LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G 12 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 “technical suitability” of the fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF). “We make it clear that we are not issuing any notice at this stage,” said a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and 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 the steps in the decision-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 EXPRESS NETWORK BEGINS FRANCE VISIT TODAY ● RELIANCE WAS A CONDITION: DASSAULT OFFICIAL, P 9 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANJU AGNIHOTRI CHABA JALANDHAR, OCTOBER 10 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Migrants prepare to board a bus to their home states, in Vadodara Wednesday. Bhupendra Rana Gujarat mulls law to cut residency period for domicile from 15 to 2 yrs AVINASH NAIR INSIDE AHMEDABAD, OCTOBER 10 ● EXODUS OF UNABLE TO fill the “talent-gap” existing between local and migrant labourers in the rapidly expanding industrial sector of Gujarat, the BJP government in the state is working on a proposal to reduce the period of residency clause for being a domicile under the labour law — from existing 15 years to two years. The proposal was floated before the current spate of attacks on north-Indian migrants that erupted in the state following the arrest of a labourer from MIGRANTS ON DECLINE, SAY AUTHORITIES FULL COVERAGE PAGE 4 Bihar for allegedly raping a 14month-old girl in Sabarkantha. As per the existing clause, which was redefined in 1995 during the BJP government under Keshubhai Patel, the manda- tory period of residency needed for an immigrant to become a local resident of Gujarat is 15 years. “Each law has to define its own domicile... We are now proposing two years,” Vipul Mittra, Additional Chief Secretary (Labour and Employment Department), Government of Gujarat, told The Indian Express when asked about the proposal for altering the domicile clause. According to him, the new definition of local residents will be a part of a law that the state government is planning to replace the government resolution of 1995. NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 3 GUJARAT HC SEEKS GOVT REPLY ON ‘FUNDING TEMPLES’ ● Surat court declares Nirav Modi absconder THE TEACHER in charge of a North Delhi Municipal Corporation primary boys school in Wazirabad has been suspended for segregating Hindu and Muslim students into different sections. The Indian Express reported on Wednesday that the section-wise break-up ofstudents showed segregation on religious lines. The teacher, C B Singh Sehrawat, had denied deliberate segregation, but said it “was a management decision to try and 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 ofsegregating the students. “It was found that this segregation started in August, after the person took charge in July. He undertook this action without any kind of direction or guidance from any official from the education department. 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. New allegations of assault, Govt weighs its Akbar option ME TOO LIZ MATHEW & MANOJ CG NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 THERE IS “concern” and “unease” in a section of the government over the snowballing accusations of sexual harassment against Union Minister M J Akbar by as many as seven women journalists until Wednesday evening. And the fact that one has now alleged, on record, sexual assault and molestation. “There is an uneasiness among senior leaders over the charges against the minister,” said a source in the government. He added that although there was no discussion on the subject in the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, “senior ministers informally talked about it and expressed their concern.” M J Akbar More so, the source said, when the government’s big push 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi teacher suspended for assigning different sections to Hindus, Muslims SUKRITA BARUAH CONCERN IN A SECTION OF GOVT ● SITHARAMAN Three Kashmiri students held in Punjab, police say terror links 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 raid at the hostel early this morning, 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 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 BJPgoverned municipal corporation school is a conspiracy against the Constitution. I have asked the education director to look into the allegations and submit a report by Friday,” Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Farewell to South Asia By C RAJA MOHAN 13 WORLD 2004 PLOT TO KILL HASINA: 19 GET DEATH, LIFE TERM FOR ZIA’S SON ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ATTACKED BIHAR GIRLS OUT OF HOSPITAL, PARENTS FEAR: ‘WHAT ABOUT NEXT TIME?’ 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 kya karenge?.... Utha hee le gaye to 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”. Scared parents have said they 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 is surrounded by a 10-feet wall and is accessible through an iron gate. Since the incident, women police personnel guard the building. JOURNALISM OF COURAGE The Middle School, spread over 25 bighas of land, stands next to the hostel. On the same land is an anganwadi centre, and an upgraded school with classes up to 12th. Adjacent to it is a vast open space, belonging to the Middle School authorities too but with no boundary. This space 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 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 PAGES 5 & 9 Woman No. 7 speaks up Filmmaker against Union Minister accuses KRISHN KAUSHIK & SOMYA LAKHANI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 FACING ALLEGATIONS of sexual harassment and misconduct by as many as six women journalists on 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 for The Wire, Ghazala Wahab, executive editor of Force magazine, described several instances where Akbar allegedly molested her by grabbing her, rubbing his body against hers and forcefully kissing her in his office. Wahab, who worked with The Asian Age from 1994 to 1997 — where Akbar was founder-editor — wrote that he would make 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 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. Suhel Seth of sexual assault SOMYA LAKHANI & ANUSHREE MAJUMDAR NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, OCTOBER 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE 10 low tripod on the far end of his cabin, he would ask me instead of walking across the room”. 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 I was halfsquatting over the dictionary, 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, 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 Suhel Seth media, film and entertainment. At least four women, including one who 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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