eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE KOLKATA,LATECITY OCTOBER21,2018 20+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 (EX-KOLKATA `7.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN)) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 12 ‘HAVE MAJORITY GOVT... IF HARD DECISIONS HAVE TO BE TAKEN, TAKE THEM NOW’ BIMAL JALAN, Former RBI governor SUNDAY STORY PAGE 13 On Our Plates The Wait 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 Will finish infra projects before your polls: India to Sri Lanka Braked but couldn’t stop in time, sped after people threw stones: train driver 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 any public 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 projects withoutanymajorchallenges,anddo not want to get undue attention. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 For the Railways, it was ‘trespass’, not an accident; no CRS inquiry ‘Cremation ground had never seen so many pyres at same time’ AVISHEK G DASTIDAR, NAVJEEVAN GOPAL & KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR NEW DELHI, AMRITSAR, OCTOBER 20 DIVYA GOYAL 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 beingburnt,PunjabministerNavjot SinghSidhudefendedtheparticipation of his wife, former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, in the Dussehradaycelebrationthatdid nothaveallrequiredpermissions, and whose organisers appeared to have ignored the proximity of the venue to a busy railway line. BothNavjotSinghandNavjot Kaur told The Sunday Express separately that announcements CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 8 From saatvik to sinful, the thali is as varied as Indian culture and geography Lawyer-activist at the centre of Kathua row accused of rape, again 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 Jaising announced that she intended to stop appearing on behalf of Talib Hussain, a decision she had taken in “view of full support of the #MeToo movement”. Jaising wrote: “Although the survivor has not named the person who raped her, the obviousreferenceistoTalibHussain.” She quoted the “Cab-Rank rule”, ‘We are all MeToo’ IISC GOVERNING COUNCIL ORDERS ACTION AGAINST DECORATED PROF PAGE 8 and said that “it states that ordinarilynoadvocatewillwithdraw from engagements once accepted without sufficient cause. In my opinion the allegations made in the FirstPost article are sufficient cause for me to take the decision to withdraw from this case.” Former JNUSU vice-president Shehla Rashid, who tweeted about the incident CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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