TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 9 Uniting, he stands THEIDEAS PAGE BY NARENDRA MODI DD cameraman, two cops killed by Naxals in Chhattisgarh DIPANKAR GHOSE RAIPUR, OCTOBER 30 A DOORDARSHAN cameraperson and two police personnel werekilledandtwootherpolicemeninjuredTuesdayinaMaoist ambush in the Aranpur sector of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh. Senior police officers said that DD cameraperson Achyutnanda Sahu, SubInspectorRudraPratap,andconstable Manglu were killed in the attack less than two weeks before Dantewada goes to polls with the rest of Bastar on November 12. The two injured personnel, constable Vishnu Netam and assistant constable Rakesh RESOLVE CONFLICT VIA POLLS: CEC New Delhi: CEC O P Rawat called for “resolution of political conflict through elections”. He said “the loss of duty-bound officials is unfortunate... it can demoralise voters and polling officials.” Gautam, were airlifted to Raipur and are said to be stable. The attack, in which police said three Maoists were also killed, comes just three days after an IED blast CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Achyutnanda Sahu uploaded this photo on his Facebook page Tuesday morning . REPORT, PAGE 6 Sniper active in Valley killed, was nephew of Jaish chief: J&K Police BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 30 THE JAMMU and Kashmir Police Tuesday said that a militant, Usman Haider, allegedly involvedinastringof recentsniper attacks on security personnel was killed in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Tral. According to police, Haider is the nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. Officials said that the killing of Haider is a major success for security agencies, particularly after he was identified as the JeM chief Masood Azhar deputy of the Jaish’s sniper squad that has recently entered the Valley. “So far bodies of two terrorists have been recovered,” J&K Police said on Tuesday night. “They are affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM (Jaishe-Mohammad). The identity of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2008-14, THEY PUSHED TRUTH UNDER CARPET: JAITLEY Before meet, Govt rubs it in: NPA grew, RBI looked away Amid cash squeeze, PMO calls meeting of banks Govt caution on liquidity squeeze, RBI says healthy credit growth ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 30 UNION FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday blamed the ReserveBankof Indiaforlooking “the other way” when banks indulgedin“indiscriminatelending” during 2008-2014, resultinginamassivebuild-upof badloans.Jaitley’sremarkscame hours before he was to chair a meetingof theFinancialStability and Development Council that was attended by RBI Governor Urjit Patel and heads of other financial sector regulators. Banks were pushed to finance unsustainable “projects of demerit” during this period even as “the central bank looked theotherway,”Jaitleysaid.From “...2008 to 2014, after the global economic crisis, to keep the economyartificiallygoing,banks were told, open your doors and lend indiscriminately. The central bank looked the other way. There was indiscriminate lending, government was pushing. It was almost, the phones used to go and they used to lend. And there were years during this period where the normal bank creditgrowthshouldbeabout14 per cent, annually, seeing Indian growth rate. (But) you had a 31 per cent growth in one year and 29 per cent in another year. And they (banks) went into projects of demerit,whichdidn’thavethe capacity to sustain this kind of capital,” Jaitley said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANDEEP SINGH & SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 30 THE PRIME Minister’s Office has called for a meeting of the chiefs of leading commercial banks Friday. The meeting comes at a time when a section in the governmentisraisingquestionsoverthe Reserve Bank of India’s Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework posing lending curbs on a number of public sector banks, which, in turn, has resulted in a cascading impact on the liquidity position of Non-Banking Financial Companies and Housing Finance Companies. Two sources close to the developmentconfirmedthatthe meeting is expected to discuss CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY RBI Governor Urjit Patel at the Finance Ministry in New Delhi on Tuesday. Prem Nath Pandey Yogi on Ayodhya: Sometimes, justice delayed is equivalent to injustice... other options too MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, OCTOBER 30 A DAY after the Supreme Court deferred hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-BabriMasjidtitle suit,UttarPradeshChief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said “sometimes, justice delayed is equivalent to injustice”. He said he was of the opinion that the issue should be resolved at the earliest. On the demand that the Centre bring a legislation to Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on Tuesday. Vishal Srivastav Jail term suspended, Nasheed set to return home to Maldives tomorrow ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, OCTOBER 30 13 WORLD COUNTRY STABLE,SAYS SIRISENA’S OFFICE ENDING HIS exile from the Maldives,thecountry’sSupreme Court Tuesday suspended a 13-year jail sentence handed to former President Mohamed Nasheed who now plans to return to Male as early as Thursday. Maldives Presidentelect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who defeated President Abdulla Yameen in the recent elections, is expected to accompany Nasheed from Colombo to Male. Nasheed has been in Colombo for three years Speaking to The Indian Express from Colombo, Nasheed said it was “very satisfying” to hear the news of the suspension of his jail term. “I am going back to my country after three years to see a democracy that is showing signs of strength. Of course, this is a transition stage, it is a longprocess.ButIwouldsaythat Maldives democracy is getting strengthened now,” he said. Nasheed said Solih is expected to reach Colombo Wednesday. “Yes... I might travel with him. It is so happy to meet everyone after a long time, our leaders, party men. Moreover, mine is a typical South Asian family, a large extended family with a lot of relatives, so many uncles, cousins. I am happy I will meet all of them after a long time,” he said. In the absence of Nasheed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 allow construction of the Ram temple, he said there are “other options”, and the best step should be considered. “Ram Janmabhoomi se jo juda hua mamla hai woh mananiya uchchattam nyayalaya mein hai... Samay par mila nyaay... uttam nyaaymaanajatahai.Nyaaymein deri, kabhi, kabhi anyaay ke samaan ho jata hai (The issue relatedtoRamJanmabhoomiisin theSupremeCourt.Justicewhich is timely is considered the best justice. Sometimes, justice 5 EXPRESS NETWORK ● BIHAR SHELTER: ACCUSED SENT TO PATIALA JAIL, P 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dy SP, taken off probe and sent to Port Blair, wants transfer order quashed ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 30 MOVING THE Supreme Court to seek quashing of his transfer to Port Blair, CBI Dy SP Ajay Kumar Bassi, who was investigating a bribery complaint against the agency’sSpecialDirectorRakesh Asthana, has referred to alleged phoneinterceptsinwhichoneof theaccusedispurportedlyheard saying “Asthana toh apna aadmi hai” (Asthana is our man). Advocate Sunil Fernandes mentioned Bassi’s plea Tuesday before the bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices U U Lalit and K M Joseph, requesting that it be taken up Friday. The court said it will look into it. In his petition, Bassi, who was transferred to Port Blair shortly after CBI Director Alok VermaandAsthanaweresenton leave by the government which named M Nageshwar Rao as interimDirector,allegedthatthe statement of Hyderabad businessman Sathish Babu Sana, complainant in the FIR against Asthana, revealed “shocking details of alleged corruption and 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE RELATED REPORT PAGE 6 ● Manifesto to be ready by mid-Nov: Congress leader New Delhi: Beginning its probe into allegations against CBI Director Alok Verma, the CVC has sought details of seven cases in which Special Director Rakesh Asthana alleged interference. CBI officers have also been summoned. PAGE 2 illegal gratification by Shri RakeshAsthana,thethenSpecial Director CBI, in collusion and conspiracy with other coaccused person namely, Shri Somesh Prasad and Shri Manoj Prasad and other unknown accused persons”. “The said statement also reveals payment of huge amount tothetuneof croresof rupeestowards illegal gratification. The statementclearlyimplicatesShri Rakesh Asthana and Shri Devender Kumar, both officers of theCBI.Theinvestigationconducted by the Applicant herein CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Insurance, false assurance BY K SUJATHA RAO Malegaon blast case: Charges framed, Purohit, Sadhvi, 5 others to go on trial MUMBAI, OCTOBER 30 RAJASTHANMINISTER BOOKEDFORSEEKING ‘HINDUVOTES’FORBJP CVC STARTS PROBE TEN YEARS after a bomb blast in Malegaon near Nashik killed six and injured 101, an NIA special court Tuesday framed charges against the seven accused, includingArmyofficerLtColonel Prasad Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. The accused will now face trial under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for conspiring and abetting a terror act, and other Purohit outside the Mumbai court. Nirmal Harindran charges, including murder and criminal conspiracy. All seven accused, currently out on bail, pleaded not guilty. OnTuesday,Purohit,through his lawyer Shrikant Shivde, sought the framing of charges to be deferred till he gets an opportunity to approach the Supreme Court for a stay till the applicability of UAPA is decided. Shivde toldthecourtthatframingof the terrorchargeagainstPurohitwas “worse than death penalty” for him. Special Judge V S Padalkar, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR PUNJAB SAFAI KARAMCHARIS GOT RS 300 A MONTH, NOT PAID 4 YRS ANJU AGNIHOTRI CHABA INSIDE delayedisequivalenttoinjustice),” Adityanathsaidinavideoreleased on his Twitter handle. Asked about the ordinance route, he said a solution through consensus is the best option, but there are other options too, and the best step should be considered. “Sarvaanumati se ho, to sabse uttam. Uske alawa bhi, aur Asthana toh apna aadmi hai: Phone intercept in CBI officer plea to SC SADAF MODAK Workers have to make do with one cup of atta from every home, rear pigs and cows TRUMP SAYS WANTS TO END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP IN US JOURNALISM OF COURAGE JALANDHAR, OCTOBER 30 EVERY DAY, Gurcharan Singh and his wife Sunderan of Jalandhar get up at 5 in the morning, pick up broomsticks, sweep around 30 streets, unclog drains, and aim, often unsuccessfully, to turn back home by 10 am. And in return, each of them gets a monthly honorarium of Rs 300 from their employers — Gram Panchayats — and a cup of atta from each of the 500 houses of Tut Kalan and Billa Nawab villages every week. But the last time, around 16,000 safai karamcharis like Singh and his wife working for 13,018 gram panchayats of Punjab’s 22 districts, got their government-allotted pay was in 2014. “I have been cleaning my village since 1984, and after my marriage, my wife also started working in the neighbouring Gurcharan and wife Sunderan in Jalandhar grampanchayat.Earlierweused to get a small bowl of ‘atta’ from every house in the village in return for our work, and since 2007 Punjab government started paying Rs 300 monthly for this work,” said Gurcharan. Since the government job doesn’t pay enough to sustain their family of four school-going children, they rear pigs and cows. “We rear pigs to meet our basic needs,” he said. The lack of a living wage has castashadowonthecentralgovernment’s ambitious Swachh Bharat campaign. The Punjab government began paying the honorarium since 2007, which has been held up since 2014. Though in June this year, the Rural Development and Panchayats Department of Punjab released Rs 4.69 crore to 13,018 Gram Panchayats as one year’s (2018-19) stipend, the moneyhasn’treachedtheworkers. The pending honorarium was to be credited to workers’ bank accounts by the District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO). Jalandhar DDPO Ajay Kumar said they were collecting the account details of workers and the money would be released soon. “Rs 300 per month is quite a meagre amount,” he said, Jaipur adding that the delay was becausesometimes“if oneaccount number if not correct then the entire amount gets stuck. We will utilise this year’s amount”. However, there is no word from the government on three years’ arrears. Department of Rural Development and Panchayat secretary Anurag Verma said: “Thehonorariumisquitelow”.He saidtheywould“firsttakeupthe case of pending pay for three years”(2015to2017).Thedepartment’s director Jaskaran Singh toosaidhe“willtakeupthematter of enhancement of their CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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