TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE)PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 STATE PAGE 3 Fingers crossed in Delhi, mission was in touch with Team Imran ● WHERE WAS ‘Govt, Army on same page may help’ FADNAVIS, ASKS SENA SUSHANT SINGH & SHUBHAJIT ROY ● MORE LEGISLATORS OFFER TO RESIGN OVER QUOTA ROW Probe agencies say Choksi has left Antigua DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JULY 26 FUGITIVE JEWELLER Mehul Choksi, who was learnt to have escapedtoAntiguaandtakencitizenship, has left the Caribbean country. Agencies investigating the Rs 13,600 crore PNB scam, where Choksi is among the key accused with nephew Nirav Modi,havelearntthatherecently left Antigua for another country CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 9 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 10 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 NEWSLINE PATNA, JULY 26 ● Maratha leaders raise the pitch, seek Fadnavis’s apology, resignation 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 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 theLegislativeCouncilthatif 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- 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 12 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Church Govt strategy: All-party sexual abuse: meeting, expedite Confessions backward panel report by women should go, SHUBHANGI KHAPRE MUMBAI, JULY 26 says NCW The house in Delhi’s Mandawali, where three minor sisters were found dead. Gajendra Yadav CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JULY 26 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 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 bodies. Police Thursday intensified effortstolocatetheir father, who Unlike last year, Jaish, Lashkar not named in BRICS statement SHUBHAJIT ROY Terror groups and proxies fail to make electoral mark SUKRITA BARUAH day meal programme. But in the month of July, she had attended school just twice — on the 10th of the month and the day before her death. Mansi and her 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 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, wasinClassIIIat the Poorvi Dilli Nagar Nigam Balika Vidyalaya in Mandawali, whereshewasentitledtoameal every school day under the mid- 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 Thursday convened a meeting of 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 twopronged strategy -- provide 16 per cent reservation to the Marathas in the ongoing recruitment drive to employ 72,000 people and ask the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission to expedite the process of submitting its report to the court on the socioeconomic status of the community by next month. "The government will provide additional manpower to ensure that the report is submitted by August end... The report is important 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 talukas in 36 districts. The party members have been told to publicise efforts made by the government for Maratha reservation. Earlier in the day, while addressing a BJP media workshop at Uttan in Thane district, Fadnavis said: "The government is making an honest attempt to provide reservation to the Marathas in jobs and educational institutes. The BJP has already adopted a resolution support the 16 per cent Maratha reservation. The Cabinet has unanimously passed the decision." Earlier, Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde, while addressing the Marathas in her constituency Beed, had said: "If the file were on my table, I would have taken the decision within a minute... The file is neither on my table nor the CM's table. It is with the court." The Bombay High Court had in 2014 stayed implementation of the erstwhile Congress-NCP government's decision to provide reservation to Marathas. The case is still pending before the HC. LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 26 THE NATIONAL Commission for Women (NCW), submitting a report on the two sex scandals in churches in Kerala, has recommended that the government should intervene to abolish the practiceofconfessioninchurches as“theycomeinthewayof security and safety of women.” NCW chairperson Rekha Sharmasaidthecommissionhas sought a probe by a central agencyintothetwoscandalsthat surfaced last month: one involving four priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian 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 shouldgodeepintoittoseehow many churches are involved in these incidents,” Sharma said. The commission which has preparedareportonthescandals after meeting the victims is sending it to the Home Ministry and copies of it to Kerala and Punjab governments. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SAVIOUR FOR MENTALLY ILL DESTITUTES, HE HELPED REUNITE 7,000 WITH FAMILIES Dr Bharat Vatwani wins 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award ANURADHA MASCARENHAS PUNE, JULY 26 WHEN DR Bharat Vatwani's (60) name was announced on Thursday for Asia's highest honour, the Ramon Magsaysay award, a 46-year-old builder from Pune was among the first to congratulate the man who helped bring dignity to his life. Recalling how he was af- fected with schizophrenia as a 17-year-old student of Class XI, Gangadhar Vinode said, "I was in Kolhapur and was travelling back to Pune. Instead I landed in Thane and for three days was lying unconscious at the roadside. I don't know what would have happened if Dr Bharat Vatwani, a psychiatrist, had not treated me," Vinode said. "I would have been lost. I was dirty, dishevelled and in really bad shape. I used to laugh and cry for no reason and was even violent. For three months my family was unaware about my whereabouts. Some people took me to the Missionaries of Charity home at Borivali. But it was only after Dr Vatwani started his treatment, found my Dr Bharat Vatwani with his team. Express address and contacted my parents in Pune that I understood what had happened," Vinode, who shudders recalling that traumatic phase of his life, said. Dr Vatwani set up the Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation at Karjat in 2006 and has helped reunite around 7,000 mentally ill people with their families across the country, even in Nepal. The award will be presented to him at a function on August 31 for devoting his life towards serving the mentally ill on the streets. "Our work had begun prior to setting up the home. The turning point in my life was in the early 90s when my wife Smita, who is also a psychiatrist, and I noticed a horribly skinny boy drinking gutter water from a coconut shell. We brought him to our nursing home as we realised that he was a schizophrenic. After appropriate care and treatment, the boy told us he was a BSc graduate and his father the superintendent of a zilla parishad in Andhra Pradesh. Mental illness can affect anyone and reduce a person to pathetically inhuman conditions," Dr Vatwani said. "The next turning point came when a former lecturer at J J School of Arts ended up on the roads due to a mental illness that was not treated. This was one of the most difficult cases and it took four months for him to recover. After several efforts he was reinstated in his job," Dr Vatwani recalled. What started as attending to a couple of mentally ill desti- tutes led to setting up of a rehabilitation centre after a meeting with social worker Baba Amte. During the meeting, Dr Vatwani came across a schizophrenic destitute who was in chains. Recalling how Baba Amte was anguished at the sight, Dr Vatwani said, "His sensitivity drew me to him. It was bonding at its emotional best. While appreciating my work, he encouraged me to do more and that's when we set up the rehabilitation home at Karjat." "In all my depressing moments if there is one person who continues to inspire me is Baba Amte," said Dr Vatwani, who lost his father at a young age and was prone to bouts of suicidal depression. "I used to subconsciously end up hunting for a father figure in all the elders that I would meet and my search ended with Baba. He guided me and now this award has recognised the cause of the mentally ill roadside destitute persons." While Dr Vatwani continues to practise twice a week in Mumbai, he also raises funds and contributes Rs 2 lakh every month for the upkeep of the 120 destitutes staying at the Karjat home. "We need Rs 18 lakh each month and now donations have been coming in, including Rs 3 lakh each month from another trustee member," Dr Vatwani said. "This award will now motivate us to work harder," he said.
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