SINCE 1928 RAMANATHAN ENTERS SEMIS, PAES OUT OF HALL OF FAME OPEN Pg 23 Trump and the bewildered West `2 REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 Fast News MIDDLEMAN NOT QUIZZED NEW DELHI: The CBI on Friday said it has not questioned Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the controversial AgustaWestland chopper deal, who was arrested in the UAE last year and facing extradition proceedings in that country. When asked about the claims of Michel's lawyer that he was being pressured by the Indian and UAE authorities to give a confession and name Congress leader Sonia Gandhi in his statement, the CBI refuted the allegation, saying its team has not examined him in the UAE, where he was taken into custody last year. K M JOSEPH’S NAME RE-SENT NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Collegium has reiterated its decision to recommend Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph's name for elevation as apex court judge. The five-member Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said that there was "nothing adverse" about suitability of Justice Joseph, as has been pointed out in the letters of the Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. COURT SETS ASIDE FINE ON KANHAIYA NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has set aside Jawaharlal Nehru University's move to penalise Kanhaiya Kumar for breach of discipline. "JNU's order against Kanhaiya Kumar is illegal, irrational and irregular," said Delhi High Court. The high court has asked JNU to decide the matter after a proper hearing. Former JNU students' union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar had earlier moved the Delhi High Court against the fine imposed on him by the university. A JNU disciplinary panel had in 2016 recommended rustication of Umar Khalid and two other students and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kumar, the then students' union president, in connection with the campus event against Afzal Guru's hanging during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. JAIL INMATES ARE HOSPITALISED MUMBAI: At least 81 female inmates of Byculla jail, including two pregnant women and a fourmonth-old infant, were admitted to the state-run Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy (JJ) Hospital on Friday morning after they all complained of vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach ache and nausea. Initial medical diagnosis suggests that they may have taken ill possibly due to food or water contamination. The prison has been receiving water supply from the BMC. TAILPIECE TIME MORPHS PUTIN, TRUMP ON ITS COVER WASHINGTON: Keeping up with their reputation for designing quirky cover pages, the latest cover of Time magazine featured morphed image of United States President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. This comes a few days after Trump and Putin held a one-day summit in Finland. The picture has perfectly morphed Trump's blonde hair, feathery eyebrows and puckered lips as well as Putin's nose and blue eyes. The photo illustration "is meant to represent this particular moment in US foreign policy, following the pair's recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland," CNN quoted Time as saying in a recently released statement. Time magazine captioned the tweet, saying, "TIME's new cover: Trump wanted a summit with Putin. He got way with more than he bargained for." EDIT EVERYTHING IN HRITHIK, TIGER ACTIONER ABOUT SCALE Pg 20 WEATHER 300C. 250C. Sunrise: 06:11 am Sunset: 07:14 pm THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 62 No. 74 | SATURDAY | JULY 21, 2018 | 24 Pages EDITIONs : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Like milk becomes yogurt, desire ferments and becomes anger. SCORE 325-126; MODI IS EYEING 2024, NOW FPJ NEWS SERVICE / New Delhi Pg 8 Gandhi, after a blistering speech, walked over to hug the Prime Minister. The government defeated the motion brought against it by a comfortable 325 votes. Only 126 MPs supported it. The halfway mark stood at 226 after Naveen Patnaik's BJD, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and BJP’s ally Shiv Sena skipped the voting. During the debate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi showcased the achievements of his government -electrification of 18,000 villages, healthcare for all, LPG for the poor, initiatives for farmers, one-rank one pension for soldiers, the flagship Goods and Services tax and the strengthening of economy . The motion had been brought by Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party to push its demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh. Naidu had quit the NDA earlier this year over this issue. ‘‘What can be a bigger mandate than this? It means Congress will get 56’’ CHEST FIRST FLINCHES The no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government was defeated in the Lok Sabha on Friday after a 12-hour heated debate which saw the government and the opposition trade charges and a moment of drama when Congress chief Rahul AT PIDI HUG, THEN HITS BACK Rahul in hurry to unseat me: PM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at his barbed best on Friday Just when it . seemed that Rahul’s hug had eclipsed the happenings in Parliament, Modi came back firing on all cylinders. Taking Congress president Rahul Gandhi head on, Modi said that the no-confidence motion against the government was not a test for him, but one for the Congress and its friends, hinting at the ragtag nature of the opposition unity . The sentiment again found an echo towards the end of his speech when he threw a challenge to the opposition saying, “We will do everything for the people of the country I once again ask . them to bring another noconfidence motion in 2024.” Earlier, Modi, in a point-bypoint rebuttal, took a dig at Rahul for his surprising walk across the aisle and FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi hug, saying that it showed that the Congress chief was in a hurry to unseat him. In a 90-minute reply to debate, he lampooned Rahul for trying to hoist himself as the Prime Minister and asserted that the Congress president does not have trust of the parties he is trying to cobble together for his own selfish goal, as he cannot accept anybody except himself as the PM. Modi said he is in power because of the support of 125 crore people who put him in saddle in 2014 and who will never accept a ''Khichdi" government the Congress is promising. He accused the Congress of misusing the no-confidence motion to create instability in the country and decried Sonia Gandhi, without naming her, for claiming who says the Opposition does not have the numbers. He claimed a similar false claim was made by her to create CONTD. ON P6 Prime Minister Modi is known for his cuddles and hugs, in fact the criticism has been that he has reduced international diplomacy to optics and pageantry . But, on Friday PM Modi , was momentarily caught off guard when Rahul cradled him in his arms. The hug eclipsed all else in Parliament. The prime minister was clearly taken aback, but he had the good sense not to wriggle out of the hug. Quickly gathering his wits, Modi gently patted Rahul on the back. He even called the Congress president back for a handshake, and whispered a few words in his ear. There was no way of ascertaining what the pearls of wisdom were. Back in his seat, Rahul wanted to explain his conduct but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan cut him short, saying he has finished his speech and can't speak any further. Earlier, Rahul concluded his 48-minute speech by stating that the PM harbours CONTD. ON P6 She also pointed out that his act of almost pouncing on Modi cannot be approved of. The prime minister has a stature in the House and that should be respected, she said. BJP MP Prahlad Joshi was quick to send a privilege notice against Rahul after the Speaker conveyed her displeasure to Congress group leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who tried to justify Rahul's act. She said Rahul is like her son who has a long innings in front of him in politics. She did not like his gesture which was against the dignity of the House and said it was better for him to learn parliamentary manners. The ruling BJP members, who were also taken aback by the hugging incident, created a ruckus by clashing with the Congress members after the Speaker's remark, resulting Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ANKHON, ANKHON MEIN Just when the members in the House were trying to reconcile with the overwhelming hug, came the wink. It was an impish wink, the kind 18-year-old Priya Prakash Varrier has immortalised in her classroom flirtation. The social media was still discussing whose wink was better when reports last trickled in. But the wink was also a dead giveaway: that the hug was pre-scripted. Rahul was trying to tell the House that he has come off age as a politician and can give it back to the PM when it comes to theatrics. Or, as some political observers have concluded, he was resorting to histrionics to make up for his lack of rhetorical flourish. only 10 seats in 2019,’’ pointed out BJP MP Nishikant Dubey after the vote. Naidu addressed the media at 11:30 pm in Amravati where he said, “Prime Minister didn’t speak on Andhra Pradesh’s development. He displayed the same disregard. I have CONTD. ON P6 RAFALE DEAL ON POLITICAL RADAR FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Congress president Rahul Gandhi has put the Rafale fighter aircraft deal on the national radar. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, though a Rajya Sabha member, was present in the Lok Sabha when Rahul pointed out that the UPA government was to get the Rafale fighter aircraft at Rs 520 crore a piece, but with PM Modi negotiated a price of Rs 1600 crore per aircraft, thereby benefiting a businessman friend to the extent of Rs 45,000 crore. Why was the original deal to manufacture the aircraft in the defence ministry's public sector unit of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited passed on to a private company having a debt of Rs 35,000 crore, Rahul demanded and said the PM owes it to the nation to explain this, adding that "he can't look into my eyes.’’ The defence minister was up in arms and the BJP members created a din when Rahul accused her of telling a lie under pressure from the prime minister and stating that she can't give out details of the deal because of the secrecy pact with France. Rahul told the House that Privilege notice for pouncing on PM Details classified, says French Govt FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not react immediately when Congress President Rahul Gandhi took Prime Minister Narendra Modi by surprise with a hug on Friday but later con, demned him for breaching the decorum of the House. Initially she only stopped , Rahul from speaking after he returned to his seat, but she later frowned at his conduct, especially the wink (aankh chamkana) at his party colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia. PM’s Rwanda itinerary will include BJP’s herd of cows TRIPTI NATH / New Delhi PM Narendra Modi will make his Rwanda visit in the coming week memorable by gifting 200 cows for a national social protection scheme started by its President Paul Kagame. This is the first time an Indian PM is visiting the country as part of a three-nation tour to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa from July 23 to 27. Given BJP’s love for cows, it is not surprising that the PM has found time to squeeze in a visit to a village on the outskirts of its Capital city Kigali, to make his maiden visit to Rwanda on July 23 and 24, memorable. Interestingly, protection of cow and its progeny features in BJP’s election manifesto in 2014. The Rwandan President’s Girinka scheme, initiated in 2006, means ‘May you have a cow’. It is also known as the One Cow per Poor Family Programme. in a brief adjournment. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also seized the opportunity to taunt Raul for starting a "chipko movement" inside Parliament and said he and Kharge may hug outside the House but such an act is improper inside the House. Prime Minister Modi, known for his famous bear hug, was stunned; however, he recovered as Rahul was walking away called him , back, shook his hand and patted him on the back. Neither Modi nor Rahul was in the House when the Speaker reacted. NEET: SC stays HC order ATM jinx of awarding 196 grace marks Rs 100 notes AGENCIES / Mumbai AGENCIES / New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday stayed an order of the Madras High Court awarding 196 grace marks to those NEET students who had opted to write the test in Tamil language on account of error in translation. The top court said it appears that after the judgment of the Madurai bench of the high court, the students who had opted for the Tamil language are in an advantageous position over others. A bench of justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao stayed the order and issued notice on a plea of the CBSE challenging the high court direction. The bench posted the matter for hearing after two weeks and asked the parties to come out with a solution to deal with the situation, saying, "We cannot dole out marks in this fashion." Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the Central Board of Secondary Education, said that the National Entrancecum-Eligibility Test (NEET) examination has been con- ducted pursuant to the apex court order but due to the high court order, entire counselling of students for admissions in colleges has come to a standstill. He said that due to the high court order everything will have to be re-done and 24,000 students from Tamil Nadu will now be getting around 750 marks out of 720 marks in total. "This petition before the high court was filed by Member of Parliament T K Rangarajan seeking full marks for the 49 questions, saying key words in Tamil questions were wrongly translated from English and this caused confusion among the students," he said. The ATM operations industry on Friday said introduction of a new Rs. 100 note creates many challenges and an investment of 100 Rs. crore will be required to recalibrate the country's 2.4 lakh machines. The introduction, comes even as the industry is just about finishing the recalibration to dispense the newly introduced 200 denomRs. ination notes. FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Hours after Rahul Gandhi's comments, a spokesperson in the French Foreign Ministry said France had signed a security pact with India in 2008 which legally binds the two countries to protect the classified information which could impact security and operational capabilities of the defence equipment. However, the official did not clarify whether the provisions of the pact restrict the Indian government from disclosing the price details of the Rafale deal. In the statement, the French government also referred to the interview President Emmanuel Macron had given to India Today in which he had , said that if Narendra Modi government wants to divulge some critical information covered under the secrecy clause of the deal, France would not object to it. The unusual statement came just hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to address the Lok Sabha. The Congress chief had said that he had met Macron when he visited India in March this year and asked him if his government did not want the pricing details to be out. When asked about the statement by France, Gandhi stood firm by his allegations. “Let them deny But I, Anand . Sharma and Manmohan Singh were present in the meeting with French President. I stand by what I said,” he replied. habitat in which floating treatment wetlands (FTWs) allow terrestrial plants to flourish. These assist in the work of water purification, trap foul odour and help increase the availability of oxygen to protect aquatic life. The pilot island will be installed in Poisar river after the NGO raises funds. Besides Poisar, there are three other rivers in the city -Dahisar, Oshiwara and Mithi. The technique will use Canna indica and Vetiver aquatic plants, which are known to reduce pollutants. CONTD. ON P6 Floating islands to clean city’s rivers AKASH SAKARIA Mumbai Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has apparently agreed to the proposal of floating islands to be installed in the city’s rivers. A non-governmental organisation (NGO), River March, had presented the scheme to civic body chief Ajoy Mehta, which, according to organisation members, he liked. A floating island is a virtual he too had spoken to the French President who had denied that there was any such secret clause in the deal. President Macron also told him that he had no objection to the entire country knowing about the deal. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman wanted to speak immediately but Rahul did , not yield and so she had her turn after he finished. She sought to table a document signed by then defence minister A K Antony of the Congress way back on 21st January 2008 on protection of classified information. She also quoted the French President's interview by an Indian media house that the commercial details of the deal cannot be made public. CONTD. ON P6 Pothole deaths frightening: SC AGENCIES / New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday termed as "frightening" the deaths in accident caused due to potholes on roads across the country and said that number of fatalities in such incidents was more than those in terror attacks. While hearing a matter related to road safety in India, a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also said that persons who have lost their lives as a result of accidents caused due to potholes should be entitled to compensation. The bench said it was a matter of "common knowledge" that a large number of people have died in accidents caused due to potholes on roads and authorities, who were supposed to maintain the roads, were not doing their duties properly . Referring to media reports, the bench said, "So many people are dying in the country due to accident caused by potholes on roads. Reports say that more people have died due to accident caused by potholes than the deaths in terrorists attacks". It asked the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety headed by , former apex court judge Justice KS Radhakrishnan, to look into this "very serious issue" and file a report within two weeks. "This is obviously a very serious issue and persons who have lost their lives as a result of accidents caused due to potholes should be entitled to compensation," the court observed. The bench also said the committee should give recommendations on potholes on roads as the issue was a part of road safety "It is . frightening. It is about life or death," the bench said, adding, it was not known where one would find potholes on roads which would lead to fatal accidents.