TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FORMER PRESIDENT IN NAGPUR Soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance: Pranab at RSS hqs BY UNNY Need to unite even if views are different, says Bhagwat VIVEK DESHPANDE BUSINESS AS USUAL Visits birthplace of RSS founder, describes him as a great son of Mother India EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 “wederiveourstrengthfromtolerance”, Mukherjee told the gathering which included RSS Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat: “The soul of India residesinpluralismandtolerance... Secularism and inclusion are a matterof faithforus...India’snationhood is not one language, one religion, one enemy. It is the perennialuniversalismof 1.3billion people who use more than 122languagesand1,600dialects in their everyday lives, practice 7majorreligions...liveunderone system,oneflagandoneidentity of being Bharatiya and have no enemies.” “For us, democracy is not a DESPITE DIFFERENCES in opinion, Indians must “come togetherforacommongoal”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 keepingourdiversityintact.Diversity is beautiful but it has to lead us to unity at the end.” Bhagwatbeganhisspeechby referring to the controversy over MukherjeeacceptingtheRSSinvitation to its Shiksha Varg, an annual training camp meant for swayamsevaksintheirthirdyear in the organisation. “It was unnecessary and meaningless. It is a tradition with the Sangh to invite people from different walks of life. We try to understand and imbibe if they have something worthwhile to share,” he said. NAGPUR, JUNE 7 3 BENGAL ADHIKARIINAUGURATES JETTIESINTELINIPARA, SHYAMNAGAR ● Sub-Inspector ‘accidentally’ shot dead by colleague CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NAGPUR, JUNE 7 PranabMukherjeewithMohanBhagwatatRSSfounderKBHedgewar’sbirthplaceinNagpur, onThursday. Monica Chaturvedi FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 7 KOREGAON BHIMA Email speaks of another Rajiv Gandhi type incident: Pune cops CHANDAN HAYGUNDE 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 Thursdaybeganprobingaseized emailthatsuggestedplanstoassassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in “another Rajiv Gandhi type incident” by “targeting his roadshows”. Seekingpolicecustodyof the five arrested persons who have beenbookedunderprovisionsof the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)Act,districtgovernmentpleaderUjjwalaPawartold a Pune court about information gathered from the material seized from those picked up. WithoutnamingModi,Pawar told the court about a communication that spoke of “another Rajiv Gandhi type incident”. Pawar also submitted a letterwhichpoliceclaimtohaverecovered 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); Delhibased 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 WORLD AFGHANISTAN ANNOUNCES CEASEFIRE WITHTALIBAN EXPRESS NETWORK ● DIGITAL LITERACY CAMPAIGN HITS 19% TARGET, P7 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 situationtochange...letchildrenbe 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?” Same gun used to kill Lankesh and Kalburgi: Forensic report JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, JUNE 7 TRUMP SAYS ALL SET TO GO FOR TUESDAY’S SUMMIT WITH KIM Rajnath Singh with J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti and kickboxer Tajamul Islam in Srinagar, Thursday. Shuaib Masoodi 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 Gauri Lankesh was shot dead last September the two murders. The chargesheet was placed before the court of the third additional chief metropolitan magistrate on 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 same pistol was used. The forensic report enclosed in the chargesheet filed against CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Athawale slams activists’ arrests, SBI chairman says bank already big, more says don’t call them Naxalites mergers and acquisitions are not advisable SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, JUNE 7 SPEAKING OUT against the arrests this week in the KoregaonBhima case in BJP-ruled Maharashtra, NDA ally and Ministerof StateforSocialJustice Ramdas Athawale said that it is not right to arrest Dalit rights activists after labelling them as Naxalites.Instead,hesaid,police should investigate the role of HindutvaleaderSambhajiBhide for allegedly instigating the violence against Dalits on January 1. Ramdas Athawale Speaking to The Indian Express, the RPI(A) leader Athawale said: "There should have been no arrests of Dalits in theKoregaon-Bhimamatter.Itis not right to term the Ambedkarite activists as Naxalites so as to take legal action against them." Athawale said he would officiallydiscusstheissuewithChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. "If there has been injustice done to them, I will extend any kind of help that I can," he said. Maharashtra Police had earlier booked upper-caste leaders Bhide and Milind Ekbote for inciting violence against the Dalits gathered to mark the 200-year anniversary of the Battle of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 mergersbyIndia’slargestbank,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 SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar at the bank’s headquarters in Mumbai. Ganesh Shirsekar 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,whichalreadyhasover 20 per cent market share (go for more mergers)... from the risk management perspective also, 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 dominantshareholder,toensure greater banking services outreach 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INTERVIEW PAGE 11 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 goingon.Wewillsittogether,we willtalktotheChief Minister,we will have a security review. We can’t rule out any possibility. But whatever we do, we will do it aftertalkingtopeopleandreviewing 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,Governmentof Indiahas appointed a special representative. They have appointed the special representative so that he talkstoallstakeholders.Wehave not sent the special representative on a picnic. He has come 11 times,” he said. “Iwouldonceagainappealto CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Forced sex in marriage ground for divorce: HC SOFI AHSAN CHANDIGARH, JUNE 7 PUNJAB AND Haryana High Courthasheldthat“forciblesexual intercourse” in a marriage and “adoption of unnatural means which are forced upon the other spouse” are valid grounds to seek divorce as it allowed a plea filed by a Bathinda woman for dissolution of her marriage. Almost four years after the lower court turned down her plea saying it was for her to establish that her husband had committed oral and unnatural sex against her, and ruling that there was no medical evidence for it, the High Court in the judgment said the nature of allegations was very serious but same cannot be proved by any corroborative evidence as “the acts of sodomy or unnatural sex or oral sex forcibly committed during difficult periods” can neither be witnessed by any other person or proven by medical evidence”. “Wefindthattheclaimof the appellant has been wrongly rejected. The act of sodomy, forcible sexual intercourse and adoption of unnatural means which are forced upon the other spouse and result in unbearable pain to the extent that one is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TENDULKAR JR GETS AN INDIA CAP, ON U-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 milestone”forArjun.“AnjaliandIwill 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’spracticesessionsoverthe last half-a-dozen years, bowling tothematnetsintheWankhede Stadium on a few occasions. He was also spotted during India’s away tours, when his father was stillplayinginternationalcricket, bowling at Lord’s and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Lastyear,Arjunbowledtothe 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 Last year, Arjun bowled to the English Test team at nets. File 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 cornerwithhisbowlingthisseason. According to him, the teenager hasaddednewskillstohisbowling,thein-comingdeliverytothe right-hander being his major weapon. “There’sbeenavastimprovement in pace over the last 5-6 months.Intermsof swing,especially bringing the ball back into the right-hander, he’s become a lot more accurate and hits the rightareas.He’salsogotadeceptivebouncer.Hisoverallskillsare 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 generat- ingmorepaceandcarrythanthe others,” Samant said. Arjunpickedup19wicketsin theCoochBeharTrophylastyear. Those included two five-wicket hauls, against Railways and Madhya Pradesh. Samant said most of those wickets were obtained by “getting right-handers bowled and having left-handers caught behind”. “He is nippy. His release is good. It’s a high-arm action. He’s tall as well,” Samant said. The under-19 team in Sri Lanka will be coached by former India opener W V Raman, who played most of his international cricket alongside Tendulkar Sr. The junior national selection committee,whichgaveArjunhis first taste of big-ticket junior cricket, is also made up of those who have shared a cricket field with his famous father — Aashish Kapoor, Gyanendra Pandey and Rakesh Parikh. The committee met in Bengaluru Thursday where two separateteamswereselectedfor theSriLankatour.Theyhadoriginally picked a group of 25 under-19 cricketers, including Tendulkar Jr, to attend a camp as part of the Zonal Cricket Academy (ZCA) in Dharamsala. The group played a few matches in Una, which concluded recently. Arjun failed to find his name intheone-daysquad,whichwill play five matches against Sri Lanka. A few months ago, Arjun had decided to skip the inaugural T20 Mumbai League. It was the senior Tendulkar’s callsincehefeltthathissonwasn’t yet fully ready to play in a tournament of that stature or nature. The selection committee pickedDelhiwicketkeeper-batsman Anuj Rawat to lead the junior India team for the four-day matches. Rawat made his firstclassdebutfor Delhi in the 201718RanjiTrophyonOctober6.He was earlier picked for last year’s U-19 Asia Cup. The one-day squad will be led by Aryan Juyal, who made his List A debut for UttarPradeshintheVijayHazare Trophy.
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