TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WEST BENGAL ● After TMC and BJP, now Left Front plans Brigade rally , PAGE 3 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,which a day earlier 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 PM celebrates Diwali with Army and House, but Trump ITBP jawans in Harsil, visits Kedarnath has reason to smile KAVITA UPADHYAY 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. Asof early Wednesday, two dozen races had yet to be decided, meaning 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE WORLD ● A POLITICAL WAR AWAITS TRUMP, IT MAY SUIT HIM 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 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. 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 5 INSIDE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Elections and borders BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT HAJIALICOASTAL BUFFERINCREASED, WORRIEDRESIDENTS 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- 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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates Diwali with security personnel in Harsil, Uttarakhand, on Wednesday. PIB/ PTI Maharashtra likely to clear residential construction on commercial plots 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 urban development department. In 2016, the MMRDA’s directorial board, headed by Chief MinisterDevendraFadnavis,had adoptedaresolutionformodifying the development control regulations (DCR) in BKC to allow residential activity on commercial plots. But with questions over how a modification would be applied tocommercialplotsalreadyauctioned through a tendering process, the state’s nod to the controversial modification was deferred. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN RAJNANDGAON, BJP & CONGRESS HAVE A COMMON ICON: A B VAJPAYEE DIPANKAR GHOSE RAJNANDGAON, NOVEMBER 7 THERE ARE five days to go for polling, and fluttering on top of homes in Rajnandgaon are flags of boththeBJPand theCongress. 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 DECISION 2018 CHHATTISGARH NOVEMBER 12 & 20, 2018 the streets of Rajnandgaon, too, 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 po- liticalstuntoveralegend’sdeath. This anger is now visible in her Rajnandgaon campaign. As she goes from mohalla to mohalla, hoping to pull off what would be an unlikely upset, Shukla tells people that “those whocould not honourtheirseniors 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, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ram temple was there, is there, will always be there: Adityanath AVANEESH MISHRA AYODHYA, NOVEMBER 7 A DAY after announcing that Faizabad district would henceforthbeknownasAyodhya,Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Diwali Wednesday, said that “a grand statue” of Lord Ram would be builtinAyodhyaandthathisgovernmenthadshortlistedsomelocations for it. Hemadetheannouncements in Ayodhya after offering prayers at the makeshift Ram temple at thedisputedsite.Adityanathalso visited the Hanumangarhi temple, Kanak Bhawan and Sugreev Qila. AttheDeepostavcelebrations in Ayodhya, Adityanath Tuesday hadalsoannouncedthatAyodhya will have its own airport named after Ram and a medical college named after Ram’s father King Dashrath. Reiterating that there is no doubt about a Ram Temple in Ayodhya,Adityanathsaid:“Weall know that all Ayodhya has is this temple.Peoplecomeheretoworship Lord Ram and no one else. Mandirtha,mandirhai,aurmandir rahega. Isme koi sandeh kisi ko thode hi hai. (There was a temple, thereisatempleandtherewillalwaysbeone.Noonedoubtsthis).” “PeoplehavedemandedascenicmakeovertoRamLallaandthe government is working on this. We have all the options. We believeintheConstitutionalsystem and we will solve this problem within Constitutional limits.” According to the UP CM, his ‘People come here to worship Lord Ram, no one else’ governmenthasstartedscouting the region for land. “For some other programs in Ayodhya, we are looking for available land. We will start these things as soon as we have land. A scenic statue of Lord Ram will be established as pertheavailabilityofland.Weare talking about it and today we looked at one or two places,” he said. He also said that Ayodhya’s identity is firmly linked to Ram. “Thestatuewillbeinsidethetemple.Wewillmakeallthearrangements that will honour the belief ofpeopleandgiveAyodhyarecognition. Different architects have suggesteddifferentthingsforthe statue and we are working on it,” he said. The state and Centre have announced many schemes for Ayodhya,hesaid.“Ihavesurveyed many places to implement those schemesontheground.Ayodhya willbepresentedasagreatcityto theworld.Notjusttheareasinand around Ayodhya, we are also workingforcleanlinessofSarayu,” he said. His slew of announcements on Ayodhya came just a week after he said that “sometimes, justice delayed is equivalent to injustice” while referring to the Supreme Court’s decision to defer hearing on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit.
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