Vol. 34 No. 70 | SUNDAY | SEPTEMBER 3, 2023 | 24 Pages | `5 & for Pune `6 only Reg. No. MCS/048/2021-23; RNI No. 46955/1988 M.p.c.s. office Mumbai-400001 Quality at Value www.freepressjournal.in EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, Pune, Nashik, Konkan, Indore, Bhopal, E-paper ‘WORDS ARE POWERFUL TOOLS’ Says Shujaat Khan, the sitar maestro, who sings while playing the instrument SPIRIT OF DAHI HANDI SUNNY DAY FOR ISRO FPJ BUREAU / BENGALURU / WASHINGTON SOLAR VENTURE Aditya-L1 is designed to travel about 1.5 mn kilometres to Lagrange Point 1 (L1), which is 1 per cent of the distance to the Sun. 125 days The spacecraft will take to reach L1. L1 is one of the positions in space where the gravitational force of the Sun and the Earth will help spacecraft to reduce fuel consumption needed to remain in position. THE FP BULLETIN GERMAN TOURIST CHEATED OF `10L Police in Santacruz has arrested a man for allegedly cheating a foreign tourist of Rs9.7 lakh. Three men met Soren Habarman, 24, in Jaipur, and sold him imitation jewellery and fake gems for Rs15 lakh. The German tried to withdraw money from an ATM but was unable to do so, so the accused brought him to Mumbai by flight. In Mumbai Haberman withdrew Rs3.75 lakh and purchased two biscuits valued at Rs6.2 lakh and gave the money and gold to the accused. The police arrested Zakir Hussain from Jaipur on Saturday. The other two accused are at large. AL FAYED BURIED WITH SON DODI Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed, who died earlier this week aged 94, has been buried at a London mosque alongside his son Dodi Al Fayed, the boyfriend of Princess Diana who was killed alongside her in a Paris car crash 26 years ago. Al Fayed’s UK-based family announced his death on Friday, saying he had passed away of old age on August 30. According to The Times newspaper, an Islamic funeral was held at the London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park before he was laid to rest at the family mausoleum on Friday. U-WIN PORTAL ROLLOUT SOON The government is set to launch ‘U-WIN’ portal, designed on the lines of Covid-19 vaccine management system Co-WIN, for maintaining an electronic registry of routine immunisations. The U-WIN programme has been designed to digitise the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) and it is currently being run in a pilot mode in two districts of each state and Union Territory. After capturing the moon, India Saturday headed to the Sun — the nearest star and one that sustains life on earth — with the successful launch of Aditya-L1, which will be India’s first solar observatory mission dedicated to study the Sun. Amid a cloud of smoke and fire, the launch took place at 11:50 am IST on Saturday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The spacecraft separated from the fourth stage of the rocket nearly an hour after launch, making it one of the longest missions of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The Aditya-L1 mission will study the sun’s real-time effects on space weather. The spacecraft will travel 1.5 million kilometres from earth, which is 1% of the Earth-Sun distance. It will take four months to travel that far. Aditya will be then placed in a halo orbit around the Lagrange point 1 (L1) of the SunEarth system. This strategic L1 location will allow the satellite to continuously observe the Sun without any eclipses, providing real-time data on solar activities and their effects on space weather. The mission will also investigate the “coronal heating problem”, which is one of the biggest mysteries in heliophysics. The corona is the sun’s outer atmosphere, which can reach temperatures of 2 million degrees CONTD. ON NATION Fahrenheit. The five Lagrange points are named after ItalianFrench mathematician Josephy-Louis Lagrange. It is carrying seven payloads; four will directly view the Sun from L1, while three will carry out in-situ studies of particles and fields at L1. PROTESTS SPREAD ACROSS STATE FPJ NEWS SERVICE / MUMBAI Violence continued in Jalna on Saturday over reservation for Marathas, even as cases were filed against at least 360 protestors following clashes with police on Friday . There were widespread protests in various districts across the state, prompting political leaders and people of the community to urge protestors to continue their agitation peacefully . A truck was burnt down, allegedly by the protesters, in Ambad on Saturday , according to officials who said that other vehicles were also destroyed. In Jalna city agitators protested , against the state government. Fresh incidents of stone pelting were reported during ‘Rasta Roko’ call given by the protesters in the city with the police fire rubber bullets in air and using tear gas to disperse the mob. One protestor burnt down his own vehicle to protest the government atrocities in Aurangabad district. MSRTC restricted bus services in parts of Jalna, Ahmednagar, Solapur and Nandurbar to prevent them from being targeted by protestors, officials said on Saturday . Protestors blocked roads, held demonstrations, and took out processions in Nashik, Lasur-Gangapur highway Buld, hana, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Solapur, Beed, and Sangli. A shutdown call was also issued for Nandurbar, but was later withdrawn. On Friday the police fired tear gas , shells and resorted to lathicharge following a clash with the protesters. Around 20 protesters were injured during the clash at Antarwali Sarati village in Am- bad tehsil, according to police officials who said that 37 police personnel, including an additional SP two deputy SPs , and 32 constables, were injured as protesters pelted stones and torched four police vehicles. “While the officials had reached the spot of the protests to pursue the agitators on hunger strike to shift to hospital for medical treatment, the protesters turned violent and started pelting stones at us injuring some of our personnel. Many protesters also sustained injuries,” CONTD. ON NATION an officer said. Biden, PM to meet Ex-MLA’s son rams `3 cr on G-20 sidelines Lamborghini into a divider SHANKAR RAJ / WASHINGTON US President Joe Biden will make a trip to India next week to participate in the G20 Summit and have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 8 on the sidelines of the meeting, the White House has confirmed. “On Thursday (September 7), the President will travel to New Delhi, India, to attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit. On Friday the President will par, ticipate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the White House said. “While in New Delhi, the President will also commend Prime Minister Modi’s leadership of the G20 and reaffirm the US commitment to the G20 as the premier forum of economic cooperation, including by hosting it in 2026,” it said. The two leaders will also mitigate the economic and social impacts of Russian Presi- DHARMESH THAKKAR / MUMBAI Namrata and Rs97 lakh to son Nivaan from Jet Airways accounts, it said. An audit of Jet Airways’ account had revealed that Rs1,152.62 crore was diverted and siphoned off as professional and consultancy expenses between 2011 and 2018, Veteran singer Asha Bhosle takes a walk down memory lane ahead of her 90th birthday MARATHA RESERVATION dent Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, and increase the capacity of multilateral development banks, including the World Bank, to better fight poverty including by address, ing global challenges, the White House said. As President of the G20, India will host global leaders for the summit scheduled to take place on September 9 and 10 in New Delhi. India currently holds the rotating presidency of the multinational group. The G20, or Group of 20, is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies comprising Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany India, In, donesia, Italy Japan, the Re, public of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkiye, the UK and the US, as well as the EU. The guest countries are Bangladesh, Egypt, Mauritius, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, Spain and the UAE. Goyal filled family coffers Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal was produced in the special PMLA court in Mumbai on Saturday and remanded to Enforcement Directorate custody till September 11. The ED cited select email communications in court to substantiate its charge that Goyal diverted Rs9.46 crore from a Canara Bank loan to settle personal loans. The agency further alleged that salary and payments for the production house Filmstoc Pvt Ltd, owned by Goyal’s daughter Namrata, were paid out from Jet Airways’ account. Between 2010 and 2019 Goyal diverted Rs7.39 crore to his wife Anita, Rs1.1 crore to YEH HAI ASHA Dahi Handi, part of Janmashtami celebrations, has been declared a sport in Maharashtra the remand application alleged. The agency alleged that Goyal, a non-resident Indian, had siphoned off funds to various companies and trusts in Jersey and British Virgin Islands. He acquired properties abroad, including Dubai and Britain, it said. The court allowed Goyal’s lawyer’s request to allow him medicines, home food and a mattress in custody The . lawyer said he suffers from back pain and other medical issues. Goyal was arrested in a money laundering case linked to an alleged bank fraud of Rs538 crore at Canara Bank on Friday night. The former chairman of the now defunct Jet was taken into custody after several hours of questioning at the ED’s Mumbai office. Canara Bank said it had granted Jet Airways a working capital limit of Rs126 crore and an inland letter of credit / financial bank guarantee of Rs100 crore for commercial purposes. ficial said. The police have registered an FIR against Taksheel under Sections 278 (whoever voluntarily vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious to the health of persons) and 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. He was also issued a notice under Section 41A (notice of appearance before police officer) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. In 2016 Mehta’s wife hit a rickshaw with her Lamborghini. No one made a police complaint. A video of the accident, however, went viral on social media. A Lamborghini Huracán costs Rs3.2 crore (base model). VISHAL SINGH / MUMBAI The son of BJP leader and former Mira Bhayander legislator Narendra Mehta lost control of his supercar on Bandra-Worli Sea Link and smashed into the divider on Saturday morning. Worli police said Taksheel Mehta was speeding towards Mumbai in his Lamborghini Huracán when he crashed. Toll employees informed Mumbai Police’s main control room about the incident and the police dispatched a mobile van. Taksheel, whose hand was injured, was taken to Poddar Hospital for treatment, an official said, adding the car was towed away . Taksheel was driving at high speed in the rain, the of- Corruption in judiciary HC issues notice to Gehlot FPJ NEWS SERVICE / NEW DELHI The Rajasthan High Court on Saturday issued a notice to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on a PIL seeking suo moto criminal contempt proceedings against him with regard to his remark suggesting “corruption” in the judiciary . A division bench headed by Justice M M Shrivastava and Justice Ashutosh Kumar heard the matter on Saturday and issued the notice to Gehlot, directing him to respond within three weeks. The PIL was filed by local advocate Shivcharan Gupta on Thursday . Gehlot had told the media on Wednesday that “Corruption is rampant in the judiciary”. “I have heard that some lawyers themselves take the judgement in writing and the same judgement is pronounced,” he had said. Advocates boycotted work in the high court and lower courts in Jodhpur to protest the CM's comment However, after facing criticism, the chief minister later clarified that what he had said was not his personal opinion and that he has always respected and believed in the judiciary . Hundreds of advocates boycotted work in the high court and lower courts in Jodhpur on Friday to protest , the chief minister's comment. The allegations made by the Chief Minister are against the judiciary as a whole and prima facie seemed to scandalise the courts, the bench said, according to Bar and Bench. “The contents of the statement, if made by the respondent (Gehlot), prima facie make out a case that it tends to scandalize the Courts because it does not refer to any particular case or category of cases, but general in nature against the judiciary as a whole," the court said. “We are inclined to seek response of the respondent with regard to the statement which are attributed to him in this petition on the basis of the newspaper report,” it directed. Woman paraded BALASORE TRAGEDY: CBI CHARGESHEETS THREE in nude by hubby FPJ NEWS SERVICE / NEW DELHI MANISH GODHA / JAIPUR Seven people have been arrested and four detained after a 21year-old tribal woman was allegedly stripped naked and paraded in a village in Pratapgarh district, Rajasthan, police said on Saturday Those arrested include the woman’s husband, the police said. The incident took place on August 31 but came to light on Friday when video clips of , the woman crying in agony went viral on social media. According to the police, the woman was allegedly in a relationship with another man. Her in-laws allegedly kidnapped her and took her back to their village where she was beaten and paraded, the police said. Director General of Police Umesh Mishra said a special investigation team, formed under the supervision of inspector general, Banswara Range, and superintendent of police, Pratapgarh, will inves- tigate the incident and submit a report to the state government and police headquarters. He said a case has been registered under the Indian Penal Code, The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, and the Information Technology Act, 2000. “Police teams raided all possible places of the accused. Within 12 hours they arrested seven people and detained four others,” Mishra said. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot skipped a visit to Ganagapur City and reached the village where the incident took place. He met the woman and announced a financial assistance of Rs10 lakh and a government job for her. “Such incidents and the criminals involved in them have no place in a civilised society Such tragic and inhu. man incidents should be condemned in one voice,” Gehlot CONTD. ON NATION said. The CBI has charged three railway officials with alleged culpable homicide not amounting to murder and causing disappearance of evidence in the June 2 Balasore train accident case. The agency had arrested senior section engineer (Signals) Arun Kumar Mahanta, senior section engineer (in Soro) Amir Khan and technician Pappu Kumar, all posted in Balasore district, on July 7 in connection with its Minister’s son booked under Arms Act FPJ NEWS SERVICE / LUCKNOW Union minister Kaushal Kishore's son has been booked under the Arms Act, a day after a 30-year-old man was shot dead under mysterious circumstances at his home here, police said on Saturday . Three men had been arrested in connection with the case on Friday , according to police. The body of Vinay Srivastava was found with a gunshot wound at the Lucknow house, police said on Friday . Three men — Ajay Rawat, Ankit Verma, and Shamim alias Baba — were arrested in connection with the murder, according to police officials. “On September 1, Vinay was killed at Vikas' residence in which his licensed pistol was used. In this connection, a case has been registered against the licensee at Thakurganj police station under section 30 (punishment for contravention of licence or rule) of the Arms Act,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Lucknow West) CONTD. ON NATION Rahul Raj said. investigation into the deadly accident, which left 296 people dead and more than 1,200 injured. The accident took place when the Coromandel Express crashed into a stationary freight train at Bahanaga Bazar Station in Balasore and some of its derailed coaches fell on to the adjacent tracks and collided with the oncoming Yeshwantpur-Howrah Express. The CBI filed its charge sheet before the special judicial magistrate in Bhubaneswar on CONTD. ON NATION Saturday . Adhir refuses to be in ‘One Nation One Election’ panel FPJ BUREAU / NEW DELHI Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has declined to be a part of the eight-member “One Nation, One Election” committee being chaired by former President Ram Nath Kovind. “I have no hesitation whatsoever in declining to serve on the committee whose terms of reference have been prepared in a manner to guarantee its conclusions. It is, I am afraid, a total eyewash,” Chowdhury wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, according to a post on X, formerly Twitter. A law ministry notification had earlier on Saturday named Shah, Chowdhury and Democratic Progressive Azad Party founder and former senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, among the members of the panel. The committee will also include NK Singh, former Lok Sabha Secretary General Subhash C Kashyap, senior advocate Harish Salve and former Chief Vigilance Commissioner Sanjay Kothari, the notiCONTD. ON NATION fication said.