TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA LETTING MALLYA GET AWAY CBI put it in writing: ‘Inform us discreetly... detention of (Vijay Mallya) is not required’ Confidential note shows how Look Out Circular was changed, agency claimed its earlier notice was an error RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last week explained, according to a news agency, that the downgrade of the Look Out Circular (LOC) for Vijay Mallya — from his deten- tion to merely being informed about his entry/exit — was an “error of judgment.” But confidential correspondence accessed by The Indian Express showsthattheagency,in writing, argued to the Mumbai Police that its first LOC was, in fact, an error. It put on record that Mallya’s detention was “not required.” In its first LOC dated October 16, 2015, the CBI filled out the LOCform checkingthe box “prevent subject from leaving India.” The second LOC was dated November 24, 2015, the very night Mallya landed in Delhi. It had a covering letter sent to the Special Branch of the Mumbai Mallya in London last week Police. The box in this second LOC form that was ticked was: “inform originator of arrival/departure of subject.” Fourmonthslater,Mallyaleft the country on March 2, 2016, and proceedings to extradite him from the UK are now on. On February28,Mallya’slendersSBI gotlegaladvicetomovetheapex court tostophisexitbuttheydid not act on it. The crux of the controversy CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Those who oppose us also ours...we are for yukt Bharat, not mukt: RSS chief Bhagwat LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 WHILE ‘CONGRESS-MUKT Bharat’ has been the refrain of BJP’s electoral politics, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat struck a different note Monday, underlining that his organisation does not endorse the ‘mukt’ phraseology and instead favours the approachof takingalongeveryone. “Hum log to sarvlok-yukt Bharat waale log hain, mukt waale nahin hain,” Bhagwat told a gathering invited by the RSS to a three-day conclave on ‘Future of Bharat: An RSS Perspective’ at theVigyanBhavaninNewDelhi. BhagwatsaidtheRSSbelieves in the approach to unite and invite everyone. “If there has to be opposition,itshouldbebasedon factual positions,” he said. “Isme Sangh ko paraya koi nahin hai. Jo aaj hamara virodh karte hain, woh bhi hamare hain, yeh pucca hai. Unke virodh se hamari kshati na ho, itni chinta hum zaroor karenge (Nobody is an outsider for the Sangh. Those who oppose us today are also ours. That’s certain. We will be concerned if their opposition is going to harm us),” he said. He credited the Congress for its role in the freedom move- 12 THEEDITORIAL PAGE BIRTHDAY AT SCHOOL Prime Minister Narendra Modi spends his 68th birthday with children from Kashi Vidyapith in Varanasi on Monday. PTI REPORT, PAGE 7 RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in New Delhi on Monday. PTI ment.Hesaidafterthe1857War of Independence,leadingfigures had a brainstorming session on what led to the failure to gain freedom and they realised that one of the factors was that people lacked political understanding, and that there was need to create political awareness. “Aur isliye Congress ke roop me ek bada andolan saare desh mekhadahua.Usmebhianeksarvasvatyagimahapurushjinkiprerna aaj bhi hamare jeevan ki prerna me kaam karti hai, aise paida hue aur desh ke sarva samaanya vyakti ko swatantrata ke liye raaste par lakar khada karne ka kaam uss dhara ne kiya (A huge CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rupee in a global world BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 17 A FORMER Ikhwan commander who later joined the Territorial Army(TA)wasshotdeadMonday in south Kashmir’s Kulgam by suspected militants posing as reporters. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik had come back home to mourn the death of his son, when militants fired at him from pointblank range at his home. Malik’sson,accordingtolocals inShuratvillage,wascriticallyin- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY BY JAHANGIR AZIZ NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 THE CENTRE is planning to develop a voice-based bot powered by artificial intelligence on the lines of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa to facilitate access to government services such as utility bill payments, provident fund balance and income tax filings for regional languagespeakersandtheilliterate. The move by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) of the IT ministry is aimed at en- abling voice-enabled services that leverage artificial intelligence to widen the coverage for government services for smartphone users offered through its bouquet app — the Unified Mobile App for New-Age Governance (UMANG). To explore theavailable solutions, the NeGD is expected to “brainstorm” with technology vendors on October 4. The UMANG app currently offers 300 services from 66 central departments and 17 states, including services such as bill CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WILL CREATE 3RD LARGEST BANK To scale up & reform, Govt plans merger of 3 public sector banks Amalgamation of Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank, Dena Bank comes after SBI & associates merger, IDBI stake sale to LIC THE THREE WHICH WILL UNITE ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 THE GOVERNMENT Monday proposedamalgamationof three public sector banks — Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank — to create what will be India’s third largest bank in terms of total business at Rs14.82lakhcrore.Thisstepwill particularly help Dena Bank, the weakest of the three, which is currently under the Reserve Bank of India’s Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework and has been barred from extending fresh loans. The first major banking sector consolidation during the tenure of the NDA government was the merger of five associate banksof State Bankof Indiawith itself. The government has also moved on Life Insurance Corporation of India’s proposal to acquire majority stake in IDBI Bank. Announcing Monday’s decision, Finance Minister Arun Bankof Baroda TotalBusiness (Rscrore) GrossAdvances (Rscrore) ReturnonAssets (annualised) Vijaya Bank Dena Bank Merged Entity 10,29,811 2,79,674 1,72,937 14,82,422 4,48,327 1,22,348 69,917 NetNPARatio 6,40,592 0.29% 0.32% -2.43% -0.02% 5.40% 4.10% 11.04% 5.71% Note: As per June 2018 results Jaitley said the government did not want a merger of weak banks and has, therefore, suggestedtheideaof amalgamating one weak bank and two strong banks, in order to create an entity which is able to increase bankingoperations. This also indicates the approach that the government may deploy in future consolidation. “Nobody should have a worry because this amalgamated entity will increase the banking operations. Its ability to increase and expand will be inevitable,” he said. In contrast to net non performing assets (NPA) ratio of 11.04percentforDenaBank,5.40 per cent for Bank of Baroda and 4.10 per cent for Vijaya Bank, the combined entity will have net NPAratioof5.71percent,according to a presentation by Rajiv Kumar,Secretary,Departmentof Financial Services. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Posing as reporters, militants kill BJP, Cong, Sena, NCP leaders head soldier mourning his son’s death co-op banks that swapped most cash Like Alexa & Siri, Govt plans AI voice bot in regional languages PRANAV MUKUL JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Outside Mukhtar Malik’s house in Kulgam. Express juredinaroadaccidentinKulgam several days ago. He was in coma at a hospital before he died three daysago.Malikisthefourtharmy mankilledwhileonleaveinsouth Kashmir by militants. “His (Malik’s) son passed away three days ago and he was home after a long time,” said a relative. “In the morning, a group of militants entered the house and shot him in the head.” Malik’s relatives said that the suspected militants posed as reporters, and said they wanted to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 FROM BJP to Congress and NCP to Shiv Sena, leaders of India’s main political parties are at the helm of the top 10 District Central Co-operative Banks (DCCBs) ranked according to the value of banned notes exchanged during demonetisation, records accessed by The IndianExpressundertheRightTo Information (RTI) Act show. According to RTI records E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the 370 DCCBs in the country exchanged old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 worth Rs 22,270 crore from November 10 to December 31, 2016, of which 18.82 per cent (Rs 4,191.39 crore) was processed by the top ten. Records show that four of these 10 are based in Gujarat, four in Maharashtra and one in Himachal Pradesh and one in Karnataka (see chart, page 2). Topping the list, with old notes worth Rs 745.59 crore exchanged, is the Ahmedabad DistrictCo-operativeBank,where BJP president Amit Shah is a director and BJP leader Ajaybhai H Patelthechairman.Secondonthe list,withRs693.19crore,isRajkot CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Official data shows 1 manual scavenging death every five days SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 5 THECITY ● GATEMAN’S HAND CHOPPED OFF, RLYS SEEKS ACTION SINCE JANUARY 1, 2017, one person has died every five days, on an average, while cleaning sewers and septic tanks across the country, according to numbers collated by the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK), the statutory body that was set up by an Act of Parliament for the welfare of sanitation workers. The data, which is based mostly on newspaper reports and numbers supplied by a few state governments, is the first such official attempt to account for the deaths of sewer and septic tank cleaners. According to NCSK, 123 people employed in hazardous forms of manual scavenging lost Panel counted 123 deaths since January 1, 2017. File their lives while at work since January 2017. The last one week alone has seen a total of six deaths in the National Capital Region. Officials involved in the exercise admit, however, that even this number could be a gross under-estimation, considering the lack of data. There are no numbers availableonthoseemployedinsewer CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR HOW FAKE SPY CASE SET ISRO BACK MANY YEARS JOHNSON TA BENGALURU, SEPTEMBER 17 ALONG WITH S Nambi Narayanan, another former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist DSasikumarwasalsoarrestedin 1994 and then acquitted in 1998 in the ISRO spy case. Unlike Nambi Narayanan, Sasikumar is not looking to seek compensation for the false allegations against him. But, he is willing to lay bare the truth behind the fake case before a committee set up by the Supreme Court to investigate the wrongful arrests in the case. The case, Sasikumar said Monday, not only sacrificed national interest but set the Indian space program back by decades. Sasikumar (79), one of the first generation of scientists at ISRO, who lives in Thiruvananthapuram after his retirement in 1999, is happy that his former colleague Dr Narayanan was awarded a compensation of Rs 50 lakh by the Supreme Court last week for the trouble he underwent on account of the false case but is of the personal view that money cannot compensate the losses. WhileNambiNarayananwas 11 EXPLAINED What Nambi Narayanan did at ISRO arrested on November 30, 1994, Sasikumar was arrested on November 21, 1994. Both spent 50daysinjailandwereallegedly tortured by police, who alleged that the scientists were involved in espionage. “In the course of this whole story, national interest has been sacrificed because of someone’s thoughtless, stupid actions. It is not just a few individuals who have suffered because of these actions. The whole country has suffered. The Indian space programme got delayed by so many years,” he said. “The ISRO spy case was a problem created by some people for certain rea- sons. It is not just one case and if you look at it closely, it is three cases. There is a third phase where there was a political outcome of ousting a chief minister and all that — this had nothing to do with ISRO or the spy case.” The foisting of the case and itssubsequentspirallingintothe hands of politicians resulted in ISRO’s programmes, including efforts to master the cryogenic enginetechnologyofferedbythe Russians — now being used in the GSLV rockets — being set back by several years, he said. “All that we could have got CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DELHI 2nd Floor, Apsara Arcade, Near Metro Gate 6,1/8 B, Pusa Road, Karol Bagh 635, Opp. Signature View Apartments, Banda Bahadur Marg, Mukherjee Nagar Contact : 8468022022, 9650617807, 9717162595 JAIPUR 9001949244 PUNE 8007500096 HYDERABAD 9000104133 AHMEDABAD 9909447040 LUCKNOW 8468022022
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