LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PROVISIONAL ESTIMATES Good rabi crop, uptick in factory output lift GDP up to 7.7 per cent AANCHAL MAGAZINE NEW DELHI, MAY 31 ‘I believe that touching a snake opens people’s minds and changes it forever’ PAGES 18-19 RLD, SP, BSP and Congress workers celebrate in Kairana, UP, on Thursday after RLD’s Tabassum Hasan won. Gajendra Yadav BYPOLL RESULTS US Pacific Command now US Indo-Pacific Command LALIT K JHA From Kairana in UP, BJP gets second reminder of Opp unity Opposition parties take 11 of 14 assembly and Lok Sabha seats WASHINGTON, MAY 31 MANOJ C G & LIZ MATHEW THE UNITEDStates Thursday renamed its oldest and largest military command — the Pacific Command — to Indo-Pacific Command, in a largely symbolic move to signal India’s importance to the US military amid heightened tensions with China over the militarisation of the South China Sea. Henceforth, the storied US Pacific Command, or PACOM, which was formed after World War II, will be known as the US Indo-Pacific Command. “In recognition of the increasing connectivity, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, today we rename the US Pacific Command to US Indo-Pacific Command,” Secretary of Defence James Mattis said while speaking at a change of command ceremony in Hawaii, where the command’s headquarters is located. The Pentagon’s move is also reflective of the growing importance of India in US strategic thinking. India was granted the Major Defence Partner status by the previous Barack Obama Administration, providing for transfer of technology and deeper cooperation in the defence sector. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 WORLD PAK TO BLOCK MUSHARRAF’S ID CARD NEW DELHI, MAY 31 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 constituency in Uttar Pradesh, 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 Sabha seats, the score was 2-2 for 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, was its performance in West Bengal where it pushed the Left front candidate to the third spot in the Maheshtala assem- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY LALMANI VERMA & RAVISH TIWARI KAIRANA, NEW DELHI, MAY 31 DECISION 2018 BYPOLLS PAGES 6,8, 12 bly election where the Trinamool Congress emerged victorious. Barring the Tharali seat, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK ● ‘KICKBACKS’: LEFT DEMANDS RESIGNATION OF SITHARAMAN, P 9 THE RESULT of the bypoll for the Kairana Lok Sabha seat Thursday 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 the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the 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 member Jayant Chaudhary told The Indian Expressafter the results were declared. Backed by the Congress, SP and BSP, his party candidate Tabassum Hasan won by about 45,000 votes. 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE 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: Fatehpur Sikri, Mathura, Aligarh, Hathras, Baghpat, Kairana, Bijnore, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar. A pooling of their votes polled during previous Assembly elections suggests that a united Opposition will win a majority of seats in this region. Second, the victory comes in the backdrop of five years of social strife in western UP where today’s winner, the Rashtriya Lok Dal, whose electoral bastion is the peasant Jat community, was trounced in the 2014 Lok Sabha and 2017 Assembly elections in the state. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kairana: Local, less ideological BY GILLES VERNIERS & RAJKAMAL SINGH 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) RASHMI RAJPUT POLICE IN Maharashtra are probing 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 office for delivery on May 21. The orders were placed days after Some of the seized weapons Aurangabad witnessed clashes over rumours of water connections being disconnected, leading to communal riots on May 11 and 12 in which a boy was killed. The orders were placed under the categories of ‘toy swords’ and ‘kitchen appliances’, said police. 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 exploring all legal options for booking Flipkart for providing and transporting, knowingly or unknowingly, such dangerous material. Today, they managed to buy choppers and knives, tomorrow it could be drugs or explosives or any other hazardous material. A line has to be drawn somewhere and responsibility needs to be fixed so that e-commerce portals take precautions.” Flipkart did not respond to requests for comments from The Indian Express. Police officers said EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 31 THE CENTRE is working out a solution with the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to announce a cut in diesel and petrol prices. A meeting was held late Thursday, sources said, at Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s residence. Asked when the government could decide on the cut, an official told The Indian Express that the announcement could come any time. On May 24, The Indian Express 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 to direct ONGC to sell its crude oil at below ruling international prices by capping the price for the entire fiscal year. Oil India Ltd, U-turn by Vadodara civic body: Ousted firm reinstated for Sanjaynagar project EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VADODARA, MAY 31 THREE MONTHS after the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) suspended the project management consultant of Sanjaynagar housing scheme, alleging gross irregularities, the Standing Committee of the VMC on Thursday reinstated the consortium of developers. The decision, VMC said, follows a legal opinion by a retired justice of the Supreme Court (SC). In two separate proposals put forth before the standing committee this week, Vadodara Municipal Commissioner Vinod Rao requested that the ousted Water and Power Consultancy Services Ltd (WAPCOS Ltd), a public sector undertaking, 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 proven guilty of drug abuse, Chanu can be suspended for up To cut fuel rates, Govt works on ONGC plan CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP MLA Yogesh Patel (left) with VMC Commissioner Vinod Rao at an event in Vadodara on Thursday. should be reinstated as the project management consultant and the controversial joint venture (JV) between developer firms — Narayan Realty, Sai Ruchi and DMC Infra Developers — be accepted. The VMC had suspended the developer, alleging that it had vi- Aurangabad cops look at booking CWG gold lifter Sanjita Chanu Flipkart for selling swords online faces dope charge, suspended MUMBAI, MAY 31 KIM JONG-UN TALKS US ‘HEGEMONISM’ WITH RUSSIA'S LAVROV Behind the victory: Jats, Muslims stepped over riot faultlines to vote together BOOSTED BY an uptick in the manufacturing and construction 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 the 2017-18 financial year. The rise in output came alongside a favourable base effect related to low growth in the fourth 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 previous quarters of 2017-18 has been revised downward from the second advance estimate Suspended for now by IWF to four years, which will end her hopes of competing in this year’s Asian Games as well as the Tokyo 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-doping rule violation. In any 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 olated the tender conditions by changing the stakes ofcompanies that were a part of the joint venture that took up the work. It also alleged that the tender of a storm water drain was brought out by the VMC even though that job was to be done by the developer. The issue had taken an ugly turn in January, with Manjalpur BJP MLA Yogesh Patel hurling accusations of corruption at the civic body chief Rao. When asked about the U-turn by the VMC, Yogesh Patel, who was sharing the dais with Rao at the concluding event of the Sujalam Sufalam Jal Abhiyan in Vadodara on Thursday, refused to comment. The proposal and the standing committee’s clearance comes a couple of months after a notice served by the Municipal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 GUJARAT CM: CONG’S CHARGE OF CORRUPTION IN WATER DRIVE FOOLISH ● Govt to issue certificates to non-reserved castes, Page 5 ● Marginal dip in class XII general stream results, P 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SWACHH BHARAT, NOTEBAN, GANGA: GOVT SCHEMES ENTER TEXTBOOKS RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 31 THE NEW NCERT textbooks are dotted with references to decisions and flagship programmes of the NDA-II government. Of the 14 references spotted by The Indian Expressas part of its analysis of 25 textbooks for Classes 6 to 10, the majority were devoted to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, followed by Namami Gange Programme, Digital India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana on skilling, and demonetisation. Earlier, the NCERT did include references to flagship schemes of the UPA government 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 ofthe Class 10 political science textbook. However, there weren’t multiple references made to the same scheme in different textbooks as seen with NDA -II schemes. These additions have been made to the Geography, Science, Political Science, Economics and English books and are part of the textbook review — the first since 2007 — undertaken last year by the NCERT, which advises the union govern- 25 NEW NCERT TEXT BOOKS AN EXPRESS SERIES-PART-IV ment 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 textbook states, “To accelerate the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage and to put fours on sanitation, the Prime Minister of India launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ on 02nd October 2014.” Chapter 6 of the Class 6 Geography book reads: “Healthy mind lives in healthy body and for a healthy body clean environment particularly clean water, air and hygienic surroundings are pre-requisites. Swachh Bharat Mission, a government of India programme aims to achieve all these for people.” This chapter is on the major landforms of the Earth such as mountains, plateau and the plains. The reference to the NDA-II government’s clean- liness mission has been added to a section titled ‘Landforms and the People’. That apart, Swachh Bharat Mission also makes an appearance in the chapter titled ‘Garbage In, Garbage Out’ of the Class 6 science book, in the chapter on urban administration in political science book for Class 6 students and chapter 18 on waste water treatment in the Class 7 science textbook. ■ The NDA-II government’s controversial decision to demonetiseall Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in 2016 is mentioned (about 260 words) in the prelude to the chapter titled ‘Money and Credit’ in the Class 10 Economics book. “In India, during November 2016, currency notes in the denomination of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 were declared invalid. People were asked to surrender these notes to the bank by a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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