eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE A LITTLE BIT OF MAGIC GOES A LONG WAY LUCKNOW,LATECITY MARCH3,2019 22+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA POST-IAF STRIKES PM:Resultsmayhavebeen differentifIndiahadRafale Says recent events have shown world “effect of India’s foreign policy” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 IN THE backdrop of the recent air-strikesbytheIndianAirForce inside Pakistan, Prime Minister NarendraModionSaturdaysaid if the country had Rafale, the results could have been different. Speaking at the India Today Conclave2019,Modialsosaidpeople had seen the “effect of India’s foreignpolicy”intherecentdevelopments, and said this unity amongIndians“hadinstilledafear amonganti-nationalsbothinside andoutsidethecountry”. Modi said the country was asking in one voice why there was no Rafale. “India is feeling the absence of Rafale. The entire countryissayinginonevoicetoday,if wehadRafaleprobablythe resultwouldhavebeendifferent. The country has suffered a lot duetoselfishinterestsearlierand nowpoliticsoverRafale.Iclearly askthem(theOpposition)tooppose Modi, point out loopholes in our schemes and criticise the government on the results of its schemes, but do not oppose the securityinterestsof thecountry,” the PM said. Nirmala Sitharaman meets IAF pilot Abhinandan, his family in Delhi, Saturday. MoD Pak says it spoke to Jaish after Pulwama, denied role Setting security tone for LS polls CLEARLY, THE Balakot air strike, the global diplomatic response in India’s favour and the return of IAF pilot Abhinandan have boosted the Govt and BJP. This sets the tone for the BJP campaign ahead. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 A DAY after he admitted that UN-proscribed terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)’s chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and is “very unwell”, Pakistan’sForeignMinisterShah Mahmood Qureshi Saturday said the Jaish leadership has denied that they claimed responsibilityforthePulwamaattackin Jammu and Kashmir. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Jamaat curbs: Official says won’t touch mosques In tracking Pulwama car, finding keys was key DEEPTIMAN TIWARY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 DAYS BEFORE the NIA zeroed in on the owner of the Maruti car that was used to target a convoy in Pulwama killing 40 CRPF men on February 14, the agency and a team of experts from Maruti had hit a wall. They had concluded that the carwasmanufacturedin2011and afteranalysingpartsof thecarrecovered from the blast site, whittledthenumberof vehiclestosift throughto2,500.OnFebruary20, an NIA team was sent back to Pulwama to scan a radius of 200 metresaroundtheattacksitewith metal detectors. The result: Investigatorsfoundthecar’skeys. Hourslater,theteamreached thefirstownerof thevehicleand eventually announced that Anantnag resident and Jaish recruit Sajjad Bhat had bought the car ten days before the attack. On February 14, at around 3.30 pm a red Maruti Eeco car driven by alleged Jaish operative Adil Ahmed Dar sped alongside the CRPF convoy on the JammuSrinagar highway at Lethpora in Pulwama. Moments later it CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ex-ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar at ED office in Mumbai Saturday for questioning. Reuters REPORT PAGE 19 Farm income growth slumps to a 14-year-low in Oct-December 2018 HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 THECOUNTRY’Sfarmsectoroutput may have grown by just 2.7 per cent year-on-year in October-December 2018, the lowest in 11 quarters. But what should worry the NDA government more than the low increase in “real” terms (i.e. at constant prices) is the growth in “nominal” terms (at current prices unadjusted for inflation). Thelatternumber,at2.04per cent,isthelowestforanyquarter as per the Central Statistics Office’s new 2011-12 base year ‘No Cong tie-up’, AAP puts out its Delhi list SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 AMID BACK channel talks of an alliance between the Congress andtheAamAadmiPartyforthe Lok Sabha polls, the AAP Saturday named candidates to six out of Delhi’s seven Parliamentary seats. Thedeclared AAP candidates are Atishi (East); Guggan Singh (North West); Raghav Chadha (South); Dilip Pandey (North East); Pankaj Gupta (Chandni Chowk);andBrijeshGoyal(New Delhi). All six were appointed as in-chargestotherespectiveconstituencies in October last year. Kejriwal said the west Delhi seat, yet to have a candidate, will also have a face soon. The announcement caps a prolongedphasethatsawthetwo parties engaging in talks for a tie up, while publicly maintaining CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KOLKATA, MARCH 2 DAYS AFTER he was transferred from the post of Kolkata police commissioner and appointed as the West Bengal CID chief, at a time when he had faced CBI questioning in connection with chitfundcases,thestate government has given Rajeev Kumar additional charge of two significant units — the Special Task Force (STF) and the Directorate of Economic Offences (DEO). Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, was questioned by the CBI in Shillong for four days, starting February 9, after the Supreme Courtdirectedhimtoappearbefore the agency and cooperate in the investigation of chit fund JAIPUR, MARCH 2 SIXTY-YEAR-OLD Kundanmal Tailor looked speculatively towards the serpentine queues of people around him, men wearingidenticalyellowscarveswith picturesofcowsprintedonthem. As some of his companions from Sikar district waited for their chance to register for the first state-level cow protection convention, organised by the Congress government in Jaipur CMwithaparticipantatmeet forcowprotection. Express and attended by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Tailor flashed a sardonic smile. “Thisisbeingdonebythegovernment because the Lok Sabha elections are approaching and theywanttotemptus.Evenwhen theCongress was in power in its previous term, they did nothing except give a one-time grant for cows in shelters,” said Tailor, while adding that he will vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The secretary of Shree Madan Gaushala in Sikar’s Losal, Tailor was among representatives of 2,673 registered cow shelters in the state invited CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW PRESENTING Masala Sprinkled Crackers Charge of Directorate of Economic Offences, STF with him cases. The CBI had approached the apex court after its officials were prevented by Kolkata Police from questioning Kumar when they went to his residence on February 3. The IPS officer was replaced as Commissioner of Police (Kolkata) by Anuj Sharma, former IG (Law and Order). He took charge as the West Bengal CID chief on February 19. In a notification dated March 1, the state government directed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cong govt gives Rajasthan first-ever cow meet, not many impressed DEEP MUKHERJEE WHEN VILLAGERS of Tahab in Pulwama moved towards the mainmosqueof thevillagetooffer prayers at the break of dawn on Saturday, they were confronted by paramilitary personnel who asked them to go to some other mosque. “We were surprised to find them all around the mosque. They didn’t allow us inside,” a villagertoldTheSundayExpress. “They said they wouldn’t allow prayers at the Jamaat masjid. How can anybody stop us from offering prayers at a masjid?” The incident came in the wakeof acontinuingcrackdown against the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) across Kashmir, with detention of over350of itsactivists,notices issued to schools run by the Falah-e-Aam Trust (FAT), a former JeI affiliate, and the sealing of residences of JeI members. On Thursday, the Union Home Ministry had banned the JeI for being in “close touch with militants”. A NEW LINE OF CONTROL Kolkata ex-top cop gets charge of two more significant units EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 14 QUESTIONED BY CBI IN CHIT FUND CASES AAP’s Delhi candidates with Gopal Rai Saturday. Tashi Tobgyal series and also the worst since the minus 1.1 per cent rate recorded way back in OctoberDecember 2004 (based on the then 1999-2000 GDP series). October-December 2018 is also the second consecutive quarter where growth in gross value added (GVA) from agriculture has been lower in nominal than in real terms. Simply put, it means that while farm production per se during the last quarter was 2.67 per cent higher than in OctoberDecember 2017, the increase in current value terms has been only 2.04 per cent because of SRINAGAR, NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 for the Saturday convention by the Ministry of Gopalan. Gopalan minister Pramod Jain Bhaya said the event was aimed at facilitating interaction between representatives of cow sheltersandthegovernment. “We will examine all the suggestions and memorandums given by the participants to prepareagovernmentpolicytowards cows,whichwillimmenselybenefitcowsheltersandwillbeinstrumental in solving the problem of stray cows,” said Bhaya, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Masala lagega toh mazaa badega @parleproducts /parleproducts Visit: www.parleproducts.com Images are for visual representation only. Actual products may differ from those shown above.
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