AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 22+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SUNDAY STORY PAGE 12 ‘COMPETITION IN INDIA HAS INCREASED, MANY JUNIORS ARE DOING WELL’ Free fall As the rupee hit an all-time low of 72.98 against the US dollar on September 18, what a weak currency means for the economy NEERAJ CHOPRA, Asian Games gold medalist RAFALE CONTROVERSY MoD’s defence: Government had no role, Hollande has conflict of interest French govt says ‘not involved’ in choice of Reliance as offset partner; Dassault Aviation says decision theirs SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 22 DEFENDING ITSELF against the allegation by former French president Francois Hollande — that the Indian government “proposed” Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as the offset partner for Dassault Aviation in INSIDE A Rafale fighter jet. Reuters file HELPED CHHATTISGARH DEVELOP: PM ● WILL LEAVE BJP FOR SELF-RESPECT, SAYS MLA MANVENDRA ONGC tells Kohli, others to push brand Rahul says PM Modi must clear name, BJP hits back EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 22 TRIGGERING A political slugfest, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that former French President Francois Hollande’s statement showed there was “clear cut corruption AN EXPRESS SERIES PAGE 8 ● STABILITY the Rafale aircraft deal — the government said it played “no role” and that “unnecessary controversies” were being created. In a statement issued on Saturday, the Defence Ministry also invoked “issues of conflict of interest involving persons close to the former President (Hollande)”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As scheme rolls out today, private hospitals in queue but none make the cut in Mewat Officials try to get them on board, owners point to strict criteria in the Rafale deal”, and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clarify his position. Hitting back, the BJP accused Rahul of defaming a popular Prime Minister. Hollande, who was President of France when the deal for 36 Rafale fighter aircraft was signed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As Maldives Oppn cries foul, Yameen promises free, fair election `5 LAKH HEALTH INSURANCE THE ROLLOUT PART 3 PVT PARTICIPATION DEVENDRA PANDEY & AMITAV RANJAN ABANTIKA GHOSH INDIA’S BIGGEST brand endorser Virat Kohli will now have to aggressively promote his longtime employer ONGC, as the company has decided to strictly implement its sports policy. Kohli is among the 179 ONGC elite sportspersons who have been asked to prominently display the ONGC logo — an important clause of the sports policy — on their clothing and talk about the oil PSU during their public appearances, whenever it is permissible. It is learnt that the top ONGC management, at a recent meeting with their sportspersons, emphasised the company’s brand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LEANING BACK on a steel chair at City Care Hospital in Nuh, Mohammed Haneef is patiently waiting for a doctor to treat his “throat pain”, unsure of what the bill will finally add up to. The 40-year-old farmer from Ghasera in Mewat doesn’t know it yet. But in a few months, the bill will no longer be a concern — if City Care’s application to be empanelled on the list of private hospitals for the world’s largest government health insurance programme is cleared. On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will roll out the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MEWAT, SEPTEMBER 22 Inside the City Care private hospital in Nuh. Praveen Khanna WHO MAKES THE CUT Criteria for empanelment of private hospitals: ■ At least 10 in-patient beds ■ 3 qualified nurses, 2 MBBS doctors ■ 24X7: Specialists, pharmacy, blood bank, laboratory, dialysis unit, endoscopy and X-ray facilities, ambulance and emergency services RATES, PACKAGES The PMJAY has issued a reimbursement list for 1,350 treatment packages. They include: ■ Chemotherapy: Rs 45,000-70,000 (For Hodgkins Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer) ■ Radical hysterectomy: Rs 50,000 ■ Pacemaker implantation: Rs 50,000 ■ Bone tumour excision plus joint replacement: Rs 1,50,000 ■ Total hip replacement: Rs 75,000-90,000 Must avenge Pak Army’s barbaric acts, pay back in same coin: Gen Rawat PAGES 10-11 AS MALDIVES votes in a key presidential election on Sunday amidst a government crackdown and Opposition fears of rigging, President Abdulla Yameen told The Sunday Express that his administration was “committed to holding free, fair and transparent elections”. “If elected, my administration is further committed to fulfilling our vision of an independent and progressive Maldives,” he said. President On Saturday, Yameen the Opposition alleged that the Maldives Police had entered their campaign headquarters in Male around 4 pm. “No court warrant was produced. They raided the building citing illegal activities. People are prevented CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 FULL INTERVIEW PAGE 7 Cost of Tricolour: No door, Muzaffarnagar porter pays price for using it as shade AMIT SHARMA MUZAFFARNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 22 Iron Man 2.0 From wind and the structure’s unique shape, to Sardar Patel’s posture and face, a measure of the challenges since construction of the Statue of Unity began in 2016 HE WAS returning home from Muzaffarnagar Railway Station late on August 15 evening when Shahrukh, an unregistered porter at the station, stumbled upon a large Tricolour, apparently abandoned after the Independence Day celebrations. Shahrukh was arrested on September 5, is out on bail India arrogant and negative, says Imran DEEP MUKHERJEE JAIPUR, SEPTEMBER 22 SAYING THAT there is a need to “avenge” the “barbaric” acts carried out by the Pakistani Army and terrorists against Indian soldiers, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Saturday that it is time to “give it back in the same coin”, while refraining from resorting to “similar barbarism”. “Firstly, this kind of barbaric act that terrorists of Pakistan, with the support of the Army, has been carrying out regularly, is something which is not acceptable to us and cannot be allowed to carry on. Is there a need to change strategy? I would say yes,” he told mediapersons on the sidelines of the Haifa Day commemoration parade. “We need to take stern action to avenge the kind of barbarism that terrorists and the Pakistan Army have been carrying out against our soldiers,” said Rawat. SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 22 ‘The other side must also feel the same pain’ “What we need to do is something which I would not like to say openly, but suffice to say that yes, it is time to give it back to them in the same coin, not by resorting to similar kind of barbarism, but I think the other side must also feel the same pain and, that is something which we certainly will contemplate,” he said. “With regard to whether this is on the agenda of the Combined Commanders’ CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A DAY after New Delhi called off the bilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed disappointment at the “arrogant” and “negative” response of the Indian government to his call for resumption of the “peace dialogue”. While he did not take names, Khan said he has seen “small men occupying big offices”, who don’t have “the vision” to see the big picture. “Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Muslim neighbours rally behind family of slain SPO in Valley ADIL AKHZER BATAGUND (SHOPIAN), SEPTEMBER 22 IN THE 1990s, when militancy erupted in the Valley, Special Police Officer Kulwant Singh’s family stayed back, assured that their Muslim neighbours would never turn their backs on them. On Friday, when tragedy struck the family, the entire village was CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 The room he had rented in a halfbuilt brick house, in Rampuri area of Muzaffarnagar, had no door in the front but a tin shade. With the heat unrelenting, Shahrukh thought the flag would provide a perfect screen against the sun for his family of six, including children Farzana (6) and Sahil (2). So the 33-yearold brought the flag home and hung it upside down. It was the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At Kulwant Singh’s funeral in Shopian, Saturday. Shuaib Masoodi FOUR HELD Dalit student attempts suicide after ‘ragging by upper-caste seniors’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, SEPTEMBER 22 BIG PICTURE The Bombay that Saadat Hasan Manto inhabited fuelled his creative genius and made him the writer that he was ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, SEPTEMBER 22 MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 22 PAGE 9 A 20-year-old Dalit student attempted suicide in his college washroom on Friday evening after being harassed allegedly by his upper-caste seniors. Police on Saturday arrested all the four accused, which included three third-year students of the college, and a minor, who is an outsider. The student was admitted to the government-run V S Hospital, where his condition is stated to be stable. Police said the first-year BCom student, Gopal V Mahida, attempted suicide by drinking phenyl. Gopal is a student of H L College of Commerce here and a resident of Rajula in Amreli district. Police said that Gopal himself called the medical emergency service 108 and 100 after attempting suicide. He was then rushed to the hospital. When he called 100, Gopal told police that “legal action should be taken against the four persons because of whom he was committing suicide”, police said. Navrangpura police said that an FIR has been lodged against the four accused. “He (Gopal) had been staying in the college hostel for the past three months. A day before the incident, he had approached Navrangpura police station, alleging harassment by three to four students. The police 3 GUJARAT RAFALE DEAL: DON’T MAKE ALLEGATIONS WITHOUT PROOF, RAJNATH TELLS RAHUL ● Ganesh idol damaged at Surat pandal, five arrested, P 4 ● 5 held for theft attempt at Nirav Modi’s firm, P 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Women actors must push for better pay: Varun; no equal ground: Anushka EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 22 “HOW MUCH will I talk about it? I’m done now. You talk now,” said actor and producer Anushka Sharma entrusting her colleague Varun Dhawan with the responsibility of speaking up on gender inequality in the Hindi film industry. Sharma’s comment, which highlighted the need for male actors to take a stand on the gender gap in Hindi cinema, was provoked by a question from the audience at a recent edition of the Express Adda in Mumbai. The question was about whether there would come a time when Bollywood would bridge the gender pay gap. Dhawan responded with revelations about the extent to which male actors are beneficiaries of an unequal system. An important source of compensation for male actors, he acknowledged, are the “packages” they get as part of the satellite and digital rights for their films. “Nowadays, when we make a film, there are recoveries attached... Every actor has a different recovery on these mediums, so the bigger the star, the bigger the recovery... A lot of male stars, and it has happened with me also, we get offered a lot of pack- ages. They say, ‘Sir, aap humko apne char picture de do, and we’ll give you so many crores.’ Actors Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma at the Express Adda in Mumbai. Amit Chakravarty Then you can decide how much to give the producer, how much to keep for yourself. A lot of big male actors have these deals and I think it’s time that a lot of big female actors also start doing these deals,” Dhawan said. Sharma, along with her colleagues Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut and Sonam Kapoor, has been one of the most vocal critics of Bollywood’s gender pay gap and unequal opportunities, said there was a long way to go before women in the industry reached a position from where they could strike these ‘deals’. “Male actors are propped up a lot more by producers, and when you are propped up so much, the value is always going to be more for the male actor,” she said. Pointing out that a film’s success is still largely attributed to its male lead, she said, “You conveniently forget that there was a lead actress also involved... you have to play on equal ground first, and then we can talk about these recoveries.” Calling for a greater celebration of women actors, Dhawan said, “This year has been one of the best for our industry, with the most number of hits and the most number of films making Rs 100 crore. That’s not only because of male actors. Women ac- tors are giving big hits, whether solo or with a male supporting cast.” Talking of recent hits such as the Alia Bhatt-starrer Raazi and Veere Di Wedding, which featured four women lead actors, Sharma described the current period in Hindi cinema as being a particularly healthy one for actors, given the diversity of roles on offer. She said this has been made possible by a combination of factors - an audience with a more diverse taste in cinema, and women actors who are more assertive about the kind of movies they want to do. “In today’s time, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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