TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW ● WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE A Titan Departs M KARUNANIDHI 1924-2018 After Muzaffarpur, Deoria, Centre calls for audit of 9,000 shelters nationwide SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, AUGUST 7 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 ARUN JANARDHANAN 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 ARUN JANARDHANAN AMRITH LAL CHENNAI, AUGUST 7 CHENNAI, AUGUST 7 NEW DELHI, AUGUST 7 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, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Democrat and patriarch By VAASANTHI PAGES 7, 8 action,federalism,regionalidentity — and their role in public affairs. His demise comes when these issues are returning to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Major among 4 Army men killed in LoC gunbattle Internet in India: Gaping gender gap EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 7 KARISHMA MEHROTRA SRINAGAR, AUGUST 7 13 WORLD SANCTIONS HIT IRAN, TRUMP TELLS WORLD NOT TO DO BUSINESS 2RESULTSON HOLD,IMRAN SWEARING-IN FACESDELAY 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 spokespersonColonelRajeshKaliasaidtwo 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 Justice KM Joseph leaving Uttarakhand Bhavan in New Delhi to join the Supreme Court Tuesday. Praveen Khanna PAGE 7 SC pulls up NRC, Census officials for talking to press ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 7 REPRIMANDINGASSAMcoordinator for National Register of Citizens Prateek Hajela and Registrar General and Census Commissioner Sailesh for giving statements to the press on the NRC process, the Supreme Court Tuesday warned them that they could face contempt action and time in jail. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said it was sparing them further action, keeping in mind that they still have a lot of work to do to bring out the final NRC. The bench said the statements by the two officials were “highly improper” and told them to be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDIA HAS the highest gender gap in mobile phone ownership amongst 18 comparable countries and ranks among the lowest in women’s access to the Internet, a new study released Tuesday has found. According to the study, women, rural citizens, and those with lower education or income significantly lag behind in Internet and social media usage. The study was released by LIRNEAsia, an information and communications technology (ICT) policy think tank that is involvedin“pro-poor,pro-market” research in Asia-Pacific since 2005, in Delhi in the presence of Department of Telecommunications special secretary N Sivasailam and representatives of the Cellular 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 ofthePigstampfor2019Monday and commentators see the imagery used as an indication of Chinaplanningtoabandonbirth 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. ChinaPosthadreleasedasimilar stamp in 2016 — the Year of the Monkey — which showed two babymonkeys.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’scontinuinglowbirthrate was increasingly affecting Chinese society and economy. It alsosaidthatraisingthebirthrate required a systematic national solution. “China’s demographic dividend is dwindling, labour costs are rising and social security Govt says no, family goes to HC for Marina beach burial pressureislarge,”thepapersaid. 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 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 WomanandChildDevelopment (WCD) Maneka Gandhi Tuesday said: “I have asked the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to ensure thatthesocialauditiscompleted 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 thoserunningthehomesaswell as the condition of the children. The 19-page model social CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Girls were sent to Deoria home despite licence being revoked MAULSHREE SETH DEORIA, AUGUST 7 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 thecharges,itemergedthateven 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 DistrictChildWelfareCommittee, told The Indian Express: “I had taken charge in December 2017. None of these girls were producedbeforethecommittee,and were sent to this shelter home. Thegirlswerewronglysentthere directly by police even after its licence was cancelled. This was being pointed out regularly in official meetings.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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