TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, KOLKATA, `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● 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 3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BENGAL NOCOUNSELLING, COLLEGEADMISSIONS ONLYONMERIT:PARTHA ● NEW AUSTERITY MEASURES BY STATE GOVT: NO MORE BOUQUETS EXPRESS NETWORK P7 ● INX MEDIA CASE: NEW DELHI, JULY 3 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 these incidents to any particular motive”, the court said “this is mob violence, which is a crime”. “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. “Whoevertheyare,theycan’t Rumour ki Baat Will help if PM lends his weight to the cause Govt tells WhatsApp to act, will meet social media platforms KARISHMA MEHROTRA THEEDITORIALPAGE 8 NEW DELHI, JULY 3 10 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- EXPLAINED Why a rumour loves WhatsApp CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prasad takes note, WhatsApp says need to collaborate 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 HC EXTENDS RELIEF FOR CHIDAMBARAM ● STING STAY HEARING: HC REFERS TO DEER IN HEADLIGHTS 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 13 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 5 Chant Vedic mantra to SC checks govt: Pick BENGAL PANCHAYAT POLLS DGP from state names Uncontested seats shocking: get a better crop: Goa shortlisted by UPSC SC tells SEC to submit figures govt scheme for farmers 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 3 THESUPREMECourtonTuesday termed as “shocking” the thousandsof seatsgoinguncontested in the recent West Bengal panchayat elections, and asked the StateElectionCommission(SEC) to file an affidavit detailing the exact number of seats that have gone uncontested at the zilla panchayat,panchayatsamitiand gram panchayat levels. “16,860 seats go unconstested at the grassroots level...,” Chief Justiceof IndiaDipakMisra exclaimed, referring to a chart filed by the petitioners on the outcome of the local body polls conducted in May. “Wecannotremainoblivious of thefactthatsuchalargenumber of seats has gone uncontested... Look at Murshidabad. Over 2,600 out of 4,000 something uncontested,” the CJI told senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, appearing for the SEC. The court said this raised questions on the working of grassroot-level democracy. CJI Misra added that it was understandable if a few dozen seatswereuncontested,“butthis is in thousands”, and referred to the figures of uncontested seats in districts like Birbhum, Bankura and Murshidabad. JusticeDYChandrachud,also on the bench, referred to the commission issuing a notification extending the time for accepting nominations and then withdrawing it. As Sharan tried to explain, the CJI said, “You are the guardian in law for conducting polls. If nobody is contesting, then there will be no litigation. The fact that there were litigationsanditmeansthateveryone was aware of the fact that something is there.” Expressingconcern,theCJIrepeated,“whatisslightlybothering is that of 48,650 seats, more than 16,000havegoneuncontested”. As the commission sought to dispute the figures, the bench quizzed Sharan on whether he had the exact figures. After consultations,thecounselsaidthefigures were more or less the same asinthechartproducedbythepetitionersandthatonlythedistrictlevel figures need to be verified. 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 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR LIVED IN A TENT, SOLD PANI PURI, 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— toplaycricketforIndia. It’s six years later now and Jaiswal is 17 years old, a middle-order batsman with remarkable temperament and is ready to join the India Under19 team for the Sri Lanka tour. Mumbai’s Under-19 coach Satish Samant says Jaiswal has “extraordinary game sense and unflappable focus.” The younger of two sons to a small-time shopkeeper in BhadohiinUttarPradesh,Jaiswal moved 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 requestedtheownersof 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 dairy at Kalbadevi. After playing cricket the entire day, I would get tired and go to sleep. One day, they threw out my luggage saying I do nothing, Yashasvi Jaiswal will be on India’s tour of Sri Lanka don’t help them and 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. “Ialwaysusedtoseeboysmy 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. Lunchanddinnerwereatthe tent and his job was making rotis.“Everynightusedtobeacandlelight dinner. After all, there was no electricity.” Thedayswerefine,herecalls, since he was busy scrounging around for work and cricket, but the nights sometimes were too long. “I would miss my family andwouldcry.Itwasnotjustbeing 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. Thingsturnedaroundwhenalocal 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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