MUMBAI BEATS DELHI TO CLINCH THIRD VIJAY HAZARE TROPHY Pg 10 VOL. 30 NO. 26 | MUMBAI, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL SUNDAY| OCTOBER 21, 2018| 10+8=18 PAGES VICTIM OR VAMP? Over 5k people on rly tracks: Organiser in event video BLAME GAME AGENCIES / Amritsar The police gave a ‘no objection certificate' for the Dussehra event here but the organisers held it without seeking the required permission from municipal authorities, officials said Saturday , a day after a train mowed down at least 59 revellers. In their letter seeking the certificate, the organisers had also asked for security arrangements, citing the expected presence of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife, former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, at the event. But eyewitnesses complained the arrangements for the safety of people at the ground along the tracks near Joda Phatak were not adequate. "Why did the government not ensure proper security arrangements? Why was such a function allowed to take place near the railway tracks?" asked Sujit Singh. Funeral pyres were lit at city's cremation grounds Saturday for 39 of those killed when a train from Jalandhar tore through people standing on the tracks for a better view of Ravana going up in flames. Railway officials said no permission was sought from them either, and ruled Man portraying ‘Ravana’ died trying to save others AMRITSAR: The man who played the character of demon king Ravana at the Ram Leela was among those killed. After he enacted the role of Ravana, Dalbir Singh, in his 20s, was watching the effigy when he was run over by a train. Dalbir has an eight-month-old daughter. His mom said her son was playing different characters in Ram Leela for the past many years. Another friend of Dalbir said that on seeing the train, he had rushed to save them. “Dalbir was able to push 7 to 8 people away from the rail track...but there was something else in store for him as the train ran over him, killing him on the spot,” he said. Fast News COURT REJECTS PUROHIT'S PLEA AFGHANISTAN: 170 CASUALTIES KABUL: Nearly 170 Afghans were killed or wounded in pollrelated violence on Saturday, officials said, as the legislative election turned chaotic with many polling centres opening hours late -- or not at all -- due to technical glitches and lack of staff. In the latest attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Kabul polling centre, killing at least 15 people and wounding 20, police said. PETROL, DIESEL PRICES SLASHED NEW DELHI: The petrol price in Mumbai was Rs 87.46 per litre after a 38 paise reduction. The price of diesel in Mumbai retails at Rs 79 per litre. QUOTE “There is no second opinion on equality for women in every sphere. But when you talk about a temple, every temple has its time honoured rituals, besides traditions being followed for a long time. My humble opinion is that no one should interfere in that" — Actor Rajinikanth, in response to the SC order on entry of women into Sabarimala shrine in Kerala and the subsequent protests. Most dead are migrants from UP & Bihar: Officials AMRITSAR: Most people who were mowed down by the train were migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, an official said here Saturday The official, however, did . not give an exact breakdown of numbers as 20 bodies were yet to be identified. Jagunandan, a 40-year-old wage labourer from Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh who suffered injuries in the head and leg, said he was not standing near the tracks but was pushed as people started running away from the main stage after the Ravan effigy was set afire. The father of four was brought to hospital by a relative, who accompanied him to the event. Due to rain, activist puts her SABARIMALA SHRINE plan to visit shrine on hold AGENCIES / Pamba A Dalit woman activist, who was planning to visit the Sabarimala shrine on Saturday has put her plans on , hold and left Pamba following heavy rain, as high drama was witnessed when another woman was stopped from entering the temple by devotees who thought she was under 50. Today is the fourth day since the temple gates were opened for the monthly puja after the Supreme Court last month lifted a centuries-old ban on women between 10 and 50 years entering the Lord Ayyappa shrine. Top police officers camping at downhill Pamba, about five km from the temple complex, held discussions with Manju, leader of Dalit Mahila Federation, CONTD. ON P5 WOMAN, 52, ALLOWED INSIDE TEMPLE SABARIMALA: A woman from Tamil Nadu was allowed inside the Sabarimala temple on Saturday after facing initial protests, as traditionalists presumed her to be below 50 years of age. Latha, 52, accompanied by her husband and son, was stopped just as she was about to climb the hallowed 18 steps leading to the temple. The protesters presumed her to be below 50, despite her protestations to the contrary. It was only after the intervention of state BJP leader K. Surendran and others that the devotees allowed Latha to enter the sanctum sanctorum after checking her identity card. Flyover pillar collapses; traffic gets disrupted MNS takes dig at Uddhav over Ram temple, poses 10 questions AGENCIES / Mumbai In a dig at Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray over his pitch for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Saturday put up a poster outside its office, ‘Sena Bhavan’, posing 10 questions to the ruling party . Thackeray addressing the , party’s annual Dussehra rally in central Mumbai on October 18, had made a strong pitch for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and said he would visit the Uttar Pradesh town on November 25 and ‘question’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue. “I will go to Ayodhya on November 25. I will ask the Prime Minister questions (over the alleged delay in constructing the temple)... We are not enemies of the Prime Minister, but we don’t want to play with the emotions of the people,” Thackeray told a huge gathering of the party workers. The MNS, after extending its best wishes for the construction of Ram temple, asked whether Maharashtra would be turned into a pothole-free state and if inflation would decrease. It also sought to know whether women in the state would be safer and if the unemployed would get employment. The MNS also asked if farmer suicides would stop and if they would receive the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce. The Raj Thackeray-led party further asked whether steps would be taken to eradicate drought in the state and if encroachments on vacant lands would stop. CONTD. ON P5 Kidnapped PIO Tanzanian billionaire freed STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai A massive iron girder of an under-construction flyover crashed down at Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road on Saturday when a container truck rammed into the flyover girder. The girder of the under construction flyover joining Ghatkopar and Mankhurd, crashed down on two vehicles, a four wheeler (Maruti Celerio) and a police marshall bike. Deonar police have arrested the container driver and booked him under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. No casualties were reported in the incident. According to sources, the incident took place on Saturday evening at 4.10 pm, near the Lotus Junction of Shivaji Nagar when the container truck rammed into the ironcast pillar of the flyover. As a result, the iron girder collapsed on the two vehicles parked under it, as the road was jam packed due to the flyover construction. The collapse added to the already disrupted traffic on Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Brace for traffic snarls as BMC mulls razing 14 road bridges STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai Mumbaikars must brace themselves for more traffic snarls than usual in the near future as BMC plans to revamp as many as 14 damaged road bridges simultaneously across the city . After the recent audit of around 296 road bridges, conducted after the collapse of Gokhale Bridge in Andheri on July 3 in which two people were killed, 18 city bridges were found to be beyond repair. These 14 bridges are part of the 18 structures identified in the audit, according to civic officials. The audit had also re- Saudi Arabia has confirmed that missing journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fist fight involving more than a dozen Saudi officials at the country's consulate in Istanbul, the media reported on Saturday . A statement carried on Saudi state TV on Friday night was the first official confirmation of Khashoggi's death in Turkey 18 days ago, and the first acknowledgment by Saudi Arabia of its role in it, reports CNN. "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place in this case and affirms the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the attention of the public and to hold accountable all those involved," it said. The statement conceded that firm Aviation Industry Corporation of China, took off and later landed on the water in Hubei province's Jingmen, state-run China Daily reported. The seaplane took off from the Zhanghe Reservoir at 8:51 am (local time) and stayed airborne for about 15 minutes, said the report which also accompanied the videos of the aircraft's take off. CONTD. ON P5 vealed that major repairs were needed for 61 structures and minor repairs were to be made to 107 of the bridges. Civic officials said tenders for the structural repair of 15 bridges are already in process. “The Yellow Gate footoverbridge (FOB) at Masjid has already been demolished for reconstruction. It will be at least two years before all these bridges are pulled down and reconstructed. We will ensure that Mumbaikars face the least amount of trouble possible,” said an official of BMC’s bridges department. Of the 14 bridges, six FOBs to be razed are: Two Maharshi Karve Road bridges (South and North) leading up to Chandanwadi, Mulund Colony’s Guru Nanak Nagar bridge, Sant Muktabai bridge in Ghatkopar, Kannamwar bridge in Vikhroli and Yellow Gate bridge in Masjid. The other eight slated for demolition are the Renaissance Hotel bridge in Powai, Hari Masjid Nullah bridge in Khairani Road, Wallabhat Nullah bridge in Goregaon, Gandhi Nagar bridge in Malad, bridges on Akurli and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Roads and Vithal Mandir in Kandivli and Borivli’s Vaibhav Society bridge. Auto’s CNG tank explodes while refuelling in Malad Dar es Salaam: Indian-origin Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who was captured by gunmen outside a gym here nine days ago, is back home safe after his kidnappers freed him, the police said. Dewji, 43-yearold CEO of the METL Group family conglomerate, was kidnapped by unknown men on October 11 while he was going for his early morning workout in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam. "I have returned home safely Dewji said in a tweet ," from his company METL Group's account. The businessman thanked Tanzanian police "and everyone around the world for their prayers". He was found about 3.15 am near a tennis court in the city where his kidnappers , left him in a car, regional police commissioner Lazaro Mambosasa was cited as saying by the BBC. CONTD. ON P5 Three persons were injured, two of whom sustained serious injuries after the fuel tank of an autorickshaw exploded as it was being filled with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) at a Malad petrol pump on Saturday morning. Police said the fuel tank exploded as it was overfilled. The petrol pump has been temporarily closed pending investigation, said a Mahanagar Gas Ltd (MGL) official. According to police sources, the incident took place around 8 am on Saturday when an autorickshaw , fuel tank exploded while being refuelled at Kapadia petrol pump near Milap Cinema in Malad (W). The rickshaw was completely destroyed in the explosion. The driver, Anil More, 57, sus- Khashoggi died as a result of the altercation after he had come to the consulate to obtain paperwork needed for his upcoming wedding to his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. Five high-ranking officials have been removed from their posts, including the deputy head of the Saudi intelligence service, and 18 Saudis have been detained, it added. Khashoggi disappeared after going to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul at about 1.15 pm on October 2 to obtain the paperwork. She raised the alarm just before CONTD. ON P5 3 injured; driver, bystander ‘critical’ STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai Khashoggi died in fight at Istanbul consulate: Saudi AGENCIES / Riyadh Road. Fortunately there were no , casualties reported in the incident. The container driver, who was travelling towards Chheda Nagar from Mankhurd, was speeding on the road, following which he lost control and collided with the iron cast pillar. Shahaji Umap, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 6) said, "We have arrested the accused and booked him for rash driving and causing destruction to public property He will be produced in . court on Sunday .” As traffic snarls hit the busy road on Saturday evening, it took the traffic officials more than an hour to clear the traffic even as efforts to move the collapsed iron girder from the vehicles were underway . tained injuries on his leg while two bystanders, Sohail Shaikh, 57, and Shailesh Tiwari, 25, were injured when they were hit by parts of the vehicle that blew apart as a result of the explosion. Shaikh was standing nearby . The petrol pump staff rushed the injured to Tunga Hospital, where Tiwari was discharged after treatment for minor injuries while More and Shaikh are still being treated and their condition has been described as AGENCIES / Beijing China's indigenously designed and built amphibious aircraft AG600, touted as the world's largest, successfully carried out its first take-off and landing tests on Saturday The air. craft, developed and built by the state-owned aircraft TO OPEN ON OCT 24 AGENCIES / Beijing The world's longest sea bridge Hong Kong-ZhuhaiMacao Bridge will be thrown open for traffic on October 24, the authorities said Saturday The 55-km-long . bridge, situated in the Lingdingyang waters of the Pearl River Estuary, will be ‘Selfie’ endoscopy by Nanded doctor FPJ BUREAU Nanded World's largest amphibious plane China-HK: World's longest sea bridge MAIDEN TEST FLIGHT critical. Nitin Pondkule, senior police inspector of Kandivali police station said, “The cause of the blast is not known but we are investigating and experts have joined the probe.” A team from Mumbai Fire Brigade and Mahanagar Gas arrived at the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) outlet but by then the flames had been doused. However, officials closed the pump as a precautionary measure. After the incident, Mahanagar Gas Ltd has suspended CNG filling operations. In its official statement, the agency said, “There was an incident of cylinder blast in an autorickshaw at Kapadia Brothers' CNG filling station. CNG filling at the outlet is currently suspended and an investigation is being conducted by CCOE.” PIC: BL SONI MUMBAI: A special NIA court rejected 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit's petition challenging the validity of the prosecution sanction for his trial under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Special NIA court judge Vinod Padalkar rejected his plea after hearing the arguments of Purohit and other accused in the case. The court has set October 26 as the next date of hearing in the case. Six people were killed and nearly 100 injured when an explosive went off near a mosque at Malegaon. out any inquiry by the department into what they said was the worst accident due to “trespass” on railway tracks. Amid a blame game over the accident, the Government Railway Police (GRP) registered an FIR against “unknown persons” and Punjab CONTD. ON P5 AMRITSAR: Just before the train accident, an organiser of the Dussehra event had boasted on stage before former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu that over 5,000 people were standing on train tracks to witness the function, according to a purported video which has gone viral. "Madam (Navjot Kaur Sidhu), look here. They (people) do not care about the railway tracks even as 500 trains pass by . Over 5,000 people are standing on the railway track at this moment," a man is heard saying in the microphone on the stage. When Sidhu, who was the chief guest at the event, was asked about the presence of the large crowd on the tracks, she said several announcements were made from the stage, asking them to move to the Dhobi Ghat ground where the traditional burning of effigies was being held. "At least five to six times announcements were made from the stage urging people who were standing on rail tracks to come to the ground as there was enough space there. And that they should not stand near the tracks but people did not listen," Sidhu said. Remember, anybody can say anything! Anybody can write anything! Practice discernment or Intelligent Evaluation. — Master Choa Kok Sui PIC: BHUSHAN KOYANDE WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS TRAGEDY? Police gave NOC for event, no civic permission: Officials Amidst the #MeToo India campaign, questions about the abuse of women, laws for their protection and their alleged misuse are back in circulation, writes MALLIKA Ravikumar the world's longest sea bridge, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The construction of the multibillion-dollar bridge had begun in December 2009. It will slash travel time between Hong Kong and Zhuhai from three hours to just 30 minutes, further integrating the CONTD. ON P5 A gastroenterologist in Nanded has performed endoscopy on himself, to learn first-hand the suffering undergone by patients when they are subjected to the procedure. Dr Nitin Joshi of Galaxy Hospital, who has used this preferred diagnostic method to detect stomach and intestinal problems on over 7,000 patients so far, managed to conduct the procedure on himself with zero error, in a standing position. “I wanted to understand for myself the pain and trouble faced by patients when they undergo an endoscopy he said, when ,” asked as to why he undertook this experiment.