DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2018, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA PAGE 8 Akhilesh warning signal, Cong waits and watches 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, investigatorssaid,hasmembersfromvarious 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,asmanyas112alarm clocks and 134 SIM cards, the MAULSHREE SETH & MANOJ C G LUCKNOW, NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 26 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Jyoti Randhawa (sitting) was arrested in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve on Wednesday. Express Golfer Randhawa jailed for poaching in Uttar Pradesh tiger reserve JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 26 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 who was court-martialled for embezzlement of funds during the 2008 World Parachuting Championship in Paris, inside the restricted area. A .22 caliber rifle mounted witharange-finder,binoculars,a dead jungle fowl and a sambar deer hide were recovered from Randhawa’s SUV bearing a Haryana numberplate, officials said. Sambar deer and jungle fowl are protected under schedules III and IV of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which stipulates 3-7 years imprisonment with a fine of Rs 50,0002,00,000 for hunting inside a tiger reserve. The vehicle was intercepted at 5.30 am at Beat No.29 in the Motipur range of the Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary that is part of the Dudhwa reserve, they said. The rifle was registered in the name of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NDRF officials have sought more powerful machines to pump out water from flooded mine but state govt yet to act 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 “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 Lyteinrivergushedintoit.While the water level in the mine has not receded, the rescue personnel have not attempted to pump out any water since Monday, as the two 25-HP pumps have SOMYA LAKHANI ALIGARH, DECEMBER 26 MHA AGREES TO DISCUSS NAGA OUTFIT’S SEPARATE STATE DEMAND UP: EIGHT COPS SUSPENDED FOR ‘CUSTODY DEATH’ PAGE 5 PAGE 1 ANCHOR THE MIRACULOUS return of a 17-year-old mentally disabled and visually impaired girl from Jammuafterfiveyearshasposed a peculiar question for her grandparents: Can the family of 10 keep her at home, given that they don’t have a toilet? Chanchal had gone missing from Kedarnath during the 2013 floods, which led to thousands of deaths.Shewastakingthepilgrimagewithherparentsandsix sisters when tragedy struck. Whileshewasreunitedwithher family on Monday, her father is Chanchal with her grandmother in Aligarh. Gajendra Yadav still missing. “We are happy to have her back after five years, but are now wondering if she’s better off at a hostel. We can’t take care of her properly, we don’t even have a 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 e-commerce companies running marketplace platforms, like Amazon and Flipkart, cannot sell products on their platform through companies where they hold an equity stake. “An entity having equityparticipation by e-commerce marketplace entityor its groupcompanies, or having control on its inventory by e-commerce marketplace entityor its groupcompanies, will not be permitted to sell its products on the platform run by such marketplace entity,” said the ministry in a statement offering clarity on FDI Policy on e-commerce. The decision will come into effect from February 1, 2019. Asaresultof thisdecision,retailers such as Cloudtail India may not to 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 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 RESCUE PROGRESS: Zero (Water level not coming down) 18 ft x 12 ft proved ineffective. The NDRF has asked the district administration for at least ten 100-HP pumps. The request has been forwarded to the state government, but no action has been taken so far. The NDRF has 70 personnel while the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has 22 at the spot. In the last 14 days, only three toilet at home. The women go to apublictoiletnearbyforRs5,but she can’t be sent alone as she wanders off,” said Chanchal’s uncle Mohan, a cobbler, sitting at the family’s cramped home in Aligarh’s Bannadevi. On Wednesday, Mohan and ChanchalmetDistrictMagistrate ChandraBhushanSingh.“Hehas offered to help with her medical expenses and studies if we keep her with us. He also gave us the option to send her to a hostel. I thinkwepreferthat,”saidMohan. The girl currently lives with her paternal grandparents, who say her mother hasn’t been in touch for the last five years. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 helmets have been recovered. Rescueofficialssaytheyhavenot been able to find any clue on the status of the trapped miners, or spot their location in the over 300-feet pit and adjoining ‘rathole’ sized tunnels. On Wednesday afternoon, as three NDRF divers get ready to be lowered into the pit to check CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD BANGLA OPP’S FACE: NOT A CHALLENGER... TRYING TO RESTORE RULE OF LAW 3 INDIAN TEENAGE SIBLINGS AMONG 4 DEAD IN FIRE IN US PAGE 13 ECONOMY BIMAL JALAN TO HEAD PANEL ON RBI RESERVE PAGE 11 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 major e-commerce players since most of them primarily source goods from sellers who are primarily relevant to such e-commerceplayers.However,thelanguage of the clarification seems to grant leeway (to a certain extent) to entities which are step down subsidiaries of the entity in which the e-commerce entity or its group companies hold equity. Nonetheless, these clarifications will definitely have major repercussions on the business model of such e-commerceplayers,”saidAtulPandey, partner at Khaitan & Co. Kunal Bahl, co-founder of Snapdeal,welcomedthegovernment clarification. “Snapdeal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mixed message: curbs amid digital push DECEMBER 13 ACCIDENT: THE MINE SHAFT As girl missing in Kedarnath floods returns, family faces tough call EXPRESS NETWORK CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NDRF hints Meghalaya miners may be dead, rescue pumps of no use Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Wednesday. Vishal Srivastav SAMAJWADI PARTY chief AkhileshYadavtodaysentwarning signals to the Congress, which is keen to be part of a Bihar-styleSP-BSP-RLDgrandalliance in Uttar Pradesh, expressing his unhappiness with 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 MinisterKChandrashekhar Raowhoistryingtoforgea“nonCongress, non-BJP” front. ArattledCongressdidnotreact to Yadav’s remarks with top leaders saying they would prefer to wait and watch how the situation unfolds. Some suggested it is posturing and linked it to the Congress’s performance intherecentAssemblyelections. The fact, however, remains that SP and BSP have been keepingtheCongressguessing,charting a separate course in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and staying away One of the suspects arrested from Jafrabad, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tashi Tobgyal 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 70 ft+ WHERE THE INDIAN STATE WILL GO THOSE ARRESTED INCLUDE ENGINEERING STUDENT, WELDER, SHOPKEEPER 300 ft+ THE EDITORIAL PAGE `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 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. 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. 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. “Theintentionwastodisturb theSundayprayer.Thisphenomenoniscommunalandisincreasingly coming towards us from Belgaum side. There are several radical groups operating in the pockets in between, and they seem to have used this prayer meet as a target to increase their Bhimsen with his wife Swati and mother Yallawa. Express importance,” says Kolhapur SP Abhinav Deshmukh. “The couple are not claiming to be Christians, and they have been organising these prayer sessions for a decade. Frankly, in our intelligence reports too, thereisnooppositiontothemor any ill feelings from the villagers,” he says. Thelastsuchattackinthisregion was in 2016, when a house in Karve village in Kolhapur was raided byunidentified men who alleged that the people were converting Dalits to Christianity. While the police probe and eyewitness accounts seem to hint at a planned, targeted attack, the Chavans say they were unaware. At least one villager says they were warned, but CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Agarwal steps out of Sehwag’s shadow into Melbourne spotlight 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 hero, the boy from Bengaluru even asked his barber to chop his hair so he would resemble the man from Nafajgarh. “HewasaSehwagWikipedia, kneweverybitofhim,whichshot he played against which spinner tocompletethatcentury,orwhich shotheplayedagainstthatbowler to get out,” says his childhood coach R X Murali. On Wednesday, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Agarwal showed that those impressionableteenagedayswerea thingofthepast—the27-year-old had metamorphosed from a flashy stroke-maker to a tranquil presence in the middle. Agarwal’s cautious but classy knock of 76 on his debut also showcased the talent and temperament of a player who could solve Indian cricket’s perennial problem—openinginTests.Asfor now, he ensured that India were 215fortwoatstumpsonDayOne of the third Test in a series poised at 1-1. “He still likes to dominate the bowlers, but not wanting to hit eachandeverydeliveryoutofthe Mayank Agarwal marks his half century park. He’s become patient, mature, someone who can play accordingtothesituation,”saysformer Karnataka coach J Arun Kumar, who has closely followed Agarwal’s career. And yet, it was the “Viru” approachthatgottheopenerhisinitial success. His six-hitting prowess saw him getting picked for the U-19 World Cup and landed him an IPL contract. The transitiontotheseniorlevelwasn’t smooth. In his first three firstclassseasons,hedidn’tscoreasingle hundred. The ouster from the stateteamin2014sawhimreach the nadir. Ashisworldcrumbled,thereality that he was no Sehwag slowlysunkin.Muralisensedthe fearandhadalongchatwithhim. “I reassured him that he had the game. But the first thing was about accepting that he was no Sehwag,” says Murali. What happened between then and now is well storied — technical tweaks, fitness drills, 1,000throwdownsasession,temperamentalsoundnessandtruckloads of domestic runs. At the MCG,theAustraliansweretalking about his 2,162 runs last domes- ticseason,themostscoredbyany Indian. Jaws dropped when they got to know how he made 1,000 of those in one month. Hisapproachtobattingmight have changed but Agarwal still showed Sehwag-like temperament at the MCG. Although the pitch was benign, the pressure waspilingup.Thegrandeurofthe stage,thescrutinybackhome,the shake-uptoexpelanexperienced pairofopenersandthefearofbeing bracketedasadomesticbully. And beyond it all, facing a worldclass bowling attack. ButAgarwaltookhistimeand bluntedthebowlers.Infact,rather thanSehwag,theAustraliancommentators spotted a bit of Virat Kohli in him, especially with the cover-drives, the forward thrust and the use of wrists. Hefell24shortofatonbuthis stay of close to two sessions and 161 balls came as a huge relief for the dressing room that is so used toseeingtheopenersreturnearly. Most importantly, he had made his childhood idol happy. “Very happy for @mayankcricket. Has waitedforhisopportunityandhas made it count on the big stage,” Sehwag tweeted.
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