SINCE 1928 WEATHER 330C. 250C. Sunrise: 6.25 am Sunset: 6.47 pm `2 REG. NO. MCS/048/2015-17; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 TROLLS TRY TO SHAME MITHALI RAJ, BUT HER FANS SHUT THEM DOWN PG 24 EDIT WILL CHRISTIANS BUY PM’S TOKENISM? PAGE 8 Salem gets just life term Mumbai A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court on Thursday handed over death sentence to Tahir Merchant and Firoz Khan, convicts in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case. The special court has also sentenced extradited gangster Abu Salem and Karimulla Khan to lifetime imprisonment, while Riyaz Siddiqui has been awarded 10 years of rigorous imprisonment. Salem was extradited from Portugal in 2005 and cannot be sentenced to death because of an Indian guarantee to the Portuguese government. Accused of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai, he was arrested in Portugal in 2002 and seen as Fast News PM visits Bahadur Shah Zafar’s grave YANGON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday visited the famed Shwegadon Pagoda and the grave of last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar in Myanmar. Zafar was the face of the Indian revolt in 1857, even though he was behind bars. Modi also planted a sapling at the pagoda. Six dead in Juhu LPG cylinder blast MUMBAI: Six people died and 18 others suffered serious burn injuries after a cooking gas cylinder exploded at an under construction site in Vile Parle (west) on Wednesday night at 10:10pm. The injured were immediately rushed to nearby civic-run Cooper hospital where the condition of four is said to be in a critical state. CBI summons Lalu, Tejashwi in Rly fraud NEW DELHI: The CBI on Thursday summoned RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his son Tejashwi to appear before it for questioning on September 11 and 12 regarding alleged irregularities in issuing contract for two IRCTC hotels in 2006 to a private company. ‘German’ MLA loses citizenship NEW DELHI: An MLA of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi has been stripped of his citizenship by the Union Home Ministry after it was found that he held a German passport. Ramesh Chennamaneni, TRS MLA from Vemulawada in Karimnagar district of Telangana, had allegedly obtained Indian citizenship by submitting "fake documents" and was elected thrice to assembly. Journalist shot at PATNA: Pankaj Mishra, a journalist, who works for a Hindi newspaper Rashtriya Sahara, was shot by two bikeborne assailants. The incident took place when Mishra was leaving the bank after withdrawing Rs one lakh. — AGENCIES one of the main conspirators. It had been also established that Salem delivered weapons to actor Sanjay Dutt, who was later convicted and served a jail term for keeping AK-56 rifles, 250 bullets and some hand grenades at his residence. The special court has imposed a fine of nearly Rs 10 lakh each on Firoz, Kar-imulla and Tahir while Salem has been asked to cough up Rs 8.50 lakh. In case they fail to pay they will have to serve , additional rigorous imprisonment. Special judge Justice Govind Sanap had heard arguments on the quantum of sentence for more than two months. The five convicts were sentenced after being found guilty of various charges, including murder, attempt to murder, conspiring to execute a terrorist act, concealing ter- rorists and commission of terrorist act. They have been also found guilty of being active members of a terrorist organisation, destroying public property possession of arms , and explosives etc. Meanwhile, Salem has moved a plea seeking his transfer from a jail in Maharashtra to Uttar Pradesh or Delhi. He has claimed that he is ‘unsafe’ in the State and cited two failed life attempts to buttress his contention. He wants to move to UP or Delhi as he thinks he would be ‘safe’ there. Apart from this, Salem, who had moved the Lisbon court last month challenging his conviction in the blasts case, is now expected to produce the copy of the judgement sentencing him before the foreign court. Contd on Page 3 G FPJ NEWS SERVICE Panaji Former Tehelka Editor-inchief Tarun Tejpal will be tried on charges of raping and sexually harassing a junior colleague, a Goa court said on Thursday The trial . will commence on September 28 with the formal framing of charges. The charges pertain specifically to rape, sexual harassment, assault and wrongful restraint. If found guilty the , 54-year-old editor faces 10 years to life in jail. He was accused by the colleague of sexually assaulting her in an elevator of a five-star hotel during the magazine’s in-house festival in Goa. Tejpal was subsequently arrested but is now out on bail. Briefing reporters outside the District and Sessions Court, the public prosecutor told reporters that all charges proposed by the police, including Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 Tarun Tejpal (wrongful confinement), and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code, had been endorsed by the court, while an additional Section 354 (b) (criminal assault with intent to disrobe) had been added. Some of these stringent provisions, which were introduced after the 2012 rape and murder of a young physiotherapist in Delhi, say a person who is in position of power and trust will face a maximum of life imprisonment for rape. Also, under the amended law it is not important that there has been intercourse. Tejpal's counsel said that • 13 blasts ripped through Mumbai on March 12, 1993. • Abu Salem, one of the main conspirators, was extradited • • • from Portugal in 2005. However, Salem cannot be sentenced to death because of a guarantee given to the Portuguese by the Indian government to secure his extradition. Salem has again approached the Lisbon court for relief. He has also pleaded that he be shifted from Maharashtra. He had delivered weapons to actor Sanjay Dutt. the future course of action would be decided "once the order is examined". After the controversy erupted, Tejpal, who had admitted to “bad lapse of judgment” and an “awful misreading of the situation”, was constrained to quit Tehelka. In the case of former Punjab police chief KPS Gill, who was accused molestation by an IAS officer, the Supreme Court had junked his justification that he was drunk at a party in 1998 and that the incident, wherein he had patted her on the back, was a lapse of judgment on his part. The apex court had upheld his conviction for outraging the modesty of the woman IAS officer. Tejpal had requested the session court under CrPC Section 327(2) that the rape proceedings be held in-camera, so that the media does not get to cover the trial. Agreeing to his plea, the session court had some time back granted his request. Tough day for railways:Three Modi says will derailments, one near miss not shirk from tough decisions G AGENCIES New Delhi Three trains jumped off the tracks and another derailment was averted on Thursday in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Maharashtra within a span of nine hours, the latest in a string of such incidents which saw the exit of Suresh Prabhu as railway minister in the Cabinet reshuffle last Sunday . Luckily barring injury to , a passenger in the mishap in the national capital, no casualties were reported in other incidents. The first derailment occurred at 6:25 am when seven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express went off the tracks near the Obra Dam station in UP’s Sonbhadra district. Within hours, at around 11:45 pm, the Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Minto bridge in the national capital, leaving one person injured. These were followed by yet another derailment of a goods train in Maharashtra’s Khandala at 3:5 5 pm, railway officials said.An accident was averted after locals spotted a fracture in a track between Farrukhabad and Fatehgarh in UP minutes before the , Kalindi Express was scheduled to pass the place, officials said in Farrukhabad. Ironically these mishaps oc, curred on a day Piyush Goyal, the new railway minister, chaired a high-level meeting with Railway Board officials to discuss ways for ensuring safe operation of trains. –PTI Gadkari charged up about cars AGENCIES New Delhi Carmakers producing vehicles that run on traditional fuel, take note – Union minister Nitin Gadkari has a clear message: Go for alternative fuel, else he will not mind “bulldozing” them in his bid to check pollution and imports. According to the road transport and highways minister, a Cabinet note on electric vehicles is ready that will take care of charging stations. “We should move towards alternative fuel... I am going to do this, WAITING FOR RELIEF FROM PORTUGAL Tejpal to face trial for rape PUSH TOWARDS CLEAN FUEL G — Deepak Salvi Special Public Prosecutor whether you like it or not. And I am not going to ask you. I will bulldoze it. For pollution, for imports, my ideas are crystal clear... The government has a crystal-clear policy to reduce imports and curb pollution,” Gadkari said at SIAM’s annual convention here. He held out a veiled warning, saying those supporting the government will have an advantage and those busy “minting money” will be in trouble, asking them not to approach the government later on the ground that they have huge stock of vehicles that do not run on alternative fuel. “Already, we are in the process of a Cabinet note where we are going to plan charging stations... It is in the last stage and will be done as early as possible,” he disclosed, adding that the government will soon bring in a policy on elec–PTI tric vehicles. G AGENCIES Yangon Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday justified demonetisation which has come in for criticism, asserting that his government was not afraid of taking “big” and “tough” decisions in the interest of the country . Addressing the Indian diaspora here in Myanmar, he said his government could take such decisions because it considers the country above politics. Along with demonetisation announced on November 8 last year, he named the surgical strikes in Pakistanoccupied Kashmir last year and the GST which was rolled out on July 1 as the “big” and “tough” decisions taken by his government. “In the national interest, we are not afraid of taking big and tough decisions because for us, the country is above politics. Whether it be the surgical strikes, demonetisation or GST, all decisions were taken without any fear or hesitation,” Modi told the gathering. Referring to the note-ban, the prime minister said the step was taken to curb black money and that it had helped identify lakhs of people who had crores of rupees in bank accounts but never paid income tax. He also said that registration of over two lakh companies had been cancelled in last three months as those had been found to be indulging in laundering of black money . Rawat’s remarks: — Sri Sakthi Amma ‘Block PM Modi’ is trending on Twitter G "As per the Extradition Treaty between IndiaPortugal, the maximum sentence permissible to him is 25 years, since the life imprisonment and death penalty are banned in Portugal where he was first arrested" • Many people think spirituality is full of strict laws which will not allow enjoyment in the world. That is not true. Spirituality teaches the truth about life and creates real joy. PRIYANKA CHOPRA SHARES HER ETHNIC WOES PG 20 Closure after 24 years in 1993 serial blast case: 2 get noose, 2 lifer and 1 ten years G NEETA KOLHATKAR AND NARSI BENWAL THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: VOL. 61 NO. 170 | FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 | 26 PAGES EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Following the unsavoury controversy swirling around Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wherein it was suggested that he was following accounts which had posted vicious and abusive messages celebrating or justifying the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, the BJP on Thursday clarified that "Mr Modi has never blocked or unfollowed anyone on Twitter" and his following someone is "not a character certificate." Since Wednesday a sec, tion of social media has been outraged over those tweets and the fact that they did not result in the PM unfollowing the people who posted them. #BlockNarendraModi was PM Modi following someone is not a character certificate for that person: BJP a trending topic on twitter on Thursday . “It takes PM no time to tweet about Gajendra Singh or Nitish Kumar resigning, but he continues to follow the bigot who called Gauri Lankesh 'kuttiya' tweeted Prateek Sinha, the founder of Alt News, a factchecking website/media watchdog. Sinha was not the only one angry about the PM's deafening silence with others voicing a similar sentiment in the social media. Clearly on the defensive, the BJP's IT cell said in a statement: The PM's tracking of certain accounts "is not in any way a guarantee of how a person would conduct himself." The party’s IT head Amit Malviya claimed that Mr Modi is the ‘only leader’ who openly engages with people on social media. Malviya also went on to say that PM Modi is the ‘rare leader’ who believes in the Contd on Page 5 Can’t afford to be intolerant: Rajan China not amused G BEIJING: Predictably China , has not taken kindly to Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat's claim that Beijing is resorting to 'salami slicing' – that is, stealthily usurping Indian territory – to test New Delhi’s threshold, China on Thursday said the General's remarks were contrary to the views expressed by PM Modi in Beijing. Amid the nationwide outrage over the murder of an outspoken journalist in Bengaluru, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Thursday said India cannot afford to become an intolerant society as tolerance is "extremely important" for its economic growth. AGENCIES New Delhi Rajan, who exited Reserve Bank of India a year ago, had courted controversy during a 2015 lecture where he talked about growing intolerance in the country deviating from his , usual focus on monetary policy issues. In an interview to PTI, he justified his comments saying public figures have a responsibility to "sometimes speak up about what is good for the country I just think . it had to be said. Becoming intolerant would strike at the very soul of India, he said. "There are lot of reasons for dynamism and hope in this country ." In another interview Rajan has told NDTV that if unprepared, the notes ban can have a chilling impact on the economy .