TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE IMRAN KHAN’S FIRST BILATERAL VISIT TO CHINA Support Pakistan’s ‘quest for peace through dialogue’ with India: China Joint statement: China supports Pak engagement with nuclear group Will teach cops who pushed me a lesson: Delhi BJP chief EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 4 DELHI BJP president Manoj Tiwari Sunday threatened to teach Delhi policemen a “lesson in the next four days” after a fracaswithpolicepersonnelincludinganadditionalDCPattheinauguration of the Signature Bridge. Trouble ensued after Tiwari with several party workers tried to enter the AAP government’s event to inaugurate the Signature Bridge. Alleging they werenotinvitedTiwariallegedly triedtoforcehiswaythroughthe police barricades. In a video released by ANI, Tiwariisseengrapplingwithadditional DCP-I R P Meena. Minutes after the incident, Tiwari told ANI: “Police ke kuch logon ne jo Arvind Kejriwal ke saathmilkarmujhedhakkamukki kiya hai, un logon ki bhi shinakht ho gayi hai. Koi Meena hai jo yahan ke additional DCP 1 hain. Mai ek ek logon ko pehchaan chuka hoon,inkisaarimaikundalinikaal CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 ZEESHAN SHAIKH & SHUBHAJIT ROY BEIJING, NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 4 ENDORSING PAKISTAN’S efforts in improving ties with India, ChinaSundaysaidthatit“appreciatesPakistan’squestforpeace” and supports the settlement of “outstanding disputes” in a joint statement issued in Beijing after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. “ChinaappreciatesPakistan’s questforpeacethroughdialogue, cooperation and negotiation, on the basis of mutual respect and equality,”thejointstatementsaid adding without mentioning Kashmir that “(China) supports Pakistan’s efforts for improve- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan with China’s Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Reuters ment of Pakistan-India relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes between the two countries”. After Khan met the Chinese leadership in his first bilateral visit to Beijing, the joint statement also expressed support for Pakistan’s engagement with the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), while it continues to block India’s bid in becoming a member of the NSG — the 48-membereliteclub,whichcontrolsnuclear trade. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 To save country, behen-beti, culture, bring back BJP... only they’ll build temple: Sants LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 4 AFTER TWO days of deliberations dominated by the demand foraRamtempleinAyodhya,the Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti Sunday asked the union government to bring in an ordinance or a law to build the temple. The sadhusalsoappealedtotheirfollowers and to Hindus in general to bring back the Narendra Modi governmenttopowerin2019,so that their expectations could be fulfilled. They asked the people to vote for those who have faith in “cow, Ganga, Geeta, Gayatri and Govind”. Elsewhere, union minister Uma Bharti warned that any talk of building a mosque close to the “birthplace of Lord Ram” could Eye on SP-BSP, BJP’s big push for UP in 2019 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 4 make Hindus “intolerant”, and her ministerial colleague Giriraj Singh said “no power in the world” could prevent the construction of a Ram temple in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with other spiritual leaders during the Akhil Bhartiya Sant Samiti meeting in New Delhi, Sunday. Renuka Puri FROM CREATING 13,500 WhatsApp groups to gathering information on around 3 crore beneficiaries of government schemes, from meeting all district community leaders to the booth-wise verification of voters, the BJP has detailed a 109point public outreach programmeforUttarPradeshbefore the Lok Sabha polls scheduled for 2019. Conscious of the political CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Papa, this matter happened because of Asthana name. Money may have been exchanged’ Transcripts point to link between key players in bribe case against Asthana SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 4 ■ October 19, 6.08 pm: “Samant bhaiya was so angry... this idiot, why didn’t he mention to you that CBI chaps have called.” ■ October 20, 10.10 am: “...Papa, this whole matter has happened because of Asthana’s name. Bhaiya must have got that done... so probably, money may have been exchanged there.” ■ October 20, 10.10 am: “...this has to be given to Asthana and a lot of pressure is coming on me from there, that it has to be given.” THESE ARE some of the key excerpts from transcripts of purported conversations among thoseallegedlylinkedtothecase of bribery levelled against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana by the agency in its FIR filed on October 15. Parts of these transcripts were included in the writ peti- 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE In remote hills of Chhattisgarh, vulnerable tribals whom no party or govt remembers DECISION 2018 CHHATTISGARH NOVEMBER 12 & 20, 2018 DIPANKAR GHOSE GOVINDPUR, NOVEMBER 4 UNDER A blazing sun one recent afternoon, Brij Lal, in his late 30s, led three other men lugging spadesandaxesupasteephillin NorthChhattisgarh’sAmbikapur district.Afewyearsago,thegovernment built a check dam ‘So few of us, nobody cares... govt or political parties’ down in the valley. Brij Lal and the others are digging a narrow, winding canal, hoping to somehow raise the water from the dam to their fields. “Ourfieldsareonthehills;the stopdamtheyhavebuiltisatthe bottom. Without the canal, wa- ter will not reach our fields,” Brij Lal said. The government should have thought of this, he says — they’deventoldthegovernment officialssupervisingtheworkon thedam.Butnoonelistened.“So we are doing this ourselves.” Brij Lal is a Pahadi Korva, a “Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group” (PVTG), so designated because of their abysmally low development indices. There are 75 PVTGs — earlier known as “primitive tribes” — in India; seven of them live in Chhattisgarh. The Pahadi Korvas largely inhabit remote hilltops in four districts of the state. According to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Maneka slams killing of tigress, targets Maharashtra minister for ‘ghastly murder’ SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 4 11 WORLD TAMIL PRISONERS MAY BE FREED TO TILT SCALES FOR RAJAPAKSA UNION WOMEN AND Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has lashed out at her party colleague, Maharashtra Minister for Environment and Forests Sudhir Mungantiwar, over what she termed as the ‘Murdered by anti-national killer at the behest of the minister’ “ghastly murder” of the maneater tigress Avni (T1) in Yavatmal on Friday night. Maneka said that she will pursue the issue “legally, criminallyaswellaspolitically”.“Iwill bewritingtoCMMaharashtrato take a strong action in this matter,” she said. In a series of tweets and a press statement targetting Mungantiwar on Sunday, Maneka wrote: “I am deeply CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN HARYANA, COUPLES BRIDGE CASTE DIVIDE — WITH A LITTLE GOVT HELP TRACKING CHANGE» BREAKING WALLS Year EVERY MONDAY 2014-15 For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Marriages* 249 2015-16 359 2016-17 465 KAITHAL (HARYANA), NOVEMBER 4 Naresh with Poonam at their home in Kharak Pandwa village of Kaithal in Haryana. Sukhbir Siwach WHEN NARESH and Poonam decided to get married in Chandigarhlastyear,theyfeared theworst.Naresh,anelectrician, hails from the Jat community and Poonam belongs to an SC family.Andinthecaste-lacedsocial landscape of Haryana, both knew their marriage could end in isolation — or tragedy. Today, both look back on that decision with pride — and a sigh of relief. “My parents have ac- 608 2018-19** SUKHBIR SIWACH 2017-18 585 * One partner hails from SC community **April 1-September 30, 2018 cepted our marriage, we hope that we will win approval of her parents also,” says Naresh, 30, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur Parts of transcripts in CBI officer A K Bassi’s petition before Supreme Court tion filed in the Supreme Court on October 30 by CBI DySP Ajay KumarBassi,whowastheinvestigating officer in the Asthana bribery case. BassihadmovedtheSupreme Court to seek quashing of his transfer to Port Blair on October 23, when two of the CBI’s top officers — Director Alok Kumar Verma and Asthana — were sent onleaveafterlevellingseriousallegations against each other. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Fuel prices: A juggler’s art BY VIKRAM S MEHTA
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