eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE PUNE,LATECITY Caste in a New Mould JUNE10,2018 16+4(NEWSLINE)+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 7 BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 8-9 Battling Nipah Pakistan’s Terror Central With no second wave of infection, Kerala seems to be over the hump. But with 2,500 people in quarantine, the state can’t drop its guard After 4 years of operations against militant hideouts in FATA, Pak has infrastructure to show. But where are the people? When Dalit filmmakers embrace their identity and reclaim their stories, a new cinema of assertion appears possible SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION SUMMIT ChinesePresidentacceptsIndiainviteasModi, XikeepupWuhanspirit,sayarmiesshouldtalk Amid rumours of child lifting, businessman, musician lynched in Assam’s Karbi Anglong Several visits on cards; China to share Brahmaputra data, allow India non-Basmati rice; India clears Bank of China branch ZEESHAN SHAIKH QINGDAO, JUNE 9 IN THEIR 14th meeting in four years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday carried forward the Wuhan spirit and decided to strengthen communication between the militaries of thetwocountries.Thiscomessix weeks after they had decided in Wuhan, at an informal summit, to issue “strategic guidance” to the militaries to avoid another Doklam-type situation. Xi also accepted an invite from Modi at their hour-long meeting, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Qingdao, to visit India for an informal summit in 2019. Later this year, the Chinese Defence Minister will visit India, while National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will travel to China for the Special Representative-level border talks. Counter-terrorism cooperationwillgetaboostwith the visit of China’s Public SecurityMinisterannouncedfor later this year. Apartfromthis,thetwosides formally agreed to undertake a joint project in Afghanistan, pertaining to “capacity building”. PM Modi with President Xi in Qingdao, China, Saturday. PTI This had been hinted at after the Wuhan meeting. Two bilateral agreements were signed at Qingdao by the Indian and Chinese sides. After a year of strained ties, when Beijing did not share hydrological data on the Brahmaputra river,apactwasreachedtoshare the hydrological data in 2018. The Brahmaputra originates from Tibet and flows into Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The pact will lead to regular data sharing between May 15 and October 15. India can use the data to prepare for floods in the Northeast. Onthetradefront,NewDelhi Heavy rain cripples Mumbai, four dead DIPTISINGH,GARGI VERMA&TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI,JUNE9 INSIDE PAGE 4 ● DISGRUNTLED CONG MLAS MEET RAHUL ● INDIA-CHINA DEAL INKED, RICE MILLERS SEE LONG-TERM GAIN IN CHINESE MARKET J-K sites await UNESCO heritage tag as state sits on nominations SOME PARTS of the city and its suburbsreceivedaround100mm of rainfall since Saturday morning, marking the arrival of monsoon.Whilea13-year-oldsuburban resident died after a tree fell onher,threeotherswerekilledin rain-relatedincidentsinthesatellite towns as heavy showers led to water logging in several areas. Inthreehours,theColabaobservatory received 108 mm of rainfall.From8.30amto11.30pm, Colaba received 160.8 mm of rainfallandduringthesametime, Santacruz received 98 mm. A family crosses a waterlogged road at Parel, Mumbai on Saturday. Nirmal Harindran According to the civic body’s disaster management cell, on Saturdayat9.38pm,atreefellon SNDuberoad,Dahisar,injuringa 13-year-oldgirl,DrushtiMungra. ShewastakentothenearbyRohit MORE REPORTS PAGE 4 IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 5 ‘BJP can be countered with reality, like Kairana’ JAYANT CHAUDHARY, Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Das (left) kept pleading he was a local; Nath died on the spot ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, JUNE 9 TWO MEN from Guwahati, who were on a visit to Assam’s Karbi Anglong district, were lynched lateFridaynightbyvillagerswho suspected them to be child lifters. A day later, as a video of the lynching emerged, police arrested five people. The grainy video shows a mob thrashing the two men — Abhijit Nath and Nilotpal Das, both in their 20s — with sticks, with others in the crowd kicking them around. Das, a musician and event manager, was based in Goa whileNath,anengineeringgraduate with a “deep interest in fish and animals”, ran a business in Guwahati, said sources close to the families of the victims. Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police G V Siva Prasad told The Sunday Express that Nath and Das had probably gone to “catch some species of exotic fish available in the region” and were travelling through the village when they were caught. “Residents of Panjuri Kachari village, which falls under the Dokmoka police station, spotted them and thought they were childabductors.It’sacaseof mistaken identity,” Prasad said. A police officer at Dokmoka, 18 km from the village, said they received information about the incident at 8.42 pm, about 40 minutes after the attacked began. “Our men rushed to the spot as soon as they got the information. By the time they reached, one person (Nath)hadcollapsed buttheothershowedsomesigns of life. We rushed him to the nearest hospital, where he was declared brought dead,” said Prasad. In the video, a bloodied Das is seen screaming, “I am Assamese”, and telling the mob hisparents’namesinanattempt to convince them to stop. A voice from the mob asks the two to explain why they were here at night, to which Das replies that they had come during the day. The clip ends as Das is dragged out of the frame, while Nath, also bloodied, is kicked around. The mob also damaged the SUV in which the men were travelling. Goa’s music circles, where Das was known as ‘Neel’, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Top status for Gujarat Running since 19th Delhi’s most wanted among 4 killed Century, five narrow Ayurved Univ: HRD in encounter, 8 policemen injured gauge rail lines to stay drops its objection RITIKA CHOPRA & ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, JUNE 9 NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, JUNE 9 SINCE2010,foursitesinJ&Khave made it to UNESCO’s “tentative list” to obtain the coveted World Heritage tag. But eight years on, the state government is yet to start the basic, mandatory processof preparingnomination files for these sites to be considered by the world heritage body. Speaking to The Sunday Express, J&K Culture Secretary Mohammad Saleem Shishgar said the government was “yet to ascertain who would write the nomination dossier for these heritage sites”. Asked about the status of the nominations — the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Nursing Home. Dr Uday Yadav fromthenursinghomesaid:“She suffered a head injury. She was declared brought dead.” Thepoliceofregisteredanaccidentaldeathreportinthemat- ter. According to the doctor, the trunk hit her head leading to the death before any medical intervention could be provided. The body was taken to Kandivali Shatabdi hospital for postmortem. On Saturday morning, Priyanka Zhende (22) was run over by a tanker near Kamgar hospital in Thane. “Due to the rains,thetankerdriverdidnotsee the scooter and rammed into it. After the girl fell off the scooter, shewasrunover.Shediedonthe spot,” an officer from Thane policestationsaid.“Wehavelodged an FIR against the unidentified driver for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under the IPC,” the officer added. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 agreedtotheChinesePresident’s request to allow opening of a Bank of China branch in Mumbai, while China said it will let Indian pharmaceutical companies register for high-quality pharma products in the Chinese market and to allow India to export non-Basmati rice to China. Beijing had earlier denied access to non-Basmati rice saying it failed to meet its norms. India is the world’s largest rice exporter but sends only a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 33-km Dabhoi-Miyagam line was India’s first narrow gauge stretch. Around 2-3 trains run on these lines daily. Express AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, JUNE 9 MAKING A big exception in its gauge conversion policy, the Indian Railways has decided to preservethefiveoldest,working narrow gauge lines dating back to its colonial era, part of what was Asia’s largest narrow-gauge light railway system, running since the 19th Century. Commercially working narrow gauge lines are pretty much non-existent in the world, other than some hill railways in India, and this is an effort by the Railways to save them from completeextinction.Allthelines are in Gujarat, totalling 204 km, and were originally owned by the princely state’s Gaekwad CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH THE AYUSH Ministry pushing for it, the HRD Ministry is learnt to have changed its stand on a proposal to elevate Gujarat’s Ayurved University into the league of IITs, AIIMS and IISERs. Last year, the HRD Ministry had sought strong justification for Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s plea to make the Jamnagar-basedGujaratAyurved University (GAU) an Institute of National Importance (INI). An INI is a premier academic institutionspecialisinginanarea of national importance. It is set up by an Act of Parliament and receives recognition and funding from the Union government. Currently, there are 91 INIs, including all the IITs, IIMs, AIIMS, IISERs and NITs. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), The Sunday Express has learnt, had forwarded Rupani’s letter to the HRD Ministry and AYUSH Ministry in October last year. In its comments to the PMO, the HRD Ministry had flagged two concerns. First, that GAU is a state university which, in stature, is bigger than an institute.Second,there’snothingthat GAU as a state university cannot achieve that could be facilitated by INI status. The HRD Ministry hadhenceopposedtheproposal. However,lastmonth,AYUSH Secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha wrote to the HRD Ministry requestingittoreconsideritscomments and send a suitable positive response to the PMO. In his letter, Kotecha pushed for INI recognition for GAU on the ground that no educational institute of ayurveda in the country had the status. Following this, the HRD Ministryislearnttohavedropped itsobjectionsandwrittenbackto CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MAHENDERSINGH MANRAL& ANANDMOHANJ NEW DELHI, JUNE 9 IN A DAYLIGHT shootout in the Capital,fourallegedcriminals,including one of Delhi’s most wanted, Rajesh Kandela alias Rajesh Bharti, were killed on Saturdayafternoon.Whileoneof theirallegedassociatesisinjured, two reportedly managed to escape. Eight policemen were injured in the shootout in South Delhi’sChhattarpurarea,withthe conditionof one,HeadConstable Girdhar, said to be serious. Bharti, who was in the city’s list of top 10 wanted criminals, had fled from the custody of the HaryanaPolicearoundone-anda-half yearsago.Hewascarrying arewardof Rs 1lakh on his head. DCP (Special Cell) P S Kushwahidentifiedtheotherdeceased as Sanjeev alias Sandeep Vidroh, Umesh alias Don and Viresh Rana alias Bhiku. The injured “associate” is said to be Police personnel and forensic experts at the site of the encounter in South Delhi on Saturday. Tashi Tobgyal Kapil. Kushwah said Bharti’s gang was also referred to as Kranti Gang. Earlier, the gang members were said to be mostly active in Haryana but in the last one year, they had been named in cases in Delhi and had reportedly struck in Vasant Kunj and Dwarka. Bhartiwasnamedinincidentsof car-jacking in Vasant Kunj and Dwarka,besidesaround25cases of murder,extortion,kidnapping and attempt to murder in differ- ent police stations of Delhi, Haryana and Jaipur. The officer said Vidroh and Umesh were also carrying rewards on their heads. A senior police officer said, “We had been tracking the gang forsix-sevenmonths.Anorthern range team of the Delhi Police SpecialCellreceivedinformation that around six persons, includingBharti,wouldbecomingnear a farmhouse in South Delhi. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Taking baseball tricks to the cricket field, diplomats learn to play the ball SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JUNE 9 US AMBASSADOR Kenneth Juster has been a baseball player all his life. But, having spent some months in India now, he is learning cricket. During the recent IPL season, he followed the games, and went to watch a match between Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla. He rooted for Chennai Super Kings, he says, and swears by CSK’s theme song, Whistle podu. This sporting season, he is not the only one in the Capital’s diplomatic circuit to use sport to connect with each other and develop stronger bonds with India. French Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler is hosting an event Sunday, where the marquee event of the French sport calendar, the French Open finals, will be screened. Ziegler, a keen yoga practitioner, says he is interested in cricket too and has been following the IPL. While he is amazed by the success of Chennai Super Kings, US Ambassador Kenneth Juster at an IPL match. Twitter Delhi Daredevils, he says, “hasn’t had its last word”. Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui, a golfer, recently organised a table tennis tournament for diplomats. While he and Czech Ambassador Milan Hovorka played, there were teams from the embassies of South Korea, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria. The Chinese were given a stiff competition by the Romanians and Indonesians. Recently, diplomats of the embassies of Australia, British and New Zealand held a match with the Indian men’s blind cricket team. With diplomats, who played blindfolded, and players forming mixed teams, it was the buzz of the diplomatic circuit. As the FIFA World Cup fever rises, the Russian embassy is holding a football tournament on Sunday for the diplomatic community, with Chinese, French, German, Iranian, Denmark and the UN teams facing off. Russian Ambassador Nikolay R Kudashev, a table tennis player, will hand out prizes for winners, as Russia hosts the World Cup back home. The Belgian embassy, which is a leading soccer-playing nation and a contender for the FIFA World Cup, is also organising screenings of football matches for which football club Delhi Dynamos has been invited. Talking about the importance of sports in forging ties, US Ambassador Juster says, “Sports and the values involved in teamwork and competition are universal. Sporting events can help bring friends together and build bridges between people of different countries and cultures... Cricket is the leading sport in India, and brings together Indians from all walks of life. There is no reason why it and other sports - cannot also strengthen the ties between Indians and Americans.” Juster fondly remembers his meeting with Sachin Tendulkar. “I had a great time playing with him during a recent visit to Mumbai. Most people know him as a sports hero, but I enjoyed getting to know him as a person. I found him to be a thoughtful and a really good guy.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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