eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY ‘In my stardom, I think I lost my ordinariness’ DECEMBER 23, 2018 20+6 (EYE) PAGES, `5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY BIG PICTURE PAGE 17 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 8-9 The one that got away ‘Bodies were everywhere’ 18 yrs after one of cricket’s biggest scandals broke, Sanjeev Chawla may finally land in India net. The man, and those who chased him A reporter returns in search of the subjects of his stories to the East Delhi locality that was Ground Zero of 1984 carnage MOVE TO COST EXCHEQUER AROUND Rs 5,500 CR A YEAR GST Council cuts more rates, only 28 items now left in highest slab AANCHAL MAGAZINE 28% TO 18% NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 22 REMOVING SIX items from the highest 28 per cent slab, the GST Council cut rates on 23 goods and services in its 31st meeting Saturday, a move which will cost the exchequer around Rs 5,500 crore a year and Rs 1,375 crore in the remaining three months of this fiscal. The 28 per cent GST rate on movie tickets priced above Rs 100, television screens and monitors up to 32 inches, digital cameras, video games consoles and power banks with lithium-ion batteries was cut to 18 per cent while parts and accessories for ■ Movie tickets above Rs 100 ■ TVs and monitors up to 32 inches ■ Digital cameras ■ Video games consoles ■ Power banks After the GST meet on Saturday. Praveen Khanna carriages for the disabled were brought down to 5 per cent. With this latest round of rate reduction, 97.7 per cent of the 1,211 items under the GST now fall in tax slabs of 18 per cent and below among the five broad cat- 18% TO 12% ■ Movie tickets up to Rs 100 egories of zero, 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent. Rate cuts for items such as cement and automobiles in the 28 per cent slab were discussed in the meeting but given the high revenue implications, members of the Council decided As Pak wades into row, Shah says take care of own country ■ Third party insurance premium of goods vehicles 28% TO 5 % ■ Parts and accessories for carriages for the disabled NIL ■ Music Books ■ Frozen vegetables against a rate cut said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The new GST rates decided in the Council meeting will be effective from January 1, he said. “In the 28 per cent slab, there were 34 items including luxury Major blow to Musa outfit, 6 killed in J&K encounter ADIL AKHZER SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 22 SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 22 Injured students at Ahwa Civil Hospital on Saturday. Express AS PAKISTAN Prime Minister Imran Khan waded into the controversy over Naseeruddin Shah’s remarks, comparing them to what Mohammad Ali Jinnah had once said, the acclaimed actor told him to stay away from “issues that don’t concern him”. Speaking at a public function in Lahore, Khan drew a “A 70-yr-old parallel be- democracy, tween Shah’s we can look remarks about after feeling scared ourselves” for his children because of the impunity of lawless mobs in India and what Jinnah had said about not wanting to live in an India where Muslims would not be equal citizens. In a sharp retort to him, Shah told The Sunday Express, “I think Mr Khan should be walking the talk in his own country instead of commenting on issues that don’t concern him. We have been a democracy for 70 years and we know how to look after ourselves.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 children dead as bus falls into Dangs ravine GOVT & POLITICS 9 DAYS LEFT TO SURRENDER, SAJJAN KUMAR GOES TO SC JD(U), BJP LIKELY TO CONTEST ON 17 SEATS EACH PAGE 5 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SURAT, DECEMBER 22 TEN CHILDREN were killed and ten others were critically injured after a bus carrying 72 students fell into a 200-foot-deep ravine in a remote forest area in Dang district in south Gujarat on Saturday evening. While 60 students have been rescued and admitted to hospitals in Ahwa and Vyara, rescue operations are on to find three more students, said officials of Dang district administration. Police said that all the students of class I to X of a Surat coaching centre, Khodiar Tuition Classes, were on their way to Mahal in Dangs district for a trip. Dr Suresh Pawar, Chief Medical Officer of Ahwa Civil Hospital, told The Sunday Express, “Ten children died in our hospital. Other ten, who are critically injured, are being shifted to a hospital in Surat.” Over 40-odd students are admitted at Ahwa Civil Hospital in Dang district and seven at Vyara government hospital in neighbouring Tapi district. A team of doctors from Valsad have also reached the Ahwa hospital. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN Ablow to the Ansar Ghazwatul-Hind outfit headed by Zakir Musa, six militants including its deputy chief were killed in an encounter between security forces and militants in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday morning. The killings are believed to have virtually wiped out the militant outfit, which claims to be a local affiliate of al-Qaeda. A J&K Police spokesperson said that based on inputs about presence of militants in the Arampora area of Tral in Pulwama district, a cordon and search operation was launched in the morning by the joint forces. “As the searches were going on, the search party was fired CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7 SECURITY MEN HURT IN ATTACK PAGE 6 Javelin star’s coach complains of poor equipment, diet: ‘Time short’ NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 22 DELAY IN procuring equipment, insufficient support staff, poor diet and unimaginative planning are hampering the training of javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, India’s brightest Olympic prospect and the winner of the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medals in 2018, his coach Uwe Hohn has said. In a detailed email to The Sunday Express, that is a virtual Neeraj Chopra is India’s best Olympic prospect SOS of sorts, legendary German thrower Hohn has written, “Because of the very bad support of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), we need help from people or companies who like to help ASAP because with every week, bit by bit, we lose chance to reach our high goals!” Hohn, who trains Chopra and the country’s other elite javelin throwers at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala, lamented “how Neeraj’s success is celebrated and there is high hope that he wins a medal in Tokyo but still the support to him is so very bad”. With less than two years to go for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the World Championships next year, these are crucial days of training for India’s star athlete. In 2018, the 21-year-old had the sixth best throw in the world and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Five northern states account for half the licensed guns; J&K ranks high RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 22 THE FIVE states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand account for more than half the country’s 35 lakh gun licences. And according to Ministry of Home Affairs data, given to Parliament earlier this week, almost 13 per cent or 4.57 lakh licences were issued in the last three years. Data also show that while the five states account for 26 per cent of the population — according to the 2011 Census — they had over 18 lakh gun licences. Jammu and Kashmir, which ranks 18th in terms of population, recorded the highest gun licences per lakh population followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Punjab. A comparison with the 2011 Census shows that the national GUN LICENCES PER LAKH POPULATION Jammu and Kashmir Punjab Himachal Pradesh Uttar Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Karnataka Maharashtra Kerala Telangana Andhra Pradesh 3,859 1,390 1,331 644 356 192 78 32 26 12 average for gun licences per lakh population stood at 296 and 14 states including the NorthEastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh stood above the national average. While UP with a population of 19.98 crore had over 12.88 lakh gun licences, making it 644 licences per lakh population, J&K had the second-highest number CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 and sin goods which are outside of the process of rate rationalisation. We discussed other items and decided to cut rates for six items. Now, 28 items are left in 28 per cent bracket out of which 13 are automobile parts and one (item) is cement, which are high revenue items. Revenue from (GST on) cement is Rs 13,000 crore and revenue from auto parts is about Rs 20,000 crore, so total impact of cutting from 28 per cent to 18 per cent is Rs 33,000 crore. The Council felt that it is too steep at the moment,” Jaitley said after the meeting. It is learnt that Oppositionruled states expressed concerns CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD SYRIA COALITION HEAD QUITS PAGE 10 Will shrinking SRK dent his star power? No, for the king of romance Police meet: PM warns against ‘dark’, ‘divisive’, caste forces Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaving after the three-day DGP, IGP meeting in Kevadia Colony. Bhupendra Rana AISHWARYA MOHANTY KEVADIA COLONY, DEC 22 ADDRESSING POLICE chiefs on the third and final day of the annual conference ofstate DGPs and IGPs in Kevadia Colony, Narmada district, Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned them about “divisive elements fanning caste-based crisis and exploiting caste-based faultlines for their short-term goals”. On the agenda for discussion on the final day were the recent incidents of mass agitations in the country. According to sources, the discussions during the sessions revolved around contrarian forces taking charge of situations during such agita- tions and about how prepared the security apparatus was to face the challenge. Warning against the “dark forces of radicalisation”, Modi asked the security establishment to isolate them at the grass-root level and to engender trust among all communities across the nation and to work for the unity and integrity of India. A statement issued by the PMO quoted him as saying, “Let us strengthen forces that promote unity and isolate divisive forces at the grass-roots level.” The presentations also dealt CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MODI AT BJP MAHILA MORCHA MEET PAGE 6 PM’s caste caution amid rising challenge APART FROM its routine duties, police have been lately battling challenges posed by technology such as radicalisation and cybercrimes. The PM’s attempt to highlight caste clashes as a new challenge should nudge police to look at these issues closely, which otherwise have been considered a political challenge. BJP governments across the country have faced law and order problems from caste mobilisations, including from Patidars, Marathas, Jats.
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