eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE A Mouthful of Sky NEWDELHI,LATECITY MARCH24,2019 20+6(EYE)PAGES,`6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, ` 12SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 8 ‘OUR FIGHT WITH BANGLADESHI MUSLIMS IS ON ETHNIC LINES, NOT RELIGIOUS’ HIMANTA BISWA SARMA, Assam Finance Minister SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 Turbulence Once a premier airline, Jet Airways is hobbled by debt, unpaid salaries and a grounded fleet. How it got this far — until it hit an air pocket As a recent blockbuster showcases a people who make the most of their situation, a look at Dharavi through the eyes of its tourist guides Navy gets a DECISION 2019 CHALLENGE FOR UTTAR PRADESH GOVT new chief, first chopper pilot to head top office Cane dues cross Rs 10,000 cr, half from first phase poll seats Vice Admiral Karambir Singh RAHUL TRIPATHI & SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, MARCH 23 NEW LOKPAL TAKES OATH Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and new Lokpal Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI After attack, fearful Gurgaon family: Been here for 15 years, want to leave A video grab of the attack. people who will stand by us. We areentirelyalonehere,”saidSajid, whoownsafurniturerepairshop in Gurgaon’s Ghasola village, and had built a home for his wife and sixchildreninBhoopSinghNagar colonyinDhumaspurvillagethree yearsago. According to the FIR registered at Bhondsi police station, the incident took place when Sajid’srelativeshadcometovisit since Holi was a holiday. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 somethinglikethishappensinour village,atleastwewillhave15-20 MAN DIES IN CLASH OVER PLATFORM FOR MUHARRAM PAGE 7 SAKSHI DAYAL GURGAON, MARCH 23 FIFTEEN YEARS after he first moved to Gurgaon from Panchi village in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district, Mohammad Sajid is contemplating leaving the city for good. On Thursday evening, a mob of “20-25 men” had barged into his home, attacked him and his relatives with rods and sticks, and told them to “go to Pakistan”. “We are planning to either move back to our village or to Delhi. If this has happened here once, it can happen again. Even if Last Islamic State village in Syria falls, caliphate crumbles RUKMINI CALLIMACHI MARCH 23 AFOUR-YEARmilitaryoperation to flush the Islamic State from its territory in Iraq and Syria ended on Saturday, as the last village held by the terrorist group was retaken, erasing a militant theocracy that once spanned two countries. Cornered in Baghuz, Syria, thelast1.5-square-mileremnant of the group’s original caliphate in theregion,theremainingmilitantswagedasurprisinglyfierce defense and kept the Americanbacked forces at bay for months. They detonated car bombs and hurled explosives from drones. Suicide bombers ran across the front line under cover of darkness to attack the sleeping quarters of the Americanbacked coalition. In the last weeks, the militants’ families fled for their lives, theirblack-cladwivesstreaming into the desert by the tens of thousands, some of them defiantly chanting Islamic State slogans and lobbing fistfuls of dirt at reporters. But after a grueling campaign, the last speck of land was finally wrested from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. “Thisisabigmomentnotjust for us but for all of the world,” said Kino Gabriel, a spokesman fortheSyrianDemocraticForces, the American-backed militia CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SIGNS OF RESURGENCE PAGE 15 RELATEDREPORT,PAGE3 THEGOVERNMENTonSaturday named Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next chief of naval staff. Singh, who will succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires on May 30, will be the first helicopter pilot to occupy the office of Navy chief. Singh superseded Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, for the post. Verma, younger brother of former Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma, hasn’t headed either the Western or the Eastern Naval command, which is considered essential for anyone to be considered for the top post. In 2016, the government had elevated General Bipin Rawat as Armychief,supersedingtwosenior Army commanders. Though anewservicechief is usually named around a month in advance, Singh’s name was announced with two months still to go for Lanba’s retirement. This, sources in the government said, was to ensure a smooth transition during the general elections. The announcement also lays to rest any uncertainty about the military hierarchy at a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, MARCH 23 SUGARCANE PAYMENT dues to farmers in Uttar Pradesh have crossed Rs 10,000 crore — over 45 per cent of this is from six of the eight constituencies scheduled to vote in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 11. According to data compiled by the Cane Commissioner’s Office in Lucknow, as on March 22, the state’s sugar mills have bought cane worth Rs 24,888.65 croreduringthecurrent2018-19 crushing season (OctoberSeptember) at the state government’s fixed (“advised”) price of Rs315perquintalfornormaland Rs 325 per quintal for earlymaturing varieties. They were to payRs22,175.21crorewithinthe stipulated 14-day period of taking cane delivery. But the actual payments have been only Rs 12,339.04 crore, translating into arrears of Rs 9,836.17 crore. Adding the dues of Rs 238.81 crore from the previous 2017-18 season takes the total to Rs 10,074.98 crore. Of the Rs 10,074.98 crore, as muchasRs4,547.97crore,orover 45 per cent, is due from mills in just six constituencies: Meerut, Baghpat,Kairana,Muzaffarnagar, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rahul may pick Kerala seat; driven out of Amethi: Smriti Optics, insurance THE IDEA is to project Rahul Gandhi as a leader with acceptance in the North and South. Barring Karnataka, the BJP does not have a presence in the South. The Congress doesn’t want Rahul to be tied down in Amethi, a sure Southern seat is a back-up. MANOJ C G & SHAJU PHILIP NEW DELHI, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MARCH 23 TWENTY YEARS after Sonia Gandhi contested from two seats — Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh and Bellary in Karnataka — Congress president Rahul Gandhi is said to be actively considering contesting from a Lok Sabha constituency in South India besides his traditional seat of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress in Kerala indicated that he could contest from Wayanad, which is considered a party stronghold. The AICC did not deny the move, and neither did Rahul. While the AICC said a final decision is yet to be taken, top CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BIG PICTURE PAGES 10-11 All hands on deck INSIDE SHATRUGHAN’SSEAT GOES TO RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD DEVE GOWDATO CONTESTFROM TUMKUR PAGES 5, 7
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