DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2018, JAIPUR, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Will achieve all SHO, BYSTANDER SHOT DEAD IN BULANDSHAHR, SEVERAL INJURED our climate targets ahead of deadline, India tells global meet Policemankilledbymobclaiming cowslaughterinwestUPvillage EXPRESSATCOP24 AMITABH SINHA KATOWICE (POLAND), DECEMBER 3 ON THE first working day of the year-endingclimatechangeconferencehere,Indiatoldtheworld that it was well on course to achieving all its climate targets much ahead of the deadlines it hadsetforitself.Itthenaskedthe developed countries to fulfil their obligations as well, includingthoserelatingtoprovidingfinancial and technological help to the developing countries so that India could do much more than it was doing right now. “We will achieve all our targets ahead of our schedule. There is no question about that. We are doing much more than we were expected to do. We are monitoring the progress ontheseatthehighestlevel...For us (India), climate action is not justamatterof technicalities.For us, it is a moral issue as well,” Environment Minister Harshvardhan said here. India had, in 2015, as part of the international requirement ahead of the finalisation of the Paris Agreement, listed a series of specific actions it would take to fight climate change. Amongtheimportantones,it hadsaiditwouldreduceitsemissions intensity (or emissions per unit of GDP) by 33 to 35 per cent bytheyear2030comparedtothe 2005 baseline. It had also promisedtoensurethatatleast40per cent of its total electricity in the year 2030 would be generated through renewable sources of energy and that it would create between 2.5 to three billion tonnesof additionalcarbonsinks through extensive afforestation. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Inspector tried to pacify crowd, was attacked; police chowki targeted, vehicles torched JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, KOLKATA, MUMBAI, DECEMBER 3 BULANDSHAHR, LUCKNOW, DECEMBER 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Most diagnostic labs use second-hand machines, minus safety checks From endoscopes to MRI machines, patients can’t verify and law is silent AMIL BHATNAGAR & MANISH SAHU A POLICE Station House Officer was among two persons shot deadinmobviolenceMondayin aBulandshahrvillageinwestern UP where cars were torched and policemen attacked by men alleging slaughter of cows and demanding immediate action. Police opened fire after the mob began stoning policemen at the police chowki in Syana village. SHO Subodh Kumar Singh, who was injured and was attacked again while being taken to hospital, died before he could be treated — a video clip that did the rounds showed the Inspector’s body in a Tata Sumo vehicle while protesters recorded the scene. Shots could be heard in the background. UP Additional Director General (Law & Order) Anand Kumar said the “post-mortem report has confirmed gunshot injurytoSubodhKumarSinghin addition to injuries caused by a hard and blunt object. The entry of the bullet is near the left eyebrow.” Another policeman accompanying Singh sustained AN ICIJ-EXPRESS INVESTIGATION The charred remains of SHO Subodh Kumar Singh’s vehicle set on fire by a mob in Bulandshahr, Monday. Gajendra Yadav Son of a policeman, he had probed lynching of Dadri victim Akhlaq ABHISHEK ANGAD NOIDA, DECEMBER 3 STATION HOUSE office Subodh KumarSingh,whodiedinaclash between police and a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr on Monday,wasthefirstinvestigatingofficerinthemurderof Dadri resident Mohd Akhlaque, who was lynched in 2015 by a crowd over rumours of cow slaughter and beef consumption. “He was the IO from SHO Subodh Kumar Singh September 28, 2015 to November 9, 2015. He was subsequently transferred to Varanasi,” said Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar. Subodh was, at the time, in-chargeof Jarchapolicestation in Noida and was instrumental in the prompt arrest of the accused, his colleagues said. Trial isyettobeginintheDadrilynching as the city court is still hearing arguments on charges against the 18 accused. All of them are out on bail. Anurag Singh, circle officer posted in Lucknow, said he had worked alongside Subodh on several assignments, including raids where the police team cameunderfire.“Hewasnotone to run the other way. He always facedthechallengewithbravery, head on. On at least three occasions, I saw him refuse to back down from such a situation,” Singh said. Even after the Dadri lynching, he went to the village every day to quell rumours and keep the peace, Singh said, adding that Subodh held multiple meetings with representatives of both communities to make sure the situation did not escalate. After Akhlaq’s death, a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NOBODY HAS kept an exact count,butitisestimatedthat5070 per cent of medical equipment in use in India’s private healthcare facilities — from unregulated path labs to some of the super speciality hospital chains — are pre-owned. The bulk of these secondhand equipment — from flexible endoscopes to MRI machines — are sold online by third-party traders, ill-equipped to provide reliable maintenance services. An investigation by The Indian Express, in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists(ICIJ),intothebig,unregulated medical bazaar has found that no regulator ever checks these pre-owned machines, before or after sale. And that for most tests and procedures,patientshavenomeansto verify if the equipment is hazardous,faultyorif thetestresults are inaccurate. The National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is there to ensure quality but accreditation is voluntary and not even two per cent of the country’s estimated 1 lakh diagnostic labora- For Cong, Alwar crime surge is poll issue, Pehlu Khan a footnote DECISION 2018 APURVA BEHROR, DECEMBER 3 THE SILENCE of the Congress on lynchingsacrossAlwarisinstark contrast to the noise it makes on crime, and law and order, in its assembly election campaign in easternRajasthan.Fromitsmanifesto to public rallies, social mediaandposters,theCongressunderscorespublicsecurityandthe rising crime rate in Alwar, but steersclearof mobviolencefearing a Hindu backlash. NotfarfromDelhi,wheresenior party leaders routinely target theBJPstategovernmentonmob violence,isBehror—groundzero of cow vigilantism in Rajasthan RAJASTHAN DECEMBER 7 Cong candidate R C Yadav at a rally in Behror. V N Apurva and where Pehlu Khan was lynchedbycowvigilantesin2017. In the Ramgarh constituency 80 kmaway,RakbarKhanwaskilled by a mob in July and Umar Khan was killed by “gau rakshaks” in November 2017. Withjusttwodaysleftbefore campaigning ends, none of the frontrunners brings up the lynching directly. Of the nine candidates in Behror, eight are Yadavs and the community accountsformorethan70percent of the 2.2 lakh electorate. BaljitSinghYadav,aCongress CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sindhu, Gopichand at Express Adda today world’s best shuttlers, dubbed the golden generation of women’ssingles,iscoachPullela Gopichand, India’s second All England champ after Prakash Padukone. On Tuesday, Sindhu and Gopichand will be the guests at the Express Adda in Mumbai. The Express Adda is a series of informal interactions organised by The Indian Express Group and features those at the centre of change. Sindhu took her early bold EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, DECEMBER 3 INDIA’S MOST successful woman athlete at the Olympics, havingwonasilveratRio2016,P V Sindhu has ensured that women’s singles becomes the marqueematchateveryfinalsin international badminton. Part of the last two World Championship finals, the Olympic final against Carolina Marin, the 2017 Super Series Finals decider and the 2018 Gopichand, Sindhu AsianGamestitleclash,theshuttler has taken Indians along on a dizzyrideoverthelasttwoyears. Guidingherateverystepand figuring out plans to take on the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 40 Lakh Excluded, Only 7 Lakh Claims In As NRC Deadline Just Days Away ABHISHEK SAHA GOROIMARI, DURRUNG, GUWAHATI, DECEMBER 3 AFORTNIGHTtogoforthedeadline, Hanif Ali (48), a resident of Majortop village in Kamrup district of Assam, has not been able to file a claim against his exclusion from the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), published on July 30. He has spent the past month searching for his “actual” grandfather. The final draft NRC had listed 2.8 crore people, leaving out 40 lakh applicants, with the SupremeCourtfixingDecember 15asthelastdayforthemtosubmit ‘Claims and Objections’. So far, only around seven lakh claimshavebeenfiled—indicating the difficulty those excluded face in getting onto the NRC list. Under‘Objections’,peoplecould raise objections to inclusion of a name in the NRC. E EXPLAINED PAGE 1 ANCHOR ● Reasons: redtape andno-shows THE RESPONSE in the NRC claims round — around 7 lakh till Saturday — is lower than expected. This could mainly be due to two reasons. Many genuine citizens are facing problems in filing claims because of the revised norms, and face the possibility of being left out. Many “illegal migrants”, who had taken a chance by applying for inclusion in the NRC, have not come forward in the claims round fearing detection. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur INSIDE FAULTYHIPIMPLANT: GOVTTOHANDSC REPORTOFITS EXPERTSINDICTING JOHNSON&JOHNSON PAGE 7 tories have opted for it. The Medical Device Rules 2017 too is silent on pre-owned machines which are 35-50 per cent cheaper than new products. Niti Aayog member V K Paul acceptsthata“policygapexists” on the use of preowned and refurbished medicalequipment.“As the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) sets the benchmark for 1,000 medical devices, we should be able to also address the refurbished sector soon,” he said. With nobody watching, it is difficult to tell how widespread the use of pre-owned equipment is. Dr Deepak Mishra, Director(LaboratorySciences)at Kolkata’s Tata Medical Centre, and president of Indian Association of Pathologists & Microbiologists, said: “Only 20 per cent of India’s labs are in the organised sector and many of them use second-hand units. Nobody knows what the other 80 per cent are using.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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