LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 ‘Govt, Army on same page may help’ SUSHANT SINGH & SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 26 Imran Khan declared his victory on Thursday. PTI DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JULY 26 FUGITIVE JEWELLER Mehul Choksi, who was learnt to have escaped to Antigua and taken citizenship, has left the Caribbean country. Agencies investigating the Rs 13,600 crore PNB scam, where Choksi is among the key accused with Mehul nephew Nirav Choksi Modi, have learnt that he recently left Antigua for another country that is yet to be determined. “We are trying to ascertain where he is. But we are certain he is not in Antigua anymore,” an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Populist chord: Naya Pakistan, PM house will be educational institution SAJJAD HUSSAIN ISLAMABAD, JULY 26 PAKISTAN TEHREEK-E-INSAF chief Imran Khan Thursday claimed victory in the general elections after his party emerged as the single largest side in the National Assembly with its candidates winning 98 seats and 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 13 EXPLAINED The man who will be PM Peoples Party (PPP) led by former president Asif Ali Zardari won 23 seats and was leading in 20 seats, according to the latest results. Pakistan’s National Assembly comprises a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected whereas the rest — 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. Stressing that the blame game THE EDITORIAL PAGE SAJJAD HUSSAIN Pakistan’s new captain BY KHALED AHMED CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXTREMIST AND banned groups, including 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeedbacked Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek, have failed miserably in Pakistan’s general elections despite their massive campaign. Hundreds of individuals ● Panchmahal family seeks permission for euthanasia, alleges harassment by lenders, Page 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 14 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, JULY 26 weapons), 354 A (sexual harassment), 354 B (assault with intent to disrobe), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 109 (abetment), 504 (breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 376 C (sexual intercourse by a person in authority) and also under provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act and POCSO Act. On Wednesday, Roshan’s wife, Shiba Kumari Singh, claimed that her husband was being made a scapegoat. THE WEST Bengal Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution to change the name of the state to “Bangla”. The state government will now recommend this change of name to the Centre. The resolution was supported by the Congress and the Left too. However, the BJP has raised strong objections against the move, dubbing it an attempt to undermine the history of West Bengal. In August 2016, the TMC-led government had written to the Centre, suggesting three names — “Bangla” in Bengali, “Bengal” in English and “Bangal” in Hindi. The proposal was turned down by the Centre. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told the Assembly on Thursday that the Centre recently told the state government that they can accept only one name and not three. Then the House zeroed in on “Bangla”. “Although we had sent the proposal earlier, the Union government decided to sit on it for a long time. However, they have sent a communication to us recently, advising us to choose one name instead of three. We do not want any controversy on this issue, and therefore, we have decided to finally choose the name ‘Bangla’. So let the resolution be passed unanimously,” the Chief Minister said in Assembly. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The house in Delhi’s Mandawali, where three minor sisters were found dead. Gajendra Yadav 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 postmortem, the three had died of malnutrition/starvation and its complications. A second postmortem report has confirmed death due to starvation and that there was no trace of fat on their bodies. Police Thursday intensified efforts to locate their father, who 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bihar seeks CBI probe into sex abuse at shelter SANTOSH SINGH WOMAN ACCUSED OF EXTORTION SAYS WAS RAPED BY BHANUSHALI linked with hardline and banned groups were competing in the polls but so far, according to the unofficial results, none of them was seen as winning a seat in the national or provincial assemblies. Only few could garner a West Bengal House passes resolution to change name to Bangla NEW DELHI, JULY 26 GUJARAT NEW DELHI, JULY 26 10 ISLAMABAD, JULY 26 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 the Legislative Council that if 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 community 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 Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 326 (causing grievous hurt with 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 and schemes which were meant to address a case like theirs: from the school to the neighbourhoods to the government’s food scheme. Nothing illustrates this better than the fact that the bank account of one of the sisters, Mansi, opened by school authorities, 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. The oldest of the three, eightyear-old Mansi, was in Class III at the Poorvi Dilli Nagar Nigam Balika Vidyalaya in Mandawali, where she was entitled to a meal every school day under the mid- BUSINESS AS USUAL needs to stop between the two countries over Kashmir and Balochistan, 65-year-old Khan addressed his nation: “If India takes one step towards us, we will take two steps toward them...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 engagement with his team through the High Commission in 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 A YEAR after India claimed credit for the naming of Lashkar-eTaiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad in 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 Indian Expressthat once a formulation has found a mention in a declaration, “it is already a part of record”. They also pointed to the “very strong” paragraphs on 14 terrorism in the Johannesburg declaration. Referring to terrorism, the Johannesburg declaration stated: “We deplore the continued terrorist attacks, including in some BRICS countries. We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever. 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 terrorist actions from their territories.” It said: “We firmly believe that those responsible for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OBSTRUCTION INQUIRY: MUELLER EXAMINING TRUMP’S TWEETS WORLD EXPLOSION OUTSIDE US EMBASSY IN BEIJING Sexual abuse: NCW says govt should step in to scrap Church confessions 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 practice of confession in churches as “they come in the way of security and safety of women.” NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said the commission has sought a probe by a central agency into the two scandals that surfaced last month: one involving four priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the second one accusing the Bishop of 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 should go deep into it to see how many churches are involved in these incidents,” Sharma said. EXPRESS NETWORK ● SC SEEKS REPORT ON PROBE INTO KERALA PRIESTS’ CASE, PAGE 2 The commission which has prepared a report on the scandals after meeting the victims is sending it to the Home Ministry and copies of it to Kerala and Punjab governments. “We have recommended that confession should abolished from the church. It is being misused by the priests. Many women are suffering. Women cannot share their private life with priests,” Sharma told The Indian Express. The Bishop of Jalandhar was accused by a nun in Kottayam district of Kerala of raping her on several occasions between 2014 and 2016. The nun filed a complaint with the police on June 27. The scandal in the Orthodox church brought “confession,” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SOURCED FROM JUNGLES OF BASTAR , MAHUA TO GO MAINSTREAM 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 Breezer,” he said. For this, TRIFED has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IIT-Delhi, said Krishna and that it would be “sourced mostly from Bastar, it 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 500-600 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 Illustration: C R Sasikumar has been set up in Bijapur, at a cost 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, ice-cream, 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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