TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, JULY 27, 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 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ‘IF INDIA TAKES ONE STEP, WE WILL TAKE TWO...KASHMIR CORE ISSUE’ Set to be Pak PM, Imran reaches out to India with a Kashmir rider Fingers crossed in Delhi, mission was in touch with Team Imran Choksi on the move again, probe agencies say he has left Antigua DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JULY 26 FUGITIVE JEWELLER Mehul Choksi, who was learnt to have escapedtoAntiguaandtakencitizenship,hasleft the Caribbean country. Agencies investigating the Rs 13,600 crore PNB scam, where Choksi is Mehul among the key Choksi accused with nephew Nirav Modi, have learnt that he recently left Antiguaforanothercountrythat is yet to be determined. “We are trying to ascertain where he is. But we are certain heisnotinAntiguaanymore,”an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Govt, Army on same page may help’ SUSHANT SINGH & SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 26 Imran Khan declared his victory on Thursday. PTI Populistchord:NayaPakistan,PM housewillbeeducationalinstitution SAJJAD HUSSAIN ISLAMABAD, JULY 26 PAKISTAN TEHREEK-E-INSAF chief Imran Khan Thursday claimed victory in the general electionsafterhispartyemerged as the single largest side in the National Assembly with its candidateswinning98seatsand leading in 20 others, amid rival political parties’ claim of “blatant” rigging. Jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 49 seats and was leading in 14 constituencies while Pakistan 11 EXPLAINED The man who will be PM PeoplesParty(PPP)ledbyformer presidentAsif AliZardariwon23 seatsandwasleadingin20seats, according to the latest results. Pakistan’sNationalAssembly comprises a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected whereas the rest — CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN A carefully crafted message Thursday, Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, poised to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, made a nuanced outreach to India while making clear that New Delhi’s response would hold the key. Stressingthattheblamegame 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Pakistan’s new captain BY KHALED AHMED needs to stop between the two countries over Kashmir and Balochistan, 65-year-old Khan addressed his nation: “If India takesonesteptowardsus,wewill taketwostepstowardthem...but at least (we) need a start. Right now, it is one-sided where India is constantly just blaming us.” Khan’s public statement, sources said, follows India’s engagementwithhisteamthrough the High Commission in SAJJAD HUSSAIN ISLAMABAD, JULY 26 EXTREMIST AND banned groups,including26/11Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeedbacked Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek, have failed miserably in Pakistan’s general elections despite their massive campaign. Hundreds of individuals THECITY ● Part of Lower Parel ROB set to be reopened NEW DELHI, JULY 26 linkedwithhardlineandbanned groups were competing in the polls but so far, according to the unofficial results, none of them wasseenaswinningaseatinthe nationalorprovincialassemblies. Only few could garner a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 14 MUMBAI, JULY 26 The house in Delhi’s Mandawali, where three minor sisters were found dead. Gajendra Yadav CONTINUEDONPAGE2 REMEMBERING KARGIL Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas, in New Delhi on Thursday. Renuka Puri Bihar seeks CBI probe into sex abuse at shelter SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, JULY 26 THE BIHAR government on Thursday recommended a CBI probe into the alleged sexual exploitation of inmates at the short stay home for girls, run by NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, in Muzaffarpur. Raising the issue in the Assembly, the Opposition demanded the resignation of Social Welfare Department Minister Manju Verma, following allegations that her husband was also involved. Verma told theLegislativeCouncil thatif her husband, Chandrashekhar Verma, a former legislator, was found to be involved, she would “request the court to hang him”. “As I hail from a backward com- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt strategy: All-party meeting, expedite backward panel report SHUBHANGI KHAPRE bodies. Police Thursday intensified effortsto locatetheir father, who has been missing since the three bodies were found. Delhi government sources also said that they were probing how three girls of different age died at the same time. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia - who is also the MLA of the area - admitted the AYEARafterIndiaclaimedcredit for the naming of Lashkar-eTaibaandJaish-e-Mohammadin the BRICS declaration at Xiamen in China, the grouping’s declaration in Johannesburg Thursday did not contain any reference to these terrorist groups. The latest declaration was issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met all BRICS leaders, and was in the process of meeting at least three of them separately. Sources, however, told The IndianExpressthatonceaformulation has found a mention in a declaration, “it is already a part of record”. They also pointed to the “very strong” paragraphs on terrorism in the Johannesburg declaration. Referring to terrorism, the Johannesburgdeclarationstated: “We deplore the continued terrorist attacks, including in some BRICS countries. We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committedandbywhomsoever. We urge concerted efforts to counter terrorism under the UN auspices on a firm international legal basis and express our conviction that a comprehensive approach is necessary to ensure an effective fight against terrorism. We recall the responsibility of all States to prevent financing of terrorist networks and terroristactionsfromtheirterritories.” It said: “We firmly believe that those responsible for MARATHA AGITATION NEW DELHI, JULY 26 of the month and the day before her death. Mansi andher sisters, Shikha (4) and Paro (2), were found dead on Tuesday at a house they had temporarily moved into three days ago. According to the postmortem, the three had died of malnutrition/starvation and itscomplications.Asecondpostmortem report has confirmed death due to starvation and that there was no trace of fat on their Unlike last year, Jaish, Lashkar not named in BRICS statement SHUBHAJIT ROY Terror groups and proxies fail to make electoral mark SUKRITA BARUAH 3 BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 School, locality & scheme: All failed sisters who starved, died THE DEATH of the three sisters in the national capital due to starvation Tuesday is a testimony to the failure of systems andschemeswhichweremeant toaddressacaseliketheirs:from the school to the neighbourhoods to the government’s food scheme. Nothing illustrates this betterthanthefactthatthebank account of one of the sisters, Mansi,openedbyschoolauthorities, still had money in it and ATM cards were given to the family. “There is a little over Rs 1,800 in her account, which seems to be the money that the government gives as direct benefit transfer to purchase school books or uniform,” a source said. Theoldestof thethree,eightyear-old Mansi, wasinClass IIIat the Poorvi Dilli Nagar Nigam Balika Vidyalaya in Mandawali, whereshewasentitledtoameal every school day under the midday meal programme. But in the month of July, she had attended school just twice — on the 10th BUSINESS AS USUAL Prime Minister Narendra Modi with China’s President Xi Jinping, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, Brazil’s President Michel Temer, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the BRICS meeting in Johannesburg on Thursday. Reuters munity and am the only woman minister, I am being targeted,” she said. The Muzaffarpur police have arrested 10 people so far, including Ravi Kumar Roshan, the district child protection officer, Brajesh Thakur, caretaker of the short stay home, and Vikas Kumar, a member of the child welfare committee. One of the accused, Dilip Kumar Verma, chairman of the child welfare committee, is absconding. Police on Thursday filed a chargesheet against the 10 arrested persons, under IPC Sections341(wrongfulrestraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 326 (causing grievous hurt with weapons), 354 A (sexual harassment),354B(assaultwithintent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AMID MOUNTING pressure to find an amicable solution to the Maratha reservation issue, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursdayconvenedameetingof BJP ministers and elected party members. The government has also decided to hold an all-party meeting on the matter, said sources. Party insiders, on the condition of anonymity, said BJP has decided to adopt a two-pronged strategy — provide 16 per cent reservation to the Marathas in theongoingrecruitmentdriveto employ 72,000 people and ask theMaharashtraStateBackward Class Commission to expedite the process of submitting its report to the court on the socioeconomic status of the commu- nity by next month. “The government will provideadditionalmanpowertoensure that the report is submitted byAugustend...Thereportisimportant to determine the social and economic backwardness of the Marathas. The findings would help make the process of giving Marathas reservation constitutionally valid,” a source said. A senior minister told The Indian Express, “There is no reason for us to be on the backfoot. We have urged all our Maratha MLAs and ministers to engage community members in their respective constituencies in a positive dialogue.” The emphasis is on asking Maratha leaders, ministers, party members and the cadre to establish man-to-man contact with the community across 355 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Internet services suspended in Navi Mumbai GARGI VERMA NAVI MUMBAI, JULY 26 HOURS after protests by the Maratha Kranti Morcha turned violent in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday night, residents experienced an unprecedented suspension of Internet services by several telecom providers in various parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The epicentre of the shutdown in data services was Navi Mumbai, where the police requested network providers to suspend Internet services from Thursday morning until Friday evening. But cellphone users in CONTINUEDONPAGE8 Church sexual abuse: Confessions by women should go, says NCW LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 26 THE NATIONAL Commission for Women (NCW), submitting a reportonthetwosexscandalsin churches in Kerala, has recommended that the government should intervene to abolish the practice of confession in churches as “they come in the way of security and safety of women.” NCW chairperson Rekha Sharmasaidthecommissionhas sought a probe by a central agency into the two scandals that surfaced last month: one involving four priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian EXPRESS NETWORK ● KERALA PRIESTS CASE: SC SEEKS REPORT ON PROBE, PAGE 8 Church and the second one accusingtheBishopof Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal, of rape. “We have recommended a probe by a central agency into these scandals because such incidents are on a rise in Kerala. An investigative agency should probe into these matters. They shouldgodeep intoit to seehow many churches are involved in these incidents,” Sharma said. The commission which has prepared a report on the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SOURCED FROM JUNGLES OF BASTAR , MAHUA TO GO MAINSTREAM UNDER GOVT SCHEME DIVYA A NEW DELHI, JULY 26 TO POPULARISE authentic tribal products across the country and increase its market share, the Tribal Affairs Ministry now plans to bottle mahua, the traditional tribal drink, and sell it in the open market across the country. Pravir Krishna, Managing Director, Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED), said it will be sold as a mildlyalcoholic drink. “We plan to add various flavours to mahua such as ginger, pomegranate and ajwain (carom seeds), and sell it in the market like a mildly-alcoholic beverage, on the lines of the (Bacardi) Breezer.” For this, TRIFED has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IIT-Delhi, said Krishna. He said it would be “sourced mostly from Bastar, and will be sold all over the country under the brand name Mahua”. The marketing plan will be done under the Tribal Affairs Ministry’s value-addition scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur earlier this year. Called the Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram, Rs 500600 crore has been earmarked under the nation-wide programme for training tribal clusters to add value to their produce and sell it in a packaged format, aiming to increase their income manifold. Besides mahua, other tribal staples such as tamarind and amla will be de-seeded and brought to the market in the form of candies and jams. A Ministry official said: “The first model Van Dhan Vikas Kendra under the project has been set up in Bijapur, at a cost Illustration: C R Sasikumar of Rs 43 lakh, with a capacity to train 300 people, and provide equipment for primary-level processing. It will focus on tamarind brick making, mahua flower storage facility and chironjee cleaning and packaging.” According to Krishna, the products marketed under the scheme will include only those that need primary-level processing including handicrafts, textiles, food items, jams and pulps, and jewellery. “What Amul did for milk, we want to do for non-timber forest produce through this scheme. Milk sold as milk wouldn’t have got the people of Anand anything. But if you turn it into yoghurt, icecream, desserts, the income increases manifold. That’s the model we will replicate,” he said. Earlier, TRIFED, which was entrusted with setting up of Van Dhan Vikas Kendras to implement the scheme, tied up with IIT-Delhi to use mahua flower syrup to create chutney, jam, squash and non-alcoholic beverages. The resultant TamarindMahua Candy and pickle thus produced has been identified for bulk supply to Air India. This is the first time, however, that the ministry is getting into bottling and sale of alcoholic beverages. “Presently, we are in the process of getting clearances and licences for the same, and the product should be out within this year itself,” Krishna said. A Ministry official said: “Over the next one month, our officers will be travelling to all the 27 states with tribal population, identify products that can be developed under the project and sign MoUs. As many as 30 new tribal products will be innovated within this year.”
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