SINCE 1928 VIDARBHA BEAT SAURASHTRA TO RETAIN RANJI TITLE Pg 26 MAKING VADRA ACCOUNTABLE, AT LAST `2 REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 Fast News AFP Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee with businessman Mukesh Ambani at the Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata on Thursday. NAGESWARA RAO HAULED UP BY SC NEW DELHI: CBI joint Director Nageswara Rao is in trouble. The Supreme Court on Thursday frowned at him for the transfer of an officer supervising a sensitive case involving sexual abuse of children at Bihar's governmentrun shelter homes. Rao, the apex court said, was in contempt, since he was responsible for the transfer despite directions to the contrary. Sharma -- the AK officer supervising the sensitive case -- was shifted out as part of the overnight mass transfer that followed the public spat between the agency's former chief Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana. INDRANI WANTS TO TURN AN APPROVER NEW DELHI: Indrani Mukerjea, former media baron booked in her daughter's murder case, has requested a Delhi court for an advocate to file a plea for turning an approver in the INX Media corruption case in which former Union minister P Chidambaram is an accused. Besides Mukerjea and Chidambaram, the name of his son Karti has also cropped up in the case relating to Foreign Investment Promotion Board approval granted for receipt of funds by INX Media. AIRPORT CHAOS AFTER HAILSTORM NEW DELHI: Over 30 flights were diverted on Thursday evening from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport due to bad weather, as several parts in national capital and neighbouring cities were hit by hailstorm and heavy rain. Twenty three domestic and nine international flights have been diverted. Among the domestic flights, nine flights were diverted to Jaipur, three to Lucknow and three flights were diverted to Amritsar. Two flights were diverted to Varanasi and one flight was diverted to Indore. 230 FLIGHTS ARE CANCELLED IN CITY MUMBAI: As many as 230 flights were cancelled on Thursday from the airport here due to closure of two runways for maintenance and repair work. Travel portal ixigo claims average airfares have increased 23 per cent on key routes to and from Mumbai for the next few days. Both runways of the airport are being closed from 11 am to 5 pm for three days every week between February 7 and March 30. QUOTE I promise you that the Congress will form government in 2019 and we will repeal this triple talaq law. This is a promise — Congress leader Sushmita Dev 2ND T20I, INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND (Men) on Star Sports 1 & 3 at 11:30 am Grand alliance is like grand adulteration FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Prime Minister Modi on Thursday attacked the Congress and other parties which have tried to forge a "maha-gathbandhan,' dismissing them as "mahamilavat" (grand adulteration) and pointing out how the nation had suffered for 30 years before he formed a government with full majority . That was a cue for him to list his ‘so many achievements’ in 55 months, as against 55 years of the Congress rule. He also claimed in his 100 minutes of sound and fury that "Congress-Mukt Bharat" was not his slogan and he was only trying to fulfil the wish of Mahatma Gandhi after Independence that the Congress should disband itself. He went on to quote Ambedkar then, stating that joining the Congress is like committing suicide. Replying to a 2-day debate on the motion of thanks for the President's address, he NOT OKAY BEING CALLED RACIST, SAYS ESHA AFTER NIGERIAN ROW Pg 22 HISTORY: BC & AD cited how the Congress had weakened the armed forces over the years, by not purchasing a single fighter plane in the past 30 years. He also saw in the Congress campaign on cancellation of Rafale deal yet another attempt to enfeeble the IAF. "Whose game are you playing," he asked the Congress, hinting it was acting on behalf of another aircraft manufacturer. He said not a single defence deal during 55 years of the Congress rule was without "dalaali" (commission) and hence he can understand why the Congress is becoming upset over the arrest of three defence brokers in recent times. He ridiculed the Congress for claiming there were "surgical strikes" by the Indian forces even during its time while the reality is that it had weakened the Armed Forces by ignoring its needs for which the nation will never pardon it. CONTD. ON P6 Sunrise: 07:09 am Sunset: 06:02 pm THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 62 No. 243 | FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 8, 2019 | 26 Pages EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia FOR MODI, CONG IS EDIT WEATHER 280C. 160C. Pg 8 Coining new acronyms - BC and AD - the two time periods in Georgian calendar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi used them to take a swipe at the Congress, saying it has known only two phases - Before Congress and After Dynasty. The Prime Minister has helped steal Rs 30,000 crore from the defence forces. He has handed over that money to Anil Ambani. He has done this personally. Remember what I said. He is a coward who turns away when he is confronted with facts. The Chinese understood in two minutes that the talk of a 56 inch chest was bluster; he only has a four inch chest. If he has a 56 inch chest, why does he not have a press conference? Truth is dynamic. It is not static. Vadra’s alleged UK flat in name of British couple Master Choa Kok Sui FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi The Robert Vadra case is throwing up some surprises. India Today newsmagazine has accessed the original registry documents of the Bryanston Square flat in London, which the Enforcement Directorate has claimed belongs to Robert Vadra. The documents show that the flat is actually in a British couple's name and not that of Vadra. Incidentally the ED has in, formation about various new properties in London which it claims also belong to Vadra. Keeping the heat on, Rahul Gandhi’s brotherin-law was questioned by the agency for the second day on Thursday -- for over six hours. He has been summoned to again appear before the ED on Friday (February 8) at 10.30 am. Vadra's lawyer KTS Tulsi told reporters outside the ED office on Thursday his client Red flags in monetary policy ‘WINGS’ FOR FPJ SPECIAL REPORT W BY R K PATTNAIK e have a rate cut after a gap of about 18 months. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announced on Thursday that the policy repo rate, which goes on to influence the rate at which banks lend to customers, stands cut to 6.25 per cent, down from 6.5 per cent. This change came along with a change in the policy stance from “calibrated tightening” to “neutral”. Most of the market participants did not expect a rate cut at this juncture but they did expect the change in policy stance. The cut comes in the very first policy announcement after Shaktikanta Das took over as the RBI Governor. It is the last policy of this fiscal year. The MPC has given its reasons for the repo rate cut. Among these are the lowest actual CPI inflation rates of 2.2 per cent, which is the low- est in the last 18 months. Some 30 per cent of the foods group (viz; vegetables, sugar, pulses, eggs and fruits) are in deflation, or the negative zone in inflation rates. Core inflation (headline inflation minus food and fuel) is down to 5.6 per cent (December 2018) from 6.2 per cent (October 2018). Household inflation expectation has softened by 80 basis points and 130 basis points in a three-month horizon and 12- month horizon in the December survey over the , previous round. CONTD. ON P6 Nod for air ambulance facility It is important to mention that the economic cycle in a very short run period of two months has not changed in so dramatic a manner that the monetary policy stance could be changed from calibrated tightening to neutral, with a rate cut. Dividend is a Govt right: Das AGENCIES Mumbai Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das on Thursday said it is the right of the government to ask for an interim dividend from it and use it the way it wants. Das was replying to a question on the impact of the Rs 6000-per annum cash pay out to farmers on the fiscal numbers. The BJP government's Father is the natural guardian of child: HC Resolves custody battle over child who lost her mother to cancer; father was fighting TB but has been cured NARSI BENWAL Mumbai Putting an end to the bitter battle over the custody of a 17-month-old child, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday held that a father is the natural guardian of a child and accordingly granted him the infant's custody . A division bench of Justices Indrajit Mahanty and Sarang Kotwal was seized with the custody case, which the judges described as having ‘a backdrop of unfortunate situations and tragedy .’ The judges were hearing a plea filed by Shekhar Tewari, a resident of New Mumbai, seeking custody of his minor child. He had filed a writ of habeas corpus through advocate Subhash Jha, seeking a direction to his in-laws who were looking after his daughter since her birth. According to Tewari, he was married in May 2006 and in 2017, when his wife was five months pregnant, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. During the same period, Tewari too was detected with tuberculosis and had to be hospitalised. Amidst all this turbulence, his daughter was born. Tragically his , wife succumbed to cancer within 14 months of the baby's birth. The daughter, from the very day of her birth, was looked after her maternal uncles and aunts. By 2018, Tewari having been cured, came down to Pune, to meet his daughter. However, his in-laws refused to even let him see the baby . Subsequently he peti, tioned the HC bench, led by Justice Mahanty seeking , custody of the child. Having heard the contentions, the bench noted the fact, that the parties had dragged a motherless 17-month-old child into their battle. “We are of the considered view that the father of the child is the natural guardian under the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956. CONTD. ON P6 move was criticized by many and seen as an attempt to buy peace with the distressed farmers, the funds for which are likely to be met by an interim dividend of Rs 28,000 crore from the RBI. "Payment of surplus or interim dividend to the government is a part of the RBI Act, so we are not doing anything beyond what is there in the legal provision," was all Das would say . Pune youths hit the road in protest FPJ NEWS SERVICE / Mumbai What one is wearing or eating seems to interest some people more than anything else, which is possibly a pointer to their dull and drab existence. Recently, music maestro AR Rehman and his daughter Khatija were at an event to celebrate the musical success of Slumdog Millionaire. Several stars, including Anil Kapoor and Gulzar, were present. Rahman's daughter Khatija also interviewed her father on stage. But more than what he had to say, the SWAPNIL MISHRA / Mumbai The proposed super-specialty hospital on the Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy (JJ) Hospital campus just got ‘wings’. After a seven-year wait, the hospital received the nod for an ‘air ambulance’ facility on Wednesday This . service will prove a boon, especially for patients from outof-state and rural areas. The news comes on the heels of the Maharashtra government’s approval of plans for a new 10-storey building with a helipad on the campus last week. The entire project, worth Rs 963 crore, is part of the state government's plan to convert JJ Hospital into a super-specialty hospital.Dr TP Lahane, director of the Directorate Medical Education and Research (DMER) said, “ present, we have a hospital with At a capacity of 1,352 patients. The new 10-storey building will add another 1,100 beds and will have 21 operation theatres and 60 beds for daycare. It will also have 200 beds for cardiac care and 250-bed for a nursing home. Tenders will be floated in the next seven days for construction of a helipad and the government will allocate Rs 150 crore as the first instalment in the budget session of the assembly from February 25 to March 1.” The , proposal had been delayed because of a technical glitch but as the administration has given its approval, work will begin immediately he said. , The JJ campus is spread over 43 acres and sees a footfall of around 3,000 outpatients a day and 300 admissions. FPJ BUREAU Pune Thousands of youths took to the streets on Thursday to protest against changes made in the police enrolment process, setting off on a morcha from River Mutha to the district collector's office. They are on hunger strike till February 11. So far, the recruitment process involved a 100-mark physical test and a 100-mark written test. Those clearing the physical test would be allowed to take the written exam. Those scoring the highest marks out of 200, would be inducted in the police force. But now, the state government has modified this entire pattern of examination. CONTD. ON P6 How Rehman shut down the trolls ROW OVER VEIL JJ HOSPITAL daughter’s sartorial choice – the unusual dress she was wearing -became a talking point. For the record, his daughter was wearing a sari with a veil, something that seems to have rubbed a lot of people on the wrong side. CONTD. ON P6 Health tip from Sonu Nigam STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Sonu Nigam’s eye is all swollen up. No, he did not have a skirmish in a dark lane. It was an allergic reaction to sea food, a day ahead of his concert trip to Jeypore in Odisha. In his post, the singer has written that he had to be rushed to Nanavati Hospital after suffering an acute bout of sea food allergy . Nigam said he had difficulty in breathing and the photos reveal that his left eye is indeed bigger than usual. Making it all sound rather grim, he added that his condition would have been even more alarming had there been no hospital around for immediate medical assistance. However, he recovered well in time for his performance in Jeypore and thanked his fans for the well wishes. CONTD. ON P6 has not committed any wrongdoing. However, the BJP cited nine emails that the party alleged were exchanged between Vadra and Sumit Chadha, a relative of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, regarding properties in London. "The first email has been sent by Sumit Chadha, who is relative of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. He has sent it to Robert Vadra only ... What tiles should be used in kitchen? How would the bathroom look? All of it is in this email," Patra said. CONTD. ON P6 Heat turned on delinquent Kolkata cops FPJ NEWS SERVICE Kolkata The West Bengal CBIKolkata Police faceoff has had an ugly fallout: the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the Mamata Banerjee government to initiate disciplinary action against five police officers who took part in public protests against the investigating agency earlier this week. It also plans to strip them of their medals in keeping with the All India Service Rules. If that were not enough, the Union government may also remove the names of the officers from an empanelled list and bar them from serving at the central level for a certain period of time. Electronic media sources identified the officers as West Bengal Director General Of Police Virendra, Additional Director General of Police Vineet Kumar Goyal, Additional General of Police (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma, Commissioner of Police (Bidhanagar Commissionerate) Gyanwant Singh, and Additional Commissioner of Police (Kolkata) Supratim Darkaar. Although the Bengal government is not obliged to follow the order, it will only drive a wedge between the state and the centre. The effect on the morale of the State police will also be debilitating. CONTD. ON P6 Gadkari basks in Sonia’s applause FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Nitin Gadkari, the Union Surface Transport Minister, is finally getting his due for the "wonderful" work he has been doing to improve the country's infrastructure. On Thursday he got kudos , from an unlikely quarter – the Congress benches. During Question Hour, the House took up two questions related to Gadkari's ministry in which he gave a detailed briefing on the projects being executed. "I must say here that all MPs, cutting across political affiliation, have been appreciating me for the work being done by my ministry in their respective constituencies," Gadkari said, striking a self-congratulatory note. As the union minister wound up his reply amidst thumping of desks by ruling BJP members, party member from Madhya Pradesh Ganesh Singh stood up and told Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that the House should appreciate the "wonderful" work being done by Gadkari. Sonia Gandhi, who was intently listening to Gadkari and often nodding in acknowledgement, possibly a well-thought out action, started thumping the desk as a sign of appreciation. Seeing this, Congress lawmakers, including party leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, took the cue and too started thumping the desks. There were reports in August last year that Sonia Gandhi had written to Gadkari thanking him for his "positive response" to road issues she had raised relating to her constituency Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. At the Republic Day parade on January 26, Gadkari and Gandhi looked deep in conversation whenever the cameras were on the two leaders .