DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019, JAIPUR, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 PRIME MINISTER IN J&K Stand by citizenship Bill, tortured children of Maa Bharati: Modi In Srinagar, says will work to realise the ‘dreams and legacy’ of Vajpayee THE EDITORIAL PAGE WHATTHEBUDGET LACKS BY KIRIT S PARIKH PAGE 8 Rescue operations at the accident spot between two railway stations in Vaishali, Bihar, Sunday. Nagendra Kumar Singh Courts must be guided by constitutional morality: CJI 6 dead, 29 injured as train derails in Bihar; fracture in track suspected SREENIVAS JANYALA SANTOSH SINGH AMARAVATI, FEBRUARY 3 CHIEF JUSTICE of India Ranjan GogoiSundaysaidconstitutional courts must rely on the principlesof constitutionalmoralityto test the validity of State actions. Speakinghereafterlayingthe foundation stone for the Andhra PradeshHighCourtcomplexand inaugurating the interim HC buildingbesideit,theCJIsaidthe principlesweredevisedasjudges cannot apply their personal notions to judgments. “Whether is a criminal court or civil, when justice is done, it is ultimately the principles of morality which are upheld, which are entwined with the law,”theCJIsaid,adding,“Asyou go higher into Constitutional courts, the situation becomes complex. How a State should treat its citizens, whether the State is discriminating, whether the State is being unfair, if a legislation is invalid... These all have to be tested on the touchstone of moralprinciples.Nowhereisthe danger. As judges we do not permit our individual notions to affect our judgment and decisionmaking process. Therefore what has been evolved are principles of constitutionalmorality,which is a better and safer and realistic test. As judges we never do something that we have to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD POPE HEADS TO UAE IN FIRST PAPAL VISIT TO PENINSULA ‘QUEEN TO BE EVACUATED IN CASE OF BREXIT UNREST’ PAGE 6 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EXPRESS NETWORK JIMMY LEIVON IMPHAL, FEBRUARY 3 Accident happened around 4 am, many passengers were headed to Kumbh SAHDEI-BUZURG (VAISHALI), FEBRUARY 3 AT LEAST six people, including three women, died after nine coaches of the Seemanchal Express heading to Delhi from Bihar derailed between SahdeiBuzurg and Mahnar stations in Vaishali district, about 60 km north-eastof Patna,officialssaid. The accident, which left 29 people injured, occurred around 4 am Sunday and was caused by a suspected fracture on the track beforeMahnarstation,theysaid. While the Railways has ordered a probe into the derailment, many of the injured passengers said they were headed toPrayagrajinUPfortheKumbh. One of them, who is undergoing treatment at the Sadar hospital inHajipur,about25kmfromthe spot, said she first heard a “rattling” sound before briefly “losing consciousness”. “I had been travelling with my husband and sister in coach B-3. We were jolted awake and fell off our seats. My husband and sister suffered head injuries but are stable,” Sudevi Basak, 62, a retired teacher, said. “It took us about an hour to comeoutof thecompartment.It was very dark and we were not able to locate the exit gate because of the chaos... We had boarded the train at Raiganj for takingtheholydipintheGanges for the Kumbh,” she said. Basak said her husband Subodh, 66, is in the emergency wardwhilesisterBhakti,73,who CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Yogi addresses Bengal Mamata vs Centre: CBI team after Kolkata rally over phone, says not allowed to land police chief is ‘held’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ENS & PTI KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 3 KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 3 A NUMBER of CBI officers who had gone to question Kolkata Policechief RajeevKumarinconnection with chit fund scam cases, were bundled into police jeeps,whiskedtoapolicestation and reportedly detained on Sunday. Amidst escalating tension between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and theCentre,LoudonStreetincentral Kolkata, where Kumar lives, witnessed a virtual showdown betweenthestatepoliceandCBI. Some reports said CBI officers had been arrested. A senior police officer, however, said the CBI personnel had onlybeentakentothepolicesta- Outside the police chief’s house on Sunday. Express tion to determine if they had the documents required for questioning Kumar. Mamataherself rushedtothe residence of Kumar. Reiterating her support for the police chief, sheaccusedtheBJPof “misusing power to take control of police and all other institutions”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ADDRESSING a public rally in Balurghat over the phone after his helicopter was allegedly denied permission by the West Bengal government to land, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday accusedthestateadministrationof “throttling the voice of the Opposition”. Recently, the state government had not let BJP president Amit Shah’s helicopter to land in Malda at a small local airport. Shah had later used a helipad of the BSF to address the rally. The TMC government had also gone to court against BJP rath yatra plans in the state. Adityanath was scheduled to address two rallies, at Balurghat in Dakshin Dinajpur district and at Raigunj in Uttar Dinajpur. BJP leaders claimed the administration did not let them use a helipadinBalurghatforhishelicopter. While the administration remained tightlipped over the issue, West Bengal Tourism Minister Gautam Deb said that having “failed to gather people for the rallies”, the BJP had made up the excuse. Addressing the Balurghat meeting over the phone, Adityanathsaid,“Iwassupposed to reach your rally. But Bengal’s TMCgovernmentgotscaredand did not allow me to come. Therefore, using Modiji’s digital India, I have reached out to you.” He added, “Bengal’s government is anti-democracy. It is a government which harbours anti-national and anarchic CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Amidst 6-9-hour power cuts, some relief for Srinagar from 10-yr-old’s letter to Governor ADIL AKHZER SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 3 HIS LETTER to J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik saying he was not able to study because of erratic power supply saw the authorities swing into action and restore power to 10-year-old Mohammed Haseef Shah’s Srinagarlocalitywithin24hours. But as CBSE annual exams draw near, and temperatures hover in the minus in many parts of Kashmir,longwinterpowercuts are back in the state. Dr G N Itoo, Director, School Education, Kashmir, admitted that the lack of electricity posed a serious problem, adding that the government was aware of it. PAGE 1 ANCHOR Highdemand, lowsupply Since letter, power regular at Haseef home. Shuaib Masoodi “Thisissuehasadirectimpacton the academic performance of students.” He added that while studies are affected in Kashmir in summers due to unrest and frequent shutdowns, in winters, students battle power cuts. The three months of winter aremarkedbyerraticpoweroutages in the Valley. At present, there are six-hour power cuts in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LONG POWER cuts in winter are an old problem in J&K, and officials say their hands are tied. Against demand of 2200 MW in Kashmir, supply is about 1250 MW. Low temperatures, resulting in water freezing and affecting hydel plants, have added to problem. PM Modi with Governor Malik in Srinagar. Shuaib Masoodi ARUN SHARMA & BASHAARAT MASOOD VIJAYPUR (JAMMU), SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 3 SAYING HIS government was committed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that is pending in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that his government would stand with the children of “Maa Bharati (Mother India)” who have faced persecutioninPakistan,Afghanistanand Bangladesh. AddressingarallyatVijaypur in Jammu region, at the site of a proposed AIIMS, Modi said, “Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh mein aisi Maa Bharti CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 3 THE CONGRESS governments in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are consideringtheideaof establishing a Student Rights Commission, a first-of-its-kind grievance redressal mechanism to deal with issues in universities related to admission and fees, discrimination, quality of education, delay in exams and results, and freedom of speech. The idea is part of a Students Rights Act that has been conceived and drafted by the NSUI. “It is a good and a positive idea. Students and their families have been airing genuine grievances. A lot of malpractices have cometolight,likedelayingof exams, unregulated changes in curricula, fleecing... the governmentmachineryisnotequipped to handle such grievances and genuine complaints,” Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot told The Indian Express. “If a commission is formed, it can protect students, and especiallythosefromtheweakersections can have a redressal mechanism, which does not exist so far.Thestudentsnowhavetoapproach courts for grievance redressal,whichisatime-consuming exercise,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rahul, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot in Patna. Nagendra Kumar Singh Will waive farm loans across country if voted to Centre: Rahul EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PATNA, FEBRUARY 3 ADDRESSING HIS first public rally in Bihar since taking over as Congresspresident,andwiththe Lok Sabha elections around the corner, Rahul Gandhi Sunday said if his party’s alliance comes to power at the Centre, it would waiveloansof farmersacrossthe country on the lines of what his party’s newly formed governments had announced in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Gandhi also reiterated his promise made in Chhattisgarh on January 28 that his party, if voted to power, would launch the policy of “minimum income guaranteetoeverypoorperson”. In his speech at the rally, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav referred to Gandhi as “PM material”. Accusing the BJP-led central government of handing out the country’s assets to a “a few industrialists”, Gandhi said: “Delhi mein hamari sarkar aayegi toh poore desh me loan waiver kiya jayega jaisa ki teenon states ne kiya hai (If we come to power at the Centre, we will waive loan of farmers across the country as wasdonebythegovernmentsin Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan). There is no power on earth that can prevent us from fulfulling this promise.” Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said: “A few daysago,PMNarendraModihad been clapping vigorously over CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Wardha’s villages, banking means ATMs coming home VIVEK DESHPANDE FARMLOANWAIVER CERTIFICATES FROM FEB7,SAYSGOVT P3 ki anek santaney hein jin par atyachar hua. Wo kabhi hamare ganatantra ka hissa they (There are many children of Mother India in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladeshwhohavefacedpersecution. They were once a part of our Republic). We shall have to stand for justice and protectionof therightsof allthesepeople who were once part of undivided India and got separated during 1947.” Later in the day, addressing a rally in Srinagar, Modi asserted that his government would “break the backbone of terror in Jammu and Kashmir”. While he said they would work to realise the dreams and legacy of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, there INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED filmmaker of Manipur Aribam Shyam Sharma Sunday announced that he would return his Padma Shri awardasprotest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. “I am returning the Padma Aribam Shri given to me Shyam by the governSharma ment of India in solidarity with the voice of the people of the Northeast and Manipur,whohavebeenvociferously opposing the citizenship Bill,”Sharmasaid,atnewsconferencecalledathisThangmeiband residence in Imphal. The Bill, he said, was a threat to a small state like Manipur, whichhasapopulationlessthan Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh eye panel to help students in universities Transactions of over Rs 42 crore since micro-ATM scheme for financial inclusion was launched in 2017 AFTERMIRWAIZ, QURESHICALLS UPGEELANI, DISCUSSES KASHMIRISSUE P4 Renowned Manipuri filmmaker returns Padma Shri WARDHA, FEBRUARY 3 MAHADEORAO FATING is over 90, his wife Parvatabai close behind. The couple, who rarely move out of the tin-shed home in Waigaon village in Maharashtra’s Wardha district, sustain themselves with the Rs 600 a month that each gets under the state government’s Shravanbal Yojana for elderly TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org destitutes.Onceinthreemonths, themoneygetsdepositedintheir local State Bank of India branch. There’s no way they can make that visit, so the bank comes to them — in the form of Sangita Kamble and her micro-ATM. Kamble, 40, is a banking correspondent (BC) who takes banking solutions to the doorstepsof theFatingsandseveral others in their village. She is one of 115 BCs appointed under the Wardha district’s Aaplaa Aadhaar Aapli Bank (Our Aadhaar, Our Bank), an Aadharlinked banking scheme in vil- BankingCorrespondent SangitaKambleatwork. Deepak Daware lages that either have no banks or where people have difficulty getting to banks. StartedinNovember2017,the scheme has seen 1,59,787 transactionsworthoverRs42.55crore in Wardha — so far, 11 of the 115 BCshaverecordedtransactionsof overRs1croreeach.TheBCs,most of them drawn from local selfhelp groups in Wardha, are trained by IDFC First Bank to operate the micro-ATM machine and carry out transactions. These includewithdrawalsanddeposits, utility bills, pension and scholarship, mobile or TV recharge, and opening new accounts. Jaipur All that customers have to do is approach the BC with their Aadhaar numbers — in the case of the elderly and infirm, the BCs carry out home visits — let the machine scan their biometrics and ask the BC for the money to be withdrawn or deposited. After each such transaction, the machine releases a slip and sendsamessagetothecustomer on her mobile. Each BC gets Rs 5,000Rs 7,000dependingonthetransaction, including commissions and a monthly honorarium of Rs 3,000 from the Maharashtra CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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