OYE GURU 310c. 250c. Sunrise: 06:29 am Sunset : 06:28 pm Vol. 65 No. 130 | THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 | 16 Pages | ` 4* | EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper | www.freepressjournal.in TOP 7 CITIES SEE 113% RISE IN HOME SALES IN Q3 OF 2021 EDIT CONGRESS PROVES ITS OWN ENEMY IN PUNJAB I WANTED TO REMAKE MUJHE JEENE DO WITH RANBIR PLAYING A GANGSTER OUR BUREAU New Delhi Congress veteran Captain Amarinder Singh (79), who was humiliated and ousted as chief minister early this week, called on Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence here on Wednesday evening, with huge political implications for the border state. The meeting has come in the backdrop of the raging crisis in the Congress party after the abrupt resignation of Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab unit chief. Amarinder played his cards close to his chest saying that they had discussed the prevailing security scenario in the border state and the ongoing farmers' agitation. His team members, too, insisted that it was purely a courtesy call. For that matter, Amarinder has sought an audience with Congress President Sonia Gandhi, as well. He said he was yet to get a call from Midday meal recast, states to chip in now FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put his indelible stamp on the existing Midday Meal scheme by re-christening it as the "PM Poshan" scheme and extending it for five years. ‘Poshan’ means nutrition. The Midday Meals were introduced by the UPA government under the Food Security Act, 2013, to provide nutritious and cooked hot food to school-going children. The scheme was fully funded by the Centre, but now the state governments will also have to chip in part to meet part of the cost. The "PM Poshan" scheme cleared for five years up to 2025-26 has a Central outlay of Rs 54,061 crore, which requires the state governments and Union Territories to pay Rs 31,733.17 crore. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur told a press conference in a briefing after the Cabinet meeting that the total budget of the scheme will be to the tune of Rs 1,30,794.90 crore since the Centre would also bear the additional cost of about Rs 45,000 crore on food grains to be supplied to the schools. He said the scheme will cover 11.80 crore children studying in 11.20 lakh government and government-aided schools, covering all those studying in Class I-VIII. In reply to a question, Thakur sheepishly admitted that the earlier name of the scheme was "Mid-Day Meal in Schools." her residence. Though team members denied any political discussion in the meeting, the BJP – which does not have a credible Sikh face in Punjab -may discover in him a godsend opportunity . If the Captain joins the BJP the entire electoral , OUR BUREAU New Delhi SWEETY ADIMULAM Mumbai The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday delivered the final verdict in an 18-year long legal battle, providing major relief to the resident welfare association (RWA) of a Noida-based housing society , Royal Garden. It turned down the plea of the developer’s company that there were limitations barring the association from raising grievances and passed the order by accepting the report of the local commissioner of the Nation- al Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC). In fact, this court cited that the complainant “shall be entitled to all told mone- Navjot Singh Sidhu’s tantrum and announcement of resignation as PCC chief by tweet, before communicating it to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, has annoyed her and she is not inclined to placate him anymore. She also stopped Harish Rawat, AICC general secretary in-charge of Punjab, from rushing to Chandigarh to resolve the crisis. Rawat also rang up Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and asked him not to persuade Sidhu, in view of the embarrassment he has caused to the party . Rather, Rawat was busy ringing up party leaders in Punjab to look for Sidhu’s re- placement as the Punjab Congress unit chief. The name of Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu (46) is at the top of the list of probable candidates. The resignation of Sidhu, however, has not been accepted so far. Bittu, who is close to Rahul Gandhi, served as the Congress group leader in the Lok SAbha from March 11 to July 18 this year when Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was busy with the West Bengal Assembly campaign. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Shot in the arm for ‘rebels’ A s the G-23 'dissident' group within the Congress came out firing on all cylinders against the Gandhis with Kapil Sibal and Ghulam Nabi Azad wandering who is taking decisions at the helm, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh rang up Sibal to discuss the crisis. More important, the Captain has extended his Delhi visit by a day to meet them, expressing his desire to join the group in its campaign for reviving the Congress, a source in G-23 said. tary compensation in a sum of Rs 60 lakh, now lying in deposit with the Registry of this court, together with the interest accrued thereon, in lieu of the reliefs sought in prayer of the complaint”. The case was about the aggrieved residents of the said housing society who approached the NCDRC against its developer for failure to fulfil the promises made in their agreement of sale. The developer’s company thereafter moved the apex court, which had, in an interim order in 2010, stayed the order of the consumer commission but directed the company to deposit Rs 60 lakh in its registry . CONTD. ON NATION PAGE HC frowns at judge's failure to protect dignity of survivor Niranjan Hiranandani Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 Manju Yagni Tanuj Lodha 2010 PUNE GANGRAPE CASE: Court upholds life sentence for trio NON-COMPOUNDABLE OFFENCE The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the High Courts can invoke Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to quash the criminal proceedings even after conviction in a non-compoundable offence, after considering the nature and heinousness of the crime. A Bench of Chief Justice of India N V Ramana and Justice Surya Kant stressed that handing out punishment is not the sole form of deliver- Automatic doors only in AC coaches SHASHANK RAO Mumbai Mumbai will only get semi air-conditioned locals and importantly only the AC , coaches will have the automatic door closing system, not second-class compartments. Also, there is a strong likelihood of these trains not having any first-class compartments. Indian Railways is looking at either 15-car trains, comprising nine non-AC coaches and six AC ones; or 12-car trains with three AC coaches and nine-non-AC ones. The non-AC coaches will include the ladies compartment, another for the physically challenged and the luggage coach. The idea is that firstclass passengers will upgrade to AC coaches. A recent online survey conducted by the Railways has revealed that of the total 37,082 respondents, 39.3 per cent -- the highest -- had shown interest in having semi-AC local trains with a combination of three AC coaches and nine non-AC coaches. AC or semi-AC locals need Upholding the life imprisonment of three persons – Ranjeet Gade, Ganesh Kamble and Subhash Bhosale – in the Pune gangrape case of 2010, the Bombay High Court has observed that with the increase in violent crimes against women, the sentence has to be ‘proportionate to the gravity and magnitude KAMAL MISHRA Mumbai PRIYANKA NAVALKAR Mumbai of the offence’ in order to act as a deterrent. Besides, the HC has said that the courts should ‘protect the dignity of the victim’ during the trial while expressing dissatisfac- tion over sessions court permitting the defence advocate seeking graphic details while cross-examining the survivor. A division bench of Justices Sadhana Jadhav and Sarang Kotwal observed on September 28, “The sentencing policy adopted by the Courts, in such cases, ought to have a stricter yardstick so as to act as a deterrent… The object of sentencing policy should be to see that the crime does not go unpunished and the victim of crime as also the society has the satisfaction that justice has been done to it.” CONTD. ON NATION PAGE BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court has held that breastfeeding is an inalienable right of lactating mother, protected as a facet of right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution, reports legal news portal Bar and Bench. Likewise, a suckling infant has the right to be breastfed and it is concurrent with the mother's right to breastfeed, single-judge Justice Krishna S Dixit ruled. The court was hearing a dispute between the birth mother and the foster moth- er for custody of child. The counsel for foster mother argued that she had cared and looked after the child for many months with love, affection and care and should therefore, be allowed to retain the child. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE power companies reluctant to meet booming demand, while economists say the real motive is political: Officials are under pressure to curtail energy use to meet official targets. In Shenyang, the northeast's most populous city , restaurant owner Li Yufeng used a battery from an electric bicycle to run a pot for noodles after seeing a notice power would be switched off at 7:30 am. Li said he started work two hours early at 6 , am., to prepare chicken, sauces and other dishes. "There are some impacts, but not a big impact," said Li as customers ate by smartphone lights. Factories in China's busiest manufacturing provinces have been ordered to suspend production for up to a week, prompting concern global supplies of smartphones and other goods might be disrupt- Breastfeeding, inalienable right an automatic door closing system, to maintain the temperature within and it will also ensure the safety of passengers. However, this will not be the case with second-class coaches on a partial AC train. “Having automatic door closure mechanism in second-class compartments in partial AC locals is not possible because of the crowding inside (especially in peak hours). When the prototype of the semi-AC local is made, the second-class compartment will not have this doorclosure mechanism,” said Alok Kansal, general manager, Western Railway . CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Coming soon: Mumbai to Delhi by train, in just 13hrs Here’s good news for the frequent train traveller between Mumbai and Delhi. If all goes as planned, the distance between the two cities will be covered in barely half-a-day or just 13 hours and this could happen as early as March 2024, says Indian Railways. Presently the Rajdhani Ex, press, the premier train on this route, covers the distance between the two cities in around 16 hours, while other regular trains covering the sector take 18 to 22 hours. Duronto Express takes 17 hours and 15 minutes to cover the 1,386km-distance from Mumbai Central to New Delhi. “Apart from track work, the upgradation of signalling systems and overhead equipment is on in full swing. Over 50 per cent of the work is complete and the rest will be completed by March 2024, after which trains on this sector will be “Once she (victim) had denied suggestion of consensual sex, further suggestions were put to her regarding graphic details of the act. These further suggestions were wholly unnecessary,” noted the HC, adding that such line of questioning could not be considered a “proper cross-examination” ing justice. It said criminal proceedings involving nonheinous offences or where the offences are predominantly of a private nature, can be annulled irrespective of the fact that trial has al- Only semi-AC locals for city EMILY WANG FUJIYAMA Shenyang (China) URVI MAHAJANI Mumbai * ` 5 Outside Mumbai Metropolitan Region FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Stakeholders laud SC relief to society against builder Leopard attacks woman at Aarey A 55-year-old woman suffered facial injuries when a leopard pounced upon her on Wednesday evening in Aarey Milk Colony in Goregaon (E). The incident happened around 7.45pm in Unit 6 of Aarey and was captured on a CCTV camera. The footage of the incident shows the leopard lurking in the shadows while a woman is seated in the courtyard of a house. When the leopard pounced on her, the woman identified as Nirmaladevi Singh fought off the big cat with a stick. The leopard attacked her twice before she could cry for help. The locals immedi- landscape will change overnight. BJP sources said if the duo agree on the terms of engagement, especially with respect to resolving the farmers' agitation, PM Modi may himself step in to invite Amarinder, clearing the path for his formal induction. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Sri Ma SIDHU SULKS Court can quash criminal ALONE IN NETS case even after conviction Rendezvous with Amit Shah sets stage for new poll equations — To borrow a Sidhuism Let us first correct our own faults and then try to influence the lives of others, through our noble example. Presently, the Rajdhani Express, the premier train on this route, covers the distance between the two cities in around 16 hours able to touch maximum speeds of up to 160kmph. As a result, the average speed of trains will cross the 100kmph mark,” said a WR official, adding that the current average speed of trains on this sector varies from 75 to 90kmph. Railway officials hope that after the completion of the project, 25 per cent of flyers will prefer to travel by train, as they can be connected to the internet at all times. “By March 2024, the travel time of all trains will be reduced drastically and trains with limited halts will able the cover the distance between the two cities in just 13 hours,” said Alok Kansal, general manager, Western Railway on Wednesday , . CONTD. ON NATION PAGE ed. Now, urban neighbourhoods are being blacked out, triggering pleas on social media for the government to solve the problem. China's power consumption is growing at almost double its usual rate, while the ruling Communist Party is trying to reduce energy intensity or the amount used , per unit of economic output. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Chinese eat by the light of smartphones LAST WORD ately rushed towards Singh. Singh has sustained injuries on her right cheek and was taken to the hospital, where she is reportedly out of danger. This is the third leopard attack incident of the week. People ate breakfast by the light of smartphones and shopkeepers turned on generators as cities across China enforced power cuts on Wednesday to meet official conservation targets and ease shortages in some areas. News reports blame high coal prices they say make ready concluded, or appeal stands dismissed against conviction. "The High Court, therefore, having regard to the nature of the offence and the fact that parties have amicably settled their dispute and the victim has willingly consented to the nullification of criminal proceedings, can quash such proceedings in exercise of its inherent powers under Section 482 Cr.P .C., even if the offences are non-compoundable," the court ruled. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE BETWEEN THE LINES TALIBAN MAKES FLIGHTS OFFER In a first official outreach, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan has written to the government of India for resumption of commercial flights between the two countries. The letter, addressed to Director General of Civil Aviation Arun Kumar, has been written by Alhaj Hameedullah Akhunzada, acting minister, Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority. It is dated September 7. The letter is under review of the Civil Aviation Ministry, ANI reported. Indian flight operations to Kabul had ceased after August 15, when the Taliban overran the Afghan capital and took effective control of the strifehit country. India does not officially recognise the Taliban regime even though a meeting did take place in Doha on August 31. NOTICES TO TOP CRACKER UNITS The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued show cause notices to the country's top firecracker manufacturers for contempt of court – for violating its orders not to use harmful substances, including the barium salts it had banned earlier. A Bench of Justices Mukesh R Shah and A S Bopanna was hearing an application to regulate firecrackers and ban the manufacture of firecrackers containing barium nitrate. It noted a preliminary report by the Chennai branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation that the manufacturers were still using the banned substances and not disclosing the correct ingredients on the labels of the products. It allowed the manufacturers to vet the CBI report and file their counter affidavit. The case is listed for further hearing on October 6. AF GOVT IN EXILE: The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has announced the formation of a government in exile led by Amrullah Saleh. Referring to the Taliban, the statement goes further to add that no other government can replace the legitimate one. 60 STUDENTS TEST +VE: A residential school in Bengaluru has become a COVID-19 cluster after 60 of its nearly 500 students tested positive. Two were found to be symptomatic and the school has been shut till October 20. Bengaluru (Urban) District Collector J Manjunath told news agency ANI the symptomatic students had been admitted to hospital and the rest have been quarantined. BIZMAN BEATEN TO DEATH: In a bizarre incident at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, a young trader died during a surprise check of a hotel by the police on Tuesday evening. The Kanpur-based businessman Manish Gupta was visiting Gorkahpur, constituency of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, with friends. According to them, Manish was sleeping when policemen woke him up and asked for identity proof. When he sought an explanation, the policemen started beating him up; he later succumbed to the injuries, it is alleged.