TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SANDEEP BAKHSHI GETS 5 YRS AS HER SUCCESSOR Under conflict of interest and nepotism cloud, Chanda Kochhar quits ICICI Bank CBI, SFIO yet to summon her and husband Deepak Board accepts her request for ‘early retirement,’; Justice Srikrishna says his probe is on, will take a month GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, OCTOBER 4 CHANDA KOCHHAR on Thursday quit as Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank, one of India’s largest private banks, six months after The Indian Express first reported on allegations of conflict of interest and nepotism. Her departure is KHUSHBOO NARAYAN the latest in a series of exits by top private bank chiefs after a regulatorypushoverthelastfew months . In a filing to the stock exchanges Thursday, ICICI Bank said that its board accepted the MUMBAI, OCTOBER 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 11 The Indian Express report on March 29, 2018; Kochhar EVEN AS ICICI Bank assured that theenquiryinstitutedbyitsboard against Chanda Kochhar, ManagingDirectorandCEOofthe bank, will remain unaffected after her decision to take early retirement, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is yet to summon and question Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar in connectionwiththeallegednexus between Deepak Kochhar-run NupowerRenewablesPvtLtd and Venugopal Dhoot-promoted VideoconGroup,sourcestoldThe Indian Express. OnMarch31,theCBIhadregistered a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the sanctioning of a Rs 3,250-crore loan to the Videocon Group by the ICICI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 5 years ago, SC said move some Gir lions out but 2 states stalled JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 4 ON WEDNESDAY, when the Supreme Court said that the death of 23 lions in three weeks in Gir was “very serious,” the Additional Solicitor General assured the court that he would “find out” details of the deaths. And added that a matter related to lions was already pending in the court. Whatwasleftunsaidwasthe fact that more than five years ago,theSupremeCourt,inaprescient order, had called for shifting some lions from Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh to set up a second home for the endangered species “to save it from extinction, due to catastrophes like epidemic” etc. But a series of objections raised by Gujarat and footdragging by both Environment Ministry and Madhya Pradesh Forest Department ensured that hasn’t happened. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 13 WORLD THE BILATERAL SENATE GETS FBI REPORT ON KAVANAUGH CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin to New Delhi on Thursday. AP REPORT, PAGE 5 RELATED REPORT PAGE 6 7 Rohingya men sent back to Myanmar, SC refuses to intervene 10 ABHISHEK SAHA & ANANTHAKRISHNAN G GUWAHATI, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 4 THE GOVERNMENT Thursday “repatriated” seven Rohingya men, who were jailed in Assam for entering India illegally six years ago, to Myanmar through the Moreh border in Manipur, hours after the Supreme Court refusedtointerfereintheprocess. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the men had requested that “the Embassy of theUnionof Myanmarshouldissue them relevant travel documentstofacilitatetheirreturn”.It said their willingness to return was “reconfirmed” and the process took place according to “established procedures and laws”. An official at the Myanmar EXPLAINED Why were they sent back, who are here Embassy in New Delhi told The IndianExpressthatthemenwere detained on arrival in the “illegal migrant case” for verification, andwouldbeallowedtogoback to their villages. But he did not specifyatimelinefortheprocess (Report, page 9). Manipur Police said that the seven men were repatriated around 1.30 pm. “Manipur and Assam police personnel were present, and the seven persons CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PETROL, DIESEL RATES CUT RS 2.50 Afterholdingfirm,Govt cutsfuelrates;markets crashasrupeeweakens Jaitley urges states to match cut, says not going back on deregulation; stocks of oil marketing companies fall ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 4 WITH GLOBAL crude prices surging and the rupee weakening, the Centre stepped in Thursday, announcing a cut of Rs 2.50 per litre for petrol and diesel effective midnight, and urging states to match the price reduction. Of the Rs 2.50 per litre reduction, Rs 1.50 per litre of excise duty cut would be borne by the central government and the impactof theremainingRe1per litre cut would be absorbed by oil marketing companies. FinanceMinisterArunJaitley appealed to state governments to match the Centre’s cut in fuel prices,followingwhichBJP-ruled states — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Goa and Jammu and Kashmir whichisunderGovernor’srule— also announced relief of another Rs 2.50 per litre, taking the total price cut to Rs 5.00 per litre. The move to make stateowned oil firms absorb Re 1 per litre was seen as a return of government control over pricing, andstocksof IOC,BPCLandHPCL tanked. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, OCTOBER 4 SHORTLY AFTER Union Finance MinisterArunJaitleyannounceda cutofRs2.5perlitreonfuelprices, the BJP-led government in Maharashtra on Thursday extendedanadditionalcutof Rs2.5 perlitreforpetrolconsumerswith DEVENDRA PANDEY & SRIRAM VEERA A new RSS? BY ASHUTOSH VARSHNEY INTERVIEW SATYA PAL MALIK J&KGOVERNOR ‘WEHAVETOKILL MILITANCY,NOT MILITANTS’ MUMBAI, OCTOBER 4 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 4 A CUT in excise duty on petroleumproductswillputastrainin centralgovernmentfinancesunless it is followed by a commensurate reduction in expenditure. Reducing government spend whengrowthratesarejustabout firming up is not on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s mind, but taxcollectionssofardopresenta challenge in meeting the targets for this financial year. Any decision that adversely impacts the government’s efforts in fiscal consolidation may not be viewed favourably by the market and rating agencies. In the last four years, the government did not cut fuel prices — except once in October 2017 — despite rising costs of crude oil imports, taking full benefit of higher excise collections. In many ways, it helped Jaitley rein in the fiscal deficit, which stood at 4.4% of GDP in March-end 2014 when the NDA government took charge. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Thursday. Amit Mehra WHERE CUT IS Rs 5 ■ Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Goa, J&K ■ Kerala, Karnataka say no more cuts, Andhra Pradesh unsure, Bihar silent, Delhi and West Bengal want Rs 10-cut, Punjab calls meeting RBI’S MONETARY POLICY DECISION WILL BE ANNOUNCED TODAY immediateeffect,bringingthetotal benefit to consumers to Rs 5 perlitre.Onthebasisofreduction in prices announced, the estimatedlossofincometothestate’s exchequer will be Rs 1,800 crore. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who announced the reduction in prices through his twitterhandle,said:“Thiswould give huge relief to common citi- zens. The net effect to the people inMaharashtrawillbeareduced price of Rs 5 per litre (on petrol prices).” Ahead of the festive season, sources said that the state governmentwasmullingcuttingtax on diesel by Rs 1 per litre. When contacted,Fadnavissaid,“Weare working on it.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 Kalburgi killed for remark on idols, suspect tells police MM Kalburgi was killed in August 2015 BENGALURU, OCTOBER 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 17 SUNNY VERMA & AANCHAL MAGAZINE JOHNSON T A IT’S TOO early to anoint Prithvi Shaw as the next Sachin Tendulkar. But on Thursday, when he slammed a sparkling Test debut hundred against the West Indies in Rajkot, all the hype surrounding the next big Mumbai batsman seemed justified. The back-foot punches, the horizontal cut shots, the short body balanced on the toes, the impassive face almost invisible under a big helmet — it was almostarewindtothelate1980s when India fell in love with another Mumbai boy. Just like Tendulkar, Shaw, 18, has been facing one question RELATED REPORTS How first cut in a year could strain finances Rs 5 per litre petrol price cut in Maharashtra With a century, 18-yr-old Prithvi announces his arrival in Tests 8 6 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Shaw in Rajkot on Thursday. PTI; (above) An 8-year-old Shaw gets ready to play in Virar on April 22, 2008. Neeraj Priyadarshi KANNADA SCHOLAR and writer M M Kalburgi, who was killed outside his home in Dharwad in North Karnataka on August 30, 2015,wasreportedlytargetedfor a remark he made in June 2014, when he quoted Jnanpith awardee U R Ananthamurthy to saythaturinatingonidolswould not attract divine retribution. According to sources, Ganesh Miskin (27), one of two suspects arrested by the Karnataka Police CIDforKalburgi’smurder,hassaid that the 77-year-old scholar’s statement,madeduringadiscussion on an anti-superstition Bill, was perceived as “anti-Hindu’’, and triggered the attack on him. Miskin and Amit Baddi (28), both linked to a radical Hindu outfit, were arrested by the CID on September 15, after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Karnataka Police probing the September 5, 2017 murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh (55) indicated their possible involvement in the Kalburgi case. Both the youths are from the Hubbali-Dharwad twin city region in North Karnataka. They were earlier among 16 persons linked to radical Hindu outfits from Goa, Maharashtra and Karnatakawhowerearrestedby theSITintheGauriLankeshcase. Both have a criminal record for involvement in communal violence in Hubbali area. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR HE DUSTS 36 WINDOWS, 16 DOORS — AND A SLICE OF DANDI HISTORY LEENA MISRA SAIFEE VILLA, DANDI: WHERE MAHATMA GANDHI STAYED IN APRIL 1930 Ramanbhai Solanki, 52 Job: Safai Kamdar Salary: `5,200 per month Work Hours: 8.30 am-11 am, 2.30 pm6.30 pm, no off day Cleans: Saifee Villa, from where Mahatma Gandhi stepped out to pick salt on Dandi beach DANDI, OCTOBER 4 “WHENGANDHIJIstartedouton the salt march, there were 78 people with him. But when he reachedDandi,therewere3,500. The maulana of the Dawoodi Bohras offered him his residence, Saifee Villa, to stay. It was the only concrete structure on Dandi beach. Gandhiji told him, ‘You might get into trouble’. The maulana (the late Syedna Taher Saifuddin) replied, ‘I am not bothered’.” The road to Dandi from Navsari town is lined by neem and mango trees along fields of paddy and sugarcane, with shrimpfarmsinbetween.Itends at a wooden gate that opens to Saifee Villa, where a plaque at the steps displays a faded photo of Mahatma Gandhi picking salt. Inside, there’s a buzz in the air. Ramanbhai Solanki is guiding a group of 15 tourists from Mumbai through the doublestoreyed building from where Gandhi stepped out and picked up a handful of raw salt, a few metres away from where the beach began, to symbolically breaktheBritishSaltAct.Thesea has receded nearly a kilometre since that day, on April 6, 1930. MAHATMA SWACHH BHARAT PART X The Indian Express maps milestones in the Mahatma’s journey. To tell the stories of Swachh Bharat footsoldiers, who clean where the Mahatma once walked Ramanbhai feels lucky to be part of Dandi story. Bhupendra Rana “In school, when we read about Dandi and the salt march, we would exclaim, ‘This is right here’, and feel so proud,” says Solanki. Tuesday marked the 150th birth anniversary year of the Mahatma. At Saifee Villa, apart from the faded photographs of that day 88 years ago, Solanki is the voice of thatfirstmajor act of civildisobedienceinIndia’sfreedom struggle. He is also the face of Swachh Bharat, the cleanliness programme launched four years ago in Gandhi’s memory. Solanki is not just the guide at Saifee Villa, that’s unofficial. He is officially a Safai Kamdar, in charge of keeping the premises clean,leadingandjoiningateam of 12 workers hired from a private agency, every day. The Swachhata Shapath (cleanliness pledge) is pasted on the roll call register. “I live by it. When I see litter, I don’t think someone will clear it, I do it myself,” he says. Solanki’s work starts at 6.30 am when he cleans the villa before opening it for visitors by 8.30 am. Then, he takes the roll call of the cleaners hired in June. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TOMORROW BIRLA HOUSE
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