www.freepressjournal.in | twitter.com/fpjindia Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 I M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 AMAZON AWARE OF RIL DEAL FROM BEGINNING, SAY FUTURE Pg 13 KANGANA’S TAKE ON AAMIR’S DAUGHTER IRA’S DEPRESSION Pg 16 SWITCHED OFF TALKING HEADS STAR WARS ON WAR OVER TRPS: REPUBLICAN NORMS BURIED BY ALL PLAYERS 320c. 270c. Sunrise: 06:32 am Sunset: 06:17 pm Vol. 64 No. 141 | TUESDAY | OCTOBER 13, 2020 | 15 Pages | EDITIONS: Mumbai*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper Fast News GST: 9 STATES WON'T YIELD There is still no meeting ground between the central government and the states and UTs over mode of payment of GST compensation, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said late Monday night after another GST Council meeting the second in seven days and the third in a row. By the end of the day, 12 states had accepted the Centre's payment proposal - to borrow from the markets on their own account - but nine others stood their ground and insisted that the centre, which is bound to provide GST compensation, do the borrowing. Overall 21 states mostly those ruled by the BJP or those that supported it on various issues - have agreed to borrow. Sitharaman has asked for time to consider the demands of the nine states who refused to do so after today's meeting. 2 AMERICANS GET ECONOMICS NOBEL Americans Paul R Milgrom and Robert B Wilson have won the Nobel Prize in economics for "improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats." They have also used their insights to design new auction formats for goods and services that are difficult to sell in a traditional way, such as radio frequencies, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a press release. The award caps a week of Nobel Prizes at a time when much of the world is experiencing the worst recession since World War II because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. CHINA TO TEST 9 MN TO TRACE OUTBREAK Chinese health authorities will test all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao for the coronavirus this week after nine cases linked to a hospital were found. The announcement broke a two-month streak with no virus transmissions within China being reported. "The whole city will be tested within five days," the National Health Commission said on its social media account. The authorities had been investigating the source of the infections found in eight patients at Qingdao's Municipal Chest Hospital and one family member. VIRUS INFECTIONS ON THE DECLINE The coronavirus infections in India are declining and touched 66,732 on Monday, while daily deaths are also down to 816; the daily recoveries were 71,559 and the case load on hospitals went down further by 5643 patients. The total infections since March have gone up to 71.21 lakh. EXTRA NEET EXAM ON WEDNESDAY The Apex Court on Monday allowed an extra NEET exam to be conducted on Wednesday for students who could not appear earlier due to Covid-19 infection or because they were residing in containment zones. The court order came just as the National Testing Agency was scheduled to declare the results by 1 PM on Monday. The results will be declared now on Friday. NEET is the entrance test for admissions to 80,000 MBBS courses apart from others. Pg 10 Outage causes max city to take mega tumble; trains, offices, exams halt in their tracks; buses run jam-packed; civic hospitals hit CM ORDERS PROBE INTO ALL ASPECTS SANJAY JOG Mumbai W SWAPNIL MISHRA, PRATIP ACHARYA & RONALD RODRIGUES / Mumbai ith a pandemic lurking in the backdrop, a mega disruption in power supply caused the mega city of Mumbai and its surrounds to take a mega tumble in broad daylight on Monday While those at home sweated it out in the . sweltering heat, local trains came to a halt, prompting commuters to get off and walk on the tracks; crowds swelled in buses, while hospitals cancelled surgeries and several colleges under Mumbai University postponed final-year online examinations on Monday morning after a grid failure resulted in a massive power outage across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane for several hours. Suburban services on both Central Railway and Western Railway came to a sudden standstill. Railway officials said all the suburban, as well as longdistance trains were held up on tracks from 10.05am owing to grid failure in the nation's financial capital. Services on the Harbour line, that connects Mumbai with Navi Mumbai, were the first to resume, CONTD. ON P6 POWER GLITCH TRIPS CITY O SANJAY JOG / Mumbai n the first day of the workweek, more than 50 lakh homes and other establishments in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region reeled under power failure, following a major grid collapse. Trains, offices, online classes and examinations were all halted in their tracks as power tripped around 10.05am, to be restored in phases from 12.30pm onwards. In a flash report, the Power System Operation Corporation and the Western Regional Load Dispatch Centre said, ‘‘The power failure occurred after the 400KV Kalwa-Padgha Line 2 tripped following a fault at 9.58am. Thereafter, at 10am, the 900MW Kalwa-Kharghar line also tripped due to a conductor snap near Kharghar. Subsequently Kharghar lines tripped at , 10.05am and because of this Kalwa and Kharghar CONTD. ON P6 Why no statutory body for TV: HC NARSI BENWAL Mumbai In what could spell serious trouble for the TV news media, the Bombay High Court on Monday sought to know if a statutory body could be brought in to regulate the electronic media's content. The court has ordered the Union government to give its stand on this issue. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni, while noting the electronic media's "coverage" of the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, also questioned the "free hand" enjoyed by TV channels in broadcasting content. The judges had before them a clutch of petitions, including one filed by nine retired IPS officers, highlighting the media trial in Sushant's death case. The pleas sought regulation of media content, especially while covering criminal cases. When the matter was taken up for hearing on Monday senior , counsel Devdatta Kamat, appearing for one of the petitioners, argued that the Cable TV Act contained statutory provisions and empowered the Union govern- Party-hopper Kushboo joins BJP Y EDIT N CHITHRA / Chennai esteryear actor and politician Kushboo Sundar on Monday quit the Congress and joined the BJP in New Delhi, her third political stop in a career that had begun in the DMK only 10 years ago. From being a fierce ideological opponent of the BJP’s right wing politics on Twitter and television debates, Kushboo explained the political transition saying, she did that because as an opposition party’s spokesperson it was her duty to criticise the ruling party’s policies. “I have come to understand that if a nation has to move forward, we need someone like our Honourable PM Narendra Modi ji to take the nation in its right direction and to its glory .” In a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Kushboo, who was the party’s national spokesperson, claimed that a few elements, seated at a higher level within the party “people who have no connectivity , with the ground reality or public recognition,” were dictating terms. As a result, “people like me, who wanted to work for the party sincerely are being pushed and suppressed.” In 2014, she had quit the DMK complaining in a similar fashion that she realised the Dravidian party was “a one-way road”. Congress leaders had earlier made a vain attempt to stop her from leaving. But once the inevitable, which was in the air for sometime, happened, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee leader K S Alagiri said, “Cadres saw her only as an actor. She never really jelled with the party . In the Congress, she was only like water on lotus leaves.” CONTD. ON P6 CM Uddhav Thackeray has taken a serious note of the power failure and ordered an inquiry by a four-member committee which will submit its report within a week. The probe will look into whether the power failure was because of technical glitch or manual error; it will also inquire whether there was any foul play or look at the possibility of the collapse having been engineered. Thackeray , who came under attack from the BJP held an urgent meeting , with the state energy minister Nitin Raut and officials. He has also directed the state-run Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company to carry out a technical audit of the transmission system. Raut told Free Press Journal, ‘’ The Chief Minister has directed that the inquiry panel should probe whether the breakdown was expected or unexpected, or whether there was any negligence. The panel will find out the exact reasons for the grid failure and why only 50% repair of the GIS system was complete. The panel will make recommendations on how to avoid recurrence of a similar collapse.'' CONTD. ON P6 Finding harmony in chaos, bliss in suffering, wisdom in foolishness, light in the darkness, immortality in a place of death is Bhagwad Gita. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji Leading producers move Delhi HC seeking to restrain Republic TV and Times Now from making 'irresponsible' remarks OUR BUREAU / New Delhi Leading Bollywood producers approached the Delhi High Court on Monday seeking to restrain Republic TV and Times Now from making or publishing alleged "irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks" against the film industry and conducting media trial of its members on various issues. The lawsuit filed by four Bollywood industry associations and 34 leading production houses, including those owned by Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Rohit Shetty , as also Yash Raj Films and R S Entertainment, have sought to restrain the news channels from interfering with the right to privacy of persons associated with the industry . They have sought direction to Republic TV , its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and reporter Pradeep Bhandari, Times Now, its editor-in-chief Rahul Shivshankar and group editor Navika Kumar, as well as social media platforms, to refrain them from making or publishing allegedly irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks against Bollywood. The suit filed through DSK Legal firm said, "This comes in the wake of these channels using highly derogatory words and expressions for Bollywood such as 'dirt', 'filth', 'scum', 'druggies' and expressions such as 'it is Bollywood where the dirt needs to be cleaned', 'all the perfumes of Arabia cannot take away the stench and the stink of this filth and scum of the underbelly of Bollywood', 'This is the dirtiest industry in the country', and 'cocaine and LSD drenched Bollywood'." CONTD. ON P6 Boosting demand, Nirmala way FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi ment to enforce these laws. "But nothing of this sort is happening. The Union government, instead of implementing the statutory laws, has been outsourcing its responsibility to private bodies. The government must be responsible, especially where media coverage is concerned," Kamat argued. According to Kamat, the government, during Sushant's coverage, forwarded all the complaints to News Broadcasters Association (NBA) and the News Broadcasters Federation (NBF). "But the other problem is, there have been news channels, which have refused to abide by orders of such private bodies citing that they aren't members of either the NBA or NBF. The government must answer if such outsourcing of responsibilities is permissible," Kamat argued. Arguing further, Kamat told the bench that the media trial ex facie violates the fundamental right to privacy of an accused and also amounts to interference in administration of justice. Having heard the contention, CJ Datta asked, "Is there any statutory mechanism for TV media? CONTD. ON P6 Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday came out with a scheme to boost demand in the market by giving money to the central staff to spend during the upcoming festival season. The scheme envisages an interest-free festival advance of Rs 10,000 to each Central Government employee and cash payment of their LTC (Leave Travel Concession) for the 2018-21 block to the tune of 10-day leave encashment plus eligible travel fare. There is, however, a rider. Those opting for the scheme will have to submit GST invoices for purchase of goods or services amounting to three times the value of travel fare in addition to the value of LTC encashment amount, Sitharaman told a Press conference here. She said the amount has to be spent for goods or services attracting GST of 12 per cent or mar, if he would have allowed his daughter to be cremated in a similar manner? The court also questioned if the police action would have been similar if the victim came from an affluent family . The bench had summoned top state government functionaries, the Hathras DM and SP apart , from the ADG (Law and Order). The victim's family also appeared before the court to record their statement. The victim's family urged the court to transfer the case out of the state as they ‘did not have faith in the local authorities’. They also pleaded for security till the end of the proceedings and that reports of the CBI be kept confidential, reports India Today’s news portal. According to wire agency PTI, the District Magistrate of Hathras, Praveen Kumar Laxkar, who also CONTD. ON P6 Would you’ve cremated own daughter Go, live in this way, Lucknow Bench asks ADG China, BJP LUCKNOW: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday pulled up the UP Police for the hush-hush cremation of a19-year-old Dalit woman, who was allegedly sexually assaulted in Hathras, in the dead of the night. The counsel for the victim's family told media persons that the Bench of Justices Pankaj Mithal and Rajan Roy asked ADG (Law and Order), Prashant Ku- 'Islanding' system failed island city SANJAY JOG / Mumbai Even the 'island city' is not an island, to extrapolate the John Donne quote. Mumbai's much-debated 'islanding' system failed to hold up, after an additional 900MW load dropped at 10.05am. In the event of a grid blackout, the islanding scheme is supposed to isolate or insulate Mumbai from the grid so that it can draw power directly from a generating station. This system was seen in action in the July 2012 outage in which states in north India were affected, but Mumbai was cut off from the grid, thus isolating it from the effect. Developed in 1981, the system had successfully saved Mumbai from blackouts 27 more from a GST registered vendor, hoping that this will boost the demand. Her estimate is to boost the demand by Rs 73,000 crore as she has also asked the states to implement the scheme at their level. Additionally Rs 37,000 crore , will be infused in capital expenditure by the Centre and the States, she said. The scheme proposed by her will cost nearly Rs 5,675 crore to the Centre. If it is uniformly implemented by the state governments as well, an overall additional consumer demand of Rs 28,000 crore will be generated. CONTD. ON P6 times, during major grid disturbances. But it miserably failed on Sunday The . scheme has been revised several times by the Western Region Power Centre (WRPC), in line with the development of the Mumbai power supply network. State energy department sources told The Free Press Journal, ‘‘Mumbai’s islanding, that saves the city from major power outages by Tata Power was separated. However, it could not hold an additional load of 900MW Although Adani . Electricity operated islanding and continued power supply to major installations, it was not enough.’’ At 10.10am, there was simultaneous substation tripping in the MSETCL's LAST WORD Kalwa and Kharghar, causing a huge dip in frequency in the Mumbai transmission system, which led to tripping of Mumbai power supply said Tata Power. On its ," part, Adani Electricity Mumbai ( AEML), said ''its distribution system operated Islanding facility successfully and continued to successfully supply power to vital installations with the help of Dahanu Thermal Power Station (DTPS). We wish we had more power, for which we are dependent on grid input. Power supply to the remaining consumers of AEML are being restored in phased manner, as input power is being restored by grid operations of Mahatransco." CONTD. ON P6 tells Farooq FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi The BJP on Monday blasted former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference MP Farooq Abdullah for talking about restoring Article 370 by taking help from China, describing his remarks as sad and a matter of concern as they amount to sedition and are anti-national. Party spokesperson Dr Sambit Patra bracketed him with former Congress President Rahul Gandhi for being sympathetic towards China, saying both should settle down in that country if they find , it more conducive. How can Dr Abdullah justify China's aggression by claiming that it is disturbed by the abrogation of Article 370, he asked. "If you have reservations about the democratic process you’re allowed to talk about it, but to say that you will join hands with another country to reinstate something is condemnable. This is also seditious," he said. He attacked the Congress leadership for making statements against the sovereignty of the country "If you look at the state. ments made by Rahul Gandhi, you will realise that Farooq Abdullah and Rahul Gandhi are the two sides of the same coin. Hatred for Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought them to the brink of hating the country ."