DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 COERCIVE DIPLOMACY Chinasignalsshift:UNSC condemns Pulwamaterrorattack,namesJaish UNSC says attack ‘heinous, cowardly’; urges all to cooperate with India NSSO job loss report junked, Niti taps Mudra survey for data AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 THE NDA government plans to junktheNationalSampleSurvey Office (NSSO) report on unemployment and, instead, use findings of the Labour Bureau’s survey on jobs created under the Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency (Mudra) scheme to laud its achievement on this front. Niti Aayog on Thursday asked the Labour Ministry to process the survey and present its findings on February 27 so thatitcouldbesharedbythefirst week of March. The meeting was attended by Niti vice-chairman Rajeev Kumar, Labour Minister Santosh KumarGangwarandhisofficials. The bureau’s survey covers 1 lakh Mudra beneficiaries who availed of the loan scheme betweenApril2015andJanuary31, 2019. Nitihasaskedtheministryto furnish figures on number of people directly employed SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 SIGNALLING A clear shift, China Thursday signed off on a United NationsSecurityCouncil(UNSC) statement that “condemned in the strongest terms” the Pulwama terror attack and named Pakistan-based Jaish-eMohammad for the “heinous and cowardly suicide bombing”. The statement is significant because China has singlehandedly blocked the listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” at the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 sanctions committee for the last 10 years. At least three attempts in the last decade — in 2009, 2016 and 2017 — have been blocked by Beijing at Pakistan’s behest. Sources said France took the lead in issuing the statement at the UNSC — which includes US, UK, Russia and China — that “urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of India and all other relevant authorities in this regard”. This is a reference to the Indian government’s efforts to list Azhar as a global terrorist. Sources said that while EXPRESS NETWORK Gross security failure, says Cong, gets surgical strike’s Hooda to head panel EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 PAK BANS HAFIZ SAEED’S JuD, FIF IMRANTOARMY: RESPOND DECISIVELY INDIA TO STOP FLOW OFWATER TOPAK, SAYS GADKARI PAGE 9 Beijing agreed to name JeM, whichisaUN-proscribedterrorist group since 2002, it has not yet yielded on Azhar’s listing. The statement, which was issued late Thursday night, said “the members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, which resultedinover40Indianparamilitary forces dead and dozens wounded on February 14, 2019, for which Jaish-e-Mohammad CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE CONGRESS criticised the government Thursday saying thattheterrorattackinPulwama that killed 40 CRPF personnel was the result of an “unpardonable failure” of national security andthe“intelligenceapparatus.” And announced a task force on nationalsecuritytobeheadedby Lieutenant General (retd) D S Hooda. Hooda was the Northern Army Commander at the time of thesurgicalstrikeacrosstheLine Rahul Gandhi with Hooda; met before Pulwama. ofControl(LoC)onSeptember29, 2016 in the wake of the terrorist attackattheArmybrigadeheadquartersinUri.Hoodawill,incon- sultation with a “select group of experts”, prepare a vision paper forthecountry,theCongresssaid. Having extended support to the Government after the Pulwama attack, the Congress hadbeenpullingitspunches,but today the gloves were off. The party alleged that the Prime Minister was shooting for an “advertisement film” at the Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand until hours after the attack on February 14. And that this “self propagation” was an insult to the “martyrdom of the soldiers.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cong sounds like Pak, true colours come out to weaken morale of country: Prasad LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 HITTING BACK at the Congress foritscriticismof PrimeMinister Narendra Modi over the Pulwamaattack,theBJPaccused the Opposition party of showing its “true colours” after maintaining the “facade of standing with the government and the armed forces” for five days. ‘Cong was maintaining a facade for five days’ The ruling party also alleged that the contents of the Congress’s latest salvo bore “a striking resemblance” to that of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech two days ago. “After maintaining a facade of standing with the government and the armed forces for thelastfivedays,thetruecolours of theCongress party have come out. When the whole country is one, when the morale of the armed forces is sky high, and country after country pass resolutions condemning Pulwama, standing firmly with the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 NAGPUR, FEBRUARY 21 A MOB, including a local officebearer of the Shiv Sena’s youth wing, beat up two Kashmiri students of a Yavatmal college, forced them to chant Vande Mataram and warned them to leave the college. The mob accosted the physical education students of DahyabhaiPatelSharirikShikshan Mahavidyalaya when they were returning to their rented rooms from the market on Wednesday night.Hundredsof Kashmiristudents,facing threats, have hadto pack and leave from many northern states, particularly Uttarakhand and Haryana, following the car bomb attack in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF men. However, Union HRD min- ister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesdaydismissedreportsof harassment of Kashmiri students outside their state. Yavatmal SP M Rajkumar said, “We have identified three personsfromtheassailantgroup. One of them is Ajinkya Motke, supposed to be the district vicepresident of Yuva Sena.” The assailants videorecorded the assault and uploaded them on Motke’s Facebook page. “The Kashmiris will be driven out, beaten up again wherever they will be found,”MotkesaidinhisFBpage alongside the video. A slogan on CONTINUEDONPAGE2 MAN HELD FOR ‘INSULTING ARMY’ IN MUMBAI; GETS BAIL PAGE 3 ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 A CHAIR IN BETWEEN Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav with Patidar leader Hardik Patel in Lucknow. The SP-BSP alliance released a list of seats on Thursday — the SP will contest from 37 seats and the BSP from 38. Vishal Srivastav REPORT,PAGE11 After 6-hour meeting with govt, Navi Mumbai set to get coastal road by 2021 farmers call off long march ZEESHAN SHAIKH NASHIK, FEBRUARY 21 AFTERDELIBERATIONSwith the Maharashtra government that stretched to nearly six hours,the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) decided to call off its “long march” to Mumbai on Thursday evening. The AIKS leadership said it had received assurances from the government that its demandswouldbemet.Itsaidthat unlike last year, the government hasagreedtoholdareviewmeet WORLD Farmers take part in march earlier in the day. Express every two months to monitor implementationof thepromises. As the negotiations began, the long march, which was sup- PAGE 1 ANCHOR posed to cover 40 km on its first day on Thursday, was called off after the farmers had walked 13 km. “We do not want to cause discomfort to people. We had undertaken the march for our rights. Last year, too, the government had given assurances but it had not kept them. This time, they have said they will keep their word and also set up a review committee, along with us, to see if the assurances are implemented. We have, therefore, decidedtocalloff ourmorchafor CONTINUEDONPAGE2 NEERAJ TIWARI MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 21 MHARASHTRA’S CITY and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has planned a second coastal road for Navi Mumbai that will connect Kharghar to Amra Marg at Panvel, which will also provide access to the proposed international airport in Navi Mumbai. CIDCO MD Lokesh Chandra confirmed that the plans for the road were in the works. “We are planning a coastal road in Navi Mumbai. It will connect Kharghar to Amra Marg and the water terminal at Nerul. We are in process of getting environmental clearances. Once we get the nod from the environment department, we will float the tenders to award civil work contract,” he said. TheprojectwouldcostRs270 croreandthetargetdateforcompletion is 2021, Chandra said. In order to take care of nodal traffic, a service road has also been proposed alongside. This will ensure unobstructed traffic movementsfromMumbaiTrans Harbour Link Corridor (MTHL) CONTINUEDONPAGE2 THE CENTRAL Board of Trustees oftheEmployees’ProvidentFund Organisation (EPFO) Thursday recommended hiking the interest rate for its 6-crore active subscribers to 8.65 per cent for the current financial year of 2018-19 from a five-year low of 8.55 per centinthepreviousfinancialyear. At 8.65 per cent, the interest rate is now at the same level as in 2016-17 and the EPFO will have a surplus of Rs 151.67 crore. Therecommendationtohike EPFO’sinterestcomeswhenmost other small savings instruments offer an interest rate below 8 per cent and amid downward directionininterestratessetoutbythe Reserve Bank of India (RBI). NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 FROM AN anti-corruption drive alongtheinternationalborderto a garbage dump that became a nature park; from a district hospital which now boasts of new operation theatres and a neo-natal unit in the heart of Maoist territory to a threemonth-longdrivetocleanariver byasmanyas28,000volunteers. Theseareamongtheprojects that have won the first The Indian Express Excellence in Governance Awards that will be presented here on February 28. These biennial awards celebrate the finest work done by District Magistrates across the country — women and men considered the foot-soldiers of governanceastheyscriptchange that touches the lives of countless people. Awardedtothemostinnovative solutions to governance challenges at the district level across the country, the winning entries included projects like a cluster of solar panels installed on a hillock as an alternate energy source, to an automatic fare collection system that gives live reports about the day’s collections.AndusesGPStotrackvehicles to know if they are over- speeding or under-speeding or not stopping at bus stops. As many as 249 entries poured in from 84 districts in 24 states for the awards that will be given to DMs in 16 categories. One district has won across two categories while a single state has got four winning districts. The awards capture the widest range of what excellence ingovernancemeans—ideation, implementationandinnovation. The categories include: Agriculture, Education, Health, Implementation of Central schemes, Technology, Women Development, Child Development, Inclusive CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Comeswhen rates are falling Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Gangwar said the interest rate was decided as perconsensusandnowtheministrywillsendtherecommendation for approval of this rate. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE RATE hike is good news for employees ahead of polls but it comes when the economy is moving towards a lower interest rate regime. At 8.65%, EPFO rate will be much higher than that of most small savings instruments which offer a rate below 8% and the key policy rate set out by RBI. YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION ARANYA SHANKAR NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 THE HRD Ministry denied a request from Jamia Millia Islamia to award an honorary doctorate to actor Shah Rukh Khan, a former student of the university, HRD said he had already received a similar degree saying it would “not be in order” since he had already received a similardegreefromtheMaulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)—althoughthereisno official bar on such a practice. Records accessed by The IndianExpressundertheRightTo Information (RTI) Act reveal that the HRD Ministry’s rejection came three monthsafter Jamia’s request last February. When contacted by The Indian Express, Higher Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam acknowledged that there were “no rules issued by UGC regarding this so far”. Asked about similar instances earlier when honorary CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Delhi today: Over 5,000 survivors of sexual assault SHALINI NAIR RATLAM, JHABUA (MP), DAHOD, AHMEDABAD (GUJARAT), FEBRUARY 21 PAGE 14 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Jamia wanted honorary doctorate for alumnus SRK, govt said no Their families reach Capital after 65 days across 200 dists, 24 states 70 DIE IN MASSIVE DHAKA FIRE Feb 28: The first Indian Express Excellence in Governance Awards In poll vault, EPFO’s board proposes interest hike to 8.65% Mob assaults 2 Kashmiri students in Maharashtra VIVEK DESHPANDE Which DMs are doing the best work? And the awards go to... ITHASbeenalongdayforthe34year-old. She had spent the day, like many before this one, recountingherstoryofhavingbeen violatedbymultiplemenandthe stigma that followed. Despite having barely recovered from typhoid, she left her village in Madhya Pradesh to join the Garima Yatra, a dignity march by hundreds of survivors of sexual violence,andincaseofminorsurvivors,theirparents,allfromrural Dalit and Adivasi communities. Their 65-day journey, which started from Mumbai on December20,2018,willreachthe Capital Friday, after having covered200districtsacross24states. Shoutingslogansthroughthe day, by night, her sore throat can barely let out a squeak. But, the 34-year-old says, she is glad to have found her voice now. “Initially, I could never speak about it. But we are not in the wrong, the perpetrators are wrong, society is wrong. We are on this journey to change mindsets,” says the 34-year-old, during a night halt in a dharamshala at a tribal settlement in the foothills of Devgadh Baria taluka in Dahod, on the eastern tip of Gujarat. Some spark a movement at the click of a keypad. Others trudge 10,000 km across the country for their stories to be The Garima Yatra started from Mumbai on Dec 20. Shalini Nair heard. The march, partly on foot and partly in vehicles, has been organised by the Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan, a coalition of civil society organisations workingagainstcaste-baseddiscrimination and gender violence. At every stop enroute, they are joined by hundreds of locals, some of whom, inspired by the stories, speak of their own trials. Around5,000survivorsandfamilies,whowereallpartofthejourney at one point or the other, are expected to converge in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on the final day. Sipping tea to soothe her throat, the 34-year-old says the journey is about shifting the shame from the survivor to the perpetrator. A shame she has relived many times since four years ago, when she was abductedfromherhusband’stribal village in MP by two men who raped her for several days. She was later sold to a Thakur man who violated her for the next six months. When she finally managed to escape and go to the police station, they first refused to lodgeacomplaintanddayslater, when they finally did, subjected CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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