eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE The Sorcerer’s Tale AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY SEPTEMBER 2, 2018 22+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 10-11 The Road to East S Hareesh’s debut novel Meesha, that evoked calls for a ban, weaves in the many histories of Kuttanad in Kerala 16 yrs after India, Myanmar, Thailand agreed on a 1,300-km highway to bring New Delhi closer to ASEAN, the road is hiccuping along Launching Post bank, Modi says BEATS OLYMPIC CHAMPION Bobbing and weaving, Amit naamdaars abused loan rules Phangal gets boxing gold ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 BLAMING PREVIOUS Congressled governments for the nonperforming assets (NPA) situation in the banking sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said action has been initiated against 12 large defaulters with an outstanding of nearly Rs 1.75 lakh crore, who were given the loans before 2014. Work was on to recover around Rs 1 lakh crore from another 27 large loan accounts, he said. Modi was speaking at the launch of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) here, which will commence operations with 650 branches across the country. “Humare desh mein phone banking ka prasar us samay utna nahin hua tha, lekin naamdaron ne phone par banking aur phone par karz dilwane shuru kar diye the. Jis bhi bade udyogpati ko loan chahiye hota tha, woh naamdaron se bank ko phone karwa deta tha... Gurgaon land deal: FIR names Vadra, DLF and Hooda EXPRESSAT ASIAN GAMES SHIVANI NAIK bankwaale phir us vyakti ya uski company ko jhat se karoron rupaye ka karz de dete the. Saare niyam, saare kayde-kanoon se bada, us naamdar parivaar se aane waala phone ban gaya tha. Congress aur uske naamdaron ki phone banking ne desh ko bahut nuksaan pahunchaya (Phone banking had not proliferated in our country much at that time but banking on phone and loans through phone calls had begun. Whichever big industrialist wanted a loan would have the naamdaars(one with a big name, influential) call the bank, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IPPB WILL LEVERAGE 1.5 L POST OFFICES PAGE 16 95% of monsoon rain falls in only a few days, show IMD data AVERAGE RAIN HOURS FOR 95% RAINFALL AVERAGE RAIN HOURS FOR 50% RAINFALL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, GURGAON, SEPTEMBER 1 THE Haryana Police on Saturday booked UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and real-estate companies DLF and Onkareshwar Properties on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, fraud, forgery and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. An FIR was registered at the Khedki Daula police station of Gurgaon on a complaint lodged by Surender Sharma, a resident of village Rathivas in Nuh district of Haryana. In his complaint that formed part of the FIR, Sharma has alleged that “the accused conspired with influential builders, ministers and top government officers, misused their positions and committed a scam worth Rs 5,000 crore”. Confirming the FIR, Gurgaon Commissioner of Police K K Rao said, “Further investigations are on.” DCP (Manesar) Rajesh Kumar told The Sunday Express, “We have begun investigations. If need be, all those named as accused would be questioned on their role, as alleged by the complainant.” Ruling out a Special Investigation Team as of now, he said the police station concerned would carry out the probe. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HOURS 300 250 200 SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 THE SOUTHWESTmonsoon season officially extends from June 1 to September 30, but many cities in the country get almost their entire rainfall of the season in a small window that adds up to just a few days to a few weeks within this four-month period, official data going back more than three decades show. In 22 cities of sizeable population, 95 per cent of monsoon precipitation occurs over three days to 27 days on average, according to an analysis of rainfall data provided to The Sunday Express by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Delhi, for example, receives 95 per cent of its southwest monsoon rainfall in just 99 hours — and 50 per cent in 33 hours — on average, show the data. And Mumbai gets 50% of its annual 150 100 50 0 monsoon rainfall in 134 hours — or just five and a half days — on average. Half of Ahmedabad’s average seasonal rain of 66.3 cm falls in 46 hours, and 95% in 143 hours — roughly six days — on average. The western cities of Jaipur and Ajmer receive 95% of their share of monsoon rain in about 90 hours. Bengaluru and Lucknow get 95 per cent of their monsoon rain in just over five days. Twelve of the 22 cities have seen a partial decline in southwest monsoon rain hours from 1969 to the early to mid-2000s, the data show. “This is very important for city and town planning. If you are getting more rain within a short duration, it affects urban flooding,” said K Saikranthi, Inspire faculty at the Department of Earth and Climate Science at Indian CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 1 Amit Panghal defeated Uzbek Hasanboy Dusmatov in the men’s light flyweight (46-49kg) boxing final. PTI 22 SPORT INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN FOR MEN’S HOCKEY BRONZE; END GAMES WITH 15-GOLD HAUL AFSPA: 107 petitioners from unit whose CO is named in encounter FIR MAN AMAN SINGH CHHINA CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 1 AS MANY as 107 Army personnel from a unit being commanded by a Colonel booked by CBI at the end of July for a fake encounter in Manipur are among the signatories of a petition in the Supreme Court, which is challenging the alleged dilution of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). These Army personnel, including four officers, 24 Junior Commissioned Officers and 79 Other Ranks, are part of the 26 Mechanised Infantry Battalion of which Colonel Vijay Singh Won’t put lid on pressure cooker but can’t disrupt govt: Rajnath SC had said dissent safety valve, ‘or pressure cooker will burst’; Minister says check activists’ past records too JAKARTA, SEPTEMBER 1 PM Narendra Modi launches scheme Saturday. Praveen Khanna UZBEKS WEREboxing’s reigning royalty at the Rio Olympics — winning seven medals, the most for any nation, including a gold. That was two more than Russia, US or Great Britain. Hasanboy Dusmatov was adjudged the best boxer and Uzbek fans travel with brass bands, create a din and stomp around arenas like the judges ought to know they own it. Except, India’s Amit Phangal had other ideas on Saturday. He bolted out of the blue corner all guns blazing in the first minute and a half, to secure a 32 split decision victory — and India’s first gold in boxing and last of the Asian Games in Jakarta. Flaws had crept into Dusmatov’s boxing the last two years since Rio, and a pattern had emerged to take on his fierce right. Phangal crouched and fought from a low-punching position, going for the chest, while denying the Uzbek any visible dominance by staying out of his range in the first two minutes. Boxing now is about impressing the judges — first impressions matter, and last impressions endure. Phangal went about with his jumping 1-2 combination, the straight right and straight left. It was the early flurry, even as he got his head out of the way and strongly blocked in the first minute and a half, that Phangal set the tone for the rest of the fight. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ARRESTS OF ACTIVISTS Balhara is the Commanding Officer. Balhara and seven other personnel have been named in the FIR for the killing of 12-yearold Mohammad Azam Khan in Imphal on March 4, 2009 in an alleged fake encounter. Balhara was a Major at the time. The FIR against Col Balhara was registered following directions given by the Supreme Court on July 14 this year, based on the findings of the Justice Santosh Hegde Commission, which had inquired into the matter and submitted its report to the court. On August 13, 356 Army personnel moved the Supreme CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 15 WORLD SEEKING TOdispel fears of curbs on democratic rights, in the wake of the recent arrest of human rights activists, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured Saturday “there will not be any effort to compress the pressure cooker”. “I want to clarify there will never be any effort to compress the pressure cooker. All have the right to speak, do whatever they want in democracy but no one will be allowed to destabilise the country or create violence,” he said at an event here. Singh was answering a query on the Supreme Court’s comment, while hearing a petition on the arrest of the activists, that “Dissent is the safety valve of democracy. If you don’t allow the safety valve, pressure cooker will burst.” Asserting that “our government is committed to upholding democratic values”, the Home Minister, speaking at the ‘Hindustan Shikhar Samagam’ event of the Hindustan newspaper, said, “The people who have been arrested... I would ask you to check their earlier records. In 2012 too, many of them were arrested, and at that time also, sim- NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 GUJARAT ● GUJCOT OFFICERS, BOOKED IN JUTE BAG FIRE CASE ● PATAN BJP MP HIT BY COW, PAGE 3 PAGE 9 Dec 31, 2017 What was Elgaar Parishad, to which Maharashtra Police have linked their arrests of activists ilar allegations were raised.” He added, “Any effort to destabilise any government, taking refuge in one’s ideology for promoting violence, conspiring to destabilise and break the country, I feel there cannot be a bigger crime than this. That is why the Maharastra Police has taken action, on the basis of facts.” Singh also claimed success against Naxalism, saying the number ofLeft Wing Extremismaffected districts had come down CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Two days after launch, Ayushman Bharat has its first baby: Karishma ABANTIKA GHOSH US URGES INDIAN OCEAN COUNTRIES TO COMMIT TO GLOBAL NORMS SUNDAY STORY ALL OF 3 kg, baby Karishma does not know yet that she is on her way to becoming a celebrity. Born at the Kalpana Chawla government hospital in Karnal on August 17, Karishma now has a new name: Ayushman Bharat baby. Her father Amit Kumar became the first beneficiary of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) when the hospital was reimbursed Rs 9,000 for Karishma’s birth by Caesarean section. Says Ayushman Bharat CEO Indu Bhusan, “What could be a better omen than starting the pilot with a girl child?” Haryana started PMJAY pilots in 26 hospitals in the state the same day as they were announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech. Hours later, Mousami, the wife of Amit Kumar, a labourer from Sarpuria village of Karnal, was admitted to the Kalpana Chawla hospital for delivery. Two days later, Karishma was born. Busy at the hospital on August 15, Amit Kumar didn’t hear Modi’s speech, and has no idea what the scheme is, what his entitlements are and what CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 From 2,000 km away, Jhajjar district in Haryana opens pursestrings SAKSHI DAYAL JHAJJAR, SEPTEMBER 1 ON A humid Friday afternoon, a room in Jhajjar’s Bal Bhawan is overflowing with a variety of goods, including blankets, biscuits, dictionaries, and items of clothing in different colours, packed in cartons, stacked in cupboards, or simply piled up on a table. In the coming days, these goods will be sorted and loaded onto a truck, to begin their journey to Kerala, where they will be distributed among those affected by the recent floods. Deputy Commissioner of Jhajjar Sonal Goel says this will KERALA FLOODS PICKING UP THE PIECES be the fifth such consignment of goods, donated by residents of the district, to depart from Jhajjar in the last fortnight. Apart from the materials donated in kind, residents and various organisations and institutions in the district have given Rs 61.12 lakh to the Kerala Relief Fund, in addition to the Rs 12.65 lakh that has been transferred already. “This is a significant amount of money, especially as the district has a population of around 11 lakh, most of which is rural,” says Goel. “The money came from various sources, including government employees, who were asked to give at least one day’s pay. However, what is heartening is that the largest amount has come from schools in Jhajjar, with students collecting money from teachers, parents and other acquaintances.” NGOs, private individuals, and various panchayats have also contributed with money. The huge response is partly the result of an initiative launched by the district administration in January 2018 called ‘Saanjhi Madad’, under which donations are collected in kind from residents of the district through the year. These are then directed towards the needy on a fortnightly, and sometimes even weekly, basis. The first consignment that was dispatched to Kerala, on August 18, came from the stock already collected through this initiative. “We had some items that had already been donated. This time we decided to direct these to Kerala. After that, we began a Deputy Commissioner Sonal Goel at the centre where items for the flood victims are being collected. Amit Mehra campaign to collect more goods and also invited financial donations from residents, opening an account specifically for this purpose,” says Goel. Messages were also circulated on WhatsApp and other social media, seeking help for Kerala, and asking people to contribute generously. Altogether four consignments of goods, estimated to be worth around Rs 10 lakh, have been sent — the first through the Supreme Court Bar Association and the rest through Kerala House. The goods dispatched include 124 boxes of biscuits, 125 kg of rice, 504 packets of Kurkure, 54 kg of rusk, 275 pairs of trousers and shirts, 250 pairs of salwarkameez, 100 pairs of children’s clothes, 11 saris, 400 pairs of shoes, slippers and sandals, and 5,000 pairs of flip-flops. Acknowledging Jhajjar’s, and Haryana’s, efforts, Resident Commissioner, Kerala House, Puneet Kumar said, “In the last 13 days, we have got around 1,425 tonnes of goods from various sources. Among the neighbouring states, Punjab and Haryana have made the highest contribution, and deputy commissioners in Haryana have contributed immensely. I would like to express thanks on behalf of the government of Kerala to Haryana.”
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