SINCE 1928 It was specIal: JadeJa after hIs maIden InternatIonal ton Pg 20 Indo-russIan s-400 deal defIes us `2 REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 Fast News dRy RUN: 201 TALUkAS ARE UNdER LENS FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU/ MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government will rely on ‘Maha Madat’ web site and mobile app to track monsoon activity in the state. The app will also help monitor the crop situation, moisture content of the soil and the underground water table. According to Chandrakant Patil, Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation, of the 358 talukas in the state, about 201 talukas have recorded a prolonged dry spell of 21 days. Revenue officials will conduct a survey using remote sensing satellite imaging and based on six parameters laid down by the Central government, will determine drought conditions between October 5 and October 25. A report will be submitted to the Centre on October 31. He said, “Online technology will help the government to accurately analyse and determine drought conditions at the village level.”Patil further said, “The second survey will soon be complete and a report will be submitted to the state government by October 8. The collected data will be fed online, which will give the government a complete picture of drought conditions in the state. Drought-like conditions will be declared thereafter in those talukas which meet both the criteria. Thereafter, physical on-site crop yield assessment will be done at the district collector-level until October 25.” HSC, SSC TIMETABLE FOR BOARd EXAMS MUMBAI: The timetable for state HSC and SSC 2019 exam has been released by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education on its official website, mahahsscboard.maharashtra.g ov.in. As per the notification, the HSC exams will start from February 21, 2019, and last until March 20, while the SSC exams will start from March 1 till March 22, 2019. PUNE HOARdING CAVES IN: 4 dIE PUNE: Four people were killed and six injured when a huge hoarding on railway premises collapsed on vehicles from the adjoining road on Friday. The 40-feet hoarding and the iron frame holding it collapsed on vehicles which had stopped at the traffic light at Shahir Amar Shaikh Chowk near Pune Railway Station. The deceased were identified as Shamrao Kasar (70), Shamrao Dhotre (48) and Shivaji Pardeshi (40). A 40-year-old man, who was returning home after immersing his wife's ashes, was among the four people killed.He was returning along with his son, daughter and mother. Only Pardeshi was killed while the other three received minor injuries. Fire brigade officials said that five auto-rickshaws, one two-wheeler and a car were damaged in the accident. "Since it was afternoon, there was not much traffic. Otherwise, there would have been many more casualties," said a local resident. A Central Railway official said that it has initiated an inquiry. JAIN PILGRIMS: LUCky ESCAPE STAFF REPORTER/ MUMBAI: Fifty passengers returning from a pilgrimage, including 10 children, had a miraculous escape after a private bus they were travelling in plunged 30 feet into a gorge at a sharp turn near Bor Ghat in Khopoli. The accident took place on Thursday at 11.30 pm. According to a police officer, the bus suffered a brake failure, resulting in the accident. The official added that had it not been for the protective cover of trees which broke its fall, the bus would have hit the bottom of the 100-foot gorge. The bus had set off from Ahmednagar. EDIT ranveer sIngh Is excIted to work wIth karan Johar Pg 16 Pg 8 RUPEE FALL IS OK: RBI GOVERNOR The rupee has fallen more than 14 percent since January making it the worst per, forming Asian emerging market currency But the Re. serve Bank of India Governor is unfazed. He kept the interest rates unchanged at a policy meeting on Friday , baffling analysts who had expected a rate increase to fend off inflationary pressures arising from high oil prices. Even more baffling was RBI Governor Urjit Patel’s comment at a press conference that the rupee’s fall is ‘moderate’ and relatively lower amongst the emerging market currencies. He also insisted the central bank was not targeting any particular The rupee’s fall is ‘moderate’ and relatively lower amongst the emerging market currencies. level for the rupee. Soon after the announcement, the rupee breached the 74 mark against the US dollar for the first time ever. Patel said there was a subtle shift in the policy and there would be calibrated tightening, which essentially means a rate cut is off the table for now. Defending the status quo, he said, "Please recall that we had two rate hikes in the space of two months...we are not bound to increase rates at every meeting because that is not required given our inflation outlook and forecast at this point of time." Responding to a pointed question on whether the RBI considered specific measures to stabilise the rupee, Governor Patel reiterated that the mandate of the monetary policy committee was flexible inflation targeting it around the 4% band. He admitted that to the extent that domestic and global financial conditions, including commodity prices, impact inflation and projections, these factors are taken into consideration. Factoring these risks in, the RBI had left the rates unchanged, which in any case were hiked twice earlier in two meetings. But he did not mention the rupee once in the response. CONTd. ON P6 BSE Sensex plunged 792.17 points, Oil company shares tumble 25% GOLDEN RUN: GOYAL Sunrise: 06:30 am Sunset: 06:19 pm THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Your bondage is when you have a certain viewpoint and you are stuck with it; you are cooking, wrestling inside - “This is not right! This is not right!” Vol. 62 No. 137 | SATURDAY | OCTOBER 6, 2018 | 20 Pages EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia STEERING CLEAR OF THE OBVIOUS IMPACT OF THE PLUMMETING RUPEE, URJIT PATEL FOCUSES ON FLEXIBLE INFLATION TARGETING, EVEN AS HE LEAVES RATES UNCHANGED, MUCH TO THE SURPRISE OF INDUSTRY FPJ NEWS SERVICE Mumbai WEATHER 360C. 240C. A s the Indian rupee continued to plummet, Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said this is the best period for the Indian rupee in the last 15 years. "Rupee has only depreciated 7 percent in the last 5 years. This is the best period for the Indian rupee. It's a golden run," said Goyal while speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. The rupee has been depreciating since March this year. However, at the end of August, currencies such as Russian Rouble, Japanese Yen, the South Africa's Rand and the Mexican Peso have all had double digit depreciation against the US Dollar. India and Russia cock a snook at US, clinch deal Sri Sri Ravi Shankar FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Having pocketed a $ 5 billion missile defence deal, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced with aplomb on Friday that the ties between India and Russia are "unparalleled". Under the deal signed in the Capital, brushing off a threat of sanctions from the US, India will purchase five S-400 missile systems from Russia. Arguably the world's most lethal surface-to-air missile system, it is expected to be delivered by 2020. The initial US reaction was guarded: That it did not want to hurt military capabilities of its "allies or partners". Stating that the intent to slap sanctions on Russia was to impose costs for its "malign behaviour", the US also made it clear that any waiver will be considered on a transaction-by-transaction basis, adding it cannot prejudge any sanctions decisions. New Delhi, too, in view of the US warnings, kept the announcement low key ‘‘In . this fast-changing world, our ties have grown at a fast pace. With time, the relations between our countries have gone from strength to strength," PM Modi said a in joint statement with Putin. The S-400 is one of the world's most advanced longrange air defence systems. China was the first nation to buy it in 2014. Russia has already started deliveries of an undisclosed number of the missile system to Beijing. CONTd. ON P6 NEW DELHI: India will continue purchasing crude from Iran despite US sanctions coming into force on November 4. In the first such clear indication, State refiners have contracted import of 1.25 million tonnes of crude oil from the Persian Gulf nation and are preparing to replace dollar payments with rupee trade. Currently, India pays Iran -- its third largest oil supplier -- in euros using European banking channels. These channels would get blocked from November. Sources said this time around the entire Iranian oil import bill will be paid in rupees. Iranian oil is a lucrative buy for refiners as the Persian Gulf nation provides 60 days of credit for purchases, terms not available from suppliers of substitute crudes - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Nigeria, and the US. While India wants to continue importing Iranian oil, albeit a reduced volume, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month stated that Washington would consider waivers on the embargo but made clear that these would be time-barredm, if granted. The foreign minister said in May it abides only by sanctions imposed by the United Nations and not those imposed by any other country. blabbering, Lakshya lost his calm and slapped and punched her in the face. He also kicked her in the back and stomach. Police added, during this entire episode, Aaeshpriya kept asking Lakshya to stop, but her pleas went unheeded. After the assault, Lakshya wanted to lock his mother in the bathroom for a few hours to teach her a lesson. In a fit of rage he pushed her in the bathroom; not realising that Sunita had hit her head on the wash basin, he locked the bathroom from outside. Due to the impact, the wash basin broke into pieces and she died on the spot. On opening the bathroom door in the morning, he found Sunita dead. Police have recorded statements of the two domestic workers present at the time of the murder, who claimed that Lakshya was hitting Sunita, while Aaeshpriya was against it. A senior police official said Lakshya never intended to kill his mother. CONTd. ON P6 THE $5.43 billion (Rs 40,000 cr) deal is for delivery of five advanced S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile squadrons. S-400 dEFENCE system can engage up to 36 targets at a time and simultaneously launch 72 missiles. It can bring down enemy aircraft from the surface itself. THE TARGET detection range is up to 600 km and its tactical ballistic missile destruction range varies from 5 km to 60 km. CHINA, TOO, has signed a deal with Russia to procure the same missile system. PAkISTAN HAS over 20 fighter squadrons, with upgraded F-16s, China 1,700 fighters, including has 800 4-Gen fighters. IT IS the most lethal weapons system in the world and provides four different types of layered air defence. THE dELIVERy of the system will start 24 signing of the contract The initial US reaction was guarded: That it did not want to hurt military capabilities of its "allies or partners" OIL SNUB TO TRUMP Nadia: From a Model held for death of mother jihadist slave to Nobel laureate PRIYANKA NAVALKAR Mumbai AFP / Baghdad Nadia Murad survived the worst cruelties ever inflicted on her people, the Yazidis of Iraq, before becoming a global champion of their cause and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. On Friday Murad and Con, golese doctor Denis Mukwege were jointly awarded the prize for their "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war," Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said in unveiling the winners in Oslo. The 25-year-old Murad, her thin, pale face framed by her long brown hair, once lived a quiet life in her village near the mountainous Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar in northern Iraq, close to the border with Syria. But when the so-called Islamic State jihadist group stormed across swathes of the two countries in 2014, her fate changed forever and her nightmare began. One day in August that year, pick-up trucks bearing the black flag of jihadists swept into her village, Kocho. IS fighters set about killing the men, taking children captive to train them as fighters and condemning thousands of women to a life of forced labour and sexual slavery . Today Murad and her , friend Lamia Haji Bashar, joint recipients of the EU's 2016 Sakharov human rights prize, continue the fight for the 3,000 Yazidis who remain missing, presumed still in captivity IS fighters wanted . "to take our honour, but they lost their honour," said Murad, now a United Nations goodwill ambassador for survivors of human trafficking. It is an evil she personally experienced during a harrowing three months. After being captured by IS fighters, Murad was taken by force to Mosul, the de facto "capital" of the IS's self-declared caliphate. During her ordeal she was held captive and repeatedly gang-raped, tortured and beaten. The jihadists organised slave markets for selling off the women and girls, and Yazidi women were forced to renounce their religion. For the jihadists, with their ultra-strict interpretation of Islam, the Yazidis are seen as heretics. CONTd. ON P6 The Oshiwara police arrested 23-year-old Lakshya Singh on Friday for killing his mother, Sunita (45), following a heated argument early on Thursday morning. During interrogation, Lakshya told the police that he had pushed his mother after gruesomely assaulting her for acting weird after consuming drugs on Wednesday midnight. The police have booked Lakshya for culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304) of the Indian Penal Code. Police sources said, on Wednesday midnight, Sunita, Lakshya and his girlfriend Aaeshpriya Banerjee (22) were consuming drugs. Along with the family , there were two servants in the house. After taking drugs, Sunita was highly intoxicated and blabbering, which led to a heated argument between the two, over their finances and expenses. When Sunita did not stop #MeToo from all quarters, media in the dock NEETA KOLHATKAR Mumbai With Tanushree Dutta speaking up, a floodgate of memories has opened. India’s #MeToo moment seems to have arrived, with many women saying enough is enough. Indian media was until now spared the embarrassment but on Friday unsavoury details unravelled in multiple Twitter threads -- about top-notch media professionals who had misbehaved with journalists. What started as a trickle may end up becoming a deluge with several journalists ‘coming out’ in the open. Bangalore journalist Sandhya Menon recounted two incidents – first, when she worked with a newspaper launched in 2005. After a dinner outing with the ONLINE OUTRAGE editor- in-chief and his assistant, who was her friend, she gave a polite hug to her boss. What ensued after the hug shocked her no end. “So, I gave him a hug to say goodnight. He took my face in that moment, held it and kissed my mouth, tongue and all. It was all I could do to not jump out of the window and fly home. I scrambled for the door, muttered a goodnight and ran.” The editor, who had worked in a similar position earlier with a leading national daily asked her not to speak , about it. However, a few days later, he asked her out on a date, to go on a long drive; that was when she mustered the courage to say ‘no’. Sandhya later worked for a Bangalore tabloid, where she had a similar run-in with the then editor. He offered to drop the team home and she was the last to be dropped. “I get to my house, we're chatting. He lays his hand on my thigh and goes, ‘My wife and I have grown apart. She doesn't understand me.’ ” Sandhya’s story was corroborated by her colleague Shobha SV who recollected the incident. , “Sandhya and I were colleagues back then. I remember her sharing this incident with me.” Minutes after Sandhya’s tweets were out, other women came forward. City cartoonist Manjul recounted the tale of a young reporter who had a harrowing experience with the aforementioned former editor of a leading national daily . CONTd. ON P6 After Narendra, it will be Devendra: Minister HARDCORE SUPPORTER FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai While PM Narendra Modi and his BJP are gung-ho about retaining power after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and Modi is gearing up for a second term as PM, a BJP ally begs to differ. The Rashtriya Samaj Paksh (RSP) chief and Dhangar leader Mahadev Jankar has predicted Devendra Fadnavis will become the Prime Minister of India. Jankar is the Cabinet Minister for Dairy Development in the Fadnavis government in Maharashtra.Despite the Dhangar community feeling cheated by the BJP gov- ernment, Jankar is a hardcore supporter of Fadnavis. He was elected to the Upper House as a member of the legislative council (MLC) as a BJP candidate for the first time on January 23. 2015. He was inducted into the Fadnavis cabinet on February 19, 2017.During a public meeting called by the Brahman Seva Sangh on Thursday at Pune, Jankar praised the CM and predicted, “Fadnavis is doing a good job. In the future, he will become Prime Minister.”“Ya deshat jyala brahmnacha haat lagato, toh ‘history maker’ hoto (Any person touched by a Brahmin becomes a 'history maker'). Gopalkrishna Gokhale was Mahat- MONTHS from the ma Gandhi’s guru. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s teacher was a Brahmin. Bhide, who offered his ‘wada’ (big house) for the school of Mahatma Phule, was also Brahmin,” said the minister. Jankar added, “A Teli (community traditionally occupied in pressing oil) child, CONTd. ON P6 Delhi High Court acquits Suhaib Ilyasi in wife's murder case AGENCIES / New Delhi The Delhi High Court Friday acquitted former TV anchor and producer Suhaib Ilyasi on the charge of his wife's murder. Ilyasi, who became a household name as the host of popular crime show "India's Most Wanted", had appealed against his conviction and imprisonment. The 52-yearold's daughter Aaliya, who was in court when the verdict came, said she always had trust in her father. "I am very happy I am not able to . express myself much right now. For all this while, we were silent about it because the judgement was yet to come. We have suffered a lot but I trust my father completely and I had always trusted him," she said. Ilyasi was jailed in December last year after a trial court convicted him on charges of stabbing his wife Anju to death. The court said he had "committed murder and given it a colour of suicide". It also asked him to pay Rs. 10 lakh to his wife's parents. With his own life becoming a replay of an episode of his show, Ilyasi -- while being led out of court – had shouted that he was innocent and the life sentence was an "injustice". Anju Ilyasi was found with multiple stab wounds at her home in east Delhi on January 11, 2000. She died in hospital later. Ilyasi was arrested on March 28 that year. He was charged after his wife's mother and sister alleged that he used to torture her for dowry . The trial court judge had said evidence suggested Ilyasi, at the prime of his career, was worried that his wife would ruin his career by exposing his alleged acts of fraud. Anju, the court noted, had decided to leave Ilyasi and move to Canada.