DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES CII MEET Early end to House session: Naidu breaks down, Birla expresses anguish Fixing mistakes of past, retrospective tax move will build trust, says PM ‘Govt ready to take political risks, industry too must step up risk-taking’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11 BOTH HOUSES of Parliament were adjourned sine die Wednesday, two days before schedule, after a Monsoon Session that was continuously disruptedbyOppositionprotests over the Pegasus snooping row, farm laws and other issues. Both Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, theChairmanof theRajyaSabha, and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla expressed anguish Wednesday over the washout, with Naidu briefly breaking down in the House. Naidu’s outburst was directed at Tuesday’s incidents, which he called “sacrilege” and a new “low” for the country’s “temple of democracy”. During a discussion on farmers’ issues, Opposition members had climbedatopatable,andthrown an official file at the Chair. Some MPswere alsoseensquatting on the tables of the front-row seats, forcing multiple adjournments. As Rajya Sabha TV did not telecast the protest, several Opposition MPs recorded the events and posted them on Twitter. Naidusaidthe scenes hadinflicted “incalculable damage to the dignity and stature” of the House. “I have no words to convey myanguishandto condemn such acts... I spent a sleepless night... last night,” he said, his voicequivering.Afterapause,he continued, “I struggle to find the reasonorprovocationforthisaugust House to hit such a low yesterday.” In separate remarks, Union minister Anurag Thakur Wednesday likened the behaviour of Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa, among the MPs who climbed atop the table in the Rajya Sabha, to the January CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sonia plans Opposition get-together, leaders to stage protest today MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11 AS THE tumultuous monsoon session of Parliament drew to a close Wednesday – it also saw the Opposition parties put up a united front — Congress president Sonia Gandhi was said to have spoken to some senior Opposition leaders, including SharadPawar,MamataBanerjee, Uddhav Thackeray and M K Stalin, inviting them for a get-together. No date has been finalised yet for the meeting,sources said, adding that the get-together overlunchordinnerwilldepend on the schedule and availability of the leaders. Incidentally, Gandhi reached out two days after several Opposition leaders turned up at a dinner hosted by Congress leader Kapil Sibal, one from the Group of 23 which have been seekingsweepingchangesinthe party. The dinner hosted by Sibal wasseenintheCongressasasignal that the letter writers (G-23) are still active, the group intact and the turmoil in the party far CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE WORLD 3 PROVINCIAL CAPITALS IN AFGHANISTAN FALL TO TALIBAN DOCTORS’ ADVICE, CAN’T RETURN TO PAKISTAN, SAYS NAWAZ SHARIF PAGE 12 10 killed, 60 trapped in Himachal landslide; bus buried under debris OM PRAKASH THAKUR & MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL SHIMLA, NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11 AT LEAST ten people, including five women and a two-year-old girl, were killed and 60 others feared trapped under debris after several vehicles, including a bus carrying 24 passengers, werehitbyalandslideonahighwaynearNigulsariinHimachal's Kinnaur district on Wednesday, officials said. SpeakingtoTheIndianExpress, officials cited eyewitness accountsoflargeboulderstumbling down the mountain side around 12.45 pm and on to NH-5 from Kinnaur to Shimla. At least 13 people,includingthestatetransport bus's driver Mahinder Pal andconductorGulabSingh,have beenrescuedandtakentoalocal hospital, they said. Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) Regional Manager, Ajender Chaudhry, said 24 people had boarded the Justice Nariman retires today, focus back on appointments deadlock APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11 JUSTICEROHINTONFaliNariman, the second most senior judge of the Supreme Court, retires Thursdayandhisexit,apartfrom addingtothevacancylist,willreturnthespotlightontheunprecedented impasse within the Collegium over appointment of judges that has been there for nearly 22 months now. Sources told The Indian Express that Justice Nariman, company’s bus at Reckong Peo. “When the landslide took place, the driver, conductor and five other passengers had stepped out to check the boulders blocking the road. All of them, except for a woman who sustained serious injuries, escaped while the rest went down with the bus,” he said. Teams of ITBP, along with units of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and NationalDisasterResponseForce (NDRF), are engaged in rescue CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANISH SAHU AMARINDER MEETS PM WITH DEMANDTO ‘IMMEDIATELY’ REPEAL FARM LAWS PAGE 6 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, AUGUST 11 Two decades of varied roles in cinema Group, and film critic Shubhra Gupta. Bajpayee won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as a freshly retired police- man in Bhonsle (2018), a movie set in a Mumbai chawl that is split betweenits‘native’Marathi manoos and ‘outsiders’ from UP CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Spy vs Spy: ISI knew Jadhav was ‘small fry’, waited before snaring him, says new book PAGE 1 ANCHOR NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11 ■ On the 26/11 attack, foreign agencies sent 18 detailed briefs, including likely targets in Mumbai, the number of attackers, their route, and method — but all this intelligence was “largely ignored”. ■ Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) knew Kulbushan Jadhav was “small fry” but waited to “manufacture a big, fat Indian catch”. ■ Indian intelligence agencies infiltrated Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s circles and waited for foreign militants to join him. THESE ARE some of the claims in Spy Stories: Inside the Secret World of the RAW and theISI,journalistcouple Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark’s latest book, published by Juggernaut, on the alleged secretdealingsof IndianandPakistaniintelligence agencies. While the authors have pieced together the anecdotes in the KRISHN KAUSHIK Authors Adrian Levy, Cathy Scott-Clark. Pic courtesy: Juggernaut book from talking to several high-profile serving and retired spies,theirmainsourcesaretwo lesser-known, mid-level ex-officers, one in the ISI and the other R&AW. The ISI officer, identified PRIMEMINISTERNarendraModi Wednesday said the decision to endretrospectivetaxationwould strengthen trust between the Government and industry. He said the Government is pushing the boundaries on reforms and that its recent legislative measureswillhelpsmallinvestorsand depositors. “Recently, fixing mistakes of the past, we have decided to end retrospective taxation. The way in which this is being appreciated by the industry makes me believe that this will lead to the trust between industry and Government being strengthened,” Modi said at the annual session of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) through a video-conference. The Prime Minister’s remarkscameafterbothHousesof Parliament cleared amendmentstotheIncome-TaxActand Finance Act, 2012 to ensure that no demand shall be raised in PM Modi at the CII meet in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI 17 cases on tax table, Centre reaches out to companies for closure SUNNY VERMA, KARUNJIT SINGH & AASHISH ARYAN NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11 WITH PARLIAMENT clearing a law to mark an end to retrospective taxation, the Government has initiated “informal discussions” with companies that had been served with notices in this category, including Cairn Energy and Vodafone Group, to settle outstanding issues, The Indian Express has learnt. These negotiations could be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E ● Relieffor investors TAX DEMANDS were raised against 17 companies following the retrospective amendment moved in 2012. The Centre’s new approach brings closure to longdrawn legal disputes and ensures certainty around tax laws for investors. 36 yrs after Sikh riots, probe team picks evidence from locked Kanpur house Powerhouse performer Manoj Bajpayee is guest at e-Adda today MANOJ BAJPAYEE'S turn as a secret agent in the thriller web-series The Family Man has been one of the most talked-about performances in the OTT space inrecenttimes,withtheactorreturning for a second season as Shrikant Tiwari, a secret agent perpetually struggling with work/life balance. The 52-year-old, who has beenoneof Hindicinema’smost dependable actors for over two decades,willbeaguestatan online Adda hosted by The Indian Express on Thursday evening. He will be in conversation with Anant Goenka, Executive Director, The Indian Express NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Has been part of SC Collegium since March 2019 who has been part of the Supreme Court Collegium since March 2019, has stood firm that no consensus can emerge on names unless two judges who are most senior in the All India Seniority List for High Court ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU E X P L A I NE D Boulders tumbled onto the Kinnaur-Shimla highway on Wednesday. Pradeep Kumar PM Modi, Shah, Sonia Gandhi and others with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla in New Delhi on Wednesday. ANI `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 by his nom de guerre ‘Major Iftikhar’, is supposed to have taken part in several ISI operations, including in Kashmir, before going rogue. The former R&AW officer, identified as ‘Monisha’, too got disillusioned by the agency she served and is now settled in the US, the authors write. On Jadhav — who was arrested in Balochistan in 2016 on charges of being an Indian spy and who has been languishing in a Pakistanjail since then—the authors write that ISI used the network of Uzair Baloch, a Karachi-based “landlord, trader, thug,localhero,robber,andphilanthropist” with “deep connections into Iranian Baluchistan”, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LUCKNOW, AUGUST 11 MORE THAN threedecades after the anti-Sikh riots swept Kanpur inthewakeof IndiraGandhi'sassassination, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) unlocked a house in the city to col- lect evidence, including human remains, Tuesday. Businessman Tej Pratap Singh, 45, and son Satpal Singh, 22, were killed in the house in GovindNagarareaonNovember 1, 1984, and their bodies burnt. The family members who survived moved first to a refugee camp, and then Punjab and Delhi, selling off the house. The new owners never entered the two rooms where the killings took place, and the SIT found them virtually untouched. SetupbytheYogiAdityanath government, the SIT probe is the first-ever investigation in Uttar Pradeshintotheviolenceagainst CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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