TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ABODE OF KNOWLEDGE BOOKS FOR CLASSES 6 TO 10 New NCERT textbooks have more space for ancient Indian knowledge and tradition RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 28 EXPRESS NETWORK ● SOLDIER KILLED AS MILITANTS ATTACK ARMY CAMP IN VALLEY, PAGE 5 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE 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 25 NEW NCERT TEXT BOOKS AN EXPRESS SERIES-PART-I achievementsof ancientIndiain 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 theRSStogivemorespacetothe country’s ancient past in school textbooks. Speaking at a lecture series organized by IGNOU and the Sangh-backed Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal in August last year, HRD Minister Prakash CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ALSO ADDED ■ Class 6 History textbook (Chapter 9) discusses punch-marked coins earliest version of coins in circulation in ancient India - in more detail ■ More material on Northen Black Polished Ware (NBPW), a kind of pottery from the Iron Age in India, in Chapter 9 of the Class 6 History textbook ■ Vikram samvat, the Indian calendar starting in 57 BC, in Chapter 11 of Class 6 History textbook ■ Chapter 12 of Class 6 history talks about contributions of ancient Indian metallurgists ■ Chapter 16 of Class 10 Science textbook introduces ‘India’s Waterman’ Dr. Rajendra Singh and his use of ancient Indian knowledge We lost, I am at Cong’s mercy: Kumaraswamy The Sterlite Copper unit led to pollution fears in Tuticorin. SIX DAYS AFTER 13 KILLED TN govt shuts down Sterlite copper plant in Tuticorin After pollution report, CM says ‘in deference to popular sentiments’ ARUN JANARDHANAN A BYPOLL TEST FOR OPPOSITION UNITY CHENNAI, MAY 28 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 at Rajghat in New Delhi on Monday. Prem Nath Pandey EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, BENGALURU, MAY 28 JUSTOVERtwodaysafterhesailing 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 off farmer loans because of opposition from his alliance partner. “What I said is that I must consult the Congress on all matters since we are in a coalition. The BJP is going around saying things that I am not willing to waive off the loans at all. I have said I will waive the loans. I cannot do it overnight. You need to give me some breathing room,’’ Kumaraswamy said after his meeting with Prime Minister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 People dying on border, terror and talks can’t go together: Sushma EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MAY 28, NEW DELHI UNION MINISTER for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Monday ruledoutdialoguewithPakistan saying “terror and talks can nevergotogether”.Whileasserting 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 atapressconferenceonherministry’sachievementsoverthelast fouryears.Shealsosaidtherehas been no inconsistency in India’s stand on its relations with the country’s western neighbour. ReferringtoPakistan’sGilgitBaltistan Order 2018, which aimed to incorporate the region as a fifth province, Swaraj said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7 WORLD US TEAM IN NORTH KOREA TO PREPARE FOR KIM SUMMIT: TRUMP FORMERISICHIEFDURRANI BARREDFROMLEAVING PAKISTAN,FACESPROBE OVERBOOK 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, endorsing the closure direction of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), directed the pollution controlboardtosealtheunitand close the plant permanently. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said the government had issued the GO in deference to the sentiments of the people. (PTI adds: Soon after the issuance of the GO, Tuticorin dis- AN EXPRESS SERIES 8 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 prohibitiontookrootinBihar,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 Expresstrackedthefacesbehind thefallouttopiecetogetheratale 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 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TWO DAYS AFTER MARRIAGE, WIFE’S BROTHER IS PRIME SUSPECT IN HUSBAND’S MURDER ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, MAY 28 FOR MOST of Sunday, 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 hemarriedtwodaysago.Butthe police did not budge. They told him they were busy with Chief Minister 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 incident 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.SpeakingtoTheIndian ExpressfromtheKottayammedicalcollege,wherehewasawait- Kevin P Joseph was killed two days after he married Neenu ingthebodyof hisson,theheartbroken 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur trict officials sealed the copper smelter unit premises and pasted the order at the main gate. “Now the plant is permanently closed. The GO has been implemented,”TuticorinDistrict CollectorSandeepNandurisaid.) The government’s decision came a day ahead of the start of the state assembly session where it the Opposition is set to rake up the Tuticorin incident. TheSterliteCopperplanthad been shut since March 27 — the company had consent to operate the plant until March 31 this year. Also Monday, the Supreme Court declined to give urgent hearing to a petition seeking direction to the Tamil Nadu governmenttofileastatusreporton itseffortstocontrolpollution,allegedly from the Sterlite Copper plant. The bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and M M Shantanagoudarsaidthepetition willcomeupinduecourseinJuly after the summer vacation. On May 23, a day after the police firing, the Madurai bench CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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