DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2018, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES WEST BENGAL HAKIM ELECTED KOLKATA MAYOR WITH 121 VOTES PAGE 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE NEHRU’S LESSON FOR RAHUL BY MAHESH RANGARAJAN PAGE 8 National Herald: ED attaches plot in Panchkula for publisher DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 3 THEENFORCEMENTDirectorate (ED) has attached a plot of land in Haryana’s Panchkula allotted to Associate Journals Ltd (AJL), accusing the company of having acquired it “fraudulently”. AJL publishes the National Herald newspaper and the plot was allotted to the company by Haryana’s former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The Congress leader is an accused in the money laundering case registered by the agency in the case. “AJL, after acquisition of the said plot, projected it as untainted property and further acquired loans from the bank by way of mortgaging the same fromtimetotime.Sincethevalue of the plot fraudulently allotted to AJL has represented proceeds of crime,theEDhasattachedthe plot under PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act),” an ED statement said Monday. The provisional attachment orders for the plot — Plot No. C17 — measuring over 3,300 sq m in Sector 6 of Panchkula, Haryana, were issued on December 1. Hooda has termed the case against him as “political vendetta”andclaimedthatthere wasnowrongdoing.TheCBIhad registered an FIR in the case in April 2017 and filed a chargesheet last week. The ED case of July 2016 is based on a Haryana vigilance department FIR of May 2016. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD US-CHINA TRADE TRUCE GIVES BOTH SIDES POLITICAL BREATHING ROOM QATAR WILL PULL OUT OF OPEC AMID TENSION WITH SAUDI PAGE 15 SINCE 1932 SHO, BYSTANDER SHOT DEAD IN BULANDSHAHR, SEVERAL INJURED Policemankilledbymobclaiming cowslaughterinwestUPvillage Inspector tried to pacify crowd, was attacked; police chowki targeted, vehicles torched NEW DELHI, KOLKATA, MUMBAI, DECEMBER 3 BULANDSHAHR, LUCKNOW, DECEMBER 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BY UNNY 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 Akhlaq, who was lynched in 2015 by a crowd over rumours of cow slaughter and beef consumption. “He was the IO from September 28, 2015 to November 9, 2015. He was sub- SHO Subodh Kumar Singh sequently transferred to Varanasi,” said Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar. Subodh was, at the time, in-chargeof Jarchapolicestation in Noida and was instrumental 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 mobviolencefear- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, DECEMBER 3 INDIA’S MOST successful woman athlete at the Olympics, having won a silver at Rio 2016, 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 AsianGamestitleclash,theshuttler has taken Indians along on a dizzyrideoverthelasttwoyears. Guidingherateverystepand figuring out plans to take on the 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. PAGE 1 ANCHOR 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 Muslim wedding in the village was under a cloud, and he made sure it was not stopped under pressure, Singh said. Aresidentof Tarigawavillage in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district, Subodh was the son of Ram Pratap Singh, who also served in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Gopichand, Sindhu EXPLAINED SIMPLY PUT WHY IS PARIS BURNING? PAGE 11 ing a Hindu backlash. NotfarfromDelhi,wheresenior party leaders routinely target theBJPstategovernmentonmob violence,isBehror—groundzero of cow vigilantism in Rajasthan 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 2018 RAJASTHAN DECEMBER 7 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 rebelcontestingasanindependent, brought up the issue during a campaign rally Friday. Referring to a purported audio cliponsocialmedia,Baljitclaims a Muslim leader pledged support to the Congress candidate R C Yadav for raising the lynching incident in the campaign. The Congress denies the charge. A source close to Baljit said: “Innocent Yadav men were arrested after the lynching and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK FAULTY HIP IMPLANT: GOVT TO HAND SC REPORT OF ITS EXPERTS INDICTING JOHNSON & JOHNSON PAGE 5 for 1,000 medical devices, we shouldbeabletoalsoaddressthe refurbishedsectorsoon,”hesaid. 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 areintheorganisedsector and many of them use second-hand units. Nobody knows what the other 80 per cent are using.” NABL CEO Anil Relia, underliningthatonly1,038medicallabs outofanestimatedonelakhwere accredited to NABL as of August this year, said: “Pathological and diagnostic laboratories are requiredtoprovidedetailsofallmajorequipmentwhileapplyingfor accreditation and we verify during on-site assessment if the equipment comply with quality requirements of ISO 15189.” Nothing is illegal In New Kondli on the outskirts of Delhi, a narrow, dark stairwayleadstothefirstfloorof afour-storeyedresidentialblock. There is no nameplate on the doorandthewomanintheflatis not very helpful: “What service CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GOVT AND POLITICS OVERWHELMING SUPERIORITY OVER PAKISTAN AT SEA, SAYS NAVY CHIEF FOUR KEY BILLS GET PRESIDENT’S NOD PAGE 7 Will achieve all our climate targets ahead of deadlines, India tells environment meet 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 Harsh Vardhan 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 15 40 Lakh Out, Only 7 Lakh Claims In As NRC Deadline Nears 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. E EXPLAINED ABHISHEK SAHA BHIMA-KOREGAON CASE: SC ASKS FOR CHARGESHEET P5 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,” 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. AninvestigationbyTheIndian Express,incollaborationwiththe International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), into the big, unregulated medical bazaar hasfoundthatnoregulator ever checks these pre-owned machines, before or after sale. And thatformosttestsandprocedures,patientshavenomeans to 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 laboratories 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 accepts that a “policy gap exists” on the use of pre-owned and refurbished medical equipment. “As the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) sets the benchmark Sindhu, Gopichand For Congress, sharp surge in Alwar crime is poll issue to slam BJP, Pehlu Khan a footnote are star guests at Express Adda today DECISION ‘Freeze’ on legacy persons, cut-off date on documents leave people with scarce options EXPRESS NETWORK Diagnostic labs buy used machines; no checks by regulator, testing is voluntary JAY MAZOOMDAAR 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 Siyana 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 Kumarsaidthe“post-mortemreport has confirmed gunshot injury to Subodh Kumar Singh in addition to injuries caused by a hard and blunt object. The entry of the bullet is near the left eyebrow.” Singh’s firearm and mobilephoneareyettoberecovered. Another policeman accompanying Singh sustained critical injuries and was referred to a hospital in Meerut. Abystander,whopoliceidentified as a youth named Sumit, died of a gunshot injury as the two sides traded fire. Police AN ICIJ-EXPRESS INVESTIGATION From endoscopes to MRI machines, patients can’t verify and law is silent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Hanif Ali at his home Under ‘Objections’, people could raise objections to inclusion of a name in the NRC. Hanif Ali, whose two sons workastailorsinGuwahati,used ● Reasons: redtape and no-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. the ‘legacy’ data of his grandfather Mokrum Ali, whose name he knew was in the 1951 NRC from Goalpara district. But during the ‘family tree verification’ process, NRC officials found that the Mokrum Ali whom Hanif Ali listed was a different man with the same name. Hence, Ali and his 20-member family were left out. While Ali hoped to give the legacy data of his father Rustom Ali, whose name appears in the 1966 voters’ list, in the Claims round, this has been ruled out following a decision of the Supreme Court. The Standard Operations Procedure of the Claims and Objections round accepted by the court says that a person cannot use a different legacy person thantheoneusedduringtheinitial application. Hence Hanif set out on a journey to trace his ancestors, to a riverine island in Goalpara district. “I travelled to Tiapara, around 120 km away from Majortop. After weeks, I found out that my grandfather lived not in 62 Tiapara (as he had mentioned in the NRC papers) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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