SINCE 1928 WILL DHONI CALM THE RUSSELL STORM? Pg 22 CASH IS THE KING IN ELECTIONS `2 REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 nEW dELHI/BHoPAL: The Delhi Directorate of Income Tax on Monday said it had detected in Madhya Pradesh a "widespread", "organised" racket involving unaccounted cash of about Rs 281 crore. A part of the cash was transferred to the headquarters of a major political party in Delhi, it is alleged. This included about Rs 20 crore, which was moved from the residence of a senior functionary at Delhi's Tughlak Road," news agency said ANI quoting its sources. The revelation was made even as the I-T department searches continued for the second day in MP. The wife of Praveen Kakkar, former OSD to Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, returned home after seven hours of interrogation by I-T sleuths. Sources had earlier told PTI that there is a "strong possibility" of the cash recovered during the operation being used as an election inducement to fund political campaigns and bribe voters in the poll-bound state and in Delhi. EDIT OUR SOCIETY DOESN’T LIKE STRONG WOMEN: HUMA Pg 20 BJP SOWS FOR POLL HARVEST Pg 12 TRUMP’S TERROR TAG FOR IRAN ELITE FORCE WAsHIngton: President Donald Trump on Monday announced the United States is designating Iran's elite military force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a terrorist organization. Trump said in a statement that the "unprecedented" move "recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft." APPEAL JOLT FOR FUGITIVE MALLYA London: A UK High Court judge has denied embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya permission to appeal against his extradition order. The appellant (Mallya) has five business days to apply for oral consideration, at which the High Court will consider whether or not to grant permission to appeal. The latest decision moves the case one step further in favour of India in bringing back Mallya, who had fled the country in 2016. VICE ADMIRAL MOVES COURT MuMBAI: Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Bimal Verma has approached an armed forces tribunal wanting to know why he was overlooked as the next navy chief despite being the seniormost in the line of command, official sources said on Monday. His petition is likely to be taken up on Tuesday; he will be represented by his daughter at the Tribunal. The government last month named Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as next chief of the naval staff, succeeding Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires on May 30. TAILPIECE BRITON HELD FOR HORSING AROUND London: A British woman was arrested in Dubai after she had called the new wife of her ex-husband a "horse" on Facebook, according to a campaign group. Londoner Laleh Shahravesh, 55, is facing up to two years in jail in Dubai and a fine of 50,000 pounds for the insult, the BBC reported on Sunday. According to the campaign group Detained in Dubai, Shahravesh was married to her ex-husband for 18 years, during which time she had stayed in the UAE for a few months. While she returned to Britain with her daughter, her husband stayed back, and the couple got divorced. When Shahravesh saw her exhusband on Facebook with his new wife, she posted two comments in Farsi, including one that said: "I hope you go under the ground you idiot. Damn you. You left me for this horse." Shahravesh was arrested. FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi In a bid to neutralise the Congress promise of minimum income of Rs 72,000 per annum, the BJP on Monday came out with pro-farmer pledges in addition to its mission to double their income by 2022. These are: • Interest-free short term loans up to Rs 1 lakh for 1-5 years on condition of prompt repayment of principal amount; • Rs 6,000 as income support to all farmers, instead of limiting it only to farmers owning land up to two hectares, as announced earlier; • Pension to small and marginal farmers as well as farm labourers on reaching 60 years of age; and • Investment of Rs 25 lakh crore to improve productivity of farm sector The party has chosen to call its poll manifesto "Sankalp Patra" (Pledge Document); its release at the BJP headquarters featured speeches by Prime Minister Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. They claimed all promises in the 2014 manifesto have been fulfilled. The document, which carries the slogan, "Sankalpit Bharat and Sashakt Bharat," does not cite employment fig- TO REVISE TAX BRACKETS FOR MIDDLE CLASS P rime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP has promised to revise tax brackets to help the middle class, if it is voted back to power. "After providing major tax relief in the recent budget, we Sunrise: 06:30 am Sunset: 06:51pm THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 62 No. 292 | TUESDAY | APRIL 9, 2019 | 22 Pages EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Fast news Rs 6,000 as income support to all farmers; Short term farm loans up to 1 281 CR IN MP Rs. lakh at zero per cent interest; pension to small and marginal farmers POLL BOOTY WEATHER 330C. 230C. are committed to further revising the tax slabs and the tax benefits to ensure more cash and greater purchasing power in the hands of our middle income families," the party said in its manifesto. "We ures but promises to create new job opportunities in the 22 major "champion sectors" identified as the main drivers of Indian economy In 2014, the Modi . government had promised to generate 2 will make all efforts to ensure that our aspirational middle class has access to education, employment opportunities and suitable urban infrastructure a for better quality life," the document adds. crore jobs a year. The manifesto again harps on entrepreneurship and start-ups, promising gender based collateral free credit concession. CONTD. ON P11 SC for paper trail count of 5 EVMs FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Election Commission to count the paper slips of five electronic voting machines in every Assembly segment, instead of limiting it to just one EVM, for the sake of "satisfaction of the electorate." Noting that the court was not at all doubting the system of EVMs or the EVM results, the Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said an increased verification of the EVM results with the Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips "would be of greater satisfaction, not only for the petitioner political parties but also for the entire electorate. The direction of the Bench, which also included Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, came on a plea by leaders of 21 opposition parties to match 50% of the EVM results with the paper slips in each Assembly segment, as they were just not satisfied with matching of less than 0.44% of the EVMs in the country . In an affidavit on Saturday, they had said that they have no problem if enhanced matching with the paper slips means a delay of five or six days, as contended by the Election Commission. CONTD. ON P11 IIT Bombay rank Pak F-16 was shot down: slips to 4th slot iaF shows radar images 6 EVMs cannot be hacked: Ex-CEC KOLKATA: Former Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla has given a thumbs up to the EVMs to be used in the upcoming general elections, arguing that the equipment cannot be hacked or manipulated as they are not accessible through external machines and are kept under the surveillance of senior government officials. THE FREE PRESS JOURNAL institution suffering owing to lack of research and financial aid, claim students, professors STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay has slipped to fourth position in the overall category this year in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) declared by President Ramnath Kovind on Monday . Mumbai University (MU) secured 81st position in the university category while St , Xavier’s College, Fort, secured 96th rank in the college category . IIT Madras topped the overall category followed by , the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and IIT Delhi. Last year, IIT Bombay had secured the third spot. NIRF, launched by the ministry of human resource development, aims at ranking educational institutions and universities across India every year based on various parameters. Professors at IIT Bombay say the dip in rank is due to the lack of certain parameters like research projects, placements and creation of patents. “Students want to try different fields of research but do not receive legitimate support from the institute or the government. CONTD. ON P11 PTI FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi The Indian Air Force on Monday showed radar images of the dogfight between Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and a Pakistani fighter jet, to buttress its claim that a Pakistani F-16 had been shot down by India. Last week, American news publication Foreign Policy had contradicted India and cited unnamed US defence officials as saying that Islamabad's F-16s were counted and "none were missing." The IAF held a media briefing at the Defence Ministry where several slides of graphic captures from the airborne warning and control system were shown to the media. "The IAF has irrefutable evidence of not only the fact PIC: BL SONI that an F-16 was used by the Pakistan Air Force on February 27, but also that an IAF MiG21 Bison had shot down a PAF F-16," said Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations and Space). He, however, did not take any question. The IAF had, on February 28, displayed pieces of an AMRAAM missile, fired by a Pakistani F-16, as evidence to "conclusively" establish that Pakistan had deployed the US-manufactured fighter jets during an aerial raid. The Indian Air Force said it had more credible information and evidence to prove that PAF had lost an F-16 in the air battle over Line of Control on February 27 apart from electronic intercepts, radio transcripts and sightings from ground posts but was withholding them due to confidentiality and security concerns. The Air Force said two parachutes were visually sighted, which were corroborated by radio communication intercepts. Even Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had on camera indicated "more than one pilot". These conclusively proved that two aircraft had gone down that day in the same area, separated by around 1 to 1.30 minutes. BJP hawking itself in TV soaps: Cong FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai Sena’S MP hoPS icon to icon VitaL StatiSticS: URMiLa, PRiYa This is clearly an election that sitting Member of Parliament from Shiv Sena and from the Mumbai South Central Lok Sabha constituency, Rahul Shevale, wants to win, as is evident from his ‘pilgrimage’ to key religious spots and memorials in his stronghold.Starting at 10 am on Monday, Shevale did the rounds of Siddhivinayak temple at Prabhadevi, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial at Chaityabhumi, Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray’s memorial at Shivaji Park, the memorial of the late Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and wrapped it up by offering a chaadar at Mahim durgah before proceeding to file his nomination papers at Old Customs House.He was accompanied by his family and followers on this yatra. “It is going to be easier for me to get re-elected. In 2014, I was just a corporator who was elevated to contest the parliamentary polls. There was a massive antiincumbency wave, hence it was easy to win. This time, on the basis of work I have done for my constituents, I am confident they will vote for me again,” he said, exuding confidence. Congress candidates Priya Dutt and Urmila Matondkar have declared assets worth Rs 87.61 crore and Rs 68.28 crore, respectively, in their election affidavits. Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora, who also filed his nomination papers, has individual assets worth Rs 47.33 crore. Dutt is contesting from Mumbai North-Central seat while Matondkar is testing political waters for the first time from Mumbai North. Deora is in the fray from Mumbai South. As per Dutt's affidavit, her annual income rose from Rs 51.86 lakh in 2013-14 to Rs 13.13 crore in 2017-18. Dutt had lost the 2014 general elections against BJP's Poonam Mahajan. Her loan liability totals Rs 3.35 crore. But more important is the break-up, which reads: Due to Sanjay Dutt – Rs 1.07 lakh; Due to Estate of late Sunil Dutt – Rs 1.88 crore; Due to Roncon Owen (husband) Rs 8.91 lakh; Due to Consulate of United States of America – Rs 22.75 lakh; Grand total of all Govt dues – Rs 17.89 lakh. At the same time, Dutt has FPJ BUREAU / Mumbai FPJ BUREAU / Mumbai The Maharashtra Congress Committee has taken strong objection to ‘Zee TV’ and ‘& TV’ for promoting PM Narendra Modi-led government schemes through daily soaps and demanded action against these two entertainment channels. Party spokesperson Sachin Sawant registered an official complaint against these channels with the Chief Election Officer (CEO) on Monday and demanded action against the producer and director of the specific TV shows.Sawant on Monday met the CEO and pointed out how ‘Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai’ and Tujhse Hai Raabta’ have violated the poll code of conduct. The Congress party spokesperson pointed out that these and other daily soaps are wilfully promoting government policies and schemes to benefit the BJP . "Since the past few weeks, the BJP is using all deceptive and illegal means to influence vot- ers and tele serials with high TRP ratings are being used for this purpose. There are no disclaimers that these are ‘advertisements’, thereby cheating the viewers too," Sawant said. He said schemes like Mudra Yojana, Swachcha Bharat Abhiyaan and others are being embedded as scenes in tele serials to project these as 'key achievements' of the government. "We also submitted video clips of these tele serials in which the actors are seen indirectly campaigning for BJP’s various schemes and policies. We feel this methodology directly fits the definition of 'Paid News' and is hence liable for action," Sawant urged. CONTD. ON P11 Quixotic heroism cannot lead nation BURDEN OF EXPECTATIONS AGENCIES / New Delhi India needs leaders who can help meet ever-increasing rising expectations of people and "quixotic heroism" cannot lead this nation, former president Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday . "Quixotic heroism cannot lead this nation. India needs leaders who can help them meet the nation's ever rising expectations. The country still has a long way to go before it is completely rid of poverty Mukherjee said ," while addressing corporates CONTD. ON P11 at AIMA Managing India Awards. He also expressed concern over the estimate that 1 per cent of Indians hold over 60 per cent of the country's total wealth and called on corporates to help bring people out of poverty . "While such a figure is a definite burden on our national conscience, it also indicates that our growth needs to be more inclusive and equitable. The ones who are left behind drag others in the developmental narratives," Mukherjee said. CONTD. ON P11 CONG WANTS A REVIEW The Congress on Monday urged the Supreme Court to review its decision on matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs, saying it is not satisfied with the counting being held in only five booths in each assembly segment. Party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that as a citizen of India he was concerned why Rs 18,000 crore were spent on VVPATs if they were not to be used in elections. Toil ceaselessly day and night to be of service to humanity; but to toil for the sake of selfish ends and cheap popularity is foolishness. Sri Ma Why should secular state run shrines? AGENCIES / New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday sought to know why the government in a secular state should be involved in running and managing religious places, after noting that pilgrims going to Puri's Jagannath temple complained they were harassed. "It is a matter of perspective. I don't know why government officials should run and manage religious places," asked Justice SA Bobde sitting with Justice Abdul Nazeer. He noted that "most people who go there (Jagannath temple) come back harassed, mistreated and (they) have no voice". As Justice Bobde flagged the issue, senior counsel Gopal Shankarnarayanan urged the court to address the question on "how far the government in a secular state can run and manage the temple. How, in a secular State, can the government can manage religious places". The court said that the lawyers could touch this aspect in the next hearing on CONTD. ON P11 May 13. [DEFINING] M MENT Shah caLLS on MaRG DaRShaKS MUMBAI | THURSDAY | MARCH 14, 2019 LOK SABHA ELECTION 2019 BJP president Amit Shah met LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi on Monday. Both leaders are livid at the manner they have been evicted from the election scene this year. The meeting was ostensibly aimed at damage control and bringing the ‘benched gurus’ back on board. But the actual reason might be the buzz that Joshi may contest against PM Modi in Varanasi. There were reports that Amit Shah would meet them before the manifesto launch and give them a copy each but that didn't happen either. Earlier, Shah had not bothered to visit them personally to explain the decision of not fielding candidates above 75, taken at a parliamentary board meeting. eMBaRRaSSinG BJP ManiFeSto hoWLeR While the BJP manifesto is all for women empowerment and has numerous schemes to achieve that objective, it has made an embarrassing howler. The Congress party has shared a screenshot of one of points in the party manifesto, which reads: "Women's security will be given more priority. have We constituted the Women's Security Division in the Home Ministry, and have made strict provisions for transferring the laws in order to commit crimes against women, in particular in a time-bound investigation and trail for rape." For a "vision document" that is indeed embarrassing. "At least one point in BJP's manifesto reflects their true intentions," Congress wrote this evening on its official Twitter handle. no coPY oF BioPic FoR conG actiViSt The Supreme Court has said it cannot pass an order at this stage on a plea seeking a stay on the release of a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Censor Board is yet to certify the film. The apex court said it will hear the matter on Tuesday and possibly can pass an order if the petitioner brings on record that what the film depicts is highly objectionable. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi refused the plea of the petitioner -- a Congress activist -- that the copy of the film should be given to him. "Why should we direct that individual be given a copy of the film," the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said. "We fail to understand why such a direction be given," the bench said. GRiM FoRecaSt FoR BJP in SoUth The BJP will draw a blank in the four southern states and may take a big hit in Karnataka, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has said. “Southern states will reject the BJP lock, stock and barrel. They will get zero in Kerala, zero in Telangana, zero in Andhra Pradesh and zero in Tamil Nadu. They may win a few seats in Karnataka, but it will be less than what they have,” the former finance minister said. KVR aSSetS WoRth RS 895 cR Konda Vishweswar Reddy, the Congress candidate from Telangana, is drawing attention for all the right reasons. With declared family assets worth 895 Rs. crore, is the richest candidate both Telangana he in and Andhra Pradesh. That may also qualify him to be ranked as one of the richest candidates in India. The engineer and entrepreneur-turned politician was elected on a TRS ticket in the 2014 national election but quit the party last year and joined the Congress. The industrialist happens to be the husband of Apollo group joint managing director Sangita Reddy who too has been campaigning for her husband. As many as 40 members of the Reddy family are actively campaigning for Konda Vishweswar Reddy, reports NDTV. What's unusual about the Congress candidate is that he has at least three patents, including those on sanitation and solar energy. MaMata QUote / SeaL hiS LiPS People should seal his mouth with a surgical adhesive tape, so that he is not able to tell lies. For the sake of the country he should not only be ousted from his chair but also from politics. If Modi has done as much work as he claims, what is the need for making movies and television serials on him?