LUDO, WE STILL LOVE YOU MUMBAI,LATECITY NOVEMBER4,2018 22+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 11 RBI GOVERNOR, HIS GOVERNANCE As poll year begins and economy is hit by headwinds, fractious ties between RBI governor, government will be further tested. A look at how the two need to communicate — and why the options are few BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Looking for home in Greece Amidst rising anti-migrant resentment in Europe, meeting the undocumented Indians eking out a living in Greece Court delaying, similar situation led to fallout in 1992, says BJP gen secy SRINAGAR,NOVEMBER3 AMIDST STEEP rise in “physical, mental and substance-use disorders over the past two decades”, Jammu and Kashmir is set to adopt its first drug de-addiction policy. As per a draft policy document,studiesconductedinrecent years have shown an “alarming” shift in the pattern of substance useinthestate,intermsoftherise in the number of women users, decreasing age at first-use, increasing use of solventsandinjectableopiates,as wellasrisingdrug-relateddeaths. Prepared by the Institute Of MentalHealthandNeurosciences (IMHANS), Kashmir, J&K State Aids Control Society and the Directorate of Health, the policy has been placed in the public domain to invite suggestions from civil society. “This process has been given a month. After the feedback comes in, we will make thechangesrequiredandthepolicy will be sent for approval and become effective,” Principal Secretary, Health, J&K, Atal Dullo told The Sunday Express. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 MAHARASHTRA AJITPAWARWILLBE ARRESTEDSOON:BJP STATECHIEF Hindus feeling anxious, 1992 had consequences: Ram Madhav LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 3 BJP NATIONAL general secretary Ram Madhav said here Saturday that the Supreme Court order deferringthehearinginthe Ram Janmabhoomi-BabriMasjid title suittoJanuaryhadlefttheHindu society and supporters of the Ram temple feeling “anxious”. The BJP has so far not spoken on the issue, despite the RSS taking astrongstandagainstthecourt’s decision. Speaking to The Sunday Express,Madhavalsodrewaparallel between what happened before 1992 and what was happening now in the judiciary in the context of the temple issue. Ram Madhav said that the judiciary fixed the hearing for October29,andthendelayedthe matter to January. “Similar judicial delay had happened before 1992 too. We do not want that such a situation arises again. We all want that the judicial process is expedited,” he added, while stressing that his remarks not be seenasathreat.Earlier,speaking to ANI, Madhav said the 1992 “dilly-dallying” “had led to certain consequences”. The Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992. It was because the judiciary had postponed the matter that “anxious” supporters of Ram temple and the Hindu society were asking the government to issue an ordinance on the matter, Madhav said. Asked for his CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At the Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. Praveen Khanna At Sant Samiti meet, appeals to ‘Ram incarnate’ Modi, criticism of ‘anti-temple’ judiciary LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 3 DAYS AFTER the RSS said the government should acquire land and hand it over for construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya, a two-day Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti convention that began on Saturday demanded that the government clear the way for a temple soon. While one of the speakers called Prime Minister Narendra Modi “an incarnation of Lord Ram”, another said the judiciary won’t be of help as it was full of “antitemple people”.Swami Chinmayananda, who was a Union minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, said “the possibility of any dialogue with the opposite parties has ended”. Whilemostof thosegathered demanded a law clearing the Hospital shortage: Health Ministry plans soft loans, single-window clearance ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 3 IN AN action plan to set up new hospitals through public private partnership,the Health Ministry has proposed viability gap funding of up to 40 per cent of the project cost, time-bound clearances with the same deemed given if not received within the stipulated time, and making “soft” loans available. The plan has been circulated to states and various Central government departments for their feedback. Addressing an audience in London earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about how Ayushman Bharat would lead to “morethan 1,000” new hospitals in Tier I and Tier II PM had promised 1,000 new hospitals post-PMJAY cities. Working on that vision, theministrywantsstatestotreat health as a priority sector and to classify it as an industry so that softloansareavailable.Italsoenvisages a complete makeover of thesectornotjustthroughfinancial incentives but also harnessing of renewable energy and making power available 24/7 at lower than commercial rates. Thefactthathospitalspayfor electricity at commercial rates has been a long-standing grievance of the private sector. The hospitals would have to mandatorily get empanelled with the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana(PMJAY)andthusmeetall thestandardssetforthepurpose by the National Health Agency. Indiahasonehospitalbedfor 879 people. This is far below the world average of 30 hospital beds per 10,000 population. Currentlythecountryhas14,379 hospitals with 6.34 lakh beds. The number of beds has increased in urbanIndia,butatthe villagelevel,remainsintherange of 1.31 per 1,000 population. With the launch of the PMJAY, covering an estimated 500 million beneficiaries, 0.64 million CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 way for a temple, former BJP MP and Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas member Ram Vilas Vedanti said thetemplecannotbebuiltbyordinance or legislation but only through “mutual consensus”, warningthatotherwise,“noone can stop communal riots”. Addressing the convention, Vedanti also said, “I pray to Ramlalla in Ayodhya to give sadbuddhi (wisdom) to all and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi so that construction of a grand temple of Ramlalla could be started in December.” Citing the recent Supreme Court order deferring hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit to January 2019, Vedanti, who spoke the longest, said that the Congress had kept the Ram Janmabhoomi case pending for over 70 years but “nobody can do so any more”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Lives, farmland, homes lost, in 16 seats, one burning issue: elephants DIPANKARGHOSE BAGDA(PRATAPPUR), NOVEMBER3 AS THEY pass each other on the streets, the villagers of Bagda in Surajpur district in North Chhattisgarh shout out: “Kahaan?”However,tothemthis isn’t a greeting meant to know whereapersonhasbeenorisgoing. It comes laden with apprehension. “Nadi ke uss paar. Abhi door hai (It’s on the other side of the river. It’s still far),” is the answer they hope for — indicating thataherdofwildelephantsliving intheforestsonBagda’sdoorstep is some distance away. With elections to North Chhattisgarh 20 days away, the The game from a simpler childhood is now a raging online addiction. From soldiers on duty to millennials killing time, everyone loves to roll the dice PAGES 12-13 Drug abuse, SC ORDER ON RAM TEMPLE mental illness on rise, J&K plans policy NAVEEDIQBAL eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE MCS/204/2017-19RNINO.MAHENG2002/21899 DECISION 2018 CHHATTISGARH government’s failure to control the man-elephant conflict is, for the first time, a burning issue in thepolls.Thefiveaffecteddistricts, of Surguja, Jashpur, Balrampur, Surajpur and parts of Raigarh, cover at least 16 seats out of a total of 90. Home Minister Ram Sevak Paikra is the MLA from Pratappur, the constituency under which Bagda falls. It was also the only one seat in the Surguja CONTINUEDONPAGE2 JAN 1 CLASHES IN KOREGAON BHIMA Elgaar Parishad speeches led to violence, Pune City Police tells commission CHANDAN HAYGUNDE PUNE, NOVEMBER 3 PUNE CITY Police has said that “provocative speeches” made at Elgaar Parishad, an evening event held on December 31, and related “objectionable programmes” had “caused tensions” among people and led to a “serious law and order situation” on January 1, when widespread violence had been witnessed in and around Pune. In its affidavit submitted to the Koregaon Bhima Inquiry Commission on behalf of the Pune City police on Friday, Additional Superintendent of Police (South region) Ravindra Sengaonkarhasgiventhedetails of speeches made at the Elgaar Parishad,theFIRsfiledtakingobjections to those speeches, and the progress made in the police investigation. Elgaar Parishad was organised in an area that fallsinSengaonkar’sjurisdiction. The two-member Koregaon Bhima Inquiry Commission, instituted by the state government, is probing the causes of the January 1 violence, in which one person was killed and several others injured. This is the first time that a government agency, in its affidavitbeforethecommission,has directlypinnedtheblameforthe violence on Elgaar Parishad. Other agencies that have submitted their affidavits to the commission, including Pune RuralPolice, hadnot blamedany The violence had left one dead and several others injured. Express specific individual or organisation for the violence. Pune Rural Police, for instance,hadtoldtheinquirycommission, in an affidavit submitted two days ago, that the violence was caused by a “sudden clash between two mobs carrying blue and saffron flags”. That affidavit had not blamed theviolenceonanyparticularorganisation or individual. Sengaonkar’saffidavit,onthe other hand, points towards the Elgaar Parishad and its organisers. It says that the Elgaar Parishad was organised by the banned CPI-Maoist and its operatives as “part of the strategy of theoutfittooverthrowthe democratic systemestablishedin the country as per the Indian Constitution”. The affidavit also mentions that some of the organisers of the event, and many others who have later been named as accused in an FIR, were found to be working as per this strategy of the CPI-Maoist. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI chief: Kharge goes to SC on govt move, Cong split on petition MANOJ C G & KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 3 THE CONGRESS on Saturday joined the legal battle over CBI Director Alok Verma with Mallikarjun Kharge, its leader in the Lok Sabha and one of the threemembersofthecommittee that appoints the CBI chief, filing a petition in the Supreme Court challengingtheGovernment’s“illegal”decisiontodivestVermaof all powers. He has demanded that the order be quashed. TalkingtoTheSundayExpress, Kharge said he has filed a “separate petition” saying that the “Government’s decision was in violation of the law” and The Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946. “Only the three-member committee has the power to appoint, remove, suspend or dismiss a CBI director. This suo motu, unilateral decision is against the CBI Act,” he said, adding that the Director has a two-year tenure and cannot be transferred Kharge part of panel that appoints the CBI director without the prior consent of the committee. A section of the Congress, however, was of the view that the party should not have directly approached the Supreme Court. “We couldhave done it by somanywayswithoutourselves doing it. We should not have gone,” a senior leader told The Sunday Express. In the intervention application filed before the SC, Kharge, while arguing that the decision to divest the Director of his functions and power at the CBI was “arbitrary, illegal and without jurisdiction”, has requested the court to pass an appropriate order quashing the CVC and DoPT order. Kharge joins the legal battle that’s playing out in three different courts — the Supreme Court, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After 53-day search, man-eater T1 shot, decision soon on cubs VIVEK DESHPANDE NAGPUR, NOVEMBER 3 FOR 53 DAYS, she gave everyone the slip — from top forest officers to over 200 personnel armed with trap cameras, from drones to sniffer dogs, even a hang-glider that trawled the forests of Yavatmal looking for her. On Friday, man-eater Pandharkawda tigress T1 was shot dead by a sharpshooter. “The end came around 11 pm on Friday, near the road leading from Borati village to the Ralegaon tehsil headquarters,” Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) A K Mishra told The Sunday Express. The post-mortem procedure was performed at Nagpur’s Gorewada Rescue Centre, where she was cremated later in the day. Later, a press note issued by the centre’s Regional Manager Nandkishor Kale said, “T1’s death occurred due to excessive internal bleeding and heart attack. A tranquilising dart was found on her left hind leg. A gun bullet injury was found on the left side of the chest.” Talking about the operation, Mishra said, “Our team was on vigil as it was a market day at Ralegaon. A lot of people called us to say they had seen the tigress. So we stationed a patrolling team with a tranquiliser gun along with Asghar Ali Khan (the sharpshooter) in a vehicle. Finally, around 11 pm, one of our foresters, Mukhbir Sheikh, managed to shoot a tranquiliser dart at her. But she got furious and charged at the team, forcing Asghar to shoot in self-defence from a distance of about 8-10 metres. The tigress lay dead in a single shot.” When the tigress was shot dead, her cubs were not around. “We will now sit down T1’s body at the Gorewada Rescue Centre. Express and prepare a fresh strategy to capture them,” Mishra said. The tigress was six year old and her cubs are about a year old. On Friday, villages in the area burst firecrackers to celebrate news of the tigress’s killing. The case of the tigress, nicknamed ‘Avni’, had gone all the way up to the Supreme Court, pitting villagers, who wanted the tigress taken down, against wildlife lovers and activists, who said there was no reason to believe T1 was a habitual human attacker. Besides, she was seen moving around with her cubs and they had to be kept alive. Jerryl Banait, who has filed many pleas in the HC and SC on T1, said the Forest Department didn’t follow standard operating procedures. “Why did they dart her when it is prohibited to do so after sunset and before sunrise? Was there a veterinary doctor in the team? Who determined the tranquilisation dose and why did it not have the desired effect? Why was the tigress shot first when the Forest Department had sworn on affidavit in the court about capturing the cubs first and then the mother as cubs won’t be able to survive without their mother in the wild?” Senior veterinarian and forensic expert Prayag Hodigere Siddalingappa said, “The tiger runs away after being darted, doesn’t charge back at you. They have flouted several laws in this process, including the Constitution, which makes it incumbent upon the government to protect flora and fauna, the Wildlife Protection Act, NTCA guidelines and Drugs and Cosmetics Act. I am going to sue them for this and have already spoken to my lawyer in the Supreme Court.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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