TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 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 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 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 reimbursement programme for revision surgeries should continue until August 2025. The report’s findings constitute the first official indictment 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 9 Probe bookie-player link: Justice Lodha Lodha told The Indian Express. He added: “If for any reason NEW DELHI, AUGUST 23 they don’t do it, they should applytotheSupremeCourtandget JUSTICERMLodhahasurgedthe somebody appointed by the VinodRai-headedCommitteeof court to look into this. The CoA, Administrators(CoA)toprobeal- by way of application or report, legedlinksbetweenabookieand should bring this to the notice of atopIndiancricketer,asreported theSupremeCourt.TheCoAregby The Indian Express Thursday, ularly submits compliance reand bring it to the notice of the ports (updates on the impleSupreme Court. mentation of the Lodha Justice Lodha, who reforms) to the Supreme presided over the BCCI’s Court and so they should radicaloverhaul,saidthe inform the SC.” CoA should take the iniPolice officer B B tiative and order an inMisra, the lead investigavestigation at the soontor of the 2013 IPL corest. ruption probe, told The “The best thing now Justice R M Indian Express how a top is for the Committee of Lodha Indian cricketer was in Administrators, which touch with a known is in charge of BCCI afbookmaker during the fairs, to immediately order an 2008-09 season. The player was investigation into it. The CoA partof the2011WorldCup-winshould now take initiative and ning squad. take this issue to the logical conJustice Lodha reiterated that clusion. They already have an the player-bookie link exists and Anti-Corruption Unit. They have spot-fixing happens. “I have the power to probe this,” Justice CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Investigator red-flags player-agent nexus, says need to probe Militants killed J&K policemen on Eid as their children watched India, China to have new defence MoU, check Doklam-like incidents EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Murder of Unnao girl’s father: Police to probe witness death EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, AUGUST 23 A POLICE inquiry has been ordered into the death of a witness in the murder case of the father of ateenagegirlrapedlastyearin Unnao. BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar was arrested in April in connectionwiththerape,andthe CBIchargedfivepeople,including Singh’sbrotherAtulSinghSengar, inrelationtothedeathofthegirl’s father. Sengar and four others wereaccusedof brutallyassaulting the rape victim’s father, who died on April 9 while in judicial custody. The witness, 32-year-old Yunus Khan who ran a grocery shop near rape victim’s house, died at his house in Unnao on August 18 and was buried by the family without informing the investigating agency. A CBI officer CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Hold out an olive branch BY PRAKASH SINGH 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 managetheir brand endorsements. He added thatthoseresisting this pressure SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 23 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 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 defence 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 andDefence Minister General Wei Fenghe and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BETWEEN THE LINES: FEARLESS KULDIP NAYAR, JOURNALISM’S CONSCIENCE COOMI KAPOOR BUSINESS AS USUAL 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 chroniclingpoliticaleventsinthecountry overhalf 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 BY UNNY KULDIP NAYAR 1923-2018 keeper of the nation. Even governments not in tunewithhisviewsoftenturned to him for advice on relations withPakistansince he remained 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 mentor at The Indian Express and he kept in regular touch with not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BREAKING THE IPL SILENCE AN EXPRESS SERIES PART 2 risked their place in the side and stressed that there was a need for the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit to probe this nexus. “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 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE KERALA SAYS CENTRE SHOULD CLEAR Aid:UAEsaysnothing officialonamountyet UAE envoy says assessment ongoing; state FM, Minister Alphons want OK SHUBHAJIT ROY & LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, AUGUST 23 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 the UAE on any specific amount as financial aid. “The assessment of relief needed for the flood and aftermath is ongoing. Announcing any specific amount as financial aid,Idon’tthinkitisfinal, sinceit is still ongoing,” Albanna said. Asked if he meant that the UAE had not announced Rs 700 crore in aid, he said: “Yes, that is correct. It is not yet final. It has not been announced.” Earlierthisweek,KeralaChief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said thatSheikhMohamedbinZayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, made the Rs 700-crore assistance offer when he spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone. And in an interview to The CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Thedebrisleft behindbythelandslidethatclaimed thelivesof Mathew,Rajamma,theirsonVishalandhisfriendDintin Upputhodu, Idukki. Arun Janardhanan FULLCOVERAGE,PAGES7,12 This landslide in Idukki buried 4 residents, home ARUN JANARDHANAN CHERUTHONI, AUGUST 23 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 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 KERALA FLOODS PICKING UP THE PIECES 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
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