TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Akbar files a defamation case against Woman Number One The Indian Express Wishes Its Readers ME TOO Happy Durga Puja We are closed during the festival. There will be no edition of the paper on October 17, 18, 19 and 20 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday), 2018 . WEST BENGAL ABHISHEK ANGAD NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 15 P4 ● NAGERBAZAR BLAST: DEATH TOLL RISES TO 3 Prime Minister Modi with oil and gas sector experts, CEOs and ministers from Saudi Arabia, UAE, in New Delhi, Monday. PTI 13 Saudislistening,PMcallsfor NEED PRODUCER-CONSUMER PARTNERSHIP WORLD KHASHOGGI: TURKEY, SAUDI TEAMS SEARCH ISTANBUL CONSULATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT, BULLYINGINUK PARLIAMENT BY UNNY We were cautioned not to kill hen that lays golden egg: Saudi energy minister EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi Monday sought a review of payment terms with major oil producers as part of the NDA government’s strategy to help counteradepreciatingrupee.He wasaddressingoilministersand chief executives of both global and domestic oil companies at an event here. Modi, according to an official statement issued after the meeting, “requested for review of payment terms so as to provide temporary relief to the local currency”. The rupee has fallen 14.5 per cent this year, making oil and other imports more expensive. In the meeting with leading global CEOs of oil and gas sector and ministers from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Modi made a strong case for a partnership between producers and consumers in the oil market as it exists in other markets. “This will help stabilise the global economy which is on the path of recovery,” he said. Rising crude oil prices have expanded India’s oil import bill, resulting in higher current account deficit and throwing up a range of macroeconomic challenges. An adverse impact on the twin deficits — fiscal and current account deficit — will have a resultant spillover impact on the consumption and investment behaviour in the economy as well as on monetary policy trajectory. India, the world’s third largest oil consumer, imports over85percentof itsoilrequirements. With the rupee having depreciatedsharplyoverthelast coupleof months,Indiahasbeen seeking better payment terms, whichcouldincludeapartof import payments being made in rupee. The PM’s remarks come in the wake of escalating tensions between US and Venezuelawith the US seeking an end to all imports of Iranian oil by early November. With Saudi Arabia Oil Minister Khalid A. Al-Falih and a UAE ministerial representative listening, Modi, at his third annual brainstorming with the chief executivesof topglobaland Indian oil and gas companies, underscored how crude oil prices at a four-year high were hurting global growth, as per a PTI report. Sources privy to the deliberationssaidModialsoaskedchief executives why no new investments in oil and gas exploration and production are coming to India despite the government implementing all suggestions they made at the previous such meeting. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IIT-Bombay tops first QS ranking for Indian universities, IISc second EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 15 BJP supporters at a rally against the SC verdict on Sabarimala temple case, in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCTOBER 15 AT A time when devotees backed by various Hindu organisations are gearing up to prevent the entry of women of all ages to Sabarimala temple when it opens for a monthly ritual Thursday, Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the temple, has convened a meeting on Tuesday of stake- Ramani says it is a bid to ‘silence’, ‘will fight back’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 15 CALLINGMJAkbar’sdefamation suit against her a bid to “silence” the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, through “intimidation and harassment”, journalist Priya RamanisaidonMondaythatshe would fight back. “Truth and the ‘Absolute truth is my only defence’ absolute truth is my only defence,” she said. In a statement, Ramani, who THE INDIAN Institutes of Technology(IITs)inMumbaiand Madras and the Indian Institute ofScience(IISc)inBengaluruhave emerged as top three in the first standalone QS ranking of India’s higher education institutes. Incidentally, while the IISc wasIndia’sbestinstitutioninthe QS World University Rankings released earlier this year, the domestic league has pegged IITBombay at number one. The IISc ranks second and IIT-Madras third. The table reflects the top 75 institutions of the country. Explaining the variance in performance of Indian institutions in the domestic and international tables, Simona Bizzozero, Communications Director at QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), a British company specialising in education, told The Indian Express from London that the ranking criteria for both were different. “Performance criteria used for the Indian University Rankings are the same as we use for the QS BRICS Ranking. In the global tables, academic reputation carries 40 per cent weightage, in the Indian edition it holders of the rituals at the shrine. Theroyalfamilyof Pandalam, which has a say in rituals at the temple, and the family of the thantri (priest) Monday expressed readiness to attend the consensus effort. The board, which earlier welcomed the SupremeCourtverdictliftingage restrictions on entry of women to the temple, seems to have diluted its stand considering the protests against the order. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANDEEP SINGH & P VAIDYANATHAN IYER KHANDWA, KHARGONE, OCTOBER 15 IN MADHYA Pradesh, the relativelybetter-off amongthefarmers, those with marketable surplus, have been debating the depressed farm prices, letting their political loyalties swing in the countdown to the assembly elections. But what is striking is MADHYA PRADESH NOVEMBER 28 theabsenceofanysingleuniform talkingpointdowntheruraleconomic ladder, any one issue that could force the electorate to choose between the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress. During conversations with ruralvotersacrossassemblysegments in Vidisha, Ratlam, Rajgarh, Khandwa, Khargone, Shajapur, Seoni, Sagar, Panna, DamonandBetuldistricts,those seeking tojustifytheirvotepreferencefortheBJPreeloutnames and benefits of several small welfare schemes implemented by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Bhargava has chaired Maruti board since 2007 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 15 IN TRANSACTIONS that raise a red flag over corporate governance standards, the sovereign wealth fund of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), raiseditsshareholdinginthecrisis-ridden investment company InfrastructureLeasing&Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) and Maruti SuzukiIndiaLimitedduringperiods when R C Bhargava was on the boards of both MSIL and IL&FS and his son Aditya 3 INSIDE HARDWORKOFPEOPLE FROMUP,BIHARHELPED DEVELOPGUJARAT, SAYSRUPANI calls for change with schemes for poor DECISION 2018 RAVISH TIWARI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 his son in investor Abu Dhabi fund Sabarimala board to meet royal family members, priests today In rural Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan battles SHAJU PHILIP MoS, External Affairs, M J Akbar at his residence in New Delhi on Monday. Anil Sharma measurestocushionoilshock Bhargava on IL&FS, Maruti boards; CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 15 BUSINESS AS USUAL A DAY after he made it clear that he was not going to step down from the Council of Ministers in the wake of sexual harassment allegationsagainsthim,Minister of State (External Affairs) M J Akbar filed a criminal defamation complaint Monday in a Delhi court against journalist PriyaRamani,statingthatheralleged “defamatory articles” on himwerea“figmentof imagination” and “only” intended to “malign” his reputation. Ramaniwasthefirsttoname Akbar in a Twitter post October 8, following which over ten women also levelled sexual harassment allegations against him. In his statement Sunday, government. While “change” is in the air after 15 years among a section of the rural strata, it doesn’t appear to have been supplemented by a coherent Congress narrative among voters lower down the economic ladder who want to vote out the Chouhan government. In fact, there is no discernible common strand. Most calling for “change” are those CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bhargava was employed as investment manager with ADIA. R C Bhargava chairs Maruti Suzukiboardsince2007andhad been its Managing Director between 1985 and 1997. He returned as a director on Maruti Suzukiboardin2003beforetaking over as its chairman. He was a director on the board of IL&FS for over 25 years until it was su- 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE perseded on October 1 by a new board chaired by Uday Kotak that is meant to kick-start the clean-up. Aditya Bhargava joined ADIA in its headquarters office in July 2012asInvestmentManager,Asia Pacific, Real Estate and Infrastructure Department, responsibleforinvestmentsinIndia. A series of stock buy-sell transactions by ADIA in Maruti Suzukiandinvestmentdecisions in IL&FS, as per official records, duringthefather-sonduo’sroles in these companies raise questions of propriety and conflict of interest. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dear Gen Now BY RAMA BIJAPURKAR Interpreter of India’s mythologies, Devdutt Pattanaik at Adda today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 15 AUTHOR OF best-selling books on mythologies, Devdutt Pattanaik stands out for his ability to break down ancient Hindu texts and scriptures for easy understanding of the common man, and for his ability to make connections between mythologies and our forever-in-churn 21st century lives. Pattanaik’s books on Hindu gods and goddesses, myths and mythologies speak of the necessity to foster a moreaccommodating temperament and an inclusive space for debate, disagreement, change and diversity. Some of his most popular books include Pattanaik has authored over 40 books CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR REPATRIATED BY INDIA, 7 ROHINGYA BACK HOME, HANDED DISPUTED IDENTITY CARDS NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 15 THE SEVEN Rohingya men repatriatedbyIndiatoMyanmar on October 4 are back at their homes in North Rakhine’s Kyauktaw area. They were escorted through a four-day journey from Moreh toKyauktawbyMyanmarimmigration officials, and were handcuffed for part of the way. “We were brought here in a car. Four of us are from Bazar Fara, and are now with our families. Three were from Foidafara, and they were taken there,” said Mohammed Jamal, one of the seven men, in halting Urdu. The Indian Express was able to trace the men through the Rohingya refugee network in Bangladesh. UNHCR sources also confirmed that the men had reached their homes in Rakhine. The four back home in Bazar Fara, near Kyauktaw town, are Mohammed Shabir Ahmed, Mohammed Yunus, Mohammed Salam and Mohammed Jamal. Kyauktaw is in Mrauk-U district of north Rakhine. Mohammed Maqbool Khan,MohammedRohimuddin, and another person called MohammedJamalhavereached their homes in Foidafara, in Pauktaw village tract. Jamal said they went by road from Moreh to Mandalay, and MOREH TO RAKHINE India Moreh MYANMAAR Kyauktaw Pauktaw National Verification Card, issued Oct 7, to one of the returnees further onwards to Rakhine province, located in the northwest of Myanmar. He said they were treated “bahut achcha (very good)” by the immigration officials. “They bought us food along the way, there was no problem. We came in a government car,” he said. He also said they were handcuffed for one day during the travel, between Mandalay and Rakhine Magwe,onwaytoRakhinestate. Another returnee, Mohammed Yunus, said they were handcuffed as soon as they reached Mandalay, where they were taken to an immigration office, “kept in a closed room, and made to sign some papers”. The maulvi of the Bazar Fara Masjid, Mohammed Nasir, said the men arrived accompanied by immigration officials at 8 am on October 8. “They arrived safelyandallhavebeenreunited with their families,” he said. Sincetheirarrival,policeofficialsinplainclotheshavebeento visit their homes. Jamal said all the men have been given National Verification Cards (NVCs). The date of issue on the NVCs is October 7, 2018. TheNVCisnotacitizenshipcard, butissaidtobeasteptowardenablingtheholdertoapplyforcitizenship under the 1982 Citizenship Act. Myanmar does not accept Rohingya as its citizens. Rohingya refugees camping in Bangladesh have, in fact, refused toaccepttheNVC,ontheground that it is another ploy by the Myanmar government to delay giving citizenship. The men said they had left Kyauktaw in April 2012, months before the two rounds of communal clashes later that year between Rohingya Muslim and Rakhine Buddhists claimed many lives and led to thousands leaving their homes. “We went with a man called Robert. Woh Mizoram ka dalaal hai (He is an agent from Mizoram in India). He was supposed to get us jobs in the Middle East,” Jamal said. Healsoclaimedthattheyhad no idea they had crossed over into India when they were caught. The journey involved a bus trip and a lot of walking through forests. “Robert also got caught,buthewasgivenbailand we don’t know where he is now,” Jamal said. “Robertwassupposedtofind us jobs, but we did not work a single day,” he added, while denying paying any money to Robert. Jamal said they wanted to leave as there are no jobs for Rohingya in Myanmar, and they could not leave their neighbourhoods for cities in Rakhine or elsewheretolookforopportunities. “I cannot leave my basti even to go to Kyauktaw town,” said Jamal. Maulvi Nasir said that before 2012, Rohingya had some CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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