TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `4.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● 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 Agencies being used to divide us... give us our old India back, says Azad Shah made debut speech in Rajya Sabha. Renuka Puri 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 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 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”. 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Emergency in Maldives, Gayoom, judges held, India sounds alert 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. SHUBHAJIT ROY 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 6 ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 5 AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION 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 Captain Kapil Kundu’s sister in New Delhi on Monday. Captain Kundu was among four soldiers killed in shelling by Pakistani forces in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. PTI REPORTS, PAGE 7 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 ‘Selling pakodas better than being jobless’ 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 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 AS THE HRD Ministry drafts rules under the new Indian Institute of Management Act, differenceshavesurfacedwithin the 20 premier B-schools. At leastsixnewIIMshaveexpessed concerns that relinquishing of government control could undermineaccountabilityof theinstitute’s leadership. This view, it is learnt, was ex- 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 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. 12 WORLD Troops out, fundamental rights suspended. AP CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUZAFFARNAGAR RIOTS AMERICA, RUSSIAINNEW NUCLEARARMS RACE Balyan takes khaps to Yogi: ‘Drop 402 fake arson cases filed against Hindus’ MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, FEBRUARY 5 US STARTS DRAWDOWN OF ITS FORCES IN IRAQ EXPRESS NETWORK ● SP PROTESTS UP ‘FAKE ENCOUNTERS’ IN RAJYA SABHA, P 10 A DELEGATION of Khap ChaudharisfromMuzaffarnagar and Shamli, led by BJP MP Sanjiv Balyan, on Monday urged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to withdraw “402 fake cases of arson lodged againstHindus”inconnectionto the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots. At a meeting held at the state secretariat in Lucknow, the delegationcomplainedthatthereis “growing resentment among the people” about reports that cases were being withdrawn only against BJP leaders. Alleged fake cases, lodged against the common public during the riots, should also be withdrawn, the Khap leaders told the CM. The state government had recently sought a report from the Muzaffarnagar administration regarding withdrawal of nine cases pending against Umesh Malik — BJP MLA from Budhana in Muzaffarnagar. These included two Muzaffarnagarriotscases.Malik also attended the meeting with Adityanath on Monday. While cases of arson were registered against members of both Hindu and Muslim communities during the riots, MuzaffarnagarMPSanjivBalyan said they only sought withdrawal of 402 cases against Hindus, who included Jats and CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BENGAL NOT FAIR TO OTHERS, SAYS DRAVID AS HE QUESTIONS HIS CASH REWARD DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 5 CHLORINEGASLEAK TRIGGERSMASS PANICINBELUR ● CID SUMMONS TENANT OF BHARATI GHOSH’S ‘ANCESTRAL PROPERTY’ Under 19 Indian cricket team along with their coach Rahul Dravid posing for a group picture at JW Marriott Sahar.Vignesh Krishnamoorthy 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 staff andRs30lakhfortheplayers. 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 supportstaff membersberewarded 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 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 analystDevrajRaut-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 aboutthesupportstaff andthequality 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.” Dravidwasatthecentreof aconflict of interest situation at the start of hisstintasin2017,andhadsubsequently chosen national duty over anIPLcoachingcontract.Hereceives Rs4croreannuallyfora3-year-contract with the Indian junior and A teams. The remaining support staff too works on contracted BCCI payrolls. Dravid though, has insisted that everyonehadanequalparttoplayin the victorious fortnight and months of preparations prior to that.
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