TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 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 #MeToo in India Inc: Former Taj Hotels staffer speaks out, names then CEO ME TOO 13 MARKETS RISE Govt dials down: RBI autonomy key, public interest is our guide THEIDEASPAGE But invokes Sec 7 to seek RBI views on liquidity for NBFCs, easing lending norms My MeToo, Our WeToo SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 31 A FORMER executive assistant with Taj Hotels, whose resignationletterallegingsexualharassment by Rakesh Sarna, then its CEO and MD, anonymously appeared in the media during the Tata-Mistry tussle in 2016 has now decided to speak on the record. Saying that she was inspired by the #MeToo tide, Anjuli Pandit told The Indian Express that she knocked on several doors at Tata Sons but few heard her out. Instead, she was “left with no choice but to quit.” After shecomplained,TataSonssetup a new committee where she deposed but twoyears on, she said, she is yet to get the report of its findings. The Indian Express has accessedofficialdocuments,emails, and other communications related to Pandit’s complaint and spoken with people who were aware of her experiences. Pandit, a US citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder,whoworkswithafinancial advisory firm in London, joined the Tata Group in 2009 when she was 23. After a break for her Master’s degree at Sciences Po, Paris, she ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU BY ANJULI PANDIT Why this is India Inc’s incredible opportunity EXPRESS NETWORK ● SEEKING JUSTICE IN PERSONAL CAPACITY, CHARGES FALSE: AKBAR, P9 was back in Tata Sons in then Chairman Cyrus Mistry’s office in January 2014, managing government relations with Europe, Middle East, and North Africa. Pandit said that a year into her “dream job,” Sarna asked if she couldbemoved to Taj Hotels as his Executive Assistant. “In December we had an uncomfortablephonecalltodiscuss my salary and when I wasn’t happywithhisoffer,Sarnasaid‘I think you are beautiful enough topayyouacrorebutIdon’thave CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘MESSAGE TO WORLD, FUTURE’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of ‘Valley of Flowers’, overlooking the 182 m-high Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Statue of Unity at Kevadiya in Narmada district of Gujarat on Wednesday. PMO India Twitter REPORTS, PAGE 7 Submit Rafale’s price details and offset partner terms: SC to Govt ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 31 THE SUPREME Court Wednesdaydirectedthegovernmenttofurnishinasealedcover, within ten days, details of the pricing of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft being purchased from France. The bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices U U Lalit and K M Joseph said: “The court would also like to be apprised of the details with regard to the pricing/cost, particu- Delayed 31 years, Hashimpura justice: 16 cops get life in jail Severe drought declared in 112 talukas in state Delhi HC reverses acquittal order: This is perhaps too little, too late THE STATE government on Wednesday declared “severe drought” in 112 talukas of Maharashtra.Besides,39talukas were placed under “medium drought” category, takingthetotal tally of talukas to 151. There are 355 talukas in Maharashtra. The government’s droughtmitigationmeasures,whichwere scaled up from October 31, will continue for the next six months till April. Directives have been issued to officials not to relax relief measuresinthesetalukas,which include deployment of water tankers,employmenttovillagers, electricity and education fee waiver, among others. The decision to declare 112 talukas as reeling under severe droughtcameonadaywhenthe Devendra Fadnavis government completed four years. “It is a formidable challenge as we are heading for a severe drought in Maharashtra. Poor rain coupled with a long dry spell leading to crop losses adversely impacted 151talukasinthestate.Of which 112 are under severe drought EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 31 THIRTY ONE years after the Hashimpura massacre near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, the Delhi High Court Wednesday reversed a trial court acquittal order and sentenced to life imprisonment 16 personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), who have since retired, for their role in the killingof 38Muslims.Itsaid“this case points to the systemic failurethatresults,notinfrequently, in miscarriage of justice”. Calling the actions of the PAC personnel on May 22, 1987 as “brutal and bone-chilling” — there were 19 accused but three diedduringthependencyof trial — the bench of Justices S BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Muslims being led away in Hashimpura, May 1987. Praveen Jain Muralidhar and Vinod Goel made it clear that the life term awarded to each convict in this case means the “remainder of the person’s natural life”. “Thiscourtrecommendsthat every State Legal Services Authority should designate a Nodal Officer to address the needs of the victim families in the case of custodial killings or State excesses. The procedure put in place should ensure that such victims or the families are able to access and seek relief undertheschemeandthatsuchrelief should not be limited to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 larly, the advantage thereof, if any, which again will be submittedtothecourtinasealedcover.” The bench also made it clear that “details in this regard which may be considered to be strategic and confidential may, at this stage, be placed before the court and may not be furnished to the learned counsel for the parties or the petitioners-in-person”. OnOctober10,whilehearing twoPILs,theSupremeCourthad askedthegovernmenttosubmit in a sealed cover “details of the steps in the decision-making process leading to the award of 12 THEEDITORIAL PAGE the order”. It had clarified that it did not want pricing details or information on technical suitability of the equipment for the Indian Air Force. Inlinewiththisdirection,the government submitted the details to the court. In the meantime, two more petitions were filed in the same matter, one by former ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha and advocate Prashant Bhushan, and anotherbyAAPleaderSanjaySingh. On Wednesday, the bench said it had perused the details CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Not for bench to rule on faith BY FAIZAN MUSTAFA SHUBHANGI KHAPRE MUMBAI, OCTOBER 31 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Can’t find complainant Sana in Asthana case, CBI officer tells court ABHISHEK ANGAD NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 31 THECBI’S newinvestigatingofficer in the bribery case against its Special Director Rakesh Asthana told a Delhi court Wednesday that the agency cannot find HyderabadbusinessmanSathish Babu Sana, the complainant in the case. During proceedings in the court of Special CBI Judge Santosh Snehi Mann, where the agency did not oppose the bail plea of Dy SP Devender Kumar whowasarrestedintheAsthana case, investigating officer Satish Dagar said: “The complainant (Sana) was not available and he did not turn up against the summons issued... We could not get anything other than what is already there (against Kumar).” ● ANUPAM KHER QUITS AS FTII CHAIRMAN, P 9 ON TUESDAY, the Congress opened its arms in Indore to welcome former BJP leader, Dr Gulab Singh Kirar, to its fold in the presence of top leaders, including party chief Rahul Gandhi, Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia. Just a day later, the party was left wringing its hands after realising that Kirar was one of the leaders it had targeted three years ago for his alleged involvement in the Vyapam scam. Left red-faced with Madhya CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ministers Arun Jaitley, Suresh Prabhu speak on the ease of doing business rankings in New Delhi, Wednesday. Anil Sharma Global Ease of Business: Debt clean-up, tax reforms lift India 23 ranks up to 77 ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 31 INDIA JUMPED 23 places to No.77 among 190 countries in the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business(EODB)2019”rankings, aidedlargelybyimprovementin areas such as “dealing with construction permits”, “trading acrossborders”,“gettingelectricity”, “getting credit” and “starting a business”. However, compared to last ● MOVE AGAINST ASTHANA CAME AFTER ASG’S CLEARANCE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, OCTOBER 31 THE RESERVE Bank of India, under pressure from the government to open a special liquidity window for non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and housingfinancecompanies,may have baulked at such a move on fears that such a facility was open to misuse, sources said. Once such a special window is opened, the RBI will have to provideliquiditytoallcompanies approachingthecentralbankfor funds.“There’sadequateliquidity available for the sector through normal channels. But we won’t be able to prevent companies as it is difficult to distinguish betweentheassetqualityof NBFCs 11 EXPLAINED RBI & Govt: A delicate balance CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Think IAS Think Drish� One Prelims — One Mains — One Interview — One Rank One Goal — One Hundred Percent Smart Work — One Way To Succeed Dagar had earlier informed the court that Sana’s mobile phone was switched off and he could not be reached. Dagar, an SP, took over the probe from Dy SP A K Bassi who wastransferredtoPortBlairafter CBI Director Alok Verma and Asthana were sent on leave by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DECISION 2018 One One Website Blog Forum Distance Learning Shop For Books Video Channel One Prelims Test Series Mains Test Series Mock Interview www.drish�ias.com MADHYA PRADESH NOVEMBER 28, 2018 Pradesh set to go for Assembly elections, the Congress is now scrambling for cover. The party deleted a tweet from its official handle that welcomed Kirar’s induction, and its official spokesperson denied he had joined the Congress. But adding to the confusion within, the party’s general secretary in year, India saw its ranking dip on various other parameters, such as “registering property”, “protecting minority investors”, “payingtaxes”and“resolvinginsolvency”. Lastyear,Indiahadmovedup 30 places to the 100th position. In2016,2015and2014,Indiahad not improved much and was placed at 130, 131 and 134, respectively, in the ranking. The report released Wednesday noted that India is RBI fears special window for NBFCs may open door to misuse GOT ALL FILES FROM CBI FOR PROBE IN MADHYA PRADESH, CONG CLAIMS A PRIZE CATCH — THEN DROPS IT BHOPAL, OCTOBER 31 THE GOVERNMENT stepped in to dial down the tension buildingupinitsrelationshipwiththe Reserve Bank of India, underlining that the RBI’s autonomy “is an essential” and both the government and the central bank have to be “guided by public interest and the requirements of the Indian economy”. Sources saidthegovernment issued two specific directions to RBI and made a reference to Section 7 of the RBI Act, under which it can give directions to the central bank to take certain actions “in the public interest”. One is on opening a special liquidity window for NBFCs and the other is to relax the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) norms for at least three banks of the 11 in the PCA list. Itisalsolearntthatinitscommunication with the RBI, the ● CVC SAYS HAVE ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR MILIND GHATWAI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 31 INSIDE PAGE 9 Confusion over ex-BJP leader in Vyapam FIR: spokesperson denies entry, secy admits EXPRESS NETWORK JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Kirar (right) with Kamal Nath in Indore Tuesday. Express Madhya Pradesh acknowledged that the move did indeed take place. Kirar, however, is clear. “Irrespective of what they claim, I will work for the Congress because I am its member,’’ he said. The ruling BJP, meanwhile, can’t hide its glee. “The episode CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 One Family, One Vision, One Drish� IAS 19 years in the service of Civil Services Aspirants Since 1-11-1999
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