DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019, LUCKNOW, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 KARTARPUR TALKS BEGIN AT ATTARI Pilgrim corridor: India, Pak start talking, put differences on table THE EDITORIAL PAGE VOTE ONNATIONAL SECURITY BY SHYAM SARAN PAGE 8 WORLD The foot overbridge which collapsed in Mumbai on Thursday. Prashant Nadkar One more Mumbai civic tragedy: 6 killed in bridge collapse at CST NEERAJ TIWARI, SRINATH RAO & MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, MARCH 14 UK MOVES TO PUSH BACK BREXIT DATE PAGE 11 SIX PEOPLE were killed and at least 31 others injured when a portion of the foot overbridge at the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus 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 symbolinstateandgeneralelections. DECISION 2019 Across the state, which goes to polls in seven phases starting April 11, 28 leaders from different Opposition parties, also includingtheSP,RLDandCongress, have joined the BJP over the last CONTINUEDONPAGE2 (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, whichisalsoknownasHimalaya bridge, was built in the 1980s by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and is one of the three points of entry to the station. Officials claimed this bridgeseesadailyfootfallof over 10,000. Those killed in the accident were identified as Apurva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Bhakti Shinde (40), Zahid Siraj Khan (32), Tapendra Singh (35) and MohanKayangudi(58). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Priyanka visit: Bhim Army signals may fight SP-BSP DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, MARCH 14 IN A MOVE that could come as a setback for the BSP with weeks to go for the Lok Sabha elections, theBhimArmyisplanningtoput upitsowncandidatesorsupport those who are not part of the SPBSP alliance in seats where the “gathbandhan is not strong enough” in UP. Atthesametime,BhimArmy chief Chandrashekhar Azad has confirmed that he will contest againstPrimeMinisterNarendra Modi this time. The outfit will also put up a candidate against another high-profile BJP leader, Union Minister Smriti Irani, Chandrashekhar told The Indian Express. Given the support Bhim Army enjoys in western UP among Dalits, particularly the young, the decision could spell trouble for the SP-BSP alliance. Bhim Army sources said they CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 From who should get access to how and when — both countries differ NAVJEEVAN GOPAL & SHUBHAJIT ROY At the meeting in Attari on Thursday. PTI 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. Fromwhoshouldbeallowed access to when and how, both sides had divergent views at the meetingtodiscussmodalitiesfor pilgrims to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan through the proposed 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 ATTARI, NEW DELHI, MARCH 14 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Silver lining: First Beijing blink, global consensus SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 14 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 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Beijing claims it needs more time, Delhi more cautious than before SHUBHAJIT ROY & SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, BEIJING, MARCH 14 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 JeM chief with China. Masood Mindful of Azhar the consensus evolved from 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 Govt’s Rafale secrecy plea: SC says need to share info when issue is graft, rights 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 corruptionorhumanrights,they are bound to give them.” CJI Gogoi went on to add: “What my brother is saying is CONTINUEDONPAGE2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY
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