TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE LYNCHING DEATHS Mob violence is a crime whatever the motive, states should crack down: SC Whoever they are, they can’t take the law into their hands, says CJI’s bench MAHARASHTRA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ● MPCB IN A FIX NEW DELHI, JULY 3 AFTER MINISTER ORDERS FIR AGAINST KMC CHIEF TAKING SERIOUS note of lynchings and mob violence, the Supreme Court on Tuesday put the onus on the states to check such incidents. Saying it would “not confine theseincidentstoanyparticular motive”, the court said “this is mobviolence,whichisacrime”. ● POLICE CHECK IF RUMOURS STARTED OUTSIDE DHULE INSIDE CMORL-GSUPREME? APEXCOURTSETTO DECIDETODAY P 2 “We do not want lynchings. We do not want mob violence. We want to protect victims,” said a bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. The court was hearing a batch of petitions seeking its directions for curbing violence by cow vigilantes. “Whoever they are, they can’t Rumour ki Baat Will help if PM lends his weight to the cause THEEDITORIALPAGE 8 7 EXPLAINED Why a rumour loves WhatsApp CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt tells WhatsApp to act, will meet social media platforms KARISHMA MEHROTRA Prasad takes note, WhatsApp says need to collaborate NEW DELHI, JULY 3 IN THE wake of recent mob violenceacrossthecountryfuelledby rumours of child lifters on social media platforms like WhatsApp, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has sent a letter to the WhatsApp senior management, urging action against misinformation circulat- ingonitsplatforminIndia. Theinitiative—whichcomes as IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad takes notice of the recent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Gujarat, top Cong man joins BJP and vice versa SANDEEP DWIVEDI NEW DELHI, JULY 3 ADAYaftertelevisionnewschannel owner Rajat Sharma’s panel swept the Delhi and District CricketAssociation(DDCA)polls, chairmanof theSupremeCourtappointed Committee of Administrators(CoA),VinodRai, Tuesdaywarnedthattheelection results could be annulled because of ethical and constitutional inadequacies. Rai told The Indian Express, “Since these DDCA elections took place without a constitution that is endorsed by the Supreme Court, it can get annulled at a later date.” The former CAG, along with former India cricketer Diana Eduljee, was appointed by the SC to implementtheJusticeRMLodha recommendations. He also pointed to the DDCA’s failure in putting in place the Supreme Court-advocated checks and balances to avert possible conflict of interest situations. Cong’s working chief Bavaliya made minister; BJP leader returns to Cong ● AMONG FINAL NOTES: ‘EARTH WILL SHAKE BUT DON’T BE SCARED’, P 5 Hatred for Modi is sole Oppn glue, says PM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 3 DISMISSINGOPPOSITIONmoves to put up a united front against the BJP as one “not motivated by national good” but for “personal survival and power politics”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hassaidthatthe“GrandAlliance” is merely a “grand race” by his rivals to become Prime Minister. “Hatred for Modi is the sole gluing force for the Opposition,” Modi said in an interview with Swarajya magazine. Any comparison between the Opposition parties uniting against the then ruling Congress in 1977 and 1989 to the present move, he said, is “flawed”. The “common motive of the alliance was to protect our democracy that was under great threat due CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Kunwarji Bavaliya taking oath of office Tuesday. Express GOPAL KATESHIYA & PARIMAL DABHI RAJKOT, GANDHINAGAR, JULY 3 STUNNING THE Congress, its Gujarat unit working president Kunwarji Bavaliya quit the party Tuesday to join the BJP which, within hours, made him a cabinet minister in the Vijay Rupani government. Bavaliya’s decision to resign asMLAfromJasdaninRajkotand crossovertotheBJPisconsidered a setback for the Congress since he is also president of the Akhil Bharatiya Koli Samaj, and Kolis constituteasizeablechunkof the OBC votebase. TheBJPmovedswiftlytogive pride of place to 63-year-old Bavaliya—theailingParshottam Solanki,ministerof stateforfisheries, has been its only Koli face. Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda said the party had done all it could for Bavaliya but CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi cricket polls may be invalidated, violations under scrutiny: Vinod Rai 10 AT 14,500 FEET WORLD Rai raises questions after Sharma is elected “There are very strict conflict of interest norms laid down by the Lodha committee. The ombudsman and an ethics officer ensure that conflict of interest norms are not attracted adversely. These elections took place without the scrutiny of an ombudsman or an ethics officer, sothereremainsaquestionmark over the qualification of candidates to fight elections,” he said. Incidentally, the DDCA electionwasheldunderthewatchof the High Court-appointed administrator,JusticeVikramajit Sen, who took charge at Feroz Shah Kotla after an audit report CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THAILAND WORKS ON RESCUE PLAN AFTER MISSING 13 TRACED Pilgrims on way to Mahagun’s Top, highest point on Amarnath Yatra route. Praveen Khanna P 6 SC checks govt: Pick Chant Vedic mantra to 5 injured as Mumbai bridge collapses DGP from state names get a better crop: Goa shortlisted by UPSC govt scheme for farmers TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA& NEHAKULKARNI ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 3 ORDERING A slew of measures to push police reforms, the SupremeCourtTuesdaydirected states to notify the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at least three months before the postof DirectorGeneralof Police falls vacant and appoint one fromapanelof officersdrawnup by the commission. This is intended to check the practice by ruling parties to name their favourites to the top post. “Allthestatesshallsendtheir proposals in anticipation of the vacancies to the Union Public ServiceCommission,wellintime, atleastthreemonthspriortothe date of retirement of the incumbent on the post of Director General of Police; the Union Public Service Commission shall prepare the panel as per the directions of this court in the judgment in Prakash Singh’s case... and intimate to the states. The state shall immediately appoint oneofthepersonsfromthepanel prepared by the Union Public Service Commission,” a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud ordered. The bench also restrained states from appointing any acting DGP, saying there was no such concept in its 2006 judgment to usher in police reforms. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SMITA NAIR PANJIM, JULY 3 A “VEDIC” technique which requires a farmer to sit, meditate and channel “cosmic energy” by chanting “Om rom jum sah” for at least 20 minutes a day for better yields, got the backing of Goa Agriculture Minister Vijay Sardesai Tuesday after he inaugurated a pilot project at a field, close to his residence in Fatorda. The project is named “Shiv Yog Cosmic Farming” and is designed by Dr Avadhoot Shivanand, a former chemical engineer turned godman, in Gurgaon through his Shiv Yog Foundation. Sardesai’s wife, Ushaisafollowerof thisfoundation and “shakti” videos have gone viral among farmers across the state on social media. Launching the project, Sardesaisaid:“Thereisnomoney involved and, as an agriculture minister, I will explore every method to increase interest in farming. If you convince me a rock show or a beauty contest will also help get people excited about agriculture, I will pull it in themiddleof thefields.Weneed to now look into methods to get everyoneinterestedinfarming.” “My wife Usha is a Shiv Yogi and she is the one who has been promotingthisphilosophy.Iwas sceptical at first too, but it’s not magic. There are studies backing this method.” In January, Usha, accompanied by the Director of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI,JULY3 FIVEPEOPLEwereinjured,twoof themseriously,whenpartofa47year-old road overbridge across the railway line at Andheri collapsed on the tracks between AndheriandVileParlestationson theWesternRailway’s(WR)suburban line. The pedestrian pavement along the bridge collapsed a little past 7.30 am just as the morning crowdofofficegoerswastrickling into the station. The collapse blocked the tracks and damaged overhead equipment, hitting WR’s suburban services for most part of the day. Serviceswerecompletelysuspended between Bandra and Goregaon stations until Tuesday evening, while traffic continued betweenChurchgate-Bandraand Rescue efforts underway at the site of the collapse in Andheri, on Tuesday. Nirmal Harindran Goregaon-Virar. Traffic on the western harbour line between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Goregaon wasalsosuspended,butrestored by 2 pm. Officials said the cantilever bridgemeasuring60to70metres inlengthandbuiltofiron,cement andbricksin1971,camecrashing downminutesafteraVirar-bound train crossed Andheri station. Constructed in 1966 by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the girder of G K Gokhale Bridge starts from platform numbers 8 and 9 of Andheri station and spans across eight lines of railway tracks. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR LIVED IN A TENT, SLEPT HUNGRY, NOW HE PLAYS CRICKET FOR INDIA UNDER-19 DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, JULY 3 FOR THREE years, he lived with groundsmen in the Muslim United Club’s tent at the Azad Maidan ground in Mumbai. He had to after he was thrown out of a dairy shop where he used to sleep. Yashasvi Jaiswal was just 11 years old then and the only thing that kept him going was a dream - play cricket for India. It’s six years later now and Jaiswal is 17 years old, a middleorder batsman with remarkable temperamentandisreadytojoin the India Under-19 team for the Sri Lanka tour. Mumbai’s Under19 coach Satish Samant says Jaiswalhas“extraordinarygame sense and unflappable focus.” The younger of two sons to a small-time shopkeeper in Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh, Jaiswal ventured to Mumbai to pursue cricket. His father did not object since he found it hard to feed the family. An uncle, Santosh in Mumbai, had a house in Worli, but it wasn’t big enough for another occupant. Santosh had requested the owners of Muslim United club, where he was a manager if the boy could stay in the tent. “This was after I was asked to leave the diary at Kalbadevi. After the playing cricket the entire day, I would get tired and go to sleep. One day, they threw out my luggage saying I do nothing, don’t help them and Yashasvi Jaiswal will be on India’s tour of Sri Lanka only sleep,” says Jaiswal. For three years, that tent became his home. The teenager took pains to ensure that stories of his struggles never reached Bhadohi, as that would end his cricketing career. Occasionally, his father would send some money but that was never enough. He had to sell pani-puri during the Ram Leela in Azad Maidan and help sell fruits. But there were still days when he would go to sleep on an empty stomach as the groundsmen with whom he shared the tent fought with each other. Without them cooking, he would drift off with just dreams lulling him to sleep. “During Ram Leela, I earned well. I prayed that my teammates would not come there for pani-puri. Sometimes they did and I would feel bad serving them,” he says. He tried his best to keep some money coming in. He would score and play games with older boys to earn Rs 200300 to survive a week. “I always used to see boys my age bringing food or their parents had big lunches with them. As for me, it was — khana khud banao, khud khao. (make your own food, eat alone). No breakfast. Catch hold of anyone around and request them to buy breakfast,” he recalls. Lunch and dinner were at the tent and his job was making rotis. “Every night used to be a candlelight dinner. After all, there was no electricity.” The days were fine, he recalls, since he was busy scrounging around for work and cricket, but the nights sometimes were too long. “I would miss my family and would cry. It was not just being homesick but going to the toilet was a hindrance to sleep. There was no toilet at the maidan, and the one near Fashion Street that I used was closed at night,” he says. Mumbai U-19 coach Satish Samant says Jaiswal will be the next big Mumbai player. “He has this ability to read a bowlers mind and adapt to a situation. Most under-19 players get tempted to play too many shots too early. He does not. The other thing is, he does not have a smartphone, is not on WhatsApp. This is rare for a teenage cricketer these days. He is cut off from social media. He has talent and if he keeps focus like this, he will be next big from Mumbai player,” says Samant. Before he got picked for Mumbai the U-19 squad, the Azad Maidan was abuzz with stories of the talented young batsman who needed support. Things turned around when a local coach Jwala Singh met him and took him under his wing. An immigrant from UP himself, Jwala saw his early childhood in Jaiswal. “He must have been around 12 years and I saw him facing an ‘A’ division bowler with ease. I could relate to him. When I also came to Mumbai from UP, I didn’t have a house to stay in. No godfather, no guide. He is gifted. He has 49 centuries in the last five years,” says Jwala, who has played the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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