TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, KOLKATA, `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ISLAMIC STATE LINK: POLICE Abode of Knowledge Gunbattlenear Yatraroute,four militantskilled A RED initiative appears in today’s edition of The Indian Express. The page is an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contains content paid for by advertisers. The page should be read as an advertisement. Six securitymen injured in separate attack in Tral, combing operations on WEST BENGAL ● DOMESTIC HELPS TAKE TO STREETS IN KOLKATA PAGE 5 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 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of India, but he does not think that Justice Ranjan Gogoi, next in line to succeed CJI Dipak Misra in October, will be superseded.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 saidinaninterviewtoThe Indian Express asheleftforhisancestral 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 legalandConstitutionalmatters. “I am not entering electoral politics. I won’t be contesting elections. Politics in a theoretical sense, watching it, commenting onit,yesIwillbeinterestedinit.” 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, alongwiththreeothermembers of the Collegium — Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had held an unprecedentedpressconference 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 10 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.Theoperation,inwhich a policeman and a civilian were alsokilled,tookplacejustsixdays before the start of the annual AmarnathYatranearSirigufwara, avillageclosetoNH-44,through which the Yatra convoys ply after crossing into Kashmir. VOHRA HOLDS ALL-PARTY MEET 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. 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, whichismorecommonlyknown 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 thesebabiesotherthanthismedication, 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 existingstockslastedafewmonths CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 17 IN NEW YORK, MIGRANT KIDS FROM BORDER BATTLE TRAUMA No word on high-level meeting, After Panama WORLD Mamata cancels 8-day China trip Papers, offshore firm saw 30-fold rise In Goa, red flags go up on beaches after in authorised capital tourist deaths: Selfies can be dangerous CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA JUNE 22 CHIEF MINISTER Mamata Banerjee has cancelled her trip to China at the last minute after she received no confirmation of scheduled meetings between governmentrepresentativesand members of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Mamata was due to leave for an eight-day trip to China on Friday at 11.50 pm. ‘Till yesterday, everything was going well, but unfortunately, the Chinese side could not confirm the political meetings at appropriate level as informed by our Ambassador to China. Our Indian Ambassador to China requested time till today 12.00 noon of our time which is 2.30 pm of China’s time for confirmation to the political Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at an event in Nabanna Friday. Subham Dutta meetings, as proposed by the Indian Ambassador to the Chinese authority,” the chief minister wrote in a Facebook post. “Although our Ambassador in China has tried his best to make the programme a success, non-confirmation of the political meetings at the appropriate level as proposed by the Indian Ambassador to China, at the last moment, has unfortunately compelledustocancelthevisit,” read the post. Besides Beijing, Mamata was scheduled to visit Shanghai and interact with industrialists there in the hopes of attracting investments there. Accompanied by Chief Secretary Malaya Kumar De, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Friday addressed mediapersons at the state secretariat, saying the Chinese embassy has not given any confirmationeithertotheUnion external affairs ministry or the state government. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bengal Cong to party: No pact with TMC, let’s go with Left, have common offices ESHA ROY KOLKATA, JUNE 22 BEING PUSHED to the margins, the West Bengal Congress unit hassentareporttotheAICCproposinga21-stepapproachtodefeat 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, toldTheIndianExpress:“Wehave sentthereporttoNewDelhiand are awaiting a response. The mainthrustof thereportistonot 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 cometopower.Wearenotaverse to forming a coalition government with the CPM in the state.’’ Last month, West Bengal CongresspresidentAdhirRanjan Chowdhuryhadannouncedthat his party intended to unite all non-TMC, non-BJP parties in the state.Hesaidadecisionhadbeen taken after a meeting with all CongressMLAsanddistrictleaders, and Mishra had been asked to draw up a plan of action. The report sent to the AICC is a result of that decision. The 21-step approach proposes “central office points’’ in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PANJIM, JUNE 22 RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, JUNE 22 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 TheIndianExpressshowa30-fold increase last year in the authorisedcapitalof aBVIentitylinked to Delhi-based sports promoter Lokesh Sharma. They show that he also added members of his 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. Theyincludedtwoof hisown — Margarita Services Ltd (2011) and Mardi Gras Holdings Ltd (2015) — and Peppermint 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE THE PANAMA PAPERS THE AFTERMATH MORE PANAMA NAMES: APOLLO CHIEF, KARNATAKA POLITICIAN’S SON-IN-LAW, VEDIC ASTROLOGER Visit www.indianexpress.com 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 alsoshowedthatSharmawasthe sole shareholder in Margarita andMardiGras,andtheultimate beneficialowner of Peppermint, which had a relatively high total paid-up capital of $1 million. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A country of coalitions BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR LARGER THAN CHANDIGARH, NEW CITY WILL RISE NEXT TO GURGAON A CITY SPREAD OVER 50,000 HECTARES VARINDER BHATIA CHANDIGARH, JUNE 22 TOLEVERAGEthepotentialofthe region,theHaryanagovernment plans to develop a new city next toGurgaonintheNationalCapital Region.Thenewcity,whichisexpected to be larger than Chandigarh, will also be planned anddevelopedinapublic-private partnership (PPP) model. The Haryana State Industrial andInfrastructureDevelopment Corporation (HSIIDC) has been asked to finalise a consultant to prepare the master plan for this new city, for which the report is expected in six months. Narhari Banger, additional DELHI Proposed City Pataudi Gurgaon Noida NH-8 Greater Noida NH-2 Manesar Faridabad Sohna Palwal managing director, HSIIDC, who is also the nodal officer for the bids, said, “It is going to be a world-class city, which will have all sorts of facilities including education and health. We will not acquire a single-inch of land for this. The city will come up in PPP mode. The other aspects of developing the city in a planned manner will be prepared by the consultant in the detailed REPORT, PAGE 7 master plan.” The new city is likely to be spread across at least 50,000 hectares, which is larger than Chandigarh (11,400 hectares) but smaller than Gurgaon (73,200 hectares). The proposed city is located south of New Delhi and will share boundaries with the Gurgaon-Manesar urban area to the North and the Aravalli hills to the North-East. Sources said that NH-8 will define the western boundary of the city while the eastern and the southern sides will adjoin agricultural land. Officials said the proposed city will be well connected to neighbouring urban centres through national and state highways, the Kundli-ManesarPalwal (KMP) Expressway and other major districts roads. The Managing Director of HSIIDC has been tasked with carryingouttheprocesstoselect an appropriate consultant and prepare the master plan for the proposed new city. Sources said HSIIDC has initiated the procedure of selecting the consultant and that bids have been invited till July 3. Besides preparing the master plan, the consultant is requiredtopreparethezoningregulations for the proposed city including various development control regulations, height CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ASTERNwarningwentupacross 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 recenttouristdeaths,andavideo 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 thesuntoriseastheysitonrocks below Fort Aguada, among one of Goa’sfamoustouristsites.The video is without drama till a hugeplungingwave—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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