TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ‘SHOULD INCREASE TRADE BUT CORE ISSUE IS KASHMIR’ If India takes one step, we will take two steps: victorious Imran Khan 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 escaped to Antigua and taken citizenship, has left 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 26 Imran Khan declared his victory on Thursday. PTI NawazSharif’spartysayspollsrigged, hisbrothersayswon’tacceptresults DRAZEN JORGIC & SAAD SAYEED ISLAMABAD, JULY 26 PAKISTAN’S CRICKET legend Imran Khan declared victory Thursday in a divisive general election marred by a long delay in ballot counting and allegations of vote rigging by most opponents. “God has given me a chance to come to power to implement that ideology which I started 22 yearsago,”Khan,65,saidinatelevised speech from his house near the capital Islamabad. But supporters of jailed for- 13 EXPLAINED The man who will be PM mer Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the vote count was rigged and called it an assault on democracy in a country that has a history of military rule. Khan called for “mutually beneficial” ties with Pakistan’s on-off ally the United States, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN A carefully crafted message Thursday, former World Cupwinning cricket captain and Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, who is poised to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, made a nuanced outreach to India while making clear that Delhi’s response would hold the key. Stressing that the blame game needs to stop between the two countries over Kashmir and 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Pakistan’s new captain BY KHALED AHMED Balochistan, 65-year-old Khan told his countrymen in a televisedaddress:“If Indiatakesone steptowardsus,wewilltaketwo steps toward them...but at least (we) need a start. Right now, it is one-sided where India is constantly just blaming us.” The nuance was not lost on South Block, which perceived it as India having to take the lead in normalising bilateral ties. New Delhi has maintained that it is Pakistan’s responsibility to create a conducive atmosphere for talks, and that its 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. NHRC ISSUES NOTICE TO STATE GOVERNMENT CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 7 KOLKATA, JULY 26 The house in Delhi’s Mandawali, where three minor sisters were found dead. Gajendra Yadav itscomplications.Asecondpostmortem report is awaited. Mansi’s class teacher said, “When the child was absent for so long, I called up the contact number in the school record to ask about it. I was told that the childhadgonebacktohervillage for a while and didn’t think much about it.” Mansi had joined the school in 2014 as a nursery student. According to both the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 govt for CBI probe into sex abuse at shelter PATNA, JULY 26 ● ALWAR ASSAULT: Hundreds of individuals linkedwithhardlineandbanned groups were competing in the polls but so far, according to the unofficial results, none of them wasseenaswinningaseatinthe EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SANTOSH SINGH IN A MINUTE: HEMA MALINI NEW DELHI, JULY 26 West Bengal House passes resolution to change name to Bangla NEW DELHI, JULY 26 ● CAN BECOME CM SHUBHAJIT ROY Extremist groups fail to make a mark in Pak polls SUKRITA BARUAH EXPRESS NETWORK P3 Terror groups missing in latest BRICS statement BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 School, locality, govt scheme: How the system failed three sisters who starved to death THE DEATH of the three sisters in the national capital of 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. Theeldestof thethree,eightyear-oldMansi,wasinClassIIIat the Nagar Nigam School No. I in Mandawali and had attended schooljusttwiceinthemonthof July - on the tenth of the month and the day before her death. Mansi and her sisters, Shikha (6)andParo(2)werefounddead on Tuesday at a house they had temporarily moved into three days ago and according to the postmortem, the three had died of malnutrition/starvation and BUSINESS AS USUAL THE BIHAR government on Thursday recommended a CBI probe into the alleged sexual exploitationof inmatesattheshort stay home for girls, run by NGO SevaSankalpEvamVikasSamiti, in Muzaffarpur. Raising the issue in the Assembly, the Opposition demandedtheresignationof 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 dis- trict 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(causinggrievoushurt with weapons), 354 A (sexual harassment),354B(assaultwith intent to disrobe), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 109 (abetment), 504 (breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 376 C(sexualintercoursebyaperson inauthority)andalsounderprovisionsof theJuvenileJusticeAct and POCSO Act. On Wednesday, Roshan’s wife, Shiba Kumari Singh, claimed that her husband was being made a scapegoat. “I want CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 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. Theresolutionwassupportedby 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 recentlytoldthestategovernment 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 nameinsteadof three.Wedonot 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 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 Indian Express that once a formulationhasfoundamentionin 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 Johannesburg declaration stated: “We deplore the continued terrorist attacks, including in some BRICS countries. We condemn terrorism in all its formsandmanifestationswherever committed and by whomsoever. We urge concerted ef- forts to counter terrorism under the UN auspices on a firm international legal basis and express our conviction that a comprehensiveapproachisnecessaryto 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 committing, organising, or supportingterroristactsmustbeheldaccountable. We call upon all nations to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating terrorism, which should include countering radicalisation, recruitment, travel of Foreign Terrorist Fighters, blocking sourcesandchannelsof terrorist financingincluding,forinstance, through organised crime by means of money-laundering, supplyof weapons,drugtrafficking and other criminal activities, dismantling terrorist bases, and counteringmisuseoftheInternet byterroristentitiesthroughmisuseof thelatestInformationand Communication Technologies (ICTs).” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sexual abuse: NCW says govt should step in to scrap Church confessions LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 26 THE NATIONAL Commission for Women(NCW),submittingareport 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 Sharmasaidthecommissionhas sought a probe by a central agency into the two scandals thatsurfacedlastmonth:oneinvolving 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 shouldgodeepintoittoseehow EXPRESS NETWORK ● SC SEEKS REPORT ON PROBE INTO KERALA PRIESTS’ CASE, PAGE 5 many churches are involved in these incidents,” Sharma said. 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 thatconfessionshouldabolished 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 districtof Keralaof rapingheron several occasions between 2014 and 2016. The nun filed a 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. Jaipur 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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