 INSIDE ● SURPRISE IN CONG OVER PRANAB’S VISIT TO RSS, PAGE 12 ● NIRAV, MALLYA TO FEATURE IN INDO-UK TALKS, PAGE 10 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE BOOKS FOR CLASSES VI TO X SIX DAYS AFTER 13 PROTESTERS KILLED IN TUTICORIN Tamil Nadu govt orders permanent shutdown of Sterlite copper plant More space in school textbooks for ancient Indian knowledge 40% of country’s copper: systems & tradition After pollution report, CM says ‘in deference to popular sentiments’ ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, MAY 28 SIX DAYS after 13 people were killed in police firing on hundreds who marched to the Tuticorin collectorate demanding the closure of the Sterlite Copper plant over pollution fears, the Tamil Nadu government Monday ordered the state pollution control board to close the Vedanta group plant permanently. The government order (GO), citing a provision of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, stated that the government, while endorsing the closure direction of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), had directed the pollution control board to seal the unit and close the plant permanently. will hit 800 units and jobs DEEPAK PATEL NEW DELHI, MAY 28 The Sterlite Copper unit led to pollution fears, protests CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE TAMIL Nadu government’s decision Monday to shut down Vedanta Limited’s copper plant at Tuticorin, which accounts for a 40 per cent share in India’s annual copper production of 10 lakh tonnes, could have a downstream impact on around 800 small and medium units in the electrical sector. These include cable manufacturers, winding wire units and transformer manufacturers who source from the Tuticorin unit of Sterlite Copper — most of these units are in the country’s western and northern regions. The shutdown is also likely to impact India’s copper exports as CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Farm loan, Cabinet posts: At Cong’s mercy, says HDK A BYPOLL TEST FOR OPP UNITY Voters line up at a booth in Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, for the Lok Sabha bypoll. Results are due May 31. Express Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Monday. PTI People dying on border, terror and talks can’t go together: Sushma EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MAY 28, NEW DELHI JOHNSON TA & MANOJ CG BENGALURU, NEW DELHI, MAY 28 TWO DAYS after sailing through a floor test in the state assembly, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Monday said that his party did not have the mandate of all the people of the state and that his government was at the “mercy of the Congress”. Under pressure over farm loans in Karnataka and on the day that the Opposition BJP called for a state-wide bandh, Kumaraswamy suggested that he could not waive farmer loans because of opposition from his alliance partner. The JD (S) and Congress are also still CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 12 UNION MINISTER for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Monday ruled out dialogue with Pakistan saying “terror and talks can never go together”. While asserting that talks on terror were needed, Swaraj said that while comprehensive bilateral dialogue was on hold, talks at other levels, including NSA-level discussions would go on. Swaraj said India has never said it is not ready for talks with Swaraj addresses the press in New Delhi. Anil Sharma Pakistan. “Seema par jab janaze uth rahe hon toh baatcheet ki awaaz achhi nahi lagti. (When there are people dying on the border, then the idea of talks does not sound good),” she said at a press conference on her ministry’s achievements over the last four years. She also said there has been no inconsistency in India’s stand on its relations with the country’s western neighbour. Referring to Pakistan’s GilgitBaltistan Order 2018, which aimed to incorporate the region as a fifth province, Swaraj said THE EDITORIAL PAGE Widows, elderly jailed; children of poor picked up for ferrying liquor Where anything goes By PRATAP BHANU MEHTA OVER THE last two years, as prohibition took root in Bihar, senior police and excise officers started mapping a worrying fallout. With jail figures, reported by The Indian Express Monday, showing that the state’s marginalised sections have faced the brunt of the crackdown, officials found that the real victims were the most vulnerable among them. From 45-year-old Maya Devi from Munger, a member of the Extremely Backward Bind caste who was the first woman to be convicted under the new prohibition law, to 65-year-old Hari Das, a Dalit farm worker in Motihari district, The Indian PROHIBITION IN SANTOSH SINGH BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY BIHAR PATNA, MUNGER, MOTIHARI, MAY 28 THE FALLOUT PART - II Hari Das, a farm worker in Motihari, says he was wrongly jailed last year. Santosh Singh TOMORROW: WHERE PROHIBITION WORKS Express tracked the faces behind the fallout to piece together a tale of helplessness and despair. Maya Devi’s tin-roofed, oneroom house in Munger’s Chhoti Muredhi village has remained shut since she was jailed last time auto driver: “After my father, who was handicapped, died a few years ago, my mother went to work in Punjab for a few months in 2015. After she returned, she started brewing November. It was from here that police seized 25 litres of illicit country liquor in December 2016, leading to a 10-year jail term and a Rs 1-lakh fine for Maya. Said her son Jitendra, a part- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MAY 28 ANCIENT INDIAN knowledge, tradition and practices now find more space in the new NCERT textbooks that hit the shelves in March, shows a content analysis of 25 textbooks by The Indian Express. Books meant for students of Classes 6 to 10 carry new or additional information on ancient Indian philosophy, ayurveda, yoga, teachings of Upanishads and smritis and scientific achievements of ancient India in areas such as astronomy and metallurgy. These changes are part of the textbook review — the first since 2007 — undertaken last year by the NCERT, an autonomous organisation that advises the HRD Ministry on school education. They assume significance against the backdrop of the growing demand from BJP and the RSS to give more space to the RAJKOT, MAY 28 14 WORLD US TEAM IN NORTH KOREA TO PREPARE FOR KIM SUMMIT: TRUMP FORMER ISI CHIEF DURRANI BARRED FROM LEAVING PAKISTAN, FACES PROBE OVER BOOK 25 NEW NCERT TEXT BOOKS AN EXPRESS SERIES-PART-I country’s ancient past in school textbooks. Speaking at a lecture series organised by IGNOU and the Sangh-backed Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal in August last year, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had mentioned that NCERT will work on giving students a better understanding of Bharat and its “glorious past”. “We will replicate such courses with NCERT because we think our true identity begins with the identity of our nation. Without knowing it, we will not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Head priest of Madhavraiji temple booked in rape case EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN EXPRESS SERIES 8 REPORTS, P 11 RITIKA CHOPRA GIR-SOMANTH POLICE on Monday booked the head priest of the famous Madhavraiji temple in Prachi, Rishigiri Gauswami, for “rape, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt” after a woman filed a complaint alleging that the priest had repeatedly raped her over one-and-a-half years promising that he would marry her, but backed out later. The woman, a resident of Ankolwadi village in Talala taluka, had given an application to Deputy Superintendent of Police (Veraval Division) on May 23, alleging that Gauswami had been repeatedly raping her since August, 2016. Soldier killed as militants strike Army camp in J&K On Monday, she filed a formal complaint with Sutrapada police station, naming the priest as an accused. Based on her complaint, police booked Gauswami under IPC sections 376 (rape), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach ofthe peace), 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt). Prachi is around 20 km from Somnath town. It is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Gujarat. The woman, in her complaint, stated that she had got married to a man in a Prachi village around six years ago and started visiting Madhavraiji temple for darshan. During these visits, she came in contact with Gauswami, the head priest of Madhavraiji temple. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 4 GUJARAT BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, MAY 28 A SOLDIER was killed as militants attacked an Army camp in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district — the first since the Centre suspended operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. Three more soldiers were also injured in a separate incident when militants detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Shopian. On March 16, the Centre had asked security forces not to launch operations in the state to help Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment. Though there was a brief exchange of fire between militants and the Army in north Kashmir’s Hajin since the non-initiation of combat operations in the state, but there were no casualties and attacks on the security forces in the Valley. At the site of the IED explosion in Shopian Monday. Express On Sunday night, a group of militants fired indiscriminately on the camp of 50 Rashtriya Rifles at Kakapora village leaving a soldier and a civilian seriously injured, officials said, adding that the duo succumbed at the hospital later in the night. Confirming the attack, Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia on Monday said: “In a cowardly and provocative act ofterror, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CLASS X STATE BOARD RESULTS OUT: MARGINAL DIP IN PASS PERCENTAGE ● Rupani urges industries to stop drawing groundwater, P 3 ● High Court extends relief to Teesta in fund misuse case to June 13, P 4 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 2 DAYS AFTER MARRIAGE, WIFE’S BROTHER IS SUSPECT IN HUSBAND’S MURDER ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, MAY 28 FOR MOST ofSunday, Joseph was at the police station, pleading with the sub-inspector to help trace his 23-year-old son who had been kidnapped overnight by relatives of the girl he married two days ago. But the police did not budge. They told him they were busy with ChiefMinister Pinarayi Vijayan’s visit to the district. Early Monday morning, Joseph woke up to hear that his son’s body had been fished out of a canal 100 km away. Within hours, police described the inci- dent as a case of “honour killing” by the girl’s brother, the sub-inspector was suspended, the district SP was shunted out and the CM’s office set up four special teams to nab the culprits. But for Joseph, none of that mattered. Speaking to The Indian Express from the Kottayam medical college, where he was awaiting the body of his son, the heartbroken father said: “Everything is over now...” The sequence of events that started with a tense wedding at the sub-registrar’s office in Ettumanoor near Kottayam Friday had ended in a tragedy that shook the state. According to police and relatives, Kevin P Joseph and Neenu Chacko (20) were in love with each other over the last two years in Kottayam where he completed his ITI diploma and she studied in a local college. Kevin’s relatives says they were “aware” of this relationship. “Kevin was an electrician from a poor Dalit Christian family in Kottayam. After completing his diploma in electrical engineering, he worked in Dubai briefly before returning last January. Joseph runs a twowheeler workshop. Neenu is from an influential Christian family at Thenmala in Kollam, Kevin P Joseph married Neenu Chacko in Kottayam Friday her mother is a Muslim. Her parents, particularly her brother Shanu Chacko, were against her affair with Kevin. Shanu is our main suspect and is on the run,” a police officer said. “After their marriage on Friday, Kevin and Neenu spent several hours at the Gandhi Nagar Police Station after a case was filed by her parents. There was also an attempt by police to forcefully send her back with her parents,” M Rajan, Kevin’s uncle, told The Indian Express. “Kevin was staying at his cousin Anish’s house at Mannanam, near the city, after the marriage while Neenu was in a hostel. Early on Sunday, a gang attacked the house and kidnapped Kevin and Anish. They were badly beaten up. The gang, which came in three vehicles, also destroyed the house and furni- ture. As soon as we came to know of the incident, we rushed to the local police station. Joseph spent the whole day at the station, from 9.30 am, pleading for help while the inspector cited the visit of the Chief Minister to the Kottayam medical college to inaugurate new facilities,” Rajan said. “Around noon, Anish was dropped back home by the gang. They claimed that Kevin had escaped from their custody. Early Monday morning, we received information that Kevin’s body was found in a canal near the Thenmala forest,” said Rajan. “I spoke to Kevin after the marriage. He didn’t tell me about any threat. We have now been told that his body will be handed over to us on Tuesday after the post mortem,” said Joseph. With the police’s role in the incident sparking outrage, the government moved swiftly. SubInspector M S Shibu was suspended and Kottayam SP P A Mohammed Rafeeque transferred. Apart from setting up the special teams, officials said, the government has ordered that the case would be probed by a DySP-rank officer, who will also investigate the complaint that the S-I “had accepted a bribe from the girl’s relatives”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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