TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE J&K BJP secretary, brother shot dead, curfew in Kishtwar after angry protests ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, NOVEMBER 1 KISHTWAR TOWN in Jammu and Kashmir was on the edge Thursday night after BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his elder brother Ajit Parihar were shot dead by unidentified gunmen, prompting authorities to impose curfew. The attack, suspected to have been carried out by militants, comes days ahead of the panchayat polls in the state which will be held in nine phases starting November 17. Son of late BJP leader Sewa Ram Parihar, Anil Parihar was an influential leader of the region. He was considered a moderate and had a sizeable support base even among Muslims. As word of the killings spread, people in large numbers rushedtothelocalhospital.They clashed with police who tried to stop them. Anticipating trouble, authorities imposed curfew. Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma said the killings appeared to be a “subversive activity” and an enquiry was being ordered. Sources said the Parihar brothers were returning home from their stationery shop in TapalGali,oppositetheoldoffice complex of the Deputy Commissioner. They were shot dead very close to their home by unidentified men who fled the spot.While Anil died on the spot, Ajit was said to have succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital. A senior BJP leader who was already on a terror hit-list, Anil had been provided personal security officers (PSOs). At the time of the attack, sources said, the PSOs were not accompanying him. Anil had been active in Kishtwar politics even at the height of militancy, especially during BJP’s Doda Bachao Andolanwhenseniorpartyleaders from the Centre had also courted arrest in Jammu in the 1990s. He was considered close to Jitendra Singh, Minister at the Centre, and Sunil Sharma, who was elected MLA from Kishtwar on a BJP ticket. He had actively campaigned for both during the Lok Sabha and assembly elections. Jitendra Singh expressed grief over the killings and said he would be heading to Kishtwar at the earliest. J&K BJP chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi expressed shock over the killings and said it looked like a terror attack since Parihar had been on the campaign trail for the panchayat elections in the district. He said it could be an attempt to sabotage the panchayat elections. Sethi urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to strengthen the security grid in view of the current situation in the state. 100-DAY, 100-DISTRICT PLAN Credit a trickle, MSMEs set to get stimulus booster today HIS LAST STORY Govt works on steps to improve liquidity, ease market access Doordarshan cameraman Achyutanand Sahu (right) shooting a video in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada on Tuesday morning. Sahu was killed by Maoists 15 minutes after this picture was taken by his colleague Mormukut Sharma. REPORT, PAGE 9 ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU Eye on 2019, Naidu buries anti-Congress past, meets Rahul; Pawar and Mulayam too DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 1 TDP LEADER and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who has been reaching out to Opposition parties in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, met Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday as part of an exercise to stitch an alliance against the ruling BJP, saying there’s “democratic compulsion” and “we have to join together to protect the country”. Fundamentally opposed to the Congress, and a lead player in the formation of the 1996 Chandrababu Naidu with Rahul Gandhi at his home in New Delhi on Thursday. Anil Sharma UnitedFrontgovernment,Naidu called the Congress “the principal Opposition party” and said “we want to organise all those 5 Bengali-speaking workers shot in Assam, police suspect ULFA ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, NOVEMBER 1 CITY ● CAPITAL’S AIR QUALITY TO GET WORSE, SAY EXPERTS, PAGE 4 AT LEAST five persons, including three of a family, were killed by suspected ULFA(I) gunmen in Bisonimukh village, in Tinsukia district of Assam, on Thursday night, police said. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility so far. “Five people have been killed,”SadiyaSuperintendentof Police Prasanta Sagar Changmai told The Indian Express. The victims have been identified as Shyamal Biswas (60), A S S A M Guwahati Tinsukia Ananta Biswas (18), Abhinash Biswas (23), Subal Das (60) and Dhananjay Namasudra (23). All of them are reported to be Bengali-speaking daily-wage workers. According to sources, the gunmen reached the village around 8 pm, and called out the five persons from their houses. They took them to the banks of the Brahmaputra river, where they shot them. An eyewitness told a local television channel that there were five-six gunmen, all dressed in battle fatigues. The village is reported to be a Bengali-dominated area, mostly comprising farmers and dailywage workers. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC ALLOWS 5 MORE PAPERS FOR NRC CLAIM PAGE 9 CHAIR AT AHMEDABAD UNIVERSITY After ABVP calls him anti-national and wants him out, historian Guha won’t teach in Gujarat RITU SHARMA & RITIKA CHOPRA ‘May spirit of Gandhi one day come alive in Gujarat’ AHMEDABAD, NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 1 HISTORIAN, BIOGRAPHER and author Ramachandra Guha is not joining Ahmedabad University (AU) in Gujarat due to circumstances beyond his control, he tweeted Thursday, two weeks after the RSS student wing opposed his appointment anddemandedtheuniversityrescind its offer. On October 16, AU announcedGuha’sappointmentas the Shrenik Lalbhai Chair Professor of Humanities and di- rector of the Gandhi Winter School at the university’s School of Arts and Sciences. On October 19, members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) registered their protest against the decision. Confirmingthis,PravinDesai, ABVP’ssecretaryforAhmedabad city, told The Indian Express: “We made a representation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Centre to states: Track NGOs for ‘anti-national’ activities RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 1 FOLLOWING A crackdown on NGOs over alleged violations of normsrelatedtoforeignfunding, the Centre has written to state governments and union territories to “monitor” the activities of such organisations that indulge in “anti-national activities”. The communication sent by Daniel E Richards, Joint Secretary,HomeMinistry,reads: “It has come to notice that some NGOs and organisations are involved in anti-national activities... The States/UTs are requested to take urgent action and ensure that state police also monitor the activities and funding of such NGOs and other organisations.” Governmentofficialssaidpolicehavealsobeenaskedtotrack activities of NGOs engaged in protests against various “development projects” in states. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 parties opposing the BJP... I have proposed all political parties have one meeting on a common platform”. Day after, Tata Group says: We hear Pandit, opportunity to raise the bar ME TOO SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 1 CALLING THE #MeToo movement as a “watershed moment occurringacrossthecountryand the world”, the Tata Group said today that they “hear” Anjuli Panditand“recognisetheopportunity to raise the bar”. TheGroupwasrespondingto a report in The Indian Express on former staffer Pandit’s allegations of sexual harassment against former Taj Hotels CEO and MD Rakesh Sarna and that she knocked on many doors but few heard. The Indian Express report had pointed out how Sarna was also on Taj Hotel’s Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) internalcommittee,leavingPandit with no option but to approach the senior management at Tata Sons, a step, she said, that eventually cost her her job in November 2015. In her piece in The Indian Express, also published Thursday, Pandit said “my experience at Tata derailed all CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WILL CASSETTES FROM 1993 PLAY? QUESTION KEY IN MUMBAI RIOTS CASE AGAINST POLICE MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 1 OVER 15 YEARS after two audio cassettes were packed in an envelope and deposited in a safe in the“valuableproperties”section of the Mumbai sessions court, theywillbetakenoutandplayed this month to determine the course of the trial against seven policemen accused of killing nine Muslim men in a bakery duringthe1993communalriots. The audio cassettes — authorities are yet to check whether they are in working condition — have recordings of wireless messages from 1993 received by the main police control room from areas where the riots occurred. They also include evidence on the chronology of events on January 9, 1993, when the nine men were killed at Suleman Bakery in South Mumbai. In 2016, defence advocates submitted to the trial court that ten other accused policemen were discharged from the case onvariousgrounds,includingalleged discrepancies in the tapes 7 policemen on trial in the killing of 9 men in a bakery. Express Archive submitted by the prosecution. Seeking the original tapes, their applicationclaimedthecasewas instituted on the basis of certain wireless messages recorded in the cassettes. Records show that in April 2003, one of the two tapes — A and B sides — was heard in court inthepresenceof allpartiesafter which both the cassettes were sealed and kept in a “strong room at 6 pm” on April 9 that year. The records, however, do not show whether the transcripts in the chargesheet were verified by listening and com- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY AMID TEPID credit growth for the Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and this being one of the key points in the standoff between the Government and the Reserve Bank of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to announce a slew of measures on Friday to boost credit availability for MSMEs and an “outreach” programme for units in the sector. Sources said thegovernment is working on steps to improve liquidity in the financialmarkets to provide relief to the Non Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), which have a high exposuretotheMSMEsectoralong with measures to boost their access to the market as well as some hand-holding and facilitation support. After banks, NBFCs are major lenders to the MSMEs. Modi will launch the MSME support and outreach programme, which will run for 100 days covering 100 districts throughout the country. Various Central ministers are likely to visit these districts to inform entrepreneurs about various facilities being extended to the MSME sector. Topbankersandgovernment officials are expected to attend 12 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SADAF MODAK Earlier in the day, Naidu met NCP chief Sharad Pawar and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah with the suggestion for a common platform. After meeting Rahul Gandhi, Naidu met Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav. Naidu said hismeetingwiththemwasfruitful and that they had promised to support his plans. Late in the night, Naidu also met CPM leader Sitaram Yechury. Inrecentdays,Naiduhasmet BSP chief Mayawati, AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and Loktantrik NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 1 paring them with audio in the cassettes. On Thursday, the sessions court said: “If that compliance is not made, it is hereby directed that concerned official of sessions departmentshallcompare contents of aforesaid audio cassettes with transcripts, if any relating to the same in presence of APP (prosecutor), defence counsel and concerned police person of Pydhonie police station, and submit report whether transcript is in line with contents of those audio cassettes....” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THEEDITORIAL PAGE GST RECEIPTS, PMI BOTH UP ■ After 6 months, GST collections crossed the Rs 1-lakh crore mark in October (for September) primarily driven by festive demand, anti-evasion measures and finalisation of audit statements last month. ■ Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index was up from 52.2 in September to 53.1 in October as new orders and production increased at the quickest rate in four months. this event. Thisprogramme,officialssaid, will help boost the MSME sector as this is one of the major generatorsof employmentopportunities. Currently, businesses with revenue of Rs 5 crore are termed as micro enterprises, those with sales between Rs 5 crore and Rs 75 crore are termed as small enterprises.Businesseswithrevenue between Rs 75 crore and Rs 250 crore are classified as medium-sized enterprises. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A darkening horizon BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA
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