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GST collections crossed

the Rs 1 lakh crore-mark for
the fifth month in a row in
February, rising 7 per cent
������������������ annually to over Rs 1.13
������ lakh crore, indicating eco-
nomic recovery, the finance
State Finance Minister ministry said on Monday.
���������� Jagdish Devda is going to Goods and Services Tax
present the annual Budget (GST) collections had risen
Toolkit: Nikita on Tuesday. for two straight months to
According to sources, in touch record Rs 1,19,875
moves court for the budget which is worth crore in January and Rs 1.15
anticipatory bail Rs 2.30 lakh crore, most of lakh crore in December.
���������� ������ the departments have been The gross GST revenue
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Minister, retd bureaucrats get jabs

����������� ������������� they were allotted last year. Rs 1,13,143 crore, of which
������������������������� The budget, being pre- Central GST is Rs 21,092
��������������������������� sented after the corona crore, State GST is Rs 27,273
������������������������� pandemic, may dash the crore, Integrated GST is Rs
����������������������� common man's hopes for 55,253 crore (including Rs
����������������������� relief. Common man was ������������������������������������������������������������ 24,382 crore collected on im- ������������������ �����������������
������������������� expecting some relief in port of goods) and Cess is ������ �������� ��������������
the budget in the form of
some cut in petrol and ������������������������������������� Rs 9,525 crore (including Rs
660 crore collected on im- The Health minister, re-
diesel prices. The govern-
ment is, however, in no � ����������������������������������������������������������
port of goods).
GST revenue in February
tired bureaucrats,
Lokayukta, sadhus, doc-
��������������������� mood to cut oil prices. last year was Rs 1.05 lakh tors and other senior citi- �������������������������
But, the people may get ������������������������������������ �������������� ������� crore. "In line with the zens received jabs shots of
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some relief in oil prices be- ���������������������������������������������������������������� trend of recovery in the vaccines on the first day of
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fore the announcement of �������������������������������������������������������� GST revenues over past five Phase-2 inoculation pro-
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dates for civic polls. There ������������������������������������������������������������ months, the revenues for gramme which com-
Naidu detained �����������������������
is, however, no hope for any ���������������������������������������������������������� the month of• February menced on Monday in the �������
at airport, stages kind of relief in the present �������������������������������������������������������������� 2021 are• 7 per cent higher state at 186 session sites. ���� ������������
budget. ��������������������������������������������������������������� than the GST revenues in Dr Prabhuram Chaud- ter Vishwash Sarang took
sit-in protest The citizens who are al- ������������������������������������������������������������� the same month last year. hary received vaccine at JP Dr NP Mishra, former
��������� ��������� ready in dire financial ������������������������������������������������������������������ "During the month, rev- Hospital. Retired bureau- Dean Gandhi Medical Col- ��������������������������
������������������������ straits are not going to get ��������������������������������������������������������������� enues from import of goods crats like former chief sec- lege, for vaccination. Simi- ����������������������������
������������������ any relaxation in the form ������������������������������������������������������������� were• 15 per cent higher and retary Parasuram, AV larly, former GMC Dean Dr ��������������������
������������������������ of tax relief. The budget is ���������������������������������������������������������� the revenues from the do- Singh, BP Singh, Nirmla Mahon Tankwal, Anguri �������������������������
����������������������� focusing on the farmers and ������������������������������������������������������������� mestic transaction (includ- Buch, SK Mishra and Prab- Jain, Dr Sardar Kulwant ���������������������
����������������������������� the poor. The government ����������������������������������������������������� ing import of services) are hanshu Kamal also got Singh got vaccines. ������������������������
��������������������������� employees and the pension- 5 per cent higher than the jabs. Besides them, On March 1, vaccination ���������������������������
�������������������������� ers may get some relief in ucts for which traders pay items. The government may revenues from these sources Lokayukta Justice NK for senior citizens and peo- ��������������������������
�������������������������� the form of hike in DA. GST. The government is also announce certain projects during the same month last Gupta also got the vaccina- ple having comorbities ���������������������������
��������������������� The government cannot not going to reduce VAT be- keeping in mind the upcom- year," the ministry said in a tion. launched at 186 sites in MP. �����������������������
������������������� reduce tax on certain prod- ing charged for certain ing civic polls. statement. ����� Medical Education minis- ������������
���������������������� China hackers Bailable warrant
Sarkozy convicted
of corruption, ambush Indian issued against
actor Kangana on
sentenced to jail
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vax makers
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������������������������ tempts are not restricted to
���������������������� inflicting power outages
������������������������ but also hacking IT sys-
������������������������������ tems of Indian vaccine
��������������������������� makers. Two such compa-
���������������������������� nies which the Chinese
���������������������� have ambushed in recent ��������
times are the Hyderabad- ������
Anti-conversion based Bharat Biotech and
bill introduced in the Pune-based Serum In- 'Hackers targeted A Mumbai court on Mon-
stitute of India (SII), the day issued a bailable war-
state assembly world's largest vaccine India's power rant against actor Kangana
������� ��������������� maker. The coronavirus through malware' Ranaut after she failed to
����������������������� shots being rolled out by ������������������� appear before it in connec-
��������������������������� these two firms are the cen- ��������������������������� tion with a defamation
��������������������� trepiece of the country's �������������������������� complaint filed against her
�������������������������� immunisation campaign. ������������������������� by lyricist Javed Akhtar.
������������������� Goldman Sachs-backed cy- ������������������������� The Andheri metropoli-
������������������������ ber intelligence firm Cyfir- ��������������������������� tan magistrate's court is-
�������������������������� ma told Reuters that the ������������������������� sued a summons to Ranaut
����������������������� Chinese hacking group �������������������������� on February 1, directing
������������������������� APT10, also known as ������������������������������� her to appear before it on
�������������������� Stone Panda, had identi- ��������������������������� March 1. However, Ranaut
��������������������������� fied gaps and vulnerabili- ���������������������� failed to appear on Monday
��������������������������� ties in the IT infrastruc- �������������������������� following which Magistrate
����������������������������� ture and supply chain soft- ��������������������������� R R Khan issued a bailable
ware of the two vaccine ��������������������� warrant against her and
makers. ������������������������� posted the matter for fur-
Dear Readers, "The real motivation here ������������������������ ther hearing on March 26.
is actually exfiltrating intel- ���������������������������� A lawyer in the case had
�������������������� lectual property and getting earlier informed March 22
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�������������������������������� competitive advantage over ��������������������������� as the next date of hearing.
����������������������� Indian pharmaceutical com- ��������������������� Ranaut's advocate Sid-
������������������������� panies," said Cyfirma Chief ���������������������������� diquee argued in the court
���������������������������� Executive Kumar Ritesh, �������������������������� that the summons and
����������������������������� formerly a top cyber official ������������������������ process were issued against
������������������������������ with British foreign intelli- �������������������������� Ranaut without following
���������������������������� gence agency MI6. the procedure laid down in
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He said APT10 was active- ������������������������������� law and hence, were "bad in
������������������ ly targeting SII, which is law". He said a petition
������������������������������ making the AstraZeneca shots. In the case of Serum, would be filed in the Bombay
�������������������������� vaccine for many countries the hackers have taken ad- HC challenging the process
������������� and will soon start bulk- vantage of the weak public issued by the magistrate.
manufacturing Novavax servers. ������������ ������������

Lokayukta sleuths enter Mhow jail, catch two for accepting bribe
������������������ about the jail Solanki also told sleuths that previ-
������������ guard's demand ously also demand of money was
and Solanki ap- made by the guard which was ful-
Indore Lokayukta police on Monday proached filled but this time Chaukse did not
entered Mhow jail and caught a Lokayukta po- want to grease the palms of the cor-
guard and a sweeper red-handed lice. He in- rupt jail guard.
while accepting Rs 25,000 as bribe formed Lokayukta police laid a trap and
from a person in lieu of providing Lokayukta po- sent Solanki to Rathore who was
better facilities to a prisoner friend. lice that Rathore present at the jail with Rs 25,000.
Lokayukta DSP Praveen Singh in the name of DSP Baghel took special permission
Baghel said that jail guard Ajendra jailer Brajesh from SDM (Mhow) and IAS officer
Singh Rathore had demanded money Makwana was demanding Rs 25,000 Abhilash Mishra to enter the jail
from family members of liquor smug- from family members of prisoner premises.
gler Dilip Chaukse who is presently Chaukse for providing better facili- Rathore sent Solanki to sweeper
lodged in jail. ties to him inside the jail and ensur- Manish Bali stating that the bribe
Family members informed ing that he would not be beaten up by amount be handed over to him with
Chaukse's friend Jitendra Solanki other prisoners and policemen. Rs 200 extra for him. ������ �����
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������������������������������ M Venkata
Rao new MD Attack on Ola cab driver for
Recent spiral of corona infections and CEO of
Central Bank
of India
staring at girl: 3 held, one
accused is still on the run
is the ‘third wave’, warn experts ������������������

MatamVenkata Rao has

taken over charge as the
managing director and

Three private company

employees, including a
The driver
drew the
attention of the
public for help
talion, Bhadbadha. One of
boys got down to relieve
himself. In the meantime,
two others attacked him
from behind. The girl told
Teething problems occur on CEO of Central Bank of In-
dia. He joined on Monday.
girl, have been arrested in
an attempt to murder case
by blowing
the horn with
them to slit his throat, but,
somehow, he blew the horn

the first day of vaccination Prior to joining the cur-

rent assignment, Rao was
Executive Director, Canara
for attacking the driver of
a mobile app-based Ola
taxi in the state capital on
his legs
with his leg to draw the
public’s attention for help.
SHO, Kamla Nagar, Vijay
� Online registration as per portal flow has to Bank, for Monday. The accused al- Sisodia said, “Three of
be one day before getting the vaccine more than leged that the cab driver them, including the girl,
� As registration and jab was on same day, in three years stared at the girl constant- have been arrested in an
many cases, automatic date for vaccination where he ly in the cab, so they at- attempt to murder case as
was noted as March 2 by software played a tacked him. The driver they attacked the driver
pivotal role drew the attention of the for staring at the girl in
������������������ in the public for help by blowing the cab. Akash is still ab-
First to get
���������� says, “It’s true that it’s the
third wave. However, Mad-
progress ����������������
the horn with his legs.
According to the police,
sconding. Driver Khan al-
leged that they had at-
�������������� hya Pradesh has a much As registration and jab ����������������������� and in amalgamation of the four accused were tacked him and he blew
slower rate of transmis- was on the same day, it Syndicate Bank with Ca- Ankit, Akash, Laddu and the horn to attract the at-
���������������� sions compared to that in created teething problems
�������������������������� nara Bank. As General Puja Ahirwar. All of them Driver Shahid Khan tention of passersby for
��������������� other states. But vaccina-
tion is the only way to check
on the first day to benefi-
ciaries who said that
Manager of Allahabad
Bank, he headed the bank’s
work in a private compa-
ny on-line. Ankit, Laddu
lodged the complaint, say-
ing the three boys and the
help. He was admitted to
Hamidia Hospital. The ac-
����������� it.” there should be a margin ����������������������� important verticals, such and Puja have been ar- girl had hired the Ola cab cused told the police that
Medical superintendent between registration and ���������������������� as Wholesale & Retail rested, while Akash is from Ayodhya Nagar and they had attacked the driv-
������������������ of Hamidia Hospital Dr ID vaccination. ������������������������ Banking. He was also in- still absconding. Puja is they went to Hotel Lake er because he was staring
������ Chaurasia says, “The coro- The facility of advance ��������������������������� strumental in launching a from Sohagpur and the View. But they did not get at the girl, but they failed
na infection speed is in- registration is available ����������������� transformative project in boys are from Itarsi. All down there and told Khan to give a logical reason
Medical experts have creasing in some of the through the CoWiN-2.0 ������������������� the bank to bring focus on of them have passed to take them to Sair-Sapa- why they were carrying
termed the increasing spi- states. However, in Madhya portal. The portal was ����������������������� asset-centric banking. Classes 10 and 12. ta. He drove to the 25th Bat- knives.”
ral of corona infections the Pradesh, the situation is opened at 9 am on Monday. �������������������������
‘third wave’, so, they have relatively much better. It meant there had to be an ������������������������
advised people that vacci-
nation is the only way to
check it. Six states are con-
However, people should be
cautious regarding adher-
ence to Covid-19 protocols.”
exception to the rule of
same day registration and
vaccination. Online regis-
BHOPAL: Minister of Ani- sent to the government. It
Now, FIR for assault on
on-duty staff of discoms
tributing to more than 80 Earlier, Council of Scien- tration as per portal flow ������������������������� mal Husbandry Prem was also decided that the
per cent of the corona in- tific and Industrial Re- has to be one day before ���������������������� Singh Patel said in the cess would be used for man-
fection growth currently. search (CSIR) director- getting the vaccine. As ���������������� House on Monday that aging the cowsheds and for
The situation in Madhya general Shekhar C Mande registration and jab was there would not be any cow arranging fodder for the Central Discom issues
Pradesh is comparatively warned that the Covid-19 on the same day, in many cess in the state. In reply to cattle. The government was
much better, while the con- crisis was far from over instances, automatic date ruary 1, 2021, and it led to a written ques- also mulling instructions to all its
dition in other states, such and allowing a “third for vaccination was noted more confusion. However, tion by Con- ���������������� over how cow officials to lodge FIRs
as Maharashtra, is the wave” to take firm hold by as March 2 by the soft- immunization officials gress legislator ���������������������� cess can be im- against people who
worst. So, doctors have sug- lowering our guard is ware. In other instances, called it a teething prob- PC Sharma, Patel informed posed and the items on heckle, assault or stop
gested strict adherence to fraught with grave conse- portal did not accept, lem which would be regu- the House that the state had which it can be charged,
Covid-19 protocols. quences. Also, continued March 1 as same day vac- lated and streamlined in never imposed it; nor, the that there might not be any
power employees from
The experts clarified that collaboration across insti- cination. the days to come. present government had burden on common man. discharging their
India is nowhere near tutions was necessary to Offline registration was Dr Santosh Shukla, any plans to do that. Cow cess has been im- official duties
achieving herd immunity come out of the current the norm in most places. state immunization offi- Chief Minister Shivraj posed in UP, Punjab,
and people should continue situation, as well as to The portal did not accept cer, said, “ Same day reg- Singh Chouhan set up Gau Haryana and other states. ������������������
to wear masks and main- ward off catastrophic situ- Aadhaar card as a creden- istration and same day Cabinet in November last The Congress launched a ������� ������������������
tain social distancing and ations arising out of cli- tial in some locations. Age jab is naturally creating year. The issue of imposing protest against cow cess. ������������������
hand hygiene to keep safe mate change and over-de- demarcation is set as Jan- teething problems for cow cess figured in the first The minister’s reply, how- The Central Region Elec- ��������������������
from getting infected. pendence on fossil fuels, uary 1, 2021. As per central beneficiaries, but it will meeting of the Gau cabinet. ever, indicates that the gov- tricity Distribution Compa- ����������������������
Dr Lokendra Dave, HoD, which had the potential to government’s circular, age be regulated and stream- The animal husbandry de- ernment has scrapped the ny has issued instructions ������������������������
medicines and pulmonary, wipe out the entire human- demarcation is set as Feb- lined soon.” partment made a proposal plan to impose cow cess be- to all its officials that FIRs ������������������
Gandhi Medical College, ity, he said. for imposing cow cess and cause of the protest. should be lodged against ������������������
people who heckle, assault �������������������
or stop power employees �������������������������
Girls! This Women’s Congress stages walk-out
from discharging their offi- ����������������������
cial duties. ����������������������
The managing director �����������
Day, walk into any MP
over Sidhi bus accident
also issued instructions to ������������������������
general manager-level offi- �������������
monument for free cers posted on field duty to
review cases of assault on
power staff in the past five
������������������ years. They have been officials faced embarrass-
������� asked to pursue the cases ment and public humilia-
seriously at the police sta- tion.
The Congress MLAs staged tions or in the courts. Power employees have
walk out from the assembly The general managers constantly been under pres-
on the Sidhi bus accident is- have been asked to ensure sure from the higher offi-
sue on Monday. The road that an FIR is filed imme- cials for increasing revenue
transport minister, Govind diately for any case of as- after the corona pandemic.
Singh Rajput, said that the sault or ill-treatment of They were given targets for
bus was running on valid power officials while con- realising the pending bills
papers, it had an NOC and ducting their official du- of consumers after which
also life insurance cover. ties. The FIR should also unpleasant situations were
Congress MLA Kamlesh- include sections related to reported from across the
������������������ mains. There are 298 monu- war Patel brought a call-at- creating obstruction in dis- state.
������ ments under the protection tention motion on the acci- charge of government On the contrary, discipli-
of the Archaeological Sur- dent. On February 16, the duty, the instructions said. nary action was taken
Entry will be free for vey of India in the state. Of bus, heading towards Satna state of disrepair and care- in the ANM exam. He de- surance companies did not Attack on field staff has against the power employ-
women in all monuments these, 15 monuments are from Sidhi, fell into the lessness of the police and manded a judicial inquiry pay the amount to the vic- a rippling effect on other ees. More than 850 engi-
under the protection of the ticketed. They include Bansagar canal. In the acci- local administration. into the matter. tims’ families. employees and demoti- neers of the Eastern Re-
Archaeological Survey of Mandu, Sanchi, Gwalior dent, 54 people, including 23 The former Speaker, NP Former minister Dr Road transport minister vates them in discharging gion Power Distribution
India (ASI) in Madhya Fort, Badal Mahal Gateway, women and three children, Prajapati, asked to register a Govind Singh stated that Govind Singh Rajput said their duties without any Company are facing disci-
Pradesh on International Chanderi, Udayagiri and so died. case against the police sta- the police were busy in va- that an inquiry was under fear, say the instructions. plinary action. Facing pub-
Women’s Day on March 8. forth. Congress MLA Patel de- tion in-charge of the area be- cating the houses, securing process and after the report So, strict instructions to lic humiliation, some of
The director-general of Superintending archaeol- manded an ex gratia cause he had failed to check mines and helping officers the government was going lodge FIRs have been giv- them have even asked for
the Archaeological Survey ogist, ASI, Bhopal Circle, amount of Rs 1 crore and the overloading in the buses to run their ‘organisation’. to take strict action against en, said the official state- voluntary retirement.
of India issued an order re- Piyush Bhatt has told Free government job for one of running in his jurisdiction. BJP MLA Yashpal Sisodia the people who had been ment released by the pow- The Madhya Pradesh
cently that no entry fee Press• that the decision the family members of the The former minister, PC suggested that the govern- careless. er company. Vidyut Mandal Abhiyanta
would be charged on the was taken as a token of ho- deceased. Patel blamed the Sharma, stated that, if Vya- ment help the families to Dr Govind Singh and oth- There has recently been a Sangh had taken strong ex-
day from women visitors — nour and respect for traffic jam at Chuhiya Ghat pam had established the take the insurance claim er Congress MLAs staged a spurt on attacks on power ception to the development
both domestic and foreign women. The order will also and overloading of the ve- exam centre in Sidhi, most from the company. He walk-out from the Assem- staff across the state. In and had registered their
— at all ticketed, centrally be applicable to monu- hicle for the accident. He of the lives would have added that the families bly protesting that their de- most of the cases, no ac- protest with the energy
protected monuments and ments under the Jabalpur raised the issue of the been saved because many of were not capable of filing a mands had not been accept- tion was taken against the minister, besides writing
archaeological sites and re- Circle of the ASI, he says. roads of the area being in a them were going to appear case in the court and the in- ed by the government. culprits, while the power to the chief minister.

Guest scholars remind CM, Scindia of
Aadishakti, and Meera — Ek Bhakti Gatha their promises, demand employment
speak of victory of spiritualism over evil ������������������
������� State convener of the
association Surjit
Not only the scholars, but
their families, too, are suf-
fering and are on the verge
������������������ of peace and prosperity on Krishna. However, her in- The Guest Scholars’ Asso- Singh Bhadauria said of breaking down, he said.
������ earth. laws do not like it. Her ciation has reminded that, when Shivraj was The higher education de-
Suman Kothari, Ruchi brother-in-law tries to poi- Chief Minister Shivraj in the Opposition, he partment has more than
Two dance dramas, Saxena, Priyanka Sharma, son her but she is saved by Singh Chouhan and BJP had come to the 450 vacancies and
Aadishakti, and Meera — Ashish Ojha, Siddharth Krishna. She then leaves Rajya Sabha MP Jyotira- protest venue and had arrangements for only 150
Ek Bhakti Gatha, were Barik and others essayed the royal palace and ditya Scindia of their said that these guest scholars had to be made.
staged on Monday at the the different roles in the spends the rest of her life promises they made when scholars are not The association had given
Shaheed Bhavan in the dance drama. Suman and in Vrindavan. One day, they were protesting in common people picked a workable formula for ad-
city on Monday evening. It Ruchi deigned its cos- while singing Bhajans, she Shahjehani Park last year. up randomly but they justment of these 150 peo-
was part of the inaugural tumes, while Hites con- passes away and joins Kr- Addressing the media, are selected through ple, said Bhadauria. Even
day of the two-day fest ducted its music. ishna. It was presented by state convener of the asso- due process BJP MP Scindia had
‘Kala Manishi 2021,’ organ- ‘Meera – Ek Bhakti Ashish Ojha, Shivam ciation Surjit Singh threatened the then gov-
ised by the Kirti Ballet and Gatha’ was choreographed Rathore, Siddhartha Bar- Bhadauria said that, when ars’ Association also took ernment that he would
Performing Arts in memo- and directed by Manish tik and Hitest Dubey. Shivraj was in the Opposi- out the tweets of Chouhan take to the streets if guest
ry of late choreographer Huraiya under the guid- Bharatnatyam dancer tion, he had come to the and demonstrated before scholars were not taken
Shanti Bardhan. ance of Guru Chandra Lata Singh Munshi and protest venue and had said the media. back in the system, but
Suman Kothari choreo- Madhav Barik. Huraiya theatre actor and director that these guest scholars “Why is there now a now all were quiet on the
graphed and directed ‘Aad- has written its script also. Sanjay Mehta were the are not common people change in the attitude of issue, he said.
hishakti’ under the guid- The dance drama is about chief guests. Classical vo- picked up randomly but Shivraj Singh Chouhan, The Guest Scholars’ As-
ance of Guru Lata Singh Meera, a daughter-in-law calist and musician guru they are selected through who had vowed to take us sociation demands imme-
Munshi and Guru Chan- of the ruling Rana clan but Siddhram Korbar was also due process. back in the system?” asked diate regularisation so
dra Madhav Barik. turns into an ascetic out of present. Shruti Kriti Barik “We’ll fight tooth and convener Bhadauria. that the families come out
The dance drama depict- to establish their domina- Bhagwati to free them her love for Krishna. After designed its costume. nail till all guest scholars There are around 600 of stress or they may have
ed the struggle between the tion over the earth. They from the terror of the the death of her husband Dhannu Lal Singh de- are taken back in jobs,” guest scholars who are to demand permission to
Asurs and the Goddess are cruel and sadists. The Asurs. The Devi slays the in a battle, she devotes her- signed lights for both Shivraj had said at the still out of a job for the commit suicide, said the
Durga. The Asurs are out people pray to Goddess Asurs, marking the return self fully to the worship of dance dramas. venue. The Guest Schol- past more than 13 months. convener.
BJP state-in-charge Rao on two-day trip
BHOPAL: State in charge of the Bharatiya Janata Party Muralidhar Rao arrived at Bhopal on Monday. He is on a
two-day trip. Rao visited the residences of old BJP workers Giriraj Kishor and Ramawtar Gupta. The BJP which is
getting ready for the ensuing civic polls is holding a meeting of the election in charges and other leaders on
Tuesday. Rao will take part in the meeting.

Schools can take only

State Economic Survey

Industries paint dismal picture, tuition fee: Parmar

register fall on all parameters
Legislators put up the issue of schools
charging huge amounts from students

The State Economic

In pandemic year 2020, employment OUR STAFF REPORTER

registration fell sharply to 21.95% T

Survey 2020-21 paints a here is no scheme to privatise forests, said minister
dismal picture of Schools can charge only tuition fee from stu- for the forest department Vijay Shah in reply to a
industries and related dents, said school education minister Inder question of Congress legislator Lakshman Singh. Shah
sectors in Madhya Singh Parmar in the House on Mon- said a scheme was being prepared
Pradesh. The figures day. If they demand any sum other to restore the diminishing forests
demonstrate a downfall THE SURVEY SHARES MUKHYA MANTRI than the tuition fee, the parents can with the help of 5,000 Van Samitis
in the industries, invest-
ments and employment
THE ACHIEVEMENTS KANYA VIVAH YOJNA complain to the collectors about it,
the minister said.
(forest committees). Each com-
mittee was going to get Rs 100,000;
created by them.
A fall in the numbers of
registered MSME (Micro, STATE GOVERNMENT
T he payment under the Mukhya Mantri Kanya Vivah
Yojna was the talking point of the BJP and also of the
Congress. The BJP leaders always claim that the
When Bahadur Singh Chauhan put
up a related question, many legisla-
tors spoke about the schools taking a
besides, each of them would hold
the rights on bamboos and poles,
Shah said.Singh said there had
Small and Medium En- Congress government led by the former chief minister, huge amount of money from stu- been reports in some sections of
terprises) was observed. OUR STAFF REPORTER Kamal Nath, had not given the amount under the scheme dents on the pretext of examinations. the media that the government
The year 2019-20 saw a BHOPAL to the newly wedded brides. But, from January 2019 to Despite the corona pandemic, the schools are would privatise the decaying forests. He also said there
fall of 3.35% in the regis- November 2020, the amount was given to 14,900 brides of taking heavy fee from the students. The school were reports that the government would hand over 40%
tered numbers of MSME In the Covid-19 pandemic year 2020, Hindu families and 1,350 brides of Muslim families. managements had also told the students that of the forests in the state to private parties.
units in comparison with the employment registration had they would not be allowed to take examina-
2018-19. The number of dropped to 21.95 per cent. INFANT MORTALITY RATE tions, the legislators told the House. MLAS TAKE PART IN QUESTION HOUR ONLINE
MSME units fell from The Economic Survey of the finan- Parmar said directives on school fees would
2.98 lakh in 2018-19 to
2.88 lakh in 2019-20.
According to the survey
cial year 2019-2020 was presented in
the Assembly on Monday. The survey
shares the achievements and failures
T he health services need tonic to fight with the weak-
ness of the department. The Infant Mortality Rate
(IMR) of the state was 48 per thousand, while the
again be issued to the collectors and district ed-
ucation officers.
Chauhan cited an incident of a school in
T wo legislators from Mandla, Narayan Singh Patta
and Ashok Marskole, took part in the Question
Hour online. They also put up questions online for the
report, a shortfall of of the state government. It also national rate is 32 per thousand. This is higher than the Mahidpur where a student was beaten up and first time. Minister for tribal welfare Meena Singh
0.22% in investment was shows the areas of improvement national average. The state’s Mother Mortality Rate kept in a closed room for not paying a huge fee. replied to their questions. Minister for parliamentary
recorded. Investment where the state government can (MMR) is also very high in comparison to the national He demanded cancellation of the school’s affairs Narottam Mishra said a legislator should be al-
made in 2019-20 stood at work on it. Employment registration rate. The state MMR is 173 per lakh delivery, while the recognition and action against its manage- lowed to raise questions online only if necessary. Or
Rs 19,242 crore. had dropped to 21.95 per cent in the national average is 130. In the state, more births took ment. In reply to the question, Parmar said he else, a member should come to the House and put up
As far as creation of year 2020. In the year 2019, 8.47 lakh place and also more people died because of poor health would order an inquiry into the incident and questions. Former minister Govind Singh agreed
employment is con- unemployed had got themselves reg- services. The birth rate per thousand of the state is take action against the school concerned. with Mishra.
cerned, here, too, the re- istered and, in the current year, the 24.6, while the national average is 20. At least 6.7 per

159 complaints against private

ports are negative. In the number dropped to 6.11 lakh. On the cent of the people died in the state and the national
year 2018-19, employ- other hand, the number of literate average is 6.2 per cent per thousand.
ment generation stood at unemployed youths had dropped in
10.3 lakh that was re- the state. In the year 2019, the num- LOW AVERAGE ON SOCIAL INDICES
duced by 3.52% and fell
to only 9.94 lakh. Finan-
cial assistance to the
ber was 29.33 per cent. In the current
year, the number dropped to 23.08
lakh. T he state is also below average on the various social
indices. The sex ratio of the state is 931 against of
schools charging fee forcibly
MSMEs also reduced
from Rs 129.12 crore in VEHICLE SALES
national ratio of 943. More than 72 per cent of the
state’s population live in the rural areas and the nation-
The highest number of This fact came to light in a reply
to a question filed by Congress
filed in Khandwa district, 8 in
Sagar and 7 in Rewa district. Five
2019-20 to Rs 59.08 crore al average is 68.9 per cent. complaints was received MLA Jitu Patwari. School educa- complaints were filed in Sidhi
in the corresponding
year till December.
The year 2020 was the year of the
Covid-19 pandemic and economic ac- SOME INDICATORS ARE BETTER from Indore and Satna tion minister Inder Singh Par-
mar replied that, overall, 159
district and 4 each in Ujjain and
Bhopal. One case each was re-
The government did not tivities had been affected badly in the complaints were filed from ported from Barwani, Burhan-
speak in terms of devel-
oping infrastructure for
the industries in the re-
state. But some of the indicators
came up with bright lights and
helped the people of the state in pan-
B ut some indicators are better than the national
average, such as the working population of the state
is 43.5 per cent and the national average is 39.5 per cent.
across the state in which parents
had complained that private
schools were demanding fees
pur and Rajgarh.
The government, too, took cog-
nisance of 12 cases.
port. It simply said that demic times. In FY-2019-20, more ve- In the state, 32.5 per cent of the women are ‘working The school education department forcibly. The reply also men- The Congress MLA had also
financial approval of Rs hicles were sold and the growth rate women’, while the national average is 25.2 per cent. The has received 159 complaints tioned that 35 complaints — that asked what action was taken in
5,536 lakh had been giv- was around 9.52 per cent. In the pre- state government had given 33 per cent reservation in against private schools coercing is the highest number from a dis- case of such complaints. The
en to related industries vious year 2018-19, 16,361 vehicles government jobs and 50 per cent reservation in local parents to deposit fees. The high- trict — were filed in Satna and In- school education minister did not
but remained quiet on were sold, which increased to 17,918 bodies’ elections. est number of complaints has dore. As many as 32 complaints give a clear reply and said that ac-
the amount spent. in the current year. been received from Indore and were filed in Chhindwara. tion was taken according to the
Satna. Overall, 14 complaints were rules.

Mishra raises issue of Nathuram Godse’s worshipper in House

OUR STAFF REPORTER in the Assembly. Singh said he would
BHOPAL speak about it in Gwalior.
Earlier, Mishra told media persons
Parliamentary affairs minister Narot- that the Congress had only used Ma-
tam Minister has raised the issue of in- hatma’s name on currency notes and in
duction of a Hindu Mahasabha mem- photographs. On the other hand, the is-
ber, Babulal Chaurasia, into the Con- sue has kicked up dust in the Congress.
gress. Mishra made the statement in After Congress leaders Arun Yadav,
the House on Monday. Manak Agarwal and Subhash Sojtia
Chaurasia, a member of the Hindu ting into the party someone who was a vehemently opposed the induction of
Mahasabha, which was involved in as- “worshipper of an assassin”. He said Chaurasia into the party, the matter
sassinating Mahatma Gandhi, was re- Congress legislator Lakshman Singh has gone to the All-India Congress
cently inducted into the Congress. had raised the issue outside the House, Committee that will take a decision on
Mishra accused the Congress of admit- but he avoided saying anything about it the issue.


Check prices of essentials: fuels,

grocery, veggies, feel city folk
Employment opportunities for youths should also be expanded and
more emphasis laid on skilling students, some feel
The Madhya Pradesh government
is going to present its annual ‘T he government should con-
trol the prices of grocery
‘N owadays, in the job market, it’s not
degrees that matter; it’s skills that
do. In Madhya Pradesh, although the gov-
Budget for the fiscal year 2021-’22 items, grains and vegetables. ernment is laying empha-
in the Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday. These are the basic sis on skill training, the fa-
Free Press asked some city resi- needs. Also, job op- cilities are poorer com-
dents about their expectations of portunities should pared to those in other
the Budget. All of them insisted be created for the states. For instance, if a
that the government should con- young by promot- person wants to become a
trol the rapid rise in the prices of ing industrialisa- motor mechanic, he has to
essential commodities — especial- tion. Incentives learn the skill hands-on.
ly petrol, diesel and cooking gas. should be given for There’s no training institute he can go to.
Electronic gadgets, such as laptops shooting of feature films, web se- I’m a psychology student. Now, if I want to
and mobile phones, should be ries, ad films and so forth in the become a counsellor, I have to get training.
cheaper, they demanded. Some state. That will generate revenue And, for that, I’ll have to go to Mumbai or
said that employment opportuni- for the government and jobs for Delhi. So, the government should spend
ties for youths should be expanded local artistes and others’ money on skilling people and not merely
and more emphasis should be laid � Gaurav Mishra, on giving them theoretical education’
on skilling students. Excerpts: ad film-maker � Sana Azhar, student


n LPG cylinder now costs Rs 825.
Commute has become costlier, eat-
has become costlier, everything ‘C ommodities which fulfil
the basic needs of the
‘T he prices of diesel and petrol in
Madhya Pradesh are among the
highest in the
has become more ex- lower- and the middle-class country. The gov-
pensive. I’m not saying should be rea- ernment should
that the government sonably reduce VAT on fu-
should stop taxing priced. Also, els. If that’s done,
inessential items or re- electronic the prices of all
duce taxes on them. gadgets, such items will auto-
But, at least, it should as laptops and matically come
stop increasing taxes mobile down. The
on essentials. The gov- phones, salaries of gov-
ernment argues that it shouldn’t be made costlier. ernment employees have been stag-
needs more money to expand health fa- These days, everything has nant for more than a year now. Incre-
cilities and, so, it’s taxing people at high- become online — classes are ments have been withheld and dear-
er — and still higher — rates. I’m sure online, exams are online and ness allowance hasn’t been increased.
that if things continue in this way, soon, people work online from Now that the Covid-19 situation has
the hospital beds will be full of malnour- their homes. And, so, laptops eased, the government can think of
ished children and people who have got and smartphones are no its employees, too, especially since
afflicted with diseases due to lowered im- longer a luxury. Their prices the cost of living has increased’
munity!’ should be brought down’ � Afshan Afsar, government
� Rohini Sharma, social activist � Joy Wadhwani, artiste school teacher
� �������� FREE PRESS
������� � ����� ������� � ���������������

Complaint on CM Helpline fails to wake up civic body officials from slumber

���������������������������������������� municipality for negligence. local residents complained re- Incomplete drain and cham-
Taking a dig at the municipali- peatedly. ber work are inviting accidents
��������������������������������������� ty, former corporator of ward Frustrated with the inaction every next day. On Sunday
number 14 Maku Santosh Por- and over the apathy of the mu- morning, the loaded pick-up
��������������� One such problem has been wal said the drain has not been nicpality officials the people vehicle’s rear wheel caved in. It
��������� reported in ward number 14 cleaned for a long time. The lodged complaint on CM took almost two hours to get
where the municipality forgot drainage is chocked. “Despite Helpline. But the problem in- the rear wheel out of this pit.
At a time when the state gov- to cover the chamber and left it repeated complaints by citi- creased manifold as the mu- When contacted, Alirajpur
ernment is leaving no stone un- open in the middle of the road. zens, the municipality has not nicipality forgot to construct chief municipal officer Amar-
turned to resolve public griev- It has been almost three paid attention to it,” he added. chamber. Municipality left a das Senani said he is not aware
ances, municipality officials months but municipality is not Rajesh Patidar, a resident large pit over the middle of of any unfinished work. How-
here hardly bother to resolve paying attention to it. from ward no 14, lamenting in- the drain so that the drain ever, he added he will look into
people’s complaint lodged on Local residents are upset action of municipality said in Mali Mohalla due to chocked (wine shop). The municipality could be cleaned, but it forget the matter and will get it com-
CM Helpline (Dial 181). with incomplete work blame dirty drain water flow on roads drainage line near old Kalali did not pay attention even after to cover it. peted shortly.

News in Brief

Evokes mixed The second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination get a jab. However, on the Day 1 of Phase 2 of the
drive began on Monday. Under the drive persons vaccination drive evoked mixed response
response aged 60 and above along with those in 45-59 age among the targeted beneficiaries from across the
among elderly bracket with comorbidities will Malwa – Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh

���������������������������������� �����������������������������������
���������������� Kuril, a total of 885 persons Neemuch: In Neemuch over Aadhaar card along with
State-level Jomasar martial ������ were vaccinated till 6 pm. 300 people got themselves their photo ID voter card,
arts competition held A total of 450 persons vaccinated on the day 1 of PAN card or other photo
������������������������������������������������ Second phase of Covid vac- were vaccinated at District the second phase of the vac- identity card.
�������������������������������������������������������� cination began here, on Children Hospital while 157 cination drive
�������������������������������������������������� Monday, for people of the persons vaccinated at Gov- on Monday. In
��������������������������������������������������������� ernment Medical Neemuch dis-
�������������������������������������������������� College till 6 pm. trict, vaccina-
��������������������������������������������������������� Rest of the people re- tion drive began
������������������������������������������������������� ceived jabs at Civil at Jawad civil
������������������������������������������������������� hospital of Jaora hospital and
������������������������������������������������������ and Alot. Rampur along
����������������������������������������������������� The booking start- with Neemuch
������������������������������������ ed at 9 am and bene- situated Mahila
ficiaries who Basti Grih. District vaccination offi-
reached vaccination At Mahila Basti Grih as cer Dr ML Malaviya and
age of more than sixty centers directly were also many 128 persons have civil surgeon Dr BL Rawat
Renuka is national years and those having vaccinated through on the been vaccinated, in Rampu- said that vaccination will
convener of NVKKS morbidity in the age group spot booking facility. The ra 80 persons and Jawad as be done every Monday,
�������������������������������������������� of 45 to 59 years. next session of vaccination many 56 persons got vacci- Wednesday, Thursday and
������������������������������������������������ According to district vac- under Phase 2 are slated on nated. A total of 65 health Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.
������������������������������ cination Officer Dr Varsha March 3, 4 and 6. ������������������������������ workers and frontline
workers also received their
Collector Mayank Agarwal
has appealed to the general
KUKSHI: As many 320 people got vaccinated against second dose. public that more and more
��������������������������������������� Dhar achieves 85 % target the target of 250 in Kukshi. This 128 per cent of the to- Individuals who are not people of the prescribed age
������������������������������ tal targeted beneficiaries under the drive on the open- able to book slots can avail group to avail benefit of vac-
���������������������������������������� D har district on Monday after the district achieved
over 80 per cent record vaccination in the first
ing day of the second phase of vaccination.
Kukshi Health
on the spot booking using cination drive.

��������������������������������������� phase held recently.

On the opening day as many 424 people got vaccinated
Center’s block
medical officer Dr
and this is almost close to 85 per cent of the target set by Abhishek Rawat ���������������������������
Awareness rally on the district ad- and Dr Kamlesh �������������������������������������������������
saving rivers taken out ministration and Devdane said that �������������������������������������������������������������
health depart- vaccination work �����������������������������������������������������������������
ment for opening has been started ��������������������
day. In Dhar dis- here at the health �������������������������
trict, vaccination centre from 9 am ��������������������������
work has been and continued till 4 ����������������������������
started at two pm. Senior advocate KK Jain, farmer Ganesh Jirati, Dr ������������������������������
places – in Dhar Hema, Rameshwar Saad, Mahima Ram Patidar were ���������������������������
district head- first vaccinated. Advocate Jain expressed thanks to the �������������������������������
quarters and Prime Minister for the vaccination. “We are getting ����������������������������
Kukshi tehsil away from the fear of corona and thanked the Prime �������������������������������
and a large num- Minister for vaccinating the corona vaccine to more ������������������������
ber of people than 60 years from today,” he said. In the meantime, ���������������������������������������������������������������
������������������������������������������������������ thronged vacci- tehsildar Sunil Dawar visited the vaccination centre to ����������������������������������������������������������������
�������������������������������������������������� nation centres ensure entire process going on smoothly. ����������������������������������������������������������������
������������������������������������������������� on the opening ������������������������������������������������
������������������������������������������������������� day of drive. A
����������������������������������������������������� total of 320 got vaccinated in Kukshi while 104 got vac- ������������������������������
����������������������������������������������������������� cinated at Dhar Bhoj Hospital. Beside vaccination, ef-
����������������������������������������������������������� forts are also being made to break the corona chain in Alirajpur: In Alirajpur, ed in the district hospital at India have got the Corona
�������������������������������������� Dhar district. District vaccination officer Dr Narendra the second phase of vacci- 9 am. He said that accord- vaccine.
Powaiya was told that the work of vaccination will con- nation was launched to ing to the instructions re- Dr Dhoke told that benefi-
tinue as in district a total of 12,921 got registered and of protect against Covid-19. ceived every day, a specified ciaries can also register
Meet on Ajeevan Sahyog Nidhi held the 10,689 people have been vaccinated. District collec- Locals started arriving at number of persons of a themselves in advance
��������������������������������������������������������� tor Alok Kumar Singh visited the vaccination centre the vaccination center lo- particular age group will be through Covid-19 portal for
����������������������������������������������������� and interacted with the beneficiaries. Singh added that cated in the district hospi- vaccinated. vaccination. He told that
��������������������������������������������������� people can get themselves registered on the spot and get tal at the scheduled time Vaccination of Covid-19 no one should be deprived
�������������������������������������������������������� vaccinated. I request all the seniors to register on and by 5.30 pm, as many 98 will be free in Government of corona vaccination.
����������������������������������������������������� CoVIN-20 app, he added. After vaccination, senior citi- people were vaccinated on District Hospital, Alira- There is no need to be
������������������������������������������������������ zens were kept under observation for 30 minutes. Singh the day 1 of the Phase 2 of and district vaccination of- jpur. He told that corona afraid of Covid-19 vaccina-
������������������������������������������������������� encouraged senior citizens during the while. the drive. ficer Dr Narendra Bhadia vaccination is completely tion-related rumors, mis-
���������������������������������������������������������� CMHO Dr Prakash Dhoke told that vaccination start- safe and lakhs of people in conceptions of any kind.•
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Alumni meet held

Badnawar police station Short movie starring district
earns ISO certificate collector, trainee IPS released
��������������� dav, Sardarpur SDOP
�������� Yashasvi Shinde, CSP Pi- ���������������
thampur Tarunendra ������
Badnawar Police Station Singh, Pithampur TI
was felicitated with ISO Taresh Soni, SI BP Tiwari Under anti intoxication
certificate in a programme and others welcomed the drive (nasha) the district ad-
������������������������������������������������ organised on Sunday in the guests. ministration held the pre-
������������������������������������������������������� presence of chief guest In- The guests presented the miere of a short movie
����������������������������������������������������� dustrial Policy and Invest- ISO certificate to police sta- “Bekhabar” here on Sunday.
������������������������������������������������������� ment Promotion minister tion in-charge CB Singh. Harish Darshan Sharma
������������������������������������������������������� Rajwardhan Singh Datti- come the only police station ASI Dharmendra Srivasta- from Ratlam is the writer, Madan Dodiyar,• Ravi Under the Nashamukta
����������������������������������������������������� gaon. in the district that has re- va, head constable Dinesh director, and music com- Gosar, Narendra Upadhyay, Bharat Abhiyan a jagrukta
���������������������������������������������������� SP Aditya Pratapsingh ceived an ISO certificate. Sisodiya, constable Santosh poser of the movie while lo- Narendra Sharma, SS rath was flagged off here by
������������������������������� said Badnawar police sta- Collector Alok Kumar Yadav, Yogesh Patidar, cal artists are part of cast. Chauhan, Ratnesh Vijay- Damor. Jagrukta Rath will
tion was constructed in Singh also addressed the women constable Nihalkun- Balvinder Singh Gurudatta vargiya, Vishal Verma, Dr travel across the district to
Senior member of BJP passes away 2008, but TI and his team gathering. ISO agency rep- war Panwar were also given has given voice to the songs Manglesh Dhakad, Harshi- will create awareness
����������������������������������������������������� have done a commendable resentative Jitendra Khan- certificates. Programme in the film.• ta Rathore, Rupesh Shar- against the ill effects of in-
���������������������������������������������������������� job in beautifying and re- delwal was also present in was conducted by Pradeep The movie includes mes- ma, Vijay Rathore, Nilesh toxication.
������������������������������������������������� designing it. Due to this, the programme. Pandey and TI Singh pro- sage of Prime Minister Soni, and the staff of
������������������������������������������������������� the police station has be- SDOP Devendrasingh Ya- posed vote of thanks. Narendra Modi and CM Salakhedi Police chowki PANCHANG 2.3.2021
�������������������������������������������������� Shivraj Singh Chauhan on have also enacted in the
Building of Neemuch City ill effects of intoxication
and addiction.
Collector Gopalchandra
movie. MP Guman Singh
Damor, Chetanya Kashyap,
Dr Rajendra Pandey, Dilip
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police station inaugurated

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Meena, tea stall owner present at the premiere. ���� ���������������������������������������

Meet of BJP’s Sanawad unit held ��������������� industries in the

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work of construct-
Youth gets life imprisonment �� ��������������
um Enterprises and
ing new schools is
being also done by
for raping 10-year-old girl �


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����������������� structed Neemuch City Po- medium scale industries in MP Sudhir Gupta, MLA ����������������������������������������������������������������� � �
������������������ lice Station building at a cost the villages with an aim to Dilip Singh Parihar, ����������������������������������������������������������������
������������� of Rs 88 lakhs on Sunday. make state and country Anirudh Maru, district ����������������������������������������������������������������� � � � � �� � � � � �� � � � � � � � � �
��������������������������������������������������������� In his address Sakhalecha self-reliant.” panchayat president Avan- ������������������������������������������������������������������
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News in Brief
Missing girl found within
24 hours of report
������������������������������������������������������������� Workers deprived They will be provided
with employment in their
The officials, too, do not
provide information about
�������������������������������������������������������������� of wages for home districts, Chouhan
it, he said.
Apart from not getting
�������������������������������������������������������������� over a month Nevertheless, one month
has passed since the MN-
wages, many labourers are
out of job, because in sev-
�������������������������������������������������������� REGA workers in Sehore eral places, machines are
�������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������� did not receive wages, the being used to get the work
������ home district of Chouhan. done.
Passenger bus meets with This is the reason why Executive officer of dis-
an accident, 20 injured Hundreds of workers have
been deprived of wages in
daily rated workers are in
a bad state. They are some-
trict Panchayat, Harsh
Singh, has said the wages
the district, because an how making their both is directly transferred to
amount of Rs 8.92 crore is ends meet. the bank accounts of the
yet to be given by the Cen- Sources in the village labourers and the Centre
tre under the Mahatma Panchayat said it had hap- from Bilkisganj, Shaniram Another worker, Om who get 100 days’ work un- provides funds for it.
Gandhi National Rural pened because of lack of Barela, has told Free Press Prakash, says job is not der MNREGA.• Nevertheless, the Union
Employee Guarantee act funds, as the Centre did that he is unable to feed available in other places. Another worker from Government has yet to
(MNREGA). not send grants.• • his family. His financial condition Phulmogra, Babu Khan, provide grants, he said,
At a recent meeting of Nearly 1,600 projects are Shaniram has been man- has worsened. says he has yet to get adding that 22, 00, 000 man
2 stolen bikes retrieved, 1 held the Crisis Management going on in the district, aging household expenses As he has no other means wages, despite having a days were created.
�������������������������������������������������� Committee, Chief Minis- and 19,000 workers are by borrowing money from of livelihood or savings, he job card. Water conservation,
���������������������������������������������������������� ter Shivraj Singh have been engaged to com- different sources. has to depend on the The Sarpanchs and sec- plantation, pond and
������������������� �������������������������������������� Chouhan, said the workers plete those schemes. All Shaniram further says wages he gets through retaries do not provide in- road construction and
�������������������������������������������������������������� of the state should not go the workers are holding rise in prices of essential MNREGA. formation about work other projects are going
���������������������������������������������������������� to other provinces in job cards. commodities has broken In the district, there are available in their villages, on under MNREGA,
�������������������������������������������������������������� search of work. An MNREGA worker his back. 1.05 lakh job-card holders Khan said. Singh said.
Illegal colonisers sent Scindia, Rajput’s resignation from party brought
�������������������������������������������������������� notices, DM summons
SDOP meets stations-in-charge
over 2 dozen of them MP back on track: BJP state prez VD Sharma
������������������������������������������������������� ��������������� come a terrorism-free In-
������������������������������������������������������������ ����� dia. He said Modi gave the
�������������������������������������������������������������� military freedom to decide
���������������������������������������������������������� Jyotiraditya Scindia and when and how to use their
���������������������������������������������������������� Govind Singh Rajput arms. Sharma said the
����������������������������� ��������������������������������� brought the state back on country was protected
������������������������������������������������������������ track, said the president of from external adversaries
������������������������������������������������������������ Bharatiya Janata Party, in the Prime Minister’s
�������������������������������������������������������� Vishnu Dutt Sharma on regime. But, the atmos-
Monday. ment in Madhya Pradesh leave their ministership. phere of the country is be-
Palika fails to keep city clean Sharma was addressing for 14 months. Scindia and Sharma also talked to the ing spoiled through social
����������������������������������������������������������� ��������������� er’s license, diversion, no the students during an Rajpur helped rectifying cyber warriors during In- media, he said.
������������������������������������������������� ��������� objection certificate for de- event in Sagar. the mistake, he said. dia versus adversary pro- He called out youths to be
������������������������������������������������������������ velopment Nuzul, Nagar He said the Congress par- He said people do not gramme. united and fight for the na-
���������������� The illegal colonisers in Palika permission, RERA ty was looting the people leave even the post of a He said Narendra Modi tion whenever it would be
���������������� the city are on their toes af- registration and permis- while it was in the govern- Sarpanch, but they did has led the nation to be- deemed necessary.
��������������� ter the collector’s notice is- sion from the pollution
������������������� sued to them. control board.
They have been asked to
be present in front of the
district magistrate by
March 2.
The colonisers are in fear
of the district administra-
tion after over two dozen of
them received notices.
Panchayat secy
suspended Water conservation campaign
������������ Nevertheless, they have The revenue officer of Hoshangabad: The sec- ����������� speech are also
��������������� been trying to avoid the Gauharganj has prepared retary of village Pan- held to engage
������������������������������������������������������������� meeting giving lame excus- a list of over 46 illegal chayat Mahendravadi A group of artistes more youths. A
���������������������������������������������������������� es. The colonisers have colonisers. Companies in- has been suspended for performed a street series of semi-
���������������������������������������������������������� taken deposits from the cluding Chitransh Life, negligence in ration eli- play on Monday to nars are being
������������������������������������������������������������ residents to build them a Vansh Tower, Trilokesh- gibility slip distribution. raise awareness held across the
�������������������������������������������������������� housing society. war Dham, Udyogpuri and Collector Dhananjay about water conser- blocks to raise
����������������������������������������������������� They, however, do not others have been sum- Singh had instructed the vation. The play awareness. The
����������������������������������������������������������� have the required permis- moned by the district mag- chief executive officer of demonstrated how villagers are in-
��������������������������������� sions that include colonis- istrate’s court. district Panchayat Manoj people can store rainwater campaign ‘catch the rain’ dulging into constructing
Sariyam to suspend the and help recharge the tra- run by Nehru Yuva temporary dams using
Minor girl found after 2 years secretary Vijay Mehra ditional water sources like Kendra. Competitions sacks of sand around the
������������������������������������������������������������ Collector takes for his negligence.
Mehra has been assigned
wells and ponds. The play
was performed under the
such as painting, Rangoli,
wall painting, quiz and
river and into constructing
soak pits.

time-limit meeting
������������������������������������������������������������ the district Panchayat
�������������������������������������������������������� Hoshangabad as his
��������� ���������������������������������������������������� headquarters for his sus-
����������������������������������������������������������� Hoshangabad: Collector Dhananjay Singh has in- pension period. The col-
�������������������������������������������������������������� structed the officials to take action against thise who lector found that the res-
��������������������������������������������������������� ae found meddling with ration distribution process. He idents of a displaced vil-
������������������������������������������������������������ took a meeting at the collectorate on Monday with the lage Paqrsapani did not
�������������������������������������������������������������� district administration officials. He told them to re- have the eligibility slips
���������������������������������������������������������� solve ythe CM helpline complaints at the earliest. He depsite applications.
��������������������������������������������������������������� asked the departments to focus on the complaints they When Singht ried to con-
����������������������������������������������� receive at the Jan Sunvai and try and resolve them on tact Mehra, he neither
the spot. He instructed the excise officer to take strict picked ip the call nor was
2 held, 45 litres of liquor seized action against those who are indulged in manufacture, he present at his head-
���������������������������������������������������������� sale and transport of liquor. quarters.
��������������� ����������������� Vaccinate every person
in city: Collector
������������� ����������������������� �� Sagar: Collector Deepak Singh instructed the chief med-
���������������� ������������������������ ical and health officer Suresh Baudh and other officials to
������������� �������������������������� ensure that the district was 100% vaccinated. He said the
��������������� ��������������������������� vaccination should be done by allotting numbers to the
��������������� �������������������������� citizens. They should be called at the vaccination centres
���������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������� to get the jab. Baudh said that the second phase of the vac-
�������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������� cination will be done at nine centres across the city.
���������������������������������������������� �����������������������
Women’s hockey semis today
New vaccination centres open
�������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������� A new vaccination centre
������������ �������������������������� was inaugurated at the
������������� ��������������������������� Sagar Shree hospital in
������������� ��������������������������� the city on Monday. Collec-
��� ������������������������� tor Deepak Singh, health
����������� ��������������������������� deputy director Dr IS
������������ ������������������� Thakur and others attend-
��������������� ��������������������� ed the inauguration ceremony. The centre will only vac-
���������������� ��������������������������� cinate the citizens over 60 years of age. The beneficiar-
�������������� ��������������������� ies will have to register for Rs 250 to get the jab.•
��������������� ��������������
�������������������������������������������������������� FIRST DAY OF PHASE 2 INOCULATIONS
MP reports 16,019 vax for 60-plus,
Bhagwad Katha begins today
1,586 in co-morbidities category
���������������������������������������������������������� ������������������ morbidity category. In- with one death being re-
������������������������������������������������������� ������ dore reported 1,357 vacci- ported.
���� ������������������������������������������������������ nations for the 60-plus cat- The corona-positive rate
��������������������������������������������������������� Madhya Pradesh reported egory and 93 vaccinations in the state is 2.6 per cent,
������������������������������������������������������� 16,019 vaccination for peo- for the co-morbidity cate- while 12,844 samples were
�������������������������������������������������������� ple of 60 years of age and gory. sent for testing with 38
������������������������������������������������������� 1,586 in the co-morbidities Singrauli, Sagar, Shah- samples being rejected.
��������������������������������������������������������� category on the first day of dol, Raisen, Jhabua, Din- Indore reported 141 coro-
���������������������������������������� Phase 2 of vaccination. dori, Damoh, Agar and na cases, taking its tally to
Besides, the second dose Barwani reported no vac- 59,758 and toll to 933, while
Kin set woman on fire over land dispute for healthcare workers cinations in the co-mor- Bhopal reported 68 corona
��������������������������������������������������� (HCWs) was administered bidity category. Similarly, cases, taking its tally to
�������������������������������������������������������� to 183,795 people. Overall, Harda reported no vacci- 44,150 and toll to 618. Ujjain
���������������������������������������������������� the vaccination tally of nations in the 60-plus cat- and Chhindwara reported
���������������������������������������������������� the state went up to egory. 14 corona cases each.
������������������������������������������������������ 856,083. The total number of ac-
���������������������������������������������������� Bhopal reported 1,062
Corona update tive cases is 2,901. Indore
��������������������������������������������������������� vaccinations for people of Besides, Madhya Pradesh has a total of 1,024 active
���������������������������������������������������� 60 years of age and above, reported 336 fresh corona cases, while Bhopal report-
����������������������������������������������������������� while 170 vaccinations cases, pushing the tally to ed 564. Jabalpur reported
�������������������������������� were reported in the co- 262,102 and toll to 3,865, 112 active corona cases.
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.
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