TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE RAFALE FIGHTER DEAL SC reserves order on Rafale probe, says will decide if its pricing should be made public Govt argues for secrecy in pricing; SC asks questions on nature of agreement ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 14 THESUPREMECourtWednesday reserved its order on pleas seeking a court-monitored probe in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, with the Centrereiteratingthatthepricing details could not be made public due to security concerns and a three-JudgeBenchobservingthat South Africa President to be R-Day chief guest SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 14 SOUTH AFRICAN President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the chief guest at the Republic Day event next year, sources have told The Indian Express. Ramaphosa, who became South Africa’s President in February this year, has accepted the invitation. His acceptance comes after the fiasco over US President Donald Trump declining the Indian government’s invitation to be the chief guest. While diplomatic channels had reached out to the US Cyril President, the Ramaphosa White House said he was unable to attendduetoaschedulingconflict. Sources said the US President’s State of the Union address would be around the sametime,sohisadministration couldnotconfirmTrump’savailability, especially since the Democrats have a decisive say in fixing the date. Ramaphosa,whowasNelson Mandela’s choice for future President of South Africa, is a keen Gandhi follower. In April this year, Ramaphosa led nearly 5,000 people at the annual ‘Gandhi Walk’ in Lenasia, an Indian township south of Johannesburg, seeking to promote community awareness and fitness. This was the first CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 it was yet to take a decision on whether the information should be made public or not. “Whethertobringthefacton pricing in public domain or not isadecisionwehavetotake.And we are yet to decide. The question of entering into a debate on the pricing does not arise till we take a decision”, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said when AttorneyGeneralKKVenugopal, appearingfortheCentre,saidthe 14 WORLD What happens to country’s interests if offset partner is unable to make the equipment? The question of entering into a debate on the pricing does not arise till we take a decision JUSTICE K M JOSEPH CJI RANJAN GOGOI RAJAPAKSA LOSES CONFIDENCE VOTE IN PARLIAMENT NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 14 EARLIER THIS year, dissenting voices were heard within a section of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) community overtherelinquishingof government control under the new IIM Act. At least six directors, all of new IIMs, were concerned that this could undermine the accountability of the institute’s leadership. But the older institutes in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore and Kozhikode did not share this view. Official records obtained by TheIndianExpressundertheRight to Information Act show that much before the law was passed by Parliament, on December 19 last year, there was a strong difference of opinion within the government too — over IIM autonomy and accountability. While the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry advocated retaining some form of government control over the institutes to ostensibly ensure financialandadministrativepro- NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 14 CHAUTALA FOR ‘ANTI-PARTY ACTIVITIES’ P 2 INSIDE Asian youth gold medal sprinter commits suicide in Delhi NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 14 A CAMPAIGN by right-wing trolls has allegedly forced the organisers to call off a concert by T M Krishna in the national capital, scheduled to be held this Saturday. An unfazed Krishna, however, said: “Give me a stage anywhere in Delhi on November 17, I will come and sing. We just can’t let ourselves be cowed down by this kind of threats.” Krishna’s concert was to be part of a two-day “Dance and Music in the Park” festival at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, organised jointly by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the cultural body, SPIC-MACAY. On November5,AAIannouncedthe concert on its Twitter handle and, over the following week, shared details about the performers. On November 10, it tweeted about Krishna’s proposed performance. Advertisementsalsoappearedin some newspapers in the city. However, late Tuesday night, AAI informed SPIC-MACAY over emailthattheconcertwascalled off. “Because of some exigencies of work, we are not in a position to go ahead with the dance & CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER REPORT PAGE 8 YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW RITIKA CHOPRA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ME TOO week by the All India Radio Casual Announcer and Comperes Union (AICACU). Several cases of alleged mis- handling of sexual harassment complaints have come forward fromdifferentAIRstationsinthe wake of the recent #MeToo revelations. In these cases, which have occurred over the last few years, the victims — all casual women employees, some of them working for two decades — have not got any assignment since they complained. All accused are permanent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 T M Krishna 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE If Krishna can’t sing BY RAMACHANDRA GUHA music concert jointly organised with SPIC MACAY on 17th and 18th November, 2018 at Nehru Park, New Delhi. Hence, we request you to kindly postpone to a new date and inform all concerned. The new date will be discussed with SPIC-MACAY soon,” the email said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PM raises Pakistan terror, India-US defence ties at talks with US V-P Pence E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION priety, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) wanted a more hands-off approach. The draft law went back and forth for almost a year — from October2015toSeptember2016 — during which the HRD Ministry stuck to its guns under Smriti Irani but the resistance faded away after Prakash Javadekar took over in July 2016. UnderIrani,theMinistryheld atleastfourdiscussionswiththe PMO and wrote three letters — including one from the then higher education secretary V S Oberoi to principal secretary to PM, Nripendra Misra — arguing why some of the changes being thrust on it were not feasible. The PMO, eventually, prevailedonallpointsof contention. The ministry had to revise its Cabinet note thrice with over 10 substantive changes in all before GivemeastageanywhereinDelhion Nov17...Can’tbecoweddown:Krishna AMRITH LAL & PRANAV MUKUL IIM autonomy: HRD (Irani) resisted but PMO pushed, helped by HRD (Javadekar) SHALINI NAIR ● INLD EXPELS AJAY BY UNNY IIM ACT GSAT-29 IN ORBIT ISRO’s heavy-lift rocket GSLV-Mark III, carrying GSAT-29 communication satellite, lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Wednesday. ISRO REPORT, PAGE 9 NEWSLINE Women speak up, allege harassment and unfair process GOVT & POLITICS BUSINESS AS USUAL NOPLANTOGRANT MFNSTATUSTO INDIA:PAKGOVT #MeToo hits All India Radio stations, Maneka calls for probe UNION MINISTER for Woman and Child Development (WCD) Maneka Gandhi has asked the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to probe the series of sexualharassmentcomplaints from All India Radio (AIR) stations across the country, following a letter written last government had submitted the pricing details to the Court in sealed covers but could not make it public. As the Bench, which also comprised Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, concluded the hearing, the Centre defended the secrecy clause of the Rafale deal, saying adversaries may get an advantage if all the details are disclosed. Airports Authority scraps T M Krishna concert after trolls call him anti-India AIIMS belt for kids to help track pollution ASTHA SAXENA NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 14 ● SELFIE FROM ‘STUDY TOUR’ TO SPAIN GOES VIRAL, PCMC TEAM COMES UNDER FIRE TO UNDERSTAND the extent and impactofexposuretopollutionon asthmatic children, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has initiated a multicentre study wherein it will providebeltswithmonitorstoahandful of youngsters to wear through theday.Thestudyisfundedbythe Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of DEATH BY BREATH Science and Technology and the Medical Research Centre in the UnitedKingdom. As a part of the study, the medical institute will give a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US Vice President Mike Pence in Singapore on Wednesday. Reuters SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 14 PRIMEMINISTERNarendraModi shared India’s “serious concern” at the “mainstreaming” of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who carries a $10 million bounty, in Pakistan’s recentelections,whenhemetUS VicePresidentMikePenceonthe sidelinesof theEastAsiaSummit in Singapore on Wednesday. Stressing that there was some discussion on the issue of terrorism and Pence referred to the coming 10th anniversary of 26/11, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the Prime Minister reminded him that “in one way oranother,allthetracesorallthe leads in global terror attacks ultimatelyleadtoasinglesource, a single place of origin”. And, in that context, Modi pointed out that “the mainstreamingof thepeopleinvolved in Mumbai terror attacks in a political process, which had taken place in a recent election in Pakistan, should be a matter of serious concern not just to the two countries, that is, India and the US, but to the international community,” Gokhale said. The banned Jamaat-udDawa (JuD) led by Hafiz Saeed, a frontfortheLashkar-e-Taiba,had fielded its candidates from the platform of Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek (AAT), a little known political entity. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IT’S ODISHA GOVT VS ASI OVER RESTORING KONARK SUN TEMPLE SAMPAD PATNAIK BHUBANESWAR, NOV 14 THE DISPUTE between the Odisha government and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) over restoration work on the Sun Temple at Konark has dragged in Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi. The13thcenturySunTemple, conceived as a gigantic solar chariot with 12 pairs of ornamented wheels dragged by seven horses, is in the eye of a storm over allegations that the stone carvings on the outer surfacearebeingreplacedwithplain blocks of stones, causing irreplaceable loss to the uniqueness of the temple. The state governmentplanstotakeupthematter withtheASIDirectorGeneraland set up an expert committee to look into the matter. On Saturday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Union Minister for Culture, Mahesh Sharma, highlighting alleged irregularities in the Archaeological Survey of India’s restoration of Konark Temple, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Patnaik wrote that as per a regional news report “40% of the artistic stone carvings of the In letter to Centre, CM Patnaik cited report which said 40% of stone carvings had been replaced with plain stones existing Konark Sun Temple have been replaced by the ASI with plain stones”. TheCMaddedthatthereport is a matter of “concern and worry”, stating that the temple carvings symbolise “Odia pride” and are “embellished with sophisticated and refined iconographical depictions of contemporary life and activities”. Sources in Bhubaneswar’s ASI circle told The Indian Express they were prepared to state that no restoration rules had been violated, if asked for an explanation by the Culture Ministry. AccordingtoASI,UNESCOguidelines on restoration of World Heritage Sites mandate that when an original stone carving is lost, it cannot be replicated. Odisha’s Tourism Minister AshokPandaonTuesdayalleged that the ASI had previously violated restoration guidelines while working on Humayun’s Tomb. “In relation to stones that are being replaced, if the Act was bent for Humayun’s Tomb, why not for us (Konark)?” asked Panda. Panda’s charge has found support among a section of historians and conservationists. Anil Dhir, who has researched on the Sun Temple extensively, told The Indian Express that “rules were bent for Humayun’s Tomb and carvings were replicated because Aga Khan Foundation lobbied for it”. While the foundation was not available for comment, its India chapter website mentions “the (conservation) plan (on Humayun’s Tomb Complex) was implemented by master craftsmen using traditional tools, craft techniques and building materials”. However, Dhir said replicating original representations could cost the Sun Temple its heritage tag. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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