TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Days after wife alleged threat to life, gangster shot dead inside UP jail Centre wanted Sec 377 hearing deferred, apex court says no EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JULY 9 THE SUPREME Court Monday refused to defer Tuesday’s scheduled hearing on a batch of petitions challenging Section 377of theIndianPenalCodethat criminalises homosexuality. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it will not postpone the hearing after the Centre sought more time to file its reply. The bench said the matter had been pending since some time and the Centre should have filed its reply earlier. “It will not be adjourned... We will go ahead with the scheduled hearing... You file whatever you want during the hearing,” the bench told the Centre’s counsel. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by the CJI will CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Sharif case not about graft By AYESHA SIDDIQA BAGHPAT, JULY 9 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Korea President Moon Jae-in, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the Samsung office in Noida, Monday. Renuka Puri TARGET IS 120 MILLION HANDSETS A YEAR Setting stage for trade talks, India, S Korea launch biggest Samsung mobile factory Firm says invested Rs 5,000 cr to double capacity by 2020, PM says 1,000 new jobs will be created ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NOIDA, JULY 9 SOUTH KOREAN conglomerate Samsung Electronics Monday inaugurated what it said is the world’s largest mobile factory that will have a capacity of 120 million handsets a year — nearly double the current 68 million — Proposed Reliance institute gets ‘eminence’ tag with IITs and IISc EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 9 THE GOVERNMENT Monday awardedInstitutionof Eminence (IoE) status to three public and three private institutions — IITDelhi, IIT-Bombay, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), BITSPilani,ManipalAcademyof High Education, and Reliance Foundation’s proposed Jio Institute near Navi Mumbai. The University Grants Commission(UGC)approvedsix names against the promised 20 slots. The government’s formal notification is expected soon. The Union Cabinet had approved UGC’s ‘Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be UniversitiesRegulations2017’,in August,2017.Theregulationsare aimedatcreatinganenablingarchitecture for 10 public and 10 private institutions to emerge as world-classinstitutions,sincethe country has little representation in the international ranking of educational institutions. Only higher education institutions currently placed in the top 500 of global rankings or top 50 of the National Institutional CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FOR RAMAYANA REMARKS, FILM CRITIC BANISHED FROM HYDERABAD SREENIVASJANYALA HYDERABAD,JULY9 A WELL-KNOWN freelance Telugu film critic, Kathi Mahesh, was on Monday “externed” from Hyderabad by Telangana Police forsixmonthsonchargesof“vitiating”thecity’satmosphereafter he expressed “controversial” views on the Ramayana during a TVshow—andlaterengagedina war of words through the media with a Hindu seer. A police team escorted Mahesh to his ancestral home in Chittoor district of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh while the seer, Paripoornananda Saraswati, was placed under house detention to preventhimfromtakingoutayatra against the critic. The two had engaged in a heatedexchangethroughaseries ofstatementsinthemediafollowing Mahesh’s comments last week on Ram, Sita and Ravana during a debate on TV9 news channelonaseditioncaseagainst R R Babu Gogineni, a rationalist. Theremarksledtocomplaints against Mahesh being registered acrossHyderabadbymembersof the Bajrang Dal and other Hindu groups.Basedonthem,acasewas registered against Mahesh under various IPC sections, including 295A (deliberate and malicious actsintendedtooutragereligious feelings).OnJuly2,KathiMahesh was served notice to appear before police for questioning. The latest decision to extern Mahesh, a Dalit, has been slammed by prominent civil A Bajrang Dal activist is detained in Hyderabad for protesting against film critic Mahesh Kathi. PTI rights groups and activists who describedthedecisionas“harsh”. “Banishingsomeoneforexpressing his views is ridiculous. Is Paripoornananda Saraswati dictating terms to the KCR government?Whoisrunningthestate?” SujathaSurepally,notedacademician and Dalit activist, told The Indian Express. Speaking to reporters, Telangana DGP M Mahender Reddysaidpoliceuseditspowers under the Prevention of AntiSocial and Hazardous Activities Act, 1930 to extern, or banish, Mahesh. “Kathi Mahesh’s comments havehurtthereligioussentiments of a majority of the people who haveexpressedtheirangerinvarious ways. Mahesh misused his freedomofexpressionandspeech which has caused acrimony and his comments have drawn adversereactionsfromvariousquarters,” Reddy said. “Over the last two weeks, the comments and counter-comments have hurt the sentiments CONTINUEDONPAGE2 under a phased expansion by 2020. Samsung said it has invested around Rs 5,000 crore to increase the capacity at the manufacturing plant, where it will fabricate devices ranging from low-end smartphones that cost under $100 to the company’s flagship S9 model. The capacity increase is in line with Samsung’s plans to expand productionthatwillhelpitcompete with its Chinese rivals in the Indian market. Prime Minister Narendra ModiandSouthKoreanPresident MoonJae-in,wholedtheinauguration, took the Delhi Metro for a partof theirjourneytothevenue in Noida. They will hold bilateral talks Tuesday and the two sides are likely to sign an updated Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). InhisaddressattheSamsung event, Modi said that development would lend pace to the Make in India programme. “I have been told that this unit will be the company’s largest manufacturing unit. Here, every month around 1 crore phones will be made. What is also important is that 30 per cent of whatever will be produced, will be exported to different countries of the world,” he said. “Samsung has played a key CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 5 HOURS BEFORE he was to be producedincourt,UttarPradesh gangster Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi was shot dead inside the Baghpat Jail Monday by another gangster Sunil Rathi. The killing, which Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called “serious”, took place a weekafterBajrangi’swifehadallegedthatherhusband’slifewas in danger. The incident had senior UP officials rushing to Baghpat and the CM ordering a probe even as four jail officials were suspended. Bajrangi (51), who was named in 24 criminal cases, including murder and extortion, was to be produced in a local court on Monday in an extortion case for allegedly demanding money from former BSP MLA Lokesh Dixit in 2017. Bajrangi’s advocate Vikas Shrivastava alleged that Bajrangi had stopped appearing in court after getting several threats. “His courthearingwasthroughvideo conferencing and we had requested video conferencing for this case also, but the request was rejected,” he said. “Bajrangi was shot dead in- For ‘abuse,’ Twitter Dec 16 gangrape accused to hang, apex court rejects pleas blocks handle claiming ‘Can’t be allowed to re-argue their appeal... evidences have been looked into’ ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 9 THE SUPREME Court Monday upheld the death penalty imposed on three convicts, Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and PawanKumarGupta,inthe2012 Delhigangrapeandmurdercase. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan “dismissed” their review petitions,sayingnogroundhasbeen made out in the petitions for reversingtheirconvictionandsentence. The court noted that contentions in their review pleas were already gone into by the court in the past and they could not be allowed to “re-argue”. On December 16, 2012, a 23year-old paramedic student was gangraped inside a running bus inSouthDelhibysixpersonsand severely assaulted before being CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Munna Bajrangi’s daughter and wife outside the mortuary in Baghpat, Monday. Abhinav Saha side the jail premises at 6 am on Monday. The shocking part of all this is that the administration was well aware of the threats to his life. Just a week ago, his wife Seema Singh addressed a press conference highlighting this. Even Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was made aware about the life threat,” alleged Shrivastava. Bajrangi had unsuccessfully contested the 2012 Assembly polls from Mariyahu seat in Jaunpur on an Apna Dal ticket andwasalsoknownasgangsterturned-politician Mukhtar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 3 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY to poll, work with govt JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, JULY 9 Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh. Akshay did not file a review plea. File ■ “If you could slap one personwhowoulditbe?”Thisquestion is followed by names of four prominent Opposition voices. ■“To#MakeIndiaGreatAgain which of the 66 alleged #EnemiesOfIndia have to be silenced?” Below are the names of an Opposition politician, an Islamicpreacherandajournalist. ■“Whichof thesejournalists could be capable of hiding important news for a bribe?” There arethenamesof fourjournalists. ■ A retweet with the question “Hottest Party Spokesperson?” is followed by thenamesof womenspokespersons from four political parties. These are some of the posts of the Twitter handle, @MyVoteToday, which claims to be the world’s second largest pollster that has “done a lot of work for the PMO”. This handle, along with 27 other handles run by the same promoter, were blocked by Twitter last week for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GOVT & POLITICS ● SC TRANSFERS KATHUA RAPE ACCUSED TO PUNJAB JAIL, P 7
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