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  1. 1. Kartikey Dev Singh Mumbai: Months after he was embroiled in a major controversy lead- ing to the entire Maha- rashtra opposition breathing down his neck, on Monday , Maha- rashtra Governor Bha- gat Singh Koshyari ex- pressed his desire to step down from the po- sition. Koshyari said he has expressed desire before Prime minister Narendra Modi to quit the post and ‘spend the remainder of his life in reading, writing and other activities.’ “During recent visit of Prime Minister to Mumbai, I conveyed to him my desire to be dis- charged of all political responsibilities. I have always received the love and affection from the Hon’ble Prime Minister and I hope to receive the same in this regard,” a statement from the Raj Bhavan said. “It was an absolute honour and privilege for me to serve as the Rajya Sevak or Rajya- pal of a great State like Maharashtra the land of Saints, Social re- formers and valiant fighters,” Koshyari add- ed. “I can never forget the love and affection that the people of the state have given me for three years,” he said. MAHA-TURN IN MAHA-POLITICS! Maha Guv Bhagat Singh Koshyari expresses desire to step down! Cong demands President sack Koshyari; ‘better late than never’, says Thackeray faction Mumbai: The Con- gress on Monday de- manded Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Sin- gh Koshyari, who has expressed the desire to quit, be sacked by the President and not al- lowed to quit while the Shiv Sena (UBT) fac- tion took a dig saying “better late than nev- er”. The Congress and NCP, both members of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) along with Shiv Sena (Thackeray) fac- tion, also said Koshy- ari should have written to the President to dis- charge him of all re- sponsibilities if he be- lieved the position of the governor is Consti- tutional and not politi- cal one. Maharashtra Con- gress president Nana Patole alleged when MVA was in power, Ko- shyari’s conduct and mentality as the gover- nor was to break the Constitutional order. “Instead of writing a letter to the President to whom the position of governor is connect- ed, Koshyari wrote a letter to the Prime Min- ister. He should not be relieved of his respon- sibilities but sacked from the post,” Patole told reporters. He alleged Koshyari made objectionable statements against icons like Chhatrapati Shivaji, Savitribai Phule, Jyotiba Phule and Babasaheb Ambed- kar and has turned the Raj Bhavan into a Bharatiya Janata Par- ty office. He said the Congress has been insisting on the removal of the gov- ernor over his contro- versial statements but the BJP was in agree- ment with the gover- nor’s opinion. “We request the President that the gov- ernor should be ex- pelled. Do not let him go voluntarily,” he add- ed. Shiv Sena (UBT) leader and spokesper- son Arvind Sawant said Koshyari cannot be absolved of his ex- tra-Constitutional acts. Sawant questioned the basis on which the governor had adminis- tered the oath to an “extra-Constitutional” chief minister, a refer- ence to CM Eknath Shinde, last June. “It is better late than never,” Sawant said. Pakistan feared only Balasaheb Thackeray: CM Eknath Shinde First India Bureau Mumbai: Maharash- tra CM Eknath Shinde on Monday paid rich tributes to Shiv Sena founder Bal Thacker- ay, saying he was the only Indian leader that Pakistan feared and though the late politician espoused the cause of Hindut- va, he never hated the Muslim community. Speaking at the inau- guration of an oil por- trait of Bal Thackeray in the central hall of Maharashtra legisla- tive building in south Mumbai on the occa- sion of his 97th birth anniversary, he said the Sena founder nev- er compromised on his values to gain power. Thackeray-Ambedkar announce union ‘for democracy’ Sandeep Shukla Mumbai: The Shiv Sena (UBT) and Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi on Monday an- nounced an alliance ahead of civic polls in several cities in Maha- rashtra. Addressing a joint press confer- ence, Uddhav Thack- eray said his grandfa- ther Keshav Thacker- ay and Prakash Ambedkar’s grandfa- ther, legendary social icon and jurist B R Ambedkar, were con- temporaries who ad- mired each other and worked to eradicate social evils and bad practices. “The inheritors of these two leaders, and people around them, have come together to protect the country’s interest. We are com- ing together to ensure democracy is alive,” Thackeray said. Without naming the Bharatiya Janata Par- ty, which is ruling in Maharashtra as well as at the Centre, Thackeray said the country is heading to- wards autocracy. Thackeray also dared the powers-that- be to hold Assembly polls in Maharashtra at the earliest. The state is being ruled by a faction of the Sena that broke away in June last year and the Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Thack- eray group has rou- tinely called it a dis- pensation of “trai- tors”. Speaking about the alliance, Ambedkar said the coming to- gether of the VBA and Shiv Sena (UBT) was the start of the “poli- tics of change”. Shiv Sena - Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray chief Uddhav Thackeray with VBA leader Prakash Ambedkar and others celebrate their newly- announced alliance at Ambedkar Bhavan in Mumbai on Monday. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari ‘SUPPORT US AND WE WILL RESTORE STATEHOOD IN J&K’ KL RAHUL, ATHIYA SHETTY TIE KNOT! PARAKRAM DIWAS First India Bureau Jammu: Cong leader Ra- hul Gandhi on Monday addressing a gathering at the Satwari Chowk said that the party will put all its might to restore state- hood for Jammu and Kashmir and strongly accused the NDA Government at the Centre of snatching away the statehood. P5 Daughter of actor Sunil Shetty, Athiya Shetty and Cricketer KL Rahul’s wedding marks the first big fat celeb wedding of 2023. They tied knot in their Khandala farmhouse on Monday. SC DISMISSES CBI APPEAL AGAINST BAIL TO ANIL DESHMUKH New Delhi: In a major relief for former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the CBI’s appeal challenging the Bombay High Court order granting bail to NCP leader in a corruption case. SPICEJET OFFLOADS 2 PASSENGERS FOR UNRULY BEHAVIOUR PAKISTAN SUFFERS HUGE POWER OUTAGE AFTER GRID FAILURE New Delhi: Two passengers supposed to fly a SpiceJet flight from New Delhi to Hyderabad on Monday were handed over to the security agency. Male passenger touched the female cabin crew inappropriately. P6 Islamabad: Millions of people were without electricity in Karachi, Islamabad etc as Pakistan experienced a nationwide power outage on Monday due to reduced frequency in national grid. READ Crucial Crucial 5TH SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE INS VAGIR COMMISSIONED INTO IN Mumbai: Indian Navy on Monday commissioned the fifth Kalvari class submarine Vagir at the naval dockyard in Mumbai in presence of Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar. P6 GOLDEN TRIBUTE TO INDIA’S HEROES! PM Modi, HM Shah pay tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose 21 Andaman Nicobar Islands named after PVC awardees Moni Sharma New Delhi: Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi on Monday named 21 Is- lands in Andaman and Nicobar after recipients of India’s highest mili- tary decoration, the Param Vir Chakra. The naming was done on oc- casion of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s 126th birth anniv also known as Parakram Diwas. “When history is be- ingmade,thefuturegen- erationsnotjustremem- ber, assess and evaluate it, but also find constant inspiration from it,” Modi said. The first re- cipient of the award was Major Somnath Sharma, who lost his life while fighting against Pak in 1947. P5 PM Narendra Modi at naming ceremony of 21 islands of Andaman Nicobar after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, via VC, on Monday. Amit Shah and others present during the event in Port Blair on Monday. INDIA 1ST COUNTRY TO NAME ISLANDS AFTER SOLDIERS: HM Union Home Minister Amit Shah, present on the occasion on Monday, said that India is the first country to have done this, as no other country in the world had named an island after the brave soldiers who fought for the nation. BELOW ARE ALL 21 ISLANDS THAT WERE NAMED... DHAN SINGH ISLAND Lieutenant Colonel (then Major) Dhan Singh Thapa TARAPORE ISLAND Lt Col Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore KARAM SINGH ISLAND Lance Naik Karam Singh BANA ISLAND Naib Subedar Bana Singh EKKA ISLAND Lance Naik Albert Ekka KHETRAPAL ISLAND 2nd Lt Arun Khetrapal PANDEY ISLAND Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey HOSHIAR ISLAND Major Hoshiar Singh SHAITAN ISLAND Major Shaitan Singh JADUNATH ISLAND Nayak Jadunath Singh YOGENDER ISLAND Subedar Major YS Yadav HAMID ISLAND Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid RANE ISLAND 2nd Lt Rama Raghoba Rane RAMASWAMY ISLAND Major R Parameswaran BATRA ISLAND Captain Vikram Batra JOGINDER ISLAND Subedar Joginder Singh SALARIA ISLAND Capt GS Salaria (then Major) PIRU ISLAND Company Havildar Major Piru Singh SOMNATH ISLAND Major Somnath Sharma SEKHON ISLAND Flying Officer NS Sekhon SANJAY ISLAND Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar REMEMBERING NETAJI! LS Speaker Om Birla, PM Narendra Modi, S Jaishankar, Rajnath Singh, Kiren Rijiju, VK Singh, Arjun Ram Meghwal and other dignitaries on occasion of birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in New Delhi on Monday. PM Narendra Modi and Cong Prez Mallikarjun Kharge share a lighter moment. Om Birla is also seen here. Five-member Oversight Panel to be led by Mary First India Bureau New Delhi: Legendary boxer Mary Kom will head five-member over- sight committee formed by the Indian Sports Ministry to look into the allegations of sexual harassment of women wrestlers by Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said on Monday . The other members of the committee include the Olympic medalist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, former badminton player Trupti Murgun- de, ex-TOPS CEO Crd (Retd) Rajesh Rajagopa- lan and former SAI ex- ecutive director – teams – Radhica Sreeman. P6 Mary Kom Anurag Thakur The WFI pres- ident will not discharge his duties and stay away from affairs of WFI. The working of WFI will be looked after by Oversight Committee till their mandated duration and it will also probe the serious allegations against WFI and its chief. —Anurag Thakur, Union Sports Minister Plea in Del HC against wrestlers for levelling harassment charges against WFI President OUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR MUMBAI www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia MUMBAI l TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023 l Pages 12 l 3.00 RNI TITLE NO. MAHENG/2022/14652 l Vol 1 l Issue No. 258 BBC SERIES ON PM: UK PETITION CALLS FOR PROPER PROBE ‘INDIA’S G20 A CHANCE TO TELL STORY OF NEW INDIA’ 3RD TEMPLE VANDALISED IN MELBOURNE Canberra: A third Hindu temple was vandalised with anti-India graffiti in Melbourne’s Albert Park on Monday, days after Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs was vandalised. 4.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE IN MANIPUR Imphal: An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 struck Manipur’s Bishnupur on Monday evening, NCS said. The earthquake occurred at 7.12pm and epicentre was 79km west-northwest of Bishnupur. New Delhi: A new petition has called for an independent inquiry into a “serious breach” by BBC in its duties as a public broadcaster in UK over a controversial documentary series on PM Modi. New Delhi: British High Commissioner to India Alexander Ellis said India’s G20 Presidency is an “opportunity” to tell the story of a “new and modern India,” it can tackle some of ‘world’s big problems’. P6 BSE SENSEX 60,941.67 319.90 | NSE NIFTY 18,118.55 90.90 P4 NATIONAL GIRL CHILD DAY! —PHOTO BY BHUSHAN KOYANDE Nana Patole
  2. 2. NEWS MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023 02 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Thane: The Mumbai-Goa Highway will be devel- oped on the lines of the expressway between the metropolis and Pune as well as the recently inaugurated Samruddhi Corridor to Nagpur, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said. Addressing the concluding function of the ‘Malvani Mahotsav’ on Sunday night, Shinde said the expressway between Mumbai and Goa will be a greenfield one (fresh construction) and will be access controlled. Thane: A 26-year-old man has been arrested from Bhiwandi city in Thane district on Monday for allegedly raping and killing a three-year-old girl a day before, police said. The accused is a powerloom worker. He lured the girl who was playing outside her house on Sunday evening under the pretext of showing her a mobile phone. He sexually assaulted her at his house and then strangled her to death. Mumbai: The newly commissioned Metro lines together recorded over one lakh ridership on the second day after starting commercial operations. People of the city have warmly embraced the new full-length operations of the Mumbai Metro’s Lines 2A and 7 which were inau- gurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event recently. According to sources, the rush was such that people avoided taking autorickshaws, taxis and buses. ‘CORRIDOR LIKE PUNE EXP FOR MUM-GOA SOON’ MAN HELD FOR RAPE, MURDER OF 3-YEAR-OLD METRO LINES 2A, 7 RECORD RIDERSHIP OF 1 LAKH ON DAY 2 CRUCIAL READ HC denies bail to former police officer Pradeep Sharma First India Bureau Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to grant bail to former policeman Pradeep Sharma ar- rested in connection with the Antilia bomb scare case and the kill- ing of businessman Mansukh Hiran, but ex- pressed anguish about the manner in which the National Investiga- tion Agency (NIA) had probed the case. A division bench of Justices Revati Mohite Dere and RN Laddha noted that the NIA’s probe was silent on the co-conspiratorsinvolved with dismissed police- man Sachin Waze in plantinggelatinsticksin an SUV parked outside the residence of indus- trialistMukeshAmbani. The agency has not done an “in-depth” investiga- tion, it said. “We express some an- guish in the manner in whichtheNIAhasinves- tigated the charge of conspiracyof parkingof the Scorpio vehicle near theresidenceof apromi- nent businessman and plantingof gelatinsticks in the said vehicle, on February 24 and 25, 2021,” the court said. It further noted that the NIA was silent on per- sons with whom Waze had conspired to plant the gelatin sticks. The bench further said that several questions were unanswered by the NIA with respect to the case pertaining to the park- ing of the vehicle laden with gelatin sticks. “We hope and trust that the NIA, in right earnest, will investigate this aspect further,” HC said. While refusing to grant bail to Sharma, the bench noted that as per evidence submitted by the NIA in the Hiran murder case, it prima facie points to the com- plicity of Sharma. “The possibility of the appel- lant, a retired police of- ficer, having clout, tam- pering with the wit- nesses, cannot be ruled out,” the court stated. ANTILIA BOMB SCARE CASE Cites prima facie evidence pointing to his involvement in the Hiran murder; pulls up NIA over investigation of case Former cop Pradeep Sharma —FILE PHOTO THE CASE BJP working towards winning Kasba Peth bypoll: state min Patil Govtworkingonimproving healthcaresector:Fadnavis SLOW AND STEADY Pune (PTI): State min- ister Chandrakant Patil on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had wished for an unopposed election in the Kasba Peth bypoll, but is working towards ensuring a win. He cited the Opposition’s inten- tion to contest the by- election as the reason. The bypolls to Chinchwad and Kasba Peth Assembly constitu- encies have been neces- sitated after the deaths of the sitting MLAs, both from the BJP . The bypolls will be held on February 27 and the results will be an- nounced on March 02, as per the schedule an- nounced by the Election Commission. Talking to reporters, the BJP leader said, “Everyone felt that the bypolls for the Kasba Peth constituency should be unopposed. However, some leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) do not want this election to re- main uncontested. Hence, our party work- ers have started work- ing towards winning this election. We will not remain inattentive.” Kasba Peth has tradi- tionally been a BJP con- stituencyandvoterslove the party , he said. Mumbai (PTI): Actor Sheezan Khan, arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of his co-star Tunisha Sharma, has movedtheBombayHigh Court seeking bail and quashing of the case. Khan in his petitions said to have a relation- ship and break-ups are normal facets of life and hence he cannot be held responsible for Tunisha’s death. While Khan’s plea seeking bail would be heard by a single bench of Justice MS Karnik on Tuesday, his second petition for quashing of the FIR and release on interim bail is likely to be heard by a division bench of Justices Revati Mohite Dere and PK Chavan on January 30. Tunisha (21) was found hanging in the washroom on the set of the serial near Vasai in Palghar district on De- cember 24, 2022. Khan (28) was arrest- ed the next for alleged abetment. He is current- ly lodged in a Thane jail. His plea said, there is nothing to even suggest that he had done any act with the specific inten- tion of compelling Tuni- sha Sharma to commit suicide. Thane (PTI): Deputy Chief Minister Deven- dra Fadnavis on Mon- day said that post the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government realized that a lot of work is needed to be done in the healthcare sector and it has started working towards it. While speaking at the inauguration of a pri- vate hospital in Navi Mumbai, Fadnavis said that medical treatment is made available at a relatively low cost in In- dia as compared to oth- er counties, and the health sector is giving a big boost to the coun- try’s economy . Under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yo- jana, an insurance cov- er of up to Rs5 lakh and a cover of Rs2 lakh un- der Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojana are of- fered to the poor and needy, efforts should be made to increase the health insurance cover for citizens the deputy chief minister said. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the state gov- ernment had come to realise that a lot of work needed to be done in the healthcare sector and it is working to- wards the same, Fad- navis added. The deputy chief minister also noted that the use of modern tech- nology and robotics through artificial intel- ligence has started in the health sector. This has the potential to ex- pedite the quality and growth of healthcare services in the country exponentially . BJP leader Chandrakant Patil Sheezan Khan —FILE PHOTO Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis —FILE PHOTO —FILE PHOTO ‘Balasaheb wouldn’t be okay with alliance’ Sandeep Shukla Mumbai: On the occa- sion of Shiv Sena found- er Balasaheb Thacker- ay’s birth anniversary, the Uddhav Thackeray- led faction shared a vid- eo of Balasaheb on so- cial media. In the video, Balasaheb Thackeray is seen saying, “If even one MLA of Shiv Sena is broken, trample him on the road.” The video is being shared on multiple so- cial media platforms since it was posted on Monday . Speakingtomediaper- sons, (Chief Minister Eknath) Shinde faction MLA Sanjay Gaikwad, said, “If Balasaheb Thackeray was alive now,hewouldhavetram- pled all the other leaders includingRaut,whoisin alliance with Congress and Nationalist Con- gress Party (NCP).” When asked about Balasaheb’s words in the video, Gaikwad said, “When Balasaheb Thackeray was alive, we also marched as Shiv Sainiks. Back then, the MLAs who had split had done so by betraying Hindutva. We (the Shinde faction) have split by taking with us the thoughts of Balasaheb Thackeray and not by betraying Hindutva.” Meanwhile,ShivSena leader Uddhav Thack- eray on Monday target- ed former ally BJP say- ing it is trying to take the country towards dictatorship through the “sham” Hindutva. Without naming BJP , hesaidtheywanttohave an “iron grip” on India and referred to China. He was addressing party workers on the 97th birth anniversary of Bal Thackeray . Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajit Pawar said, “We should not forget to say that he (Balasaheb) was a Hin- du ‘hriday samrat’ and respected other castes and religions as well.” M a h a r a s h t r a Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray termed himself “rightful suc- cessor of Balasaheb’s thoughts.” Shinde camp leader talks of NCP, Congress and Sena coalition going over with Balasaheb Mumbai: Remembering Shiv Sena founder Balasa- heb Thackeray on his birth anniversary, party leader Sanjay Raut paid tribute to him here on Monday. Speaking to media persons at Balasaheb’s memori- al in the city, Raut said, “Today is Balasaheb’s birth anniversary. He was someone who gave a mantra to Maharashtra, especially the Marathi people that work for the state: “Live with self-respect”. “Balasa- heb said that if I live in Maharashtra, I am a citizen of Maharashtra. I am a bhumiputra (son of soil), and I should stay right here. He always said that every state has its own identity and pride,” added the Rajya Sabha MP. On Balasaheb’s memory in the minds of the people of Maharashtra, he reminisced, “Balasaheb always raised the voice of labourers and hard workers. He was certainly the emperor of the hearts of the Marathi people. It is because of the work that he has done for Hindutva that people consider him as the ‘emperor’ of Hindu hearts.” BALASAHEB WAS ‘EMPEROR’ OF HINDU HEARTS; LIVED FOR MAHA: RAUT Rival Shiv Sena factions mark Balasaheb’s birth anniversary in Mumbai First India Bureau Mumbai: Both factions of theShivSenamarked Balasaheb Thackeray’s birth anniversary in Mumbai on Monday . An oil portrait of the late politician was also unveiled in the Maha- rashtra legislative building here in an event boycotted by his son and former chief ministerUddhavThack- eray . This was because the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the rul- ing Eknath Shinde-led campsoughttolayclaim on the late Hindutva icon’s political legacy . Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who heads a faction of the Shiv Sena, and Deputy Chief Minister Deven- dra Fadnavis, a senior BJP leader, unveiled the portrait in the Central Hall of Vidhan Bhavan. Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya, a former minister and the MLA from Worli in Mumbai, and other fam- ilymembersstayedaway from the official event, where Raj Thackeray was also present. The father-son duo, along with other promi- nent members of the Shiv Sena -Uddhav Bal- asaheb Thackeray, of- fered floral tributes to Balasaheb’s statue lo- cated a few kilometres away from the Vidhan Bhavan building. They later attended a programme at Shan- mukhananda Hall in Sion. CM Eknath Shinde paying floral tribute to Balasaheb Thackeray at the portrait unveiling in Mumbai on Monday. Uddhav Thackeray and CM Eknath Shinde both paid tribute to Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai on Monday. Ganeshpur govt school has only one student Ganeshpur (Agen- cies): Kishore Mankar who is teaching at a Zila Parishad Primary School in Maharash- tra’s Ganeshpur village says the school has had only one student in the last two years and that he is the only teacher there. Kishore Mankar said he has been teaching at this school in Ganesh- pur, a village with a population of 150 for the last two years. “I’m the only teacher in school for the last two years. I have been teach- ing during this period,” Mankar added. He has been showing up every day on his bike for two years to teach all the subjects by himself to just one student. “From 10.30 am to 12 pm, I follow all the rules and regulations of the school including morn- ing assembly, and sing- ing the national an- them. All other facili- ties for the student pro- vided by the govern- ment are also being ful- filled,” Mankar stated. Village boasts of 150 people, but only single student attends classes Tunisha suicide: Sheezan Khan moves HC for bail and quashing of FIR
  3. 3. MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023 03 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia ‘Woman’s right to choose to continue pregnancy or not’ First India Bureau Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday allowed a married woman to terminate her 32-week pregnancy after the foetus was detected with severe abnormalities. “A woman has the right to choose whether to continue her preg- nancy or not and the decision is hers and hers alone to make,” said a division bench comprising Justice Gautam Patel and Jus- tice SG Dige, in its judg- ment of January 20. A copy of the order was made available on Monday. The court re- fused to accept the med- ical board’s view that the even though the foe- tus has serious abnor- malities it should not be terminated as the preg- nancy is almost at its fag end. The woman had ap- proached HC seeking to terminate her pregnan- cy after a sonography revealed the foetus had severe abnormalities and that the baby would be born with physical and mental disabilities. “Given a severe foe- tal abnormality, the length of the pregnan- cy does not matter. The petitioner has taken an informed decision. It is not an easy one. But that decision is hers, and hers alone to make. The right to choose is of the peti- tioner’s. It is not the right of the medical board,” the court said in its order. Refusing termination of pregnancy only on grounds of delay would not only be condemning the foetus to a less than optimal life, but would also be condemning the mother to a future that will almost certainly rob her of every posi- tive attribute of parent- hood, said the HC. The petitioner’s foe- tus is detected with both microcephaly and lissencephaly, and this is what the future por- tends, the bench said. Asserting that the rights of the woman should never be com- promised in the “blind application of a stat- ute”, the court said, “Justice may have to be blindfolded; it can nev- er be allowed to be blindsided. We are ag- nostic about the relative positions of parties. We can never be agnostic about where justice needs to be delivered.” The Bombay High Court allows termination of 32-week pregnancy with foetal abnormalities, slams medical board for denial of ‘right’ It would be a denial of her right to dignity, and her reproductive and decisional autonomy. Accepting the medical board’s view is not just to condemn the foetus to a substandard life but is to force on the petitioner and her husband an unhappy and traumatic parenthood. The effect on them and their family cannot even be imagined. ~ —-Bombay High Court NO CONSIDERATION Fire breaks out near Shivaji Mandai in Mumbai's Kurla West, no one hurt Mumbai (PTI): A lev- el-2 fire broke out near Shivaji Mandai in Kurla West, and spread to mul- tiple shops, the Brihan- mumbai Municipal Cor- poration (BMC) said on Sunday. No one was re- ported hurt in incident. According to latest re- port, blaze which erupt- ed at around 10.15 PM on Sunday spread to 25 shops. As soon as they received information, teams of fire brigade and police personnel rushed to spot to take stock of the situation. Efforts to douse flames were on however it was not yet clear whether anybody was trapped inside the shops, according to the latest inputs given by the officials. The level 2 fire is usually of moder- ate flame length and rate of spread, accord- ing to BMC. Earlier, the officials of the Mumbai Fire Bri- gade (MFB) had doused a level-one, an easily inflammable fire, that broke out in a two-sto- reyed building, in Mum- bai’s Byculla area. UNIDENTIFIED DEAD BODY OF MAN FOUND IN LAKE Thane: An unidentified dead body of a man was found in a lake in Thane district on Monday, po- lice said. The deceased, aged around 45 years, was found in Shil lake around 11.30 am, said Avinash Sawant, chief of the Regional Disas- ter Management Cell (RDMC). Local firemen and RDMC team fished out the body, which has been sent to a govern- ment hospital for post- mortem, he said. 8-YO GIRL HURT IN BLDG COLLAPSE DIES IN HOSPITAL Mumbai: An 8-year-old girl who was injured after a portion of a ground- plus-24-storey building fell on her, died in a hospital in the early hours of Monday, an official said. The inci- dent had taken place on Sunday evening at Shripati Apartments in Chandan- wadi, he said. “The girl, Krisha Patel, was injured when a piece of plaster fell on her. She was rushed to a hospital in Girgaon where she died at 1:30 am in the ICU,” he said. 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL RAPED BY PRIVATE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL Mumbai: A 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by the principal of a private school in Nagpada, police said on Monday. An FIR has been registered in the case. The 50-year-old principal of a trust-run school had allegedly raped the victim last month and had again attempted to take advantage of her on Saturday after which the victim went home and informed her mother about the incident and a complaint was lodged with the police, an official said. The accused is still absconding, he added. ONE HURT AS PART OF UNFINISHED BLDG COLLAPSES Mumbai: A part of an under-construction build- ing allegedly collapsed in Girgaon on Sunday injur- ing one person. Accord- ing to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the building in Kattar lane collapsed. The cause of the collapse is yet to be ascertained. One person was reported in- jured in the incident. Last month, as many as five people were injured after the bamboo scaffolding of an under-construction high-rise building col- lapsed in the Lower Parel area of the city. NEIGHBOUR RAPES 20-MONTH-OLD BABY ON FINDING PARENTS AWAY, ARRESTED Mumbai: A 20-month-old girl was alleg- edly raped by a neighbour in Worli, police said on Monday. The child’s parents ap- proached the police to file a complaint on Sunday, according to which their 35-year- old neighbour had allegedly raped the tod- dler when the parents were away a couple of days ago, an official said. The parents realised something was wrong when the child kept crying and complaining about being in pain, the official said. An FIR was registered and the accused has been arrested, he added. MAN GETS EXTORTION CALL THREATENING TO LEAK OBSCENE PHOTOS OF WIFE, CASE FILED Thane: The police registered an offence following a com- plaint by a man who allegedly received phone call by an uni- dentified person threatening to post obscene photographs of his wife on social media if he did not pay him money, officials said on Monday. According to the complainant, someone had hacked into his wife’s mobile phone and gained access to her photographs. He later received calls threatening him to post edited photographs of his wife on social media if he did not pay him Rs5 lakh, an official said. CRUCIAL READ Battling social stigma, man gets widowed mother remarried First India Bureau Mumbai: A man has got his 45-year-old wid- owed mother remarried in Kolhapur after real- izing her need for com- panionship and to bat- tle social stigma. Yuvaraj Shele, 23, lost his father in a road ac- cident five years ago and death took a toll on his mother Ratna. “It was a major shock for me to lose my father when I was just 18 years old. But the death took a real toll on my mother, who had to battle loneli- ness and felt socially isolated,” Shele said. Shele noticed a markeddifferenceinthe number of social events his mother was invited to after his father’s death, and it affected her psychologically . When Shele became a breadwinner for his family, he realized his mother’s need for com- panionship, as she would be alone at home with minimum interac- tion with neighbours. “My mother was mar- ried to my father for nearly 25 years. If a man loses his wife, the socie- ty thinks it is natural for him to remarry . I won- dered why the same be- lief was not applicable to a woman, and I decid- ed to convince her to re- marry ,” said Shele, who is a small-time worker. In a city like Kol- hapur, which is steeped in traditional values, it wasn’t easy to convince his close-knit commu- nity of relatives and neighbours, Shele said. However, with the help of a few friends and relatives, Shele began the uphill task of groom hunting for his mother. “Luckily, Maruti Ghanwat came along and we got to know about him through some contacts. We dis- cussed the marriage proposal and after ini- tial talks with her, the alliance was fixed,” said Shele. SUPPORTIVE SON Yuvaraj Shele fixed alliance after convincing his mother to remarry after she lost her husband in an accident NEW DAWN No action against Rakhi till Tuesday: Court directs cops 3 cyber fraudsters arrested for duping people through fake insurance schemes Mumbai (PTI): The Mumbai police have arrested three per- sons allegedly in- volved in duping peo- ple through fake in- surance schemes, job opportunities and other activities, an of- ficial said on Monday. The arrested ac- cused allegedly oper- ated a fake call centre in Noida and contact- ed the victims over the phone and through social media, the official said. The fraud came to light after a dry fruit trader from Ghat- kopar approached the cyber police alleging that he had lost around Rs4.5 crore in an insurance scheme, he said. The accused had siphoned off the money from the com- plainant’s account between November 2021 and August 2022, the official said. After going through the details of different bank account in which the victim transferred the amount, the cyber po- lice nabbed one of the accused from Noida earlier this month and subsequently appre- hended two others, he said. The gang was in- volved in 14 cases and has duped people of more than Rs5 crore so far, he said. At least 18 debit cards, pass- books of different banks,mobilephones, laptop, diaries and other materials have been recovered and more than Rs20 lakh in their bank ac- counts have been fro- zen, the official said. First India Bureau Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday directed city police to not take any action against actor Rakhi Sawant till Tuesday in connection with a case lodged against her by a model for allegedly cir- culating and displaying her obscene and objec- tionable video. Sawant moved the HC seeking pre-arrest bail. Her lawyer on Mon- day told a single bench of Justice MS Karnik that Sawant had been cooperating with the police in its probe since the FIR was lodged in November 2022. Justice Karnik post- ed the matter for hear- ing on Tuesday and di- rected the police to not take any action against her until then. The bench was informed by the additional public prosecutor that Sawant had appeared before the police last week for questioning but before handing over her phone, she deleted the said video. The police would now also charge Sawant with the destruction of evidence, he said. Jus- tice Karnik asked Sawant’s lawyer to take instructions on this. Based on the model’s complaint, the subur- ban Amboli police had booked Sawant and her lawyer Falguni Brahmbhatt on Novem- ber 8, 2022, under sec- tions 354A (sexual har- assment), 500 (defama- tion), 504 (intentional insult) and 509 (insult- ing modesty of woman by act, word or gesture) of the Indian Penal Code and section 67 (transmission of ob- scene content in elec- tronic form) of the In- formation Technology Act.Sawantapproached the HC after a sessions court last week rejected her anticipatory bail application. The fraud came to light after a dry fruit trader informed cops that he had lost around `4.5 cr Actor Nawazuddin’s wife booked for trespassing, voluntarily causing hurt Mumbai (PTI): The wife of actor Nawa- zuddin Siddiqui was booked for alleged trespass and voluntar- ily causing hurt on the complaint of his moth- er, a Mumbai police of- ficial said on Monday. The FIR against the actor’s wife Zainab was registered on Sun- day, the Versova police station official said. “The complainant Mehrunisa Siddiqui, who is the actor’s mother, has alleged Zainab trespassed into her home and assault- ed her after picking up an argument. Zainab has been questioned in the case,” he said. A case under Indian Penal Code sections 452, 323 and other of- fences has been regis- tered against Zainab Siddiqui, he said. Rakhi Sawant Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  4. 4. PERSPECTIVE MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023 04 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia went to the Maninagar Ahmedabad Gujarat State Sangh Karyalaya in Ahmedabad. At that time we had late Vakil Saheb there and I went to meet him. He was in a meeting when I ar- rived at the office. We had heard a lot about him as the emergency had just been lift- ed and all those who had been underground were gradually coming out in the open. Sev- eral Sangh pracharaks were connecting with us and pass- ing on messages incognito. One of these pracharaks liv- ing in disguise was Narendra bhai and he was very popular. Sometime a sardar, sometime a sadhu - Narendra bhai had been travelling throughout Gujarat with the messages of the Sangh. But we had only heard about him, never met him. Well, I will always re- member my visit to the Sangh Karyalaya that day as it was the first time I got to meet Narendra bhai. A very sim- ple, young guy — I was com- pletely taken in by his mag- netic persona. I introduced myself to him and he knew all about my father, his work and everything. In 1993 when he visited USA the first time, wherever we travelled, we rode in the subway , the buses or the metro. What I observed about him was that he was always reading something. Whatever instructions would be posted on the walls, he would make sure to not pass by without reading them and he would continue to talk to you at the same time. His in- terest was Central Park, Brooklyn Museum and his goal was to grab as much ex- perience as he could in his short visit. Not just this, Nar- endra bhai has a penchant for photography. Even today he has a big library in Gandhi- nagar dedicated to the photo- graphs he has clicked and the memories he has created over the years. One great quality about Narendra bhai is that whoso- ever he would stay with, rath- er than becoming a burden on the household, he would turn into an asset, in fact he would live like he belonged to the family itself! As a Sangh pracharak, he would not just connect with the main per- son of the house but would interact with each and every member of the family and endeared himself to all of them. He would enter the kitchen and offer his help in cooking if needed. “Bhabhi- ji, Mataji, let me know how I may help you today”, he would say. And with his smiles and jovial nature, he won everyone over. Well, he is a fantastic cook himself ! Not just this, he was willing to contribute to other house- hold chores as well. This is how Narendra bhai connect- ed with several families and formed a strong bond of love and affection with all the members of the these fami- lies where he would put up as Sangh pracharak. He carried a diary with the details about thousands of volunteers or karyakartas of the Jan Sangh, of the BJP and he would know their sons and daughters too living in the USA. He would try and call up as many people as he could during his visit. As to me, Narendra bhai is the one who understood from day one the strength of the NRI. All NRIs have a strong connect in their native villages and if they spread good word about you, thousands of people know everything about your accom- plishments. Even today very few people understand the strength of the NRI. But Nar- endra bhai was the best and remains the best Statesman we could ever have! In 1997, we visited the States once again. At that time he was the National Gen- eral Secretary of the BJP and incharge of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. He always wanted to meet the community so we organised a community gathering at Bombay Plaza. One of our Gujarat MLAs, a young guy elected for the first time, Pan- kaj Desai was there too. To- day he is a senior and sea- soned BJP member. Narendra bhai said to him “Pankaj bhai, tell me about your con- stituency!” And that is how Narendra bhai gathered com- plete information about the people, their problems and the way ahead. The point here is that at that time Narendra bhai was not looking after Gu- jarat, but the urge to know as much as possible about the people from those he meets comes naturally to him. Nar- endra bhai gains a lot of in- sight and perspective from his general interactions with people. Any karyakarta he would meet, he would ask questions to test the level of his or her connect with the Sangh. “So what is Bharat Mata? How many shakhas are there? Who is your Zila Pracharak?” — these are the sort of questions he would ask the volunteers and such discussions would help every- one stay current and augment their knowledge. This is the reason why people love him and he has a strong hold over them. His power to communi- cate with people with diverse backgrounds is terrific. Post this interaction, we took him for an interview with TV Asia. You know, the tunnel that connects New York to New Jersey is always over crowded. Mostly there is a bumper to bumper traffic jam there. And he was dis- cussing with us what the other venues for the inter- view could be besides this! So Narendra bhai has always been a visionary . He is always thinking out of the box and trying to look for alternatives that improve the efficiency of governance. TO BE CONTINUED... COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA AND SHWETA SHARMA I YOU READ PART 28 ON JANUARY 17, 2023 NaMo: The PM who bonds with the Indian diaspora The narrator shares with us how Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to fully understand the real strength of the NRI community and the bond that he shares with them is terrific. Read this story to know how Narendra bhai visited and interacted with NRI families and Sangh volunteers developing a deep connect with them during his visits abroad. ‘MODI GAINS PERSPECTIVE FROM HIS INTERACTIONS WITH PEOPLE’ Modi gains a lot of insight and perspective from his general interactions with people. Any karyakarta he would meet, he would ask questions to test the level of his or her connect with Sangh. “So what is Bharat Mata? How many shakhas are there? Who is your Zila Pracharak?” — these are sort of questions he would ask the volunteers and such discussions would help everyone stay current and augment their knowledge. ‘NARENDRA BHAI UNDERSTANDS THE STRENGTH AND VALUE OF THE NRI’ Narendra bhai is the one who understood from day one the strength of the NRI. All NRIs have a strong connect in their native villages and if they spread good word about you, thousands of people know everything about your accomplishments. Even today very few people understand the strength of the NRI. But Narendra bhai was the best and remains the best Statesman we could ever have! UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI - PART 29 ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi One great quality about Modi is that whosoever he would stay with, rather than becoming a burden on the household, he would turn into an asset, in fact he would live like he belonged to the family itself! l Vol 1 l Issue No. 258 l RNI TITLE NO. MAHENG/2022/14652 Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Dangat Media Pvt Ltd, No.22, Dighe MIDC, Vishnu Nagar, TTC Industrial Area, Dighe, Navi Mumbai-400701. Published at Plot No. 3 Scheme C of Manglorean Garden Home, CHS Limited, Survey No. 5, 6C (Part) Ville Parle East, Mumbai 400057. Phone 022-46031417. Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra Editor: Kartikey Dev Singh responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act MODI’S PRIDE ‘RASHTRADOOTS’
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  6. 6. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023 05 INDIA www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Judges don’t have to face scrutiny: Rijiju New Delhi: Law Minis- ter Kiren Rijiju on Mon- day said that judges do not have to contest elec- tions or face scrutiny by the public. Rijiju was speaking at an event of the Delhi Bar Associa- tion. The law minister stated that even though judges are not elected by people, but still public is judging them from the orders they passed and their actions. “After becoming judg- es, they don’t have to face elections or scruti- ny by the public...Public is watching the judges, their judgements and the way they deliver justice, and make their assessments...In this era of social media, nothing can be hidden,” Rijiju stated. “RSS Netaji’s goals similar for the Nation” Kolkata (PTI): RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said the goals of RSS and that of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose are similar — mak- ing India a great nation. Hiscommentcameamid the criticism that the ideologies of the RSS and Netaji were not the same. Critics pointed out that Netaji believed in secularism which is “against the ideology of RSS”. Lauding Netaji’s contribution to India’s freedom struggle, Bhag- wat urged everyone to imbibe the qualities and teachings of Bose and work towards making the country “vishwa guru” (world leader). New Delhi (ANI): Re- calling Netaji’s “unpar- alleled contribution to India’s history”, Prime MinisterNarendraModi onMondaypaidhomage to Subhas Chandra Bose on his 126th birth anni- versary today . “Today, on Parakram Diwas, I pay homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose recall his unpar- alleled contribution to India’s history. He will be remembered for his fierce resistance to colo- nial rule. We are work- ing to realise his vision for India,” PM Modi wrote in his tweet. The Government had de- clared January 23 as Parakram Diwas in 2021 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chan- dra Bose. Born on January 23, 1897, Netaji played a crucial role in India’s freedom movement. Subhash Chandra Bose established the Azad Hind Fauj. While there is a controversy over Bose’s death in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945, the Central government had in an RTI (Right to Information) in 2017 confirmed that he had died in the incident. Netaji fiercely resisted colonial rule: PM Modi TRIBUTE TO SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE PM Narendra Modi, LS Speaker Om Birla and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh after paying tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. SUPPORT ME IN REPATRIATING NETAJI’S REMAINS FROM TAIWAN: ANITA BOSE PFAFF Stadtbergen: As Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s 126th birth anniversary was celebrated on January 23, his daughter Dr Anita Bose Pfaff on Monday requested all Indians to help in repatriating Netaji’s last remains from Taiwan. “I request all Indians to support me to repatriate Netaji’s remains,” Dr Anita Bose Pfaff said while speaking to ANI. Mohan Bhagwat speaks during a meeting in Kolkata. SRK messaged that he wants to talk: Himanta Guwahati (ANI): A day after Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted that he had assured actor Shah Rukh Khan over the phone that the state govt willensurenountoward incidents happen dur- ing the release of his film ‘Pathaan’, the As- sam CM on Monday said the actor had requested for the phone call. At a presser on Mon- day, Sarma said, “Shah Rukh Khan sent me a message introducing himself and saying that he wants to talk to me.” “I had many requests for phone calls, so after completing my queues, we spoke at 2 am. He said that some problems have taken place regard- ing his film’s release. I asked the name of his film, to which he replied it was ‘Pathaan’. Then, I told him that there would not be any distur- bance over the film in the state,” he said. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addresses a press conference after a State Cabinet meeting regarding child marriage, at Janata Bhawan in Guwahati on Monday. —PHOTO BY PTI I am not much interested in movies and only know film stars from my boyhood. I didn’t know Shah Rukh Khan. I saw that our phone call was trending on social media. So many ‘Pathaans’ come and go, we have more burning issues to care about. —Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister, Assam Jammu (PTI): The de- mand for statehood is Jammu and Kashmir’s biggest issue and the Congress will use “our full power” to get it re- instated, party MP Ra- hul Gandhi said on Monday as his Bharat Jodo Yatra arrived here to a grand welcome. Gandhi, who met a cross section of people from Jammu and Kash- mir during his yatra, said JK has the high- est level of unemploy- ment in the country . “The Congress party will fully support you and your statehood (de- mand).Toreinstatestate- hood, the Congress will use our full power,” Gan- dhi told a gathering at the Satwari Chowk here. “Statehood is your biggestissue.Thereisno big issue as big as state- hood. Your right has been snatched,” he said. Gandhi said he spoke to a cross section of people from JK during his yatra and they raised their issues. He said they told him that their voices are not be- ing heard by the admin- istration. “The entire trade is being run by outsiders and people of JK watch them sitting haplessly,” he said. Gandhi said Jammu and Kashmir has the highest level of unem- ployment in the country . Youngsters aspire to be- come engineers, doctors and lawyers but they findtheycannot,hesaid. “There was another way (to get employ- ment) earlier. It was with the Army. It has also been closed now by a new scheme, called Agniveer, introduced by BJP. That path is also now closed,” he said. In August 2019, the NDA government re- voked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir andproposedthestatebe divided into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. RaGa vows to get JK’s statehood reinstated “Statehood is your biggest issue. There is no big issue as big as statehood. Your right has been snatched,” Congress leaders tells public in Jammu Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with supporters during the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, in Jammu district on Monday. (R) Rahul Gandhi leads ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, in Samba district on Monday. —PHOTO BY PTI RaGa: We’re not allowed to raise issues in Parl,hence BJY Jammu (PTI): Defend- ingCongress’decisionto start Bharat Jodo Yatra to “unite” India, Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the Opposition party was forced to undertake the 3500-km foot march after it was not allowed to speak on the public is- sues in Parliament. He slammed the BJP government at the Cen- tre for demonetisation, “hasty implementa- tion” of GST and the recently launched Ag- niveer scheme. Gandhi alleged that the government is “fa- cilitating” flight of mon- ey into the coffers of a few corporators and ru- iningthesmallbusiness- es across the country . “The democracy in the country is under at- tack which is a major challenge for the na- tion. Before the com- mencement of the Yatra, we tried to raise the issues like demone- tisation, GST, farmers’ bill and China’s aggres- sion in Parliament, both in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, but we were not allowed and the mikes were being switched off,” he said. DIGVIJAYA QUESTIONS SURGICAL STRIKES; BJP ACCUSES CONG OF INSULTING FORCES 2 IEDS RECOVERED IN JK’S RAJOURI DISTRICT, DEFUSED Rajouri: The security forces recovered two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Rajouri district which were defused. The IEDs were detected on Sunday. Police said on Monday, “On 22-01-2023 at 6 p.m. a joint search operation was launched by police, special operations group, 225 field Regiment of Army and CRPF 72 battalion at Dassal and adjoining areas. “During searches two IEDs were recovered. Later on IEDs were defused by Bomb Disposal Squad”. Jammu/New Delhi (PTI): Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday questioned the surgical strikes and accused the government of peddling lies, drawing furious reaction from the BJP which said the Opposi- tion party was blinded by its “hate” for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has “insulted” armed forces. Addressing a public meeting during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh alleged that the government did not agree to the CRPF request of flying its personnel from Srinagar to Delhi and 40 soldiers sacrificed their lives in Pulwama in 2019 to a terror attack. “They talk of surgical strikes. They claim to have killed so many people but no proof is given. They are ruling by peddling a bundle of lies,” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister, who has often courted controversy with his comments, said. Bharat Jodo Yatra gets a warm welcome in JK Jammu (PTI): Con- gress leader Rahul Gan- dhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra received a warm wel- come as it entered Jam- mu from the adjoining Samba district Monday afternoon with authori- ties further strengthen- ing the security cordon around him. The yatra started from Samba’s Vi- jaypuralongtheJammu- Pathankot highway at around7amMondayand was received warmly by a massive crowd as it crossed Bari Brahmana in Jammu’s Parmandal. Rahul Gandhi lookalike person in the Bharat Jodo Yatra. MP schools to teach Hindu scriptures Bhopal (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said that ex- cerpts from Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Ma- habharata, and other religious books will be taught in the schools across the state. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made the above an- nouncement while ad- dressing the Sughosh Darshan program or- ganized by the Vidhya Bharti organization at Old Campion ground in the state capital Bhopal on Monday. Chouhan said, “Ramayana, Ma- habharat, Vedas, Upani- shads and Shrimad Bhagavad Gita are our priceless books. These books have the ability to make man moral and to make man perfect. Therefore, the teaching of our religious books will be implemented in the government schools of the state. I am saying this as the Chief Minis- ter of the state.” MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan pays floral tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. IN THE COURTYARD HIJAB BAN: SC ASSURES TO CONSIDER LISTING MATTER BEFORE 3-JUDGE BENCH New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday assured the petitioners to list the matter of ban on Hijab in the educa- tional institutes in Karnataka. Advocate Meenakshi Arora mentioned the matter related to the headscarves before a bench headed by CJI DY Chandrachud. Arora said that many girls have lost out on the entire year because they have refused to take off their hijab. She also apprised the court about practicals in educational institutes in Febru- ary and sought an early hearing for interim directions. GYANVAPI: HEARING ON PLEA DEMANDING SURVEY OF 2 BASEMENTS ON MARCH 21 Varanasi: A local court on Monday fixed March 21 for next hearing on a petition seeking to open and survey two basements in the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri com- plex. Varanasi District Judge AK Vishvesh posted the matter after almost two months as the Allahabad High Court last week postponed hearing in a related matter by eight weeks. The High Court on January 19 had granted eight more weeks to the Archaeological Survey of India for filing its response on the matter. FOREIGN TOURS: DELHI HC GIVES ‘LAST OPPORTUNITY’ TO CENTRE, LG TO REPLY New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday granted a “last opportunity” to the Centre and the Lt Governor to respond to Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot’s plea chal- lenging a provision which requires state govt ministers, including the CM, to seek political clearances from the Centre for foreign visits. The petition was filed last year in the backdrop of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal being denied permission for his visit to Singapore for the 8th World Cities’ Summit from July 31 to August 7, 2022. DELHI COURT GRANTS EXEMPTION FROM PERSONAL APPEARANCE TO JACQUELINE New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday granted exemp- tion from personal appearance to Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez for the day in a money laundering case against her and alleged conman Sukesh Chan- drasekhar. The judge, who was sched- uled to hear the arguments on framing charges in the matter, adjourned the matter for February 15. The court will hear arguments on January 25 on an application moved by the actor seeking permission to go abroad. “ISSUE ORDERS ON APPOINTMENT OF IPS OFFICER RUPIN SHARMA AS DGP” New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday told the Nagaland govt to pass orders within one week on the appointment of senior IPS officer Rupin Sharma as the DGP of the state. A bench refused to consider the plea of the Nagaland government that the UPSC be asked to relax the 30 years service criteria rule to 25 years for IPS officers for being em- panelled in the UPSC list of three for appointment as the state police chief.
  7. 7. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023 06 INDIA www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Mumbai (ANI): The Indian Navy on Monday commissioned INS Va- gir’ the fifth submarine of Project 75 Kalvari class at the naval dock- yard here in presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar. Launched and named ‘Vagir’ on November 12, 2020, the submarine in its new avatar has the distinction of having the lowest build time among all indigenously manufactured subma- rines to date. ‘Vagir’ un- dertook her maiden sea sortie in February 2022, markingthecommence- ment of sea trials and has gone through a se- ries of comprehensive acceptance checks and stringent and demand- ing sea trials prior to being commissioned, according to the de- fence ministry . The sub- marine was delivered to Indian Navy by MDL on December 20, 2022. ‘Vagir’ will boost the IndianNavy’scapability to further India’s mari- time interests and is ca- pable of undertaking diverse missions includ- inganti-surfacewarfare, anti-submarinewarfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and surveil- lance missions. “Vagir is a lethal plat- form with a formidable weapon package. Vagir is the third submarine inducted into the Navy in a span of 24 months. It is also a shining testi- mony to the expertise of our shipyards to con- struct complex and complicated platforms,” said Admiral Kumar. Coxswain of the fifth Kalvari submarine ‘INS Vagir’ Daljinder Singh on Saturday said that the submarine is ready to face any threat if war breaks out between In- dia and China. While talking to ANI, Singh said, “This sub- marine is the latest technology of the Indi- an Navy. It is a silent submarine. It has good anti-submarine weap- ons like the advanced version of mines. It has advanced versions of combat and advanced version of sonar, and radar systems.” “All the technology used in the submarine is Indian. If there is a war between India and China, then we are ready to face it,” Singh added. ‘INS Vagir’ commissioned into Indian Navy 5TH KALVARI-CLASS SUBMARINE Naval officers onboard the fifth Kalvari-class submarine 'INS Vagir' during its commissioning ceremony, at the Naval dockyard in Mumbai, on Monday. —PHOTO BY BHUSHAN KOYANDE READ Crucial Crucial UNRULY BEHAVIOUR ON SPICEJET FLIGHT AT DELHI AIRPORT New Delhi: Two passen- gers supposed to fly a SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Hyderabad on Monday were handed over to the security agency at the origin airport. According to sources, one of the passengers allegedly inappropriately touched the foreign cabin crew of this wet-leased aircraft (where the airline rents the plane with the oper- ating crew). YETI CRASH: ALL FIVE BODIES OF INDIANS IDENTIFIED Kathmandu: The bodies of all five Indians, who were killed in the Yeti Airlines plane crash in Nepal’s resort city of Pokhara, have been identified and handed over to their respec- tive family members, hospital sources said on Monday. The five Indians were among 72 people on board when the Yeti Airlines plane crashed on the bank of Seti River. ED ATTACHES `7.90 CRORES ASSETS IN PUNJAB DRUG CASES New Delhi: Assets worth Rs 7.90 crore have been attached under the anti- money laundering law in connection with a probe linked to two narcotics trafficking cases of Pun- jab, ED said on Monday. The money laundering case stems from separate FIRs filed by the Punjab Police under various sec- tions of NDPS Act against Gurdeep Singh Rano and Rajesh Kumar. 20 INJURED AS TN GOVT BUS FALLS INTO CANAL Chennai: At least 20 passengers were injured when a state transport bus overturned and fell into a canal at Koman- galam near Virudhacha- lam in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district on Monday, the police said. The injured are admit- ted to Virudhachalam General hospital, where the condition of a few is stated to be serious, the police added. WOMAN PUSHES HER 2 KIDS INTO RIVER, KILLS SELF Hyderabad: A woman pushed her two children into Godavari river in Telangana on Monday before jumping into it to die by suicide. The shocking incident occurred in the Basara town. The police pulled out all three bodies. The woman, identified as Manasa, 27, pushed her son Baladitya, 8, and daughter Navasri, 7, into the river near the ghat. “UK supports India’s bid for UNSC permanent seat” New Delhi (ANI): The United Kingdom sup- ports India’s candidacy for a permanent seat in the United Nations Se- curity Council (UNSC), British High Commis- sioner Alexander Ellis said while adding that New Delhi’s push for reforms will make the institution more effec- tive in dealing with the realities of today . In ANI Podcast, the British High Commis- sioner said, “We certain- ly support India becom- ing the member of the UNSC as this is why the UNSC reforms are the institutionalthatreflects to the realities of today .” “Change in the institu- tion (UNSC) is hard and we need to make them work. Some of them come after the second World War like UN and UNSC, some came later likeWorldTradeOrgani- zation(WTO)...zenithof globalization, the mid 90s and what we want from India is actually to make the effective insti- tution,” he added. Healsogavetheexam- ple of the International Financial Institutions (IFI) which is the prod- uct of the Organisation for Economic Co-opera- tion and Development (OECD)andsaidthatthe countries are adapting those to realities of to- day . He also said that In- dia,forexamplehadalso lend money . He also said that the vulnerable states like island nations need greater support so that they can create the im- pact in the world and hardwork is the key to that lock. “Change in the multi- lateralisation is hard- work. What we are see- ing is the creation of new institution which we will start more,” El- lis said in a podcast with ANI. He also gave the ex- ample of Clinical Trials Registry - India, which is majporly created with the support of UK. “India will increas- ingly be part of all of those (Indo-Pacific group, minilateralism) things and including in panel so UK and India but also with other countries try to solve the particular prob- lem,” British High Commissioner said. On December 1, India assumed the monthly rotating presidency of the UN Security Coun- cil (UNSC) for the sec- ond time in its two-year tenure as an elected member of the Council in 2021-22. We certainly support India becoming the member of the UNSC as this is why the UNSC reforms are the institutional that reflects to the realities of today. —Alexander Ellis, British High Commissioner INDIA NOW PLAYS IMPORTANT ROLE AT INT’L FORUMS UNDER PM MODI, SAYS GERMAN AMBASSADOR Lucknow: German Ambassador to India, Philipp Ackermann, met UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at his official residence in Lucknow on Monday. Ambassador Philipp said that under the leadership of PP Nar- endra Modi, India now plays an important role in international forums. Big changes have been seen in Uttar Pradesh in the last six years. Law and order has improved significantly. Work in the area of infrastruc- ture development has been unprecedented. All efforts are being made to modernise the transport system including airport, expressway, waterway and metro. Fruitful discussions regarding industrial invest- ment in Uttar Pradesh were held between the CM and German Ambassador. They also talked about the strong economic ties between India and Germany. The CM said that with a trade history of more than 500 years, India and Germany are bound by a common history of economic cooperation. German Ambassador to India Philipp Ackermann calls on UP CM Yogi Adityanath at his residence, in Lucknow on Monday. People’s consent must forAadhaar authentication New Delhi (Agen- cies): Consent of Aad- haar holders will be required before carry- ing out Aadhaar au- thentications. The Unique Identifi- cation Authority of In- dia (UIDAI) has high- lighted in its new guide- lines for Requesting Entities (REs) that they are required to obtain residents’ informed consent either on paper or electronically before carrying out Aadhaar authentications. It has urged REs, which carry out online authentications, to en- sure that residents un- derstand the type of data being collected and the purpose of Aad- haar authentications. It has underlined that logs of authentication transactions, including the consent taken, are kept only for the period as prescribed in the Aadhaar Regulations. Purging of such logs after expiry of the said time period shall also be done as per the Aad- haar Act and its regula- tions. OSDMA, Mizoram’s fire station bag central award New Delhi (PTI): The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority andtheLungleiFireSta- tion in Mizoram have been selected for a cen- tral award for their ex- cellent work in disaster management in the in- stitutional category , the Union Home Ministry announced on Monday . The Modi govt has in- stitutedanannualaward, called Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar, to recognise and honour the invalua- ble contribution and self- less service rendered by individuals and organi- sations in India in the field of disaster manage- ment. For 2023, the OSD- MA and the Lunglei Fire Station(LFS)inMizoram havebeenselectedforthe award in the institution- al category , according to a statement of the home ministry said. R-Day: Full dress rehearsals organised at Kartavya Path New Delhi (ANI): With only three days left for Republic Day, prepara- tion for the occasion has been intensified as full dress rehearsals are underway at the Kar- tavya Path in Delhi. With the Garud Spe- cial Forces of the Indi- an Air Force will be marching on the Kar- tavya Path during the parade for the first time, the country is all set to showcase Special Forces. Squadron Leader PS Jaitawat will be leading the Garud team as part of the IAF contingent and Squadron Leader SindhuReddywillbethe contingent commander. A military contingent fromtheEgyptianArmy will also participate in theRepublicDayparade. This is for the first time that the President of Egypt has been in- vited as Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations. Akash Army Launcher passes through Kartavya Path during full dress rehearsal of Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi on Monday. ArmyChiefvisitsposts alongLACinArunachal New Delhi (PTI): Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande carried out a comprehensive review of India’s mili- tary preparedness along the Line of Ac- tual Control in Arunachal Pradesh in hisfirstvisittothebor- der state after recent clash between Indian and Chinese forces in the Tawang sector. Gen Pande visited various forward posts along the de-facto bor- der with China in the Rest of Arunachal Pradesh (RALP) as well as some other strategically key posts during his visit. They said senior commanders in Arunachal Pradesh briefed the army chief about the over- all security scenario in the border areas. “Gen Manoj Pande #COAS visited units formations along LAC inEastern#Arunacha- lPradeshwasbriefed on operational prepar- edness security situ- ation. #COAS compli- mented troops for maintaining sharp vigil exhorted all to continueworkingwith same zeal devotion,” the Army tweeted. On Saturday , Gen Pande reviewed Ar- my’s preparedness along the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim during his visit to the headquar- ters of the eastern Army command in Kolkata. Gen Pande’s visittothecrucialcom- mand came six weeks aftertheclashbetween Indian and Chinese troops in an area along the LAC in the Tawang sector of Arunachal. Gen Manoj Pande “Neither me,nor my men filed any petition” New Delhi (ANI): Brij Bhushan, who was re- centlyaskedtostepaside as the Wrestling Federa- tionof India(WFI)chief, pending an inquiry by anOversightCommittee into the allegation of sexual harassment and financialimpropriety ,on Mondayclarifiedthatno petitionhasbeenfiledby himorbyanypersonau- thorized by him in the DelhiHighCourtagainst the Delhi government, the wrestlers who pro- tested and against the news channels. Brij Bhushan in his statement further clari- fied that I deny the news of filing a petition in the name of Vicky showing my Delhi residence ad- dress on the news chan- nel.Ihavenotauthorized anyadvocate,lawagency orrepresentativetofilea petition in any court of law. Earlier today , a Peti- tion was moved in Delhi High Court against Play- ers/Wrestlers, who re- cently staged a protest against Wrestling Fed- eration of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, levelling serious charges of sexu- al harassment against him, and coaches of the federation. Lawyer Sharikasnt Prasad after filing the plea claimed that the pe- titioner in the matter is Vicky, whose address is 21, Ashoka Road, the of- ficial residence of Mem- ber of Parliament Brij Bhushan Sharan and is working as his cook. WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. —FILE PHOTO WILL FILE DEFAMATION CASE AGAINST WFI CHIEF: CONGRESS MP DEEPENDER HOODA New Delhi: Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda on Monday said that he will file a defamation case against the Wres- tling Federation of India (WFI) President and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh after the latter claimed that the allegation of sexual harassment against him by wrestlers was made at the behest of the former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and his son and Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Singh Hooda.
  8. 8. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023 07 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Commodity Price Change % Chg GOLD 56,840.00 40.00 0.07 (Per 10g) SILVER 68,980.00 85.00 0.12 (Per 1kg) COMMODITIES Currency Price Change % Chg USDINR 81.38 0.21 0.25 GBPINR 101.09 0.97 0.97 CURRENCIES BCCI set for another `4,000 cr windfall New Delhi (PTI): The BCCI is all set to get richer by at least `4000 crore with some of the top business houses set to bid aggres- sively for the five Women’s IPL (WIPL) teams that would be auctioned on Wednesday. According to market experts, the teams are expected to shell out in the “range of 500 to 600 crore INR” per team in the closed-bid auction. “WIPL has huge poten- tial but most of the legacy teams would like to mix optimism with pragma- tism,” an industry insider, who has previously worked on men’s IPL team bid said. “Expect a few bids in the range of `500 crore up- wards. `800 crore plus could be a bit ambitious but BCCI won’t complain,” he added. More than 30 odd compa- nies have bought the bid documents worth `5 lakh including all the 10 men’s IPL team. WOMEN’S IPL TEAM BID AUCTION ON WEDNESDAY z The BCCI is all set to get richer by at least `4000 crore with some of the top business houses set to bid aggressively for the five WIPL teams that would be auctioned on Wednesday z The teams are expected to shell out in the “range of 500 to 600 crore INR” per team business BRIEFS New Delhi (PTI): Canara Bank on Monday report- ed 92% jump in profit at `2,882 crore for the quarter ended December 2022, helped by a rise in interest income and de- cline in bad loans. Its net profit stood at `1,502 crore in the same quarter of the preceding financial year. Total income in- creased to `26,218 crore in the quarter from `21,312 crore in the year-ago period, the state-owned bank said in a regulatory filing. At the same time, interest in- come rose to `22,231 crore as against `17,701 crore in the same quarter a year ago. New Delhi (PTI): Hyundai Motor India on Monday said it has launched an updated version of its compact sedan Aura with price starting at `6.29 lakh (ex-showroom Del- hi). The company said it has introduced the model with introductory prices ranging between `6.29 lakh and `8.57 lakh. The new Aura comes with pet- rol and CNG trims with diesel variants discontin- ued in the new range. The company said it is offer- ing the car with over 30 safety features. HYUNDAI DRIVES IN AURA WITH PRICE STARTING AT `6.29 L CANARA BANK Q3 PROFIT SURGES 92% TO `2,882 CRORE New Delhi (FIB): Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia on Monday said it has signed a new multi- year agreement to license its 5G patents to Sam- sung following the expiry of the previous pact in Dec. Samsung will make payments to Nokia from Jan 1, but the companies did not disclose the terms of the deal. Nordic rival Ericsson last year also reached an agreement on 5G patents with Samsung, ending a dispute that hit its quarterly revenue. NOKIA SIGNS 5G PATENT AGREEMENT WITH SAMSUNG New Delhi (PTI): Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) on Monday launched a new version of its Activa scooter which conforms to the upcom- ing stricter emission norms, with price starting at `74,536 (ex-showroom Delhi). The new Activa is compliant with on board diagnostics (OBD 2) and is being offered in three trims tagged at `74,536, `77,036 and `80,537. The new Activa comes with various new features like the smart key which ena- bles the customer to easi- ly locate the vehicle. HONDA LAUNCHES NEW ACTIVA AT STARTING PRICE OF `74,536 *Rates till the edition went to print. SAYS UK TRADE MINISTER AMAZON AIR DEBUTS IN INDIA FOR FASTER DELIVERIES Hyderabad (PTI): Amazon India on Monday launched Amazon Air in the country to further enhance its transportation network and enable faster deliveries to customers. Ama- zon is the first e-commerce company in India to launch a dedicated air cargo network, an Amazon release said. Ama- zon executive said two planes are being operated at present. He said each plane can carry 20,000 shipments. VODA IDEA REFUTES REPORTS OF PREPAID SERVICE OUTAGE New Delhi (FIB): Vodafone Idea has refuted reports of its prepaid services being unavailable for a few hours on Sunday. “We would like to alert our customers to not believe such false news,” Vi said in a statement on Monday. The cash-strapped telco clarified its customers in the Delhi circle about a system upgrade for a few hours on the night of January 22 to morning of January 23. INVESTMENT THROUGH P-NOTES DROPS TO `96,292-CR IN DEC 2022 ON PROFIT BOOKING New Delhi (PTI): Investment in the Indian capital markets through participatory notes slightly dropped to `96,292 crore at the end of December 2022 from the preced- ing month on higher valuation of domestic markets. Before the decline, the investment through the route had been on an increasing trend since July because of a slump in prices of oil and other commodities and relative out- performance of Indian equity markets. The value of P-note investments in Indian markets —equity, debt, and hybrid securities —stood at `96,292 crore at December-end. AS LAYOFFS CONTINUE, GOOGLE FREEZES KEY GREEN CARD PROCESS FOR WORKERS New Delhi (FIB): As if the news of mass layoffs at top tech firms wasn’t causing anxiety enough for Indian techies working in the United States, latest reports suggest Google has paused its Pro- gram Electronic Review Manage- ment (PERM), a key step in acquir- ing an employer-sponsored green card. Google has sent an email to foreign employees, notifying them that the tech giant will pause any new filings of PERM, leaving workers in a limbo. OTHER STORIES IndiaFTAcanbeclinchedthisyr New Delhi (PTI): The In- dia-UK free trade agree- ment (FTA) is expected to be clinched this year but it won’t involve any boost of free movement visa offers for Indians, British trade minister Kemi Badenoch ,in charge of the negotia- tions has said. The UK Secretary of State for Trade also ruled out any major similarities between the FTA the UK had struck with Australia - one of the first post-Brex- it trade deals - and that with India. “We left the EU (Euro- pean Union) because we didn’t believe in free move- ment, we didn’t think it was working. This is not a deal that’s negotiating some kind of free move- ment with India,” Bade- noch said, with reference to more visa offers. The minister indicated a willingness to make con- cessions on issues like business mobility, but ruled out the prospect of Indians getting the same kind of deal as with Aus- tralia. “We have to make sure that each trade agree- ment we sign is tailored to the specific country. The kind of mobility offer I can do to a country like Aus- tralia is not going to be the same kind of mobility of- fer I can do with a country like India, which has got many times the popula- tion,” said Badenoch. “And what people from the UK want to do when they trav- el to Australia is probably slightly different from what they do when they travel to India, and vice versa as well,” she said. MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS z Kemi Badenoch, who was in New Delhi last month to kick off the sixth round of FTA talks with Piyush Goyal, said that former PM Boris Johnson’s “deal by Diwali” deadline last year was not feasible and had to be changed z She also ruled out any major similarities between the FTA the UK had struck with Australia Indigenously-developed 5G, 4G tech roll out this year, says Telecom Min Gandhinagar (PTI): In- digenously-developed 5G and 4G telecom technology stack will be rolled out in the country this year and the platform will be offered to the world from next year, Union telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said. Vaishnaw said that only five countries in the world have end-to-end 4G-5G tel- ecom technology stack but now with the public-pri- vate partnership, India has developed its own technol- ogy which has been tested to handle 10 million simul- taneous calls. “Our private and public partnership approach has given us a solution where the core was developed, in- vested by the public sector, public funds, and every- thing else sitting on it comes from the private partners. In this entire 2023, we will be rolling it outonabout50,000to70,000, towers, sites and then in 2024 will be offering it to the world,” Vaishnaw said. The minister also elabo- rated on four broad ap- proaches directed towards economic management, digital economy, regula- tion in digital economy and development of new technology. Mumbai (PTI): Bench- mark BSE Sensex rose by 319 points on Monday on gains in IT and financial stocks after positive quar- terly results amid support- ive global cues. The 30-share BSE barom- eter rose by 319.90 or 0.53% to close at 60,941.67. The index opened higher and gained more than 400 points to scale the 61,000 level. It touched a high of 61,113.27 and a low of 60,761.88 in the day . The broader NSE Nifty gained 90.90 points or 0.5% to settle at 18,118.55 as 32 of its stocks advanced while 18 declined. Among Sensex stocks, Hindustan Unilever rose the most by 1.89%. Sun Pharma, Tata Motors, Info- sys, TCS, Tech Mahindra, HCLTech,SBI,KotakBank, HDFC twins, and Nestle were among major gainers. On the other hand, Ul- traTech Cement was the biggest loser, falling by 4.62%. NTPC, LT, Tata Steel, Reliance Industries, and Titan were also among the laggards. New Delhi (FIB): Zomatois shutting down its 10-minute food delivery service Zoma- to Instant less than a year after it was launched as it chases profitability amid tough market conditions. The company has recent- ly told its restaurant part- ners it would look to close down the service. “Itdidn’tlooklikeitwould turn profitable. The compa- ny was not getting the daily volume required to even pay thefixedcosts.Itwasn’tscal- inguptothatlevel,”asource told ET Prime. “The plan is to now pivot to a new product,” he said, adding that Zomato is ex- perimenting with low-val- ue packed meals – thalis or combo meals. It has not been decided if Zomato will retain the 10-minutes preposition for this. How- ever the new offering will be launched in 7-10 days, one of the sources said. However, Zomato said it was not shutting down In- stant but rebranding the service. “Instant is not shutting down. We are working on a new menu with our partners and re- branding the business. All finishing stations remain intact, and no people are impacted by this decision.” Gandhinagar (PTI): The Business-20 forum during India’s leadership has a unique opportunity and a very important role to play in working out agenda that can be value adding for all G-20 na- tions and the rest of the world, B20 India Chair N Chandrasekaran said. The B20 is the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business com- munity. It is among the most prominent engage- ment groups in G20. Chandrasekaran, who is also the Chairman of Tata Sons, said during In- dia’s leadership of the forum, various initiatives would be taken up in sev- eral areas, including glob- al supply chain, creative skills, circular economy, digital transformation and financial inclusion. “India is in a very unique position in the world at a time (when) we are seeing several moving parts, and B20, during In- dia’s leadership of G20, has a unique opportunity and has a very important role to play,” he said. “So, we’ve had the op- portunity to look at the evolution and the pro- gress (of B20) over the years and have been able to relate it to the context in which the world is functioning today and able to work out an agen- da which we think is very exciting and can be value adding for all G20 nations or in fact for the rest of the world not only to In- dia,” he asserted. MarketsadvanceongainsinIT, financialsharesandglobalcues Zomatowindsup10-mindelivery ‘B20 CAN BE VALUE ADDING’ RUPEE FALLS 21 PAISE TO 81.38 AGAINST US DOLLAR Mumbai (PTI): The rupee fell 21 paise to close as 81.38 (pro- visional) against the US dollar on Monday amid rise in crude prices. At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee opened stronger at 80.92 to a dollar against the previous close of 81.17. The local unit moved in a range of 81.47 to 80.93 during the day. On Friday, the rupee had appreciated by 19 paise to close at 81.17 against the US dollar. Apple looks to scale up mfg in India: Goyal Gandhinagar (PTI): iP- hone-maker Apple is look- ing to scale up its manufac- turing in India as the busi- nessenvironmentishelping global firms make the coun- try their base, Commerce and Industry Minister Pi- yush Goyal said. He said Apple already have about 5-7% of their manufactur- ing in India. “They are tar- geting to go up to 25% of their manufacturing. They launched their most recent models from India, manu- factured in India.” SAYS N CHANDRASEKARAN
  9. 9. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023 08 2NDFRONT www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia On the occasion of National Girl Child Day, we must promise ourselves to ensure the safety of our girl child and ensure all opportunities for them. — Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO Editor-in-Chief, First India First India Bureau Mumbai: Union min- ister Narayan Rane on Monday said the newly minted alliance be- tween the Shiv Sena (UBT) and Dalit lead- er’s Prakash Ambed- kar’s outfit VBA in Ma- harashtra will not have any political im- pact on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling Eknath Shinde faction. “Their alliance would not make any political dent to the ruling coa- lition in the state (BJP and Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena). I do not un- derstand, why people (in the media) are giv- ing so much impor- tance to Ambedkar and Uddhav Thacker- ay...they do not have any political backing,” Rane said “Theybothlackpoliti- cal stature to criticise PM Modi. Tell me, how many people are behind them?” he asked Rane maintained Uddhav Thackeray has lost sup- port of a majority of his MLAs post rebellion by a section of legislators in June last year. “Thackeray once had support of 56 Sena MLAs, now there are not even 12. What is Prakash Ambedkar’s contribution in the up- liftment of Scheduled Caste people in the state? Can he give me some number, because I can tell you how many people I have helped,” said the BJP leader. “Both the lead- ers are losing ground and are at the end of their political career,” Rane claimed. Malik’s son, daughter-in-law get pre-arrest bail Mumbai (PTI): A ses- sions court here on Monday granted pre- arrest bail to former Maharashtra cabinet minister Nawab Malik’s son Faraz and French daughter-in-law Laura Hemelin alias Ayesha in connection with a case of submission of al- leged forged documents to extend her visa. Judge MG Deshpande granted the couple an- ticipatory bail. The suburban Kurla police had registered a complaint of cheating and forgery against the duolastweek.According to the police, Hemelin, a French national, had submitted forged docu- ments while applying to convert her tourist visa into a long-term visa. The duo has denied the criminal charges and claimed to be vic- tims of fraud at the hands of an agent who they had appointed to obtain a marriage cer- tificate, which is at the centre of the case. The couple has said the agent had cheated 18 other people. The couple, who had approached the court for anticipatory bail, claimed no cheating or forgery case was made out against them as they are neither the au- thors of the alleged forged marriage certifi- cate nor had they caused any wrongful loss to any person. An FIR (first informa- tion report) was lodged against the two under sections 420, 465, 468, and 34 of the Indian Pe- nal Code and section 14 of the Foreigners Act. FAKE DOCUMENT VISA FRAUD According to the police, Hemelin, a French national, had submitted forged documents while applying to convert her tourist visa into a longterm visa Nawab Malik —FILE PHOTO Sandeep Shukla Mumbai. The cam- paigning for the polls for graduate and teach- er seats in the state has started in full swing. Meanwhile, Chief Min- ister Eknath Shinde has given a signal to imple- ment the old pension scheme in the state. Additional burden of `55 thousand crores on state government If the old pension scheme is implemented in the state, then there will be an additional burden of about 55 thou- sand crore rupees on the state government, and there is a possibility that there will be a big gap in the pension amount of the old em- ployees and the new em- ployees. The old pension scheme can be imple- mented. This decision of the government will benefit the ruling party- Shinde faction and BJP - in the elections. There are about 16 lakh 10 thousand gov- ernment employees in the state. 58 thousand crore rupees are spent on their salary per year. Now if the old pension scheme is in ef- fect and it is decided to implement it from 2004, then there will be an additional burden of 50 to 55 thousand crore ru- pees on the exchequer of the state govern- ment. The state govern- ment will spend an ad- ditional 4 to 4.5 thou- sand crore rupees on teachers' pension. In the state, if the old pen- sion scheme is imple- mented, the employee will get 50 percent of the salary after retire- ment till death. Also, after his death, an em- ployee's spouse will get 30 percent of the amount as pension till his death. But in the new pension, the pen- sion will be given on the accumulated amount by deducting the money from the salary and not according to the salary of the employees. Since this scheme is based on market investment, pension will be given on the accumulated amount. First India Bureau Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday said good governance will be provided to citizens through e-governance. Addressing a gather- ing after inaugurating a two-day regional confer- ence on “e-governance” in Mumbai, Shinde said e-governance is being widely implemented in the country under Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi’s leadership. The two-day confer- ence has been jointly organisedbytheDepart- ment of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in collaboration with the state government. The conference, be- ing held in a hybrid mode, has been attend- ed by 500 delegates from 30 participating states and Union Territories. “E-governance is be- ing widely implement- ed in the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two-day conference being held by the Centre and state governments is a wel- come initiative to up- date the administrative system and exchange innovative ideas,” the chief minister said. He said through this conference, informa- tion about the activities taking place under e- governance across the country will be made available to all states and UTs. “E-Governance is be- ing widely implement- ed across the country and good governance will be provided to citi- zens through e-govern- ance,” the chief minis- ter said, adding India is getting significant par- ticipation at the global level under PM Modi’s leadership. DARPG Secretary V Srinivas said that one of the objectives of the conference is to trans- late Maharashtra’s core strengths ingovernance into e-governance to en- able the digital transfor- mation of institutions and the digital environ- ment of citizens. He said the Good Gov- ernance Index of India recognizes Maharash- tra’s strong perfor- mance in several sec- tors, like agriculture, commerce and industry , public infrastructure, social welfare and de- velopment, judiciary and public safety . “Maharashtra stands well ahead of the Indi- an states in terms of the 58 parameters across ten sectors,” Srinivas added. Speaking about the adoption of e-office version 7.0, he said it’s an initiative for increas- ing efficiency in deci- sion-making through de-layering, delegation and digitization of the state secretariat and other measures. First India Bureau Mumbai: The alliance between Shiv Sena (Thackeray group) and Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi was announced on Monday by Sena chief Uddhav Thack- eray and Vanchit Ba- hujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar. Congress state presi- dent Nana Patole has welcomed this deci- sion. He said that the Congress is positive about the alliance with Vanchit Aghadi. What did Nana Patole say? “Speaking as Maha Vi- kas Aghadi, we do not have any proposal re- garding the inclusion of the Vanchit Aghadi. What exactly is Prakash Ambekar say- ing? It is clear that we will discuss it and take a decision. Basically, our position in this re- gard is positive. I had also said yesterday that BJP is the party that is destroying the constitutional system. It is our job to stop it. Congress is a national party. So our role is to take small and big par- ties together”, said Nana Patole. Notably on Monday, Uddhav Thackeray and Prakash Ambedkar an- nounced an alliance of Shivshakti and Bhim- shakti in the state. Meanwhile Uddhav Thackeray had said that the alliance of Vanchit Thackeray fac- tion was discussed with Congress and this was also confirmed by Nana Patole. “I had a discussion with Ud- dhav Thackeray. How- ever, what is the pro- posal of Vanchit Agha- di? We will clarify the situation only after it is known,” he said. First India Bureau Mumbai: Dhirendra Krishna Shastri Maha- raj of Bageshwar Dham who has made headlines was recently challenged by Shyam Manav, the founder of the ‘Andhwishwaas Unmulan Samiti’. How- ever, now Shyam Ma- nav has received a death threat. Word is that Manav had said that he would give thirty lakh rupees to Bageshwar Baba to undergo tests, however, Baba left the program in Nagpur halfway . Thereafter, Shyam Manav got a call threat- ening to kill him. After the call was received, Shyam manav ap- proached the Alyawar police and now his secu- rity has been beefed up. Baba’s challenger gets death threats! Shyam Manav —FILE PHOTO Shinde hints at starting OPS in Maharashtra! E-governancetousherGood governance in state: Shinde Eknath Shinde —FILE PHOTO Eknath Shinde —FILE PHOTO Narayan Rane —FILE PHOTO No impact of Uddhav- Ambedkar alliance on BJP, Shinde camp: Rane First India Bureau Mumbai: The alliance between Vanchit Bahu- jan Aghadi and the Thackeray group was announced on Monday . Former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Prakash Ambedkar had made the announce- ment by holding a joint press conference. Shin- de group leader Sanjay Shirsat has reacted to thisallianceandclaimed that this alliance will not last for long. “The Vanchit Bahu- jan Aghadi of Uddhav Thackeray and Prakash Ambedkar does not have a heart-to-heart al- liance. I have seen Prakash Ambedkar, he has a distinct identity as a strong leader. To- day he has gone with Uddhav Thackeray. I sincerely feel that this alliance will not last,” said Shirsat. “We have worked withUddhavThackeray . Many people have allied with him before. But we have also seen where Thackeray has placed the people who have joined the alliance. I think Prakash Ambed- kar will not tolerate it as he is an aggressive lead- er. That is why this alli- ance will not last. Now, Uddhav Thackeray has less following, and NCP and Congress have also gone away . So they have tried this alliance in or- der to attract the crowd. They want people now,” added Shirsat. MLA SANJAY SHIRSAT TAKES A JIBE AT AADITYA’S ‘CHILDISH’ COMMENTS, MAKES POLITICAL PREDICTION SENA-VANCHITALLIANCEWON’TLAST LONG,CLAIMSMLASANJAYSHIRSAT Uddhav Thackeray and Prakash Ambedkar do not have a heart-to- heart connect Sanjay Shirsat —FILE PHOTO First India Bureau Mumbai: An oil painting of former Shiv Sena chief Bal- asaheb Thackeray will be unveiled in Vidhan Bhavan, but the Thackeray group has expressed its displeasure about it. Former minister and leader of the Thackeray faction, Aditya Thackeray, made a statement saying, “Balasaheb must be saying that these traitors are unveil- ing my oil paint- ing.” Speaking on the matter, Sanjay Shirsat has ex- pressed his anger. “This kid has not even sat on Balasa- heb’s lap. He does not know what hap- pened to Balasaheb Thackeray. Being the grandson does not mean that he has common sense. He should have thought that my grandfather’s oil painting is being displayed in Vidhan Bhavan. Who is put- ting up that oil painting is a differ- ent issue,” said Shirsat. “Aditya Thacker- ay should be proud to think that a hos- pital is being opened today in the name of my grandfather. People are calling you Aditya Saheb because of Balasa- heb Thackeray. He should be con- scious when he speaks. Balasaheb Thackeray is not only his grandfa- ther. He is our Shiv Sena chief. That’s why we will do any- thing for him,” add- ed Shirsat. ‘Being a grandson doesn’t mean he will have sense’ Congess is positive over Sena- Vanchit alliance, claims Patole Nana Patole —FILE PHOTO
  10. 10. MUMBAI | TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023 aipur Litera- ture Festival 2023 includes opportunities to meet your fa- vourite authors and brush up on your writing skills (aid- ed by enthusiastic profes- sional authors). In order to foster a true love of reading, most of the festi- vals offer extensive pro- grams of story-telling and other fun activities for children and young adults. With the rise in the digital age, it has been tough to maintain the love for tradi- tional publish- ing. The biggest testimony to the revival of books is the large swathe of literary festivals mushrooming up in every part of the world. The 16th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival at- tracted huge numbers of people from all back- grounds together- readers, writers, playwrights, and publish- ers who come to spend a week or week- end exchanging ideas with like-minded people on Day 5 on Monday at Ho- tel Clarks Amer, Jaipur. Jaipur Literature Festi- val brings people of all backgrounds together. Ba- sically, everyone loves what reading repre- sents: the stirring of ideas, the sparks of recognition, and the realization that we are all connected. Congregation Savants JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2023 ALLOWED FINDING ALL ABOUT THE LATEST TRENDS IN PROSE, FICTION, POETRY AND CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENT LITERATURE- ALL UNDER ONE ROOF, EVEN ON ITS CONCLUDING DAY, ON MONDAY! MITALI DUSAD mitalidusad01@gmail.com J www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/mumbai I twitter.com/ thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 09 SWEET SMILES: Manika Kaul, Nikita Goyal, Aditi Shukla, Rishika Jain and Apurva Singh Gaur Gopal Das during the session ‘FIRST EDITION: ENERGIZE YOUR MIND’ CAPTURE THE MOMENT: Sakshi and Hetal —PHOTOS BY MUKESH KIRADOO SUNIL SHARMA ELEGANT, DASHING AND DARING: Clockwise: Neha, Riddhi, Siddhi and Nandini Kadam STAY SHADY: Lovely International guest posing for the camera

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