TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Up to him (Akbar) to respond... women taking big risk, difficult for them to speak out: Smriti Irani SRINATH RAO & LIZ MATHEW BUSINESS AS USUAL MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 11 JOINING THE growing chorus against sexual harassment triggered by the #MeToo campaign, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said Thursday that women are taking a “big risk” by speaking out and should not be judged. However, on the allegations levelled against Union Minister of State M J Akbar, Irani BY UNNY PRITAM PAL SINGH ME TOO NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 11 saiditisforthe“gentlemanhimself” to respond. “Do not judge those who are speakingoutrightnow.They are mothers, daughters and wives. They are taking a big risk and it DELIVERING A significant order amidst the #MeToo campaign, theDelhiHighCourtThursdayrestrainedawomanjournalistwho hadaccusedsenioremployeesof a web portal of sexual harassment last year from describing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 WORLD ● BOMBAY HC JUDGE SUPPORTS #METOO; CRITICISES ‘NAUSEATING PATRIARCHY’ IN LEGAL PROFESSION P3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 No easy endings By PAMELA PHILIPOSE ● EXPLAINED: WHAT THE LAW SAYS ON HARASSMENT, P 11 ● SUBHASH GHAI, SAJID KHAN NAMED, P 9 Officials also looking at NRI bonds NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 11 RUSSIAN SPACE ROCKET FAILS MID-AIR, 2-MAN US-RUSSIAN CREW SAFE ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU CROP STUBBLE BURNS, POLLUTION SPREADS Agricultural waste is burned at a paddy field in Sobha village, Patiala, on October 6. Praveen Khanna NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 11 THEINCOMETaxdepartmenton Thursday conducted searches at the business and residential premisesof mediaentrepreneur RaghavBahl.Theinvestigationis relatedtoallegedevasionof longtermcapitalgainstaxwhenBahl sold his shares in a finance company a couple of years ago, tax department officials said. A senior tax official said Bahl was being investigated for allegedly making “bogus” longterm capital gains in the scrip of a finance company around two years ago. Searches and surveys were theallegedincidentonsocialmedia or any other public platform. In an interim order passed in open court, a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao directed the woman and those facing the allegations to refrain from making comments on the issue or disclosing the identities of those 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Centre hikes import duty on 15 items as Re, stocks fall ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU I-T dept searches Raghav Bahl’s house and office THE CITY HC in sexual harassment case: Don’t reveal details CONTAINING CAD REPORT ON PAGE 2 State to supply solar pumps to 1 lakh farmers Considers raising taxes on electricity, off-budget borrowings to fund it At The Quint office in Noida on Thursday. Abhinav Saha alsoconductedatthepremisesof three other individuals, with no apparentlinkstoBahl,butonthe same charge of “bogus gains” of long-term capital gains from offloadingstakeinthesamefinance CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, OCTOBER 11 AFTERTHEfarmloanwaiver,the Maharashtra government has now announced an ambitious plan to supply solar-powered agricultural pumps at highly subsidised rates to one lakh farmers. The big-ticket announcement— whichcomes intherunup to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls — is being seen as the biggest populist measure by the state government since the farm loan waiver it had rolled out in June 2017. But faced with mounting debt, the state’s fiscal managers havemadeitclearthatthestate’s exchequer won’t be able to bear the additional burden, prompting the government to consider off-budgetborrowingsorraising taxes on electricity for all consumers to make up for the shortfall. Accordingtoinitialestimates, the project — which is modelled on the lines of the Centre’s Atal Solar Krushi Pump scheme — CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ON A day when the benchmark indices, BSE Sensex and NSE’s Nifty 50, closed over two per cent lower amid a sell-off in global markets, the government hiked import duty on around 15 items up to 20 per cent, effective Friday. The latest step follows an earlier move to hike customs duty on 19 items, including airconditioners and refrigerators, from 10 per cent to 20 per cent. Earlier Thursday, two senior Finance Ministry officials told The Indian Express that more measures to curb imports and a possible issue of bonds to NonResidentIndiansareoptionsthat could be considered to contain therisingcurrentaccountdeficit (CAD). In April-June 2018, the CAD widened to $15.8 billion — 2.4% of GDP — compared with $15 billion during the same period last year. The latest hike mainly targeted communication items. Import duty on “populated, loaded or stuffed printed circuit boards” of eight goods, other than mobile phones, has been raised to 10 per cent. Duty has alsobeenraisedfrom10percent to 20 per cent for base stations Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, CAG Rajiv Mehrishi on Thursday. Tashi Tobgyal SENSEX PLUNGES 760 POINTS INDIA’S BENCHMARK Sensex on Thursday plunged by 760 points as the biggest stock sell-off since February roiled the global markets triggered by the Wall Street collapse on Wednesday. PAGE 15 and for machines for reception, conversion and transmission or regeneration of voice, images or other data, including switching and routing apparatus other than modems, voice frequency telegraphy, digital loop carrier CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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