DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 WON’T ACCEPT ANY PAK ATTEMPT TO ENGAGE WITH HURRIYAT: GOVT Govt boycotts Pak National Day, PM sends greetings to people of Pakistan Govt security screens invites and invitees; China makes its presence felt Modi calls for ‘peaceful... region, in an atmosphere free of terror, violence’ NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 ON A day the NDA government decided to boycott the Pakistan National Day reception at its High Commission’s lawns, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan disclosed that he had received a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi where he said that it is time that people of the sub-continent “work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive & prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence”. Within hours of Pakistan’s National Day reception wrapping up, Khan tweeted: “I welcome PM Modi’s message to our people. As we celebrate Pakistan Day I believe it is time to begin a comprehensive dialogue with India to address & resolve all E EXPLAINED SHUBHAJIT ROY SHUBHAJIT ROY ● Protest and protocol THE GOVERNMENT’S first ever boycott of Pakistan National Day along with its ban on JKLF sends a hard message on Kashmir to Pakistan. But by not departing from the tradition of sending greetings to Pakistan, the Prime Minister has kept the diplomatic door ajar. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 before they were gunned down by security forces. While the boy’s uncle, who was also held hostage was rescued Thursday, police said militants refused to let the boy out despite pleas on loudspeakers by his family. FIVE MINUTES to 8 pm, the Indian national anthem was played in the Pakistan High Commission lawns while the Tricolour fluttered along with Pakistan’s national flag. With no Indian government’s representative present at the occasion, on stage were Pakistan’s High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood and wife Mahwish. In the crisp March evening as a cool breeze swept through the lawns, the attendance was thinner than usual — the government’s security establishment CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shareefa Jan’s son Atif was killed in Bandipora. Shuaib Masoodi 12-yr-old boy killed despite mother’s appeal to militants ADIL AKHZER HAJIN (BANDIPORA), MARCH 22 A 12-YEAR-OLDboy held hostage in Bandipora for around 24 hours was killed Friday by militants After Jamaat, Centre bans JKLF, cites separatism RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 JKLF chief Yasin Malik is lodged in Jammu jail WEEKS AFTER banning the Jamaat-e-Islami, the Centre Friday announced that the Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has been banned as well for “promoting” secession of the militancy-hit state. The JKLF was banned under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after a high-level meeting on security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Declaring the JKLF an unlawful organisation, Union Home CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE MAIN NAHIN CHOWKIDAR BY KANCHA ILAIAH SHEPHERD PAGE 10 DECISION 2019 INTERVIEW: NITIN GADKARI PAGE 8 DECISION 2019 Pitroda has questions on Balakot, PM says he kick-started Pak day EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EC clears 2nd farm payout but only to those named before code NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 TECHNOCRAT-TURNEDCONGRESS politician Sam Pitroda was at the centre of a political row Friday after he sought “more facts” and proof of the death toll in the Balakot air strike and, while referring to the Mumbai 26/11 attack, said one cannot “jump on an entire nation... just because some people came here and attacked”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tore into the Congress, saying it was a “shame” that Rahul Gandhi’s “most trusted advisor and guide” had “kick-started the Pakistan National Day celebrations on behalf of the Congress, ironically by demeaning India’s armed forces”. BJP president Amit Shah, in a tweet, said: “Difference between Opposition and BJP is clear. They RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 He sought ‘more facts’ on Balakot air strike. Raaj Dayal suspect our army, we are proud of our army. Their heart beats for terrorists, ours beats for the Tiranga. This election, through the power of your vote, do a surgical strike on the Congress culture. #JantaMaafNahiKaregi” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, referring to Pitroda as “guru” of Rahul Gandhi, said: “Agar guru aisa ho aur uske CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cong alleges payoffs by BSY to his leaders, BJP calls it a web of lies, poll desperation EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 A ROW erupted Friday after the Congress, citing a report in the Caravan magazine, alleged that former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had paid bribes to the tune of Rs 1,800 crore to the BJP leadership. Rejecting the charge, the BJP said the Congress, fearing defeat in the Lok Sabha THE GOVERNMENT is learnt to have got the Election Commission’s (EC) nod for releasing the second instalment of the PM-KISAN scheme from April 1. The permission, however, is limited to beneficiaries identified before the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into force on March 10. In its response to the Ministry of Agriculture this week, the Commission, sources said, reiterated its instructions of March 5, 2009, which state that “beneficiary projects where specific beneficiaries by name have been identified before coming of the Model Code of Conduct into force” can be continued, even after elections are announced, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY polls, was resorting to “falsehood, misrepresentation” and a “web of lies”. As Yedyurappa too denied the allegation, the Central Board of Direct Taxes issued a statement saying the entries in “loose sheets prima facie appear to be of a doubtful nature and were given by the person who was being raided for tax violations”. Congress communication CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ahmedabad
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