TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE BABRI MASJID-RAM JANMABHOOMI TITLE SUITS We are treating Ayodhya matter as land dispute, no third party at this stage: SC Hearing has to go on, we are conscious of this case, says Bench led by Chief Justice; next hearing on March 14 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Lawyers and petitioners in the case at the Supreme Court on Thursday. Tashi Tobgyal MAKING CLEAR it was treating appeals against the Allahabad High Court order on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya as a land dispute and thatitdidnotintendtoallowany third party intervention at this stage, the Supreme Court Thursday asked parties to the disputetofileEnglishtranslation of documents exhibited by them. The matter will be heard next on March 14. When a lawyer sought the court’s permission to intervene ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 EXPRESSINRAMALLAH FEBRUARY 8 HIGHLIGHTING INDIA’S humanitarian support to Palestine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to announce the setting up of a 100bed super-specialty hospital in Ramallah, top sources have told The Indian Express. There are also plans to set up schools, and an announcement is likely to take place during Modi’s visit Saturday, the first by an Indian Prime Minister. The focus of the visit, sources said, will not be “political”, but more “humanitarian” in nature. Pacts on health, education, information technology and skill development are expected to be signed during the visit. Sources said the focus will be on “infrastructure” and “capacity building” of Palestine. “The MoUs and announcements will be people-centric during the visit. The government will provide infrastructure support for the people of Palestine who do not have good access to world-class healthcare and education,” sources said. “The political aspects will be at a low-key level since New Delhi — with its vote at the UN against the US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — has already made it clear which side we are on. There will be more focus on the nonpolitical aspects,” sources said. Sources said Modi had told Indian officials way back in 2015 to prepare for the visit, and it was announced only at an “opportune CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in Dhaka on Thursday. AP Dhaka in turmoil as Khaleda jailed for 5 yrs, Delhi is wary JYOTI MALHOTRA NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 PLUNGING BANGLADESH into turmoil, a Dhaka special court Thursday sentenced Opposition leader and former Prime MinisterKhaledaZiatofiveyears rigorous imprisonment for corruption. The 72-year-old, who was taken to jail immediately, may be disqualified from contesting elections due in December this year. The sentencing of Zia was met by stony silence in Delhi which believes that despite the possibility of even greater expansion of power by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, she remains the best bet to rule Bangladesh. ReportsfromBangladeshsay Zia’s party BNP is planning a nationwide protest Friday. Her party secretary general Fakhrul Islam Alamgir called the court verdict “completely politically motivated”. Zia will be in jail for atleastthreedaysbeforebailcan be posted. Butincommentsthatspeakof the intense rivalry between the country’s two most powerful women, Prime Minister Hasina said of her chief opponent: “Where is she now?” She criticised Zia and her party for instigatingviolencefrom2013to2015. “The Throne of the Almighty Allah gets shaken when one carries out repression on people. Those who burnt people to death face such consequences. And that justice is being done,” Hasina told a rally in Dhaka. ThequestioniswhetherZia’s five-yearincarcerationdisallows her from contesting the generalelections that will take place in December. If the BNP boycotts the polls, like it did five years ago CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 STATE GOVERNMENTS may have to shell out approximately Rs 4,330 crore annually for the rolloutof theambitiousNational Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) for 10 crore households announced in the Budget, according to preliminary calculations undertaken by the government. These calculations, arrived at after informal discussions with actuaries, have pegged the premium at Rs 1,082 per family per year for each health cover of Rs5lakh.Of this,Rs433hasbeen earmarked as the state share of the premium with the balance to be paid by the Centre. In this context, sources said, these estimates are based on the assumption that “entire 10 crore familieswillbecoveredinonego”. Going by this state share, the financial burden on states for 10 crore families will be to the tune of Rs 4,330 crore. NEWSLINE ● DS KULKARNI PLANS TO START CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN TO RAISE FUNDS, PAY BACK INVESTORS Lashkar man’s escape from hospital: Police probe 4-month plot, role of jail medical staff NAVEED IQBAL & MUZAMIL JALEEL SRINAGAR, NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 Five held for helping Pak militant escape. Shuaib Masood A FLEETING frame of the number plate of a Pulsar motorcycle caught by a CCTV camera outside the SMHS (Shri Maharaja Hari Singh) Hospital in Srinagar helped police track down two of the three men who struck there on February 6 to help Pakistani militant Naveed Jat escape, Additional Director General of Police Muneer Khan told The Indian Express on Thursday. Two policeman were killed infiring.Thepolicewereaccompanying six militants, including Jat, for a medical checkup. Speaking to The Indian Express, Khan said that once the bike’s owner was identified, the “entirestoryunfoldedbeforeus.” The motorcycle belonged to one Shakeel of Lelhar village in Pulwama. “We scanned CCTV CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IIT ALUMNUS SETS UP SANSKRIT CHAIR AT IIT-MADRAS FOR SCIENCE AND VEDAS ARUNJANARDHANAN CHENNAI, FEBRUARY 8 THE INDIAN Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) will soon get a ‘Sanskrit Chair’, attached to the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, tostudy“India’slegacyof science andtechnologyintheVedas,with special focus on Sanskrit language”. TheChairhasbeenfundedby Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, locutoryapplicationsfiledbyparties to the appeals pertaining to filing of additional documents andexemptionfromfilingofficial translation”.Italsopermitted“applications seeking filing of documentswhichhavebeenexhibited before the High Court” and “applicationsfordeletionof parties”. As many as 14 appeals have been filed in the Supreme Court againsttheAllahabadHighCourt ruling on four civil suits on September 30, 2010. The High Court ordered a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Health cover estimate: States may have to pay Rs 4,330 crore a year PM starts historic Palestine visit tomorrow: focus health, infrastructure SHUBHAJIT ROY in the matter saying it involved the faith of crores of Hindus, the bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer said: “We can’t address these kind of arguments. We are treating it as a land dispute. There are appeals and cross-appeals.” To another lawyer, who was representing 32 activists and wanted to implead in the matter sincetheywere“veryconcerned about the outcome of the case”, the bench said “applications for impleadment and intervention shallbeconsideredattheappropriate time”. It, however, allowed “inter- Donor Maharaj, new head Mishra. Photos: sos.org, safic.aurosociety.org “spiritual head” of the Science of Spirituality and Sawan Kirpal RuhaniMission,whoisalsoanIIT- M alumnus. A senior IIT-M administrator said Maharaj has contributed Rs 90 lakh for the endowment and scholarship programme. “Using this fund, we will set up the Chair to explore science and technologyintheVedas,”saidthe official. The funding includes a onetime contribution of Rs 75 lakh, andanamedendowmentforstudentscholarship—Rs15lakhannually, for four years. The Chair will be headed by Sampadananda Mishra, a SanskritexpertanddirectorofSri AurobindoFoundationforIndian Culture (SAFIC). “Ihaveayogicapproachtoscienceandculture.Sanskritisascientific language, it is a language thatexpressesIndia’ssoul.Ihope I will be able to make this languagefamiliarfortheyouthinIITM,”saidMishra,whohaswritten books like The Wonder That Is SanskritandHasyamanjari-ABook Of Humorous Stories In Sanskrit. “I hope to take charge within amonth.Iwanttoshowthemthe great scientific contributions of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The Union Health Ministry and Niti Aayog have already started the process of consultation with states. E-mails have gone out and video-conferencing with individual states have commenced. Sources said these NHPS calculations are based on data from different health protection schemes being run by state governments as well as the Central government’s experience in funding the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) that provides a modest Rs 30,000healthcovertopoorfamilies.Thenumberof beneficiaries currently registered under RSBY is approximately 3.8 crore and thegovernmentpaysapremium of Rs 500 per family. RSBY is mainly aimed at the below poverty line (BPL) population, specifically migrant labourers. In 2015, the Centre spent Rs 670 crore on RSBY, in 2016thatamountcamedownto Rs 450 crore. For NHPS, the government envisages that coverage based on socio-economic CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaitley slams Cong: Compromising India’s security by asking Rafale details Rahul questions shift in Sitharaman’s stance, points at Prime Minister KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 WITH THE Opposition targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and questioning the secrecy over details of the Rafale fighter deal withtheFrench,FinanceMinister Arun Jaitley mounted a counterattack Thursday, accusing the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhiof“seriouslycompromising India’s security” by insisting thatthegovernmentdisclosedetails of the deal. Duringhisreplytothediscussion on the Union Budget in Lok Sabha, Jaitley said he had with him 15 responses from defence ministersofthepreviousUPAgovernment who too had refused to share details of armament purchases. Perusing one such responsefromPranabMukherjeein December 2005, Jaitley said Mukherjeehadrefusedtogivedetailsofacontract,callingtheinformationclassified.“Kindlyaskyour party president to go to Pranab Mukherjee,” he told Congress Arun Jaitley in Lok Sabha. PTI members. “My charge is they are seriouslycompromisingIndia’ssecurity,” Jaitley said. Break-up of armament purchase deals, he said, can divulge the kind of weapons thatacountryhasandthisisnotin the“interestofthecountry”.Such information, he said, can let the “enemy” know about the type of weapons and capacity available with India. TheCongress,hesaid,wastryingtomanufacturecontroversies andscamssincetheyhadnoother issue to pin down the government. “Modi has run a clean government for four years, so let us notmanufactureanissue,”hetold the House. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Father of officer booked for Shopian moves SC: Firing to control terror mob EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 THE FATHER of an Army officer named in an FIR filed by J&K Police over the death of three civilians,allegedlyinfiringbythe 10 Garhwal Rifles in Shopian last month, moved the Supreme Court Thursday demanding quashing of the report. In the petition, Lt Colonel KaramveerSingh,fatherof Major AdityaKumar,saidthefiringwas done to control “a savage and violentmobengagedinterroristactivity”, which had hurled stones at an Army convoy and was al- legedly about to lynch a Junior Commissioned Officer. According to police, two protesters were killed on the spot during the firing on January 27, while a third succumbed to injuries later. “The petitioner is constrained to file the present writ petition for quashing of the FIR...inviewoftheextremelyhostile situation on the ground, whereby an FIR has been registered by the local police against thesonof thepetitioner,whoisa serviceArmyofficerandwasperforming his bonafide duties...,” saidthepetitionfiledthroughadvocate Aishwarya Bhati. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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