AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, ` 3.00 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017 P3 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA GUJARAT ‘WORLD HERITAGE TAG WILL BOOST TOURISM’ FARMERS MOVE HC AFTER GOVT DENIES PERMISSION TO HOLD RALLY P8 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM THE EDITORIAL PAGE WORLD SPORT Internal insecurity TRUMP KIN MET RUSSIA-LINKED LAWYER, SAYS REPORT P12 BOTTAS TAKES SECOND CAREER WIN IN AUSTRIA P18 By Prakash Singh THE IDEAS PAGE: Seeds of a million tyrannies By Praveen Swami, P9 IRAQI PM HAILS FORCES Iraq declares victory over Islamic State in Mosul This is also AIIMS: no doctors, no faculty, a crowded OPD shuts 3 years ago, IS chief Baghdadi announced caliphate from mosque in this city BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY GOVT & POLITICS QUOTA FOR UPPER CASTE POOR WOULD STOP ATTACKS ON DALITS: ATHAWALE PAGE 4 AIIMLESS TIM ARANGO & MICHAEL R GORDON AN EXPRESS SERIES PART I MOSUL, JULY 9 DRESSED IN a military uniform, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul Sunday to congratulate Iraq’s armed forces on their victory over the Islamic State and mark the formal end of a bloody campaign that lasted nearly nine months, left much of Iraq’s second-largest city in ruins, killed thousands of people and displaced nearly a million more. While Iraqi troops were still mopping up the last pockets of resistance and Iraqi forces could be facing suicide bombers and guerrilla attacks for weeks, the military began to savour its win in the shattered alleyways of the old city, where the Islamic State put up a fierce last stand. Hanging over the declaration of victory is the reality of the hard road ahead. The security forces in Mosul still face dangers, including IS sleeper cells and sui- More than 4 years and the country’s premier medical education brand flounders. The Indian Expressvisits the three with the most glaring gaps AIIMS BHOPAL KAUNAIN SHERIFF M BHOPAL, JULY 9 An Iraqi federal police officer celebrates the victory in Mosul with a resident, Sunday. Reuters cide bombers. And they must clear houses rigged with explosive booby traps so civilians can return and services can be restored. Nor is the broader fight over: Other cities and towns in Iraq remain under the militants’ control. “It’s going to continue to be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTERS FLEE ACROSS RIVER PAGE 12 Nagaland again: Zeliang JD(U) calls meet, pressure builds stakes claim to form govt, on Tejashwi to quit as Dy CM says 41 MLAs backing him RJD leaders remain defiant, reject calls for resignation SAMUDRA GUPTA KASHYAP GUWAHATI, JULY 9 LESS THAN five months after he was removed from the chief minister’s post and replaced by Shurhozelie Liezietsu, former Nagaland chief minister T R Zeliang has claimed the support of 41 MLAs of the ruling NPF-led alliance and asked Governor P B Acharya to invite him to form a new government. Liezietsu has hit back by dismissing four of his cabinet ministers and six parliamentary secretaries who have sided with Zeliang. Liezietsu, in his capacity as president of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), has also suspended 10 legislators from the party’s primary membership. These in- Zeliang was removed as CM in Feb clude Home Minister Yanthungo Patton, Power Minister Kipili Sangtam, Forest Minister Imkong L Imchen and Highways and Political Affairs Minister G Kaito Aye. Zeliang has claimed the support of 34 NPF legislators and seven Independents in a House with an effective strength of 59 (Liezietsu is not an MLA yet). He has taken all 41 legislators to a resort near Kaziranga National Park. In February, almost the same set of legislators had isolated themselves from Zeliang, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, JULY 9 THE RULING Grand Alliance in Bihar is headed for a turbulent week, with the JD(U) calling for a meeting of its legislators on Tuesday and party sources indicating that they would call upon RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav to resign as Deputy Chief Minister after the CBI registered an FIR against him on corruption charges. JD(U) sources told The Indian Express that it would be an “ideal situation if Tejashwi himself offers to step down” during a meeting of RJD legislators scheduled on Monday. The move follows the registration of an FIR by the CBI on Nitish maintains silence on CBI case against Tejashwi corruption charges against Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and Tejashwi for allegedly accepting a prime plot of land in Patna in exchange for awarding a tender for the maintenance of two railway hotels to two Bihar businessmen when the RJD chief was railway minister in 2006. JD(U) chief and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is yet to comment publicly on the CBI action, which was described by Prasad as a part of the BJP’s “political vendetta” against his family. On Thursday, a day before the CBI conducted raids on properties linked to Prasad, as part of its investigation in the case, Nitish left for Rajgir in Nalanda for “health reasons”. On Sunday, he was back in Patna but officials said the Chief Minister has cancelled his weekly interaction public programme scheduled for Monday. RJD leaders, however, remained defiant and said there was no need for Tejashwi to resign. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt push for e-vehicles: No permits, more charging stations ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, JULY 9 NO PERMITS required for commercial electric vehicles (EVs), state-owned power utilities to set up fast-charging stations, and a scheme for e-buses to swap drained batteries with fullycharged ones at depots across key metros. These are some of the key features of the government’s ambitious plan for a mass shift to electric vehicles by the year 2030. They are likely to be implemented in conjunction with the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan that aims to get sixseven million electric vehicles on the roads by 2020. The electric mobility push is in line with the global trend. Norway, which has the highest penetration of electric cars in the world, has set a target of permitting sales of only electric or plugin hybrid cars by 2025. The Netherlands has proposed a ban from 2025 on petrol and diesel cars. Last week, France an- nounced that it will end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. And, premium carmaker Volvo has said that it will only make fully electric or hybrid cards from 2019. India’s EV policy push builds on the basic groundwork that has been completed under the government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles, or FAME India scheme, especially in areas of technology development and charging infrastructure. According to an official in- volved in the initiative, there are two milestones: a near-term 2020 target for getting at least 6 million electric vehicles on the road, and a 2030 target for going all-electric in terms of new car sales. When contacted by The Indian Express, Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Principal Advisor, Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy, and professor, IIT Madras (on sabbatical), said: “Unfortunately, I cannot speak till things are formalised.” Jhunjhunwala is among the group of officers who are working with a ministerial group on the e-mobility push. India has an estimated 100 charging points for electric vehicles till date, most of them concentrated in cities such as Bengaluru. Currently, electric four-wheelers average about 100 km on full charge, and the problem ofrange anxiety, or fear ofbeing stranded without charge midway through a trip, is a major stumbling block in the adoption of e-vehicles as a mass product. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AT LEAST 15 crore people suffer from common mental health disorders in India, according to a national survey conducted in 2016 by NIMHANS, the country’s premier mental health facility. But for over 19 months, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhopal did not see a single mental health patient. In May 2015, AIIMS Bhopal shut down its OPD for such patients — one of its busiest, it had attended to 8,452 patients since 2013 and at least 15 patients a day in its last month. Reason: all ofthe two professors quit, one from NIMHANS in Bengaluru and the other from AIIMS in New Delhi. The Indian Express visited the AIIMS facility in Bhopal and accessed official records to find that the dismal state of its psychiatry department mirrors a larger problem at one of the six new such functional institutes set up for “correcting regional imbalances” in healthcare. Quite like the pile of debris lying next to the unlit corridors behind the CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Construction debris inside AIIMS Bhopal. Kaunain Sheriff M ‘Will take time for AIIMS Bhopal to become a brand’ KAUNAIN SHERIFF M BHOPAL, JULY 9 PROF NITIN Madhusudan Nagarkar, director of AIIMS Raipur who was given additional charge of AIIMS Bhopal in 2015, speaks to The Indian Express about plans to resolve concerns about lack of adequate faculty and infrastructure: MGNREGA wages less than minimum wages in 15 states, finds panel SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, JULY 9 THE COMMITTEE for revision of wages paid under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Act (MGNREGA) has found that minimum agricultural wages are higher than MGNREGA wages in 15 states. An upward revision in MGNREGA wages is estimated to require a Rs 4,500 crore increase in its budget. Based on these findings, the panel, under Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development Nagesh Singh, is expected to make its recommendations in another month. As per data being examined by the committee, the minimum wages paid to agricultural workers are significantly higher than MGNREGA wages in Karnataka, Punjab, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Mizoram, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The other states where MGNREGA wages fail to match up are Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. In Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, the minimum wages are marginally higher than MGNREGA wages. “In the 15 states where MGNREGA wages are lower, we tried revising it to bring it on par with the minimum agricultural wages paid by the respective states. Where MGNREGA wages are on par or higher, we decided to protect it as it is. If a revision is done as per this formula, it is estimated that a Rs 4,500 crore addition to the existing MGNREGA budget would be needed,” said an official from the Ministry of Rural Development. The Indian Express had earlier reported that despite official CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AIIMS Bhopal is severely hampered by a lack of adequate infrastructure. How are you addressing this issue? A lot of work has gone into the development of the institute in the last two years. The construction of a medical college was priority, and that is now complete. As far as infrastructure is concerned, we have started CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Website claims Reliance Jio data breach, company says ‘unauthentic’ PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, JULY 9 IN THE third major cybercrime incident over the last three months, a website claimed to have posted subscriber data of Reliance Jio customers, including email IDs, names and Aadhaar numbers, on the URL www.magicapk.com. Hours after the initial reports of the data being posted on the website, it was suspended. While it couldn’t be confirmed whether the data related to all of Jio’s 120 million subscribers was uploaded, queries made through the website for some older numbers returned with information of all the fields. For some of the new mobile numbers registered with Jio, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Latest in Telangana CM security: giant metal sheets to block view SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, JUNE 9 OFFICERS GUARDING Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao have ordered the erection of giant metal sheets around Pragathi Bhavan, his sprawling, nine-acre officecum-residence, to block the view from outside. According to officials, the state’s Intelligence Security Wing (ISW), which protects the Chief Minister, has found that from the terrace of three buildings in the vicinity of Pragathi Bhavan, people could see Rao standing or sitting at certain spots inside the campus. Claiming that this exposes the Chief Minister to “direct line of sight”, the ISW officials suggested raising metal sheets as tall as these buildings to cut off the view from all directions. These metal sheets are being installed along the boundary wall with “strong support” to withstand high-speed winds. On May 27, Rao’s security was further strengthened, with the elite Greyhounds commandos taking over “close proximity security” from the Telangana State Special Police (TSSP), which will continue to man the outer cordon. This is the first time commandos from the crack antiNaxal force have been deployed in VIP security. Speaking to The Indian Express, a senior government official said, “There was an inadequacy in security, which was found, and we are plugging it effectively by erecting the metal sheets. We constantly review security arrangements and upgrade them when necessary,’’ said the official. A senior police officer said, “Making the security arrange- PAGE ONE ANCHOR ments fool-proof, step by step, was always part of the original plan when Pragathi Bhavan was built. This additional feature was part of the plan to insulate the complex from any threat.’’ While there is no specific threat to Rao from Maoists, officials said, the Greyhounds were brought in because Rao plans to visit Maoist-affected districts more often. Part of step by step security at Pragathi Bhavan, says officer The Vaastu-compliant Pragathi Bhavan, built at a cost of over Rs 35 crore, has five tiers of security, starting with the lane outside on the Begumpet main road, a portion of which has been fenced and barricaded. Apart from the Chief Minister’s convoy, only vehicles and people with prior authorisation can enter the fenced portion and proceed towards Pragathi Bhavan. The campus houses the Chief Minister’s new residence, a conference hall named ‘Janahita’ and a cluster of offices from which he and his staff can work without having to go out. Apart from these security measures, the window panes in the Chief Minister’s residence and office are made of toughened glass. Recently, while responding to allegations that he was splurging public money on his personal security, Rao had said that Pragathi Bhavan was not merely his house but the “pride of Telangana”. According to officials, the new complex was constructed because the old “camp office” built by the late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy did not even have parking space for Rao’s convoy.
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