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China hackers
ambush Indian
vaccine makers
Cyber sabotage can’t be ruled out; State Govt takes cognisance of FPJ NEWS SERVICE
NYT report; it is a vindication of FPJ story on power grid collapse Mumbai

SANJAY JOG Mumbai in October, which Raut had sounded the possi- The Chinese disruptive at-
Mumbai stopped trains and shut bility of a cyber attack being tempts are not restricted to
down hospitals and the stock behind the power failure. inflicting power outages but

he Maharashtra Gov- exchange for hours, may However, the state govern- also hacking IT systems of
ernment has taken have been linked to these ac- ment appointed technical Indian vaccine makers.
cognisance of a New tivities by a group of Chi- committee or the panel set up Two such companies
York Time report claiming nese hackers, says the report by the Central Electricity Au- which the Chinese have am-
Mumbai power outage on that has been shared with thority in their reports have bushed in recent times are
October 12, 2020, was because the government. not directly referred to a cy- the Hyderabad-based Bharat FROM OUR BUREAU the mask off for a photo shoot
of Chinese cyber attack or Free Press Journal broke ber attack which may have Biotech and the Pune-based New Delhi during the vaccination.
cyber sabotage. the story on October 15 in caused the power failure. Serum Institute of India At 71 (d.o.b 17.09.1950), he
A massive power outage in which energy minister Nitin CONTD. ON P13 (SII), the world's largest vac- Prime Minister Narendra was eligible for the third

Co-Win not
cine maker. Modi on Monday took the phase of vaccination that be-
The coronavirus shots be- first dose of COVID vaccine gan on March 1 for senior cit-
Javed Akhtar defamation complaint ing rolled out by these two for senior citizens at the All izens who are 60 plus and

Warrant out over

firms are the centrepiece of India Institute of Medical those above 45 with specified
the country's immunisation Sciences, setting an example co-morbidities to be certified
campaign. Goldman Sachs- and spurring others in his by registered medical practi-

so winsome
backed cyber intelligence age category to do so as well. tioners. He was the first to

Kangana no-show firm Cyfirma told Reuters

that the Chinese hacking
group APT10, also known as
Stone Panda, had identified
An early riser, he landed at
AIIMS at 7 AM, to ensure no
inconvenience to others, be-
fore flying off to Assam for
be inoculated in this phase
as the actual registration for
it began only two hours later
at 9 AM.
BHAVNA UCHIL / Mumbai CONTD. ON P13 the poll campaign. He took CONTD. ON P13

An Andheri magistrate court on Monday is- SAYING MERIT MUST NOT FAIL...
Technical glitch, sued a bailable warrant against actor Kan-
long waiting hours
cause flagging of
gana Ranaut after she failed to remain
present before it despite having been sum-
moned last month, in connection with a crim-
inal defamation complaint filed against her
HC orders extra MBBS seat
NARSI BENWAL A bench of Chief Justice Di- when a candidate scoring as
seniors’ enthusiasm by lyricist Javed Akhtar, saying that her ab- Mumbai pankar Datta and Justice low as 219 marks in the
sence “shows her conduct”. Girish Kulkarni was seized NEET 2020 obtains admis-
SWAPNIL MISHRA & Magistrate RR Khan ordered issuance of Observing that the admis- with a plea filed by a girl seek- sion to the MBBS course be-
PRATIP ACHARYA bailable warrant of Rs 1,000 against sion process is tainted, with ing admission to the NAMO cause of a quota for the
Mumbai Kangana for “wilful absence without any jus- meritorious students facing college in the district. Coast Guards (to which we
tified reasons despite service of summons”. the heat, the Bombay high The girl was denied admis- have no qualms) whereas
Technical glitches cast a The court also noted that no exemption plea court recently ordered the sion as the authorities con- a candidate like the petition-
damper on the opening day had been filed by her for her absence. Directorate of Medical and sidered another candidate er, scoring as high as 559
of the third phase of the Akhtar’s advocate Vrinda Grover, through Health services in Dadra & who had secured 219 marks marks in the same qualify-
mass immunisation drive in an application had sought that a non-bailable Nagar Haveli to create an ad- in the NEET exams under ing examination, is left high
the city, delaying the process warrant be issued against Kangana. This, ditional seat for an MBBS as- the category reserved for and dry and suffers for
for over three hours. Magistrate Khan found, would be a ‘harsh pirant, who had scored 559 Coast Guards. no fault on her part, com-
In this phase, citizens step’ considering the nature of the litigation. marks in the NEET 2020 ex- The judges, having consid- pelling her to seek judicial
above 60 and those CONTD. ON P13 ams, but wasn’t given admis- ered the facts of the case, intervention.”
aged 45 years and sion because of reservation. said, “It is rather painful CONTD. ON P13
above with comor-
bidities were sup-
posed to get their
end of the
day, with a
The BMC had shortlisted
five civic-run facilities, in- BETWEEN
first dose of the
Covid vaccine,
turnout of 78
per cent of ben-
cluding the Seven Hills Hospi-
tal and the NESCO Jumbo
starting 9.30am on
Monday. Upgrading
eficiaries at the
44 vaccine cen-
Covid Centre and three pri-
vate hospitals for the drive.
to Co-Win 2.0 failed to tres across Mum- There was chaos at all the THE JAB TODAY
weed out technical is- bai. Of the 7,530 eight centres. The on-site reg- Judges of the Supreme Court
sues in the centralised app, people who received their istration process began at will get inoculated for COVID-
resulting in a dismal start to first doses on Monday, there 9am, but the portal crashed, 19 from Tuesday. The families
the proceedings. were 1,982 in the general cat- delaying the drive by as much of the judges, both serving and
But despite all the starting egory, including 1,722 senior as three hours at some of the retired, will also be eligible.
trouble, more than 3,000 sen- citizens and 260 between 45 centres and the inoculation The Supreme Court registry has
ior citizens and 45+ benefici- and 60 years of age with co- could only start after 1pm. arranged a vaccination facility
aries were vaccinated at the morbidities. CONTD. ON P13 at the court complex, but the
judges and their families have

Will you marry

the option to get the shot at
CLASS 12 ISC, any hospital listed by the
government. However, they
CLASS X ICSE will not have an option to

the victim?
choose which vaccine they
EXAM DATES want to take.


The Council for the Indian
School Certificate Examina-
WHO IS ALREADY MARRIED appealed to a person infected
with a powerful Covid-19
tions (CISCE) on Monday FROM OUR BUREAU strain from Brazil to come
announced that the Class 10 New Delhi forward. The variant that
Indian Certificate of Sec- emerged in Manaus, northern
ondary Education (ICSE) A Supreme Court bench head- Brazil, has been detected in six
board examination would be ed by Chief Justice of India people in the UK, one of whom
conducted offline from May Sharad Bobde on Monday cannot be located after they
5 to June 7, 2021, while the granted protection to two al- failed to fill in their contact
Class 12 Indian School Cer- leged rapists, one from Maha- details on a form after taking
tificate (ISC) board exams rashtra and another from Ut- their test. The public appeal
would be conducted from tar Pradesh. came a week before England is
April 8 to June 16, 2021. The It asked Mohit Subhash here house and raped her and due to start unwinding its third
CISCE said the ICSE and ISC Chavan (23) from Maharash- persisted with the sexual as- Covid lockdown.
board exam results would be tra, accused of raping a minor sault till she was in class XII.
issued through conveners to girl studying then in Class IX To a pointed question by the PRASHANT KISHOR BACK IN
the heads of affiliated in 2016 when she was 16, CJI "will you marry her?" his PUNJAB: Prashant Kishor, the
schools by July 2021 and whether he will marry her. It counsel Anand Dilip Langde political whiz kid, has returned
would not be available from was hearing a petition filed by said he will have to take in- to his old employer Captain
the office of the council in the man who is now an elec- structions from the client, not- Amarinder Singh. Four years
New Delhi. tricity department employee ing that Chavan will be sus- after helping the Congress
On Monday, the CISCE re- in the state, against an order pended from service if arrest- wrest control of Punjab, Kishor
leased a circular to all of the Aurangabad Bench of ed in the case. "If you want to has signed on as "principal
schools, informing about the the Bombay High Court, can- marry, we can help you. If not, advisor" to the Chief Minister,
timetables for the Classes 10 celling his anticipatory bail. you lose your job and go to jail who tweeted to say the two
and 12 board exams. The The FIR against him was for seducing and raping a mi- would "work for the
CISCE said, "Candidates lodged in 2019 by the victim nor girl," the CJI remarked. betterment of the people of
must always follow Covid-19 girl on turning a major, under The girl had gone to the po- Punjab". Punjab is scheduled to
safety protocols strictly at Sections 376, 417, 506 of the In- lice after the first rape. Cha- hold Assembly elections in
exam centres, by ensuring dian Penal Code and under van's mother held out an as- early 2022. Kishor had signed
that they wear a face mask, Sections 4 and 12 of the Pro- surance that he would marry on to help Nitish Kumar retain
carry a hand sanitiser, and tection of Children from Sex- her and a document was even- his position in November polls,
avoid touching the face with ual Offences Act (POCSO tually drawn up stating that but was expelled after openly
their hands. The use of Act), 2012. She alleged that the marriage would take place criticising his stand on the
gloves is optional. Chavan had forcibly entered CONTD. ON P13 citizenship law, reports NDTV.


After Azad, Anand strikes discordant note

Says Cong could not be body speaks out of turn. Chowdhury at a rally, sharing the dais
Sharma is upset at the party's West with the Left and the ISF (Indian Secu-
selective about its fight Bengal poll strategy and has asserted lar Front).
against communal forces that the Congress could not be selec- "Congress's alliance with the ISF and
tive about its fight against communal similar parties goes against its core
FPJ NEWS SERVICE / New Delhi forces. For a party that swears by its ideology, and the secularism advocated
secular credo such a claim by its by Gandhi and Nehru, which is the

fter Ghulam Nabi Azad, it is the prominent leader is nothing short of soul of the Congress. These issues
turn of Congress leader Anand blasphemy. should have been discussed by the
Sharma to strike a discordant The former Union Minister was pos- Congress Working Committee (CWC),"
note – that too in public – much sibly reacting to visuals of Bengal Sharma tweeted in Hindi.
against the ethos of a party where no- Congress chief Adhir Ranjan CONTD. ON P13
HC allows Varavara Rao to furnish cash surety for release
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Monday allowed
ailing poet-activist Varavara Rao, accused in the Elgar
Parishad-Maoist links case, to furnish a temporary cash
surety for release on bail until the process of submitting
solvent sureties is completed. Rao (82) was last week
granted interim bail on medical grounds for six months by
the HC which had asked him to furnish a personal bond of
Rs 50,000 and two solvent sureties of the like amount.



As a reply to the LoP’s attack, Dy CM assures the Vidarbha & Marathwada Statutory Boards will be declared the day the 12 names to MLC are declared or the next day

Congress ministers

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Leader

of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, in the state legislative
assembly on Monday, sparred over the allocation of funds
to the underdeveloped Vidarbha and Marathwada regions
arrive on bicycles to
and also on the formation of statutory development
boards for these two regions. protest against rise MSCB SCAM

Court seeks state's

Pawar announced that the statutory development boards
for Vidarbha and Marathwada will be formed immediately
after Governor BS Koshyari approves the nomination of 12
names from his quota to the legislative council. The
in auto fuel prices
government had forwarded these names last year.
However, the governor, despite reminders, is yet to clear

Ministers and legislators of the Congress arrived response on a plea

against clean chits
Fadnavis flayed the Maha Vikas Aghadi for holding on the first day of the budget session at the state
Vidarbha and Marathwada as ransom for the nomination legislature on bicycles to protest against the rise
of 12 names to the state legislative council. Bharatiya in fuel prices. The party shares power with Shiv
Janata Party (BJP) also boycotted the proceedings in the Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the
assembly over the issue. Mooting the issue for discussion Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra.
in the assembly, BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar alleged Ministers Balasaheb Thorat, Aslam Shaikh, The plea challenged the clean chit and the closure
that the government had not formed the board despite Yashomati Thakur and Satej Patil, former Chief report filed by the economic offences wing of the
Pawar’s assurance on December 15 last year.
In reply, Pawar said the MVA government was of the view
that the boards must be set up. It will make provisions in
the March 8 budget assuming that the boards exist. ' We
Supplementary demands Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Maharashtra Pradesh
Congress Committee president Nana Patole and
Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president
Bhai Jagtap were among those who took part in
city police in the case, which gave a clean chit to
Ajit Pawar and 75 other accused, including the
directors of several cooperative banks

of `21,076.32 crore tabled

wanted to form it as soon as possible. However, the state the bicycle march. Patole accused the central
cabinet had taken a decision of recommending 12 names government of mocking people and committing
to the governor for their nomination as members of the the ‘sin’ of snatching food from their mouths. NARSI BENWAL | Mumbai of several cooperative banks.
legislative council from his quota. The Vidarbha and “The state government has made the life of the Opposing the plea, AG
Marathwada Statutory Boards will be declared the day the SANJAY JOG | Mumbai the National Rural Health Mission, Rs 487.55 common man difficult with the rise in petrol The Maharashtra government, Kumbhakoni told the judges
12 names are declared or the next day,” he added. crore to water resources and Rs 400 crore to clear prices...the central government is mocking the on Monday, raised a preliminary that Arora's protest petition
Fadnavis asked what the people of Vidarbha and The Maharashtra government, which is struggling bills for irrigation and land acquisition and for the people,” he alleged. objection to the petition filed by against the closure report is
Marathwada have to do with the nomination of 12 names to cope up with its shortfall in revenue, on Prime Minister Krishi Sichai Yojana. The Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, an activist in the Bombay High already pending in the sessions
to the state council, which is an issue between the state Monday, presented supplementary demands government has made an allocation of Rs 289.36 however, passed the buck on to the state Court against the clean chit court.
government and the governor. He said that people of the worth Rs 21,076.32 crore on the first day of the crore to the Revenue and Forest Departments, Rs government, saying it can cut taxes and provide given to Deputy Chief Minister "A detailed probe was
two regions will not ‘forgive’ Pawar's stand on the issue budget session. Of Rs 21,076.32 crore, the 280.38 crore for woman and child welfare, Rs relief. Ajit Pawar and others accused in conducted, after which the EOW
and added that his party would continue government has earmarked Rs 16,200 crore to 241.71 crore to the Agriculture, Animal Already Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tijaswi the alleged multi-crore filed a closure report before the
to fight till ‘we get what the repay the advances taken under the Special Husbandry, Milk and Fisheries Departments, Rs Yadav in Bihar, opposition legislators in Madhya Maharashtra State Cooperative sessions court. The probe was
Constitution has given us’. Drawing facility, Rs 2,650.61 crore for pension, Rs 102.50 crore to general administration, Rs 200 Pradesh and Robert Vadra in New Delhi had Bank (MSCB) scam. conducted after the orders of
2,000 crore for the Mumbai Nagpur expressway crore for the Nanaji Deshmukh Krishi Sanjivani earlier taken bicycle rides against increasing A bench of Justices Sambhaji this court in 2019 on a similar
equity and Rs 1,149.67 crore for Metro 2A, 2B Scheme and Rs 100 crore for the e-governance prices of petrol and diesel. PIC: BL SONI Shinde and Manish Pitale posted plea filed by the same petitioner
and 7, of which the actual allocation will be Rs project. the hearing till March 22 with a (Arora)," the AG said. "It was
826 crore. The government has also allocated The Maha Vikas Aghadi government, since it directive to state's advocate their prayer in that plea of 2019
Rs 268.59 crore to the state Disaster Response assumed the office in November 2019, has tabled general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni to transfer the probe to the CBI.
Fund. supplementary demands worth Rs 1,12,645.32 to file a detailed reply in the This court, however, refused to
The supplementary demands were tabled by crore, comprising Rs 16,120 crore in December matter. handover the probe directly to
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who holds the 2019, Rs 24,273 crore in February 2020, Rs The bench was hearing a fresh the central agency and instead
Finance and Planning Departments, in the 29,084 crore in September 2020, Rs 21,992 crore petition filed by activist Surinder had first ordered a preliminary
state legislature. The government has in December 2020 and Rs 21,76.32 crore in Arora through his counsel Satish probe by the EOW and we have
allocated Rs 2,650.60 crore for the Finance March 2021. Out of the revenue collection target Talekar, seeking to transfer the complied with the orders," the
Department, Rs 2,052.50 crore for public of Rs 3,47,456 crore, the state government has probe in the matter to the AG added.
works and Rs 1,866 crore to collected only Rs 1,88,542 crore at the end of Central Bureau of Investigation Having considered the
MahaVitaran for providing relief to January 2021. This is 35 per cent less than the (CBI). He challenged the clean submissions advanced by the
agriculture consumers in the payment budgetary estimate and 21 per cent lower than chit and the C-summary (closure AG, the judges asked him to file
of long-pending dues. the collection in the same period in the previous report) filed by the economic a detailed response in the
Further, the government has year. The government has raised a record Rs offences wing of the city police matter and highlight this
earmarked Rs 546.09 crore to 73,000 crore through borrowings during April- in the case, which gave a clean preliminary objection, before the
public health, Rs 455.18 crore to December 2020. chit to Ajit Pawar and 75 other next date of hearing, which is
accused, including the directors on March 22.


State committed towards justice for `29,290 cr Goods and Services Tax MVA undertook massive humanitarian
CBI court rejects DHFL
Marathi-speaking people at borders
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, at the joint
dues pending from central government
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari, on Monday, said that
programmes amidst pandemic & cyclone
MUMBAI: Governor BS Koshyari, on Monday, at the joint sitting of the bail pleas of promoters
session of the state legislature on Monday, said that the state despite the central government’s delay in clearing the long-pending state legislature, said the Maha Vikas Aghadi government undertook
government is committed to serve justice to the Marathi-speaking Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation dues and the financial massive humanitarian programmes as jobs and livelihood were MUMBAI: The bail applications (PCA). On January 13, the duo
people of the border areas. “My government has strongly presented crunch arisen because of COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown and affected because of medical emergency and several economic of Dewan Housing Finance had approached the CBI court
the case of Maharashtra in the original suit filed in the Supreme economic downturn, the state government has provided priority challenges. “Under the National Food Security Act, wheat, rice and Corporation Limited (DHFL) for bail. In their bail pleas, the
Court on Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Dispute and, henceforth, funding to the Departments of Public Health, Medical Education and coarse grains were distributed to about 7 crore people at just Rs 1 to Rs promoters Kapil Wadhawan and brothers had told the court that
will continue to present the same. My government expresses its Drugs, Relief and Rehabilitation, Food and Civil Supplies and Home 3 per kg. My government also provided food grains to about 40 lakh Dheeraj Wadhawan were on the debentures for investment in
commitment to the Marathi-speaking people of the border areas and during the pandemic. To stimulate the economy, the state farmers from 14 suicide-prone districts at the cost of nearly Rs 750 Monday rejected by a special which by Yes Bank they had
is committed to get them justice. It has recently published a volume government has provided for 75 per cent of the budgetary provision crore. About 17,000 tons of rice and 762 tons of chana dal was Central Bureau of Investigation allegedly paid bribe to its ex-
titled Maharashtra Karnataka Seemavaad : Sangharsh Aaani Sankalp for capital expenditure and released 100 per cent money to the distributed to 35 lakh stranded and migrant labourers and students court in the Yes Bank scam case. CEO Rana Kapoor, were
to comprehensively present the issue. Copies of this book will be Local Development Fund, district planning committee schemes and without ration cards,” he said. The governor said that the state Earlier, their pleas were rejected oversubscribed by over 2.73
made available to the members of the state legislature in this Dongri Vikas Karyakram (hilly region development). The governor, at government not only tackled the medical crisis, but also successfully by a magistrate court on times. DHFL, they said, did not
session,” said Governor. the joint session of the state legislature, said by the end of February handled multiple natural disasters. The Nisarg cyclone devastated January 8 to which the case had need Yes Bank’s money and had
The governor’s statement came days after a war of words broke 2021, the central government owes dues worth Rs 46,950 crore certain areas of the coastal region of Konkan. Rs 609 crore as relief was been transferred in July last year many eager investors. Further,
between the political leaders from the Maha Vikas Aghadi in towards GST. “The central government has paid just Rs 6,140 crore paid to those affected by this cyclone at enhanced rates. Rs 179 crore at the stage of taking their plea stated that, until
Maharashtra and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in and Rs 11,520 crore as loan for the (GST) compensation. GST was distributed for flood relief in Nagpur. In addition, heavy rainfall and cognisance. It had been today, CBI has not managed to
Karnataka on the long pending border dispute. It all started after compensation to the tune of Rs 29,290 crore is overdue from the floods from June to October, 2020, caused widespread damage to life, transferred as the CBI had not secure sanction to prosecute the
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had proposed that areas central government,” he noted. The governor’s statement comes a cattle, agricultural crops, houses and public properties. “A package of Rs secured the necessary sanctions duo under the PCA and, hence,
dominated by Marathi-speaking people on the state’s border with day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had slammed the 10,000 crore for the damages caused due to this calamity has been required to prosecute public that they cannot be charged
Karnataka should be declared as a union territory till the Supreme Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre for announced. Rs 5,500 crore was earmarked to farmers for crop servants in cases under the under it.
Court gives its final verdict on the issue. -Sanjay Jog clearing the GST compensation arrears. -Sanjay Jog damages,” he said. -Sanjay Jog Prevention of Corruption Act -Staff Reporter

New Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte Maharashtra continues

has tête-à-tête with NCP president to top in GST collection
FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU SANJAY JOG | Mumbai 13,546 crore as against Rs
Mumbai 13,579 crore in September 2019
Maharashtra continues to be at (o per cent); in August, it was Rs
Newly appointed Maharashtra
Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte,
the top amongst all states with a
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
11,602 crore as against Rs
13,407 crore (minus 13 per cent);
MU declares
on Monday, met Nationalist
Congress Party chief Sharad
Pawar at the latter’s residence
collection of Rs 16,103.50 crore
in February against Rs 15,734.66
crore during the corresponding
in July, it was Rs 12,508 crore as
against Rs 15,102 crore (minus
17 per cent); and in June, it was
TYBA sem
and discussed various issues.
Kunte, a 1985 batch Indian
Sharad Pawar and daughter Supriya
period last year, a rise of 2 per
cent. India's GST collection for
Rs 14,987 crore as against Rs
15,143 crore (minus 1 per cent). five results
Administrative Services (IAS) February was reported at Rs Even though Maharashtra
officer, on Sunday took over as
the Chief Secretary from program." "I wished him well for expedite the vaccination drive Sule get a dose of COVID-19 vaccine 1,13,143 crore. This is despite
the fact that the state is yet to
remains on the top, the state
government has been urging the

incumbent Sanjay Kumar who a successful tenure," added across the state. Other priorities MUMBAI: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar recover from the pandemic, central government for an early Around 12,530 students have
retired yesterday. Pawar, whose party is an ally of include revival of the state and his daughter Supriya Sule, on Monday, were administered a lockdown and economic clearance of its GST dues worth passed, as the much-awaited
After the meeting, Pawar in a the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi in economy affected by the shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at JJ Hospital in south Mumbai. Pawar downturn. Rs 29,290 crore by the end of results of the Third Year Bachelor
tweet said, "Sitaram Kunte, the the state. pandemic and the completion of in a tweet said, “I took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Sir Maharashtra, being a February. The government has of Arts (TYBA) Undergraduate
newly appointed Chief Secretary Meanwhile, Kunte, who was the government’s ambitious JJ Hospital, Mumbai, today. To strengthen the vaccination drive, I manufacturing state, has been argued that, if the Centre pays (UG) programme semester five
of the Government of welcomed by Deputy Secretary projects in a time-bound manner. appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine and join the way ahead in GST collection the compensation at the earliest, were declared on Monday by the
Maharashtra visited me today. Uday Chaudhary in the presence Kunte urged people to follow fight against coronavirus.” compared with other states. The it will bring relief in the financial University of Mumbai (MU). The
We discussed various issues of former CS Sanjay Kumar, said the COVID-19 norms and Meanwhile, Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale state-ruled by Maha Vikas crunch. Out of the revenue pass percentage of the winter
pertaining to Maharashtra, he would focus on the successful cooperate with the state said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the COVID-19 vaccine Aghadi raked in Rs 17,699 crore collection target of Rs 3,47,456 semester five results of final year
especially pertaining to COVID- implementation of the COVID-19 government to curb the spread today. “I appeal to all the people to take the vaccine that is needed in December 2020 as against Rs crore for 2020-21, the state has BA course is 94.51 per cent.
19 and the vaccination containment measures and of the virus. to save lives,” he noted. -FPJ Political Bureau 15,001 crore in 2019, an collected just Rs 1,88,542 crore The winter semester five
increase of a record 17.98 per at the end of January 2021. This examinations of TYBA
TIK TOK STAR SUICIDE CASE cent. In October, the state’s GST is 35 per cent less than the programme of the Humanities
revenue collection was Rs 15,799 budgetary estimate and 21 per discipline were conducted in

Non-cognisable case against ex-CM for 'defaming' dead woman crore against Rs 15,109 cr in
October 2019 (5 per cent); in
September 2020, it was Rs
cent lower than the collection in
the same period in the previous
January 2021 via online mode.
Out of 14,274 students who
appeared for the winter
AGENCIES | Mumbai sections 500 (Punishment for Wagh. PIC: BL SONI against him. The complaint semester TYBA examination,
defamation) and 501 (Printing or The complaint also named Prasad against Fadnavis and others was 12,530 have cleared the
A non-cognisable case was engraving matter known to be Lad, Shantabai Chavan, and lodged by Shyam Sardar Rathod, examination, leading to a pass
registered on Monday against defamatory) of the Indian Penal woman activist Trupti Desai. who heads youth wing of the percentage of 94.51. The result
former Maharashtra chief minister Code at Manora police station. The 23-year-old woman died in Rashtriya Banjara Parishad in of this examination is published
Devendra Fadnavis and five other Besides Fadnavis, who is the Hadapsar area of Pune in Washim district, as per the copy of on the university website
leaders of the BJP in Washim Leader of Opposition in the state February. Her death triggered a the complaint. Shyam Sardar http://www.mumresults.in/.
district after a complaint was Legislative Assembly, the huge political controversy with the Rathod also accused some news Till date, MU has announced 92
lodged against them for allegedly complaint also named Leader of BJP alleging link of Shiv Sena MLA channels of defaming the results of the winter semester
defaming the woman from Pune Opposition in Legislative Council Sanjay Rathod to the case. deceased woman and the Banjara examinations. On Monday, the
district whose death set off a Pravin Darekar, former ministers Rathod, a Banjara community community. He also threatened to university announced four
political row leading to resignation Sudhir Mungantiwar and Ashish leader, resigned as state Forest launch a protest if a strict action is results, including TYBA semester
of a minister. Shelar, Mumbai MLA Atul minister on Sunday but had not taken against the accused five and TYBA semester five (7
The offence was registered under Bhatkhalkar, and BJP leader Chitra denied all allegations raised persons. grade points).
Three Cox and Kings executives sent to EOW custody
MUMBAI: The custody of Cox and Kings Group promoter
Ajit Peter Kerkar, group’s CFO Anil Khandelwal and its
internal auditor Naresh Jain was on Monday sent to the
Economic Offences Wing (EOW). The trio is currently in
judicial custody in the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) case
against them for defrauding Yes Bank. The EOW moved a
special court on Monday for handing over their custody in
a case registered last year. - Staff Reporter

WR installs MTRC in 100 trains Maha reports

Wary auto & taxi drivers ferry giving real-time info to travellers
6,397 fresh
COVID cases on

public amid new (un)fare hike

the situation. This was later
updated to the motormen drop in tests
and guards of trains. The
Every time there is a failure MTRC will prove useful espe- SWAPNIL MISHRA / Mumbai
and the train comes to a halt, cially during monsoon when
commuters are left clueless tracks get waterlogged and In the wake of a dip in coro-
about the cause of the halt. trains make an abrupt halt in na testing in the last 24
Drivers say fares hiked at the wrong time; fear new rates will keep passengers away Now, just as the airports have
Air Traffic Control (ATC),
the middle of the track.
This system can help the
hours, there was a slight
drop in the number of coron-
the Western Railway (WR) rail authorities disseminate avrus cases in Mumbai and
SHASHANK RAO A COSTLY RIDE which the deadline is till introduced Mobile Train Ra- information to commuters Maharashtra on Monday.
Mumbai May 31. The RTOs will test dio Communication (MTRC) stuck inside trains about the The state reported 6,397 new
� Rickshaw drivers are the recalibrated e-meters af- on Monday. actual situation. Likewise COVID infections and 30 fa-
The auto and taxi drivers now allowed to charge ter it's changed and tested This will be for the first at Mahalaxmi, Borivali, Vi- even when there is a techni- talities in the last 24 hours,
feel that they are better off Rs 21 as base fare by ITI institutes and other time on Indian Railways that rar, Churchgate, Bandra and cal problem like signal fail- pushing its tally of positive
charging the old fare than � Taxi drivers are now agencies across Mumbai. such a system would be avail- Jogeshwari that will help in ure, OHE snapping, track cases to 21,61,467 and 52,184
going with new ones that allowed to charge Rs 25 “Already the drivers are able that would give real-time supplementing this system. failure or trespassing acci- deaths.
came into effect from March as base fare complaining about lesser update to commuters travel- This system was first pro- dent; such information can Mumbai reported 855 new
1. The test drive done by earnings in the past few ling in suburban trains; in posed in 2012-13 at a cost of be provided sooner to com- cases and four COVID deaths
Free Press Journal showed weeks since lockdown has case of an emergency or un- around Rs 6 crore. muters. on Monday, increasing its to-
that these drivers didn't them to see if anything can been eased. Now with the toward incident on rail lines. "The MTRC will enable in- WR General Manager A tal positive counts to 3,26,770
even bother checking the be done about the fare hike. fare hike, many have in- The WR authorities have formation to be dispersed Kansal said that the MTRC and deaths to 11,474 so far.
new tariff card. manding revised higher tar- A taxi driver from Mum- formed us about how it installed this MTRC technol- from the control room to the can communicate with all The recovery rate of the
The drivers of both autos iff though his e-meter bai Central said that it would further hurt their ogy in all its 100 trains. This motorman and even com- the 100 trains and 200 motor state and city dropped to 93
and taxis told that they shows the earlier version. would have been better if earnings,” said KK Tiwari, will enable the central con- muters inside local trains. It cabs of these trains. Each per cent from 94 per cent.
would better go with the ex- "Unnecessarily don't want the fare would have been Rs auto rickshaw union leader trol room to not only get in has a combination of cam- train can be communicated There was 25 per cent and 27
isting tariff although they to get into arguments with 20 from the earlier Rs 22 as who has held few meetings touch with motormen and eras, microphones, digital with individually or a broad- per cent drop in the number
know about the revised passengers. As it is people base fare, however the gov- with drivers ever since the guard of local trains but also audio and video recorders as cast call can be made to all lo- of COVID tests on Monday as
rates applicable from March are trying to lessen expendi- ernment revised it to Rs 25. hike was announced. inform the commuters well. There are six signal cal trains from central con- compared to the tests con-
1. The FPJ on March 1 re- ture," he said. "Who is going to travel in an At the meetings, the driv- through the train's passenger towers that will help in sup- trol or a group call can be ducted on Sunday. Dr
ported about the apprehen- The auto rickshaw drivers expensive cab? This hike ers told the union that peo- announcement system. The porting the MTRC," said a made to predefined as well as Archana Patil, Director, Di-
sion of the drivers in charg- are now allowed to charge happened at the wrong ple were still concerned time taken for a call would be WR official. a dynamic group of trains, if rectorate of Health Services
ing the new rates. Rs 21 as base fare. Even the time," said the taxi driver. about travelling long dis- less than 300 milliseconds. Until now, the motormen required. Even motormen (DHS), said they were focus-
Ramnaresh Yadav, an auto late-night charges have in- These drivers are allowed tances in autos and cabs. Sources said that informa- and guard used to contact can speak to other motormen ing on improving the health
rickshaw driver from Kan- creased in this fare hike. to carry a physical copy of And people are using these tion will be provided after 10 station masters who then using this system to check infrastructure to deal with
divali said that he doesn't The drivers had a meeting the tariff card until they re- autos and taxis to ply only minutes of an incident being used to communicate with the extent of failure to get up- any situation, considering
want to take risk of de- with the unions asking calibrate their e-meters for till railway stations. occurred. There are towers the control room to update dates. the spurt in cases.

FIR against patient, bar for COVID Two arrested for

killing 77-yr-old
Pandemic cases jump 40% across Maha in Feb
rule violation; groom’s kin booked woman in Worli
tening, the state started to
ease restrictions that were
imposed to break the chain
ficult to say whether this is a
second wave, but the virus is
showing a concentrated
DIPTI SINGH was found to be roaming out STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai There has been a 40 per cent and control the spread and spurt in some areas like Vi-
Mumbai at around 12:45 pm on Mon- rise in the number of transmission of the virus. darbha, starting from Nag-
day despite having 'no essen- Three days after a 77-year-old COVID-19 cases across Maha- “We are urging citizens to pur, Amravati to Au-
For the second day in a row, tial work' said a civic official woman was allegedly murdered rashtra during the last follow COVID protocols as we rangabad (in Marathwada
Brihanmumbai Municipal from the ward. at her Worli Sea Face bungalow, month as compared to Janu- do not want the same situa- region). Now, the virus is
Corporation's (BMC) M Dr Bhupendra Patil, med- the Worli Police arrested two ary this year when the cases tion as it was in the month of slowly getting transmitted to
(West) ward lodged an FIR ical officer of health (MoH) M persons including a house help had dropped 12 per cent. June, July and September other districts like Pune and
against a 37-year-old Chem- (West) ward said that it is for allegedly killing Vishni According to the data pro- when cases were on peak. Mumbai.
bur resident for flouting the criminal that people who test- Dolwani. vided by the state health de- Moreover we have intensi- "If we do not control it, it
COVID-19 quarantine rules ed positive are freely roaming The accused have been partment, there were 90,673 fied all our protocols to curb will spread to other states in
despite having tested positive in public places. "The per- identified as Amarjit Karmaraj cases between January 1 and across the state. the cases and have alerted all the country. Whether it will
for the virus. The is a second son's wife too was tested posi- Nishad, 22, a house help and 31 which increased to 1,26,723 The spurt in the number of the ward officers to take spread 100 per cent, nobody
such FIR by the ward offi- seeing a surge in new infec- tive. Despite being a covid19 his accomplice Abhijit Joria, 22. during February. Officials cases began in the second strict action if the cases in is sure, but yes, it has the po-
cials in just 24 hours against tions since mid-February. patient the person was seen Dolwani was found dead have attributed this surge to week of February, which is their area have surged,” he tential," he said. Health ex-
COVID positive patient flout- "When we came to know moving around despite them around midnight on Friday, the laxity on the part of the being seen as a result of gen- said. perts said that there is no
ing quarantine. about violations of rules at required to be quarantined. bound and gagged. Gold citizens in not following the eral laxity, mutation of Dr Subhash Salunkhe, tech- need for any new strategy to
Meanwhile, the Mumbai the wedding held on Sunday, They are putting not only ornaments worth Rs 4 lakh were COVID norms and increase COVID-19 strains and un- nical adviser to the Maha- tackle the situation as the ex-
Police registered an FIR we rushed to the spot with their own but even others life stolen from their safe which was in the number of coron- locking. Moreover with the rashtra government on isting strategies are quite ad-
against two members of a police officials. We found if at risk," said Patil. found open. Nishad, who was avirus testing facilities state's COVID-19 curve flat- COVID-19, said it is very dif- equate and effective.
bridegroom's family for around 500 people attending The BMC officials said a working there for three months,
inviting more than 500 guests the marriage," said Dr Satish member of the residential so- was a prime suspect as he went
for his marriage held at a Badgire, Health Officer, ciety where the person re- missing after the murder. The
ground in Kalina, civic and H/East ward. sides reported to the BMC Worli Police sent teams after
police officials said on Mon- The BMC M (West) ward that the man was seen freely Nishad, a resident of Sultanpur
day. As per pandemic norms, lodged a case with the Chem- moving in public. A team in UP. According to the police, to
only 50 people are allowed to bur's Basant Park Police from the civic health depart- make easy money, Nishad took
attend a marriage function against a 37-year-old coron- ment reached the spot. (With help of Joria, a domestic help
in Maharashtra, which is avirus positive patient who PTI inputs) working at Walkeshwar.

Residents demand action After BJP’s criticism,

against traders flouting corona Guv hails MVA’s fight
norms at Deonar goat mkt against coronavirus
DIPTI SINGH / Mumbai SANJAY JOG and successfully dealing
Mumbai with difficult settlements
As the BMC scaling up like Dharavi,’’ he viewed.
COVID safety protocols in A day after BJP alleged ram- The ‘Majhe Kutumb, Majhi
wake of the rising number of pant corrup- Jababdari’ (My Family My
coronavirus cases in the city, tion in the Responsibility) an innova-
residents of Deonar have ap- COVID-19 tive health check-up mission
pealed to the civic body to management in the country was imple-
take action against traders in Mumbai, mented in the State. Under
coming to the Deonar goat Governor BS the said mission, all families
market for flouting social dis- A BMC health worker collects Koshyari in in the State were surveyed in
tancing norms and not wear- nasal swab sample of a trader his speech at two rounds.
ing masks. at Deonar goat market. the joint session of the state The special survey of high-
The administration of the legislature hailed the Dhar- risk individuals and senior
abattoir, however, said that Rafiq Shaikh, a resident of avi model and the successful citizens was also done. Due to
they have been penalised Deonar. implementation of May which, several patients af-
those entering the market According to Yogesh Family My Responsibility fected by Covid infection
without a facemask. Shetye, BMC official and gen- campaign and the recently could be detected. This mis-
Residents have alleged that eral manger of Deonar Abat- launched Mi Jababdar drive sion helped in preparing the
many traders who have been toir, the civic body restricted to curb spread of infection by State health map. ‘’By partic-
visiting the goat market are the time limit for the slaugh- the Maha Vikas Aghadi gov- ipation of citizens in the
hardly seen wearing masks, terhouse's functioning. "The ernment. management of Covid-19
also social distancing is not goat market is open only on The Governor said the state pandemic our State ensured
seen many a time. two days on Tuesday and Sat- government took several successful control of this epi-
"We have seen people going urday. It was made mandato- measures for control and demic. But the battle against
in and out of the slaughter- ry for the butchers to keep management of the COVID- the Covid is still on and now
house without a mask. They the livestock in the abattoir 19 pandemic which have be- the “Mi Jababdar” (I am re-
have put up posters on for at least 24 hours and it come a model for the rest of sponsible) mission has been
COVID awareness. However, should undergo fitness certi- the States and even in other launched,’’ he noted.
none is followed by the fication before slaughter. countries. ‘’Maharashtra has Governor said the state gov-
traders, it seems. The BMC These changes were made most effectively managed the ernment is implementing the
need to take stern action when we decided to reopen it epidemic by bringing down vaccination programme re-
against such people," said on July 3, 2020," he said. the number of active cases garding COVID-19 disease.

BEST mgmt unhappy over action against 74 drivers

PRATIP ACHARYA member Sunil Ganacharya in the minds of BEST driv-
Mumbai said that last week, 74 BEST ers, which distracts them
drivers of Bandra Depot also," he added. Ganacharya
The management committee were called by the manage- also brought the issue last
members of the Brihan- week during the BEST com-
mumbai Electricity Supply
and Transport (BEST) un-
SPEED LIMIT mittee meeting.
However officials in the un-
dertaking expressed their
discontent on the manage-
VIOLATION dertaking mentioned, this is
not any new rule and have
ment for taking action ment for driving their buses been there for a long time
against BEST drivers driving tem (ITMS) which allows the in a speed limit, above 45 since the management want-
above at a speed above 45 officials to monitor the move- km/hour. ed to curb rash driving.
kmph. ment and ETA of the bus. As "This is absolutely unjusti- "If the rule was there, then
In January, the BEST un- a result, in each bus a special fiable, driving the buses at a why did the management call
veiled its new 'Command and Bus Tracking System (BTS) slow speed will not just lead the drivers last week? This
Control' room at the Wadala device has been installed, to increased fuel consump- only after ITMS was intro-
Depot. The control room is which also lets tracking of tion, but will also delay their duced the management start-
equipped with all the smart the speed limit in the BEST arrival in the destination," ed to scrutinise the speed
features including an Intelli- control room. Ganacharya told FPJ. limit," said the committee
gent Traffic Monitoring Sys- Senior BEST committee "This is an added pressure member.
Major fire breaks out at wood factory in Bhiwandi; no casualty
THANE: A major fire was broke out into a wooden
godown in Bhiwandi, during the wee hours on
Monday. The incident led to huge damage of
machineries and wood materials kept in godown.
However, no injury or casualty was reported this

Covid effect: Number of PhD,
Follow Covid norms or won't Actor, bizman MPhil scholars at MU dwindle
hear matters, warns HC judge files
Official attributes the decline in the number to lack of resources for research

Sachiin Joshi Mumbai

bail plea
Research papers, disserta-
tions or theses by Doctor of
Justice Shinde cites the Amravati incident wherein at least 60 advocates tested positive for Covid-19 Philosophy (PhD) and Mas-

still in force and is binding
on each individual who en-
in special court ter of Philosophy (MPhil)
students of the University of
Mumbai (MU) for the aca-
ters the court premises. STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai demic year 2020 have not
One of the senior-most "The SOP is for each one of been uploaded on the Shod-
judge of the Bombay High us and only for our safety. Actor and businessman hganga website. The num-
Court on Monday warned Thus, it is all the more im- Sachiin Joshi on Friday ber of PhD students which
litigants against overcrowd- portant for everyone to ad- filed a bail plea in the is equivalent to the number tension first from June 30, sources for their research
ing in his court hall. The here to the SOP and the so- Omkar Group fraud case in of final year research theses 2020 to December 31, 2020 work." There are 78 Re-
judge said if the parties in- cial distancing norms," the whose connection he had submitted has reduced from and then from December 31, search Department Centres
cluding the advocates fail to judge said while pointing been arrested for money 413 in 2019 to 152 in 2020 2020 till June 30, 2021. The affiliated to MU.
adhere to the social distanc- out that even the judges are laundering. while, the number of MPhil UGC said, "Due to the Covid- The reason for the dip in
ing and other Covid-19 sitting with a safe distance The 37-year-old has been students has reduced from 19 pandemic, universities the number of research
norms in the court hall, he between them. accused of laundering funds 350 in 2019 to 60 in 2020. have remained closed for the scholars in both PhD and
would not hear their mat- Further, Justice Shinde the Group had secured from The research papers com- past several months. There- MPhil courses of MU is the
ters. cited the incident at Amra- Yes Bank for slum redevel- pleted in 2020 have not been fore, students have not been non-availability of online re-
Justice Sambhaji Shinde, vati, wherein at least 60 ad- opment projects. uploaded on the Shodhgan- able to conduct their re- search guides, irregular for-
a senior-most judge of the courtrooms. entire board (of cases) for vocates have tested positive. The ED had arrested him ga website which is a plat- search or experiments in mation of the Research and
HC is presently heading a On Monday, when Justice the day." "We are fortunate that we on 15 February and there- form for research students university laboratories. Recommendation Commit-
division bench that com- Shinde arrived in the court By Monday evening, Jus- aren't subjected to any such after he had been under the to deposit their PhD theses Also, they were not able to tee (RRC) and non-payment
prises Justice Manish hall, he saw the usual rush tice Shinde also issued a cir- untoward situation. We agency’s custodial interro- and make it available to the access library services that of stipend for research
Pitale. The bench is as- and this irked the judge. cular notifying that from have come in the right di- gation till 22 February. The entire scholarly community are critical for completion of work, said Shomit Salunke,
signed to hear criminal "Tell the policemen, Tuesday he would only hear rection till now and don't agency has alleged that with open access. Every thesis." a PhD and professor of Law
matters such as quashing lawyers, and other litigants 60 matters every day, with want to go back to virtual Omkar Group had trans- year, submission of theses is A senior official of MU of MU. Salukhe added, "Both
FIRs, criminal appeals to wait outside the court only 12 matters per hour. hearings," the judge added. ferred funds to his and his done by May-June followed said, "Students have not sub- PhD and MPhil students
against convictions or hall," a visibly irked Justice As per the notice, the Notably, last week another company’s accounts in the by result declaration in July. mitted their theses because have not received a monthly
death sentences, and other Shinde told his staff. bench led by Justice Shinde judge of the HC - Justice name of SRA eviction and But due to the Covid-19 the UGC has given an exten- stipend of Rs 8,000 under fel-
criminal work. "Let's not crowd in this will hear 12 matters from 11 Prithviraj Chavan - had re- tenants’ rehabilitation pandemic, the University sion till June 2021. Also, lowship funds for research
Usually, the court hall of courtroom," he then told am to 12 am and according- fused to take up matters if work, but no actual work Grants Commission (UGC) many students do not have work since the last one and a
the bench that is assigned everyone from his dias, ly till 5 in the evening would the arguing counsel failed was done by him. has provided a 12-month ex- access to necessary re- half year. How are students
with such matters is jam- adding, "If you all fail to ad- hear 60 cases. to wear a mask. He had re- Joshi, the ED says, had

HC dismisses plea of builder Lahoriya

packed with hundreds of here to the social distancing The judge further cited moved a matter from his helped the Group layer and
lawyers, clients, and even norms, we will not hear any the Standard Operating board after the counsel for- siphon off the monies and
policemen present in the matter and discharge the Procedure (SOP) which is got to wear his mask. caused a loss to Yes Bank.

seeking transfer of trial to another court

4 held for abducting, killing stray dogs NARSI BENWAL / Mumbai of his plea, ordered Judge
Vaishnav to consider seeing
PRIYANKA NAVALKAR / Mumbai the accused later dumped it saw the dog being taken In a setback for the son of de- the CCTV footage at the end
in the mangroves. away by an auto-rickshaw veloper Sunil Lahoriya, who of the trial, provided the
Six held for Four men including the sec-
retary of an Andheri-based
A few days later, an animal
activist, Tushar Gogia, who
driver in a bus vehicle, fol-
lowing which he checked the
was shot dead in his office,
the Bombay High Court on
same is certified to be au-
thentic under the Informa-

attempting building were arrested for

giving a ransom of �5,000 to
get rid of the stray dogs in
fed the strays in the neigh-
borhood, noticed that a num-
ber of strays who frequently
CCTV camera footage. With
evidence at disposal, Gogia
approached police and
Monday refused to transfer
the trial in the case from
Judge R R Vaishnav's court case fairly and impartially.
tion & Technology (IT) act.
The plea further alleged
that the judge had a huge

robbery bid the area. During one such ab-

duction, one dog was smoth-
visited were missing. Gogia
searched for the missing
lodged a complaint at Verso-
va police station.
to some other court.
A bench of Justices Samb-
The bench was seized with
a plea filed by Sandeep seek-
heated argument with the
prosecutor and had in fact

in Dahisar
ered and succumbed, whose dogs and saw a restlessness Police arrested the four, haji Shinde and Manish ing transfer of the trial from left the court and rejected
body was later dumped in stray dogs from the locality. among strays. It was earlier identified as Navnath build- Pitale said Lahoriya's son Judge Vaishnav's court. He certain applications of the
the mangroves. All accused The accused then were clear- suspected that the dogs were ing secretary Sunil Jaising Sandeep failed to put forth through his counsel Himan- prosecution from his Cham-
STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai were booked under relevant ing the dog menace and had afraid of the civic vans and and the three auto drivers— an appealing case to show shu Khode pointed out that bers.
sections of the Indian Penal picked up one of the strays, officials, but it was learnt Yasin Maniyar (38), Arvind any wrong on part of the the judge had refused to con- Notably, the HC had specif-
The Dahisar Police arrested Code. who was forced in an auto- that the civic body had not Yadav (24), Raj Singh (23). judge in dealing with the sider CCTV footage, where- ically ordered Judge Vaish-
six men who were about to According to police, the rickshaw. During the scuffle, undertaken any drives re- They were all produced be- case. in, his father is seen to be nav to conduct a trial in the
rob a shop in suburban secretary had paid a ransom one of the accused had unin- cently. fore the Andheri Court on The bench, however, asked alive before reaching the case, while disposing of an-
Mumbai, wherein police of �5,000 to three auto-rick- tentionally choked the stray. A further probe revealed Monday and were released Judge Vaishnav to expedite hospital. other plea of Sandeep in Au-
seized items like cutter, shaw drivers to clear the Panicked with the incident, that a building watchman on bail. the trial and proceed with the The judges while disposing gust 2019.
knives, choppers, and mo-
biles from the accused. Ny-
lon rope, pepper were also
seized from them. Police act-
ed on a tip-off and nabbed
Grantof �21K maintenance to wife who BMC set to restart work on major water supply tunnel 187 more birds found dead BIRD FLU IN MAHARASHTRA

the accused men, who all

happen to be history-
earned �30K not unreasonable: Court STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai alignment of the tunnel.
The previous TBM was SANJAY JOG
According to police BHAVNA UCHIL monial discord. He had fur- After facing a delay of al- drilling soil strata made of Mumbai
sources, a team from Dahis- Mumbai ther stated that there is most a year, BMC all set to Pyroclastic Ash, which is
ar police station, who were nothing in the order to show restart its work on the Ver- very loose in nature. We had A total of 187 poultry birds
on patrolling duty, had re- Refusing to interfere in a she is entitled to the avali-Powai-Ghatkopar wa- approached all TBM experts including 135 in Beed, 43 in
ceived a tip-off that a few magistrate court's order for amount. The court said that ter supply tunnel. The civic even globally to find a way Latur and 9 in Nandurbar
men were to rob a mobile a man to pay Rs. 21,000 as his claim of having to ten- body will be getting a new out. Finally, we have now de- were found dead due to bird
shop. Acting on this infor- interim monthly mainte- der resignation due to mari- Tunnel Boring Machine cided to appoint a new con- flu in Maharashtra. The
mation, police laid a trap nance to his wife in a do- tal unrest does not absolve (TBM) soon, and the project renknecht tunnelling sys- tractor and restart the work samples are being sent to
near Parbat Nagar in Dahis- mestic violence case, a him of the liability to main- will now cost around Rs 300 tems. However, the project and try to cover up the time the National Institute of and 83,694 kg poultry feed
ar (E). At around 2.30 am, Mumbai sessions court has tain his wife. crore including the cost of was stuck for almost a year we have lost. It is a huge High Security Animal Dis- have been scientifically de-
the accused men reached said in an appeal filed by The wife Simran Kaur, 28, purchasing the new TBM. after TBM got stuck in the challenge before us," said a eases in Bhopal and Disease stroyed within a radius of 1
the spot with equipment to the husband that such a had claimed monthly inter- To augment the water sup- same tunnel it was drilling senior BMC official. Investigation Section, Pune. km from the poultry farm in
break in. grant to a woman who used im maintenance of Rs 1 ply in the western and east- near Powai. During the According to BMC offi- Incidentally, no mortality the infected zones.
Police observed that the to earn Rs. 30,000 before lakh stating that her hus- ern suburbs of Mumbai and monsoon last year, the tun- cials, the decision was tak- was reported in other birds The government has re-
accused had arrived in two marriage is not unreason- band earned Rs 34 lakh an- strengthen the water line nel was flooded and the en after series of meetings including herons, sparrows, leased compensation of Rs
auto-rickshaws, MH 47 X able. nually. The salary slips pro- network, BMC’s water sup- stuck TBM is now covered with civil engineers and ex- parrots and crows. 3.38 crore to the poultry
4552 and MH47 AD 9528, fol- The court said that it is to duced by him before court ply department is con- by muck all around. perts from IIT-Mumbai. The According to the depart- farmers where the culling
lowing which police inter- be noted that the wife too showed that he earned Rs structing a 6.6-km tunnel "Mumbai is reclaimed the civic body is planning to ap- ment of animal husbandry, of poultry birds, disposal of
cepted them. Police seized was earning before mar- 90,000 monthly between from Veravali to Ghatkopar. city, the soil strata is unpre- point a new contractor who so far, 9,65,148 poultry birds eggs and poultry feed have
their valuables worth riage and used to get a January and September For this, in August 2019, a dictable. Now, we have bet- will be getting the new TBM including 7,97,604 birds been carried out in the in-
�2,92,080 and arrested them. salary of Rs. 30,000 which 2019. TBM – of German make ter information about the to complete the remaining from Navapur in Nandur- fected zones for contain-
They were booked under rel- was not spent on anything The court also said that was brought from Her- soil strata that exists at the tunnelling and drilling. bar district, 30,00,341 eggs ment of bird flu.
evant sections of the Indian other than herself. Addi- prima facie there was do-

NMMC election likely to be delayed

Penal Code (IPC) for rob- tional Sessions judge UM mestic violence on the
bery and voluntarily caus-
ing hurt.
Judge Padwad opined in
his judgment passed on 20
woman and that she had
quoted numerous instances
Murder accused gets bail as
The accused were identi-
fied as Ramzan Shaukat Ali,
February that the parties
apparently are well educat-
of these and simply be-
cause they are denied by
probe hints a failed suicide pact AMIT SRIVASTAVA ter completion on the in- mittee for each ward office
35, Ayub Sarwar Ali Ansari, ed and used to lead a gener- her husband and his family, AGENCIES / Mumbai ing bail to the accused Kun- Navi Mumbai quiry of objections and sug- under the guidance of
26, Avinash Kamble, 37, Anil ous life and this being so, a it cannot be said that the al- dan Acharya on a bond of gestion raised by citizens. deputy municipal commis-
Jadhav, 26, Yusuf Shaikh, grant of Rs. 21,000 to a lady legations are without sub- The Bombay High Court re- Rs 30,000 on February 16 The civic election of Navi The NMMC administra- sioner level officials.
38, and Rizwan Kankali, 19. who once had Rs 30,000 to stance. cently granted bail to a 26- was made available on Mon- Mumbai Municipal Corpo- tion has received a total of Meanwhile, the number of
All the accused were resi- spend over herself cannot The couple got married in year-old man, who is ac- day. Acharya was arrested ration (NMMC) is likely to 3,497 objections and sugges- active cases of Covid-19
dents of Dahisar and had be said to be unreasonable. April 2019. The woman in cused of killing his 22-year- in November, 2019 by the be delayed further as the fi- tions from citizens on the started increasing and offi-
stolen the two auto-rick- The woman’s husband her domestic violence com- old girlfriend, after investi- Thane rural police. nal voter lists will not be draft voter lists, published cials had to be shifted to
shaws from Ratan Nagar to Ajitpal Singh, 32, had chal- plaint alleged that Singh gation in the case suggested The duo decided to end published on March 3, as last month. Covid management. In the
commit a robbery. lenged the Dadar magis- and his family harassed her that the attack was part of a their lives by assaulting per the earlier plan. Now, As per the directions of short span of time, inquiry
Police suspect that the ac- trate’s order of January last for dowry, made her work suicide pact between the each other after their par- the State Election Commis- the State Election Commis- of all objections and sug-
cused had committed simi- year and stated that he had like a donestic help, and two that went wrong. ents opposed their relation- sion will decide on the re- sion (SEC), the Municipal gestion was not possible;
lar robberies using the same lost his job as he could not that her husband would The copy of Justice ship, the high court was vised date for the publica- Commissioner, Abhijeet the civic body sought more
modus operandi in the past. perform due to their matri- physically assault her. Prakash Naik's order grant- told. tion of the final voter list af- Bangar constituted a com- time.

Active Covid-19 cases MBMC’s admission under RTE from March 3 34-yr-old ward boy
held for molesting Now, CIDCO puts 63 residential
in MBMC surge to 607 SURESH GOLANI / Mira Bhayandar
pregnant woman in plots in prime locations on sale
SURESH GOLANI / Mira Bhayandar
In order to avail admission under the Right
to Education (RTE), parents can now fill the KDMC COVID centre
application form online from March 3, for THANE: A ward boy of a AMIT SRIVASTAVA Of the 63 plots, Kharghar
The sudden surge in the the academic year 2021-22. As per the notifi- Kalyan Dombivali Munici- Navi Mumbai has maximum 29 plots and
number of fresh Covid-19 de- cation released by the Education Depart- pal Corporation-run COVID its size ranges from 44 sqm
tections, coupled by compar- ment in the Mira Bhayandar Municipal care centre was arrested for Continuing the supply of to 115 sqm and the offset
atively lower recoveries, the Corporation (MBMC), the online applica- allegedly molesting a preg- land in the satellite city, the price is Rs 1,00,000. New
active cases in the twin-city tions forms can be uploaded on govern- nant patient there, police City and Industrial Develop- Panvel node has 28 plots
has now jumped to 607. ments student portal https://student.maha- said on Monday. ment Corporation (CIDCO) while Ghansoli has only six
While just 112 cases were by healthy recovery rate cas- rashtra.gov.in from March 3 to 21. The ward boy, identified has come up with 63 resi- plots. The lowest offset price
reported between February es had ensured that the num- Last year, the admission process under than 1,300 seats, around 90 private schools as Shrikant Mohite (34), en- dential plots in Ghansoli, is Rs 70,000 of New Panvel
14 to 19, 394 people have test- ber of active cases oscillated RTE was hampered due to the Covid-19 in- were under the ambit of the RTE till 2019. tered the room where the Kharghar and New Panvel plots.
ed positive in the last week of from 300 to 325 and occasion- duced lockdown. Introduced in 2009, the However, MBMC’s education department has victim was resting and mo- nodes for which the filling of Last month, CIDCO of-
February, intensifying wor- ally dipping below 300 in the Right to Education (RTE) Act is aimed at always been on radar for its apathy towards lested her, but was caught e-tenders began on Monday. fered 106 residential plots
ries for citizens and the past couple of months. changing the face of education in India and the effective implementation of the guaran- by others at the centre after The minimum offset price of for auctions in prime loca-
health department of the With the latest additions to ensure that every child between the age of teed admission scheme in the twin-city. she raised an alarm, a these plots ranges from Rs tions of Nerul, Kharghar,
Mira Bhayandar Municipal the number of cumulative 6 and 14 years is entitled to free and compul- Hundreds of students who intend to pursue Bazarpeth police station of- 70,000 to Rs 1,00,000. Ghansoli, New Panvel and
Corporation (MBMC). positive cases has reached sory education. further education after passing out from ficial said. Last month, CIDCO had of- Airoli nodes and the mini-
42 more people tested posi- 27,101. The number of active The RTE mandates 25% allocation of entry- MBMC-run primary schools every year are KDMC medical officer Dr fered 106 bungalow and row mum offset price was Rs
tive on Sunday. The steady cases in the twin-city has level seats in unaided private schools for chil- forced to drop out when they fail to get ad- Ashwini Patil said the civic house plots across Navi 70,000 while the size of plots
decline in the number of now jumped to 607 till Sun- dren from weaker sections and disadvan- mission to the eighth standard in private body was also conducting a Mumbai for which the ten- ranges between 20 sqm and
fresh detections supported day night. taged groups. With an availability of more schools. probe into the incident. der will open next week. 436 sqm.
BIZ BUZZ Europeans get 'right to repair' for some electrical goods for up to 10 years
Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, nent. The "right to repair," as it is sometimes
IREDA likely to be listed on exchanges in hairdryers or TVs in the European Union will need called, comes into force across the 27-nation bloc
to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to Monday. It is part of a broader effort to cut the en-
the next fiscal, says government official 10 years, to help reduce the vast mountain of elec- vironmental footprint of manufactured goods by
As part of its efforts to list more public sector companies on trical waste that piles up each year on the conti- making them more durable and energy efficient. MUMBAI | TUESDAY | MARCH 2, 2021

GST collections cross Rs 1.1 L cr

bourses, the government is likely to conduct an initial public
offering of the Indian Renewable Energy Development
Agency in the next financial year starting April, a senior
finance ministry official said. “We are short-listing candidates
that can be listed in the next 12-24 months, one such
BPCL to sell entire 62%
stake in Numaligarh
for third straight month in Feb
company is IREDA," the official told Informist. In June 2017,
the Cabinet had approved the initial public offering of IREDA.
Shyam Metalics files draft papers for
Rs 1,107 crore public offering Refinery for Rs 9,880 cr
Shyam Metalics and Energy Ltd has refiled the draft red
herring prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Board of
India for its 11.07-bln-rupees initial public offering of shares.
Mumbai Feb manufacturing NEW DELHI: The board of Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd has approved
the sale of its entire 61.65% stake in Numaligarh Refinery Ltd to a
The company had initially tried to tap the capital markets in
August 2018 and had even got the regulator's approval for a
GST collections crossed the Rs 1 lakh
crore-mark for the fifth month in a row
PMI growth flat consortium of Oil India Ltd and Engineers India Ltd, and to the state
government of Assam for 98.8 bln rupees, the company said.
9.1-bln-rupee offering in early 2019. The company that in February, rising 7% annually to over The total consideration will be from the consortium in case of non
specialises in production of long steel products and ferro Rs 1.13 lakh crore, indicating economic NEW DELHI: India's manufacturing participation by the state government, it said.
alloys plans to utilise the net proceeds towards repayment of recovery, the finance ministry said. activity remained firm in February, The expected date of completion of the stake sale will be within a
its debt and for its subsidiary Shyam SEL and Power Ltd. Goods and Services Tax (GST) collec- with the Purchasing Managers' Index month from obtaining all requisite approvals, it said. Oil India,
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- tions had risen for two straight months coming in at 57.5 due to better demand which already owns 26% stake in Numaligarh Refinery, is the lead
Reliance Jio's new offers not to affect to touch record Rs 1,19,875 crore in Jan-
uary and Rs 1.15 lakh crore in December.
While the index fell from its three-
member of the consortium.
BPCL's exit from Numaligarh Refinery is a precursor to the former's
Bharti Airtel's 2G subscriber base The gross GST revenue collected Feb-
month high of 57.7 in January, it re- privatisation, which the government expects to complete in the first
New offers by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, for its fourth
generation feature phones, may not dent the 2G subscriber
ruary 2021 is Rs 1,13,143 crore, of which
Central GST is Rs 21,092 crore, State Rs 21,092 cr central GST mained above the long-run average of
53.6, according to IHS Markit.
half of 2021-22 (Apr-Mar).
BPCL Director (Finance) N. Vijayagopal had said last month that
base of Bharti Airtel Ltd, but could cause stress for Vodafone
Idea Ltd, analysts said. The company on Friday had launched
'NEW JIOPHONE 2021 OFFER'. Customers who buy a new
GST is Rs 27,273 crore, Integrated GST
is Rs 55,253 crore (including Rs 24,382
crore collected on import of goods) and
Rs 27,273 cr state GST A Purchasing Managers’ Index read-
ing above 50 shows expansion in ac-
tivity, while one below 50 indicates
the consortium of Oil India and Engineers India would acquire 48%
stake in Numaligarh Refinery, while the Assam government would
pick up 13.65%, taking its stake in the refiner to 26%.
JioPhone can avail of unlimited voice calls and unlimited data
of 2 GB per month without having to recharge at 1,499
Cess is Rs 9,525 crore (including Rs 660
crore collected on import of goods).
Rs 55,253 cr Integrated GST contraction.
This is the seventh consecutive
As Numaligarh Refinery is part of the Assam Accord, the
government did not include it in BPCL's privatisation plan and
rupees for one year and 1,999 rupees for two years. GST revenue in February last year month in which manufacturing activ- decided that its controlling stake in the Assam-based refinery would
The figure is, however,
Power consumption grows marginally
by 0.88% in February
was Rs 1.05 lakh crore.
"In line with the trend of recovery in
the GST revenues over past five months,
the revenues for the month of February
� lower than the record
Rs 1,19,875 crore collected
ity has risen, after having contracted
earlier due to COVID-19 and conse-
quent lockdowns.
"Indian goods producers reported a
be sold to another public sector oil and gas company or a
consortium of such companies. Both Oil India and Engineers India
are under the administrative control of the petroleum ministry.
Oil India will become the largest shareholder in the refiner once
India's power consumption grew 0.88% in February at 2021 are 7% higher than the GST rev- in the previous month healthy inflow of new orders in Feb- the transaction is completed. Numaligarh Refinery is the biggest
104.73 billion units (BU) due to a slight rise in temperature in enues in the same month last year. ruary, a situation that underpinned a consumer of crude oil produced by Oil India from its fields in the
the month, official data showed. Power consumption in "During the month, revenues from further upturn in output and quantity region. Numaligarh Refinery is currently in the process of expanding
February 2020 was 103.81 BU, according to the power import of goods were 15% higher and are 5% higher than the revenues from of purchases," said Pollyanna De its refining capacity to 9 mtpa from 3 mtpa.
ministry data. However, the peak power demand met, which the revenues from the domestic trans- these sources during the same month Lima, economics associate director at The cost of this project is pegged at around 226 bln rupees, and it
is the highest supply in a day, recorded a growth of 6.7% at action (including import of services) last year," the ministry said. IHS Markit. is likely to be completed in 2024.
188.15 GW in February 2021 compared to 176.38 GW in

Automakers report double-digit SBI reduces home loan

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

LPG cylinder price

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

up Rs 25, ATF 6.5%

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

JLR to write off 1.5 bn pounds in Jan-Mar

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

HDFC Bank net banking HDFC Securities hit by glitch GDP growth lifts
innovative products to IOB customers, SBI General said.
Chennai-headquartered IOB has over 3,200 branches across
the country and also has overseas presence.

in cash segment orders in NSE Sensex 750 pts


faces issues yet again

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


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

Spectrum bids cross Rs 77K cr

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

on Day 1, all telcos participate

Kotak Securities is of the view that the Indian equity market
could witness consolidation in the coming months and that
further gains are likely only by the end of 2021, when there is NEW DELHI: London-based
clarity about earnings estimates for 2022-23 (Apr-Mar). The private equity firm Fore-
brokerage firm expects muted returns from the market over sight Group is among the
the next few months because expensive valuations and the multiple bidders who have
likelihood of higher bond yields might overshadow potential AGENCIES/ New Delhi "Total value of spectrum put to auc- put in preliminary bids for
earnings upgrades. tion was about Rs 4 lakh crore. In this, buying the government's
India's first auction of spectrum in 700 MHz band was a costly band, and entire stake in Shipping
Godrej buys 1.5 acre land parcels worth five years attracted Rs 77,146 crore of
bids on the opening day with Reliance
that cost itself is Rs 1.97 lakh crore,"
the minister said adding that the gov-
sources said.
of India,

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

IDBI Bank to set off Rs 45K cr losses

Top marketers to decode I-T dept searches premises of MSN Labs
against balance in premium account
LIC-controlled IDBI Bank will set off its accumulated losses
‘Brands and Consumers: NEW DELHI: The Income
Tax Department has de-
tected "unaccounted" in-
of which the assessee
group has admitted an ad-
ditional income of Rs 350
and non-existent entities,
artificial inflation of cer-
tain heads of expenditure,
worth Rs 45,586 crore against the balance in the securities
premium account, according to the bank's draft scheme.
Its accumulated losses (or debit balance of profit or loss
2021 and Beyond’ come of about Rs 400 crore
after raids on a major
pharmaceutical group
crore," the CBDT claimed
in a statement.
It added that Rs 1.66 crore
alongwith suppression of
receipts relating to by-
product sale were detected.
account) at the end of March 31, 2020, stood at Rs 45,586 STAFF REPORTER/ Mumbai based MSN Labs in Hyder- cash was also seized dur- "Evidence of on-money
crore. And, they were at Rs 44,739 crore as on December 31, abad, the Central Board of ing the operation. payment for purchase of
2020. The accumulated losses as at March 31, 2021, shall be In order to understand the Direct Taxes (CBDT) said "Incriminating evidence lands was also found," it al-
ascertained after the audited financial statements are strategies devised by top on Monday. in the form of digital me- leged.
approved by the bank's board, said the lender, as per the brands to tackle the chal- The searches were car- cal ingredients (APIs) and dia, pen drives, documents, Multiple other legal is-
draft scheme addressed to its shareholders for setting off the lenges of the global pandem- ried out on February 24 at formulations, and majori- etc. have been found and sues were also identified
accumulated losses. ic and to look beyond it, the around 20 locations spread ty of its products are ex- seized," the CBDT said. such as personal expenses
Indian Society of Advertis- across five states. ported to European coun- The statement said digi- being booked in the compa-
Rail min directs IRCTC to terminate ers (ISA), in association with
the Free Press Journal and
The CBDT said the phar-
maceutical group is en-
tries and the USA.
"The search has led to un-
tal evidences were gath-
ered from SAP-ERP soft-
ny's books and land pur-
chased by related concerns
all contracts of mobile catering ABP Network, organised a gaged in the business of earthing of evidence relat- ware. or individuals below gov-
The railway ministry has directed Indian Railway Catering and webinar ‘Brands and Con- manufacturing of interme- ing to unaccounted income "Issues relating to pur- ernment value, the CBDT
Tourism Corp Ltd to cancel all existing mobile catering sumers: 2021 and Beyond’. Brands and Services? What diates, active pharmaceuti- of around Rs 400 crore, out chases made from bogus said.
contracts that involve providing food prepared at base While the first part of are the lessons learnt in

Sebi for dual nod to appoint ind directors

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

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

rises 1.7% in January Brands & Consumers-2021 Birla Capital; Mohit in a statement.
Spending on US construction projects rose 1.7 per cent in
January as new home building continues to lift the sector.
Last month's increase followed small revised gains in
and Beyond. We bring you
leadership views
strategies from across the
Kapoor, Group Vice Presi-
dent -Advertising & Inno-
vations, Jio Platforms Lim-
Kolkata, Hyderabad and
Mumbai are among Uber's
fastest recovering metro
Govt eyes Rs 3.4 L cr investment
December and November. Spending on residential
construction rose 2.5 per cent in January, with single family
home projects up 3 per cent, the Commerce Department
Manufacturing and the
Services sectors."
The upcoming session on
ited; and Ravi Desai, Direc-
tor, Mass & Brand Market-
ing International, Amazon
markets, it added.
Uber Auto's recovery
across India, in terms of
at Maritime India Summit 2021
reported Monday. ‘Services’ will be moderat- India. All speakers are ISA gross bookings, has now AGENCIES edition of the Maritime In-
ed by Narendra Ambwani, members. exceeded pre-Covid levels New Delhi dia Summit to be held from
Developers must be cautious about ISA Executive Council
Member and former MD,
Abhishek Karnani,
Director, The Free Press
with Mumbai, Delhi,
Hyderabad, Mysore, The government is aiming
March 2 to 4.
These MoUs will be signed
hiking property prices, say experts Johnson & Johnson. Com- Journal, said, “This initia- Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, to attract investment worth with different coastal states
With the property market in the country witnessing menting on the session, tive will be significant to Nagpur, Indore, Nashik Rs 3.39 lakh crore during and stakeholders of the sec-
momentum on account of lower interest rates and various Ambwani said, “All aspects all advertisers and mar- and Kochi showcasing the Maritime India Summit tor. These agreements are
government incentives, developers should ensure that real of our lives were impacted keters who want to strate- strongest growth. 2021 in various projects. focused on attracting in-
estate prices do not appreciate much which could hit by the pandemic during gise the future course of "As tens of millions of Prime Minister Narendra "The Ministry of Ports, vestment, skilling, and gen-
demand, feel experts. Over the past few months, home sales 2020. Brands and Con- actions for their brands.” Indians start travelling in Modi is scheduled to inau- Shipping, and Waterways erating employment in the
have surged in few regions, including in Mumbai, driven by sumers expectation as well The knowledge partner the new normal, the gurate Maritime India Sum- (MoPSW) is in process of fi- sector, the statement said.
lower interest rates and cut in stamp duty. as behaviours faced many for the webinar is Mogae strong recovery in smaller mit 2021 (MIS 2021) on Tues- nalising more than 487 The signing of these
challenges. Of course, Media and Laqshya is the towns underscores day, which will be held vir- MoUs for investments MoUs will help in stream-
True North to pick up minority stake everyone discovered vari-
ous ways to handle the sit-
outdoor partner.
Catch the upcoming webi-
success for the company's
'India to Bharat' strategy,
tually and is likely to be
participated by many na-
worth approx Rs 3.39 lakh
Crore," the government
lining the process of ship
manoeuvring, resulting in
in Anthem Biosciences uation. Many new opportu- nar live from 5 pm onwards which offers new tions, including Russia, said in a statement on Mon- more business to the ports
Private equity fund True North on Monday announced that it nities also emerged. Which on March 3 on the YouTube products in regional Uzbekistan, Qatar, Den- day. and economic stability to
will be acquiring a minority stake in Bengaluru-based pharma changes will become future channel of the Free Press markets," the statement mark, Iran, Afghanistan, These are likely to be the sector and its stakehold-
player Anthem Biosciences by investing an undisclosed sum in expectations from the Journal and ABP Live. said. and Armenia. signed during the second ers, it said.
the company. True North has signed definitive documents to

What's holding FMCGs down?

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

FMCG sector has come under pressure

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

AIADMK faces dilemma as BJP

insists on taking Sasikala on board
N CHITHRA / Chennai VK Sasikala
The ruling AIADMK faced an
unusual dilemma with a BJP
delegation headed by Union
Home Minister Amit Shah re-
portedly insisting that they
take on board the Amma
Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam
(AMMK) floated by VK
Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhi-
nakaran for the coming As-
sembly polls. BJP state president
Shah was involved in a late
night discussion with the
Murugan claimed that this
AIADMK leadership of Chief was an internal issue of
Minister Edappadi
Palaniswami and his deputy
K AIADMK and BJP did not
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi does push-ups with a school student obliging her challenge, at in Government O Panneersel- make any suggestion to
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visits the birthplace of Srimanta Sankardeva's primary
Mulagumoodu, Tamil Nadu. –PTI disciple Sri Madhavdev, in Lakhimpur on Monday.
vam that lasted beyond mid- take the AMMK on board
night Sunday. According to

TN should show the way to Priyanka begins

sources in the AIADMK,
Shah said that the AMMK since he is not fully resigned
could be taken on board so to accepting Palaniswami as
that a stronger alliance can Chief Ministerial candidate;

India in keeping out BJP: RG 2-day Assam visit

take over the DMK-led Secu- the latter is in no mood to
larProgressive Alliance. compromise. “Palaniswami
“We understand that the had made it clear that he will
BJP leaders said that the have no truck with Sasikala
AIADMK can allot them or Dhinakaran. If the
around 33 to 35 seats and it AIADMK accepts the propos-
AGENCIES Stalin-led DMK. accompanying Congress AGENCIES / Guwahati proceeding to the Shakti posted on her Facebook page, would in turn allot a section al, it will lead to confusion
Kanyakumari If he were to interview leaders Dinesh Gundu Rao Peeth atop Nilachal Hills. "Today I will start my two-day of these seats to the AMMK. It among cadres at this ad-
Prime Minister Narendra and K S Alagiri joined him. Congress leader Priyanka Clad in a red outfit, the Assam tour by visiting Maa was also suggested that the vanced stage of election sea-
Tamil Nadu should show the Modi, Gandhi said he would At a public address in Gandhi Vadra began her prevalent colour symbolising Kamakhya Devi. I will take AMMK candidates could con- son,” a source said.
way to India in keeping away ask "why are you convinced Nagercoil in the district, two-day visit to poll-bound Shakti, the Congress leader part in the dialogue with the test on the AIADMK’s ‘Two BJP state president L Muru-
forces that are inimical to that all answers should come Gandhi said history has Assam on Monday by offer- said that she wanted to visit sisters-brothers and party Leaves’ symbol. Our top lead- gan, however, claimed that
language and culture and from you". shown nobody can rule ing prayers at the famed Ka- the temple for long and "her workers of Assam on many ership was taken aback,” said this was an internal issue of
those projecting "one culture, He also said the National Tamil Nadu other than the makhya Temple in Guwa- wish has come true". "I important issues." an AIADMK leader. AIADMK and the BJP did not
one nation and one history" Eligibility cum Entrance Tamil people. hati. sought blessings for myself, Bora said that entire Assam Meanwhile, another ally make any suggestion to take
concept, Congress leader Test (NEET), strongly op- "This election will show the The AICC general secre- my family and above all for is "looking forward to her DMDK played truant de- the AMMK on board. He said
Rahul Gandhi said on Mon- posed to by Tamil Nadu polit- same thing that only a per- tary, accompanied by the par- the people of Assam," she two-day visit and the enthusi- manding 23 seats on a par the seat sharing talks would be
day. ical parties, was a "big issue" son who truly represents the ty's Assam in-charge Jiten- told reporters. asm is evident". with the PMK. Party founder finalised in a day or two.
The Lok Sabha MP partici- and "not beneficial" for stu- Tamil people can be a Chief dra Singh, was received at the Asked about the forthcom- "Her visit, which further fu- Vijayakant’s brother-in-law L Meanwhile, the DMK allot-
pated in multiple engage- dents. Minister of Tamil Nadu," he Lokpriyo Gopinath Bordoloi ing elections in the state, she els hope in the heart of every K Sudhish indicated that the ted five seats between two
ments in this district as part The Wayanad MP displayed said. Airport here by state unit said she will talk later about last person in Assam, de- party would go it alone if the Muslim parties – IUML (3) and
of his three-day tour of his fitness when he effort- "Tamil Nadu chief minis- chief Ripun Bora and other politics. "I come to temples to ceived by lies and fake prom- demand was not met. Manithaneya Makkal Katchi
Tamil Nadu, ahead of the lessly did multiple pushups, ter (K Palaniswami) who party leaders. seek blessings and offer ises in these five years, of a While it is believed that Pan- (2). Its talks with the Congress,
April 6 Assembly polls in the including one-handed, while bows to Prime Minister She halted at Jalukbari thanks to the God who has new dawn of progress await- neerselvam, who in the past MDMK and VCK remained in-
state which his party is fac- he shook a leg with the stu- Narendra Modi will never be area, where Congress sup- given me a lot," she added. ing the state under Congress rebelled against Sasikala, conclusive as they could agree
ing in alliance with the M K dents he interacted with, as able to do this. porters felicitated her, before Earlier, the Congress leader rule," Bora tweeted. may be open to the suggestion on the numbers.

Plea in Apex court

Tejashwi tells Biharis living Another Bengali
actor joins BJP
BJP leader Rakesh Singh
remanded in police custody
against Bengal
polls in 8 phases
in Bengal to back Mamata
KOLKATA: Celebrities joining
the politics and fighting polls is
not new in West Bengal. With ARITRA SINGHA work in my house," said OUR BUREAU
the TMC supremo Mamata Kolkata Singh. New Delhi
Banerjee starting this legacy in Notably, earlier in the day,
ARITRA SINGHA should understand that 2011 assembly polls, even the BJP leader Rakesh Singh, Kolkata Police had arrested Delhi lawyer Manohar Lal
Kolkata where Tejashwi is fighting, I 2021 Assembly polls will not accused in the cocaine case, one Suraj Kumar Sahu Sharma, known for filing the
am fighting. And where I am have much difference as now was sent to police custody whom Rakesh called to be PILs in Supreme Court at a
Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) fighting, he is fighting," men- both the TMC and the BJP is till March 9. his servant. drop of the hat, on Monday
leader Tejashwi Yadav met tioned the TMC supremo. depending on the celebrity On production before the Amrit Singh, another sus- moved it to declare as
West Bengal Chief Minister According to poll analysts, faces as their probable Alipore NDPS court on pect in this case had escaped unconstitutional the Election
Mamata Banerjee on Mon- inclusion of other regional candidates. Monday, the court ordered from the police but Rakesh Commission's decision last
day and assured full support parties will cut the votes of With Bengali actor Srabanti police custody for the BJP denied to even know him. Friday to hold the West Bengal
to the TMC to beat the BJP. Hindi speaking people resid- Chatterjee joining the BJP, it leader and his close aides It can be recalled that BJP assembly elections in eight
After a half-an-hour meet- ing in West Bengal. was clear that she will contest till March 9. youth wing leader of West phases.
ing with the TMC supremo at "Not just from Bihar there the poll scheduled in eight faces While being taken to the Bengal, Pamela Goswami He has claimed in his petition
the West Bengal secretariat, are several Hindi speaking starting this month. court, the BJP leader was arrested by the police that conducting the elections in
Yadav said that to beat the people who are the perma- The actor was welcomed by Rakesh Singh cried foul stat- from New Alipore area as so many phases violates the
'communal' BJP, RJD will nent citizens of West Bengal. West Bengal BJP chief Dilip ing it is a ploy of TMC MP she was found with cocaine right to equality and life under
lend full support to the ruling With inclusion of RJD, the Ghosh and West Bengal BJP Abhishek Banerjee and po- worth rupees lakhs in her Article 14 and 21 of the
Trinamool Congress. Hindi votes will be cut be- observer Kailash Vijaywargiya lice officer Murlidhar Shar- car and handbag. Constitution.
"There are sizable Biharis' tween RJD and the BJP," at a five-star hotel in Kolkata. ma. Post her arrest on Febru- No date is yet fixed for hearing
residing in West Bengal. I mentioned the analysts. Joining the saffron camp the "The nephew of the Chief ary 20, Goswami had said his plea for an urgent direction,
would urge all the people power," urged the RJD leader. should know that it is for the However, West Bengal BJP Bengali actor said that she is Minister and Murlidhar that Rakesh Singh, who is a pleading to take it up
from Bihar and everyone else Speaking with the media, TMC. chief Dilip Ghosh said that ready to contest the poll and Sharma had plotted against close aide to BJP West Ben- immediately since the
to vote for the TMC. The BJP Chief Minister Mamata "Tejashwi is a young leader inclusion of more regional left the party's senior leaders to me. The truth will come out gal observer Kailash Vijay- notification for the first phase
is privatizing everything. Banerjee said that even if and I know that RJD will rule parties will not affect the decide the rest. soon. The police have even wargiya had plotted of polls is to be issued on
They should not come to RJD gives candidates, people Bihar one day. Everyone vote bank of the BJP. –Our Correspondent arrested those who used to against her. March 2.

Ponzi scam: ED summons FINALISING CANDIDATES UP ATS bust

WB parties hold closed-door meetings

gang involved Another Dalit girl raped, killed in UP
TMC leader Kunal Ghosh in illegal entry
of Rohingya
LUCKNOW: Another Dalit girl was allegedly raped and murdered
in the Jayaganj area under Akbarabad police station of Aligarh
district in Uttar Pradesh. Irate villagers pelted stones at the police
OUR CORRESPONDENT/ Kolkata and blocked the road by setting on fire several vehicles to block
ARITRA SINGHA / Kolkata walks of life had been decid- observer Kailash Vijay- LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh entry of police into the village for taking away body of the
TMC spokesperson Kunal ed. Candidates above 80 years wargiya along with senior Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) busted deceased Dalit girl. Two police officers were injured in the clash. A
Ghosh has been called by the With the Assembly polls of age won't be allowed to leaders held a closed door a gang, involved in facilitating 16-year-old Dalit girl had gone to the field to collect fodder on
ED in connection to the Sara- starting this month in the contest the polls. People with meeting at a five-star hotel in illegal entry of Rohingya Sunday in Jayaganj village. When she did not return home, her
da ponzi scam on March 2. poll bound West Bengal both mass connect and having a Kolkata to decide upon the Muslims into different parts of family launched a search only to return emptyhanded. Later, her
Talking to Free Press Jour- the TMC and the BJP are clean image will be given candidates of the first two the country, by arresting two blood-soaked body was found on the outskirts of the village. The
nal, Kunal said that he will busy with finalising phases. brothers from Myanmar. police came to know of the incident when a video of recovery of
visit the CGO complex in Salt their candidates list "Though we have de- The arrested persons have been Dalit girl’s body went viral on the social media. Her family
Lake area in ED office and at least for the first cided the probable identified as Farooq alias Hasan suspected their daughter was raped and murdered by unidentified
ensure all help to the officials phase. candidates list but we and Shahid. Both are brothers, persons. They alleged her undergarment was soaked with blood
and also that he will carry The ruling Tri- are yet to send it to the Rohingya Muslims and residents and clothes were torn. Agitated villagers blocked the road, pelted
the letter of the Sarada ponzi mer TMC Rajya Sabha MP. namool Congress Delhi leadership. Not of Myanmar. The ATS have stones on police to deny them taking the body of the deceased for
scam kingpin Sudipta Sen Notably, Ghosh, who is out who were supposed to just the actors but recovered two passports, post mortem.
where Sen has mentioned on bail in the Sarada case. In declare their candi- people belonging incriminating documents and Rs
the names and amount of 2013, the former TMC Rajya dates on Monday held from every profession 5 lakh cash from their 3 labourers killed in UP wall collapse
leaders whom Sen has given sabha MP was suspended for a closed door meeting will be given tickets," possession. The ADG (Law and LUCKNOW: Three labourers were killed when a wall of an
money. alleged anti-party activities, with the party's elec- mentioned Dilip Order) Prashant Kumar said that underconstruction house collapsed late on Sunday night in
“Since 2013, whenever ED but was later reinstated as tion committee to fi- Ghosh. the two brothers were involved Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh. SP Mahoba RK Gautam said the
is calling me I am supporting the party spokesperson. nalise the names. tickets," added the sources. in helping Myanmar’s Rohingya construction was being carried out at night illegally as the area
them with everything they Meanwhile, the ED had According to the TMC TMC MP Sougata Roy stat- CONG TO CONTEST 92 Muslims settle in different parts falls into historical Keerat Sagar Sarovar, protected by the ASI. On
want. I just want to remind again held a raid in different sources, a total of 40 names ed that the TMC Supremo SEATS: Congress senior of the country. Sunday night, a wall suddenly caved in and 3 labourers were
them that there are political parts of the state in connec- had been decided for the first knows every district of the leader Adhir Ranjan “They will help them cross the buried under its debris. Neighbours informed the police about the
leaders who have taken mon- tion to the coal smuggling phase of the polls that is state so nicely that she is the Chowdhury said the border illegally and prepare incident and helped police rescue the three labourers early
ey from the Sarada kingpin. I case. In a fresh arrest of six scheduled on March 27 and one who can decide upon the Congress will contest 92 their Indian documents to get Monday morning. They were rushed to the hospital where they
will carry the letter written businessmen it was found also that the TMC supremo suitable candidate.