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MODI‘POWERING’
SADHANASHAKTI!
Polls for last phase to be held today, meanwhile, amid
the silence-period, PM Modi takes a meditation break
MONI SHARMA
fter months of tireless campaigning and
the culmination of a grueling election
season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
took a well-deserved respite in the serene envi-
rons of Kanniyakumari. Amidst the lush green-
ery and tranquil landscapes, Modi embarked on
a journey of self-reflection and rejuvenation
through the practice of meditation.
In this tranquil setting where Swami Vive-
kananda himself once meditated for enlighten-
ment and envisioned a developed India, Modi
found a moment of introspection and renewal.
With the looming prospect of the mega counting
day on June 4, where BJP exudes confidence in
securing a hat-trick victory and Modi’s return
as the PM for a 3rd term, this period of medita-
tion serves as an essential recharge.
Clad in traditional attire, adorned with a saf-
fron kurta, shawl, and dhoti, PM Modi, at the
break of dawn, performed the ritual of ‘Surya
Arghya’, offering prayers with a Rudraksha
mala as he invoked the divine energy symbolized
by the rising sun, on Friday. His visit to the
Vivekananda Rock Memorial echoes similar
spiritual retreats undertaken in 2019 and 2014,
following the conclusion of previous Lok
Sabha election seasons, demonstrating a
consistent practice of seeking inner
strength before pivotal moments in
his leadership journey. This visit
comes just before the seventh and
final phase of polling, signifying
a moment of reflection and
preparation before the
culmination of the
electoral process.
A
PM Narendra Modi is at Vivekananda
Rock Memorial for meditation, in
Kanniyakumari on Friday. Scan or
click code for more glimpses of PM
Narendra Modi’s spiritual practices.
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3DAYS FOR
FINAL VERDICT
FI TOON
SHEKHAR
TEMPLE RUN OF TOP LEADERS AHEAD OF 7th PHASE OF LOK SABHA ELECTIONS
LJP (Ram Vilas) President Chirag Paswan with his family during a
visit to the Ram Temple, in Ayodhya on Friday. PTI
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia offers
prayer at Mahakaleshwar temple, in Ujjain. PTI
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi with her daughter
Miraya Vadra at Jakhu temple in Shimla. PTI
AMIT SHAH PRAYS AT SRI VENKATESWARA TEMPLE
Tirupati: Union Home Minister Amit Shah offered
prayers at Lord Venkateswara temple here on Fri-
day, said an official. Accompanied by his wife Sonal
Shah, the BJP leader reached the temple at around 8 am
and spent half an hour there, participating in the rituals. “The
temple priests blessed Shah and also gifted him a diary,
ayurvedic products, laddu (consecrated sweet) and other
items,” the official said. On Thursday, Shah offered prayers
at the Kottai Bhairavar temple in Pudukkottai in Tamil Nadu.
WB:SensitiveBasirhatunderECIscanner
First India Bureau
Kolkata
As sporadic violence
marred the sixth phase of
Lok Sabha polls in West
Bengal,sensitiveBasirhat,
especially Sandeshkhali,
is under special scanner of
the Election Commission
of India, where polling
will be held in the seventh
and the last phase of the
elections on Saturday.
Insiders from the of-
fice of the Chief Elec-
toral Officer (CEO),
West Bengal said that out
of the total number 1,882
polling booths under Ba-
sirhat Lok Sabha con-
stituency, 1,096 are sen-
sitive, implying that over
58 per cent of the booths
under it are sensitive.
Basirhat has more sen-
sitive booths compared
to all other eight constitu-
encies in the state going
to the polls tomorrow.
CEOofficesourcessaid
that out of the seven as-
sembly constituencies un-
der Basirhat Lok Sabha,
Sandeshkhaliwillbeunder
special scanner, which
grabbed the national head-
lines again and again dur-
ing the last few months
because of the sustained
movement by the local
womenthereagainstsexu-
al harassment by a section
of the local ruling Trina-
mool Congress leaders.
The CEO office sourc-
es said that any untoward
incident at Basirhat, es-
pecially Sandeshkhali,
on the polling day will
once again create a na-
tionwide uproar.
The BJP has fielded
the face of the Sand-
eshkhali movement Re-
kha Patra as the candi-
date from Basirhat.
Kolkata: To ensure proper monitor-
ing of polling booths during voting
in nine Lok Sabha constituencies
in West Bengal on Saturday, the Election
Commission will halt voting if webcasting
malfunctions. According to the Chief Elec-
toral Officer’s (CEO) office, if webcasting
issues are detected before polling begins,
voting will start only after resolving the
problem. If issues arise during polling, the
process will be immediately paused and will
resume once the webcasting is restored.
Kolkata: At least ten people were
injured in a pre-poll violence
incident in Bhangar area of West
Bengal’s Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency,
on Friday. Jadavpur votes in the final phase
of the Lok Sabha elections on Saturday.
Since Friday morning, clashes between
Trinamool Congress and All India Secular
Front (AISF) activists have erupted, with
both groups hurling crude bombs. Local
police reported that ten individuals were
injured in the violence.
VOTING TO STOP IF WEBCASTING
FALTERS IN WB POLLING BOOTHS
VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN WEST
BENGAL’S BHANGAR, 10 INJURED
FOREIGNMEDIAWROTE:
“MODIWILLRETURN
TO
POWERININDIA”
Our Lok Sabha elections were in the headlines
in the media reports of prominent countries
Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
he seven phase
Lok Sabha polls
in India are the
most expensive and long-
est elections in the world.
Discussion of this elec-
tion has been going on in
the foreign media for
more than three months.
The media of many coun-
tries including America,
Russia, China, England,
Pakistan kept an eye on
the Lok Sabha polls of
India. Foreign media was
unanimous about the third
term of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi. Foreign
media on many occasions
also described the elec-
tions being held in India
as against Muslims, but
the media reports were
denied by the government
ofthesamecountrywhere
they were published.
PM MODI & RSS ON
PAKISTAN’S TARGET
During polls, Pakistan
was also discussed at ral-
lies. At the same time,
Pakistan also tried to in-
terfere in India’s polls
through statements. Paki-
stani researcher Noman
Majid wrote for The
Dawn, “In the narrative
of BJP-RSS, the Indian
Muslim is an outsider.
The characteristics of this
‘infiltrator’ Muslim have
not only been declared by
BJP-RSS in speeches, but
have also been felt
through the frequent vio-
lence against them.” The
report also mentions
Modi’s statements in
which he said that Con-
gress will give your prop-
erty to Muslims.
Discussion of Modi being elected for the third
time in America, Pakistan, China, England
Same issues were raised in foreign
countries as were discussed in India
Questions were raised on the religious
freedom of Muslims, later backed off
QATAR MEDIA WROTE
RAM TEMPLE IS THE
CENTRAL ISSUE
Qatar-based
media organiza-
tion Al-Jazeera
wrote that Ayodhya’s
Ram temple is the central
issue of India’s Lok
Sabha elections. The
media organization has
written that this temple
was inaugurated in
January this year and it
is a major base of BJP’s
Hindu nationalist agenda.
The media organization
writes that Prime Minister
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata
Party is expected to win
with a strong majority
in these elections, but
the question is whether
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi will be able to cross
the 400-seat mark.
During the elections, the British newspaper ‘The
Guardian’ wrote that Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya
Janata Party is confident that its performance
in these elections is going to be better than before. The
newspaper further wrote that election analysts are saying
that after decades, such elections are being held in India,
the results of which are known to everyone. The newspa-
per wrote that it is estimated that Narendra Modi is going
to gain power for the third time. Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s strength is his Hindu nationalist agenda.
BRITISH NEWSPAPER THE GUARDIAN WROTE
‘EVERYONE KNOWS THE RESULT OF INDIA POLLS’
The New York Times reported on May 19 that
Muslim families in India are being marginalized
and their identity questioned. In response, the
US State Department praised India’s religious freedom
on May 20, with spokesperson Matthew Miller rejecting
these claims. Since the Lok Sabha elections began, US
media has frequently reported against India, suggesting
that if Prime Minister Modi wins a third term, violence
against Muslims will rise and the Indian government will
further marginalise Muslims.
NEW YORK TIMES RAISED QUESTIONS, LATER US
MINISTRY CLARIFIED AND LAUDED INDIA
T
China has spewed venom against India by writing an article in its puppet
media Global Times. Global Times is a major newspaper of the Chinese
Communist Party. The articles published in this newspaper on interna-
tional issues are considered to be the opinion of the Chinese Communist Party,
which it cannot speak publicly. Global Times wrote that Prime Minister Narendra
Modi wants a third consecutive term. It further wrote, “India is also an important
destination for Chinese investors, especially mobile phone companies. In the
past few years, the Indian government has taken some ‘inappropriate’ steps in
dealing with Chinese companies, which has caused strong dissatisfaction among
Chinese companies and the Chinese people.”
CHINA’S GLOBAL TIMES WROTE THAT MODI WANTS A THIRD TERM
CHINA’SINTENTIONSOF
MEDDLINGINLSPOLLS
Tech company
Microsoft warned
that China might
interfere in India’s Lok
Sabha elections, similar
to its actions in Taiwan’s
elections held in January
this year. Microsoft’s
threat intelligence team
stated that China could
use AI to sway voter
preferences or spread
misinformation. The aim
is to influence public
opinion on social media
to favour China during
the elections.
BBC RAN A LIVE BLOG
ON INDIA’S ELECTIONS
British media or-
ganization BBC
ran a live blog
on India’s general elec-
tions. In this sequence,
the media organization
has asked the question
whether construction of
Ram temple in Ayodhya
can get BJP a con-
secutive third term? The
organization has also
mentioned a pre-poll sur-
vey, in which 22 percent
of the voters have said
that Ram temple is at the
top of their list.
RUSSIAN ATTACKS US
OVER POLLS IN INDIA
Russia launched
a verbal attack
on America dur-
ing the elections through
Russian government-
owned news network RT
News. Foreign Ministry
spokesperson Maria
Zakharova said that
Washington’s aim is to
destabilize the internal
political situation in India
and complicate the gen-
eral elections. Washing-
ton’s actions are clearly
an interference in India’s
internal affairs.
CELEBRATING LAST LEG OF ‘CHUNAV KA PARV’!
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OM BIRLA-PIYUSH GOYAL-CM SHARMA VISIT MEHANDIPUR BALAJI
Everyone is confident that BJP govt will be formed for 3rd time: CM
Aishwary Pradhan, Laxmikant
Sharma and Monu Singh
Dausa
hief Minister
Bhajan Lal
Sharma, Lok
Sabha Speaker Om Birla
and Union Minister Piy-
ush Goyal reached Sid-
dhpeeth Mehandipur Ba-
laji Dham where they
collectively prayed in
Balaji Darbar and wished
for good rains and happi-
ness, peace and prosper-
ity in the country and the
state. CM reached Me-
handipur Balaji for the
second time after becom-
ing the CM. During this,
temple Mahant Naresh
Puri Maharaj welcomed
them and honoured them
by applying a golden ti-
lak of chola and draping
a saffron scarf with the
name of Ram on them.
Everyone also honoured
Mahant Naresh Puri Ma-
haraj by making him
wear a turban and took
his blessings. BJP work-
ers and common people
gave a grand welcome to
CM on his arrival in Me-
handipur Balaji. During
this, welcome gates and
hoardings were put up at
various places from the
helipad to the temple.
CM said that everyone is
confident that the BJP
government is going to be
formed for the third time
in the country under the
leadership of Modi. P10
LS Speaker Om Birla, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma being welcomed at Mehandipur Balaji Dham, Friday.
LS Speaker Om Birla, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma in a meeting at Chief Minister’s residence on Friday.
C
Shah ‘Govinda’ Dware!
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and his wife Sonal Shah
pose for a picture during their visit to Tirupati Temple
to offer prayers, at Tirumala, in Tirupati on Friday. After
offering the prayers to ‘Govinda’, Amit Shah said, ‘May
the grace of Sri Venkateswara Swami fill everyone’s
life with good health and prosperity’.
DGCA cracks whip on AI
over discomfort of flyers
First India Bureau
New Delhi
DGCA issued a show
cause notice to Air India
on Friday, citing viola-
tions of aviation regula-
tions, with special men-
tion of the passenger care
issue during flight de-
lays.Air India is directed
to respond within three
days or face potential en-
forcement action. This
notice comes hours after
AI passengers of a Delhi-
San Francisco flight en-
dured discomfort due to
inadequate cooling in the
cabin. The AI flight from
the IGI airport was de-
layed for over 20 hours.
Flight AI 183, slated to
take off at 3:20 on Thurs-
day, was rescheduled for
Friday afternoon.
During inordinate delay, passengers were allegedly made to wait
without proper air-conditioning, causing several flyers to faint.
Woman covers her child’s head
during sunny Friday, Mumbai.
SAN FRANCISCO FLIGHT: 24-HR DELAY, FAINTED FLYERS
DELHI-SRINAGAR VISTARA FLIGHT RECEIVES
HOAX BOMB THREAT CALL, LANDS SAFELY
A Srinagar bound Vistara flight which departed from
Delhi, carrying 177 passengers, received a bomb
threat on Friday but turned out to be a hoax after
the security forces searched the aircraft. Following stan-
dard protocol for such threats, the aircraft was immediately
directed to an isolation bay upon landing.
AMIDST CRISIS, DELHI
GOVT KNOCKS SC DOOR
 Amidst the serious heat-
wave and sweltering heat
in Delhi, the AAP govern-
ment on Friday knocked
the doors of the Supreme
Court seeking direction to
Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and
Himachal Pradesh govern-
ment for supplying more
water to the national capital
keeping in view the severe
water woes faced by it.
DURING FIELD VISITS, CONDUCT DETAILED REVIEW
OF ALL NEW & OLD WORKS: CM SHARMA TO BABUS
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma said presided over
review meeting of departmental senior officials,
district in-charge secretaries, divisional commis-
sioners and collectors via VC on Friday. He said District
Secretary in charge should not limit himself to formal
meetings, but should conduct surprise inspections and
ensure actual resolution of complaints and grievances.
The CM was fully prepared for the meeting. Answers
were sought on every point of every district in meeting
and CM also pulled up officials on the basis of news-
paper reports. CM Sharma said that if negative news
comes in papers, then it is the responsibility of officials
concerned to correct it and send it back. Similarly, over
the misbehavior of Bikaner CMHO, he asked to take
strict action against the officials. MORE ON P10
Dr Rituraj Sharma, Vinod Singh Chouhan & Laxman Raghav
Sunstroke kills 54 as
India reels from heat
At least 25 polling staff among heat-related
deaths as north boils; IMD sends heat scare
First India Bureau
New Delhi
At least 54 people were
killed as severe heatwave
conditions continued un-
abated in central, eastern
and northern India with
several places, including
Delhi, recording maxi-
mum temperatures above
45 degrees. A duststorm
is predicted over Uttar
Pradesh between May 31
and June 1, and in Hary-
ana, Chandigarh and
Delhi on May 31. Ac-
cording to IMD, very
light/light rain with thun-
derstorms and lightning
was predicted over plains
of Northwest India be-
tween May 31 and June 2.
Meanwhile, at least 25
poll staff died of heat on
Friday. MORE ON P5, P8
IN BRIEF
T20 World Cup 2024
to begin from today
New Delhi: With the T20
World Cup 2024 sched-
uled to begin on June 1
(June 1 in India), fans will
be gearing up for some ex-
citing cricket extravagan-
za. USA will face Canada
in opener, followed by WI
& PNG in same day. P9
Prajwal Revanna sent to
police custody till June 6
Bengaluru: Suspended
Janata Dal Secular leader
and rape-accused MP Pra-
jwal Revanna — arrested
this morning from Ben-
galuru airport on his re-
turn from Germany — has
been sent to police custo-
dy till June 6.
Going back to jail on June
2 at 3pm, says Kejriwal
New Delhi: Delhi Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal
on Friday said he will sur-
render before the police at
Tihar Jail on June 2 at
3pm in connection with
a money laundering
case linked to the now-
scrapped liquor policy.
Security personnel on duty at a polling distribution centre at Sasaram
amid heatwave, on eve of 7th phase polls, in Rohtas, Bihar on Friday.
ANURAG
THAKUR
BJP — HAMIRPUR
JAILED AMRITPAL
INDEPENDENT
KHADOOR SAHIB
NARENDRA MODI
BJP — VARANASI
KANGANA
RANAUT
BJP — MANDI
SS GHUBAYA
CONGRESS
FEROZEPUR
CANDIDATES IN FRAY
TOTAL VOTERS
POLLING STATIONS
POLLING OFFICIALS
904
10.06 cr
1.09 lakh
10.9 lakh
PHASE 7 POLL FACTS
KEY CONTENDERS
Once polling ends today evening at 6 pm, all eyes
will be on exit polls that will predict which alliance
will form the country’s next government – the ruling
National Democratic Alliance (NDA) or the Congress-led op-
position INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alli-
ance) bloc. The Election Commission (ECI) had barred news
channels from publishing exit poll results till 6:30 pm today.
ONLY FEW HOURS LEFT FOR THE MEGA EXIT POLL!
7TH & LAST PHASE OF LOK SABHA ELECTION 2024 TODAY
VOTE-A-THON
NEARSEND!
 The mega counting of votes for all 7 phases will be done on June 4
First India Bureau
New Delhi
57 seats across 7 states
and the Union territory
of Chandigarh will go to
polls in the seventh and
final phase of Lok Sabha
elections on Saturday.
Polling is scheduled in
all 13 seats of Punjab and
4 of Himachal Pradesh,
13 constituencies in UP,
9 in WB, 8 in Bihar, 6 in
Odisha and 3 seats in
Jharkhand besides Chan-
digarh. Saturday’s voting
will mark the end to the
marathon polling pro-
cess that began on April
19 month and has al-
ready covered 486 Lok
Sabha seats in 28 states
and Union territories. SHEKHAR
Caste your
vote early
in the
morning,
don‛t blame
me later...
Meanwhile, Chief
Minister Bhajan Lal
Sharma reached
Puchri ka Lota on
late Friday night
RAJASTHAN 04
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FOOD ADULTERATION PREVENTION
Raj exceeds food safety targets by 284%
First India Bureau
Jaipur
ajasthan has
secured first
position in the
country in preventing
food adulteration. The
state collected nearly
three times more sam-
ples than the targets set
by the Food Safety and
Standards Authority of
India, Ministry of
Health and Family Wel-
fare, Government of In-
dia. Additional Chief
Secretary of Medical
and Health Department
Shubhra Singh said that
an intensive campaign
is being run against
adulteration of food in
the state.
In the data released
by the FSSAI for 2023-
24, Rajasthan has
achieved 284 percent by
taking more samples
than the set target. Food
Safety Commissioner
Iqbal Khan said that the
FSSAI had set a target
of taking five enforce-
ment samples every
month for each food
safety officer in 2023-
24. According to 98
food safety officers in
Rajasthan, the target
was 5,880 but 16,691
samples were taken in
Rajasthan.
Food Safety Commis-
sioner Iqbal Khan said
that with the completion
of the recruitment pro-
cess of 200 more food
safety officers in the
state soon, the campaign
against adulteration will
gain momentum and
supply of pure food to
the common people will
be ensured.
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
Popular as ‘Man of Bio-
diversity’, 1991 batch
IFS officer Arijit Baner-
jee will be PCCF HoFF
in the Rajasthan forest
department for the next
29 months. Banerjee
will take charge today. A
tech-savvy Banerjee will
mark the beginning of a
new era in the forest de-
partment.
Munish Garg retired
on Friday. Banerjee is
among the top experts
on biodiversity in the
country. He has 10 years
of experience working
in CMO.
Born on October 11,
1966 in West Bengal, Ba-
nerjee has been a multi-
talented person. He was
selected in the Indian
Forest Service in 1991
and after getting Rajast-
han cadre, he got his first
posting as Assistant For-
est Conservator in Udai-
pur North in 1993. He is
an expert in every field of
forestry, bird expert and
a wildlife photography
enthusiast, and has had a
different working style
from the beginning.
Vikas Sharma
Jaipur
World No Tobacco Day
highlights the deadly
impact of tobacco on
public health. Annually,
over 77,000 deaths in
the state are attributed
to tobacco-related dis-
eases, contributing to
1.35 million deaths na-
tionwide and 8 million
globally.
Tobacco smoke, a se-
vere form of indoor pol-
lution, contains over
7,000 chemicals, with 69
known to cause cancer.
The public is urged to
pledge against using any
harmful products, in-
cluding tobacco, and
strive for a healthier,
tobacco-free life. Efforts
should be made to en-
courage those addicted
to quit the habit. In
alignment with this goal,
the Medical Department
will launch an awareness
campaign focused on to-
bacco prohibition. ACS
(Medical) Shubhra
Singh has initiated this
campaign by writing to
collectors to kickstart
awareness activities.
Divya Kanwaliya
Jaipur
In Bas Badanpura, a man
was killed by his neighbor
over a dispute regarding
parking a ve-
hicle in front
of his house.
Thefamilyof
the deceased
reported that
the accused had been ha-
rassing them for the past
one and a half months. On
Thursday night, the ac-
cused came, verbally
abused the family, started
a physical altercation.
The accused father
Prabhudayal Thakuriya
andhissonsRaviThakuri-
ya, Maneesh Thakuriya
have been absconding
with his entire family
since the incident.
A food department team taking samples.  FILE
IFS officer Arijit Banerjee
Various activities were organized to increase awareness about
the ill effects of tobacco among the general public at National
Institute of Ayurveda Deemed University in Jaipur on Friday.
Avinash Gehlot flagging off people for Ayodhya pilgrimage in
Jaipur on Friday. SANTOSH SHARMA
Chief Secy of Medical
 Health Dept
Shubhra Singh said
that an intensive
campaign is being run
against adulteration
of food in the state.In
the data released by
the FSSAI for 2023-24,
Rajasthan has
achieved 284 percent
R
Jaipur: The Rajasthan
Athletics Association
has signed a MoU with
AU Small Finance Bank
(SFB) for the develop-
ment of athletics. Asso-
ciation’s Devnarayan
Gurjar and Saurabh
Tambi said that now the
association  AU SFB
will work together.
Players will be provided
sports kits  equipment
for national competi-
tions.Gurjar said that the
agreement will further
improve performance of
the players. Assoc Prez
Sharda Jadam expressed
gratitude for the MoU.
Jhunjhunu: In a tragic
incident, two men lost
their lives when a cylin-
der exploded on a mov-
ing bike in Doradas vil-
lage, Jhunjhunu Sadar
police jurisdiction. The
explosion was so in-
tense that the pillion
rider was thrown 20
feet away, resulting in
an immediate death.The
other rider succumbed
to his injuries en route
to the hospital.The vic-
tims were identified as
Akhilesh (26) from Ch-
uru Bypass, Jhunjhunu,
 Naresh (58) from
Ward 12, Kisan Colony.
Udaipur:A bank em-
ployee and a driver died
due to drowning while
bathing in a pond in
Udaipur’s Bhupalpura
police station area on
Friday. Both of them
went into deep waters 
drowned. Police reached
the spot on getting info
from the people. Police
officer Mukesh Soni ar-
rived with the police
force  the civil defence
team was also called.
IN BRIEF
JMC Heritage seals 6
illegal structures in
Adarsh Nagar zone
Jaipur: Jaipur Munici-
pal Corporation Heri-
tage sealed six illegal
constructions in
Adarsh Nagar zone.
Action was taken on
the instructions of Her-
itage Corporation
Commissioner Ab-
hishek Surana.Adarsh
Nagar Zone Deputy
Commissioner Yugan-
tar Sharma took action.
Commercial activity
was going on in house
number 437 located at
Bes Dukan in Adarsh
Nagar. The corporation
team sealed the work
after it was not stopped
despite the notice.
Rescue effort: Bank
employee, driver
drown in Udaipur
Rajasthan Athletics
Association inks MoU
with AU SFB
Cylinder blast on
moving bike claims 2
lives in Jhunjhunu
Jai Niwas Udyan crumbles: A Park in despair
Jai Niwas Udyan, also
known as Pondrik Park,
located in the heart of
the Walled City, is
lamenting in its
neglected state. The
park suffers from
broken children’s
swings, non-functioning
fountains,  a lack of
maintenance. The
fountains have ceased
to flow, and there are
no gardeners to tend to
the plants or water the
grass. With no one to
care for it, the park’s
condition continues to
deteriorate. Nestled
behind the Govind Dev
Ji Temple, this once-
vibrant park now stands
as a symbol of neglect.
Neighbourkills60-yr-old
manoverparkingdispute
CRIME
ROUNDUP
20-YEAR-OLD ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY
ASSAULTING 11-YEAR-OLD IN KOTA
SI RECRUITMENT 2021 PAPER LEAK
MASTERMIND ARRESTED IN JODHPUR
Kota: An incident of sexual assault
involving an 11-year-old minor girl has
been reported at the Khathauli Police
Station in Kota. After informing her relatives,
the girl’s family filed a
complaint, prompting im-
mediate action. According
to the (SHO) of Khatauli
Police Station, Banna Lal
Jat, the 11-year-old girl
approached her relatives and reported that on
the night of May 29th, she was at her home.
Jodhpur: Under operation ‘Pataka’ of Jodhpur
Inspector General, the mastermind of Sub
Inspector Recruitment 2021 Paper Leak was
arrested. Paurav Kaleer with a bounty of Rs 50,000
was nabbed. Inspector General of Police Vikas Ku-
mar gave information. Paurav was absconding since
the paper leak scam came to light in March 2024.
For the last two months, the team was searching in
Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Delhi and Punjab and the
accused was finally caught from Sikar. The Cycloner
team arrested Paurav and handed him over to SOG.
`3 CR LAND FREED IN
ANTI-DRUG OPERATION
IN SRI GANGANAGAR
Sri Ganganagar:
Under the special
campaign being run
against drugs in the state,
strict action is being taken
continuously against the
accused involved in their
smuggling in the state. To
get the youth out of the
quagmire of drugs in Sri
Ganganagar district, under
‘Operation Seema Sankalp’
bulldozers were run on the
illegal encroachment of 3
members of the notorious
smuggler Chhajgaria family
on Meera Chowk Road on
Friday. The value of govt
land freed from the posses-
sion is about Rs 3 crore.
SC rejects rape
convict Bitti
Mohanty’s plea
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The SC has denied the
petition for early release
filed by Bitti Mohanty,
convicted of raping a
German woman. The
plea for premature re-
lease was rejected, with
Additional Advocate
General Shivmangal
Sharma representing the
government’s opposition
to Mohanty’s bail.
However, the Supreme
Court has directed the
Rajasthan govt to con-
sider transferring Mo-
hanty to Cuttack (Odisha)
for medical treatment.
This directive comes as
the Supreme Court up-
held the Rajasthan HC’s
April 2024 order.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
While the Rajasthan govt
is sending elderly people
on pilgrimage, today 101
people of the nomadic
tribe were sent on a pil-
grimage to Ayodhya on
Friday. Social Welfare
Minister Avinash Gehlot
flagged off people for the
Ayodhya pilgrimage in
about two AC buses. The
buses for the passengers
were arranged by dentist
Dr. Alka Gaur.
Social Welfare Minis-
ter Avinash Gehlot ad-
dressed the people. Avi-
nash Gehlot said on this
occasion that the people
of nomadic tribes do not
have any certificate right
now. BJP has promised
that all the certificates of
the people of nomadic
tribes will be made for
which camps will also be
set up. The pilgrims left
under the leadership of
Mahanagar pramukh of
Ghumantu jati karya
Rakesh Sharma.
6 people die of drowning
in Jodhpur  Nagaur
First India Bureau
Jodhpur/Nagaur
In Pipar, Jodhpur, a
woman and her two chil-
dren died due to drown-
ing. The accident hap-
pened when Honey Singh
slipped and drowned in a
water tank. Seeing her
brother drown, sister Di-
vya jumped to save him.
But even she started
drowning. When their
mother, Santosh, saw her
children drowning, she
too jumped to save them.
Seeing all three drown-
ing, Kishan Singh Rajpu-
rohit, who was standing
nearby, called for help.
All three were pulled out
of the tank and taken to
Pipar District Hospital,
where doctors declared
them dead.
In Nagaur, a woman
jumped into a water
tank along with her son
and daughter in the
Kuchera police station
area. On getting infor-
mation, police reached
the spot and the bodies
were taken out.
In Nagaur, a woman
jumped into a water
tank along with her
son and daughter in
the Kuchera police
station area
Raj sends 101 nomadic
tribe members on
Ayodhya pilgrimage
‘Man of Biodiversity’ Banerjee
takes helm as PCCF HoFF
World No Tobacco Day: ACS Shubhra Singh
leads statewide tobacco awareness effort
NAIM KHAN
Vinod Singh Chouhan
Jaipur
For the Lok Sabha Elec-
tions 2024 results, count-
ing of votes will start in
the state on June 4 at 8 am
forall25LokSabhaseats.
Counting of votes for
Jaipur Rural LS seat will
beheldatCommerceCol-
lege. Shahpura assembly
constituency will have the
least number of rounds
i.e. 18 while Kotputli and
Viratnagar will have 19
rounds each. Amber and
Jamwaramgarh will have
20 rounds each and Ban-
sur assembly will have 21
rounds and Jhotwara and
Phulera will have 22
rounds each.All 8 assem-
bly constituencies will
haveatotalof161rounds.
A total of 106 tables will
be set up for EVMs.
Counting of votes for
Jaipur Lok Sabha seat
will be held at Rajasthan
College and there will be
a total of 151 rounds in 8
assembly constituencies.
Kishanpole assembly seat
will have the least number
of rounds with only 15
rounds followed by
Malviya Nagar assembly
with 16 rounds, Sanganer
 Civil Lines with 19
rounds each, Bagru  Ha-
wamahal with 20 rounds
each andAdarsh Nagar 
Vidyadhar Nagar with 21
rounds each. Total 112 ta-
bles will be set up.
`74.13 LAKH APPROVED TO INSTALL ACs, COOLERs
AND WATER COOLERs AT SMS HOSPITAL: ACS HEALTH
Jaipur: To provide relief to patients from heat and give
comfortable environment in hospital, ACs, coolers and
water coolers will be installed at SMS Hospital worth
Rs 74,13,000. ACS Health Shubhra Singh has approved
the purchase from the amount available in RMRS. “101 air
conditioners, 50 desert coolers and 20 water coolers will be
installed in various wards, ICU, OPD, medicine distribution
centres, testing centres, registration counters and other places
of the hospital. This will provide relief to the patients and their
relatives visiting the hospital,” ACS Singh said. Vikas Sharma
MIN KIRODI TO MEET CM
FOR COMPENSATION ON
HEATWAVE DEATHS
DOTASRA ACCUSES GOVT
OF SUPPRESSING NOs OF
HEATSTROKE DEATHS
NO NIGHT LIFE IN JAIPUR
All clubs bars, discos to be closed at 12 am
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur
ue to the distur-
bance caused by
late-night par-
ties in hotels, clubs, night-
clubs, and pubs, law and
order in Jaipur city are
deteriorating, with intoxi-
cated young men  wom-
en creating chaos on the
streets. This has led to
considerable inconven-
ience for general public.
Therefore, in Jaipur,
hotels, clubs, nightclubs,
bars, pubs, and discos
will not be allowed to op-
erate after midnight. Any
hotel, club, or establish-
ment found conducting
activities beyond this
time will face stringent
legal action under Sec-
tion 188 of the IPC.
IssuingSection144,of-
ficers of the Jaipur Com-
missionerate has request-
ed a list of all hotels,
clubs, nightclubs, bars,
pubs, and eating houses
operating in the city from
all district DCPs, SHOs,
and special teams of the
Commissionerate. This is
the first time in Jaipur
city’s history that the po-
lice have imposed a ban
on all hotels, restaurants,
bars, pubs, and houses
operating in night. Now,
it remains to be seen how
effective these orders
prove to be for maintain-
ing law and order.
The Jaipur Commissionerate has requested a list of all hotels, clubs,
nightclubs, bars, pubs, and eating houses operating in night from all
district DCPs, SHOs,  special teams of Commissionerate. FILE
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RAJASTHAN 05
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Jaipur, Saturday | June 1, 2024
RelieffromheatinpartsofRajfromtoday
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Rajasthan has been grap-
pling with blistering heat
and scorching tempera-
tures over past few days,
with the mercury soaring
above 48 degrees Celsius.
The relentless heatwave
has made life difficult for
residents, but there’s a
glimmer of hope on hori-
zon for the next 24 hours.
According to the Jaipur
MeTDepartment, parts of
Rajasthanmayexperience
thunderstorms accompa-
nied by gusty winds in the
next 24 hours, potentially
leading to a 1-3 degree
drop in temperatures.
Most parts of the state are
expected to receive relief
from the heatwave start-
ing from June 1st.
Moreover, from May
31st to June 2nd, the ac-
tivewesterndisturbanceis
likely to bring thunder-
storms,strongwinds,with
speeds reaching 40-50
kilometers per hour, and
the possibility of light to
moderate rainfall in some
parts of Jaipur, Bharatpur,
and Bikaner divisions.
Looking ahead, next 3-4
days may see strong sur-
face winds carrying dust.
Parts of Rajasthan may experience thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds in next 24 hours
(Inset) Elephant Roopa fainted due to the heat on Friday
morning in Amber. (Above )Forest Dept doctors rescued her
with a crane and took her to Haathi Gaon for treatment,
where her condition is now stable. MUKESH KIRADOO
Drop in temperature expected
4 DIE OF SUSPECTED HEATSTROKE IN RAJ ON FRIDAY;
93 ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL; TOTAL 9 DEATHS SO FAR
MLA JITENDRA GOTHWAL
HITS BACK AT DOTASRA
Jaipur: In the past 24
hours, four people
have died due to
heatstroke, and 93 patients
have been admitted to
hospitals. The Medical De-
partment has released data
following central protocol
guidelines, revealing that
since March 1st, 123,980
patients have been treated
in emergency services,
with 4,911 identified as
heat stroke cases. So far,
a total of nine deaths due
to the heatwave have been
confirmed. A BSF soldier at
Indo-Pak border in Jais-
almer has suffered severe
health complications due to
a heatstroke. The soldier,
identified as 57-year-old
ML Dogra from the 92nd
Battalion in Baramsar, was
rushed to Jawahar Govt
Hospital and later he was
referred to Jodhpur.
Jaipur: BJP State
Gen Secy and MLA
Jitendra Gothwal,
while countering the state-
ment of Congress State Pres-
ident Govind Singh Dotasra
regarding the deaths due to
heat wave in the state, said
that Dotasra says anything on
any subject without facts, it
was his boastfulness and the
lies of former CM Gehlot that
got him into trouble.
Jaipur: In response
to recent fatalities
caused by the severe
heatwave, Disaster Relief
Minister Dr Kirodi Meena has
called for
compensa-
tion for the
families of
deceased.
Speaking on
the matter,
he noted,
Currently, there are no
provisions for compensation
for deaths due to heatwaves.
I will discuss this issue with
the CM. Dr Meena further
stated, We will urge the
CM to write to the central
government, requesting that
heatwaves be classified as
a natural calamity, similar to
cold waves and floods. This
classification would allow for
appropriate compensations.
Meanwhile, in a major relief
measure for MGNREGA
workers, Rural Devp Min Dr
Kirodi Meena announced a
30% reduction in labor work
during the peak summer
season. Addressing the
issue, Dr. Meena said, The
working hours for MGNRE-
GA workers will now start at
5:30 AM,  we have provided
a 70% reduction in the work
required. Ziauddin Khan
Jaipur: The Cong on
Friday accused BJP-
led govt of suppress-
ing the number of deaths
caused by intense heat
battering
State while
claiming
that more
than 100
people have
died of heat
stroke. The
PCC chief GS Dotasra
alleged that authorities are
hiding actual number under
pressure from the state govt
to avoid paying compensa-
tion. Govt on Thursday said
that 5 people had died from
heat stroke and higher toll in
media were beyond facts.
Blackmarketingofwaterin
Jpr;protestforwaterinTonk
Police trying to convince people to stop the protest over water
at the Krishi Mandi Road in Tonk on Friday.
Meeting of Election Commision
Officials to review preparations
for counting on Friday.
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur/Tonk
In a shocking revelation,
several tanker drivers in
Jaipur have been caught
selling govt-provided wa-
ter on black market. The
PHED has lodged com-
plaints against 8 tanker
drivers involved in this
illegal activity. So far,
FIRs have been registered
against a total of 12 tanker
drivers. The scam in-
volvesstealingwaterfrom
hydrants without neces-
sary OTP  GPS checks,
and then selling it for 600
to 700 rupees per tanker.
Meanwhile, in Tonk,
residents have taken to
streets to protest against
the ongoing water short-
age. A blockade was set
up at Banwari Ji’s Cross-
road, causing significant
disruption. Police arrived
at the scene in response to
the situation. The protest,
led by residents of Ward-
52, highlighted the frus-
tration and anger among
the people due to the per-
sistent water problems.
VASUDEV DEVNANI INSPECTS JLN HOSPITAL IN AJMER, INSTRUCTS OFFICIALS
Ajmer: Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
Speaker Vasudev Devnani inspected
the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in
Ajmer on Friday. He reviewed arrangements
made for patients affected by heatstroke 
heatwaves, including facilities available for
them and the arrangements in casualty areas
and other wards. Devnani emphasized need
for special measures to protect against heat
and to provide senior physician treatment
in separate reserved wards for heatstroke
patients when temperature is above 42° C. He
instructed senior doctors to ensure availability
of necessary medications. Shubham Jain
Govt may form policy
for water harvesting
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The state govt can make
policy regarding water
conservation, water har-
vesting. This policy can
be made regarding meas-
ures related to water con-
servation including pre-
vention of illegal boosters
and prevention of water
exploitation in dark
zones. Along with this,
the government intends to
bring two laws regarding
water conservation. Poli-
cy can be made on the
basis of feedback from
the secretaries in charge.
Furthermore, policy
may be made in future re-
garding maintenance of
traditional water sources,
revival of water harvest-
ing structures and planta-
tion. Policy decision can
alsobeconsideredregard-
ing energy conservation.
Along with this, steps can
be taken to strengthen
health services.
Votecountingpreps:Severalroundstobeheld,
218tableswillbesetupforbothseatsofJaipur
Edu dept to give
scholarship to
Hindu migrants’
children in Raj
Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
After the announcement
made in its Sankalp Patra
in theAssembly Elections
2024, the BJP govt which
came to power in the state
has now started exercise
of giving scholarships to
the studying children of
Hindu refugee families
living in state. Director of
Edu Ashish Modi has
written a letter to all Dis-
trict Collectors of state to
collectdataofinformation
about Hindu refugee fam-
ilies. Director of Educa-
tionAshish Modi, in a let-
ter written to Collector,
has sought info regarding
providing scholarships to
studying children of Hin-
du refugees as per point
number 13 of Sankalp
Patra registered on CIMS.
In the letter, the Direc-
tor of Education wrote to
help Hindu refugee fami-
lies who have received
Asylum Certificates from
the Government of India.
Mayor Dr Somya to
represent India in
World Cities Summit
in Singapore
JMCG Mayor Dr Somya
First India Bureau
Jaipur
JMC – Greater, Mayor Dr
Somya will participate in
the World Cities Summit
(WCS) 2024 to be held in
Singapore between 2-4
June 2024. Dr Somya will
give a presentation on ur-
ban development, smart
city, heritage, cultural tra-
ditions of Jaipur city on
this global platform.
This is the 9th edition
of the World Cities Sum-
mit. In which mayors, in-
dustrialists, international
organizations of more
than 250 cities of world
will participate.
The theme of this sum-
mit has been kept as Live-
able and Sustainable cit-
ies: Rejuvenate, Rein-
vent, Reimagine. Mayors
and CEOs from various
countries will be present
in this summit.
BRTS corridor closed in Mansarovar
Shivendra Singh Parmar
Jaipur
The BRTS (Bus Rapid
Transit System) corridor
in Jaipur, initially estab-
lished to promote public
transportation and ease
travel for residents, has
become a source of fre-
quent accidents and frus-
tration. Mismanagement
and improper operation
have led to vehicles driv-
ing on the wrong side and
buses often running up to
two hours late, leaving the
corridor largely unused.
Local residents had ex-
pressed growing discon-
tent,citingtheneedtotake
long detours to cross the
road and demanding the
removal of the BRTS cor-
ridor. In response to these
issues, the Traffic Police
have decided to close the
BRTS corridor in Mansa-
rovar area, erecting barri-
cades to halt all the traffic
through corridor.
Despite ongoing efforts
by government agencies
toaddresstheseproblems,
the corridor has not been
removed, leading to the
recent decision to shut it
down entirely. This move
aims to improve safety
and reduce inconvenience
for the local population.
85 DAMS DRY UP DUE TO EXCESSIVE HEAT: WRD REPORT
A report released by the Water Resources De-
partment shows that dams have dried up rapidly
between March 30
and May 31. A total of 85
dams have dried up within
two months. The number of
dry dams increased from 402
to 487. The report mentions
that number of partially filled
dams decreased from 280
to 197. Within 2 months,
3.85% of total filling capac-
ity decreased. At present,
34.45% of total filling capacity
of water is left in dams. Due to extreme heat, the dams are
drying up more as compared to last year.
Rain water harvesting system.
 FILE
RASHTRADEEP IMPOSES
RESRICTIONS ON BARS
Additional Police
Commissioner
Kunwar Rastradeep
has taken a significant action,
imposing new restrictions on
clubs, restaurants,  bars
after midnight. Under Sec
144, he issued orders pro-
hibiting any activities in bars,
clubs, cafes, or discs after 12
o’clock at night. The X handle
of Jpr police commisionerate
also posted a message.
Vasudev Devnani at JLN Hosp on Friday.
A man spills water on his head
to keep him cool and beat
the heat near Hawa Mahal on
Friday. SUNIL SHARMA
Under Section 144, DJ
sound  music will not
be played in any club,
night bar after 10 pm
DRIED UP DAMS ACROSS
VARIOUS DIVISIONS
z Jaipur  6.16 %
z Jodhpur  4.95 %
z Kota 0.62 %
z Banswara 5.64 %
z Udaipur  4.05 %
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TWEETS
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
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one can make along the road
to truth; not going all the way,
and not starting.
BUDDHA
Deeply concerned about the natural
disasters triggered by Cyclone Remal in
Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, and
Mizoram. Also briefed PM Shri @narendramodi
Ji on the situation, who expressed solidarity with
those affected. Spoke to the respective state Chief
Ministers, took stock of the situation, and
assured them of all possible help.
Amit Shah
(Modi Ka Parivar)@AmitShah
TheBankingsectorisconsideredthebackbone
ofanation’seconomy.Recently,India’sbanking
sectorachievedasignificantmilestoneby
recordingitshighest-evernetprofit,crossing`3lakh
crores.Thisisinstarkcontrasttothesituationbefore2014
when@INCIndia-ledUPAgovernmentturnedthebanking
sectorintoacesspoolofbadloans,vested
interests,corruptionandmismanagement.
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IN-DEPTH
NAWAZ SHARIF’S
CANDID TAKE ON
PEACE PROCESS
ever before has a Pakistani leader made such
a candid admission as former Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif did on Tuesday. Sharif ac-
knowledged that it was Pakistan that violated the
peace process with India. He placed the blame on
former Pakistan army chief General Pervez Mushar-
raf for initiating the Kargil war, which not only dis-
rupted the peace process but also inflicted significant
losses of men and material on Pakistan.
Sharif, recently appointed president of his PML-N
party, reached the Lahore peace agreement with
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999. He is
regarded as a moderate voice concerning India. In
2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise
stopover to meet with Sharif, who was then the Prime
Minister of Pakistan.
The extent to which the Pakistan army and ISI will
permit Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Prime Minister
Shehbaz Sharif, to strengthen ties with India will in-
fluence India’s response. The upcoming meeting
between Shehbaz and India’s next PM will also serve
as an indicator.
N
A “GUILTY” TRUMP
REMAINS DEFIANT
he unanimous verdict by a NewYork jury pro-
nouncing former US President Donald J.
Trump guilty on 34 felony charges marks an
unprecedentedmomentinAmericanhistory.Asthefirst
former president to be convicted on such charges, re-
lated to hush money payments to a porn star, this ruling
sends shockwaves through the US political system.
Trump’s reaction was predictably defiant, dismiss-
ing the trial as “rigged” and “disgraceful,” and em-
phasizing that the true judgment will come from the
voters on November 5. This statement underscores
his unwavering belief in his political resilience and
his enduring appeal
among white voters,
his support base.
Despite the gravity
of the charges, it ap-
pearsunlikelythatthis
verdict will derail
Trump’s presidential
campaign. His loyal
supporters, and much
of the Republican es-
tablishment, remain
steadfast. This unwa-
veringsupportreflects
a broader trend of po-
litical polarisation,
where legal contro-
versiesoftenreinforce
rather than diminish
partisan loyalties.
However, this his-
toric ruling raises
criticalquestionsabouttheintegrityofdemocraticpro-
cesses and the accountability of those in power. It also
highlights the deep divisions withinAmerican society,
asreactionstotheverdictstarklysplitalongpartylines.
As the nation moves towards the next election, the
implications of this verdict will continue to reverber-
ate. Trump’s legal battles and their potential impact
on his political aspirations will dominate the nation-
al discourse which is expected to remain divisive.
The American electorate will play a crucial role in
determining whether this legal setback marks the
beginning of the end for Trump’s political career or
merely another chapter in his tumultuous journey.
T
As the nation moves
towards the next
election, the
implications of this
verdict will continue
to reverberate.
Trump’s legal battles
and their potential
impact on his
political aspirations
will dominate the
national discourse
which is expected to
remain divisive
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he thrills of
the IPL have
barely set-
tled, and the
cricket fra-
ternity is already abuzz
with anticipation for the
T20 World Cup. This edi-
tion of the tournament is
truly historic as it’s the first
time that the USA is host-
ing a cricket World Cup.
It’s a fitting location as the
first-ever international
cricket match was played
between USA and Canada
in 1844. Later, cricket fad-
ed into the background as
baseball becameAmerica’s
national sport.
Now, in 2024, cricket
makes a grand return to
America as the USA co-
hosts the World Cup with
the West Indies. For Indian
fans, it is another chance to
rally behind the ‘Men in
Blue’ and hope they can
achieve the Champions’
glory that eluded them six
months ago when they fell
short against Australia in
the ODI World Cup final.
Team India is already in
USA, gearing up for a prac-
tice match with Bangla-
desh. The World Cup be-
gins on June 2nd with a
USA-Canada game in a
virtual recreation of the his-
toricmatchbetweenthetwo
sides in the nineteenth cen-
tury. India’s first group
match against Ireland is
slated for June 5th in New
York. Team India is in
GroupAwhichincludesPa-
kistan, USA, and Canada
andabriefreviewofIndia’s
prospects against these op-
ponents seems timely.
Despite debates over
team selection, India re-
mains the bookmakers’ fa-
vorite to win. The team will
playtheirfirstthreematches
at the newly built Nassau
International Cricket Stadi-
um in Long Island, New
York, before heading to
Florida for their final group
game against Canada.
India’s campaign begins
against Ireland, a team they
have dominated in past en-
counters, winning all seven
matches between them.
Last year, India triumphed
over Ireland 3-0 on Irish
soil without even playing
Team India’s top players.
However, the Irish team is
known for its ability to up-
setstrongerteams,areputa-
tion they’ve earned by de-
feating formidable oppo-
nents like South Africa in
both T20 and ODI formats.
Ireland’s experienced
opener, Paul Stirling, is cru-
cialforgivingthemastrong
start. His aggressive batting
can challenge Indian bowl-
ers. But their bowling unit,
led by MarkAdair and Josh
Little, will need to be at its
best to contain India’s pow-
erful batting lineup. While
India’s experience and tal-
ent gives them a clear edge,
Ireland’s potential for sur-
prises can’t be overlooked
as they recently beat fan-
cied Pakistan.
The most anticipated
match, of course, is the one
between India and Paki-
stan on June 9th which is
sure to capture global at-
tention. Their last T20
World Cup encounter in
2022 saw India pull off a
dramatic win, thanks to a
masterful knock by Virat
Kohli. India enters this
match after a demanding
IPL season, and Pakistan
will aim to capitalize on
any signs of fatigue.
Led by BabarAzam, Pa-
kistan has a fine blend of
seasoned stars and exciting
newcomers. Azam’s con-
sistency at the top order is
pivotal, and Mohammad
Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman
are crucial for Pakistan to
score big. On the bowling
front, Shaheen Afridi’s
pace and swing, combined
with Mohammad Amir’s
comeback, pose significant
threats to India’s top order.
Historically, India has the
upper hand with five wins
out of seven T20 World
Cup matches against Paki-
stan. But on the day, the
contest could swing either
way, making it a marquee
match of the tournament.
India’s third match on
June 11th against co-hosts
USA, will be their final
game in New York which
India is expected to win
comfortably. However, the
USA recently stunned
Bangladesh by winning a
3-matchseries2-1,showing
they can pull off surprises.
A strong performance by
the USA would be signifi-
cant for promoting cricket
in the country though India
are the firm favorites.
India’s last group match
against Canada will be in
Florida. If India wins its
previous games, the team
management might use this
game to experiment with
their lineup. Recently beat-
en 4-0 by the USA, Canada
is hardly a strong contend-
er. Barring a miraculous
upset, India is expected to
trounce Canada and pro-
gress to the Super 8 stage.
As India advances, they
are likely to face tougher
tests from Australia, New
Zealand, and Sri Lanka in
the Super 8s. The key for
India will be to start strong
and build momentum in
the group stage.The team’s
mix of sparkling seniors
and young talents can over-
come all challenges in this
prestigious event.
Besides a comeback of
international cricket to
America, the 2024 T20
World Cup offers Indian
fans a great chance to sup-
port Team India on the
global stage.As the Men in
Blue get ready for possibly
the last World Cup of the
two legends of the team -
Rohit Sharma and Virat
Kohli - the tournament
promises excitement, emo-
tion and a chance to re-
write history!
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
INDIA’S
MATCH
India’s last group match
against Canada will be in
Florida. If India wins its
previous games, the team
management might use
this game to experiment
with their lineup. Recently
beaten 4-0 by the USA,
Canada is hardly a strong
contender. Barring a
miraculous upset, India
is expected to trounce
Canada and progress to
the Super 8 stage.
As India advances, they
are likely to face tougher
tests from Australia, New
Zealand, and Sri Lanka in
the Super 8s. The key for
India will be to start strong
and build momentum in
the group stage. The
team’s mix of sparkling
seniors and young
talents can overcome
all challenges in this
prestigious event.
Besides a comeback of
international cricket to
America, the 2024 T20
World Cup offers Indian
fans a great chance to
support Team India on
the global stage. As the
Men in Blue get ready for
possibly the last World
Cup of the two legends of
the team - Rohit Sharma
and Virat Kohli - the
tournament promises
excitement, emotion and
a chance to rewrite history!
AllSetforHistoricCricket
ExtravaganzainAmerica
T20 WORLD CUP 2024
The thrills of the IPL have barely settled, and the
cricket fraternity is already abuzz with anticipation
for the T20 World Cup. This edition of the
tournament is truly historic as it’s the first time that
the USA is hosting a cricket World Cup. It’s a fitting
location as the first-ever international cricket
match was played between USA and Canada in
1844. Later, cricket faded into the background as
baseball became America’s national sport
Indian cricket team players during a training session for the T20 World Cup in New York.
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Siddhaarth
Mahan
The writer is a specialist
on Sports and Cinema
who works as an actor in
the Hindi film industry
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First India Bureau
New Delhi
In an about-turn from the
economic liberalisation
days of 1991 when India
shipped out gold and
pledged it overseas to
avert a looming financial
crisis,thecountryhasnow
shippedinalittleover100
tonnes of its gold reserves
held in the UK.
Sanjeev Sanyal, a not-
ed economist and a mem-
ber of the Economic Ad-
visory Council to the
Prime Minister of India,
taking to X on Friday,
wrote that India will now
hold most of its gold in
its vaults.
“While no one was
watching, RBI has shifted
100 tonnes of its gold re-
serves back to India from
the UK,” Sanyal wrote in
an X post, attaching a
news report on the gold’s
inward shipments.
Most countries keep
their gold in the vaults of
the Bank of England or
some such location and
payafeefortheprivileges.
“India will now hold
most of its gold in its own
vaults. We have come a
long way since we had to
ship out gold overnight in
1991 in the midst of a cri-
sis,” Sanyal added.
Gold in India is typi-
cally held in vaults in
RBI’s old office building
on Mumbai’s Mint Road
as well as Nagpur.
CRUISESTHAN-2024
1st Int’l B2B Wedding Summit on Cruise to be historic
Gopendra Nath Bhatt
New Delhi
he International
Congress of
Event Industry
(ICEI) is set to host
Cruisesthan-2024, pre-
sented by Black Rock
Hotels  Resorts in col-
laboration with Fort Ra-
jwada Jaisalmer and
Wedding Vows.
This pioneering wed-
ding planning conference
will take place aboard a
luxury cruise from Sep-
tember 17 to 20, depart-
ing from Singapore and
visiting Phuket before
returning to Singapore.
Gunjan Singhal, an
ICEI organiser, an-
nounced that Cruisesthan
2024 will be a landmark
eventintheweddingplan-
ning sector, bringing to-
getherover300renowned
wedding planners from
India and globally. This
uniqueconferencewillof-
fer an inspiring setting for
innovation and collabora-
tion on the high seas.
Michael Goh, Presi-
dent of Resorts World
Cruises, highlighted the
growing versatility of
cruises as venues for
grand events, including
weddings and confer-
ences. He emphasised the
unmatched potential of
cruises to host spectacu-
lar events with stunning
oceanic backdrops, inte-
grating luxury, conveni-
ence, and adventure.
Naresh Rawal, Vice
President of Sales and
Marketing at Resorts
World Cruises, expressed
pride in partnering with
ICEI for Cruisesthan
2024. He noted that the
eventwilldemonstratethe
exceptionalcapabilitiesof
cruiseshipsforlarge-scale
events, promising world-
class amenities and ser-
vices for attendees.
Gunjan Singhal further
explained the rising trend
of cruise weddings, refer-
encing high-profile cele-
brations like those of
Anant Ambani and Ra-
dhika Merchant.The con-
ference will feature a wel-
come dinner, talk shows,
conferences, the BITA
Awards, and a buyer-sell-
er meet. Attendees can
also enjoy various recrea-
tional activities including
ziplining, wall climbing,
clubbing, and more.
Vikrant Jain added that
the innovative concept of
hosting a wedding plan-
ning conference on a
cruise is generating sig-
nificant excitement. He
emphasized ICEI’s com-
mitment to providing ex-
cellent hospitality and
smooth operations, aim-
ing to set a world record
for maximum delegate
participationataninterna-
tional wedding planners’
conference on a cruise.
The organiser said this wedding planning conference will take
place aboard a luxury cruise from September 17 to 20.
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Banks recovered `10 lakh crore bad loans during 2014-23: FM
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Finance Minister Nirma-
la Sitharaman said on Fri-
day that banks have re-
covered more than Rs 10
lakh crores from bad
loans between 2014 and
2023, as part of the re-
forms process imple-
mented by the Modi govt.
“The Directorate of
Enforcement (ED) has
investigated around
1,105 bank fraud cases,
which resulted in the at-
tachment of proceeds of
crime amounting to
64,920 crores. As of De-
cember 2023, assets
amounting to 15,183
crores have been resti-
tuted to public sector
banks,” the Finance Min-
ister posted in a detailed
statement on X.
“The Opposition, ha-
bituated to spreading
lies, wrongly claims that
there has been a “waiv-
er” of loans given to in-
dustrialists,” the Finance
Minister said.
Stepping up the attack
on her political rivals she
said: “Despite claiming
to be “experts” in finance
and economy, it’s a pity
that opposition leaders
are still unable to distin-
guish between write-offs
and waivers. After the
‘write-offs’ as per RBI’s
guidelines, banks active-
ly pursue the recovery of
bad loans. And, there has
been no “waiver” of loans
for any industrialist.”
She added that there
has been no leniency in
recovering bad loans, es-
pecially from large de-
faulters, and the process
is ongoing.
She bolstered her argu-
ment by pointing out that
India’s banking sector
achieved a significant
milestone by recording
its highest-ever net prof-
it, crossing 3 lakh crores
in 2023-24.
“This is in stark con-
trast to the situation be-
fore 2014 when the Con-
gress-led UPA govern-
ment turned the banking
sector into a cesspool of
bad loans, vested inter-
ests, corruption and mis-
management,” FM Si-
tharaman remarked.
She said that the ‘seeds’
of the NPA crisis were
sown during the Con-
gress-ledUPAerathrough
‘Phone Banking’ when
loans were given to unde-
serving businesses under
pressure from UPA lead-
ers and party functionar-
ies. This led to a massive
increase in Non-Perform-
ing Assets (NPAs) and
institutionalised grafts.
“Many banks hid and
avoided reporting their
bad loans by ‘evergreen-
ing’ or restructuring
them. Various measures
by our government and
the RBI, such as the As-
set Quality Review, dis-
closed hidden mountains
of NPAs and ended the
accounting tricks used to
hide them,” the Finance
Minister said.
She pointed out that
two former RBI gover-
nors have openly ex-
posed the level of decay
in the system left by the
UPA regime. Raghuram
Rajan described the NPA
crisis during the UPA era
as a “historic phenome-
non of irrational exuber-
ance. Similarly, former
Governor Urjit Patel
noted that the function-
ing of PSBs under the
UPA suffered from “a
perennial shortcoming
on account of bureau-
cratic inertia and political
meddling,” she said.
This is in stark contrast
to the situation before
2014 when the
Congress-led UPA
government turned
the banking sector
into a cesspool of bad
loans, vested interests,
corruption and
mismanagement.
NIRMALA SITHARAMAN,
FINANCE MINISTER
RBIbringsback100tonnes
ofgoldfromvaultsinUK
This gold was pledged by GoI in 1991
Goldens Days Are Back
SHIFTINGGOLDTOINDIA
MAKESNODIFFERENCE,
SAYSCHIDAMBARAM
DELHI HC DISMISSES PIL
SEEKING MEDIA GAG ON
MALIWAL ASSAULT CASE
ORDER RESERVED ON
BIBHAV KUMAR’S PLEA
New Delhi: Senior
Congress leader P
Chidambaram on
Friday said the RBI’s move
to shift around 100 tonnes
of its gold kept in bank
vaults in the UK to India
“makes no difference” to the
Indian economy. The former
finance minister said there
is “nothing wrong” in bring-
ing gold kept abroad to the
vaults in India. “Our gold is
in a London vault. It is being
brought back to an Indian
vault. It makes no differ-
ence at all,” said the former
finance minister when asked
how this move is going to
help the economy. Howev-
er, according to economist
Sanjeev Sanyal, a member
of the PM’s Economic Advi-
sory Council, most countries
keep their gold in the vaults
of the Bank of England or
other such locations (and
pay a fee for the privilege).
New Delhi: The
Delhi High Court on
Friday refused to
entertain a public interest
litigation (PIL) seeking to
prevent the media from
disclosing the name of AAP
Rajya Sabha MP Swati
Maliwal in connection with
the assault case, as well
as the contents of the FIR.
Lawyer, petitioner Sanser
Pal Singh, filed the petition
calling for action against
news and social media
platforms for allegedly dis-
closing Maliwal’s identity.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s
aide Bibhav Kumar was
arrested on May 18 in con-
nection with the assault on
Maliwal on May 13.
New Delhi: The
Delhi High Court
on Friday reserved
order on the issue of main-
tainability of a plea by CM
Arvind Kejriwal’s close aide
Bibhav Kumar challenging
his arrest in connection with
the alleged assault on AAP
MP Swati Maliwal at the
CM’s residence earlier this
month. The senior counsel,
appearing for the police, op-
posed issuance of notice on
the petition on the grounds
that it was not maintainable.
LOOKING BACK
z In Aug 1990, the
then RBI Governor had
suggested keeping
15% of gold reserves
abroad to be utilized in
emergency.
z In 1991, the country
was in the grip of a
severe foreign crisis
with no money to pay
for essential imports.
z The then Chandra
Shekhar govt pledged
46.91 tonnes gold to
secure $400 million.
SWATI MALIWAL CASE
Kejriwal aide Bibhav sent
to 14 days judicial custody
Bibhav Kumar being produced
before the Tis Hazari Court in
New Delhi, on Friday.  ANI
Swati Maliwal.  FILE
FILE
PTI
New Delhi
AcourtonFridayremand-
ed CM Arvind Kejriwal’s
aide Bibhav Kumar, who
has been accused of as-
saultingAAPRajyaSabha
MP Swati Maliwal, in ju-
dicial custody for 14 days.
Kumar allegedly as-
saulted Maliwal at the
chief minister’s official
reidence on May 13.
Metropolitan Magis-
trate Gaurav Goyal al-
lowed the Delhi Police’s
plea seeking judicial cus-
tody for Kumar, who was
produced before him on
expiry of his three- day
police custody.
Meanwhile, the Delhi
High Court has reserved
its order on maintainabil-
ity of Kumar’s plea chal-
lenging his arrest.
Earlier on Monday,
Kumar’s bail plea was
dismissed by a sessions
court which said there
appeared to be no “pre-
meditation” by Maliwal
in lodging the FIR.
JK: 6 officials
suspended for
laxity in Akhnoor
road accident
Agencies
Jammu
A day after 22 people
died in the Akhnoor bus
accident in JK, the govt
suspended six officials
deployed in the Lakhan-
pur entry check post in
the Kathua district.
The suspended offic-
ers included Motor Vehi-
cle Inspector Rajeev
Bashin, Junior Assistant
Sumit Mangotra and four
multi-tasking staff name-
ly Ashwani Kumar, Kes-
hav Singh, Aman Kumar
and Rakesh Kumar.
The govt has ordered
an in-depth inquiry and
appointed Paramvir Sin-
gh, Addl Secy (Techni-
cal) to probe the matter.
Allied income sources of Sheikh
Shahjahan now under ED scanner
Trouble mounts for AAP
MLA Amanatullah Khan
Petrol Pump Assault Case
Agencies
Kolkata
The Enforcement Direc-
torate (ED) officials have
brought under the scan-
ner the allied income
sources of suspended Tri-
namool Congress leader
Sheikh Shahjahan which
are in addition to illegal
land grabbing, fisheries
and fish exports.
Sources said the ED got
information that the fund
flow from the alleged in-
come sources was much
less compared to that from
illegal land grabbing, fish-
eries and fish exports, but
these added up substan-
tially in crores to the kitty
ofShahjahanandhisaides.
As per sources, one of
the principal sources of
this allied income was
rents from local shop-
owners at Sandeshkhali in
North 24 Parganas district
who were running their
businesses on lands
owned by Shahjahan.
The ED officials have
cross-checked that the
rent money flow was
mainly unaccounted for
since the rents were paid
in cash and that too with-
out any receipts.
Apart from the rent,
Shahjahan associates
used to collect small
amounts daily from all
show-owners as protec-
tion money.
Agencies
New Delhi
Trouble seems to be
mounting for the Aam
Aadmi Party (AAP) leg-
islator Amanatullah
Khan and his son as the
Uttar Pradesh Police is
all set to speed up action
against the duo in the
Noida petrol pump as-
sault case.
The police have begun
preparations to attach his
properties, following or-
ders by a Noida court.
Currently, the AAP
legislator is being sent
notices for attaching his
properties. If they fail to
respond to the notice, po-
lice will step up their
drive and attach his prop-
erties, as per court orders.
1 killed, 2 injured
over land dispute
in UP’s Bhadohi
Agencies
Bhadohi
A man was shot dead and
two others were injured
after a group of people at-
tacked them at Hariharpur
Shuklapur village in Uttar
Pradesh’sBhadohidistrict.
The police said that
seven persons have been
arrested. According to
reports, Sheshdhar Shuk-
la, 48, Rakesh Shukla,
35, and Avnish Shukla,
20, were shot at when
they were returning home
on a motorcycle on the
intervening night of
Thursday and Friday.
Stockmarketssnap
5-daylosingstreak;
investorseyeexitpolls
STOCK MARKETS
PTI
Mumbai
Stock markets snapped
the five-day losing run
on Friday with bench-
mark Sensex closing
higher by 75 points on
value-buying and in-
vestors turning their
focus on exit polls to
be released after the
close of the last phase
of elections on June 1.
The 30-share BSE
Sensex rose by 75.71
points or 0.10% to set-
tle at 73,961.31. Dur-
ing the session, it hit a
high of 74,478.89
points and a low of
73,765.15 points.
Halting its five-day
losing streak, the
50-share NSE Nifty
rose by 42.05 or
0.19% to end at
22,530.70. Nifty and
Sensex tanked more
than 2% in the five
days to Thursday amid
high volatility ahead
of the results of the
Lok Sabha polls.
“The pre-election
trading strategy has
come to an end, and all
eyes will be on the re-
lease of the exit poll
for further action. Re-
gional diversions,
marginally low voter
turnout and strong re-
sistance at current
range are prompting
investors to adopt a
cautious stance,” Vi-
nod Nair, Head of Re-
search, Geojit Finan-
cial Services said.
From the Sensex
pack, Tata Steel, Bajaj
Finance, HDFC Bank,
Power Grid, IndusInd
Bank, Larsen  Tou-
bro, ICICI Bank were
among the gainers.
Nestle India, Tata
Consultancy Services
Maruti Suzuki India,
Infosys, Axis Bank,
Hindustan Unilever
were the laggards.
The BSE midcap
gauge ended flat,
while smallcap index
gained 0.76%.
Among the indices,
utilities climbed
2.10%, Realty 2.02%,
Power 1.80%, Servic-
es 1.60%, metal rose
1.28%, Telecommuni-
cation 1.18%.
Sheikh Shahjahan.  FILE
AAP legislator Amanatullah
Khan.  FILE
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AT DAR ES SALAAM PORT IN TANZANIA
Adani Ports signs pact to operate terminal
Agenciess
New Delhi
dani Ports and
Special Eco-
nomic Zone on
Friday said its wholly
owned subsidiary Adani
International Ports Hold-
ings Pvt Ltd (AIPH) has
signed a 30-year conces-
sion agreement with the
Tanzania PortsAuthority
to operate and manage
Container Terminal 2 at
the Dar es Salaam Port
in Tanzania.
East Africa Gateway
Ltd (EAGL) has been in-
corporated as a joint ven-
ture of AIPH, AD Ports
Group, and East Harbour
Terminals Ltd (EHTL),
the statement added.
APSEZ will be the con-
trolling shareholder and
will consolidate EAGL
on its books, it said.
According to the state-
ment, Container Termi-
nal 2, with four berths,
has an annual cargo han-
dling capacity of 1 mil-
lion twenty-foot equiva-
lent units (TEUs) and
managed 0.82 million
TEUs of containers in
2023 – about 83 per cent
of Tanzania’s total con-
tainer volumes.
The Dar es Salaam Port is a gateway port with a well-connected
network of roadways and railways, Adani Ports and Special
Economic Zone (APSEZ) said in a statement.
A
PM MODI TAKES STOCK OF SITUATION IN NATURAL DISASTERS-HIT STATES
SHAHTAKESSTOCKOFRAIN,FLOODSITUATIONINNORTHEAST;ASSURESHELP
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took
stock of the situation in several states in the wake of natural
disasters after Cyclone Remal struck. He said in a post on
X, “Unfortunately, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura
and West Bengal have witnessed natural disasters in the aftermath
of Cyclone Remal. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who
have been affected there. The PM added, “Took stock of the pre-
vailing situation. The central government has assured all possible
support to the states and is continuously monitoring the situation.
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah took stock of the
rain and flood situation in northeastern states and assured
them of all possible help. Shah said he briefed PM Modi
about the situation in Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and
Mizoram and he also expressed solidarity with the people affected.
“Deeply concerned about the natural disasters triggered by Cyclone
Remal in Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram. Also
briefed PM Shri @narendramodi ji on the situation, who expressed
solidarity with those affected,” Shah said on X, formerly Twitter.
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS SEVERAL LIVES LOST
z In an attempt to
provide respite to the
devotees from heat-
wave, the management
of Ram Temple has
made several arrange-
ments, including a help
centre, water coolers
and ORS for people
standing in queues
z Six rivers in Assam
and Manipur, includ-
ing Brahmaputra, and
Barak, are experiencing
severe flooding, putting
numerous districts in
the region at risk, the
Central Water Commis-
sion has said
z Jharkhand: Four
die due to heatstroke,
over 1,300 admitted to
hospital
z Odisha confirms
5 sunstroke deaths,
18 other cases under
scrutiny
z 10 poll personnel
among 14 dead in Bihar
due to heatstroke
z Two children die
of heatstroke in MP’s
Gwalior: Report
z 2 poll personnel
die, 9 taken ill in UP’s
Sonbhadra, heatstroke
suspected: Report
“Puneteenwasdrunkwhile
driving,”hisfrindstoldcops Govt initiates tobacco-free edu institutions camp
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on World No Tobacco Day 2024
ANI
New Delhi
To mark ‘World No To-
bacco Day’and as part of
the National Tobacco
Control Programme, the
Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare on Fri-
day initiated the Tobac-
co-Free Educational In-
stitutions (ToFEI) cam-
paign to safeguard mi-
nors and youth from to-
bacco addiction.
WorldNoTobaccoDay
is observed worldwide
every year on May 31.
“As part of the Nation-
al Tobacco Control Pro-
gramme, the Ministry of
Health and Family Wel-
fare, Government of In-
dia, has initiated the To-
bacco Free Educational
Institutions (ToFEI) cam-
paign aimed at safe-
guarding minors and
youth from tobacco ad-
diction,” the Ministry of
Health said in Tobacco-
free educational institu-
tions (ToFEI) implemen-
tation manual. In the
manual, the Ministry of
Health has advised im-
plementing nine activi-
ties in educational insti-
tutions to transform them
into tobacco-free zones.
Activities to be imple-
mented for tobacco-free
educational institutions
are as follows
As per the Ministry of
Education, signage for
‘Tobacco Free Premise’
and ‘Smoke-Free Area’
should be placed at
prominent places on all
floors of the Educational
Institution.
Agencies
Pune
Two friends of the
17-year-old teen at the
heart of the Pune Porsche
crash have claimed the
boy was drunk when he
killed two people while
driving his father’s `2.5
crore supercar, police
sources told the media
this morning. Witnesses
had told cops the car was
travelling at 200 km per
hour when it slammed
into a bike carrying An-
eesh Awadhiya and Ash-
wini Koshta, both 24.
The force of the impact
meant Awadhiya and Ko-
shta – IT professionals
from Madhya Pradesh –
were flung into parked
cars and into the air. She
died on the spot while he
died in a hospital.
Witnesses had earlier
also said the boy seemed
to be “heavily drunk”
when detained by an an-
gry crowd that formed
after the incident. There
were reports the boy was
assaulted by the crowd.
In the hours and days
after the horrific incident
– whichAwadhiya family
has called “murder” –
CCTV footage from a
city bar showed the boy
and his friends draped
over a table laden with
bottles of alcohol.
BSFseizestwodronescarrying
narcoticsnearIndia-Pakborder
ANI
New Delhi
The Border Security
Force (BSF) has seized
two drones and a sub-
stantial quantity of nar-
cotics in two separate
incidents near the India-
Pakistan International
Border in Punjab’s Tarn
Taran district.
The first drone was
confiscated at around
8:10 pm on Friday from
a farming area in CB
Chand village. The sec-
ond drone was intercept-
ed on the outskirts of
Kalsian village around
10:35 pm the same even-
ing. The seizure high-
lights the ongoing efforts
by the BSF to curb the
smuggling of narcotics
and maintain security
along the border.
ADANI GROUP PROFIT JUMPS 55 PC IN FY24; EYES
USD 90 BN INVESTMENT OVER NEXT DECADE
New Delhi: Adani group saw a 55 per cent profit
surge in the fiscal year ended March 2024 as
the apples-to-airport conglomerate is back on an
expansion spree and eyeing a USD 90 billion capex over
the next decade. Emerging from a damning report of a US
short seller, which hit market value of its listed companies,
Adani group in 2023-24 (April 2023 to March 2024) fiscal
focused on containing debt, reducing founder share pledge
and consolidating business in core competencies. This
helped net profit surge to Rs 30,767 crore for the group’s
listed companies in the fiscal from Rs 19,833 crore a year
ago, according to exchange data and analysts.
Southwestmonsoonadvances:IMD
INTO PARTS OF THE BAY OF BENGAL, TRIPURA, MEGHALAYA, ASSAM, SUB-HIMALAYAN WEST BENGAL AND SIKKIM
First India Bureau
New Delhi
The Southwest Mon-
soon has advanced
into the remaining
parts of northeast Bay
of Bengal, Tripura,
Meghalaya andAssam
and most parts of Sub-
Himalayan West Ben-
gal and Sikkim, the
India Meteorological
Department (IMD)
said on Friday.
“The Southwest
Monsoon has ad-
vanced into the re-
maining parts of the
northeast Bay of Ben-
gal and some parts of
the northwest Bay of
Bengal, remaining
parts of Tripura,
Meghalaya, Assam
and most parts of
Sub-Himalayan West
Bengal and Sikkim,”
said the weather de-
partment.
The IMD on Thurs-
day announced the on-
set of Southwest mon-
soon over Kerala and
northeast India. The
monsoon hit the coun-
try’s mainland two
days in advance of its
normaldateofonseton
June 1. Normally, the
southwest monsoon
sets in over Kerala on
June 1 and it advances
over most of northeast
India by June 5.
Thus, the southwest
monsoon has set in
over Kerala two days
before the normal date
and over northeast In-
dia, six days before
the normal date, ac-
cording to the IMD.
Villagers stand near the flooded portion of a road following rains in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal, in Hojai district of Assam, on Friday.  PTI
The bar owner and staff were
arrested and questioned for
serving liquor to a minor
Women take cover under a scarf on a hot summer day amid
heatwave in New Delhi, on Friday.  PTI
Border Road Organisation (BRO) personnel clear the snow
from Rohtang Pass Highway, in Manali on Friday. ANI
Villagers at a flooded area as incessant rains continue to
pound Dima Hasao following cyclone ‘Remal’. PTI
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS
z Porsche crash case:
Accused minor's father,
grandpa get 14-day judicial
custody
z Pune Porsche crash:
Police seek nod from
Juvenile Justice Board to
probe minor
BSF personnel recovered a total of 1,060 grams of suspected
methamphetamine from the drones.
Medical students take out an awareness rally on the occasion of
World No Tobacco Day in Bhopal, on Friday. ANI
3 PEOPLE INFECTED
WITH ANTHRAX: GOVT
Koraput, Odisha:
Three persons have
been found infected
with anthrax in Odisha's
Koraput district, a health
department official said on
Friday. The three cases
have been reported in the
Laxmipur block between
Tuesday and Thursday, he
said. Anthrax is a disease
caused by the spore-forming
bacterium Bacillus anthracis.
Three persons tested posi-
tive for anthrax infection. It
is suspected that they came
in contact with the carcass
of an anthrax-infected cow,
Koraput Additional District
Medical Officer (Disease
Control) Sathya Sai said.
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IN T20 WORLD CUP 2024
Team India practice for warm-up fixture against B’desh
ANI
New York
head of the
warm-up fix-
ture against
Bangladesh in the
much-awaited ICC
Men’s T20 World Cup
2024 in the United
States and the West In-
dies, the Indian Cricket
Team was seen practis-
ing at the Nassau Coun-
ty International Cricket
Stadium on Friday.
Visuals from the Nas-
sau Cricket Stadium
showedMeninBlueatthe
practice nets. Players like
Shivam Dube, Rinku Sin-
gh, and Avesh Khan were
seen bowling in the nets.
India will start their
T20 World Cup cam-
paign on June 5 against
Ireland at the newly con-
structed Nassau County
International Cricket Sta-
dium in New York.
Meanwhile, the most-
awaited blockbuster
clash between India and
Pakistan will take place
on June 9. India will
later play tournament
co-hosts the USA (June
12) and Canada (June
15) to wrap up their
Group A matches.
Team India’s skipper Rohit Sharma with the T20 World Cup trophy
ahead of India-Bangladesh’s warm-up meeting on Friday. ANI
The mission was established by UN Security Council in 2003.
Palestinians walk, as they inspect the damage following a raid,
in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday.
Palestinians walk, as they inspect the damage after Israeli
forces withdrew from Jabalia refugee camp on Friday.
A woman carries belongings on her head following a raid, in
the northern Gaza Strip on Friday.
Donald Trump at Manhattan Criminal Court in NY on Thursday.
The Joe Biden-Kamala Harris campaign welcomed the verdict. Supporters hold placards and flags following the announcement.
People react after Donald Trump was convicted.
One of the missiles struck a residential building close to
midnight and was followed by another missile. PTI
A
Agencies
New York
The Israeli military said
on Friday that its forces
had advanced into central
Rafah, pushing even
deeper into the southern
Gaza city despite an in-
ternational backlash and
pressure from allies to
scale back the latest of-
fensive.
Israeli commandoes
backed by tanks and artil-
lery were operating in
central Rafah, the Israeli
military said in a state-
ment, without specifying
precise locations.
On Wednesday, the Is-
raeli military said it had
established “operational
control” over the border
zone with Egypt, an
eight-mile-long strip
known as the Philadelphi
Corridor on the outskirts
of Rafah.
Agencies
Kharkiv
Russian ballistic missiles
slammed into an apart-
ment block in Kharkiv
and killed at least four
people in a night-time at-
tack, Ukrainian officials
said Friday, a day after
US President Joe Biden
gave Kyiv a green light
to strike back withAmer-
ican weapons at Russian
military assets targeting
the country's second-
largest city.
Russia launched five
S-300/S-400 ballistic
missiles at Kharkiv over-
night, Ukraine's air force
said. One of them struck
a residential building
close to midnight and
was followed by another
missile 25 minutes later
that hit first responders,
according to regional
Gov. Oleh Syniehubov.
At least 25 people were
injured, he said.
Ukrainian officials
have previously accused
Russia of targeting rescue
workers by hitting resi-
dential buildings with two
consecutive missiles.
ANI
New Delhi
India’s gross domestic
product (GDP) sur-
passed all expectations
and stood at 7.8 per cent
in the January-March
quarter. The full-year
2023-24 GDP has been
revised upwards to 8.2
per cent from the second
advance estimate of 7.6
per cent, according to
data released on Friday
by the Ministry of Sta-
tistics and Programme
Implementation.
This surge marks an
improvement from the
7.0 per cent growth re-
corded in the preceding
fiscal year, showcasing
the resilience and
strength of the Indian
economy amidst evolv-
ing global dynamics.
According to the press
release, sector-wise anal-
ysis further illuminates
the economic landscape,
with real gross value
added (GVA) experienc-
ing a growth rate of 7.2
per cent in 2023-24,
compared to the 6.7 per
cent growth observed in
2022-23.
Agencies
United Nations
At the request of Bagh-
dad, the UN Security
Council unanimously de-
cided Friday that the
United Nations political
mission in Iraq would
leave the country at the
end of 2025 after more
than 20 years.
Earlier this month, in a
letter to the council, Iraqi
Prime Minister Mohamed
Shia al-Sudani called for
the United NationsAssis-
tance Mission for Iraq
(UNAMI) to be closed.
Al-Sudani said UNA-
MI had overcome “great
and varied challenges”
and that “the grounds for
having a political mission
in Iraq” no longer exist.
The UNSC resolution
adopted on Friday ex-
tended the mission’s
mandate for “a final
19-month period until
31 December 2025 after
which UNAMI will
cease all work and op-
erations.”
INDIA WILL PLAY CO-HOSTS USA (JUNE 12)
AND CANADA (JUNE 15) TO WRAP UP MATCHES
Group A
India
Pakistan
Ireland
Canada
United
States of
America
(USA)
Group C
New
Zealand
South
Africa
West
Indies
Sri Lanka
Afghanistan
Group B
England
Australia
Namibia
Scotland
Oman
Group D
Bangladesh
Uganda
Netherlands
Papua
New
Guinea
Nepal
DONALD TRUMP BECOMES FIRST FORMER US PRESIDENT TO BE CONVICTED OF FELONY
VIRAT KOHLI JOINS
TEAM FOR CAMPAIGN
New York: India’s
premier batter Virat
Kohli arrived here
on Friday for the T20 World
Cup, five days after his
other team members but it is
still not clear if he would be
playing the warm-up game
against Bangladesh on Sat-
urday. “Kohli has checked in
at the team hotel and after
a long flight, he would be
taking rest,” as per reports.
This time too, for the T20
World Cup, the first batch
of players flew in on May
25 while the second group
touched down on May 28.
GUILTY
Agencies
New York
Donald Trump has be-
come the first former US
president to be convict-
ed of a crime. Found
guilty of falsifying busi-
ness records to conceal
a hush money payment
to a porn star, Trump,
found guilty on all 34
counts is now navigat-
ing the legal and politi-
cal ramifications of this
historic verdict. The
sentencing and potential
appeals are just the be-
ginning of the legal
journey ahead, as Trump
continues his bid for the
presidency against Joe
Biden in the upcoming
election.
The verdict has
sparked intense debate
and speculation about
Trump’s future.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW
The next step is for
Judge Juan Merchan to
approve the verdict and
enter a final judgment.
This is usually a formal-
ity. Sentencing typically
follows within several
weeks, but legal argu-
ments can delay this
process. Lawyers on
both sides will recom-
mend sentences, which
will be debated at the
sentencing hearing
where Merchan will
make a final decision.
TRUMP SUPPORTERS CALL FOR RIOTS AND VIOLENT RETRIBUTION AFTER VERDICT
Supporters of former President Donald Trump, enraged by his conviction on 34 felony counts by a
New York jury, flooded pro-Trump websites with calls for riots, revolution and violent retribution.
WILLTRUMPGO
TOTHEPRISON?
That is unlikely.
While the maxi-
mum sentence
for falsifying business
records is four years
in prison, it is rare for
first-time offenders of
this crime in New York
to receive prison time.
Punishments like fines
or probation are com-
mon,” and alternatives
like home confinement
could be considered.
WILL APPEAL HISTORIC
CONVICTION: TRUMP
COULD TRUMP STILL
BECOME PRESIDENT?
CAN THE FORMER PREZ
VOTE FOR HIMSELF?
WILL TRUMP'S
CONVICTION AFFECT
HIS CAMPAIGN?
New York: Donald
Trump said on Fri-
day he would appeal
the guilty verdict that made
him the first U.S. president
convicted of a crime, though
he will have to wait until
after his sentencing on July
11 before taking that step.
“If they can do this to me,
they can do this to anyone,”
Trump said in his speech.
Yes, the US Consti-
tution only requires
that presidents be
at least 35 years old and
natural-born US citizens who
have lived in the country for
14 years. Even if he were in
jail, Trump could theoretical-
ly be sworn in as president
on January 20, 2025.
Yes, as long as
Trump is not impris-
oned in New York, he
can vote for himself. Florida
defers to other states’ rules
on felony disenfranchise-
ment, and in New York,
felons regain their voting
rights once they are out of
prison, even if on parole.
The conviction does
not legally prevent
Trump from running
for or becoming president.
The Republican National
Convention, which will
take place shortly after his
sentencing, has no rules
disqualifying a convicted
nominee. Trump remains
popular among the GOP
base, and the party’s lead-
ership is aligned with him.
India’s GDP surpasses
estimates, grows at 8.2 pc
in FY24 and 7.8 pc in Q4
Pak: 5 killed in
gas explosion due
to hot weather
PTI
New Delhi
At least 5 people died
and 50 got injured in a
gas explosion caused due
to severe heat conditions
in Pakistan’s Sindh, the
officials said on Friday.
“Four children and a
woman have died after a
gas cylinder explosion
inside a shop left 50 other
people injured in the Pa-
kistani city of Hy-
derabad,” the police said.
The accident occurred
on Thursday in a Hy-
derabad-area shop in
Sindhwhenagascylinder
malfunctioned and blew
up. The injured were tak-
en to the hospital and five
of the victims passed
awayonFriday.“Afterthe
explosion, the fire quickly
spread on the residential
floors,” the official said.
Russia launched
five S-300/S-400
ballistic missiles at
Kharkiv overnight,
Ukraine’s air
force said
Atleastfourkilled
inmultipleRussian
attacksonKharkiv
UNpolitical msissionin
Iraqtoendafter20years Israel pushes into Central Rafah in Southern Gaza offensive
Israeli military says combat in part of north Gaza is over
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF MIDDLE EAST CRISIS
z At least a dozen
people were killed in
two airstrikes Friday in
Central Gaza. Two chil-
dren and four women
were among the dead.
z Houthi rebels say 16
killed, 35 others wound-
ed in joint US-British
airstrikes in Yemen.
z A global aid group
asks warring forces
to respect its neutral-
ity, saying 24 of its aid
workers have been
killed.
z A pro-Palestinian
camp is dismantled
while MIT students walk
out of commencement.
First India Plus to stream exclusive
‘Operation Moonlight’on June 8
First India Bureau
Jaipur
ajasthan’s own
and the state’s
first entertain-
ment OTT platform, First
India Plus, has secured
the exclusive rights to the
movie ‘Operation Moon-
light,’ which will be
streamed on June 8. Di-
rected by Shekhar S. Jha
and produced by Rinku
Singh, the movie has
been actively guided by
the Income Tax depart-
ment. The officers are
real, the saga is real.
Apart from a galaxy of
stars, senior IRS officer
Irina Garg, Chief Income
Tax Commissioner, also
plays an interesting char-
acter in this edge-of-the-
seat thriller, which de-
picts the fight between
steadfast IT officials and
the tax mafia. “There is
no perfect crime, there is
no perfect preparation” is
the buzzword in this
movie, showcasing the
cat-and-mouse game be-
tween honest officials
and those with tonnes of
filthy lucre. ‘Operation
Moonlight’ is a riveting
tale of a ‘leaked search’
where evaders are better
prepared, and the tax
team is down and demor-
alized. The struggle is to
convert a failed prepara-
tion into a success story.
A scared conducting of-
ficer, a prepared hidden
kingpin, sinister designs,
and the undying spirit of
fearless officers make for
a compelling watch.
The audience can now
witness the debut of this
movie on First India
Plus, which promises
movie enthusiasts an
adrenaline rush. Travel
with these real officers
on their journey of fear,
live their zeal, feel their
emotions, and walk with
them on the path to glory.
“Kosh Mulo Dand’Hap-
py watching!
R
10
Obstacles and failures are merely things
which motivate the winner, and that is the
key to winning.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD  Editor-in-Chief
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DistSecyin-chargesshouldvisit
fields,ensureplaintredressal:CM
Dr Rituraj Sharma and
Vinod Singh Chouhan
Jaipur
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma while presid-
ing over the review meet-
ing of Departmental sen-
ior officials, district in-
charge Secretaries, Divi-
sional Commissioners
and Collectors through
VC at Secretariat, said
that the District Secretary
in charge should not lim-
it himself to formal re-
view meetings during his
visit, but should conduct
surprise inspections in
the field and ensure ac-
tual resolution of com-
plaints and grievances.
He directed that during
field visits, necessary
steps should be taken by
conducting a detailed re-
view of all new and old
works and schemes along
with electricity, water or
agenda points. He also
provided instructions for
strict disciplinary action
against personnel who
are negligent in adminis-
trative work.
He said that it is the
priority of the govern-
ment to ensure adequate
supply of electricity and
water to the general pub-
lic during the period of
severe heat. He directed
that the problem of trip-
ping should be resolved
immediately.
Sharma said that to
provide clean drinking
water to the people of the
state, the District Secre-
tary in charge should
monitoring the projects
and works related to wa-
ter supply. The Chief
Minister said, “Many
such cases have come to
my notice, where there is
no water but the line has
been laid and the tank has
also been built. Strict ac-
tion should be taken
against the personnel in-
volved in such cases.”
Sharma directed the of-
ficials to cut illegal elec-
tricity and water connec-
tions, so that the consum-
ers do not have to face
any problem.
The Chief Minister
said that the government
has provided adequate
electricity to people de-
spite the demand for
electricity reaching a re-
cord level of 3, 777 lakh
units in summer season.
Sharma appealed to
the general public to use
electricity and water ju-
diciously.
Chief Minister Sharma
directed the officials to
complete water storage
projects before the Mon-
soon season. He empha-
sised controlling heat-
wave and disease situa-
tions, insisting on timely
medical staff presence.
He stressed no cow
should suffer due to wa-
ter or heat shortage.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Energy Minister Hiralal
Nagar has requested Wa-
ter Resources Minister
Suresh Singh Rawat to
connect about 50,000
hectares of land of vil-
lages of Sangod, Ladpura
and Ramganj Mandi area
of Kota district, deprived
of irrigation and drinking
water schemes, to vari-
ous irrigation projects.
He has said that these
projects should also be
made a part of the inte-
grated ERCP project, so
that irrigation facilities
can be developed on this
land soon. He requested
the Water Resources
Minister, SS Rawat that
before sending the pro-
posal of PKC Link ERCP
Project to the Centre for
final approval, the Water
Resources Department
should also discuss with
the field level officials so
that the proposals re-
ceived at the ground lev-
el can also be included.
Water Resources Min-
ister SS Rawat and En-
ergy Minister Heeralal
Nagar held a detailed dis-
cussion with senior offi-
cials of the Water Re-
sources Dept in this re-
gard at Indira Gandhi
Nahar Bhawan on Friday.
During the discussion,
Min Rawat directed of-
ficials to immediately
examine the suggestions
of Energy Minister to in-
clude the villages of Kota
district in the scheme.
Energy Minister urged
swift completion of Par-
wan project. Officials
informed that 83% work
done  have set target
complete it by Feb 2025.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
As the crucial date of
vote counting approach-
es, the BJP has intensi-
fied its organizational
efforts, initiating a series
of strategic meetings.
This Saturday marks a
significant milestone as a
gathering of LS election
campaign workers is
scheduled to take place at
the BJP state office.
The meeting, slated to
commence at 4 PM, will
be presided over by BJP
State President CP Joshi,
reflecting the party’s top-
level engagement in the
electoral process. Nota-
bly, CM Bhajan Lal
Sharma is set to join the
deliberations, underscor-
ing the high stakes in-
volved. State organiza-
tion co-in-charge Vijaya
Rahatkar will also be in
attendance, ensuring a
comprehensive assess-
ment of the party’s cam-
paign strategies.
Jitendra Gothwal, the
BJP State Secy and MLA
representing Khandar,
highlighted the signifi-
cance of the meeting,
emphasising its focus on
knowledge sharing and
meticulous planning.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
While chairing a Senior
Officers’ meeting at the
Secretariat on Friday,
CS Sudhansh Pant em-
phasised the crucial role
of state employees in
ensuring good govern-
ance. He directed de-
partment heads to pri-
oritise the completion of
promotions and other
service-related tasks for
employees, noting that
timely promotions fos-
ter enthusiasm and ena-
ble employees to effec-
tively contribute to gov-
ernance.
Pant issued directives
during the meeting to re-
duce e-file clearance
time to single digits, re-
spond promptly to legis-
lative inquiries, expedite
recruitment processes,
and adhere to Key Per-
formance Indicators
(KPIs).
Aishwary Pradhan
Dausa
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma, LS Speaker
Om Birla, Union Minis-
ter Piyush Goyal offered
prayers at Mehandipur
Balaji Temple in Dausa
Speaking to the media,
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma expressed
confidence that the BJP
government, under Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi’s leadership, will
be formed for the third
time in the country.
“We have prayed to
Hanuman Ji Maharaj for
good rains in the times to
come and for a bountiful
crop yield for the farm-
ers,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bhajan
Lal Sharma and BJP
leaders had a long discus-
sion with Mahant Dr
Nareshpuri at Mahant
Niwas. “There was also
an informal discussion
about the development of
the area, but this is not
just an issue of a particu-
lar person but of the en-
tire public. For this, the
Chief Minister will be
requested by taking the
people along,” Mahant
Dr Naresh Puri said.
Earlier, Om Birla and
Piyush Goyal met CM
Sharma at his residence,
8, Civil Lines.
CM TO CHAIR A MEET
OF POLICE DEPT TODAY
FOLLOWING CM’S
DIRECTIVE, HEALTH
DEPT CRACKS DOWN
ON NEGLIGENT DOCS
The police review
meeting, presided
over by Chief Min-
ister Bhajan Lal Sharma, is
scheduled for today at 11
am. All Range Inspector
Generals (IGs) and Super-
intendents of Police (SPs)
are expected to attend the
meeting.
After the high-level
meeting of Chief
Minister Bhajan Lal
Sharma, the Health Depart-
ment started taking strict
action against careless
officers. The Department
has put on APO the CMHO
of Bikaner and the Block
Chief Medical Officer,
Sridungargarh with immedi-
ate effect for negligence
in work. Additional Chief
Secretary of the Medi-
cal  Health Department,
Shubhra Singh, stated that
during the visit of the Dis-
trict In-charge Secretary,
Bikaner’s Chief Medical
and Health Officer, Dr
Mohit Singh Tanwar, was
absent. Similarly, negli-
gence in duty was reported
by BCMO Dr Jaswant
Singh of Sridungargarh.
The CM had instructed to
APO both officers with im-
mediate effect.
 Laxman Raghav
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma chairs a review meeting with officials and District Collectors at Secretariat in
Jaipur on Friday. CS Sudhansh Pant, Alok Gupta and others were present.
l DMs now dispose of files in just 2 hrs 23 mins, a significant drop from the previous 36-hour
average l Complaint disposal time on Rajasthan Sampark Portal reduced to 16 days this year
Birla, Goyal  CM pay obeisance
at Mehandipur Balaji Temple
Om Birla and Piyush Goyal and CM Bhajan Lal Sharma perform ‘Aarti’ at the famous Mehandipur
Balaji Temple in Dausa district on Friday. The leaders also prayed for people’s prosperity.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being
felicitated by Mahant Dr
Naresh Puri with a stole at
Mehandipur Balaji Temple.
A THRILLING CLASH BETWEEN IT OFFICIALS  TAX MAFIA
IntegrateKota’sunirrigatedland
intoERCPProject,urgesMinNagar
Joshi to chair BJP meeting
today in presence of CM
BJP will win Lok Sabha polls with a
huge majority: BJP State Prez Joshi
Heeralal Nagar
CS Pant: State employees crucial for good
governance; prioritise their promotions
Under ‘Mission
Karmayogi,’ all the
secretaries and
officers must enroll
and fulfill their roles
in the transition
from ‘rule-based’ to
‘role-based’
governance. They
should also
encourage other
personnel to enroll.
in the same. The
programme offers
approximately 1,038
types of courses that
the officers can
complete at their
convenience without
physical presence.
SUDHANSH PANT,
CHIEF SECRETARY
Field officers should establish dialogue with
complainants and ensure resolution of their
issues. They should self-evaluate and set short,
medium, and long-term goals to improve
performance. Senior officers must approach rural
problems with sensitivity and accountability,
regularly spending nights in rural areas and
holding Chaupals to address people’s concerns.
BHAJAN LAL SHARMA, CHIEF MINISTER
The draft of the transfer
policy for government
officials and personnel has
been prepared and will soon
be presented to the Chief
Minister. Additionally, 2,000
new appointments have been
made in the last 15 days.
SUDHANSH PANT, CHIEF SECRETARY
First India Bureau
Jaipur
BJP State President CP
Joshi, during a press con-
ference at BJP HQs, as-
serted that BJP will se-
cure a significant major-
ity in upcoming LS polls
Joshi remarked, “Con-
gress’s sole objective is
to exploit power and the
public. It has never truly
cared for the state, offer-
ing only promises and
slogans while misleading
the public regarding
ERCP. Scams were ram-
pant in coal and power
purchases, and no effort
was made to make the
state self-reliant in the
power sector. While the
BJP implements reforms
in the power sector, the
Congress worsens it dur-
ing its rule.
“After BJP government
took office, CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma, under PM
Modi’s leadership, intro-
duced the ERCP scheme
and secured the Yamuna
WaterAgreement. We’ve
also made significant de-
cisions benefiting the
public and the state. The
BJP will fulfill its prom-
ises in key sectors like
water and electricity in
five years,” he said.
Courtesy Meeting...
Governor Kalraj
Mishra met with
Uttar Pradesh
Governor
Anandiben Patel
at the Raj Bhavan
in Lucknow on
Friday. This was a
courtesy meeting
between the two
Governors. They
discussed various
topics during the
meeting.
CP Joshi being felicitated by Pinkesh Porwal with a shawl during
a press conference at BJP Headquartes in Jaipur on Friday.
Pramod Vashishtha and others were also present.
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  • 1. Jaipur, Saturday | June 1, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 355 | PAGES 14 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia MODI‘POWERING’ SADHANASHAKTI! Polls for last phase to be held today, meanwhile, amid the silence-period, PM Modi takes a meditation break MONI SHARMA fter months of tireless campaigning and the culmination of a grueling election season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a well-deserved respite in the serene envi- rons of Kanniyakumari. Amidst the lush green- ery and tranquil landscapes, Modi embarked on a journey of self-reflection and rejuvenation through the practice of meditation. In this tranquil setting where Swami Vive- kananda himself once meditated for enlighten- ment and envisioned a developed India, Modi found a moment of introspection and renewal. With the looming prospect of the mega counting day on June 4, where BJP exudes confidence in securing a hat-trick victory and Modi’s return as the PM for a 3rd term, this period of medita- tion serves as an essential recharge. Clad in traditional attire, adorned with a saf- fron kurta, shawl, and dhoti, PM Modi, at the break of dawn, performed the ritual of ‘Surya Arghya’, offering prayers with a Rudraksha mala as he invoked the divine energy symbolized by the rising sun, on Friday. His visit to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial echoes similar spiritual retreats undertaken in 2019 and 2014, following the conclusion of previous Lok Sabha election seasons, demonstrating a consistent practice of seeking inner strength before pivotal moments in his leadership journey. This visit comes just before the seventh and final phase of polling, signifying a moment of reflection and preparation before the culmination of the electoral process. A PM Narendra Modi is at Vivekananda Rock Memorial for meditation, in Kanniyakumari on Friday. Scan or click code for more glimpses of PM Narendra Modi’s spiritual practices.
  • 2. 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Saturday | June 1, 2024 3DAYS FOR FINAL VERDICT FI TOON SHEKHAR TEMPLE RUN OF TOP LEADERS AHEAD OF 7th PHASE OF LOK SABHA ELECTIONS LJP (Ram Vilas) President Chirag Paswan with his family during a visit to the Ram Temple, in Ayodhya on Friday. PTI Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia offers prayer at Mahakaleshwar temple, in Ujjain. PTI Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi with her daughter Miraya Vadra at Jakhu temple in Shimla. PTI AMIT SHAH PRAYS AT SRI VENKATESWARA TEMPLE Tirupati: Union Home Minister Amit Shah offered prayers at Lord Venkateswara temple here on Fri- day, said an official. Accompanied by his wife Sonal Shah, the BJP leader reached the temple at around 8 am and spent half an hour there, participating in the rituals. “The temple priests blessed Shah and also gifted him a diary, ayurvedic products, laddu (consecrated sweet) and other items,” the official said. On Thursday, Shah offered prayers at the Kottai Bhairavar temple in Pudukkottai in Tamil Nadu. WB:SensitiveBasirhatunderECIscanner First India Bureau Kolkata As sporadic violence marred the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal,sensitiveBasirhat, especially Sandeshkhali, is under special scanner of the Election Commission of India, where polling will be held in the seventh and the last phase of the elections on Saturday. Insiders from the of- fice of the Chief Elec- toral Officer (CEO), West Bengal said that out of the total number 1,882 polling booths under Ba- sirhat Lok Sabha con- stituency, 1,096 are sen- sitive, implying that over 58 per cent of the booths under it are sensitive. Basirhat has more sen- sitive booths compared to all other eight constitu- encies in the state going to the polls tomorrow. CEOofficesourcessaid that out of the seven as- sembly constituencies un- der Basirhat Lok Sabha, Sandeshkhaliwillbeunder special scanner, which grabbed the national head- lines again and again dur- ing the last few months because of the sustained movement by the local womenthereagainstsexu- al harassment by a section of the local ruling Trina- mool Congress leaders. The CEO office sourc- es said that any untoward incident at Basirhat, es- pecially Sandeshkhali, on the polling day will once again create a na- tionwide uproar. The BJP has fielded the face of the Sand- eshkhali movement Re- kha Patra as the candi- date from Basirhat. Kolkata: To ensure proper monitor- ing of polling booths during voting in nine Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal on Saturday, the Election Commission will halt voting if webcasting malfunctions. According to the Chief Elec- toral Officer’s (CEO) office, if webcasting issues are detected before polling begins, voting will start only after resolving the problem. If issues arise during polling, the process will be immediately paused and will resume once the webcasting is restored. Kolkata: At least ten people were injured in a pre-poll violence incident in Bhangar area of West Bengal’s Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency, on Friday. Jadavpur votes in the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Saturday. Since Friday morning, clashes between Trinamool Congress and All India Secular Front (AISF) activists have erupted, with both groups hurling crude bombs. Local police reported that ten individuals were injured in the violence. VOTING TO STOP IF WEBCASTING FALTERS IN WB POLLING BOOTHS VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN WEST BENGAL’S BHANGAR, 10 INJURED FOREIGNMEDIAWROTE: “MODIWILLRETURN TO POWERININDIA” Our Lok Sabha elections were in the headlines in the media reports of prominent countries Pankaj Soni Jaipur he seven phase Lok Sabha polls in India are the most expensive and long- est elections in the world. Discussion of this elec- tion has been going on in the foreign media for more than three months. The media of many coun- tries including America, Russia, China, England, Pakistan kept an eye on the Lok Sabha polls of India. Foreign media was unanimous about the third term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Foreign media on many occasions also described the elec- tions being held in India as against Muslims, but the media reports were denied by the government ofthesamecountrywhere they were published. PM MODI & RSS ON PAKISTAN’S TARGET During polls, Pakistan was also discussed at ral- lies. At the same time, Pakistan also tried to in- terfere in India’s polls through statements. Paki- stani researcher Noman Majid wrote for The Dawn, “In the narrative of BJP-RSS, the Indian Muslim is an outsider. The characteristics of this ‘infiltrator’ Muslim have not only been declared by BJP-RSS in speeches, but have also been felt through the frequent vio- lence against them.” The report also mentions Modi’s statements in which he said that Con- gress will give your prop- erty to Muslims. Discussion of Modi being elected for the third time in America, Pakistan, China, England Same issues were raised in foreign countries as were discussed in India Questions were raised on the religious freedom of Muslims, later backed off QATAR MEDIA WROTE RAM TEMPLE IS THE CENTRAL ISSUE Qatar-based media organiza- tion Al-Jazeera wrote that Ayodhya’s Ram temple is the central issue of India’s Lok Sabha elections. The media organization has written that this temple was inaugurated in January this year and it is a major base of BJP’s Hindu nationalist agenda. The media organization writes that Prime Minister Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to win with a strong majority in these elections, but the question is whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be able to cross the 400-seat mark. During the elections, the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’ wrote that Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is confident that its performance in these elections is going to be better than before. The newspaper further wrote that election analysts are saying that after decades, such elections are being held in India, the results of which are known to everyone. The newspa- per wrote that it is estimated that Narendra Modi is going to gain power for the third time. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strength is his Hindu nationalist agenda. BRITISH NEWSPAPER THE GUARDIAN WROTE ‘EVERYONE KNOWS THE RESULT OF INDIA POLLS’ The New York Times reported on May 19 that Muslim families in India are being marginalized and their identity questioned. In response, the US State Department praised India’s religious freedom on May 20, with spokesperson Matthew Miller rejecting these claims. Since the Lok Sabha elections began, US media has frequently reported against India, suggesting that if Prime Minister Modi wins a third term, violence against Muslims will rise and the Indian government will further marginalise Muslims. NEW YORK TIMES RAISED QUESTIONS, LATER US MINISTRY CLARIFIED AND LAUDED INDIA T China has spewed venom against India by writing an article in its puppet media Global Times. Global Times is a major newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party. The articles published in this newspaper on interna- tional issues are considered to be the opinion of the Chinese Communist Party, which it cannot speak publicly. Global Times wrote that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants a third consecutive term. It further wrote, “India is also an important destination for Chinese investors, especially mobile phone companies. In the past few years, the Indian government has taken some ‘inappropriate’ steps in dealing with Chinese companies, which has caused strong dissatisfaction among Chinese companies and the Chinese people.” CHINA’S GLOBAL TIMES WROTE THAT MODI WANTS A THIRD TERM CHINA’SINTENTIONSOF MEDDLINGINLSPOLLS Tech company Microsoft warned that China might interfere in India’s Lok Sabha elections, similar to its actions in Taiwan’s elections held in January this year. Microsoft’s threat intelligence team stated that China could use AI to sway voter preferences or spread misinformation. The aim is to influence public opinion on social media to favour China during the elections. BBC RAN A LIVE BLOG ON INDIA’S ELECTIONS British media or- ganization BBC ran a live blog on India’s general elec- tions. In this sequence, the media organization has asked the question whether construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya can get BJP a con- secutive third term? The organization has also mentioned a pre-poll sur- vey, in which 22 percent of the voters have said that Ram temple is at the top of their list. RUSSIAN ATTACKS US OVER POLLS IN INDIA Russia launched a verbal attack on America dur- ing the elections through Russian government- owned news network RT News. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that Washington’s aim is to destabilize the internal political situation in India and complicate the gen- eral elections. Washing- ton’s actions are clearly an interference in India’s internal affairs.
  • 3. CELEBRATING LAST LEG OF ‘CHUNAV KA PARV’! RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 355 | PAGES 14 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Jaipur, Saturday | June 1, 2024 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia OM BIRLA-PIYUSH GOYAL-CM SHARMA VISIT MEHANDIPUR BALAJI Everyone is confident that BJP govt will be formed for 3rd time: CM Aishwary Pradhan, Laxmikant Sharma and Monu Singh Dausa hief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Union Minister Piy- ush Goyal reached Sid- dhpeeth Mehandipur Ba- laji Dham where they collectively prayed in Balaji Darbar and wished for good rains and happi- ness, peace and prosper- ity in the country and the state. CM reached Me- handipur Balaji for the second time after becom- ing the CM. During this, temple Mahant Naresh Puri Maharaj welcomed them and honoured them by applying a golden ti- lak of chola and draping a saffron scarf with the name of Ram on them. Everyone also honoured Mahant Naresh Puri Ma- haraj by making him wear a turban and took his blessings. BJP work- ers and common people gave a grand welcome to CM on his arrival in Me- handipur Balaji. During this, welcome gates and hoardings were put up at various places from the helipad to the temple. CM said that everyone is confident that the BJP government is going to be formed for the third time in the country under the leadership of Modi. P10 LS Speaker Om Birla, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being welcomed at Mehandipur Balaji Dham, Friday. LS Speaker Om Birla, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and CM Bhajan Lal Sharma in a meeting at Chief Minister’s residence on Friday. C Shah ‘Govinda’ Dware! Union Home Minister Amit Shah and his wife Sonal Shah pose for a picture during their visit to Tirupati Temple to offer prayers, at Tirumala, in Tirupati on Friday. After offering the prayers to ‘Govinda’, Amit Shah said, ‘May the grace of Sri Venkateswara Swami fill everyone’s life with good health and prosperity’. DGCA cracks whip on AI over discomfort of flyers First India Bureau New Delhi DGCA issued a show cause notice to Air India on Friday, citing viola- tions of aviation regula- tions, with special men- tion of the passenger care issue during flight de- lays.Air India is directed to respond within three days or face potential en- forcement action. This notice comes hours after AI passengers of a Delhi- San Francisco flight en- dured discomfort due to inadequate cooling in the cabin. The AI flight from the IGI airport was de- layed for over 20 hours. Flight AI 183, slated to take off at 3:20 on Thurs- day, was rescheduled for Friday afternoon. During inordinate delay, passengers were allegedly made to wait without proper air-conditioning, causing several flyers to faint. Woman covers her child’s head during sunny Friday, Mumbai. SAN FRANCISCO FLIGHT: 24-HR DELAY, FAINTED FLYERS DELHI-SRINAGAR VISTARA FLIGHT RECEIVES HOAX BOMB THREAT CALL, LANDS SAFELY A Srinagar bound Vistara flight which departed from Delhi, carrying 177 passengers, received a bomb threat on Friday but turned out to be a hoax after the security forces searched the aircraft. Following stan- dard protocol for such threats, the aircraft was immediately directed to an isolation bay upon landing. AMIDST CRISIS, DELHI GOVT KNOCKS SC DOOR  Amidst the serious heat- wave and sweltering heat in Delhi, the AAP govern- ment on Friday knocked the doors of the Supreme Court seeking direction to Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh govern- ment for supplying more water to the national capital keeping in view the severe water woes faced by it. DURING FIELD VISITS, CONDUCT DETAILED REVIEW OF ALL NEW & OLD WORKS: CM SHARMA TO BABUS CM Bhajan Lal Sharma said presided over review meeting of departmental senior officials, district in-charge secretaries, divisional commis- sioners and collectors via VC on Friday. He said District Secretary in charge should not limit himself to formal meetings, but should conduct surprise inspections and ensure actual resolution of complaints and grievances. The CM was fully prepared for the meeting. Answers were sought on every point of every district in meeting and CM also pulled up officials on the basis of news- paper reports. CM Sharma said that if negative news comes in papers, then it is the responsibility of officials concerned to correct it and send it back. Similarly, over the misbehavior of Bikaner CMHO, he asked to take strict action against the officials. MORE ON P10 Dr Rituraj Sharma, Vinod Singh Chouhan & Laxman Raghav Sunstroke kills 54 as India reels from heat At least 25 polling staff among heat-related deaths as north boils; IMD sends heat scare First India Bureau New Delhi At least 54 people were killed as severe heatwave conditions continued un- abated in central, eastern and northern India with several places, including Delhi, recording maxi- mum temperatures above 45 degrees. A duststorm is predicted over Uttar Pradesh between May 31 and June 1, and in Hary- ana, Chandigarh and Delhi on May 31. Ac- cording to IMD, very light/light rain with thun- derstorms and lightning was predicted over plains of Northwest India be- tween May 31 and June 2. Meanwhile, at least 25 poll staff died of heat on Friday. MORE ON P5, P8 IN BRIEF T20 World Cup 2024 to begin from today New Delhi: With the T20 World Cup 2024 sched- uled to begin on June 1 (June 1 in India), fans will be gearing up for some ex- citing cricket extravagan- za. USA will face Canada in opener, followed by WI & PNG in same day. P9 Prajwal Revanna sent to police custody till June 6 Bengaluru: Suspended Janata Dal Secular leader and rape-accused MP Pra- jwal Revanna — arrested this morning from Ben- galuru airport on his re- turn from Germany — has been sent to police custo- dy till June 6. Going back to jail on June 2 at 3pm, says Kejriwal New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said he will sur- render before the police at Tihar Jail on June 2 at 3pm in connection with a money laundering case linked to the now- scrapped liquor policy. Security personnel on duty at a polling distribution centre at Sasaram amid heatwave, on eve of 7th phase polls, in Rohtas, Bihar on Friday. ANURAG THAKUR BJP — HAMIRPUR JAILED AMRITPAL INDEPENDENT KHADOOR SAHIB NARENDRA MODI BJP — VARANASI KANGANA RANAUT BJP — MANDI SS GHUBAYA CONGRESS FEROZEPUR CANDIDATES IN FRAY TOTAL VOTERS POLLING STATIONS POLLING OFFICIALS 904 10.06 cr 1.09 lakh 10.9 lakh PHASE 7 POLL FACTS KEY CONTENDERS Once polling ends today evening at 6 pm, all eyes will be on exit polls that will predict which alliance will form the country’s next government – the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) or the Congress-led op- position INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alli- ance) bloc. The Election Commission (ECI) had barred news channels from publishing exit poll results till 6:30 pm today. ONLY FEW HOURS LEFT FOR THE MEGA EXIT POLL! 7TH & LAST PHASE OF LOK SABHA ELECTION 2024 TODAY VOTE-A-THON NEARSEND!  The mega counting of votes for all 7 phases will be done on June 4 First India Bureau New Delhi 57 seats across 7 states and the Union territory of Chandigarh will go to polls in the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections on Saturday. Polling is scheduled in all 13 seats of Punjab and 4 of Himachal Pradesh, 13 constituencies in UP, 9 in WB, 8 in Bihar, 6 in Odisha and 3 seats in Jharkhand besides Chan- digarh. Saturday’s voting will mark the end to the marathon polling pro- cess that began on April 19 month and has al- ready covered 486 Lok Sabha seats in 28 states and Union territories. SHEKHAR Caste your vote early in the morning, don‛t blame me later... Meanwhile, Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma reached Puchri ka Lota on late Friday night
  • 4. RAJASTHAN 04 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Saturday | June 1, 2024 FOOD ADULTERATION PREVENTION Raj exceeds food safety targets by 284% First India Bureau Jaipur ajasthan has secured first position in the country in preventing food adulteration. The state collected nearly three times more sam- ples than the targets set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Ministry of Health and Family Wel- fare, Government of In- dia. Additional Chief Secretary of Medical and Health Department Shubhra Singh said that an intensive campaign is being run against adulteration of food in the state. In the data released by the FSSAI for 2023- 24, Rajasthan has achieved 284 percent by taking more samples than the set target. Food Safety Commissioner Iqbal Khan said that the FSSAI had set a target of taking five enforce- ment samples every month for each food safety officer in 2023- 24. According to 98 food safety officers in Rajasthan, the target was 5,880 but 16,691 samples were taken in Rajasthan. Food Safety Commis- sioner Iqbal Khan said that with the completion of the recruitment pro- cess of 200 more food safety officers in the state soon, the campaign against adulteration will gain momentum and supply of pure food to the common people will be ensured. Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur Popular as ‘Man of Bio- diversity’, 1991 batch IFS officer Arijit Baner- jee will be PCCF HoFF in the Rajasthan forest department for the next 29 months. Banerjee will take charge today. A tech-savvy Banerjee will mark the beginning of a new era in the forest de- partment. Munish Garg retired on Friday. Banerjee is among the top experts on biodiversity in the country. He has 10 years of experience working in CMO. Born on October 11, 1966 in West Bengal, Ba- nerjee has been a multi- talented person. He was selected in the Indian Forest Service in 1991 and after getting Rajast- han cadre, he got his first posting as Assistant For- est Conservator in Udai- pur North in 1993. He is an expert in every field of forestry, bird expert and a wildlife photography enthusiast, and has had a different working style from the beginning. Vikas Sharma Jaipur World No Tobacco Day highlights the deadly impact of tobacco on public health. Annually, over 77,000 deaths in the state are attributed to tobacco-related dis- eases, contributing to 1.35 million deaths na- tionwide and 8 million globally. Tobacco smoke, a se- vere form of indoor pol- lution, contains over 7,000 chemicals, with 69 known to cause cancer. The public is urged to pledge against using any harmful products, in- cluding tobacco, and strive for a healthier, tobacco-free life. Efforts should be made to en- courage those addicted to quit the habit. In alignment with this goal, the Medical Department will launch an awareness campaign focused on to- bacco prohibition. ACS (Medical) Shubhra Singh has initiated this campaign by writing to collectors to kickstart awareness activities. Divya Kanwaliya Jaipur In Bas Badanpura, a man was killed by his neighbor over a dispute regarding parking a ve- hicle in front of his house. Thefamilyof the deceased reported that the accused had been ha- rassing them for the past one and a half months. On Thursday night, the ac- cused came, verbally abused the family, started a physical altercation. The accused father Prabhudayal Thakuriya andhissonsRaviThakuri- ya, Maneesh Thakuriya have been absconding with his entire family since the incident. A food department team taking samples. FILE IFS officer Arijit Banerjee Various activities were organized to increase awareness about the ill effects of tobacco among the general public at National Institute of Ayurveda Deemed University in Jaipur on Friday. Avinash Gehlot flagging off people for Ayodhya pilgrimage in Jaipur on Friday. SANTOSH SHARMA Chief Secy of Medical Health Dept Shubhra Singh said that an intensive campaign is being run against adulteration of food in the state.In the data released by the FSSAI for 2023-24, Rajasthan has achieved 284 percent R Jaipur: The Rajasthan Athletics Association has signed a MoU with AU Small Finance Bank (SFB) for the develop- ment of athletics. Asso- ciation’s Devnarayan Gurjar and Saurabh Tambi said that now the association AU SFB will work together. Players will be provided sports kits equipment for national competi- tions.Gurjar said that the agreement will further improve performance of the players. Assoc Prez Sharda Jadam expressed gratitude for the MoU. Jhunjhunu: In a tragic incident, two men lost their lives when a cylin- der exploded on a mov- ing bike in Doradas vil- lage, Jhunjhunu Sadar police jurisdiction. The explosion was so in- tense that the pillion rider was thrown 20 feet away, resulting in an immediate death.The other rider succumbed to his injuries en route to the hospital.The vic- tims were identified as Akhilesh (26) from Ch- uru Bypass, Jhunjhunu, Naresh (58) from Ward 12, Kisan Colony. Udaipur:A bank em- ployee and a driver died due to drowning while bathing in a pond in Udaipur’s Bhupalpura police station area on Friday. Both of them went into deep waters drowned. Police reached the spot on getting info from the people. Police officer Mukesh Soni ar- rived with the police force the civil defence team was also called. IN BRIEF JMC Heritage seals 6 illegal structures in Adarsh Nagar zone Jaipur: Jaipur Munici- pal Corporation Heri- tage sealed six illegal constructions in Adarsh Nagar zone. Action was taken on the instructions of Her- itage Corporation Commissioner Ab- hishek Surana.Adarsh Nagar Zone Deputy Commissioner Yugan- tar Sharma took action. Commercial activity was going on in house number 437 located at Bes Dukan in Adarsh Nagar. The corporation team sealed the work after it was not stopped despite the notice. Rescue effort: Bank employee, driver drown in Udaipur Rajasthan Athletics Association inks MoU with AU SFB Cylinder blast on moving bike claims 2 lives in Jhunjhunu Jai Niwas Udyan crumbles: A Park in despair Jai Niwas Udyan, also known as Pondrik Park, located in the heart of the Walled City, is lamenting in its neglected state. The park suffers from broken children’s swings, non-functioning fountains, a lack of maintenance. The fountains have ceased to flow, and there are no gardeners to tend to the plants or water the grass. With no one to care for it, the park’s condition continues to deteriorate. Nestled behind the Govind Dev Ji Temple, this once- vibrant park now stands as a symbol of neglect. Neighbourkills60-yr-old manoverparkingdispute CRIME ROUNDUP 20-YEAR-OLD ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 11-YEAR-OLD IN KOTA SI RECRUITMENT 2021 PAPER LEAK MASTERMIND ARRESTED IN JODHPUR Kota: An incident of sexual assault involving an 11-year-old minor girl has been reported at the Khathauli Police Station in Kota. After informing her relatives, the girl’s family filed a complaint, prompting im- mediate action. According to the (SHO) of Khatauli Police Station, Banna Lal Jat, the 11-year-old girl approached her relatives and reported that on the night of May 29th, she was at her home. Jodhpur: Under operation ‘Pataka’ of Jodhpur Inspector General, the mastermind of Sub Inspector Recruitment 2021 Paper Leak was arrested. Paurav Kaleer with a bounty of Rs 50,000 was nabbed. Inspector General of Police Vikas Ku- mar gave information. Paurav was absconding since the paper leak scam came to light in March 2024. For the last two months, the team was searching in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Delhi and Punjab and the accused was finally caught from Sikar. The Cycloner team arrested Paurav and handed him over to SOG. `3 CR LAND FREED IN ANTI-DRUG OPERATION IN SRI GANGANAGAR Sri Ganganagar: Under the special campaign being run against drugs in the state, strict action is being taken continuously against the accused involved in their smuggling in the state. To get the youth out of the quagmire of drugs in Sri Ganganagar district, under ‘Operation Seema Sankalp’ bulldozers were run on the illegal encroachment of 3 members of the notorious smuggler Chhajgaria family on Meera Chowk Road on Friday. The value of govt land freed from the posses- sion is about Rs 3 crore. SC rejects rape convict Bitti Mohanty’s plea First India Bureau Jaipur The SC has denied the petition for early release filed by Bitti Mohanty, convicted of raping a German woman. The plea for premature re- lease was rejected, with Additional Advocate General Shivmangal Sharma representing the government’s opposition to Mohanty’s bail. However, the Supreme Court has directed the Rajasthan govt to con- sider transferring Mo- hanty to Cuttack (Odisha) for medical treatment. This directive comes as the Supreme Court up- held the Rajasthan HC’s April 2024 order. First India Bureau Jaipur While the Rajasthan govt is sending elderly people on pilgrimage, today 101 people of the nomadic tribe were sent on a pil- grimage to Ayodhya on Friday. Social Welfare Minister Avinash Gehlot flagged off people for the Ayodhya pilgrimage in about two AC buses. The buses for the passengers were arranged by dentist Dr. Alka Gaur. Social Welfare Minis- ter Avinash Gehlot ad- dressed the people. Avi- nash Gehlot said on this occasion that the people of nomadic tribes do not have any certificate right now. BJP has promised that all the certificates of the people of nomadic tribes will be made for which camps will also be set up. The pilgrims left under the leadership of Mahanagar pramukh of Ghumantu jati karya Rakesh Sharma. 6 people die of drowning in Jodhpur Nagaur First India Bureau Jodhpur/Nagaur In Pipar, Jodhpur, a woman and her two chil- dren died due to drown- ing. The accident hap- pened when Honey Singh slipped and drowned in a water tank. Seeing her brother drown, sister Di- vya jumped to save him. But even she started drowning. When their mother, Santosh, saw her children drowning, she too jumped to save them. Seeing all three drown- ing, Kishan Singh Rajpu- rohit, who was standing nearby, called for help. All three were pulled out of the tank and taken to Pipar District Hospital, where doctors declared them dead. In Nagaur, a woman jumped into a water tank along with her son and daughter in the Kuchera police station area. On getting infor- mation, police reached the spot and the bodies were taken out. In Nagaur, a woman jumped into a water tank along with her son and daughter in the Kuchera police station area Raj sends 101 nomadic tribe members on Ayodhya pilgrimage ‘Man of Biodiversity’ Banerjee takes helm as PCCF HoFF World No Tobacco Day: ACS Shubhra Singh leads statewide tobacco awareness effort NAIM KHAN
  • 5. Vinod Singh Chouhan Jaipur For the Lok Sabha Elec- tions 2024 results, count- ing of votes will start in the state on June 4 at 8 am forall25LokSabhaseats. Counting of votes for Jaipur Rural LS seat will beheldatCommerceCol- lege. Shahpura assembly constituency will have the least number of rounds i.e. 18 while Kotputli and Viratnagar will have 19 rounds each. Amber and Jamwaramgarh will have 20 rounds each and Ban- sur assembly will have 21 rounds and Jhotwara and Phulera will have 22 rounds each.All 8 assem- bly constituencies will haveatotalof161rounds. A total of 106 tables will be set up for EVMs. Counting of votes for Jaipur Lok Sabha seat will be held at Rajasthan College and there will be a total of 151 rounds in 8 assembly constituencies. Kishanpole assembly seat will have the least number of rounds with only 15 rounds followed by Malviya Nagar assembly with 16 rounds, Sanganer Civil Lines with 19 rounds each, Bagru Ha- wamahal with 20 rounds each andAdarsh Nagar Vidyadhar Nagar with 21 rounds each. Total 112 ta- bles will be set up. `74.13 LAKH APPROVED TO INSTALL ACs, COOLERs AND WATER COOLERs AT SMS HOSPITAL: ACS HEALTH Jaipur: To provide relief to patients from heat and give comfortable environment in hospital, ACs, coolers and water coolers will be installed at SMS Hospital worth Rs 74,13,000. ACS Health Shubhra Singh has approved the purchase from the amount available in RMRS. “101 air conditioners, 50 desert coolers and 20 water coolers will be installed in various wards, ICU, OPD, medicine distribution centres, testing centres, registration counters and other places of the hospital. This will provide relief to the patients and their relatives visiting the hospital,” ACS Singh said. Vikas Sharma MIN KIRODI TO MEET CM FOR COMPENSATION ON HEATWAVE DEATHS DOTASRA ACCUSES GOVT OF SUPPRESSING NOs OF HEATSTROKE DEATHS NO NIGHT LIFE IN JAIPUR All clubs bars, discos to be closed at 12 am Satyanarayan Sharma Jaipur ue to the distur- bance caused by late-night par- ties in hotels, clubs, night- clubs, and pubs, law and order in Jaipur city are deteriorating, with intoxi- cated young men wom- en creating chaos on the streets. This has led to considerable inconven- ience for general public. Therefore, in Jaipur, hotels, clubs, nightclubs, bars, pubs, and discos will not be allowed to op- erate after midnight. Any hotel, club, or establish- ment found conducting activities beyond this time will face stringent legal action under Sec- tion 188 of the IPC. IssuingSection144,of- ficers of the Jaipur Com- missionerate has request- ed a list of all hotels, clubs, nightclubs, bars, pubs, and eating houses operating in the city from all district DCPs, SHOs, and special teams of the Commissionerate. This is the first time in Jaipur city’s history that the po- lice have imposed a ban on all hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs, and houses operating in night. Now, it remains to be seen how effective these orders prove to be for maintain- ing law and order. The Jaipur Commissionerate has requested a list of all hotels, clubs, nightclubs, bars, pubs, and eating houses operating in night from all district DCPs, SHOs, special teams of Commissionerate. FILE D RAJASTHAN 05 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Saturday | June 1, 2024 RelieffromheatinpartsofRajfromtoday First India Bureau Jaipur Rajasthan has been grap- pling with blistering heat and scorching tempera- tures over past few days, with the mercury soaring above 48 degrees Celsius. The relentless heatwave has made life difficult for residents, but there’s a glimmer of hope on hori- zon for the next 24 hours. According to the Jaipur MeTDepartment, parts of Rajasthanmayexperience thunderstorms accompa- nied by gusty winds in the next 24 hours, potentially leading to a 1-3 degree drop in temperatures. Most parts of the state are expected to receive relief from the heatwave start- ing from June 1st. Moreover, from May 31st to June 2nd, the ac- tivewesterndisturbanceis likely to bring thunder- storms,strongwinds,with speeds reaching 40-50 kilometers per hour, and the possibility of light to moderate rainfall in some parts of Jaipur, Bharatpur, and Bikaner divisions. Looking ahead, next 3-4 days may see strong sur- face winds carrying dust. Parts of Rajasthan may experience thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds in next 24 hours (Inset) Elephant Roopa fainted due to the heat on Friday morning in Amber. (Above )Forest Dept doctors rescued her with a crane and took her to Haathi Gaon for treatment, where her condition is now stable. MUKESH KIRADOO Drop in temperature expected 4 DIE OF SUSPECTED HEATSTROKE IN RAJ ON FRIDAY; 93 ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL; TOTAL 9 DEATHS SO FAR MLA JITENDRA GOTHWAL HITS BACK AT DOTASRA Jaipur: In the past 24 hours, four people have died due to heatstroke, and 93 patients have been admitted to hospitals. The Medical De- partment has released data following central protocol guidelines, revealing that since March 1st, 123,980 patients have been treated in emergency services, with 4,911 identified as heat stroke cases. So far, a total of nine deaths due to the heatwave have been confirmed. A BSF soldier at Indo-Pak border in Jais- almer has suffered severe health complications due to a heatstroke. The soldier, identified as 57-year-old ML Dogra from the 92nd Battalion in Baramsar, was rushed to Jawahar Govt Hospital and later he was referred to Jodhpur. Jaipur: BJP State Gen Secy and MLA Jitendra Gothwal, while countering the state- ment of Congress State Pres- ident Govind Singh Dotasra regarding the deaths due to heat wave in the state, said that Dotasra says anything on any subject without facts, it was his boastfulness and the lies of former CM Gehlot that got him into trouble. Jaipur: In response to recent fatalities caused by the severe heatwave, Disaster Relief Minister Dr Kirodi Meena has called for compensa- tion for the families of deceased. Speaking on the matter, he noted, Currently, there are no provisions for compensation for deaths due to heatwaves. I will discuss this issue with the CM. Dr Meena further stated, We will urge the CM to write to the central government, requesting that heatwaves be classified as a natural calamity, similar to cold waves and floods. This classification would allow for appropriate compensations. Meanwhile, in a major relief measure for MGNREGA workers, Rural Devp Min Dr Kirodi Meena announced a 30% reduction in labor work during the peak summer season. Addressing the issue, Dr. Meena said, The working hours for MGNRE- GA workers will now start at 5:30 AM, we have provided a 70% reduction in the work required. Ziauddin Khan Jaipur: The Cong on Friday accused BJP- led govt of suppress- ing the number of deaths caused by intense heat battering State while claiming that more than 100 people have died of heat stroke. The PCC chief GS Dotasra alleged that authorities are hiding actual number under pressure from the state govt to avoid paying compensa- tion. Govt on Thursday said that 5 people had died from heat stroke and higher toll in media were beyond facts. Blackmarketingofwaterin Jpr;protestforwaterinTonk Police trying to convince people to stop the protest over water at the Krishi Mandi Road in Tonk on Friday. Meeting of Election Commision Officials to review preparations for counting on Friday. Naresh Sharma Jaipur/Tonk In a shocking revelation, several tanker drivers in Jaipur have been caught selling govt-provided wa- ter on black market. The PHED has lodged com- plaints against 8 tanker drivers involved in this illegal activity. So far, FIRs have been registered against a total of 12 tanker drivers. The scam in- volvesstealingwaterfrom hydrants without neces- sary OTP GPS checks, and then selling it for 600 to 700 rupees per tanker. Meanwhile, in Tonk, residents have taken to streets to protest against the ongoing water short- age. A blockade was set up at Banwari Ji’s Cross- road, causing significant disruption. Police arrived at the scene in response to the situation. The protest, led by residents of Ward- 52, highlighted the frus- tration and anger among the people due to the per- sistent water problems. VASUDEV DEVNANI INSPECTS JLN HOSPITAL IN AJMER, INSTRUCTS OFFICIALS Ajmer: Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Speaker Vasudev Devnani inspected the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Ajmer on Friday. He reviewed arrangements made for patients affected by heatstroke heatwaves, including facilities available for them and the arrangements in casualty areas and other wards. Devnani emphasized need for special measures to protect against heat and to provide senior physician treatment in separate reserved wards for heatstroke patients when temperature is above 42° C. He instructed senior doctors to ensure availability of necessary medications. Shubham Jain Govt may form policy for water harvesting First India Bureau Jaipur The state govt can make policy regarding water conservation, water har- vesting. This policy can be made regarding meas- ures related to water con- servation including pre- vention of illegal boosters and prevention of water exploitation in dark zones. Along with this, the government intends to bring two laws regarding water conservation. Poli- cy can be made on the basis of feedback from the secretaries in charge. Furthermore, policy may be made in future re- garding maintenance of traditional water sources, revival of water harvest- ing structures and planta- tion. Policy decision can alsobeconsideredregard- ing energy conservation. Along with this, steps can be taken to strengthen health services. Votecountingpreps:Severalroundstobeheld, 218tableswillbesetupforbothseatsofJaipur Edu dept to give scholarship to Hindu migrants’ children in Raj Pankaj Soni Jaipur After the announcement made in its Sankalp Patra in theAssembly Elections 2024, the BJP govt which came to power in the state has now started exercise of giving scholarships to the studying children of Hindu refugee families living in state. Director of Edu Ashish Modi has written a letter to all Dis- trict Collectors of state to collectdataofinformation about Hindu refugee fam- ilies. Director of Educa- tionAshish Modi, in a let- ter written to Collector, has sought info regarding providing scholarships to studying children of Hin- du refugees as per point number 13 of Sankalp Patra registered on CIMS. In the letter, the Direc- tor of Education wrote to help Hindu refugee fami- lies who have received Asylum Certificates from the Government of India. Mayor Dr Somya to represent India in World Cities Summit in Singapore JMCG Mayor Dr Somya First India Bureau Jaipur JMC – Greater, Mayor Dr Somya will participate in the World Cities Summit (WCS) 2024 to be held in Singapore between 2-4 June 2024. Dr Somya will give a presentation on ur- ban development, smart city, heritage, cultural tra- ditions of Jaipur city on this global platform. This is the 9th edition of the World Cities Sum- mit. In which mayors, in- dustrialists, international organizations of more than 250 cities of world will participate. The theme of this sum- mit has been kept as Live- able and Sustainable cit- ies: Rejuvenate, Rein- vent, Reimagine. Mayors and CEOs from various countries will be present in this summit. BRTS corridor closed in Mansarovar Shivendra Singh Parmar Jaipur The BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) corridor in Jaipur, initially estab- lished to promote public transportation and ease travel for residents, has become a source of fre- quent accidents and frus- tration. Mismanagement and improper operation have led to vehicles driv- ing on the wrong side and buses often running up to two hours late, leaving the corridor largely unused. Local residents had ex- pressed growing discon- tent,citingtheneedtotake long detours to cross the road and demanding the removal of the BRTS cor- ridor. In response to these issues, the Traffic Police have decided to close the BRTS corridor in Mansa- rovar area, erecting barri- cades to halt all the traffic through corridor. Despite ongoing efforts by government agencies toaddresstheseproblems, the corridor has not been removed, leading to the recent decision to shut it down entirely. This move aims to improve safety and reduce inconvenience for the local population. 85 DAMS DRY UP DUE TO EXCESSIVE HEAT: WRD REPORT A report released by the Water Resources De- partment shows that dams have dried up rapidly between March 30 and May 31. A total of 85 dams have dried up within two months. The number of dry dams increased from 402 to 487. The report mentions that number of partially filled dams decreased from 280 to 197. Within 2 months, 3.85% of total filling capac- ity decreased. At present, 34.45% of total filling capacity of water is left in dams. Due to extreme heat, the dams are drying up more as compared to last year. Rain water harvesting system. FILE RASHTRADEEP IMPOSES RESRICTIONS ON BARS Additional Police Commissioner Kunwar Rastradeep has taken a significant action, imposing new restrictions on clubs, restaurants, bars after midnight. Under Sec 144, he issued orders pro- hibiting any activities in bars, clubs, cafes, or discs after 12 o’clock at night. The X handle of Jpr police commisionerate also posted a message. Vasudev Devnani at JLN Hosp on Friday. A man spills water on his head to keep him cool and beat the heat near Hawa Mahal on Friday. SUNIL SHARMA Under Section 144, DJ sound music will not be played in any club, night bar after 10 pm DRIED UP DAMS ACROSS VARIOUS DIVISIONS z Jaipur 6.16 % z Jodhpur 4.95 % z Kota 0.62 % z Banswara 5.64 % z Udaipur 4.05 %
  • 6. TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. BUDDHA Deeply concerned about the natural disasters triggered by Cyclone Remal in Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, and Mizoram. Also briefed PM Shri @narendramodi Ji on the situation, who expressed solidarity with those affected. Spoke to the respective state Chief Ministers, took stock of the situation, and assured them of all possible help. Amit Shah (Modi Ka Parivar)@AmitShah TheBankingsectorisconsideredthebackbone ofanation’seconomy.Recently,India’sbanking sectorachievedasignificantmilestoneby recordingitshighest-evernetprofit,crossing`3lakh crores.Thisisinstarkcontrasttothesituationbefore2014 when@INCIndia-ledUPAgovernmentturnedthebanking sectorintoacesspoolofbadloans,vested interests,corruptionandmismanagement. Nirmala Sitharaman (Modi Ka Parivar)@nsitharaman IN-DEPTH NAWAZ SHARIF’S CANDID TAKE ON PEACE PROCESS ever before has a Pakistani leader made such a candid admission as former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did on Tuesday. Sharif ac- knowledged that it was Pakistan that violated the peace process with India. He placed the blame on former Pakistan army chief General Pervez Mushar- raf for initiating the Kargil war, which not only dis- rupted the peace process but also inflicted significant losses of men and material on Pakistan. Sharif, recently appointed president of his PML-N party, reached the Lahore peace agreement with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999. He is regarded as a moderate voice concerning India. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise stopover to meet with Sharif, who was then the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The extent to which the Pakistan army and ISI will permit Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, to strengthen ties with India will in- fluence India’s response. The upcoming meeting between Shehbaz and India’s next PM will also serve as an indicator. N A “GUILTY” TRUMP REMAINS DEFIANT he unanimous verdict by a NewYork jury pro- nouncing former US President Donald J. Trump guilty on 34 felony charges marks an unprecedentedmomentinAmericanhistory.Asthefirst former president to be convicted on such charges, re- lated to hush money payments to a porn star, this ruling sends shockwaves through the US political system. Trump’s reaction was predictably defiant, dismiss- ing the trial as “rigged” and “disgraceful,” and em- phasizing that the true judgment will come from the voters on November 5. This statement underscores his unwavering belief in his political resilience and his enduring appeal among white voters, his support base. Despite the gravity of the charges, it ap- pearsunlikelythatthis verdict will derail Trump’s presidential campaign. His loyal supporters, and much of the Republican es- tablishment, remain steadfast. This unwa- veringsupportreflects a broader trend of po- litical polarisation, where legal contro- versiesoftenreinforce rather than diminish partisan loyalties. However, this his- toric ruling raises criticalquestionsabouttheintegrityofdemocraticpro- cesses and the accountability of those in power. It also highlights the deep divisions withinAmerican society, asreactionstotheverdictstarklysplitalongpartylines. As the nation moves towards the next election, the implications of this verdict will continue to reverber- ate. Trump’s legal battles and their potential impact on his political aspirations will dominate the nation- al discourse which is expected to remain divisive. The American electorate will play a crucial role in determining whether this legal setback marks the beginning of the end for Trump’s political career or merely another chapter in his tumultuous journey. T As the nation moves towards the next election, the implications of this verdict will continue to reverberate. Trump’s legal battles and their potential impact on his political aspirations will dominate the national discourse which is expected to remain divisive l Vol 5 l Issue No. 355 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. l Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra l Managing Editor: Pawan Arora l Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act PERSPECT VE 06 Jaipur, Saturday | June 1, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia he thrills of the IPL have barely set- tled, and the cricket fra- ternity is already abuzz with anticipation for the T20 World Cup. This edi- tion of the tournament is truly historic as it’s the first time that the USA is host- ing a cricket World Cup. It’s a fitting location as the first-ever international cricket match was played between USA and Canada in 1844. Later, cricket fad- ed into the background as baseball becameAmerica’s national sport. Now, in 2024, cricket makes a grand return to America as the USA co- hosts the World Cup with the West Indies. For Indian fans, it is another chance to rally behind the ‘Men in Blue’ and hope they can achieve the Champions’ glory that eluded them six months ago when they fell short against Australia in the ODI World Cup final. Team India is already in USA, gearing up for a prac- tice match with Bangla- desh. The World Cup be- gins on June 2nd with a USA-Canada game in a virtual recreation of the his- toricmatchbetweenthetwo sides in the nineteenth cen- tury. India’s first group match against Ireland is slated for June 5th in New York. Team India is in GroupAwhichincludesPa- kistan, USA, and Canada andabriefreviewofIndia’s prospects against these op- ponents seems timely. Despite debates over team selection, India re- mains the bookmakers’ fa- vorite to win. The team will playtheirfirstthreematches at the newly built Nassau International Cricket Stadi- um in Long Island, New York, before heading to Florida for their final group game against Canada. India’s campaign begins against Ireland, a team they have dominated in past en- counters, winning all seven matches between them. Last year, India triumphed over Ireland 3-0 on Irish soil without even playing Team India’s top players. However, the Irish team is known for its ability to up- setstrongerteams,areputa- tion they’ve earned by de- feating formidable oppo- nents like South Africa in both T20 and ODI formats. Ireland’s experienced opener, Paul Stirling, is cru- cialforgivingthemastrong start. His aggressive batting can challenge Indian bowl- ers. But their bowling unit, led by MarkAdair and Josh Little, will need to be at its best to contain India’s pow- erful batting lineup. While India’s experience and tal- ent gives them a clear edge, Ireland’s potential for sur- prises can’t be overlooked as they recently beat fan- cied Pakistan. The most anticipated match, of course, is the one between India and Paki- stan on June 9th which is sure to capture global at- tention. Their last T20 World Cup encounter in 2022 saw India pull off a dramatic win, thanks to a masterful knock by Virat Kohli. India enters this match after a demanding IPL season, and Pakistan will aim to capitalize on any signs of fatigue. Led by BabarAzam, Pa- kistan has a fine blend of seasoned stars and exciting newcomers. Azam’s con- sistency at the top order is pivotal, and Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman are crucial for Pakistan to score big. On the bowling front, Shaheen Afridi’s pace and swing, combined with Mohammad Amir’s comeback, pose significant threats to India’s top order. Historically, India has the upper hand with five wins out of seven T20 World Cup matches against Paki- stan. But on the day, the contest could swing either way, making it a marquee match of the tournament. India’s third match on June 11th against co-hosts USA, will be their final game in New York which India is expected to win comfortably. However, the USA recently stunned Bangladesh by winning a 3-matchseries2-1,showing they can pull off surprises. A strong performance by the USA would be signifi- cant for promoting cricket in the country though India are the firm favorites. India’s last group match against Canada will be in Florida. If India wins its previous games, the team management might use this game to experiment with their lineup. Recently beat- en 4-0 by the USA, Canada is hardly a strong contend- er. Barring a miraculous upset, India is expected to trounce Canada and pro- gress to the Super 8 stage. As India advances, they are likely to face tougher tests from Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka in the Super 8s. The key for India will be to start strong and build momentum in the group stage.The team’s mix of sparkling seniors and young talents can over- come all challenges in this prestigious event. Besides a comeback of international cricket to America, the 2024 T20 World Cup offers Indian fans a great chance to sup- port Team India on the global stage.As the Men in Blue get ready for possibly the last World Cup of the two legends of the team - Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli - the tournament promises excitement, emo- tion and a chance to re- write history! THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL INDIA’S MATCH India’s last group match against Canada will be in Florida. If India wins its previous games, the team management might use this game to experiment with their lineup. Recently beaten 4-0 by the USA, Canada is hardly a strong contender. Barring a miraculous upset, India is expected to trounce Canada and progress to the Super 8 stage. As India advances, they are likely to face tougher tests from Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka in the Super 8s. The key for India will be to start strong and build momentum in the group stage. The team’s mix of sparkling seniors and young talents can overcome all challenges in this prestigious event. Besides a comeback of international cricket to America, the 2024 T20 World Cup offers Indian fans a great chance to support Team India on the global stage. As the Men in Blue get ready for possibly the last World Cup of the two legends of the team - Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli - the tournament promises excitement, emotion and a chance to rewrite history! AllSetforHistoricCricket ExtravaganzainAmerica T20 WORLD CUP 2024 The thrills of the IPL have barely settled, and the cricket fraternity is already abuzz with anticipation for the T20 World Cup. This edition of the tournament is truly historic as it’s the first time that the USA is hosting a cricket World Cup. It’s a fitting location as the first-ever international cricket match was played between USA and Canada in 1844. Later, cricket faded into the background as baseball became America’s national sport Indian cricket team players during a training session for the T20 World Cup in New York. T Siddhaarth Mahan The writer is a specialist on Sports and Cinema who works as an actor in the Hindi film industry
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  • 8. First India Bureau New Delhi In an about-turn from the economic liberalisation days of 1991 when India shipped out gold and pledged it overseas to avert a looming financial crisis,thecountryhasnow shippedinalittleover100 tonnes of its gold reserves held in the UK. Sanjeev Sanyal, a not- ed economist and a mem- ber of the Economic Ad- visory Council to the Prime Minister of India, taking to X on Friday, wrote that India will now hold most of its gold in its vaults. “While no one was watching, RBI has shifted 100 tonnes of its gold re- serves back to India from the UK,” Sanyal wrote in an X post, attaching a news report on the gold’s inward shipments. Most countries keep their gold in the vaults of the Bank of England or some such location and payafeefortheprivileges. “India will now hold most of its gold in its own vaults. We have come a long way since we had to ship out gold overnight in 1991 in the midst of a cri- sis,” Sanyal added. Gold in India is typi- cally held in vaults in RBI’s old office building on Mumbai’s Mint Road as well as Nagpur. CRUISESTHAN-2024 1st Int’l B2B Wedding Summit on Cruise to be historic Gopendra Nath Bhatt New Delhi he International Congress of Event Industry (ICEI) is set to host Cruisesthan-2024, pre- sented by Black Rock Hotels Resorts in col- laboration with Fort Ra- jwada Jaisalmer and Wedding Vows. This pioneering wed- ding planning conference will take place aboard a luxury cruise from Sep- tember 17 to 20, depart- ing from Singapore and visiting Phuket before returning to Singapore. Gunjan Singhal, an ICEI organiser, an- nounced that Cruisesthan 2024 will be a landmark eventintheweddingplan- ning sector, bringing to- getherover300renowned wedding planners from India and globally. This uniqueconferencewillof- fer an inspiring setting for innovation and collabora- tion on the high seas. Michael Goh, Presi- dent of Resorts World Cruises, highlighted the growing versatility of cruises as venues for grand events, including weddings and confer- ences. He emphasised the unmatched potential of cruises to host spectacu- lar events with stunning oceanic backdrops, inte- grating luxury, conveni- ence, and adventure. Naresh Rawal, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Resorts World Cruises, expressed pride in partnering with ICEI for Cruisesthan 2024. He noted that the eventwilldemonstratethe exceptionalcapabilitiesof cruiseshipsforlarge-scale events, promising world- class amenities and ser- vices for attendees. Gunjan Singhal further explained the rising trend of cruise weddings, refer- encing high-profile cele- brations like those of Anant Ambani and Ra- dhika Merchant.The con- ference will feature a wel- come dinner, talk shows, conferences, the BITA Awards, and a buyer-sell- er meet. Attendees can also enjoy various recrea- tional activities including ziplining, wall climbing, clubbing, and more. Vikrant Jain added that the innovative concept of hosting a wedding plan- ning conference on a cruise is generating sig- nificant excitement. He emphasized ICEI’s com- mitment to providing ex- cellent hospitality and smooth operations, aim- ing to set a world record for maximum delegate participationataninterna- tional wedding planners’ conference on a cruise. The organiser said this wedding planning conference will take place aboard a luxury cruise from September 17 to 20. T INDIA 07 Jaipur, Saturday | June 1, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Banks recovered `10 lakh crore bad loans during 2014-23: FM First India Bureau New Delhi Finance Minister Nirma- la Sitharaman said on Fri- day that banks have re- covered more than Rs 10 lakh crores from bad loans between 2014 and 2023, as part of the re- forms process imple- mented by the Modi govt. “The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has investigated around 1,105 bank fraud cases, which resulted in the at- tachment of proceeds of crime amounting to 64,920 crores. As of De- cember 2023, assets amounting to 15,183 crores have been resti- tuted to public sector banks,” the Finance Min- ister posted in a detailed statement on X. “The Opposition, ha- bituated to spreading lies, wrongly claims that there has been a “waiv- er” of loans given to in- dustrialists,” the Finance Minister said. Stepping up the attack on her political rivals she said: “Despite claiming to be “experts” in finance and economy, it’s a pity that opposition leaders are still unable to distin- guish between write-offs and waivers. After the ‘write-offs’ as per RBI’s guidelines, banks active- ly pursue the recovery of bad loans. And, there has been no “waiver” of loans for any industrialist.” She added that there has been no leniency in recovering bad loans, es- pecially from large de- faulters, and the process is ongoing. She bolstered her argu- ment by pointing out that India’s banking sector achieved a significant milestone by recording its highest-ever net prof- it, crossing 3 lakh crores in 2023-24. “This is in stark con- trast to the situation be- fore 2014 when the Con- gress-led UPA govern- ment turned the banking sector into a cesspool of bad loans, vested inter- ests, corruption and mis- management,” FM Si- tharaman remarked. She said that the ‘seeds’ of the NPA crisis were sown during the Con- gress-ledUPAerathrough ‘Phone Banking’ when loans were given to unde- serving businesses under pressure from UPA lead- ers and party functionar- ies. This led to a massive increase in Non-Perform- ing Assets (NPAs) and institutionalised grafts. “Many banks hid and avoided reporting their bad loans by ‘evergreen- ing’ or restructuring them. Various measures by our government and the RBI, such as the As- set Quality Review, dis- closed hidden mountains of NPAs and ended the accounting tricks used to hide them,” the Finance Minister said. She pointed out that two former RBI gover- nors have openly ex- posed the level of decay in the system left by the UPA regime. Raghuram Rajan described the NPA crisis during the UPA era as a “historic phenome- non of irrational exuber- ance. Similarly, former Governor Urjit Patel noted that the function- ing of PSBs under the UPA suffered from “a perennial shortcoming on account of bureau- cratic inertia and political meddling,” she said. This is in stark contrast to the situation before 2014 when the Congress-led UPA government turned the banking sector into a cesspool of bad loans, vested interests, corruption and mismanagement. NIRMALA SITHARAMAN, FINANCE MINISTER RBIbringsback100tonnes ofgoldfromvaultsinUK This gold was pledged by GoI in 1991 Goldens Days Are Back SHIFTINGGOLDTOINDIA MAKESNODIFFERENCE, SAYSCHIDAMBARAM DELHI HC DISMISSES PIL SEEKING MEDIA GAG ON MALIWAL ASSAULT CASE ORDER RESERVED ON BIBHAV KUMAR’S PLEA New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday said the RBI’s move to shift around 100 tonnes of its gold kept in bank vaults in the UK to India “makes no difference” to the Indian economy. The former finance minister said there is “nothing wrong” in bring- ing gold kept abroad to the vaults in India. “Our gold is in a London vault. It is being brought back to an Indian vault. It makes no differ- ence at all,” said the former finance minister when asked how this move is going to help the economy. Howev- er, according to economist Sanjeev Sanyal, a member of the PM’s Economic Advi- sory Council, most countries keep their gold in the vaults of the Bank of England or other such locations (and pay a fee for the privilege). New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to entertain a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to prevent the media from disclosing the name of AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal in connection with the assault case, as well as the contents of the FIR. Lawyer, petitioner Sanser Pal Singh, filed the petition calling for action against news and social media platforms for allegedly dis- closing Maliwal’s identity. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar was arrested on May 18 in con- nection with the assault on Maliwal on May 13. New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday reserved order on the issue of main- tainability of a plea by CM Arvind Kejriwal’s close aide Bibhav Kumar challenging his arrest in connection with the alleged assault on AAP MP Swati Maliwal at the CM’s residence earlier this month. The senior counsel, appearing for the police, op- posed issuance of notice on the petition on the grounds that it was not maintainable. LOOKING BACK z In Aug 1990, the then RBI Governor had suggested keeping 15% of gold reserves abroad to be utilized in emergency. z In 1991, the country was in the grip of a severe foreign crisis with no money to pay for essential imports. z The then Chandra Shekhar govt pledged 46.91 tonnes gold to secure $400 million. SWATI MALIWAL CASE Kejriwal aide Bibhav sent to 14 days judicial custody Bibhav Kumar being produced before the Tis Hazari Court in New Delhi, on Friday. ANI Swati Maliwal. FILE FILE PTI New Delhi AcourtonFridayremand- ed CM Arvind Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar, who has been accused of as- saultingAAPRajyaSabha MP Swati Maliwal, in ju- dicial custody for 14 days. Kumar allegedly as- saulted Maliwal at the chief minister’s official reidence on May 13. Metropolitan Magis- trate Gaurav Goyal al- lowed the Delhi Police’s plea seeking judicial cus- tody for Kumar, who was produced before him on expiry of his three- day police custody. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has reserved its order on maintainabil- ity of Kumar’s plea chal- lenging his arrest. Earlier on Monday, Kumar’s bail plea was dismissed by a sessions court which said there appeared to be no “pre- meditation” by Maliwal in lodging the FIR. JK: 6 officials suspended for laxity in Akhnoor road accident Agencies Jammu A day after 22 people died in the Akhnoor bus accident in JK, the govt suspended six officials deployed in the Lakhan- pur entry check post in the Kathua district. The suspended offic- ers included Motor Vehi- cle Inspector Rajeev Bashin, Junior Assistant Sumit Mangotra and four multi-tasking staff name- ly Ashwani Kumar, Kes- hav Singh, Aman Kumar and Rakesh Kumar. The govt has ordered an in-depth inquiry and appointed Paramvir Sin- gh, Addl Secy (Techni- cal) to probe the matter. Allied income sources of Sheikh Shahjahan now under ED scanner Trouble mounts for AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan Petrol Pump Assault Case Agencies Kolkata The Enforcement Direc- torate (ED) officials have brought under the scan- ner the allied income sources of suspended Tri- namool Congress leader Sheikh Shahjahan which are in addition to illegal land grabbing, fisheries and fish exports. Sources said the ED got information that the fund flow from the alleged in- come sources was much less compared to that from illegal land grabbing, fish- eries and fish exports, but these added up substan- tially in crores to the kitty ofShahjahanandhisaides. As per sources, one of the principal sources of this allied income was rents from local shop- owners at Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district who were running their businesses on lands owned by Shahjahan. The ED officials have cross-checked that the rent money flow was mainly unaccounted for since the rents were paid in cash and that too with- out any receipts. Apart from the rent, Shahjahan associates used to collect small amounts daily from all show-owners as protec- tion money. Agencies New Delhi Trouble seems to be mounting for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leg- islator Amanatullah Khan and his son as the Uttar Pradesh Police is all set to speed up action against the duo in the Noida petrol pump as- sault case. The police have begun preparations to attach his properties, following or- ders by a Noida court. Currently, the AAP legislator is being sent notices for attaching his properties. If they fail to respond to the notice, po- lice will step up their drive and attach his prop- erties, as per court orders. 1 killed, 2 injured over land dispute in UP’s Bhadohi Agencies Bhadohi A man was shot dead and two others were injured after a group of people at- tacked them at Hariharpur Shuklapur village in Uttar Pradesh’sBhadohidistrict. The police said that seven persons have been arrested. According to reports, Sheshdhar Shuk- la, 48, Rakesh Shukla, 35, and Avnish Shukla, 20, were shot at when they were returning home on a motorcycle on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. Stockmarketssnap 5-daylosingstreak; investorseyeexitpolls STOCK MARKETS PTI Mumbai Stock markets snapped the five-day losing run on Friday with bench- mark Sensex closing higher by 75 points on value-buying and in- vestors turning their focus on exit polls to be released after the close of the last phase of elections on June 1. The 30-share BSE Sensex rose by 75.71 points or 0.10% to set- tle at 73,961.31. Dur- ing the session, it hit a high of 74,478.89 points and a low of 73,765.15 points. Halting its five-day losing streak, the 50-share NSE Nifty rose by 42.05 or 0.19% to end at 22,530.70. Nifty and Sensex tanked more than 2% in the five days to Thursday amid high volatility ahead of the results of the Lok Sabha polls. “The pre-election trading strategy has come to an end, and all eyes will be on the re- lease of the exit poll for further action. Re- gional diversions, marginally low voter turnout and strong re- sistance at current range are prompting investors to adopt a cautious stance,” Vi- nod Nair, Head of Re- search, Geojit Finan- cial Services said. From the Sensex pack, Tata Steel, Bajaj Finance, HDFC Bank, Power Grid, IndusInd Bank, Larsen Tou- bro, ICICI Bank were among the gainers. Nestle India, Tata Consultancy Services Maruti Suzuki India, Infosys, Axis Bank, Hindustan Unilever were the laggards. The BSE midcap gauge ended flat, while smallcap index gained 0.76%. Among the indices, utilities climbed 2.10%, Realty 2.02%, Power 1.80%, Servic- es 1.60%, metal rose 1.28%, Telecommuni- cation 1.18%. Sheikh Shahjahan. FILE AAP legislator Amanatullah Khan. FILE
  • 9. INDIA 08 Jaipur, Saturday | June 1, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia AT DAR ES SALAAM PORT IN TANZANIA Adani Ports signs pact to operate terminal Agenciess New Delhi dani Ports and Special Eco- nomic Zone on Friday said its wholly owned subsidiary Adani International Ports Hold- ings Pvt Ltd (AIPH) has signed a 30-year conces- sion agreement with the Tanzania PortsAuthority to operate and manage Container Terminal 2 at the Dar es Salaam Port in Tanzania. East Africa Gateway Ltd (EAGL) has been in- corporated as a joint ven- ture of AIPH, AD Ports Group, and East Harbour Terminals Ltd (EHTL), the statement added. APSEZ will be the con- trolling shareholder and will consolidate EAGL on its books, it said. According to the state- ment, Container Termi- nal 2, with four berths, has an annual cargo han- dling capacity of 1 mil- lion twenty-foot equiva- lent units (TEUs) and managed 0.82 million TEUs of containers in 2023 – about 83 per cent of Tanzania’s total con- tainer volumes. The Dar es Salaam Port is a gateway port with a well-connected network of roadways and railways, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) said in a statement. A PM MODI TAKES STOCK OF SITUATION IN NATURAL DISASTERS-HIT STATES SHAHTAKESSTOCKOFRAIN,FLOODSITUATIONINNORTHEAST;ASSURESHELP New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took stock of the situation in several states in the wake of natural disasters after Cyclone Remal struck. He said in a post on X, “Unfortunately, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and West Bengal have witnessed natural disasters in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected there. The PM added, “Took stock of the pre- vailing situation. The central government has assured all possible support to the states and is continuously monitoring the situation. New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah took stock of the rain and flood situation in northeastern states and assured them of all possible help. Shah said he briefed PM Modi about the situation in Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram and he also expressed solidarity with the people affected. “Deeply concerned about the natural disasters triggered by Cyclone Remal in Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram. Also briefed PM Shri @narendramodi ji on the situation, who expressed solidarity with those affected,” Shah said on X, formerly Twitter. MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS SEVERAL LIVES LOST z In an attempt to provide respite to the devotees from heat- wave, the management of Ram Temple has made several arrange- ments, including a help centre, water coolers and ORS for people standing in queues z Six rivers in Assam and Manipur, includ- ing Brahmaputra, and Barak, are experiencing severe flooding, putting numerous districts in the region at risk, the Central Water Commis- sion has said z Jharkhand: Four die due to heatstroke, over 1,300 admitted to hospital z Odisha confirms 5 sunstroke deaths, 18 other cases under scrutiny z 10 poll personnel among 14 dead in Bihar due to heatstroke z Two children die of heatstroke in MP’s Gwalior: Report z 2 poll personnel die, 9 taken ill in UP’s Sonbhadra, heatstroke suspected: Report “Puneteenwasdrunkwhile driving,”hisfrindstoldcops Govt initiates tobacco-free edu institutions camp Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on World No Tobacco Day 2024 ANI New Delhi To mark ‘World No To- bacco Day’and as part of the National Tobacco Control Programme, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Fri- day initiated the Tobac- co-Free Educational In- stitutions (ToFEI) cam- paign to safeguard mi- nors and youth from to- bacco addiction. WorldNoTobaccoDay is observed worldwide every year on May 31. “As part of the Nation- al Tobacco Control Pro- gramme, the Ministry of Health and Family Wel- fare, Government of In- dia, has initiated the To- bacco Free Educational Institutions (ToFEI) cam- paign aimed at safe- guarding minors and youth from tobacco ad- diction,” the Ministry of Health said in Tobacco- free educational institu- tions (ToFEI) implemen- tation manual. In the manual, the Ministry of Health has advised im- plementing nine activi- ties in educational insti- tutions to transform them into tobacco-free zones. Activities to be imple- mented for tobacco-free educational institutions are as follows As per the Ministry of Education, signage for ‘Tobacco Free Premise’ and ‘Smoke-Free Area’ should be placed at prominent places on all floors of the Educational Institution. Agencies Pune Two friends of the 17-year-old teen at the heart of the Pune Porsche crash have claimed the boy was drunk when he killed two people while driving his father’s `2.5 crore supercar, police sources told the media this morning. Witnesses had told cops the car was travelling at 200 km per hour when it slammed into a bike carrying An- eesh Awadhiya and Ash- wini Koshta, both 24. The force of the impact meant Awadhiya and Ko- shta – IT professionals from Madhya Pradesh – were flung into parked cars and into the air. She died on the spot while he died in a hospital. Witnesses had earlier also said the boy seemed to be “heavily drunk” when detained by an an- gry crowd that formed after the incident. There were reports the boy was assaulted by the crowd. In the hours and days after the horrific incident – whichAwadhiya family has called “murder” – CCTV footage from a city bar showed the boy and his friends draped over a table laden with bottles of alcohol. BSFseizestwodronescarrying narcoticsnearIndia-Pakborder ANI New Delhi The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized two drones and a sub- stantial quantity of nar- cotics in two separate incidents near the India- Pakistan International Border in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district. The first drone was confiscated at around 8:10 pm on Friday from a farming area in CB Chand village. The sec- ond drone was intercept- ed on the outskirts of Kalsian village around 10:35 pm the same even- ing. The seizure high- lights the ongoing efforts by the BSF to curb the smuggling of narcotics and maintain security along the border. ADANI GROUP PROFIT JUMPS 55 PC IN FY24; EYES USD 90 BN INVESTMENT OVER NEXT DECADE New Delhi: Adani group saw a 55 per cent profit surge in the fiscal year ended March 2024 as the apples-to-airport conglomerate is back on an expansion spree and eyeing a USD 90 billion capex over the next decade. Emerging from a damning report of a US short seller, which hit market value of its listed companies, Adani group in 2023-24 (April 2023 to March 2024) fiscal focused on containing debt, reducing founder share pledge and consolidating business in core competencies. This helped net profit surge to Rs 30,767 crore for the group’s listed companies in the fiscal from Rs 19,833 crore a year ago, according to exchange data and analysts. Southwestmonsoonadvances:IMD INTO PARTS OF THE BAY OF BENGAL, TRIPURA, MEGHALAYA, ASSAM, SUB-HIMALAYAN WEST BENGAL AND SIKKIM First India Bureau New Delhi The Southwest Mon- soon has advanced into the remaining parts of northeast Bay of Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya andAssam and most parts of Sub- Himalayan West Ben- gal and Sikkim, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday. “The Southwest Monsoon has ad- vanced into the re- maining parts of the northeast Bay of Ben- gal and some parts of the northwest Bay of Bengal, remaining parts of Tripura, Meghalaya, Assam and most parts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim,” said the weather de- partment. The IMD on Thurs- day announced the on- set of Southwest mon- soon over Kerala and northeast India. The monsoon hit the coun- try’s mainland two days in advance of its normaldateofonseton June 1. Normally, the southwest monsoon sets in over Kerala on June 1 and it advances over most of northeast India by June 5. Thus, the southwest monsoon has set in over Kerala two days before the normal date and over northeast In- dia, six days before the normal date, ac- cording to the IMD. Villagers stand near the flooded portion of a road following rains in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal, in Hojai district of Assam, on Friday. PTI The bar owner and staff were arrested and questioned for serving liquor to a minor Women take cover under a scarf on a hot summer day amid heatwave in New Delhi, on Friday. PTI Border Road Organisation (BRO) personnel clear the snow from Rohtang Pass Highway, in Manali on Friday. ANI Villagers at a flooded area as incessant rains continue to pound Dima Hasao following cyclone ‘Remal’. PTI MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS z Porsche crash case: Accused minor's father, grandpa get 14-day judicial custody z Pune Porsche crash: Police seek nod from Juvenile Justice Board to probe minor BSF personnel recovered a total of 1,060 grams of suspected methamphetamine from the drones. Medical students take out an awareness rally on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day in Bhopal, on Friday. ANI 3 PEOPLE INFECTED WITH ANTHRAX: GOVT Koraput, Odisha: Three persons have been found infected with anthrax in Odisha's Koraput district, a health department official said on Friday. The three cases have been reported in the Laxmipur block between Tuesday and Thursday, he said. Anthrax is a disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Three persons tested posi- tive for anthrax infection. It is suspected that they came in contact with the carcass of an anthrax-infected cow, Koraput Additional District Medical Officer (Disease Control) Sathya Sai said.
  • 10. NEWS 09 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Saturday | June 1, 2024 IN T20 WORLD CUP 2024 Team India practice for warm-up fixture against B’desh ANI New York head of the warm-up fix- ture against Bangladesh in the much-awaited ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in the United States and the West In- dies, the Indian Cricket Team was seen practis- ing at the Nassau Coun- ty International Cricket Stadium on Friday. Visuals from the Nas- sau Cricket Stadium showedMeninBlueatthe practice nets. Players like Shivam Dube, Rinku Sin- gh, and Avesh Khan were seen bowling in the nets. India will start their T20 World Cup cam- paign on June 5 against Ireland at the newly con- structed Nassau County International Cricket Sta- dium in New York. Meanwhile, the most- awaited blockbuster clash between India and Pakistan will take place on June 9. India will later play tournament co-hosts the USA (June 12) and Canada (June 15) to wrap up their Group A matches. Team India’s skipper Rohit Sharma with the T20 World Cup trophy ahead of India-Bangladesh’s warm-up meeting on Friday. ANI The mission was established by UN Security Council in 2003. Palestinians walk, as they inspect the damage following a raid, in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday. Palestinians walk, as they inspect the damage after Israeli forces withdrew from Jabalia refugee camp on Friday. A woman carries belongings on her head following a raid, in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday. Donald Trump at Manhattan Criminal Court in NY on Thursday. The Joe Biden-Kamala Harris campaign welcomed the verdict. Supporters hold placards and flags following the announcement. People react after Donald Trump was convicted. One of the missiles struck a residential building close to midnight and was followed by another missile. PTI A Agencies New York The Israeli military said on Friday that its forces had advanced into central Rafah, pushing even deeper into the southern Gaza city despite an in- ternational backlash and pressure from allies to scale back the latest of- fensive. Israeli commandoes backed by tanks and artil- lery were operating in central Rafah, the Israeli military said in a state- ment, without specifying precise locations. On Wednesday, the Is- raeli military said it had established “operational control” over the border zone with Egypt, an eight-mile-long strip known as the Philadelphi Corridor on the outskirts of Rafah. Agencies Kharkiv Russian ballistic missiles slammed into an apart- ment block in Kharkiv and killed at least four people in a night-time at- tack, Ukrainian officials said Friday, a day after US President Joe Biden gave Kyiv a green light to strike back withAmer- ican weapons at Russian military assets targeting the country's second- largest city. Russia launched five S-300/S-400 ballistic missiles at Kharkiv over- night, Ukraine's air force said. One of them struck a residential building close to midnight and was followed by another missile 25 minutes later that hit first responders, according to regional Gov. Oleh Syniehubov. At least 25 people were injured, he said. Ukrainian officials have previously accused Russia of targeting rescue workers by hitting resi- dential buildings with two consecutive missiles. ANI New Delhi India’s gross domestic product (GDP) sur- passed all expectations and stood at 7.8 per cent in the January-March quarter. The full-year 2023-24 GDP has been revised upwards to 8.2 per cent from the second advance estimate of 7.6 per cent, according to data released on Friday by the Ministry of Sta- tistics and Programme Implementation. This surge marks an improvement from the 7.0 per cent growth re- corded in the preceding fiscal year, showcasing the resilience and strength of the Indian economy amidst evolv- ing global dynamics. According to the press release, sector-wise anal- ysis further illuminates the economic landscape, with real gross value added (GVA) experienc- ing a growth rate of 7.2 per cent in 2023-24, compared to the 6.7 per cent growth observed in 2022-23. Agencies United Nations At the request of Bagh- dad, the UN Security Council unanimously de- cided Friday that the United Nations political mission in Iraq would leave the country at the end of 2025 after more than 20 years. Earlier this month, in a letter to the council, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohamed Shia al-Sudani called for the United NationsAssis- tance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) to be closed. Al-Sudani said UNA- MI had overcome “great and varied challenges” and that “the grounds for having a political mission in Iraq” no longer exist. The UNSC resolution adopted on Friday ex- tended the mission’s mandate for “a final 19-month period until 31 December 2025 after which UNAMI will cease all work and op- erations.” INDIA WILL PLAY CO-HOSTS USA (JUNE 12) AND CANADA (JUNE 15) TO WRAP UP MATCHES Group A India Pakistan Ireland Canada United States of America (USA) Group C New Zealand South Africa West Indies Sri Lanka Afghanistan Group B England Australia Namibia Scotland Oman Group D Bangladesh Uganda Netherlands Papua New Guinea Nepal DONALD TRUMP BECOMES FIRST FORMER US PRESIDENT TO BE CONVICTED OF FELONY VIRAT KOHLI JOINS TEAM FOR CAMPAIGN New York: India’s premier batter Virat Kohli arrived here on Friday for the T20 World Cup, five days after his other team members but it is still not clear if he would be playing the warm-up game against Bangladesh on Sat- urday. “Kohli has checked in at the team hotel and after a long flight, he would be taking rest,” as per reports. This time too, for the T20 World Cup, the first batch of players flew in on May 25 while the second group touched down on May 28. GUILTY Agencies New York Donald Trump has be- come the first former US president to be convict- ed of a crime. Found guilty of falsifying busi- ness records to conceal a hush money payment to a porn star, Trump, found guilty on all 34 counts is now navigat- ing the legal and politi- cal ramifications of this historic verdict. The sentencing and potential appeals are just the be- ginning of the legal journey ahead, as Trump continues his bid for the presidency against Joe Biden in the upcoming election. The verdict has sparked intense debate and speculation about Trump’s future. WHAT HAPPENS NOW The next step is for Judge Juan Merchan to approve the verdict and enter a final judgment. This is usually a formal- ity. Sentencing typically follows within several weeks, but legal argu- ments can delay this process. Lawyers on both sides will recom- mend sentences, which will be debated at the sentencing hearing where Merchan will make a final decision. TRUMP SUPPORTERS CALL FOR RIOTS AND VIOLENT RETRIBUTION AFTER VERDICT Supporters of former President Donald Trump, enraged by his conviction on 34 felony counts by a New York jury, flooded pro-Trump websites with calls for riots, revolution and violent retribution. WILLTRUMPGO TOTHEPRISON? That is unlikely. While the maxi- mum sentence for falsifying business records is four years in prison, it is rare for first-time offenders of this crime in New York to receive prison time. Punishments like fines or probation are com- mon,” and alternatives like home confinement could be considered. WILL APPEAL HISTORIC CONVICTION: TRUMP COULD TRUMP STILL BECOME PRESIDENT? CAN THE FORMER PREZ VOTE FOR HIMSELF? WILL TRUMP'S CONVICTION AFFECT HIS CAMPAIGN? New York: Donald Trump said on Fri- day he would appeal the guilty verdict that made him the first U.S. president convicted of a crime, though he will have to wait until after his sentencing on July 11 before taking that step. “If they can do this to me, they can do this to anyone,” Trump said in his speech. Yes, the US Consti- tution only requires that presidents be at least 35 years old and natural-born US citizens who have lived in the country for 14 years. Even if he were in jail, Trump could theoretical- ly be sworn in as president on January 20, 2025. Yes, as long as Trump is not impris- oned in New York, he can vote for himself. Florida defers to other states’ rules on felony disenfranchise- ment, and in New York, felons regain their voting rights once they are out of prison, even if on parole. The conviction does not legally prevent Trump from running for or becoming president. The Republican National Convention, which will take place shortly after his sentencing, has no rules disqualifying a convicted nominee. Trump remains popular among the GOP base, and the party’s lead- ership is aligned with him. India’s GDP surpasses estimates, grows at 8.2 pc in FY24 and 7.8 pc in Q4 Pak: 5 killed in gas explosion due to hot weather PTI New Delhi At least 5 people died and 50 got injured in a gas explosion caused due to severe heat conditions in Pakistan’s Sindh, the officials said on Friday. “Four children and a woman have died after a gas cylinder explosion inside a shop left 50 other people injured in the Pa- kistani city of Hy- derabad,” the police said. The accident occurred on Thursday in a Hy- derabad-area shop in Sindhwhenagascylinder malfunctioned and blew up. The injured were tak- en to the hospital and five of the victims passed awayonFriday.“Afterthe explosion, the fire quickly spread on the residential floors,” the official said. Russia launched five S-300/S-400 ballistic missiles at Kharkiv overnight, Ukraine’s air force said Atleastfourkilled inmultipleRussian attacksonKharkiv UNpolitical msissionin Iraqtoendafter20years Israel pushes into Central Rafah in Southern Gaza offensive Israeli military says combat in part of north Gaza is over MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF MIDDLE EAST CRISIS z At least a dozen people were killed in two airstrikes Friday in Central Gaza. Two chil- dren and four women were among the dead. z Houthi rebels say 16 killed, 35 others wound- ed in joint US-British airstrikes in Yemen. z A global aid group asks warring forces to respect its neutral- ity, saying 24 of its aid workers have been killed. z A pro-Palestinian camp is dismantled while MIT students walk out of commencement.
  • 11. First India Plus to stream exclusive ‘Operation Moonlight’on June 8 First India Bureau Jaipur ajasthan’s own and the state’s first entertain- ment OTT platform, First India Plus, has secured the exclusive rights to the movie ‘Operation Moon- light,’ which will be streamed on June 8. Di- rected by Shekhar S. Jha and produced by Rinku Singh, the movie has been actively guided by the Income Tax depart- ment. The officers are real, the saga is real. Apart from a galaxy of stars, senior IRS officer Irina Garg, Chief Income Tax Commissioner, also plays an interesting char- acter in this edge-of-the- seat thriller, which de- picts the fight between steadfast IT officials and the tax mafia. “There is no perfect crime, there is no perfect preparation” is the buzzword in this movie, showcasing the cat-and-mouse game be- tween honest officials and those with tonnes of filthy lucre. ‘Operation Moonlight’ is a riveting tale of a ‘leaked search’ where evaders are better prepared, and the tax team is down and demor- alized. The struggle is to convert a failed prepara- tion into a success story. A scared conducting of- ficer, a prepared hidden kingpin, sinister designs, and the undying spirit of fearless officers make for a compelling watch. The audience can now witness the debut of this movie on First India Plus, which promises movie enthusiasts an adrenaline rush. Travel with these real officers on their journey of fear, live their zeal, feel their emotions, and walk with them on the path to glory. “Kosh Mulo Dand’Hap- py watching! R 10 Obstacles and failures are merely things which motivate the winner, and that is the key to winning. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Saturday | June 1, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia DistSecyin-chargesshouldvisit fields,ensureplaintredressal:CM Dr Rituraj Sharma and Vinod Singh Chouhan Jaipur Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma while presid- ing over the review meet- ing of Departmental sen- ior officials, district in- charge Secretaries, Divi- sional Commissioners and Collectors through VC at Secretariat, said that the District Secretary in charge should not lim- it himself to formal re- view meetings during his visit, but should conduct surprise inspections in the field and ensure ac- tual resolution of com- plaints and grievances. He directed that during field visits, necessary steps should be taken by conducting a detailed re- view of all new and old works and schemes along with electricity, water or agenda points. He also provided instructions for strict disciplinary action against personnel who are negligent in adminis- trative work. He said that it is the priority of the govern- ment to ensure adequate supply of electricity and water to the general pub- lic during the period of severe heat. He directed that the problem of trip- ping should be resolved immediately. Sharma said that to provide clean drinking water to the people of the state, the District Secre- tary in charge should monitoring the projects and works related to wa- ter supply. The Chief Minister said, “Many such cases have come to my notice, where there is no water but the line has been laid and the tank has also been built. Strict ac- tion should be taken against the personnel in- volved in such cases.” Sharma directed the of- ficials to cut illegal elec- tricity and water connec- tions, so that the consum- ers do not have to face any problem. The Chief Minister said that the government has provided adequate electricity to people de- spite the demand for electricity reaching a re- cord level of 3, 777 lakh units in summer season. Sharma appealed to the general public to use electricity and water ju- diciously. Chief Minister Sharma directed the officials to complete water storage projects before the Mon- soon season. He empha- sised controlling heat- wave and disease situa- tions, insisting on timely medical staff presence. He stressed no cow should suffer due to wa- ter or heat shortage. First India Bureau Jaipur Energy Minister Hiralal Nagar has requested Wa- ter Resources Minister Suresh Singh Rawat to connect about 50,000 hectares of land of vil- lages of Sangod, Ladpura and Ramganj Mandi area of Kota district, deprived of irrigation and drinking water schemes, to vari- ous irrigation projects. He has said that these projects should also be made a part of the inte- grated ERCP project, so that irrigation facilities can be developed on this land soon. He requested the Water Resources Minister, SS Rawat that before sending the pro- posal of PKC Link ERCP Project to the Centre for final approval, the Water Resources Department should also discuss with the field level officials so that the proposals re- ceived at the ground lev- el can also be included. Water Resources Min- ister SS Rawat and En- ergy Minister Heeralal Nagar held a detailed dis- cussion with senior offi- cials of the Water Re- sources Dept in this re- gard at Indira Gandhi Nahar Bhawan on Friday. During the discussion, Min Rawat directed of- ficials to immediately examine the suggestions of Energy Minister to in- clude the villages of Kota district in the scheme. Energy Minister urged swift completion of Par- wan project. Officials informed that 83% work done have set target complete it by Feb 2025. First India Bureau Jaipur As the crucial date of vote counting approach- es, the BJP has intensi- fied its organizational efforts, initiating a series of strategic meetings. This Saturday marks a significant milestone as a gathering of LS election campaign workers is scheduled to take place at the BJP state office. The meeting, slated to commence at 4 PM, will be presided over by BJP State President CP Joshi, reflecting the party’s top- level engagement in the electoral process. Nota- bly, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma is set to join the deliberations, underscor- ing the high stakes in- volved. State organiza- tion co-in-charge Vijaya Rahatkar will also be in attendance, ensuring a comprehensive assess- ment of the party’s cam- paign strategies. Jitendra Gothwal, the BJP State Secy and MLA representing Khandar, highlighted the signifi- cance of the meeting, emphasising its focus on knowledge sharing and meticulous planning. First India Bureau Jaipur While chairing a Senior Officers’ meeting at the Secretariat on Friday, CS Sudhansh Pant em- phasised the crucial role of state employees in ensuring good govern- ance. He directed de- partment heads to pri- oritise the completion of promotions and other service-related tasks for employees, noting that timely promotions fos- ter enthusiasm and ena- ble employees to effec- tively contribute to gov- ernance. Pant issued directives during the meeting to re- duce e-file clearance time to single digits, re- spond promptly to legis- lative inquiries, expedite recruitment processes, and adhere to Key Per- formance Indicators (KPIs). Aishwary Pradhan Dausa Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, LS Speaker Om Birla, Union Minis- ter Piyush Goyal offered prayers at Mehandipur Balaji Temple in Dausa Speaking to the media, Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma expressed confidence that the BJP government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, will be formed for the third time in the country. “We have prayed to Hanuman Ji Maharaj for good rains in the times to come and for a bountiful crop yield for the farm- ers,” he said. Meanwhile, Bhajan Lal Sharma and BJP leaders had a long discus- sion with Mahant Dr Nareshpuri at Mahant Niwas. “There was also an informal discussion about the development of the area, but this is not just an issue of a particu- lar person but of the en- tire public. For this, the Chief Minister will be requested by taking the people along,” Mahant Dr Naresh Puri said. Earlier, Om Birla and Piyush Goyal met CM Sharma at his residence, 8, Civil Lines. CM TO CHAIR A MEET OF POLICE DEPT TODAY FOLLOWING CM’S DIRECTIVE, HEALTH DEPT CRACKS DOWN ON NEGLIGENT DOCS The police review meeting, presided over by Chief Min- ister Bhajan Lal Sharma, is scheduled for today at 11 am. All Range Inspector Generals (IGs) and Super- intendents of Police (SPs) are expected to attend the meeting. After the high-level meeting of Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, the Health Depart- ment started taking strict action against careless officers. The Department has put on APO the CMHO of Bikaner and the Block Chief Medical Officer, Sridungargarh with immedi- ate effect for negligence in work. Additional Chief Secretary of the Medi- cal Health Department, Shubhra Singh, stated that during the visit of the Dis- trict In-charge Secretary, Bikaner’s Chief Medical and Health Officer, Dr Mohit Singh Tanwar, was absent. Similarly, negli- gence in duty was reported by BCMO Dr Jaswant Singh of Sridungargarh. The CM had instructed to APO both officers with im- mediate effect. Laxman Raghav CM Bhajan Lal Sharma chairs a review meeting with officials and District Collectors at Secretariat in Jaipur on Friday. CS Sudhansh Pant, Alok Gupta and others were present. l DMs now dispose of files in just 2 hrs 23 mins, a significant drop from the previous 36-hour average l Complaint disposal time on Rajasthan Sampark Portal reduced to 16 days this year Birla, Goyal CM pay obeisance at Mehandipur Balaji Temple Om Birla and Piyush Goyal and CM Bhajan Lal Sharma perform ‘Aarti’ at the famous Mehandipur Balaji Temple in Dausa district on Friday. The leaders also prayed for people’s prosperity. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being felicitated by Mahant Dr Naresh Puri with a stole at Mehandipur Balaji Temple. A THRILLING CLASH BETWEEN IT OFFICIALS TAX MAFIA IntegrateKota’sunirrigatedland intoERCPProject,urgesMinNagar Joshi to chair BJP meeting today in presence of CM BJP will win Lok Sabha polls with a huge majority: BJP State Prez Joshi Heeralal Nagar CS Pant: State employees crucial for good governance; prioritise their promotions Under ‘Mission Karmayogi,’ all the secretaries and officers must enroll and fulfill their roles in the transition from ‘rule-based’ to ‘role-based’ governance. They should also encourage other personnel to enroll. in the same. The programme offers approximately 1,038 types of courses that the officers can complete at their convenience without physical presence. SUDHANSH PANT, CHIEF SECRETARY Field officers should establish dialogue with complainants and ensure resolution of their issues. They should self-evaluate and set short, medium, and long-term goals to improve performance. Senior officers must approach rural problems with sensitivity and accountability, regularly spending nights in rural areas and holding Chaupals to address people’s concerns. BHAJAN LAL SHARMA, CHIEF MINISTER The draft of the transfer policy for government officials and personnel has been prepared and will soon be presented to the Chief Minister. Additionally, 2,000 new appointments have been made in the last 15 days. SUDHANSH PANT, CHIEF SECRETARY First India Bureau Jaipur BJP State President CP Joshi, during a press con- ference at BJP HQs, as- serted that BJP will se- cure a significant major- ity in upcoming LS polls Joshi remarked, “Con- gress’s sole objective is to exploit power and the public. It has never truly cared for the state, offer- ing only promises and slogans while misleading the public regarding ERCP. Scams were ram- pant in coal and power purchases, and no effort was made to make the state self-reliant in the power sector. While the BJP implements reforms in the power sector, the Congress worsens it dur- ing its rule. “After BJP government took office, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, under PM Modi’s leadership, intro- duced the ERCP scheme and secured the Yamuna WaterAgreement. We’ve also made significant de- cisions benefiting the public and the state. The BJP will fulfill its prom- ises in key sectors like water and electricity in five years,” he said. Courtesy Meeting... Governor Kalraj Mishra met with Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel at the Raj Bhavan in Lucknow on Friday. This was a courtesy meeting between the two Governors. They discussed various topics during the meeting. CP Joshi being felicitated by Pinkesh Porwal with a shawl during a press conference at BJP Headquartes in Jaipur on Friday. Pramod Vashishtha and others were also present.