eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE NEWDELHI,LATECITY AUGUST19,2018 22+6(EYE)PAGES,`6.00 (`8 PATNA& RAIPUR, ` 12 SRINAGAR) IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 10 ‘PRIVACY HAS BEEN DEFINED AS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT. EVERY DATA LAW NOW HAS TO ENSURE IT’ Justice B N SRIKRISHNA, former Supreme Court judge SUNDAY STORY We Need to Talk WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA PAGE 11 Via Vajpayee How Hindi cinema, from Garm Hava to Mulk, has held a mirror to ourselves The journey of the BJP and its politics can be told through the journey of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Rs 13,000 CR NEEDED TO REPAIR 83,000 KM ROAD NETWORK: CM Number in relief camps doubles overnight, CM details the damage AVERAGE MONTHLY INCOME OF RURAL HOUSEHOLDS Income Source Agricultural Households Cultivation NonAgricultural Households All Households 1,494 3,140 NA Livestock Rearing 711 NA 338 Other Enterprises 489 851 679 Wage Labour 3,025 3,940 3,504 Govt/ Pvt Service 1,444 2,326 1,906 122 152 138 8,931 7,269 8,059 Other Sources All Sources Figures in Rupees Imran Khan begins new innings as Pakistan PM KERALA FLOODS PICKING UP THE PIECES BIG PICTURE PAGES 12-13 FLOODS & FURY Imran Khan being sworn in on Saturday. AP SAJJAD HUSSAIN ISLAMABAD, AUGUST 18 ‘KAPTAN’ IMRAN Khan on Saturday begananewinningsas Pakistan’s Prime Minister, assuming the reins at a time when the country is facing serious financial woes, uneasy ties with its neighbours and possible international sanctions for failing to combat terrorism. Khan, 65, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), wasadministered the oathof office as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime MinisterbyPresidentMamnoon Hussain at a simple ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (President House) here. The ceremony, which was scheduled to begin at 9:30 am, was delayed by around 40 minutes. It commencedwiththe national anthem, followed by recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. Clad in a traditional greyish black sherwani, the former cricket hero was a little nervous CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 9 PM announces Rs 500 cr aid for Kerala; CM says ‘not a situation that is going out of control... has improved’ SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AUGUST 18 ON A day that flood-ravaged Kerala reported 33 deaths, taking the death toll since August 8 to 166, Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook anaerial visitof the affected regions and announced an immediate assistance of Rs 500 crore for the state. While 6.80 lakh people have beenrelocatedtorelief campsso far, hundreds still wait in their flooded homes for rescue teams to reach them. On Saturday, at least 58,506 persons were relocatedfromtheworst-hitdistricts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur. However,38othersarestillmiss- Gujarat sets up inquiry panel to look into fire in groundnut godowns EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, RAJKOT, AUGUST 18 UNDER PRESSURE from the Opposition over allegations of large-scale malpractices in groundnut procurement in the state, the Gujarat government Saturday announced the setting up of a Commissionof Inquiry to probe repeated incidents of fire in godowns that have gutted over 80,000 quintals of groundnut valued at over Rs 45 crore. The move comes weeks after 17 WORLD USSUPPLIED BOMBTHAT KILLEDYEMENI CHILDREN: REPORT KOFI ANNAN, FORMER UN SECRETARY-GENERAL, DIES AT 80 MORE REPORTS Rescue operations being carried out in flood-hit areas of Kochi on Saturday. PTI Vaghji Boda, chairman of the NationalAgriculturalCooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED), claimedthattheBJPgovernment in Gujarat had indulged in corruption during groundnut procurementlastyear.Boda,amember of the Congress, resigned from the party a day after he made the allegations at a party event in the state. On Saturday, after Chief Minister announced that the Commissionof Inquirywouldbe headed by retired Justice H K Rathod, Home Minister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 7 From a stranded groom to an expat on holiday, NDRF team reaches out JOHNSON TA THRISSUR, AUGUST 18 PM Narendra Modi, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan at a meeting to take stock of the flood situation in Kochi on Saturday. PTI ing, according to official figures. GovernorPSathasivam,Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons accompa- nied the Prime Minister on the aerial tour. The Rs 500-crore financial assistance announced by the PM is in addition to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 “SIR, IT is my wedding tomorrow. I have to reach Tiruvalla somehow.Ihavebeenstuckhere for two days. Please help me get out,” Anish K, who works as a finance executive in London, tells NDRF commandant Aditya Prathap Singh on Saturday at Urakam village in Thrissur district of Kerala. “Ourpriorityistorescuepeople. But don’t worry, we will do something to ensure you get married tomorrow,” the NDRF commandant tells the young man. Anish is among four persons trying to travel to central Kerala from Thrissur, who have been stuckatUrakamvillage,some20 km from Thrissur, because the stretch of road they are taking to get to Irinjalakuda town — and further on to Ernakulam — is inundated. Anish’stravelcompanion,on accountof thefloodandflightdiversionsafter theshuttingof the Kochi airport, is Sashikumar, a middle-aged man returning from Kuwait to celebrate Onam at his home in Kodungallur. The duolandedatCoimbatoreairport three days earlier and were travelingbyataxionThursdaywhen CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As Asia showcases unity, two Koreas get loudest cheers at opening ceremony EXPRESSAT ASIANGAMES SHIVANI NAIK JAKARTA, AUGUST 18 INDONESIAN PRESIDENT Joko Widodo lightened up the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games by zipping into the sta- Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra leads the Indian contingent at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, in Jakarta on Saturday. PTI dium, donning a suit, on a twowheeler.Hishelmet-hiddenface suggested that a body double could have performed the leaps off highrisesandwheeliesbefore the grand entry at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium. Jokowi, as he’s fondly called, did brake at a signal in a prerecorded video, to allow school children to cross the road, even high-fiving some of some of them. The scenes played out to a soundtrack of contemporary IndonesianDangdutmusic—it’s foot-tapping, dreamy, romantic, utterly lovely. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Only 23% of rural income from farming: survey HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, AUGUST 18 AGRICULTURE GENERATES not evenaquarterof ruralhousehold incomes in India. Even for so-calledagriculturalhouseholds, just over 43 per cent of their average income comes from cultivationof cropsandrearingof animals, according to the National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development’s (NABARD) All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey 2016-17. The survey reinforces a trend that has gathered momentum since the start of this century — of an increasingly less ‘Krishi’ in ‘Bharat’. While agriculture may, bydefinition,belargelyrural,the converse, though, isn’t true. The NABARD survey estimates the total number of rural households in India for 2016-17 at 21.17 crore. The definition of “rural” is a broad one, covering revenuevillagesandsemi-urban centres with a population of less than 50,000. Out of the 21.17 crore rural households, 10.07 crore, or under 48 per cent, are “agricultural” — those with at least one member selfemployedinfarmingandreporting annual value of produce at morethanRs5,000.Theremaining 11.10 crore households or 52 per cent are “non-agricultural”. According to the survey, whose reference period is 201516, the average net monthly incomeof Indianruralhouseholds — after deducting expenses incurredinthecourseof economic activity—wasRs8,059.Thehighest share of this (Rs 3,504) was accounted for by wage labour (bothfarmandnon-farm),which was followed by government or privateservicejobs(Rs1,906).On the other hand, agriculture — i.e. incomefromcropcultivationand livestock rearing — contributed only Rs 1,832. But what’s interesting is that evenwithin“agriculturalhouseholds”, the share of average CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dabholkar shooter arrested, say CBI, Maharashtra ATS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, AUGUST 18 FIVE YEARS after the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, the CBI and Maharashtra ATS on Saturday claimed to have made a breakthrough with the arrest of one of the two alleged shooters involved in the killing of the Pune-based rationalist. “Sachin Prakasrao Andure of Aurangabad was arrested in the Dabholkar murder case. He was allegedly one of the shooters who fired at Dr Narendra Dabholkar. Investigation is continuing,” the CBI said in a press release. According to sources, information leading to the arrest came from the interrogation of Sharad Kalaskar, arrested by the ATS last week with two other members of radical Hindu outfits for allegedly planning to carry out attacks in five cities in Maharashtra. A senior ATS official said Dabholkar was killed in August 2013 Kalaskar told his interrogators that he had played an active role in Dabholkar’s murder. He reportedly claimed that he and Andure were the shooters. “The duo also arranged for the motorcycle used in the murderof therationalist.Andurewas summoned and, after he confessed to the crime, he was handed over to the CBI,” said the ATS official. Sources said the CBI would seek Kalaskar’s custody later. The arrest comes days after the Bombay High Court pulled up the CBI and the SIT probing the murder of CPI leader Govind Pansare for the shoddy investigation into the murders of Dabholkar and Pansare. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MP govt offers 1,000 points for death sentence, 500 for lifer MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, AUGUST 18 IN HIS Independence Day speech earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentionedacaseinKatni,inMadhya Pradesh, where “rapists... were sentenced to death after just five days of trial”. “More such news gets published, the more such people with demonic mentality will get scared. We have to publicise such news. People should know that rapists are being sent to the gallows,” he said. Modi was referring to the case of Rajkumar Kol, a 34-yearold auto rickshaw driver, who was sentenced to death on July 27 for raping a minor on July 4. Kol was arrested on July 7, and a chargesheet filed on July 18. In fact, over the last six months, different courts across the state have handed 10 death sentences to those convicted of raping, and in some cases murdering, minor victims. The high court has confirmed one death sentence so far. Rajendra Kumar, Director of Public Prosecution, linked this FAST-TRACKING CASES AUGUST 6: A Chhatarpur court sentenced Touheed Shaukat, 19, to death for raping a two-and-a-half year old girl on April 24. He was arrested from the spot and the chargesheet was filed on June 11. JULY 27: Rajkumar Kol, 34, was sentenced to death for raping a minor student in Katni town on July 4. He was arrested on July 7 and the chargesheet was filed on July 18. JULY 7: Bhaggi alias Narayan Patel, 40, was sentenced to death by a court in Rehil, Sagar, for raping a nine-year-old girl on May 21. The chargesheet was filed on May 24. MORE CASES, PAGE 2 “improved conviction rate” to the government’s move to track and“reward”prosecutors.About eight months ago, the government introduced the ‘eProsecution MP’ App, which can be downloaded from Google Play Store, to track the daily activities of the 1,000-odd government prosecutors across the state. Taking this a step further, the state government devised a “rewardsystem”abouttwomonths ago to motivate its prosecutors toensurespeedytrials andquick convictions — 1,000 points for a death sentence, 500 for a life term, 100-200 points for maximum punishment in lower courts, tags like “best prosecutor of the month” and “pride of prosecution”forthosewhohave collected over 2,000 points, and astrictwarningtothose whoget less than 500 points per month. Theprosecutorsareexpected to keep a daily log and each activity — from filing a new case to examining witnesses — is rated differently and gets corresponding points. On August 3, several prosecutorsfromacrossthestatewere felicitated by Chief Minister ShivrajSinghChouhanathisresidence in Bhopal for ensuring death sentences to rapists of minor girls. “Now that the prosecutors are required to keep a daily account of their activities, the conviction rate has improved. With therewardsysteminplace,prosecutors now go the extra mile to log more points. Though there’s no monetary award yet, these achievements will be recorded in their annual confidential report,’’ Kumar told The Sunday Express. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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