TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 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 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE In wake of caste protests, PMO holds its first meeting on affirmative action in private sector Private sector not committed as it should be, gaps in data, says top official P VAIDYANATHAN IYER NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 WITHLESSthanayearleftinthis government’s term, the Prime Minister’s Office has held its first ever meeting to discuss affirmative action in the private sector, The Indian Express has learnt. A top official who attended the meeting on September 22 said there were questions over theprivatesector’scommitment Quota protest in Mumbai. File to provide jobs to SCs and STs. “The robustness in industry’s efforts is missing,” said the official. The meeting comes in the wake of nationwide protests by several groups — Dalits, Jats, Marathas and upper-castes — over a range of issues: from quotasinjobsandpromotionsto allegeddilutionof thelawmeant to protect Dalits. ■ Three days after he suffered a serious injury during a circumnavigation race, Navy commander Abhilash Tomy was rescued Monday from the Indian Ocean by a French vessel. NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 CITY PAGE 5 ● 2 DEAD, 44 INJURED AS 41,000 IDOLS IMMERSED ● IN 3 YEARS, MUMBAI WILL BECOME AN IDEAL CITY: FADNAVIS ■ Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Tomy is conscious, and doing okay. FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 10 Cong goes to CVC over Rafale: Seize contract files, register FIR MANOJ C G & MAULSHREE SETH NEW DELHI, AMETHI, SEPTEMBER 24 STEPPING UP its attack on the government over the Rafale offset contract to Reliance Defence, the Congress Monday approached the Central Vigilance Commissioner, demanding that the vigilance panel “seize all files and documents” and register an FIR into “India’s biggest defence scam”. And in Amethi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi told a crowd that the UPA government had “finalised the contact” to purchase 126 Rafale aircraft and that “would have given employment to thousands of youth at the HAL factories in Amethi and Karnatakabutwhenachowkidar became Prime Minister, he snatched the contract from HAL andgaveittoaprivatecompany”. He said he questioned the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Behind attack, international conspiracy... JPC probe can expose us to enemies: BJP LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 COUNTERING THE Congress demand for a Joint Parliamentary CommitteeprobeintotheRafale deal, the BJP Monday said there was “an international conspiracy” behind the attack on the government and any such probe could “expose the country’s defence preparedness to our enemies and opponents”. Separately, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while acknowledging “there is a perceptionwar”,saidtheBJPwill launch a nationwide campaign to counter the “smear” campaign by the Congress. Referring to former French President Francois Hollande’s Govt entities to lose big if IL&FS defaults on its debt 14 WORLD MARKETS TANK SANDEEP SINGH NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 GOVERNMENT-OWNEDentities — banks, insurance companies and their provident and pension funds — with high exposure to various debt papers of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) could emerge as the biggest losers if the company were to default on itsforthcomingdebtobligations. An offer letter filed by IL&FS with the capital markets regulatortoraisefundsthroughprivate placement in June 2018 showed CURRENCY AND stock markets came under renewed pressure Monday with the Sensex closing at a 10-week low and the rupee losing 44 paise against the US dollar. PAGE 15 that as of March 2018, the list of top ten debenture holders of IL&FS included nine investors CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAK ROLE IN 26/11: SUMMONS TO SHARIF, NBW FOR REPORTER INSIDE PAGE 8 ● PRIEST FORCED TO REVOKE BAN ON NUN remarks that the Indian government wanted Anil Ambani’s RelianceDefencetobechosenas the offset partner in the Rafale deal, Sitharaman said: “We recognise there is a perception war. We will fight this battle. We will go around the country and place facts on record. Congress designstorunasmearcampaign againstus.Nowyouseeaninternational dimension also to it.” Echoing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks attacking Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sitharaman said Hollande’s remarks which came after Rahul Gandhi’s tweet that there would be “some big bunker buster bombs” could not have been coincidental. “There is a certain desperation to make CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Not a fugitive economic offender: Mallya to court SADAF MODAK MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 24 BELEAGUERED LIQUOR baron Vijay Mallya told a special court in MumbaionMonday thathe is not a “fugitive economic offender” and that he has “persevered” to settle the claims of creditors but his efforts have been scuttled by “certain creditors and government agencies”. Mallya has claimed that he hadmadecomprehensivesettlement offers to the consortium of banks under the State Bank of India, to whom he had defaulted on a loan in 2016. “WhilstNon-Applicantnumber 1 (Mallya) was engaged in making bonafide attempts to settletheduesof theconsortium of banks by, making the first settlement order and the second settlement order, and instructing the consortium of banks to CONTINUEDONPAGE2 BJP office in Mumbai under spotlight after change in DP CM denies change in plan done to shrink open space or help party office SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 24 IN MARCH, Maharashtra Chief MinisterDevendraFadnavishad announced that his government would not compromise on publicopenspacesinMumbaiwhile sanctioningthefinancialcapital’s new Development Plan (DP). But just six months later, the government has made exceptions to this rule, including one case where the BJP state head- quarters in south Mumbai is likely to turn out to be the beneficiary. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, however, denied this. On September 22, while sanctioningmajormodifications totheDP,theFadnavis-ledurban development (UD) department approved a proposal, stating: “Structures constructed in designatedpublicopenspaces,with the due sanction of the would competent authority, before the coming into force of Mumbai’s CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ‘TV NEWS LIKE A COMEDY CIRCUS... MAYBE CINEMA MUST TELL TRUTH FOR A CHANGE’ DIPANITA NATH NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 “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 Maldives Opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih after the election victory over President Abdulla Yameen in Male on Monday. AP IBRAHIM SOLIH WINS, TAKES CHARGE IN NOV ANANTHAKRISHNAN G CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE RESCUE SC sends plea for ban on female genital mutilation to 5-judge bench THE SUPREME Court Monday referred a petition seeking a ban on female genital mutilation of minor girls, allegedly prevalent among the Dawoodi Bohras, to a five-judge Constitution Bench. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said this deserved tobeansweredbyaConstitution Bench. The court was hearing a PIL filed by Delhi-based lawyer Sunita Tiwari, seeking a declarationthatthepracticeamountsto violation of a woman’s right to life and dignity. The petitioner contended that the procedure is performed “illegally upon girls (between five years and before she attains puberty)” and is against the “UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of which is India is a signatory”. This also resulted in “permanent disfiguration to the body of a girl child”, the petitioner stated. Incidentally, it was under the UPA-I government, way back in October 2006, that a high-level coordination committee was constitutedunderthechairmanship of the Principal Secretary to thePrimeMinistertodiscussthis subject. And until May 2014, seven meetings were held. Buttheeighthmeetingof the ‘Psychosis of fear, if you say something, you will be personally targeted like Gauri Lankesh. We have seen the way she was killed’ Vishal Bhardwaj at Express Adda in New Delhi. Praveen Khanna 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 released. 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Cheer, relief in Delhi as Maldives Opposition wins Presidential polls Abdulla Yameen concedes defeat amid fears of rigging SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 AS OPPOSITION candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih claimed victory in the Maldives, India heaved a sigh of relief and congratulated him — even before the official results of the presidential elections were announced Monday. Solih defeated incumbent Abdulla Yameen in a dramatic election, following reports over thepreviousweekof attemptsat voter intimidation and the absence of credible international observers to monitor the poll process amid fears of rigging. According to the Maldives Foreign Ministry, Maldivian Democratic Party candidate 12 THEEDITORIAL PAGE BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Solih won with 1,34,616 votes, against Yameen’s 96,132 votes. Of the 2,62,135 eligible voters, it said, 2,33,877 cast their votes in 472 ballot boxes, marking a RSS’s Glasnost BY RAM MADHAV turnout of 89.22 per cent. Signalling the impact of the result on India, which had been at loggerheads with the Yameen governmentoveranumberof issues, the Ministry of External Affairs “heartily” congratulated Solih and hoped that the “Election Commission will officiallyconfirmtheresultatthe earliest”. Intheevening,PrimeMinister NarendraModicalledupSolihto congratulatehimandconvey“his good wishes for the strengtheningofdemocracy,peaceandprosperity in Maldives” under the President-elect. “The two leaders agreed to work closely together to further strengthen the close, friendly and good neighbourly relations CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE PAGE 9 ● CHARGESHEETED LEGISLATORS: SC RULES TODAY
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