CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 MARCH 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |Rs 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR OUTDOORS COMBINES SOUL AND TRUE GRIT Forecast: Partly cloudy sky Rainfall: Nil TEMPERATURE Max: 35.9 (+4); Min: 23.0 (+3) RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min: 28% Max: 88% SUNRISE 05:55 hrs REVENGE DRAMA INDIA DETERMINED TO GET EVEN SUNSET 17:42 hrs Jawan who went viral on troop woes found dead AGENCIES Mumbai, 3 March US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon return to the White House in Washington on Friday. afp Exit polls on 9 March: Exit polls will be telecast on 9 March evening after elections to one seat each in UP and Uttarakhand are over that day Polls . deferred by a day (earlier it was 8 March) due to the demise of two candidates. Manipur goes to polls today: Decks are clear for the first phase of the Manipur Assembly election which will be held today Polling will start at 7 am. Elec. tions are to be held in 2 phases. All eyes are on CM Ibobi Singh. P2 Indian sportsman held in US: Indian sportsman Tanveer Hussain (24) has been arrested in New York on charges of sexually abusing a minor girl, days after he arrived inUS from Kashmir for a snowshoe competition. Swimming record: A Tamil Nadu college student S Sabarinathan swam five kms in the Bay of Bengal with his and legs bound with an iron chain. He covered the distance yesterday in two hours, 20 minutes. Mallya case: The Supreme Court said it would hear next week the plea of a consortium of banks that US $40 million allegedly shifted by liquor baron Vijay Mallya to his children’s accounts, needed to be brought back. P2 EC rejects response on Sasikala: The EC rejected the response of the AIADMK on the elevation of V K Sasikala as general secretary, saying T T V Dinakaran, who signed the letter, is not in its list of party office-bearers. INDICATOR Sensex 28,832 -7 Nifty 8,897 -2 Gold 28,085 -300 Silver 42,600 -600 An Army jawan who featured in a viral video on the abuse of the 'buddy' system in military camps, was found dead in an abandoned barrack in Nashik district of Maharashtra, police said today . Roy Mathew, who hailed from Ezhukon in Kollam district of Kerala, was found hanging from the ceiling of a room in an abandoned barrack in Deolali cantonment in Nashik yesterday, police said. The deceased was shown in the video, with his face covered, narrating the woes of soldiers. The video also showed soldiers walking dogs of officers and taking their children to school. The sting operation had led to criticism of the British-era Sahayak (buddy) system. The Army has ordered an inquiry into how the sting took place. Police said Mathew, whose body was decomposed, might have died three days ago. The soldier had been missing from the Artillery Centre in Deolali since February 25 after the sting video went viral. Mathew was attached for 'buddy duties' with a Colonel-rank officer at the Centre. According to his family in Kerala, Mathew made his last phone call to them on February 25 and from the way he talked it was evident that he was in a frightened state. He told them that he had recently spoken to a mediaperson about the woes of the soldiers in the Army and of the menial tasks which they were asked to peform. He claimed that he said these things after ensuring that he was not being recorded. But later, to his shock, the video went viral as his interview was secretly recorded. Roy had told his kin that he feared that he would lose his job and would have to face the consequences for the act. After his last call, he did not contact his house, his family in Kerala said. Deolali camp police have registered a case of accidental death under Section 174 of the CrPC following a complaint lodged by Subhedar Gopalsinh. However, the reason behind his death is yet to be ascertained, they said. P7 P12 P14 THUMBNAILS ‘PROCESS OF OPENING NPS ACCOUNT SIMPLIFIED’ INDIAN ORIGIN GIRL RACIALLY ABUSED IN US New York, 3 March: An Indi- an-origin girl in the US has been allegedly racially abused by an AfricanAmerican man who called her inappropriate names and yelled “get out of here” when she was travelling in a busy commuter train. Ekta Desai, who lives in New York, took a video of the incident that occurred on February 23. The video was then shared by a website 'The Voice Raiser' and has since then gone viral and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. In the video, the African-American man is seen abusing the girl, saying words like “Freedom of speech” and “Black Power.” Using expletives, he tells her to “get out of here.” As the girl is recording the video, the man gets visibly angry and is seen shouting at her. “This man was on the same PATH train as me along with 100 other passengers, I had my headphones on and it was like any other day Next thing . I know he is yelling on my face (Did not bother to listen/react),” Desai wrote on social media.Desai said she did not react but he continued shouting and questioned as to why she was taking his photo and pictures. Several people reacted sympathetically towards the girl after the video was posted online. Desai said she reported the matter to police, who allegedly said the man appears to be “emotionally AGENCIES unstable”. INDIA REJECTS CHINA CLAIM ON TAWANG DELHI SAYS BEIJING’S LOGIC NEITHER PRACTICAL NOR POSSIBLE SNS & AGENCIES Beijing/New Delhi, 3 March The border dispute between China and India can be resolved if New Delhi accepts Beijing's claim over the strategically vital Tawang region in Arunachal Pradesh, China's former top diplomat has said, but Indian officials dismissed it as neither practical nor possible. Dai Bingguo, who served as China's boundary negotiator with India from 2003 to 2013, told Chinese media, “If the Indian side takes care of China's concerns in the eastern sector of their border, the Chinese side will respond accordingly and address India's concerns elsewhere.” Elaborating China's stand, Dai who conducted border talks with five Indian Special Representatives starting with Brajesh Mishra in 2003 said, “The disputed territory in the eastern sector of the China-India boundary, including Tawang, is inalienable from China's Tibet in terms of cultural background and administrative jurisdiction.” He said that colonial British government which drew the”McMahon Line” accepted Beijing's claim on Tawang. China has China warns India on Dalai Beijing, 3 March: China today warned India against allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, saying it would cause “serious damage” to the bilateral ties and peace in the disputed border region. “China is gravely concerned over information that India has granted permission to the Dalai to visit Arunachal Pradesh,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the media here. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of Tibet and routinely objects to any visits by top leaders, officials and diplomats to the area. China had also aired similar concerns in October last year when India granted permission to the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit Arunachal Pradesh at the invitation of the state government. The visit is expected to take place this year. “China is strongly opposed to the Dalai visiting disputed areas,” Geng said. China expressed its concern through formal channels. PTI rejected “McMahon Line” in India's case but accepted it in settling boundary dispute with Myanmar. “Even British colonialists who drew the illegal McMahon Line respected China’s jurisdiction over Tawang and admitted that Tawang was part of China's Tibet,” Dai told the China-India Dialogue magazine. Dai was China's top diplomat and held the post of State Councillor in the previous Hu Jintao One killed in grenade attack by militants in J&K STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Jammu, 3 March One person was killed and six, including four CRPF personnel, were wounded as unidentified terrorists today lobbed a grenade at a police patrol party at Pulwama in south Kashmir. The deceased civilian has been identified as Mohammad Ayub Wani. The g renade was lobbed in a busy market place. The deputy commissioner Pulwama, Muneer A. Raqib, rushed to the spot and personally visited the district hospital to oversee the treatment of the injured persons. He said that the injured persons were out of danger. Meanwhile, separatist leader Shabir Shah was detained by the police in Pulwama's Tral town in south Kashmir while he was on his way to meet the father of terrorist leader Burhan Wani, who was killed last year in an encounter with security forces. The Kashmir valley remained on the boil for about six months after the killing of Burhan Wani. The separatists tried to project Burhan as the face of the youth of Kashmir and were reportedly making efforts to keep the issue alive and create unrest in the valley . Meanwhile, an Army man was today booked by the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police for allegedly blackmailing a girl after outraging her modesty in Ramban district of the state. Gulab Singh Pari- har, posted in Kupwara district, allegedly outraged the modesty of the girl and obtained her photographs. He then prepared an offensive video and started sending threatening text messages to her through different mobile phones, a senior officer of J&K Crime Branch said here today . Parihar allegedly demanded her photographs along with money amounting to Rs 5 lakh, failing which he threatened to upload her nude pictures online. He also allegedly demanded from her photographs and videos of other girls from the Ramban area for blackmailing them as well, the officer said. After receiving a complaint from the victim, an inquiry was initiated and it was revealed through mobile phone locations that Parihar, with other suspects, had sent vulgar and offensive text messages. administration.His interview was published by the magazine in its January edition ahead of India-China Strategic Dialogue held here last month co-chaired by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. Dai, regarded as a wily negotiator, did not specify where China is willing to make a concession along the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC). He also did not specify this in the book he wrote in Chinese lan- guage on the border talks. Indian officials, however, said Dai's proposal is neither practical nor possible for India to accept considering that Tawang is an integral part of Arunachal Pradesh and has sent representatives to Parliament in every election since 1950. In his interview, Dai said essential nature of the China-India boundary question is the “need to correct wrongs” made by colonialists and to restore fairness and justice. “For historical reasons, India now controls the majority of the disputed ter ritory. The boundary question was not created by China or India, so we shouldn’t be inheriting it and letting the ghosts of colonialism continue to haunt our bilateral relations,” he said. Though published afresh in Chinese media, Beijing has been making such a demand for concession for long. Former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon who was India's Special Representative for border talks and held several rounds of talks with Dai until the present NSA Ajit Doval took over in 2014, has mentioned the issue in his recently released book “Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy”. Hospital Bill passed STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Kolkata, 3 March The West Bengal Clinical Establishment (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill 2017, aimed at ensuring transparency in functioning and activities of private clinical establishments, was passed in the Assembly today, though both the CPI-M and the Congress wanted it to be sent to the Select Committee. The chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee dismissed the Opposition's demand outright, saying it was a dilly-dallying tactic and wondered whose interest the Opposition wanted to serve. She said her govern- ment was forced to bring this Bill to regulate private hospitals and bring in transparency in the manner in which they operate. Besides monitoring the activities of private hospitals and nursing homes, the Bill, drafted by CM Mamata Banerjee herself, also has the provision of imposing penalty for violation of guidelines on medical facilities. “We have been receiving complaints against private hospitals and nursing homes for charging hefty sum, negligence in treating patients, lack of transparency and even in some cases not releasing the dead body if the Bill is not cleared,'’ the chief minister told the House. P5 DR DIDI FEELS THE PULSE OF THE PEOPLE, DIAGNOSES THE MALAISE IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES Mamata’s surgical strike is better late than never UDAY BASU firstname.lastname@example.org Kolkata, 3 March The way chief minister Mamata Banerjee today piloted the “historic” Bill in the state Assembly to curb monumental malpractices by a section of private hospitals shows she knows how to feel the pulse of the people, while doctors in the errant hospitals diagnose diseases or in some cases pretend to do so to play with the lives of patients for filthy lucre. The question is why the chief minister woke up to the reality six years after she assumed the reins of power. The toothless West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation ) Act of 2010 framed by the previous Left Front gov- ernment was left untouched during the entire first term of the Trinamul Congress-government. The Act had innocuous provisions for setting up a tribunal to try the guilty hospitals, ban on rejection of admission of emergency cases and cancellation of licence issued to the errant hospitals. There were no truly deterrent provisions such as sending the offenders to jail for a maximum of three years, hefty compensation running into several lakhs of rupees and application of the Code of Criminal Procedure that the new Bill stipulates. The surgical strike Miss Banerjee has made at the private hospitals exploiting the helplessness of critically ill patients leaving many of them and their families broke is an appreciable move that shows the government is serious to make them fall in line. In a deft manner she combined the sufferings of millions of patients and their relatives with her own personal experience to expose the misdeeds of a section of private hospitals. Significantly, she made her diagnosis of the ills plaguing these hospitals not an exercise in camera, but a public exhibition. She allowed the electronic and print media to watch and report live how she took on one private hospital after another, ripped them apart for their gross negligence and extortion of lakhs of rupees from people desperate to save the lives of their kin. She then made the sensational disclosure that she herself had been subjected to malpractices by a private hospital. “I have the decency not to mention the name of the hospital, but I have to state the fact since I am sharing it with the legislators in the Assembly,” Miss Banerjee said today as a preface to her expose. She narrated how she had the shock of her life when the test conducted by a private hospital showed the image of her appendix. “How could it be ? I asked my doctor since my appendix had been removed much earlier. I told the hospital authorities their machine was CMYK defective and they must immediately repair it,” Miss Banerjee told the stunned MLAs. The CM sought to explain she had brought the “historic” Bill after making a survey of the condition in private hospitals and nursing homes in different parts of the state that revealed the magnitude of the malpractices. But, the real reason is Miss Banerjee knows the easy way to win the hearts of the people is to attend to their needs for medical services, education, good roads and water. Her efforts to generate employment through big ticket investment have met with a roadblock since her government won’t act as a facilitator for making land to industrialists as it runs counter to her policy of letting farmers decide whether they would part with their land or not. This hands-off policy has not only made prospective investors shy away from pumping in money for setting up industries, but also allowed land sharks and muscle men backed by some ruling party leaders and activists to armtwist and coerce farmers to sell their land at low prices. The resistance by thousands of farmers to the sale of farm land for a power project in Bhangore in South 24 Parganas recently illustrated the pitfalls of the Trinamulgovernment’s industrialisation policy These farm. ers were opposed not so much to the power utility project as to the way they were “duped” by middlemen and musclemen enjoying the patronage of influential ruling party leaders who browbeat them to sell their land at throwaway prices. The rebellion rattled the Trinamul leadership so much that for weeks no state leader could enter the area fearing backlash, even though the villagers declared they are Trinamul supporters.
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