TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● 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 Submit in sealed cover by Oct 29, don’t need info on pricing, technical specs: SC 7 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. EXPLAINED What SC seeks, and what is known “However, we would like to be apprised by the Government of India of the details of the steps in the decision-making process leading to the award of the order for the defence equipment in 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 INSIDE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 Operations Group arrested three 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. They said the students, all in their early 20s, also had links with the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). “A joint team conducted a raidatthehostelearlythismorning, from where an AK-47, a pistol, ammunition and explosives were recovered from the room of Zahid Gulzar, a resident of Rajpora, Awantipora. Zahid was detained along with Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt of Noorpura, Pulwama, and Mohammadd Idriss Shah, also of Pulwama,” Jalandhar Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY The New Farakka Express derailed at Harchandpur railway station in Rae Bareli. Vishal Srivastav Spectre of drought looms large over parts of state, rabi season under cloud PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS & ANJALI MARAR PUNE, OCTOBER 10 AS MAHARASHTRA reels under 23 per cent deficient rainfall this year, the spectre of drought seems to be looming large in parts of the state. The worst-hit areas are Nashik and Marathwada divisions, where the major reservoirs have not filled up to their capacity during this monsoon. Between June and September, the state has recorded868.9mmof rainfall,as against the 1131.3 mm of rains it was supposed to receive. While Konkan, Pune, Amravati and Nagpur divisions have reported almost normal rainfall, Aurangabad and Nashik divisions have received only 63.9 and 6.7 per cent of their normal rainfall, respectively. (see box) While the monsoons had started on the right note, rains remained sporadic in the months of July, August and September, with large parts of the state receiving little or no rainfall in those months, and Maharashtra recording a rain deficit (-8 per cent). Both Aurangabad and Nashik divisionssawlessrainfall,compared tootherpartsof thestate,andare facing moisture stress. Till October 10 this year, sparse rainfalloverMaharashtrahadleftthe state 77 per cent rain-deficient. Though the withdrawal of the Southwest monsoon this year was delayed by nearly a month, once it commenced on September 29, its subsequent exitfrommostpartsof thecountry was swift. The retreating monsoon has also affected the state as, say meteorologists, severe weakening of monsoon CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Teacher suspended for placing Hindu, Muslim boys in different classes SUKRITA BARUAH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 INSIDE ● PM MODI TOOK RS 30,000 CRORE FROM PEOPLE, PUT IT IN ANIL AMBANI POCKET, SAYS RAHUL, P 4 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 showedsegregationonreligious lines. The teacher, C B Singh Sehrawat, had denied deliberate segregation, but said it “was a managementdecisiontotryand do the best we can to see that there is peace, discipline and a good learning environment in 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 CONCERN IN A SECTION OF GOVT New allegations of assault, Govt weighs its Akbar option ● SITHARAMAN BEGINS 3-DAY VISIT TO FRANCE TODAY, TO DISCUSS DEFENCE, SECURITY TIES Municipal Corporation’s education department. According to a PTI report, the Union HRD Ministry has asked for a report. “We haven’t received any complaint yet but have read about it in media reports. I have asked for a report,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar was quoted as saying. The Delhi government has also sought a report. “The act of segregating children in a BJPgovernedmunicipalcorporation schoolisaconspiracyagainstthe Constitution. I have asked the education director to look into the allegations and submit a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LIZ MATHEW & MANOJ CG 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 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 hostelissurroundedbya10-feet wallandisaccessiblethroughan iron gate. Since the incident, women police personnel guard the building. The Middle School, spread over 25 bighas of land, stands next to the hostel. On the same landisananganwadicentre,and an upgraded school with classes up to 12th. Adjacent to it is a vast open space, belonging to the Middle School authorities too butwithnoboundary.Thisspace was used by the youths and other villagers as a playground. The attack was provoked by the messages the youths reportedly left behind on the school walls. While most have been wiped out since the incident, many are still legible, including some professing love for a girl. On October 6, some of the girls reportedly caught the SOMYA LAKHANI & ANUSHREE MAJUMDAR NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 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 workers across the country. “The government’s commitment to gender equality is profound,” the source said, “and that’s why these accusations are embarrassing.” The Government is believed to be weighing its options on his continuance in the Union Council of ministers. Sources said a final call would be taken on his return from his overseas visit later this week. While there has been no reaction from Akbar, on a visit to Nigeria with a trade delegation, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Farewell to South Asia By C RAJA MOHAN 10 WORLD 2004 PLOT TO KILL HASINA: 19 GET DEATH, LIFE TERM FOR ZIA’S SON ATTACKED BIHAR GIRLS OUT OF HOSPITAL, PARENTS FEAR: ‘WHAT ABOUT NEXT TIME?’ 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 visitedtheschoolputstheblame on the school, saying “the real Filmmaker accuses Suhel Seth of sexual assault ME TOO ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR PRASHANT PANDEY JOURNALISM OF COURAGE youths scribbling on the walls, stopped them and hit one. Half an hour later, a mob of around two dozen, including some youths and mothers of a couple of the accused, reached, beat up the girls, and pulled out the hair of many of them. A senior police officer, who didn’t want to be named, said, “When the warden came to know (about the youths writing on the walls), she asked the girls to confront them. One of the youths was called to the playfield. The girls apparently beat him up. He went back and returned with more people.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 6 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 Force magazine, described several instances whereAkbarallegedlymolested her by grabbing her, rubbing his body against hers and forcefully kissing her in his office. Wahab, who worked with TheAsianAgefrom1994to1997 —whereAkbarwasfounder-editor—wrotethathewouldmake her sit opposite him “while he was supposedly writing his weekly column” and if he “needed to look up a word in the gigantic dictionary placed on a low tripod on the far end of his cabin, he would ask me instead of walking across the room”. 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 8 The dictionary, she said was placed low, and she had to bend or squat to read it, with her back facing Akbar. Wahab wrote: “Once, in autumn of 1997, while Iwashalf-squattingoverthedictionary, he sneaked up behind me and held me by my waist. I stumbled in sheer fright while struggling to get to my feet. He ran his hands from my breast to my hips. I tried pushing his hands away, but they were plastered on my waist, his thumbs rubbing the sides of my breasts.” Allthis while,shewrote, “the wily smile never left his face”. Herexperiencecontinuedfor six months, Wahab said. Every time Akbar called her into his 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— I whacked your head and said ‘behave yourself’. You put your handintomykurtaandgrabbed my breast and I remember whacking your hand too and pulling it off.” Speaking to The Indian Express, Rathore said, “I met him at a party where my boss asked me to ‘go say hi to him, and get him to tweet’. He asked me to come to Janpath with him for ice cream, I refused twice but since he insisted, I sat with him in his car. We didn’t go to Janpath, he took me to his house instead.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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