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 MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 THERMAL PLANT WORRIES PANDORA PAPERS – PART 7 Enough stocks of coal, fears of power crisis misplaced: Govt AN INVESTIGATION BY THE INDIAN EXPRESS WITH INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS Kamal Nath’s son, Agusta deal key accused had offshore links Sisodia compares Govt reaction to medical oxygen crisis apathy KARUNJIT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, OCT 10 KEYPERSONSindictedinthecontroversial AgustaWestland helicopter deal figure in the Pandora Papers because of their offshore networks and alleged money flows,aninvestigationof records by The Indian Express has revealed. From Bakul Nath, the NRI son of Congress veteran and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, to case accused Rajiv Saxena, these records provide fresh evidence in the corruption scandal whichhashadtheCBIandEDfiling several chargesheets. BAKULNATH: Hisnamefigured in the interrogation report of Rajiv Saxena who is currently on bail. Case records show that Saxena,inallegedcollusionwith Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan, received Euro 12.40 million in the account of Interstellar Technologies from AgustaWestland. This was allegedly laundered further to pay other middlemen and public servants. By 2000, Saxena had taken over 99.9% of the shares of Interstellar Technologies. During his interrogation (reported in The Indian Express in November 2020), Saxena said: “We (he andco-accused Sushen Mohan Gupta) received bridge funding through Pristine River Investments, a company managed by John Docherty for Bakul Nath, son of Kamal Nath. Thus, indirectlyfundsfromInterstellar Technologieswereusedtorepay the loans from Pristine River Investment.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Two of the SUVs involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident at the Tikunia police station in Lakhimpur. Vishal Srivastav Lakhimpur: Police Immoral to turn launch raids to trace events into ‘Hindu Ashish’s ‘friend’ vs Sikh’ battle: Varun MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, OCTOBER 10 AFTER THE arrest of Union MoS Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra onmurdercharges,theUPPolice Special Investigation Team (SIT) probingtheLakhimpurKheriincident has started conducting raids to trace a relative of former Congress MP, the late Akhilesh Das, for questioning in the case, The Indian Express has learnt. On Monday, the police are also likely to seek custody of Ashish, who has denied that he BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 4 more held after woman raped in front of husband on train to Mumbai ` 96 per kilo ` 124 per kilo ` 153 per kilo ` 60 per Dozen AS MVA ALLIES GEAR UP FOR BANDH, BJP SAYS ‘PLAYING POLITICS’ PAGE 6 VALLABH OZARKAR MUMBAI, OCTOBER 10 KALYAN RAILWAY Police on Sunday arrested another four personsforallegedlysexuallyassaultinga20-year-old womanin frontof herhusbandandco-passengers on the moving Lucknow-Mumbai Pushpak Express between Igatpuri and Kasara stations in Maharashtra on Friday evening. All eight accused have now been arrested, police said; four had been arrested hours after the crime was reported. Four of the eight men have criminal records. Police claimed the accused were under the influence of drugs at the time of the crime. Kashinath Helam alias Kalshya (22), Dhananjay Bhagat alias Guddu (18), Akash Shenare (19), and Rahul Adole (21), were arrested from Igatpuri on Sunday. Arshad Shaikh (19), Prakash Pardhi alias Pakya (20), Arjun Pardeshi (20), and Kishore Sonawane alias Kalu (25), had been arrested earlier. Seven of the accused are fromIgatpuri;theeighth,Arshad Shaikh, is from Malad in Mumbai. Arshadissaidtobeadrugaddict who was headed back to Mumbai after having left home after a quarrel with his family earlier. According to police, he did not know the other men before they met at Igatpuri. “He (Arshad) was in possessionof cannabis.Hehadachance meetingwiththeothersevenaccused at Igatpuri when he was returning to Mumbai on Friday. They struck up a friendship and started smoking cannabis. They were high when they decided to board the Pushpak Express and rob passengers,” a police officer CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘THEY HAD KNIVES AS WELL AS KNUCKLE DUSTERS’ PAGE 6 Shut for 7 years, rail link between India, Nepal to reopen, with a pilgrimage stop AVISHEK G DASTIDAR ‘Could we have done things differently? ...but we remain proud of what we achieved’ LEANDER PAES & MAHESH BHUPATHI FORMER TENNIS PLAYERS PAGE 12 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 IT REMAINED shut for years but will now been seen again — in a new avatar. Popular since the early 20th century, the rail link between NepalandIndiaisreadytoresume on the neighbouring country’s first-ever broad gauge passenger service. The first stretch is ready: a 34-km line between Bihar’s Jayanagar and Nepal’s Kurtha, withtheHindupilgrimagecityof Janakpur Dham — the mythical birthplace of Sita — in between. The Indian Railways has assureditsNepalcounterpartof all assistancesothatoperationscan start at the earliest. The Konkan RailwayCorporationLimitedhas got the contract for operations andmaintenanceof theline,and will train and develop manpower provided by Nepal, as per the bilateral understanding. Nepalhasbeenaskedtostart operations preferably by this year. “It has been stressed by us that early operations will avoid deteriorationof assets,”anIndian official told The Indian Express. Sourcessaidthatconsidering CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LIZ MATHEW BJPMP VarunGandhion Sunday said any “attempt to turn [the violent incidents in] Lakhimpur Kheri into a Hindu vs Sikh battle” is “animmoralandfalsenarrative”, and “it is dangerous to...reopen wounds that have taken a generation to heal”. “We must not put petty political gains above national unity,” Varun posted on Twitter. The Lok Sabha MP from Pilibhit adjacent to Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh where After two months, India, China top generals meet EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 INDIA AND China held the 13th round of Corps Commanderlevel talks on Sunday at Moldo. The meeting, which started around 10.30 am, ended around 7 in the evening. The Indian delegation was led by Lt Gen P G K Menon, commander of the Leh-based XIV Corps, which is responsible for the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. The Chinese side was headed by Maj Gen Liu Lin,commander of the Xinjiang military district. No details of the meeting were immediately available. Since the standoff began in May 2020, the two sides have disengagedfromPP14inGalwan Valley, PP17A at Gogra Post, and the north and south banks of Pangong Tso. A small number of Chinese troops continue to be on the Indian side of the LAC near PP15 in Hot Springs. In the Depsang Plains, China is blocking India from accessing its five patrolling points — PP10, PP11, PP11A, PP12, and PP13. Some “so called CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 On cafe menu: Baklava with ice cream, books from Nargis-Sunil Dutt collection PAGE 1 ANCHOR ALAKA SAHANI MUMBAI, OCTOBER 10 INSPACE-STARVED Mumbai,it’s rare to find a wall of books in the middle of a restaurant.Rarer still to be able to walk in and browse through exclusive photobooks, coffee-tablecollectionsandspecial editions that once belonged to a Bollywood power couple -Nargis and Sunil Dutt. Neatly arranged on either side of a wall at Café Mommyjoon, a Bandra eatery co-owned by the late couple's younger daughter Priya Dutt Roncon, are Sam Shaw’s iconic photobook The Joy of Marilyn: In the Camera Eye, Yousuf Karsh’s Portraits of Greatness, a tome on EdvardMunch’sartwork,among many others — each bearing a small oval-shaped stamp that says ‘Dutts, Nargis-Sunil Library, Bombay’. The collection makes a delightfulrevelationabouthowpassionately Nargis and Sunil Dutt collected a wide range of books over the years. “My mother was an avid reader. My father was an avid collector of books. Mom would finish a book in a couple days while dad took longer as he would read very diligently and underline what he liked,” recol- At Café Mommyjoon, owned by Priya Dutt. Express lectsDuttRoncon,whoinherited their rich collection. Before Café Mommyjoon opened last year, she went through piles of her parents' collection before choosing about 1,500 titles to be kept at this Bandra café,which specialisesin ‘Don’t put politics above national unity’ NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 Middle-Eastern cuisine. These books are kept on both sides of a wall that’s built right in the centre of the café’s indoor space.“Infact,thecaféisdesigned keeping in mind the placement of books,” says Dutt Roncon, adding that since she has about 1,000 more titles at home, she plans to rotate the books. “This is anall-dayrestaurant.Wewantto encourage visitors to hang out in the afternoons with books and coffee or Irani chai,” she says. Dutt Roncon says her parents’ deep interest in popular culture and personalities is reflected in their choice of books. On the cafe's shelves, apart from the books on Elvis Presley CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 four farmers were run over and killed allegedly by a cavalcade of vehiclesincludingoneownedby Union Minister Ajay Mishra on October 3, told The Indian Express that the “struggle for justiceinLakhimpurisaboutthe cruel massacre in the face of an arrogant local power elite”, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE ONLYBJP, ITS FRIENDS SECURE: PRIYANKAIN VARANASI PAGE 10 THE COAL Ministry said on Sunday that India has sufficient stocks to meet the demand for coalinthermalpowerplants,and thatfearsofadisruptioninpower supply are “entirely misplaced”. Thermal power plants in the country are currently facing a shortage of coal due to a sharp uptick in power demand, restricted supplies due to heavy rainfall in September, low accumulation of stock in April-June, and a sharp increase in the price of imported coal. The ministry's statement came in response to an accusation by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister ManishSisodiathatthe Centre was trying to “run away” from the coal crisis. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to Prime CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Perfect storm: post-lockdown demand, dip in local stocks, surge in global coal prices ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 October has always been a tough month for grid managers, given that the annual all-India electricity peak demand is recorded during that month. But there are five reasons why this October is different. One, a sharp surge in power demand over a span of less than two monthsthatmarkedanear-completeopeningupof theeconomy after multiple lockdowns forced E INDIA'S ELECTRICITY sector is faced with a perfect storm:aprecipitous, and clearly unanticipated, spike in nationwideenergydemand that is severely testing the fuel supply chain feeding the coal-fired thermal stations that form the backbone of the country’s electricity grid. EXPLAINED Trident Trust's company opening form shows Bakul Nath as Beneficial Owner Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, asking that the Centre ensure adequate suppliesof coal and natural gas to thermal power plants supplying Delhi, three of which had coal stocks of only a day, even lower than the national average of four days. Thermalpowerplantsarerequired to hold 15-30 days of coal inventory based on their distance from the source of supplies. “Assuring everyone that there is absolutely no threat of disruption in power supply. There is sufficient coal stock of 43 million tonnes with Coal India, equivalent to 24 days coal demand,” Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi tweeted on Sunday. Initsrelease,theCoalMinistry said“amplecoalisavailableinthe country to meet the demand of power plants. Any fear of disruption in power supply is entirely ● CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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