DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES SINCE 1932 `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 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 SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 31 THE IDEAS PAGE YEAR OF THE ABSURD BY MRINAL PANDE PAGE 9 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 ABHISHEK SAHA SHILLONG, DECEMBER 31 OF THE 40 lakh applicants excluded from the final draft NationalRegisterofCitizens(NRC) inAssam,around30lakhhadfiled 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 GUJARAT SAJJAN SURRENDERS Sajjan Kumar surrendered before a Delhi court on Monday to serve life sentence in a 1984 riots case. ANI Don’t allow new colleges from 2020, review every 2 yrs: Panel to engg body RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 31 WITH MORE than half the engineeringseatsfallingvacantevery year, a government committee, headed by IIT-Hyderabad chairmanBVRMohanReddy,hasadvised the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to stop setting up new colleges from 2020 and review the creation of new capacity every two years after that. AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe told The Indian Express that the committee has submitted its report and that its suggestions are being considered by the technical education regulator. The panel, in a 41-page report, has also suggested that no additional seats should be approved in traditional engineer- ing areas such as mechanical, electrical, civil and electronics and that institutes should be encouraged to convert current capacity in traditional disciplines to emerging new technologies. This recommendation has beenjustifiedonthegroundthat current capacity utilisation in traditional disciplines is just 40% as opposed to 60% seat occupancy in branches such as computer science and engineering, aerospace engineering and mechatronics. For the same reason, the committee has urged the AICTE to introduce undergraduate engineering programmes exclusively for artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics, quantum computing, data sciences, cybersecurity and 3D printing and design. An investigation by The IndianExpressinDecember2017, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jai Hind, Jai Bharat to replace Yes Sir, Present during roll call 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. Accordingtoofficials,thedecision 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 students to say “Jai Hind” and “Jai Bharat” during roll call. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Can’t Believe PM Spoke About Me: Lassi Seller’s 16-Yr-Old Boxer Daughter PAGE 1 ANCHOR 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 KRISHN KAUSHIK & PRADEEP KAUSHAL 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 Rajni with her father Jasmer Singh. Express 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At an NRC Seva Kendra in Guwahati. Express file 288/298: Landslide for Hasina in Bangla polls, Opp cries foul CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As Assam NRC deadline ends, 30 lakh who were left out file their claims ADIL AKHZER 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. 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 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, according to the Supreme Court. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESSINDHAKA SHUBHAJIT ROY DECEMBER 31 BANGLADESH’S RULING coalition led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set for an unprecedented, third consecutive termafter winningalmostevery 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 al- liance 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”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 13
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