LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Protests in Mizoram seek CEO removal, election panel sends team DECISION 2018 MIZORAM BJP bastion Ballari falls, as Cong-JD(S) takes Karnataka 4-1 JOHNSON TA 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 icing on the cake for the ruling JD (S)-Congress alliance, which also registered thumping wins over the BJP in four of five (three Lok Sabha and two Assembly) seats in bypolls conducted on November 3. The BJP retained the Shimoga LS seat, where BJP state 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, 4 GUJARAT 97 DELIVERY BOYS FINED FOR VIOLATING TRAFFIC RULES ● 8 booked for bursting crackers outside permitted time, Page 4 ● Police submit chargesheet in minor’s rape case, Page 3 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Significance of INS Arihant By ARUN PRAKASH EXPRESS NETWORK ● ACTIVIST ALLEGES ASSAULT DURING QUESTIONING PAGE 12 14 WORLD CONTROL OF CONGRESS AT STAKE, AMERICANS HEAD TO POLLS NOVEMBER 28 ABHISHEK SAHA & RITIKA CHOPRA GUWAHATI, NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 6 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,” Adityanath said at the Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya which was also attended by South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook, UP Governor Ram Naik, Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon and Minister of State (External Affairs) V K Singh. Opp criticises move, Gujarat for Ahmedabad name change ASBJP rivals reacted sharply to the UP Chief Minister’s announcement that Faizabad district will henceforth be called Ayodhya district, the party’s government in Gujarat, while praising Yogi OVER 40,000 people took part in a rally in Aizawl Tuesday morning to demand the removal of Mizoram’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S B Shashank over allegations of bias in the conduct of the upcoming polls, officials said. The Election Commission (EC) has dispatched a three-member committee to the state to resolve the issue. The massive rally and the EC’s move came after Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding Shashank’s removal. The EC team, led by Jharkhand CEO L Khiangte, has begun meetings with the Mizoram ChiefSecretary 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 November 9, its members would 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL 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 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) 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 Global internet access slows down, India bucks trend, says new report Maoist chief Ganapathi replaced, say police KARISHMA MEHROTRA 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 where a 1GB 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 has got a new leader in Namballa Keshav Rao. Police sources told The 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) central committee decided to elevate a younger leader, sources said. The new leader, Keshav Rao, is from Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh and is a graduate from the former Regional Engineering College in Warangal. Lakshman Rao has led the CPI (Maoist) since its formation in 2004, when the outfit was formed with the merger of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 6 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 three years, annual Internet population 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 calculates affordability as the average 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 SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, NOVEMBER 6 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BODY OF PRIEST-ACTIVIST WAITED 3 YRS FOR BURIAL SMITA NAIR PANAJI, NOVEMBER 6 THREE YEARS after his death, with questions still swirling over 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- 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 not where a man like him should rest,” Rangel said. On November 6, 2015, 52-year-old Dias’s body was found floating in the Mandovi tributary about 20 km away, with the Goa Police initially recording 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, GANDHINAGAR, NOVEMBER 6 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 happened also, 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 expect these institutions to “live up to the expectations” and “institutional self-correction is always good”. He added that beyond CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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