DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019, PUNE, LATE CITY, 16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 BILL TABLED IN UPPER HOUSE WISHES ITS READERS A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Opp unites in Rajya Sabha: Triple talaq draft law needs legislative scrutiny Opp says send Bill to select panel, Govt says Cong playing politics RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 31 Two Pak soldiers killed at LoC, says Army ADIL AKHZER SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 31 THE ARMY said Monday that it had foiled a “major” Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) attempt to strike a forward post along the LoC in Nowgam Sector innorthKashmir.IntheArmyretaliation early Sunday morning, “two likely Pakistani soldiers” were killed, said officials. According to a spokesperson of the Army’s 15 Corps, “intruders attempted to move by exploitingthethickjunglesclose to LoC and were assisted by heavy covering fire of high calibre weapons such as mortars and rocket launchers from the Pakistani posts”. “The movement was nonethelessdetected by the vigilant Indian Army troops deployed along the LoC. The firefight initiated by Pakistan was givenstrongretaliationbyIndian Army and the exchange of fire continuedthewholenight,”said the spokesperson. The Army said search operations “confirmed elimination of two likely Pakistani soldiers and resulted in recovery of a large cache of warlike stores” adding that a “few other intruders managed to escape across the LoC, takingadvantageof thePakistani firing and adverse weather and visibility conditions”. The Army said the intruders were wearing “combat dresses like Pakistani Regulars and were carrying stores with Pakistani markings further reinforced the assessment”. “We will ask Pakistan to take back the mortal remains of deceased likely Pakistani soldiers since Pakistan did provide full coveringfiresupporttotheseintruders,” said the spokesperson. THE BILL to make instant triple talaq a punishable offence hit a roadblockinRajyaSabhaMonday with a united Opposition demanding that the draft law be firstsenttoaselectcommitteefor legislative scrutiny. The government pressed for a discussion after Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled the Bill but the Opposition, which has a larger presence in the Upper House, stood its ground and the stalemate over proceedings contin- Why this is a test, both for BJP and Opposition THE NUMERICAL majority of BJP in Lok Sabha may have got the better of Opposition objections to the triple talaq Bill in the Lower House last week, but the ruling party stares at a numerical challenge from the combined Opposition which has a larger presence in Rajya Sabha. While BJP may try to use this as an opportunity to project the Opposition as being on the side of the Muslim orthodoxy, the trial of strength also has the potential to show which parties in the Opposition are keeping options open to do business with the BJP in the near future. ued on the last day of the year. Opposition parties, barring the AIADMK, made reference to a resolution to send the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, to a select BY MRINAL PANDE PAGE 9 PAGE 1 ANCHOR CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KRISHN KAUSHIK & PRADEEP KAUSHAL NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 31 THE CONGRESS Monday said it has accepted the government’s “challenge” to hold a discussion in Lok Sabha on the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France. Since Parliament will remain closed on January 1, the government and Congress are likely to face off Wednesday, promisingastormystartto2019. Until now, the Congress had continued to disrupt proceedings in Lok Sabha, demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the deal. But on Monday,itchangeditsstandand agreed to a discussion after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the party was “running away” from a debate. Speaking in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, said, “Jaitleyjihasthrownachallenge... we are ready for a debate on January2.Pleasedecidethetime.” Congressmembershadbeen protesting in the well of Lok Sabha, holding placards and demanding a JPC probe. They also 288/298: Landslide for Hasina in Bangla polls, Opp cries foul CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AT KOREGAON BHIMA ‘For us, Jaystambh has become a place of pilgrimage, a symbol of Dalit unity’ NEWSLINE SUSHANTKULKARNI AS KOREGAON Bhima and surroundingareasgotconvertedinto afortresswithheavydeployment of police, a large number of people started arriving from across Maharashtratopaytheirrespects attheJaystambhforthe201stanniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon on January 1. Earlier this year, on January 1, thetimewhenahugenumberof Dalits,mainlyAmbedkarites,had turned up at the Jaystambh or warmemorialtomarkthe200th yearofthebattle,tensionhadprevailedinthesurroundingareasas the mobs had resorted to violence.Aboardwithdisputedhistory,erectedbytheDalitcommunity at the nearby Vadhu Budruk on the intervening night of December 28 and 29, 2017, was removed by members of the Maratha community from the Before memorial day, fear under security blanket Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Monday. AP KAVITHA IYER PUNE, DECEMBER 31 PERNE PHATA (PUNE), DECEMBER 31 CURIOSITY AND DALIT SOLIDARITY BRING SEVERAL FIRST-TIMERS People from various parts of the state have gathered near the Jaystambh. Pavan Khengre village. This led to an altercation, whichwasseenasoneofthetriggersthatsparkedofftheviolence, in which one person was killed and several others, including police personnel, were injured. Consideringthehistoryofthe area and the number of people expected to visit on Tuesday, January1,heavysecurityarrangementshavebeenmadethistime. “Meticulous security arrangements have been made with a four-prongedapproach—crowd management, traffic flow management, maintaining law and ordersituationandanti-sabotage vigil.Weareconfidentthatevent willbeconductedpeacefullyand smoothly,” Inspector General of police Vishwas-Nangre Patil told CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 I WILL VISIT JAYSTAMBH, IT’S MY FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT, SAYS AZAD As Assam NRC deadline ends, 30 lakh who were left out file their claims SHILLONG, DECEMBER 31 SAJJAN SURRENDERS Sajjan Kumar surrendered before a Delhi court on Monday to serve life sentence in a 1984 riots case. ANI OF THE 40 lakh applicants excluded from the final draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, around 30 lakh had filed claims for inclusion by Monday evening, when the deadline for the “Claims and Objections” round ended, officials said. While the final tally is expected to be clear Tuesday morning,officialssaidobjections against 700 names in the final draft had also been filed till Saturday. The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the updation process, had fixed December 31 asthedeadlineforsubmissionof claims and objections. The process for verification of applicationsintheroundisscheduled to begin from February 15, MANY WHO will welcome the new year under flimsy pandals aroundtheBhimaKoregaonwar memorial have spent every December 31 here, swatting mosquitoes and singing Ambedkarite songs to distract from the cold. But January 1, 2019, is different. It marks a year of deepeningfaultlinesatthesite of the 1818 war that saw a Colonialarmy,helpedbyaMahar regiment, defeat the Peshwas. Thisnewyear,thedaythatmarks the overthrow of upper-caste ruleistimetomulloverwhatremains a divided society. “It’s going to be peaceful tomorrow,”saysSantoshDavne,35, from Nanded. A vendor of trinkets featuring Dr B R Ambedkar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE NEW RULES, A BETTER GAME ABHISHEK SAHA THE IDEAS PAGE YEAR OF THE FARCE committee.TMCmemberDerek O’Brien’s motion for reference of the Bill to a select committee did mention AIADMK member A Navaneethakrishnan as the first Cong changes stand, agrees to debate Rafale deal in Lok Sabha BY MC MARY KOM PAGE 8 WORLD At an NRC Seva Kendra in Guwahati. Express file according to the Supreme Court. Asked about the 10 lakh who have not filed their claims, official sources told The Indian Express that “non-genuine citizens” who had tried to get in earlier “may not try again”. A B Khandekar, who heads Association for Citizens’ Rights (ACR), which focusses on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CCTV SHOWS MEN TRANSPORTING ‘KHASHOGGI BODY PARTS’ AFGHAN TALIBAN VISITED TEHRAN FOR TALKS: IRAN PAGE 10 EXPRESSINDHAKA SHUBHAJIT ROY DECEMBER 31 BANGLADESH’S RULING coalition led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set for an unprecedented, third consecutive termafter winning almostevery parliamentary seat in the general elections amid Opposition allegations of intimidation and election rigging. According to the Bangladesh Election Commission, the Hasina-led ruling coalition won 288 seats of the country’s 300 seats, while the Opposition alliance got seven seats and other parties won three. Of the 300, the EC declared 298 as elections to two seats will be held later. The ruling coalition also bagged more than 80 per cent of votes, making it the strongest government in South Asia. Hasina’s win is based on her track record of development, as during her 10-year-rule, the country fared quite well on social and economic indicators. “We have a good opportunity to continue with the development of the people, and economic developmentisveryimportant,” Hasina said after the victory. She also said that she will continue to fight against “terrorism, drugs and corruption”. According to her, people voted her party to power after evaluating the fruit of development borne in her previous CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 10 Gujarat changes roll call: Jai Hind, Jai Bharat to replace Yes Sir, Present RITU SHARMA AHMEDABAD, DECEMBER 31 TAKING INSPIRATION from a Rajasthan teacher who was honoured in Ahmedabad last Saturday by RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the Gujarat government Monday asked all schools to ensure that students respond with“JaiBharat”or“JaiHind”during roll call from January 1. The Government Resolution (GR) was issued in a circular by the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, and Director, Primary Education. “In order to instil nationalism from a young age, it is directed that students of all schools, government, grant-inaid as well as private, should say ‘Jai Bharat’ or ‘Jai Hind’, instead of ‘Yes sir’ or ‘Present sir’ across the state from January 1, 2019. Ensure this is followed across all schools,” the circular states. According to officials, the decision was inspired by Sandeep Joshi, a History teacher at a school in Rajasthan’s Jalore district, who received the Yashwantrao Kelkar youth award, at the ABVP’s national conference, for his work in education, including for getting his studentstosay“JaiHind”and“Jai Bharat” during roll call. Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said: “There is nothing bad in taking inspiration from such a good initiative. This was followed in Gujarat decades ago but somewhere down the line, it was forgotten.” Can’t Believe PM Spoke About Me: Lassi Seller’s Boxer Daughter NITIN SHARMA CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 31 EARLY ON Sunday morning, Jasmer Singh got to know that his daughter Rajni, the 16-yearoldnationaljuniorboxingchampion, would get a mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly Mann ki Baat. It was Rajni’s coach, Surinder Malik, who first got the confirmation from a Doordarshan official. Malik was told about Modi’s interest in the inspiring story — reported by The Indian Express — of his ward from Buana Lakhu village near Panipat, whose training was funded by her father who lugs heavy metal cans on his old Rajdoot motorcycle, knocking on doors to sell lassi. ButJasmermissedthebroadcast. “Rajni had told me that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would mention her. I had to do extra rounds to sell lassi, since I knew we would have a crowded house by evening. The village elders would drop by, so I had to serve them food,” he says. It went as planned. Jasmer, who on an average sells 60 to 70 litres of lassi daily, sold over a hundred. “On Sunday, I sold 102 litres of lassi and returned home with barfi and laddoos,” he says. Earlierthismonth,TheIndian Express hadreportedRajni’sgold medal triumph in the 46-kg category of the Junior Nationals at Chandigarh, through the eyes of a father who, over the years, had diligently set aside a substantial portionof hisprofitsforthefamily’s boxer. Modi spoke about Rajni for over two minutes, recounting howJasmersupportedherdream despite financial hardship. “On The Indian Express report on December 19; (Left) Rajni with her father Jasmer Singh. Express winningthegoldmedal,Rajniran toamilkstallanddrankaglassof milkto honour her fatherJasmer Singh,whosellslassi.Shesaidher father had sacrificed a lot to help her reach this stage... When she expressedherdesiretolearnboxing,herfatherwasdeterminedto provide all possible resources, and encouraged her in her pur- suit,”hesaid,ashecongratulated Rajni and her parents. Rajni’strystwiththesportbeganoverfouryearsagowhenshe saw some girls training at the Phul Singh Memorial Boxing Academy run by Malik. The youngster,thethirdeldestamong six siblings, would initially train with old gloves at the academy. Things improved after she won a gold medal at the School Nationals in Dehradun last year. This was followed by a bronze medal at the first Khelo India Games, which provided an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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