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Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020


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Minister, retd
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get Covid vax


The Health minister, re-

Lokayukta, sadhus, doctors
State Finance Minister and other senior citizens
���������� Jagdish Devda is going to received jabs shots of vac-
present the state annual cines on the first day of
Anti-Conversion Budget on Tuesday. Phase-2 inoculation pro-
According to sources, in gramme which commenced
Bill introduced in the budget which is worth on Monday in the state at
state Assembly Rs 2.30 lakh crore, most of 186 session sites. �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
������� ��������������� the departments have been Dr Prabhuram Chaud- ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
����������������������� given higher grants than hary received vaccine at JP ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
��������������������������� they were allotted last year. Hospital. Retired bureau-

Lokayukta sleuths enter jail,

��������������������� The Budget, being pre- crats like former chief sec-
�������������������������� sented after the corona retary Parasuram, AV
������������������� pandemic, would not bring Singh, BP Singh, Nirmla
relief for people, who were Buch, SK Mishra and Prab-

catch two for taking bribe

�������������������������� expecting help in the Budg- hanshu Kamal also got jabs.
����������������������� et in the form of cut in Besides them, Lokayukta
petrol and diesel prices. Justice NK Gupta also got
�������������������� The government is, howev- ����������������� ������������������ the vaccination. ������������������ Family members in- palms of the corrupt jail
er, in no mood to cut the oil
prices. But, people may get
some relief in oil prices be-
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Medical Education minis-
ter Vishwash Sarang took Dr
NP Mishra, former Dean

Indore Lokayukta police on

formed Chaukse's friend Ji-
tendra Solanki about the
jail guard's demand and
guard.Lokayukta police
laid a trap and sent Solanki
to Rathore who was present
fore the announcement of ����������������������������������������������������������� Gandhi Medical College, for Monday entered Mhow jail Solanki approached at the jail with Rs 25,000.
Q-Hour in state dates for the civic polls. ���������������������������������������������������������������� vaccination. Similarly, for- and caught a Lokayukta police. He in- DSP Baghel took special
House sees online There is, however, no hope ������������������������������������������������������������ mer GMC Dean Dr Mahon guard and a formed Lokayukta police permission from SDM
for any kind of relief in the ���������������������������������������������������������� Tankwal, Anguri Jain, Dr sweeper red- that Rathore in the name of (Mhow) and IAS officer Ab-
experiment present Budget. ������������������������������������������������������������� Sardar Kulwant Singh got handed jailer Brajesh Makwana hilash Mishra to enter the
������� �������� The citizens, who are al- ��������������������������������������������������������������� vaccines.On March 1, vacci- while accept- was demanding Rs 25,000 jail premises.
���������������������� ready in dire financial con- ������������������������������������������������������������� nation for senior citizens and ing Rs 25,000 from family members of Rathore sent Solanki to
������������������������ dition are not going to get ����������������������������������������������������������� people having comorbities as bribe from prisoner Chaukse for pro- sweeper Manish Bali stat-
�������������������������� any relaxation in the form ���������������������������������������������������������������� launched at 186 sites in MP. a person in viding better facilities to ing that the bribe amount
���������������������������� of tax relief. ���������������������������������������������������������������� Many sants also came out lieu of providing better fa- him inside the jail and en- be handed over to him with
��������������������� The budget is focusing on ���������������������������������������������������������������� for the jab. Swami cilities to a prisoner friend. suring that he would not be Rs 200 extra for him.
������������������������ the farmers and the poor. �������������������������������������������������������������� Akhileshwarand Giri got Lokayukta DSP Praveen beaten up by other prison- Meanwhile, sleuths in civ-
�������������������� The government employees ��������������������������������������������������������������� shot in Jabalpur. Similarly, Singh Baghel said that jail ers and policemen. il dress entered the jail
��������������������� and the pensioners may get ���������������������������������������� Gwalior MP Vivek Narayan guard Ajendra Singh Solanki also told sleuths premises on the excuse of
��������������������� some relief in the form of Shejwalkar got vaccination. Rathore had demanded that previously also de- meeting some prisoner. As
������������������������� hike in Dearness Al- ucts for which traders pay items. The government may It was rush for beneficiaries money from family mem- mand of money was made Bali accepted the bribe
����������������������� lowances. GST. The government is also announce certain projects at the sites in comparison to bers of liquor smuggler by the guard which was ful- amount, he was nabbed
��������������������������� The government cannot not going to reduce VAT be- keeping in mind the upcom- vaccination of Phase-1. Dilip Chaukse who is filled but this time Chaukse red-handed by Lokayukta
��������������������� reduce tax on certain prod- ing charged for certain ing civic polls. ������������ presently lodged in jail. did not want to grease the sleuths. ������������
Nikita moves court China hackers Warrant out over
ambush Indian Kangana no-show
for anticipatory bail
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��������������������� MUMBAI: An Andheri
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vaccine makers
magistrate court on Monday
issued a bailable warrant
against Kangana Ranaut af-
ter she failed to appear be-
����������������������� ��������� fore it despite having been
����������������������� summoned last month, in
������������������� The Chinese disruptive at- connection with a criminal
���������������������� tempts are not restricted to defamation complaint filed
�������������������� inflicting power outages but against her by lyricist Javed
�������������������������� also hacking IT systems of Akhtar, saying that her ab-
������������������������ Indian vaccine makers. sence “shows her conduct”.
��������������������� Two such companies which Magistrate RR Khan or-
���������������������� the Chinese have ambushed 'Also targeted dered issuance of bailable
in recent times are the Hy- India's power warrant of Rs 1,000 against
derabad-based Bharat Kangana for “wilful ab-
ICSE, ISC exams Biotech and the Pune-based through malware' sence without any justified
Serum Institute of India ������������������� reasons despite service of
from April 8 (SII), the world's largest vac- ��������������������������� summons”. The court also
����������������������� cine maker. The coronavirus �������������������������� noted that no exemption
����������������������������� shots being rolled out by ������������������������� plea had been filed by her
����������������������� these two firms are the cen- ������������������������� for her absence.
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134 test
�������������������������� munisation campaign. �������������������������
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���������������������������� ber intelligence firm Cyfir- �������������������������������
ma told Reuters that the
Chinese hacking group
���������������������� +ve in city
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����������������������� Panda, had identified gaps ��������������������������� ������
������������������������ and vulnerabilities in the ��������������������� As many as 134 patients
������������������������������ IT infrastructure and sup- ������������������������� tested positive out of 1,219
�������������������������� ply chain software of the ������������������������ sample reports received on
���������������������������� two vaccine makers. ���������������������������� Monday. Rate of positive
������������������������� "The real motivation here �������������������� patients was recorded at
is actually exfiltrating intel- ��������������������������� 10.99%. Total number of
lectual property and getting ��������������������� positive patients reached
Dear Readers, competitive advantage over
Indian pharmaceutical com- ��������������������������
59,892. No death was re-
ported today. According to
�������������������� panies," said Cyfirma Chief ������������������������ the bulletin, total sample
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�������������������������������� Executive Kumar Ritesh, reports received till Mon-
formerly a top cyber official ������������������������� day was 8,34,531. As many
������������������������� with British foreign intelli- ������������������������������� as 1054 samples were tested
���������������������������� gence agency MI6. negative on Monday.
����������������������������� He said APT10 was ac- taken advantage of the Department took 1489
������������������������������ tively targeting SII, which weak public servers. samples for testing includ-
���������������������������� is making the AstraZeneca SII and Bharat Biotech de- ing1359 for RTPCR tests.
��������������������������� vaccine for many coun- clined to comment, reports As many as 1069 patients
������������������ tries and will soon start Reuters. The Chinese for- are under treatment in
������������������������������ bulk-manufacturing No- eign ministry did not im- various hospitals. Total
�������������������������� vavax shots. In the case of mediately reply either. 57890 patients have been
������������� Serum, the hackers have ������������ discharged so far.

93 tiger deaths in 3 yrs in state: Minister

������������������� est in the country, with Bandhavgarh
having 104 big cats.
According to the forest department,
������ 88 tigers were found in Kanha Re-
serve, 61 in Pench Reserve, 25 in Pan-
Madhya Pradesh, known as 'tiger na Reserve, 40 in Satpura Reserve and
state' of India, has lost 93 big cats due five each in Sanjay Reserve and Nau-
to poaching and other causes in the radehi sanctuary.
past 3 years, forest minister Vijay Besides, 45 tigers are found in Rata-
Shah told the Assembly on Monday. pani, Singhori and Khivani sanctuar-
In a written reply to a query by Con- ies, which are part of one landscape.
gress MLA Satish Sikarwar, the min- been held, and the rest due to natural In the same reply, the minister said
ister said the 93 deaths occurred from causes, diseases, mutual conflict, old lions are notfound naturally in the
January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2021, age etc. state and the Kuno National Park
with 25 of them taking place due to As per the 2018 tiger population es- has been developed for reintroduc-
poaching, for which 77 people had timation, MP has 526 tigers, the high- tion of the Asiatic lion.
Bhaiyyu Maharaj case
INDORE: In the ongoing hearing into the Bhaiyyu
Maharaj case, his second wife Ayushi recorded her
statement before count on Monday.

A step towards 'Atmanirbhar MP'

Suggestions for making the state Budget robust and revitalizing

The Challenge Raising Revenue instance, the Jeevan Amrit Yoj- pecially in the Health, Educa- tional procedures formed to im-

he upcoming budget and Liquidity na can be revitalized and recon- tion, and Agricultural Sector. prove effectiveness.
is being viewed as a The lockdown has impacted stituted to provide for vital diag- Empowering
� Provide Financial Support
sort of declaration the economy deeply. Since While stimulating demands nostic tools to ensure that peo- � Upgrade with Digital Infra-
of intent and stance of the many sectors have underper- and creating an ecosystem that ple in highly vulnerable areas Education Sector structure like portals, apps, etc.
state administration to- formed, the revenue of the nurtures growth for small and are able to keep a check on vital State Government-run � Improve existing digital job
wards their commitment, state through the taxes has re- local businesses is essential for health parameters. schools, especially in remote ar- portals.
orientation, and approach duced considerably. Moreover, long term sustainable value Allocation of fresh funds to eas, should be provided with the Strengthening
for the upcoming finan- small businesses and daily wa- gains, while for the short term, schemes like Deen Dayal Mobile necessary physical and digital
cial year, for supporting gers need financial assistance, generation of revenues could be Health Clinics for their up-gra- infrastructure to conduct class- Small Businesses
the economy and provid- and provision for salaries and done through immediate in- dation and expansion would be a es with proper social distancing MP has a unique treasure of
ing a foundational frame- re-hiring of workers who lost crease on cess and other taxes positive move. The Deen Dayal and cleanliness standards (with local handicrafts and hand-
work for realizing the vi- their jobs need to be made. only on non-essential luxury Antyodaya Upchar Yojana can proper toilets and sanitization looms like Chanderi and Ma-
sion of 'Atmanirbhar The state is expected to pro- items and items like tobacco, al- be expanded in terms of the facilities). heshwari cloth, and these
evam Samriddh Pradesh'. vide further tax exemptions cohol, etc. monetary value of treatments The 'Digi Lap - Aapki Padhai should be promoted with re-
The budget is not just a and fiscal stimulus to moti- Revenues from non-tax covered and should also be made Aapke Ghar' Abhiyan with its newed vigor.
financial plan but an op- vate consumer spending be- sources (like fines and penalties accessible to migrant laborers. digital learning app ' Top Parent' The state-owned crafts and
portunity to boost the havior and create demand to on tax evasions and other viola- Improving Infrastructure should be updated and made handloom emporiums like
morale of the markets. replenish the flow of money in tions) can be increased by dou- novative solutions and schemes user friendly and interactive. Mrignayani and Vindhya
Moreover, the state budget the markets. The state has bling penalties. to increase revenue while also Investment in infrastructure Policy reforms for teachers' Herbals should be rebranded
for the upcoming finan- compelling tradeoffs and For ensuring immediate cash delivering superior value, like projects and expenditure on the compensation and training are and marketed effectively.
cial term is more signifi- unique constraints to deal inflows for investment in priori- the 'Nishtha Vidyut Mitra building of roads, electricity, absolutely essential. HealthTech and EdTech start-
cant than ever, being the with this time. They need to ty areas, the state can propose to Scheme' by Madhya Pradesh and availability of Internet Elevating Employment ups should be provided with tax
first budget to be passed invest and spend more, with issue municipal bonds (as being Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Compa- ought to be the priorities in this benefits and incentives and
normally after the lock- limited expansion of revenue done by some municipalities). ny Ltd. area. Opportunities more opportunities to collabo-
down (the previous budg- sources and that too without Divestiture in unutilized assets Boosting Healthcare Policy Framework and Guid- The existing employment rate in state-funded innovative
et was approved by the depending too much on exter- or giving unused property on ance in setting up projects for schemes like the Rozgar Setu Yo- projects.
Hon'ble Governor nal borrowings to avoid long lease could also be done. Healthcare needs to be made sustainable energy generation jana, Sabko Rozgar Milega Yo- Microfinance institutions
through an Adhyadesh in term heavy debts. Incentive and strategic bene- more robust through the devel- like the successful Rewa Ultra jana,Yuva Swabhiman Yojana, should be provided with subsi-
the second half of 2020). It Some suggestions that could fits to local businesses can be opment of Healthcare Infra- Mega Solar Project should be and Mukhya Mantri Swarozgar dies and other benefits to pro-
needs to strike a chord contribute to the required re- provided to stimulate demands. structure. The present schemes promoted. Yojana should be revitalized as vide low-interest loans to
with the sentiments of the silience and agility to the Support and policy guidelines could be extended and broad- ublic-Private Partnership proj- follows: Women SHGs and MSMEs.
citizens and businesses of budget for sammridhh MP are could be provided to state-run ened in terms of the coverage of ects could be boosted through � Expand scope and services Prof. HIMANSHU RAI,
the state. discussed below: companies to come up with in- health services and benefits. For the provision of incentives, es- � Proper roadmap and opera- Director, IIM Indore

MDMA case: Kingpin

says related to top
Affiliation row at St Mary's School Honour killing
Enraged killers planned
Bollywood singer complaint to DEO murder meticulously
OUR STAFF REPORTER was not found. Police also OUR STAFF REPORTER OUR STAFF REPORTER wasted no time and com-
Indore raided Hotel South Av- Indore Indore mitted the crime the same
enue from where Sarthak day.
The 70 kg MDMA drugs fled after seeing police Aghast by the revelation Enraged with their sister They asked Sameer (bro-
case kingpin Samrat Yag- and left his mobile phone that St Mary's Champion Alma's marriage, which ap- in-law) out for a walk and
nik on Monday said he is and a car at the place. Dur- School, which they were parently deflated their male stabbed him 22 times at
related to a Bollywood ing police questioning, told was affiliated to Cen- ego, the two brothers Moti Tabela Square in Rao-
playback singer. Corrobo- Sarthak's servant Aman tral Board of Secondary planned the murder of ji Bazar police station area
rating the same, Vijay Na- told police that Sarthak Education was affiliated to their brother-in-law meticu- on Sunday noon.
gar police station in- used to call models from Madhya Pradesh Board of lously for about two After the heinous crime,
charge Tehjeeb Kaji con- Delhi, Mumbai and other Secondary Education months. the cops arrested Alma's
firmed this and said Yag- cities and used to hold (MPBSE), parents and stu- In an emotional "aty- brothers Abdul Ayaz and
nik said this during inter- drug parties with them. dents reached the district Parents reach district education office with a complaint letter against St Mary's Champion School on Monday. achar" of sorts, they told Abdul Waqar from Ratlam
rogation. Court sent Aman also "told" police education office to report times more than the you need the mark-sheet of and said, "We will set up a the newly wed that the girl's on Monday and they have
Sarthak on police remand. that Sarthak has contacts the same. schools affiliated to MPB- the CBSE board, then committee and investigate father was ailing and he confessed to the crime, Rao-
Police are questioning with drug suppliers who It was a bolt out of the SE, whereas it is affiliated transfer to our Navada the case, as we have just re- wanted to meet the damad ji Bazar police station in-
Sarthak about his "other" supply the same in Bolly- blue for hundreds of par- to MPBSE and not CBSE!" Panth branch or take your ceived the complaint. Fur- and his daughter. charge inspector Savita
Bollywood "connections" wood. He also reportedly ents who enrolled their parent representative children out of school'," ther, after investigation, Innocence prevailed over Choudhary said.
if any. told police that Sarthak students in the two branch- Anand Chouhan said. complaint said. requisite actions will be suspicion and the couple ar- Two months back, Sameer
Earlier, On Sunday, po- used to spend lakhs of ru- es of St Mary's Champion In their complaint, par- Parents expressed their taken." rived here from Dewas. had eloped with Alma from
lice a team raided a place pees in parties. School accepting the ents said that the ID cards, helplessness they do not They reached here on Indore and married her.
in Mumbai and arrested school's advertisement as markings, etc. given to the want to send their children School says… parent Sunday and they brothers They had settled in Dewas.
Sarthak Yagnik in the The background 'CBSE affiliated' school. students also have the ad- to Nawada Panth branch, just want concession
70kg MDMA drug case. Po-
lice said Sarthak was ar- On 5 January, the police
Reaching the office, par-
ents demanded to meet dis-
dress of both schools writ-
ten misleading that both
because of distance.
"Further if children This is absolutely a Checkmate by BRAUSS V-C
rested from Mumbai. Po- crime branch had seized trict education officer schools are affiliated to studying in MPBSE want wrong allegation. We Mhow (FPNS): In what is being viewed as a decisive step,
lice had received a tipoff 70 kg of MDMA drugs (DEO) Ravi Singh and CBSE. to take admission in other are running the schools akin to a checkmate in the ongoing battle between
that Samrat was travelling worth Rs 70 crore from sought his help in the case. "Parents are cheated by CBSE schools then CBSE for 29 years. We have a BRAUSS vice-chancellor Dr Asha Shukla and former reg-
to Mumbai from five persons along with As per the complaint writing CBSE Affiliated on affiliated schools do not branch in Suryadev istrar Dr D K Sharma, the former has got Dr Nita Sharma
Dehradun. Police team cash of 13 lakh. The ac- filed by parents to DEO, St. ID cards and other mark- consider such students," Nagar affiliated to terminated from the post of project associate in the UGC
reached Mumbai and ar- cused were from Telan- Mary's Champion School ings for both the school complaint said. MPBSE, as shown in Project. Dr Nita is related to Dr Sharma.
rested him. He is a resi- gana and Madhya has two branches, one in students," Chouhan said. Parents raised their com- the website. The num- As per sources, the present registrar Ajay Verma has cit-
dent of South Tukoganj Pradesh. The accused had Suryadev Nagar which is Recently parents came to plaint about the 'fraud', ber is registered in ed a report by the director of research extension Dr D K
area in Indore. ASP Ra- gathered to deliver the affiliated to the MP Board know that the school at which was signed by more MPBSE. It is upto class Verma in which the latter said that Dr Nita was not doing
jesh Raghuwanshi said in consignment of drugs and and the other is in the Suryadev Nagar is recog- than 50 parents. Parents V. Some parents want a her project as per norms and hence she was being termi-
Dehradun, Sarthak lived to take token money. Re- Nawada Panth which is af- nised by MPBSE and not demanded punitive action fee concession that is nated.
at his friend's house Shiv portedly, they used to filiated to the CBSE Board. CBSE. against the school operator why they (parents) are However, sources said Dr Nita was working very effi-
and from there he smug- bring drugs through "Further, as an additional "When we discussed the and fixing the appropriate doing this. Every ciently in the project but was axed due to enmity between
gled drugs. trains, planes, buses, branch Suryadev Nagar same with the school oper- fees as per the recognition record is absolutely V-C Dr Asha Shukla and former registrar Dr DK Sharma.
Earlier, when police trucks and private cars. So school is shown as recog- ator, the school gave an ar- of the MPBSE. fine." When Dr Asha Shukla was contacted in this regard she
raided Sarthak's flat in far, 15 accused have been nised by the CBSE board, gument quoting 'we teach DEO Singh assured par- SL SWAMY, Director said that she had nothing to do with this and action had
Varsha Apartment, he arrested in this case. and the fees are many on the CBSE pattern and if ents of possible actions St Mary Champion School been taken on the basis of project director's report.


CRIME ROUND-UP Up to 40% subsidy on rooftop
Union forest minister wants Four lakh looted from petrol pump manager solar net metering systems
report within 7 days
INDORE: Around Rs 4 lakh was looted from a petrol
pump manager in an area under Gautampura police OUR STAFF REPORTER ond phase of the Net Me- applying online through
station. Police said that in the CCTV footage the ac- Indore tering Incentive Scheme. WWW.MPWZ.CO.IN or
OUR STAFF REPORTER dore STF, Madhya Pradesh thorities for negligence in cused were seen stalking the manager and when he According to the order of can go to nearby power
Indore in handling complaints re- the matter prior to their in- reached near Padliya village the accused snatched the Madhya Pradesh Western the Department of New distribution center, zone
garding leopard's death. A vestigation. Questions bag from him and fled away. Region Power Distribu- and Renewable Energy, do- or divisional office.
Ministry of Environment, copy of the letter is en- about their investigation tion Company is aggres- mestic consumers of
Many consumers are
Forest and Climate closed at Annexure for ref- team and progress have
Police recover two minor girls within 24 hours sively promoting solar en- 10KW capacity system will
Change, Government of In-
dia has sought a report in
Further it added, "In this
also been raised in the de-
partment. Complainants Indore: A team of Kishanganj police station on Monday
ergy as government has
announced a subsidy of
get 40 per cent subsidy.
"We are making resi-
taking advantage
the case of the leopard res- regard, it is requested to alleged that team has been rescued two girls abducted from Indore district and tak- up to 40 per cent subsidy dents of all 15 districts At present, electricity is
cued from Nayapura, that kindly examine the matter protecting the accused. en to Gujarat. Similarly, police claimed to have rescued on rooftop solar net me- under West Discom aware being generated from net
had 42 shrapnel wounds on and submit a factual report Complaint regarding the as many as 26 minor girls from several places which in- tering connections. of subsidy on installation metering solar power con-
its head. The minister sent to this Ministry within 7 same was raised by legal cludes few districts from West Bengal, Gujarat and oth- Chief Engineer West of rooftop solar net meter- nections at 850 locations
a letter to Deputy Inspector working days." activist Abhijeet Pandey er states. Discom SL Karwadia said ing system as it is benefi- in Indore. A total of 1750
General of
(Wildlife) Rakesh Kumar
Forest The state Tiger Strike
Force (STSF) of Madhya
with the Ministry of For-
est and Environment and State Cyber Cell helps fraud victim net metering solar energy
is being continuously pro-
cially for them," Karwa-
dia said.
consumers in the corpo-
rate sector are preparing
Jagenia in this regard on Pradesh with leopard state the Wildlife Crime Control INDORE: The State Cyber Cell on Monday helped a moted in jurisdiction of The group housing soci- electricity by putting so-
Monday and sought a re- status still hasn't been able Bureau (WCCB) in the woman get a refund of Rs 2.99 lakh that she had been the company. ety's 500 kW capacity lar panels on their
port within 7 days. to find the hunter who mer- case. On July 10, 2020, the duped in an online fraud. Police said that an unidenti- As per the order of the plant will receive 20 per- rooftops. Net metering
The letter said, "The Min- cilessly shot the leopard leopard was found severe- fied person has withdrawn the amount from the government, the West Dis- cent subsidy. Interested plant in the company area
istry is in receipt of a letter with 42 shrapnels. While ly injured in the Nayapura woman's bank account. com is setting up 15 MW consumers can avail the has a total capacity of
alleging negligence by In- STSF blames the local au- range. capacity plants in the sec- benefits of the scheme by over 36 MW.

First sighting of Red-Headed Vulture in Mhow Rs 80cr collected for Ram Temple
TINA KHATRI pher and lover. species reduced from 4 Indore
Indore He said, "Red-Headed crore to 4000. Biggest un-
Vulture is one of the worst natural catastrophe," Ya- A sum of over Rs 80 crore,
A hope for not just good victims of diclofenac. dav said. collected for the Ram Tem-
vulture population, but From millions in 90s, it He added that though the ple in Ayodhya in Indore
also revival of species came to thousands in 2000 drug is banned by govern- was handed over to the au-
started this week on a and few hundred in 2007 ment of India, but the ban thorities on Sunday.
pleasant note, as the first when it was listed to Criti- is not implemented in let- Former member of Nar-
sighting of Red-Headed cally Endangered in IUCN ter and spirit. "It's avail- mada Control Authority
Vulture in Mhow, Indore Red List." able openly without pre- Government of India and
was recorded by bird He explained that di- scription and vet doctors former Chairman Ecosys-
watchers. clofenac medicine is used are prescribing regularly," tem (Mission Ecology) Indi-
The Red-Headed Vulture to treat pain and inflam- Yadav said. an Council of Science and Representatives handing over funds for construction of Ram Temple, Ayodhya on Sunday
was spotted in the Malendi Red-headed vulture clicked by Brigadier Arvind Yadav in Mhow mation in cows and other There are alternative Technology Communica- ry Committee, Ministry of little girls broke their piggy
Patalpani area by district. "So far only Egypt- rare species of vulture. animals. "Once ingested, drugs available that are tion Dr Afroz Ahmad pre- Labour and former mem- banks and contributed
Brigadier Arvind Yadav, ian Vultures have been Yadav has previously traces remain permanent- not dangerous but lack of sented the collected funds. ber of Indore Union Driver their savings. About Rs
Dev Kumar Vasudevan and seen in Mhow tehsil and spotted and recorded 14 ly in the animal, when car- awareness and control is The funds were presented Shailendra Mahajan and 1.11cr was contributed by
Shantanu Thada. Indore district," they said. new species for Indore dis- casses are eaten by vul- causing this to Pt. Bhupendra Dharwa, Co-ordination Forum. various corporate groups
The trio shared that it is The trio had ventured on trict since June 2020. Other tures. The drug traces af- They also saw Indian Par- Union Ministry of Envi- Funds were received from as well. LGBT community
the first recorded sighting an unplanned birding trip, than being an army officer, fect the kidney and liver of adise Flycatchers (male ronment and Forests, Na- Kinnar (LGBT) community has donated about Rs
in Mhow tehsil and Indore where they sighted the he is a wildlife photogra- vultures. In 20 years, six and females). tional Child Labor Adviso- and children as well. Some 11,000.


Come accompanied
by spouse, children

The most awaited phase for vac-

cination against COVID-19 for
those above 60-years of age and
people between 45 and 60 years of
age with comorbidities started
with excitement among elderly
people in the city on Monday.
Most of the beneficiaries who
reached the hospitals to get vac-
cinated seemed to be self-moti-
vated and reached the hospital
with their spouses or with other
family members. Along with mo-
tivating others to get vaccinated,
they also showed the care for
their family members and
brought them to the centres.
Those who were not able to get (ALL PICS BY ANAND SHIVRE)
themselves registered, reached
the centres with their children,
and got inoculated to end the dis- PC Sethi Hospital sees highest TITBITS TECHNICAL GLITCHES IRK BENEFICIARIES
Technical glitches and confusion over online and offline registration irked
Amid technical glitches and number of beneficiaries 1 Manasi Akolekar
beneficiaries as they had to wait for hours to get vaccinated while many of
them couldn't get vaccinated as they didn't get verification of their
confusion for online and offline brought her registration. Many people didn't get OTP for verification while many
Hospital Vaccination grandmother-in-law couldn't get themselves registered. Due to technical errors, vaccination
PC Sethi Hospital 250 Vimala Saraf (91) and couldn't get started at 9 am in the city and the first dose was administered
mother-in-law Vasanti to patients after 10 am in every center. Many beneficiaries were seen
MY Hospital 171 Akolekar (67) to confused at the centers as they got the registration messages but their
Government PC Sethi names were not showing on the portal at the vaccination centers.
Bhandari Hospital 112 vaccinated
Many elderly people had reached the centers without online registration
SAIMS 81 2 Mohan Agrawal, but with the ID proofs to get registered and vaccinated on the spot.
Index Medical College 71 sweetmeat trader, Initially, the health department had decided to vaccinate only with online
registration but they had to change the plan as a large number of people
reached to get
Medicare Hospital 166 vaccinated with 10 of his
reached the centers without any pre-registration. "We learnt that there
would be on the spot registration due to which we didn't get registered
Choithram Hospital 142 family members to get online. We were refused by the officials to get vaccinated in MY Hospital,"
vaccinated at MY an elderly man said. The same issues were faced by beneficiaries in PC
St Francis Hospital 72 Hospital on Monday. Sethi Hospital and Bhandari Hospital after which doctors sought directions
registration, as many as 1357 Varma Union Hospital 220 from officials in Bhopal and started offline registration.
people above 60 years were vac-
cinated on the first day. As many
conditions, also got the jab after

showing their certificate from Ravi Jain was -year-old
the doctor. SINCE ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACCINE' the first beneficiary Bhagyawanti
According to Chief Medical to get vaccinated at
70 -year-old Satish Kumar Jain and his wife Sharma, vaccinated
and Health Officer Dr Pravin Ja- MY Hospital. "I don't
dia, "We received a good re- Vibha Jain became the first beneficiaries at MY Hospital, said,
have any fear of "My children did my
sponse as a large number of peo- of the new phase of vaccination in the city as
vaccines. It is
ple were seen excited to get vac- they got vaccinated at Government PC Sethi registration after
important to get the
cinated. We face some issues ini- Hospital. They couldn't get registered online reading news about
tially but with time, things will
after which officials permitted them for offline
registration. "We waited for our turn since the
89 -year-old Kanhaiyyalal Gupta became the first
beneficiary who got online registration and
inoculated in Government PC Sethi Hospital. "I am a
jab to eliminate the
deadly disease. I
read in newspapers
vaccination. I
reached the hospital
He said that they appealed to announcement of the vaccine. We believe in our and did not feel any
practicing lawyer and had stopped going to court after about vaccination
the people to get themselves reg- changes after being
scientists and have faith in science. I was excited COVID spread. Now, I am vaccinated and will return to work and reached MY
istered online as they temporar-
for vaccination and everyone must come after getting the second dose as well. I am feeling good to Hospital for the vaccinated except a
ily provided the-on-spot registra-
forward to take the jab," Jain said. get vaccinated," Gupta said. same," Jain said. feeling of safety."
tion facility.

15-yr-old gang-raped for 6 days by 2 youths

MHOW (FPNS) three days. Ajay told his friend Vikas
Girwal of Malipur village about the
A 15-year-old girl was gang-raped for incident and Vikas threatened that if
six days by two youths in Sherkund the victim did not allow him to rape
village, who also threatened to kill her, he would tell everyone about the
her if she told anyone about the inci- incident. Frightened, she agreed to
dent. Manpur police have registered a Vikas' demands and both friends took
case POCSO Act and IPC sections turns to rape her for the next three
against the two accused, who are ab- days.
sconding. Meanwhile, the girl's parents grew
Manpur police said one of the ac- Ajay threatened to come to her house. suspicious by her activities and she
cused Ajay Baria of the same village He struck up a friendship with her revealed the truth to them. They took
used to harass her saying that he and one day when his parents had her to Manpur police station where a
wanted to befriend her. Initially, she gone out of the village, he brought the case was registered against Ajay and
had refused but later she agreed after girl to his house and raped her for Vikas.

Man reaches DIG office 'with Relief for IAS officer

Dahima till March 8
bomb'… hoax unearthed Indore: The hearing into the interim
bail application of additional secretary
(urban development) Lalit Dahima, an
OUR STAFF REPORTER lice station. They reached handed over the luggage. accused in the Rs 8 crore fraud case,
Indore Palasia PS from where they challenging his arrest warrant, could
were rushed to the DIG of- Rickshaw driver's version not be held in Indore bench of Madhya
A usual Monday morning fice when he "told" the cops The man sat in the auto Pradesh High Court on Monday.
was stirred for a while at about the inflammable stuff and told him to go to the The next hearing will now be held
the DIG office after the son in his bags. nearest police station and March 8.
of a paramilitary officer, The bomb squad checked scared him that there was a A local court had issued an arrest
who claimed to be with IAF the bags and found only 'bomb' in his bag and he warrant against Dahima on February
(technical staff) was clothes and other things. needed the auto-driver's 13 for not appearing before the court
brought in by the Palasia According to police, the help. since 2016 citing one or other reason.
police station staff to get his man is the son of a paramil- The driver immediately Against the order, Dahima had
bags checked by the Bomb itary officer who is de- took him to Palasia police moved HC which had granted him
Squad after he alleged that ployed in Indore. station from where he was interim bail.
his bags were reportedly The man's father told po- sent to the DIG office. The case against Dahima is about 18
laden with explosives. The lice that his son is undergo- The Rickshaw driver said years old. It was alleged that when he
alert cops, swooped down to ing mental treatment. His the man told him to step on was secretary of mandi in Indore he
unearth the suspicion and father went on to say that he gas to reach the DIG office had colluded with some agencies and
fortunately found nothing. was in Air-Force (technical fast or else the bomb would siphoned off Rs 8 crore. On the
Additional Superintendent staff) but after an accident, explode. He said on their complaint of the then collector, the
of Police, Manisha Pathak he left the IAF and has been way to the DIG office, the case was taken for investigation in
Soni said as soon as they re- mentally unstable. He was man got down from the auto 2004. After seven years, an FIR was
ceived information, police at his friend's house and and told the driver to reach registered against one LDC and
cleared the area and called was coming home. He un- the DIG office with the "con- different office bearers of 23 agencies.
Bomb Squad on-the-spot. knowingly suspected his signment" while he said he After two years, some officials of the
Police said that the man friend and claimed that his would be coming in an e- mandi were charge-sheeted but not
hired an auto and told the friend had kept some explo- rickshaw and would be fol- Dahima. However, three years later he
driver to take him to a po- sives in his bags. Police lowing it. was named in the case.

Youth caught for impersonation in ITI exam

OUR STAFF REPORTER Tushar pretended to be
Indore Vishnu and argued that
earlier he was fat and was
A youth was caught imper- looking different as he had
sonating another person at lost weight. However, the
an ITI exam by an alert in- invigilator was not con-
vigilator on Monday, and vinced and took him to the
handed over to the Hira Na- principal's office where he
gar police station who have confessed the duplicity. The
registered a case. police were called in and
According to police Tushar was made to call
Tushar appeared in the en- Vishnu and he told police
gineering drawing subject that he is pursuing a fitter's
exam in place of Vishnu. At course at an ITI institute
the exam centre, the invigi- and had paid Rs 1,500 to a
lator who was checking the coaching class owner who
I-Cards grew suspicious had deputed Tushar to sit
when he saw that the photo for the exam in his (Vish-
in the Aadhar card did not nu's) place. Police have
match the candidate's face. booked both the youths.
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MORNING: 81 per cent, EVENING: 24 per cent
SUNRISE: 6.49 am , SUNSET: 6.30 pm

Show-cause notice issued
�������������� A couple from Ba-
to Tata Projects Limited
������� hadurganj was the first �������
to get vaccine under the
The second phase of vacci- latest phase. As per the Ujjain Municipal Corpora-
nation against Covid start- health officials vaccina- tion served a show cause
ed in the city from Monday tion will be conducted at notice to Tata Projects
in which people of age 3 government hospitals limited for making unlev-
group of 45 to 60 year will and 3 private hospitals of elled sewerage chambers
be vaccinated. the city. across the city and due
which an innocent lawyer
lost his life as his bike
������������������� skidded at Indore Gate
�������������� area of the city.
On Sunday late night a 23

D istrict vaccination officer KC Parmar said that vac-

cination centres are setup in Government Madhav
Nagar Hospital, Jiwajiganj Primary Health Centre and
year old lawyer Akshat
Sharma lost the balance
on motorbike at Indore
Cancer unit located in front of civil hospital. The bene- Gate area due to the unlev-
ficiaries can also get vaccinated in private hospitals be- elled sewerage chamber. �������������������������
tween 9am to 5pm, Parmar added. For vaccination He was seriously injured
copies of any of identity proof like PAN Card, Voter ID, in the accident and suc- �����������������������������������������
Driving License with Aadhaar Card are necessary. One
can also apply online to get registered for vaccination.
Online registration is necessary for vaccination at pri- ‘Take doctors’ advice before vaccination’
cumbed to his injuries
during the treatment. The
municipal corporation
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vate hospital which will charge a fee of Rs 250. ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� warned the company for ���������������������������������������������������������
������������������������������������������������������������������������� taking one sided action �������������������������������������������������������
against the company if ����������������������������������������������������������
��������������������������������������������� the company fails to reply ����������������������������
6 women to the notice within 7 days.

among Admin makes online booking ���������������������������� �����������

14 test T
mandatory for devotees
aking action against illegal cattle
sheds across the city. The municipal
M unicipal Corporation’s team seized

corporation’s team removed such shed of substandard polythene bags from a
Satyanaryan in Goutam Marg and in Pi- shopkeeper in Freeganj area. The team
plinaka area where Shahid Khan was run- also slapped a penalty of Rs 3450 on the
Tally 5,285, toll 103 ��������������� Covid directives to ning illegal cattle shed. shopkeeper.
��������������� be followed strictly
������ The administration has
started preparations for
Briefing the arrange-
ments collector Asheesh
Youth dies in Travel agent gets 4-yr RI
Fourteen 14 persons test-
ed positive taking the
Maha Shivratri. On Mon-
day divisional commis-
Singh informed
arrangements are being
that, bike collision for cheating passengers
number of corona pa- sioner Sandeep Yadav, IG made according to Covid di- Ujjain: A youth resident of
tients to 5,285 mark in the Yogesh Deshmukh, col- rectives to provide easy en- Kesarbag colony was ��������������� Ashutosh son of Om-
district on Sunday. The lector Asheesh Singh, SP try and exit to every devo- killed in a bike collision on ������ prakash Shrivastava, resi-
toll is 103. Satyendra Kumar Shuk- tee. Online booking Sunday night. The acci- dent of Yaman Sahara Es-
As per the medical bul- la, ADM Narendra Surya- arrangements have suffi- dent took place in Nayapu- Second ADJ Prempal Singh tate, village Bangrasia,
letin issued at 11 pm, out vanshi and other con- cient slots and every devo- ra area in Barnagar. Thakur on Monday convict- tehsil Hujoor, district
of 121 cerned officials paid tee should be updated to The family members told ed a Bhopal-based travelling Bhopal.
sample re- COVID-19 their visit to famous Ma- slots current status. Collec- that Asheesh agent for duping some lo- Shrivastava sought Rs
ports re- DISTRICT hakaleshwar Temple and �������������������������������������� tor urged devotees to use on- (26) son of cals in the name of sending 8,79,500 for the trip from
ceived on UPDATE its periphery areas. line booking services to con- Bhanwarlal him to Spain. The accused the complainant and oth-
the day, 14 The officials told that tancing. IG Deshmukh told Devotees can easily ap- firm their entry and slot. Mali had gone has been awarded rigorous ers. They transferred the
persons including 11 all devotees have to get that adequate police proach till Jaisinghpura to Barnagar to imprisonment of 4 years. same from their accounts.
from Ujjain City and 3 registered online for arrangements will be ground by any vehicle Make preparations recover loan amount from The court also slapped a Despite receiving pay-
from Nadga including 6 making entry in the tem- made to ensure safety and and vehicles shall be for crowd a businessman meanwhile fine of Rs 5,000 on him. ment, the accused did not
women tested corona- ple on the occasion of Ma- security of devotees. parked at Chaardham at 11pm his bike collided According to deputy-di- provide them the air tick-
positive. Overall, 79 pa- hashivratri festival. Spot Road Parking located at management: IG with another bike and he rector, prosecution, Saket ets and also did not return
tients, 33 of them sympto- registration can only be Parking Triveni Museum. ��������������������� got injured badly. He was Vyas, complainant Anurag back their passports. He
matic, have been getting made if the slot is not ��������������������������� rushed to a private hospi- Gour had on September 9, even continuously avoided
treatment. filled.
arrangements Mobile toilets �������������������������� tal in Ujjain where he died 2017 filed an FIR in the attending his mobile
Samples of 1, 72, 568 Collector Asheesh Singh The administration ����������������������� during treatment. His kin Madhav Nagar police sta- phone following which the
persons have been taken One-way entry informed that adequate will also made arrange- ��������������������������� added that Asheesh has tion that he had booked a victims came to conclusion
across the district so far Divisional commissioner arrangements are being ments to install mobile ����������������������������� sold his 26 bigha agricul- ticket of flight for Spain that they had been cheated
and no report is awaited. instructed to make made for providing con- toilets around the tem- ������������������������������ ture land for Rs 1 crore and tour for him and his family and they finally ap-
With 2 more discharged arrangement to follow the venient parking facilities ple premises. Officials ������������������������������ he had loaned out a part of members. For the to-and- proached the police. AGP
on the day, the total num- one-way system for entry to devotees coming from also inspected different ��������������������������� that sum to a businessman. fro travelling, they had Kishore Kumar Sharma
ber of corona winners and exit of devotees with different parts of the coun- exit and entry points of ����������������������� He had gone to Barnagar provided passports to Am- pleaded the case on behalf
has gobe up to 5,103. maintaining social dis- try and state. the temple. ����� �� ��� ��������� to recover the same. bel Tour & Packages’ agent of prosecution.

Fake currency racket 27 participants identify

life partners at Agrawal
Guna’s NS Bhargava is chief of Shri
busted five arrested Samaj’s Parichay Sammelan Bhragu Bhargava Brahmin Samaj
��������������� ���������������
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Acting on a tip-off the STF ������������������������������������������������������������� Social worker Narmada
on Monday nabbed five ac- ������������������������������������������������������������ Shankar Bhargava (Guna)
cused who cheated the peo- ����������������������������� was unanimously elected
ple with fake currency ����������������������������� as the new State president
notes. One of the arrested ���������������������������� of Shri Bhragu Bhargava
accused is a resident of �������������������������� ����������������������������������� Brahmin Samaj, at the tri-
Susner. A car and fake cur- ������������������������������ ennial elections to which
rency notes worth Rs 13.35 �������������������������������� ��������������� ty.• • It was chaired by were held at Lord Parshu-
thousand have been recov- ����������������������������� ������ Pawan Mittal while Om ram’s birth place at Jana-
ered from him. �������������������������������� Prakash Agarwal and pav, Mhow (district Indore).
STF SP Anjana Tiwari ������������������� ������������������������������� A Parichay Sammelan was Bhagwandas Airen were Ujjain district president
told media persons that ������������������������� organised by the Agarwal special guests.• • The pro- of Shri Bhragu Bhargava ����������������������������������������������������������������
acting on a tip-off the ������������������������������������������������������ Social Group in memory of gramme was launched by Brahmin Samaj, Pt Yesh-
��������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������
sleuths stooped a car (RJ 35 Rameshchandra Mittal. lighting a lamp in front of want Bhargava stated that
CA 0591). �������������������������������������������������������� A total of 105 young men the portrait of Maharaja representatives and office- ��������������������������������
Four people were out in ���������������������������������������������������������������� and 114 young women from Agrasen. Convenor of this bearers from across Mad- Hoshangabad were the of Lord Parshuram.
the car to utilise their states of Madhya Pradesh, Parichay Sammelan, Vijay hya Pradesh in large num- election officers. The new- The outgoing president
fake currency notes. On Gujarat, Rajasthan, Hyder- Mittal gave a welcome ad- ber attended the conven- ly-elected State president Pt Pt Ramesh Sharma
questioning, they said namely Mahmood son of Ware House. They were abad and Odisha partici- dress and the guests were tion. They also tied a tur- Narmada Shankar Bharga- (Bhopal) thanked the
that they used coloured Chand Khan resident of out to find their latest vic- pated in the event.• • welcomed by Nimesh Ag- ban on the forehead of va said that he would soon members of the commu-
photocopy of the real cur- Agar, Sangram son of tim. The accused hail More than 27 partici- garwal, Rakesh Bajaj, Ra- Narmada Shankar Bhar- start state-wide tour to con- nity for extending their
rency notes to cheat peo- Santram resident of Prat- Pratapgarh in Rajasthan. pants identified their life jesh Garg and Anil Goyal. gava and welcomed him by stitute the new body. cooperation and trust.
ple. The accused from apgarh, Naiem son of They had been cheating partner at this event. On this occasion AgarSe- garlanding him. Prior to it, Karpatri The outgoing secretary Pt
Susner used to photocopy Kallu, Santosh and the people for a long time. The event was inaugu- va.com convenor Govind Senior lawyer from Ujjain Kalyan Ashram Dharm Sanjeev Sharma (Bhopal)
the notes. Goverdhan Malviya resi- A photocopy machine was rated by Jagdish Agarwal, Mittal provided complete Pt Jiyalal Sharma and Sangh president Dr Kalyani presented a report based
Inspector Deepika dents of Naikhedi were also recovered from their former chairman of the Uj- information about the con- President’s Awardee Pt JP Chaitanya inaugurated the on his tenure. Pt Ashok
Shinde said, the accused arrested from Hariom possession. jain Development Authori- ference on the website. Khadder from event by garlanding the idol Chaturvedi (Indore) con-
ducted the proceedings
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Government Model (Indore) proposed a vote
of thanks.

Trade union leaders flay govt

School holds contests
PANCHANG 2.3.2021

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head Harishankar Sharma To mark National Science Day There is a scientific reason ���� ���������������������������
At a meeting held at the Maj- praised the solidarity of the the Government Model behind all events which we all �� ��������������
door Sangh’s office at Shram labourers. He said that the School, Ghattiya, held science should know about, so we ��
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non-disbursement of dues of full cooperation with the union Students participated in the be able to do new innovations
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retrenched labourers of Binod and one another. The meeting essay writing on the topic in the future and make the ���� ����
Mills for which the Supreme was also addressed by many “Our Indian Scientists are country and society proud, he
Court had passed an order other officials who were pres- our Pride” and presented it. added.• � �

some two years ago. ent at the venue, to render their The participants of the con- The programme was chaired
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cate Dheeraj Singh Panwar They also appealed to the tance of Sir CV Raman’s life Ramesh Kurup. He said that
gave a background of legal bat- labourers to assemble in large and work.• today is the age of science so � � � � �� � � � � �� � � � � � � � � �
tles for workers. numbers in the meeting every A teacher Ishwar Mehta we all should contribute to- RUNNING CLASSIFIED
Labour Union president Om- Sunday at 3 pm and requested gave a talk about the scientif- wards making the country DISPLAY CLASSIFIED 7 DAY 500/-
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union in the struggle of work- and the best of ancient times Teacher in-charge of Sci- that today life is incomplete dent Lakhan Bairagi ex-
ers and asked them to partici- ������������������������ lived life in scientific way. ence Club Rajesh Rathore said without science. There is sci- pressed the vote of thanks.
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State Economic Survey Congress stages

�������������������������������� walk-out over
Sidhi bus accident
In pandemic year 2020, employment

The State Economic Survey 2020-

registration fell sharply to 21.95%

21 paints a dismal picture of
industries and related sectors in ������������������ the buses running in his ju-
Madhya Pradesh. The figures ������� risdiction.
demonstrate a downfall in the in- The former minister, PC
dustries, investments and employ- The Congress MLAs staged Sharma, stated that, if Vya-
ment created by them. THE SURVEY SHARES THE �������������� ���������������������������������� walk out from the assembly pam had established the
A fall in the numbers of regis-
tered MSME (Micro, Small and
ACHIEVEMENTS AND FAILURES ����������������� ����������������������������������������
on the Sidhi bus accident
issue on Monday. The road
exam centre in Sidhi, most
of the lives would have

Medium Enterprises) was ob- OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT ���������������������������
�������������������������������� ������������������������������������
transport minister, Govind been saved because many
served. The year 2019-20 saw a fall Singh Rajput, said that the of them were going to ap-
of 3.35% in the registered numbers ������������������ ������������������������������������ ��������������������������� �������� bus was running on valid pear in the ANM exam. He
of MSME units in comparison with ������ ����������������������������� ��������� papers, it had an NOC and demanded a judicial in-
2018-19. The number of MSME ������������������������������ also life insurance cover. quiry into the matter.
units fell from 2.98 lakh in 2018-19 In the Covid-19 pandemic year 2020, the employment ���������������������������������� ��������������� Congress MLA Kamlesh- Former minister Dr
to 2.88 lakh in 2019-20. registration had dropped to 21.95 per cent. ����������������������������������� �������������� war Patel brought a call-at- Govind Singh stated that
According to the survey report, a The Economic Survey of the financial year 2019-2020 ���������������������������������� tention motion on the acci- the police were busy in va-
shortfall of 0.22% in investment was presented in the Assembly on Monday. The survey ������������������������������ dent. On February 16, the cating the houses, securing
was recorded. Investment made in shares the achievements and failures of the state gov- ���������������������������������� bus, heading towards Satna mines and helping officers
2019-20 stood at Rs 19,242 crore. ernment. It also shows the areas of improvement where ��������������������������������� from Sidhi, fell into the to run their ‘organisation’.
As far as creation of employ- the state government can work on it. Employment reg- ������������������������������������� Bansagar canal. In the ac- BJP MLA Yashpal Sisodia
ment is concerned, here, too, the istration had dropped to 21.95 per cent in the year 2020. ����������������� cident, 54 people, including suggested that the govern-
reports are negative. In the year In the year 2019, 8.47 lakh unemployed had got them- 23 women and three chil- ment help the families to
2018-19, employment generation selves registered and, in the current year, the number ��������������������� ���������������� dren, died. take the insurance claim
stood at 10.3 lakh that was re- dropped to 6.11 lakh. On the other hand, the number of ��������������������������������� Congress MLA Patel de- from the company. He
duced by 3.52% and fell to only literate unemployed youths had dropped in the state. In ������������������������������
���������� manded an ex gratia added that the families
9.94 lakh. Financial assistance to the year 2019, the number was 29.33 per cent. In the cur- �������������������������������� ����������������������������������� amount of Rs 1 crore and were not capable of filing a
the MSMEs also reduced from Rs rent year, the number dropped to 23.08 lakh. ���������������������������������� ��������������������������������� government job for one of case in the court and the in-
129.12 crore in 2019-20 to Rs ������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������� the family members of the surance companies did not
59.08 crore in the corresponding ������������� ������������������������������������ ������������������������������������ deceased. Patel blamed pay the amount to the vic-
year till December. The year 2020 was the year of the Covid-19 pandemic ��������������������������������� ������������������������������������� the traffic jam at Chuhiya tims’ families.
The government did not speak in and economic activities had been affected badly in the ����������������������������������� ������������������������������ Ghat and overloading of Road transport minister
terms of developing infrastructure state. But some of the indicators came up with bright ������������������������������ ������������������������������������� the vehicle for the acci- Govind Singh Rajput said
for the industries in the report. It lights and helped the people of the state in pandemic ����������������������������������� ����������������������������������� dent. He raised the issue that an inquiry was under
simply said that financial ap- times. In FY-2019-20, more vehicles were sold and the ������������������������������������� ������������������������������������ of the roads of the area process and after the report
proval of Rs 5,536 lakh had been growth rate was around 9.52 per cent. In the previous ����������������������������������� ������������������������������� being in a state of disre- the government was going
given to related industries but re- year 2018-19, 16,361 vehicles were sold, which in- ������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� pair and carelessness of to take strict action against
mained quiet on the amount spent. creased to 17,918 in the current year. the police and local ad- the people who had been
ministration. careless.
The former Speaker, NP Dr Govind Singh and oth-

Wrap up inquiry of Shri Grih Spurious catechu unit busted, owner held
Prajapati, asked to register er Congress MLAs staged a
a case against the police sta- walk-out from the Assem-

Nirman Samiti in 2 days:

tion in-charge of the area bly protesting that their de-
because he had failed to mands had not been accept-
������������������ and others. check the overloading in ed by the government.
Collector to officials ������ The factory is owned by
Mohan Mandora, resident
Ujjain: Collector Asheesh Singh on Monday for disposal of A joint-team of Crime of Jalgaon in Maharash-
long pending complaints convened a T-L meeting. Collec- Branch and food safety offi- tra, who was arrested by
tor instructs to conduct enquiry in the matter of Shri Grih cers busted a spurious cat- the team. The accused was
Nirman Samiti and asked the officials to prepare report echu (kattha) manufactur- supplying the spurious
within 2 days and for other pending complaints he gave ing unit in Lasudia police kattha to Gujarat, Maha-
necessary instructions to officials. Collector also instruct- station area on Monday rashtra, Rajasthan, Ja-
ed SDM to take up frequent inspection to curb overloading and arrested the owner. balpur, Katni, and other
problem in buses and penalise the defaulters. Collector in- The accused was prepar- districts of MP.
structed him to cancel the license of adamant bus opera- ing kattha by adding harm- The team has seized
tors. Collector also instructed to resolve complaints on ful chemicals and was also goods worth Rs 10 lakh
priority which are registered with CM Helpline portal. selling illegal country- from the scene and the ac-
During the meeting ADM Narendra Suryavanshi, addi- made liquor from there. cused informed that he has
tional collector Avi Prasad, Zila Panchayat CEO Ankit Under the guidance of been working for the last
Asthana, Smart City Project CEO Jitendrasingh Chouhan ASP (Crime) Guruprasad tries in Panal Compound by using chemicals like five years. Police and food
and other concerned officials were present Parashar, crime branch in Lasudia Mori where potassium metabisul- safety officers taking fur-
team raided Balaji Indus- spurious kattha was made phate, tritanium dioxide ther actions in the matter.
AAP to field candidates in all 54 wards
St Arnold students want Guest scholars remind CM,
���������������� online exam option Scindia of their promises,
reached the school premises
and sought an option of online
demand employment
��������������� examination. As per the ������������������
���������� After St Paul’s School and St school’s schedule, examina- �������
���������������� Raphael’s School, which were tions are set to begin from
����������������� hell-bent on conducting exams Tuesday. The Guest Scholars’ Association has reminded
������������������������������������������������������������ in offline mode despite rise in However, school representa- Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP
��������������������������������� Covid-19 cases, softened their tive Father Pious said, “We Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia of their
stand after intervention of col- have not scheduled online ex- promises they made when they were protesting in
Executive panel of Jain lector Manish Singh, students aminations from tomorrow, but Shahjehani Park last year.
social group take oath of St Arnold’s School staged a
protest in front of the school
we will consider that as an op-
tion after offline examinations
Addressing the media, state convener of the as-
sociation Surjit Singh Bhadauria said that, when
seeking an option for online ex- are complete. Out of 250 stu- Shivraj was in the Opposition, he had come to the
amination. dents, barely 10 students are protest venue and had said that these guest schol-
On Sunday, the collector had against offline exams, the re- ars are not common people picked up randomly
warned St Paul’s School and St maining have given their con- but they are selected through due process.
Raphael’s School against con- sent and will be attending the “We’ll fight tooth and nail till all guest scholars are
ducting exams in offline mode examination in offline mode, as taken back in jobs,” Shivraj had said at the venue. The
because Covid-19 cases are on scheduled.” Guest Scholars’ Association also took out the tweets
the rise again, and had also Previously, parents along of Chouhan and demonstrated before the media.
warned the principals of the with public representatives “Why is there now a change in the attitude of
two schools that FIRs would be had complained to the collector Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who had vowed to take
lodged against them if Covid-19 that St Paul’s and St Raphael’s us back in the system?” asked convener Bhadau-
cases rise in the school due to schools are conducting exams ria. There are around 600 guest scholars who are
the offline exam. in offline mode even when the still out of a job for the past more than 13
In view of this development, coronavirus cases are against months. Not only the scholars, but their fami-
students along with some par- increasing. lies, too, are suffering and are on the verge of
ent They had stated that chances breaking down, he said.
of children getting infected The higher education department has more

NEED felicitates corona warriors will increase if school man-

agements stuck to their deci-
sion of holding exams in of-
than 450 vacancies and arrangements for only 150
scholars had to be made. The association had giv-
en a workable formula for adjustment of these 150
��������������� fline mode. people, said Bhadauria.

A felicitation ceremony for

the Covid-19 warriors, food
officers and social organi-
sations of the city were
held at Vikram Kirti
Mandir. This event was or-
ganized by the Need-A
Blood Donation Group Uj-
jain on the sixth death an-
niversary of late Anil
Choubey. ���������������������������������������������������������������
The sanitation workers,
health department doctors, Ujjain North MLA Paras hir Bhai Goyal, Jathedar
nurses and social groups Jain. Ex-president of the Surendra Singh Arora of
were honoured for their Ujjain Municipal Corpo- Sikh society, VHP, ISKCON
service towards the needy ration, Sonu Gehlot, BJP Temple, Radhaswami Sat-
during the pandemic. The city president Vivek sang, Rail Diet Committee,
group president Ankit Joshi, VHP president Madhya Pradesh and as
Choubey said that the cere- Ashok Jain Chaiwala and many as 122 organisations
mony was inaugurated by Bajrang Dal convener Ma- and social workers were ho-
lighting of a lamp by the hesh Anjana were present noured.• Disabled Assis-
chief guest of the pro- on stage. tance Committee, Chamun-
gramme, senior organiser Those who were feted in- da Mata Mandir Committee
of the VHP Braj Kishore clude ex-ADM GS Davar, were also felicitated.
Bhargava and special guest senior physician Dr HP So- The event was conducted
MP Pharmacy Council nania, senior social worker by Sudarshan Aayachit and
president Om Jain. Prakash Chittora, Seva Ankit Choubey delivered
It was presided over by Dham Ashram chief Sud- the vote of thanks.•
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful
lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

The ‘idea of India’ seems to be in peril ter Kashmir, Assam is their next target.
They have been successfully flooding As-

Nationwide vaccination State of the Union sam, Tripura and the rest of Bengal
since long.”

key to economic growth

Golwalkar indicates that the presence
ASHUTOSH of Muslims in large numbers in Kash-
mir, Assam and West Bengal is a direct
threat to the nation. If Jammu and Kash-

he economy may now be ready to return to the
he results of the forthcoming elec- lar values, respect for the democratic mir is a Muslim-majority Union Territo-
normal growth path with the latest quarter fig-
tions to four state assemblies and ethos, autonomy of the constitutional in- ry, then Assam has more than 30 per cent
ures coming in just when the nation-wide vac-
one Union Territory will have a stitutions, a culture of debate and dis- Muslims and in West Bengal, their num-
cination drive to immunise the people against the
momentous impact on the political his- cussion, the tradition of inclusion of all ber is 27 per cent of the population. In
Covid-19 virus got underway. A lot is also riding on
tory of the country, particularly if the and exclusion of none, the inculcation of Kashmir, remedial steps have been taken,
the success of the vaccination drive for the economy
BJP manages to retain Assam and wins a scientific temper and a promise to tralised the minorities, mainly Muslims. Art 370 has been abrogated, the state has
to build on further from the 0.4 per cent growth in
West Bengal. The BJP has very low build a modern nation-state, where the It brags that the politics of Hindutva been split into two and has been reduced
the third quarter of the current financial year, after
stakes or a marginal presence in Tamil rule of law was to be supreme. Some peo- have changed the electoral bargaining to a Union Territory.
two quarters of big contraction. Gross value added
Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. In Tamil ple call it the ‘Nehruvian consensus’ and power of the Muslims. For the party, the In Assam, the BJP succeeded in form-
(GVA) grew by one per cent in the last quarter. Sim-
Nadu, the BJP is riding piggyback on the others name it the ‘idea of India’. concern for the minority by the earlier ing the government in 2016 and the
ply put, all things considered, the worst seems to be
behind us. After 15.9 per cent contraction in the first
AIADMK and even if the AIADMK al- Today that ‘idea of India’ seems to be in For the old governments is equal to appeasement of process of identification of the
liance wins, not much credit will be giv- profound danger, waiting to be replaced consensus, Muslims and is reverse communalism, Bangladeshi migrants, who, in their
half of 2020-21, growth is expected to flatten out in
en to the BJP. In Kerala, the BJP has no by an ‘alternative idea’. which poses inherent dangers to natural opinion, are mostly Muslims, began in
the second half, as per the advanced estimates. With- history was a
chance of turning the tables and emerg- This ‘alternative idea’ has its contours security. the name of the NRC but the task is still
out doubt, the main driver is stepped up government
ing victorious. drawn but is yet to be examined by the fu- guiding force, a There is no denying the fact that the incomplete. Assam was the first state
expenditure, not only on pandemic-related activity torchbearer for
Similarly, it has a negligible presence ture, to ascertain if it is deep enough to Prime Minister has propounded a new slo- where the anti-CAA and NRC protest
but in boosting demand and employment in key sec-
in Puducherry. But in Assam, the BJP build a new consensus and survive as the future, but gan after 2019 – Sabka saath, sabka vikaas, erupted majorly, followed by the other
tors such as construction, roads, highways, etc. Even
the private real estate sector is returning to the
has its government. And retaining that many years as the old one. If the old con- the new sabka vishwaas (Every one’s support, states. So, despite the massive resent-
government will be a huge challenge. sensus was rooted in a grand old civilisa- consensus seeks everyone’s development, everyone’s ment, if the BJP wins Assam again, then
growth path, thanks to benign interest rates, incen-
In West Bengal, the BJP was a margin- tion, based on compassion and diversity, trust). Everyone’s trust was added to it will be an indicator of the fact that the
tives offered by developers to offload pending inven-
al player in the 2014 parliamentary the new one, in its DNA has disregard for
revenge on the counter the mounting criticism that the victory of the Hindutva forces was not a
tory and sops by banks to boost credit in the rela-
elections and in the 2016 assembly elec- the pluralism and its edifice is built on past. In its government does not trust minorities. But fluke earlier and that it has a deeper res-
tively secure middle-and-upper-income segments. A proclamation to
tions as well. In fact, in the 2014 elec- hate. It believes in the superiority of one the same did not reflect on the ground. onance in the society.
number of state governments have helped by lower-
ing the circle rates for land, as also the stamp duty on
tions, the BJP had got only 16 per cent tradition and within that tradition, the discover the old The abrogation of Article 370, passing Ideologically, like Assam, West Bengal
votes, despite riding on the huge Modi paramountcy of the select few. Exclu- and ancient, it of the citizenship law, the brutal crack- has to be a very high priority state for the
property registration. Farm sector is another bea-
wave and afterwards, slipped to 10 per sion, not inclusion is the rule. has heaped down on the Shaheen Bagh protest, the followers of Hindutva. But till 2019, it
con of hope, growing about four per cent in the last
cent of the vote share in the assembly For the old consensus, history was a demonisation of the Tablighi Jamaat failed to make inroads into the state.
quarter and set to record three per cent growth in the
elections in 2016. guiding force, a torchbearer for the future
disdain on its during the pandemic, the random mis- Now, after winning 18 parliamentary
full year. A good monsoon, high crop yields and food glorious
Since 2014, the political landscape in but the new consensus seeks revenge on use of sedition laws against Muslims seats and attaining 40 per cent of the vote
inflation boosted rural incomes. Maybe one reason tradition; the
the country has changed. A new para- the past. In its proclamation to discover and the promulgation of the Love Jihad share, it has tasted blood. The unprece-
for the sluggish response elsewhere in the country to
the protest by Punjab farmers over the farm legisla-
digm has engulfed the nation and a lot of the old and ancient, it has heaped disdain multi- Act in different BJP-ruled states belies dented aggression displayed by the BJP
water has flown under the bridge. Fun- on its glorious tradition; the multi-di- dimensional the claim of the government. The Mus- and its leaders vis a vis the Mamata
tions has been the good crop this year. Still, it will
damental changes have taken root in the mensional approach to address multi-lay- approach to lim minority today virtually lives in fear. Banerjee government, is propelled by
help if the government on its own made the gesture,
body politic of the country. Now, the ered history has been reduced to simple The Hindutva ideology sees them as the the rigour of the conviction, soaked in
suspended the implementation of reforms till after
hegemony of the Congress system has formulae, facts have been fictionalised to address enemies of the state, and they are re- Hindutva. A victory in West Bengal will
the Supreme Court-appointed panel of experts sub- multi-layered
collapsed and is being replaced by the suit its narrative and it has succeeded in ferred to as ‘cockroaches’ and ‘termites’ provide an ‘ideological opportunity’ to
mitted its report. Sullen and angry farmers in a key history has been
BJP’s overpowering presence. Its domi- brainwashing a larger audience for the by the top leaders. ‘stop the spread of the menace’, ‘deci-
state do not help anyone. Back to the growth num-
bers. Manufacturing too was back on track, record-
nance is robust, and the Congress is ly- construction of a utopia. reduced to This thought flows from the writings of mate enemies of the nation’ and correct
ing in the pits. On the one hand, while This idea seems to be winning as of simple formulae, the second chief of the RSS, M S Gol- the wrongs of history.
ing 1.6 per cent in the third quarter, suppressed de-
the Congress is struggling to retain its now. Democratic institutions have been walkar, who identified them as one of the And if the BJP could win both Assam
mand due to prolonged lockdowns finding a release
presence as a serious national party in crumbling, the pillars of the Constitu-
facts have been enemies of India. In his book, ‘Bunch of and West Bengal, then it could easily be
after the graded opening. The sector is set to regain
Parliament and the state legislatures, the tion have surrendered to the executive fictionalised to Thoughts’ he writes, “It would be suici- said that Hindutva has far greater trac-
normalcy, though new pressure points in creeping suit its narrative
BJP on the other, has improved its tally and the majoritarian view prevails over dal to delude ourselves into believing tion than is normally assumed, that it has
protectionism and high fuel prices could prove a
drag. The case for reducing taxes on fuel both by the
in the Lok Sabha and pocketed new fron- the rest. Parliament has been reduced to and it has that they have turned patriots overnight perfected the art of majoritarian politics
Centre and the states remains strong, especially
tiers for itself. one party and the party has submerged succeeded in after the creation of the Pakistan. On the and governance and that their unfin-
The Congress has, in the past, lost elec- into one entity; that entity is the law and brainwashing a contrary, the Muslim menace has in- ished civilisational project is on the
when relatively moderate prices of energy can boost
tions many times but the basic ethos of the government; his views are unwritten creased a hundred-fold by the creation ‘right’ track, in which Muslims will have
growth and arrest inflationary pressures in the econ-
politics remained more or less the same. Constitution. In the majoritarian view,
larger audience which has become a springboard for all no other option than to forfeit their polit-
omy. As it is, fears of inflation are beginning to
Today, the political consensus which was the rule of the majority is sovereign, and for the their future aggressive designs on our ical space and live like a second-grade cit-
spook share markets. Rising bond yields too are a construction
arrived at during the freedom struggle the minority should not complain about country.” izens for a long time to come.
negative pointer. High energy and food prices would
inevitably cause the Central bank to step in to hon-
and continued afterwards, has been bro- its numerical inadequacy. of a utopia. He further writes, “The second front of
ken. The broader framework of that con- Within this framework the BJP takes their aggression is increasing their num- The writer is an author and Editor,
our the commitment to hold the consumer inflation
sensus encompassed adherence to secu- great pride that it has successfully neu- bers in strategic areas of our country. Af- SatyaHindi.com
within the 4-6 per cent band. In turn, a higher bank
rate would have a negative impact on growth. Given
that the informal sector was still reeling under the
devastating effect of the pandemic, small businesses,
which employ an inordinately large number of peo-
ple, will suffer further if steps are not taken to revive "If a couple is living together as man and wife, the husband may be a brutal man, but can you call the act of sexual intercourse a rape?"
them. Of course, a lot depends on the success of the asked Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Monday while hearing a case of alleged rapeRadhika Roy
vaccination program which got underway on March @royradhika7 Catch-22
Marriage does not entail blanket consent to sexual intercourse. You do not become the property of your husband, to be treated as he
Ref.: ‘Auto-rickshaw,
Despite several hitches reported in the working of
pleases. How is this still be up for discussion ? taxi drivers
the online registration for taking the jabs, it is hoped
@royradhika7 apprehensive about fare
that the countrywide operation will succeed in re-
hike’ (March 1). A couple
moving the fear of the virus. At a minimum, a third "If a couple is living together as man and wife, the husband may be a brutal man, but can you call the act of sexual intercourse a rape?" of months ago, when the
of the population needs to be vaccinated before we asked Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Monday while hearing a case of alleged rapeRadhika Roy auto and taxi unions
can attain herd immunity. States like Kerala and Ma- VJ@VJ290481 approached the
harashtra, which are in the grip of a resurgence, can
No, it is not up for discussion. What gives men the idea that marriage entails unlimited access to sexual intercourse as they desire? government for
avoid lockdowns only if the immunisation pro-
Avijit Saxena@avijitsaxena87 assistance, they were
gramme is implemented smoothly. Happily, the price
offered a fare hike. In
of the vaccine is unlikely to prove a dampener, While sexual intercourse in a marriage without the consent of wife should be labelled as marital rape, the real question is - how will you view of the pandemic,
though state governments ought to give it completely establish consent, or the lack of it, within s bedroom where there is no other witness? however, the unions had
free to the poorer sections, on a priority basis. Poor Former Bhakt@bhakt_former
protested and refused
people everywhere have suffered the most in the pan-
the offer. They were
demic, having lost their livelihoods and accounting
aware of the loss of jobs
for a high percentage of the Covid-19 infections. It is
which had led to
important that growth regains momentum at the ear-
lessened demand. What
liest. Government spending will need to drive Going ahead, some economists see the continuation of a K-shaped recovery, as against the govt’s claim of a V-shaped one they wanted was some

Economy’s out of recession,

growth not only in the current financial year but the
sort of waiver on vehicle
next as well. Fortunately, the government faucet re-
loans. Almost a year
mains wide open, set to release Rs 6 lakh crores in
later, the economic
subsidies alone in the current financial year. Under
situation is no better, so
the circumstances, reluctance to cut fuel levies may
where do they stand

but not out of the woods

be better appreciated.
today? Their arguments
make sense. If there is
FPJ ARCHIVES no demand, they are
FEBRUARY 5, 1963 looking at financial ruin.
The question is, who
benefits from this fare
jections are conditional on the pace of virus in- private demand is still some time away and may hike? It’s not the autos or

Comment fections remaining in check. The latest figures for

the third quarter also show that the manufactur-
ing sector, which had registered a 1.5 per cent de-
impact the overall economic scenario in the near-
to-medium term. Similarly, government spending
continued to decline at 1.1 per cent, although the
taxi drivers or the public.
Apparently, this fare hike
is being forced on the
A L I CHOUGULE cline in the second quarter, grew by 1.6 per cent in pace of decline has slowed. Gross fixed capital unions. It’s a ‘Catch-22’
Q3. As expected, the agriculture sector, which formation, a measure of investment demand, ex- situation for them.
stood out in the previous two quarters, continued panded 2.6 per cent, which is a sharp recovery af- Melville X D'Souza
its growth run, to register a 3.9 per cent expan- ter a 6.7 per cent and 46 per cent contraction in the

fter contracting as much as 15.8 per cent in sion. Agriculture was the rare bright spot that second and first quarters of the current fiscal, re-
the April to September period of FY ’21 – a
24.4 per cent fall in the first quarter and a
had expanded 3 per cent each in the previous two
quarters as well.
Although a bit lower than expectations, the fact
Pink-ball outings
7.3 per cent slide in the July to September quarter However, private consumption expenditure, that the economy did move into the green in Q3, While T-20s and ODIs
(revised data) – due to the Covid-19 pandemic and which is a measure of the crucial consumer de- indicates that the measures taken by the govern- make life hell for the
national and regional lockdowns, economists had mand, continued to contract, falling by 2.3 per ment to contain the spread of the virus have had bowlers, Test matches of
predicted that the GDP growth would see a mar- cent in Q3, though the extent of contraction re- a positive impact on growth. Going ahead, some late, especially the pink-
ginal expansion in the October-to-December duced from the second quarter when it had economists see the continuation of a K-shaped re- ball, D/N Test matches
quarter. Therefore, after two consecutive quar- shrunk 11 per cent. Government spending, on the covery, as against the government’s claim of a V- come like a whiff of
ters of a waterfall-like slide, the data for the third other hand, also fell in the latest quarter. While shaped recovery, with some sectors growing fresh air for them. How
quarter released by the National Statistical Or- the economy has managed to snap out of reces- faster than others. But there is also a cause for many times have we seen
ganisation (NSO) on February 27 did not come as sion and the government feels the positive growth concern in view of the virus raising its ugly head bowlers toil on flat
a surprise, as gross domestic product for Q3 re- rate was a sign of revival to pre-pandemic times, once again in some states, causing a spike in dai- batting pitches and
turned to year-on-year growth, although of a the economy, the government admitted, is still not ly cases over the past two weeks. While some ex- batsmen making merry
small magnitude and on a low base, thus putting out of the woods. This calls for, according to ex- perts see the economy reaching the pre-pandem- on these surfaces, with
an end to India’s technical recession. perts, continued fiscal and monetary measures to ic output levels by the end of 2021, others are not no result after five days.
While the GDP was expected to return to positive support the fragile economy. So, what are the key so optimistic and see a full recovery not before Most batsmen’s
territory, there was uncertainty about the extent of takeaways from the latest GDP data? mid-2022. This is because while big businesses techniques are found
steady recovery, which had begun in the last quar- The NSO data is a mix of many positives and have almost returned to their normal potential, wanting on pink ball Test
ter. According to average estimates of 10 econo- some negatives. Festival-led consumption and the real pain is in the informal sector – the SMEs match surfaces, like a
mists polled by Bloomberg, the GDP was expected pent-up demand should have helped the economy – where millions of jobs have been lost and pro- deer in the headlights. To
to grow 0.5 per cent in the third quarter. State Bank expand higher than 0.4 per cent. But this has not duction levels are yet to pick up. prevail on this surface,
of India’s chief economist Soumya Kanti Ghosh happened and consumer confidence continues to So, does GDP growth in Q3 call for celebration? batsmen must use
had projected the GDP growth to be around 0.3 per be low. The revised growth estimates for the full Not really, but one should be happy about the techniques like taking
CHINESE SET UP INFORMATION cent, based on the bank’s ‘SBI Nowcasting Model’. fiscal at minus 8 per cent, against the RBI’s esti- many positives. The Indian economy is a large off-stump guard, try to
SQUADS IN TIBET The rating agency ICRA had estimated a rise of 0.7
per cent, while DBS Bank predicted the third quar-
mates of minus 7.5 per cent, also suggests slower-
than-expected growth in manufacturing and
and complex economy, with a sizable unorgan-
ised sector. Therefore, the revision of GDP num-
play off-breaks outside
the line of off-stump in
The FPJ News Service terly growth to be at 1.7 per cent. The NSO data services sectors. While the manufacturing sector bers is not a rare occurrence. Q1 and Q2 GDP order to take LBW out of
GANGTOK, Feb. 4: The Chinese Communist Party unit in Tibet shows India’s Q3 GDP growth rate was in line with has revived and expanded by 1.6 per cent from the numbers of the current fiscal have been revised – the equation against
has recently set up "peoples information squads" to "enlighten expectations: a marginal rise at 0.4 per cent, reaf- same period a year ago, after contracting 1.5 per one up, the other down – and it is possible that the spinning balls and must
people about the progress achieved under the people's regime firming that the economy has managed to exit the cent in the earlier quarter and agriculture con- Q3 numbers could also see an upward or down- use their feet to smother
and to expose the designs of the imperialists". pandemic-led slump by 2020-end. tinues on its growth trajectory, financial and real ward revision because, as the NSO has said, the spinning ball and also
A number of the Chinese-trained Tibet an youths have been taken However, the GDP for the current financial year estate sectors have also seen a growth of 6.6 per “Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the eco- use their backfoot game,
in these squads which will likely ve in the towns and villages in is expected to contract by a slightly bigger margin cent; in the last quarter. This category had seen a nomic activities as well as data collection mecha- allowing a bit of extra
Tibet and address people's rallies. Every Tibet an has to attend of 8 per cent, according to the government’s offi- dismal performance, contracting 9.5 per cent. nism…Estimates are, therefore, likely to undergo time to adjust to the
compulsorily such rallies which are generally addressed by the cial updated forecast. The first advanced esti- Consumer spending, a key indicator of domes- sharp revisions for the aforesaid cause in due turn and bounce.
local bosses of the Communist Party. mates had forecast a 7.7 per cent contraction. This tic demand in a consumption-driven economy, course, as per the release calendar.” So, the pic- Twilight is the crucial
The necessity to from such squads is understood to be the means a deeper decline in full-year GDP, implying continued to fall, although the pace of decline has ture is far from unambiguous. period for the batsmen in
eagerness of the Chinese to enlist real cooperation from the a 1.1 per cent contraction in the January-to- slowed. A 2.4 decline in consumer spending in a such matches.
Tibetans in their war preparations against India. March quarter. The note of caution is that all pro- crucial festive quarter suggests that a rebound in The author is an independent senior journalist. V Nagendra Kumar

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ED quizzes Maha Min Kadam's wife
MUMBAI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is questioning Swapnali Bhosale, wife of Maharashtra Minister Vishwajeet Kadam in
connection with its probe in a Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) case, officials said. According to senior ED officials,
Swapnali joined the financial probe agency investigation on Monday afternoon at its office here. The ED had summoned Bhosale in
the last week of January. The ED had earlier questioned her mother Gauri Bhosale and brother Amit Bhosale in February this year.



A large number of people stage a protest against the

alleged murder of a 17-year-old Dalit girl, who was found
dead at a field at Akrabad, in Aligarh, on Monday PTI

Rly scam: CBI books ex-SWR

senior divisional engineer AGENCIES WIN 2.0 app to register and book an have worked in quick time to prime minister's visit to the hospi- ready done? I didn't even feel it)."
New Delhi appointment, the Union Health strengthen the global fight against tal to take the vaccine only late The other nurse, Rosamma Anil, is
BENGALURU: The CBI on Monday registered a ministry clarified to say the app on Covid-19," Modi tweeted at 7.06 am. Sunday night. from Kerala and said it was the
case against former senior divisional engineer of India expanded its Covid-19 vac- Play Store is meant for use only by "I appeal to all those who are eli- "As it was a week day, he chose to happiest day of her life.
Hubballi of South Western Railway and others in cine coverage on Monday by in- administrators. Registration and gible to take the vaccine. Together, come early in the morning so as "Because our Prime Minister
connection with alleged fake payments to a cluding everyone over 60 and those booking for appointments has to be let us make India Covid-19 free!" he not to cause any inconvenience to Modiji came to our AIIMS hospital
contractor. The work was relating to providing aged between 45-59 who have co- done through the portal, it said. said. patients at the hospital," Guleria for taking vaccine," she said.
additional height gauge in Road under Bridge, the morbidities in the net with Prime More than one million citizens He received the indigenously de- told PTI. The AIIMS director said As the vaccination programme
CBI said in a statement. According to the agency, Minister Narendra Modi setting were registered on the Co-WIN por- veloped Covaxin vaccine from Modi took the shot around 6.30 am got underway in other places
an old dismantled structural steel of unmanned the pace by being the first person to tal till 1 pm, the ministry said. Bharat Biotech. The other vaccine and was kept under observation for across the country with hopes that
level cross height gauges were allegedly used for take a jab. Though registration opened at 9 being administered in the country half-and-hour as per protocol and it would help control the the uptick
the work and no structural steel was purchased, Thousands of people queued up am, the prime minister was the is Covishield from the Oxford-As- left after that. His second dose is in cases in several states, Vice Pres-
though the contractor received payments. at government and private medical first off the block. He visited the traZeneca stable. due after 28 days "He is fine after ident M Venkaiah Naidu, Bihar
facilities across the country as the All India Institute of Medical Sci- Modi's move to take the first dose taking the vaccine," Guleria said. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and
‘Sanitiser booths’ set up country further opened its vacci- ences (AIIMS) early in the morning of Covid-19 vaccine on the very Sister P Niveda, from Puducher- his Odisha counterpart Naveen
in Kerala schools nation programme that started on to take his first dose and appeal to first day of India opening up the in- ry, administered the shot and was Patnaik also received their shots.
January 16 for healthcare and san- everyone eligible to get themselves oculation drive should eliminate informed only in in the morning. In keeping with the electoral prom-
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amid increasing itary workers. inoculated. any hesitancy from the minds of She told reporters that the prime ise by the BJP-led NDA ahead of
COVID-19 cases in Kerala, over 300 government Amid reports of glitches and "Took my first dose of the Covid- people about the vaccine, AIIMS minister, after being administered the recent elections in the state,
and aided schools across the state have got some people saying they were find- 19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable chief Dr Randeep Guleria said He the vaccine shot, remarked, "Laga Kumar said vaccines will be pro-
'sanitiserbooths' to ensure the hygiene and safety ing it difficult to navigate the Co- how our doctors and scientists said AIIMS was informed about the bhi diya, pata bhi nahin chala (Al- vided free to everybody.
of students. The booths, installed at the entrance
of each school, are equipped with sensor-

8-PHASE POLLS IN BENGAL Expect sultry, Saradha chit fund: ED summons

integrated automatic machines that will dispense
sanitiser to the students and others, official sources
here said. It is an initiative of the vocational higher
secondary education (VHSE) unit of the National
sweltering Trinamool leader Kunal Ghosh
Service Scheme (NSS), under the state General
Education Department (GED), they added.
CHALLENGED IN SC summer: IMD NEW DELHI/KOLKATA According to ED sources,
DMK to release election AGENCIES come up for hearing in few AGENCIES Ghosh, a former Tri-
New Delhi days, also seeks a direction New Delhi Ahead of the high-octane namool Congress MP, had
manifesto on March 7 to the CBI to register an assembly elections in West allegedly received funds
CHENNAI: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) A plea challenging the FIR into the alleged chanti- Day temperatures are likely to be Bengal, the Enforcement from the Saradha group to
president MK Stalin on Monday expressed Election Commission's de- ng of religious slogans above normal in north, northeast, Directorate (ED) has sum- head its media unit.
confidence of forming the next government and cision to conduct assembly during electioneering in parts of east and west India, the In- moned Trinamool Con- Ghosh was earlier inter-
announced that the party will be releasing its elections over eight phases West Bengal. dia Meteorological Department gress leader and spokesper- rogated by the agency in
manifesto for the upcoming state elections and in West Bengal was filed in The chanting of "Jai Shri (IMD) said Monday in its summer son Kunal Ghosh for ques- connection with the case in
party's vision for Tamil Nadu. The state is set to the Supreme Court on Ram, other religious slo- forecast for March to May. tioning in connection with July 2019 and in October
go to polls on April 6 and results will be Monday. assembly elections to be gans are creating dishar- However, it has forecast a likeli- its probe into the Saradha 2013.
announced on May 2. "Within 2 months there's The plea, filed by lawyer held in West Bengal, As- mony" and is an offence hood of below normal tempera- Chit Fund money launder- An ED source said that
going to be a change in the government and M L Sharma, seeks the sam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu under the IPC and the Rep- tures in south and adjoining central ing case, officials said. the agency is probing the
people are eagerly waiting for. We have planned apex court's direction to and in Puducherry. resentation of the People India. An ED official related to flow of funds which Ghosh
to make Tamil Nadu become advanced in the next the poll panel to stop it While the Trinamool Act, 1951, the plea said. "During the upcoming hot weather the probe told IANS, had allegedly received
10 years," said Stalin. from conducting eight- Congress Party-led West "Whether using a season (March to May), above nor- "Ghosh has been asked to from the Saradha group
phase elections in the state Bengal will have elections provocative religious slo- mal seasonal maximum (day) tem- join the investigation at its and also the money laun-
435 IIM-B'lore students as it violates Article 14 over eight rounds from gan 'Jai Shri Ram' is for peratures are likely over most of the Kolkata office on March 2 dering angle.
(right to life) and Article 21 March 27-April 29, polling electoral benefits as well as subdivisions of north, northwest at 11 am." The Saradha scam came
get placement offers (right to life) of the Consti- in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and others is not violated and northeast India, few subdivi- He said that Ghosh's to light in April 2013 and is
BENGALURU: All the graduating students of the tution. Puducherry will be held in S.123(3) & 125 of the Repre- sions from eastern and western parts statement will be recorded estimated at over Rs 10,000
state-run Indian Institute of Management (IIM-B) On February 26, the Elec- one phase on April 6 and in sentation of the People Act, of central India and few coastal sub- under the Prevention of crore. The ED has filed a
got placement offers from global reputed firms, an tion Commission an- Assam over three phases. 1951," reads the legal ques- divisions of north peninsular India," Money Laundering Act case on the basis of the
official said on Monday. "All the 435 students of the nounced the schedule for The plea, which may tion raised in the plea. the forecast said. (PMLA). CBI's FIR.
2019-21 PGP class in our institute got 481 offers
and have been placed after campus interviews in

Govt's silence hints at plan TN should show the way to

which they have done well despite Covid-induced
disruptions," said IIM-B career development
services chairman U Dinesh Kumar in a statement

India in keeping out BJP: RG

here. The 2-year Post-Graduate Programme in

against farmers’ stir: Tikait

Management (PGP) is a master's level course for
Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

RSP declares first list of KANYAKUMARI

AGENCIES against the agitation." Howev-
candidates for Kerala polls Bijnor er, Tikait said farmers will not Tamil Nadu should show the way to India
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The step back till a solution is in keeping away forces that are inimical to
Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), an ally of the BKU leader Rakesh Tikait has found. language and culture and those projecting
Congress-led opposition in Kerala, on Monday claimed that the Centre's "si- "The farmer is also ready. He "one culture, one nation and one history"
became the first political outfit to come out with lence" for the past few days in- will look after his crop as well concept, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
the first list of three candidates for the Assembly dicates that it is planning as the agitation. Let the gov- said on Monday.
elections in the state scheduled to be held on some steps against the farm- ernment hold talks when it The Lok Sabha MP participated in multi-
April 6. The first list includes some heavyweights ers' agitation over newly en- has the time," he said. ple engagements in this district as part of
in two former state ministers -- Babu Divakaran acted agriculture laws. Tikait also said farmers' his three-day tour of Tamil Nadu, ahead of
(2001-06) who will contest from Eravipuram, and He also stressed that it is the "mahapanchayats" will be the April 6 Assembly polls in the state
Shibhu Baby John (2011-16) who will contest the government that will have to Kisan Union (BKU) leader told held at several places in the which his party is facing in alliance with Rahul Gandhi does push-ups with a school student
Chavara seat. The party's losing candidate in the come forward with a proposal reporters in Bijnor's Afzal- country till March 24. When the M K Stalin-led DMK. obliging her challenge, at Mulagumoodu, Tamil Nadu PTI
2016 polls, Ullas Kovoor, will contest from for talks to resume with the garh, "The government's si- asked about the violence dur- If he were to interview Prime Minister
Kunnathur, all in Kollam district. protesting farmers. lence for the past 15-20 days is ing a tractor parade on the Re- Narendra Modi, Gandhi said he would ask Narayanasamy threatens
Before leaving for Uttarak- indicating that something is public Day in New Delhi, he al- "why are you convinced that all answers
AIMIM to contest TN hand's Udham Singh Nagar on going to happen. The govern- leged that the government cre- should come from you".
Shah with defamation suit
Sunday night, the Bharatiya ment is planning some steps ated the trouble. He also said the National Eligibility cum PUDUCHERRY: Former Puducherry Chief
Assembly elections Entrance Test (NEET), strongly opposed to Minister V Narayanasamy on Monday
HYDERABAD: The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul by Tamil Nadu political parties, was a "big threatened to file a defamation lawsuit against

Chandrababu detained at airport, stages sit-in protest

Muslimeen (AIMIM) will contest Assembly elections issue" and "not beneficial" for students. Union Home Minister Amit Shah after the
in Tamil Nadu, informed party chief Asaduddin The Wayanad MP displayed his fitness latter accused him of misappropriating Rs
Owaisi on Monday. "We will contest Assembly when he effortlessly did multiple pushups, 15,000 crore sent by Prime Minister Narendra
elections in Tamil Nadu. Some of our candidates TIRUPATI: Leader of Opposi- demanded to know why he Police had denied permis- including one-handed, while he shook a Modi for the union territory. "Home Minister
won in Gujarat local body polls. I'll be going to tion in the Andhra Pradesh was being prevented from go- sion for the protest by citing leg with the students he interacted with, Amit Shah said that PM Modi sent Rs 15,000
Rajasthan today to review and speak with party Assembly N Chandrababu ing to Tirupati and Chittoor, the model code of conduct for as accompanying Congress leaders Dinesh crores to Puducherry and I took a cut and
members. Our party workers are also working Naidu staged a sit-in protest in 70 kms away. (urban local body) elections Gundu Rao and K S Alagiri joined him. gave part of the money to the Gandhi family.
hard in UP," Owaisi said. The TN assembly polls the arrival lounge of the air- Naidu arrived at the airport and also the prevalence of At a public address in Nagercoil in the This is a very serious allegation against me. If
will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the port at Renigunta, near here, from Hyderabad to take part coronavirus. district, Gandhi said history has shown he doesn't prove it, I will file a criminal
counting of votes will be done on May 2. on Monday as police sought to in a protest in Tirupati On Sunday, the Tirupati Mu- nobody can rule Tamil Nadu other than defamation suit against him for giving a false
detain him and prevent his en- against the alleged high-hand- nicipal Corporation officials the Tamil people.
statement to damage my image and that of the
Gandhi family," the Congress leader said. He
Kerala Fisheries Minister try into the temple town. edness of the local civic au- allegedly ransacked a tea stall "This election will show the same thing
further demanded an apology to him and the
The Telugu Desam Party thorities, and flew from here belonging to a TDP leader that only a person who truly represents
is a liar: Chennithala chief picked up an argument back to Hyderabad late in the whose wife was contesting the the Tamil people can be a Chief Minister
people of the UT if Shah did not substantiate
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Continuing his the allegations.
with the police officials and evening. March 10 election. of Tamil Nadu," he said.
tirade against Kerala Fisheries Minister J
Mercykutty, Leader of Opposition Ramesh
Chennithala on Monday alleged that she has been
consistently telling lies about the now cancelled
deep sea fishing project. "Both Mercykutty and
Before Bengal dhamaka ends, poll strategist PK joins Amarinder
CM Pinarayi Vijayan have been telling lies about ROBIN ROY
this project, which I exposed as a corrupt deal
the party's fortunes especial-
ly after BJP won 18 Lok Sab-
Covid may have wiped off several jobs and dried up the even as the CPM MP Mohd
Salim was in a hurry to al-
resources of several people but for the wise men, the sun
with the US headquartered -- EMCC -- that has ith just a month to ha seats in 2019 and Didi's low him to take the mike
an Indian subsidiary. All along she has been saying
she has no clue about it and if anything has
go for the crucial
Bengal polls, this is
party managed to get 22.
Asked how much he would
always shines. Even in such times of crisis, poll wary hasn't gone well with Cong
veteran Adhir Choudhury,
happened it's because of the officials who have news! Election strategist be charging, Mamata Baner- politicians are making a beeline to spend a fortune (not the Congress leader later
taken this project forward," said Chennithala. Prashant Kishor, who has jee had then told a TV chan- said that he was in no mood
helped boost the prospects of nel that Kishor may not
to forget that he is opting for Re 1 as salary per month!) to share the Malda and Mur-
KTR, BJP leader engaged several politicians and charge any money for his to hire experts and especially poll pundits who can be a shidabad seats with ISF can-
helped "convert" several poll services. didate.
in Twitter war over jobs "defeats" into victories, has Kishor may extend his game changer when time comes Meanwhile, Kishor told
HYDERABAD: The political war of words taken up the assignment of services to TMC as a part of NDTV that the Punjab offer
between the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi Principal Advisor to Punjab 'Corporate Social Responsi- livered Bihar in 2015 assem- Mohan Reddy-led YSR Con- will be a Kaante ki Takkar… had been on the table for the
(TRS) and the opposition BJP and Congress Chief Minister Captain bility' (CSR), she had said. bly elections to Nitish Ku- gress in Andhra Pradesh. and with the Mahajot brew- past year and that
continued over the former's claim that the state Amarinder Singh. On Mon- TMC had sought Kishore's mar-led Mahagathbandhan, YSR Congress won 22 out of ing between CPI(M), Con- Amarinder Singh is "like
government had created 1.32 lakh jobs in the last day, Singh took to Twitter to assistance to augment its even as the alliance went 25 Lok Sabha seats and 151 gress and Indian Secular family". "I can't say 'no' to
six years. Two days after Congress leader Sravan announce this nearly 12 strategy to counter BJP against the BJP. Nitish out of 175 assembly seats, in Front may change the whole him...," Kishor said.
Dasoju challenged the Telangana Industry Minister months before the northern ahead of 2021 state polls. broke his alliance with RJD simultaneous polls this year. paradigm of minority voting The Chief Minister's Office
KT Rama Rao for a debate at the Gun Park while state goes to polls. Among other projects, later and forged ties with However, the West Bengal pattern. tweeted shortly saying that
BJP leader N Ramchander Rao reached the In June 2019, it may be not- Prashant Kishor is credited BJP again to stay in power. poll scenario looks like it It may be noted that at the Kishor would get cabinet
Osmania University and dared the TRS minister to ed that an "agreement" was for handling Prime Minister Later, Kishor stunned the will be a photo-finish be- Brigade Parade ground on minister-rank (with associ-
come there for an open debate. signed between Prashant Narendra Modi's 2014 Lok nation by managing a suc- tween the TMC and the BJP Sunday, Abbas of ISF ated perks) and a "token hon-
Kishor and the TMC to uplift Sabha campaign. He also de- cessful campaign for Jagan and as they say in Hindi… it mocked the Congress and orarium of Re 1 only".
Arunachal reports zero Covid cases for 10 days
ITANAGAR/AGARTALA: Arunachal Pradesh has reported zero Covid cases during the last ten days, even as
the state's recovery rate stands at 99.67 per cent, the second highest in the country after the Union Territory of
Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu having a recovery rate at 99.82 per cent, health officials said on Monday.
According to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday, the total Covid-19
positive cases in Arunachal Pradesh were 16,836, while the number of recoveries stood at 16,780.

Farmers should get more Priyanka begins

Continued from page 1
Minister, retd bureaucrats...

2-day Assam visit

avenues to sell crops: PM
Former CS Nirmla Buch said, "People should get vac-
cine as soon as possible as it boosts the immunity of
beneficiary to fight corona. It was nice management by
the doctors for the vaccination. Today, I got it. People
should not have any misconception about its side effect." AGENCIES / Guwahati Shakti, the Congress leader
Swami Akhileshwaranad Giri said, "Indian scien- said that she wanted to visit
tists did a really good job by making vaccine for entire NEW DELHI: PM Modi on Monday benefits reach to maximum people. Congress leader Priyanka the temple for long and "her
world. India faced the brunt of Covid socially, economi- emphasised on farmers getting more "There is a need for post harvest revo- Gandhi Vadra began her two- wish has come true". "I sought
cally, religiously as all activities had come to standstill avenues to sell crops and said a food lution or food processing revolution day visit to poll-bound Assam blessings for myself, my fami-
due to corona last year. Today, PM Modi got vaccine set- processing revolution was needed in and value addition in the country in the on Monday by offering ly and above all for the people
ting example for entire nation. We sants (nearly two the country for value addition to farm 21st century, amidst ever-increasing prayers at the famed Ka- of Assam," she told reporters.
dozen) got vaccines today and we have faced no adverse produce and to realise better prices. agricultural production," he said. makhya Temple in Guwahati. Asked about the forthcom-
impact after the vaccination. We tried to set examples in Addressing a webinar on effective im- It would have been very good for the The AICC general secretary, ing elections in the state, she
Jabalpur known as "Sanskardhani" for entire country plementation of Budget provisions re- country if this work was done two- accompanied by the party's said she will talk later about
that people should not have any kind misconception garding the Agriculture Ministry, he three decades ago, Modi said. Assam in-charge Jitendra politics. "I come to temples to
about the vaccine. Sadhu-Sants should lead by example underlined the need for increased par- For food processing revolution, the Singh, was received at the seek blessings and offer
in country and we did it for welfare of society today." ticipation of private players in the farm public-private partnerships and coop- Lokpriyo Gopinath Bordoloi thanks to the God who has giv-
sector, including in research and devel- he said. Restrictions had a negative im- erative sectors will have to come for- Airport here by state unit en me a lot," she added.
China hackers ambush... opment (R&D) work. pact on the sector, he added. Highlight- ward with full strength along with the chief Ripun Bora and other Earlier, the Congress leader
The US Department of Justice had revealed in 2018 Without making any direct reference ing various provisions for agriculture farming community, Modi said. party leaders. posted on her Facebook page,
that APT10 had acted in tandem with the Chinese Min- to the new farm laws or to the farmers’ in the Union Budget, the PM said agri- He said there is a need for crop diver- She halted at Jalukbari area, "Today I will start my two-day
istry of State Security. Incidentally, Microsoft said in agitation, Modi said there is a need for culture credit target has been hiked to sification. "We now have to give such where Congress supporters fe- Assam tour by visiting Maa
November that it had detected cyberattacks emanating expanding options for the country's Rs16.5 lakh crore with priority to ani- options to farmers in which they are licitated her, before proceed- Kamakhya Devi. I will take
from Russia and North Korea targeting COVID-19 vac- farming community to sell agri pro- mal husbandry, dairy and fisheries sec- not limited to growing wheat and rice. ing to the Shakti Peeth atop part in the dialogue with the
cine companies in India, Canada, France, South Korea duce. "Today the need of the hour is tor. The prime minister laid emphasis We can try from organic food to salad- Nilachal Hills. sisters-brothers and party
and the United States. that farmers of the country get more on the effective and timely implemen- related vegetables, there are several Clad in a red outfit, the workers of Assam on many
Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN shot, de- and more options to sell their produce," tation of the budget provisions so that crops," he said. prevalent colour symbolising important issues."
veloped with the State-run Indian Council of Medical
Research, will be exported to many countries, including
Lokayukta sleuths enter... UP tiny-tots welcomed with ‘tilak’ as pri- CM presents budget
of Rs97k-crore with NCB busts cannabis
They asked him to go and give the amount to the per-
son he was supposed to else he will be booked as a main
mary schools reopen a year later focus on rural C’garh
trafficking network, arrests 8
Bali went and gave amount to Rathore who was un- SRAWAN SHUKLA BENGALURU: The Narcotics Control Bureau on Monday
aware of the Lokayukta sleuths presence in the jail Lucknow To create a new Chhattisgarh said it busted a cannabis trafficking network by arresting
premises. As he took the amount from Bali, sleuths (Gadhbo Naya Chhattisgarh), eight people and seizing 681.8 kg of contraband. According to
nabbed him also. Rathore claimed that he had sought Closed for nearly a year due to the Covid-19 Chief Minister Bhupesh the NCB, acting on specific intelligence inputs by NCB Ben-
bribe on behalf of Makwana. pandemic, primary schools in Uttar Baghel on Monday presented a galuru, the Hyderabad sub-zonal unit intercepted three cars
Lokayukta police took Makwana, Rathore and Bali to Pradesh up to Class V finally reopened on budget of Rs97,106 crore for near Pedda Amberpet Toll Plaza, Rangareddy District in
Kishanganj police station for quizzing. Case was regis- Monday under strict Covid-19 protocol. 2021-22 in the state Assembly. Telangana and seized the contraband. The NCB said the con-
tered against Rathore and Bali. No evidence of Mak- All primary schools were declared closed “Budget defines concept of signment was concealed in compressed form, kept in 335
wana's involvement was found in the case. in March 2020 after the outbreak in the state. development through the brick like packets and wrapped with brown colour adhesive
Sources claimed that Mhow jail personnel take bribe The decision to reopen them was taken after acronym HEIGHT - H for ho- tapes. A syndicate of eight people used to source cannabis in
from prisoners and provide them with facilities like ac- seeking consent from parents and making listic development, E for edu- huge quantities from Visakhapatnam and distribute it in var-
cess to mobile phone, cigarettes, liquor etc. Recently, all arrangements, particularly in rural ar- cation, I for infrastructure, G ious parts of Pune and Osmanabad in Maharashtra.
two guards of Mhow jail were arrested for trafficking of eas. The state government reopened col- to welcome students after a year. for governance, H for health
brown sugar and other prohibited items. Also, notori- leges and schools in a phased manner. Col- Children were only allowed inside schools and T for transformation,”
ous criminal Jeetu Thakur was murdered inside the jail leges for Classes 9 to 12 were opened in No- after sanitising hands, wearing masks and he said. It is public-centric,
about a decade back. vember 2020 in view of their Board exams thermal scanning. Some schools distributed child-friendly, development-
while online classes continued. Schools for kits containing masks, small sanitiser bot- oriented budget with 38 %
Classes 6 to 8 were reopened on February 10 tles with instructions to follow guidelines. provision for social sector, 39

Will you marry her? while primary classes up to V were re-

opened from Monday.
The state education department made all
Only 50% attendance and twice a week
classes were allowed in every primary
% for economic sector and
23 % for the general service
sector. “The estimated gross

SC asks government the arrangements to reopen primary

schools under strict Covid-19 protocol of
wearing masks, maintaining social distanc-
Days for classes were fixed on odd and
even basis. Classes I and V on Mondays and
Thursdays, Classes 2 and IV on Tuesdays
expenditure for 2021-22 is Rs
1,05,213 crore. The net ex-
penditure is around Rs

worker in rape case ing and sanitised classrooms.

Some schools in Lucknow welcomed tiny-
tots by putting ‘tilak’ on their foreheads, oth-
and Fridays and Class 3 on Wednesdays and
Saturdays. UP CM Yogi Adityanath himself
visited a school in Lucknow to check the
97,106 crore,” Baghel said.

He has been accused can help you. If not, you ers showered rose petals, made rangolis and arrangements and spend some time with
of raping a schoolgirl lose your job and go to jail. decorated classrooms with colorful balloons children.
You seduced the girl, raped
and faces charges un-
Cong leader Anand Sharma slams party’s
her," Chief Justice of India
der the severe POCSO SA Bobde told the petition-
er's lawyer, who argued

tie-up with ISF in West Bengal

that his client could lose
his job.
The Supreme Court today The petitioner told the
asked a government em- court his mother had of-
ployee seeking protection fered marriage when the NEW DELHI organisational overhaul, tion from West Bengal Con-
from arrest whether he girl went to the police. But said the issue of “alliance” gress chief Adhir Ranjan
would marry a woman she had reportedly re- Senior Congress leader with a radical party like the Chowdhury for attending
who has accused him of fused. Then a document Anand Sharma on Monday ISF should have been dis- the joint rally in Kolkata
rape. was drawn up to say a mar- slammed the party’s tie-up cussed and approved by the where ISF leaders were pres-
The top court was hear- riage would take place with Indian Secular Front Congress Working Commit- ent, alleging that his pres-
ing the bail request of Mo- once the girl turned 18. (ISF) led by Muslim cleric tee (CWC). ence and endorsement was
hit Subhash Chavan, a When she did, however, the Abbas Siddiqui in West Ben- “Congress’ alliance with “painful and shameful”.
technician with the Maha- man refused to marry her. gal, saying it was against the parties like ISF and other “Congress cannot be selec-
rashtra State Electric Pro- That is when a rape com- “Gandhian and Nehruvian such forces militates against tive in fighting communal-
duction Company. He has plaint was filed against secularism” and the party the core ideology of the par- ists but must do so in all its
been accused of raping a him, according to a peti- cannot be selective in fight- ty and Gandhian and Nehru- manifestations, irrespective
schoolgirl and faces tion filed by Chavan. In a ing the “communalists”. vian secularism, which of religion and colour. The
charges under the severe question that has been Sharma, a former union forms the soul of the party. presence and endorsement
POCSO (Protection of commented upon on social minister and a leader of the These issues need to be ap- by West Bengal PCC Presi-
Children from Sexual Of- media, the Chief Justice group of 23 which had writ- proved by the CWC,” he said dent is painful and shame-
fences) law. asked the accused man: ten to Congress president on Twitter. ful, he must clarify,” the sen-
"If you want to marry we "Will you marry her?" Sonia Gandhi demanding He also sought clarifica- ior party leader said.

One jab of Pfizer or Oxford-AstraZeneca

offers 90% protection: Report
NEW DELHI: Just one vaccine shot reduces the risk of being hospi-
talised by Covid-19 by more than 90%, according to new findings, Daily
Mail reported. Public health officials have told Ministers in the UK the
remarkable results apply for both the Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca
vaccine, with the British jab proving slightly more effective, it said.
The new one-dose vaccination figures were calculated by comparing
Covid hospitalisation rates in those who have received their first dose
with those of a similar age who haven't. The report said it helps to ex-
plain why the numbers being hospitalised are falling so rapidly in the
oldest age groups.

Row over CPM, RSS links

forces a denial from Left
K RAVEENDRAN / Thiruvananthapuram per interview that he had medi-
ated between CPM and RSS fol-
A claim by Jemaat-e-Islami about lowing the clashes between the
CPM, RSS interactions has two sides in Kannur. He said that
caused embarrassment to the there were two meetings, first in
communists to the extent of issu- Kannur and the second in Thiru-
ing a denial even as the person vananthapuram and chief minis-
mediating between the two has ter Pinarayi Vijayan had attend-
admitted the contacts. ed both.
Adding to the CPM discomfort is He claimed that the meetings
a land allocation to the Satsang were organised in the interest of
Foundation, a saffron outfit head- peace and for the good of the Ker-
ed by Shri M, who was the media- ala society and there was no other
tor between the two sides. The political significance to the par-
land was meant for the establish- leys. Opposition Congress and
ment of a yoga centre in the state UDF have been alleging tacit un-
capital. derstanding between CPM and
CPM central committee member RSS in certain issues. There have
M V Govindan has denied any in- also been allegations of political
teractions between RSS and CPM adjustments between the two
and claimed that the association sides to defeat UDF candidates in
with Shri Em was only in connec- elections.
tion with yoga classes. The CPM Referring to the controversy
leader described Shri Em as a sec- about the land allotment, the Sat-
ular person and asserted there sang Foundation chief disclosed
was no political significance to that his organisation had sent a
the interactions. letter to the chief minister re-
The Satsang Founder leader, questing for a plot of land to set
meanwhile, claimed in a newspa- up the yoga centre.

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India, US reaffirm strategic partnership at meeting of UN envoys
UN: India and the US have reaffirmed their strategic partnership and agreed
to work together to strengthen multilateralism during a meeting between the
top UN diplomats of the two countries here. Newly appointed US
Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield met India's Permanent
Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti as part of a series of
bilateral meetings with her UN Security Council counterparts. "Pleasure to
meet new @USAmbUN Permanent Representative @LindaT_G and discuss
priorities of US Presidency of @UN #SecurityCouncil," Tirumurti tweeted.

Sarkozy convicted of Trump hints at 2024 run

graft, gets 1 yr in jail
Former US Prez attacked Biden, who has been in office for just 39 days, asserting
that in just one short month, we have gone from ‘America First’ to ‘America Last’
AGENCIES ruption," based on "consis- him move up ... I'll help
New York
Republican Party, it's going
to unite and be stronger than
... says India,
Paris tent and serious evidence".
The court said the facts
him." In another, Her-
zog reminded Sarkozy to Former US President Don-
ever before," he said, annou-
ncing an enemy's list of sev-
China, Russia
A Paris court on
Monday found
were "particularly se-
rious" given that
"say a word" for Azibert
during a trip to Monaco.
ald Trump has roared back
into the political arena with
eral members of his party
who voted for this impeach-
not clean
French former they were commit- Legal proceedings against a hint that he may run for of- ment or to convict him. rump raised the climate
President Nico- ted by a former Sarkozy have been dropped fice in 2024 and a jet of vitri- He flexed his political mus- issue, criticising his
las Sarkozy president who in the Bettencourt case. Az- ol against members of his cle at the annual conference successor Biden for
guilty of cor- used his status to ibert never got the Monaco Republican Party not loyal of the Conservative Political rejoining the "very unfair"
ruption and help a magistrate job. to him, as well as Democrats. Action Committee (CPAC) Paris Agreement, saying what
influence ped- who had served his Prosecutors have conclud- Speaking in public on Sun- where an informal poll good does it do when
dling and personal interest. In ed, however, that the "clear- day for the first time since showed that 68 per cent of America is "clean" but China,
sen- addition, as a lawyer by ly stated promise" consti- leaving office, Trump did not the participants wanted him Russia and India are not.
training, he was "per- tutes in itself a corruption admit defeat in the Novem- to run again and 95 per cent “We have the cleanest air
fectly informed" offense under French law, ber 3 2020 election and in- supported his policies. and cleanest water. and what
about commit- even if the promise wasn't stead said, "I may even de- The group represents the ents a dilemma for the party. of Washington, DC estab- good does it do when we're
ting an illegal fulfilled. cide to defeat them a third more conservative wing of He is a divisive figure who lishment political hacks and clean, but China is not and
action, the Sarkozy vigorously de- time." the Republican Party reflect- caused many unaffiliated everybody else all over the Russia is not and India is not,
court said. nied any malicious inten- He tamped down specula- ing his base and the crowd, voters and those in the mid- country." He named the Re- so they are pouring fumes...
Sarkozy had tion. tions that he may start a many of them unmasked dle to vote against him. publicans like Senator Mitt you know the world is a small
firmly denied He told the court that his third party calling it fake and not socially distanced, Yet the party cannot win Romney and Representative piece of the universe and
all the allega- political life was all about news seeking to divide the repeatedly chanted, "We love without his supporters. Liz Cheney, who have criti- we're trying to protect
tions against "giving (people) a little help. Republican vote "so that you you". Trump's hold on a Trump said, "The only di- cised him and voted against everything," Trump said amidst
him during the That all it is, a little help," can never win". "We have the broad base of the party pres- vision is between a handful him during impeachment. applause from his supporters.
tenced him to one year in 10-day trial that took place he said during the trial.

Khashoggi’s fiancee seeks

prison and a two-year sus- at the end of last year. The confidentiality of
pended sentence.
The 66-year-old politician,
who was president from
The corruption trial fo-
cused on phone conversa-
tions that took place in Feb-
communications between a
lawyer and his client was a
major point of contention
Imran Khan dreams of
Gwadar as ‘next Dubai’
punishment for Saudi Prince
2007 to 2012, was convicted ruary 2014. in the trial.
for having tried to illegally At the time, investigative "You have in front of you a
obtain information from a judges had launched an in- man of whom more that
senior magistrate in 2014 quiry into the financing of 3,700 private conversations AGENCIES ing Zones Authority) ex-
about a legal action in the 2007 presidential cam- have been wiretapped... Rome port processing zone. It in-
which he was involved. paign. During the investi- What did I do to deserve AGENCIES stead restricts the local
The court said Sarkozy is gation they incidentally that?" Sarkozy said during Istanbul While Prime Minister Im- population, whose liveli-
entitled to request to be de- discovered that Sarkozy the trial. ran Khan-led government hood depends on fishing,
tained at home with an elec- and Herzog were communi- Sarkozy's defense lawyer, The Turkish fiancee ofslain journalist Jamal "plans" to make Gwadar the from accessing the sea.
tronic bracelet. cating via secret mobile Jacqueline Laffont, argued Khashoggi yesterday demanded that Saudi "next Dubai" under the Chi- "The real purpose of the
This is the first time in phones registered to the the whole case was based Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin na-Pakistan Economic Cor- barbed wire and the 15,000
France's modern history alias "Paul Bismuth." on "small talk" between a Abdulaziz Al Saud be "punished without de- ridor (CPEC) initiative, he Chinese soldiers deployed
that a former president has Conversations wiretapped lawyer and his client. lay" over the murder. is restricting Baloch locals at the port, on which the
been convicted of corrup- on these phones led prose- The court concluded that "It is essential that the Crown Prince, who from accessing basic neces- Chinese and Pakistani flags
tion. cutors to suspect Sarkozy the use of wiretapped con- ordered the brutal murder of a blameless sities by fortifying the city fly, is not to ensure the safe-
Sarkozy's co-defendants - and Herzog of promising versations was legal as long and innocent person, should be punished "Starting with the (US President Joe) Biden at the behest of China. ty of commercial installa-
his lawyer and longtime Azibert a job in Monaco in as they helped show evi- without delay," the BBC quoted Khashoggi's Administration, it is vital for all world lead- According to journalist tions but to defend Beijing's
friend Thierry Herzog, 65, exchange for leaking infor- dence of corruption-related fiancee Hatice Cengiz in a statement. ers to ask themselves if they are prepared to Francesca Marino, the interests and keep the
and now-retired magistrate mation about another legal offenses. "This will not only bring the justice we have shake hands... I urge everyone to put their barbed wire being put up Baloch out," said Marino.
Gilbert Azibert, 74 - were case, known by the name of Sarkozy withdrew from been seeking.... but it could also prevent sim- hands on their hearts and campaign to pun- by the Pakistan govern- Meanwhile, Islamabad
also found guilty and given France's richest woman, active politics after failing ilar acts recurring. ish the Crown Prince." ment does not surround has stepped up up its secu-
the same sentence as the L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bet- to be chosen as his conser- In the statement, Cengiz, a Turkish aca- Cengiz's statement comes three days after a Gwadar port free zone, rity in Balochistan to pro-
politician. tencourt. vative party's presidential demic researcher, made an appeal to world de-classified US intelligence report released GIEDA (Gwadar Industrial tect its facilities as there is a
The court found that In one of these phone candidate for France's 2017 leaders to distance themselves from the on February 26 assessed that the Crown Estate Development Au- rise in attacks on CPEC
Sarkozy and his co-defen- calls with Herzog, Sarkozy election, won by Emmanuel Crown Prince and impose sanctions on the Prince approved an operation to "capture or thority) industrial zone projects, the Pakistan mili-
dants sealed a "pact of cor- said of Azibert : "I'll make Macron. Kingdom. kill" Saudi Khashoggi in 2018. and EPZA (Export Process- tary said earlier.

Suu Kyi in court 1st time since military coup 3rd Covid wave feared in Pak
ISLAMABAD: Due to the easing
of most of the coronavirus DASHBOARD
Yangon restrictions across Pakistan, Less than 10% of the
health experts have sounded world’s population have
Myanmar's tallest leader Aung San Suu Kyi, alarm over a third wave of Covid antibodies
denied a second tenure in power by a mili- the pandemic if there was a
Global Covid-19 cases
tary takeover on February 1, faced court on resurgence of fresh cases, a top 114 million: Johns
Monday through a video link, her lawyer media report said on Mon- Hopkins
Khin Maung Zaw said. day.
Zaw told this writer he had seen his client On Sunday, the country Nepal's Army Chief
for the first time since a military coup ex- registered 1,176 new Covid- receives first dose of
actly one month ago, after which the coun- 19 cases, which increased the Made-in-India vaccine
try has plunged into huge and ceaseless overall tally to 581,365. The NY Covid-19
protests. death toll currently stood at hospitalisations drop to
Suu Kyi's court appearance, in a minor 12,896. lowest level
case over alleged possession of foreign- On February 24, the Na-
made walky-talkies , came on a day when
protestors again hit the streets, despite a Protesters back on streets tional Command and Opera-
tion Centre (NCOC) on Race on in UK to track Brazil variant
bloody Sunday, when at least 19 people died Covid relaxed most of the re- LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said that a
in firing by security forces across Myanmar. YANGON: Police in Myanmar's biggest city on Monday fired tear strictions on commercial ac- "massive effort" was underway to track the spread of a new
At least 30 were injured and 10 missing gas at defiant crowds who returned to the streets to protest the tivities, schools, offices and Brazilian variant of COVID-19 detected in the country, as health
during the mayhem unleashed by the forces military's seizure of power a month ago, despite reports that other workplaces, allowing officials issued an appeal for an unidentified person who had tested
in Yangon, Mandalay, Dawei, Myitkina and security forces had killed at least 18 people around the country a them to function at full positive for it to come forward. The missing person infected with
several other cities. day earlier. strength. the highly-transmissible variant is understood to have used a home
The UN Human Rights office confirmed 18 The protesters in Yangon were chased as they tried to gather at Speaking to Dawn news on testing kit, but did not complete the registration form properly.
deaths but the Democratic Voice of Burma their usual meeting spot at the Hledan Center intersection. Sunday, Secretary General of It has prompted an appeal for anyone without a result from a
provided details of 19 people who died in the Demonstrators scattered and sought to rinse their faces with water the Pakistan Medical Associ- coronavirus test on February 12 or 13 to come forward immediately
firings. in vain attempts to ease the irritating effects of the gas. by calling on helpline: 119.

Prince Harry: Split from royal life 'unbelievably tough' Prince Philip
shifted to In 1st day on job, new WTO
second hosp chief pushes for fisheries deal
AGENCIES posite Winfrey and side-by-
Los Angeles side, holding hands during
the interview that was con-
Prince Harry says the ducted in a lush garden set- LONDON: Britain's Prince Philip,
process of separating from ting. Meghan, who recently the Duke of Edinburgh, has AGENCIES / Geneva
royal life has been very diffi- announced she is pregnant been transferred to a second
cult for him and his wife, with the couple's second hospital in London to continue The new head of the World Trade Organization
Meghan. child, wore an empire-style treatment for an infection, threw her support behind long-fruitless efforts
In an interview with Oprah black dress with embroidery. Buckingham Palace said on among member countries to agree on fisheries
Winfrey, Harry invoked the Harry wore a light gray suit Monday. The 99-year-old subsidies that could reduce overfishing, calling
memory of his late mother, and white dress shirt, minus husband of Queen Elizabeth II, the efforts a top priority as she took office on
Princess Diana, who had to a tie. who spent 13 nights at the King Monday.
find her way alone after she As Meghan Markle, the ac- Edward VII's Hospital in central Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a
and Prince Charles divorced. tor starred in the TV legal London after being admitted Nigerian economist and former government
"I'm just really relieved and drama "Suits." She married last month, has now been minister, donned a mask and doled out elbow
happy to be sitting here talk- Queen Elizabeth II's grand- transferred to St Bartholomew's bumps - COVID-19 oblige - as she took up the job
ing to you with my wife by son at Windsor Castle in Hospital for further tests and at WTO headquarters on the banks of Lake
my side, because I can't be- the two of us." was shown in a photo hold- May 2018, and their son, observation for a pre-existing Geneva.
gin to imagine what it must "But at least we have each ing toddler Harry as he Archie, was born a year lat- heart condition. "I am coming into one of the most important
have been like for her going other," Harry said, in a clip made the comments. His er. "The Duke remains comfortable institutions in the world and we have a lot of
through this process by her- from the interview special, mother died in 1997 of in- The brief promotional clip and is responding to treatment work to do," said Okonjo-Iweala, 66, who is both
self all those years ago," Har- which is scheduled to air juries suffered in a car was one of two of that aired but is expected to remain in the first woman and the first African to hold the
ry said, adding, "because it's March 7 on CBS and the fol- crash. Sunday during CBS' news hospital until at least the end of job. "I feel ready to go."
been unbelievably tough for lowing day in Britain. Diana Harry and Meghan sat op- magazine "60 Minutes." the week," a statement said. Negotiators have been tasked with striking an
agreement that could help eliminate subsidies

Girl dies after being caned during ‘exorcism’ in Sri Lanka

for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,
and prohibit some fisheries subsidies that con-
tribute to overcapacity and overfishing.
Member states of the WTO, which works to
AGENCIES had been possessed by a demon and took craft accords that can ensure smooth interna-
Colombo her to the home of the exorcist so a ritual tional trade, have struggled to reach an agree-
could be performed to drive the spirit away. ment on fisheries after roughly two decades of
Police in Sri Lanka said on Monday they Rohana said the exorcist first put oil on work. Okonjo-Iweala called for finalizing the ne- New Director-General of WTO Ngozi Okonjo-
have arrested two people in the death of a the girl and then began to repeatedly hit gotiations "as soon as possible," and credited
Iweala arrives at the WTO headquarters to take
9-year-old girl who was repeatedly beaten her with a cane. When the girl lost con- Colombian ambassador Santiago Wills, who
during a ritual they believed would drive sciousness, she was taken to a hospital, chairs the talks on fisheries subsidies, for his office on Monday in Geneva.
away an evil spirit. where she died. An autopsy was scheduled "really hard" work. Wills said it was "music to my ears to see on
The two suspects -- the woman performing for Monday. "My presence is to try and support him proac- the first day the (director general) comes here
the exorcism and the girl's mother -- were to The woman who performed the ritual on tively to try and unblock the situation so he can and makes a statement on the fisheries negoti-
appear in court on Monday to hear charges the girl was known in the area for offering complete the fantastic work he has been doing," ations."
over the girl’s death, which occurred over such services in recent months and police she said alongside Wills as they met with vari- Okonjo-Iweala's first day also consisted of
the weekend in Delgoda, a small town about were investigating whether anyone else had ous advocacy groups outside the WTO gates. "It meeting staffers and attending her first meet-
40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of the been abused, Rohana said. has been 20 years - and 20 years is enough." ing of the General Council, made up of top en-
capital Colombo. Rohana urged the public to be careful "Things are not easy when members are nego- voys from the trade body's 164 member states.
According to police spokesperson Ajith about such services as the girl was not the tiating and there are still a lot of critical issues The closed-door council meeting was largely
Rohana, the mother believed her daughter first to die during such a ritual. that need to be sorted out," she said. "But we are held by videoconference because of measures
hopeful." aimed to fight the pandemic.
Europeans get 'right to repair' for some electrical goods for up to 10 years
BIZ BUZZ Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, nent. The "right to repair," as it is sometimes
IREDA likely to be listed on exchanges in hairdryers or TVs in the European Union will need called, comes into force across the 27-nation bloc
to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to Monday. It is part of a broader effort to cut the en-
the next fiscal, says government official 10 years, to help reduce the vast mountain of elec- vironmental footprint of manufactured goods by
As part of its efforts to list more public sector companies on trical waste that piles up each year on the conti- making them more durable and energy efficient. INDORE | TUESDAY | MARCH 2, 2021

GST collections cross Rs 1.1 L cr

bourses, the government is likely to conduct an initial public
offering of the Indian Renewable Energy Development
Agency in the next financial year starting April, a senior
finance ministry official said. “We are short-listing candidates
that can be listed in the next 12-24 months, one such
BPCL to sell entire 62%
stake in Numaligarh
for third straight month in Feb
company is IREDA," the official told Informist. In June 2017,
the Cabinet had approved the initial public offering of IREDA.
Shyam Metalics files draft papers for
Rs 1,107 crore public offering Refinery for Rs 9,880 cr
Shyam Metalics and Energy Ltd has refiled the draft red
herring prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Board of
Mumbai Feb manufacturing NEW DELHI: The board of Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd has approved

PMI growth flat

India for its 11.07-bln-rupees initial public offering of shares. the sale of its entire 61.65% stake in Numaligarh Refinery Ltd to a
The company had initially tried to tap the capital markets in GST collections crossed the Rs 1 lakh consortium of Oil India Ltd and Engineers India Ltd, and to the state
August 2018 and had even got the regulator's approval for a crore-mark for the fifth month in a row government of Assam for 98.8 bln rupees, the company said.
9.1-bln-rupee offering in early 2019. The company that in February, rising 7% annually to over The total consideration will be from the consortium in case of non
specialises in production of long steel products and ferro Rs 1.13 lakh crore, indicating economic NEW DELHI: India's manufacturing participation by the state government, it said.
alloys plans to utilise the net proceeds towards repayment of recovery, the finance ministry said. activity remained firm in February, The expected date of completion of the stake sale will be within a
its debt and for its subsidiary Shyam SEL and Power Ltd. Goods and Services Tax (GST) collec- with the Purchasing Managers' Index month from obtaining all requisite approvals, it said. Oil India,
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- tions had risen for two straight months coming in at 57.5 due to better demand which already owns 26% stake in Numaligarh Refinery, is the lead
Reliance Jio's new offers not to affect to touch record Rs 1,19,875 crore in Jan- conditions. member of the consortium.
BPCL's exit from Numaligarh Refinery is a precursor to the former's
uary and Rs 1.15 lakh crore in December. While the index fell from its three-
Bharti Airtel's 2G subscriber base The gross GST revenue collected Feb-
month high of 57.7 in January, it re- privatisation, which the government expects to complete in the first
New offers by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, for its fourth
generation feature phones, may not dent the 2G subscriber
ruary 2021 is Rs 1,13,143 crore, of which
Central GST is Rs 21,092 crore, State Rs 21,092 cr central GST mained above the long-run average of
53.6, according to IHS Markit.
half of 2021-22 (Apr-Mar).
BPCL Director (Finance) N. Vijayagopal had said last month that
base of Bharti Airtel Ltd, but could cause stress for Vodafone
Idea Ltd, analysts said. The company on Friday had launched
'NEW JIOPHONE 2021 OFFER'. Customers who buy a new
GST is Rs 27,273 crore, Integrated GST
is Rs 55,253 crore (including Rs 24,382
crore collected on import of goods) and
Rs 27,273 cr state GST A Purchasing Managers’ Index read-
ing above 50 shows expansion in ac-
tivity, while one below 50 indicates
the consortium of Oil India and Engineers India would acquire 48%
stake in Numaligarh Refinery, while the Assam government would
pick up 13.65%, taking its stake in the refiner to 26%.
JioPhone can avail of unlimited voice calls and unlimited data
of 2 GB per month without having to recharge at 1,499
Cess is Rs 9,525 crore (including Rs 660
crore collected on import of goods).
Rs 55.253 cr Integrated GST contraction.
This is the seventh consecutive
As Numaligarh Refinery is part of the Assam Accord, the
government did not include it in BPCL's privatisation plan and
rupees for one year and 1,999 rupees for two years. GST revenue in February last year month in which manufacturing activ- decided that its controlling stake in the Assam-based refinery would
The figure is, however,
Power consumption grows marginally
by 0.88% in February
was Rs 1.05 lakh crore.
"In line with the trend of recovery in
the GST revenues over past five months,
the revenues for the month of February
� lower than the record
Rs 1,19,875 crore collected
ity has risen, after having contracted
earlier due to COVID-19 and conse-
quent lockdowns.
"Indian goods producers reported a
be sold to another public sector oil and gas company or a
consortium of such companies. Both Oil India and Engineers India
are under the administrative control of the petroleum ministry.
Oil India will become the largest shareholder in the refiner once
India's power consumption grew 0.88% in February at 104.73 2021 are 7% higher than the GST rev- in the previous month healthy inflow of new orders in Feb- the transaction is completed. Numaligarh Refinery is the biggest
billion units (BU) due to a slight rise in temperature in the enues in the same month last year. ruary, a situation that underpinned a consumer of crude oil produced by Oil India from its fields in the
month, official data showed. Power consumption in February "During the month, revenues from further upturn in output and quantity region. Numaligarh Refinery is currently in the process of expanding
2020 was 103.81 BU, according to the power ministry data. import of goods were 15% higher and are 5% higher than the revenues from of purchases," said Pollyanna De its refining capacity to 9 mtpa from 3 mtpa.
However, the peak power demand met, which is the highest the revenues from the domestic trans- these sources during the same month Lima, economics associate director at The cost of this project is pegged at around 226 bln rupees, and it
supply in a day, recorded a growth of 6.7% at 188.15 GW in action (including import of services) last year," the ministry said. IHS Markit. is likely to be completed in 2024.
February 2021 compared to 176.38 GW in February 2020.

Automakers report double-digit SBI reduces home loan

�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LENDER TO WAIVE OFF PROCESSING FEES TILL MARCH 31
‘Strive for seamless digital payments,
lessons to be learnt from NSE's tech glitch’

sales growth on robust demand interest rates to 6.7%

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday asked civil
accounts officers to have a clear roadmap for seamless digital
payments, saying there are lessons to be learnt from the
"technology-driven glitch" that happened at National Stock
Exchange. Addressing the 45th Civil Accounts Day she said
the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), who is the MARUTI SUZUKI SALES RISE 12%, HYUNDAI SPURTS 29% ON COVID-LED DEMAND AGENCIES home finance, takes ownership in
bookkeeper of government accounts, has adopted great New Delhi bolstering consumer sentiments.
systemic reforms. She said to keep government accounts NEW DELHI: Leading car mak- to pre-Covid level sales," HMIL Di- The affordability for the con-
transparent, the CGA will have to adapt and keep pace with ers Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and rector (Sales, Marketing & Serv- State Bank of India (SBI) has sumer increases immensely with
changing technology to keep government account transparent. Tata Motors reported robust sales ice) Tarun Garg said. sweetened its offers on home loans the present offerings as equal
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- growth in the domestic market in Both domestic and export de- by reducing interest concession of monthly installments will be re-
Air passenger traffic still down, cargo February as the demand for person- mand have recorded healthy dou- up to 70 basis points with interest duced."
al mobility amid COVID-19 pandem- ble digit growth last month, re- rates starting from 6.7%. Customers can also apply from
operations continue to climb: AAPA ic continues to drive the market. flecting an all-round improvement The country's largest lender said the ease of their home via the
Preliminary January air passenger traffic figures released by Others, including Toyota Kir- in buyer sentiment, he added. it is also giving 100% waiver on YONO app to get additional inter-
the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) on Monday loskar Motor (TKM), Mahindra & Tata Motors saw its passenger processing fees till March 31. est concession of 5 basis points. On
showed that airline operations are still depressed as the Mahindra, and Honda Cars India, vehicle sales surging over two- The interest concession are based the eve of International Women's
spread of Covid-19 variants resulted in tighter border also reported strong wholesale folds to 27,225 units in the domes- on the loan amount and CIBIL day, a special 5 basis points conces-
restrictions in international as well as domestic markets. dispatches to dealers last month. tic market last month. score of the borrower. sion is being made available to
Meanwhile, air cargo demand keeps improving as world The country's largest carmaker rose 18.9% to 26,884 units, as com- Similarly, Mahindra & Mahindra SBI said it is important to extend women borrowers.
trade starts to gain renewed momentum. Asia Pacific airlines Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said its pared to 22,604 units in the year- reported a 41% increase in its pas- better rates to customers who SBI is the largest commercial
carried a combined total of 1.3 million international domestic sales increased 11.8% to ago month. senger vehicle dispatches to deal- maintain good repayment history. bank in terms of assets, deposits,
passengers in January, just 3.9% of the same month last year 1,52,983 units last month, as against Sales of mini cars, comprising ers last month. The company sold Its home loan interest rates start branches, customers, and employ-
when 33.5 million passengers flew on the region's carriers. 1,36,849 units in February 2020. Alto and S-Presso, however de- 15,391 units last month, as com- from 6.7% for loans up to Rs 75 lakh ees. It is also the largest mortgage
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- The company's sales during the clined by 12.9% to 23,959 units, as pared with 10,938 units in the year- and 6.75% for loans above Rs 75 lender in the country. Its home loan
Goyal: Cut quality testing charges for month were driven by compact compared to 27,499 in the same ago period. lakh. portfolio recently crossed the mile-
and utility vehicle segments. month last year. "Demand continues to remain "SBI, being the market leader in stone of Rs 5 lakh crore.
MSMEs, startups, women entrepreneurs Last month, sales company's Rival Hyundai Motor India re- buoyant for our range of SUVs

LPG cylinder price

Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday compact segment models, includ- ported a 29% increase in its domes- and Pick-ups and we have a robust
said the charges for testing quality of products should be ing Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno tic sales at 51,600 units as against order pipeline. However, supply of
reduced for MSMEs and initial phase of startups and women and Dzire, increased by 15.3% to 40,010 units in February 2020. semiconductors, as we all know, is
entrepreneurs to encourage them to get their products 80,517 units, as against 69,828 cars "The company has been consis- a global issue and it is likely to

up Rs 25, ATF 6.5%

certified and meet standard norms. Goyal, who is also in February last year. tently striving to drive a resur- continue for another 3 to 4
railways and commerce minister, virtually presided the 3rd Similarly, utility vehicle dis- gence in sales, thereby contribut- months," M&M Chief Executive
Governing Council meeting of the Bureau of Indian Standards patches to dealers, including Vi- ing towards economic recovery Officer Automotive Division Vee-
(BIS), an official statement said. tara Brezza, S-Cross and Ertiga, and bringing the industry closer jay Nakra said.

JLR to write off 1.5 bn pounds in Jan-Mar

SBI, other banks seek bids to sell AGENCIES costs Rs 819 as against Rs 794 at
Mumbai which they were supplied on Sun-
stressed loans of Soma Enterprise day.
On behalf of a consortium of lenders, State Bank of India has Cooking gas LPG price was on The increase is applicable across
sought bids from asset reconstruction companies, banks, non- MUMBAI: Tata Motors Ltd- about 2.5 bln pound sterling per Monday hiked by Rs 25 per cylin- all categories, including sub-
banking finance companies and other financial institutions to owned Jaguar Land Rover Ltd annum, the company told in- der across all categories, includ- sidised and non-subsidised users.
sell stressed loans of Soma Enterprise Ltd. As on Mar 2020, will write off 1.5 bln pound ster- vestors. ing subsidised fuel and those LPG is available only at one rate,
the consortium's fund-based debt exposure stood at 20.99 ling (approximately 153.8 bln ru- JLR plans to phase out its in- availed by Ujjwala scheme benefi- market price, across the country.
bln rupees, and investment in Soma Enterprise was at 13.45 pees) in Jan-Mar, as part of its ternal combustion engine vari- ciaries - the fourth increase in The government, however, gives a
bln rupees. The assets are being offered on a 100% cash restructuring, the company said ants by 2025-26 (Apr-Mar) and rates in a month's time. small subsidy to select customers.
basis. The reserve price for the assets is 8.10 bln rupees. in its investor presentation. have battery-powered electric ve- LPG prices have gone up by Rs However, this subsidy has been
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- This would include 1.0 bln hicles make up for more than 125 per 14.2-kg cylinder since the eliminated in metros and major
SBI General forges bancassurance pound sterling of non-cash 60% of its volumes by 2029-30. beginning of February, price data cities through successive price in-
write-down and 0.5 bln pound It will also rationalise its plat- from state-owned oil marketing creases over the past couple of
tie-up with Indian Overseas Bank sterling in cash. cash net-of-debt by 2025. forms with three new electric- companies showed. years. So, in places like Delhi,
SBI General Insurance on Monday said it has tied-up with JLR had recently announced Under its 'Reimagine' strategy, first plans including modular Also, jet fuel prices were hiked there is no subsidy paid to cus-
Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) for a bancassurance partnership its plan to become an all-electric the company plans to have a longitudinal, electrified modu- by a steep 6.5% on the back of a tomers since May 2020 and all LPG
for selling its non-life products. Through the alliance, SBI luxury brand, improve prof- more focused product portfolio lar and oure battery electric ehi- rally in international oil prices. users pay the market price, which
General will offer a range of general insurance solutions and itability and achieve positive and reduce annual spending to cle. A 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi now currently is Rs 819.
innovative products to IOB customers, SBI General said.

HDFC Bank net banking HDFC Securities hit by glitch Q3 economy lifts
Chennai-headquartered IOB has over 3,200 branches across
the country and also has overseas presence.

in cash segment orders in NSE Sensex 750 points

Bank of India recruits 23 sportspersons
for clerical and officer posts
State-owned Bank of India (BOI) on Monday said it has
recruited 23 sportspersons for clerical and officer grade posts
at the bank. The lender had invited job applications from
faces issues yet again NEW DELHI: Leading stock ex-
changes NSE and BSE on Monday
ed that there was no issue on fresh
orders or square-offs at the ex-
MUMBAI: Equity benchmark in-
dices traded firm on Monday due
various sports disciplines such as archery, athletics, boxing, INFORMIST/ Mumbai said all their operations are func- change. "... all segments working to upbeat sentiment in global mar-
gymnastics, wrestling, swimming, weight lifting and table tioning in a normal manner after fine statement was given in re- kets and India getting technically
tennis. The candidates were chosen from categories, including Some customers of HDFC Bank HDFC Securities sponse to brokers out of recession with Q3 GDP data
Olympics, World Championships, World Cups, Asian have been unable to conduct on- flagged that confir- and investors report- showing 0.4% growth.
Championships, Youth Olympic championships and police, line transactions as the lender's mations were not re- ing the problem on Aiding the sentiment was the
among others, a bank release said. internet banking services were ceived for orders twitter on a compet- country kicking off an expansion
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- down since early Monday. placed in the NSE ing exchange today of its Covid-19 vaccine campaign
OAKS Asset Management launches While customers were able to lo-
gin into their internet banking ac-
cash segment due to
a "technical glitch".
morning. No one has
reported any prob-
with PM Narendra Modi getting in-
Rs 500 crore consumer fund count, they could transfer funds. ment. You can complete this After mentioning lems in trading at At the closing bell, the BSE S&P
Leading private equity fund OAKS Asset Management has The transfer of 2,000 rupees at transaction by using a different about the technical glitch in a @bseindia today or last week any Sensex was up by 750 points or
launched its second fund, OAKS India Consumer Fund, around 1030 IST was not complet- payment option'." tweet at 10.01 am, HDFC Securities, day," BSE CEO Ashish Chauhan 1.53% at 49,850 while the Nifty 50
according to a press release. The category-II alternative ed because the one-time password According to a bank official, the at around 11.53 am, issued a state- tweeted. ticked higher by 232 points or 1.6%
investment fund, registered with Securities and Exchange came after 30 minutes, a user, who problem is not widespread and ment saying the issue "got resolved HDFC Securities said there was a to 14,762.
Board of India, has a fund size of 5 bln rupees along with a wished not to be named, told In- only some customers could be fac- at 9.50 am" and that investigation is technical glitch due to which con- Except for Nifty PSU bank which
green-shoe option of 2.5 bln rupees. The fund will aim to formist. "In another instance, the ing intermittent issues. going on to find out the root cause. firmations for orders placed in the slipped marginally, all other sec-
invest in a set of 10-12 entrepreneur-led consumer businesses credit card bill payment could not "The bank is looking into the is- An NSE spokesperson said that NSE cash segment were not re- toral indices at the National Stock
in India with an investment size ranging between 250 mln take place," he added. sue to ensure that customers are all the operations on its platforms ceived and that the issue has been Exchange were in the green with
rupees and 1 bln rupees per investee company. The fund has "There was message from able to use the services smoothly," were "functioning smooth and nor- resolved. It also added that the mat- Nifty auto up by 2.4%, metal by
received an initial commitment of 4 bln rupees. BillDesk stating that 'HDFC Bank the official said, while apologising mal". ter is being investigated to find out 1.9%, financial service by 1.8%, pri-
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Limited is unavailable at the mo- for the inconvenience caused. At little past 10.10 am, BSE tweet- the root cause. vate bank by 1.3% and IT by 1%.

Govt may retain inflation target Rentals beat luxe properties prices hands down

NEW DELHI: India is like- tary Policy Committee is every five years in consulta-
ly to retain the current in- likely to be notified around tion with the central bank. NEW DELHI: The growth rate of compared to the preceding year. Citing Anarock data, Puri said
flation target of 4%, within mid-March after approval of The decision to retain the rentals in the top seven luxury Anuj Puri, Chairman of also reveals that from 2014 to 2020,
a band of 2% to 6%, for the the finance minister and current inflation target for housing markets of the country Anarock Property Consultants rental prices in the top luxury
next five years starting from the Prime Minister's the next five years is "very rose by 17-26% in the past seven said: "The average rentals for a markets saw consistent year-on-
April, a senior finance min- Office, the official said. much" in consultation years, surpassing the rise in luxu- house of minimum 2,000 square year growth, averaging between 3-
istry official said. The current medium-term with the central bank, the ry property prices in the same lo- feet size in the top seven cities' key 6% annually.
"I think everyone is in inflation target, which was official said. calities during the same period, luxury hotspots rose anywhere be- "In contrast, capital appreciation
agreement that the existing notified in August 2016, ends The RBI has for some with average capital prices in- tween 17% to 26% in 2020, as com- either remained range-bound or
target should remain," the on March 31. time been arguing for re- creasing by 15%, according to an pared to 2014. In the same period, varied each year. Some years saw a
official told Informist. The According to the RBI Act, taining the current infla- Anarock report. average capital prices in these mi- decent yearly rise, even as high as
inflation target for the Re- the government has to set tion target of 4% within a It noted that 2020 was an outlier cro-markets saw a maximum rise 7%, while prices dropped by
serve Bank of India's Mone- the inflation target once band of 2-6%. year for all rental markets with al- of 15%, and some even saw a mar- around 5% in other years, particu-
most no change in monthly rentals ginal dip." larly in 2017,” he said.

Spectrum bids cross Rs 77K cr

Kotak Securities sees muted returns Multiple suitors line
up for Shipping Corp
from equities for most of 2021

on Day 1, all telcos participate

Kotak Securities is of the view that the Indian equity market
could witness consolidation in the coming months and that
further gains are likely only by the end of 2021, when there is NEW DELHI: London-
clarity about earnings estimates for 2022-23 (Apr-Mar). The based private equity firm
brokerage firm expects muted returns from the market over Foresight Group is among
the next few months because expensive valuations and the the multiple bidders who
likelihood of higher bond yields might overshadow potential AGENCIES/ New Delhi "Total value of spectrum put to auc- have put in preliminary
earnings upgrades. tion was about Rs 4 lakh crore. In this, bids for buying the govern-
India's first auction of spectrum in 700 MHz band was a costly band, and ment's entire stake in Ship-
Godrej buys 1.5 acre land parcels worth five years attracted Rs 77,146 crore of
bids on the opening day with Reliance
that cost itself is Rs 1.97 lakh crore,"
the minister said adding that the gov-
ping Corporation of India,
sources said.
Rs 166 cr for residential proj in Mumbai Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea ernment will take a call on 700 MHz The government is selling
Realty firm Godrej Properties Ltd has bought around 1.5 acre participating in the bidding process - a band, used for 5G, in case it remains its entire stake of 63.75 per Dubai-based GMS.
land parcels for Rs 166 crore in Mumbai to develop a response that the government said was unsold in the ongoing auctions. cent in Shipping Corpora- Essar Group as well as
residential project. In a regulatory filing, Godrej Properties Ltd better than expected. Excluding 700 MHz and 2500 Mhz tion of India, along with the Adani Group have not bid
(GPL) announced the addition of a new residential project in There were, however, no takers for bands, the bidding accounted for 60 per transfer of management for Shipping Corp privati-
Sanpada, Navi Mumbai. Spread over around 1.5 acres, this spectrum in 700 MHz and 2500 MHz "The winning bids that have come till cent of the spectrum that was put to control. The last date for sation, the sources added.
project will offer about 4 lakh square feet of development bands on the first day, and the auctions 6 PM today is Rs 77,146 crore. We auction. submitting the expression In November last year, the
potential comprising primarily of premium residential will continue and conclude on Tues- thought since there are only three The 700 MHz band went unsold dur- of interest was February Cabinet had given an in-
apartments with a small amount of high street retail. The day. players, and spectrum replacement is ing the 2016 auctions, too. During 2016, 13, which was later extend- principle approval for
Mumbai-based developer posted a 69 per cent decline in its About 2,308.80 MHz of spectrum, that happening...our estimation was that when there were seven bidders, the ed to March 1. strategic divestment of
consolidated net profit at Rs 14.35 crore for the quarter ended carry telecom signals, in seven bands the bids will touch about Rs 45,000 spectrum sold was 41 per cent by quan- Department of Invest- Shipping Corp and Contain-
December. Total income of the company fell to Rs 311.12 worth nearly Rs 4 lakh crore at the re- crore, but it is a matter of assurance tity and 12 per cent by value of the to- ment and Public Asset Man- er Corp of India Ltd. How-
crore in the third quarter of this fiscal year, from Rs 517.47 serve or start price, was offered for that it has gone as high as Rs 77,146 tal spectrum put to auction. The corre- agement (DIPAM) Secre- ever, the plans were delayed
crore in the corresponding period a year ago bidding in the auction that began on crore," Prasad said. sponding figures in the 2021 spectrum tary Tuhin Kanta Pandey due to the pandemic.
Monday. The bidder-wise details were not auction so far are 37 per cent and 19 on Monday tweeted "multi- In her Budget Speech 2021-
SP Group's litigation stalls resolution Communications Minister Ravi
Shankar Prasad said Rs 77,146 crore
available immediately. A total of
2,308.80 MHz spectrum is being put to
per cent respectively, with three par-
ple expressions of interest
have been received for pri-
22, Finance Minister Nir-
mala Sitharaman had said,
process for Reliance Home Finance worth of spectrum was bid on the first auction, out of which there have been Spectrum will be offered for a validi- vatisation of Shipping Cor- "a number of transactions
The debt resolution process of Reliance Home Finance Ltd day but there were no takers for the bids for 849.20 MHz so far, an official ty period of 20 years. Successful bid- poration of India Limited. namely Bharat Petroleum
(RHFL), which is at the final stages, has been hit by the airwaves in the premium 700 MHz as release said. ders can pay entire bid amount in one The transaction will now Corp Ltd, Air India, Ship-
Shapoorji Pallonji (SP) Group's litigation against the home also 2500 MHz bands. The response Bids were received in 800 MHz, 900 go, or exercise an option to pay a cer- move to the second stage". ping Corp of India, Con-
finance company. The lenders of RHFL are unable to proceed from players and the bids received sur- MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 tain amount (25 per cent for spectrum The sources said Fore- tainer Corp of India, IDBI
with the resolution process due to a coercive stay obtained by passed government's internal esti- MHz bands, as players gave the prized won in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz sight Group has bid in con- Bank, BEML Ltdamong oth-
the SP Group from the Delhi High Court in November 2019. mates, that had anticipated bids worth 700 MHz band a miss on the first day of bands or 50 per cent for spectrum won sortium with Belgium- ers, would be completed in
As per the stay order, RHFL is prohibited from disposing, Rs 45,000 crore. auctions. in 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz bands. based Exmar NV and 2021-22."
alienating, encumbering either directly or indirectly or
otherwise part with the possession of any of its assets, thus
directly impacting the ongoing debt resolution process.

IDBI Bank to set off Rs 45K cr losses

Top marketers to decode I-T dept searches premises of MSN Labs
against balance in premium account
LIC-controlled IDBI Bank will set off its accumulated losses
‘Brands and Consumers: NEW DELHI: The Income
Tax Department has de-
of which the assessee
group has admitted an ad-
and non-existent entities,
artificial inflation of cer-

2021 and Beyond’

tected "unaccounted" in- ditional income of Rs 350 tain heads of expenditure,
worth Rs 45,586 crore against the balance in the securities come of about Rs 400 crore crore," the CBDT claimed alongwith suppression of
premium account, according to the bank's draft scheme. after raids on a major in a statement. receipts relating to by-
Its accumulated losses (or debit balance of profit or loss pharmaceutical group It added that Rs 1.66 crore product sale were detected.
account) at the end of March 31, 2020, stood at Rs 45,586 STAFF REPORTER/ Mumbai based MSN Labs in Hyder- cash was also seized dur- "Evidence of on-money
crore. And, they were at Rs 44,739 crore as on December 31, abad, the Central Board of ing the operation. payment for purchase of
2020. The accumulated losses as at March 31, 2021, shall be In order to understand the Direct Taxes (CBDT) said "Incriminating evidence lands was also found," it al-
ascertained after the audited financial statements are strategies devised by top on Monday. in the form of digital me- leged.
approved by the bank's board, said the lender, as per the brands to tackle the chal- The searches were car- cal ingredients (APIs) and dia, pen drives, documents, Multiple other legal is-
draft scheme addressed to its shareholders for setting off the lenges of the global pandem- ried out on February 24 at formulations, and majori- etc. have been found and sues were also identified
accumulated losses. ic and to look beyond it, the around 20 locations spread ty of its products are ex- seized," the CBDT said. such as personal expenses
Indian Society of Advertis- across five states. ported to European coun- The statement said digi- being booked in the compa-
Rail min directs IRCTC to terminate ers (ISA), in association with
the Free Press Journal and
The CBDT said the phar-
maceutical group is en-
tries and the USA.
"The search has led to un-
tal evidences were gath-
ered from SAP-ERP soft-
ny's books and land pur-
chased by related concerns
all contracts of mobile catering ABP Network, organised a gaged in the business of earthing of evidence relat- ware. or individuals below gov-
The railway ministry has directed Indian Railway Catering and webinar ‘Brands and Con- manufacturing of interme- ing to unaccounted income "Issues relating to pur- ernment value, the CBDT
Tourism Corp Ltd to cancel all existing mobile catering sumers: 2021 and Beyond’. Brands and Services? What diates, active pharmaceuti- of around Rs 400 crore, out chases made from bogus said.
contracts that involve providing food prepared at base While the first part of are the lessons learnt in

Sebi for dual nod to appoint ind directors

kitchens as per existing terms and conditions, the company this series was a huge suc- overcoming the challenges
said in a regulatory filing. The government's directive follows
the issue of mobile catering being raised by the petition
cess, the second part that
will be held on March 3 will
posed by lockdown, WFH
and fears caused by Covid
Mobility biz
members of Indian Railways' Mobile Caterers Association, or
IRMCA, on Jan 19, in which the Madras High Court had
be no less. In the second
session, the best Marketing
cases? To answer these
questions, we have four recovery in NEW DELHI: Seeking to profit-linked commission for
directed the railway department to consider representation by
the association to restore its services.
minds from across the
service sector will share
prominent leaders from
four different services, India strong, further strengthen the reg-
ulatory framework for inde-
independent directors as
part of reviewing their re-

US manufacturing activity jumps

their best practices during
the pandemic and the way
to look beyond.
sharing their thoughts in
the second session of
‘Brands and Consumers:
says Uber pendent directors, Sebi pro-
posed putting in place a
dual approval system for
muneration structure.
Sebi on Monday issued a
consultation paper for re-
to three-year high in February Commenting on the two- 2021 and Beyond’ hosted by NEW DELHI: Ride hailing their appointment as well viewing the regulatory pro-
US manufacturing expanded in February at the fastest pace part webinar initiative, ISA and Free Press Journal major Uber on Monday as removal, and disclosure visions related to independ-
three years with the arrival of a surge in new orders. The Sunil Kataria, ISA Chair- on March 3, 2021. All are announced that its of entire resignation letters ent directors, giving minor-
Institute for Supply Management reported Monday that its man, said, “Over the years, welcome to join.” mobility business in India of such directors. system. Minority share- ity shareholders a greater
gauge of manufacturing activity rose to a reading of 60.8 per ISA has been organising This session will have is showing strong signs of In a significant move, the holders would mean those say in their appointment,
cent last month, 2.1 percentage-points above the January knowledge seminars/webi- names like President and recovery fuelled by rising regulator has suggested other than the promoter re-appointment and re-
level of 58.7 per cent. It was the strongest performance since nars for the benefit of the Group Head-Marketing, rider demand for low cost that independent directors' and promoter group. moval.
February 2018. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in ecosystem of advertisers Service Quality, Financial products Auto and Moto. appointments should be Besides, the watchdog has Other proposals include
the manufacturing sector. and marketers. Continuing Services & Innovation, Low-cost products like cleared by the "majority of mooted whether ESOPs with broadening eligibility crite-
the same, our two-part we- Thomas Cook (India) Lim- Auto have already the minority" shareholders a vesting period of five years ria for independent direc-
US spending on construction projects binar series focuses on the
issue most of us are facing:
ited; Ajay Kakar, Chief
Marketing Officer, Aditya
surpassed pre-Covid
levels, the company said
under the dual approval should be allowed instead of tors.

rises 1.7% in January in a statement.

Govt eyes Rs 3.4 L cr investment

Brands & Consumers-2021 Birla Capital; Mohit
Spending on US construction projects rose 1.7 per cent in and Beyond. We bring you Kapoor, Group Vice Presi- Kolkata, Hyderabad and
January as new home building continues to lift the sector. leadership views and dent -Advertising & Inno- Mumbai are among Uber's
Last month's increase followed small revised gains in fastest recovering metro

at Maritime India Summit 2021

strategies from across the vations, Jio Platforms Lim-
December and November. Spending on residential Manufacturing and the ited; and Ravi Desai, Direc- markets, it added.
construction rose 2.5 per cent in January, with single family Services sectors." tor, Mass & Brand Market- Uber Auto's recovery
home projects up 3 per cent, the Commerce Department The upcoming session on ing International, Amazon across India, in terms of
reported Monday. ‘Services’ will be moderat- India. All speakers are ISA gross bookings, has now AGENCIES edition of the Maritime In-
ed by Narendra Ambwani, members. exceeded pre-Covid levels New Delhi dia Summit to be held from
Developers must be cautious about ISA Executive Council
Member and former MD,
Abhishek Karnani,
Director, The Free Press
with Mumbai, Delhi,
Hyderabad, Mysore, The government is aiming
March 2 to 4.
These MoUs will be signed
hiking property prices, say experts Johnson & Johnson. Com- Journal, said, “This initia- Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, to attract investment worth with different coastal states
With the property market in the country witnessing menting on the session, tive will be significant to Nagpur, Indore, Nashik Rs 3.39 lakh crore during and stakeholders of the sec-
momentum on account of lower interest rates and various Ambwani said, “All aspects all advertisers and mar- and Kochi showcasing the Maritime India Summit tor. These agreements are
government incentives, developers should ensure that real of our lives were impacted keters who want to strate- strongest growth. 2021 in various projects. focused on attracting in-
estate prices do not appreciate much which could hit demand, by the pandemic during gise the future course of "As tens of millions of Prime Minister Narendra "The Ministry of Ports, vestment, skilling, and gen-
feel experts. Over the past few months, home sales have 2020. Brands and Con- actions for their brands.” Indians start travelling in Modi is scheduled to inau- Shipping, and Waterways erating employment in the
surged in few regions, including in Mumbai, driven by lower sumers expectation as well The knowledge partner the new normal, the gurate Maritime India Sum- (MoPSW) is in process of fi- sector, the statement said.
interest rates and cut in stamp duty. as behaviours faced many for the webinar is Mogae strong recovery in smaller mit 2021 (MIS 2021) on Tues- nalising more than 487 The signing of these
challenges. Of course, Media and Laqshya is the towns underscores day, which will be held vir- MoUs for investments MoUs will help in stream-
True North to pick up minority stake everyone discovered vari-
ous ways to handle the sit-
outdoor partner.
Catch the upcoming webi-
success for the company's
'India to Bharat' strategy,
tually and is likely to be
participated by many na-
worth approx Rs 3.39 lakh
Crore," the government
lining the process of ship
manoeuvring, resulting in
in Anthem Biosciences uation. Many new opportu- nar live from 5 pm onwards which offers new tions, including Russia, said in a statement on Mon- more business to the ports
Private equity fund True North on Monday announced that it nities also emerged. Which on March 3 on the YouTube products in regional Uzbekistan, Qatar, Den- day. and economic stability to
will be acquiring a minority stake in Bengaluru-based pharma changes will become future channel of the Free Press markets," the statement mark, Iran, Afghanistan, These are likely to be the sector and its stakehold-
player Anthem Biosciences by investing an undisclosed sum in expectations from the Journal and ABP Live. said. and Armenia. signed during the second ers, it said.
the company. True North has signed definitive documents to

What's holding FMCGs down? Credit to services rises,

acquire the stake and looks to partner with founders Ajay
Bhardwaj, Ganesh Sambasivan and KC Ravindra as Anthem
invests growth capital towards expanding capacity and
NSE, MCX, INX sign
capability for its rapid growth phase. pact to set up bullion
PGCIL board okays interim dividend
of Rs four per share for 2020-21

FMCG sector has come under pressure

exchange at GIFT City ebbs for large industries
despite the strong demand outlook due to
State-run Power Grid Corporation (PGCIL) on Monday said its the rising raw material prices. AGENCIES AGENCIES/ New Delhi
board has approved an interim dividend of Rs 4 per share for Home and Personal care (HPC) companies New Delhi
2020-21. The interim dividend shall be paid to the members are particularly impacted as the impact is As credit flow from banks
on March 30, 2021, the company said in a BSE filing. "Board highest among these segments. The National Stock Exchange of In- improve with the accelera-
of Directors in its Meeting held today i.e. on 1st March, 2021 Home and Personal Care companies to see dia Ltd, Multi Commodity Exchange tion in economic activities
have approved the payment of Interim Dividend of Rs. 4 per margin erosion in March quarter. Palm Fatty of India Ltd, India INX Internation- post the gradual lifting of
equity share of Rs. 10/- each (@40% of the paid up equity Acid Distillate (PFAD) is witnessing steep al Exchange Ltd, National Securi- the lockdown restrictions,
share capital) for the Financial Year 2020-21," the filing said. inflation during the quarter due to 36% YoY ties Depository Ltd and Central De- credit growth has not been
increase in palm oil prices. pository Services (India) Ltd have on the same lines across
Bank credit to grow 400-500 bps PFAD is the key raw material for soap
manufacturers, HUL and Godrej Consumers.
signed a memorandum of under-
standing to set up market infra-
As per the the Reserve
mained weak in the recent
years. A peak of 6.9 per cent
higher at 9-10% next fiscal: Crisil High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) has also structure institutions. Bank of India's data, loans was achieved in April 2019
Bank credit is seen growing 400-500 basis points (bps) higher witnessed a surge in prices, up 28% YoY, This will comprise an internation- towards large industries de- but there has been a contin-
at 9-10 per cent next fiscal as the Indian economy recovers, during the current quarter as Crude prices al bullion exchange, clearing corpo- clined on the back of uous decline in credit off-
supported by budgetary stimulants and measures announced have increased 16% YoY. HDPE is a ration and depository at Gujarat In- stressed assets in the seg- take since then, with credit
by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Crisil said on Monday. he packaging raw material. ternational Finance Tec-City, NSE ment, while that in the serv- growth turning negative in
ratings agency has already raised India's GDP growth forecast The surge in Crude and HPDE will impact said in a press release. ices sector increased. October 2020, it noted.
for next fiscal to 11 per cent, or 100 bps higher than what all FMCG companies. Inflation in Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), key raw It will be in line with the Centre's Industrial credit includes The recent decline in cred-
was presaged in December 2020. In the current fiscal, bank Copra prices have continued to remain in material for paints, has gone up by 9% YoY objective to make India a price-set- credit to micro, small, medi- it growth was mainly due to
credit is seen rising 4-5 per cent despite the sharpest an uptrend. and 3% QoQ. Crude prices have also gone ter in bullion through GIFT Interna- um and large industries, de- the large industries.
contraction the Indian economy has seen since Independence. It has increased by about 24% YoY and 5% up 16% YoY. tional Finance Service Centre in ac- pending upon the firms' in- "Owing to the stressed as-
QoQ. During the quarter, other important Among the Agri commodities, wheat prices cordance with the International Fi- vestment in plant and sets in large industries,
Paytm claims to cross 1.2 billion raw materials like
Liquid paraffin oil (LLP) is up 28% YoY and
have dropped by 5% QoQ benefiting food-
based FMCGs like Nestle and Britannia.
nancial Services Centres Authority
(Bullion Exchange) Regulations,
and their there was a general reluc-
tance on the part of
monthly digital payment transactions 16%. It is a key ingredient for hair oil. It will However, that impact is nullified by the 2020 and other applicable laws. Large industries consti- bankers to lend to these in-
Digital payments firm Paytm on Monday said that it has put pressure on the margins of Marico along hike in milk prices which has gone up from The Centre had notified the bullion tuted around 82 per cent of dustries, with the problem
crossed 1.2 billion monthly transactions driven by high with inflation in HDPE. Rs 24 to Rs 31 in last six months. Prices of spot delivery contract and bullion the credit offtake to the in- getting compounded by the
growth in offline payments and financial services. Marico has already increased the prices of Palm Oil and Coffee also continue to remain depository receipt as financial prod- dustrial sector, while the pandemic," it said.
The company said that it maintains the highest market share Parachute coconut oil to mitigate the impact on a higher side. ucts and related services under the micro, small and medium The silver lining has been
in offline merchant payments with 15 per cent month-on- of the rising cost of copra. It is likely to take International Financial Services industries together consti- the robust growth of credit
month growth. Paytm, which has over 150 million monthly a price hike in its value-added hair oil Teji Mandi (TM Investment Technologies Pvt. Centres Authority Act, 2019. The In- tuted the rest in November to the medium industries.
active users has witnessed that the majority of its account category as well during the quarter. Ltd.) is a SEBI registered investment advisor. ternational Financial Services Cen- 2020. The services sector, on the
holders embrace and adopt banking, lending, insurance, Paint companies have also started to No information in this article should not be tres Authority will run the opera- Credit to the industrial other hand, witnessed a ro-
wealth and other financial services on the platform. witness the impact of inflation in key raw construed as investment advice. Please visit tions of the bullion exchange. sector has generally re- bust credit growth.
materials like Crude, TiO2, and HDPE. www.tejimandi.com to know more.
Get Ashwin back to ODI squad: Hogg
SYDNEY: Former Australia all-rounder Brad Hogg has called for Ashwin's
inclusion in India's ODI squad, saying the senior off-spinner is a wicket-taker
who also adds depth to batting.Replying to a tweet by a fan, Hogg said Ashwin
would be a great addition to Indian side in the 50-over format.

Indian team trains for final Test

Kohli is like modern day hero: Waugh
'Big guns go full MUMBAI

Australian great Steve

fascinated by how the lo-
cals celebrated the sport
of cricket." According to

throttle at nets'…
Waugh feels that Virat Waugh, his recent trip to
Kohli is like a "modern- places like the stadium in
day hero" who represents Dharamshala and Oval
the "new attitude of India" Maidan in Mumbai gave
of taking everything head him Memories of a life-
on with a mind set of time.
nothing is impossible.In a "My recent journey visit-
60-minute documentary ti- ing Taj Mahal, Chin-
tled, "Capturing Cricket: naswamy Stadium, the
Steve Waugh in India", the Maharajah Lakshmi Vilas
former Australia captain Palace, HPCA Stadium,
said that Kohli is loved by Oval Maidan, as well as lo-
the fans for his attitude of cations around Delhi and
not being intimidated by
an opposition.
"What they love about
Kohli is that it's like the
A ustralian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is chuffed
about playing alongside and learning from Virat
Kohli in the upcoming IPL, calling the Indian captain
and lifetime memories,"
he said.
"I am positive that when
new attitude of India, get "the pinnacle of the game" for his dominance across for- the fans in India watch the
stuck in, don't be intimi- mats."He's (Kohli) been the pinnacle of the game for a documentary, they will be
dated. Take everything on while as a multi-format player from Tests all the way to able to feel the very emo-
and anything is achiev- T20s."He's been able to adapt his game, dominate for a tion of the journey." The
able and possible. But he's long period of time and deal with the Indian pressure of documentary captures the
like the modern-day hero," being their captain and their best player," Maxwell added. very essence and undying
Waugh was quoted as say- love for the game in India
ing in a media release is- Waugh said he was al- brated cricket. through the lens of
sued here after the launch ways fascinated by how "Since, my first visit to Waugh and is brought by
of the documentary. the people in India cele- India in 1986, I was always discovery.

AHMEDABAD The three senior players drove, batsmen.They were also seen field-
pulled and flicked against the fast ing with Rahane, standing next to
Big guns Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma bowlers and spinners at the Rohit in the second slip position,
and Ajinkya Rahane went full throttle Narendra Modi Stadium here.Head taking a one-handed diving catch to
at the nets as the Indian cricket on coach Ravi Shastri was seen inter- his right.The Indian team had a full-
Monday trained in earnest for the acting with Rohit and Kohli before fledged practice session here on
upcoming fourth and final Test the two star batsmen sat together for Sunday as well.Leading 2-1 in the
against England.Captain Kohli, his a discussion. series, India will be without top
deputy Rahane and senior opener Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the final
Rohit were seen batting at the nets in seen rolling his arms over at the Test as he has been released from
a video posted by the BCCI on Twitter. nets against some of the world's best the squad.

Man U's title

bid drifts away All eyes on Chirag-Satwik
FP NEWS SERVICE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA whom she is likely to meet --
London Basel (Switzerland) to set up a semifinal face-off
with Sindhu.
Former champions' Man- Reigning world champion P Former world number one
chester United's bid to hit V Sindhu will be eager to re- Saina, who turns 31 this 'Paul Juda performs on the rings during the Winter Cup gymnastics competition, in Indianapolis. AP/PTI
the top met with yet another turn to the podium as for- month, is at the fag end of

Lukaku scores after 32 seconds Batsmen, bowlers

set back as they were held to mer winner Saina Nehwal an illustrious career, having
goalless encounter against looks to regain her touch in title before the COVID-19 slipped to 19 in the BWF
Chelsea at the Stamford the season-opening Swiss pandemic disruption. rankings but she still has
should earn on any
as Inter beats Genoa 3-0
Bridge, here on Sunday. Open tournament beginning The 25-year-old from Hy- the hunger to make it to an-
It was the fifth time United here on Tuesday. derabad, seeded second, will other Olympics.
has been held in the nine
Premier League matches
Indian men's singles play-
ers, too, have tasted success
look to go the distance again
as she opens her campaign
The London bronze medal-
list will hope to make a posi- MILAN
type of pitch: Parsana
since Ole Gunnar Solsk- in this tournament with against Turkey's Neslihan tive start when she opens AHMEDABAD
jaer's side went top 47 days Sameer Verma, HS Prannoy Yigit. Sindhu didn't have a against Thailand's Phittaya- Romelu Lukaku scored after
earlier. and Kidambi Srikanth good outing in the three porn Chaiwan, a former just 32 seconds and helped to Former India left-arm spin-
No wonder Solskjaer emerging victorious in 2018, events in Thailand recently world junior championships set up two goals as league ner Dhiraj Parsana, who
downplayed the elevated 2016 and 2015 respectively but the road to the quarterfi- bronze medallist. leader Inter Milan beat served as
status, even after the Jan. 12 and B Sai Praneeth finishing nal here looks smooth for the All eyes will also be on Genoa 3-0 in Serie A.Inter curator in
victory over Burnley gave runners-up in the last edi- Indian where she is likely to world number 10 men's dou- dominated but took until the Ahmed-
United a glimmer of hope of tion. confront fifth seed Thai Bu- bles pair of Satwiksairaj 69th minute to double its abad for 36
ending an eight-year title All four will be looking to sanan Ongbamrungphan, Rankireddy and Chirag lead, through Matteo Darmi- years
drought. With only three relive the moments and ex- an opponent she had beaten Shetty after their semifinal an. Substitute Alexis (1982-2018)
wins since then, United has tend India's good run at the at the Toyota Thailand Open finish at Toyota Thailand Sánchez sealed the win to says that
allowed Manchester City to USD 140,000 event which will in January. Open. ensure Antonio Conte's side an ideal
take control - with City also resume the extended Two-time former winner The Indian pair, seeded remained four points above pitch is
showing the attacking Olympic qualifying period. Saina, too, is in the same second, would look to second-place AC Milan, one where
strength completely lacking It was here at St. Jakob- half but the senior pro will stretch its good run, espe- which won 2-1 at Roma. you don't give anything to
in United's display at Stam- shalle venue that Olympic have to overcome players cially after a month-long It was Genoa's first league anyone for free and ensure
ford Bridge. "We were both silver medallist Sindhu had like Korea's sixth seed Sung training session under new defeat since early January that both batsmen and
quite sort of safe," United claimed the world champi- Ji Hyun and fourth seeded doubles coach Mathias Boe and left it 13th, eight points
MILAN WINS bowlers earn their runs
defender Luke Shaw said. onship gold in 2019, her last Danish Mia Blichfeldt -- of Denmark. above the drop zone.
Inter was bidding for a M ilan kept up the pressure on city rival Inter despite
having goals ruled out and hitting the wood-
and wickets, respectively.
"You don't give anything
Deactivating my
fifth straight league win and work.Fikayo Tomori and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both had to anyone. They should
it got off to the perfect start goals ruled out for offside for Milan and Simon Kjær hit earn -- runs as batsmen,

Sindhu, Saina may

when Nicolò Barella sent a the crossbar before the visitors broke the deadlock wickets as bowlers. I used
social media handles ball through to Lukaku, who
played a quick one-two with
three minutes from halftime when Franck Kessié con-
verted a penalty after Federico Fazio had fouled Davide
to think on these lines and
would not listen. I don't
till Olympics: Bajrang Lautaro Martínez before Calabria. Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a goal ruled out for want to compare with what

face off in semis

drilling into the bottom left Roma, which leveled five minutes after the break is going on at present. But
NEW DELHI: Olympic- corner. thanks to Jordan Veretout's curled effort. that is how I would try and
bound star Indian grap- The Nerazzurri wasted a prepare the pitch," said
pler Bajrang Punia on number of chances and drew defenders toward him ward immediately scored Parsana. The pitches for
Monday announced he Barella also hit a long-range before setting up an un- as he turned in the rebound the second and third Tests
will be deactivating all his stunner off the crossbar in marked Darmian. after Genoa goalkeeper have come under limelight
social media accounts un- the 17th.Inter finally dou- Sánchez was brought on Mattia Perin parried for giving spinners too
til the Games in Tokyo bled its lead when Lukaku in the 76th and the Inter for- Lukaku's effort. much help.
this July-August.One of
India's biggest medal
hopes at the Olympics, Ba-
jrang took to Twitter to
announce the decision.
I'd rather miss Olympics than take vaccine: Blake
"I will be shutting all my KINGSTON: Jamaica's Blake, 31, was quoted as say-
social media handles start- two-time Olympic gold ing in Jamaican newspaper
ing from today. Now I will medallist sprinter Yohan The Gleaner.
meet all of you after the Blake said that he would "I don't really want to get
Olympics.... I hope you rather not participate in the into it now, but I have my
will continue to shower Tokyo Olympics than take a reasons," he said.The Tokyo
me with your love..... Jai vaccine for Covid-19. The In- Olympics is expected to be
Hind," he tweeted in hin- ternational Olympic Com- Blake's final Games. A se-
di.Bajrang, who had quali- mittee (IOC) has "encour- ries of eight athletics meets
fied for the Olympics after aged" all athletes travelling were organised in Jamaica
earning a quota at the 2019 for the Games to take a vac- on Saturday, marking the re-
World Championships, re- cine but it is not compulso- turn of sports events in the
cently returned from USA ry."My mind still stays Caribbean island nation af-
BASEL (SWITZERLAND) the extended Olympic en at the Toyota Thailand after attending a one- strong, I don't want any vac- ter they were paused due to
qualifying period.It was Open in January.Two- month training camp at cine, I'd rather miss the the pandemic. Blake himself
Reigning world champion here at St. Jakobshalle time former winner Cliff Keen Wrestling Club Olympics than take the vac- was speaking after partici-
P V Sindhu will be eager venue that Olympic silver Saina, too, is in the same in Michigan. The 27-year- cine, I am not taking it," pating in one of the meets.
to return to the podium medallist Sindhu had half but the senior pro old will be seen in action
as former winner Saina claimed the world cham- will have to overcome in the UWW ranking se-

Vijender's next bout in Goa on Mar 19

Nehwal looks to regain pionship gold in 2019, her players like Korea's sixth ries event -- Matteo Pelli-
her touch in the season- last title before the seed Sung Ji Hyun and cone in Italy from Thurs-
opening Swiss Open tour- COVID-19 pandemic dis- fourth seeded Danish Mia day.
nament beginning here ruption. Blichfeldt -- whom she is
on Tuesday. The 25-year-old from likely to meet -- to set up a NEW DELHI his return to the ring on March 19
Indian men's singles Hyderabad, seeded sec- semifinal face-off with and this time he will be exchanging
players, too, have tasted ond, will look to go the Sindhu. Olympic bronze medallist boxer fists in Vegas-style boxing on the
success in this tourna- distance again as she All eyes will also be on Vijender Singh's next bout will Majestic Pride Casino Ship in Goa.
ment with Sameer Ver- opens her campaign world number 10 men's take place on the rooftop of a casi- The first-of-its-kind fight will be held
ma, HS Prannoy and Ki- against Turkey's Nesli- doubles pair of Satwik- no ship docked in the Mandovi riv- on the rooftop deck of the Majestic
dambi Srikanth emerg- han Yigit. sairaj Rankireddy and er in Goa on March 19. His oppo- Pride Casino Ship, which has been
ing victorious in 2018, Sindhu didn't have a Chirag Shetty after their nent is, however, yet to be re- roped in as the venue partner," said
2016 and 2015 respectively good outing in the three semifinal finish at Toyota vealed.The 2008 Olympic mid- IoS Boxing Promotions in the state-
and B Sai Praneeth fin- events in Thailand re- Thailand Open.The Indi- dleweight bronze medal winner ment. Vijender said he is looking for-
ishing runners-up in the cently but the road to the an pair, seeded second, will fight on the rooftop of the Ma- ward to the bout. His previous pro
last edition. quarterfinal here looks would look to stretch its jestic Pride Casino Ship docked in bout was in November 2019."I am re-
All four will be looking smooth for the Indian good run, especially after the Mandovi river, his promoters ally excited to return to the ring. It
to relive the moments and where she is likely to con- a month-long training said in a statement on Monday. excites me more to have my fight set-
extend India's good run at front fifth seed Thai Bu- session under new dou- However, the 35-year-old boxer's op- up on a ship. It is something that has
the USD 140,000 event sanan Ongbamrungphan, bles coach Mathias Boe of ponent will be announced later. never happened before in India and I
which will also resume an opponent she had beat- Denmark. "Undefeated professional boxing am glad to be part of this unique
star Vijender Singh is set to make professional match.

Mumbai humble
FP NEWS SERVICE have now been taken out of

Mumbai their comfort zone at pres-
ent and they have got to find
There is nothing new about ways and means to cope
the past and the present with what they are going to
English cricketers moaning encounter. "Spin is also a

and groaning about the part of the game, this is
spin-friendly wickets. what a Test match brings.
They are not prepared to The Indian pacers have
meet the challenge, says the been brilliant over the past
legends in the nutshell few years in terms of sub-

about the recent cry over stance, the wicket-taking
the Motera wickets on ability and stuff like that."
which the third Test match The legend urged the Eng-
between India and England lish team to work harder
was over in less than two and face the challenge res-

The severe criticism came

from former England cap-
tains like Michael Vaughan ut now you've
and a section of the British seen the other
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA wicket as Mumbai got off to
All the chatter has not
side, and this is
Jaipur a horrendous start. gone down well with why I think it was
It soon became 49 for four, Richards, whose incredible given the name Test
Domestic giants Mumbai after Sarfaraz Khan (11) range of strokes and fear-
trounced Himachal failed to convert his start. less approach to the game The legend feels that India have match cricket,
Pradesh by 200 runs in Then began the rescue act terrorised the best of pushed England out of their comfort because of the test
their final Elite Group D with the prolific Suryaku- bowlers in his prime in
game here on Monday to re- mar, who toyed with the Hi- every corner of the cricket- zone, weeks after the visitors started of the mind and will
main unbeaten in the machal attack, striking 15 ing world. the series with a big win and everything else
league stage of the Vijay boundaries on his way to a "I've been asked questions
Hazare Trophy. 75-ball 91. recently about the Test that goes with it
Mumbai had won their He found an able ally in match that was played in In- when you're
first four matches against
Delhi, Maharashtra,
the experienced Tare (83 off
98 balls; 6x4; 1x6) who
dia, the second and third
Test match against Eng-
Puducherry and Ra- played the perfect second land.
jasthan. Opting to bat at the fiddle as the duo forged a 99- "And I am a little confused who are moaning, in my has mostly been about tack- Test match cricket, because "People seem to forget that olutely.
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, run fifth wicket stand to about the question really opinion, should realise that ling quality spinners and of the test of the mind and if you're going to India, you "...now that you're in In-
Mumbai posted an impos- rally the innings. because there seems to be a there are times that you're that England may not have will and everything else should expect that. You are dia, you are going to en-
ing 321 for nine, courtesy After Suryakumar fell in lot of moaning and groan- going to get a seaming done their homework prop- that goes with it when going to spin land. You counter things and have got
Shardul Thakur's 92, the 31st over, Tare and ing about the wicket that track, a ball that is jumping erly ahead of the tour. you're competing. should prepare yourself to to find a way. You're going to
Suryakumar Yadav's 91 and Shardul added 112 runs for they were playing on," off a good length and every- Weighing in on the debate, "And the complaints have know what you're going to get dirty. There is nothing
Aditya Tare's 83 after a top- the sixth wicket, as they Richards said in a video one thinks that's a problem the batting great said, "... been that the wicket is spin- encounter." in the rule book that says
order failure. Himachal tackled the Himachal attack posted on his Facebook for batters," he reasoned. But now you've seen the ning too much and all that "Ever since that first Test I've got to score my runs in
were then bundled out for a with ease. page. The 68-year-old pointed other side, and this is why I sorts of stuff. This is anoth- match, England were in pretty, classical ways," he
meagre 121, with leg-spin- Shardul, one of the he- "I just felt that the ones out that playing in India think it was given the name er side of the coin guys. their comfort zone. They said.
ner Prashant Solanki (4-31) roes of the Brisbane Test
shining with the ball. against Australia, ham-
Mumbai were teetering at mered six boundaries and

Shaw to lead Mumbai in Hazare knockouts

eight for three after losing as many sixes, as he can- The Squad: Prithvi Shaw (captain),
openers Yashasvi Jaiswal tered to 92 in just 57 balls. Yashaswi Jaiswal, Akhil Herwadkar, Sid-
(2), Prithvi Shaw (2) and Brief Scores dhesh Lad, Dhaval Kulkarni, Sarfaraz Khan,
Shreyas Iyer (2) cheaply. Mumbai 321-9 (Sl Thakur 92, S FP NEWS SERVICE / Mumbai Shreyas Iyer, prolific Suryakumar Yadav and rounder Shivam Dube. The bowling attack Aditya Tare, Chinmay Sutar, Hardik Tamore,
While Jaiswal was caught Yadav 91, A Tare 83; R Dhawan In absence of three main players, Prithivi pacer Shardul Thakur, who will be away on will be led by experienced speedster Dhawal Shivam Dube, Aakash Parkar, Atif Attar-
by Praveen Thakur off 4/84, P Jaswal 3/65) beat Shaw has been handed the skipper's baton of national duty. Apart from Shaw, the Mumbai Kulkarni and comprises pacers Tushar wala, Shams Mulani, Atharva Ankolekar,
Rishi Dhawan (4-84), Shaw the 22-member Mumbai squad for the knock- batting line up has young opener Yashasvi Deshpande and Aakash Parkar, spinners
holed out to Mayank Dagar
Himachal Pradesh 121 (M out phase of the Vijay Hazare Trophy na- Jaiswal, crisis man Siddhesh Lad, experi- Prashant Solanki, Atharva Ankolekar and
Sairaj Patil, Sujit Nayak, Tanush Kotian,
Dagar 38 not out, P Solanki Prashant Solanki, Aman Khan, Tushar Desh-
off Vaibhav Arora. Dhawan tional 50-over championship. Mumbai will enced wicket-keeper batsman Aditya Tare, Shams Mulani. The knock-outs, which will pande, Siddharth Raut and Mohit Awasthi.
trapped Iyer in front of 4/31, S Mulani 3/42) not have the services of regular skipper Akhil Herwadkar, Sarfaraz Khan and all- be played in New Delhi from March 7.

Best Player Award in Balaji
Army Red, Pune win basketball tourney
ciary. One cannot blame the Maharashtra girl entirely
for her loss. Luck was also on the Haryana girl’s side at
crucial junctures, who raced into a comfortable lead. But
the story is not how she won in the end. It’s about how Ta-
cup badminton tourney
neesha found her rhythm in the fourth game and played In the first Balaji Cup
brilliantly from thereon. Indore district sub Jun-
She relied on the backhand, her strength. It worked ior ranking badminton
well, and when employed with the occasional topspin event organized under
forehand, she had a complete potent mixture. Suhana the joint aegis of Indore
was forced into errors and kept slipping away from her district badminton asso-
commanding position. The Haryana girl came into her- ciation and Balaji Bad-
self in the decisive game to sew it up nicely. minton Academy, players
In the second semifinal, Sayali Wani continued to sur- will be given trophy and
prise when she knocked out defending champion and prizes from semi-finals
statemate Pritha Vartikar 4-0. Equally surprising was stage. IDBA Secretary
the way Pritha went down without a fight. Pritha never RP Singh Nayyar and
went all out, making Sayali’s plans do the rest. Deepali Khamrola said

A rmy Red, Pune defeated Punjab

Police to bag the title of all-In-
dia Invitational Shanky Hardia Me-
Red. At the same time, the top scor-
er of the final was Gurandir Singh
of Punjab. He also collected 21
NBA Secretary Laxmikant Patel,
Prof. SK Bundy, Sunil Hardia, Vin-
od Nair, Jitendra Mishra, Sandeep
M. Hansini, who faltered in the semi-final at Dharam-
that in the competition
being held at Balaji Bad-
minton Academy in Ni-
morial basketball championship points for his team. Bhandari, Kuldeep Hardia and sala, could not be denied her Cadet Girls title this time. pania from 4 to 7 March,
concluded at Basketbal Complex on Third place Indian Air Force de- Ajay Kher. Hardia accepted the vote She beat her Tamil Nadu rival, Ananya Muralidharan, 4- 11, 13 and 15 years boys
Monday. Indian Air Force secured feated Income Tax Delhi by 97- of thanks. Before startting the fi- 2. What stood out on the day was Hansini’s better read- and girls will compete in
the third position. 80.The awards were distributed un- nal, a beautiful cultural pro- ing of the situation. On the other hand, Ananya relied singles and doubles. The
The finals of this event played in der the hospitality of BSF Inspector gramme was also organized. The too much on her backhand blocks and drives. Rarely did best player will be also
a very exciting way. Punjab police General Ashok Kumar Yadav, MLA winning team was awarded a prize she employ her forehand while Hansini was adept at do- awarded. A welcome
were ahead till half time but Army Siddharth Kushwaha and Jai of 51 thousand rupees and an at- ing both. Her topspin forehand winners often fetched re- lunch has been kept for
Red won the match 79-72. Thanks to Hardia. To guests, emblem were tractive trophy. The runners-up wards, paving the way whenever in trouble..The chief players and their par-
21 points from Gopal Ram and 16 present by M.P. Basketball Associa- were given a prize of Rs. 31 thou- guest of the prize distribution was Indore Collector Man- ents. Competition Secre-
points from Mayur Bhatt. The top tion President Kulwinder Singh sand followed by third-placed team ish Singh and Om Soni, TTFI , Vice President.On this oc- tary Subhash Khamrola
scorer was Jitender Singh of Army Gill, Secretary Avinash Anand, Rs 21 thousand. casion, Jayesh Acharya, Pramod Gangrade, Rinku said that along with the
Achara and Neelesh Viad were also present. The func- prize from the semi-fi-
Sayali stands out in her tion was conducted by Gourav Patel.
nals, an attractive run-
ning cup has also been
Sub-Junior title win Cadet Girls: Final: M. Hansini (TNTTA) bt Ananya
placed, which will be giv-
en to those player who
Fifteen-year-old Sayali Wani of Maharashtra had no bag- Muralidharan (TTTA) 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9. has won three times in a row. National Badminton Ref-
gage of the past. Nor did she fear her opponent’s reputa- Semi-finals: M. Hansini bt Sanchari Chakrabarty eree Dharmesh Yashleha will be the main judge of the
tion in the sub-junior girls final. With excellent cross- (Ben) 11-7, 12-10, 13-11, 11-4, Ananya Muralidharan bt Pr- event. Entries can be given to Prashant Upadhyay and
court topspin counters and loads of confidence, she out- isha Goel (Del) 11-5, 8-11, 6-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-5. Dharmesh Yashlha by 2 March evening. Entry will be ac-
witted Haryana’s Suhana Saini to win the crown 4-3 in Sub-Junior Girls: Final: Sayali Wani (Mah) bt cepted with the name of the pair in the doubles. The
the UTT 82nd Cadet & Sub-Junior National Table Tennis Suhana Saini (Har) 11-8, 7-11, 14-12, 5-11, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10. matches will be played on 4 courts. This is the second sub
Championships at the Abhay Prashal here on Monday. Semi-finals: Suhana Saini bt Taneesha Kotecha (Mah) junior ranking badminton event of the season.
Top-seeded Suhana led 3-2 but goofed it up in the crucial 11-6, 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 5-11, 14-16, 11-6, Sayali Wani bt Pritha
A state level men and women kushti championship started at Patnipura sixth game, allowing her Nasik rival to inch her way up Vartikar (Mah) 11-7, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6.
situated Chandrapal Guru Vyayamsala on Monday PHOTO- ANAND SHIVRE the ladder. When Sayali won the game to level the score,
Z Black MP Golf tournament
it was anybody’s match from thereon. The credit must go
Mantra, Anuj, Gauri, Adityam Pyush, Ranbahadur,
Adivasi Academy in next round to the 10th standard girl, who courageously saved a
Priyanka, Sonam win titles
match point at 9-10. And when she made it 10-all, she
grabbed the first chance to go 11-10 up and finish the
are district champions
game and match in style. Letting the unseeded Sayali Ayush Yadav, Ranbahadur Sahi, Priyanka Palkar and
take three points on the trot cost Suhana, not just the ti- Sonam Keer won titles in their respective categories of
tle but also Rs. 33,000 in prize money. Suhana had to sat- the Z Black open golf tournament played at Royal Garha
isfy herself with the runner-up trophy and Rs. 16,500. Golf Course.
CONTRASTING WINS In the two- day tournament, Ayush Yadav won the title
in best grass score followed by runners-up Lt Col JP
From 1-5, 4-6, 8-10 down in the sixth game, and then claw Singh. In the net score category, Ranbahadur Sahi get
your way back to make a match of it needs extraordinary winner trophy, followed by Brigadier Rohit Dutta run-
courage. And Taneesha Kotecha showed it all on the ners-up. . In women’s category, Priyanka Palkar won ti-
table, first when 0-3 down and then during the sixth tle, while Sonam Keer clinched girls category trophy. Dr
game. Eventually, she won 16-14 on the fourth game point Nirbhay Shrivastva won the close to pin trophy. Prizes
to go level to give her a fair bit of chance in the decider. were given away by Ankit Agarwal, Director of Red
However, she failed to raise and lost her grip over the Black Agarbatti. On this occasion, Siddarthsingh Garha,
Adivasi Academy defeated Sunrise Football Club 5-3 in game, falling into the trap of Suhana, the ultimate win- Indore district sub-junior and junior ranking badminton MD of Royal Garha Golf Course and Arjun Dhupar, Sec-
penalty shootout and entered the next round of Maharishi ner who missed three match points. A few topspin fore- competition was concluded at Indore Badminton Club on retary of MP Golf Association along with distinguish
Valmiki Gold Cup organized by Ajax Football Club being hands of Taneesha went flat, leaving Suhana the benefi- Monday. In the Under-15, 17 and 19 categories, the singles dignitaries were present.
played at Nehru Stadium on Monday. Both the teams were and doubles matches of boys and girls were played in
unable to score until the scheduled time and in the penal- which, Mantra Soneja, Anuj Kale, Adityam Joshi, Gauri
ty shootout Adivasi Academy won the match 5–3. The sec- Chitte won the titles. The prize distribution ceremony
ond match in the competition was played in the girls’ class was held in the presence of Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Chief
between Day Boarding Indore and Adivasi Club, in which Coach of Gopichand Academy Gwalior and Regional Of-
the Day Boarding Indore team won by 3 goals. Herer Pa- ficer of Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board RK
tel scored 2, while Sanskriti Sharma scored 1 goal. Before Gupta.
the inauguration, the portrait of Maharishi Valmiki was Retired Additional SP RK Upadhyay, Director of Indore
garlanded. The tournament was inaugurated by Gajendra Badminton Club Mukesh Maheshwari, International
Patel MP Khargone, B.K. Chauhan, SR Baghel, Mahesh Badminton player Shreyanshi Pardeshi and secretary of
Virolia, K Sanani , Virendra Baghel, DK Chauhan SR Indore district badminton association Kamal Kasturi
Baghel and Mahesh Birolia. The guests were welcomed were also present. The programme was presided over by
by Karan Bhagat, Dharmendra Khare, Ajay Mehra, Dr. academy director Malhari Kale. Badminton Chhindwara
Pradeep Chauhan, Prashant Indurkar , Satish Rewal, Ra- secretary Javed Khan, Jeevan Kale, Amit Kulkarni, Amit
machandra Chauhan and Ramesh Jhirwar. Alankar Saxena and Deepak Yadav were also present on the oc-
Raikwar conducted the programme . casion.
Google Chrome to increase browser security
SAN FRANCISCO: Google’s Chrome browser will soon try to use (URL) bar – Chrome will load the typed link, regardless of protocol.
HTTPS as default when users forget to type the HTTP or HTTPS prefix. But if users do not add the protocol, Chrome will add the prefix
The move is in line with Chrome engineers efforts to increase browser “http://” and attempt to load the domain via HTTP. According to

safety. These HTTPS-first changes will arrive in Chrome 90, scheduled Chrome security engineer Emily Stark, this will change in Chrome 90.
to be released in mid-April this year, ZDNet reported last week. At Starting with v90, Chrome will try to open the site via “https://” when
present, when a user types a link in the Omnibox - Chrome address users leave out the prefix when typing a URL. –IANS

Eating 5 servings of Indians meditate in

pursuit of happiness,
fruits, veggies a day peace and growth: Survey
linked to longer life
New Delhi

hat makes Indians
meditate? Accord-
ing to a recent sur-
According to a study, following the ‘5-a-day’ rule i.e., two fruits and three vegetables may protect you from vey by meditation and mind-
fulness app ThinkRight.me,
the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. It lowers death risk by 13 per cent it is the pursuit of happi-
AGENCIES er risk of death from respiratory data from two studies including ship journal Circulation. ness, peace, and personal
New York disease, such as chronic obstruc- more than 100,000 adults who were Not all foods that one might con- growth that keeps most Indi-
tive pulmonary disease (COPD). followed for up to 30 years. For this sider to be fruits and vegetables of- ans going in the meditation

f you are scouting for a magic The study identifies an optimal analysis, researchers also pooled fered the same benefits. For exam- sphere.
potion to live a longer and intake level of fruits and vegetables data on fruit and vegetable intake ple: Starchy vegetables, such as Spanning 1,000 individuals
healthy life, try five daily serv- and supports the evidence-based, and death from 26 studies that in- peas and corn, fruit juices and po- between the age group of 18
ings of fruits and vegetables, in succinct public health message of cluded about 1.9 million partici- tatoes were not associated with re- to 60 years, across Mumbai,
which two are fruits and three are ‘5-a-day,’ meaning people should pants from 29 countries and terri- duced risk of death from all causes Delhi, Bengaluru, and Pune,
vegetables, according to new re- ideally consume five servings of tories in North and South Ameri- or specific chronic diseases. the survey also cites stress
search that combed through stud- fruit and vegetable each day. ca, Europe, Asia, Africa and Aus- On the other hand, green leafy management and better
ies representing nearly 2 million “While groups like the American tralia. vegetables, including spinach, let- sleep as other key areas
adults globally. Heart Association recommend four Analysis of all studies revealed tuce and kale, and fruit and vegeta- where meditation has growth, while Punekars and proposition. With time, we
Compared to those who con- to five servings each of fruits and that intake of about five servings of bles rich in beta carotene and vita- helped individuals. From an people in Bengaluru are in also hope more people take
sumed two servings of fruit and vegetables daily, consumers likely fruits and vegetables daily was as- min C, such as citrus fruits, berries app data perspective, almost search of peace and happi- to meditation and a more
vegetables per day, participants get inconsistent messages about sociated with the lowest risk of and carrots, showed benefits. 40 per cent of the users of ness. mindful way of life so collec-
who consumed five servings a day what defines optimal daily intake death. “Eating more than five serv- “Our analysis in the two cohorts ThinkRight.me meditated Delhiites turn to medita- tively there's a positive
of fruits and vegetable had a 13 per of fruits and vegetables such as the ings was not associated with addi- of US men and women yielded re- daily in 2020, spending a to- tion for better sleep and change in people's overall
cent lower risk of death from all recommended amount, and which tional benefit. Eating about two sults similar to those from 26 co- tal of 2.64 billion minutes on stress management. mental and emotional
causes; a 12 per cent lower risk of foods to include and avoid,” said servings daily of fruits and three horts around the world, which sup- the app in the entire year. As per Rajan Navani, Vice- well-being.”
death from cardiovascular disease, lead study author Dong D Wang, a servings daily of vegetables was as- ports the biological plausibility of The survey also revealed Chairman and Managing Di- The onset of 2020 brought
including heart disease and stroke; member of the medical faculty at sociated with the greatest longevi- our findings and suggests these how meditation helps differ- rector of JetSynthesys, the with it Covid-19, a global
a 10 per cent lower risk of death Harvard Medical School. ty,” said the study that appeared in findings can be applied to broader ent age groups differently. company which owns the pandemic which has been
from cancer; and a 35 per cent low- Wang and colleagues analysed American Heart Association's flag- populations,” Wang said. — IANS The peace and happiness app, “India often tops the harsh on most individuals
tops the charts across all age charts when it comes to stud- and the app data is proof of
groups – and goes up as one ies on stress and anxiety. We that reality.

New AI tool brings old photos to life

grows older, as one in two launched ThinkRight.me According to this platform
people aged between 36-45 two years back to make the with over 2 million down-
years meditate for peace and benefits of meditation acces- loads, the maximum traffic
happiness compared to 1 in 5 sible to all. We are big believ- seen on the app was during
among the 18-25 age group. ers of the power of thinking the months of April 2020 to
The age bracket of 18-25 right, therefore the name, June 2020, during the Covid-
AGENCIES day. In its FAQ page, the com- a short video that people can years and 46-55 years showed because our thoughts do 19 induced lockdown, with
San Francisco pany said that the technolo- share with your friends and similar patterns; the quest guide how our day and life daily active users increasing
gy for animating photos was family. for peace and happiness was pan out. All the daily affir- by 50 per cent coupled with a

hat if you could licensed by MyHeritage “The driver guides the followed by better sleep, per- mations and guided medita- significant increase in sub-
make your late from D-ID, a company spe- movements in the animation sonal growth, and stress tion sessions on scriptions too. The daily pos-
grandfather in an cialising in video re-enact- so you can see your ances- management, in that or- ThinkRight.me are born out itive affirmations followed
old photo look up and smile ment using deep learning. tors smile, blink, and turn der.When it comes to city- of this core belief, and we by guided meditation offer-
at you? This and numerous MyHeritage integrated their heads. This really specific analysis, most hope to use these survey ings top the charts for what
other possibilities have in- this technology to animate brings your photos to life,” women in Mumbai meditate findings to make TRM an helped app users the most in
trigued social media users the faces in historical photos MyHeritage said. to seek peace and personal even more compelling 2020. –IANS
after discovering an Artifi- and create high-quality, real- Twitterati is using the pro-
cial Intelligence (AI)-pow- istic video footage. gramme to generate memes
ered service called Deep The company said that the of all kinds with some even
Nostalgia that animates the
faces in still photos.
Offered by online genealo-
Deep Nostalgia feature uses
several drivers prepared by
MyHeritage. Each driver is a
applying the tool to animate
ancient statues.
MyHeritage said that “pho-
NASA astronauts complete
7 hour-long spacewalk
gy company MyHeritage, video consisting of a fixed tos uploaded without com-
the Deep Nostalgia service sequence of movements and pleting signup are automati-
helps users create the effect gestures. cally deleted to protect your
that a still photo is moving, It applies the drivers to a privacy.”
The Verge reported on Sun- face in a still photo, creating —IANS AGENCIES / Washington

Gene editing useful in climate I

n the third spacewalk
Amazing Ayurveda of the year outside the
International Space
Station, NASA astronauts
Shaktivardhika Vati Skwith Malham
proofing global food supplies
Kate Rubins and Victor
Glover concluded their
Key property: It wards off Key property: This spacewalk after 7 hours
weakness. It is effective ayurvedic formulation is and 4 minutes.
against gonorrhea and effective against skin AGENCIES/ Washington this with unprecedented safe- too long for breeders to detect The two NASA astro-
can help treat premature problems like itching, ty, precision and speed,” Dr and make that genetic diver- nauts began work on Mon-

ejaculation. boils, warts etc. It he findings of a recent Massel said. sity available to farmers, with day to install modification
Ingredient: Shyam can also provide study by scientists “This type of gene editing a breeding cycle averaging kits required for the up-
musli, Shakakul relief against from The University of mimics the way cells repair about 15 years for cereal coming solar array up-
mishri (Trachy- constipa- Queensland suggests that in nature.” Her review rec- crops. “Plus CRISPR allows grades, the US space
dium lehman- tion. gene-editing technology is go- ommended integrating us to do things we can't do agency said in a blog post.
ni), traga- Ingredient: ing to play a vital role in cli- CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing through conventional breed- The duo worked near the configuration. port hardware and se-
canth gum, Vaseline, mate-proofing future crops in into modern breeding pro- ing in terms of generating farthest set of existing so- The bolt likely will need cured it to the space sta-
pellitory, borax, cop- order to protect global food grams for crop improvement novel diversity and improv- lar arrays on the station’s to be secured further be- tion’s exterior structure
Colchicum lu- per sul- supplies. in cereals. Energy-rich cereal ing breeding for desirable left side, known as P6. fore installing one of the until work can be complet-
teum, ashwa- phate and Biotechnologist Dr Karen crops such as wheat, rice, traits. Glover built a bracket new solar arrays that will ed on the next spacewalk
gandha, Pistacia tankan Massel from UQ’s Centre for maize and sorghum provide In proof-of-concept studies, structure and worked with be delivered to the space on March 5.
lentiscus, mandur bhasma. Crop Science has published a two-thirds of the world’s food Dr Massel and colleagues at Rubins to attach the station later this year During the spacewalk on
bhasm, agar, gooseber- Quantity: As per re- review of gene editing tech- energy intake. the Queensland Alliance for bracket and support struts aboard SpaceX’s 22nd March 5, Rubins and
ry and sangayashava. quirement or directed by nologies such as CRISPR- “Just 15 plant crops provide Agriculture and Food Inno- to the mast canister, the commercial resupply serv- Japan Aerospace Explo-
Quantity: 1 to 2 tablets. the physician. Cas9 to safeguard food securi- 90 per cent of the world’s food vation (QAAFI) applied gene- base, of one of the P6 solar ices mission, NASA said. ration Agency (JAXA) as-
Should be taken twice a ty in farming systems under calories,” Dr Massel said. “It’s editing technology to arrays, known as 2B. Rubins and Glover then tronaut Soichi Noguchi
day with milk. Or as di- (To know more about Shri Mohta stress from extreme and vari- a race between a changing cli- sorghum and barley pre- One of the bolts did not moved to begin identical will venture outside the
rected by the physician. Ayurvedic Rasayanshala,
able climate conditions. mate and plant breeders’ abil- breeding programs. “In fully engage on the first at- assembly work for the orbiting outpost to com-
call: 0151-2523227/ or reach at
mohtarasayanshala@gmail.com) “Farmers have been manip- ity to produce crops with ge- sorghum, we edited the tempt, so Rubins used a bracket for the second of plete the installation of
ulating the DNA of plants us- netic resilience that grow plant's genes to unlock the di- power drill to back it out the P6 solar array pair, the 4B array modification
Disclaimer: The description of the above-mentioned ing conventional breeding well in adverse conditions gestibility level of the avail- and reseat it, then used a known as 4B. kit and are expected to
products is an excerpt from a booklet, Sankshipt technologies for millennia, and have enriched able protein and to boost its ratchet wrench to tighten They completed the con- tackle additional work,
Aushad Parichay Patrak. Please consult your doctor/ or and now with new gene-edit- nutritional qualities. nutritional value for humans the bolt, reaching a safe struction of upper sup- NASA said. — IANS
contact the clinic before taking them. ing technologies, we can do The problem is that it takes and livestock,” she said. –ANI

Sleep apnea could be Coronavirus antibodies transferred

linked to memory issues from pregnant ladies to their infants
AGENCIES / Toronto

disorder called obstructive sleep apnea AGENCIES study’s senior author. the virus and all were COVID nega-
that occurs when breathing is repeat- Washington Dr Yang and her team analysed tive at the time of birth, further in-
edly interrupted during sleep is com- blood samples from 88 women who dicating that the antibodies had

mon in people with thinking and memory study drove by the ‘American gave birth at New York-Presbyteri- crossed the placenta – the organ that
problems, says a new study. The risk of cogni- Journal of Obstetrics and Gy- an/Weill Cornell Medical Center be- provides oxygen and nutrients to a
tive impairment increases as people age. necology’ discovered that the tween March and May 2020, a time growing baby during pregnancy –
“Better sleep is beneficial to the brain and antibodies that help in guarding when New York City was the global Into the foetal bloodstream.
can improve cognitive skills. Yet in our study, against the COVID-19 infection are epicentre of the pandemic. Newborns with symptomatic
we found that over half of the people with Neurology's annual meeting scheduled to be transferred from mothers to their All of the women had COVID-19 an- mothers also had higher antibody
cognitive impairment had obstructive sleep held virtually from April 17 to 22. babies while in the womb. tibodies in their blood, indicating levels than those whose mothers had
apnea,” said study author Mark Boulos of In addition, researchers found that the This discovery adds to growing ev- that they had contracted the virus at no COVID symptoms.
the University of Toronto in Canada. severity of obstructive sleep apnea corre- idence that suggests that pregnant some point even though 58 per cent This data implies that pregnant
“We also found that those with the sleep sponded with the degree of cognitive impair- women who generate protective an- of those women had no symptoms. women could pass along vaccine-
disorder had lower scores on thinking and ment as well as the quality of sleep for par- tibodies after contracting the coron- Furthermore, while antibodies generated antibodies in the same
memory tests. Fully understanding how ob- ticipants, including sleep time, how quickly avirus often convey some of that nat- were detected in both symptomatic way, potentially shielding both moth-
structive sleep apnea affects this population they fell asleep, the efficiency of their sleep ural immunity to their fetuses. and asymptomatic women, the re- er and child from future infection.
is important because with treatment, there and how often they awoke at night. “People The findings also lend support to searchers observed that the concen- However, it is not yet known exactly
is potential to improve thinking and memo- with cognitive impairment should be as- the idea that vaccinating mothers-to- tration of antibodies was signifi- how protective these antibodies
ry skills as well as overall quality of life.” sessed for obstructive sleep apnea because it be may also have benefits for their cantly higher in symptomatic might be, or how long that protection
The study involved 67 people with an average can be treated by using a continuous positive new-borns. women. might last.
age of 73 who had cognitive impairment. Par- airway pressure (CPAP) machine that helps “Since we can now say that the an- They also found that the general Dr Laura Riley, chair of the De-
ticipants completed questionnaires on sleep, keep the airway open at night,” said Boulos. tibodies pregnant women make pattern of antibody response was partment of Obstetrics and Gynecol-
cognition and mood. They also took a 30-point “However, not everyone who tries CPAP against COVID-19 have been shown similar to the response seen in other ogy at Weill Cornell Medicine, obste-
cognitive assessment to determine their level chooses to regularly use the therapy, and this to be passed down to their babies, we patients, confirming that pregnant trician and gynaecologist-in-chief at
of cognitive impairment. Researchers found may be a bigger challenge to people with suspect that there's a good chance women have the same kind of im- NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cor-
that 52 per cent of study participants had ob- thinking and memory problems.” “Future they could pass down the antibodies mune response to the virus as the In addition, the vast majority of nell, and one of the study's co-au-
structive sleep apnea. People with the sleep research should be directed toward deter- the body makes after being vaccinat- larger patient population--some- the babies born to these women –78 thors, is still advising pregnant pa-
disorder were 60 per cent more likely to score mining ways to diagnose and manage the ed as well,” said Dr Yawei Jenny thing that hadn’t previously been per cent – had detectable antibodies tients who decide to get vaccinated
lower on the cognitive test than people who did disease that are efficient and easy to use in Yang, an assistant professor of known for sure since a woman's im- in their umbilical cord blood. There to continue to follow current safety
not have sleep apnea, according to the study to people with cognitive impairment,” Boulos pathology and laboratory medicine mune system changes throughout was no evidence that any of the in- guidelines to prevent the spread of
be presented at the American Academy of said. — IANS at Weill Cornell Medicine and the pregnancy. fants had been directly infected with the disease. — ANI
Kim, Kanye’s
ocialite Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West are going through a divorce and their papers

S have reportedly revealed why the two have ended their marriage. “Irreconcilable differences”
has been cited as the reason behind the reason in the divorce papers. The documents,
divorce papers obtained by thesun.co.uk, show that the divorce has been filed by Kim and Kanye is
mentioned as the respondent. The latter has been very cooperative with the divorce proceedings.

reveal details However, the date of separation has yet not been finalised by the court. Papers also revealed that Kim

has filed for the physical custody of their four children - North, seven, Saint, five, Chicago, three and
one-year-old Psalm. The duo got married in 2014. –IANS


Bollywood Bytes

Nationalism is not all black Alia Bhatt launches

production house

and white: Sumeet Vyas B

star Alia
Bhatt on
announced the
launch of her
production house
The actor reveals why love for one’s country is a universal ‘Eternal Sunshine
Productions.’ The
emotion and one need not be vocal about it always ‘Student Of The
Year’ actor hopped
on to Instagram
SHOWLI CHAKRABORTY this particular Indian regi- universal emotion and one family, it does not mean that I and unveiled the
ment in which around 126 will always connect to it! love them any less. It cannot logo of her production house. The logo of Bhatt’s

umeet Vyas, who men defended the border That is never going to be out be all black and white! company sees a bright yellow logo that comes with
played the role of while the war broke out. They of fashion. two cats. Elated to announce the launch of her
Rakesh in the ended up fighting thousands Why are Indian celebs not production house, the actor noted in the caption, “And I
comedy stoner of Chinese soldiers. The con- Don’t you think that we as vocal about social and am so happy to announce... PRODUCTION! Eternal
High Jack (2018) is ditions were very bad and have seen a lot of over-the- political issues as celebs in Sunshine Productions. Let us tell you tales. Happy tales.
back, now in the role they lacked proper facilities top ‘nationalism’ in films in the West? Warm and fuzzy tales. Real tales. Timeless tales.” –ANI
of Officer Ram Ku- to keep themselves warm dur- the last few years? We work for a storytelling
mar in the series ing the harsh pangs of winter. Yes, of course. It is a sort of medium. If we start meddling
1962: The War In All that kept them going just raging topic these days. The in politics, our houses are at- Dust has a global appeal,
The Hills. The for the sheer love for their nation is like one’s own home. tacked all of a sudden. Our
series, stream- country. It was a small victory The nation is like my home films are barred from releas- feels Vinay Pathak
ing on Hotstar in a big war! and l love it just like my house ing, the theatres are attacked he Vinay
is a war-drama
of dauntless
Do you think that this is an
apt time to come out with
and family. However, do I need
to reiterate this always? No,
that is unnecessary.
by mobs and criminal cases
are filed in courts.
It’s completely acceptable to
T Pathak-
starrer Dust
fought to the a series about conflicts One need not be screaming not watch our content if one dropped
last bullet with China? from the rooftops about it. cannot handle what we pro- digitally only now,
during the I feel that it is incidental and Also, if I point out what I duce. However, nobody can go but the actor
1962 India- not intentional. We had shot don’t like my nation or my about vandalizing our work! proudly recalls how
China this in 2019 and there was no the indie film,
war. real conflict in the borders Have you ever been trolled written and directed
Excerpts back then. It is not essentially “The nation is like my online? by Udita Bhargava,
from the a pro-war series. It is more Not really! That’s also made waves when it
inter- about the people who took part home and l love it because I don’t comment on was screened at the
view in it and what kind of lives just like my house political issues often. I am not prestigious Berlin
with they lead. The war is just the a very opinionated person International Film Festival in 2019.
the mere backdrop of the story. and family. However, and I respect other people’s “I remember our screening at the Berlinale where
actor. opinions. I don’t think my barring me, Udita and her parents, the rest of the
Tell us Don’t you think that por- do I need to reiterate comments on an issue will audience in the screening theatre, which was a full
about traying ‘nationalism’ in films this always? help the cause. In fact, some- house, was an entirely international audience. The way
1962: has been done to death? times it can have a negative the audience reacted to the story after the screening
The War No, I don’t think so! I agree No, that is unneces- impact instead. was overwhelming. Dust is an Indian film with a global
In The that there are a lot of films on Unless you can really do appeal and perhaps that is why we touched the right
Hills the lives of the army-men but sary. One need not be something productive about chords,” Vinay recalls, speaking to a news agency.
It is a series it is one sentiment that will screaming from the an issue that will help solve Dust, also featuring Morten Holst, Amrita Bagchi and
about the always work, as it has instant it, simply making a random Kalyanee Mulay, streams on Mubi app. –IANS
1962 Indo-Chi- connect with the audience. rooftops about it.” comment is not going to be
na War and Love for one’s country is a helpful!
Honey Singh drops
another dance number
‘I would avoid watching M
and singer

horror films earlier’

Yo Yo
Honey Singh
released his dance
track Shor
Machega, which is
LIPIKA VARMA Says Varun Sharma, whose next is What is your message to new also the first track
talents who are trying to make a of upcoming film
ctor Varun Sharma, who was last seen in a comedy-horror film, titled Roohi, mark in the industry? Mumbai Saga.

A Chhichhore (2019) is back on the big screen,

this time in a completely new genre, horror-
comedy. The actor who had earlier starred in
that releases worldwide on 11th
March. The Fukrey (2013) actor
My request to everyone reading this
would be to allow people to pursue their
future. I am a living example of someone
Yo Yo Honey
Singh shot for this
special number, composed, sung and written by the rap
commercially successful films including Kis Kisko reveals that although he wasn’t who has made it in this industry through star with his protégé Hommie Dilliwala, for two days in
Pyaar Karoon (2015), Dilwale (2015), and Fukrey rigorous auditions. Mumbai last year with John and Emraan.
Returns (2017) will be sharing screen space with fond of the genre before, watching Finally, I paved my way up to banners Talking about the song, Honey Singh said, “This has
Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor in Roohi. The movie it now brings joyand laughter who has films Dil Chahta Hai (2001) been one of my best compositions and I’m excited to
is set for a theatrical release on March 11. In an and Rock On!! (2008) to their collaborate with Hommie for this song. We kept the
interview with the Cinema Journal, Varun talks about credit, one must do their bit and theme of the movie as the essence of our music and
the movie, working with Rajkummar, Janhvi, and his try to be a part of this industry, wanted to give audiences a song that is catchy and
personal life. Excerpts from the interview: which is very welcoming and groovy. It was a pleasure sharing the screen with John
loving! and Emraan.” –IANS
Tell us about Roohi. Do you watch horror movies?
Roohi is almost like the crazy sister of Stree (2018)! It is Any director on your bucket list?
quirky yet unique. Its story is something that has never I want to work in different Prabhas’s Salaar
been seen before. The film revolves around a boy who genres of films and not stick to a
falls in love with a female ghost (Chudail). The genre specific kind. Thrillers are to be out in April
being horror-comedy, the screenplay is driven with something I would really love to ctor
ample turns and twists. I would avoid watching horror
films earlier but after watching Stree, I feel watching
them brings in loads of laughter and fun.
do. Talking about directors on my
bucket list, I want to work with Zoya
Akhtar and Rajkumar Hirani.
A Prabhas’s
film Salaar will
Do you think that Roohi’s distributors will benefit When will we see you doing an out- hit theatres on April
because the theatres have re-opened? and-out romantic genre film? 14, 2022. The actor
It is a blessing that the theatres have finally reopened. I am keen on doing romantic films and I announced it on his
Many had held their films back and waited to release How was your experience working with Rajkummar hope to get one soon. Instagram page on
them in theatres, Roohi being one of them. Roohi will Rao and Janhvi Kapoor? Sunday.
be the first proper release since the government’s The experience was absolutely amazing! This was my Are you single? What kind of a partner The actor shared
announcement of 100% seat occupancy at the second outing with Rajkummar Rao, the first being Dolly are you looking for? the poster of the film
theatres. Ki Doli (2015). We always bounced of splendid I admire someone who is cute and family- and captioned it as,
With the Covid-19 pandemic, the entertainment chemistry, both off and on camera. If we lacked have oriented. However, I’m not seeing anyone “Delighted to share
industry faced a major setback. However, people have chemistry off-screen, it would have surely reflected currently. My mother always advises, ‘Abhi toh the release date of #SALAAR. 14th April 2022 see you
accepted this conundrum and learned to live with it. on-screen! Working with Janhvi Kapoor was fabulous! girlfriend bana le’, (Get a girlfriend, now) (laughs)! in cinemas!” The film, which is set to present Prabhas
They have resumed normalcy, to an extent, by I did not know her personally, apart from meeting her in a never-seen-before violent, dark shade, also stars
attending cricket matches and gradually stepping into at events, occasionally. We had properly met at the Do you intend to take up direction in the future? actress Shruti Haasan.
theatres. Similarly, I feel, that people have regained narration/reading of the film. Honestly, it isn’t easy to I feel that direction is a very tough job. It requires The film’s mahurat took place here in January this
their entertainment spirit and will definitely flock to play two characters simultaneously, (being Roohi & multiple skill-sets. I am unsure of my capacity as a year. The film is directed by Prashanth Neel and
the theatres to watch Roohi, benefitting the Afzana ), which she has performed with ace and director. That being said, I would definitely like to learn produced by Vijay Kiragandur of Hombale Films. –IANS
distributors. exuberance. the art of direction and direct a fun film someday.

Borat, Nomadland bag top

Actress Nicole
awards, late Chadwick Boseman named best actor
he Golden Globe Awards were her husband and
presented on 28 February in their daughters.
orat Subsequent Moviefilm and 1983, reports bbc.com. The Sacha Baron at the age of 21 in 1969. The actor said prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

quite a pandemic-like fashion. It
was a fun-packed entertaining Nomadland were among the top Cohen-starrer Borat Subsequent that he hopes generations after this Late star Chadwick Boseman was
show, brimming with smiles and hu- winners at the 78th Golden Moviefilm, the sequel to 2006’s hugely would see how Hampton fought. posthumously named best actor in a
mour. The award ceremony indeed saw Globe Awards. The Crown and successful Borat, was named best musical The Crown won four honours including drama film for his performance in Ma
some incredible moments, from Meh: late star Chadwick Boseman were or comedy film. the best drama series. Josh O’Connor and Rainy’s Black Bottom. His wife, Taylor
Amy and Tina’s Opening among winners, too, while veteran Jane “Thank you to the all-white Hollywood Emma Corrin both won for their Simone Ledward, accepted the award on
Jokes to Daniel Kaluuya Fonda was feted with the lifetime Foreign Press,” said Sacha Baron Cohen as performances as Prince Charles and his behalf. Boseman passed away last
unable to unmute his achievement award. he accepted the prize, referring to the Princess Diana respectively. Actress Gillian summer after quietly battling colon
microphone and yelling, The ceremony was held virtually and the recent revelation that the organisation Anderson was named in the best cancer for years.
“You’re doing me dirty!”, live audience consisted of frontline workers behind the Globes currently has no black supporting category in the series for her Actress-singer Andra Day won in the
we had it all! Here’s a look and first responders of the Covid-19 members. The actor joked about the portrayal of former best actress in a motion picture
at some of the most Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicking it pandemic. Actresses Tina Fey and Amy awards body as he was (drama) category for her
remarkable moments off by seeking change while still Poehler returned to hosting duties this named best actor in a performance in the OTT film
from the show. delivering a witty, funny monologue. year, but they were in New York and Los comedy or musical for the The United States vs. Billie
Angeles respectively, marking the first time same film. Holiday. Day is only the
the Golden Globes have been bicoastal. Other winners included second Black woman to win
The best drama film went to Rosamund Pike, who was at the Globes after Whoopi
Nomadland starring Frances McDormand named best actress in a Goldberg, who won 35 years
as a homeless woman traveling through musical or comedy film for I ago for The Color Purple,
the American West. Schitt’s Creek was Care A Lot. The best according to Variety.
Salma Hayek Actress named Best Comedy series. Actress supporting actor went to The Queen’s Gambit was
looked Amanda Catherine O’Hara, who plays the role of Daniel Kaluuya for his named best-limited series
Moira Rose in the show, was feted with performance in Judas And the and its star Anya Taylor-Joy,
marvellous, ac- Seyfried best comedy actress honour. Black Messiah. was named best actress in a
ing herself in a dressed up in The best director award went to Chloe The film cast Kaluuya limited series. Other winners
cherry-red, Actor Daniel an amazing Zhao, who became the second essayed the role of US included Mark Ruffalo for
one-sleeve Kaluuya forgot to floral peach female winner of the activist Fred Hampton, best actor in a limited
Nominees kept getting isolated into category in Globes history, chairman of the Black Panther series, and Pixar’s Soul,
romantic gown! unmute his mic and gown. after Barbara Streisand in Party who was assassinated which won best-animated film. –IANS
sub-zooms, suddenly adding new people
started yelling.
REGD. NO. INDORE MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 RNI NO. 38281/83

Motivation is what gets

you started. Habit is
❝ what keeps you going.


PM takes first shot of C-vax

rime Minister Narendra our doctors and scientists have
Modi on Monday took his worked in quick time to strengthen
first dose of the Covid-19 vac- the global fight against COVID-19,"
cine at AIIMS in Delhi and appealed Modi tweeted after taking the vac-
to all those who are eligible to get in- cine shot. The prime minister also
oculated. The prime minister posted a picture of himself taking
reached the All India Institute of the first dose of the vaccine in
Medical Sciences early this morning which he is seen sporting an As-
and was administered Bharat samese 'gamocha' and getting inocu-
Biotech's COVAXIN by nurse P Nive- lated with a smile on his face. Nive-
da, who hails from Puducherry. An- da later told reporters that the
other nurse Rosamma Anil from prime minister, after being adminis-
Kerala also assisted in the process. tered the vaccine shot, remarked
"Took my first dose of the Covid-19 "Laga bhi diya, pata bhi nahin chala
vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how (Already done? I didn't even feel it)."

1.47L inoculated MLAs ask questions online Skiing to check

A total of 1,28,630 beneficiaries over 60 years of
age and 18,850 aged 45 and above with co-mor-
bidities took the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Mon-
T wo Madhya Pradesh MLAs were on Monday allowed to
participate in Question Hour in the online mode, a first
time occurrence in the state Assembly. Congress MLAs
T o counter expan-
sionist China's habit
of creeping forward by
day as the cumulative Narayan Singh Pat- making small incremen-
number of vaccine ta (Bichhiya) and tal moves, the Indian
doses administered in Ashok Marskole Army has planned
the country crossed (Niwas) were con- mountaineering expedi-
1.47 crore. The coun- nected online from tions and research stud-
trywide vaccination Mandla and were
drive was rolled out seen on a huge
on January 16. The screen installed re-
third phase of Covid- cently in the House,
19 vaccination commenced from Monday for those with Speaker Girish Gautam saying the experiment of
over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above members asking questions through online mode during
with specified co-morbid conditions. Question Hour was being done for the first time.
ies at high-altitude areas
in the northern borders
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Army is also coming up

'5-a-day' rule for healthy life with a skiing expedition

-- ARMEX-21 -- covering
the distance from the

I f you are scouting for a magic potion to live a longer and

healthy life, try five daily servings of fruits and vegetables,
in which two are fruits and three are vegetables, according to
etable had a 13 per cent lower risk of death from all causes and
a 35 per cent lower risk of death from respiratory disease, such
as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lead study
Karakoram Pass to Lip-
ulekh Pass. It will cover
areas of Ladakh, Hi-
new research that combed through studies rep- author Dong D Wang, a member of the medical machal Pradesh,
resenting nearly 2 million adults globally. Com- faculty at Harvard Medical School and his col- Garhwal and Kumaon
pared to those who consumed two servings of leagues analysed data from two studies includ- sectors. Civilians will
fruit and vegetables per day, participants who ing more than 100,000 adults who were followed participate in the expe-
consumed five servings a day of fruits and veg- for up to 30 years. ditions.
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'Provide free jabs to all'
ONE FOR INSPIRATION T he Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday re-
quested the Central government to provide Covid-
19 vaccination free of cost to healthcare workers

(HCWs) and people of
the country. In an offi-
cial release, the IMA

n a village lived some said: "Vaccination is an
mice. On the outskirts effective way of protect-
of this village, there ing people against
was a lake, which a herd of harmful diseases. We
elephants visited regularly request to provide the
to bathe and drink water. Covid-19 vaccination
On the way, the elephants free of cost to the people of the country." The IMA also
trampled the mice. So, the congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for tak-
king of mice decided to ing the first jab of coronavirus vaccine today.
meet the elephants. He told
them, "As you travel
through the village, many
mice are trampled. We will
be very grateful if you you mice return? Neverthe- made by the king of mice
$6.6 bn for in-person classes
could please consider
changing your route. We
will remember and return
less, we honour your re-
quest and change our
route." After a few days, the
He sent a fellow elephant
who was not trapped, to ask
the mice king to come and
C alifornia's public schools could get USD 6.6 billion from
the state Legislature if they return to in-person instruc-
tion by the end of March, according to a new agreement an-
the favour when you are in elephants got trapped in help them. Soon, all the nounced Monday
need." The elephant king nets that were set up by mice came and started nib- between Gover-
laughed, "We are giant ele- hunters. The elephant king bling the nets, and freed the nor Gavin New-
phants. What favour can remembered the promise elephants. som and the
state's legislative
leaders. Califor-

Al Pacino's nap is viral nia can't order

schools to return

H ollywood actor and filmmaker Al Pacino who appeared to

be taking a nap during the 2021 Golden Globes ceremony is
trending on social media. Footage of the iconic 80-year-old ac-
to in-person in-
struction, but
state officials can
tor, who was nominated for 'Best Actor, Television Series Dra- offer a lot of mon-
ma', for his role in Amazon's 'Hunters', was all over the Internet. ey to those that do. Newsom, who could face a recall election
Prior to The Crown's Josh O'Connor's win, the camera showed later this year spurred by his handling of the coronavirus, has
the 5 nominees, and the 'Godfather' actor appeared to be have been at odds with legislative leaders on the best way to en-
closed his eyes until he suddenly looked front with a bit of a jolt. courage school districts to return students to the classroom.

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A round 100 farmers from Konkan on
Monday joined hands with Global
Kokan to launch an online platform
Make your late granny smile at you
'Myko' to promote Alphonso mangoes. hat if you could make your
The online platform late grandfather in an old
www.mykofoods.com is a flagship project photo look up and smile at
by Global Kokan, a socio-economic ven- you? This and numerous other possibil-
ture that seeks to make Konkan Alphon- ities have intrigued social media users
so or 'Hapus', a global brand and to make after discovering an Artificial Intelli-
lakhs of mango growers from Konkan gence (AI)-powered service called Deep
self-sufficient. Nostalgia that animates the faces in
still photos. Offered by online genealo-
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T he International Yoga Festival began at Rishikesh on

Monday with nearly 400 yoga enthusiasts participating in
the event. Speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural func-
talgia service helps users create the ef-
fect that a still photo is moving. "The
driver guides the movements in the an-
tion, Uttarakhand Agri- imation so you can see your ancestors
culture Minister Sub- smile, blink, and turn their heads. This
odh Uniyal said yoga really brings your photos to life," My- upload a photo. From there the process
activates positive ener- Heritage said. Twitterati is using the is automated. The site's FAQ says it does
gies inside human body. programme to generate memes of all not provide the photos to any third par-
Yoga guru Ramdev's kinds with some even applying the tool ties, and on its main page a message
aide Acharya Balkrish- to animate ancient statues. The Verge reads "photos uploaded without com-
na said the real cure of reported that users have to sign up for pleting signup are automatically delet-
diseases lies in yoga, a free account on MyHeritage and then ed to protect your privacy.
not in medicines.
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Chinese malware in India's power grid
A Paris court on Monday found

French former President Nico-
las Sarkozy guilty of corruption
and influence peddling and sen-
tenced him to one year in prison

and a two-year suspended sentence.
The 66-year-old politician, who was
president from 2007 to 2012, was
convicted for having tried to ille-
gally obtain information from a
senior magistrate in 2014
'No glitch A midst the border ten-
sions, a Chinese gov-
about a legal action in in Co-Win' ernment-linked group of
which he was in-
volved. D ispelling the rumours of
a glitch in Co-WIN plat-
form, created to track delivery, utilisation
hackers targeted India's
critical power grid system
through malware, a US com-
and distribution of Covid-19 vaccine in real time, Em- pany has said in its latest
powered Group chairman, RS Sharma, on Monday study, raising suspicion
said the confusion was whether last year's massive
created by spreading power outage in Mumbai
misinformation that was a result of the online in-
vaccination registra- trusion. Recorded Future, a operations of Power System hitting the economic activi-
tion is being done Massachusetts-based com- Operation Corporation ty hard. The New York
through a mobile ap- pany, in its recent report de- (POSOCO) due to any mal- Times, in a report, said that
plication. He clarified tails the campaign conduct- ware attack. However, the the discovery raises the
that the registration is taking place only through 'Aar- ed by a China-linked threat ministry did not mention question about whether the
ogya Setu' app and Co-WIN's portal 'cowin.gov.in'. activity group RedEcho tar- about the Mumbai outage. Mumbai outage was meant
geting the Indian power sec- On October 12, a grid failure as a message from Beijing
tor. In New Delhi, the Min- in Mumbai resulted in mas- about what might happen if
istry of Power on Monday sive power outages, stop- India pushed its border
Man cycles 6K km in 13 days said there is no impact on ping trains on tracks and claims too vigorously.

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road condi-
tions and a slew of
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under Jayanagar block in the border area of Hazarib-
G oogle's Chrome browser will soon try to use HTTPS as default when users forget to type
the HTTP or HTTPS prefix. The move is in line with
Chrome engineers efforts to increase browser safety. These
agh and Koderma district in the last two days, the of- HTTPS-first changes will arrive in Chrome 90, scheduled to
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V eteran
actor Amitabh
this age are
delicate and
need preci-
Bachchan on sion han-
Monday re- dling...the
vealed that he best is being
recently under- one and one
went an eye hopes all
surgery. The shall be
actor also well... the
penned a note sight and the
of thanks to recovery is
his fans who slow and dif-
showed concern for his medical ficult so if there are typing er-
condition."Thank you for all rors they are to be excused,"
the concern ...eye surgeries at Bachchan wrote in his blog.

Team India 'The Queen's Gambit'

sweats it out
T he Indian cricket team is preparing in-
tensively for the fourth and final Test
P opular Netflix
Globe for her powerful
performance as an or-
against England and leaving no stone un- took home two prodigy. Taylor-Joy
turned at the Narendra Modi Stadium. awards at this year's played the role of Beth
The Board of Control for Cricket in India Golden Globes. The Harmon in the seven-
(BCCI) on Monday shared a video on Twit- show was named the part series which fol-
ter to give a glimpse of players sweating it best television limit- lows her meteoric rise
out in the nets. In the video, India skipper ed series and its lead through the chess
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane can be actor Anya Taylor- world in the 1950s and
seen batting in the nets. Joy won a Golden '60s America.

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ce Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia on
Monday announced that he will stop us-
ing all social media handles till the Tokyo
ndian Premier League (IPL) champions
Mumbai Indians (MI) on Monday an-
nounced its partnership with DHL Express.
J amaica's two-time Olympic gold medallist
sprinter Yohan Blake said that he would
rather not participate in the Tokyo Olympics
Olympics as he wishes to completely focus on The international express service provider than take a vaccine for Covid-19. The Interna-
his prepara- has joined MI tional
tions. He fur- as a principal Olympic Com-
ther said he will sponsor and mittee (IOC)
return to social official logis- has "encour-
media after the tics partner aged" all ath-
conclusion of ahead of the letes travel-
the quadrennial 2021 season of ling for the
event. "Mein the IPL. This Games to take
apne sabhi so- is DHL Express's first cricket sponsorship. It a vaccine but
cial media handles ko aaj se band kar raha hu. has previously been involved with Rugby Sev- it is not compulsory. "My mind still stays
Ab Olympic ke baad aap sabhi se mulaakaat ens Series, ESL One, MotoGP and Formula 1 strong, I don't want any vaccine, I'd rather
hogi ... ummeed karta hu aap apna pyaar ba- along with being involved with Premier miss the Olympics than take the vaccine, I am
naye rakhenge ..... jai Hind," he said. League giants Manchester United. not taking it," Blake, 31, said.

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