310c. 260c. Sunrise: 06:24 am Sunset: 06:52 pm EXPORTS CONTINUE UPWARD MARCH, JUMP 45% IN AUGUST POLITICAL PROCESS IN KASHMIR NEEDS A PUSH CRISTIANO RONALDO HITS NELSON'S EYE, SCORING 111 GOALS IN INTERNATIONALLY CONTEST “Sahaja Yoga is different from the other yogas because it begins with Self-realization” H. H. Mataji Nirmala Devi Vol. 65 No. 108 | FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 3, 2021 | 16 Pages | ` 4 | EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper EDIT Heart attack believed to be the cause of death, postmortem inconclusive FPJ BUREAU Mumbai Television and film actor Sidharth Shukla, who became a household name with his role in the long-running TV show Balika Vadhu, died at his Oshiwara residence on Thursday He was 40. . Shukla, who is survived by his mother and two sisters, was declared dead when he was taken to Cooper Hospital in Juhu around 10.20 am, authorities at the hospital said. The cause of his sudden death is not immediately clear as the postmortem was inconclusive. His friends, quoting family sources, said he may have died A RISING of a heart attack. STAR IS A senior doctor from GONE Cooper Hospital said the samples of Shukla's visThe cera and other organs have been sent to the Kalina Forensic Laboratory for analysis. “We have sent the organs to understand the toxicity level,” the doctor said. The Cooper Hospital Dean, Dr Shailesh Mohite, confirmed that Shukla was brought dead to the hospital. police said that actor may have died in his sleep, and the Oshiwara police are recording the statements of his family members and acquaintances. A senior police officer from Oshiwara Police Station said that prima facie Shukla may have died due to natural causes. “The actor's family has not raised any suspicion in connection to his death,” the officer said. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE POTHOLES Communalising, fake news on VANISH IN social media a concern: SC 24 HOURS FPJ IMPACT The actor's fans put up a banner condoling his death Among a bunch of petitions before the SC was one filed by Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind on the Tablighi Jamaat members being blamed for Covid-19 spread in India FPJ BUREAU New Delhi PICS: SACHIN HARALKAR BEFORE This newspaper on Wednesday published the photograph of a two-wheeler rider trying to navigate a pothole-ridden road in Sion-Koliwada, risking his life. Within 24 hours, authorities got down to work and repaired the stretch. AFTER ‘Allow only fully-jabbed to attend mass gatherings’ Govt cautions citizens ahead of festive season FPJ BUREAU / New Delhi Mass gatherings should be discouraged but if that’s not possible, then only the fully vaccinated should be allowed, the Centre said, while urging people to get vaccinated and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. The government warned that the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic was not yet over in the country , though the weekly positivity rate was showing an overall declining trend since the week ending May 10. However, 39 districts reported over 10% weekly positivity rate in the week end- ing August 31, while in 38 districts it was between 5% and 10%, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said. He said that the number of districts reporting more than 100 daily cases has declined from 279 in the week ending on June 1, to 42 in the week ending on August 30. Only Kerala has more than 1 lakh active cases while Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have active cases between 10,000 and 1 lakh. In 31 states and Union Territories the number of active cases is less than 10,000, he said. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday expressed grave concern over certain social media portals and YouTube channels spreading fake news in the absence of a regulatory mechanism. “If you go to YouTube, you will find how fake news is freely circulated and anyone can start a channel on YouTube,” observed Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, sitting on a bench with Justices Surya Kant and AS Bopanna. He said the social media portals write anything against judges and institutions “without accountability” and only listen to powerful voices. The court agreed to hear, after six weeks, the Centre's plea seeking transfer of all petitions from various high courts to itself on the issue of the newly-enacted Information Technology (IT) rules meant to regulate the online contents, including social media and portals. The Centre complained that the social media is opposing these rules since it does not want any fetters on its irresponsible reporting. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE SOMENDRA SHARMA Mumbai ANIL DESHMUKH CLEAN CHIT CONTROVERSY Hours after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested its own sub-inspector, Abhishek Tiwari, for allegedly taking bribe to give a clean chit to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in a corruption case, the agency on Thursday placed under arrest Deshmukh’s Nagpur-based lawyer Anand Daga. Daga, along with Deshmukh’s son-in-law Gaurav Chaturvedi, were questioned on Wednesday night regarding the leakage of the agency’s preliminary inquiry report NAGPUR RESIDENT Anand Daga is the second person to be arrested, after CBI official Abhishek Tiwari, in the bribery case against Deshmukh. The leaked report said that the CBI found no substance in the corruption allegations against Deshmukh. The CBI said that its lower rung official was bribed to influence the preliminary inquiry against Separatist hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani, founder of the Hurriyat Conference, a conglomeration of over 20 small parties, had no peace even in death as late Wednesday night the commandos whisked away his body from his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar within two hours of his death at 10.30 pm. Suffering from dementia and unable to recognise anybody he had quit the Hurriyat , FPJ BUREAU / New Delhi The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted permission to Hyderabad-based Biological E Limited to conduct Phase 2 & 3 clinical trials for its antiCovid shots called Corbevax on children between five and 18 years of age with certain conditions. The trial will be conducted at ten locations. The permission has been given to Biological E after the recommendation from the subject expert committee. Meanwhile, Zydus Cadila's needle-free Covid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D has already received emergency use authorisation (EUA) to inoculate children in the age group of 12-18. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Deshmukh. Hours later, the agency arrested Tiwari, while Daga continued to be interrogated. The CBI allowed Chaturvedi to leave, saying he had no role in the matter. Yesterday Daga and Sub-In, spector Tiwari were brought to the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on a transit remand and produced in court, which remanded them in the agency’s custody for two days. “We will question the two regarding how the preliminary inquiry report on Deshmukh was influenced, the bribe details, and possible involvement of others in the matter,” a CBI official said. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE India's immediate focus in Afghanistan is to ensure that the country is not used for terrorist activities against it and it was still “very early days” to talk about any possible recognition of the Taliban, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday “Our focus is that Afghan soil should not be used . for anti-India activities and terrorism of any kind,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at his weekly briefing when asked about India's engagement with the Taliban and whether it was not a terrorist organisation. He said that the government continues to give priority to the evacuation of Indian nationals, and was awaiting resumption of services at the Kabul airport. “We have been prioritising the evacuation of our people as well as Afghans we were able to bring out. Currently of course, the Kabul airport , is not operational. So, I don’t have any update on when will we be able to operate more flights. Meanwhile, our Special Afghanistan cell continues to operate,” Bagchi said. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Herat women stage protest Taliban kill 34 in Panjshir Dozens of Afghan women on Thursday held protests in Herat demanding rights and female representation in the government formation after the Taliban took control of the war-ravaged country . Protestors were carrying banners with slogans against the exclusion of women from the country's political system under the regime of the Taliban, Tolo News reported. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE The Taliban on Thursday said that it has killed 34 members and captured 11 checkpoints of the Afghan resistance forces in the northern Panjshir province. The information about the incident was provided by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid to Sputnik. The Taliban attack on Panjshir was launched after negotiations with resistance leader Ahmad Massoud failed. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE ANI / Kabul Cops quietly bury Geelani, don’t allow family to attend Conference in June last year even while remaining under the house arrest for the past two years. He was a former MLA thrice from Sopore, leaving behind wife, two sons and five daughters. A relative from Srinagar said, “The police commandos raided his Hyderpora residence, trampled everything, thrashed family members and took away his body Didn't al. low family members to even perform the last rites of janaaze ki namaaz or attend Biological E gets approval for phase 2/3 trials on kids Terror elements in Afghanistan on Indian government's radar TRIPTI NATH New Delhi the burial. His wife was kicked and left with bleeding injuries. His son suffered a fracture in the thrashing.” It is his second wife whom he married in 1968 after his first wife's death. The Srinagar Police imposed curfew in the entire valley and suspended the internet as Kashmir Zone Inspector General of Police (IGP) said the police cannot take the risk of the people coming out in large number from all over the valley if a public funeral were allowed. Showed us grave hours after burial: Kin Family members of Hurriyat leader Syed Abdul Shah Geelani were shown his burial space in a small graveyard at 10 am on Thursday, hours after his quiet burial at 4.45 am, his son Naseem Geelani said from Srinagar. He said the family had planned the burial in the main Martyrs' Graveyard in Srinagar as per Geelani’s Will, but the police “snatched” his body from home after ransacking it in an obvious attempt to conduct a search and forcibly buried him. He said the police told the family that the government did not want his mass funeral to prevent any kind of violence, particularly when the mass gathering is banned in view of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic. 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 * ` 5 Outside Mumbai Metropolitan Region BETWEEN THE LINES F ormer BJP MP and veteran journalist Chandan Mitra died on Thursday, his son Kushan Mitra said. The 65year-old Mitra was the editor of Pioneer newspaper. Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the journalist for his intellect and insights and condoled his demise. “Shri Chandan Mitra ji will be remembered for his intellect and insights. He distinguished himself in the world of media as well as politics. Anguished ANI / Kabul by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” the PM said in a tweet. Kushan Mitra said his father had been suffering for a while. The former Rajya Sabha MP was considered close to BJP leader L K Advani. BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta posted a photo of Mitra and himself from a school trip in 1972 and wished for his friend to be happy wherever he was. Dengue-like fever kills 14 in Mathura F ourteen people, including 12 children, have died due to a viral fever in Mathura district, Dr Bhudev, who is the in-charge of the Covid control room, said on Thursday. “As of Thursday morning, the deaths due to viral fever in Mathura district have gone up to 14 from seven. Due to this, the villagers are in fear. We have set up temporary hospitals in the villages,” Dr Bhudev said. In Koha village alone, over 50 families fled their homes due to the spread of disease. Meanwhile, the district administration and health department found symptoms of malaria and dengue in the samples they had collected. Moreover, teams from Delhi and Lucknow have reached the villages. The samples also revealed that diseases such as dengue, scrub typhus, malaria, leptospirosis are spreading in the village. Navneet Singh Chahal, the Mathura district collector, said, “Due to the spread of vector-borne disease like dengue or viral fever, we have set up 20 beds in Mathura district hospital and Vrindavan district hospital. Sanitisation and fogging are being carried out. I request to villagers not to keep stagnating water in pots for a long time CBI arrests Deshmukh’s lawyer over bribe charges C SEPARATIST HARDLINER SYED ALI SHAH GEELANI’S DEATH FPJ BUREAU / New Delhi Per litre DIESEL ` 96.33 Veteran journalist Chandan Mitra dead PIC: BL SONI Actor Sidharth Shukla of Balika Vadhu fame dies at 40 PETROL ` 107.39 No ‘sissy men’ on TV in China hina's government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters on Thursday to promote “revolutionary culture”, broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality. President Xi Jinping has called for a “national rejuvenation”, with tighter Communist Party control of business, education, culture and religion. Companies and the public are under increasing pressure to align with its vision for a more powerful China and healthier society. The party has reduced children's access to online games and is trying to discourage what it sees as unhealthy attention to celebrities. Broadcasters must “resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal esthetics,” the TV regulator said, using an insulting slang term for effeminate men – “niang pao”, or literally, “girlie guns”. That reflects official concern that Chinese pop stars, influenced by the sleek, girlish look of some South Korean and Japanese singers and actors, are failing to encourage China's young men to be masculine enough. Broadcasters should avoid promoting “vulgar internet celebrities” and “admiration of wealth and celebrity”, the regulator said. Instead, programmes should “vigorously promote excellent Chinese traditional culture, FPJ BUREAU / New Delhi The court yesterday slammed the Delhi Police for its probe into last year’s riots in the capital, saying that its failure to conduct a proper investigation “will torment the sentinels of democracy” when history looks back at the incident, which is dubbed as the worst communal riots in New Delhi since Partition. The court, which discharged former Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain's brother Shah Alam and two others in a case related to alleged loot and vandalisation of a shop during the riots in February 2020 in Delhi's Chand Bagh area, also called the probe “callous and indolent”, which gives an impression that a constable was planted as a witness. Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav called the case a “colossal wastage of the hard-earned money of taxpayers” in which the police merely tried to pull the wool over the court's eyes. The court noted that there was no CCTV footage of the incident to confirm the presence of the accused at the spot, no independent eye witness, and no evidence regarding the criminal conspiracy . “I am not able to restrain myself from observing that when history will look back at the worst communal riots since partition in Delhi, the failure of the investigating agency to conduct proper CONTD. ON NATION PAGE We will take strict action against the guilty No one . will be spared as this carelessness has put the girl's life in danger,” he told reporters in Jalna. As per the girl's family she , was given blood sourced from a blood bank in Akola on a doctor's instructions as her white blood cell count was very low. She seemed to have recovered after receiving the transfusion. But later she began to fall sick frequently . “She was taken to Amravati last month after she started falling sick. HIV test was conducted as there was no clear diagnosis of any ailment, and it came out positive,” said a senior health official. “Her parents tested negative for HIV . Then doctors found that she had undergone blood transfusion in Akola,” he said. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE- Court slams police over New Delhi riots probe Akola infant gets HIV after receiving blood, probe ordered FPJ BUREAU Mumbai The Maharashtra government on Thursday ordered an inquiry after an eightmonth-old girl was found to have received blood contaminated with HIV in Akola district. Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope said he had asked health officials to submit a report within three days. “I have ordered inquiry .