DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2019, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES `4.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 THE EDITORIAL PAGE THE CONSTITUTION (124TH AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019 INDIA & THE TRUMP RETRENCHMENT 10% quota for general category poor clears Parliament, set to become law BY C RAJA MOHAN PAGE 8 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Kashmiri who topped IAS quits, politics next ABANTIKA GHOSH & MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JANUARY 9 BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JANUARY 9 SHAH FAESAL, the first Kashmiri IAS topper, has resigned from civil services and plans to enter politics ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He attributed his decision to the “unabated killings in Kashmir”, the Centre’s refusal to initiate a political process in the state and “marginalisation of the Indian Muslims”. Faesal, who belongs to the 2010 batch, told The Indian Express Wednesday that he has already served notice to reFaesal had sign from the topped the civil services 2010 batch to the government. “Yes, I might join politics,” he said, without mentioning the party he may join. Sources, however, suggested Faesal was likely to join the National Conference. Its leader and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah welcomed Faesal’s decision. “The bureaucracy’s loss is politics’ gain. Welcome to the fold @shahfaesal,” he tweeted. In a second tweet, Omar clarified he did not indicate that Faesal would be joining his party. “Actually I welcomed him to (the) folds of politicians. His future political plans are his to announce,” he said. A doctor-turned-bureaucrat, Faesal was Managing Director of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OPP BACKS BILL, QUESTIONS TIMING PAGE 6 NEW DELHI, JANUARY 9 ADHERE STRICTLY to the threelanguage formula with Hindi mandatory till Class 8 across the country, ensure a uniform syllabus nationwide for Science and Maths, develop a script in Devanagari for tribal dialects, and promote education based on “hunar (skill)”. These are some ofthe key recommendations in the draft report prepared by the nine-member K Kasturirangan committee on the New Education Policy (NEP), which aims to implement an “India-centric” and “scientific” system of learning in schools, The Indian Express has learnt. Sources said the committee handed over its report to the HRD EFFECTING A change in the Constitution to add a new chapter to the laws on reservation nearly three decades after the Mandal Commission recommendations came into force, Parliament Wednesday approved the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill on providing 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the general category. Late Wednesday night, and a day after the Bill sailed through Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha too gave its stamp of approval at the end of a marathon nine-hour debate that saw the Opposition tearing into the government. Questioning the timing, Opposition members said “electoral compulsions” had forced the government to push the legislation in “haste”. The government hit back with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saying “sixes are hit in the slog overs” of a cricket match and “more sixes will come”. After Rajya Sabha voted 1657 in favour of the Bill — meeting the requirement of a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting for effecting a constitutional amendment — Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “delighted” and “glad to see such widespread support for the Bill”. He called it “a victory for social justice”. In a series of tweets, Modi said: “The House also witnessed a vibrant debate, where several members expressed their LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JANUARY 9 SIKKIM WILL be the first state to roll out Universal Basic Income (UBI) and has started the process to introduce the unconditional direct cash transfer scheme. Sikkim’s ruling party, the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), has decided to include UBI in its manifesto ahead of the Assembly election in 2019 and aims to implement the scheme by 2022. Test ahead BHANUSHALI MURDER THE NDA’s Bill on10% quota for general category poor has sailed through Parliament but the government is aware of the legal minefield ahead. It remains to be seen how quickly it makes the law operational before polls. Prime accused BJP leader has flown to US, two assailants involved: police CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE INSIDE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 9 Alok Verma is welcomed by interim chief M Nageswara Rao at the CBI headquarters, Wednesday. Tashi Tobgyal Fate still in balance, Verma takes charge, brings back key men RAHUL TRIPATHI, SUSHANT SINGH & LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JANUARY 9 HOURS AFTER resuming charge as CBI Director following a Supreme Court judgment, Alok Verma Wednesday reinstated “with immediate effect” key of- Ministry last month before its tenure ended on December 31, 2018. “We have sought a meeting with the HRD Minister to hand over the report formally,” a member of the committee said on condition of anonymity. Speaking to The Indian Express, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said: “The committee’s report is ready and the members have sought an appointment. I will get the report after the Parliament session.” Sources said the government is yet to decide the next step for the policy, including placing it in the public domain for further suggestions and feedback. “While subjects under Social Sciences need local content, there is no logic for a varied syllabus for Science and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ficers considered close to him, who were moved out after he was sent on leave last October following a bitter spat with his then No.2, Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Meanwhile, the high-powered selection committee, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, met to decide on the future of Verma. However, no decision was reached, with the committee scheduled to meet again at 4 pm Thursday. Supreme Court Justice A K Sikri attended the meeting on behalf of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, with Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, taking part as the third member. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TURNING DOWN Gujarat government’s objections, the Supreme Court Wednesday ordered that a copy of the report of the Justice (Retd) H S Bedi committee that probed alleged fake encounters in the state between 2002 and 2006 be given to the petitioner in the matter. “He is the petitioner. He has set the law in motion...Then why can’t he?,” said Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, heading a three-judge bench along with Justices L Nageswar Rao and S K Kaul, as the bench directed that the copy of the report be given to advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, lyricist Javed Akhtar. The court, however, made it clear that this was not the stage of accepting or rejecting the report. The state government had objected to the petitioner’s plea for a copy ofthe report, saying the After AGP, 4 BJP allies in N-E oppose Citizenship Bill, will discuss future GUJARAT CANAL INCOMPLETE, WATER FOR FARMING ENDS UP IN RIVER AS FDI SHRINKS, GOVT WOOS GLOBAL FUNDS WITH PM MEET 7-YEAR-OLD KID DIES AS AUTO CARRYING STUDENTS TURNS TURTLE IN VADODARA PAGES 3, 4 &5 GOVT & POLITICS TMC MP JOINS BJP, PARTY EXPELS HIM PAGE 6 ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, JANUARY 9 TWO DAYS after the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) walked out of the alliance with the BJP in Assam over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, another BJP ally, Meghalaya ChiefMinister Conrad Sangma Wednesday said the passage of the Bill in Lok Sabha was “unfortunate” and that he would consult party leaders about the future course of action. And it is not just the AGP and Sangma now going public with their opposition. At least three more regional parties, in Tripura, Nagaland and Mizoram, all in the BJP’s 11-party North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), have called some provisions in the Bill a threat to indigenous communities, and say they will have to discuss “future” plans for the coalition after the Bill was passed in Lok Sabha. “We as a Cabinet and as a government expressed our concerns about it (the Bill) and passed a resolution long time back. We do not support this at all. Regarding the future course of action, there are different parties in the coalition, so we will take a call on how to move forward,” Sangma told reporters in Meghalaya. The NPP heads the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government where the BJP is a coalition partner. The NPP has 20 seats in the 60-member Assembly, equal to the Congress. The MDA in total has 38 seats, with BJP holding two seats. Another BJP coalition partner, the Indigenous People’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sikkim Says Will Be First State To Roll Out Universal Basic Income By 2022, Starts Direct Cash Transfer PAGE 1 ANCHOR Bhanushali’s daughter at his funeral on Wednesday. Javed Raja SC orders copy of report on Gujarat encounters to be given to petitioner Hindi must be made mandatory till Class 8, says new policy draft SHYAMLAL YADAV PM calls it victory for social justice, Law Minister says first of many sixes in slog overs; Opp claims polls forced Govt The 2017 Economic Survey had flagged the UBI scheme as “a conceptually appealing idea” and a possible alternative to social welfare programmes targeted at reducing poverty. Speaking to The Indian Express, Prem Das Rai, SDF MP in the Lok Sabha, said: “Our party and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who is the longest serving Chief Minister, are committed to bringing in Universal Basic Income. This, we will do three years of coming back to power in the state.” “UBI is a scheme that a number of economists have talked about and it works well in devel- In 3 yrs if voted back: Chamling’s party oping countries. It has been tested even in India, debated within the Finance Ministry as early as 2017,” he said. “It has been tried in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and tribal belts with fairly large samples and it has shown it works. Basically, its an income given to families irrespective what do they do. In Sikkim, it will be for everyone and every household.” The SDF government has already considered the “affordability” of the scheme. The successful implementation of the hydropower projects by the state has made it a surplus power generating state. “The state produces 2200 MW and it will go up to 3000 MW in the next few years. The state’s requirement is only 200-300 MW and the rest goes to power trading firms. When this money comes in, we as SDF feels its people’s money and it should be utilized for them.” The SDF appears confident of returning to power as it dominates the political space in the state. Rai said that despite being part of the BJP-led Northeastern Democratic Alliance (NEDA), his party will go it alone in the election, which is due along with the Lok Sabha polls. “The process has already started in Sikkim,” he said. The idea is to subsume other subsidies and allowances in order to provide a particular amount every month to people. Rai said it would “work well for the youngsters” because “it would give freedom to choose their work, it will be more futuristic and it will serve as a future production tool. Young people can look into the future without CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUJARAT COP OPPOSED GIVING REPORT TO PETITIONERS PAGE 10 court’s direction to Justice (retd) Bedi was to prepare it in consultation with the other members of the monitoring committee — set up by the state government — but he had chosen to prepare it on his own. Following this, the court had on the last date of hearing asked Justice Bedi to explain whether he had consulted the other members. CJI Gogoi said on Wednesday that Justice Bedi had filed an eight-page reply in which he said “before giving the reply, I discussed with members of the monitoring committee” and that “hearing was held in presence of monitoring committee”. The court pointed out that “earlier reports” submitted by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SATISH JHA AHMEDABAD, JANUARY 9 BJP LEADER Chhabil Patel, who has been booked for murder of Jayanti Bhanushali on the basis of a complaint filed by the former MLA’s family, is believed to have flown to the United States, according to the Gujarat Police. Investigators said that Chhabil Patel, who is now “prime accused” in the murder case, left the country soon after the former BJP MLA was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Mumbai-bound Sayaji Nagri Express train. Deputy Superintendent of Police Jagdishsinh Raol, who is part of the Special investigation Team probing the murder, had told told The Indian Express that Patel took a 5 am flight from Ahmedabad airport on Tuesday. A senior police officer said that though “Patel has been booked for murder as per the allegation levelled by the complainant (Bhanushali’s relative), there is no evidence against him yet”. Meanwhile, in another breakthrough in the investigation, police said that Bhanushali’s copassenger, Pawan More, told them that he had witnessed the murder in which two “unidentified assailants” were involved. More had earlier told the police Chhabil Patel was named in complaint that he had gone to the washroom and on return he found Bhanushali dead. “Initially, More told us that he didn’t see anything and that he was in the lavatory as he suffers from prostate complication. After pursuing him for hours, he opened up and narrated the truth,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity. According the the officer, More told the police that there was a knock on the door of their coupe of first class coach around 12:30 am. “He said that Bhanushali opened the door. There were two persons at the door and a scuffle broke out between the assailants and Bhanushali. More, meanwhile, pretended to remain asleep and kept himself covered under the blanket. He told the police that one of the assailants fired from close range and the bullet hit the chest of Bhanushali. He fell on the carpet when the second bullet was fired that pierced through Bhanushali’s eyes. The duo then left the coupe and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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