LATE CITY PUNE, MONDAY MAY 26, 2014 18+6 (NEWSLINE) PAGES Rs. 3.00 TheIndianEXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD I CHANDIGARH I DELHI I KOLKATA I LUCKNOW I MUMBAI I NAGPUR I PUNE I VADODARA IndianExpress.com twitter.com/IndianExpress facebook.com/IndianExpress IndianExpress.com/Apps ModiistheCentretoday MONDAY MAY 26 7.30 AM Narendra Modi at Rajghat 9.25 AM 10 AM 10.45 AM Mauritius PM Navin Sri Lankan President Pakistan PM Ramgoolam will arrive Mahinda Rajapaksa to land Nawaz Sharif’s arrival 11 AM Nepal PM Sushil Koirala to fly in 11.30 AM Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s arrival 2 PM Maldives President Abdulla Yameen to reach 5 PM Roads to Rashtrapati Bhavan to be closed 6 PM Modi’s swearing-in as 15th Prime Minister of India 8.30 PM President’s ‘private dinner’ for SAARC leaders CABINET ❚ Modi says has downsized; Rajnath set for meaty portfolio, Advani, Joshi may stay out EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 25 PRIMEMINISTERMODI I N A statement and tweets issued late on Sunday night, on the eve of his swearing-in, prime ministerdesignate Narendra Modi indicated “unprecedented” changes in ministry formation, with “the top layers downsized”. “Focus is on convergence in the activities of various ministries where one Cabinet minister will be heading a cluster of ministries working in complementary sectors,” the statement said, reasoning that it was necessary for Modi’s dictum of ‘Minimum Government and Maximum Governance’. “Mr Modi is eventually aiming at Smart Governance where the top layers of government will be downsized and there would be expansion at the grass-root level,” said the statement issued from Gujarat Bhawan, also providing an official account of deliberations over the last few days on Two YSR Congress MPs join TDP NEW DELHI: In a setback to the YSR Congress, two of its MPs joined the TDP that is set to form the government in Andhra Pradesh and join the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. P 4 Business as Usual By UNNY SWEARING-IN [ THE COUNTDOWN] PTI Bangladesh Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury (right) arrives in Delhi on Sunday for the swearing-in ■ Manjhi to attend, Chandy, Naveen, Siddaramaiah not coming, Jaya prolongs suspense ■ Modi’s brother tells PTI family will stay home, watch ceremony on television ■ Pak frees 151, Lanka orders release of all Indian fishermen ■ PCB chief briefs Sharif on Indo-Pak cricket ties ■ Madhya Pradesh ponders chapter on Modi in school books ■ SOS from monsoon chief government formation. Though the statement did not spell out the ministries that would be clubbed together, there were indications of Overseas Affairs and Foreign Trade coming under External Affairs; Environment, Forest and Earth Sciences and Water Resources coming together; Energy bringing in FULL COVERAGE P 2,3, 4, 6,7 Power, Petroleum and Unconventional Energy; Agriculture covering Food Processing and Food and Public Distribution; and Transport clubbing Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, among others. While the clubbing of ministries may dash the hopes CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt prepares for the swearing-in — expected to be the biggest gathering hosted by it — on Sunday. Witnessing next govt, S Asia’s next-gen leaders SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MAY 25 NARENDRA Modi’s swearing-in will witness the next generation of South Asian leaders in attendance, as at least four leaders are bringing their sons, daughters, nephews or nieces for the ceremony, top sources told The Indian Express on Sunday. The family members will be part of their delegation, apart from ministers and officials. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be accompa- To show Muslim Buggies, horses, support, RSS ensures songs and a spread at invites for three dozen dinner for the guests SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, MAY 25 THEBJPmaynothaveasingle Muslim MP but the RSS wants to ensure that at least 30 Muslim faces are present for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in on Monday. It has organised invites for over three dozen Muslims, from across the country. Some of them have already arrived in the Capital. Likewise, passes have been arranged for some guests from the Christian community as well. Girish Juyal, a former Time to be pragmatic... Muslims need to consider all aspects before making combative statements against the elected PM. MAULANA MAHMOOD MADANI, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind gen secy REPORT, PAGE 2 pracharak working with the RSS’s Muslim Rashtriya Manch and one of those assigned to look after the Muslim CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, MAY 25 GUESTS at prime ministerdesignate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in on Monday will have the option of being ferried from the parking lot to the forecourt in buggies. Horses from the Presidential Bodyguards will be lined up in their honour while Air Force and Naval bands will play patriotic songs. The menu of the banquet to be hosted at Rashtrapati Bhavan after the oath-taking, for about 30 people, will mirror the diversity of Indian cui- sine. It will include Potoler Dolma from West Bengal, Kela Methi Nu Shaak from Gujarat and Chicken Chettinad from Tamil Nadu. The high tea menu in the forecourt will be vegetarian but in the North Court and South Court, non-vegetarian kebabs will be served for the eight SAARC delegations, MPs and ministers. While the Rashtrapati Bhavan guest wing will be thrown open for foreign delegations ahead of the banquet, none of them will spend the night there. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI chief seeks proof of former agency officials’ ‘links’ with meat exporter RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, MAY 25 C BI DIRECTOR Ranjit Sinha has written a letter to CBDT Chairman R K Tewari asking him to hand over evidence against all former CBI officials alleged to have links with meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi, who is being probed for suspected tax evasion. A detailed report has also been prepared by the Finance Ministry on the alleged links of Qureshi with ministers and officials in the outgoing 1 PAGE ANCHOR Express report showing Moin Qureshi, ex-CBI chief were in touch UPA-II regime. Sinha told The Indian Express that he wanted to determine if cases being probed by the CBI had been influenced by Qureshi. “It is not a crime for people to be talking to one another. But if there is incriminating evidence with tax authorities which PTI shows that he was influencing CBI cases, then we need to take corrective measures,” the CBI chief said. On May 15, The Indian Express had reported that Income Tax investigators had found Blackberry Messenger (BBM) exchanges between Qureshi and former CBI di- rector A P Singh, raising questions of propriety and possible conflict of interest. Singh was CBI chief from 2010 to 2012. The messages, accessed by The Indian Express, indicate Singh and Qureshi knew each other well and that Singh allowed Qureshi to seek “help”, including on behalf of people being probed by the CBI. The messages also show Qureshi apparently sought Singh’s help in connection with a business project linked to a top industrialist, for getting security clearance from the Intelligence Bureau director, and to reach out to union minister Kamal Nath for a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 nied by eldest son Hussain as hereachesIndiaonMonday.A businessman rather than a politician, Hussain Nawaz lives mostly in the Gulf. In his 40s, Hussain is believed to be the family’s fundraiser. While there had been some speculation that Sharif may bring daughter Maryam, who is active in politics and has been quite vocal the past few days on the need for India and Pakistan to improve their ties, he eventually decided to get Hussain along. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is coming with son Namal, who is seen as his heir apparent. All of 28, Namal Rajapaksa is an MP from the family stronghold of Hambantota. A rugby player who captains the Sri Lankan rugby team, Namal incidentally was in Mumbai last year CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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