DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES `4.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 HRD MINISTRY COMMITTEE Denied hall, city’s H K Arts College cancels annual fest with Mevani as chief guest EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GANDHINAGAR, FEBRUARY 10 A DAY before H K Arts College of Ahmedabad was set to host Dalit leader and Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani as chief guest, the college authorities on Sunday decided to cancel its annual festival event altogether after the trust governing the college refused to allot a hall following alleged pressure from some student leaders of the BJP opposed to Mevani. Mevani, an alumnus ofthe college, was invited by the college to hand over the awards to students. Display of lack of spine: Jignesh Mevani BENGAL MLA KILLED Empower IITs to pick their directors: Panel BJP LEADERS HAD THREATENED: PRINCIPAL 2 ‘BJP workers’ held, TMC alleges Mukul Roy hand RITIKA CHOPRA “We had invited Jignesh Mevani some 15-20 days ago after he consented to be the chief guest. We wanted to invite him since he is a former student of the college. However, some student leaders who are from the BJP who are actively associated with Gujarat University did not like the decision and started issuing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After denial, BSY admits he met JD(S) MLA’s son EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 10 Reena, wife of Rakesh, one of the hooch victims in Saharanpur, on Sunday. Gajendra Yadav spurious liquor trade, a UP government spokesperson said in a statement, 3,049 people have been arrested and over 79,000 litres of country-made liquor seized across the state. According to the spokesperson, 2,812 FIRs have been filed, and the most arrests, around 2,700, were made in the Agra zone. Dharam Singh (36) said the A YEAR after the IIMs were granted unprecedented autonomy under a new Act, a committee of IIT directors is learnt to have sought powers similar to the 20 premier business schools to appoint their own institute heads and chairmen. As reported by The Indian Express on October 24, 2018, the seven-member panel, headed by former IIT-Kanpur chairman M Anandkrishnan, was set up by the HRD Ministry to explore the feasibility ofdiluting government control over the 23 IITs. The directors of IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, IITBombay, IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur and a professor of IIT-Madras are the other panel members. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Hooch toll 99, over 3,000 held: Sold at weddings, prayer meets AMIL BHATNAGAR SAHARANPUR, FEBRUARY 10 AT WEDDINGS, prayer meetings and multiple mass gatherings, white plastic pouches of country-made liquor were sold in villages across Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh along the Uttarakhand border. Manufactured with cheap raw materials and sold for between Rs 10 and Rs 30, the liquor, locals say, was a common sight in the region. The deaths, however, are a first. Over the last four days, officials say, the illicit liquor has killed at least 99 people — 59 in Saharanpur, 10 in Kushinagar and 30 in Haridwar, the source of the poisonous liquor, according to police. In a two-day drive against Rupali Biswas, wife of MLA Satyajit Biswas. Partha Paul IIT autonomy test for Centre THE IIMS have always enjoyed more autonomy than IITs. The true test of the NDA-II government’s intention to unshackle higher education institutions lies in what it does with the recommendations to give similar powers to IITs, starting with empowering them to appoint their own heads. RAVIK BHATTACHARYA PHULBARI (NADIA), FEB 10 KRISHNAGANJ MLA Satyajit Biswas was killed by a man who lived close to the Trinamool Congress leader’s home, and is a local hoodlum and BJP worker, witnesses and members of Biswas’s family alleged on Sunday. The alleged assailant, Abhijit Pundari, is absconding. Police have arrested two other accused, and recovered a countrymade handgun from a field not far from where Biswas was killed. The two men who were arrested CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HUBBALI, FEBRUARY 10 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY KARNATAKA BJP president B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday admitted that he had met Sharanagouda Kandakur, son of JD(S) MLA Naganagouda Kandakur, on the night of February 7 and discussed the possibility ‘Discussed of getting his some things’ father to join the BJP. On Friday, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had released an audio recording of a purported conversation between CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rafale deal: Conflict of interest, For Cong, defence sector only Gaming, selfies: Bengaluru CAG must recuse, says Cong about brokering deals: PM clinic helps addicts log out EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 10 IN A fresh offensive on the Rafale fighter jet deal, the Congress on Sunday asked Comptroller and Auditor General of India Rajiv Mehrishi to “recuse” himselffrom auditing the deal, citing “conflict of interest” and “gross impropriety”. Saying that the CAG may table its report in Parliament on Monday, the Congress accused Mehrishi of “attempting to help the government by giving it a ‘We are watching overenthusiastic officials’. PTI clean chit certificate”. Addressing a press conference, senior Congress leader CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAHUL TO MEET FOREIGN ENVOYS P10 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHENNAI, FEBRUARY 10 FACING OPPOSITION attack on the Rafale deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back on Sunday, saying that for the Congress, the defence sector was only about “brokering deals and helping their own set of friends”. Addressing a rally in Tirupur, he said: “From the seas to the skies, the Congress has several scams associated with defence, and, in the process, the party did ‘Opposition misleading farmers, youth.’ PTI not allow the modernisation of defence forces for the long years that they were in power... Every middleman caught had a link with some Congress leader or other... Those who got the opportunity to rule the nation for years CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, FEBRUARY 10 AMONG THE case studies at the technology de-addiction clinic or the Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bengaluru is that of a 21-year-old college student who took selfies every 15-20 minutes. Doctors said her obsession with the thought that her ap- TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com pearance is somehow flawed was the consequence of a mental health ailment called body dysmorphic disorder. She was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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