TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PM REVIEW MEETING CONTINUES TODAY Govttakesstepstocheckcurrent accountdeficitandreininrupee Measures will be taken to cut down non-essential imports, while increasing exports: Arun Jaitley BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 14 TO CONTAIN the widening current account deficit (CAD) and check the fall of the rupee, the government on Friday announced specific steps to attractdollarsandsaidthatmore measures are being planned to smoothen volatility in the financial markets. After a meeting this evening where Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the economic situation with top Finance Ministry and Reserve Bank of India officials, the government eased overseas borrowing norms for manufacturing companies; removed restrictions on foreign portfolio investors (FPI) investment in corporate bonds and provided tax benefits on Masala bonds. Masala bonds are rupeedenominated debt securities issued outside India by Indian companies. The review meeting by the Prime Minister will continue Saturday as well. Finance Minister ArunJaitley THE 5-STEP PLAN TO GET DOLLARS IN ■ Enable more companies to raise external commercial borrowings (ECBs) ■ Manufacturing firms can get ECBs up to $50 m with minimum maturity of 1 year as compared to earlier three ■ Removal of exposure limit of 20% of FPI’s corporate bond portfolio to a single corporate group ■ Masala bonds issued in 2018-19 exempt from withholding tax ■ Easing of curbs on marketing, underwriting of Masala bonds Will beat BJP, no issues with Maya, have same blood: Bhim Army chief SAHARANPUR (UP), SEPT 14 CITY PAGES 3, 5 ● STATE COULD SELL PRIME LEASE PLOTS AT 10TH OF MARKET RATE ● STICK WALKER & MIRROR OUTSIDE TOP COP’S OFFICE Chandrashekhar of Bhim Army at his home in Chhutmalpur. Gajendra Yadav one-storey house in Saharanpur’s Chhutmalpur has been teeming with people arriving in batches from as far as HaridwarandAurangabad.Most of them are in their 20s, sporting moustaches like their icon and seeking nothing more than a selfie. Chandrashekhar obliges them, hugging and thanking CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A Ganpati idol after immersion in Mumbai on Friday. Nirmal Harindran PAGE 4 Parrikar ill, BJP moves to get new CM in Goa EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PANJIM, SEPTEMBER 14 GOA SEEMED headed for a change of guard with the BJP central leadership expected to send central observers and leaders to the state to monitor political developments and address the leadership issue, BJP sources confirmed Friday, after concerns over Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s health. Since his return from the US onSeptember 6,Parrikarhasnot attended office and has been recovering at home, with regular visits to a clinic at Candolim in north Goa. His family admitted him to the clinic Thursday night after he complained of a fever. Parrikar Friday also called state BJP leaders and alliance ministerstotheclinicforameeting. By evening, ministers were seen walking into the clinic where they were huddled for at least an hour. Parrikar also made CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Church outs photo of nun who accused Bishop of rape SHAJU PHILIP KOCHI, SEPTEMBER 14 KERALA POLICE Friday registered a case against Jalandharbased Missionaries of Jesus after it issued a media release with a photograph of the nun who had accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who belongs to the the congregation, of rape. KottayamSPHariSankarsaid police registered the case on a complaint from the nun’s brother under Section 228 (A) of the IPC, which deals with disclosure of a rape victim’s identity. Kerala Women’s Commission chairperson M C Josephine said legal action should be taken against those who circulated the photo. “Exemplary action should be taken against those who tried to insult the victim. The commis- sion will also look into this matter,” she said. The release and the photograph, which shows the complainant sitting beside the bishop and some others at a function three years ago, was issued by the congregation’s CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Millions out of poverty but glaring inequalities in India: HDI report SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 14 INDIA RANKS a low 130 out of 189 countries in the latest human development Index (HDI) released by the United Nations Development Programme Friday, with the findings indicating a glaring inequality in the country though “millions have been lifted out of poverty”. The UNDP report stated that with an HDI value of 0.64 compared to last year’s 0.636, India is categorised as a medium humandevelopmentandthatits rank rose one spot compared to FIR was registered on Feb 13, 2015 ABHISHEK ANGAD NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 14 A DELHI court Friday ordered framing of charges against formerTERIchief R KPachauriinan alleged sexual harassment case lodged against him by a former colleague. Metropolitan Magistrate Charu Gupta ordered framing of charges against Pachauri under Indian Penal Code sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354A (sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman). Pachauri, who was chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when it shared the Nobel Peace Prize withAlGorein2007,wascleared of four other charges pressed by Delhi Police — he had also been booked under IPC sections 354B CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 the 2017 HDI. According to the 2018 findings, between 1990 and 2017, India’s HDI value increased from 0.427 to 0.640, an almost 50 per cent increase, which is “an indicator that millions have been lifted out of poverty”. At the same time, in what signals the glaring inequality in the country, the HDI value declines by more than a fourth when adjusted for inequality. The value of India’s Inequalityadjusted HDI (IHDI) falls to 0.468, a 26.8 per cent decrease, far worse than the global average decrease in the global HDI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SINCE 1990, THE STEADY CLIMB CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pachauri to face charges in sexual harassment case DEEPTIMAN TIWARY AROUND 1 pm Friday, Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar, who was released from UP’s Saharanpur jail at 2.45 am after more than a year, stepped out of his home in Chhutmalpur to meetsupportersandwell-wishers. Within minutes, the mob crowded around him, and he fainted. “First, we didn’t let him sleep through the night in our excitement. Now, since morning, people are not letting him take rest. He is not saying no, either. He hasn’teveneatenanythingsince last night,” says an associate, as Bhim Army workers help their leader back on his feet. The popularity that Chandrashekhar enjoys here among the Dalits, particularly the young, is no less than that of aBollywoodstar.Sincemorning, the small public space near his said the government will also take steps to cut imports of nonessential items and to boost exports. All these steps as well as measures to be taken in the coming days are to address the broader issue of CAD, he said. India’sCADjumpedto2.4per cent of Gross Domestic Product in the first quarter of 2018-19, from 1.9 per cent in March 2018. Sharp depreciation in the rupee and the spike in crude oil price hasledto rise inCADresulting in capital outflows. Sources said five steps taken INDIA MOVES ONE PLACE UP TO 130 OF 189 Life Expected Mean GNIper HDI expectancy yearsof yearsof capita value atbirth schooling schooling (2011)* 1990 57.9 7.6 3.0 1733 0.427 1995 60.4 8.2 3.5 2015 0.46 2000 62.6 8.3 4.4 2470 0.493 2005 64.6 9.7 4.8 3157 0.535 2010 66.6 10.8 5.4 4357 0.581 2015 68.3 12.0 6.3 5691 0.627 2016 68.6 12.3 6.4 6026 0.636 2017 68.8 12.3 6.4 6353 0.64 Note: PPP in $ Health to poverty: Tribals scrape bottom of barrel ANURADHA MASCARENHAS PUNE, SEPTEMBER 14 TRIBAL POPULATIONS in India live at least three years less than non-tribal population groups, have higher malnutrition, a significantly lower immunisation coverage, substantially higher low-birth-weight children, and were much more susceptible to communicable diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and leprosy. A comprehensive assessment of tribal health, by an expertcommitteeappointedfive years ago by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Tribal Development, 12 THEEDITORIAL PAGE shows that tribal populations in the country were lagging on almost every health parameter. Tribal communities in India had “poorer health indicators, greater burden of morbidity and mortality, and very limited access to healthcare services”, the report says. For example, tribal people accountforalmost30percentof all malaria cases in the country and 50 per cent of deaths due to malaria, despite forming less than 9 per cent of the country’s population. Similarly, the prevalenceof tuberculosisinthe tribal populationwas703peronelakh compared to 256 per lakh in the rest of the country. Life expectancy amongst CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 We, the chokers By SANDEEP DWIVEDI ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR AT TISS, FIRST GENDER-NEUTRAL HOSTEL: ‘ALL STUDENTS CAN COME, CHILL’ PRIYANKA SAHOO MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 14 “IT’S JUST like any other hostel. Some people are asking us for photographsasif wehaveahuge unicorn inside,” says Akunth, a first-year student of Tata Instituteof SocialSciences(TISS), Mumbai, and a resident of India’s first gender-neutral hostel space. Behind him, a poster for Rainbow Alliance, a global studentorganisationadvocating equal rights and inclusivity for the LGBTQ community, shares a wall with a picture of Dr B R Ambedkar. Rainbow-coloured flags, scarves and posters adorn the walls of most of the 10 twin-bed rooms in Hostel IV, which is occupied by transgender and gender non-conforming students, and their “allies”. In April, the institute earmarked the ground floor of a girls’ hostel to accommodate gender non-conforming students. Since then, residents of the hostel — currently 17 with three seats vacant — have been workingwiththeadministration to make the space “inclusive”. And last week, the Supreme Court struck down a part of Section 377. “It’s a place for everyone but without the dysphoria of being segregated along the lines of gender. It is a liberal space in the sense that all students can come and chill,” says 20-year-old Akunth, who identifies himself as a queer, at Hostel IV at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. Nirmal Harindran Akunth, who identifies himself as queer and was recently elected cultural secretary in the students’ union. The hostel is the culmination of a long-drawn campaign at TISS by Queer Collective (QC), an informal student body advocating a safe space for LGBTQ+ students as well as the management. Last year, QC worked with students running for union electionstoincludeagender-neutral space in the manifesto. A resolution was passed in the general body meeting last September. Negotiations with the administration began thereafter. Ketki Ranade, assistant professor and chairperson, Centre for Health and Mental Health, is currently involved in preparing guidelines for the hostel. “The guidelines are being drafted according to needs of the hostel, starting with the definition. What do you mean by a genderneutral hostel? It is a hostel predominantly for peoplewho may not necessarily fit into the male, female hostel as well as their allies,” says Ranade, who is also a member of TISS’s gender amity committee working with studentstomakethecampustransinclusive. “The hostel is a collective effort by students, faculty and administration,” says Asha Bano, Dean, Student Affairs, TISS. “At the same time, it is important to ensure that the institute didn’t end up further compartmentalising LGBTQ+ students. So, the CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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