TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Rafale: Still grounded By S KRISHNASWAMY OBC count to be part of Census 2021, 3 decades after Mandal RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 31 MORE THAN 25 years after the implementation of reservation for Other Backward Classes, based on the Mandal Commission’srecommendations,Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday announced the first Census to count OBCs in 2021. A Home Ministry statement said the Minister discussed the roadmap for undertaking the Census in 2021. During the meeting, it was decided to collect data on OBCs for the first time, it said. The meeting also put special emphasis on improvements in design and technological interventions to ensure thatdata is finalised within three years of the conductof the2021Census.This means that the OBC census data is likely to be available by 2024, which is when the general elections after 2019 are expected to be held. The latest move is likely to put an end to the longstanding demand from political parties to updatethe previouscaste-based census conducted 87 years ago, in 1931, by the British. The previous UPA government had accepted the demand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 15 WORLD US:HARVARD ENTRYPOLICY HARMSASIAN AMERICANS RECOVERY COMPLETE...FASTEST IN THE WORLD: GOVT Spending surge powers growth: GDP is up 8.2%, best in over two years Manufacturing, agriculture, construction sectors pick up pace, services and mining show dip ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, AUGUST 31 THEINDIANeconomyexpanded the fastest in nine quarters and grew 8.2 per cent in the first (April-June) quarter of financial year ending March 2019, on the back of robust consumer spending and a strong growth in manufacturingandconstructionsectors, according to data released Friday by the Central Statistics Office. Thehigh growth rate is aided CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDUSTRY GVA AT BASIC PRICES (%) APRIL-JUNE APRIL-JUNE 2017 2018 3.0 5.3 1.7 0.1 -1.8 13.5 Agriculture,forestry&fishing Mining&quarrying Manufacturing Electricity,gas,watersupply &otherutilityservices Construction Trade,hotels,transport,communication &broadcastingservices Financial,realestate&professionalservices Publicadministration,defence&otherservices TOTAL Source: MOSPI 7.1 1.8 7.3 8.7 8.4 8.4 13.5 5.6 6.7 6.5 9.9 8.0 `DOWN TO 71 The rupee Friday fell by 26 paise to hit a historic low of 71 for the first time against the US dollar amid firming crude oil prices, strong month-end demand from oil importers and depreciation of emerging market currencies. RBI did not intervene aggressively, indicating it is comfortable with the current level. PAGE 13 MUZAMIL JALEEL SRINAGAR, AUGUST 31 THE CONFLICT between militants and J&K Police in South Kashmirhascomehome.Forthe first time since militancy erupted 28 years ago, close relatives of ten police personnel were abducted by militants in the last 24 hours. By Friday evening,sourcessaid,allof them were freed. But the abductions have stunned J&K Police and left the topbrassembarrassed,especially afterapurportedvideoclipwent viral—of arelativeof oneof those abducted pleading for mercy. Theyhave alsoescalatedtensions across Kashmir, where families of police, especially those not linked to the counterinsurgency Special Operations CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Former J&K Dy CM Muzaffar Hussain Baig at Supreme Court on Friday to defend Article 35A. Praveen Khanna SC DEFERS ART 35A HEARING TO JAN 2019 PAGE 7 Law panel says uniform code not desirable now, reform family laws first SHALINI NAIR UNDERLINING THAT the Uniform Civil Code is “neither necessary nor desirable at this stage”, the Law Commission of India has argued for reform of family laws of every religion through amendments and codification of certain aspects so as to make it gender-just. In its ‘Consultation Paper on Family Law Reforms’ released Friday, the Law Commission has BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Police cite letters to show Maoist links, back activists’ arrests SRINATH RAO MUMBAI, AUGUST 31 New police-militant faultline in Valley: family versus family NEW DELHI, AUGUST 31 PUTIN WILL GO TO TEHRAN FOR SYRIA TALKS WITH ERDOGAN AND ROUHANI by a low base effect — 5.6 per cent in April-June 2017. The first quarter economic growth in India is significantly higher than 6.7 per cent posted byChinaduringthesameperiod but then China’s economy is about four times India’s. In terms of Gross Value Added(GVA),theeconomygrew at 8 per cent in April-June this year compared with 5.6 per cent in April-June 2017. GVA represents the total output and income in the economy. As per the Maharashtra AddI DGP Parambir Singh (centre) briefs the press in Mumbai on Friday. Amit Chakravarty PODIUM JOY The Indian women’s hockey team celebrates after winning the silver at the Asian Games in Jakarta on Friday. The team went down to Japan 1-2 in the final. PTI Humein yahan se nikalo: Child in Gaya told visiting monk SANTOSH SINGH BODHGAYA, AUGUST 31 NINE DAYS ago, a Buddhist monk visiting the Mahabodhi temple in Gaya dropped in at a school and meditation centre nearby to check on the ten boys from Assam he had helped get admission there. What followed next stunned the monk — and wentontoblowthelidoff achilling tale of alleged sexual abuse and exploitation. “Humein yahan se nikalo (Take us out from here),” an eight-year-old boy told the monk. Today, all 32 boys at the school, most of them Chakmas fromAssamandTripura,haveundergonemedicaltests.Acasehas beenregisteredbyGayaPoliceon Accused Sanghapriye in police custody charges under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and various IPC sections against the man whose NGO ran the facility — another monk identified as Sanghapriye alias Sujoy Bhante, 49. On Thursday, the accused was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. On Friday, the district administration set up a three-membercommittee toinvestigate the NGO, which was registered as a trust on February 13, 2018. For the Bihar government, the case couldn’t have come at a worse time. This month, it suspended 23 officials and staffers of child protection units on charges of “negligence” in the Muzaffarpurshelterhomeabuse case that reached the Supreme Court. In Gaya, the FIR registered on August 29 states: “Several of these children narrated how they would be made to go naked and how ‘galat kaam’ (wrong act) would be done to them.” It recordstheagegroupof theboys as eight to 16 years, and states that they were “not allowed” to go home even once after first CONTINUEDONPAGE2 PULLED UP by the Supreme Court and drawing sharp criticism for the arrest of five civil rights activists and lawyers earlier this week, the Maharashtra Police Friday released details of letters it claims to have seized from five activists arrested this June in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence in Maharashtra in January. The letters, police claimed, mention plans to allegedly purchase grenade launchers and ammunitionworthRs8crorefor the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Parambir Singh said that the communications, which included “thousands” of letters, were found in hard disks seized from the home of activist Rona Wilson in Delhi. He also claimed that the police required custody of the activists to confront them with the letters. Singh was addressing a press conference with Shivaji Bodkhe, Joint Commissioner of Police, Pune and the investigating officer, Shivaji Pawar. In June, Pune police had arrested Sudhir Dhawale from Mumbai, activist Rona Wilson from Delhi and lawyer Surendra Gadling, professor Shoma Sen and Adivasi rights activist Mahesh Raut from Nagpur. Almost three months later, the Pune police, on August 28, raidedthehomesof activistsand lawyers in several states and arrested five - Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, Sudha Bharadwaj in Faridabad and Gautam Navalakha in Delhi. The Supreme Court has ordered that the five activists and lawyersarrestedTuesdayshould be kept under house arrest till September 6 and issued notice to Maharashtra government. “Rona Wilson wrote to Comrade Prakash of the CPI (Maoist) on April 18, 2017, about procuring M4 grenade launchersand4lakh rounds(of ammunition). We have also found a password-protected catalogue of Russian-manufactured grenade launchers on Wilson’s computer. But we do not know whether the Maoists purchased the weapons,” Singh said. In the letter, according to Singh, Wilson claimed to have been in touch with an arms supplier in Nepal about procuring the weapons, but that only Hyderabad-based poet Varavara Rao was authorised by the party to speak to the supplier. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Concocted to criminalise me, activists: Bharadwaj SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 31 ACTIVIST and professor Sudha Bharadwaj, one of the five arrested in multi-city raids by PunePoliceonTuesdayandnow under house arrest, has said that the letter the police read out Friday claiming that it was written by her was “totally concocted...(and)fabricatedtocriminalise me and other human rights lawyers, activists and organisations.” In a handwritten statement, Bharadwaj said that the letter, which the police said was writ- tenbyherto one “Com Prakash,” wasa“mixtureof innocuousand publiclyavailablefactsandbaselessfabrication.”Shesaidthatlegal and democratic activities such as meetings, seminars, protests “have been sought to be delegitimised by alleging they are funded by Maoists.” A number of human rights lawyers, activists, and organisations have been “deliberately named to cast a stigma over them to obstruct their work and incite hatred against them,” she said. “I categorically state that I have never given Rs 50,000 to CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR WITH THEME FOR STATION, BULLET TRAIN RETURNS VAD TO VADODARA AVISHEK G DASTIDAR VADODARA, AUGUST 31 WITH THE Centre advancing the deadline of the bullet train project by a year and plans underway to run the first commercial bullet train service by opening one section between Surat and Billimora by 2022, work on the Gujaratsectionof theprojecthas been fast-tracked. Earlier this week, the design of the new Vadodara station themed around the banyan tree or vad ka ped from which the city gets its name — was finalised. To be opened by the end of 2022, the three-level Vadodara station, which is part of the bullet train corridor, will replace the existing structure and will include a passenger reservation office, a supervisor office, a government railway police facility and other installations. The integrated building will have a separate entrance for Indian Railways passengers while bullet train patrons will take the train from level 1. The stationbuildingwillalsohostthe longest iron girder bridge of the bullet train corridor measuring 220 metres, longer than any girder even in Japan’s Shinkansen system. The design philosophy of the stations is “high-tech, modern, with a local flavour” said an official from the National High SpeedRailCorporationLtdarchitecture team, which has teamed upwiththeJapaneseteamtodevelop these designs. The designs are being made by NHSRCL chief architect Kamini Sharma and her team of three other architects. They are collaborating with a Japanese teamof architectHiguchiandhis team. While a 50-km stretch is expected to start by August 2022, the rest of the 508-km stretch is Vadodara station will be designed with the banyan tree as theme. The city gets its name from vad ka ped. likely to start by 2023 - the earlier schedule. The NHSRCL is working with the team of Japanese engineers to adhere to the advanced deadline.Theyalsoplantoinaugurate the first train on this section and open it to the public while it is used for trials, testing and to practice running the Japanese transport system. Last year, the government had advanced the deadline to 2022 to coincide with 75 years of Independence. The NHSRCL is working to run the first service by then. “We are working with the Japanese team and we will be adhering to the deadline of the project,” Dhananjay Kumar, spokesman, NHSRCL, told The Indian Express Friday. While the Vadodara station will be modelled around the banyan tree, the Sabarmati station,whichisalsoexpectedtobe a novel multi-model hub of not just the bullet train but railways, bus rapid transit and the Ahmedabad Metro, will carry thethemeof MahatmaGandhi’s Dandi March. A birds-eye view of the terrace even shows solar panels in the design of the charkha. TheSuratstationbuilding,for which the design is being finalised, will carry the theme of Surat’ssignaturecommodity,diamonds.Everystationof thebullet train project carries the theme of the city it is in, as per the design philosophy decided by the NHSRCL. Butitisnotalwayseasytodecide the local flavour design element. For the Anand station, Gujarat’s dairy capital, large white drops to signify milk are beingincorporated withvertical louvers while for Billimora, famous for its orchards, trees are the central theme. In Mumbai, whose station is underground in the Bandra Kurla Complex, the interior will CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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