SINCE 1928 Federer suFFers shock Wimbledon quarter-Final loss to anderson Pg 19 Fast News PTI YOGENDRA YADAV DECRIES I-T RAIDS NEW DELHI: Psephologistturned politician Yogendra Yadav has accused the Centre of trying to bully him by targeting his family: the allusion was to the income tax raids on a hospital run by his sisters in Rewari. In a series of tweets, Yadav said more than 100 personnel turned up at the hospital, detained his relatives and sealed the premises. ‘‘Modiji, you can't silence me," he said. Yogendra Yadav has been spearheading and coordinating the farmers movement in the country, which many feel, "has shaken the government". NITISH DILUTES PROHIBITION LAW BIHAr: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has decided to soften the prohibition law in his state, which suggests that the ban on liquor has failed. So, stringent provisions like sealing of a campus where liquor bottle have been found have been scrapped. Likewise, a house or vehicle won't be seized if liquor or a drunk person is found on the premises. Kumar is also doing away with mandatory jail times for first-time offenders. There have been complaints that the police and excise department invoke the law to frame innocents. In fact, “daaru aur baloo Nitish ko le doobega (liquor and sand will sink Nitish)” has become a common saying. Nitish had earlier done a U-turn on his sand mining policy and has now diluted the prohibition law. HINDU MONK IS EXTERNED HYDErABAD: After externing film critic Mahesh Katti from Hyderabad for derogatory remarks about Lord Rama, the Hyderabad police have taken similar action against Swami Paripoornanda, by banning his entry into the city for next six months. The police served the externment order to Swami Paripoornanda under Prevention of Anti-Social and Hazardous Activities Act and escorted him out of the city. Various Hindu groups and the BJP in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have taken strong objection to the action of the police. A delegation of BJP leaders in Hyderabad met the Governor and submitted a memorandum condemning the ban on the Hindu monk. It is alleged that the government wants to suppress the Hindu monk at the behest of the MIM. NET NEUTRALITY RULES APPROVED NEW DELHI: Telecom The Commission on Wednesday approved net neutrality rules that bar service providers from discriminating against internet content and services by blocking, throttling or granting them higher speed access. Some critical applications or services such as remote surgery and autonomous cars, however, will be kept out of the purview of net neutrality framework. looking ForWard to playing chanakya: ajay devgn Pg 16 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 62 No. 66 | THURSDAY | JULY 12, 2018 | 20 Pages EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia FLOODING INEVITABLE AS EDIT MUMBAI IS ISLAND CITY! Pg 8 BMC CHIEF SUMS IT UP AKASH SAKARIA / Mumbai Mumbai is an island city so , there will be flooding! This was BMC chief Ajoy Mehta’s brilliant piece of insight into why the city had to face such hardship during the recent downpour. In his 40-minute discourse, Mehta waxed eloquent about how the city was flooded and how the ‘neap tide’ jeopardised the operations of the pumping stations. Most residents of Mumbai know their city like back of their hand and do not need a tutorial on ‘high’ and ‘neap’ tides. Yet Mehta went into elaborate details about the process of draining nullah water into the sea through pumps. And why this is not possible during ‘high’ and ‘neap’ tides. Sample this: ‘‘Flooding happens when the water level in a nullah is higher than that in the sea. On Tuesday , there was a ‘neap’ tide as well, which almost acts like ‘high tide’. If we were to open the pump outlet, even seawater will enter the city .” Mehta also asserted that the corporation engineers were well-qualified and they knew their job. Praising the BMC staff for a ‘job well done,’ he fended off a torrent of complaints from angry corporators who complained of wa- terlogging in their respective areas, saying, "Corporators should be in their respective areas to gauge the situation first-hand". Livid at the commissioner’s statement, corporators voiced their dissent. “We should not be blamed. Was there anyone to check whether we were on the field or not?” demanded one of the city’s civic representatives. “There is no point in giving reasons and clarifications, if someone has not done work, they have not. But if they have, then that should be taken into account. Yes, the streets were waterlogged; yes, there were problems faced by people and there should be action taken against the culprits; but efforts by civic workers should also be considered. Although some of the civic staff doesn’t work properly and they should be penalised for that, around 3,500-4,000 workers were on the streets at any given time safeguarding the city said Mehta. ,” At the end of his 40-minute explanation on why the city lay submerged in water for four consecutive days, his conclusion was, "Be it Kirloskar or any other high-end pumps, since Mumbai is an island city there will be , flooding.” CONTD. ON P6 Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Wednesday indicated that the ban on gay sex may be on the way out. ‘‘We intend to rule, subject to arguments, that two consenting adults, even if engaged in 'unnatural sex.' will not be liable for prosecution for any offence, Chief Justice Misra said. man for having sexual intercourse with a woman who is the wife of someone else. It calls for imprisonment which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor, the section reads.) The petitioner argued that adultery should not be a crime even for men. The thrust of the argument is that when sexual intercourse takes place with the consent of both the parties, there is no good reason for excluding one party from the liability . However, the Centre pushed for the petition to be dismissed and responded, "Don't decriminalise adultery it will be detrimental to , the intrinsic Indian ethos." A five-judge constitution bench is expected to hear the case after settling the petitions challenging the ban on gay sex. CONTD. ON P6 nounced in response to the criminal appeal filed by Mohammed Rafiq Shaha-buddin Shaikh, challenging the verdict of the Thane Sessions Court. He was sentenced to life time imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 5,000. Shaikh, however, sought pardon citing Section 84 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which does not consider any act committed by a person with unsound mind as an ‘offence.’ According to the prosecution case, Shaikh murdered the watchman of his society in November 2007, who did CONTD. ON P6 NEW DELHI: Iran on Wednesday said it will do its best to ensure security of oil supply to India, asserting that it has been a reliable energy partner for New Delhi. The clarification by Iranian Embassy came a day after Iran's Deputy Ambassador and Charge d' Affaires Massoud Rezvanian Rahaghi cautioned New Delhi that it will stand to lose "special privileges" if it cuts import of Iranian oil following US sanctions. Iran also said on it understands the difficulties being faced by New Delhi in dealing with the unstable energy market and that it was for India to choose its energy partners, taking into account various factors like geopolitical considerations and reliability of the oil suppliers. The embassy said Iran will do its best to ensure security of oil supply to India by offering various flexible measures CONTD. ON P6 SWAPNIL MISHRA / MUMBAI: Most households in Nalasopara need food, water, milk and medical supplies. They were without electricity, too, for nearly 72 hours. The densely populated area is not just inundated in water, it is stranded. It has been abandoned by the authorities. It is apparent to one and all: the Island City matters, Nalasopara does not. Although rainwater has receded, pockets are still in knee-deep water. It will take another day for the water to reach ankle height. But what is staring them in the face now is the threat of an outbreak of disease and epidemic. Even more so since the water from Vasai creek has entered mainland. In this hell hole, the supply of perishable goods is down to a trickle and is available at a premium. Citizens are finding it difficult to CONTD. ON P6 access clean water for meeting their basic needs; they have to subsist on Bisleri which is hard to come by. Ban on gay sex may be on way out AGENCIES / New Delhi Adultery law a must: Govt AGENCIES / New Delhi Adultery must remain a crime so that the sanctity of marriage can be protected, the Centre argued before the Supreme Court on Wednesday after a petition called for the law to be scrapped as it does not treat men and women equally . The archaic law punishes a man for an affair but there is no punishment for women. (Section 497 IPC punishes a ‘Unsound’ mind let off for 2 murders STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai In a bizarre ruling, a Thanebased man, convicted for murder in two separate cases, recently got respite, after the Bombay High Court came to his aid. The court has acquitted the 41-year-old in view of his ‘unsound’ mind and ruled that he cannot be held responsible for the ‘offence’ of murder. The division bench of Justices Bhushan Gavai and Sarang Kotwal, surprisingly , did not consider the fact that the Mira Road-based accused had confessed to having committed the murder. The judgement authored by Justice Gavai said, “Even if a reasonable doubt is created in the mind of the court with regard to mental condition of the accused at the time of occurrence, a benefit has to be given to the accused.” The ruling was pro- Iran says it will ensure oil supply IAS officer has Centre hopping mad OUT OF STEP Sunrise: 06:08 am Sunset: 07:16 pm FPJ NEWS SERVICE / Srinagar Shah Faesal, the only IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir to have ever topped the civil services exam, has rubbed the BJP dispensation on the wrong side with his sarcastic tweet on the rape culture in South Asia. Facing disciplinary action of what he referred to as ‘rapistan,’ Faesal on Wednesday raised the decibel level further by questioning the action and asking whether government employees were expected to completely detach themselves from moral questions of the society as anything could be inter, preted as criticism. Faesal, who is currently on study leave and an Edward S Mason Fellow As you develop, the people around you also develop. As you progress, the world progresses with you to a certain degree. Master Choa Kok Sui RESTORE OR DEMOLISH WE WILL SHUT DOWN THE TAJ: SC TO CENTRE at Harvard Kennedy School, also said that service rules with a "colonial spirit" were invoked in democratic India to "stifle the freedom of conscience". The Department of Personnel and Training at the Centre has not taken kindly to the ‘rapistan’ comment wherein Faisal tweeted: "Population +patriarchy +illiteracy+ alcohol +porn + technology + anarchy = rapistan (sic)". In a notice to Faesal, the General Administration Department has said, CONTD. ON P6 The observation came even as the centre said it was leaving it to the wisdom of the Supreme Court to decide if a law that criminalizes consensual gay sex was constitutionally valid. On the second day of the apex court hearing on the plea challenging the constitutional validity of IPC Section 377 that criminalises homosexuality the Centre did , not spell out its stand one way or the other.However, it urged the five-judge constitution bench that it should confine the hearing to deciding the challenge to the law without any scope that may give rise to LGBT community claiming civil rights, including right to property inheri, tance marriage, adoption and other rights. "Whatever may not be in question may not be decided," Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court expressing the apprehension of the Centre. He told the court that if it intended to touch on other issues like same sex marriage, then the Centre will file another detailed affidavit. Airing the government's concerns, Mehta referred to CONTD. ON P6 FPJ NEWS SERVICE / New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Centre and the ASI for their lethargy in not being able to protect the iconic Taj Mahal and warned that "either we will shut down the Taj or you demolish or restore it." The apex court was furious as the Uttar Pradesh government failed to come out with a vision document to protect the monument. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak was upset with the authorities for not taking any step to preserve the Taj Mahal and blamed it on "sheer lethargy ." The court said the Taj Mahal is more beautiful than the Eiffel Tower and could have solved the country's foreign exchange problem. "Eighty million go to watch Eiffel Tower which looks like a TV Tower. CONTD. ON P6 PIC: BL SONI A blast victim being taken for treatment in Shopian. The blast that took place in a residential compound. `2 no neW coalition For jammu & kashmir REG. NO. 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