TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WEST BENGAL P4 ● COOCH BEHAR’S TMCP CHIEF REMOVED FROM POST ● AT SONAGACHI, ALL-WOMEN TEAM BEHIND DURGA PUJA PANDAL, IDOL, PERFORMANCES 7 EXPLAINED Disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi 11 INSIDE ● WOMAN DIES IN FIRE AT GURGAON CONDOMINIUM ROUND 1 OF FOUR PHASES 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 NEW DELHI, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCTOBER 8 JAMMU, SRINAGAR, OCT 8 THE FIRST phase of local body polls in J&K, being held after 13 years amid calls for a boycott frommilitants,presentedastark 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 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 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 8 voting percentage in the first phasehere,89.63,wasregistered in Sunderbani, followed by Kalakote (86.25), Nowshera (86.01) and Rajouri (74.41). Fight the good fight THEEDITORIAL PAGE BY MRINAL PANDE RITU SHARMA WORLD SHARIF,ABBASI APPEARINCOURT INTREASONCASE #MeToo ripples: AIB’s CEO steps aside, its co-founder sent on leave EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Migrant workers at a camp in Ahmedabad. Ritu Sharma GOVT & POLITICS ● NITISH, YOGI SPEAK TO RUPANI ● GUJARAT CM CALLS FOR CALM PAGE 6 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 heads the 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 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’sChiefofBureauand National Political Editor. Days after it cut all ties with writer-comedian Utsav Chakraborty following allega- 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 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 MORE REPORTS, P 3 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 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 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY tension in society. The government will go ahead in 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 the state government should file a review petition or ask the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BrahMos engineer arrested for leaking sensitive data: Police RASHMI RAJPUT AHMEDABAD, OCTOBER 8 15 Sabarimala: Review pleas filed in SC, Pinarayi says will follow court order EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE In Ahmedabad, migrant workers find shelter in ‘secret’ camp 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 archmadeof stone, abanner 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 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MUMBAI, OCTOBER 8 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 Nishant Aggarwal, from his Facebook page 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,andalsoworkedas 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, 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, washoney-trappedbyawoman CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC expresses concern over assault on schoolgirls in Bihar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 8 THESUPREMECourtonMonday expressed concern at the assault of 30minorschoolgirls,allegedly whentheyresistedsexualharassment attempt at Supaul in Bihar. “If newspaper reports are true, things are not all that good. There was a skeleton being discoveredinMuzaffarpur.Fivedays later, we have reports of girls being thrashed for resisting molestationattempts.Thatmeansa girl is not supposed to protect herself?If somebodytriestomolest them, they must agree?” JusticeMadanBLokur,sittingon a two-judge bench with Justice Deepak Gupta, observed while hearingamatterrelatedtosafety of children in shelter homes. Thequestionroseinthewake of theMuzzafarpurshelterhome child abuse case. The bench is seizedofaPILontheallegedabuse at the shelter. On the last date of hearing,theCBIhadtoldthecourt that it recovered a skeleton from acremationgroundduringprobe. The court had earlier summoned the Ministry of Women and Child Development to explain what steps were being takentoframeachildprotection policy as directed by it. On Monday, the court asked the official, who appeared before it,whethertheMinistrywillconsidersettingupanationalagency to look into issues related to children who face abuse, including theirrehabilitation.“Canyouthink of some kind of a national-level instituteorabodywhereyoucan get experts from institutes, like Tata Institute of Social Sciences, the National Institute of Mental HealthandNeuro-Scienceswhich are connected with child protection,” the bench asked. Theofficialrepliedthatforany newinstitution,itwillhavetoget the Niti Aayog and the Finance Ministry on board. “Get them on board. Tell them there is an urgency,” Justice Lokur remarked. Appearing for the Centre, AdditionalSolicitorGeneralPinky Anandsaidadraftofthechildprotectionpolicywillbecirculatedin twomonthsandaninterimadvisory to sensitise investigators, councillors and others dealing withcasesof childvictimswillbe submitted in three weeks. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FISH VENDOR MOTHER , LABOURER FATHER WAIT FOR JUDO MEDALIST 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. It had been a slow start to 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 daughter 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 de- India’s Thangjam Tababi Devi (left) won the silver medal in judo at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires cidedtochipin.Mayangvillageis now busy preparing to welcome their star judoka. Her father, Thoiba says his wife has kept the bestfishasidefortheirdaughter. 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 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 young girl would realise that doing 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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