SINCE 1928 WEATHER 360C. 270C. Sunrise: 6.25 am Sunset: 6.42 pm `2 REG. NO. MCS/048/2015-17; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 ASHWIN, JADEJA COMMUNICATED ABOUT REST: VVS LAXMAN PG 24 VOL. 61 NO. 174 | WEDNESDAY | SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 | 24 PAGES EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia EDIT THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: With a proper attitude, we can resolve the specifics of any problem without much confusion. THE BIG BAD WORLD OF THE WATER PG 20 SIX CRORE CHILDREN GROWING UP IN FEAR PAGE 8 — His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj SC reduces waiting time for divorce G AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that the minimum cooling period of six months for granting the decree of divorce under the Hindu law can be waived by a trial court if there is no possibility of cohabitation between an estranged couple. Giving its reasoning, the court ruled that it is pointless to "perpetuate a purposeless marriage and to prolong the agony of the parties.’’ Currently under the Hindu , Fast News Kerala priest rescued from ISIS captivity NEW DELHI : Kerala Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnallil, abducted by IS terrorists in Aden in March last year, has been rescued from captivity from an undisclosed location in Yemen. The priest's release was achieved through the intervention of the Oman government. Sources said the priest, who is currently in Muscat, will be flown to Kerala on Tuesday night. He was rescued after efforts by the Oman foreign ministry and Yemeni officials. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to announce the news. Media reports said Omani authorities "coordinated with Yemeni parties" to free Uzhunnalil. Tax-free gratuity cap up NEW DELHI: The Centre on Tuesday approved an amendment bill that seeks to double tax-free gratuity for formal sector employees to Rs 20 lakh. The current upper ceiling on gratuity under the Act is Rs 10 lakh. The increase factors in inflation and wage increase even in the case of employees engaged in the private sector. Inflation at new high NEW DELHI: Retail inflation rose to a five-month high of 3.36 per cent in August due to costlier vegetables and fruits. The consumer price index based inflation stood at 2.36 per cent in the previous month. The August inflation number is the highest since March 2017, when it was recorded at 3.89 per cent. Overall food inflation in August also moved up, reversing the deflationary trend, to 1.52 per cent, government data showed on Tuesday. IIP July growth down NEW DELHI: Industrial production grew at a meagre 1.2 per cent in July, as against 4.5 per cent in the corresponding month a year ago, bearing the brunt of a dismal show of the manufacturing sector -especially that of capital goods. Factory output measured in terms of index of industrial production had declined by 0.2 per cent in June, according to revised estimates released by the CSO on Tuesday. No sexual attack on kid GURUGRAM: The post-mortem report of seven-year-old Pradhuman found murdered at a Gurugram school has ruled out sexual assault even as the parent of another schoolchild claimed the crime scene was tampered. Bus driver Saurabh Raghav, meanwhile, said the knife used in the killing was not kept in the bus tool box, as claimed by accused conductor Ashok Kumar. He claimed the police had pressurised him to admit to being an accomplice. Marriage Act, after a couple files for divorce claiming mutual consent, it has to wait for 18 months to actually get the divorce: 12 months of separation have to be established, followed by a six-month "cooling off" period that is intended to allow for reconciliation. "Though every effort has to be made to save a marriage, if there are no chances of reunion and there are chances of fresh rehabilitation, the court should not be powerless in enabling the parties to have a better option," the Supreme No more cooling off period of six months Court said, adding that the six-month waiver should apply where the couple has settled differences including alimony and child custody .The verdict was in response to the plea of a Delhi couple who asked for the six-month waiting period to be waived because they had been living separately for eight years and were confident that they would not reconcile. The top court also said that in conducting such proceedings, the trial court "can also use the medium of video conferencing and permit genuine representation of the parties through close relations, such as parents or siblings, where the parties are unable to appear in person for any just and valid reason, to advance the interest of justice". The court noted in its verdict that the object of the cooling off period was to safe- guard against a "hurried decision, "if there was otherwise a possibility of differences being reconciled.’’ Under Section 13B(1), a divorce petition can be moved by a couple following a judicial separation of one year. This must be followed by another six months of waiting period under Section 13B(2) for getting a decree. The top court, however, held that Section 13B(2) is not mandatory but directory in nature in view of the legislative intent and the objective of the provision. Rahul confessions RAHUL v/s IRANI I am a dynast, we’re arrogant ON DYNASTY: Most parties in India have that problem. Mr Akhilesh Yadav, Mr Stalin and even Abhishek Bachchan are dynasts; that's how India runs. So, don't get after me. -Rahul G LALIT K JHA Washington Congress vice preside0nt Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday had egg on his face for saying that dynasties are the norm in India, from politics to business, even as he stressed that a person's capabilities are more important than pedigree. His comments in the US ignited a chorus of protest from the BJP with Union Minister Smriti Irani dubbing him a "failed dynast" and a failed politician. Speaking at the University of California, Berkeley , Gandhi also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of divisive politics, creating space for terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and ruining the economy . Responding to a question from students, Gandhi said that he was "absolutely ready" to take up an executive responsibility if , the party asked him to do so. Responding to another question whether the Congress party was more associated with dynastic politics, Gandhi argued that India is being run by dynasties. "Most parties in India have POINT that problem So, Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast; Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK) is a dynast... even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast; so that's how India runs. So, don't come after me because that's how India is run. That's also going on in Infosys. So that's what happens in India," Gandhi said as he listed several prominent Indians born into famous families. But, he said there were a large number of people in the Congress Party who were not from dynastic families. "And I can name them in every state. There are also people who happen to have a father, or a grandmother or a great grandfather in politics. They do exist," he said. Contd. on Page 4 COUNTERPOINT G FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday ridiculed Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for his "big political confession" that his party had lost the 2014 elections due to "arrogance." Yet the Gandhi scion has the audacity to take a jibe at Prime Minister Modi, she added with obvious sarcasm. She further taunted Rahul, saying that "a failed dynast has chosen to speak about his failed political journey in the US." "After failing to connect with the people of India, Mr Gandhi chooses a platform of convenience for berating his political opponents....The SC wants to fast track cases To expedite criminal trials against parliamentarians and legislators G AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the government to consider legislating on setting up of new fast-track courts to expedite criminal case trials against parliamentarians and legislators. The apex court bench, which was given the names of seven Lok Sabha MPs and 98 MLAs across the country by the CBDT, and whose assets had seen a substantial hike in between two elections, also said it had vetted the names of these politicians and will examine the issue. It said Parliament had the competence to come up with a law and create necessary infrastructure for setting up of such courts for speedy disposal of cases against lawmakers. "With regard to MPs and MLAs, it falls under the domain of Parliament. It has the necessary competence to come up with a law. Make law and create necessary infrastructure," a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer said. The bench said that legislature and Parliament have been coming up with new laws which create different rights and obligations that lead to more cases before the courts. "Expect for some specific tribunals, no new courts have come up. You (Centre) should create new courts and infrastructure, as at present, the Government of India is spending only one or two per cent of the budget (judicial system)," it said, adding that this would also reduce the huge pendency . The court's remarks came on a plea filed by an NGO, Lok Prahari, for creating a permanent mechanism to investigate candidates whose assets have grown disproportionately during their tenure as MLAs or MPs. The plea claimed that the candidates, while filing their nomination papers, were disclosing their assets, assets of their spouse, children and other dependents, but they do not reveal the sources of income. fact that he chose to belittle the PM is not surprising, it in fact was expected," Irani said. ‘‘It is an indication of his failed strategy The people of . the country where he leads a , political party no longer sup, port him; so he is expressing his pain abroad," she said. She also underscored that Modi comes from a poor family but he rose to become the prime minister with the tremendous support of the people. "The fact that he (Gandhi) says that dynast and dynasty are the very fulcrum in India, is itself an anomaly . The three top dignitaries today -- the President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister -- are in themselves an indication that Indian democracy thrives and gives opportunity to merit and is not beholden to dynasty Irani told ," the conference. The BJP was provoked into calling the media meet after Rahul attacked PM Modi during an engagement in US for the tremendous damage inflicted on India's economy with "reckless and dangerous" decisions like demonetisation and a hasty GST. Contd. on Page 4 Shell companies: Govt to disqualify 1.06 lac directors G R K MISRA Gandhinagar MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday set up a cabinet subcommittee, as a follow up action of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' assurance given to the state legislature on the issue of Maratha reservations. The fivemember committee will be headed by Revenue minister Chandrakant Patil. — AGENCIES Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Ahmedabad on Wednesday on a 2-day visit for a string of high profile engagements, including the foundation stone laying ceremony of the AhmedabadMumbai bullet train. Incidentally Gujarat is slated to , go to polls later this year. After Chinese premier Xi Jinping's visit in 2015, this will be the second visit of a head of state to Ahmedabad after Narendra Modi took over as prime minister. In a packed itinerary , Prime Minister Abe and his host, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would arrive in Ahmedabad on Wednesday afternoon and The 6th century Sidi Saiyed mosque 2012 was the year when his mother Sonia Gandhi took over as Congress president. To say that Congress became arrogant under Smt. Gandhi and hence lost election is big political confession. - Smriti ON PRIME MINISTERSHIP:I am absolutely ready to play an executive role in the party. However, we have an organisational election process… So, for me to say that that decision is mine, that wouldn't be very fair. -Rahul A failed dynast today chose to speak about his failed political journeys in US. - Smriti ON FOREIGN POLICY:So on basic direction (of the foreign policy) I agree... as far as the US is concerned. -Rahul He was driven by “boosting own image, not patriotism”. - Smriti FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi It was a breakfast rendezvous: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in a huddle with ambassadors and diplomats of around 50 countries at New Delhi's Claridges Hotel. Bhagwat presided over the meeting and told the diplomats that his cultural organisation does not control the BJP nor is it controlled by , the party The RSS outreach . came even as Rahul Gandhi was pontificating in the US about the climate of hate in his native land. "As swayamsevaks, we consult and exchange notes, but are independent in functioning," he explained to the envoys, trying to demystify the mystique around the ideological mentor of the BJP . In the interactive session organised by a think tank, the first by the top RSS leader, Bhagwat also said that the Sangh does not support trolling on the internet and works on the basis of "no discrimination and oneness of the nation". "Trolling amounts to hitting below the belt. We don't support those who display such aggressive nature on the Internet and elsewhere," he said. Bhagwat also invited the diplomats to attend the organisation's shakhas or camps and "experience the Sangh culture." He said the RSS has 1.7 lakh social projects that work to alleviate poverty and also invited them to see the work that the organisation is doing. India Foundation, which RERA is helpless in 2 city projects G SAGAR PILLAI Mumbai More than 1.06 lakh directors will be disqualified for their association with shell companies, according to the government, as it steps up the fight against black money The latest move . comes close on the heels of the corporate affairs ministry cancelling the registration of 2.09 lakh companies that have not been carrying out business activities for a long period. Besides, banks have been asked to restrict operations of these companies' bank accounts by their directors or their authorised representatives. Modi, Abe have a mosque date today G ON ARROGANCE: Somewhere around 2012, and I can say this, a certain arrogance crept into Congress. And they stopped having that conversation (with the nation). -Rahul G AGENCIES New Delhi STRATEGIC FORAY Maratha quota panel Our own PM, our President and V-P are not dynasts. - Smriti 50 envoys attend RSS chief ‘shakha’ are slated to visit Sabarmati ashram in the evening. They would also be paying a visit to the 6th century Sidi Saiyed mosque known for its iconic window filigree work synonymous with Ahmedabad. They would end the day with a dinner and a closed door meeting at a heritage hotel located cheek by jowl with this mosque. Established to protect the rights of property buyers and maintain transparency in the real estate sector, the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) failed to take action against a city developer who has allegedly duped hundreds of buyers. The buyers have complained that the developer collected booking amounts but failed to even start the project work in the past four years. They have booked their flats in two of the Jaycee Home projects — the Mira Road and the Kanjurmarg projects -- which has not been even registered so far. RERA refused to help the buyers stating that the project has not been registered on their website because of which they cannot initiate action against the developer. Under the RERA Act, developers across the state were supposed to register their projects with RERA before July 31. Some buyers have invested in the project since 2012; however, they did not receive a refund when they found out that the project is not registered. According to buyers of the Mira Road project, the developer promised them that the project will be completed in the next 2 years. Contd. on Page 4 Lodha relents on booking amount G STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Setting an example by taking action against a well-known developer, the Real Estate Regulatory Authority on Tuesday directed Lodha developers to return the booking amount of a property buyer. Roshan Navale had made a payment of Rs 1.8 lakh as booking amount for one of Lodha’s project called ‘Ultima’. The complainant booked a 2-bedroom-hall-kitchen flat in Wing 28 of the project, but later changed his mind about buying the flat. Navale approached Lodha and asked him to refund the booking amount which the latter refused. After several rejections, Navale decided to register his complaint with the RERA. In its final judgement, the developer agreed to return the booking amount. RSS does not control the BJP, nor is it controlled by the party. had organised the interface, hosts a monthly series by the name ‘Breakfast Briefings,’ wherein policy leaders, officials and experts brief diplomats and senior staffers of foreign missions on India’s position on contemporary issues over breakfast. In the past, eminent personalities like Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Foreign Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar, Advisor to Defence Minister, G. Satheesh Reddy Revenue , Secretary Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India, Dr. Arvind Subramanian, have addressed the briefings. "There were many questions about the usual misconceptions about the RSS. Do they control the party and the government? The sarsanghchalak explained to them how it is not a political but a social organisation,’’ said an invitee who attended the meeting. Rohingyas: India gives it back in UN G AGENCIES Geneva India on Tuesday strongly rejected the criticism by the UN human rights chief over its handling of Rohingya Muslim refugees, human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir and observations relating to the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, saying it was “perplexed” at the remarks. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in his comments at the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday , had criticised India on the issue of deportation of Rohingyas as well as on religious intolerance and threat to rights activists. In a strong reaction, India said it was surprised that individual incidents are being “extrapolated” to suggest a broader societal situation. “We are perplexed at some of the observations made by the High Commissioner in his oral update. There appears to be inadequate appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and practised daily in a vibrant democracy that has been built under challenging conditions,” Ambassador Rajiv K Chander said.