TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE 8 10% tax, fiscal slip: Market wakes DAY AFTER BUDGET: RS 4.58 LAKH CRORE OF INVESTOR WEALTH WIPED OFF THEEDITORIAL PAGE up rattled, slides over 800 points EXPRESS NETWORK ● PADMAAVAT SPL SCREENING FOR RAJASTHAN HC ON MONDAY, P3 Loya death case: SC says considering evidence before it EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 THE PETITIONERS demanding an independent probe into the death of CBI Special Judge B H Loya in 2014 claimed in the Supreme Court Friday that there were contradictions in the statements of four judges recorded by Maharashtra police in the matter. A Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud told Senior Advocate DushyantDaveappearingforthe Bombay Lawyers Association that it was “considering the evidence” put forth by him. However, the bench said that the way “sometimes individuals including some good ones react in a calamity, someone else may feel they could have reacted differently, buttheirconduct Judge Loya cannot be said to haveabearingon the truth”. The bench made the comments when Dave sought to question the conduct of the judgeswhoweresaidtohaveaccompanied Loya to hospital. Dave claimed that “there are very serious contradictions on the face of the record”. He alleged that none of the four judgeshadaccompaniedLoyato the hospital the night he died. According to official records, Loya, 48, died of a heart attack in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, a day after he attended the weddingandreceptionof thedaughter of fellow judge Swapna Joshi, who is now a judge in the Bombay High Court. Dave said police records show that Dr Prashant Rathi, who claimed to be a relative of Loya, had informed police about the death of the judge. “Why CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 6 WORLD TRUMPRELEASES MEMOALLEGING BIASINRUSSIA PROBE Sensex plunges on move to tax long-term capital gains, cash flow to mutual funds set to come down MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ● HOODA NAMED IN LAND SCAM CHARGESHEET, P5 I believe it’s India’s ocean, says Nasheed, as Delhi asks Male to follow order freeing political prisoners JYOTI MALHOTRA & SHUBHAJIT ROY On Dalal Street in Mumbai Friday. Worried investors dumped stocks across the board. Pradip Das NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 1 RISE & FALL DAY AFTER BUDGETS 2008-18 ( IN PERCENTAGE) -5.12 2008 0.9 2009 2.09 2010 3.5 2011 -1.1 2012 -0.56 -1.37 0.33 3.38 2013 AGRICULTURE 2014 2015 2016 0.3 -2.34 2017 2018 HEALTH Budget promises MSP I-Day launch goal for 50% above cost, doesn’t health cover scheme ABANTIKA GHOSH define which cost HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 average cost of production”) and the BJP’s 2014 Lok Sabha ElectionManifesto(whichtalked of ensuring farmers “minimum 50% profits over the cost of production”). But whether it is the Budget, theSwaminathanformulaorthe BJP manifesto, none of them has quitedefinedwhatreallyconstitutes “cost of production”. And therein lies the nub. Thequestionassumesimportance because the Commission CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 THE NITI Aayog is working towardsalaunchonIndependence Day of the government’s latest flagship National Health Protection Scheme, which was announced in the Union Budget Thursday. IN A significant shift perceived to be in favour of the Opposition in the Maldives, India on Friday leaned on the Abdulla Yameen government and asked them to abide by the country’s Supreme Court’s order to release all nine politicalprisoners,includingformer President Mohamed Nasheed,andreinstate12membersof Parliamentwhohadbeen stripped of their posts. But, almost 24 hours later, the Maldives government had not acted on the order. Maldives Democratic Party’s international spokesperson Abdul Ghafoor told The Indian Express on Friday night over telephone from Colombo, “Yameen is dragging his feet..it’s been 24 hours, but there has been no move to implement the order yet.” He said that Yameen is likely to leave for Singapore. Nasheed, who is also in Sri Lanka, welcomed the court order and said President Yameen mustresign.Hewastryingtosee if authorities in Mafushi jail would release a bag of clothes and some books he had had to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TopofficialsintheAayogsaid that Gandhi Jayanti, on October 2,wasthe“upperlimit”deadline for the formal launch while the fullscale rollout, subject to the pace of work by states, is expected to take place in about one-and-a-half years. Consultations with states are expected to start next week. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Not what the doctor ordered A massive publicly financed health insurance scheme cannot substitute for public healthcare. THEIDEASPAGE 9 Mother of Ankit with her relatives at Raghuvir Nagar in New Delhi on Friday. Praveen Khanna Man held for killing Despite A-G advice, A DG in UP pledges to build Ram temple in Ayodhya earliest daughter’s friend, was CBI moves SC to against ‘relationship’ re-open Bofors case Heavy police deployment in West EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 DAYS AFTER the Attorney Generaladvisedthegovernment againstfilingaspecialleavepetition in a case related to the Bofors scandal, the CBI Friday movedtheSupremeCourt,challengingtheMay31,2005verdict of the Delhi High Court which gave a clean chit to the Hinduja brothers.FormerPrimeMinister Rajiv Gandhi too had been named an accused but was exonerated in 2004 in the alleged payoffs case. The CBI attributed the delay in filing the SLP against the 2005 High Court order to the then (UPA) government’s refusal to grant it permission to approach the court. Last September, The Indian Express reported that the CBI, in a note to the Central Agency Section of the Department of Legal Affairs (Ministry of Law andJustice)onJune22,2017,said it had not challenged Justice R S Sodhi’s 2005 order since it had not been granted permission fromthe“competentauthority”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LUCKNOW, FEBRUARY 2 AN IPS officer heading the Uttar Pradesh Home Guard has been captured on video taking a pledge to work for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya “as soon as possible”. The video comes days after the state government faced sharp criticism for its failure to prevent and control communal clashes in Kasganj, where a 22year-old man was killed. The video, purportedly shot during an event at Lucknow University on January 28, shows Surya Kumar Shukla, Director General, Home Guard Headqua- Delhi colony after communal tension ANAND MOHAN J NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 2 UP Home Guard Director General S K Shukla (second from left) takes the pledge at a Lucknow University event rters,assaying:“Aajiskaryakram kedauran,humsabyesankalplete hain ke jaldse jald Ram Mandir ka bhavya nirmaan ho... Jai Shri Ram (Today, at this programme, all of us take a pledge that the Ram temple is made as soon as CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A 23-YEAR-OLD photographer was stabbed to death near his house in west Delhi after an altercationwithfourfamilymembers of a woman he was in a relationship with. While the woman waited for the victim, Ankit Saxena, outside a metro station, Thursday, her family confronted Saxena believing he had abducted her. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) (west) Vijay Singh said the argument was over “AnkitSaxena’sallegedrelationship with a 20-year-old woman from the minority community.” According to police the woman’s parents, her uncle and 16-year-old brother objected to the relationship and confronted Saxena Friday afternoon and issued threats to stay away from her. The argument snowballed into a physical confrontation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BUDGET POSTCARD FROM BETUL: BABY’S DEATH, MISSING STRETCHER BETUL, FEBRUARY 2 INSIDE Maldives back on boil afer apex court frees Nasheed, Opp leaders THE UNION Budget for 2018-19 has promised to fix minimum supportprices(MSP)forcropsto guaranteefarmersatleast50per centreturnsonproductioncosts. This is quite similar to the original recommendation of the M S Swaminathan-headed National Commission on Farmers (which called for MSPs to be “at least 50% more than the weighted MILIND GHATWAI AFGHAN PRESIDENT CALLS PAKISTAN ‘TALIBAN CENTRE’, SAYS WAITING FOR IT TO ACT By LUCAS CHANCEL & THOMAS PIKETTY A Maldivian opposition supporter faces off with police in Male on Friday as clashes erupted after the court verdict. AP GEORGE MATHEW ADAYaftertheUnionBudgetannounced 10 per cent long-term capital gains tax on equities and concerns over the fiscal slippage andmacro-economicconditions unnerved investors, Dalal Street witnessed mayhem Friday with thebenchmarkSensexplunging 840points.Thebloodbathwiped off Rs 458,000 crore of investor wealth as market capitalisation, or the market value of all listed shares, plummeted to Rs 148.54 lakh crore in a single day. Worried investors dumped stocks across the board — they were also upset with the proposal of 10 per cent tax on distributed income from equityoriented mutual funds. Investors read the projected fiscal deficit of 3.5 per cent of GDPforthecurrentfiscalagainst the earlier target of 3.2 per cent and 3.3 per cent for the next fiscal and rising bond yields as deterioration in the government’s finances, raising the spectre of a spike in interest rates. The Sensex crashed 839.91 points, or 2.34 per cent, to close the day at 35,066.75 as investors cut their equity positions. The broader NSE Nifty fell below the 10,800-markbyplunging256.30 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Inequality is real, don’t deny ON THE day the Union government announced an ambitious National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) Neelu Verma, sat inconsolable in a Madhya Pradesh government hospital antenatal care (ANC) ward. On Wednesday, Neelu (25), in labour at the time, lost her babyintheBetuldistricthospital after she was denied a stretcher and forced to walk to the ANC ward. She was bodily lifted off the ground by hospital attendants and had walked a few steps before she delivered her baby. Neelu is a trained nurse herself. Sheisunabletocomprehend thepostmortemreportthatputs the cause of death as “still birth’’ not from the fall to the ground. Surrounded by newborns and happymothersintheANCward, where each crying baby reminded Neelu of her loss, she chose to leave the hospital on Friday with several sutures still fresh from surgery. Evenbeforehernightmarein Betul, Neelu was referred to the district hospital by the community health centre in Ghodadongri, where she claimed no doctor was on duty. The government in New Delhi may have announced the NHPS scheme, which Finance Minister dubbed the “world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme”, but 1000 kilometers away Neelu is the grim ground reality. On preventive healthcare, Jaitley on Thursday had said: “...1.5 lakh centres will bring healthcare system closer to the homes of people. These centres will provide comprehensive health care, including for noncommunicablediseasesandmaternal and child health services. These centres will also provide The grieving parents. Milind Ghatwai freeessentialdrugsanddiagnostic services.” The death of Neelu’s baby and the CHC’s referral to Betul are under investigation, but that means little for her family. “The negligent staff and the government system is to blame for this. If only I had some time, I would havetakenhertoaprivatehospital,” her husband, Vikash Verma told The Indian Express. Vikash remembers the frantic search for a stretcher when they reached Betul in an ambulance from Ghodadongri. Neelu, doubled over in pain, had said she could not walk. “An attendant had flatly told us that all ex- pecting mothers walk to the labour room. I went looking for a stretcher but could not find one. When I returned it was all over. My wife had collapsed and the baby had died,’’ said Vikash, a collection agent with a private insurancecompany.Hesaid:“All we wanted was a baby.’’ According to the family, the two attendants on duty had almost forced her to walk towards the ward, “each holding one of her hands”. “She sat and refused to get up and must have barely walked 15 steps when the delivery took place,” her mother-inlaw Girija Verma said. On Friday, a stretcher and a Jaipur wheelchair were on standby at the Betul hospital ward but staffers did not volunteer to help expectant mothers who arrived there. The distance between the road where the ambulances drop mothers and the ward gate isnotmuchbutaccessisdifficult due to a steep climb and a pipe that cuts across the route. After her B.Sc (Nursing) and completing training in a private hospital in Gwalior, Neelu was confidentabouthandlinglabour, particularly when she felt her own baby kicking. “I told her my delivery appears imminent. I am ready to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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