LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD `4.00 ● THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 3 GUJARAT JOURNALISM OF COURAGE 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 TALK TO HARDIK, RESOLVE ISSUES, CONG TELLS GOVT ● Exercise restraint, women like mothers, minister tells male teachers, PAGE 4 KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 5 GLOBALLY, JOHNSON & Johnson recalled its faulty hip implant on August 24, 2010 but it took Indian 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, which comes under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, was informed of the global recall in 2010 itself. The delay in cancelling the licence assumes significance as the firm told the expert committee — appointed by the Union Health Ministry in February 2017 — that it cannot trace as many as 3,600 patients who underwent the surgeries involving the faulty implant. The device, ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and ASR Drug Controller General’s note issued on April 11, 2012 Hip resurfacing system, was first 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. Documents reveal that it was only on April 11, 2012, that the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHAR DHAM TO ARUNACHAL HYDEL ‘RBI DOING WHAT IS NEEDED’ Green tribunal chief to re-hear 18 cases already reserved Rupee hits new low, Jaitley calls for calm: Reason global 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 chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel. 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 significant air pollution in Delhi; illegal constructions on floodplain and riverbed of the Yamuna and controlling groundwater exploitation in Punjab. Re-hearing a case is not common. As per practice, after a bench reserves judgment, it may seek further hearing if circumstances call for it or refer it to another bench for re-hearing only in the event of unavailability of a member of the bench due 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 was reserved, however, it has not been pronounced within a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Slams Cong on Rafale: Final price 9% cheaper, no scope for private player CAPITAL PROTEST Dalit, beyond caste THE EDITORIAL PAGE 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 REPORT, PAGE 8 India’s elite should take responsibility to reduce rising inequality: Narayana Murthy SHAJI VIKRAMAN 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’s top software services firm, N R Narayana Murthy, has said. Given that the Gini coefficient — which measures income distribution among countries — has been rising, a fact which has been flagged by the International Monetary Fund and economists 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 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY such as Thomas Piketty, it is important for the rich, the powerful and the elite which includes politicians and the media to recognise this and work towards reducing the Gini coefficient. “When does violence pervade a society? When people lose hope. 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 responsibility for this and for ensuring peace, you will have violence,” he said in an interview to The Indian Express. GANDHINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 5 ● INDIA-US TO HOLD 2+2 DIALOGUE TODAY, PAGE 9 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Otherwise people will lose hope, you will have violence’ INTERVIEW PAGE 15 Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI 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. “I am quite confident that this upheaval which is going on qua the dollar... eventually, the inherent strength of the Indian economy has to play a very important role. And this fluctuation will calm down... I am sure that currency management in these areas done by the Reserve Bank... they are certainly doing whatever is necessary for this CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt China hardsells big ticket but low on held in 22-year-old case trust, India’s soft power push: health EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GOVT & POLITICS Leaders of capitalism too in the country need to exercise selfrestraint in granting benefits to themselves or their friends. “If this does not happen, you won’t have peace and harmony in a society. In some cases it has not happened. My hope is that good sense will prevail.” The International Monetary Fund, the World Economic Forum and others had flagged rising inequality in economies such as India and China. The IMF ON THEday the rupee hit a record low of71.97 against the dollar before recovering mildly, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said there was no need to panic since the fall in the currency was driven by global factors and the Reserve Bank ofIndia was doing whatever was necessary for currency management. “If you look at the domestic economic situation and the global situation, there are virtually no domestic reasons which are attributable to this. The reasons are global. We must bear in mind that 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 Cabinet meeting Wednesday. The rupee plummeted against the US dollar on concerns of contagion from other emerging markets, hitting a fresh low of 71.97 before inching up to FORMER IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt was arrested by Gujarat CIDCrime here on Wednesday in connection with a 22-year-old case. Bhatt has been accused of framing a lawyer from Rajasthan in a false case by planting drugs at a Palanpur hotel room in Banaskantha in 1996 as part of a “well-planned conspiracy” to get a property vacated in Pali district of Rajasthan. Bhatt was Superintendent of Police of Banaskantha district then. The then inspector of Banaskantha Local Crime Branch, I B Vyas, has also been arrested. Accused of ‘planting’ drugs to frame a lawyer Director General of Police (CID-Crime) Ashish Bhatia told The Indian Express that all the seven persons involved in the case, including Bhatt, have been detained, and two of them have been arrested. “During the investigation of the case, it has come to light that as part of a wellplanned conspiracy, Sanjiv Bhatt and his accomplices had lodged a false case of narcotics against the lawyer to get a disputed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE MYANMAR PART 2 AN EXPRESS SERIES NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN MANDALAY, SEPTEMBER 5 IN A state-of-the art classroom at the steel and glass Myanmar Institute of Information Technology (MIIT), Usha Subramanian is taking a class on Java for computer science students. Subramanian works the smartboard through her computer as she speaks about “hierarchies”. There is video conferencing equipment and all the K R V Subramanian, Director of the Myanmar Institute of Information and Technology, at the campus. Neeraj Priyadarshi 120-capacity classrooms are fully digital. Like Subramanian, there are 10 other faculty members from India, who work alongside 75 Myanmar faculty. The MIIT, modeled on the Bangalore IIIT, is India’s $25-million gift to Myanmar set up in 2015 following an agreement in 2012. Director K R V Subramanian says the institute CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 13 WORLD NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 5 Farmers, workers from across the country rally in New Delhi on Wednesday. Praveen Khanna BENGALURU, SEPTEMBER 5 10 ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU WOODWARD BOOK: TRUMP WANTED ASSAD KILLED LOVE & LAW: NAVTEJ JOHAR OF NAVTEJ JOHAR VS UNION OF INDIA We are products of psychological and emotional dysfunction, says Johar; SC verdict on Section 377 today could start changing that SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 5 RUSSIA STRIKES REBEL-HELD IDLIB 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. For Mehra and Johar, their optimism 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 in the West. There has always been a discreet acceptance of homosexuality here. The law has to keep pace with the times and it is an issue whose time has come,” said Mehra, now a documentary filmmaker, who lives in 12 EXPLAINED The 377 battle: Such a long journey Johar: ‘Reconciled to not being counted.’Anshuman Sen Delhi’s Green Park where he runs 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, and physical violence that many of our friends have been subject to. We have learnt to normalise our marginalisation. But that does not mean that it is not deeply violating of our basic human dignity.” The trigger for the writ petition against IPC Section 377 that criminalises same-sex relationships, popularly known as Navtej Johar vs the Union of India case, was the SC ruling of 2013 that dismissed the issue as concerns of a “minuscule fraction of the country’s population”. Mehra admits that at their age, they had no ambition to be the poster boys of gay rights. “But we had to make a point that this is not just a matter of omission of law, there is a human cost involved. We exist,” said Mehra. Following discussions with advocates Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju, the two along with their friends — restaurateur Ritu Dalmia (43), hotelier and historian Aman Nath (65), and business executive Ayesha Kapur (41) — decided to be the human faces of the battle. A legal battle that until now was pursued entirely through CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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