TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA In Rafale season, HAL’s 3-yr delay in Sukhoi rollout raises concerns SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 1 THE CONTROVERSY over the 36-jet Rafale deal has brought Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under the spotlight with “serious concerns” being raised in official quarters over the three-year delay in the public sector giant’s production of Russian-origin Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft for the IAF. Official sources told The Indian Express that HAL was scheduled to deliver the last of a setof 140Russian-originfighters by March 2017, which has now been pushed to March 2020. “We had asked the IAF to pay an additional Rs 2,000 crore to HAL for setting up additional facilities to compress the delivery schedule (of March 2017) and deliver the last of the contracted 140 aircraft by March 2015. But there were further delays in production,” sources said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NIRMALA ON UPA’S RAFALE NOTING, PAGE 7 Jawan fund corpus under Rs 10 crore, just Rs 5 lakh from overseas donors SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 1 LAST WEEKEND, the country marked two years of the surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir butBharatKeVeer,afund“toenablewillingdonorstocontribute towards the family of a braveheart who sacrificed his/her life inlineof duty”,hasacurrentcorpus of just Rs 9.21 crore, 17 monthsafteritslaunchbyUnion BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY REVAMP PLAN Govt steps in, names a new board for IL&FS YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION Home Minister Rajnath Singh in April 2017. Incidentally, in the two months since the Kerala flood, contributions to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Uday Kotak in 6-member board to chart future of crisis-ridden group CJI & CJI Outgoing CJI Dipak Misra with CJI-designate Ranjan Gogoi and Justice A K Sikri in New Delhi, Monday. Neeraj Priyadarshi P 4 Meet Gitaben, she keeps the Mahatma’s birthplace Swachh for Bharat, daily LEENA MISRA PORBANDAR, OCTOBER 1 WHEN THE breeze from the Arabian Sea brings in the smell of fish, and double-storey stone buildingswithornateroofsshow up from inside Mughal-styled gateways with wooden balconies, you know you are in Porbandar, where Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1869. JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MAHATMA SWACHH BHARAT PART VII PORBANDAR Here, dawn breaks outside the Mahatma’s ancestral haveli with the faint sound of the dholak from the Vaishnav temple next door, blending with the swish on the street from the wooden bristles of Gitaben Harkhani’s broom on Kasturba Road.“Ihavebeensweepingthis road for the last 20 years. My mother-in-law brought me here for the first time, when I was married for two years,” she says. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GEORGE MATHEW Uday Kotak, others to meet before October 8 MUMBAI, OCTOBER 1 THE GOVERNMENT on Monday stepped in to take control of crisis-ridden Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) by moving the National CompanyLawTribunal(NCLT)to supersede and reconstitute the board of the firm which has defaultedonaseriesof itsdebtpayments over the last one month. This was said to be an attempt to restore the confidence of financialmarketsinthecredibilityand solvency of the infrastructure financinganddevelopmentgroup. The move is reminiscent of the decision of the government nine years ago to supersede the board of a private firm, Satyam Computers, after a major accounting scam. NCLT’s Mumbai bench of judges M K Shrawat and Ravikumar Duraisamy, who approved the takeover of IL&FS board by government nominees said, “it’s judicious to invoke Article 241(2) of the Companies Act, 2013” for the supersession of the board. The tribunal approved the government’s proposal to bring in a new six-member board to run the affairs at IL&FS. Its members are: Uday Kotak, Vice Chairman and MD of Kotak Mahindra Bank; retired IAS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MAKING INDIA ENERGY SECURE We thank Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, for leading the OALP initiative, another progressive step by the government to drive domestic oil and gas production. Winning 41 of 55 blocks will help Cairn reach a step closer to its vision to contribute to 50% of domestic crude production. This is a testimony to our performance and leadership in oil and gas exploration and production, and to our commitment to the Prime Minister’s vision of enhancing India’s energy security. Cairn Oil & Gas, a vertical of Vedanta Limited, is one of the largest oil and gas exploration and production companies in India, contributing to ~25% of India's domestic production. With its world-class asset portfolio and proven expertise across exploration, development, and production, it envisions to contribute to 50% of India’s domestic crude oil production. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath withVivek Tiwari’s daughter in Lucknow on Monday. PTI CM agreed to all my demands, says wife of Apple executive MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, OCTOBER 1 TWODAYSafterAppleareasales manager, Vivek Tiwari was shot dead by an Uttar Pradesh police constable in Lucknow for allegedlytryingtoevadea check, his wife, Kalpana and two daughters met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Monday. At the meeting, Adityanath promisedstrictactionagainstthe guilty and a special probe while agreeing to increase compensation for the family after Kalpana told him that Tiwari also took care of his 80-year-old mother. “The Chief Minister has promised strict action against CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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