DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019, JAIPUR, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 WON’T ACCEPT ANY PAK ATTEMPT TO ENGAGE WITH HURRIYAT: GOVT GovtboycottsPakistanNationalDay, PM sendsbestwishestoImranKhan Modi underlines: 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 the 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.Aswe celebrate Pakistan Day I believe it is time to begin a comprehensive dialogue with India to address & resolve all E EXPLAINED SHUBHAJIT ROY ● Protestand 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 12-yr-old boy killed despite mother’s appeal to militants ADIL AKHZER HAJIN (BANDIPORA), MARCH 22 A12-YEAR-OLDboyheldhostage in Bandipora for over 24 hours waskilledFridaybymilitantsbefore they were gunned down by security forces. While the boy’s uncle,whowasalsoheldhostage was rescued Thursday, police said militants refused to let the boy out despite pleas on loudspeakers by his family. Until Friday morning, Shareefa Jan, held hope that her 12-year-old son, Atif Mir, might come out alive amid the raging gunfight between militants and security forces in north Kashmir’s Hajin village. But when the 24-hour gun battle ended in the afternoon, that hope shattered. Shareefa Jan’s son Atif was killed in Bandipora. Shuaib Masoodi AJammuandKashmirPolice spokespersonsaidtwomilitants of theLashkar-e-Taibahad taken two civilians as hostages. “He (Atif) was brutally killed by the terrorists and could not be res- After Jamaat, Centre bans JKLF, cites separatism RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 JKLF 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) Actaftera high-levelmeeting on security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Declaring the JKLF an unlawful organisation, Union Home CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 cuedfromtheclutches of terrorists. Two militants were killed in the encounter,” the spokesperson said. Atif and his uncle, Abdul CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE DECISION 2019 Pitroda has questions on Balakot, PM says kick-started Pak day EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 TECHNOCRAT-TURNEDCongress politician Sam Pitroda was at the centre of a political row Friday after he sought proof of terrorist casualties in the Balakot air strike and said one cannot “jump on an entire nation” (Pakistan) just because some people from there came and did something. Prime Minister Narendra ModitoreintotheCongress,sayingRahulGandhi’s“mosttrusted advisor and guide” had “kickstarted the Pakistan National Daycelebrationsonbehalf of the Congress, ironically by demeaning India’s armed forces. Shame!”. Distancing the party from Pitroda’s remarks, Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said “the expression of opinion by an individualhasnothingtodowith EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE DECISION 2019 A ROW erupted Friday after the Congress, citing a report in the Caravan magazine, alleged that formerKarnatakaChief Minister BSYeddyurappahadpaidbribes to the tune of Rs 1800 crore to the BJP leadership. Rejecting the charge,theBJPsaidtheCongress, fearing defeat in the Lok Sabha BY KANCHA ILAIAH SHEPHERD PAGE 10 INTERVIEW:GADKARI ON DEMOCRACY PAGE 5 RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 He wanted more facts on Balakot air strike. Raaj Dayal the opinion of the party”. The view of the Congress, he said, was that the Balakot strike was a shining example of the valour of the Indian Air Force. At the sametime,hesaid,thePulwama terror attack was a “national securityandintelligencefailure”of the Modi government. In remarks to the ANI news agency, Pitroda, who heads the Congress overseas department and is a close friend of the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Cong alleges payoffs by BSY to leaders, BJP calls it lies MAINNAHIN CHOWKIDAR NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 Jaipur EC clears 2nd farm payout but only to those named before code 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 statementsayingtheentriesin“loose sheets prima facie appear to be of a doubtful nature and were givenbythepersonwhowasbeing raided for tax violations”. Congress communication CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE GOVERNMENT is learnt to have got the Election Commission’s (EC) nod for releasing the second instalment of the PM-KISAN scheme from April1.Thepermission,however, is limited to beneficiaries identified before the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into force on March 10. InitsresponsetotheMinistry of Agriculture this week, the Commission, sources said, reiterated its instructions of March 5, 2009, which state that “beneficiary projects where specific beneficiariesbynamehavebeen identified before coming of the Model Code of Conduct into force”canbecontinued,evenafter elections are announced, CONTINUEDONPAGE2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY
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