300c. 250c. Sunrise: 06:23 am Sunset: 06:54 pm ‘FestIvals, pent-up demand to push auto sales 15% In Fy22’ ‘I support remIx culture’, says Kumar sanu heads oF babus, not Farmers', should roll Don’t keep thinking ‘I have a lot to do’. Thinking about work tires you more than the physical work. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji PETROL Vol. 65 No. 105 | TUESDAY | AUGUST 31, 2021 | 17 Pages | `4 | EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper EDIT ` 107.52 Per litre I TEAM FPJ Mumbai t’s not even a month since Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams created history at the Tokyo Olympics. Manpreet Singh’s men ended a 41-year medal wait by winning the bronze, while Rani Rampal’s women created history by entering the play-offs for the first time in Indian women’s hockey history . Right from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Bollywood superstars and the common citizens, everyone was only talking about the hockey stars. Nobody had any doubt that they had become household names. Then the government re- named the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – India’s highest sporting honour – after hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand, and everyone was convinced about hockey finally finding its way back into our hearts. The reality sadly is vastly , , different, at least in Mumbai, which seems to have already forgotten the Indian hockey stars. FPJ reporters spoke to Mumbaikars across strata, asking them 1: Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics? and 2: Who was Major Dhyan Chand? Most respondents drew a blank, suggesting that cricket stars were here to stay , whether they win or lose. FPJ TEST DRIVE BETWEEN Vasoo Paranjape, doyen of Mumbai cricket, no more NIKHIL BAPAT/PTI: Vasoo Paranjape, a man synonymous with everything that is pristine about Mumbai cricket, breathed his last on Monday. He was 82 years old and is survived by his wife, retired professor Lalita, two daughters, and former India cricketer and national selector son Jatin. “The Mumbai Cricket Association expresses profound grief on hearing about the demise of Vasudeo Paranjape. On behalf of the Apex Council members of the MCA, all the member clubs as also the cricketing fraternity, we condole his demise,” secretary Sanjay Naik and joint secretary Shahalam Shaikh stated. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and MNS leader Raj Thackeray paid homage to Paranjape. In his six-decade association with Indian and Mumbai cricket, Paranjape donned many roles -- of a coach, selector, mentor and a sounding board -- for anyone who needed advice on cricket and beyond. No one knew Mumbai cricket's pulse like ‘Vasoo sir’ did, who perhaps would always be remembered for Gavaskar's global nickname Sunny. A total of 785 runs in 29 first-class games with two hundreds isn't the greatest piece of cricketing statistics but what made Paranjape stand apart was his astute knowledge of the game and being able to work on the mindset of players, especially in their formative years. He could fluently converse in Hindi, English, Marathi and Gujarati. Vasoo was the captain of a very strong Dadar Union side that boasted the likes of Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, and club legends like Vithal 'Marshal' Patil. Paranjape was entrusted by Raj Singh Dungarpur to oversee the Indian team's preparatory camp in New Delhi before the 1987 World Cup and he had also assisted Dennis Lillee during the formative years of the MRF Pace Foundation. In 1987, the BCCI for the first time arranged an U-15 national camp at Indore and it had some of the best youngsters of that time who received coaching from Vasoo. SUMIT THAKUR, 28, Thane Sumit is logistics manager at a pvt firm Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics? Ans: No idea Who was Major Dhyan Chand? Ans: A hockey player ANUSHKRITI ANAND, 30, Wadala Anand is a social media influencer Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics? Ans: Don’t know. PLENTY TO CHEER ABOUT PIC: SACHIN HARALKAR THE LINES Who was Major Dhyan Chand? Ans: No idea. ASHISH PATSUTE, Kalachowkie Ashish is a student Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics? Ans: Nahi Pata…mein khelta nahi hockey Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics? Ans: No idea, Can I google it? Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics? Ans: Men's team captain is some Singh and women's captain is Rani Rampal. VICKY VAIDYA, 28, Andheri Vicky is a banker Who was Major Dhyan Chand? Ans: He was a hockey player. Yogi bans meat, booze in Mathura CONTD. ON NATION PAGE AGENCIES / Mathura (UP) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday imposed a complete ban on the sale of liquor and meat in Mathura. “The officers concerned are directed to make plans for the ban as well as for the engagement of people involved in such activities in some other trade,” he said. The chief minister was speaking at the Krishnotsava 2021 programme here. * ` 5 Outside Mumbai Metropolitan Region Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics? Ans: I know about women's team captain. Her name is Rani Rampal. Who was Major Dhyan Chand? Ans: Koi sportsperson hai kya? Who was Major Dhyan Chand? Ans: Why are you asking me? Is this some kind of survey? Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 VIRAJ BOTH, 21, Andheri Viraj is a student Who was Major Dhyan Chand? Ans: I guess he is a legendary hockey player. Recently, some sports award was named after him. AHMAD ALI, Dongri Ahmad is a lab technician Per litre www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia MUMBAI HAS ALREADY FORGOTTEN OUR HOCKEY HEROES & HEROINES Dear Virat, you and your boys have nothing to worry about DIESEL ` 96.48 He suggested that those engaged in the liquor and meat trade could take up selling milk in order to revive the glory of Mathura, that was known for producing huge quantities of milk. Adityanath also prayed to Lord Krishna to eliminate the novel coronavirus infection. “Every effort will be made to develop Brij Bhumi and there will be no dearth of funds for this. We are looking at a blend of modern technology and the cultural and spiritual heritage for the development of the region,” he said. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE New Covid variant detected in S Africa A new variant of SARSCoV-2, the virus which cause Covid-19, has been detected in South Africa and many other countries which could be more transmissible and evade protection provided by vaccines, according to study Scientists . from National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) in South Africa said the potential variant of interest, C.1.2, was first detected in the country in May this year. C.1.2 has since been found in China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland as of August 13, they said. According to the yet-to-be peerreviewed study posted on the preprint repository MedRxiv on August 24, C.1.2 has mutated substantially compared to C.1, one of the lineages which dominated the SARSCoV-2 infections in the first wave in South Africa. The new variant has more mutations than other variants of concern (VOCs) or variants of interest (VOIs) detected worldwide so far, the researchers said. They noted that the number of available sequences of C.1.2 may be an underrepresentation of the spread and frequency of the variant in South Africa and around the world. Punjab govt instigating Rockets fired at Kabul airport, farmers, says Khattar ISIS group claims attack Parents-to-be enjoy a photo shoot at Five Gardens, Dadar. I am getting calls saying they (farmers) need to be dealt with strictly. But we are exercising restraint: Haryana CM GAJINDER SINGH Chandigarh Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday defended the police action against the protesting farmers in Karnal on Saturday and blamed the , Punjab government led by Congress’s Amarinder Singh for “instigating farmers” to resort to violence over the three contentious farm laws. “To maintain law and order, (police) strictness has to be maintained,” Khattar said at a heavily barricaded press conference at the Chandigarh Press Club. The Haryana chief minister said the farmers “need to understand they are not gaining anything out of such protests”. “People are no longer sympathetic towards them. I am getting phone calls that they need to be dealt with strictly But . we are exercising restraint because they are our people,” Khattar said. While issuing a stern warning to leaders “instigating violence” in Karnal, Khattar said in a democracy everyone has right to expression of speech. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Khattar's anti-farmer agenda exposed: Capt T he Haryana chief minister’s “anti-farmer agenda” had been exposed as he defended the assault on peasants by accusing the Congress government in Punjab of fuelling the unrest against the Centre's three farm laws, Amarinder Singh said on Monday. “The BJP's adamant refusal to revoke the laws reflected the vested interests of the party and its leadership, which had once again placed their crony capitalist friends over the common man,” Amarinder said. Blaming the BJP for the unrest, Amarinder said the crisis would not have assumed such grave proportions had the BJP , including the Haryana chief minister and his deputy, heeded the farmers' concerns and empathised with them “instead of taking refuge in shameful lies for the horrendous attacks on the peaceful farmers”. KABUL / AP Rocket fire targeting Kabul's international airport struck a nearby neighbourhood on Monday the eve of the deadline for , US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. The Islamic State group claimed the attack, and there were no immediate reports of casualties. The rockets did not halt the steady stream of U.S. military C-17 cargo jets taking off and landing at the airport. The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for Monday's rocket attack, saying it fired at least six Katyusha rockets at the airport in the Afghan capital. The rockets stuck a neighbourhood close to the Kabul airport. The claim of responsibility was carried by the militant group's media arm, the Aamaq news agency It didn't provide further de. tails. Afghanistan's IS affiliate had launched a devastating suicide bombing on Thursday at one of the airport gates that killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 US service members. The extremist group is far more radical than the Taliban, who seized power in Afghanistan earlier this month after capturing most of Afghanistan in a matter of days. The two groups have fought each other in the past, and the Taliban have pledged to not harbour terrorist groups. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Laundering case: Jacqueline examined as witness by ED CONTD. ON NATION PAGE FPJ BUREAU New Delhi The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recorded the statement of actor Jacqueline Fernandez in New Delhi on Monday in connection with a money laundering investigation linked to alleged conman Sukesh Chan- drasekhar. They said the 36year-old actor was examined for four hours as a witness in the case and her statement was recorded under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The questioning of the actor was done in connection with the money laundering probe being conducted against Chandrasekhar who is an accused in an alleged multi-crore extortion racket. The ED last week had raided some of his premises and seized a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh cash, and over a dozen luxurious cars. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Sumit, Avani smash world records on way to gold INDIAN MEDAL RUSH AT TOKYO PARALYMPICS AGENCIES / Tokyo Records tumbled and history was scripted more than once as India's Paralympians, both young and old, recorded their best ever Games medal haul on just the sixth day of competitions in Tokyo, making it a memorable Monday for the country The debutant . duo of javelin thrower Sumit Antil, 23, and shooter Avani Lekhara, 19, shone the brightest with their epochmaking gold medals and there was a silver each for the 40-year-old veteran Devendra Jhajharia (javelin) and Yogesh Kathuniya (discus), along with a bronze for Sundar Singh Gurjar (javelin). To put the performance into perspective, it is worth mentioning that India have so far won 14 medals in the history of Paralympics, with half of them coming in the ongoing competition, which is expected to yield more for the country India . have so far won five medals in athletics (one gold, three silver and one bronze). The silver medal from table tennis player Bhavinaben Patel came on Sunday . The country stood 26th in the medals tally an unprece, dented high, surpassing the four medals it had won in 2016 Rio Paralympics. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE P ‘Why do Afghans train in India & not Pak?’ akistan's military establishment had offered the previous Afghan governments several proposals to train their soldiers. The Pakistan Army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, visited Afghanistan many times but “only six cadets came to Pakistan while thousands of Afghan soldiers and officers were trained in India”, says the Director General of InterServices Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Babar Iftikhar. The Pakistan Army spokesperson was making an effort to understand “why the Afghan people and their army hate Pakistan so much”. “India poisoned the minds of the Afghan leadership, its intelligence agencies, as well as the army, thus giving rise to negative statements against Pakistan,” he said. Previous Afghan governments, its armies, the parliamentarians, media outlets and political commentators have been blaming the Pakistan Army and its intelligence agencies for actively supporting and helping the Taliban and other militant outfits. Pakistan's interior minister, Sheikh Rasheed, admitted that the families of Taliban members were living in Pakistan, and that the injured and dead fighters were brought to the country from Afghanistan. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Fast News Bangladesh pilot who suffered heart attack mid-air dies The pilot of the Dhaka-bound Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at the Nagpur airport on August 27 died at a private hospital in Nagpur on Monday. Captain Nawshad Ataul Quaiyum, 49, suffered a heart attack mid-air before the plane, carrying 126 passengers to the Bangladesh capital from Muscat, made an emergency landing on Friday. The pilot was shifted to Kingsway Hospital, located around 10 km from the Nagpur airport, where he died at 11.30 am on Monday. On Friday, when the plane was near Raipur it had contacted the Kolkata ATC for an emergency landing and was advised to land at the nearest airport Nagpur. The co-pilot had landed the plane. 5 killed, 2 missing after rains flatten houses in U’khand Five people, including three children, were killed and two went missing after three houses collapsed in a village following heavy rains in Dharchula sub-division of the district in Uttarakhand. The incident took place in Jumma village late on Sunday night, Pithoragarh District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan, who rushed to the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations, said. “Five bodies, including those of three children, have been recovered, while the search for two more still missing is underway,” SSB commandant MP Singh said. A helipad has been built in the affected area, a control room set up there and a medical team sent to the village to treat the injured, he said. Rescue operations will go on until all the missing persons are found and the affected people are moved to safety, the district magistrate said. “The casualties could be higher as the affected village is on the top of a hill,” Chauhan said.