TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 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 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY DEATH ON RAIL TRACKS Two trains mow down over 50 of Dussehra crowd in Amritsar No review, will brief SC on ‘grave’ situation SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 19 SHAJU PHILIP PAMBA, OCTOBER 19 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE CENTRE WILL GIVE DROUGHT AID TO STATE, SAYS MODI KWAN FOUNDER ‘ATTEMPTS SUICIDE’, RESCUED DON’T FIRE FROM VICTIM’S SHOULDERS: HC ON #METOO Washington lets Delhi know: Buy our F-16s, can give Russia deal waiver India silent on US offer after sealing pact with Russia for purchase of the S-400 missile defence system SABARIMALA BOARD WITH PROTESTS at the Sabarimala temple showing no signs of waning, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages the shrine, said Friday that it would file a detailed report on the ‘grave situation’ to the Supreme Court. Agitationsagainst aSupreme Courtorderthatallowedwomen of all ages to enter the Lord AyappashrineinSabarimalahave intensified since Wednesday JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Relatives with the body of one of the killed as police cordon off the accident site Friday night. Rana Simranjit Singh People stood on rail tracks watching Ravan effigy burn; CM orders probe into clearance for Dussehra event KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR AMRITSAR, OCTOBER 19 OVER 50 people were killed and severalinjuredFridayeveningas two trains speeding in opposite directions mowed down people standingonthetracksneararailway crossing watching a Ravan effigy being burnt at a Dussehra celebration here. There were atleast300 spectators at the Dhobi Ghat ground barely 2 km from the Amritsar station. Many of them stood on the tracks close to the Jaura Phatak crossing to get a better view and were taking videos of the burning Ravan as the first of the trains ran them over. The gates at the crossingwere closed at the time. It was only after the train had flashed past did the stunned survivors realise what had happened. Mostof thecasualties appeared to be of those killed by the first train, 74643 Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU, said a senior Railway official. The second train, the 13006 Amritsar-Howrah Express, sped past seconds CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Speeding trains got no caution, Rlys says no one told us about the event AVISHEK G DASTIDAR & JAGPREET SINGH SANDHU NEW DELHI, CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 19 AS OFFICIALS of the Railways took stock of the Amritsar incident and Minister of State (Railways) Manoj Sinha headed to the site Friday night, top sources in the Railways said preliminary reports suggested that the mishap could have been averted or, at least the number of casualties could have been fewer, had local railway officials responded to the obstruction on the tracks created by the presence of a huge crowd. But in Amritsar, railway authoritiessaidthey were givenno prior notice or information aboutDussehra celebrations being conducted near the tracks. Sources said no “temporary caution order” was issued by the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH INDIA signing a pact with Russia to purchase the S-400 missile defence system, Washington has informally conveyed toDelhithatitcouldavoid sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) if India were to give an assurance that it would buy the F-16 fighter aircraft from the United States. Not keen on buying an aircraft already in service with Pakistan, India has refused to give any such assurance till date. The fallout of the Trump administration’s reaction to the S-400 deal featured in the wideranging discussion between Sitharaman and Swaraj with counterparts Mattis and Pompeo at the 2+2 dialogue last month. Express Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US counterpart James Mattis in Singapore on Friday, but sources told The Indian Express that the offer of a CAATSA waiver in exchange for buying F-16 fighter jets was made earlier this month. Sitharaman and Mattis met on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RBI opposes Govt plan for separate payments regulator GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, OCTOBER 19 THE RESERVE Bank of India (RBI) on Friday went public with its resistance to the Centre’s proposal to set up an independent Payment Regulatory Board (PRB) which will oversee all payment systems in the country stating that the proposed body “must remain with the Reserve Bank” and headed by the RBI Governor. Coming out strongly against the Inter-Ministerial Committee’s proposal to take PRB out of the RBI’s purview, the RBI said there has been no evidence of any inefficiency in payment systems of India. “The digital payments have made good and steady progress. India is gaining international recognition as a leader in payment systems. Given this, there need not be any change in a well-functioning system,” the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rajnath, China counterpart to sign first security pact Monday RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 19 AS CHINA works on its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) close to India’s borders and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), New Delhi will sign its first security cooperation agreement with Beijing on October 22. The pact, which focuses on terrorism, narcotics, human trafficking, intelligence sharing and disaster management, will be signed between Zhao Kezhi, China’s Minister of Public Security, and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, officials said. National SecurityAdvisorAjitDovalisalso likelyto hold talkswith Zhao before the two countries sign the agreement, officials said, adding that the issue of listing Jaish-e- Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar on the UN’s sanctions list may also be taken up. Twice, China has blocked India’s efforts to include Azhar in the list. New Delhi is hopeful that using the security cooperation agreement, India will be able to obtainsome information regarding the JeM chief. The agreement between the two countries, CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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