TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA, `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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,whowas 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 WORLD 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt points to killing, Burhan stamps; Pak says we were hopeful SHUBHAJITROY& NIRUPAMASUBRAMANIAN NEW DELHI, CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 21 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE 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- The Second Coming By PRATAP BHANU MEHTA Mamata critic Adhir What govt needs to bridge: Swank 500-bed Chowdhury dropped hospital, crumbling 1-room health centre as Bengal Cong chief AN EXPRESS SERIES `5 LAKH HEALTH INSURANCE THE ROLLOUT MORETHAN100 DIEINTANZANIA FERRY MISHAP PART 2 INFRASTRUCTURE ABANTIKA GHOSH MEWAT, SEPTEMBER 21 KAVANAUGH ACCUSER: READY TO TESTIFY UNDER RIGHT TERMS Citing Pak terror, India calls off New York meet CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana rolls out Sunday. The Indian Express does a ground check 15 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 spokesperson fortheMinistryof 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 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 confronts the public healthcaresysteminIndia’smostbackward district, Mewat (Nuh), as it The well-maintained SHKM Hospital (above)in Nalhar and the dilapidated Community Health Centre in Ferozepur Jhirka represent the challenge to PMJAY. Praveen Khanna SANTANU CHOWDHURY & RAVIK BHATTACHARYA 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 21 CONGRESS MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was on Friday removed as West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president, triggering speculation that the partywaskeepingitsdoorsopen for joining hands with the Trinamool Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Chowdhury is known for his fierce criticism of TMC chief MamataBanerjeeandstrongopposition to any electoral understanding with the ruling party. Congress president Rahul Gandhi appointed Chowdhury as chairman of the campaign committee,accordingtoanAICC press release. Former state Congress president Somendra Nath Mitra was appointed the new state party chief. “My primary task will be to strengthen the party to contest elections. We will seek support fromeveryquarterof ourparty,” Mitra said. When asked about his stand onanalliancewithTMC,hesaid, “Itwillbebestif theCongresscan stand alone in the state. An al- Somen Mitra is new party chief liance can help the Congress increase seats initially, but in the longrunpartystrengthwillwilt.” Headdedthatthedecisionof the high command would be final and he would stick to it. Chowdhury termed the development a routine affair, but saidhewasunawareof thecampaigncommitteeof whichhehas been made chairman. “I am not aware of the agenda of the campaign committee. Let it come to me first, then I will decide my course of action,” he told The Indian Express. Asked if he had been removed to make it easier for the Congress to tie up with TMC, he said,“Idon’tknowaboutthat,but my message is loud and clear — I will always be against the TMC. The Congress was devastated by theTMCinBengal.Congresswas turned into a persecuted tribe. How can we join hands with such a party?” 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 trained in 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 Kerala police arrest bishop accused of raping nun 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 arrested in a rape case. He will be produced before a court in Kottayam district on Saturday. “With reasonable suspicion, the investigating officer has beenconvinced about the charges framed against the bishop. The probe has revealed that the bishop has committed the Bishop crime and the al- Franco legations raised Mulakkal 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 CrPC. In June, a nun had complainedthatMulakkalhadraped CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR DAY AFTER ISLAMPUR CLASH, ANOTHER MAN DIES, OFFICIAL SUSPENDED RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 21 ANOTHER YOUTH succumbed to bullet injuries after a clash between protesting students and police at a school in North Bengal, taking the toll to two. The clash occurred on Thursday after students of Daribhit High School near Islampur in North Dinajpur district began protesting against newly appointed teachers visiting the school, sources said. Rajesh Sarkar, a former student of the school, died of bullet injuries. On Friday, Tapas Burman (19), a student of Islampur col- lege and another former student of the high school, died in hospital. The police have denied using live ammunition, saying they used only rubber bullets and tear gas shells. Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that the district school inspector had been suspended. “We have sought a report from the district administration and police. The home secretary is looking into the matter. The district school inspector is suspended. He did not inform the education department about the appointments,” he said. “Those who are doing poli- The resolution requesting that the newly-appointed Urdu and Sanskrit teachers be withdrawn. Express tics of violence should introspect. Any death is tragic. The RSS is fanning trouble,” Chatterjee added. The ABVP, a student affiliate of the RSS, said they were not part of the protest. “Rajesh was our unit joint secretary. Tapas also kept in touch with us. However, it was a student protest and we were not part of it,” said Subir Haldar, state vicepresident of ABVP. The BJP, meanwhile, demanded a CBI probe into the deaths. The party called a 12hour bandh in North Dinajpur district, which saw sporadic violence. According to sources, the trouble began on September 16, when newly appointed Urdu and Sanskrit teachers tried to enter the school. Students and locals tried to stop them, demanding teachers in science and literature subjects. On September 18, the school management committee in the presence of BDO and district school inspector held a meeting on the issue. The management passed a resolution stating “... resolve that Urdu teacher and Sanskrit teacher that has been appointed for this school be withdrawn, as there is no post in the HS section.” The district school inspector also announced that the teachers would not join the school. However, on Thursday, the newly appointed teachers escorted by police tried to enter the school and join duty, sources said. Students and residents again tried to stop them, and blocked a road. The police tried to baton charge and disperse the students when the clash erupted. “Probe is going on. I am being made a scapegoat. The school had vacancy and teachers were appointed. That is all I can say,” said Rabindranath Mondol, District School Inspector of North Dinajpur, who has been suspended. “The matter was settled on September 18. We are investigating why the new teachers visited the school on Thursday. Police did not resort to firing. The agitators, many of them outsiders, had firearms and crude bombs. They attacked police with bricks. Our men were injured, a police outpost ransacked, vehicles damaged. We are investigating who fired,” said Sumit Kumar, police superintendent of North Dinajpur. “We have detained seven people. Some of them are BJP workers,” added Kumar. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh demanded a CBI probe into the deaths. “The government is seeing ghosts every- where. What is wrong if students protest over teacher recruitment?” he said. BJP district leader Shankar Chakraborty said, “Our workers are harassed by police. Those who died were our supporters. Daribhit is under Panditpota gram panchayat where, out of 18 seats, the BJP won 5 seats against four secured by the ruling party.” Student outfits including SFI and Chattra Parishad have called for a students’ strike on Saturday. State Congress president Somen Mitra alleged that law and order had collapsed and police had become triggerhappy.
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