eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE NEWDELHI,LATECITY JANUARY27,2019 20+6(EYE)PAGES,`6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, ` 12SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 BIG PICTURE P AGES WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 10-11 UP-turn This is a rollicking good time for children’s literature in India. How did publishers and writers make it happen? One tale at a time Raising Cane On paper, the math is in favour of the SP-BSP alliance. But will Battle Uttar Pradesh 2019 be only about math, or also some chemistry? As farmers count mounting dues, mills point to pending stocks and falling prices. Reports from the ground NREGA may provide way to tackle crop burning, says CMs’ panel ICICI BANK CHEATING, CONSPIRACY CASE TwodaysbeforeJaitley tookswipeatCBI,probe officerwasshuntedout DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 Report with NITI Aayog. File SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 ACHIEFministers’panelhasrecommended that in order to curb pollution caused by crop burning, the high labour cost of converting biomass into compost could be funded through MGNREGA labour. The sub-group of chief ministers headed by former Madhya Pradesh chief minister DEATH BY BREATH Shivraj Singh Chouhan was formed to look at ways to converge the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) with agricultural policy. The recommendations of the subgroup have been submitted to the NITI Aayog, which will decide on their implementation. Under MGNREGA, every rural household is eligible to get 100daysof unskilledwagework. On the issue of crop burning, the report states: “Crop stubble and residue burning is spreading in the country causing serious environmental hazards. Such biomass can be used for making compost but labour cost is very highforindividualfarms.NREGA labour may be used to convert biomass into compost resulting in waste to wealth at panchayat or village level.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A REPUBLIC’S TRIBUTE Mahajabeen and Raja Banoo, wife and mother of Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, walk past Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after receiving the Ashok Chakra from President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday. Militantturned-soldier Wani was killed by terrorists in Shopian in November. PTI 70THREPUBLICDAY:FULLCOVERAGE,PAGE5 Navodaya suicides: Govt clears Rs 56 cr to hire two counsellors for every school RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 A MONTH after The Indian Express reported on the large number of suicides by students at Navodaya Vidyalayas, the Finance Ministry has cleared a proposal to hire full-time counsellors for the prestigious residentialschoolsforchildreninrural areas. Two counsellors, a man and a woman, will be engaged on contract in each of the 635 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) across the country, The Indian Express has learnt. The Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) — an autonomous body under the HRD Ministry tasked with running the JNVs — will spend about Rs 56 crore on the The Indian Express reported the suicides on December 24 exercise, sources said. “We will issue an Expression of Interest soon and our effort is to have counsellors in place by the time the new academic session begins in April. The initiative will be reviewed after a year,” said a senior official involved in the exercise. The Indian Express had reportedinitseditionof December 24,2018thattheCentralgovernment’sresidentialschoolsfortalented rural children had witnessed 49 student suicides from 2013to2017,includingthatof 25 Dalit and tribal students. The investigation had also revealed that there were few trained counsellors on campus, and that it was largely left to the “overburdened” teachers to look after the welfare of their students. Expressing “serious concerns” over these findings, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), headed by former Chief Justice of India H L Dattu had issued a notice to the schooleducationsecretaryinthe HRDMinistryonJanuary1,seeking a response within six weeks. “The Commission has observed that the contents of the Senior journalists denied entry to R-Day in Srinagar after ‘adverse’ CID report ADIL AKHZER SRINAGAR, JANUARY 26 JAMMU & KASHMIR police Saturdaybarredsixseniorphoto and video journalists working for top national and international media organisations in Srinagarfromcoveringthemain Republic Day function at Sher-eKashmirStadiuminthesummer capital. The CID reports on these journalists were “adverse”, the police said. The journalist community in Srinagar boycotted the Republic Day ceremony in the city in protest against the police action. EXPRESS NETWORK During the Republic Day celebrations at Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium in Bandipore. Shuaib Masoodi “The CID report in respect of below mentioned persons belonging to Media group have been found adverse and you are directed not to permit them inside the venue as their media cards for Republic Day 2019 treated as cancel,” the Security Wing of the J&K Police wrote in a letter signed by the Additional Superintendent of Police, Security, Kashmir. TheletternamedMehraj-udDin and Umar Mehraj, Bureau Chief and video journalist respectively of Associated Press Television (APTN), AFP photojournalist Tawseef Mustafa, ANI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 media report, if true, cannot be ignored or overlooked as this reported pattern of suicides by so many students in JNVs might still increase, if not checked in time with appropriate measures... The proportion of suicides of students from the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities is also a matter of concern for a society, which aspires for an inclusive growth,” the NHRC said in its notice to the HRD Ministry. The Commission asked the Ministry to submit its response on whether trained counsellors were available on campus, whether there were dedicated staff toensurestudentswerenot left alone in their rooms, and whether students had access to emergency assistance through CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 WORLD A DAY after the CBI booked former MD and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar along with her husband Deepak Kochhar and Videocon Group’s V N Dhoot for cheating and conspiracy, the officer investigating the case was transferred out. SP Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra, whowaspartof theBankingand SecuritiesFraudCell(BSFC)of CBI in Delhi and signed the Chanda Kochhar FIR on January 22, was transferred to the agency’s Economic Offences Branch in Ranchi the very next day. Two days later, Union MinisterArunJaitleywentonsocial media against the CBI FIR suggesting it was “investigative adventurism” and a “journey to nowhere.” On Friday, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman retweeted Jaitley’s comments. Calls and text messages sent to the CBI spokesperson did not elicit any response. Government sources told CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Who’s who named by CBI — and their ‘role’ in the Kochhar case GEORGE MATHEW & SANDEEP SINGH MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 UNION MINISTER Arun Jaitley Friday hit out at the CBI’s ICICI Bankprobecallingitacaseof “investigative adventurism” that had digressed from focusing on just the primary targets. His remarks were an apparentreferencetotheCBI mentioning top bank officers — other than former MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, her husbandandVideocon promoter Venugopal Dhoot—sayingtheirroleswould be under probe. Records show that these officers named by the CBI held key positions in the bank’s top management and on board-level committees,includingthecredit committee, between 2008 and 2013, when thecontroversialloans were disbursed to Videocon Industries despite the conflict of interest involving Chanda Kochhar’s husband receiving a favourable financial deal from Dhoot. The CBI named current ICICI Bank CEO Sandeep Bakshi; formerICICIBankexecutivedirector CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Red flags relevant but why silence in our case, ask govt bank officers Addressing SBI conclave in July last year, Jaitley had called for reforms in investigation and definition of crime SHAJI VIKRAMAN CHENNAI, JANUARY 26 IT IS not often that a Union Cabinet minister goes public to criticise the “investigative adventurism” of the CBI which is under his government’s watch. On Friday, Jaitley wrote in his blog: “Sitting thousands of kilometers away when I read the list of potential targets in the ICICI case, the thought that crossed my mind was again the same — instead of focusing primarily on the target, is a journey to nowhere (or everywhere) being undertaken? If we include the entire who’s who of the banking industry — with or without evidence—whatcauseareweserving or actually hurting?” In July last year, addressing the SBI Economic Conclave, Jaitley had raised similar red flagsrelatingtoinvestigationand crime. Two former CEOs of public sectorbankswhoarenowfacing charges filed by the CBI and a serving chairman of a government-owned bank told The Sunday Express that much as they agree with what Jaitley has CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A well-behaved bullet train: will say sorry even if late by couple of mins AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 NOT A CONCESSION, TRUMP SAYS AS HE ENDS SHUTDOWN WITHOUT BORDER WALL FUNDING VENEZUELA WAR MOVES TO UN AS RIVAL PRESIDENTS DIG IN HEELS PAGE 15 IN A country where trains are knowntobenotoriouslylateand where a 15-min delay is considered “on-time”, the country’s bullet train service plans to say “sorry” to each and every passenger in the unlikely event of the train being delayed, even if by a couple of minutes. The National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) has decided to incorporate this feature from the customer service manual of Japan’s Shinkansen bullet The Japanese Shinkansen is almost never delayed. File trainnetwork,whichisbeingemulatedforthe508-kmbullettrain service between Ahmedabad’s SabarmatiandMumbai’sBandra Kurla Complex. “We will apologise to our clients. We will also issue a public apology in the train, at stations, if we are delayed. This is the Shinkansen culture we aim toimbibe,whereindelaybyeven aminuteorsoisconsideredadelay. We will also explain the reasons for the delay to our passengers,” NHSRCL Managing Director Achal Khare told The Sunday Express. However, unlike the Shinkansen, NHSRCL will not issue delay certificates. In Japan, the Shinkansen issues such CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 From small-town teens to celebs, it’s the hour of TikTok MANSI DUA NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 NAVY DETECTS SECOND BODY INSIDE MEGHALAYA COAL MINE TWO MILITANTS KILLED IN KASHMIR ENCOUNTER PAGE 7 ALONG CAME THE STORIES OVER 500 million users globally, a substantial number of them in India; ranked India’s most entertaining app by Google Play Awards 2018; one of 2018’s most downloaded mobile apps for Apple and Android devices in the US and Europe (ahead of YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat); and fully monetised since last month. If you haven’t heard of TikTok over the past year, then you clearly aren’t moving in the right ‘social circles’. Launched in 2016, TikTok’s popularity has zoomed since it integrated with the app Musical.ly this August. A shortvideo creating and sharing app, known as Douyin in China, it has become the go-to destination for anyone who wants to create mobile-friendly videos, and increasingly for those hoping to become social media influ- encers — including Bollywood celebrities such as Shahid Kapoor (563,000 fans, as the followers are called on TikTok), Jacqueline Fernandez (3.2 million fans), Tiger Shroff (2.4 million fans), as well as web creators such as Ahsaas Channa (3.2 million fans) and Avneet Kaur (6.8 million fans). But the real stars are smalltown teenagers, sometimes entire families and groups of friendswhooftenliterallygoout on a limb to produce videos for Over 500 mn users globally maximum likes, with TikTok also on the rise in rural India. It helps that it is one of the few apps to not have limitations in terms of language and regions, because of which most videos havenodialoguesandlargelyno written material to read. With India heading into what can be called its first digital election, TikTok is another social media platform offering eyeballs. TikTok officials at the China headquarters refused to come on record regarding their India plans. In the past year, a lot of TikTok videos have also gone viral on other social media platforms such as WhatsApp and YouTube, driving more Indians to try out the app. The #DameTuCosita challenge became viral over the Musical.ly app last year after celebrities started uploading the green alien dance videos on other social media platforms. Disha Madan, who became the first Indian to hit 1 million followers on TikTok, experiments largely with lip-syncing and dancing and uploads all her videos on Instagram as well. “I am trying to popularise my YouTube channel too, but that will be different from what I do on TikTok,” she says. In 2018, TikTok’s #DidiChallenge, that involved doing a specific set of moves while dancing to an Algerian song, became the second most popular challenge in India. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
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