LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION REPLY TO GOVT 3 hrs after this photo, she was killed doing her job as per SC order All eyes are on SC Collegium meeting today Supreme Court top judges most likely to reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, MAY 1 Assistant Town Planner Shail Bala Sharma supervises demolitions in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, at 11.30 am Tuesday. Three hours later, she was shot dead, allegedly by an owner of one of the properties targeted. Police said he is on the run. Jaipal Singh CM & MACHINE NAVJEEVAN GOPAL Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani takes part in the desilting of a lake at Kosamadi village in Bharuch district on Monday on the occasion of the state’s 58th Foundation Day. The desilting of the lake is part of the month-long water conservation campaign launched by the government amid an ongoing water crisis in the state. Source: Government of Gujarat REPORT, PAGE 4 KASAULI (HP), MAY 1 HOURS AFTER she launched a demolition drive ordered by the Supreme Court against unauthorised construction in Kasauli, and just days after she sought police cover, 51-year-old Assistant Town Planner Shail Bala Sharma was chased and shot dead Tuesday by the owner of a guest house in the hill station following an altercation over the crackdown. According to police and eyewitnesses, Sharma was killed by Narayani guest house owner Vijay Thakur who allegedly fired at least three bullets at her inside his establishment in Mandudhar on the Dharampur-Kasauli road, at around 2.30 pm. Several police officers and government officials were present at the site when the incident 8 One of the constructions razed Tuesday. Jaipal Singh occurred. The Indian Express was at the site three hours before the incident and took photographs of Sharma supervising the demolition at an adjacent hotel. Officials said Sharma was rushed to the Dharampur government hospital where she was declared dead on arrival. Thakur is on the run, with police saying they have formed multiple teams to nab him. Police have also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Atrocities Act & marginalisation THE EDITORIAL PAGE BY ABDUL KHALIQ Govt clears phone calls and Internet on board flights PM to Rahul: Speak without notes, in any language, even your mother’s DECISION 2018 PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, MAY 1 TRAVELLERS FLYING through Indian airspace will be able to make phone calls and surf the Internet in the next three to four months. The Telecom Commission Tuesday approved the proposal of the Department of Telecommunications for Internet and mobile communication on aircraft. The DoT had sent its proposal to the inter-ministerial panel following recommendations made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in January. “The DoT will now make necessary amendments to the relevant laws to create a separate category of licences for in-flight connectivity operators, which could be telecom service providers. After making the amendments, the department will invite applications from those interested in providing these services. Once the modalities of the licences and the back- 10 WORLD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPLAINED WHY DID CHINA AGREE TO WUHAN? KARNATAKA JOHNSON TA SANTHEMARAHALLI (CHAMARAJANAGAR), MAY 1 REFERRING TO Congress president Rahul Gandhi as “naamdaar” (dynast) and himself a “kaamdaar” (worker) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday accused the Congress of being anti-worker and pro-dynasty in its policies. Addressing his first rally since February to build BJP momentum for the assembly elections, Modi also challenged BUSINESS AS USUAL With Yeddyurappa in Chamarajanagar Tuesday. PTI Rahul to speak for 15 minutes in any language including his “mother’s mother tongue”. “The Congress president recently challenged me saying that if he speaks for 15 minutes in Parliament, I will not be able to sit. Him talking for 15 minutes is a big thing and I wonder what a scene CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Land case: ACB finds ‘nothing concrete’ against Khadse BY UNNY SUSHANT KULKARNI & SHUBHANGI KHAPRE PUNE, MUMBAI, MAY 1 Services to be available after aircraft climbs to 3,000 m, rules to change end agreements are worked out, the facility can be rolled out in about three to four months,” a senior official at the DoT said. In February 2017, The Indian Express first reported that the DoT had proposed allowing inflight connectivity to give passengers access to voice and data services on board aircraft flying through Indian airspace. The proposal, which was earlier being considered by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, was sent to DoT, which had sought Trai’s views. Globally, while the provision of onboard Wi-Fi is a popular service with airlines, not many allow mobile communication. As per Trai, over 30 airlines allow the use of mobile phone on aircraft, including AirAsia, Air France, British Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates, Air New Zealand, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Further, more than 40 jurisdictions, including countries in the European Union, Asia and Australia, have authorised the use of mobile communications services on aircraft. 7 IN THE latest round of the tussle between the Supreme Court and the government, the Collegium, consisting of the five most senior judges of the apex court, is expected to reiterate Wednesday afternoon the name of Justice K M Joseph, Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court. His name was returned to the Supreme Court by the government last week after a delay of more than three months. There is no other item on the agenda of the Collegium meeting, as per the notice issued by Chief Justice Dipak Misra late Tuesday evening. That puts to rest all speculation that the Collegium could recommend some other names, along with reiterating the name of Justice K M Joseph. Against a sanctioned strength of 31, there are currently only 25 judges appointed to the Supreme Court. Sources said the Collegium meeting will be held at 4.15 pm at the Supreme Court premises. All the members of the Collegium — CJI Misra and Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph — are expected to attend the meeting which will discuss the controversial government order to segregate its two recommendations and return Justice K M Joseph’s name to the CJI. Last Thursday, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had written to CJI Misra returning Justice Joseph’s name, after the government had approved Ms (now Justice) Indu Malhotra’s THE MAHARASHTRA AntiCorruption Bureau (ACB), which was probing allegations of financial irregularities against former BJP minister Eknath Khadse in connection to a land deal in Pune, has reportedly submitted a report in the court stating that Khadse had resigned from state Cabinet in 2016 it has not found any concrete evidence against him. Acting on orders of the Bombay High Court, the ACB, in April 2017, had booked Khadse — former revenue minister in the Fadnavis government — his wife Mandakini Khadse, son-in-law Girish Chaudhary and others in connection to allegations made by Pune-based realtor Hemant Gawande. In his complaint to the Bundgarden police on May 30, 2016, Gawande had alleged that Khadse misused his power as a minister and purchased land in Pune’s Bhosari area, owned by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), in the name of his wife and son-in-law at Rs 3.75 crore, as against the market price of Rs 40 crore. He had also moved court. Sandeep Diwan, SP of ACB’s Pune unit, said: “We have filed a final report in the court. A hearing will be held on the report and the court is expected to with give Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph GOVT & POLITICS ● CJI MUST SHOW STATESMANSHIP: EX-CJI LODHA, P5 name. Justice Malhotra was sworn in as a judge of the apex court last Friday. In Wednesday’s meeting, the collegium is widely expected to strongly reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name to the government. A reiteration by the collegium would make it incumbent upon the government to issue a warrant for the appointment of Justice Joseph to the Supreme Court. The same collegium under CJI Misra had unanimously recommended Justice K M Joseph’s name in January, stating that he “is more deserving and suitable in all respects than other Chief Justices and senior puisne Judges of High Courts for being appointed as Judges of the Supreme Court of India”. As per sources, “there had been no material change of facts in the case, only expression of an opinion by the law minister” to elicit a different response from the collegium now. Sources also said that the collegium is likely to decide that no further names will be sent to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 GUJARAT HEAT WAVE HITS STATE, MERCURY BREACHES 440C ● HC rejects Dalit student’s plea against GU, Page 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dismal run, India swaps coaches Boost to n-power: 2 Australian firms of men and women hockey teams in talks to export uranium to India MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, MAY 1 IN AN unprecedented move, Hockey India has swapped the men’s and women’s team coaches after a week-long review of the Commonwealth Games that concluded recently in Australia, where both teams finished fourth. The game’s governing body sacked Sjoerd Marijne as coach of the men’s team on Tuesday and named Harendra Singh as his replacement. Harendra, who led the junior men’s team to the World Cup title in 2016, had succeeded Marijne as the women’s Harendra Singh trades places with Sjoerd Marijne team coach last October. Both have been given contracts till 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Speaking to The Indian Express, Hockey India’s high per- formance director David John said Marijne was removed as the men’s team coach because of the poor result in Gold Coast, where the team finished outside the podium after silver medals in the last two editions. Curiously, though, John admitted that the coach wasn’t at fault as much as the players. “The team actually caused the problem. If they had performed to standard, particularly the strikers, we wouldn’t be in this situation. At every match in the Commonwealth Games, we should have been leading 3-0 at quarter-time... The strikers didn’t get the results, didn’t get the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, MAY 1 TWO AUSTRALIAN companies BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, and Heathgate Resources, an affiliate of US company General Atomics, are in discussions with the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for exporting uranium to India. A sales contract for enabling the transfer, which is part of the ongoing commercial negotiations between Australian uranium vendors and India’s DAE on fuel contracts for civil nuclear-power generation, is currently under discussion, officials indicated. Once the contract is wrapped up, Australian companies could potentially join utilities from four other countries that are already supplying nuclear fuel to India. Incidentally, in July 2017, Australia had sent its first uranium shipment to India but that was “a small sample of uranium” transferred “purely for testing purposes,” according to a statement by the Australian government. Imported uranium from Australia, as and when despatches start, would be used to meet fuel requirements of Indian nuclear reactors that are under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, as is the case with fuel imports that have come in so far from Russia’s JSC TVEL Corp, Kazakhstan’s JSC NAC KazatomProm, France’s Areva and Canada’s Cameco. In India, there are currently 22 reactors with an installed capacity of 6,780 MWe (mega watt electrical), of which, eight reactors with aggregate capacity of 2,400 MWe are fuelled by indigenous uranium while the remaining 14 with a capacity of 4,380 MWe are under IAEA Safeguards and qualify to use imported uranium. A steady supply of uranium is good news for the country’s nuclear power sector, something that is expected to boost the performance of Indian nuclear CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SEX OFFENCE: VATICAN SENIOR TO FACE TRIAL ON RUSSIA MEDDLING, MUELLER HAS DOZENS OF QUESTIONS FOR TRUMP SC FACULTY POSTS DOWN BY HALF, ST BY 80%: BHU ALERT RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 1 POSTS RESERVED for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates will be reduced by half, those for Scheduled Tribe (ST) by almost 80 per cent and for OBC teachers by 30 per cent. This is the unsettling projection made by Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Asia’s largest residential varsity and among India’s top ten institutions, if it were to implement the UGC’s new formula for calculating reservation in teaching jobs. According to data shared by the university administration, there were 1,930 faculty posts on May 12, 2017. If the institution were to implement reservation based on the old UGC formula, taking the university as a unit, 289 posts will be reserved for SCs, 143 for STs and 310 for OBCs. Under the new formula, which takes the department as a unit, the number ofreserved positions drops to 119 for SCs, 29 for STs and 220 for OBCs (see chart, page 2). The central government has cited BHU’s projection in its Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed with the Supreme Court last month to endorse its case that the Allahabad High Court judgment, which paved the way for the new UGC formula, “drastically reduces, and, in many departments completely wipes out, the representation of members of SC/ST community”. On March 5, the higher education regulator had issued a notification announcing that the number of reserved faculty posts New UGC formula has unsettled BHU across universities and colleges shall be calculated departmentwise and not based on the aggregate vacant posts in a university. The change, first reported by The Indian Express on October 23, 2017, was based on a verdict of the Allahabad High Court in April last year. While hearing a case on teachers’ recruitment in BHU, the court held that reservation in teaching posts has to be applied department-wise by treating the department and not the university as a “unit”. Following a furore over UGC’s order, the government had decided to file a SLP against the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Supreme Court. Although the UGC has informed all higher education institutions about the HRD Ministry’s move to approach the top court, it hasn’t withdrawn its March 5 order yet. According to sources, the regulator hasn’t done so for the fear of being held in contempt of court. Reservation based on department or subject as a unit, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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