SINCE 1928 KARIM BENZEMA'S HOT STREAK PROPS BARCELONA CHANCES Pg 24 DIDIGIRI AGAINST CONSTITUTION REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 `2 EDIT SID OPENS UP ABOUT BREAKUP WITH ALIA Pg 20 NEW DELHI: A fresh plea was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the constitutional validity of the 1993 central law by which 67.703 acre land, including the disputed premises at Ayodhya, was acquired. The plea, challenging legislative competence of Parliament to acquire religious land, has been filed a week after the Centre moved the apex court seeking modification in of its 2003 order and allow it to return to original owners the 67 acre of the "non-disputed" land around the disputed structure at Ayodhya. The petition, filed by seven individuals including two Lucknow-based lawyers claiming to be devotees of Ram Lalla, has contended that Parliament has no legislative competence to acquire land belonging to the state. Moreover, it said, the state legislature has the exclusive power to make provisions relating to the management of affairs of religious institutions inside its territory. One step short of extradition WOMEN CAN WORK OVERNIGHT IN MINES NEW DELHI: Women have been allowed to work in underground mines, and would be deployed in open cast mines during night hours also, as part of the government's efforts to create more employment opportunities for them. The labour ministry has issued new rules permitting women to work in opencast mines from 7 pm to 6 am. Earlier, employment of women in underground, opencast mines was restricted. So, as per the new norms, the owner of a mine may deploy women between 7 pm and 6 am in any mine above ground. In the case of underground mines, women can be deployed between 7 pm and 6 am in technical, supervisory and managerial work where continuous presence may not be required. Such deployments shall be made after obtaining a written consent of the woman and she shall be provided with adequate facilities and safeguards regarding occupational safety, security and health. TAILPIECE PM WAVING TO IMAGINED FANS? FPJ NEWS SERVICE London In what is likely to be hyped as a major accomplishment by the BJP government, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has ordered the extradition of Vijay Mallya on charges of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offences. At a BJP rally in January , Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said: "Any person Pg 8 who has cheated or looted the country shall be brought to justice. This is regardless of whether he is in India or abroad." The order is likely to give a shot in the arm to the Narendra Modi-led government, which faces elections in just a couple of months. Recently the government , successfully extradited Deepak Talwar, Rajeev Saxena and Christian Michel in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam. This is a major blow to the embattled liquor baron who tried every legal stratagem to block the move – including on grounds of human rights violations and inhuman conditions in Indian jails. Last year in December, the Westminster Magistrates’ Court had ruled in favour of Mallya’s extradition, Javid, UK's senior-most Pakistaniorigin minister, had two months from that date to sign on that order. A Home Both sides itching for a ‘showdown’ FPJ NEWS SERVICE / Kolkata Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Monday that the detention of CBI officers in Kolkata was "unprecedented" and indicated that there was a constitutional breakdown in the state. The West Bengal Governor has sent a confidential report on the incident to the Home Ministry The latest showdown fol. lows an intense turf war between the BJP and Mamata as the country heads of polls. The CBI, meanwhile, told the Supreme Court on Monday morning that the Kolkata police chief Rakeev Kumar is a ‘potential accused’ in the investigation into the chit fund scams; it further accused the city police of destruction of electronic evidence. The Supreme Court, in turn, asked the investigating agency to produce evidence to support its allegations; it will take up the petition on Tuesday . COUNTER ATTACK In a counter attack on the CBI’s Anti-Corruption Bureau, the Kolkata Police on Monday served a notice to the agency’s joint director and head of zone (Kolkata) Pankaj Kumar Srivastava in connection with ‘wrongful restraint’ and ‘wrongful confinement’ of two businessmen in August 2018. Paramilitary forces were deployed after Srivastav alleged that his life was under threat as Kolkata Police officers surrounded his house and allegedly "banged on doors". CONTD. ON P6 BLOW BY BLOW EVIDENCE SOUGHT: SC to hear matter today; court wants to see evidence of tampering with evidence. Contempt petition against Bengal government also filed. LETTER ROW: Letters show CBI had written to Kolkata Police about operation; Bengal government claims that there were no warrants or official communication COUNTER ATTACK: Kolkata Police serve notice on CBI’s joint director and zonal head; CBI officer claims police came and banged on his doors. Owl in Jet cockpit: Lady Luck is smiling, finally STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a ritual round of the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Sunday. In a video posted by news agency ANI on Twitter, PM Modi is seen waving as he tours the lake on a boat. Incidentally, separatists had called for a complete shutdown to protest the prime minister's visit. That was provocation enough for Mehbooba Mufti to take a swipe at the prime minister for waving at "imaginary friends in Kashmir" during the boat ride. QUOTE •‘‘Gadkari Ji, compliments! You are the only one in the BJP with some guts. Please also comment on: 1. The Rafale scam and Anil Ambani 2. Farmers' distress 3. Destruction of institutions," tweeted Rahul Gandhi, reacting to the minister's latest cryptic comment that those who cannot manage their homes, cannot manage the country. •Nitin Gadkari returned the volley. "I don't need your certificate for my courage. But strange that despite being the president of a national party, you are having to resort to twisted media reports to target our party," he said. A wide-eyed owl found its way into the cockpit of a Jet Airways Boeing 777 that was parked for the night at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, officials said on Monday . The nocturnal bird was discovered when airline staffers entered the aircraft on Monday morning to prepare it for the day's flight operations. On stepping inside the cockpit, they were surprised to see the beige-white coloured owl perched comfortably adjacent to the flight commander's seat, said Jet officials. Later, as a staffer approached it, the owl allowed itself to be removed without a fuss and was soon released after some other excited colleagues clicked selfies with it. A ground staffer said that the bird may have entered through an open door of the aircraft at night hoping to find some food and may later have been trapped inside the cockpit. Mumbai Airport has a slum pocket on the eastern side in the Kurla-Ghatkopar belt which attracts hordes of birds, posing a security hazard to aircraft here. CONTD. ON P6 CENTRE’S TAKE: Constitutional breakdown, says Rajnath Singh. Governor sends confidential report; content not known. RED DIARY: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar drops hints of an explosive red diary and pen drive that are missing 3 KIDS BURNT TO DEATH IN COWSHED FPJ BUREAU / Jalna Three children, aged eight, six and three, were charred to death on Monday morning, as they were playing 'househouse' in a cowshed, in Kshirsagar village in Bhokardan taluka, Jalna, said police. The unsupervised tots may have lit a fire to warm themselves, which went out of control, fatally choking the trio. Fire brigade sources said the blaze may have started from a bonfire lit near the cowshed. As the fire began spreading due to heavy winds, the children ran out of the shed to take shelter in the neighbouring cowshed. But there was a haystack by the door of this shed, which also caught fire as the conflagration spread. The children found themselves trapped in the middle of the cattle shed, as the haystack was unfortunately right near the door - the only entry and exit point to the shed. Kumbh chakkar: Lost & found after 12 yrs POSER FOR VIRAT B FPJ NEWS SERVICE y all appearances, it would seem actor Anushka Sharma has a Caucasian twin -- the American singer and songwriter, Julia Michaels, and most of the world just found out. Three days ago, Julia posted a photograph of herself on social media profiles and had informed netizens do a double take. She is practically the spitting image of Anushka, except for the blonde tresses. Zaroor, Kumbh mele ka chakkar hota, except, Anushka was born a few years earlier. As for the Grammy-nominated artist, Julia recently released her new single with Sunrise: 07:11 am Sunset: 05:59 pm THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 62 No. 240 | TUESDAY | FEBRUARY 5, 2019 | 24 Pages EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Fast News UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signs order; now, liquor baron has 14 days to appeal to UK HC PLEA ON AYODHYA LAND ACQUISITION WEATHER 320C. 190C. Selena Gomez, ‘ nxiety’. A Twitter went aflutter. A sampling of startled responses: One meme went: “Indian girls before going abroad; Indian girls after going abroad.” “She looks so much like Anushka Sharma, even her picture has a Punjabi accent.” “ Anushka Sharma's lookalike goes viral. Fans ask Virat Kohli Bhabhi ne naam badal liya kya?“ “Never knew you had a twin sister in India called @AnushkaSharma “ Anushka Sharma Without Makeup” “@juliamichaels looks more like @anushkasharma than Anushka herself !” Office spokesperson said in London that the UK Secretary of State, after careful consideration, had signed the extradition order. Mallya now has 14 days from February 4 to apply for leave to appeal to the UK High Court. The baron left India on March 2, 2016, after defaulting on loans amounting to Rs 9,000 crore, which he had taken for his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. CONTD. ON P6 The creator is the only one pervading everywhere. He is Ananda. Sri Ma BMC BUDGET ‘19-‘20 Thrust to large poster projects EMPHASIS ON EXISTING PROJECTS: OVER 20% CAPITAL EXPENDITURE INCREASE FOR BIG TICKET PLANS For sitting on political dharna, which is a violation of service rules Mamata Man Friday likely to be suspended FROM OUR BUREAU / New Delhi It was an unusual sight: Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who is facing a CBI probe in the multicrore chit fund scams, joined Mamata Banerjee's dharna in his uniform, hours after the CBI team was prevented by the city police from interrogating him. "What is happening? A Police Commissioner is sitting on a dharna with politicians? What is the meaning of this? By sitting on dharna West Bengal CM is following in the footsteps of Arvind Kejriwal," Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a Press conference, soon after Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha that he has sought a report from West Bengal Governor Kesarinath Tripathi. Though the contents of the Governor's report were not immediately available, the Home Ministry sources said Rajnath Singh had spoken to him and sought a report on violation of the All-India Service Conduct Rules by the police commissioner, a 1989 batch IPS officer of Bengal cadre, and other officers who blocked his interrogation by the CBI team. CONTD. ON P6 STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai PROPERTY TAX: REVENUE DIPS Even though the budget of the BMC for 2019-20 has risen marginally by over 12.60 per , cent or Rs 3,434.52 crore, it is devoid of new projects and plans. The focus will be on the existing projects and, accordingly the BMC has in, creased capital expenditure by 20.25 per cent, or Rs 1,933.12 crore. ‘‘The focus of the budget is on big-ticket projects like the Mumbai Coastal Road, the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road, the sewage treatment plant project, the Development Plan 2034, etc. Thus, more money has been allotted to capital account,” said Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta. The BMC will draw upon its reserves for these big-ticket projects, Mehta said. “The BMC has fixed deposit accounts in major nationalised banks and a part of the interest earned through these deposits will be utilised in the poster projects,” he informed. However, the budget was criticised by opposition for lacking creativity “We ex. pected new projects and plans in the budget, however, the corporation has failed to live up to our expectations,” said Rakhi Jadhav, an NCP corporator. The total cost of the Mumbai Coastal Road project is around Rs 12,969 crore and the budget proposal allots Rs 1,600.07 crore for this year’s expenditure. Similarly this , year's budget provides Rs 100 crore and Rs 120 crore, respectively for the Goregaon, Mulund Link Road and the Tansa cycle track projects. Another important project -- Development Plan 2034 -the city’s blueprint, which envisages select gardens, dispensaries, hospitals, playgrounds, cemeteries, solid waste segregation projects and BMC-run retail markets -- got the lion’s share of Rs 3,323.64 crore. CONTD. ON P6 reiterated that wet-leasing would solve half the financial problems of BEST. The BEST Kamgar Karma- chari Sanghatana Kruti Samiti (KKSKS) had demanded a merger of the BEST budget with that of the BMC, upgrading of the pay scales of workers and implementation of the entire charter of demands. Shanshank Rao, leader of the BEST workers' union, said, "The budget shows BMC ignorance and their indifference towards the BEST. BMC should take demands of the striking employees more seriously ." CONTD. ON P6 In the preceding financial year, there was a dip in property tax and development planning department revenues. Property tax collections have dipped by almost Rs 200 crore. “The slowdown in property tax and development department revenues is due to slowdown in the real estate sector,” said Ajoy Mehta. `34 cr pittance for BEST STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Only a meagre sum of Rs 34.10 crore has been allocated to BEST in the BMC’s budget for Financial Year 2019-20. This, despite facing one of its worst financial crisis ever, of Rs 1022 crore, this year. “First implement the reforms, negotiate and then come back to us,” Municipal Commissioner of the BMC Ajoy Mehta said at a press conference on Monday He . No additional weaponry in Rafale fighter aircraft! FROM OUR BUREAU / New Delhi In a major slip-up on the Rafale deal, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday unwittingly admitted that no additional weaponry has been added to the aircraft, resulting in an increase in the price over one negotiated by the previous UPA government. She gave a lengthy explanation why the disclosure of comprehensive price details in the public domain will "not be in the interest of national security but she ad," mitted in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha that "the aircraft is being delivered in the same configuration as tested in the earlier MMRCA (Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft) proposal." Her reply came in response to a question by K C Ramamurthy Congress MP from , Karnataka, in the Rajya Sabha. It demolishes the government's assertion all these months that Rahul Gandhi is harping just on the basic aircraft price while the cost of the aircraft in the deal signed on 23.09.2016 went up because of the weapons, etc. as if that were different from the configuration agreed in the UPA negotiations. Nor did she refer to the socalled additional configuration jacking up the price in reply to another question by Congress MP Kumari Selja from Haryana. She justified the procurement of 36 Rafale airraft "with better price, better maintenance terms and better delivery schedule in comparison with the 126 MMRCA proposal" but no word on any better configuration. She said the 2016 agreement stipulates "procurement of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in fly-away condition, along with an initial consignment of weapons, maintenance support through Performance Based Logistic (PBL), Simulator and associated equipment. Yogi to take the road for Bengal rally FPJ NEWS SERVICE Lucknow Yogi Adityanath is not the kind to give up easily The . spirits of any other person would dampen after being denied permission to land his chopper in politically volatile West Bengal. Rebuffed on Sunday he will be making , one more attempt. This time, however, he will hit the road, reports CNN News 18. Aditynath is scheduled to first fly to Jharkhand on Tuesday and then travel to Purulia via road where he will be addressing a public rally . Giving him company will be BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha and national executive committee member Mukul Roy who is , a key witness in the chit fund case. Earlier on Sunday, the West Bengal government had denied the UP CM permission to land his chopper.