TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, KOLKATA, `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 8 RESULTS EXPECTED EARLY TODAY THE EDITORIAL PAGE Cong needs coalitions more BY SUHAS PALSHIKAR Verdict Pak Army wanted: Imran Khan surges ahead EXPRESS NETWORK Imran Khan after casting his vote at a polling station in Islamabad on Wednesday. AP WEST BENGAL ● FOUR WOMEN BEATEN UP IN DHUPGURI: VICTIMS HELD FOR THEFT:COPS ● TUTOR GETS SIX MONTHS IN JAIL FOR THRASHING 3-YR-OLD P 4 MORE REPORTS, PAGE 13 Hours after polling began, IS bomber killed 31 outside polling station in Quetta SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 25 TWENTY-SIX years after he won the cricket World Cup in 1992 as captain, Imran Khan, considered tobebackedbyhisnation’spowerful army, widely referred to as “Laadla” (favourite son) — was racingaheadtobecomethenext Prime Minister of Pakistan. Inahistoricturnof events,his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was leading in 102 parliamentary seats — way ahead of his rivals, PML(N) at 64 and PPP at 30, according to Geo News TV channel. In the directly contested 272 seats in Pakistan’s Parliament, 137 is the halfway mark for a simple majority. If he manages to pull through, a relatively new politicalpartywillbeaheadof thetwo established political parties Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML (N)), led by Nawaz Sharif’s brotherandformerPunjabChief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and Pakistan Peoples Party, led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Late tonight, PTI’s Twitter handle tweeted; “Yesssss!!! #JeetayGaKaptaan”, in a reference to his captaincy of the cricket team. PML(N)’s defeat, after five years of power, means that Sharif’s politically risky move to come back to Pakistan and surrendering before the authorities afterbeingchargedwithcorruption allegations arising out of Panama Papers scandal, did not quite pay off. He, along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-lawCaptain(retd)Safdar, are in Adyala jail. PoliticianKhanisanuntested commodity across the border and India will be watching his moves very closely as IndoPakistan ties have been in deep freeze for over two years now. His outreach to religious fundamentalists has also made Delhi wary about his future moves. However, Pakistan’s election hardly saw any mention of India during the election campaign. Kashmir was mentioned a few times, including in his party manifesto using the predictable line of a solution as per UNSC resolution. For India, Sharif was Delhi’s best bet as he had been in favour of a better relationship but was seen to be hemmed in by Pakistan’sArmy.ManyPakistanwatchers felt that he was removed in what was described to be a “judicial coup” for challenging Pakistan’s Army on foreign and security policy. As results are pouring in and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of former president Asif Ali Zardari CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Change your mindset, don’t obstruct inter-faith marriage: HC to officials SOFI AHSAN CHANDIGARH, JULY 25 Police fire a round to scatter protesters on the Sion-Panvel highway in Mumbai on Wednesday. Pradip Das After day of violence, Maratha groups call off statewide quota stir EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, PUNE, JULY 25 MARATHA GROUPS seeking reservation in jobs and education called off a day-long bandh midway Wednesday following violencebythosewhohadtaken to the streets in different parts of Maharashtra. Buses and local trains were stoned in several parts of the state, including Mumbai and Thane, during the bandh. A 13 WORLD SHALINI NAIR & LALMANI VERMA IN LINE with his remarks Monday that several Dalit MPs have “expressed concern” over the“wrongmessage”sentbythe appointment of Justice (retd) A K Goel as National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairman since he is “the judge who ruled against” the SC/ST Act, Union MinisterandLJPleaderRamVilas Paswan has written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, saying the All India Ambedkar Mahasabha(AIAM),aDalitrights coalition, has sought removal of Justice Goel from the post. He said the AIAM has also asked the government to bring in a Bill in the ongoing session of Parliament to safeguard the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and “take immediate action in the interest of BY UNNY YEARS IN JAIL IN FIRST PATIDAR RIOTS CASE, P3 Dalit groups want Justice Goel out of NGT, bring SC/ST law: Paswan writes to Rajnath NEW DELHI, JULY 25 BUSINESS AS USUAL ● HARDIK GETS 2 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE RULING ON an inter-faith marriage case of a Hindu-Muslim couple, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has said that officialdom must not be seen “raising eyebrows and laying snares and landmines” in such cases. The procedure for a court marriage, it has said, “must reflect the EXPRESS NETWORK ● VVPAT DELIVERY DELAYED, BUT ON TRACK FOR LS POLLS, SAYS POLL PANEL, P5 Superintendent of Police and a Deputy Commissioner of Police were among several police personnel injured in stone-pelting. The Mumbai-Pune and Mumbai-Goa highways were blocked for hours by protesters. The Maratha Kranti Morcha blocked the Sion-Panvel highwaynearKalamboliandbrought traffic to a halt on both sides. A clash broke out between police and the protesters and it led to stone-pelting. The police then ● MADRAS HIGH COURT SETS ASIDE ORDER DISCHARGING MARAN BROTHERS PAGE 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 mindset of the changed times in a secular nation promoting inter-religion marriages”. In his July 20 order released Wednesday, Justice Rajiv Narain Raina,rulingonthepleaof acouple who had approached the High Court against court marriage rules framed by the Haryana government, said the Court Marriage Check List (CMCL), issued by the Haryana government, largely violates the couple’s right to privacy. The couple — one from Gurgaon, and the other from Faridabad — wanted to legalise their marriage under the Special Marriage Act without change of religion. “The provisions appear particularly offensive and excessive executive action beyond the purviewofthe(SpecialMarriage) Act,”thejudgestatedinhisorder. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Paswan wrote to Rajnath, his son to Prime Minister Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes”. Paswan’s son and Lok Sabha MP Chirag Paswan, in a separate letter to the Prime Minister, has reiterated these demands. “To EXPRESS NETWORK ● CASTE DIVIDE WIDENS ACROSS VILLAGE PONDS IN MEHSANA, P 3 Javadekar orders clean-up, tells UGC, V-Cs to weed out all predatory journals WASHINGTON, JULY 25 USING A radar instrument on an orbiting spacecraft, scientists have spotted what they said on Wednesday appears to be a sizable salt-laden lake under ice on thesouthernpolarplainof Mars, abodyof watertheycalledapossible habitat for microbial life. Thereservoirtheydetected— roughly12miles(20km)indiam- eter,shapedlikearoundedtriangle and located about a mile (1.5 km) beneath the ice surface — representsthefirststablebodyof liquid water ever found on Mars. Whether anywhere other than Earth has harbored life is one of the supreme questions in science,andthenewfindingsoffer tantalising evidence, though no proof. Water is considered a fundamental ingredient for life. The researchers said it could take years to verify whether CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 EXPLAINED What is India’s S-400 missile system deal? EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 25 THE GOVERNMENT has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to consider removing from its list all academic journals found to be substandardandpredatoryinan investigation published last week in The Indian Express on fake research paper shops in the country. In a meeting Wednesday, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar is learnt to have asked his officers to get all vicechancellors of central, state and deemed universities to review theirrecommendationsmadeto the higher education regulator forinclusionof journalsonitslist. “If any substandard/ predatory journals are found to be in the list recommended by the vice-chancellors, that would be held personally against the vice-chancellor concerned,” reads the order issued WednesdaybyHigherEducation Secretary R Subramanyam. The Ministry has also asked UGC to hold a meeting with citation database Scopus, indexing service Web of Science and ICI master list to examine The Express investigation report on July 19 whether they have done due diligence before including a journal in their lists. “They may be asked to redo the exercise if necessary and send a certificate to UGC before 31st August, 2018, that all the journals which are in their database are genuine peer-reviewed and are of required standards,” the order reads. In a series of investigative reports starting July 19, The Indian Express reported on how India hasemergedasoneofthebiggest markets for a business in which over 300 “predatory” publishers bring out journals that claim to be international and publish papers for a “charge” ranging from $30-$1,800 per piece. Some of the prominent publishers featured in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 First stable liquid water body found on Mars, scientists say it will take years to verify life WILL DUNHAM prevent a repeat of the April 2 episode (when Dalits called a nationwideprotest),thegovernment should immediately dismissJusticeAKGoelfromthe post of the NGT chairman,” he said. Several SC/ST organisations have called for protests on August 9. JusticeGoel’sappointmentto the NGT post, Chirag Paswan said, had sent out a message to SCs and STs that he was being “rewarded”. Justice Goel was one of two judges on a Supreme Court bench — the other being Justice U U Lalit — which on March 20 laid down stringent safeguards, including provisions for anticipatory bail and a “preliminary enquiry” before registration of a case under the Act. The judges noted that there had been “instances of abuse” of the Act by “vested interests” for political or personal reasons. A NASA image of Mars: Radar on an orbiting spacecraft detected the lake something is actually living in this body of water that resembles a subglacial lake on Earth, perhaps with a future mission drilling through the ice to sample the water below. “This is the place on Mars where you have something that mostresemblesahabitat,aplace where life could subsist,” said planetary scientist Roberto Orosei of Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica in Italy, who led the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India, US set to sign pact for secure military communications SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JULY 25 INDIA AND the US are likely to sign the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), a bilateral pact between the two countriesforsecuremilitarycommunications, during the inaugural ‘2+2’meetinginNewDelhiinthe first week of September. Official sources told The Indian Express that the government had made up its mind to sign the agreement which had beenpending fornearly15years now. The government, sources said, has told the Americans to send the final text of the agreement,sothattheprocessof signing can be expedited in time for the ‘2+2’ meeting. After being postponed twice this year, the inaugural ‘2+2’ meeting is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on September 6. ExternalAffairsMinisterSushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be attending the meeting, along with their American counterparts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James Mattis. The government considered concerns about intrusive American access to encrypted Indian military communication systems and sharing of that data with other countries. There is also a fear among defence services that a lot of Russian-origin and indigenous Indian military platforms may not be compatible with COMCASA. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR POISONVICTIM THOUGHTIT WASPERFUME, SAYSPARTNER COHEN RELEASES TAPE OF TRUMP DISCUSSING HUSH MONEY TO MODEL SAILING ROW LEADS TO INDIAN FACE-OFF AT ASIAN GAMES VENUE MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, JULY 25 ONESPOT,threecandidates,and the lure of an Asiad medal. With just 24 days to go for the Asian Games to start in Jakarta, some of India’s best women sailors are stuckinthemiddle of aselection storm. The Yachting Federation of India (YAI) wants the country’s topthreepairstotraveltoJakarta a fortnight before next month’s Asian Games begin — not as a part of their preparation, but to engage in a battle with each other in a last-ditch attempt to determinetheteamforwomen’s 49er FX category. The YAI is acting on a July 19 order of the Delhi High Court, which stepped in to end the long-standing impasse following a petition filed by sailor VarshaGautham.The2014Asian Games bronze medallist alleged arbitrariness in the selection process, claiming that she and her crew member Sweta Shervegar deserved to be selected ahead of Ekta Yadav and Shaila Charis, the federation’s original choice. Then,inalatetwist,Chennai’s Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan, Varsha’s former teammate, also Varsha Gautham won bronze at 2014 Asian Games stakedherclaim.Toavoidfurther controversies,andalsomakethe trials more competitive, the federation decided to invite her for the trials as well. The trials are likely to be held in Jakarta from August 5 to 8 — the opening ceremony is on August 18. YAI secretary general Anil Anand said there was very little time to organise the trials in India since one team — Ekta and Shaila — is already in Jakarta, along with their boats. “So the logical option at this point is to hold a re-trial there and select the team for the Games,” Anand said. The dilemma began with a selection process that looked straightforward at the beginning but got murkier as months passed by. The YAI, in its general body meeting last December, decided to conduct just one trial, as close as possible to the Games, with the winners getting selected for the Asian Games. The race was held in Chennai in April after the coach of the Indonesian team, which was preparing for the Asiad in the Southern city, declared that the conditions there were very similar to Jakarta. Ekta and Shaila won that trial rather comfortably, finishing ahead of Aishwarya and Varsha. Sticking to the rules, the federation proposed Ekta and Shaila’s names fortheGames,pendingapproval fromthegovernmentandIndian Olympic Association. But last month, at the Asian SailingChampionshipinJakarta, where each side could field two teams, Varsha and Sweta came from behind to win the silver ahead of the Ekta-Shaila combination.Upontheirreturn,Varsha argued that she and her crew member should be considered for the Asian Games, since the AsianChampionshipmedalheld more significance. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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