TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE STIMULUS AMID LIQUIDITY CRUNCH Easiercredit,faster approval:PM’sDiwali gifttosmallbusiness Website launched for loan up to Rs 1 crore in 59 minutes; Rs 6,000 crore to be allocated for tech hubs and centres VIEW FROM THE HEART ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU UP CM Yogi Adityanath visits the Statue of Unity in Kevadiya, Friday. He used a lift to reach the viewing point (right) located in the statue’s chest. NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2 Bhupendra Rana 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Ghosts of Hashimpura back to haunt By VIBHUTI NARAYAN RAI India likely to get Iran oil waiver, US sanctions Monday SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2 INDIA IS likely to be one of eight countries which can temporarily import oil from Iran post sanctions, sources indicated Friday after US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo said that the US has agreed to exempt eight countries since they have made “significantreductions”inoilimports. US sanctions on Iran will kick in November 5. “We expect to issue some temporary allotments to eight jurisdictions, but only because they have demonstrated significant reductions in their crude oil and cooperation on many other frontsand havemadeimportant moves towards getting to zero crude oil importation. These CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 M J Akbar raped me, says US journalist; he says relationship was consensual Akbar case may come on RS ethics panel radar SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2 PALLAVI GOGOI, a former reporter at The Asian Age and the current Chief Business Editor at National Public Radio in New York, has accused former Union Minister M J Akbar of rape, repeated sexual abuse, and violent behaviour. Over a dozen women have accused the editor-turnedpoliticianandRajyaSabhaMPof sexual harassment but Gogoi’s account, published in the Washington Post Thursday, is the first to level serious allegations of rape against him. Akbar and his wife, Mallika, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ME TOO MANOJ C G, LIZ MATHEW & ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2 Resigned as minister in wake of allegations AS FRESH allegations of sexual assault, including rape, surfaced against former Union Minister M J Akbar Friday, there are indications that the Rajya Sabha MP could come under the glare of the upper house’s Ethics Committee. Some of Akbar’s former colleagues who have spoken out againsthimarelearnttohaveinformally approached members of the panel. While one member of the committee said, on the condition of anonymity, that a woman journalist has taken up thematterwithhim,atleasttwo members were of the view that the matter could be considered by the panel. Akbar was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh in 2016. Whencontacted,committee chairman BJP MP Narayan Lal Panchariya told The Indian Express:“If anycomplaintscome, we will go by the procedure and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE GOVERNMENT Friday launched a national effort to make credit available to small businesses, alongside measures to boost fund flow to the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) amid a broader liquidity crunch. Themeasures,announcedby Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are aimed at providing GST-registeredMSMEsaccesstocheaper credit by way of an interest subsidy on fresh loans, mandating state-owned companies to procure at least 25 per cent of their product requirements from smaller firms and lighter touch regulations for the MSMEs. These include filing of single common form for eight labour laws instead of two at present and a single approval for environmentalclearancetoestablish a unit, instead of separate approvals needed as of now. Modi called these steps his “Diwali gift” to MSME entrepreneurs. An allocation of Rs 6,000 crore for setting up 20 technology hubs and 100 centres as spokes to galvanise advancement of technology in the MSMEs was also announced. These measures come when thegovernmentisengagedwith Narendra Modi with Arun Jaitley on Friday. Anil Sharma banks to address the liquidity crunchinthemarkets.Seniorofficials at the Prime Minister’s Officealsomettheheadsof leadingstate-ownedbanksonFriday. Two sources close to the development said that PMO officials discussed the liquidity situation andaskedbankerstoensureample liquidity for NBFCs — a big lender to the MSME segment. MSMEsthatareregisteredon theGSTplatformwillgettwoper cent interest subsidy on fresh loans, while a website psbloansin59minutes.com has been started to provide sanction on loan up to Rs 1 crore within 59 minutes. The portal assesses the creditworthiness of the applicant through data analysis of GST returns, tax returns and bank ac- Gunmen lined up Tinsukia farmers, shot them: witnesses ABHISHEK SAHA TINSUKIA, NOVEMBER 2 ON THURSDAY, around 7.20 pm, six men wearing military fatigues and carrying assault rifles arrived on two motorcycles at Bisonimukhvillage,inDholaarea of Tinsukia district, on the banks of the Brahmaputra river. They roundedupsixBengali-speaking men — three from one house, twofromthemainroad,andone from his shop — took them to a nearbybridgeoverastream,told them to face the stream, and sprayed bullets from behind. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Grieving relatives of one of the five men killed by suspected ULFA gunmen in Tinsukia district of Assam. PTI SC’s Ayodhya remark insults Hindus: RSS SHUBHANGI KHAPRE BUSINESS AS USUAL MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 2 DAYS AFTER the Supreme Court deferred the hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-BabriMasjidtitle suit case, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday said Hindus were “feeling insulted” that an issue linked to their “faith and sentiment” was not on the court’s “priority list”. Addressing a press conference at the end of a three-day conclave at Bhayander, on the outskirts of Mumbai, RSS BY UNNY Won’t hesitate to launch an agitation for Ram temple: Bhaiyyaji Joshi. PTI sarkaryavah Bhaiyyaji Joshi said they would “not hesitate to launch an agitation for the Ram temple, if needed, but since the matter is in the Supreme Court, there are restrictions.” “The wait for the court’s verdict has been too long. Good news was expected before Diwali. We were hopeful. The Supreme Court’s decision to defer the hearing was a setback,” said Joshi. “It is a matter of pain and anguishthatanissuewhichHindus considertheirfaithandsentiment CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN UP, BJP TO APPOINT OVER 100 WOMEN AS TRIPLE TALAQ PRAMUKHS LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 2 AHEAD OF the Winter Session, when the Centre’s ordinance making instant triple talaq a criminal offence is likely to be tabled in Parliament, the BJP has appointed two “teen talaq pramukhs”inUttarPradeshtoreach out to triple talaq victims and seek their suggestions for better rehabilitation. While Dr Nazia Alam and Shahnaz Khan, both state secretaries of the party’s minority WON’T INTERFERE: SC ON TRIPLE TALAQ New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition challenging the triple talaq ordinance. “We are not inclined to interfere,” said a wing, have been appointed as “teentalaqpramukhs”,thereare plans to appoint a Muslim woman to the post in all the six regional units and 93 district units in the state. bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices K M Joseph and Hemant Gupta, pointing out that the Winter Session of Parliament was coming. This decision was taken at the BJP minority wing’s state executive meeting held recently. These pramukhs will also distribute Hindi translations of the Quran to Muslim families. “If they read Quran in a language that they are comfortable in, the practice of triple talaq can be checked,becauseitisclearlyprohibited in the Quran. Through our campaign, we will also have to break the barrier that hardlinerclericshavecreatedbyconveying the wrong message,” Nazia told The Indian Express. Shesaidthecampaignwould begin after Diwali, and the first taskwouldbetoidentifythevictims. “Currently, there is no officialfigureonthenumberof triple talaqvictims.Wehavetoidentify CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur count statements. “Yeh naya Bharat hai, isme bankon ke baar baar chakkar lagana khatam (This is New India, here you don;t need to go to banks again and again for loans),” Modi told an audience comprising MSMEs from across the country. The Prime Minister announced these measures while launching the MSME support and outreach programme, which will run for 100 days covering 100 districts. He said he willpersonallymonitorthisoutreach programme. MSME players present at the meeting said cheaper credit and ease in obtaining environmental clearances are the steps that will help them the most. “Right nowIhaverunaftergovernment CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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