LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WAR OF WORDS Mehbooba hits back: BJP is disowning its own initiative as ‘soft’ Says charges of bias against Jammu, Ladakh have ‘no basis’ BUSINESS AS USUAL BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JUNE 24 BY UNNY FINALLY, MONSOON IS HERE A waterlogged road in Maninagar area of south Ahmedabad after heavy rain lashed the city on Sunday. Javed Raja REPORTS, PAGE 4 12-yr-old Indian becomes second youngest GM 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Remembering Emergency BY M VENKAIAH NAIDU SANDIP G NEW DELHI, JUNE 24 SOON AFTER R Praggnanandhaa completed his third norm — beating Italian Grand Master Luca Moroni in the eighth round of the Gredine Open at Ortisei in Italy — and became the second youngest GM at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 14 days, a TV presenter asked him the inevitable ques‘Praggu’ tion: “Do you wants to regret not play Anand becoming the youngest ever?” Praggnanandhaa, or simply Praggu, smiled and replied: “No regrets.” After becoming the youngest International Master at 10 years and nine months in May 2016, he was hyped to surpass Serjei Karjakin’s youngest to the Grand Master (12 years and three months) feat. At one stage, he CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Stung by Nirav scam, PNB sets up 6,900 loan recovery cells SANDEEP SINGH & SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, JUNE 24 STUNG BY the fraud case involving billionaire Nirav Modi, Punjab National Bank (PNB) has diverted its energy and manpower to recovering loans. Sources told The Indian Express that on June 1, the bank put in place a recovery cell in each of its 6,900 branches and deployed close to 25,000 employees to recover bad loans. On the same day, it created a Stressed Asset vertical at its central headquarters, with four general managers tasked with fasttracking the recovery of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs). Nobody from govt has raised student visa row with us: British envoy “The bank has trained its energies on recoveries and is set to meet the target set for the quarter ended June 2018. In order to strengthen the recovery process, a recovery cell has been set up in each of the over 6,900 branches of the bank and employees within the branches who were earlier involved with other functions have been deployed in the recovery cell,” sources said. “About 3000 personnel from various operations have been moved to the stressed asset vertical, whose sole job is to focus on recoveries,” sources said. With 10 more days left in the ongoing quarter, the bank has managed to recover Rs 7,000 crore worth of bad debt in this CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7 EXPLAINED How CBSE is burdened with too many papers Army Major held for killing another Major’s wife: Police ALOK SINGH NEW DELHI, JUNE 24 THE DELHI Police arrested an Army officer, Major Nikhil Rai Handa (40), from Meerut on Sunday in connection with the murder of another Army Major’s wife in the Capital. Shailza Dwivedi (35), wife of Major Amit Dwivedi, was found dead at Brar Square, near Delhi Cantonment Metro station, on Saturday. Police said her throat had been slit and, according to eyewitnesses, she was thrown out of a vehicle which then ran over her. Joint Commissioner of Police (western range) Madhup Tiwari said they were questioning Handa. Police sources said preliminary questioning suggested that Handa was “obsessed” with the victim. “He told us that the woman was forcing him to marry her,” said a police source. According to police sources, Handa and Shailza got to know ABHISHEK ANGAD Handa (red) in police custody; Shailza Dwivedi each other through Facebook in 2015. Later, after they became friends, she reportedly introduced him to her husband in Dimapur, where both the officers were posted at the time. While Handa was earlier posted CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JUNE 24 NEW DELHI, JUNE 24 AMID THE ongoing controversy over Britain’s failure to include Indian students in the liberalised visa norms, no official from the Indian government has approached the British High Commission to India on the matter. This was stated by Sir Dominic Asquith, the British High Commissioner to India, in an interview with The Indian Express. “I tend not to talk about my exchanges with the government, but, on this occasion, I will say no, nobody has (approached me on the student visa issue),” he said. “The terms being offered to Indian students this year are no different from what they were 10 WORLD Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner SHARIF RULES OUT PAK RETURN TO FACE CHARGES INTERVIEW PAGE 5 last year. Last year, to our delight, we saw 30 per cent more students going to the UK.” Highlighting the silence in India about the British postgraduate degrees not being CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ALL EYES ON ERDOGAN AS TURKEY VOTES FOR PRESIDENT, PARLIAMENT TWO YEARS ago, a BSF contingent trained by Baba Ramdev was adjudged the best group by the Ministry of Ayush at an event on June 21 to mark the second International Yoga Day. Soon, the force replaced its traditional PT routine with yoga and sent its troops to Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar for training. By early 2017, Ramdev opened a Patanjali store at the BSF Headquarters in the National Capital. A year later, the BSF team topped the event once again. But this time, the trainers were from Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Foundation. Last Thursday, too, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Baba Ramdev the BSF teamed up with Isha Foundation for the latest edition of yoga day. Over the last two years, the yoga quest of India’s armed forces appears to have changed direction. Apart from the BSF, the Isha Foundation is now imparting yoga training to CRPF, CISF, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR KANNUR ROLLS OUT SATYAMEVA JAYATE IN GOVT SCHOOLS TO COMBAT MENACE OF FAKE NEWS Training from classes VIII to X in 250 schools after spate of attacks, lynchings across country AMRITA DUTTA KANNUR, JUNE 24 TWO MEN on a bicycle circle a small group of children playing on the street. Twice. One grabs a boy and rides away. It is a video that has triggered panic, fear and violence in many places, leading to at least two deaths in Tamil Nadu. But unlike those swayed by rumours of child kidnappers running loose in their area, 15-year-old Niranjana K and the other students of Class X at a TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com government higher secondary school in Kerala’s Kannur get to see the whole, unedited picture. As they watch till the end, it becomes clear that it is not a CCTV grab but a public interest adver- Bindu Madhavan, a teacher, conducts a session on fake news at Government Higher Secondary School, Shala. Amrita Dutta ‘Didn’t waver from Agenda’ LASHKAR COMMANDER KILLED TWO MILITANTS, including Lashkar-eToiba ‘divisional commander’ Shakoor Ahmad Dar, were killed in an encounter in Kulgam on Sunday. Another militant who was injured in the gunfight is reported to have surrendered. Meanwhile, a 23-year-old protester was killed when security forces opened fire. REPORT, PAGE 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Report uncovers torture, abuse and deaths in Delhi de-addiction centres From Ramdev to Jaggi Vasudev, BSF’s yoga quest changes direction SUSHANT SINGH LESS THAN a week after the BJP pulled out of the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, a war of words has begun between the two former allies. While BJP president Amit Shah, on Saturday, accused the PDP of not honouring the Agenda of Alliance (AoA), the former chief minister hit back on Sunday, saying it was “sad” to see the BJP “disown their own initiative and label it a soft approach”. “Many false charges levelled against us by our former allies. Our commitment to the Agenda of Alliance, co-authored by Ram Madhav & endorsed by senior leaders like Rajnath Ji never wavered. It is sad to see them disown their own initiative & label it a ‘soft approach’,” she tweeted. Addressing a rally in Jammu on Saturday, Shah had blamed the PDP’s “soft approach” for the deteriorating situation in the Valley. He had also accused the Mufti government of “discriminating against Jammu and Ladakh”. In a series of tweets on Sunday, the former chief minister said the measures taken were “recognised and endorsed by BJP”. “Status quo on Article 370, dialogue with Pakistan & Hurriyat were a part of AoA. Encouraging dialogue, withdrawing cases against stonepelters & the unilateral ceasefire were much needed measures to restore confidence on the ground. This was recognized & endorsed by BJP,” she tweeted. “Allegations ofdiscrimination against Jammu & Ladakh have no basis in reality. Yes, the Valley has been in turmoil for a long time & the floods of 2014 were a setback, therefore needed focused attention. But that does not mean that there was any less development elsewhere,” she said. “Results on the ground for all to see. If anything, they should review the performance of their own ministers, who largely represented the Jammu region if there were any such concerns, none among them, either at state or central level, talked about it during the last 3 years,” she said. tisement by a Pakistani NGO, made to raise awareness about missing children in Karachi. “I did see the video on my brother’s smartphone. I did not know then it was false or that it was not even shot here,” says Niranjana, a student of the school in Shala. The flood of lies, misinformation, rumours and hate coursing through popular social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook every day has disrupted the belief in traditional sources of information, often with lethal consequences. On Friday, a man in Chhattisgarh’s Sarguja was the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JUNE 24 ASKED TO perform sexual favours, subjected to sexual and physical torture, treated as slaves, not allowed to contact their families — and deaths allegedly due to torture or wrong treatment. This is what inmates of drug de-addiction centres in the National Capital face every day, according to an inspection report submitted by Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) in the High Court on June 1. The court had directed the DSLSA on May 3 to conduct these inspections while hearing writ petitions on these “unregulated” de-addiction centres. Responding to the report, the High Court said: “The right ofbasic human dignity of persons desperately in need of care and treatment is being violated with impunity.” Official sources said that an inter-sectoral coordination committee, under the Delhi government’s Health and Family Welfare department, is “in the process of notifying minimum standards” for running such centres. According to the report, the DSLSA inspected 124 deaddiction centres, out of which 28 were found shut. In the remaining 96 centres, the authority interacted with 2,135 inmates — 750 said they were detained involuntarily. “At some of the centres, the teams constituted by DSLSAs faced security threats and even had to seek police protection to be able to carry out the inspections,” said Sanjiv Jain, member CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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