eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE Eat, Play, Love KOLKATA,LATECITY JANUARY6,2019 18+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 (EX KOLKATA `7, `12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE SUNDAY STORY PAGE 10 ‘IF 1984 GUILTY HAD BEEN PUNISHED, THERE WOULDN’T BE MUMBAI 1993, GUJARAT 2002’ H S PHOOLKA, Senior lawyer PAGE 11 HASINA She comes back to power in Bangladesh, winning 288 out of 298 seats and decimating the Opposition in the process RAIDS ACROSS UP AND DELHI Mallya named first fugitive economic offender under new law Mining case: CBI to examine Akhilesh, SP cries political vendetta SADAF MODAK MUMBAI, JANUARY 5 A SPECIAL court Saturday declared Vijay Mallya a “fugitive economic offender”, the first such designation under the Fugitive Economic Offenders (FEO) Act, 2018. Special judge M S Azmi allowed in part a plea filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) last year asking that the businessman be declared a fugitive economic offender. “The hearing on the second part of the application that is for confiscation of properties mentioned in the application and the list annexed to the central government would be commenced from the next date,” the operative part of the order said. The ‘second part’ will be heard on February 5. The court will hear Mallya, ED, as well as several intervention applications, including by banks, on the confiscation of properties under the Act. The court rejected a request from advocates representing Mallya that the order be stayed for four weeks, saying it did not have the power under the FEO Act to stay its own order. InJunelastyear,whiletheAct CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPLAINED E ● The noose tightens UNDER THE Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018, an offender is one against whom an arrest warrant for a scheduled offence — where the total value involved is Rs 100 crore or more — has been issued by a court, and who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution, and being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution. Mallya has been declared a proclaimed offender under the CrPC earlier; the declaration under the FEO Act increases the pressure on him to return. IAS officer B Chandrakala’s home searched, agency FIR names 11 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 5 SNOW BLANKET It snowed across Kashmir from late afternoon Friday to Saturday morning; plains of the Valley saw among the heaviest snow in recent years, Met officials said. Srinagar had 10 inches of snowfall until 8.30 am Saturday; Gulmarg had 2 feet Shuaib Masoodi FIR against 28 after stray cattle are herded into school in UP MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, JANUARY 5 POLICEINShahjahanpurinUttar Pradesh have lodged an FIR against eight named and 20 unidentified persons for allegedly herding stray cattle inside a government primary school after breaking open the lock on the school’s gate in Nagaria Bhujurgh village in the Jalalabad police station area late January 2 night. By the time a team of the district administration and police reached the school on January 3 however, the animals had been led out of the school premises. Following an inquiry, an FIR was lodged under the Preventionof CrueltytoAnimals Act, and for damage to property, Station House Officer of Jalalabad police station, HarenderSingh,said.Noonehas been arrested so far. In a video conference with KOLKATA JANUARY 5 CONG UNDERMINING RAJASTHANI IDENTITY: DEVNANI MP GOVT EXTENDS FARM LOAN WAIVER CUT-OFF DATE PAGE 6 WORLD IN A remark that has the potential to stir the Opposition Prime Minister candidate pot, West BengalBJPpresidentDilipGhosh on Saturday said that if any Bengali stands a chance of becoming the PM, it is West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congresschief MamataBanerjee, and that the fate of the state is “dependent...on her success”. NEW DELHI, JANUARY 5 PAGE 15 PAGES 8-9 UP’s Animal Farm As the government struggles against burgeoning cattle numbers, in farms across UP anger is growing district magistrates on January 2,Chief MinisterYogiAdityanath reportedlydirectedthatsternaction be taken against those who had locked up the animals in a government building, as well as against the owners of the cattle. Adityanath also directed the district magistrates to ensure that stray cattle across the state are shifted to cow shelters by January 10. On January 1, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet had cleared a Ghoshsubsequentlyclarified that he was speaking about a “distant future”, and reiterated thatNarendraModiwillbecome the Prime Minister again. Speaking to reporters in Kolkata on Banerjee’s birthday, GhoshonSaturdaysaid,“Iextend my good wishes to her on her birthday... Because on her success,thefateofWestBengalisdependent. She needs to stay healthy, because if there is any chance of a Bengali Prime MinisteroraPrimeMinisterfrom Bengal, she has a possibility.” Asked whether a BJP leader from West Bengal can become the PM, Ghosh said, “That may be later, but she has the first chance. We narrowly missed Jyoti-babu (former CM and CPIM leader Jyoti Basu) as the Prime Minister. His party did not allow it. In the list her name is (now) at number one. Pranabbabu became the President, so there is a need for a Bengali to become the PM.” Asked about his remarks later in the day, Ghosh said, “I wished the Bengal CM on her birthday.(Iwas)askedabouther aspirations to become the Prime Minister, I said in distant future, if a Bengali becomes the PM, we will be happy. Our Prime Minister is Narendra Modi...he will again become the PM after the polls.” Maintaining that she does not know the context in which Ghosh made the remarks, BJP Rajya Sabha MP from West CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE CBI will examine the alleged roles of Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and his former Cabinet colleague Gayatri Prajapati in a case of illegal mining, according to an FIR filed by the agency on January 2. On Saturday, the CBI searched 14 locations across Delhi and UP in connection with the case, which deals with illegal mining in Hamirpur between 2012 and 2016. In the FIR filed on January 2, the CBI said, “The role of then mining ministers concerned during relevant period may be looked into during the course of investigation of the case.” The CBI is probing the case on the ordersof theAllahabadHighCourt. Both Yadav and Prajapati held the mining portfolio between 2012 and 2016, when the alleged irregularities in the mining of minor minerals was supposed to have happened. The locations raided on Saturday include the residences of SP MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra and BSP leader Sanjay Some want chowkidaar removed at any cost: PM Akhilesh and Maya talk UP seats, could split all but 6 LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, JANUARY 5 Irregularities took place between 2012 and 2016, says the CBI. Vishal Srivastav Dixit, apart from then Hamirpur District Magistrate B Chandrakala, among others. The premises searched are spread across Delhi, Hamirpur, Jalaon, Noida,KanpurandLucknowand are associated with the 11 accused mentioned in the CBI FIR. Calling the raids “political vendetta”, SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhry said, “The BJP government is misusing the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SEEKING NON-YADAV OBC and non-Jatav Dalit votes, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) have decided to keep space open for non-dominant caste parties in their upcoming alliance for the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh. Towards that end, the BSP and SP leaderships have agreed to keep aside two seats for such smaller parties, sources said. Therewasbroadagreementthat the BSP and SP would contest 37 seats each, leaving the remaining six for allies, including two each for the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and the Congress, the sources said. The seat sharing arrangement was discussed in a meeting of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP president Mayawati in Delhi Friday evening. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sabarimala: Violence in Kannur, Centre seeks state’s report SAMPAD PATNAIK LIZ MATHEW & SHAJU PHILIP PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi on Saturday hit out at the Congress, accusing it of working atthebehestof middlemenduring the UPA’s term and saying “some people want the chowkidaar removed at any cost”. AddressingarallyinOdisha’s Mayurbhanj district, he praised Defence Minister Niramala Sitharaman’s speech during the Rafale debate in Parliament, before going on to attack the Congress, “They want to remove the chowkidaar at any cost. Whether it is a society, flat, factory or mohalla, thieves always first conspire to remove the chowkidaar...Thievescannottolerate a chowkidaar”. Taking on the Congress over Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland case, he said, “Theyarealsodisturbedbecause their secrets are unraveling. One of his letters exposed how top Congress leaders and ministers were intimately known to him. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH PROTESTS over the entry of women into Sabarimala spiralling into violence in Kannur and other districts of Kerala, the Centre has sought a report from the state government on the situation. “We have asked for a report. It has not come yet,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told The Sunday Express. Asked if the Centre was concerned about the developments in Kerala, Singhsaid,“Thesituationshould come under control soon.” In Delhi, the BJP alleged that the violence was unleashed by the LDF government and warned that the state government and the CPI(M) would “face consequences under constitutional provisions.” “This an issue of devotees, an issueconcerningHindusociety... Instead of dealing with the matter in a sensible way, the state governmenthaswreakedhavoc, resulting in injuries to a lot of devotees and the death of a BHUBANESWAR, JANUARY 5 NEW DELHI, THIRUVANTHAPURAM, JAN 5 Sabarimala activist Rahul Easwar addresses a press conference in Kochi on Saturday. PTI devotee,” BJP spokesperson GVL Rao said at a press conference in the party head quarters. “We want to warn, advise and caution the Kerala governmenttostopthisstatesponsored violence forthwith,” he said. Kannur district, which has beentensesincetheWednesday hartal called by the Sabarimala ActionCouncil,backedbytheBJP, over the entry of women into Sabarimala,stayedtensewithattacks and counter-attacks by cadresof theCPI(M)andtheRSS. On Thursday night, a bomb washurledatthehouseof alocal CPI(M) leader in Thalasery. The following night, a local leader of the DYFI, the youth outfit of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Interstellar craft’s navigator looks at New Horizons and beyond SOWMIYA ASHOK FOREIGN STUDENTS IN TOP UNIVERSITIES SHOULD STAY AND HELP US GROW: TRUMP XI’S 1ST ORDER TO ARMY IN 2019: BE READY FOR BATTLE BIG PICTURE proposal to impose a “Gau Kalyan cess” (cow welfare cess) on eight “profitmaking” public sector departments to generate funds for setting up and maintaining temporary cow shelters across the state. Nagaria Bhujurgh village, which has mixed population of Hindus and Muslims, is around 40kmfromShahjahanpurtown. Block Education Officer, Jalalabad (Shahjahanpur), Anuj Kumar, said that on January 3 morning when principal Shikha Shukla reached the school, she found the lock of the main gate broken, and cattle including cowsandbullsinlargenumbers, on the premises. Children had gathered outside the school. Shukla informed the district administration and police, but soon some people arrived and removed the animals from the school. “We have no idea where the local farmers took the animals from the school. After the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bengal BJP president: Mamata can become prime minister — in future EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GOVT & POLITICS Badminton champions Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap on life, love and their game HIS WORK at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, is rather likesolvingamathematicsproblem on which a friend too, is working, says Dr Shyamkumar Bhaskaran — “If both have the same answer, then that is good enough.” Dr Bhaskaran leads an independent navigation team at JPL that supported the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) of Johns Hopkins University on the New Horizons Mission. On New Year’s Day, the mission presented the world with a pixelated blob that was the first image of Ultima Thule, a tiny, icy, trans-Neptunian object in the Kuiper Belt, which became, as the New Horizons spacecraft sped past it, the farthest object ever visited by humankind. Later images brought Ultima Thule into sharper focus — a snowman-likeobjectthatcould, along with the countless other objects in the Kuiper Belt, hold the key to our understanding of the origin of the Solar System. It was by a pleasant coincidence that the New Horizons rendezvous with Ultima Thule took place on the first day of the year.“Theflybyisdeterminedby orbital mechanics, we can’t change it by very much, the dynamics of the Solar System does play a role,” Dr Bhaskaran said in a Skype interview. “These flybys Dr Shyamkumar Bhaskaran are very critical, all you’ve got is one shot to get it right and if you don’t, you have sort of lost the mission basically.” Bhaskaran was born in Mumbai to parents who both worked at the Bhabha Atomic ResearchCentre,andhisfascination with space began in 1968 with first glimpses of the Apollo Mission on television after his parents emigrated to the United States. Reading science fiction andwatchingtheStarTrekseries further fanned his interest in space exploration. He now supervises the Outer Planets Navigation Group at JPL that fo- cuses on planets beyond Mars. The independent navigation team on the New Horizons Mission compared notes with the APL team over whether the navigation was on track. “We do the same thing that the main navigation team does, we take tracking data from antennae, we process that data, figure out where the spacecraft is, and where it is going and we give that answer to the APL. We would get our solution, they would get their solution, and we would come together and say here is where we think we are going, they would say here is where we think we are going, and the consistency of results will provide the project confidence that the navigation is going properly.” Two weeks before crunch time, Bhaskaran’s team flew to APL in Maryland where the two teamsworkedtogetherinalarge room, meeting every afternoon toexchangenotesandthrashout CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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