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The retail price of regular �������������
petrol also breached the Rs
100 per litre mark in state’s tricts on Thursday. Rs 100 per liter but now even
many districts on Thurs- Diesel and petrol rates the regular petrol is being
day. The fuel rates were in- were hiked for the tenth sold at Rs 100.”
creased for the tenth day in day in a row. Global oil pro- The rising crude oil
a row. Price of regular ducers have to ease pro- prices during the last few
petrol went past Rs 100- duction cuts since higher weeks are hurting the frag-
mark in fourteen districts prices are impacting de- ile global economic recov-
of the state including mand in Asia’s third ery due to significant de-
Rewa, Dindori, Umaria, largest economy. Madhya mand contraction, which
Sheopur, Shahdol, Satna, Pradesh levies 33 per cent might even mirror the im-
Neemuch, Panna, Chhat- plus Rs 4.5 a litre and 1 per pact of COVID-19 in its ini-
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first to have breached the Petrol pump dealers Asso- fects demand growth,
mark in the state. In the ciation president Ajay Singh which could potentially

Have not leaked anything to

next few days other dis- said, “In Madhya Pradesh, impact the delicate aspira-
tricts would follow the cue. er taxes, had crossed the retail price of regular petrol tional economic growth
In Bhopal, petrol costs Rs 100 mark a few days back, has breached Rs100 per litre trajectory not just in India
98.96 per litre. the regular petrol price fol- barrier in many districts. but in other developing

media, police tell Delhi HC

While the premium lowing the same pattern Earlier, the retail price of countries as well, Ajay
petrol, which attracts high- crossed the figure in 4 dis- premium petrol had crossed Singh added.

��������� that it has not leaked any

material relating to the in-
She claimed that her arrest
from Bengaluru on Feb 13 by Puducherry Lt Guv ���������������� METRO MAN
Delhi Police on Thursday
told the Delhi High Court
that they have not leaked
vestigation to the media.
Since there were no
counsels representing the
a Cyber Cell team of Delhi
Police was "wholly unlawful-
ly and without basis".
asks CM to prove
majority on Feb 22
Army joins search JOINING BJP

for missing people

any material to the media in News Broadcasting Stan- She also contended that in ���������
relation to its probe in the dards Authority (NBSA) the present circumstances,
FIR against climate activist and some of the media it was "highly likely" that �������� In a shot in
Disha Ravi for her alleged houses named in Ravi's pe- the general public will per- ���������� the arm for
involvement in sharing a tition, the court issued no- ceive the news items "as be- ������������������ the army from Jabalpur. the BJP in the
toolkit backing the ongoing tice to them and said it will ing conclusive as to the guilt The Congress government ������ The SDRF team does not upcoming
farmers' protest. The court hear the matter on Friday. of the petitioner (Ravi)". "In in Puducherry will have to have suitable equipment to Kerala As-
was hearing Ravi's plea to The petition has also these circumstances, and to prove its majority in the as- A team of army personnel enter the tunnel and search sembly elec-
sought to restrain the me- restrain the respondents sembly on February 22 with on Thursday joined search for the missing persons. tions, ‘Metro
������������ dia from publishing the
content or extract of any
from further violating her
privacy, her reputation, and
Lt Governor Tamilisai
Soundararajan on Thurs-
and rescue operation of
three missing persons of
The army team joined the
SDRF team and went into
Man’ E Sreedharan on
Thursday announced his
restrain police from leaking private chats, including her right to a fair trial, the day ordering the floor test, the Bansagar canal bus ac- the tunnel equipped with decision to join the party.
to the media any probe ma- those on WhatsApp, be- petitioner is moving present hours after assuming cident in Sidhi district. oxygen cylinders, search He is likely to do so during
terial in relation to the FIR tween her and third par- petition," the plea has said. charge vowing to function The SDRF, police and dis- lights and other diving the party’s Vijay Yatra,
lodged against her. ties. Ravi said she is "se- Her petition has alleged in accordance with the Con- trict administration till equipment. On Thursday, which gets kicked off on
The submission was verely aggrieved and preju- that investigative matters stitution. date recovered 50 bodies the team did not get any Sunday in the run-up to the
made before Justice diced by the media trial have been leaked to the me- The development came from canal water while one clue about the missing peo- polls due in May.
Prathiba M Singh by Solic- surrounding her arrest dia and the press briefings days after a ruling party died in the hospital. Three ple. Modi has bent backwards
itor General Tushar and the ongoing investiga- by the police are "prejudi- MLA resigned, becoming people are still missing and Now, the joint team will to accommodate the 88-
Mehta, appearing for the tion, where she is being cial" and "grossly violative the fourth to quit the as- to search them, the district start search operation on year-old Sreedharan, as

126 test police. The court asked the

police to file an affidavit
viscerally attacked by the
respondent 1 (police) and
of her right to a fair trial
and presumption of inno-
sembly since last month,
bringing down the num-
administration has called Friday morning.

the party has an age cut-off
of 75 years, under which

+ve in city containing its submission several media houses". cence". ������������ bers of the Congress-DMK
alliance to 14 in the 33-
member House with an ef-
veterans like Advani and
Joshi were shown the door.
The ‘Metro Man’ told re-

Cong leaders clash

Number of positive cases
I-T sleuths raid fective strength of 28.
Telangana Governor hand-
porters from his hometown
Malappuram that only for-
malities remain and he is

20 premises of

over bandh call

of Covid-19 has increased ed additional charge of the �������������� amenable to contesting the
over 100 again after 41 days. UT on Tuesday following ������������������ election, if the party wants.

Cong MLA Daga

As many as 126 patients the removal of Kiran Bedi, �������������� "I have been living in Ker-
tested positive out of 1,894 issued the direction to ������ ala for last 10 years, since my
sample reports received on Chief Minister V �������������� retirement. I have seen dif-
Thursday. Over 100 cases ������������������ Narayanasamy after the ferent governments come
was recorded on January 9 ������
������������������������ opposition, which also has
and go but they have all been
when 145 were tested posi- ������������������ 14 MLAs, petitioned her, ��������������� found wanting. I am joining
tive. A meeting of the Congress ������ saying the government has ��������������������� the BJP to be able to con-
Rate of positive patients party to chalk-out strategy been reduced to minority ����������������� tribute my mite, using my ex-
was recorded at 6.65% and for Saturday’s half-day The income-tax department and it should prove its ������������������������������������������������������������� perience," he said, explain-
the total number of posi- bandh turned ugly when sleuths on Thursday raided strength on the floor of the ���������������������������������������������������� ing why he opted for the BJP.
tive patients reached 58490. two leaders clashed at the business and residential assembly. ������������������������������������������������������ ������������
No death was reported due party office in the presence premises of Congress legis-

Gowtham goes to CSK for Rs 9.25 cr

to which the total number of former minister PC tel and others tried to paci- lator and businessman Nilay
of deaths remained 927 so Sharma, on Thursday. Son fy them but nobody paid at- Daga. According to sources,
far. According to the bul- of DCC president Anil tention to their pleas. the business of Dagas is
letin released by the Mishra and Congress After much rumpus, fi- worth Rs 1,000 crore.
CMHO, reports of total leader Dhamendra Rai nally they calmed down The I-T sleuths have come ���������� ������� ������������ Nathan Coulter-
samples received till Thurs- were involved in the clash. and just after that the meet- across several irregularities Nile were picked
day was 8,16,480. As many When the meeting was ini- ing was dissolved. during the initial probe of ����������������������� Uncapped player Shahrukh Khan up by Mumbai In-
as 1,755 samples were tested tially started, both Mishra When asked, media coor- the records. The evidence, was bagged by Punjab Kings. dians for Rs 3.2
negative on Thursday. and Rai were sitting togeth- dinator Narendra Saluja the income-tax department �������� Shahrukh had his base price of Rs 20 crore and Rs 5
Department has taken er. When the question came refused such ‘ruckus’ oc- has laid their hands on, may lakh but he went to Punjab Kings for crore respectively.
1973 more samples for test- about closing of shops, Rai curred between the two bring to light tax evasion All-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham Rs 5.25 crore. Delhi Capitals, RCB, Indian pacer
ing including 1575 for RT- pointed at Mishra and asked Congress leaders. He worth crores of rupees. It was on Thursday bought by Chennai and Punjab Kings all made the bids Umesh Yadav was
PCR. whether Mishra’s liquor claimed: ‘It is a work of Op- happened for the first time Super Kings (CSK) in the ongoing for him, but in the end, the winning ������������� bought by Delhi
As many as 483 patients shop will also be closed’. On position, which wanted to in the state that the income- mini-auction of the Indian Premier bid was made by Punjab Kings. Capitals for Rs 1
are getting treatment in this both of them had heated kill harmony of the party tax department raided the League (IPL). Kolkata Knight Riders Rajat Patidar was sold to RCB crore and Sheldon Cottrell, Alex
various hospitals of the arguments which turned and wanted to create confu- premises of a legislator. (KKR) opened the bidding for for Rs 20 lakh while India spinner Carey, Sam Billings, and Kusal Per-
city. Total 57,080 patients into a clash. sion’. Apart from Nilay, the resi- Gowtham at his base price of Rs 20 Piyush Chawla was picked by Mum- era all went unsold. Meanwhile,
have been discharged so far. Former mayor Vibha Pa- ������������ dential and business premis- lakh but was eventually picked by bai Indians for Rs 2.4 cr. Bangladesh South African all-rounder Chris Mor-
es of his three brothers CSK for Rs 9.25 cr. Star wicket-keeper bowler Mustafizur Rahman was sold ris became the most expensive player

RAIL ROKO STIR Neeraj Daga, Shreyansh

Daga and Kaushik Daga
batsman Mohammed Azharuddeen
was sold to Royal Challengers Banga-
to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 1 crore
while New Zealand pacer Adam
at an IPL auction after he was bought
by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25
were also raided. lore (RCB) for Rs 20 lakh. Milne and Australian all-rounder crore. �������������������


Clean chit to ex-CJI Gogoi; charge was part of ‘plot’

���������� holding that a con- Justice Patnaik ac- Gogoi. The court noted that also have led to the hatching
��������� spiracy cannot be knowledged a an Intelligence Bureau re- of the conspiracy. "Two
ruled out in the wider conspiracy port submitted to the Jus- years have passed and the
The Supreme Court on sexual harassment behind the sexual tice Patnaik committee had possibility of recovery of
Thursday once again ab- charges levelled harassment stated that some people electronic evidence is un-
solved the then Chief Jus- against Justice charges levelled were unhappy with Gogoi likely.
tice of India Ranjan Gogoi Gogoi in April against retired CJI because of his tough stand The three-member com-
of the charge of sexual ha- 2019. Gogoi. on finalisation of NRC-As- mittee headed by CJI SA
rassment of a staff member The Patnaik com- Justice Patnaik sam and this could have Bobde has already submit-
posted at his residence. mittee report said said he did not been part of the plot to de- ted a report. Suo motu, the
A Bench of Justices S K it could be because have the mandate fame him. case is closed and proceed-
Kaul, A S Bopanna and V of the tough stand to probe the con- The Justice Patnaik com- ings are disposed of. There
Ramasubramanian accept- taken by the then CJI on ju- spiracy as already a 3-judge mittee is also reported to is no requirement to keep
�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ed the report of a commit- dicial and administrative committee headed by Jus- have said that Gogoi's tough the case going on”, the
������������������������������������������������������������������� tee headed by former Apex matters. tice Sharad A Bobde had decisions to streamline the court said in its order clos-
Court judge A K Patnaik In its order, the court said given a clean chit to Justice top court's registry could ing the case.
Bookings for Mhow-Ratlam DEMU begins
INDORE: The tickets bookings for Mhow-Ratlam special DEMU train started from
Thursday. Two pairs of DEMU trains will restart from next Saturday. The Advance
Reservation Period (ARP) for ticket bookings of train no. 09347/09348 Mhow-Ratlam is
kept at 10 days.

IIM Indore signs MoU RTO men on hyper

Doc misbehaves
with Ayush team; cop
'inaction' alleged checking drive
with MCTE, Mhow
Indore IIMI will develop

A doctor in Bhawarkuan area misbe-

haved and manhandled a team of
AYUSH doctors who reached his day
care centre for inspection, on Thurs-
IIM Indore signed an MoU short capsule courses day, over a complaint made to CM
with Military College of Helpline.
Telecommunication Engi- in contemporary The accused doctor allegedly tore the
neering (MCTE), Mhow on management skills documents of the team members and
Thursday. abused them along with misbehaving
Valid for a period of three for the foreign with the lady doctor. The victim doc-
years, the MoU was signed students hosted by tors also alleged that the police didn't
by Director of IIM Profes- provide any help to them after the inci-
sor Himanshu Rai, and Lt MCTE and will dent.
General MU Nair, SM, Com- provide assistance in According to District AYUSH officer
mandant, MCTE, Mhow. Dr Himmat Singh Dawar, our team in-
Mentioning that this is the research in the field cluding Dr Garima Mandloi and Dr
first MoU with the Army, of Big Data Analytics Sachin Shah had reached The Day Care
Rai said that this would and Vaccination Centre at Bholaram
prove to be valuable and and Predictive Ustad Marg to probe over a complaint
would encourage close co- Analytics based made against the centre in CM
operation amongst the de- Helpline.
fence, academia and indus- problem solutions "A complaint was made against Hema
try to interact closely. Pardesi and it was mentioned that she
"The partnership is envis- didn't have any eligible degree and also OUR STAFF REPORTER many as 130 buses at Dhar Road and
aged to be mutually benefi-
cial for both institutions. Online Rural Engagement prescribed allopathic medicines but
Pardesi claimed to have a BHMS de-
Indore Khandwa Road during the drive
against passenger buses violating

Programme starts
For MCTE, it will be an op- gree. When Dr Garima and Dr Sachin Continuing the action against pas- norms. We have slapped challans to
portunity to leverage the reached the spot, Dr Anil Ghai came senger buses, officials of Regional as many as 31 buses and collected
expertise of the faculty and there and misbehaved and manhandled Transport Office hit the roads con- fines of Rs 62,500."
research scholars of IIM in them and abused them," Dawar said. secutively for the second day on She said that permits of two buses
the field of management
studies. For the faculty
650 STUDENTS WILL DO A lenges of Covid19 and Be-
ticipants which enables
them to make quick and
He added that the victim doctors
lodged a written complaint against the
Thursday and seized two buses for
over crowding.
were cancelled as their emergency
exits were blocked with net and
members at IIM, it would TELEPHONIC SURVEY OF There are 1.33 lakh correct decisions, connect doctor but police didn't take any action. Moreover, the officials also sus- speed governors were also tem-
provide an opportunity to schools in India; out of to the ground and be sen- "We also called the ASP, SP, and ADM to pended the fitness certificates of pered.
connect to practical reality 13,000 RESPONDENTS which 69 per cent are in sitive. inform them about the incident and to two buses for violating the norms. ARTO Nisha Chouhan, RTI Ravin-
in the relevant research and
developmental activities FROM RURAL AREAS OF the urban region and 31
per cent in the rural areas.
"We tracked and mapped
all the learners and con-
get help in the matter but they couldn't
take call," The AYUSH officer added.
According to ARTO Archana
Mishra, "We have checked on as
dra Singh Thakur and others were
also present during the action.
thereby enriching the do- THE 52 DISTRICTS OF 94 per cent of the govern- ducted various digital and

Evening rain brings relief

main expertise', he said. ment schools are in rural non-digital initiatives
Lt. Gen. Nair shared his MADHYA PRADESH areas in Madhya Pradesh, with tag #AbPad-
delight over signing the while just 6 per cent are in haiNahiRukegi. These in-
MoU with IIM Indore. Indore urban areas. There are 98 cluded State Wide Radio
"MCTE hosts almost 20-30 lakh students enrolled in Programme, Digital OUR STAFF REPORTER
foreign students from 10 to The orientation of the both elementary and sec- Learning Enhancement Indore
12 different foreign coun- Rural Engagement Pro- ondary levels; however, Programme, Teacher
tries. Short capsules in con- gramme (REP) 2021 took just 30 per cent have ac- Training through DIK- Citizens on Thursday got relief from
temporary management place at IIM Indore on cess to a smartphone. Ma- SHA, TV Broadcasts like soaring temperature as the weather
skills designed for these for- Thursday. jority of the students Swayamprabha, What- took a U-turn and city received light
eign students by IIM, Indore This time, the pro- (65%) have access to radio sApp based assessments showers. Sky remained cloudy
will go a long way in foster- gramme is being conduct- and television (60%). IIM and HumaraGhar, Humar- throughout the day and it rained in
ing good relations between ed in online mode, where- Indore REP participants aVidyalay '', she said. the evening which pulled the day tem-
the countries", he said. in the participants would would be able to analyse The participants also got perature again below the normal tem-
The MoU will also focus be conducting a telephon- the initiatives taken by an opportunity to interact perature.
on joint research, joint case ic survey of around 40,000 the Government to pro- with Jami, who spoke on According to meteorological depart- wind discontinuity in the lower levels over West Madhya Pradesh."
studies, with special focus participants from rural vide obstacle-free educa- the topic-'School Educa- ment officials, the weather would re- over Central India with moisture in- However, maximum temperature on
on big data analytics and in areas of 52 districts of tion to the school students tion in India: Challenges main the same on Friday. flow from Bay of Bengal. It is likely to Thursday was recorded at 28.4 de-
implementation of predic- Madhya Pradesh. in rural areas. and Opportunities'. Shi- "Due to the change in weather, the move southwestward and persist dur- grees Celsius which was one degree
tive analytics based prob- The subject of this year's Principal Secretary tanshu Shukla shared his day and night temperature will drop ing the next 24 hours. Under its influ- Celsius below the normal while the
lem definitions with the as- REP is 'School Education Rashmi Arun Shami, not- views on 'New Initiatives and will give a sense of chill once ence, light to moderate rainfall at a night temperature was recorded at
sistance and expertise pro- in Rural Madhya Pradesh: ed that the REP will pro- for School Education in again," meteorological department of- few places with isolated thunder- 15.5 degrees Celsius which was three
vided by IIM Indore. Overcoming the Chal- vide learning to the par- Madhya Pradesh'. ficials said adding "There is a strong storm, lightning, and hail very likely degrees Celsius above the normal.

Governor in city, to take

part in 3 functions
STSF's role in leopard Covid shot for
Infantry School
Soil testing before
shooting questioned Commandant
1800 given Covid vaccine
plantation this year
Probe may be taken away the case.
STSF officers have been asked to
at Military Hospital so far
FOREST DEPT WANTS TO Collecting samples
soon from strike force send a report on the incident. Ac-
cording to departmental sources, the
Vaccination drive against INCREASE SURVIVAL There are about 20 to 30 main
investigation may soon be taken
away from the STSF.
Covid 19 started on Feb-
ruary 15 at the Military RATE OF SAPLINGS plantation sites in the Indore
forest division, which have
On July 10, 2020, the leopard was Hospital in Mhow with been identified by the depart-
The state Tiger Strike Force (STSF) found in the injured severely in the the help of the state OUR STAFF REPORTER ment. Soil samples are being
of Madhya Pradesh with leopard Nayapura range. It was reported by health department. Indore collected from here. After in-
state status still hasn't been able to Rohitaswa Pandey and then rescued Infantry School com- vestigation, the department
find the hunter who mercilessly shot by forest department. mandant Lt Gen Anan- Lakhs of saplings are planted will determine plant species at
the leopard with 42 shrapnels. While A quarter of a month later, the city thanarayan received the in the forests every year, but these places. Based on that,
STSF blames the local authorities scan was done, in which the leop- vaccine on Thursday thirty to forty per cent of the plants will be planted in these
for negligence in the matter prior to ard's head was found to have 42 morning. He reached the plants die or they do not grow places.
their investigation, questions about shrapnel. After that investigation hospital at about 11:30 on properly. Now the forest de-
their investigation team and began on hunting incident. But four Thursday and Military partment has decided that soil Will conduct soil test
progress have also been raised in the times within seven months, the in- Hospital's Brigadier Shar- testing of each location will be

department. vestigation has been handed over to ma received him on his done before plantation. This ccording to the
OUR STAFF REPORTER programme, Governor Pa- Complainants alleged that the team different authorities. arrival at the hospital and work will be completed by rules, soil testing
Indore tel will leave for Devi has been protecting the accused. Neither the hunter has been found showed him the facilities April, so that more saplings has to be done be-
Ahilya University on Fri- There have been complaints regis- nor the gun has been discovered. at the hospital. He said survive. fore planting
Governor Anandiben Patel day at 10.55 am. She will tered with the Ministry of Forest STSF has been investigating since that so far 1800 Army per- About 8-10 lakh saplings are saplings.Through this, the
arrived in the city on participate in the annual and Environment and the Wildlife November 2020. But no progress has sonnel have received the planted in the Indore, Choral, soil deficiencies will be
Thursday on a three-day convocation ceremony of Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) in been reported yet. vaccine. Mhow and Manpur ranges filled with manure. Soil-
stay. She will participate in Devi Ahilya University coming under the Indore for- friendly plant species will be
three functions on Friday from 11 am. At 3 pm, from est division. At present, planted at the said location.
and Saturday.
Patel was given a warm
the Devi Ahilya University
campus, she will virtually
Girl commits suicide Indore-Amritsar train to foresters plant any species
without conducting a soil test.
Indore Forest Division
welcome at Devi Ahilyabai
Holkar Airport by Water
participate in the convoca-
tion programme of Dr
Indore: A 25-year-old girl allegedly
committed suicide by hanging himself
restart on Feb 23 As a result, many of the
saplings do not survive. To register the name in the
Resources minister Tulsir- Ambedkar Social Science from the ceiling of her residence in OUR STAFF REPORTER Sundays at 01.50 hours and will On the instructions of Divi- Guinness Book, one crore plants
am Silawat. On this occa- University, Mhow. At the Khajrana area on Wednesday night. Indore reach the city at 00.55 hours the sional Forest Officer (DFO) Dr were planted in the state in 2016
sion MP Shankar Lalwani, end of the programme at No suicide note was recovered from The bi-weekly special train be- next day. Kiran Bisen, the soil is being and six crore saplings in 2017 in
vice-chancellor of Devi 4.30 pm, Governor Patel will the spot. tween Indore-Amritsar will be The train will have halts at De- tested in most of the sites be- a day, which included 22 lakh
Ahilya University, Renu leave for the Residency According to the police, the deceased operational again on 23 February, was, Maxi, Shajapur, Beawara fore the plantation to be held plants in both years in the In-
Jain, divisional commis- Kothi and stay the night has been identified as Swati, a resi- according to a railway official. Rajgarh, Ruthiai, Guna, Shiv- in June. College of Agricul- dore forest division.
sioner Dr Pawan Kumar here. dent of Suraj Nagar area of the city. Train number 09325 Indore puri, Gwalior, Agra Cantt, ture is helping in soil testing. In 2018, the Congress govern-
Sharma, IG Harinarayan Governor Patel will at- She was found hanging by one of her Amritsar Special Express, will Mathura, Faridabad, Hazrat This work is to be completed ment was formed, and it con-
Chari Mishra, collector tend the second convoca- family members when she was rushed depart from the city at 19.45 hrs Nizamuddin, Ghaziabad, by the forest workers before ducted an investigation to
Manish Singh, DIG Manish tion ceremony of Symbio- to the hospital but she could not be on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Meerut City, Muzaffarnagar, April. know the reality of these plan-
Kapooria and other offi- sis University of Applied saved. She was employed as a HR man- will reach Amritsar at 21.00 the Deoband, Sararanpur, Yamu- The amount of potassium, tations, in which the number of
cers were present. Science at Bada Bangarda ager in an advisory company. It was next day. Similarly, train num- nanagar Jagadhri, Jamadhri minerals, zinc, manganese in plants was found less in many
The Governor will attend at 10 am on Saturday. After the marriage anniversary of her par- ber 09326, Amritsar-Indore Spe- from both directions. The train the soil will be found through places. However, later the de-
various programmes in the the end of the programme, ents on Wednesday. The police are tak- cial Express will restart on Feb- will have one second AC, five the testing so that these short- partment had re-planted new
city on 19 and 20 February. she will leave for Ujjain by ing the statement of the deceased to ruary 25, and it will start from third AC, nine sleepers and four comings can be suplemented saplings in place of those that
According to the scheduled 11 am. know the reason for her suicide. Amritsar on Thursdays and general class coaches. through manure. had died.


IMC SLAPS IMC officials said they received a
complaint that Dr M Hablani, who
had issued orders that no one will be
allowed to paste any pamphlet, flex
RS 3K FINE runs a clinic in Manik Bagh area, has
pasted flex and put up hoardings on
etc anywhere in public space with-
out the consent of the property own-
the pillars of the Manikbagh Bridge. er or without permission of IMC.
DRIVING SCHOOL An FIR has been registered against
him at Juni Indore police station
The IMC has also decided to lodge
FIR against persons found violating
ALSO FINED along with a spot fine of Rs 3,000. The
team also imposed a spot fine of Rs
the order.
"IMC will lodge an FIR against vi-
OUR STAFF REPORTER 2,000 on a car driving training insti- olators under Madhya Pradesh Sam-
Indore tution owner. patti Virupan Nivaran Adhiniyam,
IMC has recently decorated the 1994 for pasting banners and posters
Indore Municipal Corporation walls below the bridge with art and in public places," said Pal.
lodged an FIR against a doctor in the designs as well as painted the rest of "They make the area look untidy
Manikbagh area for illegally pasting the walls, officials said. and spoils the beauty of the city. IMC
advertisements on the pillars of Being extra cautious for the is making murals on the walls in
Manikbagh Bridge. A car driving Swachhata Survekshan 2021, corpo- many areas to make the city look
school was also fined. ration commissioner Pratibha Pal neat and clean," said Pal.
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Youth booked for
firing a bullet
������������������ Deepak who had allegedly

������ opened fire on Ishant with a
firearm. Preliminary inves-
Police booked a person for tigation revealed that Deep-
allegedly opening fire on ak had an argument with a
him in front of a hotel in hotel staff in the afternoon
Lasudia area late on Thurs- and possibly he reached
day night. Police claimed there to threaten the person
that the accused has been when he found Ishant out-
identified but he could not side the hotel and he re-
1,599 plots worth Rs 3,250cr freed from clutches of land mafia: Collector Four FIRs registered in Khajrana police station, two in MIG police station: DIG be arrested till the filing of
the report.
portedly fired a bullet with
a firearm.
Lasudia police station in According to TI Patel, the
������������������ With this, the two-decades-long wait of the charge Indramani Patel suspect was captured in a
������ genuine plot owners would be over, the col- said the incident took place CCTV installed near the
lector added. Following clear directives in front of Hotel Silver Key spot. A case under the rele-
In a major crackdown against land mafia in from the Chief Minister, a joint team of rev- near Bombay Hospital vant section has been regis-
the city, police booked 17 accused for land enue, co-operatives and police is probing the around 9.45 pm. The ac- tered and a search is on for
fraud worth more than Rs 3,250 crores and plot allotment at Pushpa Vihar located op- cused has been identified as the accused.
two of them, Mukesh Khatri and Shridhar posite Hotel Radisson blu, Ayodhyapuri lo-
Kadam, were arrested by MIG police and
Khajrana police respectively. The police
cated at LIG square and Heena Palace locat-
ed in Khajrana area and the other colonies. Sheetla Patle made CEO,
raided many places in Khajrana area on
Thursday night in search of the accused. PRIORITY LIST OF LEGAL Smart City Indore
DIG Manish Kapooria said that six FIRs �������������
(four in Khajrana police station and two in
MIG police station)were registered late on Singh said that a committee of coopera- CEO, district panchahyat Dewas, Sheetla Patle has
Wednesday. Khajrana police station staff tives department will investigate the entire been appointed CEO, Smart City Indore. Patle has
registered four FIRs against Dilip Sisodiya, matter and prepare the priority list of legal replaced Aditi Garg, who has been made CEO dis-
Naseem Haidar, Kamlesh Jain, Omprakash owners of the plots. The plots will be given trict panchayat Burhanpur. The state government
Dhanwani, Deepesh Kumar Vora, Keshav to the legal owners who were plot holders on Thursday transferred four IAS officers. CEO dis-
Nachani, Jitendra Dhawan, Rajeev Dhawan, before 2010-11. Singh said in case of double- trict Panchayat Burhanpur Kailash Vankhede was
Dhreedhar Kadam, Ramsevak Pal, Ghulam registry of plots the second registry would sent to Rashtriya Madhymic Siksha Abhiyan,
Sattar and Rameshchandra Jain. MIG police be cancelled and the money would be re- Bhopal as additional project director.
booked Surendra Sanghvi, Prateek Sanghvi, funded to the buyer by the illegal coloniser.
Vimal Lohariya, Pushpendra Nema, Ran- If need be buildings owned by illegal
veer Singh Sudan and Mukesh Khatri.
The police have registered the case
coloniser\land mafia would be razed, the
collector added. Man tweaks meter,
against the accused in connection with the
fraud in Nandanagar Sahkari Sakh
Sanstha, Heena Palace Colony and Pushp
Vihar Colony. They have been accused of
preparing registry of plots that had al- Talking about the pending complaints of ������
ready been sold by using forged documents Mahalaxmi Nagar and Gandhi Nagar Grih
in Nandanagar Sahkari Sakh Sanstha. ���������� Nirman Society, collector Singh admitted A team of west Discom conducted a drive against electric-
������������� that there are numerous complaints about ity theft in Taatpatti Bakhal area and imposed fine of Rs 5
HOPE FOR GENUINE Mahalaxmi Nagar. We will prepare a prior- lakh on the consumer.
PLOT HOLDERS GENUINE PLOT HOLDERS OF PUSHPA VIHAR ity list of the legal owners. If required the
amount would be refunded to them. About
Officials said that it was discovered that one Mohammed
Azam had tweaked the smart meter and managed to pilfer
With the FIRs and arrests there is hope for AND AYODHYA PURI HAD MET CM the Gandhi Nagar Grih Nirman Society, electricity worth lakhs of rupees.
the genuine plot holders. Collector Manish
Singh said that 1,599 plots estimated to be
worth Rs 3250 cr. is being liberated from the
T he victims of the Pushpa Vihar and Ayodhyapuri had met Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the sideline of Pipliyahana flyover inauguration
ceremony on January 6. They had urged CM to do justice with them. Immedi-
Singh said that the board of directors of
the society will be dissolved and then the
action would be initiated against them.
Officials said that when the team raided Azam's place,
they found four air-conditioners, two geasers and 13 other
similar type of equipment guzzling electricity. In all, as
clutches of land mafia. Now, a committee ately, the CM had instructed collector Manish Singh to look into the matter and Also, the complaints of the plot holders or many as 40 appliances were operational in the house and to-
will look into the matter and hand over the act in favour of the victims. members of the society would be ad- gether these gadgets consumed electricity up to 28 kilo volt.
plots to the legal owners of these colonies. dressed. Following this, the team imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on him.

IMC's week-long campaign for resolving problems Lack of timely medical care

claims life of minor boy

������������������ problems. IMC officials said
������ complaints about new tap con-
nections, complaints of dirty ��������������� gan treatment. After pro- ly called local MLA
The Indore Municipal Corpora- water, work of leakage and �������� viding primary treatment, Kalawati Bhuria and nar-
tion has started a seven-day restoration, complaints about she decided to refer him to rated the entire incident.
campaign from Thursday till pipeline leakage, boring / hand A 14-year-old boy who con- the district hospital, mean- MLA then called up Jobat
February 24 to resolve the prob- pumps, etc are received and sumed some poisonous liq- while, Salam breathed his SDM Rajvir Singh and chief
lems of citizens regarding wa- their proper resolution will be uid died after failing to get last. block medical officer Dr
ter supply and other related done under the camp. treatment on time at Family members claimed Amit Dalal.
Udaigarh situated commu- that they brought Salam to CBMO Dr Dalal informed
nity health centre on the health centre anticipat- me that Dr Laxmi Chopra
Thursday. ing doctors here could save had to go out for some fami-
Deceased is identified as him, but even after waiting ly work. She informed Dr
Salam, son of Lalu, a resi- for more than one-and-a- Sawan Ajnar about her
dent of Pratap hamlet un- half hour no doctor came to non-availability. Dr Ajnar
der Udaigarh police station the centre to treat dying who is staying inside the
limit in Alirajpur district. Salam. health centre campus has
LIQUOR SHOP FINED His parents accused non- As per the duty chart, Dr to make a quick response in
availability of doctor and Laxmi Chopra was sup- the case.
INDORE: A team of IMC imposed spot fine of Rs 21,000 on a liquor shop for failing to get treatment on posed to have been present According to the informa-
spreading untidiness in surrounding and selling water pouches. The team time cost Salam’s life. at the centre, but she was tion, 6 posts of doctors are
reached the liquor shop at Rajiv Gandhi Square and imposed a fine of Rs Deceased family members not available there. Salam’s sanctioned for Community
21,000. They also seized 50 sacks of water pouches which the shopkeeper informed that Salam con- father Lalu and other fami- Health Center Udaigarh,
was selling. In a separate drive, the team of IMC imposed a fine of Rs 8,000 sumed some pesticide at his ly members alleged that the but only Dr Moti Singh and
on a grocery shop in Joshi Mohalla and a fine of Rs 5,000 on another shop in place. His family members child did not get timely Dr Sawan Ajnar are present
the same area for using non-standard polythene. Team also seized 7kg of took him to a community treatment due to lack of a here. CBMO Dr Amit Dalal
such polythene from the shops. health centre immediately, doctor. He accused the doc- himself posted at Bori. Dr
but despite waiting for tors of negligence and de- Jyoti Jamra and Dr Naren-
DEMOLITION more than one-and-a-half manded action against the dra Mori Jobat are on at-
hour no doctor turned up to guilty doctors. tachment, but their salaries
INDORE: A team of IMC demolished illegal construction made over a land see him. The kin of the deceased released from Udaigarh.
of 70,000 Sq ft in Chitrakoot Nagar on Thursday. IMC officials said that land At around 9.30 am, shared their ordeal with The original posting of both
owner Omprakash Bhati and colonizer Irfan were doing construction of five AYUSH Dr Shikha Sharma the janpad president Mani- is also from Udaygarh Com-
buildings. came to the centre and be- bai Ajnar, who subsequent- munity Health Center.

Barwani RTO wakes up TALL CLAIMS Unseasonal rain Three TIs reshuffled in city
INDORE: DIG reshuffled three police stations in charge in

after Sidhi bus tragedy

Despite the tall claims
of administration a case
of overloading came to
damages crops lying the city on Thursday night. DIG Manish Kapooria has re-
leased an order to transfer Tejaji Nagar police station RNS
Bhadoriya to Juni Indore TI while Juni Indore TI Bharat
light three days ago as
Kotwali police took ac- in fields, market yards Singh Thakur was transferred to police lines. Inspector
RD Kanwa will be the TI of Tejaji Nagar police station.
������� DRIVE TO CONTINUE... tion after more than 20
people were found sitting ��������������� damaged the harvested
Kanwa was sent to Tejaji Nagar from DRP lines.

���������������� in a four-wheeler coming ��������� wheat and gram crops kept

In the wake Sidhi Bus ���������������������� from Pati. In this case, in the field. The rainwater
tragedy which has claimed ���������������� the court has punished An hour long spell of rain covered the roads of the dis-
life of 51 people so far--- �������������������� the drivers with a fine. caused by gusty winds, trict and the nearby villages.
the Barwani regional ������������������ The locals and passen- heavy showers and black The harvested crops lying
transport office intensi- ���������������� gers claimed that it's next clouds drenched the district in the open in the fields and
fied their checking drive ������������������� to impossible to curb on Thursday afternoon. market yards also suffered
against buses. On Thurs- ����������������� overloading in public The unseasonal rain has extensive damage. The hail
day, department teams led ��������������� transport. and shower brought
by the regional transport ���������������������������������������������������������������� down the tempera-
officer (RTO) Ritu Agraw-
al verified documents and
EYEWASH ture of the area.
The increase in the
fitness certificates of Recalling bus carnage in- moisture in the
more than 20 buses at Reva cident at Balsamud village soaked crops would
Circle. seized a bus with registra- which was found plying on August 21, 2011 in which lead to the rejection
During the drive, team tion number MP-41/P5114 without a permit. two bus drivers entered of the crops and
into a brawl over bus de- wheat during the pro-
parture timings at Bar- curement by govern-
added that RTO drive At this moment, the
KHETIA:•After the tragic bus accident against errant bus drivers rains will not only af-
in Sidhi there is spurt in police action in are just eyewash. After fect the growth of the
Khetia, situated on the border of Madhya Balasamud incident, the plant but also affect
Pradesh. government had imple- the colour of the crop
Police station in-charge Santosh Sawale mented a number of too.
checked the buses and took actions norms, but are department The world weather
against passengers who were not wear- or bus operators really satellite images and
ing masks and were not following social concerned about imple- national weather
distance. mentation of the same, lo- service for the Sar-
Reflectors were installed on the tractor sub-inspector PC Ingle were part of ac- cals rued. darpur area reported
and bullock carts. Constables, assistant tion. little or no rainfall
over a week.
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MAXIMUM: 31.2°C, MINIMUM: 12.8° C
MORNING: 78 per cent, EVENING: 40 per cent
SUNRISE: 6.47 am , SUNSET: 6.25 pm

������������������������������������ Rly accepts demands,

WRMS calls off
relay hunger strike

Municipal commissioner ������������
Kshitij Singhal on Thurs- �����������
day took stock of the sani-
tation arrangements in
Bangali Colony, Sindhi
Colony, Saket Nagar and ����������������������
Subhash Nagar. ����������������������
The residents of the ar- ��������������
eas complained about the �����������������
lack of cleanliness in the ����������������������
areas and alleged that the ���������������
sanitation workers are not �������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������� ������������
cleaning drainages and ��������������������
gardens of these areas �������������������
����������������� ����������������������������������������������
properly. ��������������� ������������� ������������������� ������������������ ����������������������
Irked at witnessing GVP ����������� ������������� ���������������� ��������������
points, the commissioner ����������� ��������� ��������������� The demands of the
asked the residents to keep
the area clean and don’t
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�������������� ����
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A loan camp held by UMC concluded on
Thursday. A total of 411 eligible street ven-
������ WRMS which are accept-
ed include the issuance of
throw garbage in open oth- dors received loans of Rs 10,000 and 107 loan ����������������� The relay hunger strike of orders for 10 per cent in-
���������������������������������������� ������������� �� ���������������
erwise legal action will be ���������������������������������� �������� ������� applications were sanctioned on the last day workers of Western Rail- take quota of the track
taken against them. ������������������������������������ of the camp. During the camp SBI, BOI, BOB, ������� way Mazdoor Sangh mentor which will allow
������ ������
���������������������������� HDFC, ICICI, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra (WRMS) in front of Rat- the adjustment of the
���������������������� �����������������������������������
������������ � ��� Bank, AU Small Finance, UCO, Union Bank and instructed control lam railway divisional of- track mentor to other de-
Earlier, he inspected In- ������������� and some other banks took part. room officials to keep a fice for five days was partments, station mas-
tegrated Solid Waste Man- ��������������������������������� ���� ������ ��� ���� strict watch on move- called-off. ter, passenger guard and
agement (ISWM) System’s ����������������������� ������ �������� Singhal checked litter collection vehicles ments of garbage collec- WRMS’ divisional secre- junior engineer (K&Wag-
Command-Control Room. the mapping of through the ISWM system tion vehicles. tary BK Garg said that on) promotion order, is-
senior divisional person- sue of track maintainer
Against the reservation system nel officer Harshad GP 2800 promotion order,

Cong to take out rally today Shourya Yatra to be Vaniya and other railway to conduct examination

Rajput Karni
officials handed over a let- for promotion from
ter of acceptance of de- pointsman to rank of a

in support of bandh call taken out today mands at the dharna site. freight train in ranker

Sena to take out

The railway employees quota, cancellation of ex-
encountered many prob- amination due to corrup-
��������������� chy is being created every- ���������������� sion worship will also be lems of different cate- tion in departmental ex-
������ where and the government ������� performed at Malhar Mar- gories working under the amination, voluntary

rally on Feb 21
has failed to rescue the tand Mandir at Gudari Ratlam division. Due to transfer.
The District Congress economically weaker sec- On birth anniversary of Square at 9am, Gawde the failure of resolution Railway administration
Committee has called an tions from poverty. There- Chhatrapati Shivaji, the added. Women, men and of the issues, the WRMS has also given consent to
‘Ujjain Bandh’ on Febru- fore, on the instructions of Kshtriya Maratha Samaj children of the community under the leadership of provide funds for reliev-
��������������� ��������������� ary 20 against the price PCC president Kamal (KMS) will take out will participate in the ya- BK Garg and president ing work on spas and
������ hikes of the gas cylinder Nath, a city Bandh will be Shourya Yatra to pay re- tra which will pass Rafiq Mansuri sat on a grounds, repair of rail-
�������������� and fuel. called under the leader- spect to Shivaji. through Kanthal, Satigate, hunger strike.• way houses and railway
Rajput Karni Sena ‘Mool’ ������������������� According to Congress ship of city Congress pres- KMS president Yash- Gopal Mandir, Patni Bazar, On finding out about the institutes.
will organise a huge rally spokesperson Vivek Soni, ident Mahesh Soni and wantrao Chouhan and sec- Gudari, Mahakal Square hunger strike, divisional WRMS’ Ujjain branch
and public meeting on Feb- The members mulled the common man is reeling district Congress presi- retary Anil Gawde in- and will end at Malhar railway manager, Ratlam secretary Abhilash Na-
ruary 21 on issues like over the decrease in rep- under price hikes of fuel dent Kamal Patel. On Feb- formed that, the procession Martand Mandir at Gudari was directed by Western gar and president SK Ya-
SC/ST Act and reserva- resentation of the gen- and gas cylinder and is feel- ruary 19, a rally will also will be taken out from Mu- square. Railways general manag- dav have described the
tions on economic eral class in gover n- ing the pinch in the pocket be taken out from the Con- nicipal Corporation prem- Chahavan and Gawde er Alok Kansal to resolve hunger strike as a victo-
g r o u n d s. • • O r g a n i s e r s ment services and poli- due to the burden imposed gress office, which will tra- ises at Agar Road at 11am urged the community the problems and also ac- ry of the employees and
claimed that over 1 lakh tics due to the reserva- by the inflation and slow- verse across the city, urg- after performing worship members to participate in cept all the demands from have thanked all the rail-
people of Rajput communi- tion system.• Rajput down in the economy. ing the general public to of statue of Shivaji. the programme to make it the WRMS zonal presi- way employees for their
ty from across the state Kar ni Sena is demand- An atmosphere of anar- observe the Bandh. Before taking out proces- successful. dent Sharif Khan Pathan. support.
will take part in the rally. ing that only a candi-
Sena’s functionaries ar- date from general class
rived here recently and dis-
cussed with the local unit
about the preparations for
should be entitled to
contest elections from a
general seat. Along with
1 more person
tests positive
Workshop on Computer Science Rail Roko Andolan
remains ineffective
and self-reliant university held
the event. this, the first time bene-
Cricketer Ravindra Jade-
ja has also been invited as
ficiaries of this system
must not avail the perks in city in Ujjain
a guest. State president of it the next time. Ujjain: The nationwide
Shivpratap Singh
��������������������� ��������������� mi and highlighted the Rail Roko movement for
Chauhan said that rally ����������������� ������ significance of the Vagde- protest against the three
will start from Nanakheda ������������������ vi and river form of God- agricultural laws re-
Stadium at 12 noon and A workshop on the Role of dess Saraswati. mained ineffective in Uj-
will culminate into a pub- �������������������� Computer Science to- Pandey also planted jain due to heavy police
lic meeting at Dussehra They also requested the wards Self-reliant Univer- saplings along with teach- and fire brigade deploy-
Maidan.• • government to restore the sity was organised at the ers and students in the ment on Thursday. Object-
The founder of Shri Ra- assets of the Rajput soci- Vikram University’s Insti- campus. To protect the ing to the agricultural
jput Karni Sena Lokendra ety so that they can pro- tute of Computer Science. trees, the teachers of the laws, farmers’ organisa-
Singh Kalvi and national ceed with development Addressing the pro- institution adopted the tions had announced a na-
president Mahipal Singh works of hostel and other gramme, vice-chancellor trees and pledged to take tionwide movement to im-
Makrana will be present.• • infrastructures.• • Along Prof Akhilesh Kumar care of them. In memory pede the railway system
State organising secre- with this, that Ghattia Pandey said that comput- of his late father Dayal across the country on
tary Jaswant Singh Runji, tehsil should be renamed ��������������� er science has the same Ladhani, the teacher of Thursday.
state secretary Vijaypal as Pratap Nagar.• • The ������ importance in the higher the institute Lokesh Lad- The Railways had also
Singh Chauhan, district duration of 10 per cent education which the heart ������������������������������������������������������������� hani, provided 10 tree made full preparations on
president Ishwar Singh reservation given to the On a positive note only 1 has in human being’s ����������������� ��������� guards for the protection its behalf to neutralise
Jhala along with officials upper caste society person tested positive for body. He said that a num- of these trees. the movement. Heavy po-
of the Karni Sena were should be 5 years, they de- corona taking the number ber of job-oriented cours- Academic and skill up- certificates with degrees The objectives of the lice force was stationed at
present in the meeting.• manded. patients to 5,212 on es will soon be launched gradation- activities will will be awarded along programme were laid out the railway station prem-
Wednesday. The toll is 103. in the varsity. be organised in various with 62 employment-ori- by Kamal Bunkar and the ises. RPF personnel in-
As per the medical bul- Institute’s director cells established in accor- ented courses, he added. entire event was coordi- sured peace at the places
��������������� letin issued at 11 pm, out of Umesh Kumar Singh said dance with the Aat- Proctor and special nated by Brahmadutt as the railway tracks were
������������������� 196 sample reports received that 10 different impor- manirbhar• Bharat Ab- guest for the event Shukla. It was conducted also being constantly
on the day, 1 person (from tant cells had been set-up hiyan. All the courses con- Shailendra Kumar Shar- by Pragya Singh Tomar monitored. No untoward

A national convention of the Savarna Samaj was

organised at Mahananda Nagar. Convener
Rakhi Mishra told that the event was held to high-
City) test-
ed corona
for the development of
students in the institute.
ducted in the institute are
value-added, under which
ma elucidated the impor-
tance of Basant-Pancha-
and Ramji Yadav present-
ed the vote of thanks.
incident was reported till
the evening.

light the violation of the rights of the Savarna so- positive.

DISTRICT ������������������������
ciety. Savarna Morcha president Sanjeev Singh
slammed several political parties including the
Overall, 47
NGOs demand strict action against bus accident accused
Central government for discrimination against the 18 of them symptomatic,
upper castes. He said that for the last 17 years, he are under treatment. Sam- ��������������� Organisation head Sameer Khan
has been fighting for the interests of the upper ples of 1, 70, 057 persons �������� demanded strict action against
castes under the banner of the organisation. At the have been taken across the such bus operators who did not fol-
same time, the political parties of the country are district so far and no report Kalam Sarvdharm Organisation low the traffic rules, he also de-
also taking advantage of the Constitution by mis- is awaited. With 5 more dis- (KSO) members handed over a manded to get install speed gover-
leading the Dalits. State president of Mahila Karni charged on the day, the total memorandum in the name of nors in public buses.
Sena Urmila Tomar also participated in the said number of corona winners Chief Minister for taking action Indira Nagar Vikas Samiti’s head
event and appealed to stay organised and united. has gone up to 5,062. against the responsible persons �������������������������� Mangesh Shrivastava demanded
for Sidhi Bus accident in which the state government to impose Mo-
over 51 passengers lost their lives. over on Thursday to nayab tehsil- tor Vehicle Act strict across the

MTMC reviews arrangements The memorandum was handed dar Uddhav Derari at Kothi Palace.

state to curb such incidents.

PANCHANG 19.2.2021
for Mahashivratri festival BLOs reach wards to resolve claims (UTTARAYAN)
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Western disturbances to restrict
mercury’s upward trend
BHOPAL: A series of West- mercury will be restricted
ern disturbances will run a but there will not be a ma-

‘relay race’ commencing jor drop in temperature, he
February 20 till month-end, added. Many parts of the
however, it would not have state witnessed fluctua-
any major effect on Madhya tions in day and night
Pradesh. The disappear- temperature on Thurs-
ance of clouds will restrict day. Pachmarhi and
the temperature rise in the Mandla recorded the
Then Rajput was legations against him. Af-
ter the BJP’s return to pow-
should get the transport
department or not
July, Rajput got the trans-
port department through
department for long time
after the by-poll results
state, said weatherman.
GD Mishra, senior metro-
highest drop in the mini-
mum temperature. With

minister, today he is er, Rajput has been given

the charge of the transport
cropped up. Rajput got the
food and civil supplies de-
partment after he had de-
his clout.
He resigned from the min-
istry as he completed six
were out. He was not made
a minister as he stuck to
his demand for the trans-
logical department officer,
said that the series of west-
ern disturbance would not
3.0 degree Celsius fall,
the night temperature in
Pachmarhi and Mandla
on same position When the BJP had re-
turned to power a dispute
fected from the Congress
to the BJP, but when min-
months without being a
member of the House.
port department.
Rajput, however, got the
bring about any major
change in MP’s weather.
settled at 9.0 degree Cel-
sius 8.0 degree Celsius re-
over whether Rajput istry was expanded in Rajput was not given any department he wanted to. Only the upward trend of spectively. Meanwhile.
������������������ collected from that depart-
������ ment. The income-tax de-
partment has mentioned
The state transport depart- about it in its report.
ment has again invited se- At the time of collecting
vere criticism after the Sid- such a huge amount of
hi bus tragedy. money from the depart-
The department is always ment, all the rules and reg-
in the limelight because of ulations were thumbed
corruption. Whether it is down. The transport de-
about extortions at the partment’s check posts
checkpoints or about corrup- have become a business
tion in RTO offices, the de- centre for the government.
partment always brings a According to reports,
bad name to the government. about 2,500 people are en-
During the Congress rule, gaged through private agen-
when the income-tax depart- cies for those checkpoints.
ment raided the offices and They extort money from the
residential premises of the truck drivers passing by
colleagues of former chief those check posts.
minister Kamal Nath, the Although everyone knows
transport department stole about it, nobody dares to
newspaper headlines. stop this illegal practice.
The transport depart- Interestingly, when the is-
ment was on top of all the sue of extortion at the
departments as the major checkpoints came up dur-
amount of money was col- ing the Congress rule,
lected from there. Govind Singh Rajput was
During the Congress rule, the transport minister.
a sum of Rs 58.9 crore was The BJP used to make al-

15 Allen Indore students

selected for INMO
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VIII to X and 8 students of
The results of the first classes XI and XII. It is note-
stage of Indian Olympiad worthy that only two stu-
Qualifier in Mathematics dents of class 9, Ved Lahoti
(IOQM) for the Internation- and Soham Gupta, who
al Mathematics Olympiad have been selected from
have been released. Madhya Pradesh, are stu-
Brajesh Maheshwari, di- dents of Allen Indore. In
rector of the Allen Career the nationally declared re-
Institute, said that the stu- sults, 198 students of Allen
dents selected in this exam Career Institute have been
jointly organised by Mathe- selected for INMO.
matics Teachers Associa- Brajesh Maheshwari
tion of India, Indian Asso- said that in view of Covid,
ciation of Physics Teachers IOQM was conducted in
and Homi Bhabha Center place of pre-RMO and
for Science Education, have RMO examination this
now qualified for the Indi- year. The examination
an National Maths was held on 17 January. A
Olympiad. In all, 15 stu- total of 1,115 students
dents of the Allen Career qualified for INMO in this
Institute Indore have been examination.

Rail roko agitation sees

minimal impact in state
������ trains in the state.
SP Gwalior informed that
Police on Thursday detained around 65 protesters from
around 200 demonstrators Gwalior and around 30 pro-
for trying to stop the trains testers from Dabra were ar-
as part of the four-hour ‘rail rested for trying to stop the
roko’ protest against the trains. Police and the rail-
Centre’s three farm laws. way police force flouted
The Samyukta Kisan Mor- their move and detained
cha — an aggregate of them before they could stop
farmer unions — had an- the train. Similar protests
nounced the nationwide rail were held in Jabalpur, Sala-
blockade on Thursday to matpur, Vidisha, Harda and
press for its demand to re- many other places of the
peal the farm laws. “Rail state. • State police and rail-
roko’ agitation passed off way police had made
without any untoward inci- arrangements to check
dent and negligible or mini- farmers from disrupting
mal impact on running of the movement of train.

Ujjain News in Brief

Rajput Community releases

matrimonial brochure

Vehicle rally to be taken out today


Narmada Jayanti celebrations today

honest man can never surrender
an honest doubt.

FREE PRESS No time limit for women to

expose sexual predators

Petrol at Rs 100 a litre

calls for lower taxes
ith petrol prices crossing the important psycho-
logical barrier of Rs 100 a litre in Rajasthan on
Wednesday, there is bound to be a public hue and
Legal Eagle cites or attempts to excite disaffection
towards the Government established
by law in India by words, either spo-
ken or written, or by signs, or by visi-
cry for reducing the pump prices of petrol and diesel, the OLAV ALBUQUERQUE ble representation, or otherwise’. The
latter retailing only a couple of rupees behind petrol.
The relentless rise in the price of petrol in recent weeks words used are identical to the offence
is ascribed to the recent increase in the global crude oil of defamation. But the Supreme

prices following the revival of the world economy after ronicallly, the M J Akbar defama- minated in her confirmation as a Court has laid down that only acts
the coronavirus-induced disruption. There is no deny- tion case has destroyed his reputa- judge being recalled. which incite violence against the state
ing that the Centre and the states between them collect tion, with a Delhi magistrate’s Earlier, Magistrate Samar Vishal is- are seditious.
enormous sums of money by way of taxes and cesses on court conceding Priya Ramani’s de- sued summons to journalist Priya Ra- According to records from the Na-
petroleum products. The total combined levies are about fence that the former minister did not mani but granted her bail in October tional Crime Records Bureau (NCRB),
60 per cent of the end-price of petrol and 54 per cent of have a ‘sterling reputation’ after 16 2018 after M J Akbar filed a defama- which has only been collecting data on
diesel. For instance, for a litre of petrol costing Rs 100 in women had accused him of misbehav- tion case. His successor Vishal Pahuja sedition cases since 2014, there were
Rajasthan on Wednesday, the Centre collected Rs 33 by ing with them. A woman has the right referred the case to the district and 47 cases of sedition in 2014, which rose
way of customs, excise, additional excise and cesses. The to put out her story (about sexual ha- sessions judge, Rousse Avenue, New to 70 in 2018. However, while police
Rajasthan government received on the same litre of rassment) in public even after Delhi, for its transfer to another court across India’s 28 states indiscrimi-
petrol Rs 36 in ad valorem taxes plus additional road cess decades, the court opined, unwitting- in October 2020 because his court was nately slap sedition charges on indi-
of Rs 1.50. On diesel, the Centre realised Rs 32 per litre ly upholding the ‘Me Too’ movement a special court for cases against viduals, most accused are discharged.
while Rajasthan received Rs 35. While the ad valorem is which began in 2006 and reached In- MP/MLAs. Meanwhile, the Delhi high Since 2016, there has been a conviction
a value-added tax increasing with the rise in the basic dia in 2018. court transferred 200 judicial officers, in just four sedition cases.
price of petrol and diesel, special cesses levied by the What has escaped most people’s no- including Pahuja, so that Pandey took The law has its roots in the late 19th
states further push the retail price higher. For example, tice is this subordinate court opined over. Day farmers’ violence. So, a Delhi century, when it was introduced by
Maharashtra has a special cess of Rs 10 a litre on petrol there was no bar of limitation for a Another interesting aspect of this magistrate’s court’s observations that the British to silence dissenters
and Rs 3 on diesel. Given the inordinately high taxes on woman to complain in public about case is two senior women advocates, sedition could not be used to suppress against its colonial rule. Since then,
petrol and diesel, it will be natural for the demand for a sexual harassment at the workplace Rebecca John and Geeta Luthra, were dissent is logical. Section 124A has been misused
reduction in these to be voiced in the coming days. How- because the dignity of a woman could pitted against each other. During the Nearly one year ago, Justice D Y against national icons including Bal
ever, since the non-BJP governments too impose a high not be curtailed by a man’s right to testimony of Wahab in December Chandrachud declared during a pub- Gangadhar Tilak, Annie Besant, Bha-
burden of taxes, the issue may not gain traction in the reputation, which, in this case, Akbar 2019, one of Geeta Luthra’s assistants lic lecture that “blanket labelling” of gat Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, and, per-
public sphere. It may be left to various civil society had forfeited. In a nutshell, a woman’s kept laughing derisively in the court dissent as “anti-national” or “anti- haps, most notably, Mahatma Gandhi.
groups to take up the grievance of the middle and lower- right to life and dignity overrides M J room. “Throughout Wahab’s testimo- democratic” strikes at the “heart” of Just as the law of defamation can be
middle class, which will feel the pinch of high petroleum Akbar’s so-called right to a ‘sterling ny, she and many of the interns kept the country’s commitment to protect misused by the rich-and-powerful like
prices. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, anticipating the reputation’. turning to each other and laughing, A woman has the Constitutional values and promote de- M J Akbar and former Supreme Court
There is no bar of limitation under sometimes covering their mouths
public demand for reducing taxes on petrol and diesel, on
the Indian Penal Code of 1860 to lodge with their books,” a news report in
right to put out liberative democracy. Just as Priya Ra- judge Swatanter Kumar in 2014 to si-
lence their alleged victims, sedition
Thursday sought to transfer the blame on the previous mani has the right to free speech, so
governments for not doing enough to reduce reliance on a criminal complaint—unlike civil The Wire had said. her story (about too do the farmers and those who sup- can be used as a tool to silence critics.
the imported crude oil. The country now imports 85 per cases—but chances of acquittal rise
with delay. In rape cases, evidence
While lawyers strive to win cases for
their clients, derisive laughter during
sexual port them but not vicious Khalistanis The Supreme Court rightly dismissed
who want to dismember India. Subramaniam Swamy’s PIL to de-
cent of its energy needs. Had we diversified into solar
and wind, hydro and nuclear energy and thus cut the oil such as semen is washed off, resulting a witness’ deposition in court can be harassment) in This could be one reason why a Del- criminalise defamation, which would
imports substantially, there would not have been any in rapists being acquitted for lack of construed as demeaning the dignity of public even after hi additional sessions judge, Dhar- permit irresponsible journalism. But
evidence. the court itself. More so, when all the the Law Commission of India, in its
need for such steep taxes. He listed the hugely stepped-up
The Priya Ramani case does not lawyers are women and the witness decades, the mendra Rana, granted bail to two men
facing a sedition charge for allegedly consultative paper on August 30, 2018,
progamme for solar and wind power energy generation
undertaken in the last six years, expressing the hope that crystallise into a legal axiom for other herself is a woman. Magistrates can court opined, sharing a Facebook post related to the has said the time has come to reword
courts because magistrates’ courts do uphold the dignity of their own courts the law of sedition because saying
by 2030, the share of renewable energy would be 40 per
not lay down the law. Whether the Del- by admonishing such alleged undigni- unwittingly Delhi police amid the ongoing farm-
things like India is not a safe place for
cent of the total energy consumed in the country. Modi ers’ protest in the nation’s capital not-
also said that the percentage of ethanol mixed in petrol hi high court and later, the Supreme fied conduct. Or even referring the upholding the ing the law “is a powerful tool in the women is neither seditious nor anti-
Court will uphold the reasoning of ad- matter to the high court, for initiation
was to be raised from the current 8.5 per cent to 20 per
ditional chief metropolitan magis- of contempt action because the actors
‘Me Too’ hands of the state” and “cannot be in- national.
And journalists like Priya Ramani
cent by 2025, providing an alternate source of income to voked to quieten any disquiet under
farmers. Also, the share of natural gas in the energy bas- trate Ravindra Kumar Pandey re- in this drama were lawyers who rep- movement which the pretence of muzzling the miscre- and Ghazala Wahab may agree with
ket was to be increased from the current 6. 3 per cent to mains to be seen. Unlike Bombay high
court judge, Pushpa Virendra Ganedi-
resented top-notch journalists.
Though unrelated to this case, sedi-
began in 2006 ants.” that.
Sedition, as described under Section
15 per cent. In order to prevent the cascading effect of
levies on petroleum products, the Centre was keen to wala, Pandey has upheld women’s tion is defamation of the state where and reached 124A of the Indian Penal Code, refers The writer holds a PhD in law and is a
bring these in the ambit of the GST, the PM said while rights. Ganediwala defanged POCSO an accused tries to incite violence India in 2018. to ‘an act that brings or attempts to senior journalist-cum-lawyer of the Bombay
virtually inaugurating a couple of oil and gas projects in by three insensate verdicts, which cul- against the state such as the Republic bring into hatred or contempt, or ex- high court.
Tamil Nadu on Thursday morning. Meanwhile, Petrole-
um Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s call to the petrole-
um-producing countries to step up production by lifting
the cuts imposed during the coronavirus pandemic is un-
likely to be heeded. The pent-up demand in the global
economy following the long slowdown due to the pan- South African all-rounder Chris Morris becomes IPL's costliest foreign player, bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25 crore EDITOR
demic has to work itself out before a stability in demand Press Trust of India@PTI_News
and supply of crude oil can be restored. Besides, the oil Partisan tool?
exporters too need to make up for the shortages in rev- Chris Morris was valued at Rs 10 crore by RCB in 2020. He took 11 wickets in nine games. Today he's been purchased for Rs 16.25 crore by RR. Ref.: ‘Kiran Bedi gets her
Jamie Alter@alter_jamie comeuppance at last’
enues due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. But
the government cannot be unmindful of the inflationary (February 18). It took close
With Chris Morris going for 16.25 Cr to RR, @rajasthanroyals bad decisions continue.. this is almost 1 crore per wicket he will take.
impact of higher prices of petrol and diesel, since these to five years to get rid of
have a cascading effect on the general priceline. This Puducherry’s Lieutenant
would cause a double-whammy for the middle-income Atmanirbhar ki dajiya udd rahi hai Indian players are going unsold in Indian premier league
Governor Kiran Bedi. Her
groups, which would be called upon to pay through their Haroon@Haroon64706806
role made one believe that
nose both for running their two- and four-wheelers she was not a constitutional
and/or relying on public transport. Prices of everyday Funny thing RCB bid up to 9.25 crore to buy him back. Clown Management head but an active member
items such as vegetables and pulses, sugar, etc., are Shaurya Rathore@Shaurya_Rathod of the Bharatiya Janata
bound to increase if the retail prices of diesel stay high. Party. She was needed to
Even though consumer inflation is under control, should With this money Chris Morris (16.25 cr ) can now starts his own PSL... frustrate the elected
@shrinihal5 government and now that
high-energy prices distort the general priceline, public
hue and cry for reduction in POL levies will be hard to ig- the job is done, the party
nore. Both the Centre and the states together should re- decided to get rid of her.
duce the levies on petrol and diesel, in order to bring the The trend of the ruling
retail prices a tad lower than the key mental barrier of
Rs 100 a litre. No, consumer psychology cannot be ig-
The journey of Mithun Chakraborty, from Jorabagan to Bollywood to politics party using governors to
play partisan politics is still

‘Bhoomiputra’ to help BJP tread

nored either. going strong in Kerala,
Maharashtra, and West
JANUARY 27, 1963 Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee
Fuelling rage

‘Agneepath’ in Bengal polls?

Ref: 'Petrol 100.13, not out'
(February 18). The BJP has
been in power for the last
six years and the Prime
Minister is pointing
Having lived through such trying times, which
fingers? Remember the KG
good friends helped him see through, Mithun has basin scam and wastage?
always been someone who stands by people. He The base cost of petrol is
has campaigned for the veteran CPM leader Sub- Rs 30, Central and state
ROBIN ROY hash Chakraborty and also campaigned for taxes are Rs 33 and Rs 20
Pranab Mukherjee when the former President respectively. Why are the
fought from Jangipur. He has been the most PM and CM not reducing

SS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s visit to Mithun ‘available’ star campaigner for one and all. the huge taxes on fuel? The
Chakraborty’s Mumbai house earlier this He continues to enjoy enormous clout across per capita income of UK is
week cannot to be dismissed as a mere Bengal and is the original ‘Dada’, even as his enig- $39,000 and of India, $1,877
courtesy call. Isn’t it more than a ‘coincidence’ matic aura remains intact. or one could say, petrol
that the actor, who was shooting in Lucknow was Equally beloved by the urban and rural popu- price in the UK is Rs 123
back in Mumbai on Tuesday and the RSS strong- lace, the have-nots look up to him as a real-life while that in India is Rs
man happened to be in Mumbai too, after his Bi- hero who has scripted his success story with 100. In terms of
har visit? sheer hard work. He’s their zero-to-hero man. comparative purchasing
The visit lasted for around one hour and 45 min- They draw hope from his success and see him as power, Indian consumers
utes and was described by sources as a breakfast the great survivor. For both rural and urban Ben- pay five times more for
meet. A person like Bhagwat has his visits and gal, Mithun is synonymous with hope and confi- petrol than the UK. And the
itineraries planned well in advance and these are and that is why the cult film ‘Disco Dancer’, dence. He can strike a chord with all of Bengal reason? No, crude oil prices
not agendas that can be modified at whims and which ran for 25 weeks at a stretch and is still a with the same elan and ease. have not gone up.
fancies. rage in Russia, never even got a nomination, leave Not only does he continue to be a box-office Ramswarth Acharya
The actor, too, told a channel later that he had a alone a popular film award. But this could not draw to this day but he has been an exemplary cit-
spiritual connect with the saffron big man and dampen his spirit. Mithun went on to win three izen too. He has been the highest individual tax- Answer evident
when asked about the forthcoming West Bengal national awards and after four decades, he con- payer between 1986 and 1991, in recognition of Ref.: ‘Will electing a new
elections, Mithunda, as he is fondly known, tinues to act in critically acclaimed films like which he was made the ambassador of the party chief help arrest
laughed a bit as he told the correspondent, “Mu- Tashkent Files. ‘Voluntary Disclosure of Income’ scheme for five drift in Congress?’
jhe jo kehna tha mainey keh diya, aap ko jo sama- From being branded as a ‘dark-skinned’ actor, years. It is said that it was his ‘zidd’ to achieve this (February 18). There is no
jhna hai aap samajh lo”. he evolved to be known as the dusky, sexy Bengali feat to prove the fact that one of India’s poorest doubt that a new party
It may be recalled that the three-time national babu! But Bollywood continued to be rude to him, people could become one her richest, through chief will come with fresh
award-winning actor had also paid a visit to the dubbing him the poor man’s Amitabh. However, hard work. ideas and energy, much
Nation pledges to preserve freedom RSS headquarters in Nagpur in 2019.
Mithun Chakraborty may have been a nomi-
none of this could deter the Bengali babu who
continued to go from strength to strength.
His yeoman service in the field of thalassaemia
eradication in Bengal is another feather in his
needed in the grand old
party, but the bigger
NEHRU LAUNCHES VOLUNTEER nated Trinamool MP from Rajya Sabha, but his In several interviews, he has said that after los- cap. question is whether the
political affiliations have all been apolitical, if ing his brother, he grew closer to his family but To come back to the Bharatiya Janata Party, it is
FORCE FOR RURAL AREAS one could say so. He has made more friends both then, had to leave Kolkata because of his political actually running out of time. It may be recalled
Gandhi family trio is
ready to pass on the baton
THE FPJ NEWS SERVICE in filmdom and in ‘rajneeti’, than foes. affiliations. that Union Home Minister and BJP national chief to another. If lack of
The inauguration of the All India Village Volunteer Force this It may be recalled that in his heyday, he had ral- His journey from Jorabagan in north Kolkata to Amit Shah had dared Chief Minister Mamata action on that long letter
morning by Prime Minister Nehru highlighted the Republic Day lied in support of the writer Salim when the lat- 2021 has been an epic one. After a dream debut Banerjee that the BJP would field a ‘bhoomipu- by the group of 23 leaders
celebrations in the country. ter launched his company Aftab Films. Mithun which earned him a national award, he landed in tra’ CM candidate and with Sourav Ganguly is any indication, then we
... Elsewhere in the country, people celebrated the Republic Day was per se the mainstay for Salim in several films, Mumbai, seeking to claim his place under the sun falling ill and having been ‘ruled out’, the saffron know the answer -- that
with a pledge to defend the country's honour, sovereignty, to ensure that his ventures were distributed be- in the film industry. But the trouble was, people camp is frantically in search of a saleable face, power is too strong a glue
freedom and integrity. cause by then, Gouranga Chakraborty alias Rana were not ready to accept a dark-complexioned which could cut across the terrain of Bengal. And for the Gandhis to let go. If
The pledge was taken at public meetings at various State Rez alias Mithun Chakraborty was a mega star of hero, choosing to remain in the dark about this if the Bhagwat-Mithun ‘talks’ fructify, it may be a they are satisfied with
capitals and other centres. Unlike in previous years, this year's the eighties and he could ensure the saleability of dark horse in the waiting. win-win situation for the BJP in Bengal. winning some elections
celebrations were devoid of the customary pomp and any film. He had once said it was difficult for him The actor has often spoken of a friend who got With that, Mithun’s life story would come full here and there and remain
pageantry obviously because of the national emergency to get job, being a Bengali, hence the moniker him a membership at Matunga Gymkhana, en- circle too, just like in the movies. on the fringes, then
brought about by the continuing Chinese threat to the nation's Rana Rez! abling him to take care of his bare necessities for absolutely no one can help
security. Bollywood has always been cruel to ‘outsiders’ quite some time. The writer is Senior Associate Editor, Free Press, Indore. them.

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Cong wins Mohali municipal corporation
CHANDIGARH: The ruling Congress in Punjab won the Mohali municipal corporation polls on Thursday while the SAD and the BJP
failed to open their accounts. After the final counting of votes, the Congress won 37 wards while independents bagged the
remaining 13, officials said. With this, the ruling party registered victory in seven municipal corporations and emerged as the leading
party in the Moga municipal corporation, where no party got a clear majority. Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu's brother
Amarjeet Singh Sidhu, who is the Congress' mayoral candidate, won from ward number 10 of the Mohali municipal corporation.

Tikait to farmers: Be ready to Sugar mills may sabotage

News from South

BJP plans to woo UP farmers

sacrifice your standing crop
AGENCIES / Hisar he said.
New Delhi

The BJP has assigned the

task of wooing the agitat-
ernment of Yogi
Adityanath in not raising
the sugarcane prices that
are fixed at Rs 315 a quintal
for common variety and Rs
Tikait said after Haryana, ing farmers of western UP, 325 for advanced varieties.
Asserting that they won't re- they will be holding panchay- who are mostly jats, to This may also pose further
turn home till the farm laws ats in other parts of the coun- Union Minister of State trouble to the BJP, which is
are repealed, Bharatiya try, including West Bengal, Sanjeev Balyan, a Jat in power in both the Centre
Kisan Union leader Rakesh Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and leader from Punjab who and the state.
Tikait on Thursday said Gujarat. participated in all 11 round Balyan was assigned the
Two container of snake venom worth neary farmers should be ready to While earlier farmers had of talks the government responsibility after a meet-
Rupees 24 crore, seized by BSF from Indo- sacrifice their standing crop given a call for a "tractor ral- held with the farmers. ing with Home Minister
for it. ly" in Delhi, Tikait said the The private sugar mills in Amit Shah and national
Bangladesh Border at Ghunsi in South Dinajpur Tikait said the government next time, they will go to the the region may, however, BJP President J P Nadda
district of West Bengal PTI should not be under the im- national capital with their sabotage the BJP's plans to here on Tuesday. He had a
pression that the movement farmers will return home. We be ready for the next call of agricultural implements. win back the farmers since first preliminary round
Unable to bear abuse, farmer against the laws will end as will harvest crops and contin- the unions spearheading the Addressing the gathering, they have not paid the sug- with 20 Jat leaders from the
commits suicide farmers will go to their vil-
lages to harvest their crop.
ue our agitation at the same
time," he said addressing a
"Keep your tractors filled
Haryana BKU chief Gurnam
Singh Chaduni alleged, "If
arcane dues of the farmers
that were around Rs 10,174
western UP at his residence
here on Wednesday and
COIMBATORE: A farmer died by suicide on his "Even if you have to set "mahapanchayat" at Kharak with fuel and facing towards new agricultural laws are im- crore until last September their meeting decided to
farm near here early Thursday as he was your standing crop on fire, Poonia village of Hisar. Delhi's direction. You can get plemented, crops will be pur- and swelled to nearly Rs call meetings of the Khap
apparently upset over the torture and abusive you should be prepared for it. "There will be no 'ghar wap- a call to move at any time, chased at arbitrary prices 13,000 crore. (community) leaders to sit
language allegedly used by a private financial firm The government should not si' till then," he said. that will be decided by the and farmers will be forced to These mill owners also with them and listen to the
for not repaying a loan, police said. In a letter harbour this impression that Tikait also asked farmers to committee (farmers unions)," even sell their land." forced hands of the UP gov- issues.
purportedly written by him and recovered from
his house, the 30-year-old Anandan said the
4,500 live cartridges
Fuel issue: Patole threatens
employees of the financial firm had used abusive
language for the delay to repay the Rs 45-lakh Voting rights to people stationed outside their constituency
loan, the police said.
seized in north
SC notice to Centre, EC
Advocate couple killing:
Telangana HC seeks report
HYDERABAD: Taking serious note of the brutal
New Delhi
should law help you," said
the bench also comprising
Justices A S Bopanna and
Delhi; 6 held
NEW DELHI to stall films of Big B, Akshay
killing of advocate couple in broad daylight, The Supreme Court Thurs- V Ramasubramanian. Six members of a syndicate supply- BHANDARA petrol and diesel.
Telangana High Court on Thursday directed the day sought response from The apex court also en- ing ammunition illegally were ar- Filmstars like Amitabh
state government to submit status report and the Centre and the Elec- quired whether Parlia- rested with 4,500 live cartridges, po- Maharashtra Congress Bachchan and Akshay Ku-
ensure thorough investigation in a time-bound tion Commission on a plea ment and the government lice said on Thursday. chief Nana Patole on mar, through their tweets,
manner. A division bench comprising Chief seeking voting rights have the right to fix a place Police claimed that it is one of the Thursday said if actors had earlier criticised the
Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy through postal ballot for for voting. biggest haul of cartridges in the na- Amitabh Bachchan and fuel price rise during the
ordered notices to the state government people stationed outside Advocate Kaleeswaram tional capital. Akshay Kumar do not take Manmohan Singh-led gov-
directing it to submit a report on the gruesome their constituency, includ- Raj, appearing for the peti- Deputy Commissioner of Police a standon the issue of fuel ernment, he said.
murder of Gattu Vamana Rao and Nagamani in ing NRIs. tioner, told the court that (Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav price hike, then screening Why are they silent now
Peddapalli district. The bench took suo motu A bench headed by Chief there is a system of postal said six people were arrested by the of their films and shoot- additive-laced petrol, on the rising petrol and
cognisance of the incident saying "murders have Justice S A Bobde issued ballot papers which is lim- northern range of Delhi Police's Spe- ings would not be allowed which attracts higher tax- diesel prices? he asked.
shaken us all". notices to the Ministry of ited to only a few people. cial Cell and 4,500 live cartridges in the state. es, have crossed the Rs 100- "If they do not take a
Law and Justice and the The apex court was hear- were seized from them. Talking to reporters here, mark in some places, in- stand now on the injustice
Sudhakaran stokes controversy poll body seeking their ing the plea filed by S Yadav said the first arrest in the Patole said Bachchan and cluding Maharashtra. In meted out by the Modi gov-
replies on the petition. Sathyan seeking voting case was made on February 14. Kumar had tweeted about Mumbai, petrol is now ernment, we will not let
with remarks on Vijayan "What kind of plea is rights for students, Non A trap was laid near Mukundpur fuel price rise during the costing Rs 96.32 a litre and any films (screening) or
KASARAGOD: Senior Congress leader K this? Sitting in England Resident Indians or NRIs flyover on Outer Ring Road where previous UPA government, diesel Rs 87.32. shootings of Amitabh
Sudhakaran has once again courted trouble with you will vote here? If you and other people stationed Ramesh arrived in a car and hand- but are now silent on the is- Patole said the common Bachchan or Akshay Ku-
his alleged derogatory remarks against Kerala can't care enough to go to outside their constituency ed over a white plastic bag to sue. man has been affected a lot mar in Maharashtra," the
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his family your constituency why at the time of elections. Deepanshu. The prices of branded or by the increase in prices of Congress leader said.
background. This is the second time within a
fortnight that the Congress MP from Kannur has
targeted the CM and his father. Slamming
Sudhakaran for his 'casteist' remarks against
Vijayan, CPI(M) leader K K Ragesh said he creates Mamata-Shah war of words hots up Shabnam now approaches
nuisance wherever he goes. He was addressing a
meeting in nearby Periya on Wednesday where he
made the remarks. The remarks evoked criticism Central minister promises 33% reservation for women if voted to power UP Governor for mercy
from several quarters, including his own party. SRAWAN SHUKLA / LUCKNOW hours to convince her. Fi-

Estranged Kerala BJP leader

ARITRA SINGHA / Kolkata Slugfest over bomb attack on TMC min nal ‘Parivartan Yatra’.
The CM attacked BJP leaders Even as her mercy petition
nally, she signed the appli-
cation for mercy petition
Sobha not to contest polls
War of words between BJP and
TMC continues unabated. Ad-
dressing a public rally at
olitical slugfest started over the bomb attack on West Bengal
minister Jakir Hossain on Wednesday late evening.
the injured minister at SSKM hospital, Chief Minister Mamata
and said they bring food from
"five-star hotels and for photo
sessions eat at poor people’s res-
has been rejected by the
President Ram Nath Kovid,
Shabnam Ali has filed a
addressed to the UP Gover-
nor Anandiben Patel for
top leader of the Kerala unit of the BJP, Sobha Namkhana in South 24 Par- Banerjee alleged that the attack was purposely done to kill the idence". Incidentally, South 24 fresh mercy petition before The Rampur Jail Superin-
Surendran, on Thursday made it clear that she will ganas, Union Home Minister minister. “A particular political party was pressuring Jakir to join Parganas district has 31 assem- the Uttar Pradesh Gover- tendent PD Salonia said
not be contesting in the upcoming assembly polls. Amit Shah said that the BJP them. Since Jakir didn’t listen to them, they tried to kill him. We want bly constituencies and is consid- nor Anandiben Patel. that the two counsels had
"I have made the decision not to contest the doesn’t want to just form a gov- a proper investigation into this,” said Banerjee. ered to be a Trinamool Con- Two Counsels of Shab- come to meet Shabnam.
upcoming assembly polls and I have informed this ernment in West Bengal but gress’ citadel. nam met her on Thursday They have handed over a
to the leadership also. But I will campaign for the wants to improve the state's sit- in Gangasagar. Countering the ganas. Amit Shah inaugurated Actor Hiraan defects to in Rampur Jail on Thurs- fresh mercy petition which
party," said Sobha to the media here. She made uation by ousting the ruling claims of Shah, Mamata stated the fifth phase of BJP’s 'Parivar- BJP: Another Bengali actor, day. They held talks with is being sent to the honor-
her first public appearance in a long time when Mamata Banerjee government. that the BJP-led central govern- tan Yatra' from Kakdwip and Hiraan Chatterjee, joined the her and suggested filing a able Governor Anandiben
she joined the ongoing protests by youths in front “If voted to power, we will im- ment didn’t do anything for the said his party will develop Gan- BJP at a public rally of Amit fresh mercy petition. Patel.
of the Secretariat. plement the Seventh Pay Com- development of Gangasagar. gasagar to a tourist spot. Chief Shah. Soon after defecting to Initially, Shabnam had re- Article 161 of the Consti-
mission. The BJP government “BJP didn’t do anything for Minister Mamata Banerjee chal- the saffron camp, the actor fused but her Counsels con- tution of India empowers
Biennial polls to 5 seats of AP will provide more than 33 per West Bengal. Even during Am- lenged Shah to defeat TMC MP said that the defection was vinced her that she should the Governors of States to
cent reservation to women in phan, they didn’t give proper fi- Abhishek Banerjee first before necessary to bring "positive file an appeal to the UP Gov- grant pardon.
legislative council on March 15 West Bengal and will also start nancial assistance. The TMC contesting against her. change in West Bengal". This ernor, who is also a female Earlier, her 12-year-old
NEW DELHI: Biennial elections to five seats of special schemes for fisher- government had developed Gan- Interestingly, Shah was seen development comes a day after and may look at it sympa- son Taj had appealed to the
the Andhra Pradesh legislative council will be held men,” said Shah, after paying gasagar and Sagar island,” she having lunch at a refugee's noted actor Yash Dasgupta thetically. President to forgive and
on March 15, the Election Commission said on homage at Kapil Muni Ashram said at a rally in South 24 Par- house before flagging off the fi- joined the BJP. It took Counsels three pardon her.
Thursday. The poll panel also announced that
bypolls to one seat each of the Karnataka and the

Death due to poison, BSY to bring Bill on love

Andhra Pradesh legislative council will also be held MAJLIS IN MEMORY CID begins probe
on March 15. The bypolls were necessitated
following the death of sitting MLCs. The biennial OF MIRZA ATHAR, into bomb attack
elections are being held as four members of the ASHFAQUE ON FEB 21 suggests autopsy on Bengal minister

jihad in Budget session

AP legislative council are retiring on March 29. LUCKNOW KOLKATA: The CID on
Yogi Adityanath has issued Thursday started a probe
5,500 smart classrooms in 6 As per the tradi- DALIT GIRL directives for free treatment into the bomb attack on
tion followed of the 17-year-old third girl. West Bengal Minister Jakir
months at govt college: Dy CM every year, a ma- OUR CORRESPONDENT / Lucknow The state government will Hossain, who along with 21
BENGALURU: Karnataka would convert 5,500 jlis in memory of bear all her medical expens- others was seriously in- SHANKAR RAJ Now, we will enact a law
classrooms in government colleges into smart Khatib-e-Akbar Initial post mortem report of es. The third girl has been jured in the blast at Nimtita Bengaluru against love jihad in the
classrooms in the next six months, Deputy Chief Maulana Mirza the two minor Dalit girls, admitted at Regency Hospi- railway station in Murshid- budget session," he said in
Minister of the state Dr C N Ashwath Narayan Athar and Khati- who died under mysterious tal in Kanpur. The Chief abad district on Wednesday Despite courts frowning Vijayapura.
said on Thursday. The exercise is part of bul Irfan circumstances in Unnao, Minister has also directed night. A team of forensic and some governments tak- Despite Kateel's asser-
promoting digital learning in higher education, the Maulana Mirza suggested death due to some the DGP H.C. Awasthi to experts visited the railway ing a few steps back, the BS tions, there is deep division
Deputy Chief Minister, who holds the Higher Muhammad Ashfaque will be held at poisonous substance. submit a detailed report station on Thursday and Yediyurappa government in the Yediyurappa cabi-
Education Portfolio, said. Speaking after launching Bara Imambara of Nawab Asafuddu- A panel of three doctors about the incident, which collected evidence. in Karnataka has decided net. Two months ago, the
the newly built gym and the annual cultural alla. The eminent and famous conducted the post mortem may rock the budget session Chief Minister Mamata to introduce a bill against cabinet was divided over
activities in the government arts college, he said Maulana from Iran Maulana Ayatul- on Thursday. They told the on Friday. Heavy police force Banerjee on Thursday visit- "love jihad" in the upcom- the issue. The then law
the smart classrooms would be featured with lah Sayyid Muntazir Mehdi Sahab police that some poisonous has been deployed in Babu- ed the SSKM hospital, ing budget session. minister JC Madhuswamy
high-speed internet providing students with the will address the majlis. substance was found in raha Village under Asoha where the Minister of State This was stated by State had dismissed talks on a
state-of-the-art tablets and adoption of integrated Maulana Mirza Athar Sahab has their body and it may be the Police Station when Sama- for Labour Department and BJP president Nalin Ku- law on love jihad, but home
learning management system (LMS). the distinction of leading the Majlis cause of the death. Doctors jwadi Party supporters held other injured are under mar Kateel who dismissed minister Basavaraj Bom-
in Mughal Masjid of Mumbai during said samples and viscera demonstrations and sat on a medical treatment. The rumours of confusion in mai had maintained that
Guj RS bypolls: BJP nominees Muharram for fifty years and has a have been sent to the lab to dharna along with villagers. Chief Minister said that she the BJP. "We have success- Karnataka would frame
record in Limca Book of Records for ascertain the type of poison. Police have put up barriers handed over the investiga- fully enacted the cow rules on the lines of those
set to win unopposed this achievement. He was considered Taking serious note of the and denied entry to anyone tion to the Criminal Investi- slaughter ban after getting under consideration or in-
AHMEDABAD: BJP candidates on Thursday filed the one of the most influential spiri- mysterious deaths, the Uttar in the village, including me- gation Department, and the bill passed in both the troduced by other BJP-gov-
nominations for bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats tual leaders of Shias. Pradesh Chief Minister dia persons. they began the probe. houses of the legislature. erned states.
in Gujarat and are expected to be declared
winners as the Congress did not field any STAR ATTRACTIONS
candidate, an official said. Thursday was the last
day for filing nominations. As the main opposition
party in the state did not field any candidate, two
SC stays pvt buses in Bill Gates, Malala among speakers at Jaipur Lit Fest
BJP candidates are expected to be declared
winners in the elections scheduled for March 1,
returning officer C B Pandya said. "BJP's Dinesh
Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve FP CORRESPONDENT / JAIPUR istani activist for female ed-
ucation and Nobel Laureate
Anavadiya and Ram Mokariya and their two OUR BUREAU Board of Wildlife and the offi- Hailed as the 'greatest liter- Malala Yousafzai; Man
dummy candidates submitted their papers. We New Delhi cials of the Jim Corbette Na- ary show on Earth' and the Booker Prize-winning au-
have not received any nominations from tional Park. ‘Kumbh of Literature’, the thor Douglas Stuart; jour-
Congress," he said. The Supreme Court on Thurs- The petitioner alleged that for- 14th edition of the Jaipur nalist and Pulitzer awardee
day stayed the Jim Corbett Na- est officials of the State in order Literature Festival 2021 Jeffrey Gettleman, to name
Andhra Assembly Speaker's wife tional Park's decision to allow to provide wrongful gain to a gets underway from Friday a few.
buses of a private operator in private sector company has al- in its new virtual avatar. Author and Jaipur Litera-
set to become Sarpanch core area of the tiger reserve in lowed them to ply their private The inaugural keynote ad- ture Festival Co-Director
AMARAVATI: Tammineni Vanisri, wife of Andhra Uttarakhand on a petition by buses within the core area of the dress will be delivered by Namita Gokhale said, “�The
Pradesh Assembly Speaker Tammineni Sitaram Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal Tiger reserve in an order issued renowned author Sir Ian speakers and performers ature, JCB Prize for Litera- virtual edition of Jaipur
won a Sarpanch post in the third phase Panchayat that it violates the Wildlife Pro- on December 23, 2020. Blatchford, Director and representing around 25 In- ture. Literature Festival 2021 is
elections. Vanisri won the Sarpanch post of the tection Act. He said by issuing the order, Chief Executive of the Sci- dian and 18 international Speakers at the Festival an absorbing immersive ex-
Togaram village in Amadalavalasa Mandal in A Bench of Chief Justice the Director of Jim Corbett Na- ence Museum Group and languages and over 23 na- this year include American perience where we en-
Srikakulam district. Out of 1,460 votes, 1,123 Sharad Arvind Bobde and Jus- tional Park has not only violated Dr Tilly Blyth, Head of Col- tionalities as well as major business magnate and co- counter an outstanding ros-
were cast in the election. Out of this, Vanisri got tices AS Bopanna and V Rama- the law of the land but also com- lections and Principal Cu- literary awards ranging founder of Microsoft Cor- ter of great writers from
808 votes compared to the runner up's 298 votes. subramanian issued notices to promised with the safety, protec- rator, Science Museum, from the Nobel, the Man poration Bill Gates; Ameri- around the world. The chal-
Likewise, in East Godavari district, an MLA's the Centre, Uttarakhand Gov- tion and conservation of the London. The Festival will Booker, the Pulitzer, the can economist, public poli- lenges and disruptions of
mother won a Sarpanch post. ernment, National Tiger Con- tiger, which is India's national be held from February 19 to Sahitya Akademi, DSC cy analyst and Nobel Laure- 2020 have transformed into
servation Authority, National animal. 28 and will feature over 300 Prize for South Asian Liter- ate Joseph Stiglitz; Pak- the triumphs of 2021.”