TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 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 RAFALE OFFSET: INTERVIEW TO FRENCH WEBSITE Govt denied role but ex-French President Hollande says: Indian Govt proposed Reliance, had no choice MoD: Remarks being verified, neither Govt had a say in commercial decision SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 21 Hollande responded to The Indian Express report FRANCOISHOLLANDE, who was President of France when the deal for 36 Rafale fighter aircraft was signed with India, has said Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence was chosen as the offset partner byDassaultAviationbecausethe Indian government had “pro- posed” its name. “We didn’t have a say in that. It was the Indian government that proposed this service group (Reliance),andDassaultwhonegotiated with Ambani. We didn’t have a choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us,” Hollande was quoted by French news website Mediapart.fr on the offset contract. Hollande was responding to The Indian Express news report referred to by Mediapart that Ambani’sRelianceEntertainment had co-produced a French film Toutla-hautwithhispartnerJulie Gayet when India and France were negotiating the Rafale deal, “That’s why, on the other hand, thisgroup(Reliance)didnothave to give me any thanks for anything.Icouldn’tevenimaginethat there was any connection to a film by Julie Gayet.” TheformerFrenchPresident’s remarkscontradicttheIndiangovernment’s claim that the deal between Dassault and Reliance was a commercial pact between two private parties and the governmenthadnothingtodowithit. In an interview to The Indian Express last week, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI: Central Bureau of Infighting between its Number 1 and 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 21 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Rakesh Asthana (left) and Alok Verma under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reacting to this, Asthana wrote to the government with a complaintagainstVerma,saying that the Director had sought to impedehisfunctioning,interfere in investigations and malign his reputation. As reported by The Indian Express on July 16, Verma had ART OF HIS MATTER Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj with The Indian Express Deputy Editor Seema Chishti at the Express Adda in New Delhi on Friday. Neeraj Priyadarshi AN EXPRESS SERIES What govt needs to bridge: Swank 500-bed hospital, crumbling 1-room health centre Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana rolls out Sunday. The Indian Express does a ground check 10 `5 LAKH HEALTH INSURANCE THE ROLLOUT PART 2 INFRASTRUCTURE The Second Coming By PRATAP BHANU MEHTA 15 WORLD KAVANAUGH ACCUSER: READY TO TESTIFY UNDER RIGHT TERMS ABANTIKA GHOSH MEWAT, SEPTEMBER 21 FRAMED AGAINST the Aravalli mountains, the Shaheed Hassan Khan Mewati (SHKM) Government Medical College in Nalhar is just six years old, with 500 beds, all neat and well-maintained. Just 30 km to the south is the Community Health Centre (CHC) in Ferozepur Jhirka, a shabby one-room temporary facility in a dilapidated building. The gulf between the two represents the biggest challenge that confrontsthe public healthcaresysteminIndia’smostbackward district, Mewat (Nuh), as it Citing Pak terror, India calls off New York meet Govt points to killing, Burhan stamps; Pak says we were hopeful SHUBHAJITROY& NIRUPAMASUBRAMANIAN NEW DELHI, CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 21 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE FOREIGN MINISTERS WERE TO MEET AT UN A DAY after India accepted Pakistan’s proposal for a meeting between their Foreign Ministers in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly gathering next week, the government Friday cancelled the meeting and said “the evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed” and the “true face” of Imran Khan, the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, has been “revealed to the world”. Responding to the Indian announcement,PakistanMinisterfor Information and Broadcasting ChaudharyFawadHussainclaimed that“internalpolitics”and“BJPkeandarjotagdagrouphai(thedominant groupwithintheBJP)”werebehind thecancellationof themeetingbetween External Affairs Minister SushmaSwarajandPakistanForeign MinisterShahMahmoodQureshiin NewYork. Announcing New Delhi’s decision, Raveesh Kumar, official spokespersonfor the Ministry of Director lists six corruption cases against Special Director who complains against Director to CVC THE GATHERING war within the CBI, between Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, came to a head today after the agency said Friday that it was probing Asthana in as many as six cases of alleged corruption. And that Asthana was maligning the Director’s image acnd trying to “intimidate” officials by sending a “frivolous” complaint to the Central Vigilance Commission against Verma. The six instances against Asthana were placed on record in June as part of the appraisal process and communicated to the Directorate of Personnel and Training (DoPT) which comes JOURNALISM OF COURAGE The well-maintained SHKM Hospital (above)in Nalhar and the dilapidated Community Health Centre in Ferozepur Jhirka represent the challenge to PMJAY. Praveen Khanna preparestojointhenationalrollout of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) on September 23. AtSHKM,liaisonstaffarebusy runninglast-minutetrialsforthe world’slargestinitiativeofitskind thatwillprovideanannualhealth coverof Rs5lakhto50crorepeople in 26 states. SHKM is one of the two government hospitals in this Haryana district to be part of the first rollout. At the CHC in Ferozepur Jhirka, meanwhile, the staff are relieved that they have at least a temporary facility to operate from. They had to move out of another crumbling building last year after it was “condemned” by officials. The CHC is the key link on the ground, referring patients up the chain to benefit from PMJAY. “We were given training for a day in Panchkula, and have since been acclimatising ourselves with the software. We have already had some curious people walk in with enquiries,” says Pramod Singh, one of the Family of Firdous Ahmad, who was killed Friday. Shuaib Masoodi J&K cops targeted again, three abducted and killed ADIL AKHZER SHOPIAN, SEPTEMBER 21 THREE JAMMU and Kashmir Police personnel — a constable, a ‘follower’ and a special police officer — were abducted from their homes and shot by militants in Shopian district of South Kashmir on Friday morning. The killings, which came days after Hizbul Mujahideen ‘Commander’ Riaz Naikoo warned SPOs to resign or “face death”, triggered some public announcements of purported resignations from the police force on social media. The Union Home Ministry, however, denied the resignations, and alleged “false propa- Kerala police arrest bishop accused of raping nun for 2 yrs SHAJU PHILIP KOCHI, SEPTEMBER 21 AFTER THREE days of interrogation, Bishop Franco Mulakkal (54), who has been accused of repeatedly raping a nun, was arrested on Friday evening. Mulakkal, who holds a doctorate in moral theology, is the first Indian Catholic bishop to be arrestedinarapecase.Hewillbe produced before a court in Kottayam district on Saturday. “With reasonable suspicion, theinvestigatingofficerhasbeen convinced about the charges framed against the bishop. The probe has revealed that the bishop hascommittedthecrime and the allegations raised against him by the nun are reasonably true,’’ said Kottayam SP Hari Sankar. Police sources said while Mulakkal stuck to his stand that he did not rape the nun, he was arrested following contradictions in his statements, circumstantial evidence, statements of witnesses, and the nun’s statement under Section 164 of the THE CITY Bishop Franco Mulakkal CrPC. In June, a nun had complainedthatMulakkalhadraped her 13 times at the mission house in Kottayam district, over a period of two years from May 5, 2014. While the police registered a case in Kottayam on June 28, the probe against him dragged on for nearly three months. Mulakkal, who was relieved of his pastoral duties as the Jalandhar bishop on Thursday, was questioned by the Kerala police in Jalandhar last month. On Wednesday, he was summoned to Kerala for interrogation. According to sources, Mulakkaldeniedthathewentto the mission house on May 5, 2014, when he first allegedly rapedthenun.However,sources CONTINUEDONPAGE2 PAGE 3 ● HC ALLOWS NASHIK WOMAN TO TERMINATE 30-WEEK PREGNANCY ● CHOKSI SEEKS CANCELLATION OF NBW CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ganda” by “mischievous” elements. The three police personnel whowerekilledhavebeenidentifiedasNisarAhmadDhobi(38), Firdous Ahmad Kuchey (28) and Kulwant Singh (35). Dhobi was posted as a constablewiththeJ&KPolicearmed wing in Srinagar; Kuchey was posted at Kakapora railway station in Pulwama as a follower (Class 4 employee in J&K Police, generallyatradesmanwhoisnot trainedin handling arms); Singh was a special police officer posted in Kulgam district. All the three men had returned to their homes in Shopian district on Thursday evening. On Friday morning, the trio, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Maharashtra suspends 37 regional transport officers EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 21 IN A major crackdown, the Maharashtra government on Friday suspended 37 regional transport officers across the state. The suspension follows a Bombay High Court order on a public interest litigation and video recording of day-to-day work of regional and assistant regional transport offices to investigate charges of issuing permits and fitness certificates to vehicleswithoutfollowingrules. Accordingtothegovernment order, regional transport officers in Yavatmal, Kolhapur, Pune, Aurangabad, Panvel and Thane have been found flouting rules and regulations, despite the HC ordering that extra care should be taken. “Despite the court’s orders, these officers have been found toissuefitnesscertificatesforvehicles without following norms. Since this is a serious offense, 28 regional transport officers and 9 assistant regional transport officers have been suspended,” the home department order said. Whilemostof theofficersare from Thane, Pune, Yavatmal, Kolhapur, Panvel and Aurangabad, some have been transfered to Kalyan, Buldhana CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR DAY AFTER , JET PASSENGER STILL COUGHS BLOOD, PLANS TO GO TO POLICE TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA & NEHA KULKARNI MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 21 A DAY after a Jet Airways flight returned to Mumbai to make an emergency landing after drop in cabin pressure resulted in at least 30 passengers suffering from nose bleed and pain, one of the injured continued to cough blood and suffer ear and headache on Friday. This was despite he being discharged from the hospital. “His head and ears are paining constantly. We plan to make him undergo a CT scan and an MRI of brain. The low cabin pressure affected him a lot as he was travelling from Hong Kong and was in transit for over 24 hours without getting any sleep,” said Vikram Kala, the brother of passenger Ankur Kala (38). “We now plan to register a police complaint against Jet Airways for negligence,” he added. Ankur had arrived in Mumbai on Thursday from Hong Kong, where he participated in a jewellery exhibition. He took the onward flight to Jaipur at 6.15 am. Within 20 minutes, he has claimed, oxygen masks had dropped down from the overhead compartment and the cabin pressure dropped. Kala was one of the five injured who were rushed to Nanavati hospital on Thursday after his nose started bleeding in the oxygen mask. Twenty-five others, who suffered from nose and ear bleeding, were taken to Jaipur on the next flight. The loss of pressure was due to a manual glitch after the cabin crew did not put the bleed switch on to normalise pressure at higher altitude. Those onboard suffered barotrauma, a condition in which the ear pressure is different from the outside air pressure. “It will take a few days for the situation to normalise for the patients. There Ankur Kala (second from right) was one of the five injured who were rushed to Nanavati hospital on Thursday. Express was immense pressure on their ear drums, which we term as Baro-otitis Media. This led to bleeding. But none of them are critical,” said ENT surgeon Dr Amol Patil, who treated the five in Nanavati hospital. Vashi resident Satish Nair, who was also in the flight, said he is awaiting the probe report. “I do not know how much compensation we can receive. However, I plan to wait for the preliminary probe report and then act on it.” Nair has complained of lack of medical facilities at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and the failure of the airline to assist injured passengers. Meanwhile, following Thursday’s incident, passengers who have booked with the airline are a concerned lot. Anil Sharma, a writer, who is scheduled to travel on September 29 with his family from Jaipur to Mumbai, said: “I am bit concerned because I am travelling with my family. What should I do, should I cancel my ticket? I will also lose money if I cancel tickets.” Sharma has spent Rs 40,000 on booking flight tickets with Jet Airways. His mother, aged 88, suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sharma’s doctor has suggested they carry a nebuliser just in case of any change in cabin pressure. “The doctor said she will be the first one to be affected if something like this happens.” Bangalore-based Sandhya, a sales executive, who flew by Jet Airways on Friday from Chennai to Bangalore, is a frequent flyer. “What happened on Thursday was carelessness. It was not a technical snag. This thought is concerning,” she said. Sandhya added that for a few months, she will avoid booking flights with the airline, which she uses to visit Dhaka, Hyderabad and Chennai. A senior Jet Airways official said that passengers, who have suffered injuries, will be duly compensated after the probe report comes out.
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