TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA UP CM’S TEMPLE PUSH Faizabad is Ayodhya, new airport after Ram District gets renamed amid calls for Mandir ka nirman karo Congress candidate V S Ugrappa celebrates in Ballari. PTI BENGALURU, NOVEMBER 6 SIGNALLING SHRINKING support for the powerful Reddy brothers and the BJP in Ballari, the Congress Tuesday regained the Ballari Lok Sabha constituency in Karnataka after almost 15 years, winning the recently concluded bypoll by a margin of almost 2.5 lakh votes. The Ballari victory was icingonthecakefortherulingJD (S)-Congressalliance,whichalso registered thumping wins over the BJP in four of five (three Lok Sabha and two Assembly) seats in bypolls conducted on November3.TheBJPretainedthe ShimogaLSseat,whereBJPstate chief B S Yeddyurappa’s son, B Y Raghavendra beat the JD (S). The sweep in the bypolls has given the JD (S) and Congress enough impetus to carry the alliance forward into the 2019 parliament elections. While JD (S) and Congress leaders said that alliance talks for the 2019 polls would progress faster now, ABHISHEK SAHA & RITIKA CHOPRA GUWAHATI, NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 6 BY UNNY Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook with actors dressed as Ram, Sita and Lakshman in Ayodhya on Tuesday. Vishal Srivastav AVANEESH MISHRA AYODHYA, NOVEMBER 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AS THE chorus for early construction of a Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya site grows within the Sangh Parivar in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath lent weight at ground zero, announcing Tuesday that Faizabad district, home to the pilgrim town, will henceforth be known as Ayodhya district. He also declared that Ayodhya will have its own airport named after Ram and a medical college named after Ram’s father King Dashrath. Cheering the announcements, people in the crowd raised slogans of “Yogiji ek kaam karo, Mandir ka nirman karo (Yogi, do one job: build the temple)”. “Ayodhya is a symbol of our aan, baan aur shaan (honour, pride and prestige). Nobody can do injustice to Ayodhya,” AdityanathsaidattheDeepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya which was also attended by South KoreanFirstLadyKimJung-sook, UP Governor Ram Naik, Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon and Minister of State (External Affairs) V K Singh. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Wishes Its Readers HAPPYDIWALI We are closed today. There will be no edition of the newspaper on November 8, 2018 Global internet access slows down, India bucks trend, says new report Maoist chief Ganapathi replaced, say police KARISHMA MEHROTRA THE INDIAN EXPRESS ANDHRA POLICE’S investigations into the “tactics” adopted by suspected members of the CPI (Maoist) in the killing of an MLA and a former MLA in Araku Valley last month have led to a key conclusion: the Naxal outfit hasgotanewleaderinNamballa Keshav Rao. PolicesourcestoldThe Indian Express that Keshav Rao (63), alias Baswaraj, took over from Muppala Lakshman Rao (72), alias Ganapathi, around two months ago. Lakshman Rao was asked to step down after the CPI (Maoist) centralcommitteedecidedtoelevate a younger leader, sources said.Thenewleader,KeshavRao, is from Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh and is a graduate from the former Regional EngineeringCollegeinWarangal. Lakshman Rao has led the CPI (Maoist) since its formation in 2004, when the outfit was formed with the merger of the NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 6 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Significance of INS Arihant By ARUN PRAKASH EXPRESS NETWORK ● ACTIVIST ALLEGES ASSAULT DURING QUESTIONING PAGE 9 15 WORLD CONTROL OF CONGRESS AT STAKE, AMERICANS HEAD TO POLLS Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital A NEW report by the World Wide Web Foundation, established by Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the Internet, has found a sharp decline in the growth of Internet access across the globe attributed to a dip in affordability and that India has bucked the trend. According to the Web Foundation report, in the last threeyears,annualInternetpopulation growth fell from 12 per cent to 6.5 per cent but in India’s rise in the affordable Internet Index surpasses that of all other 61 low and middle-income countries. The Web Foundation calculatesaffordabilityastheaverage price of 1 GB of data relative to monthly income. The research index underlying the report attributes this Indian anomaly to effective policymaking and investment, elevating India to among the most Internet founder Tim Berners-Lee competitive mobile markets. The Web Foundation report states that the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has shifted its prediction for the global halfway point for Internet penetration to May 2019, two years later than the previously anticipated date. Worldwide, 2.3 billion people live in a country wherea 1GB CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, NOVEMBER 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BODY OF PRIEST-ACTIVIST WAITED 3 YRS FOR BURIAL SMITA NAIR PANAJI, NOVEMBER 6 THREE YEARS after his death, withquestionsstillswirlingover how it happened, the body of Bismarque Dias, a former priest and activist, was finally brought back to his village in Goa’s St Estevam for burial. On Tuesday, an entire village stood silent as the coffin was carried across the paddy fields and inside the St Stephen’s Church on the hillock for final mass. “It’s a relief,” Nestor Rangel, a St Estevam resident and family friend, said. “In many ways, there is a sense that the family did not get justice. The village, too. The offi- DECISION 2018 NOVEMBER 28 BUSINESS AS USUAL state BJP leaders called for “introspection”. “It is the joint efforts of the leaders and workers of the JD (S) and Congress that has made this victory possible in four seats. In Parliament polls also, the JD (S) and Congress will contest together. We will finalise ticketsharing after taking Rahul Gandhi and local Congress leaders into confidence,’” said JD (S) Protests in Mizoram seek CEO removal, election panel sends team MIZORAM BJP bastion Ballari falls, as Cong-JD(S) takes Karnataka 4-1 JOHNSON TA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE The coffin arrives in St Estevam, Goa. Smita Nair cial version is that it was a case of suicide, while the family suspects murder. He was a hindrance to many commercial projects that were coming in the vicinity and we feel his death had a story. The burial is important as he finally returns to his village, to his soil. The morgue is notwhereamanlikehimshould rest,” Rangel said. On November 6, 2015, 52-year-old Dias’s body was found floating in the Mandovi tributaryabout20kmaway,with theGoaPoliceinitiallyrecording it as an “unnatural death” and later attributing it to “foul play”. For months thereafter, activists, family and friends, too, alleged “foul play”, pointing to a video that Dias shot days before his death where he alleged that he was threatened by a lobby of builders and local politicians. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Opp criticises move, Gujarat for Ahmedabad name change EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, GANDHINAGAR, NOVEMBER 6 ASBJPrivalsreactedsharplytothe UP Chief Minister’s announcement that Faizabad district will henceforthbecalledAyodhyadistrict, the party’s government in Gujarat, while praising Yogi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OVER40,000peopletookpartin a rally in Aizawl Tuesday morning to demand the removal of Mizoram’sChief ElectoralOfficer (CEO) S B Shashank over allegationsof biasintheconductof the upcoming polls, officials said. The Election Commission (EC) has dispatched a three-member committeetothestatetoresolve the issue. ThemassiverallyandtheEC’s move came after Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla wrote to Prime MinisterNarendraModidemanding Shashank’s removal. The EC team, led by Jharkhand CEO L Khiangte, has begun meetings withtheMizoramChiefSecretary and representatives of civil society groups that have been demanding Shashank’s transfer. In a letter to the EC, the Federation of Mizoram Government Employees and Workers has threatened that unless Shashank is transferred out of the state before 4 pm on November9,itsmemberswould not cooperate in the conduct of polls in the Congress-ruled state on November 28. Speaking to The Indian Express, Shashank said: “I have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ferment in CBI & SC internal issues, need self-correction: V-P All institutions must follow mandate assigned...not encroach each other KRISHN KAUSHIK & ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 6 THE FERMENT in institutions such as the CBI recently and in the Supreme Court earlier this year are “internal issues,” and, therefore, call for “internal correctives,” Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said here Tuesday. Speaking to The Indian Express, Naidu said “there is a self-correction needed in those institutions” and there have to be internal discussions. “You see what has happenedalso, even in the Supreme Court, even in the CBI, all these are internal issues, ‘RBI needs to engage banks regularly’. Anil Sharma so there has to be (an) internal corrective mechanism.” Naidu said that people expecttheseinstitutionsto“liveup to the expectations” and “institutionalself-correctionisalways good”. He added that beyond CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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