www.freepressjournal.in | twitter.com/fpjindia Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 I M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 EASING OF LOCKDOWNS TO SHORE UP TELCO REVENUES Pg 13 CHINA'S BULLYING BRINGS DEMOCRACIES CLOSER SHRUTI HAASAN FINDS WRITING PEACEFUL Pg 14 340c. 270c. Sunrise: 06:31 am Sunset: 06:17 pm 2,185 TREES DOWN, NOW HARE TURNS AAREY SHED FACES AXE ON HOUNDS Vol. 64 No. 140 | MONDAY | OCTOBER 12, 2020 | 13 Pages | EDITIONS: Mumbai*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper Fast News VIRUS STAYS ON MOBILE FOR 28 DAYS PROPERTY CARD FOR RURAL INDIA HATHRAS KIN TO APPEAR BEFORE HC The family members of the 19year-old Dalit girl, who died after allegedly being raped by four men in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district, will appear before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court amid tight security on Monday. The court will record the version of the victim's family members in the case. It had on October 1 asked the girl’s parents to come to apprise it of their version of the incident. The hearing is likely to be held in-person. The court had ordered the Hathras district administration to arrange for the family's travel. The case is listed for hearing before a division bench of Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Rajan Roy at 2:15 PM. Metro 3 structure to move to govt land in Kanjurmarg; cases against protesters to be withdrawn; 800 acres of land in Aarey Colony declared reserved forest SANJAY JOG Mumbai The controversial Metro 3 carshed project in Aarey has been axed by the Shiv Senaled Maha Vikas Aghadi government and it will be relocated to Kanjurmarg on government land. Announcing this in a web address on Sunday Chief Minister Uddhav , Thackeray said the Metro 3 and 6 line maintenance facilities would be amalgamated by developing a carshed at Kanjurmarg without cost escalation. ‘‘The land available in Kanjurmarg is government land and will be available free of cost. I signed the order for the relocation of Metro 3 carshed to Kanjurmarg yesterday (Sat- Arrey, who will bear the burden? THE FPJ NEWS SERVICE Mumbai In response to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's announcement on the Metro 3 carshed, which is to be moved to Kanjurmarg, his predecessor Devendra Fadnavis put out a series of tweets, calling the decision 'unfortunate'. This move would escalate the project cost by Rs 4,000 crore, as had been assessed by an MVA govtappointed committee, he pointed out. "Why such a huge burden just to satisfy someone’s ego? Whom does the government want should suffer and for what? "The Kanjurmarg site was earlier considered by the Government. But it was under litigation and stayed by Hon HC. Some private individuals claimed their rights. The stay was requested to be withdrawn. But Hon HC wanted the amount to be deposited if the claims got settled in future. "This amount was around ₹2400 crore in 2015. What is the status of that case today? And if someone moves to Hon SC, who will be responsible for the delay? Moreover, since the site of Kanjurmarg is a marshy land, it will require at least 2 years to stabilise it. CONTD. ON P6 No full-scale resumption of local trains, says CM SANJAY JOG / Mumbai Full-scale resumption of suburban railway services is not likely to happen anytime soon, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray informed on a web address on Sunday Despite repeated . demands from officegoers and various organisations, Thackeray hinted that the state government was in no hurry to do so, considering the spread of the coronavirus and the rising number of cases in Mumbai. However, he said, the government had been pursuing a proposal to increase the frequency of current suburban railway services, to accommodate more passengers. As on date, of its total 1,774 services, the Central Railway is operating 453, while the Western Railway is running 467 against its 1,467 services. ‘‘Local train service is a very important issue. I am aware everyone wants to travel on suburban trains, which are direly needed, However, crowding in these trains is also a very important issue. We care about people and understand their problems. Trust me, we will decide soon,’’ Thackeray assured. CONTD. ON P6 QUOTE/PRAY AT HOME T here is no need to congregate in large numbers to prove your faith or your religion... You can pray to your gods at your homes. I would suggest that all of you celebrate festivals with your families. No leaders of any religion say that festivals should be celebrated by putting lives in danger... no Gods say you need to go to big pandals to pray. If you know there is fire outside and you still go out in the fire in the name of religion -- what's the point of such festivals -Dr Harsh Vardhan at the onset of the festival season. urday). The uncertainty over the carshed is over now,’’ said Thackeray He further declared . that instead of 600 acres, now 800 acres of land in Aarey Colony adjacent to the Sanjay , R King f Clay afael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in the French Open 2020 final on Sunday, claiming his 20th Grand Slam title and his 13th French Open title. In the process, Nadal equalled Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam wins. Djokovic failed to find any rhythm in the first two sets, and even though he gave a dogged fight in most games, all the important points were going to Nadal. The Serb found a way back in the third set and even managed to nose ahead. However, Nadal broke him again after two hours and thirty minutes of what was one of the greatest clay court performances of all time and then saw out the set 7-5. Republic TV: More bigwigs are quizzed PIC: BHUSHAN KOYANDE PM Modi on Sunday launched the physical distribution of property cards under the ''SVAMITVA'' (ownership) scheme via video conferencing and asserted that it is a "historic move" set to transform rural India. The move will pave the way for villagers to use property as a financial asset for availing of loans and other financial benefits. The launch will enable around one lakh property holders to download their property cards through an SMS link sent on their mobile phones, and this would be followed by the physical distribution of property cards by respective state governments. Pg 8 PRIYANKA NAVALKAR Mumbai Two senior officials of Republic TV -- CEO Vikas Khanchandani and COO Harsh Bhandari --appeared before Mumbai Police on Sunday morning, while Distribution Head Ghanshyam Singh was questioned by another crime branch team in Daman in connection with the TRP manipulation case. These three officials and others had been issued official summons on Saturday to appear before Mumbai Police for the probe. According to police, Khanchandani had reached the police headquarters on Sunday morning, while Bhandari reached around noon. Police officers close to the investigation said their line of questioning pertained to the financial trail and the deals in connection to the TRP racket that mentions the involvement of three channels -- Republic TV Box Cinema , and Fakt Marathi. Police officers said that summons were sent to Khanchandani and Bhandari on October 10 while Singh was summoned for the second CONTD. ON P6 I am immune, says Chump U S President Donald Trump on Sunday declared himself immune from Covid-19 as he prepares to return to the campaign trail against surging White House rival Joe Biden. "It looks like I'm immune for, I don't know, maybe a long time and maybe a short time, it could be a lifetime, nobody really knows, but I'm LAST WORD immune," Trump said in a Fox News interview, a day after his doctor affirmed he was no longer a transmission risk for the disease. "You have a president who is immune... so now you have a president who doesn't have to hide in a basement like his opponent," he added -- in a jab at the Democrat Biden and his far more cau- tious approach to campaigning in a pandemic. During his phone interview on Fox News, Trump went on to suggest that his White House rival could himself be sick. "If you look at Joe, he was coughing yesterday horribly and grabbing his mask, as he's coughing," Trump said. CONTD. ON P6 Gandhi National Park, had been declared reserved forest. ‘‘There will be no infringement on the rights of tribals in the Aarey forest. The biodiversity in Aarey needs to be conserved and protected. Nowhere is there an 800-acre jungle in an urban set-up. Mumbai has a natural forest cover," he said. His announcement comes two days after the government had issued a preliminary notification declaring 328.90 hectares (812 acres) as reserved land in Aarey Colony . CONTD. ON P6 How is it a victory....now wetlands at Kanjurmarg will be destroyed.... it's victory for... western suburbs. Are wetlands of Kanjurmarg less important to the environment -- jeevan mathai@dentistmumbai To have a healthy heart, be a good-hearted person and feed the mind with a healthy diet of pure thoughts and feelings. Brahma Kumaris NARSI BENWAL Mumbai After finally securing her release on bail from the Byculla women's prison, actress Rhea Chakraborty has decided to go hammer and tongs after all those individuals and TV news channels, who allegedly defamed her by spinning false narratives regarding her role in Sushant Singh Rajput case. The actress is presently mulling exposing them but may even sue them for defaming her. "As of now, we are only planning to expose all the individuals and TV news channels, which have spun false narratives about my client. Defamation (against them) would be the next step," confirmed Rhea's counsel Satish Maneshinde to the Free Press Journal. He said they had considered pursuing this course of action for some time but started talking about it once she was out on bail. PIC: BL SONI Watch out! The virus responsible for Covid19 can cling onto surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens and stainless steel for 28 days, researchers say, reports BBC. These are the findings of Australia's national science agency. Previous studies had revealed that SARS-Cov-2 can survive for two to three days on bank notes and glass, and up to six days on plastic and stainless steel. But the latest research suggests the virus is extremely robust, surviving for 28 days on smooth surfaces such as glass found on mobile phone screens and both plastic and paper banknotes, when kept at 20C (68F), which is about room temperature. As against this, the flu virus can survive in the same circumstances for 17 days. The study, published in Virology Journal, found the virus survived for less time at hotter temperatures; it stopped being infectious within 24 hours at 40C on some surfaces. EDIT "I had said, once Rhea is out on bail we will start going after people who had defamed and tried to destroy her life and spirit. And all this for two minutes of fame on TV channels, which had resorted to churning out fake news," Maneshinde said. Singling out one such person, Maneshinde referred to the statements of one Dimple Thawani, a neighbor of Rhea, who claims she is Sushant's fan, and "believes she is his soulmate due to a past life connection." CONTD. ON P6 Covid claims 1st female cop PRIYANKA NAVALKAR Mumbai A policewoman became the first female in the force to die of Covid-19 on Sunday Con. stable Surekha Unverkar, 43, succumbed to the virus at a hospital in Kalyan, becoming the 86th Mumbai cop to die in the pandemic. According to police, Unverkar, attached to the Special Branch and posted at its airport unit, had no comor- India's COVID-19 case tally raced past 70 lakh on Sunday, 13 days after it had crossed the 60-lakh mark. bidities but was admitted to the Vaidya Hospital in Kalyan after she complained of breathing problems on September 28. She seemed to be improving but her condition suddenly took a turn for the worse on Saturday and she passed away the next day . Unverkar lived with her husband in Kalyan and had tested Covid-positive just three days after her birthday last month. Her colleagues were distraught to learn of her death because she had been in good health until she contracted the virus. There have been 261 deaths in Maharashtra Police so far, after another male constable attached to Thane Police succumbed to the virus.