LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 3 US group to its govt: ‘Make in India’ used to justify protectionist measures GUJARAT DEEPAK PATEL NEW DELHI, JUNE 8 THE WORLD’S largest association of medical device companies, Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), is learnt to have conveyed to two senior Trump administration officials that the NDA government’s flagship ‘Make in India’ platform has been used to “justify protectionist measures” — and has “not encouraged US medical technology firms to increase their presence in India”. The Indian Express has learnt that AdvaMed, in its briefing memo for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last year, conveyed ON DAY 2 OF CHINTAN SHIVIR, GOVT FOCUSES ON FARM, HEALTHCARE ● VMC clears proposal for resettling Kalyannagar displaced, Page 4 ● Mevani gets another threat call, Page 5 Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (left) and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer were briefed by AdvaMed that the scheme has been “used by parts of the (Indian) government to justify protectionist measures such as import tariff hikes and preferential market access policies”. According to the memo accessed by The Indian Express, AdvaMed stated that “in addition to price controls as a barrier, the regulatory environment in India continues to be opaque and unpredictable”. In order to make medical devices affordable, India had imposed price caps on coronary stents and knee implants in February and August 2017. AdvaMed has strongly opposed these caps stating that it has the “potential to block innovations and limit access to world-class medical care and options to deserving patients”. Washington DC-based AdvaMed, which represents US pharma and tech majors such as Abbott, Boston Scientific Corporation, Medtronic, BD, Pfizer, Apple and Microsoft, is not the only industry group that has complained about India’s “protectionist” measures. US President Donald Trump has referred to the duty on import of completely built American bikes, such as Harley-Davidson, into India as an example of “discriminatory” trade practice. In an address to a joint session of Congress in February 2017, the President hinted at mistreatment to HarleyDavidson due to high import duties of as much as 100 per cent in JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PUNE POLICE CLAIM ON EMAIL THREAT TO PM Maoists fighting a lost battle, end near, says Home Minister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 9 WORLD Home Minister Rajnath Singh with families affected by cross-border firing, in Jammu. PTI Always been serious about PM security: Rajnath KIM EXPECTED TO REACH SINGAPORE TOMORROW ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, JUNE 8 FACEBOOK SAYS PRIVACY SETTING BUG AFFECTED 14 MILLION USERS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Though he was released hours later, police said a complaint was registered against him and that Gupta had put pressure on bureaucrats and claimed to know senior BJP leaders in a bid to get his work done. In a video released by Mritunjay Kumar, media advisor to the CM, Gupta is heard apologising for making “false claims” against Adityanath’s aide. A DAYafter Pune police said they were probing an email that indicated a Maoist plan to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a “Rajiv Gandhi type incident” by “targeting his roadshows”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said the government was “always serious” about the security of the Prime Minister, and that Maoists were “fighting a lost battle” which is “ending”. Responding to queries from reporters on the Pune police claim, Singh, who was in Jammu on the second day of his visit to the state to review the law and order situation, said: “Hum apne Prime Minister ki security ko le kar barabar gambhir rahe hain. Aur Maoists ka jahan tak sawal hai, unkey barey mein kehna chahoonga ki is samay woh ek haari hui ladai lar rahe hain (We have always been serious about the security of our Prime Minister. So far as Maoists are concerned, I would like to say that they are fighting a lost battle).” Maoist extremism, he said, had decreased considerably. They earlier had influence in 135 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GOVT & POLITICS ● KARNATAKA: IN DELHI SUMMER , A CLASSROOM COMES ALIVE KUMARASWAMY KEEPS 11 PORTFOLIOS, P 6 At the makeshift classroom in east Delhi, students, mostly from a nearby slum, attend classes. Tashi Tobgyal REPORT, PAGE 8 Pranab at RSS home Police detain, question man who is a significant event claimed Yogi aide sought bribe in history: Advani EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, JUNE 8 A DAY after Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik wrote to Yogi Adityanath seeking action against a principal secretary in the Chief Minister’s Office following allegations of corruption by a businessman Abhishek Gupta went viral, the Lucknow Police Friday detained Gupta for questioning. LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, JUNE 8 A DAY after former President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to swayamsevaks at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur, BJP veteran L K Advani described the visit and “his illuminating exposition of the noble idea and ideals of Indian nationalism” as “a significant event in our country’s contemporary history”. Praising RSS Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat for inviting Mukherjee to address the graduating swayamsevaks and the former President “for his grace and goodwill in accepting the invitation”, Advani, in a statement Friday, said: “As a lifelong swayamsevak of the RSS, I believe that these two national leaders have truly set a praiseworthy example of dialogue transcending ideological affiliations and differences.” 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE BJP says beware of urban Maoists and friends, Cong wants plot claim probed ‘Pranab and Bhagwat have set praiseworthy example’ “There was significant concord and resonance in the views expressed by both leaders. Both of them highlighted the essential unity of India, which accepts and respects all diversities including the pluralism of faiths.” “I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing, and working closely with, Shri Pranab Babu in and outside Parliament. His own reflective nature, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Nagpur, 2 speeches and a spectacle By SUHAS PALSHIKAR Gupta’s grandfather and sister outside CM Yogi Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow, Friday. Vishal Srivastav NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, JUNE 8 WITH THE Pune police claiming they had recovered an email that referred to Maoist plans for the assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in “another Rajiv Gandhi type incident”, the BJP mounted a frontal attack Friday on its rivals for not only being “sympathetic” to the Maoist cause but also “desperate, frustrated and neglected... trying to destabilise the nation through violence”. BJP leaders also underlined the threat from the “urban Maoists”. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in an article headlined Increased Maoist Activities and posted on the BJP website, said: “The past few days have witnessed evidence of increased Maoist activities in areas other than usual extremism affected areas. This is a dangerous tendency which all political parties must realise and react to. The Maoist believe in the violent overthrow of Constitutional system and not just the Government. In their perceived system, there are no fundamental rights, no rule oflaw, no Parliament and no free speech. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY But to expand their political base, their sympathisers make full use of the democratic idioms.” “Whilst in the Opposition during the UPA II, I had analysed in Rajya Sabha that there are four kinds of Maoist in India. Firstly, those who ideologically indoctrinate. The second category is the weaponised Maoist who carry out the operations. The third category is innocent tribals or others who face injustice, who have been misled to believe that Maoist will get them relief. We seriously need to address this section. The fourth category is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Celebrity chef & TV host Anthony Bourdain, On hold: Haryana govt 61, commits suicide in hotel room in France order seeking cash share KIM SEVERSON, MATTHEW HAAG & ALISSA J RUBIN NEW YORK, JUNE 8 TRAVEL HOST Anthony Bourdain, whose madcap memoir about the dark corners of New York’s restaurants made him into a celebrity chef and touched off a nearly two-decade career as a globe-trotting television host, was found dead Friday at 61. Bourdain was found in his room at the Le Chambard luxury hotel in Kaysersberg, a village in the Alsace region of eastern France, according to a prosecu- With Barack Obama in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2016 tor in the nearby city of Colmar. The prosecutor, Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel, said the cause of death was hanging. “At this stage, we have no reason to suspect foul play,” he said. Bourdain had travelled to Strasbourg in France, near the country’s border with Germany, with a television production crew to record an episode of his show “Parts Unknown” on CNN, the network said. “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague,” CNN said in a statement. “Anthony was a dear friend,” Eric Ripert, a celebrity chef and restaurateur who appeared with Bourdain on several of his shows, told The New York Times. “He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous. One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many. I wish him peace.” In everything he did, Bourdain cultivated a renegade style and bad-boy persona. For decades, he worked 13hour days as a line cook in restaurants in New York before he became executive chef in the 1990s at Brasserie Les Halles, serving steak frites and onion soup in lower Manhattan. He had been an executive chef for eight years when he sent an unsolicited article to The New Yorker about the underbelly of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 from its sports stars SUKHBIR SIWACH & VINAY SIWACH CHANDIGARH, NEW DELHI, JUNE 8 FACING A strong backlash, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has put on hold a controversial notification issued two months ago asking sportspersons employed with the state government to “deposit one-third of the income earned by them from professional sports or commercial endorsements with the Haryana State Order issued on April 30 for those employed with govt Sports Council”. The notification also said that sportspersons will have to take “leave without pay” to participate in professional sports events. The new norms are applicable to any sportsperson employed with any department of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR NO ONE IS SEEKING OUR OPINION: FARMERS IN BULLET TRAIN CORRIDOR AVINASH NAIR KHEDA (GUJARAT), JUNE 8 A CONCRETE pole on a vegetable farm belonging to Shankersinh Chauhan of Chhapra village in Kheda — one of the most fertile districts of Gujarat — is a symbol of the imminent land acquisition for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project. Chauhan (50) says, “I don’t want to part with my land for the bullet train project. I and my son have been taking three crops every year for the past several decades and we earn over Rs 6 lakh annually. Farmers in this “Charotar belt” of the district say they are clueless about the path the land acquisition will take as neither officials of National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) nor the state government has informed them. Gujarat government officials, on the other hand, claim that the farmers who will lose land for the project will be awarded compensation “more than the existing market rates.” “Nobody is asking for our opinion. We feel that interests of farmers are being sacrificed. A couple of months ago, some persons came to our farm, identified themselves as officials of bullet train and set up a concrete pole right in centre of my field. When I asked them to move it to a side, because it divided my farm in two unequal halves, rendering one portion useless, they refused,” said Chauhan, who is among those farmers who had missed going to the 2nd Stakeholders Consultation meeting held at Nadiad on April 4, 2018, for want of timely intimation. “We are not sure what the future holds for us. There are about 20-odd farmers in our vil- Pillars erected by NHSRCL divide the land owned by brothers Sanjay and Shailesh Patel, at Mahij village in Kheda. Avinash Nair lage who will be losing their land. Does a motley group like ours stand a chance against the will of the government,” asks Chauhan. The Indian Express visited several villages in the district and found that little had been done to allay the fears of the farmers regarding the land acquisition process. Farmers complained of no information about the acquisition process and most of them said the forms they filled up were in English and they were wary about the contents. At many places, farmers, especially those with smaller land holdings — were unwilling to part with their land as it would put them out of farming. Such farmers were found seeking government jobs. Some farmers were unwilling only because the elevated corridor would divide their farms into unequal parts, rendering a portion useless for farming. The unwillingness among farmers to give up land has caused concern among Japanese officials helping in implementation of the 508-km project which will cost over Rs 1,08,000 crore. The pamphlets distributed among farmers, introducing “India’s first bullet train” project, states that the NHSRCL would be acquiring 612 hectares in Gujarat, 7.5 hectares in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and 246 hectares in Maharashtra. The total Project Affected Persons in Gujarat is 5,404 — the highest is in Ahmedabad at 1196 followed by Kheda at 783. The state government has already issued primary notifications for acquiring land in 165 pockets of Gujarat which includes both urban and rural areas. While villages in Chhapra have not seen this notification, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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