TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `4.00 ● 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 12 WORLD WITHMILITARY PARADE,KIM THUMBSNOSE ATTRUMP 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 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 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 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- 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 pre- mium 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. The Union Health Ministry and Niti Aayog have already CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in Dhaka on Thursday. AP PM starts historic Palestine visit Dhaka in turmoil as Khaleda tomorrow: focus health, infra jailed for 5 yrs, Delhi is wary EXPRESSINRAMALLAH SHUBHAJIT ROY FEBRUARY 8 HIGHLIGHTINGINDIA’Shumanitarian support to Palestine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to announce the setting up of a 100-bed super-specialty hospitalinRamallah,topsources 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. Pactsonhealth,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 pro- vide infrastructure support for the people of Palestine who do not have good access to worldclass healthcare and education,” sources said. “The political aspects will be atalow-keylevelsinceNewDelhi — with its vote at the UN against the US move to recognise JerusalemasIsrael’scapital—has already made it clear which side we are on. There will be more focusonthenon-politicalaspects,” sources said. Sources said Modi had told Indian officials way back in 2015 toprepareforthevisit,anditwas announcedonlyatan“opportune 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 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 Encounter death count 38 Lashkar man’s escape from hospital: Police in UP since new govt, probe 4-month plot, role of jail medical staff eight killed in last 25 days MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, FEBRUARY 8 POLICEINUttarPradeshshotdead a wanted man Thursday, the eighthpersonkilledin60encounters across districts in the last 25 days. The total count of alleged criminals killed since the BJP government took charge of the stateinMarchlastyearisnow38. Police said Manoj Kumar Singh, accused in 17 cases, was killedinretaliatoryfiringaround 3.30 am Thursday in Hariharpur village of Sitapur district. According to data sourced from DGP Headquarters, as many as 1,142 encounters were recorded between March 20, 2017 and January 31 this year. Official figures put the number of dead at 34 — four more havebeenkilledsinceJanuary31 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 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 andquestioningthesecrecyover 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” byinsistingthatthegovernment 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. 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Arun Jaitley in Lok Sabha. PTI 16 EXPLAINED The fight over IAF’s fighters The Congress, he said, was trying to manufacture controversiesandscamssincetheyhad 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 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,allegedlyinfiringbythe 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 hurledstonesatanArmyconvoy andwasallegedlyabouttolynch 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. “Thepetitionerisconstrained to file the present writ petition At a protest after the Shopian firing. File for quashing of the FIR... in view of theextremelyhostilesituation on the ground, whereby an FIR has been registered by the local policeagainstthesonof thepetitioner, 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● 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, tostudy“India’slegacyof science and technology in the Vedas, with special focus on Sanskrit language”. TheChairhasbeenfundedby 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 Rs90lakhfortheendowmentand scholarship programme. “Using thisfund,wewillsetuptheChair toexplorescienceandtechnology in the Vedas,” said the official. The funding includes a onetime contribution of Rs 75 lakh, and a named endowment for studentscholarship—Rs15lakh annually, for four years. The Chair will be headed by Sampadananda Mishra, a Sanskritexpertanddirectorof Sri AurobindoFoundationforIndian Culture (SAFIC). “I have a yogic approach to science and culture. Sanskrit is a scientific language, it is a languagethatexpressesIndia’ssoul. 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 thegreatscientificcontributions of rishis and saints in ancient India. I have developed a course forstudentsontheachievements of ancient Indian scientists through Sanskrit,” he said. “The freedom within the Chair allows metointroducecreditcourseson 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,whohasalsobrought out audio CDs on the subject, said it was one of his listeners, a facultymemberof IIT-M’schemical 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- pretedasbeinglinkedtoreligion or Hinduism. “It is a language whichfacilitatedtheprogressive evolutionof humanity.Itisalanguage that helps scientists, becauseSanskritandSciencecould 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“Sanskritandtheevolutionof human speech”. IIT-M director Bhaskar Ramamurthy said he was not awareof theacademicobjectives of the new Chair, but confirmed that Maharaj had contributed funds for the purpose. “Usually, weappointexpertswithaPhDin such Chairs. Those who fund the Chairs can make suggestions on the subject or persons to be appointed, and the final decision is takenbytheconcernedacademics here. I do not know the exact details of this Chair,” he said. Maharaj,thespiritualheadof 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 canbeappliedinspiritualitytoo. “Asinasciencelab,westartwith 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. Hisprofilesaysthathe“hada 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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