DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2018, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES `5.00 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 11 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Militant behind killing of journalist among six shot dead ADIL AKHZER BIJBEHARA, NOVEMBER 23 GUJARAT MAOIST HID IDENTITY TO WORK AT VALSAD FACTORY, ARRESTED BY ATS PAGE 3 14-MONTH-OLD GIRL RAPED: NO LAWYER TO DEFEND ACCUSED IN COURT PAGE 4 AZAD AHMED Malik, an accused 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 A DAYafter Pakistan and India announced they would develop a pilgrim corridor, on both sides of the border, to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked the fall of the Berlin Wall to underline the potential transformative nature of the diplomatic move. E EXPLAINED SECURING COASTLINE STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS PAGE 7 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, a bold push for 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 and making it accountable to the state legislature. Further, it will also be brought under the ambit of the J&K RTI Act and the Central Vigilance Commission. Until now, J&K Bank was classified as an ‘old private sector bank’ and supervised by the Reserve Bank of India. Besides, it is also subject to oversight by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Omar Abdullah of National Conference called it a “disturbing development” and said the Governor, who is a “caretaker administrator did not have the people’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 government PSUs is extremely bad,” 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 a character of a PSU which is subject to general supervision and THE EDITORIAL PAGE SABARIMALA: DON’T IGNORE REALITY BY RAM MADHAV PAGE 10 DECISION 2018 MODI: CONG HAS NO REGARD FOR PEOPLE, TRADITIONS OF N-E C P JOSHI SORRY FOR CASTE REMARK PAGE 12 THE WORLD PAK TERROR HITS CHINESE CONSULATE PAGE 13 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 At the Lalaji Bay View hotel in 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 Sentinel Islands in Andaman and 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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