TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 12 WORLD WOODWARD BOOK:TRUMP WANTEDASSAD KILLED Govt knew of Johnson & Johnson faulty hip implants, took almost 2 years to ban Delay significant: Firm told Indian regulators that they couldn’t trace more than 3,000 patients KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 5 RUSSIA STRIKES REBEL-HELD IDLIB JOURNALISM OF COURAGE GLOBALLY, JOHNSON & Johnson recalled its faulty hip implant on August24,2010butittookIndian regulators almost two years to ban its import and cancel its licence, official records obtained by The Indian Express reveal. This despite the fact that the regulator, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, whichcomesundertheMinistry of Health and Family Welfare, wasinformedof theglobalrecall in 2010 itself. The delay in cancelling the licence assumes significance as thefirmtoldtheexpertcommittee — appointed by the Union HealthMinistryinFebruary2017 — that it cannot trace as many as 3,600 patients who underwent thesurgeriesinvolvingthefaulty implant. The device, ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and ASR Drug Controller General’s note issued on April 11, 2012 Hipresurfacingsystem,wasfirst introduced in India in 2006 and its licence was renewed in 2010 before the global recall. But warning bells had begun to ring as early as 2009 itself when Australian regulators redflagged the high rate of revision surgeries and withdrew the product that year itself. In India, however, there have been at least 4,700 surgeries since 2006 and as per Johnson & Johnson’s own admission, there were 121 “serious adverse events” between January 2014 and June 2017. Documentsrevealthatitwas only on April 11, 2012, that the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHAR DHAM TO ARUNACHAL HYDEL ‘RBI DOING WHAT IS NEEDED’ Rupee hits new low, Jaitley calls for calm: Reason global Green tribunal chief to re-hear 18 cases already reserved JAY MAZOOMDAAR NGT chief Goel: unusual decision NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 5 IN AN unusual move, at least 18 key cases already heard and reserved for judgment by different benches of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) will now be re-heard by the bench of NGT chairpersonAdarshKumarGoel. These cases include petitions challenging the environmental clearance to the Rs 11,700-crore Char Dham highway project in Uttarakhand and selection of experts for a committee formed to resolve conflicting recommendations on the 2,000-MW Lower Subansiri hydel project on the Arunachal PradeshAssam border. Also on the list: relocation of the Inland Container Depot, Tughlakabad, for causing significantairpollutioninDelhi;illegal constructions on floodplain and riverbed of the Yamuna and 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE controlling groundwater exploitation in Punjab. Re-hearingacaseisnotcommon. As per practice, after a benchreservesjudgment,itmay seek further hearing if circumstances call for it or refer it to another bench for re-hearing only in the event of unavailabilityof amemberof thebenchdue to death, recusal or retirement. On August 31, different NGT benches released 17 cases from “being reserved” and “listed to be reheard” in Court No 1, the chairperson’s bench. “After hearing, the judgment wasreserved,however,ithasnot been pronounced within a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dalit, beyond caste BY SURAJ YENGDE Activists held not for dissent, proof of their Maoist link: Cops to SC ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 5 STATING THAT the arrest of five rights activists and lawyers in connection with a meeting on the eve of the January 1 violence at Bhima Koregaon was not about curbing dissent or “difference in ideology”, the Maharashtra government Wednesday told the Supreme Court there was “cogent evidence” to show that the arrested persons were “active members” of the banned CPI (Maoist) who “were in the process of creating large scale violence, destruction of property resulting in chaos”. The five activists — Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha — were arrested by Pune police on August 28 and a day later, the Supreme Court directed that they be placed under house arrest until the matter is heard on September 6. Maharashtra government was issued notice on a petition filed on behalf of the arrested activists by historian Romila Thapar, economists Prabhat Patnaik and Devaki Jain, sociologist Satish Deshpande and rights lawyer Maja Daruwala. While issuing notice, Justice D Y Chandrachud, one of three judges on the bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra, had said: “There are wider issues raised by them (petitioners). Concern raised is that you are quelling dissent. Democracy is not safe if you quell dissent and that is what they are worried about.” Responding to the notice, Pune Assistant Commissioner of Police Shivaji Panditrao, in an Slams Cong on Rafale: Final price 9% cheaper, no scope for private player CAPITAL PROTEST Farmers, workers from across the country rally in New Delhi on Wednesday. Praveen Khanna India’s elite should take responsibility to reduce rising inequality: Narayana Murthy SHAJI VIKRAMAN BENGALURU, SEPTEMBER 5 INDIA’S RICH, powerful and the elite need to take responsibility and demonstrate that rising inequality in the country can be reduced to ensure peace and harmony in the society or risk violence, the founder of one of India’stopsoftwareservicesfirm, N R Narayana Murthy, has said. Given that the Gini coefficient — which measures income BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY distribution among countries — has been rising, a fact which has beenflaggedbytheInternational Monetary Fund and economists such as Thomas Piketty, it is importantfortherich,thepowerful and the elite which includes politicians and the media to recognisethisandworktowards reducing the Gini coefficient. “When does violence pervade a society?Whenpeoplelosehope. And who is responsible for hope? It is the rich, the powerful and the elite who can enhance hope. Therefore, it is their responsibility to keep hope alive. The day, the rich, the powerful and the elite do not take responsibilityforthisandforensuring peace, you will have violence,” he said in an interview to The Indian Express. Leaders of capitalism too in thecountryneedtoexerciseself- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Otherwise people will lose hope, you will have violence’ Alleged payoffs to allow gutkha sale: CBI raids TN Health Minister, DGP DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 5 INSIDE ● CM ORDERED AUDIT, PWD CLEARED KOLKATA BRIDGE THAT FELL P2 ●INDIA-US TO HOLD 2+2 DIALOGUE TODAY P5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE RESIDENTIAL premises of Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, Director General of Police T K Rajendran, former Chennai Police Commissioner SGeorgeandformerstateminister B V Ramana were among the 35 locations raided by the CBI on Wednesday in connection with the alleged gutkha scam. Top ministers, police officers and revenue officials are alleged to have taken bribes to allow the manufacture and sale of gutkha, whichwasbannedinthestatein 2013. “The simultaneous searches being conducted at 35 locations began at 7 am and will continue tilllateintheevening.Apartfrom ministersandpoliceofficers,the Outside DGP T K Rajendran’s house in Chennai. PTI premises of some Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers, central excise officers and sales tax officers are also being searched. Voluminous documentshavebeenseizedfromallthese places and will be examined in due course,” said a CBI official. This is possibly the first time that a serving DGP has been raided by the CBI. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR NAVTEJ JOHAR OF NAVTEJ JOHAR VS UNION OF INDIA SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 5 IT WAS in 1994 that journalist Sunil Mehra met Bharatnatyam dancer Navtej Johar for a profile he was working on. Coming back to the newsroom, Sunil declared that he could not write the story with the journalistic objectivity required of him. That story remained untold but the two moved in together within six months. More than two decades later, as the lead petitioners in the case against IPC Section 377 in the Supreme Court, Navtej (56) and Sunil (60) are hoping to leave behind a legacy that would allow LGBTQI youth in India to script their stories without fear of persecution. The verdict in the landmark case is expected on Thursday. Given that a year ago, the court ruled that privacy is a fundamental right, activists and experts hope that will be the guiding light of the verdict on Thursday. ForMehraandJohar,theiroptimism stems from their shared belief that Indians by nature are not homophobic. “Two men walking hand in hand or even hugging, likewise for women, is quite acceptable in India unlike FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 7 9 EXPLAINED The 377 battle: Such a long journey Johar: ‘Reconciled to not being counted.’Anshuman Sen in the West. There has always been a discreet acceptance of homosexualityhere.Thelawhas to keep pace with the times and it is an issue whose time has come,” said Mehra, now a documentaryfilmmaker,wholivesin Delhi’sGreenParkwhereheruns a yoga and dance studio with his partner. Navtej, a Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, clarifies in an email interview, “This is not to say that we haven’t had our share of snide remarks and sneers. And this is also not to undermine the emotional, psychological,andphysicalviolence that many of our friends have been subject to. We have learnt to normalise our marginalisation.Butthatdoesnotmeanthat it is not deeply violating of our basic human dignity.” The trigger for the writ peti CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INTERVIEW PAGE 13 ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 5 ONTHEdaytherupeehitarecord lowof71.97againstthedollarbefore recovering mildly, Union FinanceMinisterArunJaitleysaid there was no need to panic since thefallinthecurrencywasdriven by global factors and the Reserve BankofIndiawasdoingwhatever wasnecessaryforcurrencymanagement. “If you look at the domestic economicsituationandtheglobal situation, there are virtually no domestic reasons which are attributabletothis.Thereasonsare global.Wemustbearinmindthat in the last few months, the dollar has strengthened against almost every currency. And therefore, most global currencies have weakened vis-a-vis the dollar,” Jaitley told reporters after a Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Cabinet meeting Wednesday. The rupee plummeted againsttheUSdollaronconcerns of contagion from other emerging markets, hitting a fresh low of 71.97 before inching up to close at 71.76 a dollar, down 0.27 per cent from Tuesday’s close. The fall Wednesday marked the sixth consecutive session with the rupee settling lower against the greenback. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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