eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY JUNE 10, 2018 Caste in a New Mould 18+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 Chinese President accepts India invite as Modi, Xi keep up Wuhan spirit, say armies should talk 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 the two countries. This comes six 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 cooperation will get a boost with the visit of China’s Public Security Minister announced for later this year. Apart from this, the two sides 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, a pact was reached to share 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. On the trade front, New Delhi Running since 19th Delhi’s most wanted among Century, five narrow 4 killed in daylight encounter gauge rail lines to stay agreed to the Chinese President’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 MORE REPORTS PAGE 5 IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 6 MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL & ANAND MOHAN J NEW DELHI, JUNE 9 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 preserve the five oldest, 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 complete extinction. All the lines are in Gujarat, totalling 204 km, and were originally owned by the princely state’s GaekwadBaroda State Railway (GBSR). A letter that the five narrow gauge lines would be preserved was issued on Thursday. Around two-three pairs of trains (up and down) operate on these lines every day, with marginal footfalls. One of the sections, the 33km Dabhoi-Miyagam line, was India’s first narrow gauge railway stretch. It started operations in 1862, when coaches were pulled by oxen, before steam engines were deployed the following year. The Maharaja of Baroda, the owner of GBSR, subsequently built a network of light railways, connecting most towns in his state. Dabhoi remained the centre of the narrow gauge network. Later a workshop was also built at Pratap Nagar near Baroda. Policymakers at the Railway Ministry have been keen to preserve this key industrial heritage. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN A DAYLIGHT shootout in the Capital, four alleged criminals, including one of Delhi’s most wanted, Rajesh Kandela alias Rajesh Bharti, were killed on Saturday afternoon. While one of their alleged associates is injured, two reportedly managed to escape. Eight policemen were injured in the shootout in South Delhi’s Chhattarpur area, with the condition of one, Head Constable 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 Haryana Police around one-anda-half years ago. He was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head. DCP (Special Cell) P S Kushwah identified the other deceased as Sanjeev alias Sandeep Vidroh, Umesh alias Don and Viresh Rana alias Bhiku. The injured “associate” is said to be Kapil. Kushwah said Bharti’s gang was also referred to as Kranti ‘BJP can be countered with reality, like Kairana’ Police personnel and forensic experts at the site of the encounter in South Delhi on Saturday. Tashi Tobgyal 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. Bharti was named in incidents of car-jacking in Vasant Kunj and Dwarka, besides around 25 cases of murder, extortion, kidnapping and attempt to murder in different police stations of Delhi, Haryana and Jaipur. The officer said Vidroh and MUSHARRAF, HAFIZ SAEED’S JUD TO RUN FOR PARLIAMENT WORLD SRINAGAR, JUNE 9 AFGHAN TALIBAN DECLARES FIRST CEASEFIRE SINCE 2001 IN UP, ENCOUNTER DEATH NO. 58 PAGE 4 J-K sites await UNESCO heritage tag as state govt sits on nomination plan NAVEED IQBAL 13 Umesh were also carrying rewards on their heads. A senior police officer said, “We had been tracking the gang for six-seven months. A northern range team of the Delhi Police Special Cell received information that around six persons, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SINCE 2010, four sites in J&K have 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 process of preparing nomination files for these sites to be consid- One of the four sites is Kashmir’s Mughal Gardens ered 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 process usually takes two years — Shishgar said the preparation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 late Friday night by villagers who 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 while Nath, an engineering graduate 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 Top status for Gujarat Ayurved Univ: HRD drops its objection RITIKA CHOPRA & ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, JUNE 9 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-based Gujarat Ayurved University (GAU) an Institute of National Importance (INI). An INI is a premier academic institution specialising in an area 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’s nothing that GAU as a state university cannot achieve that could be facilitated by INI status. The HRD Ministry had hence opposed the proposal. However, last month, AYUSH Secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 them and thought they were child abductors. It’s a case of 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) had collapsed but the other showed some signs 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 his parents’ names in an attempt 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 3 GUJARAT CHINTAN SHIVIR CONCLUDES, RUPANI ATTACKS CONG ● Farmer commits suicide over ‘crop failure’ GOVT & POLITICS ● DISGRUNTLED KARNATAKA CONG MLAs MEET RAHUL, P 5 Panchayat with woman sarpanch can’t get toilet for women built For nearly two years, since Sankheda elected its first woman sarpanch, the panchayat has not been able to function, with members questioning her independence SATISH JHA SANKHEDA (CHHOTA UDEPUR), JUNE 9 SANKHEDA GRAM panchayat in Chhota Udepur district has a woman sarpanch. Half of its members are women. But ironically, the gram panchayat office has no toilet for women. The single storey panchayat office building, built about forty years ago, is in a dilapidated condition. The common washroom, neglected for years, stinks. Nearby, a new toilet for women is being built, but is lying incomplete. The idea for building a new toilet for women began soon after Sankheda elected its first woman sarpanch in Shivangi Patel in December 2016. Her election was the result of the Gujarat government’s decision to raise the quota of women in panchayats from 33 per cent to 50 per cent. However, nearly a year and half after she took oath as the sarpanch and ordered the construction of women’s toilet, it has not been completed. At the root of the delay is a non-functional panchayat which has been witnessing a prolonged legal battle over whether Shivangi is independent enough to carry out her responsibility. “I am not being allowed to work. It’s been more than oneand-a-half years since I was elected, yet not a single development work has been taken up,” says Shivangi as she blames the “politics” and people who have been ruling the panchayat for years behind her lame duck rule. Her detractors, however, claim that Shivangi has not been functioning independently, and instead her father, Chetan Patel, a Shivangi Patel with her father, Chetan Patel, at her Sankheda home. Panchayat members have moved a no-trust motion against her, citing ‘interventions by her father’ . Bhupendra Rana district panchayat member, has been running the show for her. The controversy erupted soon after the panchayat election results were announced on December 29, 2016. A day after the panchayat met for the second time with an agenda for forming several committees, 11 of the 14 gram panchayat members moved a no-confidence motion against her on January 25, 2017, saying that “her absence will impede the development work”. The very next day, the gram sabha rejected the move, but the 11 panchayat members moved gram sabha which ordered the sarpanch to hold a meeting on February 17 to discuss the notrust motion against her. Shivangi, instead, took a legal recourse and filed a petition in the Gujarat High Court, which gave her interim relief by staying the no-confidence motion. After a year-long hearing, the single judge bench dismissed her petition. Shivangi then filed an appeal in the Division Bench of the court, which, in May this year, dismissed the no-confidence motion against her, saying that a person should be given enough time to perform. The bench, led by Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy, also held that although there was no provision that restricts moving of a noconfidence motion within a specific period under section 56 of the Gujarat Panchayat Act of 1993, it directed that in case of sarpanch, he or she should be given one year’s time before any no-trust motion is tabled. All this while, the gram panchayat did not meet for a single time. Now, after the High Court’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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