DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019, LUCKNOW, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Heard huge explosion, soldiers evacuated us: Jaish madrasa student in Balakot told relative 14 ex-directors ‘OPERATIONS ONGOING’ of IL&FS get notice for laundering, fraud, payoffs SANDEEP SINGH NEW DELHI, MARCH 4 INAshow-causenoticeissuedto 14 former board directors of IL&FS Financial Services Limited (IFIN), including former IL&FS chairman Ravi Parthasarathy and Hari Sankaran (former vice chairman of IL&FS), the new management of IL&FS has charged these directors with “facilitating money laundering,” sanctioning loans without any security and “conspiracy and getting unlawful gains,” among others. The charges include specific instances of directors of a borrowerentity,whoalsohappened to be directors of IL&FS group companies, and a case where a large portion of the loan given to a company was later transferred into the account of its directors. Giving them a time of seven days to respond to these allegations, the company has threatenedtoinitiatedepartmentaland legal action against the directors. In one of the eight charges against the directors, the notice said: “You have been responsible for facilitating money launderingbyfollowingentitieswho have diverted the loan amount to individual accounts of the directors of the borrow company. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE SP-BSP:CONTEST OPEN,COMPETITIVE BY GILLES VERNIERS PAGE 10 INSIDE AirForceChief weighsin: We donotcount casualties NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN MUMBAI, MARCH 4 ‘We count targets... it’s for govt to provide details (on terrorists killed)’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHENNAI, MARCH 4 IN FIRST public remarks on the February 26 air strike by the IAF on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Balakot in Pakistan, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa Mondaysaidthe“AirForceisnot in aposition toclarify how many people were inside (the target). We don’t count human casualties. We count what targets have been hit, or not hit”. He said it is for the government to provide details on the number of terrorists killed. The IAF chief, who interacted withthepressattheSulurairbase near Coimbatore, made these remarksadayafterBJPchiefAmit Shahsaid“morethan250terrorists were killed without (IAF) suffering any losses” at Balakot. On Saturday, a report in The Indian Express quoted top government sources saying IAF hit thefourbuildingsit targeted,but limitations of technical intelligence and lack of ground intelligence at this point make any assessment of terrorists killed in the attack “purely speculative”. Respondingto aqueryonthe number of terrorists killed, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said: TRAIN FROM PAKISTAN Passengers from Pakistan aboard the Samjhauta Express as it arrives in Attari on Monday. AP IAF Chief B S Dhanoa at Sulur air base, Monday. PTI INSIDE INDOSSIER TOPAK: AUDIOOF MASOOD AZHAR SPEECH PAGE 8 “That statement will bemade by the government... The bomb damage assessment that is done postmissioncalculatesthenumber of targets thatyou havebeen abletohit,ornotbeenabletohit. We can’t count how many people have died. That depends on how many people were there.” Askedaboutreportssuggesting that the bombs were CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Heat on, Pak pledges UNSC curbs on terror but lets JuD get away SOHINI GHOSH & GOPAL KATESHIYA NEW DELHI, MARCH 4 AHMEDABAD, JAMNAGAR, MARCH 4 PROMISING TO hunt down terrorists hiding even in the “saatvein patal” (underworld), PrimeMinisterNarendraModi,in a reference Monday to the February 26 air strike by the IAF on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Pakistan, said “yeh hamara sidhanth hai hum ghar mein ghus ke marenge” (it’s our Eye on polls, Rlys says yes to MP requests, clears 500 extra stops IN BATTLE OVER KORWA FACTORY, RAHUL SAYS PM ‘LIED OUT OF HABIT’ PAGE 3 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, MARCH 4 WITH LOK Sabha election dates expected to be announced soon, the Railways Ministry has fasttracked approvals to MPs who have demanded additional train stops in their constituencies across the country. Records show that the ministry has approvedatleast500extrastops this year, apart from giving its consent to a new railway zone in Andhra Pradesh. After exercising restraint for the better part of its tenure since 2014,the500additionalstops,all approved by the NDA government in the last three months, is about a 200 per cent jump from 2017-18,whenrecordsshowonly 154 such stops were approved. Over the past few months, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has greenlit a large number of requests from party MPs, colleagues in the Council of Ministers as well as allies, who haveallwantedpopularmail/expresstrainstostopforafewminutesatstationsoftheirchoice.The activity has gained pace before theModelCodeof Conductkicks in,sourcestoldTheIndianExpress. Officially,Railwaystermssuch stops “experimental stoppages” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CPM clears ‘understanding’ on some seats with Cong in Bengal MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, MARCH 4 THE CPM central leadership Monday gave its West Bengal unit the go-ahead to enter into a tactical seat-sharing agreement with the Congress for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. However, the Congress’s insistence on contesting from two seats currently held by the CPM DECISION 2019 has emerged as an obstacle. Sources said the two sides will meet Tuesday in Kolkata to find a way out. After a meeting of its Central Committee, the CPM decided that there will be “no mutual contest in the present six sitting Lok Sabha seats, currently held by Congress and the Left Front” in Bengal. Sources said the CPM is not likely to field candidates in atleastseventoeightmoreseats, but the details of the arrangement will be worked out by the state unit. The Left front in Bengal is meeting on March 8. The decision in the CPM CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After moment of fame with PM, Kumbh sanitation staff back to work — and reality PAGE 1 ANCHOR ASAD REHMAN PRAYAGRAJ, MARCH 4 PYARE LAL hasn’t taken off the “gamcha (scarf)” Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave him. Hori Lal says every time he closes his eyes now, he dreams of the moment Modi bent down and washed his feet. Then, reality hits. As the Kumbh draws to a close on Tuesday here, the five minutesthePMspentwiththem on February 24 still linger on for thefivesanitationworkersatthe Mela.Asdoestheregretthatthey Video grab shows PM Narendra Modi washing the feet of sanitation workers in Prayagraj on February 24. PTI didn’t get a chance to talk to him properly — to ask for a salary increase, a pucca job, a machine to do the work they do. Hori Lal, 35, came to work at the Kumbh Mela from Dhoraita village of Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district. He recalls with fascina- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Will take fight against terror into its home... I will settle all scores: PM In five years of UPA-II, over 2400 stoppages were added HOLDASSEMBLY, LS POLLSTOGETHER: PARTIES IN VALLEY KARNATAKACONG MLA RESIGNS, MAY JOIN BJP PAGE 12 WITHIN HOURS of theIndian air strike at Balakot before dawn on February 26, soldiers of the Pakistan Army evacuated students from the Jaish-eMohammadmadrasainthearea andkepttheminasafehousefor some days before sending them back to their homes. The Indian Express has learnt this from a relative of a student present in the madrasa at the time. Thisis thefirstdirectaccount to emerge from Madrasa Taleem-ul-Quran, a prominent Jaish-e-Mohammadseminaryin the Balakot area — the target of the February 26 IAF strike — located on top of a ridge called Jabha Top. The soldiers had been providingsecuritytotheJaishfacility for a week or so before the strike, the relative said. As narrated by the student to his family members, it was still darkonthemorningof February 26 when he and some others who were sleeping in the same room were woken up by a “massive exploding” sound. “The sound was not far away, it was quite close,” the relative told The Indian Express, recalling the student’s account. They woke up in panic but they heard nothing again and went back to sleep. “They thought unka veham hoga (it Clockwise from left: Jyoti, Chaubi, Hori Lal, Naresh, Pyare Lal tion the hour he spent with the four others in a locked room waiting for the PM to arrive, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Hum ghar mein ghus ke marenge’ principle that we will enter their house and hit them) because “chun-chun kar hisaab lena meri fitrat hai” (bringing to book each oneofthemismytemperament). Addressing a gathering in Ahmedabad, Modi said: “No CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAHUL TRIPATHI & SHUBHAJIT ROY HOURS AFTER it emerged that Pakistan had not banned 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its affiliate, the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), despite announcing a ban on February 21, Islamabad Monday issued a United Nations Security Council (Freezing and Seizure) order to implement sanctions against designated terrorists and terrorist groups. Testis United Nationssanctions againstJaishchief NOT MANY in New Delhi will be impressed. The test is what does Pakistan do on the new move to blacklist Masood Azhar at the United Nations and its action against the Jaish’s infrastructure in Bahawalpur. Until then, global pressure will build on Islamabad. The new sanctions will directly affect the Jaish-eMohammad, the Lashkar-eTaiba, the JuD and its chief Hafiz Saeed but not Jaish chief Masood Azhar, who is not listed as per the UNSC resolution CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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