eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE PUNE,LATECITY JULY8,2018 Dancing with the Star 18+4(NEWLSINE)+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 BIG PICTURE PAGES 10-11 Writ in stone 125,00,00,000 As tribal villages in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh mark their identity with Pathalgadi, how a centuries-old tradition is now an act of assertion For much of her life, Amala Shankar lived in the shadow of her partner, Uday Shankar. In her 100th year, a look back at her role in shaping a legacy Ahead of World Population Day on July 11, a look at what is ailing the country’s anti-population drive? After feting Jharkhand men convicted of lynching, Union Minister Jayant Sinha talks of due process PRASHANT PANDEY RAMGARH, JULY 7 Minister Jayant Sinha with six of the men released on bail. ON SATURDAY, Union minister andHazaribaghMPJayantSinha tweeted that he “unequivocally condemns all acts of violence and rejects any type of vigilantism” and is committed to “honouring the due process of law”. This,afterhewelcomed,with garlandsandsweets,sixmenout on bail who had earlier been convicted by a fast-track court of lynching a meat trader in Jharkhand. And posed with them for pictures. On July 4, when seven of the 11 men convicted of the 2017 lynching of Jharkhand meat trader Alimuddin Ansari walked out of jail after the High Court ordered their release on bail, six of them were taken straight to Sinha’s residence in Hazaribagh, where the minister welcomed them. Ironically, the photograph of the minister with the six men has set off a tussle within the party—notoveritsproprietybut over who deserves credit for getting the men bail. A group in the party led by former Ramgarh MLA Shankar Chowdhary has objected to the minister “trying to take credit”, saying it was he who led the agitationforthereleaseof themen. Ramgarh district BJP presidentPappuBannerjee,whotook the men to the minister’s residence, said the “perception that the minister came into the picture at a later stage is wrong”. “He was keeping an eye on the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pay fine for invasive test without patient’s nod: Consumer panel to hospital KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JULY 7 THE NATIONAL Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Fortis Hospital in Chandigarh in a case of medical negligence, saying that it failed to obtain ‘informed consent’ fromthepatientbeforeperforming an invasive procedure. Setting aside an earlier order passed by the state commission, which had given a clean chit to the hospital, the NCDRC, headed by Justice R K Agrawal, has directed the hospital and treating doctor to pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the complainant under the Consumer Protection Act. The NCDRC said “there is not even a whisper” to indicate that “the treating doctor had explained to the complainant the pros and cons: the material risksinvolvedandthebenefitsof theprocedure,particularlykeeping in view her age and health condition.” The case dates back to July 2012, when Manmohan Kaur (55), underwent colonoscopy, to treat a disorder in the digestive system. Colonoscopy is an invasive procedure, which involves endoscopic examination of the large intestine. Thecomplainanthadalleged that the doctor did not take her consent before subjecting her to colonoscopy. She claimed that she felt severe pain on insertion of the colonoscope, and requested the treating doctor to discontinue the procedure. However,itwasnotstopped,and caused perforation in the colon, resulting in deterioration of her condition,shealleged.According to the complaint, she became unconscious and had to be admitted to the ICU. The hospital claimed that it had obtained the patient’s consent, but the file was destroyed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 WORLD LETTERS FROM CAVE: THAI COACH SORRY, BOYS WANT LESS HOMEWORK NEWSLINE AMIDSTEADYDRIZZLE ANDFLOWERSHOWER, ‘PALKHI’PROCESSIONS ARRIVEINCITY 28-YEAR WAIT ENDS England defeated Sweden (2-0) on Saturday, entering the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990. Reuters PAGE 16 NATIONAL TESTING AGENCY TO HOLD EXAMS JEE (Main), NEET to be held twice a year, over multiple days If a student appears both times, best of two scores will be taken: Javadekar UGC-NET (DEC 2018) ONLINE SUBMISSION OF FORMS: Sept 1-30 EXAM: Dec 2-16 ** RESULTS: Jan 2019 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 7 TWO OF India’s most popular competitive exams, the JEE (Main) and NEET (UG), will now be held twice a year, and will be conducted by the newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA), HRDMinister PrakashJavadekar announced on Saturday. The NTA will also conduct the NationalEligibilityTest(NET).All these tests were earlier organised by the CBSE. The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Main), for undergraduate admission into various engineering colleges, will be held in January and April. The National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), for admission into medical and dental courses, will be held in February and May. At present, both these tests are held only once a year. The NET, to determine eligibility for post of assistant professor or award of junior research fellowship, will be held in December. Inanothersignificantchange, these exams will be held over multiple days, and students will be given the option to choose a date. Moreover, if a student appears for the JEE (Main) and NEET both times, the best of his/ her two scores will be taken into account. NEW SCHEDULE JEE-MAIN (JAN 2019) ONLINE SUBMISSION OF FORMS: Sept 1-30 EXAM: Jan 6-20 * RESULTS: Feb JEE-MAIN (APRIL 2019) ONLINE SUBMISSION OF FORMS: Feb 2019 EXAM: April 7-21 * RESULTS: May HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI “The main feature is that students will not lose one year because there will be two examinations before admission. He/ she can appear in either of the two, or both. The best score will be taken into account for the result,” Javadekar later tweeted. In a statement, the government said the move would “give more chances to students, thereby giving adequate opportunity to bring out his/ her best and reducing stress which develops due to single exam conducted on one single day in the year.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEET-UG (FEB 2019) ONLINE SUBMISSION OF FORMS: Oct 1-31 EXAM: Feb 3-17 * RESULTS: March NEET-UG (MAY 2019) ONLINE SUBMISSION OF FORMS: March 2019 EXAM: May 12-26 * RESULTS: June CMAT & GPAT (JAN 2019) ONLINE SUBMISSION OF FORMS: Oct 22-Dec 15 EXAM: Jan 27 RESULTS: Feb (* 8 sittings, candidates can choose any one; ** Two shifts per day) 16-year-old girl among Cong leaders out on bail, people Legislators yet to three killed in Valley are calling party bail-gaadi: PM vacate unsafe MLA firing, police to probe hostel in Mumbai DEEP MUKHERJEE BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JULY 7 THREE PERSONS, including a 16-year-old girl, were killed and two injured when security personnel opened fire on protesters in Kulgam, in South Kashmir, on Saturday, on the eve of militant commander Burhan Wani’s second death anniversary. The deaths triggered fresh protests in several parts of South Kashmir. The three who were killed have been identified as Andleeb(16),aClassVIIIstudent, Irshad Majeed Lone (20), a college student, and Shakir AhmadKhanday(22),alabourer. The incident occurred around noon, when soldiers opened fire on stone-throwing protesters at HawooraMishipora village of Qaimoh in Kulgam district. “An Army patrol in district Kulgam, while moving through Hawoora-Mishipora area this afternoon, was pelted (at) by the miscreants.Consequently,Army tried to disperse the miscreants and, in the process, five individuals sustained injuries,” J&K Police said in a statement. “The injured persons were evacuated to a nearby hospital. However, later three persons succumbed toinjuries,includingagirl,while twoothersarestatedtobestable. Policehavestartedinvestigations into the matter,” it said. “An area domination patrol (ADP) of Army, while moving in general area of Hawoora, Kulgam, came under heavy stone-pelting. As the ADP tried toextricate,theywerechasedby an aggressive and menacing crowd of 400-500 persons, which kept building up and came dangerously close. Troops, while exercising extreme CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JAIPUR, JULY 7 TARGETING THE Congress, which has of late won most bypolls in election-bound Rajasthan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said peoplearecallingtheopposition party ‘bail-gaadi’, as several of its leaders are out on bail. “These days, some people are calling the Congress bail-gaadi. After all, many leaders of the Congress, who are known as heavyweights,alongwithseveral formerministers,areoutonbail,” ModisaidatapublicrallyinJaipur. In an apparent reference to Congress leaders’ comments in the aftermath of the surgical strikes in PoK in 2016, Modi said, “Unfortunately, our political opponents evencommitted the sin of raising questions on the capability of the Army. This has never happened before —- the people of RajasthanandIndiawillnever forgive people who indulge in SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, JULY 7 Narendra Modi, Vasundhara Raje on Saturday. Rohit Jain Paras such politics.” With months left for the assembly elections, the Prime Minister was in Jaipur to interact with beneficiaries of various Central and state government schemes at an event titled ‘Pradhan Mantri labhyarthi jansambad’ (PM beneficiaries’ public interaction). Asking people to recall the state of affairs in Rajasthan under the previous Congress government, Modi said, “You must not have forgotten the situation here four years ago. It is my re- questtothepeopleof Rajasthan: never forget the circumstances underwhichVasundhara(Raje)ji had to function, and the way the previous government had left thestateof affairs.Onlythenyou will understand how things are being run today.” Modi called Raje, who was present on the dais along with Governor Kalyan Singh and otherCentralandstateministers, the “popular chief minister” of Rajasthan. Before the rally, Modi laid CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE MANORA MLA hostel in South Mumbai has been declared unsafe to live in. But more than five months after the deadlinetovacatethefacilityexpired, authorities continue to face a tough time convincing legislators to shift out. After a slab collapsed in a roomoccupiedbyaNCPMLAlast August, the authorities declared the hostel to be in a dilapidated condition. All legislators holding rooms inside the hostel were issued notices to compulsorily vacate before February 1, 2018. However, only 49 of the 336 allottees have shifted so far, according to official records. Shifting the legislators out of the premises is the first step of a multi-crore hostel revamp plan. Despite some elected represen- The Manora MLA hostel. Nirmal Harindran tativesandbureaucratscontending that the premises can be restored with repairs, the state government and the legislative secretariat earlier decided to go in for reconstruction, which would make way for two swanky highrise towers. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Black comedy on life-saving Indian drugs is a hit in China ZEESHAN SHAIKH BEIJING, JULY 7 A CHINESE black comedy, a movie lauding the benefits of generic anti-cancer drugs manufactured in India, has gone on to become a huge hit in China, raking in USD 36.14 mn in two days since its release on Thursday. Dying to Survive has been released in the backdrop of increasing calls for cooperation between India and China in the pharmaceutical sector. Generic drugs manufactured in India are popular in China for their low cost and efficacy. During Prime MinisterNarendraModi’srecent visit to China in June, it had been agreed upon that China would encourage Indian pharma companies to register for high-quality pharma products in the Chinese market. The movie, directed by Ning Hao, tackles the issue of rising healthcare costs in China. Nearly 40 per cent of healthcare spendings are on drugs alone. The film, released on Thursday and making waves in Dying to Survive has raked in $ 36.14 m in two days China’s festival circuit, is based on the story of Lu Yong, a textile trader from Wuxi, Jiangsu province. Diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2002, Lu had been taking Gleevec, developed by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis for use in the treatment of multiple cancers. The medicine had been costing him around 23,500 yuan (around Rs 2.5 lakh) a month. In 2004, Lu began to directly procure a version of the same medicine, called Veenat, from India which cost him only 3,000 yuan.Hesharedthisinformation with 1,000 other patients in support groups and also provided help in sourcing these medicines from India. But since the drug was unregistered in China, it was deemed counterfeit and Lu was arrested in 2014. After spending fourmonthsinprison,Luwasreleased after Chinese courts foundthathehadnotpersonally profited from this activity. Many cancer patients had also petitioned for his release. Lu’s character in the movie hasbeenfictionalisedintoCheng Yong, a peddler of ointments. The movie pairs him with a bunch of other eccentric fellow smugglers who help him in his pursuit of Indian drugs to help those afflicted by cancer. ActorXuZheng,whohasalso co-produced the movie, plays Cheng’scharacter.Partsof Dying to Survive have been shot in Mumbai. Indian drugs are extremely popular in China with frequent cases being registered of smuggling and selling Indian-made drugs.Thereisalsoamassiveun- derground market for Indian medicines in the treatment of diseases such as cancer. About 4.3millionpeoplearediagnosed with cancer annually in China, according to a report on China Central Television. The percentage of Indian drugs that are sold legally in the Chinese market is very low. Chinese experts have over the months been calling for increased cooperation between India and China in the field of pharmaceuticalswithsomecalling for joint development of drugs.
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