SINCE 1928 INDIA ENTERS QUARTERS IN ASIA TEAM BADMINTON C’SHIP DESPITE LOSS Pg 26 REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 Fast News JOSEPH ELEVATION: CENTRE NOT KEEN NEW DELHI: The Centre is not inclined to clear the elevation of Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph a Supreme Court as judge, sources told NDTV, in what appears to be a new showdown between the government and the Supreme Court. A committee of the country's five senior-most judges headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had made a strong recommendation to appoint Justice Joseph, who set aside President's rule in the hill state in 2016, as a Supreme Court judge. On January 10, the committee, formally called the collegium, had described Justice Joseph as "more deserving and suitable in all respects than other Chief Justices" and senior judges of High Courts for being appointed as Judges of the Supreme Court of India. But government sources said this recommendation goes against the principle of seniority. Justice KM Joseph is 45 in the All India seniority of judges and at number 12 in the list of Chief Justices of the High Court. GOOGLE FINED 136CR FOR ITS SEARCH BIAS NEW DELHI: India's antitrust watchdog – the Competition Commission – has slapped Rs.136 crore fine on Google for "search bias", in the latest regulatory setback for the world's most popular internet search engine. The thrust of the allegation was that Google is indulging in abuse of its dominant position in the market for online search by taking recourse to practices that lead to search bias and search manipulation, among others. Globally, this is one of the rare cases where Google has been penalised for unfair business practices. SPICEJET FLIGHT HAS TWO TYRE BURSTS CHENNAI: The 199 passengers of a Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight had a narrow escape on Thursday as their plane suffered two tyre bursts -- one while taking off and then another one while making an emergency landing here. As the aircraft landed after the tyre burst, a small portion of the runway was also damaged. The passengers disembarked, the plane was de-fuelled and after replacement of a part, the aircraft was moved to the bay. BIKER’S NECK IS SLIT IN BARRICADE, DIES NEW DELHI: A 21-year-old youth’s throat was slit and he died on the spot, when he sped on a motorcycle, through a thick wire between two police barricades on the road, in West Delhi. Abhishek, who worked for a private taxi service, was on his way back from a wedding, at about 1 am on Wednesday night, when the accident happened. Four police constables have been suspended and a First Investigation Report has been filed, for causing death by negligence, said the Deputy Commissioner of Police, NorthWest.Abhishek's family said "There were two barricades on either side of the road, which were joined by a thick wire. As there was no light on the road, he couldn't see the wire." The family alleges that there were no policemen around when the accident happened and locals tried to help him. Fifteen minutes before the incident, another man was also hit at the same place by the wire, luckily he was saved, said relatives. MALDIVES DENIES OMITTING INDIA NEW DELHI: The Maldivian Embassy here on Thursday denied that its President Abdulla Yameen had sent special envoys to "friendly" China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and not to India to explain the political crisis in his country. "This is far from truth. The first stop of the special envoy of the President was India. However, the visit was cancelled at the request of the government of India,’’ a statement said. NO SCOPE FOR REDUCTION `2 EDIT WEATHER 300C. 180C. Sunrise: 7:09 am Sunset: 6:36 pm LISA HAYDON ON JUGGLING WORK AND MOTHERHOOD Pg 22 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: VOL. 61 NO. 300 | FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 9, 2018 | 26 PAGES EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL twitter.com/fpjindia freepressjournal.in SC SAYS IT SEES AYODHYA AS A ‘PURE LAND DISPUTE’ Pg 8 By connecting our mind to HIM in soul consciousness, we are able to draw unlimited power from HIM . Brahma Kumaris Will first hear those main parties to the dispute; also says third parties cannot intervene in what is just a title suit; no day-to day hearings FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will deal with the politically sensitive Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case as a pure land dispute and refused to hear it on dayto-day basis. This essentially means the court will not be swayed by ‘religious’ or ‘majoritarian’ sentiment and merely adjudicate on what it sees as a case of disputed land occupation. It was against this preface that the Ayodhya dispute has entered its last lap. Thursday’s hearing was also disciplined, as against the last one in February which had turned into a slanging match after senior lawyers Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan and Dushyant Dave, appearing for some of the petitioners, had pressed for postponing of the hearing to after the 2019 Lok Sabha election, citing its repercussions for the country's polity . The apex court, on Thursday during the course of an , hour-long hearing, also clarified that it was first inclined to hear those who were parties to the dispute in the Allahabad High Court. It said those who have tried to wade into the matter before it and sought to implead themselves as parties will have to wait as the case before it was a "pure land dispute". The reference was possibly to a group of 32 prominent citizens, including filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who want to intervene in this case, prompting the court to wonder how they could be associated with what was essentially a "title suit". ‘‘How can third parties intervene? For now, we are neither dismissing it nor allowing it", the bench, also comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, observed. The bench also expressed its reservations about hearing the title suit on day-today basis. "Over 700 poor litigants (in other cases) are waiting for justice, we have Officer’s father tells SC to quash FIR against Army Says it will hurt the Army's morale in fighting terrorism in J&K FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi The father of Major Aditya Kumar, who has been named in an FIR lodged by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in the Shopian case, which involved firing by the Army on stone-pelters resulting in three civilian deaths, on Thursday moved the Supreme Court. (The officer's father who the petitioner is also serving in the Army). The petition seeks quashing of the case because it will hurt the Army's morale in fighting terrorism in the state. Major Aditya got embroiled in the case after the J&K police insisted on naming the officer and his unit, instead of filing a broad generic First Information Report that does not name anyone. The BJP which is , part of the ruling alliance in the state, raised strong objections. However, Chief Minis- ter Mehbooba Mufti said the action was taken after consultations with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the FIR would be taken to its logical conclusion. The Army has taken the stand that the soldiers were vastly outnumbered by the stone-throwing mob, and opened fire only after the crowd disregarded repeated warnings. According to the petitioner, "the manner in which the lodging of the FIR has been portrayed and projected by the political leadership and administrative higher-ups of the State, reflects the extremely hostile atmosphere in the Vallaey In these cir. cumstances, the petitioner is left with no other viable option but to approach the apex court under Article 32 of the Constitution for protection of Fundamental Rights of his son and himself, enshrined under Article 14 and 21." The petition further states that Major Kumar was wrongly and arbitrarily named in the FIR as the incident relates to an Army convoy on bona fide military duty in an area under AFSPA, which was isolated by an "unruly and deranged" stone-pelting mob. CONTD. ON P6 to hear them also. Devoting one-and-a-half hour every day will help in disposing of these cases," the bench said. On being informed by parties that pleadings were almost complete, the bench asked them to file within two weeks the English translations of documents, exhibits and excerpts from vernacular books, which have been used in the high court. The court was hearing a batch of cross petitions challenging 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that had divided the disputed Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi site between the Nirmohi Akhara, Lord Ram deity and the Sunni Waqf Board. Meanwhile, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which is beginning a crucial three-day plenary in Hyderabad on Friday has demand, ed contempt of court proceedings against those speaking of building a Ram temple at the site of the razed Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The suggestion has come from a Shiv Sena MP . Denial of sops not enough to veto Aadhaar AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Thursday said that issues such as denial of benefits to citizens for either want of Aadhaar or due to its nonauthentication may not be a ground for holding the law as "unconstitutional". The court made the observation while declining to pass any interim order on a plea of the West Bengal government that citizens should not be excluded and denied social benefits for want of Aadhaar or due to its non-authentication. "These kinds of problems may not be a ground for holding a statute unconstitutional," a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said. The bench asked senior advocate Kapil Sibal to continue advancing his arguments on the aspect of exclusion of citizens and made it clear that it would not pass any interim order. CONTD. ON P6 Metro yard eats into Juhu mangroves AKASH SAKARIA Mumbai Environmentalists have alleged that Metro authorities in the last two weeks have destroyed mangroves at JuhuKoliwada, which is at the southern end of Juhu beach. And all this mindless destruction for building a casting yard for the Metro-2B (DN Nagar-Mandale) line. This is being cited as yet another instance of the green cover being shorn for a development project. There was earlier a long drawn protest over the cutting of trees in Aarey to , make way for a car shed for the Metro-3 (Colaba-BandraSeepz) corridor. Zoru Bhatena, an activist who visited the site on Thursday told the Free Press , Journal that nearly 10 acres (four hectares) of Juhu beach area has allegedly been destroyed by either cutting down or burning mangroves for the proposed yard. “Building a casting yard close to the sea itself is a senseless act. They will have to cement the entire area to make the yard and by the time the Metro is ready peo, ple will forget that there was a beach area which was gobbled up by the Metro authorities. It is also a no-development zone,” said Zoru, adding, “I will also file a Right to Information (RTI) application to derive additional information.” A casting yard is a confined place where all the concrete structures required for the metro project are assembled. In November 2017, the planning authority had appointed Simplex Infrastructures to construct 11 elevated stations for the 23.5 km-long Metro corridor. The total cost of constructing this corridor is put at Rs 1080 crore. The contractor for Metro-2B is building a casting yard at the site currently officials , confirmed. Officials from the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) refuted the charges and CONTD. ON P6 PIC: BL SONI Why Mantralaya is a ‘SUICIDE POINT’ Convict on parole jumps to his death FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai The Mantralaya seems to be becoming a favourite hunting spot of those wishing to end their lives and draw attention to their last minute machinations. On Wednesday a youth , had tried to commit suicide by dousing his body in kerosene and setting it aflame; a day later, Harshal Suresh Rawate (46), a resident of Chembur, has jumped from the fifth floor of the building – the administrative seat of the state government. Harshal was serving a jail sentence on the charge of murdering his sister-in-law and was currently out on furlough. Today was his last day of parole. A note was found in Harshal’s pocket, which brings out his angst. His wife had left him in 2003 after the killing. His family too, had dis, tanced itself. CONTD. ON P6 Lax security and easy access to be blamed FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai Mantralaya, the seat of the State government, has become a suicide point. There have been no less than six registered cases of attempt to suicide. These include the distressing case of Dharma Patil, a farmer from Vikaran in Dhule, who died after consuming poison; the other five were thwarted by police alertness. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police Manoj Sharma, easy access to Mantralaya and lax security at entry point could be contributory factors. At present, there are three entrance points, including the main, the garden and the mirror gate. Commoners are allowed entry from the main and the garden gates while government employees and politicians are allowed entry from all the three. Officials of the Home Department said that they had made a few suggestions for making entry passes mandatory “During rede. Rafale ‘details’ will ‘play with security’ OUR BUREAU New Delhi Countering the Opposition's attack on Prime Minister Modi's silence over the purchase of the Rafale fighter planes from France, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the Lok Sabha on Thursday that the national security will be compromised if details of the deal are revealed. He said if the price details of the Rafale deal are disclosed, it would be like playing into the hands of the enemy who would know about the weaponry that has gone into the fighter aircraft. While the aircraft price is in public domain, the price goes up because of the sophisticated weaponry installed in it, a defence ministry official explained. Denying any kind of underhand dealing in the purchase of 36 aircraft, Jaitley said the Congress-led UPA's new strategy is to manufacture corruption charges. There was a huge ruckus in the House in the afternoon following Jaitley’s statement, leading to adjournment of the Lok Sabha for the day He defended the gov. ernment, pointing out that even the UPA government never revealed the nitty-gritty of defence deals. He cited how Pranab Mukherjee refused to divulge details of weapons purchased from the US and AK Anthony refused to provide any details of the weapons purchased from Israel. Secrecy is an inherent part of any deal, he said. CONTD. ON P6 Oblique reference to Surpanakha no laughing matter GENDER BIAS FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury has not taken kindly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi making fun of her in the House by mockingly referring to a character in the TV serial Ramayana -- possibly Surpanakha. It all started with Renuka breaking into unstoppable laughter in the House after PM Modi, in his speech, said the idea for Aadhaar was first suggested by the then home minister and BJP leader LK Advani in 1998. When Venkaiah Naidu, chairman of the Rajya Sabha, chided Renuka for her unbecoming conduct, the Prime Minister said in zest: "Sabhapati ji meri aapse vinati hai Renuka ji ko kuch mat kahiye. Ramayan serial ke baad aisi hansi sunne ka saubhagya aaj jaake mili hai" (Please do not scold Renuka Mr ji, Chairman. After Ramayana serial this is the first time I've had the privilege to hear such laughter). That might have been the end of the matter but MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju muddied waters by sharing a video of mythological character Surpanakha laughing - enough to send the social media into peals of laughter. But Renuka is not amused and she will file a privilege motion against Rjiju; the video has since been deleted on the minister’s Facebook account. Renuka also tried turning it into a gender issue and a Congress women members' delegation met Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu over the Prime Minister's jibe and demanded that he should tender an apology "I have also decided to . move a privilege notice against Prime Minister on this issue. I will speak to my party and then decide how to move forward. I am a mother of two daughters and a wife. The Prime Minister has denigrated the status of all women." Hitting out at the PM outside Parliament, Chowdhury said, “My party is with me. I will continue to laugh as there is no GST on laughter” Surpanakha is one of the most important characters in the epic. Indeed, there is a view that if there had been no Surpanakha, there would have been no Ramayana. She had set in motion a chain of events leading to the destruction of Ravana. velopment of the main building, an entry plaza with a barcode as an entrance pass for visitors was proposed. The old building was damaged in the June 21, 2012, blaze,” an official from home department recalled. He stated that the Home department had issued a few guidelines for issuing entry passes only to departments which the visitors needed to visit. These departments were to be specified in the pass. It was with this in mind that the officials wanted to have a compulsory barcode. “So, it was decided to keep a barcode scanner at entry doors of each department. Without scanning the pass, nobody could have access to all offices. However, this idea was scrapped and people can now easily access any office without a strict examination of his belongings, he added. Also, visitors are allowed on production of a photo identity card based on which they are given a pass. CONTD. ON P6 Sena blocks tree cutting proposals STAFF REPORTER Mumbai The Shiv Sena on Thursday raised strong objections to 12 proposals which were tabled in the tree authority committee meeting. All proposals pertain to the Mumbai Metro for which the authority needs to fell around 3,070 trees. Sena members have also demanded a probe into all trees that have been cut till date. Yashwant Jadhav, a Sena corporator and a member of the Tree Authority accused , the BJP led state government of curtailing the powers of the tree authority by giving special powers to BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta, so that he can unilaterally take a decision on tree cutting proposals. The Sena has strongly opposed all Mumbai Metro projects which require tree cutting. It has taken the public stand that it will not allow destruction of green lungs in the name of development. The Leader of Opposition, Ravi Raja, in the BMC, has claimed that Sena's opposition to tree feeling is mere posturing. He added, "The CM has already taken up the Metro car-shed project in Aarey but Sena seems to be not taking any strong objection to that."