SINCE 1928 WHY DO WE NEED TO BE TOLD WHO TO VOTE FOR? Fast News MALAYSIA’S KING IN HISTORIC FIRST 4 FLIGHTS MAKE FORCED LANDING NEW DELHI: Four flights made an emergency landing in the last 24 hours. All passengers on the flights are safe. On Sunday, Air India Express IX-247, on its way to Mumbai from Dubai, made an emergency landing at Mumbai airport due to hydraulic failure. Earlier in the day, Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight made an emergency landing at Varanasi airport due to a snag in the left engine. TRUSTEE ENDORSES DILIP KUMAR’S CLAIM MUMBAI: Effectively debunking the claims of a Mumbai builder on Bollywood thespian Dilip Kumar's prime plot in suburban Bandra here, the original owners of the property on Sunday reiterated that he is its "perpetual lessee" for a period of 999 years. The lease was signed in 1953, and it expires in 2952. This is a major boost for 96year old Dilip Kumar and his 74year old wife Saira Banu in their ongoing property battle with Mumbai realtor Samir N.Bhojwani. RAILWAYS PLAN TO SEAL STATIONS NEW DELHI: The railways is planning to seal train stations – as happens in the case of airports -and passengers will have to arrive 15-20 minutes before scheduled departure of trains to complete the process of security checks. The security plan - with high-end technology - has already been put in motion at Prayagraj, in anticipation of the Kumbh Mela. Pg 18 EDIT Pg 8 Rahul, Nirmala make claim, counter claim on HAL orders gress is shedding crocodile tears for HAL. The Congress government gave 53 waivers to HAL... We have given contracts worth Rs. 1 lakh crore," the Defence Minister had asserted. The explanation put out by the Defence Minister on Sunday however, failed to allay , the doubts and the Congress and party is expected to demand documentary evidence of the claims made about contracts awarded to HAL. Keeping up the tempo, party spokesperson Manish Tewari said the Congress will press for her resignation in case she fails to substantiate her claim. Earlier, quoting from the news report, Gandhi had tweeted: "When you tell one lie, you need to keep spinning out more lies, to cover up the first one. In her eagerness to defend the PM's Rafale lie, the Raksha Mantri lied to Parliament. Tomorrow, RM must place before Parliament CONTD. ON P6 AGENCIES New Delhi Congress president Rahul Gandhi does not want to let this one go. Latching onto a news report which claimed Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is yet to secure orders worth Rs 1 lakh crore – contrary to the claim made by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha --- Gandhi asked her to quit if she could not prove otherwise. Momentarily taken aback, hours after Gandhi made the charge, Sitharaman released some papers to show that HAL has indeed signed con- tracts of Rs 26,570 crore; also, there were additional orders worth Rs 73,000 crore in the pipeline. ‘‘Will @rahulgandhi apologise to the country on the floor of the house and resign," her office tweeted, putting out details of the orders awarded to the HAL and the tenders in pipeline. Charging that Gandhi had jumped the gun, the Union Minister said the Congress party president should ‘‘start from ABC’’ and "read the full report" before commenting on it. During the discussion on Rafale in the Lok Sabha, Sitharaman had said the government has given several contracts to HAL. "The Con- Sena asking it to oppose the legislation, party leader Sanjay Raut said in a statement. The members of the Congress, the TMC, the CPM and the Samajwadi Party have moved the dissent notes, sources added. "As members of the joint committee on Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, we can state that there was no consensus in the committee on the final report. We had been opposed to the bill as it brings out the ethnic divisions in the state of Assam," one of the notes said. Members of the committee from the Left and the TMC said that the committee had visited Gujarat, Rajasthan and Assam where they faced major opposition to the bill. The opposition parties said the primary objection was to the alleged linking of religion and citizenship. "This is the basic objection. So, delink religion from the citizenship issue. This is against the spirit of our civilisation, culture and our Constitution. Citizenship can't be linked with state, religion, caste and creed; it must be country specific. It should be universal," CONTD. ON P6 Sena to oppose Citizenship BIll The final report of the joint parliamentary committee on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will be submitted in Lok Sabha on Monday does , not have the approval of at least four opposition parties whose members on the panel have moved dissent notes, sources said on Sunday . Incidentally the Shiv Sena , too said on Sunday that it would oppose the Citizenship Bill in Parliament. The decision was taken after the Asom Gana Parishad appealed to the As Sunil Chhetri (66th goal) scored against Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup, the 34-year-old also overtook Argentine superstar Lionel Messi (65) to become the second-highest international goal scorer among active players. Wedding comes handy for Raj FPJ NEWS SERVICE Mumbai A behind-the-door meeting between NCP chief Sharad Pawar and MNS chief Raj Thackeray has raised eyebrows in political circles. Though the apparent purpose of Raj’s visit was to invite Pawar to attend the upcoming marriage of his son Amit, the fact that the meeting lasted for nearly two hours has set the tongues wagging. The buzz is that using the marriage invite as a pretext, Raj is reaching out to friends Reaches out to friend and foe and foes alike. The other day he had a wellpublicised meeting with cousin and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray , whom he personally went over to invite for the wedding. And if the grapevine is to be believed, Raj is expected to call on Congress President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi soon. While Gandhis are known not to discuss politics in meetings which are purely of personal nature, Pawar is known to lunge into a political discussion at the drop of a hat. The speculation is that NCP which , is not a force to reckon with in Mumbai, may offer MNS one of its Lok Sabha seats in the city or suburbs. Whether the Congress is agreeable to such a ‘joint venture’ is another matter. Detractors, however, feel Pawar is unlikely to sacrifice an LS seat for MNS. The tacit understanding is more likely CONTD. ON P6 A 49-year-old media professional died after falling from the terrace of a building in suburban Goregaon on Sunday . Adarsh Mishra, who resided on the seventh floor of the Trimurti Society at Siddharth Nagar, went to the building's terrace for a morning walk when he fell from there, the police said. It is not yet clear whether it was an accident or a case of suicide; Mishra went daily for a walk on the terrace. The CCTV installed on the building's seventh floor shows Mishra, clad in track pants and T-shirt, going to the terrace with a handkerchief in hand. In another CCTV in the building's lobby he is seen , falling down around 10.30 am, but it is not clear what led to his fall. No suicide note was recovered from the spot. Mishra was rushed to the nearby Siddharth Hospital where doctors declared him dead. CONTD. ON P6 NEW DELHI: The lone lawmaker of the BJP in Telangana has refused to take oath in the State assembly in front of the pro tem speaker, who is from AIMIM (All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen). Raja Singh, who recently retained his constituency Goshamahal in the suburbs of Hyderabad, posted a video message on Twitter in which he said, "I don't want to take oath in front of a pro tem speaker whose party wants to Hindus to vanish... They never sing Vande Mataram and never say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'." Singh, who is known for his fiery speeches, has 43 criminal cases pending against him. After Sehgal was extended the invite, "some people" had allegedly threatened to disrupt the literary event in Yavatmal. The organisers have stated in a statement that they decided to revoke the invitation, "as a controversy had cropped up against her name and to avoid any untoward incident from those who threatened to derail the literary meet". Sehgal, 91, was one of the first writers to have returned the Sahitya Akademi award in protest against the growing intolerance in the country in 2015, soon after the Modi government came to power. Her move was criticised by right-wing groups and the ruling BJP , which had dubbed it a political move. The working president of the all-India Marathi literary meet, Ramakant Kolte, has expressed regret that the committee had to withdraw the invite. Among those objecting to her presence was the local MNS unit which had objected to inviting an English writer for a Marathi event. Later, for some inexplicable reason, the MNS had backed off. BJP leader and the guardian minister of Yavatmal district, Madan Yerawar, is also one of the organisers of the prestigious meet. CONTD. ON P6 Media executive has a fatal fall STAFF REPORTER Mumbai BJP MLA SAYS NO TO OATH IN HOUSE Sehgal dropped like hot potato MARATHI LITERARY EVENT: GHAR WAPSI BOOMERANGS FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi A known Narendra Modibaiter, Nayantara Sehgal, who was to inaugurate a January 11 All-India Marathi Sahitya Sabha event, has been dropped like a hot potato. RANVEER IS AN ADMIRER OF ALIA’S WORK Pg 14 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 62 No. 215 | MONDAY | JANUARY 7, 2019 | 18 Pages EDITIONs: MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia PROVE OR QUIT CHALLENGE FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's king has abdicated, royal officials said on Sunday, in a historic first for the country that ended weeks of speculation about his future after he took medical leave. Sultan Muhammad V's decision marks the first time a king has abdicated in a Muslim-majority country since it gained independence from Britain in 1957. It came after the king took leave at the start of November for two months, during which time unconfirmed reports circulated that he had married a Russian former beauty queen in Moscow. A statement from the national palace confirmed the resignation of the relatively youthful monarch, known for his fondness for four-wheel driving and other extreme sports. Royal officials in Malaysia have so far not commented on the rumoured marriage, or given any details about his health condition. While their role is ceremonial, Malaysia's Islamic royalty commands great respect, especially among Muslim Malays, and criticising them is strictly forbidden. Speculation intensified about the king's future this week when the country's Islamic royals reportedly held a special meeting. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, with a unique arrangement where the throne changes hands every five years between rulers of the nine Malaysian states headed by centuries-old Islamic royalty. The rotating monarchy system has been in place since independence from Britain in 1957, and Sultan Muhammad V is the first monarch to have renounced the throne. `2 Sunrise: 07:17 am Sunset: 06:12 pm When a person oes through a lot of suffering he develops Compassion Master Choa Kok Sui Topsy – Turvy RAJNATH UPFRONT, GADKARI & SUSHMA LEFT WITH CRUMBS NEW DELHI The BJP on Sunday gave an indication of things to come up in the run-up to the general elections. It has appointed senior leaders Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley as the head of the 20-member 'sankalp patra' (manifesto) committee and publicity wing, respectively for the Lok Sabha polls. How, ever, political heavyweight, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, will only head a nondescript committee which will reach out to social and volunteer organisations while his Cabinet colleague Sushma Swaraj will head a group that will produce literature for the polls. While Sushma’s desk job is understandable given her health condition, Gadkari does not seem to have an important role to play in party president Amit Shah’s scheme of things. Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are the other members of the committee tasked with preparing the party's manifesto. Again, both Raman Singh and Vasundhra Raje have been kept out. AKHILESH VEILED WARNING TO BJP LUCKNOW: Amid reports that the CBI is likely to quiz Akhilesh Yadav in an old illegal mining case, the Samajwadi Party chief on Sunday put out a veiled warning that the BJP will have to eventually answer in the people’s court. Also, the BJP was leaving behind a legacy which could boomerang on it after the elections. Taking a swipe, Yadav said tongue in cheek, "Now, we have to tell the CBI as to how many seats we have distributed in the ‘gathbandhan’. I am happy that at least the BJP has shown its colours. Earlier, the Congress gave us a chance to meet the CBI, and this time it is the BJP ." The SP chief also accused the BJP of lacking in ‘political etiquette'. Yadav, who was the chief minister of the state between 2012 and 2017, held the mining portfolio during 2012-13. There's no doubt in my mind that the Accidental Prime Minister was a lot better for our country than the "Acchedin"tal Prime Minister" – Shashi Tharoor QUOTE BOWLING COACH IMPRESSED WITH KULDEEP'S IMPROVED PERFORMANCE REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 WEATHER 320C. 150C. Maach bhaat khayenge aur mahagathabandhan ko jeetayeng ("We will eat fish and rice and ensure the Mahagathbandhan wins") – Tejaswi Yadav & Co.