TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 26 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Pak Rangers BILL STUCK IN RAJYA SABHA, GOVT CITES ‘COMPELLING NECESSITY’ gun down BSF man, slit his throat ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 19 PAKISTAN RANGERS Tuesday shot and hacked to death an injuredBSFheadconstableinJ&K’s Ramgarh sector, official sources said. The body of Head Constable NarenderKumarof DCoy176Bn wasfoundneartheinternational border late Tuesday evening with three bullet wounds in the chest,shoulderandrightleg,and the throat slit, sources said. The incident took place a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated two smartfencepilotprojects,which form part of the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) along the international border in Jammu to check infiltration from Pakistan. The site where the BSF personnel’s body was found is hardly 10 km from Makwal, whichisoneof thetwolocations where the smart fence project is beingimplemented.BSFsources said they have lodged a strong protest with their Pakistani counterparts. Sourcessaidtheheadconstable was deployed at BSF’s Majra post and was part of a six-member team clearing “sarkanda” (wild grass) on the Indian side ahead of the barbed wire fence. The Rangers suddenly opened fireandtooktheBSFteambysurprise,sourcessaid.WhileKumar wasinjured,othersretaliatedand returned to a safe location. On realising that Kumar had beenleftbehind,sourcessaidthe BSF launched a search in the area,whichledtohishelmetand bloodstains, with the trail leading to the Pakistani side. Suspecting that Rangers had taken the injured head constable, BSF officers contacted their Pakistani counterparts opposite Majra Post, who denied knowledge about the missing personnel, sources said. Even as senior BSF officials, including Jammu Frontiers IG Govt brings in ordinance to make instant triple talaq a penal offence INDIA IS all set to roll out the National Registry of Sexual Offenders on Thursday, and will become the ninth country in the world to set up and maintain such a database. The Indian registry will include names, photographs, residential address, fingerprints, DNA samples, and PAN and Aadhaar numbers, of convicted sexual offenders. Official sources told The Indian Express that the database will contain more than 4.5 lakh cases, including profiles of firsttimeandrepeatoffenders,based ondetailscompiledfromprisons across the country. The offenders will be classified on the basis of criminal history to ascertain if “they pose a serious danger to the community”. “The database will be maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) under theMinistryof HomeAffairsand LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 Prasad briefs reporters on the ordinance. Prem Nath Pandey Briefing reporters on the ordinance, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “There was an overpowering urgency and a compelling necessity to bring the or- dinance as the practice continued unabated despite the Supreme Court order last year.” In a landmark 3-2 verdict in August 2017, a five-judge CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE BJP-LED government’s decision Wednesday to promulgate an ordinance to ban the practice of instant triple talaq drew sharp criticism from the Opposition Congress and sections of the Muslim community, but for different reasons. While the Congress said there was lack of clarity on the subsistence allowance clause in BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 24 SPORT NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 SAYINGTHATnotjustHindusbut others too called Ram the “Imam-e-Hind,” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Wednesday saidthattheRamtempleshould be built in Ayodhya at the “earliest,” and its construction would removeamajorsourceof tension between Hindus and Muslims. On Kashmir, too, Bhagwat echoed the RSS line that Article 370 and Article 35 A should be scrapped but on the question of uniformcivilcode,hecalledfora more pragmatic consensus. “(The temple) should have happenedbynow.Theconstruction of a grand Ram temple will helpinendingamajorreasonfor tension between Hindus and Muslims, and if the temple is built in a harmonious way, there will be no more pointing of fingers at Muslims,” he said on the final day of the RSS’s threeday lectures series. His remarks come when the Supreme Court is hearing the Ayodhya title suit case. Bhagwat was replying to a rangeof questionsreceivedfrom the audience over the last two days — from reservations to minority politics,lynchingtothe relationship between the Sangh and the government. Saying that “100 per cent best” is hard to find in politics and so people have to elect the “available best,” Bhagwat was critical of the NOTA (None of the Above) option in the EVM. In a year when five states are CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● INDIA BEAT PAK BY 8 WICKETS IN ASIA CUP MATCH 16 WORLD Q&A Actors Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan with The Indian Express Deputy Editor Seema Chishti at the Express Adda in Mumbai on Wednesday. Prashant Nadkar Names, photos, ID: First registry of sex offenders out today NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 All communities will be affected, says Sarsanghchalak, calls for a consensus MANOJ C G KRISHN KAUSHIK UNABLE TO build consensus among political parties in Rajya Sabha on the Bill criminalising the practice of instant triple talaq, the Union Cabinet Wednesday decided to take the ordinance route to outlaw the practice. It was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind hours later. Uniform civil code is not just about Hindu, Muslim: RSS chief Bhagwat From allowance to jail term: Cong, Owaisi raise red flags on provisions Prasad targets Sonia: Congress vote-bank politics did not allow passage of Bill CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAHUL TRIPATHI ‘RAM TEMPLE AT EARLIEST’ made available to law enforcement agencies for various purposes, including investigation and employee verification,” a senior government official said. The registry will be available only to law enforcement agencies in India, unlike in the US where the database maintained bytheFBIcanbeaccessed bythe public.Theregistriesmaintained by other countries — UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Trinidad & Tobago — are available only to law enforcement agencies. India’sregistrywillstoredata for 15 years in the case of those classifiedasposing“lowdanger”, 25 years for those presenting “moderate danger” and through lifetime for “habitual offenders, violent criminals, convicts in gangrape and custodial rapes”, sources said. The registry will also store information on arrested and chargesheeted offenders but CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NAWAZ, DAUGHTER EXIT JAIL AFTER HIGH COURT ORDER, HEAD TO HOME IN LAHORE Withdrawing faulty hip implants: How J&J went back on its word to regulator KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 IN MARCH 2009, Johnson & Johnson sought a registration certificate in India to import and market its ASR (articular surface replacement) hip implants with an undertaking that it would “withdraw the product from the marketin 48hours”if itfacesactionfrom“anyregulatoryauthor- ity of any country”. In December thatyear,these“faulty”implants werewithdrawninAustraliafollowing an intervention by that country’s medical regulator. Despite this undertaking, J&J did not informthe Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), the Indian regulator, of theactioninAustralia.Andwhen itfinallydidso,onMarch8,2010, it took the CDSCO another three yearstoofficiallycanceltheIndia Had said would withdraw product within 48 hours licence of the ASR implants. In fact, on January 11, 2010, the regulator granted a fresh importlicencetoJ&Jafterreceiving another undertaking that it wouldrecalltheproductif found faulty by a regulator in any other country. The ASR implants were globally recalled on August 24, 2010. Documents accessed by The Indian Express showthatthefirst CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Student gangrape: How Dehradun school officials got together to ‘script a cover-up’ KAVITA UPADHYAY DEHRADUN, SEPTEMBER 19 FOR ASlongasa monthfromthe day she was allegedly gangraped, the 16-year-old couldn’t speak a word about it. But on September 14, after she missed her period, the fear of being pregnant finally made her confide in a friend in the hostel of their boarding school on the outskirts of Dehradun. That’s when, police and officials said, the school authorities got together to ensure silence and secrecy. Thegirltoldthefriendthaton August 14, four boys, all fellow students, had taken turns to allegedly rape her inside a room onthecampus.Sheconfidedthat her month-long silence was due to fear and shock from the alleged rape and warnings from the boys that she would be defamedif shetoldanyoneaboutit. Speaking to The Indian Express, Seema Dora, a member of the Uttarakhand child protection commission who spoke to the girl on Tuesday, said she repeated one line several times: “Mujhe apna saal kharab nahin karna (Idon’twanttospoilayear in school).” “As she told us about the events that unfolded over the last month, there was no emotion. It was as if the rape and the trauma had left her in shock,” Dora said. According to the sequence of eventsputtogetherbypoliceand officialsprobingthecase,andthe FIR filed by the girl’s father, she CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in New Delhi, Wednesday. Express Bhagwat’s silence on Golwalkar telling: Edits anti-Muslim remark RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 MADHAV SADASIVA Golwalkar (popularly known as Sri Guruji), thesecondandthelongest-servingchief of theRSScreditedwith widening the RSS’s footprints in post-Independent India, did not findanymentionamong32personalities referred to by the RSS chief MohanBhagwatduringthe two days of his lecture series on the future of India. The series was held to ostensibly explain the RSS and to allay what it called “misperceptions” regarding the organisation. Bhagwat had to make one reference on the last day, Wednesday, when he was responding to a question on Golwalkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts where Muslims are called the shatru (enemy). His answer was telling — he said that quote wasn’t there in a new edition. 14 THEEDITORIAL PAGE “Rahibaat‘BunchofThoughts’ ki, batein jo boli jaati hain woh paristithivishesh,prasangvishesh ke sandarbh mein boli jaati hain. Woh shashwat nahin rehti hai. Ek baat toh yeh hai ki, Guruji ke jo shashwat vichar hain unka ek sankalan prasiddh hua hai ‘Sri Guruji: Vision and Mission’ usme tatkalik sandarbh se aane waali saari batein humne hatakar usme jo sada kaal ke liye upyukt vichar hain woh rakhe hain. Usko aap padhiye. Usme aapko aisi baatein nahin milengi,” Bhagwat said. (As far as Bunch of Thoughts goes, every statement carries a context of time and circumstance...his enduring thoughts are in a popular edition in which we have removed all remarks that have a temporary context and retained those that will endure for ages. You won’t find the (Muslim-is-an-enemy) remark there.) TheonlyothertimeBhagwat referred to Golwalkar was in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The spy who wasn’t BY ALOK RAI ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR POLL PROMISE GETS TWEAKED: FREE WIFI NOT EASY, AAP LOOKS AT DATA VOUCHERS SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 WITH THE Delhi Public Works Department convinced that the need for wireless internet hotspots is now obsolete with the advent of 4G, the Delhi government is considering replacing the Rs 100-crore free WiFi project in the city with Internet vouchers. A key poll promise of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi and with Lok Sabha polls scheduled next year, the government had announced that the tenders for the much-delayed free WiFi project will be awarded by September30andpilothotspots will be commissioned by March 31, 2019. With just about 10 days left for the deadline to award the tender,thegovernmenthasbeen unable to reach a consensus on the model to follow in providing free Internet access. PWD Minister Satyendar Jain and close advisers of Chief Minister ArvindKejriwalhavealsoargued that the proposal on vouchers — which Jain has turned down once — will cost more. The PWD has now fixed a meeting between Jain and telecom companies on Saturday to build consensus as soon as possible. Government officials said that the voucher proposal may involve people registering their mobile numbers on a website, following which a code will be issued to them. The code can be used to get reimbursements directlyintotheiraccounts.Forthis system, however, the service provider will have to be on the list of companies roped in by the government. The AAP is keen to execute the project before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, so no room is left for theOppositionBJPandCongress inDelhitotargetthegovernment Illustration: Suvajit Dey over an “unfulfilled promise”. “Much has changed in the last three years. Mobile Internet is widely and easily accessible. Hotspots made sense then, not anymore.Therearefearsof costs. But, hotspots will be high-maintenance. There will be breakdowns, thefts,” said sources. “Separate infrastructure will have to be built just to protect them. If the objective is to providefreeInternetaccess,then other models should be looked at. And such a large order to any company will also ensure cheap prices.” To allay concerns that one particular private telecom com- pany may reap profits if the voucher system is introduced, morethanonefirmcanberoped in, sources said, adding that it canworkon the reimbursement model wherein a customer will be reimbursed for a voucher if his telecom provider is part of the agreement. “There are advantages and disadvantages.Wewillalsohave to see because installing hotspots is a time-consuming process and things may stall once the model of conduct comesintoforcebeforethepolls. Bureaucrats may float many ideas, but it is the Chief Minister who will take the final call,” another official said. The Delhi government’s advisory body — Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi(DDC)—hadannouncedin June 2016 that the first 1,000 WiFi hotspots will come up in areas across east Delhi. But, the proposal never got off the ground with DDC gradually turning dormant. The project was delayed as it was initially with the IT Department and when the government decided to transfer it to PWD, it faced resistance as the latter cited “non-availability of sufficient staff” at its disposal and lack of expertise in this field.
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