eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE Out of the Box AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY FEBRUARY 3, 2019 22+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 13 BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 10-11 Why everybody loves UBI Other Side of the Mirror In the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, parsing the debate on the big talking point, starting from India’s only two pilot projects As Supreme Court clears the decks to repoen dance bars, stories of some lives that changed As the architecture department of India’s premier planning and architecture college celebrates its platinum jubilee, a look back at the beginning and blossoming of the discipline in the country ELGAAR PARISHAD CASE MP EX-DGP RISHI KR SHUKLA Teltumbde arrested, released; court says action illegal, contempt of SC Govt picks new Director of CBI, Oppn dissents SC had given him protection from arrest for 4 weeks Modi at the Thakurnagar rally, Saturday. Partha Paul What SC said on January 14 CHANDAN HAYGUNDE & SUSHANT KULKARNI PUNE, FEBRUARY 2 RALLIES IN WEST BENGAL After budget, Modi hardsells sops for farmers, middle class RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & SANTANU CHOWDHURY THAKURNAGAR, DURGAPUR, KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 2 IN HISfirst public rallies after the presentation of the interim budget, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday hailed the budget as a “historic” step for small farmers and the middle class. Speaking in West Bengal, Modi asked the Trinamool Congress to back the citizenship amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha. “Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s Pather Panchali was not only adapted for masterpiece cinema [by Satyajit Ray], it also showed the picture of villages of Bengal with poverty andunemployment. Unfortunately, several decades after independence the picture remains unchanged in West Bengal. Our government in the last four and a half years has made an honest effort to alleviate their situation,” Modi said at public meeting organised by the All India Matua Mahasangha in Thakurnagar. Thakurnagar, located about 60 km north east of Kolkata close to the Bangladesh border in North 24-Parganas district, is the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAM TEMPLE MUST BE BUILT AT THE EARLIEST: SHAH PAGE 6 Farm income support a major policy shift: Garg SUNNY VERMA, AANCHAL MAGAZINE & ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 WITH AGRICULTURE prices remaining depressed over time and terms oftrade turning against the farmers, the natural policy response was to provide them a direct income support scheme, Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said Saturday. Existing policy interventions were insufficient to mitigate CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD WORK BEGINS ON FARM SCHEME To ensure the quick disbursement of the first installment of cash transfers to small farmers, the Centre has asked states to identify beneficiaries for the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme announced in the budget. FULL STORY, PAGE 5 INTERVIEW PAGE 18 DALIT SCHOLAR and civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde’s fortunes swung from disappointment to despair to relief in a matter of 24 hours after a court in Pune first rejected his application for anticipatory bail and, after Teltumbde was picked up by police, declared his arrest illegal. Teltumbde was released Saturday evening after the completion of formalities. In the afternoon, the court said that the Supreme Court would be informed about his illegal arrest. The renowned academic, who teaches at the Goa Institute of Management, was arrested before dawn at Mumbai airport after the court turned down his anticipatory bail plea earlier on Friday evening. “What has happened (arrest by Pune Police) is highly embarrassing for a person of international stature like me. I claim that there are very few people in the Scholar-activist Anand Teltumbde leaves the court with his family in Pune on Saturday evening. Arul Horizon country with a profile like me,” Teltumbde said after he was released. He rubbished the Pune Police charges against him: “These are all concocted charges based on completely fabricated evidence,” he said. Teltumbde predicted that allegations about his visit to Paris for a conference at the behest of a banned Maoist outfit, would “boomerang”. Teltumbde’s brother-in-law and Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar was among those present in the courtroom during the arguments over his arrest. Cong’s Asha Patel quits as MLA, cites ‘infighting’ SYED KHALIQUE AHMED ‘Saw no future growth in the party’ AHMEDABAD, FEBRUARY 2 IN A jolt to the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Unjha MLA Asha Patel on Saturday resigned from the Assembly as well as from the party membership, citing “infighting” in the party. Patel submitted her resignation to Speaker Rajendra Trivedi in Gandhinagar, which has been accepted, sources said. In a letter to party president Rahul Gandhi, Patel wrote that she has resigned from the party due to “prevalent infighting” and “because the leadership has been ignoring me”. “There is a lack of connection between the MLAs and the party CITIZENSHIP BILL PROTESTS IN ASSAM organisation... I felt that there is no opportunity for my future growth in the party and therefore, I resigned,” she added. Patel also claimed that her representations regarding the state of affairs in the Gujarat unit have not been heeded since last year. “I had taken up the matter with AICC general secretary and party’s Gujarat in-charge Rajeev Satav, and also senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel in Delhi, but CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUJARAT Situation challenging, says Chief Secy, calls for peace ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, FEBRUARY 2 PUTIN TO SUSPEND NUCLEAR ARMS TREATY AFTER US DOES THE SAME INDIAN-AMERICANS QUESTION US GOVT’S ENTRAPMENT OF 129 INDIAN STUDENTS P 17 WITH PROTESTS across Assam against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill continuing to intensify, state Chief Secretary Alok Kumar Saturday said the “situation is challenging” and appealed for “peaceful and democratic” protests. Kumar made the remarks at a press conference along with Additional Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna, DGP Kuladhar Saikia and IGP (Special Branch) Hiren Nath in Guwahati Saturday, just days after the BJP district unit president of Tinsukia district, Lakheswar Moran was assaulted by protesters. “The situation is peaceful but challenging. On a scale from one to ten, it is slowly progressing,” said Kumar. He also appealed for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UNFORTUNATE THAT KOLIS WERE USED AS VOTE BANK: PM MODI’S DIG AT CONG CONTROVERSIAL EX-IPS OFFICER MADE MEMBER OF STATE RIGHTS PANEL P 3 After Mirwaiz, Pak dials Geelani SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 FOUR DAYS after speaking to All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Saturday dialled Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and discussed the human rights situation in Kashmir, The Sunday Express has learnt. The phone conversations between Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and Hurriyat leaders are Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani unusual, and New Delhi had earlier summoned Pakistan’s envoy over what it called “direct interference” in India’s internal affairs. Sources said Qureshi and Geelani had an “in-depth discussion” on the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the “gross human rights viola- tions” in Kashmir. While there was no official response to the phone conversation, India had warned Pakistan of “implications” if they did not desist from such actions. This had been conveyed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood Wednesday night, after Qureshi’s phone conversation with Mirwaiz Tuesday. Sources said that it is “extremely unusual” for a top Pakistan minister to directly dial Hurriyat leaders. The NDA government has, in the last fourand-half years, objected to their meetings as well, and even cancelling the Foreign secretaries and Foreign ministers meetings on this account. South Block sources told The Indian Express Saturday that the government will respond Sunday after the details are ascertained. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PM IN VALLEY TODAY, MIRWAIZ, EX-MLA FACE ARREST PAGE 9 Teltumbde is among 22 people named as accused in the Elgaar Parishad case for alleged CPI(Maoist) links. On January 14, while rejecting his plea to quash the Pune Police FIR against him, the Supreme Court had granted him protection from arrest for four weeks, so that he could seek bail from the trial court. Teltumbde had accordingly filed the plea for anticipatory bail on January 18. The court denied him reliefon Friday, saying the investigating CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ON JANUARY 14, the Supreme Court had said that the “investigation (against Teltumbde) is getting bigger and bigger”, and it was not inclined to quash the FIR. However, the court said: “...Counsel for the petitioner submits that interim protection against arrest granted by the High Court on 15th October, 2018... remained in force until... 18th January, 2019. We extend the said interim protection for a period of four weeks from today within which the petitioner may seek regular/pre-arrest bail from the Competent Authority...” FULL COVERAGE PAGE 9 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 TWENTY-TWO days after Alok Verma was ousted as CBI chief, the Centre Saturday appointed Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983batch IPS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, the agency’s new Director. Shukla was the Madhya Pradesh police chief until January when he was transferred by the Kamal Nath government as chairman of police housing. T h e He is a 1983- Appointments Committee of batch, MPcadre officer the Cabinet (ACC) named Shukla even as Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress member in the Prime Minister-headed selection panel, sent a dissent note that S Javed Ahmed, a 1983-batch UP cadre CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Selection norm diluted, Shukla is not qualified enough: Kharge MANOJ CG & SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 OBJECTING TO the appointment of Rishi Kumar Shukla as CBI Director in a dissent note to the Centre, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge Saturday said the officer had no experience handling anti-corruption cases and alleged that the selection criterion mandated by law had been diluted. Kharge, who was part of the three-member selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said that the government replaced the criterion of “experience in investigation in anti-corruption cases” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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