290c. 250c. Sunrise: 06:11 am Sunset: 07:19 pm GST PAYABLE ONLY ON PROFIT EARNED FROM RESALE OF GOLD JEWELLERY Pg 7 JOURNALISTS RUSH IN WHERE OTHERS FEAR TO TREAD MY MOTTO IS TO ENTERTAIN THE AUDIENCE WITH WHATEVER I DO: FARHAN AKHTAR Pg 15 Love all, be always cheerful, ‘Love’; keeps on doing good service unto others; smile and retire from life. Sri Ma Vol. 65 No. 65 | MONDAY | JULY 19, 2021 | 14 Pages | ` 4 | EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper EDIT LANDSLIDES, WALL COLLAPSE, ELECTROCUTION: DREAMS TO DUST Pg 11 DIPTI SINGH / Mumbai A total of 33 people were killed and six others were left injured in five separate rainrelated incidents that occurred due to the virtually non-stop, heavy downpour through late Saturday and early Sunday There were two . landslides, one house wall collapse and two incidents of electrocution reported in the city . By Sunday evening, 19 people were reported dead in a house wall collapse in Mahul’s Bharat Nagar area near Chembur. Rescue operations were still underway till late on Sunday According to . the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s disaster management cell, the incident in Vashi Naka of Mumbai’s Mahul area in Bharat Nagar was reported at around 6.30am, when the retaining wall of a house collapsed due to a tree fall. Nineteen people were brought dead to Rajawadi Hospital and five were injured in the incident, according to the BETWEEN THE LINES RT-PCR TEST MUST FOR ENTERING UP Taking a serious note of the delta variant infections in a few states, the Uttar Pradesh government has made RT PCR test mandatory for those coming from outside. The state government, in its latest order, has said that those coming from states with high positivity rate must show Covid negative report. As per the orders, people coming from states with more than three per cent positively needs to carry either negative RT PCR report or the vaccination certificate. These documents will be checked at the railway, bus stations and airports. Besides check points will be erected at the state borders. Meanwhile, the number of fresh Covid cases continued to decline in UP on Sunday. During the last 24 hours only 56 fresh Covid cases had surfaced in the state while 69 were discharged after treatment. Rashmi Sharma/Lucknow ZERO COVID DEATHS IN NATIONAL CAPITAL Delhi has reported zero coronavirus deaths, while 80 people recovered in the last 24 hours, according to the capital’s health bulletin issued on Sunday. Delhi’s active cases now stands at 592, while total recoveries are 14,09,910. The total death count is 25,027. Nonetheless, the annual Kanwar Yatra in Delhi has been cancelled. PAY `100 FOR SELFIE WITH MIN Per litre Per litre www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 Family of five wiped out; another family survives but loses all it had SACHIN GAAD / Mumbai with water. However, the current from the refrigerator inside the shop leaked into the water underneath, resulting in Patel being electrocuted. He was rushed to Cooper Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, said police. In the second incident, Ritesh Jha a resident of Bihari Tekdi in Poisar was moving his belongings to a safer location from his house, as his entire area was submerged in 6-8 feet deep water. CONTD. ON P10 DIESEL ` 97.45 As though the ground slipped from under them WALL COLLAPSE: It was as though the ground had just slipped from beneath their feet and swallowed up an entire family – mother, father and three daughters – in the wall collapse at New Bharat Nagar, Chembur, on Sunday On the other hand, . another family managed to survive with injuries, though they lost all their belongings. According to Ravi Raj Gorse, cousin of Pandit Gorse, 50, Pandit and his wife Chhaya, 47, had been living in the area since 1985 and their daughters Pratiksha, 19, Prachi, 15, and Pallavi Dupargude, 28, were all born here. Pallavi, who was married some years ago, had come to visit her parents, when tragedy struck. Kishor Gashing and his collapsed house Ravi, who lives in Panvel, rushed to Chembur as soon as he heard the news. But by the time he reached, everything was over. Neither his relatives nor their house remained standing. “ soon I arrived, I As realised that Pandit and his wife were already dead. Pratiksha’s body was the last to be retrieved from the debris,” he said. Pandit did odd jobs, while his two daughters were still studying. Thirty-four-year-old Kishor Gashing and his family were luckier than the Gorses and others, despite a wall collapsing on his sister, her husband and their six-month-old son. All three survived, with minor bruises. However, they lost their house and everything they owned. CONTD. ON P10 damage was largely confined to the water treatment plant's master control centre, officials said. "The failure happened due to heavy post-midnight rainfall. The BMC is checking whether the systems at the control centre that are water- logged are functional. The water supply will resume after this," said an official of the BMC's Hydraulic engineer department. The department on late Sunday evening claimed that the water supply in the majority of areas in the city has been restored. "Due to the inundation of rainwater in the Bhandup Water Purification Complex, the Filtration and Pumping plants at the complex had to be shut down. Result: the water supply in most parts of Mumbai was disrupted," an official said. ONTD. ON P10 Victims & survivor Ravi Raj Gorse and wife Chhaya Pratiksha Gorse Pallavi Gorse Supply of water to Mumbai hit Bhandup water complex, which houses Asia's biggest water treatment plant, gets flooded DIPTI SINGH / Mumbai The supply of water in the entire Mumbai region was affected on Sunday after heavy rainfall inundated the Bhandup water complex, which houses Asia's biggest water treatment plant. The Sidhu has his way, gets plum party post ‘Still here’: Mayor forced to quell FPJ NEW SERVICE The Congress High Command has yielded before Navjot Singh Sidhu’s antics and allowed him to take over the Punjab unit of the party which he joined just four years back after crossing over from the BJP . While motormouth Sidhu’s utterances and inimitable style have endeared him to a section of the masses, his ability to carry the rank and file and chart a common course with other heavyweights in the party was always in doubt. Now, he and Captain Amarinder Singh will be the face of the Congress in the Assembly election next year. The party wanted to avoid a situation where the two sardars are seen to be heading both the party and the government; such a situation would be conducive to the Hindu vote migrating to the Aam Aadmi Party if the not , the BJP it is feared. , CONTD. ON P10 Birthday boy Kishan dazzles on debut C olombo: Ishan Kishan celebrated his 23rd birthday with a dazzling half-century on debut while Shikhar Dhawan, in his first match as captain, anchored India to a walk-in-the-park seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the opening ODI here on Sunday On a track that offered slow . turn, the inexperienced Sri Lankan batters splurged like millionaires, throwing away one wicket after another but still managed to get 262 for nine, which wasn't going to be enough against India's batting might. And it certainly didn't, with the target being achieved in just 36.4 overs. 8 dead as jeep Poet says will leave UP falls into gorge TAILPIECE if Yogi is CM again LUCKNOW: Well-known Urdu poet Munawwar Rana has said that if Yogi Adityanath again becomes the chief minister in 2022, he will leave Uttar Pradesh. He said if Yogi Adityanath becomes the chief minister again, it would be only because of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi. "Owaisi and Bhartiya Janata Party are the two sides of the same coin. The BJP and Owaisi indulge in shadow boxing to mislead the people. The fact remains that they both polarize the voters and then reap electoral dividends and the major share goes to the BJP the poet alleged. ," Rana said that if the Muslims of UP fell in the trap of Owaisi and voted for AIMIM, then no one would be able to stop Yogi Adityanath from becoming the chief minister again. "If Yogi becomes the chief minister again, then I will assume that the state is no longer fit for Muslims to live and I will have to migrate to some other place," he said. Rana alleged that "the way Muslim youth are being implicated in false cases of terror with pressure cookers and being associated with Al-Qaeda, I am afraid that the ATS may pick me up tomorrow and brand me as a terrorist. I also keep going to Pakistan to participate in mushairas."CONTD. ON P10 SANJAY JOG Mumbai At least eight persons were killed and more than 15 seriously injured after the jeep in which they were travelling fell into a gorge in Nandurbar district of north Maharashtra on Sunday afternoon, the police said. The incident occurred near Dhadgaon, around 450 km from Mumbai, they said. There were around 30 passengers in this jeep and the district administration, with the help of locals, has launched a rescue operation on a war footing. The injured are being treated at the Toranmal hospital. CONTD. ON P10 rumours of her demise from sickbed DIPTI SINGH / Mumbai Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar was admitted to the Global Hospital, Parel on Sunday afternoon, after she complained a shooting pain in her chest. Hospital authorities said that she was suffering from epigastric pain. By Sunday evening, however, the news of her hospitalisation had morphed into rumours of her deteriorating health and demise, prompting Mumbai’s first citizen to take to Twitter from her sickbed, to quash the rumours. Pednekar tweeted: “I am very much alive and receiving treatment at Global Hospital. Also, for your information, I ate Dal Khichdi some time back.” According to the mayor’s office, Pednekar had been suffering chest pains since Saturday night and she went for a check-up on Sunday A . former nurse herself, Pednekar then got herself admitted to the hospital on the doctor’s advice. Deputy Mayor Suhas Wad- Phones of netas, scribes hacked using Pegasus? ONLINE REPORT / New Delhi The phone numbers of over 40 Indian journalists appear on a leaked list of potential targets for surveillance. More important, forensic tests have confirmed that some of them were successfully snooped upon by an unidentified agency using Pegasus spyware, The Wire news portal confirms. The leaked data includes the numbers of top journalists at big media houses like the Hindustan Times, including executive editor Shishir Gupta, India Today , Network18, The Hindu and Indian Express. The presence of a phone number in the data does alone not reveal whether a device was infected with Pegasus or subject to an attempted hack. However, independent digital forensic analysis conducted on 10 Indian phones whose numbers were present in the data showed signs of either an attempted or successful Pegasus hack, the wire adds. Pegasus is sold by the Israeli company NSO Group, , which says it only offers its spyware to “vetted governments”. The company refuses to make its list of customers public but the presence of Pegasus infections in India, and the range of persons that may have been selected for targeting, strongly indicate that the agency operating the spyware on Indian numbers is an official Indian one. CONTD. ON P10 MONSTER STORM HAS EXPERTS BAFFLED LAST WORD T he India Meteorological Department has said that Saturday’s thunderstorm in Mumbai deposited 235 mm of rain in the 24 hours ending Sunday at 8.30am, slightly lower than the 253mm recorded on Friday On Sunday . , once again, more than 204.5mm of rainfall was recorded in 24 hours n the city leaving weather , experts baffled by the monster storm, which some have described as cloudbursts. In 24 hours ending 8.30am on Sunday the , Santacruz and Colaba observatories recorded 234.9 mm and 196.8mm of rainfall respectively . The IMD has issued an or- Doppler radar images show the monster thunderstorm had a cloud top height of nearly 18km, or 60,000 feet, which is approximately twice the height of Mount Everest, experts said. DIPTI SINGH reports ange alert (heavy to very heavy rain) for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar from July 19 to July 22. Meanwhile, a red alert (extremely heavy rains) has been is- PIC: BL SONI Madhya Pradesh Minister Usha Thakur has found a way to harness the rush of supporters, eager to take selfies with her, to her party's advantage. The minister has said that those who want to click selfies with her must pay ₹100 to the local party unit so that it can be used for organisational work. Speaking to the media in Khandwa, Usha Thakur said, "Friends, you all know clicking selfies is very time-consuming; and, sometimes, we are delayed by hours. So from an organisational point of view, we have discussed that whoever clicks selfies will deposit ₹100 with the local party unit treasurer so that the sum can be used for organisational work." disaster management cell. Ten people in Vikhroli’s Surya Nagar were killed and two injured, as five shanties collapsed after a landslide following heavy rains. The incident was reported around 2.40am. A 16-year-old boy was reported dead after a wall collapse incident in Bhandup west. Bandra Police have registered an accidental death report after a 45-year-old woman was electrocuted at Bandra Reclamation in the early hours on Sunday after , water entered her house amidst the heavy downpour. A 26-year-old man was electrocuted at an Andheri sweet shop on S V Road on Sunday morning, while a 21-year-old was electrocuted in the torrential downpour at Kandivali east as he was trying to move his belongings to a safer location. According to D N Nagar Police, Mohammad Salman Patel had entered the Firdous Sweets around 2am on Sunday to switch off power as the entire shop was flooded PIC: BL SONI 33 killed, 6 injured in 5 rain-related disasters across city PETROL ` 107.83 sued for Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Kolhapur for July 19 and an orange alert for the remaining days until July 22. CONTD. ON P10 kar said the chest pain could probably be related to her recent recovery from Covid. In her briefing on Pednekar’s hospitalisation and her current health condition, Dr Jigna Shrotriya, Medical Superintendent, Global Hospitals, Parel, said: “Honorable Mumbai Mayor - Mrs Kishori Pednekar presented to the Accident & Emergency of Global Hospitals Parel, Sunday at around noon with , complaints of chest pain and pain in the epigastric area. She was immediately assessed and has been admitted for observation and further workup. Mayor is presently stable and is under the care of Dr Praveen Kulkarni, Senior Cardiologist at Global Hospital.” Afghanistan calls back its Pak envoy ISLAMABAD: The diplomatic crisis between Pakistan and Afghanistan deepened on Sunday after Kabul announced that it will withdraw its ambassador and other senior staff from Islamabad after the abduction and torture of the daughter of its envoy to Pakistan. Silsila Alikhil, the 26-yearold daughter of Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil was abducted, tortured and assaulted on Friday by unknown persons in Islamabad. She was abducted while riding a rented vehicle and was held for several hours before being released. She was found near F-9 Park area of the capital with torture marks on her body . "Following the abduction of the Afghan ambassador's daughter in Pakistan, the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan called back Afghanistan's ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan until all security threats are addressed including the arrest and trial of the perpetrators of abduction," the ministry said.