TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ‘EXERCISE RESTRAINT... IMPLEMENT 2003 UNDERSTANDING’ India-Pak thaw: Both agree to follow ceasefire on LoC in letter and spirit Encounters fuel militant hiring, says official report DGMOs speak on hotline, offer came from Pak 4 YEARS DONE THE LAST LAP HEALTHMINISTRY Progress steady, but in slow lane PAGE 7 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 Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two armies spoke on the hotline and “agreed to fully implement the Ceasefire Understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit forthwith” on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Both countries have been trading fire across the LoC This reiteration of ceasefire on the LoC follows Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s “ceasefire” announcement on May 16 that security forces will terminate all offensive operations in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK ● WILL TALK IF PAK IS IN: HURRIYAT, P 6 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 areportonmilitancyandrecruit- ment 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. Consider the key findings of the report, which analysed the 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 Express that Rai’s mercy petition 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBSE results in, three student suicides in Capital EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 29 HOURS AFTER the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declareditsClassXexamresults, with an overall pass percentage of 86.70,threestudentscommitted suicide in separate incidents in Delhi, with police attributing the deaths to disappointment over performance. Police identified the three as a 15-year-old girl from Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj; a 15-year-old boy from M R Vivekananda Model School in Dwarka; and, a 16-year-old girl from the School of Open Learning. According to police, the girl from Vasant Kunj died after hanging herself from the ceiling fan at her house, while the boy fromDwarkacommittedsuicide by hanging himself from the doorframeof thedrawingroom, using a dupatta belonging to his mother. The third student slashed her wrists and hanged herself from a ceiling fan in her house in Dabri, said police. The three were among the 16,24,682 students who appeared for the Class X board exams, which were reintroduced thisyearaftertheCBSEscrapped the previous Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system under which students were awarded grades. In Vasant Kunj, DCP Milind Dumbre said the girl’s father is an officer with the Enforcement Directorate. “We received a PCR call around 4.45 pm from Fortis hospital that a girl had committed suicide and had been 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 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, THE MONSOON IS HERE The skies over Kochi darkened Tuesday to herald the arrival of the monsoon. The southwest monsoon hit the Kerala coast on Tuesday, three days before it was scheduled to arrive, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Nirmal Harindran 11 WORLD FOURKILLEDIN BELGIUM SHOOTOUT SUMMIT: NORTH KOREA OFFICIAL HEADS TO UNITED STATES UTTAR PRADESH P3 ● ATS officer found dead, cops say he shot self CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OVER THE last two months, a surveyconducted byjailofficials across Bihar showed that the share of its weakest sections, especially SC and ST, among thosearrestedunderprohibition 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- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, MAY 29 THEELECTIONCommission(EC) onTuesdayorderedre-pollingat 73 polling booths in Kairana Lok Sabha constituency a day after faulty Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) marred the by-poll there.Officialssaidthere-polling would be held on Wednesday from 7 am and 5 pm. OppositionRashtriyaLokDal (RLD) and Samajwadi Party (SP), which have closed ranks against the BJP and fielded a joint candidate, had accused the ruling party of tempering EVMs in Noorpur and Kairana to avenge its defeat in Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-polls. SP state president Naresh 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 Asha Devi, 40, is happy that her husband has stopped beating her. Ashok Sinha earns,hegivesittome.Whatever peoplemaysay,NitishKumarhas done a very good thing by ban- 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE EC orders re-polling at 73 booths in UP’s Kairana Uttam and RLD spokesman Anil Dubey had rushed to meet Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) L Venkateshwar Lu to lodge a complaint about faulty EVMs. The BJP leaders too had met Luandrequestedhimtoconduct re-pollingintheareas,wherethe machines were found to be faulty. The EC had sought a report from Lu besides Kairana and Noorpur assembly by-poll returning officers before ordering the re-polling. Lu said that several complaints about faulty VVPATs had been received since the start of the voting process on Monday. As many as 384 VVPATs were changed after the faults were reported. “This was a technical issue. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A VILLAGE WHERE PROHIBITION WORKS: 20 NEW PUCCA HOUSES, 1,000 LITRES MILK DAILY MANJHIYAMA (ARWAL), MAY 29 25 NEW NCERT TEXT BOOKS AN EXPRESS SERIES-PART-II BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SANTOSH SINGH New icons in history books: Bajirao to Maharana Pratap ning liquor,” says Asha Devi, 40, in Manjhiyama, around 100 km southwest of Patna. WhenThe Indian Express met Asha, she was preparing to serve lunch — rice and besan curry — to her husband Sanjeev Sah, and their two young daughters and a son. Such family moments, she says, were rare when Sanjeev, a tractor driver, used to spend most of his spare time and 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 Bengaluru’s message to BJP BY RAM MADHAV 8 in Top 10 | 38 in Top 50 AIR 3 SACHIN GUPTA AIR 4 ATUL PRAKASH AIR 5 PRATHAM KAUSHIK AIR 6 KOYA SREE HARSHA YOU CAN BE NEXT JAIPUR 22 June
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