WHOSE FORT IS IT ANYW AY? eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE PUNE,LATECITY JUNE3,2018 18+4(NEWSLINE)+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 7 ‘INTHISVERYRAPIDLYCHANGINGWORLD,WE NEEDAREALANDTRUSTEDFRIEND.THAT’SINDIA’ KENJI HIRAMATSU, Ambassador of Japan to India SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 The bricks in the wall No matter who decides to adopt it, the Red Fort needs to be restored — to the people In a system that celebrates ‘toppers’ and reduces children to mere percentages, what is it like to not make the cut? KHASI-PUNJABI CLASH BIG Shillong stays tense, night curfew in place PICTURE PAGES 10-11 Khasi outfits call for eviction of ‘trouble makers, illegal settlers’, residents of ‘Punjabi Lane’ say we belong here INSIDE P 3 P 6 ● INDIA, PAKISTAN HAD A ‘DEAL’ TO END KARGIL, BUT DELHI BACKED OUT: BOOK ● NAGROTA ATTACK: NIA MAKES ANOTHER ARREST In apex body of NREGA, members of spiritual groups, RSS weekly editor SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, JUNE 2 THE EDITOR of RSS publication Panchjanya, members of a few Hinduspiritualorganisationsand the CEO of a drone company are amongpeopledraftedas“non-official members from various states”intheapexbodyresponsibleformonitoringtheimplementation of the flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural EmploymentGuarantee(MGNREGA)Act. TheRuralDevelopmentMinistry, in a notification issued last month,appointedthemasmembers of the Central Employment GuaranteeCouncil(CEGC),witha tenureofoneyearstartingJune20, when the term of the present committeeexpires.TheCEGCwas formedtomonitortheimplementation of the 2005 Act that promises 100 days of employment a yeartoeveryruralhousehold. Prominent among those drafted for the last year of the current government is Hitesh Shanker, Editor, Panchjanya Weekly, who has been named a non-officialmemberfromDelhi. From Uttarakhand, the ministry has nominated Sanjay Chaturvedi, convener of Divine International Foundation (DIF), which describes itself as “a separate entity of Divya Prem Sewa Mission” started by RSS pracharak Ashish Gautam. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ABHISHEK SAHA SHILLONG, JUNE 2 A SUGAR RUSH Ganna was a big issue in the Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll. There are no easy solutions to problem of ‘permanent farm surplus’ AFTER THE VICTORY Newly elected RLD MP from Kairana Tabassum Hasan with party leaders Ajit Singh and Jayant Chaudhary in New Delhi on Saturday. Tashi Tobgyal One more BJP worker found dead, Bengal CID to probe 2 in 4 days: BJP alleges political murder, Purulia SP shifted SWEETY KUMARI KOLKATA, JUNE 2 THREEDAYSafteran18-year-old member of the BJP’s youth wing was found hanging from a tree in Balarampur in West Bengal’s Purulia district, a second BJP worker has been found dead in another village in the same area. Dulal Kumar, 32, a member of the local BJP OBC cell, was found hanging from an electricity transmission tower in Balarampur’s Dabha village Saturday. As the BJP accused the Trinamool Congress of carrying out a campaign of political murders, the state government called in the West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to probe both deaths, and removed the district superintendent of police. Hours before he was sent to the state Armed Police, Purulia SP Joy Biswas had told The Sunday Express that prima facie it appeared that Dulal Kumar had committed suicide, while the earlier death — that of Trilochan Mahato in Balarampur’s Supurdi village on May 30 — had been murder due to personal enmity. “He (Kumar) had gone out to attend to nature’s call and did not come back. People had been searching for him since last night, and he was finally found hanging from a high-tension pole in Dabha village. Prima facie it looks like a case of suicide unlike Trilochan Mahato’s case, which was clearly murder. Preliminaryinvestigationhasrevealed that Mahato’s murder was the fallout of personal enmity. We haven’t found any political angle in that (Mahato’s) case yet. Investigations are on in both cases,” Biswas had said. Soon afterward, a notification was issued from Nabanno, thestategovernmentsecretariat inHowrah,replacingtheSPwith CID senior superintendent Akash Magharia. ADG (Law and Order) Anuj Sharmasaid,“Wehaveordereda CID probe into both cases. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PLOT RESERVED FOR FIRE BRIGADE, GARDEN Maharashtra minister’s bungalow illegal, declares Solapur civic body VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, JUNE 2 IN A major setback to Maharashtra Co-operation, Marketing and Textiles Minister SubhashDeshmukh,theSolapur municipal commissioner has passed an order stating that Deshmukh’s bungalow, built on a plot reserved for a fire brigade station and a garden in the city’s DevelopmentPlan,is“illegal,unlawful and unauthorised”. Municipal Commissioner Avinash Dhakne has also revoked the building permissions The report was published in The Indian Express on March 27 earlier granted to the minister’s bungalow.Inthelightofthecommissioner’s order of May 30, the Opposition on Saturday demandedDeshmukh’sresignation. On March 27, The Indian Express had carried a report on the alleged illegal construction of the bungalow. A day later, the issue was raised in the state Assembly by NCP’s Jayant Patil, seekingChief MinisterDevendra Fadnavis’ response on the matter during the Budget Session. Fadnavis, however, had given a clean chit to Deshmukh. “Since the procedure for CONTINUEDONPAGE2 IPL: Arbaaz questioned, police say he placed bets 14 WORLD NEW DELHI, JUNE 2 IN APRIL, just a month before Punjab National Bank (PNB) reported a Rs 13,417-crore fourthquarternetloss—thebiggestever by an Indian lender — the staterun bank’s Managing Director Sunil Mehta declared the “worst is behind us”. This expression — “the worst is behind us” — has been repeatedly deployed by bank chiefs to assuagebothdepositholdersand investors, despite steadily rising badloans.Afterstayingbelowthe Rs 1 lakh-crore mark between FY06 and FY11, gross NPAs of banks surged to cross Rs 1.4 lakh crore by March 2012. Since then, gross NPAs have risen over six UNREAL PICTURE? “Stressed assets as a percentage of total loans is coming down. If you ask whether it has peaked, yes.” SBI Chairman RAJNISH KUMAR on Feb 8, after quarter results were announced. On May 22, SBI reported a net loss of Rs 7,718 crore for the March quarter “The worst is behind us. Everything now seems to be under control as surgery is over, now we are in the recovery phase...” PNB CMD SUNIL MEHTA to PTI on April 8, 2018. The following month, PNB reported a Rs 13,417-crore fourth-quarter net loss, the biggest ever by an Indian lender timestocrossRs7.9lakhcroretill March2017.Yet,bankchiefskept claimingtherewaslittletoworry. Onthiscount,theheadsofthe State Bank of India — India’s largest bank that accounts for more than a fifth of the country’s bankingassets—arearguablythe worst offenders. At least four SBI chiefs have persistently resorted to this assurance over the last eight years. In February this year, even as SBI, amid increased pressure of stressed assets, reported its first quarterly loss in 17 years for the three months ended December 2017, the bank’s management claimed that the bad loans had topped out. “Stressed assets as a percentage of total loans is coming down. A large chunk is now being recognised as NPAs (NonPerforming Assets). The remaining stress will be taken care of in the March quarter. If you ask whether it has peaked, yes,” said SBIChairmanRajnishKumarina post-results press conference on February 8. OnMay22,SBIreportedanet lossofRs7,718crorefortheMarch quarter, primarily due to a surge in provisions — the second highest quarterly loss figure reported Around 350 families live in ‘Punjabi Lane’. Abhishek Saha womaninThemIewMawlong,a Punjabi settlement in Shillong with around 350 households. Sunny Singh, a resident of Shillong’s ‘Punjabi Lane’, as the Arbaaz Khan arrives to appear before Thane police on Saturday. Deepak Joshi MOHAMED THAVER THANE, JUNE 2 ACTOR-PRODUCER Arbaaz Khan, the brother of superstar Salman Khan, was questioned forfivehoursbytheThanePolice in connection with the alleged Indian Premier League (IPL) betting racket on Saturday. While police claimed Arbaaz had accepted having placed bets in the past, the actor told reporters while leaving the office of the Anti-Extortion Cell that he had answered all the police’s questions, and would cooperate with the investigation. Meanwhile,bookieSonuJalan alias Sonu Malad, whose questioning had thrown up Arbaaz Khan’s name, was produced beforeacourtandremandedinpolicecustodyuntilJune6.Theelectronic equipment used by Jalan had been sent for forensic examination, officers said. Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhe said, “Duringhis(Khan’s)questioning he has said that he has placed bets in the past. He, however, said that he does not remember CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 byanybankafterPNB’srecordRs 13,417 crore loss reported for the March quarter. Three years ago, on August 12, 2015, announcing the results for the first quarter of FY16, then SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya indicated that the worst was behind the bank in terms of large bad loans and that slippages were largely in small businesses. She repeatedthisonAugust13,2016, at a results conference: “The worstisbehinduswhenitcomes tostressedassets.Butletmewarn youthattherecoverywillbeslow and staggered as all those accounts marked in the watchlist displaystress,”Bhattacharyatold reporters in Mumbai. Two-and-a-half years before this, on February 13, 2012, when CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SRINAGAR, JUNE 2 TRUMP CONFIRMS HIS JUNE 12 SUMMIT WITH KIM JONG-UN IS STILL ON MYANMARSAYSWILLING TOTAKEBACKALL ROHINGYAREFUGEES Them Iew Mawlong locality is also called, said he hadn’t slept the last two nights. “A few metres from here, the house of a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Protests over youth crushed by CRPF vehicle, grenade blasts put Srinagar on edge NAVEED IQBAL Bank bosses’ best line as NPAs kept climbing steadily: ‘the worst is over’ ANILSASI PARTS OF Shillong remained tenseforthethirdstraightdayas protesters clashed with security personnel until late Saturday night and authorities declared a seven-hour night curfew across the city. Late Friday night, the Army conducted a flag march in the restive areas after protesters set a house near the Them Iew Mawlong locality on fire and threw stones and petrol bombs at security personnel. Police have so far arrested 10 people in connection with the violencethatbeganonThursday following an altercation between a Khasi boy and a Punjabi SRINAGAR REMAINED on edge on Saturday after three grenade explosions in the span of three hours, and fierce protests over the death of a 21-year-old who had been run over and killed by a CRPF vehicle a day earlier. Qaiser Amin Bhat, who was among the hundreds who had turned out to protest against the firing of tear gas shells outside the Jama Masjid on May 25, was knockeddownbyaCRPFvehicle at Srinagar’s Nowhatta. Doctors at the Sher-eKashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, where he was taken, said Bhat died of “lung contusion” late Friday evening. Another youth, Younus, who was also admitted to the hospitalwithinjuries,isreportedtobe stable. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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