TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22+4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, CHANDIGARH, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 5 REGION SHIMLAWATERCRISIS: SUPPLYTO43HOTELS CUTOFFFORDUES 8KILLEDASBUSFALLS INTOGORGE BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FUEL PRICE REDUCTION Govt in a bind: Niti Aayog says find fiscal space, ONGC has questions States must take lead in cutting duties, Centre can go for excise reduction only after it finds space: Rajiv Kumar SUNNY VERMA & ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, JUNE 1 ASGLOBALoilpricescontinueto surge,thegovernment’skeypolicy advisor is of the view that states have to take the lead in cutting duties while the Centre needstofirstfindthefiscalspace before it can slash taxes on fuels. Speaking to The Indian Express, Rajiv Kumar, vice chairman, NITI Aayog, said: “The states must cut their taxes because they have got ad valorem (percentage-based)taxes.Asthe prices have gone up, they have been getting a windfall gain, which can hardly be continued. So they must reduce it below 27 percent...a3-4percentagepoint cutisdoable.Thecentralgovernment must find the fiscal space and then cut the excise duties.” The Union government, Kumar said, has to ensure that it doesn’t do anything to weaken the nascent uptick in the economy, and simultaneously find enoughfiscalspacetoabsorbthe higher oil price by attempting things not done in the past. These steps include “smarter CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 We are already in the red, ONGC lets Minister know AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, JUNE 1 LPG, AVIATION FUEL PRICES HIKED Aviation fuel was hiked by 7 per cent to a fouryear high, while subsidised cooking gas LPG rates increased by over Rs 2 per cylinder. REPORT, P 15 THE OIL & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is reluctant to shoulder the burden of a cut in diesel and petrol prices and it seems more likely that the reduction will have to be effected through cuts in excise duty or state taxes. AtameetinglateThursdayat Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s residence, ONGC chairman Shashi Shanker conveyed that the national explorerwas“alreadyinthered” after buying out Hindustan Petroleum Corp and bailing out Gujarat State Petroleum Corp in fiscal 2017-18. Last August, ONGC acquired 80 per cent stake in GSPC’s KG basin gas block for Rs 7,738 crore followed by purchase of the centralgovernment’sentire51.11 per cent stake in oil refining and marketing company HPCL for Rs 36,915 crore. The ONGC conveyed that it will have to pay another $800 million to GSPC for the gas block CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Two days of clashes leave Shillong reeling, curfew in parts of city Shops are shut near the spot where clashes occurred in Shillong Thursday night. Abhishek Saha ABHISHEK SAHA SHILLONG, JUNE 1 AN ALTERCATION between a Khasi boy and a Punjabi woman, fuelledbyrumoursonsocialmedia, led to protests and violent clashes in Shillong Friday, forcingauthoritiestoimposecurfew in 14 localities of the city. Until lateevening,clasheswerestillon in an area near the city’s commercialhub.Officialssaidatleast 10 people had been arrested. Mobile Internet and SMS services were suspended in the city as authorities battled mobs to bring the situation under control. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said: “We are monitoring the law and order situation closelyinShillong.Effortsarebeing made to bring normalcy in the affected areas. Request the citizens to maintain peace.” He said he had held an emergency meetingwithhisHomeMinister CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Mahanadi water war: BJP’s Pradhan slams BJP’s Raman Singh SAMPAD PATNAIK BHUBANESWAR, JUNE 1 BREAKING THE silence of the Odisha BJP on the state’s water warwithBJP-ruledChhattisgarh, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Friday criticised Chief Minister Raman Singh, saying Odisha’s rights over the Mahanadi waters cannot be compromised. “RamanSingh’sstatementon Mahanadishouldbecondemned. Water Minister Sanjeev Baliyan has said in Parliament that Chhattisgarhhasmadeamistake (by constructing barrages),” Pradhansaidinastatementtothe press.“BJPOdishaunitisclearon this. Odisha’s interests cannot be compromised,” he said. Pradhan to Singh: Odisha won’t compromise its rights He was responding to the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister who,earlierthisweek,said:“We are using the Mahanadi waters. We will use more in future.” He had also called the Odisha government’s protests over Mahanadi “an election issue” which, he said, would disappear after the polls. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ON CAMPUS IN SINGAPORE Lankesh suspects hid behind code words and fake names JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, JUNE 1 FROM MAINTAINING notes on surveillancetousingfakenames, featurephonesandmultipleSIM cards and handsets. The four menarrestedinconnectionwith the murder last year of journalist Gauri Lankesh, and for plotting the murder of Kannada writer and critic K S Bhagwan this year, made elaborate efforts to hide their identities, investigations have revealed. The four, who are linked to a radical Hindutva organisation, were taken into custody Thursday by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka Police, which is probing the shooting of 55-year-old Lankesh outside her home in BengaluruonSeptember5,2017. Policehaveidentifiedthefour as Sujeet Kumar alias Praveen alias Manjunath alias Sujeet S R, 37, from Udupi in Karnataka; Amol Kale alias Bhaisab alias Sanjay Bhansare, 37, from Pune; Amit Degwekar alias Amit alias Pradeep Mahajan, 38, from Ponda in Goa; and, Manohar Edave alias Manoj, 28, from Vijayapura in Karnataka. Kale and Degwekar were linked to the Goa-based Sanatan Sanstha and its affiliate the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) a few years ago. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Arbaaz Khan called for questioning in IPL betting probe: Thane police MOHAMMED THAVER MUMBAI, JUNE 1 THANE POLICE said Friday that theyhavesummonedactor-producer Arbaaz Khan to join their investigationinconnection with an alleged betting racket during the Indian Premier League (IPL) season that ended last Sunday. According to police, the actor’s name allegedly came up Police say bookie in custody took his name during the interrogation of Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad, a bookie “with international links”. Police claimed to have allegedly found details of financial dealings between Khan and Jalan. Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhe said that Arbaaz Khan, the elder brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, has been called to join the probe Saturday. “Jalan has claimed that the actor placed bets through him. We have got details about some financialdealingsbetweenKhan and Jalan. Hence, we want him to clarify as to the nature of his CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 EXPRESS NETWORK ● BODHGAYA BLASTS: 5 GET LIFE IN JAIL P 7 Complaint by ICICI insider forced board to probe Kochhar GEORGE MATHEW & KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JUNE 1 THE LATEST anonymous complaintagainsttheMDandCEOof ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar, which forced the organisation’s board to institute an enquiry to probe the allegations of a possible quid pro quo, is likely to have come from within the bank. The whistleblower’s complaint is the third against the ICICIBankCEO.ArvindGupta,an investor, had previously lodged two complaints — on an alleged conflict of interest and code-ofconduct violation by Kochhar while sanctioning loans to the Videocon group in 2016 and on dealings with the Essar group in 2018. On May 30, the bank stated in a regulatory filing that its boardhasdecidedtoinstitutean “enquiry” into a new complaint received from an anonymous whistleblower, alleging non-adherence of code of conduct, conflict of interest and quid pro quo by Kochhar while dealing “with certain borrowers” of the bank. It indicated that the “independent enquiry” would “also cover all connected matters in thecourseof theinvestigationto bring the matter to a final close”. 12 THEEDITORIAL PAGE TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar “In other words, the bank is indicatingthattheenquirypanel is likely to look into all the complaints against the bank’s CEO,” banking sources said. According to the ICICI Bank website, its whistleblower policy covers only employees and directors of the bank, which makes it clear that an insider has filedthelatestcomplaintagainst the CEO. “ICICI Bank is committed to adopting the highest business, governance, ethical and legal standards. An important policy in this context is the Whistle Blower Policy that the Bank formulated as early as 2003. The Whistle Blower Policy covers all employees, including directors of the bank,” the bank states. When contacted by The Indian Express, an ICICI Bank spokesperson did not comment on the latest complaint. According to the bank’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Congress must bring in fresh faces By SHASHI THAROOR Centre gives GST relief for langar-like free kitchens DIVYA A NEW DELHI, JUNE 1 THE CENTRE on Friday announced a scheme to reimburse its share of GST on raw material used to prepare meals in communitykitchensrunbyreligious organisations. The scheme, called Seva Bhoj Yojna, has an outlay of Rs 325 crore for financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20, according to a statement by the Ministry of Culture. Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma told The Indian Express, “We have been getting representationsfrommanysocial andreligiousorganisationsinthis regardandhavebeenworkingtowards this for some time.” The scheme envisages reimbursement of the Centre’s share of CGST and IGST on purchase of raw items such as ghee, edible oil, atta/maida/rava/flour, rice, pulses, sugar and jaggery, which go into preparation of prasad or langar offered free of cost by religious institutions. “The objectiveof theschemeistolessenthe financial burden of such charitable or religious institutions who providefoodfreeof costwithout any discrimination to public/ devotees,” said the statement. The scheme applies to only those charitable or religious institutions —- temple, gurdwara, mosque, church, dharmik ashram, dargah, math and monasteries —- that have been inexistenceforatleastfiveyears, and who serve free food to at least 5,000 people a month. A month ago, SAD leader and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had written to the Prime Minister for waiver of GST on ingredients used for langar in gurdwaras. In her letter, Badal had stated that Golden Temple in Amritsarrunstheworld’slargest mega kitchen, offering free meals throughout the year to lakhs of people, the donation for which comes from humble offerings of devotees. It was reported that between July 2017 and January 31, 2018, after GST came into force, Golden Temple shelled out Rs 2 crore as GST for purchasing rations for langar. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had also written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also Chairman of the GST Council, seeking exemption on inputs for langar saying that “even though food served through a langar is not taxable under GST, some significant inputs like sugar, ghee, edible oil, spices etc are taxable”. Under the new scheme, the Ministry of Culture will register theeligiblecharitablereligiousinstitutions for a time period endingwiththetenureoftheFinance Commission, and subsequently, registration may be renewed, subject to performance evaluationoftheinstitutions.Thedetails of registered institutions will be available on an online portal. ON BANGLA BORDER, IN THE NAME OF THE PSEUDO-FATHER RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA,JUNE 1 Rahaman Ali with the corrected school certificate REPORT, P 8 Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on Friday. PTI She’s on annual leave, nothing to do with inquiry: Bank FOR YEARS, children of Bangladeshi enclaves in India used names of distant relatives or Indian citizens in neighbouring villages as that of their fathers to get enrolled in Indian schools.Manywentontopursue higher studies, using the same name of the father. But in June 2015, India and Bangladesh, in the presence of Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina, formalised the agreement to swap land en- claves. Within months, as many as 14,856 people living in 51 Bangladeshi enclaves on Indian soil were absorbed into the country. And these included some veryworriedchildren,youthand their parents. Because their schoolcertificateshadthewrong names of the fathers. There was concern all around — it made themineligibleforjobs,bankaccounts, loans, passports and work permits. There would also be problems with inheritance later. While people fretted, one youngmanfromaformerenclave inCoochBehardistrictdecidedto take matters into his own hands. Rahaman Ali, now 26, began knocking doors of the administration to get his father’s name changedonhisMadhyamik(secondary board) certificate. A resident of Poaturkuthi village under Dinhata sub-division (over 700 km from Kolkata), Rahaman did the rounds for almost three years. In April, the secondary board finally responded and issued him a certificate with the corrected name of his father. His success story has spurred an estimated 4,000 others like him from the former enclaves to line up for a similar correction in their certificate. Rabindranath Ghosh, Minister for North Bengal development and MLA from Cooch Behar, said: “We are aware that names of pseudo-parents are still there in education certificates. There are thousands. This is creating a lot of problems for people, especially the youths from former Bangladesh enclaves.Wehavewrittentodifferent boards, following applications from such students. Now the process has started and one hasbeencleared.Otherswillfollow suit.” A Cooch Behar administration official said: “After the exchange of enclaves, the matter was brought to our notice by youths.Wearepreparingadatabase of such students and youth who were forced to use false names of their parents. We are sendingletterswithproof tovarious boards. Rahaman has been cleared by the secondary board. This is the first step. Others will be done soon.” Rahaman told The Indian Express: “While enrolling in a school in India, I used the name of one Saher Ali who used to live in Khontamari on the Indian side,about2kmfrommyvillage. I could not use my father Naskar Ali’s name. I cleared the secondary examination in 2008. Thereafter, Saher Ali became my father on paper.” He wrote to the education boards but nothing happened. Finally, he turned to the District Magistrate who forwarded his plea to the boards. This April 15, the secondary board responded. He was issued a certificate with the correct name of his father. “Hundreds like me can now apply to get the names of their real parents in the certificates,” he CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
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