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02
11 days
to go
RamAayenge
RamAayenge
There is excitement
and joy everywhere
regarding the arrival
of Shri Ramji in
Ayodhya city. You will
get a divine experience
after listening to this
melodiousRamBhajan
of Osman Mir ji.
#ShriRamBhajan.
NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER
2,100 KG BELL SENT FROM
ETAH TO RAM MANDIR
A bell weighing 2,100
kilograms made of
‘ashtadhatu’ (an alloy
of eight metals) has been
prepared in Etah’s Jalesar in
Uttar Pradesh for the Ram
temple in Ayodhya ahead of
the consecration ceremony
on January 22. “It took two
years to prepare the bell.
The bell is being sent to
Ayodhya after performing all
rituals with pomp and show,”
said an artisan involved in
preparing the bell.
GIFTS FROM NEPAL
Adding to the
religious fervour,
the gifts are being
received from all parts of the
country and even abroad.
More than 3,000 gifts for
Lord Ram from Sita’s birth-
place in Janakpur in Nepal
have arrived in Ayodhya. The
gifts, including silver shoes,
ornaments, and clothes,
were transported in a convoy
of around 30 vehicles from
the Janakpur Dham Ram-
janaki Temple in Nepal to
Ayodhya this week.
GIFT FROM SRI LANKA
A Sri Lankan delega-
tion also visited Ayo-
dhya with a special
gift from the Ashok Vatika.
The delegation presented a
rock from the Ashok Vatika, a
garden mentioned in the epic
Ramayana where Ravan
captivated Sita.
In the second section of the Atharva Veda, it is written, “In Ayodhya,
the gods have created eight palaces, nine gates, and repositories
made of iron filled with immense wealth. It is as opulent as heaven.”
he history of the Ram
Temple being built in
Ayodhya is full of pages
of politics. One such
page is also related to
former Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi. The order
to open the locks of
‘Babri Masjid’ was given when Rajiv
Gandhi was the Prime Minister. How-
ever, this decision crossed all limits of
astonishment, as it was the first time in
the history of independent India that a
court decision was implemented in just
40 minutes.
It so happened that on February 1,
1986, Faizabad District Judge Krishna
Mohan Pandey gave instructions to
open the locks of Ram Temple at 4:40
pm, and the lock of the structure con-
sidered disputed was opened at 5:20
pm.At this time, Congress was in pow-
er in both the Center and Uttar Pradesh.
The entire team of Doordarshan was
already present to cover this incident.
Former President Pranab Mukher-
jee, in his book, The Turbulent Years
1980–1996, has described the decision
taken to open the locks of Ram Janma-
bhoomi inAyodhya and the Shah Bano
episode as a big mistake of the then
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Vijay Trivedi in ‘Sangham Sharan-
am Gachchami’ and Hemant Sharma
in the book ‘Ram Phir Laute’ wrote
that the first major attempt to facilitate
the construction of the Ram Temple
was a clever move by Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi. Under this strategy, in
1986, he played the Hindu card by un-
locking the gates of the Babri Masjid
to break his image of being sympa-
thetic to Muslim interests in the Shah
Bano case. In 1986, the Hindu card
was played by opening the locks of
Babri Masjid. In the book, quotingArif
Mohammad Khan, it has been written,
‘Rajiv Gandhi told me (Khan) that be-
fore opening the locks, he (Ali Mian
of the Muslim Personal Law Board
and some selected Muslim leaders)
had been informed. That is, the deal
was made to give them Shah Bano and
open the locks.
What does it mean to open a lock?
In 1947, a letter was sent to Pandit
Nehru asking for the statues to be re-
moved. Back then, the District Mag-
istrate of Faizabad said that if the stat-
ues were removed, there would be
bloodshed. So, understand what
change in status will occur after open-
ing the lock.
However, the rhetoric along with
media reports regarding Rajiv Gan-
dhi’s claim of getting the locks opened
has not been unanimous. On Novem-
ber 3, 2023, former Chief Minister of
Madhya Pradesh and Congress leader
Kamal Nath, who was close to the
Gandhi-Nehru family, gave a state-
ment that Rajiv Gandhi had a role in
opening the locks of Babri Masjid.
Wajahat Habibullah, who was joint
secretary in the Prime Minister’s Of-
fice (PMO) of Rajiv Gandhi, has
termed this claim to be wrong. He
has told the media that Rajiv Gandhi
was not even aware of the incident of
the opening of locks in Ayodhya on
February 1, 1986. He had said in an
interview: While going on a tour to
Gujarat, I raised the issue of opening
the locks of Babri Masjid with the
Prime Minister, on which he said that
he came to know about the matter only
after the court order came and Arun
Nehru told him. There was no consul-
tation of any kind.Arun Nehru was the
Minister of State for Home, who was
later removed by Rajiv Gandhi. Ac-
cording to Wajahat Habibullah, Arun
Nehru was removed because he did
not consult the Prime Minister regard-
ing the opening of the locks. At that
time, there was a Congress govern-
ment in Uttar Pradesh and on February
1, 1986, Arun Nehru was with Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Veer Bahadur
Singh in Lucknow.
DECISION TO OPEN LOCKS
WAS NOT TAKEN SUDDENLY
An important suit was also filed in
1950 in the Ram Janmabhoomi case.
This suit was filed on behalf of Para-
mhans Ramchandradasji of Digambar
Akhara. It was demanded in the suit
that a puja officer be appointed in the
Temple, and the locks should also be
opened.
Seeing that the case was not decided
for forty years i.e. till 1990, Paramhans
Ramchandra Das withdrew his case
saying that now he did not expect jus-
tice from the court. Perhaps he did not
know then that only the court would
pave the way for Hindus to get the
birthplace of Ram.
OnApril 18, 1985, Paramhans Ram-
chandra Dasji, Vice President of Ram
Janmabhoomi Mukti Yagya Commit-
tee, announced that if the locks of the
Ram Temple was not opened by the
upcoming Ram Navami, he would
commit suicide. After his announce-
ment, six yatras were taken out in dif-
ferent directions on the day of Vijaya-
dashami in 1985. During this journey,
a new slogan regarding Ram Janmab-
hoomi echoed across the country. ‘Go
ahead, speak loudly and open the locks
of Ram Janmabhoomi’. Later, this
movement transformed into the call to
break the lock.
INCIDENT IN MEENAKSHIPURAM
IN TAMIL NADU ANGERED HINDUS
Around 1980, the issue of Ram Janma-
bhoomi was becoming political in the
country. Many Hindu organisations
were continuously demanding the
opening of the locks of Ram Janmab-
hoomi and handing over this land to the
Hindus. Many senior Congress leaders
were also in support of this demand.
In 1981, the Hindu community of
the country was enraged by the reli-
gious conversion incident that took
place in Meenakshipuram, Tamil
Nadu, as 400 Hindu families had ac-
cepted Islam together. Hindu organisa-
tions considered this case of religious
conversion as an example of the grow-
ing Islamic threat in the country. There
was a reaction among Hindu leaders to
this. On the request of the then Prime
Minister Indira Gandhi, an all-party
delegation investigated the incident
and submitted its report on which there
was debate in Parliament.
T
PANKAJ SONI
The writer is
Associate Editor
at First India
40
THE
MINUTES THAT
CHANGED THE
DISCOURSE OF
AYODHYAMOVEMENT
On February 1, 1986, Faizabad District Judge Krishna
Mohan Pandey gave instructions to open the locks of the
Ram Temple at 4:40 pm, and subsequently, the locks of
the disputed structure were opened at 5:20 pm Former President
Pranab Mukherjee,
in his book, The
Turbulent Years
1980–1996, has
described the
decision taken to
open the locks of
Ram Janmabhoomi
in Ayodhya and the
Shah Bano episode
as a big mistake of
the then Prime
Minister Rajiv
Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
First India Bureau
Mumbai
In a setback for the Ud-
dhav Thackeray-led fac-
tion (UBT), Maharashtra
Assembly Speaker Rahul
Narwekar on Wednesday
recognised group led by
CM Eknath Shinde as the
“real Shiv Sena” and dis-
missed all the disqualifi-
cation petitions filed
against 16 ruling MLAs.
Narwekar, who was di-
rected by the Supreme
Court to decide on the
matter, also dismissed
Shinde faction’s disquali-
fication petitions against
14 MLAs from the Ud-
dhav’s camp.
Narwekar held that
Shinde faction had sup-
port of 37 MLAs on June
21, 2022. Hence, Shinde
faction was real Shiv
Sena & real political par-
ty. He added, Sunil split
and Bharat Gogawale’s
appointment as the new
Chief Whip was valid.
CM SHARMA VISITS AJMER AND PUSHKAR
Govt committed
to protect interest
of farmers in Raj,
says CM Sharma
VIKSIT BHARAT SANKALP YATRA
IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS
MAKING INDIA A DEVELOPED
COUNTRY, SAYS CM BL SHARMA
First India Bureau
Ajmer/Pushkar
hief Minister
Bhajan Lal
Sharma while
addressing during the
‘Vikas Bharat Sankalp
Yatra’camp organised in
Ganahera village of
Ajmer on Wednesday
said that the State gov-
ernment is committed to
protecting the interests
of the farmers of the
state. He said that the
production of millet, jo-
war, maize and pulses in
Rajasthan is the highest
in the country. In order to
provide adequate reward
to the farmers for their
hard work, the Central
Government has been re-
quested to market the
millets produced in the
state in other states also,
he said. The Chief Min-
ister said that Prime Min-
ister Narendra Modi is
also running schemes for
the all-round develop-
ment of farmers. “He be-
lieves that if the farmers
move forward then the
country will move for-
ward. Therefore,
schemes like Pradhan
Mantri Fasal Bima Yo-
jana, Kisan Samman Ni-
dhi and Kisan Credit
Card are being run by the
Central Government for
the farmers,” he said.
During the day, CM Bha-
jan Lal Sharma also of-
fered prayers in Brahma
temple in Pushkar.
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma presents gift to a girl child
during ‘Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra’ in Pushkar on Wednesday.
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‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 68
MODI JI INVESTED A LOT OF TIME
TO CRAFT DIASPORA CONNECT
hen on the trip to the US
in 2013, even before he
became the Prime Min-
ister of India, Modi ji called us
and sought our ideas and opin-
ions on how the NRI community
could help in the development of
India. Even at that time India was
on the top of his mind and he was
exploring ways in the US to lev-
erage the advantage of the re-
sourceful diaspora to help India’s
growth story back home. There
are millions of NRIs spread
across the world and if they unite
to promote the cause of India in
whatever way they can, it can
work wonders for the country.
Modi ji was well aware of this
possibility and wanted to exploit
the same potential.
He gave two ideas to start with.
He said, wherever you speak and
hold lectures in different organi-
sations as thought leaders, speak
about India, her strengths and
achievements and the current
happenings that show her pro-
gression. Even if there are 100
such people and if each one of
you hold three lectures a year,
imagine the impact it will have
on the people and how it will
build India’s image globally as
more and more people start be-
coming aware of India. The sec-
ond thing he said was, bring at
least five NRI families to me,
wherever I visit. This will go a
long way in boosting tourism in
India and spreading awareness
about India across the world.
Once during a visit to Atlanta,
Modi ji said, bring to me all the
people I know in and around At-
lanta.This shows his commitment
to keep connected to the diaspora
in all possible ways and build
upon the old relationships, with
the progress of India on top of his
mind. He invested a lot of time in
connecting and building relation-
ships to strengthen India’s pros-
pects and possibilities through
greater engagement and under-
standing. He was early to recog-
nise the potential of the NRI com-
munity and the need to involve
them more engagingly and pro-
ductively with their motherland.
Modi ji’s initiatives like popular-
ising yoga in the world or the
Swachh Bharat campaign have
been eye openers and influential
fulcrums of diplomacy and inter-
national bonding.After the Covid
vaccination success, today even
the West looks up to India as the
pharma hub of the world. There
has been a paradigm shift in the
outlook about India and her image
globally from what it was before
2014. Today the world sees India
as the mother of democracy and
Modi as a world statesman and
much of it has to do with how
Modi has crafted the image of In-
dia through propagation of her
USPs, in which the overwhelming
support of the NRI communities
had a big role to play.
A MAN OF
MANY COLOURS
hen Narendra Modi came
here, he was the national
general secretary and in-
charge of Himachal Pradesh. I
was the state general secretary of
the party and I had the responsibil-
ity to arrange for his stay and
oversee all his itinerary here. He
was perhaps the first state in-
charge who went to almost all the
assembly constituencies and even
reached till the village level to
take meetings. And during the
meetings, he was very strict.There
were party elections in 1997 and
within one year, in 1998, we had
formed our government in the
state. It was all due to Modi ji that
the party came up to such a strong
position that it came to power
starting from a scratch. When he
came here as the state in-charge,
the party was not financially that
strong. He suggested us to go for
donations from mass collections
to improve our situation. He said
the party unit in the state should
be self-sufficient and learn to gen-
erate its own resources. Many of
the leaders and party workers here
were apprehensive of the idea of
mass collection and raised their
doubts about its success. Modi ji
still persisted with the idea and
encouraged us to try it for once.
He firmly believed that it would
be a success. The party then took
it up as a campaign. Surprisingly,
within three months, we had
reached our target collection.
Modi ji’s prediction was right.An-
other interesting anecdote of Modi
ji was he liked to taste the food of
every place he went to. If in Man-
di, he would ask what was the
most famous dish of Mandi. If in
Kangra, he would do the same for
Kangra. He ate everything with
relish. Once he came to an event
in 2017. It was a long-time-no-see
situation for me. I was meeting
him after years. So I was a bit
hesitant as to how he would ap-
proach me after so many years,
now that he was the PM of the
country. But as soon as he landed,
he saw me and embraced me.
Later he took me in his car and
talked about my family, asked
about my wife and my son and he
even remembered I had diabetes
and asked how it was. Imagine, I
was meeting him almost after two
decades and he remembered eve-
rything about me. This is his mag-
nanimity. Whoever he connected
with, he became a fatherly figure,
taking care of their concerns.
W
Late Praveen Sharma
Former Minister, Himachal Pradesh
Kanchan Banerjee
NRI, USA
Vithal Dhaduk
NRI, USA
Gokul Kunnath
NRI, USA
Jay Shah
NRI, Australia
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on JANUARY 04, 2024
COMPILED AND EDITED BY
SHASHIKANT SHARMA
PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI
NaMo
UNITING
DIASPORA
The narrators recounted their experiences of
being contacted by Modi ji, who sought their
ideas and opinions on how the NRI community
could contribute to India’s development.
Thanks to Modi ji’s efforts, the Bharatiya
Janata Party rose from humble beginnings to
attain a formidable position of power
PERSPECTIVE P6
SPEAKER’S VERDICT ON SENA VS SENA MLAs DISQUALIFICATION CASE
Eknath Shinde faction is real Shiv
Sena, says Maharashtra Speaker
Both factions can
equally claim the
political party in
case of vertical rift
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
 Speaker Rahul Narwekar
rejected the Uddhav fac-
tion’s plea that MLAs who
did not attend the party
meeting on June 21, 2022
should be disqualified
 Shiv Sena ‘pramukh’
[Uddhav] does not have
power to remove any
leader from party, the
speaker said, adding that
there’s no such post as
“Paksha Pramukh” in the
Shiv Sena constitution
 2018 leadership struc-
ture was not in conformity
with the constitution of Shiv
Sena (of 1999 which is
relied upon), Speaker said
 Speaker said, ‘Leader-
ship structure of Shiv Sena
reflected in letter dated
Feb 27, 2018 available on
website of EC is relevant
structure which has to be
taken into account for pur-
pose of determining which
faction is real political party
UDDHAV-LED SHIV SENA (UBT) TO CHALLENGE
VERDICT IN SUPREME COURT, SAYS AADITYA
Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT) has filed an affida-
vit in the Supreme Court objecting to a recent meeting be-
tween Shinde, who is among MLAs whose disqualification
has been sought, and speaker Narwekar, triggering a verbal
spat between both sides, said MLA Aaditya Thackeray.
Rahul Narwekar Eknath Shinde
Akhil Arora Samit Sharma
T Ravikanth Ajitabh Sharma Sandesh Nayak Sunil Sharma
Uddhav Thackeray
DAY 1: 10TH EDITION OF VIBRANT GUJARAT GLOBAL SUMMIT AT MAHATMA MANDIR IN GANDHINAGAR
BHARAT,THE‘VISHWAMITRA’!
 PM Narendra Modi unveils 25-yr vision,
pledges to make India a developed nation
 World looks at India as global growth
engine and trusted friend, says PM Modi
Moni Sharma
Gandhinagar
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, addressing the Vi-
brant Gujarat Global
Summit 2024 in Gandhi-
nagar on Wednesday,
said that the goal is to
make India a developed
country by the time it cel-
ebrates 100 years of In-
dependence. “Represent-
atives from more than
100 countries, who are
participating in this Sum-
mit, are crucial partners
in India’s development
journey,” PM Modi said.
“India has recently com-
pleted 75 years of Inde-
pendence. Now, we are
working on goal of mak-
ing country a developed
one by the time it cele-
brates 100 years of inde-
pendence. Therefore, this
25-year period is India’s
Amrit Kaal.” Speaking
on India’s position in the
global forum, he said: “In
the rapidly changing
world order, India is
moving ahead as ‘vishwa
mitra’. World looks at In-
dia as important pillar of
stabilitys,” says PM. P7
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures to world leaders and other dignitaries while inaugurating
the 10th Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2024, at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on Wednesday.
Today, India is
5th largest
economy in the
world. 10 years ago, India
was at 11th position. Today,
all major agencies estimate
that India will be in top 3
economies of world in
coming years. Let people
across world do their
analysis, but it is my
guarantee that it will happen.
NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER
My friends abroad ask me, what is the meaning of
the slogan — “Modi Hai To Mumkin Hai”? I tell, it
means, India’s Prime Minister makes impossible
possible with his vision, determination and execution! They
agree, and they also say, “Modi Hai To Mumkin Hai”!
MUKESH AMBANI, RELIANCE INDUSTRIES CHAIRMAN
SIT was formed
under the
leadership of an
ADG to check paper leaks and
cheating in the competitive
examinations. Anti Gangster
Task Force was formed to
stop organised crimes.
BHAJAN LAL SHARMA,
CHIEF MINISTER
ZAYED STRESSES ON
STRONG INDO-UAE TIES
UAE President
Mohamed bin Zayed
Al Nahyan addressed
the Vibrant Gujarat Global
Summit 2024 on Wednesday
at the Mahatma Mandir Con-
vention and Exhibition Centre
in Gandhinagar. The speech
signifies UAE’s strong ties
with India and Prime Minister
Narendra Modi.
ADANI GROUP TO INVEST `2 LAKH CRORE IN
GUJARAT IN NEXT 5 YEARS: GAUTAM ADANI
MOROCCAN MINISTER MEZZOUR IMPRESSES
‘PRIME MINISTER OF BHARAT’, MODI SMILES
PM MODI AND PRESIDENT MACRON TO HAVE
DINNER AT JAIPUR’S RAMBAGH ON JANUARY 25
Richest Asian Gautam
Adani on Wednesday
announced a Rs 2 lakh
crore investment in Gujarat over
the next five years, largely in set-
ting up the world’s largest clean
energy project that will be visible
even from space. Praising PM
Modi, he said, “You have taken
country to global the platforms.”
Ryad Mezzour, Minister
of Industry & Commerce,
Morocco’s speech won
PM Modi’s heart. Ryad begins
his speech with ‘Shri Narendra
Modi’, ‘Prime Minister of Bharat’,
Modi smiled and clapped over
his opening remarks. PM Modi
shared a candid moment with
Ryad after the address.
PM Narendra Modi will once again visit Jaipur
on January 25 and will attend a dinner to be
held with French President Emmanuel Macron.
For this, a grand dinner will be organized at Hotel
Rambagh. Notably, President Emmanuel Macron is
chief guest of Republic Day celebrations on Jan 26.
PM Modi is greatest
global leader: Ambani
Narendra Modi is In-
dia’s most success-
ful PM and the greatest
global leader of current
generation, billionaire
Mukesh Ambani said on
Wednesday as he flaunt-
ed his group Reliance
Industries’Gujarati herit-
age and its over USD 150
billion (Rs 12 lakh crore)
investment in last 10
years. With PM Modi on
the dias, Ambani termed
the biennial Vibrant Gu-
jarat Global Summit -
which was conceived
when Modi was CM of
the state two decades
back - as “the most pres-
tigious investor summit
in the world”. He went on
to state that when Modi
speaks, whole world not
only listens but applauds.
Mukesh Ambani addresses
during Summit on Wednesday.
MUKESH AMBANI’S FIVE
COMMITMENTS FOR GUJ
 Dhirubhai Ambani Green
Energy Giga Complex over
5,000 acres in Jamnagar
 Reliance Jio completed
the fastest roll-out of 5G
 Reliance’s Retail will fur-
ther accelerate its mission
 Reliance will make Guj a
pioneer in new materials
 To support India’s bid
for the 2036 Olympics
SENSEX
71,657.71
271.50
BSE
21,618.70
73.85
NIFTY
RSSChief Mohan Bhagwat
receivesan invitation for
RamTemple ‘Pran Pratishtha’
fromNripendraMishraand
AlokKumaron Wednesday.
IN BRIEF
HC grants anticipatory
bail to Naidu in 3 cases
Amaravati: In a relief for
former Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister N Chan-
drababu Naidu, the
Andhra Pradesh High
Court on Wednesday
granted anticipatory bail
to him in connection with
three cases. HC granted
anticipatory bail in IRR
case, excise policy case
and sand mining case.
Fresh firing in Manipur,
4 men reported missing
Imphal: Fresh violence
erupted in Manipur and
four people went missing
on Wednesday as an inci-
dent of firing was report-
ed in the Bishnupur dis-
trict, Manipur. The firing
incident occurred be-
tween Kumbi in Bishnu-
pur district and Wangoo
in Thoubal district.
First India Bureau
New Delhi
The Congress party
Wednesday said it will
skip inauguration of the
Ram Mandir in Ayodhya
on January 22. “While
abiding by the 2019 Su-
preme Court judgment
and honouring senti-
ments of millions who
revere Lord Ram, Shri
Mallikarjun Kharge,
Smt. Sonia Gandhi and
Shri Adhir Ranjan
Chowdhury have re-
spectfully declined invi-
tation to what is clearly
an RSS/BJP event.”
Cong to skip
Ram Mandir
inauguration
Govt’s major shakeup: 40 IAS
officers transferred in overhaul
Dr Rituraj Sharma,
Aishwary Pradhan and
Shivendra Singh Parmar
Jaipur
In a major administrative
reshuffle, Rajasthan gov-
ernment on Wednesday
transferred 40 IAS offic-
ers. According to an order
of the Department of Per-
sonnel, ACS Akhil Arora
will continue to head fi-
nance and excise depart-
ment, and Anand Kumar
on Home, Jail and Raj
State Investigation Bu-
reau. T Ravikanth has
been moved to Urban De-
velopment and Housing;
Dr Samit Sharma, Secy,
GroundWater&PHED&
DIPR Secy; Ajitabh Shar-
ma, Principal Secy, Indus-
tries, DMIC, Bhiwadi,
IDT; Sandesh Nayak has
got entry to CMO as Spe-
cial Secy and Sunil Shar-
ma is new Commissioner
atDIPR.Meanwhile,ACS
SubodhAgarwal has been
appointed as Dir General
ofIndiraGandhiPanchay-
ati Raj Institute; Abhay
Kumar has been given
chargeofthePublicHealth
Engineering Dept and wa-
ter resources including
others transferred. P10
ACS Kuldeep Ranka,
who was secretary
to Gehlot and put
on awaited posting
order, gets Social
Justice,Empowerment
and Panchayati Raj
PTI
Jaipur
A contempt petition has
been filed in the high
court against the chief
secretary of the Ra-
jasthan government and
the supervisor of the
Ramniwas garden here
for allowing private per-
sons to organise a concert
at the venue, violating
the court’s guidelines.
The concert featuring
singer Kailash Kher is
scheduled to be held in
front of the iconicAlbert
hall at the Ramniwas
garden on January 15.
The event has been or-
ganised by Srishtivinay-
ak Foundation.
The petitioner, Shankar
Gurjar, filed the petition
in the high court through
advocates A K Jain and
Aditya Jain on Tuesday.
“The permission to
private persons to organ-
ise functions is in viola-
tion of the high court’s
guidelines laid out in
2008,” A K Jain said.
He said the court
banned public functions
at the Ramniwas garden
in 1993, but till 2008, it
used to grant permission
for such events in accord-
ance with its guidelines.
SC RELIEF FOR JVVNL
Power purchase process to start anew
First India Bureau
Jaipur
fter the order of
the Supreme
Court, now the
power purchase process
for Rajasthan will be
done afresh. A petition
was filed in the Supreme
Court by Jaipur Vidyut
Vitran Nigam Limited
(JVVNL) and other de-
partments against MB
Power and others.
In 2009, Rajasthan
Electricity Transmission
Corporation issued a
tender to purchase 1000
MW of electricity. The
government had refused
to buy electricity from
MB Power due to its
high rates, which was
challenged by the com-
pany in the Rajasthan
High Court.
The High Court, af-
ter listening to the
case, had given orders
to the government to
purchase electricity
from MB Power.
Challenging this, Ra-
jasthan Electricity Trans-
mission Corporation and
other departments filed a
petition in the Supreme
Court. While hearing the
case, the Supreme Court
cancelled the order of the
Rajasthan High Court.
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Fog,rainaddtowinterwoes
With the end of the Western
Disturbance, temperatures
have started dropping once
again in Rajasthan
Dense fog could be withnessed at Shree Bhawani Niketan school and college gate in Jaipur till late in the morning on Wednesday, with day tempratures remaining at the lower end as well.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Some places in eastern
Rajasthan received light
rain onWednesday morn-
ing amid cold-wave con-
ditions prevailing in the
state, a spokesperson of
the meteorological de-
partment here said.
The spokesperson said
dense fog and cold-day
conditions were wit-
nessed at some places of
the desert state and will
continue to be the case in
coming few days.
Dholpur recorded 1
mm rainfall, whereas
light rain was recorded
at isolated pockets in
eastern Rajasthan bring-
ing the temprature sig-
nificantly down.
With a minimum tem-
perature of 3.8 degrees
Celsius, Sikar was the
coldest place in the state.
Phalodi recorded a low
of 4.6 degrees Celsius,
followed by Bikaner and
Jaisalmer with a tempra-
ture of 5 degrees Celsius
each, Sirohi recorderd
5.3 degrees Celsius,
Ajmer, Pilani, Karauli
and Fatehpur recorded
6.2 degrees Celsius each
as minimum temprature
and Eranpura Road had
a temprature of 6.4 de-
grees Celsius.
At the same time,
Jaipur, the state capital,
recorded a minimum
temperature of 7.8 de-
grees Celsius.
Entire state has been reeling under freezing cold weather, with
weather dept predicting similar conditions in coming days.
3 die as SUV rams into a
parked trolley full of pipes
Anil Sharma
Alwar
Three passengers were
killed in an accident on
the Delhi-Mumbai Ex-
pressway near Alwar. An
SUV slammed into a trol-
ley full of pipes parked
on the highway, com-
pletely wrecking the
car’s front end.
The incident happened
on the early hours of
Wednesday at Mukundra
Pulia, Raini police sta-
tion area of Alwar dis-
trict. According to po-
lice, the three people that
died were Anoop Jain,
his son Nishant Jain and
Lalbabu Tati. All were
inhabitants of Ghazi-
abad, Uttar Pradesh.
The bodies trapped in
the automobile were re-
moved with difficulty.
The Raini Community
Health Center received
all of the bodies. The
police have contacted
the family members,
and the post-mortem
will be performed only
after they arrive.
The incident occurred at 8.30 am in Alwar district on Wednesday.
The cyber criminals in police custody on Wednesday.
Contempt plea filed for allowing
events at Jaipur's Ramniwas Bagh
CM Sharma’s
father under goes
prostate surgery
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Kishan Swaroop Shar-
ma, father of Chief Min-
ister Bhajanlal Sharma,
underwent a surgery on
Wednesday. Kishan
Swaroop was admitted
in SMS Super Specialty
Block for prostate opera-
tion. The operation was
done under the supervi-
sion of urology doctors
as he was facing prob-
lems related to urine.
He was recently admit-
ted to SMS Hospital.
8 tractor-trolleys
seized in anti-
mining operation
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Mines Department
team in Jaipur took sub-
stantial action in re-
sponse to Additional Di-
rector BS Sodha’s direc-
tives, led by Mineral
Engineer Shri Krishna
Sharma. 8 tractor-trolleys
were confiscated in Kho-
ra Shyamdas village, and
all eight were involved in
stone mining. Seized
tractor-trolleys were
turned over to the appro-
priate police station.
Round-the-clock surveil-
lance is maintained
against unlawful mining.
Rape on board bus: Dy CM suspends bus permit
First India Bureau
Jaipur
A major action has been
taken in the instance of a
lady being raped on a
bus. Dr. Premchand Bair-
wa, Deputy Chief Minis-
ter of Rajasthan, issued a
strict order suspending
the Transport Depart-
ment’s bus permission.
The bus had a permit for
the Jaipur-Dausa Bharat-
pur route. A woman was
raped on a bus in Bharat-
pur yesterday. The bus
owner’s viewpoint will
be heard following sus-
pension. After the hear-
ing, the bus permit can be
canceled.
A 30-year-old woman
was allegedly raped by a
private bus conductor
late on Monday night
when she was travelling
from Jaipur to Bharatpur,
police said. Police ar-
rested bus conductor and
the driver for rape after a
complaint was filed.
Dy CM Premchand
Bairwa took a firm
stand and revoked
permit of the bus in
which a woman was
reportedly raped on
Monday night
International cyber fraud racket
busted; four arrested from Jaipur
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Vidhadhar Nagar po-
lice station in Jaipur raid-
ed the office of interna-
tional cyber thugs and
caught 4 miscreants.
Police have retrieved
bank details for over 15
cr persons, both domestic
and foreign, as well as
social media credentials
for over 2 cr people and
Aadhaar card informa-
tion for over 1 cr people.
They used to cheat by
posting screenshots on-
line via Discord. They
used to gain money by
selling things purchased
from foreign sites with
people’s credit cards.
7 HELD FOR SEEKING `20 CR RANSOM FROM MAHANT IN SAWAI MADHOPUR
8-YEAR-OLD MINOR GIRL RAPED IN BIKANER,
ACCUSED HELD WHILE TRYING TO FLEE: POLICE
An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a
man in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district, police said on
Wednesday. The accused was detained. A case of
rape under IPC section 376 and relevant provisions of the
Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has been
registered against the accused, police said. “The accused
fled after the crime. He is being brought to Bikaner for fur-
ther investigation,” Napasar Station House Officer Sandeep
Kumar said. The incident occurred in Seenthal village of
Bikaner on Monday night when the girl had gone to get
milk. Seeing other kids, she started playing with them when
one of her neighbours, Mohit Kumhar (aged about 19-20
years), lured her and took her away, police said.
The Sawai Madhopur District Police took signifi-
cant action in The issue of demanding Rs 20 cr in
Chauth recovery was disclosed. The miscreants,
posed as mobster Lawrence’s minions and demanded
money from Ujjain’s Mahakal Temple Thanapati Mahant
Balram Maharaj. Upon recieving information about threats,
police was alerted. Raids were carried out in over half-doz-
en cities. 7 accused, including Mahant’s personal assistant
have been apprehended in the matter.  Sandeep Goyal
7 DRUG DEALERS
HELD WITH 2 L CASH
WOMAN BEATEN TO
DEATH IN PUSHKAR
Additional
Police Commis-
sioner Kailash
Bishnoi took a sig-
nificant action against
illegal drug smugglers.
Raids were carried
outby Commissionerate
Special Team in Kanota
and Jaisinghpura Khor
areas. Police caught 7
smugglers, 4 of them
women. Smugglers
were caught with smack,
ganja, illicit liquor, and
around Rs 2 lakh.
A case of
murder by beat-
ing a woman
with sticks has been
reported in Pushkar.
The woman had a
live-in relationship
with the accused. The
accused’s son told the
police about the event.
During interrogation,
Norat (52), admitted to
assaulting the woman
in the slum behind the
Rajshree Hotel. The
accused was arrested
on the scene.
CRIME
ROUNDUP
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 SANTOSH SHARMA  SUNIL SHARMA
PK Agarwal, Sanjay Jain
Pratapgarh/ Chittorgarh
Afterwinningthebattleof
assembly elections, now
BJP will win all the 25
seats of Lok Sabha, BJP
state president CP Joshi
said on Wednesday. Dur-
ing his Pratapgarh visit,
Joshi said that action will
be taken against the cor-
ruption done by land ma-
fia in the district.
Earlier, state president
Joshi, revenue minister
Hemant Meena and coop-
erative minister Gautam
Dak were given a warm
welcome. During this, the
foundation stones of vari-
ousdevelopmentworksof
the Municipal Council
were also laid.
Joshi said, “The way
theNarendraModigovtat
the Center has worked for
the common people, it is
clear that the BJP will
form govt again in 2024.”
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
Deputy Chief Minister
Diya Kumari on Wednes-
day, laid the foundation
stone for the high reser-
voir to be built in Charan
river in Balaji Nagar of
Vidyadhar Nagar assem-
bly constituency.
The construction of the
high reservoir of approxi-
mately 22.5 lakh litre ca-
pacity, to be built for Rs
40 crore under Bisalpur-
Prithviraj Nagar Drinking
Water Project Phase I,
will ensure uninterrupted
and pure drinking water
supply to approximately
38 thousand population
of Ward 9. While ad-
dressing the foundation
stone laying programme,
the Deputy CM said that
the guarantee of PM
Modi has been imple-
mented in Rajasthan.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In a big move, the nomi-
nated members engaged
in the previous Congress
government were re-
moved from the Local
Self Government Depart-
ment. The nominated
members of bodies
across the state were re-
moved after the Local
Self Government Depart-
ment issued a notifica-
tion .
The information was
issued under the signa-
ture of Senior Joint Legal
Counsel Sanjay Mathur.
More than 800 members,
nominated by the previ-
ous were engaged in the
various bodies across the
state.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The central government
has considered the lapse
in security of Defence
Minister Rajnath Singh
and Priyanka Gandhi
during their visit to Ra-
jasthan as serious. In a
letter written by the Cen-
tral Govt to the State
Govt, it has been asked to
inform about the action
taken by identifying the
culprits in the case.
Now the question aris-
es what punishment will
befall the culprits who
were negligent in securi-
ty? The BJP govt was
formed by ousting Con-
gress in Rajasthan As-
sembly elections.
First India Bureau
Dausa
In a rare case, a 22-day-
old newborn girl was
found corona-positive.
After this, five people in
contact with the newborn
have been
identified.
She faced
difficulty
in breath-
ing since the
time of birth on
December 19. On Thurs-
day, the newborn was
tested positive after the
sample was taken. The
family of the newborn
girl belongs to Mahuva.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
NIMS University Ra-
jasthan is set to make his-
tory as it prepares to host
Prime Minister of the
Czech Republic Prof. Petr
Fiala, on Thursday. This
occasion will mark the
first time a foreign PM
will be paying a visit to an
Indian university. This
visit will underline the
greater importance of in-
ternational collaboration
in education, technology,
and sciences.
Theupcomingvisitsig-
nifies a breakthrough in
political and educational
relations between the
CzechRepublicandIndia.
Petr Fiala’s decision to
visit NIMS is not merely
dogmatic etiquette but a
symbol of the recognition
ofeducationalandtechno-
logical advancements
achieved by Indian insti-
tutions. The PM of Czech
Republic will lay founda-
tion stone of “Petr Fiala
Global Institute of Health
Research Innovation.”
Prof. (Dr.) Balvir S.
Tomar expressed his joy
stating, “We are thrilled
at prospect of this visit
and the idea that an Insti-
tute branching from
NIMS has been named in
his honor. This will lead
to global collaborations
in medical science and
technology.”
MINISTER SANJAY SHARMA IN SARISKA
ST 2 cremated; forest minister seeks report
Nirmal Tiwari 
Ashwini Yadav
Jaipur/Alwar
igress ST 2 aka
Rajmata was
cremated on
Thursday amidst a sad
atmosphere. Forest and
Environment Min Sanjay
Sharma, Chief Wildlife
Warden Arindam Tomar,
Field Director Roo-
pnarayan Meena and
Forest Conservator Dev-
endra Pratap Jagawat
were present. Tigress ST
2, was 19 years of age
and was ill since long,
she took her last breath
on Tuesday evening.
The Tigress ST 2 has
played an important role
in repopulating Sariska,
which had become de-
void of tigers, with the
tigers. In 2008, she was
the first tigress shifted
from Ranthambore to Sa-
riska. She gave birth to
four cubs in two deliver-
ies and from those four
cubs 14 other tigers and
tigresses were born. At
present, there are 32 ti-
gers in Sariska, out of
which 19 are from ST 2
clan. This is the reason
why the tigress was
named Rajmata.
Earlier, Forest Minis-
ter Sanjay Sharma
reached Sariska and took
feedback from forest of-
ficials at the guest house
regarding the arrange-
ments of Sariska Tiger
Reserve and took infor-
mation about the work to
be done in future.
Minister Sanjay Sharma, along with forest dept officials Arindam
Tomar, Roopnarayan Meena, and Pratap Jagawat were present
during the cremation of the tigress ST2 in Sariska on Wednesday.
PM Narendra Modi with his Czech Republic counterpart Petr Fiala
during ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ in Gandhinagar,Gujarat on Wednesday.
Rajnath Singh
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SHEKHAR
In a chaotic symphony of honks and frustration, iconic Pink City came to a grinding halt
as traffic snarls plagued MI Road, Sansar Chandra Road, Statue Circle, Trimurti Circle,
JLN Marg, OTS Circle, Jhotwara ROB, and other major areas. Commuters were left
stranded, their patience tested as the city’s arteries clogged with a sea of vehicles.
(1) A long queue of traffic jam on Sansar Chandra Road in Jaipur
on Wednesday, caused by crisscrossed e-rickshaws. Several
e-rickshaws blocked the road, disrupting the smooth flow of traffic.
(23) Traffic snarls were observed near the Khasa Kothi flyover,
with vehicles from Collectorate Circle heading towards MI Road
forming a slow-moving bee-line.  SANTOSH SHARMA
CP Joshi trying to fly a drone
during the VBSY in Chittorgarh
on Wednesday.
3
2
1
CPJoshi:ThewayModiGovtworked,
itisclearthatBJPwillcomeagain
Diyalaysthefoundationstonefor
highreservoirworth`40crores
Nominated members of Cong
govt removed from LSG dept
NIMS University to host Czech PM Report sought in security lapse
of Rajnath Singh’s cavalcade
22-day-old girl
tests corona
positive in Dausa
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur
Cong leader Sachin Pilot
on Wednesday claimed
that the ‘INDIA’ Bloc of
opposition parties will
win the 2024 Lok Sabha
elections and the ruling
National Democratic Al-
liance (NDA) will be de-
feated at the Centre.
Referring to the victo-
ry of the Congress candi-
date on the Karanpur as-
sembly seat of the state,
he said that the ruling
BJP even made its candi-
date contesting the elec-
tions a minister but the
voters defeated him.
In the meeting, Dotas-
ra gave an interesting
statement. He said,
“Many peacocks have
spoken in the assembly
elections, if the youth is
determined then it will
speak in the Lok Sabha
polls also.”
‘INDIA’ will win Lok Sabha polls:
Pilot at Raj Youth Cong event
CITYTOAGRINDINGHALT
MASSIVE TRAFFIC JAMS BRING...
Chittorgarh: BJP
State Prez CP Joshi
has called upon peo-
ple to celebrate Ramotsav
at home and village on 22
January. He said that any-
one can have darshan of
Lord Shri Ram in Ayodhya
from January 26. “Everyone
should celebrate Ramotsav
on 22nd January, the day of
the consecration ceremony
of Lord Shri Ram,” he said
in Chittorgarh. He said that
Pooja and Maha Aarti will
be held on a large scale in
temples of villages, cities
and towns.
The delegation of
the leading industry
organisation ‘The
Employers’ Association of
Rajasthan’ welcomed the
newly appointed Dy CM
Diya Kumari on Wednesday.
President Narendra Jain and
Raju Aggarwal, Vice- Presi-
dent Ajay Gupta and Nidhi
Khandelwal extended best
wishes by presenting her
with a floral bouquet and a
replica of Ram temple. EAR
Chief Advisor A. K. Jain,
Secretary Sudarshan Patni
 others welcomed Diya
with a dupatta and a shawl.
CELEBRATE RAMOTSAV
AT HOME, CP JOSHI
APPEALS TO PEOPLE
EMPLOYERS’ ASSN OF
RAJASTHAN HONOURS
DIYA KUMARI
Diya Kumari laying foundation
stone of the high reservoir
to be built in Balaji Nagar in
Jaipur on Wednesday.
Sachin Pilot and Govind Singh
Dotasra at the ‘Nyay 2024’
state executive meeting in
Jaipur on Wednesday.
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‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 68
MODI JI INVESTED A LOT OF TIME
TO CRAFT DIASPORA CONNECT
hen on the trip to the US
in 2013, even before he
became the Prime Min-
ister of India, Modi ji called us
and sought our ideas and opin-
ions on how the NRI community
could help in the development of
India. Even at that time India was
on the top of his mind and he was
exploring ways in the US to lev-
erage the advantage of the re-
sourceful diaspora to help India’s
growth story back home. There
are millions of NRIs spread
across the world and if they unite
to promote the cause of India in
whatever way they can, it can
work wonders for the country.
Modi ji was well aware of this
possibility and wanted to exploit
the same potential.
He gave two ideas to start with.
He said, wherever you speak and
hold lectures in different organi-
sations as thought leaders, speak
about India, her strengths and
achievements and the current
happenings that show her pro-
gression. Even if there are 100
such people and if each one of
you hold three lectures a year,
imagine the impact it will have
on the people and how it will
build India’s image globally as
more and more people start be-
coming aware of India. The sec-
ond thing he said was, bring at
least five NRI families to me,
wherever I visit. This will go a
long way in boosting tourism in
India and spreading awareness
about India across the world.
Once during a visit to Atlanta,
Modi ji said, bring to me all the
people I know in and around At-
lanta.This shows his commitment
to keep connected to the diaspora
in all possible ways and build
upon the old relationships, with
the progress of India on top of his
mind. He invested a lot of time in
connecting and building relation-
ships to strengthen India’s pros-
pects and possibilities through
greater engagement and under-
standing. He was early to recog-
nise the potential of the NRI com-
munity and the need to involve
them more engagingly and pro-
ductively with their motherland.
Modi ji’s initiatives like popular-
ising yoga in the world or the
Swachh Bharat campaign have
been eye openers and influential
fulcrums of diplomacy and inter-
national bonding.After the Covid
vaccination success, today even
the West looks up to India as the
pharma hub of the world. There
has been a paradigm shift in the
outlook about India and her image
globally from what it was before
2014. Today the world sees India
as the mother of democracy and
Modi as a world statesman and
much of it has to do with how
Modi has crafted the image of In-
dia through propagation of her
USPs, in which the overwhelming
support of the NRI communities
had a big role to play.
A MAN OF
MANY COLOURS
hen Narendra Modi came
here, he was the national
general secretary and in-
charge of Himachal Pradesh. I
was the state general secretary of
the party and I had the responsibil-
ity to arrange for his stay and
oversee all his itinerary here. He
was perhaps the first state in-
charge who went to almost all the
assembly constituencies and even
reached till the village level to
take meetings. And during the
meetings, he was very strict.There
were party elections in 1997 and
within one year, in 1998, we had
formed our government in the
state. It was all due to Modi ji that
the party came up to such a strong
position that it came to power
starting from a scratch. When he
came here as the state in-charge,
the party was not financially that
strong. He suggested us to go for
donations from mass collections
to improve our situation. He said
the party unit in the state should
be self-sufficient and learn to gen-
erate its own resources. Many of
the leaders and party workers here
were apprehensive of the idea of
mass collection and raised their
doubts about its success. Modi ji
still persisted with the idea and
encouraged us to try it for once.
He firmly believed that it would
be a success. The party then took
it up as a campaign. Surprisingly,
within three months, we had
reached our target collection.
Modi ji’s prediction was right.An-
other interesting anecdote of Modi
ji was he liked to taste the food of
every place he went to. If in Man-
di, he would ask what was the
most famous dish of Mandi. If in
Kangra, he would do the same for
Kangra. He ate everything with
relish. Once he came to an event
in 2017. It was a long-time-no-see
situation for me. I was meeting
him after years. So I was a bit
hesitant as to how he would ap-
proach me after so many years,
now that he was the PM of the
country. But as soon as he landed,
he saw me and embraced me.
Later he took me in his car and
talked about my family, asked
about my wife and my son and he
even remembered I had diabetes
and asked how it was. Imagine, I
was meeting him almost after two
decades and he remembered eve-
rything about me. This is his mag-
nanimity. Whoever he connected
with, he became a fatherly figure,
taking care of their concerns.
W
Late Praveen Sharma
Former Minister, Himachal Pradesh
Kanchan Banerjee
NRI, USA
Vithal Dhaduk
NRI, USA
Gokul Kunnath
NRI, USA
Jay Shah
NRI, Australia
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PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI
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UNITING
DIASPORA
The narrators recounted their experiences of
being contacted by Modi ji, who sought their
ideas and opinions on how the NRI community
could contribute to India’s development.
Thanks to Modi ji’s efforts, the Bharatiya
Janata Party rose from humble beginnings to
attain a formidable position of power
MINISTER ON INDIA BECOMING A DEVELOPED NATION
India is entering Swarna Kaal: Thakur
PTI
Mumbai
nion minister
Anurag Thakur
has said that
fromAmrit Kaal, India is
entering a Swarna Kaal
and is also moving to-
wards becoming a devel-
oped nation.
Thakur, Minister for
Information  Broad-
casting andYouthAffairs
 Sports, was speaking
at the 38th Rambhau
Mhalgi Lecture Series.
“We want to establish
Ram Rajya based on the
philosophy of Sabka
Saath Sabka Vishwas by
bringing together all reli-
gions, castes and sects.
Ram is the symbol of
unity and humanism”, an
official release Wednes-
day quoted Thakur as
saying. Thakur said India
is being rebuilt through
Digital India. “Today the
whole world is looking
towards India with great
hope,” he added.
He expressed the belief
that under the leadership
of PM Narendra Modi,
India’s economy will be-
come the third largest
economy in the world in
the coming years.A lot of
work has been done in the
last 9 years for the welfare
of the poor and under-
privileged, Thakur said.
Thakur said India is
progressing rapidly in
many fields. The govern-
ment is doing great work
in many fields in a short
period of time, he added.
Under PM Modi’s
leadership, progress is
being made towards a
self-reliant India, he said,
adding efforts are under-
way to create a devel-
oped new India.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur during the inauguration of 38th
Rambhau Mhalgi Memorial Lecture Series, in Thane, Wednesday.
Former President Ram Nath Kovind and others at IIMC at Bharat
Mandapam, in New Delhi on Wednesday.  ANI
“Under Modi’s
leadership, progress
is being made
towards a self-reliant
India. Efforts are
underway to create a
developed new India”
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First India Bureau
Gandhinagar
Finance Minister Nirma-
la Sitharaman said on
Wednesday exuded con-
fidence that India will
become the world’s third
largest economy worth
over $5 trillion by 2027-
28 and a developed na-
tion by 2047, with GDP
touching $30 trillion.
India, with a GDP of
roughly $3.4 trillion, is
currently the fifth largest
economy in the world,
after the US, China, Ja-
pan and Germany.
Sitharaman said during
the Amritkal, which will
mark 100 years of India’s
Independence in 2047,
emphasis is being given
to sunrise industries.
Also, the FDI policy of
the Narendra Modi Gov-
ernment has helped at-
tract foreign investment,
with $595 billion coming
in the last 9 years.
“It is possible that we
will be the third largest
economy by 2027-28,
and our GDP will cross
$5 trillion by that time.
By 2047, it is a conserva-
tive estimate that we will
reach at least $30 trillion
in terms of economy,”
Sitharaman said while
addressing a seminar of
Vibrant Gujarat Global
Summit 2024.
Stressing that the peo-
ple of India have met with
the challenges post-COV-
ID and recovery is on a
strong footing, she said
Gujarat will be the engine
of growth in India’s
march to become a devel-
oped economy by 2047.
The state has 5 per cent
of India’s population but
contributes 8.5 per cent to
the country’s GDP. It is
rapidly moving forward
at 12 per cent CAGR (an-
nual growth) between
2011 and 2021 against a
national average of 10.4
per cent, she said.
Sitharaman also said
India is on track to be-
come an in-house pro-
ducer of semiconductors,
and EV adoption is hap-
pening in a big way.
PM GATI SHAKTI TO BECOME INFRASTRUCTURE
PLANNING TOOL FOR ENTIRE WORLD, SAYS GOYAL
Gandhinagar: Union Commerce and Industry Min-
ister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said the PM Gati
Shakti mecha-
nism, a technology-
backed infrastructure
development platform
implemented by the
Narendra Modi govern-
ment, will become a
planning tool for the en-
tire world in the years
to come. Goyal made the comments while addressing a
seminar on ‘PM Gati Shakti: Informed Decision Making for
Holistic Development’ organised at Mahatma Mandir con-
vention centre here as part of the Vibrant Gujarat Global
Summit 2024 which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Na-
rendra Modi earlier in the day. “As we assess the outcomes
of PM Gati Shakti, and some of the outcomes were already
shared with you, this overall architecture, in my humble
view, and I this say this with great responsibility and convic-
tion, that PM Gati Shakti in the years to come will become
a planning tool of infrastructure not only for India or Asia,
but for the entire world,” Goyal said.
Gujarat has become
powerhouse of India's
development.
PHILIPP ACKERMANN, GERMAN
AMBASSADOR
India-UAE relationship
model for any country
MOS MURALEEDHARAN
MOUs of this nature
have huge scope, will
benefit not just Gujarat.
This is first Vibrant
Gujarat Summit in ‘Amrit
Kaal’ period.
VINAY KWATRA, FOREIGN
SECRETARY
Vibrant Gujarat Summit
important forum for
exchanging expertise in
economic growth,
investment
SHEIKH MOHAMED BIN ZAYED
AL NAHYAN, UAE PRESIDENTS
The best and the most
competitive country in
producing cars is Bharat.
RYAD MEZZOUR, MOROCCO MIN
The billionaire-founder
of Tesla is not coming
for the ongoing Vibrant
Gujarat Global Summit,
but they are welcome to
invest in the state. The
state is very keen to get
Tesla if it comes to India.
Rahul Gupta, MD, GIDC
TOP QUOTES FROM
VIBRANT GUJARAT
SUMMIT
z Suzuki Group to invest Rs 3200 Crore in Suzuki
Motor Gujarat, will add 4th production line: Toshihiro
Suzuki, President Suzuki Motors
z Essar Group to set up 1GW green hydrogen project
in Jamnagar
z Nepal, India forge power partnership at Vibrant Guja-
rat Global Summit
z DP World unveils investment plans at Vibrant Gujarat
Global Summit 2024
z Simmtech affirms commitment to Gujarat in semicon-
ductor industry expansion.
z Tata Group announces Giga factory for Lithium-Ion
Batteries in Sanand, semiconductor Fab in Dholera
z Australian High Commissioner Philip Green hailed
the inauguration of Australia's Deakin University
branch campus in GIFT City, Gujarat the first foreign
university to open a campus in India.
z Lakshmi Mittal announced that ArcelorMittal Nippon
Steel India is building the world’s largest single loca-
tion integrated steel plant at Gujarat’s Hazira.
z The forthcoming list will
feature candidates for
more seats, particularly
in the 164 constituen-
cies where the party
previously struggled or
narrowly won in 2019.
z Earlier in Lok Sabha
elections, the BJP con-
tested 436 out of 543
seats, securing victories
in 303 seats while fac-
ing defeat in 133.
z The party is addressing
31 other weaker con-
stituencies, grouping
164 seats and assign-
ing responsibilities to
central ministers and
senior leaders, includ-
ing HM Amit Shah.
z These seats have been
categorised into 'C' and
'D' groups, with 45 min-
isters overseeing two
to three seats each.
z With a decrease in the
number of allied parties
this time around com-
pared to 2019, the BJP
aims to contest more
seats across states
where it previously had
alliances—such as with
Shiromani Akali Dal in
Punjab, JD(U) in Bihar,
Shiv Sena in Maha-
rashtra, AIADMK in
Tamil Nadu, and RLP
in Rajasthan.
z The BJP has identi-
fied 14 weak seats in
Uttar Pradesh, where
they faced defeat in
16 seats in the last
elections. However,
they secured victories
in two seats through
by-polls - Rae Bareli
and Mainpuri.
z The party plans to
announce candidates
for various constituen-
cies including Rae
Bareli, Mainpuri, Bijnor,
Saharanpur, Sambhal,
Muradabad, Ghazipur,
Jaunpur, Rampur,
Azamgarh, Nagina,
Amroha, Ambedkar
Nagar, Shravasti,
Ghosi, and Lalganj in
the first list.
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS FROM VIBRANT GUJARAT
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, CM Bhupendra Patel, Mozambique President Filipe
Jacinto Nyusi, and others attend the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2024, at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on Wednesday.  PTI
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman releases the vision document ‘Viksit Gujarat @ 2047’
with Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel, Principal Secretary to the PM PK Mishra and other dignitaries at
the Seminar of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024, in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. ANI
Vibrant Gujarat Summit India under PM Modi has taken steps to encourage global companies to set up their manufacturing units in the country
Eyeing 400 seats this time, BJP plans to
recruit MPs from other parties: Report
Agencies
New Delhi
Setting the ambitious tar-
get of bagging 400 of the
543 Lok Sabha seats in
the upcoming parliament
elections, the BJP is
keeping no stone un-
turned to accomplish it.
In fact, the ruling party’s
modus operandi also in-
cludes recruitment of
leaders from other par-
ties. The party also re-
portedly focuses on
the160 seats that it lost
during the last election.
Before this, the only
time a single party
crossed the 400-seat
mark in parliament elec-
tions was the Congress
spearheaded by Rajiv
Gandhi in 1984. It was
also the last time a party
had won a majority on
its own before the Nar-
endra Modi-led BJP’s
victory in 2014.
HERE ARE THE KEY POINTERS
BJP National President JP Nadda play 'Taal, an instrument, in
Guwahati on Wednesday. Assam CM Himanta Biswa also seen.
Kharge in touch with leaders of
all INDIA bloc parties: Congress
PTI
Hoshiarpur
Union Minister Nitin
Gadkari on Wednesday
here inaugurated and laid
foundation stones of 29
national highway projects
worth Rs 4,000 crore in
Punjab. The projects in-
cluded Ladhowal bypass
in Ludhiana, six-lane
flyover and two-lane road
over bridge in Ludhiana,
four laning of Jalandhar-
Kapurthala section, and
three bridges on the Ja-
landhar-Makhu road.
Gadkari laid the foun-
dation stones of several
projects, including four
laning of Hoshiarpur-
Phagwara road and four
laning of Ferozepur by-
pass. The minister said 5
greenfield expressways
and economic corridors
are being built at a cost of
Rs 1.20 lakh crore for
better connectivity.
PTI
New Delhi
After initiating seat-shar-
ing talks with various op-
position parties, the Con-
gress on Wednesday said
its president Mallikarjun
Kharge is in touch with
leaders of all INDIAbloc
constituents to ensure
closer coordination in the
opposition alliance.
The assertion comes
amid talk that the alliance
could have a convener,
with the name of Bihar
CM Nitish Kumar doing
the rounds for the post.
There have been de-
mands for having an of-
fice and a spokesperson
of the opposition alliance,
where 28 parties have
come together to take on
the BJP in the 2024 polls.
“Kharge is in touch
with leaders of all parties
of the INDIAbloc on how
best to give structure to
ensureclosercoordination
inalliance,”generalsecre-
tary Jairam Ramesh said.
`1,782 CRORE FOR
ROAD PROJECT
Itanagar: The
Centre has sanc-
tioned Rs 1,782
crore for construction of
a strategic road project
in AP, Union Minister
of Road Transport and
Highways Nitin Gadkari
said on Wednesday. The
ministry sanctioned the
project for the construc-
tion of the 82-kilometre-
long greenfield road
from Pango to Jorging in
Upper Siang district of
the northeastern state.
Nitin Gadkari
lays foundation
stones of 29
highway projects
SEAT-SHARING TALKS
MAY BE HELD ON JAN 12
New Delhi: Delhi
Congress president
Arvinder Singh
Lovely on Wednesday said
the key discussions on
seat-sharing between his
party and the AAP to fight
the Lok Sabha elections
together from Delhi will take
place in the next meeting
likely to be held on January
12. Lovely said that no
discussion on seat-sharing
took place in the first meet-
ing held on January 8 and
added it was the first time
that the Delhi Congress
and the AAP came together
for a discussion.
MANIPUR NODS FOR
‘BHARAT JODO YATRA’
New Delhi: The
Manipur government
on Wednesday ap-
proved the Hapta Kangjei-
bung ground venue for
flagging off the yatra. The
approval by the Manipur
government came eight
days after the Congress had
approached it for permis-
sion. The order issued by
the Imphal East district mag-
istrate’s office said, “Only
flagging off of the Yatra with
limited number of partici-
pants is hereby allowed on
January 14 to prevent any
untoward incident and dis-
turbance in law and order.
Kovind panel gets over
5,000 public suggestions
PTI
New Delhi
The panel on ‘One Na-
tion, One Election’led by
former president Ram
Nath Kovind has re-
ceived over 5,000 sug-
gestions from the public
on simultaneous polls,
sources said on Wednes-
day. Last week, the high-
level committee had in-
vited suggestions from
the public “for making
appropriate changes in
the existing legal admin-
istrative framework to
enable simultaneous
elections in the country”.
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge in conversation with KC
Venugopal in New Delhi on Wednesday.  ANI
2024 WILL TEST THE MOST ROBUST DEMOCRACIES
Over 50 countries go to the polls this year
First India Bureau
New Delhi
ore than 50
countries that
are home to
half the planet’s popula-
tion are due to hold na-
tional elections in 2024,
but the number of citizens
exercisingtherighttovote
is not unalloyed good
news.
The year looks set to
test even the most robust
democracies and to
strengthen the hands of
leaders with authoritarian
leanings. From Russia,
Taiwan and the United
Kingdom to India, El Sal-
vador and South Africa,
the presidential and legis-
lative contests have huge
implications for human
rights,economies,interna-
tional relations and pros-
pects for peace in a vola-
tile world.
In some countries, the
balloting will be neither
free nor fair.And in many,
curbs on opposition candi-
dates, weary electorates
and the potential for ma-
nipulation and disinforma-
tion have made the fate of
democracy a front-and-
center campaign issue. A
possible rematch between
President Joe Biden and
his predecessor Donald
Trump looms large in the
election calendar; aTrump
victory in November is
perhaps the greatest global
wildcard. Yet high-stakes
votes before then also will
gauge the “mood of dissat-
isfaction, impatience, un-
easiness” among far-flung
electorates, as per sources.
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Colddayconditionstoreduce
overnorthwestIndia,saysIMD
First India Bureau
New Delhi
The India Meteorological
Department (IMD) on
Wednesday said that cold
day to “severe” cold day
conditions are likely to
reduce over northwest In-
dia from Thursday while
dense fog is likely to con-
tinue to prevail during
morning hours in isolated
pockets of northwest In-
dia during next 4-5 days.
In its bulletin, the IMD
said that dense to very
dense fog conditions are
very likely to prevail for
a few hours in morning in
isolated pockets over
north Rajasthan on
Thursday and Friday and
reduction thereafter.
“Dense fog conditions
are very likely to prevail
for a few hours in morn-
ing in isolated pockets
over Punjab, Haryana,
Chandigarh, UP, Assam,
Meghalaya, Mizoram
and Tripura from January
11 to January 15; and
over Jammu division,
Himachal Pradesh, Utta-
rakhand, north Madhya
Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar,
West Bengal and Sikkim
on Thursday and Friday,”
said the IMD.
The weather agency
predicted that cold day to
severe cold day condi-
tions are very likely to
continue in some parts of
Haryana, , Delhi also.
z The spell of cold
weather in Delhi pushed
the national capital's peak
winter power demand to
an all-time high of 5,611
MW on Wednesday, of-
ficials said.
z According to the
weather department, Delhi
experienced its coldest
day this winter yesterday,
with the minimum tem-
perature dropping to 5.3
degrees Celsius.
z It was still colder
in neighbouring Ut-
tar Pradesh, with the
minimum temperatures in
Kanpur and Agra dropping
below freezing point, at 1.1
and 1.0 degrees Celsius
respectively.
z Thick fog engulfed the
national capital, affect-
ing visibility and leading
to delays in flights to and
from Delhi.
MAJOR WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS
Maldives upgrades ties with
China amid pivot from India
Agencies
Beijing
China and the Maldives
upgraded their relation-
ship on Wednesday dur-
ing newly elected Presi-
dent Mohamed Muizzu’s
first state visit to Beijing,
following a campaign in
which he cast China’s re-
gional rival India as a
threat to sovereignty.
Chinese President Xi
Jinping, speaking at the
Great Hall of the People,
called Muizzu “an old
friend” as theAsian giant
set the stage for further
investment in the Indian
Ocean archipelago by
agreeing to a “compre-
hensive strategic coop-
erative partnership”.
“China and the Mal-
dives’relations are facing
a historic opportunity to
carry forward the past
and forge ahead into the
future,” Xi told Muizzu,
Chinese media reported.
Muizzu took office in
November, after winning
on his “India Out” cam-
paign platform under
which he called New
Delhi’s huge influence a
threat to sovereignty. His
government has since
asked dozens of locally
based Indian military
personnel to leave while
talking up opportunities
for Chinese investors de-
spite being heavily in-
debted to Beijing.
Relations between In-
dia and China nosedived
after soldiers from both
sides clashed in the west-
ern Himalayas in 2020,
resulting in the death of
20 Indian soldiers. China
had confirmed the death
of four soldiers.
President of the Republic of Maldives Mohamed Muizzu and First Lady Sajidha Mohamed visit the
Chinese Communist Party Museum. in Beijing, China on Wednesday.  PTI
Vehicles ply on the road during a cold and foggy winter morning in Guwahati on Wednesday.  ANI
MALDIVES OPPOSITION LEADER CALLS FOR
“TOUGHER STAND” TO REPAIR TIES WITH INDIA
New Delhi: Amid the ongoing row between India
and the Maldives, opposition leader and the
Chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party,
Fayyaz Ismail, has called for a “tougher stand” by the
government, saying that the racist comments against In-
dia and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were just isolated
individual opinions of these people who were unfortu-
nately given positions in the government. He underlined
how the entire matter has reached a lot of Indians as well
as Maldivians, due to easy accessibility of social media.
Delhi Police personnel during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day parade amid fog on a
cold winter morning, in New Delhi on Wednesday.  PTI
BSF women band to debut in R-Day
ANI
New Delhi
In a first, the Border Se-
curity Force’s (BSF) all-
women marching and
brass band contingents
will participate in this
year’s Republic Day pa-
rade on Kartavya Path.
An Assistant Com-
mandant rank woman of-
ficer and two subordinate
officers will lead a total
of 144 women BSF con-
stables marching down
Kartavya Path on Janu-
ary 26 when India will be
celebrating its 75th Re-
public Day in the pres-
ence of Emmanuel Ma-
cron, President of France,
as the Chief Guest.
The BSF calls it a ‘Ma-
hila Foot Contingent,’
whose all participants be-
long to almost every state
in the country. Of the total
participants, a maximum
of 27 belong toWest Ben-
gal, 10 each from Jammu
and Kashmir as well as
Punjab, 12 from the
North East, and others
fromTamil Nadu, Kerala,
Andhra Pradesh, Telan-
gana, Uttar Pradesh, Gu-
jarat, Maharashtra, Mad-
hya Pradesh, Jharkhand,
and other states.
All-women contingent of Delhi Police to march down Kartavya Path
“Navy 'proactively'
deploying fleet to
keep pirates at bay”
PTI
Hyderabad
The Indian Navy is proac-
tively deploying its fleet
to keep the pirates away
and confine them in their
waters, Chief of Naval
Staff Admiral Hari Ku-
mar said on Wednesday.
After unveiling the in-
digenously manufactured
Drishti 10 Starliner Un-
manned Aerial Vehicle
(UAV) byAdani Defence
and Aerospace for the
Navy, Hari Kumar said
there have been about 35
drone attacks on ships
largely on Israel-owned
or flagged or related ves-
sels in the Red Sea, North
and Central Arabian Sea
during the last 40-42
days.
Without taking names,
he said the immediate
neighbours of India col-
lectively hold a very
large inventory of UAVs
and therefore, it’s only
prudent that the country
and its armed forces con-
tinue to harness resident
expertise in the domain.z
“Recently we have had
only two incidents (at-
tempts of pirates to high-
jack ships). Both were
not Indian flagged ves-
sels, but in the second
case we had Indian crew
so we had to respond,” he
told reporters.
Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar during unveiling of the Drishti
10 Starliner Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Hyderabad, Wednesday.
B’luruCEOSuchana Seth’shusband
performsfinalritesof murderedson
PTI
Bengaluru
Days after a four-year-
old boy was allegedly
murdered by his mother
Suchana Seth, a Bengal-
uru-based start-up CEO,
at a hotel in Goa, his fa-
ther performed his last
rites in Bengaluru on
Wednesday morning.
After the post-mortem
examination of his son’s
body in Hiriyur in the
Chitradurga district,
Venkatraman P R, the
father of the child,
brought it to Bengaluru.
The body was kept in an
apartment in Rajajinagar
where Venkatraman’s
parents live.
Dr Kumar Naik, a
government doctor who
conducted the autopsy,
said on Tuesday that the
child was killed more
than 36 hours ago and he
was either smothered or
strangulated. “There are
no wounds or signs of
struggle. There may be
the use of a pillow or a
wire,” said Dr Naik.
LEADERS LOOK TO TIGHTEN THEIR GRIPS
Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina won a fourth suc-
cessive term Monday in an election that opposi-
tion parties boycotted and preceded by violence.
Hasina’s Awami League party was reelected on a low
turnout of 40%, and the stifling of dissent risks triggering
political turmoil. India, the world’s most populous country,
is due to hold a general election by mid-2024 that is likely
to bring Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the right-wing
Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party a third consecu-
tive term.
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) personnel during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day parade amid
fog on a cold winter morning, in New Delhi on Wednesday.  PTI
Courtesy Call
Dr Ruma, a Nari Shakti Awardee pays a courtesy call
to Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar in New Delhi on
Wednesday. The Vice President praised Ruma for her
contribution and dedication towards society.
Suchana Seth who is accused of killing her son, being brought
to Mapusa Court in North Goa on Tuesday.
Divya Hemnani 
Dipika Singhal
Jaipur
Asian games Gold
medalist and now
Arjuna awardee
from Rajasthan Di-
vyakirti Singh was
honoured by First
India News on
Wednesday for her
huge achievement.
Speaking exclusive-
ly to First India
News, the Arjuna
awardee gave credit for
her success to her coach-
es, trainers, parents as
well as her horses too.
zHow did you feel when
you received the Arjuna
Award?
To win a gold in dres-
sage for India after 41
years and to start 2024
with an Arjuna Award is
the biggest moment of my
life and I am extremely
grateful and honoured. It
was a surreal feeling and
a great moment when the
Arjuna Award was given
to me at Rashtrapati Bha-
wan in the presence of so
many honourable people.
zHow supportive were
your parents during your
journey?
Without my parents’
support, I wouldn’t have
won the gold medal.
zHow challenging is
horse riding?
In horse riding, each
horse in our team has
its own individual per-
sonality, being a living
being with unique traits.
Unlike in other sports
where challenges are
more predictable, riding
involves a high level of
uncertainty.
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PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE SURVEY
‘Half of Indore may be victim of lifestyle diseases’
First India Bureau
Indore
alf of the popu-
lation of Indore
may be a victim
of lifestyle diseases. Un-
der the Health of Indore
campaign, more than 20
lakh tests have been con-
ducted on more than 2
lakh people, in which the
condition of the people
surveyed on many pa-
rameters is worrying.
The world’s largest pre-
ventive health care sur-
vey organized in a single
city has been conducted
in Indore under the name
of Health of Indore.
Union Health Minis-
ter Dr. Mansukh Man-
daviya and Madhya
Pradesh Health Minis-
ter Rajendra Shukla
were present at the pro-
gramme.
Praising Indore, Un-
ion Health Minister Dr.
Mansukh Mandaviya
said that Indore’s pre-
ventive health care mod-
el is amazing and data
will be taken from In-
dore to implement it in
the entire country.
Madhya Pradesh Dep-
uty Chief Minister and
Health Minister Rajen-
dra Shukla, said that ef-
forts will be made to
implement Indore’s
model of preventive
health care in the entire
Madhya Pradesh.
President Droupadi Murmu met Shankar Lalwani in New Delhi.
H
Jakarta: Budding shoot-
er Nancy and Olympian
Elavenil Valarivan came
up with a grand perfor-
mance in women’s 10m
air rifle, clinching gold
and silver respectively at
theAsia Olympic Quali-
fiers on Wednesday.An-
other Indian to make the
final,Arjun Babuta, fin-
ished sixth.
Nancy wins women’s
10m air rifle gold;
Elavenil takes silver
Kochi: The US space
agency, NASA, has
pushed back its manned
Artemis mission to the
Moon to 2025 that will
send the first woman and
first person of colour on
the lunar surface. Arte-
mis IV, the first mission
to the Gateway lunar
space station, remains on
track for 2028.
NASA delays mission
to take humans back
to Moon until 2025
Washington: Indian-
American Surgeon
General Vivek Murthy
has been named again
to serve as the US’s
representative on the
executive board of the
WHO by President Joe
Biden. The 46-year-
old’s nomination was
re-sent as his confir-
mation to the position
had been pending in
the Senate since Octo-
ber 2022.
Vivek Murthy renamed
countryrepresentative
on WHO board
Lahore: Pakistan’s
jailed former PM Imran
Khan on Wednesday
failed to get any relief
from the court to contest
next month’s general
elections.Justice Tariq
Nadeem and Justice
Abul Aziz of the tribunal
announced the verdict
on Lahore’s NA-122 and
Mianwali NA-89 seats.
In the 2018 polls, Khan
had won both his home-
town’s seats.
Imran Khan fails to get
relief to contest Feb 8
general elections
IN BRIEF
Thimphu: Bhutanese
voters have elected
Tshering Tobgay to be-
come prime minister
for a second time after
his party won nearly
two-thirds of seats, the
election commission
said in results released
Wednesday.
Bhutan’sTobgayto
becomePMfor2ndtime
TrumpmimicsMacronand
Biden,slamsmediainIowa
Agencies
Washington
Former US President
Donald Trump mocked
French President Emma-
nuel Macron by imitating
his accent during a cam-
paign event in Iowa while
speaking on negotiations
over taxes on American
tech giants during his
presidency. He also took
a jab at current US Presi-
dent Joe Biden by ridicul-
ing his walking style and
saying that he “can’t even
find the stairs”. During
the event, Trump recalled
an alleged telephone con-
servation he had with Ma-
cron during his tenure at
the White House when
the French President pro-
posed a 25 per cent tax on
US tech giants operating
in Mexico. He claimed to
have threatened Macron
with a 100 per cent tariff
on French wine and
champagne imports if the
plan came into effect, the
Telegraph reported.
“I said, ‘Emmanuel,
how are you?’ He said,
‘fine.’ I said, ‘I heard
you’re gonna charge
American companies 25
per cent to do things in
Mexico’. I said ‘no, no,
but you’re not gonna do it
Emmanuel’,” Trump said
at the Iowa. “’No, Don-
ald,ithasalreadypassed,”
the Republican frontrun-
ner for the upcoming
elections further said,
mocking Macron’s
French accent.
‘India in constant
touch with Israel,
Palestine leaders’
PTI
United Nations
India has said that it is in
constant touch with the
leaders of Israel and Pal-
estine and its “clear and
consistent” message since
the start of the latest Mid-
dle East conflict has been
to prevent escalation to
ensure continued delivery
of humanitarian aid and
early restoration of peace
and stability. “This is
clearly unacceptable and
we have strongly con-
demned the death of civil-
ians,” India’s Representa-
tive to the UN Ambassa-
dor Ruchira Kamboj said.
‘No disciplinary issues
with Kishan and Iyer’
PTI
New Delhi
India’s coach Rahul
Dravid has stepped for-
ward to provide clarity on
the non-selection of Ishan
Kishan and Shreyas Iyer
for the T20 International
series against Afghani-
stan. Contrary to reports
suggesting disciplinary
issues as the cause for
their absence, Dravid has
categorically denied such
claims. Notably, both Is-
han and Shreyas were ab-
sent from India’s
16-member squad for
their upcoming T20I se-
ries against Afghanistan.
The Men in blue will face
Afghanistan in a three-
match T20I series, start-
ing January 11.
Furthermore, Dravid
addressed the case of Iyer,
stating unequivocally that
his exclusion from the
team was not due to any
disciplinary reasons.
USsupportstangiblesteps
forPalestinian:Blinken
Reform for post-war Gaza as Israeli strikes continue
US SHOOTS DOWN 21 HOUTHI MISSILES AND
DRONES LAUNCHED OVER RED SEA FROM YEMEN
BLINKEN PRESSURES
BOTH SIDES ON
WHIRLWIND TRIP
Washington: U.S. and British naval forces shot down
21 drones and missiles fired by Yemen-based Hou-
this on Tuesday towards international shipping lanes
in the southern Red Sea, the US said. Britain’s defence
minister said it was the largest attack in the area by the
militants to date as the three-month-long war between Israel
and Hamas in Gaza spills over into other parts of the Middle
East. U.S. Central Command said no injuries nor damage
were reported, adding that this was the 26th Houthi attack
on commercial shipping lanes in the Red Sea since Nov. 19.
The Houthis, who control most of Yemen, have been target-
ing the route to show their support for Hamas, a Palestinian
Islamist group. The attacks have seriously disrupted interna-
tional commerce on the key route between Europe and Asia
that accounts for about 15% of the world’s shipping traffic.
On his fourth visit
to the region since
the war began three
months ago, Blinken has
met in recent days with the
leaders of Saudi Arabia,
Jordan, Qatar, the United
Arab Emirates and Turkey.
He says they are open to
contributing to postwar
plans in return for progress
on creating a Palestinian
state. The Saudi Ambas-
sador to the UK went even
further on Tuesday, telling
the BBC that the kingdom
is still interested in a land-
mark normalisation agree-
ment with Israel, but that
it must include “nothing
less than an independent
state of Palestine.” “One
doesn’t come without the
other,” Prince Khalid bin
Bandar said.
Agencies
Tel Aviv
Secretary of State An-
tony Blinken met with
Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas on
Wednesday to seek gov-
ernance reforms as part of
US efforts to rally the re-
gionbehindpostwarplans
for Gaza that also include
concrete steps toward a
Palestinian state.
Blinken says he has se-
cured commitments from
multiple countries in the
region to assist with re-
building and governing
Gaza after Israel’s war
against Hamas, and that
wider Israeli-Arab nor-
malisation is still possi-
ble, but only if there is “a
pathway to a Palestinian
state.”
The approach faces se-
rious obstacles. PM Ben-
jamin Netanyahu’s govt is
adamantly opposed to the
creation of a Palestinian
state alongside Israel, and
the autocratic, Western-
backed Palestinian lead-
ership, whose forces were
driven from Gaza when
Hamas took over in 2007,
lacks legitimacy in the
view of many Palestini-
ans. The war in Gaza is
still raging with no end in
sight, fuelling a humani-
tarian catastrophe in the
tiny coastal enclave.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in
the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Wednesday.
Donald Trump
Rahul Dravid
President Droupadi Murmu confers the Dronacharya Award,
2023 to Mahaveer Prasad Saini for his achievements in Para
Athletics at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi.
Saini gets Dronacharya Award
Jaipur: Mahavir Pras-
adSainifromRajasthan
has been honored with
the Dronacharya
Award. Saini, a Surat-
garh resident and inter-
national coach, was
awarded by the Presi-
dent at a function or-
ganized at Rashtrapati
Bhavan. Para athletics
coach Mahavir Prasad
Saini had trained play-
ers like javelin thrower
Sundar Singh Gurjar
and Rakesh Bheda.
PREZ PRAISES ‘HEALTH
OF INDORE’ CAMPAIGN
Prez Droupadi
Murmu praised the
preventive health
care campaign ‘Health of
Indore’ and said that Indore
is a symbol of innovations.
MP Shankar Lalwani met
Prez Murmu and gave
detailed information about
the preventive health care
campaign ‘Health of Indore’.
Under the Health of Indore
campaign, more than 20 lakh
tests have been conducted.
Divyakriti Singh
Dipika Singhal interacting with Arjuna-awardee Divyakriti Singh.
First India felicitated Arjuna-awardee Divyakriti Singh on Wednesday. Singh reached directly to
First India News Channel office at Sahkar Marg, Jaipur on her return from New Delhi, and shared
her experiences. In picture, Pawan Arora with (L-R) Shikha Sharma, Dipika Singhal, Jinendra Singh
Shekhawat, Vikram Singh, Divyakriti Singh, Shweta Mishra Awasthi and Ayushi Maharshi.
NEWS
I wish to win Olympic medal: Divyakirti
Breaking barriers  galloping towards glory, this 23-year-old equestrian dynamo has not only clinched a historic
Arjuna Award but has also secured her place as the first Indian woman to achieve this feat in the realm of Equestrian
CM FLAGS OFF 2,100
OIL CANS, RAM DARBAR
PROCESSION
10
Once you learn to admire without envy and
praise but not flatter, you will be blessed in more
ways than one.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD  Editor-in-Chief
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
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Raj Election Triumph: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
acknowledges people’s faith in PM Modi and BJP
First India Bureau
New Delhi
The Taj Mahal Hotel in
New Delhi recently played
host to a distinguished
Leadership Summit, ‘Shi-
khar Samman’ organised
byBharat24-VisionofNew
India News channel. The
event wit-
nessed the
e s t e e m e d
presence of
Gajendra Singh Shekha-
wat, Union Minister of Jal
ShaktiandMP(LokSabha)
Jodhpur, along withAcha-
rya Balkrishna, MD of Pa-
tanjali Ayurveda Ltd and
Co-Founder of Patanjali
Yogpeeth, who graced the
occasion as the chief guest.
The summit, facilitated
by Dr Jagdeesh Chandra,
CEO,andEditor-in-Chief,
Bharat24-Vision of New
India, commenced with a
warm welcome to the dis-
tinguished guests. In an
engaging conversation
with Poornima Mishra,
discussionsdelvedintothe
Ayodhya ‘Ram Mandir
Pran Prat-
ishta’ event
and the sig-
nificant win
in the Rajasthan elections.
Addressing the excite-
ment surrounding the
‘Ayodhya Ram Mandir
Pran Pratishta’ event and
the fulfillment of commit-
ment to its construction,
GS Shekhawat expressed
pride in the character of
Lord Rama, emphasising
howLordRamaunitesthe
nation in a common
thread. He credited the
victory in Rajasthan polls
to the leadership of PM
Narendra Modi and the
faith shown by the people
ofRajasthan.Highlighting
the potential of a “double
enginesarkar,”hestressed
thatRajhasthecapacityto
actasthegrowthengineof
developing India.
Acharya Balkrishna, in
a significant discussion on
Yoga and Ayurveda, ex-
pressed gratitude to PM
Modi for efforts in glo-
balising yoga and to Baba
Ramdev for popularising
these ancient practices.
A brief interaction with
Rajinder Kumar, Execu-
tiveV-Pof MDH, revealed
that MDH Masala is
achieving global recogni-
tion through exports. Son
of Late Mahashaya Dhar-
ampal Gulati, Rajeev Gu-
lati, is successfully carry-
ing forward the firm’s leg-
acy. The event was attend-
ed by prominent figures
including Manoj Jagyasi
(CBO), Director of News
Syed Umar, and other no-
table personalities.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma addresses peoples’ concerns during a
‘Jansunwai’ at OTS in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Acharya Balkrishna, Dr Jagdeesh Chandra and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat light the traditional lamp.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat awards Dr Nivedita
Shreyans. Seen here are Dr Jagdeesh Chandra,
Acharya Balkrishna and Manoj Jagyasi.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra and Manoj Jagyasi
felicitate Rajinder Kumar.
DrJagdeeshChandraandAcharyaBalkrishna felicitateandpresentamementotoUnionMinisterGajendraSinghShekhawat, alsoseenare(L-R) Priya Sinha, AyushSuryavanshi,
KeshavJha,PreetiNegi,MahimaKunwar,AyushiShekhawat,PoornimaMishra,ManojJagyasi,ShikhaThakur,KhalidKhan, Dr.Nivedita Shreyans andVikas Mundra during
LeadershipSummit,‘ShikharSamman’ organisedbyBharat24-VisionofNewIndiaatTheTajMahalHotelinNewDelhi onWednesday.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra presents a memento to Acharya
Balkrishna, also seen are (from left) Poornima Mishra, Syed
Umar and Manoj Jagyasi.
GS Shekhawat
expressed pride in
the character of Lord
Rama, emphasising
how Lord Rama
unites the nation in
a common thread
Acharya Balkrishna,
thanked PM Modi
for efforts in
globalising yoga
CM SHARMA SPENDS TIME WITH VILLAGERS: After attending
the Bhandawas programme, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma’s convoy
stopped between the Sawar and Deoli villages to be among
the villagers. The CM got down from the car and sat with the
villagers, who were warming themselves while sitting around
the bonfire. The villagers were elated to have the CM among
them. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma was accompanied by Kekri MLA,
Shatrughan Gautam.
State govt stands by
every person: CM
Aishwary Pradhan
Jaipur
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma
held a public hearing on
Wednesday at the Chief
Minister’s residence in
OTS. While listening to
the grievances of the peo-
ple, he said that the gov-
ernment stands by every
person. Sharma instruct-
ed the officers to get the
peoples’ problems at the
earliest. Educationists,
doctors, scientists, agri-
culture experts etc. greet-
ed the CM. “Our govern-
ment is going to take all
sections along. Your sug-
gestions will prove im-
portant in accelerating
the progress of the State,”
the CM said.
Jaipur: CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma, on
Wednesday, flagged
off 2,100 cans of oil and
Ram Darbar procession
from Ganga Mata Temple
in Chandpol, Jaipur to Sita
Rasoi in Ayodhya. The
Chief Minister said that
there is an atmosphere
of enthusiasm in nation
for consecration of Ram
Temple in Ayodhya. The
event was organised by
Dharmayatra Mahasangh
Rajasthan and Shri Shyam
Bhajan Sandhya Parivar
Seva Samiti, Jaipur. Ram-
charan Bohra, Balmukun-
dacharya and others were
present in the programme.
New govt trusts old bureaucrats only for big depts
Manoj Mathur
Jaipur
he first transfer
list of top IAS
officers was re-
leased on Wednesday, 25
daysaftertheformationof
the new BJP government
in the State. Even though
this was a big administra-
tive reshuffle, there was
nomajorshockingchange
seen in it. In the list of 40
IAS officers, only the ear-
lier heads of two major
departments, Home and
Finance, were retained.
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi had given a direct
message regarding bu-
reaucracy to MLAs and
party officials at the BJP
Headquarters in Jaipur
thatbureaucratsdonotbe-
long to any party, they
belongtothegovernment.
This impression was visi-
bleinthislist.Bureaucrats
got postings according to
their efficiency. However,
even after a long brain-
storming, the government
could not find officers for
many important posts and
departments. 16 officers
in the list were given ad-
ditional charge.
Being senior to Chief
Secretary Sudhansh Pant,
SubodhAgarwal has been
sent out of the Secretariat
by making him the Chair-
man of Indira Gandhi
Panchayat Raj Institute,
while Shubhra Singh has
been given the additional
charge of Medical Educa-
tion while keeping her
current post.
Akhil Arora has been
retained as the head of the
Finance Department, but
the charge of Information
Technology and Commu-
nications Department was
taken from him and given
to Aarti Dogra.
Similarly, Anand Ku-
mar will remain the head
of the Home and its relat-
ed departments. The re-
sponsibility of the Trans-
port Department was tak-
en from him and handed
over to Shreya Guha. All
the officers, who were
posted as CMO in the for-
mer Gehlot government
got new postings.
Kuldeep Ranka has
beensenttotheSocialJus-
tice and Empowerment
Department and Gaurav
Goyal to the Administra-
tive Reforms Department.
T Ravikanth, who is also
temporarily holding the
charge of Principal Secre-
tary to the CM, got the im-
portant responsibility of
the Urban Development
and Housing Department.
Sandesh Nayak has got
entry to CMO as Special
Secretary.
Many officers, who
were handling less impor-
tant departments till now,
have got an increase in
their stature in this admin-
istrativereshuffle.Among
such officers, Sandeep
Vermagottheresponsibil-
ity of PWD,Ajitabh Shar-
ma transferred to the In-
dustry Department, Alok
Gupta was shifted to En-
ergy, Krishna Kunal got
the responsibility of
Women and Child Devel-
opment and Anandhi was
sent to the Mines and Pe-
troleum Department.
Besides,BhanuPrakash
Eturu has got the impor-
tant responsibility of
Chairman DISCOMs,
Sunil Sharma has got the
important responsibility
of Commissioner Infor-
mation and Public Rela-
tions Department, Manju
Rajpal has been made
Commissioner,JaipurDe-
velopment Authority and
Utsah Chaudhary has
been made Commission-
er, Jodhpur Development
Authority.
One Divisional Com-
missioner and one Collec-
tor have also changed in
the list. Posts like RIICO
Chairman, Roadways
Chairman, Director Local
Self Government Dept,
Secretary Ayurveda De-
partment, Administrator
Board of Secondary Edu-
cation are left with addi-
tional charges.
Anand Kumar Alok Gupta Aparna Arora Anandhi
LIST OF IAS OFFICERS  THEIR NEW ROLES
IMPACT OF ‘NEGATIVE FEEDBACK’ VISIBLE IN THE TRANSFER LIST
T
z Dr Subodh Agarwal,
DG, IGPRS
z Abhay Kumar, ACS,
Water Resources
Department
z Akhil Arora, ACS,
Finance, Excise and
Taxation
z Aparna Arora, ACS,
Revenue, Colonization
z Sandeep Verma, ACS,
PWD
z Kuldeep Ranka, ACS,
Social Justice and
Empowerment and
Panchayati Raj
z Sreya Guha, ACS
Transport Dept
z Anand Kumar, ACS
Home, Jail, CVC,
Disaster Management,
Civil Defence
z Bhaskar A Sawant
Principal Secy, Food,
Civil Supplies and
Consumer Affairs
z Kunji Lal Meena
Chairman, Indira Gan-
dhi Canal Board
z Ajitabh Sharma Prin-
cipal Secy, Industries,
DMIC, Bhiwadi, IDT
z Alok Gupta Principal
Secy, Energy Depart-
ment
z Vaibhav Galriya, Prin-
cipal Secy, Agriculture
and Horticulture
z T Ravikanth, Principal
Secy, UDH Dept
z Manju Rajpal, Com-
missioner, JDA
z Ashutosh AT Ped-
nekar, Secy, Rural
Development  State
Mission Director, Live-
lihood Missions
z Dr Prithvi Raj, Secy,
Youth and Sports
z Krishan Kunal, Secy,
WCD and Panchayati
Raj Dept
z Bhanu Prakash
Yeturu, Chairman,
DISCOM
z Dr Samit Sharma
Secy, Ground Water 
PHED  DIPR Secy
z Dr Jogaram, Secy,
Tribal Area Develop-
ment
z Gaurav Goyal,
Secy, Administrative
Reforms, Grievance
redressal, Printing
z Arti Dogra Secy,
DOITC
z Anandhi, Secy, Mines
and Petroleum
z Shuchi Tyagi, Secy,
Cooperatives
z Mahesh C Sharma,
Divisional Commis-
sioner, Ajmer
z Rajan Vishal Secy,
Minority Affairs 
Waqf
z Archana Singh, Regis-
trar, Cooperatives
z Shelly Kishnani, Secy,
Devsthan
z OP Bunkar, Director,
ICDS
z Hridesh K Sharma
Secretary, RSHRC
z Meghraj S Ratnoo,
Director, Literacy and
Continuing Education
z Shakti S Rathore,
Managing Director,
RAJFED
z Sandesh Nayak, Spe-
cial Secretary, CMO
z Ramavtar Meena
Managing Director,
JCTSL
z Sunil Sharma Com-
missioner, DIPR
z Pukhraj Sen, Com-
missioner, College
Education
z Mukul Sharma,
District Collector,
Salumber
z Aparna Gupta, Joint
Secy, Home
z Utsah Chaudhary
Commissioner, Jodh-
pur Devp Authority
l Heads of Finance 
Home Departments
remain unchanged
l Big responsibility
for many officers, who
were previously
sidelined
l 16 officers still have
additional charge
Feedback about IAS officers was taken in Delhi, which reflected in the transfer list
on Wednesday. According to sources, 360 degree feedback was collected at the top
level in Delhi. The impact of ‘negative feedback’ about the officers is visible in the
list. Subodh Agarwal, Kunjilal Meena, Jogaram, Rajan Vishal, Hridesh Sharma and Meghraj
Singh Ratanu became victims of this feedback. Now the heartbeat of IPS officers is increas-
ing because it is not known, who has given feedback about which officer in Delhi. On the
other hand, some appointments are being praised everywhere. The appointment of Akhil
Arora, T Ravikanth, Anand Kumar, Ajitabh Sharma, Samit Sharma, Abhay Kumar, Sandesh
Nayak, Alok Gupta, Sunil Sharma, Anandhi and Aparna Gupta is being generally praised.
Krishna Kunal, who was sidelined for many years, returned to the mainstream. He was
made Secretary in the Women and Child Development and Panchayati Raj Departments.
No major change seen in administrative reshuffle at high level
Analysis
BHARAT24 SHIKHAR
SAMMAN
argo fashion
has transcend-
ed its military
roots to be-
come a versa-
tile and endur-
ing trend in the world of
style. What was once asso-
ciated primarily with prac-
ticality and functionality
has evolved into a fashion
statement that effortlessly
combines utility with a
contemporary aesthetic.
Cargo pants, with
their characteristic
multiple pockets,
represent the
epitome of cargo
fashion. Origi-
nally designed to
meet the needs
of soldiers and
outdoor enthusi-
asts, these pants
have found their
way into main-
stream fashion,
proving that
form and func-
tion can coex-
ist harmoni-
ously. The
abundance
of pockets
not only
serves a
practical
purpose
but also adds an edgy and
utilitarian flair to the over-
all look.
Cargo fashion extends
beyond pants, influencing a
variety of clothing items
such as jackets, shorts, and
even dresses. The incorpo-
ration of cargo elements in-
troduces an element of cas-
ual coolness to any outfit,
making it a popular choice
forindividualswhoappreci-
ate both comfort and style.
The distinctive feature of
cargo fashion lies in the bal-
ance it strikes between a
laid-back vibe and a rugged,
adventurous spirit.
One of the key attrac-
tions of cargo fashion is its
adaptability. Whether
paired with a classic T-shirt
for a relaxed look or com-
bined with a stylish blouse
for a more polished ensem-
ble, cargo-inspired pieces
seamlessly integrate into
various style aesthetics.
The trend has been em-
braced by fashion design-
ers who have elevated car-
go fashion with innovative
cuts, fabrics, and detailing,
showcasing its versatility
on runways and in every-
day wardrobes.
Cargo fashion has also
experienced a resurgence in
streetwear, further cement-
ing its status as a fashion
staple. The oversized, re-
laxedfitofcargopants,cou-
pled with their distinctive
pockets, adds an urban edge
to street style, making it a
favourite among fashion-
forward individuals seeking
comfort without compro-
mising on trendiness.
As sustainability be-
comes an increasingly cru-
cial aspect of fashion, car-
go pieces made from eco-
friendly materials and ethi-
cally sourced fabrics have
gained popularity. This
evolution highlights the
ability of cargo fashion to
adapt to changing consum-
er values while maintain-
ing its core essence of prac-
ticality and style.
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  • 1. Jaipur, Thursday | January 11, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 216 | PAGES 14 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia
  • 2. www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Thursday | January 11, 2024 02 11 days to go RamAayenge RamAayenge There is excitement and joy everywhere regarding the arrival of Shri Ramji in Ayodhya city. You will get a divine experience after listening to this melodiousRamBhajan of Osman Mir ji. #ShriRamBhajan. NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER 2,100 KG BELL SENT FROM ETAH TO RAM MANDIR A bell weighing 2,100 kilograms made of ‘ashtadhatu’ (an alloy of eight metals) has been prepared in Etah’s Jalesar in Uttar Pradesh for the Ram temple in Ayodhya ahead of the consecration ceremony on January 22. “It took two years to prepare the bell. The bell is being sent to Ayodhya after performing all rituals with pomp and show,” said an artisan involved in preparing the bell. GIFTS FROM NEPAL Adding to the religious fervour, the gifts are being received from all parts of the country and even abroad. More than 3,000 gifts for Lord Ram from Sita’s birth- place in Janakpur in Nepal have arrived in Ayodhya. The gifts, including silver shoes, ornaments, and clothes, were transported in a convoy of around 30 vehicles from the Janakpur Dham Ram- janaki Temple in Nepal to Ayodhya this week. GIFT FROM SRI LANKA A Sri Lankan delega- tion also visited Ayo- dhya with a special gift from the Ashok Vatika. The delegation presented a rock from the Ashok Vatika, a garden mentioned in the epic Ramayana where Ravan captivated Sita. In the second section of the Atharva Veda, it is written, “In Ayodhya, the gods have created eight palaces, nine gates, and repositories made of iron filled with immense wealth. It is as opulent as heaven.” he history of the Ram Temple being built in Ayodhya is full of pages of politics. One such page is also related to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The order to open the locks of ‘Babri Masjid’ was given when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister. How- ever, this decision crossed all limits of astonishment, as it was the first time in the history of independent India that a court decision was implemented in just 40 minutes. It so happened that on February 1, 1986, Faizabad District Judge Krishna Mohan Pandey gave instructions to open the locks of Ram Temple at 4:40 pm, and the lock of the structure con- sidered disputed was opened at 5:20 pm.At this time, Congress was in pow- er in both the Center and Uttar Pradesh. The entire team of Doordarshan was already present to cover this incident. Former President Pranab Mukher- jee, in his book, The Turbulent Years 1980–1996, has described the decision taken to open the locks of Ram Janma- bhoomi inAyodhya and the Shah Bano episode as a big mistake of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Vijay Trivedi in ‘Sangham Sharan- am Gachchami’ and Hemant Sharma in the book ‘Ram Phir Laute’ wrote that the first major attempt to facilitate the construction of the Ram Temple was a clever move by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Under this strategy, in 1986, he played the Hindu card by un- locking the gates of the Babri Masjid to break his image of being sympa- thetic to Muslim interests in the Shah Bano case. In 1986, the Hindu card was played by opening the locks of Babri Masjid. In the book, quotingArif Mohammad Khan, it has been written, ‘Rajiv Gandhi told me (Khan) that be- fore opening the locks, he (Ali Mian of the Muslim Personal Law Board and some selected Muslim leaders) had been informed. That is, the deal was made to give them Shah Bano and open the locks. What does it mean to open a lock? In 1947, a letter was sent to Pandit Nehru asking for the statues to be re- moved. Back then, the District Mag- istrate of Faizabad said that if the stat- ues were removed, there would be bloodshed. So, understand what change in status will occur after open- ing the lock. However, the rhetoric along with media reports regarding Rajiv Gan- dhi’s claim of getting the locks opened has not been unanimous. On Novem- ber 3, 2023, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and Congress leader Kamal Nath, who was close to the Gandhi-Nehru family, gave a state- ment that Rajiv Gandhi had a role in opening the locks of Babri Masjid. Wajahat Habibullah, who was joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Of- fice (PMO) of Rajiv Gandhi, has termed this claim to be wrong. He has told the media that Rajiv Gandhi was not even aware of the incident of the opening of locks in Ayodhya on February 1, 1986. He had said in an interview: While going on a tour to Gujarat, I raised the issue of opening the locks of Babri Masjid with the Prime Minister, on which he said that he came to know about the matter only after the court order came and Arun Nehru told him. There was no consul- tation of any kind.Arun Nehru was the Minister of State for Home, who was later removed by Rajiv Gandhi. Ac- cording to Wajahat Habibullah, Arun Nehru was removed because he did not consult the Prime Minister regard- ing the opening of the locks. At that time, there was a Congress govern- ment in Uttar Pradesh and on February 1, 1986, Arun Nehru was with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Veer Bahadur Singh in Lucknow. DECISION TO OPEN LOCKS WAS NOT TAKEN SUDDENLY An important suit was also filed in 1950 in the Ram Janmabhoomi case. This suit was filed on behalf of Para- mhans Ramchandradasji of Digambar Akhara. It was demanded in the suit that a puja officer be appointed in the Temple, and the locks should also be opened. Seeing that the case was not decided for forty years i.e. till 1990, Paramhans Ramchandra Das withdrew his case saying that now he did not expect jus- tice from the court. Perhaps he did not know then that only the court would pave the way for Hindus to get the birthplace of Ram. OnApril 18, 1985, Paramhans Ram- chandra Dasji, Vice President of Ram Janmabhoomi Mukti Yagya Commit- tee, announced that if the locks of the Ram Temple was not opened by the upcoming Ram Navami, he would commit suicide. After his announce- ment, six yatras were taken out in dif- ferent directions on the day of Vijaya- dashami in 1985. During this journey, a new slogan regarding Ram Janmab- hoomi echoed across the country. ‘Go ahead, speak loudly and open the locks of Ram Janmabhoomi’. Later, this movement transformed into the call to break the lock. INCIDENT IN MEENAKSHIPURAM IN TAMIL NADU ANGERED HINDUS Around 1980, the issue of Ram Janma- bhoomi was becoming political in the country. Many Hindu organisations were continuously demanding the opening of the locks of Ram Janmab- hoomi and handing over this land to the Hindus. Many senior Congress leaders were also in support of this demand. In 1981, the Hindu community of the country was enraged by the reli- gious conversion incident that took place in Meenakshipuram, Tamil Nadu, as 400 Hindu families had ac- cepted Islam together. Hindu organisa- tions considered this case of religious conversion as an example of the grow- ing Islamic threat in the country. There was a reaction among Hindu leaders to this. On the request of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, an all-party delegation investigated the incident and submitted its report on which there was debate in Parliament. T PANKAJ SONI The writer is Associate Editor at First India 40 THE MINUTES THAT CHANGED THE DISCOURSE OF AYODHYAMOVEMENT On February 1, 1986, Faizabad District Judge Krishna Mohan Pandey gave instructions to open the locks of the Ram Temple at 4:40 pm, and subsequently, the locks of the disputed structure were opened at 5:20 pm Former President Pranab Mukherjee, in his book, The Turbulent Years 1980–1996, has described the decision taken to open the locks of Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya and the Shah Bano episode as a big mistake of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi Rajiv Gandhi
  • 3. First India Bureau Mumbai In a setback for the Ud- dhav Thackeray-led fac- tion (UBT), Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar on Wednesday recognised group led by CM Eknath Shinde as the “real Shiv Sena” and dis- missed all the disqualifi- cation petitions filed against 16 ruling MLAs. Narwekar, who was di- rected by the Supreme Court to decide on the matter, also dismissed Shinde faction’s disquali- fication petitions against 14 MLAs from the Ud- dhav’s camp. Narwekar held that Shinde faction had sup- port of 37 MLAs on June 21, 2022. Hence, Shinde faction was real Shiv Sena & real political par- ty. He added, Sunil split and Bharat Gogawale’s appointment as the new Chief Whip was valid. CM SHARMA VISITS AJMER AND PUSHKAR Govt committed to protect interest of farmers in Raj, says CM Sharma VIKSIT BHARAT SANKALP YATRA IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS MAKING INDIA A DEVELOPED COUNTRY, SAYS CM BL SHARMA First India Bureau Ajmer/Pushkar hief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma while addressing during the ‘Vikas Bharat Sankalp Yatra’camp organised in Ganahera village of Ajmer on Wednesday said that the State gov- ernment is committed to protecting the interests of the farmers of the state. He said that the production of millet, jo- war, maize and pulses in Rajasthan is the highest in the country. In order to provide adequate reward to the farmers for their hard work, the Central Government has been re- quested to market the millets produced in the state in other states also, he said. The Chief Min- ister said that Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi is also running schemes for the all-round develop- ment of farmers. “He be- lieves that if the farmers move forward then the country will move for- ward. Therefore, schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yo- jana, Kisan Samman Ni- dhi and Kisan Credit Card are being run by the Central Government for the farmers,” he said. During the day, CM Bha- jan Lal Sharma also of- fered prayers in Brahma temple in Pushkar. Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma presents gift to a girl child during ‘Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra’ in Pushkar on Wednesday. C Jaipur, Thursday | January 11, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 216 | PAGES 14 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia CLICK & JOIN FIRST INDIA NEWSPAPER WHATSAPP CHANNEL  Vol 5  Issue No. 216  RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504.  Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra  Managing Editor: Pawan Arora  Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act PERSPECT VE 06 Jaipur, Thursday | January 11, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 68 MODI JI INVESTED A LOT OF TIME TO CRAFT DIASPORA CONNECT hen on the trip to the US in 2013, even before he became the Prime Min- ister of India, Modi ji called us and sought our ideas and opin- ions on how the NRI community could help in the development of India. Even at that time India was on the top of his mind and he was exploring ways in the US to lev- erage the advantage of the re- sourceful diaspora to help India’s growth story back home. There are millions of NRIs spread across the world and if they unite to promote the cause of India in whatever way they can, it can work wonders for the country. Modi ji was well aware of this possibility and wanted to exploit the same potential. He gave two ideas to start with. He said, wherever you speak and hold lectures in different organi- sations as thought leaders, speak about India, her strengths and achievements and the current happenings that show her pro- gression. Even if there are 100 such people and if each one of you hold three lectures a year, imagine the impact it will have on the people and how it will build India’s image globally as more and more people start be- coming aware of India. The sec- ond thing he said was, bring at least five NRI families to me, wherever I visit. This will go a long way in boosting tourism in India and spreading awareness about India across the world. Once during a visit to Atlanta, Modi ji said, bring to me all the people I know in and around At- lanta.This shows his commitment to keep connected to the diaspora in all possible ways and build upon the old relationships, with the progress of India on top of his mind. He invested a lot of time in connecting and building relation- ships to strengthen India’s pros- pects and possibilities through greater engagement and under- standing. He was early to recog- nise the potential of the NRI com- munity and the need to involve them more engagingly and pro- ductively with their motherland. Modi ji’s initiatives like popular- ising yoga in the world or the Swachh Bharat campaign have been eye openers and influential fulcrums of diplomacy and inter- national bonding.After the Covid vaccination success, today even the West looks up to India as the pharma hub of the world. There has been a paradigm shift in the outlook about India and her image globally from what it was before 2014. Today the world sees India as the mother of democracy and Modi as a world statesman and much of it has to do with how Modi has crafted the image of In- dia through propagation of her USPs, in which the overwhelming support of the NRI communities had a big role to play. A MAN OF MANY COLOURS hen Narendra Modi came here, he was the national general secretary and in- charge of Himachal Pradesh. I was the state general secretary of the party and I had the responsibil- ity to arrange for his stay and oversee all his itinerary here. He was perhaps the first state in- charge who went to almost all the assembly constituencies and even reached till the village level to take meetings. And during the meetings, he was very strict.There were party elections in 1997 and within one year, in 1998, we had formed our government in the state. It was all due to Modi ji that the party came up to such a strong position that it came to power starting from a scratch. When he came here as the state in-charge, the party was not financially that strong. He suggested us to go for donations from mass collections to improve our situation. He said the party unit in the state should be self-sufficient and learn to gen- erate its own resources. Many of the leaders and party workers here were apprehensive of the idea of mass collection and raised their doubts about its success. Modi ji still persisted with the idea and encouraged us to try it for once. He firmly believed that it would be a success. The party then took it up as a campaign. Surprisingly, within three months, we had reached our target collection. Modi ji’s prediction was right.An- other interesting anecdote of Modi ji was he liked to taste the food of every place he went to. If in Man- di, he would ask what was the most famous dish of Mandi. If in Kangra, he would do the same for Kangra. He ate everything with relish. Once he came to an event in 2017. It was a long-time-no-see situation for me. I was meeting him after years. So I was a bit hesitant as to how he would ap- proach me after so many years, now that he was the PM of the country. But as soon as he landed, he saw me and embraced me. Later he took me in his car and talked about my family, asked about my wife and my son and he even remembered I had diabetes and asked how it was. Imagine, I was meeting him almost after two decades and he remembered eve- rything about me. This is his mag- nanimity. Whoever he connected with, he became a fatherly figure, taking care of their concerns. W Late Praveen Sharma Former Minister, Himachal Pradesh Kanchan Banerjee NRI, USA Vithal Dhaduk NRI, USA Gokul Kunnath NRI, USA Jay Shah NRI, Australia W You read PART 67 on JANUARY 04, 2024 COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI NaMo UNITING DIASPORA The narrators recounted their experiences of being contacted by Modi ji, who sought their ideas and opinions on how the NRI community could contribute to India’s development. Thanks to Modi ji’s efforts, the Bharatiya Janata Party rose from humble beginnings to attain a formidable position of power PERSPECTIVE P6 SPEAKER’S VERDICT ON SENA VS SENA MLAs DISQUALIFICATION CASE Eknath Shinde faction is real Shiv Sena, says Maharashtra Speaker Both factions can equally claim the political party in case of vertical rift KEY HIGHLIGHTS  Speaker Rahul Narwekar rejected the Uddhav fac- tion’s plea that MLAs who did not attend the party meeting on June 21, 2022 should be disqualified  Shiv Sena ‘pramukh’ [Uddhav] does not have power to remove any leader from party, the speaker said, adding that there’s no such post as “Paksha Pramukh” in the Shiv Sena constitution  2018 leadership struc- ture was not in conformity with the constitution of Shiv Sena (of 1999 which is relied upon), Speaker said  Speaker said, ‘Leader- ship structure of Shiv Sena reflected in letter dated Feb 27, 2018 available on website of EC is relevant structure which has to be taken into account for pur- pose of determining which faction is real political party UDDHAV-LED SHIV SENA (UBT) TO CHALLENGE VERDICT IN SUPREME COURT, SAYS AADITYA Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT) has filed an affida- vit in the Supreme Court objecting to a recent meeting be- tween Shinde, who is among MLAs whose disqualification has been sought, and speaker Narwekar, triggering a verbal spat between both sides, said MLA Aaditya Thackeray. Rahul Narwekar Eknath Shinde Akhil Arora Samit Sharma T Ravikanth Ajitabh Sharma Sandesh Nayak Sunil Sharma Uddhav Thackeray DAY 1: 10TH EDITION OF VIBRANT GUJARAT GLOBAL SUMMIT AT MAHATMA MANDIR IN GANDHINAGAR BHARAT,THE‘VISHWAMITRA’!  PM Narendra Modi unveils 25-yr vision, pledges to make India a developed nation  World looks at India as global growth engine and trusted friend, says PM Modi Moni Sharma Gandhinagar Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the Vi- brant Gujarat Global Summit 2024 in Gandhi- nagar on Wednesday, said that the goal is to make India a developed country by the time it cel- ebrates 100 years of In- dependence. “Represent- atives from more than 100 countries, who are participating in this Sum- mit, are crucial partners in India’s development journey,” PM Modi said. “India has recently com- pleted 75 years of Inde- pendence. Now, we are working on goal of mak- ing country a developed one by the time it cele- brates 100 years of inde- pendence. Therefore, this 25-year period is India’s Amrit Kaal.” Speaking on India’s position in the global forum, he said: “In the rapidly changing world order, India is moving ahead as ‘vishwa mitra’. World looks at In- dia as important pillar of stabilitys,” says PM. P7 Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures to world leaders and other dignitaries while inaugurating the 10th Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2024, at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. Today, India is 5th largest economy in the world. 10 years ago, India was at 11th position. Today, all major agencies estimate that India will be in top 3 economies of world in coming years. Let people across world do their analysis, but it is my guarantee that it will happen. NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER My friends abroad ask me, what is the meaning of the slogan — “Modi Hai To Mumkin Hai”? I tell, it means, India’s Prime Minister makes impossible possible with his vision, determination and execution! They agree, and they also say, “Modi Hai To Mumkin Hai”! MUKESH AMBANI, RELIANCE INDUSTRIES CHAIRMAN SIT was formed under the leadership of an ADG to check paper leaks and cheating in the competitive examinations. Anti Gangster Task Force was formed to stop organised crimes. BHAJAN LAL SHARMA, CHIEF MINISTER ZAYED STRESSES ON STRONG INDO-UAE TIES UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan addressed the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024 on Wednesday at the Mahatma Mandir Con- vention and Exhibition Centre in Gandhinagar. The speech signifies UAE’s strong ties with India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ADANI GROUP TO INVEST `2 LAKH CRORE IN GUJARAT IN NEXT 5 YEARS: GAUTAM ADANI MOROCCAN MINISTER MEZZOUR IMPRESSES ‘PRIME MINISTER OF BHARAT’, MODI SMILES PM MODI AND PRESIDENT MACRON TO HAVE DINNER AT JAIPUR’S RAMBAGH ON JANUARY 25 Richest Asian Gautam Adani on Wednesday announced a Rs 2 lakh crore investment in Gujarat over the next five years, largely in set- ting up the world’s largest clean energy project that will be visible even from space. Praising PM Modi, he said, “You have taken country to global the platforms.” Ryad Mezzour, Minister of Industry & Commerce, Morocco’s speech won PM Modi’s heart. Ryad begins his speech with ‘Shri Narendra Modi’, ‘Prime Minister of Bharat’, Modi smiled and clapped over his opening remarks. PM Modi shared a candid moment with Ryad after the address. PM Narendra Modi will once again visit Jaipur on January 25 and will attend a dinner to be held with French President Emmanuel Macron. For this, a grand dinner will be organized at Hotel Rambagh. Notably, President Emmanuel Macron is chief guest of Republic Day celebrations on Jan 26. PM Modi is greatest global leader: Ambani Narendra Modi is In- dia’s most success- ful PM and the greatest global leader of current generation, billionaire Mukesh Ambani said on Wednesday as he flaunt- ed his group Reliance Industries’Gujarati herit- age and its over USD 150 billion (Rs 12 lakh crore) investment in last 10 years. With PM Modi on the dias, Ambani termed the biennial Vibrant Gu- jarat Global Summit - which was conceived when Modi was CM of the state two decades back - as “the most pres- tigious investor summit in the world”. He went on to state that when Modi speaks, whole world not only listens but applauds. Mukesh Ambani addresses during Summit on Wednesday. MUKESH AMBANI’S FIVE COMMITMENTS FOR GUJ  Dhirubhai Ambani Green Energy Giga Complex over 5,000 acres in Jamnagar  Reliance Jio completed the fastest roll-out of 5G  Reliance’s Retail will fur- ther accelerate its mission  Reliance will make Guj a pioneer in new materials  To support India’s bid for the 2036 Olympics SENSEX 71,657.71 271.50 BSE 21,618.70 73.85 NIFTY RSSChief Mohan Bhagwat receivesan invitation for RamTemple ‘Pran Pratishtha’ fromNripendraMishraand AlokKumaron Wednesday. IN BRIEF HC grants anticipatory bail to Naidu in 3 cases Amaravati: In a relief for former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chan- drababu Naidu, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to him in connection with three cases. HC granted anticipatory bail in IRR case, excise policy case and sand mining case. Fresh firing in Manipur, 4 men reported missing Imphal: Fresh violence erupted in Manipur and four people went missing on Wednesday as an inci- dent of firing was report- ed in the Bishnupur dis- trict, Manipur. The firing incident occurred be- tween Kumbi in Bishnu- pur district and Wangoo in Thoubal district. First India Bureau New Delhi The Congress party Wednesday said it will skip inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on January 22. “While abiding by the 2019 Su- preme Court judgment and honouring senti- ments of millions who revere Lord Ram, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury have re- spectfully declined invi- tation to what is clearly an RSS/BJP event.” Cong to skip Ram Mandir inauguration Govt’s major shakeup: 40 IAS officers transferred in overhaul Dr Rituraj Sharma, Aishwary Pradhan and Shivendra Singh Parmar Jaipur In a major administrative reshuffle, Rajasthan gov- ernment on Wednesday transferred 40 IAS offic- ers. According to an order of the Department of Per- sonnel, ACS Akhil Arora will continue to head fi- nance and excise depart- ment, and Anand Kumar on Home, Jail and Raj State Investigation Bu- reau. T Ravikanth has been moved to Urban De- velopment and Housing; Dr Samit Sharma, Secy, GroundWater&PHED& DIPR Secy; Ajitabh Shar- ma, Principal Secy, Indus- tries, DMIC, Bhiwadi, IDT; Sandesh Nayak has got entry to CMO as Spe- cial Secy and Sunil Shar- ma is new Commissioner atDIPR.Meanwhile,ACS SubodhAgarwal has been appointed as Dir General ofIndiraGandhiPanchay- ati Raj Institute; Abhay Kumar has been given chargeofthePublicHealth Engineering Dept and wa- ter resources including others transferred. P10 ACS Kuldeep Ranka, who was secretary to Gehlot and put on awaited posting order, gets Social Justice,Empowerment and Panchayati Raj
  • 4. PTI Jaipur A contempt petition has been filed in the high court against the chief secretary of the Ra- jasthan government and the supervisor of the Ramniwas garden here for allowing private per- sons to organise a concert at the venue, violating the court’s guidelines. The concert featuring singer Kailash Kher is scheduled to be held in front of the iconicAlbert hall at the Ramniwas garden on January 15. The event has been or- ganised by Srishtivinay- ak Foundation. The petitioner, Shankar Gurjar, filed the petition in the high court through advocates A K Jain and Aditya Jain on Tuesday. “The permission to private persons to organ- ise functions is in viola- tion of the high court’s guidelines laid out in 2008,” A K Jain said. He said the court banned public functions at the Ramniwas garden in 1993, but till 2008, it used to grant permission for such events in accord- ance with its guidelines. SC RELIEF FOR JVVNL Power purchase process to start anew First India Bureau Jaipur fter the order of the Supreme Court, now the power purchase process for Rajasthan will be done afresh. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court by Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (JVVNL) and other de- partments against MB Power and others. In 2009, Rajasthan Electricity Transmission Corporation issued a tender to purchase 1000 MW of electricity. The government had refused to buy electricity from MB Power due to its high rates, which was challenged by the com- pany in the Rajasthan High Court. The High Court, af- ter listening to the case, had given orders to the government to purchase electricity from MB Power. Challenging this, Ra- jasthan Electricity Trans- mission Corporation and other departments filed a petition in the Supreme Court. While hearing the case, the Supreme Court cancelled the order of the Rajasthan High Court. FILE A RAJASTHAN 04 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Thursday | January 11, 2024 Fog,rainaddtowinterwoes With the end of the Western Disturbance, temperatures have started dropping once again in Rajasthan Dense fog could be withnessed at Shree Bhawani Niketan school and college gate in Jaipur till late in the morning on Wednesday, with day tempratures remaining at the lower end as well. First India Bureau Jaipur Some places in eastern Rajasthan received light rain onWednesday morn- ing amid cold-wave con- ditions prevailing in the state, a spokesperson of the meteorological de- partment here said. The spokesperson said dense fog and cold-day conditions were wit- nessed at some places of the desert state and will continue to be the case in coming few days. Dholpur recorded 1 mm rainfall, whereas light rain was recorded at isolated pockets in eastern Rajasthan bring- ing the temprature sig- nificantly down. With a minimum tem- perature of 3.8 degrees Celsius, Sikar was the coldest place in the state. Phalodi recorded a low of 4.6 degrees Celsius, followed by Bikaner and Jaisalmer with a tempra- ture of 5 degrees Celsius each, Sirohi recorderd 5.3 degrees Celsius, Ajmer, Pilani, Karauli and Fatehpur recorded 6.2 degrees Celsius each as minimum temprature and Eranpura Road had a temprature of 6.4 de- grees Celsius. At the same time, Jaipur, the state capital, recorded a minimum temperature of 7.8 de- grees Celsius. Entire state has been reeling under freezing cold weather, with weather dept predicting similar conditions in coming days. 3 die as SUV rams into a parked trolley full of pipes Anil Sharma Alwar Three passengers were killed in an accident on the Delhi-Mumbai Ex- pressway near Alwar. An SUV slammed into a trol- ley full of pipes parked on the highway, com- pletely wrecking the car’s front end. The incident happened on the early hours of Wednesday at Mukundra Pulia, Raini police sta- tion area of Alwar dis- trict. According to po- lice, the three people that died were Anoop Jain, his son Nishant Jain and Lalbabu Tati. All were inhabitants of Ghazi- abad, Uttar Pradesh. The bodies trapped in the automobile were re- moved with difficulty. The Raini Community Health Center received all of the bodies. The police have contacted the family members, and the post-mortem will be performed only after they arrive. The incident occurred at 8.30 am in Alwar district on Wednesday. The cyber criminals in police custody on Wednesday. Contempt plea filed for allowing events at Jaipur's Ramniwas Bagh CM Sharma’s father under goes prostate surgery First India Bureau Jaipur Kishan Swaroop Shar- ma, father of Chief Min- ister Bhajanlal Sharma, underwent a surgery on Wednesday. Kishan Swaroop was admitted in SMS Super Specialty Block for prostate opera- tion. The operation was done under the supervi- sion of urology doctors as he was facing prob- lems related to urine. He was recently admit- ted to SMS Hospital. 8 tractor-trolleys seized in anti- mining operation First India Bureau Jaipur The Mines Department team in Jaipur took sub- stantial action in re- sponse to Additional Di- rector BS Sodha’s direc- tives, led by Mineral Engineer Shri Krishna Sharma. 8 tractor-trolleys were confiscated in Kho- ra Shyamdas village, and all eight were involved in stone mining. Seized tractor-trolleys were turned over to the appro- priate police station. Round-the-clock surveil- lance is maintained against unlawful mining. Rape on board bus: Dy CM suspends bus permit First India Bureau Jaipur A major action has been taken in the instance of a lady being raped on a bus. Dr. Premchand Bair- wa, Deputy Chief Minis- ter of Rajasthan, issued a strict order suspending the Transport Depart- ment’s bus permission. The bus had a permit for the Jaipur-Dausa Bharat- pur route. A woman was raped on a bus in Bharat- pur yesterday. The bus owner’s viewpoint will be heard following sus- pension. After the hear- ing, the bus permit can be canceled. A 30-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a private bus conductor late on Monday night when she was travelling from Jaipur to Bharatpur, police said. Police ar- rested bus conductor and the driver for rape after a complaint was filed. Dy CM Premchand Bairwa took a firm stand and revoked permit of the bus in which a woman was reportedly raped on Monday night International cyber fraud racket busted; four arrested from Jaipur First India Bureau Jaipur The Vidhadhar Nagar po- lice station in Jaipur raid- ed the office of interna- tional cyber thugs and caught 4 miscreants. Police have retrieved bank details for over 15 cr persons, both domestic and foreign, as well as social media credentials for over 2 cr people and Aadhaar card informa- tion for over 1 cr people. They used to cheat by posting screenshots on- line via Discord. They used to gain money by selling things purchased from foreign sites with people’s credit cards. 7 HELD FOR SEEKING `20 CR RANSOM FROM MAHANT IN SAWAI MADHOPUR 8-YEAR-OLD MINOR GIRL RAPED IN BIKANER, ACCUSED HELD WHILE TRYING TO FLEE: POLICE An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a man in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district, police said on Wednesday. The accused was detained. A case of rape under IPC section 376 and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has been registered against the accused, police said. “The accused fled after the crime. He is being brought to Bikaner for fur- ther investigation,” Napasar Station House Officer Sandeep Kumar said. The incident occurred in Seenthal village of Bikaner on Monday night when the girl had gone to get milk. Seeing other kids, she started playing with them when one of her neighbours, Mohit Kumhar (aged about 19-20 years), lured her and took her away, police said. The Sawai Madhopur District Police took signifi- cant action in The issue of demanding Rs 20 cr in Chauth recovery was disclosed. The miscreants, posed as mobster Lawrence’s minions and demanded money from Ujjain’s Mahakal Temple Thanapati Mahant Balram Maharaj. Upon recieving information about threats, police was alerted. Raids were carried out in over half-doz- en cities. 7 accused, including Mahant’s personal assistant have been apprehended in the matter. Sandeep Goyal 7 DRUG DEALERS HELD WITH 2 L CASH WOMAN BEATEN TO DEATH IN PUSHKAR Additional Police Commis- sioner Kailash Bishnoi took a sig- nificant action against illegal drug smugglers. Raids were carried outby Commissionerate Special Team in Kanota and Jaisinghpura Khor areas. Police caught 7 smugglers, 4 of them women. Smugglers were caught with smack, ganja, illicit liquor, and around Rs 2 lakh. A case of murder by beat- ing a woman with sticks has been reported in Pushkar. The woman had a live-in relationship with the accused. The accused’s son told the police about the event. During interrogation, Norat (52), admitted to assaulting the woman in the slum behind the Rajshree Hotel. The accused was arrested on the scene. CRIME ROUNDUP FILE SANTOSH SHARMA SUNIL SHARMA
  • 5. PK Agarwal, Sanjay Jain Pratapgarh/ Chittorgarh Afterwinningthebattleof assembly elections, now BJP will win all the 25 seats of Lok Sabha, BJP state president CP Joshi said on Wednesday. Dur- ing his Pratapgarh visit, Joshi said that action will be taken against the cor- ruption done by land ma- fia in the district. Earlier, state president Joshi, revenue minister Hemant Meena and coop- erative minister Gautam Dak were given a warm welcome. During this, the foundation stones of vari- ousdevelopmentworksof the Municipal Council were also laid. Joshi said, “The way theNarendraModigovtat the Center has worked for the common people, it is clear that the BJP will form govt again in 2024.” Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari on Wednes- day, laid the foundation stone for the high reser- voir to be built in Charan river in Balaji Nagar of Vidyadhar Nagar assem- bly constituency. The construction of the high reservoir of approxi- mately 22.5 lakh litre ca- pacity, to be built for Rs 40 crore under Bisalpur- Prithviraj Nagar Drinking Water Project Phase I, will ensure uninterrupted and pure drinking water supply to approximately 38 thousand population of Ward 9. While ad- dressing the foundation stone laying programme, the Deputy CM said that the guarantee of PM Modi has been imple- mented in Rajasthan. First India Bureau Jaipur In a big move, the nomi- nated members engaged in the previous Congress government were re- moved from the Local Self Government Depart- ment. The nominated members of bodies across the state were re- moved after the Local Self Government Depart- ment issued a notifica- tion . The information was issued under the signa- ture of Senior Joint Legal Counsel Sanjay Mathur. More than 800 members, nominated by the previ- ous were engaged in the various bodies across the state. First India Bureau Jaipur The central government has considered the lapse in security of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Priyanka Gandhi during their visit to Ra- jasthan as serious. In a letter written by the Cen- tral Govt to the State Govt, it has been asked to inform about the action taken by identifying the culprits in the case. Now the question aris- es what punishment will befall the culprits who were negligent in securi- ty? The BJP govt was formed by ousting Con- gress in Rajasthan As- sembly elections. First India Bureau Dausa In a rare case, a 22-day- old newborn girl was found corona-positive. After this, five people in contact with the newborn have been identified. She faced difficulty in breath- ing since the time of birth on December 19. On Thurs- day, the newborn was tested positive after the sample was taken. The family of the newborn girl belongs to Mahuva. First India Bureau Jaipur NIMS University Ra- jasthan is set to make his- tory as it prepares to host Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Prof. Petr Fiala, on Thursday. This occasion will mark the first time a foreign PM will be paying a visit to an Indian university. This visit will underline the greater importance of in- ternational collaboration in education, technology, and sciences. Theupcomingvisitsig- nifies a breakthrough in political and educational relations between the CzechRepublicandIndia. Petr Fiala’s decision to visit NIMS is not merely dogmatic etiquette but a symbol of the recognition ofeducationalandtechno- logical advancements achieved by Indian insti- tutions. The PM of Czech Republic will lay founda- tion stone of “Petr Fiala Global Institute of Health Research Innovation.” Prof. (Dr.) Balvir S. Tomar expressed his joy stating, “We are thrilled at prospect of this visit and the idea that an Insti- tute branching from NIMS has been named in his honor. This will lead to global collaborations in medical science and technology.” MINISTER SANJAY SHARMA IN SARISKA ST 2 cremated; forest minister seeks report Nirmal Tiwari Ashwini Yadav Jaipur/Alwar igress ST 2 aka Rajmata was cremated on Thursday amidst a sad atmosphere. Forest and Environment Min Sanjay Sharma, Chief Wildlife Warden Arindam Tomar, Field Director Roo- pnarayan Meena and Forest Conservator Dev- endra Pratap Jagawat were present. Tigress ST 2, was 19 years of age and was ill since long, she took her last breath on Tuesday evening. The Tigress ST 2 has played an important role in repopulating Sariska, which had become de- void of tigers, with the tigers. In 2008, she was the first tigress shifted from Ranthambore to Sa- riska. She gave birth to four cubs in two deliver- ies and from those four cubs 14 other tigers and tigresses were born. At present, there are 32 ti- gers in Sariska, out of which 19 are from ST 2 clan. This is the reason why the tigress was named Rajmata. Earlier, Forest Minis- ter Sanjay Sharma reached Sariska and took feedback from forest of- ficials at the guest house regarding the arrange- ments of Sariska Tiger Reserve and took infor- mation about the work to be done in future. Minister Sanjay Sharma, along with forest dept officials Arindam Tomar, Roopnarayan Meena, and Pratap Jagawat were present during the cremation of the tigress ST2 in Sariska on Wednesday. PM Narendra Modi with his Czech Republic counterpart Petr Fiala during ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ in Gandhinagar,Gujarat on Wednesday. Rajnath Singh T RAJASTHAN 05 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Thursday | January 11, 2024 FI TOON SHEKHAR In a chaotic symphony of honks and frustration, iconic Pink City came to a grinding halt as traffic snarls plagued MI Road, Sansar Chandra Road, Statue Circle, Trimurti Circle, JLN Marg, OTS Circle, Jhotwara ROB, and other major areas. Commuters were left stranded, their patience tested as the city’s arteries clogged with a sea of vehicles. (1) A long queue of traffic jam on Sansar Chandra Road in Jaipur on Wednesday, caused by crisscrossed e-rickshaws. Several e-rickshaws blocked the road, disrupting the smooth flow of traffic. (23) Traffic snarls were observed near the Khasa Kothi flyover, with vehicles from Collectorate Circle heading towards MI Road forming a slow-moving bee-line. SANTOSH SHARMA CP Joshi trying to fly a drone during the VBSY in Chittorgarh on Wednesday. 3 2 1 CPJoshi:ThewayModiGovtworked, itisclearthatBJPwillcomeagain Diyalaysthefoundationstonefor highreservoirworth`40crores Nominated members of Cong govt removed from LSG dept NIMS University to host Czech PM Report sought in security lapse of Rajnath Singh’s cavalcade 22-day-old girl tests corona positive in Dausa Naresh Sharma Jaipur Cong leader Sachin Pilot on Wednesday claimed that the ‘INDIA’ Bloc of opposition parties will win the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and the ruling National Democratic Al- liance (NDA) will be de- feated at the Centre. Referring to the victo- ry of the Congress candi- date on the Karanpur as- sembly seat of the state, he said that the ruling BJP even made its candi- date contesting the elec- tions a minister but the voters defeated him. In the meeting, Dotas- ra gave an interesting statement. He said, “Many peacocks have spoken in the assembly elections, if the youth is determined then it will speak in the Lok Sabha polls also.” ‘INDIA’ will win Lok Sabha polls: Pilot at Raj Youth Cong event CITYTOAGRINDINGHALT MASSIVE TRAFFIC JAMS BRING... Chittorgarh: BJP State Prez CP Joshi has called upon peo- ple to celebrate Ramotsav at home and village on 22 January. He said that any- one can have darshan of Lord Shri Ram in Ayodhya from January 26. “Everyone should celebrate Ramotsav on 22nd January, the day of the consecration ceremony of Lord Shri Ram,” he said in Chittorgarh. He said that Pooja and Maha Aarti will be held on a large scale in temples of villages, cities and towns. The delegation of the leading industry organisation ‘The Employers’ Association of Rajasthan’ welcomed the newly appointed Dy CM Diya Kumari on Wednesday. President Narendra Jain and Raju Aggarwal, Vice- Presi- dent Ajay Gupta and Nidhi Khandelwal extended best wishes by presenting her with a floral bouquet and a replica of Ram temple. EAR Chief Advisor A. K. Jain, Secretary Sudarshan Patni others welcomed Diya with a dupatta and a shawl. CELEBRATE RAMOTSAV AT HOME, CP JOSHI APPEALS TO PEOPLE EMPLOYERS’ ASSN OF RAJASTHAN HONOURS DIYA KUMARI Diya Kumari laying foundation stone of the high reservoir to be built in Balaji Nagar in Jaipur on Wednesday. Sachin Pilot and Govind Singh Dotasra at the ‘Nyay 2024’ state executive meeting in Jaipur on Wednesday.
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  • 7.  Vol 5  Issue No. 216  RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504.  Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra  Managing Editor: Pawan Arora  Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act PERSPECT VE 06 Jaipur, Thursday | January 11, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 68 MODI JI INVESTED A LOT OF TIME TO CRAFT DIASPORA CONNECT hen on the trip to the US in 2013, even before he became the Prime Min- ister of India, Modi ji called us and sought our ideas and opin- ions on how the NRI community could help in the development of India. Even at that time India was on the top of his mind and he was exploring ways in the US to lev- erage the advantage of the re- sourceful diaspora to help India’s growth story back home. There are millions of NRIs spread across the world and if they unite to promote the cause of India in whatever way they can, it can work wonders for the country. Modi ji was well aware of this possibility and wanted to exploit the same potential. He gave two ideas to start with. He said, wherever you speak and hold lectures in different organi- sations as thought leaders, speak about India, her strengths and achievements and the current happenings that show her pro- gression. Even if there are 100 such people and if each one of you hold three lectures a year, imagine the impact it will have on the people and how it will build India’s image globally as more and more people start be- coming aware of India. The sec- ond thing he said was, bring at least five NRI families to me, wherever I visit. This will go a long way in boosting tourism in India and spreading awareness about India across the world. Once during a visit to Atlanta, Modi ji said, bring to me all the people I know in and around At- lanta.This shows his commitment to keep connected to the diaspora in all possible ways and build upon the old relationships, with the progress of India on top of his mind. He invested a lot of time in connecting and building relation- ships to strengthen India’s pros- pects and possibilities through greater engagement and under- standing. He was early to recog- nise the potential of the NRI com- munity and the need to involve them more engagingly and pro- ductively with their motherland. Modi ji’s initiatives like popular- ising yoga in the world or the Swachh Bharat campaign have been eye openers and influential fulcrums of diplomacy and inter- national bonding.After the Covid vaccination success, today even the West looks up to India as the pharma hub of the world. There has been a paradigm shift in the outlook about India and her image globally from what it was before 2014. Today the world sees India as the mother of democracy and Modi as a world statesman and much of it has to do with how Modi has crafted the image of In- dia through propagation of her USPs, in which the overwhelming support of the NRI communities had a big role to play. A MAN OF MANY COLOURS hen Narendra Modi came here, he was the national general secretary and in- charge of Himachal Pradesh. I was the state general secretary of the party and I had the responsibil- ity to arrange for his stay and oversee all his itinerary here. He was perhaps the first state in- charge who went to almost all the assembly constituencies and even reached till the village level to take meetings. And during the meetings, he was very strict.There were party elections in 1997 and within one year, in 1998, we had formed our government in the state. It was all due to Modi ji that the party came up to such a strong position that it came to power starting from a scratch. When he came here as the state in-charge, the party was not financially that strong. He suggested us to go for donations from mass collections to improve our situation. He said the party unit in the state should be self-sufficient and learn to gen- erate its own resources. Many of the leaders and party workers here were apprehensive of the idea of mass collection and raised their doubts about its success. Modi ji still persisted with the idea and encouraged us to try it for once. He firmly believed that it would be a success. The party then took it up as a campaign. Surprisingly, within three months, we had reached our target collection. Modi ji’s prediction was right.An- other interesting anecdote of Modi ji was he liked to taste the food of every place he went to. If in Man- di, he would ask what was the most famous dish of Mandi. If in Kangra, he would do the same for Kangra. He ate everything with relish. Once he came to an event in 2017. It was a long-time-no-see situation for me. I was meeting him after years. So I was a bit hesitant as to how he would ap- proach me after so many years, now that he was the PM of the country. But as soon as he landed, he saw me and embraced me. Later he took me in his car and talked about my family, asked about my wife and my son and he even remembered I had diabetes and asked how it was. Imagine, I was meeting him almost after two decades and he remembered eve- rything about me. This is his mag- nanimity. Whoever he connected with, he became a fatherly figure, taking care of their concerns. W Late Praveen Sharma Former Minister, Himachal Pradesh Kanchan Banerjee NRI, USA Vithal Dhaduk NRI, USA Gokul Kunnath NRI, USA Jay Shah NRI, Australia W You read PART 67 on JANUARY 04, 2024 COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI NaMo UNITING DIASPORA The narrators recounted their experiences of being contacted by Modi ji, who sought their ideas and opinions on how the NRI community could contribute to India’s development. Thanks to Modi ji’s efforts, the Bharatiya Janata Party rose from humble beginnings to attain a formidable position of power
  • 8. MINISTER ON INDIA BECOMING A DEVELOPED NATION India is entering Swarna Kaal: Thakur PTI Mumbai nion minister Anurag Thakur has said that fromAmrit Kaal, India is entering a Swarna Kaal and is also moving to- wards becoming a devel- oped nation. Thakur, Minister for Information Broad- casting andYouthAffairs Sports, was speaking at the 38th Rambhau Mhalgi Lecture Series. “We want to establish Ram Rajya based on the philosophy of Sabka Saath Sabka Vishwas by bringing together all reli- gions, castes and sects. Ram is the symbol of unity and humanism”, an official release Wednes- day quoted Thakur as saying. Thakur said India is being rebuilt through Digital India. “Today the whole world is looking towards India with great hope,” he added. He expressed the belief that under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, India’s economy will be- come the third largest economy in the world in the coming years.A lot of work has been done in the last 9 years for the welfare of the poor and under- privileged, Thakur said. Thakur said India is progressing rapidly in many fields. The govern- ment is doing great work in many fields in a short period of time, he added. Under PM Modi’s leadership, progress is being made towards a self-reliant India, he said, adding efforts are under- way to create a devel- oped new India. Union Minister Anurag Thakur during the inauguration of 38th Rambhau Mhalgi Memorial Lecture Series, in Thane, Wednesday. Former President Ram Nath Kovind and others at IIMC at Bharat Mandapam, in New Delhi on Wednesday. ANI “Under Modi’s leadership, progress is being made towards a self-reliant India. Efforts are underway to create a developed new India” U INDIA 07 Jaipur, Thursday | January 11, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Indiatobea$5trillioneconomybyFY28:FM First India Bureau Gandhinagar Finance Minister Nirma- la Sitharaman said on Wednesday exuded con- fidence that India will become the world’s third largest economy worth over $5 trillion by 2027- 28 and a developed na- tion by 2047, with GDP touching $30 trillion. India, with a GDP of roughly $3.4 trillion, is currently the fifth largest economy in the world, after the US, China, Ja- pan and Germany. Sitharaman said during the Amritkal, which will mark 100 years of India’s Independence in 2047, emphasis is being given to sunrise industries. Also, the FDI policy of the Narendra Modi Gov- ernment has helped at- tract foreign investment, with $595 billion coming in the last 9 years. “It is possible that we will be the third largest economy by 2027-28, and our GDP will cross $5 trillion by that time. By 2047, it is a conserva- tive estimate that we will reach at least $30 trillion in terms of economy,” Sitharaman said while addressing a seminar of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024. Stressing that the peo- ple of India have met with the challenges post-COV- ID and recovery is on a strong footing, she said Gujarat will be the engine of growth in India’s march to become a devel- oped economy by 2047. The state has 5 per cent of India’s population but contributes 8.5 per cent to the country’s GDP. It is rapidly moving forward at 12 per cent CAGR (an- nual growth) between 2011 and 2021 against a national average of 10.4 per cent, she said. Sitharaman also said India is on track to be- come an in-house pro- ducer of semiconductors, and EV adoption is hap- pening in a big way. PM GATI SHAKTI TO BECOME INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING TOOL FOR ENTIRE WORLD, SAYS GOYAL Gandhinagar: Union Commerce and Industry Min- ister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said the PM Gati Shakti mecha- nism, a technology- backed infrastructure development platform implemented by the Narendra Modi govern- ment, will become a planning tool for the en- tire world in the years to come. Goyal made the comments while addressing a seminar on ‘PM Gati Shakti: Informed Decision Making for Holistic Development’ organised at Mahatma Mandir con- vention centre here as part of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024 which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Na- rendra Modi earlier in the day. “As we assess the outcomes of PM Gati Shakti, and some of the outcomes were already shared with you, this overall architecture, in my humble view, and I this say this with great responsibility and convic- tion, that PM Gati Shakti in the years to come will become a planning tool of infrastructure not only for India or Asia, but for the entire world,” Goyal said. Gujarat has become powerhouse of India's development. PHILIPP ACKERMANN, GERMAN AMBASSADOR India-UAE relationship model for any country MOS MURALEEDHARAN MOUs of this nature have huge scope, will benefit not just Gujarat. This is first Vibrant Gujarat Summit in ‘Amrit Kaal’ period. VINAY KWATRA, FOREIGN SECRETARY Vibrant Gujarat Summit important forum for exchanging expertise in economic growth, investment SHEIKH MOHAMED BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN, UAE PRESIDENTS The best and the most competitive country in producing cars is Bharat. RYAD MEZZOUR, MOROCCO MIN The billionaire-founder of Tesla is not coming for the ongoing Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, but they are welcome to invest in the state. The state is very keen to get Tesla if it comes to India. Rahul Gupta, MD, GIDC TOP QUOTES FROM VIBRANT GUJARAT SUMMIT z Suzuki Group to invest Rs 3200 Crore in Suzuki Motor Gujarat, will add 4th production line: Toshihiro Suzuki, President Suzuki Motors z Essar Group to set up 1GW green hydrogen project in Jamnagar z Nepal, India forge power partnership at Vibrant Guja- rat Global Summit z DP World unveils investment plans at Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024 z Simmtech affirms commitment to Gujarat in semicon- ductor industry expansion. z Tata Group announces Giga factory for Lithium-Ion Batteries in Sanand, semiconductor Fab in Dholera z Australian High Commissioner Philip Green hailed the inauguration of Australia's Deakin University branch campus in GIFT City, Gujarat the first foreign university to open a campus in India. z Lakshmi Mittal announced that ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India is building the world’s largest single loca- tion integrated steel plant at Gujarat’s Hazira. z The forthcoming list will feature candidates for more seats, particularly in the 164 constituen- cies where the party previously struggled or narrowly won in 2019. z Earlier in Lok Sabha elections, the BJP con- tested 436 out of 543 seats, securing victories in 303 seats while fac- ing defeat in 133. z The party is addressing 31 other weaker con- stituencies, grouping 164 seats and assign- ing responsibilities to central ministers and senior leaders, includ- ing HM Amit Shah. z These seats have been categorised into 'C' and 'D' groups, with 45 min- isters overseeing two to three seats each. z With a decrease in the number of allied parties this time around com- pared to 2019, the BJP aims to contest more seats across states where it previously had alliances—such as with Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab, JD(U) in Bihar, Shiv Sena in Maha- rashtra, AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, and RLP in Rajasthan. z The BJP has identi- fied 14 weak seats in Uttar Pradesh, where they faced defeat in 16 seats in the last elections. However, they secured victories in two seats through by-polls - Rae Bareli and Mainpuri. z The party plans to announce candidates for various constituen- cies including Rae Bareli, Mainpuri, Bijnor, Saharanpur, Sambhal, Muradabad, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Rampur, Azamgarh, Nagina, Amroha, Ambedkar Nagar, Shravasti, Ghosi, and Lalganj in the first list. MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS FROM VIBRANT GUJARAT Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, CM Bhupendra Patel, Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, and others attend the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2024, at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. PTI Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman releases the vision document ‘Viksit Gujarat @ 2047’ with Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel, Principal Secretary to the PM PK Mishra and other dignitaries at the Seminar of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024, in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. ANI Vibrant Gujarat Summit India under PM Modi has taken steps to encourage global companies to set up their manufacturing units in the country Eyeing 400 seats this time, BJP plans to recruit MPs from other parties: Report Agencies New Delhi Setting the ambitious tar- get of bagging 400 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats in the upcoming parliament elections, the BJP is keeping no stone un- turned to accomplish it. In fact, the ruling party’s modus operandi also in- cludes recruitment of leaders from other par- ties. The party also re- portedly focuses on the160 seats that it lost during the last election. Before this, the only time a single party crossed the 400-seat mark in parliament elec- tions was the Congress spearheaded by Rajiv Gandhi in 1984. It was also the last time a party had won a majority on its own before the Nar- endra Modi-led BJP’s victory in 2014. HERE ARE THE KEY POINTERS BJP National President JP Nadda play 'Taal, an instrument, in Guwahati on Wednesday. Assam CM Himanta Biswa also seen. Kharge in touch with leaders of all INDIA bloc parties: Congress PTI Hoshiarpur Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday here inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 29 national highway projects worth Rs 4,000 crore in Punjab. The projects in- cluded Ladhowal bypass in Ludhiana, six-lane flyover and two-lane road over bridge in Ludhiana, four laning of Jalandhar- Kapurthala section, and three bridges on the Ja- landhar-Makhu road. Gadkari laid the foun- dation stones of several projects, including four laning of Hoshiarpur- Phagwara road and four laning of Ferozepur by- pass. The minister said 5 greenfield expressways and economic corridors are being built at a cost of Rs 1.20 lakh crore for better connectivity. PTI New Delhi After initiating seat-shar- ing talks with various op- position parties, the Con- gress on Wednesday said its president Mallikarjun Kharge is in touch with leaders of all INDIAbloc constituents to ensure closer coordination in the opposition alliance. The assertion comes amid talk that the alliance could have a convener, with the name of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar doing the rounds for the post. There have been de- mands for having an of- fice and a spokesperson of the opposition alliance, where 28 parties have come together to take on the BJP in the 2024 polls. “Kharge is in touch with leaders of all parties of the INDIAbloc on how best to give structure to ensureclosercoordination inalliance,”generalsecre- tary Jairam Ramesh said. `1,782 CRORE FOR ROAD PROJECT Itanagar: The Centre has sanc- tioned Rs 1,782 crore for construction of a strategic road project in AP, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday. The ministry sanctioned the project for the construc- tion of the 82-kilometre- long greenfield road from Pango to Jorging in Upper Siang district of the northeastern state. Nitin Gadkari lays foundation stones of 29 highway projects SEAT-SHARING TALKS MAY BE HELD ON JAN 12 New Delhi: Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely on Wednesday said the key discussions on seat-sharing between his party and the AAP to fight the Lok Sabha elections together from Delhi will take place in the next meeting likely to be held on January 12. Lovely said that no discussion on seat-sharing took place in the first meet- ing held on January 8 and added it was the first time that the Delhi Congress and the AAP came together for a discussion. MANIPUR NODS FOR ‘BHARAT JODO YATRA’ New Delhi: The Manipur government on Wednesday ap- proved the Hapta Kangjei- bung ground venue for flagging off the yatra. The approval by the Manipur government came eight days after the Congress had approached it for permis- sion. The order issued by the Imphal East district mag- istrate’s office said, “Only flagging off of the Yatra with limited number of partici- pants is hereby allowed on January 14 to prevent any untoward incident and dis- turbance in law and order. Kovind panel gets over 5,000 public suggestions PTI New Delhi The panel on ‘One Na- tion, One Election’led by former president Ram Nath Kovind has re- ceived over 5,000 sug- gestions from the public on simultaneous polls, sources said on Wednes- day. Last week, the high- level committee had in- vited suggestions from the public “for making appropriate changes in the existing legal admin- istrative framework to enable simultaneous elections in the country”. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge in conversation with KC Venugopal in New Delhi on Wednesday. ANI
  • 9. 2024 WILL TEST THE MOST ROBUST DEMOCRACIES Over 50 countries go to the polls this year First India Bureau New Delhi ore than 50 countries that are home to half the planet’s popula- tion are due to hold na- tional elections in 2024, but the number of citizens exercisingtherighttovote is not unalloyed good news. The year looks set to test even the most robust democracies and to strengthen the hands of leaders with authoritarian leanings. From Russia, Taiwan and the United Kingdom to India, El Sal- vador and South Africa, the presidential and legis- lative contests have huge implications for human rights,economies,interna- tional relations and pros- pects for peace in a vola- tile world. In some countries, the balloting will be neither free nor fair.And in many, curbs on opposition candi- dates, weary electorates and the potential for ma- nipulation and disinforma- tion have made the fate of democracy a front-and- center campaign issue. A possible rematch between President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump looms large in the election calendar; aTrump victory in November is perhaps the greatest global wildcard. Yet high-stakes votes before then also will gauge the “mood of dissat- isfaction, impatience, un- easiness” among far-flung electorates, as per sources. M INDIA 08 Jaipur, Thursday | January 11, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Colddayconditionstoreduce overnorthwestIndia,saysIMD First India Bureau New Delhi The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday said that cold day to “severe” cold day conditions are likely to reduce over northwest In- dia from Thursday while dense fog is likely to con- tinue to prevail during morning hours in isolated pockets of northwest In- dia during next 4-5 days. In its bulletin, the IMD said that dense to very dense fog conditions are very likely to prevail for a few hours in morning in isolated pockets over north Rajasthan on Thursday and Friday and reduction thereafter. “Dense fog conditions are very likely to prevail for a few hours in morn- ing in isolated pockets over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, UP, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura from January 11 to January 15; and over Jammu division, Himachal Pradesh, Utta- rakhand, north Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim on Thursday and Friday,” said the IMD. The weather agency predicted that cold day to severe cold day condi- tions are very likely to continue in some parts of Haryana, , Delhi also. z The spell of cold weather in Delhi pushed the national capital's peak winter power demand to an all-time high of 5,611 MW on Wednesday, of- ficials said. z According to the weather department, Delhi experienced its coldest day this winter yesterday, with the minimum tem- perature dropping to 5.3 degrees Celsius. z It was still colder in neighbouring Ut- tar Pradesh, with the minimum temperatures in Kanpur and Agra dropping below freezing point, at 1.1 and 1.0 degrees Celsius respectively. z Thick fog engulfed the national capital, affect- ing visibility and leading to delays in flights to and from Delhi. MAJOR WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS Maldives upgrades ties with China amid pivot from India Agencies Beijing China and the Maldives upgraded their relation- ship on Wednesday dur- ing newly elected Presi- dent Mohamed Muizzu’s first state visit to Beijing, following a campaign in which he cast China’s re- gional rival India as a threat to sovereignty. Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking at the Great Hall of the People, called Muizzu “an old friend” as theAsian giant set the stage for further investment in the Indian Ocean archipelago by agreeing to a “compre- hensive strategic coop- erative partnership”. “China and the Mal- dives’relations are facing a historic opportunity to carry forward the past and forge ahead into the future,” Xi told Muizzu, Chinese media reported. Muizzu took office in November, after winning on his “India Out” cam- paign platform under which he called New Delhi’s huge influence a threat to sovereignty. His government has since asked dozens of locally based Indian military personnel to leave while talking up opportunities for Chinese investors de- spite being heavily in- debted to Beijing. Relations between In- dia and China nosedived after soldiers from both sides clashed in the west- ern Himalayas in 2020, resulting in the death of 20 Indian soldiers. China had confirmed the death of four soldiers. President of the Republic of Maldives Mohamed Muizzu and First Lady Sajidha Mohamed visit the Chinese Communist Party Museum. in Beijing, China on Wednesday. PTI Vehicles ply on the road during a cold and foggy winter morning in Guwahati on Wednesday. ANI MALDIVES OPPOSITION LEADER CALLS FOR “TOUGHER STAND” TO REPAIR TIES WITH INDIA New Delhi: Amid the ongoing row between India and the Maldives, opposition leader and the Chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party, Fayyaz Ismail, has called for a “tougher stand” by the government, saying that the racist comments against In- dia and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were just isolated individual opinions of these people who were unfortu- nately given positions in the government. He underlined how the entire matter has reached a lot of Indians as well as Maldivians, due to easy accessibility of social media. Delhi Police personnel during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day parade amid fog on a cold winter morning, in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI BSF women band to debut in R-Day ANI New Delhi In a first, the Border Se- curity Force’s (BSF) all- women marching and brass band contingents will participate in this year’s Republic Day pa- rade on Kartavya Path. An Assistant Com- mandant rank woman of- ficer and two subordinate officers will lead a total of 144 women BSF con- stables marching down Kartavya Path on Janu- ary 26 when India will be celebrating its 75th Re- public Day in the pres- ence of Emmanuel Ma- cron, President of France, as the Chief Guest. The BSF calls it a ‘Ma- hila Foot Contingent,’ whose all participants be- long to almost every state in the country. Of the total participants, a maximum of 27 belong toWest Ben- gal, 10 each from Jammu and Kashmir as well as Punjab, 12 from the North East, and others fromTamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telan- gana, Uttar Pradesh, Gu- jarat, Maharashtra, Mad- hya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and other states. All-women contingent of Delhi Police to march down Kartavya Path “Navy 'proactively' deploying fleet to keep pirates at bay” PTI Hyderabad The Indian Navy is proac- tively deploying its fleet to keep the pirates away and confine them in their waters, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Hari Ku- mar said on Wednesday. After unveiling the in- digenously manufactured Drishti 10 Starliner Un- manned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) byAdani Defence and Aerospace for the Navy, Hari Kumar said there have been about 35 drone attacks on ships largely on Israel-owned or flagged or related ves- sels in the Red Sea, North and Central Arabian Sea during the last 40-42 days. Without taking names, he said the immediate neighbours of India col- lectively hold a very large inventory of UAVs and therefore, it’s only prudent that the country and its armed forces con- tinue to harness resident expertise in the domain.z “Recently we have had only two incidents (at- tempts of pirates to high- jack ships). Both were not Indian flagged ves- sels, but in the second case we had Indian crew so we had to respond,” he told reporters. Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar during unveiling of the Drishti 10 Starliner Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Hyderabad, Wednesday. B’luruCEOSuchana Seth’shusband performsfinalritesof murderedson PTI Bengaluru Days after a four-year- old boy was allegedly murdered by his mother Suchana Seth, a Bengal- uru-based start-up CEO, at a hotel in Goa, his fa- ther performed his last rites in Bengaluru on Wednesday morning. After the post-mortem examination of his son’s body in Hiriyur in the Chitradurga district, Venkatraman P R, the father of the child, brought it to Bengaluru. The body was kept in an apartment in Rajajinagar where Venkatraman’s parents live. Dr Kumar Naik, a government doctor who conducted the autopsy, said on Tuesday that the child was killed more than 36 hours ago and he was either smothered or strangulated. “There are no wounds or signs of struggle. There may be the use of a pillow or a wire,” said Dr Naik. LEADERS LOOK TO TIGHTEN THEIR GRIPS Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina won a fourth suc- cessive term Monday in an election that opposi- tion parties boycotted and preceded by violence. Hasina’s Awami League party was reelected on a low turnout of 40%, and the stifling of dissent risks triggering political turmoil. India, the world’s most populous country, is due to hold a general election by mid-2024 that is likely to bring Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party a third consecu- tive term. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) personnel during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day parade amid fog on a cold winter morning, in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Courtesy Call Dr Ruma, a Nari Shakti Awardee pays a courtesy call to Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar in New Delhi on Wednesday. The Vice President praised Ruma for her contribution and dedication towards society. Suchana Seth who is accused of killing her son, being brought to Mapusa Court in North Goa on Tuesday.
  • 10. Divya Hemnani Dipika Singhal Jaipur Asian games Gold medalist and now Arjuna awardee from Rajasthan Di- vyakirti Singh was honoured by First India News on Wednesday for her huge achievement. Speaking exclusive- ly to First India News, the Arjuna awardee gave credit for her success to her coach- es, trainers, parents as well as her horses too. zHow did you feel when you received the Arjuna Award? To win a gold in dres- sage for India after 41 years and to start 2024 with an Arjuna Award is the biggest moment of my life and I am extremely grateful and honoured. It was a surreal feeling and a great moment when the Arjuna Award was given to me at Rashtrapati Bha- wan in the presence of so many honourable people. zHow supportive were your parents during your journey? Without my parents’ support, I wouldn’t have won the gold medal. zHow challenging is horse riding? In horse riding, each horse in our team has its own individual per- sonality, being a living being with unique traits. Unlike in other sports where challenges are more predictable, riding involves a high level of uncertainty. 09 Jaipur, Thursday | January 11, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE SURVEY ‘Half of Indore may be victim of lifestyle diseases’ First India Bureau Indore alf of the popu- lation of Indore may be a victim of lifestyle diseases. Un- der the Health of Indore campaign, more than 20 lakh tests have been con- ducted on more than 2 lakh people, in which the condition of the people surveyed on many pa- rameters is worrying. The world’s largest pre- ventive health care sur- vey organized in a single city has been conducted in Indore under the name of Health of Indore. Union Health Minis- ter Dr. Mansukh Man- daviya and Madhya Pradesh Health Minis- ter Rajendra Shukla were present at the pro- gramme. Praising Indore, Un- ion Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya said that Indore’s pre- ventive health care mod- el is amazing and data will be taken from In- dore to implement it in the entire country. Madhya Pradesh Dep- uty Chief Minister and Health Minister Rajen- dra Shukla, said that ef- forts will be made to implement Indore’s model of preventive health care in the entire Madhya Pradesh. President Droupadi Murmu met Shankar Lalwani in New Delhi. H Jakarta: Budding shoot- er Nancy and Olympian Elavenil Valarivan came up with a grand perfor- mance in women’s 10m air rifle, clinching gold and silver respectively at theAsia Olympic Quali- fiers on Wednesday.An- other Indian to make the final,Arjun Babuta, fin- ished sixth. Nancy wins women’s 10m air rifle gold; Elavenil takes silver Kochi: The US space agency, NASA, has pushed back its manned Artemis mission to the Moon to 2025 that will send the first woman and first person of colour on the lunar surface. Arte- mis IV, the first mission to the Gateway lunar space station, remains on track for 2028. NASA delays mission to take humans back to Moon until 2025 Washington: Indian- American Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has been named again to serve as the US’s representative on the executive board of the WHO by President Joe Biden. The 46-year- old’s nomination was re-sent as his confir- mation to the position had been pending in the Senate since Octo- ber 2022. Vivek Murthy renamed countryrepresentative on WHO board Lahore: Pakistan’s jailed former PM Imran Khan on Wednesday failed to get any relief from the court to contest next month’s general elections.Justice Tariq Nadeem and Justice Abul Aziz of the tribunal announced the verdict on Lahore’s NA-122 and Mianwali NA-89 seats. In the 2018 polls, Khan had won both his home- town’s seats. Imran Khan fails to get relief to contest Feb 8 general elections IN BRIEF Thimphu: Bhutanese voters have elected Tshering Tobgay to be- come prime minister for a second time after his party won nearly two-thirds of seats, the election commission said in results released Wednesday. Bhutan’sTobgayto becomePMfor2ndtime TrumpmimicsMacronand Biden,slamsmediainIowa Agencies Washington Former US President Donald Trump mocked French President Emma- nuel Macron by imitating his accent during a cam- paign event in Iowa while speaking on negotiations over taxes on American tech giants during his presidency. He also took a jab at current US Presi- dent Joe Biden by ridicul- ing his walking style and saying that he “can’t even find the stairs”. During the event, Trump recalled an alleged telephone con- servation he had with Ma- cron during his tenure at the White House when the French President pro- posed a 25 per cent tax on US tech giants operating in Mexico. He claimed to have threatened Macron with a 100 per cent tariff on French wine and champagne imports if the plan came into effect, the Telegraph reported. “I said, ‘Emmanuel, how are you?’ He said, ‘fine.’ I said, ‘I heard you’re gonna charge American companies 25 per cent to do things in Mexico’. I said ‘no, no, but you’re not gonna do it Emmanuel’,” Trump said at the Iowa. “’No, Don- ald,ithasalreadypassed,” the Republican frontrun- ner for the upcoming elections further said, mocking Macron’s French accent. ‘India in constant touch with Israel, Palestine leaders’ PTI United Nations India has said that it is in constant touch with the leaders of Israel and Pal- estine and its “clear and consistent” message since the start of the latest Mid- dle East conflict has been to prevent escalation to ensure continued delivery of humanitarian aid and early restoration of peace and stability. “This is clearly unacceptable and we have strongly con- demned the death of civil- ians,” India’s Representa- tive to the UN Ambassa- dor Ruchira Kamboj said. ‘No disciplinary issues with Kishan and Iyer’ PTI New Delhi India’s coach Rahul Dravid has stepped for- ward to provide clarity on the non-selection of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer for the T20 International series against Afghani- stan. Contrary to reports suggesting disciplinary issues as the cause for their absence, Dravid has categorically denied such claims. Notably, both Is- han and Shreyas were ab- sent from India’s 16-member squad for their upcoming T20I se- ries against Afghanistan. The Men in blue will face Afghanistan in a three- match T20I series, start- ing January 11. Furthermore, Dravid addressed the case of Iyer, stating unequivocally that his exclusion from the team was not due to any disciplinary reasons. USsupportstangiblesteps forPalestinian:Blinken Reform for post-war Gaza as Israeli strikes continue US SHOOTS DOWN 21 HOUTHI MISSILES AND DRONES LAUNCHED OVER RED SEA FROM YEMEN BLINKEN PRESSURES BOTH SIDES ON WHIRLWIND TRIP Washington: U.S. and British naval forces shot down 21 drones and missiles fired by Yemen-based Hou- this on Tuesday towards international shipping lanes in the southern Red Sea, the US said. Britain’s defence minister said it was the largest attack in the area by the militants to date as the three-month-long war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza spills over into other parts of the Middle East. U.S. Central Command said no injuries nor damage were reported, adding that this was the 26th Houthi attack on commercial shipping lanes in the Red Sea since Nov. 19. The Houthis, who control most of Yemen, have been target- ing the route to show their support for Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist group. The attacks have seriously disrupted interna- tional commerce on the key route between Europe and Asia that accounts for about 15% of the world’s shipping traffic. On his fourth visit to the region since the war began three months ago, Blinken has met in recent days with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. He says they are open to contributing to postwar plans in return for progress on creating a Palestinian state. The Saudi Ambas- sador to the UK went even further on Tuesday, telling the BBC that the kingdom is still interested in a land- mark normalisation agree- ment with Israel, but that it must include “nothing less than an independent state of Palestine.” “One doesn’t come without the other,” Prince Khalid bin Bandar said. Agencies Tel Aviv Secretary of State An- tony Blinken met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday to seek gov- ernance reforms as part of US efforts to rally the re- gionbehindpostwarplans for Gaza that also include concrete steps toward a Palestinian state. Blinken says he has se- cured commitments from multiple countries in the region to assist with re- building and governing Gaza after Israel’s war against Hamas, and that wider Israeli-Arab nor- malisation is still possi- ble, but only if there is “a pathway to a Palestinian state.” The approach faces se- rious obstacles. PM Ben- jamin Netanyahu’s govt is adamantly opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, and the autocratic, Western- backed Palestinian lead- ership, whose forces were driven from Gaza when Hamas took over in 2007, lacks legitimacy in the view of many Palestini- ans. The war in Gaza is still raging with no end in sight, fuelling a humani- tarian catastrophe in the tiny coastal enclave. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Wednesday. Donald Trump Rahul Dravid President Droupadi Murmu confers the Dronacharya Award, 2023 to Mahaveer Prasad Saini for his achievements in Para Athletics at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi. Saini gets Dronacharya Award Jaipur: Mahavir Pras- adSainifromRajasthan has been honored with the Dronacharya Award. Saini, a Surat- garh resident and inter- national coach, was awarded by the Presi- dent at a function or- ganized at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Para athletics coach Mahavir Prasad Saini had trained play- ers like javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar and Rakesh Bheda. PREZ PRAISES ‘HEALTH OF INDORE’ CAMPAIGN Prez Droupadi Murmu praised the preventive health care campaign ‘Health of Indore’ and said that Indore is a symbol of innovations. MP Shankar Lalwani met Prez Murmu and gave detailed information about the preventive health care campaign ‘Health of Indore’. Under the Health of Indore campaign, more than 20 lakh tests have been conducted. Divyakriti Singh Dipika Singhal interacting with Arjuna-awardee Divyakriti Singh. First India felicitated Arjuna-awardee Divyakriti Singh on Wednesday. Singh reached directly to First India News Channel office at Sahkar Marg, Jaipur on her return from New Delhi, and shared her experiences. In picture, Pawan Arora with (L-R) Shikha Sharma, Dipika Singhal, Jinendra Singh Shekhawat, Vikram Singh, Divyakriti Singh, Shweta Mishra Awasthi and Ayushi Maharshi. NEWS I wish to win Olympic medal: Divyakirti Breaking barriers galloping towards glory, this 23-year-old equestrian dynamo has not only clinched a historic Arjuna Award but has also secured her place as the first Indian woman to achieve this feat in the realm of Equestrian
  • 11. CM FLAGS OFF 2,100 OIL CANS, RAM DARBAR PROCESSION 10 Once you learn to admire without envy and praise but not flatter, you will be blessed in more ways than one. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Thursday | January 11, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Raj Election Triumph: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat acknowledges people’s faith in PM Modi and BJP First India Bureau New Delhi The Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi recently played host to a distinguished Leadership Summit, ‘Shi- khar Samman’ organised byBharat24-VisionofNew India News channel. The event wit- nessed the e s t e e m e d presence of Gajendra Singh Shekha- wat, Union Minister of Jal ShaktiandMP(LokSabha) Jodhpur, along withAcha- rya Balkrishna, MD of Pa- tanjali Ayurveda Ltd and Co-Founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth, who graced the occasion as the chief guest. The summit, facilitated by Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO,andEditor-in-Chief, Bharat24-Vision of New India, commenced with a warm welcome to the dis- tinguished guests. In an engaging conversation with Poornima Mishra, discussionsdelvedintothe Ayodhya ‘Ram Mandir Pran Prat- ishta’ event and the sig- nificant win in the Rajasthan elections. Addressing the excite- ment surrounding the ‘Ayodhya Ram Mandir Pran Pratishta’ event and the fulfillment of commit- ment to its construction, GS Shekhawat expressed pride in the character of Lord Rama, emphasising howLordRamaunitesthe nation in a common thread. He credited the victory in Rajasthan polls to the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and the faith shown by the people ofRajasthan.Highlighting the potential of a “double enginesarkar,”hestressed thatRajhasthecapacityto actasthegrowthengineof developing India. Acharya Balkrishna, in a significant discussion on Yoga and Ayurveda, ex- pressed gratitude to PM Modi for efforts in glo- balising yoga and to Baba Ramdev for popularising these ancient practices. A brief interaction with Rajinder Kumar, Execu- tiveV-Pof MDH, revealed that MDH Masala is achieving global recogni- tion through exports. Son of Late Mahashaya Dhar- ampal Gulati, Rajeev Gu- lati, is successfully carry- ing forward the firm’s leg- acy. The event was attend- ed by prominent figures including Manoj Jagyasi (CBO), Director of News Syed Umar, and other no- table personalities. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma addresses peoples’ concerns during a ‘Jansunwai’ at OTS in Jaipur on Wednesday. Acharya Balkrishna, Dr Jagdeesh Chandra and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat light the traditional lamp. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat awards Dr Nivedita Shreyans. Seen here are Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, Acharya Balkrishna and Manoj Jagyasi. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra and Manoj Jagyasi felicitate Rajinder Kumar. DrJagdeeshChandraandAcharyaBalkrishna felicitateandpresentamementotoUnionMinisterGajendraSinghShekhawat, alsoseenare(L-R) Priya Sinha, AyushSuryavanshi, KeshavJha,PreetiNegi,MahimaKunwar,AyushiShekhawat,PoornimaMishra,ManojJagyasi,ShikhaThakur,KhalidKhan, Dr.Nivedita Shreyans andVikas Mundra during LeadershipSummit,‘ShikharSamman’ organisedbyBharat24-VisionofNewIndiaatTheTajMahalHotelinNewDelhi onWednesday. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra presents a memento to Acharya Balkrishna, also seen are (from left) Poornima Mishra, Syed Umar and Manoj Jagyasi. GS Shekhawat expressed pride in the character of Lord Rama, emphasising how Lord Rama unites the nation in a common thread Acharya Balkrishna, thanked PM Modi for efforts in globalising yoga CM SHARMA SPENDS TIME WITH VILLAGERS: After attending the Bhandawas programme, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma’s convoy stopped between the Sawar and Deoli villages to be among the villagers. The CM got down from the car and sat with the villagers, who were warming themselves while sitting around the bonfire. The villagers were elated to have the CM among them. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma was accompanied by Kekri MLA, Shatrughan Gautam. State govt stands by every person: CM Aishwary Pradhan Jaipur CM Bhajan Lal Sharma held a public hearing on Wednesday at the Chief Minister’s residence in OTS. While listening to the grievances of the peo- ple, he said that the gov- ernment stands by every person. Sharma instruct- ed the officers to get the peoples’ problems at the earliest. Educationists, doctors, scientists, agri- culture experts etc. greet- ed the CM. “Our govern- ment is going to take all sections along. Your sug- gestions will prove im- portant in accelerating the progress of the State,” the CM said. Jaipur: CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, on Wednesday, flagged off 2,100 cans of oil and Ram Darbar procession from Ganga Mata Temple in Chandpol, Jaipur to Sita Rasoi in Ayodhya. The Chief Minister said that there is an atmosphere of enthusiasm in nation for consecration of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The event was organised by Dharmayatra Mahasangh Rajasthan and Shri Shyam Bhajan Sandhya Parivar Seva Samiti, Jaipur. Ram- charan Bohra, Balmukun- dacharya and others were present in the programme. New govt trusts old bureaucrats only for big depts Manoj Mathur Jaipur he first transfer list of top IAS officers was re- leased on Wednesday, 25 daysaftertheformationof the new BJP government in the State. Even though this was a big administra- tive reshuffle, there was nomajorshockingchange seen in it. In the list of 40 IAS officers, only the ear- lier heads of two major departments, Home and Finance, were retained. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a direct message regarding bu- reaucracy to MLAs and party officials at the BJP Headquarters in Jaipur thatbureaucratsdonotbe- long to any party, they belongtothegovernment. This impression was visi- bleinthislist.Bureaucrats got postings according to their efficiency. However, even after a long brain- storming, the government could not find officers for many important posts and departments. 16 officers in the list were given ad- ditional charge. Being senior to Chief Secretary Sudhansh Pant, SubodhAgarwal has been sent out of the Secretariat by making him the Chair- man of Indira Gandhi Panchayat Raj Institute, while Shubhra Singh has been given the additional charge of Medical Educa- tion while keeping her current post. Akhil Arora has been retained as the head of the Finance Department, but the charge of Information Technology and Commu- nications Department was taken from him and given to Aarti Dogra. Similarly, Anand Ku- mar will remain the head of the Home and its relat- ed departments. The re- sponsibility of the Trans- port Department was tak- en from him and handed over to Shreya Guha. All the officers, who were posted as CMO in the for- mer Gehlot government got new postings. Kuldeep Ranka has beensenttotheSocialJus- tice and Empowerment Department and Gaurav Goyal to the Administra- tive Reforms Department. T Ravikanth, who is also temporarily holding the charge of Principal Secre- tary to the CM, got the im- portant responsibility of the Urban Development and Housing Department. Sandesh Nayak has got entry to CMO as Special Secretary. Many officers, who were handling less impor- tant departments till now, have got an increase in their stature in this admin- istrativereshuffle.Among such officers, Sandeep Vermagottheresponsibil- ity of PWD,Ajitabh Shar- ma transferred to the In- dustry Department, Alok Gupta was shifted to En- ergy, Krishna Kunal got the responsibility of Women and Child Devel- opment and Anandhi was sent to the Mines and Pe- troleum Department. Besides,BhanuPrakash Eturu has got the impor- tant responsibility of Chairman DISCOMs, Sunil Sharma has got the important responsibility of Commissioner Infor- mation and Public Rela- tions Department, Manju Rajpal has been made Commissioner,JaipurDe- velopment Authority and Utsah Chaudhary has been made Commission- er, Jodhpur Development Authority. One Divisional Com- missioner and one Collec- tor have also changed in the list. Posts like RIICO Chairman, Roadways Chairman, Director Local Self Government Dept, Secretary Ayurveda De- partment, Administrator Board of Secondary Edu- cation are left with addi- tional charges. Anand Kumar Alok Gupta Aparna Arora Anandhi LIST OF IAS OFFICERS THEIR NEW ROLES IMPACT OF ‘NEGATIVE FEEDBACK’ VISIBLE IN THE TRANSFER LIST T z Dr Subodh Agarwal, DG, IGPRS z Abhay Kumar, ACS, Water Resources Department z Akhil Arora, ACS, Finance, Excise and Taxation z Aparna Arora, ACS, Revenue, Colonization z Sandeep Verma, ACS, PWD z Kuldeep Ranka, ACS, Social Justice and Empowerment and Panchayati Raj z Sreya Guha, ACS Transport Dept z Anand Kumar, ACS Home, Jail, CVC, Disaster Management, Civil Defence z Bhaskar A Sawant Principal Secy, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs z Kunji Lal Meena Chairman, Indira Gan- dhi Canal Board z Ajitabh Sharma Prin- cipal Secy, Industries, DMIC, Bhiwadi, IDT z Alok Gupta Principal Secy, Energy Depart- ment z Vaibhav Galriya, Prin- cipal Secy, Agriculture and Horticulture z T Ravikanth, Principal Secy, UDH Dept z Manju Rajpal, Com- missioner, JDA z Ashutosh AT Ped- nekar, Secy, Rural Development State Mission Director, Live- lihood Missions z Dr Prithvi Raj, Secy, Youth and Sports z Krishan Kunal, Secy, WCD and Panchayati Raj Dept z Bhanu Prakash Yeturu, Chairman, DISCOM z Dr Samit Sharma Secy, Ground Water PHED DIPR Secy z Dr Jogaram, Secy, Tribal Area Develop- ment z Gaurav Goyal, Secy, Administrative Reforms, Grievance redressal, Printing z Arti Dogra Secy, DOITC z Anandhi, Secy, Mines and Petroleum z Shuchi Tyagi, Secy, Cooperatives z Mahesh C Sharma, Divisional Commis- sioner, Ajmer z Rajan Vishal Secy, Minority Affairs Waqf z Archana Singh, Regis- trar, Cooperatives z Shelly Kishnani, Secy, Devsthan z OP Bunkar, Director, ICDS z Hridesh K Sharma Secretary, RSHRC z Meghraj S Ratnoo, Director, Literacy and Continuing Education z Shakti S Rathore, Managing Director, RAJFED z Sandesh Nayak, Spe- cial Secretary, CMO z Ramavtar Meena Managing Director, JCTSL z Sunil Sharma Com- missioner, DIPR z Pukhraj Sen, Com- missioner, College Education z Mukul Sharma, District Collector, Salumber z Aparna Gupta, Joint Secy, Home z Utsah Chaudhary Commissioner, Jodh- pur Devp Authority l Heads of Finance Home Departments remain unchanged l Big responsibility for many officers, who were previously sidelined l 16 officers still have additional charge Feedback about IAS officers was taken in Delhi, which reflected in the transfer list on Wednesday. According to sources, 360 degree feedback was collected at the top level in Delhi. The impact of ‘negative feedback’ about the officers is visible in the list. Subodh Agarwal, Kunjilal Meena, Jogaram, Rajan Vishal, Hridesh Sharma and Meghraj Singh Ratanu became victims of this feedback. Now the heartbeat of IPS officers is increas- ing because it is not known, who has given feedback about which officer in Delhi. On the other hand, some appointments are being praised everywhere. The appointment of Akhil Arora, T Ravikanth, Anand Kumar, Ajitabh Sharma, Samit Sharma, Abhay Kumar, Sandesh Nayak, Alok Gupta, Sunil Sharma, Anandhi and Aparna Gupta is being generally praised. Krishna Kunal, who was sidelined for many years, returned to the mainstream. He was made Secretary in the Women and Child Development and Panchayati Raj Departments. No major change seen in administrative reshuffle at high level Analysis BHARAT24 SHIKHAR SAMMAN
  • 12. argo fashion has transcend- ed its military roots to be- come a versa- tile and endur- ing trend in the world of style. What was once asso- ciated primarily with prac- ticality and functionality has evolved into a fashion statement that effortlessly combines utility with a contemporary aesthetic. Cargo pants, with their characteristic multiple pockets, represent the epitome of cargo fashion. Origi- nally designed to meet the needs of soldiers and outdoor enthusi- asts, these pants have found their way into main- stream fashion, proving that form and func- tion can coex- ist harmoni- ously. The abundance of pockets not only serves a practical purpose but also adds an edgy and utilitarian flair to the over- all look. Cargo fashion extends beyond pants, influencing a variety of clothing items such as jackets, shorts, and even dresses. The incorpo- ration of cargo elements in- troduces an element of cas- ual coolness to any outfit, making it a popular choice forindividualswhoappreci- ate both comfort and style. The distinctive feature of cargo fashion lies in the bal- ance it strikes between a laid-back vibe and a rugged, adventurous spirit. One of the key attrac- tions of cargo fashion is its adaptability. Whether paired with a classic T-shirt for a relaxed look or com- bined with a stylish blouse for a more polished ensem- ble, cargo-inspired pieces seamlessly integrate into various style aesthetics. The trend has been em- braced by fashion design- ers who have elevated car- go fashion with innovative cuts, fabrics, and detailing, showcasing its versatility on runways and in every- day wardrobes. Cargo fashion has also experienced a resurgence in streetwear, further cement- ing its status as a fashion staple. The oversized, re- laxedfitofcargopants,cou- pled with their distinctive pockets, adds an urban edge to street style, making it a favourite among fashion- forward individuals seeking comfort without compro- mising on trendiness. As sustainability be- comes an increasingly cru- cial aspect of fashion, car- go pieces made from eco- friendly materials and ethi- cally sourced fabrics have gained popularity. This evolution highlights the ability of cargo fashion to adapt to changing consum- er values while maintain- ing its core essence of prac- ticality and style. Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle TWIN CASE IN BLACK! argot Robbie and Emily Blunt appeared in a stunning black gown at the 14th Governors Awards. Her choice of outfit for the night was a black dress with a silver embellished plunging neckline. P13 M 11 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia StyleinEvery Pocket Cargo fashion, once rooted in military practicality, has evolved into a versatile style trend. From its iconic pants with numerous pockets to jackets and dresses, City First highlights how it merges utility with contemporary aesthetics. C Mitali Dusad mitalidusad@firstindia.co.in JAIPUR, THURSDAY | JANUARY 11, 2024