TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA We are closed today. There will be no edition of the newspaper on November 9, 2018 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY JOURNALISM OF COURAGE US SANCTIONS ON IRAN India got waiver for development of Iran port, rail link to Afghanistan: US LALIT K JHA WASHINGTON, NOVEMBER 7 THE UNITED States has exemptedIndiafromimpositionof certain sanctions for the development of the strategicallylocated Chabahar Port in Iran, along with the construction of the railway line connecting it with Afghanistan, a State Department spokesperson said. The decision by the Trump administration,whichadayearlier imposed the toughest ever sanctions on Iran and is very restrictive in giving exemptions, is seen as a recognition by Washingtonof India’smajorrole in the development of the port on the Gulf of Oman, which is of immense strategic importance for the reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan. “After extensive consideration, the Secretary (of State) has provided for an exception from Chabahar is India’s gateway to Central Asia. Reuters file imposition of certain sanctions under the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012, with respect to the development of Chabahar Port, construction of an associated railway and for shipment of non-sanctionablegoodsthrough the port for Afghanistan’s use, as well as the country’s continued imports of Iranian petroleum products,” a State Department spokesperson told PTI. The US on Monday imposed “the toughest ever” sanctions on a defiant Iran aimed at altering theIranianregime’s“behaviour”. The sanctions cover Iran’s banking and energy sectors and reinstate penalties for countries and companies in Europe, Asia and elsewhere that do not halt Iranian oil imports. However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that eight countries — India, China, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Democrats take House, but Trump has reason to smile Republicans make gains, keep control of Senate in crucial midterm polls 12 SHERYL GAY STOLBERG NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 7 THE VAUNTED blue wave that Democrats had hoped for failed to fully materialise Tuesday night, but the days of one-party control in Washington are now over. President Donald Trump’s strength in rural areas kept the SenateinRepublicancontrol,but voters in urban and suburban districts across the country sent the White House a clear message: They want a check on the President. As results of the crucial midterm polls came in, the Democrats ended eight years of Republican control that began with the tea party revolt of 2010, pickingoff morethantwodozen Republican-held districts in suburbs across the nation on the way to securing the 218 seats needed for a majority. As of early Wednesday, two dozen races had yet to be decided, meaning 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE WORLD AWAITS TRUMP, IT MAY SUIT HIM Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates Diwali with security personnel in Harsil, Uttarakhand, on Wednesday. PIB/ PTI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Elections and borders BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT PM celebrates Diwali with Army and ITBP jawans in Harsil, visits Kedarnath KAVITA UPADHYAY DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 7 PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali Wednesday with Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans at Harsil near the India-China border before visiting the Kedarnath shrine to offer prayers and review reconstruction projects around Kedarpuri. Kohli wants Team India pacers to skip IPL, rest for World Cup DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 7 SKIPPER VIRAT Kohli wants India’s main fast bowlers to be restedfortheIPLsothattheycan be “fresh and fit” for the World Cup that follows immediately, sources in the BCCI told The Indian Express. In a meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA), Kohli suggested that key pacers like Jasprit Bumrah, BhuvneshwarKumarandothers in the fray for next year’s World Cup should not be part of the Twenty20 tournament. No final decision has been taken on this request. The World Cup will be held in England from May 30 to July Don’t live in India if you like batsmen from other countries VIRAT KOHLI INDIA CAPTAIN PAGE 17 14, while the IPL is likely to begin in the first week of April and run till the third week of May. The suggestion from Team India was that BCCI should com- AVANEESH MISHRA AYODHYA, NOVEMBER 7 A DAY after announcing that Faizabad district would henceforth be known as Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Diwali Wednesday, said that “a grand statue” of Lord Ram would be built in Ayodhya and that his government had shortlisted some locations for it. He made the announcements in Ayodhya after offering prayers at the makeshift Ram temple at the disputed site. Adityanath also visited the Hanumangarhi temple, Kanak Bhawan and Sugreev Qila. At the Deepostav celebrations in Ayodhya, Adityanath Tuesday had also announced that Ayodhya will have its own airport named after Ram and a medical college named after Ram’s father King Dashrath. ‘People come here to worship Lord Ram, no one else’ Reiterating that there is no doubt about a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Adityanath said: “We all know that all Ayodhya has is thistemple.Peoplecomehereto worship Lord Ram and no one else. Mandir tha, mandir hai, aur mandir rahega. Isme koi sandeh kisi ko thode hi hai. (There was a temple, there is a temple and there will always be one. No one doubts this).” “People have demanded a scenicmakeovertoRamLallaand the government is working on this. We have all the options. We believe in the Constitutional system and we will solve this problemwithinConstitutionallimits.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Maharashtra likely to clear residential activity on BKC commercial plots ● A POLITICAL WAR the majority could grow still larger. Trump’s Republicans retained their majority in the Senate. When the new Congress is sworninthisJanuary,Democrats will be able to curb Trump’s legislative ambitions and, armed with subpoena power, flex their oversight muscles to initiate Ram temple was there, is there, will always be there: Adityanath pensate the players who would miss the IPL for the world tournament. Others in the set-up have mooted the idea that these pacers can either play the first or secondhalf of theIPLsothatthey get enough rest. The discussion over the pacers took place during a meeting convened by CoA members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji to review India’s poor showing in England and other away tours. It was attended by Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, coach Ravi Shastri and chairman of selectors M S K Prasad. The unprecedented request, however, could become a bone of contention between the BCCI and the IPL franchises that signed up these players for significant amounts. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Meeting jawans with Army chief General Bipin Rawat in Harsil, at a height of around 7,800 feet in Uttarkashi district, Modi said that their devotion to duty “in the remote icy heights, is securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians”. The Prime Minister also said that Diwali spreads the light of goodnessanddispelsfearadding that “jawans are also helping spread a sense of security and fearlessness among the people”. Recalling that he has been visiting soldiers on Diwali ever since he was the chief minister of Gujarat, Modi also spoke of his interactions with ITBP jawans years ago, when he was part of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Offering sweets to jawans and interacting with residents from nearby areas, Modi said that India is taking great strides forward in the defence sector and spoke of various measures under way for the welfare of ex-servicemen, including the implementationof onerank,one pension (OROP) After the interaction, the prime minister tweeted: “Celebrated Diwali with our valorous Army and ITBP personnel at Harsil in Uttarakhand. India is immensely proud of all those who protect our nation with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 7 INDIA’S PREMIER business district, the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, is all set to be repositioned as a luxury residential destination as well. The BJP-led government of Maharashtra has decided to clear a two-year-old proposal of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), permitting residential activity on plots reserved for commercial use. According to sources, the state’s town planning wing has alreadyclearedtheproposal,and the file is now awaiting the approval of the Chief Minister-led BKC is set to be a luxury residential destination urban development department. In 2016, the MMRDA’s directorial board, headed by Chief MinisterDevendraFadnavis,had adoptedaresolutionformodifying the development control CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 High risk of ‘bird hit’ Haji Ali coastal buffer increased, at site for Navi Mumbai worried residents move court airport, warns study LAXMAN SINGH NEHA KULKARNI MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 7 THE SITE of the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) faces a “high risk of bird hit”, according to a five-year environmental study conducted by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) between 2012 and 2016. “Navi Mumbai harbours a very high bird diversity, which is being threatened by fast-paced development,” states the study, which observed around 287 species within 10 km of the proposed site since December 2011. According to the BNHS, as many as six “globally threatened” and eight “near threatened” species, including the Lesser Flamingo and Blackheaded Ibis, were seen in abundanceatthesiteduringthestudy period. TheBNHSwillnowconducta ten-year study in consultation with City Industrial and Development Corporation (CIDCO) on ways to reduce bird hitsattheupcomingairport.This study would involve understanding the migrating patterns of birds and suggest measures for ensuring minimum disturbance to their habitat. “After the report showed chancesof birdhitsattheairport, we approached the BNHS for consultation. Based on their inputs, we will implement the design plans and take required CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 7 RESIDENTS, PROPERTY owners anddevelopersaroundtheprime Tardeolocalityof southMumbai find themselves in a bind after theHajiAlishorelinewasmarked as ‘sea’ in official maps, a departure from the earlier description of the coast as a ‘bay’. With the final published Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) marking the Haji Ali coastline as ‘sea’, the buffer zone where no construction is permitted as per the Coastal Regulations Zone (CRZ) notification will be up to 500 meters from the high tide line. The decision is likely to affect redevelopment projects of several old housing societies or Haji Ali shoreline marked as ‘sea’ in official maps. Express file other buildings within that 500metre radius. Residents and property owners said that several government documents earlier described Haji Ali as a ‘bay’, under which definition the buffer zone is 100 metres from the high tide line. Forareasunderthedefinition of “bay”, a 2011 Coastal Regulations Zone (CRZ) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN RAJNANDGAON, BJP & CONGRESS HAVE A COMMON ICON: A B VAJPAYEE Vajpayee’s niece is taking on Chief Minister Raman Singh DIPANKAR GHOSE RAJNANDGAON, NOVEMBER 7 THERE ARE five days to go for polling, and fluttering on top of homes in Rajnandgaon are flags of boththeBJPandtheCongress. Then there are massive billboards, mostly of the BJP, with the slogan “Raman par vishwas, kamal dang vikas (Trust in Raman, lotus means progress)”. In most of these boards, is an image of the late former prime minister A B Vajpayee. Below, on the streets of Rajnandgaon, too, DECISION 2018 CHHATTISGARH NOVEMBER 12 & 20, 2018 the shadow of Vajpayee looms. But the mention of the BJP’s leading light is not just by his own party but also his niece Karuna Shukla, the Congress candidate against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh. Shukla was part of the BJP for 34 years, when she fought and won Lok Sabha elections as well. But sidelined by the party in 2013, she joined the Congress. Shehassincefoughtelectionsfor the Congress but lost, with a large part of her new tenure marked by anger against the BJP ontheir“treatmentof Vajpayee”. In the months leading to the campaign, and after Vajpayee’s death on August 16, Shukla has been vocal against the BJP’s “asti kalash” campaign, calling it a politicalstuntoveralegend’sdeath. This anger is now visible in her Rajnandgaon campaign. A BJP poster in Rajnandgaon. Dipankar Ghose As she goes from mohalla to mohalla, hoping to pull off what would be an unlikely upset, Shukla tells people that “those who could not honour their seniors and mentors cannot be trusted”. SpeakingtoTheIndianExpress, Shukla said, “Atalji is not a votebank like the BJP thinks. He is a principle and a set of values. For ten years when he was unwell, theBJPleadersdidn’tevenlookat him.Oneposterofhimwasn’tput up by Raman Singh during the Rajyotsav in a state he created, and now they remember him. This is what I tell people.” On the other side, asked about what he wanted to tell Karuna Shukla, Raman Singh, whose son Abhishek Singh is Rajnandgaon MP, claims she gave up the values that Vajpayee stood for when she joined the Congress. But Vajpayee aside, Shukla is fighting allegations that she has been “paradropped” to fight against Raman Singh. Rameshwar Singh, a grocery shop owner at the main market, said, “I wanted to vote against the BJP government this time. But Shukla has come from outside and won’t be able to win. I mightrethinkmypositionnow.” Shukla points out that Singh, too, is not a native of Rajnandgaon, and is essentially fromKawardha,andfoughtelections only after he was made Chief Minister in a bypoll in 2003. “He came from 120 km away and I come from 70 km away. I have travelled and worked for the state, and this is only something the BJP is spreading,” she said. With the urban parts of Rajnandgaon voting almost entirely for Raman Singh in 2013, aiding him in his 35,866-margin win, Shukla is trying to bring women to her side by attacking the government over the sale of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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