DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019, JAIPUR, LATECITY, 16 PAGES House panel summons Twitter CEO, may call other platforms too KARISHMA MEHROTRA & LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 11 THE PARLIAMENTARY Committee on Information Technology Monday decided to summon Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and top company officials to appear before it on February 25, it is learnt. The committeealsoresolvedtosummon officials from other social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and other tech platforms on the issue of “SafeguardingCitizensRightson Social/Online News Media Platforms”. The decision to summon top Twitter executives comes after the microblogging platform declined to send Dorsey or global executives to appear before the parliamentary committee Monday and sent instead officials from Twitter India. Sources said that the parliamentary committee did not call Twitter India executives for deliberations Monday when they reached the meeting venue. Twitter India Director of Policy Mahima Kaul and Twitter India Government and Policy official Payal Kamat were seen outside the meeting. As the meeting began, committee chairman Anurag Thakur read out a letter from Twitter that company officials in India were not authorised to take “enforcement decisions”, said sources. “A person without authority deposing made no sense,” said a source. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GURJAR PROTEST ON RAIL TRACKS At Ground Zero: ‘We voted for Cong, why are they silent now’ ‘CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL PAINFULLY UNPOPULAR’ Hazarika’s son slams Bill, puts Govt on notice on Bharat Ratna How Centre moves far outweighs award... display of short-lived cheap thrills:Tej ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, FEBRUARY 11 TWO DAYS after Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Bhupen Hazarika and took a swipe at previous governments for delaying the Bharat Ratna conferred posthumously on the celebrated singer this Republic Day, Hazarika’s son Tej, protesting the “painfully unpopular” Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, put the government on notice Monday, saying the Bill was “actually undermining” his father’s “documented position” and “would in reality be in direct op- Was awarded Bharat Ratna on Republic Day. position to what Bupenda believed in his heart of hearts”. “Bharat Ratnas and longest bridges,whilenecessary,willnot promote the peace and prosperity of the citizens of India. Only Bill undermines his documented position. It would be in direct opposition to what Bhupenda believed in his heart of hearts” — TEJ HAZARIKA SON OF BHUPEN HAZARIKA just popular laws and foresight on the part of leadership will. Numerous media journalists are now asking me whether or not I will accept the Bharat Ratna for my father. I go on record here to answer that A), I have not received any invitation so far there is nothing to reject, and B), how the Center moves on this matter far outweighs in importance the awarding and receiving of such national recognition — a display of short lived cheap thrills,” Tej Hazarika,whoisbasedintheUS, saidinanemailstatementtoThe Indian Express. When his comments were CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Quitting last act in long story of disregard: Stats panel ex-chief ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 11 DEEP MUKHERJEE MALARNA (SAWAI MADHOPUR), FEBRUARY 11 THE SUDDEN activity amid the yellowmustardfieldssurrounding railway tracks near Malarna station in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district stands out fromadistance.Ongoingnearer, turbaned men are seen playing cards in makeshift tents put up acrossthetrackswhileothersare heard singing rustic Rajasthani songs. Ever since members of the Gurjar community laid siege to railway tracks in Malarna in demand of 5 per cent reservation onFebruary8,hundredsof trains in the Delhi-Mumbai route have beenaffected.Themovementfor reservationhasturnedviolentin districts such as Dholpur, where mobs have torched vehicles. “Five per cent liye bina nahi hatunga (Won’t leave till I get 5 per cent),” says 82-year-old Kirori Singh Bainsla, a retired Armyofficerandtheconvenerof `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Gurjar protesters at the protest site in Sawai Madhopur Monday. Express Gurjar Arkashan Sangharsh Samiti. Bainsla,whohasearlierspearheaded various movements of the community in demand of reservation, says that he is determined that he won’t call off the protest this time till the government accepts their demand. “This congregation today is not chaotic, not violent, they are peaceful and their silence is deadlier than noise. I believe in non-violent means of protest. But apart from this, I don’t see CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EVEN AS the government responded to the controversy over withholdingaNationalStatistical Commission(NSC)employment survey for 2017-18 by calling it a draft report, P C Mohanan, who resigned as the acting Chairman of theNSCinprotestoverthedelay in releasing the survey, has said that questioning the report is perhaps the first step in the standard government response. According to Mohanan, the next step possibly would be to refer the report and its methodology to a committee of experts, only to delay the findings. “...it was the NITI Aayog and not the Chief Statistician whose ON THE ROAD Congress president Rahul Gandhi, general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jyotiraditya Scindia and UPCC chief Raj Babbar in Lucknow, Monday. Vishal Srivastav REPORTPAGE2 2 wks before Rafale announcement, Anil Ambani met French Defence officials SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 11 IN THE fourth week of March 2015, about a fortnight before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France, businessman Anil Ambani visited then French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s office in Paris and had a meeting with his top advisors, The Indian Express has learnt. Themeetingwasattendedby Le Drian’s special advisor JeanClaudeMallet;hisindustryadvisor,ChristopheSalomon;andhis technicaladvisorforindustrialaffairs, Geoffrey Bouquot. Ambani’s meeting was described by Salomon to a top official of a European defence company as “confidential and plannedasyoucanimaginewith very short notice”. Ambani, according to an official who was briefed on the meeting, expressed his wish to workwithAirbusHelicopterson both commercial and defence helicopters.Heisalsosaidtohave mentioned a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU)“inpreparation and the intention to sign during the PM visit”. When Ambani visited the French defence minister’s office, it was known that Prime Minister Modi would make an official visit to France from April 9-11, 2015. Subsequently, Ambani was part of the PM’s delegation during the visit where the deal for 36 Rafale aircraft was announced by Modi and then WORLD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE BECAUSE DATA IS A PUBLICGOOD BY P C MOHANAN PAGE 8 TOP PENTAGON OFFICIAL VISITS AFGHANISTAN AMID PEACE PUSH PAGE 13 Principal quits after Gujarat college says no Mevani event EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, FEBRUARY 11 A DAY after the management of the HK Arts College in Ahmedabad declined permission to use the college auditorium for an annual function where Vadgam independent MLAJigneshMevaniwasinvited as chief guest, the in-charge principal of the college, HemantkumarShahresignedon “moral grounds”. Shah tendered his resignation to the Brahmchari Wadi trust, which runs the college, to which he said there has been no response from the trust. Hours later,thecollege’sin-chargeviceprincipal,MohanbhaiParmarresignedtoocitingsimilarreasons. While Shah, currently head of the Economics department at HK Arts College, has worked for over 15 years, Parmar has been with the college for the last decade. Both were in-charge of their respective posts for the last four months. SpeakingtoTheIndianExpress, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Jaipur Ambani visited office of then French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian BJP, CONG TRADE CHARGES ON RAFALE THE BJP and Opposition partiescontinuedtotrade charges over the Rafale deal Monday in and outside Parliament. While the Congress, citing recent reports, accused the Centreof dropping provisions for anti-corruption penalties days before the aircraft deal was signed, the BJP said the Congress was “lying on a daily basis on the Rafale deal, in the hope that some allegations would stick”. French President Francois Hollande in a joint statement issued by the two sides. Incidentally, Reliance Defence was incorporated on March 28, 2015, in the same week as this meeting. Emails sent to the official spokesperson of Le Drian last week did not elicit any response. EmailssenttoAmbani’sReliance Group have also gone unanswered. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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