TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE REPLY TO MOTION OF THANKS IN RS Our phones are tapped, fear is all around, says Leader of Opposition 10 Agencies being used to divide us... give us our old India back, says Azad THE EDITORIAL PAGE Shah made debut speech in Rajya Sabha. Renuka Puri A candle for Ankit BY TEESTA SETALVAD Panel wraps up inquiry against Orissa HC judges SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 THE IN-HOUSE inquiry committee instituted by the then Chief Justice of India (CJI) in 2016 to probeallegationsof wrongdoing against two sitting judges of Orissa High Court completed its hearings last week and is expected to submit its final report totheCJIbytheendofthismonth. SourcestoldTheIndianExpress thatthereportislikelytoindictthe twojudgesbasedondocumented evidence against them available with the committee. The three-member probe panel is headed by Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice S J Vazifdar. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY A SISTER GRIEVES Captain Kapil Kundu’s sister in New Delhi on Monday. Captain Kundu was among four Army personnel killed in shelling by Pakistani forces in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. PTI REPORTS, PAGE 8 Want an honorary doctorate? Will help if you are in power Individuals whose job is to monitor, regulate institutions are getting honorary doctorates from them — raising questions of propriety and conflict of interest ONTHEHONOURLIST: BJP,CONG,SP,NCP SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 ONE OF them is in charge of the University Grants Commission (UGC),whichmonitorsstandards in teaching, examination and research in universities. Another heads the executive committee of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which grants accreditation to institutions of higher education. Then there are Union ministers heading the Human Resource Development ministry. Allof themareonthehonour list—hundredsof politiciansand bureaucrats who were awarded honorary doctorate degrees by public universities in India over thelast20yearswhentheywere in charge of monitoring these veryinstitutions,aninvestigation by The Indian Express has found. The Indian Express filed Right To Information (RTI) Act applications to 470 public universities seeking data for the last 20 years from 1997 to 2017. An ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION THERE IS an atmosphere of “fear” in the country, phones of Opposition leaders are being tapped and they have all been “reduced to terrorists” by the BJP-led government at the Centre, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. “You have divided political parties by using the ED, Income Tax, NIA. You have gone after people who are aligned with us. Businessmen are fearful of speaking to us on the phone because our phones are being tapped and they fear being targeted for having sided with the Opposition. When I was the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, we used to do that to terrorists. You have reduced all of us to terrorists, you have made us international terrorists. Fear is not a good thing, especially in a democracy,” said Azad, as he called for “freedom of speech, freedom to socialise, freedom to do business”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 UGC chiefs among 1,400 who got honorary doctorates from 160 public universities, institutes in last 20 years. Praveen Khanna analysis of responses received showed that 160 public universities and institutions conferred nearly 2,000 honorary doctorates to around 1,400 people; 126 did not give any honorary degree during this period; and, 184 did not respond. Honorary doctorates do not come with monetary benefits but they carry enormous cache in an educational system that EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 values degrees as markers of credibilityandinfluence—many recipients add the prefix “Dr” to their names. Recordsshowthatthosewho received these degrees included two serving Presidents at the time, Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee, who were Visitors occupying the apex position at central universities. A more telling case is that of NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 AS THE HRD Ministry drafts rules under the new Indian Institute of Management Act, differenceshavesurfacedwithin the 20 premier B-schools. At least six new IIMs have expressed concerns that relinquishing of government control could undermine accountability of the institute’s leadership. This view, it is learnt, was ex- Aayog’s role in these schemes and what the last full Budget of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 former IISc director and scientist Goverdhan Mehta who was chairman of the NAAC's executive committee from 2006 to 2012. During these six years, RTI records show, Mehta — who has an academic PhD from Pune University — received 18 honorary doctorates from public universities across the country, from Karnataka to Kashmir. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New Act: IIMs divided over autonomy rules, 6 new ones want greater role for Govt RITIKA CHOPRA Rajiv Kumar backs Bharatiya model of development PAGES 4,5 pressed by the heads of the six IIMs in a meeting of all Directors called by IIM-Bangalore on January 22 to seek inputs for draftingrulesunderthenewIIM Act, which came into effect on January 31. Thenewlawgrantsstatutory powers to all IIMs including appointment of Directors and chairpersons. UnderthenewIIMAct,aninstituteDirector,whowillalsoact asChief ExecutiveOfficer,willbe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 COUNTERING THE Congress’s criticism, BJP president Amit Shah,inhismaidenspeechinthe Rajya Sabha on Monday, said it was better to sell pakodas than remain unemployed. Shah had a message for his party’s allies too, as he pointed out that the BJP could have formed the government on its ownafterthe“historic”mandate in 2014. This comes at a time CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Emergency in Maldives, Gayoom and judges held, India sounds alert SHUBHAJIT ROY At Express Adda today: NITI Aayog chief decodes Budget and road ahead UNVEILING THE Union Budget four days ago, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley pointed to the role that the NITI Aayog would play in schemes on the government’s prioritylist.Theseincludedevelopment of a mechanism to ensureadequatepriceforfarmproduce, the ambitious National Health Protection Scheme and a nationalprogrammeonartificial intelligence. And to shine light on the NITI Azad with AAP’s Sanjay Singh on Monday. Prem Nath Pandey ‘Selling pakodas better than being jobless’ UNDER FIRE from the international community including India and the Maldivian Opposition for not implementing its Supreme Court’s order to release political prisoners and lawmakers,embattledPresident Abdulla Yameen Monday night imposed a “state of emergency” for 15 days, plunging the island nation into deep crisis. State police peg bandh losses at Rs 13.5 crore Troops out, fundamental rights suspended. AP MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 5 THE MAHARASHTRA Police havepeggedthetotallosscaused during the January 3 statewide bandh called by the Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh at Rs 13.50 crore and have now started the process of claiming damages. The state police have written to the 46 districts and city collectors to recover the losses caused both to the state exchequer and private individuals from those who organised the bandh. Following the violence during the bicentenary celebrations of the Bhima Koregaon battle on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mumbai’s new building reforms to get India into top 50 in WB rankings SANDEEP ASHAR RASHMI RAJPUT TheMaldivesIndependentsaid the Maldivian Army had surrounded the Supreme Court and locked the judges inside. Reports suggestedthatsecurityforceshad started breaking the gates of the Supreme Court. Shortlyafterformerpresident Maumoon Abdul Gayoom tweeted late Monday night that his house too had been surrounded, his daughter Yumna said the police had arrested her father and her husband. MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 5 WITH LESS than three months left to implement reforms to make doing business easier, India is targeting a rollout of the next set of reforms for expediting building permits in the commercialcapitalforahigherranking in the World Bank’s annual assessment exercise. On Tuesday, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajeev Kumar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will chair a meetinginSouthMumbaiwhere therolloutplanwillbereviewed. SincetheWorldBank’seaseof doingbusinessrankingsforIndia are assessed based on data collected from Mumbai and Delhi, theperformanceof thetwocities is key to improve the country’s overall ranking. Last year, the countryhadjumped30placesto the 100th spot, riding mainly on the re-engineering of the buildingapprovalssysteminMumbai. The Narendra Modi-led government is aiming to break into the top 50 this year. The global bank has advanced the submission deadline for this year’s benchmarking to May 1 this year. Accordingtoinformation,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), working to rationalise and introduce farreaching reforms in the various permits that builders are mandated to obtain at various stages of construction work, has built a singlewindowclearancefacility, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR NEWSLINE NOT FAIR TO OTHERS, SAYS DRAVID AS HE QUESTIONS CASH REWARD DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 5 DON’TWANTTOLOOK BACKATTHEPAST,SAYS PUNETEENWHOWAS ARRESTEDON SUSPICIONOFTERROR THE INDIAN Under-19 team has won its fourth World Cup and its 2018 run made it the most successful U-19 team in the world. Team Coach Rahul Dravid couldn’t be happier, but he has a question for the BCCI: Why the disparity in cash prizes between him, his support staff and the winning squad? The BCCI has announced awards of Rs 50 lakh for Dravid, Rs 20 lakh each for the support staffandRs30lakhfortheplayers. It is learnt that Dravid was unhappy that he was to receive prize money far greater than the The Under-19 team with coach Rahul Dravid in Mumbai on Monday.Vignesh Krishnamoorthy restof hiscoachingstaff.Sources said the head coach has expressed his reservations and has requested that all support staff members be rewarded evenly. It is learnt that Dravid has underscored the importance of no discrimination against the other members of the coaching staff. Sources also said that Dravid has mentioned that the entire support staff had worked as a team, and had played an equal and united part in ensuring success at the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. In a press release announced by BCCI’s Supreme Court-appointed Committeeof Administratorson February 3, the Board had allotted Rs 50 lakh to Dravid, while declaringthattherestof thesupport staff - Bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, Fielding coach Abhay Sharma, Physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, Trainer Anand Date, Masseur Mangesh Gaikwad and Video analyst DevrajRaut-wouldeachreceive Rs 20 lakh. The playing team members were also to be rewarded Rs 30 lakh each. Addressing a press conference on returning from New Zealand, after the win on Saturday, Dravid had said he credited the success of the team to the entire support staff which had worked hard behind the scenes. He had gently pointed out the disparity. After the world title triumph at New Zealand on Saturday, Dravid had acknowledged the role of support staff. “It’s a bit embarrassing at times because I tend to get a lot of attention and focus, but it is really about the support staff and the quality of people that we’ve had. I don’t want to mention names but everyoneinthesupportstaff has put in a great effort. We do the best for the kids.” Dravid was at the centre of a conflictofinterestsituationatthe startofhisstintasin2017,andhad subsequently chosen national duty over an IPL coaching contract.HereceivesRs4croreannuallyfora3-year-contractwiththe Indian junior and A teams. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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