DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2019, JAIPUR, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00 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 NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 ‘No reason for BJP leaders to be afraid of JPC’ . Anil Sharma SETTINGTHEtoneforanacrimoniousdebatewiththeBJP-ledgovernment over the Rafale fighter deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday targeted PM NarendraModi,sayinghe“hides” inhisroomanddoesnothavethe “guts”tocometoParliamenttorespond 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 whichwantedto“justsensationalise 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 Jaitley hits back: This man lies, repeatedly THE EXCHANGE OF BARBS RAHUL GANDHI ■ 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 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ARUN JAITLEY ■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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 3 ‘Audacity of conspirators of past scams’. Renuka Puri Cong members send paper planes flying towards Jaitley, Speaker admonishes them NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 INDEADOFNIGHT, TWOWOMENENTER SABARIMALASHRINE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY EXPRESS NETWORK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE UNDERLININGthattheSupreme 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 ArunJaitleyWednesdayhitback at Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congresspresidenthada“legacy 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 eventhrowingpaperplanesduring 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 Rajnath Singh to be chief guest at 13th Ramnath Goenka journalism awards 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 gatheredinthewellandshoutedslogans of “Chowkidar Chor hai”. In reply, the Treasury benches shouted: “Maa, beta chor hain”. At least four of Congress members, Sushmita Dev, Rajeev CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 of the 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 function this year, will hand over the awards to 29 winners in 18 categories — acrossprint,broadcast and purely-digital — for outstanding work done in 2017. This year, the Indian media was at the centre of the #MeToo campaign, which saw several women journalists speak out against sexual harassment at the workplace and forced a Union minister to step down from his post. To understand the movement and the role of editors in ensuring a safe working environment for employees, the awards on Friday will be followed by a panel discussion on the subject, ‘#MeToo in the Newsroom: What editors can and should do’. The panel will have four women editors and newsroom Jaipur Will felicitate winners in 18 categories. Renuka Puri leaders: Dhanya Rajendran,co-founder and editor-in-chief of The News Minute; Meenal Baghel, editor of Mumbai Mirror; Ritu Kapur, cofounder and chief executive officer of The Quint; and Rupa Jha, head of Indian Languages,BBCWorld Service. The discussion will be moderated by The Indian Express’s Deputy Editor Seema Chishti. The discussion will be followedbyaQ&Asessionwiththe audience. The Express Group instituted the Ramnath Goenka ExcellenceinJournalismAwards in 2005 as part of the centenary year celebrations of its founder, Ramnath Goenka. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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