TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ABODE OF KNOWLEDGE SIX DAYS AFTER 13 PROTESTERS KILLED IN TUTICORIN Tamil Nadu govt orders permanent shutdown of Sterlite copper plant THE LAST LAP BJP’s campaign 2019: Modi as vehicle, Modi in driver’s seat PAGE7 ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, MAY 28 SIX DAYS after 13 people were killedinpolicefiringonhundreds 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 will hit 800 units and jobs DEEPAK PATEL NEW DELHI, MAY 28 The Sterlite Copper unit led to pollution fears, protests 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. Theshutdownisalsolikelyto impact India’s copper exports as CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Farm loan, Cabinet posts: At Cong’s mercy, says HDK Voters at a polling station in Maheshtala, which recorded 70 per cent turnout till 5 pm on Monday. PTI REPORT, P 6 BYPOLLS Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Monday. PTI 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 locked in a tussleovertheallocationof portfolios in the state. Afterhisremarksdrewsharp criticism from the BJP, Kumaraswamy clarified: “What I said is that I must consult the Congress on all matters since we are in a coalition. The BJP is go- ing 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.” After his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi Monday, he said he would unveil plans drawn up by his new coalition government for farm loan waivers in Karnataka. “I have said I will resign if cannot waive off the loans. Why don’t youwaitforacoupleof days?On Wednesday I will announce my move to waive off the loans and how I will go about it,’’ he said. Asked about his meeting with Modi, Kumaraswamy said: “We had an informal meeting butwediscussedmanydevelopment issues pertaining to Karnataka. I have sought the cooperation of the Prime Minister and the Centre on many issues. I CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 7 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 12 WORLD US TEAM IN NORTH KOREA TO PREPARE FOR KIM SUMMIT: TRUMP Opposition alleges EVM snags EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 28 LEADERSFROMSamajwadiParty, Congress and RLD approached Election Commission (EC) Monday,claimingthatalargenumber of EVMs developed snag during the bypoll to Kairana Lok Sabha seat.Snaginvotingunitswasalso reported during bypolls to Bhandara-GodiyaandPalgharLok Sabha seats in Maharashtra. The EC has said news reports alleging large-scale failure of vot- Reports exaggerated, says poll body ing units were “exaggerated projectionofreality”.AccordingtoEC, 0.76 per cent of ballot units and 0.81 per cent of control units of EVMswerereplacedinthe14bypolls.ThepercentageofVVPATunitsreplacedwas11.6percent. “Our polling staff is adept at handling EVMs, but VVPAT units are new andtheywilltaketimetogetused to them. Preliminary report tells us that they may not have taken precautions while operating the units, which is why the VVPATs malfunctioned,” said a senior EC official. An EC spokesperson said “extreme heat” in some areas couldbeafactorbehindthesnag. Earlier, SP’s Ram Gopal Yadav, RLD’s Ajit Singh and Congress’s R P N Singh met EC officials and claimed that “160 EVMs had brokendowninKairanaconstituency and113developedsnagsinMuslim majority areas in Noorpur.” They also alleged that the units that developed snag were not replacedquickly.“Itseemstheadministrationisdeliberatelyindulging in wrongdoing,” their petition to ECread.Theydemandedre-pollin areaswhere“faulty”EVMshadnot beenreplacedquickly.AlleginganomaliesinuseofEVMs,AICCgeneral secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad saidinLucknowthatallpartiesshouldjointlyboycottuseof EVMs. The EC said in a statement, “news reports surfacing in the mediaalleging‘largescale’failure of EVMs and VVPATs in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN EXPRESS SERIES Widows & elderly jailed, children picked up for ferrying liquor PROHIBITION IN SANTOSH SINGH BIHAR PATNA, MUNGER, MOTIHARI, MAY 28 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 of 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 BOOKS FOR CLASSES VI TO X 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’ 4 YEARS DONE JOURNALISM OF COURAGE 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 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 November. It was from here that died a few years ago, my mother went to work in Punjab for a few months in 2015. After she returned, she started brewing mahua. When prohibition was enforced the next year, we warned her, but she said she had 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 parttime auto driver: “After my father, who was handicapped, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RITIKA CHOPRA 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 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE 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 What Cobrapost sting tells us By PRATAP BHANU MEHTA People dying on border, terror and talks can’t go together: Sushma EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 28 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 Pakistan. “Seema par jab janaaze 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 India had summoned Pakistan’s HighCommissionerSyedHaider Shah Sunday and registered its strong protest over the move. India had stated that any action to alter the status of the region, which is under its “forcible and illegal occupation” has no legal basis. “Pakistan tries to teach us Swaraj addresses the press in New Delhi. Anil Sharma history and geography. It is one country which does not believe inruleof lawandIwouldjustsay one thing to their answer ‘look who’s talking’,” she said. Highlighting her ministry’s successes in her tenure, Swaraj saidIndiahadreachedoutto186 out of 192 UN member nations throughminister-levelvisitsand plans to reach the remaining six were being finalised. “No Indian minister had ever been to many of thesenationsbefore,”shesaid andaddedthatIndiahasalsobecome a member of three of the four global export control regimes. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship schemes, Swaraj said India got technical expertise and investment from countries across the world, which brought in over Rs 14 lakh crore between May 2014 and February 2018. AccordingtoSwaraj,theMEA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR GROOM MURDERED, COP TOLD FATHER I’M BUSY WITH CM 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 concluded that Kevin had been killed by a gang led by the girl’s brother. The subinspector was suspended, the district SP shunted out and four special teams set up by the CM’s Office to nab the culprits. But for Joseph, none of that mattered anymore. Speaking to The Indian Express from Kottayam medical college, where he was awaiting the body of hisson,theheartbrokenfather 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 of the victim, Kevin P Joseph and Neenu (20) were in lovewitheachotheroverthelast two years in Kottayam where he completed his ITI diploma and she studied in a local college. Kevin’s relatives say 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 Kevin P Joseph married Neenu Chacko in Kottayam Friday. family at Thenmala in Kollam, hermotherisaMuslim.Herparents, 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 forcefullysendherbackwithher parents,” M Rajan, Kevin’s uncle, told The Indian Express. “Kevin was staying at his cousin Anish’s house at Mannanam, near the city, while Neenu was in a hostel. Early on Sunday, a gang attacked the house and kidnapped Kevin and Anish. The two were badly beaten up. The gang, which came in three vehicles, also van- dalised the house. As soon as we cametoknowof theincident,we rushedtothelocalpolicestation. Joseph spent the whole day there,from9.30am,pleadingfor help while the sub-inspector kept saying that he was busy with Chief Minister’s visit to inaugurate new facilities at the medical college,” Rajan said. “Around noon, Anish was droppedbackhomebythegang. TheyclaimedKevinhadescaped from their custody. But early on Monday morning, we received information that Kevin’s body had been found in a canal near theThenmalaforest,”saidRajan. “I had spoken to Kevin after the marriage. He didn’t tell me about any threat. We have been toldthathisbodywillbehanded over to us on Tuesday after the post mortem,” said Joseph. With the police’s role in the incident sparking outrage, the governmentmovedswiftly.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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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