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The delegates will stay in
—The Lalit, The Imperial,
Shangri La, Le Meridien, The
Oberoi, Hyatt Regency and
The Ashok -- and travel to
Pragati Maidan, JL Nehru
Stadium and the airport. Traf-
fic volume on Ashoka Road,
Janpath, Firoz Shah Road,
Barakhamba Road, Mathu-
ra Road, Dr Zakir Hussain
Marg, etc. would be regu-
lated. Besides, Panchsheel
Marg, Shantipath, MG
Marg, Dhaula Kuan
Flyover, Aerocity &
T3 Road would be
regulated.
IMPORTANT ROADS
THAT WILL BE
AFFECTED
Delhi becoming capital
of crime: Sisodia to LG
Traffic in city to be hit for 4 days
New Delhi (PTI): Traf-
fic will be affected in
the national capital for
four days, starting
Tuesday, due to the 90th
Annual General Assem-
bly of the Interpol at
Pragati Maidan.
Delhi Traffic Police
has advised organisa-
tions in Lutyens’ Delhi
to either allow work
from home for their em-
ployees or opt for stag-
gered working hours
for four days, in light of
the event.
The meeting is taking
place in India after a
gap of about 25 years. it
was last held in 1997.
The traffic police said
the commuters travel-
ling around the New
Delhi district could en-
counter delays and may
wish to consider alter-
native routes during
the period specified.
New Delhi (PTI): In
view of a murder inci-
dent in Baljit Nagar,
Deputy Chief Minister
Manish Sisodia
on Sunday
wrote a letter to
L i e u t e n a n t
Governor VK
Saxena appeal-
ing to him to
take cognisance
of his constitu-
tional duty of main-
taining public order.
In the letter, he said
the crime graph in the
city has increased and
it seems that Delhi has
become the capital of
crime. He also men-
tioned the worsening
law and order
situation in Del-
hi. “The consti-
tution has given
the responsibili-
ty to maintain
law and order in
Delhi to you (LG)
and the police di-
rectly reports to you. I
request you to kindly
pay some attention to-
wards this,” Sisodia
said in the letter.
A traffic advisory urges people to postpon avoidable travel plans
on these four days.  —FILE PHOTO
‘E-day’ in Congress, results tomorrow
Moni Sharma
New Delhi: Congress
members queued up
across the country on
Monday to elect their
first non-Gandhi presi-
dent in 24 years, choos-
ing between senior lead-
ers Mallikarjun Kharge
and Shashi Tharoor in
an exercise aimed at
putting the party on the
path to revival.
“I have been waiting
for a long time for this
day
,” Congress chief So-
nia Gandhi said. Over
9,000 PCC delegates
form the electoral col-
lege to pick party chief
in a secret ballot. The
results will be declared
on October 19.
“Satisfied with Con-
gress’ presidential poll
process. Elections are
free, fair, transparent,”
said Madhusudan Mis-
try, the central election
authority chairperson.
“Voting is going on
smoothly. There are no
complaints so far on
polling from any-
where,” Mistry told.
While Sonia Gandhi,
former PM Manmohan
Singh and general sec-
retary Priyanka Gan-
dhi Vadra, voted in
Delhi, Rahul Gandhi,
who is on the Bharat
Jodo Yatra, did so in
Ballari in Karnataka.
AROUND 96 PER
CENT OF 9,900
DELEGATES VOTED
FOR CONGRESS
PRESIDENTIAL
ELECTION: MISTRY
Sonia Gandhi  Priyanka Gandhi casted their vote at AICC HQ in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi in Ballari, Mallikarjun
Kharge at KPCC in Bengaluru, Shashi Tharoor at Kerala PCC, Raj CM Ashok Gehlot at Raj PCC on Monday.
GEHLOT EXPRESSES
CONFIDENCE THAT
KHARGE WILL WIN
CM Ashok Gehlot on
Monday said his equa-
tion with the Gandhi family
will remain the same as
it has been for the last 50
years. Talking to reporters
at PCC office after casting
vote in the party’s prez
poll, Gehlot expressed
confidence that Kharge will
win the election and infuse
a new life in the organisa-
tion. Gehlot said his ties
with the Gandhi family will
be the “same for life”.
Tharoor called up and wished
good luck and I wished him the
same. The two of us are contesting
internal polls on a friendly note to
strengthen the Congress to build a stronger and
better nation for the future generations.
 —Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader
The revival of the grand old party
has begun whatever the outcome
and that the fate of the Indian
National Congress lies in the
hands of the party workers.
 —Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader
HIGH COURT GRANTS
BAIL TO SHRIKANT IN
GANGSTER ACT CASE
New Delhi: Allahabad
High Court has granted
bail to politician Shrikant
Tyagi, arrested for
assaulting a woman
at a Noida society
few months ago, in
a Gangster Act case.
Shrikant Tyagi has been
in jail since his arrest in
the case on August 9.
MUMBAI AIRPORT TO
CLOSE RUNWAY FROM
11 AM TO 5 PM TODAY
Mumbai: The Mumbai
airport will close its
runway from 11 am to 5
pm on Tuesday for the
post-monsoon preventive
maintenance of runway
the intersection,”
Chhatrapati Shivaji
Maharaj International
Airport, or CSMIA,
tweeted on Monday.
READ
Crucial
Crucial
SPICEJET Q400: DGCA
ISSUES DIRECTIVES FOR
ITS ENGINES’ UPKEEP
New Delhi: The DGCA
on Monday had directed
embattled SpiceJet to carry
out analysis of engine oil
samples from its Q400 fleet
and other inspections, days
after it’s emergency landing
at Hyderabad airport due to
smoke in the cabin. DGCA
has also asked the carrier
to conduct an inspection of
the bleed-off valve screen.
‘AHEAD OF GUJ POLLS,
STATE GOVT SLASHES
VAT ON CNG AND PNG’
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat
government has reduced
VAT on CNG and PNG
by 10 per cent, state
education minister Jitu
Vaghani said Monday.
Prices of petrol and diesel
remain unchanged for now.
According to ANI, Vaghani
also said two free cylinders
will be given in a year.
NAKED BODY OF
WOMAN FOUND INSIDE
ABANDONED SUITCASE
Gurugram (PTI): The
naked body of a woman
was found inside an
abandoned suitcase on
Monday. An autorickshaw
driver informed police
that a suspicious suitcase
was spotted in the bushes
near IFFCO chowk. Police
found the body in the
suitcase.
ONENATION
FERTILIZER
PM Narendra Modi releases 12th instalment of funds worth `16,000 cr for
farmers during the inauguration of two-day PM Kisan Samman Sammelan
PM Narendra Modi with Narendra Singh Tomar, Mansukh Mandaviya, Kailash Choudhary, Shobha Karandlaje  others during inauguration
of PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022, at the Mela Ground, ICAR - Indian Agricultural Research Institute, in New Delhi on Monday.
First India Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Min-
ister Narendra Modi in-
augurated the two-day
PM Kisan Samman
Sammelan 2022 on Mon-
day and said that the
12thinstalment of funds
worth Rs 16,000 crore
has been sent to farmers
across the country
.
Under PM Kisan the
12th instalment worth
of funds Rs 16,000 crore
has been sent to farmers
acrossIndia.Under'One
nation, one fertilizer',
farmers will be provid-
ed with cheaper  good
quality fertilizer, said
PM. Under the scheme,
Modi launched Bharat
urea bags, which will
help companies market
fertilizers under the sin-
gle brand name 'Bharat'.
Today
, India is work-
ing towards Aatmanirb-
hartainureaproduction
throughtheuseof nano-
urea. Nano Urea will
emerge as a cost-effec-
tivemediumforfarming
purposes, he added.
PM TO CELEBRATE
DIWALI WITH
SOLDIERS AGAIN
PM Modi is scheduled
to visit Kedarnath on
October 21, he will head
to Badrinath on the
same day. On the day
of Diwali, October 24,
the PM will celebrate
among soldiers, as he
has been doing for the
last 8 years.
PM MODI INAUGURATES AGRICULTURE
STARTUP CONCLAVE AND EXHIBITION
PM Modi also inaugurated the Agri Startup
Conclave and Exhibition. About 300 startups
showcased their innovation related to precision
farming, post-harvest
and value-add solutions,
allied agriculture, waste
to wealth, mechanization
for small farmers, supply
chain management, and
agri-logistics, among others. PM Narendra Modi also
launched ‘Indian Edge’, an e-magazine on fertilizer.
From today, the work will start to convert over 3.15 lakh
fertilizer shops into Pradhan Mantri Samruddhi Kendras.
These Kendras will be a one-stop solution catering to all
requirements of our Annadatas.
 —Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
Justice DY Chandrachud
appointed 50th CJ of India
First India Bureau
New Delhi: Justice DY
Chandrachud has been
appointed as the 50th
CJI, effec-
tive from 9
November,
2022. Justice
C h a n d r a -
chud will
take oath after current
CJI Lalit retires on 8
November. He will have
a term of 2 years as the
50th Chief Justice of
India till 10 November
2024. This is also the
first time a father  son
will hold CJI position.
Justice Chandrachud
will take oath after
current CJI UU Lalit
retires on November 8
SC NOTICE TO CENTRE,
CBI  RBI TO PROBE RBI
STAFF IN FIN SCAMS
The SC on Monday agreed
to examine BJP leader
Dr Subramanian Swamy’s
plea seeking a probe into the
alleged role of RBI officials in
various banking scams.
A bench of Justices B
R Gavai and B V Na-
garathna issued no-
tices to the CBI and
RBI and sought
their replies on
Swamy’s plea.
BILKIS BANO CASE: MHA OKAYS 11 CONVICTS’
RELEASE FOR ‘GOOD NATURE’, GUJ GOVT TO SC
Gujarat govt on Monday, in an affidavit in the SC, said it
decided to grant remission to the 11 convicts in the Bilkis
Bano case as they completed 14 years sentence in prison and
their “behaviour was found to be good”. Guj govt said the
Union Home Ministry had approved the premature release of
the convicts through a letter dated July 11, 2022.
SC GIVES 2 WEEKS TO
UP GOVT FOR REPLY ON
MISHRA’S BAIL PLEA
The SC on Monday granted
two weeks to the Uttar
Pradesh government to file
its response on a plea filed
by Ashish Mishra, son of Un-
ion Minister Ajay Mishra,
seeking bail in a case
related to Lakhimpur
Kheri violence. A
bench of Justices
BR Gavai and BV
Nagarathna gave
next date Nov 7.
Sisodia grilled
for 9 hours by
CBI in Liquor
Policy Case
Binny to be elected 36th
BCCI president today
...but questions remain
on ICC chairmanship
Mumbai: The issue of
ICC chairmanship will
be up for dis-
c u s s i o n
when BCCI
holds it An-
nual Gener-
al Meeting
(AGM), where former
India cricketer Roger
Binny will replace
Sourav Ganguly as new
Board Prez on Tuesday
.
New Delhi: Amid pro-
tests by the AAP leaders
and workers, the CBI on
MondaygrilledDelhiDy
CM Manish Sisodia for
nine hours in connec-
tion with the alleged
Delhi excise policy scam
case being investigated
by the probe agency
.
Addressing media af-
ter being questioned for
9 hours by the CBI in the
alleged Delhi excise pol-
icy scam case, Sisodia
said, “Today I saw in the
CBI office that there is
noissueof anyscam(ex-
cise policy case). The
whole case is fake. I un-
derstood all that in
9-hour questioning. The
case is not to probe any
scam against me, but to
make Operation Lotus
successful in Delhi.”
“CBI will evaluate the
answersgivenbySisodia
and if needed, he
will be sum-
monedagain,”
an official
said. More on P3
SEND SOURAV TO ICC:
MAMATA TELLS MODI
WB CM Mamata Banerjee
on Monday said BCCI
president Sourav Ganguly
must be allowed to con-
test the ICC election and
she would write to PM
Modi in this regard.
New Delhi: Senior bureaucrat Jitendra Narain, accused
of raping a woman in Andaman Islands, was suspended
by MHA on Monday. “The government is committed
to ensuring zero tolerance towards indiscipline by its
officials, esp over dignity of women,” the MHA said.
COURT GRANTS
INTERIM BAIL TO
IMRAN IN FALSE
AFFIDAVITS CASE
Islamabad: A special court in Pakistan on Monday granted
interim bail to former Prime Minister Imran Khan till October
31 in a case filed against him and his party leaders for
allegedly submitting false affidavits to poll commission
in connection with a prohibited funding case.
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New Delhi (PTI): Del-
hiites will get to wit-
ness four artificial wa-
terfalls and at least 10
floating fountains in
the sprawling Neeli
Jheel in the heart of
Asola Bhati Mines by
the end of this month,
officials said. The Neeli
Jheel, which was earli-
er almost unapproach-
able and little-known to
the people of the na-
tional capital, will now
offer a new experience
for them, they said, add-
ing that it will become a
sought-after destina-
tion for Delhi residents
and nature lovers.
According to an offi-
cial statement, the wa-
terfalls and the foun-
tains, ideated by Lt Gov-
ernor V K Saxena dur-
ing his previous visits
to Asola Bhati Mines,
are being developed by
the Territorial Army in
coordination with the
Department of Envi-
ronment and Forest.
This is in keeping with
the Saxena’s commit-
ment to develop Asola
Bhati Mines into Delhi’
eco-tourism spot.
On Sunday, Saxena
visited Neeli Jheel and
inspected the trial run
of the waterfalls and
the floating fountains
that is going on success-
fully for the last one
week. This is the fourth
visit of Saxena to Asola
Bhati Mines since he
became Delhi LG on
May 26 this year.
“These waterfalls at
Neeli Jheel will come
after Baansera, Asita
East project, world class
nurseries at Roshanara
Bagh and Khoja Wala
Bagh and restoration of
Anangtal Baoli in San-
jay Van that are being
developed as public rec-
reational spaces in na-
ture for the people of
Delhi,” the statement
said. The nursery being
developed at Roshanara
Bagh will be inaugurat-
ed in the first week of
November. These pro-
jects aim at providing
breathable public green
space to the people, be-
sides the aesthetic up-
grade of the city
, it said.
According to the of-
ficials, the waterfalls
have been created by
pumping up the water
from the lake to the ap-
proximately 100-foot-
high rocky ledges from
where the water plung-
es back into the lake.
The waterfalls simu-
lated at four different
ledges will provide
beautiful scenic views 
facilitate growth of flo-
ra and fauna, they said.
Artificial waterfalls, floating fountains in Asola Bhati Mines by Oct-end
FOR NATURE LOVERS
New Delhi (PTI): As
Delhi Deputy Chief
Minister Manish Siso-
dia was questioned by
the CBI in the liquor
policy case, BJP MP
Manoj Tiwari lashed
out at the Aam Aadmi
Party, saying it was in-
sulting Bhagat Singh
and other freedom
fighters by comparing
ministers of Kejriwal
government who are
facing corruption
charges to them.
Today they are tak-
ing out a procession,
tomorrow people will
teach them a lesson,
Tiwari said in a dig at
Sisodia, who reached
the CBI office with a
large number of sup-
porters.
People of Delhi are
laughing at them. How-
ever, the unfortunate
thing is that they are
soiling the names of
Bhagat Singh and other
freedom fighters by
comparing them to a
minister who is in jail
and Sisodia who is an
accused in liquor
scam, Tiwari said.
Delhi CM Arvind Ke-
jriwal says they are like
Bhagat Singh. This is
notonlyaninsulttoSha-
hid-e-Azam Bhagat Sin-
gh but also to all those
freedom fighters who
sacrificed their lives for
the independence of the
country
, he said.
He said that Kejriwal
and his ministers forgot
to attend the Gandhi
Jayanti programme on
October 2 at Rajghat but
when CBI summoned
Sisodia for questioning
in corruption in excise
policy, he ran to Ma-
hatma Gandhi's memo-
rial. The North-east
Delhi MP said that AAP
leaders have been in-
dulging in drama to
deflect questions asked
to them regarding the
alleged liquor scam.
They have not an-
swered even one pointed
question about the cor-
ruption in the excise
policy
. There have been
documentary evidence
and sting videos expos-
ing the corruption, but
they have always divert-
edtheissue,heclaimed.
To develop a new tourism hotspot,
Delhi LG directed the officials to create
safe viewpoints for the visitors and
provide a clear view of the waterfalls
The Neeli
Jheel, which
was almost
unapproachable and
little-known to the peo-
ple, will now offer a
new experience. Also, it
will become a sought-
after destination for
Delhi residents and
nature lovers. —Officials
New Delhi (PTI): Construction of artificial water-
falls and floating fountains in Neeli Jheel at the
heart of the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary to
boost eco-tourism may disturb wildlife and result
in man-animal conflicts, experts said on Monday.
Experts told PTI that any “ill-thought” intrusion
will drive wildlife away from their habitat and may
lead to man-animal conflicts. Experts told PTI
that any “ill-thought” intrusion will drive wildlife
away from their habitat and may lead to man-
animal conflicts. A year-long study conducted by
the Delhi forest and wildlife department and the
Bombay Natural History Society has confirmed
the presence of eight leopards in the sanctu-
ary, an indicator of its thriving ecosystem. The
sanctuary did not record any leopard sighting for
many decades after 1940, as per the Gazetteer
of Delhi. In 2019, the Delhi forest department
reported fresh sightings of leopard pug marks
and scats in the sanctuary.
SUCH AMBITIOUS PROJECTS MAY
DISTURB WILDLIFE: EXPERTS
‘Don’tinsultfreedomfightersby
comparingthemtoyourleaders’
..says BJP MP Tiwari
after AAP compares its
leaders to freedom fighters
The issue has drawn
criticism from Oppn
parties BJP and Congress
Currently, ministers
of Kejriwal govt are
facing corruption charges
BJP MP Manoj Tiwari addresses a press conference in New Delhi, Monday.  —PHOTO BY PTI
The unfortunate thing
is that they are soiling
the names of Bhagat
Singh and other free-
dom fighters by com-
paring them to a min-
ister who is in jail and
Sisodia who is an ac-
cused in liquor scam.
Manoj Tiwari,
BJP MP
Chandigarh (PTI):
Punjab Congress
chief Amrinder Sin-
gh Raja Warring on
Monday slammed
AAPconvenerArvind
Kejriwal for compar-
ing party leaders
Manish Sisodia and
Satyendar Jain with
freedom fighter Bha-
gat Singh, terming it
as unfortunate.
No individual can
ever match the sacri-
fice and commitment
of Shaheed-e-Azam
Bhagat Singh Ji. At
the young age of 23,
He gave his life for
the motherland. Com-
parison of corrup-
tion accused Satyen-
dar Jain  @msiso-
dia with Bhagat Sin-
gh Ji by @ArvindKe-
jriwal is unfortunate,
said Warring in a
tweet here.
Speaking to report-
ers later, Warring
said, It is not right to
compare anyone with
Bhagat Singh. Be it
Raja Warring or any-
one else.
(Manish) Sisodia
saab can be a good
person. (Arvind) Ke-
jriwal saab can be a
good person, (Bhag-
want) Mann saab can
be a good person. But
it is not right to com-
pare any one with
Bhagat Singh, said
Warring.
Congress leader
Sukhpal Singh Khai-
ra sought an apology
from Kejriwal for
equating the two AAP
leaders with Bhagat
Singh.
COMPARING SISODIA, JAIN WITH BHAGAT
SINGH UNFORTUNATE: PUNJAB CONG CHIEF
TRIBUTE TO STALWART
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav immerses his father Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ashes in Ganga river, in
Haridwar, Monday.  —PHOTO BY PTI
New Delhi (PTI): Secu-
rity has been deployed
in central Delhi’s Ranjit
Nagar area where a
27-year-old man was
killed during a street
brawl,policeonMonday
said. The extra force has
been deployed to avoid
any law and order issue,
police said, and added
there is no communal
angle behind the killing.
A senior police offic-
er said, “Since the inci-
dent, we have beefed up
the security around the
area to avoid any law-
lessness and ensure no
untoward incident
takes place. There is
clearly no communal
angle to this incident. It
was a case of alleged
honking by the bikers
which led to the scuf-
fle.” The incident had
happened on the night
of October 12 when
three men, including
the deceased, objected
to honking by some peo-
ple riding a bike, police
had earlier said. A call
was made at Ranjit Na-
gar Police Station to re-
port a brawl near Chaw-
la Bakery, Mandir wali
gali, but when police
went to the spot, they
found no one there.
The brawl had start-
ed when Nitesh, Alok,
and Monty stopped
three people on a bike
allegedly for honking
and assaulted one of
them who fell down.
New Delhi (PTI): Del-
hi Lt Governor V K Sax-
ena on Monday issued a
showcause notice to
Dialogue and Develop-
ment Commission of
Delhi vice-chairperson
Jasmine Shah on alle-
gations of misuse of
public office by acting
as the official spokes-
person of the AAP,
sources said.
The action came fol-
lowing a complaint by
BJP leader and West
Delhi MP Parvesh Ver-
ma. In his complaint,
dated September 13,
Parvesh Verma has al-
leged that while work-
ing as vice chairperson,
Dialogue and Develop-
ment Commission of
Delhi (DDCD), Jasmine
Shah has acted as offi-
cial spokesperson of
the Aam Aadmi Party
for political gains,
which is in violation of
established procedures,
and few alleged in-
stances of misuse of
public office by Shah
has been provided...,
the notice read.
The inquiry in the
matter was carried out
by the Delhi govern-
ment's planning depart-
ment, which is the ad-
ministrative depart-
ment in-charge of the
DDCD, the sources at Lt
Governor's office said.
The department after
thoroughly analysing
various video footage
of Shah's presence in
TV programmes, tran-
script of press confer-
ences addressed by him
and news reports in
newspapers, news por-
tals etc, prima facie
found he was using his
government office and
other perks to further
an extremely partisan
political agenda, spe-
cifically contrary to the
laid down norms for
conduct of a public
servant, a source said.
LG issues showcause notice
to DDCD vice-chairperson
‘DDCD VC HAS VIOLATED IT’
New Delhi (PTI): The
national capital record-
ed a minimum temper-
ature of 17.5 degrees
Celsius on Monday
morning, two notches
below the season's aver-
age, the Met office said.
The weatherman has
forecast mainly clear
skies for the day and
the maximum tempera-
ture expected to settle
at 32 degrees Celsius,
they said.
The relative humidi-
ty at 9.30 am was 96 per
cent. The Central Pol-
lution Control Board's
24-hour average Air
Quality Index (AQI)
data showed that at 9.05
am, Delhi's air quality
was in the poor catego-
ry at 241.
An AQI between zero
and 50 is considered
good, 51 and 100 satisfac-
tory, 101 and 200 moder-
ate, 201 and 300 poor, 301
and 400 very poor, and
401 and 500 severe.
AIR QUALITY STILL ‘POOR’,
MIN TEMP 17.5 DEG C
MCD
demolition
drive in
Jamia Nagar
New Delhi (PTI):
The Municipal Cor-
poration of Delhi
(MCD) on Monday
carried out a demo-
lition drive to re-
move “illegal struc-
tures” near Batla
House in Jamia Na-
gar using bulldoz-
ers amid a heavy
police presence.
Commuters com-
plained about traf-
fic jams in the area
due to the drive. Ac-
cording to civic of-
ficials, the demoli-
tion drive was con-
ducted after due in-
spections by the
ground staff where
it was found that a
number of “illegal
structures” have
come up in the area
encroaching upon
government land.
“The demolition
drive was conduct-
ed to remove these
illegal structures.
Permanent as well
as temporary struc-
tures including
shanties and kiosks
were removed dur-
ing the drive,” a
civic official said.
Security beefed up in Central Ranjit
Nagar after man dies in brawl
Since the incident, we have beefed up
the security around the area to avoid
any lawlessness and ensure no unto-
ward incident takes place. There is clearly no
communal angle to this incident.
 —Senior police officer
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Jammu (PTI): The
AAP in Jammu and
Kashmir on Monday an-
nouncedtheUTandpro-
vincial level units of the
party and said it will
contest the next assem-
bly polls with full force
and start its election
campaign from Novem-
ber 1. The Aam Aadmi
Party (AAP) also nomi-
nated former minister
Harsh Dev Singh as the
head of State Coordina-
tion Committee.
Earlier, AAP had de-
clared district and block
level units and said the
oath ceremony of all the
nominated office bear-
ers will be held on Octo-
ber 28 and 29.
Singh, a former chair-
man of National Pan-
thers Party who joined
AAP in May
, was named
as the chairman of the
AAP Jammu and Kash-
mir State Coordination
Committee while Dis-
trictDevelopmentCoun-
cil (DDC) member Meh-
raj Malik and Ghulam
Mustafa Khan will be
co-chairmen of the com-
mittee, a party spokes-
man said. He said Jam-
mu and Kashmir State
Organisation Building
Committee will be head-
ed by in-charge of the
UT while senior leader
Om Prakash Khajuria
and DDC member Malik
will be co-chairmen of
the committee.
Nasir Ali Kochak will
lead the JK State Po-
litical Strategy and Pol-
icy Committee as chair-
man with S Surender
Singh Shengari as co-
chairman, whereas
Jammu and Kashmir
Manifesto Drafting
Committee will be head-
ed by S Deep Singh
while Farooq Ahmed
Aga will be co-chairman
of the committee, the
spokesman said.
He said senior party
leader and DDC mem-
ber T S Tony has been
assigned the task of
chairman of Jammu
and Kashmir Adminis-
trative Engagement and
Minority Affairs Com-
mittee with Sheema Fa-
rooqi as co-chairperson.
The spokesman said
AAP has also formed
the State Media Com-
mittee with Nawab Na-
sir as its chairman, S
Jagdeep Singh as co-
chairman, whereas Aga
has been nominated as
chairman of State
Grievances Redressal
Forum and S K Sharma
as co-chairperson.
AAP to fight JK elections; campaign to begin from November 1
GEARING UP FOR POLLS
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Party announced
UT  provincial
level units of the
party; former
minister Harsh
Dev Singh
nominated as
head of State
Coordination
Committee
Harsh Dev Singh, Kundal and Tony addressing a press conference
at Jammu.  —FILE PHOTO
KNOW MORE
Unjha (Gujarat):
Aam Aadmi Party
(AAP) convener and
Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal on
Monday claimed the
BJP-led government at
the Centre plans to
keep his deputy Man-
ish Sisodia in jail till
the declaration of Gu-
jarat Assembly poll re-
sults as it does not
want him to campaign
in the state.
The Central Bureau
of Investigation (CBI)
on Monday started
questioning Delhi Dep-
uty Chief Minister
Sisodia in connection
with alleged irregu-
larities in implementa-
tion of the 2021-22 Del-
hi excise policy.
Addressing a rally in
Unjha in Mehsana dis-
trict, Kejriwal said
when his party comes
to power on December
8, jail ke taale tootenge,
Manish Sisodia chhoot-
enge (the locks of the
jail will break and Siso-
dia will be free).
December 8 is the
vote counting date for
Himachal Pradesh As-
sembly polls, though
no schedule has been
announced by the Elec-
tion Commission for
Gujarat elections.
Kejriwal said Siso-
dia, a senior AAP lead-
er, has built many
schools in Delhi and
was supposed to visit
Gujarat for poll cam-
paigning, but today,
the CBI has called him
(for questioning) and
will arrest him.
They will keep him
(Sisodia) behind bars
till December 8. They
do not want him to
campaign here. But
when the AAP comes
to power in Gujarat on
December 8, 'jail ke
taale tootenge, Manish
Sisodia chhootenge',
said the AAP leader,
repeating his newly-
coined slogan three
times.
Kejriwal, on the sec-
ond day of his two-day
visit to the state, asked
voters to give his party
at least 150 seats in the
182-member Gujarat
Assembly as a simple
majority would
allow the BJP to wean
away some of the
MLAs to bring down
the government.
‘BJPdoesn’twantSisodiatocampaigninGuj’
CBI questions Deputy CM
Sisodia in connection with
irregularities in excise policy
BJP will keep Sisodia
behind bars till December
8, says Delhi CM Kejriwal
AAP chief asks voters to
give his party 150 seats
in 182-member Guj Assembly
1 2 3
New Delhi: Several
AAP leaders, includ-
ing MP Sanjay Singh,
were detained on Mon-
day after a massive
protestbythemagainst
the questioning of
Manish Sisodia by the
CBIintheliquorpolicy
case. Around 100 lead-
ers and workers were
detained from outside
theCBIoffice,theywill
bereleasedsoon,aDel-
hi Police official said.
Dramatic visuals
showed the leaders be-
ing pushed into a bus
by the police. Several
women workers,
while being taken to
the bus, alleged the
police “misbehaved”
with them.
AAP MP Sanjay
Singh was detained
along with other pro-
testers or unlawfully
protesting at the CGO
complex, where large
gatherings are
banned, a senior po-
lice officer said.
Sisodia earlier in
the day predicted his
arrest as part of what
he called a BJP “plan”
to stop him from cam-
paigning for the up-
coming Gujarat elec-
tion. He also took out
a roadshow in an
open-roof SUV on his
way to the CBI office
and made many stops,
including at Mahatma
Gandhi’s memorial
Raj Ghat, and ad-
dressed Aam Aadmi
Party (AAP) workers.
Sisodia, 50, left
home after a “tilak”
ritual, accompanied
by AAP leaders like
party MP Sanjay Sin-
gh and MLAs Atishi
and Saurabh Bharad-
waj.
The CBI has pre-
pared a list of ques-
tions and will ask
them in “several phas-
es”, sources say. The
evidence found so far,
and statements of oth-
ers accused in the
“liquor scam” will be
placed before the Dep-
uty CM, they say
.
New Delhi (PTI): Del-
hi Deputy Chief Min-
ister Manish Sisodia
on Monday dubbed as
“fake” the case lodged
againsthimbytheCBI
in the alleged excise
policy scam, and
claimed that his ques-
tioning was taking
place as the BJP was
“scared” of the AAP’s
“popularity” in poll-
bound Gujarat.
Sisodia made the re-
marks ahead of his
questioning by the
central agency here in
the case. The deputy
CM asked AAP volun-
teers to feel proud if
he goes to jail, saying
he was a follower of
Shahid Bhagat Singh.
Delhi Chief Minis-
ter and AAP convener
Arvind Kejriwal cam-
paigning in Gujarat
said that Sisodia was
going to be arrested in
a bid to stop him from
electioneering in the
western state. “The re-
sults of Gujarat (polls)
will be out on Decem-
ber 8. They will keep
Manish Sisodia in jail
till then so that he can
not go to Gujarat for
campaigning,” Kejri-
wal said.
The BJP slammed
AAP
, saying it was “in-
sulting”freedomfight-
ers by comparing
them with Kejriwal
government ministers
facing corruption
charges.
BJP ‘scared’ of AAP’s ‘popularity’
in poll-bound Gujarat: Sisodia
Police remove AAP MLAs  supporters who had gathered near the CBI office while Deputy
CM Manish Sisodia was being questioned, in New Delhi, Monday. —PHOTO BY PTI
AAP protests, 100 detained
amid Sisodia questioning
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal speaks during a public
meeting at Unjha in Mehsana district, Monday. —PHOTO BY PTI
MISSION GUJARAT
New Delhi (PTI): Delhi
Commission For Wom-
en (DCW) chief Swati
Maliwal on Monday al-
leged that a man forci-
bly entered her resi-
dence in her absence
and vandalised her
cars.
She has complained
to the Delhi Police. “A
few moments back, an
attacker forced his way
into my residence and
attacked it. He vandal-
ised my mother's car
and my vehicle and
made an attempt to en-
ter the house,” Maliwal
said in a tweet in Hindi.
“By the grace of God,
my mother and I were
not present there. You
can do anything but I
am not going to be
scared. I am complain-
ing to Delhi Police,” she
said. Police said around
9 am, a call was received
at Civil Lines police sta-
tion stating that a man
had vandalised two cars
and broken glasses.
Deputy Commission-
er of Police (North) Sa-
gar Singh Kalsi said on
reaching the spot, the
police team found a per-
son who was later iden-
tified as Sachin, a resi-
dent of Nathupura who
has been detained in
connection with the in-
cident.
DCW chief claims
her house attacked
Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia at the party office before leaving
for the CBI headquarters for questioning in connection with the
excise policy probe, in New Delhi, Monday.  —PHOTO BY PTI
Attacker
vandalised
my mother’s
car and my vehicle
and made an attempt
to enter the house
—Swati Maliwal,
DCW chief
New Delhi (PTI): The
Delhi Police have taken
suo motu cognisance
and registered an FIR
against unknown per-
sons who allegedly
climbed the walls of
Delhi University's Mi-
randa House during an
open Diwali fest on the
campus, officials said
on Monday
.
Deputy Commission-
er of Police (North) Sa-
garSinghKalsisaidthey
have booked the persons
under sections of tres-
pass based on the video.
The students of the
prestigious all-women
college alleged several
men climbed the college
walls and gates to wit-
ness an open Diwali fest
on the campus and in-
dulged in ‘cat-calling
and sloganeering’.
Miranda college prin-
cipal B Nanda said the
crowd was unprece-
dented and for the safe-
ty of students the gates
were closed.
“This did not deter
the crowd who tried to
enter the college after
scaling the walls. Police
immediately took ac-
tion and controlled the
situation,” Nanda told
PTI. Delhi Commission
for Women chief Swati
Maliwal said the com-
mission has sent a no-
tice to Delhi Police and
college administration
regarding the matter.
Boysforciblyentered
the ongoing Diwali fair
at Miranda House, one
of the most famous col-
leges in Delhi. The girls
have made serious alle-
gations of molestation
and exploitation. We are
sendinganoticetoDelhi
Police and the college
administration. How
did this hooliganism
happen? What security
arrangements were
made? Maliwal tweeted
in Hindi.
Nanda has also filed a
complaint at Maurice
Nagar Police station
and pledged to take
measures to ramp up
security in the college
to prevent similar inci-
dents in the future.
CopsfileFIRaftermenseenscalingMirandaHousewalls
Men seen ‘climbing’ walls of all-women Miranda House to see
Diwali fest.  —TWITTER
New Delhi (PTI): In wake of a ruckus during
a fest, Delhi University's Miranda House on
Monday formed a sub-committee to revisit the
procedures of holding events and provided an
emergency SoP, pro-
hibiting open events
without prior regis-
trations.
In a notice, College
principal B Nanda
said the college has
taken serious note
of Friday's unprece-
dented incident dur-
ing the Diwali Mela
organised by the NSS
Unit of Miranda
House. During the
fest, Several men
were seen climbing
the college walls and
gates to witness an
open Diwali fest on the campus and indulged
in cat-calling and sexist sloganeering”. The
incident has created an uproar on social me-
dia with several expressing concern over the
safety of women.
Committee formed to revisit
procedures to hold events
The college
has taken
‘serious
note’ of unprece-
dented incident
during the
Diwali Mela
—B Nanda,
College principal
Mumbai: Professor Bi-
jayalaxmi Nanda, Prin-
cipal of Miranda House
College on Monday
said that they have not
received any com-
plaints of sexual har-
assment while reacting
to the incident where
some people tried to en-
ter the premises of the
college.
She said, “There was
a Diwali Mela pro-
gramme in the college
on October 14. Due to
the excess crowd, we
closed the doors after
which some people
tried to enter the prem-
ises.”
She further said that
the matter has been
taken into cognizance
and all safety measure
have been taken.
‘No Complaint
Of Sexual
Harassment’
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PERSPECTIVE
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SPIRITUAL SPEAK
Delight in heedfulness!
Guard well your thoughts!
—Buddha
IN-DEPTH
Dr. S. Jaishankar
@DrSJaishankar
Delighted to meet diplomats from
30 countries at Raisina Forum for
Future of Diplomacy 2022 program.A
commendable initiative at investing in
relationships. Shared experiences past
 present of interest to them. So glad
that they could visited Varanasi as they
get to know India.
Smriti Z Irani
@smritiirani
As a gift to the farmers of the
country ahead of Diwali, today PM @
narendramodi ji launched 600 “Pradhan
Mantri Kisan Samridhi Kendra” and
“Bharat” brand in line with the “One
Nation, One Fertilizer” idea. With the
help of these schemes, it will be easy
to do farming and the life of the food
donors will be happy. #PMKisan
TOP TWEETS
SOURAV GANGULY
CAUGHT IN THE
VORTEX OF TMC,
BJP POLITICS
nintentionally, for-
mer India captain
Sourav Ganguly
finds himself caught
in politics. Ganguly
recently announced his decision
to step down as president of the
Board of Control for Cricket in
India. No sooner than his deci-
sion was known that politics
erupted. It was said that Gan-
guly was upset at being denied a
second term as BCCI president,
while Jay Shah, the secretary,
has been allowed. It was also
said that he was miffed for not
being allowed to contest for the
post of president of the Interna-
tional Cricket Committee (ICC).
From here on politics between
the BJP and TMC took over.
Many wondered if Ganguly was
denied the second term because
he did not join the BJP due to his
proximity with Bengal Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Ganguly himself has preferred
silence on this issue.
On Monday Mamata told
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
not to be “politically vindictive”
towards Ganguly and requested
that the cricketer be allowed to
contest the ICC election.
U
iz Truss became
Britain’s prime
minister on Sep-
tember 6, just
about six weeks
ago, finds her flight being
rocked by political turbu-
lence. Truss is now trying to
salvage her position while,
according to a Times’ survey,
her critics in the Conserva-
tive Party are discussing the
prime minister’s ouster and
the way to go about it. Al-
though not easy, if that hap-
pens Truss will end up being
the prime minister for the
shortest tenure in British
history. Some newspaper in
London tried to guess if her
shelf life would be shorter
than the head of a lettuce.
Truss’s troubles began on
September 23 when the Chan-
cellor Kwasi Kwarteng an-
nounced 45 billion pounds in
tax cuts. The highest salary
earners were given low in-
come-tax cuts. The hastily
prepared budget led to tur-
moil in the market and in-
stead of bouquets, bricks
started being hurled at the
prime minister. A cornered
Truss tried to wriggle out of
the situation by hastily roll-
ing back the tax cuts for the
rich, sacking Kwarteng and
appointing Jeremy Hunt the
new finance minister. Despite
that, analysts at Goldman
Sachs bank have downgraded
the UK’s growth outlook.
These steps have not been
found satisfactory by a group
of Tory MPs who are keen to
have her replaced by either
Rishi Sunak, who lost the
PM’s race to Truss, or Penny
Mordaunt who came third.
Tory MPs are recalling how
Rishi Sunak, the former
Chancellor, warned against
taxcutsinoneof histelevised
debates with Truss. With the
economy already sinking, the
political instability could
bring about Truss’s downfall
sooner than expected.
LIZ TRUSS FACING
HEADWINDS
Truss’s troubles began on
September 23 when the
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng
announced 45 billion pounds
in tax cuts. The highest
salary earners were given
low income-tax cuts. The
hastily prepared budget led to
turmoil in the market and
instead of bouquets, bricks
started being hurled at the PM
L
Indian Women are Queens of Asia
with a Dominant Display in Asia Cup!
f you want something said,
ask a man; if you want some-
thing done, ask a woman!”
This quote by Margaret
Thatcher clearly reflects the
recent scenario in Indian
cricket. While everyone ex-
pected the Indian men’s team
to lift the Asia Cup, the dream
was actually fulfilled by the
Indian Women’s team. On
Saturday, they thrashed Sri
Lanka by 8 wickets to become
the Asian queens for the sev-
enth time. The victory comes
barely a month after the
men’s team flopped badly and
even failed to reach the finals.
India missed winning
just once - in 2018
Inthe8AsianWomenChampi-
onships,Indiahasmissedwin-
ning just once - in 2018. In the
final, Sri Lanka was annihi-
lated as they posted only 65
runs losing 9 wickets - the
worst batting performance
playing first in the final. Re-
nuka Singh, the Indian medi-
um pacer struck early blows
taking 3 wickets for just 5 runs
– and Sri Lanka never recov-
ered.RajeshwariGaikwad and
Sneh Rana later took 2 wickets
apiece to set up an easy chase.
In reply, India’s dominant
batters polished off the 66
runs to win in 69 balls, losing
just 2 wickets. India’s Vice
CaptainSmritiMandhanahit
a half century in just 25 balls
as she hit 3 sixes and the same
number of fours in her effort.
Shafali Verma and Jemima
Rodrigues were the only
wickets taken by Sri Lanka
and the final, expected to be a
close contest, ended far too
quickly to the dismay of the
10000 plus crowd at the Sylhet
Stadium in Bangladesh.
The road to the final wasn’t
without a stutter for the In-
dian Women’s team. They lost
to their arch rivals Pakistan
in a crucial match which was
India’s first ever defeat in the
Asia Cup against them and
the first since 2016. Pakistan’s
win was a surprise as it came
onthebackof adefeatagainst
Thailand in the previous
match. Opting to bat first, Pa-
kistan made 137 losing 6 wick-
ets, thanks to the 76-run-part-
nership between Nida Dar
and Captain Bismah Maroof.
Inreply
,Indianopenersstrug-
gled against the spinners and
were bowled out for just 124 .
The loss though did not pre-
vent India from entering the
Semi Finals where they faced
Thailand. In terms of rank-
ings, India is much higher but
the Thai team had a dream
championship and were a sig-
nificant threat. India was
asked to bat first and Shafali
Verma ensured that India
reached a respectable total of
148 with help from Harman-
preet Kaur as well. Shafali hit
a28ball42studdedwith5fours
and a six. The middling total
provedatadtoomuchforThai-
land as they lost by 74 runs.
Pakistan suffered a
shocking defeat
In stark contrast, Pakistan
suffered a shock defeat in
their semi-final with Sri Lan-
ka. Electing to bat first, Sri
Lanka posted a disappoint-
ing total of 122 runs in 20
overs but Pakistan failed to
pounce on the opportunity
and kept losing wickets. Ulti-
mately, it was heartbreak for
Pakistan women as they lost
by 1 run in the low-scoring
but intense semi-final.
TheChampionshipwinwas
a continuation of the great
gains they have been making
in recent months. In early Au-
gust, at the Commonwealth
Games 2022, they had scripted
history by bagging a silver
medalintheirfirst-everouting
at the Commonwealth Games.
Though they had settled for
the silver medal in Birming-
ham, the team under captain
Harmanpreet Kaur was show-
ing clear signs of solid im-
provement.Therapidprogress
of the Indian women’s team
became more obvious in Sep-
tember when they trounced
England 3-0 in an ODI series.
However, the close win in the
last game was marred by the
‘Mankading’ row that erupted
after Deepti Sharma got rid of
England’s Charlotte Dean.
Sharma had run out Dean at
the non-striker’s end which
sparked off a huge debate.
Deepti Sharma bags
‘Player of the Tournament’
Given this background, it was
particularly satisfying that
Deepti Sharma bagged the
‘Player of the Tournament’
award at the Asia Cup! Her
all-round skills and her per-
formances both with the bat
and ball all through this sea-
son have been quite remark-
able – and it was gratifying to
note that the ‘Mankading’
row in England had not cast
Indian women lifts Asia
Cup trophy for 7th time
As the entire country cele-
brates Indian women lifting
the Asia Cup trophy for the
seventh time, all eyes are now
focussed on how well the men
willdoDownUnder.Hopefully
Rohit Sharma and his troops
willgetaspecialinspirationto
bring back the T20 World Cup
Trophy that has eluded India
ever since they won it in the
inaugural edition in 2007!
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
“
I
Given this background,
it was particularly
satisfying that Deepti
Sharma bagged the ‘Player
of the Tournament’ award
at the Asia Cup! Her all-
round skills and her
performances both with the
bat and ball all through this
season have been quite
remarkable – and it was
gratifying to note that the
‘Mankading’ row in
England had not cast any
dark shadow over her
game in the Asia Cup where
she was a vital factor in
India’s triumph
While everyone expected the Indian men’s team to lift
the Asia Cup, the dream was actually fulfilled by the
Indian Women’s team. On Saturday, they thrashed
Sri Lanka by 8 wickets to become the Asian
queens for the seventh time. The victory comes
barely a month after the men’s team flopped badly and
even failed to reach the finals
SIDDHAARTH MAHAN
The writer is a specialist on Sports
and Cinema who works as an actor
in the Hindi film industry
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New Delhi (Agencies):
With a declining trajec-
tory of fresh Covid cas-
es, a new Omicron sub
variant, however, is pos-
ing a new threat in the
country
.
According to some re-
ports, the first case of
BF.7 has been detected
by the Gujarat Biotech-
nology Research centre.
This new Omicron vari-
ant is also considered to
be highly infectious and
has a greater transmis-
sibility
.
Omicron sub-vari-
ants -- BA.5.1.7 and BF.7
-- after emerging from a
region of Mongolia in
China are now making
their way to other parts
and posing fresh
threats.
Reportedly
, Omicron
variants BF.7 and
BA.5.1.7 are behind the
recent surge in the Cov-
id-19 cases in China.
However, experts have
advised precaution and
Covid appropriate be-
haviour ahead of the up-
coming festive season.
Meanwhile, the active
caseload of the country
presently stands at
26,834 cases, accounting
for 0.06 per cent of the
country’s total positive
cases. India’s daily posi-
tivity rate was reported
to be 1.86 per cent, while
the weekly positivity
rate currently stands at
1.02 per cent on Monday
.
A total of 2,060 fresh
Covid cases was detect-
ed in the last 24 hours
against2,401reportedon
the previous day
, the Un-
ionHealthMinistrysaid
on Monday morning.
New Omicron sub variant BF.7 detected
HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DISEASE IN INDIA
Gap b/w internal and external
security reducing: Rajnath
Gandhinagar (PTI):
Defence Minister Ra-
jnath Singh on Monday
said the gap between
internal and external
security is reducing
sharply in the last two
decades.
He also said the inde-
pendent media, judici-
ary, NGOs and dynamic
democracy can be mis-
used to destroy the se-
curity of a nation.
Addressing the sec-
ond convocation of the
Rashtriya Raksha Uni-
versity (RRU) at Lavad
village in Gujarat’s
Gandhinagar district,
Singh said “the lines
between the internal
and external security
almost disappear in a
hybrid war”.
He stressed the need
for state agencies to
work in an integrated
manner as security
challenges like terror-
ism, cyber warfare, hu-
man trafficking, mon-
ey laundering, drug
abuse etc are internal-
ly connected though
they appear separate.
With the changing
times, there has been a
tremendous change in
security dimensions,
he said.
“We generally see se-
curity from two aspects
– internal and external.
But in the last two dec-
ades, it has been seen
that the gap between
internal and external
security is reducing,”
Singh said.
The defence minister
said social media,
NGOs, the judiciary
and the democracy of a
country can be mis-
used by forces
working to destroy its
security.
“An independent so-
cial media can be used
to carry out systematic
propaganda. Freedom
of social media is not
bad, media should be
free, but if media is
free it can be misused…
Attempts are made to
establish and propa-
gate dangerous and
controversial things in
the name of freedom of
expression,” he said.
“If NGOs have free-
dom, efforts are made
to use NGOs in such a
way that the entire sys-
tem of the country is
paralysed. If the judici-
ary has freedom, ef-
forts are made to use it
to stop or slow down
the works of develop-
ment using the legal
system,” Singh said.
‘With the changing times, there has been a tremendous change in security dimensions’
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel during the release of the Gujarati
edition of book ‘Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery’, in Gandhinagar, on Monday.  —PHOTO BY PTI
Had the opportunity to participate in the release ceremony
of the Gujarati edition of the book ‘Modi @ 20’ in Gandhi-
nagar today. Shri @narendramodi has promoted the poli-
tics of development and credibility in the country. The peo-
ple of the country have faith in his leadership. This book is very use-
ful to understand his working style. —Rajnath Singh @rajnathsingh
Top leaders stress Gandhi family
to play key role in going forward
New Delhi (PTI): With
the Congress set to elect
its first non-Gandhi
president in over 24
years, senior leaders on
Monday stressed the
Gandhi family’s guid-
ance will be crucial and
will play an important
role in the party in the
days to come.
The polls are signifi-
cant as the new presi-
dent would replace So-
nia Gandhi, the longest-
serving Congress presi-
dent who has been at
the helm since 1998,
barring the two years
between 2017 and 2019
when Rahul Gandhi
took over.
Voting for the Con-
gress presidential polls
began on Monday. Sen-
ior leaders Mallikarjun
Kharge and Shashi Tha-
roor face-off for the
post of the AICC chief.
Over 9,000 Pradesh Con-
gress Committee (PCC)
delegates form the elec-
toral college to pick the
party chief in a secret
ballot.
Speaking to reporters
after casting her vote at
the AICC headquarters
here, senior leader Am-
bika Soni asserted that
the Gandhi family can-
not be ignored and the
party workers’ attach-
ment with them would
remain. Hailing Sonia
Gandhi’s contribution
to the party, Soni said
she played a key role in
the formation of the
UPA government and
the Congress’ win in the
2004 polls, beating the
BJP’s ‘Shining India’
campaign.
Former PM Manmohan Singh casts vote for party’s Presidential
election at AICC headquarters, in New Delhi, on Monday.
STOP YATRA NOW, GO
TO HP, GUJARAT:
FRANCISCO SARDINHA
Panaji (PTI): Congress MP
and former Goa chief minister
Francisco Sardinha said
Rahul Gandhi should stop the
ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra
and concentrate on the poll-
bound states of Himachal
Pradesh and Gujarat. He
claimed that Congress is
the “only party” which can
defeat the BJP. The Congress’
Bharat Jodo Yatra is sched-
uled to cover a distance of
3,570 km in 150 days.
CONGRESS MPs SINGHVI, THAROOR GET
CHAIRMANSHIP OF PARLIAMENTARY PANELS
CONG MP WON’T
CAMPAIGN
AGAINST BROTHER
Hyderabad (Agencies):
Congress MP and the
party’s star campaigner
Komatireddy Venkat
Reddy made it clear that
he will not campaign in
the Munugode Assembly
constituency where his
brother Komatireddy Raja-
gopal Reddy is contesting
the by-election as a BJP
candidate. Venkat Reddy
made the remarks while
addressing reporters at
Gandhi Bhavan, the state
headquarters of Congress
party, after casting his
vote in the AICC presiden-
tial election.
NEW CONG PREZ WILL TAKE FORWARD
LEADERSHIP’s VISION: SALMAN KHURSHID
New Delhi (ANI): Congress MPs Shashi Tharoor and
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who went missing on the first
list of parliamentary committee chairmen rolled out
recently, made their way into the second one. Another
list of Standing Committee chairmen have recently been
announced in which Congress MPs have got the chair-
manship of two panels - one of Lok Sabha and the other
of Rajya Sabha.
New Delhi (ANI): Congress leader Salman Khurshid on
Monday said that the new party president would take
forward and implement the vision of the party leadership.
“Party leadership will remain. The new party president
will decide how to take forward and implement the lead-
ership’s vision,” Congress leader Salman Khurshid said
after casting his vote at the All India Congress Commit-
tee (AICC) office in the national capital.
With a declining trajectory of fresh
Covid cases, a new Omicron sub
variant is posing a new threat
CRUCIAL READ
CARCASS OF WILD ELEPHANT FOUND IN
PADDY FIELD IN ASSAM’S NAGAON DIST
Nagaon (Assam) (ANI): Forest officials in Assam found the
carcass of a wild elephant in a paddy field in the state’s
Nagaon district on Monday. According to the forest officials,
the dead elephant, aged about 7 years old, was found at
Kiling village near the
Jakhalabandh area this
morning. Prima facie,
infighting is suspected to be
the cause of death. Nepal
Mandal, Forest Range Officer
said the wild tusker might
have died after fighting with
other elephants. “Today morning, the local villagers and
forest staff informed us that, a wild elephant died in the area
and we immediately reached the spot and found the carcass
of the tusker. Local villagers told us that, a herd of elephants
came to the area last night. The elephant was not healthy and
its treatment was going on,” the officer said.
THAK-THAK GANG
KNOCKED OUT,
FOUR ARRESTED
HYDERABAD MAN
KILLS WIFE  TWO
KIDS, HANGS SELF
New Delhi (Agencies):
Delhi Police have arrested
4 members of the notori-
ous Thak-Thak gang, who
knock on automobile and
home windows to distract
the eye of motorists
with a view to rob them,
officers.The accused
have been recognized as
Dheenathayalone (24),
Raju (54), Karupa Samy
(37) and Murti (24).
Police said that they
had been all presently
residing at Shakurpur in
Delhi, however, all are
natives of Tamil Nadu.
With their arrest, police
have additionally claimed
to resolve 4 instances of
theft registered.
Hyderabad (Agencies):
In a shocking incident,
a man murdered his
wife and two children
before committing
suicide in Hyderabad.
The bodies were found at
their house in Papireddy
colony in Chandanagar
area on Monday after
police broke open the
door following com-
plaints by the neighbours
about foul smell. Bodies
of Nagaraju, his wife
Sujata and children Si-
dappa (11) and Ramyasri
(7) were found lying in
the house. The police
suspect that the
incident occurred on
Friday.
Ghulam Nabi Azad vouches for
restoration of J-K statehood
Kathua (Jammu and
Kashmir) (ANI): Dem-
ocratic Azad Party
chairperson Ghulam
Nabi Azad on Sunday
reiterated the demand
for the restoration of
statehood ahead of the
assembly elections
scheduled next year.
Former Congress
Rajya Sabha MP and
Democratic Azad Par-
ty chairperson Ghu-
lam Nabi Azad ad-
dressed a public rally
in Kathua and
launched three main
agendas of his outfit.
“We have three main
agendas, first to re-
store statehood, sec-
ond to reserve the
rights of purchasing
lands for JK people
only, and third to re-
serve jobs rights only
for local youth”, Azad
said in a public rally.
Adding that we will
not step back until
these agendas are ful-
filled. Former Jammu
and Kashmir Chief
minister Ghulam Nabi
Azad on Monday an-
nounced that his new
political outfit will be
named as ‘Democratic
Azad Party’.
The development
comes exactly a month
after Azad resigned
from the Congress par-
ty. Announcing the
name of the new party
at a press conference
here, Azad said that the
outfit will be secular,
democratic and inde-
pendent from any in-
fluence.
ED attaches 28 assets worth crores of
TRS lawmaker Nama Nageshwar Rao
New Delhi (ANI): The
Enforcement Directo-
rate (ED) has attached
28 immovable proper-
ties and other assets
worth Rs 80.65 crore be-
longing to TRS MP
Nama Nageshwar Rao
and his family members
in an ongoing money
laundering case against
Ranchi Expressway Ltd,
Madhucon Projects
Limited and its director
and promoters, the
agency said on Monday
.
The ED has also at-
tached the registered of-
fice of the Madhucon
group of companies and
residential property at
Jubilee Hills, Hy-
derabad. The properties
were attached under the
provisions of the Pre-
vention of Money Laun-
dering Act, 2022. Nama
Nageshwar Rao is a pro-
moter and director of
the Madhucon group of
companies and a per-
sonal guarantor to the
Bank loan defaulted by
the company
.
ED has identified and
attached immovable as-
sets of Rs 67.08 crore at
Hyderabad, Khammam
and at Prakasham dis-
trict and movable assets
of Rs 13.57 cr including
shareholding of Nama
Nageshwar Rao and his
family members.
Indore (Agencies):
The Madhya Pradesh
police on Monday
booked a husband-wife
duo for allegedly har-
assing and abetting TV
actress Vaishali Th-
akkar’s suicide.
VaishaliThakkarwas
found hanging at her
residence in the Sai
Bagh colony in Madhya
Pradesh’s Indore, under
the limits of Tejaji po-
lice station, an official
informed on Sunday
adding that a suicide
note was also recovered
from the spot which sug-
gested that she was
stressed and harassed
by her neighbour, busi-
nessmanRahulNavlani.
The Tejaji Nagar Police
have booked Rahul Nav-
lani and his wife Disha
undersections306(Abet-
ment of suicide) and 34
(Acts done by several
persons in furtherance
of commonintention)of
the Indian Penal Code
for allegedly persuading
the actor to kill herself.
Railways mulls
protection after
Duronto robbery
Kolkata (Agencies):
The Ministry of Rail-
ways is giving a critical
thought to the redeploy-
ment of Railway Safety
Force (RPF) comman-
dos on premier trains
like Rajdhani, Shatabdi
and Duronto passing
alongside sure routes
after Sunday’s armed
theft on board the New
Delhi-Howrah Duronto
Specific in Bihar.
As many as 20 armed
robbers obtained on the
practice quickly after it
left Patna station on its
technique to Howrah
and looted the passen-
gers at gunpoint.
DAP Chairman Ghulam Nabi Azad
OPS sits on Deputy Oppn Leader’s chair
Chennai (ANI): All In-
dia Anna Dravida Mun-
netra Kazhagam (AI-
ADMK) leader O Pan-
nerselvam (OPS) on
Monday lashed out at
the rival faction leader
Edappadi Palalniswai
(EPS) for not attending
assembly session that
began on Monday
.
The former Chief
Minister OPS was seen
participating in the pro-
ceedings of the House
seated in the chair for
AIADMK deputy floor
leader. EPS was absent
in the assembly session.
As per sources, he “boy-
cotted” the Assembly
session because rival
faction leader OPP was
made to sit as the As-
sembly Deputy Opposi-
tion Leader Chair, the
sources said.
OPS said, “We are at-
tending the assembly
session today as AIAD-
MK MLAs. You should
ask the EPS faction why
they did not attend the
assembly session.” On
the existing feud in the
party, OPS said that it is
a dangerous situation
that the bylaws of the
party are being
changed.
AIADMK leader O Pannerselvam
TAMIL NADU ASSEMBLY SESSION
—PHOTO
BY
PTI
MP cops book
husband-wife
for abetment
to suicide
ACTRESSES
SUICIDE CASE
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Commodity Price Change % Chg
GOLD 50,833.00 40.00 0.07 (Per 10g)
SILVER 56,255.00 594.00 1.05 (Per 1kg)
COMMODITIES
Currency Price Change % Chg
USDINR 82.30 0.11 0.13
GBPINR 92.93 0.38 0.41
CURRENCIES
SBI,Kotak,Federal Bank revise lending rates
First India Bureau
New Delhi: Sate-owned
State Bank of India (SBI)
and private lenders Kotak
Mahindra Bank and Fed-
eral Bank have revised
their lending rates under
marginal cost of fund
based lending rate (MCLR),
making consumer loans
such as personal, home and
auto costlier.
SBI has revised the
MCLR for the benchmark
one-year tenor to 7.95%, up
by 25 basis points from pre-
vious rate. SBI said the new
MCLR is effective from Oc-
tober 15, 2022. The one-year
tenor MCLR is the rate
against which most con-
sumer loans are tied to.
Kotak Mahindra Bank
said the MCLR for various
tenors has been set in the
range of 7.70-8.95% with ef-
fect from October 16, 2022.
Federal Bank said its
one-year MCLR on loans
and advances has been re-
vised to 8.70%.
BASED ON MARGINAL COST OF FUNDS
MCLR RATE
REVISION
z SBI has revised the MCLR
for the benchmark one-
year tenor to 7.95%, up by
25 basis points.
z SBI said the new MCLR is
effective from Oct 15, 2022.
z The one-year tenor MCLR
is the rate against which
most consumer loans are
tied to.
GOVERNMENT SEEKS
DATA ON VACANCIES
FROM PSUs: OFFICIAL
New Delhi (PTI): The govern-
ment has sought data on va-
cancies from all public sector
undertakings
(PSUs) and
asked them
to prepare a
roadmap to fill
those with an aim to reducing
unemployment in the country.
Information has been sought
by the government regarding
vacancies at the entry-level as
well as at the senior level, a
senior official of a public sec-
tor undertakings said.
‘TRADE SETTLEMENT
IN RUPEE THING IN
RIGHT DIRECTION’
Kolkata (PTI): With the RBI
allowing Indian banks to
open vostro
accounts with
Russian banks
for trade
settlement in
the Indian cur-
rency, the tea exporters have
expressed the view that this
a step in the right direction
as Russia is a big importer of
tea from India.”Opening up of
vostro account is a good step.
Anything in that direction is
good”, an official of ITEA said.
NEW RBI NORMS TO
STRUCTURALLY
STRENGTHEN ARCs
Mumbai (PTI): The new
regulatory guidelines for
asset recon-
struction
companies
will lead to
consolidation
in the sector apart from
structurally fortifying them
with improved governance,
better disclosures, lower
funding needs for asset ac-
quisitions, and robust bal-
ance sheets, says a report.
BYJU’S RAISES $250
MILLION IN FRESH
FUNDING ROUND
New Delhi (PTI): Edtech major
BYJU’S has raised $250 mil-
lion (about `2,000 crore) from
its existing
investors, in-
cluding Qatar
Investment
Authority, in
a fresh funding round, the
company said on Monday.
The funding round follows
BYJU’S recent announce-
ment to become profitable by
March 2023. “BYJU’S raises
$250 million in a fresh funding
round.
INDIA’S SUGAR OUTPUT TO BE HIGHER AT 36.5 MT
IN 2022-23 MARKETING SEASON: ISMA
New Delhi (PTI): The country’s sugar production is projected
to be 36.5 million tonnes in the 2022-23 marketing season, an
increase of 2% compared to the year-
ago period, industry body ISMA said on
Monday. The marketing season will be
starting this month. The production in
India, the world’s major producer of the
sweetener, stood at 35.8 million tonnes
during the 2021-22 marketing season.
The season is from Oct-Sept. With an
estimated increase in production despite higher diversion for etha-
nol, ISMA expects export to be around 9 mn tonnes this season.
OTHER STORIES
business
BRIEFS
Hyderabad (PTI): The In-
dian School of Business
(ISB) was ranked number
one in India and 44 glob-
ally in the top 100 Finan-
cial Times (FT) Executive
MBA 2022 ranking. After
ISB, Indian Institute of
Management Bangalore
(IIM-B) figured in the FT
list at 86th position glob-
ally. Alumni from the Post
Graduate Programme in
Management for Senior
Executives class of 2019
have been surveyed for
this year’s ranking and
ISB has significantly
ranked higher in various
parameters of this year’s
rankings than the previ-
ous year, the premier B-
School said.
New Delhi (PTI): Film ex-
hibition firm PVR Ltd on
Monday reported a nar-
rowing of consolidated
loss after tax at `71.49
crore in the second quar-
ter ended September with
people returning to cine-
mas as the pandemic eas-
es. The company had
posted a consolidated
loss after tax of `153.27
crore in the year-ago peri-
od, it said in a regulatory
filing. Consolidated reve-
nue from operations in
the second quarter stood
at `686.72 crore as
against `120.32 crore.
PVR LTD 2nd QUARTER
CONSOLIDATED LOSS
AFTER TAX NARROWS
ISB, IIM-BANGALORE
FIGURE IN FT EMBA
2022 RANKINGS
New Delhi (PTI): Gold
price in Delhi fell `40 to
`50,833/10 gm on Mon-
day amid a fall in the pre-
cious metal prices in the
overseas market, accord-
ing to HDFC Securities. In
the previous trade, the
yellow metal had touched
`50,873 per 10 grams.
Silver also declined by
`594 to `56,255/kg from
`56,849 per kg. In the in-
ternational market, gold
was quoting lower at
$1,655.75 per ounce
while silver was down at
$18.55 per ounce.
GOLD PRICE FALLS
RUPEES 40; SILVER
DECLINES `594
New Delhi (FIB): Cement
maker ACC on Monday
reported a consolidated
net loss of `87.32 crore
for September quarter on
account of a steep rise in
fuel cost. The company
had posted a profit of
`450.21 crore for the
same quarter a year ago.
However, total revenue
from operations was up
6.42% to `4,057.08 crore
in July-Sept as against
`3,812.31 crore. Accord-
ing to ACC, its EBITDA in
the quarter “stood at `16
crore largely due to steep
rise in fuel cost” as
against `712 crore earlier.
ACC REPORTS NET
LOSS OF `87 CRORE
FOR SEPT QUARTER
*Rates till the edition went to print.
FIGHT AGAINST INFLATION TO
BE PROLONGED: RBI ARTICLE
First India Bureau
New Delhi: The Reserve
Bank of India in its Octo-
ber Bulletin noted that
India’s fight against ‘stub-
born’ retail inflation will
be dogged and prolonged,
given the long and varia-
ble lags with which mon-
etary policy operates and
that it is fraught with un-
certainties.
Retail inflation, which is
measured by YoY changes
in the all-India consumer
price index (CPI), rose to
7.4% in September, up from
7% in August. The headline
inflation saw a rise owing
to the sharp increase in
CPI food inflation to 8.4%
in September from 7.6% a
month ago.
However, going forward
RBI expects the headline
inflation to ease from its
September high, albeit
stubbornly, on the back of
easing momentum and fa-
vourable base effects.
“While the persistence
of headline CPI inflation
above the tolerance band
for three consecutive quar-
ters (up to September) will
trigger mandated account-
ability processes, mone-
tary policy remains fo-
cussed on realigning infla-
tion with the target,” RBI
said.
Input cost pressures in-
creased in September 2022
across manufacturing and
services, albeit at a slower
pace, as reflected in the
PMIs.
Selling prices also edged
up across manufacturing
and services, with the ser-
vices sector registering
price increases higher than
the long-term average, the
central bank noted in its
bulletin.
RBI expects the momen-
tum of real GDP growth to
shed the drag embedded in
the NSO’s estimates for
Q1FY23 and move into pos-
itive territory in the re-
maining quarters.
“Although this may not
be evident in year-on-year
growth rates due to unfa-
vourable base effects, q-o-q
annualised rates will re-
flect the underlying recov-
ery,” the bulletin reads.
Nokiabagcontractsfrom
Jiotobuild5Gnetwork
New Delhi (PTI): Finnish
company Nokia said it has
won a multi-year deal from
Reliance Jio to build one of
the largest 5G networks in
the world.
Under the contract,
Nokia will supply equip-
ment from its AirScale
portfolio, including base
stations, high-capacity 5G
Massive MIMO (multiple
input multiple output) an-
tennas, and Remote Radio
Heads (RRH) to support dif-
ferent spectrum bands, and
self-organising network
software.
Reliance Jio plans to de-
ploy a 5G standalone net-
work which will interwork
with its 4G network.
The network will enable
Reliance Jio to deliver ad-
vanced 5G services such as
massive machine-to-ma-
chine communications,
network slicing, and ultra-
low-latency
.
Sensex,Nifty rise for 2nd straight
day as oil,banking stocks advance
Mumbai (PTI): Bench-
mark BSE Sensex rose by
491 points while Nifty set-
tled above the 17,300 level
on Monday on the back of
buying in index majors Re-
liance Industries, ICICI
Bank and recovery in glob-
al markets. Rising for a sec-
ond session, the 30-share
Sensex jumped 491.01
points or 0.85% to settle at
58,410.98. The index opened
lower and fell to a low of
57,639.80 in early trade.
However, it bounced back
in late morning deals and
hit rallied 529.03 points or
0.91% to touch a high of
58,449. The broad-
er NSE Nifty
climbed 126.10 points or
0.73% to end at 17,311.80,
markingitssecondstraight
session of gains.
Among Sensex shares,
State Bank of India, NTPC,
Bajaj Finserv, ICICI Bank,
Axis Bank, Reliance Indus-
tries, and IndusInd Bank
were the biggest winners.
Inflation will not show rate
hike impact now: Varma
New Delhi (PTI): RBI
Monetary Policy Commit-
tee (MPC) member Jayanth
R Varma on Monday said
that the impact of mone-
tary policy tightening on
inflation will be felt after
five to six quarters.
The central bank is man-
dated to keep inflation at
4% with 2% of upside and
downside margins.
In order to control rising
inflation, the RBI on Sep-
tember 30, has raised short-
term lending rate for the
third consecutive time by
50 bps to take the repo rate
to 5.9%.
Since May it has cumula-
tively increased the key
interest rate by 190 basis
points.
“No doubt it (inflation)
will come down. Because
we have done monetary
policy tightening. “That
tightening will have its im-
pact. The monetary policy
takes, you know, five to six
quarters to have its impact
and cool prices,” he said.
“We started only in
April. We will start seeing
the effect of that tightening
later in the year.
Air passenger traffic volume to
recover to pre-pandemic level
Mumbai (PTI): Air pas-
senger traffic volume is
expected to recover to the
pre-pandemic level, imply-
ing a robust 75% year-on-
year growth this fiscal, a
report said on Monday
.
The pick-up in traffic
volume is expected to be led
by domestic traffic as slots
and routes on the interna-
tional front are still open-
ing up, domestic credit rat-
ing agency Crisil said in its
report.
It also said that the air-
port operators are expected
to see their traffic volume
recover to the pre-pandem-
ic (fiscal 2020) level this fis-
cal, spurring a recovery in
revenue, supported by an
increase in tariffs.
In FY23, with the pan-
demic impact seemingly
behind us, air traffic vol-
ume is expected to in-
crease to the fiscal 2020
level of around 340 million
passengers.
New Delhi (PTI): The gov-
ernment on Monday said
the price rise in wheat and
rice has been “normal” and
it will intervene in the mar-
ket to offload the grains if
there is any abnormal in-
crease in the rates.
Food Secretary Sudhan-
shu Pandey also said the
government has surplus
stocks of both wheat and
rice in its godowns which
will be used for making
market intervention.
“Price rise is not abnor-
malas it has beenperceived
and projected...,” he said.
Citing the example of
wheat, he said the “price
rise is normal” as the last
year’s wholesale price was
depressed as the govern-
ment sold huge quantities
under its OMSS to bulk
consumers, he said.
The whole price of wheat
was ruling at `2,331 per
quintal on October 14, 2021,
as against `2,474 per quin-
tal on the same day in 2020.
“Therefore, it is not ad-
visable to compare the cur-
rent year’s increase in
wheat with last year’s. It
should be compared with
prices that prevailed in
2020,” Pandey explained.
1/3rd OF PASSENGERS
HAD TO PAY EXTRA
FOR FLIGHT SEATS
Mumbai (PTI): Around one-third
of air passengers had to pay
extra money for seats on a flight
in the last 12 months as free
seat option was not available,
according to a recently con-
ducted survey. One in every third
person surveyed said that the
airline they booked did not give
the option to secure a free seat,”
the survey said. Some consum-
ers prefer to reserve seats as per
their choice which can be availed
by paying an extra `200-1,500,
especially for seats in the front
and emergency rows as they
offer more legroom.
Price increase in
wheat and rice
normal:Food secy
` FALLS 11 PAISE TO
CLOSE AT 82.30
AGAINST US DOLLAR
ERICSSON ANNOUNCE
LONG-TERM STRATEGIC
5G CONTRACT WITH JIO
Mumbai (PTI): The rupee
depreciated by 11 paise to close
at 82.30 (provisional) against the
US dollar on Monday as risk-off
sentiment among investors and
sustained foreign capital out-
flows weighed on the local unit.
However, a rally in the domestic
equities and a weak greenback
overseas restricted the rupee’s
fall, traders said. At the
interbank foreign exchange
market, the local currency
opened lower at 82.33 and
later fell to a low of 82.42. The
unit finally settled at 82.30
against the American cur-
rency, registering a decline of
11 paise over its previous
close.
New Delhi (PTI): Telecom gear
maker Ericsson on Monday
announced a long-term strategic
5G contract with Reliance Jio
to roll out 5G standalone (SA)
network in the country. This is
the first partnership between Jio
and Ericsson for radio access
network deployment in the
country. Akash Ambani, Chair-
man of Reliance Jio, said, “We
are delighted to partner with
Ericsson for Jio’s 5G SA rollout...
We are confident that Jio’s 5G
network will accelerate India’s
digitalisation and will serve as
the foundation for achieving our
nation’s ‘Digital India’ vision”.
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Ghaziabad (PTI):
Amid a series of pet dog
attacks, the Ghaziabad
Municipal Corporation
has banned the resi-
dents from keeping the
ferocious Pitbull, Rott-
weiler and Dogo Argen-
tino breeds as pets. The
civic body issued a host
of other guidelines on
Saturday for pet-owners
according to which they
will have to get a licence
for their dogs, which
will be issued from No-
vember 1, and no family
can keep more than one
pet dog. Pet-owners liv-
ing in high rise com-
plexes will have to use
service lifts for taking
their dogs out and make
sure they wear a muzzle
while in the public. The
decision comes amidst
several dog bite inci-
dents reported from
various localities of the
city in the recent
months. The pet-owners
will have to obtain regis-
tration within 2 months.
“The three breeds --
Pitbull, Rottweiler and
Dogo Argentino -- are
ferocious (khoonkhar),
and no permission will
be granted to keep these
dogs. No licence will be
issued. If somebody
buys one of these, he/
she will be responsible.
All these three breeds
have been banned in
Ghaziabad,” BJP leader
and GMC councillor
Sanjay Singh told PTI
on Sunday. Singh had
moved s proposal to ban
these breeds which was
passed by the munici-
pal body House. He said
people who already
have these breeds of
dogs will have to get
them sterilized within
two months. Mayor
Asha Sharma told PTI,
“Sterilisation of the
dogs has been declared
compulsory in the
board meeting of the
civic body held on Sat-
urday. Without sterili-
sation, certificate regis-
tration will not be
granted.”
“In case the dog is
younger than six
months, the owner will
have to submit an affi-
davit with an assurance
that they will get the pet
sterilised when he be-
comes one,” she added.
The mayor said dog-
owners love their pets,
but they must also
think about the chil-
dren who sustained se-
vere injuries in dog at-
tacks. “More than 10
children suffered dog
bites. A child in the Sa
njay Nagar colony
, Kush
Tyagi, was attacked by
a Pitbull and he got 150
stitches on his face.
Four days later, another
boy was attacked by a
dog of this breed,” she
said. All zonal officers
of of the GMC have
been instructed to issue
notices to pet-owners to
inform them about the
rules and regulations
passed in the board
meeting. On stray dogs,
mayor Sharma said
residents would be al-
lowed to offer them food
at a designated place.
Ghaziabad bans Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino as pets
RELIEF FOR HUMANS?
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Pet-owners
living in high
rise complexes
will have to use
service lifts for
taking their dogs
out and make
sure they wear a
muzzle while in
the public
CITY LOGS 635 DENGUE CASES
IN FIRST 12 DAYS OF OCTOBER
The rise in dengue cases has taken the total count to 1,572 so far this year
New Delhi (PTI): The
number of dengue cas-
es in Delhi has seen a
spike with 635 new in-
fections being reported
in the first 12 days of
October taking the total
tally to 1,572 so far this
year, a civic body report
said on Monday
. Of the
total 1,572 cases record-
ed this year, as many as
693 were reported in
September alone.
The city had logged
937 cases of dengue this
year till September-end,
and 635 fresh cases were
reported in the first 12
days of October, taking
the tally of the vector-
borne disease in the
city to 1,572, according
to the report released
by the Municipal Cor-
poration of Delhi
(MCD) on Monday
.
It is also the highest
number of dengue cas-
es logged during the
January 1-October 12
period since 2017, when
the corresponding fig-
ure was 2,884, the report
stated.
The report said that
as many as 314 fresh
dengue cases were re-
ported in a week be-
tween October 5 and 12.
Between October 1 and
5, the city reported 321
cases.
In 2015, the city had
witnessed a massive
dengue outbreak, with
the number of cases
crossing 10,600 in Octo-
ber. It was Delhi’s worst
dengue outbreak since
1996.
According to the
MCD report issued on
Monday
, the city record-
ed 23 dengue cases in
January
, 16 in February
,
22 in March, 20 in April,
30 in May, 32 in June, 26
in July and 75 in Au-
gust. No death has been
reported so far this year
due to the disease.
 —REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE
According to GMC, ferocious dog breeds—Pit Bull, Rottweiler,
and Dogo Argentino have been banned as pets.
MONTHLY DATA
TwoChineseheldin
Noidaforcyberfraud
Noida (PTI): Two Chi-
nese nationals have
been arrested from UP’s
Greater Noida for their
alleged involvement in
a cyber fraud, officials
said on Monday. The
suspects were held by a
joint team of the Special
Task Force (STF) and
the local Knowledge
Park police station for
allegedly duping sever-
al Indian citizens.
The duo had put out
an app on Google Play
store through which
they lured Indian citi-
zens into making easy
money online, accord-
ing to the STF. The ar-
rested persons have
been identified as Feng
Chenjin and Huang
Kuan. Two passports
were also found from
them, one of which had
expired, the STF said.
More than 150 SIM cars,
96 of them activated,
two laptops, Rs 30,000
cash, 110 Chinese Yuan,
10,000 Korean Won and
5,000 Cambodian Riel
were also recovered
from them, it added.
The police said they
have seized some im-
portant documents
from the duo, who has
been sent to jail, while
further investigation is
underway. The duo has
been booked for cheat-
ing, forgery of docu-
ments as well as under
provisions of the Infor-
mation Technology Act,
among others, the po-
lice added.
The duo were held by a joint team of the Special Task Force (STF).
AAP leaders
greet Punjab CM
Bhagwant Mann
on his birthday
Chandigarh (PTI):
Several AAP leaders in-
cluding Delhi Chief
Minister Arvind Kejri-
wal and Punjab cabinet
ministers on Monday
greeted CM Bhagwant
Mann on his birthday
.
Mann turned 49 on
Monday
. GreetingMann
on his
birthday,
AamAad-
mi Party
national
convener
A r v i n d
Kejriwal
in a tweet in Hindi said,
“Birthday wishes to my
younger brother  Pun-
jab CM Bhagwant Mann
ji. May God give you a
healthyandlonglifeand
more strength to serve
people of Punjab.”
Punjab cabinet Min-
ister Gurmeet Singh
Meet Hayer tweeted,
“Birthday wishes to the
beloved leader of Pun-
jabis @Bhagwant-
Mann.” AAP minister
Baljit Kaur, wishing
Mann on his birthday,
said thanks to his hon-
est visionary thinking,
Punjab is moving ahead
on the way to becoming
a vibrant state again.
353 DRUG
SMUGGLERS,
NABBED IN A
WEEK IN PUNJAB
Chandigarh (PTI):
The Punjab Police on
Monday said 353 drug
smugglers and suppli-
ers have been arrested
in a week as part of an
ongoing anti-narcotics
drive in the state.
Inspector General of
Police (Headquarters)
Sukhchain Singh Gill
said 273 FIRs have been
registered under the
Narcotic Drugs and
Psychotropic Substanc-
es (NDPS) Act during
this time period.
He said the police
seized 11.56 kg heroin,
13.51 kg opium, 900
gram ganja, eight quin-
tals of poppy husk, and
88,014 tablets, capsules,
injections, and vials of
pharma opioids, be-
sides Rs 20 lakh cash
after carrying out cor-
don-and-search opera-
tions. In a statement
here, Gill said 11 pro-
claimed offenders in
the drug cases have
been arrested in the last
seven days.
GOVT ACTIVELY TAKING STEPS TO
ENACT LAW FOR CLINICS, LABS
New Delhi (PTI): The
city government on
Monday told the Delhi
High Court that it was
“actively” taking steps
for drafting, finalising
and enacting its own
law to regulate clinical
establishments, includ-
ing laboratories, here.
The Delhi govern-
ment was responding to
a petition by Bejon Ku-
mar Misra who has al-
leged that unauthorised
laboratories and diag-
nostic centres in the na-
tional capital were be-
ing managed in by un-
qualified technicians.
In an affidavit, it also
stated that provisions
of an existing central
government statute,
Clinical Establishment
(Registration and Regu-
lations) Act, 2010, are
not applicable to the na-
tional capital and guide-
lines have been issued
to regulate all laborato-
ries conducting Covid-
related tests. A bench of
Chief Justice Satish
Chandra Sharma and
Justice Subramonium
Prasad listed the case
for consideration on
January 11.
“It is respectfully sub-
mitted that the Delhi
Health Establishments
(Registration and Regu-
lation) Bill, 2022, herein-
after referred to as the
Delhi Health Bill, 2022,
has already passed
through various stages
of finalisation,” stated
the affidavit submitted
by the special secretary
of the Delhi govern-
ment’s health and fami-
ly welfare department.
 —FILE PHOTO
Protest outside Hurriyat
office in Srinagar against
killing of Kashmiri Pandit
Terrorist hideout busted
in J-K, arms seized
Jammu (PTI): Securi-
ty forces on Monday
busted a terrorist hide-
out in Jammu and
Kashmir’s Poonch dis-
trict, and seized arms
and ammunition from
it, officials said.
The hideout was un-
covered during a joint
search operation by po-
lice and security per-
sonnel at Sangla village
in the Surankote area
of the border district,
they said.
The officials said a
pistol, four hand gre-
nades, four Under Bar-
rel Grenade Launcher
(UBGL) cartridges, a
wireless set, 16 impro-
vised explosive device
(IED) batteries and
three AK magazines
withroundswereseized
from the hideout.
The operation was
carried out acting on
specific information,
they said, adding that
no one was arrested.
Srinagar (PTI): A
group of people, includ-
ing social activists,
staged a protest outside
the Hurriyat Confer-
ence office on Monday
against the killing of
KashmiriPanditfarmer
Puran Krishan Bhat by
terrorists last week, of-
ficials said. The protest-
ers assembled outside
theofficeof theMirwaiz
Umar Farooq-led Hur-
riyat at Rajbagh here
and held a protest. They
held the Hurriyat re-
sponsible for the blood-
shed in Kashmir Valley
.
Theprotestersdaubed
“India”onthemaingate
of theHurriyat’scentral
building and brought
down the signboard of
the separatist amalgam,
the officials said.The
gate was locked. The
protesters included so-
cial activists, municipal
corporators and Kash-
miri Pandits, the offi-
cials added. One of the
protestors said the Hur-
riyatofficewillbeclosed
down soon and an or-
phanage will be run
from the building.
Another protestor, a
Kashmiri Pandit, said
the people of Kashmir
have realised that they
want peace and not
bloodshed. Bhat was
gunned down by terror-
ists on Saturday outside
his ancestral house in
the Chowdhary Gund
area of south Kashmir’
Shopian district, where
he had gone to look after
his orchards. Bhat was
cremated in Jammu.
‘PromoteU’khandasyoga,wellnesstourism’
Dehradun (PTI): Utta-
rakhand Chief Minis-
ter Pushkar Singh Dha-
mi on Monday sought
the help of Indian diplo-
mats in promoting the
state as a yoga and well-
ness tourism destina-
tion in countries where
they are serving.
“Uttarakhand has the
potential to quickly
emerge as an interna-
tional yoga and well-
ness tourism destina-
tion. It is the original
land of yoga. People
trained in yoga here
have become yoga in-
structors abroad,” he
said at a meeting in
Dehradun with Indian
ambassadors and high
commissioners to seven
countries. During the
meeting at his residence
here, the chief minister
also sought the diplo-
mats’ support in pro-
moting the state govern-
ment’s ‘One District
Two Products’ pro-
gramme to advertise at
least two unique local
products from each of
its 13 districts .
He also asked the dip-
lomats to give informa-
tion to officials in Utta-
rakhand about the best
practices prevalent in
the countries where
they serve. The diplo-
mats suggested that
products of the hill ar-
eas of the state and
their cuisine should be
promoted.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami meets the
Ambassadors of India posted in several countries at Chief
Minister’s Residence, in Dehradun on Monday. —PHOTO BY ANI
The protesters including social activists and Kashmiri Pandits
assembled outside the office and brought down the signboard.
Reflect today on your legacy;
What gift you wish to leave for the
world and start building it today
not ‘when you have more time’…
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midst the
d a z z l i n g
light, glimps-
es of mag-
n i f i c e n c e
and elegance
were wit-
nessed in the grand
finale of the 9th edi-
tion of Rajasthan’s
biggest and most
prestigious beauty
pageant Elite Miss
Rajasthan 2022.
Shweta Raje won the
title of Elite Miss Ra-
jasthan 2022 in this
magnific event held
on Sunday at Sam-
skara Resort on
Ajmer Road. On the
other hand, Taj Devs-
hree Hada and Shee-
na Parashar the first
runner-up and sec-
ond runner up won
their names. While
Disha Nareda and
Shivangi Singh Rao
were declared run-
ner-ups.
Dr Jagdeesh Chan-
dra graced the pro-
gram as the chief
guest and motivated
the finalists. During
this, Directors of
Elite Miss Rajasthan
Gaurav Gaur, Anil
Bhattar, Ajit Soni,
PN Doody, Nakul Vi-
jay, Yasheel Pandel
and Patron of the
program JD Mahesh-
wari congratulated
the winners for their
bright future.
During the finale,
Charvi Tanya Dutta,
Aditi Hyundai, Him-
mat Singh and
Akanksha Bhalla
were present as judg-
es to test all the con-
testants. Talent from
cities like Udaipur,
Jodhpur, and Kota as
well as small areas
and villages of Ra-
jasthan got a chance
to show their skills
on the ramp. The
event took place in
five designer se-
quence rounds, the
first round show-
cased designer Var-
sha Jangid’s western
designer collection.
In the second round,
the girls performed
the ramp walk with
32 saris of Bhaiya
who came from Bag-
ru. This was followed
by a multi-designer
round, wherein 17
eminent designers
from Rajasthan
showcased their col-
lection, in which the
top 15 girls were
shortlisted by the
jury
. After which the
question answer
round with the top 6
selected from all the
contestants was fol-
lowed by the finale
round in the fashion
designer Heena Bala-
ni’s Garments
crowned the winner
of this season. Mean-
while, the girls’ title
a n n o u n c e m e n t
round was also spe-
cial. The judges an-
nounced the top 3 on
the basis of talent,
confidence, intelli-
gence and introduc-
tion of the models.
KAVITA CHAUHAN
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
A
The glorious grand finale of the 9th edition
of Elite Miss Rajasthan 2022 took place at
Samskara Resort on Ajmer Road on Sunday,
October 16. City First brings to you glimpses
of pure fashion from the mega show!
NEW DELHI | TUESDAY,
OCTOBER 18, 2022
ELITE MISS RAJASTHAN 2022
HERTRAILOF
GLITTER
Jagdeesh Chandra with (L-R) Gaurav Gaur, Shivangi Singh Rao,
Shweta Raje, Devshree Hada, Sheena Parashar and Varunavi Singh
(From Left) 5th
runner up
Shivangi Singh Rao, 3rd
runner
up Varunavi Singh, 2nd
runner
up Sheena Parashar,
Miss Elite Rajasthan 2022
Winner Shweta Raje, 1st
runner up Devshree Hada and
4th
runner up Disha Nareda
(From Right) Miss Elite Rajasthan 2022 Shweta Raje, 1st
runner up Devshree Hada and 2nd
runner up Sheena Parashar
—PHOTOS
BY
SUNIL
SHARMA
AND
MUKESH
KIRADOO
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LAAKSHI PATHAK, Influence
ARIES
MAR 21 - APR 20
Things move
positively on the
academic front
and encourage
you to give your
best. Good man
management
will help you in
completing a
project or assignment in time. Travelling with
your near and dear ones to the countryside
will prove immensely fulfilling. Blessings of
someone will fulfilling your expectations.
LIBRA
SEPT 24 - OCTOBER 22
You are likely
to experience a
positive phase in
your existence.
Favourable
decision can
be expected
regarding a piece
of property under
dispute. Those in tourism and hospitality
sectors will find new opportunities
knocking at their door. You may take the
initiative of organising a family gathering.
TAURUS
APR 21 - MAY 20
Switching to
healthy foods
will be the key to
remaining fit and
active. A family
issue may need
to be deliberated
upon, so that it
does not disturb
domestic harmony. An out of town
invitation will tempt some to undertake
the journey. Spirituality may bring a
special meaning to your life.
SCORPIO
OCT 23 - NOVEMBER 22
A trip with
friends will be
both enjoyable
and therapeutic.
Family life will
remain stable
and provide you
a firm foundation
from where to
venture forth. This is the best time for
launching your ideas at work. Money
multiplies through excellent financial
planning. The day turns out well for you.
GEMINI
MAY 21 - JUNE 21
Change of diet will
improve health.
A difference of
opinion may
pit you against
a family elder.
Those compelled
to travel are likely
to find interesting
company. Some of you will be able to
add to your wealth and even plan to buy
property. You are set to enjoy the exclusive
company of people of eminence.
SAGITTARIUS
NOV 23 - DEC 22
Meeting someone
new is likely to
enlarge your
social circle.
Something you
had wanted for
the home may
be gifted to you.
Your ideas will
work on the professional front and speed
up the progress. Your financial condition is
not bad, you possess the potential to earn
much more. Overall health remains good.
CANCER
JUNE 22 - JULY 23
Time is
favourable as
your real estate
investments start
giving handsome
returns. An
official trip is
likely to keep
you tied up. Your
help and support to a youngster will
help boost his or her self-confidence.
Those trying to achieve their professional
targets will succeed.
CAPRICORN
DEC 23 - JAN 20
Businesspersons
are likely to do
good business
today and earn
well. The day
proves excellent
for you, both
personally and
professionally.
Appease someone in the family to have
your way.You may have to put your foot
down against a trip you are reluctant to go
on. Keep a close track of the progress.
LEO
JULY 24 - AUGUST 23
Your
professionalism
is likely to be
praised at work.
Someone’s
unexpected
arrival at home
threatens to upset
your personal
plans. Seeing new places, meeting new
people is in store for some. There is
nothing that can go wrong today, except
things involving property.
AQUARIUS
JAN 21 - FEB 19
You will be able
to get the study
stream you
desire on the
academic front.
Going is likely
to get better on
the professional
front. Purchasing
a new car or an expensive appliance
is indicated. Children can keep you
entertained. The day is favourable to get a
project underway.
VIRGO
AUG 24 - SEP 23
Those in the
financial sector
can hope to start
making profits.
You may think
up ways of
improving your
health. A major
renovation work
may be undertaken at home. A journey
is likely to take you down the memory
lane. Travel stars look bright for some,
especially for overseas travel.
PISCES
FEB20 - MARCH 20
Some additional
perks can be
expected by
those in the
private sector. An
enjoyable outing
is on the cards
for some. Family
life will cruise
along smoothly and give you time for rest
and recoup. A promotion or a prestigious
appointment is in store for those in a
government job.
YOUR
DAY
Horoscope by
Saurabbh Sachdeva
Role of Social Media in the
Role of Social Media in the
Promotion of Art and Artists
Promotion of Art and Artists
fter ‘tech sav-
vy’ it is the
‘social media
savvy’ that
has become
synonymous
with today’s
generation. About
2/3rd of online Indians
spendtimeondifferent
social networking sites
like Facebook, Insta-
gram, Twitter, You-
Tube, Pinterest, etc.
Even the trend of send-
ing personal emails
seems to have become
obsolete as compared
to the usage of social
media. But why is this
media becoming so
popularinIndia?Inter-
action, live chat, status
updates,image-aswell
as video-sharing are a
few of the major as-
pects that play a role in
the popularity of so-
cial media. Social me-
diaisdefinedas“forms
of electronic commu-
nication through
which users create on-
line communities to
share information,
ideas, personal mes-
sages, and other con-
tent. Customer re-
sponses, interac-
tion and brand
awareness is the
reason companies
are using social me-
dia in India and
across the globe. Its
multiple roles played
bysocialmediabeyond
its core role of mere
communicating infor-
mation are leading to
its popularity
.
India has the world’s
largest number of Fa-
cebook users and the
third largest internet
users in the world after
the US and China. In
the modern era, every-
thing is online. “Social
media are primarily
Internet-based tools
for sharing and dis-
cussing information
amonghumanbeings.”
Linked In, a profes-
sional business-related
networkingsite,allows
companies/ promoters
of events to create pro-
fessional profiles for
themselves, and their
business to facilitate
networking and con-
necting with others.
Social media is not
only helping artists, in-
stitutions and galler-
iestoimproveoutreach
and audience engage-
ment, but its effective
use is also becoming an
invaluable marketing
tooltoengagewithnew
audiences and create
new sales channels.
Till the advent of so-
cial media mouth pub-
licity, the use of media
(TV
, Print media, ad-
vertisements) was the
most resorted means
of popularizing art
and cultural shows
and bringing fame to
artists. But gradually
they have lost credibil-
ity and have become
too time-consuming
and with their limited
reach are getting out
fashioned. Today’s
youth wants every-
thing “Now”. They are
in a hurry and can’t
wait for the next day’s
newspapers or news
bulletins to convey to
them what they want
toaccessinareal-time
scenario. They want
to probe more and
more about issues,
and topics of their
interest and so turn to
the use of the internet
which makes social
media so popular.
Companies
promoting art
and artists are
diverting re-
sources into
social media
and re-
thinking
their tra-
ditional
outreach
s trate-
g i e s .
E v e n
artistshaveunderstood
the importance of so-
cial media and they do
promotetheirproducts
through Facebook,
Twitter, Google+, and
so on. It is the right
time for every artist,
promoterof artandart
lover to adopt social
media as the key tool.
Fans and artists are
connected through So-
cial Media
p l a t -
forms, which offer
them the chance to
comment, like, and
sharecontent,andthey
may even speak with
their favourite artists.
Artists using Social
Media can develop
stronger relationships
with their fans as one
of the strongest bene-
fits of using it.
Today, artists and
businesses
use so-
cial me-
dia to
g e t
cl o s e r
to their
a u d i -
e n c e s
and meet customers
where they are - re-
gardless of geographic
location. Being present
on social media allows
creative minds to ex-
press themselves with
more liberty, frequen-
cy, and intimacy, and
eventually promote
their work and gener-
ate sales. While each
social media platform,
and each expert, has
its own standards
on how often to
post, what’s im-
portant is con-
sistency
. Re-
cent surveys
show that an
ever-grow-
ing percent-
age of the
g e n e r a l
public dis-
covers art
primarily
through social media,
rather than by visiting
museums and galler-
ies, especially among
younger demograph-
ics. Instagram is argu-
ably the most impor-
tant social network for
contemporary art to-
day, Instagram’s in-
credible success is due
to people’s need for in-
teraction, archiving,
self-expression, escap-
ism and peeking- this
makes it clear why the
visually-driven plat-
form seems to be art
enthusiasts’ favourite
placetoshareartworks,
and it is also becoming
a legitimate contempo-
rary art medium of its
own. True, quality con-
tent matters but it can
only shine through a
proper medium.
There are some neg-
ative aspects of social
media it is time-con-
suming, requires con-
stancy and dedication,
work of artists availa-
ble for comparison in
open fora and can be
discouraging for young
emerging artists,
doesn’t guarantee suc-
cess and finally, the
quantity and quality of
stuff on social media
platforms can be over-
whelming and may not
be so authenticated.
Nevertheless, the ad-
vantages of social me-
dia platforms outnum-
ber the disadvantages.
These are:- its easy ac-
cessibility, almost free
or with the least ex-
penses, easy to connect
to an audience no mat-
ter where an artist is
located, gives an artist
a chance to showcase
the amount of work
which happens behind
the scenes: the trials,
the attempts and the
dialogue necessary to
create art. Social me-
dia makes it easy for
artists to get noticed
and viewed by their
peers and the public
grows and fosters
uniqueness and crea-
tivity
.
RAJESH BHUKAR
rbhukar1@gmail.com
A
ETC
www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia NEW DELHI | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022
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irst India
Queen, where
beauties from
pan India
will compete
for the privi-
leged titles
and crowns, at Hotel
Sahara Star in Mum-
bai on October 21, re-
vealed its top 30 final-
ists recently! And now
it's time to bring to
light the successful
partners behind the
beauty pageant.
These partners stand
out in the crowd and
can see the difference
in quality from across
the room. More than a
hundred women from
across the country
walked the ramp and
showcased their talent
during various audi-
tions rounds held
across multiple cities.
Grooming and train-
ing sessions were held
where contestants
prepared in various
aspects to enhance
confidence, fitness
and other areas of de-
velopment that are
needed to become a
supermodel.
First India Queen is
curated by Blanckan-
vas Media and the fi-
nale will be choreo-
graphed by Parimal
Mehhta. Apart from
cash incentives, and
gorgeous crowns by
SVAR Fine Jewellery,
the winners will also
win Brand endorse-
ments and SM influ-
encer contracts, calen-
dar shoots and more.
Anjali Khandal has
been selected as the
face of the First India
Queen, the young in-
nocent beauty from
Rajasthan is the sym-
bol for lakhs of young
girls, who hope to
make it big in the
world of glamour.
Parimal Mehhta
said, We are extreme-
lyexcitedandgratified
to have come up with
this season of First In-
dia Queen. This sea-
son, we are also proud
to announce various
perks for the winners
that'll highlight not
just their victory but a
blend of their unique-
ness and high-spirited
attitude. The brand is
a true personification
of a beauty queen. I
congratulate all the
partners for their con-
stant support.
More partners of the
grand show to be an-
nounced tomorrow.
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PARTNERS IN VARIOUS FIELDS BEHIND THE MAGNIFICENT SHOW!
Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai
Parimal Mehhta, Founder,
Blanckanvas Media
Madhuri Bhosale
Founder, IRA Women
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Founder, Parram Parraa
Netra Saxena,
Founder and CEO - Ira
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  • 1. The delegates will stay in —The Lalit, The Imperial, Shangri La, Le Meridien, The Oberoi, Hyatt Regency and The Ashok -- and travel to Pragati Maidan, JL Nehru Stadium and the airport. Traf- fic volume on Ashoka Road, Janpath, Firoz Shah Road, Barakhamba Road, Mathu- ra Road, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, etc. would be regu- lated. Besides, Panchsheel Marg, Shantipath, MG Marg, Dhaula Kuan Flyover, Aerocity & T3 Road would be regulated. IMPORTANT ROADS THAT WILL BE AFFECTED Delhi becoming capital of crime: Sisodia to LG Traffic in city to be hit for 4 days New Delhi (PTI): Traf- fic will be affected in the national capital for four days, starting Tuesday, due to the 90th Annual General Assem- bly of the Interpol at Pragati Maidan. Delhi Traffic Police has advised organisa- tions in Lutyens’ Delhi to either allow work from home for their em- ployees or opt for stag- gered working hours for four days, in light of the event. The meeting is taking place in India after a gap of about 25 years. it was last held in 1997. The traffic police said the commuters travel- ling around the New Delhi district could en- counter delays and may wish to consider alter- native routes during the period specified. New Delhi (PTI): In view of a murder inci- dent in Baljit Nagar, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday wrote a letter to L i e u t e n a n t Governor VK Saxena appeal- ing to him to take cognisance of his constitu- tional duty of main- taining public order. In the letter, he said the crime graph in the city has increased and it seems that Delhi has become the capital of crime. He also men- tioned the worsening law and order situation in Del- hi. “The consti- tution has given the responsibili- ty to maintain law and order in Delhi to you (LG) and the police di- rectly reports to you. I request you to kindly pay some attention to- wards this,” Sisodia said in the letter. A traffic advisory urges people to postpon avoidable travel plans on these four days. —FILE PHOTO ‘E-day’ in Congress, results tomorrow Moni Sharma New Delhi: Congress members queued up across the country on Monday to elect their first non-Gandhi presi- dent in 24 years, choos- ing between senior lead- ers Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor in an exercise aimed at putting the party on the path to revival. “I have been waiting for a long time for this day ,” Congress chief So- nia Gandhi said. Over 9,000 PCC delegates form the electoral col- lege to pick party chief in a secret ballot. The results will be declared on October 19. “Satisfied with Con- gress’ presidential poll process. Elections are free, fair, transparent,” said Madhusudan Mis- try, the central election authority chairperson. “Voting is going on smoothly. There are no complaints so far on polling from any- where,” Mistry told. While Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and general sec- retary Priyanka Gan- dhi Vadra, voted in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi, who is on the Bharat Jodo Yatra, did so in Ballari in Karnataka. AROUND 96 PER CENT OF 9,900 DELEGATES VOTED FOR CONGRESS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: MISTRY Sonia Gandhi Priyanka Gandhi casted their vote at AICC HQ in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi in Ballari, Mallikarjun Kharge at KPCC in Bengaluru, Shashi Tharoor at Kerala PCC, Raj CM Ashok Gehlot at Raj PCC on Monday. GEHLOT EXPRESSES CONFIDENCE THAT KHARGE WILL WIN CM Ashok Gehlot on Monday said his equa- tion with the Gandhi family will remain the same as it has been for the last 50 years. Talking to reporters at PCC office after casting vote in the party’s prez poll, Gehlot expressed confidence that Kharge will win the election and infuse a new life in the organisa- tion. Gehlot said his ties with the Gandhi family will be the “same for life”. Tharoor called up and wished good luck and I wished him the same. The two of us are contesting internal polls on a friendly note to strengthen the Congress to build a stronger and better nation for the future generations. —Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader The revival of the grand old party has begun whatever the outcome and that the fate of the Indian National Congress lies in the hands of the party workers. —Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader HIGH COURT GRANTS BAIL TO SHRIKANT IN GANGSTER ACT CASE New Delhi: Allahabad High Court has granted bail to politician Shrikant Tyagi, arrested for assaulting a woman at a Noida society few months ago, in a Gangster Act case. Shrikant Tyagi has been in jail since his arrest in the case on August 9. MUMBAI AIRPORT TO CLOSE RUNWAY FROM 11 AM TO 5 PM TODAY Mumbai: The Mumbai airport will close its runway from 11 am to 5 pm on Tuesday for the post-monsoon preventive maintenance of runway the intersection,” Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, or CSMIA, tweeted on Monday. READ Crucial Crucial SPICEJET Q400: DGCA ISSUES DIRECTIVES FOR ITS ENGINES’ UPKEEP New Delhi: The DGCA on Monday had directed embattled SpiceJet to carry out analysis of engine oil samples from its Q400 fleet and other inspections, days after it’s emergency landing at Hyderabad airport due to smoke in the cabin. DGCA has also asked the carrier to conduct an inspection of the bleed-off valve screen. ‘AHEAD OF GUJ POLLS, STATE GOVT SLASHES VAT ON CNG AND PNG’ Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government has reduced VAT on CNG and PNG by 10 per cent, state education minister Jitu Vaghani said Monday. Prices of petrol and diesel remain unchanged for now. According to ANI, Vaghani also said two free cylinders will be given in a year. NAKED BODY OF WOMAN FOUND INSIDE ABANDONED SUITCASE Gurugram (PTI): The naked body of a woman was found inside an abandoned suitcase on Monday. An autorickshaw driver informed police that a suspicious suitcase was spotted in the bushes near IFFCO chowk. Police found the body in the suitcase. ONENATION FERTILIZER PM Narendra Modi releases 12th instalment of funds worth `16,000 cr for farmers during the inauguration of two-day PM Kisan Samman Sammelan PM Narendra Modi with Narendra Singh Tomar, Mansukh Mandaviya, Kailash Choudhary, Shobha Karandlaje others during inauguration of PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022, at the Mela Ground, ICAR - Indian Agricultural Research Institute, in New Delhi on Monday. First India Bureau New Delhi: Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi in- augurated the two-day PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022 on Mon- day and said that the 12thinstalment of funds worth Rs 16,000 crore has been sent to farmers across the country . Under PM Kisan the 12th instalment worth of funds Rs 16,000 crore has been sent to farmers acrossIndia.Under'One nation, one fertilizer', farmers will be provid- ed with cheaper good quality fertilizer, said PM. Under the scheme, Modi launched Bharat urea bags, which will help companies market fertilizers under the sin- gle brand name 'Bharat'. Today , India is work- ing towards Aatmanirb- hartainureaproduction throughtheuseof nano- urea. Nano Urea will emerge as a cost-effec- tivemediumforfarming purposes, he added. PM TO CELEBRATE DIWALI WITH SOLDIERS AGAIN PM Modi is scheduled to visit Kedarnath on October 21, he will head to Badrinath on the same day. On the day of Diwali, October 24, the PM will celebrate among soldiers, as he has been doing for the last 8 years. PM MODI INAUGURATES AGRICULTURE STARTUP CONCLAVE AND EXHIBITION PM Modi also inaugurated the Agri Startup Conclave and Exhibition. About 300 startups showcased their innovation related to precision farming, post-harvest and value-add solutions, allied agriculture, waste to wealth, mechanization for small farmers, supply chain management, and agri-logistics, among others. PM Narendra Modi also launched ‘Indian Edge’, an e-magazine on fertilizer. From today, the work will start to convert over 3.15 lakh fertilizer shops into Pradhan Mantri Samruddhi Kendras. These Kendras will be a one-stop solution catering to all requirements of our Annadatas. —Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Justice DY Chandrachud appointed 50th CJ of India First India Bureau New Delhi: Justice DY Chandrachud has been appointed as the 50th CJI, effec- tive from 9 November, 2022. Justice C h a n d r a - chud will take oath after current CJI Lalit retires on 8 November. He will have a term of 2 years as the 50th Chief Justice of India till 10 November 2024. This is also the first time a father son will hold CJI position. Justice Chandrachud will take oath after current CJI UU Lalit retires on November 8 SC NOTICE TO CENTRE, CBI RBI TO PROBE RBI STAFF IN FIN SCAMS The SC on Monday agreed to examine BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking a probe into the alleged role of RBI officials in various banking scams. A bench of Justices B R Gavai and B V Na- garathna issued no- tices to the CBI and RBI and sought their replies on Swamy’s plea. BILKIS BANO CASE: MHA OKAYS 11 CONVICTS’ RELEASE FOR ‘GOOD NATURE’, GUJ GOVT TO SC Gujarat govt on Monday, in an affidavit in the SC, said it decided to grant remission to the 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case as they completed 14 years sentence in prison and their “behaviour was found to be good”. Guj govt said the Union Home Ministry had approved the premature release of the convicts through a letter dated July 11, 2022. SC GIVES 2 WEEKS TO UP GOVT FOR REPLY ON MISHRA’S BAIL PLEA The SC on Monday granted two weeks to the Uttar Pradesh government to file its response on a plea filed by Ashish Mishra, son of Un- ion Minister Ajay Mishra, seeking bail in a case related to Lakhimpur Kheri violence. A bench of Justices BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna gave next date Nov 7. Sisodia grilled for 9 hours by CBI in Liquor Policy Case Binny to be elected 36th BCCI president today ...but questions remain on ICC chairmanship Mumbai: The issue of ICC chairmanship will be up for dis- c u s s i o n when BCCI holds it An- nual Gener- al Meeting (AGM), where former India cricketer Roger Binny will replace Sourav Ganguly as new Board Prez on Tuesday . New Delhi: Amid pro- tests by the AAP leaders and workers, the CBI on MondaygrilledDelhiDy CM Manish Sisodia for nine hours in connec- tion with the alleged Delhi excise policy scam case being investigated by the probe agency . Addressing media af- ter being questioned for 9 hours by the CBI in the alleged Delhi excise pol- icy scam case, Sisodia said, “Today I saw in the CBI office that there is noissueof anyscam(ex- cise policy case). The whole case is fake. I un- derstood all that in 9-hour questioning. The case is not to probe any scam against me, but to make Operation Lotus successful in Delhi.” “CBI will evaluate the answersgivenbySisodia and if needed, he will be sum- monedagain,” an official said. More on P3 SEND SOURAV TO ICC: MAMATA TELLS MODI WB CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday said BCCI president Sourav Ganguly must be allowed to con- test the ICC election and she would write to PM Modi in this regard. New Delhi: Senior bureaucrat Jitendra Narain, accused of raping a woman in Andaman Islands, was suspended by MHA on Monday. “The government is committed to ensuring zero tolerance towards indiscipline by its officials, esp over dignity of women,” the MHA said. COURT GRANTS INTERIM BAIL TO IMRAN IN FALSE AFFIDAVITS CASE Islamabad: A special court in Pakistan on Monday granted interim bail to former Prime Minister Imran Khan till October 31 in a case filed against him and his party leaders for allegedly submitting false affidavits to poll commission in connection with a prohibited funding case. NEW DELHI l TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022 l Pages 12 l 3.00 RNI TITLE NO.DELENG/2021/19840 l Vol 2 l Issue No.50 www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia OUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR, NEW DELHI MUMBAI CENTRE SUSPENDS SNR IAS OFFICER JITENDRA NARAIN ACCUSED OF RAPE BSE SENSEX 58,410.98 491.01 | NSE NIFTY 17,311.80 126.10
  • 2. CAPITOL NEW DELHI | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022 02 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia New Delhi (PTI): Del- hiites will get to wit- ness four artificial wa- terfalls and at least 10 floating fountains in the sprawling Neeli Jheel in the heart of Asola Bhati Mines by the end of this month, officials said. The Neeli Jheel, which was earli- er almost unapproach- able and little-known to the people of the na- tional capital, will now offer a new experience for them, they said, add- ing that it will become a sought-after destina- tion for Delhi residents and nature lovers. According to an offi- cial statement, the wa- terfalls and the foun- tains, ideated by Lt Gov- ernor V K Saxena dur- ing his previous visits to Asola Bhati Mines, are being developed by the Territorial Army in coordination with the Department of Envi- ronment and Forest. This is in keeping with the Saxena’s commit- ment to develop Asola Bhati Mines into Delhi’ eco-tourism spot. On Sunday, Saxena visited Neeli Jheel and inspected the trial run of the waterfalls and the floating fountains that is going on success- fully for the last one week. This is the fourth visit of Saxena to Asola Bhati Mines since he became Delhi LG on May 26 this year. “These waterfalls at Neeli Jheel will come after Baansera, Asita East project, world class nurseries at Roshanara Bagh and Khoja Wala Bagh and restoration of Anangtal Baoli in San- jay Van that are being developed as public rec- reational spaces in na- ture for the people of Delhi,” the statement said. The nursery being developed at Roshanara Bagh will be inaugurat- ed in the first week of November. These pro- jects aim at providing breathable public green space to the people, be- sides the aesthetic up- grade of the city , it said. According to the of- ficials, the waterfalls have been created by pumping up the water from the lake to the ap- proximately 100-foot- high rocky ledges from where the water plung- es back into the lake. The waterfalls simu- lated at four different ledges will provide beautiful scenic views facilitate growth of flo- ra and fauna, they said. Artificial waterfalls, floating fountains in Asola Bhati Mines by Oct-end FOR NATURE LOVERS New Delhi (PTI): As Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Siso- dia was questioned by the CBI in the liquor policy case, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party, saying it was in- sulting Bhagat Singh and other freedom fighters by comparing ministers of Kejriwal government who are facing corruption charges to them. Today they are tak- ing out a procession, tomorrow people will teach them a lesson, Tiwari said in a dig at Sisodia, who reached the CBI office with a large number of sup- porters. People of Delhi are laughing at them. How- ever, the unfortunate thing is that they are soiling the names of Bhagat Singh and other freedom fighters by comparing them to a minister who is in jail and Sisodia who is an accused in liquor scam, Tiwari said. Delhi CM Arvind Ke- jriwal says they are like Bhagat Singh. This is notonlyaninsulttoSha- hid-e-Azam Bhagat Sin- gh but also to all those freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the independence of the country , he said. He said that Kejriwal and his ministers forgot to attend the Gandhi Jayanti programme on October 2 at Rajghat but when CBI summoned Sisodia for questioning in corruption in excise policy, he ran to Ma- hatma Gandhi's memo- rial. The North-east Delhi MP said that AAP leaders have been in- dulging in drama to deflect questions asked to them regarding the alleged liquor scam. They have not an- swered even one pointed question about the cor- ruption in the excise policy . There have been documentary evidence and sting videos expos- ing the corruption, but they have always divert- edtheissue,heclaimed. To develop a new tourism hotspot, Delhi LG directed the officials to create safe viewpoints for the visitors and provide a clear view of the waterfalls The Neeli Jheel, which was almost unapproachable and little-known to the peo- ple, will now offer a new experience. Also, it will become a sought- after destination for Delhi residents and nature lovers. —Officials New Delhi (PTI): Construction of artificial water- falls and floating fountains in Neeli Jheel at the heart of the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary to boost eco-tourism may disturb wildlife and result in man-animal conflicts, experts said on Monday. Experts told PTI that any “ill-thought” intrusion will drive wildlife away from their habitat and may lead to man-animal conflicts. Experts told PTI that any “ill-thought” intrusion will drive wildlife away from their habitat and may lead to man- animal conflicts. A year-long study conducted by the Delhi forest and wildlife department and the Bombay Natural History Society has confirmed the presence of eight leopards in the sanctu- ary, an indicator of its thriving ecosystem. The sanctuary did not record any leopard sighting for many decades after 1940, as per the Gazetteer of Delhi. In 2019, the Delhi forest department reported fresh sightings of leopard pug marks and scats in the sanctuary. SUCH AMBITIOUS PROJECTS MAY DISTURB WILDLIFE: EXPERTS ‘Don’tinsultfreedomfightersby comparingthemtoyourleaders’ ..says BJP MP Tiwari after AAP compares its leaders to freedom fighters The issue has drawn criticism from Oppn parties BJP and Congress Currently, ministers of Kejriwal govt are facing corruption charges BJP MP Manoj Tiwari addresses a press conference in New Delhi, Monday. —PHOTO BY PTI The unfortunate thing is that they are soiling the names of Bhagat Singh and other free- dom fighters by com- paring them to a min- ister who is in jail and Sisodia who is an ac- cused in liquor scam. Manoj Tiwari, BJP MP Chandigarh (PTI): Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Sin- gh Raja Warring on Monday slammed AAPconvenerArvind Kejriwal for compar- ing party leaders Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain with freedom fighter Bha- gat Singh, terming it as unfortunate. No individual can ever match the sacri- fice and commitment of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Ji. At the young age of 23, He gave his life for the motherland. Com- parison of corrup- tion accused Satyen- dar Jain @msiso- dia with Bhagat Sin- gh Ji by @ArvindKe- jriwal is unfortunate, said Warring in a tweet here. Speaking to report- ers later, Warring said, It is not right to compare anyone with Bhagat Singh. Be it Raja Warring or any- one else. (Manish) Sisodia saab can be a good person. (Arvind) Ke- jriwal saab can be a good person, (Bhag- want) Mann saab can be a good person. But it is not right to com- pare any one with Bhagat Singh, said Warring. Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khai- ra sought an apology from Kejriwal for equating the two AAP leaders with Bhagat Singh. COMPARING SISODIA, JAIN WITH BHAGAT SINGH UNFORTUNATE: PUNJAB CONG CHIEF TRIBUTE TO STALWART Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav immerses his father Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ashes in Ganga river, in Haridwar, Monday. —PHOTO BY PTI New Delhi (PTI): Secu- rity has been deployed in central Delhi’s Ranjit Nagar area where a 27-year-old man was killed during a street brawl,policeonMonday said. The extra force has been deployed to avoid any law and order issue, police said, and added there is no communal angle behind the killing. A senior police offic- er said, “Since the inci- dent, we have beefed up the security around the area to avoid any law- lessness and ensure no untoward incident takes place. There is clearly no communal angle to this incident. It was a case of alleged honking by the bikers which led to the scuf- fle.” The incident had happened on the night of October 12 when three men, including the deceased, objected to honking by some peo- ple riding a bike, police had earlier said. A call was made at Ranjit Na- gar Police Station to re- port a brawl near Chaw- la Bakery, Mandir wali gali, but when police went to the spot, they found no one there. The brawl had start- ed when Nitesh, Alok, and Monty stopped three people on a bike allegedly for honking and assaulted one of them who fell down. New Delhi (PTI): Del- hi Lt Governor V K Sax- ena on Monday issued a showcause notice to Dialogue and Develop- ment Commission of Delhi vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah on alle- gations of misuse of public office by acting as the official spokes- person of the AAP, sources said. The action came fol- lowing a complaint by BJP leader and West Delhi MP Parvesh Ver- ma. In his complaint, dated September 13, Parvesh Verma has al- leged that while work- ing as vice chairperson, Dialogue and Develop- ment Commission of Delhi (DDCD), Jasmine Shah has acted as offi- cial spokesperson of the Aam Aadmi Party for political gains, which is in violation of established procedures, and few alleged in- stances of misuse of public office by Shah has been provided..., the notice read. The inquiry in the matter was carried out by the Delhi govern- ment's planning depart- ment, which is the ad- ministrative depart- ment in-charge of the DDCD, the sources at Lt Governor's office said. The department after thoroughly analysing various video footage of Shah's presence in TV programmes, tran- script of press confer- ences addressed by him and news reports in newspapers, news por- tals etc, prima facie found he was using his government office and other perks to further an extremely partisan political agenda, spe- cifically contrary to the laid down norms for conduct of a public servant, a source said. LG issues showcause notice to DDCD vice-chairperson ‘DDCD VC HAS VIOLATED IT’ New Delhi (PTI): The national capital record- ed a minimum temper- ature of 17.5 degrees Celsius on Monday morning, two notches below the season's aver- age, the Met office said. The weatherman has forecast mainly clear skies for the day and the maximum tempera- ture expected to settle at 32 degrees Celsius, they said. The relative humidi- ty at 9.30 am was 96 per cent. The Central Pol- lution Control Board's 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) data showed that at 9.05 am, Delhi's air quality was in the poor catego- ry at 241. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfac- tory, 101 and 200 moder- ate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe. AIR QUALITY STILL ‘POOR’, MIN TEMP 17.5 DEG C MCD demolition drive in Jamia Nagar New Delhi (PTI): The Municipal Cor- poration of Delhi (MCD) on Monday carried out a demo- lition drive to re- move “illegal struc- tures” near Batla House in Jamia Na- gar using bulldoz- ers amid a heavy police presence. Commuters com- plained about traf- fic jams in the area due to the drive. Ac- cording to civic of- ficials, the demoli- tion drive was con- ducted after due in- spections by the ground staff where it was found that a number of “illegal structures” have come up in the area encroaching upon government land. “The demolition drive was conduct- ed to remove these illegal structures. Permanent as well as temporary struc- tures including shanties and kiosks were removed dur- ing the drive,” a civic official said. Security beefed up in Central Ranjit Nagar after man dies in brawl Since the incident, we have beefed up the security around the area to avoid any lawlessness and ensure no unto- ward incident takes place. There is clearly no communal angle to this incident. —Senior police officer
  • 3. CAPITOL NEW DELHI | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022 03 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Jammu (PTI): The AAP in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday an- nouncedtheUTandpro- vincial level units of the party and said it will contest the next assem- bly polls with full force and start its election campaign from Novem- ber 1. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also nomi- nated former minister Harsh Dev Singh as the head of State Coordina- tion Committee. Earlier, AAP had de- clared district and block level units and said the oath ceremony of all the nominated office bear- ers will be held on Octo- ber 28 and 29. Singh, a former chair- man of National Pan- thers Party who joined AAP in May , was named as the chairman of the AAP Jammu and Kash- mir State Coordination Committee while Dis- trictDevelopmentCoun- cil (DDC) member Meh- raj Malik and Ghulam Mustafa Khan will be co-chairmen of the com- mittee, a party spokes- man said. He said Jam- mu and Kashmir State Organisation Building Committee will be head- ed by in-charge of the UT while senior leader Om Prakash Khajuria and DDC member Malik will be co-chairmen of the committee. Nasir Ali Kochak will lead the JK State Po- litical Strategy and Pol- icy Committee as chair- man with S Surender Singh Shengari as co- chairman, whereas Jammu and Kashmir Manifesto Drafting Committee will be head- ed by S Deep Singh while Farooq Ahmed Aga will be co-chairman of the committee, the spokesman said. He said senior party leader and DDC mem- ber T S Tony has been assigned the task of chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Adminis- trative Engagement and Minority Affairs Com- mittee with Sheema Fa- rooqi as co-chairperson. The spokesman said AAP has also formed the State Media Com- mittee with Nawab Na- sir as its chairman, S Jagdeep Singh as co- chairman, whereas Aga has been nominated as chairman of State Grievances Redressal Forum and S K Sharma as co-chairperson. AAP to fight JK elections; campaign to begin from November 1 GEARING UP FOR POLLS lll Party announced UT provincial level units of the party; former minister Harsh Dev Singh nominated as head of State Coordination Committee Harsh Dev Singh, Kundal and Tony addressing a press conference at Jammu. —FILE PHOTO KNOW MORE Unjha (Gujarat): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday claimed the BJP-led government at the Centre plans to keep his deputy Man- ish Sisodia in jail till the declaration of Gu- jarat Assembly poll re- sults as it does not want him to campaign in the state. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday started questioning Delhi Dep- uty Chief Minister Sisodia in connection with alleged irregu- larities in implementa- tion of the 2021-22 Del- hi excise policy. Addressing a rally in Unjha in Mehsana dis- trict, Kejriwal said when his party comes to power on December 8, jail ke taale tootenge, Manish Sisodia chhoot- enge (the locks of the jail will break and Siso- dia will be free). December 8 is the vote counting date for Himachal Pradesh As- sembly polls, though no schedule has been announced by the Elec- tion Commission for Gujarat elections. Kejriwal said Siso- dia, a senior AAP lead- er, has built many schools in Delhi and was supposed to visit Gujarat for poll cam- paigning, but today, the CBI has called him (for questioning) and will arrest him. They will keep him (Sisodia) behind bars till December 8. They do not want him to campaign here. But when the AAP comes to power in Gujarat on December 8, 'jail ke taale tootenge, Manish Sisodia chhootenge', said the AAP leader, repeating his newly- coined slogan three times. Kejriwal, on the sec- ond day of his two-day visit to the state, asked voters to give his party at least 150 seats in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly as a simple majority would allow the BJP to wean away some of the MLAs to bring down the government. ‘BJPdoesn’twantSisodiatocampaigninGuj’ CBI questions Deputy CM Sisodia in connection with irregularities in excise policy BJP will keep Sisodia behind bars till December 8, says Delhi CM Kejriwal AAP chief asks voters to give his party 150 seats in 182-member Guj Assembly 1 2 3 New Delhi: Several AAP leaders, includ- ing MP Sanjay Singh, were detained on Mon- day after a massive protestbythemagainst the questioning of Manish Sisodia by the CBIintheliquorpolicy case. Around 100 lead- ers and workers were detained from outside theCBIoffice,theywill bereleasedsoon,aDel- hi Police official said. Dramatic visuals showed the leaders be- ing pushed into a bus by the police. Several women workers, while being taken to the bus, alleged the police “misbehaved” with them. AAP MP Sanjay Singh was detained along with other pro- testers or unlawfully protesting at the CGO complex, where large gatherings are banned, a senior po- lice officer said. Sisodia earlier in the day predicted his arrest as part of what he called a BJP “plan” to stop him from cam- paigning for the up- coming Gujarat elec- tion. He also took out a roadshow in an open-roof SUV on his way to the CBI office and made many stops, including at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Raj Ghat, and ad- dressed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers. Sisodia, 50, left home after a “tilak” ritual, accompanied by AAP leaders like party MP Sanjay Sin- gh and MLAs Atishi and Saurabh Bharad- waj. The CBI has pre- pared a list of ques- tions and will ask them in “several phas- es”, sources say. The evidence found so far, and statements of oth- ers accused in the “liquor scam” will be placed before the Dep- uty CM, they say . New Delhi (PTI): Del- hi Deputy Chief Min- ister Manish Sisodia on Monday dubbed as “fake” the case lodged againsthimbytheCBI in the alleged excise policy scam, and claimed that his ques- tioning was taking place as the BJP was “scared” of the AAP’s “popularity” in poll- bound Gujarat. Sisodia made the re- marks ahead of his questioning by the central agency here in the case. The deputy CM asked AAP volun- teers to feel proud if he goes to jail, saying he was a follower of Shahid Bhagat Singh. Delhi Chief Minis- ter and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal cam- paigning in Gujarat said that Sisodia was going to be arrested in a bid to stop him from electioneering in the western state. “The re- sults of Gujarat (polls) will be out on Decem- ber 8. They will keep Manish Sisodia in jail till then so that he can not go to Gujarat for campaigning,” Kejri- wal said. The BJP slammed AAP , saying it was “in- sulting”freedomfight- ers by comparing them with Kejriwal government ministers facing corruption charges. BJP ‘scared’ of AAP’s ‘popularity’ in poll-bound Gujarat: Sisodia Police remove AAP MLAs supporters who had gathered near the CBI office while Deputy CM Manish Sisodia was being questioned, in New Delhi, Monday. —PHOTO BY PTI AAP protests, 100 detained amid Sisodia questioning Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal speaks during a public meeting at Unjha in Mehsana district, Monday. —PHOTO BY PTI MISSION GUJARAT New Delhi (PTI): Delhi Commission For Wom- en (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Monday al- leged that a man forci- bly entered her resi- dence in her absence and vandalised her cars. She has complained to the Delhi Police. “A few moments back, an attacker forced his way into my residence and attacked it. He vandal- ised my mother's car and my vehicle and made an attempt to en- ter the house,” Maliwal said in a tweet in Hindi. “By the grace of God, my mother and I were not present there. You can do anything but I am not going to be scared. I am complain- ing to Delhi Police,” she said. Police said around 9 am, a call was received at Civil Lines police sta- tion stating that a man had vandalised two cars and broken glasses. Deputy Commission- er of Police (North) Sa- gar Singh Kalsi said on reaching the spot, the police team found a per- son who was later iden- tified as Sachin, a resi- dent of Nathupura who has been detained in connection with the in- cident. DCW chief claims her house attacked Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia at the party office before leaving for the CBI headquarters for questioning in connection with the excise policy probe, in New Delhi, Monday. —PHOTO BY PTI Attacker vandalised my mother’s car and my vehicle and made an attempt to enter the house —Swati Maliwal, DCW chief New Delhi (PTI): The Delhi Police have taken suo motu cognisance and registered an FIR against unknown per- sons who allegedly climbed the walls of Delhi University's Mi- randa House during an open Diwali fest on the campus, officials said on Monday . Deputy Commission- er of Police (North) Sa- garSinghKalsisaidthey have booked the persons under sections of tres- pass based on the video. The students of the prestigious all-women college alleged several men climbed the college walls and gates to wit- ness an open Diwali fest on the campus and in- dulged in ‘cat-calling and sloganeering’. Miranda college prin- cipal B Nanda said the crowd was unprece- dented and for the safe- ty of students the gates were closed. “This did not deter the crowd who tried to enter the college after scaling the walls. Police immediately took ac- tion and controlled the situation,” Nanda told PTI. Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal said the com- mission has sent a no- tice to Delhi Police and college administration regarding the matter. Boysforciblyentered the ongoing Diwali fair at Miranda House, one of the most famous col- leges in Delhi. The girls have made serious alle- gations of molestation and exploitation. We are sendinganoticetoDelhi Police and the college administration. How did this hooliganism happen? What security arrangements were made? Maliwal tweeted in Hindi. Nanda has also filed a complaint at Maurice Nagar Police station and pledged to take measures to ramp up security in the college to prevent similar inci- dents in the future. CopsfileFIRaftermenseenscalingMirandaHousewalls Men seen ‘climbing’ walls of all-women Miranda House to see Diwali fest. —TWITTER New Delhi (PTI): In wake of a ruckus during a fest, Delhi University's Miranda House on Monday formed a sub-committee to revisit the procedures of holding events and provided an emergency SoP, pro- hibiting open events without prior regis- trations. In a notice, College principal B Nanda said the college has taken serious note of Friday's unprece- dented incident dur- ing the Diwali Mela organised by the NSS Unit of Miranda House. During the fest, Several men were seen climbing the college walls and gates to witness an open Diwali fest on the campus and indulged in cat-calling and sexist sloganeering”. The incident has created an uproar on social me- dia with several expressing concern over the safety of women. Committee formed to revisit procedures to hold events The college has taken ‘serious note’ of unprece- dented incident during the Diwali Mela —B Nanda, College principal Mumbai: Professor Bi- jayalaxmi Nanda, Prin- cipal of Miranda House College on Monday said that they have not received any com- plaints of sexual har- assment while reacting to the incident where some people tried to en- ter the premises of the college. She said, “There was a Diwali Mela pro- gramme in the college on October 14. Due to the excess crowd, we closed the doors after which some people tried to enter the prem- ises.” She further said that the matter has been taken into cognizance and all safety measure have been taken. ‘No Complaint Of Sexual Harassment’
  • 4. l Vol 2 l Issue No. 50 l RNI TITLE NO. DELENG/2021/19840 Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Impressions Printing and Packaging Limited, C-21, 22 Sector-59, Noida-201301. Published at G-20, 3rd Floor, 309, Preet Vihar, New Delhi-110092. Phone 011-49846474. Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act PERSPECTIVE NEW DELHI | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022 04 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia SPIRITUAL SPEAK Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts! —Buddha IN-DEPTH Dr. S. Jaishankar @DrSJaishankar Delighted to meet diplomats from 30 countries at Raisina Forum for Future of Diplomacy 2022 program.A commendable initiative at investing in relationships. Shared experiences past present of interest to them. So glad that they could visited Varanasi as they get to know India. Smriti Z Irani @smritiirani As a gift to the farmers of the country ahead of Diwali, today PM @ narendramodi ji launched 600 “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samridhi Kendra” and “Bharat” brand in line with the “One Nation, One Fertilizer” idea. With the help of these schemes, it will be easy to do farming and the life of the food donors will be happy. #PMKisan TOP TWEETS SOURAV GANGULY CAUGHT IN THE VORTEX OF TMC, BJP POLITICS nintentionally, for- mer India captain Sourav Ganguly finds himself caught in politics. Ganguly recently announced his decision to step down as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. No sooner than his deci- sion was known that politics erupted. It was said that Gan- guly was upset at being denied a second term as BCCI president, while Jay Shah, the secretary, has been allowed. It was also said that he was miffed for not being allowed to contest for the post of president of the Interna- tional Cricket Committee (ICC). From here on politics between the BJP and TMC took over. Many wondered if Ganguly was denied the second term because he did not join the BJP due to his proximity with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Ganguly himself has preferred silence on this issue. On Monday Mamata told Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to be “politically vindictive” towards Ganguly and requested that the cricketer be allowed to contest the ICC election. U iz Truss became Britain’s prime minister on Sep- tember 6, just about six weeks ago, finds her flight being rocked by political turbu- lence. Truss is now trying to salvage her position while, according to a Times’ survey, her critics in the Conserva- tive Party are discussing the prime minister’s ouster and the way to go about it. Al- though not easy, if that hap- pens Truss will end up being the prime minister for the shortest tenure in British history. Some newspaper in London tried to guess if her shelf life would be shorter than the head of a lettuce. Truss’s troubles began on September 23 when the Chan- cellor Kwasi Kwarteng an- nounced 45 billion pounds in tax cuts. The highest salary earners were given low in- come-tax cuts. The hastily prepared budget led to tur- moil in the market and in- stead of bouquets, bricks started being hurled at the prime minister. A cornered Truss tried to wriggle out of the situation by hastily roll- ing back the tax cuts for the rich, sacking Kwarteng and appointing Jeremy Hunt the new finance minister. Despite that, analysts at Goldman Sachs bank have downgraded the UK’s growth outlook. These steps have not been found satisfactory by a group of Tory MPs who are keen to have her replaced by either Rishi Sunak, who lost the PM’s race to Truss, or Penny Mordaunt who came third. Tory MPs are recalling how Rishi Sunak, the former Chancellor, warned against taxcutsinoneof histelevised debates with Truss. With the economy already sinking, the political instability could bring about Truss’s downfall sooner than expected. LIZ TRUSS FACING HEADWINDS Truss’s troubles began on September 23 when the Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced 45 billion pounds in tax cuts. The highest salary earners were given low income-tax cuts. The hastily prepared budget led to turmoil in the market and instead of bouquets, bricks started being hurled at the PM L Indian Women are Queens of Asia with a Dominant Display in Asia Cup! f you want something said, ask a man; if you want some- thing done, ask a woman!” This quote by Margaret Thatcher clearly reflects the recent scenario in Indian cricket. While everyone ex- pected the Indian men’s team to lift the Asia Cup, the dream was actually fulfilled by the Indian Women’s team. On Saturday, they thrashed Sri Lanka by 8 wickets to become the Asian queens for the sev- enth time. The victory comes barely a month after the men’s team flopped badly and even failed to reach the finals. India missed winning just once - in 2018 Inthe8AsianWomenChampi- onships,Indiahasmissedwin- ning just once - in 2018. In the final, Sri Lanka was annihi- lated as they posted only 65 runs losing 9 wickets - the worst batting performance playing first in the final. Re- nuka Singh, the Indian medi- um pacer struck early blows taking 3 wickets for just 5 runs – and Sri Lanka never recov- ered.RajeshwariGaikwad and Sneh Rana later took 2 wickets apiece to set up an easy chase. In reply, India’s dominant batters polished off the 66 runs to win in 69 balls, losing just 2 wickets. India’s Vice CaptainSmritiMandhanahit a half century in just 25 balls as she hit 3 sixes and the same number of fours in her effort. Shafali Verma and Jemima Rodrigues were the only wickets taken by Sri Lanka and the final, expected to be a close contest, ended far too quickly to the dismay of the 10000 plus crowd at the Sylhet Stadium in Bangladesh. The road to the final wasn’t without a stutter for the In- dian Women’s team. They lost to their arch rivals Pakistan in a crucial match which was India’s first ever defeat in the Asia Cup against them and the first since 2016. Pakistan’s win was a surprise as it came onthebackof adefeatagainst Thailand in the previous match. Opting to bat first, Pa- kistan made 137 losing 6 wick- ets, thanks to the 76-run-part- nership between Nida Dar and Captain Bismah Maroof. Inreply ,Indianopenersstrug- gled against the spinners and were bowled out for just 124 . The loss though did not pre- vent India from entering the Semi Finals where they faced Thailand. In terms of rank- ings, India is much higher but the Thai team had a dream championship and were a sig- nificant threat. India was asked to bat first and Shafali Verma ensured that India reached a respectable total of 148 with help from Harman- preet Kaur as well. Shafali hit a28ball42studdedwith5fours and a six. The middling total provedatadtoomuchforThai- land as they lost by 74 runs. Pakistan suffered a shocking defeat In stark contrast, Pakistan suffered a shock defeat in their semi-final with Sri Lan- ka. Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka posted a disappoint- ing total of 122 runs in 20 overs but Pakistan failed to pounce on the opportunity and kept losing wickets. Ulti- mately, it was heartbreak for Pakistan women as they lost by 1 run in the low-scoring but intense semi-final. TheChampionshipwinwas a continuation of the great gains they have been making in recent months. In early Au- gust, at the Commonwealth Games 2022, they had scripted history by bagging a silver medalintheirfirst-everouting at the Commonwealth Games. Though they had settled for the silver medal in Birming- ham, the team under captain Harmanpreet Kaur was show- ing clear signs of solid im- provement.Therapidprogress of the Indian women’s team became more obvious in Sep- tember when they trounced England 3-0 in an ODI series. However, the close win in the last game was marred by the ‘Mankading’ row that erupted after Deepti Sharma got rid of England’s Charlotte Dean. Sharma had run out Dean at the non-striker’s end which sparked off a huge debate. Deepti Sharma bags ‘Player of the Tournament’ Given this background, it was particularly satisfying that Deepti Sharma bagged the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award at the Asia Cup! Her all-round skills and her per- formances both with the bat and ball all through this sea- son have been quite remark- able – and it was gratifying to note that the ‘Mankading’ row in England had not cast Indian women lifts Asia Cup trophy for 7th time As the entire country cele- brates Indian women lifting the Asia Cup trophy for the seventh time, all eyes are now focussed on how well the men willdoDownUnder.Hopefully Rohit Sharma and his troops willgetaspecialinspirationto bring back the T20 World Cup Trophy that has eluded India ever since they won it in the inaugural edition in 2007! THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL “ I Given this background, it was particularly satisfying that Deepti Sharma bagged the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award at the Asia Cup! Her all- round skills and her performances both with the bat and ball all through this season have been quite remarkable – and it was gratifying to note that the ‘Mankading’ row in England had not cast any dark shadow over her game in the Asia Cup where she was a vital factor in India’s triumph While everyone expected the Indian men’s team to lift the Asia Cup, the dream was actually fulfilled by the Indian Women’s team. On Saturday, they thrashed Sri Lanka by 8 wickets to become the Asian queens for the seventh time. The victory comes barely a month after the men’s team flopped badly and even failed to reach the finals SIDDHAARTH MAHAN The writer is a specialist on Sports and Cinema who works as an actor in the Hindi film industry
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  • 7. INDIA NEW DELHI | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022 06 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia New Delhi (Agencies): With a declining trajec- tory of fresh Covid cas- es, a new Omicron sub variant, however, is pos- ing a new threat in the country . According to some re- ports, the first case of BF.7 has been detected by the Gujarat Biotech- nology Research centre. This new Omicron vari- ant is also considered to be highly infectious and has a greater transmis- sibility . Omicron sub-vari- ants -- BA.5.1.7 and BF.7 -- after emerging from a region of Mongolia in China are now making their way to other parts and posing fresh threats. Reportedly , Omicron variants BF.7 and BA.5.1.7 are behind the recent surge in the Cov- id-19 cases in China. However, experts have advised precaution and Covid appropriate be- haviour ahead of the up- coming festive season. Meanwhile, the active caseload of the country presently stands at 26,834 cases, accounting for 0.06 per cent of the country’s total positive cases. India’s daily posi- tivity rate was reported to be 1.86 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.02 per cent on Monday . A total of 2,060 fresh Covid cases was detect- ed in the last 24 hours against2,401reportedon the previous day , the Un- ionHealthMinistrysaid on Monday morning. New Omicron sub variant BF.7 detected HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DISEASE IN INDIA Gap b/w internal and external security reducing: Rajnath Gandhinagar (PTI): Defence Minister Ra- jnath Singh on Monday said the gap between internal and external security is reducing sharply in the last two decades. He also said the inde- pendent media, judici- ary, NGOs and dynamic democracy can be mis- used to destroy the se- curity of a nation. Addressing the sec- ond convocation of the Rashtriya Raksha Uni- versity (RRU) at Lavad village in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar district, Singh said “the lines between the internal and external security almost disappear in a hybrid war”. He stressed the need for state agencies to work in an integrated manner as security challenges like terror- ism, cyber warfare, hu- man trafficking, mon- ey laundering, drug abuse etc are internal- ly connected though they appear separate. With the changing times, there has been a tremendous change in security dimensions, he said. “We generally see se- curity from two aspects – internal and external. But in the last two dec- ades, it has been seen that the gap between internal and external security is reducing,” Singh said. The defence minister said social media, NGOs, the judiciary and the democracy of a country can be mis- used by forces working to destroy its security. “An independent so- cial media can be used to carry out systematic propaganda. Freedom of social media is not bad, media should be free, but if media is free it can be misused… Attempts are made to establish and propa- gate dangerous and controversial things in the name of freedom of expression,” he said. “If NGOs have free- dom, efforts are made to use NGOs in such a way that the entire sys- tem of the country is paralysed. If the judici- ary has freedom, ef- forts are made to use it to stop or slow down the works of develop- ment using the legal system,” Singh said. ‘With the changing times, there has been a tremendous change in security dimensions’ Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel during the release of the Gujarati edition of book ‘Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery’, in Gandhinagar, on Monday. —PHOTO BY PTI Had the opportunity to participate in the release ceremony of the Gujarati edition of the book ‘Modi @ 20’ in Gandhi- nagar today. Shri @narendramodi has promoted the poli- tics of development and credibility in the country. The peo- ple of the country have faith in his leadership. This book is very use- ful to understand his working style. —Rajnath Singh @rajnathsingh Top leaders stress Gandhi family to play key role in going forward New Delhi (PTI): With the Congress set to elect its first non-Gandhi president in over 24 years, senior leaders on Monday stressed the Gandhi family’s guid- ance will be crucial and will play an important role in the party in the days to come. The polls are signifi- cant as the new presi- dent would replace So- nia Gandhi, the longest- serving Congress presi- dent who has been at the helm since 1998, barring the two years between 2017 and 2019 when Rahul Gandhi took over. Voting for the Con- gress presidential polls began on Monday. Sen- ior leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tha- roor face-off for the post of the AICC chief. Over 9,000 Pradesh Con- gress Committee (PCC) delegates form the elec- toral college to pick the party chief in a secret ballot. Speaking to reporters after casting her vote at the AICC headquarters here, senior leader Am- bika Soni asserted that the Gandhi family can- not be ignored and the party workers’ attach- ment with them would remain. Hailing Sonia Gandhi’s contribution to the party, Soni said she played a key role in the formation of the UPA government and the Congress’ win in the 2004 polls, beating the BJP’s ‘Shining India’ campaign. Former PM Manmohan Singh casts vote for party’s Presidential election at AICC headquarters, in New Delhi, on Monday. STOP YATRA NOW, GO TO HP, GUJARAT: FRANCISCO SARDINHA Panaji (PTI): Congress MP and former Goa chief minister Francisco Sardinha said Rahul Gandhi should stop the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra and concentrate on the poll- bound states of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. He claimed that Congress is the “only party” which can defeat the BJP. The Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra is sched- uled to cover a distance of 3,570 km in 150 days. CONGRESS MPs SINGHVI, THAROOR GET CHAIRMANSHIP OF PARLIAMENTARY PANELS CONG MP WON’T CAMPAIGN AGAINST BROTHER Hyderabad (Agencies): Congress MP and the party’s star campaigner Komatireddy Venkat Reddy made it clear that he will not campaign in the Munugode Assembly constituency where his brother Komatireddy Raja- gopal Reddy is contesting the by-election as a BJP candidate. Venkat Reddy made the remarks while addressing reporters at Gandhi Bhavan, the state headquarters of Congress party, after casting his vote in the AICC presiden- tial election. NEW CONG PREZ WILL TAKE FORWARD LEADERSHIP’s VISION: SALMAN KHURSHID New Delhi (ANI): Congress MPs Shashi Tharoor and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who went missing on the first list of parliamentary committee chairmen rolled out recently, made their way into the second one. Another list of Standing Committee chairmen have recently been announced in which Congress MPs have got the chair- manship of two panels - one of Lok Sabha and the other of Rajya Sabha. New Delhi (ANI): Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Monday said that the new party president would take forward and implement the vision of the party leadership. “Party leadership will remain. The new party president will decide how to take forward and implement the lead- ership’s vision,” Congress leader Salman Khurshid said after casting his vote at the All India Congress Commit- tee (AICC) office in the national capital. With a declining trajectory of fresh Covid cases, a new Omicron sub variant is posing a new threat CRUCIAL READ CARCASS OF WILD ELEPHANT FOUND IN PADDY FIELD IN ASSAM’S NAGAON DIST Nagaon (Assam) (ANI): Forest officials in Assam found the carcass of a wild elephant in a paddy field in the state’s Nagaon district on Monday. According to the forest officials, the dead elephant, aged about 7 years old, was found at Kiling village near the Jakhalabandh area this morning. Prima facie, infighting is suspected to be the cause of death. Nepal Mandal, Forest Range Officer said the wild tusker might have died after fighting with other elephants. “Today morning, the local villagers and forest staff informed us that, a wild elephant died in the area and we immediately reached the spot and found the carcass of the tusker. Local villagers told us that, a herd of elephants came to the area last night. The elephant was not healthy and its treatment was going on,” the officer said. THAK-THAK GANG KNOCKED OUT, FOUR ARRESTED HYDERABAD MAN KILLS WIFE TWO KIDS, HANGS SELF New Delhi (Agencies): Delhi Police have arrested 4 members of the notori- ous Thak-Thak gang, who knock on automobile and home windows to distract the eye of motorists with a view to rob them, officers.The accused have been recognized as Dheenathayalone (24), Raju (54), Karupa Samy (37) and Murti (24). Police said that they had been all presently residing at Shakurpur in Delhi, however, all are natives of Tamil Nadu. With their arrest, police have additionally claimed to resolve 4 instances of theft registered. Hyderabad (Agencies): In a shocking incident, a man murdered his wife and two children before committing suicide in Hyderabad. The bodies were found at their house in Papireddy colony in Chandanagar area on Monday after police broke open the door following com- plaints by the neighbours about foul smell. Bodies of Nagaraju, his wife Sujata and children Si- dappa (11) and Ramyasri (7) were found lying in the house. The police suspect that the incident occurred on Friday. Ghulam Nabi Azad vouches for restoration of J-K statehood Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir) (ANI): Dem- ocratic Azad Party chairperson Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday reiterated the demand for the restoration of statehood ahead of the assembly elections scheduled next year. Former Congress Rajya Sabha MP and Democratic Azad Par- ty chairperson Ghu- lam Nabi Azad ad- dressed a public rally in Kathua and launched three main agendas of his outfit. “We have three main agendas, first to re- store statehood, sec- ond to reserve the rights of purchasing lands for JK people only, and third to re- serve jobs rights only for local youth”, Azad said in a public rally. Adding that we will not step back until these agendas are ful- filled. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday an- nounced that his new political outfit will be named as ‘Democratic Azad Party’. The development comes exactly a month after Azad resigned from the Congress par- ty. Announcing the name of the new party at a press conference here, Azad said that the outfit will be secular, democratic and inde- pendent from any in- fluence. ED attaches 28 assets worth crores of TRS lawmaker Nama Nageshwar Rao New Delhi (ANI): The Enforcement Directo- rate (ED) has attached 28 immovable proper- ties and other assets worth Rs 80.65 crore be- longing to TRS MP Nama Nageshwar Rao and his family members in an ongoing money laundering case against Ranchi Expressway Ltd, Madhucon Projects Limited and its director and promoters, the agency said on Monday . The ED has also at- tached the registered of- fice of the Madhucon group of companies and residential property at Jubilee Hills, Hy- derabad. The properties were attached under the provisions of the Pre- vention of Money Laun- dering Act, 2022. Nama Nageshwar Rao is a pro- moter and director of the Madhucon group of companies and a per- sonal guarantor to the Bank loan defaulted by the company . ED has identified and attached immovable as- sets of Rs 67.08 crore at Hyderabad, Khammam and at Prakasham dis- trict and movable assets of Rs 13.57 cr including shareholding of Nama Nageshwar Rao and his family members. Indore (Agencies): The Madhya Pradesh police on Monday booked a husband-wife duo for allegedly har- assing and abetting TV actress Vaishali Th- akkar’s suicide. VaishaliThakkarwas found hanging at her residence in the Sai Bagh colony in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, under the limits of Tejaji po- lice station, an official informed on Sunday adding that a suicide note was also recovered from the spot which sug- gested that she was stressed and harassed by her neighbour, busi- nessmanRahulNavlani. The Tejaji Nagar Police have booked Rahul Nav- lani and his wife Disha undersections306(Abet- ment of suicide) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of commonintention)of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly persuading the actor to kill herself. Railways mulls protection after Duronto robbery Kolkata (Agencies): The Ministry of Rail- ways is giving a critical thought to the redeploy- ment of Railway Safety Force (RPF) comman- dos on premier trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto passing alongside sure routes after Sunday’s armed theft on board the New Delhi-Howrah Duronto Specific in Bihar. As many as 20 armed robbers obtained on the practice quickly after it left Patna station on its technique to Howrah and looted the passen- gers at gunpoint. DAP Chairman Ghulam Nabi Azad OPS sits on Deputy Oppn Leader’s chair Chennai (ANI): All In- dia Anna Dravida Mun- netra Kazhagam (AI- ADMK) leader O Pan- nerselvam (OPS) on Monday lashed out at the rival faction leader Edappadi Palalniswai (EPS) for not attending assembly session that began on Monday . The former Chief Minister OPS was seen participating in the pro- ceedings of the House seated in the chair for AIADMK deputy floor leader. EPS was absent in the assembly session. As per sources, he “boy- cotted” the Assembly session because rival faction leader OPP was made to sit as the As- sembly Deputy Opposi- tion Leader Chair, the sources said. OPS said, “We are at- tending the assembly session today as AIAD- MK MLAs. You should ask the EPS faction why they did not attend the assembly session.” On the existing feud in the party, OPS said that it is a dangerous situation that the bylaws of the party are being changed. AIADMK leader O Pannerselvam TAMIL NADU ASSEMBLY SESSION —PHOTO BY PTI MP cops book husband-wife for abetment to suicide ACTRESSES SUICIDE CASE
  • 8. NEW DELHI | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022 07 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Commodity Price Change % Chg GOLD 50,833.00 40.00 0.07 (Per 10g) SILVER 56,255.00 594.00 1.05 (Per 1kg) COMMODITIES Currency Price Change % Chg USDINR 82.30 0.11 0.13 GBPINR 92.93 0.38 0.41 CURRENCIES SBI,Kotak,Federal Bank revise lending rates First India Bureau New Delhi: Sate-owned State Bank of India (SBI) and private lenders Kotak Mahindra Bank and Fed- eral Bank have revised their lending rates under marginal cost of fund based lending rate (MCLR), making consumer loans such as personal, home and auto costlier. SBI has revised the MCLR for the benchmark one-year tenor to 7.95%, up by 25 basis points from pre- vious rate. SBI said the new MCLR is effective from Oc- tober 15, 2022. The one-year tenor MCLR is the rate against which most con- sumer loans are tied to. Kotak Mahindra Bank said the MCLR for various tenors has been set in the range of 7.70-8.95% with ef- fect from October 16, 2022. Federal Bank said its one-year MCLR on loans and advances has been re- vised to 8.70%. BASED ON MARGINAL COST OF FUNDS MCLR RATE REVISION z SBI has revised the MCLR for the benchmark one- year tenor to 7.95%, up by 25 basis points. z SBI said the new MCLR is effective from Oct 15, 2022. z The one-year tenor MCLR is the rate against which most consumer loans are tied to. GOVERNMENT SEEKS DATA ON VACANCIES FROM PSUs: OFFICIAL New Delhi (PTI): The govern- ment has sought data on va- cancies from all public sector undertakings (PSUs) and asked them to prepare a roadmap to fill those with an aim to reducing unemployment in the country. Information has been sought by the government regarding vacancies at the entry-level as well as at the senior level, a senior official of a public sec- tor undertakings said. ‘TRADE SETTLEMENT IN RUPEE THING IN RIGHT DIRECTION’ Kolkata (PTI): With the RBI allowing Indian banks to open vostro accounts with Russian banks for trade settlement in the Indian cur- rency, the tea exporters have expressed the view that this a step in the right direction as Russia is a big importer of tea from India.”Opening up of vostro account is a good step. Anything in that direction is good”, an official of ITEA said. NEW RBI NORMS TO STRUCTURALLY STRENGTHEN ARCs Mumbai (PTI): The new regulatory guidelines for asset recon- struction companies will lead to consolidation in the sector apart from structurally fortifying them with improved governance, better disclosures, lower funding needs for asset ac- quisitions, and robust bal- ance sheets, says a report. BYJU’S RAISES $250 MILLION IN FRESH FUNDING ROUND New Delhi (PTI): Edtech major BYJU’S has raised $250 mil- lion (about `2,000 crore) from its existing investors, in- cluding Qatar Investment Authority, in a fresh funding round, the company said on Monday. The funding round follows BYJU’S recent announce- ment to become profitable by March 2023. “BYJU’S raises $250 million in a fresh funding round. INDIA’S SUGAR OUTPUT TO BE HIGHER AT 36.5 MT IN 2022-23 MARKETING SEASON: ISMA New Delhi (PTI): The country’s sugar production is projected to be 36.5 million tonnes in the 2022-23 marketing season, an increase of 2% compared to the year- ago period, industry body ISMA said on Monday. The marketing season will be starting this month. The production in India, the world’s major producer of the sweetener, stood at 35.8 million tonnes during the 2021-22 marketing season. The season is from Oct-Sept. With an estimated increase in production despite higher diversion for etha- nol, ISMA expects export to be around 9 mn tonnes this season. OTHER STORIES business BRIEFS Hyderabad (PTI): The In- dian School of Business (ISB) was ranked number one in India and 44 glob- ally in the top 100 Finan- cial Times (FT) Executive MBA 2022 ranking. After ISB, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B) figured in the FT list at 86th position glob- ally. Alumni from the Post Graduate Programme in Management for Senior Executives class of 2019 have been surveyed for this year’s ranking and ISB has significantly ranked higher in various parameters of this year’s rankings than the previ- ous year, the premier B- School said. New Delhi (PTI): Film ex- hibition firm PVR Ltd on Monday reported a nar- rowing of consolidated loss after tax at `71.49 crore in the second quar- ter ended September with people returning to cine- mas as the pandemic eas- es. The company had posted a consolidated loss after tax of `153.27 crore in the year-ago peri- od, it said in a regulatory filing. Consolidated reve- nue from operations in the second quarter stood at `686.72 crore as against `120.32 crore. PVR LTD 2nd QUARTER CONSOLIDATED LOSS AFTER TAX NARROWS ISB, IIM-BANGALORE FIGURE IN FT EMBA 2022 RANKINGS New Delhi (PTI): Gold price in Delhi fell `40 to `50,833/10 gm on Mon- day amid a fall in the pre- cious metal prices in the overseas market, accord- ing to HDFC Securities. In the previous trade, the yellow metal had touched `50,873 per 10 grams. Silver also declined by `594 to `56,255/kg from `56,849 per kg. In the in- ternational market, gold was quoting lower at $1,655.75 per ounce while silver was down at $18.55 per ounce. GOLD PRICE FALLS RUPEES 40; SILVER DECLINES `594 New Delhi (FIB): Cement maker ACC on Monday reported a consolidated net loss of `87.32 crore for September quarter on account of a steep rise in fuel cost. The company had posted a profit of `450.21 crore for the same quarter a year ago. However, total revenue from operations was up 6.42% to `4,057.08 crore in July-Sept as against `3,812.31 crore. Accord- ing to ACC, its EBITDA in the quarter “stood at `16 crore largely due to steep rise in fuel cost” as against `712 crore earlier. ACC REPORTS NET LOSS OF `87 CRORE FOR SEPT QUARTER *Rates till the edition went to print. FIGHT AGAINST INFLATION TO BE PROLONGED: RBI ARTICLE First India Bureau New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India in its Octo- ber Bulletin noted that India’s fight against ‘stub- born’ retail inflation will be dogged and prolonged, given the long and varia- ble lags with which mon- etary policy operates and that it is fraught with un- certainties. Retail inflation, which is measured by YoY changes in the all-India consumer price index (CPI), rose to 7.4% in September, up from 7% in August. The headline inflation saw a rise owing to the sharp increase in CPI food inflation to 8.4% in September from 7.6% a month ago. However, going forward RBI expects the headline inflation to ease from its September high, albeit stubbornly, on the back of easing momentum and fa- vourable base effects. “While the persistence of headline CPI inflation above the tolerance band for three consecutive quar- ters (up to September) will trigger mandated account- ability processes, mone- tary policy remains fo- cussed on realigning infla- tion with the target,” RBI said. Input cost pressures in- creased in September 2022 across manufacturing and services, albeit at a slower pace, as reflected in the PMIs. Selling prices also edged up across manufacturing and services, with the ser- vices sector registering price increases higher than the long-term average, the central bank noted in its bulletin. RBI expects the momen- tum of real GDP growth to shed the drag embedded in the NSO’s estimates for Q1FY23 and move into pos- itive territory in the re- maining quarters. “Although this may not be evident in year-on-year growth rates due to unfa- vourable base effects, q-o-q annualised rates will re- flect the underlying recov- ery,” the bulletin reads. Nokiabagcontractsfrom Jiotobuild5Gnetwork New Delhi (PTI): Finnish company Nokia said it has won a multi-year deal from Reliance Jio to build one of the largest 5G networks in the world. Under the contract, Nokia will supply equip- ment from its AirScale portfolio, including base stations, high-capacity 5G Massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) an- tennas, and Remote Radio Heads (RRH) to support dif- ferent spectrum bands, and self-organising network software. Reliance Jio plans to de- ploy a 5G standalone net- work which will interwork with its 4G network. The network will enable Reliance Jio to deliver ad- vanced 5G services such as massive machine-to-ma- chine communications, network slicing, and ultra- low-latency . Sensex,Nifty rise for 2nd straight day as oil,banking stocks advance Mumbai (PTI): Bench- mark BSE Sensex rose by 491 points while Nifty set- tled above the 17,300 level on Monday on the back of buying in index majors Re- liance Industries, ICICI Bank and recovery in glob- al markets. Rising for a sec- ond session, the 30-share Sensex jumped 491.01 points or 0.85% to settle at 58,410.98. The index opened lower and fell to a low of 57,639.80 in early trade. However, it bounced back in late morning deals and hit rallied 529.03 points or 0.91% to touch a high of 58,449. The broad- er NSE Nifty climbed 126.10 points or 0.73% to end at 17,311.80, markingitssecondstraight session of gains. Among Sensex shares, State Bank of India, NTPC, Bajaj Finserv, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Reliance Indus- tries, and IndusInd Bank were the biggest winners. Inflation will not show rate hike impact now: Varma New Delhi (PTI): RBI Monetary Policy Commit- tee (MPC) member Jayanth R Varma on Monday said that the impact of mone- tary policy tightening on inflation will be felt after five to six quarters. The central bank is man- dated to keep inflation at 4% with 2% of upside and downside margins. In order to control rising inflation, the RBI on Sep- tember 30, has raised short- term lending rate for the third consecutive time by 50 bps to take the repo rate to 5.9%. Since May it has cumula- tively increased the key interest rate by 190 basis points. “No doubt it (inflation) will come down. Because we have done monetary policy tightening. “That tightening will have its im- pact. The monetary policy takes, you know, five to six quarters to have its impact and cool prices,” he said. “We started only in April. We will start seeing the effect of that tightening later in the year. Air passenger traffic volume to recover to pre-pandemic level Mumbai (PTI): Air pas- senger traffic volume is expected to recover to the pre-pandemic level, imply- ing a robust 75% year-on- year growth this fiscal, a report said on Monday . The pick-up in traffic volume is expected to be led by domestic traffic as slots and routes on the interna- tional front are still open- ing up, domestic credit rat- ing agency Crisil said in its report. It also said that the air- port operators are expected to see their traffic volume recover to the pre-pandem- ic (fiscal 2020) level this fis- cal, spurring a recovery in revenue, supported by an increase in tariffs. In FY23, with the pan- demic impact seemingly behind us, air traffic vol- ume is expected to in- crease to the fiscal 2020 level of around 340 million passengers. New Delhi (PTI): The gov- ernment on Monday said the price rise in wheat and rice has been “normal” and it will intervene in the mar- ket to offload the grains if there is any abnormal in- crease in the rates. Food Secretary Sudhan- shu Pandey also said the government has surplus stocks of both wheat and rice in its godowns which will be used for making market intervention. “Price rise is not abnor- malas it has beenperceived and projected...,” he said. Citing the example of wheat, he said the “price rise is normal” as the last year’s wholesale price was depressed as the govern- ment sold huge quantities under its OMSS to bulk consumers, he said. The whole price of wheat was ruling at `2,331 per quintal on October 14, 2021, as against `2,474 per quin- tal on the same day in 2020. “Therefore, it is not ad- visable to compare the cur- rent year’s increase in wheat with last year’s. It should be compared with prices that prevailed in 2020,” Pandey explained. 1/3rd OF PASSENGERS HAD TO PAY EXTRA FOR FLIGHT SEATS Mumbai (PTI): Around one-third of air passengers had to pay extra money for seats on a flight in the last 12 months as free seat option was not available, according to a recently con- ducted survey. One in every third person surveyed said that the airline they booked did not give the option to secure a free seat,” the survey said. Some consum- ers prefer to reserve seats as per their choice which can be availed by paying an extra `200-1,500, especially for seats in the front and emergency rows as they offer more legroom. Price increase in wheat and rice normal:Food secy ` FALLS 11 PAISE TO CLOSE AT 82.30 AGAINST US DOLLAR ERICSSON ANNOUNCE LONG-TERM STRATEGIC 5G CONTRACT WITH JIO Mumbai (PTI): The rupee depreciated by 11 paise to close at 82.30 (provisional) against the US dollar on Monday as risk-off sentiment among investors and sustained foreign capital out- flows weighed on the local unit. However, a rally in the domestic equities and a weak greenback overseas restricted the rupee’s fall, traders said. At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local currency opened lower at 82.33 and later fell to a low of 82.42. The unit finally settled at 82.30 against the American cur- rency, registering a decline of 11 paise over its previous close. New Delhi (PTI): Telecom gear maker Ericsson on Monday announced a long-term strategic 5G contract with Reliance Jio to roll out 5G standalone (SA) network in the country. This is the first partnership between Jio and Ericsson for radio access network deployment in the country. Akash Ambani, Chair- man of Reliance Jio, said, “We are delighted to partner with Ericsson for Jio’s 5G SA rollout... We are confident that Jio’s 5G network will accelerate India’s digitalisation and will serve as the foundation for achieving our nation’s ‘Digital India’ vision”.
  • 9. NEW DELHI | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022 08 2NDFRONT www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Ghaziabad (PTI): Amid a series of pet dog attacks, the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation has banned the resi- dents from keeping the ferocious Pitbull, Rott- weiler and Dogo Argen- tino breeds as pets. The civic body issued a host of other guidelines on Saturday for pet-owners according to which they will have to get a licence for their dogs, which will be issued from No- vember 1, and no family can keep more than one pet dog. Pet-owners liv- ing in high rise com- plexes will have to use service lifts for taking their dogs out and make sure they wear a muzzle while in the public. The decision comes amidst several dog bite inci- dents reported from various localities of the city in the recent months. The pet-owners will have to obtain regis- tration within 2 months. “The three breeds -- Pitbull, Rottweiler and Dogo Argentino -- are ferocious (khoonkhar), and no permission will be granted to keep these dogs. No licence will be issued. If somebody buys one of these, he/ she will be responsible. All these three breeds have been banned in Ghaziabad,” BJP leader and GMC councillor Sanjay Singh told PTI on Sunday. Singh had moved s proposal to ban these breeds which was passed by the munici- pal body House. He said people who already have these breeds of dogs will have to get them sterilized within two months. Mayor Asha Sharma told PTI, “Sterilisation of the dogs has been declared compulsory in the board meeting of the civic body held on Sat- urday. Without sterili- sation, certificate regis- tration will not be granted.” “In case the dog is younger than six months, the owner will have to submit an affi- davit with an assurance that they will get the pet sterilised when he be- comes one,” she added. The mayor said dog- owners love their pets, but they must also think about the chil- dren who sustained se- vere injuries in dog at- tacks. “More than 10 children suffered dog bites. A child in the Sa njay Nagar colony , Kush Tyagi, was attacked by a Pitbull and he got 150 stitches on his face. Four days later, another boy was attacked by a dog of this breed,” she said. All zonal officers of of the GMC have been instructed to issue notices to pet-owners to inform them about the rules and regulations passed in the board meeting. On stray dogs, mayor Sharma said residents would be al- lowed to offer them food at a designated place. Ghaziabad bans Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino as pets RELIEF FOR HUMANS? lll Pet-owners living in high rise complexes will have to use service lifts for taking their dogs out and make sure they wear a muzzle while in the public CITY LOGS 635 DENGUE CASES IN FIRST 12 DAYS OF OCTOBER The rise in dengue cases has taken the total count to 1,572 so far this year New Delhi (PTI): The number of dengue cas- es in Delhi has seen a spike with 635 new in- fections being reported in the first 12 days of October taking the total tally to 1,572 so far this year, a civic body report said on Monday . Of the total 1,572 cases record- ed this year, as many as 693 were reported in September alone. The city had logged 937 cases of dengue this year till September-end, and 635 fresh cases were reported in the first 12 days of October, taking the tally of the vector- borne disease in the city to 1,572, according to the report released by the Municipal Cor- poration of Delhi (MCD) on Monday . It is also the highest number of dengue cas- es logged during the January 1-October 12 period since 2017, when the corresponding fig- ure was 2,884, the report stated. The report said that as many as 314 fresh dengue cases were re- ported in a week be- tween October 5 and 12. Between October 1 and 5, the city reported 321 cases. In 2015, the city had witnessed a massive dengue outbreak, with the number of cases crossing 10,600 in Octo- ber. It was Delhi’s worst dengue outbreak since 1996. According to the MCD report issued on Monday , the city record- ed 23 dengue cases in January , 16 in February , 22 in March, 20 in April, 30 in May, 32 in June, 26 in July and 75 in Au- gust. No death has been reported so far this year due to the disease. —REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE According to GMC, ferocious dog breeds—Pit Bull, Rottweiler, and Dogo Argentino have been banned as pets. MONTHLY DATA TwoChineseheldin Noidaforcyberfraud Noida (PTI): Two Chi- nese nationals have been arrested from UP’s Greater Noida for their alleged involvement in a cyber fraud, officials said on Monday. The suspects were held by a joint team of the Special Task Force (STF) and the local Knowledge Park police station for allegedly duping sever- al Indian citizens. The duo had put out an app on Google Play store through which they lured Indian citi- zens into making easy money online, accord- ing to the STF. The ar- rested persons have been identified as Feng Chenjin and Huang Kuan. Two passports were also found from them, one of which had expired, the STF said. More than 150 SIM cars, 96 of them activated, two laptops, Rs 30,000 cash, 110 Chinese Yuan, 10,000 Korean Won and 5,000 Cambodian Riel were also recovered from them, it added. The police said they have seized some im- portant documents from the duo, who has been sent to jail, while further investigation is underway. The duo has been booked for cheat- ing, forgery of docu- ments as well as under provisions of the Infor- mation Technology Act, among others, the po- lice added. The duo were held by a joint team of the Special Task Force (STF). AAP leaders greet Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann on his birthday Chandigarh (PTI): Several AAP leaders in- cluding Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejri- wal and Punjab cabinet ministers on Monday greeted CM Bhagwant Mann on his birthday . Mann turned 49 on Monday . GreetingMann on his birthday, AamAad- mi Party national convener A r v i n d Kejriwal in a tweet in Hindi said, “Birthday wishes to my younger brother Pun- jab CM Bhagwant Mann ji. May God give you a healthyandlonglifeand more strength to serve people of Punjab.” Punjab cabinet Min- ister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer tweeted, “Birthday wishes to the beloved leader of Pun- jabis @Bhagwant- Mann.” AAP minister Baljit Kaur, wishing Mann on his birthday, said thanks to his hon- est visionary thinking, Punjab is moving ahead on the way to becoming a vibrant state again. 353 DRUG SMUGGLERS, NABBED IN A WEEK IN PUNJAB Chandigarh (PTI): The Punjab Police on Monday said 353 drug smugglers and suppli- ers have been arrested in a week as part of an ongoing anti-narcotics drive in the state. Inspector General of Police (Headquarters) Sukhchain Singh Gill said 273 FIRs have been registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substanc- es (NDPS) Act during this time period. He said the police seized 11.56 kg heroin, 13.51 kg opium, 900 gram ganja, eight quin- tals of poppy husk, and 88,014 tablets, capsules, injections, and vials of pharma opioids, be- sides Rs 20 lakh cash after carrying out cor- don-and-search opera- tions. In a statement here, Gill said 11 pro- claimed offenders in the drug cases have been arrested in the last seven days. GOVT ACTIVELY TAKING STEPS TO ENACT LAW FOR CLINICS, LABS New Delhi (PTI): The city government on Monday told the Delhi High Court that it was “actively” taking steps for drafting, finalising and enacting its own law to regulate clinical establishments, includ- ing laboratories, here. The Delhi govern- ment was responding to a petition by Bejon Ku- mar Misra who has al- leged that unauthorised laboratories and diag- nostic centres in the na- tional capital were be- ing managed in by un- qualified technicians. In an affidavit, it also stated that provisions of an existing central government statute, Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regu- lations) Act, 2010, are not applicable to the na- tional capital and guide- lines have been issued to regulate all laborato- ries conducting Covid- related tests. A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad listed the case for consideration on January 11. “It is respectfully sub- mitted that the Delhi Health Establishments (Registration and Regu- lation) Bill, 2022, herein- after referred to as the Delhi Health Bill, 2022, has already passed through various stages of finalisation,” stated the affidavit submitted by the special secretary of the Delhi govern- ment’s health and fami- ly welfare department. —FILE PHOTO Protest outside Hurriyat office in Srinagar against killing of Kashmiri Pandit Terrorist hideout busted in J-K, arms seized Jammu (PTI): Securi- ty forces on Monday busted a terrorist hide- out in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch dis- trict, and seized arms and ammunition from it, officials said. The hideout was un- covered during a joint search operation by po- lice and security per- sonnel at Sangla village in the Surankote area of the border district, they said. The officials said a pistol, four hand gre- nades, four Under Bar- rel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) cartridges, a wireless set, 16 impro- vised explosive device (IED) batteries and three AK magazines withroundswereseized from the hideout. The operation was carried out acting on specific information, they said, adding that no one was arrested. Srinagar (PTI): A group of people, includ- ing social activists, staged a protest outside the Hurriyat Confer- ence office on Monday against the killing of KashmiriPanditfarmer Puran Krishan Bhat by terrorists last week, of- ficials said. The protest- ers assembled outside theofficeof theMirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hur- riyat at Rajbagh here and held a protest. They held the Hurriyat re- sponsible for the blood- shed in Kashmir Valley . Theprotestersdaubed “India”onthemaingate of theHurriyat’scentral building and brought down the signboard of the separatist amalgam, the officials said.The gate was locked. The protesters included so- cial activists, municipal corporators and Kash- miri Pandits, the offi- cials added. One of the protestors said the Hur- riyatofficewillbeclosed down soon and an or- phanage will be run from the building. Another protestor, a Kashmiri Pandit, said the people of Kashmir have realised that they want peace and not bloodshed. Bhat was gunned down by terror- ists on Saturday outside his ancestral house in the Chowdhary Gund area of south Kashmir’ Shopian district, where he had gone to look after his orchards. Bhat was cremated in Jammu. ‘PromoteU’khandasyoga,wellnesstourism’ Dehradun (PTI): Utta- rakhand Chief Minis- ter Pushkar Singh Dha- mi on Monday sought the help of Indian diplo- mats in promoting the state as a yoga and well- ness tourism destina- tion in countries where they are serving. “Uttarakhand has the potential to quickly emerge as an interna- tional yoga and well- ness tourism destina- tion. It is the original land of yoga. People trained in yoga here have become yoga in- structors abroad,” he said at a meeting in Dehradun with Indian ambassadors and high commissioners to seven countries. During the meeting at his residence here, the chief minister also sought the diplo- mats’ support in pro- moting the state govern- ment’s ‘One District Two Products’ pro- gramme to advertise at least two unique local products from each of its 13 districts . He also asked the dip- lomats to give informa- tion to officials in Utta- rakhand about the best practices prevalent in the countries where they serve. The diplo- mats suggested that products of the hill ar- eas of the state and their cuisine should be promoted. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami meets the Ambassadors of India posted in several countries at Chief Minister’s Residence, in Dehradun on Monday. —PHOTO BY ANI The protesters including social activists and Kashmiri Pandits assembled outside the office and brought down the signboard. Reflect today on your legacy; What gift you wish to leave for the world and start building it today not ‘when you have more time’… —Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO Editor-in-Chief, First India
  • 10. www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/ thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 09 midst the d a z z l i n g light, glimps- es of mag- n i f i c e n c e and elegance were wit- nessed in the grand finale of the 9th edi- tion of Rajasthan’s biggest and most prestigious beauty pageant Elite Miss Rajasthan 2022. Shweta Raje won the title of Elite Miss Ra- jasthan 2022 in this magnific event held on Sunday at Sam- skara Resort on Ajmer Road. On the other hand, Taj Devs- hree Hada and Shee- na Parashar the first runner-up and sec- ond runner up won their names. While Disha Nareda and Shivangi Singh Rao were declared run- ner-ups. Dr Jagdeesh Chan- dra graced the pro- gram as the chief guest and motivated the finalists. During this, Directors of Elite Miss Rajasthan Gaurav Gaur, Anil Bhattar, Ajit Soni, PN Doody, Nakul Vi- jay, Yasheel Pandel and Patron of the program JD Mahesh- wari congratulated the winners for their bright future. During the finale, Charvi Tanya Dutta, Aditi Hyundai, Him- mat Singh and Akanksha Bhalla were present as judg- es to test all the con- testants. Talent from cities like Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Kota as well as small areas and villages of Ra- jasthan got a chance to show their skills on the ramp. The event took place in five designer se- quence rounds, the first round show- cased designer Var- sha Jangid’s western designer collection. In the second round, the girls performed the ramp walk with 32 saris of Bhaiya who came from Bag- ru. This was followed by a multi-designer round, wherein 17 eminent designers from Rajasthan showcased their col- lection, in which the top 15 girls were shortlisted by the jury . After which the question answer round with the top 6 selected from all the contestants was fol- lowed by the finale round in the fashion designer Heena Bala- ni’s Garments crowned the winner of this season. Mean- while, the girls’ title a n n o u n c e m e n t round was also spe- cial. The judges an- nounced the top 3 on the basis of talent, confidence, intelli- gence and introduc- tion of the models. KAVITA CHAUHAN cityfirst@firstindia.co.in A The glorious grand finale of the 9th edition of Elite Miss Rajasthan 2022 took place at Samskara Resort on Ajmer Road on Sunday, October 16. City First brings to you glimpses of pure fashion from the mega show! NEW DELHI | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022 ELITE MISS RAJASTHAN 2022 HERTRAILOF GLITTER Jagdeesh Chandra with (L-R) Gaurav Gaur, Shivangi Singh Rao, Shweta Raje, Devshree Hada, Sheena Parashar and Varunavi Singh (From Left) 5th runner up Shivangi Singh Rao, 3rd runner up Varunavi Singh, 2nd runner up Sheena Parashar, Miss Elite Rajasthan 2022 Winner Shweta Raje, 1st runner up Devshree Hada and 4th runner up Disha Nareda (From Right) Miss Elite Rajasthan 2022 Shweta Raje, 1st runner up Devshree Hada and 2nd runner up Sheena Parashar —PHOTOS BY SUNIL SHARMA AND MUKESH KIRADOO
  • 11. 10 ETC NEW DELHI | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia F A C E O F T H E D A Y LAAKSHI PATHAK, Influence ARIES MAR 21 - APR 20 Things move positively on the academic front and encourage you to give your best. Good man management will help you in completing a project or assignment in time. Travelling with your near and dear ones to the countryside will prove immensely fulfilling. Blessings of someone will fulfilling your expectations. LIBRA SEPT 24 - OCTOBER 22 You are likely to experience a positive phase in your existence. Favourable decision can be expected regarding a piece of property under dispute. Those in tourism and hospitality sectors will find new opportunities knocking at their door. You may take the initiative of organising a family gathering. TAURUS APR 21 - MAY 20 Switching to healthy foods will be the key to remaining fit and active. A family issue may need to be deliberated upon, so that it does not disturb domestic harmony. An out of town invitation will tempt some to undertake the journey. Spirituality may bring a special meaning to your life. SCORPIO OCT 23 - NOVEMBER 22 A trip with friends will be both enjoyable and therapeutic. Family life will remain stable and provide you a firm foundation from where to venture forth. This is the best time for launching your ideas at work. Money multiplies through excellent financial planning. The day turns out well for you. GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 21 Change of diet will improve health. A difference of opinion may pit you against a family elder. Those compelled to travel are likely to find interesting company. Some of you will be able to add to your wealth and even plan to buy property. You are set to enjoy the exclusive company of people of eminence. SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 - DEC 22 Meeting someone new is likely to enlarge your social circle. Something you had wanted for the home may be gifted to you. Your ideas will work on the professional front and speed up the progress. Your financial condition is not bad, you possess the potential to earn much more. Overall health remains good. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 23 Time is favourable as your real estate investments start giving handsome returns. An official trip is likely to keep you tied up. Your help and support to a youngster will help boost his or her self-confidence. Those trying to achieve their professional targets will succeed. CAPRICORN DEC 23 - JAN 20 Businesspersons are likely to do good business today and earn well. The day proves excellent for you, both personally and professionally. Appease someone in the family to have your way.You may have to put your foot down against a trip you are reluctant to go on. Keep a close track of the progress. LEO JULY 24 - AUGUST 23 Your professionalism is likely to be praised at work. Someone’s unexpected arrival at home threatens to upset your personal plans. Seeing new places, meeting new people is in store for some. There is nothing that can go wrong today, except things involving property. AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 19 You will be able to get the study stream you desire on the academic front. Going is likely to get better on the professional front. Purchasing a new car or an expensive appliance is indicated. Children can keep you entertained. The day is favourable to get a project underway. VIRGO AUG 24 - SEP 23 Those in the financial sector can hope to start making profits. You may think up ways of improving your health. A major renovation work may be undertaken at home. A journey is likely to take you down the memory lane. Travel stars look bright for some, especially for overseas travel. PISCES FEB20 - MARCH 20 Some additional perks can be expected by those in the private sector. An enjoyable outing is on the cards for some. Family life will cruise along smoothly and give you time for rest and recoup. A promotion or a prestigious appointment is in store for those in a government job. YOUR DAY Horoscope by Saurabbh Sachdeva Role of Social Media in the Role of Social Media in the Promotion of Art and Artists Promotion of Art and Artists fter ‘tech sav- vy’ it is the ‘social media savvy’ that has become synonymous with today’s generation. About 2/3rd of online Indians spendtimeondifferent social networking sites like Facebook, Insta- gram, Twitter, You- Tube, Pinterest, etc. Even the trend of send- ing personal emails seems to have become obsolete as compared to the usage of social media. But why is this media becoming so popularinIndia?Inter- action, live chat, status updates,image-aswell as video-sharing are a few of the major as- pects that play a role in the popularity of so- cial media. Social me- diaisdefinedas“forms of electronic commu- nication through which users create on- line communities to share information, ideas, personal mes- sages, and other con- tent. Customer re- sponses, interac- tion and brand awareness is the reason companies are using social me- dia in India and across the globe. Its multiple roles played bysocialmediabeyond its core role of mere communicating infor- mation are leading to its popularity . India has the world’s largest number of Fa- cebook users and the third largest internet users in the world after the US and China. In the modern era, every- thing is online. “Social media are primarily Internet-based tools for sharing and dis- cussing information amonghumanbeings.” Linked In, a profes- sional business-related networkingsite,allows companies/ promoters of events to create pro- fessional profiles for themselves, and their business to facilitate networking and con- necting with others. Social media is not only helping artists, in- stitutions and galler- iestoimproveoutreach and audience engage- ment, but its effective use is also becoming an invaluable marketing tooltoengagewithnew audiences and create new sales channels. Till the advent of so- cial media mouth pub- licity, the use of media (TV , Print media, ad- vertisements) was the most resorted means of popularizing art and cultural shows and bringing fame to artists. But gradually they have lost credibil- ity and have become too time-consuming and with their limited reach are getting out fashioned. Today’s youth wants every- thing “Now”. They are in a hurry and can’t wait for the next day’s newspapers or news bulletins to convey to them what they want toaccessinareal-time scenario. They want to probe more and more about issues, and topics of their interest and so turn to the use of the internet which makes social media so popular. Companies promoting art and artists are diverting re- sources into social media and re- thinking their tra- ditional outreach s trate- g i e s . E v e n artistshaveunderstood the importance of so- cial media and they do promotetheirproducts through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and so on. It is the right time for every artist, promoterof artandart lover to adopt social media as the key tool. Fans and artists are connected through So- cial Media p l a t - forms, which offer them the chance to comment, like, and sharecontent,andthey may even speak with their favourite artists. Artists using Social Media can develop stronger relationships with their fans as one of the strongest bene- fits of using it. Today, artists and businesses use so- cial me- dia to g e t cl o s e r to their a u d i - e n c e s and meet customers where they are - re- gardless of geographic location. Being present on social media allows creative minds to ex- press themselves with more liberty, frequen- cy, and intimacy, and eventually promote their work and gener- ate sales. While each social media platform, and each expert, has its own standards on how often to post, what’s im- portant is con- sistency . Re- cent surveys show that an ever-grow- ing percent- age of the g e n e r a l public dis- covers art primarily through social media, rather than by visiting museums and galler- ies, especially among younger demograph- ics. Instagram is argu- ably the most impor- tant social network for contemporary art to- day, Instagram’s in- credible success is due to people’s need for in- teraction, archiving, self-expression, escap- ism and peeking- this makes it clear why the visually-driven plat- form seems to be art enthusiasts’ favourite placetoshareartworks, and it is also becoming a legitimate contempo- rary art medium of its own. True, quality con- tent matters but it can only shine through a proper medium. There are some neg- ative aspects of social media it is time-con- suming, requires con- stancy and dedication, work of artists availa- ble for comparison in open fora and can be discouraging for young emerging artists, doesn’t guarantee suc- cess and finally, the quantity and quality of stuff on social media platforms can be over- whelming and may not be so authenticated. Nevertheless, the ad- vantages of social me- dia platforms outnum- ber the disadvantages. These are:- its easy ac- cessibility, almost free or with the least ex- penses, easy to connect to an audience no mat- ter where an artist is located, gives an artist a chance to showcase the amount of work which happens behind the scenes: the trials, the attempts and the dialogue necessary to create art. Social me- dia makes it easy for artists to get noticed and viewed by their peers and the public grows and fosters uniqueness and crea- tivity . 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  • 12. ETC www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia NEW DELHI | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022 11 irst India Queen, where beauties from pan India will compete for the privi- leged titles and crowns, at Hotel Sahara Star in Mum- bai on October 21, re- vealed its top 30 final- ists recently! And now it's time to bring to light the successful partners behind the beauty pageant. These partners stand out in the crowd and can see the difference in quality from across the room. More than a hundred women from across the country walked the ramp and showcased their talent during various audi- tions rounds held across multiple cities. Grooming and train- ing sessions were held where contestants prepared in various aspects to enhance confidence, fitness and other areas of de- velopment that are needed to become a supermodel. First India Queen is curated by Blanckan- vas Media and the fi- nale will be choreo- graphed by Parimal Mehhta. Apart from cash incentives, and gorgeous crowns by SVAR Fine Jewellery, the winners will also win Brand endorse- ments and SM influ- encer contracts, calen- dar shoots and more. Anjali Khandal has been selected as the face of the First India Queen, the young in- nocent beauty from Rajasthan is the sym- bol for lakhs of young girls, who hope to make it big in the world of glamour. Parimal Mehhta said, We are extreme- lyexcitedandgratified to have come up with this season of First In- dia Queen. This sea- son, we are also proud to announce various perks for the winners that'll highlight not just their victory but a blend of their unique- ness and high-spirited attitude. The brand is a true personification of a beauty queen. I congratulate all the partners for their con- stant support. More partners of the grand show to be an- nounced tomorrow. F MITALI DUSAD cityfirst@firstindia.co.in THE SENSATIONAL SQUAD FIRST INDIA QUEEN FIRST INDIA AND BHARAT24-VISION OF NEW INDIA PRESENT FIRST INDIA QUEEN RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THE MUCH-AWAITED 30 FINALISTS. AND NOW WE BRING TO YOU THE ASSOCIATE PARTNERS IN VARIOUS FIELDS BEHIND THE MAGNIFICENT SHOW! Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai Parimal Mehhta, Founder, Blanckanvas Media Madhuri Bhosale Founder, IRA Women Khalid Ansari IP consultant Raghuveer Jhaveri Founder, Parram Parraa Netra Saxena, Founder and CEO - Ira Anjali Khandal Jagdeesh Chandra FIRST INDIA AND BHARAT 24- Media partner BLANCKANVAS- Grooming and brand associa- tion partner IRA WOMEN- Content partner PARRAM PARRAA- Designer REGAL SHOES- Footwear partner KHALID ANSARI- IP consultant