SINCE 1928 After IPL, focus shIfts to the WorLd cuP 2019 Pg 20 shAdoW of us-chInA sPAt on gLobAL economy REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 Fast News COMMUNAL VIOLENCE IN LANKA COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government on Monday enforced a countrywide curfew and blocked social media platforms to stop people from inciting violence as communal strife spread to new areas in the island nation in the worst unrest since Easter Sunday bombings. The police also fired tear gas at mobs attacking mosques and shops owned by Muslims in various parts of the country. Army chief Mahesh Senanayake said the army will shoot on sight if anyone defies the order. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in an address to the nation, said the military has been asked to quell the anti-Muslim riot and urged the public to cooperate with the security forces. The blockade of Facebook and WhatsApp comes a day after a mob attacked a mosque and some shops owned by Muslims in a dispute that started on a Facebook post by a Muslim shop owner. The author of the Facebook post, identified as 38-year-old Abdul Hameed Mohamed Hasmar, wrote: "Don't laugh more, 1 day u will cry". The Muslim shopkeeper's comment was taken by local Christians as a warning of an impending attack. Sri Lanka has previously blocked social media several times after the Eastern Sunday bombings to prevent the spread of false news reports. The majority nationalist groups have been active on Facebook, reviving calls for boycotts of Muslim-owned businesses and spreading hate. HIP SURGERY PROVES FATAL DUBAI: An Indian woman died at a Dubai hospital due to complications after a hip replacement surgery, a media report said on Monday. Betty Rita Fernandes, originally from Mumbai, was a chef and ran 'Betty's Cake Tales', a specialty grocery store, reports the Khaleej Times. Fernandes had a congenital issue and her hip was slightly displaced when she was born, the report said. According to her family, she decided to go in for a hip replacement surgery under Samih Tarabichi, consultant orthopedic surgeon at the Al Zahra Hospital. On May 9, Fernandes was admitted for the two-hour left hip replacement surgery. TAILPIECE JUST ONE WELL FOR 2 VILLAGES BHANDARA: Residents of Yedarbuchi and Sundartola villages in Bhandara are struggling for water, having to trudge miles in search of it. The nearest well is a kilometre away and its water must be shared by both these villages. The Bawanthadi dam near their village has visibly dried up. There are five hand pumps in the village, all running dry. Villagers have been queuing up from 3am every day, to fetch water. With both villages drawing water at once, the well water too has hit rockbottom. However, since there is no other source of drinking water, the villagers have no choice but to continue to use the muddy water. Often, there is not enough water for cooking, villagers say. They take their cattle to the nearby pond, which also has murky water. Construction work on houses for villagers under the 'Gharkul' scheme has come to a standstill. Activist Dr Pankaj Kare More has said the government must send water tankers to these villages, to take care of their drinking water needs. FPJ BUREAU `2 EDIT ArtIstes shouLd not LImIt to theIr crAft: Arjun KAPoor Pg 16 KCR, eyeing a larger role, pushes for federal front Pg 10 DRAVIDA THAMBI Chennai The DMK released a statement describing it merely as a courtesy meeting. However, sources in the DMK indicated that Stalin had used the occasion to PM Modi is much ahead of his times Sunrise: 06:08 am Sunset: 07:02 pm THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 63 No. 14 | TUESDAY | MAY 14, 2019 | 20 Pages EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Stalin cites Cong factor, which looms large on any move he makes TRS founder and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao – who is eyeing a larger role for himself in a non-BJP non-Congress , Federal Front, in case the two national parties fall short of majority – met DMK president M K Stalin at the latter's bungalow in Chennai. The Telangana CM, who is supposedly eyeing Deputy Prime Ministership, can see the political space for a regional grouping at the Centre, comprising Stalin, HD Kumaraswamy and him with Mamata or even Mayawati as the pivot. Both leaders did not speak to the media, unlike during an earlier meeting between [Rao's regional rival] TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Stalin. WEATHER 330C. 250C. urge Rao to back the Congress should a need arise in the post-poll scenario. “Our leader was the first to propose Congress president Rahul Gandhi's name as Prime Ministerial candidate in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls. There is no change in his position. Therefore, the possibility of the DMK exploring the option of being a part of a Federal Front comprising regional parties is ruled out,” a DMK second line leader said in private. Sources said Stalin had used the occasion to tell Rao that all parties that had faith in democracy must extend support to ensure that a Congress-led Government is installed at the Centre after the declaration of results. It was not known how Rao responded to this suggestion by Stalin. Rao had last year met Stalin to discuss issues relating to state autonomy . “Despite his rival Chandrababu Naidu meeting Stalin a few months ago, Rao had no inhibitions in calling on our leader,” the DMK source pointed out. CONTD. ON P9 As pilgrims there is a practice to take a vow to give up something in a holy place. Normally an unwanted thing is given up. But actually one should give up one bad habit at the altar of God. Carrom player run over during ‘stop signal’ Sri Ma Maya tone with PM gets shrill FPJ NEWS SERVICE Gorakhpur NARENDRA GUPTA Thane A 20-year-old state and national-level carrom player, Janhavi More, died after being hit by a tanker while she was crossing a road in Dombivli on Sunday The incident . took place at the Palava City Junction in Dombivli (E) on Sunday evening when she and a friend were going to Dombivli to meet other friends. Janhavi, in her five-year career, had won 68 medals, spanning championships from district to national levels. She had won 13 national level tournaments in the under-21 year age category . A grief-stricken Sunil More, Janhavi's father, said, 笛 anhavi痴 friend Aashay Chinkutkar informed us that my daughter died after being hit by truck. She was crossing the road at Palava Junction. A traffic constable had given the stop signal to vehicles, allowing pedestrians to cross. Even as my daughter was in the midst of crossing, the constable signalled 'go' to vehicles. It was at this time that a speeding truck hit my daughter, killing her." More demanded action against the traffic constable who was negligent in his duty "Owing to his mistake, I . lost my daughter. Had he been diligent and looking in all directions, this lapse would not have occurred." Dombivli-Manpada Police have arrested the truck driver, identified as Rohidas Batule, and booked him for negligence causing death and rash driving. Police are also probing the role of the constable negligence in the case. CONTD. ON P9 ON THE TROT Their job done, it was celebration time for Mumbai Indians, as players took part in a victory parade in an 'open bus' on the streets of south Mumbai, sending the traffic for a toss. The procession started at the residence of Ambanis who own the team and culminated at the Trident hotel. Veteran Yuvraj Singh was seen holding the IPL trophy even as fans chanted 'Bumrah Bumrah.' Makes another implausible claim: That he used email in 1987-88 – ten years before its introduction Unleashing a flurry of personal attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday said women in the BJP are scared when their husbands meet the prime minister; they fear their husbands might "abandon their wives like him." "How can he (Modi) respect others' sisters and wives when he has left his own innocent wife for political gains?" Mayawati said in her noholds-barred tirade which left the BJP fuming with Finance Minis- ter Arun Jaitley saying the BSP chief is "unfit for public life". ‘‘I request all the women of the country not to give their votes to such a person. This would be their real respect for the deserted wife of Modi ji,’’ Mayawati added, warming up to the theme. Modi’s man Friday Jaitley latched onto the statement and tweeted: "Behan Mayawati - She is firm on becoming Prime Minister. CONTD. ON P9 SPECIAL 25 AGAINST PM MODI FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Prime Minister Modi has become a subject of ridicule on account of another implausible claim – that he used email in 1987-88 to send a colour photograph of his mentor Lal Krishna Advani, which he had clicked with a digital camera. He was soon caught in a flurry of jokes with the social media telling him that there was no email at that time. Internet made its debut in India only around 1995, it was pointed out. Moreover, he had to be a very rich person to be able to afford a digital camera, which was introduced by Nikon only in 1987, costing Rs 4 lakh. "Email was not available until 1995.But Modi somehow used it in 1988 before it was officially introduced to the rest of us," tweeted economist Rupa Subramanya. At the heart of the black humour was an interview wherein PM Modi had said: "Around 1987-88 I used digital camera for the first time. Very few had email at the time. There was an Advani rally At that time the digital . camera used to be this big (motions with his hands). I had a digital camera. I took a photo of Advani and transmitted it to Delhi. A colour photo was printed (in a newspaper). Advani ji was surprised and said how did my colour photo appear the very next day?" The revelation elicited a spate of questions. Whether PM Modi had an email or not apart, which newspapers had an email address? Nor did they have colour printing at that time to publish a colour photo, many pointed out on Twitter. Journalists a fact-check: At that time, some dozen or so enthusiasts used to run the Bulletin Board Service in India to provide an email service for exchanging notes in India and abroad but they were not able to take the load of digital pictures as the net speed was then only 1200 and 2400 BPS (bits per second). CONTD. ON P9 Kamal Haasan steps into minefield Says Godse was first Hindu extremist OUR CORRESPONDENT Chennai Tamil actor-politician Kamal Haasan elicited strong criticism from the BJP for describing Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as free India's first Hindu “extremist”. The BJP has moved the Election Commission and sought a five-day ban on the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder, restraining him from campaigning in the by-elections to four Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu that go to the polls on May 19. Campaigning for his party's candidate in western Tamil Nadu on Sunday night, Kamal Haasan said, “Free India's first extremist was a Hindu. Nathuram Godse is his name. It (Hindu extremism) starts there. I am Gandhi's great grandson at heart. You can take it that I have come here to question that murder.” Kamal Haasan used the Tamil word “theevaravadhi” (extremist) to describe Godse and not bayankaravadhi (terrorist).] He went on to state that India was all about equality “The . three colours (representing three faiths) of the Indian flag must remain intact. That is the desire of a good Indian. I will say with pride that I am a good Indian,” he added. The actor, whose MNM is facing its maiden elections, said that, “I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi.” Soon after a video clip of his remarks went viral online on Monday Tamil Nadu BJP pres, ident Tamilisai Soundararajan took offence and said it was wrong for Haasan to have described Godse as a “Hindu extremist” in a locality that had a dominating presence of Muslims. While she made it clear that Gandhi's assassination was a heinous crime for which Godse was hanged to death, Tamilisai said though the actor-politician spoke of a new brand of politics, he continued to indulge in “old, mischievous, poisonous and divisive vote bank politics.” She demanded that Haasan be banned from campaigning and police take action against him. CONTD. ON P9 and actor Antonio Banderas took to twitter to pay tributes to Day . Calling the singer-actor "World's Sweetheart", Shatner said she was loved by all and her death is an irreparable loss to cinema. Like his "Star Trek" co-star, Takei quoted "Que Sera Sera" and said the screen legend will be missed dearly . Born as Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff, on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Day began her professional career as a singer at the age of 15 and tasted success in her early 20s with the song "Sentimental Journey", in collaboration with Les Brown's band. But her signature song will always be "Que Sera Sera" from Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 film "The Man Who Knew Too Much". She made her acting debut with the 1948 film "Romance on the High Seas", whose success led to a more than two-decade long career, CONTD. ON P9 Doris Day, sweetheart of box-office, dies at 97 QUE SERA SERA AGENCIES Los Angeles Screen icon Doris Day last , of the stars to represent the golden era of Hollywood and the velvety voice behind the classic "Que Sera Sera (whatever will be, will be), has died. She was 97. A popular singer-actor of her era, Day ruled the industry in the 1950s and '60s with films such as "Pillow Talk", "That Touch of Mink" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much". She breathed her last on Monday at her Carmel Valley home in California, her animal welfare foundation, Doris Day Animal Foundation, said in a statement posted on their official website. The foundation said the star had celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3 this year. Hollywood celebrities such as "Star Trek" alums William Shatner, George Takei, author Paulo Coelho Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually faces no fight in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, a fact even his worst critics will agree with. However, a look at his rivals in the electoral contest reveals interesting facts. In 2014, Modi had 41 candidates pitted against him. The number has gone down to 25 this year but he still has a ‘mini India' contesting against him. These 'Special 25' candidates belong to various states, including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Kerala and Uttarakhand and each one of them is here to ‘make a point'. Manohar Anand Rao Patil, a farmer from Maharashtra, dresses up as Mahatma Gandhi and even wears a photograph of the latter around his neck. "I have not come here to defeat Modi. I want to draw his attention to the plight of farmers and the growing corruption," he says. Manav Vishwamanav, also from Andhra Pradesh, is another candidate who wants to draw the Prime Minister's attention towards the plight of farmers. His farther, a farmer, passed away and his mother works as a coolie in Vishakhapatanam. Hina Shahid is the daughter of Olympian (late) Mohammad Shahid and says that she wants to reach Parliament so that she can raise women's issues. "I know I cannot defeat Modi but then one should not sit at home just because he is a strong candidate," she says. NATH ON PANTS AND PYJAMAS Lashing out at PM Narendra Modi for his radar and clouds comment on Balakot airstrike, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said PM Modi didn't even know how to wear his pants and pyjamas when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi formed the country's army. Kamal Nath made the comment while addressing a rally in Ratlam. "5 saal ka jawaab nahi de sakte, kya baat karte hain? Desh ki suraksha ki baat karenge.... (How can PM Modi talk about the country's security when he can't even answer for the five years of BJP rule)," he said. "Modi ji jab aapne pant-pyjama pehen'na nahi seekha tha tab Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ne aur Indira Gandhi ji ne humare desh ki fauj banayi thi.’’ RAJ’S TAKE ON PM’S RAW WISDOM Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has taken a jab at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'rustic science' suggestion of the use of cloud cover to carry out the Balakot airstrike in February. "Recently, the UN has passed a resolution that all warring countries must go to war only in monsoon. The cloud cover will make detection difficult. This latest technology has been credited to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi." QUOTE PITRODAJI, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED What Sam Pitroda said about 1984 was totally wrong and he should seek an apology from the country. I am saying this publicly and I also told the same to him over phone. Pitroda ji, what you had said was completely wrong and you should be ashamed of yourself. You should seek a public apology," Rahul Gandhi said towards the end of his speech. Gandhi's remarks came at his first poll rally in Punjab in an apparent damage control exercise after an uproar over Pitroda's "hua-to-hua" response to a query on the 1984 riots.