TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN ISLAND NATION Modi, Trump discuss Maldives, China says in touch with India, don’t want new flashpoint JYOTI MALHOTRA & NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9 INDIA AND the US have expressed concern on the “political crisis in the Maldives” and underlined “the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law”, the White House said in a statement after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump spoketoeachotheronthephone Thursday night. On Friday, Chinese official sources told PTI that Beijing and Delhi were in touch over the on- Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets King of Jordan Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein, at Amman in Jordan on Friday. PTI going crisis in the Maldives and did not want it to become another“flashpoint”inbilateralties. But late evening, in a statement from Amman in Jordan, where Prime Minister Modi stopped on his way to Palestine, the spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs said: “China has said that the Maldives government has the ability to protect the security of Chinese personnel and institutions in the Maldives.Wehopethatallcountries can play a constructive role in the Maldives, instead of doing the opposite.” Sources said India was simply indicating that it was closely CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Male sends word to Bengaluru FC: Match on schedule, come and play MIHIR VASAVDA INDIAN JOURNALIST, ANOTHER HELD DESPITE THE political chaos on the island, Male has confirmed it will host Tuesday’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup match between Bengaluru FCandMaldivianTCSportsClub. The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), in a letter to AFC, has assured its “highest consideration” to Bengaluru FC. Male: India’s Money Sharma was among two foreign journalists detained in the Maldives for “working and reporting as journalists while on tourist visa,” police said. India has asked its embassy to ascertain details. NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9 Promising all support to India’s top club, Lt Colonel Ahmed Thohir, Principal Director, Directorate of Administration and Personnel Services, assured the continental body that the game at Male’s National Stadium will take place as scheduled. The AFC, in turn, conveyed the confirmation to Bengaluru FC. The MNDF letter, dated February 8, stated: “This is to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Domestic tourists are scum of the earth, says Goa minister EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PANJIM, FEBRUARY 9 VIOLENCE ON JAN 1 HC turns down state request for sitting judge probe Mumbai: Acting Chief Justice of Bombay High Court V K Tahilramani has turned down the state government’s request to appoint a sitting High Court judgetoinvestigatetheKoregaon Bhima violence. The decision comes a month after CM Devendra Fadnavis’s request to theactingChief Justicetoappoint a sitting judge for the probe. ThegovernmentonFridayannounced the formation of a twomaninquirycommissionheaded by former Calcutta High Court Chief Justice J N Patel under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952. Serving Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sumit Mullick will be the other member on the panel. FULL REPORT, PAGE 3 Outside the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon where the woman gave birth. Manoj Kumar No Aadhaar, so hospital turns away woman, she gives birth right outside SAKSHI DAYAL GURGAON, FEBRUARY 9 DENIED ADMISSION for not furnishing an Aadhaar card, a woman gave birth just outside the doors of Gurgaon’s Civil Hospital Friday as a crowd looked on. Forced to leave the premises, the woman was screened from bystanders only byshawlsusedasmakeshiftcurtains, as she gave birth. She was admitted hours after her daughter was born. While mother and daughter are recovering, the Civil Hospital has suspended a doctor and a nurseforthelapseandordereda probe. According to her family, Munni’s labour pains began around9am,afterwhichanam- North Indians out to create a Haryana in Goa, poor Indian tourists come here and make it dirty: Vijai Sardesai CALLING DOMESTIC tourists “scum of the earth”, Goa Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai Friday cautioned against “North Indians” who he claimed wanted to “create a Haryana in Goa”. Sardesai was speaking at the Goa BizFest in Bambolim. He also contradicted Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s target of one croretourists,andaskedthegovernment to attract foreign and upper class Indian tourists. He is president of the Goa Forward Party which is part of the BJP government in Goa. After listing the essentials for a smart city and garbage segregation, Sardesai veered off to the quality of tourists visiting Goa. His audience in Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium comprised a mix of heads from the tourism industry and industrialists in Goa. After quoting Parrikar’s push to increase tourists to Goa to one crore, Sardesai said: “Today we have almost six times population of Goa coming as tourists. Those tourists are not top-end tourists, they are also the scum of the earth. Are they responsible?Theyarenot.If youcompare Goans to rest of India, we are DOCTOR, NURSE SUSPENDED IN GURGAON 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Sardesai’s party is part of BJP-led alliance. File high in per capita income, social and political consciousness, we are much superior than people who are coming in. Those people, how you will control (them)? Can you control them?” “We could control them at one point in time. But we jumped the Russians... We decided to put all eggs in one basket. The British have gone away. And, now we are dependent upon the north Indians and thisiswhattheydo.Theyarenot bothered about Goa. They want to recreate Haryana in Goa,” said Sardesai. He then chose to connect “those states” as being “responsible for problems Goa has today”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MidEast policy not PM’s alone By C RAJA MOHAN Revolutions and regression There was no reason for the government to tax long term capital gain on equities THEIDEASPAGE 9 THE TWO KOREAS MEET The sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with South Korea President Moon Jae-in during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in South Korea on Friday. Reuters REPORTS, PAGE 20 Jats threaten to block Seedfund’s Murthy held for sexual harassment Shah rally, Haryana withdraws 70 cases SAGAR RAJPUT & KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 9 LEADING ANGEL investor Mahesh Murthy was on Friday arrestedbyMumbaiPoliceforallegedly sexually harassing several women on social media platforms, including WhatsApp. Confirming the arrest, Khar some time ago. I am police said Murthy, tolditwasaprocedural who had obtained antechnical arrest and I ticipatory bail in the have already been recase, was later released leasedonsurety.Thisis after completion of the same issue on “some paperwork”. which I had filed a case Late Friday, Murthy, Courtesy Mahesh and where the High the managing partner Murthy’s Twitter Court has already of Seedfund, posted on account passed an interim orhis Twitter account: “The hon’ble court granted me der in my favour & against the anticipatory bail in this case complainant back in April 2017. CBI judge Loya shifted before Sohrabuddin trial began, Maharashtra tells Supreme Court ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9 COUNTERING CLAIMS that CBI Special Judge B H Loya was transferred to Pune while conductingtheSohrabuddinSheikh killing trial more than three years ago, in violation of a Supreme Court order, the Maharashtra government told the Supreme Court Friday that thetrialhadnotbegunwhenthe judge was shifted. bulance was called. The family reached the Civil Hospital 30 minutes later and immediately after entering, officials asked for her Aadhaar card. “We only had the Aadhaar card number at the time, and said we would get the card as well...We asked them to admit her in the interim so that treatment could begin,” said her husband, Babloo, who works as a labourer in the city. Babloo even showed hospital authorities his Aadhaar card. “On the basis of my own Aadhaar card, I requested them to admit her as quickly as possible. She was in a lot of pain and our aim was to get her relief as quickly as possible,” he said. Officialsdeclinedtherequest, and told the family to Opposition leaders led by Rahul Gandhi met the President to seek an independent probe into Loya’s death. Anil Sharma The assertion was made by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi during a hearing on a petition seeking a probe into the death of Loya in 2014. According to official records, the judge died of a heart attack in Nagpur on December 1, 2014. Questioning the transfer, the petitioners had cited a Supreme Court ruling, directing one judge to conduct the entire fake encounter trial. Taking on senior advocate Indira Jaising, who was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Thisisanattempttocounter-sue. I will fight this too in court to defend my reputation.” Police said they were ascertaining the number of women who were allegedly sexually harassed by the accused. According to preliminary investigation,policesaid,Murthy(52) allegedlysentobscenemessages to more than five women. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 WORLD ZIASPENTTHE NIGHTASTHE LONEINMATE ATDHAKA JAIL BOUND TOGETHER, THEY WATCHED NEIGHBOURS DIG A GRAVE FOR THEM SUKHBIR SIWACH CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 9 THE BJP government in Haryana has withdrawn 70 FIRs filed against882peopleduringtheJat quota agitation violence in February 2016. The withdrawal of the cases — it was done on February 6 — is being seen as a move to placate Jat agitators who have threatened to disrupt BJP president Amit Shah’s scheduled rally in Jind on February 15. Officials maintained that these 70 FIRs were about “minor offences” such as felling of trees, blocking highways and rail traffic.TheHaryanagovernment,officials said, has so far withdrawn 208 such FIRs against 1,980 people accused of various offences. KrishanKumarBedi,Haryana Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, defended the withdrawal of cases: “It is not as if the BJP government alone has withdrawn criminal cases registered for minor offences. In fact, such cases were also withdrawn by the previous state govern- ments of (Bhupinder Singh) Hooda and (Om Prakash) Chautala.” “We have already made our stand clear that the government shall not withdraw a single case registered for a heinous crime. There are about 90 such FIRs, some pending investigation and others at various stages of trial,” he said. Bediheads acommitteeconstituted by the government last year to examine the aspect of compensationforthosewholost their lives or sustained serious injuries during the February 2016 violence — at least 30 died in the protests that paralysed Haryana for ten days and spread to neighbouring states. “We have already given employment to 30 people from the families of victims as per their qualifications. Compensation has also been given to families of all those who lost their lives and those who sustained injuries”, Bedi said. Haryana Home Secretary S S Prasad said: “Till date, we have withdrawn 208 such cases CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR A PALESTINIAN FATHER’S PLEA TO PM: ASK ISRAEL TO FREE OUR CHILDREN BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EXPRESSINRAMALLAH SHUBHAJIT ROY FEBRUARY 9 IT’S A Friday, the most painful morning of every week for Bassem Tamimi. The day of prayer, he says, is when he misses his 17-year-old daughter and his wife the most. Two months ago, Bassem’s daughter Ahed Tamimi was arrested by Israeli forces for slappingasoldieroutsidetheirhome in Nabi Saleh village, a 30minute drive from the heart of Ramallah. Ahed was with her mother Nariman, who was also jailed. Today, Bassem’s daughter is the face of the Palestinian resistance. Over the last month, campaignsto“freeAhed”havemade theroundsof socialmediaacross theArabworld.Butthat’sof little consolation to Bassem, who has been jailed nine times for his activism.“Itisnoteasyforafather... whenIgotoherroom,Istartcry- ing. She is in the hands of my enemy. I feel sad, scared, but also proud,” he says, sitting on a plastic chair in a large courtyard outside his house. Bassemisnotgivingup,yet.A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi lands in Ramallah, the 50-year-old is ready with an emotional plea: “I would like to ask him to put pressure on Israel to end the occupation. I would also like to ask the Israelis to release Palestinian prisoners, especially the 350 children.” While there are no official meetingsplannedduringModi’s visit, Tamimi’s words echo the Inside the room of Ahed Tamimi, 17, who was arrested by Israeli forces for slapping a soldier. Shubhajit Roy voiceof thestreetsandhomes of Palestine. Modi is scheduled to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday morning, as he crossesovertoRamallahinahelicopter from Amman. He will also visit the Yasser Arafat museum, and lay a wreath at the memorial for the Palestinian leader. Inside the Tamimi household, meanwhile, Ahed’s stuffed toys lie on her bed next to a black-and-orange table and book shelf. One of her brothers, 14-year-old Mohammad, is sleeping and another, 11-yearold Salem, is watching a movie on a Huawei smartphone. Her elder brother, Waad, 21, is not at home. The house is unkempt, although Nariman’s sister, Nawal, often chips in to help. This afternoon, she asks Salem if he needs food,heshakeshishead,saysno. Salem says he misses his elder sister — the family calls her “Tweety” — but doesn’t want to talk about her. On the study table, next to a yellow stuffed doll, is a photo of Ahed’s other elder brother, Mohammed, being held by an Israeli soldier. Friday is a holiday in this part of the worldandAhed’syounger CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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