SINCE 1928 SHOOTER SAURABH CLINCHES GOLD MEDAL AT YOUTH OLYMPICS Pg 22 FAMILIES IN FIGHTS REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 ANOTHER FRENCH BOMBSHELL FOR DASSAULT, IT WAS 'MANDATORY' TO SIGN ANIL AMBANI’S FIRM FPJN NEWS SERVICE Paris French publication ‘Mediapart’ on Wednesday dropped another bombshell. It claims to have accessed an internal report of Dassault Aviation which shows that choice of Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the offset partner in India was mandatory under the Rafale deal. The government has been maintaining thus far that it had no role in selection of RDL by Dassault Aviation. The big bang disclosure comes just a day ahead of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s 3-day visit to France, during which she was to discuss the big budget purchase of Rafale jets. The article uses the French word 'contrepartie' to describe Reliance, which was being made the offset partner, which when translated into English, means "counterpart". So, the fine print said it was ‘imperative and mandatory’, for Reliance to win the contract.” The disclosure contradicts the stand taken by the French aerospace major recently when it said that the decision to partner with Reliance Defence for the Rafale deal was its own. Dassault was then responding to former French President Francois Hollande’s claim that the Indian government proposed Reliance Defence as the partner in the Rs. 58,000 crore deal and France did not have a choice. Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday raised questions about Sitharaman's France visit. Taking to Twitter, Gandhi alleged that "work has begun" to justify the prime minister's decision to buy Rafale fighter aircraft. Why PM did not Give details of seek CCEA nod decision: SC ONLINE REPORT New Delhi Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not have the approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security when he said India would procure 36 Rafale fighter jets during his visit to France in April, 2015. In an interview with CNNNews18, Sitharaman said what the PM had made was only an expression of interest to negotiate a deal for the Rafale jets and this did not require an approval by the CCS. Claiming that CCS clearance was not required at the expression of interest stage, she said the approval is needed only when you want an agreement signed through. “After 16 hard months of negotiation, a draft is taken to the cabinet, the CCS approves it and after that approval you go ahead to sign the deal, which happened with the French in September 2016. The negotiations over the 16 months included those on price, quantity any add on. We followed the , process thoroughly she said. ,” The CCS had cleared the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale deal in August, 2016, nearly 16 months after the announcement of its procurement was made by PM Modi. CONTD. ON P6 Without issuing a notice to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sought from it the details of the two Rafale deals, one negotiated by the UPA and another by the Modi government, in a sealed cover by October 29, fixing the next hearing on October 31. It, however, made it clear that it has not taken into account the corruption charges made in the PILs by two lawyers; nor does it want any information on pricing and technical details. The PILs have sought a court-monitored probe into the Rafale deal. All that the court wants to vet is the decision making process, said the Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi with Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph. It agreed with a PIL that defence matters are sensitive and so the details be provided to the Apex Court only in a sealed cover. Attorney General K K Venugopal opposed the PILs, asserting on behalf of the Centre that the issues concerning national security cannot be reviewed judicially He wanted dis. missal of the PILs, which he said were filed just to gain political mileage. CJI Gogoi then asked the attorney general if the government would be able to give details CONTD. ON P6 EDIT AGENCIES Thane FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai According to a survey conducted by a Delhi agency , ‘Chanakya’, on behalf of the ruling BJP government in Maharashtra, six sitting Members of Parliament and more than 40 per cent of the 121 sitting Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have received failing grades from voters. The survey which was con, ducted recently asked voters , to rate the performance of their representatives (MP or MLA) – whether they were happy with the representative and whether they would want another representative, or would continue with the incumbent. Union Minister of State for Defence, Dr Subhash Bhamre, scored just 19 per cent, according to a BJP insider. However, Bhamre denied these whispers and claimed that he had scored 50 per cent. Raksha Khadse, daughter of former minister Eknath Khadse and daughter of the late BJP stalwart, is the second MP to receive poor marks. A meeting of the party’s MPs and MLAs was held on Tuesday at ‘Vasant Smruti’, BJP’s Mumbai office in Dadar. The meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Devendra HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF HARASSMENT AT HANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN: AMYRA Pg 18 Pg 10 FPJ NEWS SERVICE Mumbai It's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even though the sound of it Is something quite atrocious If you say it loud enough You'll always sound precocious Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! S urely, this Mary Poppins number must have been the lullaby that lulled the infant Shashi Tharoor to sleep. How else could one explain the mile-long word the Congress MP used on Wednesday to announce his latest book, ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister’, on Twitter? He described his latest book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification”. Before readers make a scramble to their dictionaries online or offline, according to the Oxford dictionary it is , a rarely used word which means: The action or habit of estimating THOUGHT FOR THE DAY In general, principles should not be compromised. AKBAR WAS NOT GREAT, AFTER ALL His eyes fell on me and the nightmare began Journalist Ghazala Wahab On Wednesday, journalist Ghazala Wahab shared her skirmishes with Akbar in an article for Wire. In her The article, Wahab wrote that during her initial years at The Asian Age, she took the office culture in her stride — Akbar flirting with young sub-editors, his brazen favouritism and his raunchy jokes. Then, his eyes fell on her in the third year at the newspaper. ‘‘And my nightmare began,’’ she writes. She goes on to recount Akbar’s persistence in trying to inflict himself on her in his cabin at office, the emotional ploys he adopted Master Choa Kok Sui BADSHAH OF MUCK? After the rebuff, I became His genius was excuse for playing the predator invisible in the office Editor of NewCrop Shutapa Paul Founder-Editor of NewCrop Shutapa Paul is the other person to expose the seamy side of Akbar's advances and repeated invitations to his hotel room. "MJ Akbar told me how journalists working together often 'grew close' and things could happen between them. He told me I should accompany him on his foreign visits," Paul wrote, as she shared multiple instances of Akbar's misconduct while they worked at India Today how she learned to avoid his suggestions for and late evening "meetings" at hotel rooms. Senior journalist Saba Naqvi In an article in DailyO, senior journalist Saba Naqvi has recounted the harassment she faced at her workplace at the hands of a certain editor who shares his name with a “Grand Mughal Emperor”. Naqvi clarifies that the man never laid a hand on her, but ‘‘every now and then, I was summoned to his office for meaningless chatter when he spoke to my chest (I was onto him by then).’’ At one point, it seemed he would lunge, when the door opened and a secretary walked in, recounts the journalist. Explain or quit: Cong; BJP goes into its shell CONTD. ON P6 FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi The Congress on Wednesday asked former editor and Union Minister M.J. Akbar to either come clean following sexual harassment charges against him or resign. It also sought an independent probe into the charges. But the BJP it seems, can, not see the fingers pointed in the direction of their suave minister, who possibly can’t continue to represent India in international fora after the ‘shameful’ disclosures. However, the silence of a government which has the CONTD. ON P6 much touted ‘Beti Bachao’ flagship programme, was stupefying, to say the least. While Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday had conveniently dodged media queries on the allegations, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was no better. On Wednesday he refused , to answer any question oth- Actors, singers speak up First female to be outed: Comedian Aditi Mittal AGENCIES / Mumbai The dark underbelly of showbiz continued to shine bright on Wednesday as wellknown women like actors Sandhya Mridul and Amyra Dastur and singer Sona Mohapatra came out about their unsavoury harassment experiences, even as the IFTDA sent a notice to actor Alok Nath who has been accused of rape by writer-producer Vinta Nanda. Incidentally , the first female to be outed in the MeToo deluge is comedian Aditi Mittal: she has been accused of forcibly kissing fellow comedian Kaneez Surka in public.A day after Nanda addressed a press conference Fadnavis, went on till late night. Fadnavis reportedly handed over a sealed envelope to every elected attendee and instructed them to open these at home.A BJP legislator said that they had been instructed not to discuss this report card with media. However, he claimed, “Forty per cent legislators have performed poorly in the last four years and have been instructed by the party leadership to improve their performance in the remaining period, or they will be replaced by new candidates in the 2019 polls.” For those MPs scoring a mere 19 per cent, the message was clear -- disgruntled voters wished to see a new candidate in the forthcoming polls. About 60 per cent voters expressed satisfaction with their existing Parliament or assembly representative. Party leaders claimed of the 21 elected MPs, six may not be repeated in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Those included Raksha Khadse who claimed that her performance is over 60 per cent. She said, “I have visited over 1,200 villages out of a total 1,400 villages in my LS constituency But I have to focus . on ensuring the reach of government schemes to people CONTD. ON P6 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Tharoor MARATHON WORD Sunrise: 06:31 am Sunset: 06:15 pm Vol. 62 No. 141 | THURSDAY | OCTOBER 11, 2018 | 22 Pages EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Poor report card for 6 BJP MPs & 40% of State MLAs Driver held for assaulting cop An auto-rickshaw driver has been arrested in Kalyan for allegedly abusing and assaulting a traffic woman constable. Nagesh Babu Awalgiri, who is in his 20s, was arrested late on Tuesday night. The incident took place near Deepak Hotel. Since Awalgiri had stopped his rickshaw in the middle of the road to pick up passengers, leading to a traffic jam, Constable Asha Gavande demanded to see his license. Awalgiri allegedly refused and got into an argument. He allegedly hit her on her hand and drove off. The constable, who was holding on to a sidebar of the CONTD. ON P6 OUR BUREAU New Delhi `2 WEATHER 340C. 250C. something as worthless. Twitterati had a tongue-twisting good time, mulling over Tharoor’s latest verbal missile: Floccinaucinihilipilification. ‘Shashi Tharoor is the only guy who can make autocorrect behave,’ observed one. ‘Oxford Dictionary is raising a #MeToo case against Shashi Tharoor’, said another. ‘I am wondering what Shashi Tharoor's Siri is like. Does she ask Shashi the meanings of words instead of it being the other way round?’ wondered yet another. ‘PM's characterisation needing too long a word like 'flauccinaucinihilipilification' (sic) does not seem appropriately to have been used by Mr. Shashi Tharoor to make common masses understand something uncommon about PM, rather might have been used to promote sales of oxford Dictionary,’ rambled another. CONTD. ON P6 here, claiming Alok sexually violated her around 19 years ago, Sandhya came out and supported her voice, recounting her own experience with the actor who is known for his 'sanskaari' on-screen image.Sandhya took the social media route to describe her ordeal with Alok during an outdoor shoot, where he would trouble her in an inebriated state. CONTD. ON P6 Senior citizen mowed down STAFF REPORTER Mumbai A 77-year-old senior citizen died in an accident at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg at Sewri on Tuesday morning. She was hit by a speeding trailer when she was walking on the road. Sushila Kashinath Dhumal (77) was killed in the accident at Zakaria Bunder near the Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawl on Tuesday morning at 11 am. After the accident, the unknown accused driver fled from the spot. The driver has been booked for causing death due to negligence (Section 304 (A), rash driving or riding on a public way (Section 279), causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others (Section 338) of the Indian Penal Code and duty of driver in case of accident and injury to a person (Section 134 (ab) of the Motor Vehicle Act. The registration number of the trailer is HR-55-WH1383. Bhagwat Bansod, Senior Police Inspector, RAK Marg said, “We are going through CCTV footage of the incident. The accused has not been identified as yet. As the vehicle has a Haryana registration number, we will be sending teams there to ascertain the truck driver’s identity We . are also looking for eye-witnesses in this case.” CONTD. ON P6 er than those pertaining to Cabinet decisions. He tersely told the media like the headmaster of a school, "That is not the topic right now". Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in an interview to CNN-News18, when confronted, wriggled out by saying that she is not the cor- Fast News rect person to comment on the allegations against Akbar. PM Modi, of course, continued to maintain his stoic silence. Not a word, even on the twitter. MJ is, meanwhile, still incommunicado and continues to maintain a wall of silence. CONTD. ON P6 PIC: BL SONI WADIA, ZINTA BURY HATCHET MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday quashed a 2014 case lodged by city police against industrialist Ness Wadia for allegedly outraging the modesty of Bollywood actor Preity Zinta. Both Zinta and Wadia along with their lawyers appeared before a division bench of justices Ranjit More and Bharti Dangre in the judges' chamber. "The case against Ness has been quashed. We have been told by the court not to divulge anything more," Wadia's lawyer Aabad Ponda said later. Zinta's lawyers also refused to give any details. On October 1, the court had suggested that Wadia and Zinta settle the issue amicably. Zinta's lawyer had said she was willing to settle the matter if Wadia was ready to apologise. Advocate Ponda had then said that his client was ready to bury the hatchet, but he would not apologise. The alleged incident had taken place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 30, 2014 during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match. TRAIN DERAILS, 5 DIE RAE BARELI: Five coaches and the engine of New Delhi bound New Farakka Express derailed near Rae Bareli early Wednesday, killing at least five people and seriously injuring nine. The train was on its way from Malda in West Bengal to New Delhi. Confusion prevailed for hours among senior police and railway officials over the death toll and the number of coaches that had derailed. ATF EXCISE CUT 3% NEW DELHI: The Union government on Wednesday cut excise duty on jet fuel or ATF to 11 per cent from the current 14 per cent in a bid to give relief to the aviation industry that has been hit hard by high fuel prices. It remains to be seen whether the cut will impact prices. BHILAI CEO SACKED RAIPUR: The Chief Executive Officer of the Bhilai Steel Plant has been removed and two other senior officials were suspended on Wednesday, a day after a blast at the plant which claimed the lives of 11 employees. AMRAPALI SEALED NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the sealing of nine properties of embattled real estate company Amrapali after its three directors, who are in police custody, said that the documents related to the group's 46 firms were stored there. TUSHAR IS NEW AG NEW DELHI: Senior advocate Tushar Mehta was on Wednesday appointed the Solicitor General of India, the second highest ranking law officer, almost a year after the post fell vacant, according to an official order. Mehta is at present the Additional Solicitor General.