TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● MONDAY, JULY 30, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE NRC FINAL LIST TODAY No need to fear, process transparent, impartial: CM ‘Will they deport us? I was born here, I don’t know anywhere else’ LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 29 6 WORLD INITIATIVESFOR INDO-PACIFIC REGIONSOON BYUS PM Modi with Union Minister Rajnath Singh, CM Adityanath and others at the Lucknow event on Sunday. Vishal Srivastav IMRAN KHAN TO BE SWORN IN AS PAK PM BEFORE AUGUST 14, HIS PARTY SAYS Marathas threaten fresh stir, other groups line up with demands SHUBHANGI KHAPRE MUMBAI, JULY 29 LESS than 24 hours after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held an allparty meeting to tackle the Maratha unrest in the state, the Maratha Kranti Morcha Coordination Committee announced a state-wide agitation starting August 1. In a meeting held at Latur on Sunday, the committee gave the state government two days to enforce a decision on Maratha reservation. The Marathas, who constitute 33 per cent of the state’spopulation,havebeendemanding16percentquotaineducation and employment. Meanwhile, with an eye on how the Maratha demand is playing out, other communities across the state are ramping up their quota demands. The Dhanghar community has warned of a street agitation to press for inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe category. In Vidarbha, there is a growing unrest among the Halba-Kosti community, as their ST status has been challenged in court. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY UP GETS 81 PROJECTS WORTH RS 60,000 CR Industrialists no chor-lutere, vital for nation-building: PM ‘Not afraid of being seen with them, not one to meet people behind curtains’ MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, JULY 29 WITH THE Opposition often accusing his government of being a “suit-boot ki sarkaar” and beingbiasedtowardsindustrialists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that he was not afraid of being seen next to “udyogpati” as they played as crucial a role in nation development as a labourer, a farmer or an artisan. It was wrong to call them “chor-lutere (thieves)”, he added. Modi was in Lucknow for a mega event where he laid the foundation stone for 81 projects, worth overall Rs 60,000 crore. “Agar Hindustan ko banane mein ek kisan ki mehant kaam karti hai, ek karigar ki mehnat kaamkartihai,ekbanker,financer ki mehnat kaam karti hai, ek sarkar ke mulazim ki mehnat kaam karti hai, ek mazdoor ki mehnat kaam karti hai, waise desh ke udyogkaron ki bhi desh ko banane mein bhumika hai (In building Hindustan, if the hard work of a farmer, an artisan, a banker,afinancer,agovernment employee, a labourer, all has a role, similarly industrialists too have a role),” the PM said. “Hum unko apmaanit karenge,chor-luterekahenge...yeh kaunsa tareeka hai (We humiliate industrialists, call them thieves, robbers... how is that right)?”. At the same time, those who did any wrong would have toeitherleavethecountryorend up in jail, Modi said. “This was not done earlier.” Sunday’seventwasattended by industry bigwigs such as Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of the Aditya Birla group; Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani group; Subhash Chandra, chairman of the Essel group and a Rajya Sabha MP; and Sanjeev Puri, MD, ITC. Top executives of business houses like Walmart were also present. The PM drew a parallel with Mahatma Gandhi, talking about his association with the Birlas, and saying that even a man as “pure” as him was not hesitant CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 No funds, first cow sanctuary can’t take in cows MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, JULY 29 AS THE Rajasthan government announces its very own cow sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh’s ownisgaspingforfunds.Around five months after it opened its gates to cows, the Kamdhenu Gau Abhayaranya in February this year stopped their entry after realising that it neither had themanpowernorthemoneyto take care of the bovines. Spread over 472 hectares in Salaria village in the state’s Agar district,thesanctuary,openedin September 2017, was touted as the first such for cows in the country. Besides sheltering stray and abandoned cows, it was meanttopromotepesticidesand medicines derived from cow dungandcowurine.Whileplans were to accommodate 6,000 cattle in its 24 sheds, the sanctuary currently has around 4,120 At Salaria village in MP cows. But the money it currently getsfromtheAnimalHusbandry Department is used up in pro- viding just fodder for them. “Therecurringcostsaremore than Rs 10 crore but the budgetary allocation is half of that. Nearly Rs 4 crore is spent on fodder.Whereisthequestionof taking up new projects when there is a question mark on existing works?” said a source in the AnimalHusbandryDepartment. According to him, a Finance Department officer had asked the Madhya Pradesh Gau A DAY ahead of the publication of the final draft of the National Registerof Citizens(NRC),Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday again assured that no one would be sent to detention camps nor treated as a foreigner if his or her name does not appear in the draft. He said that they would get ample time to get this rectified as “adequate opportunity will be given for filing claims and objections”. In an interview with The Indian Express, Sonowalalsosaid that there should not be any insecurity or fear among people because “the entire NRC is being carriedoutinanimpartial,transparent and meticulous manner, and would continue to remain the same”. TheCM,whohasheldaseries of meetingswithofficialsandpolicetopbrassinthelastfewdays, saidhisgovernmenthastakenall possible steps to ensure that law andorderismaintainedafterthe publication of the NRC draft, including guarding against fake news and messages over social media. Sonowal said the state government had put in a place a system for legal action against thosewhospreadsuchrumours. However, he refused to answer whether his earlier statement that the government would not give any constitutionalrightstopeoplewhofailed to make it to the final NRC list, once that is ready, would stand. Reiterating that the priority was to “identify foreigners”, he said, “What steps the government takes will come next.” Sonowal denied the accusationthattheNRCdraftfitsinwell with the BJP’s communal politics, and that the ruling party may use it to target even legal Muslim citizens. The entire process was being monitored by theSupremeCourt,hesaid.“The 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE ABHISHEK SAHA Security at the NRC office in Guwahati Sunday. PTI The final NRC will be a win-win situation for all of us” SARBANANDA SONOWAL CHIEF MINISTER OF ASSAM final NRC has come up through a legal process under the supervision of the apex court and will definitely provide a tool to make adistinctionbetweenabonafide Indian and a foreigner.” A former student union leader, Sonowal began his political career with the agenda of fighting illegal migration in Assam, and on the day he was sworninasCM,May25,2016,he had visited an NRC office before going to his own office. The CM acknowledged that in his political journey, Monday, the NRC draft day, was “a significant milestone”. RELATED REPORTS: PAGE 3 The dwindling minority BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT & GILLES VERNIERS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Why Navy is watching an Leaders of India’s Asiad contingent: Tainted MP, insolvent shipbuilder KHUSHBOO NARAYAN & RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, JULY 29 IT IS not just banks that keenly await the resolution of 12 companieswhichhavedefaultedand are on the RBI’s first list of InsolvencyandBankruptcyCode (IBC) cases. The Indian Navy too is tracking the insolvency proceedings of ABG Shipyard after the Navy was forced last year to terminateshipbuildingcontracts worth Rs 1,455 crore five years after it was first awarded to the firm. The failure of ABG Shipyard, which owes close to Rs 19,000 crore to its creditors, to deliver three training vessels has the Navy questioning public-private partnerships in building warships and officials believe the termination of the contract has set the Navy’s schedule back by at least a decade. The Navy in June 2011, had awarded a Rs 970 crore contract to ABG Shipyard, an Ahmedabad-based company, to build two cadet training ships, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kalmadi’s ex-pvt secy MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, JULY 29 ONE IS a BJP leader who, according to his 2014 election affidavit, has been charged in numerous criminal cases, including attempt to murder and dacoity. The other is a sports administrator probed by multiple agencies, including the CBI, for his alleged role in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scandal. Last week, the two were named by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as leaders of the country’s Asian Games contingent. Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, anMPfromKaiserganjinUP,has been appointed Chef de Mission of India’s 541-strong team for the August 18 to September 2 event in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. One of the four deputies assigned to Singh is Rajkumar Sacheti, a close aide of disgraced CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR WRITING ON THE WALL: ACROSS STATES, GOVT SCHOOLS ARE TURNING ENGLISH MEDIUM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 29 THE KARNATAKA government’s proposal to have an Englishmedium section in 1,000 government schools as a pilot project to wean away parents from private schools has provoked protests from Kannada writers and intellectuals, who fear that English will swallow the native language. Minister of Primary and Secondary Education N Mahesh has said the move is needed as students have moved away from government to private schools even in rural areas. Students in was scuttled. stategovernmentschoolsatpresent learn English from Class V. However, across the country, with student numbers in government schools dropping and Punjab TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org English seen as the only way forward,stateshavebeenintroducing English medium. Incidentally, the medium of An English-medium school of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. 21,000-plus students have shifted to its schools in the past 5 years, since English medium brought in. Javed Raja instruction in all government schools in J&K is English since 2003, while in Assam, an at- tempt to convert 20 vernacularmedium government schools to English-medium in 2012-13 HasstartedEnglish-medium sections in government schools from this session. Initial plans were to have such sections in 1,886 schools, at middle, high and senior secondary levels, but only 1,424 schools opted for it. The remaining couldn’t due to reasons such as infrastructure constraints, lack of enough students, failure of state board to print enough English-medium books, and lack of teachers. Classes 10, 12 have been kept out for now so as to not “pressure” students appearing for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur KALIKAJARI (MORIGAON), JULY 29 BROTHERS HAFIZ Uddin and Moin Uddin, both daily-wage labourers in their 40s and residents of Dakshin Kalikajari village in Assam’s Morigaon district, will be among the lakhs of people not likely to find a mention in the draft of the updated National Register of Citizens to be released on Monday in the state. The reason for the exclusion being that 12 members of their family — a chain starting from their grandmother Phulbanu Begum, who died around 14 years go — were declared foreigners by a Foreigners’ Tribunal two years ago. No doubt has been cast by authorities, however, on the Indian citizenship of Phulbanu’shusbandAbdulGani. In this part of Kalikajari, around 90 km from Guwahati and dominated by Bengali Muslims, almost every householdhasapersonbattlingthecitizenship tangle, in one form or another. Despite assurances, manyfeartheirfatewillbesealed when the second and final draft of the NRC comes out at all the NRCSewaKendras(NSKs)across the state on Monday, along with theapplicants’names,addresses and photographs. NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela is expected to release the final draft at a press event scheduled for 10 am at his office in Guwahati. After that, people can check their names throughthreemeans:bygoingto their respective NSKs, checking on the website or through SMS. Security has been beefed up across the state in apprehension of tension. The government has despatched 220 companies of Central Armed Police Forces and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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