SINCE 1928 MIRACLE OF ANFIELD, AS LIVERPOOL STUN BARCA, ENTER FINAL Pg 21 MAYAWATI THROWS HER HAT IN THE RING REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 Fast News MILIND EKBOTE IS BEATEN UP BY COW VIGILANTES PUNE: Right-wing activist Milind Ekbote has lodged a police complaint alleging that he and his supporters were beaten up by some 'cow vigilantes' over a minor dispute in Pune district, an official said on Wednesday. The alleged incident took place on a temple premises in Zendewadi locality of Saswad area at around 10.30 pm on Tuesday when Ekbote, who is an accused in the KoregaonBhima violence case, went there to attend a programme, he said. Ekbote, who himself is known to be a supporter of cow vigilantes, lodged the complaint against 40 to 50 people and one Pandit Modak, who runs a 'gaushala' in the area. It is understood that Ekbote had written a post on his Facebook page against Modak in connection with the functioning of his gaushala and this had apparently upset the latter. When Ekbote went to Zendewadi to attend a programme, Modak, along with his supporters, went there to seek an explanation from him over the post. This led to an argument following supporters of both Ekbote and Modak got into in a scuffle, it is claimed. Some policemen who were already present on the temple premises immediately intervened and brought the situation under control. According to police, Ekbote and Modak had worked together in the past, but due to some differences parted ways. Ekbote is currently out on bail in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case. LEH BJP IN CASH TO SCRIBE ROW LEH: Journalists in Jammu and Kashmir's Leh district have accused the BJP of trying to bribe them. Rinchen Angmo, a local journalist, said envelopes were distributed among media persons at a hotel in the Ladakh where state BJP chief Ravinder Raina had addressed a press conference on May 2. "We were told not to open the envelopes in the hall and that made me suspicious. After I opened the envelope, I was shocked to find Rs 500 bills inside," Angmo said. When she tried to return the envelope, the BJP leader refused to take it back. NIRAV DENIED BAIL YET AGAIN LONDON: A court in the United Kingdom on Wednesday again denied bail to diamond merchant Nirav Modi, having earlier twice rejected the plea. Modi is the main accused in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case amounting to an estimated $2 billion. He is currently lodged at Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) Wandsworth, where he can hold sessions with his legal team to deliberate on the course of his extradition proceedings. Modi's defence team had doubled the bail security to 2 million pounds and offered he would stay under 24-hour curfew at his London flat. The next hearing has been scheduled for May 30. E-WAY LANE TO CITY TO BE SHUT MUMBAI: Commuters to Mumbai who use the MumbaiPune Expressway will face a mega block of two hours on Thursday as the lane towards Mumbai will be completely closed from 12 to 2 pm. During the block, traffic towards Mumbai will be completely closed. In this period, movement of light vehicles and other private vehicles will be diverted from Kivale bridge to the old Mumbai-Pune Expressway (NH-4) while heavy vehicles and transport vehicles have been asked to halt at the 85/500 km marking till the block gets over. This block will, however, not affect traffic towards Pune. `2 EDIT RANBIR TAKES SHIVA SESSIONS FOR BRAHMASTRA Pg 18 PM THROWS ANOTHER PUNCH AT THE LATE PM Pg 12 P M Modi is hell-bent on turning the election on its head – After pillorying Jawahar Lal Nehru and lampooning Rahul, he is throw- P ing punches at Rajiv Gandhi. After the infamous ‘Bhrashtachari number one’ remark, he hit out again at Rajiv and accused him of using Naval warship INS Viraat for his personal holiday in the Lakshadweep archipelago. "Have you ever heard that someone uses a naval warship -- the INS Viraat -- to enjoy a holiday? It happened when Rajiv Gandhi was the PM. The warship, which was deployed on maritime boundaries, was appropriated for a 10-day holiday PM ," Modi said during a rally in the national capital. The prime minister also said that Rajiv Gandhi took his Italian in-laws along with him on the vacation on board INS Viraat. "Foreigners were allowed on the INS Viraat, was it not a compromise of National security? They put nation first and security of the Indian citizens second," Modi pointed out, reports a news portal. CONTD. ON P11 The Gandhi family took a vacation in 1987 in the uninhabited island of Bangaram in the Lakshadweep archipelago. Though Rajiv had offered to foot the bill of the vacation, the debatable point in the unsavoury controversy was the use of INS Viraat. The warship's daily expenditure at sea was astronomical as the INS Viraat travelled with an entire retinue of escort ships. A submarine was also reported to be in attendance. Nakampanthi v/s Jumlapanthi FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi M Modi loves to lampoon the Congress and the Left by derisively referring to them as ''naampanthi'' (dynastic) ''vaampanthi'.' Soon, a third type of political tribe was identified -- ''daam aur damanpathi'' (those relying on money and muscle). Delhi, he said on Thursday, was winessing a new breed: "Nakampanthi -- those who say ‘no’ to every development work and whatever they do, they fail in that". His own party, the BJP , AGENCIES / New Delhi Senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover on Wednesday cried foul over a Supreme Court notice to them and their NGO, Lawyers Collective, on a plea alleging FCRA violation by them, and said they are "deeply disturbed by the turn of events". They said they are being "victimised" as Jaising took up the cause of a sacked woman employee of the apex court who had levelled allegations of sexual harassment against CJI Ranjan Gogoi, which were rejected by an in-house inquiry committee on May 6. The notice was issued to them on a plea seeking investigation and lodging of FIR under various provisions of law for allegedly violating rules relating to receipt and utilisation of foreign funds. CONTD. ON P11 Chilling truth: 81 per cent of ice is not nice, warns BMC report FPJ BUREAU / Mumbai With rising temperatures, the temptation to enjoy an icecold beverage also rises. People flock to roadside juice vendors for their favourite sherbet or fruit juice or milkshake, sometimes requesting ice cubes be added to their chilled beverage. However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has some chilling news. More than 81 per cent of the ice used by street vendors is contaminated, the BMC has warned. After numerous raids conducted in March and April, the BMC has put out a report of its findings. The civic crackdown on vendors selling sugarcane juice, ice 'golas' and juices occurred after a video of adulterated lemon juice being sold at Kurla railway station went viral in March. The raids revealed that 81 per cent of the product samples were found to be contaminated. COLD FACTS MARCH (Seized) Adulterated Ice 156 141 Lemon juice 204 157 Sugarcane juice 236 221 April(Seized) Adulterated 385 300 280 303 218 268 however, was ''vikaspanthi'' (one which believed in development)". Nakampanthis, he said, have "spread anarchy and backstabbed the nation". They supported the ''tukde-tukde'' gang - a reference to the student leaders like Kanhaiya Kumar who allegedly shouted anti-national slogans and anyone who sympathises with Maoists and separatists. Reacting to his comments, AAP leader and Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia reminded Modi of the "sixth political ideology — "Jumlapanthi", which weaves a web of false promises. FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to go into merits of the Election Commission’s clean chit to PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah and dismissed the petition of Congress MP Sushmita Dev as infructuous, as her charge of the poll panel’s inaction on complaints is no longer valid. The Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta, however, gave her the liberty to file a fresh petition against the EC orders rejecting complaints of the Model Code of Conduct filed against Modi and Shah. "Rightly or wrongly the ," poll panel has decided the complaint of MCC violations and these orders warrant filing of a fresh petition, the Bench said. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the counsel Rahul finally apologises FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday tendered an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court on his ‘chowkidar’ jibe after the April 10 ruling on Rafale case. In his third affidavit, after restricting the first two affidavits to mere voicing of regret, Rahul has said he holds the Supreme Court in the highest esteem and respect. The affidavit urges the court to close the criminal contempt proceedings filed against him by the BJP's New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi. "This is an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court for unintentionally and inadvertently linking its order in Rafale review plea to his ''cowkidar chor hai'' political jibe against PM Narendra Modi," the affidavit said. The bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph had allowed Rahul to file a fresh affidavit tendering an apology but making it clear that its admissibility and acceptance will be decided in the hearing on Friday . After the SC rejected the Centre’s objections to the admissibility of certain documents submitted by the review petitioners in the Rafale case, Rahul had said: "Supreme Court ne clear kar diya hai ki chowkidarji ne chori karwai (Supreme Court CONTD. ON P11 Alcohol intake in India up 38% this decade: Lancet TIPPLERS THRIVE AGENCIES / London Alcohol consumption in India increased from 4.3 litres a year per adult to 5.9 litres in 2017, a growth of 38 per cent, says a study of 189 countries' alcohol intake. Driven by the rise in alcohol intake in India, China and Vietnam, global alcohol consumption increased from 5.9 litres a year per adult in 1990, to 6.5 litres in 2017, and is predicted to increase further to 7.6 litres by 2030, showed the results published in The Lancet. As a result of increased alcohol THOUGHT FOR THE DAY consumption and population growth, the total volume of alcohol consumed globally per year has increased by 70 per cent -- from 20,999 million litres in 1990 to 35,676 million litres in 2017. While intake is growing in low and middle-income countries, the total volume of alcohol consumed in highincome countries has remained stable, the study said. The estimates suggest that by 2030 half of all adults will be drinking alcohol, and almost a quarter (23 per cent) will binge drink at least once a month. "Our study provides a comprehensive overview of the changing landscape in global alcohol exposure. Before 1990, most alcohol was consumed in high-income countries, with the highest use levels recorded in Europe," said study author Jakob Manthey from Technische Universitat Dresden in Germany CONTD. ON P11 . “It is my vision that the whole world is transformed and every human being becomes Sahaja yogi.” A DELHI GIRL IS NOW CHALLENGING YOU Her Holiness Mataji Nirmala Devi Priyanka dares PM Modi to focus on GST, demonetisation and women’s safety rather than extraneous issues FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in her own inimitable style, on Wednesday, dared PM Modi to contest on issues of governance rather than extraneous matters. While campaigning in the national capital, Priyanka addressed the PM, who has time and again dragged her father into the election campaign. "A Delhi girl is openly challenging you. Contest the last two phases on pressing issues of ‘notebandi’, GST, women's safety and unfulfilled promises made to the youth." She sought to strike an emotional chord with the people during a road show, saying she was born in Delhi and is empathetic towards their aspirations, unlike PM Modi who, she claimed, has been here only for five years. "Modi ji has been in Delhi for five years. Senior lawyers cry SC won’t go into merits foul over SC notice of clean chit to PM, Shah Say they are being victimised for speaking up in the CJI harassment case Sunrise: 06:10 am Sunset: 07:00 pm Vol. 63 No. 10 | THURSDAY | MAY 9, 2019 | 22 Pages EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Rajiv used naval warship for 10-day holiday, took his chums and Italian in-laws along FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi WEATHER 330C. 270C. appearing for Sushmita, also raised the issue of Modi terming late Rajiv Gandhi as "bhrashtachari no.1" in an election speech. However, the court said it would not examine this as the scope of the plea cannot be widened. When he asserted that the EC's orders are "unreasoned," senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the EC, said the persons who had complained to the poll panel on the MCC violations have not come forward to assail its decisions absolving Modi and Shah of any violation. CONTD. ON P11 One day for EC to decide on plea of ex-BSF jawan FROM OUR BUREAU / New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Election Commission to decide by Thursday on rejection of the nomination papers of sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who wants to contest against Prime Minister Modi from Varanasi. Polling in Varanasi is slated only in the last phase on May 17 and so why not allow Yadav to contest, a Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked. It asked the EC counsel to seek instructions and apprise it by Thursday . Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Yadav re, ferred to an earlier verdict to the court and said election petitions can be filed during the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct. Yadav, who was dismissed in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the food served to the troops, was fielded by the Samajwadi Party as its candidate for the Varanasi seat. Yadav, in his plea, termed the decision of the poll panel as discriminatory and unreasonable and said it should be set aside to allow him to contest. The SP had initially fielded Shalini Yadav as its candidate against Modi and later nominated the sacked BSF jawan. I was born in the city I have . seen every by-lane. I will tell you (Modi) what the people of Delhi think. They are tired of your useless talk. You keep yourself confined to your Race Course Road residence," said Priyanka. She also responded to criticism of her great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru by top BJP leaders, including PM Modi. "They remind me of those children who don't do their homework and come to school with excuses. When the teacher asks them, they say, 'Kya karoon, Nehru ji ne mera parcha le liya, chhupa diya (what can I do, Nehru took my work sheet and hid it. What can I do, Indira (Gandhi) made paper planes out of my work sheets," said the Congress general secretary . Priyanka was perched on the roof of a slow-moving minibus along with former chief minister Sheila Dikshit as she campaigned for the first time in Delhi since she joined politics in January. The road show started in Seelampur, a minoritydominated area, and meandered through a sea of people as they jostled with each other to catch a glimpse. Hours ahead of the roadshow, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal had said that Priyanka was "wasting her time" campaigning in the national capital. "She (Priyanka Gandhi) is wasting her time, why doesn't she campaign in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh?’’ Delhi will vote on May 12, in the sixth round of the general elections. ABUSES IN CONG LOVE DICTIONARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the Congress of hurling abuses at him from its "love dictionary" and said the party did not even spare his mother. "I stopped their corruption and challenged their dynasty because of which they wear masks of love and abuse me," he said in a rally at Kurukshetra. The prime minister claimed that the Congress had also compared him to Hitler, Dawood Ibrahim, Mussolini, etc. His remarks came after Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that despite Modi insulting his father Rajiv Gandhi, he only had love for the prime minister. "A leader of Congress called me 'gandi naali ka keeda' (an insect), one leader called me a mad dog, another one called me Bhasmasura. One more Congress leader, who was external affairs minister, called me a monkey while another minister compared me with Dawood Ibrahim," Modi alleged. "They even abused my mother and even asked who my father is and remember all this was said after I became Prime Minister," he said. The prime minister alleged that the Congress has given tickets to people who talk about chopping him into pieces. "I know uttering such words on a public platform is not right. Children studying in schools and colleges, they too are listening to my speech, but they should neither learn nor speak such a language (used by Congress leaders against him)," he added. SWARA HITS BACK AT EPIC INSULT A video of Swara Bhasker showing a man asking her to pose for a selfie and then telling her on camera, "Ma'am, aayega toh Modi hi," has infuriated both the outspoken actress and her fans. Swara, who does not conceal her contempt for the BJP and dislike for PM Modi, was trolled the instant the video was tweeted. "Naya Hindustan hai, selfie lega bhi, aur beizzati bhi karega," one Twitter user wrote. Another commented, "Bechari, kitne achche tarike se pose mar rahi thi.’’ Now, Swara has broken her silence on the viral video and called it a "tacky and underhand tactic of bhakts". She clarified in a tweet, "A guy asks for a selfie at the airport; I oblige coz I don’t discriminate people who want selfies based on their politics. He sneakily shoots a video. Tacky and underhand tactics are trademarks of bhakts. I’m unsurprised. But always glad to make bhakts feel like their lives are worthwhile." Her detractors are nonetheless calling it ‘epic beizzati.’ MODI, MODI, YES, PAPA Lalu Yadav's party RJD took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government on Wednesday, putting a spin on an iconic nursery rhyme. "In the future, children of Modi bhakts will learn this poem – Modi, Modi, yes, papa. Any development? No, papa. Farmer happy? No papa. Women safe? No papa. 10 crore jobs? No papa. 15 lakhs? No papa. Only jumla? Ha ha ha," the RJD tweeted. Bihar, which has 40 Lok Sabha seats, is voting in all seven phases of the ongoing national election. ONLY ASK ABOUT POLITICS: MINISTER Union Minister Birender Singh on Wednesday refused to respond to a question about the shortage of drinking water and lack of health facilities in Haryana's Hisar constituency, where his son has been fielded by the BJP In a video that has . been circulated on social media, the Union Steel Minister is seen ticking off the reporter who asked the question. "You should get some MLA or minister of the state to respond to these region-specific queries," he said. I am a minister of the Centre. If you ask me political questions, I will respond to those," he said, despite the reporter insisting that the question does pertain to political affairs, reports News 18. 170 DIED IN BALAKOT: The airstrike by the IAF at the terror training camp at Pakistan's Balakot on February 26 killed 130 to 170 JeM terrorists, according to an Italian freelance journalist.