DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2018, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES SINCE 1932 KARTARPUR CORRIDOR Pak responds to India’s request, opens passage for Sikh pilgrims EXPLAINED E EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE FLAG BEARERS OF THE NATION SOVAN RESIGNS CM approves Hakim’s name for mayor post EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, NOVEMBER 22 WEST BENGAL Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee approved the name of state Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim for the post of Kolkata mayor Thursday, hours after an amendment to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Act, 1980 — enabling non-councillors to be eligible—waspassedinAssembly. Meanwhile, Trinamool leader Sovan Chatterjee submittedhisresignationtoKMCchairperson Mala Roy in the afternoon.Speakingtoreportersafter his resignation was accepted, he CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 NEW DELHI, CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 22 IN WHAT could be the first signs of a thaw in India-Pakistan relations that plummeted to a new low two months ago when a meeting of Foreign Ministers wascancelledandpositionshardened on both sides, Islamabad responded within hours Thursday to a New Delhi request for a corridor to Kartarpur Sahib, allowingSikhpilgrimstovisitthe shrine, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev. At a meeting chaired by Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is in Kartarpur, Pakistan. File Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal to build and develop theKartarpurcorridorfromDera CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● Whythislow-hanging fruitcounts INDIA HAD been pressing Pakistan to open the Kartarpur corridor for 19 years but there was no movement beyond grand declarations on either side. New Delhi’s decision to build the corridor on its side is a diplomatic gambit to get Pakistan to walk the talk. Indeed, Pak Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa had conveyed to Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu his country’s willingness to open the corridor. Given the current trust deficit, the cancellation of talks after Imran Khan took charge, and the recent terrorist attack in Punjab, allegedly by Pak-sponsored Khalistan elements, this is an attempt to pick a low-hanging fruit. A small step, forward. 6 days and counting: Key question here is how to get his body Now Ram Madhav sees a Pak hand; NC, PDP say prove it LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 22 HOURS AFTER accusing the PDP and National Conference (NC) of taking instructions from “across the border” in their aborted bid to form a government in J&K, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav Thursday retracted his comment following a furious backlash from the leaders of both the mainstream state parties. While NC chief Omar AbdullahdaredMadhavtoprove his allegation, PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti expressed shock at the “baseless allegations”. The day after J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the state assembly, Madhav told ANI: “When did we ever claim that we are forming the government. We always said that we needed Governor’s Rule to continue. It was those parties which wanted to form an unethical alliance and I must tell something MUZAMIL JALEEL NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 22 SOUTH ANDAMAN, NOV 22 John Allen Chau: photo from his Instagram account yet to get near the island. One must understand the sensitivity of the situation. We don’t want to cause more trouble,” said Dependra Pathak, Director CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Satya Pal Malik in Jammu, on Thursday. PTI very interesting here. It is these very same parties, PDP and NC, which boycotted the local body elections last month because they had instructions from across the border... they probably had fresh instructions from across the border to come together, form the government, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Lone to PDP, NC: Go to court, I have the numbers RAVIK BHATTACHARYA SIX DAYS after John Allen Chau (27), an American tourist, was allegedly killed by the protected Sentinelese tribe in the North Sentinel Island, a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, police said their biggest challenge now is to retrieve his body.Sofar,therecceteamshave kept their distance from the island,andareyettospotthebody. “It is a challenge. We want to see the body first and then retrieve it. We have carried out a recce by air and sea, but we are `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM FROM BOMB RESIDUE TO BODY PARTS: CHALLENGES FACED BY OFFICERS PAGE 9 AN IDEAS SERIES PART 4 PAGE 11 PEOPLES CONFERENCE leader Sajad Lone Thursday dared the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party to go to court against the dissolution of the House and get it reversed because that will be a “blessing in disguise for us.” Speaking to The Indian Express, he said that his BJP-supported combination was in favourof afloortestbecausehe’s confident he has the requisite numbers. While arch rivals PDP and NC had come together with the THE EDITORIAL PAGE AN ILL WIND IN THE VALLEY BY FAIZAN MUSTAFA PAGE 10 Congresstostakeclaimtoforma new coalition government in J&K, Lone too had pitched his case.HewasinLondonwhenthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MLAs got threats, cash was offered: Governor Malik ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, NOVEMBER 22 A DAY after dissolving the J&K Legislative Assembly, Governor Satya Pal Malik Thursday justifiedhisdecisionbyclaimingthat MLAs were receiving “terrorist threats” and that money was being “offered on a large scale” in efforts to form a government. Describing the PDP-National Conference (NC) efforts to stitch an alliance for government formation as “unholy”, Malik said “this was a power hungry alliance for self preservation to avoid a split in their respective parties”. “There has been a lot of dissatisfaction among both the parties,” he said. “I had been receiving reports from various quarters, including intelligence agencies, for the last one week or ten days that in efforts to form a government, the atmosphere has been made vicious. Money was being offered on a large scale. People are being threatened, some have received terrorist threats... How could I have allowed this?” he asked. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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