DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES `4.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 COERCIVE DIPLOMACY China signals shift: UNSC condemns Pulwama terror attack, names Jaish UNSC says attack ‘heinous, cowardly’; urges all to cooperate with India GUJARAT SHUBHAJIT ROY Gross security failure, says Cong, gets surgical strike’s Hooda to head panel EXPRESS NETWORK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 36 RESCUED LIONS TO BE RELEASED INTO WILD PAGE 3 Don’t agree with Governor Roy’s remarks on Kashmiris, says Prasad EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 TWO DAYS after Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy endorsed a call to boycott Kashmir and Kashmiris economically following the Pulwama terror attack, the Centre Thursday distanced itself from his remarks with Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saying that he didn’t agree with them. In the first official reaction from the government to Roy’s remarks, Prasad said: “I don’t agree with his tweets.” On Tuesday, Roy posted on Twitter: “An appeal from a retired Colonel of the Indian Army: Don’t visit Kashmir, don’t go to Amarnath for the next 2 years. Don’t buy articles from Kashmir emporia or Kashmiri tradesman who come every winter. Boycott everything Kashmiri. I am inclined to agree.” The remarks came at a time when Kashmiris, particularly students, have been targeted by Hindutva groups protesting against the Pulwama attack. Asked about the attacks on Kashmiris and why the Prime Minister has not reacted to them, Prasad said: “What is important is action. Wherever it has happened, action has been taken. We have said several times that Kashmir is an integral part of India. (The) problem is that some people only want answers from the Prime Minister without doing their responsibility.” SIGNALLING A clear shift, China Thursday signed off on a United Nations Security Council (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 PAK BANS HAFIZ SAEED’S JuD, FIF IMRAN TO ARMY: RESPOND DECISIVELY INDIA TO STOP FLOW OF WATER TO PAK, SAYS GADKARI PAGE 9 Beijing agreed to name JeM, which is a UN-proscribed terrorist 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 resulted in over 40 Indian paramilitary forces dead and dozens wounded on February 14, 2019, for which Jaish-e-Mohammad CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 THE NDA government plans to junk the National Sample Survey 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 WORLD Rahul Gandhi with Hooda; met before Pulwama. RELATED REPORT, PAGE 9 ofControl (LoC) on September 29, 2016 in the wake of the terrorist attack at the Army brigade headquarters in Uri. Hooda will, in con- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cong sounds like Pak, true colours come out to weaken morale of country: Prasad LIZ MATHEW ‘Cong was maintaining a facade for five days’ NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 HITTING BACK at the Congress for its criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Pulwama attack, the BJP accused the Opposition party of showing its “true colours” after maintaining the “facade of standing with the government and the armed forces” 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 the last five days, the true colours of the Congress 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 THE QUESTIONS THAT MATTER How do small parties matter in UP? PAGE 6 SP-BSP COULD BE UP AGAINST GROUND REALITY IN 26 SEATS MULAYAM TARGETS AKHILESH ON ALLIANCE WITH BSP 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, PAGE 13 its findings on February 27 so that it could be shared by the first week of March. The meeting was attended by Niti vice-chairman Rajeev Kumar, Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar and his officials. The bureau’s survey covers 1 lakh Mudra beneficiaries who availed of the loan scheme between April 2015 and January 31, 2019. Niti has asked the ministry to furnish figures on number ofpeople directly employed through this scheme as well as additional jobs created as a spin off. PAGE 1 ANCHOR NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 FROM AN anti-corruption drive along the international border to 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-long drive to clean a river by as many as 28,000 volunteers. These are among the projects 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 governance as they script change that touches the lives of countless people. Awarded to the most innovative 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. And uses GPS to track vehicles 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 in governance means — ideation, implementation and innovation. The categories include: Agriculture, Education, Health, Implementation of Central schemes, Technology, Women Development, Child Development, Inclusive CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Niti wants the sample findings to be extrapolated over 15.56 crore Mudra beneficiaries as per official records while the Labour Ministry pushed for a real base number of 10.5 crore as the former had “double or triple counting of loans”. The larger number also included people who had moved to self-employment from other jobs resulting in status quo on new job creation, Labour Ministry said. Moreover, it argued that some of the 34.26 crore Jan Dhan account holders CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OPPOSITION PARTIES TO MEET ON FEB 26 PAGES 13, 14 Mob assaults 2 Kashmiri students in Maharashtra VIVEK DESHPANDE 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 Dahyabhai Patel Sharirik Shikshan Mahavidyalaya when they were returning to their rented rooms from the market on Wednesday night. Hundreds of Kashmiri students, facing threats, have had to 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 minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday dismissed reports of harassment of Kashmiri students outside their state. ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 THE CENTRAL Board of Trustees ofthe Employees’ Provident Fund 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 cent in the previous financial year. 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. The recommendation to hike EPFO’s interest comes when most other small savings instruments offer an interest rate below 8 per cent and amid downward direction in interest rates set out by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). PAGE 9 BY UNNY Comes when rates are falling Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Gangwar said the interest rate was decided as per consensus and now the ministry will send the recommendation for approval of this rate. 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jamia wanted honorary doctorate for alumnus SRK, govt said no YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION ARANYA SHANKAR NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NHRC NOTICE TO CENTRE, STATES BUSINESS AS USUAL 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 similar degree from the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) — although there is no official bar on such a practice. Records accessed by The Indian Expressunder the Right To Information (RTI) Act reveal that the HRD Ministry’s rejection came three months after 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 15 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE A daily Explainer on 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 DECISION In poll vault, EPFO’s board 2019 proposes interest hike to 8.65% NSSO job loss report junked, Niti taps Mudra survey for data AMITAV RANJAN THE CONGRESS criticised the government Thursday saying that the terror attack in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF personnel was the result of an “unpardonable failure” of national security and the “intelligence apparatus.” And announced a task force on national security to be headed by Lieutenant General (retd) D S Hooda. Hooda was the Northern Army Commander at the time of the surgical strike across the Line sultation with a “select group of experts”, prepare a vision paper for the country, the Congress said. Having extended support to the Government after the Pulwama attack, the Congress had been pulling its punches, 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.” Which DMs are doing the best work? And the awards go to... IT HAS been a long day for the 34year-old. She had spent the day, like many before this one, recounting her story ofhaving been violated by multiple men and the 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, and in case ofminor survivors, their parents, all from rural Dalit and Adivasi communities. Their 65-day journey, which started from Mumbai on December 20, 2018, will reach the Capital Friday, after having covered 200 districts across 24 states. Shouting slogans through the 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 working against caste-based discrimination 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. Around 5,000 survivors and families, who were all part ofthe journey 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 abducted from her husband’s tribal 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 lodge a complaint and days later, when they finally did, subjected CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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