TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 28 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `5.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAYS BEFORE SC BEGINS FINAL HEARING Ram temple alone will be built in Ayodhya, this is a firm fact: RSS chief Order by two-judge bench on November 7 Citing wrong reporting, HC gags media in Yogi hate speech case Nobody needs to lose their identity and everybody must enjoy new structure, says Mohan Bhagwat at VHP event JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, NOVEMBER 24 SARAH HAFEEZ ALLAHABAD, NOVEMBER 24 THEALLAHABADHighCourthas barredthemediafromreporting on proceedings of the 2008 Gorakhpur hate speech case, in which Chief Minister Yogi Adityanathistheprimeaccused, saying that “wrong reporting” hasbeen“causingalotof embarrassment” to the state. In an order issued on November 7, a two-judge bench of the High Court said it is compelled to bar publishing of reports on the proceedings until the judgment is delivered, after the state government pointed out that the court’s “observations are reported out of context and very often misquoted”. “After concluding the arguments, Manish Goel, learned additionaladvocategeneral,points out that wrong reporting of the day-to-day proceedings of this caseisbeingmadebythemedia, which is causing a lot of embarrassmentastheobservationsare reported out of context and very often misquoted,” said the bench, comprising Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Akhilesh Chandra, in its order. “Earlier also, this fact was brought to our notice when we orallydirectednottopublishany misleading reports. After looking into the various media reports, which have been produced by Manish Goel before us, we are constrained to pass the order directing that no one shall publish or cause to be published any proceedings of this case till the delivery of the judgment,” the order stated. The bench issued the order CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OVER 200 KILLED IN ATTACK ON EGYPT MOSQUE Inside Al Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, Egypt, after the attack on Friday. Reuters S&P welcomes reforms but doesn’t upgrade, cites low income and high Govt debt ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 24 A WEEK after Moody’s Investors Service upgraded India’s sovereign ratings, another global agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) wassomewhatcautiousinitsassessmentandkeptIndia’ssovereign credit ratings unchanged at “BBB-” with a “stable” outlook. While S&P said it is optimistic about India’s mediumterm growth prospects, it has argued that sizable fiscal deficits, a high net general government debt burden, and low per capita income detract from an improvement in the country’s credit profile. The government initiated a numberof reformsincludingthe Goods and Services Tax (GST), Bankruptcy Code and the bank recapitalisationplanbutdemon- NIA report includes Hadiya statement that she wed of her own will ECONOMY ● GOVT: A HUGE ENDORSEMENT OF REFORMS, PAGE 19 etisation and initial problems withGSTrollouthavehitgrowth, S&P said. “ConfidenceandGDPgrowth in 2017 appear to have been hit by the sudden demonetisation exercise in late 2016. The July 1, 2017 introduction of the GST, which combines the central, state, and local-level indirect taxes into one, has also led to someone-off teething problems that have dampened growth,” S&P said in its statement. A sovereign ratings is reflectiveof acountry’sriskprofileand a key barometer used by inter- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY DEEPTIMAN TIWARY 14 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Prevent one more 26/11 BY PRAKASH SINGH Making RBI accountable The first year of the Monetary Policy Committee has imposed considerable costs on the economy THEIDEASPAGE 15 EXPRESS NETWORK ● SAEED WALKS FREE, U.S. SAYS ARREST HIM, P 9 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Man found hanging, Padmavati graffiti nearby: Jaipur police HAMZA KHAN NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 24 THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA), in its status report to the Supreme Court on Thursday, is learnt to have attached the statement of Hadiya (Hindu girl Akhila who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan) in whichshehasreportedlydenied any pressure to convert to Islam or marry Jahan. “Shehassaidthatshemarried Jahanofherownfreewillanddecidedtoconvertvoluntarily,”atop government source told The Indian Express. Sources familiar withtheinvestigationsaidHadiya national investors, especially in the fixed income market, for making their investment decisions.Short-termforeignandlocalcurrencysovereigncreditratings have also been kept unchanged at the lowest investment grade level at A-3 with a stable outlook. While Moody’s gave a higher weight to the “wide-ranging program of economic and institutional reforms,” S&P acknowledgedthesereformsbutstuckto the same rating and outlook mainly on concerns relating to fiscalconsolidationandlowlevel of per capita wealth. “Given the planned ramp-up in public-sector-led infrastructure investment and the persistentdeficits,especiallyatthestate level,fiscalconsolidationwillremain difficult,” S&P said. Fiscal consolidation at the Central REPORT, PAGE 16 JAIPUR, NOVEMBER 24 Jahan, Hadiya: Kerala HC annulled their marriage. File has also denied that she was offered any pecuniary benefits. The development is significant since any investigation against Jahan, or a decision on 4 THECITY 17-YR-OLDSTABBEDTO DEATHINBUS,FIVE SCHOOLBOYSDETAINED CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE BODY of a 40-year-old man was found hanging from the ramparts of Nahargarh Fort here early on Friday morning, with some messages referring to the protests over Padmavati scribbledonthestonesinsidethefort, said police. The man was later identified as Chetan Saini, who sold jewellery and handicraft in Nahari kaNakaarea,neartheNahargarh Fort on the outskirts of Jaipur. “Padmavati ka virodh karne walon,humkilleparsirfputlenahi latkate... hum mein hai dum Handwritten messages on stones in fort. Rohit Jain Paras (Those opposing Padmavati, we don’t just hang effigies from forts... we have courage),” said one of the handwritten messages on a stone. Earlier, those protesting CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SWEEPING CRACKDOWN ON POLLUTING FIRMS, RANKING PROVINCES ON HOW GREEN EACH IS APURVA BEIJING, NOVEMBER 24 TWO MONTHS ago, a metal wire-drawing plant in Shanghai was shut for violating environment norms. The plant was supplying material to a German auto-parts making company, which claimed that the production of 3 million cars in China would be affected due to the shutdown, amounting to a loss of $45 billion. But the government did not budge and the German company, Schaeffler, was eventually forced to make alternate arrangements. For companies in China, this was the first major DEATH BY BREATH LESSONS FROM BEIJING PART 3 signal that the administration hadrampedupitscrackdownon environment polluters. According to the state-run newspaper,GlobalTimes,China’s environment ministry “urged automakers to learn a lesson from the Schaeffler incident and Smog shrouds Pudong in Shanghai on Wednesday. Reuters enforce compliance checks of their supply chains”. “The authorities in Shanghai simplycutoff waterandelectric- ity supply to the company. The company had been given three months to comply with norms afteraninspection,buttheypaid little heed. The German company even petitioned the central government asking for more time, but to little avail,” said Pan Jiahua, director, Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies,ChinaAcademyof Social Sciences. The inspection was part of a massive drive that Chinese President Xi Jinping implemented in 2015. Country-wide inspections in all 31 provinces resultedin135,000reportsof violations, of which 104,000 cases werehandedtothelocalgovernment and 102,000 resolved, accordingtoEnvironmentMinister Li Ganjie. “About 80,000 cases involvingwaste,smoking,odour, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DAYS BEFORE the Supreme Courtbeginsthefinalhearingon a clutch of appeals on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said Friday that no structure other than a Ram Temple will be built at the disputed site. He was speaking on the opening day of a three-day Dharam Sansad conclave of Hindu religious leaders from across the country, organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in the temple town of Udupi. “On the Ramjanmabhoomi, the Ram Mandir alone will be built. Nothing else will be built. It will be built in the same form withthesamestonesandwillbe built by the same people who fought for it 20 to 25 years ago. This is not a populist announcement. It is an expression of our mind.Thisisafirmfactandisnot going to change,’’ Bhagwat said while stating that the atmosphere is getting conducive for building the temple. “The moment of it becoming a reality is near and we need to make the efforts to ensure it happens,’’ CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Udupi on Friday. PTI His remarks a challenge to SC: Muslim law board ABANTIKA GHOSH & ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 24 RSS CHIEF Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that only the temple will be built at the disputed site inAyodhyacomes11daysbefore the Supreme Court starts final hearings in the Ram Janmabhoomi case from December 5, exactly 25 years af- terBabriMasjidwasdemolished on December 6, 1992. The court will hear appeals againsttheAllahabadHighCourt verdictdividingthe2.77-acredisputed land in Ayodhya between the main deity Ram Lalla, Sunni Wakf BoardandNirmohiAkhara. The case had come up before a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra on August11 and was adjourned for three CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 50 FIRs, 11 teachers suspended for protests against Madras HC judge ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, NOVEMBER 24 THE TAMIL Nadu government has filed over 50 FIRs and suspended 11 school teachers from service for allegedly abusing, trolling and criticising Madras HighCourtJusticeNKirubakaran on social media for his remarks against teachers who went on strike in September. On Tuesday, a 40-year-old woman from Vellore was arrested for remarks she made on Facebook against Justice Kirubakaran on the same issue. Speaking to The Indian Express,PradeepYadav,principal secretary, school education department, said, “Eleven teachers have been suspended as per directions from the court. They have been charged with abusing orusingunparliamentarywords or talking against the judiciary and the judge. All of them have now extended unconditional apologies. The judgment has been reserved.” Official sources said the government teachers apologised before the court on Wednesday. However, sources said, action CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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