LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SC APPOINTMENTS Lateral entry of officers: Search panel decides UPSC will choose Judges to meet CJI today over Justice Joseph ‘downgrade’ AMITAV RANJAN ‘Shocked’ at govt placing his name last on three judges to be sworn in Tuesday SUSHANT SINGH & ANANTHAKRISHANAN G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 5 11 HARDLOOK A QUEER PLOT: SERIAL KILLERS OF SURAT AS THE three High Court chief justices elevated to the Supreme Court await their swearing-in on Tuesday, some judges of the apex court are said to be “anguished” and “shocked” that the government placed the name of Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court Justice K M Joseph last in seniority of appointment list, despite his name being rec- Justice Joseph (left); judges have sought meeting with CJI ommended and reiterated before the other two names. Sources told The Indian Express that some Supreme Court judges have sought a meeting with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Monday morning to convey their anguish and disappointment at the action of the Central government in placing Justice Joseph last in seniority, after Justices Indira Banerjee and Vineet Saran. It was not clear how many judges would meet the CJI. The swearing-in ceremony of the three newly appointed judges is scheduled to be held in the CJI’s court at 10.30 am on Tuesday. While, sources said, irrespective of his being number one or number three on the list, Justice Joseph would not have any chance of becoming the CJI — if the principle of seniority is followed in appointment of CJIs by the government — it is the principle of appointment of Supreme Court judges which is being violated and needs to be defended in this case. Also, being number one on the list would put Justice Joseph in a position to head an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Art 35-A hearing today, Valley shuts, Let SP, BSP, even Cong come together, Kargil religious body joins strike our UP numbers won’t fall: Shah BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, AUGUST 5 A DAY ahead of a Supreme Court hearing on petitions against Article 35-A, Kashmir on Sunday observed an unprecedented shutdown against any tampering with the legislation that guarantees special constitutional rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The shutdown call was given by separatists to protest against petitions seeking scrapping of Article 35-A. They have also called for a complete shutdown on BJP chief Amit Shah, Rail Minister Piyush Goyal, CM Adityanath at the Mughalsarai station renaming on Sunday. Anand Singh EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUGHALSARAI, AUGUST 5 SPEAKING AT the renaming of Mughalsarai Junction as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction here on Sunday, BJP president Amit Shah challenged political opponents to try win Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 general elections. Flanked by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Shah said, “Aaj poore vipaksh (dwara) desh bhar mein ek bhram phaila hua hai ki SP-BSP ikathha honge, bua-bhatija ikathha honge, toh Uttar Pradesh mein kya hoga. Kya hoga, bataiye toh zara (Today the whole Opposition is spreading this falsehood that if the SPBSP, Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav come together, a lot can happen in Uttar Pradesh. You tell me what will happen?)... Even if bua, bhatija and Rahulji join hands, our tally ofseats (in the Lok Sabha from UP) will be 74 instead of 73 now and not 72. I am throwing them the challenge that even today the BJP’s saffron flag will flutter here.” With an eye on the votes of the Poorvanchal region, under which Mughalsarai falls, Shah said, “I used to say that till UP does not develop, India won’t. Now I say till my Poorvanchal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Vehicles off roads, business establishments shut in Srinagar. Shuaib Masoodi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Monday, the day of the hearing. A top religious body of Kargil, Jamiat Ulami Asna 1 killed in Army firing in Jammu, police file FIR, say no militancy links ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, AUGUST 5 A CIVILIAN was killed and another injured in firing by Army personnel at Jammu and Kashmir’s Sumbad village in Ramban district during the wee hours of Sunday. Identifying the deceased as Mohammad Rafi, 26, of Duksar and the injured as Shakeel Ahmed, 22, of adjoining Dhalwa area in Gool tehsil, nearly 40 km from Ramban, police said they have registered an FIR on charges of murder and attempt to murder in the matter. However, the accused are yet to be named as the matter is under investigation, police added. Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said they had launched an operation “based on specific intelligence inputs in Kohli area of Gool tehsil”. “At 3.45 am, the Army patrol saw some suspicious activity. The suspected individuals were challenged by the Army as per Standing Operating Procedure,” Anand said, but the former “opened fire” and they had to “retaliate”. Further details were being ascertained, the spokesperson said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Karwar chef abducted, killed in Afghanistan was home two months ago, his son turns six soon JOHNSON T A & SHUBHAJIT ROY BENGALURU, NEW DELHI, AUGUST 5 THE SOCIAL media profile of Patson Rodriguez, the 39-yearold Indian who was killed by suspected terrorists in Kabul last week, provides glimpses of a quiet, reserved family man who doted on his five-year-old son Presley. Rodriguez was abducted and killed on the outskirts of Kabul on August 2. Presley turns six on August 13. Hailing from Karwar in coastal Karnataka, Rodriguez worked as a chef for Sodexo, a French company that runs kitchens at US military camps in Afghanistan and UN facilities. “They were picked as targets, it seems, to send out a message to the US and the international community against their presence in the country,” an Afghan government official told The Indian Express. At the Christian-Konkani colony in Karwar’s Kadawada, Rodriguez’s family is struggling to come to terms with the death — he used to visit every six months and last left home in June. “Both his parents are old and ailing. His three siblings have small-time jobs in Karwar and Goa. Every month, Patson would send Rs 10,000 to buy medicines for his parents and Rs 10,000 for daily expenses at his home in Asharia, also backed the shutdown call, asking people in the Ladakh district to observe it in support of Article 35-A. The total strike extended beyond Srinagar to North Kashmir’s Baramulla, Sopore, Handwara, Kupwara, Pattan and Bandipore towns, and places in South and Central Kashmir. Almost all business establishments remained closed and public and private transport Patson Rodriguez, 39, at work in Afghanistan SHAH FAESAL WARNS AGAINST REPEAL, P 15 Muzaffarpur abuse case: 6 senior officers among 23 suspended SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, AUGUST 5 THE BIHAR government has suspended 23 officials and staffers, including six assistant directors of child protection units, on charges of “negligence and dereliction of duty” for not submitting reports of irregularities and alleged sexual exploitation at shelter homes under their watch. Among the top officials against whom action has been taken is Divesh Kumar Sharma, the assistant director of the child protection unit in Muzaffarpur, from where abuse of girls at a shelter home was brought to light in an audit conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The state’s Social Welfare Department has also dissolved child welfare committees in six districts based on adverse comments in audits conducted by TISS. The department is planning to install CCTV cameras and Android-based feedback devices at all homes to help facilitate the registration of complaints. These decisions come a week after the Muzaffarpur case was handed over to the CBI, and three days after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN LUDHIANA, A ONE-ROOM ISLAND OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN OF MIGRANT WORKERS From Rs 100 to Rs 5,000, factory workers & daily wage labourers chip in to build a library DIVYA GOYAL LUDHIANA, AUGUST 5 THEY CALL it “shiksha ka inquilab”, or the education revolution. On the faded walls, with bits of plaster peeling off, are posters of Bhagat Singh and Maxim Gorky. There’s a board outside that reads: “Behtar zindagi ka raasta behtar kitaabon se hokar jaata hai (The road to a good life passes through good books).” This is Shaheed Bhagat Singh TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com Pustakalaya, a one-room library established nine months ago by workers and daily-wage labourers employed at factories in the industrial heart of Ludhiana, the hub of cycle-makers, auto-parts At Shaheed Bhagat Singh Pustakalaya, Jamalpur. Gurmeet Singh manufacturers and textile units. With over 500 books, in Hindi and Punjabi, it’s a 25-sq- yd island of change for children from the Lower Income Group (LIG) flats and slums of Jeewan Nagar, Rajiv Gandhi Colony, Dhandhari and Jamalpur, mostly populated by migrant workers and their families, and where clean drinking water and toilets are part of a daily struggle. Set up by the Karkhana Mazdoor Union, which took the lead in collecting nearly Rs 3 lakh last year to purchase LIG flat No 498 in December 2017, with two fans and a worn rug on the floor, the library was built on individual contributions ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 5,000. “A majority of the factory workers and daily-wage labourers who contributed have not studied beyond Class 8. But they CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, AUGUST 5 At Maratha Kranti Morcha venue in Parli. Amit Chakravarty P 15 Fadnavis seeks time for Maratha quota till November, but protesters unmoved EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, AUGUST 5 AS REPORT came in of another suicide allegedly over Maratha reservation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday addressed the community via state television and radio indicating there were no quick fixes, and said his government would be “in a position to complete all statutory requirements for reservation by November-end”. In a 15-minute address on Sunday evening, Fadnavis ruled out suggestions by some Maratha leaders to issue an ordinance to provide quota to the community. “It won’t stand the legal test,” he said. Noting that the report of the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC) on the issue was pending, he said the panel would inform the Bombay High Court on August 7 about when it would submit its report. Once the MSBCC report was submitted, Fadnavis said, a special session of the state Legislature would be convened 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE within a month to pass a “law or resolution” regarding granting reservation for the community. The CM said he was saddened by the violent Maratha protests and the reported suicides, and urged community leaders to come forward for a “dialogue”. Soon after, the Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM), which is spearheading the agitation, rejected the CM’s outreach and said the protests will continue, including a march in Mumbai on August 9. However, it asked its volunteers across the state to refrain from any violence or damage to public property. “This is not the first time the state government has declared a deadline for giving reservation. They have never stuck to those deadlines,” MKM state coordinator Nanasaheb Kute Patil said, adding that they would decide on Fadnavis’s offer for a dialogue in a day or two. “Our problem has been that they (the government) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP MP HEENA GAVIT’S CAR ATTACKED, P 15 India, Iran, US: An unlovely triangle BY VIKRAM S MEHTA LATERAL ENTRY into bureaucracy is not going to be easy — or soon. In order to limit scope for political intervention, the Searchcum-Selection Committee on July 23 decided that the appointment process should be handled by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), that follows a rigorous system of recruiting bureaucrats through written examinations and personal interviews. The panel, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, reposed more faith in the UPSC to make the appointments than take it upon itself, also because it has no recruitment rules as guidance. “No prior consultancy was done with any of the 10 ministries on how to go about the selection process. Therefore, the committee had no clue on how to select the bureaucrats,” said an official who attended the July 23 meeting. Also missing is the assessment criteria for screening individual applications, as these are likely to be varied. The panel was therefore in two minds: either to hand over the shortlisting of candidates to the UPSC too or to let each ministry prune the applications for the UPSC’s selection procedure. In case the Prime Minister decides to hand over the shortlisting to the concerned ministry, said sources, one option would CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY
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