TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DIWALI GIFT FOR MSME SECTOR: PM Smallbusinesstoget easiercredit,faster approval,lessredtape 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 NEWSLINE 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 ELGAARPARISHAD CASE:PUNECOURT REJECTSSHOMA SEN’SBAILPLEA INSIDE ● BOFORS CASE: SC DISMISSES CBI PLEA P 7 ● INLD EXPELS DUSHYANT P 10 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-turnedpolitician and Rajya Sabha MP of 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 colleagueswhohavespokenout against him are learnt to have informally approached mem- bers of the panel. While one member of the committee said, on the condition of anonymity, that a woman journalist has taken up the matter with him, at least two members were of the view that the matter could be considered by the panel. Akbar was elected to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh in 2016. Whencontacted,committee chairman BJP MP Narayan Lal Panchariya told The Indian Express:“If anycomplaintcomes, 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)amidabroaderliquidity crunch. Themeasures,announcedby Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are aimed at providing GSTregistered MSMEs access to cheaper credit by way of an interest subsidy on fresh loans, mandatingstate-ownedcompanies 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 environmental clearance to establish a unit, instead of separate approvalsneededas 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Hindus insulted that Gunmen lined up Assam farmers, Ayodhya is not on shot them from behind: Witnesses SC’s priority, it must rethink, says RSS ABHISHEK SAHA TINSUKIA, NOVEMBER 2 SHUBHANGI KHAPRE MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 2 DAYS AFTER the Supreme Court deferred the hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-BabriMasjidtitle suit,theRashtriyaSwayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday said Hindus were “feeling insulted” thatanissuelinkedtotheir“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 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 deferthehearingwasasetback,” said Joshi. “It is a matter of pain and anguishthatanissuewhichHindus consider their faith and sentiment is not on the priority list of the court... Hindus are feeling insulted...Thecourthasclearlysaid 13 WORLD Won’t hesitate to launch an agitation for Ram temple: Bhaiyyaji Joshi. PTI BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 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. “At least 38 empty AK-47 AFTER CLEAN CHIT IN DSK LOAN CASE BoM restores functional responsibilities of CEO, ED EXPRESSNEWSSERVICE PUNE, NOVEMBER 2 that its priorities are different. This is shocking and surprising, as the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya is linked to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Grieving relatives of one of the five men killed by suspected ULFA gunmen in Tinsukia district of Assam. PTI cartridges were recovered from thespot,”SadiyaSuperintendent of Police P S Changmai told The Indian Express. Five men died in the attack. The sixth, Shadeb Namashudra (17), survived as he fell into the stream,andthegunmenlefthim for dead. The victims have been identified as Shyamlal Biswas (60), Ananta Biswas (18), Abhinash Biswas (25), Subal Das (60) and Dhananjay Namasudra (23). Shyamlal was the paternal uncle of brothers Abhinash and Ananta. All the five men were primarily vegetable farmers, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THEBANKofMaharashtra(BoM) on Friday restored the functional responsibilities of its MD and CEO, Ravindra Prabhakar Marathe, and Executive Director Rajendra Kumar Gupta. Marathe, Gupta and former CEOandMDSushilMuhnotwere arrested by the Pune City Police onJune20inconnectionwiththe Rs2,043-crorefraudcaseagainst Pune-based DSK Group. Police hadallegedthattheaccusedBoM officialsdidnotfollowruleswhile giving a loan to the Dream City project of DSK Developers Ltd in Pune’s Fursungi. Following their arrest, Bank of Maharashtra had divestedMaratheandGuptaofall their powers. But on October 21, Pune policehadfiledaclosurereport,saying the officials had sanctioned loans as part of “normal banking transaction”. “Wehavefiledaclosure report under Section 169 of theCrPCaswehaven’tfoundany evidence against the three bank officials,” Pune Police Commissioner K Venkatesham had said. However, a court hearing in this matter is expected to take place on Saturday, when Special Public Prosecutor Pravin Chavan will put forward his say. The Indian Express had reported recently that Chavan had raised doubts on the way police had filed a closure report in the case and said that he had not been consulted before it was filed. A press release issued by the BoMstatedthatthefunctionalresponsibilities of Marathe and Gupta were restored in a board meeting held on Friday . “Thebank’sboard,initsmeetingheldonJune29,2018,haddivestedthemof theirpowers.The restoration of functional responsibilitiestoMarathe,MDandCEO, and Gupta, ED, by the board is a welcome move for the bank, which has also shown good results in its quarter 2 of financial year 2018-19 after 10 quarters. Restorationof functionalresponsibilitiesofbank’sofficialshascertainly boosted the morale of not only the staff of Bank of Maharashtra but also the whole banking fraternity as such,” the release stated. Narendra Modi with Arun Jaitley on Friday. Anil Sharma THEPACKAGE:PHARMACLUSTERSTOTECHHUBS ■ MSMEs registered on GST platform will get 2% interest subsidy on fresh loans ■ New website to sanction loan up to Rs 1 crore within 59 minutes ■ Single common form for eight labour laws instead of two ■ Single approval for environmental clearance instead of separate approvals ■ Rs 6,000 crore for 20 tech hubs and 100 centres as spokes ■ Exporters who receive 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE loans in pre-shipment and post-shipment period will get interest rebate of 5%, up from 3%. ■ Plans for creation of special pharma clusters for which the government will bear 70% of cost ■ Inspectors can only visit factories through random technology-based allotment and need to publish report within 48 hours ■ PSUs to compulsorily procure 25%, instead of 20% of total purchases, from MSMEs Ghosts of Hashimpura back to haunt By VIBHUTI NARAYAN RAI India among 8 likely to get Iran oil waiver, US sanctions Nov 5 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,afterUSSecretaryof State Michael R Pompeo said that the US has agreed to exempt eight countries since they have made “significant reductions” in oil imports. 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 fronts and have made important moves towards getting to zero crude oil importation. These negotiations are still ongoing. Two of the jurisdictions will completely end imports as part of their agreements. The other sixwillimportatgreatlyreduced levels,”Pompeotoldreportersin WashingtonDC,duringaconfer- His Twitter post on Friday ence call with Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin. Pompeo said that countries like India, if granted exemption, would be asked to bring down oil imports from Iran to zero in sixmonths.Negotiationsarestill ongoing, he said while explaining the reasons for not revealing the names of the countries to be exempted. Sources in New Delhi and Washington DC told The Indian Express that India is “likely” to be partof theeightcountrieswhich are being granted waiver, but CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR XIASSURES HELPTO IMRAN ‘GODFATHER’ OF TALIBAN IS KILLED IN PAKISTAN IN UP, BJP TO APPOINT 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” in Uttar Pradesh to reach 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 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. This decision was taken at the BJP minority wing’s state executivemeeting 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,” WON’T INTERFERE: SC ON TRIPLE TALAQ Celebrating the SC triple talaq verdict. Express file 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 bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices K M Joseph and Hemant Gupta, pointing out that the Winter Session of Parliament was coming. PAGE 7 Nazia told The Indian Express. Shesaidthecampaignwould begin after Diwali, and the first taskwouldbetoidentifythevictims. “Currently, there is no officialfigureonthenumberof triple talaqvictims.Wehavetoidentify them and approach them. Being a woman, we can do this easily... We will also hold press conferences to narrate their ordeal, if they agree to it,” she said. She said the objective of the programme was social, not political. In the first phase, the focus will be on Muslimdominated districts including Rampur, Bareilly, Saharanpur, Aligarh and Muzaffarnagar. Hyder Abbas Chaand, state president of the BJP’s minority wing, said triple talaq victims who have shown courage by raising their voices in public as wellaswomenwhohavefought for their cause, will be honoured by the party. In its manifesto for the state assembly polls in 2017, the BJP had promised to take up the issue of triple talaq. After their poll victory, BJP leaders had claimed that Muslim women had backed them as the party wasopposedtothepractice.The party had also raised the issue duringtheurbanlocalbodypolls in the state last year.
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