`3 THE SERIES IS NOT JUST ABOUT MY DUEL WITH AB: KOHLI Pg 11 Fast News AFP weekend www.freepressjournal.in FOR THAT SECOND GLANCE What, when, and how to wear your best outfit to bid farewell to this year, lists PRITHA BANERJEE VOL. 29 NO. 47| MUMBAI, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL SUNDAY | DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 12+8=20 PAGES Reg. No. MCS/048/2015-17; RNI No. 46955/1988 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Inner Forgiveness is therapeutic. If you do not Forgive you cannot be Internally Healed. Forgiving heals the Soul. — Master Choa Kok Sui ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS Palestine recalls Pak envoy OF 324 EATERIES SMASHED After India issues demarche on his presence in Saeed's rally G AGENCIES US considering withholding USD 255 mn aid to Pak: NYT New Delhi IN ITS DRIVE against illegal structures, BMC demolished 314 places out of 624, in different wards of Mumbai, 7 hotels sealed, over 417 gas cylinders seized G FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai A girl rides a bicycle during sunset in Joypur village, on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of Tripura. JUDGE HEARING 2002 NARODA GAM RIOTS CASE RETIRES AHMEDABAD: Special SIT court judge P B Desai, who was hearing the 2002 Naroda Gam riots case, retired on Saturday. He had heard depositions of over 300 witnesses, and for the last three months he was hearing final arguments by the special investigation team lawyer which were about to end. Final arguments by the defence and victims' lawyers are yet to start. His retirement won't necessitate fresh examination of witnesses before a new judge, but the final arguments will have to be heard afresh, a prosecution lawyer said. Desai is the third judge to hear this post-Godhra riots case, related to the killing of 11 Muslims in the Naroda Gam area near here during the 2002 Gujarat riots. The riots took place on February 28, 2002, a day after the Godhra train burning incident. 51 GIRLS RESCUED FROM MADARSA IN UP LUCKNOW: As many as 51 girls were rescued after a raid was conducted on a madarsa in the old city area after complaints of sexual harassment of the inmates by the institute's manager, police said. A senior police official said madrasa manager Mohammad Taiyab Zia was arrested. "The manager was arrested and 51 girls being held hostage in the institution in the old city area were rescued following the raid," they said. SPOT A BEGGAR IN HYD, GET REWARD OF RS 500 HYDERABAD: With an aim to make Hyderabad beggar-free, Telangana Prisons Department has announced a reward of Rs. 500 to anyone who spots beggars in the city and informs it to the officials. Addressing the media, VK Singh, DG, Telangana Prisons Department said that if anybody spots a beggar on the street and give information about him to the authorities then he would get a reward of Rs 500 on the next day itself. MUSCAT—MUMBAI FLIGHT CONFUSION NEW DELHI: In a bizarre incident, a passenger who bought tickets from Air India (AI) for Muscat, boarded a Mumbaibound AI flight instead and almost missed his Muscat flight due to a huge confusion between AI officials. As per airline sources, he had purchased an AI ticket from Delhi to Muscat. He proceeded to the gates to catch his flight. But the boarding card scanner was out of order and the AI officials had to do the manual checking of boarding passes of all the passengers. After boarding the flight, and hearing the announcement in the plane, that he was on the Mumbai flight, he alerted the crew members. The flight was about to take off when it was called back by AI officials. The passenger then boarded the Muscatbound flight, after alighting from the Mumbai flight. On a day when the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation came under immense flak for firstly even allowing the restaurants and bars to get away with flouting of fire and safety norms, the civic body launched into a first of its kind drive. On Saturday morning, a day after 14 died in the pub and restaurant blaze, a civic team swooped into action demolishing illegal constructions of 314 hotels, restaurants, pubs, eateries and other places where people are likely to converge for New Year’s Eve parties. In a long time, citizens of Mumbai have not seen this FIRE aftermath squad in action with hammers and crowbars to raze illegal structures of elite bars and restaurants, though most believe it has been an eyewash as illegal changes inside most premises remain intact. The initial action was seen at Kamala Mills Compound and the adjacent Raghuvanshi Mills and Phoenix Mills complexes, and spread to Colaba, Kala Ghoda, and then to the suburbs. According to a BMC official, the mega-demolition drive covered around 200 locations across Mumbai, but 3 FIRs against owners of Mojo Bistro, 1Above, Kamala Mills G STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Three fresh First Informa-tion Reports (FIR) have been registered on Saturday against owners of 1 Above, Mojo Bistro and P22 for illegal extensions under Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act(MRTP) on the complaint of Brihanmum-bai Municipal Corporation (BMC) against the three restaurants for illegal construction, irregularities and violations under the Act. The police have registered was largely concentrated in the Lower Parel-Mahalaxmi areas. The drive was also conducted in all 24 wards across the city in which the highest number of 69 illegal constructions, were demolished in L-Kurla ward. The demolition squads targeted illegal extensions to premises, decorative arches and metal grills inside or outside, doubletriple or revolving doors, raised entrances/exits, ornamental fixtures and fittings, massive flower pots or plants, unauthorized temporary roofs, walls, partitions, any external internal obstacles to free movements, which could prove to be a safety hazard in case of any CONTD. ON P6 three separate FIRs for illegal construction at 1Above, Mojo Bistro and P22, a food joint at Raghuvanshi mills. Abhijeet Mankar, Hitesh Sanghvi and Jigar Sanghvi, owners of 1Above, Yug Pathak and Duke Tulip, owner of Mojo Bistro and Ramesh Govani, owner of Kamala Mills have been booked. The owner of Mojo has been booked for unauthorised constructions of shed of 13 to 15 metres and 10 metres height. The owner of 1Above has been booked for two ille- gal rooms of asbestos sheets, 30 metres in length and 5 metres in height. At P22, there was violation of removal of plywood partition and illegal brick masonry work of 7000 square feet. According to Ahmed Pathan, Senior Police Inspector, NM Joshi Marg police station, "Three FIRs have been registered on Saturday A Look Out Notice . (LOC) will be issued against the accused." On Friday the police had , issued a LOC against Sanghvi brothers. Ex-SIMI member held at airport MUMBAI: Anti-Terrorism Squad of Maharashtra on Saturday apprehended a former Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) member from the international airport here. ATS officials said that Sarjeel Sheikh (34) was caught based on a tip-off that some absconding former members of the SIMI were visiting India regularly . Sheikh was an absconding accused in a case registered at Kurla police station relating to assault on a public servant as well as unlawful assembly officials informed. , He has been handed over to Kurla police for further legal action, said officials. India on Saturday issued a strong demarche to Palestine on the issue of presence of its ambassador to Pakistan at an event of JuD chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, terming it as "unacceptable". India's Secretary (economic relations) Vijay Gokhale in the external affairs ministry called Palestinian ambassador here Adnan Abu Al Haija to the South Block after which the ministry said, "the concerns were conveyed both in New Delhi to the Palestinian Ambassador and in Ramallah to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, State of Palestine." "Government of India has strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that the Palestinian Ambassador in Pakistan's association with terrorist Saeed, who is proscribed by the United Nations, at an event in Rawalpindi on 29.12.2017, is unacceptable," the ministry said in a release. It said the Palestinian side has conveyed "deep regrets" over the incident and assured India that they are taking serious cognisance of their ambassador's presence at this event. "They have said they will deal with this matter appropriately It was also conveyed that . Palestine highly values its relationship with India and stands with us in the war against terrorism, and will not engage with those who commit acts of terror against India," it said. The government takes note of CONTD. ON P6 G AGENCIES / Mumbai The censor board has decided to give Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" a UA certificate without any cuts but has suggested that the director change the film's title to "Padmavat" besides making four other modifications. There were reports doing the rounds that the board had suggested 26 cuts to the film, but in a statement, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairman Prasoon Joshi clarified that they have only advised five modifica- AFP tions, including the title change, but "no cuts". The board has also suggested modifications in disclaimers, pertinently adding one regarding not glorifying the practice of "Sati" and also relevant changes in the song 'Ghoomar' to befit the character portrayed, he said. Joshi STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Two policemen were beaten by a group of men for having touched a girl inappropriately while trying to stop a Christmas party on December 25 at 5 am at Kalina in Santa Cruz (East) as per claims of the family members. The family members and friends who attended the house party claimed they beat the policeman as he touched a girl named Reema Pawar in an inappropriate manner, in a bid to snatch a laptop from her hands to switch off the music. Emma Mathews, an eyewitness who was present at the party informed the The Free Press Journal that the attendees beat constable Afzal Khan because he misbehaved with their friend. Mathews said, “We were partying at a friend’s house and there was loud music playing till 5 am. Suddenly two policemen , came and told us to switch off the music. We agreed to do so but then one policeman tried to snatch away the laptop from our friend Reema’s hands and deliberately touched her on her chest.” Due to this behaviour of the police, Pawar was scared and questioned Khan saying, “Where did you touch me and why?” And then the attendees had a fight with the cops where Rohit Pawar, another friend hit Khan. The policemen went away as the fight spiralled out of control. Also, other policeman started taking a video of the people partying even after they agreed to stop the celebration. Mathews said police had no right to touch any girl inappropriately “Policemen do . not have any right to touch a girl inappropriately Do they . not have female constables? And we had agreed to shut the party then why did the cops take a video or snatch the laptop? Our friend was molested which led to the physical fight. We are all scared now as the police wants to arrest our friends who started the physical fight,” Mathews added. The family friends went to Vakola police station to file an FIR but were not allowed to do so. The members have now filed an online FIR as the police are on the lookout for those involved and the boys have gone into hiding. added that the producers and the director of the film are "completely in agreement" with the proposed modifications. The board had a meeting of their examining committee on December 28 and decided to give the film a "UA certification along with some modifications and likely change of the film's title on the basis the attributed material/creative source". Bhansali, who appeared before a parliamentary panel, had said his lavishly-mounted Rs 150 crore period drama, CONTD. ON P6 ‘Displeased’ Gujarat Dy CM yet to take charge of portfolios G G The Trump administration is strongly considering withholding USD 255 million in aid to Pakistan, reflecting dissatisfaction with Islamabad's inaction against terror networks and due to Pakistan's inability to destroy terror safe havens, a media report said. The Trump administration's internal debate over whether to deny Pakistan the money is a test of whether Trump will deliver on his threat to punish Islamabad for failing to cooperate on counterterrorism operations, the New York Times reported. ‘Padmavati’ is now ‘Padmavat’, CBFC suggests modifications Bye-Bye 2017 Cop beaten for ‘inappropriately’ touching a girl New York RK MISRA Gandhinagar Legendary tennis player Roger Federer ended another magical year in his career with a win at Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. Kargil braveheart’s widow dies as hospital insists on Aadhaar card G AGENCIES Chandigarh Widow of a Kargil braveheart died at a private hospital in Haryana's Sonipat after the medical staff allegedly refused to admit her for not carrying her Aadhaar card, forcing the state government to order an inquiry into the matter on Saturday Talking . to media at Ambala, Health Minister Anil Vij said a team of health department has been sent to Sonipat to collect the details of the incident. "Shakuntala Devi (55), widow of Kargil war martyr Havaldar Laxman Dass, died on Thursday for want of medical care at a private hospital as it insisted on having the patient's Aadhaar card," her son Pawan Kumar Balyan said over the phone. Balyan, a resident of Mahlana village in Sonipat, said his mother was suffering from a heart problem. "I took her to the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) Hospital in Sonipat and got the referral slip for Tulip Hospital on Thursday ," he said. "At the hospital counter, authorities asked me to give the Aadhaar card of my ailing mother so that she could be admitted for treatment. I told them that I have forgotten it and will get it soon from my home, and requested them to start treatment. But they insisted on providing the Aadhaar card," Balyan said. CONTD. ON P6 The old comrade-in-arms have turned new adversaries with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel at loggerheads over distribution of the ''plums'' of office in Gujarat. With the crisis escalating, the BJP High Command has gone into damage control and a senior leader is being rushed to Gujarat to soothen ruffled feathers, more-so after Congress began fanning the flames terming it an example of injustice to the Patidar community . While the chief minister kept on playing the all-is-well tune, it was his sulking deputy who let it be known that his self-respect has not been honoured and abstained from attending office after the first Cabinet meeting on Thursday night where the allocation of portfolios was announced. The deputy chief minister has cause to be upset since the allocation of new portfolios saw his charges drastically reduced. He was left with Roads and Buildings, health and Kalpasar project with the key finance, energy and petrochemicals going to Saurabh Patel who returns to Cabinet after being dropped from Rupani's previous ministry He also lost the . important charge of Urban Development. Nitin Patel was at pains to say that it was not merely about departments but more about his self-respect. The issue of reduction of the portfolios of the deputy chief minister found echoes both within the party and outside as it transformed into a case of yet another injustice to the Patidars by the BJP No sooner did . Hardik Patel, convenor of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) classify it as such and urge Nitin Patel to switch sides to the Congress along with 10 legislators, that Patidar leaders with the BJP also jumped into the tug of CONTD. ON P6 WORLD’S FIRST ROBOT CITIZEN Humanoid Robot ‘Sophia’ gives rise to query if they can replace humans Nearly 3 cr cases pending in courts G G STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Robots cannot replace humans was witnessed as the first Humanoid Robot Sophia went off suddenly while interacting with attendees at Techfest of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay The pro. gramming of the robot stopped midway due to internet issues during a interactive session on Satur- day but the connection was rectified immediately . While interacting with over 3,015 students, Sophia dressed in a traditional Indian saree, suddenly went off in the middle of the question and answer round. This disappointed the attendees who then claimed that a machine will not be able to replace humans anytime soon and has a long way to go towards behaving like humans. Sophia is the first robot programmed on Artificial Intelligence (AI) who can express human emotions. Sophia said, "Robots are not meant to replace humans but should be created and used for the benefit of humanity There is a long . way to go for robots to reach where humans are. Robots are meant to help so they should not be considered a threat to mankind." Focusing on the impor- tance of science and technology, Sophia encouraged students to focus on creating something unique. Sophia said, "AI can help me recognise human faces, make physical contact and understand human speech. AI is the new way forward as it can transform the face of science and technology . The field of robotics requires research and innovation." CONTD. ON P6 FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Almost 3 crore cases were pending in various higher and lower courts in India at the end of 2017 even while Minister of State for Law P P Chaudhary claims "the Central Government is fully committed to speedy disposal of cases in accordance with Article 21 of the Constitution." He gave out statistics of this justice delayed and hence justice denied, based on the web portal of the National Judicial Data Grid, showing that not less than 2.5% population of the country is a victim of the inordinate delay in dispensing justice. The grid developed as eCourts drive in mission mode provides updated information of civil and criminal cases as also pending cases in the computerised dis- trict and subordinate courts in the country One reason . for the pile-up of pending cases is that almost 40% posts of the judges are lying vacant in High Courts while vacancies not filled up in the district and subordinate courts are 26.38%. Even the SC is no exception where only 25 judges are functioning as against the sanctioned strength of 31. Nine posts of CJs of the HC are also lying vacant.