DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2019, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES `4.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 LOK SABHA DEBATE GETS OFF TO ACRIMONIOUS START Sparks fly as Rahul targets PM over Rafale deal, Govt rejects demand for JPC probe Modi hides in his room, lacks guts to come to House and face questions... he helped Double A: Cong president DEEPTIMAN TIWARY Jaitley hits back: This man lies, repeatedly THE EXCHANGE OF BARBS NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 RAHUL GANDHI ‘No reason for BJP leaders to be afraid of JPC’ . Anil Sharma SETTING THE tone for an acrimonious debate with the BJP-led government over the Rafale fighter deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday targeted PM Narendra Modi, saying he “hides” in his room and does not have the “guts” to come to Parliament to respond to questions. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cong puts out clip to claim Parrikar has a Rafale file, he denies SMITA NAIR PANAJI, JANUARY 2 WITHIN AN hour of his alleged conversation — where he purportedly quotes Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in a Cabinet meeting saying that all files on Rafale were in his bedroom — with an unidentified person being made public, Goa’s Health Minister Vishwajit Rane called it a “conspiracy”. He said he was being used as a pawn by an opposition party which wanted to “just sensationalise Rafale”. The taped conversation was released by the Congress in a press conference earlier in the day, and Congress President Rahul Gandhi referred to it in the Lok Sabha. In the tape, a voice purportedly of Rane’s can be heard saying, “CM makes one very interesting statement that I have all the information on Rafale in my bedroom..which you should actually make a story.” “Today you can cross check with somebody close to within the cabinet. That means he is holding them to ransom. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ■ Rahul trying to manufacture a scam ■ Invoked SC verdict on pricing, procedure, offset ■ Recalls Bofors, Agusta, Herald to target Gandhis ■ Challenged Rahul to authenticate audio tape ■ No JPC need after SC order NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 ARUN JAITLEY ■ Govt favoured Anil Ambani ■ PM unilaterally fixed requirement at 36 aircraft ■ Former French president Hollande and President Macron contradict govt ■ Goa minister audio tape ■ Demands JPC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY UNDERLINING that the Supreme Court had already satisfied its “conscience” on the Rafale matter and there was, therefore, no need for a JPC probe into the deal, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday hit back at Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress president had a “legacy CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cong members send paper planes flying towards Jaitley, Speaker admonishes them DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 EXPRESS NETWORK IN DEAD OF NIGHT, TWO WOMEN ENTER SABARIMALA SHRINE PAGE 6 ‘Audacity of conspirators of past scams’. Renuka Puri AS THE debate over the Rafale deal rocked Parliament Wednesday amid the Opposition and government trading charges, the House was adjourned multiple times after protests, the waving of placards and Members of Parliament even throwing paper planes during Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s address. The House was finally ad- TV grab shows paper planes hurled by Cong MPs. PTI journed for the day at 5 pm with the suspension of 26 AIADMK MPs, who protested in the well shouting slogans and raising placards in protest against a Cauvery water project in Karnataka. As Jaitley attacked “the family” and raised issues of the National Herald case and the Bofors and AgustaWestland case, Congress members gathered in the well and shouted slogans of “Chowkidar Chor hai”. In reply, the Treasury benches shouted: “Maa, beta chor hain”. At least four of Congress members, Sushmita Dev, Rajeev CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Four cops among 8 injured as Gujarat farmers’ protest against mining turns violent EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RAJKOT, JANUARY 2 POLICE BATONCHARGED farmers as agitation against limestone mining by a private firm in Mahuva taluka of Bhavnagar district of Gujarat turned violent on Wednesday, leaving at least four policemen and an equal number of farmers injured in the clash. Around 2,000 residents from nearby areas assembled at Uncha Kotda village in Mahuva taluka on Wednesday morning to protest against ongoing mining of limestone by UltraTech Cement Limited from its BambhorTalli mining site. As the farmers 35 women among 80 people detained: Bhavnagar police started marching towards the mining site, police prevented them, leading to a clash. “While the policemen deployed on the mining site were trying to persuade farmers, they CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rajnath Singh to be chief guest at 13th Ramnath Goenka journalism awards EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 BEACH SAND mining in Tamil Nadu, a tobacco giant’s campaign to get around the global anti-smoking treaty, the aspirations of women cricketers in Punjab, the life and death of those who keep our cities clean. These and many more such stories and images, captured accurately and fearlessly, will be honoured at the 13th edition ofthe Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in New Delhi on January 4. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who will be the chief guest at the He will hand over awards for 18 categories. Renuka Puri function this year, will hand over the awards to 29 winners in 18 categories — across print, broadcast and purely-digital — for outstanding work done in 2017. This year, the Indian media was at the centre of the CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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