LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE RUSSIAN DEFENCE SYSTEM S-400 missile deal to be signed during Putin’s India visit this week: Moscow New Delhi awaits President Trump’s certification of US waiver on purchase from Russia SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 2 8 AHEAD OFVladimir Putin’s twoday visit to India starting Thursday, his top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov Tuesday said that the Russian President will oversee the signing of the S-400 air defence systems deal. THE EDITORIAL PAGE This is the first official confirmation from the Russian government on the signing of the deal with India. Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet for bilateral talks on October 5. The S-400 deal has been caught in diplomatic crossfire between US and Russia, with Washington threatening Delhi The S-400 missile system and other partners with sanctions if their defence deals with Russia go through. In Moscow, Ushakov told reporters that the “President is leaving for India on October 4” and would oversee the signing of the agreement. “The value of the contract will be more than USD 5 billion,” news agencies quoted him saying. IL&FS: In bad company Gujarat civil servant gets IAS benefits, 15 years after being denied promotion EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Police use water cannons against protesting farmers at the UP-Delhi border in Vaishali, Ghaziabad, Tuesday. Gajendra Yadav AFTER 15 years of legal battle, and six years after his retirement, an officer belonging to the Gujarat civil services has been deemed as an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and will get post-retirement benefits accordingly. Last week, the Supreme Court passed an order to this effect after the state government submitted a proposal seeking disposal of the matter by extending the benefits to N M Chavda. Chavda, who joined the state civil services in 1977, was selected for the promotion to IAS from Gujarat in November 2003. However, within a month the state government decided to withdraw his integrity certificate, which is essential for getting promotion. In June 2004, the state government informed the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) that a departmental inquiry has been initiated against CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rally stopped at Delhi border, Govt assures farmers on MSP, insurance SUKRITA BARUAH, LIZ MATHEW & RAHUL TRIPATHI GHAZIABAD, NEW DELHI, OCT 2 AFTER DAY-LONG protests by farmers, who were stopped by police at the Delhi border following clashes that left at least 14 injured, the Centre Tuesday moved to prevent the agitation from snowballing into a crisis in an election year. As the government said they had accepted most demands, protesters rejected the assurances and continued a sit-in protest in the neighbouring Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh. Trouble began when farmers from several states, including BASHAARAT MASOOD THE FIRST phase of local body elections in J&K starts October 8 but there’s no campaigning, no door-to-door canvassing, no poll rally in the Valley. Even the names of candidates who have filed nomination papers or their political affiliations are not being disclosed. Officials cite “security reasons” for the veil of secrecy over the conduct of the “faceless” poll process, especially in the troubled south of the Valley. They say disclosure of candidate details GUJARAT TAJ VISITORS TO VISIT NARMADA FOR PATEL STATUE, SAYS RUPANI J&K LOCAL BODY POLLS STARTING OCTOBER 8 will make them vulnerable to threats, even endanger lives. So far, 851 candidates have filed nomination papers for seats in 598 wards and 40 municipal BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY poll-bound Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, were stopped by police from completing the final leg of a ten-day Kisan Kranti Yatra by crossing the Uttar Pradesh border into Delhi. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 4 No names, no faces, no campaign: Secrecy drapes Valley local polls SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 2 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Swachh Bharat is world’s biggest social movement, will help India meet UN goals: PM BY SHAJI VIKRAMAN AHMEDABAD, OCTOBER 2 In New Delhi, government sources told The Indian Express that the deal is “under discussion” and its signing during Putin’s visit is “quite likely”. On Monday, Russian news agency TASS reported that Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov had confirmed that the theme of military technical bodies in the Valley. Across J&K, 1145 seats are up for grabs in 79 municipal bodies and a total of 3005 candidates are in the fray. The PDP and National Conference, two big parties in the state, are boycotting the polls while the BJP, Congress and Sajad Lone’s Peoples Conference are in the fray. In the Valley, there will probably be no contest for 60 per cent of the seats. Of the 598 wards in the Valley, not a single nomination paper has been filed in 172 wards and there is only one candidate in 190 wards, ensuring there is no voting. Of the 40 municipal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Two more lions die in Gir, toll 23 ENS & PTI AHMEDABAD, OCTOBER 2 MARKING THEstart of year-long celebrations in the run-up to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said that his government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission has had the biggest domino effect in the world. During the freedom struggle, he said, the Mahatma had said that given a choice between swatantrataand swachhata (independence and cleanliness), swachhta should be given priority. Addressing the concluding session of an international sanitation convention — held during the Swachhta Hi Seva campaign, it was attended by sanitation ministers and leaders in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) from across the world — Modi said: “Gandhi spent his life in pursuit of independence. But even he gave priority to cleanliness over independence.” In order to help the world attain total sanitation coverage, the Prime Minister said, four Ps are important — political leadership, public funding, partnership and people’s participation. “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is proving to have the world’s biggest domino effect,” he said. On the gains made by the mission, he said prior to 2014, rural sanitation coverage was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TWO MORE lions, shifted to a rescue centre during a screening drive in Gujarat’s Gir Sanctuary, died on Tuesday, taking the toll to 23 since September 12, an official said. “Two lions, rescued earlier, died this (Tuesday) morning due to infection,” PTI quoted Additional Chief Secretary of the Forest Department Rajiv Kumar Gupta as saying. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WHAT’S KILLING THE PRIDE OF GIR? EXPLAINED, PAGE 7 Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on Gandhi Jayanti at Rajghat, Tuesday. Tashi Tobgyal Outside Yerawada jail: ‘I was a maid, a slave... this is far more respectable’ ANJALI MARAR PUNE, OCTOBER 2 A FEW minutes into her afternoon break, Sangeeta Dhandore is on her toes again as a van loaded with 500 bricks arrives at her doorstep in the narrow alleyways of Pune’s Shantinagar. Her neatly organised home, with one room on the ground floor, is getting a bedroom next to the kitchen, which is the only structure on the first floor. “My two sons keep the house in order,” she says, while giving directions to a worker carrying the bricks inside. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 -3.0 Deficit -1.3 -0.5 0.5 Normal 1.3 3.0 Surplus Levels lower than -0.5 suggest deficit soil moisture content (shown as yellow/ orange/red). Above 0.5 suggests surplus (green to blue) and between 0.5 and -0.5 or white is normal. GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, OCTOBER 2 THE RISK Management Committee of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), whose job it was to redflag problems — from credit risk to capital adequacy — to the board, never met even once in the financial year 2017-18 even as the company’s financial position deteriorated and it moved towards defaulting on its debt obligations. “No meeting of the Risk Management Committee was held during the period under review,” IL&FS said in its Annual IIT Gandhinagar/IMD HOW WET IS THE GROUND AFTER RAIN? FOR FIRST TIME, INDIA GETS SOIL MOISTURE MAP SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 2 WITH THE rabi season around the corner, a countrywide forecast prepared at the end of the monsoon season suggests deficit soil moisture conditions are likely in Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh. This forecast, following a joint exercise by IIT Gandhinagar and the India Meteorological Department (IMD), for the first time, provides a country-wide soil moisture forecast at seven and 30-day lead times. The analysis also indicates that soil moisture conditions in western Uttar Pradesh, Bundelkhand, and Chhattisgarh are likely to be normal or surplus at the start of the rabi sowing season. Soil moisture is crucial for agriculture since it directly affects crop growth and how much irrigation is required for the area. A team led by Vimal Mishra, associate professor at IIT Gandhinagar, uses the ‘Variable Infiltration Capacity’ model to provide the soil moisture prediction. The product, termed ‘Experimental Forecasts Land Surface Products’, is available on the IMD website and has been developed using the hydrological model that takes into consideration soil, vegetation, land SWACHH BHARAT PART VIII The Indian Express reporters fan out across the country to mark milestones in the Mahatma’s journey. To bring stories of the footsoldiers of Swachh Bharat, whose job it is to wipe, mop and dust where the Mahatma once walked. IL&FS mess got deeper but its top risk committee never met in last two years ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR PROJECTION FOR OCT 25 MAHATMA use and land cover among other parameters. Forecasting of soil moisture holds significance for the rabi season. As per official data, the total area sown under rabi crops is around 625 lakh hectares of which wheat takes up 300 lakh hectares. Timely soil moisture forecasts will help target interventions, in terms of seed varieties for better planning in agriculture. “India has been working on its own high-resolution soil database that is essential for soil parameters used in the modelling. However, the database is not available for the entire country currently. Once available, we will replace it with that information,” Mishra told The Indian Express. At present, the IIT Gandhinagar team is using the IMD’s grid-level observations and forecast products of rainfall and temperature. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Report for the year ended March 2018. It didn’t meet during the year 2016-17 as well. This is despite the fact that the IL&FS group owes over Rs 91,000 crore to banks, mutual funds, finance companies and insurance companies. The risk committee is constituted by the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 WORLD PAK CUTS CPEC INVESTMENT IN RLYS BY $2 BN WHITE HOUSE TELLS FBI IT CAN TALK TO ANYONE ABOUT KAVANAUGH
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