DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES SUKHBIR SIWACH CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 29 ADAYafterKarnalsub-divisional magistrate Ayush Sinha was caughtoncamerainstructingpolicetobeatfarmerprotestersand to not let anyone breach the security cordon without a “broken head”, Haryana Deputy Chief MinisterDushyantChautalasaid the government would take action against the officer. “I am pained at yesterday’s incident...that statements that do not meet the ethical standards of an IAS officer, were given by an IAS officer. Action will be initiated against him...,” Chautala said at a press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday. “Fromthewaythestatement is being made in the video, I feel that he does not fulfill the oath that an officer takes to maintain ethical standards. Uske oopar jo karyawahihogiwohsarkarzaroor karegi (Thegovernmentwillcertainly take suitable action against him),” Chautala said. In an apparent reference to Karnal SubDivisional Magistrate Ayush Sinha BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY the officer's statement that “we have not slept for the entire night”, Chautala said: “He (the officer) probably does not know that the farmer also can’t sleep KEY SIGNAL IN VIDEO MESSAGE India important, want to maintain ties: Taliban leadership in Qatar Taliban deputy head in Doha mentions trade with India through Pakistan NEW DELHI, AUGUST 29 INWHATisbeingseenasasignal toIndia,amemberof theTaliban leadership in Qatar has said that India is “very important for this subcontinent”andthathisgroup wants to continue Afghanistan's “cultural”, “economic”, “political” and “trade ties” with India “like in the past”. This overture was made by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai,deputyheadof Taliban’soffice in Doha, in a carefully scripted statement that he read out in Pashto in a 46-minute video message broadcast Saturday on the group's social media platforms and Afghanistan's Milli Television. The signal is significant given that Pakistan holds the levers to the Taliban, and Islamabad and NEW DELHI, AUGUST 29 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai Tracking actions ● on ground THIS IS the Taliban’s first outreach to India since the group captured power two weeks ago. A wary Delhi will, however, wait and watch for demonstrable behaviour on the ground in Afghanistan that shows good faith by the Taliban, including its treatment of Afghans who have worked with India. The US said it conducted an airstrike on a vehicle carrying “multiple” Islamic State “suicide bombers” heading towards the Kabul airport on Sunday. AP REPORT.PAGE 12 To evacuate, Delhi dialled Karzai, Abdullah, Moscow NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN MUMBAI, AUGUST 29 AS INDIA made frantic efforts to evacuate diplomatic and other personnel at its Embassy, and other Indians and Afghans over EXPRESS NETWORK PAGE 14 In new JNU course, ‘jihadi violence’ is only form of ‘fundamentalist religious terror’ ARANYA SHANKAR NEW DELHI, AUGUST 29 “JIHADI TERRORISM” is the only formof“fundamentalist-religious terrorism”, and Communist regimes in the erstwhile Soviet Union and China were the “predominant state-sponsors of terrorism” that influenced “radical Islamic states”. Theseare someof the key assertions in a new course on counter-terrorism for engineering students pursuing a dual degree programme at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The optional course, titled ‘CounterTerrorism, Asymmetric Conflicts and Strategies for Cooperation among Major Powers’, was cleared during a meeting on August 17of theuniversity's Academic Council. The course will be offered to students pursuing an MS with specialisation in International Relations after a BTech in Engineering — online classes for the monsoon semester start on September 20. TheCouncilistheuniversity's highest decision-making body for academic programmes. Its clearance for the course will have to be endorsed by the Executive Council, which decides on management and administrative issues, as part of procedure. One of the new course's modules,titled‘Fundamentalistreligious Terrorism and its Impact’, states:“Fundamentalist -religiousinspiredterrorismhas played a very critical and dominant role in the spawning of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FOR 18 months now, Bhanu Upadhyay, a postdoctoral fellow at IIT Bombay, has been running around for an Aadhaar card. After many calls to toll-free numbers, e-mails, and visits to application centres,the Aadhaar application of the 33-year-old Nepali-origin resident of Assam is “still under process”. Upadhyay, who hails from Abhongpathar, a remote village in Golaghat district, managed to work around the need for the unique identification number. “But it’s giving me sleepless nights now since I will be applyingforjobsatcentralinstitutions which won’t accept my application without Aadhaar,” he says. Upadhyay is not alone. WITHOUT RAM, AYODHYA IS NOT AYODHYA, SAYS PRESIDENT PAGE 6 About 8 lakh who gave biometrics waiting for Aadhaar. File Around eight lakh people who provided their biometrics, and also made it to the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on August 31, 2019, are struggling to get Aadhaar, and worry aboutbenefitslinkedtoit. In all, 27 lakh people had registered their biometrics, but 19 lakh of these did not find their names in the NRC. State government officials reckon it is a “unique problem” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEFENCE MINISTER Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the ceasefire with Pakistan has held because of India’s “strength”. Without naming Pakistan or China, he said that India was facing its adversaries with a new dynamism. “If aceasefireissuccessfultoday, it is because of our strength. In 2016, cross-border strikes changed our reactionary mindset into a proactive mindset, whichwasfurtherstrengthened by the Balakot airstrike in 2019,” Singh said at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington. “The belief that India would not only end terrorism on its own land but also not hesitate to conduct counter-terrorism operationsontheirlandif neededis gradually becoming stronger,” he said, and commended the armed forces for defeating the neighbour “which has been targeting our nation”. Says ‘changing equations’ in Afghanistan a ‘challenge’. PTI Singhsaidtheneighbourthat had lost to India in 1965 and 1971 cannot wage a “front war” because it does not have the capacity — and for that reason, it resortsto“proxywar,andterrorism has become an integral part of their state policy”. “Ever since our country became independent, it has been the effort of the opposing forces tocreateanatmosphereof instability within the country through one or the other means. If we look at the history of the last 75 years, it seems that we CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JD(U) turns up heat on BJP, wants NDA panel, says Nitish has ‘all qualities of PM’ PATNA, AUGUST 29 GUWAHATI, AUGUST 29 FORMER COACH, INDIAN WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANTOSH SINGH TORA AGARWALA ‘We did something bigger than winning a medal, we created a legacy. Will be connected to India my whole life’ SJOERD MARIJNE a tense two days after the fall of Kabul on August 15, among those critical to the negotiations for safe passage for the Indian convoy from the Embassy to the airport — besides the Americans — were two high-profile Afghan politicians who are currently in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2 yrs of Assam NRC: Lakhs make it to list, but struggle for Aadhaar Ceasefire is successful due to India’s strength; new dynamism against enemies, says Rajnath EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SHUBHAJIT ROY E X P L A I NE D Day after, Haryana Dy CM: SDM who said break farmers’ heads will face action `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 AFTER PUTTING the BJP in a spot by seeking an inquiry in the Pegasus spyware issue and teaming up with rival RJD to demand a caste census, key ally JD(U) turned up the heat on its alliance partner Sunday by ask- May not be in race for PM, says party resolution ing for an NDA coordination committee at the state and central levels to “discuss several is- sues we differ on”. The party also passed a resolution at its national council meeting that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has “all the qualities” that a Prime Minister should have. Speakingtoreportersafterthe council meeting, JD(U) principal general secretary and national CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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