LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 3 Agencies being used to divide us... give us our old India back, says Azad GUJARAT Shah made debut speech in Rajya Sabha. Renuka Puri FIRE AT GIFT CITY, NO CASUALTIES REPORTED 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 probe allegations of wrongdoing against two sitting judges of Orissa High Court completed its hearings last week and is expected to submit its final report to the CJI by the end ofthis month. Sources told The Indian Express that the report is likely to indict the two judges based on documented 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 Azad with AAP’s Sanjay Singh on Monday. Prem Nath Pandey Captain Kapil Kundu’s sister in New Delhi on Monday. Captain Kundu was among four soldiers killed in shelling by Pakistani REPORTS, PAGE 11 forces in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. PTI ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION 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 ON THE HONOUR LIST: BJP, CONG, SP, NCP SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 ONE OF them is in charge of the University Grants Commission (UGC), which monitors standards 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. All of them are on the honour list — hundreds of politicians and bureaucrats who were awarded honorary doctorate degrees by public universities in India over the last 20 years when they were in charge of monitoring these very institutions, an investigation 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 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 8 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 values degrees as markers of credibility and influence — many recipients add the prefix “Dr” to their names. Records show that those who 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 PAGES 6, 7 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE New Act: IIMs divided over autonomy rules, 6 new ones want greater role for Govt NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 RITIKA CHOPRA 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 priority list. These include development of a mechanism to ensure adequate price for farm produce, the ambitious National Health Protection Scheme and a national programme on artificial intelligence. And to shine light on the NITI Rajiv Kumar backs Bharatiya model of development Aayog’s role in these schemes and what the last full Budget of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BY TEESTA SETALVAD The MSP smokescreen Tall claims by the government may increase farmer resentment. THE IDEAS PAGE 9 To meet water shortfall, city to dig deep to revive its borewells RITU SHARMA EXPECTING A reduction of at least 33 per cent in Narmada water supply to Ahmedabad city, the local civic body has started working on a three-pronged approach to meet the city’s water supply demand this summer. Among them is tapping the groundwater resource. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has carried out a massive survey and mapping of tubewells that have been lying defunct since water from Narmada started getting supplied to the city a decade ago. The survey identified over 250 defunct tubewells — 50 per cent of the existing tubewells. The highest number of such defunct tubewells is in the city’s South Zone (52), followed by East Zone (51). NARMADA RATIONING THE LIFELINE AN EXPRESS SERIES “At present, testing of ground water quality and TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) levels are being carried out to ascertain whether this water could be used for drinking purposes,” said a senior AMC official. While the city’s estimated water supply is nearly 1,200 million litres per day (MLD), the AMC meets more than 75 per cent of its water requirement (900 MLD) from Narmada. Nearly 200 MLD is met through Raska weir that gets water from Mahi river in Vasad near Vadodara. The remaining 100 MLD, the city gets from borewells PLAN TO AUGMENT 310 MLD WATER 24 % (75-80 MLD) from water rationing 10 % (30 MLD) 33% (100 MLD) by running overtime 214 existing borewells 33% (100 MLD) 50 from 20 MLD from borewells at tubewells in NW two water Zone + 50 MLD treatment plant from new borewells CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NOT FAIR TO OTHERS, SAYS DRAVID AS HE QUESTIONS HIS CASH REWARD AMERICA, RUSSIA IN NEW NUCLEAR ARMS RACE BCCI has announced awards of Rs 50 lakh for coach Dravid, Rs 20 lakh each for the support staff and Rs 30 lakh for the players on winning U-19 team World Cup DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 5 US STARTS DRAWDOWN OF ITS FORCES IN IRAQ INSIDE AS THE HRD Ministry drafts rules under the new Indian Institute of Management Act, differences have surfaced within the 20 premier B-schools. At least six new IIMs have expessed concerns that relinquishing of government control could undermine accountability of the institute’s leadership. This view, it is learnt, was ex- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 13 WORLD NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 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 drafting rules under the new IIM Act, which came into effect on January 31. The new law grants statutory powers to all IIMs including appointment of Directors and chairpersons. Under the new IIM Act, an institute Director, who will also act as Chief Executive Officer, will be COUNTERING THE Congress’s criticism, BJP president Amit Shah, in his maiden speech in the 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 own after the “historic” mandate in 2014. This comes at a time when the BJP has been facing criticism from some of its allies. Initiating the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, Shah said: “It is better for youth to earn a living selling pakodas instead of ABANTIKA GHOSH ... and his lost love and a flickering secularism. A worrying silence echoes in the public sphere. AHMEDABAD, FEBRUARY 5 At Express Adda today: NITI Aayog chief decodes Budget and road ahead 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”. Participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, he referred to his visits to Gujarat, and said even voters were threatened with dire consequences if they did not vote for the BJP. The Triple Talaq Bill, he said, was the government’s way of dividing society. “First, you polarised along religious lines for votes. Then you artificially divided Shias and Sunnis. Now, you even want to separate A candle for Ankit THE EDITORIAL PAGE UGC chiefs among 1,400 who got honorary doctorates from 160 public universities, institutes in last 20 years. Praveen Khanna ‘Selling pakodas better than being jobless’ PAGE 10 ● LOYA CASE: PLEA TO EXAMINE WITNESSES 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 staffand Rs 30 lakh for the players. It is learnt that Dravid was unhappy that he was to receive prize money far greater than the rest of his coaching staff. 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 The Under-19 team with coach Rahul Dravid in Mumbai on Monday.Vignesh Krishnamoorthy Cup in New Zealand. In a press release announced by BCCI’s Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators on February 3, the Board had allotted Rs 50 lakh to Dravid, while declaring that the rest of the support staff Bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, Fielding coach Abhay Sharma, Physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, Trainer Anand Date, Masseur Mangesh Gaikwad and Video analyst Devraj Raut - would each receive Rs 20 lakh. The playing team members were also to be rewarded Rs 30 lakh each. Addressing a press confer- ence 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 everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort. We do the best for the kids.” Dravid was at the centre of a conflict ofinterest situation at the start ofhis stint as in 2017, and had subsequently chosen national duty over an IPL coaching contract. He receives Rs 4 crore annually for a 3-year-contract with the Indian junior and A teams. The remaining support staff too works on contracted BCCI payrolls. Dravid though, has insisted that everyone had an equal part to play in the victorious fortnight and months of preparations prior to that.
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