SINCE 1928 TRUMP IMPOSES IMPORT DUTIES ON STEEL, ALUMINIUM Pg 25 `2 KARNATAKA STATE FLAG ISSUE TICKLISH REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 EDIT WEATHER 330C. 190C. INDIA’S ANJUM WINS SILVER AT ISSF WORLD CUP Pg 28 Sunrise: 06:54 am Sunset: 06:43 pm THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 61 No. 324 | SATURDAY | MARCH 10, 2018 | 28 Pages EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia I am the path, the goal and the seeker. If a flower does not remind you of the eternal truth, then it has not served its purpose. RIGHT TO DIE WITH DIGNITY IS NOW A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OUR BUREAU New Delhi After years of comparing euthanasia with suicide and homicide, the five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Friday delivered a landmark judgment, declaring the right to die with dignity as a fundamental right. It reverses a 1994 judgment by another 5-judge bench declaring euthanasia as "unlawful" and stressing that that the right to life did not include the right to die. The Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has now upheld a "living will" for passive euthanasia, holding that the fundamental right to a meaningful existence included a person's choice to die without suffering. Recognising "living will" or a person's right to choose death over life support in case of suffering from terminal and irreversible illness, the Court allowed passive euthanasia with strict guidelines. Such a will has to be executed with explicit instructions in advance of the medical treatment when they become terminally ill and no longer able to express informed consent. Passive euthanasia is entirely different from active euthanasia in which death is brought about by an act like killing a person by giving an overdose of sleeping pills or pain killers. In passive euthanasia, death is brought by omission, by not carrying out any medical intervention CONTD. ON P6 Fast News PATANGRAO KADAM PASSES AWAY MUMBAI: Senior Congress leader Patangrao Kadam after days of struggle with his illness, finally succumbed on Friday Lilavati Hospital at where he was undergoing treatment since last month. The 72-year-old politician was admitted in the hospital for renal condition. His condition has remained poor for last three months. He was getting treated under Dr MB Agarwal, a blood-cancer specialist, and that his condition was critical. “On Monday, the former Forest Minister was shifted on ventilator support due to kidney dysfunction,” said Dr Ravishankar, CEO. Ravishankar, executive officer of the hospital confirmed that he died at 9.50pm Friday. on — Staff Reporter 3 KILLED IN MAHA FACTORY BLASTS PALGHAR: Three persons have died, and 15 others were injured in a powerful blast that was followed by a blaze in a chemical factory at an industrial estate, barely 12 km from the country’s biggest nuclear project, the Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS), officials said on Friday. The explosion reportedly took place in the Novaphene Specialities Pvt Ltd (NSPL), a chemical company, around 11.15 p.m. on Thursday, in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corp (MIDC), Palghar Police Control official Pramod Pawar said. KOHLI IS UBER’S BRAND AMBASSADOR NEW DELHI: India cricket captain Virat Kohli became the brand ambassador of cab operator Uber here on Friday. “As a cricketer, I travel a lot and I have personally enjoyed the seamless experience of booking an Uber. It’s great to see how the company is using technology to revolutionize the way people move around cities and is empowering millions by creating economic opportunities,” Kohli said in a statement. “I am very excited to join hands with a company that is so committed to people and cities they operate in,” he added. Pg 8 ‘EUTHANASIA’: KEY POINTS SC has recognised an individual’s right to die with dignity. The landmark judgment arrived on a PIL filed by NGO ‘Common Cause’ in 2005. In its judgment, the SC adopted the advance directive of the person for permission after a lengthy discussion on how it is followed in many countries as an abundant precaution that the verdict is not misused in any manner. WHAT IS A LIVING WILL: Patients can authorise withdrawal of life-support system if they are suffering from terminal and irreversible illness. 2011: SC, on a separate plea on behalf of Aruna Shanbaug, had allowed passive euthanasia for the nurse lying in vegetative state at a hospital in Mumbai. HOW CAN IT BE DONE: By giving explicit instructions in advance. WHO WILL EXECUTE THE WILL: Authorised relative or friend, subject to SC guidelines which will be operative till a law is put in place. SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI'S "Guzaarish", which focused on euthanasia, had sparked a hue and cry when the movie released in 2010. CONDITIONALITY: A statutory medical board must say that a disease is incurable. CAN A LIVING WILL BE CONTESTED: Yes, any family member or friend can move the High Court, which will ask a medical board to examine wherever passive euthanasia is needed. “When the rainbow of life becomes colourless… life becomes still and frozen... sanctity of life is destroyed. Should we not allow them to cross the door and meet death with dignity? For some, even their death could be a moment of celebration.” — SC BENCH Not satisfied, say couple who sought active euthanasia AKASH SAKARIA Mumbai For Narayan and Iravati Lavate, justice, and death, both have been denied. The Mumbai-based Lavate couple, who had previously approached the President of India seeking permission for active euthanasia or assisted suicide, are not happy with the Supreme Court judgment allowing passive euthanasia. They suggest that the government should come up with a policy for people Mamata discusses formation of anti-BJP front with Praful Patel After KCR, Pawar’s call for Oppn meet FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi At a time there is a tearing hurry among Opposition stalwarts to assume the ‘leadership’ of a broad antiBJP front, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar can’t be trusted to silently watch the proceedings from the sidelines. Throwing his hat in the ring and trying to upstage KCR who is engaged in a similar overreach, Pawar on Friday called a meeting of the opposition parties in the Capital on March 27 and 28. He even rushed lieutenant Praful Patel to Kolkata to invite TMC leader Mamata Banerjee for the meeting. Mamata, who likes to play along with Pawar, has confirmed her participation in the meeting. Immediately after the meeting, Mamata said that the Modi government has unleashed a “super emergency” on the country and she would do everything in her power to unite all the anti-BJP forces to defeat the saffron party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Regarding his talks with Mamata, Praful Patel said, “A beginning has to be made. She (Banerjee) was very happy She said the . leadership should not be discussed, the idea is to provide a formidable alternative to the government at above the age of 75 to be given the right to euthanasia. “We are not fully satisfied with the SC judgment. We are of the opinion that people above 75 years of age should be given the right to euthanasia. The details can be verified from doctors or police. Such a policy should be implemented,” said Narayan Lavate, 88. The Supreme Court, on Friday gave , legal sanction to passive euthanasia, stating that humans have the right to die CONTD. ON P6 SC norms for executing the death wish OUR BUREAU New Delhi The Apex Court has laid down clear guidelines for advance direction for passive euthanasia, so that it is not misused in any manner. First and foremost, the last wish shall be in writing clearly stating as to when medical treatment may be withdrawn. This last wish can be executed only by an adult in sound state of mind and who is in a position to communicate and comprehend the consequences of executing such a direction. The guidelines say the ‘living will’ document much clearly indicate the circumstances in which withholding or withdrawing medical treatment can be resorted to, mentioning that the executor may revoke the instructions at any time. The document should also specify the name of the guardian or close relative, who in the event of the person becoming incapable of taking a decision, will be authorised give consent to withdrawal of medical treatment. If there are more than one valid advance directives, the latest one signed by the person will be considered as his last wish. In case a person becomes terminally ill while he is undergoing prolonged CONTD. ON P6 Over 20,000 farmers protest reaches Thane THANE (MAHARASHTRA): The Protest led by more than 20,000 farmers of All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS), demanding a complete waiver of loans, arrived in Thane on Friday. Currently, the protest has reached Shahapur in Thane district, which is around 73 km away from Mumbai. The farmers, who are covering a stretch of 30 km every day, aims at gheraoing Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha in Mumbai on March 12. The 180-km-long march commenced on March 5 from the CBS Chowk in Central Nashik. The farmers of the state have been demanding a complete waiver of loans and electricity bills. Last year, the Maharashtra government had announced a loan waiver of Rs 4,000 crores under the first phase of the farm loan waiver scheme. the Centre. Now, there will be a series of meetings.’’ Sharad Pawar has clearly taken a cue from Telangana Chief Minister K Chadrashekhar Rao who has recently floated the idea of an anti-BJP front which will include regional satraps. On March 3, KCR had said, “There is a serious need to bring change in national politics. Seventy years have passed since Independence and out of those 70 years, 64 years were ruled by either the BJP or the Congress. Even after 70 years, people are suffering and they don’t even have water to drink.” “It can be a third front or anything. What is required at the time is change and it will emerge at the appropriate time. Change has to happen. It is unification of the people of India and not just some political parties. And this will surely be minus the BJP and the Congress, no doubt about that,” said KCR. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is also hosting a dinner for opposition leaders in Delhi next week. Pawar also has one leg in the UPA camp but has reservations about Rahul Gandhi. By hitching his wagon to the anti-BJP front, he is merely adding to his bargaining chips vis-a-vis the Congress. Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday tore into the Modi government alleging that the country is being led by “regressive vision” and asked if India was really a “giant black hole” before May 2014 and marched to progress only after BJP came to power at the Centre. Gandhi, 71, also alleged that the country the society , , its freedom is now all under systematic and sustained threat and that there is “rewriting of history falsi, fying facts and fanning prejudice and bigotry”. In a deeply introspective speech that was followed by a question and answer session, the UPA chairperson spoke on a wide range of topics, including her children, her own shortcomings and the role of democracy in CONTD. ON P6 Kolkata Police on Friday booked Team India pacer Mohammed Shami and four others under various non-bailable and bailable sections after his wife Hasin Jahan lodged a complaint of domestic violence and infidelity against the cricketer. The case was registered the four judges accompanying him at the time of his death. The hearing remained inconclusive when Mukul Rohatgi representing the Maharashtra government was on his feet and the threejudge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra fixed further hearing on Monday . Jaising also pleaded for an independent investigation to ascertain the cause of Judge Loya's death since he was handling the Sohrabuddin fake encounter killing at the time of his death in the case in which BJP president Amit Shah was later discharged as an accused. Pointing out that four colleagues, all of them judges, had taken Loya to hospital, but they did not inform police about his death while the medico-legal protocol requires recording of their statements. "If a person dies in your custody, aren't you supposed to call and inform the police… I am not saying that he was killed but there is a legal procedure that needs to be fol- AGENCIES Kolkata OUR BUREAU New Delhi Senior advocate Indira Jaising and advocate Prashant Bhushan told the Supreme Court on Friday that there is suspicion over the sudden death of Mumbai's special CBI judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya in Nagpur on December 1, 2014 from the actions of Farm-centric State Budget Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar (on right) along with Minister of State for Finance and Planning Deepak Kesarkar at the state assembly before presenting Budget 2018-19 on Friday. FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai The annual state budget, preHighlights sented by Minister for Finance Sudhir Mungantiwar, is agroRs 432 crore centric with a thrust on susfor drip irrigation tainable irrigation. This is not surprising con- Rs 160 crore sidering that the economic for wells and farm ponds survey has predicted a negative growth in the farm sector Rs 15 crore for Agro-forestry in 2017-18. More important, the distress Rs 100 crore among the farmers is spilling for organic farming into the street. In fact, a huge morcha of farmers, which Rs 100 crore started in Nashik on March 6, for mango and cashew will converge outside the State farming Assembly Monday All this on . does not augur well for the Rs 50 crore Fadnavis government in the for Chief Minister Agricultural and Food Processing Scheme run up to 2019 election. Fearing a backlash, the gov- Rs 750 crores ernment has tried to make be- for electric connection to lated amends. That explains the 93,000 agriculture pumps determination to complete 50 irrigation projects, electrifica- Rs 3 crore for sericulture tion of agriculture pumps and development encourage organic farming. The total outlay for the irrigation sector is Rs 8233 crore; and Rs 100 crore has been earmarked for promotion of organic CONTD. ON P6 Deficit budget, but a long list of memorials FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai under non-bailable sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 376 (punishment for rape), Kolkata Police Joint CP (Crime) Praveen Tripathi said, reports PTI. The five have also been booked under bailable sections 323 (causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) among others, he said. CONTD. ON P6 At a time when statues and busts are being razed in Tripura, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, the Maharashtra government, in its wisdom, has proposed a long list of memorials. Aiming to appease a specific section of the society ahead , of the 2019 assembly polls, Sudhir Mungantiwar, the finance minister, has pledged to complete the Shivaji memorial within three years. The minister has also set aside a sum of Rs 300 crore for the same. At the same time, allocations have been made for Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial, and those which are to be built in memory of renowned literary figures like the late Mangesh Padgaonkar, dramatist Machindra Kambli and Kavivarya G D Madgulkar . The budget has also proposed the setting-up of a fund to develop a pilgrimage centre at Ganpatipule and Ramtek. During his budget speech, Mungantiwar said, the tender of the Shivaji memorial has been finalised and work order has been issued. The memorial will be 240 meters high, including the base. The government has appointed the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) as the special planning authority for the development of the proposed Ambedkar memorial. “The state government had taken over the land of Indu Mill for the proposed monument from the National Textile Corporation (NTC) in March 2017. A work order was issued on February 9, 2018, and a provision of Rs 150 crore has been made for the memorial in the 2018-19 budget,” the minister said. The state also proposes to construct a memorial for Krantiveer Lahuji Vasad Salve at Pune — a homage to his inspirational work. CONTD. ON P6 Siddiqui had hired the services of a private detective at Vashi for getting access to the CDRs. According to Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Thane crime branch), “Nawazuddin’s name had cropped up after an accused Prashant Shripad Kalekar, a private detective, was arrested in the scam. He had bought the Call Detail Records from Kalekar to spy on his first wife Aliya Anjali Siddiqui. As of now, we only have information regarding the link between Kalekar and Siddiqui.” “Nawazuddin was asked to be present along with his first CONTD. ON P6 Nawazuddin Siddiqui sought CDRs to spy on ex-wife STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui had sought Call Detail Records (CDRs) from a private detective to spy on his first wife Aliya Anjali Siddiqui. He was summoned before Thane crime branch on Friday but failed to appear. Why 4 judges didn't report Loya's death to police? LEGAL TANGLE PIC: BL SONI Rs 300 cr earmarked for Shivaji memorial Sonia attacks Shami booked after wife Modi govt lodges police complaint AGENCIES Mumbai Sri Sri Ravi Shankar lowed. Section 174 was not followed," Jaising said. Noting that the four judges were eyewitnesses to the death of Judge Loya, she said that they recorded statements three years after the death in 2017 and asserted that there were several discrepancies in the probe procedure followed by police. CONTD. ON P6 PNB incurred losses of Rs 2,808 cr due to frauds in 2016-17: Govt AGENCIES / NEW DELHI: State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) had witnessed losses to the tune of Rs 2,808 crore on account of frauds in 2016-17, almost a year before it unearthed the mega scam of Rs 12,646 crore allegedly perpetrated by billionaire diamond jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, Parliament was informed on Friday Enlisting the bank-wise details of cases of fraud . reported by public sector banks (PSBs), involving an amount of Rs 1 lakh and above for 2016-17, Jaitley in a reply to the Lok Sabha said that Punjab National Bank encountered 158 such cases that caused loss of Rs 2,808.27 crore to the bank. In 18 of these cases, employees from PNB were also involved in perpetrating the fraud.