TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● 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 LALIT K JHA & K J M VARMA WASHINGTON, BEIJING FEBRUARY 9 A DAY after the Maldives sent envoys to friendly nations including China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister NarendraModiandUSPresident Donald Trump Friday expressed concern over the political crisis in the island during a phone call. China too said Friday it was in touch with India over the po- litical turmoil in the Maldives and underlined that Beijing did notwanttheissuetobecomeanother “flashpoint” in ties with New Delhi. The Maldives plunged into political chaos last week after its Supreme Court ordered the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, including former president Mohamed Yameen stating their trials were “politically motivated and flawed”. Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has refused to imple- Yameen government has jailed judges, clamped emergency ment the ruling, prompting a wave of protests in the capital, Male, while the government arrested two top judges, including the Chief Justice. “Both leaders (Trump and Modi) expressed concern about thepoliticalcrisisintheMaldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law,” the White House said in a readout of the phone call, the first between the two leaders this year. Sources told PTI Friday that China does not want the Maldives to become another “flashpoint” between India and China. The stand-off between India and China in the Doklam area and Beijing’s opposition to declaring Pakistan-based Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN have remained major irritantsinbilateraltiesinthe past. The UN Security Council too met to discuss the Maldives situation. Ahead of the meeting, UN Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenca is reported to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 9 THE BJP government in Haryana has withdrawn 70 FIRs filed against882peopleduringtheJat quota agitation violence in February 2016.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 relatively “minor offences” such as felling of trees, blocking highways and rail traffic. The Haryana government, officials said, has so far withdrawn208suchFIRsagainst 1,980 people accused of various offences. Krishan Kumar Bedi, Opposition leaders led by Rahul Gandhi met the President to seek an independent probe into Loya’s death. Anil Sharma ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9 COUNTERING CLAIMS that CBI SpecialJudgeBHLoyawastransferred to Pune while conducting theSohrabuddinSheikhfakeencounter 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. 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 SupremeCourt ruling, directing one judge to conduct the entire fake encounter trial. Lashing out at senior advocate Indira Jaising, who was ap- INSIDE ● ED RAID IN BIKANER LAND SCAM CASE, P3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Jordan’s Acting Prime Minister Mamdouh Al Abbadi at Amman airport Friday. PTI As Modi heads to Palestine, a father pleads: Ask Israel to free our children 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 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. 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,Istartcrying. She is in the hands of my enemy,” he says. ButBassemisnotgivingup.A BY UNNY 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. He can do a lot of things... if he wants to do them.” While there are no official meetingsplannedduringModi’s visit, Tamimi’s words echo the voiceof thestreetsandhomesof Palestine. On Friday, Modi arrived in Jordan on the first leg of his tour of threewestAsiancountries,including Palestine, during which Encounter death count climbs to 38 in UP since new govt, eight killed in last 25 days MANISH SAHU BUSINESS AS USUAL FOUR KILLED THIS MONTH 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 FEB 2: Indrapal alias Rana alias Ashok (38) of Ghaziabad. Accused in 29 cases, including loot, dacoity, murder, attempt to murder; carried Rs 25,000 reward; killed in Jansath, Muzaffarnagar. LUCKNOW, FEBRUARY 9 Jats threaten to block Shah rally, Haryana withdraws 70 cases SUKHBIR SIWACH Loya shifted before Sohrabuddin trial: Maharashtra to SC pearing for one of the petitioners, Rohatgi said, “They do not even do their homework. They damn the High Court Administrative Committee... transfer happened in 2014. Trial startedonlyfewmonthsago...do they even know what a trial is?” According to Jaising, the Administrative Committee of the Bombay High Court transferred Loya a day before his deathandaskedhimtoreportto Pune.“Whydidtheynotseekthe leave of the Supreme Court? Why the tearing hurry?” Jaising had asked. Referring to four Bombay High Court judges who had submitted statements to police on Loya’s death, Rohatgi said, “If the four judges are to be believed, this case has to end today... This is not any intervention... Submissionshowsthereissome other motive”. Visibly upset, Jaising countered: “Yes, I have a motive. Are At least 30 people died in the violence during the Jat quota agitation in Haryana in February 2016. File FEB 3: Akbar (27) of Shamli. Accused in 13 cases, including loot, murder; carried Rs 50,000 reward; killed in Jhinjhana, Shamli. FEB 6: Vikas Jat (28) of Shamli. Accused in six cases, including murder and attempt to murder; carried Rs 50,000 reward; killed in City Kotwali, Muzaffarnagar. FEB 8: Manoj Singh (38) of Talgaon. Accused in 17 cases, including murder and loot; Rs 25,000 reward; killed in Hariharpur. 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 —andtheinjuredat265.The total number of arrests made was 2,744. In these encounters, 247 police personnel were injured. Police and magisterial inquiries have been ordered into every encounter killing. While none has so far accused the police of staging an encounter, there are several cases in which both inquiries are pending. On Thursday, the Opposition CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 he would hold talks on deepening cooperation in strategic areas such as security and trade. “We arrived in Amman. I am very grateful to His Majesty King Abdullah II for facilitating flight and access,” Modi tweeted after landing in Amman. The Prime Minister’s Palestine visit will begin after transitingthroughJordan,where he will meet King Abdullah. Describing the Gulf and the West Asia region as a “key priority” in India’s external engagement, Modi said his trip was aimedatstrengtheningtieswith the region. He said it would be his fifth visit to the Gulf and the West Asian region since 2015. 6 WORLD ZIASPENTTHE NIGHTASTHE LONEINMATE ATDHAKA JAIL BOUND TOGETHER, THEY WATCHED NEIGHBOURS DIG A GRAVE FOR THEM IN RAKHINE 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Haryana minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, defended the withdrawal of cases: “Itisnotasif theBJPgovernment alone has withdrawn criminal cases registered for minor offences. In fact, such cases were also withdrawn by the previous state governments 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.” Bediheadsacommitteeconstituted 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 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 11 Health cover estimate: States may have to pay Rs 4,330 crore a year ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9 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. 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 30,000 health cover to poor families. The number of 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 caste census (SECC) data so that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR DENIED ADMISSION WITHOUT AADHAAR, WOMAN GIVES BIRTH OUTSIDE HOSPITAL 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 and was admitted only hours after her daughter was born. While mother and daughter recover well, the Civil Hospital has suspended a doctor and a nurseforthelapseandordereda probe. According to her family, Munni’s labour pains began around9am,afterwhichanambulance 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 hospi- tal 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. Officialsallegedlyrefusedthe request, and told the family to get the physical copy of the Aadhaar card related to the number first, and then come back. “I went out nearby to try to get a physical copy of the card, leaving my wife on the second floor.Iwasunabletogetthedocument and, when I returned, they had even thrown her out, and she was sitting on the ground outside the hospital, giving birth,” said Babloo. Although Munni was admitted to the hospital after she gave birth, with family members saying both mother and child were healthy and recovering, a probe has been initiated into the case and two hospital staff have been suspended. “Preliminary investigations have revealed that the woman was denied treatment because she did not have her Aadhaar card. A doctor and a nurse have beensuspendedforthis,”saidDr Pradeep Sharma, Principal Medical Officer (PMO). “The matter is still being investigated and further action will be initiated according to the findings,” he said. As the family moved into the hospital after Munni was allotted a bed, only a grey shawl — one of the two used in an attempt to give her some privacy as she gave birth — and a pool of blood remain the only indications of what transpired Friday morning. The couple had moved to Gurgaon’s Sheetla colony “7 or 8 years ago” and have a 3-yearold son, who was born in their native village, Gurdin Pura, in Uttar Pradesh. “My sister-in-law had applied for her Aadhaar card when they last went to the village, three or four months ago. They were given an Aadhaar card number at the time, but the card itself is yet to reach them,” said Sundar Lal, Babloo’s brother. Friday’s incident comes just days after a woman was refused treatment at a Community Health Centre (CHC) in Jaunpur district in UP, for not furnishing anAadharcardoranyotherkind of identity proof. Then, as her family argued with CHC officials, the woman had given birth to a baby girl on the hospital floor. Babloo’s relatives outside the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon Friday. Manoj Kumar Jaipur
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