LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DOCTOR, NURSE SUSPENDED IN GURGAON 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 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 spoke to each other on the phone 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” in bilateral ties. 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. We hope that all countries 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 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9 DESPITE THE political chaos on the island, Male has confirmed it will host Tuesday’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup match between Bengaluru FC and Maldivian TC Sports Club. The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), in a letter to AFC, has assured its “highest consideration” to Bengaluru FC. INDIAN JOURNALIST, ANOTHER HELD Male: India’s Money Sharma was among two foreign journalists detained in the Maldives for “working and reporting as journalists while on a tourist visa,” police said. India has asked its embassy to ascertain details. 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 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 Domestic tourists are scum of the earth, says Goa minister 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 by shawls used as makeshift curtains, 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 nurse for the lapse and ordered a probe. According to her family, Munni’s labour pains began around 9 am, after which an am- North Indians out to create a Haryana in Goa, poor Indian tourists come here and make it dirty: Vijai Sardesai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PANJIM, FEBRUARY 9 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 when he made the remarks. Sardesai also contradicted Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s target of one crore tourists, and asked the government to attract foreign and upper class Indian tourists. He is also President of the Goa Forward Party, which supports 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? They are not. If you compare BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Sardesai’s party is part of BJP-led alliance. File Goans to rest of India, we are 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 Russian .We decided to put all eggs in one basket. The British have gone away. And, now we are dependent upon the north Indians and this is what they do. They are not bothered about Goa. They want to recreate Haryana in Goa,” said Sardesai. Sardesai then chose to connect “those states” as being “responsible for problems Goa has today”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE TWO KOREAS MEET HEALTH INDEX, P 6 By C RAJA MOHAN 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 Gujarati set to become Seedfund’s Murthy held for sexual harassment compulsory subject till Class VIII in all schools SAGAR RAJPUT & KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 9 LEADING ANGEL investor Mahesh Murthy was on Friday arrested by Mumbai Police for allegedly sexually harassing several women on social media platforms, including WhatsApp. Confirming the arrest, Khar police said Murthy, some time ago. I am who had obtained antold it was a procedural ticipatory bail in the technical arrest and I case, was later released have already been reafter the completion of leased on surety. This is “some paperwork”. the same issue on Late Friday, Murthy, Courtesy Mahesh which I had filed a case the managing partner Murthy’s Twitter and where the High of Seedfund, posted on account Court has already his Twitter account: passed an interim or“The hon’ble court granted me der in my favour & against the anticipatory bail in this case complainant back in April 2017. NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9 ● KERALA TOPS MidEast policy not PM’s alone Revolutions and regression ANANTHAKRISHNAN G EXPRESS NETWORK CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 There was no reason for the government to tax long term capital gain on equities THE IDEAS PAGE 11 CBI judge Loya shifted before Sohrabuddin trial began, Maharashtra tells Supreme Court COUNTERING CLAIMS that CBI Special Judge B H Loya was transferred to Pune while conducting the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter trial more than three years ago, in violation of a Supreme Court order, the Maharashtra government told the Supreme Court Friday that the trial had not begun when the 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. Officials allegedly refused the request, 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. Lashing out at senior advocate Indira Jaising, who was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 This is an attempt to counter-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, police said, Murthy, 52, allegedly sent obscene messages to more the five women. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 WORLD ZIA SPENT THE NIGHT AS THE LONE INMATE AT DHAKA JAIL BOUND TOGETHER, THEY WATCHED NEIGHBOURS DIG A GRAVE FOR THEM IN RAKHINE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, FEBRUARY 9 WITH DECLINING interest for the mother tongue among students, the Gujarat government is all set to make Gujarati subject compulsory in all schools irrespective of boards and medium till Class VIII from the next academic session. The issue was deliberated upon at the Education Department’s day-long ‘Chintan Shivir’ presided over by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and attended by Education Department officials, District Education Officers (DEOs), District Primary Education Officers (DPEO), District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) principals, in Gandhinagar on Friday. “This issue has been a matter of concern for the government for some time now. Various solutions on how to raise the standard of Gujarati as a language and a subject have been proposed and discussed. Making it a compulsory subject till Class NUMBERS SAY IT Students not promoted to Class XI after failing in Gujarati 2.26 2.29 LAKH LAKH 2015 2016 VIII in all schools has come out as one of the best possible solutions,” Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama told The Indian Express. At present, Gujarati is taught as one of the compulsory subjects till Class X in state government schools affiliated to the state board — Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB). The English medium schools affiliated to the state board, however, offer the subject as second language — an optional subject. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 6 MONTHS AFTER FLOOD, KHARIYA GRAPPLES WITH WATER AGAIN — NOW ITS SCARCITY Thakors, who lost 17 family members and cotton crop in last year’s flash flood, struggle to grow their first crop as government makes lifting of water from Narmada canal illegal AVINASH NAIR KHARIYA (BANASKANTHA), FEBRUARY 9 LAST JULY, a flash flood had swept away his life, killing 17 members of his family and destroying his cotton crop in Khariya village of Banaskantha district of north Gujarat. This year, 70-year-old Desraji Thakor is battling for survival. Water, the abundance of which had played havoc in his life six months ago, the same water — now its scarcity — has made Thakor’s life miserable again. Struggling to reap his first crop after the devastating flood of last year, a desperate Thakor family has to draw water from the adjacent Narmada Main Canal using a diesel pump, an act outlawed by the government. Last month, farmers were warned by the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) against “illegal lifting” of water from the canal, and some of them were even issued notices. “We have sown wheat and castor on six bighas. This is our NARMADA RATIONING THE LIFELINE AN EXPRESS SERIES Banaskantha Desraji Thakor at his house in Khariya village. Avinash Nair very first crop after the last year’s flood. Last year, we had sown cotton at the beginning of the Kharif season, but the flood washed it away. We could not sow anything later in the year as our land was full of mud and slush,” says Thakor, resting on his cot under the shade of a neem tree in his backyard and surrounded by the remains of his houses that were swept away by the flood. Banaskantha, the potato capital of the country, reaps harvest round the year — kharif, rabi and summer crops — because of its fertile land, and has the highest harvest of summer crops. This rabi season, farmers in the district have sown crop in over 5.71 lakh hectares, the highest among all the 33 districts of the state. Most of the farmers in the district have sown mustard in over 1.57 lakh hectares, followed by wheat in 74,000 hectares with canal irrigation facilities and cumin in 70,500 hectares. But at the beginning of this year, the BJP government said that it will not be able to provide Narmada waters for irrigation after March 15, citing very low rainfall in the catch- ment area of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, and warned farmers against sowing summer crops. “We spent at least three months cleaning our farmland and making it cultivable. Now, when we are in the middle of the Rabi season, we hear that the government has disallowed lifting of water from the Narmada Main Canal. How will our crops survive,” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUJARAT GETS NCA NOD, RUPANI SAYS CRISIS AVERTED, PAGE 5
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