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All 200 seats: AAP jumps
into Rajasthan contest
New Delhi (PTI): Ra-
jasthan is set to witness
a new entrant in the as-
sembly polls, likely to
be held later this year,
with the Aam Aadmi
Party (AAP) on Thurs-
day setting in motion
preparations for the
launch of its foray in
the state.
AAP’s poll strategist
Sandeep Pathak
held a crucial
meeting with the
party’s Ra-
jasthan unit
leaders and vol-
unteers here.
AAP’s election
i n - ch a r g e
for Rajasthan Vinay
Mishra was also pre-
sent in the meeting.
“Feedback that has
come from Rajasthan is
quite encouraging.
There is so much ener-
gy on the ground as we
have succeeded in set-
ting up a strong base of
our organisation
across the state,” AAP’s
Rajasthan incharge
Mishra said.
“We are
ready to con-
test all 200
seats in the Ra-
jasthan assem-
bly polls,” he
added.
BJP AT WORK TO BE BACK IN NORTHEAST
PM Modi’s ‘Chalo Paltai’ call changed Tripura: Shah
South Tripura (ANI):
Addressing a rally after
flagging off the BJP’s
‘Jan Vishwas Yatra’
here, Union Home Min-
ister Amit Shah on
Thursday said, “In its
50-year history
, Tripura
has been under Commu-
nist rule for more than
three decades. I want to
ask, the violence and
the cadre-based rule
that was prevalent in
the Communist time, is
it seen today? In 2018,
PM Modi gave the mes-
sage of ‘Chalo Paltai’
and the Tripura public
uprooted the Commu-
nist rule.”
“Hundreds of people
were killed under the
Communist rule, but
once BJP came to pow-
er, all the violence
stopped. The Commu-
nists made Tripura a
hub of drugs, and
opened borders and
opened doors for in-
truders from Bangla-
desh. BJP not just
stopped intrusion, and
drug trafficking, but
are also providing em-
ployment opportunities
to the youth,” he said.
“The state has under-
gone tremendous devel-
opment under Biplab
Deb and CM Manik
Saha. But, I want to as-
sure the people of
Tripura, that all this is
just the ‘trailer’ and
‘Picture abhi baki hai’,”
Shah said.  P8
Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Tripura Chief Minister Manik
Saha during the flagging off ceremony of BJP’s ‘Jan Vishwas Yatra’,
at Dharmanagar in North Tripura on Thursday.  —PHOTO BY ANI
SHAH ARRIVES IN MANIPUR FOR 2
DAYS OF STATE-WIDE EVENTS
Imphal: Amit Shah arrived here on Thursday on a two-
day visit to Manipur. Shah was received at the airport
by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Union MoS
for External Affairs and Education RK Ranjan. Shah will
inaugurate the Churachandpur Medical College, the first
medical college in the state, on Friday. He will unveil a
120-foot statue of a polo player riding a pony at Hein-
gang Marjing Hill in Imphal East district. Shah will hoist
the national flag at Heritage site of INA headquarters in
Moirang area in Bishnupur district, where INA soldiers
hoisted the tri colour for the first time on Indian soil.
NOIDA CP CRACKS
WHIP: SHO AMONG 6
COPS SUSPENDED
Noida: Police Commissioner
of Gautam Buddh Nagar,
Laxmi Singh, on Thursday
suspended
the SHO of
Ecotech-3
police station,
two sub-
inspectors and
three constables, including
a woman personnel. while
ordering FIR against five of
them for negligence in duty.
Singh took the stern decision
a day after a man accused in
a case of loot escaped from
Ecotech 3 police station.
UP CM YOGI MEETS AMBANI,
DISCUSSES INVESTMENTS...
POPE FRANCIS
LEADS FUNERAL
FOR BENEDICT
XVI IN VATICAN
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meets with Reliance
Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, at
the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, in Mumbai on Thursday.
Vatican: In a rare Mass for a
dead pontiff by a living one
before thousands of mourners
at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican
City, Pope Francis on Thursday
presided over the funeral of
his predecessor Benedict
XVI, the first pontiff to have
resigned since the Middle
Ages, as a choir sang prayers.
The German theologian, who
took the title of Pope Emeritus
Benedict XVI for his retirement
in 2013, died on December 31.
Boss of oil to telecom
behemoth, discussed
investments in State, which
UP CM has pitched as a cen-
tral cog in growth machine,
which will make India a $5 tn
economy. Ambani and Yogi
had a fruitful conversation,
to scale up RIL’s investments
in India’s largest State. Jio
has also planned to set up a
$950 mn data centre in UP.
CAN’T UPROOT
1,000s OVERNIGHT...
l Supreme Court stays the
Uttarakhand High Court’s
Haldwani demolition order
l More than 50,000 people
faced prospect of being left
homeless post the HC order
First India Bureau
New Delhi: Thousands
of people who faced the
prospect of being left
homeless in middle of
harsh winter won major
reprieve from SC on
Thursday as it paused
eviction drive on rail-
way land in U’khand’s
Haldwani. “There can-
not be uprooting of
50,000peopleovernight...
It’s a human issue, some
workable solution needs
to be found,” SC said, as
it stopped U’khand HC
order that had cleared
eviction of 4,000 homes.
Congress MP Imran Pratapgarhi flashes victory sign after the SC’s
order on the Haldwani eviction case, in New Delhi on Thursday.
MAJOR RELIEF FOR
50,000+ RESIDENTS
SC said, “It may not be cor-
rect to say that paramilitary
forces have to be deployed
to remove people who have
been living there for dec-
ades.” SC also stopped any
construction in the area and
sought responses from the
railways and the Uttarakhand
government. The case will be
heard again next month.
The judgment of SC will protect human
rights. We all were worried about dem-
olition rendering 52,000 people home-
less. SC stayed the demolition. In 2016, we took
steps regarding the rehabilitation of the people.
—Harish Rawat, former U’khand CM
This collaboration will greatly
benefit space tech startups in their
analysis and processing of vast
amounts of satellite data
for various applications.
Microsoft for Startups
Founders Hub is a useful
platform for bringing
together startups and
providers of technology solutions to support
the national space technology ecosystem.
—S Somanath, Chairman, ISRO
Space-tech startups in India are
playing a significant role in advanc-
ing the country’s space capabilities
with the power of technol-
ogy. Through our technol-
ogy tools, platforms and
mentorship opportunities,
we are deeply committed
to empowering space-tech
startups in the country to drive cutting edge
innovation and accelerate scientific discovery.
—Anant Maheshwari, Prez, Microsoft India
State government would proceed
according to SC’s order which stayed
a December 20 direction given by
Uttarakhand HC directing eviction of thousands
of families occupying railway land in Haldwani
district within a week.
—Pushkar Singh Dhami, U’khand CM
Moni Sharma
New Delhi: PM Naren-
dra Modi said JJM is a
major development pa-
rameter of a State to
provide water to every
household. Addressing
the 1st All India Annual
State Ministers’ Confer-
ence on Water via video
message on Thursday,
PM said in our constitu-
tional system, water
comes under control of
States and their efforts
for water conservation
will go a long way in
achieving the collective
goals of the country
.
Modi called for coor-
dinatedeffortsbyMinis-
tries of Environment 
Water and said by mak-
ing Namami Gange Mis-
sion a template, other
states can also start sim-
ilar campaigns for con-
servation of rivers.  P6
PM Narendra Modi emphasises on the need
for States’ efforts for the water conservation
Water Resources Ministers from all States take
part in All-India Annual Conference on Water
Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addressing 1st All India
Annual State Ministers’ Conference on in Bhopal on Thursday.
Also present here are Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad
Singh Patel, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other leaders.
MICROSOFT CEO CALLS ON MODI, PLEDGES
FULL SUPPORT TO “DIGITAL INDIA VISION”
ISRO AND MICROSOFT COLLABORATE TO
SUPPORT SPACE-TECH STARTUPS IN INDIA
New Delhi: Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella, who
is on a four-day visit to India, met Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, and pledged the
company’s support in
helping the country
realise the Digital India
vision. He described
his meeting with PM
Modi as “insightful”,
and lauded the govt’s deep focus on sustainable and inclusive
economic growth driven by digital transformation.
Bengaluru: The ISRO and Microsoft on
Thursday signed a MoU to help space
tech startups and in turn boost the
growth of space technology in the coun-
try. “MoU seeks to empower space tech
start-ups across country with technology
tools and platforms, go-to-market sup-
port and mentoring to help them scale
and become enterprise ready,” Microsoft
official said in a statement.
THROUGH THIS TIE-UP...
l The space-tech
startups identified by
ISRO will be onboarded
onto the Microsoft for
Startups Founders Hub
platform
l The founders in
India will have free ac-
cess to the tech tools,
and resources they
need to build and run
their business
l They will get all sort
of tech support to build
and scale on Azure,
best-in-class developer
and productivity tools
l Pact will strengthen
vision of harnessing
potential of tech innova-
tors and entrepreneurs
WaterVision@2047!
FOREIGN VARSITIES
NEED UGC NOD TO SET
UP CAMPUSES IN INDIA
New Delhi: Foreign varsities
will need University Grants
Commission’s nod to set
up campuses in India and
initial approval will be for 10
years, panel’s chairperson
M Jagadesh Kumar said. He
said varsities with campuses
in country can only offer full
time programmes in physical
mode, not online or distance.
EFFORT ON TO REDUCE
VISA INTERVIEW APPT
TIME IN INDIA, SAYS US
Washington: US is making
every effort to reduce the
waiting time for a visa
interview appointment
in India, a top State Dept
official has said, asserting
that visa processing is
recovering faster than
projected and is expected to
reach pre-pandemic levels
over the coming year.
ODISHA CM ANNOUNCES
`1 CR FOR EACH PLAYER
IF TEAM INDIA WINS
Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the
upcoming FIH Odisha Hockey
Men’s World Cup 2023,
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik
announced an award of `1
crore for each player if Team
India lifts the WC trophy.
CRUCIAL READ NBEMS has refuted media
reports on registration for the
NEET PG 2023 on Jan 5, said
entrance test will be on Mar 5
Delhi Police said on Thursday
that 2 more men were involved
in the Sultanpuri accident case.
A Delhi court has sent five
accused to police custody for
four days in connection with
the death of Anjali Singh
Central government stays all
tourism activities at ‘Sammed
Shikharji’ in Jharkhand P6
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OUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR, NEW DELHI  MUMBAI
316 DAYS AFTER
INVASION, PUTIN
SAYS READY FOR
TALKS WITH KYIV
New Delhi: Tremors were felt in New Delhi and other areas of the National
Capital Region (NCR) after an earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude struck
Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan late on Thursday. Epicentre was located 79 km
south of Fayzabad in Afghanistan, the National Centre for Seismology tweeted.
Moscow: President Vladimir Putin confirmed about
Russia’s openness to serious dialogue on condition
of Kyiv, told Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan he
was open to speak if Kyiv accepts territories occupied
by Moscow as Russian, Kremlin said Thursday.
B’LURU-CHENNAI
EXPRESSWAY TO
BE READY NEXT
YEAR: GADKARI
Bengaluru: Union Minister for Road Transport
and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, announced that the
Bengaluru to Chennai Expressway will be completed
by March 2024, with cost of `17,000 crore. The 285.3
km four-lane project will help save lot of travel time.
5.9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE TREMORS FELT IN DELHI
INDIA AND FRANCE HOLD
36TH ROUND OF INDO-
FRENCH STRATEGIC TALK
First India Bureau
New Delhi: National Se-
curity Advisor (NSA)
Ajit Doval on Thursday
held the 36th round of
the Indo-French Strate-
gic Dialogue with his
Frenchcounterpart,Em-
manuel Bonne. Bonne’s
visit was 1st major diplo-
matic visit of the new
year, and according to a
statementfromEmbassy
of France in India, both
participants agreed to
intensifyefforts“towards
strategic autonomy”.
“2 sides held discus-
sions on a variety of is-
sues, including current
global security situa-
tion in the context of
Ukraine war, counter-
terrorism etc.
During the day, Bonne
also met PM Modi
NSA Ajit Doval with Emmanuel
Bonne in Delhi on Thursday.
FRANCE’S RAFALE JETS
FOR INDIAN NAVY SOON!
French aircraft manufacturer
Dassault Aviation’s Rafale-
M has emerged as the front-
runner to bag a mega contract
from Indian Navy for 27
fighters. Sources in Navy had
submitted a detailed report to
ministry on performance of
Super Hornets and Rafale-M.
We expect to mature Rafale-M
deal during French Prez Em-
manuel Macron’s likely India
trip in early 2023.
New Delhi (PTI): A
brutal cold wave swept
Delhi on Thursday with
the minimum tempera-
ture dropping to three
degrees Celsius -- the
lowestinJanuaryintwo
years -- making it cooler
than several hill sta-
tions. A blinding layer
of dense fog over north
India, including Delhi,
caused major inconven-
iencetocommuters.Vis-
ibility levels were 50 me-
tres around 5.30 am.
At least 12 trains were
delayed by one-and-a-
half tosixhoursandtwo
rescheduled due to the
foggy weather, a Rail-
waysspokespersonsaid.
Delhi airport has also
issued a fog alert, saying
low visibility proce-
dures were in progress.
All flight operations
are presently normal.
Passengers are request-
ed to contact the airline
concerned for updated
flight information, the
advisory read.
The Safdarjung ob-
servatory, logged a
minimum temperature
of 3 degrees Celsius.
Weather stations at Lo-
dhi Road, Ayanagar
and Ridge recorded
minimum tempera-
tures of 2.8 degrees Cel-
sius, 2.2 degrees and 2.8
degrees, respectively.
The Met office had is-
sued an orange alert
for Delhi-NCR for
Thursday and Friday.
CAPITOL
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Noida (PTI): Search
and rescue operation for
a leopard continued for
the third day at a hous-
ing society in Greater
Noida (West) where it
was spotted earlier this
week, officials said on
Thursday
.
Residents of the soci-
ety have curtailed their
outdoor movements
ever since they were
alerted about the big
cat’s movement and sus-
pected its presence in
the basement of an un-
der-construction resi-
dential tower on their
premises.
Teams of forest de-
partment from Gautam
Buddh Nagar are sta-
tioned at Ajnara Le Gar-
den society in Sector 16
of Greater Noida (West),
also known as Noida Ex-
tension. Additional ex-
perts have also been
roped in from Agra,
Ghaziabad and Meerut,
a senior officer said.
“Threegoatshavealso
been brought at the site
as bait in the trap cages
for the stranded feline,”
Gautam Buddh Nagar
DFO Pramod Kumar
Srivastava said.
The leopard sighting
on Tuesday triggered
panic among residents
of the group housing so-
ciety, which inhabits
around 1,500 people.
“No doubt, residents
are very concerned
about their safety,”
Mukesh Gupta, who
lives with his family on
the 15th floor, said.
Gupta’s wife was
among those who
claimed to have seen the
feline moving around in
the area.
“Mywifesawtheleop-
ard moving in the socie-
ty on Wednesday morn-
ing. It was a little misty
when she noticed the
leopard near the swim-
ming pool,” Gupta said.
Amit Kumar, another
resident, said home de-
livery services were also
curtailed and common
areas made inaccessible
as people were taking
utmost caution.
The society has
around 16 residential
towers of which five to
six are under construc-
tion. The leopard was
spotted in one of the
under-construction tow-
ers’ basement.
Leopard in Gr Noida: Search ops enter day 3, goats brought as bait
BIG SCARE
My wife saw the
leopard moving
in the society on
Wednesday
morning. It was a
little misty when
she noticed it near
the swimming
pool.
—Mukesh Gupta,resident
lll
The society has
around 16
residential
towers of which
5-6 are under
construction.
The leopard was
first spotted in
one of the under-
construction
towers’
basement on
Tuesday
New Delhi (PTI): Two
leopard cubs were spot-
ted in the Asola Bhatti
Sanctuary recently in a
fresh example of how
bold efforts of conserva-
tionists and the forest
and wildlife department
can help several wildlife
speciesrecoverinurban
jungles.
Forest department of-
ficials said the two cubs
were caught on a cam-
era trap a few days ago.
A video shared by the
Bombay Natural Histo-
ry Society (BNHS) on its
Instagram page showed
a leopard cub emerging
from a burrow inside
the sanctuary
. Since
mother felines do not
travel long distances
with newborns, the of-
ficials believe the sanc-
tuaryistheirbirthplace.
AnofficialonWednes-
day said this is first time
that a cub leopard has
been spotted in the jun-
gles of Asola since leop-
ard sightings began a
few years ago.
Two leopard cubs spotted
in Asola Sanctuary
Jan’s lowest
in two years
A labourer wrapped in a blanket stands on a road during a cold winter morning, in Gurugram on
Thursday. (Below) People seen covered in thick woolens at a bus stop in Delhi. —PHOTO BY ANI
Delhishiversinpeakcoldevenas
dense fog hits rail, road traffic
At 3O
Noida (PTI): Two res-
taurant workers died
here and another two
were hospitalized with
injuries after their mo-
torcycle was allegedly
hit by a truck amid re-
duced visibility due to
fog early on Thursday,
police said.
All the four workers,
aged below 25 years,
were on the same motor-
cycle when the crash
took place near the Ad-
vant building under the
Expressway police sta-
tion limits around 1 am,
AddlDCP (Noida)Ashu-
tosh Dwivedi said.
Two workers Bhawna
(19) and Shobhit (23)
died,whiletheothertwo
Kaushalendra alias
Kaushal and Sonu were
hospitalised, according
to the police.
The truck, loaded
with furniture, has been
impounded and its driv-
er arrested, police said.
An underpass is be-
ingconstructednearAd-
vant Building. The can-
tertruckappearstohave
gone out of control due
to fog and reduced visi-
bilityatnight.Thetruck
hit a concrete structure
first and then rammed
themotorcycleonwhich
fourpeoplewereriding,
Dwivedi said.
Noida: 2 killed as truck
hits bike amid fog
The canter
truck appears
to have gone
out of control due to
fog ... The truck hit a
concrete structure first
and then rammed the
motorcycle.
—Ashutosh Dwivedi, ADCP
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12 TRAINS DELAYED
New Delhi (PTI): Lt
Governor VK Saxena on
Thursday nominated
BJP councillor Satya
Sharmaasthepresiding
officerforthefirstHouse
meeting on June 6 to
elect the mayor of the
Municipal Corporation
of Delhi.
Reacting to the ap-
pointment, the Aam
Aadmi Party accused
the BJP of being hell-
bent on destroying all
democratic traditions
and institutions.
The first municipal
House after the high-
stakes civic polls on De-
cember 4 is scheduled to
takeplaceonFridaydur-
ing which all newly
elected councillors will
take oath and the mayor
and the deputy mayor
will be elected.
The Lt. Governor of
National Capital Terri-
tory of Delhi under sec-
tion 77 of the Act is fur-
ther pleased to nomi-
nate Satya Sharma,
Councillor, Ward No.226
to preside over the meet-
ing for the election of
the Mayor. She will be
administered oath/af-
firmation as per section
32 of the Act, by Santosh
Kumar Rai, District
Magistrate, New Delhi.
The other councillors
will be administered
oath (affirmation by the
PresidingOfficer),read
a notification.
After the oath cere-
mony, the newly consti-
tuted civic body will
proceedtoelecttheMay-
or, as required by sec-
tion 35 of the Act.
Three nominations --
two from the AAP and
one from the BJP -- have
been received for the
post of mayor, MCD of-
ficials said.
One candidate of the
AAP is a back-up candi-
date, party sources said.
The nominees for the
post of mayor are --
Shelly Oberoi and Ashu
Thakur (AAP), and Re-
kha Gupta (BJP). Ober-
oi is AAP's main con-
tender. The nominees
for the post of deputy
mayor are -- Aaley Mo-
hammad Iqbal and Jalaj
Kumar (AAP), and Ka-
mal Bagri (BJP).
Mayorpoll:LGappointsBJP
councilloraspresidingofficer
AAP APPOINTS LEADER OF HOUSE
New Delhi (PTI): The Aam Aadmi
Party (AAP) on Thursday appointed
its councillor from Adarsh Nagar
ward Mukesh Goel as the Leader of
the House in the Municipal Corpora-
tion of Delhi, party officials said.
New Delhi (PTI): Delhi
Congress will not take
part in MCD mayoral
election on January 6,
its chief Anil Chaud-
hary said Thursday
.
Chaudhary said the
party had unanimously
decided not to support
AAPorBJPfortheposts
of mayor, deputy mayor
and leader of the house.
“Delhiites who elected
Congress councillors,
voted to raise their is-
sues and work for their
welfare and not fulfil pa-
tricianagendaof AAP
BJP
.Ourcouncillorswill
walkoutof Housebefore
voting,” he said.
‘Delhi Cong will
not take part in
mayoral election’
New Delhi (PTI): Delhi
reported 4,469 dengue
cases in 2022, 53 per cent
less than the 2021, ac-
cording to data shared
by the city's civic body
.
Till December 31 last
year, dengue claimed
nine lives. In 2021, Delhi
recorded 9,613 cases, the
highestsince2015.Italso
reported 23 deaths -- the
highest since 2016.
In 2022, the city re-
corded 23 dengue cases
in January
, 16 in Febru-
ary, 22 in March, 20 in
April, 30 in May, 32 in
June,26inJuly
,and75in
August, according to the
Municipal Corporation
of Delhi (MCD) report
issued on Monday
.
The highest number
of 1,420 cases were re-
ported in November
2022.
4,469 cases,
9 deaths due
to dengue in
2022: MCD
New Delhi (PTI): Delhi
Police told the high
court on Thursday that
it has not found any
criminality against fact-
checking website Alt
News co-founder Mo-
hammad Zubair in a
case lodged against him
for allegedly threaten-
ing and torturing a mi-
nor on social media.
Taking note of the sub-
missions of the city po-
lice, the court asked the
probe agency to place
the chargesheet filed in
the case before it.
“Before proceeding fur-
ther, let a copy of the
chargesheet be filed be-
fore the next date of
hearing,” Justice Anup
Jairam Bhambhani
said.
The counsel for the
Delhi Police informed
the court that the probe
agency has found no
criminality against
Zubairandhisnamehas
not been included in the
chargesheet.
The court also asked
police to give a copy of
the chargesheet to Addi-
tional Solicitor General
KMNatraj,whoisrepre-
sentingcomplainantNa-
tional Commission for
Protection of Child
Rights (NCPCR) in the
matter. The law officer
said he would take fur-
ther instructions, after
which the court listed
the matter for the next
hearing on March 2.
On the basis of a plaint
from NCPCR, Delhi Po-
lice lodged an FIR
against Zubair on Au-
gust 9, 2020 under IT Act
for allegedly threaten-
ing and torturing a girl
on Twitter. The com-
plaint referred to a pho-
to of the girl and her fa-
thersharedbyZubairon
Twitterduringanonline
spat with the man.
IN THE COURTYARD
No criminality found against
Mohd Zubair: Police to HC
The High Court
listed the matter
for the next
hearing on
March 2
New Delhi (PTI): The
Delhi High Court
Thursday said it will
hear next week the
CBI's pleas challenging
the bail granted to busi-
nessmen Vijay Nair
and Abhishek Boinpal-
ly in a corruption case
related to the now-
scrapped Excise Policy
2021-22 of the Delhi
government.
Justice Dinesh Ku-
mar Sharma noted that
the counsel for the par-
ties have filed their
written submissions
and said the case will
be heard on January 11.
The high court was
informed that a trial
court is scheduled to
hear arguments on
January 12 and 13 on
the bail pleas of Nair,
the ruling Aam Aadmi
Party (AAP) communi-
cation in-charge, and
Boinpally in a case
lodged by the Enforce-
ment Directorate (ED).
It had earlier sought
the response of Nair
and Boinpally to the
CBI's petitions as well
as on the agency's ap-
plication seeking stay
on the trial court's bail
order.
New Delhi (PTI): Delhi
HighCourtonThursday
askedtheCBItorespond
to expelled BJP leader
Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s
plea seeking interim re-
lease in a case related to
the custodial death of
the Unnao rape victim’s
father for which he is
serving 10 years in jail.
Justice DK Sharma
directed CBI to file a re-
port on or before Janu-
ary 16, the next date of
hearing, on Sengar’s
plea for interim bail and
suspension of sentence
onaccountof hisdaugh-
ter’s wedding.
The CBI counsel in-
formed Sengar had filed
a similar plea before a
division bench of the
HC in another case in
which he is serving life
term for raping the mi-
nor in Unnao in 2017.
The bench has al-
ready issued a notice to
CBI on the plea and list-
ed it for hearing on Jan-
uary 16. The ‘sagan’ cer-
emony of Sengar’s
daughter is scheduled
on January 18 and wed-
ding has been fixed for
February 8, said advo-
cate Kanhaiya Singhal,
appearing for the leader.
HC to hear on Jan
11 CBI challenge to
bail to Nair, Boinpally
Victim’s father’s death:
Respond to Sengar’s
plea, HC tells police
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New Delhi: Delhi Po-
lice on Thursday said
that two more people
have emerged as sus-
pects in the horrific
hit-and-drag incident
on New Year's night.
Addressing a press
conference, Special
Commissioner of Po-
lice (Law  Order) Sa-
gar Preet Hooda said
the two men are Ashu-
tosh, owner of the car,
and Ankush, brother
of one of the accused.
“We have arrested
five accused and are in-
terrogating them. Dur-
ing interrogation, we
found that two more
people were involved in
the incident. Our team
is conducting raids,”
Hooda said.
“The names of the
other two accused are
Ashutosh and Ankush
Khanna. We are in
search of them. Both of
them are the friends of
the five men under cus-
tody. They tried to pro-
tect the five accused,”
he added.
During the interro-
gation, it was found
that the car was driven
by Amit and not by
Deepak, Hooda said.
Ankush is accused
Amit's brother. Amit
does not have a driving
license and after he in-
formed Ankush about
the accident, his broth-
er convinced Deepak,
who is a Gramin Seva
driver, to tell police
that he was behind the
wheel on the fateful
day, the officer said.
He said Ashutosh
and Ankush were not
in the car. Ashutosh
misled the police by
claiming that Deepak
took the car when it
was Amit who had tak-
en the car. Deepak also
happens to be Amit and
Ankush's cousin.
Talking about fight-
ing the case in court,
Hooda said that a pub-
lic prosecutor is being
appointed. “Intention
is required for murder.
Till now, no previous
connection has been
found between the ac-
cused and victim. If
intention is not estab-
lished, it is difficult for
police to prove charges
under section 302,”
Hooda said.
“We are trying to file
the charge sheet as ear-
ly as possible,” the Spe-
cial CP said.
TWO MORE MEN INVOLVED, ATTEMPT TO TAMPER WITH EVIDENCE: POLICE
More criminality in Hit-and-Drag case
n Owner of car
misled police on
who was driving
n Gramin Seva
driver was asked
to take the blame
Special CP (Law and Order) Delhi Police Sagar Preet Hooda with Additional CP Chinmoy Biswal and
DCP Harendra Kumar Singh (Outer District) addresses a press conference on the Kanjhawala death
case, in New Delhi on Thursday.  —PHOTO BY ANI
Intention is required for murder. Till
now, no previous connection has been
found between the accused and victim.
 —Sagar Preet Hooda, Special CP (Law and Order)
New Delhi (PTI): A
court here on Thursday
remanded in police cus-
tody for 4 days the five
men accused of causing
the death of Anjali Sin-
gh in a hit-and-run.
Metropolitan Magis-
trate Sanya Dalal al-
lowed the police to have
the accused in their cus-
tody for four days more
for interrogation in-
stead of their prayer for
a five-day remand.
During the hearing,
the investigating officer
said their further cus-
tody was required as
police needed to estab-
lish the nearly 13-km-
long route the accused
had taken to traverse in
two hours on the fateful
night when the victim
woman had got entan-
gled under the vehicle
after being hit.
The IO also said one
of the accused was
“planted” as the driver
of the vehicle.
He said all of them
were subjected to sus-
tained interrogation
over the last three days.
The Sultanpuri po-
lice station has regis-
tered an FIR against
Deepak Khanna (26),
Amit Khanna (25), Kris-
han (27), Mithun (26)
and Manoj Mittal for
various offences under
the IPC, including cul-
pable homicide.
Court sends 5 accused to police custody
25-30phonecallsbetween
AnjaliandNidhi:Police
New Delhi (PTI): Amid
demands that murder
charges be invoked
against the accused in
the Kanjhawla incident,
police said they have
not found any previous
link between victim An-
jali Singh and the ac-
cused. They added that
for murder charges to
be pressed, intention
behind the killing needs
to be established.
Addressing a press
conference, Special
Commissioner of Po-
lice (Law and Order)
Sagar Preet Hooda said
18 teams are working on
probing the case and all
angles are being looked
into.
He also sought to dis-
miss claims by Anjali's
family that that never
heard or met her 'friend'
Nidhi. Hooda said
around 25 to 30 calls
were exchanged be-
tween Anjali and Nidhi
from December 29-31.
TIME OF ACCIDENT 2.04-2.06 AM,
BODY FOUND AT 4.15 AM: POLICE
On allegations of delay in arrival of PCR vans and
calls not being answered, Special CP Sagar Preet
Hooda said an internal inquiry is being conducted.
It will be looked into whether it was human
error or some system
glitch. Police deployment
is more at places where
footfall is more, he said.
There were some
technical glitches over
footage timings also
that emerged. More
CCTV footage emerged
on Wednesday where
Nidhi was seen return-
ing home around 1.37
am, about five minutes
after she and Anjali left
the party venue, leading
to questions being raised about the timeline of the
events on the fateful night. However, Hooda said
the incident occurred between 2.04 am to 2.06 am,
while body was found around 4.15 am.
“Footage is emerging and we are also investigat-
ing the matter, Hooda said. Sources said that a
shoe and an earring were recovered from the spot
by police. FSL teams have recovered bloodstains
and pieces of cloth that were found stuck to the car.
New Delhi (ANI): Del-
hi Commission for
Women chief Swati
Maliwal on Thursday
expressed dissatisfac-
tion with the police’s
action in the Kanjha-
wala case and demand-
ed that it be transferred
to the Central Bureau
of Investigation (CBI).
Speaking over the re-
ply letter filed by Delhi
Police on Thursday
over the summon is-
sued by the women's
panel, Swati Maliwal
told ANI that Delhi Po-
lice is not conducting a
fully unbiased investi-
gation. “I’m not satis-
fied with Delhi Police's
action. I recommend
that this case be trans-
ferred to CBI. Delhi Po-
lice told us they've not
recovered Nidhi's
phone till now. It’s a
very important evi-
dence. It is beyond my
understanding why it is
not with the police till
now,” Maliwal said.
DCW chief
demands that
CBI step in
Sources said
that FSL teams
have recovered
bloodstains and
pieces of cloth
that were found
stuck to the car
The accused being taken to custody after being produced before
the Rohini court in New Delhi on Thursday.  —PHOTO BY PTI
New Delhi (PTI): The
AAP on Thursday al-
leged that the police
and the BJP were
“planting evidence” to
malign the image of the
victim, Anjali Singh.
Aam Aadmi Party na-
tional spokesperson
Saurabh Bhardwaj
slammed the BJP and
Lt Governor VK Saxe-
na, claiming that “facts
are being twisted” to
“shield its members”.
Bhardwaj said the
statements of the wom-
an's “friend” Nidhi,
who was present during
the accident, was con-
tradicted by Anjali's
family members who
said they had never
seen or heard of her.
“Nidhi's statement
only went in the favour
of the perpetrators. It is
a false statement and it
was fabricated only to
shield the culprits,”
Bharadwaj alleged.
Police, BJP ‘planting evidence’
to malign image of victim:AAP New Delhi (PTI): Fam-
ily members and neigh-
bours of Anjali Singh
held a protest outside
the Sultanpuri police
station on Thursday
and demanded that the
culprits be hanged.
The protest also led to
traffic congestion in the
area.
The protesters raised
slogans against the ac-
cused and demanded
that all five of them be
hanged to death.
“It is not an accident.
This was done deliber-
ately and the incident
should be treated like
murder,” said one of the
protesters.
They also asked the
police to treat the inci-
dent as murder and add
section 302 of the Indi-
an Penal Code.
The 20-year-old Anja-
li was killed in the early
hours of the New Year
after her scooter was
hit by the car which
dragged her for 12 kilo-
meters from Sultanpuri
to Kanjhawala.
Five men who were
allegedly in the car
have been booked for
culpable homicide
among other sections.
New Delhi (ANI):
Sudesh, mother of Kan-
jhawala accident eye
witness Nidhi, on
Thursday claimed that
her daughter was terri-
fied after the accident
and that is why she did
not report the matter to
the police.
“You would have got
scared seeing Nidhi's
condition, she was so
terrified,” she said.
Her response came
after claims by Anjali's
mother that the acci-
dent was a “well
thought-out conspira-
cy”. Anjali's maternal
uncle, Prem, said he
suspected Nidhi's in-
volvement in the death.
My daughter
was terrified:
Nidhi’s mother
Family members want
accused to be hanged
The BJP has
been trying to
shield the cul-
prits from day one.
They have been trying
to cover up the case by
tarnishing the image
of the victim.
—Saurabh Bhardwaj,
AAP National Spokesperson
14 YEARS OF METRO MUSEUM
Children from Salaam Baalak Trust and Udaan NGO and other officials during a function
organised to celebrate 14th anniversary of the Delhi Metro Museum, at Patel Chowk metro
station in New Delhi on Thursday.  —PHOTO BY PTI
New Delhi (PTI): A
24-year-old man alleg-
edly attacked a Delhi
Police assistant sub-in-
spector with knife when
he nabbed him for rob-
bing a mobile phone in
Mayapuri area.
Deputy Commission-
er of Police (west)
Ghanshyam Bansal
said the accused at-
tacked ASI Shambhu
Dayal on his neck,
chest, stomach and
back. The incident hap-
pened around 4 pm
when Vandana, a resi-
dent of Jhuggi number
137 in Phase I of
Mayapuri, complained
that a person took her
husband's phone and
also threatened them.
ASI Dayal along with
the complainant
reached at the jhuggi
where Vandana pointed
towards a person who
had robbed the mobile
phone, the DCP said.
Mobile phone robber stabs ASI
multiple times on being caught
BTech student battles for life,
cops clueless even after 5 days
Noida (PTI): Three col-
lege students in Greater
Noida were hit by a
speeding car on New
Year's eve, with one of
them continuing to
fight for life in a hospi-
tal, police officials said
on Thursday
.
Sweety Kumari
(22), a BTech final year
student from Bihar, suf-
fered severe injuries to
her head during the ac-
cident at around 9pm on
New Year's eve and was
put on ventilator at a
private hospital nearby,
Additional DCP (Great-
er Noida) Dinesh Ku-
mar Singh said.
Her two friends –
Karsoni Dong from
Arunachal Pradesh and
Anganba from Manipur
– received minor inju-
ries and were dis-
charged from hospital
after first-aid.
“The three students
were walking from the
Alpha 2 bus stand to-
wards the Delta 2 sector
when they were hit by
the unidentified vehi-
cle. They were rushed
to the hospital by some
locals. The parents of
the student who is hos-
pitalised have reached
here and the police
team has also met with
them,” Singh said.
Senior police officers
have met with the in-
jured students and in-
teracted with the hospi-
tal officials, he said,
adding an FIR has been
lodged in the case.
While the police have
so far not been able to
trace the culprits, a po-
lice official on Thurs-
day said, “Our teams
have scanned dozens of
CCTV footage from
nearby locations in or-
der to get a clue about
the car or its driver.”
Meanwhile, sources
in the Kailash Hospital
said the student has suf-
fered severe injuries to
her head because of
which she had to un-
dergo brain surgery
and is now kept on ven-
tilator support. Doctors
are continuously moni-
toring her situation.
“She also suffered se-
vere injuries to her legs.
In one of her legs, she
has got five fractures
for which another sur-
gery is required but
that can be conducted
only after her condition
improves and she is
taken off the ventila-
tor, the source said.
GREATER NOIDA HIT-AND-RUN
The injured student had
to undergo brain
surgery and is now on
ventilator support at
Kailash Hospital
Noida (PTI): A 24-year-
old food delivery execu-
tive was killed after his
motorcycle was hit by
an unidentified vehicle
and allegedly dragged
for about 500 metres
here in a suspected hit
and run case, police said
on Thursday
.
Around 10 days back,
another 27-year-old food
delivery executive was
killed by a car near Noi-
da around midnight.
Kaushal Yadav
worked with Swiggy
and was on his way to
deliver an order on the
intervening night of
January 1 and 2 when
the incident took place
near Sector 14 flyover
under Phase 1 police sta-
tion area.
Police said the claim
that the worker was
dragged by the car could
not be established so far
through investigation
and scanning of CCTV
footage. Amit Kumar,
Yadav's cousin and com-
plainant in the case,
said he had called up
Yadav around 1 am to
check on his wherea-
bouts when he was in-
formed of the crash.
“An Ola cab driver re-
ceived the call on my
brother's phone and in-
formed me about the ac-
cident. He said my
brother was hit by a ve-
hicle and dragged from
Sector 14A flyover to
Shani Temple road.
“I rushed to the spot
with some family mem-
bers and found the body
of my brother near Sha-
ni Temple,” Kumar stat-
ed in his complaint.
Swiggy delivery agent
killed in hit-and-run
An Ola cab
driver in-
formed me. He
said my brother was
hit by a vehicle and
dragged from Sector
14A flyover to Shani
Temple road.
—Amit Kumar,
Brother of the deceased
Assistant Sub-Inspector
Shambhu Dayal at BLK
Hospital.  —PHOTO BY ANI
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One who sees inaction in
action, and action in
inaction, is intelligent
among men.
—Bhagavad Gita
IN-DEPTH
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TOP TWEETS
NO FURTHER CURB
ON FREE SPEECH
BUT NETAS NEED TO
AVOID HATE SPEECH
he Supreme Court’s
Constitution bench
has ruled against any
further restrictions
on the freedom of
speech and expression of public
servants as those contained in
Article 19 (2) are “exhaustive”.
The bench comprising Justices
S Abdul Nazeer, AS Bopanna, BR
Gavai, V Ramasubramanian and
BV Nagarathna gave a majority
verdict. Although Justice Naga-
rathna concurred with the ma-
jority view, Justice Nagarathna
pointed out that certain kinds of
speech like hate speech directly
strike at the principles of equal-
ity and fraternity enshrined in
the Constitution’s preamble.
She explained that all citizens
owe certain fundamental duties
underArticle51(A).Theseduties
include promoting harmony and
brotherhood among people. She
held that public servants need to
be more responsible and re-
strained. It is this part of her
judgment which requires politi-
cians who are prone to making
hate speeches to take a serious
note of. Restraining a minister or
partyworkerfromspreadinghate
is the responsibility of a chief
minister or a party president.
T
uman greed is too
overpowering to
protect the envi-
ronment. Cease-
less exploitative
ways like felling of trees and
unchecked construction, de-
spite warnings by experts
and environmentalists, have
been taking a toll in Uttara-
khand where the making of
a major disaster can be seen
in the town of Joshimath in
Chamoli district. The red
flags raised by well-meaning
and concerned citizens were
brazenly ignored in the past
and are likely to be ignored
again by politicians and peo-
ple who are driven only by
their short-term objectives.
The town is the door to Badri-
nath and Hemkund Sahib
shrines, the Valley of Flow-
ers and ski resort of Auli.
The first warning was is-
suedbyapanelof MCMishra,
then Commissioner of Garh-
wal division, about 50 years
ago when the state was part
of Uttar Pradesh. The panel
had cautioned against blast-
ing to remove boulders by
blasting and felling of trees.
In 2021 another committee
warnedthatJoshimathwould
sink on continued excava-
tions. Another committee
formed in August said in its
report that “Joshimath is
built on an unstable founda-
tion, thick cover of landslide
material, which can give way
in case of heavy rain, trem-
ors,unregulatedconstruction
or more footfall”.
Yet despite a hollow natural
underground foundation,
work on the all-weather road
andhydropowerplantscontin-
ues.Resorts,hotelsandhouses
havecomeupunchecked.With
rising number of tourists and
pilgrims,footfallshavealsoin-
creased exponentially in re-
cent years. Situation has dete-
rioratedinrecentmonthsafter
reportsof apuncturedaquifer
leaking water.
DANGER SIGNS
IN JOSHIMATH
Committee formed in
August said in its
report that “Joshimath
is built on an unstable
foundation, thick cover of
landslide material, which
can give way in case of
heavy rain, tremors,
unregulated construction
or more footfall”
H
THE DYNAMIC MILLENNIALS
ery recently I was addressing
a group of mid-size company
owners and senior HR execu-
tives. The attrition of employ-
ees and the availability of
trained manpower emerged
as the main heartburn of all.
To many employers, millen-
nials (born between 1981-96)
remained a mystery who
walk into offices expecting
high pay, perquisites and re-
warding work ethics without
blinking an eye lid. Yet, it was
felt that there is no guarantee
that they will not leave in a
couple of years for reasons
best known to them.
While the old school man-
agement and corporate lead-
ers describe this generation
as self-entitled and even at
times crazy and lazy, its not
the correct reflection of the
youth. We need to acknowl-
edge that today, millennials
make up 46% of India’s work-
force, and the numbers will
grow every year as Baby
Boomers (born before 1946-
64) and Gen X (born between
1965-80) continue to retire.
My survey and understand-
ing of the youth confirm that
contrary to the stereotype
belief, Millennials don’t pre-
fer to hop jobs every few
years. The reality, if I may
say
, is that GenY/ millennials
want to grow, learn, and be-
come leaders in the very or-
ganization they join.
An acclaimed book ‘What
Millennials Want from Work’
gives a strange revelation
emphasising that while 69%
are satisfied with their job,
76% say they prefer working
for their current organiza-
tion. My interactions have
revealed that Millennials
consider that the people they
work with are an incredibly
important part of their work
experience as they add a sig-
nificant value to their role as
team members, superiors,
mentors, and friends in the
workplace. Therefore, the
need to create an environ-
ment conducive enough to
retain this work force.
So,thegurumantraistocre-
ate a friendly healthy organi-
zational culture which im-
pedes the bottlenecks and es-
cape routes like a bad boss, of-
ficepolitics,orastuffyculture.
Overload of work and under-
paidsituationsbestbeavoided.
Remember that Millennials
are looking to “level up” to a
better situation, even if they
are generally satisfied with
their current organization.
Keeping the above in mind,
employers need to examine
what makes Gen Y tick. For
one,materialismissecondary
to gaining experience; and
two, passion is a must for in-
volvement. Actually
, the para-
digms of work have shifted
the goal post since this age
group has joined the industry
.
They care in equal terms
about purpose and the money
and the employers who have
recognized this change are
the ones who are successfully
operating businesses in cur-
rent environment.
Therefore, as a corporate
coach, mentor or trainer as
you may call me, I would sug-
gest a few guiding principles
to attract and then retain
these work horses for a profit-
able operation of industries.
First and foremost, its time
to forget the traditional 9-to-5
schedule of shift unless you
need run of the mill work.
That old time-sheet way of
life will only encourage clock
watchers and not output gen-
erators.
Secondly, I would suggest
increased use of social media
in selection and understand-
ing the candidates. Since mil-
lennials roam on the social
media most of their time,
companies in need of them
need job listings on Linked-
In, Facebook, or Twitter. Not
only will candidates see the
listings, but applying for jobs
is also influenced on the rec-
ommendations of peers and
family
. They indeed trust so-
cial media reviews for not
only great places to eat and
dance, but for great places to
join for work as well.
My next recommendation
will be to promote diversity
and inclusion in identities
like gender, ethnicity, colour,
cast and disability. This
shows that companies value
uniqueness in their employ-
ees, a quality, Gen Y work-
force is looking for.
Pandemic in last two years
have made all companies re-
alize that flexibility of com-
munication allows people to
work from the cosy environ-
ment of their homes. Millen-
nialshavelikedandpreferred
this style of work. The double
income single child syn-
drome allows them opportu-
nities of flexi work hours and
to bring up their child at
home thus, cutting down on
unnecessary expenditure of
baby sitters and travel time.
Therefore, leaders of our
industry must present a di-
verse and inclusive environ-
ment which is collaborative 
not competitive. Foster a spir-
itintheirteamsthatpromotes
mutual respect and a right
work life balance a lucrative
magnet for the young corpo-
rate work force. Organiza-
tions that create a conducive
work culture will not only be
able to retain them for a futur-
istic sustainable growth but
also help them become intrin-
sic factor in their global rise.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
V
Therefore, leaders of our
industry must present a
diverse and inclusive
environment which
is collaborative  not
competitive. Foster a spirit
in their teams that
promotes mutual respect
and a right work life
balance a lucrative magnet
for the young corporate
work force. Organizations
that create a conducive
work culture will not only
be able to retain them for a
futuristic sustainable
growth but also help them
become intrinsic factor
in their global rise
An acclaimed book ‘What Millennials Want from
Work’ gives a strange revelation emphasising that
while 69% are satisfied with
their job, 76% say they
prefer working for their
current organization. My
interactions have revealed that
Millennials consider that the
people they work with are an
incredibly important part of their
work experience as they add a
significant value to their role as
the team members, superiors,
mentors, and friends in workplace
COL ANUPAM
JAITLY (RETD)
The writer is Defence expert,
Motivational Speaker  Corporate Trainer
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“Media notices my T-shirt, but
ignores poors in torn clothes”
Baghpat (PTI): Con-
gress leader Rahul Gan-
dhi said on late Wednes-
day that his being in a
T-shirt during the
Bharat Jodo Yatra was
not the real issue, while
slamming media for
“not noticing” people in
torn clothes walking
along with him.
Addressing a ‘nuk-
kad sabha’ (street cor-
ner meeting) at Baraut
on Baghpat-Shamli bor-
der during the march,
Gandhi also said the
purpose of the yatra is
to remove hatred and
violence being spread
in the country and to
draw people’s attention
towards price rise and
unemployment.
Amid talk raging
about his wearing T-
shirt in the winter dur-
ing the yatra, he said
the media is highlight-
ing his attire but taking
“no notice of the poor
farmers and labourers
walking along with him
in torn clothes”.
“My being in T-shirt
is not a real question,
the real question is why
are the farmers, poor
labourers of the coun-
try and their children
are in torn clothes, T-
shirts and without
sweaters,” he said.
The former Congress
chief said that despite
covering a distance of
more than 3,000 kms on
foot in 110 days, he is
neither feeling tired nor
shivering in cold in T-
shirt.
“The aim of the yatra
is to remove hatred and
violence which is being
spread in the country
.
BJP policy is to create
fear among youths,
farmers, and labourers
throughnoteban,wrong
GST. We do the politics
of removing fear as we
know that fear and ha-
tred will not benefit the
country
,” Gandhi said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, in Shamli on Thursday.  —PHOTO BY PTI
Why is Rahul becoming
an ascetic in a T-shirt?
Mahesh Sharma
New Delhi: The leader
of the Congress party is
callingRahulGandhian
ascetic and it is being
said on the basis that he
is traveling wearing a T-
shirt even in cold weath-
er. On Tuesday
, he start-
ed the second leg of the
journey from Delhi.
When his journey start-
ed in the morning, the
temperature in Delhi
was around five degrees
celsius and there was a
cold wave. But Rahul
was in a t-shirt. He went
to worship at the Hanu-
man temple and from
thereproceededtowards
Uttar Pradesh. So now
the million dollar ques-
tion is: Has Rahul actu-
allybecomeanasceticor
istheCongress’PRteam
trying to project him as
one? The Congress lead-
er himself is making an
issue of his wearing a
T-shirt and on this basis
is calling him an ascetic
with strict self-control
but when Rahul is being
asked about this he is
sayingwhatdisturbance
can a t-shirt cause?
While the t-shirt has
not caused any distur-
bance to anyone, but the
Congress or Rahul
should reveal as to why
he is not feeling cold? Af-
ter all, until last year, he
did feel cold during win-
ters and this can be
proved from the point
that he has quite expen-
sivejacketsetc.whichhe
kept wearing. So what
happened this year? It is
also interesting that
more than a hundred
‘Bharat Yatris’ are walk-
ing with him, many of
whom are of younger to
Rahul but they all feel
cold. Then it seems that
Rahulhasgrownabeard
to give the yatra a politi-
cal purpose as well as
spiritualizingit,wearing
a half t-shirt to convey
the message that the
yatra is a form of sadha-
na for him. The party
spokesperson are trying
to project him as an as-
cetic, a ‘Rashtra-Mitra’
and even Bhagwan Ram
andtheremainingissues
are dealth with by the
party’smediamanagers.
BJY RESUMES ITS
JOURNEY IN UP
Shamli: Led by former
Congress president Rahul
Gandhi, the Bharat Jodo
Yatra resumed its journey
around 6 am on Thursday
after halting for the night
at Ailum village here, with
scores of people carrying
the Tricolour marching
through the hinterland,
despite biting cold.
“BJY NOT AN EVENT
BUT A MOVEMENT”
Shamli: The Bharat Jodo
Yatra is a medium to fight
the “divisive” ideology
of the BJP and the RSS,
and it is not an event
but a movement that
will continue, Congress
general secretary in-
charge of communication
Jairam Ramesh said on
Thursday.
YATRA SHOWS CONG
IS STRONG: KHURSHID
Bagpat: Senior Con-
gress leader and former
External Affairs minister
Salman Khurshid on
Wednesday said the
‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’
has shown that the
party continues to have a
strong footing in the state
despite recent electoral
reverses.
As BJY resumes, Rahul Gandhi says media does not ask why are farmers, labourers not in sweaters
U’khand CM
Dhami to visit
Joshimath, vows
necessary action
Khatima:Inthewakeof
landsubsidenceinJoshi-
math and cracks devel-
oping in
m a n y
houses in
the town,
U t t a r a -
khand CM
Pushkar
Singh Dhami said that
necessary actions would
be taken to save the peo-
pleof thedistrict.Dhami
would be visiting Joshi-
math soon to take stock
of thesituationandiniti-
ate necessary actions. It
comes in the backdrop
of reportsof hugecracks
thathaveappearedinthe
houses of the area.
PRE-EMPTING
Did Akhilesh foil Cong’s ploy to expose him?
Shamsher Singh
New Delhi: It is a mat-
ter of great surprise and
speculation as to why a
letter was written on be-
half of the Congress
party inviting the oppo-
sition parties of Uttar
Pradesh to join the
yatra? Whose idea was
this? Usually in Con-
gress, first a ‘behind the
curtain’ talk is held in
suchcases,however,this
timeitseemsthatthelet-
ter was written without
anydiscussionandnews
about it was leaked in
the media before the let-
terwasevendelivered.It
is also surprising that
the allied parties of the
UPA joined the yatra
without the formal in-
vite being received!.
There was no need to
write letters to DMK,
Shiv Sena, NCP, JMM,
Goa Forward Party etc.
That’s why the question
is, where did the idea of
calling non-UPA parties
come from? And if so,
then why wasnt such a
letter forwarded to the
Aam Aadmi Party?
ItseemsthatCongress
wrote letters to Sama-
jwadi Party and Bahu-
jan Samaj Party for po-
litical reasons under
well thought out plan.
Congress knew that
these two parties would
notjointheyatra.Butby
invitingthemtojoin,the
intention of the Con-
gress was to expose both
of them. It has been
learnt that Akhilesh Ya-
dav was very upset on
this news. For the first
time when he was asked
about this by the jour-
nalists, he said emphati-
cally
, “if you have a copy
of the invitation, give it
to me.” Apparently he
had not received an invi-
tation till that time and
before that the news was
leaked in the media.
Then in displeasure, he
also said that Congress
and BJP are the same.
However, later when he
received the formal in-
vite, he sent a four-lined
greeting message. But
he understood that the
Congress was smart.
Akhilesh Yadav
Kuldeep Pathania elected HP Speaker
Dharamshala (ANI):
Senior Congress leader
and five-time MLA, Kul-
deep Singh Pathania,
has been unanimously
elected as Speaker of
the Himachal Pradesh
Assembly by voice vote
on Thursday
.
Chief Minister Sukh-
vinder Singh Sukhu
and Leader of Opposi-
tion Jai Ram Thakur
escorted Pathania to
the Speaker’s chair fol-
lowing his election.
The election of
Pathania, the member
from Bhatiyyat in
Chamba district, was a
foregone conclusion as
he was the only candi-
date in the fray
.
A five-term legislator
and an advocate by pro-
fession, he was elected
an MLA for the first
time on the Congress
ticket in 1985.
The Congress leader
was elected to Vidhan
Sabha in 1985, 1993,
2003, 2007 and 2022. He
was elected as an Inde-
pendent in 1993 and
2003.
Kuldeep Singh Pathania after being elected Speaker with Himachal
CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and Leader of Opposition Jairam Thakur.
Nat’l conference
of Chief Secys
begins in Delhi
New Delhi: Ahead of
the Union Budget, a
three-day national con-
ference of chief secre-
taries from all states to
deliberate on economy
and jobs and inclusive
human development be-
gan here on Thursday
.
PM Narendra Modi is
scheduled to chair the
meeting on Friday and
Saturday, his office has
said. The conference is
broadly based on two
themes — economy and
jobs and inclusive hu-
man development.
IN THE COURTYARD
K’TAKA PSI RECRUITMENT SCAM: COURT
GIVES BAIL TO DIVYA HAGARGI, 25 OTHERS
Bengaluru: The Kalaburagi Session Court on Thursday
granted bail to alleged kingpin BJP leader Divya Hagargi
and 25 others in connection with the sen-
sational PSI recruitment scam. Judge KB
Patil gave the order granting bail to Hagargi
and also to other main accused Manjunath
Melakundi and Deputy Superintendent of
Police Mallikarjuna and others. The court
has granted bail to 36 accused in the case
till date. Those who got the bail on Thurs-
day included eight candidates, five examination invigilators
and three policemen. The Karnataka govt had announced
re-exams for 545 PSI posts after the scam came to light.
CALCUTTA HIGH COURT
UPHOLDS DISMISSAL
OF 59 GOVT TEACHERS
Kolkata: The Calcutta
High Court on Thursday
upheld the dismissal from
service of 59 primary
teachers in West Bengal
government-sponsored
and aided schools for hav-
ing obtained appointment
through illegal means,
taking the total of such
persons who lost their jobs
to 252. Justice Abhijit Gan-
gopadhyay had ordered
the removal from service
of a total of 269 primary
teachers in an earlier order.
Nitish Kumar hints
to start country-wide
yatra to unite Oppn
Patna (Agencies): Bi-
har Chief Minister Nit-
ish Kumar on Thursday
hinted to start a coun-
try-wide yatra after the
budget session of Bihar
Vidhan Sabha (Legisla-
tive Assembly) this year
to unite Opposition par-
ties for the 2024 Lok
Sabha polls.
Interacting with me-
diapersons on day one
of his ‘Samadhan Yatra’
in Garua Badi village in
West Champaran, he
said: “We have started
the Samadhan Yatra to
review the development
programmes of the
state government. I
want to assess the situ-
ation. If there are any
issues in implementa-
tion of the development
programmes, they will
be resolved.”
On RJD vice presi-
dent Shivanand Ti-
wari’s suggestion to
postpone Samadhan
Yatra due to the ex-
tremely cold weather in
the state, Nitish Kumar
said chilly weather will
not affect the Yatra as
he had done many
yatras when he was Un-
ion Minister.
Nitish Kumar
SUSHIL MODI TAKES
JIBE AT BIHAR CM’S
PROPOSED YATRA
Patna: After Nitish Kumar
announced to launch a
nationwide Yatra, BJP MP
Sushil Kumar
Modi has
claimed that
the Bihar
govt was
purchasing
a jet and a helicopter worth
Rs 350 crore for this yatra.
“Nitish Kumar wishes
to roam wherever in the
country but he will fail in his
efforts to unite Opposition
parties,” Modi claimed.
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TMC LEADER SAKET GOKHALE DENIED
BAIL IN ‘CROWDFUNDING’ CASE
Ahmedabad: A court here on Thursday refused bail to
Trinamool Congress spokesperson Saket Gokhale in a
case related to alleged misuse of money
collected through crowdfunding. Gokhale
was subsequently sent to jail under
judicial custody. Gokhale was arrested by
the Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Branch from
Delhi on December 30 in a case of alleged
misuse of money collected through
crowdfunding. He was sent in police
custody (remand) till December 4. The FIR was registered
on a complaint filed by an Ahmedabad city resident who
claimed to have donated Rs 500 to Gokhale online.
ANKITA MURDER:
MORE TIME SOUGHT
ON NARCO TEST
Kotdwar: A court here
on Thursday deferred its
decision on a petition seek-
ing narco and polygraph
tests of the three accused
in the Ankita Bhandari
murder case to January
10. The court of judicial
magistrate (first class)
Bhavana Pandey deferred
decision after the prosecu-
tion sought more time to
produce some Supreme
Court guidelines in case
the accused do not agree
to undergo the test.
First India Bureau
Mumbai: Maharash-
tra’s Opposition alli-
ance, the Maha Vikas
Aghadi on Thursday
trained its guns on Ut-
tar Pradesh Chief Min-
ister Yogi Adityanath
over his visit to Mum-
bai to attract invest-
ment in his state, saying
there will be objection
if he “snatches away”
industries from the
western state.
The UP CM on Thurs-
day held a roadshow in
the city, inviting indus-
trialists and entrepre-
neurs to visit the north-
ern state during the
three-day ‘UP Global
Investor Summit’ to be
held in Lucknow on
February 10-12.
The Bharatiya Ja-
nata Party (BJP) lead-
er is travelling to eight
states to promote the
summit, covering big
cities including Mum-
bai, Bengaluru and
Chennai.
His roadshow in the
financial capital
sparked a war of words
between the Opposi-
tion and the ruling BJP
in Maharashtra.
The MVA—consist-
ing of the Congress, the
Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) and the
Shiv Sena—Uddhav
Balasaheb Thacker-
ay—advised the saffron
leader to avoid politics
during his visit.
Oppn warns UP CM against
‘snatching’ Maha industries
Palghar: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adi-
tyanath visited Mumbai to “give” and not to “take
away” anything, Maharashtra BJP chief Chan-
drashekhar Bawankule said on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, opposition partieshad criticized
the UP CM’s visit to Mumbai, raising fears that
he aimed to “snatch away” industries. “Yogi-ji is
a Vidwan (learned man) and he will surely give
something to the state. He has not come to take
industries or Bollywood away,” Bawankule said.
ADITYANATH CAME TO GIVE, NOT TO
TAKE AWAY IND: MAHA BJP CHIEF
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First India Bureau
New Delhi: Significant
push is being given to
women empowerment
in the defence forces
whether in combat
roles or medical servic-
es, President Droupadi
Murmu said on Thurs-
day, calling for more
number of women offic-
ers in the Military Engi-
neer Services (MES).
Addressing officer
trainees of the MES,
who had called on the
president at the Rash-
trapati Bhavan, she said
as young officers in the
field of construction,
they have the prime
duty to care of the envi-
ronment also. “We must
move towards increased
use of renewable ener-
gy for sustainable devel-
opment,” Murmu said.
The president asked
them to use informa-
tion and communica-
tion technologies to im-
prove the service deliv-
ery mechanism and
move towards more ef-
ficient governance.
“Our soldiers are al-
ways ready to lay down
their lives for the coun-
try and countrymen.
You should feel privi-
leged to provide service
and support to the brave
sons and daughters of
the motherland,” she
said.
The officer trainees
present were from the
Indian Defence Service
of Engineers, architect
cadre and surveyor cad-
re of the MES.
“I would also like to
emphasise the need for
more number of wom-
en officers in MES. In
recent times, we have
seen increase in partici-
pation of women in our
armed forces. Whether
in combat roles or med-
ical services of defence
forces, a significant
push is being given to
women empowerment.
This positive change
would be hopefully vis-
ible in military engi-
neer services also,”
Murmu said.
Use cutting-edge technologies in projects: Murmu
PRESIDENT’S PLEA
President Droupadi Murmu with MES trainees in New Delhi.
New Delhi (ANI): Un-
ion Minister of Health
and Family Welfare, Dr
Mansukh Mandaviya
on Thursday said that
during its G20 Presiden-
cy, India will focus on
health emergencies pre-
vention preparedness
and response through
One Health and AMR.
“India’s G20 Presidency
health priorities will be
focussed on — health
emergencies preven-
tion preparedness and
response,” he said.
UsingaOneHealthap-
proach, it helps design,
implement and monitor
programmes, policies
and research on antimi-
crobialresistance(AMR)
surveillance to provide
evidence and advance
inter-sectoral collabora-
tion between public
health, animal and envi-
ronmental health sec-
tors to achieve better
public health outcomes.
India to focus on health emergency
preparedness, says Mandaviya
DONKEYS HAVE A FIELD DAY!
Donkeys are on display for buyers at an annual donkey fair in Jejuri near Pune district in Maharashtra on Thursday. The fair
is being held annually on Paush Poornima (full moon of Paush month) at ancient Khandoba temple in Jejuri.
Manohar International Airport:
Goa commences operations
First India Bureau
Panaji: Goa’s newly de-
veloped Manohar Inter-
national Airport, Mopa
started its operations
on Thursday. An event
held at the airport saw
the first passenger
flight arrival and depar-
ture at the Manohar In-
ternational Airport.
Union Minister of
State for Civil Aviation
VK Singh joined the
event virtually
. Union
MoS Shripad Naik and
Chief Minister Dr
Pramod Sawant were
presentonthisoccasion.
J’khand: Sand mafia attacks police
Ranchi (Agencies):
The sand mafia at-
tacked police officers
when they tried to pre-
vent the illegal mining
of sand from Barakar
river in Hazaribagh dis-
trict of Jharkhand.
BDO-CO Prem Chand
Sinha, ASI Ram Mahato
and the police force
were assaulted and at-
tempted to be run over
with a tractor.
A police officer’s gun
was snatched and
thrown into the river,
which was later recov-
ered. In connection with
the incident, Sinha
lodged an FIR against
100 unidentified people
involved in illegal sand
mining and seven
named accused in the
Chauparan police sta-
tion. Sinha alleged that
the attackers snatched
his gold chain, ring and
Rs 4,000. He was also
threatened he would be
killed if he attempted to
thwart sand mining.
The accused who
were named include
Dwarika Mahato, San-
jay Yadav, Vicky Yadav,
Vinod Yadav, Mahendra
Saav, Ravindra Rana
and Indradev Yadav.
Four such attacks on
the police by the sand
mafia have come to
light in the state within
the last two months.
On December 24, a
Hyva truck carrying
sand illegally tried to
run over a police party
.
Bengaluru (Agen-
cies): Six persons were
killed and 16 injured
after an overloaded
goods rickshaw they
were travelling in
rammed into a roadside
tree near Vithal temple
near Chinchanur vil-
lage in Karnataka’s
Ramdurg taluk in the
early hours on Thurs-
day, police said.
As many as 23 people
including women and
children from Hu-
lakund village in Ram-
durg taluk hired a goods
rickshaw to Yellamma
temple in Savadatti ta-
luk and started the
journey at around 12am
on Thursday. As the
rickshaw was full, a few
people sat on the seat
beside the driver, who
lost control on the vehi-
cle, which rammed into
the tree at around 1am.
Hanumawwa Maga-
di, 25, Deepa Harijan,
31, Savita Mundas, 17,
Supriya Harijan, 11,
and Yallappa Bannur,
42 were succumbed on
the spot while Indraw-
wa Siddametri, 42, died
on the way to hospital.
All the 16 others trav-
elled in the vehicle
were injured and they
have been admitted to
a government hospital
at Gokak.
6 devotees killed,
16 hurt as goods
rickshaw rams
into tree in K’taka
Water Vision@2047:
Ministers’ conference
begins in Bhopal
First India Bureau
Bhopal: The 1st All In-
dia Annual States’ Min-
isters Conference on
“Water Vision@2047”
began today in Bhopal,
Madhya Pradesh. The
two days conference be-
gan with the auspicious
‘Jal Kalash’ ceremony
by the Chief Guest and
Dignitaries.
Delivering the Key-
note address, Union Jal
Shakti Minister Gajen-
dra Singh Shekhawat
lauded the commitment
of Chief Minister of
Madhya Pradesh to-
wards water conserva-
tion and for the unwa-
veringeffortsputbyhim
and the entire State gov-
ernment in hosting this
conference in Bhopal.
He said “India has be-
come a leader in the
field of Water and Sani-
tation under the guid-
ance of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi”. Wel-
comingtheparticipants,
the Union Minister said
that Indian economy
hascontinueditsgrowth
trajectory despite COV-
ID pandemic and it is
estimated that by 2027,
India will become the
third largest economy
in the world ahead of
Germany and Japan.
The Union Minister
said, “there is a direct
correlationbetweeneco-
nomic growth and the
consumption of elec-
tricity and water. PM
has given a clear road-
map for becoming a 3 to
5 trillion dollar econo-
my and further a 10 tril-
lion dollar economy
.”
Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at the conference.
Centre stays all eco-tourism
activities at Sammed Shikharji
First India Bureau
New Delhi: Amid pro-
testsbytheJaincommu-
nity against Jharkhand
govt’s decision to turn
Sammed Shikharji Par-
vat Kshetra an eco-tour-
ismdestination,theCen-
tral govt on Thursday
stayed all such activities
and directed the State
government to immedi-
atelytakeallstepsneces-
sary to ensure the same.
It came after Union
Minister Bhupender Ya-
dav held a meeting with
representatives of Jain
Community to discuss
the issue and its solu-
tion. According to the
Ministry of Environ-
ment, Forest and Cli-
mate Change, the Union
Minister specifically
mentioned in the meet-
ing that this Ministry
recognizes the estab-
lishedfactthat“Sammed
Shikharji Parvat Kshet-
ra is a sacred Jain reli-
gious place not only for
the Jain community but
for the entire country
.”
CONG BLAMES BJP OF
‘COMMERCIALISING’
CENTRES OF JAINISM
Union Minister Bhupender Yadav
New Delhi (PTI): The
Congress on Thursday
said the BJP wants to
“commercialise” the
pilgrimage centres of
Jainism in the country,
accusing it of hurting
the sentiments of the
community. The Congress
also demanded that the
notification issued by
Jharkhand government
for acquiring the sacred
mountain of Sammed
Shikharji which was
done by the previous
Raghubar Das-led BJP
government be with-
drawn immediately.
G20 PRESIDENCY
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.  —PHOTO BY ANI
11 OMICRON SUB-VARIANTS FOUND
DURING TESTING OF INT’L FLYERS
New Delhi (PTI): Eleven
Omicron sub-variants
were found among the
124 international travel-
lers who tested positive
for COVID-19 between
December 24 and Janu-
ary 3 and the presence
of all these variants was
earlier reported in India,
officials said on Thurs-
day. They said 19,227
international travellers
were tested in the said
period, 124 of them
were found Covid posi-
tive and put in isolation.
The sources said of the
124 positive samples,
the genome-sequencing
results of 40 were
received, of which
XBB was found in 14
samples and BF 7.4.1 in
one sample.Meanwhile,
Union Health Minister
Mansukh Mandaviya
urged citizens not to
panic unnecessarily but
remain alert, follow the
directives issued by the
government.
BEDS RUN OUT AT BEIJING HOSPITALS AS
COVID BRINGS MORE INFECTED PEOPLE
Beijing: Patients, most
of them elderly, were on
stretchers in hallways and
taking oxygen while sitting
in wheelchairs as COVID-19
surges in China’s capital
Beijing. The Chuiyangliu
hospital in the city’s east
was packed with newly ar-
rived patients on Thursday.
By morning beds had run
out, even as ambulances
continued to bring more
patients. Medical staff
rushed to take information
and triage the most urgent
cases.The surge in ill peo-
ple needing hospital care
follows China abandonment
of its most severe pandem-
ic restrictions last month
after nearly three years of
lockdowns, travels bans
and school closures.
AI flight ‘urinator’ will
be arrested soon: Cops
New Delhi (ANI):
DelhiPoliceonThurs-
day said that the man
who allegedly urinat-
ed on an elderly wom-
an co-passenger on-
board an Air India
flight was a resident
of Mumbai and will
be arrested soon.
“The accused is a
resident of Mumbai,
but his possible loca-
tion is in some other
state and the police
team has reached
there. We will arrest
the accused at the ear-
liest,” said Delhi Po-
lice. On Wednesday
,
Delhi Police said that
ithasformedteamsto
nab the man who al-
legedlyurinatedonan
elderly co-passenger
onboard an Air India
flight from New York
to Delhi in Novem-
ber last year.
MAN ALLEGEDLY MASTURBATES IN FRONT
OF GIRL ON DELHI BUS, CRIES WHEN CAUGHT
Delhi: In a shocking incident, a man masturbated
in front of a girl in a DTC bus in Rohini area in the
national capital, a DTC marshal alleged in a video.
Reports suggest that the incident took place on Tues-
day.When the accused was caught
after the girl raised an alarm,
he started crying.
DGCA ISSUES SHOW
CAUSE NOTICES TO
AIRLINE OFFICIALS
Mumbai (PTI): Holding
that Air India’s conduct
appeared to be “un-
professional”, aviation
regulator DGCA on
Thursday issued notices
to the officials and crew
of the New York-Delhi
flight, asking why action
should not be taken
against them for “der-
eliction” of duty while
handling the November
26 ‘urination’ incident.
An inebriated man had
allegedly urinated on his
female co-passenger.
ANOTHER MID-AIR
‘PEEING’ INCIDENT
ON AIR INDIA FLIGHT
New Delhi (PTI):
After the November 26
incident on a New York-
Delhi Air India flight,
another episode of a
“drunk” male passenger
allegedly “urinating” on
a blanket of a female
passenger was reported
on the Paris-Delhi sector
but penal action was
not pressed after the
passenger gave a written
apology, officials said on
Thursday.This incident
happened on December
6 on Air India flight 142.
President Droupadi Murmu calls
for more number of women
officers in the Military Engineer
—PHOTO
BY
VIJAYKUMAR
HARISHCHANDRE
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India Inc likely to get cautious about hiring in Q12023
New Delhi (PTI): Corpo-
rate India is indicating
cautious hiring in the
March quarter of 2023 as
concerns rise over possible
recession and steady infla-
tion, a survey said.
According to the Man-
powerGroup Employment
Outlook Survey, based on
interviews with nearly
3,030 public and private em-
ployers, hiring intentions
will decrease in the quarter
both on year-on-year and
quarter-on-quarter basis.
During the quarter, 48%
employers expect to in-
crease their staffing levels,
16% anticipate a decrease
in hiring intent and 34% do
not anticipate any change
in hiring, resulting in a net
employment outlook of
32%. When compared to
the same period last year
(January-March 2022), hir-
ing sentiments have weak-
ened by 17 percentage
points and by 22 percentage
points when compared to
the previous quarter.
“Employers are cautious
due to the impending reces-
sion and deepening global
slowdown which also cre-
ated a stir in the IT sector
during the previous quar-
ter,” Sandeep Gulati, Man-
aging Director, Manpower-
Group India said.
Citing reports, Gulati
said 33% of Indian CEOs
have implemented a hiring
freeze. “India may be im-
pacted in the short term
but in a country with the
GDP net growth of 7%, the
market is expected to see a
balanced approach with
growth in the tech sector
and startups,” he said.
ON IMPENDING RECESSION, GLOBAL SLOWDOWN
MAJOR
FINDINGS
z Hiring intentions will
decrease in the March
quarter of 2023 both on
year-on-year and quarter-on-
quarter basis
z During the quarter, 48%
employers expect to up
their staffing levels, 16%
anticipate a decrease in
hiring and 34% don’t
anticipate any change
business
BRIEFS
New Delhi: State-owned
Convergence Energy Ser-
vices Ltd (CESL) on
Thursday said it has float-
ed a tender for 4,675
electric buses worth
`5,000 crore. This is the
second tender under the
National Electric Bus Pro-
gramme (NEBP), a com-
pany statement said.
Also, this is the third ten-
der for electric buses fol-
lowing the ‘Grand Chal-
lenge’ tender of 5,450 e-
buses that catalyzed this
business and a recently
concluded tender for
6,465 e-buses.  —PTI
CESL FLOATS
TENDER FOR 4,675
ELECTRIC BUSES
New Delhi: Global tech-
nology brand Xiaomi on
Thursday launched the
Redmi Note 12 series,
which includes Note 12
Pro+ 5G, Note 12 Pro 5G,
and Note 12 5G, for con-
sumers in India. Redmi
Note 12 5G starts at
`17,999, Redmi Note 12
Pro 5G at `24,999, and
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G
at `29,999, and all will be
available from the compa-
ny’s official website and
online and offline stores.
The 12 Pro+ 5G comes
equipped with the
200-megapixel pro-grade
HPX Sensor combined
with Xiaomi’s super opti-
cal image stabilisation
(OIS).  —FIB
XIAOMI LAUNCHES
REDMI NOTE 12
SERIES IN INDIA
New Delhi: Godrej Con-
sumer Products Ltd
(GCPL) expects a double-
digit sales growth in the
domestic market for the
December 2022 quarter.
This is backed by low sin-
gle-digit volume growth
said the Godrej Group’s
FMCG arm in its quarterly
update for the third quar-
ter of FY23. “There has
also been a sequential im-
provement from high sin-
gle-digit sales growth and
mid-single-digit volume
decline in the previous
quarter,” it said.  —PTI
GCPL AIMS DOUBLE
DIGIT DOMESTIC
SALES GROWTH
New Delhi: Sundarara-
man Ramamurthy has as-
sumed charge as Manag-
ing Director and Chief Ex-
ecutive Officer of leading
stock exchange BSE. In a
regulatory filing last year,
BSE said that markets
regulator Sebi has ap-
proved the appointment
of Ramamurthy as its
Managing Director 
Chief Executive Officer.
“Sundararaman Rama-
murthy has assumed
charge as Managing Di-
rector and Chief Executive
Officer of BSE,” the ex-
change said in a release
on Wednesday.  —PTI
RAMAMURTHY
TAKES CHARGE AS
MD, CEO OF BSE
*Rates till the edition went to print.
COAL DISPATCH TO
DIFFERENT SECTORS
RISES 5% IN DEC 2022
New Delhi: The dispatch of
coal to different sectors was
at 78.91 million tonnes (MT)
in December,
registering a
rise of 5.28%.
The coal dis-
patch in Dec
2021 was 74.95 MT. “During
Dec 2022, CIL (Coal India),
SCCL (Singareni Collieries
Company Ltd) and captive
mines/others registered a
growth of 3.57%, 17.89% and
8.85% by despatching 62.72
MT, 6.72 MT and 9.46 MT (of
coal) respectively,” as per the
provisional figures of coal
ministry. The dispatch of coal
to the power sector increased
by 4.26% to 65.65 MT during
the last month. —PTI
RBI ALLOWS 6
ENTITIES TO TEST
FINTECH PRODUCTS
Gurugram: Six entities, includ-
ing HSBC and Creditwatch,
have been
allowed to test
their fintech
products to
prevent and
mitigate financial fraud as part
of the fourth cohort under the
Reserve Bank of India’s regu-
latory sandbox scheme. Regu-
latory sandbox refers to the
live testing of new products
or services in a controlled/
test regulatory environment
for which the regulators may
permit certain relaxations. The
Reserve Bank announced the
opening of the fourth cohort
under the regulatory sandbox
in June 2022 for the preven-
tion and mitigation of financial
fraud. —PTI
INDIA INC BEATS US
FIRMS IN OFFICE
LEASING: CBRE
New Delhi: Indian companies
have overtaken American firms
in gross leas-
ing of office
space for the
first time, with
almost a 50%
share in the total demand,
according to CBRE India. In its
report released on Thursday,
CBRE said that the gross leas-
ing of office space rose 40%
in 2022 to 56.6 million square
feet across nine major cities
from 40.5 million square feet
in the previous year. Out of
the total absorption of office
space in 2022, 27.73 million
square feet area was leased
by domestic firms while 20.37
million square feet by Ameri-
can companies, according to
CBRE.  —PTI
POLICY TO MAKE
ADOPTION OF IST MUST
ON ANVIL, SAYS GOVT
New Delhi: The government
is planning to come out with
a comprehensive policy for
mandatory
adoption of
IST nation-
wide, a senior
consumer
affairs ministry official said.
The purpose is to ensure syn-
chronization of all networks
and computers to IST and
adoption of IST by Telecom
Service Providers, ISP, power
grids, banks, stock exchange,
etc, the official said. Pres-
ently, IST is not being adopted
mandatorily by all telecom
and internet service providers.
They are utilising the servers
synchronised to other sources
such as GNSS.  —PTI
HAMDARD SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH MET CITY TO
BUILD FOOD PARK CLUSTER IN JHAJJAR
Gurugram: Model Economic Township Limited, a subsidiary
of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on Thursday said that it is
developing a Greenfield Smart city
near Gurugram and announced the
signing of a definitive agreement
with Hamdard Group for setting up
a world-class manufacturing facility
at the city. According to an official
release, Hamdard is developing its
Hamdard Food Park Cluster (HFPC)
to manufacture some of its core food categories on approximately
10 acres of land at MET City.  —ANI
OTHER STORIES
India’s GDP growth to dip to
5.5 per cent in FY24: HSBC
New Delhi (FIB): India’s
economy is expected to
grow 5.5% in the next fi-
nancial year, a notch below
the expected potential rate
of 6%, as growth momen-
tum in the country was
slowing gradually, an econ-
omist at HSBC said.
The Indian economy is
expected to grow by 6.8% in
the current financial year.
“While both exports and
imports have slowed over
the last few months, the for-
merhasslowedmoresharp-
ly than the latter, indicating
a sharper fall in the global
growth momentum,” Pran-
jul Bhandari, chief India
and Indonesia economist at
HSBC said.
Economists at the bro-
kerage expect domestic de-
mand to remain stronger
as compared to global de-
mand, the note said, adding
that demand for goods—
higher than services de-
mand during the pandemic
—has fallen in recent
months.
“Urban demand has far
outstripped rural demand
over 2022, but is also mod-
erating since mid-2022, led
primarily by goods,” the
note added. Rural demand,
which has been weak
throughout 2022, could tick
higher though due to
strong sowing during the
winter season and moder-
ating rural inflation.
TOP TALKING
POINTS
z The Indian economy grew
8.7% in year ended March
2022, and is expected to
grow by 6.8 per cent in the
current financial year
z A Reserve Bank of India
survey of professional
forecasters released in
December 2022 had pegged
growth at 6 per cent in
2023/24
Capital infusion in Vodafone
Idea under discussion: Min
Bhubaneswar (PTI):
Debt-ridden telecom firm
Vodafone Idea has various
requirements, including
infusion of capital, and dis-
cussions on this front are
going on, telecom minister
Ashwini Vaishnaw said.
VIL, reeling under debt
burden of over `2 lakh
crore, has opted for con-
verting about `16,000 crore
of interest liability payable
to the government into eq-
uity, which will amount to
around a 33% stake in the
company while promoters’
holding will come down to
50% from 74.99%.
‘Vodafone (Idea) has
many requirements. It has
a particular requirement
of capital. How much capi-
tal, who will infuse? All
those things are under dis-
cussion at this point of
time,” Vaishnaw said. VIL
has offered a stake to the
government at a par value
of `10 per share.
JIO, AIRTEL 5G
SERVICES LAUNCHED
IN BHUBANESWAR
Bhubaneswar (PTI): Telecom
operators Jio and Bharti Airtel on
Thursday started their 5G ser-
vices in the Odisha state capital.
Union Telecom Minister Ashwini
Vaishnaw said that the centre
has sanctioned a total of `5,600
crore for telecom services in
Odisha in the 2022-23 and 5,000
mobile towers will be installed
across the state for world class
communication facilities. He had
committed to start 5G services in
the state before January 26.
BSNL TO START 5G SERVICES IN 2024
Bhubaneswar (PTI): State-owned BSNL will start 5G services in
2024, Union Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Thursday.
BSNL has shortlisted a TCS and C-DOT led consortium for rolling out
4G network, which will be upgraded to 5G in about a year of placing
the order under the contract. “BSNL will start 5G services in 2024,”
Vaishnaw said.
Domestic air
passenger traffic
grows 15% in Dec
Mumbai (PTI): Domestic
air passenger traffic grew
15% year-on-year to around
129 lakh in December 2022
but remained 1% lower
than the December 2019,
Icra said on Thursday
.
In the April-December
period of the current fiscal,
domestic passenger traffic
is estimated at around 986
lakh, registering around
63% y-o-y growth and lower
by approximately 9% com-
pared to April-December
2019, it said. At the same
time, the airlines deployed
slightly higher capacity
(less than 1%) in the previ-
ous month over the year-
ago period, Icra said, add-
ing that it, however, was
lower by around 7% than
the pre-COVID levels.
Markets settle lower for 2nd day
Mumbai (PTI): Equity
benchmarks ended lower
for the second straight ses-
sion on Thursday, dragged
down by banking and fi-
nance counters and contin-
uous foreign fund outflows.
The 30-share BSE Sensex
ended 304.18 points or
0.50% lower at 60,353.27 af-
ter it failed to hold on to
initial gains. During the
day, it fell 607.61 points or
1% to 60,049.84.
The broader NSE Nifty
dipped 50.80 points or
0.28% to end at 17,992.15.
From the Sensex pack,
Bajaj Finance tanked
7.21%. The other major
laggards were Bajaj Fin-
serv, ICICI Bank, Infosys,
Titan, Power Grid, Axis
Bank, HDFC Bank, Tech
Mahindra, Wipro and
Bharti Airtel.
ITC, Hindustan Unilever,
NTPC, Mahindra  Mahin-
dra, Nestle and Larsen 
Toubro were the major
winners.
RUPEE GAINS 32 PAISE
TO CLOSE AT 82.50
AGAINST US DOLLAR
Mumbai (PTI): The rupee gained
32 paise to close at 82.50 (pro-
visional) against the US dollar on
Thursday, supported by a weaker
greenback overseas. At the inter-
bank foreign exchange market,
the local unit opened at 82.75
and touched an intra-day high of
82.50 and a low of 82.80 against
the greenback. It finally ended
at 82.50, registering a rise of 32
paise over its previous close.
Total vehicle retail sales
jump 15% in 2022: FADA
New Delhi (PTI): Retail
sales of overall vehicles in
India grew by 15.28% to
2,11,20,441 units in 2022 led
by record sales of passen-
ger vehicles and tractors,
Federation of Automobile
Dealers Associations
(FADA) said on Thursday
.
In 2021, total retail sales
of vehicles in India were at
1,83,21,760 units, FADA
said in a statement.
Two-wheelers retail
sales stood at 1,53,88,062
units last year, a growth of
13.37% from 2021 when
sales stood at 1,35,73,682
units. Passenger vehicles
(PV) retail sales were at
34,31,497 units in 2022, as
against 29,49,182 units in
2021, up 16.35%, it added.
FADA President Manish
Raj Singhania said, “For
CY2022, while total vehicle
retails grew by 15% year-
on-year.”
HOUSING SALES
AT DECADAL
HIGH IN 2022
New Delhi (PTI): Sales of
residential apartments,
which rose 68% in 2022, are
likely to sustain this year
on likely moderation in in-
flation and better price
deals from builders, ac-
cording to JLL India.
In a statement, JLL India
on Thursday said that the
sale of apartments grew
68% to 2,15,666 units in 2022
from 1,28,064 units in the
previous year across seven
major cities—Mumbai,
Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Hy-
derabad, Chennai, Kolkata
and Pune.
Mumbai includes Mum-
bai city, Mumbai suburbs,
Thane city and Navi Mum-
bai. The annual sales of
2,15,666 units recorded in
2022, the highest in over a
decade, next to the peak
seen in 2010 at 2,16,762
units, it added.
On the outlook, JLL In-
dia said, “Sales momentum
is likely to sustain in 2023
on the expectations of
moderating inflation sup-
porting a reversal in repo
rate hikes”.
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DOUBLE-ENGINE GOVT WORKED
WITHDOUBLESEVABHAAV:SHAH
‘2023 POLLS FOR COMMUNIST-FREE TRIPURA’
SISODIA’S DEFAMATION CASE
Agartala (ANI): Un-
ion Home Minister
Amit Shah on Thurs-
day said that the ‘Jan
Vishwas Yatra’ has
been launched to en-
sure the overall devel-
opment of Tripura.
“We are carrying out
this march with the aim
to make the state keep
pace with industries
and people should know
the state as Advanced
Tripura, Best Tripura,
and Prosperous Tripu-
ra (Unnat Tripura,
Shreshth Tripura, Sam-
ruddha Tripura)” In his
address in North Tripu-
ra, Amit Shah empha-
sised that the upcoming
polls in the state aim at
making the state free
from Communists.
Shah said that the
BJP aims at making
Tripura where every
youngster can get a job
in the state itself, each
female is safe and pro-
tected, and the tribals
have their rights, each
house gets clean drink-
ing water and a hospital
for every person.
Exuding confidence
of victory in the upcom-
ing polls, Shah said that
the name of the yatra
has been rightly kept as
the government wins
people’s trust only on
the basis of the work.
He said that the party
will show how they have
stood up to the people’s
expectations by walking
a 1,000 km march, over
200 public meetings,
over 100 padayatras, and
50 roadshows for eight
days as it would cover
the state’s 60 constituen-
cies. He said, “Under
PM Modi’s leadership,
both of our leaders Bi-
plab Deb and Manik
Saha, we have fulfilled
all four promises of
Railway
, Internet, High-
ways, and Airways.”
Mentioning that the
Prime Minister has tak-
en a sheer resolve to
preserve ‘Jal, Jangal
and Zameen’, Union
Home Minister said
that their “double-en-
gine government” has
worked with “double
Seva-Bhaav and Samar-
pan in Tripura.”
“The Tripura which
was once known for
drug trafficking, vio-
lence, intrusion and
massive anti-national
activities is now known
for her development, ex-
cellent infrastructure,
achievements in Sports,
rising investments and
organic farming activi-
ties,” he said. Assembly
polls in Tripura are
slated for 2023.
Tripura BJP has
aimed to start the ‘Jan
Vishwas Yatra’ pro-
gramme to strengthen
the party support base
in the state.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha and BJP MP Biplab Deb
during a rally at Sabroom in South Tripura district, Thursday. 
BJP supporters during the launch of the party’s ‘Jan Vishwas
Yatra’ by Union Home Minister Amit Shah at Dhamanagar in poll-
bound Tripura, Thursday.  —PHOTOS BY PTI
‘RAHUL BABA,
LISTEN, RAM
MANDIR WILL BE
READY BY JAN 1’
Sabroom (PTI): Union
Home Minister Amit
Shah on Thursday an-
nounced that the Ram
Mandir in Ayodhya will
be ready by January
1 next year. Address-
ing a public rally here
in poll-bound Tripura,
Shah said that the Con-
gress and CPI(M) had
put the Ram Mandir
issue in the jurisdiction
of the court for long,
while Prime Minister
Narendra Modi laid the
foundation stone for
it after the Supreme
Court’s order.
“Rahul baba, listen
from Sabroom, that a
mammoth Ram Mandir
will be ready on Janu-
ary 1, 2024,” he said
attacking Congress
leader Rahul Gandhi.
At Sabroom in South
Tripura district, Shah
flagged off a BJP rath
yatra, the second one
during the day after
Dharmanagar in North
Tripura district, aimed
at highlighting the state
government’s achieve-
ments ahead of the
assembly elections due
early this year.
The country is safe at
the hands of Modi, the
union minister said.
“Ten days after the Pul-
wama incident in Kash-
mir, Indian soldiers
went inside Pakistan 
carried out a successful
operation under Modi’s
leadership,” he said.
PM Modi to flag off Ganga
Vilas Cruise on January 13
First India Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Min-
ister Narendra Modi is
slated to flag off the
world’s longest river
cruise, “Ganga Vilas,”
from Uttar Pradesh’s
Varanasi to Dibrugarh
in Assam on January 13.
The cruise which will
cover 3,200 kilometres
in 50 days  it will pass
through 27 river sys-
tems in India and Bang-
ladesh, and tourists will
be taken to over 50 tour-
ist spots, including
world heritage sites.
“Prime Minister Nar-
endra Modi will flag off
the world’s longest
cruise tour from Vara-
nasi in Uttar Pradesh to
Assam to Dibrugarh via
Bangladesh on January
13,” the Information
and Public Relations
Department of UP said
in a tweet in Hindi.
Though the administra-
tion is yet to receive any
formal programme of
Modi from the Prime
Minister’s Office, the
district administration
has already started the
preparations.
The cruise will be
flaggedoff fromthejetty
boarding point opposite
Ravidas Ghat.
Varanasi Divisional
Commissioner Kaushal
Raj Sharma and Dis-
trict Magistrate S Ra-
jalingam have given
necessary instructions
in this regard to the of-
ficials of the Culture
department, Tourism
department, and Inland
Waterways Transport.
 —REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE
The 2023 polls are in-
tended to free Tripura
from Communists.
Earlier, there used to be
a certain cadre whose
permission was re-
quired to do every day-
to-day task, but now
you cannot see the com-
munist here anymore.
—Amit Shah,
Union Home Minister
ANOTHER YEAR WISER
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi being garlanded on his birthday at his residence in New
Delhi on Thursday.  —PHOTO BY PTI
CJI RECUSES FROM
HEARING CONTEMPT
PLEA AGAINST KAMRA
New Delhi (PTI):
Chief Justice of India
DY Chandrachud on
Thursday recused
himself from hearing
a batch of pleas seek-
ing contempt action
against stand-up co-
median Kunal Kam-
ra for his alleged
scandalous tweets
against the judiciary
.
A bench headed by
the CJI took up the pe-
titions and said, “We
will place this matter
before a bench of
which I (CJI) am not a
part because the com-
ments (tweets) were
made on the order,
which I have passed.”
The bench compris-
ing Justice PS Nar-
asimha then listed
the matter after 2
weeks and the CJI, in
his administrative ca-
pacity will now as-
sign the case to an-
other bench.
Kamra started pub-
lishing the tweets on
Nov 11, 2020, when
the top court was
hearing an appeal of
Arnab Goswami
against the Bombay
High Court’s order
rejecting the journal-
ist’s plea for interim
bail in a 2018 abet-
ment-to-suicide case.
The order granting
interim bail to Gos-
wami was passed by a
bench headed by Jus-
tice Chandrachud.
‘AN ASSAULT ON
FREEDOM OF
SPEECH’
A JOURNEY OF 50 DAYS
Tihar top officials accuse Satyendar
Jain of intimidation, lodge complaint
New Delhi (PTI): Top
officials of Tihar Jail
have accused minister
Satyendar Jain of
threatening and intimi-
dating them  com-
plained against him to
Director-General,sourc-
es said on Thursday
.
Sources said the Ad-
ditional Inspector Gen-
eral - Prisons (Tihar
Jail), Superintendent
of Jail No. 07 (SCJ-7),
Deputy Superinten-
dent, Assistant Super-
intendent and the Law
Officer complained to
the Director-General
(Prisons) that Jain had
been “abusing them
and threatening them
with dire consequences
once he gets out of the
prison”. “Jain has been
blatantly intimidating
these officers and others
for their acts trying to
prevent him from avail-
ing facilities of mas-
sage, lavish food and
other VIP treatments
that came to the fore re-
cently
,” a source said.
Two officials com-
plained against Jain in
an “incident report” on
December 8. They
claimed that Jain threat-
enedthemwhentheyhad
gone to serve a show-
cause notice to him ac-
cording to Rule 1,272 of
DPR,2018,withrespectto
PunishmentTickets,per-
taining to November 25,
dealing with “Jain’s mis-
demeanours in the jail”.
Foreign varsities can now set up campuses in India, decide fees
New Delhi (PTI): For
the first time, foreign
universities will be
able to set up their
campuses in India
with the UGC on
Thursday unveiling
draft norms for their
establishment and op-
erations in the coun-
try, under which these
varsities can also de-
cide on the admission
process, fee structure
and repatriate its
funds back home.
Noting that foreign
universities with cam-
puses in the country
can only offer full-time
programmes in offline
mode and not online or
distance learning,
UGC chairperson M
Jagadesh Kumar said
the foreign universi-
ties and Higher Educa-
tion Institutions (HEIs)
will need a nod from
the UGC to set up their
campuses in India.
The initial approval
will be for 10 years and
will be renewed in the
ninth year subject to
the meeting of certain
conditions, he added
and clarified that these
institutions shall not
offer any such study
programme which
jeopardises the nation-
al interest of India or
the standards of high-
er education here.
FUNDS  FUNDING
The cross-border move-
ment of funds will be as
per the Foreign Exchange
Management Act. “Cross-
border movement of funds
and maintenance of For-
eign Currency Accounts,
mode of payments,
remittance, repatriation,
and sale of proceeds, if
any, shall be as per FEMA,
1999,” UGC chairperson
M Jagadesh Kumar said.
NO REACTION
FROM AAP GOVT
Officials claimed that Jain
threatened them when
they had gone to serve a
showcause notice to him
according to Rule 1,272 of
DPR, 2018, with respect to
Punishment Tickets, per-
taining to November 25,
dealing with “Jain’s mis-
demeanours in the jail”.
There was no immediate
reaction from the AAP or
the Delhi government.
 —REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE
New Delhi (ANI): The
Delhi HC on Thursday
stayed the trial court
proceedingsagainstBJP
leaders Manjinder Sin-
gh Sirsa and Hans Raj
Hans in a defamation
case filed by Delhi Depu-
ty CM Manish Sisodia.
Sisodia had filed a
caseagainstseveralBJP
leaders in 2019 for alleg-
ing corruption in the
construction of class-
rooms in Delhi’s govern-
ment schools. “The ac-
cused persons were is-
sued summons by a
court on November 28,
2019, in the case,” the
court noted. The bench
decided to stay the pro-
ceedings going before
AdditionalChief Metro-
politan Magistrate in
Rouse Avenue Court.
High Court stays trial
against BJP leaders
New IDs for
MPs for new
Parliament
building
New Delhi (PTI):
The Lok Sabha Sec-
retariat has started
preparing new
identity cards for
MPs to access the
new Parliament
building, sources
said. The MPs are
also being trained
on the audiovisual
devices to be used
in the new building.
“A Smart Card-
based Identity Card
is being prepared
for the Members of
Parliament,” the
Lok Sabha Secre-
tariat said.
Manjinder Singh Sirsa (L), Hans Raj Hans (C), Manish Sisodia (R)
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  • 1. All 200 seats: AAP jumps into Rajasthan contest New Delhi (PTI): Ra- jasthan is set to witness a new entrant in the as- sembly polls, likely to be held later this year, with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thurs- day setting in motion preparations for the launch of its foray in the state. AAP’s poll strategist Sandeep Pathak held a crucial meeting with the party’s Ra- jasthan unit leaders and vol- unteers here. AAP’s election i n - ch a r g e for Rajasthan Vinay Mishra was also pre- sent in the meeting. “Feedback that has come from Rajasthan is quite encouraging. There is so much ener- gy on the ground as we have succeeded in set- ting up a strong base of our organisation across the state,” AAP’s Rajasthan incharge Mishra said. “We are ready to con- test all 200 seats in the Ra- jasthan assem- bly polls,” he added. BJP AT WORK TO BE BACK IN NORTHEAST PM Modi’s ‘Chalo Paltai’ call changed Tripura: Shah South Tripura (ANI): Addressing a rally after flagging off the BJP’s ‘Jan Vishwas Yatra’ here, Union Home Min- ister Amit Shah on Thursday said, “In its 50-year history , Tripura has been under Commu- nist rule for more than three decades. I want to ask, the violence and the cadre-based rule that was prevalent in the Communist time, is it seen today? In 2018, PM Modi gave the mes- sage of ‘Chalo Paltai’ and the Tripura public uprooted the Commu- nist rule.” “Hundreds of people were killed under the Communist rule, but once BJP came to pow- er, all the violence stopped. The Commu- nists made Tripura a hub of drugs, and opened borders and opened doors for in- truders from Bangla- desh. BJP not just stopped intrusion, and drug trafficking, but are also providing em- ployment opportunities to the youth,” he said. “The state has under- gone tremendous devel- opment under Biplab Deb and CM Manik Saha. But, I want to as- sure the people of Tripura, that all this is just the ‘trailer’ and ‘Picture abhi baki hai’,” Shah said. P8 Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha during the flagging off ceremony of BJP’s ‘Jan Vishwas Yatra’, at Dharmanagar in North Tripura on Thursday. —PHOTO BY ANI SHAH ARRIVES IN MANIPUR FOR 2 DAYS OF STATE-WIDE EVENTS Imphal: Amit Shah arrived here on Thursday on a two- day visit to Manipur. Shah was received at the airport by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Union MoS for External Affairs and Education RK Ranjan. Shah will inaugurate the Churachandpur Medical College, the first medical college in the state, on Friday. He will unveil a 120-foot statue of a polo player riding a pony at Hein- gang Marjing Hill in Imphal East district. Shah will hoist the national flag at Heritage site of INA headquarters in Moirang area in Bishnupur district, where INA soldiers hoisted the tri colour for the first time on Indian soil. NOIDA CP CRACKS WHIP: SHO AMONG 6 COPS SUSPENDED Noida: Police Commissioner of Gautam Buddh Nagar, Laxmi Singh, on Thursday suspended the SHO of Ecotech-3 police station, two sub- inspectors and three constables, including a woman personnel. while ordering FIR against five of them for negligence in duty. Singh took the stern decision a day after a man accused in a case of loot escaped from Ecotech 3 police station. UP CM YOGI MEETS AMBANI, DISCUSSES INVESTMENTS... POPE FRANCIS LEADS FUNERAL FOR BENEDICT XVI IN VATICAN Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meets with Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, in Mumbai on Thursday. Vatican: In a rare Mass for a dead pontiff by a living one before thousands of mourners at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Pope Francis on Thursday presided over the funeral of his predecessor Benedict XVI, the first pontiff to have resigned since the Middle Ages, as a choir sang prayers. The German theologian, who took the title of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for his retirement in 2013, died on December 31. Boss of oil to telecom behemoth, discussed investments in State, which UP CM has pitched as a cen- tral cog in growth machine, which will make India a $5 tn economy. Ambani and Yogi had a fruitful conversation, to scale up RIL’s investments in India’s largest State. Jio has also planned to set up a $950 mn data centre in UP. CAN’T UPROOT 1,000s OVERNIGHT... l Supreme Court stays the Uttarakhand High Court’s Haldwani demolition order l More than 50,000 people faced prospect of being left homeless post the HC order First India Bureau New Delhi: Thousands of people who faced the prospect of being left homeless in middle of harsh winter won major reprieve from SC on Thursday as it paused eviction drive on rail- way land in U’khand’s Haldwani. “There can- not be uprooting of 50,000peopleovernight... It’s a human issue, some workable solution needs to be found,” SC said, as it stopped U’khand HC order that had cleared eviction of 4,000 homes. Congress MP Imran Pratapgarhi flashes victory sign after the SC’s order on the Haldwani eviction case, in New Delhi on Thursday. MAJOR RELIEF FOR 50,000+ RESIDENTS SC said, “It may not be cor- rect to say that paramilitary forces have to be deployed to remove people who have been living there for dec- ades.” SC also stopped any construction in the area and sought responses from the railways and the Uttarakhand government. The case will be heard again next month. The judgment of SC will protect human rights. We all were worried about dem- olition rendering 52,000 people home- less. SC stayed the demolition. In 2016, we took steps regarding the rehabilitation of the people. —Harish Rawat, former U’khand CM This collaboration will greatly benefit space tech startups in their analysis and processing of vast amounts of satellite data for various applications. Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub is a useful platform for bringing together startups and providers of technology solutions to support the national space technology ecosystem. —S Somanath, Chairman, ISRO Space-tech startups in India are playing a significant role in advanc- ing the country’s space capabilities with the power of technol- ogy. Through our technol- ogy tools, platforms and mentorship opportunities, we are deeply committed to empowering space-tech startups in the country to drive cutting edge innovation and accelerate scientific discovery. —Anant Maheshwari, Prez, Microsoft India State government would proceed according to SC’s order which stayed a December 20 direction given by Uttarakhand HC directing eviction of thousands of families occupying railway land in Haldwani district within a week. —Pushkar Singh Dhami, U’khand CM Moni Sharma New Delhi: PM Naren- dra Modi said JJM is a major development pa- rameter of a State to provide water to every household. Addressing the 1st All India Annual State Ministers’ Confer- ence on Water via video message on Thursday, PM said in our constitu- tional system, water comes under control of States and their efforts for water conservation will go a long way in achieving the collective goals of the country . Modi called for coor- dinatedeffortsbyMinis- tries of Environment Water and said by mak- ing Namami Gange Mis- sion a template, other states can also start sim- ilar campaigns for con- servation of rivers. P6 PM Narendra Modi emphasises on the need for States’ efforts for the water conservation Water Resources Ministers from all States take part in All-India Annual Conference on Water Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addressing 1st All India Annual State Ministers’ Conference on in Bhopal on Thursday. Also present here are Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad Singh Patel, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other leaders. MICROSOFT CEO CALLS ON MODI, PLEDGES FULL SUPPORT TO “DIGITAL INDIA VISION” ISRO AND MICROSOFT COLLABORATE TO SUPPORT SPACE-TECH STARTUPS IN INDIA New Delhi: Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella, who is on a four-day visit to India, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and pledged the company’s support in helping the country realise the Digital India vision. He described his meeting with PM Modi as “insightful”, and lauded the govt’s deep focus on sustainable and inclusive economic growth driven by digital transformation. Bengaluru: The ISRO and Microsoft on Thursday signed a MoU to help space tech startups and in turn boost the growth of space technology in the coun- try. “MoU seeks to empower space tech start-ups across country with technology tools and platforms, go-to-market sup- port and mentoring to help them scale and become enterprise ready,” Microsoft official said in a statement. THROUGH THIS TIE-UP... l The space-tech startups identified by ISRO will be onboarded onto the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub platform l The founders in India will have free ac- cess to the tech tools, and resources they need to build and run their business l They will get all sort of tech support to build and scale on Azure, best-in-class developer and productivity tools l Pact will strengthen vision of harnessing potential of tech innova- tors and entrepreneurs WaterVision@2047! FOREIGN VARSITIES NEED UGC NOD TO SET UP CAMPUSES IN INDIA New Delhi: Foreign varsities will need University Grants Commission’s nod to set up campuses in India and initial approval will be for 10 years, panel’s chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said. He said varsities with campuses in country can only offer full time programmes in physical mode, not online or distance. EFFORT ON TO REDUCE VISA INTERVIEW APPT TIME IN INDIA, SAYS US Washington: US is making every effort to reduce the waiting time for a visa interview appointment in India, a top State Dept official has said, asserting that visa processing is recovering faster than projected and is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels over the coming year. ODISHA CM ANNOUNCES `1 CR FOR EACH PLAYER IF TEAM INDIA WINS Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the upcoming FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced an award of `1 crore for each player if Team India lifts the WC trophy. CRUCIAL READ NBEMS has refuted media reports on registration for the NEET PG 2023 on Jan 5, said entrance test will be on Mar 5 Delhi Police said on Thursday that 2 more men were involved in the Sultanpuri accident case. A Delhi court has sent five accused to police custody for four days in connection with the death of Anjali Singh Central government stays all tourism activities at ‘Sammed Shikharji’ in Jharkhand P6 BSE SENSEX 60,353.27 304.18 | NSE NIFTY 17,992.15 50.80 NEW DELHI l FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2023 l Pages 12 l 3.00 RNI TITLE NO. DELENG/2021/19840 l Vol 2 l Issue No. 128 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia OUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR, NEW DELHI MUMBAI 316 DAYS AFTER INVASION, PUTIN SAYS READY FOR TALKS WITH KYIV New Delhi: Tremors were felt in New Delhi and other areas of the National Capital Region (NCR) after an earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude struck Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan late on Thursday. Epicentre was located 79 km south of Fayzabad in Afghanistan, the National Centre for Seismology tweeted. Moscow: President Vladimir Putin confirmed about Russia’s openness to serious dialogue on condition of Kyiv, told Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan he was open to speak if Kyiv accepts territories occupied by Moscow as Russian, Kremlin said Thursday. B’LURU-CHENNAI EXPRESSWAY TO BE READY NEXT YEAR: GADKARI Bengaluru: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, announced that the Bengaluru to Chennai Expressway will be completed by March 2024, with cost of `17,000 crore. The 285.3 km four-lane project will help save lot of travel time. 5.9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE TREMORS FELT IN DELHI INDIA AND FRANCE HOLD 36TH ROUND OF INDO- FRENCH STRATEGIC TALK First India Bureau New Delhi: National Se- curity Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Thursday held the 36th round of the Indo-French Strate- gic Dialogue with his Frenchcounterpart,Em- manuel Bonne. Bonne’s visit was 1st major diplo- matic visit of the new year, and according to a statementfromEmbassy of France in India, both participants agreed to intensifyefforts“towards strategic autonomy”. “2 sides held discus- sions on a variety of is- sues, including current global security situa- tion in the context of Ukraine war, counter- terrorism etc. During the day, Bonne also met PM Modi NSA Ajit Doval with Emmanuel Bonne in Delhi on Thursday. FRANCE’S RAFALE JETS FOR INDIAN NAVY SOON! French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation’s Rafale- M has emerged as the front- runner to bag a mega contract from Indian Navy for 27 fighters. Sources in Navy had submitted a detailed report to ministry on performance of Super Hornets and Rafale-M. We expect to mature Rafale-M deal during French Prez Em- manuel Macron’s likely India trip in early 2023.
  • 2. New Delhi (PTI): A brutal cold wave swept Delhi on Thursday with the minimum tempera- ture dropping to three degrees Celsius -- the lowestinJanuaryintwo years -- making it cooler than several hill sta- tions. A blinding layer of dense fog over north India, including Delhi, caused major inconven- iencetocommuters.Vis- ibility levels were 50 me- tres around 5.30 am. At least 12 trains were delayed by one-and-a- half tosixhoursandtwo rescheduled due to the foggy weather, a Rail- waysspokespersonsaid. Delhi airport has also issued a fog alert, saying low visibility proce- dures were in progress. All flight operations are presently normal. Passengers are request- ed to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information, the advisory read. The Safdarjung ob- servatory, logged a minimum temperature of 3 degrees Celsius. Weather stations at Lo- dhi Road, Ayanagar and Ridge recorded minimum tempera- tures of 2.8 degrees Cel- sius, 2.2 degrees and 2.8 degrees, respectively. The Met office had is- sued an orange alert for Delhi-NCR for Thursday and Friday. CAPITOL NEW DELHI | FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2023 02 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Noida (PTI): Search and rescue operation for a leopard continued for the third day at a hous- ing society in Greater Noida (West) where it was spotted earlier this week, officials said on Thursday . Residents of the soci- ety have curtailed their outdoor movements ever since they were alerted about the big cat’s movement and sus- pected its presence in the basement of an un- der-construction resi- dential tower on their premises. Teams of forest de- partment from Gautam Buddh Nagar are sta- tioned at Ajnara Le Gar- den society in Sector 16 of Greater Noida (West), also known as Noida Ex- tension. Additional ex- perts have also been roped in from Agra, Ghaziabad and Meerut, a senior officer said. “Threegoatshavealso been brought at the site as bait in the trap cages for the stranded feline,” Gautam Buddh Nagar DFO Pramod Kumar Srivastava said. The leopard sighting on Tuesday triggered panic among residents of the group housing so- ciety, which inhabits around 1,500 people. “No doubt, residents are very concerned about their safety,” Mukesh Gupta, who lives with his family on the 15th floor, said. Gupta’s wife was among those who claimed to have seen the feline moving around in the area. “Mywifesawtheleop- ard moving in the socie- ty on Wednesday morn- ing. It was a little misty when she noticed the leopard near the swim- ming pool,” Gupta said. Amit Kumar, another resident, said home de- livery services were also curtailed and common areas made inaccessible as people were taking utmost caution. The society has around 16 residential towers of which five to six are under construc- tion. The leopard was spotted in one of the under-construction tow- ers’ basement. Leopard in Gr Noida: Search ops enter day 3, goats brought as bait BIG SCARE My wife saw the leopard moving in the society on Wednesday morning. It was a little misty when she noticed it near the swimming pool. —Mukesh Gupta,resident lll The society has around 16 residential towers of which 5-6 are under construction. The leopard was first spotted in one of the under- construction towers’ basement on Tuesday New Delhi (PTI): Two leopard cubs were spot- ted in the Asola Bhatti Sanctuary recently in a fresh example of how bold efforts of conserva- tionists and the forest and wildlife department can help several wildlife speciesrecoverinurban jungles. Forest department of- ficials said the two cubs were caught on a cam- era trap a few days ago. A video shared by the Bombay Natural Histo- ry Society (BNHS) on its Instagram page showed a leopard cub emerging from a burrow inside the sanctuary . Since mother felines do not travel long distances with newborns, the of- ficials believe the sanc- tuaryistheirbirthplace. AnofficialonWednes- day said this is first time that a cub leopard has been spotted in the jun- gles of Asola since leop- ard sightings began a few years ago. Two leopard cubs spotted in Asola Sanctuary Jan’s lowest in two years A labourer wrapped in a blanket stands on a road during a cold winter morning, in Gurugram on Thursday. (Below) People seen covered in thick woolens at a bus stop in Delhi. —PHOTO BY ANI Delhishiversinpeakcoldevenas dense fog hits rail, road traffic At 3O Noida (PTI): Two res- taurant workers died here and another two were hospitalized with injuries after their mo- torcycle was allegedly hit by a truck amid re- duced visibility due to fog early on Thursday, police said. All the four workers, aged below 25 years, were on the same motor- cycle when the crash took place near the Ad- vant building under the Expressway police sta- tion limits around 1 am, AddlDCP (Noida)Ashu- tosh Dwivedi said. Two workers Bhawna (19) and Shobhit (23) died,whiletheothertwo Kaushalendra alias Kaushal and Sonu were hospitalised, according to the police. The truck, loaded with furniture, has been impounded and its driv- er arrested, police said. An underpass is be- ingconstructednearAd- vant Building. The can- tertruckappearstohave gone out of control due to fog and reduced visi- bilityatnight.Thetruck hit a concrete structure first and then rammed themotorcycleonwhich fourpeoplewereriding, Dwivedi said. Noida: 2 killed as truck hits bike amid fog The canter truck appears to have gone out of control due to fog ... The truck hit a concrete structure first and then rammed the motorcycle. —Ashutosh Dwivedi, ADCP z z z z 12 TRAINS DELAYED New Delhi (PTI): Lt Governor VK Saxena on Thursday nominated BJP councillor Satya Sharmaasthepresiding officerforthefirstHouse meeting on June 6 to elect the mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Reacting to the ap- pointment, the Aam Aadmi Party accused the BJP of being hell- bent on destroying all democratic traditions and institutions. The first municipal House after the high- stakes civic polls on De- cember 4 is scheduled to takeplaceonFridaydur- ing which all newly elected councillors will take oath and the mayor and the deputy mayor will be elected. The Lt. Governor of National Capital Terri- tory of Delhi under sec- tion 77 of the Act is fur- ther pleased to nomi- nate Satya Sharma, Councillor, Ward No.226 to preside over the meet- ing for the election of the Mayor. She will be administered oath/af- firmation as per section 32 of the Act, by Santosh Kumar Rai, District Magistrate, New Delhi. The other councillors will be administered oath (affirmation by the PresidingOfficer),read a notification. After the oath cere- mony, the newly consti- tuted civic body will proceedtoelecttheMay- or, as required by sec- tion 35 of the Act. Three nominations -- two from the AAP and one from the BJP -- have been received for the post of mayor, MCD of- ficials said. One candidate of the AAP is a back-up candi- date, party sources said. The nominees for the post of mayor are -- Shelly Oberoi and Ashu Thakur (AAP), and Re- kha Gupta (BJP). Ober- oi is AAP's main con- tender. The nominees for the post of deputy mayor are -- Aaley Mo- hammad Iqbal and Jalaj Kumar (AAP), and Ka- mal Bagri (BJP). Mayorpoll:LGappointsBJP councilloraspresidingofficer AAP APPOINTS LEADER OF HOUSE New Delhi (PTI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday appointed its councillor from Adarsh Nagar ward Mukesh Goel as the Leader of the House in the Municipal Corpora- tion of Delhi, party officials said. New Delhi (PTI): Delhi Congress will not take part in MCD mayoral election on January 6, its chief Anil Chaud- hary said Thursday . Chaudhary said the party had unanimously decided not to support AAPorBJPfortheposts of mayor, deputy mayor and leader of the house. “Delhiites who elected Congress councillors, voted to raise their is- sues and work for their welfare and not fulfil pa- tricianagendaof AAP BJP .Ourcouncillorswill walkoutof Housebefore voting,” he said. ‘Delhi Cong will not take part in mayoral election’ New Delhi (PTI): Delhi reported 4,469 dengue cases in 2022, 53 per cent less than the 2021, ac- cording to data shared by the city's civic body . Till December 31 last year, dengue claimed nine lives. In 2021, Delhi recorded 9,613 cases, the highestsince2015.Italso reported 23 deaths -- the highest since 2016. In 2022, the city re- corded 23 dengue cases in January , 16 in Febru- ary, 22 in March, 20 in April, 30 in May, 32 in June,26inJuly ,and75in August, according to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) report issued on Monday . The highest number of 1,420 cases were re- ported in November 2022. 4,469 cases, 9 deaths due to dengue in 2022: MCD New Delhi (PTI): Delhi Police told the high court on Thursday that it has not found any criminality against fact- checking website Alt News co-founder Mo- hammad Zubair in a case lodged against him for allegedly threaten- ing and torturing a mi- nor on social media. Taking note of the sub- missions of the city po- lice, the court asked the probe agency to place the chargesheet filed in the case before it. “Before proceeding fur- ther, let a copy of the chargesheet be filed be- fore the next date of hearing,” Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani said. The counsel for the Delhi Police informed the court that the probe agency has found no criminality against Zubairandhisnamehas not been included in the chargesheet. The court also asked police to give a copy of the chargesheet to Addi- tional Solicitor General KMNatraj,whoisrepre- sentingcomplainantNa- tional Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in the matter. The law officer said he would take fur- ther instructions, after which the court listed the matter for the next hearing on March 2. On the basis of a plaint from NCPCR, Delhi Po- lice lodged an FIR against Zubair on Au- gust 9, 2020 under IT Act for allegedly threaten- ing and torturing a girl on Twitter. The com- plaint referred to a pho- to of the girl and her fa- thersharedbyZubairon Twitterduringanonline spat with the man. IN THE COURTYARD No criminality found against Mohd Zubair: Police to HC The High Court listed the matter for the next hearing on March 2 New Delhi (PTI): The Delhi High Court Thursday said it will hear next week the CBI's pleas challenging the bail granted to busi- nessmen Vijay Nair and Abhishek Boinpal- ly in a corruption case related to the now- scrapped Excise Policy 2021-22 of the Delhi government. Justice Dinesh Ku- mar Sharma noted that the counsel for the par- ties have filed their written submissions and said the case will be heard on January 11. The high court was informed that a trial court is scheduled to hear arguments on January 12 and 13 on the bail pleas of Nair, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) communi- cation in-charge, and Boinpally in a case lodged by the Enforce- ment Directorate (ED). It had earlier sought the response of Nair and Boinpally to the CBI's petitions as well as on the agency's ap- plication seeking stay on the trial court's bail order. New Delhi (PTI): Delhi HighCourtonThursday askedtheCBItorespond to expelled BJP leader Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s plea seeking interim re- lease in a case related to the custodial death of the Unnao rape victim’s father for which he is serving 10 years in jail. Justice DK Sharma directed CBI to file a re- port on or before Janu- ary 16, the next date of hearing, on Sengar’s plea for interim bail and suspension of sentence onaccountof hisdaugh- ter’s wedding. The CBI counsel in- formed Sengar had filed a similar plea before a division bench of the HC in another case in which he is serving life term for raping the mi- nor in Unnao in 2017. The bench has al- ready issued a notice to CBI on the plea and list- ed it for hearing on Jan- uary 16. The ‘sagan’ cer- emony of Sengar’s daughter is scheduled on January 18 and wed- ding has been fixed for February 8, said advo- cate Kanhaiya Singhal, appearing for the leader. HC to hear on Jan 11 CBI challenge to bail to Nair, Boinpally Victim’s father’s death: Respond to Sengar’s plea, HC tells police
  • 3. CAPITOL NEW DELHI | FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2023 03 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia First India Bureau New Delhi: Delhi Po- lice on Thursday said that two more people have emerged as sus- pects in the horrific hit-and-drag incident on New Year's night. Addressing a press conference, Special Commissioner of Po- lice (Law Order) Sa- gar Preet Hooda said the two men are Ashu- tosh, owner of the car, and Ankush, brother of one of the accused. “We have arrested five accused and are in- terrogating them. Dur- ing interrogation, we found that two more people were involved in the incident. Our team is conducting raids,” Hooda said. “The names of the other two accused are Ashutosh and Ankush Khanna. We are in search of them. Both of them are the friends of the five men under cus- tody. They tried to pro- tect the five accused,” he added. During the interro- gation, it was found that the car was driven by Amit and not by Deepak, Hooda said. Ankush is accused Amit's brother. Amit does not have a driving license and after he in- formed Ankush about the accident, his broth- er convinced Deepak, who is a Gramin Seva driver, to tell police that he was behind the wheel on the fateful day, the officer said. He said Ashutosh and Ankush were not in the car. Ashutosh misled the police by claiming that Deepak took the car when it was Amit who had tak- en the car. Deepak also happens to be Amit and Ankush's cousin. Talking about fight- ing the case in court, Hooda said that a pub- lic prosecutor is being appointed. “Intention is required for murder. Till now, no previous connection has been found between the ac- cused and victim. If intention is not estab- lished, it is difficult for police to prove charges under section 302,” Hooda said. “We are trying to file the charge sheet as ear- ly as possible,” the Spe- cial CP said. TWO MORE MEN INVOLVED, ATTEMPT TO TAMPER WITH EVIDENCE: POLICE More criminality in Hit-and-Drag case n Owner of car misled police on who was driving n Gramin Seva driver was asked to take the blame Special CP (Law and Order) Delhi Police Sagar Preet Hooda with Additional CP Chinmoy Biswal and DCP Harendra Kumar Singh (Outer District) addresses a press conference on the Kanjhawala death case, in New Delhi on Thursday. —PHOTO BY ANI Intention is required for murder. Till now, no previous connection has been found between the accused and victim. —Sagar Preet Hooda, Special CP (Law and Order) New Delhi (PTI): A court here on Thursday remanded in police cus- tody for 4 days the five men accused of causing the death of Anjali Sin- gh in a hit-and-run. Metropolitan Magis- trate Sanya Dalal al- lowed the police to have the accused in their cus- tody for four days more for interrogation in- stead of their prayer for a five-day remand. During the hearing, the investigating officer said their further cus- tody was required as police needed to estab- lish the nearly 13-km- long route the accused had taken to traverse in two hours on the fateful night when the victim woman had got entan- gled under the vehicle after being hit. The IO also said one of the accused was “planted” as the driver of the vehicle. He said all of them were subjected to sus- tained interrogation over the last three days. The Sultanpuri po- lice station has regis- tered an FIR against Deepak Khanna (26), Amit Khanna (25), Kris- han (27), Mithun (26) and Manoj Mittal for various offences under the IPC, including cul- pable homicide. Court sends 5 accused to police custody 25-30phonecallsbetween AnjaliandNidhi:Police New Delhi (PTI): Amid demands that murder charges be invoked against the accused in the Kanjhawla incident, police said they have not found any previous link between victim An- jali Singh and the ac- cused. They added that for murder charges to be pressed, intention behind the killing needs to be established. Addressing a press conference, Special Commissioner of Po- lice (Law and Order) Sagar Preet Hooda said 18 teams are working on probing the case and all angles are being looked into. He also sought to dis- miss claims by Anjali's family that that never heard or met her 'friend' Nidhi. Hooda said around 25 to 30 calls were exchanged be- tween Anjali and Nidhi from December 29-31. TIME OF ACCIDENT 2.04-2.06 AM, BODY FOUND AT 4.15 AM: POLICE On allegations of delay in arrival of PCR vans and calls not being answered, Special CP Sagar Preet Hooda said an internal inquiry is being conducted. It will be looked into whether it was human error or some system glitch. Police deployment is more at places where footfall is more, he said. There were some technical glitches over footage timings also that emerged. More CCTV footage emerged on Wednesday where Nidhi was seen return- ing home around 1.37 am, about five minutes after she and Anjali left the party venue, leading to questions being raised about the timeline of the events on the fateful night. However, Hooda said the incident occurred between 2.04 am to 2.06 am, while body was found around 4.15 am. “Footage is emerging and we are also investigat- ing the matter, Hooda said. Sources said that a shoe and an earring were recovered from the spot by police. FSL teams have recovered bloodstains and pieces of cloth that were found stuck to the car. New Delhi (ANI): Del- hi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal on Thursday expressed dissatisfac- tion with the police’s action in the Kanjha- wala case and demand- ed that it be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Speaking over the re- ply letter filed by Delhi Police on Thursday over the summon is- sued by the women's panel, Swati Maliwal told ANI that Delhi Po- lice is not conducting a fully unbiased investi- gation. “I’m not satis- fied with Delhi Police's action. I recommend that this case be trans- ferred to CBI. Delhi Po- lice told us they've not recovered Nidhi's phone till now. It’s a very important evi- dence. It is beyond my understanding why it is not with the police till now,” Maliwal said. DCW chief demands that CBI step in Sources said that FSL teams have recovered bloodstains and pieces of cloth that were found stuck to the car The accused being taken to custody after being produced before the Rohini court in New Delhi on Thursday. —PHOTO BY PTI New Delhi (PTI): The AAP on Thursday al- leged that the police and the BJP were “planting evidence” to malign the image of the victim, Anjali Singh. Aam Aadmi Party na- tional spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj slammed the BJP and Lt Governor VK Saxe- na, claiming that “facts are being twisted” to “shield its members”. Bhardwaj said the statements of the wom- an's “friend” Nidhi, who was present during the accident, was con- tradicted by Anjali's family members who said they had never seen or heard of her. “Nidhi's statement only went in the favour of the perpetrators. It is a false statement and it was fabricated only to shield the culprits,” Bharadwaj alleged. Police, BJP ‘planting evidence’ to malign image of victim:AAP New Delhi (PTI): Fam- ily members and neigh- bours of Anjali Singh held a protest outside the Sultanpuri police station on Thursday and demanded that the culprits be hanged. The protest also led to traffic congestion in the area. The protesters raised slogans against the ac- cused and demanded that all five of them be hanged to death. “It is not an accident. This was done deliber- ately and the incident should be treated like murder,” said one of the protesters. They also asked the police to treat the inci- dent as murder and add section 302 of the Indi- an Penal Code. The 20-year-old Anja- li was killed in the early hours of the New Year after her scooter was hit by the car which dragged her for 12 kilo- meters from Sultanpuri to Kanjhawala. Five men who were allegedly in the car have been booked for culpable homicide among other sections. New Delhi (ANI): Sudesh, mother of Kan- jhawala accident eye witness Nidhi, on Thursday claimed that her daughter was terri- fied after the accident and that is why she did not report the matter to the police. “You would have got scared seeing Nidhi's condition, she was so terrified,” she said. Her response came after claims by Anjali's mother that the acci- dent was a “well thought-out conspira- cy”. Anjali's maternal uncle, Prem, said he suspected Nidhi's in- volvement in the death. My daughter was terrified: Nidhi’s mother Family members want accused to be hanged The BJP has been trying to shield the cul- prits from day one. They have been trying to cover up the case by tarnishing the image of the victim. —Saurabh Bhardwaj, AAP National Spokesperson 14 YEARS OF METRO MUSEUM Children from Salaam Baalak Trust and Udaan NGO and other officials during a function organised to celebrate 14th anniversary of the Delhi Metro Museum, at Patel Chowk metro station in New Delhi on Thursday. —PHOTO BY PTI New Delhi (PTI): A 24-year-old man alleg- edly attacked a Delhi Police assistant sub-in- spector with knife when he nabbed him for rob- bing a mobile phone in Mayapuri area. Deputy Commission- er of Police (west) Ghanshyam Bansal said the accused at- tacked ASI Shambhu Dayal on his neck, chest, stomach and back. The incident hap- pened around 4 pm when Vandana, a resi- dent of Jhuggi number 137 in Phase I of Mayapuri, complained that a person took her husband's phone and also threatened them. ASI Dayal along with the complainant reached at the jhuggi where Vandana pointed towards a person who had robbed the mobile phone, the DCP said. Mobile phone robber stabs ASI multiple times on being caught BTech student battles for life, cops clueless even after 5 days Noida (PTI): Three col- lege students in Greater Noida were hit by a speeding car on New Year's eve, with one of them continuing to fight for life in a hospi- tal, police officials said on Thursday . Sweety Kumari (22), a BTech final year student from Bihar, suf- fered severe injuries to her head during the ac- cident at around 9pm on New Year's eve and was put on ventilator at a private hospital nearby, Additional DCP (Great- er Noida) Dinesh Ku- mar Singh said. Her two friends – Karsoni Dong from Arunachal Pradesh and Anganba from Manipur – received minor inju- ries and were dis- charged from hospital after first-aid. “The three students were walking from the Alpha 2 bus stand to- wards the Delta 2 sector when they were hit by the unidentified vehi- cle. They were rushed to the hospital by some locals. The parents of the student who is hos- pitalised have reached here and the police team has also met with them,” Singh said. Senior police officers have met with the in- jured students and in- teracted with the hospi- tal officials, he said, adding an FIR has been lodged in the case. While the police have so far not been able to trace the culprits, a po- lice official on Thurs- day said, “Our teams have scanned dozens of CCTV footage from nearby locations in or- der to get a clue about the car or its driver.” Meanwhile, sources in the Kailash Hospital said the student has suf- fered severe injuries to her head because of which she had to un- dergo brain surgery and is now kept on ven- tilator support. Doctors are continuously moni- toring her situation. “She also suffered se- vere injuries to her legs. In one of her legs, she has got five fractures for which another sur- gery is required but that can be conducted only after her condition improves and she is taken off the ventila- tor, the source said. GREATER NOIDA HIT-AND-RUN The injured student had to undergo brain surgery and is now on ventilator support at Kailash Hospital Noida (PTI): A 24-year- old food delivery execu- tive was killed after his motorcycle was hit by an unidentified vehicle and allegedly dragged for about 500 metres here in a suspected hit and run case, police said on Thursday . Around 10 days back, another 27-year-old food delivery executive was killed by a car near Noi- da around midnight. Kaushal Yadav worked with Swiggy and was on his way to deliver an order on the intervening night of January 1 and 2 when the incident took place near Sector 14 flyover under Phase 1 police sta- tion area. Police said the claim that the worker was dragged by the car could not be established so far through investigation and scanning of CCTV footage. Amit Kumar, Yadav's cousin and com- plainant in the case, said he had called up Yadav around 1 am to check on his wherea- bouts when he was in- formed of the crash. “An Ola cab driver re- ceived the call on my brother's phone and in- formed me about the ac- cident. He said my brother was hit by a ve- hicle and dragged from Sector 14A flyover to Shani Temple road. “I rushed to the spot with some family mem- bers and found the body of my brother near Sha- ni Temple,” Kumar stat- ed in his complaint. Swiggy delivery agent killed in hit-and-run An Ola cab driver in- formed me. He said my brother was hit by a vehicle and dragged from Sector 14A flyover to Shani Temple road. —Amit Kumar, Brother of the deceased Assistant Sub-Inspector Shambhu Dayal at BLK Hospital. —PHOTO BY ANI
  • 4. l Vol 2 l Issue No.128 l RNI TITLE NO. DELENG/2021/19840 Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Impressions Printing and Packaging Limited, C-21, 22 Sector-59, Noida-201301. Published at G-20, 3rd Floor, 309, Preet Vihar, New Delhi-110092. Phone 011-49846474. Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act PERSPECTIVE NEW DELHI | FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2023 04 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia SPIRITUAL SPEAK One who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, is intelligent among men. —Bhagavad Gita IN-DEPTH Dharmendra Pradhan @dpradhanbjp #ModiHaiToMumkinHai. Delivering on promises, #5G services have been inaugurated in Odisha ahead of the Republic Day celebrations. Soon, every school and panchayat in Odisha will have high-speed internet connectivity though #5G services and #BharatNet optical fiber network. Kiren Rijiju @KirenRijiju You are very dedicated immensely talented star Hima Das! You made India proud on many occasions. PM @narendramodi Ji has always given total commitment for sports and fully supported all our athletes who represent the nation bring huge laurels for our Country India. TOP TWEETS NO FURTHER CURB ON FREE SPEECH BUT NETAS NEED TO AVOID HATE SPEECH he Supreme Court’s Constitution bench has ruled against any further restrictions on the freedom of speech and expression of public servants as those contained in Article 19 (2) are “exhaustive”. The bench comprising Justices S Abdul Nazeer, AS Bopanna, BR Gavai, V Ramasubramanian and BV Nagarathna gave a majority verdict. Although Justice Naga- rathna concurred with the ma- jority view, Justice Nagarathna pointed out that certain kinds of speech like hate speech directly strike at the principles of equal- ity and fraternity enshrined in the Constitution’s preamble. She explained that all citizens owe certain fundamental duties underArticle51(A).Theseduties include promoting harmony and brotherhood among people. She held that public servants need to be more responsible and re- strained. It is this part of her judgment which requires politi- cians who are prone to making hate speeches to take a serious note of. Restraining a minister or partyworkerfromspreadinghate is the responsibility of a chief minister or a party president. T uman greed is too overpowering to protect the envi- ronment. Cease- less exploitative ways like felling of trees and unchecked construction, de- spite warnings by experts and environmentalists, have been taking a toll in Uttara- khand where the making of a major disaster can be seen in the town of Joshimath in Chamoli district. The red flags raised by well-meaning and concerned citizens were brazenly ignored in the past and are likely to be ignored again by politicians and peo- ple who are driven only by their short-term objectives. The town is the door to Badri- nath and Hemkund Sahib shrines, the Valley of Flow- ers and ski resort of Auli. The first warning was is- suedbyapanelof MCMishra, then Commissioner of Garh- wal division, about 50 years ago when the state was part of Uttar Pradesh. The panel had cautioned against blast- ing to remove boulders by blasting and felling of trees. In 2021 another committee warnedthatJoshimathwould sink on continued excava- tions. Another committee formed in August said in its report that “Joshimath is built on an unstable founda- tion, thick cover of landslide material, which can give way in case of heavy rain, trem- ors,unregulatedconstruction or more footfall”. Yet despite a hollow natural underground foundation, work on the all-weather road andhydropowerplantscontin- ues.Resorts,hotelsandhouses havecomeupunchecked.With rising number of tourists and pilgrims,footfallshavealsoin- creased exponentially in re- cent years. Situation has dete- rioratedinrecentmonthsafter reportsof apuncturedaquifer leaking water. DANGER SIGNS IN JOSHIMATH Committee formed in August said in its report that “Joshimath is built on an unstable foundation, thick cover of landslide material, which can give way in case of heavy rain, tremors, unregulated construction or more footfall” H THE DYNAMIC MILLENNIALS ery recently I was addressing a group of mid-size company owners and senior HR execu- tives. The attrition of employ- ees and the availability of trained manpower emerged as the main heartburn of all. To many employers, millen- nials (born between 1981-96) remained a mystery who walk into offices expecting high pay, perquisites and re- warding work ethics without blinking an eye lid. Yet, it was felt that there is no guarantee that they will not leave in a couple of years for reasons best known to them. While the old school man- agement and corporate lead- ers describe this generation as self-entitled and even at times crazy and lazy, its not the correct reflection of the youth. We need to acknowl- edge that today, millennials make up 46% of India’s work- force, and the numbers will grow every year as Baby Boomers (born before 1946- 64) and Gen X (born between 1965-80) continue to retire. My survey and understand- ing of the youth confirm that contrary to the stereotype belief, Millennials don’t pre- fer to hop jobs every few years. The reality, if I may say , is that GenY/ millennials want to grow, learn, and be- come leaders in the very or- ganization they join. An acclaimed book ‘What Millennials Want from Work’ gives a strange revelation emphasising that while 69% are satisfied with their job, 76% say they prefer working for their current organiza- tion. My interactions have revealed that Millennials consider that the people they work with are an incredibly important part of their work experience as they add a sig- nificant value to their role as team members, superiors, mentors, and friends in the workplace. Therefore, the need to create an environ- ment conducive enough to retain this work force. So,thegurumantraistocre- ate a friendly healthy organi- zational culture which im- pedes the bottlenecks and es- cape routes like a bad boss, of- ficepolitics,orastuffyculture. Overload of work and under- paidsituationsbestbeavoided. Remember that Millennials are looking to “level up” to a better situation, even if they are generally satisfied with their current organization. Keeping the above in mind, employers need to examine what makes Gen Y tick. For one,materialismissecondary to gaining experience; and two, passion is a must for in- volvement. Actually , the para- digms of work have shifted the goal post since this age group has joined the industry . They care in equal terms about purpose and the money and the employers who have recognized this change are the ones who are successfully operating businesses in cur- rent environment. Therefore, as a corporate coach, mentor or trainer as you may call me, I would sug- gest a few guiding principles to attract and then retain these work horses for a profit- able operation of industries. First and foremost, its time to forget the traditional 9-to-5 schedule of shift unless you need run of the mill work. That old time-sheet way of life will only encourage clock watchers and not output gen- erators. Secondly, I would suggest increased use of social media in selection and understand- ing the candidates. Since mil- lennials roam on the social media most of their time, companies in need of them need job listings on Linked- In, Facebook, or Twitter. Not only will candidates see the listings, but applying for jobs is also influenced on the rec- ommendations of peers and family . They indeed trust so- cial media reviews for not only great places to eat and dance, but for great places to join for work as well. My next recommendation will be to promote diversity and inclusion in identities like gender, ethnicity, colour, cast and disability. This shows that companies value uniqueness in their employ- ees, a quality, Gen Y work- force is looking for. Pandemic in last two years have made all companies re- alize that flexibility of com- munication allows people to work from the cosy environ- ment of their homes. Millen- nialshavelikedandpreferred this style of work. The double income single child syn- drome allows them opportu- nities of flexi work hours and to bring up their child at home thus, cutting down on unnecessary expenditure of baby sitters and travel time. Therefore, leaders of our industry must present a di- verse and inclusive environ- ment which is collaborative not competitive. Foster a spir- itintheirteamsthatpromotes mutual respect and a right work life balance a lucrative magnet for the young corpo- rate work force. Organiza- tions that create a conducive work culture will not only be able to retain them for a futur- istic sustainable growth but also help them become intrin- sic factor in their global rise. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL V Therefore, leaders of our industry must present a diverse and inclusive environment which is collaborative not competitive. Foster a spirit in their teams that promotes mutual respect and a right work life balance a lucrative magnet for the young corporate work force. Organizations that create a conducive work culture will not only be able to retain them for a futuristic sustainable growth but also help them become intrinsic factor in their global rise An acclaimed book ‘What Millennials Want from Work’ gives a strange revelation emphasising that while 69% are satisfied with their job, 76% say they prefer working for their current organization. My interactions have revealed that Millennials consider that the people they work with are an incredibly important part of their work experience as they add a significant value to their role as the team members, superiors, mentors, and friends in workplace COL ANUPAM JAITLY (RETD) The writer is Defence expert, Motivational Speaker Corporate Trainer
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  • 6. “Media notices my T-shirt, but ignores poors in torn clothes” Baghpat (PTI): Con- gress leader Rahul Gan- dhi said on late Wednes- day that his being in a T-shirt during the Bharat Jodo Yatra was not the real issue, while slamming media for “not noticing” people in torn clothes walking along with him. Addressing a ‘nuk- kad sabha’ (street cor- ner meeting) at Baraut on Baghpat-Shamli bor- der during the march, Gandhi also said the purpose of the yatra is to remove hatred and violence being spread in the country and to draw people’s attention towards price rise and unemployment. Amid talk raging about his wearing T- shirt in the winter dur- ing the yatra, he said the media is highlight- ing his attire but taking “no notice of the poor farmers and labourers walking along with him in torn clothes”. “My being in T-shirt is not a real question, the real question is why are the farmers, poor labourers of the coun- try and their children are in torn clothes, T- shirts and without sweaters,” he said. The former Congress chief said that despite covering a distance of more than 3,000 kms on foot in 110 days, he is neither feeling tired nor shivering in cold in T- shirt. “The aim of the yatra is to remove hatred and violence which is being spread in the country . BJP policy is to create fear among youths, farmers, and labourers throughnoteban,wrong GST. We do the politics of removing fear as we know that fear and ha- tred will not benefit the country ,” Gandhi said. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, in Shamli on Thursday. —PHOTO BY PTI Why is Rahul becoming an ascetic in a T-shirt? Mahesh Sharma New Delhi: The leader of the Congress party is callingRahulGandhian ascetic and it is being said on the basis that he is traveling wearing a T- shirt even in cold weath- er. On Tuesday , he start- ed the second leg of the journey from Delhi. When his journey start- ed in the morning, the temperature in Delhi was around five degrees celsius and there was a cold wave. But Rahul was in a t-shirt. He went to worship at the Hanu- man temple and from thereproceededtowards Uttar Pradesh. So now the million dollar ques- tion is: Has Rahul actu- allybecomeanasceticor istheCongress’PRteam trying to project him as one? The Congress lead- er himself is making an issue of his wearing a T-shirt and on this basis is calling him an ascetic with strict self-control but when Rahul is being asked about this he is sayingwhatdisturbance can a t-shirt cause? While the t-shirt has not caused any distur- bance to anyone, but the Congress or Rahul should reveal as to why he is not feeling cold? Af- ter all, until last year, he did feel cold during win- ters and this can be proved from the point that he has quite expen- sivejacketsetc.whichhe kept wearing. So what happened this year? It is also interesting that more than a hundred ‘Bharat Yatris’ are walk- ing with him, many of whom are of younger to Rahul but they all feel cold. Then it seems that Rahulhasgrownabeard to give the yatra a politi- cal purpose as well as spiritualizingit,wearing a half t-shirt to convey the message that the yatra is a form of sadha- na for him. The party spokesperson are trying to project him as an as- cetic, a ‘Rashtra-Mitra’ and even Bhagwan Ram andtheremainingissues are dealth with by the party’smediamanagers. BJY RESUMES ITS JOURNEY IN UP Shamli: Led by former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the Bharat Jodo Yatra resumed its journey around 6 am on Thursday after halting for the night at Ailum village here, with scores of people carrying the Tricolour marching through the hinterland, despite biting cold. “BJY NOT AN EVENT BUT A MOVEMENT” Shamli: The Bharat Jodo Yatra is a medium to fight the “divisive” ideology of the BJP and the RSS, and it is not an event but a movement that will continue, Congress general secretary in- charge of communication Jairam Ramesh said on Thursday. YATRA SHOWS CONG IS STRONG: KHURSHID Bagpat: Senior Con- gress leader and former External Affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ has shown that the party continues to have a strong footing in the state despite recent electoral reverses. As BJY resumes, Rahul Gandhi says media does not ask why are farmers, labourers not in sweaters U’khand CM Dhami to visit Joshimath, vows necessary action Khatima:Inthewakeof landsubsidenceinJoshi- math and cracks devel- oping in m a n y houses in the town, U t t a r a - khand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said that necessary actions would be taken to save the peo- pleof thedistrict.Dhami would be visiting Joshi- math soon to take stock of thesituationandiniti- ate necessary actions. It comes in the backdrop of reportsof hugecracks thathaveappearedinthe houses of the area. PRE-EMPTING Did Akhilesh foil Cong’s ploy to expose him? Shamsher Singh New Delhi: It is a mat- ter of great surprise and speculation as to why a letter was written on be- half of the Congress party inviting the oppo- sition parties of Uttar Pradesh to join the yatra? Whose idea was this? Usually in Con- gress, first a ‘behind the curtain’ talk is held in suchcases,however,this timeitseemsthatthelet- ter was written without anydiscussionandnews about it was leaked in the media before the let- terwasevendelivered.It is also surprising that the allied parties of the UPA joined the yatra without the formal in- vite being received!. There was no need to write letters to DMK, Shiv Sena, NCP, JMM, Goa Forward Party etc. That’s why the question is, where did the idea of calling non-UPA parties come from? And if so, then why wasnt such a letter forwarded to the Aam Aadmi Party? ItseemsthatCongress wrote letters to Sama- jwadi Party and Bahu- jan Samaj Party for po- litical reasons under well thought out plan. Congress knew that these two parties would notjointheyatra.Butby invitingthemtojoin,the intention of the Con- gress was to expose both of them. It has been learnt that Akhilesh Ya- dav was very upset on this news. For the first time when he was asked about this by the jour- nalists, he said emphati- cally , “if you have a copy of the invitation, give it to me.” Apparently he had not received an invi- tation till that time and before that the news was leaked in the media. Then in displeasure, he also said that Congress and BJP are the same. However, later when he received the formal in- vite, he sent a four-lined greeting message. But he understood that the Congress was smart. Akhilesh Yadav Kuldeep Pathania elected HP Speaker Dharamshala (ANI): Senior Congress leader and five-time MLA, Kul- deep Singh Pathania, has been unanimously elected as Speaker of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly by voice vote on Thursday . Chief Minister Sukh- vinder Singh Sukhu and Leader of Opposi- tion Jai Ram Thakur escorted Pathania to the Speaker’s chair fol- lowing his election. The election of Pathania, the member from Bhatiyyat in Chamba district, was a foregone conclusion as he was the only candi- date in the fray . A five-term legislator and an advocate by pro- fession, he was elected an MLA for the first time on the Congress ticket in 1985. The Congress leader was elected to Vidhan Sabha in 1985, 1993, 2003, 2007 and 2022. He was elected as an Inde- pendent in 1993 and 2003. Kuldeep Singh Pathania after being elected Speaker with Himachal CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and Leader of Opposition Jairam Thakur. Nat’l conference of Chief Secys begins in Delhi New Delhi: Ahead of the Union Budget, a three-day national con- ference of chief secre- taries from all states to deliberate on economy and jobs and inclusive human development be- gan here on Thursday . PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to chair the meeting on Friday and Saturday, his office has said. The conference is broadly based on two themes — economy and jobs and inclusive hu- man development. IN THE COURTYARD K’TAKA PSI RECRUITMENT SCAM: COURT GIVES BAIL TO DIVYA HAGARGI, 25 OTHERS Bengaluru: The Kalaburagi Session Court on Thursday granted bail to alleged kingpin BJP leader Divya Hagargi and 25 others in connection with the sen- sational PSI recruitment scam. Judge KB Patil gave the order granting bail to Hagargi and also to other main accused Manjunath Melakundi and Deputy Superintendent of Police Mallikarjuna and others. The court has granted bail to 36 accused in the case till date. Those who got the bail on Thurs- day included eight candidates, five examination invigilators and three policemen. The Karnataka govt had announced re-exams for 545 PSI posts after the scam came to light. CALCUTTA HIGH COURT UPHOLDS DISMISSAL OF 59 GOVT TEACHERS Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal from service of 59 primary teachers in West Bengal government-sponsored and aided schools for hav- ing obtained appointment through illegal means, taking the total of such persons who lost their jobs to 252. Justice Abhijit Gan- gopadhyay had ordered the removal from service of a total of 269 primary teachers in an earlier order. Nitish Kumar hints to start country-wide yatra to unite Oppn Patna (Agencies): Bi- har Chief Minister Nit- ish Kumar on Thursday hinted to start a coun- try-wide yatra after the budget session of Bihar Vidhan Sabha (Legisla- tive Assembly) this year to unite Opposition par- ties for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Interacting with me- diapersons on day one of his ‘Samadhan Yatra’ in Garua Badi village in West Champaran, he said: “We have started the Samadhan Yatra to review the development programmes of the state government. I want to assess the situ- ation. If there are any issues in implementa- tion of the development programmes, they will be resolved.” On RJD vice presi- dent Shivanand Ti- wari’s suggestion to postpone Samadhan Yatra due to the ex- tremely cold weather in the state, Nitish Kumar said chilly weather will not affect the Yatra as he had done many yatras when he was Un- ion Minister. Nitish Kumar SUSHIL MODI TAKES JIBE AT BIHAR CM’S PROPOSED YATRA Patna: After Nitish Kumar announced to launch a nationwide Yatra, BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi has claimed that the Bihar govt was purchasing a jet and a helicopter worth Rs 350 crore for this yatra. “Nitish Kumar wishes to roam wherever in the country but he will fail in his efforts to unite Opposition parties,” Modi claimed. INDIA NEW DELHI | FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2023 05 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia TMC LEADER SAKET GOKHALE DENIED BAIL IN ‘CROWDFUNDING’ CASE Ahmedabad: A court here on Thursday refused bail to Trinamool Congress spokesperson Saket Gokhale in a case related to alleged misuse of money collected through crowdfunding. Gokhale was subsequently sent to jail under judicial custody. Gokhale was arrested by the Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Branch from Delhi on December 30 in a case of alleged misuse of money collected through crowdfunding. He was sent in police custody (remand) till December 4. The FIR was registered on a complaint filed by an Ahmedabad city resident who claimed to have donated Rs 500 to Gokhale online. ANKITA MURDER: MORE TIME SOUGHT ON NARCO TEST Kotdwar: A court here on Thursday deferred its decision on a petition seek- ing narco and polygraph tests of the three accused in the Ankita Bhandari murder case to January 10. The court of judicial magistrate (first class) Bhavana Pandey deferred decision after the prosecu- tion sought more time to produce some Supreme Court guidelines in case the accused do not agree to undergo the test. First India Bureau Mumbai: Maharash- tra’s Opposition alli- ance, the Maha Vikas Aghadi on Thursday trained its guns on Ut- tar Pradesh Chief Min- ister Yogi Adityanath over his visit to Mum- bai to attract invest- ment in his state, saying there will be objection if he “snatches away” industries from the western state. The UP CM on Thurs- day held a roadshow in the city, inviting indus- trialists and entrepre- neurs to visit the north- ern state during the three-day ‘UP Global Investor Summit’ to be held in Lucknow on February 10-12. The Bharatiya Ja- nata Party (BJP) lead- er is travelling to eight states to promote the summit, covering big cities including Mum- bai, Bengaluru and Chennai. His roadshow in the financial capital sparked a war of words between the Opposi- tion and the ruling BJP in Maharashtra. The MVA—consist- ing of the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena—Uddhav Balasaheb Thacker- ay—advised the saffron leader to avoid politics during his visit. Oppn warns UP CM against ‘snatching’ Maha industries Palghar: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adi- tyanath visited Mumbai to “give” and not to “take away” anything, Maharashtra BJP chief Chan- drashekhar Bawankule said on Thursday. Earlier in the day, opposition partieshad criticized the UP CM’s visit to Mumbai, raising fears that he aimed to “snatch away” industries. “Yogi-ji is a Vidwan (learned man) and he will surely give something to the state. He has not come to take industries or Bollywood away,” Bawankule said. ADITYANATH CAME TO GIVE, NOT TO TAKE AWAY IND: MAHA BJP CHIEF
  • 7. INDIA NEW DELHI | FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2023 06 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia First India Bureau New Delhi: Significant push is being given to women empowerment in the defence forces whether in combat roles or medical servic- es, President Droupadi Murmu said on Thurs- day, calling for more number of women offic- ers in the Military Engi- neer Services (MES). Addressing officer trainees of the MES, who had called on the president at the Rash- trapati Bhavan, she said as young officers in the field of construction, they have the prime duty to care of the envi- ronment also. “We must move towards increased use of renewable ener- gy for sustainable devel- opment,” Murmu said. The president asked them to use informa- tion and communica- tion technologies to im- prove the service deliv- ery mechanism and move towards more ef- ficient governance. “Our soldiers are al- ways ready to lay down their lives for the coun- try and countrymen. You should feel privi- leged to provide service and support to the brave sons and daughters of the motherland,” she said. The officer trainees present were from the Indian Defence Service of Engineers, architect cadre and surveyor cad- re of the MES. “I would also like to emphasise the need for more number of wom- en officers in MES. In recent times, we have seen increase in partici- pation of women in our armed forces. Whether in combat roles or med- ical services of defence forces, a significant push is being given to women empowerment. This positive change would be hopefully vis- ible in military engi- neer services also,” Murmu said. Use cutting-edge technologies in projects: Murmu PRESIDENT’S PLEA President Droupadi Murmu with MES trainees in New Delhi. New Delhi (ANI): Un- ion Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday said that during its G20 Presiden- cy, India will focus on health emergencies pre- vention preparedness and response through One Health and AMR. “India’s G20 Presidency health priorities will be focussed on — health emergencies preven- tion preparedness and response,” he said. UsingaOneHealthap- proach, it helps design, implement and monitor programmes, policies and research on antimi- crobialresistance(AMR) surveillance to provide evidence and advance inter-sectoral collabora- tion between public health, animal and envi- ronmental health sec- tors to achieve better public health outcomes. India to focus on health emergency preparedness, says Mandaviya DONKEYS HAVE A FIELD DAY! Donkeys are on display for buyers at an annual donkey fair in Jejuri near Pune district in Maharashtra on Thursday. The fair is being held annually on Paush Poornima (full moon of Paush month) at ancient Khandoba temple in Jejuri. Manohar International Airport: Goa commences operations First India Bureau Panaji: Goa’s newly de- veloped Manohar Inter- national Airport, Mopa started its operations on Thursday. An event held at the airport saw the first passenger flight arrival and depar- ture at the Manohar In- ternational Airport. Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh joined the event virtually . Union MoS Shripad Naik and Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant were presentonthisoccasion. J’khand: Sand mafia attacks police Ranchi (Agencies): The sand mafia at- tacked police officers when they tried to pre- vent the illegal mining of sand from Barakar river in Hazaribagh dis- trict of Jharkhand. BDO-CO Prem Chand Sinha, ASI Ram Mahato and the police force were assaulted and at- tempted to be run over with a tractor. A police officer’s gun was snatched and thrown into the river, which was later recov- ered. In connection with the incident, Sinha lodged an FIR against 100 unidentified people involved in illegal sand mining and seven named accused in the Chauparan police sta- tion. Sinha alleged that the attackers snatched his gold chain, ring and Rs 4,000. He was also threatened he would be killed if he attempted to thwart sand mining. The accused who were named include Dwarika Mahato, San- jay Yadav, Vicky Yadav, Vinod Yadav, Mahendra Saav, Ravindra Rana and Indradev Yadav. Four such attacks on the police by the sand mafia have come to light in the state within the last two months. On December 24, a Hyva truck carrying sand illegally tried to run over a police party . Bengaluru (Agen- cies): Six persons were killed and 16 injured after an overloaded goods rickshaw they were travelling in rammed into a roadside tree near Vithal temple near Chinchanur vil- lage in Karnataka’s Ramdurg taluk in the early hours on Thurs- day, police said. As many as 23 people including women and children from Hu- lakund village in Ram- durg taluk hired a goods rickshaw to Yellamma temple in Savadatti ta- luk and started the journey at around 12am on Thursday. As the rickshaw was full, a few people sat on the seat beside the driver, who lost control on the vehi- cle, which rammed into the tree at around 1am. Hanumawwa Maga- di, 25, Deepa Harijan, 31, Savita Mundas, 17, Supriya Harijan, 11, and Yallappa Bannur, 42 were succumbed on the spot while Indraw- wa Siddametri, 42, died on the way to hospital. All the 16 others trav- elled in the vehicle were injured and they have been admitted to a government hospital at Gokak. 6 devotees killed, 16 hurt as goods rickshaw rams into tree in K’taka Water Vision@2047: Ministers’ conference begins in Bhopal First India Bureau Bhopal: The 1st All In- dia Annual States’ Min- isters Conference on “Water Vision@2047” began today in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The two days conference be- gan with the auspicious ‘Jal Kalash’ ceremony by the Chief Guest and Dignitaries. Delivering the Key- note address, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajen- dra Singh Shekhawat lauded the commitment of Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh to- wards water conserva- tion and for the unwa- veringeffortsputbyhim and the entire State gov- ernment in hosting this conference in Bhopal. He said “India has be- come a leader in the field of Water and Sani- tation under the guid- ance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. Wel- comingtheparticipants, the Union Minister said that Indian economy hascontinueditsgrowth trajectory despite COV- ID pandemic and it is estimated that by 2027, India will become the third largest economy in the world ahead of Germany and Japan. The Union Minister said, “there is a direct correlationbetweeneco- nomic growth and the consumption of elec- tricity and water. PM has given a clear road- map for becoming a 3 to 5 trillion dollar econo- my and further a 10 tril- lion dollar economy .” Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at the conference. Centre stays all eco-tourism activities at Sammed Shikharji First India Bureau New Delhi: Amid pro- testsbytheJaincommu- nity against Jharkhand govt’s decision to turn Sammed Shikharji Par- vat Kshetra an eco-tour- ismdestination,theCen- tral govt on Thursday stayed all such activities and directed the State government to immedi- atelytakeallstepsneces- sary to ensure the same. It came after Union Minister Bhupender Ya- dav held a meeting with representatives of Jain Community to discuss the issue and its solu- tion. According to the Ministry of Environ- ment, Forest and Cli- mate Change, the Union Minister specifically mentioned in the meet- ing that this Ministry recognizes the estab- lishedfactthat“Sammed Shikharji Parvat Kshet- ra is a sacred Jain reli- gious place not only for the Jain community but for the entire country .” CONG BLAMES BJP OF ‘COMMERCIALISING’ CENTRES OF JAINISM Union Minister Bhupender Yadav New Delhi (PTI): The Congress on Thursday said the BJP wants to “commercialise” the pilgrimage centres of Jainism in the country, accusing it of hurting the sentiments of the community. The Congress also demanded that the notification issued by Jharkhand government for acquiring the sacred mountain of Sammed Shikharji which was done by the previous Raghubar Das-led BJP government be with- drawn immediately. G20 PRESIDENCY Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. —PHOTO BY ANI 11 OMICRON SUB-VARIANTS FOUND DURING TESTING OF INT’L FLYERS New Delhi (PTI): Eleven Omicron sub-variants were found among the 124 international travel- lers who tested positive for COVID-19 between December 24 and Janu- ary 3 and the presence of all these variants was earlier reported in India, officials said on Thurs- day. They said 19,227 international travellers were tested in the said period, 124 of them were found Covid posi- tive and put in isolation. The sources said of the 124 positive samples, the genome-sequencing results of 40 were received, of which XBB was found in 14 samples and BF 7.4.1 in one sample.Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya urged citizens not to panic unnecessarily but remain alert, follow the directives issued by the government. BEDS RUN OUT AT BEIJING HOSPITALS AS COVID BRINGS MORE INFECTED PEOPLE Beijing: Patients, most of them elderly, were on stretchers in hallways and taking oxygen while sitting in wheelchairs as COVID-19 surges in China’s capital Beijing. The Chuiyangliu hospital in the city’s east was packed with newly ar- rived patients on Thursday. By morning beds had run out, even as ambulances continued to bring more patients. Medical staff rushed to take information and triage the most urgent cases.The surge in ill peo- ple needing hospital care follows China abandonment of its most severe pandem- ic restrictions last month after nearly three years of lockdowns, travels bans and school closures. AI flight ‘urinator’ will be arrested soon: Cops New Delhi (ANI): DelhiPoliceonThurs- day said that the man who allegedly urinat- ed on an elderly wom- an co-passenger on- board an Air India flight was a resident of Mumbai and will be arrested soon. “The accused is a resident of Mumbai, but his possible loca- tion is in some other state and the police team has reached there. We will arrest the accused at the ear- liest,” said Delhi Po- lice. On Wednesday , Delhi Police said that ithasformedteamsto nab the man who al- legedlyurinatedonan elderly co-passenger onboard an Air India flight from New York to Delhi in Novem- ber last year. MAN ALLEGEDLY MASTURBATES IN FRONT OF GIRL ON DELHI BUS, CRIES WHEN CAUGHT Delhi: In a shocking incident, a man masturbated in front of a girl in a DTC bus in Rohini area in the national capital, a DTC marshal alleged in a video. Reports suggest that the incident took place on Tues- day.When the accused was caught after the girl raised an alarm, he started crying. DGCA ISSUES SHOW CAUSE NOTICES TO AIRLINE OFFICIALS Mumbai (PTI): Holding that Air India’s conduct appeared to be “un- professional”, aviation regulator DGCA on Thursday issued notices to the officials and crew of the New York-Delhi flight, asking why action should not be taken against them for “der- eliction” of duty while handling the November 26 ‘urination’ incident. An inebriated man had allegedly urinated on his female co-passenger. ANOTHER MID-AIR ‘PEEING’ INCIDENT ON AIR INDIA FLIGHT New Delhi (PTI): After the November 26 incident on a New York- Delhi Air India flight, another episode of a “drunk” male passenger allegedly “urinating” on a blanket of a female passenger was reported on the Paris-Delhi sector but penal action was not pressed after the passenger gave a written apology, officials said on Thursday.This incident happened on December 6 on Air India flight 142. President Droupadi Murmu calls for more number of women officers in the Military Engineer —PHOTO BY VIJAYKUMAR HARISHCHANDRE
  • 8. NEW DELHI | FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2023 07 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Commodity Price Change % Chg GOLD 55,994.00 201.00 0.35 (Per 10g) SILVER 69,286.00 1475.00 2.12 (Per 1kg) COMMODITIES Currency Price Change % Chg USDINR 82.50 0.32 0.38 GBPINR 99.31 0.56 0.56 CURRENCIES India Inc likely to get cautious about hiring in Q12023 New Delhi (PTI): Corpo- rate India is indicating cautious hiring in the March quarter of 2023 as concerns rise over possible recession and steady infla- tion, a survey said. According to the Man- powerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, based on interviews with nearly 3,030 public and private em- ployers, hiring intentions will decrease in the quarter both on year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter basis. During the quarter, 48% employers expect to in- crease their staffing levels, 16% anticipate a decrease in hiring intent and 34% do not anticipate any change in hiring, resulting in a net employment outlook of 32%. When compared to the same period last year (January-March 2022), hir- ing sentiments have weak- ened by 17 percentage points and by 22 percentage points when compared to the previous quarter. “Employers are cautious due to the impending reces- sion and deepening global slowdown which also cre- ated a stir in the IT sector during the previous quar- ter,” Sandeep Gulati, Man- aging Director, Manpower- Group India said. Citing reports, Gulati said 33% of Indian CEOs have implemented a hiring freeze. “India may be im- pacted in the short term but in a country with the GDP net growth of 7%, the market is expected to see a balanced approach with growth in the tech sector and startups,” he said. ON IMPENDING RECESSION, GLOBAL SLOWDOWN MAJOR FINDINGS z Hiring intentions will decrease in the March quarter of 2023 both on year-on-year and quarter-on- quarter basis z During the quarter, 48% employers expect to up their staffing levels, 16% anticipate a decrease in hiring and 34% don’t anticipate any change business BRIEFS New Delhi: State-owned Convergence Energy Ser- vices Ltd (CESL) on Thursday said it has float- ed a tender for 4,675 electric buses worth `5,000 crore. This is the second tender under the National Electric Bus Pro- gramme (NEBP), a com- pany statement said. Also, this is the third ten- der for electric buses fol- lowing the ‘Grand Chal- lenge’ tender of 5,450 e- buses that catalyzed this business and a recently concluded tender for 6,465 e-buses. —PTI CESL FLOATS TENDER FOR 4,675 ELECTRIC BUSES New Delhi: Global tech- nology brand Xiaomi on Thursday launched the Redmi Note 12 series, which includes Note 12 Pro+ 5G, Note 12 Pro 5G, and Note 12 5G, for con- sumers in India. Redmi Note 12 5G starts at `17,999, Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G at `24,999, and Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G at `29,999, and all will be available from the compa- ny’s official website and online and offline stores. The 12 Pro+ 5G comes equipped with the 200-megapixel pro-grade HPX Sensor combined with Xiaomi’s super opti- cal image stabilisation (OIS). —FIB XIAOMI LAUNCHES REDMI NOTE 12 SERIES IN INDIA New Delhi: Godrej Con- sumer Products Ltd (GCPL) expects a double- digit sales growth in the domestic market for the December 2022 quarter. This is backed by low sin- gle-digit volume growth said the Godrej Group’s FMCG arm in its quarterly update for the third quar- ter of FY23. “There has also been a sequential im- provement from high sin- gle-digit sales growth and mid-single-digit volume decline in the previous quarter,” it said. —PTI GCPL AIMS DOUBLE DIGIT DOMESTIC SALES GROWTH New Delhi: Sundarara- man Ramamurthy has as- sumed charge as Manag- ing Director and Chief Ex- ecutive Officer of leading stock exchange BSE. In a regulatory filing last year, BSE said that markets regulator Sebi has ap- proved the appointment of Ramamurthy as its Managing Director Chief Executive Officer. “Sundararaman Rama- murthy has assumed charge as Managing Di- rector and Chief Executive Officer of BSE,” the ex- change said in a release on Wednesday. —PTI RAMAMURTHY TAKES CHARGE AS MD, CEO OF BSE *Rates till the edition went to print. COAL DISPATCH TO DIFFERENT SECTORS RISES 5% IN DEC 2022 New Delhi: The dispatch of coal to different sectors was at 78.91 million tonnes (MT) in December, registering a rise of 5.28%. The coal dis- patch in Dec 2021 was 74.95 MT. “During Dec 2022, CIL (Coal India), SCCL (Singareni Collieries Company Ltd) and captive mines/others registered a growth of 3.57%, 17.89% and 8.85% by despatching 62.72 MT, 6.72 MT and 9.46 MT (of coal) respectively,” as per the provisional figures of coal ministry. The dispatch of coal to the power sector increased by 4.26% to 65.65 MT during the last month. —PTI RBI ALLOWS 6 ENTITIES TO TEST FINTECH PRODUCTS Gurugram: Six entities, includ- ing HSBC and Creditwatch, have been allowed to test their fintech products to prevent and mitigate financial fraud as part of the fourth cohort under the Reserve Bank of India’s regu- latory sandbox scheme. Regu- latory sandbox refers to the live testing of new products or services in a controlled/ test regulatory environment for which the regulators may permit certain relaxations. The Reserve Bank announced the opening of the fourth cohort under the regulatory sandbox in June 2022 for the preven- tion and mitigation of financial fraud. —PTI INDIA INC BEATS US FIRMS IN OFFICE LEASING: CBRE New Delhi: Indian companies have overtaken American firms in gross leas- ing of office space for the first time, with almost a 50% share in the total demand, according to CBRE India. In its report released on Thursday, CBRE said that the gross leas- ing of office space rose 40% in 2022 to 56.6 million square feet across nine major cities from 40.5 million square feet in the previous year. Out of the total absorption of office space in 2022, 27.73 million square feet area was leased by domestic firms while 20.37 million square feet by Ameri- can companies, according to CBRE. —PTI POLICY TO MAKE ADOPTION OF IST MUST ON ANVIL, SAYS GOVT New Delhi: The government is planning to come out with a comprehensive policy for mandatory adoption of IST nation- wide, a senior consumer affairs ministry official said. The purpose is to ensure syn- chronization of all networks and computers to IST and adoption of IST by Telecom Service Providers, ISP, power grids, banks, stock exchange, etc, the official said. Pres- ently, IST is not being adopted mandatorily by all telecom and internet service providers. They are utilising the servers synchronised to other sources such as GNSS. —PTI HAMDARD SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH MET CITY TO BUILD FOOD PARK CLUSTER IN JHAJJAR Gurugram: Model Economic Township Limited, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on Thursday said that it is developing a Greenfield Smart city near Gurugram and announced the signing of a definitive agreement with Hamdard Group for setting up a world-class manufacturing facility at the city. According to an official release, Hamdard is developing its Hamdard Food Park Cluster (HFPC) to manufacture some of its core food categories on approximately 10 acres of land at MET City. —ANI OTHER STORIES India’s GDP growth to dip to 5.5 per cent in FY24: HSBC New Delhi (FIB): India’s economy is expected to grow 5.5% in the next fi- nancial year, a notch below the expected potential rate of 6%, as growth momen- tum in the country was slowing gradually, an econ- omist at HSBC said. The Indian economy is expected to grow by 6.8% in the current financial year. “While both exports and imports have slowed over the last few months, the for- merhasslowedmoresharp- ly than the latter, indicating a sharper fall in the global growth momentum,” Pran- jul Bhandari, chief India and Indonesia economist at HSBC said. Economists at the bro- kerage expect domestic de- mand to remain stronger as compared to global de- mand, the note said, adding that demand for goods— higher than services de- mand during the pandemic —has fallen in recent months. “Urban demand has far outstripped rural demand over 2022, but is also mod- erating since mid-2022, led primarily by goods,” the note added. Rural demand, which has been weak throughout 2022, could tick higher though due to strong sowing during the winter season and moder- ating rural inflation. TOP TALKING POINTS z The Indian economy grew 8.7% in year ended March 2022, and is expected to grow by 6.8 per cent in the current financial year z A Reserve Bank of India survey of professional forecasters released in December 2022 had pegged growth at 6 per cent in 2023/24 Capital infusion in Vodafone Idea under discussion: Min Bhubaneswar (PTI): Debt-ridden telecom firm Vodafone Idea has various requirements, including infusion of capital, and dis- cussions on this front are going on, telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said. VIL, reeling under debt burden of over `2 lakh crore, has opted for con- verting about `16,000 crore of interest liability payable to the government into eq- uity, which will amount to around a 33% stake in the company while promoters’ holding will come down to 50% from 74.99%. ‘Vodafone (Idea) has many requirements. It has a particular requirement of capital. How much capi- tal, who will infuse? All those things are under dis- cussion at this point of time,” Vaishnaw said. VIL has offered a stake to the government at a par value of `10 per share. JIO, AIRTEL 5G SERVICES LAUNCHED IN BHUBANESWAR Bhubaneswar (PTI): Telecom operators Jio and Bharti Airtel on Thursday started their 5G ser- vices in the Odisha state capital. Union Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the centre has sanctioned a total of `5,600 crore for telecom services in Odisha in the 2022-23 and 5,000 mobile towers will be installed across the state for world class communication facilities. He had committed to start 5G services in the state before January 26. BSNL TO START 5G SERVICES IN 2024 Bhubaneswar (PTI): State-owned BSNL will start 5G services in 2024, Union Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Thursday. BSNL has shortlisted a TCS and C-DOT led consortium for rolling out 4G network, which will be upgraded to 5G in about a year of placing the order under the contract. “BSNL will start 5G services in 2024,” Vaishnaw said. Domestic air passenger traffic grows 15% in Dec Mumbai (PTI): Domestic air passenger traffic grew 15% year-on-year to around 129 lakh in December 2022 but remained 1% lower than the December 2019, Icra said on Thursday . In the April-December period of the current fiscal, domestic passenger traffic is estimated at around 986 lakh, registering around 63% y-o-y growth and lower by approximately 9% com- pared to April-December 2019, it said. At the same time, the airlines deployed slightly higher capacity (less than 1%) in the previ- ous month over the year- ago period, Icra said, add- ing that it, however, was lower by around 7% than the pre-COVID levels. Markets settle lower for 2nd day Mumbai (PTI): Equity benchmarks ended lower for the second straight ses- sion on Thursday, dragged down by banking and fi- nance counters and contin- uous foreign fund outflows. The 30-share BSE Sensex ended 304.18 points or 0.50% lower at 60,353.27 af- ter it failed to hold on to initial gains. During the day, it fell 607.61 points or 1% to 60,049.84. The broader NSE Nifty dipped 50.80 points or 0.28% to end at 17,992.15. From the Sensex pack, Bajaj Finance tanked 7.21%. The other major laggards were Bajaj Fin- serv, ICICI Bank, Infosys, Titan, Power Grid, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Tech Mahindra, Wipro and Bharti Airtel. ITC, Hindustan Unilever, NTPC, Mahindra Mahin- dra, Nestle and Larsen Toubro were the major winners. RUPEE GAINS 32 PAISE TO CLOSE AT 82.50 AGAINST US DOLLAR Mumbai (PTI): The rupee gained 32 paise to close at 82.50 (pro- visional) against the US dollar on Thursday, supported by a weaker greenback overseas. At the inter- bank foreign exchange market, the local unit opened at 82.75 and touched an intra-day high of 82.50 and a low of 82.80 against the greenback. It finally ended at 82.50, registering a rise of 32 paise over its previous close. Total vehicle retail sales jump 15% in 2022: FADA New Delhi (PTI): Retail sales of overall vehicles in India grew by 15.28% to 2,11,20,441 units in 2022 led by record sales of passen- ger vehicles and tractors, Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) said on Thursday . In 2021, total retail sales of vehicles in India were at 1,83,21,760 units, FADA said in a statement. Two-wheelers retail sales stood at 1,53,88,062 units last year, a growth of 13.37% from 2021 when sales stood at 1,35,73,682 units. Passenger vehicles (PV) retail sales were at 34,31,497 units in 2022, as against 29,49,182 units in 2021, up 16.35%, it added. FADA President Manish Raj Singhania said, “For CY2022, while total vehicle retails grew by 15% year- on-year.” HOUSING SALES AT DECADAL HIGH IN 2022 New Delhi (PTI): Sales of residential apartments, which rose 68% in 2022, are likely to sustain this year on likely moderation in in- flation and better price deals from builders, ac- cording to JLL India. In a statement, JLL India on Thursday said that the sale of apartments grew 68% to 2,15,666 units in 2022 from 1,28,064 units in the previous year across seven major cities—Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Hy- derabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune. Mumbai includes Mum- bai city, Mumbai suburbs, Thane city and Navi Mum- bai. The annual sales of 2,15,666 units recorded in 2022, the highest in over a decade, next to the peak seen in 2010 at 2,16,762 units, it added. On the outlook, JLL In- dia said, “Sales momentum is likely to sustain in 2023 on the expectations of moderating inflation sup- porting a reversal in repo rate hikes”.
  • 9. NEW DELHI | FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2023 08 2NDFRONT www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Risks help us to make the leap from mediocrity to greatness. Go deep and listen to the inner voice within you, Trust it and then leap! —Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO Editor-in-Chief, First India DOUBLE-ENGINE GOVT WORKED WITHDOUBLESEVABHAAV:SHAH ‘2023 POLLS FOR COMMUNIST-FREE TRIPURA’ SISODIA’S DEFAMATION CASE Agartala (ANI): Un- ion Home Minister Amit Shah on Thurs- day said that the ‘Jan Vishwas Yatra’ has been launched to en- sure the overall devel- opment of Tripura. “We are carrying out this march with the aim to make the state keep pace with industries and people should know the state as Advanced Tripura, Best Tripura, and Prosperous Tripu- ra (Unnat Tripura, Shreshth Tripura, Sam- ruddha Tripura)” In his address in North Tripu- ra, Amit Shah empha- sised that the upcoming polls in the state aim at making the state free from Communists. Shah said that the BJP aims at making Tripura where every youngster can get a job in the state itself, each female is safe and pro- tected, and the tribals have their rights, each house gets clean drink- ing water and a hospital for every person. Exuding confidence of victory in the upcom- ing polls, Shah said that the name of the yatra has been rightly kept as the government wins people’s trust only on the basis of the work. He said that the party will show how they have stood up to the people’s expectations by walking a 1,000 km march, over 200 public meetings, over 100 padayatras, and 50 roadshows for eight days as it would cover the state’s 60 constituen- cies. He said, “Under PM Modi’s leadership, both of our leaders Bi- plab Deb and Manik Saha, we have fulfilled all four promises of Railway , Internet, High- ways, and Airways.” Mentioning that the Prime Minister has tak- en a sheer resolve to preserve ‘Jal, Jangal and Zameen’, Union Home Minister said that their “double-en- gine government” has worked with “double Seva-Bhaav and Samar- pan in Tripura.” “The Tripura which was once known for drug trafficking, vio- lence, intrusion and massive anti-national activities is now known for her development, ex- cellent infrastructure, achievements in Sports, rising investments and organic farming activi- ties,” he said. Assembly polls in Tripura are slated for 2023. Tripura BJP has aimed to start the ‘Jan Vishwas Yatra’ pro- gramme to strengthen the party support base in the state. Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha and BJP MP Biplab Deb during a rally at Sabroom in South Tripura district, Thursday. BJP supporters during the launch of the party’s ‘Jan Vishwas Yatra’ by Union Home Minister Amit Shah at Dhamanagar in poll- bound Tripura, Thursday. —PHOTOS BY PTI ‘RAHUL BABA, LISTEN, RAM MANDIR WILL BE READY BY JAN 1’ Sabroom (PTI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday an- nounced that the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will be ready by January 1 next year. Address- ing a public rally here in poll-bound Tripura, Shah said that the Con- gress and CPI(M) had put the Ram Mandir issue in the jurisdiction of the court for long, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for it after the Supreme Court’s order. “Rahul baba, listen from Sabroom, that a mammoth Ram Mandir will be ready on Janu- ary 1, 2024,” he said attacking Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. At Sabroom in South Tripura district, Shah flagged off a BJP rath yatra, the second one during the day after Dharmanagar in North Tripura district, aimed at highlighting the state government’s achieve- ments ahead of the assembly elections due early this year. The country is safe at the hands of Modi, the union minister said. “Ten days after the Pul- wama incident in Kash- mir, Indian soldiers went inside Pakistan carried out a successful operation under Modi’s leadership,” he said. PM Modi to flag off Ganga Vilas Cruise on January 13 First India Bureau New Delhi: Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi is slated to flag off the world’s longest river cruise, “Ganga Vilas,” from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi to Dibrugarh in Assam on January 13. The cruise which will cover 3,200 kilometres in 50 days it will pass through 27 river sys- tems in India and Bang- ladesh, and tourists will be taken to over 50 tour- ist spots, including world heritage sites. “Prime Minister Nar- endra Modi will flag off the world’s longest cruise tour from Vara- nasi in Uttar Pradesh to Assam to Dibrugarh via Bangladesh on January 13,” the Information and Public Relations Department of UP said in a tweet in Hindi. Though the administra- tion is yet to receive any formal programme of Modi from the Prime Minister’s Office, the district administration has already started the preparations. The cruise will be flaggedoff fromthejetty boarding point opposite Ravidas Ghat. Varanasi Divisional Commissioner Kaushal Raj Sharma and Dis- trict Magistrate S Ra- jalingam have given necessary instructions in this regard to the of- ficials of the Culture department, Tourism department, and Inland Waterways Transport. —REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE The 2023 polls are in- tended to free Tripura from Communists. Earlier, there used to be a certain cadre whose permission was re- quired to do every day- to-day task, but now you cannot see the com- munist here anymore. —Amit Shah, Union Home Minister ANOTHER YEAR WISER Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi being garlanded on his birthday at his residence in New Delhi on Thursday. —PHOTO BY PTI CJI RECUSES FROM HEARING CONTEMPT PLEA AGAINST KAMRA New Delhi (PTI): Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Thursday recused himself from hearing a batch of pleas seek- ing contempt action against stand-up co- median Kunal Kam- ra for his alleged scandalous tweets against the judiciary . A bench headed by the CJI took up the pe- titions and said, “We will place this matter before a bench of which I (CJI) am not a part because the com- ments (tweets) were made on the order, which I have passed.” The bench compris- ing Justice PS Nar- asimha then listed the matter after 2 weeks and the CJI, in his administrative ca- pacity will now as- sign the case to an- other bench. Kamra started pub- lishing the tweets on Nov 11, 2020, when the top court was hearing an appeal of Arnab Goswami against the Bombay High Court’s order rejecting the journal- ist’s plea for interim bail in a 2018 abet- ment-to-suicide case. The order granting interim bail to Gos- wami was passed by a bench headed by Jus- tice Chandrachud. ‘AN ASSAULT ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH’ A JOURNEY OF 50 DAYS Tihar top officials accuse Satyendar Jain of intimidation, lodge complaint New Delhi (PTI): Top officials of Tihar Jail have accused minister Satyendar Jain of threatening and intimi- dating them com- plained against him to Director-General,sourc- es said on Thursday . Sources said the Ad- ditional Inspector Gen- eral - Prisons (Tihar Jail), Superintendent of Jail No. 07 (SCJ-7), Deputy Superinten- dent, Assistant Super- intendent and the Law Officer complained to the Director-General (Prisons) that Jain had been “abusing them and threatening them with dire consequences once he gets out of the prison”. “Jain has been blatantly intimidating these officers and others for their acts trying to prevent him from avail- ing facilities of mas- sage, lavish food and other VIP treatments that came to the fore re- cently ,” a source said. Two officials com- plained against Jain in an “incident report” on December 8. They claimed that Jain threat- enedthemwhentheyhad gone to serve a show- cause notice to him ac- cording to Rule 1,272 of DPR,2018,withrespectto PunishmentTickets,per- taining to November 25, dealing with “Jain’s mis- demeanours in the jail”. Foreign varsities can now set up campuses in India, decide fees New Delhi (PTI): For the first time, foreign universities will be able to set up their campuses in India with the UGC on Thursday unveiling draft norms for their establishment and op- erations in the coun- try, under which these varsities can also de- cide on the admission process, fee structure and repatriate its funds back home. Noting that foreign universities with cam- puses in the country can only offer full-time programmes in offline mode and not online or distance learning, UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said the foreign universi- ties and Higher Educa- tion Institutions (HEIs) will need a nod from the UGC to set up their campuses in India. The initial approval will be for 10 years and will be renewed in the ninth year subject to the meeting of certain conditions, he added and clarified that these institutions shall not offer any such study programme which jeopardises the nation- al interest of India or the standards of high- er education here. FUNDS FUNDING The cross-border move- ment of funds will be as per the Foreign Exchange Management Act. “Cross- border movement of funds and maintenance of For- eign Currency Accounts, mode of payments, remittance, repatriation, and sale of proceeds, if any, shall be as per FEMA, 1999,” UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said. NO REACTION FROM AAP GOVT Officials claimed that Jain threatened them when they had gone to serve a showcause notice to him according to Rule 1,272 of DPR, 2018, with respect to Punishment Tickets, per- taining to November 25, dealing with “Jain’s mis- demeanours in the jail”. There was no immediate reaction from the AAP or the Delhi government. —REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE New Delhi (ANI): The Delhi HC on Thursday stayed the trial court proceedingsagainstBJP leaders Manjinder Sin- gh Sirsa and Hans Raj Hans in a defamation case filed by Delhi Depu- ty CM Manish Sisodia. Sisodia had filed a caseagainstseveralBJP leaders in 2019 for alleg- ing corruption in the construction of class- rooms in Delhi’s govern- ment schools. “The ac- cused persons were is- sued summons by a court on November 28, 2019, in the case,” the court noted. The bench decided to stay the pro- ceedings going before AdditionalChief Metro- politan Magistrate in Rouse Avenue Court. High Court stays trial against BJP leaders New IDs for MPs for new Parliament building New Delhi (PTI): The Lok Sabha Sec- retariat has started preparing new identity cards for MPs to access the new Parliament building, sources said. The MPs are also being trained on the audiovisual devices to be used in the new building. “A Smart Card- based Identity Card is being prepared for the Members of Parliament,” the Lok Sabha Secre- tariat said. Manjinder Singh Sirsa (L), Hans Raj Hans (C), Manish Sisodia (R)
  • 10. www.firstindia.co.in I https://firstindia.co.in/epapers/delhi I twitter.com/ thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 09 NEW DELHI, FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2023 TheAllureof ronze is a gor- geous tint with various features that is well-known for its distinctive tone and natural characteristics. Bronze is a hue that stands on its own. It is most commonly linked with strength, stability, and support. It is in- credibly grounded and requires minimal aid. Bronze, if it were a person, would surely have a big head on its shoulders. This is why many colours try to be more bronze-like. Bronze is self- lessly supportive. It’s always looking for opportunities to lift others up, which is why this as- tonishing hue is held in such high regard. Bronze is selflessly supportive. It’s always looking for opportunities to lift others up, which is why this dazzling hue is held in such high regard. The state of Ebla was organ- ised as a redistributive system during the Early Bronze Age: commodities were gathered by the central authority from its own farms and communities. The things gathered were subse- quentlydistributedtothewealthy and governmental personnel. Textual records from these trans- actions, which indicate the sorts and amount of collected prod- ucts, have been researched by ar- chaeologists. Depending on posi- tion, men and women wear different clothes. A robe or cloak, a skirt, and a multi- coloured kilt folded three times were typical outfits for males of greater status. Lower-status men wore a type of kilt made of lower- quality fabric. A high-ranking woman would often wear an outer garment that covered her entire body from shoulders to feet. Women of lesser rank wore a long robe that was fastened with a toggle pin. They were also dressed in stole. A person’s attire quali- fied them. Similarly to how gold-encrusted jewellery and weaponry commu- nicated wealth and rank, some kinds of clothing were considered pres- tige products. Bronze is a beautiful colour that is both welcoming and appealing. Bronze is a loyal and social hue, so you’ll always feel accepted when you’re surrounded by it. City First brings to you some dazzling outfits in the most appealing colour of all time! B UTTKARSHA SHEKHAR uttkarsha.shekhar@firstindia.co.in