TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DRAFT REPORT SUPPORTS IDEA Simultaneous polls: Law panel raises questions, says need for more debate Not possible within existing framework of Constitution; will it tinker with democracy, federal polity: Law panel 6 EXPLAINED BIMSTEC matters: Why and how SEEMA CHISHTI & KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 ONTHEeveof theendof itsterm, the Law Commission put up a draft report on simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies with a public appeal to “have further discussions and examination on the matter, involving all the stakeholders” before making final recommendations to the government. Justice (retd) Balbir Singh Chauhan It said it was doing this with the “intention to initiate a healthy and sustainable debate ontheissue”sincesimultaneous pollsare“notpossiblewithinthe existing framework of the Constitution”. Justice (retired) B S Chauhan, chairman of the Commission, told The Indian Express: “Our term is getting over on Friday. There was no time to finalise it. This is a serious issue, and needs wider consultation with the public and Constitutional experts. But we did not want our work and research on it wasted. WeareleavingitforafutureLaw Commission to ponder upon.” “We have raised seven fundamental questions and put CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Speaking against Govt is not sedition, right to offend, criticise history is free speech’ KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 UNDERLINING THAT “singing from the same book is not a benchmark of patriotism” in a democracy and “people should be at liberty to show their affection towards their country in their own way”, the Law Commission has said that a per- son should not be charged with sedition for “merely expressing a thought that is not in consonance with the policy of the Government of the day”. In a consultation paper on the sedition law (124A IPC) — in which it has spelt out multiple issues that require wider discussion — the Law Commission, headed by Justice (retired) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 On China, BJP does a hopeful rewrite in party training booklet LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 THE KATHMANDU SUMMIT Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BIMSTEC leaders call on Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari, in Kathmandu on Thursday. PIB/ PTI REPORT, PAGE 5 Teachers’ Day: Raje Govt asks teachers it appointed to attend event FROM DOCUMENT PUNE POLICE GAVE TO COURT DEEP MUKHERJEE ONE OF the documents presented by the Pune police in courtyesterdayjustifyingthearrests of the five activists refers to anallegedplantoimplementthe Maoist strategy to oppose “Brahminical and fascist Hindu forces” and bring together the “most militant” among “Dalit and Muslim forces.” Thatdocumenttitled,“Aproposal for initiating All India Anti FascistFront,”talksaboutmobilising “militant sections” of people, for which the front needs to come up at all levels, within villages, small towns and cities. This document, like the several from which Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar read excerpts while justifying the arrests and seeking remand, is claimed to have been seized from the earlier set of five activists who were arrested by the PunePoliceonJune6inasimilar multi-city operation and who are now in Yerwada Jail here. This particular part of the document was not read out by JAIPUR, AUGUST 30 THE RAJASTHAN education department has made it compulsory for all government teachers appointed after December 2013 to attend a state-level Teachers’ Day celebration in Jaipur on September 5. This cut-off dates means that teachers who were appointed after the BJP government came to power must attend the programme. TheOppositionslammedthe move, asking how the Vasundhara Raje-led government could differentiate between teachers appointed during various regimes. “All teachers who were newly appointed after December13,2013havetocompulsorily participate in the celebration,” reads a directive issued on Thursday by the district education officers in Bharatpur district. It also states that the identity cards of all such teachers be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Anti-fascist front seeks to tap militant Dalit, Muslim forces’ CHANDAN HAYGUNDE PUNE, AUGUST 30 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY House arrest means police move in and Malik our man, watch 24 X 7 Vohra played SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Sinister homo sapiens BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA BARELY TWO months after it circulatedatrainingbookletinHindi among its Mahila Morcha cadres thatdescribedChinaasathreatto IndiaandIndianinterests,theBJP, intheEnglishversionof itsbooklet, has done a rewrite: “Our borderdisputewithChinaisveryold. However, earlier it appeared that China does not want its solution, but now there are positive signs on this front after the meeting of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping”. ThebookletinHindihadmentioned that China appeared to be “notinterestedinresolvingtheissue” and “although no firing has taken place on the border after 1962, and no major tension has eruptedeither,Chinaisconstantly stockpiling ammunition on the border.Recently,Chinasupported Pakistan on a proposal in the UnitedNationsregardingLakhvi” — 26/11 attack plotter Zaki-urRehman Lakhvi. The English version has dropped these lines. FOR GAUTAM Navlakha and Sudha Bharadwaj, house arrest means sharing their most personal space with policemen and policewomen — Delhi Police for the former, Haryana for the latter — and trying to cope with their constant presence and surveillance. Formerly editorial director with Economic and Political Weekly and civil rights activist Navlakha lives with his partner SahbaHusaininSouthDelhiand it is her two-bedroom house where he is under house arrest. The terms of a house arrest aren’t exactly codified in law but it’s understood that Husain can stay with him. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 4 INSIDE INDIACHINAWORKING ONHOTLINEBETWEEN DEFENCEMINISTRIES In the section ‘External Challenges’, the booklet states: “Since then there is peace on the borderandtherearealsonoheated arguments.ButdespitethatChina continues to amass arms in huge quantity near the Indian border. It alsocontinuestocreateacompetitive atmosphere for India. It continueditsanti-Indiastandonsome issuesintheUNOalso.” “However, India has always adopted the policy of economic cooperationwithChina...Chinais continuously strengthening its navy,posingagravechallengefor Indian sea interests. It’s a matter of worry for all of us.. By building a huge road network near the Indian border, China is helping Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This has posed a big challenge to India’s control in the Indian Ocean,” the booklet states. Francois Hollande with partner and actor Julie Gayet. Reuters Rafale talks were on when Reliance Ent helped produce film for Hollande partner SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 TWO DAYS before then French President Francois Hollande came to New Delhi as Republic Day chief guest and signed a MemorandumofUnderstanding with Prime Minister Narendra Modifordelivering36Rafaleaircraft, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainmententeredintoadeal to produce a film with Holland’s partner and actor Julie Gayet. Later that year, Ambani’s RelianceDefencebecamepartof the offset program of the Rs 59,000-crore Rafale deal through Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL), in which it holds a 51% stake. Dassault Aviation, the French manufacturer of Rafale, holds 49% stake in DRAL. OnJanuary24,2016,Reliance Entertainment announced that ithadenteredintoanagreement with Gayet’s firm, Rouge International, to jointly produce a French film. On January 26, 2016, both countriessignedtheMoUforthe purchase of 36 jets in flyaway his own dafli: J&K BJP chief ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, AUGUST 30 BARELY A week after the BJP-led central government named Satya Pal Malik as the new Governor of J&K, replacing N N Vohra, the party has been left red-faced by its own state president over the appointment. Ravinder Raina, J&K BJP chief and Nowshera MLA, is purportedly heard saying in a video clip: “Vohra ko hum nahin laana chahte the... Woh apni dafli bajatatha...AbhiGovernoraayahai, woh hamara banda hai (We did not want to bring Vohra... He used to do things his own way... The Governor who has come CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR JINSON’S SILVER CLOUD HAS A GOLD LINING EXPRESSAT ASIANGAMES SHIVANI NAIK JAKARTA, AUGUST 30 BREAD AND butter just wouldn’tdo.Notonthebreakfasttable, not on the track where a routine 1,500m timing might not have secured a gold. So, Jinson Johnson loaded up on rice, paneerandchickeninthemorning. “Rice,” he said, rolling his eyes. And he saved his sizzling run for dessert — the last 40m. Twodaysago,Jinsonwasdisappointed after being pipped by Manjit Singh in the 800m. In his head, he had managed a swell race with a timing he had targeted. But a million opinions on him missing that gold reached him even when he shut the door to his room — Twitter is nothing short of nasty notes slipped underthedoor.“Itwasmyfirstever medal at Asian Games. I’d run a goodrace,it’sjustthatManjitran better. I was happy for him. I honestly didn’t feel very bad, I was grateful I’d run well,” he says, waving away all talk of ego. The 1,500m was a fresh race, andJinsonwokeupThursdayeschewing all routine plans. “I decided timings wouldn’t matter. Jinson Johnson celebrates after winning the gold in men’s 1500m event at the Asian Games, in Jakarta, on Thursday. PTI Even if I’d run in 4 minutes, I needed to get that gold,” he laughed. He ate that rice, and gobbled up the race in 3:44.72s. Nuances of Tuesday’s 800m race, like how he broke away af- ter staying back, how he picked up pace like an Indonesian scooty ride and how he was chuckling about two Indians denying the rest of Asia the top two medals, all collapsed under this refrain: “Gold!” So gold it was in what is considered a longer, tactical race by experts — chess on spikes. “My end in the 800m had been faulty, if you really want to pick faults. Since no one cared about how satisfied I was with the 800m, I decided I’ll not focus on timing and only go for gold,” he said. On Thursday, Jinson let the Iraqi runner set the pace, coiling, breathing steady, waiting to explode. It was after crossing the third lap that he effectively CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur 7 WORLD condition. The deal, called the Inter- Government Agreement, wasexpectedtobesignedduring Hollande’s visit but was delayed due to “some financial issues”. As for film Reliance helped produce, it was directed by French actor and film-maker Serge Hazanavicius and was released in France on December 20, 2017 under the title, ‘Tout La-Haut’. This was eight weeks after Dassault Aviation chairman Eric Trappier and Ambani laid the foundationstoneforDRALmanufacturing facility in Nagpur in the presence of then French DefenceMinisterFlorenceParly; Roads and Highways Minister NitinGadkari;MaharashtraChief MinisterDevendraFadnavisand Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler. The 98-minute long French film, first screened at San Sebastian International Film FestivalinSpainin2017,wasdistributed in eight other countries includingUAE,Taiwan,Lebanon, Belgium,EstoniaandLatvia.Tout La-Hauthasnotbeenreleasedin India. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN PAK, MARCH AGAINST PROPHET CARTOON CONTEST BLOCKED
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