TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● 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 EXPRESS NETWORK ● CONG SAYS BOGUS VOTERS IN MADHYA PRADESH, P5 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 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 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2 BSF MEN KILLED IN BORDER FIRING PAGE 4 SRINAGAR, JUNE 3 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 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 The Indian Express. The report, tracing the antecedents of as many as 35 young men who became militants after Wani’s death — most 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 WORLD NEARLYHALFOF AFGHANKIDS OUTOFSCHOOL RELIEFF FOR NORTH KOREA ONLY AFTER IRREVERSIBLE STEPS TO DUMP NUKES: MATTIS SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, JUNE 3 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 allies in preparing the strategy for 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 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 RLSP chief issues early reminder 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”. 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar to insolvency proceedings going on in NCLAT (National Company Law Appellate Tribunal). Let the processestakecareof thesematters,”theofficialsaid.Amongthe 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 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 11 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 of operations” to go in for an 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, On ICICI Bank charges, Centre makes it clear: Will not interfere 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 the region, Kushwaha said, “Therecanbeaturnaroundif we work as NDA and not put the interests of BJP in front”. He said he had always spoken his mind about this with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. “It is not a time to think what we did not do in the past. We have togetouracttogethernow,”said Kushwaha, who is Minister of 6 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 SAJID Z CHENOY WEST BENGAL ● INDEPENDENT COOCH BEHAR PANCHAYAT MEMBER WANTS TO JOIN TRINAMOOL, P3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sushma flight loses touch with ATC for 14 mins, lands safely ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, JUNE 3 Kairana, a state template BUSINESS AS USUAL A POTENTIALLY panic situation occurred on Friday when Male air traffic control (ATC) reported that there was uncertainty pertainingtothesafetyof theIndian Air Force aircraft flying Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to Mauritius from Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday evening after it lost radio contact with the VVIP plane for 14 minutes. The aircraft, however,landedsafelylaterduring the day. "IndianAirForceFlightIFC31 carrying Ms. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, departedfromTrivandrumat1408 IST for Mauritius. Aircraft Sushma Swaraj changed over from Indian airspace to Male ATC which then established contact with the aircraftat1644IST. However,IFC31 could not contact Mauritius ATC after entering Mauritius airspace. Mauritius ATC then activated INCERFA (the uncertainty phase). Later at 1658 IST, IFC 31 came in contact with Mauritius ATC and landed," Airports Authorityof India,theparentorganisation of Indian air traffic management, said in a statement. Typically, as per guidelines laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization, there are three emergency phaseswhenanaircraftlosesradio contact with ATC -- the uncertainty phase (identified by the code word INCERFA), the alert phase (identified by the code word ALERFA) and the distress phase (identified by the code word DETRESFA). These phases are initiated depending onthedurationforwhichanaircraft has been out of contact. The INCERFA phase is initiated when a flight is out of contact for 10 minutes. However, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN UTTARAKHAND, REMOTE VILLAGE NOW FLIES HIGH ON WIFI KAVITA UPADHYAY GHES (UTTARAKHAND), JUNE 3 INSIDE THE 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 TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com dream”, say residents. On March 13, when WiFi connectivity was first established in the inter college, Class XII student Lakshman Ram rushed home to tell his mother about it. “I couldn’t understand what he was saying,” says Dimti Devi, 54. “I know nothing about WiFi and Internet. But my son told me that the school will be holding lectures for students on the Internet.” Students attend an e-lecture in Ghes, Uttarakhand. For college teacher, 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, with teacher Kailash 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 was in January that the state government 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 survey the area for “any possibility” of setting up WiFi connectivity. “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. Then came the computer and projector at the Ghes college. And finally, in the second week of March, Ghes came online with WiFi becoming available for all 702 residents within a 200m radius of the college. “The biggest challenge was to 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 doors and stone-slate roofs. After about 200m, he catches a Wi-Fi signal on the smartphone borrowed from his elder sister. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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