LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SC says lion deaths in Gir ‘very serious’, asks Centre to look into it EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 TERMING THE mysterious death of23 lions in the Gir forest as “very serious”, the Supreme Court Wednesday asked the Centre to look into the incidents which have sparked fear of a viral infection. "Today, we are faced with a pe- NGT saw red, Govt plans to ease green norms for realty culiar problem. Lions are dying. There seems to be some kind of virus. We do not know. It is coming in newspapers. You find it out," a bench ofJustices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta told told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni. The matter came up when the court was hearing a matter related to the reintroduction of cheetahs in India HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 AGAINST OBJECTIONS by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Union Environment Ministry last week approved changes in the Environment Impact Assessment Notification to exempt realty projects below 50,000 square metres of built-up area from seeking 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 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 approved MSP hikes in other rabi season crops: From Rs 4,000 to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WHEN MSPs ARE ONLY ON PAPER, P 14 WORLD TRUMP ENGAGED IN SUSPECT TAX MOVES AS HE REAPED RICHES FROM HIS FATHER out (about the deaths of lions)”. The court will now hear the matter on October 29. An application was filed in the SC by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, seeking a direction that SC’s 2013 decision rendered in a case does not prevent authorities from taking steps in conformity with the law to re-introduce cheetahs from Africa to suitable sites in India. 5 GUJARAT 4 OF 23 DEAD LIONS TEST POSITIVE FOR DEADLY CANINE VIRUS NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 3 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 name shareholder directors? 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 not in alliance with the Congress. Mayawati said that some leaders in the party were out to “destroy” the BSP, though Congress president Rahul Gandhi 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 had not forgiven the Congress for their “corrupt government”. Her remarks left the Congress, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘India’s mistakes alienated J&K, my job is to make space for talks’ NAVEED IQBAL Maya slams Cong, rules IL&FS CRISIS out state election tie-up ‘Name us but why didn’t Govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 13 of the deaths were due to a viral infection. The state added it was yet to identify the virus strain. The court then asked the ASG, who appeared for the Centre, “What are you doing on the issue oflions?” and added, “it is very serious”. The ASG replied that a matter related to lions in Gujarat was already pending in the apex court and assured the bench, “I will find Eye on state polls, ear to protests, govt hikes MSPs for rabi crops AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 from Namibia. Referring to the death of the 23 lions in the last three weeks, one counsel said, “If there is any kind ofvirus infection, all lions will be wiped out from the area." He pointed out that given the manner in which the lions died, there was also a fear of the epidemic spreading to other animals. The counsel for Gujarat government, meanwhile, said some INTERVIEW: J&K GOVERNOR 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 newly appointed chairman Uday Kotak on October 2 raising several red flags and elaborating on constraints of long-term finance that plague the infrastructure sector. What has shocked independent directors Michael Pinto, Jerry Rao, Rina Kamath, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ASJ&K braces for local body elections starting October 8 amid militant threats and boycott calls by the PDP and National Conference, Governor Satya Pal Malik said Wednesday that “India has made mistakes, and its mistakes have, in the process, alienated itself” from the people of the Valley. He said his priority is to “create an environment of trust” in which the Centre can initiate talks with mainstream parties and even the Hurriyat if they come to the table “without the condition of involving Pakistan”. Speaking to The Indian Express(full interview tomorrow), Malik, who took charge of J&K two months after the state was placed under Governor’s rule following the collapse of the PDPBJP government, said, “Kashmir 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, 9 THE IDEAS PAGE Hurriyat can talk if they drop Pak condition: Malik India ne apni galtiyon se apne aap ko alien banaya. Occupation force ke taur pe India ko pesh kiya ja sakta hai, jo cheezein hui hain. Lekin Kashmir is not an occupied territory, apni marzi se hamare saath aaye hue hain,” he said. (“This is not an occupation. It is another matter if someone chooses to use the occupation term. But no, that is not correct. You can say we have mishandled. India has made mistakes, and its mistakes have, in the process, alienated itself. Because CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 J&K LOCAL POLLS PAGE 2 The green state of mind BY NARENDRA MODI
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