TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE RSS CHIEF BHAGWAT SAYS ‘If Muslims are unwanted, then there is no Hindutva’ Invoking Sir Syed, Bhagwat nuances Sangh stand on calling Indian as Hindu LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 14 WORLD KAVANAUGH, ACCUSERTO APPEARBEFORE SENATEPANEL KIM SAYS TRUMP MEET STABILISED REGION, THANKS MOON FOR HELP First time, under-five mortality rate same as global average ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 IN WHAT is a major milestone in reduction of child deaths in India, the country’s under five mortality rate, for the first time, has been estimated at 39 deaths per 1,000 live births, the same as the global average. But the gendergapinchild survivalremains far below the global average — it means that girl children, after they are born, face discrimination in India, according to new mortality estimates released as partof areportbyUNICEF,WHO, UN Population Division and the World Bank Group. The under-five mortality of the girl child is 2.5 per cent higher (40 deaths per 1,000 live births) than the under-five mortality of the boy child (39 deaths per 1,000 live births). This gendergaphasreducedsignificantly given that the difference was nearly 10 per cent in 2012. Globally, girl child survival rates are 11 per cent higher than boys. This is in line with government data which show that in sick newborn care units across thecountry,thereisa60:40ratio of boys and girls admitted. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also flagged this issue to states but it has not borne results. This year’s EconomicSurveyestimatedthat 21 million Indian girls are unwanted — parents wanted a boy but had a girl instead. Following initiatives like Mission Indradhanush, Mother RECALLING THE words of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder ofMuhammadanAnglo-Oriental College which became the Aligarh Muslim University, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Tuesday nuanced the Sangh line of every Indian being a Hindu, saying “HinduRashtradoesnotmeanit hasnoplaceforMuslims.Theday it is said that Muslims are unwanted here, the concept of Hindutva will cease to exist”. Speaking on the second day of a three-day RSS lecture series event in New Delhi, Bhagwat said he will “respect” the sentiments of those who wish to be called“Bharatiya”andnotHindu. He recalled Syed Ahmad Khan’s speech at a function organised by the Arya Samaj community to felicitate him for becoming “the first Muslim barrister”. He said Khan told the gathering “Mujhe bada dukh hua ki aapne humko apne me nahin shumaar kiya... kya hum Bharat Mata ke putra nahin hain?... arre itihaas mein badal gayi hamari pujakipadyati, aurkyabadlahai? BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY A SOLDIER’S FUNERAL Thefuneralof Lance NaikMuktharAhmadMalikinKulgam,J&K.TheTerritorialArmysoldier hadcomehometomournhisson’sdeathwhenhewasshotbymilitantsposingasreporters. PTI Chanda Kochhar case: ICICI Bank looks to settle with SEBI ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 18 (I am very upset that you did not consider me one of your own. Am I not a son of Mother India? Nothing has changed except our ways of worship).” Bhagwat said that this was the sentiment among people of undivided India until 1881 before it disappeared over time. “Usko wapas lana padega... usko aap, hum jaisa kehte hain usko, Hindu mat kaho... aap usko Bharatiya kaho... hum aap ke kehne ka samman karte hain (We need to return that. If you do not wanttocallthatHindu,aswedo, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ICICI BANK is in talks with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to settle alleged regulatory lapses involving its managing director and chief executive officer Chanda Kochhar, Videocon group and NuPower Renewables, a company run by Chanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak Kochhar, through the consent mechanism, chairman of the capital market regulator Ajay Tyagi said on Tuesday. Under the consent settlement process, an entity facing a probebySebi is subjectedtocertain fees and restrictions without admission or denial of Sebi issued notices to ICICI Bank, Kochhar on May 24 TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar alleged irregularities and the regulator thereafter drops its charges and investigations with a caveat that all disclosures made to it are correct. Tyagi said the regulator has received the reply of the bank to its show-cause notice with respect to a probe into alleged lapses in disclosure norms by Kochharunderthesecuritieslaw. An ICICI Bank spokesperson said,“Wehavesubmittedourresponseto theshow-causenotice issued by SEBI. We would like to clarify that we have not filed any application for settlement.” SebihadissuednoticestoICICI Bank and Chanda Kochhar on May 24, 2018 under Rule 4 (1) of SCR (Procedure for Holding InquiryandImposingPenaltiesby Adjudication Officer) Rules 2005 seeking responses on matter CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 VVIP chopper deal: UAE Girl gangraped, four students held, Dehradun boarding school court orders extradition of top brass arrested for cover-up accused Christian Michel KAVITA UPADHYAY DEHRADUN, SEPTEMBER 18 A 16-YEAR-OLD girl was allegedly gangraped by four boys, all fellow students, at a reputed boarding school in Dehradun, police and officials probing the incident said. They said the incident was kept under wraps for over a month by school authorities who threatened to expel thevictim if she spoke about it even to her own family, including her younger sister who is a student in the same school. 11 EXPLAINED On Monday, police arrested the four boys and five members of theschooladministrationand staff — the director, principal, an administrativeofficeralongwith his wife, and a hostel caretaker — who were named in an FIR registeredattheSahaspurpolice station. The case came to light Sunday, when Dehradun SSP Nivedita Kukreti received information about the alleged incident even as the girl was taken to a local clinic for tests to confirm the pregnancy and a possible abortion. A preliminary investigation was initiated, which confirmed that the girl had been gangraped, police said. Police said that when the victim suspected that she may havebecomepregnant,following the alleged gangrape, the school administrativeofficer’swifegave her“homeremediestoterminate the pregnancy”, which resulted in the girl suffering from severe stomach ache. The victim’s parents, who live in Delhi, were informedabouttheincidentbyher sister over phone. TheFIRlodgedbythevictim’s fatherincludeschargesunderIPC sections 376D (gangrape), 120B CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 A COURT in the UAE Tuesday ordered the extradition of Christian Michel, a key accused in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP choppers deal case, it is learnt. The order was issued based on extradition requests sent by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the alleged kickbacks paid to swing the deal to buy 12 VVIP choppers in favour of AgustaWestland. “An order has come. It is in Arabic. But it seems it (extradition) has been done,” a senior KICKBACKS IN VVIP CHOPPER DEAL agency official said, requesting anonymity. Requests were sent to the UAE, where Michel has been staying, last year. Michel has the option of appeal and may not be extradited immediately, sources said. Michelwas arrested lastyear CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LIC stays invested in zero-revenue, loss making companies as mutual funds exit In 7 years, its Rs 3,800 cr down to Rs 780 cr; loss incurred is in 25 of 45 firms SANDEEP SINGH & SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 Why 3 banks are being merged CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE GOVERNMENT has cleared Life Insurance Corporation of India’s controversial move to take over 51% of troubled IDBI Bank — whose top management was arrested for alleged corruption. The state-owned insurer is now facing a fresh challenge as IL&FS, where it is the single largest stakeholder with 25.34 per cent stake, has defaulted on debt payments and is now desperate to secure a bailout from key stakeholders including LIC. However, beyond these two issues, LIC may have some more explaining to do. It is the country’s biggest equity investor with cumulative investments that equal the entire equity corpus of India’s mutual fund industry. Yet, of its equity portfolio of 329 companies where LIC holds over 1 per cent as of March 2018, at least 45 companies — or one of eight — haveeithernotreportedanyrevenueorhavepostedlossesinthe last three consecutive years, an analysisbyTheIndianExpresshas revealed. Despite this, LIC has remained invested in these companies. The analysis is based on data sourced from Prime Database and Bombay Stock Exchange. That’s not all. Most of these companies have a market capitalisation of less than Rs 100 crore. Significantly, while LIC continues to hold over 1 per cent in these companies, top mutual funds have, over the last eight years, exited almost fully from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UK red-flagged Mallya’s £17.8-mn Swiss bank transfer It was this that led to bankers moving to freeze his assets in UK; now order out to search and seize his properties RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 IN NOVEMBER 2015, the CBI, as reported by The Indian Express Tuesday,putonrecordthatVijay Mallya should not be detained when he arrived in Delhi from London; four months later his bankers reportedly didn’t act on the legal advice they got to restrain him when he flew back to London. It was British authorities in London, a year later, who redflagged a 17.86-million pound (Rs 170 crore) transfer Mallya made to a bank in Switzerland. 12 THEEDITORIAL PAGE UK unit raised alert in June 2017 Sources have told The Indian Express that it was this alert by UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU), on June 28, 2017, that wascommunicatedtoIndianinvestigating agencies and triggered the move for Mallya’s 13 lending banks to form a consortium and jointly move towards freezing of his assets in the UK. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A new form of corruption BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan are guests at Adda today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 18 THEY COME from different spaces — one is from the industry, and the other an outsider — but what’s common to both is their willingness to experiment. Actors Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma have been on the frontier of a new movement in Hindi cinema, exploring fresh ideas and narratives, straddling the mainstream and the offbeat. On Wednesday, Sharma and Dhawan will be the guests at the Express Adda in Mumbai. The Express Adda is a series of informal interactions organised by The Indian Express Group and features those at the centre of change. Sharma, who comes from an Armyfamilyandwasamodelbefore she joined films, made a splashwithhervivaciousturnopposite Shah Rukh Khan in Aditya Chopra’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008). She followed it up with hersuccessfulactasaDelhiwedding planner in Band Baaja Baaraat(2010),whosecriticaland Exploring ideas, narratives commercialsuccessconsolidated her position in the industry. Since then, she has delivered impressive performances in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ‘WE DREAMT OF BRINGING UP OUR CHILD WITHOUT CASTE PREJUDICES’ SREENIVAS JANYALA MIRYALAGUDA (TELANGANA), SEPTEMBER 18 AMRUTHA VARSHINI and P Pranay Kumar had exchanged wedding vows on WhatsApp. They wanted to start a small farm with a polyhouse and Pranay, a Dalit, and Amrutha, who belongs to an upper caste, dreamed of bringing up their child without caste prejudices. Thatdreamisallthat’sleftfor Amruthanow.OnSeptember14, the couple was returning home after a prenatal checkup when an assailant hacked Pranay to death outside the hospital in Miryalaguda town of Telangana’s Nalgonda district. Her father, T Maruthi Rao, who allegedly hired contract killers forRs1crore,andsixothershave been arrested for the murder. Amrutha said that Pranay always talked of a society in which caste did not determine who can fall in love or who can marry whom. “We dreamt of bringing up our child without casteattached.Iwillfightforthat kind of a society on behalf of Pranay. Pranay’s gift to me is growing inside me. I am even Pranay and Amrutha got married in January more determined to raise my child as a crusader against caste prejudices,” she said. According to the police, Rao was unable to accept that his only daughter had married a Dalit and was also expecting a child. Police sources said that Rao contacted a gang led by AsgharAli,whowasacquitted in the Haren Pandya murder case in Gujarat, to kill his daughter’s husband. At Pranay’s home in Mutthireddykunta in Miryalaguda Tuesday, Amrutha isstillinshock.Herfather-in-law, P Balaswami, requests people to give her a break for a few minutes. “I want to give her some breakfast. Her blood pressure is high and the doctor has advised complete bed rest for the safety of her and the baby,” he said. “We exchanged our vows on WhatsApp while I was in one room and Pranay was in the other,twodaysbeforeourrecep- tion. It was to give ourselves the feeling of being apart while we were typing out our commitment to each other for life. In truth, we couldn’t bear to be away from each other even for a few moments,” she said. Sheremembersthathepampered her all the time and took care of her as he would a child. “I am just 21, he was 24... We haven’t experienced anything in this world except unflinching love for each other. A beautiful life has been cut short brutally,” she said. On Tuesday, activists and members of SC and ST organisa- tions visited Pranay’s house demanding justice for the couple. Amrutha has also started a Facebook page to campaign for justice and fight against caste prejudices. According to Balaswami, Amrutha wants to live with them. “She is very scared of her parents. She will live here only and we will take care of her and the baby, which is due in four months,” he said. He said he knew how strongly a forwardclass family would oppose their lone daughter marrying a Dalit man. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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