PUNE,LATECITY JULY29,2018 18+4(NEWSLINE)+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 13 ‘NEXT POLL ISN’T ABOUT WHO WILL BE PM... IT IS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF INDIA WE WANT IN FUTURE’ SUGATA BOSE, TMC MP and historian BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 10-11 What does it take to be a woman working in Malayalam cinema, where the male stars lay down the terms? A Naya Pakistan? What the Pakistan election results mean — a view from its two bellwether cities Month after report red-flagged abuse at girls’ shelter, Bihar NGO got another govt project SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, JULY 28 After Paswan, Athawale seeks Justice Goel’s ouster from NGT ALTHOUGH THE report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), pointing out the alleged sexual exploitation of inmates at the short stay home for girls in Muzaffarpur, was submitted in April, the state social welfare departmentsanctionedanother project to the NGO running the shelter on May 31 — the same day police lodged an FIR against the NGO. While the FIR named 11 people, including Brajesh Thakur, who runs the Muzaffarpur-based NGO Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, it was only after most of them werearrestedonJune3thatthe social welfare department cancelled the new project — for a beggars’ shelter in Patna. According to documents seen by The Sunday Express, Raj Kumar, the then chief executive officer, State Society for Ultra Poor and Social Welfare, under the social welfare department, on May 31, allotted the beggars’ home project to Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti for a monthly grant of Rs 1 lakh. Three days later, Krishna KumarSinha,senioradministrativeofficerwiththeStateSociety CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sexual abuse at 6 homes, physical violence at 14: Report to Bihar govt SANTOSH SINGH MUZAFFARPUR, PATNA, JULY 28 Outside the girls’ shelter in Muzaffarpur. Santosh Singh CITING SEXUAL exploitation at six short stay homes, physical abuse at 14 shelters, bathrooms with no latches, and inmates being “always locked up”, the Tata Instituteof SocialSciences(TISS), in its report to the Bihar govern- ment, said abuse is “prevalent in almost all institutions”. The state social welfare departmenthadaskedTISStocarry outasocialauditof theseshelters last August. Based on the report, which was submitted in April, thegovernmenthaslodgedcases against some of the shelters. In a chapter titled “Grave Concerns”, the report, seen by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUSHANT KULKARNI & ATIKH RASHID PUNE, POLADPUR, JULY 28 LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, JULY 28 AFTER RAM Vilas Paswan, another Union Minister has demanded the removal of Justice (retd) A K Goel from the post of National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairperson. In a statement on Saturday, RamdasAthawale,UnionMinister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and president of theRepublicanPartyofIndia,said there was resentment among DalitsregardingJusticeGoel’sappointmentandheshouldbe“immediately removed”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The search operation at Ambenali Ghat continues at night. Pavan Khengre Govt to convene special Assembly session to discuss Maratha quota demand SHUBHANGI KHAPRE MUMBAI, JULY 28 AS POLITICAL parties pledged support for a quota for the Marathas, the Maharashtra government on Saturday said it will convene a special session of the state Legislative Assembly and the Council to take ahead the processof providingthecommunity reservation in jobs and educational institutes. The decision was taken at an all-party meeting held at the Vidhan Bhavan. At the end of the three-hour meeting, leaders across party lines unanimously gave their consent to a resolution to defuse the unrest in the state, which was rocked by violent protests Group snubs Fadnavis, rejects offer for talks Mumbai: The Maratha Kranti Morcha, which is spearheadingtheagitationforreservation fortheMarathas,hassnubbed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’offerfortalks.“Allour demands are well-known to the government... We feel thereisnoneedforanyfurther dialogue... The CM must now announcedecisionsinthisregard,” said MKM state coordinator Nanasaheb Kute Patil. MORE: PG 3, NEWSLINE over the quota issue this week. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 AS MANY as 17 people were killed and 16 feared dead after a bus fell into a gorge at Ambenali Ghat near Poladpur town in RaigaddistrictonSaturday.Only one of the 34 employees of an agriculture university at Dapoli in Ratnagiri district, who were travelling in the bus, survived as hejumpedwhilethevehiclewas sliding along the steep slope of the gorge. Till 11.30 pm, 17 bodies were recovered. The passengers, all employees of Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Agriculture University, were on their way to Mahabaleshwar hill station in PU V-C on editorial board of 2 predatory journals Bullet train’s first impact: From MD to staff, all in race to learn Japanese OINDRILA MUKHERJEE AVISHEK G DASTIDAR THE NEW vice-chancellor of Panjab University, Dr Raj Kumar, featuresontheeditorialboardof atleasttwopublicationsthatfigure on an international list of “predatory journals” published by a former librarian from Denver that led to a worldwide investigationby23mediaorganisations, including The Indian Express, on pay-and-publish research paper shops. Kumar took over as vice chancellor on July 23 from Dr Arun Kumar Grover. He was earlier dean and head of the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 “O genki desu ka? O hai yo go zai masu.” CHANDIGARH, JULY 28 NEW DELHI, JULY 28 THIS IS how architects of India’s firstbullettrainprojectaregreeting each other these days — in Japanese — to say “how are you?” and “good morning.” It’s a race to learn Japanese for every employee of the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) as they work towards rolling out theShinkansen—thehighspeed rail system — from Japan. Every alternate day of the week, for an hour, from 5.30 pm Indian officials take classes every alternate day to 6.30 pm, all Indian officials involved in the MumbaiAhmedabad bullet train project sit together with books before a professionallanguageteacherto learn the ninth most-spoken tongue in the world, considered CONTINUEDONPAGE2 INSIDE ● IMRAN REACHES OUT TO PARTIES PAGE 7 ● HOPE NEW PAK GOVT WORKS TO BUILD SAFE REGION: INDIA PAGE 5 EXPRESS NETWORK ● PROUD TO BE ALLY OF POOR, CONSIDER BHAGIDAR REMARK REWARD: MODI PAGE 6 At 79, she says bridge has given her all — a husband, and now Asian Games slot NIHALKOSHIE NEWDELHI,JULY28 “ARE YOU sure I am the oldest memberofthisAsianGamescontingent?”asks79-year-oldbridge playerRitaChoksi.Beingpartof a 24-member team of card players that has an average age of about 60, of which four are 70-plus, Choksi’squestionisjustified.With the cerebral game set to make its Asiad debut in Jakarta next month,Choksiwillbeamongthe handful of athletes who will add auniqueshadetoIndia’ssquadof close to 550. Choksihashadalongassociation with the Asian Games. For years, she has been living at the NationalCapital’supmarketAsiad Village complex, the one built for the 1982 Games and later sold commercially. Now she gets a chance to get a real Games experience and share space with athletes from several countries. “It is not common for a 79year-oldtogototheAsianGames andhaveanopportunitytowina medal. I have been told that we will be staying at the Games Village along with other athletes. It will be great to be part of the Indian team at the village. But I hope I don’t look my age,” she chuckles. Actually, she doesn’t. Regular exercise — morning walks, breathing exercises and yoga — and a healthy diet of fish, Rita Choksi broccoli and salads, and a polite refusaltoalleating-outdinnerinvites are reasons for Choksi’s active life and her almost fivedecadelongbridgecareer.“Idon’t have any ailments which are associated with people of my age. I pop Ayurveda pills but that is a preventive measure,” she says, pointingtoabottlewiththelabel ‘Mental Clarity’. Her team mates, though, have much longer prescriptions from doctors. And this had got the team manager Maneesh Bahuguna worried. “Seven players take medication for mild blood pressure. So I reached out to the World Bridge Federation and the National Anti-Doping Agency just to be sure there was no ban on bridge players taking atenolol, a beta blocker commonly used to treat blood pressure. Atenolol is banned in golf CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SP to all its leaders: Give feedback on poll alliances Party hands over forms at national executive meet, seeks written views LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, JULY 28 17 dead as bus falls into gorge at Raigad, search continues for 16 others Remove him immediately: Union MoS Athawale ROADMAP IN RUN-UP TO 2019 Satara district for a two-day trip. Theincidentcametolightafter the lone survivor, Prakash Desai — the assistant office superintendentwiththeuniversity — managed to jump out of the bus, climbed up the slope and called the police and another university employee from the cellphone of a passerby. When asked about the reason behind the accident, Raigad District Collector Dr Vijay Suryavanshi said the driver’s attention may have been diverted when someone in the bus had crackedajoke.“Adetailedinvestigation is being conducted. But according to information receivedfromthesurvivor,thedriver’s attention got diverted when a joke was cracked in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN AN unusual move that outlined the SP’s roadmap for the monthsleadingtothe2019elections, its national president AkhileshYadavaskedtheparty’s topleadershiptosubmitwritten feedback on forming alliances with other parties in UP and other states. Top party sources told The Sunday Express that the party asked leaders who attended a meetingof itsnational executive committeeinLucknowSaturday to fill feedback forms with their opinions on alliances and sharing of seats, along with reasons for supporting or rejecting tieups with specific parties. Sources said that a majority of the members appeared to support the idea of forming alliances while stressing that the “SP’s identity should be maintained”. “The forms filled by the members have been submitted. The party’s national president, Akhilesh Yadav, will study the feedback and take decisions on alliances. Many of us have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 “So where is the Mahagathbandhan that will challenge the BJP? AMIT SHAH INTERVIEW
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