DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2019, LUCKNOW, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES Cong seeks more seats, Oppn talks in Bengal, Bihar come under strain MANOJ C G, SANTOSH SINGH & RAVIK BHATTACHARYA NEW DELHI, PATNA, KOLKATA, MARCH 18 A DAY after the Congress decided to go alone in the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, the party Monday was said to have cleared names of candidates for 11 seats, including two sittingseatsof theCPM.TheCPM was planning a retaliation. In Bihar too, seat sharing talks between the Congress and RJD, thoughtheyarecontinuing,have come under severe strain with theCongressinsistingitbegiven 11 seats. At stake in these two states are82LokSabhaseats,crucialfor theOppositionbidtoupstagethe BJP from power. The Congress has so far managed seat-sharing pacts in only Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Jharkhand and is racing against time to conclude these—theElectionCommission has issued notification for the first phase of polling in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 20 states on April 11. TheCongresscentralelection committee, which met in the morning, cleared the names of 11 candidates in West Bengal. These included Raiganj and Murshidabad, seats for which the CPM has already announced candidates.TheCongressislikely to field Deepa Dasmunsi from Raiganj against CPM’s Mohd Salim. The party is yet to make the list official. A senior CPM leader said the Arrest warrant issued in UK Nirav Modi faces arrest as extradition process starts DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, MARCH 18 FUGITIVE JEWELLER Nirav Modi islikelytobeplacedunderarrest soon by UK authorities after the Westminster Magistrate Court in London issued a warrant against him a few days ago, sources in Enforcement Directorate (ED) said. The court has admitted the extradition plea by the agency and issued an arrest warrant, they said. “We have been informed by the authorities there about the issuance of a warrant against Nirav Modi. It officially marks the beginning of extradition proceedings against him,” an ED official said. The development comes days after Modi was tracked by UK’s Telegraph newspaper in London—itreportedthathewas living in an expensive flat from where he was running a diamond business. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 BJP FOILS CONG IN GOA: ALLIES SARDESAI, DHAVALIKAR TO BE DY CMs Sawant is Parrikar successor, enters Raj Bhavan at midnight to stake claim SAMPAD PATNAIK BHUBANESWAR, MARCH 18 DECISION 2019 PRIYANKA BEGINS GANGA YATRA, ASKS VOTERS TO ‘WAKE UP AND BECOME AWARE’ BJP UNEASY AS KHANDURI PULLS OUT, HIS SON JOINS CONGRESS PAGES 3, 7 Congress insistence on 17 seats in West Bengal is “unrealistic” and the reason for the talks faltering. CPM sources said the party will be forced to withdraw its“nocontestinsittingseats”offer and field candidates in four sittingseatsof theCongressif the Congress decides to contest in Raiganj and Murshidabad. Sources in both CPM and RJD said it is for the Congress to decidewhetherthegoalistodefeat the BJP or expand the party. In Bihar,theCongressisinsistingon 11 seats while the RJD is not in a mood to give it more than eight seats. The RJD argument is that ForBJP, real teststartsnow SAWANT HAD the backing and trust of Parrikar who, in his final days, relied on him to get work done. With Parrikar gone, and given the precarious numbers in either camp, Sawant’s real test will be to keep the NDA flock intact, especially the allies who will want a bigger share and say in the state. People attend the funeral procession of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in Panaji on Monday. Express SMITA NAIR & LIZ MATHEW BUSINESS AS USUAL PANAJI, NEW DELHI, MARCH 18 MOVING SWIFTLY to snuff out Congress attempts to wrest power in Goa following the deathof Chief MinisterManohar Parrikar, the BJP Monday chose Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant as the new Chief Minister of the state. Hours after Parrikar, who passed away Sunday at age 63 after battling pancreatic cancer, was cremated with state honours, 45-year-old Sawant headed to the Raj Bhavan midnight to stake claim after leaders of two key allies, Goa Forward Pramod Sawant, 45, is new CM Party’s Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP)’s Sudin Dhavalikar, who were offered posts of Deputy Chief Ministers but had held out all evening, finally came on board. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who coordinated the BJP moves and talks with allies, said: “Our alliance partners and MLAs are going to meet the Governor. Signed letters estab- BY UNNY lishing our majority will also be submitted to theGoaGovernor.” The Congress protested, say- ing the BJP had no right to stake claim. Earlier in the day, the Congress had accused the BJP of creating an “artificial majority” and asked Governor Mridula Sinha to invite the Opposition to form the government. The Goa Assembly strength is down to 36 MLAs — with the deathsof ParrikaronSundayand Francis D’Souza in February, and with two Congress members having resigned. The Congress has14MLAs,theBJP12,theMGP and Goa Forward Party three each, the NCP one and three are Independents. While Gadkari landed in the morning to take control of the situation, BJP president Amit CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE IDEAS PAGE THE CHIEF MINISTER NEXT DOOR BY NITIN GADKARI & RAM MADHAV PAGE 11 EXPRESS NETWORK WILL BESENSITIVE TO INDIA'SSECURITY CONCERNS: MALE CBSE SCHOOLSTO BE ORGANISED INTO LEARNING HUBS PAGE 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Anil Ambani pays Ericsson, thanks ‘respected elder brother Mukesh, Nita’ ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU MUMBAI, MARCH 18 RACING TO meet the four-week deadline set by the Supreme Court and averting a potential jail term for its chairman Anil Ambani, Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) Monday said it had paid Rs 550 crore and interest to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson. Thanking elder brother MukeshAmbanifor“timelysupport”,AnilAmbanisaid,“Mysincere and heartfelt thanks to my respectedelderbrother,Mukesh, andNita,forstandingbymeduring these trying times, and demonstrating the importance of stayingtruetoourstrongfamily values by extending this timely support.” “I and my family are grateful wehavemovedbeyondthepast, andaredeeplytouchedwiththis gesture,” Anil Ambani said in a statement. A spokesperson for RCom said“therequisitepaymentof Rs 550croreandinterestthereonto Ericssonhasbeencompleted today in compliance of the judgment of the Supreme Court”. Since RCom had earlier deposited Rs 118 crore with the Supreme Court, the total pay- Violent turn to protests at Vedanta’s Odisha plant, two killed HC sets aside Haryana Chief Minister’s remark against Ashok Khemka CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KHUSHBOO NARAYAN, TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA & MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, MARCH 18 Officers of integrity depleting fast: HC Court had slammed his ‘cavalier attitude’ ment to Ericsson was around Rs 580 crore including penalty interest. The deadline for RCom to make the final payment was March 19. OnFebruary20,theSupreme Court had held Anil Ambani guilty of contempt for not paying Rs 550 crore dues owed to Ericsson. Asking Ambani to pay Ericsson within four weeks, the court warned that hewouldface three months jail if its orders were not followed. The verdict came after Ericsson dragged Ambani to court after RCom failed to clear its dues. In 2014, Ericsson had signedadealwithRComtooperate its nationwide telecom network. After RCom failed to pay Ericsson, it moved an insolvency petition in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to recover pending dues of Rs 1,150 crore — it was admitted in May last year. However, RCom settled the dispute by offering Rs 550 crore, which was to be paid by Human embryo smuggling: Mock delivery leads DRI to Mumbai clinic SOFI AHSAN CHANDIGARH, MARCH 18 STATING THAT the “severe constraints in which an honest and upright officer works under the political leadership are well known”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday set aside the adverse remarks made by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in senior IAS Officer Ashok Khemka’sperformance appraisal report. The court observed that officers “with such an integrity” are “depleting very fast” in “our political, social and administrative system” and that they need protectionfromthedamagedoneto their careers by such notings on record. In its verdict on the writ petitionfiledbyKhemkaforexpunging the adverse remarks and restoring his grading, the division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Kuldip Singh said: “We are of the view that a personof suchprofessionalintegrity CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN INVESTIGATION that involved the arrest of a Malaysian nationalandthe“mockdelivery” of a canister led the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to conduct a search at a wellknownin-vitrofertilization(IVF) clinic in Mumbai run by a top embryologist, who is now being probed in connection with the alleged smuggling of human embryos. Thesearchattheofficeof embryologist and IVF trainer, Dr Dr Goral Gandhi has denied all allegations GoralGandhi,wasconductedon March 16, a day after the DRI detained Malaysian national Partheban Durai on his arrival at theMumbaiinternationalairport and seized a canister of human embryos.Gandhiisthescientific and laboratory director at the IndoNipponIVFclinicinBandra. The DRI probe found that Durai, a “regular carrier” of human embryos, was to allegedly deliver the canister to the IVF clinic that Gandhi runs. DRI sources said officers questioned Durai and took him to the IVF clinicto completea “mock delivery” before recording his arrest. Gandhi has denied the allegations and approached the Bombay High Court, which asked the DRI Monday not to take any coercive steps against her till April 3. A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre also directed Gandhi to appear before the DRI on March 22. AccordingtoDRIofficials,this is the first instance of the agency investigatingacaserelatedtothe alleged smuggling of human embryos. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A SECURITY man was burnt to death by a mob and a protester killed in clashes near the Vedanta alumina refinery in Odisha's Kalahandi district, after locals demanding jobs tried to storm its premises Monday, police claimed. Twenty people were also injured in the clashes that broke out between Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF) personnel and the protesters, police said. Theincidenttookplacewhen residents of Rengopali and nearby villages were staging a demonstration near the refinery atLanjigarhdemandingjobsand other facilities, Kalahandi SP B Gangadhar said. They were also demanding admission of their children in a school run by the company and jobs to local youth at the refinery, police said. Some of the agitators tried to enter the refinery's premises through the main gate, but were stopped by OISF personnel deployed there, they said. The protesters fought a pitched battle with the security personnel and resorted to stone pelting in a bid to storm the refinery campus, police said. A statement released by the CorporateCommunicationswing of Vedanta Limited said that a clash between security personnelatitsplantandsomelocalprotesters had claimed the lives of two people. Vedanta is the largest aluminium producer in India with a capacity of 2.3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) and a 40 per cent market share in India’s aluminium industry, as per the company’s website. The Lanjigarh plant of the company operates under Vedanta Limited, which is under CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD ONE FEARED DEAD IN POSSIBLE TERRORIST ATTACK ON DUTCH TRAM NEW ZEALAND PM PROMISES NEW GUN LAWS WITHIN DAYS PAGE 13 With trucks stuck at LoC crossing, Valley traders despair: Shelf life of goods too low ADIL AKHZER SRINAGAR, MARCH 18 OVER 100 trucks carrying differentitems,including24stationed at the Salamabad trade centre in Uri, have been waiting to cross over for more than two weeks because of repair work on the Kamaan post bridge that is used to crosstheLineof Control(LoC). Expressing dismay at the delay, the cross-LoC traders association claimed that perishable goods in the waiting trucks have The Uri crossing has been shut since March 8. File already been damaged. “Since March 8, trade has remained suspended from Salamabad to the Pakistan side, because we were informed that the bridge needs repairs. There are perishable items in the trucks, including bananas and vegetables, and lot of them have been damaged. We don’t have an exact estimate, but there are goods worth over Rs 1 crore,” Hilal Turki, chairman, cross-LoC traders’ association, told The Indian Express. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Auto trend: Used cars sold 4 lakh units more than new in 2018 PRANAV MUKUL & ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, MARCH 18 MARKING A trend that appears to be gaining strength, India’s used-car market saw the sale of 40 lakh vehicles in 2018 to overtake the volumes for new cars at 36 lakh in the same year, industry figures show. In value terms, the used-car market clocked almost twothirds the business recorded for new cars last year — Rs 1.4 lakh crore for used cars versus Rs 2.2 lakh crore for new. The drivers for this resurgence in used-car numbers include an expansion of the organised segment of the industry, a high number of new car launches and a rebound in fuel prices. According to analysts, the ratio of used-car to new-car sales, currently just over 1 in India, is likely to move closer to the ratio of over 2-3 that is seen in major economiessuchasGermany,the UK and Brazil. A key differentiator between the two markets is that the fastest growing segment in the used-carmarketistheentrysegment, with Maruti Alto, WagonR, the old Swift and the Hyundai i10 accounting for nearly 60 per cent of volumes. In contrast, the fastest growing segment in new cars is no longertheentry-levelhatchback segment, which has been overshadowedbyentry-levelsedans, such as Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire,andmid-levelhatchbacks, such as Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Grand i10. Therearethreemainreasons for the pick-up in the used car market, say analysts. New car launches, high fuel prices make the difference One, the exceptionally high number of new car launches — 31 — or facelift of old models during the 12 months to December 2018. As a result, the number of used cars less than twoyearsold,withunder20,000 kmclockedontheodometer,has seen a surge. Two, the organised segment of the used-car market has been expanding. Major players such as Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Hyundai and Mahindra & Mahindra,whichhavededicated arms for used cars, have been joined by Carnation, CarDekho, QuikrCarsandautomanufacturers such as Nissan and Renault. Most of these players now have tie-ups with financiers that give loans for used cars. Dealers typically have higher upsidesonmarginsforusedcars as compared to the largely fixed margins on new vehicles. The unorganised segment, which comprises a bigger chunk of the market, has also been growing, even though it has been losing share to the organised segment. Third, the rebound in fuel prices has helped turn used cars into a more compelling value proposition, an analyst said. The trend of an increase in used-car sales is also indicative of the co-relation between growth in a country’s economy and its used-car business. A research report by Bengaluru-based RedSeer Consulting noted that currently, the ratio of used car to new car sold in India is close to 1, whilein other major economies it is between 2-3. “...consumer preference towards dual car ownership, shorter replacement cycle and segment upgrade across CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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