SINCE 1928 MOURINHO FRUSTRATED AS EPL CLUBS RACE TO BEAT NEW DEADLINE Pg 23 REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 RED ALERT FOR A SHOT IN THE ARM FOR NDA `2 EDIT WEATHER 300C. 260C. Sunrise: 06:18 am Sunset: 07:06 pm LYNCHING IN THE NAME OF COW HEARTBREAKING: KANGANA Pg 2 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 62 No. 91 | FRIDAY | AUGUST 10, 2018 | 24 Pages EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Root cause of all sufferings is identity crisis. WHY NOT A SINGLE DANCE IDUKKI DAM BAR? IS IT MORAL POLICING? Pg 8 Apex Court’s poser to state government PTI AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government why it has not allowed a single dance bar to operate and wondered if there was moral policing in the state. The top court questioned the state for denial of licences to dance bars and observed that with the changing times, the definition of obscenity has also changed. The court was responding to the observation of senior advocate representing Ma- harashtra, who had contended that even today traditional families don’t allow their children to visit dance bars. The senior lawyer also said that whenever a young boy and a girl are seen together, adverse inferences are made. To this, the court said in a lighter vein: ‘‘Earlier, filmmakers would show two flowers or two birds chirping ion movies, instead of showing a kiss or a scene of love making, but now the times have changed". Warming up to the theme, the bench of justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said now even law and society have recognised live-in relationships, which earlier were not acceptable. Centre tweaks Talaq Bill to ensure passage in RS FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi FPJ NEWS SERVICE Thiruvananthapuram The flood situation in Kerala is grim: As water levels continue to rise precariously in rivers and reservoirs, a third red alert has been issued for Idukki reservoir. Earlier in the day one , sluice was opened. But water levels in the Idukki reservoir continued to surge and have breached the 2400 feet mark. This is just short of the dam’s maximum capacity: 2403 feet. In all probability , the shutter of one of the dams will be opened again on Friday to maintain the water level. But, now, there are additional fears that water released into the river Periyar from the reservoir may cause it to inundate its banks and flood the districts of Idukki and Ernakulam (which includes the city of Kochi). Incidentally the meteoro, logical centre in Thiruvananthapuram has predicted heavy to very heavy rains in the next 24 hours. Four naval teams and a Sea King helicopter have been sent to Wayanad to evacuate stranded people. State Disaster Control Room sources said 26 people have died in rain-related incidents since Wednesday with 17 of them being killed in landslides in Idukki and Malapuram districts. Talking to reporters after a review meeting, the Chief Minister said the flood situation was "very grim" and it was for the first time in the history of the state that 24 dams have been opened. The Centre has watered down the proposed law which makes the practice of instant triple talaq illegal; the Bill has been diluted so that it is acceptable to the Congress and other Opposition parties, which have the numbers in the Rajya Sabha. In the tweaked version, the complaint can be filed only by the woman or her family . This would allay fears that even a neighbour can file an FIR, as is the cases in any cognisable offence. This would check misuse. Another amendment makes the offence of triple talaq "compoundable". Now, a magistrate can use his powers to settle the dispute between a husband and his wife. Under a compoundable offence, both parties have the liberty of withdrawing the case. The woman can also drop charges if her husband is open to a compromise. "I believe deterrence is very important in law. Once the husband goes to jail, he will straighten out and compromises will happen," Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. The possibility of bail has been brought in and the accused can approach a magistrate even before trial to seek bail; a judge can decide whether to grant bail after hearing the wife. But bail cannot be granted by the police at the police station itself. Government sources said dentally it was strictly in, tended for keeping aerial surveillance of the route that the pilgrims take. Most denizens of cyber space, however, saw the indulgence more as dereliction of duty Also, this is not the . only instance of the Yogi Adityanath government bending backwards to accommodate the Kanwariyas. For instance, the traffic on the busy National Highway 27 had been diverted for the last few days for the pilgrims. Also, meat shops and restaurants selling nonvegetarian food were asked to down shutters along the ‘sanitised’ route. Coming close on the heels of Kanwarias vandalising a car on a Delhi road, even as cops looked on, the chopper CONTD. ON P5 the magistrate would ensure that bail is granted only after the husband agrees to grant compensation to the wife as provided in the Bill. The quantum of compensation, too, will be decided by the magistrate, as per the Bill. "There were fears and we have plugged the holes ... nothing has been done under pressure," Prasad said in response to a question. Friday is the last day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament. If the Bill is cleared by the upper house, it will have to go back to the Lok Sabha for approval of the amendments. The proposed law also addresses "nikah halala", which requires the divorced woman to marry someone else and consummate the marriage if she wants to remarry her husband. The significant changes, long demanded by the opposition, come ahead of the state elections later this year and the 2019 national polls. At the outset, senior advocate Jayant Bhushan, appearing for hotel and restaurants owners who have challenged the new law regulating dance bars, said, the state has made CCTV cameras mandatory in dance bars, which was in violation with the Right to Privacy . "People visiting the dance bar may not want to be seen on CCTV cameras or even the bar girls. This was violation of fundamental rights," he said. The bench, said the installation of CCTVs was not in question as they could help in throwing up critical evi- A senior cop from Yogi Adityanath’s state, who showered rose petals from a chopper on Kanwariyas, has defended his action saying it should not be given a religious hue. Also, it was a symbolic gesture and a part of Indian tradition and customs. It does not mean police are pandering to the sentiments of a person walking on the road. In a video that has gone viral, UP ADG can be seen sitting inside the helicopter and showering Kanwarias with 'blessings' while on surveillance duty . Kanika Rane holds son Agastya during the funeral of her husband, Major Kaustubh Rane, who was killed in a gun battle in Kashmir. Four Indian soldiers, including the Major, were killed in the gunfight in Gurez sector on August 7, near the line of control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. High tide for next 6 days STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Mumbai seashores are on alert following a high tide warning issued by the civic body’s disaster management department for the next six days. Citizens have been advised not to venture out into the sea on high tide days. Mumbai’s Indian Meteorological Department has predicted high tide of 4.6 metres and above for the next six days from August 10 till August 15, 2018. August 10 - High tide of 4.60 metres at 11:11 hrs. August 11 - High tide of 4.82 metres at 11:56 hrs August 12 - High tide of 4.95 metres at 12:41 hrs August 13 - High tide of 4.96 metres at 13:26 hrs August 14 - High tide of 4.85 metres at 14.08 hrs August 15 - High tide of 4.62 metres at 14:52 hrs According to one media report, the UP government has spent over Rs 14 Lakh on the hiring of the chopper. Inci- Love knows no bandh FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai The impact of the bandh was all-too evident in Akola on Thursday morning. However, unlike other parts of the state where there were sporadic incidents of violence, in Deulgaon village of Akot taluka, protesters went from sloganeering to showering blessings on a couple who tied the knot at the time of the bandh.The air was rent with slogans by the Maratha community but the minute the couple arrived, the slogans turned to chants and blessings for the newly-weds. Tejasvini Gawande wed Abhimanyu Adhav at Shetkari Sadan in Deulgaon. The Gawandes and Adhavs had CONTD. ON P5 Hindu names in Raje’s Rajasthan FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Rewriting history is one thing, tampering with it quite another. Three villages with ‘Islamic’ sounding names have been rechristened by the Rajasthan government. The decision, on the face of it, was taken after residents in these villages complained of the ‘Muslim’ phonetics, claims the Rajasthan government. The village of ‘Miyon Ka Bara’ in the border district of Barmer is a case in point: it has been renamed Mahesh Nagar. Likewise, Ismailpur village in Jhunjhunu district will henceforth be known as ‘Pichanwa Khurd’ and Narpara village in Jalore district has been renamed ‘Narpura’. Seemingly this has been , done keeping in mind the demographics of these villages, which are predominantly Hindu. ‘Miyon Ka Bara,’ for instance, has a population of around 2,000 people, of which only a miniscule four families are Muslim. Another reason, which sounds rather flimsy , is that youth in the village had stopped receiving marriage proposals from neighbouring villages owing to the ‘Islamic’ name. However, when sources delved deeper, they learnt that there was a formal proposal from the Rajasthan government to the Union Home Ministry to change the names of 27 such villages. Shockingly the Min, istry has given its nod to the change of name of eight villages. The move is seen as a ploy of the Vasundhra Raje government to woo voters ahead of the crucial Assembly Elections. The Nationalist Congress Party has described the move as a bid to isolate Muslims. Others see it as a part of the saffron surge, which is expected to become more pronounced as elections approach. The Mughalsarai railway junction was also renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyay junction, igniting a debate. CONTD. ON P5 on the other, it wants to spend crores of rupees on pens, pencils and other stationery, which is contradictory Besides, if BMC is . buying these items in bulk, where is the discount? The price at which they are purchasing these products seems on the higher side,” added Ravi Raja. The BMC proposal says ballpoint pens, box files, pencils, erasers, notebooks, long notebooks, ruled registers, plastic trays, plastic dustbins, cello tape, sponges, rubber bands and 53 other stationery items will be purchased for two years. CONTD. ON P5 BMC to spend Rs 2 cr on pens and erasers GOING DIGITAL? STAFF REPORTER Mumbai The civic corporation plans to purchase stationery worth Rs 2 crore for 2018-2020 from its designated contractor for all its wards and departments. The stationery would include ballpoint pens, box files, pencils, erasers, notebooks, plastic trays and other miscellaneous items. The proposal will be presented for final approval at the BMC Standing Committee meeting scheduled to be held next week. It has already become a talking point among corporators. The Congress Leader of Opposition in the BMC, Ravi Raja, has cast doubts about the enormous expense that the civic body plans to incur on the purchase of mundane items. He said they would raise objections to the proposal. “The BMC, on one hand, claims it is moving towards digitalisation and, PTI Fast News DONATIONS DIP 70%, STILL SENA IS THE RICHEST MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena received the maximum donations among all regional parties during 2016-17 financial year – that is, Rs 25.65 crore from 297 donations. The figures are based on the records submitted by the parties to the EC. The Sena was followed by , Delhi-based AAP which received Rs 24.73 crore from 3,865 donations. Punjab-based SAD received Rs 15.45 crore, which is the third highest among all regional parties, the ADR report says. However, the Shiv Sena saw 70 per cent decline in the donations - from Rs 61.19 crore in 2015-16. The biggest beneficiary during the period was Assam-based Asom Gana Parishad and the JD (Secular) of Karnataka. The AGP received Rs 0.43 crore, registering 7,183 per cent increase over the previous year. The JDS received Rs 4.2 crore, up 596 per cent over the previous year. INDIAN COUPLE & CHILD DEPLANED UP flower shower no rosy picture Muslim villages get FPJ NEWS SERVICE Meerut dence after an incident. "The question is whether dance bars can be considered as a public place, as CCTVs can only be installed in a public place," the court said. The Maharashtra advocate intervened and said, "A dance bar is a public place". Bhushan, in turn, argued that there is no empirical data to show that bar girls are trafficked or coerced to take up the job. He also said that it was wrong to take a moralistic view of the bars. The hearing remained inconclusive and would continue on August 23. Brahma Kumaris Bhushan Steel ex-boss is first arrest by SFIO AGENCIES / New Delhi The Serious Fraud Investigation Office has arrested Neeraj Singal, a former promoter and managing director of Bhushan Steel Ltd, and sent him to judicial custody till August 14. Neeraj is accused of siphoning off more than Rs 2,000 crore of funds in forms of loans availed of by Bhushan Steel via the good offices of more than 80 companies. This is the first time that the SFIO has arrested a person for fraudulent activities, a senior official said. The probe agency which , comes under the Corporate Affairs Ministry was given , powers to arrest people for violations of company law last year. The 80 companies were used for fraudulent rotation of funds through bogus loans and advances, and investments. In another tweet, the finance ministry said fraudulent activities contributed to the company becoming insolvent. Bhushan Steel Limited is one of the 12 big cases that had been referred for insolvency resolution by banks. On 18 May Tata Steel an, nounced its acquisition of Bhushan Steel through its wholly-owned subsidiary Bamnipal Steel Ltd, completing the resolution of the first case under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016. NEW DELHI: A senior bureaucrat has alleged "racial discrimination" by British Airways, which deplaned him and his family minutes before take-off because his threeyear-old son was crying on board. The flight was proceeding from London to Berlin. The bureaucrat, in a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on August 3, has alleged that another Indian family, sitting behind them, was also offloaded as they offered biscuits to the child to console him. The incident happened on July 23. The officer alleged that the crew got the plane (BA 8495) to return to the tarmac, where the security personnel took their boarding passes away. The customer care service manager did not give reasons for offloading them, nor did the management take action against the crew despite him lodging a complaint, he claimed. "We had to make our own arrangements for staying and travelling to Berlin the next day by paying a very hefty amount," he said, adding that the other Indian family was given tickets for a flight the next day, without any accommodation though. The bureaucrat is a joint secretary-level officer in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. When contacted, a British Airways spokesperson said, "We take such claims very seriously and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We have started a full investigation and are in contact with the customer." BANDH WAS NOT EXACTLY SILENT MUMBAI: Though the Sakal Maratha Kranti Morcha’s state-wide bandh was supposed to be silent, it was not entirely non-violent, with reports of stone-pelting and vandalism trickling in from some parts of the state. Morcha participants pelted stones at the Pune District Collector’s office and roughed up media persons covering the incident. Protesters also scaled the wall outside the collector's office, shouted slogans and indulged in vandalism. Some protestors also entered offices of IT companies located at Hinjewadi and Kothrud in Pune. They pelted stones, vandalized the premises and asked the employees to leave. STATE GOVT STRIKE OFF MUMBAI: Lakhs of Maharashtra government employees withdrew their strike after two and a half days of shutdown. They were demanding the immediate implementation of the 7th Pay Commission award. The strike was called off after a meeting of the employees union with Chief Secretary of State DK Jain. The strike by class III and class IV employees had almost brought work at government, semigovernment offices and hospitals to a standstill.