TheIndian EXPRESS LATECITY, 14+4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `4.00 ● MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE HOME MINISTER IN KASHMIR THIS WEEK After ceasefire, Centre to reach out to Valley youth; seize chance, urges CM Latest militant recruit could be brother of IPS officer Rajnath will discuss plan on sports, tourism, jobs with Mufti RAHUL TRIPATHI & BASHAARAT MASOOD BASHAARAT MASOOD NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, JUNE 3 70% breast cancer patients don’t need chemo: Study ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, JUNE 3 WHEN THIS Delhi-based businesswoman was recently diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, her world came crashing down. No less daunting than the diagnosis itself was the prospect of chemotherapy and its associatedside-effects—hairloss,nausea, etc. The doctor said that her only hope of avoiding that toxic cocktail lay in the results of an ongoing trial, Tailorx. On Sunday, within hours of the trial results being presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018 meeting in Chicago, the 48-year-old emailed them to her doctor with this line: “This is good news for me”. The results suggest that almost 70 per cent breast cancer patientscanavoidchemotherapy. According to the eight-yearold Tailorx study, a 21-gene test canpredictthechancesof recurrence of a common form of breast cancer — receptive to estrogen and progesterone, not presentinlymphnodes,nothaving a protein called HER2 and less than 4 cm in size. The presence of hormone receptors in these tumours means that they respond to hormone therapy. “With the results of this CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7 WORLD NEARLYHALFOF AFGHANKIDS OUTOFSCHOOL AS JAMMU & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday urged separatists to respond to the ceasefire for Ramzan and the offer of talks by the government, saying “such an opportunity does not come every day”, sources in New Delhi indicated that the Centre was planning further measures to “reintegrate misguided youths” in the Valley. Officials in the Union Home Ministrysaidtheywereworking on a draft policy, focused around sports, tourism and employment, for Kashmir youths. The policywouldbetakenupfordiscussion when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh meets CM Mufti during his visit to the state on June 7-8, they added. The move, officials said, was to counter rising terror recruitment in the Valley. In 2017, 126 local youths joined militancy, a sharp increase from 88 in 2016. The number has crossed 80 already mid-way through 2018, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2 BSF MEN KILLED IN BORDER FIRING PAGE 4 J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with PDP ministers in Srinagar, Sunday. Shuaib Masoodi Local recruits & Wani’s killing: security officials map militancy’s new patterns MUZAMIL JALEEL NEW DELHI, JUNE 3 THEkillingof HizbulMujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016, marks a watershed inmilitancyintheValleybecause itisdirectlylinkedtoacycleof recruitmentstothisday,saysaconfidential report prepared by security agencies and accessed by The Indian Express. The report, tracing the antecedents of as many as 35 young men who became militants after Wani’s death — most Shillong clashes: CM says ‘funded’; Punjab sends team ABHISHEK SAHA SHILLONG, JUNE 3 CLASHES BETWEEN stonepeltingprotestersandsecurityforces continued for the fourth straight nightinShillongonSunday,with teargas shells fired in the area where the standoff had begun. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters that “certain people” were funding the unrest in the city and added that evidence of alcohol andmoneybeingsuppliedtopro- testers had been found. Sangma also stressed that the clashes were not “communal” and were limited to a “particular locality”. Shillong has been on the boil since Thursday following a clash triggered by an altercation between a Khasi boy and a Sikh woman in a Punjabi settlement with around 350 households in Them Iew Mawlong. On Sunday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced he was rushing a fourmember team led by Cabinet CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 of them have been killed in encounters — tracked their networks, friends and family, and pored over interrogation reports to find how each was “influenced” by the killing of Wani. Theirkillinginencounters,in turn,haspushedothersintomilitant ranks, the report finds. The result: a steady supply of local young men who have kept the Valley on the boil. This has significant implicationsforanycounter-insurgency effort, said a top security official involved with the report, adding therewasaneedfor“suspension SANTOSH SINGH RASHTRIYA LOK Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha said it was time for BJP to put NDA above party interests and engage all alliesinprepararingthestrategyfor the 2019 Lok Sabha election. He said results of the recent bypolls have shown that the Opposition is coming together and added that it was an “alert” for the BJPled NDA to get its act together. Speaking to The Indian Express, Kushwaha said, “It is high time NDA should become a RLSP chief issues early reminder close unit. When Nitish Kumar was part of the Grand Alliance, he looked like an architect of the alliance and did not stay as the representative of one party. The similar thing should happen in the NDA. We should not wait for Lok Sabha polls to come close to work out our poll strategy and seat sharing arrangements to avoid bitterness”. of operations”togoinforan“immediate course correction”. Earlier, the entire recruitment of a local youth into militant ranks was a secret process. With rare exceptions, new entrants would begin as “upper ground workers” and then would be sent for arms training across the Line of Control for a minimum period of three months, return with arms and ammunition. These men would operate with aliases and hide their identities. Though these men had varied motivations to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TWO MONTHS after seven militants were killed at their ancestral house in Shopian, the brother of an IPS officer from South Kashmir has gone missing, and is feared to have joined militant ranks. Shams ul Haq Mengnoo, a student of Bachelor’s in Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), has been missing since May 26, and police sources say he may have joined the Hizbul Mujahideen. Shamsistheyoungerbrother of a 2012-batch IPS officer currently posted outside the state. Thefamilyhasnotfiledanymissingpersoncomplaintwithpolice. While the rest of the family members remain tightlipped on thematter,theIPSofficertoldThe Indian Express he had no knowledgeof it.“Idon’tknowwhatyou are saying,” he said. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, South Kashmir, Amit Kumar told The Indian Express, “We have not received any report from anybody so far. When nobody has said anything or filed a missing report, what CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Complete non-interference, will only observe from outside, says top official RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, JUNE 3 THE GOVERNMENT will not interfere in the functioning of India’s largest private lender, ICICI Bank, which is facing allegationsof conflictof interestand code-of-conductviolationsbyits Managing Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar, a top official told The Indian Express. “We will maintain complete non-interference in ICICI Bank affairs. We are just observing it from outside,” said the official in response to a query on suggestions that the government should wield its power to influence the bank’s affairs in the wake of these allegations. The remarks by the official, whoisawareofthegovernment’s positionontheissue,issignificant sincethegovernmenthasanomineeonthebank’sboard.Thegovernment also controls Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC),whichcommandsabout9.4 per cent stake in the bank and also has a member on the board. “The government has maintainedasimilarstanceof non-interference in matters connected to insolvency proceedings going on in NCLAT (National Company Law Appellate Tribunal). Let the processestakecareof thesematters,”theofficialsaid.Amongthe TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar cases with NCLAT are those of Anil Ambani-owned RCom, and firms associated with the Shriram and Essar groups. The latest indication of the government’s position on these issues comes in the backdrop of the ICICI Bank’s board deciding tosetupan“enquiry”intoafresh complaintbyawhistlebloweralleging non-adherence to the code of conduct, “conflict of interest”and“quidproquo”bythe bank’s CEO while dealing “with certain customers/ borrowers”. The move was in contrast to an earlier decision where the board gave a clean chit to Kochharonallegedconflictof interest and quid pro quo in granting loans to Videocon. As first reported by The Indian Express on March 29, Videocon group promoter Venugopal Dhoot provided crores of rupees to NuPower Renewables Pvt Ltd (NRPL), a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Tale of 2 Bengal deaths: TMC vs BJP, personal and political RAVIK BHATTACHARYA SUPURDI, DAVA (PURULIA), JUNE 3 The children and wife of Dulal Kumar, who was found hanging from a high-tension wire in Purulia. Subham Dutta Elections nearing, it’s time BJP puts its alliance ahead: Kushwaha PATNA, JUNE 3 RELIEFF FOR NORTH KOREA ONLY AFTER IRREVERSIBLE STEPS TO DUMP NUKES: MATTIS SRINAGAR, JUNE 3 On ICICI Bank charges, Centre makes it clear: Will not interfere Asked about the takeaway fromfromthedefeatof NDApartiesintherecentbypolls,hesaid: “ItshowsOppositionunity.They are coming together. We should take it as an alert”. On RLD winning the Jokihat Assembly bypoll, the RLSP chief said the victory was mainly because of social arithmetic (consolidation of Muslim votes). But when asked why Nitish Kumar’s return to NDA had not paid off in the Seemanchal region — comprising Araria, Purnia, Katihar and Kishanganj districts — as was seen in NDA-I, when the BJP-JD(U) alliance dominated CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE AT SUPURDI in Purulia district, the house of the 21-year-old History (honours) student is known to everyone, not only because Trilochon Mahato was a BJP worker but also because he was the only one in the village to have a computer. However, the BJP had been a recent choice for the youth, who had emerged as the party’s goto man for painting graffiti, and who was found hanging from a tree near his home on May 30. He would always support a party in opposition to the government of the state, and the 21-year-old’s 7-by-5 ft room is still adorned with a photo of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. Just 10 km away in Dava village, Dulal Kumar, 30, died under similar circumstances. The family refuses to believe the police claim of suicide. Dulal, a father of three, and Trilochon may have had little in common,buttherewasonecrucial link that joined them: both hadjoinedtheBJPjustbeforethe BY SUDHA PAI & SAJJAN KUMAR EXPRESS NETWORK ● SUSHMA SURVIVES FLIGHT SCARE, PAGE 4 BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Politicians gather in Palghar to oppose bullet train project KAVITHA IYER PALGHAR, JUNE 3 Kairana, a state template BUSINESS AS USUAL AS POLITICIANS across party lines gathered on stage together in Palghar on Sunday calling for the ambitious MumbaiAhmedabad bullet train project to be cancelled, they repeatedly cited the word ‘vikas’, qualifying it with the kind of progress they saidthemajorityof citizenswant to witness. Addressing a gathering of a few hundred, mostly tribal cultivators from across Palghar district,ShivSenalegislatorNeelam Gorhe and Nationalist Congress At the meeting in Palghar. Party spokesperson Nawab Malik echoed the comments of Left and Congress leaders in saying the proposed investment of Rs 1.08 lakh crore on a train sys- tem to be used by a marginal percentage of commuters appears tone deaf in the face of the crumbling railway and other infrastructure in the tribal dominatedregionof Palghar-Dahanu. Of the 1,400 hectares of land tobeacquiredforthehigh-speed corridor,353hectaresistobeacquired in Maharashtra, in the Dahanu-Palghar-Bhiwandi belt. Nearly 108 villages in the Thane andPalghardistrictsaresettobe affected, and nearly 70 have already adopted Gram Sabha resolutions opposing any land acquisition for the project. Sena leader Gorhe said she CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR A REMOTE VILLAGE STRANDED WITHOUT POWER NOW FLIES ON WIFI KAVITA UPADHYAY GHES (UTTARAKHAND), JUNE 3 INSIDE Government Inter College in Uttarakhand’s picturesque Ghes village, a group of Class XII students is busy taking notes as a projector beams a Geography lecture in Hindi that is being downloaded from the Internet. At a speed of 20 Mbps, the lecture rolls out smoothly on the front wall of the newly whitewashed room. For remote Ghes, tucked in the Garhwal hills, where electricity is still an aspiration and the mobile network is patchy at best, the new WiFi system that runs on solar power is “nothing less than a dream”, TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org say residents. OnMarch13,whenWiFiconnectivity was first established in theintercollege,ClassXIIstudent Lakshman Ram rushed home to tell his mother about it. “I couldn’tunderstandwhathewassaying,”saysDimtiDevi,54.“Iknow nothingaboutWiFiandInternet. But my son told me that the schoolwillbeholdinglecturesfor students on the Internet.” For college teacher, Students attend an e-lecture in Ghes, Uttarakhand Kesawanand Goswami, WiFi means a sigh of relief. “Class XI and XII students must be taught by lecturers but we have only one — for Hindi. Subjects such as Economics, Political Science, Geography, and English are not taught. Now we have started using the Internet to compensate for the lack of teachers,” says Goswami. An hour before the Geography lecture, the 27 students had attended a lecture on Economics,withteacherKailash Pant addressing them from Didihat in Pithoragarh district, 200 km away. “I don’t want to miss any of the e-lectures. Hopefully, such lectures will be conducted for other subjects too,” says Kala Negi, a 17-year-old Class XII student, who walks 8 km to reach school from Himni village every day. According to Amit Sinha, director, Information Technology Development Agency (ITDA), it wasinJanuarythatthestategovernment agency “adopted” Ghes. Set up in 2005 to accelerate the use of IT across the state, the ITDA has connected two villages so far — Ghes and Himni. “Providing WiFi connectivity to remote villages in Uttarakhand is something that we, at ITDA, consider essential,” says Sinha. On February 15, a six-member State Wide Area Network (SWAN) team travelled 300 km from Dehradun to Ghes, which was then covered in snow, to surveytheareafor“anypossibility”of settingupWiFiconnectivity. “Ghes was still 12 km away and the mobile phone signals dropped to zero,” says Sanjeev Sharma, project manager of SWAN in Uttarakhand. However, a bigger challenge awaited the team: Ghes was 30 km from the last electrified village. “We didn’t know where to start. Ghes was a synonym for every hurdle that could come in the way of establishing Wi-Fi connectivity,” says Sharma. In the absence of hotels or government quarters, residents of Himni provided accommodation to the SWAN team. Within a month, with a budget of Rs 34 lakh, four RF antennas were set up — at Tharali, Ghaniyaldhar, Himni and Ghes — along with solar panels and 2 KVA inverters in Ghes and Himni. Thencamethecomputerand projector at the Ghes college. And finally, in the second week of March,Ghescameonlinewith WiFi becoming available for all 702 residents within a 200m radius of the college. “Thebiggestchallengewasto pick a village that was backward and make the attempt successful...but we took the risk. After Ghes, many MLAs have been contacting us to develop smart villages in their constituencies. We are working on the proposals,” says Sinha. In Ghes, 14-year-old Chandan Ram walks uphill, passing through narrow lanes lined with traditional Garhwali houses with small wooden doorsandstone-slateroofs.After about 200m, he catches a Wi-Fi signal on the smartphone borrowed from his elder sister. The Class X student quickly types a line from his syllabus, “Sansaadhan evam vikas (resources and development)” on Google. Several options appear on screen before Ram opts for a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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