TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BYPOLL RESULTS From Kairana in UP, BJP gets second reminder of Opp unity Opposition parties take 11 of 14 assembly and Lok Sabha seats PAGES 12-13 EXPRESS NETWORK ● US Pacific Command is US Indo-Pacific Command, Page 7 CPI(ML) Red Star’s Alik Chakraborty held in Odisha EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, MAY 31 POLICEONThursdayannounced the arrest of CPI(ML) Red Star leader Alik Chakraborty from Bhubaneswar. Forty-five-year-old Chakraborty's arrest is significant as he is considered to be the backbone of the agitation in Bhangar, 33 km from Kolkata, against the state government's plans to build a power substation. The protests, sources in the ruling Trinamool Congress claimed, had Alik caused much Chakraborty embarrassment to the party. The area had witnessed violence last year and also before and during the panchayat polls earlierinMay.Hissupportisalso considered crucial to the Jomi Jibika Poribesh O Bastutantra Rakhsa Committee (JJPOBRC), which spearheads the protest. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RLD, SP, BSP and Congress workers celebrate in Kairana, UP, on Thursday after RLD’s Tabassum Hasan won. Gajendra Yadav Behind the win: Jats, Muslims stepped over riot faultlines to vote together Present in 10 Lok Sabha seats, RLD key factor if votes pooled LALMANI VERMA & RAVISH TIWARI THE RESULT of the bypoll for the KairanaLokSabhaseatThursday sent a second reminder in less than three months to the ruling BJP, after its defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur in March, that a united Opposition that includes theSamajwadiParty(SP)andthe Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh is a political force to reckon with. “This is a vote for Opposition unity,” Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader and former Lok Sabha CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, MAY 31 WORLD member Jayant Chaudhary told TheIndianExpressaftertheresults were declared. Backed by the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DECISION 2018 BYPOLLS PAGE 5 KOLKATA, MAY 31 RASHMI RAJPUT 17 BY UNNY Congress, SP and BSP, his party candidate Tabassum Hasan won by about 45,000 votes. This is significant for several reasons. For one, it reaffirms RLD’s electoral utility in the Opposition’s matrix. It has presence in over 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in western UP: FatehpurSikri,Mathura,Aligarh, Hathras, Baghpat, Kairana, Bijnore, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar.Apoolingof their votes polled during previous Assemblyelectionssuggeststhat a united Opposition will win a majority of seats in this region. RAVIK BHATTACHARYA 10 Some of the weapons seized by the police. fice for delivery on May 21. The orders were placed days after Aurangabad witnessed clashes over rumours of water connec- THEEDITORIALPAGE Kairana: More local, less ideological Dulal Das (centre) celebrates his win in Mahestala. Express Aurangabad violence: Police look at booking Flipkart for online swords POLICE IN Maharashtra are exploring the possibility of levelling criminal conspiracy charges against Flipkart after the Aurangabad Crime Branch recovered a consignment of 30 weapons, including 12 swords and 16 knives, that were allegedly ordered online through the e-commerce firm. According to police, orders for most of the consignments were placed on May 16 by 24 local residents and the weapons reached a courier company’s of- BUSINESS AS USUAL KAIRANA, NEW DELHI, MAY 31 TMC retains Maheshtala Assembly seat with better margin, BJP distant second THE RULING Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday swepttheMaheshtalaAssembly bypoll with a margin of 62,765 votes — over five times what it had in 2016, when it had won by 12,452 votes. The BJP came a distant second, but increased its vote share Good rabi crop, uptick in factory output lift GDP up to 7.7 per cent NEW DELHI, MAY 31 NEW DELHI, MAY 31 ‘I believe that touching a snake opens people’s minds and changes it’ PROVISIONAL ESTIMATES AANCHAL MAGAZINE MANOJ C G & LIZ MATHEW ADDING TO the BJP’s string of electoral reverses in bypolls, Opposition parties Thursday won 11 of 14 assembly and Lok Sabha seats, including the Kairana parliamentary constituencyinUttarPradesh,sending the ruling party a wake-up call in the run-up to the 2019 general elections. The saving grace for the BJP came from Maharashtra where it defeated the Shiv Sena in a keen contest for the Palghar Lok Sabha seat. In Uttarakhand, the BJP won the Tharali assembly seat while NDA partner NDPP took the Nagaland Lok Sabha seat. In the bypolls to four Lok Sabhaseats,thescorewas2-2for the Opposition and the NDA — all the four seats were with the NDA earlier. The RLD-SP-BSPCongress combine wrested Kairana from the BJP and the NCP-Congress alliance snatched the Bhandara-Gondiya seat in Maharashtra. The silver lining for the BJP, however,wasitsperformance in WestBengalwhereitpushedthe Left front candidate to the third spot in the Maheshtala assembly election where the Trinamool Congress emerged victorious. Barring the Tharali seat, the BJP and its allies were defeated in the other nine assembly bypolls. The BJP lost the Noorpur seat in Uttar Pradesh to the SP JOURNALISM OF COURAGE tions being disconnected, leadingtocommunalriotsonMay11 and 12 in which a boy was killed. The orders were placed underthecategoriesof ‘toyswords’ and‘kitchenappliances’,saidpolice. The state’s Anti Terrorism Squad is also part of the probe. Speaking to The Indian Express, ADGP (Law and Order), Bipin Bihari, said: “We are exploringalllegaloptionsforbooking Flipkart for providing and transporting, knowingly or unknowingly, such dangerous material. Today, they managed to buychoppersandknives,tomorrow it could be drugs or CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 WB By GILLES VERNIERS & RAJKAMAL SINGH NEW DELHI, MAY 31 ● Purulia: BJP man assaulted CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GROWTH IN NUMBERS 2017-18 (Provisional) 2nd advance 2016-17 estimate (1st RE) April-June 5.6 5.7 Jul-Sep 6.3 6.5 8.1 7.6 Oct-Dec 7 7.2 6.8 Jan-Mar 7.7 - 6.1 Full financial year 6.7 6.6 7.1 (Source: CSO) To cut fuel rates, Govt works on ONGC plan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 31 THECENTREisworkingoutasolution with the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation(ONGC)toannounce a cut in diesel and petrol prices. A meeting was held late Thursday, sources said, at PetroleumMinisterDharmendra Pradhan’s residence. Askedwhenthegovernment could decide on the cut, an official told The Indian Express that the announcement could come any time. OnMay24,TheIndianExpress had reported that the government is working on getting ONGC to shoulder the burden of rising fuel prices as it is reluctant to cut the excise duty levied on petrol and diesel. The government’s plan was todirectONGCtosellitscrudeoil at below ruling international prices by capping the price for theentirefiscalyear.OilIndiaLtd, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Two-time CWG gold medalist Sanjita Chanu faces dope charge EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 31 TWO-TIME Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sanjita Chanu has been provisionally suspended for consuming performance enhancing drugs, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said in a statement. The 24-year-old tested positive for testosterone, which improves muscle strength and endurance. Reacting to the IWF statement, a top official of the Indian federation defended its star athlete, hinting at foul play. If provenguiltyof drugabuse, Chanu can be suspended for up to four years, which will end her The weightlifter was suspended for now by IWF hopesof competinginthisyear’s AsianGamesaswellastheTokyo Olympics in 2020. “IWF reports that the sample of Ms Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Testosterone (S1.1 Anabolic Agents). As a consequence, the Athlete is provisionally suspended in view of a potential anti-dopingruleviolation.Inany case where it is determined that the Athlete did not commit an anti-doping rule violation, the relevant decision will also be published,” the IWF said. It is learnt that Chanu failed an out-of-competition test conducted in Las Vegas last November. The six-month delay in collecting the sample and announcing the result has raised a few eyebrows. Sahdev Yadav, secretary general, Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF), said they have requested a ‘B’ sample test andsoughtclarificationfromthe IWF over the delay. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 From Swachh Bharat, noteban to Ganga and Digital India: Govt schemes enter textbooks RITIKA CHOPRA IFOPPOSITIONPARTIES UNITE...BJPWILLBE THOWNOUTOFPOWER IN2019,SAYSJIGNESH BOOSTED BY an uptick in the manufacturingandconstruction sectors, and a good rabi harvest, India’s real gross domestic product (GDP) surged to a sevenquarter high of 7.7 per cent in January-March, the last quarter of the2017-18financialyear.The rise in output came alongside a favourable base effect related to low growthinthefourth quarter of the previous year. The provisional estimates of GDP, released by Central Statistics Office (CSO) Thursday, showed that while the overall growth rate for the full financial year (2017-18) is estimated at 6.7 per cent, up marginally from the second advance estimate of 6.6 per cent and first advance estimate of 6.5 per cent, it would be the slowest in four years, and the lowest since the NDA government came to power. The country had recorded GDP growth of 7.1 per cent in the previous financial year (2016-17). Growth is projected to rebound to 7.5 per cent this year. On Wednesday, Moody’s Investors Service cut its 2018 GDP growth outlook for India to 7.3 per cent from its earlier estimate of 7.5 per cent, citing surging oil prices and tighter financial conditions. According to the latest data, GDP growth rate for all three previousquartersof 2017-18has been revised downward from the second advance estimate THE NEW NCERT textbooks are dotted with references to decisions and flagship programmes of the NDA-II government. Of the 13 references spotted byTheIndianExpressaspartof its analysis of 25 textbooks for Classes6to10,themajoritywere devoted to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, followed by Namami GangeProgramme,DigitalIndia, BetiBachaoBetiPadhao,Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana on skilling, and demonetisation. Earlier, the NCERT did include references to flagship schemesof theUPAgovernment in textbooks. For instance, NREGA (now known as MNREGA) was added to the Class 11 Economics textbook, the National Food Security Act 2013 was included in Chapter 4 of the class 9 Economics textbook and the Right to Information Act in chapter 5 of the Class 10 Political Science textbook. However,thereweren’tmultiple references made to the same scheme in different textbooks as seen with NDA -II schemes. These additions have 25 NEW NCERT TEXT BOOKS AN EXPRESS SERIES-PART-IV been made to the Geography, Science, Political Science, Economics and English books and are part of the textbook review—thefirstsince2007—undertaken last year by the NCERT, whichadvisestheuniongovernment on school education. Here are the key changes: ■ Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has been introduced in five textbooks. A small box, added to the chapter on human life in the tropical and subtropical regions, in the Class 7 Geography textbookstates,“Toacceleratetheefforts to achieve universal sanitationcoverageandtoputfourson sanitation, the Prime Minister of India launched the ‘Swachh CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR PAKTOBLOCK MUSHARRAF'S NATIONALID CARD KIM JONG-UN TALKS US ‘HEGEMONISM’ WITH RUSSIA'S LAVROV AS TRUMP SUMMIT NEARS TOP 3 RANKS IN LAW ENTRANCE TEST GO TO FRIENDS IN JAIPUR DEEP MUKHERJEE JAIPUR, MAY 31 SHORTLY AFTER the results of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 were announced on Thursday, 18-yearold Anmol Gupta, who secured the third rank in the country, made a phone call to his friend Aman Garg (17). “I congratulated him for getting the first rank and he did the same. We were happy that all the three of us had topped in the exam. This is a surreal moment,” GuptatoldTheIndianExpresson Thursday. Thefirstthreepositionswere secured by students from Jaipur, who happen to be friends and studied at the same coaching institute. Garg and Gupta got the first and third ranks, respectively, while Devansh Kaushik (18) secured the second rank in the examination which was held on May 13. “Myflairfordebatemademe take up law. I had appeared in theCLATexamslastyeartooand secured an all-India rank of 657. I am currently on cloud nine after the results came out today...I have no words for this. My focus from the beginning was to set studyingtargetsforeachdayand then achieve them,” said Gupta, whose father is a businessman and his mother a Vastu expert. Garg said he made sure that every hour counted. “I never believed in cutting myself off from social media platforms in order to study. For me it wasn’t about studying for long hours but to give my full concentration during the period I studied. I started preparingrightafterclass10and gavespecialemphasistocurrent affairs and general knowledge,” Garg said. Garg said that a few months before the exams, he shifted his focustopracticeorientedprepa- (From left) Second-rank holder Devansh Kaushik, first-rank holder Aman Garg and third-rank holder Anmol Gupta. ration and appeared in 90-100 mock tests of CLAT. “After I was done with my boards I would revise all that I had studied. My father is an official of the Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) and I believe that this has been possible because of the constant support of my parents. Since my father is posted out of Jaipur, my motherwasalwaystheretohelp me out,” said Garg. Kaushik said, “I used to dedicate 8-10 hours daily during the preparations and had made up my mind that I will study law when I was in class 11. Since my family is from the educational background,Ireceivedtheirsupport right from the beginning.” Kaushik’s parents are posted as a principal and lecturer in state government institutions. The three students said they have decided to study at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. “It’sawonderfulthingthatall threeof usarethefirstthreerank holders and are going to study in the same institution. There was healthycompetitionbetweenus but I think that helped us to do better,” Gupta said. Gargobtained159marksout of 200 while Kaushik and Gupta secured 157.5 marks each.
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