TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Atrocities Act & marginalisation BY ABDUL KHALIQ Govt clears phone calls, Internet on board flights JOURNALISM OF COURAGE CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION IN KASAULI HILL STATION 3 hrs after this photo, she was shot dead doing her job as per SC order 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. TheDoThadsentitsproposal to the inter-ministerial panel following recommendations madebytheTelecomRegulatory Authority of India (Trai) in January. “The DoT will now make necessary amendments to the relevantlawstocreateaseparate category of licences for in-flight connectivity operators, which could be telecom service providers. After making the amendments, the department will invite applications from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 NAVJEEVAN GOPAL KASAULI (HP), MAY 1 HOURS AFTER she launched a demolition drive ordered by the SupremeCourtagainstunauthorisedconstructioninKasauli,and just days after she sought police cover,51-year-oldAssistantTown Planner Shail Bala Sharma was chasedandshotdeadTuesdayby theownerof aguesthouseinthe hill station following an altercation over the crackdown. According to police and eyewitnesses,Sharmawaskilled by Narayani guest house owner Vijay Thakur who allegedly fired atleastthreebulletsatherinside hisestablishmentinMandudhar on the Dharampur-Kasauli road, at around 2.30 pm. Several police officers and government officials were present at the site when the incident 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 One of the constructions razed Tuesday. Jaipal Singh rushed to the Dharampur governmenthospitalwhereshewas declared dead on arrival. Thakur is on the run, with police saying PM to Rahul: Speak without notes, in any language, even your mother’s ‘They dragged him, kept saying whose backing do they have, govt is ours’ SOURAV ROY BARMAN BADAUN (UP), MAY 1 UNAWARE OF the tension inside Ram Gulam’s house, Sultan grazes in the backyard under a hot summer sun. The white horse,withpatchesofblack,isthe sole witness of the April 23 assaultonSitaramValmiki,Gulam’s 43-year-oldson,allegedlybyfour upper caste Thakurs of Badaun’s Azampur Bisauriya. A week later, on Tuesday, the family of 13 sat in grim silence — they have not been able to find Sitaram since morning. An agricultural labourer, Sitaram had Sultan in tow when he had gone to harvest wheat on the family’s 10-bigha land on April 23, said his wife Jaimala. According to the family, around 5pm, Vijay Singh, Pinku Singh, Shailendra Singh and BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Vikram Singh — Thakurs from the village — had approached Sitaram and asked him to harvest their 20-bigha land first. Sitaram had refused, saying he was unwell, they said. “Enraged by his refusal, the Thakurs started beating Sitaram whilehurlingcasteistslurs.They dragged him to the chaupal of the village, tied him to a neem tree, ripped his moustache and also forced him to drink urine,” Jaimala said. Jaimala claimed she and her son Pramod (14) pleaded with foldedhandstospareSitaram,but the Thakurs would have none of it. They kept saying “...inka hai kaun, sarkar humari hai (whose backingdotheyhave,thegovernment is ours),” said Jaimala. A desperate Jaimala called the Police Helpline 100. “A team of police came and CONCERN OVER TAJ COLOUR CHANGE PG 3 10 JOHNSON TA 11 WORLD SEX OFFENCE: VATICANSENIOR TOFACE TRIAL MUELLER HAS DOZENS OF QUESTIONS FOR TRUMP EXPRESS NETWORK ● ACB REPORT GIVES KHADSE CLEAN CHIT, PG 6 With Yeddyurappa in Chamarajanagar, Tuesday. PTI dynasty in its policies. Addressing his first rally since February to build BJP momen- tum for the assembly elections, Modi also challenged Rahul to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GOVT & POLITICS ● CJI MUST SHOW STATESMANSHIP: EX-CJI LODHA, P6 are currently only 25 judges appointedtotheSupremeCourt. Sources said the Collegium meetingwillbeheldat4.15pmat the Supreme Court premises. All themembersof theCollegium— CJI Misra and Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph — are expected to attend the meeting which will discuss CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Stray dogs maul three children to death LUCKNOW, MAY 1 EXPLAINED Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph SITAPUR AVANEESH MISHRA 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- IN THE latest round of the tussle between the SupremeCourtand the government, the Collegium, consistingof thefivemostsenior judges of the apex court, is expectedtoreiterateWednesday afternoon the name of Justice K M Joseph, Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court. Hisnamewasreturnedtothe 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,asperthenoticeissued 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 STRAY DOGS mauled three childrentodeathatseparatevillages inUttarPradesh’sSitapurdistrict onTuesday.Additionalpolicesuperintendent(north)Madhuvan Kumar Singh said the toll from such attacks over the last three monthswentuptoninewiththe three deaths. “Three children, all aged around 12, were killed by the stray dogs under the Khairabad police station area,’’ he said. Khairabad station house officer Sachin Kumar Singh said the same pack of around 10-11 dogs attacked the three — two girls and a boy — while they were collecting mangoes in their respective villages after a storm. “First, around 6 am, Shamli, a girl, was attacked and killed in her village — Tikariya. Around half an hour later, Khalid was killed in Gurpaliya village (around two km from Tikariya)... After four hours, another girl, Sonam was attacked and killed by these dogs in Kuliya village, around 5 km from Gurpaliya,” said Sachin Kumar Singh. The three kids died on the spotandtheir bodies werebadly disfigured. Thestationhouseofficersaid eight of the nine children killed so far were in the same 12 to 13year age group. “Only one boy among them was around 15.” In many cases, the dogs have left several children seriously injured. Sachin Kumar Singh said a teamof policemenandforestdepartment employees had earlier been formed to catch the dogs. “But they failed to identify the dogs and cage them. No attack took place during the last one month.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India swaps coaches of men, Boost to n-power: 2 Australian firms women hockey teams in talks to export uranium to India MIHIR VASAVDA ANIL SASI 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 suc- TWO AUSTRALIAN companies BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest miningcompany,andHeathgate Resources,anaffiliateof UScompanyGeneralAtomics,areindiscussionswiththeDepartmentof Atomic Energy (DAE) for exporting uranium to India. A sales contract for enabling the transfer, which is part of the ongoingcommercialnegotiations between Australian uranium vendors and India’s DAE on fuel contracts for civil nuclear-power generation,iscurrentlyunderdis- NEW DELHI, MAY 1 NEW DELHI, MAY 1 Harendra Singh trades places with Sjoerd Marijne ceeded Marijne as the women’s team coach last October. Both have been given contracts till 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Speaking to The Indian Express, Hockey India’s high CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 cussion, officials indicated. Oncethecontractiswrapped up, Australian companies could potentiallyjoinutilitiesfromfour 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 capacityof 6,780MWe(megawatt 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SC FACULTY POSTS DOWN BY HALF, ST BY 80% UNDER NEW RULE: BHU NEWDELHI,MAY1 ● SC EXPRESSES CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KARNATAKA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RITIKACHOPRA UTTAR PRADESH they have formed multiple teams to nab him. Police have also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for information leading to the arrest of the accused. A Public Works Department employee,GulabSingh,whowas clearing the hotel rooms earmarked for demolition, was injured in the firing and is undergoing treatment in Chandigarh, police said. Officials said the demolition drive, which was being implemented in the area by four WHY DID CHINA AGREE TO WUHAN? DECISION 2018 Ram Gulam, father of the Dalit man who was assaulted, in Badaun district. Gajendra Yadav DALIT MAN ASSAULTED IN BADAUN All eyes are on SC Collegium meeting today Supreme Court top judges most likely to reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name Services to be available after aircraft climbs to 3,000 m, rules to change those interested in providing these services. Once the modalitiesof thelicencesandthebackend 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. AsperTrai,over30airlinesallow the use of mobile phone on aircraft, including AirAsia, Air France, British Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates, Air New Zealand, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways REPLY TO GOVT POSTS RESERVED for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates will be reducedbyhalf,thoseforScheduled 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 newformulaforcalculatingreservation 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, takingtheuniversityasaunit,289 postswillbereservedforSCs,143 for STs and 310 for OBCs. Under thenewformula,whichtakesthe departmentasaunit,thenumber ofreservedpositionsdropsto119 forSCs,29forSTsand220forOBCs (see chart, page 2). The central government has cited BHU’s projection in its Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed with the Supreme Court last monthtoendorseitscasethatthe Allahabad High Court judgment, whichpavedthewayforthenew UGCformula,“drasticallyreduces, and, in many departments completelywipesout,therepresentation of members of SC/ST community”. OnMarch5,thehighereducationregulatorhadissuedanotificationannouncingthatthenumber of reserved faculty posts across universities and colleges shall be calculated departmentwise and not based on the aggregate vacant posts in a university. The change, first reported by TheIndianExpressonOctober23, 2017,wasbasedonaverdictofthe AllahabadHighCourtinAprillast year. While hearing a case on New UGC formula has unsettled BHU teachers’recruitmentinBHU,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”. FollowingafuroreoverUGC’s order, the government had decided to file a SLP against the Allahabad High Court verdict in theSupremeCourt.Althoughthe UGChasinformedallhighereducationinstitutionsabouttheHRD Ministry’s move to approach the top court, it hasn’t withdrawn its March 5 order yet. According to sources,theregulatorhasn’tdone soforthefearofbeingheldincontempt of court. Reservationbasedondepartmentorsubjectasaunit,according to the notification last month,meansthatdepartments withsinglepostcadres—usually the position of a professor — will be outside the purview of reservation. Citing an example using the new formula, experts say departments with two or more faculty posts, but less than 15 in a cadre, will have only one reserved for an SC candidate at serial number 7 and for an ST candidate at serial number 14. So if a department has only six associate professor-level posts, none will be reserved for SC and ST candidates. Reservation will only be implemented through rotation, which experts say could take years.
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