TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 26 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Finance told HRD: Eminence tag to non-existent institute defies logic, hurts education ecosystem YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28 THEGOVERNMENT’Sdecisionto give Institute of Eminence (IoE) status to Reliance’s proposed Jio Institute was taken in the face of a string of objections raised — and put on record — by two of thekeyMinistriesinvolved,HRD and Finance, over picking nonexistent institutes. In fact, the HRD Ministry had been warned against picking a non-existent, or greenfield, institute at least a year before the Government found itself in the E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY PART 2 Department of Expenditure’s note made its objections clear one year before decision line of fire over its choice in the first list of six IoEs. Official records, accessed by The Indian Express under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, reveal that strong objections were raised by the Finance Ministry but to no avail, on selecting an IoE “only based on intentions and a plan”. Reacting to the greenfield category mentioned in the ExpenditureFinanceCommittee (EFC) note moved by the HRD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ELGAAR PARISHAD ON NEW YEAR’S EVE Probing Maoist ‘link’ to Dalit event, Pune police arrest five activists ISRO chairman K Sivan in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI 3 astronauts will spend 5-7 days in space: ISRO chief EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PUNE, MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28 THE INDIAN Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be ready to send the country’s first astronauts to space in forty months time; the launch will take 16 minutes and three astronauts will spend 5-7 days in space before re-entry. Detailing the space agency’s plans after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Gaganyaan Mission on August 15, ISRO Chairman K Sivan Tuesday said that he was confident of meeting the Prime Minister’s target of sending humans to space. Sivan also said that ISRO is in constanttouchwithAirForcepilot Rakesh Sharma, who is the onlyIndiancitizenwhohastravelled to space, as part of the SovietUnion’s‘Intercosmos’programme in 1984. “We are constantly in touch with Rakesh Sharma. We are calling and getting his advice and experience and it is very useful,” Sivan said. According to ISRO, the agency has prioritised selecting astronauts. “Right now is the time to select astronauts. For the first mission, the preference will beforpilotsbuttheselectionand training process will be done jointly by the Indian Air Force and ISRO,” he said. “The astronauts will remain in space for a week and will do microgravity experiments.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 5 THECITY PASSING THE BATON Hima Das hands the baton to teammate Arokia Rajiv during the 4x400m mixed relay final at the Asian Games in Jakarta in which India won the silver; India’s Manjit Singh (right) won the 800m gold, the silver went to teammate Jinson Johnson. AP REPORT, PAGES 24, 25 Told about job 2 hrs before announcement, says J&K Governor, want sifarish-free system NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28 SATYA PAL MALIK, veteran politician who has been appointedGovernorof Jammuand Kashmir,has saidthathe wasinformed about his new assignment just two hours before the publicannouncementonAugust 21. In a freewheeling interview to The Indian Express Tuesday, he said, “The Prime Minister called me and said you will get good advisors and administrators, go and work in J&K. So I have come to the morcha (front).The name had to be announced that evening because Vohra saheb (predecessor N N Vohra) had al- MUMBAI, AUGUST 28 EXPRESS NETWORK ● GIVE SPECIFICS ON CHOKSI FOR RED CORNER: INTERPOL, P 11 TRANSFORMING UTTAR PRADESH A RED initiative appears in today’s edition of The Indian Express. These pages are an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contain content paid for by advertisers. These pages should be read as an advertisement. Praveen Jain FULL INTERVIEW PAGE 8 ready come to Delhi and not a single day’s gap could be left...” At present in Delhi where he held consultations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh among others, Malik indicated that some key announcements wereshortlytobemadeinDelhi. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 How PDP-BJP’s agenda of alliance remained on paper NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, AUGUST 28 ON NOVEMBER 5, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a mega financial package for Jammu and Kashmir from the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium in Srinagar. Addressing the gathering, he said, “...Dilli ka khazana hee nahi, dil bhi aap ke liye hazir hai (Not just the treasury, even Delhi’s heart beats for you).” While the Rs 80,000-plus crore Prime Minister’s Adani loses case in Singapore, goes to Bombay HC to stall DRI probe into it KHUSHBOO NARAYAN NOREDEVELOPMENT WITHOUTCUTTING TREES:NBCCCHIEF Governor Malik at his New Delhi home Tuesday. RITU SARIN ADANI ENTERPRISES Ltd (AEL), the flagship firm of the Adani Group, has moved Bombay High CourtseekingtoquashallLetters Rogatory (LRs) issued by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to other countries against a few Adani Group firms that are being probed in connectionwithallegedovervaluation of Indonesian coal imports. An LR is a formal request seeking judicial assistance from a foreign country in investigating an offshore entity. AEL filed a writ on Tuesday against the Union of India. This comes weeks after the High Court of Singapore ruled against Adani Global Pte Ltd, which had moved the Singapore court, seeking a stay on a lower court’s demand to produce crucial documents pertaining to coal imports from Adani firms. The lower court of Singapore had served about 24 production orders to Adani firms after it received an LR from DRI seeking mutual assistance to obtain these documents pertaining to Indonesian coal imports for its ongoing probe. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PROJECT J&K STAT U S R E P O RT PART 3 Development Package reflected Modi’s readiness to open the purse strings for the state, the Agendaof Alliance(AoA)drafted CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 EXPLAINED PROBING ALLEGED Maoist involvementintheElgaarParishad meeting in Pune on the eve of the January 1 violence that targeted Dalits at Bhima Koregaon, Pune police Tuesday searched homes of nine human rights activists and lawyers and arrested five of them. Those arrested after near simultaneous searches early morning were Varavara Rao in Hyderabad; activists Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai; lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj in Faridabad; and, civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha in New Delhi. While Varavara Rao has been arrested several times in the past, Gonsalves and Ferreira have spent time in jail after their arrest in 2007 — one under the Arms Act and the other under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Homes of Stan Swamy in Ranchi and Anand Teltumbde in Goa were also searched. Teltumbde was not in Goa when police landed at his home, an officer said, maintaining that the house was not searched. Teltumbde, who teaches at the Goa Institute of Management, however, told The Indian Express that his locked house was opened and searched. In Navlakha’s case, the Delhi High Court stayed until Wednesday the transit remand and directed that he be confined CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Court questions police in one case, hears plea in another EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 28 THEDELHIHighCourtstayeduntil Wednesday the transit remand for civil liberties activist GautamNavlakha,oneof thefive arrested by Pune police, observingthatpolicehavenotbeenable to “satisfactorily” explain the offence he had been arrested for. A decision on a transit remand for lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj, also among the arrested, was awaited late Tuesday night with her lawyers making their arguments in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, INSIDE ● THE 5: ACTIVISTS WITH PRIOR ARRESTS TO PRIEST, LAWYER AND POET, P 9 Faridabad. Earlier, Bharadwaj told the court that she had nothing to do with the incident for which she had been arrested. The FIR, she said, did not even name her and she was being harassed and arrested only because of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 J&J’s faulty hip implants: Adverse report is out after patients asked for it DEEPAK PATEL NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28 Why India is wary about Maldives Lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj in Faridabad; civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha in Delhi, Tuesday. Express THREE PATIENTS affected by “faulty” hip implants manufactured by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and the relatives of two deceased patients, have sought “participation in any further deliberations” regarding “action to be taken” on a report submittedbyacommitteesetup by the Union Health Ministry on these medical devices. On Tuesday evening, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), the national pharmaceuticaland medical devices regulator, uploaded the report on its website. The report was submitted in February. The key findings of the committee, reported by The Indian Express on August 24, 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 panel found that over 3,600 patients with the faulty implants remain untraceable, and that at least four patients with the implants have died. It recommended that the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR WAITING FOR HELP, WITH HUSBAND’S BODY IN FLOODED HOME ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENGANNUR, AUGUST 28 ON MONDAY morning, Pandanad village woke up to a funeral that summed up the countless stories of grief and horror that rose to the surface fromundertheKeralafloodsthis monsoon. For Shoshamma Abraham, it was the end of a nightmare. On August 16, her house chest-deep in water, she stumbled across the body of her husbandwhohadwadedouttohelp others.Forthenexttwodays,she tied the body to the staircase of 14 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Lessons from a deluge BY MURALEETHUMMARUKUDY their home, unwilling to let go, waiting to be rescued. Help came finally, but not relief. On Saturday, when Shoshammareachedthemedical collegeinAlappuzhafromtherelief camp, she found her husband’sbody,wrappedinaplastic sheet, inside the parked ambulance of a private hospital. It had been lying there unattended. Frantic calls were made, “political influence” was used, the children stepped up to clean their father’s decaying body, the mortuaryformalitiesweredone. Finally,CG Abraham,64,was laid to rest. “He was wrapped in the same plastic sheet that I used, the body was decayed, emanat- Shoshamma, 58, at her home in Pandanad, Tuesday. Biju Ibrahim ing a foul smell. He didn’t deserve this,” Shoshamma said, breaking down. Pandanad, near Chengannur town and on the banks of the Pamba river, was one of the worst affected villages in the floods that have claimed 328 livessinceAugust8.Shoshamma andAbraham,aformershipping firm employee, had shifted back from Goa five years ago. “On August 15, around 6 pm, we saw water inside the compound of our two-storey house. Around 9 pm, it was inside the house, up to three feet,” Shoshamma said. “Myhusbandwasbusyshift- ing essential items to the first floor until midnight. On Thursday, around 9 am, the water was chest-deep, with strong currents. After spending a night on the first floor, my husband, a cousin and I were unable to step downtothegroundfloor.Still,he went out to close the gate and look for neighbours. He did not return,” Shoshamma said. “An hour or two later, I went outinsearchof him,walkingand swimming. As Iwent behind the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 11
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