NEWDELHI,LATECITY SEPTEMBER9,2018 26+6(EYE)PAGES,`6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, ` 12SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 12 ‘BEFORE A RACE, IT’S SCARY. MY HEART POUNDS. ALL I SEE ARE THE WHITE LINES AND I JUST RUN’ Sprinter, Asian Games medallist HIMA DAS Art 35A: Farooq threatens to boycott assembly, Lok Sabha polls 19 WORLD BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 14-15 Vinesh Phogat wanted to chart her own course to success on the wrestling mat. With the Asian Games gold medal, she is just getting started Guns of Baghpat With three Asian Games medals going to shooters from west UP, a look at how youngsters here are learning to aim right BJP NATIONAL EXECUTIVE ‘If separateJ&KConstitutionaberration, state’saccessionalsoanaberration’ FIVEINDIAN FIRMS INDICTEDIN CALLCENTRE SCAMINUS US DEVELOPING NATION, WHY GIVE SUBSIDIES TO INDIA, CHINA: TRUMP Kerala nuns join protest against bishop accused of rape At the protest in Kochi SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, SEPTEMBER 8 IN A first, five nuns joined a public protest in Kochi on Saturday to demand the immediate arrest of a bishop who has been accused of raping a nun. In June, a nun had complained that Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal had raped her 13 times, over a period of two yearsfromMay2014.A casewas registered by the Kottayam police on June 28, and Mulakkal was questioned last month. “We have been knocking on the doors of the church and the government. There is nobody to help us in our cause,’’ said Sister Anupama, one of the nuns who participated in the protest organised by the Joint Christian Council. “The bishop has political clout in Kerala as well as Punjab. He is using money to influence everyone,’’ she alleged. The nuns held placards which read “who is protecting Franco”, “we need justice”, “our life is in danger”. “We don’t have any plan to quit the congregation. We will fight within the church as well as the congregation. We don’t know what will be the fallout of this agitation,” said Sister Anupama. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 8 FORMER CHIEF Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said on Saturday that if the separate Constitution for Jammu and Kashmir is an aberration, then the state’s “accession to India is also an aberration”. He also warned that his party would boycott elections to the state assembly and Lok Sabha if the Centre does not clear its stand on Article 35A. “Their National Security Advisor, Doval Sahib, has stabbed Kashmir once again. He has said that the separate Constitution for Jammu and Kashmir is an aberration, it shouldnothavehappened,”said Abdullah, addressing people on the death anniversary of his father, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. “Sitting in this mausoleum,IwanttotellDovalSahib and the government that if this Constitution is an aberration, then the accession (of Jammu and Kashmir to India) is also an aberration”. Earlier this week, NSA Ajit Doval had said that a separate Constitution for Jammu and Kashmir was probably an “aberration”, as he stressed that sovereignty “cannot be diluted and ill-defined”. Speaking at the launch of a bookonVallabhbhaiPatel,Doval CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley, L K Advani at the party meet on Saturday. Amit Mehra Shah: Modi charisma to return party to power BJP chief praises Maharashtra govt for arrests of activists LALMANI VERMA & RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 8 Farooq Abdullah pays tribute to his father on his death anniversary, in Srinagar on Saturday. PTI CALLING THE Opposition “disruptionist”, its grand alliance againsttheBJPan“eyewash”and accusing the Congress of indulgingin“breakingIndia”,BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday asked senior party cadres from across the country to highlight the BJP government’s achievements of the last four years to counter Opposition parties for the 2019 elections. Speaking at a closed-door meeting at the party’s national executiveinDelhi,Shahasserted that the “fragrance” of the BJP’s governance and the “charisma” of PrimeMinisterNarendraModi would help the party return to power with an even bigger majority after the 2019 elections. Repeated references in Shah’s speech to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections indicated that the BJP may not be looking at advancing election dates. Briefingthemedia,seniorBJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman said, “The BJP president said that the mahagathbandhan is a dhakosla (eye-wash),bhranti(mirage)and based on falsehood. He reminded cadres that the party had,in2014,wonagainsteachof the parties that were now PROPOSAL TO EXCLUDE FIVE DOCUMENTS Uproar in Assam over NRC official’s report to SC ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, SEPTEMBER 8 AHEAD OF the claims-andobjections round of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), political parties and civil society organisations in Assam have reacted sharply to NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela’s report to the Supreme Court in which he suggested that those 4 THECITY now seeking inclusion into the list be allowed to submit only 10 out of the original 15 “list A” documents. The five documents that Hajela asked to be excluded are the 1951 NRC, voter lists up to March 24, 1971, citizenship certificates, refugee registration certificates and ration cards issued prior to March 24, 1971, the cut-off for inclusion into the latest list. Over 40 lakh people PATNA, SEPTEMBER 8 AFTER THE Bihar government asked its jails to provide a castewise break-up of those jailed under the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Law, 2016, it has now soughtdetailsof themost populous castes within Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Economically Backward Classes (EBCs) and upper castes. While the prisons department has directed jail superintendents, through an SMS, to undertakeacastesurveyof those booked under theliquor law, the home department has asked all jail superintendents in an internal WhatsApp group to give monthly details of top castes in each category. In a four-part series, The Indian Express had reported the unofficial caste survey in jails to show how the state’s weakest andthemostmarginalisedfaced the brunt of the government’s prohibition crackdown. Their share of population in the eight central, 32 district and 17 subjailsacrossBihar, after they were arrestedforviolatingprohibition CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 It is well for a judge to remind himself that flattery is often the graveyard of the gullible: Justice Chandrachud MORE REPORTS PAGE 8 Hindus don’t unite... wild dogs can hunt a lion: RSS chief Was at World Hindu Congress in Chicago EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 8 Bihar govt seeks more caste data on those arrested under liquor law SANTOSH SINGH ACADEMICSESSION HALFOVER,STUDENTS YETTOGETNOTEBOOKS At an NRC Seva Kendra in Guwahati. Express file whohadbeenexcludedfromthe final NRC draft published on July 30 have been given the option of filing fresh claims. AstatementbytheAssamBJP, signedbypartygeneralsecretary Dilip Saikia, said Hajela’s report had“complicatedthesituation”. “In the final NRC draft, names of severallakhIndiansbelongingto the Gorkha, Bengali and Hindispeaking communities have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 attempting to form the mahagathbandhan andtherefore,they should expose the falsehood of this coalition.” Sitharaman said Shah invoked the BJP’s victory against the Opposition’s no-confidence motion during the Monsoon Session of Parliament as an example of the Opposition’s “disruptionist” nature. “The no-confidence motion is used eitherwhenthegovernmenthas lost the majority or there is worry about the government in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Why do politicians sometimes hand power to court: SC Judge on Sec 377 SAYING THAT Hindus have sufferedfor“thousandsof years” and they “never come together”, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that even a “lion, if he is alone”, can be destroyed by “wild dogs”. Speaking at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago Friday, BhagwatalsosaidthattheHindu community has no aspiration of dominance and will only prosper when it works together as a society. “Coming together of Hindus itself isadifficultthing.Intheinitial days of our work, when our CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Justice D Y Chandrachud in New Delhi on Saturday. Amit Mehra PRITAM PAL SINGH NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 8 TWO DAYS after he authored a concurring judgement in the landmark Supreme Court verdict that decriminalised homosexuality, Justice D Y Chandrachud Saturday expressed disappointment at the Centre’s decision to leave “sensitiveissues”tothe“wisdom of the court” and asked why “politicians sometimes hand over power to judges”. Referring to the Centre’s affidavit, which left the decision on petitions challenging the validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code to the “wisdom” of the Supreme Court, Justice Chandrachud said: “... But the legislature and government leave it to the court to decide sensitive issues such as the power to administer and govern theNationalCapital,issueof passive euthanasia and also challenge to Section 377 besides other sensitive issues.” “Why do politicians sometimes hand over power to judges, and we see that happening in the Supreme Court every SUNDAY STORY PAGE 13 ‘You don’t hurt anyone by loving someone, no?’ IN KARNATAKA, 13 WERE HELD UNDER SEC 377 PAGE 10 day. We saw that in 377 where the government told us that we are leaving this to the wisdom of the court, and this ‘wisdom of the court’ was too enticing a principle for me not to respond so I responded in my judgment the other day,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bike-ambulances to special shoes, DRDO arms CRPF DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 8 ‘Rakshita Ambulance Bike’ will be used in Maoist-hit areas IN JANUARY 2013, when an IAF chopperenteredBastartorescue injured CRPF and Chhattisgarh Police personnelin Timmilwada area of Sukma district, it came underheavygunfire.Itsfueltank and hydraulic system were hit, and a Chhattisgarh Police constable flying in the chopper was shot. As the chopper went down, theinjured constablewas left behind at the spot as he could not have walked to the nearest camp. The constable bled for three hours, before he could be evacuated. Rescuing injured security personnelisalwaysfraughtwith danger in the Left Wing Extremism-hitareasof thecountry.And,asseenintheSukmaattack on March 13 this year in whichnineCRPFpersonnelwere killed, even mine-protected vehicles are not safe, as Maoists are reported to use over 50-kg explosives to target them. In an attempt to solve this problem,theCRPF,withthehelp of the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), has developed a motorcycle-ambulance which has been tailored to its needs. Itcomeswithaspecialpillion seat that has support for the spine and neck, and even has a salinestandalongwithprovision forcarryingmedicinesandinjections. CRPF sources said a dozen such motorcycle-ambulances would initially be deployed in campsacrossLWE-hitareas,with preferencebeinggiventoremote and inaccessible locations. “In such areas, like South Bastar, medical contingencies have greater frequency but evacuation is challenging due to terrain constraints. Either roads are completely absent or there are non-metalled roads which have the danger of mines. Bikes have always been the CRPF’s favoured mode of travel, as they greatly eliminate the risk of beingcaughtinanIEDexplosion and also provide a modicum of stealth. Even during normal patrolling, our soldiers either move on foot or on bikes. So the bike-ambulances aregoingtobe of great help,” CRPF DG RR Bhatnagar told The Sunday Express. He said the bike-ambulance would be equipped like a regular ambulance, to help an injured person reach the nearest camp or medical facility. “This is a new concept in India. It was very popular in World War I and II, when side cars were attached with motorcycles which acted as medical stretchers for injured soldiers. TheCRPFisalsolookingtoutilise these bikes for civic action programmes, like ferrying sick tribalstothenearestmedicalfacility in Chhattisgarh,” said an official involved with the development of the motorcycle-ambulance. “A trial run of these bikes, calledRakshitaAmbulance Bike, was carried out in Chhattisgarh and some modifications, based on our operational requirements, have been suggested. A fresh prototype is now being developed by INMAS and it will be availablesoon.Thesewill firstbe tried in Bastar,” said Bhatnagar. Apart from this, the CRPF is also getting special shoes developed, which can withstand iron spikes. Sources said that to prevent CRPF personnel from conductingcross-countrypatrolling and combing operations, the Maoists plant iron spikes in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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