SINDHU ENTERS SECOND SUCCESSIVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL Pg 12 Fast News Man kills self over Maratha stir MUMBAI: A 25-year-old man Arun Jagannath Bhadale, a resident of the Turbhe area, allegedly committed suicide in neighbouring Navi Mumbai on Saturday, with his purported suicide note mentioning his anguish over the Maratha community not getting reservation, police said. It would be the eighth such suicide in the state in the last two weeks. A-I passenger tries to enter cockpit NEW DELHI: A Delhi-bound Air India flight from Milan had to return to the airport in Italy within 30 minutes of take-off after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit, the airline said on Saturday. According to an airline spokesperson, the incident happened on August 2 when the passenger, and Indian citizen whose seat no was 32C, tried to enter the cockpit in clear violation of aviation rule. The aircraft had over 250 passengers onboard. "AI 138 Milan-Delhi flight delayed by 2.37 hours as one unruly passenger Gurpreet Singh tried to enter the cockpit after take-off from Milan on schedule. The passenger was handed over to the police," an airline statement said. Man lynched in Haryana CHANDIGARH: A man was allegedly beaten to death on suspicion of cattle theft in Palwal district of Haryana, police said on Saturday. The unidentified victim was caught by three brothers on the intervening night of August 2 and 3 while he was allegedly trying to steal cattle from the yard belonging to their father, Shradharam in Bahrola village, Palwal Sadar Police Station SHO Devender said over the phone. While his two accomplices managed to escape, the victim, in his 20s, was beaten to death by-- Beer Singh, Prakash and Ram Kishan, he added. Police have registered a murder case against the trio and arrested Ram Kishan, Palwal SP Waseem Akram said. Mughalsarai stn’s name from today CHANDAULI/LUCKNOW: Mughalsarai Junction will be formally renamed after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Uphadyay when BJP president Amit Shah, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrive at the iconic railway station on Saturday. Upadhyay was found dead in mysterious circumstances near the Mughalsarai station in February 1968. Mughalsarai is also the birth place of former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri. Court nod reqd for Salman trips abroad JODHPUR: Salman Khan will have to continue taking permission from the court every time he travels abroad, it was made clear on Saturday by the judge hearing a plea against the actor's conviction in the blackbuck poaching case. The trial court had convicted Khan on April 5 for killing the endangered animals in October 1998, when Bollywood movie 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' was being shot. The court had acquitted his four co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre. QUOTE "In Bihar, we have a double engine government (Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal-United). Currently, we have 'rakshas raj' in Bihar. Daily Sita is being kidnapped by Ravan and daily Duryodhan is doing 'chirharan' of Draupadi. Still, they keep saying that law and order are okay in the state. The engine of this Bihar government is committed to crime and corruption." — RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav launching a scathing attack on the Nitish Kumar-led govt in Bihar saying women are not safe in the state. VOL. 30 NO. 15 | MUMBAI, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL SUNDAY | AUGUST 5, 2018 | 12+8=20 PAGES ARE BOOK LOVERS EXTINCT? India third Asian nation to get STA-1 status from US This Notification paves way for high-tech sales in civil space, defence sectors AGENCIES Washington India has become the third Asian country after Japan and South Korea to get the Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) status after the US issued a federal notification to this effect, paving the way for high-technology product sales to New Delhi, particularly in civil space and defence sectors. India is the 37th country to be designated the STA-1 status by the United States. The federal notification, issued on Friday gains signifi, cance as the Trump Administration made an exception for India, which is yet to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Traditionally US has placed , only those countries in the STA-1 list who are members of the four export control Cong's commitment to oust ‘foreigners’ OUR BUREAU / New Delhi The Congress on Saturday asserted its full commitment to Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) to oust the foreigners from the state under the 1985 accord of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by identifying the illegal immigrants, accusing the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party using it to divide the society to divert the people's attention from the Modi government's colossal failure on all fronts. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) discussed the controversy raging over NRC at its meeting here and resolved that the Congress should help the Indian citizens left out in the final draft to prove their identity as Indians as many among 40 lakh left out were the indigenous Assamese. Hindu Bengalis and the residents from various Indian states. It said all those left out must get opportunity to prove their identity as the Indians. Congress chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala asked BJP President Amit Shah not to falsely credit the Modi govt for the NRC that was initiated and completed 80% by the Congress government of Tarun Gogoi. Decrying Shah calling all 40 lakh left out in the register as infiltrators, Surjewala challenged him to let the government withdraw the citizenship (amendment) bill before Parliament that seeks to give nationality to the foreigners while pretending to oppose the foreigners in Assam. He said the Congress commitment to throw out the foreigners illegally living in Assam could be seen from as CONTD. ON P6 Two bikers ‘attack’ Rupali Ganguly STAFF REPORTER Mumbai The Versova police have arrested two persons for abusing TV actress Rupali Ganguly after Ganguly’s car brushed past the motorcycle in front of her. The accused smashed the car window and abused Ganguly in filthy language. The actress was accompanied along with two women and her five-year-old son who were travelling in the car at the time of the incident. The incident occurred on Saturday morning at 8:20 am while Ganguly was on her way to drop her son to school. Ganguly was stuck in traffic at Versova when her car touched the bike. The accused approached Ganguly’s car and broke the glass with a punch. They also abused her in filthy language. According to Ganguly’s ROAD RAGE regimes: Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Wassenaar Arrangement (WA), Australia Group (AG) and the NSG. In its federal notification, the Trump Administration notes that India is a member of three of the four multilat- Rahul: Huge opportunity to expose govt OUR BUREAU / New Delhi Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday set into motion the party's preparations for the polls by holding second meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in a fortnight to guide the party workers in exposing the Modi government. The CWC will meet regularly many times in the next one-and-a-half months to gear up for the elections, Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot told a Press conference after a 4-hour CWC meeting, listing five issues it focused for kicking off a nationwide campaign in tandem with all likeminded parties. In a tweet after the meeting, Rahul said: "We discussed the political situation in the country and the huge opportunity for the Congress to highlight issues of corruption and failure of the government to provide jobs to our youth." CONTD. ON P6 …Or have readers segued from the physical to the digital book? MUNMUN GHOSH explores eral export regimes. Mainly because of the political opposition from China, India's membership application has been pending before NSG, which takes decision by consensus. By placing India in the STA-1 list, the United States has acknowledged that for all practical purposes India adheres to the export control regimes of the NSG. This exception for New Delhi is intended to send a strong political message to China and the world, taking into account that America's closest ally Israel is yet to be given this status, primarily because it is not a member of these multilateral export control regimes. "This action befits India's status as a Major Defence Partner and recognises" the country's membership in three of the four export control regimes -- the MTCR, WA CONTD. ON P6 Accurate Perception and Correct Expression is one of the most important of all the Virtues. Self-honesty makes big heads small. Jammu: Intruder in Farooq Abdullah's house shot dead — Master Choa Kok Sui AGENCIES / Jammu In a security breach, a man forcibly drove into the residence of former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah here on Saturday and vandalised the house before being shot dead by CRPF personnel guarding the premises, police said. Farooq Abdullah, a Lok Sabha member from the Srinagar constituency was on , his way to Srinagar from the national capital, where he has been attending the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, when the security breach was reported. After news of the incident spread, dozens of relatives of the youth reached the spot and staged protests demanding an inquiry They even . burnt tyres and raised slogans, officials said. The incident happened on Saturday morning at Bhatindi in the outskirts of the Jammu city when the in- Knife-wielding man forces entry into Kerala House NEW DELHI: A man, carrying a knife, was pinned down by officers on duty outside Kerala House after he attempted to barge into the premises on Saturday. The man was detained for creating a ruckus outside Kerala House, at a time when Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan was present inside. However, the man, who was filmed screaming outside the building, said he did not CONTD. ON P6 SC gets its 8th woman judge - Indira Banerjee AGENCIES / New Delhi Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Indira Banerjee has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of India. With this, the apex court gets its eighth woman judge, after Fathima Beevi, Sujata V Manohar, Ruma Pal, Gyan Sudha Misra, Ranjana Prakash Desai, R Banumathi and Indu Malhotra. A notification issued on Friday stated, “In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Kumari Justice Indira Banerjee, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, to be a judge of the Supreme Court of India with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office.” Banerjee assumed charge Man arrested for stabbing 20-yr-old to death in Thane NARENDRA GUPTA / Thane in Bhiwandi, where we found the man, detained him and handed him over to the Naupada Police for further probe.” Police claimed to have arrested him within five hours of the crime. The accused has been identified as Akash Kumar Pawar, 25, a resident of Kalher village, Bhiwandi. His father runs a fabrication business in Thane’s Majiwada. Akash assisted his father in the business. CONTD. ON P6 Thane Police have arrested a-25-year-old man for allegedly stabbing to death a 20year-old girl in Thane on Saturday morning. Police said the incident occurred near the Thane RTO office on Eastern Express Highway near Nitin Junction, as the girl was riding her twowheeler to work. SD Jadhav, Senior inspector of Bhiwandi-Narpoli police, said, “Based on information, we rushed to Kalher village Youth kills brother over Rs 20k dispute Changes his mind later, walks to the Police Station and confesses his crime SURESH GOLANI Bhayandar In a horrifying incident, a 21year-old youth brutally murdered his elder brother at their apartment in Bhayadar and in a desperate attempt to conceal his crime, chopped the body into four parts. However, the accused who has been identified as Simon Raphael Patrao (21) changed his mind and walked to Navghar police station and confessed to having stabbed his elder brother-Wilfred (36) to death with a knife at around 4 am on Saturday . The deceased was employed as a guard with a private security agency in Borivali. According to the police the gruesome murder which was reported from the fourth floor apartment of Jai Pandurang Building in the Kashi Nagar area of Bhayandar (East) was said to be the fallout of a dispute over Rs 20,000. After the sensational revelation by the accused, a police team immediately reached the crime spot and recovered the dismembered body parts which were stuffed into plastic bags and dumped in the bathroom and bedroom of the apartment. “It appears that the accused had withdrawn Rs 20,000 by using his elder brother’s (deceased) debit card a couple of months back. This apparently became the reason of conflict between the siblings CONTD. ON P6 port was revoked by the RPO on February 23. On February 23, 2017, Choksi had applied to the RPO, Mumbai, for a police clearance certificate. On February 24 2017, the personal particulars form was downloaded by Malabar Hill Police for verification. On March 10, 2017, police submitted a 'clear' report, stating there were no criminal antecedents against Choksi after checking the Criminal Antecedents and Information System (CAIS) used in the Mumbai Police Commissionerate to check the criminal record of an applicant. The CAIS system only reflects the applicant's name if he/she has been arrested for any offence. thumping his desk as if he was playing tabla. The teacher asked him to focus on studies with suggestions that singing and music will not help him in any way in the future. "With a broad smile, Kishore told his teacher politely that he will eke out a living by singing," Vajpayee said. "He owed panch rupaiya barah aana (Rs 5.75) to the canteen owner at Indore Christian College then," the professor said. It is believed that famous song "Panch Rupaiya Barah Aana", from 1958 film "Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi", has its genesis to this incident. Probe into clearance cert for Choksi STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai account of the incident on Twitter, “I went with my crying child, straight to Versova police station to file a FIR. Witnessing the state of my car and me bleeding, people stood there watching two women and a child being attacked in a car. They all stood there and witnessed CONTD. ON P6 Mumbai Police has ordered an enquiry into the issuance of a police clearance certificate to Mehul Choksi, now a prime accused in the alleged Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.Choksi was issued an Indian passport on September 9, 2015, which is valid until September 9, 2025. The passport was issued under the Tatkal category A 'No . police verification required' status was granted by the Regional Passport Office (RPO), Mumbai. Choksi left India on February 4, 2018, from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. An FIR was registered against Choksi by CBI on January 31. Choksi’s pass- Kumar, whose 89th birth anniversary is being celebrated on Saturday, had an average academic record, as per documents available with the Indore Christian College (ICC), where he enrolled for intermediate in 1946. He secured third division with just 326 marks out of 800 in high school examination (Class 10), according to the documents submitted to the ICC for admission. Kumar, born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly into a Bengali family in adjoining Khandwa district, did his high schooling from his hometown before moving to Indore for further studies. "A copy of his marksheet was found in a dusty file in the ICC's record room. We searched for it as it is related to memories connected with the great artist's school life," ICC history department professor Swaroop Vajpayee told PTI. "Once during a civic class, Kishore was caught An average student who went on to score high in B-town KISHORE KUMAR: 89TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY AGENCIES / Indore Legendary singer Kishore Kumar preferred singing and music to studies during his student days and was very clear in the formative years of his life that he wanted to make a "mark" in the fledgling Hindi film industry . truder, identified as Syeed Murfad Shah, who would have turned 26 next month, rammed his XUV car into the front gate of the former chief ministers' house and continued to drive recklessly and reached the inner garden, according to witnesses. Both Farooq and Omar Abdullah are Z-plus protectees. Director General of Police SP Vaid said a case was registered and an inquiry was being conducted into the breach of security "We are looking . into the case and trying to ascertain the motive," he said. CONTD. ON P6 as Chief Justice of the Madras High Court on April 5, 2017. She succeeded Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, who was then elevated to the top court. She is also the second woman to head Madras High Court, after Justice Kanta Kumari Bhatnagar. CONTD. ON P6 LeT’s Naveed Jatt emerges at militant’s funeral in Shopian AGENCIES / Srinagar Wanted Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Naveed Jatt, who fled from police custody early this year, on Saturday made an appearance at the funeral of a militant killed in a gun battle with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district. Photographs of Jatt offering a gun salute to Waqar Ahmad Sheikh at his funeral in Shopian's Malikgund village have surfaced on social media. Jatt escaped from police custody on February 6 while he was being taken to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital here for a medical examination. Two policemen were killed in a shootout at the hospital. He is also an accused in the murder case of journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead outside his office at Press Enclave here on June 14. GST slabs may be reduced to 3 AGENCIES / Kolkata In the long-term, Goods and Services Tax (GST) slabs may come down to three, in addition to the exempted category Sanjeev Sanyal, , Principal Economic Adviser to the Finance Ministry on , Saturday said. The three slabs could be a low of 5 per cent, a central 15 per cent (merging 12 per cent and 18 per cent slabs that exist now) and a top rate of 25 per cent, he said. "In the longterm, the GST rates might be squeezed to three as more and more simplification will be done," Sanyal said. Meanwhile, the GST Council cleared a proposal to offer cash backs to consumers on trial basis for digital payments through Rupay cards, BHIM app and UPI system to promote cashless transactions in rural and semi-urban areas.