DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 NARCL BUSINESS AS USUAL Rs 30,600 cr govt guarantee for bad bank: Sitharaman BY UNNY ‘MONEY-LAUNDERING OF BRIBE’ Waze among 14 accused named in ED chargesheet Deshmukh not named, agency says he is yet to appear for questioning SADAF MODAK MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 16 DISMISSED MUMBAI police assistant inspector Sachin Waze has been named as an accused by the Enforcement Directorate (ED)initsprosecutioncomplaint filed in connection with alleged money laundering of bribe collectedfrombars,restaurantsand other establishments in Mumbai. The ED has not named former state home minister Anil Deshmukh so far, stating that it has been difficult to probe the case as despite multiple summons he had not appeared before the agency for questioning. It has named 14 accused in all, including Waze, a trust and other companies linked to Deshmukh and his family and two of his staffers, Kundan Sachin Waze Shinde and Sanjeev Palande, who were arrested in June. The ED complaint states that Waze, arrested in the Ambani terror scare case, had collected Rs 4.7 crore as bribe from bars and other establishments from December 2020 to February 2021 on the directions of Deshmukh. The ED claimed that bar and restaurant owners were being harassed and pressured to pay money for their smooth functioning "in difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic when the government had put time and occupancy restrictions". The CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Tobe51%ownedbypublicsector,will takeoverstressedassetsof Rs90,000cr Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Governor Acharya Devvrat with the new ministers after the swearing-in ceremony in Gandhinagar on Thursday. Nirmal Harindran After CM change, all-new ministry for Gujarat; 7 OBCs, 7 Patidars in PM says all ‘outstanding karyakartas’; BJP calls it ‘democratic experiment’ PARIMAL DABHI GANDHINAGAR, SEPT 16 CALLINGITa"democraticexperiment", the BJP Thursday ushered in an entirely new ministry in Gujarat, replacing all the existing names, just over a year ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. Only three in the government of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, a first-time MLA who took oath on September 13, have held ministerial posts earlier. In the shake-up involving balancing of caste and regional representation, and induction of younger leaders, those dropped included powerful Deputy CM NitinPatel.Askedif leaderswere aggrieved over the changes — the BJP put off the swearing-in scheduled for Wednesday amid the anger — Nitin Patel said, “If some community, an individual or district gets disgruntled, then it is not my responsibility now to look into it." The new No. 2 in the 25member Cabinet is Rajendra Trivedi, who resigned as Assembly Speaker ahead of Thursday'soath-taking.Alawyer CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ripples settle, BJP leaders hail Modi’s ‘bold, strong’ move LEENA MISRA AHMEDABAD, SEPTEMBER 16 WHILE IT might seem that the BJP has taken a huge risk by bringing in a completely new Council of Ministers in Gujarat, 14 months aheadof theAssemblyelections, party insiders pointed to the fact that the protests within, which ostensibly caused the postponement of the oath-taking ceremony Wednesday, had already calmed down. Senior BJP leaders cited this to hail Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s“boldexperiment”in his home state, and another example of him as a "strong leader". SourcestoldTheIndianExpress SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 THE GOVERNMENT has approved extending a guarantee of Rs 30,600 crore to the National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL) to help clear the banking sector’s stressed assets of around Rs 2 lakh crore in a time-bound manner. A total of Rs90,000croreof stressedassets, against which banks have made 100 per cent provisions in their books of accounts, will be transferredtoNARCLinthefirstphase. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said most of the bigticket NPAs (Non Performing Assets) will be transferred to NARCL, thereby cleaning up banks’balancesheetsandfreeing up growth capital for them to support economic activity. “…this will result in banks’ balance sheets and books being cleaner, transparent, they will nowbeabletostandontheirown and do business. They have proved it because banks are going out and raising resources (from the market),” she said. NARCL, which is 51 per cent Madras HC stays key Days before Quad, Australia, US, clause: ‘May rob media UK join hands to counter China Upset of its independence’ Paris CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E X P L A I NE D ● hits out FRANCE IS upset as it has been kept out of the loop. But, with the core objective of pushing back against China’s aggression, all five countries — US, UK, Australia, France and India — are on the same track. will promote stability in the Indo-Pacific and support their shared values and interests. The pact, termed AUKUS (Australia,UKandUS),isexpected tohelpAustraliaacquirenuclearpowered submarines in a bid to PM Narendra Modi with Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri and MoS Ajay Bhatt on Thursday. PTI RELATED REPORT EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 PAGE 16 Kohli confirms he is stepping down as T20 captain after World Cup, mantle set to go to Rohit Sharma NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 ENROLMENT IN Rajasthan governmentschoolsacrossClasses112hasincreasedbyalmost10lakh in the past two academic years (2020-21and2021-22)disrupted byCovid-19.Officialsinthestate's Directorate of Secondary Education said they expect the numbers to increase by another 1.5to2lakhinthenext15-20days, as the numbers are added up. The jump is in line with the nation-wide trend of private school children, mostly from rural and poor urban areas, shifting to government institutes. In 2019-20 across 65,000odd government schools in Rajasthan, 80,88,564 students were enrolled. This jumped to 87,50,438 in 2020-21, and further to 90,59,529 in 2021-22. In the two years previous to 201920, the numbers had remained almost static or fallen. Udaipur has reported the highest increase, at 24,754 students,followedbyAlwar's26,702 and Bhilwara's 20,993. Of the 33 districts,onlyJhunjhunuhasseen its government enrolment come GOVT SCHOOL ENROLMENT NUMBERS At a government school in Banswara. Express file Till Sept 14 90,59,529 A RED initiative appears in today’s edition of The Indian Express. This page is an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contain content paid for by advertisers. This page should be read as an advertisement SHIVNARAYAN RAJPUROHIT 2021-22 A VISIONARY LEADER PAGE 13 owned by public sector banks, will have an operational entity, India Debt Resolution Company Ltd, to manage these assets and find potential buyers for them. Banksthattransfertheirstressed assets will get 15 per cent of the value in cash and 85 per cent as tradable security receipts. The governmentguaranteewillcover CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 to spread myths and lies would be exposed," PM Modi said. The two complexes, on KasturbaGandhiMargandAfrica Avenue in the Capital, have been built at a cost of Rs 775 crore and willhaveacombinedofficespace of 9.6 lakh sqft. Callingthecomplexesa“major and significant step towards the development of a modern defence enclave in the Capital”, the PM said, “Today the country is watching what we are doing with Central Vista. These modern offices will help those involved in the work of national security work more effectively.” The Opposition, including theCongress,hasbeenattacking thegovernmentovertheCentral Vista project, calling it a "criminal wastage" of resources and had urged the government to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE ENFORCEMENT Directorate Thursday conducted searches at offices and residential premises associated with social activist Harsh Mander, in connection with a case of alleged money laundering. The ED's case is based on another case registered by Delhi Police's Economic Offences Wing against the Centre for Equity Studies (CES), where Mander is a director. An ED official confirmed the agencywasconductingsearches at premises associated with Mander, but did not give details of the probe against him. The searches,sourcessaid,wereconducted at Adchini, Mehrauli and Vasant Kunj in South Delhi. “Searches are going on. Our case is based on the Delhi Police FIR in the matter,” an ED official said. ManderhadleftforGermany around 3.30 am on Thursday on a fellowship at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. The board of theCES,inastatement,saidthey were committed to cooperating with the ongoing searches, and would provide all necessary information to the ED. Delhi Police had registered two cases against CES — one under Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and another over alleged financial CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Covid yrs, Rajasthan govt schools see jump of 10 lakh students 87,50,438 PAGE 4 PAGE 1 ANCHOR CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 INAUGURATING TWO defence office complexes in New Delhi on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a swipe at critics of the Central Vista Redevelopment Project, saying they stayed silent on the complexes — built to accommodate 7,000 officers and staff of the DefenceMinistryandthearmed forces — because it would have "exposed"their"mythsandlies". “People who were attacking the Central Vista project very cleverly and shrewdly wouldn't say that this too is part of the Central Vista Project, that a facility for more than 7,000 officers of the military was coming up, because they knew that once this becomes public, their plan 80,88,564 BUSY WITH WORK, NOT AWARE WHAT KUNDRA WAS UP TO: SHILPA SHETTY larly for last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket,” Kohli wrote on Instagram. “I have given my everything tough decision, he said. “Of course,arrivingatthisdecision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai (Shastri) and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I’ve decided to step down as the T20 CaptainafterthisT20WorldCup in Dubai in October,” he said. Kohli took over the limitedovers reins from Dhoni in NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 2020-21 VIRAT KOHLI announced on Thursday that he would step down as India’s T20I captain aftertheT20WorldCupbeginning in the United Arab Emirates on October 17. The announcement paves thewayforsplitcaptaincyacross formats in Indian cricket. Kohli mentioned Rohit Understanding workload very important: Kohli to the Team during my time as T20 Captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 Team as a batsman moving forward,” he said. Of late, the 32-year-old Kohli has not been at his peak as a batsman in Tests, a format that he adores. He has not scored a long-form century for close to two years now, and has made 563runsin12Testsat26.80during this period. Still, calling time on his T20I captaincy was a Central Vista critics silent on defence offices as their lies will be exposed: PM 82,65,089 KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 16 Sharma as “an essential part of the leadership group”, all but anointingthelatterhissuccessor in the shortest format. Like his mentor M S Dhoni who announced his retirement on social media last year, Kohli chose a social media platform to make the announcement. “Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9yearsplaying all 3 formats and captaining regu- GOODTHINGS ABOUTABADBANK NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 2017-18 SHAMIK CHAKRARATY SIMPLY PUT EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 80,65,797 UNDERLININGTHE righttofreedomof speechandexpressionas critical in a democracy, the Madras High Court on Thursday stayed the operation of a key provision of the Information Technology Rules, 2021, enacted in May, that set up an oversight mechanism by the Central government to regulate social media and digital media platforms. “Prima facie, there is substance to the petitioner's grievance that the oversight mechanism to control the media by the HOURS BEFORE the US, UK and Australia signed a new trilateral security alliance for the IndoPacific in an attempt to counter China’s growingassertivenessin the region, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inform him about the pact that was going to be announced,sourcestoldThe Indian Express on Thursday. Unveiling the ambitious security initiative, US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in a joint statement, said their move E counter China's growing power in the strategically vital region. France —which was not notified of the alliance between the three countries — expressed its unhappiness over the deal, calling it a “stab in the back”. FranceisirkedthattheAUKUS pact effectively puts the curtains on the 90-billion Australian dollar(about65billionUSD)submarinedealthatAustraliahadsigned with it in 2016. Reacting sharply to the pact between the three countries, French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian said, “We had established a trusting relationship 2019-20 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 EXPLAINED ED searches activist Harsh Mander’s office and residence 2018-19 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Government may rob the media of its independence and the fourth pillar of democracy may not at all be there,” a bench of Chief JusticeSanjibBanerjeeand Justice P D Audikesavulu observed while staying the operation of Rule 9(1) and 9(3) of the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. Rule 9 of the IT Rules prescribe a grievance redressal mechanism and sub-Section 1 establishes a portal to be set up by the Ministry of Information and Technology for receiving Anil Sharma CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RULES SHUBHAJIT ROY & KRISHN KAUSHIK Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday. down, by a mere 11 students. After keeping them shut for almostayearincompliancewith Covid protocols, government reopened Classes 9 to 12 this month. Apart from financial constraints faced by parents on account of Covid, experts and officials attributed the increase to government programmes. Secondary Education Director Saurabh Swami said, “First, SMILE and 'Aao Ghar Se Sikhen (let’slearnfromhome)'schemes had a huge impact. Through these programmes, we have ensured that education was not disrupted. We had online content created by our teachers. Second,wehavebeenpromoted to Grade 1+ category in a recent nationwide survey (Performance Grading Index). Third, our model schools and premier Mahatma Gandhi English Medium Schools have received great response from parents.” The SMILE programme, launched after the first wave of Covid last year, comprises a mix of online and offline education. For children without Internet connectivity and digital devices, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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