DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019, LUCKNOW, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES 4TH TIME, BEIJING BLOCKS AZHAR BLACKLISTING AT PAK BEHEST `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 MOVE DESPITE INDIA DOSSIER ON PULWAMA, CLEAR U.S. MESSAGE INDIA SAYS DISAPPOINTED, WANT TO BRING TERRORISTS TO JUSTICE JaishchiefgetsGreatWallofChina SHUBHAJIT ROY FOR THE fourth time in 10 years, China Wednesday stalled, at Pakistan’s behest, India’s bid to list Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a globalterroristattheUnitedNationsSecurity Council. New Delhi, which had mounted a diplomatic offensive after the Jaish-e-Mohammad owned up the February 14 Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead, said it was “disappointed” by the outcome, but would continue to pursue all available avenues to bring terrorist leaders to justice. Barely an hour before the deadline was to expire at 3 pm New York time — 12.30am IST — China placed a technical hold, Kartarpur talks today, Delhi says looking forward to it BUSINESS AS USUAL NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 BY UNNY In deepfreeze for another sixmonths If Imran Khan is so generous and a statesman, he should give us Masood Azhar. Why did Pak military attack us on JeM’s behalf — SUSHMA SWARAJ EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER sourcessaid.Thismeansthatthe proposal will be in deep freeze for the next six months, and if there is a hold again for three CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE TOLISTOR NOTIS NOTTHEQUESTION BY NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN PAGE 8 WITH BEIJING placing a technical hold, the proposal to put JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist now goes in deep freeze for the next six months, extendable for another three months. Thereafter, Beijing will have to either lift the hold or block the listing again. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AMRITSAR, NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 DELEGATIONS FROM India and Pakistan will meet Thursday on the Indian side of the AttariWagahbordercrossingtodiscuss modalities for the Kartarpur corridor despite the slide in ties following the Balakot air strike and Pakistan’sretaliatoryaction.Aday aheadofthetalks,NewDelhisaid it looked forward to “a constructive, meaningful and flexible approach from the other side”. India will seek “visa free access” to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib inKartarpur,Pakistan,forSikhpil- Priyanka meets Bhim Army chief who says will fight against PM grimswhowilltaketheproposed corridorfromDeraBabaNanakin Gurdaspur district of Punjab. Keytothemeetingwillbeacceptanceof theessentialfeatures ofaMemorandumofAgreement, adraftof whichhasalreadybeen shared with Islamabad, and operational modalities. The second priority will be development of the border infrastructure, which will be state-of-the-art and convenient for elderly pilgrims. The two sides will also discuss physical alignment of the corridor since there appears to have been a mismatch on the “zero point coordinates”. SourcesinNewDelhisaidthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After Rajkot ban, police arrest 10 for playing PUBG EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RAJKOT, MARCH 13 Priyanka Vadra with Chandrashekhar Azad in Meerut. ANI AMIL BHATNAGAR MEERUT, MARCH 13 A DAY after BSP chief Mayawati ruled out a tie-up with the Congress in any state, Congress Uttar Pradesh east general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday met Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad at a Meerut hospital. Azad was admitted to Anand Hospital Tuesday when he fell ill after being detained by the Saharanpur Police for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct in Deoband. While the meeting signalled apossibleCongressunderstanding with the Bhim Army, Priyanka said her meeting with Azad had no political connotations. The Bhim Army declared, soon after the meeting, that it would contest the LS polls and that Azad would take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AGP back in NDA fold, BJP seals seat-sharing pacts across North-East LIZ MATHEW & ABHISHEK SAHA NEW DELHI, GUWAHATI, MARCH 13 TWO MONTHS after severing ties with the BJP in the wake of widespread protests against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) announced Wednesday that it will contest the Lok Sabha polls in alliance with the BJP. Protestsacrosstheregionhad cast a shadow on the NDA’s prospects in the North-East but with the AGP back in the NDA fold and election pacts finalised with the Bodo People’s Front (BPF) in Assam, Nagaland’s ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and WORLD DECISION 2019 CONG SECOND LIST: 3 EX-MINISTERS, 4 TURNCOATS CONG-JD(S) SEAL SEAT-SHARING PACT IN KARNATAKA PAGES 4, 5, 7 Meghalaya’s National People’s Party (NPP), the BJP hopes to regainitsmomentumintheregion. In 2014, across Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR BHOPAL, MARCH 13 PAGE 11 Trump too grounds 737 Max; India says Boeing didn’t give confidence EXPLAINED PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 WITH COUNTRIES across the world, including India, moving to ground Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft over safety fears following Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia, the US bowed to international pressure with President Donald TrumpannouncingthatAmerica would also follow suit. Hoursearlier,Indianaviation regulator,theDirectorateGeneral of CivilAviation(DGCA),saidthat its staggered decision to ground INSIDE TRADE WARS, TAKEN TO THE MAX PAGE 6 DGCA chief B S Bhullar and Civil Aviation Secy Pradeep Singh Kharola. Anil Sharma the aircraft was taken after it failed to get assurances on specific safety issues during discussions with the American manu- NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 PAGES 2, 4 ETHIOPIA TO SEND AIRCRAFT’S BLACK BOX ABROAD PAGE 11 facturerandUSregulatorFederal Aviation Administration (FAA). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Even Mudra job survey data put in deep freeze AMITAV RANJAN AAP’S FRESH OFFER FOR CONGRESS IN HARYANA I-T RAIDS ON FORMER MAYA AIDE: ASSETS WORTH RS 225 CR, PENS WORTH RS 50L WORLD THELABOURBureau’ssurveyon the number of jobs created under the Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency(Mudra)schemewillnot be made public for another two monthsmakingthisthethirdreport on employment to be kept underwrapsbeforetheelections. “The number of jobs created underthe Mudraschemewill be released after the polls as the Expert Committee found anomaliesinthemethodologyusedby theBureauinarrivingatthefind- ings,” sources said. On February 22, The Indian Express had reported that the NDA government, after junking the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report on unemployment, planned to use findings of the Labour Bureau’s survey. But at a meeting last Friday, thecommitteeaskedthebureau to “reconcile some errors” in the report for which the bureau sought two more months, they said. The committee’s deliberations are yet to be approved by the Union Labour Minister. Moreover, since the model CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 SEEKINGDISMISSALof apetition which sought review of the Supreme Court’s December 14, 2018 order that dismissed PILs for a probe into alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal, the government Wednesday told the top court that certain documents submitted by the review petitioners were “sensitive to National Security” and their “unauthorized photocopying and leakage” constituted “penal offences under the Indian Penal Code including theft”. The government affidavit, filedbyDefenceSecretarySanjay Mitra, said since the review petition was “in public domain” and “available to the enemy/our adversaries”, national security had been put “in jeopardy” because thedocumentsrelateto“warcapacityof combataircraft”.Theaffidavit sought removal of these documents from the records. The affidavit referred to a four-page“secret” noteattached with the review petition filed by Papers with plea had been photocopied, so theft: Govt former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and advocate Prashant Bhushan as well as an application filed by them seeking perjury charges againstthegovernment,andsaid theywere“using”it“withtheintentiontopresentaselectiveand incompletepictureof internalsecretdeliberationsonamatterrelating to National Security and Defence”. It said Bhushan authenticated these documents as true copies of the original. Theaffidavitwasfiledexactly a week after Attorney General K K Venugopal, making submissions in the Supreme Court, threatened to invoke the Official CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New licensing terms for medical devices, govt looks to Singapore Biggernet, specific deadlines RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 FOUR MONTHS after The Indian Express published Implant Files, a series of investigative reports on the unregulated medical bazaar in India, the government is preparing a “regulatory pathway” for the industry that will cover all medical devices. The Indian Express investigation, conducted in association with The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), found how the first Bill to regulate medical devices was drafted 12 years ago FOR AN industry that has largely operated without a regulatory framework, a key element of the government’s new plan is a ban on the sale of medical devices if makers and importers miss specified deadlines for registration and licensing. Significantly, the new framework will cover all medical devices and not just the 23 that have been officially notified so far. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INTERNATIONAL SHOOTERS Probe indicts Haryana IAS officer, kids for fraud to get cash awards Former sports director denies charges, showcause issued VARINDER BHATIA CHANDIGARH, MARCH 13 A PROBE conducted by the Haryana Sports Departmenthas indictedformerDirector(Sports) Jagdeep Singh, an IAS officer, his son Vishwajeet Singh and daughterGauriSheoran,bothinternational level shooters. The shooters have been accused of making “fraudulent claims” and getting “excessive cash awards” to the tune of Rs 60 lakh when Jagdeep Singh, former Director (Sports) their father Jagdeep Singh was Director. The probe has recommended a case against the three on charges of criminal breach of trust, embezzlement and cheating besides various offences punishable under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. Jagdeep Singh, currently in the Finance department of the state government, was transferred out of Sports last year. The probe also recommended that both Vishwajeet andGauriSheoran,whowonthe prestigious Bhim award for state sportspersons, “may be directed to return the Certificate, Bhim statue, Blazer, Tie and Scarf” and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Top cop guards father who docs said died 2 months ago MILIND GHATWAI 6 CHILDREN AMONG 10 KILLED IN BRAZIL SCHOOL SHOOTING UK PARLIAMENT AGAIN REJECTS PM MAY’S BREXIT DEAL A sealed Garuda Indonesia’s Boeing 737 Max 8 at the Soekarno-Hatta international airport, Jakarta, on Wednesday. Reuters A WEEKafter itissuedanotification banning the popular multiplayer mobile game PUBG, the Rajkot police have arrested ten people, six of them undergraduate students, for playing the game in the last two days. Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal, who had banned the game in the city in a March 6 notification, said 12 cases have been registered so far. “But it is a bailable offence. People have been booked but there is nothing like arrest in it. In the procedure, they will be shown as immediately bailed out by police. Thecasewillgotothecourtsand there will be a trial for not following the notification issued,” he told The Indian Express. On Wednesday, the Rajkot Special Operations Group (SGO) arrested three young men near the police headquarters. “Our team caught these youths redhanded. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game. We have registered two cases against them under IPC Section 188 for violating the notification issued by Police Commissioner and under Section 35 of the Govt to SC: Reject Rafale review plea, annexures a threat to national security FOR THE last two months, a seniorIPSofficerinMadhyaPradesh has claimed that his aged father is undergoing treatment inside a room in his official bungalow in Bhopal. He has claimed that his father is responding to treatmentbuthasnotletanyoneinto meet him — except for his mother,siblingsandatraditional healer who is said to be sourcing herbs from Pachmarhi for the treatment. But that is really not what’s bizarre about this story: MPcadre officer Rajendra Mishra’s father, 84, was declared dead by doctors at a private hospital on January 14. On the same day, hospital authorities say, they handed over the death certificate, too. But 55-year-old Mishra, who is ADGP (cooperative fraud), will have none of it. He has already resisted an attempt by the state human rights commission to send a teamof doctors to his residence. And given the 1987batch officer’s seniority, police and the government are playing it safe. “Allopathy is not the last word in medicine. There are manythingsbeyondscience.My father is alive. He is a patient undertreatment.Hepractisedyoga for more than six decades. He is in yog-nidra. What if something goes wrong when doctors try to wake him? Will the act not be called a murder?’’ says Mishra. “If myfatherwasdead,would the body have not decomposed by now? You don’t treat a dead body. You can’t live with a dead lizardoraratforonehour...Idon’t IPS officer Rajendra Mishra’s bungalow in Bhopal. Express understand why outsiders are trying to interfere in a private affair. Treating my father is a fundamental right. I have not indulged in any crime or corruption,’’ he told The Indian Express over phone. On February 23, a team of six doctors — three each from allopathy and ayurveda — arrived at Mishra’s bungalow to check on his father, Kulamani Mishra, who was a retired government official from Odisha. But police posted at the bungalow refused to let the team in. Last month, Rajendra Mishra’s mother Shashimani filed a writ petition in the Madhya Pradesh High Court against any interference in this matter. She also wrote to the human rights commission, claiming that her right to life, dignity and freedom was being violated by the panel. The court issued notice to the state government and the commission but has not passed any order so far. Meanwhile,initsresponseto an order from the commission to take action, the state police’s prosecutionwing has said thatit CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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