TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PM rolls out world’s largest health insurance scheme, says not based on communal, caste lines How rollout will impact India’s most backward district Hits out at earlier govts, says ‘those who invoked the poor had eye only on their votes’ PRASHANT PANDEY RANCHI, SEPTEMBER 23 DESCRIBING IT as one of the biggest schemes ever implemented for change in the life of the common man, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday launchedtheambitiousPradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), under the Ayushman Bharat umbrella, which aims to provide an annual health cover of Rs 5 lakh to over 50 crore beneficiaries across India. “Sampraday ke aadhar par Ayushman Bharat yojana nahin hai,jaatikeaadharparAyushman Bharat yojana nahin hai, oonchneech ke bhedbhaav ke aadhaar par Ayushman Bharat nahin hogi (The Ayushman Bharat scheme is not based on communal lines, not on caste, and will not be on the basis of any backward-forward bias),” said Modi, while officially rolling out the scheme in frontof agatheringof thousands at Prabhat Tara Maidan. The PMJAY will cover beneficiaries identified on the basis of theSocioEconomicCasteSurvey No evidence of corruption: Italian court’s detailed order in Agusta deal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 23 EIGHT MONTHS and 10 days after its decision acquitting AgustaWestland officials of corruption charges in the VVIP helicopterdealwithIndia,anItalian appeals court in Milan last week gave its judgment detailing the reasons for finding no evidence of graft. “There is, conclusively, no evidence of the corrective agreement stipulated according to the imputation,withtheforeignpublic official, just as it requires the incriminatinglaw,”thecourtsaid inits322-pagejudgment,according to news agency Reuters (Milan). The detailed judgment was released last Monday by the court, although it was supposed tobeissuedwithin90daysof the order in January. The court also said that the allegation that the operational ceiling limit for flying the helicopter was changed on illegal payment to the then IAF chief wasnotchronologicallypossible as per the evidence submitted. Former IAF chief Air Chief MarshalSPTyagi(retd)hasbeen alleged to be one of the beneficiaries of corruption in the case. On January 8, the Italian court had acquitted former Finmeccanica president Giuseppe Orsi and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY PART 4 CHANGE & CHALLENGE ABANTIKA GHOSH MEWAT, SEPTEMBER 23 PM Modi with Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das at the launch of PMJAY, in Ranchi on Sunday. PTI (SECC)2011from10.74crorefamilies in 444 districts of 26 states, andprovidereimbursementsfor bedcharges,anddrugsanddiagnostics two days before, during, and15daysafterhospitalisation. Dedicatingtheschemetothe “serviceofthepoor”,Modihitout at previous governments of “3050 years ago”, saying that policy makers in the past never tried to empowerthepoor,butonlypaid lip service to their cause in the hope of getting their votes. There was a “fundamental mistake” in their thinking, Modi said. “Garibon ke naam ki maalayen japte rahne waale log...agar aaj se 30-50 saal pehle gareebon ke naam par rajneeti karne ki bajay gareebon ke sashaktikaran par bal dete toh desh aaj jo Hindustan dekh raha hai waisa nahin hota (Those who invoked the name of the poor...had they worked to empower the poor 30 to 50 years ago, India would not have been in the position that it is in today),” he said. Continuingonthesamevein, Modi said: “Unhone gareebon ke CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE A dingy room near the busyhighwayconnectingSohna inHaryanatoAlwarinRajasthan, a wooden table is littered with used syringes and needles. Here’s where “Dr” Rafiq Ahmed has cemented hisstatus overthe last 40 years as the “Bengali doctor” for several villages in the area. As patients wait, Ahmed checks the blood pressure of a woman and scribbles on a yellowing pad. “I wrote her a liver medicine,” he says. In a nutshell, this scene illustrates the change that the In Mewat, an unregistered medical practitioner writes a prescription. Praveen Khanna Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), the largest government health insurance schemeintheworld,canbringin districts like Mewat, which was declared as India’s most backward by the Niti Aayog this year. Rolled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday, PMJAY provides an annual cover of Rs 5 lakh to eligible beneficiaries in the form of reimbursements for bed charges, and drugs and diagnostics two days before, during, and 15 days after hospitalisation. This, officials and doctors in Mewat say, could go a long way in eliminating the scourge CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Hollande doing no service to country, says French official SUSHANT SINGH Reliance came in as part of ‘new formula’, Hollande said on Friday NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 23 RESPONDINGTOremarksbyformer French president Francois HollandethattheIndiangovernment had “proposed” Anil Ambani’sRelianceDefenceasthe offset partner for Dassault Aviation in the Rafale aircraft deal,theFrenchSecretaryof State for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, said Sunday that Hollande’s statements “render no service to France”. Significantly, Lemoyne, who is equivalent of an Indian Minister of State, did not contradict the remarks made by Hollande in any manner or counter the former president’s allegation that the French “didn’t have a choice” as Ambani’s Reliance Defence “was given to us” by the Indian government as an offset partner for the Rs 59,000-crore deal. Lemoyne told Radio J in France, “I believe that this small observation made abroad concerning the important relations between France and India does not do anyone any service, and certainly renders no service to France.” Headded, “”Asoneis no longer in office, one is not best placed to reflect on a situation about aspects of the strategic partnership between India and France that have clearly aroused controversy in India.” Lemoyne was in the opposition when Hollande was the French President from 2012 to 2017, before becoming a minister in President Emmanuel Macron’s Cabinet in 2017. His statement is likely to generate more heat on the Rafale controversy in French politics. Lemoyne was referring to Hollande’s statement, made on the sidelines of a conference in Montreal on Friday. In response to a question by news agency Agence-France Press (AFP), CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rafale: Jaitley sees a Rahul and Hollande ‘jugalbandi’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 23 DEFENDING the government over the Rafale aircraft deal, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley alleged on Sunday that there was some “jugalbandi (connection)”betweenCongress chief Rahul Gandhi and former French president Francois Hollande. “I am surprised. On August 30, he (Rahul) tweeted that bombs are going to explode in France (over the Rafale deal). How did he come to know about that?”Jaitleysaidinaninterview toANI.“ThoughIdonothaveany proof of this jugalbandi, but this creates suspicion in mind. There is definitely something... A CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Godhra line in book: FIR against four for ‘misleading students on beloved PM’ ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, SEPTEMBER 23 THE COMPLAINT against three authors and the well-known publisher of an Assamese reference book for Class 12 students of Political Science in the state, who have been booked for a line on the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government during the 2002 communal riots, accuses them of “misguiding our upcoming students on our wellknown Prime Minister”. The 390-page book — published by the Guwahati-based Assam Book Depot — is a reference or a guide book and is written in line with the syllabus prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), which has been followed by the Assam Higher Secondary Educational Council (AHSEC) since 2011. Assam Book Depot is an over 90-year-old renowned publishing house in the state. Of the three authors booked, Durgakanta Sarma retired as head of department of Political Science from Arya Vidyapeeth College in Guwahati and died a few years back; Rafiq Zaman retired as HoD of Political Science from Goalpara College in Tomy was hurt when his boat (above) dismasted. Navy Naval plane spots boat, injured commander to be rescued today SAGAR RAJPUT MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 23 STRANDED ON the high seas, Indian Naval Commander Abhilash Tomy, who suffered a serious back injury while representingIndiaintheinternational solo circumnavigation Golden Globe Race (GGR) 2018, will be pickedupbytheFrenchfisheries patrol vessel Osiris in the next 16 hours,anIndianNavyspokesperson said Sunday evening. An Indian Navy aircraft, P-8i, operating from Mauritius, visually sighted the indigenously built10-metrevesselSVThuriya, on which 39-year old Tomy set sail on July 1, at 7:50 am on Sunday. The vessel was in the southern Indian Ocean, approximately 1,900 nautical miles from Perth, Australia, and 2,700 nm (approximately5,020 km on ground) from Cape Comorin INSIDE THE RESCUE ■ Sighted 2,700 nautical miles from Kanyakumari ■ First to reach may be another participant in his yacht, 70 km away ■ Will be picked up by French fisheries patrol Osiris Monday, taken to an Australian vessel, which has left Perth ■ Earliest that Navy’s INS Satpura can reach Tomy is Friday (Kanyakumari), according to the spokesperson. Osiris, the French vessel, was expected to carry the sailor to the Australian research vessel HMAS Ballarat, which has left Perth, he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGES 5, 9 ● AMIT SHAH SAYS ‘100 CR INFILTRATORS, DESTROYING COUNTRY LIKE TERMITES’ ● WANTED SCAM ACCUSED LEAVES UAE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Maoists break 4-year calm in Andhra, kill MLA, ex-MLA Probeordered,2injuredassupporters of TDPleaderssetfiretopolicestations `5 LAKH HEALTH INSURANCE THE ROLLOUT SHOW OF STRENGTH: POLICE SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, SEPTEMBER 23 TWO ANDHRA politicians — a TDP MLA and a former MLA of the party — were shot dead in Visakhapatnam district Sunday afternoonallegedlybyagroupof Maoists from the AndhraOdisha Border Special Zonal Committee in “a show of strength after four years of peace”, police said. Police said that Kidari Sarveswara Rao, MLA from Araku Valley, and former TDP MLA Siveri Soma, were returning in an SUV from a meeting in Liptuputtu village of DumbrigudaMandalwhentheir vehicle was stopped on a lonely stretch “by at least 50 Maoists, included 10 with arms”. The attack occurred 15 km from the Andhra-Odisha border and 125 km from Visakhapatnam city, police said. The killings triggered protestsbysupportersof Rao,45, and Soma, 50, who vandalised and set fire to the Araku and Dumbriguda police stations, alleging that police failed to detect the presence of Maoists and did not provide enough protection to the two leaders. Two policemen were injured in the vio- 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE MLA Sarveswara Rao, who was killed, with Naidu. File AREA OF ATTACK Araku Valley Telangana Visakhapatnam ANDHRA PRADESH BayofBengal lence. Visakhapatnam Range DIG C Srikanth said police had warned public representatives against travelling to remote areas after theCPI(Maoist)declaredaweek of celebration till September 27 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WHY ARAKU VALLEY PAGE 8 Economy: Truth & spin BY YASHWANT SINHA IL&FS default alarm: RBI, Sebi say ready to take needed action ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 23 WORRIED OVER defaults in the IL&FS group and speculation about a debt crisis in the financial sector, regulators Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Securities and Exchange Board of India(Sebi)steppedinSunday to allay concerns and said that theyare“closelymonitoring”the situation and are ready to take “appropriate actions”. The RBI is planning to convene a meeting of shareholders of IL&FStodiscusstheresolution and funding plan of the company. Top RBI officials are likely to meet IL&FS officials on September 28, a day before the company’sannualgeneralmeeting, according to sources. “The RBI and the Sebi are closelymonitoringrecent developments in financial markets and are ready to take appropriateactions,if necessary,”thereg- ulators said in separate statements. OnFriday,stockmarketswitnessed a panic sell-off as shares led by mortgage lenders Dewan Housing Finance and Indiabulls Housing Finance tumbled amid reports of the default and subsequent speculation. The BSE Sensex, which opened on a strong footing, plunged 1,127 points, or 3.03 per cent, to hit a low of 35,993.64 in afternoon trade before staging a sharp recovery within minutes. It finally closed at 36,841.60, down 279.62 points. The Sensex saw an intra-day swing of 1,495 points.Sharesof housingfinance firms also slumped on fears of a liquidity crisis. Sebi, which is expected to keep a close watch on market movements Monday, is likely look into excessive speculation in financial sector shares. “There is no concern on liquidity of NBFCs in view of their CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ‘TV NEWS COMEDY CIRCUS... MAYBE CINEMA MUST TELL TRUTH’ ‘Psychosis of fear, if you say something, you will be personally targeted like Gauri Lankesh. We have seen the way she was killed’ EXPRESS NETWORK ● KALPANA LAJMI PASSES AWAY AFTER ILLNESS, PAGE 8 DIPANITA NATH NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 23 “THERE IS a psychosis of fear. If you say something, you will be personally targeted. We have seen that in the way Gauri Lankesh was killed. Bollywood can be just an entertainment form for you, but it’s bread and butter for us.” That was one of Bollywood’s mostpoliticalfilmmakers,Vishal Bhardwaj, opening up at the Express Adda Friday on why the industry hesitates to speak up whenpoliticalcontroversiesimpact mainstream films such as Ae Dil E Mushkil, which faced calls for bans due to the casting of a Pakistani actor, and Padmaavat, which withstood protests for its portrayal of Rajput queen Padmavati. “If we have spent Rs 40 crore on a film and then, one week or three days before, you start an agitation, the cost becomes Rs 140 crore before the film is re- leased. They hit you where it hurts the most,” Bhardwaj said. ReferringtoCharlieChaplin’s The Great Dictator, he said, “When Charlie Chaplin showed Hitler playing football with a globe, he had a lot of money. What I am saying is that even if I had that kind of money, maybe I would not have that much courage. We never felt like this before. I am not saying that I liked the previous governments or I prefer one party over another. I have seen genocides by both governments. I was in Hindu College (Delhi) when the 1984 (anti-Sikh) riots broke out. Vishal Bhardwaj at Express Adda in New Delhi. Praveen Khanna I still feel pained about that. So, as an artiste, we take no sides. We take the side of the right and this I have always said, one who is not left is not right.” The master of cinema with deep meanings, Bhardwaj has many layers to his own personality. A lyricist, musician, director, producer, screenplay writer and cricketer, he took a houseful audience at the Adda through theshiftingmoodsthatmakeup his blockbusters — awe, admiration and laughter. Hisnewfilmisabouttwosisters who can’t live with or without each other. Titled Pataakha, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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