eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE LUCKNOW,LATECITY MARCH10,2019 20+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM A PATH OF HER OWN PAGES 10-11 STRIKE FORCE The children left behind If the IAF’s strike at Balakot drew a new red line for Pak, Islamabad’s retaliation underscored that air deterrence is key in any escalation Underlying the recent hooch tragedy that caused more than 150 deaths in two Assam districts are bleak lives of hard work and grinding poverty The recurring presence of the solitary woman in Indian novels Pak expected REPORT IN UK DAILY surgical strikes, but we took the We know he’s in the UK, have sought air route: PM his extradition, say govt and ED Nirav Modi spotted in London EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 9 NOTING THAT political parties have been using photographs of defence personnel in advertisements, theElectionCommission (EC) Saturday asked them to desist from making references to thearmedforcesintheirpolitical campaign. Just days before the announcement of Lok Sabha elections, the EC reiterated its instructions of 2013 on armed DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 9 Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Greater Noida on Saturday. PTI AMIL BHATNAGAR GREATER NOIDA, MARCH 9 CONTINUING HIS attack on the Opposition for questioning the February 26 Balakot air strike, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday asked people to recognise them as the “tukde tukde gang” and said the Air Force strike had surprised Pakistan, which “was expecting another surgical strike”. Addressing a rally in Greater Noida, the Prime Minister accused the previous government of not responding to the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai: “These attacks (26/11) were linked to the country across the border. What did the previous government do? They changed the Home Ministerandnottheirpolicy.You tellme,shouldtheychangetheir Home Minister or their policy?” He said that some people continued to question the Balakot air strike across the border.“PakistanissayingthatModi attacked. And here, people lost theirsleep.Theybeganat7-8am asking, is Balakot in India or Pakistan? Is it in PoK or next to our Kashmir? It has not even been investigated,” he said. He also praised the government for surprising Pakistan by changing tactics. “We answered theterroristsandtheirleadersin the language they understand, after the Uri attack. Will you accept a government which sleeps?Willyouacceptachaukidar who sleeps? You need a chaukidarwhoisawake,”hesaid. “Woh soch rahe the Modi ne pehli baar surgical strike kari, toh is baar bhi aisa hi kuch karenge. Aur isliye unhone kya kiya seema par bade tainati kar di. Tank laakarpatanahikyakyarakhdiya unhone saari sajawat kar di. Hum upar se chale gaye (They thought Modi will repeat the surgical strike like he did last time. That’s why they increased security at the border. They put tanks and what not. They put in all CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HOURS AFTER the UK daily The Telegraph reported that Nirav Modi has set up a new diamond business in London and is living a “privileged lifestyle” in the city, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, said Saturday that India is making strong efforts to bring back the fugitive businessman. India, Kumar said, is waiting for a response from the UK to its request for extradition sent in August last year. The Telegraph said it had trackeddownModitoan£8million, three-bedroom apartment “occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block” in London’s West End, with views across the city. Modi,itsaid,“isnowinvolved in a new diamond business run from an office in Soho”, and has been given a National Insurance number by the UK Department for Work & Pensions”. He “has been able to operate Noboosttocase, extraditioniskey FOR THE CBI and ED cases against Nirav Modi, the report is not of much significance. Following the issuance of Red Notices against him, the UK had confirmed to India that he was in London. On the basis of this communication, CBI and ED had moved extradition requests through the Ministry of External Affairs. The report could help build pressure on the UK to move faster in the matter. online bank accounts in the UK while wanted by Indian authorities”, and has been “in contact CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONG, BJP SPAR, PAGE 16 When a TV star came to Corbett around Feb 14 Stop using photos of forces in campaign ads, EC tells parties DECISION 2019 PAGE 7 forces, which comes in the wake of complaints against parties for using the armed forces for political gains, especially in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Amid Cong-AAP tie-up talk, Sheila meets Sonia Nirav Modi confronted by The Telegraph in London on Friday. Telegraph Media Group Limited £8 million flat, a new diamond business, UK insurance number for Nirav: Report EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LONDON, MARCH 9 FUGITIVE DIAMOND jeweller Nirav Modi lives in a £8 million three-bedroom flat in London’s West End, the UK daily The TelegraphreportedSaturday.The flat occupies half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block with views across London, the report said, adding that the monthly rent for a property like this was understood to be about £17,000. Modi, a key accused in the Rs 13,500 crore PNB scam who left India in January 2018, has Interpol Red Notices and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANOJ C G & ASTHA SAXENA NEW DELHI, MARCH 9 WITH A section of the Congress central leadership still in favour of a tie-up with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi Saturday met Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit, and is learnt to have discussed the issue. WhileDikshitonlysaidthatit was a one-on-one meeting at IDEA EXCHANGE Sonia’s residence, sources indicated that the Congress leadershipisstillweighingtheprosand cons of a pact with the Arvind Kejriwal-led party. Sources said AICCDelhi in-charge P C Chacko, who is in favour of an alliance, too had a meeting with Sonia earlier this week. Saturday’s meeting came days after top Delhi Congress leaders met party president Rahul Gandhi, following which Dikshit announced that the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, MARCH 9 THIS REPUBLIC Day, British reality TV star Bear Grylls posted a Tricolourononeof hissocialmedia handles and wrote to his followers: “And it is a GREAT day in India! Am coming there soon to shoot something very special...”, followed by a ‘Shh’ emoji. The post was later deleted, andthepresenterhassincebeen unusually coy about his Indian assignment. Around February 14, the day of the terrorist attack in Pulwama, Grylls was in Dhikala in the Jim Corbett tiger reserve in Uttarakhand, his social media trail shows. That day, the Uttarakhand Forest Department had cancelled all tourist bookings for the Dhikala forest rest housebecauseof PrimeMinister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state. Grylls’ office in the United Kingdom did not respond to queries from The Sunday Express on his assignments in India. Top Uttarakhand Forest Department Grylls’s social media posts of January 26 and February 12, hinting at “an adventure” and “something very special”, were later deleted officials declined to confirm whether a film crew was allowedinsidetheCorbetttigerreserve on February 14. Nobody can film inside protected protests without permission from the state Chief Wildlife Warden. OnFebruary12,Gryllsposted a selfie apparently taken on board his flight to India: “On my way for an adventure in a country I love...” This post, too, was later deleted. Then, an Instagram page of his fan club put up a clip and five CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘One surgical or aerial strike may not force Pak to stop aiding terror. But we have raised the costs’ PAGE 8 UTTAR PRADESH PRESENTING Masala Sprinkled Crackers ‘BJP TRYING TO EXTRACT POLITICAL MILEAGE OUT OF DEFENCE PERSONNEL’S VALOUR’ PAGE 3 Tensions in subcontinent, minister from Saudi flies in on Monday SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 9 SAUDISTATEMinisterforForeign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir will visit India on Monday, four days after histriptoIslamabad.Thiswillbe his second trip to India in three weeks as he had accompanied SaudiCrownPrinceMohammed binSalmanattheheightof IndiaPak tensions after the February 14 Pulwama attack. WhileNewDelhisaysthereis no space for a mediator between India and Pakistan and rules out any third party’s involvement in the wake of the Pulwama attack and the February 26 Balakot air strikes,theSaudiminister’svisitis beingreadbymanyasanattempt by Pakistan to lean on India. Raveesh Kumar, official spokesperson of the Ministry of FULL COVERAGE Sushma Swaraj with Saudi minister Adel al-Jubeir in Abu Dhabi on March 1. They are scheduled to hold talks in Delhi. External Affairs, said al-Jubeir will hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during his trip. “Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs will visit India on Monday and will meet the External Affairs Minister.Myunderstandingishe isvisitingtodiscusssomeimportant follow-ups from the recent visit of Saudi Crown prince. Beyond that, details can be known only after the visit and meeting between two leaders,” MEA’s official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. The Saudis have been very carefulinbalancingtherelationship — they supported the OIC invitation to India and did not ask the UAE to withdraw it, despite pleas by Pakistan. But in Islamabad, which he visited before coming to India, the Saudi Crown Prince was very effusive in his praise for Pakistan, even declaring himself as the country’s envoy to Saudi Arabia. A source in Delhi told The Sunday Express, “There is no question of a mediation. Whoeverhasspokentoourleaders — Prime Minister or External Affairs Minister — in the last three weeks was told that India wants them to tell Pakistan that they have to act against terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan. 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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