www.freepressjournal.in | twitter.com/fpjindia Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 I M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 REAL ESTATE RELATED CASES BEFORE IBC HALVE IN 2020 Pg 11 THUMBS UP FOR CENTRAL VISTA, THUMBS DOWN TO PIL INDUSTRY MIRZAPUR DIRECTOR MIHIR DESAI OPENS UP ON CENSORSHIP FOR OTT Pg 23 290c. 230c. Sunrise: 07:14 am Sunset: 06:17 pm Vol. 64 No. 215 | FRIDAY | JANUARY 8, 2021 | 14 Pages | EDITIONS: Mumbai*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper EDIT When a person goes through a lot of suffering he develops Compassion. UNSEEN STATE OF ANARCHY Pg 10 Master Choa Kok Sui It was a failed coup of sorts – by a motley group of rioters who wanted to keep up the pretences and sense of grandeur of a delusional President; sample this: After the desecration at Capitol Hill he still had the audacity to say it was ‘end of the greatest first term in history' How did the mob waltz into Capitol? NIKHILA NATARAJAN New York They smashed windows, they climbed walls, they took down the American flag and replaced it with a Trump flag they brought along; they sat in the Speaker's chair and left a quarter on her desk. After these scenes of violent protest played out at the US Capitol on January 6, a single question now hangs over it all: How did the proTrump mob simply waltz in? In the two decades since the 9/11 attacks, the US Congress campus has been encircled by consecutive rings of security . Protests are routine in the US Capitol but January 6 was something else. At around noon, a crowd waving flags and wearing red baseball hats crashed into police barricades, ran up the steps to the heavy iron doors of the US Capitol and were soon marching inside the building and posing in their outlandish costumes. Even for regulars at the US Congress, access requires adherence to a certain process but, somehow, Trump's hooligans did not seem to have much trouble entering the fortified building. A video shows cops assisting rioters and pulling barricades away for the Trump demonstrators, helping them down steps and even taking selfies. An investigation is likely into how hundreds of Trump supporters were able to storm the buildings and run riot. The lack of police presence as well as the sluggish response have been questioned; these very cops had been accused of using more heavyhanded tactics with Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer. Observers were left wondering if black people had stormed the Capitol, would they have been treated differently . Capitol police detained some protesters outside of the House Chamber, but many were simply escorted away Only about a . dozen arrests were made in the hours after the authorities regained control. "Treason", is how Harvard Law professor Laurence H. Tribe described the chaos. "These people are "levying war on the United States. That’s the Constitution's definition of TREASON. Trump bears responsibility for what's going on now," he posted on Twitter. Let us see how many are prosecuted even for trespass, pointed out a cynic. J See Pages 21 and 22 FPJ NEWS SERVICE / Washington oe Biden and Kamala Harris will be the next US president and vice-president, the US Congress certified on Thursday hours , after unprecedented chaos, when thousands of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Hill building and sought to thwart the peaceful transfer of power. After the mayhem, an incorrigible Trump grudgingly conceded defeat but still kept up pretences saying it was the 'end of the greatest first term in history .' Booted out by Facebook and Twitter, a message was put out by Trump’s golf caddy ‘‘Even though I . totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20,’’ Trump finally said in a statement that his aides posted on Twitter. The denouement came after nearly a15-hour saga that saw rioting supporters of President Trump overrun the US Capitol Building. It was a day of shame that left four dead and saw pipe bombs, long guns and Molotov cocktails being discovered in the Capitol grounds, leaving America’s image as the beacon of democracy badly bruised, wrote the Daily Mail. CONTD. ON P9 GLOBAL LEADERS CAN’T HIDE GLEE AT SHATTERING OF DEMOCRATIC IMAGE FPJ NEWS SERVICE London/Moscow Global leaders went hammer and tongs at president Donald Trump on Thursday after the disgraceful enactment at Capitol Hill. While the likes of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harped on the 'fragility of Western democracy', China gleefully taunted the 'beautiful' sight of a mob storming the US Capitol and Russian media took a salacious pleasure in taking pot shots at what has eluded them all these years. JEE Advanced on July 3 Requirement of at least 75% score in Class 12 scrapped RONALD RODRIGUES Mumbai The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced for admissions to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will be conducted on July 3, 2021, Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced on Thursday Also, this year, the eligibility . criterion of a minimum score of 75 per cent aggregate marks in Class 12 board exams has been scrapped, the minister said. Following the recent announcement of dates of the JEE Main 2021 by the Union Education Ministry students preparing for , admissions to IITs were waiting for the JEE Advanced exam date. On Thursday the minister an, nounced via a live video message, "After careful consideration, it has been decided that JEE Advanced will be held on July 3, 2021. The eligibility crite- ria of scoring 75 per cent marks has been waived for the ease of students." The exam, which is generally conducted in May or June every year, has been deferred to July this year, in order to give students extra time to prepare. The minister said, "We have scheduled the exam in July so that students get sufficient time to study and prepare amidst Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. Also, in order to ease the academic burden of students, we have scrapped the eligibility criteria of scoring 75 per cent aggregate marks in Class 12 exam. This will enable more students to appear for the entrance exam and seek admissions to IITs." Also, this year, IIT Kharagpur will conduct the JEE Advanced, the minister said. IIT Kharagpur will conduct the exam under the guidance of the Joint Admission Board (JAB). On December 16, 2020, the Union Education Minister had announced that the JEE Main, for admission to undergraduate CONTD. ON P9 In China, the internet could not help laughing its heads off at the shame, more so since Trump and other Americans never tire of commenting on the chaos in Hong Kong etc. Daily Mail drew attention to a user’s tweet: 'Speaker Nancy Pelosi once referred to Dry runs at Cooper, BKC Centre today STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Three groups of 25 volunteers are participating in mock drills for the Covid vaccine, being held today (January 8) at the civicrun RN Cooper Hospital, Juhu, Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar, and the BKC Jumbo Centre. Civic officials said the dry run was being done to gauge preparedness, understanding and adherence to protocols. Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani said the three centres had completed all preparations for the purpose. There will be a team of five people, including a doctor, two nurses, a ward boy and a security guard, handling the event. At all centres, the vaccination premises will have separate entry and exit points, along with a registration centre, a vaccination booth and an observation area. CONTD. ON P9 the Hong Kong riots as 'a beautiful sight to behold;' It remains to be seen whether she will say the same about the recent developments in Capitol Hill.' Russia's State-run news outlet RT published an op-ed which said the US was getting what it de- serves as a result of its skewed foreign policy 'US is getting the kind . of 'democracy' it has championed overseas,' the headline said, adding 'the US had denounced as illegitimate the presidential elections in Belarus, Bolivia and Venezuela,' adds the Daily Mail. Nirav Modi's lawyers rely on Julian Assange’s block BY ADITI KHANNA London Nirav Modi’s lawyer raised a British court's judgment blocking the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US on mental health grounds, as the embattled diamond merchant appeared via videolink before a court here on Thursday . In the Assange case, which is currently the subject of appeal, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser had ruled that extradition would be "oppressive by reason of mental harm" as the Australian activist could commit suicide. "As in the Assange case, the issues here evidentially are the same - the mental condition of Modi and the treatment he would receive given the prison conditions in India," said barrister Clare Montgomery reiterating , that her client's mental health has been deteriorating due to his lengthy incarceration since March 2019 and the case must now be dismissed. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of the Indian authorities, countered the defence stance to say that the two cases were of a "completely different nature". "Not least as it is impossible to ignore Asperger's Syndrome as well as depression in the case of Mr Assange," said CPS barrister Helen Malcolm, who appeared via video link for the part-remote courtroom settings in place due to the UK's coronavirus lockdown. CONTD. ON P9 One rule for Britons but none for Priyanka CM, Union Highway Minister build bridges ONLINE REPORT Cringing under the lockdown, with no end in sight, Britons lashed out at actress Priyanka Chopra on Thursday night, after she and her mother were spotted going to a hair salon. Lockdown rules do not permit any such activity and a person needs a ‘good reason’ to step outdoors. The duo took the plea that the visit was for a film; the officers let them off, even though they were seen stopping other members of the public for lesser transgressions. CONTD. ON P9 LAST WORD E SANJAY JOG Mumbai ven as the BJP-led government at the Centre and the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government are at loggerheads on various issues, the bonhomie between Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was evident at a meeting here on Thursday to re, view the road and highway projects in the state. Gadkari and Thackeray not only showered praise on each other but complimented each other for coopera- Gadkari hikes annual plan, announces new road projects while CM assures GST and royalty waiver tion in timely pursuit of state and national highway projects. Gadkari, the blue-eyed boy of Uddhav’s father and Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray has , maintained cordial relations with the Sena, despite the BJP and Shiv Sena parting ways after the 2019 assembly elections. At a time when the Centre has claimed ownership of the Kanjurmarg land that was proposed for the Metro 3 carshed, to which the MVA Government responded with a tit-for-tat opposition to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, Gadkari announced the approval of an annual plan of Rs 5,801 crore, up from Rs 2,727 crore, to improve the 1,035km of National Highways in the State and release of Rs 1,800 crore from the Central Road Fund for state roads in Maharashtra. CONTD. ON P9 Venezuela's socialist regime trolled Washington all day ex, pressing regret over the Trump mob storming the Capitol building and hope that the 'American people can blaze a new path toward stability'. CONTD. ON P9 BETWEEN THE LINES FERRYING OF VACCINE: PUNE TO BE MAIN HUB The first batch of Covid-19 vaccine 'Covishield' landed in Delhi at 9pm on Thursday, a day ahead of the second nationwide vaccination mock drill scheduled to be held on January 8. In a communique, the Health Ministry said the vaccine will be now supplied to the identified consignee points of 19 states and union territories. The government has prepared a detailed draft for air transportation of COVID-19 vaccines to different parts of the country, which is likely to begin by Friday. Sources indicated to ANI wire service that Pune will be the central hub from where the distribution of vaccine will take place. DADA DISCHARGED, WILL RESUME WORK Former Indian Skipper and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was discharged from Woodlands hospitals on Thursday. Thanking the doctors who had treated him, Ganguly said that he is completely fit and will resume work soon. “I thank the doctors at the hospital for the treatment. I am absolutely fine; hopefully I will be able to fly soon. People say that we come to hospital to get our lives back and something similar has happened to me,” mentioned Ganguly. Ganguly was discharged five days after undergoing an angioplasty procedure. He was admitted to the hospital on January 2 after he complained of chest pain and uneasiness in his gym. Ganguly was scheduled to be discharged on January 6 but the former Indian team skipper had decided to stay for one more day in the hospital. MD and CEO of Woodlands Hospital Rupali Basu said that Ganguly will be regularly monitored at home after discharge.