TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 9 ROUND 1 OF FOUR PHASES EXPLAINED Disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi 3 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THECITY J&K local polls: Just 8% turnout in Valley, nearly 70% in Jammu Polls held in 149 wards in Valley, no vote in 92 and no candidate in 23 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCTOBER 8 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, SRINAGAR, OCT 8 ● BEST PROJECTS DEFICIT OF OVER Rs 844 CRORE FOR TRANSPORT WING ● WARMEST OCTOBER SINCE 2015, SAYS IMD ● 41-YR-OLD MAN ELECTROCUTED AT BUS STOP 10 THE FIRST phase of local body polls in J&K, being held after 13 years amid calls for a boycott frommilitants,presented astark contrast in voting patterns Monday with the Jammu region recording a turnout of nearly 70 per cent while the Valley logged just 8.2 per cent. The first of the four-phase polls saw voting in 17 cities and towns in the border districts of Jammu,RajouriandPoonch,and eight districts of the Kashmir division,includingLehandKargil and three wards of Srinagar. The Kashmir division recorded an overall turnout of 18.6 per cent. Apart from threats by militants, the two major local political parties, National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stayed away from the polls, leaving the BJP, the Fight the good fight THEEDITORIAL PAGE BY MRINAL PANDE J&K LOCAL BODY POLLS PHASE II - OCTOBER 10 Congress, Sajad Lone’s Peoples’ ConferenceandIndependentsin the fray. In Jammu district, the highest turnout of 89 per cent was witnessed in Jourian, followed by Gho Manasa (86.21), Bishnah (85.44), Khour (82.13), R S Pura (80.14), Akhnoor (80.49), Arnia (80.16) and Jammu Municipal Corporation (61.92). Rajouri district’s Thanamandi, which was once a hotbed of militancy, registered Sabarimala: Review pleas filed in SC, Pinarayi says will follow court order Outside an empty polling station in Baramulla, Monday. Shuaib Masoodi the highest voting percentage of 90.23. This area falls on the Mughal Road connecting Poonch and Rajouri districts to the Valley. The second highest voting percentage in the first phasehere,89.63,wasregistered in Sunderbani, followed by Kalakote (86.25), Nowshera (86.01) and Rajouri (74.41). MORE REPORTS, P 5 In adjoining Poonch district, Surankote,whichalsowitnessed militant activity in the past, registered 89 per cent polling. In CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EVEN AS Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reiterated that his government would follow the Supreme Court’s order on allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple, some organisations on Monday filed petitions in the apex court seeking review of its September 28 verdict. Stating that his government would not file a review petition, Vijayan said: “The government has already informed the court that it would implement the order. The government cannot backtrackfromthataffidavit.’’He said “deliberate efforts” were beingmadetodestroythestate’s unity and “secular fabric”. “The government does not want to clash with the faithful. At the same time, the government will not succumb to the attempts of the politically motivatedforceswhowanttofoment In Ahmedabad, migrant workers BrahMos engineer find shelter in ‘secret’ camp arrested from Nagpur for leaking sensitive data: Police RITU SHARMA #MeToo ripples: AIB’s CEO steps aside, its co-founder sent on leave EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 8 IN THE wake of sexual harassment allegations levelled by women on social media as part of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns,Mumbai-basedcomedy collective AIB announced Monday that its CEO Tanmay Bhat will step aside and foundingmemberGursimranKhamba willgoontemporaryleave.Later, Hindustan Times said that Prashant Jha had stepped down asthepaper’sChief ofBureauand National Political Editor. Days after it cut all ties with writer-comedian Utsav Chakraborty following allega- 8 WORLD SHARIF,ABBASI APPEARINCOURT INTREASONCASE tions of sexual harassment and drew sharp criticism for not acting on complaints, AIB said that Bhat will be “stepping away” as his role in the controversy could not be “overlooked”. Khamba, who has also been accused of sexual misconduct, has been asked to go on temporary leave and issued a separate statement denying the allegation. Earlier, AIB had issued an apology for not taking action when the complaint was made two years ago and for continuing to collaborate with Chakraborty. In a statement titled “We’re sorry”, Bhat and AIB apologised for not taking action despite complaintsagainstChakraborty. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NOT FAR from a gateway marking the entrance to this village in Ahmedabad district, a stronghold of the Thakor community, a group of 25 young migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh have found refuge in a farm house since Sunday evening. On the gateway, which is an archmade of stone,a banner has been put up by the Kshatriya Thakor Samaj demanding capital punishment for the migrant workerfromBiharaccusedof allegedly raping a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha on September 28. But the two-storey farm house — surrounded by fields, enclosed by boundary walls and secured by an iron gate — is not easilyvisiblefromthemainroad. This is one of the “secret” camps set up in the district by Uttar Bhartiya Vikas Parishad, a social welfare trust, to shelter migrant workers from UP, MP and Bihar, following the widespread attacks against them in Gujarat RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, OCTOBER 8 Migrant workers at a camp in Ahmedabad. Ritu Sharma GOVT & POLITICS ● NITISH, YOGI SPEAK TO RUPANI ● GUJARAT CM CALLS FOR CALM PAGE 7 since the alleged rape. “Temporary arrangements have been made for their stay till the situation is under control. We don’t want to disclose these locations. A careful recce was conducted before shortlisting these areas,” says Shyam Singh Thakur, who headsthe Parishad. By Monday, the men from UP,intheagegroupof 18-28,had settled down on the terrace of thefarmhouse.“Thisisthesafest placeforthem.Thisvillageispart of the Vatva assembly constituency of Gujarat’s MoS for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja, so there will be no breach in law CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Citing 9/11, CISF signals a shift at airports: From ‘broad smiles’ to ‘sufficient smiles’ DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 8 INDIAN TOURIST AMONG TWO KILLED IN THAILAND SHOOTOUT AHMEDABAD, OCTOBER 8 THE CENTRAL Industrial Security Force (CISF) may be in for a paradigm shift in its approach to aviation security. The specially trained force is responsible for security at as many as 60 airports across the country and has always emphasised the need to improve soft skills to makesecuritycheckspassengerfriendly and welcoming. All that may change soon. CISF DG Rajesh Ranjan, citing an “over-friendly” approach as among the reasons for the 9/11 attacks in the US, now plans to temper“friendlysmiles”tofocus more on its core duty: security. And with the introduction of new technologies such as body scanners and body-worn cameras soon, the CISF is now C R Sasikumar expected to become more vigilant than friendly. “We cannot be over-friendly withthepassengersbecauseone of the reasons cited as to why 9/11 (the 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Centre in the US) happened... was excessive reliance on passenger-friendly features where security personnel went out of the way to ensure that the passenger is facilitated, thereby compromising on security,” said Ranjan. Hewasspeakingtoreporters Monday ahead of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ASENIORsystemsengineerwith BrahMos Aerospace was arrested on Monday on espionage charges in a joint operation carried out by the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Military Intelligence (MI). The agencies are probing if Nishant Aggarwal (27) leaked sensitive data pertaining to the supersonic cruise missile, Brahmos, to his ‘handler’, who is suspected to be from Pakistan. BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venturebetweenIndia’sDefence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s Military Industrial Consortium, NPO Mashinostroyenia. According to its website, “the company is responsible for designing, developing, producing and marketing BrahMos with active participation of a consortium of Indian and Russian industries”. Aggarwal’s Facebook profile states that he studied at the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra,and also workedas a research intern at IIT Roorkee. At BrahMos Aerospace, he worked as head of the hydraulics-pneumaticsandwarheadintegration(productiondepartment), and headed a 40-memberteamincludingpersonnel from systems, engineers, technical and technology R&D group. Last month, he was awarded the ‘young scientist award’ by DRDO. According to police, Nishant Aggarwal, from his Facebook page Aggarwal’s name cropped up during the interrogation of BSF jawan Achutanand Mishra, who was arrested last month for allegedly spying for Pakistan’s ISI. Mishra, according to sources, was honey-trappedbyawoman whoclaimedtobeadefencecorrespondent from Pakistan. The two were in touch since 2016. During the course of this probe, the ATS came across two more Facebook accounts which had women on their profile pictures and were seen to be in touch with Aggarwal. “He was contacted through Facebook by two women who offered him a job. We are probing if he was honey-trapped. He was chatting with these two for the last two years, and, so far, we have found that the IP addresses of these accounts are Pakistanbased,” said Inspector General, UP ATS, Aseem Arun. “We were investigatingthreeFBaccounts... Wefoundtwomorepeoplefrom Kanpur were approached in the same manner, but we have not found anything solid on which we can make any arrests. We are CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY tension in society. The government will go aheadin upholding the reformative tradition of the state,’’ he said. His statement came a day after the priest of Sabarimala temple and the erstwhile royal family of Pandalam opted out of talks with the government on implementing the Supreme Court’s order, demanding that thestate government should file a review petition or ask the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 per cent water deficit in dams of Maharashtra SHUBHANGI KHAPRE MUMBAI, OCTOBER 8 WITH MONSOON almost on its way outin Maharashtra, thewaterlevelsindamsacrossthestate haverecordedadropof 10.17per cent, indicating that parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada regions may face droughts later in the year. Sources in the government said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis,whileseekingfinancial assistance from the Centre, has directed the state departments of revenue, water resources and agriculture to put in place a contingency plan to tackle the situation ahead. “A team from the Centre will visit the state next month to assess the situation before declaring drought,” said an official, adding that according to the Centre’s guidelines, the process of compiling taluka wise data has begun. According to data provided by the state department of water resources, the total water stock as of now in 3,266 dams is 40,828 million cubic metres. “In terms of percentage, the figure is64.45 percent. Last year, itwas 74.62 per cent during this corresponding period,” said the official. TheworsthitisMarathwada, with 965 dams showing water stock at 1,976 million cubic metres (26.80 per cent). Last year, the water stock in Marathwada dams was 65.49 per cent during the corresponding period. Revenue department officials indicated that 170 of the 355 talukas are a cause of CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FISH VENDOR MOTHER, LABOURER FATHER & VILLAGE WAIT FOR JUDO SILVER WINNER NITIN SHARMA CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 8 THE DELIGHT at their daughter Thangjam Tababi Devi (16) winning a silver medal in judo at the ongoing Youth Olympics Games in Argentina was accompanied by a sense of worry for parents Thangjam Thoiba Singh, a daily wage labourer, and Thangjam OngbiKamalaDevi,afishvendor. Ithadbeena slow startto the weekforthecouple.Theircollective earning for Monday was Rs240,of whichaboutRs20was spent on commuting to Imphal, 24kmfromtheirvillageKokchai Makha Leikai in Manipur’s Mayang. The medal was expectedbutwhatthefamilydidn’t factor in was the additional cost of getting a gift for their daugh- ter and a feast for the village. “Goldkabolatha.Coachesbata rahehainkisilverayahai.Hamare liye toh silver bhi gold ke barabar hai. (They had said gold. The coaches said she won silver. For us, a silver is as good as gold). When she started judo, sometimeswedidnothavemoneyfor dinner. I would keep one or two fishes on the side for her. This meantlittleornoprofitoncertain days. Both of us earned Rs 240 today and we will keep part of this money as a gift for her,” an emotionalKamalatoldTheIndian Express from her village. As for the funds needed for the feast the villagers expect fromthefamily,shewasclueless. But that was only until the academy her daughter trains at decidedtochipin.Mayangvillageis now busy preparing towelcome their star judoka. Her father, Thoibasays his wife has kept the bestfishasidefor their daughter. But the parents are relieved that they don’t need to worry about funding the feast. “I have been told that every trainee from the academy will bring 1 or 2 kg of rice for the village celebration,” says Thoiba. But for now, the mother of five is more keen to talk about heroldestdaughter,whowasintroduced to the sport at the Judo Federation of India’s Mayai LambiSportsAcademyinhervillage. She talks indulgently about how Tababi was hooked to the sport quite early in life and her skippingschooltosneakintothe academy. Eventually, the mother would give in. In 2010, Tababi, just eight years old then, would India’s Thangjam Tababi Devi (left) won the silver medal in judo at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires be one of the 50 trainees at the academy. She would train under coaches A Sorjit Meitei, Surachandra Singh and A Rupachandra Singh. At the academy, Tababi would hear about other great Arjuna awardee judokas from theregion,OlympiansAnitaDevi andTombiDevi.Thisiswhenthe younggirl would realisethatdoing well in sports pays and how it could change her family’s life. Meitei gives an idea about the highly-motivated young trainee who stood out not just forherskillsbutalsoforherdedication. “There were more than 50 trainees at the academy but Tababi would always be the first tostarttraining.WheneverAnita and Thombi would visit the academy, she would ask them about the Arjuna Award and listen to them. I am sure after today’s medal, Anita and Thombi would be eager to see her with themedalandlistentohertales,” Meitei said. The only hurdle that Meitei noticed in the way of Tababi making it big was her family’s financial condition. “When I saw her during one of the trials, she was very weak but had quick movement. Her family didn’t want her to get into sports as they could not afford the diet. Sometimes,Tababiwouldcryafter training sessions as she would not be sure about getting the proper diet, which was important for her development. She was fond of fruits and sometimes,allthecoacheswouldcontribute money and get her applesfromImphal,”recallsMeitei. Tababi got her first national medal, a gold, at the sub-junior nationals in Bihar in 2016. Last year,shewonagoldmedalatthe Asian Cadet Championships in Kyrgyzstanbeforebecomingthe junior and cadet champion at thisyear’snationalsinJalandhar. She repeated her gold-winning feat at the Asian Cadet Championships in May this year before winning the gold at the Cadet Asian Cup in Kazakhstan which sealed her spot for the youth Olympics. Eight months ago, Tababi was inducted in the JSW Sports Scholarship programme and now trains at the JSW centre in Vijayanagar. In Argentina, the youngster scored a 10-0 win over last year’s European Cadet champion Ana Viktorija Puljiz of Crotia before losing 0-11 to Pan American champion Maria Giminezfrom Venezuela.Earlier in the quarter-finals, Tababi had defeated European Cadet silver medallist Erza Muminoviq of Kosovo. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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