HALEP WINS MAIDEN GRAND SLAM TITLE AT FRENCH OPEN Pg 10 VOL. 30 NO. 7 | MUMBAI, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL SUNDAY | JUNE 10, 2018 | 10+8=18 PAGES THIS SEASON’S FIRST POTHOLE CASUALTY THE REAL-LIFE HOGWARTS OF INDIA These magic schools might not have any famous fictional character enrolled, but they provide required knowledge and skills to all the aspiring wizards, writes Preeja Aravind 22-yr-old Thane girl succumbs to head injuries after tanker rams bike STAFF REPORTER Mumbai A 22-year-old girl who was riding pillion was killed in an accident after a tanker hit the bike at Thane on Saturday afternoon. The bike then skidded over a pothole, which was not visible due to the heavy rains on Saturday afternoon. The accident occurred at 12:30 pm at Nagla Bunder at Kasarvadavli. Priyanka Zende (22) was riding pillion while her friend Tanvi Golande (23) was riding the bike when a tanker hit the bike from the right side. Due to the collision, Tanvi and Priyanka lost control and fell off the bike. The duo had visited Gaimukh area to enjoy the rains at 11 am. When it began to rain heavily the two friends de, DUST STORM: 35 flights diverted from Delhi Fast News MSRTC stir called off by employees MUMBAI: Employees of MSRTC have called off the strike after they got an assurance from Transport Minister, Diwakar Raote that their wages will be increased but before that they should understand the salary amount which we have announced for them. Diwakar Raote said recently that the corporation announced a salary increase of Rs 4,849 crore for ST employees which will increase their salary. But in the workplace, there has been a lot of confusion about the salary increase. “All employees have been given a good salary increase and have been urged to immediately start working,” added Raote. The strike continued for over 48 hours, as a result of which the corporation suffered a loss of Rs 33 crore. - Staff Reporter Yahoo Messenger to stop from July 17 SAN FRANCISCO: Oath, the subsidiary of telecommunications giant Verizon that operates Yahoo, has announced the final wrap-up of Yahoo Messenger with its services coming to an end on July 17. "Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. After July 17, you'll no longer be able to access your chats," Yahoo said. Yahoo avoided any reason behind its decision. However, speculation is rife that competition with apps like Snapchat, WeChat, and FB's WhatsApp and Messenger could be a major factor. JNU student leader got ‘death threats’ NEW DELHI: Umar Khalid, student leader of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), filed a police complaint alleging he has received death threats from gangster Ravi Pujari, a police officer said on Saturday. A case in this connection was registered on Friday, and the investigation is underway, he added. ‘Insolvent firms to face surveillance’ MUMBAI: Markets regulator Sebi and stock exchanges will put in place additional surveillance measures for firms that are undergoing insolvency resolution process (IRP) from Monday, according to BSE. cided to return home when the accident occurred. Priyanka was rushed to Thane civil hospital but succumbed to head injuries and was declared dead on arrival. After the accident, the unknown tanker driver fled away from the spot. According to police, although there are CCTV cameras in the area, the accident was not captured owing to low visibility due to heavy rains. According to SS Dhole, Senior Police Inspector, Kasarvadwali police, “Since the accident has not been captured on the CCTV cameras due to low visibility we do not even have the , registration number of the tanker which hit the bike. It is difficult to conduct further investigation to trace the accused.” Priyanka is a CONTD. ON P6 West monsoon in Mumbai, the woes of citizens continued on Saturday In fact, the first . death due to a pothole was recorded in Thane. A 22-yearold girl, Priyanka Zende riding pillion on her friend’s scooter, which skid and the two were thrown off killing her. A 60-year-old fisherman died after being struck by lightning at the seashore in a small village in the coastal belt of Uttan near Bhayandar early on Saturday morning. CONTD. ON P6 Ministers by rotation to end Karnataka crisis Some from party miffed over portfolio allocations The Congress leadership has tried to quell the revolt by senior party leaders in Karnataka denied ministerial berths in the coalition government led by CM HD Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal(Secular) by suggesting a formula for rotating the party ministers every six month on the basis of the performance. The leadership's worry is that the post-poll experiment of coalition that has prompted hopes of all parties coming together to oust Narendra Modi from power in the 2019 Lok Sabha election should not collapse so early , sending wrong vibes. Besides reviewing performance of the Congress minis- ‘Higher education portfolio to 'class 8 pass', not wrong’ BENGALURU: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy’s response was, "What have I studied? I'm working as CM" even as he dismissed questions on allocating the higher education portfolio to a minister who has studied till Class 8. Kumaraswamy, who holds a BSc degree, was asked about JD(S) minister GT Deve Gowda reportedly being upset at being given the higher education portfolio, especially as his own formal education has been limited. Pawar questions bailout package of Rs 7K crore for sugarcane farmers OUR BUREAU New Delhi Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar has questioned the bailout package of Rs 7,000 crore for sugarcane farmers announced early this week as misleading as the breakup of the figures actually total up to only Rs 4047 crore. In a two-page letter shot off to PM Modi on Friday he , sought an immediate decision to allow export of 80 lakh tonnes of sugar in the next 18 months. “The dire need of the hour is to push as much sugar out of the country as possible” or else the sugar mills having overflowing godowns will not be able to crush the sugarcane in the new season. He noted that the breakup of the bailout package shows Rs 1540 crore as incentive to mills on sugarcane, Rs 1175 crore for creation of buffer stock of 30 lakh tonnes and Rs 1332 crore interest subvention on augmenting ethanol capacity that totals up to only Rs 4047 crore. Pawar also asserted that the quarterly reimbursement to farmers from purchase for the government''s buffer stock is not practical as he wanted it directly to the sugar mills as in the past to enable them to release cane payment to the farmers on time and in full. He also sought a fresh look on the minimum selling price (MSP) of sugar at Rs 29/kg at mill gate since average cost of production itself is Rs 34-36 per kg. Moreover, he wants two separate MSP rates as the northern sugar CONTD. ON P6 in SSC, 17-year-old kills self STAFF REPORTER Mumbai NEW DELHI: As many as 35 incoming flights were diverted from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Saturday evening following a powerful dust storm and rain, officials said. An IGIA official said the diversions took place between 5 and 6 pm. "Till 6 pm, as many as 27 flights were diverted due to weather conditions," the official said. OUR BUREAU New Delhi Depressed after securing 71 % have taken a toll of yet another city girl Same old ‘suffernama’ of citizens continues... Heavy rains lashed Mumbai on Saturday disrupting local , trains on Central and Harbour lines due to water-logging in low-lying areas. Commuters were distressed as it rained for over three hours continuously resulting in , huge traffic snarls in various pockets of the city Waterlog. ging at the usual spots too was reported. With the onset of the South Master Choa Kok Sui The pressures of being in the rat race Monsoon is finally here, 2 slab collapse cases, a fire STAFF REPORTER Mumbai What is given to you by the Teacher is priceless. It is food for the soul. ters every six months, the party suggested complete change of the ministers every two years to make room for the new faces. The formula was suggested after Kumaraswamy spoke to Congress President Rahul Gandhi on the government collapsing in the wake of a revolt of sorts by disgruntled Congress leader M B Patil, who claimed the support of 20 of the 79 Congress MLAs. Kumaraswamy had met Patil after Rahul directed Dy CM G Parameshwara, minister R V Deshpande and state working president Dinesh Gundu Rao to pacify him. Patil is among the Lingayat leaders eyeing the post of deputy chief minister that instead went to state Cong President Parameshwara. CONTD. ON P6 Two lynched over suspicion of child-lifting AGENCIES / Guwahati In a shocking incident, two youths from Guwahati were beaten to death by an agitated mob at a location in Karbi Anglong district on suspicion of being child lifters. The incident took place on Friday night in the backdrop of a rumour on social media that a group of 'sopadhara' (meaning child abductor or lifter in Assamese) were on the prowl in Nagaland's Dimapur town and some of its adjoining areas in the district. The victims, identified as Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath, had gone to the remote Kathilangso waterfalls, and were returning to Guwahati in their SUV when they were stopped by a mob which pulled them out of the vehicle, tied them up and thrashed them in spite of the boys repeatedly saying that they had come to Karbi Anglong only to witness the scenic beauty of the place, police said. The mob refused to believe the victims and beat them to death. They destroyed the vehicle also. T ‘HEAVY RAIN FOR 2 DAYS’ he city recorded heavy rainfall of 75.66mm while eastern and western suburbs recorded moderate rainfall of 27.05mm and 31.25 mm respectively. A per information from the Disaster Management Department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the highest rainfall was recorded at Dharavi (106.44 mm) followed by Parel (103.58 mm), CIDM (102.30), Byculla (88.89 mm), Bandra West (72.88 mm), CONTD. ON P6 A 17-year-old girl committed suicide at Malwani in Malad on Saturday morning. On realising that she had secured 71 per cent in the Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSC) exams, she got depressed since she was expecting 91 per cent. Shilpa Kunder (17) was disturbed after seeing her SSC exam results but did not speak to anyone at home and committed suicide at 9.30 am at her residence in Imam wada, Malad. After Shilpa’s mother stepped out to make a few purchases, Shilpa hanged herself from a ceiling rod with a dupatta in the living room of her residence. When her mother returned home after half an hour, the entrance door was locked from inside. Along with the help of her neighbours, she managed to break open the door and enter the flat. Shilpa’s mother was horrified to see her daughter’s body hanging from the ceiling rod and informed the police about the incident. Shilpa was rushed to Shatabdi hospital at Kandivali where she was declared dead on arrival. According to Deepak Phatangare, Senior Police Inspector, “ Accidental Death Record An (ADR) has been registered in this matter. We have recorded the statement of her family members.” The SSC results were declared on Friday afternoon and 13,329 students in Mumbai secured above 90 per cent. DEPRESSED OVER LOW SCORE IN CLASS X, NASHIK GIRL KILLS SELF NASHIK: Apparently dissatisfied with her Class X marks, a 16year-old city girl allegedly committed suicide here, police said on Saturday. Sakshi Eknath Bendkule, a resident of Panchavati, hanged herself in her house on Friday, hours after Class X results of the Maharashtra Board were declared, a police official said. Bendkule, a local school student, cleared the SSC exams by obtaining 56 per cent marks, well below the 80 per cent she was expecting, he said. Soon after she learnt of her result, the teenager went to one of the rooms of her house and hanged herself, the official said. She was rushed to Nashik Civil Hospital, where doctors declared her dead, police said. The girl's family is in a state of shock. Her father, Eknath Bendkule, said the family members were satisfied with Sakshi Bendkule's result and had even congratulated her for clearing the exams held in March. Sakshi's marks were below her expectations and this may have led her to take the extreme step, he said. India, China sign two crucial MoUs Sharing of Brahmaputra river data and supply of non-Basmati rice AGENCIES / Qingdao (China) India's bid to choke Nirav Modi's funds OUR BUREAU New Delhi Indian investigators have tried to choke funds of the absconding celebrity diamantaire Nirav Modi to scuttle his legal fight in the British courts and at the Interpol, learning a lesson from how fugitive former MP Vijay Mallya and former IPL boss Lalit Modi used money to power their long legal battle. Sources in the External Affairs Ministry said multiple letters rogatory (LRs) have gone out to various countries where Nirav had set up the offices to freeze his bank accounts on the ground that he is an absconder wanted in India for defrauding a score of banks. The LRs to Belgium specifically CONTD. ON P6 In a significant move, China on Saturday agreed to provide India hydrological data of the Brahmaputra River in flood season, months after Beijing stopped the practice, crucial to predict floods. The two countries also signed an agreement under which China has agreed to import nonBasmati rice from India which is likely to bridge the ballooning trade deficit to a certain extent. The two Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed after PM Modi held detailed discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping on bilateral and global issues which will add further vigour to the IndiaChina friendship after their informal summit in Wuhan. Modi arrived in the picturesque coastal city of China's Shandong province on a twoday visit to attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Last year, China had stopped sharing data soon after the 73-day long stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Dokalam over Chinese military's plans to build a road close to India's Chicken Neck corridor connecting North-Eastern states. The first MoU was inked between China's Ministry of Water Resources and India's Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation upon provision of hydrological information of the Brahmaputra river in flood season by China to India. CONTD. ON P6 Rajesh Bharti and Vidroh had escaped from the custody of Haryana Police around one-and-a-half years ago. Bharti's gang was also referred to as Kranti Gang. Earlier, the gang members were mostly active in Haryana, but in the last one year, they had been carrying out crimes in Delhi. The Special Cell had been tracking the gang for the last six-seven months. On Saturday the team learnt that they , would be coming to Chandan Hola village in Chhatarpur and a team of the Special cell's Northern Range, comprising 30 cops, was stationed on the route they were expected to take while leaving from a farmhouse, where they had assembled. Wanted gangster Rajesh Bharti among 4 killed in Delhi shootout AGENCIES / New Delhi Gangster Rajesh Bharti and three of his associates were killed on Saturday while eight police personnel were injured in a major encounter in south Delhi's Chhatarpur area, police said here. More than 100 rounds were fired by the gang members and the Delhi police's Special Cell in the shoot-out, they said. The deceased were identified as the gang's kingpin Rajesh Bharti, Sanjeev alias Sandeep Vidroh, Umesh alias Don and Viresh Rana alias Bhiku. One of the criminals, who was injured, was identified as Kapil. Haryana and Delhi police had announced a reward of Rs one lakh on Bharti head, PS Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), said. Russia's highly gifted World Cup soothsayer FORESIGHT OF ACHILLES AGENCIES Saint Petersburg A deaf, white cat named Achilles is soon to begin his work as Russia's official soothsayer for the World Cup, following in the tentacle-prints of Paul the Octopus who became a star in 2010. Paul predicted winners for that years' World Cup by choosing one out of two boxes containing food, while Achilles will be presented with bowls marked with teams' flags. "We went for Achilles because he is beautiful, first of all, but also because -- like all white cats with blue eyes -- he is deaf, so he has a great deal of intuition, he sees with his heart," said Anna Kasatkina, a vet who oversees guard-cats at Saint Petersburg's Hermitage museum. For the World Cup, Achilles will move out of his lifelong home of the basements of the Hermitage, where he works with a team of dozens of other cats to keep the world-famous museum free of rodents. Instead he will live at the "Cat Republic" cafe nearby "He's going to . live here for the duration of the tournament to keep him 'on form', since he has more opportunity to move and also meet guests," Kasatkina told AFP.