LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PM REVIEW MEETING CONTINUES TODAY BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY INDIA MOVES ONE PLACE UP TO 130 OF 189 Govt takes steps to check current account deficit and rein in rupee Millions out of poverty but glaring inequalities in India: HDI report Measures will be taken to cut down non-essential imports, while increasing exports: Arun Jaitley ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 14 Pachauri to face charges in sexual harassment case TO CONTAIN the widening current account deficit (CAD) and check the fall of the rupee, the government on Friday announced specific steps to attract dollars and said that more 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 Arun Jaitley 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Parrikar ill, BJP moves to get new CM in Goa FIR was registered on Feb 13, 2015 ABHISHEK ANGAD NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 14 A DELHI court Friday ordered framing of charges against former TERI chief R K Pachauri in an 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 with Al Gore in 2007, was cleared of four other charges pressed by Delhi Police — he had also been booked under IPC sections 354B (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 354D (stalking), 341 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’s CAD jumped to 2.4 per 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 has led to rise in CAD resulting in capital outflows. Sources said five steps taken 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 human development and that its rank rose one spot compared to 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 Life Expected Mean GNI per expectancy years of years of capita at birth schooling schooling (2011)* 1990 57.9 7.6 3.0 1733 1995 60.4 8.2 3.5 2015 2000 62.6 8.3 4.4 2470 2005 64.6 9.7 4.8 3157 2010 66.6 10.8 5.4 4357 2015 68.3 12.0 6.3 5691 2016 68.6 12.3 6.4 6026 2017 68.8 12.3 6.4 6353 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE HDI value 0.427 0.46 0.493 0.535 0.581 0.627 0.636 0.64 Note: PPP in $ PANJIM, SEPTEMBER 14 BIMSTEC, IN PUNE Personnel from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India in a BIMSTEC military exercise at Aundh in Pune Friday. Arul Horizon CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 on September 6, Parrikar has not 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 ministers to the clinic for a meeting. By evening, ministers were seen walking into the clinic where they were huddled for at least an hour. Parrikar also made CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 24 yrs after false ISRO spy case, Rs 50-lakh to Nambi Narayanan Church outs photo of nun who accused Bishop of rape RITU SARIN & ANANTHAKRISHNAN G SHAJU PHILIP NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 14 Will beat BJP, no issues with Maya, have same blood: Bhim Army chief 5 GUJARAT DEEPTIMAN TIWARY Speaking to The Indian Express over phone from Thiruvananthapuram, Nambi Narayanan said he was “partly satisfied” with the order. Happy that the award of compensation had come after 24 years, he said: “I had been pressing for the CBI to investigate the actions of the police officers who fabricated the so-called ISRO spy case. The Supreme Court, in its 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. Kottayam SP Hari Sankar said 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Partly satisfied, says ex-ISRO scientist. PTI 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 expert committee appointed five years ago by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Tribal Development, 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 account for almost 30 per cent of 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 prevalence of tuberculosis in the tribal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Indian-origin US couple say Gujarat Police harassed them for possessing liquor EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KOCHI, SEPTEMBER 14 TWENTY FOUR years after he was arrested by Kerala police on an espionage charge that was thrown out by a court later, former ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan was awarded compensation of Rs 50 lakh by the Supreme Court Friday for the “ignominy” and “immense humiliation” he suffered. The bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud set up a committee headed by one of its former judges to “find out ways and means to take appropriate steps against the erring” police personnel who allegedly framed Nambi Narayanan in what came to be known as the ISRO spy scandal — he used to head the cryogenic project at ISRO. SHALINI NAIR SURAT, SEPTEMBER 14 SAHARANPUR (UP), SEPT 14 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 meet supporters and well-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’t even eaten anything since 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 a Bollywood star. Since morning, Chandrashekhar of Bhim Army at his home in Chhutmalpur. Gajendra Yadav the small public space near his one-storey house in Saharanpur’s Chhutmalpur has been teeming with people arriving in batches from as far as Haridwar and Aurangabad. 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 HINDALCO TO SET UP TWO ALUMINIUM PLANTS IN KUTCH ● Govt rings alarm bell, hikes release of Narmada water to 20,000 cusecs, Page 3 ● Govt announces hike in stipend of resident doctors, Page 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SURAT POLICE have ordered an investigation after an Indian-orgin US couple alleged that policemen raided their native home in Bardoli and threatened to “frame” them under prohibition laws on finding liquor bottles at their home, which they claimed were authorised. Prakash Patel (55), a hotelier based in West Virginia in the US, also alleged that the policeman, who identified himself as SubInspector V R Chaudhary and his team of five other policemen in plain clothes, not only took away all the liquor bottles, but also Rs 7 lakh from them for “settling the case”, which was returned to them after they filed a complaint with the police. Patel and his wife, Falguni, had arrived in India in the first week of August and were visiting their native home in Bardoli. Prakash Patel with wife Falguni. The couple has filed a complaint with Surat police. Express In his September 8 application to IGP (Surat Range) Rajkumar Pandian, Patel alleged that on the afternoon of August 30, he and his wife were watching television when a man dressed in police uniform along with five others in plain clothes came to their residence and asked them whether they had any stock of liquor. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR WITH XEROX BOOKS, VADODARA’S LAST MARATHI SCHOOL FIGHTS FOR SURVIVAL AISHWARYA MOHANTY VADODARA, SEPTEMBER 14 AMID THE resonating synchronised sounds of Marathi alphabet, 35-year-old Ganesh Sadanshiv, a daily wage labourer who migrated from Maharashtra 14 years ago, waits outside the Parampujya Madhavrao Golvalkar Prathmik Shala in Sayajigunj area of Vadodara city, as his two children — Vaishnavi (13) and Deepak (7) — study in classrooms with walls bearing lesson charts in Marathi. While he usually takes leaves from work to take his children to school, on days that he can’t, his wife takes his place. Even with the parents’ enthusiasm, their children are able to attend school only twice a week. The reason being the distance — the school is located eight kilometres from their Kalali home. Moreover, it is the only surviving governmentrun Marathi-medium school in the city, traditionally known for its smooth blend of Gujarati and Marathi cultures. The school, earlier called Sayajigunj Prathmik Shala number 3, was established in 1916 when the erstwhile Baroda state was ruled by the Marathas under Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad III. Along with the Sayajigunj school, 20-odd other Marathi-medium schools were set up in the 1900s. In 1953, when the government set up Nagar Prathmik Shikshan Samiti (NPSS), all the government schools, including Sayajigunj Prathmik Shala number 3, were brought under its ambit. In 2009, the school was renamed after Madhavrao Golvalkar — the second Sarsangchalak of the RSS — by the then NPSS chairman Mehul Zaveri. But by 1963, three years after Gujarat was carved out of Bombay state, the number of Marathi-medium schools There are only 77 students at Parampujya Madhavrao Golvalkar Prathmik Shala, this year. Bhupendra Rana dropped to 15. Of more than 20 Marathi-medium schools that were established in the early 1900s, only one exists now. Notably, the number dropped considerably — from five to one — in the last 10 years. The only other Marathi-medium school in the city is M C High School, run by a trust — Baroda Education Society, and has been in existence since 1911. At Parampujya Madhavrao Golvalkar Prathmik Shala, only three students have enrolled in class 1 this year, taking the total number of students in the school to 77. This prompted the NPSS to serve a notice to the school on August 6 to stop intake of students from the next year if the number of students continues to be below 100. However, parents, teachers and students are determined to keep the school functional despite the notice from the NPSS. “When I enrolled my children at the school, I used to live in Akota. But when our slums were demolished, we were relocated to Kalali. I wanted my children to continue studying in a Marathi-medium school. For a year, I shifted my children to another school closer to my house but I realised that my children were getting aloof from their mother tongue,” says Ganesh. “Marathi culture in Vadodara has been very prominent. We have always felt welcomed here. and with schools offering curriculum in our mother tongue, it has helped us stay close to our roots,” he says. The school has also intensified door-to-door campaign for attracting more admissions of children. “I completed my schooling from a Marathimedium school here in Vadodara. Keeping this school running has become my primary goal,” says Suman Kudale, the principal of the school. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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