TheIndian EXPRESS LATECITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Growth 7.2% in Oct-Dec, fastest in five quarters ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU QUARTERLY GDP THE COUNTRY’S gross domestic product(GDP)grewatthefastest pace in five quarters at 7.2 per cent in October-December, as against 6.5 per cent in the previous quarter and 6.8 per cent in thesameperiodlastyear,helped by a sharp pickup in the services sector and a rebound in agriculture and manufacturing. Thesecondadvanceestimate released by Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Wednesday showed that the overall GDP growth rate for 2017-18 is estimated to inch up marginally to 6.6 per cent from the first advanceestimateof 6.5percentre- 2017-18 2016-17 April-June 5.7% 8.1% Jul-Sep 6.5% 7.6% Oct-Dec 7.2% 6.8% NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 leased last month, but would be the lowest growth in four years. GDP growth rate for JulySeptemberwasrevisedupwards to6.5percentfromtheearlierestimate of 6.3 per cent, according to the data released Wednesday. The country had recorded GDP growth of 7.1 per cent in the previous financial year. Manufacturing, construction, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE HELD AT CHENNAI AIRPORT, FLOWN TO DELHI CBIarrestsKartiChidambaramfor notcooperatinginprobeintoINX NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & ABHISHEK ANGAD NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 Karti Chidambaram in New Delhi. Prem Nath Pandey counselVKSharmahandedaremand application which stated: “KartiChidambaramhadnotcooperatedwiththeinvestigation... CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INVESTIGATION AGENCIES said thearrestof KartiChidambaram followedastatementbyaccused Indrani Mukerjea in which she hadallegedthatPChidambaram, who was then Union Finance Minister, had asked her and her husband Peter Mukerjea to help his son’s business. In her statement recorded by the CBI under Section 164 of the CrPC, Indrani Mukerjea, who is 6 EXPLAINED Decade-old case of INX Media The 2017 IFFI was held in Goa in November. File already behind bars in the Sheena Bora murder case, allegedthatadealof USD1million was struck between Karti and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Basic Rafale 2016 costs less than ’07, weapons extra: Govt officials Govt does not intend to buy more Rafale fighters anytime soon SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 The Indian Express Wishes Its Readers A Happy Holi There will be no edition of the paper on Friday, March 2 & Saturday, March 3, 2018. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THENDAgovernmentnegotiated procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jetsfromFrance,underagovernment-to-government deal in 2016, for a price lower than the one negotiated by the previous UPA government under a commercial bid by Dassault Aviation, top government sources have told The Indian Express. Sourcessaidthatthefigureof Rs 525 crore or approximately Euro 79 million per Rafale aircraft which Opposition parties have been citing — they have claimed that the NDA government paid more than what Dassault Aviation had quoted earlier — is based on the manufacturer’s 2007 bid at the then exchangerate(IEuro=Rs66.60). This, sources said, was the WHAT THE NEW RAFALE HAS 2007 BID `765.4 cr IN 2015 (AS PER ESCALATION) 2016 `696 cr EXTRA COST Weaponry €710mn Spares €1800mn Weatherterrainfits €1700mn LogisticsSupport €353mn cost of a “bare” Rafale, without weapons, avionics, radars, missiles and other specific customisations for the IAF. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prasar Bharati vs I&B again: DD says no to Rs 2.92 cr for pvt firm Chidambaram asked us to help Karti: Indrani to CBI DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & ABHISHEK ANGAD KARTI CHIDAMBARAM, son of senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, was arrested by the CBI Wednesday in connection with its probe into the INX Media case. Flown to New Delhi from Chennai airport where he was held shortly after he stepped off a flight from the UK, Karti was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Sumeet Anand who directed the CBI to present Karti beforethesessionscourtof Sunil Rana at 2.30 pm Thursday. Seeking Karti’s custody, CBI FILM FESTIVAL CEREMONIES No request made to US for F-35 fighter jet: Air Force Chief NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 THE FACEOFF between the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Prasar Bharati over the latter’s autonomy on hiring andfiringhasnowspilledintofinancial matters. Doordarshan (DD), under Prasar Bharati, has rejected repeated demands of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) — which falls under I&B Ministry — to pay Rs 2.92 crore as expenses to a Mumbai-based privatefirmthatarrangedforlive coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2017 International Film Festival of India. Doordarshan claims there was “no rationale nor any precedent” to outsource the job since it had been doing this all these years and had the “in-house” capability to telecast the ceremonies live. Responding to a Right to Information Application filed by The Indian Express,NFDCsaid,on February 9, that the contract for the opening and closing ceremony as well as for the red carpet was awarded to SOL Productions Pvt Ltd. It did not, however, disclose the financial CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Immigration told: Don’t allow wilful defaulters to leave country SUSHANT SINGH THE INDIAN Air Force (IAF) has denied that it has shown explicit interest in procuring the American F-35 Lightning II aircraftforitsdepletingfighterfleet. The reports about IAF approaching Lockheed Martin for a classified briefing on the F-35 came amid IAF Chief news that the Dhanoa governmenthas decided to scrap the proposal to make a singleengine foreign fighter in India. “Wehavenotofficiallyasked for a briefing on the F-35 nor has any request been made to the LIZ MATHEW & KRISHN KAUSHIK AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 FINAL JOURNEY Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor at her funeral in Mumbai on Wednesday. Prashant Nadkar REPORT, PAGE 5 RED-FACED over Nirav Modi slipping out of the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs last Friday directed the Bureau of Immigration not to allow promoters of companies that have defaulted on their bank loans to leave the country. “They have been told not to allow them through the emigration check point and turn them back,” sources said. “No arrests have to be made.” These persons, they said, would be allowed to travel only when the individual submits a court order permitting him or her to travel abroad for a specific purpose, mainly for medical treatment.However,forsuchrelaxation, the identified defaulters would have to pledge a collateral and indemnify that their familymemberswouldresidein thecountryduringtheirabsence. Sources said the direction was issued after the Reserve Bank of India provided the list of defaulters that was handed to the Ministry of External Affairs for providing their passport details. The names and their passport numbers were sent to the Bureau earlier this month, said sources. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Vlasoff Cay IITs show dip in World Rankings subject-wise EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 INDIA HAS slipped in the world university rankings again, with the Indian Institutes of Technology(IITs)seeinganoverall dip in performance across at least 25 subjects, according to the QS World University Rankings 2018 announced on Wednesday. While the premier engineering schools have secured 80 rankingsacross48subjects,their performance has dropped in 25 casesasagainstanimprovement inonlyfivecases.Theoverallpicture worsens if the performance of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, is taken into consideration—33casesof adip in rankings against only five improvements. While IISc has figured in 14 subjectrankings,itsperformance in 11 subjects has registered a dropwhencomparedtolastyear. 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