DJOKOVIC IN US OPEN FINAL, NADAL QUITS WITH KNEE INJURY Pg 10 Shah to lead BJP in 2019 LS polls OUR BUREAU New Delhi The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday decided to postpone its organisational elections due this year-end and continue its President Amit Shah in the saddle beyond his 3-year term ending in January to let him lead the party in tandem with PM , Narendra Modi, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections next year. An official resolution drafted in the party's national office-bearers' meeting earlier in the day was piloted in the BJP national executive held at the Ambedkar International Centre at Janpath here for formal adoption. The office-bearers meet before the start of the national executive to set its agenda. Both meetings are closeddoor. The office-bearers' meeting chaired by Amit Shah was also attended by the party''s state presidents and state general secretaries. The party sources said the office-bearers were unanimous that the organisational elections supposed to be kicked off in October are difficult in view of the crucial Assembly elections in five states in November-December and the Lok Sabha elections in April. CONTD. ON P6 tional executive and central office-bearers meetings reflects an uneasiness among the upper caste leaders in the party . Instead of putting a lid over the controversy he rather , kicked off a heated debate on the issue in the 2-day national executive that began at the Ambedkar International Centre on Janpath here by warning the senior party leaders not to get into the trap from the Opposition''s attempts to create confusion. "There has been an attempt to create confusion regarding SC/ST issue, but that won''t cause any impact on 2019 elections," he declared, only to find the caste divide dominating the executive meet as he was countered in Amit Shah praises Maha CM Fadnavis over arrests S peaking for the first time on the raging controversy over the arrest of several activists on the charge that they helped Naxals, Amit Shah praised Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was present, for the police action. Opposition parties such as the Congress are doing vote bank politics on it, he said. SC/ST anti-atrocities act haunts BJP leaders OUR BUREAU New Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah referred to the recent law passed to restore the stringent provisions of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in his presidential address at both the party''s na- Fast News Amitabh Chaudhry is Axis Bank MD & CEO NEW DELHI: Axis Bank said on Saturday that Amitabh Chaudhry has been appointed its Managing Director and CEO from January 1, 2019 for a period of three years. Chaudhry, the MD and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company at present, will take the charge at India's thirdlargest private sector bank after incumbent Shikha Sharma steps down on Dec 31, 2018. Bengaluru to host air show in February BENGALURU: The Defence Ministry on Saturday announced that the next edition of the Aero India air show would be held here from February 20 to 24, 2019. "The government has decided to hold Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru from February 20 to 24, 2019," said the Ministry in a statement from New Delhi. The 12th edition of the five-day biennial event will be held at the Yelahanka base of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the city's northern outskirts amid tight security. The official confirmation on continuing the air show in Bengaluru came within a month after Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold it here as in the past two decades. Snacks at affordable rates in airports NEW DELHI: Tea and snacks would be available at the maximum retail price at some counters in government-run airports in the country, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) said Saturday. The counters have already started offering a few beverages and packaged drinking water at affordable prices for the passengers benefit, said an AAI official. The move comes after persistent complaints by passengers about the exorbitant rates charged for food and beverages at airport terminals. The issue has also been raised by MPs in Parliament time and again. In March this year, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram had taken to Twitter to vent his ire over the high price of a cup of tea at the Chennai airport, which he declined to have. The AAI official said the counters will be available in more than 90 airports across the country, barring the big ones such as New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru which are operated by private players. the closed-door meeting by leaders who are worried over the harassment that the upper caste people suffer from the Dalits rushing to Police on flimsy grounds. They drew the leadership''s attention to the upper castes and OBCs organising a Bandh in many states on the issue two days ago reflecting CONTD. ON P6 VOL. 30 NO. 20 | MUMBAI, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL SUNDAY | SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 | 10+8=18 PAGES LONG ROAD AHEAD The Supreme Court ruling is just the beginning for LGBT rights, writes NARSI BENWAL Spiritual Books are good food for the soul. When you read a good book, the Shakti goes to you. Hindu community will prosper only if it unites:Bhagwat AGENCIES Chicago Hindus have no aspiration of dominance and the community will prosper only when it works as a society , RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said and urged the community leaders to unite and work for the betterment of the mankind. Addressing a gathering of some 2,500 delegates attending the second World Hindu Congress here, Bhagwat said one of the key values to bring the whole world into a team is to have controlled ego and learn to accept the consensus. The second World Hindu Congress marks the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's historic speech at the Parliament of the World's Religions in 1893 in Chicago. "If a lion is alone, wild dogs can invade and destroy the lion. We must not forget that. We want to make the world better. We have no aspiration of dominance. Our CONTD. ON P6 Ambedkar flak for Bhagwat over his remark AGENCIES Nagpur Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar on Saturday condemned RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's statement at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago, US. Speaking at the second WHC on Friday , Bhagwat had said that Hindus had no aspiration of dominance and the community would prosper only when it works as a society "If . a lion is alone, wild dogs can invade and destroy the lion. We must not forget that," the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)chief said. "We want to make the world better. We have no aspiration of dominance. Our influence is not a result of conquest or colonisation," he added. The WHC marks the commemoration of the 125th CONTD. ON P6 — Master Choa Kok Sui In US, RSS calls Sharmila Pataudi match ‘love jihad’ CHICAGO: The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has gone back to its favourite topic, love jihad. A controversy erupted at the World Hindu Congress, when in the presence of Mohan Bhagwat, the sarsanghchalak, there was a discussion on Bollywood star of yore, Sharmila Tagore, and her marriage to Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi marriage was referred to as an instance of ‘love jihad.’ Tagore, versatile actor of Hindi and Bengali films, has now been dragged into an unnecessary controversy. A photo of the couple was displayed and their marriage dubbed love jihad, though Pataudi is now no more. The discussion did not even spare the Pataudis’ son Saif Ali Khan, his wife Kareena and their son Taimur. The discussion sought to portray love jihad as a ploy that was greatly endangering Hindus. It was further elaborated how Tagore had to convert to Islam and take the name Ayesha Sultan. The panellists also accused the Pataudis of giving their children Arabic names -- Saif, Soha and Saba. - FPJ Bureau Now, Kadam aides humiliate Minister blames media for 'DIRTY' image of politics TV news channel staffer FPJ BUREAU Mumbai After Ram Kadam, the Bharatiya Janata Party legislator, misused his right to freedom of expression on two occasions in one week his supporters are now following in his steps. Some of them used abusive language while speaking to a female staffer of a Marathi news channel. On Dahi Handi day ad, dressing a huge crowd of youth, Kadam had publicly offered to abduct girls who had rebuffed their advances. After which, a leading Marathi channel announced it was not going to invite Kadam to be a panellist on its debates, until he tendered an apology After the channel . announced its boycott of AGENCIES Mumbai Kadam, his supporters were irked. Some of Kadam’s rivals claim he has been instigating his supporters to call and pressurise the channel. The channel ran a special Even as a Maharashtra BJP MLA threatened to abduct girls for love-stricken male youth, a Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra bulletin declared that anyone who laid their eyes on girls would be hanged to death. discussion on Kadam’s audacious speech, in which Avinash Abhyankar of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) was a panellist. Kadam was a former legisla- tor of the MNS. Kadam’s supporters called and slammed Abhyankar, alleging he had used abusive language on the show. CONTD. ON P6 Woman challenges PIO’s among 15 indicted Shariat in High Court in US call centre scam NARSI BENWAL Mumbai The Islamic laws have three different modes of ‘talaq’ at the instance of a husband. The modes – Talaq-e-Ahsan, Talaq-e-Hasan and the infamously triple talaq – Talaq-eBiddat. The triple talaq is no more an option for Muslim men after the Supreme Court ruling in August last year. Now, the other two modes of talaq (Talaq-e-Ahsan, Talaq-eHasan) are under scanner. Not only these modes, but also the practice of polygamy , bigamy and nikah halala are likely to be examined by the Bombay High Court. This comes after a citybased woman moved the HC earlier this week challenging provisions of the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat), insofar it permits polygamy , bigamy and nikah halala. Interestingly the woman , has sought declaration of nikah halala as an offence on par with rape. The lady petitioner (name changed to protect her identity) has challenged the provisions of the CONTD. ON P6 AGENCIES / Chicago Fifteen people, including seven of Indian-origin, and five India-based call centres have been indicted in a multi-million call centre scam that victimized thousands of people in the US. Seven people were arrested on Thursday in the US for their alleged involvement in the scam that victimised over 2,000 people, resulting in over $5.5 million in losses, the US Justice Department said in a press release on Friday . Seven defendants and five call centres in India were also charged for their alleged involvement, officials said. Mohamed Kazim Momin, Palak Kumar Patel, Mohammed Sozab Momin, Devin Bradford Pope, Nicholas Alezander Deane, Drue Kyle Riggins and Jantz Parrish Miller were arraigned before US Magistrate Judge Janet F King. The indictment alleged the defendants were involved in a "sophisticated scheme organized by co-conspirators in India, including a network of call centres in Ahmedabad". Alibaba chief to pursue philanthropy GIVING BACK TO SOCIETY AGENCIES / Beijing Alibaba co-founder and chairman Jack Ma plans to retire from the Chinese e-commerce giant on Monday to devote his time to philanthropy focused on education, he told the New York Times in an interview. Ma was an English teacher before start- ing Alibaba in 1999 and built it into a multibillion-dollar internet colossus, becoming one of the world's richest men and a revered figure in his homeland. His own worth has soared along with that of the company, which was valued at USD 420.8 billion based on its share price at the close of trade on Friday . Ma told The New York Times that he plans to step down from the company on Monday -- his 54th birthday -- referring to his departure as "the beginning of an era" rather than an end. Ma, who gave up the title of CEO in 2013, said he now planned to devote his time and fortune to education. The way he chose to make the announcement was unusual. Ma is the first of his generation of uber-wealthy tech bosses to retire, a rare move in a country where business figures often run their empires well into their 80s. Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde has blamed the media for portraying a "dirty" image of politics, evoking sharp reactions from the opposition parties as well as its restive ally Shiv Sena. Addressing a group of students at Wilson College on Friday Tawde , asked how many of them wanted to join politics. When his question elicited a poor response, the senior BJP minister said, "It is often said that politics is dirty . This image is created when some stray clippings (of politicians) are played by the media. No doubt the media shows news which are true, but some of them are not." Tawde, who is in Delhi on India to cancel OCI cards of Sherin Mathews' foster parents, relatives in US AGENCIES / Houston India has decided to revoke the OCI cards of the IndianAmerican foster parents of Sherin Mathews, the threeyear-old girl found dead in a culvert in Dallas, and some of their relatives and friends, in a case that attracted global attention and forced the government to tighten the adoption process. Toddler Sherin's decomposed body was found in a culvert close to her home on October 22 last year, two weeks after her IndianAmerican foster parents reported her missing. Counsel General of India in Houston, Anupam Ray said India is cancelling the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards of Wesley Mathews his wife Sini, who are in jail, and the couple's some relatives and close associates as public opinion in India on this issue is inflamed and travel of these people to India is not in public interest. Saturday was unavailable , for comment, while two other BJP spokespersons refused to speak on the issue. Slamming Tawde for his remarks, Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said the media only shows what is happening around. He added that the irresponsible behaviour of politicians reflected poorly on the minds of citizens. "Blaming media for show- ing the deteriorating state of politics in the country today is wrong. Politicians have to introspect about what is causing the standard of politics to fall to new levels everyday the Nationalist ," Congress Party leader said. Munde claimed that the ruling BJP extensively used media and social media to come to power at the Centre and in Maharashtra in 2014. "When the same media is showing the true face of the BJP now, attempts are being made by the party to silence it," he claimed. Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said instead of blaming the media, it is the duty of politicians to behave and speak responsibly in public and set an example for students and society . CONTD. ON P6 Trump wants to stop subsidies to India AGENCIES Chicago President Donald Trump on Friday said he wants to stop the subsidies that growing economies like India and China have been receiving as he wants the US, which he considers as a "developing nation", to grow faster than anybody . Addressing a fundraiser event in the Fargo city of North Dakota, he also accused the World Trade Organization (WTO) of allowing China to become a "great economic power". "We have some of these countries that are considered growing economies. Some countries that have not matured enough yet, so we are paying them subsidies. Whole thing is crazy Like In. dia, like China, like others we say 'oh, they're growing , actually'," Trump said. He said that they call themselves developing nations and "under that category they get subsidies." "We have to pay them money This whole thing is crazy . , but we're going to stop it. We're going to stop it. We have stopped it. "We are a developing nation, too, OK? We are. As far as I'm concerned, we are a developing nation. I want to be put down in that category because we are growing, too. We are going to grow faster than anybody Trump said ," amidst applause from the audience. Attacking the WTO, Trump said he thinks that the World Trade Organization was probably the worst of all. "But a lot of people don't know what that is, that allowed China to become this great economic power". On the trade deficit between the US and China, which has led to a tariff war between the world's top two economies, he said, "I'm a big fan of (Chinese) President Xi Jinping, but I told him, 'we have to be fair'."