TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Akbar versus Ramani: 20 women journalists speak up to be counted In joint statement, they say: consider our Akbar harassment testimonies Tension in Surat after migrant named in rape-murder KAMAAL SAIYED SURAT, OCTOBER 16 ME TOO SOMYA LAKHANI & KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 16 Protesters check a car at Nilakkal Tuesday to stop women from heading to Sabarimala. PTI Ashish Pandey with a gun at the Hyatt Regency in New Delhi early Sunday. Express Ex-BSP MP’s son booked for waving gun in Delhi 5-star hotel ALOK SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 16 THESONof aformerBSPMPwas booked Tuesday after a video clip that did the social media roundsshowedhimbrandishing a firearm, and threatening a couplefollowinganargumentat the Hyatt Regency hotel at R K Puram in New Delhi. Police said Ashish Pandey, who hails from Lucknow, is the son of former BSP MP Rakesh Pandey. His brother, Ritesh, is an Uttar Pradesh MLA. Police said the incident took place early Sunday. Following a complaint by the assistant security manager of Hyatt Regency, a Look Out Circular was also issued against Ashish Pandey. Joint Commissioner of Police (southwest)AjayChaudharysaid Pandey has been booked under the Arms Act, and for assault.Hesaidpoliceteamshave been sent to track him down. DETAILED REPORT P 4 SABARIMALA SHRINE OPENS TODAY Kerala on edge, CM holds his ground: ‘gender equality, law’ Whenwomenfoughtforrighttocover breasts,theyfacedopposition:Pinarayi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCTOBER 16 INVOKING THE state’s history of reformation and decrying the “attempt to weaken” Kerala’s secular fabric, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appealed for calm Tuesday. As tension mounted at Nilakkal a day before the Lord Ayappa temple in Sabarimala opens for the first time 6 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 16 UP CABINET RENAMES ALLAHABAD AS PRAYAGRAJ BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 VISHNU VARMA & UMA VISHNU ERUMELI (KOTTAYAM), NILAKKAL (PATHANAMTITTA), OCTOBER 16 SET DEEP in the Ranni forest division in Pathanamthitta district of South Kerala is Nilakkal. On Tuesday,protesters,mostlytribal women from neighbouring hamlets, sat under a makeshift tent, chanting Ayyappa hymns and making occasional speeches. Others stood on the road, charging at every vehicle passing through. Then, in the presence of police and as other men stoodchantingAyyappaslogans, a couple of women would climb onboardtoensuretherewereno CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE FINANCE Ministry is learnt tohaveturneddowntheReserve Bankof India’sdemandforwithdrawing its nominee directors from the boards of public sector banks, arguing that in these times of stress in the banking sector, the banking regulator’s presence is important, sources familiar with the matter said. The RBI has been in communication with the government on these issues, with the correspondence picking upever since the over Rs 13,000-crore Letters of Undertaking fraud at Punjab National Bank came to light. Sourcessaidthegovernmenthas conveyed its apprehension to the RBI withdrawing its nominee directors from the PSU banks’ boards and wants them to continue to play an important role in their functioning. The government is also not receptive to the idea of granting additionalpowerstotheRBIover regulationof publicsectorbanks, as it feels the central bank already enjoys sufficient powers, the sources said. In its communication with some of us at the hands of” Akbar and of others “who bore witness to this harassment.” In their statement issued Tuesday, the women, three of whom head newsrooms today, said that Akbar has refused to “acknowledge” or“atone”forhis actions that have been the cause of “immense pain and indeed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 No Vishakha panel, disconnect, disquiet in political parties MANOJ C G & LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 16 ON MONDAY, the Congress’s youth wing took to the streets demanding the resignation of Union Minister M J Akbar over allegations of sexual assault and harassment but behind that photo-op, there is a sense of disquiet — and some disconnect — in the political establishment. Parties have found them- selves caught in a debate they have rarely had and are now fumbling to find a language for. So on Tuesday, even as the #MeToo movement quickened the exit of Fairoz Khan, head of the Congress’s student wing, over charges of sexual misconduct, the Congress party itself preferred to play safe. Sushmita Dev, Lok Sabha MP and head of Mahila Congress, said that the movement should not be politicised. “Everything CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Blow to Cong in Goa as 2 MLAs quit, cross over to BJP RBI wanted to pull out nominees from public sector bank boards, Govt says no SUNNY VERMA GOVT& POLITICS Wednesday after the Supreme Courtallowedwomenof allages to enter the shrine, Vijayan said that no one would be allowed to block devotees. While the temple governing body failed to win over the thantri and the erstwhile royal family of Pandalam agitating over the Supreme Court order, devotees checked vehicles on their way to the shrine in an attempt to stop women of “menstruatingage” from reachingthe Women check cars, say temple entry by women only over our bodies A DAY after Union Minister M J Akbar filed a criminal defamation complaint against journalist Priya Ramani, one more woman alleged that he had assaulted her, and as many as 20 journalists who have worked underhim wentonrecordto ask the court to “consider testimonies of sexual harassment of His complaint is likely to come up tomorrow TENSION MOUNTED in the migrant pockets of Surat after a labour hand from Bihar was named by police as a suspect in the rape and murder of a toddler whose body was discovered Monday. The incident follows protests and attacks on migrants in Gujarat following the rape of an infant by a man from Bihar earlier this month. In Vadodara Monday evening, six construction workers and a civil engineer, all from Bihar, were assaulted for “wearing lungi”. Industrial Surat, which draws workers from across the country, had so far remained calm. On Tuesday, Surat City Police personnel headed to Bihar to track down the suspect in the rape and murder of a three-year-old girl. Her family, incidentally, also migrated to Surat from Maharashtra. Since the girl was a Dalit, Scheduled Caste groups have taken up the matter, and have held protests, demanding the arrest of the suspect. Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma said, “We have identified the suspect and sent our teams to Bihar to locate him. We have also made different teams to trace the accused in neighbouring areas... We have addedsectionslikerape,murder, atrocity and POCSO.” Appealing to people to remain calm, Sharma said they had deployed extra police personnel. The girl disappeared while 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Economy, media, messaging By SANJAY BARU the government,theRBIhasalso argued that its nominee directors should be distanced from the management committee of the board of the PSU banks, which takes credit decisions, to avoidanyconflictof interest.The RBIhasarguedthatitsnominees should not be on the boards of PSBs. The demand to withdraw itsnomineedirectorswasearlier raised by former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and reiterated by present Governor Urjit Patel. After the Nirav Modi-led LoU scam came to light at the Punjab CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DECODING MYTH Author Devdutt Pattanaik with The Indian Express Literary Editor Pratik Kanjilal at the Express Adda in New Delhi on Tuesday. Neeraj Priyadarshi Union Minister Piyush Goyal welcomes Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte to the BJP fold Tuesday. PTI Patel Bhawan now only NSC Sectt, CCS clears relocation of others SMITA NAIR & LALMANI VERMA SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 16 THE SARDAR Patel Bhawan at Patel Chowk in the heart of New Delhi will now be home to only the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS). The Indian Express has learnt that a decision to move out the other departments from the building — it also has offices of theCabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Ministryof PanchayatiRaj—was taken last week by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), chaired by the Prime Minister. Sources said the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has already begun the process to relocate the other offices.TheCCSdecisionwastaken on October 9 and thereafter a meeting was held at Nirman Bhawan, the headquarters of MoHUA, with officers of the departments functioning from Sardar Patel Bhawan. The offices of MoSPI Cabinet Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and Minister of State Vijay Goel are also located there. The NSCS, whose functional headisNationalSecurityAdvisor Ajit Doval, already occupies CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PANJIM, NEW DELHI, OCT 16 SHORING UP the ruling BJP in Goa where uncertainty had gripped the government over the failing health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, two MLAs of the Congress resigned and joined the BJP Tuesday. In theprocess, theCongress,which had 16 MLAs in the 40-member House, lost the status of being the single largest party. MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte flew to New Delhi and met BJP president Amit Shah. Union Minister Piyush Goyal welcomed them to the BJP and handed them membership receipts. He said the two leaders will strengthen the hands of Chief Minister Parrikar and the NDA government in the state. The BJP has 14 MLAs and the backingof threelegislatorsof the Goa Forward Party, three of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, three Independents and external support from Churchill Alemao of the NCP — that adds up to 23 plus 1 NCP. TheCongressMLAcountwas reduced to 14 after Sopte and Shirodkar sent their resignation papers to Speaker Pramod CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FATHER KILLED BY FOREST MAFIA, 18-YR-OLD WINS INDIA A SILVER NITIN SHARMA CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 16 14 WORLD SAUDIS TO CLAIM KHASHOGGI DIED DURING QUESTIONING CHINASTRIPSTWO EX-GENERALSOF RANKOVER CORRUPTION SURAJ PANWAR knows of his father only from the stories his mother, Poonam told him. A few monthsafterhewasborn,Suraj’s father Udai Singh Panwar and two other forest guards were killed by the forest mafia near Dehradun. His father never got to see his sonwalkforthefirsttime.Andso on Tuesday, when 18-year-old SurajbecametheonlyIndianathlete to finish on the podium with a silver medal in the men’s 5,000 m race walk in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, it was a gift to his family. “I was less than six months old when my father was killed along with two other forest guardsintheMohandareainthe Asarodi Range in Dehradun. He did not even get a chance to see mewalkingforthefirsttimeand, if he would have been alive, this medalwouldhavebeenthehappiestmomentinhislife,”hesaid. “I wanted to win a medal for India and this medal is the biggest gift for my family too.” Suraj, who finished with a combined time of 40 minutes and 59.17 seconds to finish behind Ecuador’s Oscar Patin of Ecuador, who had a combined timing of 40 minutes and 51.86 seconds, also recalls the struggle leading up to the silver finish. The youngest of three sons of Udai Singh initially started with PT shoes and competed the Youth Olympics with a secondhand pair of shoes given by Olympian Manish Singh Rawat. “Since my father was a noncontract employee and my mother had not completed even primary education, she works in the forest department nursery. She could not even afford to buy Suraj Panwar with his medal at Youth Olympics. Express me a new pair of race walking shoes and before I came here. Manish Rawat bhai gave me one of his old pair of shoes, with which he competed in Commonwealth Games. It was bit bigger in size but I wore an extra pair of socks to make it tight,” he said. While his mother worked at thenursery,ayoungSurajwould spendtimeracingwithfriendsat his village Kaarabari and would walk to his school in the neighbouring village of Jhewardi. The youngster would watch village andschoolcompetitionswithinterest before the school PT teacher Vikas Yadav encouraged him into athletics in 2014. After competing in sprint races initially, Suraj was selected forlongdistancecompetitionsat the school level and two years later, was selected for the Maharana Pratap Sports College, Dehradun. “The only mode of transport for me to go to school was by walking and most of the time, I wouldwalkinahurrysoIwasnot late for school. When I started competing in race events, my mother would get me PT shoes, which cost Rs 220,” he said. “Zyada events main bhag leta tha toh joote fat jate the. Mummy fir bhi paise bacha ke mujhe joote le deti (The shoes would tear when I competed in many events. Even then, my mother would save money and buy me shoes). When I was selected for Maharana Pratap Sports College in 2016, I shared a room on rent with two students,” he said. His older brothers pitched in too. While Neeraj got a hotel job in Jaipur to support me, oldest brother Shubham supported with Arvind Pant and Abhishek Chaudhary from his village, helpedhimbuytracksuits.“After CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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