TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 10 GOAL: TO INSTIL DISCIPLINE, NATIONALISM A lynching in Digital South Meeting held in June, some officers raised reservations Govt discusses military training plan for disciplined 10-lakh ‘force of youth’ THE EDITORIAL PAGE BY BHASKAR CHAKRAVORTI Gadkari looks at biofuels to clean up air, save Taj RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JULY 16 IN THE name of having a “disciplined” and nationalist “force of youth,” the government has discussed a proposal to target 10 lakh young men and women every year with a military train- ing programme, The Indian Express has learnt. Billed as the National Youth Empowerment Scheme or N-YES, aimed at “optimising the Indiandemographicadvantage”, it proposes a slew of incentives to students fresh of Class X and XIIand,currently,enrolledincollege. The incentives include a fixed stipend for the 12-month training and making N-YES an “essential qualification” for jobs in Defence, paramilitary forces and police. Sources confirmed that a meeting on the proposed scheme was called by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE YOUTH FORCE ■ Military training, digital, Indian values education ■ Finance through NREGA, NCC/NSS; Skill ■ Must for jobs in Defence, police, paramilitary 12 WORLD PANAMA INDIA FILE SO FAR 426 Clients under probe ` 1,140cr Undetected Income 62 Searches and seizures 16 Prosecutions filed NEW DELHI, JULY 16 Sharad Pawar of NCP and Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress after the Opposition parties met Monday to draw a strategy for the monsoon session of Parliament. Anil Sharma REPORT P 7 PM targets Trinamool: ‘50 PER CENT DIP IN PROCUREMENT’ Syndicate Raj in Bengal, Milk suppliers block be hopeful like Tripura tankers; Fadnavis says open to talks PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS Prime Minister Modi in West Midnapore on Monday. Partha Paul MIDNAPORE, JULY 16 MOUNTINGAscathingattackon the Trinamool Congress of Mamata Banerjee and her government in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said they were running a “syndicate raj” in the state. He urged “people of Bengal” to “be united and hopeful” like people of Tripura — where BJP ended Left rule this March — to “uproot the syndicate raj”. Addressing crowds at the Krishak Kalyan Samabesh in Midnapore, Modi said: “The TMCusesthesyndicatetoextort, CASES PILING UP ANIL SASI HOUSE CALLS RAVIK BHATTACHARYA BY UNNY THE PANAMA PAPERS Indian Express showthatthefirst Panama Papers case was filed in a Kolkata court on December 9, 2016, just eight months after the expose. Prosecutions have been filed in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Mumbai, the last batch of cases going to court in February 2018. A majority of these 16 cases were filed under Section 277 (makingafalsestatementinverification) and Section 276 (concealment or transfer of property toavoidtaxrecovery)of the1961 Income Tax Act. Both the sections attract a jail term between few months to two years. A list of Indians named in the Panama Papers (The Indian Express, April 6-12, 2016) and who are now facing prosecutions in court is as follows: BHARMAL LODHA: This Panama Papers case was filed in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Arrests of bank officers over bad loans surge: 10 to 50 in 4 months PUNE, JULY 16 BUSINESS AS USUAL At least 16 Indians face prosecution, cases were filed after foreign jurisdiction sent information on holdings, assets JUST OVER two years after the Panama Papers revelation, the Finance Ministry announced that Rs 1,140 crore was traced in undetectedincomeandinassets of Indians who incorporated offshore companies through Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm that has now shut shop. The government also revealed that 16 Indians are facing prosecution in courts in different cities. Now details have emergedof these cases to show the status of these prosecutions. Each case was filed after the foreign jurisdiction sent Indian authorities information on holdings and assets of these offshore firms. Details accessed by The CASES AGAINST 1,700NAWAZ PARTYWORKERS INTERFERENCE IN US POLLS: TRUMP BACKS RUSSIA, DENOUNCES AMERICAN ‘STUPIDITY’ Politician to chawl resident, first Panama cases sent to court NEW DELHI, JULY 16 NEW DELHI, JULY 16 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 INDIANS LINKED TO OFFSHORE FIRMS RITU SARIN SOWMIYA ASHOK IN AN attempt to address two issues-excesssugarproductionby farmersinwesternUttarPradesh, andtheyellowingoftheTajMahal duetoairpollution—withonesolution,theCentreonMondayannounced plans to put in place steps to convert Agra into a city that relies only on biofuel. SugaroutputinIndiareached record levels this year. “InUP,thereisalotofsugar.So, instead of sugar, ethanol will be produced,” Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said. Ethanol is produced by fermentation of sugar. “This will be cost-effective, pollution-free and indigenous,” Gadkari said, estimatingthat1,000industrialunits will open in the next five years with 1 lakh crore litres of ethanol being produced. Five days after the Supreme Court told the Centre that the Taj Mahal should either be restored or demolished, three Union ministers and the UP chief minister met on Monday to discuss plans to address pollution sources. Gadkari,whoalsoholdstheWater Resources portfolio, said the JOURNALISM OF COURAGE kill Opposition cadres, snatch farmer produce, and for votebank politics, appeasement politics.Thesyndicategetstodecide where farmers will sell their crops and at what rate, where bags of cements, sand and tin will be brought from. One even needs its permission to get admitted to colleges.” “Thedaysof every tormenter ends. The TMC should read the writing on the wall in Bengal. People of Bengal will not spare those who do not believe in CONTINUEDONPAGE2 90 INJURED IN TENT COLLAPSE, PAGE 8 ONTHEfirstdayof theindefinite stoppage of milk supply called by the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana (SSS), Maharashtra reporteda50percentdipinmilk procurement by dairies. Even as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the government is open to talks, with many dairies unsureaboutresumingtheircollections, supply of packaged milk to urban centres is likely to be hit on Tuesday as well. Led by the MP Raju Shetti, SSS members blocked milk tankers in several districts with milkspillingontheroadinsome areas. TheSSShasbeendemanding Rs5 per litreas directsubsidyfor farmers to help them tide over the “curse of low prices”. The members had taken to the roads since Sunday evening to stop the movement of milk tankers. More than 100 tankers were allegedly stopped by SSS members, among which 50 were reportedly vandalised. The reverberations of the strike were felt during the ongoing Monsoon Session of state AssemblyandCouncilinNagpur, with the Opposition Congress and NCP forcing repeated disruptions in support of demands of the dairy farmers. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government was willing to discuss the issues of dairy farmers during the ongoingsession.“Thestategovernmentisalwayswillingtoprovide help to tackle the problems of the dairy farmers. Last week, after consultations with Opposition leaders, we offered a subsidyof Rs50perkgonexport of milk powder. The Centre has provided export subsidy of 10 per cent...,” he added. Threatening to intensify the agitation, Shetti accused the Centre of trying to get milk from other states like Gujarat and Karnataka to defeat the agitation.“Itisaploytobreakthemilk supply chain in the state.” He added that Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, while extending his support to the farmers’ cause, has assured that his followers will prevent milk trucks from Gujarat from entering Maharashtra. While Shetti is camping in Palghar district to stop entry of THE NUMBER of bank officers whohaveeitherbeenbookedby law enforcement agencies or are facingchargesovertheirinvolvement in extending loans that have subsequently turned bad has surged over the last four months to over 50. A majority of these cases is beingprobedbytheCBIandover half the officers facing action are of the rank of general manager and above. Until the end of March, just 10 officers were officially recorded as being under CBI investigation in five cases of bank fraud. THE CITY PAGE 3 ● LAND GRAB ON PRIME MHADA PLOT, SENA MLA’S ROLE UNDER SCANNER MAHARASHTRA P5 ● OPPN SLAMS GOVT FOR TWEAKING SHIVAJI MEMORIAL HEIGHT, SEEKS CLARIFICATION ● NHRC SEEKS GOVT REPORT ON FARMERS’ SCHEMES CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Number of fraud cases from 2014-15 to 2016-17 : Public SectorBanks Fraud Caseswhere cases staff involved 8,622 1,146 Private 4,156 SectorBanks 568 (Source: Finance Ministry) Industry players have attributedthefive-foldriseinthe numberofarreststotherenewed urgency in enforcement action following the alleged fraud that erupted in end-February at Punjab National Bank (PNB) involvingdiamantaireNiravModi. Of the officers in the dock, there are nine serving or former CMDs who have been either booked or have formal charges filed against them while some former top RBI officials too are learnt to be under the scanner. All of this has predictably ruffled feathers in the beleaguered banking sector, with bankers predicting that the mild revival in credit growth visible since late last year could get impacted as officers have started slamming the brakes on fresh lending in light of the panic over the arrests. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 days later, Bru walk out of repatriation pact: Terms not acceptable RAHUL TRIPATHI & ABHISHEK SAHA NEW DELHI, GUWAHATI, JULY 16 LESS THAN a fortnight after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced the signing of an agreement that would repatriate displaced Bru families living in Tripura since 1997 to Mizoram before September 30, the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF) withdrew from the deal, saying the terms agreed upon between the governments of Mizoram, Tripura and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) were not acceptable to the Bru community. MBDPF general secretary Bruno Msha told The Indian Express over phone Monday: “We have informed the MHA that the terms are not accept- able to our community. They (the Bru) want permission to construct temples in Mizoram, cluster housing and land for cultivation. These demands are not acceptable to the Mizoram government.” Reached for comment, the MHA spokesperson said: “Our representative is present in Tripura and we are awaiting a report. We abide by the agreement and for those who want to return, the agreement still stands.” In a letter announcing withdrawalfromtheagreement,MBDPF president A Sawibunga, one of the signatories to the agreement, said they were pulling out “due to strong agitation” by the Bru people against the MBDPF leaders. Officials said more than 5,000 displaced Bru surrounded CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR WHY PAK ARMY CHIEF MADE A TRIP TO ATTEND BALOCH LEADER’S FUNERAL NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN CHANDIGARH, JULY 16 BALOCHISTAN AWAMI Party leader Siraj Raisani, who was killedintheMastungbombblast last Friday, was hailed by Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa as a “soldier of Pakistan” whose sacrifice the country would never forget. Major Gen Asif Ghafoor, head of Inter Services Public Relations, quoted Bajwa describing Raisani as a “die hard brave patriot Pakistani who shall be remembered for his commitment and contributions”. It is not a label that the Pakistan Army has given to any otherBaloch,noteventoMirJam Mohammed Yousaf, who was PervezMusharraf’shand-picked chief minister for Balochistan and belonged to a family of staunch Pakistan loyalists, and certainly not to the other Pakistani patriot, Nawab Akbar Ali Khan Bugti, who was taken out by the Army on Musharraf’s orders in 2006. It is also not often that the Pakistan Army chief flies all the way to attend a Baloch funeral. HispresenceatSirajRaisani’s burial shows how the Pakistan Army is reinventing its presence in that troubled province. The Mastung attack was the deadliest to hit the province in the last several years and it left atleast148peopledead.In2016, over70peoplewerekilledwhen a suicide bomber targeted the Quetta court. Before that in January 2013, 90 people of the Hazara community, a Shia minority group, were gunned down. Bomb blasts in Balochistan donotgetmuchmediatime,and Mastung was attacked on the day former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s arrived in Pakistan to be jailed. The attack Baloch leader Siraj Raisani was killed in a suicide attack that ripped through his rally last Friday. Facebook that killed over a hundred people was barely noticed, though a candidate was killed. It was only when the Pakistan Army chief flew to Quetta for Siraj’s funeral that the Pakistan media began covering it. The IS has claimed responsibility for the Mastung attack on Friday. Mastung, some 22 km from the provincial capital Quetta,hasbeenaknownhubof Islamist extremists. It is the Balochistan headquarters of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), from where the group has launched deadly attacks on Hazara Shias. The LeJ has openly declared ties with IS. In November 2017, the IS and a faction of the LeJ called LeJ Al Alamijointlyclaimedthebombing of a Sufi shrine in Quetta in which 50 people were killed. At the time, a spokesman of the LeJ Al Alami told Reuters: “Right now, in Pakistan, and especially in the cities, wherever there are attacks taking place, Lashkar-eJhangvi Al Alami is cooperating with [IS] either directly or indirectly.” ButFriday’sattackwasdifferent as the target was not an ethnic or religious minority. Since his death, images of Siraj standing on the Indian Tricolour have circulated on so- cial media. Pakistan blames Balochseparatismandterrorism on India, and the photographs have turned him into a hero. Another member of the BAP, Sarfraz Bugti, tweeted a picture of himself standing on the Tricolour as Siraj had done, sayingthatthisiswhyhewaskilled. The photo is viral on social media and has triggered copycat photos. The hashtag #IamSirajRaisani was trending in Pakistan over the weekend. And Maj Gen Ghafoor, the ISPR chief, tweeting about Siraj’s killing, said that “attempts of CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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