Vol. 33 No. 55 | SUNDAY | MAY 22, 2022 | 17 Pages | ` 5 Reg. No. MCS/048/2021-23; RNI No. 46955/1988 M.p.c.s. office Mumbai-400001 EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, Konkan, E-paper Not really single? AFTER THE SQUEEZE, THE RELEASE You must read this if you love someone Most men on dating apps are married and are looking for casual flings. However, women want a more permanent solution. Why is this happening? FPJ NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI Responding to public sentiment over inflationary pressure, which is well beyond the comfort level of the RBI, the government has decided to cool down the tax component in petrol and diesel. It has accordingly reduced the excise duty on fuel, which will lead to a welcome drop in prices of petrol and diesel. ‘‘We are reducing the central excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre and on diesel by Rs 6 per litre. This will reduce the price of petrol by Rs 9.5 per litre and of diesel by Rs 7 per litre," said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday. The finance minister said this will have a revenue implication of close to Rs 1 lakh crore per year for the Central government. But, the Narendra Modi-led government has been dedicated to- wards the welfare of the poor since it assumed office, she added. The Centre has also asked states to cut duty on auto fuels. Sitharaman said: “I wish to exhort all state governments, especially the states where reduction wasn’t done during the last round (November 2021), to also implement a similar cut and give relief to the common man." Sitharaman made the announcement taking into account the disruptions in supply chains caused by the Ukraine conflict as well as the world’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. She said both these events had led to inflation and economic distress in numerous countries. However, despite the challenging international situation, the government has ensured that there are no shortages or scarcity of essential goods. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE PETROL ATM DIESEL Duty cut `8/L It is time you check your relationship meter to see if it reads love or moha. Taming Inflation RECORD excise duty cut on petrol by Rs 8 per litre; duty cut on diesel Rs 6 per litre IN EFFECT duty cut will translate into a reduction of Rs 9.5 a litre in petrol and Rs 7 a litre in diesel LPG SUBSIDY of Rs 200 per cylinder to Ujjwala Scheme recipients Duty cut `6/L CUSTOMS DUTY waived on some raw materials used by steel industry EXPORT DUTY on iron ore hiked up to 50 per cent, and on a few steel intermediaries up to 15 per cent CEMENT availability to improve It is always people first for us! Today’s decisions, especially the one relating to a significant drop in petrol and diesel prices will positively impact various sectors, provide relief to our citizens and further ‘Ease of Living'. – PM Narendra Modi What is my tipple? NOT ENOUGH: THACKERAY SANJAY JOG MUMBAI After the Centre on Saturday cut the Central excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre and on diesel by Rs 6 per litre, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said it should be reduced further. In a statement, Thackeray said the Central government had hiked excise duty on petrol by Rs 18.42 per litre two months back and today it has reduced it by Rs 8. Likewise, excise duty on diesel had been increased by Rs 18.24 and it has now been reduced by Rs 6. Noting this, the Chief Minister said it is not right on the part of the BJP-led government to resort to a hefty price increase and then reduce them nominally . In a suggestion to his former estranged ally Thackeray said , that reduction in excise duty , CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Birthday boy & aspiring cricketer, 14, run over in sports complex ABHITASH SINGH THANE The life of a 14-year-old aspiring cricketer was tragically cut short on his birthday, after he was hit by a car whose driver was reportedly drunk, at the Savlaram Maharaj Sports Complex, near Gharda Circle in Dombivli east, on Friday. The Manpada BETWEEN police have registered a case under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code against the driver and arrested him. The boy has been identified as Prashant Dilip Mishra while the driver is Jayesh Ravindra Nerlekar, 25, a resident of Sadguru Kripa Society, Ajadegaon, Dombivli east. Speaking to this FPJ correspondent, the Manpada po- Distasteful but does not incite hate: Court THE LINES A LABOUR GOVT FOR AUSTRALIA Anthony Albanese AP / CANBERRA Australia’s prime minister conceded defeat after an election on Saturday that could deliver a minority government. Scott Morrison acted quickly despite millions of votes yet to be counted because an Australian prime minister must attend a Tokyo summit on Tuesday with US, Japanese and Indian leaders. Opposition leader Anthony Albanese will be sworn in as prime minister after his Labour party wrested its first electoral win since 2007. Where ousted Prime Minister Scott Morrison is a self-described “bulldozer", Albanese vows to be a “builder". Labour has promised more financial assistance and a robust social safety net as Australia grapples with the highest inflation since 2001 and soaring housing prices. The party also plans to increase minimal wages, and on the foreign policy front, it proposes to establish a Pacific defence school to train neighbouring armies in response to China’s potential military presence on the Solomon Islands on Australia’s doorstep. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE lice station assistant commissioner of police, J D More, said, “We will be initiating strict action against the driver for rash driving. We have also registered a case under IPC section 304 (A) against him. Jayesh Nerlekar was drunk and this was the reason he rammed into the boy. The boy belongs to a very well-to-do family and DU Prof gets bail for post on ‘Shivling’ FPJ NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI A court here on Saturday granted bail to Delhi University History professor Ratan Lal, who was arrested on Friday night for posting ‘derogatory’ content on social media after the ‘discovery’ of ‘Shivling’ inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi during a video survey. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Siddhartha Malik underlined that India was a country of more than 130 crore people and any subject can have 130 crore different views and perceptions. The judge also shared that being a “proud follower of Hindu religion,” he found the post “distasteful” and an “unnecessary” comment on a controversial topic. However, the court was of the opinion that Lal’s post may not incite feelings of hatred. “For another person, the same post can appear to be shameful but may not incite the feeling of hatred towards another community. Similarly, different persons may consider the post differently without being enraged and may in fact feel sorry for the accused to have made an unwanted comment without considering the repercussions,” the order held. The order also highlighted that the feeling of hurt felt by an individual cannot represent the entire group or community. “Any such complaint regarding hurt feeling has to be seen in its context considering the entire spectrum of facts/circumstances,” it underlined. Lal was booked under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Delhi University professor Ratan Lal, who was earlier arrested by Delhi Police for his social media post related to Gyanvapi Mosque. his family is shocked.” Senior Police Inspector Shekhar Bagde of Manpada police station said, “Prashant Dilip Mishra was the son of Dilip Mishra, 39, and the family lives at Saimauli Society in Ajadegaon. Prashant had gone to the Savlaram Maharaj Sports Complex to play cricket as usual, between 5 and 5.30pm when the accused, Jayesh Nerlekar, speeding by in his car, hit Prashant, who was on the field. Prashant immediately fell to the ground, lying in a pool of blood. His friends rushed him to the hospital, where he was declared dead by the doctors due to severe head injury and fractured bones." CONTD. ON NATION PAGE ADITI ALURKAR INDORE Along with countless students, professors, and a director, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Indore houses 37 foster dogs! The faculty and students found several feral dogs scurrying about and playing with them when they moved from one classroom to another within the premises. To help the four-legged inhabitants find a place of their own and assist those students who were scared of them, a shelter called ‘Paws at Planet - I’ was created on the IIM campus in 2015. The shelter encourages people to adopt from the lot. “Being a dog lover, I was excited to see and be part of the dog shelter when I took over as the Director in 2018,” said Prof. Himanshu Rai, the Director of IIM Indore. “I am a regular at the shelter; I play with the dogs, and ensure that every dog’s needs are fulfilled. Since we have a lot of dog lovers on campus, establishing and maintaining the shelter wasn’t a problem. We have also built customized pools in the shelters so that dogs get relief during summers,” he MIDC effluent leak threatens flamingo refuge The MIDC’s industrial discharge pipeline has broken loose from the concrete foundation in the creek bed STAFF REPORTER MUMBAI An industrial effluent pipeline breach threatens to pollute the flamingo sanctuary and the Thane Creek. The MIDC’s industrial discharge pipeline has broken loose from the concrete foundation and this has led to a major environmental crisis brewing in the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary . The site, accessible by waterway, is located just before the Vashi bridge turns towards Thane and can also be accessed from the Vashi bridge jetty . The 15km-long MIDC industrial pipeline, running along the Thane creek bed, was extensively damaged after breaking loose from the concrete foundation that kept it bonded to the creek bed. The dislodged 14-inch diameter pipeline is now floating on the surface of the water. “Industrial effluent is leaking right Pathetic state of Cong does not augur well for democracy: Sena mouthpiece The accused SANJAY JOG MUMBAI The Shiv Sena on Saturday targeted the Congress, one of its allies in the state government, for its present state of affairs, claiming that the Congress party’s miserable state does not augur well for the country’s democracy In an editorial in its . mouthpiece Saamna, the Shiv Sena said that when the BJP has already launched preparations for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress continues to be mired in dire straits and is unable to put its own house in order. “Rahul Gandhi left several issues unresolved at the party’s Chintan Shivir held in Udaipur. Because of that, several leaders in different states Congress President Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary are parting ways with the Congress. The Bihar and UP units of the Congress don’t have state presidents. The decision of leaders like Sunil Jakhar, Hardik Patel, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Jitin Prasad to leave the Congress shows the failure of the party leadership. The Congress should stand by those of its leaders with a mass following in states that are going to the polls in the near future,” said the Saamna editorial. “Why did Sunil Jakhar and Hardik Patel desert the party? Balram Jakhar, once a veteran leader of the Congress Party , was extremely loyal to the Gandhi family Balram Jakhar . also became the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Sunil Jakhar, the son of the same Balram Jakhar, led the Punjab Congress for many years but was marginalized, as Navjot Sidhu was given importance. Finally , Jakhar joined the BJP the ed,” itorial said. It further went on to say even , though Hardik Patel was made the working president of the Gujarat state unit, he was not given a free hand and ultimately this led to his decision to , quit the Congress. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE into the creek. The effluents get carried into the sanctuary by the tide and deposited on the mudflats used by the migratory flamingos,” claimed NGO Vanashakti director and activist D Stalin. According to the local Koli fishermen, the exposed pipeline is also a serious navigation threat and the state forest department does not have the technical and engineering expertise to fix the loose pipelines. “The MIDC, with the help of the Maharashtra Maritime Board, needs to act immediately in coordination with the pollution control board to resolve this crisis on a war footing before the onset of monsoon next month. The food chain is getting poisoned with the discharge of pollutants in the creek,” said Vishal Tandel, visibly angered by the lethargy of the officials in getting the leak plugged. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE What is in a name? Assault and murder! AGENCIES NEEMUCH The Madhya Pradesh police on Saturday arrested a 38year-old man for alleged murder of a senior citizen after a video showed him hitting the mentally challenged person repeatedly while seeking to ascertain his identity . The body of the victim had been found in Neemuch district days after he went missing. Bhawarlal Jain, 65, a resident of Sarsi village in Ratlam district, went missing on May 16 after attending a religious event at Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, the police said. He was found dead on Thursday evening. It so happened that the family of the deceased came across a video CONTD. ON NATION PAGE CBI widens NSE scam ambit Hackers could easily bite into these gizmos T E C H WA T C H STAFF REPORTER MUMBAI The Central Bureau of Investigation expanded the scope of its investigation on Saturday , to include brokers and traders suspected of having gained undue profits from the alleged misdemeanours of the former National Stock Exchange (NSE) chief, Chitra Ramkrishna. On Saturday the CBI con, ducted searches at ten locations across the country . “Searches are being conducted at premises of brokers in ten locations in Mumbai, Delhi, Gurugram, Kolkata and Gandhinagar. These brokers are suspected of misusing the NSE’s co-location facility to gain an unfair advantage over the broader market. Through The probe is now looking beyond the role of former National Stock Exchange CEO and MD Chitra Ramkrishna the faster access granted to them, they were able to check the NSE data feed before anyone else and make huge profits,” a CBI officer said. The officer said that the primary purpose of the searches was to recover any evidence pointing towards monetary gains made by the brokers and traders by misusing the co-location facility The CBI is look. ing for electronic as well as physical evidence in this connection. Earlier this year, the Central agency had arrested Ramkrishna, who was the chief executive officer and managing director of the NSE, as well as Anand Subramanian, the NSE’s former chief operating officer, and a charge sheet was filed against both of them last month. In its chargesheet, the CBI had stated that certain brokers and traders were given illegal access to the NSE’s server through a co-location facility which allowed , them to log into the server before everyone else. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Paw-sitive side to IIM Indore: It houses 37 foster dogs LAST WORD On World Whisky Day yesterday, we spent time understanding the difference between a single malt whisky and a blended scotch continued. Every foster has been given a name and each one’s birthday is celebrated. IIM residents also bring dogs special foods on their own birthday Timely vaccination . drives and veterinary visits have been arranged by the institute, and the personnel working with the shelter are vaccinated as well. “Initially we faced problems like heat, rain, and waterlogging, but we found a way to overcome each one of them,” said Pooja Batra, a PhD Alumnus from IIM. “Leftover food from the college cafeteria was initially brought to the dogs. Now rotis are specially made for them each day .” Every dog has now befriended the caretakers, who feed them thrice a day apart from cleaning and powdering them. Students, who miss their pets back home, often take the dogs along for walks. They make contributions to the medicinal and nutritional requirements. A designated ground has been set up right behind the basketball court, a starting point for students’ evening walk. “They definitely act as a stress buster for us,” said Navaneethakrishnan, a PGP student. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE If you own an Apple device, be warned that these are tempting, ‘low-hanging fruit’ for fraudsters GAUTAM S MENGLE MUMBAI If you are an Apple Watch, TV or Mac user, there is some bad news for you. Security researchers have found two serious vulnerabilities in these three products that could enable hackers to take control of your devices and use them for nefarious purposes. The three products are wildly popular across the world, not just because of their features but also because Apple gadgets are regarded as status symbols. In particular, there is a sharp uptick in the smartwatch business in India, as the number of increasingly fitness-conscious Indians goes up by the second, and crores of Indians use Apple watches. The tech giant’s Mac systems and TVs, too, are massively sought after. In two advisories issued on Thursday and Friday, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), which is the Central cyber security agency for India, has warned about serious vulnerabilities in all these three products. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE END USER A hacker could hack your device and gain access to all your private information stored on these devices. This stolen information could be used to steal your money, send out virus-laden emails to your contacts and post malicious content on social media through your accounts. Information like names, addresses and PAN and/or Aadhaar card numbers can be combined to make a complete set of identity documents. These sets are in high demand on the dark web, as criminal and terrorist elements use them to create forged identity documents. A hacker could simply choose to hack millions of devices and create a whole network of ‘bots’ or hacked devices, which is called a botnet. These botnets are used for an advanced form of cyberattack, where millions of devices ping a single server at the same time, causing it to crash. This type of attack is called a Distributed Denial of Service attack, as it denies a service to its customer.