TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 26 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Rafale deal: SC tells Centre to give details of decision-making process CONCERN IN A SECTION OF GOVT Submit in sealed cover by Oct 29, don’t need info on pricing, technical specs: SC 13 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 THE SUPREME Court on Wednesday asked the government to provide details of the “decision-making process” behind the Rafale deal with France, but clarified that it does not want information on “pricing”and“technicalsuitability” of the fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF). “Wemakeitclearthatweare not issuing any notice at this stage,” said a bench of Chief Justiceof IndiaRanjanGogoiand Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EXPLAINED What SC seeks, and what is known “However, we would like to be apprised by the Government of Indiaof the detailsof the stepsin the decision-making process leading to the award of the order for the defence equipment in NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 ● SEAL 9 AMRAPALI PROPERTIES: SUPREME COURT ● INCOME TAX RAIDS ON DELHI MINISTER P 3 THE TEACHER in charge of a North Delhi Municipal Corporationprimaryboysschool in Wazirabad has been suspended for segregating HinduandMuslimstudentsinto different sections. The Indian Express reported on Wednesday that the sectionwise break-up of students showed segregationonreligious lines. The teacher, C B Singh Sehrawat, had denied deliberate segregation, but said it “was a managementdecisiontotry and do the best we can to see that there is peace, discipline and a good learning environment in GOVT & POLITICS ● SITHARAMAN the school”. According to sources, a preliminary investigation found Sehrawat guilty of segregating the students. “It was found that this segregation started in August, after the person took charge in July. He undertook this actionwithoutanykindof directionorguidancefromanyofficial fromtheeducationdepartment. We received no information or complaint regarding this earlier. We were shocked when we heard about this,” said a senior official of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s education department. According to a PTI report, the Union HRD Ministry has asked for a report. “We haven’t CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New allegations of assault, Govt weighs its Akbar option LIZ MATHEW & MANOJ CG ● RELIANCE WAS PRASHANT PANDEY SUPAUL, OCTOBER 10 THEY came to a residential school in this district from villages 6-10 km around, sent by families who hoped a stint there would take the 11-14-year-old girls to a good education and self-reliance. Now, the mother of one of them voices the fear of most when she says, “Aaj maar-peet hua hai, kal ko maar hee denge to kyakarenge?....Uthaheelegayeto prashasan humko kya madad karega (Today, they have beaten them up, if tomorrow they kill them, what would we do?... If they kidnap our girls, what can the administration do)?” On October 6 evening, a group of youths from a locality close to the residential government school attacked at least 34 of its girl students for reportedly objecting to them writing lewd messages on the school walls. While most of the girls were discharged after first aid, at least four had to be hospitalised. All have since been discharged. Ten youths, including one minor, are under arrest. A member of the Child Welfare Committee that visited the school puts the blame on the school, saying “the real problem is the lapse by its authorities in protecting the girls”. Scaredparentshavesaidthey would pull out the girls unless permanent and regular security is provided to them. While the Middle School where the girls studied came up in the late 1940s, the hostel for underprivileged sections came up only in 2007 and has around hundred students at the moment. A two-storey building, the hostel issurrounded by a10-feet wallandisaccessiblethroughan iron gate. Since the incident, women police personnel guard the building. Three Kashmiri students held in Punjab, police say terror links ANJU AGNIHOTRI CHABA JALANDHAR, OCTOBER 10 IN A joint operation, the Punjab Police and the Jammu and Kashmir Police Special OperationsGrouparrestedthree Kashmiri students from the hostel of the CT Institute of Engineering, Management and Technology in Shahpur, on the outskirts of Jalandhar, early on Wednesday for alleged terror links. Stating that they had busted a module of terror outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), police said they recovered arms and ammunition, including an AK47, from one of the hostel rooms. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THERE IS “concern” and “unease” in a section of the government over the snowballing accusations of sexual harassment againstUnionMinisterMJAkbar by as many as seven women journalists until Wednesday evening. And the fact that one hasnowalleged, on record, sexual assault and molestation. “There is an uneasiness among senior leaders over the M J Akbar charges against the minister,” said a source in the government. He added that althoughtherewasnodiscussion on the subject in the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, “senior ministersinformallytalkedabout it and expressed their concern.” More so, the source said, whenthegovernment’sbigpush is around women’s economic and social empowerment via its flagship schemes Ujjwala, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Mudra, the triple talaq ordinance and the most recent hike in salaries of mainly women healthcare CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 FREE SEMINAR Saturday 13th October 2018 Sunday 14th October 2018 10am to 1pm & 4pm to 7pm 10am to 1pm & 4pm to 7pm Batches Start 20th Oct. 2018 Weekend Batches Available G.S. / CSAT POL.SCIENCE LAW HISTORY GERMANY 16 WORLD 2004 PLOT TO KILL HASINA: 19 GET DEATH, LIFE TERM FOR ZIA’S SON SOMYA LAKHANI & ANUSHREE MAJUMDAR NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 A CONDITION: DASSAULT OFFICIAL, P 8 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ATTACKED GIRLS OUT OF HOSPITAL, PARENTS ASK: WHAT ABOUT NEXT TIME? Filmmaker accuses Suhel Seth of sexual assault ME TOO BEGINS FRANCE VISIT TODAY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Teacher suspended for placing Hindu, Muslim boys in different classes SUKRITA BARUAH CITY question i.e. Rafale jet fighters (36 in number),” it said. “We also make it clear that thestepsinthedecision-making process that we would like to be apprised of would not cover the issue of pricing or the question of technical suitability of the equipment for purposes of the requirement of the Indian Air Force,” said the bench. It is “only for the purpose of satisfying ourselves in the matter,” it said. The information has to be handed over in “three separate sealed covers on or before 29th October”, said the bench. This “shall be filed with the learned JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Seminar is Compulsory For Admission. Kindly Register Yourself For The Seminar NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, OCTOBER 10 Actor Tanushree Dutta, whose complaint against Nana Patekar set off the #MeToo campaign, at a police station in Mumbai. An FIR was filed against Patekar Amit Chakravarty P 9 Woman No. 7 speaks up against Union Minister KRISHN KAUSHIK & SOMYA LAKHANI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 FACING ALLEGATIONS of sexual harassmentandmisconductbyas manyassixwomenjournalistson record, as reported by The Indian Express today, Union Minister M J Akbar has been accused by a seventh journalist, for the first time of assault and molestation. In a detailed account written forTheWire,GhazalaWahab,executiveeditorof Forcemagazine, described several instances Mr Akbar Must Go That’s the only way a govt that takes pride in its concern for women can look them in the eye. THEEDITORIALPAGE 14 whereAkbar allegedly molested her by grabbing her, rubbing his body against hers and forcefully kissing her in his office. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CELEBRITY MARKETING consultant Suhel Seth is the latest name on the growing list of men who stand accused of sexual harassment by women in the #MeToo movement sweeping Indian media, film and entertainment. At least four women, including one who Suhel Seth said she was a minor at the time of the alleged incident, have accused Seth, 55, of sexual harassment— two of them have made specific allegations of sexual assault. On Wednesday afternoon, filmmaker Natashja Rathore, 27, posted screenshots of a WhatsApp message she sent to Seth this week recounting an alleged incident that took place “sometimelastyearathiscondo in Gurgaon”. In the message, she wrote: “You shoved your tongue down mythroatevenwhenIresisted— CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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