DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES THE EDITORIAL PAGE THEIRLORDSHIPS & MASTERS BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA PAGE 10 ‘UNHOLY GLOBAL GATHBANDHAN... WANTS FOREIGN FORCES TO INTERVENE’ Calling Gupkar alliance a gang, Shah says it & Cong will bring terror back Mehbooba, Omar hit back, say BJP ‘frustrated’ over PAGD poll unity 2 Jaish men held, were on way to PoK: Delhi Police MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL & BASHAARAT MASOOD NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 17 THEDELHIPOLICEonTuesdayarrested two suspected militants undertheArmsActandsaidthey were Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) sympathiserswhowereallegedly tryingtocrossoverintoPakistanoccupied Kashmir (PoK). Police arrested the two men — both Kashmiris — from the SaraiKaleKhanareaandclaimed they had been directed by their handler to come to the Capital, where they would meet a personwhowould arrangeforarms training in Uttar Pradesh before helping them get to Nepal and from there to PoK. DCP (Special Cell) Sanjeev Yadav said they laid a trap near Millennium Park in Sarai Kale Khan on Monday night after receiving information that a group of newly recruited Jaish terrorists would be coming to Delhi. “Around 10.15 pm, two suspected militants identified as AbdulLatif Mir(22),aresidentof Doru village in J&K’s Baramulla district, and Mohd Ashraf Khatana (20), a resident of Hat Mullavillageof Kupwaradistrict, have been arrested by our team. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LIZ MATHEW & NAVEED IQBAL The Abdullahs, Mufti after a meeting on Saturday. PTI AHEAD OF the first District Development Council (DDC) electionsinJammuandKashmir, UnionHomeMinisterAmitShah on Tuesday called the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) the “Gupkar Gang”, and said it, along with the Congress, wanted to “take J&K back to the eraof terrorandturmoil”.Calling it an “unholy global gathbandhan”, Shah said the PAGD wanted “foreign forces to intervene in J&K”. Former Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, whosepartiesarepart of the PAGD, reacted sharply to Shah's remarks. Both linked NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 17 Shah's attack to the DDC elections beginning November 28 – the first political exercise since the Centre revoked J&K's special status under Article 370 on August 5 last year – and the PAGD's decision to put up a “united front”. In a series of tweets, Shah said: “The Gupkar Gang is going global! They want foreign forces to intervene in Jammu and Kashmir. The Gupkar Gang also insultsIndia’sTricolour.DoSonia Ji and Rahul Ji support such movesof theGupkarGang?They should make their stand crystal clear to the people of India.” “Congress and the Gupkar Gang want to take J&K back to the era of terror and turmoil. They want to take away rights of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 With alliance and out of it: how Cong pushed to wall MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 17 UNDER ATTACK, the Congress said on Tuesday that it was not part of the People's Alliance for GupkarDeclaration(PAGD).State Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir, however, said they had seat-sharing arrangements “at the district level” with many parties, including the NC and PDP, which are part of the PAGD, for the District Development Council (DDC) elections. Meanwhile, the Congress remained ambivalent on the de- GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 17 THE RESERVE Bank of India imposed a 30-day moratorium Tuesday on struggling Lakshmi VilasBankLtd(LVB),superseded its board of directors and announced a draft scheme for the amalgamation of the bank with DBS Bank India, a subsidiary of DBS of Singapore, in the wake of “serious deterioration in the financial position of the bank”. The RBI also restricted withdrawals by depositors at Rs 25,000 from savings and currentaccounts,andexpenditureon anyitematRs50,000permonth. The central bank said the financial position of Chennaibased Lakshmi Vilas Bank, which has a network of 563 E Depositors face the ● brunt THE LAST two years have seen a string of mishaps beginning with IL&FS in 2018, PMC a year later, Yes Bank in March 2020 and LVB now. Every time a bank fails, it dents the confidence of depositors, who are at once slapped with restrictions on withdrawals. branches and deposits of Rs 20,973 crore, has undergone a steady decline with the bank incurringcontinuous lossesover CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SCHOLARSHIP NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 17 KEJRIWAL WANTS TO SHUT MARKETS IF COVID HOTSPOTS PAGE 4 Daffodils School in Dumra is named in the FIRs. Abhishek Angad Dhanbad, following an investigation by The Indian Express into the illegal diversion of the Centre’s pre-Matric scholarship PM Modi, Putin, Xi, Ramaphosa and Bolsonaro at the BRICS meet on Tuesday. ANI TO JOIN OR NOT: CONG CONFUSED ON RCEP PAGE 6 THE WORLD AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ: TRUMP PREPARES TO GET OUT PAGE 14 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR MIHIR VASAVDA ROY KRISHNA boarded a flight from Labasa, his hometown in Fiji, on September 24. Ten Covid tests, 40 days and four connecting flights later, the Fijian footballer of Indian origin steppedontothetrainingfieldin Goa, where this season of the Indian Super League (ISL) will start Friday. The 33-year-old spent 30 days in quarantine, in three countries, to make it in time to play for defending champions ATK Mohun Bagan. In pre-Covid times, Krishna, one of the biggest names in the ISL, would have taken two days to complete the trip. But this time, with Covid curbs and limited flights, the star striker flew from Labasa to Nadi within Fiji, to Auckland in New Zealand, to Sydney in Australia, and finally to Delhi and Goa. “I was very paranoid,” says Krishna. “I sanitised all the time, cleanedeveryspotIwasgoingto touch with alcohol wipes and wore a mask.” Last year, Krishna, whose ancestors are from Kolkata, made an immediate impact when he joined the Kolkata-based club. CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT Rajiv Saxena, key accused in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, has told the Enforcement Directorate (ED) about the entities and investmentsthroughwhichpartof the alleged kickbacks were routed, and that these also involved defence dealer Sushen Mohan Gupta and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s nephew Ratul Puri. Currentlyonbail,Saxenawas extraditedfromDubaiinJanuary 2019 and was interrogated by theED whichattached hisassets worth Rs 385 crore. The ED has nowfiledanappealinabidtodivest Saxena of his approver statusforallegedlynotfullydisclosing the facts of the case. AGUSTA WESTLAND DEAL CONFESSIONS OF KEY ACCUSED PART 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY REPORTP2 PM and Biden talk; flag Covid, climate change and Indo-Pacific SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 17 IN THEIR first conversation since the results of the US election earlier this month, US President-elect Joe Biden called Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday night, during which the PM congratulated Biden and reiterated New Delhi’s commitment to the Indo-US strategic partnership and dis- cussed their “shared priorities and concerns”. After the phone call, Modi tweeted, “Spoke to US President-elect @JoeBiden on phone to congratulate him. We reiterated our firm commitment to the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed our shared priorities and concerns — Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region.” “I also conveyed warm con- THE BJP government in Madhya Pradesh is planning to introduce a Bill in the next session of the state Assembly to “check rising incidents of love jihad”, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Tuesday. The Bill, to be called Dharma Swatantrya (Freedom of Religion)Bill,2020,proposesfive years of rigorous imprisonment for “luring a person through fraudandforcingmarriagebyreligious conversion”, Mishra told reporters,addingthatsuchanoffence would be non-bailable. The Bill, modelled on the MP DharmaSwatantryaAdhiniyam, 1968, aims to prevent conversion through marriage and will not only prohibit conversion or attempt to convert by use of financial “allurement”, as specified in the earlier Bill, but also add “conversion through fraud” and “misrepresentation”, along with “force”. The earlier Act only specified imprisonment of up to one year, but the new Bill, which will supersede the existing Act, will be more stringent, Mishra said. Other proposed provisions includemaking itmandatoryfor the kin of the person “being CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A footballer’s Covid dribble from Fiji to Goa: 40 days, quarantine in 3 countries NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 17 EXPRESS NETWORK for poor minority students. The FIRs state that the accused allegedly “lured innocent NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 17 TOMORROW: SPILLING OTHER FINANCIAL SECRETS BHOPAL, NOVEMBER 17 ABHISHEK ANGAD RITU SARIN PAGE 5 IRAM SIDDIQUE SCAM Key accused details how kickbacks were paid, links to Kamal Nath’s nephew, son WHY CONG SILENT, ASKS PRASAD five-year prison term THE CITY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SAXENA TELLS ED ABOUT DEAL WITH PURI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dhanbad FIRs pin the nexus, of MP plans law to check principals, officials, mastermind ‘rising love jihad’ with TWO OFFICIALS of the district welfare office whose job is to screen scholarship applications, a mastermind and his two associates,fiveschoolprincipalswho have been accused of creating fake beneficiaries, a local advocate — and a mother of two who has gone missing. This is the nexus against whichthefirstsetof 11FIRshave been filed in Jharkhand’s mand to restore Article 370. Home Minister Amit Shah’s remarksonTuesdayarebeingseen as an attempt to push the Congress to the wall and force it to take a clear stand on the issue. “TheCongressisnotpartofthe Gupkar Alliance or the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration,” Congresscommunicationdepartment head Randeep Surjewala said in a statement. Speaking to The Indian Express,hesaidtheCongresswas notcontestingtheDDCelections inalliancewiththePAGD.“There is no electoral understanding Lakshmi Vilas Bank placed under 30-day moratorium by RBI, caps withdrawals E X P L A I NE D Abdul Latif, Ashraf Khatana at ATS office in Delhi. PTI `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 ISL player Roy Krishna training in Goa. Twitter He scored 15 goals in 21 games to become the ISL’s joint top scorer as ATK, which merged with Mohun Bagan this year, won their thirdtitle. In the 201819 season, he was named the best player in the Australia league while playing for Wellington Phoenix. This year, ATK Mohun Bagan’s preparations were to start in late October. “So I set out almost a month in advance. I had to take an hour-long domestic flight to Nadi, where the international airport is located, then a three-and-a-half-hour flight to Auckland where I had to be quarantined for 14 days,” Krishna says. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 gratulations for VP-elect @KamalaHarris. Her success is a matter of great pride and inspirationformembersof thevibrant Indian-American community, who are a tremendous source of strength for Indo-US relations.” Of the three issues that Modi flagged,thefirsttwo,Indo-Pacific and Covid-19, are areas of continuity between the Trump and Bidenpresidencies,whileclimate change is an old favourite of the Democratic administration. SC slams Centre affidavit on Tablighi reporting: ‘Silent on TV content’ KAUNAIN SHERIFF M & KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 17 THESUPREMECourtonTuesday expressed its displeasure over theCentre'saffidavitinacaserelated to the media’s reporting of the Tablighi Jamaat attendees in Delhi testing positive for Covid19,andaskedittoevolveamechanism to deal with complaints against the electronic media. In its latest affidavit filed before the Supreme Court — it had filed an earlier one in October — the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry said news reports and articles in print and online publications on the issue have largely been “balanced and neutral” and not communal. It mentionedTheIndianExpress,The Times of India and the Hindustan Times to say that they “have carried largely factual reports in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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