LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE POLL STRATEGY IN POLITICAL RESOLUTION 8 BJP frames 2019 battle: Our New India vs their ‘Modi roko abhiyan’ 14 SPORT Opposition is in despair, it lacks policy, leadership and strategy, says Rajnath Singh PM targets Cong: ‘Failed in govt, failed in Opposition’ LALMANI VERMA LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 SERENA CALLS UMPIRE A LIAR AND A THIEF, ALLEGES SEXISM 5 killed while cleaning tank in basement of West Delhi DLF complex ALOK SINGH & SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 OUTLINING ITS campaign theme for the 2019 general elections, the BJP’s two-day national executive concluded Sunday with a political resolution on ‘New India’ that praised the government’s achievements under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as much as it slammed the Opposition for its lack of “leadership, policy and strategy”. Much like in 1971, when Indira Gandhi countered the Opposition’s slogan of “Indira Hatao” with “Garibi Hatao”, the BJP’s resolution said the Opposition was running a “Modi roko abhiyan” (Stop Modi campaign) while the government was committed to a “new India”, free of poverty, corruption, casteism, terrorism and communalism, by 2022. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj after the BJP national executive meet in Delhi Sunday. Prem Nath Pandey CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘INDIA WON’T SHELTER INFILTRATORS’ PAGE 4 ...Meanwhile, ED tells Nirav Modi routed scam cash to US firm, Interpol to desist from says court examiner... leaking info to Choksi KHUSHBOO NARAYAN DEEPTIMAN TIWARY MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 9 FIVE MEN, aged between 18 and 30 years, died Sunday evening after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a sewage tank at a residential complex in West Delhi, police said. According to police, the incident occurred at the P tower of DLF Capital Greens residential complex in the Moti Nagar area, where the five were engaged in cleaning the tank that was about 30 feet deep and located in the basement. Police said it appeared that the men were not wearing safety equipment. Witnesses at the spot alleged that the facilities management firm engaged by the complex had “forced” workers employed for housekeeping to do other jobs at the site, including the cleaning of tanks. In a statement, DLF said the services at the complex were maintained by JLL. Representatives of JLL did not respond to requests for comment. DCP (West) Monika Bhardwaj told The Indian Express that a case has been registered and investigations are on. The residential complex includes four sections, of which Phase 1 and Phase 2 are occupied while Phase 3 and Phase 4 are under construction. The incident occurred in Phase 2 of the complex, police said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 GUJARAT EX-BJP MLA ON THE RUN HELD IN BITCOIN EXTORTION CASE IN A scathing attack on Opposition parties, particularly the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday that those who “were a failure in government” have “also failed as Opposition”. Addressing the BJP’s national executive, the Prime Minister targeted the “grand alliance” of the Opposition, saying that those who have no political or ideological understanding, who cannot even tolerate each other, are embracing each other. “That is the biggest indication ofour success... because people have accepted our party, leadership and programmes,” Union Minister and senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted Modi as saying. AN EXAMINER appointed by a bankruptcy court in the United States has found that fugitive diamond jeweller Nirav Modi’s firm A Jaffe Inc, along with a “shadow entity” controlled by his sister Purvi Modi Mehta and a British Virgin Islands firm linked to his father Deepak Modi, allegedly routed at least Rs 576 crore obtained fraudulently through Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) in India to Delaware firm Twin Fields Investments Ltd, via NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 Under probe for Rs 13,500 crore scam layers of shell companies. Nirav Modi and his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi are being investigated by Indian agencies after state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) complained against their companies, saying it had been cheated of Rs 13,600 crore through fraudulent LoUs and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE ENFORCEMENT Directorate (ED), whose request for an Interpol Red Notice (RN) against Mehul Choksi has been pending for months, has now accused the international agency of leaking information to the key accused in the Rs 13,600 crore PNB scam. In a communication sent last week, the ED asked Interpol to desist from providing information about the ED’s RN request to Choksi. The ED has said this because the Interpol’s queries Believed to be in Antigua and Barbuda against its request are based on objections raised by the fugitive jeweller. “The fact that Choksi’s objections to our request for a Red Notice against him are pinpointed, only means that he has all the details of our request,” an ED official said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Muslims and the courts THE EDITORIAL PAGE BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT & GILLES VERNIERS No RBI clean chit yet to ICICI Bank, says still ‘engaged’, probe is ongoing YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION TANGLE OF GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 9 THE RBI has indicated that it has not yet given a clean chit to ICICI Bank, and its MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, on the issue of conflict of interest, quid pro quo and corporate governance violations while extending loans. Responding to a query from The Indian Express under the Right To Information (RTI) Act on the action taken against ICICI Bank and Chanda Kochhar, the central bank said: “RBI is engaged with ICICI Bank in the matter and investigations by external agencies in the matter have not attained finality. As such, the disclosure at this stage of information sought is likely to harm the competitive position of the bank and may also impede the process of investigation.” Chanda Kochhar is on leave pending an independent investigation by retired Supreme Court judge, Justice B N Srikrishna, into various allegations against her and the bank. On March 29, The Indian Express reported that Videocon promoter Venugopal Dhoot provided a loan of Rs 64 crore to NuPower Renewables Pvt Ltd (NRPL), a firm he had set up with Chanda Kochhar’s husband and two relatives six months after the business group got Rs 3,250 crore as loan from ICICI Bank in 2012. Dhoot transferred proprietorship of the company to a trust owned by Deepak Kochhar TRANSACTIONS ICICI Bank-Videocon-Deepak Kochhar MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar is on leave. Archive for Rs 9 lakh, six months after he received the loan from ICICI Bank. The Videocon account was declared an NPA or a bad loan in 2017. The bank’s board had initially backed Chanda Kocchar. However, on May 30, while instituting an enquiry into a new complaint against her, the board said the probe will be headed by an “independent and credible person” and would be “comprehensive”. Market regulator SEBI, which had issued showcause notices to ICICI Bank and Chanda Kochhar, received replies from both recently. Kochhar and the bank stated that they were not aware of the relationship between Chanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak Kochhar and the Videocon group. Sebi is likely to begin adjudication proceedings soon. Rajiv killing: Release all convicts, TN to tell Guv ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, SEPTEMBER 9 THE TAMIL Nadu government resolved Sunday to recommend the release of all seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to Governor Banwarilal Purohit under Article 161 of the Constitution. All the seven convicts have served over 27 years in prison. “The Governor, who is the executive authority of the state, will execute the decision taken by the government,” D Jayakumar, State Fisheries Minister, told reporters after a Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami. The decision, which was taken following a recent Supreme Court order asking authorities to decide on a writ petition filed by one of the seven convicts, A G Perarivalan, was welcomed by the Opposition DMK and the AIADMK’s breakaway TTV Dhinakaran faction. Perarivalan’s mother Arputhammal met the Chief Minister to thank the government for the recommendation, which is being seen as a boost for the ruling AIADMK. In September 2017, Palaniswami had granted one-month parole for Perarivalan and extended it by another month. Last Thursday, noting that an application under Article 161 had been filed before the Governor by Perarivalan, the Supreme Court had said: “Naturally, the authority concerned will be at liberty to decide the said application as deemed fit.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Hardik out of hospital, his fast continues Research crosses boundaries at EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, SEPTEMBER 9 PATIDAR QUOTA leader Hardik Patel, who has been on an indefinite fast for the last 16 days, was discharged from a hospital here after improvement in his condition according to his medical reports. Hardik, however, said that he would continue his indefinite fast till his demands for farm loan waiver and reservation to Patidars in government jobs and education are fulfilled by the BJP government of Gujarat. Hardik was admitted to Sola Civil Hospital on Friday afternoon as his health deteriorated. From there he was shifted to SGVP Holistic Hospital, private hospital run by the Swaminarayan sect, the same day. “Hardik will continue his fast till the day the state government agrees to our demands. If his condition deteriorates, we will take him to a hospital again,” PAAS spokesperson Manoj Panara said after Hardik was discharged from the hospital. On reaching his home at Greenwood Society in Ahmedabad which has been the venue of his fast, Hardik slammed the government over heavy police deployment in the area. He also accused DCP (Zone I) DCP Jaypalsinh Rathod of threatening to to kill him. “Ahmedabad DCP Rathod tells me that he will kill me. Now, Yamraj ji has given the job of letting people live or killing to these police officers like Rathod,” Hardik tweeted after he arrived at his home. Speaking to The Indian Express, DCP Jaypalsinh Rathod rejected Hardik’s allegation that he threatened to kill the Patidar leader. “This is a false allegation. I did not say any such thing to him.” Hardik also criticised “heavy police deployment” outside his residence, comparing it with British rule. “Ghar pahunchtey hi mere niwas sthan ke bahaar hazaron ki taadaad mein police ko tainat kar diya hai aur logon ko rokne lagi. Agar aapne Angrezhukumat nahi dekhi hai, toh IIT-Delhi, touches new horizons TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com SHRADHA CHETTRI NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 Hardik Patel leaves SGVP Holistic Hospital, in Ahmedabad on Sunday after he was discharged from there. PTI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHASHANK SHEKHAR, 39, did his MBA from IIT-Delhi, and is now a PhD candidate at the institute, working to build a revenue model for bioinformatics research and development. One of his three supervisors is from the Department of Management Studies; the second is a professor at the Department of Chemistry who also has responsibilities as a coordinator at the Centre of Excellence for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; the ‘Collaboration Over Competition’ is a motto of interdisciplinary initiative. Archive third is from the School of Biological Sciences. This unusual research collaboration has been made possible through the School of Interdisciplinary Research (SIRe) which was set up at IIT-D last October. Its twin mottos are “Collaboration over Competition” and “Breaking Departmental Barriers”, and it’s an effort by IIT-D to bring about fundamental change in the ways in which academic research happens in India. “The basic objective of this school is to actively encourage researchers and students to stretch their boundaries and collaborate with people from other disciplines to help bring broader perspectives and new ideas to research problems,” Dr Arunachalam Ramanan, professor of chemistry and chairpersonof SIRe, said. Collaboration has so far been limited mostly to within departments, Dr Ramanan said. Even where IIT-D researchers have worked on interdisciplinary projects with researchers from other institutes, the “scope (of the collaboration) was limited”, Dr Ramanan said. “This school is going to provide a platform and help bring researchers from different backgrounds together to find solutions to a range of problems.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 9-YR-OLD INDIAN GOT UK TO TWEAK VISA NORMS, NEXT GOAL GRANDMASTER TAG SRIRAM VEERA LONDON, SEPTEMBER 9 “MAGNUS CARLSEN is a bit boring. Too positional... not attacking enough for me. He has the patience to win out in the end, of course. Once I saw him flip the King and look into it as if something was there inside. Who does that?” It’s the nine-year-old chess prodigy Shreyas Royal chirping away about the world champion in a South-East London accent at his home in Woolwich. He is English in many ways: Loves fish and chips, “mein achha hoon” to grandma on Skype is about all he knows in Hindi, likes food nonspicy, loves the local architecture. No wonder, his parents were desperate to continue in the UK. Born in Bengaluru, Shreyas has lived in London since he was three. But with his father’s work visa due to expire in September, he was to return to India. But then, the chess fraternity pulled together, the media got involved, UK’s politicians urged the Home Office to ensure that an “exceptional talent” wasn’t lost. Last month, when the family had begun to pack, they got the news — they could stay. UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he took a “personal decision” as Shreyas is “one of the most gifted chess players in his generation and we have always been clear we want a worldclass immigration system that welcomes highly-talented individuals from across the globe”. Shreyas is currently ranked fourth in his age group globally. Shreyas’s father Jitender Singh can now apply for Tier-2 work visa, which is valid for up to four years without needing to leave the country. It will be sponsored by his employers, Tata Jitender Singh and Anju with son Shreyas. Sriram Veera Consultancy Services (TCS), who had earlier offered him a posting in Norway as an alternative. Jitender is confident he can get permanent residency in the UK and says he has been told that Shreyas will get his British passport by next year. It’s an extraordinary twist to an extraordinary tale. Nothing in the family history had suggested a possible inclination towards chess. But Shreyas’s mother Anju Singh, a bubbly, friendly personality, had great faith in an astrological prediction made when the boy was born. “It was by a Panditji from Odisha where we had made his kundli. Shreyas was born on January 9, 2009, and Panditji had said that 9 is very lucky and the timing of his birth and other things suggest he would earn name and fame,” Anju says. At their sparse apartment, the bespectacled Shreyas is sitting on a black sofa. To his right, a cabinet heaves with the trophies he has won. To his left, a portrait of Sai Baba is garlanded, with incense crumbs spilling out of its stand below. “Tell him about my name, mom. Why you named me Royal,” says Shreyas. Anju laughs, throwing her head back, and leaves it to Jitender to begin. “The astrologer had told my wife that the boy’s last name should phonetically start with ‘Ra’. She thought a lot. We are Rajputs, and she came up with Royal,” he says. His legs dangling from the sofa, Shreyas says, “Well, chess is a royal game.” Shreyas started off at a state primary school, which gave him a lot of free time. Anju then enrolled him in various classes to fill up the hours: horse-riding, gymnastics, swimming. “All of them were based on physical activity. I thought I CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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