TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 EXPRESS NETWORK ● CHHATTISGARH CONG CHIEF SENT TO PRISON ● 22 DEAD AS RAIN TRIGGERS FLASH FLOODS, LANDSLIDES IN NORTHERN STATES Pages 6,7 ■ Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Tomy is conscious, and doing okay. FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 6 Cong goes to CVC over Rafale: Priest forced to revoke ban Seize contract files, register FIR on nun who Behind attack, international joined protest 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 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 13 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 11 that as of March 2018, the list of top ten debenture holders of IL&FS included nine investors CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 WEST BENGAL ● PORTION OF BRIDGE COLLAPSES IN KAKDWIP P3 THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, SEPTEMBER 24 BARELY A day after a Catholic priestinKerala’sWayanaddistrict barred a nun from performing churchdutiesfor participatingina protestdemandingthearrestofa rape-accused Bishop, he was forced to recall hisdecision—by Sister Lucy angry members Kalappura of his own parish. On Sunday, Father Stephen Kottakkal of St Mary’s Church in Karickamala had ordered Sister Lucy Kalappura to keep away from distributing Holy Communion and holding Catechism classes. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Still in hospital, Rewari rape victim misses job exam she spent months preparing for ANKITA DWIVEDI JOHRI PAK ROLE IN 26/11: SUMMONS TO SHARIF, NBW FOR REPORTER SHAJU PHILIP REWARI, SEPTEMBER 24 ON SEPTEMBER 19, she would have appeared for a central government entrance examination. Instead, she now lies on a hospitalbed,complainingofpain,drifting in and out of consciousness. For months, the 19-year-old from a village in Haryana’s Rewari district who was gangraped on September 12 had been preparing for the government job exam. She had also en- rolled at a coaching centre some distanceawayfromhervillage.It was on her way to the coaching class at 7.10 am that she was allegedly abducted by two of the accused.OnSunday,theHaryana Police announced the capture of the two remaining key accused, takingthetotalarreststofive,and said they may have been involvedinothercasesof sexualassault earlier. All the accused are known to the family. The fee at the coaching institutewasRs5,400,morethanthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR UNDER DRONES AND FLOODLIGHTS IN VOLATILE SOPORE, A FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT SHINES BASHAARAT MASOOD SOPORE, SEPTEMBER 24 EVENINGS IN Sopore draw hundreds of young men and boys from across the region to a football field in the periphery of this town. They spend at least two hours at this field under floodlights, where Sopore, since early September, has hosted the 32-team‘FirstSuperCup-under lights’. Sopore is among the most affluent towns and is known as the fruit bowl of the Valley, but it is also a separatist stronghold and was once a hotbed of militancy, which means security is always high. But since the 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 Residents contributed money to set up 24 floodlights. Shuaib Masoodi tournament began on September 5, teams from Srinagar, Bandipore, Kupwara and Baramulla and fans flock to the floodlit field to watch football and gossip. The tournament is slated to end on October 16. In this town starved of entertainment, the idea of a tournament, says Zafar Ahmad Sheikh, Secretary of United Reds, a local football club, “came from nowhere”. This football club and a small-time businessman, Owais Masoodi, are the brains behind this change. “One day, we (friends) were talking to each other on how to keep people away from bad habits like drugs. We decided to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 8 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 7 ● CHARGESHEETED LEGISLATORS: SC RULES TODAY
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