eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE NEWDELHI,LATECITY OCTOBER21,2018 24+6(EYE)PAGES,`6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, ` 12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 10 ‘HAVE MAJORITY GOVT... IF HARD DECISIONS HAVE TO BE TAKEN, TAKE THEM NOW’ BIMAL JALAN, Former RBI governor SUNDAY STORY PAGE 11 On Our Plates The Wait From saatvik to sinful, the thali is as varied as Indian culture and geography An SC order to let all women enter Sabarimala has been thwarted by faith, politics & patriarchy. Is it really as black and white as that? 59 KILLED IN AMRITSAR TRAIN TRAGEDY Braked but couldn’t stop in time, sped after people threw stones: train driver POLICE ‘Cremation ground had never seen so many pyres at same time’ For the Railways, it was ‘trespass’, not an accident; no CRS inquiry Commemoration Day AVISHEK G DASTIDAR, NAVJEEVAN GOPAL & KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR NEW DELHI, AMRITSAR, OCTOBER 20 Will finish infra projects before your polls: India to Sri Lanka SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 INDIA HAS assured Sri Lanka of completingdevelopmentprojects ontime,someofthempreferably beforetheJanuary2020elections in the island nation, The Sunday Expresshaslearnt.Bothsidesalso decided to sensitively handle the issue of fishermen, especially in thecomingmonths,without“use of force”, as has been the practice in recent years, sources said. Visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held bilateral talks, one-on-one and then followed by a delegation-level interaction, but both leaders did notmake anypublic statements. While connectivity and infrastructure projects are a priority for India, New Delhi has decided that it will not specify projects of importance, as it does not want to attract undue attention from domestic and international players. “We want to go ahead with the India-assisted projectswithoutanymajorchallenges,anddo not want to get undue attention. There are players in Sri Lankan domestic political arena, as well as outside...we are mindful of those sensitivities,” an Indian government source told The Sunday Express. Sources said that the “focus” of the visit was on development projects in Sri Lanka, and their progress and “speedier implementation”. Modi also raised the issue of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN HIS written statement to the Railways administration, Arvind Kumar, the driver of the local DieselMultipleUnit(DMU)train that crushed 59 people near Amritsar Friday evening has claimed that he did, in fact, apply the emergency brakes but continued with the journey as people “started attacking the train by throwing stones”. “Suddenly I saw a crowd of people near the track. I constantlysoundedthehornasIimmediately applied the emergency brake. Despite applying emergency brake, some people were run over by the train. The trainwasalmostcomingtoahalt when a very large crowd started attacking the train by throwing stones. Considering the safety of mypassengers,Iproceededwith the train,” Kumar has said in his statement. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DIVYA GOYAL AMRITSAR, OCTOBER 20 Brothers Gaurav (left) and Rahul Dogra cremated their sister Amisha, her husband Aman Dogra, and the couple’s two children in Amritsar Saturday. Gurmeet Singh Sidhus say organisers issued repeated warnings; blame Rlys, allege conspiracy KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR, NAVJEEVAN GOPAL & KANCHAN VASDEV AMRITSAR, CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 20 A DAY after at least 59 people were mowed down by a train as they watched a Ravan effigy being burnt, Punjab minister NavjotSinghSidhudefendedthe participation of his wife, former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, in the Dussehra day celebration that didnothaveallrequiredpermissions, and whose organisers appearedtohaveignoredtheproximity of the venue to a busy railway line. BothNavjotSinghandNavjot Kaur told The Sunday Express separately that announcements were repeatedly made at the Dhobi Ghat Dussehra celebration asking people to beware of passing trains. “Announcements were made by the organisers every five minutes from the stage asking people to stay clear of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 9 Lawyer-activist at the Victory after winning centre of Kathua row just a single vote in accused of rape, again farcical J&K civic poll BIG PICTURE ME TOO PAGES 12-13 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, NEW DELHI, OCT 20 BAKERWAL ACTIVIST Talib Hussain, who was recently releasedonbailafterspendingtwo months in jail on charges of rape by a close relative of his estranged wife, has been accused of rape by another woman. The news portal Firstpost published an anonymous accountSaturdaybyawomanwho alleged she was raped by “a man leading the protests against the Kathua sexual assault”. The account did not name Hussain. Subsequently, in a public statement, senior Supreme Court advocate Indira Jaisingannounced that she intended to stop appearingon behalf of Talib ‘We are all MeToo’ IISC GOVERNING COUNCIL ORDERS ACTION AGAINST DECORATED PROF PAGE 9 Hussain, a decision she had taken in “view of full support of the #MeToo movement”. Jaising wrote: “Although the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 20 IN ONE ward in the Valley, a candidate won where just three votes were cast; in Baramulla, a candidatewonsecuringthelone vote cast; and in Srinagar, nobody won, even the three candidates did not cast votes. These are among the results of the Jammu and Kashmir urban local bodies election announced Saturday, which sharply underline that the turnout in Kashmir — 4.27 per cent — was the lowest in any election held in the state since 1951. Until now, 1989 has been considered the worst year as far as election turnouts go — when militancytookholdof theValley. In the Lok Sabha elections that year, the turnout was only 5.18 per cent in the Baramulla and Anantnag parliamentary seats that went to the polls — the candidatefromSrinagarwaselected unopposed. Outside a counting centre on Saturday. Shuaib Masoodi PAGE 8 THE J&K TALLY KASHMIR, LADAKH PARTY LEADS Congress 12 BJP 6 Independents 9 All or most vacant 11 JAMMU Congress BJP Independents 5 15 12 Tilltheresultsof theULBpolls were announced on Saturday, thecandidateswerefaceless.The CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Foiling dacoits to standing against Pak Army: Tribute to 34,000 policemen etched in stone RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 FROM FOILING a robbery in Arunachal Pradesh and fighting militancy in J&K to facing Pakistani Army tanks in the 1965 war armed with just .303 rifles and nabbing Ajmal Kasab during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, the stories of courage and sacrifice of over 34,000 policemen, since 1947, will be etched in stone Sunday at the unveiling of the National Police Memorial. Prime Minister Narendra Modiwillinauguratethememo- rial in Chanakyapuri on October 21observedaspolicecommemorationday.Thedesign wasconceptualised by the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)’s AdvaitaGadanayakandincludes a 30-feet-tall granite pillar, weighing 238 tonnes, procured from Khammam district of Telangana. Otherthanthiscentralsculpture, the memorial has a Wall of Valour,engravedwiththenames of police personnel. “A 60-feetlong river flowing at the base of the sculpture was painstakingly drawn up by architects and skilled workmen in 11 months. The weight, the solidity and the National Police Memorial in New Delhi will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. Amit Mehra singularity of the art-piece reflect the burden of carrying all bravemartyredpolicepersonnel on our shoulders, at one time,” says the concept note on National Police Memorial. At the event Sunday, the Prime Minister will also unveil thecountry’sfirstnationalpolice museum, depicting the history and uniform and gear of central and state police forces, which is part of an underground facility at the memorial premises. The museumprojectisbeingsteered by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in coordinationwithcentralarmed police forces (CAPFs). CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 SMOKE FROM funeral pyres and griefstrickenwailing—Amritsar’s Shivpuri Durgiana Cremation ground had never seen something like this before, according to those who manage it. The day after a train ran over and killed 59 people at the Jaura Phatak railway crossing, tearful family members of 31 victims performed the last rites of the victims here. “This is the first time that so many pyres are burning at this cremation ground at the same time,” said Dharmenda, the manager of the facility. Gaurav Dogra stood quietly, hishandsfolded,hiseyesonfour pyres in a row. “That is my sister, her husband, and their two beautiful children. Our entire family has been finished. Our children only wanted to get CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GOVT & POLITICS ● GO TO KCR, MODI IF YOU WANT FALSE PROMISES: RAHUL PAGE 8 CBI names its No. 2 Asthana as Accused No. 1 in bribery case; lens on RAW official SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 IN A development with wide ramifications,theCentralBureau of Investigation(CBI)hasbooked its Special Director Rakesh Asthana in a bribery scandal, naming him as an accused in an FIR filed earlier this week. Asthana is No. 2 in the CBI hierarchy. The FIR has also named Samant Kumar Goel, Special Director of India’s external intelligence agency (R&AW), but not as an accused. CBIfiledtheFIRonTuesday.It named Asthana as Accused Number 1 for demanding and takingbribefromabusinessman who was under investigation in the Moin Qureshi corruption case by a special investigation team (SIT) headed by Asthana. According to sources,CBI has put telephone intercepts, WhatsApp messages, money trail and a statement before the magistrate under Section 164. Text messages sent to Asthana seekinga reaction went unanswered. Exposing faultlines within, the CBI on September 21, had said that it had informed the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) that it was investigating Asthana in six cases of corruption. The CBI has also said Asthana was maligning Director Alok Verma’s image and trying to “intimidate” officials by sendinga“frivolous”complainttothe CVC against Verma. Reacting to this, Asthana wrote to the government with a complaintagainstVerma,saying CBI is probing Rakesh Asthana in as many as six cases of alleged corruption that the Director had sought to impedehisfunctioning,interfere in investigations and malign his reputation. The CBI moved against Asthana after the arrest of Dubai-based middlemanManoj Prasad on a complaint from Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Satish whose role was being investigated by the CBI SIT under Asthana in the Qureshi corruption case. Qureshi was raided by the Income-Tax department in February 2014, and hisBlackBerryMessenger(BBM) messages with former CBI Director A P Singh led to Singh’s resignation as member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Three years later, a case was registered by the CBI in February 2017. This was one of the many important cases being handled by the SIT headed by Asthana. Satish gave a statement before the Magistrate on October 4, naming Asthana, Prasad and Prasad’s relative, Somesh Srivastava, and gave details of how he had paid Rs 3 crore over a period of 10 months from December 2017 to stay away CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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