DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Akhilesh warning signal, Cong waits and watches Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Wednesday. Vishal Srivastav MAULSHREE SETH & MANOJ C G LUCKNOW, NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 26 SAMAJWADI PARTY chief AkhileshYadavtodaysentwarning signals to the Congress, which is keen to be part of a Bihar-style SP-BSP-RLD grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh, expressinghisunhappinesswith the party for not making its lone MLA in Madhya Pradesh a minister, saying the turn of events has cleared the way for the SP to choose its line. He also said he would travel toHyderabadtomeetTelangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Raowhoistryingtoforgea“nonCongress, non-BJP” front. A rattled Congress did not CONTINUEDONPAGE2 THOSE ARRESTED INCLUDE ENGINEERING STUDENT, WELDER, SHOPKEEPER IS terror plot busted, 10 held, woman among six detained in UP, Delhi: NIA Rudimentary rocket launcher, 25 kg of explosives, over 100 alarm clocks recovered: Investigators DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 26 THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested 10 people from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, saying it had conducted searches of their houses at 17 locations across these two states for allegedly being part of amoduleof theIslamicState(IS). The NIA said the group — self-appointed and financed — wasinan“advancedstageof carryingoutaseriesof blasts”across thecountryandhad“vitalinstallations and important personalities, including politicians” on their target. Allegedly led by an Islamic preacher, the group, investigators said, has members from various backgrounds — from a civil engineering student to a welder, an undergraduate student to an autorickshaw driver. The agency said it had recovered a huge cache of explosives, arms and ammunition from the accused. The arsenal included a rudimentary rocket launcher which two of the accused, the NIAsaid,hadallegedlyfashioned out of scrap. The recovery of over 25 kg of explosives,asmany as 112alarm clocks and 134 SIM cards, the NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 26 DECEMBER 13 ACCIDENT: THE MINE SHAFT 40 ft x 35 ft WHAT IS RAT-HOLE MINING? Miners dig a narrow tunnel to reach coal bed. From there, ‘rat-holes’ — big enough for a worker— are dug horizontally to ferret out coal. 15 MINERS MISSING FOR 14 DAYS CAUSE OF ACCIDENT: Miners may have breached nearby Lytein River wall, flooding the mine Rat-hole tunnel, where miners are feared trapped 18 ft x 12 ft ABHISHEK SAHA SAIPUNG (MEGHALAYA), DECEMBER 26 FOR A fortnight now, 15 miners have been trapped inside a coal mine at Ksan, in Saipung area of East Jaintia Hills district in Meghalaya.Andforthefirsttime on Wednesday, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) divers, who have been carrying outsearchoperations,reporteda RESCUE PROGRESS: Nil (water level not coming down) “foul odour”. “That is not a good sign,” says Santosh Singh, NDRF Assistant Commandant, who is heading the rescue work. While he declinestocommentfurther,NDRF personnel discuss that the “foul odour” could indicate that the miners are dead and the bodies are beginning to decompose. The workers were trapped in the‘rat-hole’mineonDecember 13, after water from the nearby CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Radical group from Karnataka hit Kolhapur Bible meeting: Police SMITA NAIR KOLHAPUR, DECEMBER 26 IN THE sugarcane belt, where the sickle is used for a livelihood, men with beer bottles and iron daggers came from across the state’s border and disrupted a Bible prayer meet on Sunday, leaving eight persons seriously injured. While three are being treated for head injuries at a medical facility in Belgaum, five others suffered fractures. Bhimsen with his wife Swati and mother Yallawa. Express At the border village of Kowad, in Kolhapur in eastern Maharashtra, a police van is parked on the Dundge road, identifyingthehomeof Bhimsen and Swati Chavan, a Hindu couple who call themselves “believers” and “healers”, and whose rented house was the target of the unidentified men who attacked the “worshippers” gathered there. “The intention was todisturb the Sunday prayer. This phenomenon is communal and is increasingly coming towards us CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RENOWNED INTERNATIONAL golfer Jyoti Randhawa, who recently deployed his sniffer dogs to track a man-eater tigress in Maharashtra, was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh forest department on charges of poaching inside the Dudhwa tiger reserve Wednesday. Officials said Randhawa was caught along with skydiver MaheshBirajdar,aformerIndian Navy officer from Maharashtra CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 If denied ticket, will look beyond Congress, says Vikhe-Patil’s son EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, DECEMBER 26 LEADER OF Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil’s son SujayVikhe-PatilonWednesday said if the party did not give him a ticket to contest from the Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat, he would consider options beyond the Congress. The development has created a flutter in the CongressNCP, which is in the midst of seat-sharing talks for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. During a function held in Ahmednagar related to the Nelwande dam, Sujay, speaking to the media, said, “I have put up a proposal expressing my desire tocontestfromtheAhmednagar LS seat. I have placed the proposal before the Congress.” Asked what would be his options if the party turned down the proposal, he said, “I will exercise my independent decision to explore alternatives other than the Congress.” “My father is Leader of Opposition in the Congress. But asanindividual,Ihaveeveryright totakemyownindependentdecision in politics,” he added. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mayank Agarwal steps out of Sehwag shadow into the Melbourne spotlight PAGE 1 ANCHOR EXPRESSIN AUSTRALIA SANDIP G MELBOURNE, DECEMBER 26 BACK IN the day while at Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Mayank Agarwal was known for his Virender Sehwag obsession. He didn’t just bat and bowl like his CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JAY MAZOOMDAAR BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY One of the suspects arrested from Jafrabad, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tashi Tobgyal MOREREPORTS,PAGE9 NIAsaid,pointedtotheplanning of multiple blasts. The agency also said it had recovered material that suggested preparation of a suicide vest along with evidence of online chatter that suggested fidayeen attacks. Recoveryofremotecontrolled devices has made NIA suspect some of the bombs were to be detonated via remote control. This is among the biggest arrests the NIA has made at one time in connection with its probe into activities associated with the Islamic State in the country. In 2015, NIA had arrested over 20 men from NDRF indicates Golfer Randhawa jailed for Meghalaya miners poaching in UP tiger reserve may be dead, rescue pumps of little use 70 ft+ BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA PAGE 12 `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 300 ft+ DEBATE OVER THE INDIAN STATE REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2018, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES THE EDITORIAL PAGE ● hero, the boy from Bengaluru evenaskedhisbarbertochophis hair so he would resemble the man from Nafajgarh. “He was a Sehwag Wikipedia,kneweverybitabout him, which shot he played against which spinner to complete that century, or which shot he played against that bowler to get out,” says his childhood coach R X Murali. On Wednesday, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Agarwal showed that those impressionable teenage days were athingof thepast—the27-yearold had metamorphosed from a flashystroke-makertoatranquil presence in the middle. Mayank Agarwal marks his half-century. AP Agarwal’scautiousbutclassy knock of 76 on his debut also showcased the talent and temperament of a player who could solve Indian cricket’s perennial problem — opening in Tests. As for now, he ensured that India were 215 for two at stumps on Day One of the third Test in a series poised at 1-1. “Hestilllikestodominatethe bowlers, but not wanting to hit each and every delivery out of the park. He’s become patient, mature, someone who can play according to the situation,” says former Karnataka coach J Arun Kumar,whohascloselyfollowed Agarwal’s career. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jyoti Randhawa (sitting) was arrested in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve on Wednesday. Express FDI RULES Govt tightens selling norms for e-commerce firms ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 26 IN A move that may come as a major setback to e-commerce players, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Wednesday said that ecommerce companies running marketplace platforms, like AmazonandFlipkart,cannotsell products on their platform through companies where they hold an equity stake. “An entity having equity participation by e-commerce marketplace entity or its group companies, or having control on its inventory by e-commerce marketplace entity or its group companies, will not be permitted to sell its products on the platform run by such marketplaceentity,”saidtheministryin a statement offering clarity on FDI Policy on e-commerce. The decision will come into effect from February 1, 2019. As a result of this decision, retailers such as Cloudtail India ECONOMY BIMAL JALAN HEADS PANEL TO DECIDE ON RBI RESERVES PAGE 15 may not be able to sell their productsonthemarketplacerun by companies that have ownership in such retailers. While a source close to an ecommerce company said that “Amazon may have to sell its stake in Cloudtail India, in order to allow Cloudtail to sell their products on Amazon’s platform,” there are some who feel that there may be some leeway available with the companies. “These clarifications will have a major impact on the majore-commerceplayerssince most of them primarily source goods from sellers who are primarily relevant to such e-commerceplayers.However,thelanguage of the clarification seems CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mixedmessage: Curbs amid digitalpush THE REVISED guidelines further tighten changes announced in March 2016. Ostensibly aimed to protect domestic players and product price, the rules restrict ecommerce firms such as Amazon and Flipkart from selling products of companies in which they have a stake. These platforms may have some leeway given the equity holding in their Indian subsidiaries. The message is mixed: new curbs in the time of digital push.
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