DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019, LUCKNOW, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 ALL OPTIONS ON TABLE IN CASE OF ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK India out of select US trade list, says minimal impact Envoys will share key excerpts of Delhi dossier on Masood Azhar PRABHA RAGHAVAN India signals military action over for now, Pak makes first moves on Jaish RTC : CONSUMER PROTECTION NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 INSIDE RAIL ROKO, PROTESTS AGAINST TRIBALEVICTION ORDER,UGC ROSTER PAGE 9 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY UNDERLINING THAT military action is over for now and the focus is on fighting the terror infrastructure in Pakistan, India Tuesday said it had reached out to all UN Security Council members for the listing of Jaish-eMohammad chief Masood Azhar with excerpts from a dossier linking Jaish to the Pulwama terror attack. While the entire dossier was handed over to Islamabad last week, as sought by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, key excerptsof the dossierhavenow been given to Indian envoys acrosstheworld so that theycan share it with foreign governments. Sources made it clear that though the military action is over for now, in case of another terrorist strike, “all options will be on the table”. The military action, sources said, demonstrated the “capacity and will” to hit the terror infrastructure inside Pakistan, and Delhiisnowaskinginternational interlocutors to pressure Pakistan to act. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE WHYWAR MONGERING HURTS BY ABDUL KHALIQ PAGE 12 SC reverses own order, acquits six on death row who spent 16 yrs in jail ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 IN A rare caseof judicial reversal, six men from “nomadic tribes”, whose death sentence on charges of murder and rape was confirmed after they exhausted the review process in the Supreme Court, were acquitted by the apex court after it found glitches in the prosecution case. The acquittal came 16 years afterthearrestof AnkushMaruti Shinde, Rajya Appa Shinde, Ambadas Laxman Shinde, Raju Mhasu Shinde, Bapu Appa ShindeandSureshShindeforthe murder of five members of a family and rape of one of them at Bhokardhan in Maharashtra’s Jalna district on June 5, 2003. Ordering a reinvestigation, a bench of Justices A K Sikri, SAbdulNazeerandMRShahalso pulled up the state police, which probed the crime and the prosecution, for botching up the case. The bench ordered compensationof Rs5lakheachtothefive acquitted persons, holding that “the investigation is not fair and PAGE 1 ANCHOR honest”; that the accused hailed from“nomadictribesand(were) falsely implicated”; and that all of them, except one who was a juvenile at the time, had spent 16 years in jail. “Before parting with the present order, we strongly deprecate the conduct on the part of the investigating agency and the prosecution,” the order said. It also gave the state government three months to look into it “and identify such erring officers/officials responsible for failure of a prosecution case, on account of sheer negligence or because of culpable lapses” and take departmental action against them if they are still in service. Policehadarrestedthefivein connection with the murder of a man identified as Trambak Satote, his daughter, two sons and a nephew, who were living in a hut in a guava orchard. Accordingtotheprosecution, the family was chatting after CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 7 Security forces keep watch on the Srinagar-Uri highway on Tuesday. Shuaib Masoodi KARTARPUR TALKS ON Masood son, brother held, Hafiz Saeed’s outfits in banned list LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 SHUBHAJIT ROY & RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 SENDING SIGNALS of a rethink, Islamabad Tuesday moved to assuage Delhi’s concerns on Pakistan-based terrorists by placing 44 “under-observation members of proscribed organisations”in“preventivedetention”forinvestigation.Thelist included Mufti Abdul Raoof and Hamad Azhar who, Pakistan’s leading newspaper Dawn reported,arethebrotherandson of Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Masood Azhar. Mumbai 26/11 attack mas- Count of dead at Balakot: Within BJP, some de-escalation JeM leader Masood Azhar termind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaatud-Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) — these were initially “under watch list” and Islamabad was criticised for goingsoftonUN-proscribedterrorist groups — too were formally placed in the list of banned organisations Tuesday. Pakistan also decided to return its envoy Sohail Mahmood CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TWO DAYS after BJP president Amit Shah said “more than 250 terrorists” were killed in the Balakot air strike and amid the Opposition seeking information on the impact of the IAF operation, ruling party leaders Tuesday chose to sidestep questions on casualty figures and underscored instead the importance of the “effective strike”. From Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP leaders did not give out any figures and appealed to the Congress and other INSIDE PAK CLAIM ON SUBMARINEFALSE PROPAGANDA: NAVY PAGE 7 Opposition parties to trust the Armed Forces and stop seeking evidence of the strike. “Look, I am not giving you any number as the death toll on behalf of the government,” said Prasad, who addressed a press conference to counter the Congress’s statements on the Balakotairstrike.“Howpowerful the strike was — you have seen the reports on the number CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 With 3 seats, RLD joins SP-BSP tie-up; Akhilesh says Cong also part of alliance AVANEESH MISHRA LUCKNOW, MARCH 5 THE RASHTRIYA Lok Dal (RLD) will be part of the grand alliance formed by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh. In a joint statement released by the SP, BSP and RLD it was announced that RLD will contest Mathura, Baghpat and Muzaffarnagar seats. Addressing a press conference in Lucknow on Tuesday, SP president Akhilesh Yadav claimed that the Congress is very much part of the WORLD DECISION 2019 'Mahagathbandhan'. Akhilesh andBSPsupremoMayawatiearlier decided to spare Amethi and RaeBareliLokSabhaseatsforthe Congress. "I am happy that with Ajit Singh's party, the BSP, the SP, the Congress and others, this is the biggestMahagathbandhanof all. Itwillbeasangamof partiesthat will lead disheartened groups of people from all walks, including NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 PAGE 17 farmers, youngsters and businessmen in a new direction," said Akhilesh, adding that they hope that while the country would get a new government, it CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH MOST top Delhi Congress leaders,barringformerstatechief Ajay Maken, opposing a seatsharingpactwiththeAamAadmi Party, the party Tuesday decided againstanalliancewiththeArvind Kejriwal-led party in New Delhi. TheCongresshighcommand has been under pressure from other Opposition parties to put up a united front against the BJP in Delhi but following a meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi had with top Congress leaders from Delhi, the party decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections alone. Sources said Maken, who was among the most vocal criticsof theAAP,wasoneof thefew favouring an alliance. His stand assumes significance since his resignation as the Delhi Congress president a few months ago was linked to attempts bysome leaders to seal an alliance with the AAP. At the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Modi, Trump at ASEAN meet in Manila in 2017. File EXPLAINED SIMPLY PUT WHAT THE US TRADE RAP MEANS PAGE 10 These changes may not take effect until at least 60 days after the notifications are sent to the US Congress and the Indian government, and will be enacted by a Presidential Proclamation. India said the withdrawal of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ED tracks money trail: Videocon to Chanda Kochhar husband’s firm ED: Their Mumbai flat owned by firm related to Videocon until March 2016 KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, MARCH 5 THE ONGOING Enforcement Directorate (ED) investigation into transactions between Videocon Group and Deepak Kochhar’sNuPower Renewables Pvt Ltd, has unearthed a money trail that allegedly shows diversion of loan funds by Videocon International Electronics Ltd (VIEL), in a transaction involving transfer of Rs 64 crore to NuPower Renewables, sources told The Indian Express. This was done a day after ICICI Bank disbursed a Rs 280crore rupee term loan to Venugopal Dhoot-promoted VIEL on September 7, 2009. Deepak Kochhar is the husband of former ICICI Bank managing director and chief executive officer Chanda Kochhar. Chanda Kochhar was on the sanctioning committee that cleared the Rs 280-crore loan. Transactions of VIEL, sources said, show that the firm transferred Rs 64 crore of the disbursed loan received by it on September7,2009,totwodiffer- Congress says no alliance with AAP in Delhi MANOJ C G PAK MINISTER FIRED FOR ANTI-HINDU REMARKS HIV REPORTED CURED IN A SECOND PATIENT SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary in Lucknow on Tuesday. Vishal Srivastav THE UNITED States Tuesday announced its intention to “terminate” India’s designation as a beneficiary of its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) duty concession programme, saying it had failed to provide assurancesthatitwillgivetheUS “equitable and reasonable” access to its markets in numerous sectors. Under the programme, certain products can enter the US duty-freeif beneficiary developingcountriesmeet the eligibility criteria established by its Congress. Around 1,900 products from India, including raw materials andintermediariesacrosssectors such as organic chemicals and engineering goods, could be impacted if the GSP benefits are withdrawn, according to India’s Commerce Ministry. Exports in other categories like articles of ironorsteel,furniture,aluminum and electrical machinery and parts could also be impacted. TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar Chanda Kochhar after being questioned on Sunday. File ent bank accounts of VIEL. A day later,onSeptember8,2009,VIEL transferred the money to NuPower Renewables through CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE A challenge for the Congress and Opposition unity THIS IS symptomatic of the challenges the Congress faces in forging an Opposition alliance against the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls. While inter-party disagreement has stalled Opposition unity in Uttar Pradesh, dissent within the party has blocked an alliance against the BJP in Delhi. PM: PAK STRUCK BUT SHOCK FELT IN INDIA DMK FINALISES SEAT-SHARING PACT PAGE 6 Maker of Kerala’s best film: Rubber tapper, wedding videographer SHAJU PHILIP KANNUR, MARCH 5 HERE’S ONE storyline: A wedding videographer from a Kerala village taps into a network of friends and colleagues to make a film on tribals that wins the state award. Here’sanother:Arubbertapper and college dropout pledges hisproperty,includinghishouse, to take a loan, and banks on a crowdsourcing initiative to make a film that wins the state award. And now, the common thread: Shareef Easa, 32. This is no film script, though. It’s the real story of Easa, whose debut full-length feature in Malayalam, Kanthan-The lover of colour, was adjudged the best film of 2018 by the state government in Thiruvananthapuram last week. Days later, Easa is back at the rubberplantationnearhishouse inKannur’sChapparapadavuvillage, wearing his uniform — a latex-stained shirt and trousers, and a head lamp. “I have been a rubber tapper for the last 17 years... I don’t have any formal traininginfilm-making,”hesays. “I usually get Rs 400 for tapping 200 trees, which is done on alternative days. This is only a seasonal job... But now, as the director and the producer of the best film in Kerala, I will get Rs 4 lakh.Itisarelief becauseIcanrepay some of the loan,” says Easa. In 140 minutes, Kanthan speaks about the need for conservation and is set in a village of adivasis in Wayanad that is struggling to survive. Almost all the actors are adivasis who had never faced the camera before. Shareef Easa (left); a still from his film Then there’s child artiste Prajith, playing the lead role, and wellknown social activist Daya Bai, who is cast as his grandmother. “I depended on a five-member crew, all of them my associates in wedding videography,” says Easa, the son of P P Easa, a smalltime dairy farmer, and Asiya, a daily wage worker. The biggest challenge, he says, was the cost of production. “I took a loan of Rs 11 lakh after pledging both my properties: a one-acre rubber plantation and 12 cents on which my house stands. Ialso soldmy video cam- era for Rs 60,000... the rest was sourced from friends as loans with amounts ranging from Rs 5,000 to 1 lakh,” says Easa. On the way, he says, there were a few trade-offs, too. “A schoolteacher,BinduJayaraj,and a local welder, Sujayan Poovam, chipped in with Rs 1.9 lakh. We gave small roles in the film to Bindu’s son Akash and Sujayan,” he says. “The camera was handled by the owner of a photo studio in Taliparambatown.Therewasno make-up artiste... my wedding CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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