TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE HIS REMARKS ON NRC STALLS RAJYA SABHA 40,07,707 OUT OF NRC NRCisaboutsecurity,eachpartymust School teacher, one spelloutstandonBanglaillegals:Shah of twins, ex-MLA, THE UNCOUNTED WHAT NEXT-I INSIDE PAGES 3, 5 ● RAJE TO COVER 6,054 KM DURING HER RAJASTHAN GAURAV YATRA ● KATARIA SAYS OTHER STATES TOO SHOULD CONSIDER NRC Mallya: UK court seeks video of jail barrack in Mumbai ADITI KHANNA LONDON, JULY 31 AUKcourtTuesdayaskedIndian authorities to submit within three weeks a video of a cell at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai where they plan to keep embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya post-extradition. The court also set September 12 for closing arguments in his high-profile extradition trial. Mallya, wanted by agencies on fraud charges, appeared before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London where both defence and prosecution presented clarifications on Barrack 12 at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where Mallya is to be held post-extradition. After hearing the arguments, Judge Emma Arbuthnot asked Indian authorities to submit within three weeks a video of the Barrack 12 of the Arthur Road Jail, set the next hearing for September 12 and extended Mallya’s bail until then. Earlier,Mallyasaidtheallegations of money laundering and stealing money against him are “completelyfalse”.“Attheendof the day, the courts will decide,” he told reporters outside the court. The 62-year-old former KingfisherAirlinesboss,whohas been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April lastyear,isfightingextraditionto India on charges of fraud and moneylaunderingamountingto around Rs 9,000 crore. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Draft can’t be basis for any action, ensure process is fair: SC to Centre Rajiv govt did not have courage to do it, we have gone and done it: BJP president LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 31 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G REJECTINGOPPOSITIONconcern over the exclusion of 40 lakh people in Assam from the draft National Register of Citizens, BJP president Amit Shah Tuesday said his party is committed to implement the NRC “firmly and fairly... to the last full stop” becausetheissueisabout“national security, security of borders and the citizens of this country”. Slamming the Opposition parties for their “votebank politics that have been placed above nationalinterest”,Shahsaideach party must make clear its position on illegal Bangladeshis in the country. “The illegal migration has been damaging the national security of this country. People were being killed. The NRC is for protecting human rights, the rights of Indians. The country cannot run like this... You cannot have people from everywhere. The Opposition should explain if it has consideration for national security. How do you protect the country by encouraging and STATINGTHATthedraftNational Register of Citizens (NRC) could not be the basis for any action since it was only a draft, the SupremeCourtTuesdayallowed the Centre to draw up a “fair” procedure for dealing with claims and objections of people left out of the list. “Court would like to observe thatwhathasbeensubmittedisa completedraftNRCwhich,naturally being a draft, cannot be the basisforanyactionbyanyauthority,” a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said. Thebenchalsodeclinedtogo into a plea by an association of transgenders on the non-inclusionof namesintheNRCsayings they already had their chance to apply. “You missed the bus... because all men, women and any other could apply,” Justice Gogoi said,adding“youwantustoopen something we want to close... Lots of people will come and tell us give us a second chance... CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE NEW DELHI, JULY 31 Modi is offered a sweet by Shah while Advani looks on at a meeting of the BJP parliamentary party in New Delhi on Tuesday. Neeraj Priyadarshi Mamata warns of ‘bloodbath, civil war’, Maya says NRC draft ‘anarth’ ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, JULY 31 STEPPING UP her attack on the BJP over the exclusion of 40 lakh people in Assam from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee Tuesday accused the “ruling party” of discriminating against and “questioning the Indianness of Indians” who do not support it, BY SUHAS PALSHIKAR can stay in the country and who cannot? This is a ploy to target particular communities, this is toisolatethem.Atthisrate,there will soon be a civil war, a bloodbath. Already, Section 144 has been imposed in the state... Divide and rule isnotthe politics of India. The politics of India is tolerance. What is happening is very dangerous,” she said. Asked about BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargya’s statement thatafterAssam,therewillbean CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Imran party says he may invite Modi, SAARC leaders for swearing-in ceremony next week M ZULQERNAIN LAHORE, JULY 31 The new reservation and warned that this would lead to “a civil war, a bloodbath”. Speaking at a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India conclave on ‘Love Your Neighbour’, Banerjee said: “You cannot just drive away people who have been staying here for 100,200,30years...Iamshocked to see how Indians became foreigners... shocked to see that even relatives of former PresidentFakhruddinAliAhmed have not made it to the NRC.” “Whoaretheytodecidewho IMRAN KHAN’S Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering invitingtheleadersof theSAARC countries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his oath-taking ceremony as Pakistan’s next Prime Minister on August 11, a party official said on Tuesday. “The core committee of Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering inviting the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) heads including Mr Modi and a decision on this is expected shortly,” a leader of Khan’s party told PTI. A day after Modi congratu- lated Khan on his party emerging the largest in the July 25 Pakistan general elections, the party leader termed Modi’s telephone call to Khan a welcoming signtobeginanewchapterinrelations between the two countries. Incidentally, after winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi had invited leaders of all South Asian countries to attend his swearing-in. Spokesperson for Khan’s party Fawad Chaudhry also did not rule out inviting Modi to the swearing-in ceremony. “A decision about it will be taken by the party in consultation with the foreign ministry in the coming days,” he said. The PTI, led by 65-year-old CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 B.Ed student, social worker in Delhi ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, JULY 31 BJP PRESIDENT Amit Shah framed the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as a filter to keep out Bangladeshis — saying “Bharat ke koi bhi nagarik ko chinta karne ki zaroorat nahin hai (No citizen of India has any reason to be concerned).” On the ground, however, it’s not so simple. In a state where history and geographyhavecreatedmultiple identities intertwined over the years, the NRC has cleaved open more than one fault line: cutting across ethnicity, language, religion. Over 40 lakh — Hindu and Muslim,youngandold,ruraland urban — find themselves among the uncounted. To understand the fear and uncertainty that’s gripping an entire state in the wake of this exercise, The Indian Express trackeddownthosewhoslipped through the cracks — from a 72year-old retired school teacher in Guwahati to a 25-year-old Bengali-speaking Muslim from Lakhimpur, from a 62-year-old ex-MLA in Abhayapuri to a 26year-old social worker from Tinsukia. It found parents missing, sisters and brothers out, and children failing to finding a place in thedraft.Alltheywantnow,they said, is to be counted. NEW DELHI, JULY 31 AFTER A year-and-half of hectic negotiations, India has joined an elite group of allies of the US, includingamajorityof NATOallies, to become a part of a club of countries which can get access to 90 per cent of defence technology and equipment — all of them for dual-use — supplied by the US government and its defence industry. A source told The Indian Express, “This is the Holy Grail of defencepartnershipwiththeUS. Although we got the Major Defence PartnerstatusbytheUS in 2016, we started negotiating on this about a year and half ago. Itisabigleap...sendsoutastrong political message and a robust signaltothedefenceindustryon India’s status.” With this, the Indian defence industry can get licenses to import sensitive US dual-use items and technology. Sources said that this is applicable to not only sale of equipment, but also to their manufacture in India. This opensdoorsforUSandotherforeigncompanies,aswellasIndian companies to manufacture items, which were restricted to be procured under US law. Ahead of the 2+2 dialogue between Indian and US foreign and defence ministers on September6,thisisamajortakeaway,asIndiainchesclosertorealizing the potential of being designated a “Major Defence Partner” since 2016. For the record, India will be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SAILEE DHAYALKAR MUMBAI, JULY 31 THE NATIONAL High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) told the Bombay High Court Tuesday that it has found an alternate parcel of land that the GodrejGroupsuggestedas“suitable” for acquisition to implement the bullet train project. Godrej and Boyce ManufacturingCompanyLimited had contested the acquisition of itsprime39,547sqmpropertyin VikhrolifortheRs1.08lakhcrore Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project in May. An affidavit filed by Uday Prasad Singh, Chief Project Manager,NHSRCLstatesthatthe Godrej Group had offered a second alternative plot situated 215 Ananta Kumar Malo, 62, is a former MLA of the AIUDF from the SC-reserved Abhayapuri South constituency. He does not know why or how he was excluded from the draft. “My brother used the same legacy dataof ourfather,andheisinthe NRC draft but I am not. My wife is also in the NRC through her legacy. I think there must have been some minor problem. I am metres westwards along the existing alignment of the bullet train.Asmall portionof thisland is also under litigation. “Isaythatuponthereceiptof the petitioners second Alternate Proposal, the respondent no 4 (NHSRCL)have,aftervisitingthe site,videtheirletterdatedJuly26, 2018,conveyedtheiracceptance inprinciplestatingthatthesiteis primafaciesuitableandtheywill examineindetailallothertechnical aspects and also submitted slightmodifiedsketchforthepetitioners’ consideration,” stated the five-page affidavit. The affidavit further states, “...oncethemodifiedsketchsubmitted by the respondent no 4 (NHSRCL)...is acceptable to the petitioners coupled with encumbrance free and clear title to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR CRIME ON TRAINS ON RISE, WANT POWER TO FILE CASES, INVESTIGATE: RPF TO CENTRE MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JULY 31 CITING INCREASING crimes reported by passengers on trains, particularly theft and robbery, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has sought permission from the Railway Ministry to widen their powers to include filing FIRs and investigate cases. According to data accessed by The Indian Express, theft aboard trains across the country doubledin2017comparedtothe previous year, while robbery casesincreasedbyalmost70per cent. Data also shows that Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh topped the list of states where the most crime was reported. Whileatotalof 71,055crimes were reported across the country in 2017, compared to 39,355 the year before, 20,777 crimes werereportedtillMarchin2018. Crimes against women, including rape, increased from 604 in 2016 to 641 in 2017, while 193 cases were reported until March this year. Presently, the RPF investigates only criminal cases related Maharashtra tops the list Bhalukabari, Kamrup. His twin sister is in, he is out ESHANI CHOUDHURY, 26 Tinsukia, now in New Delhi. Mother in, she & her sister out. GAUTAM PAL, 50 Guwahati. He and his brother are out. ‘Brother in, I am out’ Alternate land Godrej Import of dual-use tech from US: Curbs set to be suggested is suitable: eased, India in select club bullet train agency to HC SHUBHAJIT ROY RAZIB AHMED, 6 torailwayproperty,andrelieson the Government Railway Police (GRP),understategovernments, to register FIRs and investigate cases. According to official records, Maharashtra reported 11,614 crimes till March this year, while 33,145 were reported in 2017 and 7,338 were in 2016. “The reason behind this sudden rise is that crimes on local trains were taken into account. This may explain the inordinate number of crimes reported from Maharashtra,” said an RPF official. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SATI PURAKAYASTHA, 72 Guwahati. Her entire family is in, she is out.
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