TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE OPERATIVE FLOWN TO AFGHANISTAN WHERE HE IS IN CUSTODY Indian intelligence infiltrated IS ring to track, arrest Afghan suicide bomber sent to hit Delhi Afghan national got admitted to engg college, rented a flat in Lajpat Nagar, Indian ‘plant’ gave him dummy explosives RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, JULY 10 IN AN audacious counter-intelligence operation, unprecedented in its scale and scope, Indian security agencies infiltrated an Islamic State ring to thwart a bid by an IS Afghan suicidebombertostrikeNewDelhi. The operation included the Indian “plant” supplying the IS operative with explosives — without triggers — and even arranging for his accommodation in the capital. The arrest by Indian agencies happened in New Delhi around September 2017 but it’s only now that top diplomatic and intelligence sources have confirmed details to The Indian Express. TheISoperative,wholivedin New Delhi in the guise of an engineering student, was flown to Afghanistandaysafterhewasarrested and is, at present, understoodtobeincustodyinakeyUS military base in Afghanistan. In fact, so “high value” is this UNPRECEDENTED COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE OPERATION ■ IS operative joined engineering college, rented flat in Lajpat Nagar ■ Visited Delhi airport, malls, markets as possible attack sites ■ Nabbed after IS ring was infiltrated, vigil by multi-agency group ■ Said he was one of 12 tasked to trigger blasts in different countries ■ Flown to Afghanistan, provided leads that led to killing of Taliban men US forces in Afghanistan. The IS bomber is in custody in a key US base there. Afghan bomber that his confessionsandinterrogationsareseen asoneof thepossiblereasonsbehind the string of successes achieved recently by US forces against the Taliban in Afghanistan, sources said. Sources have told The Indian Express that an 18-month-long surveillance operation in Afghanistan, Dubai and New Delhi yielded intelligence that a group of 12 IS operatives were being sent after training in Pakistan to carry out bomb CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sec 377 is Victorian morality, strike it down: petitions in SC ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 10 7 WORLD SHARIF, MARYAM PUT ON PAKISTAN'S EXIT CONTROL LIST A FIVE-JUDGE Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, whichTuesdaystartedhearinga clutch of petitions challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code,wastoldthatthelawcriminalising same sex relations between consenting adults was a product of Victorian era morality and deserved to be struck down as “unconstitutional”. During the course of the hearing, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra observed “you only have to impress on us that if Section 377 was to be enacted today, it would be struck down forviolatingfundamentalrights” while his colleague Justice D Y Chandrachud, at another point, remarked that one’s choice of “partnerwouldincludesamesex partner too”. The bench, also comprising Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra, made it clear that it would not venture into the issue of marriage relating to the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender andqueer)communityorinheritanceinlive-inrelationships.The judgessaidtheywouldonlydeal with the question of the validity of Section 377, and examine the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Madras HC orders 196 grace marks for students who took NEET in Tamil ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, JULY 10 THAI CAVE RESCUE OVER , ALL SAFE A helicopter carrying one of the 12 boys rescued from the flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand Tuesday. After 18 days, the boys and their football coach emerged safely. AP PAGE 7 THE MADURAI bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to grant 196 marks — four marks eachfor49questions—toallstudents who appeared for the NationalEligibilitycumEntrance Test (NEET) in Tamil this year. Thedivisionbenchof Justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer AhamedpassedtheorderonaPIL filed by T K Rangarajan, CPI(M) MP,whosoughtfullmarksforthe 49 questions, saying key words had been wrongly translated in the Tamil question paper. TheNEET-2018paper,foradmission to medical and dental Pact signed, Indian marine exports eye South Korea market SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 10 Prime Minister Modi, South Korean President Moon Jae-in Tuesday. Renuka Puri OPENING UP the possibility of export of marine products to South Korea, India on Tuesday signedajointstatementonEarly HarvestPackageof theUpgraded Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), followingabilateralmeetingbetween Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The joint statement said that while resolving to work towards promoting mutual prosperity, the two countries “agreed to expand bilateral trade, including through the early conclusion of ongoingnegotiationstoupgrade the ROK-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). In this regard, we welcomed the finalisation of the elements of an Early HarvestPackagethatwouldlead towards an upgraded CEPA.” The statement urged the business community from both countries to leverage CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 J&K: Spike in militant recruitment after end of ceasefire SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JULY 10 THERE HAS been a spike in the recruitment of local youths by militant groups in Kashmir following the end of the Ramzan ceasefire.Accordingtodatacompiled by J&K’s Multi-Agency Centre(MAC),themonthof June saw 27 youths from the Valley — mainly from the districts of Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag and Kulgam in South Kashmir — joining militancy. “The increase in the number of local youths picking the gun last month came after June 16, which was Eid, when the ceasefireendedandthesecurityforces decided to undertake operations,” said a Srinagar-based security official. Afteranall-timehighof 28in April,militantrecruitmentinthe Valley had dropped to 14 in May. The data (till June-end) shows that 82 local youths have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Jaipur colleges, had 180 questions with total 720 marks. The court also directed the Board to bring out a fresh list of qualified candidates within two weeks.“Consequently,theBoard should revise the list of qualified candidatesandpublishthesame afresh. It shall then be open to the authorities concerned to go about counselling the eligible candidates,” it said. “As a necessary corollary to the above, the list of qualified candidates shall be kept in abeyance as would the counsellingsessions,pendingpublishingdetailsof thequalifiedcandidates afresh in keeping with the order of the court,” it said. The bench,however,saidtheauthorities concerned were free to take CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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