DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2018, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 26 PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Malik puts J&K Bank in public sector, kicks off autonomy row MUZAMIL JALEEL & NAVEED IQBAL NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 23 AN IDEAS SERIES PART 5 PAGE 15 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Militant behind killing of journalist among six shot dead ADIL AKHZER BIJBEHARA, NOVEMBER 23 Living in Luxury AZADAHMEDMalik,anaccused in the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari, was among six militants killed in a pre-dawn operation Friday by a joint team of Army, paramilitary and J&K Police in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. According to J&K Police, Malik was among three militant commanders in the group that was killed in the operation. Hailing from Arwani Bijbehara, Malik is said to have been the Lashkar-e-Toiba’s (LeT) district commander for Anantnag. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DAY AFTER KARTARPUR ANNOUNCEMENT Citing Berlin Wall, PM holds out promise of pilgrims’ progress Indian diplomats stopped in Pak gurdwaras, Delhi lodges protest EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 23 ADAYafterPakistanandIndiaannounced they would develop a pilgrim corridor, on both sides of the border, to Gurdwara Darbar SahibinKartarpur,PrimeMinister NarendraModiinvokedthefallof the Berlin Wall to underline the potentialtransformativenatureof the diplomatic move. E EXPLAINED SECURING COASTLINE STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS PAGE 12 Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur’s home to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev's birth anniversary, in New Delhi Friday. PTI ● In poll season, abold pushfor a thaw THE Prime Minister’s Berlin Wall-Kartarpur remark is one of his strongest overtures to Pakistan. More so when it comes hours after the MEA red-flagged the alleged Pakistan role in pro-Khalistan terror and two days before the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Since the PM’s surprise visit to Lahore in December 2015, the engagement with Pakistan has been in freeze. Evidently, as it enters the election season, the government hopes to see a thaw in ties. “Kisne socha that ki Berlin ki deewar gir sakti hai. Shayad Guru Nanak Devji ke aashirwad se Kartarpur ka corridor sirf corridor nahi, jan-jan ko jodne ka bahut CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A DAY after Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, the State Administrative Council chaired by him decided to turn the J&K Bank Ltd into a public-sector bank, taking its autonomy away andmakingitaccountabletothe state legislature. Further, it will also be brought under the ambit of theJ&KRTIActandtheCentral Vigilance Commission. Untilnow,J&KBankwasclassified as an ‘old private sector bank’ and supervised by the Reserve Bank of India. Besides, it isalsosubjecttooversightbythe ComptrollerandAuditorGeneral (CAG). Omar Abdullah of National Conference called it a “disturbing development” and said the Governor,whoisa“caretakeradministratordidnothavethepeople’s mandate to take such major decisions with far-reaching implications”. PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti described it as a “disturbing step to snatch every bit of autonomy that our institutions have”. Sajad Lone of People’s Conference said his party’s economic philosophy is decentralisation and total liberalisation. “We believe in smaller government, not more government control. The best thing the government of the day can do is to get out of the way. Any remedies (regarding J&K Bank) should have been institution-specific, rather than invading it with overarching government control. The track record of J&K governmentPSUsisextremelybad,” he said. The J&K state holds a majority or 59.3 per cent stake in the bank. In a statement Thursday, J&K Director, Press and Information, said, “As the state is a major shareholder in J&K Bank Ltd, a need was felt that it should have acharacterof aPSUwhichissubject to general supervision and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE SABARIMALA:DON’T IGNORE REALITY BY RAM MADHAV PAGE 14 DECISION 2018 MODI: CONG HAS NO REGARD FOR PEOPLE, TRADITIONS OF N-E C P JOSHI SORRY FOR CASTE REMARK PAGE 9 THE WORLD PAK TERROR HITS CHINESE CONSULATE PAGE 16 In Port Blair hotel, an empty room: This was his favourite RAVIK BHATTACHARYA PORT BLAIR, NOVEMBER 23 A DRAB 5x11-ft non-ac room with an open cupboard and an attached toilet. A colourful calendar with images that he shot in the islands. Pleasant memories of the man who always stayed in Room No. 121. And a sense of lingering gloom. The hotel owner with Chau’s calendar. Ravik Bhattacharya AttheLalajiBayViewhotelin Port Blair, that’s all what’s left of John Allen Chau, the American tourist who is believed to have been killed by the protected Sentinelese tribe on the North SentinelIslandsinAndamanand Nicobar seven days ago. Police are yet to recover Chau’s body — the fishermen who allegedly took him to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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