DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES `4.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 KARTARPUR TALKS BEGIN AT ATTARI Pilgrim corridor: India, Pak start talking, put differences on table Chhabil Patel in police custody on Thursday. PTI Chhabil Patel arrested in Bhanushali murder case EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RAJKOT, MARCH 14 TWO MONTHS after senior BJP leader and former MLA Jayanti Bhanushali was shot dead on a moving train in Kutch district, Gujarat Police on Thursday arrested fellow party leader and prime accused, Chhabil Patel, from Ahmedabad airport, soon after he landed from the US. “During primary interrogation, Chhabil Patel has confessed to his crime. He boarded an Emirates flight from New York, and after a stopover at Dubai landed in Ahmedabad at 3 am. We had this information. So, we detained him from there,” Ashish Bhatia, Director General of CIDCrime, told The Indian Express. According to the investigators, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The foot overbridge which collapsed in Mumbai, Thursday. Prashant Nadkar MORE REPORTS, P 12 One more Mumbai civic tragedy: 6 killed in bridge collapse at CST NEERAJ TIWARI, SRINATH RAO & MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, MARCH 14 SIX PEOPLE were killed and at least 31 others injured when a portion of the foot overbridge at the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in south Mumbai collapsed Thursday evening. Passengers in a taxi had a lucky escape after parts of debris crushed its roof and bonnet. The roughly 50-m structure, which is also known as Himalaya bridge, was built in the 1980s by the Brihanmumbai Municipal 15 BSP leaders cross over, BJP chipping away at UP alliance LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, MARCH 14 WITH LESS than a month to go for the Lok Sabha polls, and just two months after the BSP announced a seat-sharing tie-up with the SP in UP, at least 15 prominent leaders of the Mayawati-led party has switched to the BJP, including 11 who have contested on its symbol in state and general elections. DECISION 2019 Across the state, which goes to polls in seven phases starting April 11, 28 leaders from different Opposition parties, also including the SP, RLD and Congress, have joined the BJP over the last CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Corporation (BMC) and is one of the three points of entry to the station. Officials claimed this bridge sees a daily footfall of over 10,000. Those killed in the accident were identified as Apurva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Bhakti Shinde (40), Zahid CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE From who should get access to how and when — both countries differ NAVJEEVAN GOPAL & SHUBHAJIT ROY ATTARI, NEW DELHI, MARCH 14 KEY DIFFERENCES on major aspects have emerged between India and Pakistan over the Kartarpur corridor as officials from both sides met for the first time at Attari Thursday. From who should be allowed access to when and how, both sides had divergent views at the meeting to discuss modalities for pilgrims to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan through the proposed NEW DELHI, MARCH 14 CAPTAIN AILING, WIFE STEERS DMDK SHIP IN TAMIL NADU PAGES 4, 7 Kartarpur Sahib corridor. The differences that emerged: ■ While India wants 5,000 pilgrims to visit in a single day, Pakistan wants only 500 to 700 pilgrims daily, citing logistical constraints. ■ New Delhi has asked for opening of the corridor on all seven days but Islamabad has proposed that it should be open WHILE NEW Delhi has reason to be disappointed at Beijing’s fourth technical hold on the proposal to list Jaishe-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN, its diplomatic gains are not to be SHUBHAJIT ROY & SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, BEIJING, MARCH 14 underestimated. Top officials explained that few were expecting China to change its stand given how it views Pakistan as a “strategic weapon.” While questions are being raised over the relevance of the Wuhan spirit in a diplomatic situation like this, the fact is this time Delhi was able to rally an A DAY after China put a technical hold on a proposal to list Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the United Nations Security Council, New Delhi was cautious in its response to what it sees as a deeply complex relationship with China. Mindful of JeM chief the consensus Masood evolved from Azhar Astana to Xiamen to Wuhan that “differences cannot become disputes”, sources said that Delhi’s calibrated response to China’s technical hold was a “carefully thought-out response.” Minister of State (External Affairs) Gen (retd) V K Singh tweeted, “Is China’s stance on Masood Azhar a reflection of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Takeaways for India: Global consensus, first Beijing blink SHUBHAJIT ROY RAWAL UNLIKELY TO CONTEST, BJP LEADERS STAKE CLAIM At the meeting in Attari on Thursday. PTI Beijing claims it needs more time, Delhi more cautious than before Govt’s Rafale secrecy plea: SC says need to share info when issue is corruption ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MARCH 14 OBSERVING THAT even organisations outside the purview of the Right to Information Act will have to share information if the issue is one of corruption or human rights, the Supreme Court Thursday reserved its order on the government’s claim of privilege over certain documents submitted by petitioners seeking a review of its December 14, 2018 order that dismissed PILs for a probe into alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal. Justice K M Joseph, sharing a bench with Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul, said: “Even in the case of those institutions which are not covered (by the RTI Act), if information is asked for in respect of corruption or human rights, they are bound to give them.” CJI Gogoi went on to add: “What my brother is saying is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY
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