TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Pak militant who fled from Valley hospital among 3 who killed Bukhari: J&K Police ‘UNIFORM RATE FOR CESS’ To simplify GST, 28% tax slab has to go: CEA BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JUNE 27 THE J&K Police on Wednesday said they had identified senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari’s killersastwolocalmilitantsfrom South Kashmir and a Pakistani militant who escaped from police custody in Srinagar earlier this year. Bukhari (51), editor of the daily Rising Kashmir, was gunned down outside his office inSrinagaronJune14.Twoof his personal security officers were also killed in the attack. Police had released CCTV footage of three attackers on a motorcycle. Whileonewaswearingahelmet, another was wearing a mask. “We have identified the attackers,”atoppoliceofficerprivy to the investigation told The IndianExpress.“Twoof themare local militants from South Kashmir while the third is from Pakistan.” Sources said the attackers were identified on the basis of technical and human in- Excellence in Education - Uttar Pradesh Says stigmatised capitalism blocking reforms, makes decisions difficult Shujaat Bukhari was gunned down on June 14 telligence. While police have not releaseddetailsofthetwolocalmilitants, sources said the Pakistani militant has been identified as Naveed Jatt, who escaped from police custody from the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital in Srinagar in February thisyear.Jattwasassociatedwith the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). A resident of Multan in Pakistan, Jatt, alias Abu Hanzala, was arrested by the J&K Police from Kulgam district in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Blame it on the liberals BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, JUNE 27 Security personnel stand guard as the Amarnath Yatra begins, in Banihal on Wednesday. Praveen Khanna New roads, better security, traffic management: Lessons learnt from past ANAND MOHAN J Amarnath cave NEW DELHI, JUNE 27 AT FIRST glance, the white super deluxeJammuandKashmirRoad Transport Corporation bus does notamounttomuch.Thefansinside the bus do not work and most of the seats do not recline. ThismatterslittletoGurmeet Singh (34), who has ferried pilgrims from Jammu’s Bhagwati Nagar base camp to Pahalgam forthepastfourteenyears.Allhe is focussed on is getting the security clearance certificate and thegreenradiofrequency(RFID) TRACKING THE YATRA ● JAMMU tag. He haggles with a sub-inspector, is briefly checked by the J&K Police and finally gets the clearance. Now, he waits for the pilgrims and hopes it does not rain. KHUNTI, JUNE 27 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 27 EXPLAINED How are drug prices regulated? INSIDE ● UN REPORT ON J&K MOTIVATED, SAYS ARMY CHIEF, PAGE 3 an Army camp. In another incident in May this year, a tourist from Chennai was killed after protestersstonedthebushewas inwhileonvacationintheValley with his family. This year, security forces are takingnochances.Theconvoyof 64 buses is protected by armoured mobile units, bulletproof vehicles and CRPF biker units.Securityagencieshavealso issued advisories to Pilgrims to use buses registered with the shrine board and go with the multilayer security escort. Gurmeet’s bus has been CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Arvind Subramanian at the Idea Exchange on Wednesday. Abinav Saha thenone40percentrateandthe cesses are a different way of implementing 40 per cent rate.” Citing “personal reasons” Subramanian last week had said that he would be leaving the FinanceMinistrysoonthoughhe had not yet finalised the date of his last day in office. His announcement came eleven months before the end of his term in May 2019. Speaking about the challenges the economy faces, Subramanian said that other than rising crude oil prices “stigmatisedcapitalism”iscomingin the way of reforms. “In terms of broader challengesthatwehave,stigmatised capitalism is coming in the way of a lot of reforms. The fact that it CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HRD Ministry seeks Jharkhand standoff: 1 killed as police, Patthalgarhi to overhaul UGC, take supporters clash, three abducted cops still missing over its funding role PRASHANT PANDEY 7 “I will be driving every day for the next two months. I have a family to support and the Amarnath Yatra is the most important work I get in the entire year,” says Gurmeet. Touristbuseslikehisareatop priority at the Amarnath Yatra this year particularly after a similar bus in July 2017, which got separatedfromthesecurityconvoywasattackedbymilitantson the Baltal-Jammu route. The attack left nine pilgrims dead and another 19 injured, but the bus driver, Salim Shaikh had saved the others on board by speeding awayfromthemilitantstowards OUTGOING CHIEF Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian Wednesday said that removing the highest tax slab of 28 per cent and a uniform rate for cess should be the first step for further simplification of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). “I think the 28 per cent rate has to go. The cesses have to be, there has to be one rate on cesses... we have (suggested) a 3 per cent (rate) for gold, we have zero,3percent,5percent,10per cent,12percent,18percent.We need to rationalise but I think at the first instance the 28 per cent should go,” Subramanian said at the Idea Exchange programme of The Indian Express. Asked if cesses should be removed,hesaid,“Iamsayingthat inanidealsystemthe28percent rate has to go but the cess rates have to be there because we are going to have higher rates for thoseproductsbutthereshouldn’tbemultiplerates(of cess).Just one rate because even in my report, I have said 18 per cent and THE HRD Ministry has proposed to restructure the University GrantsCommission(UGC)byrepealing its Act of 1956 and replacing it with a new law that downsizes the higher education regulator’s scope, including stripping it of its funding role. The draft Act proposes to rechristen UGC as the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). The regulator, in its new avatar, will only focus on setting, maintaining and improving academicstandardsinuniversities. The ministry will take over its grant-giving function. The government made the draft law public on Wednesday andhassoughtfeedbacktillJuly7. “Just like how the ministry funds all technical institutes like the IITs, NITs and IISERs and the AICTE focuses on maintaining standards, the government can easily take over funding of central universities. We want to downsize the regulator’s role. There won’t be any interference inthemanagementissuesof educational institutions,” said a ministry official, who did not want to be identified. HECI will be tasked with the mandateof improvingacademic standards with specific focus on THE CHANGES UGC ACT ■ UGC will have chairman, vicechairman, secretary, 10 other members ■ No provision for govt to remove chairman, vice-chairman, members ■ UGC to disburse grants to universities ■ Can withhold grants of an institution that doesn’t comply with its standards HECI ACT ■ HECI will have chairman, vicechairman, secretary, 12 other members ■ Govt can remove chairman, vicechairman, members ■ HECI not responsible for disbursing grants ■ Can revoke approval of an institution for not complying with its standards learningoutcomes,evaluationof academic performance by institutions,mentoringofinstitutions, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE STAND-OFF between Patthalgarhi supporters and Jharkhand police in Khunti district turned violent Wednesday leaving one person dead during a search operation at Ghaghra villageforthreeabductedpolicemen. The three men, abducted from BJP MP Karia Munda’s residence at Anigada-Chandih Tuesday are yet to be found. According to police, Pattalgarhi supporters had al- 10 WORLD legedly abducted three security guards posted at the house of Khunti BJP MP Kariya Munda, at Ghagra village. They were abducted three days after police announced the arrest of two men accused of abducting and gangraping five women, who were to perform a street play against human trafficking, in Kochang village. After the incident, police had acted against the alleged leader of the Patthalgarhi movement, Yusuf Purty, in his native village Udburu. While police attached his property, Purthy had man- Security personnel detain villagers in Khunti. PTI aged to escape, said police sources. Patthalgarhi, a traditional tribal practice to remember ancestors, has been used as a form of protest by locals in Jharkhand, who claim that the gram sabha supreme power in the area and dissuade people from acknowledging the government. The stand-off began Tuesday afternoon after police surrounded Ghaghra village after information that the three abducted policemen were confined at the village. Trouble CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Swara Bhasker guest at Express Adda today RE-UNITE IMMIGRANT FAMILIESIN30 DAYS:U.S.JUDGE PAKISTAN NSA QUITS AMID REPORTS OF DIFFERENCES WITH CARETAKER PM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 27 IN AN industry where fitting in is the expected way to succeed, actor Swara Bhasker has made sure she stands out. Be it the choiceof herrolesorthefactthat she voices her opinion on all matters political and social, Bhasker has broken the glass ceiling in Bollywood in many ways. She was first noticed in the mainstream Tanu Weds Manu (2009), where she played the assertive friend to Kangana Ranaut, and has since gone on to make every role her own. The Delhi-born actor has made sure Actor Swara Bhasker that her presence on the screen has registered, no matter how small the role. In her decadelong career, Bhasker has successfully balanced the two distinct worlds of commercial and independent cinema. While her films Tanu Weds Manu, Tanu Weds Manu 2, Raanjhaana and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo made her a dependable staple in the Bollywood mainstream, films like Listen Amaya, Nil Battey Sannata in which she plays a strong single mother, and Anaarkali of Aarah in which she plays an unapologetic nautch girl, established her as a bankable actor in the independent film space. Bhasker will be in conversation with Shubhra Gupta, The Indian Express film critic, and DevyaniOnial,NationalFeatures Editor, at the Express Adda in Delhi on Thursday. The Express Addaisaseriesof informalinteractions organised by The Indian Express Group and features those at the centre of change. Armed with a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FOR ON-TRACK PERFORMANCE, RLYS PUSHES BACK ARRIVAL TIME OF TRAINS Run-time of many trains extended by half-an-hour to an hour AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, JUNE 27 THIS SUMMER, the Indian Railways has seen one of its worst performances in years with regard to punctuality of trains. On Wednesday, for instance, the national transporter reported 70 per cent on-time performance. In the last few months, this figure has even dipped to 60 per cent, which means that 40 per cent of the trains were delayed. Facing criticism over the de- lays, the Indian Railways seems to have found a way out — by changing the run-time of trains on its timetables to incorporate the delay officially. The Chennai-based Southern Railway has extended the run-time of as many as 90 trains, changing it by 30 minutes to an hour. Similarly, the Delhibased Northern Railway proposes to officially delay the arrival times of about 95 trains from various parts of the country, again by half-an-hour to an hour. While Southern Railway has already implemented the move and sought post-facto approval from the Ministry of Railways, Northern Railway has sought the Railway Board’s permission before implementing the change. In both the cases, the “superfast” trains which are affected will retain their tag, although the extended time affects their average speed on paper. In the case of Southern Railway, the changes have reduced the average speed, on paper, by about a couple of kilometers per hour, as per documents reviewed by Punctuality dipped to 60 per cent in last few months The Indian Express. “We have done this because many trains were getting delayed due to ongoing engineering work on tracks. The divisions advised us to extend the official run-time in the timetables, so that people are not inconvenienced,” said a senior Indian Railway Traffic Service officer, Southern Railway, involved in the process. “We have sent it to the ministry for information.” The ministry has sought an explanation from the zones, and asked them to draw up a more detailed plan to explain how they aim to implement it. The concern is that such largescale extension of runtimes should not adversely affect the line capacity of the already choked network, and adversely affect “paths” meant for other trains. A senior Northern Railway official told The Indian Express that the move is meant to rationalise the run-time of trains which were traditionally kept on “very tight schedule”, affecting train maintenance. “This has to be viewed in the context of the larger picture, wherein we are delaying some trains and speeding up many other trains with the view to ultimately in- Jaipur crease capacity of the network,” he said. Over the last few months, many popular trains, mostly in the North to East sector, have been reporting around 30-hour delays. Largescale track maintenance and repair work has been cited as one of the reasons. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been regularly reviewing the performance of each zone, and has been putting pressure on zonal general managers to maintain punctuality without compromising safetyrelated work. He has also directed zones to speed up maintenance work.
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