www.thestatesman.com MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of light to moderate rain/thundershowers. One and two spells may be intense. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 32 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 2.4mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 92% Min. 71% Max: 31.2°C (-3) SUN RISES 06:11 hrs MOON RISES 18:07 hrs Min: 25.0°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:16 hrs MOON SETS 06:07 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Lajmi dead: Critically acclaimed filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, who was suffering from kidney ailment, passed away early Sunday morning at a hospital in Mumbai. She was 64. Lajmi was the daughter of painter Lalita Lajmi and niece of legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt. Her brother, Dev Lajmi confirmed the news of her death. “She passed away at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital at 4.30 am. She was suffering from chronic kidney disease and liver failure. She was on dialysis. She has been in and out of P5 the hospital for three years,” Dev said. Militants shot: A Pakistani origin militant, a senior commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit, was Sunday killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter took place during a cordon and search operation launched by security forces in Dar Ganie Gund village of Aribal area of Tral after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in the area, police said. Separately, two terrorists were killed by troops during an infiltration bid in the Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district. UK LABOUR HOPES TO PAPER OVER BREXIT SPLITS IRAN POINTS FINGER AT US ALLIES OVER DEADLY ATTACK PARRIKAR TO CONTINUE AS GOA CM, SAYS SHAH P12 P13 World’s biggest healthcare scheme rolls out P15 WINNING TUNE Ayushman Bharat targets more than 50 crore people IANS RANCHI, 23 SEPTEMBER P rime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY) here, hailing it as the“worlds biggest state-run healthcare scheme”. Launching the scheme, Modi said the intended beneficiaries outnumber the total population of the European Union or that of the USA, Canada and Mexico put together. Modi said that the scheme, which targets more than 50 crore people, will be a subject for research for medical and social scientists and a model for the world to follow. He had announced AB-PMJAY in his Independence Day speech. Without taking names, Modi used the occasion to target the Congress for "using schemes for the sake of vote-bank politics". “Since long, we have been hearing the slogan of ‘garibi hatao' (abolish poverty) but they only indulged in politics of poverty, politics of vote bank.They were only giving out freebies to the poor instead of empowering them. “Previous governments' schemes were guided by vote bank, with the beneficiaries selected on the basis of potential vote bank for them. But we strive for the empowerment of the poor. We believe in inclusive growth. The scheme is not aimed at benefiting a particular region or com- munity or caste. It is for all, for the poorest of poor. The poor don't want freebies, they have self-respect and seek empowerment.We work for their empowerment," he added. Modi also laid the foundation stone of medical colleges at Chaibasa and Koderma in Ranchi, and distributed e-card, a unique health identity card, to the beneficiaries of PMJAY. The scheme will provide a cover of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers (EHCP). The EHCP network will provide cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiaries at both public and private hospitals. The services will include 1,350 procedures covering preand post-hospitalisation, diagnostics and medicines. Ayushman Bharat has two components ~ creation of 150,000 health and wellness centres which will provide Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) and the PMJAY which provides health pro- tection cover to poor and vulnerable families for secondary and tertiary care. The first Health and Wellness Centre was launched by Modi at Jangla, Chhattisgarh on 14 April. The PMJAY primarily targets the poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers' families as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census data for both rural and urban areas as well as the active families under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana. The objectives of the scheme are to reduce out of pocket hospitalisation expenses, fulfil unmet needs and improve access of identified families to quality inpatient care and surgeries. The scheme allows states enough flexibility in terms of packages, procedures, scheme design, entitlements as well as other guidelines while ensuring that key benefits of portability and fraud detection are ensured at a national level. Pilot launch of the scheme has already been done in around 22 states and Union Territories. Nun, priest face action for backing bishop accuser STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM. 23 SEPTEMBER It appears that the churches in Kerala are taking action against the nuns and priests who joined the agitation demanding the arrest of rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal (photo). Sister Lucy Kalapura, one of the nuns who joined the dharna outside the Kerala High Court in Kochi, demanding the arrest of Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, is reportedly facing action from the church authorities in Manannthavady Sister Lucy has complained that the parish has removed her from performing duties related JOSHUA OVERPOWERS POVETKIN, RETAINS HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE to church. She has been restricted from teaching the Bible and performing holy mass at the church. She is an inmate of Karakkamala convent under MananthavadySyro Malabar church and a member of Franciscan Clarist Congregation. The nun alleged that the church is taking revenge for participating in the protest against bishop. She told a Malayalam news channel that the Mother Supe- rior had informed her about the restriction and that it was imposed as directed by the parish priest. However, Karakkamala parish has denied the reports that sister Lucy Kalappura has been banned from activities in the diocese because she supported the nuns' protest. The vicar of the parish has issued a press release stating that no restrictions have been imposed on the sister. “Devotees are dissatisfied with Sister Lucy for participating in the protest. They have demanded to take action against Sister Lucy. We just informed this to Sister Lucy through Mother superior. This is being interpreted as the church has taken an action against sister," says the press release In another development,Yuhanon Ramban a priest of the Piramadom Dayara Jacobite church, Muvattupuzha, was warned for extending support for the nuns'satyagraha demanding arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal. The church leadership has given him a written warning saying that, if the priest participates in such protests in future, he would have to face action. Responding to this, Yuhanon Ramban said that he would continue to fight for justice and for implementing the church act. Stating that pressure from some Bishops in the state is behind this action, he said he would not retreat from the fight against injustice. Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma (L) and his teammate Shikhar Dhawan (C) run between the wickets during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between Pakistan and India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadi(REPORT ON PAGE 16) um in Dubai on Sunday. India won by 9 wickets. AFP Hollande contradicted himself: Jaitley on Rafale deal row PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER Rulingout scrapping of the Rafale jet deal, finance minister Arun Jaitley Sunday said former French President Francois Hollande contradicted himself and neither the Indian nor the French government played any role in selection of Reliance as offset partner by Dassault. A political controversy has erupted over Hollande's statement that the Indian government wanted the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence to be chosen as offset partner of Dassault, the manufacturer of the fighter jets. The opposition Congress has raised fingers at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded resignation of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Jaitley, in a television interview, said there appears to be some 'jugalbandi' (connection) between the statements of Hollande and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.“I am surprisedOn August 30, he (Gandhi) tweeted that bombs are going to explode in France (over Rafale deal). How did he come to know about that? “Though I do not have any proof of this jugalbandi, but this creates suspicion in mind. There is definitely something ... a statement comes (from Hollande), then it is contradicted. But he (Gandhi) predicted this Time to stop lying: Rahul Gandhi Congress president Rahul Gandhi Sunday hit back at Arun Jaitley on the Rafale issue, saying it is time the finance minister and the prime minister “stop lying” and call for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe for an “uncorrupted truth” to come out. He accused Jaitley of having the ability to spin “2 truths or lies” with “fake self-righteousness” and “indignation to defend the inde- fensible”. “Mr Jetlie's speciality is his ability to spin '2 truths', or lies, with fake self righteousness and indignation to defend the indefensible. It's high time he, the RM and our PM stop lying and call a JPC to establish the full, uncorrupted truth about the Rafale Scam (sic),” Gandhi tweeted. He also tagged a media report highlighting how former French president Francois Hollande's charges have hit the Modi government on PTI the Rafale issue. to happen 20 days in advance,” he said. Jaitley added that there is no question of scrapping the Rafale jet fighter deal as it is meant to meet the needs of the country's defence forces. “Koi prashna nahi uthta. Ye fauz ki avashaktya hai.Ye desh mei ana chahiye, aur ye ayega. (No question of scrapping the deal. These are needed by the defence forces. They should come and they will come),” he said when asked whether the government could cancel the deal. Earlier in a Facebook post titled ‘A Questionable Statement Which Circum- stances & Facts Demolish’, Jaitley wrote: “The former French President's first statement rhymes with Rahul Gandhi's prediction.” The minister also accused Congress leaders of using vulgar language and said public discourse is not a “laughter challenge”. Jaitley said a controversy is sought to be created on the basis of a statement made by Hollande that the Reliance Defence 'partnership' with Dassault Aviation was due to the suggestion of the Indian government. “He (Hollande) has, in a subsequent statement, said that he is 'not aware' if Gov- ernment ever lobbied for Reliance Defence and that 'the partners chose themselves'. Truth cannot have two versions,” the minister said. “The French Government and M/s Dassault Aviation have categorically denied the correctness of the former President's first statement,” Jaitley added. Hollande was the French president when the Rs 58,000 crore deal for buying 36 Rafale jets was signed in 2016. His comments gave fresh ammunition to the opposition, with Rahul Gandhi making one of his sharpest attacks on the Prime Minister on the issue. NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER Imran faces backlash over India ‘debacle’ Two main accused in DAWN/ANN ISLAMABAD, 23 SEPTEMBER The country’s two major opposition parties have held the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government responsible for the latest diplomatic debacle following New Delhi’s refusal to hold a meeting between the two foreign ministers in New York and questioned the “haste being shown by Prime Minister Imran Khan in making efforts to mend fences with India”. The leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) allege that the government has not done its homework and assessed the situation before approaching India for a meeting, terming the talks offer through a letter written by Prime Minister Imran Khan to his Indian counterpart a “misstep”. PML-N President and Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif has called on the international community to take notice of the jingoistic statement of the Indian army chief, while stating that “Pakistan is more than capable of defending and responding to any aggression by New Delhi”. In a tweet, Mr Sharif wrote, “The bellicose & irresponsible statement by the Indian army chief exposes the Indi- an designs to the world that should immediately take note of New Delhi’s threatening posture. Pakistan extending an olive branch to India should never be misconstrued as weakness.” “Pakistan’s unwavering patriotic soldiers stand steadfast to defend with might and fury against unprovoked aggression from any threat. While the nation stands united with their intrepid military and against the cowardly threats,” he added. Talking to Dawn on Saturday, former foreign minister and PML-N MNA from Sialkot Khawaja Mohammad Asif said it seemed the government was “not prepared” from day one, adding that “too much keenness being shown by the prime minister” showed “weakness on our part”. “Giving them (India) too much reflects haste on our part to mend fences with India,” he said, adding that he was not against normalisation of relations between the two neighbouring nuclear states, but “dignity must be maintained”. Mr Asif regretted that Prime Minister Imran Khan had written the letter in which he “talked about terrorism” without realising that the US and India had recently issued a joint statement after the visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to New Delhi and Islamabad which was “dead against” Pakistan. “They (US and India) raised all kinds of allegations against Pakistan and you are talking about terrorism (in the letter). This is a sign of weakness (on our part),” Mr Asif said, while criticising Mr Khan for stating in the letter that “Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism”. Moreover, he said, Mr Khan had offered “olive branch” to India at a time, when it was committing serious human rights violations in Indiaheld Kashmir. The senior PML-N leader also criticised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that “he is playing to the gallery” as part of election campaign in his country. He said the PML-N government had always found India’s attitude “unrealistic and obstructive”. Rewari gang rape held STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 23 SEPTEMBER The Haryana Police’s special investigation team (SIT) on Sunday arrested the two remaining main accused, including an Army man, in the Rewari gang rape case. The police said the two accused, identified as Pankaj an Army man and Manish were absconding ever since the rape case was registered on 13 September and arrested on Sunday after sustained efforts to nab them. The Director General of Police (DGP) BS Sandhu said all the key accused allegedly involved in the incident, have now been arrested. A 19-year-old woman from Rewari district was gang-raped on 12 September. The police had arrest- ed the main accused, Nishu, besides two other accused in the case, on 16 September. A court in Mahendergarh district had Friday extended the remand of Nishu by four days while Sanjeev and Deendayal had been remanded to judicial custody. Sanjeev was a medical practitioner who had attended to the woman first after the crime and Deendayal was the owner of the property where she was allegedly gang-raped, police had said. After the incident took place on 12 September, the Haryana Police had set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Mewat SP Naazneen Bhasin and announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for information leading to the arrest of the main accused in the case. Sitting TDP MLA, ex-MLA shot by Maoists HYDERABAD, 23 SEPTEMBER The sitting TDP MLA from Araku, Kidari Sarveswara Rao, and a former MLA of the same party, Siveri Soma were both killed today by nearly 50 Maoists, mostly women, while they were returning from a programme in Visakhapatnam district. Upset with the killings supporters of the MLA then vandalised and set fire to local police stations at Dumriguda and Araku and manhandled police personnel. The assassination of the TDP MLA was particularly daring since the police in Maoist-dominated areas were already on high alert because CPI(Maoists) is observing formation week between 21 and 27 SepSNS tember. DETAILS ON PAGE 6
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