DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES SINCE 1932 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM OXFAM REPORT SUPPLEMENTARY CHARGESHEET Covid deepened inequalities: wealth, education, gender SINGHU ECHO IN MUMBAI Wealth surge of richest 11 in pandemic could sustain NREGS for 10 years UDIT MISRA NEW DELHI JANUARY 24 A NEW report by Oxfam has found that the Covid pandemic deeply exacerbated existing inequalities in India and around the world. The report, titled ‘The Inequality Virus’, has found that asthepandemicstalledtheeconomy, forcing millions of poor Indiansoutofjobs,therichestbillionaires in India increased their wealth by 35 per cent. “The wealth of Indian billionairesincreasedby35percentduring the lockdown and by 90 per cent since 2009 to $422.9 billion rankingIndiasixthintheworldafter US, China, Germany, Russia and France,” states the report. According to Oxfam's calcu- Growth vs inequality HIGH LEVELS of inequalities hurt the economy and undermine social cohesion. Some argue that governmental efforts to reduce inequality must succeed, not precede, efforts to boost growth because that will define how much there is to distribute. That will be the challenge for the Budget. lations, since March, as the government announced possibly CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 India, China hold ninth round of LAC talks KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, JANUARY 24 SENIOR MILITARY commanders from India and China met on Sunday for the ninth round of talks to discuss a possible solution to the nearly nine-month border standoff in eastern Ladakh. The meeting, which began around 10 am on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo Border Personnel Meeting Pak Zindabad: 11-hour police ordeal for family, friends over a game EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 24 TWO men were detained and questioned for eight hours through Saturday-Sunday night and three women for at least three hours Sunday morning by the Delhi Police — all because theywereheardsaying“Pakistan Zindabad” as part of a cycling game near Khan Market Metro station late Saturday night. Their ordeal, that started at 1 am on Sunday, ended only by noon with the police admitting that “Pakistan Zindabad” was said in a “lighter vein”, and no case was made out. Aheadof RepublicDay,police said, they were on “high alert” whentheyreceivedacallaround 1 am about a “group shouting slogans, praising Pakistan”. An enquiry officer was sent to the spot. “Two families (one from Delhi, the other from Gurugram) along with their child had come to India Gate Saturday night. They had rented Yulu bikes they were racing, and theyhadnamedeachotherafter countries like India, Pakistan, Japan and Australia. They were cheering each other on by CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 Farmers from various parts of Maharashtra arrived in Mumbai on Sunday to participate in a rally on Monday against the new farm laws. Ganesh Shirsekar (BPM) point, continued until evening. The latest effort came twoand-a-half months after the last round of discussions between the two sides on November 6, with around 50,000 troops deployed in the region, along with additional artillery, tanks, and air defence assets. It followed a memo from India for talks while the two countries maintained regular CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 REPORT, PAGE 7 IN A controversial order that could have implications on a rangeof cases,theNagpurbench of Bombay High Court acquitted a man of sexual assault on the groundsthatpressingthebreasts of a child over her clothes without direct “skin to skin” physical contactdoesnotconstitute“sexualassault”undertheProtection of ChildrenfromSexualOffences (POCSO) Act. J&K: Drop in law & order incidents but uptick in militant recruitment J&K DGP Dilbag Singh says several militant commanders killed in a year, ‘situation better’ on all parameters NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, JANUARY 24 IN ITS FIRST full year as the newest Union Territory of the country, Jammu and Kashmir witnessed an uptick in recruitment to militant ranks; the number of law and order incidents, however, dropped significantly during the year. According to police data for the last three years, the number of law and order incidentsin J&K plunged 75 per cent to 143 in 2020 compared with 584 in 2019. Militancy-related inci- VIOLENCE RELATED TO MILITANCY Militancyrelatedincidents Lawandorder incidents Militantskilled Militant recruitment Ceasefire violation 2019 2020* 255 243 584 143 157 143 222 174** 605 930 *Up to Dec 30 **Out of which 76 killed, 46 arrested and 52 still active The verdict, delivered by Justice Pushpa V Ganediwala on January19,setaside therulingof a lower court under Section 8 of POCSO applicable to “sexual assault” on children, against convict Satish Bandu Ragde. Saying that Section 8 of POCSO provides for stringent punishment of five years’ of rigorous imprisonment (RI), the High Court observed that “stricter proof and serious allegations are required”. The judge said: “As such, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JANUARY 24 THE FACULTY at Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, is locked in an unprecedented standoff with the institute’s director alleging that she has centralisedpowersinherhandsand usurpedtheirroleinadministration and decision-making. Director Anju Seth says ‘small group’ upset with her DirectorAnjuSethhasattributed the confrontation to "a small group of individuals" upset with her efforts to foster a BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THE WORLD PRACHANDAGROUP EXPELS OLIFROM PARTY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP PAGE 14 culture of transparency and accountability. That group isn’t small. Last month, as many as 61 teachers — over 75% of the IIMCalcutta’s faculty — wrote to the Ministry of Education (MoE) urging it to step in alleging that Seth’s style of functioning, was “arbitrary, discriminatory, and, having a very narrow vision.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After strides in social welfare, Latur village hands over baton to all-woman panchayat PAGE 1 ANCHOR MAYURA JANWALKAR ANANDWADI (LATUR), JANUARY 24 NINE YEARS after 50 per cent seats were reserved for women inMaharashtra’sgrampanchayats, Anandwadi villagein Latur’s Nilanga taluka has picked an allwoman panchayat. The six were elected unopposed in the panchayat polls held recently, their The members were elected unopposed. Amit Chakravarty dents also dropped 5 per cent to 243 in 220 compared with 255 in 2019. The fall is significant when compared with 2018, which witnessed 417 militancyrelated incidents. The number of recruits joiningmilitancyintheUThas,however, seen a 22 per cent rise to 174 in 2020 from 143 in 2019. Of the 174 recruits, 76 militants were killed and another 46 arrested. Just 52 remain active, data with the J&K Police shows. When contacted, Director General,J&KPolice,DilbagSingh, told The Indian Express that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At IIM Calcutta, it’s teachers versus Director over her powers, their role RITIKA CHOPRA MOHAMED THAVER & KRISHN KAUSHIK 1 YEAR AS UNION TERRITORY Man who pressed breasts of child over her clothes convicted for molestation NAGPUR, JANUARY 24 BARC ex-CEO’s lawyer: Handwritten statement has no evidentiary value 3 ROUTESFINALISED FORR-DAYTRACTOR RALLYINDELHI PAGE 4 Sexual assault under POCSO needs skin to skin contact: Bombay HC VIVEK DESHPANDE Goswami paid me $ 12,000 and Rs 40 lakh to fix ratings: Dasgupta way paved by the performance of two-time sarpanch Bhagyashree Chame, who was one of the three women elected in2015,alongwithShobhaKasle and Kalpana Sagar. Given the number of ‘Anandwadis’ in Nilanga, the village, located 25 km from Latur city, is more commonly known as Gaur. Home to 635 people, mostly farmers, Gaur has in the past five years seen improved cleanliness, a campaign against superstitions, change in name plates of all 112 homes to that of CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 Kargil ignored in first Ladakh tableau: chief of Hill Council BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JANUARY 24 OLD FAULTLINES between Buddhist Ladakh and Muslim Kargil have emerged in the Republic Day tableau of the new Union Territory of Ladakh. The first tableau of Ladakh will depict the Thiksey Monastery in Leh and the Indian Astronomical Observatory in CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, JANUARY 24 THE FORMER CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India, Partho Dasgupta, has claimed in a handwritten statementtoMumbaiPolicethat he received US$12,000 from Republic TV Editor-in-Chief ArnabGoswamifortwoseparate holidays and a total of Rs 40 lakh over three years, in return for manipulatingratingsinfavourof the news channel, according to the supplementary chargesheet filed in the TRP scam case. The 3,600-page supplementary chargesheet, filed by MumbaiPoliceonJanuary11,also includesaBARCforensicauditreport, WhatsApp chats purportedly between Dasgupta and Goswami, and statements of 59 persons,includingformercouncil employees and cable operators. Dasgupta’s statement against Goswami part of chargesheet AUDIT REPORT ■ Favouritism towards channels ■ Ratings were pre-decided ■ BARC officials violated code The audit report names several news channels, including Republic, Times Now and Aaj Tak, and lists instances of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DR SHEKHAR MANDE DIRECTOR GENERAL, COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH PAGE 12
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