TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ‘RESTRAINT...IMPLEMENT 2003 UNDERSTANDING’ India-Pak thaw: Both agree to follow ceasefire on LoC in letter and spirit 9 Pattern: Encounter sites fuelling militant ranks DGMOs speak on hotline, offer from Pakistan THEIDEASPAGE Dividends of peaceful dissent In Pak, Pathan youth spearhead a movement questioning the state. There is a lesson in this MUZAMIL JALEEL SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, MAY 29 NEW DELHI, MAY 29 SIGNALLING A significant step forward in the thawing of relations between India and Pakistan, the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of thetwoarmiesspokeonthehotline and “agreed to fully implement the Ceasefire Understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit forthwith” on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Both countries have been trading fire across the LoC Kashmir. This reiteration of ceasefire on the LoC follows Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s “ceasefire” announcement on May 16 that security forces will termi- nate all offensive operations in Kashmir during the month of Ramzan. As per nearly identical statements issued by both sides, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ALMOST HALF the recruitments into militant ranks in the Valley after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani came from within 10 km of the residences of killed militants or encounter sites and these recruitments took place within 40 days of the encounters. Theseareamongthefindings ofsecurityagenciesinJ&K,partof areportonmilitancyandrecruitment in the region that set the stage for the Ramzan ceasefire. The report analysed 43 encounters since November 5, 2016, until April 26 this year, in which 77 militants were killed. After the death of Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016, 121 militants have been killed and 216 local youths joined militancy. Of these, 104 were directly linked to the killing of militants in their areaorakilledmilitantbelonged to their area. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 President rejects first mercy plea: Murder of 6 of family in Bihar RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, MAY 29 PRESIDENT RAM Nath Kovind has rejected the mercy petition of murder convict Jagat Rai whose death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court almost five years ago. Thisisthefirstmercypetition to be decided by President Kovind—itislearntthatdetailed consultations were held over 10 months. Incidentally, the case is fromBihar whereKovindserved as Governor before taking over as President last July. Along with his accomplices, Jagat Rai was convicted of killing five children and the wife of one Vijendra Mahato by setting their house on fire while they were fast asleep on the night of January 1, 2006 at Rampur Shyamchand village in Vaishali district of Bihar. In September 2013, the SupremeCourtupheldthedeath sentence for Rai, ruling that the gravity of offence was such that this case fell into the category of “rarest of rare” cases. Officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs told The Indian ExpressthatRai’smercypetition was sent last year to then President Pranab Mukherjee who could not, however, take any decision since the process to elect the 14th President had been initiated. By the time he demitted office last July, President Mukherjee had decided on 34 mercy pleas — he rejected 30 and, in four cases, granted pardon. His record of rejecting mercy pleas is second only to President R Venkataraman (1987-92) who declined 45 mercy pleas. President K R Narayanan (1997-2002) did not act on any mercy petition while his successor President Abdul Kalam (2002-2007) disposed two mercy pleas. President Pratibha Patil (2007-2012) commuted sentences in 34 mercy pleas and rejected only five. Officials said President KovindstudiedRai’spetitionand rejected it only after seeking CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Nirav Modi’s jewellery estimated at less than 30% of book value KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, MAY 29 AN INDEPENDENT valuation of the jewellery and pearls seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) from the firms and residence of fugitive diamond jeweller Nirav Modi has pegged its value at over Rs 485 crore, which is just 27 per cent of the book value of about Rs 1,780 crore declared by Modi’s firms, sources have told The Indian Express. The investigative agencies probing Modi for the alleged Rs 6,498 crore fraudulent transactions at the state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) are now of theviewthatthefirmsownedby RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 29 THE REVISED NCERT textbooks place new emphasis on a fresh set of nationalist icons, many of whom, the BJP and the right organisations claim, were deliberately sidelined in the country’s collective memory. Spiritual leaders Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda, freedom fighters Lala Lajpat Rai and Vallabhbhai Patel, Peshwa and Maratha general Bajirao Ballal, Jat king Suraj Mal,RajputiconMaharanaPratap and Chhatrapati Shivaji, founder of the Maratha empire, have either been introduced or have morespacededicatedtothemin the new History textbooks that hit the shelves two months ago. The Indian Express, in a month-long exercise, compared old and revised versions of 25 textbooks meant for Classes 6 to 10,acrossfivesubjects—History, Geography, Political Science, 8 THE MONSOON IS HERE THEEDITORIAL PAGE The skies over Kochi darkened Tuesday to herald the arrival of the monsoon. Nirmal Harindran 7 WORLD FOURKILLEDIN BELGIUM SHOOTOUT Master Plan should shift with ground reality: Draft policy SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, MAY 29 SUMMIT: NORTH KOREA OFFICIAL HEADS TO UNITED STATES EXPRESS NETWORK ● RE-ELECTION IN 123 POLLING BOOTHS, PAGE 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RECOMMENDING A shift from the ‘Master Plan’ approach, which follows a static long-term planforurbandevelopment,the draftNationalUrbanPolicy2018 hasaskedforadoptingadynamic model where the plan is reviewedperiodicallyandchanges aremadetosuitgroundrealities. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is expected to finalisethepolicy,whichwillform theblueprintforurbanplanning, by July-end after MoS Hardeep Singh Puri holds consultations with states. The policy has been prepared by a committee headed by the former director of Smart Cities Mission, Sameer Sharma, and comprising the mission heads of the ministry and urban experts. Master Plans are land-use roadmaps that chalk out how the city would be developed overthenexttwodecades.Based on a review of the existing landuse on ground, it earmarks urban land pockets for various public amenities such as health and education, open spaces, public transport and roads, among others. “The urban planning approach so far in India has been based on a static long-term Master Plan. We found that this AIR 3 SACHIN GUPTA AIR 4 ATUL PRAKASH OVER THE last two months, a surveyconductedbyjailofficials across Bihar showed that the share of its weakest sections, especially SC and ST, among those arrested under prohibition far outstripped their share in the state’s population. Yet, there is a reason why the government continues to flaunt prohibition as a landmark achievement. It can be seen on the faces of women in hundreds of villages acrossthestate,likeManjhiyama inArwaldistrict,wherethealco- PROHIBITION IN BIHAR THE FALLOUT AN EXPRESS SERIES-PART-III hol ban has meant more money inhouseholds,newhousesanda better life. “I don’t get beaten up by my husband now. Whatever he BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Asha Devi, 40, is happy that her husband has stopped beating her. Ashok Sinha earns,hegivesittome.Whatever people may say, Nitish Kumar has done a very good thing by banning liquor,” says Asha Devi, 40, in Manjhiyama, around 100 km southwest of Patna. Bengaluru’s message to BJP BY RAM MADHAV AIR 5 PRATHAM KAUSHIK AIR 6 KOYA SREE HARSHA YOU CAN BE NEXT JAIPUR 22 June CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A VILLAGE WHERE PROHIBITION WORKS: 20 NEW PUCCA HOUSES, 1,000 LITRES MILK DAILY MANJHIYAMA (ARWAL), MAY 29 AN EXPRESS SERIES-PART-II 8 in Top 10 | 38 in Top 50 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SANTOSH SINGH 25 NEW NCERT TEXT BOOKS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Valued at Rs 485 cr, was shown as Rs 1,780 cr the jeweller may have inflated thevalueof jewelleryintheiraccount books. According to sources, much of the over-valuation of jewellery and pearls has been detected in five units of Modi’s firms located in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Surat. Forinstance,thebookvalueof pearls and gold held by the Surat SEZunitsofFirestarInternational PvtLtd,FirestarDiamondPvtLtd, New set of icons in history books: Bajirao to Maharana Pratap When The Indian Express met Asha, she was preparing to serve lunch — rice and besan curry — to her husband Sanjeev Sah,andtheirtwoyoungdaughters and a son. Such family moments, she says, were rare when Sanjeev, a tractor driver, used to spendmostof hissparetimeand money on alcohol. “I earn Rs 7,000 per month andearlier,onmostdays,Iwould head to the liquor shop at the first opportunity. Now, I head directlybackhome,”saysSahwith a sheepish smile. In Manjhiyama, with a population of around 5,500, the most visible signs of progress CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur
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