DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA MATTER SENT TO JUSTICE SIKRI’S COURT CJI decides not to hear plea challenging interim CBI chief appointment SHUBHAJIT ROY VARANASI, JANUARY 21 Nothelping strained ties Cites participation in Jan 24 meeting to select new Director ANANTHAKRISHNAN G DESPITE THE Kartarpur corridor outreach, New Delhi and Islamabad seem to be at loggerheads again over harassment of diplomats. While the issue was resolved last year, such incidents are threatening to adversely impact ties once again. NEW DELHI, JANUARY 21 PUJARA IN FULL FLOW Cheteshwar Pujara with Express National Sports Editor Sandeep Dwivedi and Senior Assistant Editor Sriram Veera in Mumbai on Monday. Prashant Nadkar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Hampi to Gangtok: UDAN spreads wings, travel & tourism traffic soars PRANAV MUKUL WHAT THE URBAN POOR WANT BY ASHUTOSH VARSHNEY PAGE 12 YOUR FUTURE IN B-SCHOOL NEW DELHI, JANUARY 21 HAMPIINKarnataka,Gangtokin Sikkim, Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh are among tourist destinations that have been unlocked since the Centre launched its flagship regional air connectivity scheme UDAN to bringunservedandunderserved airportsonthecountry’saviation map. And with nearly 11 lakh passengers flying in the first 20 monthsof theschemewhenairlines started over 120 air routes to 37 unserved and underserved airports,expertsinthetraveland tourism industry believe that `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Pak agencies threaten Indian mission staff, Delhi lodges protest THE EDITORIAL PAGE REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES DAYS AFTER a woman in Delhi lodged a police complaint against a Pakistan High Commission staffer for allegedly touchingherinappropriatelyata market, India has accused Pakistaniintelligenceagenciesof threatening to lodge retaliatory complaints against two of its diplomats. The Indian Express has learnt that the Indian High Commission in Islamabad has sent a “note verbale”, an unsigned less-formal mode of diplomatic communication, detailing the incident in Pakistan’s capital city. ● Hampi is now 40 km away from Vidyanagar airport near Ballari. Express UDAN that started in April 2017 has also been instrumental in pulling crowds to destinations that until now were difficult to reach because they required extended road or rail journeys. In its list of ‘52 Places to Go in 2019’,The New York Times placed archaeological centre Hampi at number two saying, “... the Unesco World Heritage site has been notoriously difficult to reach, until now. TruJet recently began daily direct flights from Hyderabad and Bangalore to Ballari, a 25-mile drive from Hampi.” Ballari is connected by the Vidyanagar airport, which was classified as an underserved airport under the UDAN scheme. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI Unlocked for new law university, courts: 500-acre eco-sensitive belt SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, JANUARY 21 A NATIONAL Law University, offices of various tribunals, including the State Human Rights Commission and the Motor Vehicles Tribunal, as well as a Metro rail car shed are set to come up over a 500-acre sprawl that was marked as a ‘natural area’ (NA) and ‘no development zone’ (NDZ) when Mumbai’s new Development Plan (DP) draft was first published. In 2016, when the draft DP CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHIEF JUSTICE of India Ranjan Gogoi Monday recused himself fromhearingapublicinterestlitigation challenging the appointmentof M NageswaraRaoasCBI interim Director, saying he would be attending a meeting onJanuary24toselectanewCBI Director. “I will be participating in the meeting on the 24th”, CJI Gogoi said when the PIL filed by NGO Common Cause came up before a bench headed by him. Hewasreferringtothemeet- ASTHANA PROBE OFFICER MOVES SC New Delhi: CBI DSP A K Bassi, who was part of the team probing Special Director Rakesh Asthana, moved the Supreme Court Monday, challenging his transfer to Port Blair. In his petition, he claimed the transfer was to victimise him and to prejudice the probe against Asthana. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 To stop transfer of bank details, Mallya told Swiss courts CBI officer tainted RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, JANUARY 21 RULING ON the issue of sending Vijay Mallya’s bank account details to India, judges of the Swiss Federal Tribunals turned down the fugitive businessman’s plea thatCBIproceedingsagainsthim were “seriously flawed” since the key investigator himself was facing corruption charges. The judgments were uploaded by Gotham Digest which ing of the high-powered selection committee comprising the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha which is empowered under the law to select a Director for the CBI. The meeting of the committee to select a replacement for Alok Verma, who was removed as CBI Director on January 10, is scheduled for January 24. “List the matter before a Benchwithoutoneof us(Ranjan Gogoi, CJI). The matter be listed before the Court No. 2 on Thursdayi.e.24thJanuary,2019,” the court ordered. monitors all Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) requests to Swiss Federal Courts. The Digest stated that the argument of Mallya’s Swiss lawyers that “the person in charge of the investigation (Special Director Rakesh Asthana) being himself accused of corruption did not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHOKSI GIVES UP INDIAN PASSPORT PAGE 10 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY GOVT & POLITICS IN MP, CONG GOVT ENDS BJP’S FARM SCHEME PAGE 9
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