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MAJOR DECISIONS AWAITED!
MEETINGS OF GEHLOT CABINET AND
COUNCIL OF MINS TO BE HELD TODAY
Dr Rituraj Sharma
Jaipur: The meeting of
Gehlot cabinet will be
held on Tuesday at 11.30
am in CMR. Along with
this, there will be a
meeting of the Council
of Ministers from 12.15
pm onwards, in which,
mainly the program of
relief camps starting
from April 24 and the
entire format will be
approved. Also, the role
and responsibility of
the ministers can be
fixed in this. Along
with this, decisions are
possible regarding oth-
er policy points and it is
possible to discuss in
the meeting about con-
vening the assembly
session for a few days
and the possible bills to
be tabled in it.
In Tuesday’s meeting
of the Gehlot cabinet,
the program of infla-
tion relief camps to be
held from April 24 to
June 30 will be ap-
proved. The state gov-
ernment will organize
camps from urban
wards to villages. In the
state, from April 24 to
June 30, inflation relief
camps will be orga-
nized along with the
‘PSKS/PGKS’ cam-
paign. Turn to P7
Postmeeting,CM
AshokGehlotwill
conductapress
conferencein
CMRat1pmtoday
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot
As Pilot sits on fast,
Gehlot releases video
...of vision 2030
to make Rajasthan
top state by 2030
First India Bureau
New Delhi: Congress
leader Sachin Pilot on
Tuesday sat here on a
fast, piling pressure on
his own party by target-
ing the Ashok Gehlot
govtinRajasthanfor‘in-
action’ in alleged cases
of corruption when the
BJP ran the state. As Pi-
lot began his daylong
fast, CM Ashok Gehlot
releasedavideoportray-
ing his vision to take the
state to the top by 2030.
Despite a warning is-
sued to him by the Con-
gress, Pilot, a former
deputy CM of Ra-
jasthan, began his day-
long fast at the Shaheed
Smarak here on Tues-
day, demanding action
in cases of alleged cor-
ruption related to the
previous BJP govern-
ment in the state led by
Vasundhara Raje. He
sat alone on the dais for
over 5 hours. P3
Sachin Pilot sits on a hunger
strike at Shaheed Smarak in
Jaipur on Tuesday.
This struggle
against corruption
will continue.
—Sachin Pilot,
Congress leader
LAND-FOR-JOBS CASE:
ED GRILLS BIHAR DY CM
TEJASHWI FOR 8 HOURS
New Delhi: Bihar Deputy
Chief Minister and
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)
leader Tejashwi Yadav on
Tuesday appeared before
Enforcement Directorate
(ED) officials and was
questioned for over eight
hours in connection with
the money laundering case
linked to alleged Railways’
land-for-jobs scam.
DAY AFTER SKYMET’S
WARNING, IMD PREDICTS
NORMAL SW MONSOON
New Delhi: In a relief for
the agriculture sector, India
is expected to get normal
rainfall during the southwest
monsoon season despite the
evolving El Nino conditions,
the India meteorological
department said on Tuesday.
This comes just a day after
Skymet Weather, predicted
“below-normal” monsoon
rains in the country.
READ
Crucial
Crucial
RAHUL VISITS WAYANAD
WITH PRIYANKA AFTER
DISQUALIFICATION
Kalpetta: Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi said that BJP
can take away his position as
a member of Parl, but it can’t
stop him from representing
the people of Wayanad.
Accompanied by his sister
Priyanka, Rahul made 1st
visit to his constituency since
he was disqualified as Lok
Sabha MP last month. P5,7
JAIPUR l WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023 l Pages 12 l 3.00 l RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764 l Vol 4 l Issue No. 304
JAGDISH TYTLER
SUMMONED BY
CBI IN 1984 SIKH
RIOTS CASE
THEY WANT TO
KILL ME: ATIQ ON
BEING TAKEN TO
UP JAIL AGAIN
New Delhi: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday lowered
India’s economic growth projection for current financial year to 5.9% from
its earlier estimate of 6.1%. As per IMF’s World Economic Outlook, Indian
economy is projected to grow by 6.8% in financial year ended March 2023.
New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday summoned
Congress leader Jagdish Tytler for recording his
voice sample in connection with a 1984 anti-Sikh
riots case in the city’s Pul Bangash area, officials
said, adding, agency has found fresh evidence.
New Delhi: Gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed
has once again claimed threat to his life as he is being
taken from Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati jail to Prayagraj by
a team of UP Police personnel. Meanwhile, his convoy
halted at Bharatpur due to some tech glitch in car. P3,6
IMF CUTS INDIA’S FY ’23-24 GROWTH FORECAST TO 5.9%
‘BJP WILL WIN OVER 300 LS SEATS’ KARNATAKA ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
EK BAAR PHIR MODI SARKAR,
CLAIMS ‘CONFIDENT’ SHAH
We will win 12 out of 14 Lok Sabha
seats in northeastern state, says HM
Shah will visit Bharatpur on April 15
to make poll strategy for Rajasthan
Moni Sharma
Dibrugarh: Union
Home Minister Amit
Shah on Tuesday as-
serted that the BJP will
win more than 300 Lok
Sabha seats across the
country in next year’s
general elections and
return to power for the
third consecutive term
with PM Narendra
Modi at the helm.
Addressing a rally in
Dibrugarh, where he
laidthefoundationstone
for a BJP office, Amit
Shah exuded confidence
thatthepartywillwin12
out of the 14 Lok Sabha
seats in the northeast-
ern state. Launching a
scathing attack on the
Congress, he said,
“Northeast was once
considered a fortress of
CongressbutdespiteRa-
hul Gandhi’s yatra, par-
ty failed to perform well
in the recent assembly
elections in three states
in the region.” “The
more they badmouth
Modi, more BJP will
grow,” he said on “kabr
kudegi” remark. P5
Union Home Minister Amit Shah being felicitated by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in presence of Sarbananda Sonowal,
Bhabesh Kalita and other supporters during a public meeting, at Mancotta Sports Ground, in Dibrugarh on Tuesday. —PHOTO BY PTI
KS Eshwarappa
PM MODI WILL ATTEND A MEGA DANCE
EVENT IN GUWAHATI ON APRIL 14: SHAH
COOK TO OPEN APPLE’S INDIA STORES,
SEEKS MEET WITH PM MODI: SOURCES
EASHWARAPPA
RETIRES, WRITES
TO PREZ NADDA
“Earlier, Assam was known for ‘andolan’ (agitation)
and ‘aatankwad’ (terrorism) but now there is peace
and people are dancing to the beats of Bihu music,” Amit
Shah said, while referring to a mega event which will be
held in Guwahati on April 14 in which over 11,000 danc-
ers will perform in the presence of PM Narendra Modi.
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook has scheduled a trip to open iPhone
maker’s 1st stores in India next week, underscoring com-
pany’s ambitions for country as a growth market and manu-
facturing base. Apple said it’ll open a store in Mumbai on April
18 and in Delhi on April 20. In between inaugurals, Apple has
sought meeting for Cook with PM Narendra Modi, said source.
Senior BJP leader
KS Eshwarappa an-
nounced his retirement
from active electoral
politics on Tuesday. In a
letter to party president
JP Nadda, Eshwarappa
has opted out of the
Karnataka Assembly
election. “I wish to
voluntarily retire from
electoral politics. Hence,
it is my request not to
consider my name for
any constituency for the
Assembly elections this
time,” he wrote.
Rahul insulted India from foreign
soil. If he continues defaming coun-
try and the govt by peddling lies,
Cong will be white-washed from the entire
country after being shown the door in the
Northeast. —Amit Shah, Union Home Minister
JP Nadda plans big to
make BJP battle ready
 52 fresh candidates including 189 names
in BJP’s 1st list for K’taka, Bommai to field
from Shiggaon, BSY’s son from Shikarpura
First India Bureau
New Delhi: The ruling
BJP on Tuesday even-
ing announced its first
list of 189 candidates
for the Karnataka as-
sembly polls.
Before the announce-
ment, Union Home Min-
isterAmitShahreached
BJP national president
JP Nadda’s Delhi resi-
dence to discuss the
same. Bommai will con-
test from Shiggaon con-
stituency, his current
seat. BY Vijayendra, the
son of former Chief
Minister and BJP lead-
er BS Yediyurappa, will
contest from Shikaripu-
ra seat, the same con-
stituency where his fa-
ther had won seven
times since 1983.
‘A second list will
come soon’, CM Basa-
varaj Bommai said. P5
Modi to virtually flag-off Raj’s
first Vande Bharat train today
First India Bureau
New Delhi/Jaipur: PM
Narendra Modi will flag
off Rajasthan’s first
Vande Bharat Express,
via VC, on Wednesday.
The programme will
take place on platform
number one of Jaipur
Junction. The inaugu-
ral Vande Bharat Ex-
press in Rajasthan will
ply between Jaipur and
Delhi Cantt. railway sta-
tions. The regular ser-
vice of train will start
from April 13. It will op-
erate between Ajmer
and Delhi Cantt, with
stops at Jaipur, Alwar
and Gurgaon. More on P2
No bar to RSS
march, SC junks
TN govt’s plea
First India Bureau
New Delhi: The SC on
Tuesday rejected the
Tamil Nadu govern-
ment’s appeal against
the Madras High Court
order allowing route
marches
by RSS in
State. The
M a d r a s
HC had
on Febru-
ary 10 al-
lowed route marches
despite the state refus-
ing permission citing
threat of attack on the
marches from the
banned Muslim organi-
sation Popular Front of
India (PFI).
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and State
Congress in-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa
will hold meeting with Sachin Pilot in Delhi today
Delhi-Srinagar NH to boost
tourism ‘four fold’: Gadkari
Mumbai cops detain
Rajasthan teen boy
New Delhi (FIB): The
Delhi-Jammu-Srinagar
highway will contribute
to a four-fold rise in the
footfall of tourists in
Kashmir, Union Minis-
ter Nitin Gadkari said
on Tuesday. Gadkari,
who inspected the Ban-
ihal-Qazigund tunnel
and other projects in the
union territory, said
that upon their comple-
tion the travel time be-
tween from Delhi to Sri-
nagar will be just 8
hours. During the day,
Sitaram Pasi-Marog
Tunnel (NT-1) on Ram-
ban-Banihal road in
Ramban district of
Jammu and Kashmir
was also inaugurated by
Gadkari.
First India Bureau
Mumbai: A day after
the Mumbai Police
control room received
a call threatening to
kill Bollywood actor
Salman Khan, the cops
have nabbed the caller.
The caller identified
himself as Roki Bhai
from Jodhpur.
The cops have de-
tained a 16-year-old Ra-
jasthan boy from
Thane district. They
caught the caller after
receiving technical
help, through which
they tracked the call to
a number based in Sha-
hapur in Thane dist.
SALMAN KHAN
DEATH THREAT
Nitin Gadkari, Dr Jitendra Singh, VK Singh & Manoj Sinha inaugurate
Sitaram Pasi-Marog Tunnel on Ramban-Banihal road, on Tuesday.
The caller who
made the threat
call is a minor.
There is no seriousness in
this call. Further investi-
gation is underway.
—Mumbai Police
RAJASTHAN
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Kashiram Choudhary
Jaipur: The Vande
Bharat train will be in-
augurated today at 11
am from Jaipur Junc-
tion. Prime Minister
Narendra Modi will vir-
tually show the green
flag from New Delhi.
Railway Minister Ash-
wini Vaishnav, GM Vi-
jay Sharma of North-
West Railway, and other
public representatives
will travel in the train.
Common people will
be able to travel by
train from April 13.
This train from Ajmer
to Delhi Cantt via
Jaipur will run six
days a week.
Captain Shashi
Kiran, Chief Public Re-
lations Officer of North
Western Railway said,
“From April 13, train
20977 Ajmer-Delhi Cantt
Vande Bharat Superfast
Express will leave
Ajmer at 6:20 am and
reach Delhi Cantt at
11:35 am. It will stop at
Jaipur, Alwar and Gur-
ugram. The train will
stop for five minutes in
Jaipur and two minutes
each in Ajmer and Gur-
gaon. The train will
start from Ajmer and
reach Jaipur at 7.50 am
and reach Alwar at 9.35.
It will reach Gurgaon
(Gurugram) at 11.15 and
Delhi Cantt at 11.35.”
Vande Bharat to flag off from Jaipur today
REDUCING TRAVEL TIME
lll
The train will run
only six days a
week. The train
will have a total
of 16 coaches,
including 12 AC
Chaircar, 2 AC
Executive
Chaircar, and 2
Driving Cars
Congresswillnotsucceedin
misleadingpeople:Rathore
CPJoshi,RajendraRathore,ArunChaturvedi,RaghavSharmaandotheroffice
bearers will take out candle march against Jaipur bomb blast case today
Aishwary Prdhan and
Sanjay Prajapat
Churu: Terming popu-
list schemes of the
Ashok Gehlot govern-
ment as an attempt to
garner votes by spend-
ing public money, Lead-
er of Opposition Rajen-
dra Rathore on Tuesday
said that the Congress
will not succeed in mis-
leading the people.
“Congress wants to
make votes by distribut-
ing freebies by spend-
ing the public money
but this is a misunder-
standing of the party.
Congress will not be
able to make people
fool,” he said.
He said that there has
been open corruption
during the tenure of the
Congress government
and the BJP is deter-
mined to end the mis-
rule of the Congress.
Rathore, while speak-
ing at the Jan Aakrosh
rally of BJP in Churu,
also attacked Congress
leader Sachin Pilot who
observed a day-long fast
todayatShaheedSmarak
demanding action
against the corruption
of the former BJP govt.
Rathore called Pilot
the villain of tug of war.
“We are addressing
Jan Aakrosh meeting
here while on the other
hand, the villain of tug
of war is sitting on a
dharna at the martyr’s
memorial in Jaipur,” he
said. Rathore said that
Pilot was the deputy
CM in the government
for 19 months but he did
not utter a single word.
“He should have spo-
ken against the corrup-
tion of the Congress
govt,” he said.
BJP State President
CP Joshi said that the
party has given him
the responsibility and
he will fulfill it with a
true heart.
Shahtomeetpartyworkers
inBharatpuronApril15
First India Bureau
Bharatpur: With elec-
tions round the corner
in Rajasthan, the
Bharatiya
Janata Par-
ty is in ac-
tion now.
After the
reshuffle in
the organization, now
top BJP leaders will
come to Rajasthan to
strengthen the grass-
roots workers. Union
Home Minister Amit
Shah will reach Bharat-
pur on April 15 and hold
ameetingwiththeoffice
bearersandkeyworkers
of Bharatpur division.
BJPorganizationGen-
eral Secretary Chan-
drashekhar held a meet-
ing of BJP workers in
Bharatpur on Tuesday
.
Chandrashekhar with Mukesh Dhadich, Manoj Rajoria, Ranjeeta Koli, Bhajan Lal Sharma discussing
election-related issues and preparations to welcome Amit Shah in Bharatpur on Tuesday.
Thousands gathered in protest against the misrule,
corruption and anti-people policies of the Congress govt
in Churu. (Inset) CP Joshi and Rajendra Rathore at the
Jan Aakrosh rally in Churu on Tuesday.
PM Modi likely
to visit Pokhran
on May 25th
First India Bureau
Jaisalmer: Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi is likely to
visit Jaisalmer’s
Pokhran, where nu-
clear tests were con-
ducted, on May 25
or 26. The visit is
being planned in
view of the 25th an-
niversary of nucle-
ar tests.
Nuclear tests
were conducted on
11th and 13th May
1998 in the pres-
ence of the then
PM Atal Bihari Va-
jpayee. Earlier,
Narendra Modi had
come to Pokaran in
2013. BJP is doing
preparations for
the Prime Minis-
ter’s visit.
CHANDRASHEKHAR DISCUSSED ELECTION
STRATEGY & PREPS TO WELCOME SHAH
BJP organization General Secretary Chandrashekhar
discussed election-related issues and preparations
to welcome Amit Shah were discussed. In the 2018 as-
sembly elections, the BJP suffered a crushing defeat in
Bharatpur with 19 assembly seats. BJP won only one
seat. The BJP high command has given Amit Shah the
responsibility of strengthening the Bharatpur division.
AAP to take out
Tiranga yatra in
Rajasthan
today: Mishra
Yogesh Sharma
Jaipur: Aam Aadmi
Party is hopeful of a
good show in the up-
coming assembly elec-
tions in Rajasthan.
The party’s state elec-
tion in-charge Vinay
Mishra said that the
party’s new politics will
be visible in the state
and the public will be
supporting the party
.
On alliance with Na-
gaur MP Hanuman
Beniwal’s RLP, Mishra
said that the decision
about the alliance is
taken by the party high
command.
Meanwhile, the party
will take out Tiranga
yatra at the divisional
headquarters level in
the state today
.
In Jaipur, Tiranga
yatra will be taken out
from Chhoti Chaupar to
Chandpole in Jaipur. It
will be led by Jaipur
District President Ka-
mal Bhargava.
Divya Maderna’s car attacked
with stones, sticks in Jodhpur
First India Bureau
Jodhpur: Supporters of
Osian (Jodhpur) MLA
Divya Maderna and for-
mer Pali MP Badri Ram
Jakhar clashed with
each other during the
cooperative society elec-
tions being conducted in
Jodhpur’s rural area.
The matter escalated,
people pelted stones at
Maderna’scarandbroke
the glass with sticks.
Supporters of Jakhar
alleged that Maderna
was not allowing Speak-
er candidate Manish
Khadav to meet his
family because of
which the two groups
began to fight. Howev-
er, the president was
also elected from the
Maderna group.
Maderna’s support-
ers alleged that the PA
of Jakhar broke the
glass of the MLA’s car
after which her sup-
porters became furious.
Police thrashing the supporters of Badri Ram Jakhar for pelting
stones at Divya Maderna’s car in Bhopalgarh of Jodhpur on Tuesday.
20-pt programme dist
committees constituted
JDA razes encroachment
worth`30crfromgovtland
3stateofficialstorampupvigilto
curbsandminingfromChambal
First India Bureau
Jaipur: District-level
committees of 20-point
programmes have been
constituted for 19 dis-
tricts in Rajasthan.
The committees were
formed for Ajmer, Al-
war, Tonk, Ganganagar,
Sikar, Rajsamand,
Pratapgarh, Nagaur,
Karauli, Jodhpur, Jhun-
jhunu, Hanumangarh,
Dungarpur, Churu,
Chittorgarh, Bundi, Bi-
kaner, Banswara, and
Alwar district. The com-
mittees will be headed
by the minister in-
charge. The committees
will hold at least one
meeting every month to
hold discussions on
goals and achievements.
Joint secretary
Sushil Kulhari issued
orders after high-level
approval.
Abhishek Shrivastava
Jaipur: The enforce-
ment wing of Jaipur
Development Authori-
ty (JDA) on Tuesday
razed encroachments
from government land
at three places in
Jaipur. “The govern-
ment land is valued at
a market price of Rs 30
crores. The encroacher
had taken possession
of the land earmarked
for the JDA scheme
‘Kalpana Nagar’ in vil-
lage Harghyanpura.
On Tuesday, the JDA
action took action at
five places, of which,
two were related to il-
legal construction and
three were connected
to encroachment,” said
Chief Controller of
Enforcement Raghu-
veer Saini.
Gwalior(PTI): Govern-
mentofficialsof Madhya
Pradesh, Rajasthan and
Uttar Pradesh on Mon-
day met in Morena dis-
trict and decided to step
up vigil to check illegal
mining of sand from the
Chambal river that trav-
erses through the three
states, an official said.
At the meeting, MP’s
Mineral Department
Principal Secretary Ni-
kunj Srivastava said
“checkpoints are very
important to stop illegal
sand mining from the
Chambal sanctuary (lo-
cated along the river)”.
Morena Collector An-
kit Asthana informed
that 17 temporary police
checkpoints and four
special roadblocks have
been set up in the dis-
trict to curb illegal sand
mining from the river
and its transportation.
 —Image for representational purpose only
FELICITATING ARTISTS!
Governor Kalraj Mishra felicitated artists from different parts of the country and art professors and students of Baroda
University at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. Padma Shri Rajendra Tiku from Jammu and Kashmir, Veer Manushree, Himmat Shah
from Gujarat, GR Irana from Karnataka and Arun Kumar, Jagannath Panda from Odisha, Manjunath Kamath from Mangaluru,
Pooja Irana from New Delhi were felicitated.
ACB traps deputy chief engineer
of Giral lignite plant in Barmer
Mukesh Mathrani
Barmer: Anti-corrup-
tion bureau team on
Tuesday caught the
deputy chief engineer
of Giral lignite power
plant in Barmer while
accepting a bribe of ru-
pees 35 thousand.
Durgsingh Rajpurohit,
additional SP at ACB
confirmed the report.
The accused was
identified as Ashok
Parekh.
According to the in-
formation the bribe was
demanded from a pri-
vate firm that was pro-
viding human resource
for the plant. It is said
that the firm had de-
ployed around six peo-
ple at the plant.
Since past one year
plant management is
not making the pay-
ment. It is alleged that
deputy chief engineer
Ashok Parekh was de-
manding a bribe of ru-
pees six thousand thou-
sand per person from
the firm. After this firm
approached the ACB.
After verification of
the complaint on Tues-
day late evening ACB
team raided Ashok
Parekh’s residence in
Barmer and caught him
while accepting a bribe
of Rs 35 thousand, offi-
cials said.
Accused Ashok Parekh
Vinay Mishra
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Vikas Sharma
Jaipur: With Covid
cases rising, the
State’s Health De-
partment is on an
alert. Now the fo-
cus is on increas-
ing sampling and
their genome se-
quencing across the
state. Control rooms are
being activated in the
state and at the district
level.
Post Covid, the con-
cern of the people who
are suffering from long
Covid side effects has
started increasing
again. The reason is the
sudden increase in Cov-
id-19 cases in the state.
Active Covid cases in
February end were less
than 10, but have in-
creased to over 800 now.
In the last four days,
about 100 to 200 cases
are being reported dai-
ly
. Even the death toll is
rising. Doctors, howev-
er, said that the Covid
patients this time are
not showing serious
symptoms but are fac-
ing problems for a long
time.
Amid Covid surge, Rajasthan ramps up testing, other facilities
PANDEMIC STRIKES AGAIN
Despite Cong’s warning, Pilot
observes five-hour long fast
PROTEST AGAINST CORRUPTION
Aditi Nagar, Yogesh
Sharma  Naresh Sharma
Jaipur: Asserting that
the Congress has been
fighting against the is-
sue of corruption, party
leader Sachin Pilot on
Tuesday demanded in-
vestigationfromhisown
government in cases of
alleged corruption re-
latedtothepreviousBJP
government in the state.
Pilot made these re-
marks as he ended his
day-long fast on Tues-
day around 4 pm at
Shaheed Smarak in
Jaipur, calling for ac-
tion by the incumbent
Ashok Gehlot govern-
ment against alleged
corruption during the
previous BJP rule un-
der former CM Vasund-
hara Raje. Talking to
the media persons, Pilot
said, “I am protesting
against the corruption
that took place under
the Vasundhara Raje
government. I have
been raising this issue
for quite a long. This is
the same issue, which
Rahul Gandhi voiced
both inside and outside
Parliament. This is the
same issue for which
Congress and other Op-
position parties came
together”. The Con-
gress MLA said that the
Congress party has
‘zero tolerance’ on is-
sue of Corruption. “I
wrote to CM Gehlot
more than a year back.
I told him that we had to-
gether highlighted cor-
ruption under BJP ten-
ure, now when only 6-7
months are remaining
forpolls,weshouldprobe
allegations,” Pilot said.
Dimple Sharma
Jaipur: The Opposition
BJP on Tuesday
slammed Congress
leader Sachin Pilot who
sat on a fast accusing
his own government in
Rajasthan of “inaction”
over corruption during
the BJP’s term and
claimed the allegations
were “fabricated”.
“Pilot is demanding
action on fabricated al-
legations. He should
have demanded a CBI
inquiry into the paper
leak case in the state,”
BJP national spokes-
person Rajyavardhan
Singh Rathore told re-
porters at a press con-
ference.
He said that such
“imaginary” issues
cannot confuse the peo-
ple of Rajasthan.
First India Bureau
Jaipur: Senior Con-
gress leader  former
Dy CM, Sachin Pi-
lot, sat on a day-
long fast at
Shaheed Samarak
in Jaipur on Tues-
day, calling for ac-
tion by the incum-
bent Ashok Gehlot govt
against alleged corrup-
tion during the previ-
ous BJP rule under for-
mer CM Vasundhara
Raje. Before launching
his fast on Tuesday, Pi-
lot, a former Union
minister, paid floral
tributes to social re-
former Mahatma Jyoti-
ba Phule.
Speaking on the on-
going daylong fast by
Pilot, BJP leader Ra-
jendra Rathore said
“Sachin Pilot has
thrown an open
challenge to his
party high com-
mand. His day-
long fast will be
the last nail in the
coffin of Congress govt.
Congress has lost its
hold across country
.”
“The boycott of the
CLP meeting on Sep-
tember 25 by the Gehlot
faction had jolted the
high command. And
now, they are facing a
renewed challenge in
the form of this daylong
fast by Pilot,” he added.
Mukesh Mathrani
Barmer: Administra-
tive  health authori-
ties went into an alert
mode after more than
60% of population of a
village in Barmer dis-
trict fell ill. Situation is
that almost every house
has three to four pa-
tients. At many houses,
the entire family is ad-
mitted in hospital ei-
ther at Barmer or in
Jodhpur. On getting in-
formed authorities
swung into action and
special teams were sent
to the village for the
health screening. At
Tirsingadi village
around 90 % are suffer-
ing from dengue and
malaria and other viral
diseases. prima facie it
looks like some infec-
tious viral disease but
medical report will re-
veal the actual cause,
said Dr CS Gajraj,
CMHO in Barmer.
Pilot observes fast, BJP says
‘last nail in Gehlot govt coffin’
Administration on an ‘alert mode’ after
60% of people fall ill in a Barmer village
Sachin Pilot observes fast while staging protest at the Shaheed Smarak in Jaipur on Tuesday. Suchitra Arya, Vidhyadhar Choudhary,
SL Meena, KC Vishnoi, Samarjeet Bhati, Manish Yadav, Gopal Singh Idwa, Shobha Solanki, Mahendra Ralawata, Prashant Sehdev,
Surghyan Ghoshalya, Umardaraj and others were also present on the occasion.  —PHOTO BY SUNIL SHARMA
Vinay Mishra@vinaymishra_aap
The most corrupt and useless government is the Con-
gress government of Rajasthan. So corrupt that a very
educated young leader of this very government, Sachin-
Pilot ji is observing fast against corruption today. One
needs to think how his own government compelled him
to observe Anshan. Now, Rajasthan needs an alternative.
PILOT SHOULD LEAVE
CONGRESS  JOIN RLP:
HANUMAN BENIWAL
Jaipur: RLP leader  Nagaur
MP Hanuman Beniwal com-
mented on hunger strike of
former Deputy Chief Minister
Sachin Pilot and said that he
should have
understood
the situa-
tion timely,
“Sachin Pilot
should have
acted on time
and left Congress. He should
even announce his exit from
the Congress party. Sachin
Pilot repeatedly talks about
being a congressman and
remaining a congressman,
but who is asking Sachin
Pilot in Congress? I do not
think that Congress will ex-
pel Pilot, rather Pilot should
launch a campaign to drive
away Congress  BJP from
Raj. If we come together, the
picture will be set in state. ”
PILOT DARE NOT TO
CHALLENGE THE BJP
LEADERSHIP: SARAF
Jaipur: BJP MLA and
former minister Kali Charan
Saraf attacked Congress
leader Sachin Pilot over his
hunger strike and said that
Sachin Pilot
should either
apologise or
prove that
the money of
alleged illegal
mining in the
previous BJP government
has reached the top leader-
ship of BJP. “Sachin Pilot,
who slept for four and a half
years, has dared to chal-
lenged the honest BJP top
leadership. Whether it is the
Mathur Commission or the
Supreme Court in the carpet
case, everyone has given a
clean chit to the Vasundhara
government. Then what is
the protest for,” said Kali
Charan Saraf.
Jaipur: Posters at the site where Sachin Pilot observed
fast did not have the symbol of Congress nor any
picture of the party’s leader. Instead, there was a huge
picture of Mahatma Gandhi on the poster. There were
two small pictures of Mahatma Gandhi and Jyotibap-
hule to pay tributes to, while there was a huge poster
with Vasundhara Sarkar written on it.
Jaipur: Reacting to Pilot’s fast, Minister Sukhram
Bishnoi said that investigation has been completed in
the matter on which the Pilot was fasting. “If he feels
that something is lacking, he must present the facts. It
is absolutely wrong to fast like this,” he said.
PILOT MUST PRESENT FACTS IN RAJE CASE,
IT IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG TO FAST: BISHNOI
POSTERS OF CONGRESS PARTY MISSING
FROM SACHIN PILOT’S FASTING SITE
AICC Raj In-charge
Sukhjinder Singh
Randhawa will
reach Jaipur today
First India Bureau
Jaipur: Former Deputy
CM Sachin Pilot is ac-
cusing the Ashok Ge-
hlot government of not
taking action in the
scams of the previous
Vasundhara Raje gov-
ernment, but advocate
AK Jain has made an
interesting disclosure.
He said that the Ra-
jasthan High Court had
given a clean chit to the
then CM Vasundhara
Raje on the alleged Min-
ing Scam of Rs 45,000
crore in 2015. He said
that the High Court had
rejected a petition filed
by Congress leader Ram
Singh Kaswan in con-
nection with the alleged
scam.
Pilot was the PCC
chief during that peri-
od of time.
Now the question is
being raised why did
not Pilot raise this issue
and why did not he ap-
peal against the deci-
sion of the High Court
in the Supreme Court.
‘Why didn’t Pilot challenge
HC’s decision in SC?’
Jaipur: CBI arrests
MES Jr Engineer for
taking bribe of `10k
Raj cops to pay double
fine, face dept probe
for flouting traffic rules
Police van carrying Atiq,
resumes journey after
facing technical glitch
First India Bureau
Jaipur: The Central
Bureau of Investiga-
tion (CBI) has arrested
a Junior Engineer
(EM)-1 working in the
office of Garrison En-
gineer, Military Engi-
neer Services (MES)
Jaipur while taking a
bribe of Rs 10,000. A
case was registered
against Junior Engi-
neer-1 and Manager
(HR) of a private com-
pany based in Noida
(UP).
There was also an al-
legation of demanding
salary for continuing
his services on contract
basis. The complainant
(a contract employee)
of a Noida based pri-
vate company was
working as Electrician
Helper in Military En-
gineering Services
(MES), Jaipur.
The Junior Engineer
(EM)-1, Military Engi-
neeringServices(MES),
in conspiracy with the
Manager (Human Re-
source) demanded Rs
26,000. He was to get Rs
16,000 in the first instal-
ment.
Searches were con-
ducted at five places,
including Jaipur,
Sriganganagar, Ghazi-
abad and Noida and
documents and Rs
3,00,000 was recovered.
The accused will be
produced in the court.
Jaipur (PTI): Now po-
licemen not following
traffic rules in Ra-
jasthan will have to pay
double fine and depart-
mental action will be
taken against them in a
strict move to curb
such violations, an of-
ficial statement said on
Tuesday.
The directions in this
regard were issued by
Additional Director
General of Police (Traf-
fic) VK Singh on the in-
struction of Director
General of Police
Umesh Mishra.
Singh said those po-
lice officials who do not
wear helmets and sit
with more than two
passengers on a two-
wheeler, not wear seat
belts while driving a
four-wheeler, jump red
light, drink and drive
and violate other traf-
fic rules as prescribed
under the Motor Vehi-
cles Act will have to pay
double the normal fine.
He further added
that the departmental
action will also be initi-
ated against such po-
licemen.
First India Bureau
Dungarpur: The con-
voy of Uttar Pradesh po-
lice carrying gangster
-turned-politician Atiq
AhmedfromAhmedabad
to Prayagraj halted at
Bichhiwara police sta-
tion in Rajasthan’s Dun-
garpur district after one
of the vehicles in the
convoy faced some me-
chanical problem, police
said.Atiqwaskeptinthe
lock up of the police sta-
tion for nearly 1 hour on
Tuesday evening before
theconvoyleftforitsdes-
tination. He said that
due to some mechanical
problem in one vehicle,
the convoy was stopped.
Later, police van carry-
ing Atiq was taken to
police station where
tight security arrange-
ments were in place.
CASE FACT FILE
Dates Cases Deaths
April 1 21 cases 1 death
April 2 42 cases 1 death
April 3 17 cases No death
April 4 29 cases 1 death
April 5 61 cases No death
April 6 100 cases 2 deaths
April 7 122 cases No death
April 8 137 cases No death
April 9 165 cases 1 death
Apr 10 197 cases 3 deaths
Man posing as
police officer held
by Jaipur cops
Woman commits
suicide along with
son in Jhalawar
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur: A fake police
officer has been arrest-
ed in Jaipur for alleg-
edly threatening people
and extorting money
from them. DCP (North)
Rashi Dogra Dudi in-
formed that a team was
formed after com-
plaints of fake police
official taking money
from people came to us.
The case has been regis-
tered under Sanjay Cir-
cle Police Station. “The
accused has been iden-
tified as Kaluram, a
resident of Sri Ganga-
nagar dist. The accused
posed as SI and then
threatened people to ex-
tort money. The ac-
cused is being probed,”
added Dudi.
Arif Mansoori
Jhalawar: A 24-year-
old woman allegedly
committed suicide
along with her three-
year-old son in Raipur
tehsil of Jhalawar dis-
trict by jumping into a
well. Cops informed the
deceased has been iden-
tified as Rekha Bai 
her son Kartik. “The
woman’s father had
filed a plaint stating Re-
kha Bai’s husband
Ramvilas Dangi used to
beat  harass her
daughter which forced
her to end her life. The
bodies were fished out
of the well and taken to
Raipur hospital. An FIR
has been filed  matter
is being probed,”the po-
lice added.
Pilot’s allegations
are fabricated:
Rajyavardhan
l Blood clotting l Effect on heart
l Persistent bouts of Pneumonia
l Frequent fever l Blurred vision
l Loss of memory l Diarrhoea
l Untimely periods l Palpitation
l Frequent urination l Patients suf-
fering from cold, fever and cough have
gone up. Most of these patients when
tested, their report comes negative but X-
ray and CT scan shows Pneumonia.
COVID SIDE EFFECTS
Advocate AK Jain
Police convoy carrying Atiq at the Bichiwada Police Station, Dungarpur.
Raj HC had rejected
Congress leader RS
Kaswan’s PIL in the
alleged scam
Raipur (ANI): Chhattisgarh Cong leader TS Singh
Deo has come out in support of Pilot who on
Tuesday began a day-long fast stating “I think
Sachin Pilot is aware that during polls, he would
be answerable for corruption in Vasundhara Raje’s
govt  that charges would be probed. Thus, Pilot
is revolting against Gehlot govt and is raising his
voice so that an inquiry is launched against Raje.”
‘PILOT RAISING VOICE AGAINST PREVIOUS
BJP GOVT NOT AGAINST CURRENT REGIME’
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On the occasion of
the Prakash Purab
of Hind Chadar Sri
Guru Teg Bahadur
Ji, I bow before
him. Guru Sahib
Ji’s unparalleled
courage and
commitment to the
values of truth as
well as justice is
very inspiring.
Narendra Modi
@narendramodi
Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur
Ji’s teachings of
brotherhood always
inspire us. I bow down
to him on the auspicious
occasion of his Parkash
Purab. An epitome
of the values of truth
and sacrifice, may his
bravery remains a source
of strength for the
generations to come.
Jagat Prakash Nadda
@JPNadda SPIRITUAL SPEAK
Amongst thousands of persons, hardly
one strives for perfection; and amongst
those who have achieved perfection,
hardly one knows me in truth.
—Bhagavad Gita
TOP
TWEETS
POLL TIME: MILKING
REGIONAL SENTIMENT?
nything can become a serious
issue in Indian politics and es-
pecially when a state is going to
the polls, regionalism and senti-
ments of the locals can be
whipped up to create hype and
hoopla over any topic and po-
liticise the same. And in today’s
scenario, with a topping of news
masala and dramatics… it can
easily become a major issue...
setting aside topics like develop-
ment, inflation, employment
index, exports etc.
If you thought Amul “very
rightly” had coined its tagline
which says Amul – The Taste of
India, sample this… That milk-
ing the local sentiments over
other brands to claim and coun-
terclaim that local brands are
being threatened is something
to sit up and take note of to see
how milk can be too hot to han-
dle during the run-up to a cru-
cial Assembly election.
On April 5, the Gujarat Coop-
erative Milk Marketing Federa-
tion (GCMMF) had announced
that it was entering the Karna-
taka market and this sparked a
row ASAP in the southern state.
Many politicians and people of
Bengaluru slammed this at-
tempt and backed “their” Kar-
nataka Milk Federation (KMF)
brand Nandini. ‘Save Nandini’
and ‘Go Back Amul’ began to
trend on social media and the
milk war spilled into both the
business and political arenas.
CONGRESS GOES
HAMMER AND TONGS
The Congress accused the BJP
of “killing” Karnataka’s dairy
brand. With the state heading
for Assembly elections on May
10, the entry of Amul into Kar-
nataka may create political rip-
ples on the polls, political pun-
dits feel.
Congress leaders like former
CM Siddaramaiah and DK Shi-
vakumar, and JD(S) HD Kumar-
aswamy took to social media to
express their views. Kumarswa-
my had alleged, “One nation,
one Amul, one milk, one Guja-
rat seems to be the official stand
of the Central government.”
DK Shivakumar had told
news agency ANI, “We already
have Nandini, which is a better
brand than Amul. We don’t need
any Amul - our water, our milk,
and our soil is strong.”
Not ready to take the Con-
gress blame, the BJP also hit
back, stating that the Opposi-
tion was trying to regionalise
and politicise the milk issue.
Also, on Sunday, Karnataka’s
Cooperation Minister ST So-
mashekar joined the bandwag-
on and told newsmen that if
there was a slugfest, Nandini
would beat Amul due to its low-
er pricing and the Gujarat milk
brand was not a threat to KMF.
MILKY WAY TO
IMPACT POLLS?
In today’s era, issues especially
when it comes closer to the re-
gional issues and the locals are
involved in it and are major
stakeholders even in the form of
consumers, matters can escalate
and become major political is-
sues and thus may have either
direct or indirect impact on
polls.
Kannadigas identify them-
selves with the Nandini brand,
which is local and homegrown
and something they are proud
of. The KMF was founded way
back in 1974 and it has success-
fully grown to become the sec-
ond largest milk producer in the
country, after the great success
story of Amul which has been
churned out time and again.
Also, late star Puneeth Rajku-
mar was signed on as brand am-
bassador for Nandini and it may
be added here without charging
a fee for it.
Incidentally, most milk pro-
ducers come from the old Mysu-
ru region, which is dominated
by the Vokkaligas, where the
Janata Dal (Secular) and the
Congress have bastions of sorts.
It is the central Karnataka,
where the Lingayats are strong
and dominant and it is here that
the Saffron might have wide-
spread presence and foothold.
Thus, the BJP is trying to do its
best to ensure that the voters
don’t get jittery over this.
Former CM Siddaramaiah
has been unrelenting in his so-
cial media posts ever since Un-
ion Cooperative Minister Amit
Shah reportedly spoke about the
possibility of merging the Kar-
nataka Milk Federation (KMF)
with Amul. This, in apparent
terms, has not gone down well
with the Opposition in Karna-
taka. Kannadigas reportedly
look at this to be an attempt to
dilute their identity and hence
there’s been extreme backlash
against the entry of Amul.
THE KMF’S DEMAND
Recently
, a KMF director, Anand
Kumar told The Indian Express,
“We are far behind in marketing
and promoting the Nandini
brand despite having better
quality of milk than Amul.
Which is why #SaveNandini is
important. Although the usage
of Amul milk is just 10 per cent,
their advertising is 90 per cent,
which is a big concern for Kar-
nataka’s dairy farmers. We need
to implement a robust advertis-
ing campaign to enhance the
brand value of Nandini and cre-
ate awareness among people.”
Kumar added, “Like Amul,
dairy farmers should also be
given a free hand in fixing the
prices of Nandini products.
Their dependency on the gov-
ernment for subsidies is what
has led us to this situation. Let
the government give us Rs 5-10
extra per litre on milk. In the
coming days, we will bring this
issue up in the governing body
meeting and call for a protest
against Amul depending on the
situation.”
The KMF is also planning to
write to the National Dairy De-
velopment Board and the Centre
to urge them to look into the is-
sue.
KMF’S DIMENSION
There are 24 lakh milk suppli-
ers, 14 unions and 14,000 milk
producers’ co-operative socie-
ties in Karnataka under KMF.
Altogether, 8.4 million litres of
milk is procured daily from at
least 22,000 villages and pay-
ments of around Rs 17 crore are
made to milk suppliers on a
daily basis.
The Amul network, however,
is much bigger and has a much
higher turnover compared to
that of KMF given the fact that
Amul has a pan Indian footprint
and is available also abroad.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
A
Incidentally, most milk
producers come from the
old Mysuru region, which
is dominated by the
Vokkaligas, where the
Janata Dal (Secular)
and the Congress have
bastions of sorts. It is the
central Karnataka, where
the Lingayats are strong
and dominant and it is
here that the Saffron
might have widespread
presence and foothold
ROBIN ROY
The writer is Senior Journalist and
former Managing Editor, First India
NANDINI VERSUS AMUL
WHAT BOMMAI SAID...
The Bruhat Bangalore Hotels’ Association (BBHA) is an umbrella which
represents about 24,000 small and big hotels in the city and is standing
strongly behind Nandini. These hotels consume around 4 lakh litres of milk
and 50,000 litres of curd which is provided by Nandini on a daily basis.
These hotels also purchase butter, ghee, paneer, kova and also cheese
from KMF. The BBHA has stated that they will buy only Nandini products
and support the state’s farmers and milk suppliers. Brand Nandini,
currently, supplies over 70% milk to Bengaluru, which is approximately 33
lakh litres a day. Nandini milk priced at Rs 39 per litre is one of the lowest
in the country. Amul, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 54 and upwards
per litre. For now, however, Amul will be sold online and on e-commerce
websites only in Karnataka.
While there’s strong resentment and opposition from the farmer com-
munity and hotel association, the chief minister, Basavaraj Bommai,
accused Congress and the JD(S) of politicising the entry of dairy giant
Amul. “We have absolute clarity with regard to Amul. Nandini is a national
brand. It’s not restricted to Karnataka. We have popularised
Nandini as a brand in other states as well,” he said. BJP
spokesperson MG Mahesh said that the two opposi-
tion parties are indulging in petty politics. “Congress’s
mind- set is so cheap that they are ready to
accept the product of China but not
India. We want to make Nandini,
a Karnataka-based brand, a global
brand. The government is not here
to support any brand, this is just the
petty politics of Congress  JD(S), if
something happens to the farmers,
Congress and JD(S) will be respon-
sible,” he said.
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VIBRANT VILLAGE PROGRAMME
Prime Minister Modi urges
youth to visit border villages
New Delhi: Prime Min-
ister Narendra Modi on
Tuesday urged the
youth of the country to
visit border villages as
part of the ‘Vibrant Vil-
lageProgramme’(VVP).
Responding to a tweet
from Amrit Mahotsav’s
handle, PM Modi said,
“Must have been a
memorable experience.
I would urge others, par-
ticularly the youth of
India, to visit border vil-
lages. It would acquaint
our youth with different
cultures and give them
an opportunity to expe-
rience the hospitality of
those living there.” No-
tably
, as a part of initia-
tive, a group of Odisha
youth is on a visit to
Kibithoo and Tuting vil-
lages in Arunachal
Pradesh.
The Twitter handle
of Amrit Mahotsav had
said, “#VibrantVillag-
esProgram is a great
way to embrace cultur-
al  traditional ex-
changes, celebrate the
diversity of our remote
border villages and
bring them into the na-
tional mainstream. As
part of this initiative,
youth from Odisha is on
a visit to Kibithoo 
Tuting villages.”
A group of youth from Odisha is on a visit to Kibithoo and Tuting villages in Arunachal Pradesh. This photo was tweeted from Twitter handle of Amrit Mahotsav.
Programme was
launched by
HM Amit Shah
in Arunachal on
Monday
Narendra Modi @narendramodi
Must have been a memorable experience.
I would urge others, particularly the youth
of India, to visit border villages. It would
acquaint our youth with different cultures
and give them an opportunity to
experience the hospitality of
those living there.
“Govt’s top priority is security,
development of border areas”
Kibithoo (PTI): The
Narendra Modi govt is
committed to the secu-
rity and development of
border areas, Union
Home Minister Amit
Shah said on Tuesday
.
He said after a meet-
ing with Arunachal CM
Pema Khandu, Deputy
CM Chowna Mein and
others here along the
border with China.
“This morning at
Kibithoo, had an engag-
ing discussion with CM
@PemaKhanduBJP, Dy
.
CM @ChownaMeinBJP
,
BJP President @Bi-
yuramWahgeBJP, Min-
ister Bamang Felix, MP
@TapirGao and MLA
Smt. Dasanglu Pul.
Modi govt is resolved for
the security and devel-
opment of our border
areas,” Shah tweeted.
TODAY'S INDIA NOT OF 1962, BUT OF MODI
AND SHAH, SAYS ARUNACHAL CM KHANDU
Kibithoo (PTI): In an
obvious message to China,
Arunachal Pradesh CM
Pema Khandu has said
today’s India is not what it
was in 1962 but a country
that belongs to PM Naren-
dra Modi and Union Home
Minister Amit Shah. In the
presence of Shah, Khandu
also said it was perhaps for
the first time that a Union
home minister came to a
place located so close to
China border. Shah was
here on Monday to launch
the Modi govt’s ambitious
“Vibrant Villages Pro-
gramme” (VVP) to ensure
all-round development of
the villages located along
the northern border. China
had, on Monday, objected
to Shah’s visit to Arunachal
Pradesh. “It is not an India
of 1962. Today, it is Naren-
dra Modi’s India, it is Amit
Shah’s India,” Khandu said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during discussion with Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu, State
Deputy CM Chowna Mein, BJP State Chief Biyuram Wahge, State Minister Bamang Felix, party MP
Tapir Gao and party MLA Dasanglu Pul, at Kibithoo, in Anjaw on Monday. —PHOTO BY ANI
Former MP Rahul Gandhi gets
rousing welcome in Wayanad
Wayanad (Agencies):
Thousands of people
lined up on both sides of
roads here on Tuesday
afternoon to welcome
their former MP Rahul
Gandhi, who is on his
first visit to the city fol-
lowing his disqualifica-
tion from the Lok Sabha
last month after being
convicted in a 2019 crim-
inal defamation case.
Some local residents
claimed that this was
the biggest crowd Way-
anad had ever wit-
nessed, even more than
the crowd that had
turned up to greet Ra-
hul Gandhi when he
came to file his nomina-
tion from this hilly dis-
trict for the 2019 Lok
Sabha polls.
In 2019, Rahul Gandhi
had won the Wayanad
Lok Sabha seat by de-
feating P.P. Suneer of
the CPI by a staggering
margin of over four
lakh votes.
Earlier on Tuesday,
Rahul Gandhi along
with his sister Priyanka
Gandhi landed at Kan-
nur and from there they
flew to Kalpetta in Way-
anad on a chopper.
After the top state
Congress leaders re-
ceived him at the heli-
pad, all of them got into
an open vehicle that
moved forward with
great difficulty with the
crowd jostling to get a
glimpse of the Congress
leader.
I WON’T STOP
WORKING FOR
WAYANAD: RAHUL
RaGa ‘ATTACKED’
FOR RAISING
QUESTIONS: PGV
Wayanad (PTI): Rahul
Gandhi on Tuesday said
the BJP taking away his
MP “tag” will not stop
him from representing
the people of Wayanad
or intimidate him from
raising questions. Gandhi
was speaking at a public
meeting in the border
district of Wayanad in
Kerala where he arrived
for the first time after his
disqualification as an MP.
Wayanad (PTI): Congress
leader Priyanka Gandhi
at public meeting of UDF
workers here made a
scathing attack against
the Centre and charged
that her brother Rahul
Gandhi was “mercilessly
attacked” by the whole
BJP dispensation, and the
Prime Minister himself
found it appropriate to
malign him just because
he asks questions.
SONIA’S CONSTITUTION TALKS ARE
ILLUSORY STATEMENT: KIREN RIJIJU
New Delhi (PTI): Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday
dubbed as an “illusory statement of the highest im-
probity” the remarks of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi
on democracy and independence of institutions.
Rijiju’s jibe came after the former Congress president
accused the Narendra Modi govt of “misusing every
power”. Gandhi said her party will take its message
directly to people and join hands with all like-minded
parties to defend the Constitution. In an Op-Ed in “The
Hindu”, Gandhi also accused Prime Minister Modi and
his govt of “systematically dismantling” the legisla-
ture, the executive and the judiciary.
FOR OPPN UNITY,WON’T OPPOSE JPC PROBE AGAINST ADANI: PAWAR
Mumbai (PTI): NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said although his outfit does not
agree with the demand of anti-BJP parties for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC)
probe into allegations against the Adani group, it will not go against their stand for the
sake of Opposition unity. The former Union minister had earlier said the ruling Bhara-
tiya Janata Party (BJP) would have a majority if a joint House panel is formed given its
numerical strength in Parliament and this would lead to doubts on the outcome of such a
probe. “The opinion of our friendly parties (on JPC) is different from ours, but we want to
maintain our unity. I gave my opinion (on futility of JPC probe), but if our colleagues (Op-
position parties) feel that JPC is a must then we will not oppose it. “We don’t agree with
them (Opposition parties), but for the sake of Opposition unity, we will not insist on this
(that there should be no JPC),” said Pawar in an interview with Marathi news channel.
CJI WARNS LAWYER
WHO WANTED AN
EARLY HEARING
NEW BILL ON DATA
PROTECTION LIKELY
IN MONSOON SESSION
SC NOTICE TO TAMIL
NADU  BIHAR ON
YOUTUBER’S PLEA
PRAYERS IN MUGHAL
MOSQUE: HC SEEKS
ASI, GoI’S STAND
New Delhi: “Don’t mess
around with my authority,”
an angry CJI DY Chand-
rachud Tuesday warned a
lawyer when he mentioned
a case for early hearing be-
fore a bench presided over
by him. The CJI, who rarely
loses his cool, got irked
when the lawyer first sought
an early hearing of his case
and, after being told that it
will be listed on April 17,
asked for liberty to mention
it before another bench.
New Delhi: The Centre has
informed the Supreme Court
that it will table the Digital
Personal Data Protection Bill
in the upcoming Monsoon
Session of Parliament in
July. A five-judge Constitu-
tion bench fixed the matter
for hearing in August. Attor-
ney General R Venkatrama-
ni, appearing for the Centre,
told the bench that the new
Bill on personal data pro-
tection is ready and will be
introduced in the Monsoon
Session of Parliament.
New Delhi: The Supreme
Court on Tuesday sought
responses from Tamil Nadu
and Bihar on a plea filed
by a YouTuber, arrested for
allegedly circulating fake
videos of migrant labourers
being attacked in Tamil
Nadu, seeking clubbing of
the FIRs lodged against him.
A bench issued the notice to
the Centre, the Tamil Nadu
and the Bihar governments,
and sought their replies
within a week on the plea
filed by Manish Kashyap.
New Delhi: The Delhi High
Court on Tuesday sought the
stand of the Centre and Ar-
cheological Survey of India
on a plea by the managing
committee of the Delhi Waqf
Board seeking expeditious
disposal of its pending
petition against the stopping
of offering of prayers in the
Mughal mosque in city’s
Mehrauli area. Justice Manoj
Kumar Ohri issued notice on
an application on Tuesday.
Finally, BJP releases 1st list of
189 candidates for K’taka polls
First India Bureau
New Delhi: The BJP on
Tuesday evening an-
nounced first list of 189
candidates for Karna-
taka polls. Before the
announcement, Union
Home Minister Amit
Shah reached BJP chief
JP Nadda’s residence to
discuss the same.
BJP’s Karnataka in-
charge Arun Singh said
52 of the 189 candidates
are new faces and eight
women. Thirty-two of
the candidates belong to
Other Backward Class-
es (OBCs), 30 Scheduled
Castes (SCs) and 16
Scheduled Tribes (STs).
The candidates have
been selected to bring
in “a new generation
leadership and fresh
ideas” while maintain-
ing balance with the el-
der leaders, Union min-
ister Dharmendra
Pradhan, who is Karna-
taka poll-in-charge of
the party, he said.
Meanwhile, former
CM Jagadish Shettar
said that he was hurt by
the decision, adding
that it was not “accept-
able” to him.
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wave to supporters
during a roadshow, in Wayanad on Tuesday. —PHOTO BY ANI
PM Modi and JP Nadda at BJP CEC meet, in New Delhi on Sunday.
Muslims in India are doing much better, says
Sitharaman on negative Western ‘perception’
Washington (ANI):
Union Finance Minister
Nirmala Sitharaman on
Monday claimed that
Muslims in India are do-
ing much better than
those in Pakistan, in a
strong rebuttal of nega-
tive ‘Western percep-
tion’ of India.
Responding to Peter-
sonInstituteforInterna-
tional Economics (PIIE)
President Adam S Pos-
en’squeryaboutMuslim
minoritiesinIndiabeing
subjected to violence, Si-
tharaman said, “India
has the second-largest
Muslim population in
theworld,andthatpopu-
lation is only growing in
numbers. If there is a
perception, or if there’s
in reality
, their lives are
difficult or made diffi-
cult with the support of
the state, which is what
is implied in most of
these write-ups, I would
ask, will this happen in
India in the sense, will
the Muslim population
be growing than what it
was in 1947?” As per re-
ports, the condition of
minorities in Pakistan
has spawned global con-
cern, with their num-
bersdecliningbytheday
.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at an event in n Washington
DC on Monday. India Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu also seen.
EC decision over
parties on decline
as per rules: Min
Bulandshahr (PTI):
Union Minister Anurag
Thakur on Tuesday said
the Election Commis-
sion acted as per rules in
denyingthenationaland
the state party status to
those who were not get-
ting support of the peo-
ple and were “continu-
ously on decline”.
On Monday, the EC
stripped the national
party status of Trina-
mool Congress, NCP
and the CPI, and recog-
nised AAP as a national
party
. It also revoked the
state party status of
RLD.
“Those who did not
get votes, who did not
get acceptance by the
public and had continu-
ously been on the de-
cline, on them the Elec-
tion Commission has
given its decision as per
the rules,” Thakur said.
COURTYARD
Anurag Thakur
Announcing the names at a press conference
here, BJP's Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh said
52 of the 189 candidates are new faces and eight
women. Thirty-two of the candidates belong to
Other Backward Classes (OBCs), 30 Scheduled
Castes (SCs) and 16 Scheduled Tribes (STs).
To take on the Congress big guns, the BJP
fielded two state ministers — R Ashoka
against state Congress chief DK Shivakumar
in Kanakapura and V Somanna against former
chief minister Siddaramaiah in Varuna. Ashoka
and Somanna will also contest from one more
seat each, the BJP announced.
Glad to see BJP’s list of candidates for
Karnataka Assembly elections. Fol-
lowing PM @NarendraModi Ji’s
mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka
Vishwas’, every section of society, including
marginalised, women  youth has been given
opportunity. Best wishes!
—Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Health Minister and the
party’s co-incharge for Karnataka elections
Amit Shah poses at the Walong War Memorial, in Walong.

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First India 12042023.pdf

  • 1. www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia BSE SENSEX 60,157.72 311.21 | NSE NIFTY 17,722.30 98.25 MAJOR DECISIONS AWAITED! MEETINGS OF GEHLOT CABINET AND COUNCIL OF MINS TO BE HELD TODAY Dr Rituraj Sharma Jaipur: The meeting of Gehlot cabinet will be held on Tuesday at 11.30 am in CMR. Along with this, there will be a meeting of the Council of Ministers from 12.15 pm onwards, in which, mainly the program of relief camps starting from April 24 and the entire format will be approved. Also, the role and responsibility of the ministers can be fixed in this. Along with this, decisions are possible regarding oth- er policy points and it is possible to discuss in the meeting about con- vening the assembly session for a few days and the possible bills to be tabled in it. In Tuesday’s meeting of the Gehlot cabinet, the program of infla- tion relief camps to be held from April 24 to June 30 will be ap- proved. The state gov- ernment will organize camps from urban wards to villages. In the state, from April 24 to June 30, inflation relief camps will be orga- nized along with the ‘PSKS/PGKS’ cam- paign. Turn to P7 Postmeeting,CM AshokGehlotwill conductapress conferencein CMRat1pmtoday Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot As Pilot sits on fast, Gehlot releases video ...of vision 2030 to make Rajasthan top state by 2030 First India Bureau New Delhi: Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Tuesday sat here on a fast, piling pressure on his own party by target- ing the Ashok Gehlot govtinRajasthanfor‘in- action’ in alleged cases of corruption when the BJP ran the state. As Pi- lot began his daylong fast, CM Ashok Gehlot releasedavideoportray- ing his vision to take the state to the top by 2030. Despite a warning is- sued to him by the Con- gress, Pilot, a former deputy CM of Ra- jasthan, began his day- long fast at the Shaheed Smarak here on Tues- day, demanding action in cases of alleged cor- ruption related to the previous BJP govern- ment in the state led by Vasundhara Raje. He sat alone on the dais for over 5 hours. P3 Sachin Pilot sits on a hunger strike at Shaheed Smarak in Jaipur on Tuesday. This struggle against corruption will continue. —Sachin Pilot, Congress leader LAND-FOR-JOBS CASE: ED GRILLS BIHAR DY CM TEJASHWI FOR 8 HOURS New Delhi: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday appeared before Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials and was questioned for over eight hours in connection with the money laundering case linked to alleged Railways’ land-for-jobs scam. DAY AFTER SKYMET’S WARNING, IMD PREDICTS NORMAL SW MONSOON New Delhi: In a relief for the agriculture sector, India is expected to get normal rainfall during the southwest monsoon season despite the evolving El Nino conditions, the India meteorological department said on Tuesday. This comes just a day after Skymet Weather, predicted “below-normal” monsoon rains in the country. READ Crucial Crucial RAHUL VISITS WAYANAD WITH PRIYANKA AFTER DISQUALIFICATION Kalpetta: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that BJP can take away his position as a member of Parl, but it can’t stop him from representing the people of Wayanad. Accompanied by his sister Priyanka, Rahul made 1st visit to his constituency since he was disqualified as Lok Sabha MP last month. P5,7 JAIPUR l WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023 l Pages 12 l 3.00 l RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764 l Vol 4 l Issue No. 304 JAGDISH TYTLER SUMMONED BY CBI IN 1984 SIKH RIOTS CASE THEY WANT TO KILL ME: ATIQ ON BEING TAKEN TO UP JAIL AGAIN New Delhi: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday lowered India’s economic growth projection for current financial year to 5.9% from its earlier estimate of 6.1%. As per IMF’s World Economic Outlook, Indian economy is projected to grow by 6.8% in financial year ended March 2023. New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday summoned Congress leader Jagdish Tytler for recording his voice sample in connection with a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in the city’s Pul Bangash area, officials said, adding, agency has found fresh evidence. New Delhi: Gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed has once again claimed threat to his life as he is being taken from Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati jail to Prayagraj by a team of UP Police personnel. Meanwhile, his convoy halted at Bharatpur due to some tech glitch in car. P3,6 IMF CUTS INDIA’S FY ’23-24 GROWTH FORECAST TO 5.9% ‘BJP WILL WIN OVER 300 LS SEATS’ KARNATAKA ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS EK BAAR PHIR MODI SARKAR, CLAIMS ‘CONFIDENT’ SHAH We will win 12 out of 14 Lok Sabha seats in northeastern state, says HM Shah will visit Bharatpur on April 15 to make poll strategy for Rajasthan Moni Sharma Dibrugarh: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday as- serted that the BJP will win more than 300 Lok Sabha seats across the country in next year’s general elections and return to power for the third consecutive term with PM Narendra Modi at the helm. Addressing a rally in Dibrugarh, where he laidthefoundationstone for a BJP office, Amit Shah exuded confidence thatthepartywillwin12 out of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in the northeast- ern state. Launching a scathing attack on the Congress, he said, “Northeast was once considered a fortress of CongressbutdespiteRa- hul Gandhi’s yatra, par- ty failed to perform well in the recent assembly elections in three states in the region.” “The more they badmouth Modi, more BJP will grow,” he said on “kabr kudegi” remark. P5 Union Home Minister Amit Shah being felicitated by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in presence of Sarbananda Sonowal, Bhabesh Kalita and other supporters during a public meeting, at Mancotta Sports Ground, in Dibrugarh on Tuesday. —PHOTO BY PTI KS Eshwarappa PM MODI WILL ATTEND A MEGA DANCE EVENT IN GUWAHATI ON APRIL 14: SHAH COOK TO OPEN APPLE’S INDIA STORES, SEEKS MEET WITH PM MODI: SOURCES EASHWARAPPA RETIRES, WRITES TO PREZ NADDA “Earlier, Assam was known for ‘andolan’ (agitation) and ‘aatankwad’ (terrorism) but now there is peace and people are dancing to the beats of Bihu music,” Amit Shah said, while referring to a mega event which will be held in Guwahati on April 14 in which over 11,000 danc- ers will perform in the presence of PM Narendra Modi. Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook has scheduled a trip to open iPhone maker’s 1st stores in India next week, underscoring com- pany’s ambitions for country as a growth market and manu- facturing base. Apple said it’ll open a store in Mumbai on April 18 and in Delhi on April 20. In between inaugurals, Apple has sought meeting for Cook with PM Narendra Modi, said source. Senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa an- nounced his retirement from active electoral politics on Tuesday. In a letter to party president JP Nadda, Eshwarappa has opted out of the Karnataka Assembly election. “I wish to voluntarily retire from electoral politics. Hence, it is my request not to consider my name for any constituency for the Assembly elections this time,” he wrote. Rahul insulted India from foreign soil. If he continues defaming coun- try and the govt by peddling lies, Cong will be white-washed from the entire country after being shown the door in the Northeast. —Amit Shah, Union Home Minister JP Nadda plans big to make BJP battle ready  52 fresh candidates including 189 names in BJP’s 1st list for K’taka, Bommai to field from Shiggaon, BSY’s son from Shikarpura First India Bureau New Delhi: The ruling BJP on Tuesday even- ing announced its first list of 189 candidates for the Karnataka as- sembly polls. Before the announce- ment, Union Home Min- isterAmitShahreached BJP national president JP Nadda’s Delhi resi- dence to discuss the same. Bommai will con- test from Shiggaon con- stituency, his current seat. BY Vijayendra, the son of former Chief Minister and BJP lead- er BS Yediyurappa, will contest from Shikaripu- ra seat, the same con- stituency where his fa- ther had won seven times since 1983. ‘A second list will come soon’, CM Basa- varaj Bommai said. P5 Modi to virtually flag-off Raj’s first Vande Bharat train today First India Bureau New Delhi/Jaipur: PM Narendra Modi will flag off Rajasthan’s first Vande Bharat Express, via VC, on Wednesday. The programme will take place on platform number one of Jaipur Junction. The inaugu- ral Vande Bharat Ex- press in Rajasthan will ply between Jaipur and Delhi Cantt. railway sta- tions. The regular ser- vice of train will start from April 13. It will op- erate between Ajmer and Delhi Cantt, with stops at Jaipur, Alwar and Gurgaon. More on P2 No bar to RSS march, SC junks TN govt’s plea First India Bureau New Delhi: The SC on Tuesday rejected the Tamil Nadu govern- ment’s appeal against the Madras High Court order allowing route marches by RSS in State. The M a d r a s HC had on Febru- ary 10 al- lowed route marches despite the state refus- ing permission citing threat of attack on the marches from the banned Muslim organi- sation Popular Front of India (PFI). Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and State Congress in-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa will hold meeting with Sachin Pilot in Delhi today Delhi-Srinagar NH to boost tourism ‘four fold’: Gadkari Mumbai cops detain Rajasthan teen boy New Delhi (FIB): The Delhi-Jammu-Srinagar highway will contribute to a four-fold rise in the footfall of tourists in Kashmir, Union Minis- ter Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday. Gadkari, who inspected the Ban- ihal-Qazigund tunnel and other projects in the union territory, said that upon their comple- tion the travel time be- tween from Delhi to Sri- nagar will be just 8 hours. During the day, Sitaram Pasi-Marog Tunnel (NT-1) on Ram- ban-Banihal road in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir was also inaugurated by Gadkari. First India Bureau Mumbai: A day after the Mumbai Police control room received a call threatening to kill Bollywood actor Salman Khan, the cops have nabbed the caller. The caller identified himself as Roki Bhai from Jodhpur. The cops have de- tained a 16-year-old Ra- jasthan boy from Thane district. They caught the caller after receiving technical help, through which they tracked the call to a number based in Sha- hapur in Thane dist. SALMAN KHAN DEATH THREAT Nitin Gadkari, Dr Jitendra Singh, VK Singh & Manoj Sinha inaugurate Sitaram Pasi-Marog Tunnel on Ramban-Banihal road, on Tuesday. The caller who made the threat call is a minor. There is no seriousness in this call. Further investi- gation is underway. —Mumbai Police
  • 2. RAJASTHAN JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023 02 www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Kashiram Choudhary Jaipur: The Vande Bharat train will be in- augurated today at 11 am from Jaipur Junc- tion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will vir- tually show the green flag from New Delhi. Railway Minister Ash- wini Vaishnav, GM Vi- jay Sharma of North- West Railway, and other public representatives will travel in the train. Common people will be able to travel by train from April 13. This train from Ajmer to Delhi Cantt via Jaipur will run six days a week. Captain Shashi Kiran, Chief Public Re- lations Officer of North Western Railway said, “From April 13, train 20977 Ajmer-Delhi Cantt Vande Bharat Superfast Express will leave Ajmer at 6:20 am and reach Delhi Cantt at 11:35 am. It will stop at Jaipur, Alwar and Gur- ugram. The train will stop for five minutes in Jaipur and two minutes each in Ajmer and Gur- gaon. The train will start from Ajmer and reach Jaipur at 7.50 am and reach Alwar at 9.35. It will reach Gurgaon (Gurugram) at 11.15 and Delhi Cantt at 11.35.” Vande Bharat to flag off from Jaipur today REDUCING TRAVEL TIME lll The train will run only six days a week. The train will have a total of 16 coaches, including 12 AC Chaircar, 2 AC Executive Chaircar, and 2 Driving Cars Congresswillnotsucceedin misleadingpeople:Rathore CPJoshi,RajendraRathore,ArunChaturvedi,RaghavSharmaandotheroffice bearers will take out candle march against Jaipur bomb blast case today Aishwary Prdhan and Sanjay Prajapat Churu: Terming popu- list schemes of the Ashok Gehlot govern- ment as an attempt to garner votes by spend- ing public money, Lead- er of Opposition Rajen- dra Rathore on Tuesday said that the Congress will not succeed in mis- leading the people. “Congress wants to make votes by distribut- ing freebies by spend- ing the public money but this is a misunder- standing of the party. Congress will not be able to make people fool,” he said. He said that there has been open corruption during the tenure of the Congress government and the BJP is deter- mined to end the mis- rule of the Congress. Rathore, while speak- ing at the Jan Aakrosh rally of BJP in Churu, also attacked Congress leader Sachin Pilot who observed a day-long fast todayatShaheedSmarak demanding action against the corruption of the former BJP govt. Rathore called Pilot the villain of tug of war. “We are addressing Jan Aakrosh meeting here while on the other hand, the villain of tug of war is sitting on a dharna at the martyr’s memorial in Jaipur,” he said. Rathore said that Pilot was the deputy CM in the government for 19 months but he did not utter a single word. “He should have spo- ken against the corrup- tion of the Congress govt,” he said. BJP State President CP Joshi said that the party has given him the responsibility and he will fulfill it with a true heart. Shahtomeetpartyworkers inBharatpuronApril15 First India Bureau Bharatpur: With elec- tions round the corner in Rajasthan, the Bharatiya Janata Par- ty is in ac- tion now. After the reshuffle in the organization, now top BJP leaders will come to Rajasthan to strengthen the grass- roots workers. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will reach Bharat- pur on April 15 and hold ameetingwiththeoffice bearersandkeyworkers of Bharatpur division. BJPorganizationGen- eral Secretary Chan- drashekhar held a meet- ing of BJP workers in Bharatpur on Tuesday . Chandrashekhar with Mukesh Dhadich, Manoj Rajoria, Ranjeeta Koli, Bhajan Lal Sharma discussing election-related issues and preparations to welcome Amit Shah in Bharatpur on Tuesday. Thousands gathered in protest against the misrule, corruption and anti-people policies of the Congress govt in Churu. (Inset) CP Joshi and Rajendra Rathore at the Jan Aakrosh rally in Churu on Tuesday. PM Modi likely to visit Pokhran on May 25th First India Bureau Jaisalmer: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Jaisalmer’s Pokhran, where nu- clear tests were con- ducted, on May 25 or 26. The visit is being planned in view of the 25th an- niversary of nucle- ar tests. Nuclear tests were conducted on 11th and 13th May 1998 in the pres- ence of the then PM Atal Bihari Va- jpayee. Earlier, Narendra Modi had come to Pokaran in 2013. BJP is doing preparations for the Prime Minis- ter’s visit. CHANDRASHEKHAR DISCUSSED ELECTION STRATEGY & PREPS TO WELCOME SHAH BJP organization General Secretary Chandrashekhar discussed election-related issues and preparations to welcome Amit Shah were discussed. In the 2018 as- sembly elections, the BJP suffered a crushing defeat in Bharatpur with 19 assembly seats. BJP won only one seat. The BJP high command has given Amit Shah the responsibility of strengthening the Bharatpur division. AAP to take out Tiranga yatra in Rajasthan today: Mishra Yogesh Sharma Jaipur: Aam Aadmi Party is hopeful of a good show in the up- coming assembly elec- tions in Rajasthan. The party’s state elec- tion in-charge Vinay Mishra said that the party’s new politics will be visible in the state and the public will be supporting the party . On alliance with Na- gaur MP Hanuman Beniwal’s RLP, Mishra said that the decision about the alliance is taken by the party high command. Meanwhile, the party will take out Tiranga yatra at the divisional headquarters level in the state today . In Jaipur, Tiranga yatra will be taken out from Chhoti Chaupar to Chandpole in Jaipur. It will be led by Jaipur District President Ka- mal Bhargava. Divya Maderna’s car attacked with stones, sticks in Jodhpur First India Bureau Jodhpur: Supporters of Osian (Jodhpur) MLA Divya Maderna and for- mer Pali MP Badri Ram Jakhar clashed with each other during the cooperative society elec- tions being conducted in Jodhpur’s rural area. The matter escalated, people pelted stones at Maderna’scarandbroke the glass with sticks. Supporters of Jakhar alleged that Maderna was not allowing Speak- er candidate Manish Khadav to meet his family because of which the two groups began to fight. Howev- er, the president was also elected from the Maderna group. Maderna’s support- ers alleged that the PA of Jakhar broke the glass of the MLA’s car after which her sup- porters became furious. Police thrashing the supporters of Badri Ram Jakhar for pelting stones at Divya Maderna’s car in Bhopalgarh of Jodhpur on Tuesday. 20-pt programme dist committees constituted JDA razes encroachment worth`30crfromgovtland 3stateofficialstorampupvigilto curbsandminingfromChambal First India Bureau Jaipur: District-level committees of 20-point programmes have been constituted for 19 dis- tricts in Rajasthan. The committees were formed for Ajmer, Al- war, Tonk, Ganganagar, Sikar, Rajsamand, Pratapgarh, Nagaur, Karauli, Jodhpur, Jhun- jhunu, Hanumangarh, Dungarpur, Churu, Chittorgarh, Bundi, Bi- kaner, Banswara, and Alwar district. The com- mittees will be headed by the minister in- charge. The committees will hold at least one meeting every month to hold discussions on goals and achievements. Joint secretary Sushil Kulhari issued orders after high-level approval. Abhishek Shrivastava Jaipur: The enforce- ment wing of Jaipur Development Authori- ty (JDA) on Tuesday razed encroachments from government land at three places in Jaipur. “The govern- ment land is valued at a market price of Rs 30 crores. The encroacher had taken possession of the land earmarked for the JDA scheme ‘Kalpana Nagar’ in vil- lage Harghyanpura. On Tuesday, the JDA action took action at five places, of which, two were related to il- legal construction and three were connected to encroachment,” said Chief Controller of Enforcement Raghu- veer Saini. Gwalior(PTI): Govern- mentofficialsof Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Mon- day met in Morena dis- trict and decided to step up vigil to check illegal mining of sand from the Chambal river that trav- erses through the three states, an official said. At the meeting, MP’s Mineral Department Principal Secretary Ni- kunj Srivastava said “checkpoints are very important to stop illegal sand mining from the Chambal sanctuary (lo- cated along the river)”. Morena Collector An- kit Asthana informed that 17 temporary police checkpoints and four special roadblocks have been set up in the dis- trict to curb illegal sand mining from the river and its transportation. —Image for representational purpose only FELICITATING ARTISTS! Governor Kalraj Mishra felicitated artists from different parts of the country and art professors and students of Baroda University at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. Padma Shri Rajendra Tiku from Jammu and Kashmir, Veer Manushree, Himmat Shah from Gujarat, GR Irana from Karnataka and Arun Kumar, Jagannath Panda from Odisha, Manjunath Kamath from Mangaluru, Pooja Irana from New Delhi were felicitated. ACB traps deputy chief engineer of Giral lignite plant in Barmer Mukesh Mathrani Barmer: Anti-corrup- tion bureau team on Tuesday caught the deputy chief engineer of Giral lignite power plant in Barmer while accepting a bribe of ru- pees 35 thousand. Durgsingh Rajpurohit, additional SP at ACB confirmed the report. The accused was identified as Ashok Parekh. According to the in- formation the bribe was demanded from a pri- vate firm that was pro- viding human resource for the plant. It is said that the firm had de- ployed around six peo- ple at the plant. Since past one year plant management is not making the pay- ment. It is alleged that deputy chief engineer Ashok Parekh was de- manding a bribe of ru- pees six thousand thou- sand per person from the firm. After this firm approached the ACB. After verification of the complaint on Tues- day late evening ACB team raided Ashok Parekh’s residence in Barmer and caught him while accepting a bribe of Rs 35 thousand, offi- cials said. Accused Ashok Parekh Vinay Mishra
  • 3. RAJASTHAN JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023 03 www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Vikas Sharma Jaipur: With Covid cases rising, the State’s Health De- partment is on an alert. Now the fo- cus is on increas- ing sampling and their genome se- quencing across the state. Control rooms are being activated in the state and at the district level. Post Covid, the con- cern of the people who are suffering from long Covid side effects has started increasing again. The reason is the sudden increase in Cov- id-19 cases in the state. Active Covid cases in February end were less than 10, but have in- creased to over 800 now. In the last four days, about 100 to 200 cases are being reported dai- ly . Even the death toll is rising. Doctors, howev- er, said that the Covid patients this time are not showing serious symptoms but are fac- ing problems for a long time. Amid Covid surge, Rajasthan ramps up testing, other facilities PANDEMIC STRIKES AGAIN Despite Cong’s warning, Pilot observes five-hour long fast PROTEST AGAINST CORRUPTION Aditi Nagar, Yogesh Sharma Naresh Sharma Jaipur: Asserting that the Congress has been fighting against the is- sue of corruption, party leader Sachin Pilot on Tuesday demanded in- vestigationfromhisown government in cases of alleged corruption re- latedtothepreviousBJP government in the state. Pilot made these re- marks as he ended his day-long fast on Tues- day around 4 pm at Shaheed Smarak in Jaipur, calling for ac- tion by the incumbent Ashok Gehlot govern- ment against alleged corruption during the previous BJP rule un- der former CM Vasund- hara Raje. Talking to the media persons, Pilot said, “I am protesting against the corruption that took place under the Vasundhara Raje government. I have been raising this issue for quite a long. This is the same issue, which Rahul Gandhi voiced both inside and outside Parliament. This is the same issue for which Congress and other Op- position parties came together”. The Con- gress MLA said that the Congress party has ‘zero tolerance’ on is- sue of Corruption. “I wrote to CM Gehlot more than a year back. I told him that we had to- gether highlighted cor- ruption under BJP ten- ure, now when only 6-7 months are remaining forpolls,weshouldprobe allegations,” Pilot said. Dimple Sharma Jaipur: The Opposition BJP on Tuesday slammed Congress leader Sachin Pilot who sat on a fast accusing his own government in Rajasthan of “inaction” over corruption during the BJP’s term and claimed the allegations were “fabricated”. “Pilot is demanding action on fabricated al- legations. He should have demanded a CBI inquiry into the paper leak case in the state,” BJP national spokes- person Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told re- porters at a press con- ference. He said that such “imaginary” issues cannot confuse the peo- ple of Rajasthan. First India Bureau Jaipur: Senior Con- gress leader former Dy CM, Sachin Pi- lot, sat on a day- long fast at Shaheed Samarak in Jaipur on Tues- day, calling for ac- tion by the incum- bent Ashok Gehlot govt against alleged corrup- tion during the previ- ous BJP rule under for- mer CM Vasundhara Raje. Before launching his fast on Tuesday, Pi- lot, a former Union minister, paid floral tributes to social re- former Mahatma Jyoti- ba Phule. Speaking on the on- going daylong fast by Pilot, BJP leader Ra- jendra Rathore said “Sachin Pilot has thrown an open challenge to his party high com- mand. His day- long fast will be the last nail in the coffin of Congress govt. Congress has lost its hold across country .” “The boycott of the CLP meeting on Sep- tember 25 by the Gehlot faction had jolted the high command. And now, they are facing a renewed challenge in the form of this daylong fast by Pilot,” he added. Mukesh Mathrani Barmer: Administra- tive health authori- ties went into an alert mode after more than 60% of population of a village in Barmer dis- trict fell ill. Situation is that almost every house has three to four pa- tients. At many houses, the entire family is ad- mitted in hospital ei- ther at Barmer or in Jodhpur. On getting in- formed authorities swung into action and special teams were sent to the village for the health screening. At Tirsingadi village around 90 % are suffer- ing from dengue and malaria and other viral diseases. prima facie it looks like some infec- tious viral disease but medical report will re- veal the actual cause, said Dr CS Gajraj, CMHO in Barmer. Pilot observes fast, BJP says ‘last nail in Gehlot govt coffin’ Administration on an ‘alert mode’ after 60% of people fall ill in a Barmer village Sachin Pilot observes fast while staging protest at the Shaheed Smarak in Jaipur on Tuesday. Suchitra Arya, Vidhyadhar Choudhary, SL Meena, KC Vishnoi, Samarjeet Bhati, Manish Yadav, Gopal Singh Idwa, Shobha Solanki, Mahendra Ralawata, Prashant Sehdev, Surghyan Ghoshalya, Umardaraj and others were also present on the occasion. —PHOTO BY SUNIL SHARMA Vinay Mishra@vinaymishra_aap The most corrupt and useless government is the Con- gress government of Rajasthan. So corrupt that a very educated young leader of this very government, Sachin- Pilot ji is observing fast against corruption today. One needs to think how his own government compelled him to observe Anshan. Now, Rajasthan needs an alternative. PILOT SHOULD LEAVE CONGRESS JOIN RLP: HANUMAN BENIWAL Jaipur: RLP leader Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal com- mented on hunger strike of former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and said that he should have understood the situa- tion timely, “Sachin Pilot should have acted on time and left Congress. He should even announce his exit from the Congress party. Sachin Pilot repeatedly talks about being a congressman and remaining a congressman, but who is asking Sachin Pilot in Congress? I do not think that Congress will ex- pel Pilot, rather Pilot should launch a campaign to drive away Congress BJP from Raj. If we come together, the picture will be set in state. ” PILOT DARE NOT TO CHALLENGE THE BJP LEADERSHIP: SARAF Jaipur: BJP MLA and former minister Kali Charan Saraf attacked Congress leader Sachin Pilot over his hunger strike and said that Sachin Pilot should either apologise or prove that the money of alleged illegal mining in the previous BJP government has reached the top leader- ship of BJP. “Sachin Pilot, who slept for four and a half years, has dared to chal- lenged the honest BJP top leadership. Whether it is the Mathur Commission or the Supreme Court in the carpet case, everyone has given a clean chit to the Vasundhara government. Then what is the protest for,” said Kali Charan Saraf. Jaipur: Posters at the site where Sachin Pilot observed fast did not have the symbol of Congress nor any picture of the party’s leader. Instead, there was a huge picture of Mahatma Gandhi on the poster. There were two small pictures of Mahatma Gandhi and Jyotibap- hule to pay tributes to, while there was a huge poster with Vasundhara Sarkar written on it. Jaipur: Reacting to Pilot’s fast, Minister Sukhram Bishnoi said that investigation has been completed in the matter on which the Pilot was fasting. “If he feels that something is lacking, he must present the facts. It is absolutely wrong to fast like this,” he said. PILOT MUST PRESENT FACTS IN RAJE CASE, IT IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG TO FAST: BISHNOI POSTERS OF CONGRESS PARTY MISSING FROM SACHIN PILOT’S FASTING SITE AICC Raj In-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa will reach Jaipur today First India Bureau Jaipur: Former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot is ac- cusing the Ashok Ge- hlot government of not taking action in the scams of the previous Vasundhara Raje gov- ernment, but advocate AK Jain has made an interesting disclosure. He said that the Ra- jasthan High Court had given a clean chit to the then CM Vasundhara Raje on the alleged Min- ing Scam of Rs 45,000 crore in 2015. He said that the High Court had rejected a petition filed by Congress leader Ram Singh Kaswan in con- nection with the alleged scam. Pilot was the PCC chief during that peri- od of time. Now the question is being raised why did not Pilot raise this issue and why did not he ap- peal against the deci- sion of the High Court in the Supreme Court. ‘Why didn’t Pilot challenge HC’s decision in SC?’ Jaipur: CBI arrests MES Jr Engineer for taking bribe of `10k Raj cops to pay double fine, face dept probe for flouting traffic rules Police van carrying Atiq, resumes journey after facing technical glitch First India Bureau Jaipur: The Central Bureau of Investiga- tion (CBI) has arrested a Junior Engineer (EM)-1 working in the office of Garrison En- gineer, Military Engi- neer Services (MES) Jaipur while taking a bribe of Rs 10,000. A case was registered against Junior Engi- neer-1 and Manager (HR) of a private com- pany based in Noida (UP). There was also an al- legation of demanding salary for continuing his services on contract basis. The complainant (a contract employee) of a Noida based pri- vate company was working as Electrician Helper in Military En- gineering Services (MES), Jaipur. The Junior Engineer (EM)-1, Military Engi- neeringServices(MES), in conspiracy with the Manager (Human Re- source) demanded Rs 26,000. He was to get Rs 16,000 in the first instal- ment. Searches were con- ducted at five places, including Jaipur, Sriganganagar, Ghazi- abad and Noida and documents and Rs 3,00,000 was recovered. The accused will be produced in the court. Jaipur (PTI): Now po- licemen not following traffic rules in Ra- jasthan will have to pay double fine and depart- mental action will be taken against them in a strict move to curb such violations, an of- ficial statement said on Tuesday. The directions in this regard were issued by Additional Director General of Police (Traf- fic) VK Singh on the in- struction of Director General of Police Umesh Mishra. Singh said those po- lice officials who do not wear helmets and sit with more than two passengers on a two- wheeler, not wear seat belts while driving a four-wheeler, jump red light, drink and drive and violate other traf- fic rules as prescribed under the Motor Vehi- cles Act will have to pay double the normal fine. He further added that the departmental action will also be initi- ated against such po- licemen. First India Bureau Dungarpur: The con- voy of Uttar Pradesh po- lice carrying gangster -turned-politician Atiq AhmedfromAhmedabad to Prayagraj halted at Bichhiwara police sta- tion in Rajasthan’s Dun- garpur district after one of the vehicles in the convoy faced some me- chanical problem, police said.Atiqwaskeptinthe lock up of the police sta- tion for nearly 1 hour on Tuesday evening before theconvoyleftforitsdes- tination. He said that due to some mechanical problem in one vehicle, the convoy was stopped. Later, police van carry- ing Atiq was taken to police station where tight security arrange- ments were in place. CASE FACT FILE Dates Cases Deaths April 1 21 cases 1 death April 2 42 cases 1 death April 3 17 cases No death April 4 29 cases 1 death April 5 61 cases No death April 6 100 cases 2 deaths April 7 122 cases No death April 8 137 cases No death April 9 165 cases 1 death Apr 10 197 cases 3 deaths Man posing as police officer held by Jaipur cops Woman commits suicide along with son in Jhalawar Satyanarayan Sharma Jaipur: A fake police officer has been arrest- ed in Jaipur for alleg- edly threatening people and extorting money from them. DCP (North) Rashi Dogra Dudi in- formed that a team was formed after com- plaints of fake police official taking money from people came to us. The case has been regis- tered under Sanjay Cir- cle Police Station. “The accused has been iden- tified as Kaluram, a resident of Sri Ganga- nagar dist. The accused posed as SI and then threatened people to ex- tort money. The ac- cused is being probed,” added Dudi. Arif Mansoori Jhalawar: A 24-year- old woman allegedly committed suicide along with her three- year-old son in Raipur tehsil of Jhalawar dis- trict by jumping into a well. Cops informed the deceased has been iden- tified as Rekha Bai her son Kartik. “The woman’s father had filed a plaint stating Re- kha Bai’s husband Ramvilas Dangi used to beat harass her daughter which forced her to end her life. The bodies were fished out of the well and taken to Raipur hospital. An FIR has been filed matter is being probed,”the po- lice added. Pilot’s allegations are fabricated: Rajyavardhan l Blood clotting l Effect on heart l Persistent bouts of Pneumonia l Frequent fever l Blurred vision l Loss of memory l Diarrhoea l Untimely periods l Palpitation l Frequent urination l Patients suf- fering from cold, fever and cough have gone up. Most of these patients when tested, their report comes negative but X- ray and CT scan shows Pneumonia. COVID SIDE EFFECTS Advocate AK Jain Police convoy carrying Atiq at the Bichiwada Police Station, Dungarpur. Raj HC had rejected Congress leader RS Kaswan’s PIL in the alleged scam Raipur (ANI): Chhattisgarh Cong leader TS Singh Deo has come out in support of Pilot who on Tuesday began a day-long fast stating “I think Sachin Pilot is aware that during polls, he would be answerable for corruption in Vasundhara Raje’s govt that charges would be probed. Thus, Pilot is revolting against Gehlot govt and is raising his voice so that an inquiry is launched against Raje.” ‘PILOT RAISING VOICE AGAINST PREVIOUS BJP GOVT NOT AGAINST CURRENT REGIME’
  • 4. PERSPECTIVE JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023 04 www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia l Vol 4 l Issue No. 304 l RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504. Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act On the occasion of the Prakash Purab of Hind Chadar Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, I bow before him. Guru Sahib Ji’s unparalleled courage and commitment to the values of truth as well as justice is very inspiring. Narendra Modi @narendramodi Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s teachings of brotherhood always inspire us. I bow down to him on the auspicious occasion of his Parkash Purab. An epitome of the values of truth and sacrifice, may his bravery remains a source of strength for the generations to come. Jagat Prakash Nadda @JPNadda SPIRITUAL SPEAK Amongst thousands of persons, hardly one strives for perfection; and amongst those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows me in truth. —Bhagavad Gita TOP TWEETS POLL TIME: MILKING REGIONAL SENTIMENT? nything can become a serious issue in Indian politics and es- pecially when a state is going to the polls, regionalism and senti- ments of the locals can be whipped up to create hype and hoopla over any topic and po- liticise the same. And in today’s scenario, with a topping of news masala and dramatics… it can easily become a major issue... setting aside topics like develop- ment, inflation, employment index, exports etc. If you thought Amul “very rightly” had coined its tagline which says Amul – The Taste of India, sample this… That milk- ing the local sentiments over other brands to claim and coun- terclaim that local brands are being threatened is something to sit up and take note of to see how milk can be too hot to han- dle during the run-up to a cru- cial Assembly election. On April 5, the Gujarat Coop- erative Milk Marketing Federa- tion (GCMMF) had announced that it was entering the Karna- taka market and this sparked a row ASAP in the southern state. Many politicians and people of Bengaluru slammed this at- tempt and backed “their” Kar- nataka Milk Federation (KMF) brand Nandini. ‘Save Nandini’ and ‘Go Back Amul’ began to trend on social media and the milk war spilled into both the business and political arenas. CONGRESS GOES HAMMER AND TONGS The Congress accused the BJP of “killing” Karnataka’s dairy brand. With the state heading for Assembly elections on May 10, the entry of Amul into Kar- nataka may create political rip- ples on the polls, political pun- dits feel. Congress leaders like former CM Siddaramaiah and DK Shi- vakumar, and JD(S) HD Kumar- aswamy took to social media to express their views. Kumarswa- my had alleged, “One nation, one Amul, one milk, one Guja- rat seems to be the official stand of the Central government.” DK Shivakumar had told news agency ANI, “We already have Nandini, which is a better brand than Amul. We don’t need any Amul - our water, our milk, and our soil is strong.” Not ready to take the Con- gress blame, the BJP also hit back, stating that the Opposi- tion was trying to regionalise and politicise the milk issue. Also, on Sunday, Karnataka’s Cooperation Minister ST So- mashekar joined the bandwag- on and told newsmen that if there was a slugfest, Nandini would beat Amul due to its low- er pricing and the Gujarat milk brand was not a threat to KMF. MILKY WAY TO IMPACT POLLS? In today’s era, issues especially when it comes closer to the re- gional issues and the locals are involved in it and are major stakeholders even in the form of consumers, matters can escalate and become major political is- sues and thus may have either direct or indirect impact on polls. Kannadigas identify them- selves with the Nandini brand, which is local and homegrown and something they are proud of. The KMF was founded way back in 1974 and it has success- fully grown to become the sec- ond largest milk producer in the country, after the great success story of Amul which has been churned out time and again. Also, late star Puneeth Rajku- mar was signed on as brand am- bassador for Nandini and it may be added here without charging a fee for it. Incidentally, most milk pro- ducers come from the old Mysu- ru region, which is dominated by the Vokkaligas, where the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress have bastions of sorts. It is the central Karnataka, where the Lingayats are strong and dominant and it is here that the Saffron might have wide- spread presence and foothold. Thus, the BJP is trying to do its best to ensure that the voters don’t get jittery over this. Former CM Siddaramaiah has been unrelenting in his so- cial media posts ever since Un- ion Cooperative Minister Amit Shah reportedly spoke about the possibility of merging the Kar- nataka Milk Federation (KMF) with Amul. This, in apparent terms, has not gone down well with the Opposition in Karna- taka. Kannadigas reportedly look at this to be an attempt to dilute their identity and hence there’s been extreme backlash against the entry of Amul. THE KMF’S DEMAND Recently , a KMF director, Anand Kumar told The Indian Express, “We are far behind in marketing and promoting the Nandini brand despite having better quality of milk than Amul. Which is why #SaveNandini is important. Although the usage of Amul milk is just 10 per cent, their advertising is 90 per cent, which is a big concern for Kar- nataka’s dairy farmers. We need to implement a robust advertis- ing campaign to enhance the brand value of Nandini and cre- ate awareness among people.” Kumar added, “Like Amul, dairy farmers should also be given a free hand in fixing the prices of Nandini products. Their dependency on the gov- ernment for subsidies is what has led us to this situation. Let the government give us Rs 5-10 extra per litre on milk. In the coming days, we will bring this issue up in the governing body meeting and call for a protest against Amul depending on the situation.” The KMF is also planning to write to the National Dairy De- velopment Board and the Centre to urge them to look into the is- sue. KMF’S DIMENSION There are 24 lakh milk suppli- ers, 14 unions and 14,000 milk producers’ co-operative socie- ties in Karnataka under KMF. Altogether, 8.4 million litres of milk is procured daily from at least 22,000 villages and pay- ments of around Rs 17 crore are made to milk suppliers on a daily basis. The Amul network, however, is much bigger and has a much higher turnover compared to that of KMF given the fact that Amul has a pan Indian footprint and is available also abroad. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL A Incidentally, most milk producers come from the old Mysuru region, which is dominated by the Vokkaligas, where the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress have bastions of sorts. It is the central Karnataka, where the Lingayats are strong and dominant and it is here that the Saffron might have widespread presence and foothold ROBIN ROY The writer is Senior Journalist and former Managing Editor, First India NANDINI VERSUS AMUL WHAT BOMMAI SAID... The Bruhat Bangalore Hotels’ Association (BBHA) is an umbrella which represents about 24,000 small and big hotels in the city and is standing strongly behind Nandini. These hotels consume around 4 lakh litres of milk and 50,000 litres of curd which is provided by Nandini on a daily basis. These hotels also purchase butter, ghee, paneer, kova and also cheese from KMF. The BBHA has stated that they will buy only Nandini products and support the state’s farmers and milk suppliers. Brand Nandini, currently, supplies over 70% milk to Bengaluru, which is approximately 33 lakh litres a day. Nandini milk priced at Rs 39 per litre is one of the lowest in the country. Amul, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 54 and upwards per litre. For now, however, Amul will be sold online and on e-commerce websites only in Karnataka. While there’s strong resentment and opposition from the farmer com- munity and hotel association, the chief minister, Basavaraj Bommai, accused Congress and the JD(S) of politicising the entry of dairy giant Amul. “We have absolute clarity with regard to Amul. Nandini is a national brand. It’s not restricted to Karnataka. We have popularised Nandini as a brand in other states as well,” he said. BJP spokesperson MG Mahesh said that the two opposi- tion parties are indulging in petty politics. “Congress’s mind- set is so cheap that they are ready to accept the product of China but not India. We want to make Nandini, a Karnataka-based brand, a global brand. The government is not here to support any brand, this is just the petty politics of Congress JD(S), if something happens to the farmers, Congress and JD(S) will be respon- sible,” he said. AMUL `61,000 CR NANDINI `20,000 CR TURNOVERS IN 2021-22
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  • 6. INDIA JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023 05 www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia VIBRANT VILLAGE PROGRAMME Prime Minister Modi urges youth to visit border villages New Delhi: Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged the youth of the country to visit border villages as part of the ‘Vibrant Vil- lageProgramme’(VVP). Responding to a tweet from Amrit Mahotsav’s handle, PM Modi said, “Must have been a memorable experience. I would urge others, par- ticularly the youth of India, to visit border vil- lages. It would acquaint our youth with different cultures and give them an opportunity to expe- rience the hospitality of those living there.” No- tably , as a part of initia- tive, a group of Odisha youth is on a visit to Kibithoo and Tuting vil- lages in Arunachal Pradesh. The Twitter handle of Amrit Mahotsav had said, “#VibrantVillag- esProgram is a great way to embrace cultur- al traditional ex- changes, celebrate the diversity of our remote border villages and bring them into the na- tional mainstream. As part of this initiative, youth from Odisha is on a visit to Kibithoo Tuting villages.” A group of youth from Odisha is on a visit to Kibithoo and Tuting villages in Arunachal Pradesh. This photo was tweeted from Twitter handle of Amrit Mahotsav. Programme was launched by HM Amit Shah in Arunachal on Monday Narendra Modi @narendramodi Must have been a memorable experience. I would urge others, particularly the youth of India, to visit border villages. It would acquaint our youth with different cultures and give them an opportunity to experience the hospitality of those living there. “Govt’s top priority is security, development of border areas” Kibithoo (PTI): The Narendra Modi govt is committed to the secu- rity and development of border areas, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday . He said after a meet- ing with Arunachal CM Pema Khandu, Deputy CM Chowna Mein and others here along the border with China. “This morning at Kibithoo, had an engag- ing discussion with CM @PemaKhanduBJP, Dy . CM @ChownaMeinBJP , BJP President @Bi- yuramWahgeBJP, Min- ister Bamang Felix, MP @TapirGao and MLA Smt. Dasanglu Pul. Modi govt is resolved for the security and devel- opment of our border areas,” Shah tweeted. TODAY'S INDIA NOT OF 1962, BUT OF MODI AND SHAH, SAYS ARUNACHAL CM KHANDU Kibithoo (PTI): In an obvious message to China, Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu has said today’s India is not what it was in 1962 but a country that belongs to PM Naren- dra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. In the presence of Shah, Khandu also said it was perhaps for the first time that a Union home minister came to a place located so close to China border. Shah was here on Monday to launch the Modi govt’s ambitious “Vibrant Villages Pro- gramme” (VVP) to ensure all-round development of the villages located along the northern border. China had, on Monday, objected to Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. “It is not an India of 1962. Today, it is Naren- dra Modi’s India, it is Amit Shah’s India,” Khandu said. Union Home Minister Amit Shah during discussion with Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu, State Deputy CM Chowna Mein, BJP State Chief Biyuram Wahge, State Minister Bamang Felix, party MP Tapir Gao and party MLA Dasanglu Pul, at Kibithoo, in Anjaw on Monday. —PHOTO BY ANI Former MP Rahul Gandhi gets rousing welcome in Wayanad Wayanad (Agencies): Thousands of people lined up on both sides of roads here on Tuesday afternoon to welcome their former MP Rahul Gandhi, who is on his first visit to the city fol- lowing his disqualifica- tion from the Lok Sabha last month after being convicted in a 2019 crim- inal defamation case. Some local residents claimed that this was the biggest crowd Way- anad had ever wit- nessed, even more than the crowd that had turned up to greet Ra- hul Gandhi when he came to file his nomina- tion from this hilly dis- trict for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In 2019, Rahul Gandhi had won the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat by de- feating P.P. Suneer of the CPI by a staggering margin of over four lakh votes. Earlier on Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi landed at Kan- nur and from there they flew to Kalpetta in Way- anad on a chopper. After the top state Congress leaders re- ceived him at the heli- pad, all of them got into an open vehicle that moved forward with great difficulty with the crowd jostling to get a glimpse of the Congress leader. I WON’T STOP WORKING FOR WAYANAD: RAHUL RaGa ‘ATTACKED’ FOR RAISING QUESTIONS: PGV Wayanad (PTI): Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the BJP taking away his MP “tag” will not stop him from representing the people of Wayanad or intimidate him from raising questions. Gandhi was speaking at a public meeting in the border district of Wayanad in Kerala where he arrived for the first time after his disqualification as an MP. Wayanad (PTI): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi at public meeting of UDF workers here made a scathing attack against the Centre and charged that her brother Rahul Gandhi was “mercilessly attacked” by the whole BJP dispensation, and the Prime Minister himself found it appropriate to malign him just because he asks questions. SONIA’S CONSTITUTION TALKS ARE ILLUSORY STATEMENT: KIREN RIJIJU New Delhi (PTI): Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday dubbed as an “illusory statement of the highest im- probity” the remarks of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on democracy and independence of institutions. Rijiju’s jibe came after the former Congress president accused the Narendra Modi govt of “misusing every power”. Gandhi said her party will take its message directly to people and join hands with all like-minded parties to defend the Constitution. In an Op-Ed in “The Hindu”, Gandhi also accused Prime Minister Modi and his govt of “systematically dismantling” the legisla- ture, the executive and the judiciary. FOR OPPN UNITY,WON’T OPPOSE JPC PROBE AGAINST ADANI: PAWAR Mumbai (PTI): NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said although his outfit does not agree with the demand of anti-BJP parties for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into allegations against the Adani group, it will not go against their stand for the sake of Opposition unity. The former Union minister had earlier said the ruling Bhara- tiya Janata Party (BJP) would have a majority if a joint House panel is formed given its numerical strength in Parliament and this would lead to doubts on the outcome of such a probe. “The opinion of our friendly parties (on JPC) is different from ours, but we want to maintain our unity. I gave my opinion (on futility of JPC probe), but if our colleagues (Op- position parties) feel that JPC is a must then we will not oppose it. “We don’t agree with them (Opposition parties), but for the sake of Opposition unity, we will not insist on this (that there should be no JPC),” said Pawar in an interview with Marathi news channel. CJI WARNS LAWYER WHO WANTED AN EARLY HEARING NEW BILL ON DATA PROTECTION LIKELY IN MONSOON SESSION SC NOTICE TO TAMIL NADU BIHAR ON YOUTUBER’S PLEA PRAYERS IN MUGHAL MOSQUE: HC SEEKS ASI, GoI’S STAND New Delhi: “Don’t mess around with my authority,” an angry CJI DY Chand- rachud Tuesday warned a lawyer when he mentioned a case for early hearing be- fore a bench presided over by him. The CJI, who rarely loses his cool, got irked when the lawyer first sought an early hearing of his case and, after being told that it will be listed on April 17, asked for liberty to mention it before another bench. New Delhi: The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it will table the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill in the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament in July. A five-judge Constitu- tion bench fixed the matter for hearing in August. Attor- ney General R Venkatrama- ni, appearing for the Centre, told the bench that the new Bill on personal data pro- tection is ready and will be introduced in the Monsoon Session of Parliament. New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought responses from Tamil Nadu and Bihar on a plea filed by a YouTuber, arrested for allegedly circulating fake videos of migrant labourers being attacked in Tamil Nadu, seeking clubbing of the FIRs lodged against him. A bench issued the notice to the Centre, the Tamil Nadu and the Bihar governments, and sought their replies within a week on the plea filed by Manish Kashyap. New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought the stand of the Centre and Ar- cheological Survey of India on a plea by the managing committee of the Delhi Waqf Board seeking expeditious disposal of its pending petition against the stopping of offering of prayers in the Mughal mosque in city’s Mehrauli area. Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri issued notice on an application on Tuesday. Finally, BJP releases 1st list of 189 candidates for K’taka polls First India Bureau New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday evening an- nounced first list of 189 candidates for Karna- taka polls. Before the announcement, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reached BJP chief JP Nadda’s residence to discuss the same. BJP’s Karnataka in- charge Arun Singh said 52 of the 189 candidates are new faces and eight women. Thirty-two of the candidates belong to Other Backward Class- es (OBCs), 30 Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 16 Scheduled Tribes (STs). The candidates have been selected to bring in “a new generation leadership and fresh ideas” while maintain- ing balance with the el- der leaders, Union min- ister Dharmendra Pradhan, who is Karna- taka poll-in-charge of the party, he said. Meanwhile, former CM Jagadish Shettar said that he was hurt by the decision, adding that it was not “accept- able” to him. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wave to supporters during a roadshow, in Wayanad on Tuesday. —PHOTO BY ANI PM Modi and JP Nadda at BJP CEC meet, in New Delhi on Sunday. Muslims in India are doing much better, says Sitharaman on negative Western ‘perception’ Washington (ANI): Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday claimed that Muslims in India are do- ing much better than those in Pakistan, in a strong rebuttal of nega- tive ‘Western percep- tion’ of India. Responding to Peter- sonInstituteforInterna- tional Economics (PIIE) President Adam S Pos- en’squeryaboutMuslim minoritiesinIndiabeing subjected to violence, Si- tharaman said, “India has the second-largest Muslim population in theworld,andthatpopu- lation is only growing in numbers. If there is a perception, or if there’s in reality , their lives are difficult or made diffi- cult with the support of the state, which is what is implied in most of these write-ups, I would ask, will this happen in India in the sense, will the Muslim population be growing than what it was in 1947?” As per re- ports, the condition of minorities in Pakistan has spawned global con- cern, with their num- bersdecliningbytheday . Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at an event in n Washington DC on Monday. India Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu also seen. EC decision over parties on decline as per rules: Min Bulandshahr (PTI): Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday said the Election Commis- sion acted as per rules in denyingthenationaland the state party status to those who were not get- ting support of the peo- ple and were “continu- ously on decline”. On Monday, the EC stripped the national party status of Trina- mool Congress, NCP and the CPI, and recog- nised AAP as a national party . It also revoked the state party status of RLD. “Those who did not get votes, who did not get acceptance by the public and had continu- ously been on the de- cline, on them the Elec- tion Commission has given its decision as per the rules,” Thakur said. COURTYARD Anurag Thakur Announcing the names at a press conference here, BJP's Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh said 52 of the 189 candidates are new faces and eight women. Thirty-two of the candidates belong to Other Backward Classes (OBCs), 30 Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 16 Scheduled Tribes (STs). To take on the Congress big guns, the BJP fielded two state ministers — R Ashoka against state Congress chief DK Shivakumar in Kanakapura and V Somanna against former chief minister Siddaramaiah in Varuna. Ashoka and Somanna will also contest from one more seat each, the BJP announced. Glad to see BJP’s list of candidates for Karnataka Assembly elections. Fol- lowing PM @NarendraModi Ji’s mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’, every section of society, including marginalised, women youth has been given opportunity. Best wishes! —Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Health Minister and the party’s co-incharge for Karnataka elections Amit Shah poses at the Walong War Memorial, in Walong.
  • 7. INDIA JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023 06 www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Kampala (PTI): India would like to use its G20 presidency to get the in- fluentialforumfocussed on its mandate of global growth and develop- ment, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said here on Tuesday . Addressing members of the Parliamentary Forum on Indian Af- fairs in Uganda, he said India’s G20 presidency is different in the sense that no other chair has made an effort to con- sult all the countries from the Global South. India will make ef- forts to include con- cerns of the Global South in the G20 frame- work under its presi- dency of the influential bloc. India assumed the Presidency of the G20 for one year from De- cember 1 last year. The G20 Summit will be held in New Delhi on September 9-10 this year. The G20 meetings are being held across 56 cities, covering all 28 states and 8 Union Ter- ritories of India. Jaishankar said In- dia would like to use the G20 presidency to get the forum focussed on its mandate which is global growth and de- velopment and issues important for Uganda. “Issues of green growth, debt, Sustaina- ble Development Goals, digital delivery. We would like the G20 to focus on all these is- sues,” he said. “We went through this exhaustive exercise in the month of Janu- ary and naturally Ugan- da was a participant as well”, the External Af- fairs Minister said. S JAISHANKAR EMBARKS ON SIX-DAY VISIT TO UGANDA India to put across concerns of Global South at G20: EAM ‘INDIA WILL USE G20 NARRATIVE TO WORLD’ New Delhi (PTI): India’s G20 sherpa Amitabh Kant on Tuesday said India will use the G20 narrative to push its digital transforma- tion story to the rest of the world with an objective of transforming the lives of people in the Global South. Addressing the 8th National Leadership Conclave held by All India Management Association (AIMA) here, he highlighted that globally there are 4 billion people who are without a digital identity and two and a half bil- lion people do not even have a bank account. There are 133 countries in the world which do not have digital fast payments, he said. He said India has been able to transform the lives of citizens and be- come a more pro- ductively efficient economy because of digitisation. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with Uganda Foreign Affairs Minister General Odongo Jeje and other dignitaries during his visit, on Tuesday. —PHOTOS BY ANI EAM DISCUSSES COOPERATION IN DEFENCE WITH UGANDA PREZ Kampala (PTI): Exter- nal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has called on Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and dis- cussed possible coopera- tion in the areas of trade, infrastructure, energy and defence. Jaishankar, who arrived in Uganda on Monday, met Museveni at his farm in Rwakitura and conveyed to him the personal greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Privileged to call on President @Kaguta- Museveni of Uganda at his farm in Rwakitura. Conveyed the personal greetings of PM @naren- dramodi. Appreciated his guidance on furthering our traditional and long- standing ties,” he tweeted on Monday. “Discussed cooperation in trade in- vestment, infrastructure, energy, defence, health, digital and agricultural domains. Congratulated Uganda on assuming the chairship of the NAM and affirmed our strong coordination at multi- lateral forums including the United Nations,” he said. Jaishankar also launched the ‘Tulsi Ghat Restoration Project’ of Varanasi during his visit to Uganda. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on the President of Uganda, Yoweri K Museveni at his farm in Rwakitura on Monday. Our ex-servicemen are national assets, says Rajnath Singh New Delhi (Agencies): Union defence minister Rajnath Singh presided over the 31st meeting of Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) in New Delhi on Tuesday, April 11. The KSB is the apex body of the Central Government and States/Union Territo- ries (UTs) entrusted with the responsibility of the welfare and re- settlement of the Ex- Servicemen (ESM). Ways to reach out to the ESMfraternitythrough policy measures to fur- ther ensure their wel- fare and resettlement were discussed during the meeting. Singh termed the ex- servicemen as national assetsandurgedStates/ UTs to devise new ways to utilise their rich and practical experience for the benefit of the na- tion. He stated that there is reservation in jobs for ex-servicemen in several states, which needs to be completely followed and moni- tored. The minister ap- preciated the fact that the Centre and States/ UTshavealwaysworked together for the welfare of soldiers. “There are differenc- es between states or po- litical parties on many issues. All this is part of a democracy. But, when it comes to the welfare of our soldiers veterans, everyone comes on the same page. There is always social and political con- sensus for our soldiers. Just as the Armed Forc- es protect the whole na- tion equally, it is our national and collective responsibility to ensure that our soldiers lead a dignified life when they retire return back to society,” he said. “In the last 3 years, financial assistance of about Rs 800 crore has been provided to around 3.16 lakh beneficiaries under various welfare schemes of KSB. About Rs 240 crore were dis- tributed to one lakh ben- eficiaries in the last fi- nancial year,” he said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the 31st Kendriya Sainik Board meeting, at Vigyan Bhawan, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan also seen. BCCI plans massive upgrade of stadiums ahead of ODI WC New Delhi (Agencies): The BCCI is planning a massive renovation with an estimated cost of over Rs 500 crore of at least five major stadi- ums in India ahead of the ODI World Cup in October-November. The gamehasattractedhuge money over the past 10 years, making BCCI, the richest board in the world, richer. However, the stoic fan, who has made the game what it has be- come, is often deprived of basic facilities at most venues around the country . During the In- dia-Australia Test series in February-March, fans had vented their ire over the lack of clean toilets at the Arun Jait- ley Stadium in Delhi. It is not surprising that Delhi is among the five venues which un- derwent a gap assess- ment from the BCCI. Ahmed fears for his life, moves back to Prayagraj New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tues- day reached the Sabar- mati Jail in Gujarat to bring mafia-turned-pol- itician Atiq Ahmed to Prayagraj in connec- tion with the Umesh Pal murder case. Umesh, who was a key witness in the 2005 killing of then Bahujan Samaj Party legislator Raju Pal, was shot dead outside his home in Prayagraj in February this year. Based on a complaint lodged by his wife Jaya Pal, a case was regis- tered against Ahmad, his brother Ashraf, his wife Shaista Parveen, his two sons, aides Gud- du Muslim and Ghu- lam, and nine others. Atiq Ahmed, howev- er, said that it is not right and alleged that they want to kill him. Earlier last month, Atiq Ahmed was brought to Prayagraj from Sabarmati Jail by road for a hearing in a kidnapping case. An MP/MLA court had held him and two others guilty in the 2006 Umesh Pal kidnap- ping case and sen- tenced them to life im- prisonment. UP police take gangster Atiq Ahmed from Sabarmati Central Jail for Prayagraj in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. — REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE PROJECTED COST OF RENOVATION IS IN CRORES New Delhi (Agencies): As per the list accessed by PTI, the other venues are Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mohali and Mumbai The Wankhede in Mumbai had undergone renovation before the India-Australia match last month after a fan complained of poor sanitary conditions. It will cost Rs 100 crore to revamp the Delhi stadium, Rs 117.17 crore for Hyderabad, Rs 127.47 crore for the iconic Eden Gardens at Kolkata, Rs 79.46 crore for the ageing PCA stadium in Mohali and Rs 78.82 crore for Wankhede. The costs increase drastically if roof work is involved. Chhattisgarh: 2 bodies found days after clash New Delhi (Agencies): Two bodies with head injuries were found on Tuesday near Korwai villageinChhattisgarh’s Bemetaradistrictwhere communal clashes had erupted over the week- end during which a man was killed. The Korwai village is 6-7 km from Bi- ranpur where the clash- es were reported. The bodies have been identifiedasthoseof Ra- himUmadMohamed,55, and Idul Mohamed Ra- him, 35. Both are resi- dentsof Biranpur,where the clashes took place. “It’s a case of murder. The minority commu- nity was cautioned not to leave the village but the father-son duo did not listen to us,” said Bemetara collector Pa- dum Singh Alma. TWO LASHKAR TERRORIST HELD IN BARAMULLA Srinagar: Two terrorist associates linked with proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were arrested in the Pattan area of North Kashmir’s Baram- ulla district, and a 2-kg IED was recovered from them along with other arms and ammunition, said police on Tuesday. The two have been identified as Farooq Ahmad Parra, a resident of Par Mohalla Pattan, and Saima Bashir, a resident of Chinkipora, Sopore. 115 SHOPS GUTTED IN FIRE AT MARKET IN BODH GAYA Bodh Gaya: A major fire broke out at a vegetable market in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya on Tuesday morning turning 115 shops of the market into ashes, officials said. The intensity of the fire was such that in no time it engulfed dozens of shops, leaving no time for locals to control it. Locals who are present at the spot claimed that a couple of LPG cylinders also exploded after which fire engulfed the whole area. IPL BETTING RACKET BUSTED IN HYD, 10 BOOKIES HELD Hyderabad: Cyberabad police busted an online IPL cricket betting racket and arrested 10 bookies. The arrests were made during a raid on a house in Bachupally on Monday during the IPL match be- tween RCB and Lucknow SuperGiants. Police said 10 bookies were arrested and cash of Rs 60.39 lakh was seized. The book- ies were booked under sections 3 and 4 of TS Gaming Act. INDUSTRY BODY IN ANDAMANS CALLS FOR 12-HR STRIKE Port Blair: An industry body in Andaman and Nicobar Islands has called for a 12-hour strike on Wednesday against “harmful policies, lack of infrastructure and gross negligence by the adminis- tration” which is “adverse- ly affecting” the economic growth of the archipelago. Only emergency services will be kept out of the purview of the bandh from 6 am to 6 pm, the industry body said. SEXUAL HARASSMENT DURING COLLEGE FEST: DCW SEEKS REPORT FROM COPS BY APRIL 18 New Delhi Following the reports of alleged sexual harass- ment of girls during college fests, Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal on Tuesday asked the police, Delhi University and the colleges concerned to sub- mit an Action Taken Report by April 18. In the latest inci- dent on March 28, some outsiders entered the Indraprastha College For Women and allegedly harassed the girls. CRUCIAL READ 26 LAKH LITRES OF LIQUOR SEIZED IN 2022-23; 29,701 ACCUSED ARRESTED IN UP Lucknow: The statewide crusade in UP against illicit liquor under the leadership of CM Yogi Adityanath has brought the desired results. The team comprising the Excise Department, Police and the district administration has so far successfully seized 26.68 lakh litres of illicit liquor, arresting 29,701 ac- cused. 2,10,465 raids were conducted 27,491 cases were registered and 7.52 lakh litres of illicit liquor was seized. Dharmendra Pradhan unveils digital version of Employability Skills Curriculum for students New Delhi (Agencies): The Union Minister of Education and Skill De- velopment Entrepre- neurship (MSDE), Dharmendra Pradhan unveiled the digital ver- sion of the Employabil- ity Skills curriculum for students enrolled in India’sIndustrialTrain- ing Institutes (ITIs). The Future Skills Fo- rum - is an initiative of the Future Right Skills Network a collaborative effort by QUEST Alli- ance, Accenture, Cisco, and J.P. Morgan. Over 2.5 million learners across the skills ecosys- tem can be job ready by accessing the digital les- sons, said Pradhan. Speaking about trans- formative power of skill in boosting employabili- ty ,shapingIndia’sfuture andpreparinga21stcen- tury workforce, the min- ister said that the next quarter of the century when India will be com- pleting its 100 years of independence, it will be the largest economy . IHC expresses concern over NCERT books Aligarh (UP): The In- dian History Congress (IHC) has expressed its deep concern over the recent move of the CBSE to bring changes in history textbooks and syllabus. In a statement issued on Monday, Indian His- tory Congress presi- dent Kesavan Veluthat and secretary professor Nadeem Ali Rezavi said that all those scholars who value “rational sci- entific knowledge” have found this approach as flawed and unaccepta- ble. The decision to completely omit the narrativeof theMughal dynasty would deprive the modern generation of knowledge of an era which gave India politi- cal unity, it said. Amritpal’s aide Papalpreet brought to jail Dibrugarh (ANI): A day after being arrested by Punjab Police, Papal- preet Singh, a close aide of fugitive Khalistan leader and ‘Waris Pun- jab De’ chief Amritpal Singh was brought to Assam’s Dibrugarh Central Jail on Tuesday . Briefing the media on the capture of Amrit- pal’s close aide, Pun- jab’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), Head- quarters, Sukhchain Singh Gill said Papal- preet was arrested un- der the National Secu- rity Act (NSA). The arrest was made under the National Se- curity Act. Apart from being an associate of Amritpal, he was also wanted in six cases,” Gill said. `10 LAKH AID, GOVT JOB TO FAMILY OF MAN KILLED, SAYS CM Chhattisgarh (PTI): The Chhattisgarh gov- ernment will provide a job to a family member of the 22-year-old man killed in last week’s communal violence in the Bemetara district while a high-level in- quiry has been ordered by CM Bhupesh Baghel into the incident. The family of the deceased, Bhuneshwar Sahu, will also be given financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh, officials said. The government job and financial aid were an- nounced by Chief Min- ister Bhupesh Baghe. —PHOTO BY ANI —PHOTO BY ANI Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan lights a lamp at the Future Skills Forum in New Delhi on Tuesday.
  • 8. First India Bureau Jaipur: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tues- day released a video portraying his vision to take the State to the top by 2030, amid Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s day-long fast demand- ing action against pre- vious BJP government in the State led by Vasundhara Raje. “I have decided that I have to make Ra- jasthan the top state by 2030. To realise this dream, the last four budgets and this year’s ‘Bachat, Rahat and Badhat’ budget, I have made schemes no other state has,” the chief minister was heard saying in the video. In his video, Gehlot was heard speaking about various schemes of his government, in- cluding the Chiranjee- vi Health Insurance Scheme, subsidised LPG cylinders and ac- cident insurance of Rs 10 lakh among others. The chief minister said Rajasthan is not able to progress due to the rising inflation and the schemes of the state government are aimed at providing relief to the people. He said a lot of work has to be done to make ‘Mission 2030’ successful. “The first step to- wards the mission was this year’s ‘Bachat, Ra- hat and Badhat’ Budg- et. Today, I am taking the next step. From April 24, thousands of inflation relief camps will be organised in the entire state so that peo- ple get the benefits of the state government schemes,” Gehlot said. He urged people to get themselves regis- tered at the camps and avail the benefits of the schemes. Gehlot and his for- mer deputy Pilot have been at loggerheads since 2020 when the lat- ter had revolted against Gehlot’s leadership, which led to a month- long political crisis that ended after assurance by the party leadership to look into the issues. First India Bureau Kota/Bundi: Lok Sab- ha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday offered prayers at Keshavrai Temple in Bundi’s Kes- horaipatan on the third day of his visit to Kota- Bundi parliamentary constituency. After offering prayers, Birla held dis- cussions with the offi- cials regarding the re- development work to be carried out in the temple under the Swadesh Darshan scheme of the Union Ministry of Culture. “It is our endeavor to give this place a grand appearance. This will serve as a religious cen- tre in the area and will encourage spiritual tourism,” he said. In the first phase, there will be develop- ment works at a cost of Rs 70 crore, which will ensure smooth traffic and better facilities to the people. NEWS JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023 07 www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Rajendra Chhabra Jaipur: The Indian Ad- ministrative Services (IAS) is considered the topmost services amongst all India ser- vices. IAS has its own honour and thus when the name of an IAS pops up in something, then the entire bureau- cracy gets ‘chit-chat- ting’ about it. If some IAS is put on APO while waiting for a new posting, it is con- sidered a normal devel- opment. But if an IAS, while serving on a post, is put on APO, then it is considered a serious de- velopment and is con- sidered a ‘punishment’. Generally, such cases are few and far between. In the current gov- ernment, 5 IAS have been put on APO and the recent example is of Anuprerna Singh Kun- tal. This 2010 batch sen- ior IAS, currently serv- ing as Commissioner, Child Rights, was put on APO from her post on April 5. Now that af- ter 32 years of service she is set to retire next year, being put on APO at the fag-end of her ca- reer is not good for her. Similarly, 2014 batch young IAS Bhanwar Lal has been put on APO twice, in merely nine years of his service - one as SDM Chittor- garh in 2016 and then as CEO of Banswara Zila Parishad in 2019. Both the times he was ‘pun- ished’ for shortfall in work. Bhanwarlal is currently serving as Sirohi Collector. 2007 batch IAS Inder Singh, who has served as Baran Collector, was put on APO in Decem- ber 2020. When the Col- lector’s PA was arrested in a graft case by ACB, the state government immediately put Singh on APO, who was later suspended, arrested by ACB and put behind bars. Incidentally, a fairly efficient and result ori- ented 2010 batch officer IAS Meghraj Singh Rat- noo was put on APO on October 10, 2020 by the government while he was serving as Commis- sioner of Jodhpur De- velopment Authority. Currently, Ratnoo is serving as Director Fisheries and holds the additional charge of Registrar, Cooperatives. It is an interesting coincidence that a young IAS of 2017 batch — Avdhesh Meena — has also been put on APO on October 19, 2022 from the post of Commissioner, Jodh- pur Development Au- thority. Although Avd- hesh stayed on the chair for merely three months, yet he courted controversies. After keeping him on APO for four months, he was ‘reinstated’ as Commis- sioner, Disabilities on February 24, 2023. Interestingly, among these officials, Anupre- rna Kuntal wants to meet the senior officials and learn about why she has been put on APO. What ever the rea- son behind it, as of now, she is the only IAS in the government who is on APO and no one knows how long she will remain so! DoP’s ‘APO-whip’: A talking point in Rajasthan bureaucracy! THE ‘APO’ MYSTERY Gehlot airs ‘Raj vision 2030’ Step 2 of vision: Thousands of inflation relief camps to be organised in the State from April 24 Gandhis’ ‘sibling love’ re-emerges alongside Wayanad roadshow Aditi Nagar New Delhi: It is a knownfactthattheGan- dhi siblings — Rahul and Priyanka — share anamazingbondingand have a matching wave- length! Such picture has been seen on many occa- sions between Rahul and Priyanka. Recently , when Rahul went to appear in Surat court,thenhissisterPri- yanka also reached Su- rat court. Similarly, when the Surat court sentenced Rahul to two years, then Priyanka had tears in her eyes. On Tuesday too, the same love of brother and sister was seen in Rahul’s visit to Way- anad. Priyanka also participated in Rahul’s Wayanad roadshow. According to the sourc- es, no matter how much diversity and dif- ference there is in the political working style of brother and sister, emotionally there is a wonderful bonding be- tween the two. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot during the State Budget Session in Jaipur. Also seen are Sanyam Lodha, Lokesh Sharma, Shashikant Sharma, Harimohan Sharma and others. —FILE PHOTO Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla visits Keshavrai Temple in Bundi on Tuesday. He also discussed the redevlopment plan with officials. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Chandrakanta Meghwal take a boat ride in Chambal River in Keshoraipatan on Tuesday. TO BE GIVEN IN 2 YEARS `1K-cr protected cultivation grant for 60K farmers First India Bureau Jaipur: To promote the protected culti- vation in state, 60 thousand farmers will get grant of ru- pees one thousand crore in next two years. The amount will be given for green house, shade net house, low tun- nel and plastic mulching. CM Gehlot approved the proposal for the grant. With the approval farmers will get strength. In the first phase in financial year 2023-24, a grant of Rs 501 crore will be given to 30 thou- sand farmers. For this Rs 444.43 crore will be borne from the Farmers Welfare Fund while rest 56 crore rupees will be borne from the Na- tional Horticulture Mission or National Agricultural Devel- opment Scheme. In the next finan- cial year 2024-25 more 30,000 farmers will get the benefit of the scheme and the grant of Rs 500 crore will be given to them. 25 percent ad- ditional subsidy will also be given to the farmers of noti- fied tribal areas and all small/mar- ginal farmers, an- nounced stated. CM OKAYS 123 NEW POSTS OF STENOGRAPHERS BIRLA IN MNIT CONVOCATION TODAY Jaipur: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has approved the 123 new posts of stenographers in Rajasthan Secre- tariat Private Cadre. The CM has also given approval to send appli- cations to the Depart- ment of Personnel for direct recruitment on 164 posts of stenog- raphers. These include 41 vacant posts includ- ing 123 new posts. With this decision of the Chief Minister, smooth execution of government work will take place in the State Secretariat. Jaipur: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will participate in the joint convocation of Malviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) and IIT, Kota in Jaipur on Wednes- day as a chief guest. 1,452 students will be awarded degrees, including 727 bachelor’s degrees, 582 mas- ter’s degrees and 146 doctoral certificates. A total of 37 students will also be awarded gold medals. ‘Keshavrai Temple to become religious centre’ Om Birla offers prayers, discusses redevelopment Lawyers meet Dhariwal,seek more rooms for Family Court First India Bureau Jaipur: Advocates met Law Minister Shanti Dhariwal on Tuesday for the construction of the family court build- ing and more seating arrangements for the judges. Patron of Family Court, advocate Poon- amchand Bhandari, Chairman DS Shekha- wat, Bhupendra Singh Rao, Vishal Sharma met Dhariwal.Bhandariand Shekhawat said that there are five courts in the Family Court and there is no seating ar- rangement for two judg- es. They demanded that theFamilyCourtshould be given three rooms built on the first floor from the Women’s Com- mission because the Commission has 35 rooms and six rooms on thefirstfloorarevacant. They said that officer Kamal Singh Yadav was not ready to give the rooms and had misled Rehana Khan, the chair- person of the Women’s Commission. Other pending cases in- cluding amendment in service rules may be considered while ex- emption payable to in- dustries under custom- ized package may also be approved. On the other hand, it isalsodiscussedthatthe report of Ramlubhaya Committee can be con- sidered as an informal discussion regarding formation of some more districts is also possible. After the recent crop failure, there was a spe- cial Girdawari done and this point can also be discussed. The Transfer policy can also be discussed in cabinet and the approval of pol- icy may also be given by the cabinet. It is also the intention of the MLas and public representa- tives that once again exemption should be given for transfers for some time. This can also be considered. Meanwhile, in the cabinet meeting, ap- proval is also possible for starting Indira Ra- soi Yojana in rural are- as from June 1. For this, buildings and places have been identified in the rural areas of most of the districts. It is also possible to discuss convening the assembly session for a few days. If there is a session, then the bills to be kept in it will be con- sidered in the meeting. Minister Shanti Dhariwal Poonamchand Bhandari, Chairman DS Shekhawat, Bhupendra Singh Rao, Vishal Sharma in Jaipur. Manoj Tak Jhunjhunu: Seven bookies, including a Youth Congress dis- trict president, weres arrested in Jhunjhunu on Mon- day night while placing bets on the IPL match. The po- lice also recovered a register detailing lakhs of transac- tion of bets, twenty mobile phones, WiFi Dongles, and two laptops from their possession. “The bookies were placing bets on a match between Lucknow and Ban- galore on Saturday night at a house lo- cated opposite to power house in RII- CO. The police team raided the house and arrested seven bookies,” po- lice said. “The accused are identified as Muke- sh Kumar, Pankaj Sindhi, Ashok Sin- dhi, Pramod Bhard- waj, Arvind Singh Rathore, Himanshu Chaudhary and Ra- jendraSingh.Oneof the accused, Himan- shu Chaudhary , is the District Presi- dent of Youth Con- gress in Udaipur,” police added. Udaipur Dist YC chief along with six bookies held in Jhunjhunu IPL BETTING FROM PG 1 Rahul Gandhi along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wave to the supporters as they arrive for a roadshow in Wayanad on Tuesday.