TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● MONDAY, JULY 23, 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 CONGRESS WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING At CWC, party underlines: Rahul leader, there is a need for allies BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Bottomline: If Congress is single largest party in 2019, Rahul will be the PM face No solo act Rahul Gandhi’s ability to make friends will show if he has a new politics THEEDITORIALPAGE 12 MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JULY 22 14 INSIDE THE CONGRESS Sunday sent out an unambiguous message to present and potential allies that while it was open to state-specific alliances for the 2019 elections, its pan-India footprint could make it the single largest party in which case Rahul Gandhi will be the prime ministerial face. The party also moved to erase the perception that Sonia ● CWC IS CONG Congress president Rahul Gandhi with Sonia Gandhi at the CWC meeting in New Delhi, Sunday. Renuka Puri Members of the Nath Panthi Davari Gosavi community are scared to venture out after the Dhule lynching incident INSIDE ● FADNAVIS CANCELS PANDHARPUR VISIT, PAGE 8 ● SIX BRIDGES CHECKED NEED REPAIR, PAGE 3 Was 0.46% of procurement in 2017-18, 0.50% five years ago, shows official data P VAIDYANATHAN IYER NEW DELHI, JULY 22 THE GOVERNMENT’Sambitious plan to get Central PSUs to make 4% of their procurement from Dalit enterprises has not made much headway over the last six years. In 2017-18, Central PSUs bought Rs 543.86 crore worth goods and services from SC/ST enterprises, accounting for just 0.46% of their total procurement of Rs 1,16,837.27 crore. Five years ago,in2012-13,SC/STenterprises sold goods and services valued Rs 419.93 crore, or 0.5% of the total procurement of Rs 85,155.18 crore by Central PSUs then. The ‘Public Procurement Order for Micro and Small Enterprises Order, 2012’, issued YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION by the UPA-II government on March23,2012,requiredCentral PSUs to procure 20% of their annual value of goods produced and services rendered from MSMEs. A sub-target of 4% (20% of 20%) was earmarked for procurement from MSMEs owned bySC/STentrepreneurs.Theprocurement goal of 20% from MSMEs was made mandatory from April 1, 2015. Those not meeting this were required to providereasonstoareviewcommittee set up by the ministry. Gandhi will lead alliance talks and made clear that Rahul, or leaders chosen by him, will talk to parties about tie-ups. After a meeting of the ex- tended Congress Working Committee (CWC) chaired by Rahul, the first after he took over as president eight months ago, theCongresssaidhewas“setting up a group” to look into the alliance question. Attended by 239 leaders, the CWC brainstormed for nearly $210-mn assets: I-T moves court against Winsome owner’s wife BJP raises poll pitch in state, hints at going it alone in 2019 elections HAMZA KHAN ALWAR, JULY 22 THE RAMGARH Community Health Centre (CHC) is roughly 4 km from Lalawandi, the village in Alwar where Rakbar alias Akbar was lynched on Friday night on suspicion of being a cow smuggler. Yet, it took the police over two and a half hours from the time they reached the lynching spot to get to the CHC, where Rakbar was brought dead. TheFIRsimplymentionsthat on getting a call at 12.41 am on Saturday from Naval Kishore Sharma, chief of VHP’s Gau Raksha cell in Ramgarh, about a suspected case of cow smuggling, they took Sharma along to the spot, spotted an injured and muddied Rakbar, washed him, questioned him briefly on the spot, and then took him directly to the CHC, where he was declared dead on arrival. KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JULY 22 Cows seized from Rakbar at a gaushala in Alwar. Express RakbaraliasAkbarwastransporting cows on foot along with an associate, Aslam Khan, when they were allegedly stopped by villagers in Lalawandi, under the jurisdiction of the Ramgarh police station. While Rakbar was attacked, Aslam managed to escape. As The Indian Express spoke to Sharma, local eyewitnesses, the doctor at the CHC and a tea seller, among others, to stitch together the chain of events that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE INCOME Tax department hasmovedcourtundertheBlack Money Act against Sonia Mehta, the wife of Jatin Mehta who is the promoter of Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery Ltd, for not disclosing immovable foreign assets of $210 million, or Rs 1,450 crore, sources told The Indian Express. Winsome Diamonds is the country’s second largest wilful defaulter, and owes Rs 4,687 crore to a consortium of banks headed by Standard Chartered Bank. Its associate firm Forever Precious Diamonds and Jewellery owes another Rs 2,121.8 crore to a set of banks led by Punjab National Bank. The company was classified as a “wilful defaulter” in 2013. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Public sector banks set to close 1/3rd of branches outside India WORLD Govt’s plan for PSUs to procure from Dalit SMEs fails to take off Alwar lynching: Police took 3 hours to reach health centre, 4 km away MAHARASHTRA Living In Fear 15 NON-WORKING COMMITTEE, SAYS BJP, PAGE 10 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, JULY 22 WILL MAKE PAKISTAN LIKE INDIA, PROMISES SHAHBAZ SHARIF Modi meets Rwanda PUBLIC SECTOR banks are expected to close down around 70 of theirtotal216foreignbranches and other operations by the end of this year in order to cut costs and preserve capital, a senior Finance Ministry official said. State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, IDBI Bank and Bank of India are among the stateowned banks leading the processof scalingdownoverseas operations. Leaving aside profitable operations — for instance, remittance offices in Gulf countries such as Oman and UAE — those notgeneratingenoughrevenues are being closed down. “Thebankshaveinitiatedsale of non-coreassets,closureof un- viable branches and other steps toreducecapital.Sofar,theyhave closed down 37 overseas operations and another 60-70 operations will be closed down by the endof theyear.Theseoperations areacombinationof full-fledged branches, representative offices andremittancesoffices,”theofficial said, adding that some of the branchesarebeingconvertedinto smaller representative offices. Forshuttingdownmanyfullfledged branches, the banks are already in the process of obtaining regulatory approvals, which is a time-consuming exercise, theofficialsaid.SBIhasclosedsix foreign branches while some branches in Sri Lankaand France are being converted into representative offices. The country’s largestlenderisplanningclosure of another nine operations. Some banks have already closed their operations in loca- tions such as Dubai, Shanghai, Jeddah and Hong Kong. The banks are also merging smaller branches into bigger ones, and consolidating equity stakes in overseas joint venture having. As part of its Rs 2.11 lakh crore capital infusion in banks announcedlastyear,the government had asked them to rationalise overseas branch operations among a series of other measures.Shuttingunviableoperations will free up capital, which the banks will deploy for domestic operations. Record losses in the last year andmountingbadloanshaveaffected the financial health of most public sector banks, 11 of which are under the Reserve Bank of India’s Prompt Corrective Action framework (PCA). The PCA is a framework put CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BENGALURU’S BURGLARS FROM BOGOTA: CLOTHING STORE OWNER , US DEPORTEES JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, JULY 22 FOUR OF the five knew only Spanish, one was an MBA released from a Colombian jail afterserving16 yearsforhisrolein two murders, and all of them were experts in handling newage tools such as GPS systems. Bengaluru Police investigatorsarepiecingtogetheranelaborate profile of the five Colombians who were arrested lastweekforcommittingatleast five big-ticket burglaries in the homes of wealthy residents in Jose Burbano is the gang leader, say investigators the city’s south. The gang was nabbed by Bengaluru’s south division police after CCTV footage at some of the houses the gang burgled or attempted to — including the home of a former Karnataka chief secretary —provided atrail leadingtoitshideoutsinthe city. The five have been identified as Jose Eduardo Arivalo Burbano (40), Gustavo Adolpho Jaramillo Giraldo (47), Yair Alberto Sanchez alias Rozer Smith Duarte (45), and Eduardo Alexis Garcia Peramo (38) and his girlfriend Kimberly Guiterrez (30). According to police, the gang isallegedtohavestolenproperty worth Rs 80 lakh between June andearlyJuly,mostlyintheform of jewellery and expensive watches. They would melt the jewellery and create gold bars beforeattemptingtoselltheloot, said police. Investigations have revealed that the Colombians got ac- quainted with each other at a restaurantin Mexicoaround five months ago, before they struck a plan to visit India on tourist visas to carry out burglaries. The plan was initiated on the basisof an“easyouting”thattwo of them — Jose Burbano and Gustavo Giraldo — had in Bengaluru in June 2016 when they carried out a robbery at the home of an MLA with two African associates and managed to return to Colombia. At the time, police said gold and jewellery worth Rs 40 lakh were stolen from the home of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JULY 22 THEMAHARASHTRABJPislikely to go it alone and contest all Lok Sabha and Assembly seats in the state in the 2019 elections. “Party president Amit Shah has clearly told us to get ready to goitaloneandstartpreparations forallthe48LokSabhaseatsand 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra,” a senior BJP functionary said after a meeting held by Shah in Mumbai on Sunday. “The meeting was to review poll preparations and measures to expand the electoral base of theorganisationinMaharashtra. The thrust was on making deeper inroads across 48 Lok Sabha seats and 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra,” said the functionary, requesting anonymity. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had won 23 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats and bagged 123 Assembly seats. The party’s plan is to take measures to keep seats it has won intact, while putting CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 in greater efforts to change the equations in seats held by the ShivSena,Congressand NCP,besides smaller parties and independents. It was decided that an able party leader will take charge of each Lok Sabha seat, which means 48 point persons would be entrusted with the task of expansion of the organisation. The party termed these leaders as “vistaraks”. A similar model would be followed across 288 Assembly seats as well. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Militants behind J&K policeman’s death shot in encounter BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JULY 22 A DAY after a policeman was abducted and killed in South Kashmir, the J&K Police said the three militants responsible for the act had been killed in an encounter at Redwani in Kulgam district. The militants, including a Pakistani national, were killed in a joint operation of the J&K Police, Army and paramilitary forces on Sunday morning. On the intervening night of July 20-21, Mohammad Saleem Shah,aSpecialPoliceOfficerpromoted as police constable recently, was abducted from his home at Kulgam on Saturday by suspectedmilitants and killedin the evening. “Thethreemilitantsinvolved in the abduction and killing of one of our constables have been eliminated,” Kashmir Inspector Generalof PoliceSPPanitoldThe Indian Express. “We followed leads that led to a brief encounter this morning.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 11 EXPLAINED Pak elections: No contest, assured victory
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