TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 26 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SCATHING INDICTMENT BY GOVT PANEL; FOUR PATIENT DEATHS, HUNDREDS UNTRACED ‘Johnson & Johnson buried key facts on faulty hip implant surgeries, kept regulator in dark’ KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, AUGUST 23 Traders hit, 1-yr jail in Maharashtra for buying below MSP PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS PUNE, AUGUST 23 WITH JUST over a month to go for the arrival of the current kharif season’s crop in the markets, the Maharashtra government has made purchase of any farm commodity below the official minimum support price (MSP)byevenaprivatetraderan offence attracting a one-year jail term and a fine of Rs 50,000. The Devendra Fadnavis government, following a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, approved amendments to the Maharashtra Agricultural Produce Marketing (Development&Regulation)Act, 1963 to make it conform to the Centre’s Model Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2017. Accordingly, there will no longerbe fragmentation of marketswithinthestatethroughnotification of “market areas” where sale/purchase of farm commodities can take place. Instead,ithasnowbeendecided todeclaretheentirestateasasingle market and traders will not require separate licences for operating in each “notified” APMC market. They can purchase produce from any mandi within Maharashtra, which will also helpfarmersrealisebetterprices from more buyers. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 THE INDIAN arm of Johnson & Johnson, one of the leading global pharma majors, “suppressed” key facts on the harmful aftermath of surgeries conducted on hundreds of patients in the country using “faulty” hip replacement systems it imported and sold. In a “clear abdication of responsibility”, it did not inform the national regulator about the exact number of patients who used these devices, the adverse reports following such surgeries and the corrective operations subsequently conducted. It also “did not provide any compensation” to those affected. These findings form the core of areportpreparedbyanexpert committee set up by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfaretoinvestigatecomplaints on the hip implant devices sold by the company in India. The committee, which was set up on February 8, 2017, submitted its report on February 19, 2018. The Governmentisyettoimplement the recommendations. The report states that over Broken completely: Vijay Vajhala, who had revision surgery. Kaunain Sheriff M KERALA SAYS CENTRE SHOULD CLEAR Aid:UAEsaysnothingofficial yet,noamountannounced The debris left behind by the landslide that claimed the lives of Mathew, Rajamma, their son Vishal and his friend Dint in Upputhodu, Idukki. Arun Janardhanan FULL COVERAGE, PAGES 7, 13 UAE envoy says assessment ongoing; state FM, Minister Alphons want OK This landslide in Idukki buried 4 residents, home SHUBHAJIT ROY & LIZ MATHEW ARUN JANARDHANAN WITH HIS country at the centre of a debate in India over acceptance of Rs 700 crore foreign aid for flood-ravaged Kerala — that debate is now a political slugfest between the Left that runs Kerala and the BJP which leads the government at the Centre — UAE Ambassador Ahmed Albanna told The Indian Express Thursday that there has been no official announcement so far by AS KERALA struggles to find its feet after the devastating floods, the ground zero of the deluge in Idukki district is still coming to terms with a grim set of numbers: 52 dead, 7 missing, 400 houses gone and at least 1,000 more residences urgently in need of repair or reconstruction. At Upputhodu, near Cheruthoni where shutters of a dam was opened after 26 years NEW DELHI, AUGUST 23 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Hold out an olive branch BY PRAKASH SINGH 3,600 patients with the faulty implants remain untraceable, andthatatleastfourdeathshave been reported from those who underwentsurgeriesusingthese devices. The committee, chaired by Dr Arun Agarwal, ex-Dean and Professor of ENT, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, has recommended that J&J be made liable to pay at least Rs 20 lakh to each affected patient, and that the reimbursementprogramme for revision surgeries should continue until August 2025. The report’s findings constitute the first official indictment CHERUTHONI, AUGUST 23 KERALA FLOODS PICKING UP THE PIECES the UAE on any specific amount as financial aid. “The assessment of relief CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 on August 9, the horror of the calamity is captured on the tired face of G Wilson, a farmer. Wilson’s neighbours — a family of three and a guest — were killed in a heavy landslide on August 17. One of the bodies is yet to be traced. The victims were Mathew (60),aretiredbankemployee,his wife Rajamma (55), a retired creche teacher, and their son Vishal(26),whoworkedforaprivatefirminKochi.Vishal’sfriend Dint (26), who was previously CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 in India against J&J, which imported and sold ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System in the country — these devices were globally recalled in 2010. The committee concluded: “...the ASR hip implants were found to be faulty, which resulted in higher revision surgeries”; the “...accelerated wear of metal on metal implant leads to higher levels of cobalt and chromium in the blood which leadtotoxicity...thesemetalions damage tissues and further damage body organs” and “may CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 THE FM IS IN Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrives at the Finance Ministry to resume charge after being on medical leave for three months, in New Delhi on Thursday. Tashi Tobgyal REPORT, P 17 Probe bookie-player link, alert SC: Justice Lodha EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 23 JUSTICERMLodhahasurgedthe VinodRai-headedCommitteeof Administrators(CoA)toprobeallegedlinksbetweenabookieand atopIndiancricketer,asreported by The Indian Express Thursday, and bring it to the notice of the Supreme Court. Justice Lodha, who presided over theBCCI’sradical overhaul, said the CoA should take the initiaJustice R M tiveandorderan Lodha investigation at the soonest. “The best thing now is for the Committee of Administrators, which is in charge of BCCI affairs, to immediately order an investigation into it. The CoA should now take initiative and take this issue to the logical conclusion. They already have an Anti-Corruption Unit. They have the power to probe this,” Justice Lodha told CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Investigator red-flags player-agent nexus, says need to probe NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 23 DURING HIS four-month-long probe into the 2013 IPL corruption scandal, Supreme Courtappointed lead investigator B B Misra stumbled upon what he calls a “nexus” between agents who run player-management companies and senior cricketers who have stakes in such enterprises. Misra believes that this business alliance made junior players vulnerable to being armtwisted into signing up with suchcompaniesto manage their brand endorsements. He added thatthoseresistingthispressure risked their place in the side and stressed that there was a need for the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit to probe this nexus. BB Misra, now with the NHRC BREAKING THE IPL SILENCE AN EXPRESS SERIES PART 2 “We did probe the financial dealings of certain players, those with some connection with private businessmen, and in that connection we spoke to a large number of people and my gut feeling is that the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit must look into this issue,” Misra told CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Militants killed J&K policemen on Eid as their children watched 16 WORLD MARKET WILL CRASH IF I AM IMPEACHED, SAYS TRUMP India, China to have new defence Lawyer helps apex court on forest fund, his Punjab fees come from it too MoU, check Doklam-like incidents AMICUS CURIAE Punjab govt pays A D N Rao from CAMPA fund to defend tree-felling JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, AUGUST 23 ON AUGUST 20, a Supreme Court bench said it was “surprised” to learn that Punjab had spent Rs 86 lakh, out of funds meant for compensatory afforestation, to pay lawyers and askedtheCentretoverifyif “mis- Punjab receipt that shows payment to Annam D N Rao use” of funds had taken place. Present in the court was one of the recipients of these funds — advocate Annam D N Rao, the apex court’s amicus curiae who, ironically,hasadvisedthecourton how these funds should be used. He’s been playing that role since 2008 in the Godavarman caseunderwhichmattersrelated CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 23 NEARLY A YEAR after the disengagement at Doklam, India and China have agreed to work towards full implementation of ongoing confidence building measures along the disputed border, besides drafting a new bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on de- fence exchanges and cooperation between the two countries. The two sides also agreed to handle Doklam-like incidents withsensitivityandresolvethem through greater interaction at lower levels in the military. This was decided Thursday during bilateral consultations between the visiting Chinese delegation led by Chinese State Councillor andDefenceMinister General Wei Fenghe and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Sources told The Indian Expressthatthetwosidesagreed that Doklam-like incidents shouldbehandledwithsensitivity, and handled with restraint, rationality and maturity. These incidents, the two ministers were said to have agreed, must be resolved by mutual discussion and interaction at all levels CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Malla Begum, mother of constable Yaqoob Shah. Express NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, AUGUST 23 WHERETHEbulletshatteredthe stained glass almirah, the only thing visible is a toy pistol. As InspectorMohammadAshrafDar fell to bullets in his own kitchen, blood splattered across his daughter’s clothes and the gunshotsstunnedhistwosons,inthe adjoining room. The celebration of Eid turned into an occasion of grief as gunshots rang in three homesacrossSouthKashmirand three men of the J&K Police were gunneddown,onEidday,bysuspected militants. At 8.30 am, in Zazripora Kulgam, 34-year-old constable FayazAhmadShahtookhisthreeyear-old daughter Suhana to the local Eidgah to buy her a gift for Eid.“Ashestoppedatastall,three men, two wearing masks, asked him to get into their car. He CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BETWEEN THE LINES: FEARLESS KULDIP NAYAR , JOURNALISM’S CONSCIENCE BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY COOMI KAPOOR NEW DELHI, AUGUST 23 KULDIP NAYAR wore so many hats in his eventful life that the tiredoldcliché,‘adoyenof Indian journalism’,doesnotreallyfit.As a newsman, he scooped some of the biggest breaks in political journalism in his time and gained a reputation for chroniclingpoliticaleventsinthecountryoverhalf a century, providing extraordinaryinsightandinsider information in his popular column, appropriately called ‘Between the Lines’. But Nayar was much more than just a newsperson. He was an author of many bestsellers, champion for civil liberties and freedom of speech, an untiring activist for peace between India and Pakistan and conscience keeper of the nation. Even governments not in tunewithhisviewsoftenturned to him for advice on relations withPakistansince heremained in close touch with politicians, theintelligentsiamediaandpeople of Pakistan, many of whom he knew intimately. He was on the bus when then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, rode in the historic inaugural journey between Amritsar and Lahore in 1999. His stature earned him recognition in the form of numerous honours and awards, including a nomination to Rajya Sabha, the prestigious post of High Commissioner to the UK and member on several commissions and committees. Unlike some of his contemporaries in the media, Nayar never retired. He continued his flourishing syndicated column, translated into practically every majorregionallanguageanddistributed in dozens of newspapers, not just in India but also in Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Middle East. He was my editor and men- KULDIP NAYAR 1923-2018 tor at The Indian Express and he kept in regular touch with not just with me but numerous former colleagues. Less than a month ago, he chided me that I had of late been lax in arranging our regular get-togethers with the old Express hands at the India International Centre. The lunch was fixed for later in the month,butalas,hebroketheappointment.Hetookillwithchest congestion a few days ago and passed away, at age 95, in hospital Wednesday night. Someof mymostvividrecollections of him are from the Emergency. When censorship was introduced by Indira Gandhi and we reporters at The Indian Express werestillinastate of shockandinertia,Nayarcalled us to his office to give us a pep talk. He advised us that even if wecouldnotwriteabouttheunfolding events in Delhi because of the blanket censorship, we should privately keep a daily diary for posterity. It was invaluable advice which, unfortunately, none of us followed. Within a few days of the Emergency, he courageously called a meeting of Delhi journalists to protest against censorship and the arrest of two editors. The memorandum to Mrs Gandhi was signed by some 100 journalists, largely from The IndianExpress andtheHindustan Times. When V C Shukla, then Information and Broadcasting Minister, demanded he hand over the list of signatories, Nayar refused. A few days later, Nayar was arrested under the dreaded MISA and sent to Tihar jail. He was released shortly afterwards when the government learnt that the Delhi High Court was planning to rule in his favour, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGES 8, 15
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