WHOSE FORT IS IT ANYW AY? eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE JAIPUR,LATECITY JUNE3,2018 16+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE SUNDAY STORY PAGE 6 ‘INTHISVERYRAPIDLYCHANGINGWORLD,WE NEEDAREALANDTRUSTEDFRIEND.THAT’SINDIA’ KENJI HIRAMATSU, the Ambassador of Japan to India In apex body of NREGA: editor of RSS publication, members of Hindu outfits PAGE 7 The bricks in the wall The Class 12 results have celebrated ‘toppers’. In a system that reduces children to mere percentages, what is it to not make the cut KHASI-PUNJABI CLASH Shillong stays tense after violence, night curfew in parts of city BIG PICTURE PAGES 8-9 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 flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural EmploymentGuarantee(MGNREGA)Act. The ministry, in a notification issued last month, appointed them as members of the Central Employment Guarantee Council (CEGC),eachwithatenureofone year starting June 20, when the term of the present committee expires. The CEGC is a body formed under the 2005 Act to monitor the implementation of theActwhichpromises100days ofemploymentayeartoeveryrural household. Prominent among those drafted for the last year of current government is Hitesh Shanker, Editor, Pachjanya 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. This Haridwar-based mission lists yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali as one of its CSR partners. Anothernominatedmember is G Vasudev from Vivekanand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Senior police officer injured in attack, reports PTI; Army conducts flag march in restive areas; 10 arrests so far A SUGAR RUSH Ganna was the big issue in the Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll. There are no easy solutions to problem of ‘permanent farm surplus’ ABHISHEK SAHA AFTER THE VICTORY RLD MP from Kairana Tabassum Hasan with party leaders Ajit Singh and Jayant Chaudhary in New Delhi on Saturday. Tashi Tobgyal NEW DELHI, JUNE 2 IN APRIL, just a month before Punjab National Bank (PNB) reported a Rs 13,417-crore fourthquarter net loss — the biggest ever by an Indian lender — the state-run bank’s Managing Director Sunil Mehta declared the “worst is behind us”. In India’s banking sector, this term has been repeatedly deployed by bank chiefs to assuage both deposit holders and investors despite rising bad loans. After staying below the 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 NPAshaverisenoversixtimesto crossthe7.9lakhcroretillMarch 2017. Yet, bank chiefs claimed there was little to worry. On this count, the heads of the State Bank of India — India’s largest bank that accounts for morethanafifthof thecountry’s banking assets — are arguably theworstoffenders. Atleastfour 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 in 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 (Non- IPL betting: Arbaaz Khan questioned, police say he’s bet in the past MOHAMED THAVER THANE, JUNE 2 ACTOR-PRODUCER Arbaaz Khan, the brother of superstar Salman Khan, was questioned forfivehoursbytheThanePolice in connection with the 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 AntiExtortion Cell that he had answeredallthepolice’squestions, and would cooperate with the SHILLONG, JUNE 2 ‘The worst is over’, PSU bank chiefs kept saying even as NPAs climbed ANIL SASI investigation. Meanwhile, bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad, whose questioning had thrown up Arbaaz Khan’s name, was produced before a court and remanded in police custody until June6.Theelectronicequipment 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 No matter who decides to adopt it, the Red Fort needs to be restored — to the people 5 WORLD Performing Assets). The remaining stress will be taken care of in the March quarter. If you ask whether it has peaked, yes,” Chairman Rajnish Kumar in a post-resultspressconferenceon February 8, 2018. OnMay22,SBIreportedanet lossofRs7,718crorefortheMarch quarter, primarily due to a surge in provisions — the second highest quarterly loss figure reported byanybankafterPNB’srecordRs 13,417 crore loss reported for the March quarter last week. 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 termsof largebadloansandthat slippages were largely in small KOLKATA, MAY 2 EXPRESS NETWORK ● FARMERS’ STRIKE: PRICES SOAR IN RAJASTHAN PAGE 3 Around 350 families live in ‘Punjabi Lane’. Abhishek Saha eas,” said P S Dkhar, Deputy Commissionerof EastKhasiHills District. The curfew imposed from 4 am on Friday in 14 localities of the city continued to remain in force even as the district administration officials announced a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am across the city. In a bid to check rumours spreading on social media, mobile internet and SMS services remainedsuspendedforthesecond day. In a press statement published in the local newspapers, the state government said it was “deeplyconcerned”abouttheviolence and appealed to people to “maintain peace and extend help to bring back normalcy”. “The government is committed to bring back normalcy to the In Bengal, another BJP worker found hanging SWEETY KUMARI TRUMP CONFIRMS HIS JUNE 12 SUMMIT WITH KIM JONG-UN IS STILL ON businesses. She repeated this on August 13, 2016, at a results conference: “The worst is behind us whenitcomestostressedassets. But let me warn you that the recovery will be slow and staggered as all those accounts marked in the watch list display stress,” Bhattacharya told reporters in Mumbai. Two-and-a-half years before this, on February 13, 2012, when the bank’s profits grew despite anincreaseof overRs1,300crore inloanlossprovisionandanover Rs 800-crore depreciation in investment on account of losses in the equity portfolio, Pratip Chaudhuri, then chairman, asserted that the bank is back on a consistent growth path. Again, that the “worst is over”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PARTS OF Shillong remained tense for the third straight day onSaturday,withauthoritiesdeclaringaseven-hour-long“night curfew” and police firing teargas shells to disperse protesters. The stand-off between protesters and security forces continued on Saturday afternoon even after the Indian Army conducted a “flag march” in the restive areas late on Friday night after a house was set on fire and stones and petrol bombs were lobbed at security personnel. PTI reported that at least 10 persons, including Superintendent of Police (City) Stephan Rynjah, were injured in the violence. The police officer, who was allegedly hit with a rod, has been admitted to the Shillong Civil Hospital, a senior police officer told PTI. Police have arrested 10 people in connection with the violence. An altercation between a Khasi boy and a Punjabi woman, followed by rumours on social mediaaboutthedeathof aKhasi boy, have led to protests and violent clashes in Shillong since Thursday night. “The situation has improved alotsinceyesterday,butprotests haveeruptedtodayincertainar- 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. The body of Dulal Kumar, 32, amemberof thelocalOBCcellof the BJP, was found hanging from a high-tension electricity pole in Balarampur’s Dabha village Saturday. The BJP accused the Trinamool Congress of having killed both its workers. Police, however, said prima facie it appeared Dulal Kumar had committed suicide, while the earlier death — that of Trilochan Mahato in Supurdi village in Balarampur on May 30 — had been murder as a result of 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India, Pak had a ‘deal’ to end Kargil conflict, but New Delhi backed off, claims new book NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN CHANDIGARH, JUNE 2 A NEW book by a Pakistani journalist claims Pakistan and India had a “done deal” through backchannel diplomacy to end the Kargil confrontation at the endof June1999,amonthbefore it finally wound to a close with the withdrawal of Pakistani troops from their encroachments on the Indian side, and that India backtracked from it because it was confident that US pressurewouldforcePakistanto pull back. Nasim Zehra had reported this“deal”atthetime,anditwas not denied by the Indian side. Her book From Kargil to The Coup: Events That Shook Pakistan, which was released in Pakistan last week, contains more details, but is mostly an indictment of a “clique of generals” headed by then Pakistan Army Chief Pervez Musharraf, who planned and implemented the Kargil operation in secrecy and autonomously of the civiliangovernmentof NawazSharif. Released days after The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace by two former headsof theIndianandPakistani intelligence agencies caused a backlash in Pakistan against the Pakistani co-author Lt Gen Asad Durrani (retd) for appearing to endorse the view that the Pak military had made several wrong decisions, Zehra’s book is a narration of how the military Indian soldiers after taking back Tiger Hill in 1999. Archive took that country to the brink in KargilwithouttheSharif government’sauthorisation,andfinally pinnedtheblameonhim,claiming that Pakistan would have achieved all the objectives of the operation if only the political leadership hadn’t panicked and succumbed to US pressure. The book also comes at a time when Sharif, judicially oustedasPrimeMinisterin2017 and disqualified for life by the Pakistan Supreme Court, is embroiled in a battle of wits with the Pakistan Army, and has been painted as “pro-India” weeks ahead of national elections in which his party remains a powerful contender. According to the author, an influential media voice in Pakistan, though the book may beseenasbeing“pro-Sharif”ata fraught time for him and the country, it is also about the former Prime Minister’s naivete back in 1999. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur city and all efforts have been made, including deployment of more force to prevent miscreants from taking advantage of the situation,” the statement read. Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who chaired a highlevel meeting on Saturday, appealed for calm and urged the people to help bring back normalcy in Shillong. Meanwhile, several groups including the Khasi Students Union (KSU), the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) and the Hynniewtrep Youth Council demanded that those allegedly “involved in the assault of local boys” be punished and the “illegal settlers” at Them Metor evicted. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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