DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Now Ram Madhav sees a Pak hand; NC, PDP say prove it Called out by Omar Abdullah, BJP gen secy says not questioning patriotism LALMANI VERMA BUSINESS AS USUAL NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 22 FLAG BEARERS OF THE NATION A RED initiative appears in todays edition of The Indian Express. This page is an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contains content paid for by advertisers. This page should be read as an advertisement. KCR falls back on Telangana pride & God 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 govern- BY UNNY ment. 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 very interesting here. It is these CONTINUEDONPAGE2 NIZAMABAD, SIRCILLA, NOVEMBER 22 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 8 India requests, Pakistan opens passage for Sikh pilgrims MLAs got threats, cash offered: 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 formationas“unholy”,Maliksaid “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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 22 Farmers and tribals march to Azad Maidan in Mumbai, seeking compensation for drought and transfer of forest rights to tribals, on Thursday. Prashant Nadkar REPORT, PAGE 7 6 days and counting: Key question here is how to get his body LIZ MATHEW THE TIREDNESS of a long day visible, she sat on a sofa and removed a pink stole bearing her party name. It was already 5 pm, and she had been out since morning. But Kalvakuntla Kavitha said her day was not yet over. There was still another round of campaigning to go. December 7 may be still several days away — that’s the day Telangana votes to elect a new assembly — but Kavitha is KARTARPUR SAHIB CORRIDOR EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RAVIK BHATTACHARYA MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 22 SOUTH ANDAMAN, NOV 22 FROM BOMB RESIDUE TO BODY PARTS: CHALLENGES IN PROBE PAGE 7 AN IDEAS SERIES PART 4 PAGE 11 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Fadnavis govt revokes grant to firm led by minister’s kin John Allen Chau: photo from his Instagram account RELATED REPORTS PAGE 6, NEWSLINE SENIOR BJP leader and Maharashtra’s Cooperation, Marketing and Textiles Minister Subhash Deshmukh finds himself in a spot of bother. On Thursday, the state agriculturedepartmentissuedanorder, revoking a grant worth Rs 24.81 crore, which had been sanctioned to Deshmukh’s family-led Lokmangal Multistate Cooperative Housing (LMCHS) CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal to build and develop E EXPLAINED FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2018, PUNE, LATE CITY, 20+4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES ● Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is in Kartarpur, Pakistan. File theKartarpurcorridorfromDera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the International Border, allowing pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur — it is on the banksof theRaviinNarowaldistrict of Pakistan Punjab, 3 km from the border — where Guru CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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.
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