DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES THE EDITORIAL PAGE POLL DEFEATIS NOT IDEOLOGY DEFEAT BY SUHAS PALSHIKAR PAGE 12 `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 14 FROM JAISH KILLED POST-PULWAMA: ARMY Key conspirator of Pulwama attack killed in gunbattle: Security forces Samjhauta case order delayed, Tral’s Mudasir Ahmad Khan plotted daughter of Pak attack on CRPF convoy: GOC 15 Corps attack on the Pulwama training victim wants to ADIL AKHZER centre (in 2017) and also the Pulwama convoy attack... He come & depose SRINAGAR, MARCH 11 helped, coordinated the Main accused Aseemanand in Panchkula. Jaipal Singh SOFI AHSAN PANCHKULA, MARCH 11 PRONOUNCEMENT OF the verdict in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case was deferred Monday after a Pakistani citizen, the daughter of one of the victims, filed an application before the Special NIA Court claiming that proper summons were not served to Pakistani witnesses. In her application, she claimed that all Pakistani witnesses are ready to appear before the court for evidence. Thecourtissuednoticetothe NIA and the accused for March 14, seeking their replies to the application moved by Pakistan Punjab’s Hafizabad resident Rahila Wakil, daughter of SECURITY FORCES Monday announced that the “main conspirator”behindthe February14 attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama that left 40 personnel dead had been killed in a gunbattle in Tral in south Kashmir Sunday night. He was identified as Jaish-eMohammad’s Mudasir Ahmad Khan, a resident of Tral who had been active in the area since 2018. Mudasir was one of two militants killed in the gunbattle with security personnel. Lt Gen K J S Dhillon, General OfficerCommandingof Srinagarbased15Corps,addressingajoint pressconference,said:“Mudasir was the main conspirator of the Pulwama convoy attack.” He said the Jaish leadership in the Valley had been targeted in different operations. “The main conspirators (of the Pulwama convoy attack), Kamran and Mudasir, were the main heads of Jaish-eMohammad. They have been eliminated. We had gone very forcefully after the Jaish-eMohammad in the last three weeks. Theaim was to eliminate them at the earliest so that they are not able to carry a Pulwamalike attack again.” “In 21 days, we have eliminated 18 terrorists, 14 of them from the Jaish-e-Mohammad. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 US leadschargeat UN,all eyesonChina AS THE March 13 deadline to raise objections to list Masood Azhar approaches, Indiais part of hecticparleysacross world capitals. With the US leading the charge and only Beijing standing in the way, Delhi has redoubled its efforts in Washington and China, as well as with the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Whether Beijing finally signs off on the listing remains to be seen. Two of my family already in fray: Pawar in Pune. Pavan Khengre Pawar exits polls, Fadnavis says he senses the wind AJAY JADHAV Debris of a house destroyed in the gunbattle in the Pinglesh area of Tral, Monday. PTI Delhi reaches out, Beijing keeps it guessing on Azhar listing tomorrow SHUBHAJIT ROY & SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, BEIJING, MARCH 11 WITH 48 hours to go before the United Nations Security Council 1267 sanctions committee’s deadline to designate Jaish-eMohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist ends, New Delhi Monday reached out to key players, including the US, Gokhale with Pompeo in Washington. Indian embassy Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey to mobilise support. WhileForeignSecretaryVijay Gokhale met US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo in Washington,SaudiministerAdel al-Jubeir concluded his second trip to India in three weeks after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Modi also spoke to two CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Day after crash, DGCA moves on Boeing model here: More checks on planes & pilots ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 FROMADDITIONALengineering andmaintenancecheckstominimum flying experience for pilots, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Monday issued a fresh set of directives to be followed by Jet Airways and SpiceJet, which use the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The move comes a day after this Boeing model flown by Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board, including four Indians. Jet Airways and SpiceJet BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Family members of Prerit Dixit, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, at their home in Surat, Monday. PTI PAGE9 operate a total of 17 jets of this model. “This is the second fatal accident of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft within a span of five months...The issue has been reviewed in DGCA today along with the Indian operators covering all reported snags/defects of significant nature along with rectification actions taken on theseaircraft,”the regulatorsaid Monday. While the DGCA hasstopped short of grounding the aircraft, authorities in China and Indonesia have forced the plane out of service as a precaution. China’s Civil Aviation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPLAINED SIMPLY PUT TWOCRASHES,346 LIVESLOST P14 WORLD DGP SUSPENDS 5 COPS, MURDER FIR FILED Nails ‘hammered’ into them, 2 men ‘tortured’ to death in Bihar police custody, probe ordered SANTOSH SINGH RAMDIHA (EAST CHAMPARAN), MARCH 11 EXPRESS NETWORK GUJARAT CONG MLA RESIGNS, THIRD TO QUITIN 4 DAYS PAGE 8 TWOMEN,pickedupinacaseof robbery and murder, were allegedly tortured to death in police custody in Sitamarhi on March 7. Photos and a video clip of theirbodiesbeingwashedbefore their burial showed marks of nails hammered into them. Their families have shared these with the police, an FIR has been registered for murder of the two and five policemen have been suspended. Taslim Ansari, Gufran Alam; Taslim’s parents at their home in Ramdiha in East Champaran. Santosh Singh Confirming the custodial death and calling it “unacceptable,” Bihar Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey told The Indian Express: “We suspended five policemen including Chandra Bhushan Singh, the officer-in-charge of Dumra po- lice station, in Sitamarhi. They will also face departmental action. If they do not surrender, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Brothers, hawkers, top ice skaters: For this Delhi duo, lack of funds hurdle in way of dream career PAGE 1 ANCHOR ANDREW AMSAN NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 IT’S A busy Sunday morning for the Tiwari brothers — Rajkumar and Manjesh — at Old Delhi’s Sadar Bazar. With Holi around the corner and the wedding season not far, business is brisk for the two young roadside hawkers of imitation jewellery. Their eyes are on the lookout for anti-encroachment teams. But their minds are far away — on an ice-skating rink in Gurgaon, and a tournament coming up in Australia in two months. The brothers are among the country’s top ice figure skaters and their journey from a tworoom rented house in congested Paharganj to the glitzy world of ice-skating can easily inspire a Bollywood script. But on the ground, the reality is grim. Struggling for funds, they stumble from one tournament to the next. And without a coach,mostof whattheyinitially learned about the sport was Rajkumar, Manjesh at their stall in Sadar Bazar. Abhinav Saha from the Internet. Rajkumar, 26, suffers from a hyperactivitydisorder,butwona Special Olympics gold in 2013 and now competes in the open category; Manjesh is just 11. The two have already won a bagful of medals at various national meets. But then, says Rajkumar, “If we spend our time here at the stall, how will we perfect our art? We have no choice because themoneyweearnherehelpsus run our family.” Their immediate concern is to scrape together enough to send Manjesh to the Oceania CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NCP CHIEF Sharad Pawar announced Monday that he will not contest the Lok Sabha elections,sayingtwoof hisfamilyare already in the fray and that he wanted to make way for a younger generation in electoral politics. After meeting party leaders, Pawarsaid:“Seniorpartyleaders had appealed to me to contest theLokSabhaelectionsfromthe Madhaseat.However,Idiscussed the issue in our family and decided that many members from onefamilyshouldnotcontestthe elections. My daughter Supriya SuleisalreadycontestingtheLok Sabha election from Baramati. Theintentionistogivetheyouth an opportunity in electoral politics.” According to Pawar, party DECISION 2019 leaders demanded that Parth Pawar, his grand-nephew, be givenaticket.HesaidParth,who is also former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s son, will be his party’s candidate from the Maval Lok Sabha constituency. Incidentally, his decision comes about a month after he said that he might consider contesting from the Madha constituency since many of his supporters wanted him to do so. “I hadsaidthatIwouldthinkabout contesting the elections from Madha. However, my candidature had not been declared by the party so far. Meanwhile, there was a discussion in (my) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Nirav’s creditor firms that received PNB fraud money linked to his siblings: ED KHUSHBOO NARAYAN & SADAF MODAK MUMBAI, MARCH 11 THE ENFORCEMENT Directorate (ED) has unearthed new evidence in its probe against fugitive diamond trader Nirav Modi that creditor firms in the United Arab Emirates which received money through fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) of BLACK BOX FOUND, ETHIOPIA MOURNS FOR VICTIMS P 11 PUNE, MARCH 11 Diversion of $927 million established so far by ED Punjab National Bank were incorporated in British Virgin Islands and Modi’s siblings Neeshal Modi and Purvi Modi were the ultimate beneficial ownersof thesefirmsuntil2012. In its 122-page supplementary complaint filed on February 28 in a Mumbai court, the ED said that Tri Color Gems FZE, Diagems FZC, Pacific Diamonds FZE and UniversalFine Jewellery FZE, were incorporated by consulting firm Trident Trust Company, BVI. Between December 2011 and October 2012, these firms allegedly CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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