TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA NGT saw red, Govt plans to ease green norms for realty AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 AGAINST OBJECTIONS by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), theUnionEnvironmentMinistry last week approved changes in the Environment Impact Assessment Notification to exempt realty projects below 50,000squaremetresof built-up areafromseeking prior environment clearance (EC). As per the proposed amendments, approved last week, new buildings or expansion projects less than 50,000 sq m would not require prior EC and can be constructed “under the supervision CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 THE IDEAS PAGE The green state of mind BY NARENDRA MODI JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Eye on state polls, ear to protests, govt hikes MSPs for rabi crops HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 AHEAD OF crucial assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, and just a day after a Kisan Kranti Yatra rally was stopped from entering Delhi by police using water cannons and tear gas, the government Wednesday announced significant hikes in the minimum support prices (MSP) for crops to be planted in the ensuing rabi season from November. The MSP for the 2018-19 wheat crop has been fixed at Rs 1,840 per quintal, a 6.05 per cent increase over last year’s level of Rs 1,735. The Union Cabinet also approvedMSPhikesinotherrabi season crops: From Rs 4,000 to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WHEN MSPs ARE ONLY ON PAPER, P 19 INTERVIEW: J&K GOVERNOR THE BEGINNING, FROM RAJGHAT Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and wife Rupanjali at Rajghat after he took oath of office at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. Prem Nath Pandey REPORT, PAGE 6 Maya slams Cong, rules IL&FS CRISIS out state election tie-up ‘Name us but why didn’t Govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 LAUNCHING A scathing attack on the Congress, BSP chief Mayawati Wednesday said that her party will contest the upcoming polls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh on its own and notinalliancewiththeCongress. Mayawati said that some leaders in the party were out to “destroy” the BSP, though CongresspresidentRahulGandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia ‘Arrogant, communal Cong out to destroy BSP’ Gandhi favoured an alliance. Calling the Congress “arrogant” with a “casteist and communal mindset”, she said that people hadnotforgiventheCongressfor their “corrupt government”. HerremarkslefttheCongress, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 name shareholder directors?’ Five independent directors surprised at plea in tribunal; write to new chief SANDEEP SINGH & P VAIDYANATHAN IYER NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 CALLING THE government’s decision to supersede the board of investment company IL&FS as “timely and courageous”, five independent directors on the erst- while board have written to the newlyappointedchairmanUday KotakonOctober2raisingseveral red flags and elaborating on constraintsof long-termfinancethat plague the infrastructure sector. What has shocked independentdirectorsMichaelPinto, Jerry Rao, Rina Kamath, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ‘India’s mistakes alienated J&K, my job is to make space for talks’ NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 3 ASJ&Kbracesforlocalbodyelections starting October 8 amid militantthreatsandboycottcalls by the PDP and National Conference, Governor Satya Pal Malik said Wednesday that “Indiahasmademistakes,andits mistakes have, in the process, alienated itself” from the people of the Valley. He said his priority is to “create an environment of trust”inwhichtheCentrecaninitiatetalkswithmainstreampartiesandeventheHurriyatif they come to the table “without the conditionof involvingPakistan”. Speaking to The Indian Express(fullinterviewtomorrow), Malik, who took charge of J&K two months after the state was placedunderGovernor’srulefollowing the collapse of the PDPBJP government, said, “Kashmir Hurriyat can talk if they drop Pak condition: Malik is not an occupied territory”. “Yeh koi, ek tarah se, occupation nahin hai. Isko ab aap occupation term do, woh ek alag baat hai. Lekin nahin, woh baat baithti nahin hai. Ye kaho ki humse mishandling hui hai. India se galti hui, India ne apni galtiyon se apne aap CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 J&K LOCAL POLLS PAGE 7
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