LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 14 WORLD WITH MILITARY PARADE, KIM THUMBS NOSE AT TRUMP locutory applications filed by parties to the appeals pertaining to filing of additional documents and exemption from filing official translation”. It also permitted “applications seeking filing of documents which have been exhibited before the High Court” and “applications for deletion of parties”. As many as 14 appeals have been filed in the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court 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 4330 crore a year ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 MALDIVES SENDS ENVOYS TO PAKISTAN, CHINA, SAUDI ARABIA 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 that it did not intend to allow any third party intervention at this stage, the Supreme Court Thursday asked parties to the dispute to file English translation of documents exhibited by them. The matter will be heard next on March 14. When a lawyer sought the court’s permission to intervene 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 since they were “very concerned about the outcome of the case”, the bench said “applications for impleadment and intervention shall be considered at the appropriate time”. It, however, allowed “inter- STATE GOVERNMENTS may have to shell out approximately Rs 4,330 crore annually for the rollout of the ambitious National 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 pre- mium at Rs 1082 per family per year for each health cover of Rs 5 lakh. Of this, Rs 433 has been 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 families will be covered in one go”. Going by this state share, the financial burden on states for 10 crore families will be to the tune of Rs 4330 crore. The Union Health Ministry and Niti Aayog have already CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NARMADA RATIONING THE LIFELINE GANDHINAGAR, FEBRUARY 8 WITH THE water level in the Sardar Sarovar dam falling to an alarming low, the Gujarat government has sought permission of the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) to utilise the water of the dam through Special Irrigation Bypass Tunnel (IBPT), highly placed sources said on Thursday. The development is unprecedented as IBPT is an option to be pressed when water level in the dam falls to a level when it is no more possible to provide water to the canals through dam. It was AN EXPRESS SERIES On Thursday, the water level in Sardar Sarovar dam was marked at 111.64 metres used only once in 2000-01. Sources said if the water level in the Sardar Sarovar dam goes below around 110 metres, then the water cannot be flown into the canals. As on Thursday, the level of water in the Sardar Sarovar dam was marked at 111.64 metres. Therefore, sources said, the Gujarat government moved the proposal to continue to provide water to the project’s command areas, especially in the Saurashtra region. By using the IBPT, water from the dam can be drawn to the canals even if the level of water goes down to 86 metres. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JYOTI MALHOTRA NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 PLUNGING BANGLADESH into turmoil, a Dhaka special court Thursday sentenced Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to five years 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. Reports from Bangladesh say 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 at least three days before bail can be posted. But in comments that speak of 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 instigating violence from 2013 to 2015. “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. The question is whether Zia’s five-year incarceration disallows 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 PM Modi starts historic Lashkar man’s escape from hospital: Police Palestine visit tomorrow probe 4-month plot, role of jail medical staff EXPRESSIN RAMALLAH SHUBHAJIT ROY FEBRUARY 8 HIGHLIGHTING INDIA’Shumanitarian support to Palestine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to announce the setting up of a 100-bed 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. 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 with the French, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley mounted a counter-attack Thursday, accusing the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi of “seriously compromising India’s security” by insisting that the government disclose details of the deal. During his reply to the discussion on the Union Budget in Lok Sabha, Jaitley said he had with him 15 responses from defence ministers of the previous UPA government who too had refused to share details of armament purchases. Perusing one such response from Pranab Mukherjee in December 2005, Jaitley said Mukherjee had refused to give details of a contract, calling the information classified. “Kindly ask your party president to go to Pranab Mukherjee,” he told Congress members. “My charge is they are seriously compromising India’s security,” Jaitley said. Break-up of armament purchase deals, he said, can divulge the kind of weapons that a country has and this is not in the “interest of the country”. Such information, he said, can let the “enemy” know about the type of weapons and capacity available with India. Arun Jaitley in Lok Sabha. PTI 16 EXPLAINED The fight over IAF’s fighters The Congress, he said, was trying to manufacture controversies and scams since they had no other issue to pin down the government. “Modi has run a clean government for four years, so let us not manufacture an issue,” he told the House. Congress member Shashi Tharoor interjected the Finance Minister, saying “you are accountable” to the House. He said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in Dhaka on Thursday. AP Narmada dam water at alarming Dhaka in turmoil as Khaleda low, Gujarat govt seeks new fix jailed for 5 yrs, Delhi is wary PARIMAL DABHI Jaitley slams Cong: Compromising India’s security by asking Rafale details NAVEED IQBAL & MUZAMIL JALEEL SRINAGAR, NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 Five held for helping Pak militant escape. Shuaib Masood CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 in firing. The police were accompanying six militants, including Jat, for a medical checkup. Speaking to The Indian Express, Khan said that once the bike’s owner was identified, the “entire story unfolded before us.” The bike belonged to one Shakeel of Lelhar village in Pulwama. “We scanned CCTV CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Why should it be Nehru vs Patel? BY RAMACHANDRA GUHA 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, allegedly in firing by the 10 Garhwal Rifles in Shopian last month, moved the Supreme Court Thursday demanding quashing of the report. In the petition, Lt Colonel Karamveer Singh, father of Major Aditya Kumar, said the firing was done to control “a savage and violent mob engaged in terrorist activity”, which had hurled stones at an Army convoy and was allegedly 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 At a protest after the Shopian firing. File for quashing of the FIR... in view of the extremely hostile situation on the ground, whereby an FIR has been registered by the local police against the son of the petitioner, who is a service Army officer and was performing his bonafide duties...,” said the petition filed through Advocate Aishwarya Bhati. “The manner in which the lodging of the FIR has been portrayed and projected by the political leadership and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IIT ALUMNUS SETS UP SANSKRIT CHAIR AT IIT-MADRAS FOR SCIENCE, VEDAS ARUN JANARDHANAN 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, to study “India’s legacy of science and technology in the Vedas, with special focus on Sanskrit language”. The Chair has been funded by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, “spiritual head” of the Science of Spirituality and Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission, who is also an IIT-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 technology in the Vedas,” said the official. The funding includes a onetime contribution of Rs 75 lakh, and a named endowment for student scholarship — Rs 15 lakh annually, for four years. The Chair will be headed by Sampadananda Mishra, a Sanskrit expert and director of Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC). “I have a yogic approach to science and culture. Sanskrit is a scientific language, it is a language that expresses India’s soul. I hope I will be able to make this language familiar for the youth in IIT-M,” said Mishra, who has written books like The Wonder That Is Sanskrit and Hasyamanjari-A Book Of Humorous Stories In Sanskrit. “I hope to take charge within a month. I want to show them the great scientific contributions of rishis and saints in ancient India. I have developed a course for students on the achievements of ancient Indian scientists through Sanskrit,” he said. “The freedom within the Chair allows me to introduce credit courses on Donor Maharaj, new head Mishra. Photos: sos.org, safic.aurosociety.org Sanskrit and India’s ancient science and technology. Students can enrol for PhD programmes on these topics,” he said. Mishra, who has also brought out audio CDs on the subject, said it was one of his listeners, a faculty member of IIT-M’s chemical engineering department, who first proposed the idea of a Chair named after Maharaj. “People don’t understand Sanskrit,” he said, adding that the language is always inter- preted as being linked to religion or Hinduism. “It is a language which facilitated the progressive evolution of humanity. It is a language that helps scientists, because Sanskrit and Science could go hand in hand. For instance, there are 27 different words for water in Sanskrit, when it is a mere object for scientists. Imagine if we could teach our young scientists about 27 dharmas of water beyond their usual understanding of it as as an object,” said Mishra, who did his doctorate from Utkal University on “Sanskrit and the evolution of human speech”. IIT-M director Bhaskar Ramamurthy said he was not aware of the academic objectives of the new Chair, but confirmed that Maharaj had contributed funds for the purpose. “Usually, we appoint experts with a PhD in such Chairs. Those who fund the Chairs can make suggestions on the subject or persons to be appointed, and the final decision is taken by the concerned academics here. I do not know the exact details of this Chair,” he said. Maharaj, the spiritual head of Science of Spirituality based in Delhi, completed his B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT-M in 1967. In a blog post on IIT-M’s official site, he has ex- plained how scientific method can be applied in spirituality too. “As in a science lab, we start with a hypothesis and test it... The same approach could be used to test the spiritual hypothesis of whether there is a higher power... The difference is that instead of testing in a physical laboratory, the spiritual hypothesis could be tested within the laboratory of the human body,” he has said. His profile says that he “had a successful 20-year career in engineering, communications and technology”, before he became “spiritual master of meditation on the inner light and sound”.
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