LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA RECOVERY COMPLETE...FASTEST IN THE WORLD: GOVT Spending surge powers growth: GDP is up 8.2%, best in over two years Manufacturing, agriculture, construction sectors pick up pace, services and mining show dip ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU OBC count to be part of Census 2021, 3 decades after Mandal RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 31 MORE THAN 25 years after the implementation of reservation for Other Backward Classes, based on the Mandal Commission’s recommendations, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday announced the first Census to count OBCs in 2021. A Home Ministry statement said the Minister discussed the roadmap for undertaking the Census in 2021. During the meeting, it was decided to collect data on OBCs for the first time, it said. The meeting also put special emphasis on improvements in design and technological interventions to ensure that data is finalised within three years of the conduct of the 2021 Census. This means that the OBC census data is likely to be available by 2024, which is when the general elections after 2019 are expected to be held. The latest move is likely to put an end to the longstanding demand from political parties to update the previous castebased census conducted 87 years ago, in 1931, by the British. The previous UPA government had accepted the demand NEW DELHI, AUGUST 31 THE INDIANeconomy expanded the fastest in nine quarters and grew 8.2 per cent in the first (April-June) quarter of financial year ending March 2019, on the back of robust consumer spending and a strong growth in manufacturing and construction sectors, according to data released Friday by the Central Statistics Office. The high growth rate is aided 4 former GU V-C in casteist slur case, PAGE 5 Agriculture, forestry & fishing Mining & quarrying Manufacturing Electricity, gas, water supply & other utility services Construction Trade, hotels, transport, communication & broadcasting services Financial, real estate & professional services Public administration, defence & other services TOTAL 7.1 1.8 7.3 8.7 8.4 8.4 13.5 5.6 6.7 6.5 9.9 8.0 Source: MOSPI `DOWN TO 71 The rupee Friday fell by 26 paise to hit a historic low of 71 for the first time against the US dollar amid firming crude oil prices, strong month-end demand from oil importers and depreciation of emerging market currencies. RBI did not intervene aggressively, indicating it is comfortable with the current level. PAGE 15 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SRINAGAR, AUGUST 31 THE CONFLICT between militants and J&K Police in South Kashmir has come home. For the first time since militancy erupted 28 years ago, close relatives of ten police personnel were abducted by militants in the last 24 hours. By Friday evening, sources said, all of them were freed. But the abductions have stunned J&K Police and left the top brass embarrassed, especially after a purported video clip went viral —of a relative of one of those abducted pleading for mercy. They have also escalated tensions across Kashmir, where families of police, especially those not linked to the counterinsurgency Special Operations CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PODIUM JOY The Indian women’s hockey team celebrates after winning the silver at the Asian Games in Jakarta on Friday. The team went down to Japan 1-2 in the final. PTI Former J&K Dy CM Muzaffar Hussain Baig at Supreme Court on Friday to defend Article 35A. Praveen Khanna SC DEFERS ART 35A HEARING TO JAN 2019 PAGE 13 Law panel says uniform code not desirable now, reform family laws first NEW DELHI, AUGUST 31 ● Court acquits APRIL-JUNE APRIL-JUNE 2017 2018 3.0 5.3 1.7 0.1 -1.8 13.5 MUZAMIL JALEEL SHALINI NAIR HC ASKS GOVT TO FILE AFFIDAVIT MAKING ITS STAND CLEAR BY SEPT 4 INDUSTRY GVA AT BASIC PRICES (%) New police-militant faultline in Valley: family versus family CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUJARAT by a low base effect — 5.6 per cent in April-June 2017. The first quarter economic growth in India is significantly higher than 6.7 per cent posted by China during the same period but then China’s economy is about four times India’s. In terms of Gross Value Added (GVA), the economy grew at 8 per cent in April-June this year compared with 5.6 per cent in April-June 2017. GVA represents the total output and income in the economy. As per the UNDERLINING THAT the Uniform Civil Code is “neither necessary nor desirable at this stage”, the Law Commission of India has argued for reform of family laws of every religion through amendments and codification of certain aspects so as to make it gender-just. In its ‘Consultation Paper on Family Law Reforms’ released Friday, the Law Commission has BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Maharashtra AddI DGP Parambir Singh (centre) briefs the press in Mumbai on Friday. Amit Chakravarty Police cite letters to show Maoist links, back activists’ arrests SRINATH RAO MUMBAI, AUGUST 31 PULLED UP by the Supreme Court and drawing sharp criticism for the arrest of five civil rights activists and lawyers earlier this week, the Maharashtra Police Friday released details of letters it claims to have seized from five activists arrested this June in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence in Maharashtra in January. The letters, police claimed, mention plans to allegedly purchase grenade launchers and ammunition worth Rs 8 crore for the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Parambir Singh said that the communications, which included “thousands” of letters, were found in hard disks seized from the home of activist Rona Wilson in Delhi. He also claimed that the police required custody of the activists to confront them with the letters. Singh was addressing a press conference with Shivaji Bodkhe, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Concocted to criminalise me, activists: Bharadwaj SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 31 ACTIVIST and professor Sudha Bharadwaj, one of the five arrested in multi-city raids by Pune Police on Tuesday and now under house arrest, has said that the letter the police read out Friday claiming that it was written by her was “totally concocted...(and) fabricated to criminalise me and other human rights lawyers, activists and organisations.” In a handwritten statement, Bharadwaj said that the letter, which the police said was written by her to one “Com Prakash,” was a “mixture of innocuous and publicly available facts and baseless fabrication.” She said that legal and democratic activities CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN GUJARAT Humein yahan se nikalo: Child in Gaya Athawale: Ready to mediate between Hardik and Centre told visiting monk EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SANTOSH SINGH AHMEDABAD, AUGUST 31 BODHGAYA, AUGUST 31 NINE DAYS ago, a Buddhist monk visiting the Mahabodhi temple in Gaya dropped in at a school and meditation centre nearby to check on the ten boys from Assam he had helped get admission there. What followed next stunned the monk — and went on to blow the lid off a chilling tale of alleged sexual abuse and exploitation. “Humein yahan se nikalo (Take us out from here),” an eight-year-old boy told the monk. Today, all 32 boys at the school, most of them Chakmas from Assam and Tripura, have undergone medical tests. A case has been registered by Gaya Police on charges under the Protection of Accused Sanghapriye in police custody Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and various IPC sections against the man whose NGO ran the facility — another monk identified as Sanghapriye alias Sujoy Bhante, 49. On Thursday, the accused was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. On Friday, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 STATING THAT the Narendra Modi government should try and address the demands for reservation made by Patidars, Marathas, Jats and Rajputs before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Union Minister of State for Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale on Friday offered to act as a mediator between Patidar leader Hardik Patel and the ruling BJP. “I had told Hardik that by staying with the Congress, Patidars will not get reservation. Hardik should join forces with (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and the BJP. I appeal to him to discuss the issue once with the government,” said Athawale while talking about the Patidar Ananmat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader who is on an indefinite fast seeking reservation for the Patel community in Gujarat. “I am ready to become a mediator. I will take you to Narendra Modi and we will do something about Patidar reservation... There is no profit in supporting Rahul Gandhi,” the minister said, addressing mediapersons after a day-long tour of Lunavada in Mahisagar district. When asked if he would meet Hardik, Athawale said he would reach out to him over the phone and “make him understand”. “I met Hardik at a wedding recently. I shook hands with him. But I told myself there is no point simply shaking hands like this. You should join hands for elections,” Athawale said. Batting for reservation for the general category whose annual income is below Rs 8 lakh, the minister said the Modi government should try and resolve the demands of the Patidars in Gujarat, Marathas in Maharashtra, Jats in Haryana and Rajputs in Rajasthan before the Lok Sabha elections. “I will talk to the PM and see if a decision can be reached before elections,” he said, adding that 25 per cent of the unreserved seats should be reserved for the economically poor among the general category. Athawale said that his Republican Party of India was in favour of reservation to communities from the general category without touching the present CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER REPORT PAGE 4 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR DEADLINE ADVANCED, BULLET TRAIN RETURNS VAD TO VADODARA AVISHEK G DASTIDAR VADODARA, AUGUST 31 WITH THE Centre advancing the deadline of the bullet train project by a year with plans underway to run the first commercial bullet train service by opening one section between Surat and Billimora by 2022, work on the Gujarat section of the project has been fast-tracked. Earlier this week, the design of the new Vadodara station themed around the banyan tree or vad ka ped from which the city gets its name — was finalised. To be opened by the end of 2022, the three-level Vadodara station, which is part of the bullet train corridor will replace the existing structure and will include a passenger reservation office, a supervisor office, a government railway police facility and other installations. The integrated building will have a separate entrance for Indian Railways passengers while bullet train patrons will take the train from level 1. The station building will also host the longest iron girder bridge of the bullet train corridor measuring 220 meters, longer than any girder even in Japan’s Shinkansen system. The design philosophy of the stations is “high-tech, modern, with a local flavour” said an official from the National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRL) architecture team, which has teamed up with the Japanese team to develop these designs. The designs are being made by NHSRCL Chief Architect Kamini Sharma and her team of three other architects. They are collaborating with a Japanese team of architect Higuchi with his team. While a 50-km stretch is expected to start by August 2022, the rest of the 508-km stretch is Vadodara station will be designed with the banyan tree as theme. The city gets its name from vad ka ped. likely to start by 2023 - the earlier schedule. The NHSRCL is working with the team of Japanese engineers to adhere to the advanced deadline. They also plan to inaugurate the first train on this section and open it to the public while it is used for trials, testing and to practice running the Japanese transport system. Last year, the government had advanced the deadline to 2022 to coincide with 75 years of Independence. “We are working with the Japanese team and we will be adhering to the deadline of the project,” Dhananjay Kumar, spokesman, NHSRCL, told The Indian Express Friday. While the Vadodara station will be modelled around the banyan tree, the Sabarmati station, which is also expected to be a novel multi-model hub of not just the bullet train but railways, bus rapid transit and the Ahmedabad Metro, will carry the theme of Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March. A birds-eye view of the terrace even shows solar panels in the design of the charkha. The Surat station building, for which the design is being finalised, will carry the theme of Surat’s signature commodity, di- amonds. Every station of the bullet train project carries the theme of the city it is in, as per the design philosophy decided by the NHSRCL. But it is not always easy to decide the local flavour design element. For the Anand station, Gujarat’s dairy capital, large white drops to signify milk are being incorporated with vertical louvers while for Billimora, famous for its orchards, trees are the central theme. In Mumbai, whose station is underground in the Bandra Kurla Complex, the interior will carry design impressions that convey the spirit of the city.
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