SINCE 1928 SINDHU BEATS OKUHARA IN STRAIGHT GAMES TO ENTERS SEMIS Pg 23 TRUMP’S TIES WITH MODI NOT QUITE WARM REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 Fast News AIRCRAFT SKIDS, NOTHING AMISS NEW DELHI: Nearly 150 people on board a Mumbaibound Jet Airways flight from Riyadh escaped unhurt after the aircraft went off the runway following an aborted take-off. All passengers were evacuated safely and no injuries were reported, the airline said in a tweet, adding, the exact cause of the incident is under investigation. CASINOS WILL BE BARRED TO GOANS PANAJI: Native Goans would be banned from entering casinos from 2019, after the state government appoints a gaming commissioner to regulate the industry, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. "As per the new policy, Goans will not be permitted to enter the casino playing areas. Only visiting tourists shall be allowed. A mechanism will be put in place once the gaming commissioner is appointed," the Chief Minister told the Assembly. Parrikar said that offshore casinos operating in the Mandovi off Panaji would be relocated to special designated zones which will be notified by the state government. There are currently six offshore casinos operating from the Mandovi while there are nine onshore casinos which function in the numerous five star resorts which dot the state. IS THE TURBAN SIZE FIXED? NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday sought to know if the patka can be worn by Sikh athletes with helmets during sporting events such as cycling, why they cannot consider wearing a bun turban with helmet while driving vehicles. In this context, the bench said that it wanted to know if a particular size of turban is compulsory in the religion. The bench also observed: "We have memories of some great Sikh athletes performing without a turban like Milkha Singh and Bishan Singh Bedi. It's not like Sikhs don't do anything without a whole turban." See Page 5 TAILPIECE BJP MLA WANTS PURUSH AAYOG NEW DELHI: This may strike a chord in most husbands. A BJP member in the Lok Sabha on Friday came out in support of "men suffering at the hands of their wives" and demanded setting up of a 'Purush Aayog' to deal with their grievances. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Harinarayan Rajbhar, BJP member from Ghosi in Uttar Pradesh, said the government has constituted several commissions, including the Mahila Aayog, but none to deal with the issues and problems faced by the menfolk. "Many men are suffering at the hands of their wives and several of them are locked up in jails. I demand that the government set up a 'Purush Aayog' to resolve their issues and problems," he said. The entire House burst into laughter as Rajbhar made this demand. There were five women members present in the House at that time, who were also seen smiling. `2 JOHN ABRAHAM IS EXCITED ABOUT SARFAROSH 2 Pg 20 FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi The Modi government seems to be desperate to reach out to the Dalit constituency . The Centre has, no wonder, made a strong submission in the Supreme Court that in job promotions the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes must be given 23 percent quota. Otherwise, the rationale for affirmative action will be defeated. This was the argument of the Centre’s top legal officer, Attorney General K K Venu- gopal, in the apex court on Friday . A verdict of the top court in 2006 had ruled against quotas in promotions for the creamy layer, ordering that SC/ST employees could only get guaranteed promotions if the government comes up with hard data to justify the same. Not just that. This data, in turn, had to bring out the "compelling reasons" for extending quotas such as backwardness of the community and their inadequate representation in government. India gave all-clear on Choksi: Antigua FPJ NEWS SERVICE Antigua Indian agencies told Antigua there was no adverse information on Mehul Choksi when the Caribbean country did its background check on the fugitive billionaire before declaring him a "fit and proper candidate" for citizenship in 2017. The said clearance certificate emanated from the Ministry of External Affairs Regional Passport Office, Mumbai. Any adverse finding would have rendered Choksi ineligible for travel visa for Antigua and Barbuda, the report in the Daily Observer said. The Anitguan authorities also did a thorough check on Choksi by running his name through global agencies, including the Interpol, but "no derogatory instance" was cited against him. However, the Caribbean authorities came across two instances of SEBI action against Choksi's firms in 2014 and 2017 and sought more information on them, the report said. SEBI told authorities in Antigua that one case was "satisfactorily closed" and there was "insufficient evidence" to pursue the second matter. The Antiguan unit said if there was a warrant against Choksi when his application of citizenship was being processed, Interpol should have been informed about it and it should have been part of the national criminal database. Choksi is one of the alleged masterminds of the USD 2 billion scam in state-run Punjab National Bank and uncle of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi. He fled India on January 4 this year and took oath of allegiance in Antigua on January 15. His citizenship was cleared in November 2017. Incidentally on July 29, , 2016, Bengaluru resident Hari Prasad had informed the Prime Minister's Office about the alleged nefarious activities of Choksi and his companies. CONTD. ON P6 Pg 8 The Centre contended that these criteria should be done away with as SCs and STs are presumed to be backward FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi It seems the ED is spreading the dragnet for another top Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who is known for his proximity to the Gandhis. The basis of the probe is a startling allegation contained in a remand copy of a person arrested by the directorate in the Sterling Biotech case. The allegation, in turn, the court. However, the Investigating Officer, Vishwas Meena, submitted a report claiming that Nayabuddin is ‘untraceable’ and thus could not be brought for deposition. He further informed the court that Nayabuddin has been untraceable since 2017. Most surprising is the nonavailability of Rubabuddin, who has dragged senior IPS officials to the High Court, challenging their discharge from the case. His deposition is slated for August 6. “I myself have not been in touch with Rubabuddin for a long time,” his lawyer Gautam Tiwary told the Free Press Journal. The third brother – Shahnawazuddin -- is likely to depose before the court on Saturday . According to the report submitted by Meena, he had personally been to Jhirniya, Bhopal the residence of Nayabuddin and also Rubabuddin. “I had called both the brothers of Sohrabuddin from the landline number of a nearby police station. Though they initially answered the calls, however, they did not reveal their whereabouts. Since then, they have not been taking calls despite the fact that I have specifically told one of them that a bailable warrant was issued in his name.” Having considered the report, special Judge Sharma issued a non-bailable warrant against Nayabuddin and granted him time till August 10 to appear before the court. CONTD. ON P6 visible mostly on Android phones. The issue surfaced late on Thursday night when a French hacker who goes by the alias Elliot Alderson asked people on Twitter if they had the UIDAI helpline in their phonebooks. Within hours, social media was abuzz with people posting screenshots confirming that the UIDAI helpline had been saved in their Android phones, without their knowledge or consent. The issue raises both fear and concern about how the helpline number made its way into so many stems from an under-oath statement of a 'cash courier' that he delivered Rs 25 lakh at an address that, as per the Rajya Sabha website, is the residence of Patel, Sonia Gandhi’s key adviser. Patel's office told NDTV the charges are "baseless just like the charges against him in the Augusta VIP Chopper case." The Sterling Biotech case relates to the promoters of the group and others who Sena corporator’s husband held in extortion racket NARENDRA GUPTA Mumbai The Thane police on Thursday arrested Shiv Sena corporator’s husband and his brother for allegedly extorting money from a builder in Kalyan. Both were produced in a Kalyan court and remanded to police custody .Police said that the accused identified as Satish Jadhav, husband of Sarika Jadhav, who is a corporator from the Bhagwan Nagar area in Kalyan east, and his brother Jugnu Jadhav were arrested on Thursday .Anti-Extortion Cell officials said that the two had demanded extortion money of Rs 2 lakh from the complainant, Vinod Pawase, a builder, who had constructed an illegal mobile tower on his building. The police said, “Satish made a demand for Rs 3 lakh, which was later settled for Rs 2 lakh.” CONTD. ON P6 Google has an answer to UIDAI whodunnit MYSTERY OF UIDAI HELPLINE NUMBER IN PHONE CONTACTS STAFF REPORTER New Delhi Thousands of smartphone users were stumped on Friday morning to find a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI in their contact list. Following this, the Twitterati went into a tizzy asking each other a simple question -- Where did the number come from, as none of the users seemed to have saved the number on their own. The Unique Identification Authority of India, however, said that some vested interests were trying to create "unwarranted confusion" in the public mind and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider for providing any such facility . The UIDAI number was tered the government, insisting that quota in promotion for SC/ST employees is against the fundamental right to equality . The five-judge Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra underscored that the 2006 verdict on creamy clearly said that accelerated promotion to SCs/STs can only be given by the states, if they are inadequately represented and if it is necessary for overall efficiency of administration. Also, "these all should be based on quantifiable data." CONTD. ON P6 Ahmed Patel in ED net, now? two brothers, are not traceable In a shocking development, the brothers of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who was killed in an alleged staged encounter in November 2005, have suddenly gone ‘missing’ and are untraceable, a special court was told on Friday . Incidentally the news of , their going ‘missing’ has come just as their deposition was to start before the special court. The testimony of the two brothers – Nayabuddin and Rubabuddin -- is crucial for the CBI, the prosecuting agency . In fact, Nayabuddin was supposed to appear before special Judge Sunil Sharma on Friday morning. Surprisingly he did not turn up and , now the court has issued an NBW against him. The matter came to light when Nayabuddin’s name was called out to step into the witness box and depose before and there was no need to have a quantifiable data to prove that such categories of employees suffered from backwardness. The judges are hearing a batch of petitions against the 2006 order of the apex court. To begin with, this bench will first decide if they should continue the hearings or ask a larger bench of seven judges to take it up. The centre wants case to be heard the by a larger bench. Senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan, who is representing anti-quota petitioners, coun- Trust India to lose the initiative. Chasing a coveted Test victory on English soil, India squandered the opportunity. England was allowed to put on board 180 runs, despite being on mat at 87 for seven at one stage. Now, the visitors are at a precarious 110 for five, still 84 runs short of a dicey 194-run target. But, thankfully, Virat Kohli is still at crease. Key witnesses, Sohrabuddin’s AYESHA SHAIKH Mumbai Sunrise: 06:16 am Sunset: 07:09 pm Vol. 62 No. 86 | SATURDAY | AUGUST 4, 2018 | 24 Pages EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia CENTRE PITCHES FOR QUOTA IN PROMOTIONS FOR SCs/STs EDIT WEATHER 320C. 270C. phones. One news portal attempted to find the source of the number by starting a BlackBerry device after a factory reset. The portal wanted to check if the number is being pushed by the network operators or through an internet update. Without connecting the device to the internet or inserting a SIM, when the portal CONTD. ON P6 fraudulently availed of credit worth Rs 5,000 crore sanctioned by a consortium of banks. These loans were later declared bad debt. IT raids in 2011 had led to a diary which allegedly showed a list of payoffs and that has become the basis of the Enforcement Directorate's case. The Directorate’s officials have told the court that they not only had a witness statement but also CONTD. ON P6 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY What is art? An appreciation of what is. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Decisive BJP win in face of quota protest Party trounces Cong-NCP combine in Sangli, a Maratha and sugar pocket; party also ends winning streak of Shiv Sena strongman Suresh Jain in Jalgaon FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai The ongoing Maratha quota stir failed to dent the fortunes of the ruling BJP and it swept the crucial polls to the Jalgaon and Sangli civic bodies on Friday . In Sangli, a Maratha stronghold and a sugar bastion, it has wrested power from the Congress and the NCP . The result was bitter for NCP strongman and state president Jayant Patil, as well as for Vishwajeet Kadam, the state president of the Youth Congress. In the Jalgaon civic body , the BJP ended the charismatic 35-year winning streak of Shiv Sena leader Suresh Jain, which had thrived regardless of his political affiliations. In a massive sprint, the BJP bagged 41 of the 78 seats in Sangli, a vast improvement over their 2013 tally of a mere six seats. Then, the Congress had secured 41 and the NCP 19. This time, the Congress-NCP combine managed to secure only 35 seats (Congress 20, NCP 15), despite leading in the early rounds of counting. Jayant Patil lost Marathadominated Sangli on home ground. It was the first election for Patil after he took charge as state president. It was also the first election for Kadam after the death of his father and Congress strongman Patangrao Kadam - and his unopposed election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the by-election held in May this year.After a grand victory in Sangli and Jalgaon, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis congratulated voters for reposing faith in the BJP He said, “We . humbly accept the people’s verdict. I would like to assure High Court grants ‘urgent hearing’ on Maratha reservation STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Taking into consideration the state-wide violence and seven suicides over the Maratha reservation cause, the Bombay High Court on Friday preponed the hearing on the issue by a week. The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Aurangabad-based Maratha Kranti Morcha leader Vinod Patil was earlier slated for hearing on August 14. However, a division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudesai has now posted the matter for hearing on August 7. The bench was moved by Patil through his advocate Leena Patil, who informed the judges that at least seven individuals from the Maratha community across Maharashtra have committed suicide. The bench was also apprised of the state-wide violence owing to the delay in deciding this matter. Having considered the contentions, the bench said, “Let the matter come up for hearing on August 7. We will hear it considering the urgency .” The plea filed by Patil has sought an urgent hearing and disposal of the matter, which is pending before the HC so that students from the community get the benefit of the proposed reservation of 16 per cent in education and government jobs. During an earlier hearing in June, the government informed the bench that five different firms were deployed to collect data of the community This data, as per . the government, is being collected to substantiate its claim that the community is one of the most ‘socially and economically’ backward community in Maharashtra. Special counsel Ravi Kadam, representing the government had informed the bench that the data is voluminous and the firms collecting it would probably get it done by July 31. The government through a notification had constituted the eight-member State Backward Class Commission on January 4, 2017. This Commission was given the task to look into the voluminous data placed by the government in its affidavit to support its decision of granting 16 per cent of reservation to the Maratha Community . CONTD. ON P6 that the BJP is committed to resolving problems like reservation, farmers’ issues and development.” According to a source, political parties brazenly pumped money into Sangli and the rate per vote was more than a grand. Kadam concurred with these reports and said: “Our party has worked for the welfare of Sangli ever since the inception of the civic body . This is clearly a win of the BJP’s money power over the Congress’ people’s power.” However, he disagreed that tickets were given to weak candidates. "If that were true, Congress would not have won more seats than the NCP said Kadam. ," The sources claimed that cash-strapped Congress did not provide the necessary back-up to the candidates, whereas the NCP and the BJP pumped huge amounts. In Congress, the candidates were asked to fend for themselves. Sanjay Bajaj, city president of the NCP claimed there , was tampering of the EVMs. He further alleged that the BJP had spent Rs 500 crore on the civic poll, which was more than the outlay of the civic body . CONTD. ON P6 Dropping of poop mid-air: DGCA warned FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi If your favourite nightmare is being hit by poop that has been flushed out by an aircraft mid-air, then there is finally someone speaking on your behalf. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has warned the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that the tribunal will stop his salary if he fails to ensure that all airlines stop emptying their toilet waste mid-air by August 31. The NGT is peeved at the DGCA’s "repeated defiance" in the matter and marked reluctance to issue circular to airlines operating at the IGI Airport. The tribunal also warned that if there is "continued defiance" it may have to consider prosecution of the Director General on the next date. During the hearing, the DGCA told the bench that the order has not been complied with because a review petition against the NGT's order was pending adjudication. The DGCA has also claimed that it was impossible to dump human waste mid-air. However, on October 2016, a Delhi resident, Lt Gen (retired) Satwant Singh Dahiya, had filed a case alleging that houses in his neighbourhood were splattered with faeces dumped by planes at night-time. The tribunal had, then, on December 20, 2016, directed the DGCA to issue a circular to all airlines to pay Rs 50,000 as environmental compensation if their planes are found dumping waste mid-air.