TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 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 ATTACK IN SRINAGAR ON EVE OF EID Senior Kashmir editor is shot dead IITs put out an extended merit list after Govt order EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 14 THE INDIAN Institutes of Technology (IITs) Thursday released an extended merit list with another 13,842 qualified candidates for JEE-Advanced after the government issued an unprecedented late-night directive Wednesday. TheHRDMinistryorderedIIT Kanpur, the organising institute for JEE-Advanced this year, to release “a list of candidates, twice the number of seats in each discipline and category... strictly as per merit, prior to starting the choice filling though JoSAA”. The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the IITs held an emergencymeetingThursday,following which IIT Kanpur added another 8,954 general candidates, 3,824 OBC candidates, 771 SCs and 293 from ST category to the merit list. Overall, now 31,980 candidates are on the merit list, asopposedtothefirstlistreleased on June 10, which had 18,138. Inordertoexpandthepoolof qualified candidates, the IIT-JAB agreedtodilutethecutoff forthe aggregate score by 10% points — from 35% to 25%. However, the minimum marks to be scored in each subject have not been tweaked. “This ensured that the IITsdonotcompromiseonmerit andallqualifiedcandidateshave the basic aptitude that the institutes expect of their students,” said Aditya Mittal, chairman of JEE-Advanced at IIT Delhi. “Moreover, by only lowering the overall cutoff, the ranks of the first merit list remain unchanged,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 14 Bukhari edited the daily Rising Kashmir BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JUNE 14 SENIOR JOURNALIST Shujaat Bukhari, editor of the daily Rising Kashmir, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen Thursday evening as he left his office in Srinagar’s Press Enclave. His personal security officer was also killed in the attack while another security guard was critically injured. Bukhari was 51. He is survived by his wife Tahmeena, son Tamheed and daughter Duriya. His brother Basharat Bukhari, a broadcaster-turned-politician, is a senior PDP leader and Minister for Horticulture, Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs in the Mehbooba Mufti-led government. Thekillings,ontheeveof Eid, left Srinagar stunned and there was all-round condemnation. Bukhari was among those who had welcomed the Centre’s announcement of suspension of security operations during Ramzan — the ceasefire announcement,hewrote,“cameas a glimmer of hope for the common people who have been suffering due to the continuous grind of violence”. Director General of Police S P Vaid told The Indian Express: “He (Bukhari) has been shot dead. There were three to four of them (gunmen). It was obviously targeted fire. They fired directly (at him)”. He said one of Bukhari’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHENNAI, JUNE 14 WORLD MALDIVES FORMER PRESIDENT, CHIEF JUSTICE SENTENCED FOR OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE Relatives and friends of Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead Thursday, in Srinagar. PTI Soldier killed after being abducted on way home for Eid, another in gunbattle BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JUNE 14 ANARMYsoldier,headinghome for Eid, was abducted and killed by militants in Pulwama Thursday while another soldier and two militants were killed in a gunbattle in the forests of Bandipora. Policesourcessaidasoldierof the Rashtriya Rifles, identified as Aurangzeb, was abducted soon after he left his camp to head home to Poonch. Sources said RashtriyaRiflespersonnel,posted at Shadimarg in Pulwama, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDIA REACTED angrilyafter the Officeof theUnitedNationsHigh Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) sought “establishment of a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir” and asked the governments of India and Pakistan to “fullyrespecttherightof self-determination of the people of Kashmir as protected under international law”. A 49-page report, titled ReportontheSituationofHuman RightsinKashmir:Developments in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir from June 2016 to April 2018,andGeneralHumanRights Concerns in Azad Jammu and KashmirandGilgit-Baltistan,was submitted Thursday by the OHCHR to the United Nations Human Rights Council. “The focus of the report is on the situation of human rights in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018 over which period allegations of widespread and serious humanrightsviolationswerereceived, notably excessive use of force by Indian security forces that led to numerous civilian casualties,’’ the report stated. The report also took up humanrightsviolationsinPakistanoccupied Kashmir and GilgitBaltistanandaskedIslamabadto “fully respect international CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE ● Srinagar to Delhi, all condemn killing, P13 Combing operations in the Raynar forest area of Bandipora district Thursday. Shuaib Masoodi ● Editorial: Silencing a voice, P10 Not by the textbook THEEDITORIAL PAGE BY HARI VASUDEVAN Rs 1.44 lakh crore: That’s the record bad loan write-off by banks in 2017-18 GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, JUNE 14 WEIGHED DOWN by huge losses and non-performing assets (NPAs), banks have written off a record Rs 1,44,093 crore of bad loans in the financial year endingMarch2018—up61.8per cent from Rs 89,048 crore in the previous year. The total loan write-off by private and state-owned banks inthelast10yearssince2009has touchedawhoppingRs4,80,093 crore as on March 31, 2018 - 83.4 per cent of this amount, or Rs 400,584 crore, was from public sectorbanks,accordingtofigures compiled by rating agency ICRA for The Indian Express. Of the write-off for2017-18,Rs1,20,165 crore loans were written off by public sector banks. Banks normally resort to write-offs in the case of loans which are in the doubtful recovery category. “It is technical in nature. It’s a book adjustment. When a bad loan is written off, it goes out of the books of the bank. The bank will also get tax benefits. However, the bank will continue the recovery measures evenaftertheloaniswrittenoff,” said Pradeep Ramnath, former chairman and MD of Corporation Bank. The last financial year was also the worst for the sector as banks were forced to stop evergreening of bad loans and go for NPA recognition amid huge lossestotheirgovernmentsecurities portfolio following the rise in bond yields. The compiled figures show thattheStateBankof Indiawrote off Rs 40,281 crore in 2017-18, while fraud-hit PNB wrote off Rs 7,407 crore and Indian Overseas Bank Rs 10,307 crore. SBI alone wrote off Rs 1,23,137 crore over the last 10 years, while Bank of India wrote off Rs 28,068 crore followed by Canara Bank with Rs 25,505 crore and PNB with Rs 25,811 crore, according to ICRA figures. Private banks wrote off Rs 23,928 crore in the year ended March 2018 against Rs 13,119 crore the previous year — Axis Bank wrote off Rs 11,688 crore andICICIBankRs9,110crore.The total write-offs by private banks in the last 10 years amounted to Rs 79,490 crore. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BAD LOAN WRITE-OFFS IN LAST 10 YEARS YEAR 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 TOTAL PSU 1,594 7,828 17,729 14,614 26,524 28,920 46,179 61,121 75,929 1,20,165 400,584 PRIVATE 570 7,240 2,570 3,633 5,025 6,504 6,767 10,133 13,119 23,928 79,490 (Rs/crore) TOTAL 2,165 15,068 20,299 18,248 31,549 35,424 52,947 71,253 89,048 1,44,093 480,093 Source: ICRA Split verdict on 18 rebel 53,000 manual scavengers in 12 Dalit boys beaten, AIADMK MLAs, case states, 4-fold rise from last survey paraded naked for will be heard again SHALINI NAIR swimming in well ARUN JANARDHANAN 14 India lodges protest over UN report on rights status in Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari and PSO killed, incident a blow to J&K ceasefire extension moves 10 THE AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu survived a major scare, with the Madras High CourtThursdaydeliveringasplit verdict in the disqualification case of the 18 MLAs with rebel party leader T T V Dhinakaran. The matter will now be heard afresh by another judge. Thetwo-memberHighCourt bench headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and including JusticeMSundarreachedadeadlock, with the CJ upholding the disqualification order passed by Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P DhanapalonSeptember18,2017. Justice Sundar quashed the Speaker’s order. Chief Justice Banerjee said the most senior judge after her — senior judge Justice Huluvadi Ramesh — will nominate a third judge to hear the matter afresh. Status quo would continue till the third judge arrives at a verdict, the CJ said. While disqualifying the MLAs under the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly (Disqualification on Ground of Defection) Rules, 1986, the Speaker had cited a meeting of the 18 MLAs with the Governor, andaletterhandedoverbythem to him seeking the removal of Chief Minister E K Palaniswami as a significant reason. In her verdict, CJ Banerjee wrote: “In the instant case, as already indicated, under the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JUNE 14 AN INTER-MINISTERIAL task force has counted up to 53,236 people involved in manual scavenging in India, a four-fold rise fromthe13,000-oddsuchworkers accounted for in official records until 2017. Whilethenumbersareanimprovement from before, when a majority of states denied the existence of the practice, it is still a grossunderestimateasitincludes data from only 121 of the more than 600 districts in the country. Moreimportantly,itdoesnot include those involved in cleaning sewers and septic tanks, and data from the Railways, which is the largest employer of manual scavengers. Of the 53,000 identified so far through the national Last count was 13,000 survey, only a total of 6,650 have been confirmed officially by states in keeping with the tendencytounder-reporttheprevalence of this practice. The task force is expected to submit its final tally on the National Survey of Manual Scavengers by the end of this month. The survey was to be undertaken in 170 districts of 18 states wherethemaximumnumberof “insanitary latrines” were demolished and converted into “sanitary latrines”. However, according to official records, only 121 districts in 12 states have been covered — Bihar, J&K, Jharkhand,Karnataka,Telangana and West Bengal are yet to participate in the survey. “Of the 12 states that cooperatedwithusforthesurvey,there was reluctance when it came to verifyingthenumbersidentified by us,” a task force member said. The maximum number of manual scavengers — 28,796 — havebeenregisteredinUP.States such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, which had earlier reported zero or about 100, have nowuppedtheircount(seebox). Moreover, much of urban Indiahasnotbeenincluded.This CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JUNE 14 THREEDALITboysinJalgaondistrict’s Vakadi village were allegedly stripped, beaten and paraded naked for swimming in a village well. The incident, which took place on June 10, came to light after a video of it went viral. Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Dilip Kamble said, “Two persons have already been arrested. An investigation is under way.” State Minister for Revenue ChandrakantPatilassuredaction under the SC/ST Act. “Such incidents cannot be tolerated,” he said. Union Social Welfare Minister Ramdas Athawale condemned the incident. “The government should take strict against against those responsible for subjecting the boys to such atrocities.” The Dalit boys were swimminginthewelltobeatthesummer heat. Police said this upset villagers, who allegedly pulled them out, stripped and paraded them. They were allegedly beaten with leather belts, police added. The boys’ families have lodged police complaints. Senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse, Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, Maharashtra CongresspresidentAshokChavan and former state minister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR AS RUSSIA WELCOMES WORLD TO THE WORLD CUP, ONE MAN IS ALREADY A WINNER JOHN LEICESTER MOSCOW, JUNE 14 WHENYURIGazinskyheadedin the first goal of the 2018 World Cup, giving host Russia early joy in what developed into a 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia, RussianPresidentVladimirPutin leaned across to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with his hand outstretched. No hard feelings, the presidentialgesturesaid.Sandwiched in the middle, Gianni Infantino, the head of tournament organiser FIFA, looked on approvingly. Football, bringing the world together. Or so Putin and FIFA would have us believe. The football mismatch of the opening game Thursday, with a SauditeamsobaditmadeRussia look better than it is, surely mattered less to Putin than the broader message: For the next month to the final on July 15, Russia is putting its best foot forward and showing a fair-play, gentlersideof itself totheworld. Forget that Cold War-like chill in the air in the months that led up to the moment when referee Nestor Pitana of Argentina blewtheopeningwhistle.For90 minutes, it was old-school football, with long balls hoofed up field and a shortage of dazzling skill. That didn’t really matter. “Dobro pozhalovat” — welcome in Russian — is, for now, the name of the game. “Football,” Putin told the Putin, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Salman and FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. AP 78,000-strongcrowdinhistournament-opening remarks in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, “hasbroughtustogethertonight in a single team.” That remains to be seen. InLondon,ParisandBrussels, government officials may have choked on Putin’s proclamation. The World Cup’s 32 teams and 64 matches won’t sports-wash away the multiple sources of tensionthatsouredrelationsbetween the Kremlin and Western capitals in the eight years since FIFA picked Russia as host in 2010, including but not limited toRussia’sannexationof Crimea, its military intervention in Syria and assistance to rebels in Ukraine, and the poisoning in Britain of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter. If a laundry list of issues like that can’t stop a World Cup, nothing can. With the show now underway, it would be churlish not to enjoy the gathering of the global footballtribe.Andwhatagathering it promises to be: Five-time champion Brazil looking to redeem itself after the 7-1 semifinal heartbreak at home in 2014. Itstormentorthatday?The2014 winner Germany, looking as strong as ever. France bubbling like champagne with youthful promise. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both desperate to cap their stellar careers with football’s greatest prize of all. The good news for Russians —thosefootingthebillof billions for fancy stadiums and other World Cup preening — is that their team isn’t as hopeless as many feared and that FIFA’s ranking of 70th, the lowest of any of the 32 teams, doesn’t accurately reflect its abilities. Well, not against the 67thranked — and frankly awful — Saudis, at least. Not since Russia hammered Cameroon 6-1 in its last group stage match in 1994 have fans in Russian red, white and blue face paint had so much to cheer about at a World Cup. Russia’s other opponents in Group A — Egypt and Uruguay, with their star strikers MohamedSalah andLuis Suarez —will pose farhardertests.They willexposewhetherthisRussian team, which has had more than its fair share of injury problems, can become the first post-Soviet squad to get beyond the group stage or whether, against the Saudis, fans were essentially being shown the football equivalent of a Potemkin village — a showthatmadeRussialookbetter than it really is. Certainly, when the Saudis were drawn for the opening game against the host, Putin lucked out. More of a judo and ice hockey man than a football fan, the president hasn’t been as hands-on with World Cup preparations as he was with the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which were very much his pet project. But as the goals rained in, Putin’s smile seemed smug, like CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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