TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 3 years later, big projects in PM’s J&K development plan are stuck Delay in submitting final project reports, land acquisition, forest clearances and release of funds from the Centre NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, AUGUST 26 WRITES TO PM Don’t wipe out Nehru’s role: Manmohan on Teen Murti SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, AUGUST 26 IN A strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has raised concernsoverwhathedescribed as an “agenda” to “change the nature and character” of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) and the Teen Murti complex. StatingthatJawaharlalNehru belongs “not just to the Congress” but to the “entire nation,” Singh has asked that the Teen Murti complex be left “undisturbed”. In the letter sent last week, Singh invoked former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said that under Vajpayee’s six-year tenure as PM, “there wasabsolutelynoattemptmade to change the nature and character of the NMML and the Teen Murti complex in any way. But sadly,thatseemstobepartof the agenda of the Government of India now.” Singh’s letter comes amidst thecontroversysurroundingthe Government’s plans to set up a museum for all Prime Ministers within the Teen Murti complex with the Congress alleging that it is an attempt to “obliterate” Nehru’s legacy. Singh, in his letter, has also pointed out that “no amount of revisionism” can “obliterate” Nehru’s role and his contributions. He quoted Vajpayee’s speech in Parliament when CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE FROM AN IIM in Jammu to an AIIMS in Awantipora, from key arterial roads in the Jammu and Kashmir regions to the Zozila tunnel in Ladakh. Atleast28big-ticketprojects — each worth Rs 1,000 crore or more — in the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for J&K announced nearly three yearsagoremainstuckatvarious stages, official records accessed by The Indian Express show. The package was announced on November 7, 2015, nine months after the PDP-BJP governmenttookchargeinthestate. That government collapsed in June this year after the BJP withdrew support, making way for Governor’s rule. On August 21, the Centre named Satya Pal MalikasthenewGovernor—the CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 A suitable governor BY RAM MADHAV TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com guard, underwent a spinal surgery, estimated at Rs 14 lakh. THESE STORIES are the result of a silent but dedicated effort in Maharashtra to connect people from economically weaker sections to quality healthcare and surgeries that are usually out of reach for many of them. From getting private doctors to sponsor surgeries to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PM hails assistance from across country; Kerala CM says UAE aid is not about money but willingness to accept The road through Idukki arch dam, Saturday. This road passes through Cheruthoni dam and has been opened for public vehicles. With Cheruthoni bridge damaged, this is the first time public vehicles are passing this high-security zone to reach Idukki’s district HQ. Arun Janardhanan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AUGUST 26 JAKARTA, AUGUST 26 FOR AN entire generation of young Indians, P T Usha has been a reverential chapter in a textbook, albeit asterisked with Olympic disappointment. But on Sunday, Jakarta beamed pure, surging speed into Indian TV screens — young Dutee Chand and the younger Hima Das made the promise of gold at the finish seem so seductive that the silver barely carried the sigh of a lost final. A country that can fill up a book on its fourth-place disillusionment, a nation that waves away every conceivable lip-biting let-down with a “koi nahin”, a population that loves its medal-missers no matter what, took a bounding leap into fightingforgoldsomeday.OnSunday though, it was silver for both - KashmirtoKanyakumari, nationwithKerala:Modi Note: Projects worth Rs 1,000 crore or more SHIVANI NAIK A camp in Nandurbar, Maharashtra. Maha Aarogya screening camps, surgeries form part of the initiative. ■AtShirur tehsil inPune district, farmer Manik Ghavte’s three-year-old son Aarush got to hear his mother’s voice for the first time after he was given a cochlear implant a month ago. ■ A growing cyst near her cheek bone had disfigured the face of a 35-year-old woman from Nandurbar and had begun to obstruct her breathing until she underwent a surgery conducted free of cost at Pune’s Sassoon Hospital. ■ It has been a year since 18year-old Sakshi Shejwal, a Class 12 student at a Nashik college and the daughter of a security PART 1 EXPRESSAT ASIANGAMES HOW GOVT & PVT DOCTORS UNITED TO HELP RURAL POOR PUNE, AUGUST 26 STAT U S R E P O RT Amounts in Rs/crore MANN KI BAAT Roads 26,559 Tunnels 14,090 Power 11,721 IIMs&AIIMS 6,000 Infrastructure 3,200 Floodmanagement 2,528 Tourism 2,000 Rehabilitationof 2,000 displacedfamilies Jobs 1,080 Indian women mark silver streak on Jakarta track: Hima and Dutee make it two in a day ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ANURADHA MASCARENHAS PROJECT J&K first politician to beappointed to the post since the beginning of militancy. Most of the mega projects (see chart, page 9) under the PDMP are struggling to make progress due to various reasons, includingpreparationof detailed project reports, land acquisition, forest clearances and even release of funds from the Centre. Most of these projects are in infrastructure-related sectors and have a gestation period of 35 years. They are worth a total of Rs 69,178 crore, which is over 86 per cent of the total PMDP outlay of Rs 80,068 crore. Roads and 28 PROJECTS, 86% OF TOTAL JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Dutee Chand (left, 100m) and Hima Das (400m) won silver for India in Jakarta, Sunday. PTI Hima in the 400m, and Dutee in 100m. On a day that Chinese Sun Bingtian crashed the Asian Games100mrecordat9.91sand spoke of the continent’s ability to make up for years of being on the fringe of glory in track and field, the two women put India bang in the centre of a speedjunkie’s sights. Hima Das, the still-fresh World Junior champ from Finland, came out bounding in herfirstmajorseniorGames.The full-lap race quickly turned into a duel between World Championship silver medallist Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain and India’s Das running in Lanes 5 and 3. Hima’s last burst of speed is now imprinted on Indian minds — but it was the start here at Jakarta that cleanly set her apart from the rest of the field. It was Naser, a swaggering Nigerianborn and her — Hima Das of India, who till three years ago CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 18 SPORT ● MOHD ANAS CLAIMS SILVER IN MEN’S 400M ● EQUESTRIAN: SILVER AFTER 36 YEARS, P19 IN THE backdrop of the political spat in India over the UAE’s purportedofferof Rs700croreinaid for Kerala’s flood relief and rehabilitation efforts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday reiterated thatthe “entire nation” was with the state, and that “125 crore Indians stand by them, shoulder to shoulder”. Addressing the nation in his Mann Ki Baat radio programme, Modi said: “From Kutch to Kamrup, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, everyone is endeavouringtocontributeinsome wayortheothersothatwherever a disaster strikes, be it Kerala or anyotherpartofIndia,humanlife returns to normalcy. Irrespective of agegrouporareaof work,people are contributing.” The Prime Minister did not refer to the UAE offer but Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Sunday that the issue was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Village battling IS tag is part of relief team KERALA FLOODS PICKING UP THE PIECES ARUN JANARDHANAN IDUKKI, AUGUST 26 IN MAY 2016, after over 25 people from Kerala fled to Afghanistan to join the Islamic State (IS), Padanna, a village in the north Kerala district of Kasargod, earned the uncharitable tag of being the “IS’s recruitment hub” — a majority of those who left were from Padanna. Now, nearly 100 youngsters from the same Muslim-majority village are among the many such groups who are playing a major roleinhelpingKeralarecoverfrom the devastation of the recent floods.Atleastfiveoftheseyoungsters said they trimmed their beards and avoided other “obvi- Nearly 100 youth from Padanna are helping out. STATE GOVT THANKS CENTRAL FORCES, DEFENCE PAGE 7 ous symbols” before coming to Central Kerala since they didn’t want any unwanted attention. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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