LATECITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ISLAMIC STATE LINK: POLICE BUSINESS AS USUAL Gunbattle near Yatra route, four militants killed BY UNNY Six securitymen injured in separate attack in Tral, combing operations on 3 GUJARAT CONGRESS MP JOINS FARMERS’ MEET OVER BULLET TRAIN LAND ● Surat BJP councillor booked for threatening woman 17 WORLD CUP Coutinho and Neymar bail out Brazil with last-gasp strikes Justice J Chelameswar vacates his New Delhi residence as he retires from the Supreme Court. Abhinav Saha Drew on own underprivileged experience for difficult decisions: Chelameswar on way out SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JUNE 22 JUSTICE JASTI Chelameswar, who retired from the Supreme Court Friday as the most senior judge, believes that there is a lot of speculation about the selection of the next Chief Justice of India, but he does not think that Justice Ranjan Gogoi, next in line to succeed CJI Dipak Misra in October, will be superseded. “They are all speculations. I don’t think supersession will happen,” Justice Chelameswar said in an interview to The Indian Express as he left for his ancestral village in Andhra Pradesh. Recalling that he went to a village school where there would be a holiday each time it rained because it “had either leaking roofs or no roofs”, he said he drew on his deep personal experience of underprivileged India for difficult judicial decisions. Ruling out any move to join electoral politics, he said he planned to write two books on legal and Constitutional matters. “I am not entering electoral politics. I won’t be contesting elections. Politics in a theoretical sense, watching it, commenting on it, yes I will be interested in it.” The judge, who has been hailed by senior members of the Bar for standing up for the independence of the judiciary, reiterated that he would not be seeking any post-retirement employment with the State. He, along with three other members of the Collegium — Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had held an unprecedented press conference on January 12, making public a letter they had written to CJI Misra in November. Asserting that he did “not find anything wrong with the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INTERVIEW PAGE 6 Student found dead with 22 After Panama Papers, offshore firm stab wounds in school toilet saw 30-fold rise in authorised capital EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RITU SARIN VADODARA, JUNE 22 NEW DELHI, JUNE 22 A CLASS IX student of a government-aided school in Vadodara city was found dead in the school’s toilet with slit throat and multiple stab wounds, on Friday afternoon. According to the police, the 15-year-old, who had joined the school in the current academic session, was found lying in a pool of blood in the toilet just before the afternoon session was set to commence. His body bored 22 injury marks — in arms, stomach and head. Police also recovered a bag WHEN TAX monitors started probing offshore entities set up by Mossack Fonseca in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) following the Panama Papers revelations two years ago, at least one Indian client of the law firm took an unusual step. New records investigated by The Indian Expressshow a 30-fold increase last year in the authorised capital of a BVI entity linked to Delhi-based sports promoter Lokesh Sharma. They show that he also added members of his 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE The suspect’s bag containing sharp-edged weapons. Express containing seven sharp-edged weapons and a liquid mixture of chilly powder from a terrace adjacent to the school building. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A country of coalitions BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BENGAL CONG TO PARTY: NO PACT WITH TMC, LET’S GO WITH THE LEFT ESHA ROY KOLKATA, JUNE 22 BEING PUSHED to the margins, the West Bengal Congress unit has sent a report to the AICC proposing a 21-step approach to defeat the “TMC-BJP nexus” in the state, including an alliance with Left parties and the opening of common offices. West Bengal Congress general secretary O P Mishra, who dispatched the report June 13, told The Indian Express: “We have sent the report to New Delhi and are awaiting a response. The main thrust of the report is to not only look at the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, but draw a long-term plan to see how we can make a recovery in the 2021 assembly elections, defeat the TMC and come to power. We are not averse to forming a coalition government with the CPM in the state.’’ Last month, West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had announced that his party intended to unite all non-TMC, non-BJP parties in the state. He said a decision had been taken after a meeting with all Congress MLAs and district leaders, and Mishra had been asked to draw up a plan of action. The report sent to the AICC is a result Rahul Gandhi with Mamata Banerjee in Bengaluru. File of that decision. The 21-step approach proposes “central office points’’ in Kolkata, Asansol, Behrampore and Siliguri; dedicated website, Facebook page and Twitter handle for the political front; development of a 50,000-strong volunteer force, cutting across non-TMC, non-BJP parties, by October 2018 for the alliance work. “The methodology may involve enlisting the support of 1,000 core political party activists distributed throughout the state, encouraging each of them to enlist 10 volunteers and subsequently each of the 10,000 volunteers to help enlist 5 volunteers each. The volunteers may be supporters or sympathizers CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE PANAMA PAPERS THE AFTERMATH MORE PANAMA NAMES: APOLLO CHIEF, KARNATAKA POLITICIAN’S SON-IN-LAW, VEDIC ASTROLOGER Visit www.indianexpress.com family as shareholders. On April 7, 2016, The Indian Express had reported during its investigation of Panama Papers records that Sharma, managing director of Twenty First Century Media Private Limited (TCM), was linked to three offshore entities in the BVI. They included two of his own — Margarita Services Ltd (2011) and Mardi Gras Holdings Ltd (2015) — and Peppermint Management Corp Ltd (2013), which was listed in RoC records of 2014-15 as a 100 per cent subsidiary of TCM. The global data leak of 2016 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Security personnel head to the house where militants were hiding at Sirigufwara in Anantnag, Friday. PTI NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, JUNE 22 FOUR MILITANTS, including the head of the banned terror outfit Islamic State-Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), were killed in an encounter with security forces Friday in the Khiram area of Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir. The operation, in which a policeman and a civilian were also killed, took place just six days before the start of the annual Amarnath Yatra near Sirigufwara, a village close to NH-44, through which the Yatra convoys ply after crossing into Kashmir. VOHRA HOLDS ALL-PARTY MEET Price cap squeezes out key drug for children with heart ailment ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, JUNE 22 A CRUCIAL life-saving medication for paediatric heart patients has gone out of the market after the central government set a ceiling price that was less than a tenth of what the drug was being sold for. Furoped or Furosemide, which is more commonly known as Lasix, is a diuretic that is prescribed in babies with heart ailments to drain the body of fluids to reduce the load on the heart. When respiratory distress starts as a result of fluid accumulation, there is little else that works in these babies other than this medication, according to specialists. In November last year, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) set a ceiling price of Rs 10 for the drug, which was being sold at Rs 100-110 in the market at the time. The existing stocks lasted a few months CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Srinagar: J&K Governor N N Vohra convened an all-party meet Friday to discuss Governor’s rule in the state. The National Conference and Congress favoured dissolution of the Assembly and early polls while the PDP wanted the House to continue. REPORT, PAGE 5 7 WORLD IN NEW YORK, MIGRANT KIDS FROM BORDER BATTLE TRAUMA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Goa, red flags go up on beaches after tourist deaths: Selfies can be dangerous EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PANJIM, JUNE 22 A STERN warning went up across prominent tourist spots in Goa Friday at the start of the offseason: No selfies. Behind this stark warning sign and the red flags planted along with it at 24 hotspots are recent tourist deaths, and a video of one of them which went viral Red flags in Goa off-season on June 17. In the video, a girl and two boys from Tamil Nadu wait for the sun to rise as they sit on rocks below Fort Aguada, among one of Goa’s famous tourist sites. The video is without drama till a huge plunging wave — lifeguards refer to them as “the most greedy of all waves — is seen crashing on the rocks. Its receding tail effortlessly pulls one of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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