SINCE 1928 FEDERER, SERENA SAIL THROUGH, BERTENS STUNS PLISKOVA AT WIMBLEDON Pg 21 REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 AN ELECTION FARCE IN PAK `2 EDIT London: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit on Monday over Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to leave the European Union, becoming the second cabinet minister to quit in less than 24 hours. Johnson is perhaps the most highprofile advocate of Brexit and his departure underscores the depth of the divisions within Prime Minister Theresa government. The two May’s resignations leave May badly exposed at the top of a government unable to unite over Britain's biggest foreign and trading policy shift in almost half a decade. CHINA SATELLITE PAD FOR PAK BEIJInG: China on Monday launched two remote sensing satellites for its "all-weather" friend Pakistan. The professed purpose of the launch is to monitor the progress of the strategic USD 50 billion ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor, but defence experts said the unstated objective is to keep an eye on India. One of the satellites is the PRSS-1 -- a remote sensing satellite built by China. DREAMS COME TRUE IF GUIDED BY RIGHT INTENTIONS: ADITI RAO Pg 18 BULLET TRAIN RUNS INTO GODREJ HUMP Pg 8 US BULLYING ON BREAST FEEDING nEW YoRK: The US administration threatened Ecuador with trade sanctions it if introduces a resolution to encourage UN breast feeding. Ecuadorians, who get important military aid from the US, backed down in the face of the threat, which has left health officials shocked. The New York Times has claimed that Washington’s actions showed that the US government was acting on behalf of infant formula manufacturers who were reportedly in attendance at the event. Ultimately, the Russian delegation stepped in to adopt and sponsor the measure, forcing the American representatives to back down. SC NAMAZ CURBS AT TAJ MAHAL nEW dELHI: Refusing to overturn a ban on outsiders entering the Taj Mahal complex in Agra for namaz or Friday prayers, the Supreme Court today said the monument "is among the seven wonders of the world" and needs to be protected. Judges AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said there were several other mosques in Agra and those from outside the town could offer prayers there. "Why, for such prayers, should they go to the Taj Mahal," they questioned. TAARAK MEHTA ACTOR IS DEAD MUMBAI: TV actor Kavi Kumar Azad, best-known for his role of Dr Hansraj Haathi in the popular comedy show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, died on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest. Azad was unwell and admitted at Wokhardt Hospital in Mumbai. Asit Kumarr Modi, the producer of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, confirmed the news of the actor's death. Apart from working in TV shows, Kavi Kumar Azad had also featured in films like Mela, starring Aamir Khan and Twinkle Khanna, and Funtoosh. TAILPIECE NEW NAME FOR ALLAHABAD? Allahabad may soon have a new name. Uttar Pradesh minister Siddharth nath Singh has written to Governor Ram naik demanding that the historic city of Allahabad be called Prayag. He has reminded naik that he was instrumental in renaming Bombay, too. A decision in this regard is expected to be notified before next year's Kumbh fair. during the rule of Mughal emperor Akbar, Prayag had been renamed Allahabad, which means the abode of Allah. In Rajnath Singh had made a similar proposal. GROUP TO OPPOSE THE LAND ACQUISITION FOR THE PROJECT SPEEDBREAKER One of the entry points to the underground tunnel falls on the land belonging to Godrej Construction the property that the High Speed Corporation is eyeing is worth $5 billion in Vikhroli. over 50 % of the proposed underground tunnel will pass through the green belt, including thane creek, under the seabed, and marshland areas. The authorities can now either agree to a change of track alignment or forcibly acquire land under an Act. the project is already facing opposition from farmers of Gujarat and Maharashtra NARSI BENWAL Mumbai In what can probably block the nation’s first ever bullet train, the Godrej group, in an ‘unusual’ move, has dragged the Union and Maharashtra governments to the Bombay High Court. The group has opposed the current alignment of the 508 km stretch of the train which was supposed to connect Ahmedabad to Mumbai. This would come as a setback for the dream project of prime minister. Al- ready even before commencement of , work, it had run into opposition from farmers and tribals -- both in Gujarat and Maharashtra. But it was least expecting the Godrej group to oppose the land acquisition by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited. The group through its subsidiary – Godrej And Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd. -- has filed a writ petition before a division bench of Justices Naresh Patil and Girish Kulkarni seeking realignment of the bullet train. According to the plea, the bullet train would pass through its ‘prime’ plot in Vikhroli. The group has sought realignment to ensure that its nearly 8 acre plot is not acquired by the NHSRCL for the project. The group has accordingly sought a change in the route demarcated for the bullet train. In the previous hearing before Justice Patil, the counsel for NHSRCL had informed the bench of a proposal of the group to hand over an ‘alternate’ land for the bullet train. The NHSRCL accordingly sought an adjournment and the matter was posted for further hearing on July 31. It is learnt that the group has offered to hand over its other plot, which is bang opposite the present plot, which the government has been eyeing for the project. However, a portion of the ‘alternate’ plot, according to sources, falls under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ). The group is, however, yet to submit its official proposal to the NHSRCL. The bullet train is expected to reduce the travel time between Ahmedabad and Mumbai from seven to three hours. The project’s foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the president of Japan, Shinzo Abe, in September last year. Another door slams on Nirbhaya rapists AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday rejected review petitions filed by three of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya case and upheld the death punishment for the horrific 2012 gang rape and murder of a young Delhi professional. Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Ashok Bhushan said the petitions lacked grounds for a review. Convicts Mukesh, 29, Pawan Gupta, 22, and Vinay Sharma, 23, had sought recall of the Supreme Court's May 5, 2017, verdict upholding the death sentence awarded by a trial court and confirmed by the Delhi High Court. The fourth, Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, had not filed for a review. Pronouncing the judgement, Justice Bhushan said the review petition must show an error resulting in miscarriage of justice. He said none of the petitions by the convicts pointed out to an error leading to miscar- riage of justice. The court also said the hearing on the appeals against the Delhi High Court judgement confirming the death sentence had lasted 38 days; so, the defence lawyers were given full opportunity to state their cases. The victim's mother Asha Devi said she hoped the con- victs would be executed soon. "There is more fight ahead, but we have got justice once again. We hope that the legal formalities are taken care of and the culprits are taken to the gallows as soon as possible." Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said she was "satisfied" with the Supreme Court verdict that led to the amendment of the Criminal Procedure Code to make rape punishable with death penalty . The convicts, who lived in Delhi, are now left with another legal option, pleading for a relook at the death sentences through a curative petition. Curative petitions are filed to challenge the death penalty on the grounds that an evidence or a legal point was not argued, violating principles of natural justice. If curative petition is also dismissed, then a mercy petition can be filed before the President of India who takes a call on the basis of the opinion given by the central government. Cyrus Mistry’s sack is upheld AGENCIES Mumbai In a significant ruling, the National Company Law Tribunal on Monday upheld the October 24, 2016, decision of the Tata Sons Board dismissing its then Chairman Cyrus Mistry which Mistry's office , termed as "disappointing" hinting that they would approach the higher tribunal. The NCLT ruled that the Tata Sons board was competent to remove the executive Chairman and that Mistry was ejected as the board members had lost confidence in him. Rejecting Mistry's plea to reinstate him on the Board of Tata Sons, the NCLT pointed out that he (Mistry) had openly gone against the Board, and hence against the company . The much-awaited verdict came on a petition filed by Mistry after he was abruptly ousted as the Tata Sons Chairman, creating an upheaval in the Indian corporate world. Mistry later quit from the board of six other Tata Group companies but challenged the Group and his successor, the CONTD. ON P6 Can violation of bodily integrity be part of religion & its practice? SC questions ritual of female genital mutilation among a Muslim sect AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court has questioned the practice of female genital mutilation of minor girls in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community saying it violates the , bodily "integrity" of a girl child. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was told by Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing the Centre, that the practice causes irreparable harm to girl children and needed to be banned. He told the bench, which also had Jus- Sunrise: 06:07 am Sunset: 07:16 pm THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 62 No. 64 | TUESDAY | JULY 10, 2018 | 22 Pages EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Fast News THE BJP GOVERNMENT WAS LEAST EXPECTING THE GODREJ BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY QUITS WEATHER 270C. 230C. tices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, that countries like the USA, the United Kingdom, Australia and around 27 African countries have banned this practice. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for a Muslim group, said the matter be referred to a constitution bench as it pertained to the issue of essential practice of the religion which needed to be examined. "Why and how the bodily integrity of an individual can be part of the religion and its essential practice," the bench asked, adding the practice violated the "integrity" of a girl child's body . Why anybody else should have any control over the genitals of an individual," it said. During the brief hearing, Venugopal reiterated the Centre's stand and said that the practice violated various fundamental rights of the girl child and, moreover, such kind of genital mutilation has serious repercussions on their health. Singhvi, on the other hand, referred to the practice of male circumcision (khatna) in Islam and said that it has been CONTD. ON P6 The mind always searches for some reason to be dissatisfied. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj PICS: B L SONI WETWAY Mumbai has received 50 per cent of season's average rainfall in last 20 days; Tulsi overflows; Borivali Housing society evacuated; marooned villagers in Palghar rescued TO WORK WETTEST SPELL SO FAR FPJ BUREAU Mumbai After footbridges, it is the turn of city and suburban buildings which are not in the best of condition. The main structure of Popular Terrace, a housing society located in Haridas Nagar in Borivali West, has weakened. Realising the urgency the , BMC has evacuated the residents and repairs have been initiated. The fire brigade and ambulance are on stand by and BMC ward officials were present at the site when reports last trickled in. In a major operation mounted in Palghar, the administration rescued scores of villagers stranded in their 100odd homes on the coastal saltpan lands in Vasai. The disaster management team deployed motorized inflatable boats to access the villagers scattered at various locations and gave LUCKY ACP them food packets and drinking water. Around a dozen tourists trapped near a swollen waterfall in Ratnagiri were rescued by a group of mountaineers and hikers. Mumbai woke up to yet another day of relentless downpour, flooded streets and waterlogged rail tracks, constraining the education department to declare it a holiday in schools and colleges. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the rainfall in the last 24 hours was the highest in the season thus far. On the brighter side, Tulsi Lake, one of the seven catchment areas supplying water to Mumbai, was overflowing in the evening. So much for bounty of rain. Mumbai has received over 50 per cent of the season's average rainfall in the last 20 days itself, a BMC official said. CONTD. ON P6 A tree fell in Matunga, crushing the car belonging to Additional Commissioner of Police S Jayakumar. The incident happened just as he was leaving for office. The driver at the wheel came out of the car unscathed. UP gangster shot dead in jail by inmate FPJ NEWS SERVICE Baghpat SC asks if Ministry of Petroleum is God? AGENCIES / New Delhi A dreaded gangster Prem Prakash Singh, alias Munna Bajrangi, was shot dead allegedly by another inmate on the Baghpat district jail premises on Monday . Bajrangi was allegedly involved in the killing of former BJP legislator Krishnanad Rai, who was shot more than 100 times with bursts of AK 47 in November 2005. Incidentally Bajrangi was , brought here from Jhansi Jail on Sunday and lodged in a barrack with notorious criminal Sunil Rathi. According to jail officials, there was an altercation between both, after which Rathi shot Bajrangi ten times in the head. The police are interrogating Rathi. It is suspected that the latter may be part of a larger conspiracy to avenge CONTD. ON P6 Does the Petroleum Ministry consider itself to be 'God' or a 'super government' and think that the "unemployed" judges are at their mercy an , anguished Supreme Court bench observed on Monday . The scathing remarks by a bench of Justices Madan Lokur and Deepak Gupta came when the top court was informed that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas had only on Sunday apprised the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change about the issue of ban on import of pet coke, which is used as industrial fuel. The court, which was hearing a matter relating to air pollution in the -National Capital Region, slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on the ministry for "laxity". The top court also imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the Delhi government for not filing a status report giving a time- These guidelines have prompted some doctors to view readings slightly below 140/90 -- for instance, 137/88, as acceptable. "This needs to change, the goal should be 130/80 or below," says Dr Ram, who has argued in a commentary published on Sunday in the Indian Heart Journal, that 130/80 should be the "nonnegotiable" therapeutic goal for Indians. He said given huge burden of untreated or poorly treated case of hypertension in India, these guidelines are much more relevant here. CONTD. ON P6 NEW HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE NORM: 130/80 OR LESS WELLBEING OUR BUREAU / New Delhi Doctors in India have been asked to revise the target value of blood pressure to 130/80 or lower instead of the current 140/90, in tune with the new American and European guidelines. Blood pressure higher than 130/80 will be now a "warning signal" of impending disease progression and complication of hypertension, says Dr Venkata S Ram of Hydrabad's Apollo Hospital, who is a founder member of the American Society of Hypertension. The Indian hypertension guidelines, published in 2013 in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, define blood pressure levels between 130139/80-89 as "high normal," 120-129/below 80 as "normal," and below 120/below 80 as "optimal." Nalasopara line for removal of traffic bottlenecks on several corridors in the city . The strong observations against the ministry came when Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, appearing for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, told the bench that they had received a response from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on the issue only on Sunday . "Is Ministry of Petroleum a God? Are they God? They would respond whenever they want? Tell them to change their name from Ministry of Petroleum to God". "Is the ministry a super government? Is it above the Government of India? What is the status of Ministry of Petroleum, tell us. Why are they not complying with any order," the bench asked. When the ASG said that their affidavit was ready and he should be allowed to file it during the day Justice Lokur , shot back, "if they do not feel like complying with the orders, they do not comply and , think that the unemployed judges of the Supreme Court will give them time. Are we supposed to be at the mercy of the ministry?" The bench allowed the ASG to file the affidavit during the course of the day but said, , "We are surprised at the attitude of the ministry in taking its own time in responding to the MoEF's communication. The delay is entirely because of the laxity of the MoPNG."