TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WRITES TO PM Don’t wipe out Nehru’s role: Manmohan on Teen Murti SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, AUGUST 26 IN A strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has raised concernsoverwhathedescribed as an “agenda” to “change the nature and character” of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) and the Teen Murti complex. StatingthatJawaharlalNehru belongs “not just to the Congress” but to the “entire nation,” Singh has asked that the Teen Murti complex be left “undisturbed”. In the letter sent last week, Singh invoked former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said that under Vajpayee’s six-year tenure as PM, “there wasabsolutelynoattemptmade to change the nature and character of the NMML and the Teen Murti complex in any way. But sadly,thatseemstobepartof the agenda of the Government of India now.” Singh’s letter comes amidst thecontroversysurroundingthe Government’s plans to set up a museum for all Prime Ministers within the Teen Murti complex with the Congress alleging that it is an attempt to “obliterate” Nehru’s legacy. Singh, in his letter, has also pointed out that “no amount of revisionism” can “obliterate” Nehru’s role and his contributions. He quoted Vajpayee’s speech in Parliament when CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 6 THEEDITORIAL PAGE A suitable governor BY RAM MADHAV WEST BENGAL PAGE 3 ● CU POSTPONES EXAMS; NO LINK TO FOUNDATION DAY RALLY: TMCP ● GOVT, RAILWAYS TO FORM COMMITTEE TO PREVENT ELEPHANT DEATHS ON TRAIN TRACKS 3 years later, big projects in PM’s J&K development plan are stuck Delay in submitting final project reports, land acquisition, forest clearances and release of funds from the Centre NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, AUGUST 26 FROM AN IIM in Jammu to an AIIMS in Awantipora, from key arterial roads in the Jammu and Kashmir regions to the Zozila tunnel in Ladakh. Atleast28big-ticketprojects — each worth Rs 1,000 crore or more — in the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for J&K announced nearly three yearsagoremainstuckatvarious stages, official records accessed by The Indian Express show. The package was announced on November 7, 2015, nine PROJECT J&K STAT U S R E P O RT PART 1 months after the PDP-BJP governmenttookchargeinthestate. That government collapsed in June this year after the BJP withdrew support, making way for Governor’s rule. On August 21, the Centre named Satya Pal MalikasthenewGovernor—the first politician to be appointed to the post since the beginning of militancy. Most of the mega projects (see chart, page 9) under the PDMP are struggling to make progress due to various reasons, includingpreparationof detailed project reports, land acquisition, forest clearances and even release of funds from the Centre. Most of these projects are in infrastructure-related sectors and have a gestation period of 35 years. They are worth a total of Rs 69,178 crore, which is over 86 per cent of the total PMDP outlay of Rs 80,068 crore. Roads and 28 PROJECTS, 86% OF TOTAL Amounts in Rs/crore JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MANN KI BAAT KashmirtoKanyakumari, nationwithKerala:Modi PM hails assistance from across country; Kerala CM says UAE aid is not about money but willingness to accept Roads 26,559 Tunnels 14,090 Power 11,721 IIMs&AIIMS 6,000 Infrastructure 3,200 Floodmanagement 2,528 Tourism 2,000 Rehabilitationof 2,000 displacedfamilies Jobs 1,080 Note: Projects worth Rs 1,000 crore or more CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 Indian women mark silver streak on Jakarta track: Hima and Dutee make it two in a day The road through Idukki arch dam, Saturday. This road passes through Cheruthoni dam and has been opened for public vehicles. With Cheruthoni bridge damaged, this is the first time public vehicles are passing this high-security zone to reach Idukki’s district HQ. Arun Janardhanan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AUGUST 26 EXPRESSAT ASIANGAMES SHIVANI NAIK JAKARTA, AUGUST 26 FOR AN entire generation of young Indians, P T Usha has been a reverential chapter in a textbook, albeit asterisked with Olympic disappointment. But on Sunday, Jakarta beamed pure, surging speed into Indian TV screens — young Dutee Chand and the younger Hima Das made the promise of gold at the finish seem so seductive that the silver barely carried the sigh of a lost final. A country that can fill up a book on its fourth-place disillusionment, a nation that waves away every conceivable lip-biting let-down with a “koi nahin”, a population that loves its medal-missers no matter what, took a bounding leap into fightingforgoldsomeday.OnSunday though, it was silver for both - Dutee Chand (left, 100m) and Hima Das (400m) won silver for India in Jakarta, Sunday. PTI 12 SPORT ● MOHD ANAS CLAIMS SILVER IN MEN’S 400M ● EQUESTRIAN: SILVER AFTER 36 YEARS, P13 Hima in the 400m, and Dutee in 100m. On a day that Chinese Sun Bingtian crashed the Asian Games100mrecordat9.91sand spoke of the continent’s ability to make up for years of being on the fringe of glory in track and field, the two women put India bang in the centre of a speedjunkie’s sights. Hima Das, the still-fresh World Junior champ from Finland, came out bounding in herfirstmajorseniorGames.The After Mallya, Choksi says conditions in Indian jails not good, claims media trial RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, AUGUST 26 AFTER BELEAGUERED liquor baronVijayMallyacitedpoorjail conditions in India while contesting his extradition plea beforeaLondoncourt,fugitivejeweller Mehul Choksi, wanted in the Rs 13,578-crore PNB fraud case, has also recently opposed the CBI’s plea to the Interpol seeking a red corner notice against him on the ground that “theconditionsinIndianjailsare not good”. In his plea before the Interpol, while Choksi has claimedthatthejails“violatehuman rights conditions”, he has also alleged that a media trail was in progress against him in India and the judicial system may be influenced. Choksi is allegedly hiding in the twin Caribbean islands of Mehul Choksi Antigua and Barbuda. “In his plea, Choksi claims that there is a media hype aroundthecaseandthatnobody is going into the genuineness of the allegations. The judicial system may get influenced by the biased reportage... He has mentioned that he was being ‘clubbed along with his nephew Nirav Modi’ in the case and that accused in India don’t have the requiredlegalprotection.Healso mentions threat to his life, especiallybyhisemployeesandfranchises,” said an official on the condition of anonymity. Earlier this week, the CBI has replied to Choksi’s contentions. “In its reply, the agency has said that jails in India are maintained according to the jail manuals. Also, the co-accused in the case, who are either in jail and have secured bail, had never complained that the conditions in the jails are inhuman,” said the official. “The CBI has further said that media reportage is based on their sources and the probe agency has nothing to do with it... It has maintained that the judicial system is robust and cannot be influenced by external sources,includingthemedia.On human rights violation, the CBI has said that every state has its own human rights commission panel and the Union government has the National Human Rights Commission. Any allegation can be looked by both these bodies and there is no reason to worry,” the official added. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 full-lap race quickly turned into a duel between World Championship silver medallist Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain and India’s Das running in Lanes 5 and 3. Hima’s last burst of speed is now imprinted on Indian minds — but it was the start here at Jakarta that cleanly set her apart from the rest of the field. It was Naser, a swaggering Nigerianborn and her — Hima Das of India, who till three years ago CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 WORLD JAILEDPAK DOCTORIN OSAMAHUNT SHIFTED IN THE backdrop of the political spat in India over the UAE’s purportedofferof Rs700croreinaid for Kerala’s flood relief and rehabilitation efforts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday reiterated that the “entire nation” was with the state, and that “125 crore Indians stand by them, shoulder to shoulder”. Addressing the nation in his Mann Ki Baat radio programme, Modi said: “From Kutch to Kamrup, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, everyone is endeavouringtocontributeinsome wayortheothersothatwherever a disaster strikes, be it Kerala or anyotherpartofIndia,humanlife returns to normalcy. Irrespective ofagegrouporareaofwork,people are contributing.” ThePrimeMinisterdidnotrefer to the UAE offer but Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan saidSundaythattheissuewas not about the amount, but whether the Centre was ready to accept it ornot.“If wearewillingtoaccept theaid,theyarereadytogive.We alsohaveanunderstandingabout theamount.Otherwise,theUnion Government should make clear thatUAEhasnotpromisedRs700 crore,” Vijayan said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Village battling IS tag is part of relief team KERALA FLOODS PICKING UP THE PIECES ARUN JANARDHANAN IDUKKI, AUGUST 26 IN MAY 2016, after over 25 people from Kerala fled to Afghanistan to join the Islamic State (IS), Padanna, a village in the north Kerala district of Kasargod, earned the uncharitable tag of being the “IS’s recruitment hub” — a majority of those who left were from Padanna. Now, nearly 100 youngsters from the same Muslim-majority village are among the many such groups who are playing a major roleinhelpingKeralarecoverfrom the devastation of the recent floods.Atleastfiveoftheseyoungsters said they trimmed their beards and avoided other “obvious symbols” before coming to Central Kerala since they didn’t want any unwanted attention. Ever since the disaster began onAugust15,over30youthfrom Padanna have been working on the ground in flood-hit areas while about a dozen others have been travelling up and down, Nearly 100 youth from Padanna are helping out. STATE GOVT THANKS CENTRAL FORCES, DEFENCE PAGE 8 ferrying supplies. Back in the village, a team of 60 people and aboutsevenlocalclubshavealso been working round the clock to source items and raise funds for the relief work, mainly to Ernakulam, Chengannur and Alleppey. Shabeer Ali, a Gulf-based businessman who is coordinatingtherelief workandraisingresources online, said at least 25 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 NOISE POLLUTION 5-year jail, fine of Rs 1 lakh if norms flouted in Mumbai’s silent zones EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LEADER OF ISLAMIC STATE IN AFGHANISTAN KILLED EXPRESS NETWORK ● MANN KI BAAT: COUNTRY WILL NOT TOLERATE RAPES, INJUSTICE TO WOMEN P 5 MUMBAI, AUGUST 26 THE MAHARASHTRA government on Sunday announced that anyone flouting noise pollution norms in Mumbai’s silent zones would invite imprisonment up to five years and a fine of Rs 1 lakh. It also appealed to the residents to come forward and register complaints in various policestationsacrossthecityif they come across instances of viola- tion of noise pollution norms in silent zones during the upcoming festival season. In Mumbai, 110 areas have been shortlisted as silent zones. These essentially cover all government and private hospitals, nursing homes, schools and collegesaswellascourts.Forexample,MumbaiUniversity,Bombay High Court, educational institutes like the Government Law College and SNDT Women College as well as JJ Hospital and Jaslok Hospital are in the list of these 110 silent zones across Mumbai and its suburbs. In a statement issued in Mumbai on Sunday, the state government said: “If there is violation of noise pollution norms in these 110 places, it would invite imprisonment up to five years and a fine of Rs 1 lakh. “ In these silent zones, the noise level during the day cannot exceed 50 decibel and 40 decibel during the night. On the other hand, noise level permissible for industrial areas is 75 decibel during the day and 70 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR HOW GOVT & PRIVATE DOCTORS JOINED HANDS TO HELP RURAL POOR ACCESS HEALTHCARE ANURADHA MASCARENHAS PUNE, AUGUST 26 ■AtShirurtehsilinPunedistrict, farmer Manik Ghavte’s three-year-old son Aarush got to hear his mother’s voice for the first time after he was given a cochlear implant a month ago. ■ A growing cyst near her cheek bone had disfigured the face of a 35-year-old woman from Nandurbar and had begun to obstruct her breathing until she underwent a surgery conducted free of cost at Pune’s Sassoon Hospital. ■ It has been a year since 18year-old Sakshi Shejwal, a Class TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org 12 student at a Nashik college and the daughter of a security guard, underwent a spinal surgery, estimated at Rs 14 lakh. THESE STORIES are the result of a silent but dedicated effort in Maharashtra to connect people from economically weaker sections to quality healthcare and surgeries that are usually out of A camp in Nandurbar, Maharashtra. Maha Aarogya screening camps, surgeries form part of the initiative. reach for many of them. From getting private doctors to sponsor surgeries to convincing institutions to raise their CSR funds to mobilising an army of volunteerswhohelppatientsget to the nearest ‘Maha Aarogya’ camps where they are screened, the programme involves the state’s Directorate of Health Services, 140 private hospitals, 1,114primaryhealthcentresand 20,000 doctors (both in the privateandgovernmentsectors).At least 78,000 surgeries - cataract surgeries, ENT procedures, correcting orthopaedic defects and others — have been performed since 2016 while another 1.5 lakhhavebeenplannedthisyear. The project, anchored by the state’s Directorate of Medical Education, initially took off at two health care centres - at Jalgaon and Mumbai - set up by the Niramayseva Foundation in 2004. But soon, as more health care centres came up in Nashik, Aurangabad and Nandurbar, teams of voluntary health workers worked round the clock to help patients from remote villages access these camps. As many as 45,000 volunteers have travelled to 12,000 villages to bring patients to the screening camps. “Since 2004, we have carried out 1.25 lakh surgeries as part of this programme. Of these, at least 78,690 have been since 2016,” says Dr Milind Nikumbh, Dean of Government Ayurved College at Jalgaon and main coordinator of the Maha Aarogya camps. Over Rs 22 crore has been raised from 21 charitable trusts and foundations and as many as 130 small camps and 14 large ones have been set up in underdeveloped areas of the state, including in Yavatmal, Solapur, Palghar, Osmanabad, Nanded, Sangli, Dhule, Beed, Satara, Chandrapur and Akola. While the project has a core team of 22 people, including doctors from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, who manage and coordinate these camps, leading private doctors have been encouraged to sponsor 500-1,000 surgeries each. In Pune, Dr Ranjit Jagtap, cardiologist and founder of Ram Mangal Heart Foundation, and Dr Ramakant Panda, Managing Director of Asian Heart Institute, have agreed to conduct the cardiacsurgeries.DrJagtapsaidthat the cost of a paediatric cardiac surgery is usually between Rs 3 lakh and 4 lakh. “If it involves an ICUstay,thecostgoesupfurther. However, we will sponsor at least 500 to 1,000 such surgeries and encourage society and charitablefoundationstodonate,”he said. DrShaileshPuntambekar,laparoscopic surgeon from Pune has agreed to conduct 1,000 surgeries on cancer patients over the next two years while bariatric surgeons Dr Jayashree CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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