Vol. 65 No. 171 | THURSDAY | NOVEMBER 18, 2021 | 16 Pages | BETWEEN THE LINES DUTY AND DUTY, MODI’S MANTRA PM Modi on Wednesday emphasised the need for everyone from parliamentarians to the common man to give primacy to their duties, saying this is the mantra to speed up India's development. He also called for collective efforts, including from states, to take the country to new heights of progress and cited the fight against COVID-19 as a "historic" example of 'sabka prayas' (everyone's effort). Referring to Parliament, which often witnesses disruptions, Modi said conduct of lawmakers should be in line with Indian values. Traditions and systems of the Houses of our legislatures should be inherently Indian, he said, pitching for policies and laws to strengthen the sentiment of 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.’ "The next 25 years are very important for India. During this period, can we, with full strength dedication and response, execute one mantra? In my view that mantra is duty, duty and duty," he said. ED CHIEF GETS 1-YR MORE: The chief of Enforcement Directorate is the first to receive year's extension after the government passed an executive order to extend tenure of investigation agency chiefs. Sanjay Kumar Mishra, who was to retire on Thursday, will now be in office till November 18, 2022 -- or till further notice, reads the order. 2-YRS FOR FOREIGN SECY: The Government on Wednesday allowed extension up to two years in service to the foreign secretary as well, besides the extension granted to half a dozen other posts through a gazette notification on November 15. INDIGO CHECK-IN BAG: One of Asia's biggest budget carriers, IndiGo is mulling charging passengers for check-in luggage as it prepares for a potentially fierce price war in the cutthroat air travel market, which is showing signs of recovery. INDIANS SPOT EXOPLANET: The exoplanet search and study group at the Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory has discovered a new exoplanet orbiting too close to an evolved or aging star with a mass 1.5 times that of Sun and located 725 light years away, according to Indian Space Research Organisation. The exoplanet's mass is found to be 70 per cent and its size about 1.4 times that of the Jupiter. CHANDRAYAAN AVERTS COLLISION: India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft performed an evasive manoeuvre to avoid collision with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, according to ISRO. A very close conjunction between the two was expected to occur on October 20 this year near the Lunar North pole, the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency said in a statement. NEW LAKHIMPUR TEAM: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Rakesh Kumar Jain to monitor the investigations into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in Uttar Pradesh on October 3. The judge replaces a former Allahabad High Court judge appointed by the state government; the court said this has been done to "ensure fairness, transparency and absolute impartiality" in the investigation. The Bench also reconstituted the Special Investigation Team. MARRIAGE NOT VALID: A Kolkata court has declared that Nikhil Jain and Nusrat Jahan's wedding is not valid. The court said that the legal wedding did not happen between the excouple. On June 9 this year, TMC MP Nusrat Jahan had also released a statement saying that her marriage with Nikhil was according to Turkish law and hence not valid in India. Nikhil had stated that he requested Nusrat to get the marriage registered multiple FM ASKS INDUSTRY TO START TAKING RISKS, INVEST IN CAPACITY CREATION EDIT I’M TRYING TO PUSH BOUNDARIES AS AN ACTOR IN UFF: NUSHRRATT BHARUCCHA RUNAWAY EX-TOP COP IS DECLARED ‘ABSCONDER’ CRYPTOCURRENCY: DO CONTROL BUT BE WARY 330c. 250c. Sunrise: 06:48 am Sunset : 06:00 pm Process for attachment of Singh’s property can now start BHAVNA UCHIL Mumbai A city magistrate on Wednesday declared former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh a ‘proclaimed absconder’. The court passed the order following a plea filed by the crime branch on Monday for the same as it could not locate the former top cop to execute the non-bailable warrant against him in an extortion case. In October, the court had issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Singh in the extortion case registered by Goregaon police station on the complaint of a hotelier. Two co-accused of Singh Vinay Singh and Riyaz Bhati, were also declared absconding accused by the court on Wednesday . The crime branch had, in its plea, contended that its personnel had gone to Singh’s official residence in Walkeshwar in South Mumbai on November 10 to execute the warrant, but did not find him there. Prosecutor Shekhar Jagtap informed the court that it recorded the statements of two staffers - one a cook and another a police guard, that it had found at the residence. It produced both their statements before the court, in which they stated that for the past three months Singh and his family were not living there. Both said they had no knowledge of the family’s whereabouts. Jagtap said, a crime branch probe had established that Singh had absconded as even after issuance of the NBW he , had not shown up and continued to hide his whereabouts. The crime branch sought that the court proclaim Singh an absconder and informed that it intended to start the process for the attachment of Singh’s property as per legal procedure on order of the court once he was proclaimed an absconder. The extortion complaint was lodged by a hotelier who alleged that Sachin Vaze, now dismissed as Assistant Police Inspector, in connivance with the erstwhile police chief Singh and others, had compelled him to shell out Rs. 11.92 lakh so as to allow his two resto-bars in the city’s western suburbs to operate smoothly . Till date, three NBWs have been issued against Singh by different courts in separate cases registered against him. PIC: BL SONI A rain-swept Marine Drive on Wednesday. 36 fake posts spread poison Recent violence in State; most posts originated in Mumbai PRIYANKA NAVALKAR Mumbai A special report submitted by the Maharashtra Cyber Cell to the State home department in connection with the recent protests over the Tripura communal conflagration states that fake news shared on social media was responsible for the acts of violence in some areas of Maharashtra. The report states that the Maharashtra Cyber Cell came across 36 social media posts which had spread misinformation -- 25 on Twitter, six on Facebook and five on Instagram - which were taken note of across the state. The report submitted to the home department on Wednesday mentioned that of these 36 social media posts, 25 were posted from within the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Police Commissionerate. Another seven were posted from within the jurisdiction of Amravati Police Commissionerate; while the rest emanated from Nashik rural, Nanded and Kolhapur commissionerates, among others. A senior state cyber official said that the posts containing misinformation, fake news and videos of violence were shared extensively on social media. Soon after the mess was unearthed, on November 12, stone-pelting took place during the rallies taken out by some Muslim organisations in Maharashtra in protest against the purported communal violence in Tripura. The incidents mainly occurred in Amravati, Malegaon and Nanded city . CONTD. ON NATION PAGE HC discharges DHFL in Jadhav can file money laundering case Facebook ‘foreigner’ dupes lady of `7.5L review petition Pak enacts law to facilitate the death-row prisoner under its obligation to International Court of Justice SAJJAD HUSSAIN Islamabad Pakistan's Parliament in its joint sitting on Wednesday enacted a law to give Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav the right to file a review appeal against his conviction by a military court. Jadhav, a 51-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India had moved the International Court of Justice against Pakistan for denial of consular access to Jadhav and challenged the death sentence. After hearing both sides, the Hague-based ICJ, in July 2019, asked Pakistan to give India consular access to Jadhav and also ensure review of his conviction. On Wednesday, the joint sitting comprising members of the Senate and the National Assembly was called to pass a set of laws which were passed by the latter in June this year, including one to enable Jadhav to appeal against his conviction, but those laws failed to get the nod of the upper house. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Induced her to pay money to claim sponsorship sum on various pretexts URVI MAHAJANI Mumbai The Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL) has been discharged by the Bombay high court in a case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against its erstwhile chairman and managing director (CMD) Kapil Wadhawan, director Rakesh Wadhawan and Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor. Justice SK Shinde, on Wednesday discharged , DHFL from the case while hearing the non-banking finance company’s plea. DHFL had approached the High Court after the special CBI court rejected its application seeking discharge Anticipating an increase in the number of international travellers visiting India ahead of Christmas, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has directed all its ward officers to increase Covid testing across the city and keep a close check on any new variant of the virus. Officials said that in the runup to the festival season next Cong to turn legal heat on Kangana SANJAY JOG Mumbai Maha Vikas Aghadi partners Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress have lashed out at actor Kangana Ranaut after she mocked the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, by saying that offering ‘the other cheek’ gets one ‘bheekh’, not freedom. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Nana Patole said the party would take legal action against Ranaut for her alleged defamatory statement against Mahatma Gandhi. “Congress will register an official com- plaint against her with Mumbai Police,” he said. The Centre should immediately take back the Padmashri awarded to her, he added. Patole, along with the state party chief spokesman Atul TAILPIECE Londhe, alleged that demeaning the father of the nation and other freedom fighters amounted to sedition and action should be taken against Ranaut for doing so. What Ranaut was blabbering was “part of a cunning ploy by the BJP and the RSS to discredit the freedom struggle. We allege that the BJP also supports this and it should clarify its position in this regard,” Patole said. He urged the media not to give Ranaut a platform in the future if she continued to make such derogatory remarks against freedom fighters. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Netaji's daughter says Gandhi felt he could not control Bose A day after actor Kangana Ranaut claimed that Subhas Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh got no support from Mahatma Gandhi in the struggle for freedom, Bose’s daughter, Anita Bose Pfaff, has said that her father and Gandhi shared a difficult relationship as Gandhi felt that he could not control Netaji. She added that her father was “a great admirer of Gandhi.” “Both of them (Netaji and Gandhi) were great heroes who fought for India’s Independ- Limited in June. DHFL’s counsel, Ravi Kadam, argued that the special CBI court did not consider provisions of Section 32A of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, while rejecting the discharge plea. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE STAFF REPORTER Mumbai DHFL’s counsel contended it would not be liable for any offence committed prior to commencement of the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process. A 42-year-old woman ended up losing Rs 7.48 lakh in a case of cyber fraud after befriending a ‘foreigner’ on Facebook. This friend had offered sponsorship of Pound 17,000 to the victim to start her own media business and induced her to pay money to claim the sponsorship amount under various pretexts. The case is being investigated by Nhava Sheva Police in Navi Mumbai. According to police, the complainant is a housewife living with her family in Ulwe. In January 2019, the victim had accepted a friend request from one ‘Kelly Williams’. The two then began chatting over Facebook often. “As per the victim, Williams suggested the victim should start a media business and offered to her £17,000 in sponsorship. After she agreed, she began to get calls from various people asking her to deposit money towards ‘registration charges’, ‘currency conversion charges’, ‘tax’, ‘GST charges’ and ‘upgrade charges’,” said a police officer. He added, “Whenever she enquired with Williams why she was being asked to pay CONTD. ON NATION PAGE month, a surge in arrivals of those working or studying abroad and returning home is expected. The BMC said it would increase screening and testing travellers entering the city to be on the lookout for any new variant. Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani said the BMC was closely monitoring the number of Covid cases being reported daily Civic authorities main. cember 31 is going to be crucial, but most likely in phases. In the first phase, the impact of spread due to festivals and relaxations will be known by November 20. In the second phase, Christmas and New Year celebrations will need to be monitored. There is a possibility of international traffic arriving in Mumbai from western countries as they have long holidays for Christmas,” he said. Kakani said any new vari- ant “will be enough to rock the boat and therefore, we will be monitoring the situation closely We will request testing . of travellers and also appeal to those with even the slightest symptoms to get tested,” he said, adding, this was one of the reasons civic authorities had been conducting cyclic genome sequencing -- a study of changes in the structure of the virus over time at regular intervals. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE BMC braces for holiday crowds flying in SWAPNIL MISHRA Mumbai Suryakumar Yadav (62) and Rohit Sharma (48) played vital role as India chased 165 in 19.4 overs with five wickets to spare and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, in Jaipur on Wednesday from the case on August 20 this year. Seeking discharge, DHFL had contended that the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) had approved a resolution plan for its (DHFL’s) reverse merger with Piramal Capital and Housing Finance ence. One could not have done without the other. It was a combination. It’s not like what some Congress members tried to claim for a long time — that only a non-violent policy was responsible for India’s Independence. We all know that Netaji and INA [Indian National ’s Army] actions, too, contributed to India’s freedom,” Pfaff told India Today TV in response to Ranaut’s comment that Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were ready to hand Netaji over to the British. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE CAUTION IS THE BYWORD Comedian’s monologue boomerangs STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Comedian VirDas’ ‘Two Indias’ monologue delivered at the Kennedy Centre in US has boomeranged and a complaint has been filed against him for making “derogatory statements." The complaint was lodged with the Mumbai Police by high court lawyer Ashutosh Dubey who is also the legal , advisor of BJP-Maharashtra Palghar District. Twitter users latched onto clips and pictures from his monologue, specifically the part where the comedian said, “I come from an India where we worship women during the day and gangrape them during the night." On Tuesday Vir had issued a , statement clarifying that his comments in his monologue weren’t intended to insult the country The 42-year-old . took to Twitter and posted a note, stating that his intention was to serve a reminder CONTD. ON NATION PAGE tain that the period of 15 days after Diwali remains crucial and they will be closely monitoring the situation. “The period right up to De- Court says government must take responsibility and “not everything can be done through judicial order” TV debates causing pollution: SC OUR BUREAU New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday witnessed heated arguments on air pollution in Delhi and its neighbourhood, as it remained dissatisfied with the action plan to tackle the issue. It fixed the next hearing on Wednesday (March 24), after it was told that "relatively strong winds" Sunday onwards will improve the air quality It . blamed bureaucratic inertia and apathy even as Delhi's air quality remained in the "very poor" category for the third day with the air quality index , touching 389 in Delhi at 9 AM, better than Tuesday's 403 at 4 PM, and nearly the same status in the neighbourhood. The government must take responsibility and "not everything can be done through judicial order," the court said.As a blame game erupted over the data on farm fires and the Chief Justice pulled up the officials CONTD. ON NATION PAGE T DELHI ACTS o combat pollution, private offices in Delhi have been advised by a committee to ask at least 50 per cent of their employees to work-from-home until Sunday On . the other hand, all state government offices will follow 100 per cent work-from-home norm; this despite the Centre telling the Supreme Court that it does not favour work-from-home as the situation is just returning to normal after Covid restrictions. Six coal-fired power plants near Delhi have been temporarily closed, there is a ban on the entry of trucks carrying non-essential items in the city and closure of schools and colleges will continue till further orders.