LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Same gun used to kill Lankesh and Kalburgi: Forensic report FORMER PRESIDENT IN NAGPUR Soul of India lives in pluralism, tolerance: Pranab at RSS home CHINTAN SHIVIR: CM TELLS DEPTS TO MAKE 10-POINT ROADMAP ● Cong Seva Dal to campaign against ‘RSS brand of nationalism’, Page 4 ● Junagadh cancels sand mining lease after farmers’ protest, Page 4 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NAGPUR, JUNE 7 GUJARAT Need to unite even if views are different, says Bhagwat VIVEK DESHPANDE 3 Visits birthplace of RSS founder, describes him as a great son of Mother India NAGPUR, JUNE 7 FORMER PRESIDENT Pranab Mukherjee, addressing RSS swayamsevaks at their headquarters in Nagpur Thursday, said “any attempt at defining our nationhood in terms of dogmas and identities of religion, region, hatred and intolerance will only lead to dilution of our national identity”. Underlining that “multiplicity in culture, faith and language is what makes India special” and “we derive our strength from tolerance”, Mukherjee told the gathering which included RSS Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat: “The soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance... Secularism and inclusion are a matter of faith for us... India’s nationhood is not one language, one religion, one enemy. It is the DESPITE DIFFERENCES in opinion, Indians must “come together for a common goal” while keeping the country’s “diversity intact”, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said in his address at the organisation’s headquarters Thursday. Speaking before the muchanticipated speech by former president Pranab Mukherjee, Bhagwat said: “Diversity is our hallmark. Differences of opinion is natural but it has a certain limit. We must come together for a common goal while keeping our diversity intact. Diversity is beautiful but it has to lead us to unity at the end.” Bhagwat began his speech by referring to the controversy over Mukherjee accepting the RSS invitation to its Shiksha Varg, an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pranab Mukherjee with Mohan Bhagwat at RSS founder K B Hedgewar’s birthplace in Nagpur, Thursday. Monica Chaturvedi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 6 Koregaon Bhima: Email speaks of plan for another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident, Pune police tell court INSIDE CHANDAN HAYGUNDE PAGE 11 PUNE, JUNE 7 A DAY after they arrested five persons, including a Dalit rights activist, a professor and a former Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow, for alleged Maoist links, Pune police Thursday began probing a seized email that suggested plans to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in “another Rajiv Gandhi type incident” by “targeting his roadshows”. Seeking police custody of the five arrested persons who have been booked under provisions of the Unlawful Activities ● UPA Minister Athawale slams arrest of Dalit rights activists ● Among five picked for ‘Maoist links’: lawyer and editor (Prevention) Act, district government pleader Ujjwala Pawar told a Pune court about information gathered from the material seized from those picked up. Without naming Modi, Pawar told the court about a communication that spoke of “another Rajiv Gandhi type incident”. Pawar also submitted a letter which police claim to have recovered from the laptop of one of the five arrested. The letter, police suspect, was from a central committee member of the banned CPI (Maoist). She read out parts of the letter. Those arrested Wednesday from different locations are Elgaar Parishad organiser Sudhir Dhawale, leader of Mumbaibased Republican Panthers Jati Antachi Chalwal (RP); Delhi-based activist Rona Wilson of Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP); Nagpur lawyer Surendra Gadling of Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL); Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen; and Mahesh Raut, a former Prime Minister’s Rural Development (PMRD) Fellow. Police said the five were among those behind the Elgaar Parishad, held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017. Speeches made at this meeting, police said, led to the violence in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 WORLD ALL SET FOR HISTORIC SUMMIT WITH KIM ON TUESDAY, SAYS TRUMP AFGHANISTAN PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY CEASEFIRE WITH TALIBAN SBI chief says bank already big, Modi to meet Xi on more mergers are not advisable SCO Summit sidelines SHAJI VIKRAMAN & GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, JUNE 7 STATE BANK of India (SBI) chairman Rajnish Kumar has raised the red flag from a “systemic risk point of view” on further mergers by India’s largest bank, which already has “over 20 per cent market share”. In interview to The Indian Express (page 19), Kumar said: “SBI has already become big. My view is that from a systemic risk point of view, it won’t be advisable that SBI grows through merger or acquisition. Our normal growth and maintaining of market share is a different matter. You can’t have a banking institution, which already has over 20 per cent market share (go for more mergers)... from the risk management perspective also, SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar at the bank’s headquarters in Mumbai. Ganesh Shirsekar INTERVIEW PAGE 15 it’s not good.” In April last year, the Bharatiya Mahila Bank was merged with SBI in line with the decision of the government, the dominant shareholder, to ensure greater banking services out- reach to a larger number of women at a faster pace. Earlier, SBI’s associate banks had merged with the parent bank leading to the creation of a local banking behemoth with assets of over Rs 37 lakh crore and over 22,000 branches. The SBI chief’s comments come against the backdrop of statements by senior government officials, regulators and others on the need for consolidation in India’s banking sector, especially with nearly a dozen state-owned banks placed under the Prompt Corrective Action framework with restrictions on lending, deposit mobilisation and borrowing. In the past, too, many mergers in the banking sector have been forced ones. The SBI is seen as a candidate given its size and strength to take over any CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 7 PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday on the sidelines of the SCO Summit. This will be their first meeting after their informal summit in Wuhan. The bilateral meeting with President Xi would take place on June 9, while meetings with other leaders on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Qingdao were being finalised, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing here. There is no official word on whether there will be any interaction between Modi and Pakistan President Mamnoon This will be their first meeting after the informal summit in Wuhan. Hussain, who is scheduled to attend the meeting in China. Among other issues, the SCO summit is expected to focus on opportunities for cooperation among the member countries and the situation in the region, Kumar said. Russian President Vladimir Putin is also expected to attend the summit. ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TENDULKAR JR GETS AN INDIA CAP, FINDS A PLACE IN THE UNDER-19 TEAM TO SRI LANKA DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, JUNE 7 THE TENDULKAR name is back in Indian cricket. But this time, it’s Sachin Tendulkar’s son, Arjun, who’s making the headlines. On Thursday, Tendulkar Jr was named in India’s under-19 team for the tour of Sri Lanka starting next month. The 18year-old allrounder was picked in the squad that will play two four-day matches in July. Tendulkar Sr described the selection as an “important mile- stone” for Arjun. “Anjali and I will always support Arjun in his choice and pray for his success,” he said. Arjun, however, is no stranger to being around the Indian team. He has been a regular presence at the senior team’s practice sessions over the last half-a-dozen years, bowling to them at nets in the Wankhede Stadium on a few occasions. He was also spotted during India’s away tours, when his father was still playing international cricket, bowling at Lord’s and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Arjun Tendulkar. PTI Last year, Arjun bowled to the English Test team at nets during their home series against South Africa, troubling some of their batsmen with awkward angles and pace. He even struck Jonny Bairstow on his toes, forcing the wicket-keeper batsman to leave the nets briefly. Mumbai under-19 coach Satish Samant believes Tendulkar Jr has turned the corner with his bowling this season. According to him, the teenager has added new skills to his bowling, the in-coming delivery to the right-hander being his major weapon. “There’s been a vast improvement in pace over the last 5-6 months. In terms of swing, especially bringing the ball back into the right-hander, he’s become a lot more accurate and hits the right areas. He’s also got a deceptive bouncer. His overall skills are good. He has got a good yorker and a slower one from the back of the hand. It was only a question of consistency. It will come with practice. He was generating more pace and carry than the others,” Samant said. Arjun picked up 19 wickets in the Cooch Behar Trophy last year. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, JUNE 7 Rajnath Singh with J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti and kickboxer Tajamul Islam in Srinagar, Thursday. Shuaib Masoodi J&K CEASEFIRE REVIEW IS ON Right-minded people needed for talks: Rajnath BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JUNE 7 APPEALING TO stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir to “come forward”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said “it is not necessary to be likeminded” to hold talks but it is important to “be right-minded”. Without taking names but alluding to the separatist leaders, Singh, who arrived in Srinagar to review the law and order situation, said they should refrain from misleading the youth into violence. “Do these people want that the children of Jammu and Kashmir play only with fire and stones? They don’t want the situation to change... let children be children... Education for your own sons and stones in the hands of the children of other. What kind of justice is this, what kind of humanity is this?” Singh said he could not rule out the possibility of of extending the unilateral ceasefire beyond Ramzan. Responding to queries from reporters, he said: “The suspension of operations is going on. We will sit together, we 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE will talk to the Chief Minister, we will have a security review. We can’t rule out any possibility. But whatever we do, we will do it after talking to people and reviewing the security situation.” To questions on talks with the Hurriyat, he said: “What I had to say in this regard, I have said many times.” “As far as the dialogue is concerned, Government of India has appointed a special representative. They have appointed the special representative so that he talks to all stakeholders. We have not sent the special representative on a picnic. He has come 11 times,” he said. “I would once again appeal to the people here that they should please come forward for the peace and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir.” Some forces, he said, were trying to create hurdles. “Some forces are using their full energy to destabilise India. They want that economic progress should stop. But it is not going to stop.” He said Pakistan sometimes says it also wants to prevent terrorism on its soil. “If you are not able to stop it, why don’t you take the help of your neighbour,” he said. The same odd coalition BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT KANNADA SCHOLAR and researcher M M Kalburgi and journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh were killed — two years apart — with the same 7.65 mm country gun, according to a forensic report placed before a Bengaluru court by a Karnataka Police Special Investigation Team (SIT). The report, which was attached to the chargesheet filed by the SIT in the Lankesh murder case, is the first official indication by any government agency of the linkages between the two murders. The chargesheet was placed before the court of the third additional chief Was shot metropolitan dead last magistrate on September May 30. Police sources said the finding suggests that a common group of assassins shot both persons dead. Kalburgi (77) was killed on August 30, 2015, in Dharwad and Lankesh (55) on September 5, 2017, in Bengaluru. The Indian Express had first reported on September 14, 2017, that preliminary forensic analysis of bullets and cartridges found at the site of the shooting of Lankesh and those recovered from the killing of Kalburgi revealed that the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 5 12 EXPLAINED What Facebook shared, with whom
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