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TODAY LS POLL
RESULTS
MODI 3.0
LOADING
THIS LOK SABHA ELECTION WAS
ALL ABOUT ‘AAYEGA TOH MODI’!
INDIA HAS SET A WORLD RECORD
WITH OVER 64.2 CRORE VOTERS
CEC RAJIV KUMAR HAILS HISTORIC
31.2 CR WOMEN PARTICIPATION
Moni Sharma
New Delhi
Riding high on the exit
polls predictions, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
and the Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) are poised to
secure a historic third
term in office. The exit
polls indicate that the BJP
is on track to win a major-
ity of seats in the legisla-
ture. Meanwhile, a meet-
ing of key leaders includ-
ing Amit Shah, is under-
way at Party President JP
Nadda’s residence ahead
of the result day.
Modi’s third term
would be unprecedented,
as no Prime Minister has
ever won three consecu-
tive elections in India.
PM Modi’s popularity
has soared with each
election, making him an
extraordinary political
figure. The BJP’s cam-
paign for the 2024 Lok
Sabha election was cen-
tered around Modi for a
compelling reason.
In addition to the offi-
cial swearing-in ceremo-
ny of the new govern-
ment, a confident BJP
— buoyed by the exit
polls — is planning a sig-
nificant “political event,”
likely scheduled for the
weekend. Sources reveal
that preparations for the
BJP’s grand celebration
are already underway.
Sweets have been or-
dered, tents and decora-
tions at the BJP head-
quarters are in full swing,
and party workers are
ready for a massive cel-
ebration once the results
are declared. MORE ON P2
SECTION 144 IMPOSED AROUND DELHI AIRPORT;
DRONES & LASER BEAMS BANNED TILL JULY 30
Delhi Police has
banned drones
and laser beam
operations in area falling
in approach path of flights
at IGI Airport. The order
will be in place until July
30. Police have imposed
Section 144, primarily
meant to ban large gath-
erings if they fear unrest or
danger. Measures
were being taken
to allow safe move-
ment of “VVIP
planes” ahead of
formation of
new govt
& PM’s
oath.
Not‘LaapataaGentlemen’,
wewerehere,Kumarquips
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar alongwith ECs Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh
Sandhu during a press conference regarding the Lok Sabha elections, in New Delhi on Monday.
C
EC Rajiv Kumar
said on Monday
that ECs were
always present and nev-
er went missing, dis-
missing social media
memes that referred to
them as “Laapataa Gen-
tlemen”. Addressing a
press a day before the
results of 7-phase LS
poll are declared, Ku-
mar said, “Now memes
can say ‘Laapataa Gen-
tlemen’ are back,” he
quipped. Recapping the
recently concluded LS
election, Kumar stated
that India set a world re-
cord with 64.2 crore vot-
ers, including 31.2 crore
women, exercising their
franchise this year.
Kumar said that the
system of Indian polls
allows for post-election
scrutiny, however, there
was a “fake narrative”
of faulty voter lists and
turnout data that was be-
ing peddled by some
quarters. “Neither did
we delay the publication
of voter turnout data
data, nor did we alter the
data. Still there is talk of
irregularities in voter list
or calls to 150 DMs and
collectors. We need to
fight false narrative bet-
ter,” he said. TURN TO P2
The Election Commission of India will
ensure that the next general election
concludes by the end of April, having
learnt its lesson from the relentless heatwave that
claimed the lives of over 33 on-duty poll workers.
RAJIV KUMAR, CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER
EC REFUSES TIME TO JAIRAM RAMESH TO
BACK CLAIMS ON SHAH CALLING UP DMs
The Election Commission on Monday
refused to grant additional time to Congress
General Secretary (Communications) Jai-
ram Ramesh to back his claims that Home Minister
Amit Shah tried to influence 150 district magistrates
and collectors ahead of counting. Ramesh, who
was asked to submit “factual” details by the Sunday
evening, responded seeking a week’s time to reply.
Modi wave on D-Street!
Exit poll euphoria drives the market rally, investors richer by `11 lakh crore
I
ndian equity markets
soared to new heights
on Monday, driven
by exit polls suggesting a
third term for Prime Min-
ister Narendra Modi and
the BJP-led NDA with a
strong mandate.
BSE Sensex opened at
a record high, climbing
2,178 points, or 2.94%,
to reach 76,139, while
the Nifty50 surged 579
points, or 2.57%, to trade
at 23,109 by 9:17 am. At
around 10:20 am, Sensex
was up 2,118.84 points at
76,080.15, the Nifty50
rose 665.60 points to
23,196.30. The broader
markets also witnessed
stellar rally, driven by a
sharp plunge in volatility.
Investor sentiment was
buoyed by prospect of
continued investment in
infra and manufacturing
under Modi’s leadership.
So, Nifty Energy, Nifty
PSU Bank, Nifty Realty
were top gainers, each
rising between 4-5%.
Stockbrokers in a jubilant mood as Sensex and Nifty hit all-time
highs on the eve of the 2024 Lok Sabha poll results on Monday.
Key sectors such as PSU banks, oil and gas,
financial services, metals, realty and auto
saw gains of more than 3-5 percent
STRONG GDP GROWTH
Another factor contributing to today’s positive rally
is India’s GDP growth numbers for FY24 and the
fourth quarter, released last week. India’s economic
growth accelerated to 8.2% for the financial year ending
March 2024, driven by government spending on infrastruc-
ture and a real estate boom, as reported last week.
IN BRIEF
#JConModiXFactor Show hits
38 million views on Bharat24!
New Delhi: The Narendra Modi
Show on Bharat24 became a su-
perhit! The JC Show, titled -“4
June ki Mrig Marichika and X-
Factor Modi’, telecast on 27
May - became popular across
the country. Till now 3 crore 80
lakh (38 million) people have
watched this Modi show on
Bharat24’s social media.
ACB nabs 2 project directors,
retd AAO taking `1.2L bribe
Jaipur: The ACB, on Monday,
raided the office of Rajasthan
State Road Development and
Construction Corporation Limit-
ed (RSRDC) where ACB team
arrested 2 project directors and a
retired assistant account officer
(AAO) for taking bribe of `1.20
lakh. `1.25 crore cash recovered
from retired AAO’s house. P4
Lifer to ex-BrahMos engineer
for spying for Pakistan’s ISI
Nagpur: Nagpur district court
on Monday handed life impris-
onment to former BrahMos
Aerospace Pvt Ltd engineer
Nishant Agarwal under the Offi-
cial Secrets Act for spying for
the Pak’s intelligence agency
ISI. Agarwal will also have to
undergo rigorous imprisonment
(RI) for 14 years, fined `3,000.
Daughter of IAS couple dies
by suicide at Nariman Point
Mumbai: A 27-year-old daugh-
ter of an IAS couple allegedly
died by suicide by jumping from
a high rise at Mumbai’s Nari-
man Point on Monday. A 7-page
suicide note found in her room
said no one should be blamed
for her death, she had not scored
good marks in her exams, so she
was anxious about her studies.
Self-declaration certificate
must for advts from June 18
New Delhi: After SC’s order
that all advertisers or agencies
must submit a ‘Self-Declaration
Certificate’ before publishing or
broadcasting any advt, Ministry
of I&B has introduced new fea-
ture on Broadcast Seva Portal
for TV and Radio Advts and on
Press Council of India’s portal
for print & digital/internet advts.
LeT commander among two
terrorists killed in Pulwama
Srinagar: Two LeT terrorists,
including self-styled command-
er of the outfit, were killed in an
encounter with security forces
in J&K’s Pulwama district on
Monday. IGP-Kashmir, VK Bir-
dhi said ultras — identified as
Riyaz Dar and Rayees Dar —
were killed in exchange of firing
during a cordon, search ops. P5
Very first spell of rain during the
Southwest Monsoon in Bengaluru
broke the 133-year-old record for
the highest daily rain in June. P5
Preps underway by polling officials for counting at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Monday.
BSE Sensex
BSE Sensex
BSE Sensex
Nifty50
Nifty50
Nifty50
2,178 points
2,118.84 points
2,507.47 points
579 points
665.60 points
733.20 points
MARKET SUMMARY
9:17 AM
10:20 AM
3:30 PM
76,468.78
23,263.90
BSE
NIFTY
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal
Sharma paid a courtesy
visit to Governor Kalraj
Mishra on the eve of
Lok Sabha 2024 Election
results, at Raj Bhavan on
Monday. During his visit,
the CM had meaningful
discussions with the
Governor on various
public interest issues
related to the State.
COURTESY
MEETING!
ALL EYES ON COUNTING
OF VOTES FROM 8 AM
Around 64.2 crore
votes that were
polled during the Lok
Sabha election in 7 phases
between April 19 and June
1 will be counted from 8 am
onwards today. By evening,
nation will have clear image
of who would govern it for
next 5 yrs as fate of 8,360
candidates, including 797
women, in 542 seats (272
majority) will be sealed.
PM Narendra Modi
00 10 30 60
20 40 70 80
50 90 100
POLITICAL DISCOURSE
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar meets PM Modi
PTI
New Delhi
ihar Chief Min-
ister Nitish Ku-
mar met Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
here on Monday, a day
before the Lok Sabha
poll results will be out.
There was no official
word on the details of the
meeting.
Kumar’s JD(U) is part
of the BJP-led NDA and
is seen as a declining,
though still significant,
force in the state amid
strong efforts by the RJD
to challenge the ruling
combine.
The chief minister has
been at the helm in Bihar
since 2005 except for a
brief period but there
have been some ques-
tions over his future as
the BJP and the RJD are
the two biggest parties in
the state.
There was no official word about the meeting between PM Modi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.
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FINALVERDICTTODAY
As per Exit Polls, Modi is set to secure a historic 3rd term, but will NDA be 400 paar?
Sharat K Verma
Jaipur
inally after a long
wait of over one-
a n d - a - h a l f
months, the result will be
out today that who wins
the Lok Sabha elections
and who is going to form
the new government
whethertheBJP-ledNDA
orOpposition’sI.N.D.I.A.
bloc.
Today’s election result
will make or break the
reputation and credibility
of the parties involved as
everyone had made tall
claims about their victo-
ry, be it Prime Minister
Narendra Modi or Oppo-
sition leaders.
But Modi has a proven
track record of achieving
the big targets of two con-
secutive victories in Lok
Sabha elections of 2014
and 2019 with a thump-
ing majority. In the past
too, he has had a prestig-
ious record of becoming
the Gujarat chief minister
not once but for three
consecutive terms that
too with full majority.
LS POLLS 2014
After his successful in-
nings as the Gujarat Chief
Minister for three con-
secutive terms, in 2014
Narendra Modi (then
BJP’s Prime Ministerial
candidate) set a target of
“Mission 272” (majority
mark in Lok Sabha) and
he exceeded this target
when BJP won, 282 seats
on its own. The tally of
National Democratic Al-
liance (NDA) was 336
seats in 2014.
LS POLLS 2019
In 2019, PM Modi coined
the slogan of “Abki baar
300 paar” and “Ek baar
phirModisarkaar”andhis
prediction again proved to
be true when the BJP won
303seatsonitsownandits
NDA got 353 seats.
WHAT’S IN STORE
FOR MODI IN 2024?
Now in the 2024 general
elections, Modi has set a
higher target of “Abki
baar 400 paar”. If he
again succeeds in achiev-
ing this goal, Modi’s stat-
ure will become such a
towering high that not
only his peers but also his
predecessors will be
turned into dwarfs.
Modi’s win today will
put him at par with Pandit
Jawaharlal Nehru who
was elected India’s Prime
Minister for three con-
secutive terms in 1951,
1957 and 1962. Once
Modi joins Nehru’s elite
class it will be very dif-
ficult for others to emu-
late him for decades to
come because to achieve
this feat one has to be ca-
pable, intelligent, hard-
working, consistent and
popular like Modi which
is almost impossible for
today’s and coming gen-
erations’ leaders. Almost
all exit polls have pre-
dicted Modi’s victory in
the 2024 Lok Sabha polls
and a couple of them have
even forecast NDA’s tally
crossing 400.
In another scenario, if
Modisucceedsinforming
government for the third
consecutive term but fails
to achieve his “400 paar”
target, it will give conso-
lation to the Opposition
parties. The Opposition’s
I.N.D.I.A. bloc will find
solace in this only that
Modi has not been able to
achieve his “Abki baar
400 paar” target even
though he has scored a
hattrick of victories in
Lok Sabha elections.
I.N.D.I.A. BLOC’S
CHANCES
And, if I.N.D.I.A. bloc
wins it would give a new
dose to Opposition par-
ties, including Congress,
which are going weaker
election after election.
On June 1, when voting
was still going on for the
last and the final phase of
Lok Sabha elections, the
I.N.D.I.A. bloc held a
meeting at Congress
president Malllikarjun
Kharge’s Delhi residence
where the members of
Opposition bloc tried to
show unity while trying
to put a brave face.
This was for the first
time since the start of
run-up to the Lok Sabha
polls that the Opposition
bloc unanimously gave a
number of them “win-
ning 295” seats and the
ruling NDAalliance “be-
ing falling short at a little
over 200 seats”.
Otherwise, throughout
the election campaign,
all the Opposition mem-
bers were giving differ-
ent numbers of the NDA
in general and the BJP in
particular. In fact, they
were outsmarted by PM
Modi who in the Parlia-
ment itself had claimed
of coming to power for
the third consecutive
term with over 400 seats.
All they (Opposition
leaders) were saying was
that “the BJP and NDA
will not achieve the tar-
get of 400 seats”. They
realised their mistake
only after voting of three
phases was completed
and EVMs of almost half
of the seats had already
been sealed. Then they
started claiming their
win, but it seems damage
had already been done
by then.
On Sunday again, the
I.N.D.I.A. bloc leaders
rejected the exit polls
terming them “bogus”
and reiterated that they
will win 295 plus seats.
FINALLY
Both the NDA and the
I.N.D.I.A. bloc ran to-
tally contrasting election
campaigns in these elec-
tions. While all leaders of
the ruling alliance kept
firm on their slogan of
“Abki baar 400 paar”
throughout their election-
eering, the I.N.D.I.A.
bloc ran a lackluster and
haphazard campaign.
Soon the result would be
out today that who suc-
ceeds and who fails.
NDA supporters prepare laddoos on the eve of the results of Lok Sabha elections in Patna, on Monday. PTI
Modi’s win today will put him at par with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who
was elected India’s Prime Minister for three consecutive terms in
1951, 1957 and 1962. Once Modi joins Nehru’s elite class it will be very
difficult for others to emulate him for decades to come because to
achieve this feat one has to be capable, intelligent, hardworking,
consistent and popular like Modi which is almost impossible for
today’s and coming generations’ leaders
The entire counting pro-
cesswasdescribedas“ab-
solutely robust,” and all
issues raised by multi-
partydelegationsweread-
dressed, he added. Kumar
shared that over 90% of
495 complaints of Model
Code of Conduct viola-
tions were disposed of
during the 2024 general
elections. He also stated
that the EC successfully
controlled the menace of
deep fakes and AI-gener-
atedsyntheticcontentdur-
ing the election.
CEC also highlighted
that seizures of Rs 10,000
crore, including cash,
freebies, drugs and liquor
were made during the
2024 polls compared to
Rs 3,500 crore in 2019.
The commission issued
notices to top leaders, and
FIRs were filed against
many and top officials
transferred to sanitise the
poll process. The poll
panel also called JK
voterturnouthistoric,says
‘Have created global re-
cord with 2024 elections.’
FROM PAGE 1
CAPF’s 400 companies to remain
positioned in Bengal till June 19
Agencies
Kolkata
Fearing post-poll vio-
lence, the Election Com-
mission (EC) has decided
to retain 400 companies
of Central Armed Police
Forces (CAPF) in West
Bengal till June 19.
Initially, it was decided
that400companieswould
be retained in the state
only up to June 6, just two
days after the counting
date (June 4). However,
insiders from the office of
the Chief Electoral Of-
ficer (CEO), West Ben-
gal, said in the wake of
ground-level reports hint-
ing towards the possibili-
ty of a breakout of mas-
sive post-poll violence, it
has been ultimately de-
cided to increase the re-
tention period of CAPF in
the state till June 16.
They added, that the
rest of the arrangements
relating to the retention
of CAPF after the count-
ing date will be the same.
Of these 400 companies,
115 companies will be of
the CRPF, 118 will be of
the BSF, 71 of the Cen-
tral Industrial Security
Force (CISF), 60 of Sa-
shastra Seema Bal and 36
of Indo-Tibetan Border
Police (ITBP).
Violence continues at Bhangar
AHEAD OF COUNTING DAY
Agencies
Kolkata
With less than 24 hours
remaining for counting
for Lok Sabha polls to be-
gin, tension and violence
continue unabated in
Bhangar in West Bengal.
Bhangar, one of the
seven Assembly constit-
uencies under Jadavpur
Lok Sabha in South 24
Parganas District, has
been witnessing repeated
clashes between the All
India Secular Front
(AISF) and Trinamool
Congress activists since
Monday morning.
Tension mounted early
morning after two Trina-
mool Congress workers
were beaten up, allegedly
by AISF supporters.
However, the AISF
leadership has claimed
that the violence by the
villagers was in retalia-
tion to goons backed by
TrinamoolCongressbeat-
ing up a localAISF leader
late on Sunday night.
However, the Trina-
mool Congress leader-
ship has rubbished the
allegations and claimed
that while some of their
supporters were return-
ing to Bhangar they were
not allowed entry by
armed AISF activists.
FI TOON
SHEKHAR
You were doing a lot of
guesswork. Today is the
test of your acumen.
F
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NEW FLIGHTS SOON
Direct flight toAbu Dabhi  Bikaner from Jaipur
First India Bureau
Jaipur
nternational and
regional con-
nectivity is set
to increase from Jaipur
International Airport
with the introduction of
direct flights to Abu
Dhabi and Bikaner. Eti-
had Airways will com-
mence daily commercial
operations connecting
Jaipur to Abu Dhabi
starting June 16th.
Flight number EY367
will depart Jaipur every
day at 11:00 AM, arriv-
ing in Abu Dhabi at 1:00
PM local time. The re-
turn flight will leave
Abu Dhabi at 3:05 AM
and reach Jaipur at 8:05
AM.
Additionally,Alliance
Air will initiate direct
flights to Bikaner from
June 17th, operating
twice a week on Mon-
days and Fridays. Flight
number 91833 will de-
part Jaipur at 2:10 PM
and arrive in Bikaner at
3:20 PM. The return
flight will leave Bikaner
at 3:45 PM and land in
Jaipur at 4:35 PM.
“Etihad Airways will
operate seven days a
week from June 16th,
connecting Jaipur Inter-
national Airport to Abu
Dhabi’s Zayed Interna-
tional Airport. The city
is now connected to 75
prominent cities of the
world,” said a senior of-
ficial of Jaipur Airport.
This development is
expected to boost tour-
ism and business travel,
enhancing Jaipur’s con-
nectivity on both inter-
national and regional
fronts, and contributing
to the city’s growth and
accessibility.
Bharat Dixit
Jaipur
Vice Chancellor of Uni-
versity of RajasthanAlpa-
na Kateja conducted a
tour of Constitution Park
located in the Ravi Vihar
campus. The inspection
comes ahead of the park’s
inauguration scheduled
for June 19. The inaugu-
ration ceremony will be
officiated by Governor
Kalraj Mishra.
All the universities in
the state are establishing
Constitution Parks to edu-
cate students about the
historical significance
and details of the Indian
Constitution.
In addition to the park
inspection, discussions
were held regarding the
preparations for the con-
vocation ceremony at the
President’s office. The
convocation ceremony is
also scheduled to take
place on June 19 of this
month. Amidst this, uni-
versity administration of-
ficials are actively en-
gaged in making neces-
sary arrangements for
both events.
Etihad Airways to
start operations
from June 16 for
Abu Dabhi -the city
connected 75 cities
of the World.
Alliance Air too will
operate for Bikaner
from June 17th
I
FI TOON
SHEKHAR
Hello Doctor, please come
quickly. We might need
you at any moment.
Raj cities brace for heatwave with mercury nearing 45 degrees Celsius
WEATHER SHIFTS
HEATWAVESETTORETURN
First India Bureau
Jaipur
AccordingtoMeTdepart-
ment,Rajasthanisexpect-
ed to experience clearer
skies and an increase in
temperatures from June 4.
However, most cities are
likely to have tempera-
tures below 45 degrees
Celsius. The weather is
predicted to remain clear
on June 5 as well. From
June 6, there will be an-
other change in weather
pattern. A new weather
system will become ac-
tive, affecting eastern Ra-
jasthan. During this peri-
od, gusty winds and scat-
tered light rainfall are ex-
pected in some areas, ac-
companied by occasional
thunderstorms. In Jais-
almer, there has been a
slightdecreaseinintensity
oftheheatduetotheinflu-
enceofthewesterndistur-
bance. The maximum
temperature in city
dropped to 42.5 degrees
Celsius. However, tem-
peratures are expected to
range between 43-44 de-
grees Celsius until June 5.
The recent change in
winds has provided some
relief from the heat. How-
ever, the onset of mon-
soon is anticipated in last
week, providing further
relieffromscorchingtem-
peratures. The onslaught
of heatwave continues to
pose a threat in State, with
two fatalities reported due
to heatstroke in past 24
hours, and 49 individuals
identified as exhibiting
symptoms of heatstroke.
So far, a total of 12 deaths
have been confirmed due
to the heatwave.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
A son who does not take
care of his parents has no
right to live in their house.
The Senior Citizens
Maintenance and Welfare
Tribunal ordered a son to
vacate the house.The pre-
siding officer and SDM
Sanganer Himmat Singh
ordered the Mansarovar
SHO for the compliance
of the order.
An 85-year-old man
BalkishanAgiwal and his
77-year-old wife had filed
a case against their son
Kamal Maheshwari and
daughter-in-law Meera
while making serious al-
legations against them.
Advocate Mahendra
Soni and Poorvi Malpani
pleaded on behalf of el-
derly couple and said that
couple was harassed and
evicted from their house.
First India Bureau
Bharatpur/Bhilwara
In Nadbai, a bicycle rally
was organized to cele-
brate World Bicycle Day.
The rally was flagged off
bySub-DivisionalOfficer
Gangadhar Meena. Par-
ticipants included block-
levelofficials,employees,
and local children. The
event kicked off on Mon-
day morning, with offi-
cials and children gather-
ing at railway station
premises. In Bhilwara,
Bhilwara Cycle Club or-
ganized a bicycle rally to
inspire public to use bi-
cycles instead of vehicles
for daily tasks, aiming to
reduce vehicle pollution.
On this occasion Chief
Minister Bhajan Lal Shar-
ma and Deputy Chief
Minister Diya Kumari
extended their heartfelt
wishes, emphasizing the
importance of cycling for
health and environmental
sustainability.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In the meeting of Dis-
trict Disaster Manage-
ment Committee held
in CollectorateAudito-
rium on Monday, Dis-
trict Collector Prakash
Rajpurohit said that the
officers of all the de-
partmentsandagencies
related to the general
publicshouldcomplete
the necessary prepara-
tions before the mon-
soon as soon as possi-
ble and minimize the
response time on the
complaints lodged by
the citizens so that
quick relief can be pro-
vided to the affected.
He directed the offi-
cerstomakethedepart-
mental control room
more effective, gather
adequate resources,
check the available re-
sources including
earthen sacks, mud
pumps,makenecessary
arrangements in com-
munitycenters,remove
encroachment from the
roads, repair the slip
lane of the highway,
closetheopenelectrical
box. The District Col-
lector also directed to
complete the cleaning
of drains as soon as
possible before the
monsoon, ensure avail-
ability of additional re-
sources for waterlog-
ging areas, start anti-
malaria activity, fill
potholes on roads, get
patchwork done, get
dilapidated buildings
repaired, get tilted trees
and electric poles dis-
posed of, get lids in-
stalled on sewerage
holes, increase vigi-
lance on other dams
including Nevta, Kevta
and Chandlai.
Foreign tourists trying to protect themselves from the heat using umbrellas at the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur on Monday. NAIM KHAN
Prakash Rajpurohit with the senior officials during meeting
of District Disaster Management Committee in Collectorate
Auditorium in Jaipur on Monday.
RATHORE ARRANGES GREEN SHED FOR PEOPLE IN JHOTWARA
Rajyavardhan
Rathore, cabinet
minister in the
Rajasthan government
and BJP MLA from
Jhotwara, on Monday,
arranged a green shed
for the public at Main 200
Feet Square, Hirapura,
Ajmer Road, Jhotwara to
provide them relief from
the scorching heat. People
were also given water.
Rathore cleaned the area
along with the public and
said that together we are
determined to build a
clean, healthy and golden
developed India. He hum-
bly requested everyone to
cooperate in fulfilling the
resolution of clean Jhot-
wara. Expressing gratitude
to the people, he said that
every bit of his life was
dedicated to public service
and national interest was
paramount for him.
Rajyavardhan Rathore giving Sharbat to labourer on Monday.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Shortageofelectricityand
drinking water has led to
protestsacrossthestate.In
Kota’s Ramganj Mandi,
there was chaos in the wa-
ter supply department af-
ter BJP leader Mukesh
Meena climbed a tank
over drinking water short-
age as it coincided with
ministerMadanDilawar’s
visit. But after two hours
of persuasion and laying
of 200-feet pipeline start-
ed, Meena came down.
In Bikaner, Congress
workers reached the Col-
lectorate under the leader-
ship of former minister
BD Kalla over water and
electricity problems and
submitted a memoran-
dum. Meanwhile, angry
people climbed a tank in
protest. Ward Councillor
Sunil Gedar alleged that
there was no drinking wa-
ter supply in 17 days in
Rampura Gali No 4  5.
In Jamwaramgarh,
people demonstrated out-
side the gram panchayat
office over water issues.
Water woes: Power, water supply
shortage cause stir across State
Get ready to handle
monsoon mayhem: Jpr
Collector to his team
DistrictCollector
Rajpurohitasks
officialstocomplete
necessary
preparationsbefore
themonsoon
RUVCKatejainspectsConstitution
Park,tobeinauguratedonJune19
AnoopBartariyagivingdetailsof
under construction Constitution
Park to RU VC Alpana Kateja
during inspection on Monday.
(Right) Construction work.
MUKESHKIRADOO
Sub-divisional officer Gangadhar Meena flagged off a cycle rally
on World Bicycle Day in Nadbai, Bharatpur on Monday.
Neglectingparents:Court
ordersmantovacate house
State level panel
constituted for
organ donation
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In a significant move to
advance organ transplan-
tation program, the med-
ical dept has reconstitut-
ed the State Level Steer-
ing Committee. ACS
Health Shubhra Singh
shared details about new
committee’s formation.
The Committee will be
chaired by the Principal
of SMS Medical College
and includes several no-
table members: Dr. Ram
Daga, Dr. PrachisAshad-
hir,Advocate Ram Singh
Bhati, Senior Regional
Director from Ministry
of Health and Family
Welfare, Joint Secretary
of Medical Edu Dept rep-
resenting the state govt.
This reconstitution is ex-
pected to bolster organ
donation initiative.
CMSharma,DyCMDiya
wishonWorldCycleDay
RETIREES ON JUNE
30 TO GET NOTIONAL
INCREMENT: HC
Jaipur: Secre-
tary Finance
(Budget)
Debasish Prusty has
clarified that employ-
ees retiring on June
30, in whose favor
the High Court has
passed the decision,
will get notional benefit
on increment. Their
pension will be re-fixed
by giving a notional
salary increment and
the cash benefit of the
difference of monthly
pension amount will be
payable. He said that
the cash benefit will be
payable from 11 April
2023 or the retirement
date, whichever is
later. Other benefits
like gratuity, commuta-
tion, cash amount in
lieu of earned leave will
not be payable.
GST RECOVERY
3-month grace period announced by CBIT
Vimal Kothari
Jaipur
he Central
Board of Indi-
rect Taxes
(CBIT) has advised GST
taxpayers to be patient
for recovery of outstand-
ing GST and to wait for
three months to start re-
covery action.
Three months will be
calculated from the date
of receipt of the notice by
the taxpayer.
The board has issued
instructions to field of-
ficers to start the process
of recovery of outstand-
ing GST. The process of
recovery of outstanding
GST is done under Sec-
tion 78 of GST law. Per-
mission of the compe-
tent officer will be re-
quired for recovery of
outstanding GST 3
months in advance.
Recovery of outstand-
ing GST can be started 3
months in advance only
in serious circumstances
like the risk of business
closure, taxpayer going
bankrupt, etc.
For this, sufficient evi-
dence will have to be
provided to the con-
cerned officer.
Sanjay Mangal, Princi-
pal Commissioner GST,
has issued a letter to all
the Principal Chief Com-
missioners/Chief Com-
missioners, Principal Di-
rector Generals/Director
Generals.
State’s Chief GST Ad-
visor Pankaj Gheeya said
that CBIC took this step
in the series of ease of
doing business.
GST Advisor CA Ak-
shay Jain said that with
this instruction of CBIC,
unnecessary pressure
from GST officers will
be curbed.
Recovery of outstanding GST can be started 3 months in advance
only in serious circumstances like the risk of business closure,
taxpayer going bankrupt, etc.
GST Advisor CA
Akshay Jain said that
with this instruction
of CBIC, unnecessary
pressure from GST
officers will be
curbed
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ACBraidsRSRDC,arrests3with`1.20lakhbribe
ACB crackdown: 2 patwaris held
for bribery in Pratapgarh  Alwar
Naveen Sharma
Jaipur
The (ACB) on Monday
conducted a raid on the
Rajasthan State Road
Development and Con-
struction Corporation
Limited (RSRDC) office,
resulting in the arrest of
two project directors and
a retired assistant ac-
count officer (AAO) for
accepting a bribe of Rs
1.20 lakh. The project di-
rectors had delivered the
bribe to the retired AAO,
who was working on a
contract from Dholpur-
Bharatpur. Following the
trap, the ACB team
searched the retired
AAO’s residence in Jag-
atpura, where they dis-
covered Rs 98 lakh in
cash and a note-counting
machine.
ACB Director General
Dr Ravi Prakash Mehar-
da stated that the head
office had received re-
ports of ongoing bribery
in RSRDC construction
projects across various
districts. The scheme in-
volved collusion be-
tween project directors
and contractors, with
bribes being paid to the
(MD) of RSRDC for
budget allocation and
bill payments.
During a search of
Executive Engineer and
Project Director Siyar-
am Chandrawat’s home
in Dholpur, Rs 32 lakh
in cash was recovered.
The ACB also searched
the house of Executive
Engineer and Project
Director Laxman Singh
in Bharatpur. The retired
AAO, Mahesh Gupta,
who was working as a
consultant officer on
contract at the RSRDC
office, had demanded
bribes from the project
directors for approving
road project bills and
budget allocations.
In the search operation
at Mahesh Gupta’s
house, the ACB found, a
note-counting machine,
jewelry, and property
documents.
First India Bureau
Pratapgarh/Alwar
TheAnti-Corruption Bu-
reau (ACB) is in action
mode, making significant
strides against corruption
in the state. On Monday,
theAlwarACB team car-
ried out a major opera-
tion in Bansur, trapping a
patwari (land record of-
ficer). The patwari, Anil
Yadav, was caught red-
handed demanding a
bribe of INR 10,000 for
processing a land muta-
tion. The ACB team has
taken Yadav into custody
and brought him toAlwar
for further investigation.
In another decisive ac-
tion in Pratapgarh, the
ACB team arrested a pat-
wari on charges of ac-
cepting a bribe of INR
4,000. During the opera-
tion, a total of INR
46,520 was recovered
from the patwari’s pos-
session. The depart-
ment’s team is now con-
ducting searches at his
residence and other loca-
tions linked to him.
First India Bureau
Bharatpur
The Anti-Corruption
Bureau (ACB) team in
Bharatpur arrested a
Naib Tehsildar on Mon-
day evening for alleg-
edly accepting a bribe of
Rs 35,000. The arrest
took place at the Jheel
Ka Bada sub-tehsil of-
fice in Bayana during a
sting operation conduct-
ed by the ACB team.
According to Amit
Singh, the Additional SP
of ACB Bharatpur, the
arrest followed a com-
plaint lodged by a peti-
tioner alleging that Nay-
ab Tehsildar Bal Swa-
roop Dhakad demanded
a bribe of Rs 35,000 for
registering the sale deed
of a piece of land. After
verifying the complaint,
the ACB team sprung
into action and caught
Dhakad red-handed
while accepting the
bribe.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma on Monday
expressed grief over the
death of 13 citizens of
Jhalwar district near the
Rajasthan-Rajgarh bor-
der on Sunday.
“Sad news has been
received about the death
of 13 citizens of Jhalawar
district in an unfortunate
road accident on Piplodi
Road in Madhya Pradesh.
My condolences are with
the grieving families of
the deceased,” the Ra-
jasthan Chief Minister
wrote in a post on X.
The Chief Minister
stated that “necessary in-
structions have been giv-
en to the senior officials
of Rajasthan to coordi-
nate with the officials of
Madhya Pradesh to de-
liver the dead bodies to
the families of the de-
ceased and ensure proper
treatment of the injured”.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Dr Nirmal Jain, state
president, Digambar
Jain Mahasabha has de-
manded that the chair-
man of the Minority
Commission should be
from the Jain communi-
ty or there will be a pro-
test if they do not get
proper representation.
The community has been
given the status of mi-
nority because it has a
single-digit percentage
in the country’s popula-
tion. Under the policies
of the Congress govt,
minority commissions
were formed, but no rep-
resentation of any kind
was ever given to any
Jain in the minority com-
mission.
Jain said, “I demand
from the govt that what-
ever facilities are being
given to a minority com-
munity should be given
to Jains.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Farmer leader and Pink
City Union president
Nirmal Saini has com-
plained to Chief Minister
Bhajan Lal Sharma re-
garding Muhana Mandi.
He said that for 10 years,
around 850 shops of the
second phase were closed
due to the strictness of
the administration.
Saini complained
about illegal fare collec-
tion on roads and govern-
ment platforms outside
Phase I shops and ques-
tioned entry of unauthor-
ized traders. He said,
“Recently, other leaders
also accused the Mandi
administration of extort-
ing lakhs of rupees. A
week ago, whenAgricul-
tural Marketing Admin-
istrator Kaushalya Devi
showed opposition,
stones were pelted at us.”
Dinesh Jangid
Dausa
In a dramatic develop-
ment in Sikrai, Dausa,
four individuals climbed
a water tank in Kailai to
protest over a land dis-
pute. The group, consist-
ing of two women and
two men, demanded ac-
tion on their grievances
by climbing the tank and
refusing to come down
for 36 hours.
The standoff ended
when admin officials and
localvillagersmanagedto
persuade the protestors to
descend. The officials in-
volved in the negotiations
included SDM Yashwant
Meena, CO Deepak Mee-
na, Tehsildar Surendra
Kumar, Sikandara SHO
Mahaveer Singh, Kailai
Sarpanch Shravan Sube-
dar, Pradhan Sultan Bair-
wa, and Mandal President
Vishambhar Basra.
CRIME
ROUNDUP
SIT FORMED TO PROBE MINOR’S GANGRAPE IN AJMER
The ACB seized Rs 1.25 cr including Rs 98L cash found at retired AAO Mahesh Gupta’s house till
Monday night. ACB also found a note-counting machine, jewellery,  property documents
Mahesh Gupta
Rs 98 lakh in cash recovered from retired AAO’s house.
Madan Singh
Mohil
BJP and other organisations reached Ajmer Collectorate and met
the Collector and SP in Ajmer on Monday.
Laxman Singh Siyaram Chandrawat
Patwari Anil
Yadav
Tehsildar arrested for taking
`35,000 bribe in Bharatpur
CONSTABLE HELD WITH
`10,000 BRIBE
MISCREANTS LOOT
DAIRY AGENT OF `8L
CUSTODIALDEATH:POLICE
STAFFSENTTOLINES
2 SAINTS MURDERED IN
JHUNJHUNU ASHRAM
Udaipur: The (ACB)
in Udaipur has
arrested Constable
Mukesh Choudhary from
Savina police station,
catching him red-handed
while accepting a bribe
of Rs 10,000. The arrest
follows a complaint lodged
by a victim,
Prabhulal,
with the ACB.
According to
ACB officials,
Prabhulal
reported that
a few days ago, the Savina
police had intercepted his
bus transporting 20 crates
of liquor to Gujarat. Subse-
quently, Prabhulal and an
associate were sent to jail
by the court, and the bus
along with the liquor was
seized by the excise dept.
Ajmer: BJP and other organizations demanded the
formation of SIT to investigate the case of gangrape
and blackmail of a minor girl student of a private
school. IG Lata Manoj Kumar directed to form an SIT. A team
of 17 officers, including Additional SP, and CEO has been
formed. On Monday, BJP  other organizations reached
Ajmer Collectorate and met the Collector and SP, and hand-
ed them a memorandum for an investigation by SIT. BJP city
president Ramesh Soni said that the incident was akin to the
1992 Black Man case. The accused has been arrested. He
threatened the girl with making her obscene pictures viral 
extorted money from her. -Shubham Jain
Jaipur: Three
bike-borne miscre-
ants looted a dairy
collection agent in Jaipur of
Rs 8 lakh in broad daylight
on Monday. They pushed
Parmanand (40), a cash
collection agent in Saras
Dairy, on the road and beat
him up, and sped away with
a bag full of cash.Police put
up blockades but the mis-
creants could not be traced.
Police are scanning CCTV
footage installed around the
crime scene. Police officer
(trainee IPS) Vishal Jangid
said that the incident hap-
pened when Parmanand
was crossing Goner Tiraha
after collecting money from
milk dairies.
Jhunjhunu: In the
case of the death of
the rape accused
in Jhunjhunu Mandrela
police station, Superinten-
dent of Police Rajarshi Raj
Verma has sent the entire
divisional police station
staff to police lines. Two
ASIs, two head constables,
19 constables have been
sent to police lines. On May
29, rape accused Gaurav
Sharma died at the police
station after his health dete-
riorated. His brother-in-law
filed a report against eight
people, including station
officer Ravindra Kumar.
Dissatisfied with the police
action, they refused to take
the body of the deceased.
Jhunjhunu: Sing-
hana police in
Jhunjhunu reached
Bhodan Ashram to inves-
tigate the murder of two
saints here. They have
recovered a blood-stained
brick, rolling pin used in
the murder and a bike. The
deceased sadhus Vash-
ishthgiri, resident of Narnaul
and Gautam Shekhawat,
resident of Bagad were
murdered in Bhodan’s
ashram and their bodies
were found near Navata.
Lakhandas and a sadhvi
of the ashram involved in
the murder are absconding.
Prima facie it appears that
the murder was over some
money.
Ashish Choudhary
Rajsamand
The body of a 13-year-
old boy who had fallen
into a well in the Chhap-
li village of Rajasthan’s
Rajsamand district on
May 31 was retrieved,
police said on Monday.
Personnel from State
Disaster Relief Force
along with Rajsamand
civil defence team, police
and local divers under-
took efforts to rescue the
teenager who had fallen
into the well on Friday,
according to (SP) Manish
Tripathi.
NDRF personnel were
called in and with the
help of underwater cam-
eras the body was found
around 10 am today, the
official said adding that
the body had got stuck in
a crevice inside the well.
NDRF retrieves body of
13-year-old who fell
into well 3 days ago
CMexpressesgriefover
lossof13livesinRajgarh
Digambar Mahasabha
seeks Minority body
head from Jain community
Personnel from SDRF along with Rajsamand civil defence team,
police  local divers also undertook efforts to rescue the teenager.
Dr Nirmal Jain, state president, Digambar Jain Mahasabha 
others at a press conference in Jaipur.  SUNIL SHARMA
13 people died when a tractor-trolley overturned in Piplodi, Rajgarh.
Muhana Mandi
traders complain
to CM Bhajan Lal
Dausa: Land
dispute protest
ends peacefully
Danger Zone!
A partially open manhole at MI Road poses a risk to pedestrians and commuters in
Jaipur speaks volumes about the administration’s apathy towards public safety.
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Southwest monsoon enters parts of Telangana a week earlier
Tourists enjoy at the Kempty Falls on a hot summer day in Mussoorie, on Monday.  PTI
First India Bureau
Hyderabad
The southwest monsoon
entered parts of Telan-
gana on Monday, the
MeT office said.
Monsoon has entered
Nagarkurnool, Gadwal
and Nalgonda districts of
south Telangana and is
advancing rapidly.
Usually, the monsoon
enters Telangana in the
second week of June but
this time it has arrived
early, providing much-
needed respite to people
from sweltering heat and
raising hopes of a good
crop among farmers.
Monsoon on Monday
covered some more parts
of Karnataka, Rayala-
seema and Coastal
Andhra Pradesh.
AccordingtoHyderabad
Meteorological Centre,
conditions are favourable
forthesouthwestmonsoon
to cover entire Karnataka,
Rayalaseema, Telangana
and the rest of coastal
Andhra Pradesh over the
next four to five days.
Pre-monsoon rains
lashed parts of Telangana
on Sunday night. Hy-
derabad and surrounding
districts received light to
moderate rains accompa-
nied by gusty winds. The
winds uprooted trees at
few places, disrupting the
electricity supply.
Meanwhile, the India
Meteorological Depart-
ment (IMD) has issued a
yellow alert in Telangana
for the next five days.
BENGALURU METRO
SERVICEDISRUPTED
Bengaluru: Met-
ro services on
the purple line
were disrupted after a
tree branch fell over the
Metro track after heavy
rain and strong winds as
Karnataka experienced
heavy rainfall on Sun-
day. The services were
restored on Monday.
HEATWAVEINDELHI,UP,
8OTHERSTATES:IMD
New Delhi: The
IMD has said that
as the Southwest
monsoon progresses over
the Arabian Sea, Bay of
Bengal, Lakshadweep,
Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karna-
taka, and Andhra Pradesh,
atmospheric conditions in
these regions are expected
to bring downpours.
YAMUNABOARDTOLDTO
HOLDEMERGENCYMEET
New Delhi: The
Supreme Court on
Monday asked the
Upper Yamuna River Board
to convene an urgent emer-
gency meeting on June 5
of all stakeholder states
to resolve the water crisis
faced by the residents of
Delhi. Now, the matter has
been posted for June 6.
LeTcommanderamong2
terroristskilledinPulwama
First India Bureau
Srinagar
Security forces shot dead
two militants including
one of the longest surviv-
ing Lashkar-e-Taiba ultra
in an encounter in JK’s
Pulwama district on
Monday, officials said.
While police said that
the identities and group
affiliation of the duo was
beingestablished,official
sources said that one of
the slain was top LeT
commander Riyaz Ah-
mad Dar alias Khalid
alias Sheeraz, a resident
ofSetharGundKakapora
Pulwama who was active
for the last nine years.
“Dar, in his mid thir-
ties, joined militancy in
2015 and was active in
the district. His killing is
abigsetbacktotheLeT,”
a security official said.
Police said the en-
counter between mili-
tants and joint forces
erupted at Nihama Pul-
wama area early this
morning during a cordon
and a search operation
by joint forces.
“The joint operation
was launched last night
following an input. This
morning as the joint team
of security forces ap-
proached towards the
suspectedspot,thehiding
militantsfiredindiscrimi-
nately upon them, which
was retaliated effectively
leading to an encounter.
In the encounter that last-
ed several hours two ter-
rorists were killed,” a
police officer said.
He said the two ultras
were given an opportu-
nity to surrender. “How-
ever, they did not heed to
the calls and opened fire
on the joint forces,” he
further added.
CRPF personnel stand guard during an encounter with
terrorists, in Pulwama district, on Monday.  PTI
80th Staff Course
starts at DSSC in
Wellington, TN
First India Bureau
Wellington
The 80th Staff Course com-
menced on Monday at the
Defence Services Staff Col-
lege (DSSC) in Wellington,
Tamil Nadu. The course is
designed to train mid-career
officers from the Indian
Army, Navy, and Air Force
to become proficient staff
officers and future military
leaders and equips officers
with the knowledge and
skills necessary to operate
effectively in an integrated
tri-services environment.
Court extends K
Kavitha’s judicial
custody till July 3
Agencies
New Delhi
The RouseAvenue Court
on Monday extended the
judicial custody of Bharat
Rashtra Samithi (BRS)
leader Kalvakuntla Kavi-
tha in a money launder-
ing case till July 3.
Special Judge Kaveri
Baweja extended the cus-
todyaftertheBharatRash-
tra Samithi leader was
produced before the court
in pursuance of its earlier
order issuing a production
warrant against her.
PTI
New Delhi
ThreecoachesoftheJhan-
si-bound Taj Express train
caught fire in southeast
Delhi’s Sarita Vihar on
Monday. No one was in-
jured in the incident as
passengersmanagedtoget
outoftheaffectedcoaches
in time, officials said.
The cause of the fire
was not known immedi-
ately. The train had start-
ed from New Delhi Rail-
way Station at 3 pm and
caught fire between Okh-
la and Tughlakabad rail-
way station, police said.
CoachesD3D4were
gutted, while D2 was par-
tially damaged, police
said, adding they were
general chair car coaches.
TajExpresscatchesfire
inDelhi,nocasualties
Flame billows out after fire
broke out in Taj Express train, in
New Delhi, on Monday.  PTI
TOP
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SPIRITUAL SPEAK
Acts of kindness hold great
significance, spreading positivity
beyond our awareness.
BUDDHA
IN-DEPTH
A SCIENTIST BREAKS THE
GLASS CEILING IN MEXICO
SMILE AND PREPARE
FOR LOSS OF TREES
laudia Sheinbaum’s election as Mexico’s
first woman president in “200 years” marks
a historic milestone for the nation. As a for-
mer Mexico City mayor, she has demonstrated a
commitment to progressive policies and environmen-
tal sustainability. Her leadership during the COV-
ID-19 pandemic showcased her ability to navigate
complex crises with a focus on public health and
social equity.
Sheinbaum’s presidency is expected to bring a re-
newed focus on combating corruption, improving
public safety, and advancing gender equality. Her
background in energy science and engineering, rare in
political leadership, equips her with a unique perspec-
tive on technological and environmental challenges.
However, Sheinbaum faces significant hurdles, in-
cluding deep-seated issues of crime and inequality.
Balancing economic growth with environmental pres-
ervation will be critical, as will maintaining political
stability in a polarized society. Her success will depend
on her ability to foster unity and implement reforms
that resonate with Mexico’s diverse population. Shein-
baum’s presidency is a beacon of progress and a test
of Mexico’s visionary leadership.
C
n Delhi and other North Indian states, includ-
ing hill stations, soaring temperatures and
unbearable heat dominate daily conversa-
tions. Discussions often focus on deforestation and
urbanization. As more air conditioners are used to
combat the heat, the resulting rise in greenhouse gas
emissions is often overlooked. The Uttar Pradesh
government’s request to the National Green Tribunal
(NGT) to cut down 33,000 fully grown trees along
the KanwarYatra route to facilitate pilgrims’progress
makes all the talk about saving the environment and
the threat to mankind seem like mere eyewash.
According to a
newspaper report, the
NGT took suo motu
cognizance of the
Union Environment
Ministry’s permis-
sion for the UP gov-
ernment to cut down
1,10,000 trees and
plants for projects in
Ghaziabad, Meerut,
and Muzaffarnagar
districts. Needless to
say, their replace-
ments would take at
least a decade to
reach the same height
and provide a compa-
rable green canopy.
Imagine a pilgrim-
age route devoid of
green cover! The
Kanwar Yatra occurs
during the month of Shravan, so the sun and heat are
usually not major issues, unless the monsoon brings
scanty rainfall, making the weather hot and humid.
But pilgrims’comfort far outweighs global warming
and rising temperatures in north India as Shravan is
the month of Lord Shiva and the pilgrims travel hun-
dreds of kilometers to offer obeisance to the deity.
The state government has reportedly assured the
NGT that it has earmarked 222 hectares for afforesta-
tion in the Lalitpur district and deposited Rs 1.5 crore
with the forest department. Lalitpur is part of Jhansi
division. Some solace for environmentalists.
I
The state
government has
reportedly assured
the NGT that it has
earmarked 222
hectares for
afforestation in the
Lalitpur district and
deposited Rs 1.5
crore with the forest
department. Lalitpur
is part of Jhansi
division. Some
solace for
environmentalists
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he Pakistan
o c c u p i e d
K a s h m i r
(PoK) expe-
rienced tur-
moil over the past weeks
against the high electricity
tariffs, reduced subsidies
on wheat and a general
lack of development in the
region. The Pakistani secu-
rity forces used brute force
to quell the protests but the
public braved the atrocities
and forced the government
to concede their demands.
Normalcy was only re-
stored after the Jammu
Kashmir Joint Awami Ac-
tion Committee (JAAC),
an alliance of civil rights
groups, called off their
protest. The protests were
among the largest and
most intense in recent
years, driven by wide-
spread discontent over the
Pakistani government’s
policies on basic ameni-
ties, and a general lack of
development. The protests
ended after Pakistan Prime
Minister approved a grant
of Rs 23 billion to meet
most of their demands.
Maharaja Hari Singh ac-
ceded the complete state of
Kashmir including Gilgit,
Baltistan, Kashmir, Jam-
mu, Leh and Ladakh to
India in 1948. These areas
were never acceded to Pa-
kistan making all this as
Indian Territory. Abroga-
tion of Article 370 has ir-
reversibly cemented JK
as an integral part of India
like other states and it has
brought into focus the fu-
ture of illegally occupied
PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan
(GB). In September 1994,
the Pakistan Supreme
Court held that since the
Gilgit-Baltistan region was
not part of Pakistan, the
judicial matters pertaining
to it were outside the pur-
view of the Pakistani
courts. Ipso facto Gilgit-
Baltistan is legally not part
of Pakistan. PoK and GB
have been administered
under special Councils
headed by the Prime min-
ister of Pakistan without
representation in the Paki-
stan national assembly.
Recent statements by In-
dia’s ruling party leaders to
take back PoK is just a
rhetoric or real must be
seen keeping Defence
Minister’s assertion to take
it without using force.
PoK covers an area of
13,297 sq km with a total
population of about 4.5
million. Majority popula-
tion is Muslim but Punjabi
and not Kashmiri due to a
planned demographic in-
version. There is very little
cultural affinity to people
in India anymore and they
have been at the receiving
end in three wars and in
cross LoC duels. So, any
kind of affinity to India
from people of PoK is not
going to be so easy.
Gilgit- Baltistan (Bal-
waristan) encompasses an
area of approx. 73,000 sq
km with a population of
about 2 million. It is a trib-
al area with Shia majority,
a huge Sunni Influx has
upset the ethnic balance
leading to sectarian strife.
GB lies in lap of the great-
est mountain ranges of the
world — Hindukush,
Pamirs, Karakorams and
Himalayas. The backbone
of the China - Pakistan
Economic Corridor
(CPEC), the Karakoram
highway runs through this
region. The region is criti-
cal for water security of
Pakistan and gives India a
direct access to Afghani-
stan and the Central Asian
Republics (CARs).
The continued depriva-
tion of political, economic
and human rights is driv-
ing the people of this stra-
tegic northern end of Paki-
stan to desperation. Gilgiti
and Balti soldiers have
sacrificed their lives for
Pakistan without recogni-
tion and their poor treat-
ment in the aftermath of
the Kargil War has alien-
ated them. CPEC is also
depriving them of liveli-
hood due to influx of Chi-
nese labour and anti - Chi-
na sentiments. Large scale
disturbances and agitations
are envisaged seeking in-
dependence from Pakistan.
STRATEGIC LINES
OF ACTION
Unified national approach
with clear and unambigu-
ous wider consensus to
retake the PoK and GB
area as this amount to add-
ing 6.5 million people of
minority class and a com-
mitment in which India
should be prepared to in-
vest for the long haul with
consistency and sincerity.
While PoK puts India on
the doorstep of Islamabad,
Gilgit Baltistan gives ac-
cess to Afghanistan and
CARs. PoK and GB are
distinct and different and
the people of GB do not
want to get clubbed with
PoK which makes it im-
perative to de hyphenate
them as separate strategic
objectives. India needs to
give a clear message to
China and Pakistan to stop
CPEC projects in PoK and
GB and establish a direct
communication channel
with the people of PoK and
GB.
Now is the best time to
start the process as Paki-
stan is down on many
counts and China is caught
in an economic slowdown,
trade war and its own
homeland problems. The
international community
including the US is fed up
of Pakistani antics and
tacit support to India is be-
coming a reality. India
must project that restoring
PoK and GB to India is
only a correction of an his-
torical anomaly. If PoK
and GB are re-amalgamat-
ed into India, stabilisation
of Afghanistan will be a
big relief to global com-
munity including the US
and Russia and help keep-
ing China at bay.
Soft power in terms of
media, understanding trib-
al culture, democracy, as-
pirations, shared socio-
economic values, history,
et al should be employed to
commence the people’s
movement. Once basic
ground is made, hard pow-
er initially economic and
political and as a last resort
the military power may
have to be used. The finer
issue is how to make it non
- military, non - nuclear
and non - controversial.
India must avoid copying
Pakistani approach (in
Kashmir) while dealing
with matter of PoK and GB
and the struggle of local
population against Paki-
stan government must re-
main the focal point.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
TURMOIL IN POK AND GILGIT–BALTISTAN
DOESITMAKEINDIA’S
CASESTRONGER?
T
Col Rajesh
Bhukar
The writer is a Post
Graduate in International
Studies, Alumni of Defence
Services Staff College,
Wellington and College
of Combat, Mhow
OPERATIONAL
ACTION LINES
Fruits of democracy
and progress in India
and political participa-
tion through filling of
JK assembly seats
earmarked for PoK and
GB and exploiting poor
human rights record of
Pakistan. Pakistan is a
failed state with heaped
economic misery. Dis-
proportionate allocation
of CPEC resources in
PoK and GB, high infla-
tion making basic needs
like water and food out
of common men’s reach.
A concerted diplomatic
effort must be launched
to give people of PoK
and GB moral support
and provide a com-
mon platform to all
organisations seeking
independence from
Pakistan. Expose the
demographic inversion
and Chinese influx in
the PoK and GB region.
Have economic and
political arrows pierc-
ing Pakistan initially but
ultimately it may be the
military strength that will
determine outcome of
this entire campaign.
The Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) experienced
turmoil over the past weeks against the high
electricity tariffs, reduced subsidies on wheat and a
general lack of development in the region. The
Pakistani security forces used brute force to quell
the protests but the public braved the atrocities and
forced the government to concede their demands.
Normalcy was only restored after the Jammu
Kashmir Joint Awami Action Committee (JAAC), an
alliance of civil rights groups, called off their protest
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Exploit Pakistan’s fault
lines specific to POK and
Gilgit-Baltistan. Some
lines of action are: —
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illionaire Elon
Musk surpassed
Bernard Ar-
nault and Jeff Bezos to
become the richest per-
son in the world, as per
the Forbes Real Time
Billionaires list.
With the new rankings,
Elon Musk’s net worth
has soared to $210.7 bil-
lion, while LVMH’s
Bernard Arnault holds
second place with $201
billion, and Amazon
CEO Jeff Bezos is in
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A report had earlier
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Larry Ellison and Mark
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The Oxfam report had
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Agencies
Damascus
Israeli airstrikes after
midnight Monday killed
12 pro-Iranian militias in
Syria’s northern province
of Aleppo, the Syrian
Observatory for Human
Rights said.
The militias, consist-
ing of Syrian and non-
Syrian nationals, have a
significant presence in
the area surrounding the
city of Aleppo, it said.
The attack hit several
sites in the countryside of
Aleppo, mainly in the
town of Hayyan north-
west of Aleppo. Several
explosions were heard
across the city.
The observatory noted
that the attack comes as
part of an escalation of
Israeli attacks on posi-
tions held by the Leba-
nese Hezbollah and Ira-
nian militias in Syria
since last month.
Meanwhile, the Syrian
Defense Ministry con-
firmed that several indi-
viduals were killed in the
Israeli aggression target-
ing points near Aleppo.
ISRAELIAIRSTRIKESKILL12INSYRIA
PTI
New York
The International Cricket
Council on Monday an-
nounced a record prize
purse of USD 11.25 mil-
lion for the 2024 T20
World Cup with the win-
ners pocketing at least
USD 2.45 million.
The runners-up will
receive at least USD 1.28
million, while the losing
semi-finalists walk away
with USD 787,500 each.
The previous edition in
2022 had a total prize
pool of USD 5.6 million
with winners England re-
ceiving USD 1.6 million.
“The ninth edition of
the ICC Men’sT20World
Cup will see the winners
of the 20-team tourna-
ment earn at least $2.45
million, the highest prize
money in the history of
the tournament, along
with the trophy that they
will lift in Barbados on 29
June,” said the ICC.
The teams that fail to
make it out of the Super
8s will earn USD 382,500
each, while the teams
placed ninth, 10th, 11th
and 12th receive USD
247,500 each. Partici-
pants who finish 13th to
20th place will return
$225,000 each.
z Malnutrition hits children of Gaza as
mothers search for milk
z Mediators urge Israel, Hamas to accept
truce outlined by US President
z Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu views a
plan outlined by US President Joe Biden
for a truce in Gaza and hostage release
deal as “partial”, a spokesman said.
z Blinken to discuss Gaza plan, says onus
on Hamas to accept deal
z Dozens of aerial objects launched from
Lebanon land in Northern Israel
MAJOR WAR HIGHLIGHTS
Dubai: Forced displacement has
pushed over a million people away
from the Gazan city of Rafah, the
United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency
said on Monday. The small city on the south-
ern edge of the Gaza Strip had been shelter-
ing around 1 million Palestinians who fled
Israeli assaults on other parts of the enclave,
aid groups said. The Israeli military has told
civilians to go to an “expanded humanitarian
zone” some 20 km (12 miles) away.
ILLION FORCED TO FLEE RAFAH, LIVE
IN “UNSPEAKABLE” CONDITIONS: UN
Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on Monday.
Claudia Sheinbaum addressinghersupporters inMexico, onMonday.
South Africa players celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka’s Pathum
Nissanka during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between
South Africa and Sri Lanka in Westbury, New York, on Monday.
US Vice President Kamala Harris
It was a second attack in the country in less than one week. The
strikes have increased since outbreak of Israel’s war with Hamas. Israel tells citizens to
avoid travel to Maldives
 explore Indian beaches
PTI
Jerusalem
Israel has advised its
citizens, including
those holding an addi-
tional foreign passport,
to avoid travelling to
theMaldivesandasked
those staying there to
leave the Indian Ocean
archipelago, a day after
the Maldivian govern-
ment decided to ban
Israeli passport holders
from entering the
country amidst the
deadly war in Gaza.
The recommenda-
tion is also valid for
Israeli citizens hold-
ing a foreign passport,
in addition to the Is-
raeli passport.
The Israel Embassy
in India has asked Is-
raeli citizens to visit
India and explore In-
dian beaches. The em-
bassy noted that Israeli
tourists are warmly
welcomed in India.
ICC announces highest ever prize for T20 WC
z South Africa beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in T20
World Cup Group D match in New York.
z The Proteas seamers ran riot as Lanka perished for
a mere 77, their lowest-ever total in the tournament.
z Anrich Nortje took a historic four-wicket haul, with
only three SL batters scoring in double figures.
z Namibia beat Oman in the Super Over to kick-start
their campaign in the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup.
z Match 3 of the tournament was a low-scoring thriller
as Namibia just couldn’t accomplish the 110-run
target at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
z Batting first, Oman were bowled out for 109 in 19.4
overs at the Kensington Oval.
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Agencies
Mexico City
Claudia Sheinbaum was
elected Mexico’s first
woman president by a
landslide Sunday, mak-
ing history in a country
plagued by rampant
criminal and gender-
based violence.
Crowds of flag-waving
supporters sang and
danced to mariachi music
in Mexico City’s main
square celebrating the
ruling party candidate’s
victory. She thanked her
main opposition rival
Xochitl Galvez, who con-
ceded defeat.
Sheinbaum, a scientist
by training, won around
58-60% of votes, accord-
ing to preliminary offi-
cial results from the Na-
tional Electoral Institute.
That was more than 30
percentage points ahead
of Galvez, and some 50
percentage points ahead
of the only man running,
long-shot centrist Jorge
Alvarez Maynez.
Agencies
Washington
Donald Trump has sug-
gested that sending him
to prison could prove a
“breaking point” for his
supporters -- a warning
that will fuel concerns of
political violence around
the US presidential elec-
tion on November 5.
The former president
and current Republican
White House hopeful ac-
knowledged the possibil-
ity of jail time or house
arrest following his his-
toric criminal conviction
in a hush money trial.
“I’m ok with it,”
Trump said, but added he
was “not sure the public
would stand for it.”
“I think it would be
tough for the public to
take. You know at a cer-
tain point there’s a break-
ing point,” he said.
The warning will reso-
nate in a country already
concerned about the pros-
pect of civil unrest and
politicalharassmentinthe
run-up to the November
election. Trump will now
be running as a felon, and
he has repeatedly refused
to commit to accepting
the result should he lose
to President Joe Biden.
Claudia Sheinbaum is
Mexico’s first woman
President in historic win
Trump says sending him to prison would
be “Breaking Point” for the supporters
I want to thank
millions of Mexican
women and men who
decided to vote for us
on this historic day. I
won’t fail you.
CLAUDIA SHEINBAUM
Air Canada announces expansion of its flight
network to India by increasing seat capacity
Indian student, 23, goes missing in the United
States, was last seen in Los Angeles: Report
Ottawa: Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada, on
Monday announced the expansion of its flight
network to India, adding 40 per cent more seat capacity
beginning late October for the coming winter 2024-25
season. The country’s flag carrier said it will operate 25
weekly flights with 7,400 seats each week this winter from
Canada to India, comprising up to 11 weekly flights.
These include flights from Toronto to Delhi and Mumbai,
daily flights from Montreal to Delhi and daily flights to
Delhi from Western Canada via London Heathrow.
Houston: A 23-year-old Indian student is missing in
the US state of California since last week and police
have sought the public’s help in finding her, the latest case
in the country as the community grapples with a string of
such incidents involving students. Nitheesha Kandula, a
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)
student, went missing on May 28, according to the police.
She was last seen in Los Angeles and was reported
missing on May 30, John Guttierez, Chief of Police,
CSUSB, said in a post on X on Sunday.
10 killed, 5 missing
during heavy rains
across Sri Lanka
Colombo: Ten
people were killed
and five others missing
during the past 24 hours
as heavy rains and strong
winds lashed out across
Sri Lanka, the Disaster
Management Center said.
Most of the deaths were
reported from the capital
Colombo as over 150 mm
of rain was experienced.
The Health Ministry said
that it had instructed all
health directors to be on
alert and ready for any
emergency in hospitals.
Singer Sonu Nigam
awarded Honorary
Fellowship in UK
London: Bollywood
singer Sonu Nigam,
who was in the UK for a
concert series, has been
awarded an Honorary
Fellowship by a leading
Indian diaspora students’
organisation for his world-
wide impact in the field of
music. The National
Indian Students and
Alumni Union UK
conferred Nigam with the
Fellowship during his
packed performance at
Wembley Arena in
London last weekend.
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Names Net Worth
(in billion)
Elon Musk $210.7
Bernard Arnault $201
 Family
Jeff Bezos $197.4
M Zuckerberg $163.9
Larry Ellison $146.2
Larry Page $142.6
Sergey Brin $136.6
Warren Buffett $134.9
Bill Gates $128.6
Steve Ballmer $123.1
San Francisco: More women
are attaining the top job at com-
panies in the SP 500, but their
numbers are still minuscule compared
to their male counterparts. Of the 341
CEOs included in the AP’s annual
compensation survey, 25 are women.
That’s the most women making the list
since the survey began in 2011. But the
numbers haven’t budged very much.
The second highest tally was 21 wom-
en in 2017. The survey, based on data
analyzed for The Associated Press by
Equilar, includes CEOs at SP 500
companies who have served at least
two fiscal years at their companies,
which filed proxy statements between
Jan. 1 and April 30, 2024.
MORE WOMEN MADE THE LIST OF TOP PAID CEOS IN 2023, BUT
THEIR NUMBERS ARE STILL SMALL COMPARED TO MEN
Agencies
Washington
US Vice President Ka-
mala Harris will attend a
Ukraine peace summit in
Switzerland, the White
House said Monday, af-
ter President Joe Biden
was reportedly set to skip
it for an election fund-
raiser hosted by George
Clooney.
Harris, who will be
joined by National Secu-
rity Advisor Jake Sulli-
van for the June 15 meet-
ing in Lucerne, will “un-
derscore the Biden-Har-
ris administration’s com-
mitment to supporting
Ukraine’s effort to secure
a just and lasting peace.”
“The vice president
will reaffirm support for
the people of Ukraine as
they defend themselves
against ongoing Russian
aggression,” Harris
spokesperson KirstenAl-
len said in a statement.
Kamala Harris to
attend Ukraine
Peace Summit in
Switzerland: WH
Hugely optimistic about
opportunities in India: IATA
PTI
Dubai
Hugely optimistic about
the opportunities in the
Indian aviation sector,
IATA Director General
Willie Walsh on Monday
said the right government
policies can unlock the
country’s potential.
In response to a query
about bilateral rights be-
tween India and Dubai,
Walsh also said that if In-
diaistofulfiltheambition
of its industry and to play
its part for global carriers,
then it’s going to need ac-
cess to markets around
the world. Walsh said he
is amazed and hugely op-
timistic about the poten-
tial of the Indian market.
The Israel Embassy posted pictures of Indian beaches
and recommended places which include Andaman and
Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and Kerala.
MAJOR UPDATES
z Airlines expecting 5
billion passengers in
2024, a new record
z Real cost of air travel
reduced 34 pc over
last decade: IATA
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making them right, the less you will worry about
what others think.
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KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED
Will BJP score a clean sweep a third time?
PTI
Jaipur
ccording to exit
polls, the BJP
might not
achieve a hat-trick of
cleansweepsinRajasthan.
Thistime,thepollspredict
that 5 to 7 seats might go
to the opposition INDIA
bloc. The actual results
willbeknowntodaywhen
the votes are counted.
Amid heightened an-
ticipation fuelled by the
exit polls, Congress State
President GS Dotasra has
expressed confidence in
securing 12 to 13 seats,
including Bharatpur, the
hometown of CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma. However,
Sharma asserted that BJP
will win all 25 seats. The
outcome for prominent
leaders such as LS
Speaker Om Birla and
Union Ministers GS
Shekhawat,Arjun Megh-
wal, and Kailash Choud-
hary will also be decided
in the counting process.
Former CM Ashok
Gehlot’s son, Vaibhav
Gehlot, contested from
Jalore-Sirohi, backed by
his father’s support. Ra-
jasthan saw fierce con-
tests in 10 seats. Con-
gress allied with CPI(M)
in Sikar  RLP in Na-
gaur, supporting BAP in
Banswara-Dungarpur;
BJPcontested all 25 seats
independently.
Notable battles include
Nagaur’s Hanuman
Beniwal vs. BJP’s Jyoti
Mirdha, and Union Min
Meghwal vs. Congress’s
GR Meghwal in Bikaner.
PoliceofficialsdeployedatRajasthanCollegeinJaipuronMondayto
ensuresecurityaheadofcountingofvotestoday.  MUKESHKIRADOO
A
KEY ELECTORAL
BATTLES ON SEATS
Seats like Kota,
Jalore, Sikar,
Nagaur, Churu,
Jhunjhunu, Tonk-Sawaimad-
hopur, Barmer, Banswara,
 Jodhpur are focal points
of intense competition,
testing the credibility of
senior leaders. In Kota, Birla
faces direct competition
from Cong’s Prahlad Gunjal.
Jodhpur witnessed a contest
between Karan S Uchiyarda,
and Union Minister Gajendra
Singh Shekhawat. In Barm-
er, Independent Ravindra
Singh Bhati challenged both
BJP’s Kailash Choudhary
and the Congress.
GSShekhawatconfidentof
BJP’svictoryinLSpolls
Rajeev Gaur
Jodhpur
Union Jal Shakti Minis-
ter GS Shekhawat ex-
pressed unwavering con-
fidence in BJP’s land-
slide victory. He empha-
sised country’s progress
under Modi’s leadership,
dismissing opposition
skepticism. “We were
confident due to signifi-
cant changes in the past
decade. 25 crore people
lifted from poverty, with
secure borders, strength-
ened economy, and im-
proved global image,
voters sought to re-elect
Modi for a developed In-
dia, aiming for over 400
seats, signaling wide-
spread support for the
BJP,” he said. After Pun-
jab’s LS polls, he re-
turned to Jodhpur, where
he was welcomed by of-
ficials  supporters. He
held meetings at his resi-
dence  also attended
condolence meetings.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
CM Bhajan Lal
Sharma, in a recent so-
cial media post, ex-
pressed deep gratitude
for the overwhelming
support received during
the last general election
campaigns across vari-
ous states. He credited
the success of roadshows,
public meetings, and dia-
logue programmes to
tireless efforts of work-
ers, officials,  LS can-
didates. Sharma high-
lighted the unwavering
trust in PM Modi among
the people, affirming the
nation’s support for
‘Modi govt,’ which em-
phasises heritage and de-
velopment. He conclud-
ed with confidence that
the public is resolute in
granting PM the opportu-
nity to serve Mother In-
dia for the third time.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Assembly Speaker
Vasudev Devnani has
strongly condemned the
gangrape and blackmail
of a minor schoolgirl in
Ajmer. He has directed
the Superintendent of Po-
lice and other top offi-
cials to ensure strict ac-
tion against the culprits.
Devnani asserted that the
perpetrators will face se-
vere punishment, even
suggesting the possibility
of demolishing their
property if necessary.
He emphasised pre-
venting the recurrence of
such crimes and ensuring
justice for the victim, re-
gardless of the accused’s
influence. Devnani urged
swift arrest of all in-
volved criminals, high-
lighting the organised
nature of the crime. He
also called for height-
ened vigilance against
similar incidents, partic-
ularly involving vulner-
able individuals. He also
appealed to the parents to
take special care of the
children. “Talk to them
regularly, provide emo-
tional support. If any an-
ti-social element is ha-
rassing the child, then
immediately inform the
police,” he said.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
All preparations have
been completed for
counting of votes for 25
Lok Sabha seats of Ra-
jasthan and Bagidora as-
sembly seat by-election.
Counting of votes will
start at 8 am.
Along with the 25 Lok
Sabha seats, result of by-
poll on Bagidora assem-
bly constituency will also
be declared. Chief Elec-
toral Officer Praveen
Gupta said that counting
of votes will start at 8 am
today at 29 places in the
State. All preparations
regarding counting of
votes have been complet-
ed in Rajasthan.
He said that counting
of votes for all 25 LS
constituencies will be
done in a total of 4,033
rounds. In Jaipur, the
counting for Jaipur Ru-
ral Lok Sabha constitu-
ency will take place at
Commerce College and
for Jaipur Lok Sabha
constituency at Ra-
jasthan College.
Deputy DEO Neelima
Takshak assured com-
plete readiness for the
counting process.
Manoj Mathur
Jaipur
The results of 25 Lok
Sabha seats of Rajasthan
today, will be linked not
only to the candidates
contesting the elections,
but also to the reputation
of many big leaders of
both BJP and Congress.
This time, the biggest
thing to see in the results
will be whether BJP is
able to make a hat-trick
of winning all the seats
or Congress breaks its
dream by opening its ac-
count. However, the exit
polls do not indicate the
possibility of BJP com-
pleting a hat-trick. In
such a situation, it will
be very important to see
who won the ‘battle of
prestige’ and who lost.
Talking about Con-
gress, Jalore seat remains
a question of prestige for
former Chief Minister
Ashok Gehlot. His son
Vaibhav Gehlot is the
Congress candidate from
this seat. Ashok Gehlot
spent the most time on
this seat and put all his
strength in campaigning.
For the State Party
President Govind Singh
Dotasra, if Congress
wins even a single seat, it
will be an achievement,
but his real prestige is
linked to three seats of
Shekhawati, Sikar, Jhun-
jhunu and Churu. On the
Churu seat, Congress had
fielded BJP MP Rahul
Kaswan as its candidate.
Churu is considered to be
the ‘prestige seat’ for
BJP’s former Leader of
Opposition Rajendra
Rathore, who cam-
paigned in other seats of
Shekhawati as well, but
he has put all his strength
into winning Churu.
For State BJP Presi-
dent CPJoshi, along with
winning Chittorgarh, the
biggest goal is to make
party win all 25 seats in
this poll  achieve a hat-
trick. If BJP loses even a
single seat, his prestige
will definitely be dam-
aged. Similarly, Cabinet
Minister, Dr Kirodi Lal
Meena has made Dausa
 7 seats of eastern Ra-
jasthan a matter of his
prestige. He claims that if
he loses even a single
seat, he will resign from
the Minister’s post.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
addresses a press conference
in Jodhpur on Monday.
Jaswant S Bishnoi is also seen.
‘Kingmakers’tobeinspotlight
amidwinandlossofcandidates
Preparationsforcounting
completeinRajasthan:CEO
Counting on 218
tables, 312 rounds,
4,213 EVMs for
Jaipur  Jpr Rural
Praveen Gupta addresses a press
conference in Jaipur on Monday.
Vote counting will
begin at 8:00 AM with
postal ballots in 63
centres, followed by
EVM counts at 8:30 AM
across 235 centres. A
total of 2,713 tables
for EVM votes and 841
tables for postal and
ETPBS votes have
been allocated across
these centres.
PRAVEEN GUPTA,
CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER
VOTECOUNTINGLOGISTICS
z The polling will commence
at 29 centres from 8 a.m. in
the morning.
z More than 700 air condi-
tioners will be installed at poll-
ing locations to prevent heat.
z Over 13,000 personnel will
be deployed for polling duties.
z Three-tiered security ar-
rangements will be in place at
polling locations.
z The counting of EVM votes
will be conducted on 2,713
tables over 4,033 rounds.
z The highest number of
rounds, 206, will be in the
Rajsamand constituency, and
the lowest, 143, in the Bikaner
Lok Sabha constituency.
TOTAL COUNTING
ROUNDS FOR EACH LOK
SABHA CONSTITUENCY
Rajsamand: 206;
Jhalawar-Baran:
186; Jalore: 181;
Jhunjhunu: 177; Karauli-
Dholpur: 169; Chittorgarh:
169; Banswara: 167; Udai-
pur: 166; Pali: 165; Bhil-
wara: 163; Jaipur Rural:
161; Dausa: 158; Churu:
157; Kota: 156; Jodhpur:
155; Ganganagar: 148;
Alwar: 153; Nagaur: 153;
Sikar: 152; Jaipur: 151;
Barmer: 151; Tonk-Sawai
Madhopur: 150; Bharat-
pur: 148; Ajmer: 148;
Bikaner: 143
Aishwary Pradhan
Jaipur
In a day marked by high-
level discussions, Chief
Minister Bhajan Lal
Sharma met separately
with several colleagues,
including Deputy Chief
Ministers Diya Kumari
and Dr Prem Chand Bair-
wa, along with other key
Ministers.
Deputy Chief Minis-
ter Diya Kumari met
with Chief Minister
Sharma to deliberate on
various organisational
and administrative mat-
ters as part of ongoing
efforts to address press-
ing state issues and en-
hance governmental ef-
ficiency. Deputy CM Dr
Prem Chand Bairwa pro-
vided feedback on vari-
ous seats.
Minister Dr Kirodi Lal
Meena's visit, described
as a courtesy call, in-
volved discussions on
several crucial matters,
highlighting ongoing
collaborative efforts
within the government.
Forest Minister Sanjay
Sharma discussed de-
partmental activities and
projects in Alwar, focus-
ing on drinking water
conditions. This reflects
the government’s com-
mitment to addressing
local issues and improv-
ing public welfare.
CM meets Deputy CMs, key ministers,
discusses significant State issues
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma interacts with Diya Kumari at
the Chief Minister’s Office in Jaipur on Monday.
Several other prominent Ministers, including
Jhabar Singh Kharra and Jogaram Patel, also
engaged in discussions with the Chief Minister
on diverse state-related matters
CM pens an emotional post
on X for support in polls
Won’t allow recurrence
of blackmail scandal in
Ajmer, asserts Devnani
Public voice is
against BJP,
says Gehlot
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Former CM Ashok
Gehlot asked the count-
ing agents to carefully
match the total number of
votes in Form 17-C and
EVM.If it doesn’t match,
register an objection with
the concerned officials,”
he posted on X. He said
that an attempt has been
made to create an atmo-
sphere in BJP’s favour
through the exit poll.
“We all have gone
among the people 
heard their voice which is
against BJP. You should
get counting done with
positivity. It is in national
interest that Congress 
India Bloc should win in
this LS polls,” he added.
He urged Cong leaders
to reach counting venue
to support candidates.
PRESTIGE OF SEVERAL VETERANS AT STAKE IN RAJASTHAN RESULTS
WILL BJP ACHIEVE A HAT-TRICK IS A MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION
Ashok Gehlot Govind Singh Dotasra CP Joshi
Rajendra Rathore Dr Kirodi Lal Meena
Analysis
The BJP Headquarters in Jaipur adorned with lights on Monday, ahead of counting of votes for Lok
Sabha polls today. SANTOSH SHARMA
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JAIPUR, TUESDAY | JUNE 4, 2024
Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle
A CINEMATIC MARVEL!
he star-studded premiere of Shyam
Benegal’s classic film “Manthan”
(1976) captivated Mumbai on June 1  2,
following its successful debut at the Cannes
International Film Festival 2024. P12
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he illustrious Jaipur
Couture Show Sea-
son 12, presented by
Bharat24-Vision of
New India and First
India Newspaper, in
association with MG Lion, concluded
with grandeur atAlankara Hotel  Re-
sorts, Jaipur, on Sunday. The event, a
testament to the rich cultural heritage
and contemporary fashion brilliance of
Rajasthan,wasinauguratedbyadistin-
guished lamp-lighting ceremony.
GauravGaur,thevisionaryJaipurCou-
ture Show organiser and Elite Miss
Rajasthan Founder  Director, along-
side JCS directors DrAjeet Soni,Anil
Bhattar, Nakul Vijay, PN Dudi, and
Deepak Nahar, marked the beginning
of the show. Their collective efforts
brought forth an evening of fashion
and creativity that left an indelible
mark on all attendees.
DrJagdeeshChandra,gracingthe
occasion as the Chief Guest, re-
ceived a warm welcome from
Gaurav Gaur. Dr Chandra extend-
ed his heartfelt congratulations to
Gaurav Gaur and the entire team
for orchestrating such an impres-
sive event. He remarked, At
Bharat24 and First India News,
weconsistentlypromoteyoungtalentin
the realms of fashion, glamour and en-
tertainment. I am immensely proud of
Gauravandhisvision,ashecontinually
showcases the best talents with excep-
tional overall personalities. My best
wishes to all. The evening was further
enlivened by the presence of special
guests JD Maheshwari andAmit Khan-
delwal (Owner of PCM Masale), along
withathrongoffashionenthusiastswho
eagerly anticipated the unfolding of
couture magic.
The couture show commenced with
a delightful Kids Sequence by Anup
Choudhary,settingaplayfulyetelegant
tonefortheevening.Thiswasfollowed
by the grand opening sequence by Shiv
Jewellers x Yuuti, featuring the stun-
ning showstopper Isha Malviya, who
dazzled the audience with her grace
and charm. Next, Sejal Gabani Italia
presented a breathtaking sequence,
with Komal Vora as the showstopper,
captivatingtheaudiencewithintricate
designs and luxurious fabrics. Ali 
Daya’s sequence, with Mona Gautam
as the showstopper, showcased a
blend of modern aesthetics and tradi-
tionalcraftsmanship.KingshukBha-
duri's collection, highlighted by
showstopper Nupur Jhankal, was a
visual feast, followed by Code
VGU’ssequence,withPihuChoud-
hary stealing the spotlight. Royal
Cut’s presentation, with Sneha
Gupta as the showstopper, epito-
mizedregalelegance.NazimAli’s
collection, featuring Khushi Vi-
jay, and the joint sequence by
Headman Saloon and Dvaa,
with Riya Sain, offered fresh
and innovative designs. Mohit
Sarwa’s dual sequences, first
with Riya Suledia and then
with Banita Chaudhary fea-
turing Soni Kumari as the
showstopper, displayed a
versatile range of couture
brilliance.
The Jaipur Couture Show Season 12, a dazzling display of fashion
brilliance, concluded at Alankara Hotel  Resorts, Jaipur, on
Sunday. Presented by Bharat24-Vision of New India and First India
Newspaper, in association with MG Lion, the event celebrated
Rajasthan's rich cultural heritage and contemporary fashion!
Jaipur
Couture
Show
Lights Up the
Runway
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mitalidusad@firstindia.co.in
T
MUKESH
KIRADOO

SUNIL
SHARMA
Rishika Chandnani
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with (L-R) Riya Sain, Mona Gautam,
Akanksha Bhalla and Priyanka Bhalla
Child model, Aaradhya
Showstoopers Gaurav Gaur and Akanksha Bhalla pose
during the grand finale sequence by Rajdeep Ranawat Malhari Singh From top: Urvashi and Celebrity Actress Isha Malviya
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The pre-finale sequence by Ra-
dhika Rajpurohit was a magnificent
prelude to the grand finale, which was or-
chestrated by the renowned designer Rajdeep
Ranawat. The grand finale, featuring showstoppers
Akanksha Bhalla and Gaurav Gaur, was a stunning cul-
mination of the evening, showcasing a collection that
blended tradition with modernity in a spectacular fashion.
The entire event was meticulously choreographed by
Syed Khizar Hussain, ensuring a seamless and captivating
flow of fashion sequences. Each designer's collection was a
celebration of creativity, culture and exclusivity, leaving an
indelible impression on everyone present. Jaipur Couture
Show Season 12 was not just an event; it was a grand
celebration of fashion, showcasing the dynamic syner-
gy between tradition and modernity. The show re-
flected the rich cultural tapestry of Rajasthan,
seamlessly woven with contemporary
fashion trends, making it an unfor-
gettable evening of couture
brilliance.
A SPECTACLE OF
MUKESH KIRADOO  SUNIL SHARMA
FROM PAGE 09
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra
addressing the audience
Sheena Parashar Priyanka
(L-R) Mona Gautam, Mohniesh, Honey Trouper, Deepika Singh, Soni Kumari, Shweta Raje, Juhi Tikkiwal, Soni Yadav and Naina Parmar
Deepika Singh
Sneha Sharma
A still from the fashion sequence
Supermodels grace the ramp walk in exclusive ‘Poshaks’
Supermodels showcasing designer sarees
Child models from Indian Little Fashion Hunters acing the ramp walk
A still from the grand finale sequence
Gaurav Gaur
addressing
the audience Varunavi Singh  Ravi Jangid
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra felicitates Supporting Partner Satyajeet during the show. Also seen are Tanu Choudhary and Mona Gautam
Brilliance
A SPECTACLE OF
City Buzz
JAIPUR, TUESDAY | JUNE 4, 2024
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City First
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
aipurites em-
braced the spirit
of environmental
conservation on
Monday morning
as they took to the streets to cel-
ebrate World Cycling Day. The
event, organised by the Ra-
jasthan Environment and Ener-
gy Conservation Center
(REECC), International Society
of Life Sciences (ISLS) and Ra-
jasthan Pollution Control Board,
marked the beginning of a three-
day celebration culminating in
World Environment Day.
Starting from Hotel Clarks
Amer, more than 150 partici-
pants cycled through the city,
covering a distance of seven
kilometres. The route took them
from Amer Clark to Girdhar
Marg, Apex Circle to Jawahar
Circle, and back to the hotel.
With the slogan of #Genera-
tionRestoration, the event
aimed to promote both health
and environmental conserva-
tion. Cyclists, including a sig-
nificant number of women,
chanted 'Go Green' as they
rode, raising awareness about
the importance of environmen-
tal preservation.
Before the rally, key figures
such as ISLS President Prof.
AshokKumar,formerIASVipin
ChandraSharma,NWR'sCFTM
Madhukar Rot, Rajasthan Pollu-
tion Control Board Joint Secre-
taryVinita Singh andAPJAbdul
Kalam Government Girls Col-
lege, Gangapol Principal Prof.
Hemant Parikh, and Dr Sundar
Saini flagged off the event. The
enthusiasm of the participants
was mirrored by the morning
walkers, whose smiles and
cheers added to the event's fes-
tive atmosphere. Medals were
distributed to all participants af-
ter the cyclothon, celebrating
their commitment to the cause.
The festivities will continue
with the sixth edition of the
World Environment Day Sum-
mit at Amer Clark today, from
10 AM to 4 PM. The summit
will honour individuals who
have made significant contribu-
tions to environmental conser-
vation with the Rajasthan Envi-
ronmental PrideAward. Discus-
sions will focus on critical is-
sues such as climate change,
rising temperatures, and water
and energy conservation. The
event will conclude on June 5
with the planting of over 500
plants at Ravindra Manch at 8
AM, symbolizing a lasting
commitment to environmental
restoration.
WORLD CYCLE DAY CHAMPIONS HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
EVENTS!
Malviya Nagar MLA Kalicharan Saraf honoured the players who won medals in National
Karate by presenting them with letters of appreciation at Bapu Nagar, on Monday. In the
Karate Championship organised by the Sango Kai Karate Association of India World Japan,
Master Sansei Nirmal Bohra of Raha Memorial in Sango Kai Karate Jaipur achieved the rank
of 4 Dan Black Belt Holder. Krishna Bikash, Mohan Shrestha, Srishti, Vikas, Ishu Thapa, Gitas
Joshi, Amisha, and Anita secured medals. Karate Championship organiser Nirmal Bohra,
former councillor Sanjeev Sharma, Shweta Sharma, Mahavir Upadhyay, Mahendra Sankhla,
RB Badaya, Durga Shankar Udala, BL Jhalani, Ravindra Sharma, Shaitan Singh, and other
dignitaries graced the occasion.
Wheelsof Change
J
MUKESH
KIRADOO
Naad Sanstha's at Net Theat program presented 'Cow and his Friend Monkey' in the Achcha
Nagrik of the Jungle competition, highlighting environmental messages on Sunday.
Written by Mihija Sharma and directed by Anil Marwari, the play showcased friendship
and environmental themes. In the jungle competition, Monkey's plan backfires, leading
to the cow saving him. Children and senior artist Manoj Swami performed, impressing the
audience. The play, emphasizing friendship and honesty, also involved children making
masks under Dhriti Sharma's direction and featured lighting and music by Sagar Garhwal. It
received applause for its creativity and meaningful message.
Renowned photography
expert, Sanjay Kumawat,
advocates for photography
as a lucrative career
path beyond weddings.
In the Junior Summer
Program at Jawahar
Kala Kendra, Sanjay
mentored 12 children,
instilling photography
skills from basics to
editing. Emphasizing the
art's emotional impact
and technical nuances,
Sanjay highlighted the
significance of patience
and precision. Participants
expressed their passion,
with young Aadyansh
Bhargava considering
photography as a means
of expression.
Manav Seva Trust Rajasthan organised a one-day culinary training at Novotel
Hotel, Sitapura recently. General Secretary Durga Verma mentioned that
women were taught to prepare diverse dishes from coarse grains, including
Mathri, Dhokla, Papad, Biscuits, pickles, and cakes. Hotel Director Juhi
Petrik encouraged nutritious eating and a healthy lifestyle. Trust Media
In-charge Prof. Dr Rajiv Saxena stated that 35 women participated, receiving
information on product making and marketing. The training aims to inspire
women towards self-employment, empowering them economically and
enhancing their skills.
City First
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
he International Con-
gress of Event Industry
(ICEI) hosted a pre-
event press conference
for Cruisesthan 2024, an unprec-
edented wedding planning confer-
ence aboard a luxurious cruise
from September 17-20, 2024. In
collaboration with Black Rock
Hotels  Resort, Fort Rajwada
Jaisalmer, andWedding Vows, this
groundbreaking event will unite
over 300 wedding planners from
India and around the world. Cruis-
esthan 2024 promises an unparal-
leled experience, embarking from
Singapore, journeying through the
high seas to Phuket and returning
to Singapore. Michael Goh, Presi-
dent of Resorts World Cruises,
emphasized the versatility of
cruises as event venues, envision-
ing weddings and conferences
against stunning backdrops.
Naresh Rawal, Vice President
Sales and Marketing, Resorts
World Cruises, expressed excite-
ment about partnering with ICEI,
highlighting cruise ships' capabili-
ties for large-scale events. Gunjan
Singhal and Vikrant Jain, organiz-
ers of ICEI, underscored the grow-
ing popularity of cruise weddings,
citing high-profile celebrations like
Anant Ambani and Radhika Mer-
chant's pre-wedding festivities.
Cruisesthan 2024's packed sched-
ule includes a welcome dinner, talk
shows, conferences, BITAAwards,
and a buyer-seller meet. Attendees
can enjoy recreational activities
like ziplining, wall climbing, club-
bing and swimming. Vikrant Jain
expressed anticipation for the con-
ference's innovative concept, aim-
ing to set a world record for maxi-
mum delegate participation.
Cruisesthan2024signifiesamile-
stoneintheweddingplanningindus-
try, offering couples unique and
memorable celebrations. ICEI en-
sures smooth operations and excel-
lenthospitality,promisinganunpar-
alleled experience for all attendees.
A New Horizon for Weddings
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF EVENT INDUSTRY (ICEI) UNVEILS CRUISESTHAN 2024
T
TRAINING SESSION!
MANTHAN'S
TRIUMPH!
Gopendra Nath Bhatt
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
he star-studded
premiere of Shy-
am Benegal's
classic film Man-
than (1976) captivated
Mumbai on June 1st and 2nd,
following its successful debut
at the Cannes International
Film Festival 2024. Celebri-
ties like Shyam Benegal, Na-
seeruddin Shah, and Preeti
Sagar graced the event along-
side luminaries from the in-
dustry. The evening com-
menced with a heartfelt trib-
ute to Benegal and the film's
cast and crew, followed by a
nostalgic conversation mod-
erated by Shivendra Singh
Dungarpur of the Film Herit-
age Foundation. FHF ex-
pressed gratitude to Amul for
supporting the restoration,
which allowed the film to
premiere nationwide through
PVR-Inox and Cinepolis.
The restoration of Man-
than received overwhelming
praise, with cinemas packed
across India. This milestone
in Indian cinema, portraying
the genesis of the dairy coop-
erative movement inspired by
Dr. Verghese Kurien, marks
not only a cinematic triumph
but also a crowdfunded en-
deavour involving 500,000
dairy farmers. The restoration
process involved meticulous
repair of damaged film ele-
ments and sound digitization,
overseen by both Benegal
and cinematographer Govind
Nihalani. Manthan stands
as a testament to India's cin-
ematic heritage, preserved for
future generations to cherish.
T
(L-R) Ashwani Sharma, Rajnish Rathi, Michael, Gunjan Singhal, Naresh Rawal, Collin Kerr, Vinay Khosla and Dakshina Moorthy
(L-R) Michael Goh, Gunjan Singhal and Naresh Rawal
During the event
Naseeruddin Shah addressing the audience
Enthusiastic participants
During the event
Prof Ashok Kumar cut the inaugural ribbon.
Also seen are Prof Madhu Kumar, Nidhi Mehta,
Vinita Singh, Madhukar and others
Teeni Kapoor flagging off the rally. Also seen
are Vaibhav Bhardwaj, Baldev Thakur and others

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  • 1. RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 358 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Jaipur, Tuesday | June 4, 2024 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia TODAY LS POLL RESULTS MODI 3.0 LOADING THIS LOK SABHA ELECTION WAS ALL ABOUT ‘AAYEGA TOH MODI’! INDIA HAS SET A WORLD RECORD WITH OVER 64.2 CRORE VOTERS CEC RAJIV KUMAR HAILS HISTORIC 31.2 CR WOMEN PARTICIPATION Moni Sharma New Delhi Riding high on the exit polls predictions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are poised to secure a historic third term in office. The exit polls indicate that the BJP is on track to win a major- ity of seats in the legisla- ture. Meanwhile, a meet- ing of key leaders includ- ing Amit Shah, is under- way at Party President JP Nadda’s residence ahead of the result day. Modi’s third term would be unprecedented, as no Prime Minister has ever won three consecu- tive elections in India. PM Modi’s popularity has soared with each election, making him an extraordinary political figure. The BJP’s cam- paign for the 2024 Lok Sabha election was cen- tered around Modi for a compelling reason. In addition to the offi- cial swearing-in ceremo- ny of the new govern- ment, a confident BJP — buoyed by the exit polls — is planning a sig- nificant “political event,” likely scheduled for the weekend. Sources reveal that preparations for the BJP’s grand celebration are already underway. Sweets have been or- dered, tents and decora- tions at the BJP head- quarters are in full swing, and party workers are ready for a massive cel- ebration once the results are declared. MORE ON P2 SECTION 144 IMPOSED AROUND DELHI AIRPORT; DRONES & LASER BEAMS BANNED TILL JULY 30 Delhi Police has banned drones and laser beam operations in area falling in approach path of flights at IGI Airport. The order will be in place until July 30. Police have imposed Section 144, primarily meant to ban large gath- erings if they fear unrest or danger. Measures were being taken to allow safe move- ment of “VVIP planes” ahead of formation of new govt & PM’s oath. Not‘LaapataaGentlemen’, wewerehere,Kumarquips Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar alongwith ECs Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu during a press conference regarding the Lok Sabha elections, in New Delhi on Monday. C EC Rajiv Kumar said on Monday that ECs were always present and nev- er went missing, dis- missing social media memes that referred to them as “Laapataa Gen- tlemen”. Addressing a press a day before the results of 7-phase LS poll are declared, Ku- mar said, “Now memes can say ‘Laapataa Gen- tlemen’ are back,” he quipped. Recapping the recently concluded LS election, Kumar stated that India set a world re- cord with 64.2 crore vot- ers, including 31.2 crore women, exercising their franchise this year. Kumar said that the system of Indian polls allows for post-election scrutiny, however, there was a “fake narrative” of faulty voter lists and turnout data that was be- ing peddled by some quarters. “Neither did we delay the publication of voter turnout data data, nor did we alter the data. Still there is talk of irregularities in voter list or calls to 150 DMs and collectors. We need to fight false narrative bet- ter,” he said. TURN TO P2 The Election Commission of India will ensure that the next general election concludes by the end of April, having learnt its lesson from the relentless heatwave that claimed the lives of over 33 on-duty poll workers. RAJIV KUMAR, CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER EC REFUSES TIME TO JAIRAM RAMESH TO BACK CLAIMS ON SHAH CALLING UP DMs The Election Commission on Monday refused to grant additional time to Congress General Secretary (Communications) Jai- ram Ramesh to back his claims that Home Minister Amit Shah tried to influence 150 district magistrates and collectors ahead of counting. Ramesh, who was asked to submit “factual” details by the Sunday evening, responded seeking a week’s time to reply. Modi wave on D-Street! Exit poll euphoria drives the market rally, investors richer by `11 lakh crore I ndian equity markets soared to new heights on Monday, driven by exit polls suggesting a third term for Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi and the BJP-led NDA with a strong mandate. BSE Sensex opened at a record high, climbing 2,178 points, or 2.94%, to reach 76,139, while the Nifty50 surged 579 points, or 2.57%, to trade at 23,109 by 9:17 am. At around 10:20 am, Sensex was up 2,118.84 points at 76,080.15, the Nifty50 rose 665.60 points to 23,196.30. The broader markets also witnessed stellar rally, driven by a sharp plunge in volatility. Investor sentiment was buoyed by prospect of continued investment in infra and manufacturing under Modi’s leadership. So, Nifty Energy, Nifty PSU Bank, Nifty Realty were top gainers, each rising between 4-5%. Stockbrokers in a jubilant mood as Sensex and Nifty hit all-time highs on the eve of the 2024 Lok Sabha poll results on Monday. Key sectors such as PSU banks, oil and gas, financial services, metals, realty and auto saw gains of more than 3-5 percent STRONG GDP GROWTH Another factor contributing to today’s positive rally is India’s GDP growth numbers for FY24 and the fourth quarter, released last week. India’s economic growth accelerated to 8.2% for the financial year ending March 2024, driven by government spending on infrastruc- ture and a real estate boom, as reported last week. IN BRIEF #JConModiXFactor Show hits 38 million views on Bharat24! New Delhi: The Narendra Modi Show on Bharat24 became a su- perhit! The JC Show, titled -“4 June ki Mrig Marichika and X- Factor Modi’, telecast on 27 May - became popular across the country. Till now 3 crore 80 lakh (38 million) people have watched this Modi show on Bharat24’s social media. ACB nabs 2 project directors, retd AAO taking `1.2L bribe Jaipur: The ACB, on Monday, raided the office of Rajasthan State Road Development and Construction Corporation Limit- ed (RSRDC) where ACB team arrested 2 project directors and a retired assistant account officer (AAO) for taking bribe of `1.20 lakh. `1.25 crore cash recovered from retired AAO’s house. P4 Lifer to ex-BrahMos engineer for spying for Pakistan’s ISI Nagpur: Nagpur district court on Monday handed life impris- onment to former BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd engineer Nishant Agarwal under the Offi- cial Secrets Act for spying for the Pak’s intelligence agency ISI. Agarwal will also have to undergo rigorous imprisonment (RI) for 14 years, fined `3,000. Daughter of IAS couple dies by suicide at Nariman Point Mumbai: A 27-year-old daugh- ter of an IAS couple allegedly died by suicide by jumping from a high rise at Mumbai’s Nari- man Point on Monday. A 7-page suicide note found in her room said no one should be blamed for her death, she had not scored good marks in her exams, so she was anxious about her studies. Self-declaration certificate must for advts from June 18 New Delhi: After SC’s order that all advertisers or agencies must submit a ‘Self-Declaration Certificate’ before publishing or broadcasting any advt, Ministry of I&B has introduced new fea- ture on Broadcast Seva Portal for TV and Radio Advts and on Press Council of India’s portal for print & digital/internet advts. LeT commander among two terrorists killed in Pulwama Srinagar: Two LeT terrorists, including self-styled command- er of the outfit, were killed in an encounter with security forces in J&K’s Pulwama district on Monday. IGP-Kashmir, VK Bir- dhi said ultras — identified as Riyaz Dar and Rayees Dar — were killed in exchange of firing during a cordon, search ops. P5 Very first spell of rain during the Southwest Monsoon in Bengaluru broke the 133-year-old record for the highest daily rain in June. P5 Preps underway by polling officials for counting at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Monday. BSE Sensex BSE Sensex BSE Sensex Nifty50 Nifty50 Nifty50 2,178 points 2,118.84 points 2,507.47 points 579 points 665.60 points 733.20 points MARKET SUMMARY 9:17 AM 10:20 AM 3:30 PM 76,468.78 23,263.90 BSE NIFTY Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma paid a courtesy visit to Governor Kalraj Mishra on the eve of Lok Sabha 2024 Election results, at Raj Bhavan on Monday. During his visit, the CM had meaningful discussions with the Governor on various public interest issues related to the State. COURTESY MEETING! ALL EYES ON COUNTING OF VOTES FROM 8 AM Around 64.2 crore votes that were polled during the Lok Sabha election in 7 phases between April 19 and June 1 will be counted from 8 am onwards today. By evening, nation will have clear image of who would govern it for next 5 yrs as fate of 8,360 candidates, including 797 women, in 542 seats (272 majority) will be sealed. PM Narendra Modi 00 10 30 60 20 40 70 80 50 90 100
  • 2. POLITICAL DISCOURSE Bihar CM Nitish Kumar meets PM Modi PTI New Delhi ihar Chief Min- ister Nitish Ku- mar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Monday, a day before the Lok Sabha poll results will be out. There was no official word on the details of the meeting. Kumar’s JD(U) is part of the BJP-led NDA and is seen as a declining, though still significant, force in the state amid strong efforts by the RJD to challenge the ruling combine. The chief minister has been at the helm in Bihar since 2005 except for a brief period but there have been some ques- tions over his future as the BJP and the RJD are the two biggest parties in the state. There was no official word about the meeting between PM Modi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. B 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | June 4, 2024 FINALVERDICTTODAY As per Exit Polls, Modi is set to secure a historic 3rd term, but will NDA be 400 paar? Sharat K Verma Jaipur inally after a long wait of over one- a n d - a - h a l f months, the result will be out today that who wins the Lok Sabha elections and who is going to form the new government whethertheBJP-ledNDA orOpposition’sI.N.D.I.A. bloc. Today’s election result will make or break the reputation and credibility of the parties involved as everyone had made tall claims about their victo- ry, be it Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Oppo- sition leaders. But Modi has a proven track record of achieving the big targets of two con- secutive victories in Lok Sabha elections of 2014 and 2019 with a thump- ing majority. In the past too, he has had a prestig- ious record of becoming the Gujarat chief minister not once but for three consecutive terms that too with full majority. LS POLLS 2014 After his successful in- nings as the Gujarat Chief Minister for three con- secutive terms, in 2014 Narendra Modi (then BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate) set a target of “Mission 272” (majority mark in Lok Sabha) and he exceeded this target when BJP won, 282 seats on its own. The tally of National Democratic Al- liance (NDA) was 336 seats in 2014. LS POLLS 2019 In 2019, PM Modi coined the slogan of “Abki baar 300 paar” and “Ek baar phirModisarkaar”andhis prediction again proved to be true when the BJP won 303seatsonitsownandits NDA got 353 seats. WHAT’S IN STORE FOR MODI IN 2024? Now in the 2024 general elections, Modi has set a higher target of “Abki baar 400 paar”. If he again succeeds in achiev- ing this goal, Modi’s stat- ure will become such a towering high that not only his peers but also his predecessors will be turned into dwarfs. Modi’s win today will put him at par with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who was elected India’s Prime Minister for three con- secutive terms in 1951, 1957 and 1962. Once Modi joins Nehru’s elite class it will be very dif- ficult for others to emu- late him for decades to come because to achieve this feat one has to be ca- pable, intelligent, hard- working, consistent and popular like Modi which is almost impossible for today’s and coming gen- erations’ leaders. Almost all exit polls have pre- dicted Modi’s victory in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and a couple of them have even forecast NDA’s tally crossing 400. In another scenario, if Modisucceedsinforming government for the third consecutive term but fails to achieve his “400 paar” target, it will give conso- lation to the Opposition parties. The Opposition’s I.N.D.I.A. bloc will find solace in this only that Modi has not been able to achieve his “Abki baar 400 paar” target even though he has scored a hattrick of victories in Lok Sabha elections. I.N.D.I.A. BLOC’S CHANCES And, if I.N.D.I.A. bloc wins it would give a new dose to Opposition par- ties, including Congress, which are going weaker election after election. On June 1, when voting was still going on for the last and the final phase of Lok Sabha elections, the I.N.D.I.A. bloc held a meeting at Congress president Malllikarjun Kharge’s Delhi residence where the members of Opposition bloc tried to show unity while trying to put a brave face. This was for the first time since the start of run-up to the Lok Sabha polls that the Opposition bloc unanimously gave a number of them “win- ning 295” seats and the ruling NDAalliance “be- ing falling short at a little over 200 seats”. Otherwise, throughout the election campaign, all the Opposition mem- bers were giving differ- ent numbers of the NDA in general and the BJP in particular. In fact, they were outsmarted by PM Modi who in the Parlia- ment itself had claimed of coming to power for the third consecutive term with over 400 seats. All they (Opposition leaders) were saying was that “the BJP and NDA will not achieve the tar- get of 400 seats”. They realised their mistake only after voting of three phases was completed and EVMs of almost half of the seats had already been sealed. Then they started claiming their win, but it seems damage had already been done by then. On Sunday again, the I.N.D.I.A. bloc leaders rejected the exit polls terming them “bogus” and reiterated that they will win 295 plus seats. FINALLY Both the NDA and the I.N.D.I.A. bloc ran to- tally contrasting election campaigns in these elec- tions. While all leaders of the ruling alliance kept firm on their slogan of “Abki baar 400 paar” throughout their election- eering, the I.N.D.I.A. bloc ran a lackluster and haphazard campaign. Soon the result would be out today that who suc- ceeds and who fails. NDA supporters prepare laddoos on the eve of the results of Lok Sabha elections in Patna, on Monday. PTI Modi’s win today will put him at par with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who was elected India’s Prime Minister for three consecutive terms in 1951, 1957 and 1962. Once Modi joins Nehru’s elite class it will be very difficult for others to emulate him for decades to come because to achieve this feat one has to be capable, intelligent, hardworking, consistent and popular like Modi which is almost impossible for today’s and coming generations’ leaders The entire counting pro- cesswasdescribedas“ab- solutely robust,” and all issues raised by multi- partydelegationsweread- dressed, he added. Kumar shared that over 90% of 495 complaints of Model Code of Conduct viola- tions were disposed of during the 2024 general elections. He also stated that the EC successfully controlled the menace of deep fakes and AI-gener- atedsyntheticcontentdur- ing the election. CEC also highlighted that seizures of Rs 10,000 crore, including cash, freebies, drugs and liquor were made during the 2024 polls compared to Rs 3,500 crore in 2019. The commission issued notices to top leaders, and FIRs were filed against many and top officials transferred to sanitise the poll process. The poll panel also called JK voterturnouthistoric,says ‘Have created global re- cord with 2024 elections.’ FROM PAGE 1 CAPF’s 400 companies to remain positioned in Bengal till June 19 Agencies Kolkata Fearing post-poll vio- lence, the Election Com- mission (EC) has decided to retain 400 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in West Bengal till June 19. Initially, it was decided that400companieswould be retained in the state only up to June 6, just two days after the counting date (June 4). However, insiders from the office of the Chief Electoral Of- ficer (CEO), West Ben- gal, said in the wake of ground-level reports hint- ing towards the possibili- ty of a breakout of mas- sive post-poll violence, it has been ultimately de- cided to increase the re- tention period of CAPF in the state till June 16. They added, that the rest of the arrangements relating to the retention of CAPF after the count- ing date will be the same. Of these 400 companies, 115 companies will be of the CRPF, 118 will be of the BSF, 71 of the Cen- tral Industrial Security Force (CISF), 60 of Sa- shastra Seema Bal and 36 of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Violence continues at Bhangar AHEAD OF COUNTING DAY Agencies Kolkata With less than 24 hours remaining for counting for Lok Sabha polls to be- gin, tension and violence continue unabated in Bhangar in West Bengal. Bhangar, one of the seven Assembly constit- uencies under Jadavpur Lok Sabha in South 24 Parganas District, has been witnessing repeated clashes between the All India Secular Front (AISF) and Trinamool Congress activists since Monday morning. Tension mounted early morning after two Trina- mool Congress workers were beaten up, allegedly by AISF supporters. However, the AISF leadership has claimed that the violence by the villagers was in retalia- tion to goons backed by TrinamoolCongressbeat- ing up a localAISF leader late on Sunday night. However, the Trina- mool Congress leader- ship has rubbished the allegations and claimed that while some of their supporters were return- ing to Bhangar they were not allowed entry by armed AISF activists. FI TOON SHEKHAR You were doing a lot of guesswork. Today is the test of your acumen. F
  • 3. RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | June 4, 2024 NEW FLIGHTS SOON Direct flight toAbu Dabhi Bikaner from Jaipur First India Bureau Jaipur nternational and regional con- nectivity is set to increase from Jaipur International Airport with the introduction of direct flights to Abu Dhabi and Bikaner. Eti- had Airways will com- mence daily commercial operations connecting Jaipur to Abu Dhabi starting June 16th. Flight number EY367 will depart Jaipur every day at 11:00 AM, arriv- ing in Abu Dhabi at 1:00 PM local time. The re- turn flight will leave Abu Dhabi at 3:05 AM and reach Jaipur at 8:05 AM. Additionally,Alliance Air will initiate direct flights to Bikaner from June 17th, operating twice a week on Mon- days and Fridays. Flight number 91833 will de- part Jaipur at 2:10 PM and arrive in Bikaner at 3:20 PM. The return flight will leave Bikaner at 3:45 PM and land in Jaipur at 4:35 PM. “Etihad Airways will operate seven days a week from June 16th, connecting Jaipur Inter- national Airport to Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Interna- tional Airport. The city is now connected to 75 prominent cities of the world,” said a senior of- ficial of Jaipur Airport. This development is expected to boost tour- ism and business travel, enhancing Jaipur’s con- nectivity on both inter- national and regional fronts, and contributing to the city’s growth and accessibility. Bharat Dixit Jaipur Vice Chancellor of Uni- versity of RajasthanAlpa- na Kateja conducted a tour of Constitution Park located in the Ravi Vihar campus. The inspection comes ahead of the park’s inauguration scheduled for June 19. The inaugu- ration ceremony will be officiated by Governor Kalraj Mishra. All the universities in the state are establishing Constitution Parks to edu- cate students about the historical significance and details of the Indian Constitution. In addition to the park inspection, discussions were held regarding the preparations for the con- vocation ceremony at the President’s office. The convocation ceremony is also scheduled to take place on June 19 of this month. Amidst this, uni- versity administration of- ficials are actively en- gaged in making neces- sary arrangements for both events. Etihad Airways to start operations from June 16 for Abu Dabhi -the city connected 75 cities of the World. Alliance Air too will operate for Bikaner from June 17th I FI TOON SHEKHAR Hello Doctor, please come quickly. We might need you at any moment. Raj cities brace for heatwave with mercury nearing 45 degrees Celsius WEATHER SHIFTS HEATWAVESETTORETURN First India Bureau Jaipur AccordingtoMeTdepart- ment,Rajasthanisexpect- ed to experience clearer skies and an increase in temperatures from June 4. However, most cities are likely to have tempera- tures below 45 degrees Celsius. The weather is predicted to remain clear on June 5 as well. From June 6, there will be an- other change in weather pattern. A new weather system will become ac- tive, affecting eastern Ra- jasthan. During this peri- od, gusty winds and scat- tered light rainfall are ex- pected in some areas, ac- companied by occasional thunderstorms. In Jais- almer, there has been a slightdecreaseinintensity oftheheatduetotheinflu- enceofthewesterndistur- bance. The maximum temperature in city dropped to 42.5 degrees Celsius. However, tem- peratures are expected to range between 43-44 de- grees Celsius until June 5. The recent change in winds has provided some relief from the heat. How- ever, the onset of mon- soon is anticipated in last week, providing further relieffromscorchingtem- peratures. The onslaught of heatwave continues to pose a threat in State, with two fatalities reported due to heatstroke in past 24 hours, and 49 individuals identified as exhibiting symptoms of heatstroke. So far, a total of 12 deaths have been confirmed due to the heatwave. First India Bureau Jaipur A son who does not take care of his parents has no right to live in their house. The Senior Citizens Maintenance and Welfare Tribunal ordered a son to vacate the house.The pre- siding officer and SDM Sanganer Himmat Singh ordered the Mansarovar SHO for the compliance of the order. An 85-year-old man BalkishanAgiwal and his 77-year-old wife had filed a case against their son Kamal Maheshwari and daughter-in-law Meera while making serious al- legations against them. Advocate Mahendra Soni and Poorvi Malpani pleaded on behalf of el- derly couple and said that couple was harassed and evicted from their house. First India Bureau Bharatpur/Bhilwara In Nadbai, a bicycle rally was organized to cele- brate World Bicycle Day. The rally was flagged off bySub-DivisionalOfficer Gangadhar Meena. Par- ticipants included block- levelofficials,employees, and local children. The event kicked off on Mon- day morning, with offi- cials and children gather- ing at railway station premises. In Bhilwara, Bhilwara Cycle Club or- ganized a bicycle rally to inspire public to use bi- cycles instead of vehicles for daily tasks, aiming to reduce vehicle pollution. On this occasion Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Shar- ma and Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari extended their heartfelt wishes, emphasizing the importance of cycling for health and environmental sustainability. First India Bureau Jaipur In the meeting of Dis- trict Disaster Manage- ment Committee held in CollectorateAudito- rium on Monday, Dis- trict Collector Prakash Rajpurohit said that the officers of all the de- partmentsandagencies related to the general publicshouldcomplete the necessary prepara- tions before the mon- soon as soon as possi- ble and minimize the response time on the complaints lodged by the citizens so that quick relief can be pro- vided to the affected. He directed the offi- cerstomakethedepart- mental control room more effective, gather adequate resources, check the available re- sources including earthen sacks, mud pumps,makenecessary arrangements in com- munitycenters,remove encroachment from the roads, repair the slip lane of the highway, closetheopenelectrical box. The District Col- lector also directed to complete the cleaning of drains as soon as possible before the monsoon, ensure avail- ability of additional re- sources for waterlog- ging areas, start anti- malaria activity, fill potholes on roads, get patchwork done, get dilapidated buildings repaired, get tilted trees and electric poles dis- posed of, get lids in- stalled on sewerage holes, increase vigi- lance on other dams including Nevta, Kevta and Chandlai. Foreign tourists trying to protect themselves from the heat using umbrellas at the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur on Monday. NAIM KHAN Prakash Rajpurohit with the senior officials during meeting of District Disaster Management Committee in Collectorate Auditorium in Jaipur on Monday. RATHORE ARRANGES GREEN SHED FOR PEOPLE IN JHOTWARA Rajyavardhan Rathore, cabinet minister in the Rajasthan government and BJP MLA from Jhotwara, on Monday, arranged a green shed for the public at Main 200 Feet Square, Hirapura, Ajmer Road, Jhotwara to provide them relief from the scorching heat. People were also given water. Rathore cleaned the area along with the public and said that together we are determined to build a clean, healthy and golden developed India. He hum- bly requested everyone to cooperate in fulfilling the resolution of clean Jhot- wara. Expressing gratitude to the people, he said that every bit of his life was dedicated to public service and national interest was paramount for him. Rajyavardhan Rathore giving Sharbat to labourer on Monday. First India Bureau Jaipur Shortageofelectricityand drinking water has led to protestsacrossthestate.In Kota’s Ramganj Mandi, there was chaos in the wa- ter supply department af- ter BJP leader Mukesh Meena climbed a tank over drinking water short- age as it coincided with ministerMadanDilawar’s visit. But after two hours of persuasion and laying of 200-feet pipeline start- ed, Meena came down. In Bikaner, Congress workers reached the Col- lectorate under the leader- ship of former minister BD Kalla over water and electricity problems and submitted a memoran- dum. Meanwhile, angry people climbed a tank in protest. Ward Councillor Sunil Gedar alleged that there was no drinking wa- ter supply in 17 days in Rampura Gali No 4 5. In Jamwaramgarh, people demonstrated out- side the gram panchayat office over water issues. Water woes: Power, water supply shortage cause stir across State Get ready to handle monsoon mayhem: Jpr Collector to his team DistrictCollector Rajpurohitasks officialstocomplete necessary preparationsbefore themonsoon RUVCKatejainspectsConstitution Park,tobeinauguratedonJune19 AnoopBartariyagivingdetailsof under construction Constitution Park to RU VC Alpana Kateja during inspection on Monday. (Right) Construction work. MUKESHKIRADOO Sub-divisional officer Gangadhar Meena flagged off a cycle rally on World Bicycle Day in Nadbai, Bharatpur on Monday. Neglectingparents:Court ordersmantovacate house State level panel constituted for organ donation First India Bureau Jaipur In a significant move to advance organ transplan- tation program, the med- ical dept has reconstitut- ed the State Level Steer- ing Committee. ACS Health Shubhra Singh shared details about new committee’s formation. The Committee will be chaired by the Principal of SMS Medical College and includes several no- table members: Dr. Ram Daga, Dr. PrachisAshad- hir,Advocate Ram Singh Bhati, Senior Regional Director from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Joint Secretary of Medical Edu Dept rep- resenting the state govt. This reconstitution is ex- pected to bolster organ donation initiative. CMSharma,DyCMDiya wishonWorldCycleDay RETIREES ON JUNE 30 TO GET NOTIONAL INCREMENT: HC Jaipur: Secre- tary Finance (Budget) Debasish Prusty has clarified that employ- ees retiring on June 30, in whose favor the High Court has passed the decision, will get notional benefit on increment. Their pension will be re-fixed by giving a notional salary increment and the cash benefit of the difference of monthly pension amount will be payable. He said that the cash benefit will be payable from 11 April 2023 or the retirement date, whichever is later. Other benefits like gratuity, commuta- tion, cash amount in lieu of earned leave will not be payable.
  • 4. GST RECOVERY 3-month grace period announced by CBIT Vimal Kothari Jaipur he Central Board of Indi- rect Taxes (CBIT) has advised GST taxpayers to be patient for recovery of outstand- ing GST and to wait for three months to start re- covery action. Three months will be calculated from the date of receipt of the notice by the taxpayer. The board has issued instructions to field of- ficers to start the process of recovery of outstand- ing GST. The process of recovery of outstanding GST is done under Sec- tion 78 of GST law. Per- mission of the compe- tent officer will be re- quired for recovery of outstanding GST 3 months in advance. Recovery of outstand- ing GST can be started 3 months in advance only in serious circumstances like the risk of business closure, taxpayer going bankrupt, etc. For this, sufficient evi- dence will have to be provided to the con- cerned officer. Sanjay Mangal, Princi- pal Commissioner GST, has issued a letter to all the Principal Chief Com- missioners/Chief Com- missioners, Principal Di- rector Generals/Director Generals. State’s Chief GST Ad- visor Pankaj Gheeya said that CBIC took this step in the series of ease of doing business. GST Advisor CA Ak- shay Jain said that with this instruction of CBIC, unnecessary pressure from GST officers will be curbed. Recovery of outstanding GST can be started 3 months in advance only in serious circumstances like the risk of business closure, taxpayer going bankrupt, etc. GST Advisor CA Akshay Jain said that with this instruction of CBIC, unnecessary pressure from GST officers will be curbed T RAJASTHAN 04 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | June 4, 2024 ACBraidsRSRDC,arrests3with`1.20lakhbribe ACB crackdown: 2 patwaris held for bribery in Pratapgarh Alwar Naveen Sharma Jaipur The (ACB) on Monday conducted a raid on the Rajasthan State Road Development and Con- struction Corporation Limited (RSRDC) office, resulting in the arrest of two project directors and a retired assistant ac- count officer (AAO) for accepting a bribe of Rs 1.20 lakh. The project di- rectors had delivered the bribe to the retired AAO, who was working on a contract from Dholpur- Bharatpur. Following the trap, the ACB team searched the retired AAO’s residence in Jag- atpura, where they dis- covered Rs 98 lakh in cash and a note-counting machine. ACB Director General Dr Ravi Prakash Mehar- da stated that the head office had received re- ports of ongoing bribery in RSRDC construction projects across various districts. The scheme in- volved collusion be- tween project directors and contractors, with bribes being paid to the (MD) of RSRDC for budget allocation and bill payments. During a search of Executive Engineer and Project Director Siyar- am Chandrawat’s home in Dholpur, Rs 32 lakh in cash was recovered. The ACB also searched the house of Executive Engineer and Project Director Laxman Singh in Bharatpur. The retired AAO, Mahesh Gupta, who was working as a consultant officer on contract at the RSRDC office, had demanded bribes from the project directors for approving road project bills and budget allocations. In the search operation at Mahesh Gupta’s house, the ACB found, a note-counting machine, jewelry, and property documents. First India Bureau Pratapgarh/Alwar TheAnti-Corruption Bu- reau (ACB) is in action mode, making significant strides against corruption in the state. On Monday, theAlwarACB team car- ried out a major opera- tion in Bansur, trapping a patwari (land record of- ficer). The patwari, Anil Yadav, was caught red- handed demanding a bribe of INR 10,000 for processing a land muta- tion. The ACB team has taken Yadav into custody and brought him toAlwar for further investigation. In another decisive ac- tion in Pratapgarh, the ACB team arrested a pat- wari on charges of ac- cepting a bribe of INR 4,000. During the opera- tion, a total of INR 46,520 was recovered from the patwari’s pos- session. The depart- ment’s team is now con- ducting searches at his residence and other loca- tions linked to him. First India Bureau Bharatpur The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) team in Bharatpur arrested a Naib Tehsildar on Mon- day evening for alleg- edly accepting a bribe of Rs 35,000. The arrest took place at the Jheel Ka Bada sub-tehsil of- fice in Bayana during a sting operation conduct- ed by the ACB team. According to Amit Singh, the Additional SP of ACB Bharatpur, the arrest followed a com- plaint lodged by a peti- tioner alleging that Nay- ab Tehsildar Bal Swa- roop Dhakad demanded a bribe of Rs 35,000 for registering the sale deed of a piece of land. After verifying the complaint, the ACB team sprung into action and caught Dhakad red-handed while accepting the bribe. First India Bureau Jaipur Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma on Monday expressed grief over the death of 13 citizens of Jhalwar district near the Rajasthan-Rajgarh bor- der on Sunday. “Sad news has been received about the death of 13 citizens of Jhalawar district in an unfortunate road accident on Piplodi Road in Madhya Pradesh. My condolences are with the grieving families of the deceased,” the Ra- jasthan Chief Minister wrote in a post on X. The Chief Minister stated that “necessary in- structions have been giv- en to the senior officials of Rajasthan to coordi- nate with the officials of Madhya Pradesh to de- liver the dead bodies to the families of the de- ceased and ensure proper treatment of the injured”. First India Bureau Jaipur Dr Nirmal Jain, state president, Digambar Jain Mahasabha has de- manded that the chair- man of the Minority Commission should be from the Jain communi- ty or there will be a pro- test if they do not get proper representation. The community has been given the status of mi- nority because it has a single-digit percentage in the country’s popula- tion. Under the policies of the Congress govt, minority commissions were formed, but no rep- resentation of any kind was ever given to any Jain in the minority com- mission. Jain said, “I demand from the govt that what- ever facilities are being given to a minority com- munity should be given to Jains. First India Bureau Jaipur Farmer leader and Pink City Union president Nirmal Saini has com- plained to Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma re- garding Muhana Mandi. He said that for 10 years, around 850 shops of the second phase were closed due to the strictness of the administration. Saini complained about illegal fare collec- tion on roads and govern- ment platforms outside Phase I shops and ques- tioned entry of unauthor- ized traders. He said, “Recently, other leaders also accused the Mandi administration of extort- ing lakhs of rupees. A week ago, whenAgricul- tural Marketing Admin- istrator Kaushalya Devi showed opposition, stones were pelted at us.” Dinesh Jangid Dausa In a dramatic develop- ment in Sikrai, Dausa, four individuals climbed a water tank in Kailai to protest over a land dis- pute. The group, consist- ing of two women and two men, demanded ac- tion on their grievances by climbing the tank and refusing to come down for 36 hours. The standoff ended when admin officials and localvillagersmanagedto persuade the protestors to descend. The officials in- volved in the negotiations included SDM Yashwant Meena, CO Deepak Mee- na, Tehsildar Surendra Kumar, Sikandara SHO Mahaveer Singh, Kailai Sarpanch Shravan Sube- dar, Pradhan Sultan Bair- wa, and Mandal President Vishambhar Basra. CRIME ROUNDUP SIT FORMED TO PROBE MINOR’S GANGRAPE IN AJMER The ACB seized Rs 1.25 cr including Rs 98L cash found at retired AAO Mahesh Gupta’s house till Monday night. ACB also found a note-counting machine, jewellery, property documents Mahesh Gupta Rs 98 lakh in cash recovered from retired AAO’s house. Madan Singh Mohil BJP and other organisations reached Ajmer Collectorate and met the Collector and SP in Ajmer on Monday. Laxman Singh Siyaram Chandrawat Patwari Anil Yadav Tehsildar arrested for taking `35,000 bribe in Bharatpur CONSTABLE HELD WITH `10,000 BRIBE MISCREANTS LOOT DAIRY AGENT OF `8L CUSTODIALDEATH:POLICE STAFFSENTTOLINES 2 SAINTS MURDERED IN JHUNJHUNU ASHRAM Udaipur: The (ACB) in Udaipur has arrested Constable Mukesh Choudhary from Savina police station, catching him red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000. The arrest follows a complaint lodged by a victim, Prabhulal, with the ACB. According to ACB officials, Prabhulal reported that a few days ago, the Savina police had intercepted his bus transporting 20 crates of liquor to Gujarat. Subse- quently, Prabhulal and an associate were sent to jail by the court, and the bus along with the liquor was seized by the excise dept. Ajmer: BJP and other organizations demanded the formation of SIT to investigate the case of gangrape and blackmail of a minor girl student of a private school. IG Lata Manoj Kumar directed to form an SIT. A team of 17 officers, including Additional SP, and CEO has been formed. On Monday, BJP other organizations reached Ajmer Collectorate and met the Collector and SP, and hand- ed them a memorandum for an investigation by SIT. BJP city president Ramesh Soni said that the incident was akin to the 1992 Black Man case. The accused has been arrested. He threatened the girl with making her obscene pictures viral extorted money from her. -Shubham Jain Jaipur: Three bike-borne miscre- ants looted a dairy collection agent in Jaipur of Rs 8 lakh in broad daylight on Monday. They pushed Parmanand (40), a cash collection agent in Saras Dairy, on the road and beat him up, and sped away with a bag full of cash.Police put up blockades but the mis- creants could not be traced. Police are scanning CCTV footage installed around the crime scene. Police officer (trainee IPS) Vishal Jangid said that the incident hap- pened when Parmanand was crossing Goner Tiraha after collecting money from milk dairies. Jhunjhunu: In the case of the death of the rape accused in Jhunjhunu Mandrela police station, Superinten- dent of Police Rajarshi Raj Verma has sent the entire divisional police station staff to police lines. Two ASIs, two head constables, 19 constables have been sent to police lines. On May 29, rape accused Gaurav Sharma died at the police station after his health dete- riorated. His brother-in-law filed a report against eight people, including station officer Ravindra Kumar. Dissatisfied with the police action, they refused to take the body of the deceased. Jhunjhunu: Sing- hana police in Jhunjhunu reached Bhodan Ashram to inves- tigate the murder of two saints here. They have recovered a blood-stained brick, rolling pin used in the murder and a bike. The deceased sadhus Vash- ishthgiri, resident of Narnaul and Gautam Shekhawat, resident of Bagad were murdered in Bhodan’s ashram and their bodies were found near Navata. Lakhandas and a sadhvi of the ashram involved in the murder are absconding. Prima facie it appears that the murder was over some money. Ashish Choudhary Rajsamand The body of a 13-year- old boy who had fallen into a well in the Chhap- li village of Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district on May 31 was retrieved, police said on Monday. Personnel from State Disaster Relief Force along with Rajsamand civil defence team, police and local divers under- took efforts to rescue the teenager who had fallen into the well on Friday, according to (SP) Manish Tripathi. NDRF personnel were called in and with the help of underwater cam- eras the body was found around 10 am today, the official said adding that the body had got stuck in a crevice inside the well. NDRF retrieves body of 13-year-old who fell into well 3 days ago CMexpressesgriefover lossof13livesinRajgarh Digambar Mahasabha seeks Minority body head from Jain community Personnel from SDRF along with Rajsamand civil defence team, police local divers also undertook efforts to rescue the teenager. Dr Nirmal Jain, state president, Digambar Jain Mahasabha others at a press conference in Jaipur. SUNIL SHARMA 13 people died when a tractor-trolley overturned in Piplodi, Rajgarh. Muhana Mandi traders complain to CM Bhajan Lal Dausa: Land dispute protest ends peacefully Danger Zone! A partially open manhole at MI Road poses a risk to pedestrians and commuters in Jaipur speaks volumes about the administration’s apathy towards public safety. SANTOSH SHARMA
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  • 6. INDIA 05 Jaipur, Tuesday | June 4, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Southwest monsoon enters parts of Telangana a week earlier Tourists enjoy at the Kempty Falls on a hot summer day in Mussoorie, on Monday. PTI First India Bureau Hyderabad The southwest monsoon entered parts of Telan- gana on Monday, the MeT office said. Monsoon has entered Nagarkurnool, Gadwal and Nalgonda districts of south Telangana and is advancing rapidly. Usually, the monsoon enters Telangana in the second week of June but this time it has arrived early, providing much- needed respite to people from sweltering heat and raising hopes of a good crop among farmers. Monsoon on Monday covered some more parts of Karnataka, Rayala- seema and Coastal Andhra Pradesh. AccordingtoHyderabad Meteorological Centre, conditions are favourable forthesouthwestmonsoon to cover entire Karnataka, Rayalaseema, Telangana and the rest of coastal Andhra Pradesh over the next four to five days. Pre-monsoon rains lashed parts of Telangana on Sunday night. Hy- derabad and surrounding districts received light to moderate rains accompa- nied by gusty winds. The winds uprooted trees at few places, disrupting the electricity supply. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Depart- ment (IMD) has issued a yellow alert in Telangana for the next five days. BENGALURU METRO SERVICEDISRUPTED Bengaluru: Met- ro services on the purple line were disrupted after a tree branch fell over the Metro track after heavy rain and strong winds as Karnataka experienced heavy rainfall on Sun- day. The services were restored on Monday. HEATWAVEINDELHI,UP, 8OTHERSTATES:IMD New Delhi: The IMD has said that as the Southwest monsoon progresses over the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karna- taka, and Andhra Pradesh, atmospheric conditions in these regions are expected to bring downpours. YAMUNABOARDTOLDTO HOLDEMERGENCYMEET New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Upper Yamuna River Board to convene an urgent emer- gency meeting on June 5 of all stakeholder states to resolve the water crisis faced by the residents of Delhi. Now, the matter has been posted for June 6. LeTcommanderamong2 terroristskilledinPulwama First India Bureau Srinagar Security forces shot dead two militants including one of the longest surviv- ing Lashkar-e-Taiba ultra in an encounter in JK’s Pulwama district on Monday, officials said. While police said that the identities and group affiliation of the duo was beingestablished,official sources said that one of the slain was top LeT commander Riyaz Ah- mad Dar alias Khalid alias Sheeraz, a resident ofSetharGundKakapora Pulwama who was active for the last nine years. “Dar, in his mid thir- ties, joined militancy in 2015 and was active in the district. His killing is abigsetbacktotheLeT,” a security official said. Police said the en- counter between mili- tants and joint forces erupted at Nihama Pul- wama area early this morning during a cordon and a search operation by joint forces. “The joint operation was launched last night following an input. This morning as the joint team of security forces ap- proached towards the suspectedspot,thehiding militantsfiredindiscrimi- nately upon them, which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter. In the encounter that last- ed several hours two ter- rorists were killed,” a police officer said. He said the two ultras were given an opportu- nity to surrender. “How- ever, they did not heed to the calls and opened fire on the joint forces,” he further added. CRPF personnel stand guard during an encounter with terrorists, in Pulwama district, on Monday. PTI 80th Staff Course starts at DSSC in Wellington, TN First India Bureau Wellington The 80th Staff Course com- menced on Monday at the Defence Services Staff Col- lege (DSSC) in Wellington, Tamil Nadu. The course is designed to train mid-career officers from the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force to become proficient staff officers and future military leaders and equips officers with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate effectively in an integrated tri-services environment. Court extends K Kavitha’s judicial custody till July 3 Agencies New Delhi The RouseAvenue Court on Monday extended the judicial custody of Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader Kalvakuntla Kavi- tha in a money launder- ing case till July 3. Special Judge Kaveri Baweja extended the cus- todyaftertheBharatRash- tra Samithi leader was produced before the court in pursuance of its earlier order issuing a production warrant against her. PTI New Delhi ThreecoachesoftheJhan- si-bound Taj Express train caught fire in southeast Delhi’s Sarita Vihar on Monday. No one was in- jured in the incident as passengersmanagedtoget outoftheaffectedcoaches in time, officials said. The cause of the fire was not known immedi- ately. The train had start- ed from New Delhi Rail- way Station at 3 pm and caught fire between Okh- la and Tughlakabad rail- way station, police said. CoachesD3D4were gutted, while D2 was par- tially damaged, police said, adding they were general chair car coaches. TajExpresscatchesfire inDelhi,nocasualties Flame billows out after fire broke out in Taj Express train, in New Delhi, on Monday. PTI
  • 7. TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK Acts of kindness hold great significance, spreading positivity beyond our awareness. BUDDHA IN-DEPTH A SCIENTIST BREAKS THE GLASS CEILING IN MEXICO SMILE AND PREPARE FOR LOSS OF TREES laudia Sheinbaum’s election as Mexico’s first woman president in “200 years” marks a historic milestone for the nation. As a for- mer Mexico City mayor, she has demonstrated a commitment to progressive policies and environmen- tal sustainability. Her leadership during the COV- ID-19 pandemic showcased her ability to navigate complex crises with a focus on public health and social equity. Sheinbaum’s presidency is expected to bring a re- newed focus on combating corruption, improving public safety, and advancing gender equality. Her background in energy science and engineering, rare in political leadership, equips her with a unique perspec- tive on technological and environmental challenges. However, Sheinbaum faces significant hurdles, in- cluding deep-seated issues of crime and inequality. Balancing economic growth with environmental pres- ervation will be critical, as will maintaining political stability in a polarized society. Her success will depend on her ability to foster unity and implement reforms that resonate with Mexico’s diverse population. Shein- baum’s presidency is a beacon of progress and a test of Mexico’s visionary leadership. C n Delhi and other North Indian states, includ- ing hill stations, soaring temperatures and unbearable heat dominate daily conversa- tions. Discussions often focus on deforestation and urbanization. As more air conditioners are used to combat the heat, the resulting rise in greenhouse gas emissions is often overlooked. The Uttar Pradesh government’s request to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to cut down 33,000 fully grown trees along the KanwarYatra route to facilitate pilgrims’progress makes all the talk about saving the environment and the threat to mankind seem like mere eyewash. According to a newspaper report, the NGT took suo motu cognizance of the Union Environment Ministry’s permis- sion for the UP gov- ernment to cut down 1,10,000 trees and plants for projects in Ghaziabad, Meerut, and Muzaffarnagar districts. Needless to say, their replace- ments would take at least a decade to reach the same height and provide a compa- rable green canopy. Imagine a pilgrim- age route devoid of green cover! The Kanwar Yatra occurs during the month of Shravan, so the sun and heat are usually not major issues, unless the monsoon brings scanty rainfall, making the weather hot and humid. But pilgrims’comfort far outweighs global warming and rising temperatures in north India as Shravan is the month of Lord Shiva and the pilgrims travel hun- dreds of kilometers to offer obeisance to the deity. The state government has reportedly assured the NGT that it has earmarked 222 hectares for afforesta- tion in the Lalitpur district and deposited Rs 1.5 crore with the forest department. Lalitpur is part of Jhansi division. Some solace for environmentalists. I The state government has reportedly assured the NGT that it has earmarked 222 hectares for afforestation in the Lalitpur district and deposited Rs 1.5 crore with the forest department. Lalitpur is part of Jhansi division. Some solace for environmentalists Today, Bharat’s governance serves as an example for many countries around the world. Digital India campaign showcases how technology can be harnessed to empower the poor, promote transparency, and ensure citizens’ rights. Our efforts, from empowering the poor to last-mile delivery, have resulted in the unprecedented achievement of lifting 25 crore people above the poverty line, highlighting the success of these initiatives. Jagat Prakash Nadda (Modi Ka Parivar) @JPNadda The world is looking towards India today for good governance in all spheres of life. Be it our digital progress in the last few years or the uplifting schemes that have brought 25 crore Indians out of poverty, the impact of the schemes under the leadership and vision of Hon’ble PM Sh. @narendramodi ji has become an example for the entire world. Anurag Thakur (मोोदीी काा परि�वाार) @ianuragthakur PERSPECT VE 06 Jaipur, Tuesday | June 4, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia he Pakistan o c c u p i e d K a s h m i r (PoK) expe- rienced tur- moil over the past weeks against the high electricity tariffs, reduced subsidies on wheat and a general lack of development in the region. The Pakistani secu- rity forces used brute force to quell the protests but the public braved the atrocities and forced the government to concede their demands. Normalcy was only re- stored after the Jammu Kashmir Joint Awami Ac- tion Committee (JAAC), an alliance of civil rights groups, called off their protest. The protests were among the largest and most intense in recent years, driven by wide- spread discontent over the Pakistani government’s policies on basic ameni- ties, and a general lack of development. The protests ended after Pakistan Prime Minister approved a grant of Rs 23 billion to meet most of their demands. Maharaja Hari Singh ac- ceded the complete state of Kashmir including Gilgit, Baltistan, Kashmir, Jam- mu, Leh and Ladakh to India in 1948. These areas were never acceded to Pa- kistan making all this as Indian Territory. Abroga- tion of Article 370 has ir- reversibly cemented JK as an integral part of India like other states and it has brought into focus the fu- ture of illegally occupied PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). In September 1994, the Pakistan Supreme Court held that since the Gilgit-Baltistan region was not part of Pakistan, the judicial matters pertaining to it were outside the pur- view of the Pakistani courts. Ipso facto Gilgit- Baltistan is legally not part of Pakistan. PoK and GB have been administered under special Councils headed by the Prime min- ister of Pakistan without representation in the Paki- stan national assembly. Recent statements by In- dia’s ruling party leaders to take back PoK is just a rhetoric or real must be seen keeping Defence Minister’s assertion to take it without using force. PoK covers an area of 13,297 sq km with a total population of about 4.5 million. Majority popula- tion is Muslim but Punjabi and not Kashmiri due to a planned demographic in- version. There is very little cultural affinity to people in India anymore and they have been at the receiving end in three wars and in cross LoC duels. So, any kind of affinity to India from people of PoK is not going to be so easy. Gilgit- Baltistan (Bal- waristan) encompasses an area of approx. 73,000 sq km with a population of about 2 million. It is a trib- al area with Shia majority, a huge Sunni Influx has upset the ethnic balance leading to sectarian strife. GB lies in lap of the great- est mountain ranges of the world — Hindukush, Pamirs, Karakorams and Himalayas. The backbone of the China - Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Karakoram highway runs through this region. The region is criti- cal for water security of Pakistan and gives India a direct access to Afghani- stan and the Central Asian Republics (CARs). The continued depriva- tion of political, economic and human rights is driv- ing the people of this stra- tegic northern end of Paki- stan to desperation. Gilgiti and Balti soldiers have sacrificed their lives for Pakistan without recogni- tion and their poor treat- ment in the aftermath of the Kargil War has alien- ated them. CPEC is also depriving them of liveli- hood due to influx of Chi- nese labour and anti - Chi- na sentiments. Large scale disturbances and agitations are envisaged seeking in- dependence from Pakistan. STRATEGIC LINES OF ACTION Unified national approach with clear and unambigu- ous wider consensus to retake the PoK and GB area as this amount to add- ing 6.5 million people of minority class and a com- mitment in which India should be prepared to in- vest for the long haul with consistency and sincerity. While PoK puts India on the doorstep of Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan gives ac- cess to Afghanistan and CARs. PoK and GB are distinct and different and the people of GB do not want to get clubbed with PoK which makes it im- perative to de hyphenate them as separate strategic objectives. India needs to give a clear message to China and Pakistan to stop CPEC projects in PoK and GB and establish a direct communication channel with the people of PoK and GB. Now is the best time to start the process as Paki- stan is down on many counts and China is caught in an economic slowdown, trade war and its own homeland problems. The international community including the US is fed up of Pakistani antics and tacit support to India is be- coming a reality. India must project that restoring PoK and GB to India is only a correction of an his- torical anomaly. If PoK and GB are re-amalgamat- ed into India, stabilisation of Afghanistan will be a big relief to global com- munity including the US and Russia and help keep- ing China at bay. Soft power in terms of media, understanding trib- al culture, democracy, as- pirations, shared socio- economic values, history, et al should be employed to commence the people’s movement. Once basic ground is made, hard pow- er initially economic and political and as a last resort the military power may have to be used. The finer issue is how to make it non - military, non - nuclear and non - controversial. India must avoid copying Pakistani approach (in Kashmir) while dealing with matter of PoK and GB and the struggle of local population against Paki- stan government must re- main the focal point. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL TURMOIL IN POK AND GILGIT–BALTISTAN DOESITMAKEINDIA’S CASESTRONGER? T Col Rajesh Bhukar The writer is a Post Graduate in International Studies, Alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and College of Combat, Mhow OPERATIONAL ACTION LINES Fruits of democracy and progress in India and political participa- tion through filling of JK assembly seats earmarked for PoK and GB and exploiting poor human rights record of Pakistan. Pakistan is a failed state with heaped economic misery. Dis- proportionate allocation of CPEC resources in PoK and GB, high infla- tion making basic needs like water and food out of common men’s reach. A concerted diplomatic effort must be launched to give people of PoK and GB moral support and provide a com- mon platform to all organisations seeking independence from Pakistan. Expose the demographic inversion and Chinese influx in the PoK and GB region. Have economic and political arrows pierc- ing Pakistan initially but ultimately it may be the military strength that will determine outcome of this entire campaign. The Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) experienced turmoil over the past weeks against the high electricity tariffs, reduced subsidies on wheat and a general lack of development in the region. The Pakistani security forces used brute force to quell the protests but the public braved the atrocities and forced the government to concede their demands. Normalcy was only restored after the Jammu Kashmir Joint Awami Action Committee (JAAC), an alliance of civil rights groups, called off their protest l Vol 5 l Issue No. 358 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 Exploit Pakistan’s fault lines specific to POK and Gilgit-Baltistan. Some lines of action are: —
  • 8. FORBES REAL TIME BILLIONAIRES LIST Elon Musk surpasses Bernard Arnault, Bezos to become world’s richest Agencies New Delhi illionaire Elon Musk surpassed Bernard Ar- nault and Jeff Bezos to become the richest per- son in the world, as per the Forbes Real Time Billionaires list. With the new rankings, Elon Musk’s net worth has soared to $210.7 bil- lion, while LVMH’s Bernard Arnault holds second place with $201 billion, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is in third with $197.4 billion. A report had earlier said that Elon Musk, Ber- nard Arnault, Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg grew their wealth at an alarming rate of $14 million per hour since 2020. The Oxfam report had said that if each of the five wealthiest men were to spend a million US dollars daily, they would take 476 years (on an av- erage) to exhaust their combined wealth. The analysis also revealed that the world could see its first trillionaire within the next decade. The Forbes Real Time Billionaires list reflects real-time changes in the net worth of the world’s richest individuals, up- dated daily and monthly to account for fluctua- tions in their net assets. Elon Musk leads the Forbes Billionaire list, which is updated regularly to reflect changes in net worth. B NEWS 07 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | June 4, 2024 Agencies Damascus Israeli airstrikes after midnight Monday killed 12 pro-Iranian militias in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The militias, consist- ing of Syrian and non- Syrian nationals, have a significant presence in the area surrounding the city of Aleppo, it said. The attack hit several sites in the countryside of Aleppo, mainly in the town of Hayyan north- west of Aleppo. Several explosions were heard across the city. The observatory noted that the attack comes as part of an escalation of Israeli attacks on posi- tions held by the Leba- nese Hezbollah and Ira- nian militias in Syria since last month. Meanwhile, the Syrian Defense Ministry con- firmed that several indi- viduals were killed in the Israeli aggression target- ing points near Aleppo. ISRAELIAIRSTRIKESKILL12INSYRIA PTI New York The International Cricket Council on Monday an- nounced a record prize purse of USD 11.25 mil- lion for the 2024 T20 World Cup with the win- ners pocketing at least USD 2.45 million. The runners-up will receive at least USD 1.28 million, while the losing semi-finalists walk away with USD 787,500 each. The previous edition in 2022 had a total prize pool of USD 5.6 million with winners England re- ceiving USD 1.6 million. “The ninth edition of the ICC Men’sT20World Cup will see the winners of the 20-team tourna- ment earn at least $2.45 million, the highest prize money in the history of the tournament, along with the trophy that they will lift in Barbados on 29 June,” said the ICC. The teams that fail to make it out of the Super 8s will earn USD 382,500 each, while the teams placed ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th receive USD 247,500 each. Partici- pants who finish 13th to 20th place will return $225,000 each. z Malnutrition hits children of Gaza as mothers search for milk z Mediators urge Israel, Hamas to accept truce outlined by US President z Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu views a plan outlined by US President Joe Biden for a truce in Gaza and hostage release deal as “partial”, a spokesman said. z Blinken to discuss Gaza plan, says onus on Hamas to accept deal z Dozens of aerial objects launched from Lebanon land in Northern Israel MAJOR WAR HIGHLIGHTS Dubai: Forced displacement has pushed over a million people away from the Gazan city of Rafah, the United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency said on Monday. The small city on the south- ern edge of the Gaza Strip had been shelter- ing around 1 million Palestinians who fled Israeli assaults on other parts of the enclave, aid groups said. The Israeli military has told civilians to go to an “expanded humanitarian zone” some 20 km (12 miles) away. ILLION FORCED TO FLEE RAFAH, LIVE IN “UNSPEAKABLE” CONDITIONS: UN Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on Monday. Claudia Sheinbaum addressinghersupporters inMexico, onMonday. South Africa players celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nissanka during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Westbury, New York, on Monday. US Vice President Kamala Harris It was a second attack in the country in less than one week. The strikes have increased since outbreak of Israel’s war with Hamas. Israel tells citizens to avoid travel to Maldives explore Indian beaches PTI Jerusalem Israel has advised its citizens, including those holding an addi- tional foreign passport, to avoid travelling to theMaldivesandasked those staying there to leave the Indian Ocean archipelago, a day after the Maldivian govern- ment decided to ban Israeli passport holders from entering the country amidst the deadly war in Gaza. The recommenda- tion is also valid for Israeli citizens hold- ing a foreign passport, in addition to the Is- raeli passport. The Israel Embassy in India has asked Is- raeli citizens to visit India and explore In- dian beaches. The em- bassy noted that Israeli tourists are warmly welcomed in India. ICC announces highest ever prize for T20 WC z South Africa beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in T20 World Cup Group D match in New York. z The Proteas seamers ran riot as Lanka perished for a mere 77, their lowest-ever total in the tournament. z Anrich Nortje took a historic four-wicket haul, with only three SL batters scoring in double figures. z Namibia beat Oman in the Super Over to kick-start their campaign in the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup. z Match 3 of the tournament was a low-scoring thriller as Namibia just couldn’t accomplish the 110-run target at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. z Batting first, Oman were bowled out for 109 in 19.4 overs at the Kensington Oval. MATCHES - SA VS SL AND NAMIBIA VS OMAN TOP 10 BILLIONAIRES Agencies Mexico City Claudia Sheinbaum was elected Mexico’s first woman president by a landslide Sunday, mak- ing history in a country plagued by rampant criminal and gender- based violence. Crowds of flag-waving supporters sang and danced to mariachi music in Mexico City’s main square celebrating the ruling party candidate’s victory. She thanked her main opposition rival Xochitl Galvez, who con- ceded defeat. Sheinbaum, a scientist by training, won around 58-60% of votes, accord- ing to preliminary offi- cial results from the Na- tional Electoral Institute. That was more than 30 percentage points ahead of Galvez, and some 50 percentage points ahead of the only man running, long-shot centrist Jorge Alvarez Maynez. Agencies Washington Donald Trump has sug- gested that sending him to prison could prove a “breaking point” for his supporters -- a warning that will fuel concerns of political violence around the US presidential elec- tion on November 5. The former president and current Republican White House hopeful ac- knowledged the possibil- ity of jail time or house arrest following his his- toric criminal conviction in a hush money trial. “I’m ok with it,” Trump said, but added he was “not sure the public would stand for it.” “I think it would be tough for the public to take. You know at a cer- tain point there’s a break- ing point,” he said. The warning will reso- nate in a country already concerned about the pros- pect of civil unrest and politicalharassmentinthe run-up to the November election. Trump will now be running as a felon, and he has repeatedly refused to commit to accepting the result should he lose to President Joe Biden. Claudia Sheinbaum is Mexico’s first woman President in historic win Trump says sending him to prison would be “Breaking Point” for the supporters I want to thank millions of Mexican women and men who decided to vote for us on this historic day. I won’t fail you. CLAUDIA SHEINBAUM Air Canada announces expansion of its flight network to India by increasing seat capacity Indian student, 23, goes missing in the United States, was last seen in Los Angeles: Report Ottawa: Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada, on Monday announced the expansion of its flight network to India, adding 40 per cent more seat capacity beginning late October for the coming winter 2024-25 season. The country’s flag carrier said it will operate 25 weekly flights with 7,400 seats each week this winter from Canada to India, comprising up to 11 weekly flights. These include flights from Toronto to Delhi and Mumbai, daily flights from Montreal to Delhi and daily flights to Delhi from Western Canada via London Heathrow. Houston: A 23-year-old Indian student is missing in the US state of California since last week and police have sought the public’s help in finding her, the latest case in the country as the community grapples with a string of such incidents involving students. Nitheesha Kandula, a California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) student, went missing on May 28, according to the police. She was last seen in Los Angeles and was reported missing on May 30, John Guttierez, Chief of Police, CSUSB, said in a post on X on Sunday. 10 killed, 5 missing during heavy rains across Sri Lanka Colombo: Ten people were killed and five others missing during the past 24 hours as heavy rains and strong winds lashed out across Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Center said. Most of the deaths were reported from the capital Colombo as over 150 mm of rain was experienced. The Health Ministry said that it had instructed all health directors to be on alert and ready for any emergency in hospitals. Singer Sonu Nigam awarded Honorary Fellowship in UK London: Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam, who was in the UK for a concert series, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by a leading Indian diaspora students’ organisation for his world- wide impact in the field of music. The National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK conferred Nigam with the Fellowship during his packed performance at Wembley Arena in London last weekend. CRUCIAL READ Names Net Worth (in billion) Elon Musk $210.7 Bernard Arnault $201 Family Jeff Bezos $197.4 M Zuckerberg $163.9 Larry Ellison $146.2 Larry Page $142.6 Sergey Brin $136.6 Warren Buffett $134.9 Bill Gates $128.6 Steve Ballmer $123.1 San Francisco: More women are attaining the top job at com- panies in the SP 500, but their numbers are still minuscule compared to their male counterparts. Of the 341 CEOs included in the AP’s annual compensation survey, 25 are women. That’s the most women making the list since the survey began in 2011. But the numbers haven’t budged very much. The second highest tally was 21 wom- en in 2017. The survey, based on data analyzed for The Associated Press by Equilar, includes CEOs at SP 500 companies who have served at least two fiscal years at their companies, which filed proxy statements between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2024. MORE WOMEN MADE THE LIST OF TOP PAID CEOS IN 2023, BUT THEIR NUMBERS ARE STILL SMALL COMPARED TO MEN Agencies Washington US Vice President Ka- mala Harris will attend a Ukraine peace summit in Switzerland, the White House said Monday, af- ter President Joe Biden was reportedly set to skip it for an election fund- raiser hosted by George Clooney. Harris, who will be joined by National Secu- rity Advisor Jake Sulli- van for the June 15 meet- ing in Lucerne, will “un- derscore the Biden-Har- ris administration’s com- mitment to supporting Ukraine’s effort to secure a just and lasting peace.” “The vice president will reaffirm support for the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against ongoing Russian aggression,” Harris spokesperson KirstenAl- len said in a statement. Kamala Harris to attend Ukraine Peace Summit in Switzerland: WH Hugely optimistic about opportunities in India: IATA PTI Dubai Hugely optimistic about the opportunities in the Indian aviation sector, IATA Director General Willie Walsh on Monday said the right government policies can unlock the country’s potential. In response to a query about bilateral rights be- tween India and Dubai, Walsh also said that if In- diaistofulfiltheambition of its industry and to play its part for global carriers, then it’s going to need ac- cess to markets around the world. Walsh said he is amazed and hugely op- timistic about the poten- tial of the Indian market. The Israel Embassy posted pictures of Indian beaches and recommended places which include Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and Kerala. MAJOR UPDATES z Airlines expecting 5 billion passengers in 2024, a new record z Real cost of air travel reduced 34 pc over last decade: IATA
  • 9. 08 The more you focus on your decisions and making them right, the less you will worry about what others think. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Tuesday | June 4, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED Will BJP score a clean sweep a third time? PTI Jaipur ccording to exit polls, the BJP might not achieve a hat-trick of cleansweepsinRajasthan. Thistime,thepollspredict that 5 to 7 seats might go to the opposition INDIA bloc. The actual results willbeknowntodaywhen the votes are counted. Amid heightened an- ticipation fuelled by the exit polls, Congress State President GS Dotasra has expressed confidence in securing 12 to 13 seats, including Bharatpur, the hometown of CM Bhajan Lal Sharma. However, Sharma asserted that BJP will win all 25 seats. The outcome for prominent leaders such as LS Speaker Om Birla and Union Ministers GS Shekhawat,Arjun Megh- wal, and Kailash Choud- hary will also be decided in the counting process. Former CM Ashok Gehlot’s son, Vaibhav Gehlot, contested from Jalore-Sirohi, backed by his father’s support. Ra- jasthan saw fierce con- tests in 10 seats. Con- gress allied with CPI(M) in Sikar RLP in Na- gaur, supporting BAP in Banswara-Dungarpur; BJPcontested all 25 seats independently. Notable battles include Nagaur’s Hanuman Beniwal vs. BJP’s Jyoti Mirdha, and Union Min Meghwal vs. Congress’s GR Meghwal in Bikaner. PoliceofficialsdeployedatRajasthanCollegeinJaipuronMondayto ensuresecurityaheadofcountingofvotestoday. MUKESHKIRADOO A KEY ELECTORAL BATTLES ON SEATS Seats like Kota, Jalore, Sikar, Nagaur, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Tonk-Sawaimad- hopur, Barmer, Banswara, Jodhpur are focal points of intense competition, testing the credibility of senior leaders. In Kota, Birla faces direct competition from Cong’s Prahlad Gunjal. Jodhpur witnessed a contest between Karan S Uchiyarda, and Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. In Barm- er, Independent Ravindra Singh Bhati challenged both BJP’s Kailash Choudhary and the Congress. GSShekhawatconfidentof BJP’svictoryinLSpolls Rajeev Gaur Jodhpur Union Jal Shakti Minis- ter GS Shekhawat ex- pressed unwavering con- fidence in BJP’s land- slide victory. He empha- sised country’s progress under Modi’s leadership, dismissing opposition skepticism. “We were confident due to signifi- cant changes in the past decade. 25 crore people lifted from poverty, with secure borders, strength- ened economy, and im- proved global image, voters sought to re-elect Modi for a developed In- dia, aiming for over 400 seats, signaling wide- spread support for the BJP,” he said. After Pun- jab’s LS polls, he re- turned to Jodhpur, where he was welcomed by of- ficials supporters. He held meetings at his resi- dence also attended condolence meetings. First India Bureau Jaipur CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, in a recent so- cial media post, ex- pressed deep gratitude for the overwhelming support received during the last general election campaigns across vari- ous states. He credited the success of roadshows, public meetings, and dia- logue programmes to tireless efforts of work- ers, officials, LS can- didates. Sharma high- lighted the unwavering trust in PM Modi among the people, affirming the nation’s support for ‘Modi govt,’ which em- phasises heritage and de- velopment. He conclud- ed with confidence that the public is resolute in granting PM the opportu- nity to serve Mother In- dia for the third time. First India Bureau Jaipur Assembly Speaker Vasudev Devnani has strongly condemned the gangrape and blackmail of a minor schoolgirl in Ajmer. He has directed the Superintendent of Po- lice and other top offi- cials to ensure strict ac- tion against the culprits. Devnani asserted that the perpetrators will face se- vere punishment, even suggesting the possibility of demolishing their property if necessary. He emphasised pre- venting the recurrence of such crimes and ensuring justice for the victim, re- gardless of the accused’s influence. Devnani urged swift arrest of all in- volved criminals, high- lighting the organised nature of the crime. He also called for height- ened vigilance against similar incidents, partic- ularly involving vulner- able individuals. He also appealed to the parents to take special care of the children. “Talk to them regularly, provide emo- tional support. If any an- ti-social element is ha- rassing the child, then immediately inform the police,” he said. First India Bureau Jaipur All preparations have been completed for counting of votes for 25 Lok Sabha seats of Ra- jasthan and Bagidora as- sembly seat by-election. Counting of votes will start at 8 am. Along with the 25 Lok Sabha seats, result of by- poll on Bagidora assem- bly constituency will also be declared. Chief Elec- toral Officer Praveen Gupta said that counting of votes will start at 8 am today at 29 places in the State. All preparations regarding counting of votes have been complet- ed in Rajasthan. He said that counting of votes for all 25 LS constituencies will be done in a total of 4,033 rounds. In Jaipur, the counting for Jaipur Ru- ral Lok Sabha constitu- ency will take place at Commerce College and for Jaipur Lok Sabha constituency at Ra- jasthan College. Deputy DEO Neelima Takshak assured com- plete readiness for the counting process. Manoj Mathur Jaipur The results of 25 Lok Sabha seats of Rajasthan today, will be linked not only to the candidates contesting the elections, but also to the reputation of many big leaders of both BJP and Congress. This time, the biggest thing to see in the results will be whether BJP is able to make a hat-trick of winning all the seats or Congress breaks its dream by opening its ac- count. However, the exit polls do not indicate the possibility of BJP com- pleting a hat-trick. In such a situation, it will be very important to see who won the ‘battle of prestige’ and who lost. Talking about Con- gress, Jalore seat remains a question of prestige for former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. His son Vaibhav Gehlot is the Congress candidate from this seat. Ashok Gehlot spent the most time on this seat and put all his strength in campaigning. For the State Party President Govind Singh Dotasra, if Congress wins even a single seat, it will be an achievement, but his real prestige is linked to three seats of Shekhawati, Sikar, Jhun- jhunu and Churu. On the Churu seat, Congress had fielded BJP MP Rahul Kaswan as its candidate. Churu is considered to be the ‘prestige seat’ for BJP’s former Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore, who cam- paigned in other seats of Shekhawati as well, but he has put all his strength into winning Churu. For State BJP Presi- dent CPJoshi, along with winning Chittorgarh, the biggest goal is to make party win all 25 seats in this poll achieve a hat- trick. If BJP loses even a single seat, his prestige will definitely be dam- aged. Similarly, Cabinet Minister, Dr Kirodi Lal Meena has made Dausa 7 seats of eastern Ra- jasthan a matter of his prestige. He claims that if he loses even a single seat, he will resign from the Minister’s post. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat addresses a press conference in Jodhpur on Monday. Jaswant S Bishnoi is also seen. ‘Kingmakers’tobeinspotlight amidwinandlossofcandidates Preparationsforcounting completeinRajasthan:CEO Counting on 218 tables, 312 rounds, 4,213 EVMs for Jaipur Jpr Rural Praveen Gupta addresses a press conference in Jaipur on Monday. Vote counting will begin at 8:00 AM with postal ballots in 63 centres, followed by EVM counts at 8:30 AM across 235 centres. A total of 2,713 tables for EVM votes and 841 tables for postal and ETPBS votes have been allocated across these centres. PRAVEEN GUPTA, CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER VOTECOUNTINGLOGISTICS z The polling will commence at 29 centres from 8 a.m. in the morning. z More than 700 air condi- tioners will be installed at poll- ing locations to prevent heat. z Over 13,000 personnel will be deployed for polling duties. z Three-tiered security ar- rangements will be in place at polling locations. z The counting of EVM votes will be conducted on 2,713 tables over 4,033 rounds. z The highest number of rounds, 206, will be in the Rajsamand constituency, and the lowest, 143, in the Bikaner Lok Sabha constituency. TOTAL COUNTING ROUNDS FOR EACH LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY Rajsamand: 206; Jhalawar-Baran: 186; Jalore: 181; Jhunjhunu: 177; Karauli- Dholpur: 169; Chittorgarh: 169; Banswara: 167; Udai- pur: 166; Pali: 165; Bhil- wara: 163; Jaipur Rural: 161; Dausa: 158; Churu: 157; Kota: 156; Jodhpur: 155; Ganganagar: 148; Alwar: 153; Nagaur: 153; Sikar: 152; Jaipur: 151; Barmer: 151; Tonk-Sawai Madhopur: 150; Bharat- pur: 148; Ajmer: 148; Bikaner: 143 Aishwary Pradhan Jaipur In a day marked by high- level discussions, Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma met separately with several colleagues, including Deputy Chief Ministers Diya Kumari and Dr Prem Chand Bair- wa, along with other key Ministers. Deputy Chief Minis- ter Diya Kumari met with Chief Minister Sharma to deliberate on various organisational and administrative mat- ters as part of ongoing efforts to address press- ing state issues and en- hance governmental ef- ficiency. Deputy CM Dr Prem Chand Bairwa pro- vided feedback on vari- ous seats. Minister Dr Kirodi Lal Meena's visit, described as a courtesy call, in- volved discussions on several crucial matters, highlighting ongoing collaborative efforts within the government. Forest Minister Sanjay Sharma discussed de- partmental activities and projects in Alwar, focus- ing on drinking water conditions. This reflects the government’s com- mitment to addressing local issues and improv- ing public welfare. CM meets Deputy CMs, key ministers, discusses significant State issues Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma interacts with Diya Kumari at the Chief Minister’s Office in Jaipur on Monday. Several other prominent Ministers, including Jhabar Singh Kharra and Jogaram Patel, also engaged in discussions with the Chief Minister on diverse state-related matters CM pens an emotional post on X for support in polls Won’t allow recurrence of blackmail scandal in Ajmer, asserts Devnani Public voice is against BJP, says Gehlot First India Bureau Jaipur Former CM Ashok Gehlot asked the count- ing agents to carefully match the total number of votes in Form 17-C and EVM.If it doesn’t match, register an objection with the concerned officials,” he posted on X. He said that an attempt has been made to create an atmo- sphere in BJP’s favour through the exit poll. “We all have gone among the people heard their voice which is against BJP. You should get counting done with positivity. It is in national interest that Congress India Bloc should win in this LS polls,” he added. He urged Cong leaders to reach counting venue to support candidates. PRESTIGE OF SEVERAL VETERANS AT STAKE IN RAJASTHAN RESULTS WILL BJP ACHIEVE A HAT-TRICK IS A MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION Ashok Gehlot Govind Singh Dotasra CP Joshi Rajendra Rathore Dr Kirodi Lal Meena Analysis The BJP Headquarters in Jaipur adorned with lights on Monday, ahead of counting of votes for Lok Sabha polls today. SANTOSH SHARMA FILE
  • 10. JAIPUR, TUESDAY | JUNE 4, 2024 Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle A CINEMATIC MARVEL! he star-studded premiere of Shyam Benegal’s classic film “Manthan” (1976) captivated Mumbai on June 1 2, following its successful debut at the Cannes International Film Festival 2024. P12 T 09 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia he illustrious Jaipur Couture Show Sea- son 12, presented by Bharat24-Vision of New India and First India Newspaper, in association with MG Lion, concluded with grandeur atAlankara Hotel Re- sorts, Jaipur, on Sunday. The event, a testament to the rich cultural heritage and contemporary fashion brilliance of Rajasthan,wasinauguratedbyadistin- guished lamp-lighting ceremony. GauravGaur,thevisionaryJaipurCou- ture Show organiser and Elite Miss Rajasthan Founder Director, along- side JCS directors DrAjeet Soni,Anil Bhattar, Nakul Vijay, PN Dudi, and Deepak Nahar, marked the beginning of the show. Their collective efforts brought forth an evening of fashion and creativity that left an indelible mark on all attendees. DrJagdeeshChandra,gracingthe occasion as the Chief Guest, re- ceived a warm welcome from Gaurav Gaur. Dr Chandra extend- ed his heartfelt congratulations to Gaurav Gaur and the entire team for orchestrating such an impres- sive event. He remarked, At Bharat24 and First India News, weconsistentlypromoteyoungtalentin the realms of fashion, glamour and en- tertainment. I am immensely proud of Gauravandhisvision,ashecontinually showcases the best talents with excep- tional overall personalities. My best wishes to all. The evening was further enlivened by the presence of special guests JD Maheshwari andAmit Khan- delwal (Owner of PCM Masale), along withathrongoffashionenthusiastswho eagerly anticipated the unfolding of couture magic. The couture show commenced with a delightful Kids Sequence by Anup Choudhary,settingaplayfulyetelegant tonefortheevening.Thiswasfollowed by the grand opening sequence by Shiv Jewellers x Yuuti, featuring the stun- ning showstopper Isha Malviya, who dazzled the audience with her grace and charm. Next, Sejal Gabani Italia presented a breathtaking sequence, with Komal Vora as the showstopper, captivatingtheaudiencewithintricate designs and luxurious fabrics. Ali Daya’s sequence, with Mona Gautam as the showstopper, showcased a blend of modern aesthetics and tradi- tionalcraftsmanship.KingshukBha- duri's collection, highlighted by showstopper Nupur Jhankal, was a visual feast, followed by Code VGU’ssequence,withPihuChoud- hary stealing the spotlight. Royal Cut’s presentation, with Sneha Gupta as the showstopper, epito- mizedregalelegance.NazimAli’s collection, featuring Khushi Vi- jay, and the joint sequence by Headman Saloon and Dvaa, with Riya Sain, offered fresh and innovative designs. Mohit Sarwa’s dual sequences, first with Riya Suledia and then with Banita Chaudhary fea- turing Soni Kumari as the showstopper, displayed a versatile range of couture brilliance. The Jaipur Couture Show Season 12, a dazzling display of fashion brilliance, concluded at Alankara Hotel Resorts, Jaipur, on Sunday. Presented by Bharat24-Vision of New India and First India Newspaper, in association with MG Lion, the event celebrated Rajasthan's rich cultural heritage and contemporary fashion! Jaipur Couture Show Lights Up the Runway Mitali Dusad mitalidusad@firstindia.co.in T MUKESH KIRADOO SUNIL SHARMA Rishika Chandnani Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with (L-R) Riya Sain, Mona Gautam, Akanksha Bhalla and Priyanka Bhalla Child model, Aaradhya Showstoopers Gaurav Gaur and Akanksha Bhalla pose during the grand finale sequence by Rajdeep Ranawat Malhari Singh From top: Urvashi and Celebrity Actress Isha Malviya Turn to pg10-11
  • 11. Event JAIPUR, TUESDAY | JUNE 4, 2024 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 10-11 The pre-finale sequence by Ra- dhika Rajpurohit was a magnificent prelude to the grand finale, which was or- chestrated by the renowned designer Rajdeep Ranawat. The grand finale, featuring showstoppers Akanksha Bhalla and Gaurav Gaur, was a stunning cul- mination of the evening, showcasing a collection that blended tradition with modernity in a spectacular fashion. The entire event was meticulously choreographed by Syed Khizar Hussain, ensuring a seamless and captivating flow of fashion sequences. Each designer's collection was a celebration of creativity, culture and exclusivity, leaving an indelible impression on everyone present. Jaipur Couture Show Season 12 was not just an event; it was a grand celebration of fashion, showcasing the dynamic syner- gy between tradition and modernity. The show re- flected the rich cultural tapestry of Rajasthan, seamlessly woven with contemporary fashion trends, making it an unfor- gettable evening of couture brilliance. A SPECTACLE OF MUKESH KIRADOO SUNIL SHARMA FROM PAGE 09 Dr Jagdeesh Chandra addressing the audience Sheena Parashar Priyanka (L-R) Mona Gautam, Mohniesh, Honey Trouper, Deepika Singh, Soni Kumari, Shweta Raje, Juhi Tikkiwal, Soni Yadav and Naina Parmar Deepika Singh Sneha Sharma A still from the fashion sequence Supermodels grace the ramp walk in exclusive ‘Poshaks’ Supermodels showcasing designer sarees Child models from Indian Little Fashion Hunters acing the ramp walk A still from the grand finale sequence Gaurav Gaur addressing the audience Varunavi Singh Ravi Jangid Dr Jagdeesh Chandra felicitates Supporting Partner Satyajeet during the show. Also seen are Tanu Choudhary and Mona Gautam Brilliance A SPECTACLE OF
  • 12. City Buzz JAIPUR, TUESDAY | JUNE 4, 2024 12 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia City First cityfirst@firstindia.co.in aipurites em- braced the spirit of environmental conservation on Monday morning as they took to the streets to cel- ebrate World Cycling Day. The event, organised by the Ra- jasthan Environment and Ener- gy Conservation Center (REECC), International Society of Life Sciences (ISLS) and Ra- jasthan Pollution Control Board, marked the beginning of a three- day celebration culminating in World Environment Day. Starting from Hotel Clarks Amer, more than 150 partici- pants cycled through the city, covering a distance of seven kilometres. The route took them from Amer Clark to Girdhar Marg, Apex Circle to Jawahar Circle, and back to the hotel. With the slogan of #Genera- tionRestoration, the event aimed to promote both health and environmental conserva- tion. Cyclists, including a sig- nificant number of women, chanted 'Go Green' as they rode, raising awareness about the importance of environmen- tal preservation. Before the rally, key figures such as ISLS President Prof. AshokKumar,formerIASVipin ChandraSharma,NWR'sCFTM Madhukar Rot, Rajasthan Pollu- tion Control Board Joint Secre- taryVinita Singh andAPJAbdul Kalam Government Girls Col- lege, Gangapol Principal Prof. Hemant Parikh, and Dr Sundar Saini flagged off the event. The enthusiasm of the participants was mirrored by the morning walkers, whose smiles and cheers added to the event's fes- tive atmosphere. Medals were distributed to all participants af- ter the cyclothon, celebrating their commitment to the cause. The festivities will continue with the sixth edition of the World Environment Day Sum- mit at Amer Clark today, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The summit will honour individuals who have made significant contribu- tions to environmental conser- vation with the Rajasthan Envi- ronmental PrideAward. Discus- sions will focus on critical is- sues such as climate change, rising temperatures, and water and energy conservation. The event will conclude on June 5 with the planting of over 500 plants at Ravindra Manch at 8 AM, symbolizing a lasting commitment to environmental restoration. WORLD CYCLE DAY CHAMPIONS HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT EVENTS! Malviya Nagar MLA Kalicharan Saraf honoured the players who won medals in National Karate by presenting them with letters of appreciation at Bapu Nagar, on Monday. In the Karate Championship organised by the Sango Kai Karate Association of India World Japan, Master Sansei Nirmal Bohra of Raha Memorial in Sango Kai Karate Jaipur achieved the rank of 4 Dan Black Belt Holder. Krishna Bikash, Mohan Shrestha, Srishti, Vikas, Ishu Thapa, Gitas Joshi, Amisha, and Anita secured medals. Karate Championship organiser Nirmal Bohra, former councillor Sanjeev Sharma, Shweta Sharma, Mahavir Upadhyay, Mahendra Sankhla, RB Badaya, Durga Shankar Udala, BL Jhalani, Ravindra Sharma, Shaitan Singh, and other dignitaries graced the occasion. Wheelsof Change J MUKESH KIRADOO Naad Sanstha's at Net Theat program presented 'Cow and his Friend Monkey' in the Achcha Nagrik of the Jungle competition, highlighting environmental messages on Sunday. Written by Mihija Sharma and directed by Anil Marwari, the play showcased friendship and environmental themes. In the jungle competition, Monkey's plan backfires, leading to the cow saving him. Children and senior artist Manoj Swami performed, impressing the audience. The play, emphasizing friendship and honesty, also involved children making masks under Dhriti Sharma's direction and featured lighting and music by Sagar Garhwal. It received applause for its creativity and meaningful message. Renowned photography expert, Sanjay Kumawat, advocates for photography as a lucrative career path beyond weddings. In the Junior Summer Program at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Sanjay mentored 12 children, instilling photography skills from basics to editing. Emphasizing the art's emotional impact and technical nuances, Sanjay highlighted the significance of patience and precision. Participants expressed their passion, with young Aadyansh Bhargava considering photography as a means of expression. Manav Seva Trust Rajasthan organised a one-day culinary training at Novotel Hotel, Sitapura recently. General Secretary Durga Verma mentioned that women were taught to prepare diverse dishes from coarse grains, including Mathri, Dhokla, Papad, Biscuits, pickles, and cakes. Hotel Director Juhi Petrik encouraged nutritious eating and a healthy lifestyle. Trust Media In-charge Prof. Dr Rajiv Saxena stated that 35 women participated, receiving information on product making and marketing. The training aims to inspire women towards self-employment, empowering them economically and enhancing their skills. City First cityfirst@firstindia.co.in he International Con- gress of Event Industry (ICEI) hosted a pre- event press conference for Cruisesthan 2024, an unprec- edented wedding planning confer- ence aboard a luxurious cruise from September 17-20, 2024. In collaboration with Black Rock Hotels Resort, Fort Rajwada Jaisalmer, andWedding Vows, this groundbreaking event will unite over 300 wedding planners from India and around the world. Cruis- esthan 2024 promises an unparal- leled experience, embarking from Singapore, journeying through the high seas to Phuket and returning to Singapore. Michael Goh, Presi- dent of Resorts World Cruises, emphasized the versatility of cruises as event venues, envision- ing weddings and conferences against stunning backdrops. Naresh Rawal, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Resorts World Cruises, expressed excite- ment about partnering with ICEI, highlighting cruise ships' capabili- ties for large-scale events. Gunjan Singhal and Vikrant Jain, organiz- ers of ICEI, underscored the grow- ing popularity of cruise weddings, citing high-profile celebrations like Anant Ambani and Radhika Mer- chant's pre-wedding festivities. Cruisesthan 2024's packed sched- ule includes a welcome dinner, talk shows, conferences, BITAAwards, and a buyer-seller meet. Attendees can enjoy recreational activities like ziplining, wall climbing, club- bing and swimming. Vikrant Jain expressed anticipation for the con- ference's innovative concept, aim- ing to set a world record for maxi- mum delegate participation. Cruisesthan2024signifiesamile- stoneintheweddingplanningindus- try, offering couples unique and memorable celebrations. ICEI en- sures smooth operations and excel- lenthospitality,promisinganunpar- alleled experience for all attendees. A New Horizon for Weddings INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF EVENT INDUSTRY (ICEI) UNVEILS CRUISESTHAN 2024 T TRAINING SESSION! MANTHAN'S TRIUMPH! Gopendra Nath Bhatt cityfirst@firstindia.co.in he star-studded premiere of Shy- am Benegal's classic film Man- than (1976) captivated Mumbai on June 1st and 2nd, following its successful debut at the Cannes International Film Festival 2024. Celebri- ties like Shyam Benegal, Na- seeruddin Shah, and Preeti Sagar graced the event along- side luminaries from the in- dustry. The evening com- menced with a heartfelt trib- ute to Benegal and the film's cast and crew, followed by a nostalgic conversation mod- erated by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur of the Film Herit- age Foundation. FHF ex- pressed gratitude to Amul for supporting the restoration, which allowed the film to premiere nationwide through PVR-Inox and Cinepolis. The restoration of Man- than received overwhelming praise, with cinemas packed across India. This milestone in Indian cinema, portraying the genesis of the dairy coop- erative movement inspired by Dr. Verghese Kurien, marks not only a cinematic triumph but also a crowdfunded en- deavour involving 500,000 dairy farmers. The restoration process involved meticulous repair of damaged film ele- ments and sound digitization, overseen by both Benegal and cinematographer Govind Nihalani. Manthan stands as a testament to India's cin- ematic heritage, preserved for future generations to cherish. T (L-R) Ashwani Sharma, Rajnish Rathi, Michael, Gunjan Singhal, Naresh Rawal, Collin Kerr, Vinay Khosla and Dakshina Moorthy (L-R) Michael Goh, Gunjan Singhal and Naresh Rawal During the event Naseeruddin Shah addressing the audience Enthusiastic participants During the event Prof Ashok Kumar cut the inaugural ribbon. Also seen are Prof Madhu Kumar, Nidhi Mehta, Vinita Singh, Madhukar and others Teeni Kapoor flagging off the rally. Also seen are Vaibhav Bhardwaj, Baldev Thakur and others