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Satish Nandgaonkar
Mumbai: If the protests
by the Uddhav Thacker-
ay-led Shiv Sena faction
against Hathkanangale
MP Dhairyasheel Mane
is any indication, the Ud-
dhav camp is slowly but
surely gearing up to take
on both the faction rebel
led by Chief Minister
Eknath Shinde and the
BJP in the coming days.
Mane’s “Ruikar
House” residence in Kol-
hapur district had
turned into a khakhi for-
tress Monday morning
after the local police re-
fused the “Uddhav Sena”
permission to stage pro-
tests to no avail. Shiv
sainiks led by three dis-
trict chiefs--Sanjay Pa-
war, Vijay Devane, and
Murlidhar Jadhav--from
the Uddhav camp held
aggressive demonstra-
tions and raised
slogans--with
little regard
for the bar-
ricades and
large forces
of police and
paramilitary
personnell-
-before
b e -
ing taken into custody
.
Mane had joined the
ShivSenabarelymonths
before the 2019 Lok Sab-
ha elections, and was
given a ticket by Thack-
eray to contest against
farmer leader Raju Shet-
ti of the Swabhimani
Paksha. “Uddhavji
treated Dhair-
yasheel like his
own son and gave
him a chance. Or-
dinaryshivsainiks
worked very hard
to ensure
t h a t
Mane
won
the
seat. Now, he has joined
Shinde’s group and
claims that he is still in
the Shiv Sena. We will
not allow that,” one pro-
tester said.
The Uddhav camp has
demanded that Mane re-
sign as MP, and chal-
lenged him to get re-
electedonhisownsteam.
Deepak Kesarkar,
spokesperson of the
Eknath Shinde camp,
said organizing such
morchas on an MP’s
house is not Maharash-
tra’s culture. “They
must realize that they
are being provoked to do
this,” Kesarkar said.
Mane, who is in New
Delhi to attend the mon-
soon session of Parlia-
ment, tweeted asking
his followers not to op-
pose the morcha. The
Centre had beefed up
security at the homes of
12 MPs, including Mane,
after they declared their
support for Shinde, in
anticipation of such ag-
gressive protests.
FAMILY LEGACY
Mane’s grandfather Rajaram Mane represented
the Ichalkaranji seat in Parliament from 1977
to 1991 on an Indian National Congress ticket.
His mother Nivedita Mane also won the seat
twice for the Nationalist Congress Party in
1999 and 2004. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elec-
tion, the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana
leader Raju Shetti ended the domination of
Mane family by defeating Nivedita Mane, and
won it for the second time defeating Kallappa
Awade. By 2019, Shiv Sena brought back the
Mane family back into political reckoning by
giving Dhairyasheel Mane the ticket, and Shiv
Sainiks campaigned hard to ensure his victory
against Shetti.
Uddhav-led Shiv Sena finds its footing, storms rebel MP’s house
Maharashtra
teacher chosen
for Abdul
Kalam award
Pune: Ranjitsinh Dis-
ale, a recipient of the
Global Teacher Award,
from Maharashtra has
been selected for the Dr
APJ Abdul Kalam Pride
of India Award for 2022.
Disale shared the de-
velopment by tweeting
a photo of the letter
from the APJ Abdul
Kalam International
Foundation, informing
him that he will be giv-
en the award on July 27
at Rameswaram in Ta-
mil Nadu.
Disale recently re-
signed as a Zilla Pari-
shad teacher from the
Solapur district to pur-
sue higher studies in
the US. He won the $1
million Global Teacher
Prize 2020 for his efforts
to promote education
among girls as well as
triggering a quick-re-
sponse (QR) coded text-
book revolution in In-
dia.
Disale tweeted that it
was a great pleasure to
accept the award from
the family of the
late Kalam who taught
our generation to
dream big. “This award
has certainly increased
my responsibility,” he
added.
Detained Aarey protesters
released after 10 hours
Mumbai (PTI): Four
persons detained for
protesting against the
metro rail carshed con-
struction in Mumbai’s
Aarey forest area on
Monday were released
after 10 hours, a police
official said.
He said protesters Ta-
brez Sayyed and Jayesh
Bhise were detained
first after notices under
section 149 (action to
prevent cognizable of-
fence) of the Code of
Criminal Procedure
(CrPC) were issued to
them and then two oth-
ers, identified as Lax-
man Jadhav and Rohit,
were detained, he said.
Amid a crowd of sup-
porters who had gath-
ered at Vanrai police
station in the evening,
the four were released
after 10 hours of deten-
tion, the official in-
formed.
The area is witness-
ing heavy police pres-
ence and restrictions on
the movement of people
and vehicles, with only
residents of the vicinity
being allowed to enter.
Videos of trees being
trimmed in the vicinity
of the car-shed site were
widely shared on social
media during the day,
and civic-run Brihan-
mumbai Electric Sup-
ply and Transport Un-
dertaking too an-
nounced that some of
its buses would be
avoiding the route due
to this.
The previous Maha
Vikas Aghadi govern-
ment had stopped the
metro car-shed work at
the site citing environ-
mental concerns.
Protests have been ongoing at the Aarey car-shed site.
 —PHOTO BY BHUSHAN KOYANDE
Ranjitsinh Disale
Voter ID,
Aadhar to
be linked
from Aug 01
Mumbai (ANI): Maha
CEOShrikantDeshpande
on Monday said that the
Voter ID cards will be
linked to Aadhaar cards
withaviewtoestablishing
the identity of electors
and authentication of en-
tries in the electoral roll.
Now Voter ID cards will
be linked to Aadhaar
cards with a view to es-
tablish the identity of
electors and authentica-
tionof entriesintheelec-
toral roll and identify the
registration of the name
of the same person in
more than one constitu-
encyormorethanoncein
the same constituency
,
Deshpande added.
CEO Shrikant Deshpande
GLOBAL NEWS
Crucial
Crucial
INDIA TO DEPLOY
2ND S-400 SQUADRON
AT CHINA FRONT
New Delhi: India’s capability
to detect and destroy hostile
fighters, strategic bomb-
ers, missiles and drones at
long ranges will get another
major boost when a new
squadron of the S-400
Triumf surface-to-air missile
systems becomes opera-
tional along borders with
China in next 2 to 3 months.
Sources say deliveries are
now underway from, the
first since Russia-Ukraine
war erupted on February 24.
SEVERAL KILLED IN
‘TARGETTED’ MASS
SHOOTING IN CANADA
Canada: Several were killed
in a mass shooting early
on Monday in the Canadian
province of British Columbia.
Police issued an emergency
alert for multiple shootings
in city of Langley  asked
residents to stay alert and
away from area of incident.
“Multiple shooting scenes
in downtown core in city of
Langley with 1 incident in
township involving transient
victims,” statement said.
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MUMBAI l TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022 l Pages 12 l 3.00 RNI TITLE NO. MAHENG/2022/14652 l Vol 1 l Issue No. 81
AHEAD OF CWG: LOVLINA ALLEGES HARASSMENT
New Delhi: Olympic bronze medalist Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain
took to Twitter on Monday to share that she has been facing mental
harassment ahead of CWC. 1 coach has been refused entry to CWC
village in Birmingham, while other 1 has been sent back to India.
CONG CHIEF
SONIA’S 2ND
APPEARANCE
AT ED TODAY
New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi is
expected to appear before the ED on Tuesday for her
2nd round of questioning in money laundering case
linked to National Herald newspaper. Ahead of her
appearance at ED, Cong called meet on Monday.  P5
MAN WHO GAVE
DEATH THREATS
TO KAIF, VICKY
KAUSHAL HELD
Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Monday arrested a
25-year-old, out-of-work actor Mavinder Singh for
giving death threats to actors Katrina Kaif and Vicky
Kaushal. Singh was staying at different places in
suburban Mumbai over the past three months. P11
OUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR, NEW DELHI  MUMBAI
DROUPADI MURMU TAKES OATH AS 15TH PRESIDENT OF INDIA
“JOHAR, NAMASKAR”
Droupadi Murmu, 64, defeated
Oppn candidate Yashwant Sinha
to become 1st tribal and 2nd woman Prez
This is achievement of every poor
in India, says Murmu in her 1st
address to country as President of India
Droupadi said that her name was
given by her school teacher, based
on a character of the epic ‘Mahabharata’
Aditi Nagar  Moni Sharma
New Delhi: Droupadi
Murmu takes oath as
President of India, the
highest constitutional
post of the country, fol-
lowed by a 21-gun sa-
lute. CJI NV Ramana
administered the oath
of office of President to
her on Monday
.
President Droupadi
Murmu addressing the
nation said, ‘Johar! Na-
maskar! I express my
heartfelt gratitude to all
MPs  all MLAs for be-
ing elected to the high-
est constitutional post
of India. Your vote is an
expression of the faith
of crores of citizens of
country,’ Murmu said.
She also said that the
country needs to speed
up the efforts to meet
the expectations that
our freedom fighters
had with the citizens of
independent India.
(T) Droupadi Murmu with Ram Nath Kovind, M Venkaiah Naidu,
NV Ramana and Om Birla during her oath-taking ceremony, at
Central Hall of the Parliament, in Delhi on Monday. (B) Pratibha
Patil, Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi, Amit Shah, Murlimanohar
Joshi, Anandiben Patel, JP Nadda, Rajnath Singh, Ashwini
Vaishnaw, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Pralhad Joshi, Ashok Gehlot, Yogi
Adityanath and other leaders are seen during the oath ceremony.
Reaching the post of President is
not my personal achievement, it is
the achievement of every poor in
India. Your affection, trust and support
will be my greatest strength in discharging
my functions and responsibilities.
 —Droupadi Murmu, President
WATERSHED MOMENT FOR INDIA: MODI
HISTORIC MOMENT
FOR INDIA: SHAH
RS SEATS FOR `100
CRORE: CBI BUSTS
RACKET, ARRESTS 4
PM Modi on Monday described Murmu taking over as
new President as a “watershed moment” for the coun-
try, especially the poor, marginalised and downtrodden.
“The entire nation watched with pride as she took oath,”
the PM said, wishing her the best for a fruitful tenure.
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah on Monday
said that Droupadi
Murmu’s election as the
President of India proves
PM Narendra Modi’s gov-
ernment’s commitment
to the empowerment of
tribals. The election of
Murmu as the President
is a historic moment for
Indian democracy, Shah
said in the article.
CBI on Monday claimed to
have arrested 4 people for
running a racket by promis-
ing seats in RS, other govt
organisations for `100 crore.
The CBI also conducted
raids at 7 locations in Delhi,
Karnataka and Maharashtra.
HIGHLIGHTS
l Trinamool joins the Oppn
ranks, alleges protocol viola-
tion during Prez swearing-in
l Nitish Kumar skips
swearing-in ceremony
l Chinese President Xi Jin-
ping congratulates Murmu
l Solicitor General Tushar
Mehta, Covid positive, re-
grets missing ‘historic oath’
l All Oppn parties submitted a
letter to RS Chairman stating
that LoP in the RS Mallikar-
jun Kharge was made to sit
in a seat “not commensurate
with the position he holds”
Don’t support corruption:
Didi on minister’s arrest
HONOURING WAR HEROES!
Kargil Vijay Diwas is commemorated
every July 26 in India, to observe
India’s victory over Pakistan in the
Kargil War for ousting Pakistani Forces
from their occupied positions on the
mountain tops of Northern Kargil
District in Ladakh in 1999.  P6
KARGIL
VIJAY DIWAS
4 Cong MPs suspended
from LS for this session
New Delhi: Four Con-
gress MPs were sus-
pended from LS for rest
of session for display-
ing placards and dis-
rupting proceedings
despite a warning by
Speaker Om Birla.
Amid continuous dis-
ruptions, Chair named
Congress MPs Manick-
am, Prathapan, Jothim-
ani and Ramya Haridas.
Parl Affair Min Pralhad
Joshi moved a resolu-
tion to suspend the four.
THAROOR SPEAKS
Congress leader Shashi
Tharoor accused govt
of suppressing Oppn
voices, “arrogant about
its brute majority”.
Kolkata: West Bengal
Chief Minister Mama-
ta Banerjee has dis-
tanced herself from the
state’s teacher job scam
and former education
minister Partha Chat-
terjee’s arrest, saying
she was hurt and could
not believe he could
do such a thing.
“I am personal-
ly hurt. I can’t
believe he could
do such a
thing,” she said.
If it is proved,
then I don’t
mind if life imprison-
ment is given,” the
chief minister said.
However, she ques-
tioned, “How do we
know there is no foul
play?” and added that
she did not want to en-
gage in a media trial.
Her statement
comes 2 days after
her cabinet min-
ister Partha
Chatterjee was
arrested in con-
nection with
school jobs
scam.
Suspended Congress MPs
Manickam Tagore, Ramya
Haridas, Jothimani and TN
Prathapan at Parl on Monday.
‘MIN DOESN’T NEED
HOSPITALISATION’
Partha Chatterjee, arrested
in connection with an
alleged school jobs scam,
has chronic health issues
but does not require
hospitalisation, said the
All-India Institute of Medi-
cal Sciences in Odisha’s
Bhubaneswar.
HIGHLIGHTS
l ED demands 14 days
custody of Partha
l Partha Chatterjee, aide
Arpita Mukherjee sent to
ED custody till August 3
l HC rejects Partha Chat-
terjee’s plea for expunging
‘adverse’ remarks in HC’s
Sunday judgment
BSE SENSEX 55,766.22 306.01 | NSE NIFTY 16,631.00 88.45
The Uddhav camp
has demanded that
Mane resign as MP,
and challenged him
to get re-elected on
his own steam.
Uddhav Thackeray
CM Eknath Shinde and
Deputy CM Devendra
Fadnavis attended the oath-
taking of Droupadi Murmu
as President, in New Delhi
on Monday.
 —PHOTO BY ANI
NEWS
MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022
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Aurangabad (PTI): A
tourism group in Au-
rangabad has de-
manded that visitors
of the renowned
Ajanta Caves be given
return tickets at des-
ignated parking lot
itself so that they are
not inconvenienced.
At present, people
have to leave their vehi-
cles at a distance of
4km, take a one-way
ticket and then go to the
caves, Aurangabad
Tourism Development
Foundation (ATDF)
president Jaswant Sin-
gh said.
The tourists then
have to stand in queue
at a place without sheds
or seats to buy a return
ticket, which wastes
staffers’ time and also
inconveniences people,
he added.
First India Bureau
Thane: Happy over
Droupadi Murmu (64)
taking over as India's
new president, many
tribal men and wom-
en in Maharashtra
celebrated the occa-
sion by playing their
traditional music and
dancing.
Murmu — India's
first president from a
tribal background was
administered oath of of-
fice by Chief Justice
NV Ramana at Parlia-
ment's central hall in
presence of the former
president Ramnath Ko-
vind, Vice President
and Rajya Sabha Chair-
man M Venkaiah Naidu
and Prime Minister
Narendra Modi among
others on Monday
.
Huge posters and
banners were put up by
by the organisation in
Thane district to cele-
brate the occasion.
The colourful event
witnessed many tribal
men clad in yellow
clothes and women
wearing traditional out-
fits gathering in front
of the collectorate with
Murmu's photographs.
Some tribals were
also seen dancing to the
tunes of Traditional
tarpa and lezim instru-
ments to celebrate the
occasion.
The event was organ-
ized by Sharamajivi
Sanghatana, an organi-
zation that works for
the upliftment of the
tribal community in
Maharashtra.
First India Bureau
Pune: The India Mete-
orological Depart-
ment (IMD) has pre-
dicted heavy rainfall
in parts of Maharash-
tra, issuing a yellow
alert in Palghar,
Nasik, Pune, Amra-
vati, Gadchiroli,
Gondia, Nagpur and
Wardha.
According to IMD,
there is a possibility of
heavy rainfall at isolat-
ed places in the Ghat
area of the Pune dis-
trict. However, Pune
city and its surround-
ing areas is likely re-
ceive light rains in the
next four days.
Since June 1, Pune
has received 353 mm of
rain, which is 65.3 mm
more than the average.
All the four dams of the
district are 70% full of
the Khadakwasla pro-
ject, which supplies wa-
ter to the city of Pune.
Last year too, there was
almostthesameamount
of water.
Heavy rains this year
has led to standing crop
loss on eight lakh hec-
tares in Maharashtra as
of the end of the third
week of July, claims ag-
riculture department.
Although the crop loss
is scattered and re-
stricted to a few dis-
tricts, it is likely to in-
crease with continued
rains.
According to a senior
officer in the agricul-
ture ministry, “In some
districts and talukas
which were flooded, ag-
riculture fields have
been badly ruined. Soil
erosion is expected in
several parts of Vidarb-
ha and Marathwada re-
gions.”
'The early rains in
July helped farmers to
take to the fields. But
after sowing, the rains,
coupled with floods,
played havoc ruining
the crops.
First India Bureau
Mumbai: The Bom-
bay High Court on
Monday told union
minister Narayan
Rane that laws per-
mitting regulariza-
tion of illegal por-
tions of a residential
structure do not give
license to a person for
illegal construction.
A bench of Justices
RD Dhanuka and Ka-
mal Khata asked the
Brihanmumbai Munic-
ipal Corporation (BMC)
to file an affidavit, ex-
plaining on which legal
grounds can the civic
body consider a second
application filed by
Rane for regularization
of portions of his bun-
galow in Juhu area
here, after the BMC and
HC last month rejected
such plea saying the
construction was “pri-
ma facie illegal.”
On Monday, BMC’s
counsel Anil Sakhre
told the HC that BMC
will subject Rane’s ap-
plication to a set proce-
dure before granting
any permission.
“We will be scrutiniz-
ing the application,
raising queries, issuing
Intent of Disapproval,
compliance with the
IOD requirements, and
then the regularization
application can be ap-
proved,” Sakhre said.
“Once a party applies
for regularization, the
court grants them pro-
tection for a limited pe-
riod,” he said.
The HC has asked the
BMC to file its affidavit
explaining the grounds
for maintainability of
Rane’s application, and
securing consent of
other housing societies
on the said plot which
will be affected by such
regularization.
On June 22, the HC
dismissed a plea filed
by Rane challenging
BMC’s refusal to regu-
larize portions of his
eight-floor residence.
Rane had claimed the
civic body
, controlled by
Shiv Sena, rejected his
regularization applica-
tion out of political ven-
detta.
‘Regularization law doesn’t grant license for illegal construction’
NO RESPITE
lll
Bombay High
Court asks BMC
not to take any
coercive action
against Narayan
Rane’s
bungalow until
August 23, the
date of next
hearing
Narayan Rane —FILE PHOTO
COURT ORDER
CRUCIAL READ
FAKE CURRENCY WORTH `2 LAKH
SEIZED IN THANE DISTRICT; 3 HELD
KABADDI PLAYER KILLED IN DHARAVI,
THREE MEN ARRESTED BY POLICE
ACTION SOUGHT AGAINST ACTOR
RANVEER SINGH OVER NUDE PICS
Thane: The police seized fake notes with the
face value of Rs2 lakh and arrested three men
from a lodge at Kalyan, an official said. Cops
raided the lodge on Sunday and seized fake
currency in denomination of Rs200 worth
Rs2,01,200. The arrested have been identified
as Mohammad Arif Bashir Ahmed, Suraj Krish-
na Pujari and Karan Raju Razak. A case has
been registered under section 489 (possessing
as genuine forged or counterfeit currency-notes
or bank-notes) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Mumbai: Three people have been arrested for
allegedly killing a 26-year-old Kabaddi player in
the Dharavi area here, the Mumbai Police said
on Sunday. The deceased, identified as Vimalraj
Nadar, was bludgeoned to death with a cricket
stump on the intervening night of Friday and
Saturday. Soon after the incident, the police
rushed to the spot and took Nadar to a hospital
where doctors declared him brought dead. Two
accused were arrested earlier and had con-
fessed to the crime during interrogation.
Mumbai: An office bearer of a Non-Government
Organization (NGO) based in east Mumbai
suburb has filed an application at Chembur
police station seeking registration of a First
Information Report (FIR) against Bollywood
actor Ranveer Singh for ‘hurting sentiments
of women’ through his nude photographs on
social media, an official said. The complainant,
in his application, stated that the actor has hurt
the sentiments of women and insulted their
modesty through the photographs.
Maharashtra to see more rain: IMD
Tourism group
demands
‘return-tickets’
at Ajanta Caves
THANE SEES CELEBRATIONS
AFTER PREZ MURMU’S OATH
People from a tribal community dance and play drums to
celebrate the oath-taking ceremony of President Droupadi
Murmu, in Thane on Monday.  —PHOTO BY PTI
President
(Droupa-
di Mur-
mu) knows the
sufferings and
needs of the tribal
community and
will ensure these
problems get re-
solved.
—A member
of Sharamajivi
Sanghatana
HOARDING TORN IN
PALGHAR DISTRICT
Palghar: A hoarding
put up by BJP work-
ers congratulating
President-elect Drou-
padi Murmu was torn in
Vasai on Sunday. A case
has been registered in
Manikpur police station
in Vasai under section
427 (Mischief causing
damage to the amount of
Rs 50) against unidenti-
fied persons
EC proceedings on Shinde
group’s plea challenged
First India Bureau
New Delhi: The Ud-
dhav Thackeray fac-
tion of the Shiv Sena
has moved the Su-
preme Court against
the Election Com-
mission’s proceed-
ings on the plea of
the group led by
Chief Minister
Eknath Shinde to be
recognized as the
“real” Shiv Sena.
The development as-
sumes significance as
recently the poll panel
has asked both rival
factions of the Shiv
Sena to submit docu-
ments--including let-
ters of support from
the legislative and or-
ganisational wings of
the party and the writ-
ten statements--by Au-
gust 08 in support of
their claims to the
party’s bow-and-arrow
election symbol.
The fresh plea has
been filed in a pending
petition by Subhash
Desai, the general sec-
retary of the Shiv
Sena and seeks the
nod of the top court to
make the poll panel
also a party
.
The Thackeray fac-
tion has also written
to the poll panel re-
questing it not to go
ahead with the plea of
the Shinde faction in
view of the pendency
of a batch of petitions
in the top court.
The plea terms the
plea of the rival Shin-
de group to get the poll
symbol and the tag of
the real Shiv Sena as
an act of desperation.
The Thackeray
group filed represen-
tation before the EC
last week after the
Shinde faction of the
Shiv Sena had written
to the Commission
seeking allocation of
the party’s ‘bow and
arrow’ election sym-
bol to it, citing the rec-
ognition granted to
them in the Lok Sabha
and the Maharashtra
Assembly
.
The bench is seized
of as many as six
pending pleas about
the recent political cri-
sis in Maharashtra
that led to the fall of
the Maha Vikas Agha-
di (MVA) government
in the state.
The first one was
filed by MLAs of the
Shinde faction during
the summer vacation,
challenging the dis-
qualification proceed-
ings initiated by the
deputy speaker. The
other five were filed by
the Thackeray faction.
QUICK RECAP
Fresh plea has been filed
in a pending petition,
seeking the apex court’s
nod to make the poll
panel a party in the case
Congress team visits
rain-hit Nagpur areas
First India Bureau
Nagpur: A delegation
from the Maharash-
tra Congress visited
villages in Nagpur on
Saturday and Sunday
to assess crop and
other losses caused
by heavy rains and
sought Rs1 lakh per
hectare compensa-
tion for farmers.
The team was headed
by former state minis-
ter Sunil Kedar and
comprised the Nagpur
rural unit chief Rajen-
dra Mulak as well as lo-
cal leaders.
They visited villages
in Narkhed, Katol,
Kalmeshwar, Saoner,
Paseoni, Ramtek,
Kamptee, Mauda, Kuhi,
Bhivapur, Umred and
Hingna talukas, a party
functionary said.
“Soya bean, cotton,
rice, tur, vegetables and
fruits have been de-
stroyed. Water has
seeped into farms and
has damaged Kharif
crops severely. Many
houses, roads, canals
and nullahs have sus-
tained damage due to
heavy rains,” Kedar
said at a press confer-
ence here.
The administration
must begin relief work
on a war footing and
provide compensation
quickly, he said, adding
that the delegation
would meet the district
collector and submit a
report on their visit.
Crops across eight lakh hectares of land have been damaged by
heavy rains.  —FILE PHOTO
Youngsters cover themselves with umbrellas while crossing a road amidst rains in Mumbai.—FILE PHOTO
Ajanta caves in Aurangabad
district.
Uddhav Thackeray —FILE PHOTO
MAHARASHTRA
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‘Does executive
think judiciary is
First India Bureau
Mumbai: Does the ex-
ecutive think that the
judiciary is a “little
kid” who can be
calmed down with a
lollipop, the Bombay
High Court exclaimed
while pulling up the
Maharashtra govern-
ment for its failure to
provide clean toilets in
government schools.
A division bench of
Chief Justice Dipankar
Datta and Justice MS
Karnik observed that
the state government
had not taken adequate
steps for proper and ef-
fective management of
cleanliness in toilets of
government-runschools
across the state.
The court was hear-
ing a petition filed by
law students Nikita
Gore and Vaishnavi
Gholave raising con-
cerns over the Central
and state governments’
failure to implement ef-
fective menstrual hy-
giene management, in-
conveniencing women
and particularly adoles-
cent girls.
The petition also
pointed out the issue of
unclean and unhygien-
ic washrooms and toi-
lets for girls in govern-
ment schools.
Gore conducted a sur-
vey in schools across 16
towns of seven districts
in Maharashtra.
Additional govern-
ment pleader Bhupesh
Samant on Monday told
the bench that action
has been taken against
seven such schools and
submitted a document
to the bench to show the
action taken.
The bench then noted
that the document was
dated July 24, 2022.
“What does the exec-
utive think of us (judi-
ciary)? Are we like little
kids that you can give
lollipop and we will
calm down?” Chief Jus-
tice Datta said.
The bench further
noted that when action
is taken, toilets will be
maintainedforamonth,
but later things will go
back to the way there
were.
The court then di-
rected the Maharashtra
District Legal Services
Authority (MDLSA) to
supervise and conduct
surprise checks in such
schools.
“We direct all DLSAs
to carry out surprise in-
spections in 15 such
schools in each district
fallingwithintheprinci-
pal seat and place their
report before us,” the
court directed and post-
ed the plea for further
hearing after August 15.
The petition also pointed out the issue of unhygienic washrooms for girls in government schools.
—FILE PHOTO
NO LOLLIPOPS
Everything depends on air traffic control in aviation: Bombay HC
First India Bureau
Mumbai: In aviation,
everything depends
on air traffic control
and with one mistake
anything can happen,
the Bombay High
Court remarked on
Monday while hear-
ing a plea on dangers
to aircraft by high-
rises near Mumbai
airport.
A division bench of
Chief Justice Dipankar
Datta and Justice MS
Karnik was hearing
public interest litiga-
tion filed by advocate
Yashwant Shenoy, seek-
ing action against the
construction of build-
ings above the pre-
scribed height limit in
the vicinity of the city
airport.
As per Shenoy, these
buildings pose a risk to
aircraft taking off and
landing at the airport
here and may lead to an
untoward incident.
Chief Justice Datta
said the issue concerns
everyone. He also re-
ferred to the recently
released Ajay Devgn-
starrer Hindi film
“Runway 34”.
“I happened to see the
movie ‘Runway 34’.
Nothing depends on the
pilot. Everything de-
pends on the air traffic
control,” Chief Justice
Datta said.
“We think the pilot
has announced that we
are set for landing or
take off and the tem-
perature outside is so
and so and everything
is fine. But it all de-
pends on several other
factors. One mistake
here and there...any-
thing can happen,” he
said.
We think the pilot has announced that
we are set for landing or take off and the
temperature outside is so and so and
everything is fine. But it all depends on several
other factors. One mistake here and there...any-
thing can happen.
 —Dipankar Datta, Chief Justice
We direct all DLSAs to carry out surprise inspections in 15 such
schools in each district falling within the principal seat and place
their report before us.
 —Bombay High Court
First India Bureau
Mumbai: A trainee
aircraft crashed in a
farm in Kadbanwadi
village of Indapur
taluka in the Pune
district due to sus-
pected power loss on
Monday
.
“On July 25, Carver
Aviation Cessna 152
aircraft VT-ALI on a
solo cross country
flight made a crash
landing while 15 nm
inbound to Baramati
Airfield due to suspect-
ed power loss,” Direc-
torate General of Civil
Aviation (DGCA) in-
formed. The aircraft
took off from the Bara-
mati airport in Pune,
and the incident oc-
curredaround11.30am
in Kadbanwadi, In-
dapur tehsil. Bhavika
Rathod (22), the trainee
pilot, was injured in
the incident and was
takentothehospitalfor
treatment.
The Cessna 152 VY-
ALI plane belonged to
the Academy of Carv-
er Aviation located
near the Baramati air-
port. The aircraft was
damaged.
VaibhavShah,finan-
cial in-charge at the
Academy of Carver
Aviation, said the inci-
dent took place during
a training session.
“Since ours is a pilot
training academy
, the
exact cause of the
crash landing will be
ascertained after an in-
vestigation,” he said.
TRAINEE AIRCRAFT CRASHES IN PUNE FARM, WOMAN PILOT INJURED
Wreckage of a single-seater trainer aircraft after it crashed at Indapur, in Pune district, Monday.
FREEDOM FERVOR
With
Independence
Day around the corner,
workers manufacture
National Flags as part of the
‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign
under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,
at The Flag Company, Vasai,
in Mumbai on Monday.
—PHOTOS BY ANI
Delhi man attacked
with paver block, dies
First India Bureau,
Mumbai: A 25-year-
old man, hailing from
Delhi, was attacked
and killed with a pav-
er block while he was
sleeping at the Seven
Bunglows bus stop in
western suburb of
Versova on Monday,
informed a police of-
ficial.
Victim Suraj Manoj
Tiwari’s body was
found with multiple
head injuries on Sun-
day. Initial investiga-
tions reveal that Tiwari
was a street musician
and lived in Delhi’s
Palam area.
Police are investigat-
ing the CCTV footages
of the area to confirm
the identity of the ac-
cused.
In another incident, a
30-year-man was found
dead in a chawl in west-
ern suburb of Kandi-
vali on Monday
.
According to offi-
cials, the victim, identi-
fied as Deepak Bhagelu
Rajbhar was brutally
stabbed to death by
unidentified men on
Poisar.
The police have
pressed the dog squad
and the forensics team
into service to identify
the accused.
Pillion rider falls as bike hits
pothole, gets run over by truck
First India Bureau
Thane: A 46-year-old
man riding pillion
on a motorcycle died
after the vehicle hit
a pothole, and he
was run over by a
dumper on Mumbai-
Nashik Highway in
Thane district.
According to senior
inspector Ganpat Pin-
gle of Kongaon police
station, the accident
took place at Rajnoli
Naka in Bhiwandi on
Saturday, when the
victim Brijeshkumar
Jaiswar was travelling
towards Thane city
.
A case under rele-
vant sections of the
IPC and Motor Vehi-
cles Act has been reg-
istered against the
driver of the dumper.
The police got in
touch with the safety
manager of the Maha-
rashtra State Road De-
velopment Corpora-
tion (MSRDC) Satyajit
Dange to ensure that
pits and potholes on
the road are filled.
HC slams state
govt over unclean
school toilets
The victim was a
street musician and
hailed from Delhi’s
Palam area. Police
are investigating
the CCTV footages
of the area to
confirm the identity
of the accused.
A LITTLE KID?’
SCOOTERIST
KILLED IN
COLLISION
WITH VAN
Palghar: A scooter-
ist was killed and
10 others, including
nine school students,
were injured when
their van collided with
a two-wheeler and
overturned in Palghar
district on Monday,
police said.
The incident took
place around 09 am at
Satpati, nearly 10km
from the Palghar dis-
trict headquarters. The
scooterist, identified
as Chetan Meher (45),
fell on the road and
died on the spot.
The injured includ-
ed nine students and
a teacher. They were
given first aid at a
nearby medical centre,
the official said.
—PTI PHOTO
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SPIRITUAL SPEAK
A joyful heart is good
medicine, but a crushed
spirit dries up the bones.
—Bible
IN-DEPTH
Bhupender Yadav
@byadavbjp
Congratulations to Smt Droupadi
Murmu ji on taking over as the 15th
President of India and becoming
the first tribal woman to hold the
highest constitutional post. So
wonderful that this watershed moment
in history has come as we mark
#AzadiKaAmritMahotsav.
Kiren Rijiju
@KirenRijiju
An invaluable moment of history...
On this day of the 25th July 2017, I
had the privilege to receive former
President Pranab Mukherjee da at
his New Residence, 10 Rajaji Marg,
New Delhi accompanied by the new
Rastrapati hon’ble Ram Nath Kovind ji
as part of the convention.
TOP TWEETS
CONG INFIGHTING
MORE INTERESTING
THAN FRICTIONS
IN MEGHALAYA
ecently, police in
Meghalaya raided a
resort owned by BJP
leader Bernard
Marak Rimpu, call-
ing it a “brothel”. Police claimed
to have rescued five minors, in-
cluding a girl, from Rimpu
Bagan and arrested 73 people.
Marak has denied any wrongdo-
ing and was defended by the
state party unit which said that
Marak was possibly a victim of
political vendetta. Marak point-
ed his finger at Chief Minister
Conrad Sangma to allege that he
was behind the raid. BJP is a
minor ally in the Meghalaya
Democratic Alliance headed by
National People’s Party. The
BJP views it as an attempt to
malign the party. Whatever the
party may say, the alliance ap-
pears to have hit a rough patch.
Meghalaya being too distant
for the media it is more focused
on the infighting in the Con-
gress in Karnataka where state
Congress president DK Shivaku-
mar and former Chief Minister
Siddaramaiah are keen to settle
the leadership issue before 2023
Assembly elections. Their ambi-
tions may hurt the party
.
R
ope Francis will
be in Canada to
tender a personal
apology on behalf
of the Roman
Catholic Church for its in in-
volvement in physical, sexu-
al, mental and emotional
abuse of children of the coun-
try’s Indigenous population
comprising the Metis and In-
uit over several decades. He
had earlier expressed regret
for the deplorable acts of Jes-
uit priests when a delegation
of Indigenous people met him
at the Apostolic Palace in
Vatican City in April this
year. Canada’s Indigenous
community has been insist-
ing on a personal apology by
the Pope, although it will not
remove the scars on people’s
minds. The apology will be
merely symbolic.
In the name of “cultural as-
similation” Catholic priests
responsible for education
forcefully took away about
150,000 Indigenous children
from their families to live in
church-run schools. Because
of the abuse, thousands of
them died. The horrific de-
tails emerged after more than
1300 unmarked graves were
found where the schools
stood. As part of cultural as-
similation children were
barred from speaking their
language, practicing their
culture and traditions.
That church misused its
powers against the Indige-
nous people of Canada is not
the only instance of its kind.
In 2015, Pope Francis apolo-
gized for the “grave sins”
committed by the church. He
then said, “…Many grave sins
were committed against the
native people of America in
the name of God…I humbly
seek forgiveness…”
In 2000, Pope John Paul II
woremourningattiretoapolo-
gize for centuries of violence
and persecution against Jews,
non-believers and the Indige-
nous people of the colonised
countries.Apologiesbychurch
are certainly on the rise.
CHURCH APOLOGIES
FOR JESUITS’ SINS
In the name of “cultural
assimilation” Catholic
priests responsible for
education forcefully took away
about 150,000 Indigenous
children from their families to
live in church-run schools.
Because of the abuse,
thousands of them died
P
sadefenceanalyst,Ihavebeen
critically following, observing
and predicting the expected
and the future of Russo -
Ukraine conflict. After more
than five months of impasse,
the Eastern Europe is gripped
by the most destructive Euro-
pean conventional military
conflict since World War II.
The damage done to Ukraine
ismosttragicthough,indirect-
ly it affects the entire EU. It is
not just the refugee inflow and
the corresponding economic
burden on European coun-
tries, the ongoing war will
have many other repercus-
sions, world over. The Russian
responsetoNATOsanctionsis
notonlyresultinginwiderim-
plicationsfortheglobalecono-
my but disproportionately af-
fecting poorer countries.
If media reports are to be
believed, Ukrainians appear
to be losing unity amid mili-
tary defeats in the Donbass
and mounting economic cri-
sis. The surge of patriotism
that arose when the Russian
army was close to Kiev ap-
pears to have been exhaust-
ed. Along with it, the nation-
al consensus that saw all po-
litical groups rallying behind
the Ukrainian army seems to
have disappeared.
To counter the effects of
sanctions, the Russian army
has pivoted its strategy and
appears to be concentrating
on objectives of economic in-
terest and by mid-June, Rus-
sia occupied 125.000 sq kms of
Ukrainian territory
. The civil
society and the Army are
now not hopeful of a speedy
victory against the invaders
and even Zelensky himself
has lost his optimism.
If we go by the recent his-
tory, we would learn that in
the modern world, famines
are man-made. The Russia -
Ukraine war is a Suttle re-
minder of this fact and now
threatens millions of endan-
gered people around the
world with extreme hunger.
Much to the trauma of the
world, Ukraine remains the
breadbasket for the world, ex-
porting millions of tonnes of
wheat,barleyandmaizeevery
year. It is also a leader in sun-
flower seeds export used for
vegetable oil. But overnight,
these commodities have van-
ished from food stocks as Rus-
siacontinueschockingthesea
trade routes of Ukraine. The
dominance of Black Sea by
RussianNavyhasplungedthe
global food markets into a tur-
moil, with soaring prices, ex-
port bans and shortages.
Countries across Asia, the
Middle East, Africa, and even
Latin America are reeling un-
der the effects of this conflict.
The threat to global food
security is further aggravat-
ed by the upheaval in fuel and
fertiliser markets as, short-
ages and price hikes reduce
access to these vital inputs
for farming community. Ag-
riculturists believe that with-
out urgent action, food pro-
duction and crop yields will
get slashed and may raise a
frightening possibility of
food crisis the world over in
next 12 to 24 months and
cause multiple famines.
Shockingly
, the World Food
Programme’s latest analysis,
completed in Jun - July re-
veals there were 276 million
severely hungry people
marching towards starvation
before the war. This number
has risen to 345 million dur-
ing the period of the Ukraine
crisis.Thereportfurthersays
that a staggering 50 million
peoplein45countriesarenow
just one step from famine.
Paradoxically
, this War has
demonstrated how interde-
pendent EU is on the country
they impose sanctions upon.
However,somecountrieshave
already started detesting the
NATO actions on Russia. As
they understand how difficult
it will be for them to beat the
winters without availability
of Russian gas. Kremlin con-
trols 25% of world’s natural
gas requirements and 18% of
coalexports.While,European
Unionimportsroughly43per-
cent of its requirement of
naturalgasfromRussia,mak-
ing them heavily dependent
onthesuperpower.Becauseof
Putin’s decision to limit en-
ergy exports to many nations,
theconsequencesof theEuro-
pean energy crisis have ex-
panded and redefined the way
in which Europe approaches
energy efforts and its rela-
tions with Moscow. Should it
stand by Ukraine and NATO
or, allow its citizens, industry
and economy to grow by
mendingfenceswithRussiais
the moot question.
The leadership of Europe
is also fearful that the lavish
deliveries of ‘lethal weapons’
from the US, UK and other
NATO countries to Ukraine
are finding their way to the
dark web. The Ukrainian
traders claim to offer not just
small arms or body Armor
on the dark web, but also
such sophisticated hardware
as Javelin and NLAW anti-
tank systems or Phoenix
Ghost and Switchblade ex-
plosive drones that may dis-
turb their eco subsystems.
Its time, that world leaders
come together by surrender-
ing their own interest of
dominance and arms sale to
give priority to the very exist-
ence and development of the
human race.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
GLOBAL FALL OUT
UKRAINE WAR
A
The leadership of Europe is
also fearful that the lavish
deliveries of ‘lethal weapons’
from the US, UK and other
NATO countries to Ukraine
are finding their way to the
dark web. The Ukrainian
traders claim to offer not just
small arms or body Armor on
the dark web, but also such
sophisticated hardware as
Javelin and NLAW anti-tank
systems or Phoenix Ghost and
Switchblade explosive drones
that may disturb their eco
subsystems. Its time, that
world leaders come together by
surrendering their own interest
of dominance and arms sale to
give priority to the very
existence and development of
the human race
The damage done to
Ukraine is most tragic
though, indirectly it
affects the entire EU. It is
not just the refugee inflow and
the corresponding economic
burden on European
countries, the ongoing war
will have many other
repercussions, world over.
The Russian response to
NATO sanctions is not only
resulting in wider implications
for the global economy but
disproportionately
affecting poorer countries
COL ANUPAM
JAITLY (RETD)
The writer is Defence expert,
Motivational Speaker  Corporate Trainer
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Mahesh Sharma
New Delhi: In the pres-
idential election, no
candidate would have
been insulted in his own
state like Yashwant Sin-
ha has been. He has got
a good number of votes
all over the country
. But
in Jharkhand, he was in
a very bad condition.
Leaders of both UPA
and NDA deserted him.
Usually, the MLAs and
MPs of the state
to which the
candidate belongs, vote
for them irrespective of
the party line. But this
time in Jharkhand, the
reverse has happened.
There are 81 MLAs and
14 MPs in the state, out
of which Yashwant Sin-
ha did not get a single
MP’s vote. Only eight of
the MLAs voted for him.
This happened when
two MPs in the state be-
long to the UPA and
close to 50 MLAs have
the support of the JMM-
led UPA government.
In fact, the JMM,
which is running the
government in the state,
had already announced
to support Droupadi
Murmu in the name of
tribal community
. Con-
gress definitely support-
ed Yashwant Sinha but
Congress MLAs and the
lone MP engaged in
cross voting. This is also
abigsetbackforAvinash
Pande, the party’s new
in-charge general secre-
tary in the state, who
triedhardtogetvotesfor
Sinha, however, 12
Congress MLAs and
one MP voted for
Murmu.
Sinha deserted in his own state by ‘political family’!
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
ALL 30 MLAS AND ONE MP OF JMM ALSO
VOTED FOR MURMU AND 12 MPS AND
30 MLAS OF BJP AND ITS ALLIES ALSO VOTED
FOR MURMU. IN THIS WAY, SINHA GOT THE
REMAINDER OF THE CONGRESS VOTES, ALONG
WITH AND NINE VOTES OF LEFT AND RJD
Droupadi Murmu Yashwant Sinha
OPPOSITION OBSTRUCTS
DEVELOPMENT WORKS: MODI
New Delhi: Prime Min-
ister Narendra Modi on
Monday accused the Op-
position of obstructing
development works, say-
ingtheykeeptheirpoliti-
calinterestsabovethatof
society and the country
.
“Many times, the op-
position parties put
some obstacles in the
government’s work as
they could not imple-
mentthedecisionstaken
by them when they were
in power,” Modi said ad-
dressing virtually a pro-
gramme on the 10th
death anniversary of
formerSamajwadiParty
Rajya Sabha member
Harmohan Singh Yadav.
“Now, if they (deci-
sions) are implemented,
they oppose it. People
of the country don’t
like it,” he added, stress-
ing in recent times, a
trend of keeping “ideol-
ogy or political inter-
ests above the interests
of society and the coun-
try” is being witnessed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the 10th Punyatithi of Late Harmohan Singh Yadav,
through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Monday.  —PHOTO BY ANI
Centre issues
advisory on
monkeypox
New Delhi: With In-
dia’s tally of confirmed
monkeypox cases rising
to four (three in Kerala,
one in Delhi), the Min-
istry of health and fam-
ily welfare has issued a
list of guidelines in-
forming citizens of
common symptoms of
the disease. Delhi LG
Vinai K Saxena on Mon-
day reviewed the Monk-
eypox situation in Delhi
along with Chief Secre-
tary, Secretary Health,
DGHS  other con-
cerned officials.
8 killed, 16 injured
as 2 double-decker
buses collide in UP	
PM NARENDRA MODI EXPRESSES GRIEF
OVER THE INCIDENT  SAID STATE GOVT IS
PROVIDING ALL POSSIBLE HELP TO VICTIMS
Barabanki: Eight peo-
ple were killed and 16
injured when a Delhi-
bound bus rammed into
a parked bus on Purvan-
chal Expressway on
Monday
, police said. PM
Modi expressed grief
over the incident and
said the state govern-
mentisprovidingallpos-
sible help to the victims.
SP Anurag Vats said
around 4.45 am, a pri-
vate double-decker bus
from Bihar’s Muzaffar-
pur on its way to Delhi
collided with another
bus parked on Purvan-
chal Expressway under
the Lonikatra police
stationarea.ASPManoj
Pandey said the acci-
dent took place near an
eatery close to Naren-
drapur Madraha vil-
lage. “I express my con-
dolences to those who
have lost their loved
ones. Along with this, I
wish speedy recovery to
all injured. Under the
supervision of the state
government, the local
administration is en-
gaged in providing all
possible help,” Modi
was quoted as saying in
a tweet by his office.
Wreckage of two buses after a Delhi-bound bus rammed into the
other, which was parked on Purvanchal Expressway on Monday.
CM Office, GoUP
@CMOfficeUP
#UPCM @myo-
giadityanath has
expressed deep
condolences on the death
of people in road accident
on Yamuna Express-
way in Aligarh district.
Praying for peace to the
soul of the departed, the
Chief Minister expressed
his condolences to the
bereaved families.
36 PASSENGERS
WERE TRAVELLING
Aprivate double-decker
bus from Bihar’s
Muzaffarpur on its way
to Delhi collided with
another bus parked on
Purvanchal Expressway
on Monday morning,
police said. There were
36 passengers altogether
in the two double-decker
buses and police suspect
the driver was sleepy at
the time of the accident.
Cong calls meet ahead of Sonia’s
2nd appearance at the ED today
New Delhi: A day
ahead of Sonia Gan-
dhi’s appearance at the
Enforcement Directo-
rate office here, the
Congress on Monday
has called a meeting of
the party leaders to pre-
pare for protests. The
party has asked its
workers to hold a peace-
ful ‘satyagraha’.
Addressing the me-
dia, Congress MP KC
Venugopal said, ‘We de-
cided to hold a peaceful
protest in front of Ra-
jghat on Tuesday (as
Sonia Gandhi will ap-
pear before ED). We had
given an application to
Delhi Police for permis-
sion but they denied it.
It’s unfortunate and
condemnable. Govern-
ment is suppressing op-
position voice.’
Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and
Jairam Ramesh during the meeting at AICC HQ, Delhi on Monday.
As for the proto-
col, how did CM
Shinde appear in
the first row? They make
their own people sit in the
front. And a recognised
opposition leader is sim-
ply brushed aside. It is not
okay. It is not appropriate
to suspend someone. The
govt is intimidating them
for putting forth the truth
in the parl. It shows that
PM Modi wants to end
our democracy.
—Mallikarjun Kharge,
LoP in Rajya Sabha
‘NO MAJOR SAFETY
VIOLATION IN
SPICEJET AIRCRAFT’
New Delhi (PTI): Aviation
regulator DGCA conducted 53
spot checks on 48 SpiceJet
aircraft between July 9 and
July 13 and it did not find any
major safety violations, MoS
VK Singh said on Monday.
“However, as a safety
measure, the DGCA ordered
SpiceJet to use certain identi-
fied aircraft (10) for opera-
tions only after confirming to
the regulator that all reported
defects/malfunctions are
rectified,” Singh said.
AMIT SHAH  NADDA
TO BE IN PATNA SOON
FOR 2-DAY BJP EVENT
New Delhi: The political
temperature in Bihar is
set to soar over the next
weekend when Union
Home Minister Amit Shah
and BJP national president
J P Nadda arrive in the
state capital to address a
two-day joint convention of
the party’s morchas’. How-
ever, the highlight of the
two-day deliberations will
be the valedictory address,
on July 31, by Shah, the
party’s principal strategist.
TN: CLASS 12 GIRL
ENDS LIFE IN
SCHOOL HOSTEL
Chennai: On Monday, a
class 12 student was found
dead inside the hostel of
Sacred Heart Girls Higher
Secondary School, a govt-
aided missionary institu-
tion in Kilachery, Tiruvallur
dist, 50 km from Chennai.
The police suspect it to
be a case of suicide. The
investigation is transferred
to CB-CID. As the news
of girl’s death spread, her
parents and relatives held a
demo in Thekkalur.
CRUCIAL READ
TN WOULD HAVE BECOME BIHAR IF NOT
FOR CATHOLICS: SPEAKER’S REMARK ROW
Chennai: TN Assembly Speaker M Appavu on Monday
sparked controversy after he attributed devp of state to
Christian missionaries and said
state would have become another
Bihar if not for the work done by
Catholic missions. He claimed that
it was Catholic missionaries that
shaped his career, adding that govt
belonged to the people who “fast
and pray to God”. “CM knows that
this govt was created by you all. You can go ahead and speak
to your CM, I shall support you,” Speaker Appavu said.
OUTGOING PRESIDENT FULFILLED BJP’S
AGENDA: EX-JK CM MEHBOOBA MUFTI
Srinagar: Former JK CM Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit
out at ex-President Kovind and said that he has left “behind
a legacy” during which the coun-
try’s Constitution was “trampled
upon” umpteenth times. She also
said that the outgoing president
“fulfilled BJP’s political agenda”.
Taking to Twitter minutes after
Murmu was sworn in as India’s
15th President, Mufti said, “Be it
scrapping of Article 370, CAA or the unabashed targeting of
minorities  Dalits, Kovind fulfilled BJPs political agenda.”
FOUR DIE AFTER
CONSUMING
POISONOUS LIQUOR
Ahmedabad: Four people
have died, and several
others are said to be in
serious condition, due to
consuming illegal country
liquor in Botad district of
Gujarat.Several people
have been admitted to
the hospital after drinking
poisonous alcohol. Top
police officials, including
IG, SP, among others have
reached the spot. A SIT has
been formed to investigate
Botad’s hooch tragedy.
Raj 4th in direct selling in North region, crosses `713cr mark
First India Bureau
Jaipur: Direct selling
industry in Rajasthan
continues to be at 4th
in Northern region,
with a total business
of over Rs 713 crore in
year 2020-21despite ad-
verse business condi-
tions caused by the
Covid19 pandemic, ac-
cording to an annual
survey report released
by Indian Direct Sell-
ing Association (IDSA)
here on Monday
.
The survey, carried
out by the IPSOS Strat-
egy3, indicates that the
year being dominated
by Covid19 and com-
prehensive lockdowns,
the direct selling in-
dustry in the state
managed to sustain the
business turnover,
which was nearly four
percent of the national
direct selling figure of
over Rs 18,067crore.
The state also ranked
4th by way of business
in Northern region
while the first three po-
sitions retained by Ut-
tar Pradesh, Delhi and
Haryana respectively.
All the credit goes to
over 3.4 lakh direct sell-
ers in the state. The in-
dustry also contributed
roughly Rs 110 crore to
the exchequer by way
of taxes, reflects sur-
vey
.
Rajat Banerji, Chair-
man, IDSA, whiles
peaking on the Direct
Selling Industry sce-
nario in the country,
said “Rajasthan is one
of the priority markets
for us in the northern
states. Ranking at 4th
in Northern Region
shows that there is a
huge potential for the
expansion of direct
selling business here.
Despite the period
which was marred by
break out of COVID19
and followed by lock-
downs, the direct sell-
ing business crossing
over Rs 700 crore dur-
ing the period reflects
the inherit strength of
the market with hard
work, dedication and
faith of the direct sell-
ers of the state.”
“With a CAGR of
12% over the last five
years, direct selling
has demonstrated con-
sistent and sustained
growth. Notwithstand-
ing a few small hiccups
during the initial wave
of the Covid pandemic
in 2020, the industry
has shown to be resil-
ient and sustainable.
While working within
the regulatory frame-
work, IDSA’s 18 mem-
ber-companies can cer-
tainly claim to have ef-
fectively protected con-
sumer interests as well
as of more than 3.4
lakh direct sellers in
Rajasthan,” stated Ba-
nerji.
Among the dignitar-
ies present on occa-
sion were Vivek Ka-
toch, Vice Chairman,
and Chetan Bhardwaj,
General Manager,
IDSA. During the con-
ference, female direct
selling achievers from
the state were also fe-
licitated, one from
each of the IDSA mem-
ber companies.
	
z With sales of Rs
713 cr, Rajasthan
is the 4th largest
market in Northern
region
	
z Nearly Rs 110
cr contribution
towards CGST and
SGST
	
z Rajasthan
contributes around
nearly 4 % to the
National Turnover
of Rs 18,067 cr
	
z No. of women
Direct Sellers 1.60
lakh out of about 3.4
lakh in Rajasthan.
HIGHLIGHTS
Rajasthan also ranked 4th by way of business in Northern region.

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  • 1. Satish Nandgaonkar Mumbai: If the protests by the Uddhav Thacker- ay-led Shiv Sena faction against Hathkanangale MP Dhairyasheel Mane is any indication, the Ud- dhav camp is slowly but surely gearing up to take on both the faction rebel led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the BJP in the coming days. Mane’s “Ruikar House” residence in Kol- hapur district had turned into a khakhi for- tress Monday morning after the local police re- fused the “Uddhav Sena” permission to stage pro- tests to no avail. Shiv sainiks led by three dis- trict chiefs--Sanjay Pa- war, Vijay Devane, and Murlidhar Jadhav--from the Uddhav camp held aggressive demonstra- tions and raised slogans--with little regard for the bar- ricades and large forces of police and paramilitary personnell- -before b e - ing taken into custody . Mane had joined the ShivSenabarelymonths before the 2019 Lok Sab- ha elections, and was given a ticket by Thack- eray to contest against farmer leader Raju Shet- ti of the Swabhimani Paksha. “Uddhavji treated Dhair- yasheel like his own son and gave him a chance. Or- dinaryshivsainiks worked very hard to ensure t h a t Mane won the seat. Now, he has joined Shinde’s group and claims that he is still in the Shiv Sena. We will not allow that,” one pro- tester said. The Uddhav camp has demanded that Mane re- sign as MP, and chal- lenged him to get re- electedonhisownsteam. Deepak Kesarkar, spokesperson of the Eknath Shinde camp, said organizing such morchas on an MP’s house is not Maharash- tra’s culture. “They must realize that they are being provoked to do this,” Kesarkar said. Mane, who is in New Delhi to attend the mon- soon session of Parlia- ment, tweeted asking his followers not to op- pose the morcha. The Centre had beefed up security at the homes of 12 MPs, including Mane, after they declared their support for Shinde, in anticipation of such ag- gressive protests. FAMILY LEGACY Mane’s grandfather Rajaram Mane represented the Ichalkaranji seat in Parliament from 1977 to 1991 on an Indian National Congress ticket. His mother Nivedita Mane also won the seat twice for the Nationalist Congress Party in 1999 and 2004. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elec- tion, the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetti ended the domination of Mane family by defeating Nivedita Mane, and won it for the second time defeating Kallappa Awade. By 2019, Shiv Sena brought back the Mane family back into political reckoning by giving Dhairyasheel Mane the ticket, and Shiv Sainiks campaigned hard to ensure his victory against Shetti. Uddhav-led Shiv Sena finds its footing, storms rebel MP’s house Maharashtra teacher chosen for Abdul Kalam award Pune: Ranjitsinh Dis- ale, a recipient of the Global Teacher Award, from Maharashtra has been selected for the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Pride of India Award for 2022. Disale shared the de- velopment by tweeting a photo of the letter from the APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation, informing him that he will be giv- en the award on July 27 at Rameswaram in Ta- mil Nadu. Disale recently re- signed as a Zilla Pari- shad teacher from the Solapur district to pur- sue higher studies in the US. He won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2020 for his efforts to promote education among girls as well as triggering a quick-re- sponse (QR) coded text- book revolution in In- dia. Disale tweeted that it was a great pleasure to accept the award from the family of the late Kalam who taught our generation to dream big. “This award has certainly increased my responsibility,” he added. Detained Aarey protesters released after 10 hours Mumbai (PTI): Four persons detained for protesting against the metro rail carshed con- struction in Mumbai’s Aarey forest area on Monday were released after 10 hours, a police official said. He said protesters Ta- brez Sayyed and Jayesh Bhise were detained first after notices under section 149 (action to prevent cognizable of- fence) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) were issued to them and then two oth- ers, identified as Lax- man Jadhav and Rohit, were detained, he said. Amid a crowd of sup- porters who had gath- ered at Vanrai police station in the evening, the four were released after 10 hours of deten- tion, the official in- formed. The area is witness- ing heavy police pres- ence and restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles, with only residents of the vicinity being allowed to enter. Videos of trees being trimmed in the vicinity of the car-shed site were widely shared on social media during the day, and civic-run Brihan- mumbai Electric Sup- ply and Transport Un- dertaking too an- nounced that some of its buses would be avoiding the route due to this. The previous Maha Vikas Aghadi govern- ment had stopped the metro car-shed work at the site citing environ- mental concerns. Protests have been ongoing at the Aarey car-shed site. —PHOTO BY BHUSHAN KOYANDE Ranjitsinh Disale Voter ID, Aadhar to be linked from Aug 01 Mumbai (ANI): Maha CEOShrikantDeshpande on Monday said that the Voter ID cards will be linked to Aadhaar cards withaviewtoestablishing the identity of electors and authentication of en- tries in the electoral roll. Now Voter ID cards will be linked to Aadhaar cards with a view to es- tablish the identity of electors and authentica- tionof entriesintheelec- toral roll and identify the registration of the name of the same person in more than one constitu- encyormorethanoncein the same constituency , Deshpande added. CEO Shrikant Deshpande GLOBAL NEWS Crucial Crucial INDIA TO DEPLOY 2ND S-400 SQUADRON AT CHINA FRONT New Delhi: India’s capability to detect and destroy hostile fighters, strategic bomb- ers, missiles and drones at long ranges will get another major boost when a new squadron of the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems becomes opera- tional along borders with China in next 2 to 3 months. Sources say deliveries are now underway from, the first since Russia-Ukraine war erupted on February 24. SEVERAL KILLED IN ‘TARGETTED’ MASS SHOOTING IN CANADA Canada: Several were killed in a mass shooting early on Monday in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Police issued an emergency alert for multiple shootings in city of Langley asked residents to stay alert and away from area of incident. “Multiple shooting scenes in downtown core in city of Langley with 1 incident in township involving transient victims,” statement said. www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia MUMBAI l TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022 l Pages 12 l 3.00 RNI TITLE NO. MAHENG/2022/14652 l Vol 1 l Issue No. 81 AHEAD OF CWG: LOVLINA ALLEGES HARASSMENT New Delhi: Olympic bronze medalist Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain took to Twitter on Monday to share that she has been facing mental harassment ahead of CWC. 1 coach has been refused entry to CWC village in Birmingham, while other 1 has been sent back to India. CONG CHIEF SONIA’S 2ND APPEARANCE AT ED TODAY New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi is expected to appear before the ED on Tuesday for her 2nd round of questioning in money laundering case linked to National Herald newspaper. Ahead of her appearance at ED, Cong called meet on Monday. P5 MAN WHO GAVE DEATH THREATS TO KAIF, VICKY KAUSHAL HELD Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Monday arrested a 25-year-old, out-of-work actor Mavinder Singh for giving death threats to actors Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal. Singh was staying at different places in suburban Mumbai over the past three months. P11 OUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR, NEW DELHI MUMBAI DROUPADI MURMU TAKES OATH AS 15TH PRESIDENT OF INDIA “JOHAR, NAMASKAR” Droupadi Murmu, 64, defeated Oppn candidate Yashwant Sinha to become 1st tribal and 2nd woman Prez This is achievement of every poor in India, says Murmu in her 1st address to country as President of India Droupadi said that her name was given by her school teacher, based on a character of the epic ‘Mahabharata’ Aditi Nagar Moni Sharma New Delhi: Droupadi Murmu takes oath as President of India, the highest constitutional post of the country, fol- lowed by a 21-gun sa- lute. CJI NV Ramana administered the oath of office of President to her on Monday . President Droupadi Murmu addressing the nation said, ‘Johar! Na- maskar! I express my heartfelt gratitude to all MPs all MLAs for be- ing elected to the high- est constitutional post of India. Your vote is an expression of the faith of crores of citizens of country,’ Murmu said. She also said that the country needs to speed up the efforts to meet the expectations that our freedom fighters had with the citizens of independent India. (T) Droupadi Murmu with Ram Nath Kovind, M Venkaiah Naidu, NV Ramana and Om Birla during her oath-taking ceremony, at Central Hall of the Parliament, in Delhi on Monday. (B) Pratibha Patil, Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi, Amit Shah, Murlimanohar Joshi, Anandiben Patel, JP Nadda, Rajnath Singh, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Pralhad Joshi, Ashok Gehlot, Yogi Adityanath and other leaders are seen during the oath ceremony. Reaching the post of President is not my personal achievement, it is the achievement of every poor in India. Your affection, trust and support will be my greatest strength in discharging my functions and responsibilities. —Droupadi Murmu, President WATERSHED MOMENT FOR INDIA: MODI HISTORIC MOMENT FOR INDIA: SHAH RS SEATS FOR `100 CRORE: CBI BUSTS RACKET, ARRESTS 4 PM Modi on Monday described Murmu taking over as new President as a “watershed moment” for the coun- try, especially the poor, marginalised and downtrodden. “The entire nation watched with pride as she took oath,” the PM said, wishing her the best for a fruitful tenure. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that Droupadi Murmu’s election as the President of India proves PM Narendra Modi’s gov- ernment’s commitment to the empowerment of tribals. The election of Murmu as the President is a historic moment for Indian democracy, Shah said in the article. CBI on Monday claimed to have arrested 4 people for running a racket by promis- ing seats in RS, other govt organisations for `100 crore. The CBI also conducted raids at 7 locations in Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra. HIGHLIGHTS l Trinamool joins the Oppn ranks, alleges protocol viola- tion during Prez swearing-in l Nitish Kumar skips swearing-in ceremony l Chinese President Xi Jin- ping congratulates Murmu l Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Covid positive, re- grets missing ‘historic oath’ l All Oppn parties submitted a letter to RS Chairman stating that LoP in the RS Mallikar- jun Kharge was made to sit in a seat “not commensurate with the position he holds” Don’t support corruption: Didi on minister’s arrest HONOURING WAR HEROES! Kargil Vijay Diwas is commemorated every July 26 in India, to observe India’s victory over Pakistan in the Kargil War for ousting Pakistani Forces from their occupied positions on the mountain tops of Northern Kargil District in Ladakh in 1999. P6 KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS 4 Cong MPs suspended from LS for this session New Delhi: Four Con- gress MPs were sus- pended from LS for rest of session for display- ing placards and dis- rupting proceedings despite a warning by Speaker Om Birla. Amid continuous dis- ruptions, Chair named Congress MPs Manick- am, Prathapan, Jothim- ani and Ramya Haridas. Parl Affair Min Pralhad Joshi moved a resolu- tion to suspend the four. THAROOR SPEAKS Congress leader Shashi Tharoor accused govt of suppressing Oppn voices, “arrogant about its brute majority”. Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mama- ta Banerjee has dis- tanced herself from the state’s teacher job scam and former education minister Partha Chat- terjee’s arrest, saying she was hurt and could not believe he could do such a thing. “I am personal- ly hurt. I can’t believe he could do such a thing,” she said. If it is proved, then I don’t mind if life imprison- ment is given,” the chief minister said. However, she ques- tioned, “How do we know there is no foul play?” and added that she did not want to en- gage in a media trial. Her statement comes 2 days after her cabinet min- ister Partha Chatterjee was arrested in con- nection with school jobs scam. Suspended Congress MPs Manickam Tagore, Ramya Haridas, Jothimani and TN Prathapan at Parl on Monday. ‘MIN DOESN’T NEED HOSPITALISATION’ Partha Chatterjee, arrested in connection with an alleged school jobs scam, has chronic health issues but does not require hospitalisation, said the All-India Institute of Medi- cal Sciences in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar. HIGHLIGHTS l ED demands 14 days custody of Partha l Partha Chatterjee, aide Arpita Mukherjee sent to ED custody till August 3 l HC rejects Partha Chat- terjee’s plea for expunging ‘adverse’ remarks in HC’s Sunday judgment BSE SENSEX 55,766.22 306.01 | NSE NIFTY 16,631.00 88.45 The Uddhav camp has demanded that Mane resign as MP, and challenged him to get re-elected on his own steam. Uddhav Thackeray CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis attended the oath- taking of Droupadi Murmu as President, in New Delhi on Monday. —PHOTO BY ANI
  • 2. NEWS MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022 02 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Aurangabad (PTI): A tourism group in Au- rangabad has de- manded that visitors of the renowned Ajanta Caves be given return tickets at des- ignated parking lot itself so that they are not inconvenienced. At present, people have to leave their vehi- cles at a distance of 4km, take a one-way ticket and then go to the caves, Aurangabad Tourism Development Foundation (ATDF) president Jaswant Sin- gh said. The tourists then have to stand in queue at a place without sheds or seats to buy a return ticket, which wastes staffers’ time and also inconveniences people, he added. First India Bureau Thane: Happy over Droupadi Murmu (64) taking over as India's new president, many tribal men and wom- en in Maharashtra celebrated the occa- sion by playing their traditional music and dancing. Murmu — India's first president from a tribal background was administered oath of of- fice by Chief Justice NV Ramana at Parlia- ment's central hall in presence of the former president Ramnath Ko- vind, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chair- man M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi among others on Monday . Huge posters and banners were put up by by the organisation in Thane district to cele- brate the occasion. The colourful event witnessed many tribal men clad in yellow clothes and women wearing traditional out- fits gathering in front of the collectorate with Murmu's photographs. Some tribals were also seen dancing to the tunes of Traditional tarpa and lezim instru- ments to celebrate the occasion. The event was organ- ized by Sharamajivi Sanghatana, an organi- zation that works for the upliftment of the tribal community in Maharashtra. First India Bureau Pune: The India Mete- orological Depart- ment (IMD) has pre- dicted heavy rainfall in parts of Maharash- tra, issuing a yellow alert in Palghar, Nasik, Pune, Amra- vati, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Nagpur and Wardha. According to IMD, there is a possibility of heavy rainfall at isolat- ed places in the Ghat area of the Pune dis- trict. However, Pune city and its surround- ing areas is likely re- ceive light rains in the next four days. Since June 1, Pune has received 353 mm of rain, which is 65.3 mm more than the average. All the four dams of the district are 70% full of the Khadakwasla pro- ject, which supplies wa- ter to the city of Pune. Last year too, there was almostthesameamount of water. Heavy rains this year has led to standing crop loss on eight lakh hec- tares in Maharashtra as of the end of the third week of July, claims ag- riculture department. Although the crop loss is scattered and re- stricted to a few dis- tricts, it is likely to in- crease with continued rains. According to a senior officer in the agricul- ture ministry, “In some districts and talukas which were flooded, ag- riculture fields have been badly ruined. Soil erosion is expected in several parts of Vidarb- ha and Marathwada re- gions.” 'The early rains in July helped farmers to take to the fields. But after sowing, the rains, coupled with floods, played havoc ruining the crops. First India Bureau Mumbai: The Bom- bay High Court on Monday told union minister Narayan Rane that laws per- mitting regulariza- tion of illegal por- tions of a residential structure do not give license to a person for illegal construction. A bench of Justices RD Dhanuka and Ka- mal Khata asked the Brihanmumbai Munic- ipal Corporation (BMC) to file an affidavit, ex- plaining on which legal grounds can the civic body consider a second application filed by Rane for regularization of portions of his bun- galow in Juhu area here, after the BMC and HC last month rejected such plea saying the construction was “pri- ma facie illegal.” On Monday, BMC’s counsel Anil Sakhre told the HC that BMC will subject Rane’s ap- plication to a set proce- dure before granting any permission. “We will be scrutiniz- ing the application, raising queries, issuing Intent of Disapproval, compliance with the IOD requirements, and then the regularization application can be ap- proved,” Sakhre said. “Once a party applies for regularization, the court grants them pro- tection for a limited pe- riod,” he said. The HC has asked the BMC to file its affidavit explaining the grounds for maintainability of Rane’s application, and securing consent of other housing societies on the said plot which will be affected by such regularization. On June 22, the HC dismissed a plea filed by Rane challenging BMC’s refusal to regu- larize portions of his eight-floor residence. Rane had claimed the civic body , controlled by Shiv Sena, rejected his regularization applica- tion out of political ven- detta. ‘Regularization law doesn’t grant license for illegal construction’ NO RESPITE lll Bombay High Court asks BMC not to take any coercive action against Narayan Rane’s bungalow until August 23, the date of next hearing Narayan Rane —FILE PHOTO COURT ORDER CRUCIAL READ FAKE CURRENCY WORTH `2 LAKH SEIZED IN THANE DISTRICT; 3 HELD KABADDI PLAYER KILLED IN DHARAVI, THREE MEN ARRESTED BY POLICE ACTION SOUGHT AGAINST ACTOR RANVEER SINGH OVER NUDE PICS Thane: The police seized fake notes with the face value of Rs2 lakh and arrested three men from a lodge at Kalyan, an official said. Cops raided the lodge on Sunday and seized fake currency in denomination of Rs200 worth Rs2,01,200. The arrested have been identified as Mohammad Arif Bashir Ahmed, Suraj Krish- na Pujari and Karan Raju Razak. A case has been registered under section 489 (possessing as genuine forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Mumbai: Three people have been arrested for allegedly killing a 26-year-old Kabaddi player in the Dharavi area here, the Mumbai Police said on Sunday. The deceased, identified as Vimalraj Nadar, was bludgeoned to death with a cricket stump on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. Soon after the incident, the police rushed to the spot and took Nadar to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Two accused were arrested earlier and had con- fessed to the crime during interrogation. Mumbai: An office bearer of a Non-Government Organization (NGO) based in east Mumbai suburb has filed an application at Chembur police station seeking registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh for ‘hurting sentiments of women’ through his nude photographs on social media, an official said. The complainant, in his application, stated that the actor has hurt the sentiments of women and insulted their modesty through the photographs. Maharashtra to see more rain: IMD Tourism group demands ‘return-tickets’ at Ajanta Caves THANE SEES CELEBRATIONS AFTER PREZ MURMU’S OATH People from a tribal community dance and play drums to celebrate the oath-taking ceremony of President Droupadi Murmu, in Thane on Monday. —PHOTO BY PTI President (Droupa- di Mur- mu) knows the sufferings and needs of the tribal community and will ensure these problems get re- solved. —A member of Sharamajivi Sanghatana HOARDING TORN IN PALGHAR DISTRICT Palghar: A hoarding put up by BJP work- ers congratulating President-elect Drou- padi Murmu was torn in Vasai on Sunday. A case has been registered in Manikpur police station in Vasai under section 427 (Mischief causing damage to the amount of Rs 50) against unidenti- fied persons EC proceedings on Shinde group’s plea challenged First India Bureau New Delhi: The Ud- dhav Thackeray fac- tion of the Shiv Sena has moved the Su- preme Court against the Election Com- mission’s proceed- ings on the plea of the group led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to be recognized as the “real” Shiv Sena. The development as- sumes significance as recently the poll panel has asked both rival factions of the Shiv Sena to submit docu- ments--including let- ters of support from the legislative and or- ganisational wings of the party and the writ- ten statements--by Au- gust 08 in support of their claims to the party’s bow-and-arrow election symbol. The fresh plea has been filed in a pending petition by Subhash Desai, the general sec- retary of the Shiv Sena and seeks the nod of the top court to make the poll panel also a party . The Thackeray fac- tion has also written to the poll panel re- questing it not to go ahead with the plea of the Shinde faction in view of the pendency of a batch of petitions in the top court. The plea terms the plea of the rival Shin- de group to get the poll symbol and the tag of the real Shiv Sena as an act of desperation. The Thackeray group filed represen- tation before the EC last week after the Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena had written to the Commission seeking allocation of the party’s ‘bow and arrow’ election sym- bol to it, citing the rec- ognition granted to them in the Lok Sabha and the Maharashtra Assembly . The bench is seized of as many as six pending pleas about the recent political cri- sis in Maharashtra that led to the fall of the Maha Vikas Agha- di (MVA) government in the state. The first one was filed by MLAs of the Shinde faction during the summer vacation, challenging the dis- qualification proceed- ings initiated by the deputy speaker. The other five were filed by the Thackeray faction. QUICK RECAP Fresh plea has been filed in a pending petition, seeking the apex court’s nod to make the poll panel a party in the case Congress team visits rain-hit Nagpur areas First India Bureau Nagpur: A delegation from the Maharash- tra Congress visited villages in Nagpur on Saturday and Sunday to assess crop and other losses caused by heavy rains and sought Rs1 lakh per hectare compensa- tion for farmers. The team was headed by former state minis- ter Sunil Kedar and comprised the Nagpur rural unit chief Rajen- dra Mulak as well as lo- cal leaders. They visited villages in Narkhed, Katol, Kalmeshwar, Saoner, Paseoni, Ramtek, Kamptee, Mauda, Kuhi, Bhivapur, Umred and Hingna talukas, a party functionary said. “Soya bean, cotton, rice, tur, vegetables and fruits have been de- stroyed. Water has seeped into farms and has damaged Kharif crops severely. Many houses, roads, canals and nullahs have sus- tained damage due to heavy rains,” Kedar said at a press confer- ence here. The administration must begin relief work on a war footing and provide compensation quickly, he said, adding that the delegation would meet the district collector and submit a report on their visit. Crops across eight lakh hectares of land have been damaged by heavy rains. —FILE PHOTO Youngsters cover themselves with umbrellas while crossing a road amidst rains in Mumbai.—FILE PHOTO Ajanta caves in Aurangabad district. Uddhav Thackeray —FILE PHOTO
  • 3. MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022 03 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia ‘Does executive think judiciary is First India Bureau Mumbai: Does the ex- ecutive think that the judiciary is a “little kid” who can be calmed down with a lollipop, the Bombay High Court exclaimed while pulling up the Maharashtra govern- ment for its failure to provide clean toilets in government schools. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MS Karnik observed that the state government had not taken adequate steps for proper and ef- fective management of cleanliness in toilets of government-runschools across the state. The court was hear- ing a petition filed by law students Nikita Gore and Vaishnavi Gholave raising con- cerns over the Central and state governments’ failure to implement ef- fective menstrual hy- giene management, in- conveniencing women and particularly adoles- cent girls. The petition also pointed out the issue of unclean and unhygien- ic washrooms and toi- lets for girls in govern- ment schools. Gore conducted a sur- vey in schools across 16 towns of seven districts in Maharashtra. Additional govern- ment pleader Bhupesh Samant on Monday told the bench that action has been taken against seven such schools and submitted a document to the bench to show the action taken. The bench then noted that the document was dated July 24, 2022. “What does the exec- utive think of us (judi- ciary)? Are we like little kids that you can give lollipop and we will calm down?” Chief Jus- tice Datta said. The bench further noted that when action is taken, toilets will be maintainedforamonth, but later things will go back to the way there were. The court then di- rected the Maharashtra District Legal Services Authority (MDLSA) to supervise and conduct surprise checks in such schools. “We direct all DLSAs to carry out surprise in- spections in 15 such schools in each district fallingwithintheprinci- pal seat and place their report before us,” the court directed and post- ed the plea for further hearing after August 15. The petition also pointed out the issue of unhygienic washrooms for girls in government schools. —FILE PHOTO NO LOLLIPOPS Everything depends on air traffic control in aviation: Bombay HC First India Bureau Mumbai: In aviation, everything depends on air traffic control and with one mistake anything can happen, the Bombay High Court remarked on Monday while hear- ing a plea on dangers to aircraft by high- rises near Mumbai airport. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MS Karnik was hearing public interest litiga- tion filed by advocate Yashwant Shenoy, seek- ing action against the construction of build- ings above the pre- scribed height limit in the vicinity of the city airport. As per Shenoy, these buildings pose a risk to aircraft taking off and landing at the airport here and may lead to an untoward incident. Chief Justice Datta said the issue concerns everyone. He also re- ferred to the recently released Ajay Devgn- starrer Hindi film “Runway 34”. “I happened to see the movie ‘Runway 34’. Nothing depends on the pilot. Everything de- pends on the air traffic control,” Chief Justice Datta said. “We think the pilot has announced that we are set for landing or take off and the tem- perature outside is so and so and everything is fine. But it all de- pends on several other factors. One mistake here and there...any- thing can happen,” he said. We think the pilot has announced that we are set for landing or take off and the temperature outside is so and so and everything is fine. But it all depends on several other factors. One mistake here and there...any- thing can happen. —Dipankar Datta, Chief Justice We direct all DLSAs to carry out surprise inspections in 15 such schools in each district falling within the principal seat and place their report before us. —Bombay High Court First India Bureau Mumbai: A trainee aircraft crashed in a farm in Kadbanwadi village of Indapur taluka in the Pune district due to sus- pected power loss on Monday . “On July 25, Carver Aviation Cessna 152 aircraft VT-ALI on a solo cross country flight made a crash landing while 15 nm inbound to Baramati Airfield due to suspect- ed power loss,” Direc- torate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in- formed. The aircraft took off from the Bara- mati airport in Pune, and the incident oc- curredaround11.30am in Kadbanwadi, In- dapur tehsil. Bhavika Rathod (22), the trainee pilot, was injured in the incident and was takentothehospitalfor treatment. The Cessna 152 VY- ALI plane belonged to the Academy of Carv- er Aviation located near the Baramati air- port. The aircraft was damaged. VaibhavShah,finan- cial in-charge at the Academy of Carver Aviation, said the inci- dent took place during a training session. “Since ours is a pilot training academy , the exact cause of the crash landing will be ascertained after an in- vestigation,” he said. TRAINEE AIRCRAFT CRASHES IN PUNE FARM, WOMAN PILOT INJURED Wreckage of a single-seater trainer aircraft after it crashed at Indapur, in Pune district, Monday. FREEDOM FERVOR With Independence Day around the corner, workers manufacture National Flags as part of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, at The Flag Company, Vasai, in Mumbai on Monday. —PHOTOS BY ANI Delhi man attacked with paver block, dies First India Bureau, Mumbai: A 25-year- old man, hailing from Delhi, was attacked and killed with a pav- er block while he was sleeping at the Seven Bunglows bus stop in western suburb of Versova on Monday, informed a police of- ficial. Victim Suraj Manoj Tiwari’s body was found with multiple head injuries on Sun- day. Initial investiga- tions reveal that Tiwari was a street musician and lived in Delhi’s Palam area. Police are investigat- ing the CCTV footages of the area to confirm the identity of the ac- cused. In another incident, a 30-year-man was found dead in a chawl in west- ern suburb of Kandi- vali on Monday . According to offi- cials, the victim, identi- fied as Deepak Bhagelu Rajbhar was brutally stabbed to death by unidentified men on Poisar. The police have pressed the dog squad and the forensics team into service to identify the accused. Pillion rider falls as bike hits pothole, gets run over by truck First India Bureau Thane: A 46-year-old man riding pillion on a motorcycle died after the vehicle hit a pothole, and he was run over by a dumper on Mumbai- Nashik Highway in Thane district. According to senior inspector Ganpat Pin- gle of Kongaon police station, the accident took place at Rajnoli Naka in Bhiwandi on Saturday, when the victim Brijeshkumar Jaiswar was travelling towards Thane city . A case under rele- vant sections of the IPC and Motor Vehi- cles Act has been reg- istered against the driver of the dumper. The police got in touch with the safety manager of the Maha- rashtra State Road De- velopment Corpora- tion (MSRDC) Satyajit Dange to ensure that pits and potholes on the road are filled. HC slams state govt over unclean school toilets The victim was a street musician and hailed from Delhi’s Palam area. Police are investigating the CCTV footages of the area to confirm the identity of the accused. A LITTLE KID?’ SCOOTERIST KILLED IN COLLISION WITH VAN Palghar: A scooter- ist was killed and 10 others, including nine school students, were injured when their van collided with a two-wheeler and overturned in Palghar district on Monday, police said. The incident took place around 09 am at Satpati, nearly 10km from the Palghar dis- trict headquarters. The scooterist, identified as Chetan Meher (45), fell on the road and died on the spot. The injured includ- ed nine students and a teacher. They were given first aid at a nearby medical centre, the official said. —PTI PHOTO
  • 4. PERSPECTIVE MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022 04 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia l Vol 1 l Issue No. 81 l RNI TITLE NO. MAHENG/2022/14652 Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Dangat Media Pvt Ltd, No.22, Dighe MIDC, Vishnu Nagar,  TTC Industrial Area, Dighe, Navi Mumbai-400701. Published at Plot No. 3 Scheme C of Manglorean Garden Home, CHS Limited, Survey No. 5, 6C (Part) Ville Parle East, Mumbai 400057. Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act SPIRITUAL SPEAK A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. —Bible IN-DEPTH Bhupender Yadav @byadavbjp Congratulations to Smt Droupadi Murmu ji on taking over as the 15th President of India and becoming the first tribal woman to hold the highest constitutional post. So wonderful that this watershed moment in history has come as we mark #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav. Kiren Rijiju @KirenRijiju An invaluable moment of history... On this day of the 25th July 2017, I had the privilege to receive former President Pranab Mukherjee da at his New Residence, 10 Rajaji Marg, New Delhi accompanied by the new Rastrapati hon’ble Ram Nath Kovind ji as part of the convention. TOP TWEETS CONG INFIGHTING MORE INTERESTING THAN FRICTIONS IN MEGHALAYA ecently, police in Meghalaya raided a resort owned by BJP leader Bernard Marak Rimpu, call- ing it a “brothel”. Police claimed to have rescued five minors, in- cluding a girl, from Rimpu Bagan and arrested 73 people. Marak has denied any wrongdo- ing and was defended by the state party unit which said that Marak was possibly a victim of political vendetta. Marak point- ed his finger at Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to allege that he was behind the raid. BJP is a minor ally in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance headed by National People’s Party. The BJP views it as an attempt to malign the party. Whatever the party may say, the alliance ap- pears to have hit a rough patch. Meghalaya being too distant for the media it is more focused on the infighting in the Con- gress in Karnataka where state Congress president DK Shivaku- mar and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah are keen to settle the leadership issue before 2023 Assembly elections. Their ambi- tions may hurt the party . R ope Francis will be in Canada to tender a personal apology on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church for its in in- volvement in physical, sexu- al, mental and emotional abuse of children of the coun- try’s Indigenous population comprising the Metis and In- uit over several decades. He had earlier expressed regret for the deplorable acts of Jes- uit priests when a delegation of Indigenous people met him at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City in April this year. Canada’s Indigenous community has been insist- ing on a personal apology by the Pope, although it will not remove the scars on people’s minds. The apology will be merely symbolic. In the name of “cultural as- similation” Catholic priests responsible for education forcefully took away about 150,000 Indigenous children from their families to live in church-run schools. Because of the abuse, thousands of them died. The horrific de- tails emerged after more than 1300 unmarked graves were found where the schools stood. As part of cultural as- similation children were barred from speaking their language, practicing their culture and traditions. That church misused its powers against the Indige- nous people of Canada is not the only instance of its kind. In 2015, Pope Francis apolo- gized for the “grave sins” committed by the church. He then said, “…Many grave sins were committed against the native people of America in the name of God…I humbly seek forgiveness…” In 2000, Pope John Paul II woremourningattiretoapolo- gize for centuries of violence and persecution against Jews, non-believers and the Indige- nous people of the colonised countries.Apologiesbychurch are certainly on the rise. CHURCH APOLOGIES FOR JESUITS’ SINS In the name of “cultural assimilation” Catholic priests responsible for education forcefully took away about 150,000 Indigenous children from their families to live in church-run schools. Because of the abuse, thousands of them died P sadefenceanalyst,Ihavebeen critically following, observing and predicting the expected and the future of Russo - Ukraine conflict. After more than five months of impasse, the Eastern Europe is gripped by the most destructive Euro- pean conventional military conflict since World War II. The damage done to Ukraine ismosttragicthough,indirect- ly it affects the entire EU. It is not just the refugee inflow and the corresponding economic burden on European coun- tries, the ongoing war will have many other repercus- sions, world over. The Russian responsetoNATOsanctionsis notonlyresultinginwiderim- plicationsfortheglobalecono- my but disproportionately af- fecting poorer countries. If media reports are to be believed, Ukrainians appear to be losing unity amid mili- tary defeats in the Donbass and mounting economic cri- sis. The surge of patriotism that arose when the Russian army was close to Kiev ap- pears to have been exhaust- ed. Along with it, the nation- al consensus that saw all po- litical groups rallying behind the Ukrainian army seems to have disappeared. To counter the effects of sanctions, the Russian army has pivoted its strategy and appears to be concentrating on objectives of economic in- terest and by mid-June, Rus- sia occupied 125.000 sq kms of Ukrainian territory . The civil society and the Army are now not hopeful of a speedy victory against the invaders and even Zelensky himself has lost his optimism. If we go by the recent his- tory, we would learn that in the modern world, famines are man-made. The Russia - Ukraine war is a Suttle re- minder of this fact and now threatens millions of endan- gered people around the world with extreme hunger. Much to the trauma of the world, Ukraine remains the breadbasket for the world, ex- porting millions of tonnes of wheat,barleyandmaizeevery year. It is also a leader in sun- flower seeds export used for vegetable oil. But overnight, these commodities have van- ished from food stocks as Rus- siacontinueschockingthesea trade routes of Ukraine. The dominance of Black Sea by RussianNavyhasplungedthe global food markets into a tur- moil, with soaring prices, ex- port bans and shortages. Countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and even Latin America are reeling un- der the effects of this conflict. The threat to global food security is further aggravat- ed by the upheaval in fuel and fertiliser markets as, short- ages and price hikes reduce access to these vital inputs for farming community. Ag- riculturists believe that with- out urgent action, food pro- duction and crop yields will get slashed and may raise a frightening possibility of food crisis the world over in next 12 to 24 months and cause multiple famines. Shockingly , the World Food Programme’s latest analysis, completed in Jun - July re- veals there were 276 million severely hungry people marching towards starvation before the war. This number has risen to 345 million dur- ing the period of the Ukraine crisis.Thereportfurthersays that a staggering 50 million peoplein45countriesarenow just one step from famine. Paradoxically , this War has demonstrated how interde- pendent EU is on the country they impose sanctions upon. However,somecountrieshave already started detesting the NATO actions on Russia. As they understand how difficult it will be for them to beat the winters without availability of Russian gas. Kremlin con- trols 25% of world’s natural gas requirements and 18% of coalexports.While,European Unionimportsroughly43per- cent of its requirement of naturalgasfromRussia,mak- ing them heavily dependent onthesuperpower.Becauseof Putin’s decision to limit en- ergy exports to many nations, theconsequencesof theEuro- pean energy crisis have ex- panded and redefined the way in which Europe approaches energy efforts and its rela- tions with Moscow. Should it stand by Ukraine and NATO or, allow its citizens, industry and economy to grow by mendingfenceswithRussiais the moot question. The leadership of Europe is also fearful that the lavish deliveries of ‘lethal weapons’ from the US, UK and other NATO countries to Ukraine are finding their way to the dark web. The Ukrainian traders claim to offer not just small arms or body Armor on the dark web, but also such sophisticated hardware as Javelin and NLAW anti- tank systems or Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade ex- plosive drones that may dis- turb their eco subsystems. Its time, that world leaders come together by surrender- ing their own interest of dominance and arms sale to give priority to the very exist- ence and development of the human race. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL GLOBAL FALL OUT UKRAINE WAR A The leadership of Europe is also fearful that the lavish deliveries of ‘lethal weapons’ from the US, UK and other NATO countries to Ukraine are finding their way to the dark web. The Ukrainian traders claim to offer not just small arms or body Armor on the dark web, but also such sophisticated hardware as Javelin and NLAW anti-tank systems or Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade explosive drones that may disturb their eco subsystems. Its time, that world leaders come together by surrendering their own interest of dominance and arms sale to give priority to the very existence and development of the human race The damage done to Ukraine is most tragic though, indirectly it affects the entire EU. It is not just the refugee inflow and the corresponding economic burden on European countries, the ongoing war will have many other repercussions, world over. The Russian response to NATO sanctions is not only resulting in wider implications for the global economy but disproportionately affecting poorer countries COL ANUPAM JAITLY (RETD) The writer is Defence expert, Motivational Speaker Corporate Trainer
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  • 6. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022 05 INDIA www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Mahesh Sharma New Delhi: In the pres- idential election, no candidate would have been insulted in his own state like Yashwant Sin- ha has been. He has got a good number of votes all over the country . But in Jharkhand, he was in a very bad condition. Leaders of both UPA and NDA deserted him. Usually, the MLAs and MPs of the state to which the candidate belongs, vote for them irrespective of the party line. But this time in Jharkhand, the reverse has happened. There are 81 MLAs and 14 MPs in the state, out of which Yashwant Sin- ha did not get a single MP’s vote. Only eight of the MLAs voted for him. This happened when two MPs in the state be- long to the UPA and close to 50 MLAs have the support of the JMM- led UPA government. In fact, the JMM, which is running the government in the state, had already announced to support Droupadi Murmu in the name of tribal community . Con- gress definitely support- ed Yashwant Sinha but Congress MLAs and the lone MP engaged in cross voting. This is also abigsetbackforAvinash Pande, the party’s new in-charge general secre- tary in the state, who triedhardtogetvotesfor Sinha, however, 12 Congress MLAs and one MP voted for Murmu. Sinha deserted in his own state by ‘political family’! PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ALL 30 MLAS AND ONE MP OF JMM ALSO VOTED FOR MURMU AND 12 MPS AND 30 MLAS OF BJP AND ITS ALLIES ALSO VOTED FOR MURMU. IN THIS WAY, SINHA GOT THE REMAINDER OF THE CONGRESS VOTES, ALONG WITH AND NINE VOTES OF LEFT AND RJD Droupadi Murmu Yashwant Sinha OPPOSITION OBSTRUCTS DEVELOPMENT WORKS: MODI New Delhi: Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi on Monday accused the Op- position of obstructing development works, say- ingtheykeeptheirpoliti- calinterestsabovethatof society and the country . “Many times, the op- position parties put some obstacles in the government’s work as they could not imple- mentthedecisionstaken by them when they were in power,” Modi said ad- dressing virtually a pro- gramme on the 10th death anniversary of formerSamajwadiParty Rajya Sabha member Harmohan Singh Yadav. “Now, if they (deci- sions) are implemented, they oppose it. People of the country don’t like it,” he added, stress- ing in recent times, a trend of keeping “ideol- ogy or political inter- ests above the interests of society and the coun- try” is being witnessed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the 10th Punyatithi of Late Harmohan Singh Yadav, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Monday. —PHOTO BY ANI Centre issues advisory on monkeypox New Delhi: With In- dia’s tally of confirmed monkeypox cases rising to four (three in Kerala, one in Delhi), the Min- istry of health and fam- ily welfare has issued a list of guidelines in- forming citizens of common symptoms of the disease. Delhi LG Vinai K Saxena on Mon- day reviewed the Monk- eypox situation in Delhi along with Chief Secre- tary, Secretary Health, DGHS other con- cerned officials. 8 killed, 16 injured as 2 double-decker buses collide in UP PM NARENDRA MODI EXPRESSES GRIEF OVER THE INCIDENT SAID STATE GOVT IS PROVIDING ALL POSSIBLE HELP TO VICTIMS Barabanki: Eight peo- ple were killed and 16 injured when a Delhi- bound bus rammed into a parked bus on Purvan- chal Expressway on Monday , police said. PM Modi expressed grief over the incident and said the state govern- mentisprovidingallpos- sible help to the victims. SP Anurag Vats said around 4.45 am, a pri- vate double-decker bus from Bihar’s Muzaffar- pur on its way to Delhi collided with another bus parked on Purvan- chal Expressway under the Lonikatra police stationarea.ASPManoj Pandey said the acci- dent took place near an eatery close to Naren- drapur Madraha vil- lage. “I express my con- dolences to those who have lost their loved ones. Along with this, I wish speedy recovery to all injured. Under the supervision of the state government, the local administration is en- gaged in providing all possible help,” Modi was quoted as saying in a tweet by his office. Wreckage of two buses after a Delhi-bound bus rammed into the other, which was parked on Purvanchal Expressway on Monday. CM Office, GoUP @CMOfficeUP #UPCM @myo- giadityanath has expressed deep condolences on the death of people in road accident on Yamuna Express- way in Aligarh district. Praying for peace to the soul of the departed, the Chief Minister expressed his condolences to the bereaved families. 36 PASSENGERS WERE TRAVELLING Aprivate double-decker bus from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur on its way to Delhi collided with another bus parked on Purvanchal Expressway on Monday morning, police said. There were 36 passengers altogether in the two double-decker buses and police suspect the driver was sleepy at the time of the accident. Cong calls meet ahead of Sonia’s 2nd appearance at the ED today New Delhi: A day ahead of Sonia Gan- dhi’s appearance at the Enforcement Directo- rate office here, the Congress on Monday has called a meeting of the party leaders to pre- pare for protests. The party has asked its workers to hold a peace- ful ‘satyagraha’. Addressing the me- dia, Congress MP KC Venugopal said, ‘We de- cided to hold a peaceful protest in front of Ra- jghat on Tuesday (as Sonia Gandhi will ap- pear before ED). We had given an application to Delhi Police for permis- sion but they denied it. It’s unfortunate and condemnable. Govern- ment is suppressing op- position voice.’ Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Jairam Ramesh during the meeting at AICC HQ, Delhi on Monday. As for the proto- col, how did CM Shinde appear in the first row? They make their own people sit in the front. And a recognised opposition leader is sim- ply brushed aside. It is not okay. It is not appropriate to suspend someone. The govt is intimidating them for putting forth the truth in the parl. It shows that PM Modi wants to end our democracy. —Mallikarjun Kharge, LoP in Rajya Sabha ‘NO MAJOR SAFETY VIOLATION IN SPICEJET AIRCRAFT’ New Delhi (PTI): Aviation regulator DGCA conducted 53 spot checks on 48 SpiceJet aircraft between July 9 and July 13 and it did not find any major safety violations, MoS VK Singh said on Monday. “However, as a safety measure, the DGCA ordered SpiceJet to use certain identi- fied aircraft (10) for opera- tions only after confirming to the regulator that all reported defects/malfunctions are rectified,” Singh said. AMIT SHAH NADDA TO BE IN PATNA SOON FOR 2-DAY BJP EVENT New Delhi: The political temperature in Bihar is set to soar over the next weekend when Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda arrive in the state capital to address a two-day joint convention of the party’s morchas’. How- ever, the highlight of the two-day deliberations will be the valedictory address, on July 31, by Shah, the party’s principal strategist. TN: CLASS 12 GIRL ENDS LIFE IN SCHOOL HOSTEL Chennai: On Monday, a class 12 student was found dead inside the hostel of Sacred Heart Girls Higher Secondary School, a govt- aided missionary institu- tion in Kilachery, Tiruvallur dist, 50 km from Chennai. The police suspect it to be a case of suicide. The investigation is transferred to CB-CID. As the news of girl’s death spread, her parents and relatives held a demo in Thekkalur. CRUCIAL READ TN WOULD HAVE BECOME BIHAR IF NOT FOR CATHOLICS: SPEAKER’S REMARK ROW Chennai: TN Assembly Speaker M Appavu on Monday sparked controversy after he attributed devp of state to Christian missionaries and said state would have become another Bihar if not for the work done by Catholic missions. He claimed that it was Catholic missionaries that shaped his career, adding that govt belonged to the people who “fast and pray to God”. “CM knows that this govt was created by you all. You can go ahead and speak to your CM, I shall support you,” Speaker Appavu said. OUTGOING PRESIDENT FULFILLED BJP’S AGENDA: EX-JK CM MEHBOOBA MUFTI Srinagar: Former JK CM Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at ex-President Kovind and said that he has left “behind a legacy” during which the coun- try’s Constitution was “trampled upon” umpteenth times. She also said that the outgoing president “fulfilled BJP’s political agenda”. Taking to Twitter minutes after Murmu was sworn in as India’s 15th President, Mufti said, “Be it scrapping of Article 370, CAA or the unabashed targeting of minorities Dalits, Kovind fulfilled BJPs political agenda.” FOUR DIE AFTER CONSUMING POISONOUS LIQUOR Ahmedabad: Four people have died, and several others are said to be in serious condition, due to consuming illegal country liquor in Botad district of Gujarat.Several people have been admitted to the hospital after drinking poisonous alcohol. Top police officials, including IG, SP, among others have reached the spot. A SIT has been formed to investigate Botad’s hooch tragedy. Raj 4th in direct selling in North region, crosses `713cr mark First India Bureau Jaipur: Direct selling industry in Rajasthan continues to be at 4th in Northern region, with a total business of over Rs 713 crore in year 2020-21despite ad- verse business condi- tions caused by the Covid19 pandemic, ac- cording to an annual survey report released by Indian Direct Sell- ing Association (IDSA) here on Monday . The survey, carried out by the IPSOS Strat- egy3, indicates that the year being dominated by Covid19 and com- prehensive lockdowns, the direct selling in- dustry in the state managed to sustain the business turnover, which was nearly four percent of the national direct selling figure of over Rs 18,067crore. The state also ranked 4th by way of business in Northern region while the first three po- sitions retained by Ut- tar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana respectively. All the credit goes to over 3.4 lakh direct sell- ers in the state. The in- dustry also contributed roughly Rs 110 crore to the exchequer by way of taxes, reflects sur- vey . Rajat Banerji, Chair- man, IDSA, whiles peaking on the Direct Selling Industry sce- nario in the country, said “Rajasthan is one of the priority markets for us in the northern states. Ranking at 4th in Northern Region shows that there is a huge potential for the expansion of direct selling business here. Despite the period which was marred by break out of COVID19 and followed by lock- downs, the direct sell- ing business crossing over Rs 700 crore dur- ing the period reflects the inherit strength of the market with hard work, dedication and faith of the direct sell- ers of the state.” “With a CAGR of 12% over the last five years, direct selling has demonstrated con- sistent and sustained growth. Notwithstand- ing a few small hiccups during the initial wave of the Covid pandemic in 2020, the industry has shown to be resil- ient and sustainable. While working within the regulatory frame- work, IDSA’s 18 mem- ber-companies can cer- tainly claim to have ef- fectively protected con- sumer interests as well as of more than 3.4 lakh direct sellers in Rajasthan,” stated Ba- nerji. Among the dignitar- ies present on occa- sion were Vivek Ka- toch, Vice Chairman, and Chetan Bhardwaj, General Manager, IDSA. During the con- ference, female direct selling achievers from the state were also fe- licitated, one from each of the IDSA mem- ber companies. z With sales of Rs 713 cr, Rajasthan is the 4th largest market in Northern region z Nearly Rs 110 cr contribution towards CGST and SGST z Rajasthan contributes around nearly 4 % to the National Turnover of Rs 18,067 cr z No. of women Direct Sellers 1.60 lakh out of about 3.4 lakh in Rajasthan. HIGHLIGHTS Rajasthan also ranked 4th by way of business in Northern region.
  • 7. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022 06 INDIA www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Sharat K Verma New Delhi: The results of the municipal elec- tions held in two phases of Madhya Pradesh are out. Both the major par- ties of the state are in- terpreting it in their own way before the pub- lic, but it is being inter- preted differently with- in both the parties. BJP leaders are interpreting this in two ways. Lead- ers close to Chief Min- ister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are calling it a big victory and they say that this has put an end to the speculation of changing the Chief Minister. In his sup- port, he is using the congratulations given by the Prime Minister. The second camp is ped- dling the narrative that last time not a single Congress mayor could win, while this time five mayors won. Last time, all 16 may- ors were from BJP, while this time there are only nine. In this way, discussions are being held to change the CM before next year’s assembly elec- tions. Although it is not known what the BJP high command will do, but from Narottam Mishra to Prahlad Pa- tel, many names, as potential CM, have also started to be floated around. There is a sepa- rate debate between Congress and BJP about this. Congress is calling it its big victory and has claimed that Kamal Nath will come to power again in next year’s elections. The party leaders maintain that in the elections held in 2015, not a single Congress mayor had won, then in 2018, Congress won, while this time five Congress mayors have won. The Congress has also won in Jyotiradi- tya Scindia’s strong- hold Gwalior and Nar- endra Singh Tomar’s stronghold Morena. On the other hand, BJP says that Congress has got half the victory from BJP despite all the efforts. Nine out of 16 mayors of the state belong to the BJP, while the Congress has five. Similarly, in these 16 municipal corpora- tions, the BJP has won 491 wards, while the Congress has won 274. The BJP has won 975 wards in 76 municipali- ties of the state, while the Congress has won in 571. Furthermore, the BJP has won 2,002 wards and the Con- gress in 1,087 wards of the state’s 225 councils. Will MP Municipal polls results bring an end to Shivraj’s CMship? DIVERSE OPINIONS PARLIAMENT MONSOON SESSION LOK SABHA ADJOURNED TILL 3 PM AMID SLOGANEERING BY OPPN MPs New Delhi (ANI): The proceeding in Lok Sab- ha was adjourned till 3 pm on Monday amid ruckus and sloganeer- ing by Opposition mem- bersovervariousissues. Before the proceeding of the Monsson Session began, Droupadi Mur- mu took oath as the 15th President of India. The 64-year-old defeated op- position presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha to become the first tribal and the sec- ond woman to hold the top constitutional post. Both the Houses are witnessing continuous adjournments since the session has begun. Notably , the Monsoon Session holds extreme importance as the elec- tion of the President and Vice-President’s of- fice is slated to take place in this session. The Monsoon Ses- sion of Parliament com- menced on July 18 and will continue till Au- gust 12. There will be 18 sittings during the Ses- sion. Opposition MPs create a ruckus in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday. AMID CHAOS, RAJYA SABHA ADJOURNED MARGINAL SHORTAGE OF COMMANDERS New Delhi: RS proceed- ings were adjourned till 4 pm on Monday amid opposition’s protest over GST on essential goods and inflation among other issues. Leader of House Piyush Goyal hit out at the opposition members over their claims that Leader of Op- position was made to sit in a seat “not commen- surate with the position he holds.” New Delhi: There is a marginal shortage of commanders on certain types of aircraft and the same is being managed by utilising foreign pilots by issuing Foreign Air- crew Temporary Authori- sation (FATA), said the Civil aviation ministry on Monday. While replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the ministry said that there were 82 FATA- holders on June 30. LS SPEAKER OM BIRLA ASKS OPPN NOT TO HOLD PLACARDS INSIDE HOUSE New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday addressed the issue of Opposition MP raising slogans against the government urged the members of the Lower House of the Parliament to stop bringing ‘placards into the House.’ “Opposition MPs raise slo- gans against govt protesting over issues of price hike and inflation in LS. I urge the members to stop bringing placards into the House. The government is ready to hold a discussion,” Birla said. KHARGE: 5 DAYS WASTED, OPPN WANTS MEANINGFUL DISCUSSION IN PARL CCI PROBE: DELHI HC RESERVES ORDER ON WHATSAPP, FACEBOOK PLEAS VIVO INDIA CHALLENGED INTEGRITY, SOVEREIGNTY OF INDIA: ED TO DELHI HC 7 HELD BY CBI IN WB POST-POLL RIOTS ` 500 CR SCAM: ED RAIDS CSI CHURCH Man kills parents,niece with brick and hammer Police arrest suspected terrorist, probe on: K’taka Min SC ASKS SURJEWALA TO APPROACH HC AGAINST PIL New Delhi: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday alleged that there has been no meaningful discus- sion in the House since the Monsoon session began on July 18 and said that 5 days of parliament were wasted. “The government has not yet called the Opposition for talks, it is clear that the gov- ernment is not ready for discussion in the House. 5 days of Monsoon session of Parliament have been wasted,” Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told ANI. New Delhi (ANI): The Division Bench of Delhi HC on Mon- day reserved the order on petitions filed by WhatsApp and Facebook challenging a Competition Commission of India (CCI) order for an investigation into the messaging app’s new privacy policy. The bench of Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad on Monday reserved the order after the completion of all the submissions by all sides. Appearing for Facebook Inc, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi submitted that because Facebook is the formal owner of WhatsApp and the platform is said to share its data with Facebook (parent com- pany) doesn’t mean that it is a necessary party to investigate. New Delhi( Agencies): The ED has told Delhi HC through an affidavit that Vivo India indulged in money laundering to destabilise financial system and challenge the nation’s integrity and sovereignty. The affidavit was filed before the Delhi High Court last week. The anti-money laundering agency has said in affidavit that they were scanning suspicious financial transactions of 22 firms owned by Hongkong based foreigners enti- ties. These firms transferred huge money to China. New Delhi (ANI): The CBI arrested seven accused in an ongoing investigation in a case related to the death of Sridhar Das in Bengal. The arrested accused have been identified as Pranab Barkait, Pritam Roy Sarkar (arrested from Kolkata), Ra- tan Roy Sarkar, Liton Shil, Liton Bhaumik, Nakul Roy Sarkar and Biswajit Barman alias Biswa (arrested from Jaipur). Thiruvananthapuram: ED raided multiple premises, including HQs, of Church of South India (CSI) in Thiru- vananthapuram in an alleged black money scam related to accepting capitation fees for admission to a medical col- lege run by church.The raided premises included residences of CSI Bishop Dharmaraj Rasalam, medical college director Dr Bennet Abraham, CSI church secy Praveen. Aligarh: A 2-year-old unemployed youth bru- tally battered his par- ents and his four-year- old niece to death in Aligarh’s Vikas Nagar area on Monday and later walked to the Gandhi Nagar police station and surren- dered himself. Police said that Sau- rabh, a diploma in poly- technic, reached the police station and con- fessed to the crime and claimed that he was irked with his family members. He allegedly killed his parents with a hammer and brick. While his parents died on the spot, his niece succumbed to injuries when she was being taken to the hospital. Police recovered the hammer and the brick used from the crime scene. Saurabh’s father Om Prakash (62) had retired as an ADO from panchayat dept in 2019. Bengaluru (ANI): Bengaluru Police have arrested a suspected terrorist belonging to a terrorist organization and further probe is un- derway, said Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra He further said that his local ac- complices, who were with the terrorist have also been interrogated and the activities car- ried out by him are be- ing investigated. Earli- er, after Bengaluru po- lice had arrested a per- son who was connected with terrorist organiza- tions in J K settled in Okalipur area. Fur- ther details are awaited. New Delhi (ANI): The Supreme Court on Mon- day asked Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala to approach the Delhi High Court with his plea chal- lenging the Election Law Amendment Act that enables linking electoral roll data with Aadhaar ecosystem. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud AS Bopanna granted liberty to Surjewala to move to HC.“Since the PIL petitioner challenges the validity of Section 4 and 5 of Election Law Amendment Act an efficacious alternate remedy is before HC. we grant liberty to move HC under article 226,” the bench said in its or- der. Filing the plea in the apex court Surjewala said that the linking of the cards “infringes upon fundamental right of privacy of citizens. BJP FLAGS OFF FIRST-EVER 'TIRANGA BIKERS RALLY'! IN THE COURTYARD LAL CHOWK DRENCHED IN COLOURS OF THE NATIONAL FLAG BJP leaders and members during the flag off ceremony of Tiranga Bikers Rally to pay tribute to fallen soldiers of the Kargil War, at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Monday. T arun Chugh told the gathering, “Two fam- ilies, Abdullahs and Muftis, who ruled for 70 years, had made Srinagar terrorism capital, but the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has made it tourism and progress capital. The rally flagged off by BJP General Secretary Tarun Chugh was organized by BJP at clock tower, Lal Chowk in Srinagar. Both the major parties of the state are interpreting it in their own way before the public CBIchargesheet againstbizmanin YesBank-DHFLcase Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against Pune-based business- man Avinash Bhosale and others in the Yes Bank-DHFL scam. The federal probe agency has also named Satyan Tandon and six other firms in the chargesheet filed before a special CBI court in Mumbai. The Yes Bank-DHFL began around April, 2018 when Yes Bank in- vested Rs 3,700 crore in scam-hit DHFL, the CBI FIR reads. Wadhawan in return allegedly paid a kick- back of Rs 600 crore to Rana Kapoor and his family in the form of a loan to a company that is held by Kapoor’s three daughters, it said. ` 4,700 CRORE MISAPPROPRIATED THROUGH BUILDERS Over Rs 4,700 crore was misap- propriated through various builders, including Bhosale’s firms, the agency has alleged, adding that Bhosale and his firms received around Rs 68 crore as consultancy charges without pro- viding any services, officials said.
  • 8. business BRIEFS MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022 07 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Commodity Price Change % Chg GOLD 50,495.00 -149.00 -0.29(Per 10g) SILVER 54,374.00 -757.00 -1.37(Per 1kg) COMMODITIES Currency Price Change % Chg USDINR 79.80 -0.50% +0.51 GBPINR 96.08 +0.28 +0.35 CURRENCIES Musk rubishes affair rumour with Google co-founder’s wife New Delhi: Elon Musk said he’s not had sex in ages, with a sigh. Of course, the Te- sla and SpaceX CEO, and the richest man in the world, was speak- ing in context when he denied a report accus- ing him of having an affair with Google co- founder Sergey Brin’s wife Nicole Shanahan. A Wall Street Jour- nal report alleged that Musk ruined his friendship with Brin after his affair with Shanahan. The report mentions sources “fa- miliar with the situa- tion” who told WSJ that the couple filed for divorce earlier this year over “irreconcil- able differences”. Now, Musk has de- nied these accusations to say that he and Brin are still friends and that the report is based on “third-party ran- dom hearsay”. “This is total bs. Ser- gey and I are friends and were at a party to- gether last night! I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with many other people around. Noth- ing romantic,” Musk tweeted responding to a Twitter account called Whole Mars Cat- alog that shared the WSJ report tagging Musk in the post. “Yeah, the character assassination attacks have reached a new level this year, but the articles are all noth- ing-burgers. I work crazy hours, so there just isn’t much time for shenanigans. None of the key people in- volved in these alleged wrongdoings were even interviewed!” Musk wrote on Twitter responding to another handle (Tesla Hype) which quote tweeted one of Musk’s older tweets from May this year about how politi- cal attacks against him would “escalate dra- matically”. And literally, to wrap things up, Musk added: “Haven’t even had sex in ages (sigh)”. The WSJ report alleg- es that Musk and Shan- ahan’s affair occurred at the Art Basel event in Miami just after Musk broke up with Claire Boucher (Grimes). Sources told the WSJ that Brin and Shanahan were sepa- rated but still living together then. A report from Insid- er revealed earlier this month that Musk had twins with a top execu- tive at Neuralink and a former Tesla Employ- ee Shivon Zillis. The twins were born just weeks before Musk and Boucher had their second child through surrogate, “bringing Musk’s number of known children to nine”, as The Verge pointed out. ‘NOTHING ROMANTIC’ ABOUT IT! ELON SAYS z This is total bs. Sergey and I are friends and were at a party together last night! z Yeah, the character assassination attacks have reached a new level this year. z I work crazy hours, so there just isn’t much time for shenanigans. INFOSYS: INDUSTRY LEADING REVENUE GROWTH IN Q1 LAYS ROBUST FOUNDATION FOR THE YEAR Bengaluru (ANI): Infosys (NSE: INFY) (BSE: INFY) (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in next-generation digital services and consult- ing, delivered a robust performance in Q1 with year-on-year growth at 21.4 per cent and sequential growth at 5.5 per cent in constant currency.Year on year growth was in double digits across all business segments in constant currency terms. Digital accounted for 61.0 per cent of over- all revenues, growing at 37.5 per cent in constant currency. Net hiring was strong at 21,171. Operating margin for the quarter was 20.0 pc, with Free Cash Flow conversion at 95.2 pc of net profit. New Delhi (Agencies): Fintech startup Happay’s EPIC corporate payment solution received the “Elite Payment Solution Provider for B2B2C” award at the recently concluded FinTech Festival India 2022. Happay won the award for successfully implementing its innova- tive payment solution to streamline corporate spending. FinTech Festival India aims to showcase the potential of the Indian fintech ecosystem. The festi- val is designed to foster collaborations between fintech companies, investors, and fintech enthusiasts. The event offers a platform to exchange new ideas and exhibit technological innovations. HAPPAY WINS THE PRESTIGIOUS ELITE PAYMENT SOLUTION PROVIDER AWARD SENSEX, NIFTY SNAP 6-DAY WINNING STREAK ON PROFIT BOOKING Mumbai, (PTI) Benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty snapped their six-day winning run to close lower by over a half per cent after profit booking in oil gas, automo- bile and telecom stocks on Monday. The 30-share BSE Sensex fell 306.01 points or 0.55 per cent to settle at 55,766.22 dragged down by index heavyweight Reliance Industries.During the day, the barometer declined 535.15 points or 0.95 per cent to 55,537.08. The broader NSE Nifty dipped 88.45 points or 0.53 pc to 16,631 as 31 of its constituents closed in the red. ADANI ENTERPRISES LTD UP FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SESSION New Delhi (Agencies): Adani Enterprises Ltd is quoting at Rs 2546, up 1.86% on the day as on 12:49 IST on the NSE. The stock is up 81.35% in last one year as compared to a 4.85% jump in NIFTY and a 4.43% jump in the Nifty Media index. Adani Enterprises Ltd is up for a third straight session today. The stock is quoting at Rs 2546, up 1.86% on the day as on 12:49 IST on the NSE. The benchmark NIFTY is down around 0.76% on the day, quoting at 16592.65. OTHER STORIES New Delhi Future Retail announced that the inter- est on 5.60% Senior Se- cured Notes due 2025 (USD Notes) has not been paid on account of ongo- ing CIRP of the Company and, all outstanding amounts payable to any of the creditors of the Company as on the insol- vency commencement date are required to be submitted as claims by the concerned creditors in accordance with the pub- lic announcement issued on 23 July 2022 read to- gether with the applicable provisions of the Code. Further on account of the prevailing moratorium in terms of Section 14 of the Code, NCLT’s order dated 20 July 2022, the Compa- ny is protected against in- ter alia any action of re- covery or enforcement of security interest against the Company. FUTURE RETAIL DEFERS PAYMENT OF INTEREST ON USD NOTES New Delhi: Central Bank of India reported 14.2% increase in standalone net profit to Rs 235 crore on a 0.9% rise in total income to Rs 6,357 crore in Q1 FY23 over Q1 FY22. Oper- ating profit during the quarter declined 0.9% YoY to Rs 1,221 crore. Operat- ing profit margin was 19.21% in Q1 FY23 as against 19.56% in Q1 FY22. Provisions and Con- tingencies increased by 49.6% to Rs 913.67 crore in Q1 FY23 from Rs 610.64 crore in Q1 FY22. Provisions for NPAs was Rs 959.26 crore in Q1 FY23 as compared with Rs 75.36 crore in Q1 FY22. CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA Q1 PAT RISES 14 PER CENT YOY New Delhi (Agencies): The Board of Infosys at its meeting held on held on 23 and 24 July 2022 has approved the allot- ment of 97,309 equity shares, pursuant to exer- cise of RSU’s by eligible employees. Consequently, on 24 July 2022, the is- sued and subscribed share capital of the Com- pany stands increased to Rs 21,038,590,140 divid- ed into 4,207,718,028 eq- uity shares of Rs 5 each. BOARD OF INFOSYS ALLOTS EQUITY SHARES UNDER RSUS New Delhi (Agencies): ICI- CI Bank Ltd has added 13.28% over last one month compared to 9.92% gain in SP BSE BANKEX index and 6.06% rise in the SENSEX ICICI Bank Ltd rose 1.06% today to trade at Rs 808.45. The SP BSE BANKEX index is up 0.32% to quote at 42542.45. The index is up 9.92 % over last one month. Among the oth- er constituents of the index, Axis Bank Ltd increased 0.55% and HDFC Bank Ltd added 0.46% on the day. ICICI BANK LTD SPIKES 1.06% TO TRADE AT ` 808.45 DECODING GEOPOLITICAL IMPLICATIONS I2U2 BLOC WILL FOCUS ONJOINTINVESTMENTS New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 14 joined US President Joe Biden, Israeli PM Yair Lapid and UAE President Mo- hammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the first ever meeting of I2U2. The leaders identi- fied and agreed to work towards com- mon areas of mutual interest. The acro- nym ‘I2’ stands for India and Israel and ‘U2’ stands for US and UAE. I2U2 was first conceptualized during a meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries in October last year. Not only the govern- ment synergies, the group will also aim to leverage private sector capital and ex- pertise for many ar- eas of economic co- operation. Each country will also have Sherpa-level in- teractions regularly. The I2U2 bloc will focus on joint invest- ments in six mutu- ally identified areas such as water, ener- gy, transportation, space, health, and food security. While some alli- ances are crucial for enhanced co-opera- tion on pressing is- sues plaguing the world, some of them became redundant over the years as they either failed or fell short in achiev- ing the ambitious goals they had set out. So, is there a need for one more such bloc and what are its geopolitical implications? KEY FACTORS z I2U2 could present an opportunity to expand ties with the US beyond Asia. z The acronym ‘I2’ stands for India and Israel and ‘U2’ stands for US and UAE. z Each country will also have Sherpa-level interac- tions regularly. US recession will come to India’s tech-hub, finally New Delhi (Agencies): India’s tech industry is ruling out a US reces- sion. Or so you would think from Infosys Ltd.’s cheery forecast of 14% to 16% annual rev- enue growth, slightly better than what the country’s second-big- gest exporter of soft- ware services was pro- jecting just three months ago. The Ben- galuru-based firm, which reported its June quarter earnings on Sunday, is considered the industry’s weath- ervane. If it’s optimistic about orders, then there’s reason to believe that the the deal pipe- line isn’t drying up. US and European firms — from banking, manufac- turing and retail to health care and utilities — are still entering off- shoring contracts, par- ticularly those that will help them automate processes to cut costs. Evidenceof heightened activity is also visible in lastquarter’s12%year-on- year jump in Bengaluru office rents — three times as steep as Shanghai, Sin- gapore or Sydney , accord- ing to Knight Frank. Vivo ‘laundering’ an attempt to threaten integrity of nation: ED New Delhi (Agen- cies): The Enforce- ment Directorate (ED) has told the Del- hi High Court through an affidavit that Vivo India in- dulged in money laundering to destabi- lise the financial sys- tem and challenge the integrity and sover- eignty of the country. The affidavit was filed before the Delhi High Court last week. The anti-money laun- dering agency has said in the affidavit that they were scan- ning the suspicious financial transac- tions of 22 firms owned by Hongkong based foreigners and entities. These firms transferred huge money to China. It is also probing a money laundering case against Grand pros- pect International Communication pri- vate limited, a Jam- mu and Kashmir based distributor of Vivo. The firm was reportedly incorpo- rated on the basis of forged documents and it was claiming to be subsidiary of Vivo India. The firm used an email peter.ou@ vivoglobal.com, indi- cates connection with Vivo India and it is in record of Ministry of Corporate Affairs. RIL falls 4 per cent for June quarter New Delhi (Agen- cies): Shares of Reli- ance Industries dipped 4 per cent to Rs 2,404 on the BSE in Monday’s intra-day trade after the company reported lower-than-expected consolidated net profit at Rs 17,955 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2022 (Q1FY23), up 46.3 per cent over the year-ago period. A poll of analysts by Bloomberg had esti- mated net profit at Rs 21,615 crore. The oil-to- telecom conglomer- ate’s gross sales for the quarter came in at Rs 2.43 trillion, up 53 per cent over the year-ago period. Consolidated PBIDT (profit before interest, depreciation and tax) jumped 45.9 per cent YoY to Rs 40,244 crore in Q1, beating the estimate of Rs 38,474 crore. Results were below estimates on account of lower than expected O2C profitability. O2C Ebit- da stood at Rs 19,888 crore, up 62.6 pc YoY. Grant Thornton Partners with JLU Bhopal (ANI): The Grant Thornton India signed a MoU with Jagran Lakecity University on establishing India’s first Centre for Ana- lytics at the university campus. The launch and the dis- cussion session was con- ducted in the august pres- ence of the Pro-Chancellor, Abhishek Mohan Gupta, VC Prof (Dr) Sandeep Shas- tri, Prof Vivek Khare Reg- istrar JLU, Navniit Siingh Chatwal Director JLU, Pradeep Pandey Director Grant Thornton, Kapil Arora Director Grant Thornton, Sarosh Kumar VP Cognizant and Mihir Merchant Chair CII Bho- pal. Grant Thornton is one of India’s most prominent and fully integrated Assur- ance, Tax, and Advisory firms, promising full advi- sory and growth solutions to big global companies. Jagran Lakecity Universi- ty, one of the fastest grow- ing and most awarded uni- versities in Central India is known for its outstanding academic and industrial international collabora- tions. The University sign- ing a memorandum of un- derstanding with Grant Thornton on establishing India’s first ever Centre for Analytics is sure to open multiple pathways for the youth of this country. The JLU-Grant Thornton Cen- tre for Analytics has been established with a mission to develop students as Busi- ness Analytics Experts and establish a ready resource for the industry for their Data Analytics require- ments and cater to academ- ic programs, specialized training, faculty-based re- search development, and support for entrepreneuri- al ventures. KEY HIGHLIGHTS z The University currently offers over 50+ UGC- approved programmes and admissions are open for this academic year. z The launch and the discussion session was conducted in the august.
  • 9. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022 08 2NDFRONT www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia A heartfelt salute to our Armed forces, the Tricolour flies high due to their courage and bravery . Jai Hind! — Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO Editor-in-Chief, First India Renni Abraham Mumbai: India’s for- eign currency (forex) reserves of Sunday night stood at $572 bil- lion even as the coun- try appears headed for a record year-on-year growth in its forex holdings that stood at $561 billion and $642 billion for fiscals 2020- 2021 and 2021-2022, respectively . Progressively, the fo- rex mop-up over the last eight years has wit- nessed a steady and con- sistent improvement over the previous year since 2014 under the Narendra Modi-led Un- ion Government. During the erstwhile UPA-2 government led by Prime Minister Man- mohan Singh of the In- dian National Congress, the forex holdings grew from $251 billion in 2008- 2009 to $304 billion in 2013-2014 (over six fiscal years). The Modi-led NDA government has maintained a much higher and consistent forex growth level annu- ally . The first two quar- ters of the current fiscal have already registered $572 billion so far. Fiscal sociologist Ravi Duggal, however, opines that maintaining very high reserves is not necessarily a big neces- sity . “Whydoweneedsuch a large pool of (forex) reserves although it is a contingency against oil imports? Forex reserves growth is overhyped. In- dia had faced a huge bal- ance of payment crisis in 1991 and was able to leverage her gold re- serves for an interna- tional bridge loan to overcome the crisis. We are a very large and vi- brant economy where the manufacturing sec- tor is very weak even when compared to mid- dle-income industrial countries,” he explains. Co-convenor of the BJP’s Maharashtra Vya- pariCellMahendraJain disagrees. “We are heavily de- pendent on forex for im- porting of oil and gold, although the sharp ru- pee trade negotiations by India with many countries has already resulted in a rupee-rou- ble trade deal for oil im- ports from Russia, edi- ble and soya bean oil imports from Indonesia and now we are negoti- ating a rupee currency trade deal with Iran from where we have huge gas imports. Effec- tively the sanctions that were placed on Russia more recently, and on Iran earlier by the Euro- US axis have failed. In- dia has shifted close to a quarter of its imports to rupee transactions which again is a big save and further bolsters out forex reserves each year,” Jain says. While Europe (Euro) and China (Yuan) tried to similarly exit the US dollar hegemony in in- ternational transac- tions their huge dollar holdings made the exer- cise futile, Jain pointed out. On this fact, even Duggal agrees while re- membering the Chinese efforts on the front. FOREX RESERVES SEE Y-O-Y GROWTH CURVE SINCE 2014 First India Bureau New Delhi: As Au- gust 15, the date for the launch of the up- coming national Hin- di news channel ‘Bharat 24’ draws clos- er, the curiosity re- garding ‘Team JC’ has gripped Noida’s ‘me- dia circles’. The me- dia circles were abuzz on Monday when two star news anchors Mi- mansa Malik and Poornima Mishra joined Bharat 24. Jagdeesh Chandra welcomed both of them and wished them good luck. Notably, earlier this week Sachin Arora, the star anchor of Zee news, had joined Bharat 24. As leading media personalities from across the na- tional media realm become a part of the Bharat 24 team, the political media and entertainment world is all agog to see what comes next. Star anchors Mimansa and Poornima join‘Team JC’! Jagdeesh Chandra with Mimansa Malik and Poornima Mishra at New Delhi on Monday. First India Bureau New Delhi: The Ja- pan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a loan agreement with the Government of India to provide an Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan of 100,000 mil- lion Japanese Yen (approx. Rs6K crore) as Tranche 3 on the “Project for the Con- struction of Mum- b a i - A h m e d a b a d High-Speed Rail (MAHSR)”. The loan agreement was signed between Ra- jat Kumar Mishra, Ad- ditional Secretary , De- partment of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Fi- nance, Government of IndiaandWatanabeJun, Senior Representative, JICA India. The High-Speed Rail between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will use Ja- pan’s Shinkansen tech- nology (also known as the “Bullet Train”). Speaking on this occa- sion,Watanabesaid,“By introducing Japan’s High Speed Rail technol- ogy , this project has emerged as a symbol of Japan-India collabora- tion. We have witnessed great progress in civil work so far. We believe that the day is approach- ing when the Shinkans- enSystemadoptedinthe projectwillcontributeto region-wide economic and social development, which will bring about income generation to lo- cal residents. With this project, we aim to sim- plify mobility and ease connectivity with a safe and reliable inter-city transport system. This Japan-India collabora- tionwillensureTransfer of Technology from Ja- pan's High Speed Rail system to India, and also give a boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative.” JICA has been sup- porting the project for theMumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project by providing ODA loans. The loan agreement was signed on July 25, 2022, which is subsequent to JPY 250,000 million (ap- proximately Rs18,000 crore) package of JICA’s commitment in 2017. The National High- Speed Rail Corporation Limited(NHSRCL)isthe executing agency of the project, which is expect- ed to cut travel time be- tween Mumbai and Ahmedabad to about three hours. Maha CM’s son plans to replicate Chennai model of waste management JICA extends loan of `6K cr for Ahd-Mum Bullet Train 12-storey PMAY tower completed in 96 days: CIDCO First India Bureau Thane: Shiv Sena MP Dr Shrikant Shinde said on Monday that he intends to replicate the Chennai model of solid waste manage- ment within the limits of the Kalyan-Dom- bivili Municipal Cor- poration (KDMC) in Thane district. Shinde, the son of chief minister Eknath Shinde, represents the Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency . Taking to Twitter, the legislator said he had visited Chennai on invi- tation from the Chennai Municipal Corporation (CMC) and studied the operation of the waste management system, which is a first-of-its- kind project in the country . Every day, around 5,400 MT of garbage is collected from Chennai city, and night conserv- ancy is also carried out in all bus routes, mar- kets, and commercial areas of the city , in addi- tion to door-to-door gar- bage collection, he said. The city has two dumping grounds, Ko- dungaiyur and Perun- gudi, and seven transfer stations, and the grounds are improvised as an engineered land- fill, he mentioned. Shinde further tweet- ed that he plans to repli- cate the Chennai model of solid waste manage- ment system in the lim- its of the KDMC. Thane (PTI): State- run planning author- ity City and Industri- al Development Cor- poration (CIDCO) on Monday announced it had completed the construction of a 12-storey residential tower with 96 flats under the Prime Min- ister Awas Yojana in just 96 days. In a release, CIDCO said the complex in Bamandongri in Navi Mumbai was built in between April 04 and July 09 this year due to the use of modern pre- cast technology, a sys- tem in which concrete is cast in a reusable mould, treated and transported to the con- struction site. The release said CI- DCO, under the leader- ship of managing direc- tor Sanjay Mukherjee, had set a new landmark in the PMAY’s endeav- our of “housing for all” with this tower. Construction of ten- ements under mass housing schemes of PMAY for economical- ly weaker sections (EWS) and lower in- come groups (LIG) is underway in several parts of Navi Mumbai, it added. Dr Shrikant Shinde —FILE PHOTO CIDCO —FILE PHOTO Navi Mumbai complex was built between April 04 and July 09 using modern pre-cast technology PM Narendra Modi and his then-Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe initiated the project in Ahmedabad in 2017. —FILE PHOTO JICA has been supporting the Mumbai-AMD Bullet Train project by providing ODA loans Renni Abraham Mumbai: Closed-cir- cuit television (CCTV) cameras will now monitor the emergen- cy, casualty, out-pa- tient department (OPD) and resident patient wards at the state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospitals (JJ Hos- pital) to keep an eye out for personnel from private-sector pathological laborato- ries (PPLs) canvass- ing on the premises. The unholy nexus be- tween hospital staffers and unscrupulous PPLs was unearthed when Dean of JJ Hospital Dr Pallavi Saple took charge on April 01 and promptly appointed an inquiry committee to investigate and issue recommendations to curb the problem. Con- firming the develop- ment, Dr Saple said more CCTV cameras have been requisi- tioned. Even as the commit- tee has only just submit- ted its recommenda- tions, Dr Saple has stra- tegically realigned ex- isting infrastructure to focus attention on unre- lated visitors. The inquiry commit- tee has issued recom- mendations to curb the predatory practices by theprivatepathlabsand directed that, “Resident Medical Officers (RMO) doctors should take morning ward rounds when the blood collec- tion is usually done. During this round, they should have a dialogue with (the) sisters-in- charge and residents (readpatients).Thiswill lead to fewer routine complaints .” Similarly, security staff have been directed to take rounds within the hospital premises during their duty hours to identify suspicious outsiders observed to be visiting the various medical wards and re- port such persons to the on-duty RMO. Senior nurses, or sis- ters-in-charge, would now be required to enter details of all the blood tests into a register for (proper) documentation and to upgrade the hos- pital and its labs. The committee has also recommended that all hospital staffers--in- cluding doctors, nurses, class 3 and Class 4 em- ployees--must hence- forth display identity cards prominently (on their lapel) for distinct identification. Even pa- tient relatives must dis- play the identity cards issued to them promi- nently . The committee has directed that for special blood investigations re- quired for patients that are unavailable within the hospital facility, the specific permission from the Head of (De- partment) Unit or RMO would be a prerequisite from now on. The committee has also mandated that in- vestigation reports of tests for detecting HIV , HBsAG and HCV must be made available and uploaded within a speci- fied time-bound period for emergency surger- ies for head injuries and dialysis patients. SIR JJ IS WATCHING PRIVATE LAB PERSONNEL New CCTV cameras ordered, old ones realigned, as new SOPs kick in to curb unscrupulous soliciting by pvt labs THE ISSUE The committee (as reported exclusively by First India) was asked to look into the unusually high incidence of path-lab reports for patients being outsourced to private facilities, despite JJ Hospital boasting of 24/7 labs for routine medi- cal tests including complete blood count (CBC) and electrolyte panel (aka serum electrolyte test). Fiscal Forex reserves (in $ bn) 2014-15 341 2015-16 360 2016-17 369 2017-18 424 2018-19 412 2019-20 477 2020-21 561 2021-22 642 Rupee international trade deals for oil and gas expected to ensure the trajectory registers a record collection in FY 2023 as well FOREX GROWTH SABSE BADA RUPAIYA JJ Hospital —FILE PHOTO
  • 10. www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/ thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 09 MUMBAI, TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022 Guns grace GALORE eepika Padukone fans are hav- ing quite an exciting Monday as her motion poster from Pathaan has been shared on social media by Shah Rukh Khan. Pathaan is oneof themostanticipatedfilms of 2023 that will mark Shah Rukh Khan’s return to big screens. On Monday , Shah Rukh, Deepika and John Abraham shared a motion poster featur- ing the actress in a badass avatar with a gun. King Khan only summed up his thoughts about Deepika’s poster in 3 words. Taking to his Instagram handle, Shah Rukh wrote, “Guns and grace galore. @deepikapadukone is all that and more! Celebrate #Pathaan with #YRF50 only at a big screen near you on 25th January 2023. Releasing in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.” D Deepika Padukone R am Charan is present- ly working on S Shankar’s drama, ten- tatively titled RC15. The latest buzz about the pro- ject is that the team is cur- rently shooting for the flick at the Victoria Memorial Home in Hyderabad. However, it is not sure yet whether the mov- ie’s female lead Kiara Advani is also a part of this ongoing schedule of RC15 or not. The RC15 team has already shot some important schedules on the movie in places like Am- ritsar and Vizag. A ll eyes are on Rajshri productions Uunchai ever since the film has been announced. Major news broke on Rajshri’s social me- dia platforms on Monday, as they an- nounced the release date of their 60th film – Uunchai, directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya. Slated to re- lease on 11.11.22, Uunchai will re- lease in the diamond jubilee year of the iconic production house, marking its 75 years of establish- ment. K atrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal has been facing death threats on social media. The Mumbai Police have registered a case against the accused and are look- ing more into the probe. The case has been regis- tered at the Santacruz Police Station against an unidenti- fied man and initiated an in- vestigation for allegedly giv- ing life threats to the actors. The complaint was registered by Vicky Kaushal under the u/s 506(2),354(D) IPC r/w sec 67 IT Act. He complained that one per- son has been threatening post- ing threat messages on Insta- gram. Reports claim that Katri- na was allegedly being stalked and threatened by a stranger online. Vicky Kaushal had tried to talk the person out of it but the stalker would not budge. As a result, the actor went ahead and lodged a complaint at the police station. E ver since Alia Bhatt announced her new film, fans have been eagerly waiting for its release. Darlings will not only see her as an actor but will also mark her debut as a producer. Well, as promised, the trailer of the film is out and as expected it has left everyone speech- less. The trailer looks quite intriguing and every actor seems to have given their best. In the trailer, Alia’s hus- band played by Vijay Varma goes missing. She goes to the police to file a missing complaint along with her mother, played by Shefali Shah. One can conclude from the trailer that Alia wants to teach a lesson to her husband and hence she treats her in the same way as he treated her. Sharing this trailer, Alia wrote, “My first film as a producer!!! Darlings Trailer Out CASE AGAINST RANVEER SINGH A ctor Ranveer Singh recent- ly took the internet by storm with his nude pictures. His pictures have become the talk of the town. Looks like Ranveer has been trapped in legal trouble owing to his bold pictures. Ac- cording to the sourc- es, a complaint has been filed against the actor for hurting women’s sentiments. The complaint has been filed with Mum- bai Police. More de- tails regarding the complaintarestillnot known. Ranveer bared it all in the pho- toshoot as a tribute to BurtReynolds.Hedid a similar photo shoot for a magazine. RAMCHARANSHOOTSHISNEXT Alia Bhatt Poster... Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif Ranveer Singh UUNCHAI’SRELEASEDATE Parineeti Chopra Poster... Katrina Kaif VicKatreceivedeaththreats