SINCE 1928 WEATHER 290C. 200C. Sunrise: 6.58 am Sunset: 6.01 pm `2 REG. NO. MCS/048/2015-17; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 INDIA STUNS BELGIUM TO ENTER SEMIS OF WORLD HOCKEY LEAGUE Pg 19 OLA DRIVER LONDON: An Islamist terror plot to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled by the country's security services which have arrested two men in connection with the scheme. They were plotting to kill the prime minister by using a bomb disguised as a bag to blow off the gates of Downing Street and then attack her with knives. SC ORDERS TEJPAL CASE EXPEDITED NEW DELHI: In yet another setback to Tarun Tejpal (54), former editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed a Goa court to expedite examination of the witnesses in the alleged sexual assault on a young colleague on November 7, 2013, during an event organised by the magazine in a 5-star Goa hotel. He had come in appeal against the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court refusing to stay the framing of charges by a fast track court in Mapusa, pending disposal of his petition to drop the case itself. AYODHYA LECTURES CANCELLED BY JNU NEW DELHI: The Jawaharlal Nehru University has said it had cancelled talks by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and the CPI(M)'s Prakash Karat on the Ayodhya issue to "maintain communal harmony and peace" on campus. The two leaders were to address students separately in two hostels around the same time on the 25th year of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Karat, himself an alumnus, said the university had taken a "very undemocratic step" while Swamy's official Twitter account re-tweeted a netizen's post that said, "JNU hypocrisy. Allowed terrorist Afzal Guru's death anniversary! Cancelled talk on RamMandir by Dr Swamy!" JALLIANWALA: SADIQ SAYS UK MUST REGRET AMRITSAR: London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is currently on a visit to India, paid tributes to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar on Wednesday and said it is time for the British Government to apologise for the tragedy. The mayor also visited the martyrs’ well at the historical site. Before this, Khan paid obeisance at Golden Temple and also partook langar in the community kitchen of the temple. He was also honoured by the officials of the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee. Earlier on Tuesday, Khan visited the Akshardham Temple in New Delhi. ONUS ON APEX COURT, NOW Pg 8 G NARSI BENWAL Mumbai In a major relief to home buyers across the country the Bombay , High Court on Wednesday upheld the constitutional validity of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Act. The court’s orders have come as a setback to the developer community since the RERA is , tasked with the business of regulating the incomplete projects. This ruling is likely to impact the real estate industry across India, especially in view of the directions of the Supreme Court to all other High Courts. The Apex Court had earlier this year asked the High Courts not to proceed with the litigations under RERA until the Bombay HC decides the matter. Accordingly a special bench of , Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Rajesh Ketkar was constituted to hear and decide a batch of petitions filed by developers, home buyers and other stakeholders. In their 330-page judgement, the judges have said, “We have harmoniously considered inter- pretational aspects of some of the provisions with a balanced approach, so as to advance the object and purpose of RERA. The constitutional challenge to the provisions was based on academic interpretation of law. The practical implementation of these provisions will have to be seen and observed as and when cases would be dealt with by the Authorities, Tribunals and the High Courts.” “We are conscious of the fact that actual implementation of RERA needs to be closely monitored in years to come. RERA is not a law relating to only regulatory control over the promoter but its object is to develop the real estate sector, particularly, CONTD. ON P6 PM fires Ram ‘BAAN’ but may have missed his mark SIBAL WAS IN CLEAR G FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi G R.K. MISRA Gandhinagar Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unleashed the ‘Ram baan’ in the battle of the ballot, taking a page out of the Supreme Court proceedings on the Ayodhya case to haul the Congress over coals. If it was Congress leader Mani Shanker Iyer’s turn during the prime minister last visit to be picked up for upbraiding, this time it was Sibal. Referring to Sibal’s plea before the Supreme Court seeking a hearing on the temple issue well past the 2019 parliamentary elections, Modi said, “I congratulate the Sunni Waqf Board. They have done a great job. They have taken a stand for the unity of the country .” The PM’s reference was to a statement made by one Haji Mehboob who claimed to speak for the Sunni board and distanced the body from Sibal’s request seeking to defer the case till July 2019. , Mehboob had told the national media while Sibal was the lawyer for the Board, “he is also related to a political party He also stated that .” Sibal’s statement in the apex court was wrong and that the board wanted a solution to the vexed issue at the earliest. Modi, however, was not prepared to accept the Congress party’s plea that deferring a hearing on the Ayodhya temple issue was Sibal’s personal stand and the party did not subscribe to it. “Is the Wakf Board contesting the elections? Is the election not a matter of interest for the Congress which would be a party in it?” He inferred from this that the Congress was not telling the truth in trying to distance itself from Sibal’s plea. CONTD. ON P6 Senior advocate Kapil Sibal on Wednesday blamed the media for wrongly reporting that he was the counsel of the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ram janmabhoomi case. Rather, he was representing late Hashim Ansari, the first litigant in the case. The Congress leader was at pains to clarify his position after one Haji Mehboob, who claimed to be a member of the Sunni Waqf Board, gave a handle to the BJP by claiming that senior advocate Sibal was never authorised to seek the hearing in the Ayodhya dispute put off until after the next Lok Sabha elections. Momentarily caught on the wrong foot, Sibal found himself being put in the pillory by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and other BJP leaders. The haze cleared only when the Sunni Waqf Board's advocate Shakil Ahmed told the media that Haji Mehboob, CONTD. ON P6 Parents to have a majority Dhoni to return say in PTA on school fees as CSK skipper G STAFF REPORTER G FPJ NEWS SERVICE Mumbai New Delhi Parents will now have an opportunity to raise their concerns unilaterally about fee issues in all schools of the state. A proposal has been forwarded to the state government seeking to increase the number of parents in the Parent-Teacher Association, which will be allowed to oppose a fee hike by a simple majority . Till date, PTA comprised of one parent and one teacher but now it is proposed to have two parents and one teacher from every class in all schools. Once that happens, parents will form a majority and can press for implementation of their suggestions and objections. The move is afoot as the state education department had received a large number of complaints from parents, especially regarding fees. Vinod Tawde, State Education Minister for school and higher education, said, "By including more parents we want to empower them and increase their involvement. Parents should have a say in fee issues, facilities provided by In a decision that could see the return of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the skipper of Chennai Super Kings and some of its top players, the IPL Governing Council has allowed the returning franchises -- CSK and Rajasthan Royals -- to secure the players who represented them in the 2015 edition and were part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions squads in 2017. CSK and Rajasthan were suspended for two IPL seasons after the tournament was hit by a spot-fixing controversy in 2013. They were replaced by Rising Pune Supergiants -- who had employed Dhoni as captain -and the Gujarat Lions. In the other major development, the Governing Council decided that an IPL franchise is eligible to retain five players — three before the auction and the rest by the 'Right to Match' (RTM) card during the auction. This will ensure that each team is able to create a team with its core members still present, and can then build it further on other available players. CONTD. ON P6 schools and education imparted to their kids.” In addition, Tawde has asked schools to record proceedings of PTA meetings to keep a track of decisions and discussions to avoid confusion in future. Schools can increase fees by 15 per cent in two years as per the existing rule. But now if parents are not happy with the fee hike they can approach the Fee Regulation Authority or the Divisional Fee Regulatory Committee. "If any school increases fees within the 15 per cent band but the PTA has concerns, then they can approach the FRA. And if any school breaches this 15 per cent benchmark, then parents can singlehandedly approach the concerned authorities,’’ Tawde added. CONTD. ON P6 BATTLE FOR CUSTODY In marital dispute, SC gives child to father The child's younger sibling is with the mother, who sought custody of both the children. G FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave custody of a 5-year child to his father in a marital dispute going on between his parents since 2014, four years after the marriage. The husband and wife were quarrelling over the child's custody in courts in the United States and India, securing orders against each other from different forums. The child's younger sibling is already with the mother, who was fighting to have both with her. The Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Amitava, however, set aside the Delhi High Court's judgment in April 2016 ordering the father to hand over custody of the child, Aadvik, to the mother, holding that "The child, till he attains majority, ought to continue in the custody, charge and care of the appellant (father). The Court stayed the High Court ruling and allowed the child to stay with the father, but it decided to CONTD. ON P6 Energy of Supreme Soul empowers the soul to perform actions that bring happiness in one’s life and also in our surroundings. TAHIR RAJ BHASIN ON CAREER DISAPPOINTMENTS Pg 16 HC UPHOLDS RERA ACTIVATES LOCK, HARASSES LADY PLOT TO MURDER BRITISH PM FOILED EDIT Good news for home buyers but no respite to developers Fast News BENGALURU: A woman was allegedly molested by an Ola driver while proceeding to her residence. As per her complaint, the driver misbehaved with her and held her "hostage" for some time by activating the child lock during the ride on Sunday night. He kept groping her and was forced to unlock the car when she twisted his arm and banged on the windows and screamed. The woman says there were no cars on the road; she had to run at least a few hundred meters until she could get an auto-rickshaw. The driver allegedly kept calling her until she blocked his number. According to the complaint, the driver warned her that she would face dire consequences if the matter was reported to the police or the Ola Cabs management. The driver has been suspended. Ola said in a statement that it had zero tolerance to such incidents. The woman alleges that the company never informed her about the action it took against the driver. "I reported the incident to Ola on Sunday night itself but even on Monday, when the police asked, they had not taken any action. Even now they haven't told me what action has been taken," she complained. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: VOL. 61 NO. 246 | THURSDAY | DECEMBER 7, 2017 | 20 PAGES EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Trump’s Jerusalem move to open festering wounds G LALIT K JHA Washington President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and start the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city a move that upturns long-held , American principles which many Arab leaders warned could trigger more violence in the Middle East. Jerusalem is a city caught in a perpetual conflict that is rooted in history West Jerusalem is the seat . of Israel’s government, but the Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, and most of the world considers it occupied territory . Jerusalem’s Old City has the third-holiest mosque in Islam and the holiest site in Judaism, making the city’s status a sensitive issue for CONTD. ON P6 — Brahma Kumaris BJP winning Guj but miles short of 150? G FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi The results of three opinion polls in Gujarat are out: though the Congress is seen to be improving on its past performance, the BJP is poised to secure a majority However, the rul. ing party will fall way short of party president’s 150-seat target. The aggregate of the three polls shows the BJP getting 105-106 of the state's 182 seats; this is well past the threshold of 92 that the party needs to cross to form a government for the fifth consecutive time. The aggregate shows the Congress destined to sit on the opposition benches again with 73-74 seats. The India TV opinion poll predicts that the BJP will get between 106 and 116 seats, the upper end of which range will mean the party equalling its tally last time. The Times Now survey shows the BJP getting 111 seats while the ABP-CSDS opinion poll predicts the lowest tally for Gujarat's ruling party at between 91 and 99 seats. All the three polls show the Congress bettering its dismal record, with India TV predicting that the party will win between 63 and 73 seats, Times Now giving it 68 seats and the ABPCSDS poll showing a close tussle, showing the Congress getting 78-86 seats. B’deshis held with Aadhaar G STAFF REPORTER Mumbai The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad has arrested 11 suspected Bangladeshi nationals who were living illegally in Nallasopara. They had allegedly procured Aadhar and PAN cards after furnishing fake documents with the help of local agents. The arrests came on Tuesday following a tip off. Under the supervision of senior officers, a trap was laid and the suspects walked into it.