TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA KERALA FLOODS Lynchings: Ministry panel considers changes in law, Another 22,000 a relief fund rescued; 9 lakh in Rainabates,focusnowonrelief RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 19 AN INFORMAL group tasked to come out with a draft report on lynching and mob violence is learnttohavesuggestedamendments to the IPC and CrPC to strengthen police hands in takingactionagainstthoseinvolved in mob violence, making the crimenon-bailable,fast-tracking trial in such cases through special courts, and providing compensation to the victims from a central fund. The draft report will be submitted to a committee headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, that had been set up by the Home Ministry on July 23 to “deliberate” and “make recommendations” for separate penal provisions on incidents of mob violence. The ministry set up the committee as per the directions of the Supreme Court. The committee is supposed to submit its recommendations to a Group of Ministers by August 21. The three-member informal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In one of the worst-hit areas, people ignore pleas by rescue teams camps; people begin to count their losses SHAJU PHILIP & VISHNU VARMA THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, ALUVA, AUGUST 19 AT LEAST 22,000 people were rescued by state rescuers and fishermen Sunday, the fifth day of the great deluge in Kerala that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has described as the worst in a century. Thirteen new deaths were reported Sunday, taking the official toll in the rain, floods and landslides since August 8 to 207. Thirty-nine people are reported missing. As the rain kept away from most parts of the state Sunday, the India Meteorological Department said in New Delhi that rainfall had decreased over the past two days, and that over the next four days, it was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, AUGUST 19 THE WILDLIFE Institute of India (WII) has written to National Buildings Construction CorporationLtd(NBCC),requesting it to drop a clause in their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that re- Wrestler Bajrang Punia brings India first Asian Games gold Swimmer’s kin missing in the floods, he posts best show at Asiad since ’86 SHAJU PHILIP Relief goods being loaded at Thrissur. Vignesh Krishnamoorthy Tragedy partly man made: Expert behind Ghats report AMITABH SINHA PUNE, AUGUST 19 AS KERALA faces its worst floods in several decades, the author of alandmarkreportontheconservation of the Western Ghats said Sunday that the scale of the disaster would have been smaller had the state government and local authorities followed environmental laws. Scientist Madhav Gadgil, who headed the Western Ghats BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FOUR DAYS after water submerged Pandanad, Army personnel who made their way into the town run over by the overflowing Pampa river found the marooned residents, mostly aged, reluctant to vacate their homes. Located 51 km from the district headquarters of Alappuzha, most parts of Pandanad had been inaccessible to rescue efforts all these days. On Sunday, as personnel of the Army’s Madras Engineering Group made their way in on boats along the flooded roads, NEW DELHI, AUGUST 19 Bajrang Punia after winning gold in the 65 kg freestyle category Sunday. Superstar Sushil Kumar crashed out. Reuters EXPRESSAT ASIANGAMES SHIVANI NAIK JAKARTA, AUGUST 19 peril. The Tokyo travel advisory should probably read: It’s a jungle out there in two years’ time. The Bajrang Punia-Takatani Daichi 65 kg final was a mongoose hunting down a snake, completewiththeslitheringand bared fangs, choke-holds and desperate escapes. The 24-yearoldfromHaryanatriumphed118 in a final that will go down as a classic in India’s modern CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ON SUNDAY, Sajan Prakash became the first Indian swimmer in 32 years to qualify for the 200m butterfly final of the Asian Games. But as the 24-year-old from Idukki took the plunge at Jakarta’sGBKAquaticCentre,his thoughts would have wandered to his home that has been washed away by floodwaters in Kerala, and the five members of his family who have been missing for the last three days. Prakashcouldn’twinamedal despite entering the final as the third-fastestqualifier.Heislikely to have been distracted. But in finishing fifth in the eight-man final,hestillsetanationalrecord, clocking1minute57.75seconds. The last time an Indian reached thefinalof the 200m butterfly at FULL COVERAGE PAGE 7 INDIA’S FIRST gold medal at the Asian Games came with a rider: rest on these laurels at your own 10 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 quires the premier research institute to “help and facilitate in obtaining necessary approvals” underwildlifeandforestlawsfor a highway cutting through the coreof theCorbettTigerReserve. HoursafterTheIndianExpress reported on August 18 how the agreement raised questions of propriety and conflict of MIHIR VASAVDA PANDANAD (ALAPPUZHA), AUGUST 19 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Caught on wrong foot, WII says drop Corbett clause JAY MAZOOMDAAR JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Blast plot: Ex-Sena leader held, party’s MoS says he had hinted at ‘explosions’ THE EDITORIAL PAGE RASHMI RAJPUT & VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, AUGUST 19 Emails NBCC hours after Express report on matter The native colonial BY ALOK RAI THE MAHARASHTRA AntiTerrorism Squad (ATS) on Sunday arrested a former Shiv Sena corporator, Shrikant Pangarkar, as part of its investigation into plans to carry out at- FULL COVERAGE PAGES 16-17 tacksinfivecitiesof Maharashtra by radical Hindu groups. Three persons were earlier arrested in the case, with Pangarkar’s being the first political arrest. Sources said during interrogation, the other accused said Pangarkar had helped assemble the explosives and store them. While the Shiv Sena said it didn’thaveanylinkswithPangarkar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 now, senior leader and Minister of State Arjun Khotkar admitted several party leaders were in touch with him, and that he had talkedabouthisSanatanSanstha linksandeven“explosion”plans. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI PIECES TOGETHER DABHOLKAR CASE P 6
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