LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE M KARUNANIDHI 1924-2018 A Titan Departs After Muzaffarpur, Deoria, Centre calls for audit of 9,000 shelters nationwide SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, AUGUST 7 action, federalism, regional identity — and their role in public affairs. His demise comes when these issues are returning to the AN UNSEEMLY dispute over a burial site for DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, who died in Chennai Tuesday, reached the Madras High Court late in the day for a decision on whether the former chief minister can be laid to rest near the iconic Anna Samadhi on Marina beach or at the Gandhi Mandapam in Guindy. Till late night, the court was hearing an urgent plea by the DMK’s lawyers. The tussle over the site IN THE wake of allegations that minors were sexually abused in shelter homes at Muzaffarpur in Bihar and Deoria in Uttar Pradesh, the Centre has ordered a social audit of all 9,000 institutions in the country for children who are abandoned, orphaned or rescued. The audit reports are to be submitted within the next two months. Speaking to The Indian Express, Union Minister for Woman and Child Development (WCD) Maneka Gandhi Tuesday said: “I have asked the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to ensure that the social audit is completed for all child care institutions within the next sixty days. I have designed the proforma for it.” She said that the new proforma for the audit will go beyond the usual checklist of just the number of children, beds, and other facilities available and will also include questions for a complete background check of those running the homes as well as the condition of the children. The 19-page model social ON THE day UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recommended a CBI probe into the alleged sexual exploitation of inmates of a shelter for girls in Deoria and constituted an SIT to look into the charges, it emerged that even after the suspension last year of the licence for the shelter, police continued to send girls there because there was no other home for girls in the district. S K Yadav, chairman of the District Child Welfare Committee, told The Indian Express: “I had taken charge in December 2017. None of these girls were produced before the committee, and were sent to this shelter home. The girls were wrongly sent there directly by police even after its licence was cancelled. This was being pointed out regularly in official meetings.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The mortal remains of DMK chief M Karunanidhi are carried to his home in Chennai on Tuesday night. PTI Delhi goes to Chennai today, Govt declares national mourning BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Fighting caste bias, giving region a voice: his legacy, its relevance Govt says no, family goes to HC for Marina beach burial ARUN JANARDHANAN ARUN JANARDHANAN AMRITH LAL CHENNAI, AUGUST 7 NEW DELHI, AUGUST 7 MUTHUVEL KARUNANIDHI, a titan of contemporary Indian history, whose 75-year career — as five-term CM of Tamil Nadu and DMK president for 50 years — deepened the idea of federalism and inspired regional assertion and self-respect in politics, passed away Tuesday evening. He was 94. “With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi...at 6.10 pm. Despite the best possible efforts M KARUNANIDHI, who passed away in Chennai on Tuesday, titled his autobiography, Nenjukku Neethi (justice in heart). The phrase taken from a popular song of the iconic poet, Subramania Bharati, is an apt summation of the DMK patriarch’s long and rich public life that spanned nearly eight decades. And foreshadowed the enduring faultlines of politics. Karunanidhi’s politics engaged with a slew of ideas — secularism, caste, affirmative Five-term CM, president of DMK for 50 years. by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond,” said a statement issued by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, executive director, 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Democrat and patriarch By VAASANTHI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Major among 4 Army men killed in LoC gunbattle CHENNAI, AUGUST 7 PAGES 8 & 9 BJP suspends 2 arrested leaders, 5 more held for groundnut adulteration EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SRINAGAR, AUGUST 7 RAJKOT, AUGUST 7 GUJARAT GOVT RINGS DROUGHT ALARM BELL, SAYS RAIN DEFICIT WORRYING ● Rape FIR against ex-BJP MLA junked ● Vadodara woman ‘gangraped’, 2 held, PAGE 4 Justice KM Joseph leaving Uttarakhand Bhavan in New Delhi to join the Supreme Court Tuesday. Praveen Khanna PAGE 8 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 AN ARMY Major and three soldiers were killed Tuesday while foiling an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Gurez in North Kashmir. Two militants were also killed in the gunfight and security forces said the operation was still on. Confirming that the infiltration bid had been foiled in the Gurez sector, Army spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said two terrorists were killed and an officer and three soldiers had died in the operation. The personnel killed were identified as Major Kaustubh Prakash Kumar Rane, Gunner Vikramjeet Singh, Rifleman Hameer Singh and Rifleman Mandeep Singh Rawat of 36 Rashtriya Rifles. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ISHRAT ENCOUNTER CASE Court rejects discharge pleas of Vanzara, Amin EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, AUGUST 7 IN A setback to two retired police officers, D G Vanzara and N K Amin, a special CBI court on Tuesday rejected their discharge applications in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case, paving the way for their trial, provided that the higher courts uphold Former cops D G Vanzara and N K Amin have to face trial the order. The special CBI court TWO DAYS after they were arrested in connection with the groundnut adulteration case at Pedhla godown in Rajkot district, the BJP suspended its two leaders of Maliya taluka in Junagadh district on Tuesday. Meanwhile, police arrested Mansing Lakhani, a sitting member of Maliya taluka panchayat who had recently defected to the BJP. Audio clips of a purported conversation between Lakhani and a GUJCOT officer discussing how calls to minister and BJP leaders can prevent FIR in the adulteration case had gone viral a day earlier. He was arrested along with four others on Tuesday, taking the total number of arrests in the case to 27. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR WITH A NEW STAMP SHOWING PARENT PIGS, 3 PIGLETS, CHINA SIGNALS SHIFT IN CHILD POLICY ZEESHAN SHAIKH BEIJING, AUGUST 7 STRUGGLING TO address the problem of an ageing population, China has signalled the possible scrapping of its twochild policy and relaxing birth restrictions. And it started with the unveiling of a new postage stamp — showing a happy family of pigs with three piglets. China Post unveiled the Year ofthe Pig stamp for 2019 Monday and commentators see the imagery used as an indication of China planning to abandon birth restrictions and a likely announcement to this effect by the end of the year when the country celebrates its 40th anniversary of reform and opening up. There is also a precedent. China Post had released a similar stamp in 2016 — the Year of the Monkey — which showed two baby monkeys. Subsequently, the Chinese government had announced that the one-child China Post released the stamp on Monday policy had been abandoned. The mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, People’s Daily, had carried an opinion piece the same day the stamp was released, saying that China’s continuing low birth rate was increasingly affecting Chinese society and economy. It also said that raising the birth rate required a systematic national solution. “China’s demographic dividend is dwindling, labour costs are rising and social security Girls were sent to Deoria home despite licence being revoked pressure is large,” the paper said. China is staring at a looming ageing crisis, with a massively declining birth rate threatening to derail its development. In an attempt to control its booming population in the late Seventies, the Chinese government put in place a restrictive one-child policy slapping massive fines on offenders. For an already heavily populated nation, Chinese officials earlier defended CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MAULSHREE SETH DEORIA, AUGUST 7
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