THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE LUDO, WE STILL LOVE YOU AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY NOVEMBER 4, 2018 22 +6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 13 BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Looking for home in Greece 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 Amidst rising anti-migrant resentment in Europe, meeting the undocumented Indians eking out a living in Greece SC ORDER ON RAM TEMPLE CBI chief: Kharge goes to SC on govt move, Cong split on petition Court delaying, similar situation led to fallout in 1992, says BJP gen secy 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 three members ofthe committee that appoints the CBI chief, filing a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Government’s “illegal” decision to divest Verma of all powers. He has demanded that the order be quashed. Kharge part of panel that appoints the CBI director Talking to The Sunday Express, 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, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 GUJARAT JUDGE PROBING AMIT JETHVA MURDER CASE REFUSES SECURITY ● ACB arrests three on bribery charges Hindus feeling anxious, 1992 had consequences: Ram Madhav NMML revamp: Now 3 removed, Arnab Goswami, Jaishankar come in DIVYA A & SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 3 LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 3 BJP NATIONAL general secretary Ram Madhav said here Saturday that the Supreme Court order deferring the hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit to January had left the Hindu society and supporters of the Ram temple feeling “anxious”. The BJP has so far not spoken on the issue, despite the RSS taking a strong stand against the court’s decision. Speaking to The Sunday Express, Madhav also drew a parallel 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 October 29, and then delayed the 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 seen as a threat. 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”. While most of those gathered demanded a law clearing the way for a temple, former BJP MP and Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas member Ram Vilas Vedanti said the temple cannot be built by ordinance or legislation but only through “mutual consensus”, warning that otherwise, “no one 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 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 10-11 RBI GOVERNOR, HIS GOVERNANCE eye 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 WITHIN A fortnight of the foundation-laying ceremony for the Rs 270-crore Museum of Prime Ministers in the Teen Murti complex, the government has effected major changes to the 34member Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society, removing three existing members and appointing a Rajya Sabha MP, a TV anchor, a former foreign secretary and a veteran journalist in their place. Through a notification dated October 29, 2018, the Centre has appointed Rajya Sabha MP and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) chief Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, television anchor Arnab Goswami, veteran journalist and head of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts Ram Bahadur Rai, and former foreign secretary S Jaishankar. They have replaced economist Nitin Desai, bureaucrat B P Singh and professor Udayan Mishra. The resignation of Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Ashoka University vice-chancellor and contributing editor for The Indian Express, who quit NMML in 2016 citing “political pressure”, has also been officially accepted with the recent notification. Commenting on the move, Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma told The Sunday Express, WHO’S IN Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Arnab Goswami, Ram Bahadur Rai, S Jaishankar WHO’S OUT Nitin Desai, B P Singh, Udayan Mishra; Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s resignation accepted “This is a continuous process under which some new people have been given a chance to contribute to the NMML Society.” NMML director Shakti Sinha told The Sunday Express that a meeting of the revamped Society is likely to be convened soon to discuss details of the proposed museum. He added, “All those who have been brought in have a wide knowledge of Indian politics and the functioning of the offices of consecutive prime ministers. They can bring in this knowledge to the new museum.” While Rai said he “wasn’t aware of the development till he read about it on social media”, Sahasrabuddhe tweeted on Saturday, “It’s an honour to be on the board of Nehru Memorial Museum n Library! Many thanks PM @narendramodi ji, @dr_maheshsharma ji! Expectedly,those CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Guilty’ of harassment for using sexual innuendo in class, NID teacher quits RITU SHARMA 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 “more than 1,000” new hospitals in Tier I and Tier II cities. Working on that vision, PM had promised 1,000 new hospitals post-PMJAY the ministry wants states to treat health as a priority sector and to classify it as an industry so that soft loans are available. It also envisages a complete makeover of the sector not just through financial incentives but also harnessing of renewable energy and making power available 24/7 at lower than commercial rates. The fact that hospitals pay for 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) and thus meet all the standards set for the purpose by the National Health Agency. India has one hospital bed for 879 people. This is far below the world average of 30 hospital beds per 10,000 population. Currently the country has 14,379 hospitals with 6.34 lakh beds. The number of beds has increased in urban India, but at the village level, remains in the range 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 Lives, farmland, homes lost, in 16 seats, one burning issue: elephants DIPANKAR GHOSE BAGDA (PRATAPPUR), NOVEMBER 3 AS THEY pass each other on the streets, the villagers of Bagda in Surajpur district in North Chhattisgarh shout out: “Kahaan?” However, to them this isn’t a greeting meant to know where a person has been or is going. 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 that a herd ofwild elephants living in the forests on Bagda’s doorstep is some distance away. With elections to North Chhattisgarh 20 days away, the DECISION 2018 CHHATTISGARH government’s failure to control the man-elephant conflict is, for the first time, a burning issue in the polls. The five affected districts, 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AHMEDABAD, NOVEMBER 3 A SENIOR faculty member of the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad has resigned after he was asked to leave the institute following complaints from students that he used sexual innuendos in his language while teaching in class. Krishnesh Mehta, who taught interdisciplinary studies and industrial design, was to be terminated from service after the inquiry committee set up by NID to probe the complaints against him found the charges genuine. According to NID director Pradyumna Vyas, the faculty member was relieved from services with immediate effect from October 5 when he submitted his resignation. Mehta, who was part of the faculty at NID for nearly 25 years, has been barred from entering all NID campuses, and the institute has decided not to involve him in any of academic or administrative matters in any manner. ME TOO Mehta could not be reached for a comment. According to the institute, a group of students complained that Mehta used “undesirable and out of syllabus references to sexuality and sexual relations and behaviour” in his classes. This was the second complaint against Mehta amounting to sexual harassment —- in the earlier instance, a few years ago, he was punished with the institute withholding his increment. NID director Vyas told The Sunday Express that the inquiry was set up “immediately after we received complaints from students against Krishnesh Mehta” for using sexual innuendos while teaching. Headed by senior NID faculty Dr Shilpa Das, the five-member 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 hangglider 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. T1’s body at the Gorewada Rescue Centre. Express “We will now sit down 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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