DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES SINCE 1932 `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM CITIZENSHIP (AMENDMENT) BILL N-E heat makes Centre warm up to state OK In Bengal, Amit Shah says no NRC worry for Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist On MHA table: Incentives to those who want to settle outside North East RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, JANUARY 22 WITH OPPOSITION to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill showing no signs of abating in the North East, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sought to allay fears Tuesday and said foreigners would not be granted Indian citizenship without the consent of state governments concerned. TheMHAalsosaidthataproposal to “provide incentives to those people who want to settle anywhere in India, except the North East” is currently under consideration. Home Ministry spokespersonAshokPrasadsaid,“Themistaken perception in the North East about the Bill is creating insecurities. The Bill doesn’t give automatic citizenship to anybody. It brings a certain category of people from particular specifiedareasintotheconsiderations zone with certain eased conditions. No one will become citizen overnight.” The Bill was passed by Lok SabhaonJanuary8andhasbeen introduced in Rajya Sabha, EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, JANUARY 22 Amit Shah at Nitayapur in Malda, Tuesday. PTI MOREONP2,4 They (TMC) are very fond of infiltrators. To expel infiltrators, NRC was brought but they misled people of Bengal by saying Bengalis will be driven out — AMIT SHAH, AT A RALLY IN MALDA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KICKING OFF his party’s campaign in West Bengal for the Lok Sabha elections, BJP president Amit Shah Tuesday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of “misleading” people on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and said Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh refugees in the state “need not be afraid” because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. Speaking at a rally in Malda, Shah targeted the TMC: “They are very fond of infiltrators. To expel the infiltrators, NRC was broughtbuttheymisledthepeople of Bengal by saying Bengalis will be driven out. I want to assure all refugees living in Bengal — Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh — that they need not be afraid . We CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cong drained crores, BJP plugged leak: Modi at NRI meet ADIL AKHZER & NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, JANUARY 22 THE EDITORIAL PAGE With Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth (centre) in Varanasi. PTI HOW MUCH EQUITY SHOULD RBI HOLD? BY AMARTYA LAHIRI PAGE 8 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY SHUBHAJIT ROY VARANASI, JANUARY 22 WITH THE Congress escalating its attack on the Rafale deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday hit back at the main Opposition party over corruption under its rule, and said that hisGovernmenthassavedfunds of around Rs 4.9 lakh crore, which was siphoned in the past. Speaking at the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Varanasi, the biennial flagship event for NRIs, Modi said the BJP-led government “has changed the way the country was being governed in the last four-and-a-half years”. Referringtoastatementonce made by the late Rajiv Gandhi, withoutnaminghim,Modisaid: “He had said that when the cen- tral government sends funds, only 15 per cent of the money sent from the Centre actually reached the beneficiaries... The party that ruled for so long and thesystemthatitbuilt...thethen primeministerhadadmittedthe reality. They diagnosed the ailment but did not treat the disease. But unfortunately, even in the10-15yearsof rulethereafter, they did not try to plug the pilferageof 85percentof resources while the middle class kept paying taxes honestly.” Addressingacheeringcrowd of NRIs and supporters from his home constituency, Modi said the NDA government stopped “loot and leakage” of resources from the system since coming to power in 2014. “We have used technology CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A Rohingya, her daughter in BSF custody at Raimura village near Agartala, Tuesday. Reuters In no-man’s land, Rohingya say fled Jammu for Bangla safe home DEBRAJ DEB & ABHISHEK SAHA AGARTALA, GUWAHATI, JANUARY 22 AFTER FOUR days out in the cold on no-man’s land, as both Bangladesh and India refused to accept them, 31 Rohingya were on Tuesday arrested by the BSF and handed over to the Tripura Police. Produced before a local court and charged under the Passport Act, the refugees said they had been staying in Jammu forthepastsixyearsbutwereon the run again due to “threats” there. They said they were headed to “safe” Bangladesh. They had only one plea, though: not to be sent back to Myanmar. The 31 were intercepted on January 18 while trying to enter Bangladesh. The Border Guards Bangladesh (BRB), however, refused to let them in, saying they hadcrossedoverfromtheIndian side. The BSF denied this, saying there were no breaches in its border fence. This left the 31 in the middle of a barren paddy field at Zero Point between the two countries, near the Rairmura Border Kartarpur corridor talks: Long distances, lack of test labs India proposes two dates behind swine flu spike in Rajasthan for Pak delegation visit DEEP MUKHERJEE SHUBHAJIT ROY VARANASI, JANUARY 22 A DAY after Pakistan shared a draft agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor and invited India to “urgently” send a delegationto“negotiateandfinalise” theproposal,NewDelhihasproposed two sets of dates for a teamfromIslamabadtovisitand firm up the “modalities”. The Government has proposed“26Februaryand7March 2019”, for the Pakistan delegation to discuss and “finalise the modalities so that the Indian pilgrims can visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor at the earliest”, a Ministry of External Affairs statement said. “Pursuant to the decision PAGE 1 ANCHOR taken by the Government of India on 22 November 2018 to expeditiously realise the long pending proposal to establish Kartarpur Corridor, India has todaysharedthecoordinatesof the zeropoint(crossingpoint)of the corridor along the International Border with Pakistan,” the MEA statement said. The meeting will be held to facilitatethetravelof IndianSikh pilgrims to Darbar Sahib Kartarpur Gurudwara in Narowal, nearly 4 km from the Gurdaspur border. Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal had earlier said that the draft agreement between the two governments was shared through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. Outpost, even as the BSF and BGB held a series of flag meetings. On humanitarian grounds, the BSF provided the 31, including 16 children under the age of eight, food, water and blankets. Eventually, with talks failing, the BSF decided to arrest them. Speaking to The Indian Express in police custody, Abdul Sukkur said they had fled their homes in Rakhine state of Myanmar in 2012 in the wake of a Myanmarese military offensive, along with many others. He said they managed to sneak into India through West Bengal and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD JAIPUR, JANUARY 22 IT WAS only after the death of 50-year-old Dariya Kanwar, her family members came to know shewassufferingfromswineflu. A resident of Solankiyatala villageinShergarhtehsilof Jodhpur district, Kanwar, who died ten daysagoonJanuary12,isamong 54 people in Rajasthan who succumbed to the disease till Monday. “Nobodytoldusmywifehad swine flu. We came to know about it only after her death. She had fever earlier this month and herconditionworsenedoverthe next 7-8 days before she was admitted to a hospital in Jodhpur. She breathed her last the second day in the hospital. There are no facilities for swine flu testing IPS officer’s brother among three militants killed in J&K firefight Health Minister Raghu Sharma (centre) at a review meeting with officials in Jaipur. Express near our village and health officials told us to go to Jodhpur for treatment,” says her husband Chandan Singh. Singh, whose village is around 100 kilometres from the Jodhpur district headquarters, is among those who have to travel longdistancesbeforetheycanbe tested for swine flu. Data collated by the state health department shows that a total of 6,117 tests were conducted this year (in the first 22 days of January), of which 1,414 samples were found positive for thevirus.Thisamountsto23per cent of the total samples. Given the contagious nature of the disease, and such a large numbers, the state is staring at a major CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 DIE AS 2 SHIPS WITH CREW FROM INDIA, TURKEY CATCH FIRE OFF RUSSIA OSCAR NOMINATIONS: ROMA AND THE FAVOURITE LEAD THE BROTHER of an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer was among three militants killed in a gunbattle with security forces at Heff Shirmal in Shopian district of south Kashmir Tuesday. Fourphotojournalists,covering protests by local residents while the gunbattle was on, sustained injuries when securitymen fired pellets to break up the protest. Six securitymen and a civilian were also injured in the clashes. Among the three militants killed was Shams-ul-Haq Mengnoo, a Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery student, who went missing last May and later joined the militant ranks. Shams is the younger brother of an IPS officer posted in the North-East. Police said that the three militants killed were affiliated to the Hizbul Mujahideen. One of the photographers injured in Shopian. Express Former DGP Shesh Paul Vaid, in a tweet, said: “Shamsul Haq, brother of IPS officer who had joinedmilitantrankswasamong the 3 terrorists killed today in Shopian. I remember the efforts that were made by his brother/other family members and J&K Police to bring him back to mainstream but he met a sad end today.” This was the second such gunbattle in the Valley in the last 24 hours and a total of six militants have been killed. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Top court upholds faculty quota order: SC, ST, OBC teacher count to go down ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JANUARY 22 THE SUPREME Court Tuesday upheld the order of the Allahabad High Court which ruled that reservation in faculty positions in universities should be calculated department-wise and not by taking the total seats in a university as basis. A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Indira Banerjee rejected the Centre’s special leave petition which challenged the April 7, 2017orderof theAllahabadHigh Court. In April 2018, the HRD Ministry filed an SLP following a political furore over the University Grants Commission’s March 5 order of the same year, announcing that the number of reserved faculty posts across universities and colleges would be calculated department-wise and not based on the aggregate vacant posts. The change, first reported by The Indian Express on October 23, 2017, was based on the Allahabad High Court verdict. The Centre argued that calculating the vacancies department-wise would reduce the number of seats for the reserved category and defeat the object of implementing the reservation policy. Although the government didnotwithdrawtheUGCorder, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 For the Centre, legislative route remains an option The immediate effect of the verdict will be a drastic drop in the number of SC, ST and OBC teachers in universities. For instance, if BHU were to implement UGC’s new formula, its total teaching posts for SC candidates would be reduced by half, those for STs by almost 80 per cent and for OBC teachers by 30 per cent. This can be overturned only through a Bill, which is pending with the Cabinet for almost a month. PAGE 12 Not bothered about endorsements, like appreciation more: Pujara EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JANUARY 22 WHY ISN’T Cheteshwar Pujara seen in advertisements? How does he handle it? It’s a question that has bemused cricket fans. And it came up again at the Express Adda Monday, where Pujara, the key force behind India claiming a Test series in Australia after 71 years, responded as he does on the field — with a straight bat. “Being a (specialist) Test cricketer, I accept that there haven’t been many endorsements.Iamsomeone whodoesn’t go after endorsements. For me, the true thing is the love of this game. My father has taught me that I don’t just play for myself but for the entire country... Endorsements are a byproduct of playing this game,” he said. “In my life, I am a simple man... if it (endorsements) comes I will take it; if it doesn’t, I am not bothered about it. If I keep playing well and performing for the Indian cricket team, what I like is the appreciation fromthis countryand from(the) cricketing fraternity, which is more than any endorsement I might get in my life,” Pujara said. On the Australia tour, Pujara faced 1,258 balls, more than any other Indian in a Test series, and scoredthreehundreds.Butwhat also stood out was how he nullified Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon. It now turns out, there’s a story to go with it. Referring to his wife Puja, Pujara said: “She told me once, ‘Who getsouttoanoff-spinner?’That’s why I made sure I did well against Lyon!” Given his low-key de- Pujara at the Express Adda in Mumbai, Monday. Amit Chakravarty meanour, Pujara was asked whether he ever celebrated wildly, at least in private. “There wasimmensejoybutIamsomeone who is modest about things. Victories are something you shouldenjoybutthereisstilllots to play for. It is important not to get carried away — respect opponents, respect the game. It’s important for me to not do something stupid,” he said. Pujara revealed that the Indian team was nervous before the start of the Australia series. “Wheneveryouplayoverseas,it’s not easy because the conditions are different. But we were confidentinaway,thatweplayedwell in South Africa, played well in England (last year). We didn’t win(those)seriesbuttherewere performanceswherewefeltthat we can win overseas. And that confidence was there... it was a greatfeelingtobepartof history,” he said. Asked about the sledging he faced and how the Australian attitude changed once he started to pile up runs, Pujara said: “Specially against Australia, I have realised, the start of series, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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