eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE Encounters with the Empire NEWDELHI,LATECITY OCTOBER4,2020 Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy looms large over the Rashtrapati Bhavan 16PAGES,`6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, ` 12SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Damage control in Hathras: UP Govt seeks CBI probe, lifts village lockdown Familysayswon’ttakenarcotest;DGP, AddlChief Secy(Home)visitthem SUNDAY STORY JIGNASA SINHA & AMIL BHATNAGAR HATHRAS, OCTOBER 3 THE UTTAR Pradesh government Saturday recommended a CBI investigation into the entire chainof eventsintheHathrasassault and alleged gangrape case, includingher hurriedcremation without the family's presence. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced the CBI probe after going through a report submitted by Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Kumar Awasthi and Director General of Police H C Awasthy, who visited the victim's family intheirvillageinHathrasdistrict on Saturday and met local representatives. The visit by the two officers followed lifting of the blockade around the village, imposed following the cremation of the 19year-old around 3 am on Wednesdayorganisedbythepolice. Asked about the cremation during his visit, DGP Awasthi told the media, "That's why this action (the setting up of an SIT) has been taken." The family told The Sunday Express they will not take the polygraph and narco tests that the state government had said it would conduct on all those involved in the case, including the police officers investigating it. At a press conference that he WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 12, 13, 14 CUTS MANALI-LEH DISTANCE BY 46 KM PM opens Atal tunnel, says delayed border projects on fast track Daulat Beg Oldie airstrip closed for 40-50 years…what was the compulsion? IAF opened it, no political will: Modi PAGE 8 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SHIMLA, OCTOBER 3 Looking for a 19-year-old Her grieving family, a village riven by deep fault lines, and a sordid drama by police, admn take over the narrative and the DGP held after they had spent around half-an-hour with the family, Awanish Awasthi said, "The CM has constituted an SITheadedbyseniorofficialsand a woman officer. Statements by the family have already been taken by the investigating team. I assure you, every point raised bythefamilywillbeinvestigated by the SIT. Whoever the culprits are, strictest of action will be taken against them." CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 7 Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tries to stop Uttar Pradesh Police personnel from lathi-charging her party workers at the Delhi-Noida border on Saturday. She was heading to Hathras with Rahul Gandhi when the scuffle took place. PTI BJP IT head tweets her video; illegal if she’s rape victim, says NCW chief ESHA ROY & AVANEESH MISHRA NEW DELHI, LUCKNOW, OCTOBER 3 THE NATIONAL Commission for Women(NCW)hassaiditwould lookintothetweetbyBJPIThead Amit Malviya sharing a video of the 19-year-old Hathras Dalit woman who died after she was brutally assaulted and allegedly gangraped. Asked about the tweet, NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma told The Sunday Express: “If she is a rape victim, then the incident of tweeting the video is really very unfortunate and is also absolutely illegal." UnderIndianPenalCodeprovisions, anyone who reveals the identity of a person who is a victim of sexual assault or suspected to be one can be imprisoned for up to two years. Chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh State Commission for Women Vimla Batham also told The Sunday Express that she had not seen the video, but if it disclosed the woman's identity, it was "definitely objectionable" and the commission would take cognizance and serve Malviya a notice. The BJP leader tweeted the 48-second video onFriday, writing,“Hathrasvictim’sinteraction with a reporter outside AMU where she claimed there was an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FOR LONG, the country’s security was “compromised,” border infrastructure projects delayed and demands by security forces for modern gear and equipment ignored, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday as he inaugurated the 9.2-km-long Atal tunnel at Rohtang. Without naming any person or party, he said demands for modern fighter aircraft, ammunition,modernrifles,bulletproof jackets, extreme cold weather gearwereshelved.“Filepefile,file pe file.Kabhifilekholte thhe,kabhi filekesaathkheltethe(fileafterfile, file after file… sometimes they opened a file, sometimes they played around with the file).” HesaidthecrucialDaulatBeg Oldie airstrip in Ladakh lay closed for 40-50 years — abandoned in the mid-1960s, it was revived in 2008 by the IAF. “What was the compulsion (majboori)? What was the pressure?…The fact is that the Air Force was able to restart it dueto its own determination, not be- PM Narendra Modi with (from left) Lt Gen Harpal Singh, BRO DG, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur at the inauguration of the tunnel, Saturday. PTI causeof anypoliticalwillpower,” he told a gathering in the presenceof DefenceMinisterRajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army chief General MM Naravane and DefenceSecretaryAjayKumarat the tunnel’s southern portal at Dhundhi near Manali. The tunnel’s opening, amid the ongoing India-China standoff along the Line of Actual Control, is going to help sustain troops mobilised in eastern Ladakh by providing an almost all-weather connectivity between Manali and Leh during the long, harsh winter months. The tunnel is the newest additiontotheIndianlistof frontier infrastructure, the construction CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 5 On Ladakh road, Army memorial Govt decides to waive Rajasthan rape charges: After Opp criticism, family gets legal help for 20 soldiers killed in Galwan interest on interest EXPRESS NETWORK for loans up to Rs 2 cr MP RAPE: DAY AFTER SUICIDE, ACTION TELLS SC IN AFFIDAVIT DEEP MUKHERJEE BARAN, OCTOBER 3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 STATING THAT a complete waiverof interestforloanrepayments during the moratorium periodwouldaffecttheverysurvival of banks and create problems for depositors, the Centre has told the Supreme Court that it has decided to waive compound interest on MSME and personal loans up to Rs 2 crore for the six-month period. In an affidavit filed in the top court, the Union Finance Ministry said that “after careful consideration and weighing all possible options, the... Government... has decided that the relief on waiver of compound interest during the sixmonth moratorium period shall be limited to the most vulnerable category of borrowers”. E X P L A I NE D Blanket waiver will hit survival, this is over stimulus announced: Govt E Interest stays but ● bigrelief THIS IS a big relief to MSME and personal loan borrowers. But borrowers will have to pay the interest on their outstanding loans for the moratorium period they opted for. Banks won’t add that interest component to the principal outstanding at the end of the moratorium to calculate fresh EMI at current interest rate. “This category of borrowers...would be MSME loans and personal loans up to Rs. 2 crore” and would include education, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CAUGHT IN THE HATHRAS firestorm which has put pressure on the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, an alleged case of rape of two minor sisters in Rajasthan’s Baran district,275kmfromJaipur,hascreated a political storm in the Congress-ruled state. WiththeBJPmountinganattack on Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and the National Commission for Women on Saturday criticising Chief AGAINST 3 COPS PAGE 7 MinisterAshokGehlotforlackof sensitivity in the Baran case, the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA)inBaranappointedasenior advocate to extend legal aid to the family of the minor girls. “We had received an application from the two minor girls throughtheSakhiKendrainBaran for free legal aid. Following that, we have appointed senior advocate Kamlesh Dubey, who will providelegalaidtothefamilyand willmonitorthecaseuntilitsconclusion,” DLSA Secretary and Additional District and Sessions Judge,Baran,ShivKumartoldThe Sunday Express on Saturday. In the Baran incident, what attracted the Opposition ire was the rejection by a local court of an application by the family of the minor girls to re-record their statements under Section 164, Code of Criminal Procedure, before a magistrate. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE C RONA FIGHTERS AN EXPRESS SERIES ‘MANAGED SO MANY PATIENTS FOR THE FIRST TIME... A LESSON ON HOW TO REMAIN CALM’ PAGE 7 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 THE ARMY has erected a memorial to commemorate the 20 Indian soldiers who had died fighting Chinese troops near PatrollingPoint14(PP14)ineastern Ladakh on June 15. The memorialmentionsthenamesof all 20 soldiers who had gone to removeChinesetentsontheIndian side of the Line of Actual Control, butwerekilledinahand-to-hand combat with rival troops. The plaque at the memorial, which is situated along the The memorialontheDarbuk-Shyok-DaulatBegOldieroad. ANI Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie road, mentions the details of the incident. “Op Snow Leopard”, it states, “on 15th June 2020 at Galwan Valley, Col B Santosh Babu Commanding Officer 16 Bihar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shopian: Probe looks at role of SPO posted Being forced to name in Srinagar, Army says will act as per law Ranbir, Rampal, Morea: Gaps in probe, bodies of three labourers are exhumed MUZAMIL JALEEL EXPRESS NETWORK KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 BODIES OF three Rajouri labourers, killed in Shopian on July 18 by the Army which called them terrorists before admitting there was “prima facie evidence indicating that during the operation, powers vested under the AFSPA were exceeded”, were exhumed in Baramulla Saturday and handed over to their families. Police personnel take away the bodies that were exhumed in Baramulla on Saturday. Express RELATEDREPORT,PAGE6 TheJ&KPoliceandArmyhave instituted their own inquiries, butquestionsremain—fromthe mystery detention of a Special PoliceOfficertotheArmy’sclaim about the “encounter” in AmshiporainShopian,thekilling of three “terrorists” and the recoveryof “armsandammunition and IED material”. The SPO detained by J&K Police is Fayaz Ahmad Rather, working at the Rajbagh police messin Srinagar and attached to a Dy SP with the counter-insurgencySpecial OperationsGroup. From Seri Chauhana village of Poonch district, Rather, according to his family, was taken by police around a month ago. Asked about Rather, IGP CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 accused in NCB probe SADAF MODAK & MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, OCTOBER 3 A FORMER executive producer of Dharmatic Entertainment, a sister concern of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions who was arrested last week, told a court on Saturday that he was forced by officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to falsely implicate actors Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Dino Morea. KshitijPrasadhadearliersaid theNCBhadforcedhimtoimplicate Johar. The agency had denied it stating that the investigation was being carried out in a EXPRESS NETWORK AIIMS BOARD RULES OUT MURDER IN SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT CASE PAGE 7 “professional manner”. “I have been repeatedly harassedandcoercedintofalselyimplicating Dino Morea, Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor in the present proceedings despite me repeatedly stating that I do not know the said persons and have noknowledgeofsuchallegations,” Prasad said in an application CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In uncle’s backyard, student finds stone linking Kerala to Roman empire PAGE 1 ANCHOR UMA VISHNU NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 “IT’S A button… I found a button!” Pravitha P A said, holding up the small, oval bead-button. The Class 12 student, one of the volunteers at the excavation site in Pattanam, a village in Ernakulamdistrictof Kerala,had been sieving the soil dug out of one of the trenches in her uncle K S Sukumaran’s backyard. As he brushed the sand off, P J Cherian, director of PAMA Institute, a Kerala-based Trust that’s carrying out the excavation, knew the 'button' was no ordinary find. There emerged a glorious she-Sphinx, the Greek mythical creature known for its magical powers. A series of correspondences with experts over the next three months,includingwithDrGiulia Rocca, who teaches archeology and history of Greek and Roman art at the Tor Vergata University of Rome,confirmedCherian’sinstinct: the 1.2-cm-long banded agate, a precious stone found in the Indian Subcontinent, was from a seal-ring, very similar to the kind worn by Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor, whoreignedfrom27BCuntilhis death in AD 14. The gemstone with the Sphinx, along with the head of a small Greco-Roman statuette found on Sukumaran’s plot on April 25, is further evidence that Pattanam, the small village by The she-Sphinx carved on a banded agate stone; the GrecoRoman statuette head, found in Pattanam in April. Express the backwaters of the Periyar river, could be Muziris — the legendary port city that thrived sometime between the 1st century BC and 4th century AD. Muziris, the ‘Emporia of the East’,flourishedaftertheRomans conquered Egypt, and rose to become a key centre for trade between the Red Sea and Indian Oceanregions—sendingoutpepper, precious stones, silk, beads, ivoryandpotterytoWestAsiaand Rome, and importing gold coins, glass,wineandwheatfromthere. Then, sometime in the 4th Century AD, Muziris disappeared. There are several theoriesaboutthis,amongthemthat, with the decline of the Roman empire, its key trading partner, the port city fell into disuse. Another hypothesis is that a cataclysmic flood in the Periyar in 1341 silted the Muziris harbour, leaving it too narrow for ships. The Sphinx that turned up in a corner of Sukumaran’s plot is the biggest find from the latest roundof excavations—thetenth since 2007. How could a Roman seal- ring, with the Sphinx on it, have reached Muziris? "There are numerous possibilities — merchants and traders could have broughtit.Anyway, therewasn't just one royal seal; there would havebeenthousands.Theywere usedbytheemperorhimself and thosewhomheauthorised,tobe used as a stamp, instead of a signature,”saysCherian,addingthat there's another "strong possibility" — that the Sphinx was produced at Pattanam. “Wastage of the banded CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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