SINCE 1928 Virat is one of leading players of all time, says tendulkar Pg 26 rBi-goVt truce & World Bank pat REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 Fast News 2 INDIGO PLANES IN A MID-AIR MISS KOLKATA: Two IndiGo planes came too close for comfort before averting a mid-air collision in the border airspace of India and Bangladesh, Airports Authority of India officials said Thursday. With only 45 seconds before the possible collision, it was averted after the Air Traffic Control tower in Kolkata instructed one plane to turn right and move away from the other aircraft that had come at the same level on Wednesday. One aircraft was going to Guwahati from Chennai and the other from Guwahati to Kolkata. At that time, the Kolkata-bound flight was at 36,000 ft in Bangladesh airspace and the other one at 35,000 ft in Indian airspace. It is not known if the Airborne Collision Avoidance System or the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System, which are generally fitted in aircraft, had alerted the pilots or not, an official said, adding that everything will be found out during the investigation. BJP LEADER, BRO SHOT DEAD IN JK JAMMU: BJP's state secretary Anil Parihar and his brother were shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar area on Thursday evening, the police said. The police are trying to find out if the attack was carried out by terrorists or it was with criminal intent. A curfew has been clamped in Kishtwar and curbs have been enforced in other towns of the Chenab Valley region of Jammu. Security forces, too, have been put on high alert. INDIA MAY GET US WAIVER ON IRAN NEW DELHI: India is close to a deal with the US that will allow it to continue buying crude oil from Iran without attracting any sanctions, after it agreed to cut imports and escrow payments, sources in know of the development said. US sanctions on Iran's oil buyers snap back Monday, forcing importing countries to negotiate with the US for waivers by making cuts in purchases or risk getting blocked from the US financial system. US REVOKES DUTY FREE CONCESSION WASHINGTON: The US on Thursday revoked duty-free concessions on import of at least 50 Indian products, mostly from handloom and agriculture sectors, reflecting the Trump administration's tough stand on trade-related issues with New Delhi. The federal register issued a notification, listing 90 products which were so far subject to duty-free provisions under the Generalized System of Preferences. CONG DENIES TICKET TO AJIT JOGI’S WIFE RAIpUR: The Congress party has denied a ticket to former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s wife Dr Renu Jogi. An ophthalmologist, Renu is a sitting MLA from the Kota constituency. She had won the seat thrice on a Congress ticket. Ever since Ajit Jogi had quit the Congress two years ago and floated his own outfit, there had been speculation about Renu’s political future, but she surprisingly asserted her full faith the party. The in Congress, however, has left her in the lurch by not only not fielding her, but delaying the announcement about dropping her till Thursday, a day before the last day of filing nominations. CRACKER EXPLODES IN BOY’S FACE, DIES MUMBAI: A seven-year-old child died after a firecracker exploded in his face in Buldhana district. Yash Sanjay Gavate was bursting crackers with his friends ahead of Diwali. He picked up a ‘Sutli Bomb', which had not exploded, thinking it had not been lit. As he playfully bit it, the cracker went off causing serious injuries. Yash was declared dead on arrival at a nearby government hospital. `2 EDIT WEATHER 360C. 230C. Sunrise: 06:29 am Sunset: 06:23 pm despise term "female-oriented" films, says richa chadda Pg 22 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 62 No. 160 | FRIDAY | NOVEMBER 2, 2018 | 26 Pages EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Temple Bill: Test of faith for Rahul & Co Pg 10 Rational practical knowledge to self is the basis for all human relationships. Brahma Kumaris RSS ideologue and BJP MP Rakesh Sinha to move private member's Bill in Parliament on Ram temple FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi It is an irony of ironies: The BJP poll pledge to build a Ram temple is being taken forward by RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha in the form of a private member's Bill in Parliament. The provocation for a private member’s Bill came with the Supreme Court deferring a critical hearing on Ayodhya dispute to January on the plea that it has ‘other priorities.’ With a Ram Temple not on the horizon in the distant future, pressure is mounting on the BJP for passing an Ordinance on the disputed structure. But with the BJP shy of taking the bait, RSS has decided to take the plunge, lest it is also accused of dithering on the matter. The Bill serves another purpose: it will constrain the Congress and other ‘secular’ parties like the SP to clarify their role on the Ram Temple. In the backdrop of the ‘soft Hindutva’ to which Rahul Gandhi is taking recourse of late – manifest in his temple hopping -- the Congress stand on the private member’s Bill may help voters make up their mind whether the temple forays are just electoral optics or there is a paradigm ship in the party’s approach. BJP MP Rakesh Sinha, acutely aware of the minefield that lies ahead for the fence sitters, said the onus is now on the Opposition leaders to clear the air on the temple. The leaders Sinha has in mind are Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Sitaram Yechury and Chandrababu Naidu. "Will Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury , Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati and Lalu Prasad Yadav support the private member’s bill on Ayodhya? They frequently ask us when the temple construction will ensue, now the onus is on them to answer," he tweeted. But what he left unsaid was that the BJP will now have to take the Private member’s bill to its logical conclusion. The RSS is clear that the government should take the Ordinance route in the matter but is stopping short of making belligerent statements. However, fringe Hindu groups like the VHP are taking a more stringent line and saying that they cannot wait eternally The ball is clearly in the . court of the fence sitters: They will have to make up their mind on an issue of ‘monumental’ importance. For some like Rahul Gandhi, it is now a test of faith. National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah had a different take on the simmering issue: ‘’The BJP thinks Lord Ram will help it win next year's general election, but God will not help them. It is the people who will vote, neither Lord Ram nor Allah will vote," he was quoted as saying by ANI. The dead included 2 fire personnel; each person climbed into the well in search for the other — without protective gear NARENDRA GUPTA / Kalyan PTI KALYAN HELL-HOLE: FIVE LIVES SNUFFED OUT BY TOXIC FILTH The fatal mishap took place on Thursday near Bhimashankar temple in Kalyan west. According to local residents, the trustee of the temple, Rahul Gunwant Goswami, had requisitioned the services of a sanitation labourer to get the well cleaned. The labourer descended into the well and seemed to disappear. After waiting for a while, Rahul, too, climbed inside to check on the labourer, only to meet a similar fate. Few hours later, Rahul’s father, Gunwant Goswami, went looking for them and too succumbed after inhaling the lethal cocktail. Immediately neighbours , summoned fire brigade officials, who were informed that the three had possibly drowned due to electric shock. Hence initially the fire , brigade team, which had rushed to the spot, disconnected the electric supply . During the ensuing rescue operation, the fire brigade personnel made the same mistake and went down the well without any protective gear. CONTD. ON P6 and resolve the differences. The meeting, which continued till 4am on Thursday re, ers argued vehemently and walked out of the party's warroom in a huff, sources said. mained inconclusive as no decision could be taken on candidates for 40 seats. Both lead- While Scindia wanted leaders expelled for anti-party activities in 2013 be welcomed back and even fielded in the upcoming election, Digvijaya was opposed to the idea. In fact, he claimed that such a move would depress party leaders and workers. “It will harm party's prospects in the election,” he claimed. During Narmada Parikrama, Digvijaya had conducted a survey of 106 assembly seats and submitted a report in a sealed envelope to the AICC. During the CEC meeting, Scindia tried to push names of his supporters in some of these seats. CONTD. ON P6 In a shocking incident, five people, including two Kalyan fire brigade personnel, died after falling into a 100-yearold well which was emitting toxic gases. The gases were emanating from the chemical waste released by two dye factories, which enters the well through a sewage outlet. The well had become a virtual hell hole due to road widening four years ago, when a nullah was damag-ed & its water flowed into the pit. NAIDU LOBBIES FOR RaGa gets a taste of MP infight 'MODI VS ALL' POLL OUR BUREAU / Indore Congress president Rahul Gandhi got first-hand experience of the infighting in party's MP unit when former chief minister Digvijaya Singh and MP Jyotiraditya Scindia clashed over names of a few candidates in the central election committee meeting late on Wednesday night. The squabble forced Gandhi to ask senior party leaders Ahmed Patel, M Veerappa Moily and Ashok Gehlot to sit with the "warring" leaders Holds talks with Rahul, Pawar and Abdullah to forge a national front FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu (68), whose Telugu Desam Party was part of the ruling National Democratic Alliance until February on Thursday , intensified his efforts to forge a national opposition front to take on Narendra Modi and the NDA in the Lok Sabha elections in April-May . He carved a place for himself in coalition politics on the national stage two decades ago and was twice the convener of the grand opposition alliance – in 1995 and again in 1998. On Thursday he was forth, right in declaring Congress President Rahul Gandhi as the leader of the united front. In his second visit to the capital within a week, Naidu Golf course scrapped: HC steps in to save wetlands NARSI BENWAL / Mumbai held parleys with Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and National Conference chairman Dr Farooq Abdullah and jointly addressed a press conference. Later in the evening, he met Congress President Rahul Gandhi, with a call to all nonBJP parties to unite and "save both democracy and the country ." Addressing the media along with Naidu, Rahul said: "We are coming together to work together to defend Indian democracy and our institutions. All other issues are secondary ." CONTD. ON P6 Observing that there is no public interest in constructing a golf course, the Bombay High Court on Thursday quashed a notification issued by the Maharashtra govt to facilitate construction of a golf course on wetlands in Navi Mumbai. The court also held it as an obligation of the government to protect and preserve wetlands, mangroves and lakes. A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla land. Out of this, 407.61 acres is proposed to be acquired for slum rehabilitation projects. A senior SRA official, requesting anonymity ex, plained why they had begun acquiring these lands. "The authority on a direction of , the Chief Minister, had asked these landlords to bring to the table plans for slum rehabilitation development projects on their lands, in order to preserve their rights. A public notice was even issued in 2015 in this direction; and again individual notices were sent, said the officer. The SRA chief has now directed the collector and officers to begin acquiring these lands to initiate the redevelopment projects. Another senior official of the SRA said that private landlords, firstly failed to protect their , land from encroachment. “As per the Maharashtra Slum Act 1971, the government has the power to acquire lands where the owners fail to protect it from encroachment. Accordingly notices have , been issued a few times, but they have not taken any preventive measures. Moreover, they have not even forwarded their plans for redevelopment,’’ said the official. As per records, the Bhandup Khot CONTD. ON P6 said, “There is no greater public interest reflected in proposing change of a water body into a golf course and a residential complex.” “It is the constitutional obligation of the state government, union government, City and Industrial Development Corporation and Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation to protect all the lakes within the limits of Navi Mumbai. Any breach would lead to violation of fundamental right of citizens, un- der Article 21 of the Constitution, which entitles them to a dignified and meaningful life,” Justice Oka ruled. The bench was seized with a batch of petitions challenging a notification issued in October 2016 by the government converting four plots in Nerul’s Karave village from ‘no development zone’ to ‘development zones.’ The plots measuring 34 acres were wetlands comprising of two lakes and mangroves. CONTD. ON P6 SRA move to acquire 555 acres owned by big private landlords SWEETY ADIMULAM / Mumbai The Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) has begun acquiring land of seven big private owners, namely the Wa, dia Trust, FE Dinshaw, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Godrej and , Boyce, VK Lal, Mohmmad Yusuf Khot and Kanjurmarg Khot, among others. As per SRA records, slum dwellers have encroached upon 555 acres of private LAND DETAILS BHANDUP KHOT – Encroached land 149.37 acres, move to acquire 112.43 acres KANJUR KHOT – Slum squatters on 39 acres, move to acquire 37.13 acres KURLA ESTATE - Slum dwellers on 33.95 acres, land proposed to be acquired 27.49 acres WADIA TRUST - Squatters on 74.44 acres, land for acquisition 53.50 acres FE DINSHAW - Slum dwellers on 70.93 acres, land for acquisition is 62.98 acres BYRAMJEE JEEJEEBHOY – Encroachment on 91.73 acres, land for acquisition is 79.55 acres VK LAL COMPANY- Slum dwellers on 40.34 acres, land for acquisition is 32.79 acres GODREJ AND BOYCE - Slum dwellers on 0.80/acres, land proposed for acquisition is 0.74 acres OTHERS - Slum dwellers spread on 42.34 acres Eviction notice even before Deo family returns from cremation HEIGHT OF INSENSITIVITY FPJ BUREAU / Mumbai In times of death, people usually refrain from taking extreme measures, but such is not the case with everyone and evidently this was not so in the case of the landlord of Vandan building, where musician Yeshwant Deo used to reside. The building at Shivaji Park, a prime location, is owned by the Chowdhari family Dilip Chowdhari, . the owner, issued a ‘Notice’ stating, “Flat in which late Yeshwant Deo was residing is now in control and possession of landlords of Vandan building, the Chowdharis. Entry into the flat is prohibited.”Friends and family members of Deo are upset at the insensitivity shown by the Chowdhari family They . stated that an eviction notice was pasted on their door even before the family had returned from the crematorium. This incident has upset the Marathi music fraternity worldwide, as many still remember visiting this house for the love of music and Deo. The Deos have been living in this house for 75 years. The house was purchased on pagdi (old tenancy system) by Deo’s wife CONTD. ON P6 10 p surcharge to foot State bill for solar pumps FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai With an eye on the upcoming polls, the Maharashtra government has announced that it will provide solar irrigation pumps to farmers. The twist in the tale is that instead of dipping in its coffers, the state will slap a 10 p surcharge per unit on industrial and commercial consumers to cover the cost of Rs 825 crore. The decision was taken by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company and came into effect from November 1. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Minister for Energy , had last week announced that the state will provide one lakh solar pumps to farmers in three phases beginning this year up to 2021. In the first phase, it will provide 25,000 solar pumps to farmers. Arvind Singh, principal secretary to the energy department, said, “In the first phase, the state will provide solar pumps having a capacity of 3 to 5 Horsepower. The total expense is Rs 825 crore but the state has no resources right now, so we have decided to raise funds by applying a surcharge on some consumers.” Thereby the state expects , to collect Rs 90 cr per month. An official of the power ministry explained that pumps with a 3 Hp capacity operate on Alternate Current and the cost of each device is Rs 2.40 lakh, whereas the cost of a similar capacity pump operating on direct current is Rs 2.55 lakh. Also, the cost of each 5 Hp AC pump is Rs 3.25 lakh.