eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE JAIPUR,LATECITY ‘In my stardom, I think I lost my ordinariness’ DECEMBER23,2018 18+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY BIG PICTURE PAGE 7 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 8-9 The one that got away Reliving those three days 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 ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU 28% TO 18% NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 22 ■ Movie tickets above Rs 100 ■ TVs and monitors up to 32 inches ■ Digital cameras ■ Video games consoles ■ Power banks ■ Parts and accessories for carriages for disabled persons 18% TO 12% 12% TO NIL REMOVING SIX items from the highest 28 per cent slab, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council Saturday cut rates on 23 goods and services in its 31st meeting in a move which will cost the exchequer around Rs 5,500 crore a year. The 28 per cent GST rate on movie tickets priced above Rs 100,televisionscreensandmonitorsupto32inches,digitalcameras, video games consoles and power banks with lithium-ion batteries was cut to 18 per cent while for ‘parts and accessories for carriages for disabled per- sons’ was brought down to 5 per cent. The new GST rates decided intheCouncilmeetingwillbeeffective from January 1, he said. With this latest round of rate reduction, now 97.7 per cent of the1,211itemsundertheGSTfall Rajiv row a bid to derail AAP, Cong talks: Speaker Major blow to Zakir Musa outfit, 6 killed in Pulwama encounter SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 22 A DAY after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) plunged into crisis over the Delhi Assembly resolution demanding that Rajiv Gandhi be stripped of his Bharat Ratna, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel Saturday said that the controversywasanattempttoderailalliance talks between the AAP and Congress. Goel, who sought to distance himself from the resolution, also suggested that Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken was trying to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD SYRIA COALITION HEAD QUITS NOW AS SHOCK OVER US DECISION SPREADS PAGE 14 After the GST meet on Saturday. Praveen Khanna ■ Movie tickets up to Rs 100 intaxslabsof 18percentandbelow among the five broad categoriesof zero,5,12,18and28per cent. Rate cuts for items such as cement and automobiles in the 28 per cent slab were discussed inthemeetingbutgiventhehigh ADIL AKHZER 28% TO 5 % ■ Music Books revenue implications, the Council decided against a rate cut, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. “In the 28 per cent slab, there were 34 items including luxury and sin goods which are outside IS fears as NIA probes J&K outfit’s Afghan links SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 22 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY INAblowtotheAnsarGhazwatul-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 havevirtuallywipedoutthemilitant 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.“Asthesearchesweregoingon,thesearchpartywasfired upon by the terrorists. They retaliated, leading to a gunfight,” the spokesperson said. In the ensuing encounter, six militants, all locals, were killed of theprocessof raterationalisation. We discussed other items and decided to cut rates for six items. Now, 28 items are left in the 28 per cent bracket out of which 13 are automobile parts and one (item) is cement, which arehighrevenueitems.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,” said Jaitley after the meeting. It is learnt that Oppositionruled states expressed concerns over trimming the 28 per cent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE GUJARAT: TEN KIDS KILLED AS BUS FALLS INTO RAVINE CONG SHUFFLES MINISTERS IN KARNATAKA PAGE 5 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 of state DGPs and IGPs here Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned them about “divisive elements fanning caste-based crisis andexploitingcaste-basedfaultlines 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 contrarion forces taking charge of situations during such agitations and about how prepared the security apparatus was to face the challenge. Warning against the “dark forces of radicalisation”, Modi askedthesecurityestablishment 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 with social media being used to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MODI AT BJP MAHILA MORCHA MEET PAGE 13 THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) has reportedly found evidence indicating that members of the Islamic State in Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) may have links with operatives of the outfit in Afghanistan and some of them may even be getting directions from there. ISJK operatives were until now considered self-appointed with no links to the parent organisation. During its probe into alleged IS recruits from Hyderabad and suspected ISJK members from Delhi, the NIA has reportedly found that they were being handled by a man from Afghanistan. Until now, the Home Ministry has brushed aside fears of IS presence in Kashmir, especially its Afghanistan chapter. In Junethisyear,afterfourmilitants were gunned down in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 22 Outside the Army camp where the bodies were kept for identification. PTI and their bodies were retrieved fromtheencountersite.Pointing out that no collateral damage had taken place during the encounter and the operation was “clean”, IGP, Kashmir, S P Pani told The Sunday Express, “We confirm that this (group) waspartof Zakir’sgroup.Sixterrorists have been eliminated... We again urge people that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7 SECURITY MENHURT IN ATTACK PAGE 13 Javelin star’s coach complains of poor equipment, diet: ‘Time short’ NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 22 JAPAN ■ Third party insurance premium of goods vehicles Will shrinking SRK dent his star power? No, for the king of romance 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, “Becauseof theverybadsupport of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), we need help from people or companies who like to help ASAP because with every week, bitbybit,welosechancetoreach our high goals!” Hohn,whotrainsChopraand 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 trainingforIndia’sstarathlete. In 2018, the 21-year-old had the sixthbestthrowintheworldand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Five northern states account for half the licensed guns; J&K ranks high RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 22 THEFIVEstatesof UttarPradesh, 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 of the licences were issued in the last three years. Dataalsoshowthatwhilethe 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,recordedthehighestgunlicences 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 JammuandKashmir Punjab HimachalPradesh UttarPradesh MadhyaPradesh Karnataka Maharashtra Kerala Telangana AndhraPradesh 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 licencesperlakhpopulation,J&K had the second-highest number CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur PM’scaste caution amidrising challenge APART FROM its routine duties, police have been battling terrorism and Naxalism, and lately, challenges posed by technology such as radicalisation and cybercrimes. The PM’s attempt to highlight caste clashes as a new front of challenge should nudge police to look at these issues more deeply, which otherwise have been considered a political challenge. BJP governments across the country have faced law and order challenges from caste mobilisations.
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