TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Before lynching of 2 in Assam village, rumour that fuelled mob: ‘There is a kid inside the car’ ABHISHEK SAHA PANJURI KACHARI (KARBI ANGLONG), JUNE 10 SHATTERED GLASS on the road, blood stains on a bamboo fence and a pall of gloom is what remains at the picturesque Panjuri Kachari village in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district. A day after two men from Guwahati were lynched after locals suspected they were child abductors, the village is desolate and most young men have left fearing police action. After the lynching, police arrested 15 people — nine from The vehicle used by the victims at Dokmoka police station in Karbi Anglong. Abhishek Saha PROTESTS IN GUWAHATI, P 10 Panjuri Kachari and six others from four adjoining villages. A resident of Diphu town has also been held for “spreading fake news” and rumours of alleged child abductors on a Facebook pagewhichhasthousandsof followers. The two victims — Abhijit Nath and Nilotpal Das — travellinginablackSUV,werestopped at about 7.30 pm Friday mere minutes after rumours spread that two men had kidnapped a child and fled in a black car. Locals say the rumours spread through phone-calls that allegedly originated from Kangthilangso, a neighbouring village where Nath and Das visited a waterfall earlier. The rumours were short: “Puwaliaasegarirbhitorot(There is a kid inside the car).” But enough to get angry young men SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION SUMMIT ENDS ANTI-ATROCITIES ACT Pune rural sees 80% rise in cases RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, JUNE 10 PUNERURALdistrict,epicentreof the Bhima-Koregaon violence in January,haswitnessedanover80 per cent rise in cases registered under the anti-atrocities Act. According to data compiled by the office of the Maharashtra Director General of Police, while 37 cases were registered between January and April 2017 in Pune Rural under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, the number in the corresponding period this year has risen to 68. The sharp rise in cases filed under the PoA Act is not limited toPunewithneighbouringtowns and cities too registering a rise in casesrangingfrom40percentto 80 per cent. In Sangli, there is a record 105 per cent rise in cases filed under the Act compared to the first four months of 2017. The Maharashtra Police attributetheriseincasestotheunrest in these areas following the Bhima-Koregaon violence. “Whenever an emotional issue leadstopolarisation,wewitness an increase in conflict, including those under the anti-atrocities Act,” said Inspector General of Police Qaiser Khalid, who heads the Protection of Civil Rights (PCR), a specialised cell of the state police that oversees implementation of the Act. In Ahmednagar, for instance, while 30 cases were registered between January and April 2017, this year 48 cases have been registered in the same period, a 60 per cent rise. In Sangli, where only eight cases were registered CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY India stays firm, refuses to back China’s Belt and Road Initiative Meddling in the affairs of others on the pretext of fighting terror not acceptable: SCO ZEESHAN SHAIKH QINGDAO, JUNE 10 MORE THAN a year after boycotting the Belt and Road Forum inBeijing, India Sunday again refused to endorse the ambitious Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). New Delhi was the lone dissentingvoiceagainsttheproject in the joint declaration that wassignedSundayfollowingthe conclusion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China. This was a reiteration of the stated Indian position, which was articulated at the SCO Foreign Ministers meet in April. At the time, the SCO declaration had not named India as one of the supporters of the BRI. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the ground for India’s opposition to the project during his plenary speech when he said that India welcomed connectivity projects that respected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations. After the two-day SCO summit, the eight full members Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain and China’s Xi Jinping at the signing ceremony in Qingdao, China, Sunday. Reuters MORE REPORTS, PAGE 10 signed the Qingdao joint declaration but India was missing from the section that referred to the BRI. “The Republic of Kazakhstan,theKyrgyzRepublic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan reaffirm their support for the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ proposed by China and affirm that all parties should implement the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ to promote the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative,” stated the declaration. TheBRI,proposedbyChinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, is aimed at building a trade and infrastructurenetworkconnecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes. India has staunchly opposed the project citing the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - an important part of the BRI - that goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Citing its opposition to the CPEC, India had skipped the Belt and Road ForuminMaylastyear,which29 state heads had attended. “Connectivity in SCO region and in our neighbouring countries is a priority for India. We welcome such new connectivity projects that are inclusive, sustainable and transparent and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7-year low in number of successful aspirants as IITs shed grace marks RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JUNE 10 AS RESULTS of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced were announced Sunday, the number of candidates who cleared the test this year for admissiontotheIITsisthelowestin sevenyears.IIT-Kanpur,whichorganisedtheJEE-Advanced,attributedthedipinthenumberof allIndiarankholderstoanerror-free question paper, which negated the need for grace marks. Of the 1.55 lakh aspirants who appeared for the JEE, 18,138 students cleared the cut-off, which is 1.6 times the number of seats on offer, according to IITKanpur. In 2017, more than 51,000 students had cleared the examination. Since 2013, when IIT-JEE was renamed JEE-Advanced and the eligibility criteria for the entrance test was tweaked, the numberof candidateswhoqualified has always been at least twice the total seats on offer. Despite the sharp fall in successful candidates, the IITs are confident of filling up 11,279 seats on offer. “Last year, though 51,000 candidates made the cut, the last rank at which a seat was allottedwaslessthan14,000.So, withover18,000candidates,filling up seats should not be a problem even this year,” said Professor Aditya Mittal, chairman of JEE-Advanced at IIT-Delhi. JEE-Advanced is the gateway tosecuringadmissiontoanyone of the 23 IITs. To appear for this test, an aspirant has to first qualify JEE (Main) and figure in the top two lakh candidates. Those who qualify JEE (Advanced), but do not find a seat in the engineering branch of their choice at an IIT, usually opt for National Institutes of Technology (NITs), which admit students based on all-India ranks of JEE (Main). Professor Shalabh of IITKanpur told The Indian Express that the 18,138 qualified aspirants are an ideal number for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MEET THE TOPPERS PAGE 10 11 WORLD from Panjuri Kachari together to stop and check the SUV. Policeofficersconfirmedthat they were looking into the phone calls and messages used to spread misinformation. In some villages, there were even vigilante groups of young men who kept guard at night against “suspicious activities”. Locals, who had surrounded Nath and Das demanded they open the doors and get out, said a 55-year-old woman who lives near the spot where they were lynched. Her elder daughter, in her late 20s, says she heard shouts of “open the door” and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt invites lateral entry at jt secy level for ‘talented’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 10 THE CENTRAL government’s move to invite “lateral entry” of “talented and motivated Indian nationals” into a senior level of the administration triggered a political controversy Sunday, with the opposition calling it “unconstitutional”, and a way to “sabotage the system”. In an advertisement published in newspapers and online Sunday,theGovernmentof India invited applications from “outstanding individuals”, including from the private sector, with expertise in the areas of revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture, cooperation andfarmers’welfare,roadtransportandhighways,shipping,environment, forests and climate change, new and renewable energy, civil aviation, and commerce, for appointment to 10 joint secretary-level posts. “Yeh manuwadi sarkar UPSC kodarkinarkarbinapareekshake neetigat wa samyukta sachiv ke mahatwapoorn padon par manpasand vyaktion ko kaise niyukt karsaktihai?Yehsamvidhaanaur aarakshan ka ghor ullanghan hai. Kalkoyehbinachunavkepradhan mantri aur cabinet banaa lenge. Inhone samvidhaan ka mazaak bana diya hai (How can this manuwadigovernmentsideline theUPSCtoappointpeopleof its choice to important posts? This is unconstitutional and anti- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Stents are not the solution always BY MEETA RAJIVLOCHAN SPORT Now CBI investigates role of top bankers in Kingfisher loans case KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JUNE 10 THECBIisprobingtheroleof top bankers in connection with the loans given by banks to Kingfisher Airlines Ltd (KFAL), promoted by Vijay Mallya, The Indian Express has learnt. Theagencyhaswrittentothe consortium that lent to Kingfisher Airlines and a few bankers, including the former chairmanof apublicsectorbank, seeking information and documents. It has also summoned a few bankers for recording their statements, sources said. The latest investigation was launched after a London court, which is hearing the Mallya extradition matter, asked Indian authorities to explain their case against some of the bankers as it observed that rules were being violated by Indian banks which sanctioned the loans to Kingfisher Airlines. Apart from this, a report by the government’s fraud office has pointed to the role of bankers in allegedly helping Mallya secure loans despite the weak financials of Kingfisher Airlines. The report suggested that the Central Vigilance Commission, CBI and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), should “look into the aspect of violations of lending norms, if any, by the banks”. The investigations by the fraud office has alleged several lapses by the public sector CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Loan default norms among pressure points between RBI and govt SUNNY VERMA & ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, JUNE 10 AN RBI CIRCULAR issued on February 12, announcing a oneday loan default norm for banks, was among the key pressure points between the central bank and the Finance Ministry leading up to last week’s rate hike, The Indian Express has learnt. Despite repeated requests by the Ministry to relax the default norms, the central bank refused to budge. The rate hike has now ruffled feathers in the government. According to senior officials in the ministry, relations betweentheregulatorandthegovernment have particularly souredoverthepastfewmonths. The two sides had squared off before a crucial Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in June last year. The members of the MPC unanimously declined to meet a Finance Ministrypanelfordiscussionson the policy a week before the review, official sources said. Prior to that, tensions surfaced when the administration triedtoreducethecentralbank’s powers over managing and regulating the government debt market by amending the Reserve Bank of India Act. However, after criticism from several quarters, the government withdrew the proposed amendments from the Finance Bill, 2015. The RBI and the Finance Ministry are also at loggerheads on the issue of banking supervision, especially on the abuse of the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) messaging system. In the wake of the alleged loan fraud at Punjab National Bank (PNB) involving billionaire NiravModi,theFinanceMinistry CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Gauri Lankesh murder: Key accused points to leader of Hindutva outfit JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, JUNE 10 TRUMP, KIM ARRIVE IN SINGAPORE AHEAD OF HISTORIC TALKS 18 RAFAEL NADAL, KING OF CLAY, CLAIMS HIS FRENCH OPEN TITLE NO.11 AT LEAST one senior Karnataka office-bearer of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, an affiliate of the Sanatan Sanstha, knew about the existence of an “extremist unit” in the parent organisation, according to a probe by a Special Investigation Team of Karnataka Police in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh. Investigations have found that a Bengaluru-based co-ordinator of HJS, Mohan Gowda, allegedly put key accused, K T Naveen Kumar, in touch with this Sanstha unit in the planning phase of the Lankesh murder. Gowda allegedly connected NaveenKumarlastyeartoSujeet ‘Extremist’ unitunder scannerin herkilling Kumar alias Praveen, a 37-yearold Udupi resident, who was partof thisunitandwasarrested on May 31. Much of the information pointingtothislinkhasemerged from “a signed voluntary statement”giventotheSITbyNaveen Kumar. The Maddur resident was arrested on March 2 for allegedly providing logistical support to a group that came from outside Karnataka to shoot Lankesh at her Bengaluru home on September 5, 2017. When contacted by The Indian Express, Gowda said: “It is a police conspiracy. We will hold a press conference soon on behalf of the HJS to speak on these issues.” In his statement, Kumar referstoanannualconventionof the Sanstha he attended in Goa’s Ponda in June 2017. “On the second day, there was a discussion on the protectionof theHindudharma...Iparticipated in the discussion and expressedmypersonalviewthat the use of weapons and arms is necessary to protect the Hindu dharma... Impressed by my speech, many people congratulatedme.MohanGowdapraised me a lot. I told him I can procure guns and bullets. He told me CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN KASHMIR VILLAGES, CARDIAC PATIENTS GET LIFELINE THROUGH WHATSAPP TRACKING CHANGE» ADIL AKZHER SRINAGAR, JUNE 10 A FEW WEEKS ago, when 27year-old Bilal Ahmad Chopan, a labourer from Banihal in J&K, was rushed to the local hospital with severe chest pain, doctors quickly conducted an ECG, which confirmed that the patient had suffered a heart attack. “Without wasting any time, I uploaded the ECG on our realtime network. Doctors and senior cardiologists advised me to go for thrombolysis (using medication to dissolve clots in the blood vessels). I acted immedi- EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org ately and we saved the life of the patient... In such emergencies, the crucial first hour is the golden hour,” says Dr Auqib Najamfromthesub-districthospital in Ramban district. “After providing basic treatment, Chopan was referred to Srinagar’s Sher-I-Kashmir Atthesub-districthospitalinTangmarg.TopSrinagarhospitals actasthehub,districtandsub-districtfacilitiesarespokes Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) where stenting was done,” says Najam, referring to the use of a stent to keep the patient’s arteries open. Chopan is among hundreds of patients whose lives have been saved by doctors posted in remote areas of the valley under Save Hearts Initiative launched by the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, last December. According to officials, the department uses a “hub and spoke model” to provide life-saving treatmenttothosesufferingcardiac emergencies, particularly Myocardial Infarction or heart attack. “The tertiary care centres in Srinagar — SKIMS and Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital — work as the hub, and the peripheral district and subdistrict hospitals function as spokes,” says Dr Saleem-urRehman, Director-General, Health Services, Kashmir. Doctors and cardiologists fromthetertiarycentresareconnected through WhatsApp groups. And doctors posted at government health facilities in remote areas are advised on the lineof treatmentroundtheclock. “Assoonassuspectedcardiac emergency patients are brought to peripheral hospitals, they are takentotheemergencyroomfor theECG.Thedoctorimmediately shares the ECG on a dedicated network, which operates 24x7. ThecardiologistfromSKIMSand other specialists give their advice,” says Dr Nasir Shams, who is from the Health Department and is actively involved in the programme. “If required, patients are immediately referred for further treatment, and the cardiology department of SKIMS or SMHS is alerted,” says Shams. According to official data, more than 1,500 cardiac emergencies have been treated under this initiative, including 120 heart attack cases. Officials say the Health Department is now adding Kashmiri doctors working abroad to the WhatsApp group to take advantage of different time zones. “One doctor from Australia is currently associated with this programme. When doctors here are not available, he is the one who prescribes medical interventionontheWhatsAppgroup. We are planning to add doctors based in the US so that patients receive help even in the middle of the night in India,” says an official. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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