SINCE 1928 SERENA BATTLES INTO 11TH WIMBLEDON SEMI, KERBER ADVANCES Pg 15 `2 DEPLORABLE POLITICS REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 EDIT Pg 8 EASE OF DOING BIZ: MAHA NOT EVEN IN TOP 10 PICS: BL SONI MUMBAI: Andhra Pradesh tops the list of states in ease of doing business, followed by next-door neighbour Telangana, Haryana and Jharkhand. Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan ae the other states in the top ten. Maharashtra is in the 13th position. The list is prepared by the World Bank and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. This move to rank states for ease of doing business was floated by the government last year to trigger competition among states and attract more investments. KOLKATA: Netflix, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and the makers of Sacred Games are embroiled in a row over a perceived insult to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The row erupted after a Congress worker took umbrage at the word ‘fattu’ used by Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Rajiv Gandhi, which the former found derogatory. In his complaint, the Congress activist has also accused the makers of the series of "misrepresenting facts during Rajiv Gandhi’s regime". The story revolves around the two lead characters, Nawazuddin and Saif Ali Khan, playing an antagonist and protagonist, respectively. The story also features some of the important happenings from the past, including the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi, the government’s forced sterilisation plan, 1985 Shah Bano case, and the Bofors scandal. The web series also features Radhika Apte in a lead role playing a RAW agent. FPJ NEW SERVICE / Mumbai It took just four days of nonstop rain in Mumbai to put Navy on the standby And for . a good reason. The commercial capital is drowning -- in muck, sewage and a cesspool of political lethargy . Nalasopara is virtually cut off from the city The suburb, . just 55 km away has wit, nessed unprecedented waterlogging with levels rising to as high as 500mm. There were no train services on the Western Railways for the second consecutive day between Vasai and Virar with railway tracks com- Aircraft overshoots runway pletely submerged. Such was the extent of havoc wreaked by rain that the National Disaster Response Force had to physically rescue hundreds of passengers of two Mumbai-bound trains that got stuck between Nallasopara and Vasai stations. Some passengers were stuck in Vado- After Pranab, RSS wants to showcase Ratan Tata FPJ NEWS SERVICE / Mumbai After Pranab Mukherjee, the RSS has appropriated industrialist Ratan Tata. The latter will share the stage with its chief Mohan Bhagwat at an event to be held next month. Ratan Tata had earlier on December 29, 2016, paid a surprise visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on his 79th birthday which his spokesperson then had termed as a "courtesy call". But on the impending visit, the Tata Trusts spokesperson declined to comment, saying if at all it happens, it will be a private affair of the 81-year-old Tata Group patriarch. Tata and Bhagwat are expected to attend an event in Mumbai on August 24 organised by the Nana Palkar Smriti Samiti. The NGO is named after Sangh pracharak Nana Palkar and the Samiti has its premises near the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. "We have approached Tata for gracing the occasion of the centenary of our founder Palkar and the golden jubilee of our organisation on August 24. But he has neither accepted our invite nor declined the same. So we are hopeful," one of the secretaries of the samiti told PTI over phone. The big-ticket event will be held at the Yashwant Natya Nandir in Matunga in central Mumbai, the NGO official said. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY “Not to forgive is difficult, but to forgive is the best.” Her Holiness Mataji Nirmala Devi dara Express since 4 am. Authorities also rescued hundreds of people living in villages in vicinity of Vasai town. They were shifted to safe shelters like schools, colleges, temples and community centres. The electrical substation in Vasai is under water due to which the power BJP OUT TO PROVE KAUN KITNE PAANI MEIN HAI supply has snapped. Around three lakh residents are affected due to the power shutdown, a district official said, adding the lack of electricity is hampering rescue operations as authorities cannot operate the equipment that runs on power. CONTD. ON P5 FPJ BUREAU / Mumbai Pothole death in Bhiwandi NARENDRA GUPTA / Thane: One person died and five others were injured after an overloaded truck upturned on an auto rickshaw which was ferrying four passengers at Kongaon, Bhiwandi. The police said that the truck driver lost control because of the potholed road. The auto rickshaw driver, who jumped out of his running vehicle when he saw the truck swerving, sustained minor injuries. However, one of his passengers was killed while the other three were injured. THERE WERE anxious moments at Mumbai Airport when an Air India Express flight IX-213 with 89 passengers on board overshot the slippery runway by 10 feet but halted on the paved stop way. An AIX spokesperson said though the aircraft landed without hiccups, it could not stop owing to the wet conditions. Thankfully, there was no damage to the aircraft, nor injuries to the passengers or crew. Incidentally, the Juhu Airport in Vile Parle is flooded, which led to halting of all helicopter and small aircraft operations. TO AVOID WATERLOGGING… STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Taking note of Mumbaikars’ continuous ‘suffering’ owing to the suspension of train services because of waterlogging, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday rapped the Railways for ‘not doing anything’ to avert total halt of local rail services during monsoon. The HC, accordingly gave an , interesting suggestion of ‘elevating’ the railway tracks to ensure they do not submerge. A division bench of Justices Naresh Patil and Girish Kulkarni pulled up the railway authorities for not being ‘well prepared’ for monsoon. The bench raised this issue while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking better amenities and infrastructure at the suburban railway stations for differently-abled persons. “It is common knowledge now that the railways (central and western) has not done anything. Even after so many years, the railway tracks get submerged due to waterlogging. We fail to understand why you cannot be prepared well in advance before the onset of monsoon. Why you cannot identify the spots where waterlogging occur every year?” the bench remarked. “We think you (railways) can elevate the height of railway tracks to avoid waterlogging,” the bench suggested. It would not be out of place to mention here that another bench of the HC had earlier issued a series of directions which also include raising the height of platforms at all the railway stations. Accordingly both the central and , western railways have raised the heights of the platforms. During the course of the hearing, the bench further noted the ‘infrastructure’ provided by the railways for the citizens and, accordingly , Modi government’s stand on decriminalizing consensual sex between two adults of the same gender. This, according to CNN IBN, suggests that the Centre has a different opinion than his own; so, in all probability , the Centre has decided to support the criminalization of same sex relations. The Centre had on 9 July also sought to defer the hearing in SC since it wanted time to file its response to the batch of appeals, but its plea was rejected. The first statement from the BJP on section 377 was made by Rajnath Singh in 2013, who stated that the party did not support decriminalization of Section 377. Singh's comment was soon followed by one from Arun Jaitley who felt that it was , time to "reconsider court's conservative view on homosexuality ."He also stated that it was time to repeal Section 377 but then the statement was later retracted, adds the channel. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court judges, who are part of a five-judge constitution bench hearing the challenge to the constitutional validity of section 377 of the IPC, which criminalizes homosexuality differed over the , scope of the challenge. Two of the judges ruled out expanding the scope of the challenge, to include within CONTD. ON P5 IT’S AN ENGLAND INVASION! Gay sex case: AG wriggles out Hints government does not support decriminalisation MOSCOW: Englishmen and women, in equal measure, are invading Russia in hordes and for a good reason – it is England's first World Cup semi-final in 28 years. Only Croatia can stop them from booking their place in the final against the winners of the semi-final clash between Belgium and France. England took part in a warm-up drill involving rubber chickens on Tuesday morning as they continued their preparations for the game against Croatia. The players could be seen throwing the chickens between them and then tackling one another to the ground as Gareth Southgate put them through their paces during their last pre-semi-final training session, reports Daily Mail. England last reached the last-four stage of the competition in 1990 and have only advanced past the semi-finals once in their history — in 1966, when they won the tournament. Gareth Southgate's men saw off Sweden with a confident 2-0 quarter-final victory. But Croatia are expected to provide them with one of their toughest challenges yet. The Three Lions are nonetheless confident of reaching the final - especially with Croatia needing penalty shoot-outs to beat both Denmark and Russia to reach the final four. Cong wants Jayant to lose his ‘Harvard tag’ FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday endorsed an online campaign mounted by Prateek Kanwal on change.org, urging the Harvard University to withdraw Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha's Harvard alumni status. "If the sight of a highly educated MP & Central Minister, Jayant Sinha, garlanding & honouring criminals convicted of lynching an innocent man, fills you with disgust, click on the link & support this petition," he said on his Twitter handle. Sinha triggered the controversy by feting last Friday at his residence eight men, sentenced to life term, for lynching a 55-year old Muslim meat trader. The eight convicts have been recently granted bail by the High Court. The Congress was quick to condemn Sinha, saying "by lionising lynch convicts, he is only strengthening Sangh’s project to legitimise hate as it is this moral messaging that spurs lynch mobs in every corner of the country to turn upon their victims with cruelty and loathing." Jayant Sinha got an immediate rebuke from his father Yashwant Sinha, a former union minister who recently quit the BJP Jayant tried to . defuse the controversy asserting that "all forms of violence are condemnable." CONTD. ON P5 Come hell or high water, the BJP it seems, will not pass up , an opportunity to discomfit its ally the Shiv Sena, which is , also the party that rules the BMC. Having endured the Sena's taunts of epic mismanagement over last week's washedout monsoon session at Nagpur, the chief minister's home ground, Sambit Patra, the BJP's national spokesperson, waded through knee-deep water to the party's office at Dadar, to address a training session for party workers. CONTD. ON P5 Elevate the tracks, HC tells Rly CONTD. ON P5 MITHUN’S SON TIES THE KNOT OOTY: Mithun Chakraborty's son Mahaakshay has finally tied the knot with Madalsa Sharma. The wedding, which was supposed to take place on July 7 in Ooty, had to be postponed after the police arrived at the venue. Earlier, a complaint of rape and cheating had been filed against Mahaakshay and his mother Yogita Bali on July 3. However, on Saturday, Mahaakshay was granted anticipatory bail by a court in Delhi. Earlier, on Thursday, the Bombay High Court had refused to grant any interim relief from arrest to Bali and Mahaakshay. Sunrise: 06:07 am Sunset: 07:16 pm HUNDREDS of passengers rescued from stranded Mumbai bound trains; electrical sub-station in Vasai is under water; Mumbai placed on high alert; Navy on standby Fast News ‘SACRED GAMES’ IN RAJIV ROW DISTURBING TO SEE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY BEING TARGETED: TAAPSEE Pg 14 Vol. 62 No. 65 | WEDNESDAY | JULY 11, 2018 | 16 Pages EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia WEATHER 270C. 230C. Mumbai sinking, Delhi buried in garbage: Court AGENCIES / New Delhi Delhi is getting buried under mounds of garbage and Mumbai is sinking under water, but the government is doing nothing, an anguished Supreme Court said on Tuesday . It also slapped fines on 10 states and two union territories for not filing their affidavits on their policies for solid waste management strategy Expressing its helpless. ness over the situation, the top court lamented that when the courts intervene, the judges are attacked for judicial activism, and said what can be done when government of the day does not do anything or acts in an irresponsible manner.The bench was annoyed after it was informed that around 13 states and several Union Territories have not yet formulated their policy for solid waste management strategy . ONLINE REPORT New Delhi Attorney General K K Venugopal on Tuesday recused himself from appearing in the hearing before the Supreme Court on a clutch of pleas seeking decriminalisation of consensual gay sex, saying he had represented one of the petitioners when a curative petition was filed in the matter. The curative petition had challenged the SC order that criminalised homosexuality in 2012. "I'm told the government stand is different," he said. With his statement, the Attorney General has spilled the beans on the Narendra asked them to consider privatising the sector. “If you are unable to manage the infrastructure, then why do not you hand over the same to private entities, the way airports in the city have done,” the judges remarked. The bench also took into account the fact that there is a single railway board in the country which is presently , located in New Delhi. The judges said the railways can consider constituting a separate board, which would ‘dedicatedly’ look into the affairs of Mumbai and its suburban railways. CONTD. ON P5 It is a genetic flaw: Swamy NEW DELHI: BJP Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy has described gay sex as "unnatural" and a "genetic flaw" that should not be allowed to be celebrated. He said allowing it would lead to setting up of gay bars which some American investors wanted to do. Swamy , however, said that people should not be discriminated in their normal social interactions and economic matters based on their sexual orientation. "Also, I am against police going into somebody's bedroom to check whether a person is male or female," he said. Only frogs remain in the cave, now AGAINST ALL ODDS FPJ NEWS SERVICE / Bangkok Thailand erupted in euphoria as 12 young football players and their coach trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks were rescued in what has been aptly described as ‘Mission Impossible’. Residents in Chiang Rai, the city closest to the caves, took to the streets to celebrate, with drivers honking car horns and pedestrians prancing outside the hospital where the Wild Boar FC players are now recouping. Thais, who have been glued to their televisions, mobile phones and computer screens following every twist and turn of the story took to , social media to show their elation. 'You are our heroes!' wrote some, captioning cartoons showing the boys and their coach with dozens of rescue workers, volunteers and military personnel. Cracking a joke on this happy occasion, a Thai Navy SEAL wrote on Facebook that with all the 13 Wild Boars having been rescued, they are now going in to "pick up four frogs".