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RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 302 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper
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After 30 years on Chaitra Navratri, this time an auspicious combination of
Amrit Siddhi Yoga, Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga, Shash Yoga and Ashwini Nakshatra is
going to happen. Let us worship ‘Maa Shailputri’
, one of the most divine forms of
Goddess Durga today. First India wishes its readers a very ‘Happy Navratri’!
GHATASTHAPANA
Abhijit Muhurat — 11:57 AM to 12:48 PM
MODI’SRISEFROM
‘POOR’TO‘POWER’!
PM KICKSTARTS BJP’S MEGA MAHARASHTRA CAMPAIGN WITH CHANDRAPUR RALLY
Moni Sharma
Chandrapur
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi addressed a public
meeting in Maharashtra’s
Chandrapur on Monday.
During stirring address to
the people of Maharash-
tra, PM Modi empha-
sized importance of sta-
bility and development
while urging support for
the BJP-NDAcandidates
in the upcoming Lok
Sabha elections. Speak-
ing at public meeting,
PM Modi highlighted
progress made in various
sectors & called for con-
tinued efforts towards the
betterment of the nation.
Addressing the enthu-
siastic crowd, PM Modi
highlighted the trans-
formative initiatives un-
dertaken by the govt for
the development of Ma-
harashtra and Vidarbha,
reinstating schemes and
projects that had been
stalled by previous ad-
ministrations. Reflecting
on the contrasting visions
of stability and instability
in upcoming elections,
PM Narendra Modi con-
trasted the BJP-NDA’s
commitment to decisive
action for the country’s
progress with the Con-
gress and I.N.D.I Alli-
ance’s focus on self-serv-
ing interests. The PM
also said that Modi did
not become the Prime
Minister by being born in
a royal family, instead,
Narendra Modi was born
in a poor family, lived
among you people and
has come this far. P5
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Maharashtra Minister for Cultural Affairs Sudhir
Mungantiwar during a public meeting for the Lok Sabha elections, as Chief Minister Eknath Shinde
and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis look on, during rally in Chandrapur on Monday.
‘CENTRE’S TIMELY
INTERVENTION
SAVED MANIPUR’
PM Modi
on Monday
stressed the
need for collective
responsibility to deal
with Manipur situation
sensitively and said
there has been a
marked improvement
in the situation due
to timely intervention
of Centre and efforts
made by state govt.
In an interview to As-
sam Tribune, PM said
Centre has dedicated
its best resources
and administrative
machinery to resolv-
ing Manipur conflict.
PM MODI’S J&K
AND RAJASTHAN
TOUR ON APRIL 12
For the past
10 years, the
Congress has
been out of power. You
have given the NDA a full
majority. We have provided
a permanent solution to
the country’s major
problems. Today, not only
Maharashtra but the entire
country has weakened
Naxalism.
NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
 PM emphasizes the need
for stability and develop-
ment in upcoming elections
 PM commends unwaver-
ing spirit of Maharashtra’s
residents and their contri-
bution to the grand Ram
temple in Ayodhya
 PM Modi highlights the
transformative initiatives
for Maharashtra’s develop-
ment, reinstating stalled
projects for rapid progress
 I.N.D.I.A bloc has pushed
country into instability: Modi
 Bitter gourd can never
be sweet even if mixed
with ghee or sugar. It also
implies to Cong Due to its
misdeeds, today Congress
party has lost public support
within the country, says PM
11:00 AM
Udhampur
PUBLIC MEETING
11:45 AM
Barmer
PUBLIC MEETING
04:45 PM
Dausa
MEGA ROAD SHOW
CM SHARMA GREETS PANDIT DHIRENDRA SHASTRI
Barmer visit successful after meeting Guruji: CM
Suryaveer Singh Tanwar
and Ashok Shera
Jaisalmer/Barmer
hief Minister
Bhajan Lal
Sharma’s heli-
copter made an emergen-
cy landing due to a tech-
nical glitch while going
from Jaisalmer to Barmer
on Monday. After the pi-
lot made a safe landing,
the CM had to alight and
wait at the civil airport
lounge for about 3 hours.
Later he left for Barmer
by chartered plane at 5
pm. Due to a malfunction
in helicopter, his meeting
which was to be held in
Saundri area of Barmer
also had to be cancelled.
In this context, CM Bha-
jan Lal reached Jaisalmer
from Bikaner at 12:00 on
Sunday night on 2-day
visit. The CM also held
discussion with current
MP and candidate Kai-
lash Choudhary. In the
CM’s meeting, the step-
motherly treatment given
by the MP to Jaisalmer in
the last 5 years was dis-
cussed in a hushed voice.
At Barmer, CM Sharma
and Pandit Dhirendra
Shastri were given a huge
welcome. During this,
CM Sharma had also ad-
dressed the crowd and
said, “My coming to
Barmer was successful
after Guruji’s darshan.”
Notably a huge crowd
gathered to see Bagesh-
war Dham baba. P8
C
Cong faces revolt in Banswara &
Bagidora, 2 expelled for 6 years
Naresh Sharma & Dinesh Dangi
Jaipur
Once again the Congress
was seen in trouble re-
garding the Banswara
Lok Sabha and Bagidora
Assembly by-elections.
First the party discussed
forming an alliance with
BAPon this seat and then
when things didn’t work
out, the nomination was
filed at the last minute.
During the day, candi-
dates were fielded at both
the places and the nomi-
nations of Arvind Damor
from Banswara and Ka-
poor Singh from Bagi-
dora were filed. Later the
party suddenly decided
to support BAP. Duo did
not follow party’s deci-
sion and did not with-
draw their nominations.
Congress considered it as
gross indiscipline and
then expelled both of
them for 6 years. How-
ever, despite the expul-
sion, both would remain
Congress candidates be-
cause according to the
rules of the EC, either the
candidate withdraws his
nomination or his nomi-
nation is rejected due to
some reason, only then
can a candidate not con-
test election. But both
things did not happen in
this instance and hence
technically still both will
remain Cong candidates.
CM SHARMA’S ROAD
SHOW IN BANSUR TODAY
Chief Minister Bha-
jan Lal Sharma will
hold a road show in
Bansur on Tuesday in sup-
port of BJP candidate. CM’s
road show will start from 4
pm and after the road show,
CM will address a huge
public meeting. Notably,
th road show starting from
Subhash Chowk, Bansur,
Kotputli stand and will reach
Ramlila Maidan via Dangal
Chowk. Chief Minister will
address the public meeting
at Ramlila Maidan. Mean-
while, CM Sharma’s tour of
Didwana was cancelled.
First India Bureau
Lucknow
Former Uttar Pradesh Di-
rector General of Police
(DGP) Vijay Kumar,
who retired from the post
nearly two months ago,
joined the BJPalong with
his wife on Monday, stat-
ing that he will follow the
party’s instructions on
contesting LS elections.
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Suspended Maldivian
minister Mariyam Shiu-
na issued an apology on
Monday following up-
roar over a deleted social
media post allegedly dis-
respecting the Indian Na-
tional Flag. The post,
which has since been re-
moved, featured an op-
position party’s cam-
paign poster with what
appeared to be theAshok
Chakra that appears on
the white central band.
“The MDP is heading to-
wards a big slip. The peo-
ple of Maldives don’t
want to fall and slip with
them,” the post read. Lat-
er, due to backlash and
outrage, Shiuna deleted
the post before issuing an
apology.
Former Uttar
Pradesh DGP
Vijay joins BJP
Apology for Indian flag
post: Maldives ex-min
IN BRIEF
Suryatilak for Ram
Lalla in Ayodhya on
first Ram Navami
Ayodhya: Lucky devo-
tees of lord Ram could
get a chance to witness
first Suryatilak of Ram
Lalla on this Ram Nava-
mi. Experts from CBRI
are camping in Ayodhya
to lay down optomechan-
ical system on ground
floor of Ram Temple in
collaboration with scien-
tists from Indian Institute
of Astrophysics. P6
Delhi High Court to pronounce verdict in Kejriwal’s
petition challenging arrest by ED at 2:30 pm today
New Delhi: Delhi HC is scheduled to deliver on Tuesday
its verdict on a plea by CM Arvind Kejriwal, who is in
judicial custody in a money laundering case linked with
the alleged excise scam, challenging his arrest. As per the
cause list uploaded on HC’s website, Justice Swarana
Kanta Sharma will pronounce the order at 2:30 pm today.
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NIFTY
haitra Shukla
P r a t i p a d a
stands synony-
mous to strong
d e c i s i o n s
which have been taken in In-
dia to script a new story: a
story of development, a story
of growth, a story of spiritu-
ality, a story of the victory of
dharma over adharma, a sto-
ry of victory of justice over
injustice and much more…
Today, when we are ac-
cording a warm welcome to
Vikram Sanwat 2081, the
occasion immediately takes
us back to the old memory
lanes when Rajasthan was
born as a new state on the
map of India with the ear-
nest efforts taken by iron-
man Sardar Vallabhbhai Pa-
tel on this auspicious occa-
sion at 10.40 am.
Sardar Patel was a vision-
ary man who well under-
stood the significance of this
day and hence he said, “To-
day is the new beginning of
the new year in Rajputana.
Today, year changes. This is
a new year, so we should un-
derstand the significance of
the new Maha-Rajasthan.
Today, we should purify our
hearts and pray to God to
help us become worthy Ra-
jasthanis for the state of Ra-
jasthan. May God give us
strength and wisdom to up-
lift Rajasthan and serve the
Rajputani people. Today on
this auspicious day, we have
to seek blessings from God.
I hope that all of you will
join me in this pledge to
serve Rajasthan, in this
prayer, he said.
Today, when Rajasthan has
already completed 75 years
of its existence and forma-
tion, this auspicious day of
Varsha Pratipada is an oppor-
tune time to yet again offer
the same prayer to God. Fur-
ther, this is also an opportu-
nity to pledge to work whole-
heartedly for the develop-
ment of Rajasthan during the
ongoing Amrit Kaal. Varsha
Pratipada is a symbol of our
self-pride. This Pratipada in-
spires us to make strong ef-
forts for the nation. Today,
Rajasthan is ready to take a
big leap, leaving behind five
years of intense darkness,
disappointment, fear and de-
spair. In the last four months,
due to the efforts of the BJP
governments at the Cen-
tre and the State, new
saplings of hope and expecta-
tions have blossomed
amongst the minds of the
common people of the state.
They have started feeling that
the state can script a new
story of development in the
next five years by keeping
pace with the visionary think-
ing of the country’s success-
ful Prime Minister Narendra
Modi. I believe that during
the Lok Sabha election to be
held in the beginning of Sam-
vat 2081, voters of the coun-
try and state will take the
right decision in the national
interest taking clues from the
development story being
scripted in the last 10 years
on the national map and in
four months in Rajasthan.
In fact, on the occasion of
New Year, we all need to un-
derstand the implications of
the new message being given
by the nature silently and
smartly. Let’s understand this
message by reading between
the lines of renowned poet
Suryakant Nirala who said,
‘Nav Gati, Nav Lay, Taal
Chhand Nav, Naval Kanth
Nav Jalad Mandra Rav, Nav
Nabh ke Nav Vihag Vrand ko
Nav per Nav Swar de.’These
lines reflect the sentiments of
the New Year which symbol-
ise new thinking, new energy
and new excitement. Nature
wears a new look with new
leaves and new branches, and
grains are harvested on this
occasion which symbolise
with prosperity.
In India, the tradition of
welcoming the New Year on
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is
not without reason. It has
deep implications related to
creation, nature, religion, and
science. Varsha Pratipada is a
cultural festival to purify
oneself. There is a feeling of
dedication and revival which
is done by synergising with
nature. It is said in Brahma-
puran that the beginning of
the creation of earth took
place on the Pratipada of
Chaitra Shukla and from this
auspicious, started the time
calculation in India.
This day also stands syn-
onymous to traditions and
festivities; this festival of
New Year is celebrated with
different names at different
places like Ugadi, Chet-
ichand, Gudi Padwa etc.
Ever since I have memory, I
have been observing the pro-
cess of wearing new clothes
on Varsha Pratipada, deco-
rating the house with flags,
banners, bandhanwar, doing
charity and bringing Neem
branches home.
Elderly people give neem
shoots to chew on this day, so
that the body’s immunity re-
mains intact. From a histori-
cal point of view, Vikramadi-
tya and his Digvijayini army
had driven the Shakas out of
India and re-established hap-
piness, peace and prosperity
in the country. Emperor
Vikramaditya had started
‘Vikram Samvat’ from Var-
sha Pratipada to commemo-
rate the defeat of Shakas and
our victory over them. It is
also believed that after the
killing of Ravana for the es-
tablishment of religion, the
coronation of Lord Ram,
took place on the year Prati-
pada itself. If we look at it,
there cannot be a better day
than this to start new work
and make new resolutions.
Dr. Keshavrao Baliram
Hedgewar, who gave the in-
fallible mantra of organiza-
tion to the country in the
form of Rashtriya Swayam-
sevak Sangh, was also born
on the year Pratipada.
Dr Hedgewar, with his
amazing vision and organiza-
tional skills, prepared many
patriots who are today en-
gaged in realizing the dream
of taking India towards ulti-
mate glory. It is the success
of their efforts that after al-
most five hundred years,
Ram Lalla will celebrate his
birth anniversary in a grand
and divine temple at his
birthplace in Ayodhya.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
whenRajasthanwasbornasanewStateinIndia
An auspicious occasion to recall resolutions of Patel
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The writer is Chief Minister
of Rajasthan
ON THE OCCASION OF NEW YEAR, WE ALL NEED TO
UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW MESSAGE
BEING GIVEN BY THE NATURE SILENTLY AND SMARTLY
ardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a visionary
man who well understood the significance
of this day and hence he said, “Today
is the new beginning of the new year in
Rajputana. Today, year changes. This is
a new year, so we should understand the significance
of the new Maha-Rajasthan. Today, we should purify
our hearts and pray to God to help us become worthy
Rajasthanis for the state of Rajasthan. May God give
us strength and wisdom to uplift Rajasthan and serve
the Rajputani people. Today on this auspicious day, we
have to seek blessings from God. I hope that all of you
will join me in this pledge to serve Rajasthan, in this
prayer, he said.
SIGNIFICANCE OF NEW
MAHA-RAJASTHAN
CHAITRA SHUKLA PRATIPADA
C S
Let’s understand this
message by reading between
the lines of renowned poet
Suryakant Nirala who said,
‘Nav Gati, Nav Lay, Taal
Chhand Nav, Naval Kanth
Nav Jalad Mandra Rav, Nav
Nabh ke Nav Vihag Vrand ko
Nav per Nav Swar de’
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PERSPECTIVE P4
Celebrating Chaitra Navratri, Hindu Nav Varsh, Ugadi, Gudi Padwa!
266 candidates are
in fray for elections
in the 25 Lok Sabha
seats of Rajasthan
Vikram Samvat 2081 begins from today
Abhijit Muhurat — 11:57 AM to 12:48 PM
Abhijit Muhurat — 11:57 AM to 12:48 PM
(L) Arvind Damor — Banswara
(R) Kapoor Singh — Bagidora
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma greets Pandit Dhirendra Shastri during his
visit to Barmer on Monday. Also seen here is Pratap Puriji Maharaj.
BJP chief JP Nadda greets
during a public meeting in
support of party candidate
from Ganganagar constituency
Priyanka Balan for LS polls, at
Sangaria, in Hanumangarh on
Monday. P8
Dramatic Skies!
Clouds roll by as the beginning phase of a total solar
eclipse is visible from Arlington, Texas on Monday.
The political arena in
State is set to witness
a significant surge in
activity as Gandhi siblings, Rahul
and Priyanka Gandhi, gear up
to rally support for Congress
candidates. On April 11th, Rahul
Gandhi is poised to embark on a crucial campaign trail in Raj.
He will host two pivotal public gatherings aimed at galvanizing
support for Congress contenders in the region. The first public
meeting is scheduled in Anoopgarh, followed by another at in
Phalodi. These gatherings are expected to draw substantial
crowds and bolster momentum for the Congress party. In par-
allel, Priyanka Gandhi will rekindle her presence, reaffirming
her commitment to electoral battle. Priyanka Gandhi’s itinerary
includes electoral meetings during her tour of Jalore.
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TASKMASTER‘MAATSAHAB’ASSIGNS‘IMPORTED
LEADER’TOBRINGMOREPEOPLETOSAFFRONPARTY
After joining BJP, a seasoned leader pondered
upon finding some tasks to engage in. So, he
made his way to BJP stalwart who is populary
called ‘Maat Sahab’, and asked, “Sir, you are overseeing
all election work, what assignment do you have for me?”
Maat Sahab, known for his unwavering commitment,
replied promptly, “Utilize all the numbers in your phone, all
the contacts you have. Urge them to vote for BJP.” Upon
hearing Maat Sahab’s words, ‘imported’ leader became
restless and began to rethink the days spent in Congress.
RAVINDRA BHATI’S
GUJARAT VISIT TO
GARNER SUPPORT
IMPRESSES LEADERS
The campaign
of Independent
candidate from
Barmer Ravindra Singh
Bhati has become talk
of the town. His visit to
Gujarat to garner sup-
port from
Rajasthani
people
living there
has been
lauded by
senior poli-
ticians who
feel that Bhati is leaving
no stone unturned to
make this presence felt
in the desert state.
PilotcampaignsforAmra
Ram,confidentINDIAbloc
willwinmaxseatsinRaj
PCC chief Dotasra gives
details on ‘Nyay Patra’
High turnout in ‘Home Voting’ on
Jaipur and Jaipur Rural LS seats
12 LS seats: BJP to reach
every house from April 10
Parivaar Parchi Mahabhiyan
Sachin Pilot, Amra Ram & Suresh Modi during the rally of I.N.D.I.
Alliance in Patan, Neem Ka Thana of Sikar LS Seat on Monday.
Hukum Singh
Sikar
Congress leader Sachin
Pilot on Monday ex-
pressed confidence that
the party will win most of
the seats in Rajasthan as
there is a wave of change.
“Last time the results
were not good but today
there is a wave of change.
The public has seen the
report card of the coun-
try’s government for 10
years. Congress will win
most of seats in State,” he
said while addressing a
public rally in Sikar in
support of I.N.D.I.A. can-
didate Amra Ram.
He said that BJP has
ruled this country in such
a way that it is ruining de-
mocracyandconstitution-
al institutions.
Pilot further said that
the public had formed a
government at the Center
with confidence but the
BJP government disap-
pointed farmers by mak-
ing three agricultural laws
against farmers, and is
puttingelectedChiefMin-
isters in jail.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
As the Lok Sabha elec-
tion battle intensifies, a
volley of accusations and
counter-accusations has
ignited between leaders
of the Congress and BJP
in Rajasthan. On Mon-
day, PCC President Go-
vind Singh Dotasra,
launched a scathing at-
tack on the BJP, particu-
larly targeting their slo-
gan of crossing 400 seats.
Dotasra asserted that
BJP’s ambitious claim of
securing over 400 seats is
merely a ploy to deceive
the public. He accused
the BJP of harboring in-
tentions to alter principles
of Dr BR Ambedkar’s
constitution and under-
mine democracy. These
allegations were made
during a press conference
held at PCC where Do-
tasra highlighted the par-
ty’s commitments and
guarantees to mentioned
in ‘Nyay patra’.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
On the fourth day of
home voting under the
Lok Sabha elections
2024, Jaipur Lok Sabha
constituency witnessed
an impressive turnout of
95.45% while the Jaipur
Rural Lok Sabha seat re-
corded an even higher
turnout of 96.73%. Nota-
bly, voters aged 85 years
and above, as well as
over 40% of differently-
abled individuals exer-
cised their voting rights.
According to Neelima
Takshak, the Deputy Dis-
trict Election Officer, out
of the total 440 registered
voters in the Jaipur Lok
Sabha constituency, 420
voters cast their votes
during the home voting
process. Unfortunately,
five voters were unable
to vote due to their de-
mise, while 15 voters
were absent.
Similarly, in the Jaipur
Rural Lok Sabha con-
stituency, out of the total
704 registered voters,
681 voters participated in
the home voting process.
Nine voters could not
cast their votes due to
their demise, and 14 vot-
ers were absent.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
With mere 11 days left for
voting, state BJP has de-
cidedtoreacheveryhouse
through ‘Parivaar Parchi
Mahabhiyan.’ The cam-
paign will first be run in
those seats where 12 seats
under the first phase
come. FromApril 10, dis-
tribution of Parivaar
Parchi will begin. Along
with this, BJP workers
will also take PM Naren-
dra Modi’s message to
every household.
Two handbills will also
be distributed which will
include election an-
nouncements of the party
and govt’s achievements.
ByApril 14, 15 and 16,
the Parivaar Parchi aims
to reach every house. BJP
Election Management
Committee Convenor
Narayan Panchariya said
that the party workers at
the mandal, booth, page
level are engaged in poll
preparations. CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma and BJPState
Prez CP Joshi also have
responsibilities.
GANDHI SIBLINGS TO TOUR RAJ FOR CAMPAIGNING
Govind Singh Dotasra, Swarnim
Chaturvedi during PC in Jaipur
on Monday. NAIM KHAN
Old lady casting her vote using
Home Voting facility on fourth
day of campagin on Monday.
l PM Modi changes political
narrative by calling ‘Devendra’
as ‘Narendra’s’ candidate
l Cong fields a seasoned
political player in front of
BJP’s medal winning player
GROUND REPORT CHURU LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY
22,22,213
TOTAL VOTERS IN CHURU
Nohar
Bhadra
Sadulpur
Taranagar
Sardarshahar
Churu
Ratangarh
Sujangarh
RAJASTHAN
CHURU LS
CONSTITUENCY
Males
11,64,762 10,57,435
Females
ThirdGender
16
2,11,498
Voters increased since
2019 in Churu Lok
Sabha Constituency
02
BJP
05
CONGRESS
01
BSP
ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2023
65.67%
Voting recorded on Churu seat in 2019
CHURU FACE TO FACE
DEVENDRA
JHANJHARIA
Age: 44 years
Education: BCA
Assets: `20,71,000
Vehicle: A Car
RAHUL
KASWAN
Age: 47 years
Education: B.Com
Assets: `2,65,00,000
Vehicle: A Jeep
Young player close to Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
Source of inspiration for the farming
community and divyangs
Benefit of BJP’s traditional
votes and strong structure
of the organisation
Political experience and strong
family political lineage
Direct contact with people and
workers owing to being two-time MP
Good hold among Jat-Muslim voters
STRENGTHS STRENGTHS
Lack of experience in politics
Relatively less hold on Jat vote bank
Attempt to entangle the elections
in local political equations
WEAKNESS First experience of contesting
elections from Congress
Threat of infighting from local
Congress leaders
Overcoming Modi factor is a big
challenge
WEAKNESS
CongressrelyingonBJPrebelto
stageawininthehotseatofChuru
Sanjay Prajapat
Churu
he political tem-
perature in the
Churu Lok Sab-
ha seat has been
soaring rapidly
ever since the BJP can-
celled the ticket of its two-
time MP Rahul Kaswan,
who won from here with a
huge margin. In his place,
the BJP nominated Para-
lympic medalist and inter-
national player Devendra
Jhanjhariaasitscandidate.
The Congress has fielded
Rahul Kaswan, who left
the BJPafter being denied
a ticket.
The Congress party’s
strategy is to defeat the
BJPwith the help of its old
pawns by entangling them
in local political equa-
tions. Under this strategy,
Rahul Kaswan is claiming
that Rajendra Rathore is
the reason he was denied
the MP ticket. Although
both Jhanjharia and Kas-
wan come from the Jat
community, on the pretext
of Rajendra Rathore, there
is an attempt to make the
election on this seat Jat
versus Rajput.
Amidst all this, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
has curbed these efforts to
a great extent by calling
Devendra the candidate of
Narendra’s choice in the
election meeting in Churu
while seeking votes for
him. With this election
meeting, Modi changed
the political direction of
this seat towards national
issues and the Modi factor
instead of local equations.
Talking about the can-
didatureofRahulKaswan,
he has inherited political
experience. His father,
Ramsingh Kaswan, was a
four-time MP, his mother
was an MLA and district
chief, his grandfather was
an MLA, and he himself
has been a BJP MP twice.
He also has a hold on the
ground. BJP candidate
Devendra Jhajharia is an
international player. Even
though he lacks political
experience, Jhanjharia can
definitely benefit from the
Modiwaveandstrengthof
BJP’s organisation on the
ground. Congress party’s
opposition to not giving a
ticket to even a single
Muslim in State can harm
the party here, as the party
has in the past fielded a
Muslim, Rafique Mande-
lia, twice as a candidate
from here.This time, Con-
gress has also cancelled
his ticket and given it to
BJP rebel Rahul Kaswan.
Meanwhile, the BSP
and independents are also
in the fray in the Churu
seat, but no significant im-
pact is visible. Rahul Kas-
wan is new in the Con-
gress family, so how much
the grand old party helps
him will be important here
because, with the arrival
of Kaswan, the careers of
many Congress leaders
are at stake. The biggest
plus point for the Con-
gress is that it can mobi-
lize Jat voters in its favour.
At the same time, the chal-
lenge for the BJP to save
thisseatistoretainJatvot-
ers along with other tradi-
tional votes in its favour.
The election here is
considered to be a close
contest.
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RAILWAY SERVICE EXPANSION AND YAMUNA
WATER ARE BIG ELECTION ISSUES
The main election issue is the expansion of rail
service in Churu district in which Sardarshahar to
Suratgarh and Taranagar is to be connected by rail
service. At the same time, a plan is proposed to expand the
canal for irrigation water and to bring Yamuna water to this
area. Along with the expansion of tourism sector, setting up
of big industries in Churu district etc. are important issues.
REPORT CARD OF MP RAHUL KASWAN
This topic is also very interesting here, MP Rahul
Kaswan was an MP from BJP, his development
work has been the achievement of Modi govern-
ment. In such a situation, the development work of Rahul
Kaswan is not being considered as his personal work.
In such a situation, Rahul is counting on crop insurance,
increasing the frequency of railway trains, the plan to bring
Yamuna water to Churu district etc. Whereas BJP is calling
all these works as achievements of Modi government.
BJP candidate from Churu Devendra Jhanjharia presents a
javelin to PM Narendra Modi during his April 5 rally in Churu in
presence of CM Bhajan Lal sharma. FILE
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A SHOW OF STRENGTH!
IAF training exercise at air strip in Agdawa
First India Bureau
Sanchore
n exercise was
conducted by
theAir Force on
Monday at the country’s
first emergency air strip
Agadwa, located near the
India-Pakistan interna-
tional border. This exer-
cise was done through
modern fighter aircraft
like Jaguar and Tejas of
theAir Force. Located on
the border of Sanchore
and Barmer in Rajasthan,
this air strip is also very
important strategically.
During this period, along
with theAir Force, the lo-
cal police administration
also remained on full
alert mode.
This emergency air
strip built on National
Highway No. 925A at
Agadwa in Sanchore dis-
trict of Rajasthan is lo-
cated just 40 kilometers
away from the India-Pa-
kistan international bor-
der. Due to this, if neces-
sary, it can play a very
important role in emer-
gency situations. In view
of theAir Force exercise,
traffic was diverted on
both sides of the national
highway. In view of the
exercise, the Air Force
had taken possession of
the area around the air
strip adjacent to the high-
way from April 6 itself.
Notably, this air strip was
inaugurated by Union
Ministers Rajnath Singh
and Nitin Gadkari on 9
September 2021.
During the exercise, a
bull came on the air strip,
a video of the bull walk-
ing on the air strip during
exercise went viral.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Central Goods and
Services Tax Department
has detected GST eva-
sion of Rs 5.50 crore by
Rajasthali Resort and
Studio Ltd., the company
that operates a luxury re-
sort, Rajasthali on Jaipur-
Delhi road.
CGST, which is inves-
tigating the complaints
for unaccounted expend-
iture and non-payment of
GST on the expenses in
luxury weddings, has
found that adequate GST
was not paid in the wed-
dings held a few days ago
at Rajasthali Resort. Af-
ter investigation, the di-
rectors of the company
have also deposited Rs 2
crore with the authorities.
There was a big differ-
ence between the amount
recovered from the
events organized in the
company’s resort and the
amount in account books.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In Phalodi, the tempera-
ture exceeded 42 degrees
four times in 12 days.
Phalodi had the highest
temperature in the state.
Temperatures in the
Jodhpur-Bikaner division
will rise by 2 to 3 degrees
Celsius over the next 72
hours. Maximum tem-
peratures are predicted to
exceed 42-43 degrees.
Most sections of the state
are anticipated to see tem-
peratures ranging from 39
to 41 degrees. Western
Disturbances will be ac-
tive starting April 10.
There may be rain be-
tween April 10 and April
16. There is also a possi-
bility of thunder and rain
in southern, south-east
Rajasthan.
Vikas Sharma
Jaipur
Resident doctors are out-
raged by the actions tak-
en at Kanwatia Hospital
regarding a woman’s
open delivery.
However, the medical
college administration
assigned faculty duty un-
der a different arrange-
ment. After the suspen-
sion of three resident
doctors, JARD has now
opened a front and call-
ing the suspension a one-
sided action.
A complete work boy-
cott was declared in
GBM which continued
till late night. Instruc-
tions are issued to keep
the system in order from
OPD to IPD. Residents
have gone on strike in
other hospitals including
Janana , Gangauri , Kan-
watia, Mahila Hospital
related to SMS Medical
College. Due to which
the medical system in the
hospitals has completely
derailed . There are long
queues of patients in the
SMS hospital since the
morning.
Afew days ago, after a
woman delivered a baby
outside the Kanwatia
Hospital, the administra-
tion suspended three
resident doctors. Govern-
ment considered Resi-
dent Doctors Dr. Kusum
Saini, Dr. Neha Rajawat,
and Dr. Manoj guilty in
this incident and issued
orders for their suspen-
sion. In protest against
this, the doctors have
gone on strike today.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Rajasthan Assembly
Speaker Vasudev Dev-
nani on Monday said that
there is a need to make
fresh efforts to enliven
the digital museum of the
Assembly ‘Political Nar-
rative Museum’.
He has said that inno-
vations should be made
to make maximum use of
the museum. Devnani
also asserted that ar-
rangements should be
made to show the muse-
um to all the tourists
coming to Jaipur.
Devnani held a review
meeting regarding the
upgradation of the Digi-
tal Museum with senior
officials of various de-
partments of the state
government, Jaipur
Smart City Ltd & mem-
bers of the Research
Committee in theAssem-
bly here on Monday.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
People across the state
are excited & have
planned to celebrate as
per customs & tradition.
In Phalodi, the VHP
and will celebrate Saf-
fron Day today on occa-
sion of Chaitra Shukla
Pratipada, Hindu New
Year Nav Samvatsara
2081. VHP district prez
Jaiprakash Guchia said
that every house will
hoist a saffron flag.
In Jaipur, a huge saf-
fron procession was tak-
en out on the eve of New
Year in Chomu by local
people. Special teams
and police personnel in
civil uniform were de-
ployed. In Jhalawar,
many celebrities will per-
form today to mark the
occasion.
FILE
Ramnath Kovind at Maa Draupadi Anand Old Age Home on Monday.
Rajasthali Resort in Jaipur.
Tourists seen struggling to cover themselves from the scorching
sun in Jaipur on Monday. SUNIL SHARMA
Resident doctors demonstrating against the administration at
Kanwatia Hospital in Jaipur on Monday.
Assembly Speaker Vasudev Devnani speaking with the officials
during the review meeting in Jaipur on Monday.
Preprations being done at Amber Dort for Chaitra Navratri fair.
Long queues of patients at the SMS hospital on Monday Morning due to the strike by resident doctors.
Several concrete
arrangements were
also made by district
administration for
this important pre-
exercise of the Air
Force. Jaguar and
Tejas engaged in
‘touch and go’ sorties
on the airstrip in
Sanchore’s Agadwa
A
SMSResidentsstrikework,
protestsuspensionofdocs
Patients affected; surgeries postponed
Kanwatia Hosp issue
MercuryrisingacrossRaj,
Phalodirecords42°Celsius
Admin preps up
for Gangaur fest
procession in Jpr
50-year-old man
gets life term for
raping minor girl
SI recruitment: SOG
court sends 12
accused on remand
Jpr biz-man gets
threats in name
of Rohit Godara
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Dist Collector Prakash
Rajpurohit has instructed
officials of departments
concerned to ensure the
safety of tourists and
make necessary arrange-
ments during the upcom-
ing Gangaur festival. As
part of the festival, Gan-
gaur procession on April
11 and Budhi Gangaur
procession on April 12
will depart from Janani
Deorhi City Palace at 6
pm and reach Palka Bagh
via Tripolia Bazaar,
Chhoti Chaupad, Gan-
gauri Bazaar.
Tourists from across
the country and abroad
reach Jaipur to witness
this procession. Commis-
sioner of the JMCH has
been instructed to ensure
facilities.
PTI
Kota
APOCSO court here sen-
tenced a man to life im-
prisonment for raping a
13-year-old girl in 2023.
POCSO court 3 con-
victed Revadilal (50), a
resident of Budadeet po-
lice station area, for rap-
ing a the girl in October
last year and imposed a
fine of Rs 21,000 on him,
Public Prosecutor Lalit
Kumar Sharma said.
On October 5, Revadi-
lal, on the pretext of buy-
ing the minor wheat from
ration shop, took her to an
isolated place and raped
her, he said. He threat-
ened the minor of dire
consequences if she told
anyone about the inci-
dent.The girl told her par-
ents and then they moved
to police, Sharma said.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
“Elders are not a burden,
they are an asset. They
are a wealth of experi-
ence. They are our prop-
erty. Not only this, the
presence of elders is an
assurance. Elders are
very useful in a family.
Their usefulness is sig-
nificant in every era and
time,” said former Presi-
dent Ramnath Kovind,
who was on his visit to
Udaipur on Monday. Ko-
vind participated in the
function organized at
Maa Draupadi Devi
Anand OldAge Home on
the occasion of comple-
tion of 12 years of Tara
Sansthan, Udaipur.
He inquired about the
well-being of many el-
ders. Kovind said that
every family has its own
stories. Some stories are
small, some are big. Our
life is spent in listening
and narrating them.
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur
Jaipur SOG court today
remanded 11 trainee sub-
inspectors and one con-
stable who cheated their
way through the SI re-
cruitment exam 2021.
The SOG sought 12 days
of remand for all of the
defendants, but the judge
only granted 4 days.
Lawyers informed the
court, On April 2, SOG
RPA went to arrest 11
SIs. They were housed at
SOG headquarters. They
were produced in court
on the fourth. This is the
second time SOG has il-
legally detained the SI.
Action should be made
on this. While seeking
remand, SOG stated that
all of the accused’s ac-
counts and signatures
must be checked.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
A businessman has been
threatened under the
name of mobster Rohit
G o d a r a .
The miscre-
ant added,
“Call me
back”, in an
SMS sent to
the victim. After getting
the threatening SMS, the
victim filed a FIR at Shy-
am Nagar police station.
The miscreant may en-
danger people’s lives and
property. The police filed
a FIR after receiving a
complaint from victim.
DCP (South) Digant
Anand says there is no
mention of an extortion
demand. The internation-
al number from which
the threat was received is
under investigation.
Devnani pushes for digitisation
of ‘Political Narrative Museum’
Special arrangements in State as
Navsamvatsar celebrations begin
Elderlyarenotaburden,but
anasset:Former-prezKovind
Rajasthali Resorts group under CGST radar
for GST evasion of more than `5.50 crore
PREPS UNDERWAY FOR FAIR AT AMBER SHILA
MATA TEMPLE AS NAVRATRI BEGINS TODAY
As Chaitra Navratri starts today, a fair will be
held in the ancient Amer Shila Mata temple.
Ghat will be put up at 12:05 am in Shila Mata
temple and then proper worship will be done for nine
days. Special preparations have been made in Amer
Palace for Navratri. During Navratri fair, elephant rides
and night tourism will remain closed from April 8 to 18.
Darshan for devotees will start from 1 pm. It will be
closed from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm from second Navratri.
MUKESH
KIRADOO
haitra Shukla
P r a t i p a d a
stands synony-
mous to strong
d e c i s i o n s
which have been taken in In-
dia to script a new story: a
story of development, a story
of growth, a story of spiritu-
ality, a story of the victory of
dharma over adharma, a sto-
ry of victory of justice over
injustice and much more…
Today, when we are ac-
cording a warm welcome to
Vikram Sanwat 2081, the
occasion immediately takes
us back to the old memory
lanes when Rajasthan was
born as a new state on the
map of India with the ear-
nest efforts taken by iron-
man Sardar Vallabhbhai Pa-
tel on this auspicious occa-
sion at 10.40 am.
Sardar Patel was a vision-
ary man who well under-
stood the significance of this
day and hence he said, “To-
day is the new beginning of
the new year in Rajputana.
Today, year changes. This is
a new year, so we should un-
derstand the significance of
the new Maha-Rajasthan.
Today, we should purify our
hearts and pray to God to
help us become worthy Ra-
jasthanis for the state of Ra-
jasthan. May God give us
strength and wisdom to up-
lift Rajasthan and serve the
Rajputani people. Today on
this auspicious day, we have
to seek blessings from God.
I hope that all of you will
join me in this pledge to
serve Rajasthan, in this
prayer, he said.
Today, when Rajasthan has
already completed 75 years
of its existence and forma-
tion, this auspicious day of
Varsha Pratipada is an oppor-
tune time to yet again offer
the same prayer to God. Fur-
ther, this is also an opportu-
nity to pledge to work whole-
heartedly for the develop-
ment of Rajasthan during the
ongoing Amrit Kaal. Varsha
Pratipada is a symbol of our
self-pride. This Pratipada in-
spires us to make strong ef-
forts for the nation. Today,
Rajasthan is ready to take a
big leap, leaving behind five
years of intense darkness,
disappointment, fear and de-
spair. In the last four months,
due to the efforts of the BJP
governments at the Cen-
tre and the State, new
saplings of hope and expecta-
tions have blossomed
amongst the minds of the
common people of the state.
They have started feeling that
the state can script a new
story of development in the
next five years by keeping
pace with the visionary think-
ing of the country’s success-
ful Prime Minister Narendra
Modi. I believe that during
the Lok Sabha election to be
held in the beginning of Sam-
vat 2081, voters of the coun-
try and state will take the
right decision in the national
interest taking clues from the
development story being
scripted in the last 10 years
on the national map and in
four months in Rajasthan.
In fact, on the occasion of
New Year, we all need to un-
derstand the implications of
the new message being given
by the nature silently and
smartly. Let’s understand this
message by reading between
the lines of renowned poet
Suryakant Nirala who said,
‘Nav Gati, Nav Lay, Taal
Chhand Nav, Naval Kanth
Nav Jalad Mandra Rav, Nav
Nabh ke Nav Vihag Vrand ko
Nav per Nav Swar de.’These
lines reflect the sentiments of
the New Year which symbol-
ise new thinking, new energy
and new excitement. Nature
wears a new look with new
leaves and new branches, and
grains are harvested on this
occasion which symbolise
with prosperity.
In India, the tradition of
welcoming the New Year on
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is
not without reason. It has
deep implications related to
creation, nature, religion, and
science. Varsha Pratipada is a
cultural festival to purify
oneself. There is a feeling of
dedication and revival which
is done by synergising with
nature. It is said in Brahma-
puran that the beginning of
the creation of earth took
place on the Pratipada of
Chaitra Shukla and from this
auspicious, started the time
calculation in India.
This day also stands syn-
onymous to traditions and
festivities; this festival of
New Year is celebrated with
different names at different
places like Ugadi, Chet-
ichand, Gudi Padwa etc.
Ever since I have memory, I
have been observing the pro-
cess of wearing new clothes
on Varsha Pratipada, deco-
rating the house with flags,
banners, bandhanwar, doing
charity and bringing Neem
branches home.
Elderly people give neem
shoots to chew on this day, so
that the body’s immunity re-
mains intact. From a histori-
cal point of view, Vikramadi-
tya and his Digvijayini army
had driven the Shakas out of
India and re-established hap-
piness, peace and prosperity
in the country. Emperor
Vikramaditya had started
‘Vikram Samvat’ from Var-
sha Pratipada to commemo-
rate the defeat of Shakas and
our victory over them. It is
also believed that after the
killing of Ravana for the es-
tablishment of religion, the
coronation of Lord Ram,
took place on the year Prati-
pada itself. If we look at it,
there cannot be a better day
than this to start new work
and make new resolutions.
Dr. Keshavrao Baliram
Hedgewar, who gave the in-
fallible mantra of organiza-
tion to the country in the
form of Rashtriya Swayam-
sevak Sangh, was also born
on the year Pratipada.
Dr Hedgewar, with his
amazing vision and organiza-
tional skills, prepared many
patriots who are today en-
gaged in realizing the dream
of taking India towards ulti-
mate glory. It is the success
of their efforts that after al-
most five hundred years,
Ram Lalla will celebrate his
birth anniversary in a grand
and divine temple at his
birthplace in Ayodhya.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
whenRajasthanwasbornasanewStateinIndia
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Bhajan Lal
Sharma
The writer is Chief Minister
of Rajasthan
ON THE OCCASION OF NEW YEAR, WE ALL NEED TO
UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW MESSAGE
BEING GIVEN BY THE NATURE SILENTLY AND SMARTLY
ardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a visionary
man who well understood the significance
of this day and hence he said, “Today
is the new beginning of the new year in
Rajputana. Today, year changes. This is
a new year, so we should understand the significance
of the new Maha-Rajasthan. Today, we should purify
our hearts and pray to God to help us become worthy
Rajasthanis for the state of Rajasthan. May God give
us strength and wisdom to uplift Rajasthan and serve
the Rajputani people. Today on this auspicious day, we
have to seek blessings from God. I hope that all of you
will join me in this pledge to serve Rajasthan, in this
prayer, he said.
SIGNIFICANCE OF NEW
MAHA-RAJASTHAN
CHAITRA SHUKLA PRATIPADA
C
S
Let’s understand this
message by reading between
the lines of renowned poet
Suryakant Nirala who said,
‘Nav Gati, Nav Lay, Taal
Chhand Nav, Naval Kanth
Nav Jalad Mandra Rav, Nav
Nabh ke Nav Vihag Vrand ko
Nav per Nav Swar de’
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K’taka man cuts finger to make Modi PM again
Agencies
Bengaluru
n a bizarre inci-
dent from Kar-
nataka, a man
named Arun Varnekar,
known for his unwaver-
ing devotion to Prime
Minister Narendra Modi,
shocked everyone by
chopping off his own fin-
ger. His unusual sacrifice
was an offering to God-
dess Kali, praying for
Prime Minister Modi’s
third term in office.
Varnekar, who lives in
the Sonarwada area of
Karwar city, has taken
his support for PM Modi
to extraordinary levels.
Not content with conven-
tional displays of admira-
tion, he built a temple
dedicated to the Prime
Minister in his own home
and holds regular special
prayers in his honour.
Using his own blood,
Varnekar wrote a plea on
the walls of his house, be-
seeching Goddess Kali to
protect ‘Modi baba’. He
passionately believes that
PM Modi is the greatest
leader and inscribed
“Modibabasabsemahan”
on the wall, along with
“Maa Kali Mata, Modi
baba ka raksha karo”.
While the family mem-
bers rushed the victim to
the hospital, doctors said
it was impossible to fix it
and he was advised to
sever it completely.
The young jeweller
and BJP supporter is a
‘die-hard fan’ of the PM.
He has built a small tem-
ple for PM Modi in his
home and has put up a
bust of the Prime Minis-
ter in the temple.
Arun Vernekar performs pooja at the PM Narendra Modi temple
in his house in Karwar.  INTERNET
Arun Vernekar had
written a letter to the
public, in blood in
2014, BJP’s first
election led by PM
Modi. Varnekar, who
lives in the
Sonarwada area of
Karwar city, has
taken his support for
PM Modi to
extraordinary levels
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painofpoorpeople:PMModi
First India Bureau
Raipur
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Monday hit out
at the Opposition Con-
gress, saying it over-
looked needs of the poor
for decades since inde-
pendence and never un-
derstood their pain.
Addressing a rally in
Chhattisgarh’s Bastar
district, which will go to
polls on April 19, he also
said that the Congress’
manifesto for the Lok
Sabha elections has the
Muslim League imprint.
During the Congress
regime, corruption had
become the country’s
identity, he said.
“Since independence,
the Congress overlooked
needs of the poor for dec-
ades and never under-
stood their pain,” he said.
“People said what will
happen to the poor during
the COVID-19 pandem-
ic, but I said I will give
free vaccine and ration to
them,” he said, adding
that “due to my govern-
ment’s efforts, 25 crore
people have risen above
the poverty line.”
Campaigning in Chhattisgarh, PM Modi attacks Opposition
PTI
Rampur/Bijnor
BJP president JP Nadda
on Monday came down
heavily on the Congress,
accusing it of committing
scams in all the three
worlds and said the party
did not spare the sky, un-
derground and water.
Addressing an election
rally in Rampur on Mon-
day in favour of the BJP
candidates, Nadda at-
tacked the I.N.D.I.A.
bloc and said, “Modi ji is
saying to end corruption
and that none of the cor-
rupt persons will be
spared. All of them will
go to jail.” Further quot-
ing Modi, he said the
‘gathbandhan’ (alliance)
is saying that the corrupt
should be “saved” and
they are “engaged” in it.
Cong committed
scams in all three
worlds: JP Nadda
“Army was against Agniveer
scheme”, claims Rahul Gandhi
ANI
Shahdol
Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi on Monday
claimed that IndianArmy
was against the idea of
Agnipath scheme adding
that this policy was a
brainchild of the Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
and all decisions regard-
ing it were taken in the
Prime Minister Office.
“Earlier poor used to
joinArmy,theyusedtoget
pension. Now they are
training an individual for 4
monthswhereasaChinese
soldier is getting training
for five years. You know
what will happen, and
whenthatagniveerwilldie
he won’t get anything no
pension, no canteen. We
will abolish this scheme
once our government
comes to power. Interst-
ingly,evenArmyisagainst
theAgniveer scheme.This
scheme was the idea of
Prime Minister and its de-
cision was taken in Prime
Minister office,” Rahul
Gandhisaidwhileaddress-
ing a rally in Shahdol.
Congress in its mani-
festo for the Lok Sabha
polls has promised to
abolishAgnipath Scheme
and return to the normal
recruitment processes
followed by the Army,
Navy and Air Force. “It
will guarantee economic
and social security for
our soldiers,” the mani-
festo read.
He further said that a
caste census and an eco-
nomic survey is much
needed for the country.
ANI
New Delhi
The Central government
has sanctioned ‘Y+’ cat-
egory secu-
rity cover
administered
by the Cen-
tral Reserve
Police Force
(CRPF) for Madhavi La-
tha, the BJP candidate
vying for Hyderabad Lok
Sabha seat against
AIMIM chief Asaduddin
Owaisi. Sources reveal
that the CRPF security ar-
rangement is exclusively
provided to the BJP lead-
er for Telangana.
BJP candidate
Latha granted Y+
security cover
ANI
Mumbai
Sanjay Nirupam, ex-
pelled Congress leader,
has said that Shiv Sena
(Uddhav Thackeray)
leader Sanjay Raut is the
‘real kingpin’ of ‘Khich-
di’ scam in Maharashtra.
Earlier Nirupam had
also targeted Shiv Sena
(UBT) leader Amol Kir-
tikar as he was declared
the I.N.D.I.A. bloc candi-
date for the Mumbai
North West seat for the
Lok Sabha polls. Amid
the broiling Khichdi
scam case, Enforcement
Directorate (ED) has is-
sued summons to Amol
Kirtikar.
“When I started work-
ing on this scam, I came
to know that the ‘king-
pin’ was someone else.
The kingpin in this whole
scam is Shiv Sena (UBT)
spokesperson, Sanjay
Raut...,” Sanjay Niru-
pam, told ANI.
Kingpin of
‘khichdi’ scam
in Maha is Raut:
Sanjay Nirupam
PTI
Patna
Bihar Chief Minister Ni-
tish Kumar on Monday
asserted that the National
Democratic Alliance
(NDA) will win the Lok
Sabha polls comprehen-
sively, while lashing out
at former ally RJD for
claiming credit for job
creation in the state.
Kumar, who is also the
national president of the
JD(U), was briefly inter-
acting with journalists
during a routine visit to
the party office here.
Asked about NDA’s
campaign, Kumar, who
recently shared stage
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi at a couple of ral-
lies and is likely to hold
roadshows in the next
few days, said, “Every-
thing is going on fine. We
will win all seats in Bi-
har. We do not engage in
self-publicity, but people
know what we have done
for them”.
On RJD claiming cred-
it for employment gen-
eration in the state, he
said, “All development
work took place only af-
ter we came to power. Let
them (RJD) claim what-
ever they wish. They
want credit without hav-
ing done anything”.
NDA will comprehensively win Lok
Sabha polls: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
PTI
Agartala
Tipra Motha President
Pradyot Kishore Man-
ikya Debbarma on Mon-
day said Union Home
Minister Amit Shah has
assured him of taking
corrective steps to rectify
“75 years of mistakes to-
wards the Tiprasa people
in Tripura.”
Addressing a joint
rally of BJP, Tipra Mo-
tha, and Indigenous
People’s Front of Tripu-
ra (IPFT) in West Tripu-
ra’s Khumulwng, Deb-
barma highlighted the
significance of this mo-
ment, noting that for the
first time, the issues of
the Tiprasa people have
been addressed without
any violence.
“Shahhasvowedtorectify
mistakestoTiprasapeople”
Public fully aware that ‘Ayenge to Modi hi’: Yogi
ANI
Wardha
Expressing his confi-
dence in BJP’s victory in
the Lok Sabha elections,
Uttar Pradesh Chief Min-
ister Yogi Adityanath on
Monday said that this is
the first election after the
Independence where the
public is already aware of
the results that “Ayenge
to Modi hi.”
Addressing a public
meeting in Maharashtra’s
Wardha, CM Yogi said in
Uttar Pradesh, which
sends the maximum num-
ber of MPs in Parliament
(80 Lok Sabha seats),
people are confident in
supporting the BJP.
“The first voting in
the 2024 elections is to
be held on April 19. I
have come from Uttar
Pradesh where there are
80 Lok Sabha seats
which will be voted in
seven phases. Everyone
is confident about it and
there is a similar feeling
of confidence in Ra-
jasthan too,” he said.
HM TO CAMPAIGN
IN ASSAM TODAY
Guwahati: Union
Home Minister Amit
Shah will visit As-
sam on Tuesday to
campaign for the Lok
Sabha Elections here.
He is scheduled to ad-
dress a public meeting
at Chukuli Bhoria in
Lakhimpur constitu-
ency in the afternoon,
BJP sources said here.
FRESH SALVOS
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
waves at supporters during a
public meeting ahead of Lok
Sabha elections, in Bastar,
Chhattisgarh, Monday. (Inset)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
being presented a memento
by Chhattisgarh BJP chief
Kiran Singh Deo during a
public meeting ahead of Lok
Sabha elections, in Bastar, on
Monday.  PTI
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a public meeting ahead of
Lok Sabha polls, at Dhanora in Seoni district, on Monday. PTI
BJP National President JP Nadda speaks during a public meeting
ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Dhampur, on Monday. PTI
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi
Adityanath during a meeting, in Nagpur, on Monday. PTI
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar after
a meeting with JD (U) senior
leaders at the party office, in
Patna, on Monday.  PTI
PM MODI ON 2-DAY
VISIT TO TAMIL
NADU FROM TODAY
Coimbatore: PM
Narendra Modi
will be on a two-
day visit to Tamil Nadu
starting April 9, BJP
state chief K Annamalai
said here on Monday.
The PM will hold a
roadshow in Chennai on
Tuesday and address
two rallies the next day,
he said. “The roadshow
in Chennai will be held
after 6 pm,” covering
segments of both South
Chennai and Central
Chennai, he said.
Tamilisai Soundararjan
is BJP’s South Chennai
candidate while Vinoj
P Selvam is taking
on DMK heavyweight
Dayanidhi Maran from
Central Chennai. On
Wednesday, Modi will
first address a public
meeting in Vellore, can-
vassing votes in support
of ally PMK’s Dharma-
puri candidate Soumya
Anbumani and AC
Shanmugam, another
alliance partner.
“CONG MANIFESTO
A REPLICA OF
MUSLIM LEAGUE”
New Delhi:
Taking a dig
at Congress’
Manifesto BJP Presi-
dent JP Nadda alleged
that it is difficult to
know whether it is the
manifesto of Congress
or Muslim League.
In a statement, JP
Nadda said, “The
Congress manifesto is
a blueprint for division,
a blatant replica of Jin-
nah’s Muslim League
agenda” “By prioritizing
appeasement politics
over national unity,
the Congress seeks
to perpetuate division.
India has rejected such
divisive politics before
and will do so again”
Nadda alleged.
RAHUL GANDHI TO STAY OVERNIGHT IN MADHYA
PRADESH AS BAD WEATHER GROUNDS HELICOPTER
Bhopal: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will stay
overnight in Shahdol district in Madhya Pradesh as
his helicopter could not take off due to inclement
weather, a party functionary said on Monday. Gandhi is in
MP for his party’s Lok Sabha campaign and he addressed
two rallies in Mandla and Shahdol, which will go to polls on
April 26. “His helicopter could not take off due to bad weath-
er in Shahdol. Gandhi was supposed to fly to Jabalpur from
where he was to leave for Delhi,” MP Congress chief Jitu
Patwari told PTI. “Now, he will stay overnight in a hotel in
Shahdol and leave at 6am on Tuesday,” Patwari informed.
Further, the Uttar
Pradesh Chief
Minister said that PM
Modi has given a new
identity, respect and
security to India in
the last 10 years
Awareness Rally!
Officers and workers take part in a bullock cart rally
organised by the district administration to create
awareness about voting ahead of Lok Sabha elections,
in Chikkamagaluru district, on Monday. PTI
LS POLL BUZZ
FOR THE FIRST TIME
Ram Lalla’s scientific Surya Tilak planned for Ram Navami
Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
n a first a 4-min-
ute long ‘Surya
Tilak’is planned
for Ram Lalla inAyodhya
Ram Mandir.This is being
plannedfortheoccasionof
Ram Navami, a day which
is set to be celebrated with
great fervour and enthusi-
asm this year in Ayodhya
followingtheinauguration
of the Ram Mandir.
Several scientists from
across India are making
preparations for the grand
‘Surya Tilak’of the Lord.
Equipment needed for
this event are also being
installed inside the tem-
ple, sources said.Atrial is
also scheduled to be held
soon, may happen any-
time before April 17, the
day Ram Navami festival
is set to be celebrated
across India.
Equipment for optom-
echanical system is being
installed at the temple for
the ‘surya tilak’. The cir-
cular ‘Surya Abhishek’
will cover the Lord’s
forehead and the ‘tilak’
will measure 75 millim-
eter, said sources in the
know of the event. The
event will be held exactly
at 12 noon, when the rays
of the sun fall directly on
the forehead of Ram La-
lla’s idol. The rays will
be falling on the idol for
a full 4-minutes.
Scientists from Roor-
kee Central Building Re-
search Institute have been
deployed at the temple to
make the event a grand
success. On the advice of
the scientists 2 mirrors
and 1 lens have been in-
stalled on the ground
floor of the temple. The
sunlight will fall on the
mirror installed on the
third floor of the temple.
Explaining how ex-
actly the ‘tilak’ will re-
flect on the forehead of
the idol, scientists said
that light falling on the 3
lenses will pass through
the 2 mirrors and then
fall on the last mirror on
the ground floor. The
rays reflected from it will
form a ‘tilak’on the fore-
head of ‘Ram Lalla’.
People in the temple
town, including the offi-
cials of the Ram Mandir
are really excited to wit-
ness this unique phenom-
enon. It is sure to pull
crowds from near and far
on the Ram Navami day,
which is already a re-
vered festival for Hindus.
Priests perform puja at Ram Temple in Ayodhya.  FILE
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New Delhi
Parts of East, Central and
adjoiningPeninsularIndia
are expected to witness
heavy rainfall accompa-
nied by thunderstorms
and gusty winds for next
4-5 days, the India Mete-
orological Department
(IMD) said on Monday.
AsperIMD,“Scattered
light to moderate rainfall
with isolated thunder-
storms, lightning, and
gusty winds is very likely
over Arunachal Pradesh,
Sub-Himalayan West
Bengal, Sikkim, Assam,
Meghalaya and Naga-
land, Manipur, Mizoram,
and Tripura during the
next 7 days, with the pos-
sibility of heavy rainfall
over Arunachal Pradesh
onMondayandTuesday.”
“Scattered to fairly
widespread moderate
rainfall, thunderstorms,
lightning, and winds
gusting up to 50 kmph
are very likely over
Gangetic West Bengal,
Jharkhand, Odisha, and
Bihar today and will de-
crease in intensity there-
after,” the IMD said.
“EastMadhyaPradesh,
West Madhya Pradesh,
Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha,
Marathwada, and Mad-
hya Maharashtra will
also witness scattered to
fairly widespread light
rainfall accompanied
with thunderstorms,
lightning, and gusty
winds reaching up to 50
kmph from April 8 to
12,” the IMD said.
The weather depart-
ment also predicted iso-
lated light to moderate
rainfall with thunder-
storm activity over
Coastal Andhra Pradesh
 Yanam, Telangana,
Kerala  Mahe, Tamil
Nadu, Puducherry, and
Karaikal till April 14.
The heat wave condi-
tions will continue to pre-
vail over parts of penin-
sular India during the
next 24 hours.
Rain, thunderstorms likely over many parts of India: IMD
First India Bureau
New Delhi
The Directorate of En-
forcement (ED) on Mon-
day questioned jailed
Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal’s per-
sonal assistant (PA), Bib-
hav Kumar, and Aam
Aadmi Party (AAP)
MLA, Durgesh Pathak,
in a money laundering
probe related to irregu-
larities in the Delhi Ex-
cise Policy 2021-22 case.
The interrogation with
both Bibhav and Pathak is
continued at ED head-
quarters. ED investigators
started questioning Bib-
hav soon after he deposed
before them in the morn-
ing, while Pathak’s ques-
tioning began when he
reached at the agency of-
fice in the afternoon fol-
lowing summons issued
against them separately.
Earlier in February, the
ED had also questioned
Bibhav and recorded his
statements in connection
with the case under the
provisions of the Preven-
tion of Money Launder-
ing Act (PMLA).
The move comes days
after the federal agency
arrested Delhi CM and
AAP supremo Arvind
Kejriwal in the case.
The case against the
AAP supremo among
others is based on an FIR
alleging multiple irregu-
larities in the formation
and implementation of
the Delhi excise policy
(2021-22) by the Central
Bureau of Investigation.
EDgrillsKejriwal’saide
AAPMLADurgeshPathak
Interrogation of duo held at ED office
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MPs Sandeep Pathak, Sanjay Singh
and party National Secretary Pankaj Gupta launch the ‘Jail Ka Jawaab Vote Se’ campaign for the
Lok Sabha elections 2024, at 206, Rouse Avenue, in New Delhi on Monday.  ANI
ROUSE AVENUE COURT DENIES INTERIM BAIL TO BRS LEADER K KAVITHA
SC DECLINES AAP’S
SANJAY SINGH PLEA
New Delhi: The
Rouse Avenue court
in the national captial
on Monday dismissed the
detailed interim bail ap-
plication of Bharat Rashtra
Samithi (BRS) MLC K Kavi-
tha. She had sought interim
bail on the grounds that her
minor son had school ex-
aminations. She is in judicial
custody after the ED remand
in the excise policy case.
Special judge Kaveri Baweja
had dismissed the interim
bail application this morning.
A detailed bail order has
yet to be uploaded. The
bail application of the BRS
leader was opposed by the
counsel for ED, who argued
that Kavitha destroyed the
evidence in her phone and
that witnesses were forced
to retract their statements.
Kavitha had filed an ap-
plication seeking interim bail
given the examination of her
school-going son.
New Delhi: Apex
Court on Monday de-
clined the plea of AAP
MP Sanjay Singh against the
summons issued by the trial
court in a defamation case
filed by Gujarat University
over his alleged comments
in relating to PM Narendra
Modi’s academic degree. The
court was not convinced to
interfere with the High Court
order which had also refused
to stay the trial.
Onlyonepersonappliedfor
citizenshipunderCAA:Sarma
Agencies
Guwahati
Assam CM Himanta
Biswa Sarma on Monday
launchedasharpattackon
people protesting against
the Citizenship Amend-
mentAct (CAA) claiming
that to date only one per-
son has applied for citi-
zenship under CAArules.
“Many days have
passed since the imple-
mentation of CAA. But
to date, only one person
from Assam has applied
for the citizenship under
provisions laid down by
CAA,” Sarma told media
persons here on Monday.
He said that some peo-
ple are opposing CAA
and claiming that lakhs
of people would apply
for citizenship under the
new rules of CAA. “Now
they must be held an-
swerable,” he said.
He said that in Benga-
li-dominated areas in the
state, CAAdoes not have
anyimpactontheground.
“You can take the
Sonari assembly constit-
uency as an example.
Many Bengali-speaking
people are residing here.
But no one has applied
for citizenship under the
new rules,” he added.
Notably, theAllAssam
Students’Union (AASU)
and several other organi-
sations protested in the
state soon after the rules
of CAA were notified by
the Central government
last month.
Several scientists
from across India
make preparations
for ‘Surya Tilak’
CHAITRA NAVRATRI: RAM LALLA TO WEAR CLOTHES
DECORATED WITH GOLD HAND BLOCK PRINTS
Ayodhya: Gearing up for the festival of Chaitra
Navratri, Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra, a
trust constituted to look after the management of
Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya, has said that
the clothes of Bhagwan Shri Ram Lalla’s idol will be spe-
cial. From the first day of Chaitra Navratri, April 9 till Ram
Navami, April 17, the idol of Ram Lalla will wear clothes or
vastras made of special hand-woven and hand-spun khadi
cotton. These vastras will be decorated with real silver and
gold khaddi hand block prints. The block prints used in
printing the vastra are inspired by Vaishnav Chinha.
The trust has uploaded a video on its official X handle that
provides a glimpse of the vastras that are being decorated
with the help of hand block prints for Lord Ram.
Scattered to fairly
widespread moderate
rainfall, thunderstorms,
lightning, and winds
gusting up to 50 kmph
are very likely over
Gangetic West Bengal,
Jharkhand, Odisha, and
Bihar today and will
decrease in intensity
thereafter.
IINDIA METEOROLOGICAL
DEPARTMENT
An overcast sky presents a splendid view of the Statue Circle in Jaipur on Monday.  NAIM KHAN
Air India to make
Bengaluru its hub
for southern India,
inks pact with BIAL
Agencies
New Delhi
Air India and Bangalore
International Airport
Limited (BIAL) have en-
tered into an agreement
seeking to develop Ben-
galuru as an aviation hub
for southern India.
The pact is also aimed
at boosting air travel con-
nectivitytoandfromIndia
over next years. “The
agreement marks a sig-
nificant milestone in the
Indian aviation industry.
AirIndia(alongwithother
Tata Group airlines –AIX
and Vistara) and BIAL
willcollaboratetoenhance
international connectivity,
operationalefficiency,and
passengerexperienceover
the next five years,” said
AirIndiainapressrelease.
TMC and BJP workers engage in
scuffle in Paschim Bardhaman
ANI
Paschim Bardhaman
An altercation broke out
between TMC and BJP
workers during BJP MP
Dilip Ghosh’s visit to
Durgapur area of the dis-
trict on Monday.
The scuffle between
the two groups broke out
when Dilip Ghosh, a BJP
candidate from Bardha-
man-Durgapur Lok Sab-
ha of West Bengal, had
arrived to participate in a
discussion programme in
the New Township area
of Durgapur.
Shortly after the BJP
leader arrived, a few peo-
ple in the area started
raising TMC flags and
shouting slogans against
Dilip Ghosh.Theincident
later turned into an uproar
afterBJPworkerswiththe
party leader objected to
slogans by the TMC sup-
porters, said the police.
The situation was some-
how brought down by po-
lice officials in the area.
BJP leader Dilip
Ghosh later spoke toANI
regarding the protest and
said, “Some people had
come here forcibly to
create a ruckus.”
Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
workers clash at Paschim Bardhaman on Monday.  ANI
AAP  EXCISE ‘SCAM’
DJB LACKS ACCOUNTABILITY, GOT OVER `28K
CR SINCE 2015-16, DELHI FINANCE SECY TO SC
New Delhi: The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) received
more than Rs 28,400 crore since 2015-16 but it
did not use the funds as per sanction condi-
tions, the Delhi government’s principal finance secre-
tary has told the Supreme Court which is hearing an
AAP government’s plea alleging non-disbursal of funds
to the water utility. The senior government official also
said the statutory body lacks accountability. The top
court had on April 5 asked the Delhi government’s
Principal Secretary (Finance) to release funds to the
DJB and had made the utility, responsible for supply-
ing potable water to the national capital, a party to the
plea filed by the ruling AAP dispensation.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma with State Minister Atul Bora, at
a rally ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Bokakhat. ANI
PTI
New Delhi
The Supreme Court
on Monday sought
responses from the
Centre, the Central
Adoption Resource
Authority (CARA)
and others on a PIL
seeking directions
for safeguarding the
interests of intersex
children who under-
go unregulated sex
change surgeries.
A bench compris-
ing Supreme Court
Chief Justice DY
Chandrachud and
justices J B Pardi-
wala and Manoj
Misra took note of
the submissions of
the counsel appear-
ing for the petitioner,
Madurai resident
Gopi Shankar M,
that such intersex
persons are subject-
ed to unregulated
surgeries putting
them at risk.
“Issue notice,”
the bench said. The
Supreme Court
asked Additional
Solicitor General
Aishwarya Bhati to
assist it during the
hearing of the plea.
PIL alleges
unregulated
sex change
surgeries
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Wellington
New Zealand is making
immediate changes to its
employmentvisaprogram
after a near record migra-
tion last year which it said
was “unsustainable”. The
changes include meas-
ures such as introducing
English language re-
quirement for low skilled
jobs and setting a mini-
mum skills and work ex-
perience threshold.
New Zealand tightens visa rules as
migration hits “unsustainable” levels
BREAKING BARRIERS
Jaipur’s Renu Singhi completes 125 km cycling trek
First India Bureau
Jaipur
yclist Renu Sin-
ghi (58), who
has proved her
mettle in many competi-
tions in the country and
abroad, has recently made
another achievement in
her name. She has com-
pleted a challenging cy-
cling journey of about 125
kilometers from Miao to
Vijayanagar (Arunachal
Pradesh), considered one
of the most inaccessible
routes in the country. She
is probably the first wom-
anofIndiatodoso.Prady-
umanSingh,a61-year-old
hotelier from Jodhpur also
completed this self-sup-
porttaskwithher.Bothdid
about 340 kilometers
Mountain Terrain Bicy-
cling (MTB) in Assam,
Arunachal Pradesh and
Nagaland in five days.
Renu Singhi spoke
about this challenging
journey that we started
from Dibrugarh (Assam).
On the first day, after cy-
cling 126 kilometers, we
stopped at Jairampur. On
the second day, from
there we went to Pangsau
pass located near the In-
do-Myanmar border. Due
to dense forest and moun-
tain climbing, it took four
hours to cover the dis-
tance of 12 kilometers.
Then we returned to
Nampong in Arunachal
Pradesh after cycling 45
kilometers. The next day,
the 35 kilometer journey
from Miao to Burma Ca-
nal was completed in five
hours. The round stones
spread on the way and
the mud of rain made this
rough and unpaved path
more difficult, but we did
not give up. There was no
facility to eat or drink
during this period.
Singhi and Pradyuman
Singh said it was an ad-
venturous journey, in
whichwesawthecustoms
and traditions of the Naga
people. We got a lot of
supportfromAssamRifles
and Forest Department of
Arunachal Pradesh.
Renu Singhi (R) and Pradyuman Singh completed a challenging
cycling journey from Miao to Vijayanagar (Arunachal Pradesh).
Renu Singhi has become an example for
the people today and is known as ‘Iron
Lady’ in the cycling groups
C
Chennai Super Kings’ captain Ruturaj Gaikwad plays a shot during the (IPL) 2024 T20 cricket match
between CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders, at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai, on Monday.
Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad and Daryl Mitchell put on 50 runs for the 2nd wicket.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowler
Sunil Narine celebrates the wicket
of Chennai Super Kings’ batter
Daryl Mitchell during the IPL.
First India Bureau
Chennai
Hosts Chennai Super
Kings defeated Kolkata
Knight Riders by seven
wickets to get back to
winning ways in the IPL
match here on Monday.
Having suffered back-
to-back losses, CSK re-
stricted Kolkata Knight
Riders to a paltry 137 for
9 after opting to bowl.
Captain Ruturaj Gaik-
wad (67) then scored an
unbeaten half-century to
anchor the chase while
Shivam Dube slammed
28 off 18 balls to take
CSK to their third victory
of the season and end
KKR’s winning run.
Earlier, seasoned all-
rounder Ravindra Jadeja
(3/18) led the charge for
CSK, who took wickets
at regular intervals and
did well to stem the flow
of runs at the Chepauk.
Pacer Tushar Desh-
pande (3/33) also ac-
counted for three batters
while Mustafizur Re-
hman (2/22) picked two
wickets. Skipper Shreyas
Iyer top scored for KKR
with a 32-ball 34.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
MAKE IT 3/3 AT HOME
Kolkata Knight
Riders 137 for 9 in
20 overs (Shreyas
Iyer 34, Sunil Narine 27;
Ravindra Jadeja 3/18,
Tushar Deshpande 3/33).
Chennai Super Kings 141
for 3 in 17.4 overs (Ru-
turaj Gaikwad 67 not out,
Shivam Dube 28; Vaibhav
Arora 2/28, Sunil Narine
1/30). Coming into this
game, Gaikwad had only
scored 88 runs in four
games with a highest score
of 46. The CSK captain
made amends, scoring his
first fifty of the season, tak-
ing his side closer.
Agencies
New York
Former President Donald
Trump says he believes
abortion should be left to
the states in a video re-
leased on Monday outlin-
ing his position after
months of mixed mes-
sages and speculation.
“Many people have
asked me what my posi-
tion is on abortion and
abortion rights, Trump
said. “My view is now
that we have abortion
where everybody wanted
it from a legal stand-
point, the states will de-
termine by vote or legis-
lation or perhaps both.
And whatever they de-
cide must be the law of
the land — in this case,
the law of the state.
He declined to lay out
a timeline for when he
believes abortion should
be banned. He went on
to describe the current
legal landscape, in which
different states have dif-
ferent restrictions fol-
lowing the US Supreme
Court decision ending
Roe v. Wade. “Many will
have a different number
of weeks or some will
have more conservative
than others and that's
what they will be, he
said. “At the end of the
day it's all about will of
the people.”
Republican-led states
have ushered in a wave
of new restrictions fol-
lowing the overturning
of Roe v. Wade in 2022.
Democrats believe the
fight over abortion
rights helps them at the
polls and have outper-
formed expectations in
elections since.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The SOG in Jaipur made
a major arrest on Monday
in connection with a fake
degree case related to the
Hindi teacher recruit-
ment exam of 2022. The
arrested individual,
Kaushal Kishore, serves
as the Principal of Mewar
University.
He will be produced in
court on Tuesday for re-
mand, and further inquir-
ies will be conducted re-
garding other individuals
involved in the racket of
distributing fake degrees.
Assistant Director
General (ADG) V.K. Sin-
gh of SOG-ATS revealed
that the recruitment ex-
amination for the post of
(RPSC) Hindi teacher
was conducted on Octo-
ber 15, 2022.
Agencies
Moscow
The Russian-controlled
Zaporizhzhia nuclear
power station said on
Monday that a Ukrain-
ian drone was shot
down over the roof of
Reactor No. 6.
Today, a kamikaze
drone was shot down
over the plant. It fell
on the roof of Unit
6, the plant said, below
a picture of reactor
No. 6.
Reactor No. 6 is cur-
rently shut down, ac-
cording to the plant.
Agencies
Vatican City
The Vatican on Monday
declaredsexchangeopera-
tions and surrogacy as
gravethreatstohumandig-
nity, putting them on par
with abortion and euthana-
sia as practices that violate
God's plan for human life.
The Vatican's doctrine
office issued “Infinite
Dignity,” a 20-page dec-
laration that has been in
the works for five years.
After substantial revision
in recent months, it was
approved March 25 by
Pope Francis, who or-
dered its publication.
In its most eagerly an-
ticipated section, the Vat-
ican repeated its rejection
of “gender theory” or the
idea that one's gender can
be changed. It said God
created man and woman
as biologically different,
separate beings, and said
they must not tinker with
that plan or try to make
oneself God.”
PTI
Ningbo (China)
Star Indian shuttlers, in-
cluding PV Sindhu, will
face a tough test against
some of the world's best
when they begin their
medal hunt at the Bad-
minton Asia Champion-
ships which will start
with the qualifiers here
on Tuesday. The last-
minute withdrawal of
world No. 1 pair and de-
fending champions
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
and Chirag Shetty might
have taken a bit of sheen
away but it will put the
onus on the singles stars
to put their hands up.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Former councillor Giriraj
Khandelwal has been re-
elected as the president
of Jaipur District Softball
Association for a term of
four years. He is also the
secretary of Rajasthan
Pradesh Congress Com-
mittee and is associated
with many sports organi-
zations.
In the elections held
unopposed for all the
posts on Sunday at Hotel
Shree Residency
Dhuleshwar Garden on
Ajmer Road, apart from
Khandelwal, prominent
social worker Sajjan
Singh has been elected
as Senior Vice-Presi-
dent, Leader of Opposi-
tion in Jaipur Greater
Municipal Corporation
Rajiv Chaudhary has
been elected as Vice-
President.
BACmedal hunt:Sindhu
Coface toughchallenge
Sindhu has a 4-1 record against the Malaysian and a favourable
result might see her face sixth seed Chinese Han Yue.
Russia says Ukraine tried to strike
Zaporizhzhia plant again with drone
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, is seen
in the background of the shallow Kakhovka Reservoir.
Vatican says ‘no’ to sex
changes  gender theory
Pope Francis with volunteers of
Italian Red Cross at the Vatican.
Donald Trump
Giriraj Khandelwal with others at Hotel Shree Residency
Dhuleshwar Garden on Ajmer Road.
Principal of Mewar
varsity held in fake
degree case
Donald Trump says abortion
law should be left to states
Declines to endorse a nationwide abortion ban
A call for a national
ban could have hurt
Trump’s chances in
the six or seven U.S.
states likely to
determine the
outcome in November
Giriraj re-elected Jpr Dist
Softball Association chief
HostsCSKreturntowinningways
withseven-wicketwinoverKKR
CSK restrict KKR to 137 for 9; achieve victory target in 17.4 overs
Match 22
Ghar Wapsi
Veteran politician Chandra Raj Singhvi, who is also known as
Chanakya of politics, rejoined the BJP on Monday. Singhvi was
previously associated with the Rajasthan Shiv Sena and has also
held many positions in both Congress and BJP organisations.
Abhishek Shrivastava
Jaipur
Early on Monday morn-
ing, CS Sudhansh Pant
reached JDA at around
9:15 am and conducted a
surprise inspection. JDA
Commissioner, Manju
Rajpal and JDA Secre-
tary, Hempushpa Sharma
were not in their office.
He assessed attendance
and office arrangements,
marking his second sur-
prise visit this year after
January 23.
Pant scrutinized files
in officers’ rooms before
leading a meeting attend-
ed by top JDA officials,
where he stressed prompt
public service and office
cleanliness.
He warned against
complacency, urging of-
ficials to fulfill responsi-
bilities diligently. Pant
acknowledged improve-
ments since his last in-
spection and praised
JDA’s reduced file back-
log and enhanced effi-
ciency, especially high-
lighting JDA Secretary’s
reduced average disposal
time to 9 hours. He in-
structed fair treatment in
handling encroachments
and illegal constructions,
emphasising equal en-
forcement regardless of
status. He commended
JDC Manju Rajpal  her
team for JDA’s progress,
“I reached JDA at 9:08 in
the morning.Arriving be-
fore the scheduled time
gives time to view files
comfortably.”
“Action will be taken
against one or two offic-
ers; I will write to JDC
Manju Rajpal,” the CS
told media after meeting.
Rajeev Gaur
Jodhpur
Acharya Dhirendra
Krishna Shastri of
Bageshwar Dham on
Monday, said that every
Hindu should apply tilak
on the forehead and hoist
the flag of his religion
outside the house.
At the Shri Ram Nav-
ami Mahotsav organised
by Vishwa Hindu Pari-
shad in Jodhpur, he said,
“We are not against any
religion, but are staunch
supporters of our own
faith. We are not against
anyone, everyone should
live, but if you live by the
rules then you will be
benefitted.”
He said he will con-
tinue to unite the Sana-
tanis. Shastri said that he
will continue to targetthe
opponents of Sanatan
Dharma. He will organ-
ise a five-day Katha  a
‘Divya Darbar’ in Jodh-
pur in days to come.
PTI
Jaipur
BJP National President
JP Nadda on Monday
said earlier vote bank
politics was done by di-
viding people into castes,
but Prime Minister Nar-
endra Modi started poli-
tics of development in
the country.
He said a few days
ago, some people talked
about caste census to di-
vide the society. The BJP
is not against caste cen-
sus but their objective of
having caste census
done was less important
and it was more to divide
the people among castes.
“Today India’s poli-
tics has changed under
the leadership of Modi.
What was seen 10 years
ago is no longer the same
today.
“Earlier, the govern-
ment belonged to a par-
ticular caste group. It
was not the government
of every section,” Nadda
said, addressing a public
meeting in Sangaria of
Hanumangarh district in
support of BJP candidate
Priyanka Balan from
Anupgarh.
He said the elections
were also conducted in
such a way that caste
played an important role.
Politics was done by di-
viding the people, he
added.
“Prime Minister Nar-
endra Modi changed the
definition and culture of
politics. Today politics of
development is being
done. Our opponents also
have to talk about devel-
opment,” he said.
He said on one hand
there is Modi who talks
about removing corrup-
tion and on the other side
there is a ‘Ghamandia
Gathbandhan’, which
says they will save the
corrupt. There will be ac-
tion against the corrupts,
he added.
Lalit Bansal
Kota
Attacking Congress, BJP
candidate from Kota
Bundi LS seat, Om Birla
on Monday said that the
Congress party has no
candidate for the PM’s
post. He added that Nar-
endra Modi has to be
made the PM for a third
time to make the country
stronger in the world.
During campaigning
in the constituency, Birla
highlighted the achieve-
ments of the Modi gov-
ernment and appealed to
people to vote for the
party. Many senior lead-
ers including former
minister Ram Gopal
Bairwa, Nagar palika
chairperson Rajni Soni
were present. Independ-
ent candidate Yogesh
Sharma withdrew nomi-
nation in favour of Birla.
District President Rakesh
Jain welcomed Yogesh
Sharma to party. Sharma
took membership of BJP
via missed call.
First India Bureau
Chittorgarh
BJP’s State President and
candidate from Chittor-
garh LS seat, CP Joshi,
embarked on a compre-
hensive poll campaign
across various assembly
segments on Monday He
visited Kachotia, Mota
Dhamaniya, Sandani
(Patelia), Rampuria, Lu-
hariaa, and Badi Sadri as-
sembly segments to en-
gage with electorate and
urge support for the BJP.
During his interactions,
Joshi was warmly wel-
comed by BJP officials,
representatives,  public.
He reiterated accomplish-
ments of the Modi govt
overthepastdecade,Joshi
assertedconfidenceinsur-
passing the 400-seat mark
thistime,signalingtheim-
pendingreturnoftheModi
govt for another term.
Rajendra Chhabra
Jaipur
IAS Samit Sharma has
been recalled from elec-
tion duty as he was ap-
pointed as observer in
Chhattisgarh’s Mahasam-
und LS constituency. The
State govt had requested
the Election Commission
to recall Samit Sharma
owing to the approaching
summer months and the
problemofdrinkingwater
availability in the state.
According to sources,
keeping in view the seri-
ousness of the matter, the
ElectionCommissionper-
mitted Samit to return to
state, even though Samit
hadreachedMahasamund
onlytwodaysago.Gener-
ally, the Election Com-
mission does not change
any officer and in Samit’s
case, this change has oc-
curred after the duty allot-
ment which in itself is an
uncommon development.
In place of Samit, now
Anil Agrawal has been
sent to Mahasamund. Af-
ter Samit left, the DoP
handedovertheadditional
charge of Samit’s post to
ACS Abhay Kumar, but
now, from today onwards,
Samit will continue to
carry out his responsibili-
ties as PrincipalSecretary,
PHED.
Picture is clear on 25 seats, with straight contests on all seats except one
Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
ith the comple-
tion of the sec-
ond phase of
withdrawal of nomina-
tions in Rajasthan on
Monday, the picture of
the contest on all 25 seats
in the State has become
clear. Congress candi-
dates are in direct com-
petition with BJP on 22
seats, while Congress’
alliance partners are
challenging BJP on three
seats. There seems to be
a direct contest on 24 out
of 25 seats, whereas in
Barmer-Jaisalmer, which
is included in the list of
the largest Lok Sabha
seats in the country, the
contest seems to be trian-
gular. On this seat, which
seems to be entangled in
the caste equation, BJP
has again fielded Union
Minister Kailash Choud-
hary, while Congress has
fielded Umedaram Beni-
wal. The direct fight be-
tween these two has be-
come triangular with the
arrival of Ravindra Bha-
ti because apart from
Jats, there is also a large
number of Rajput voters
on this seat.
NEW EQUATIONS
FORMED FROM
DAMOR’S ‘KHELA’
In Banswara-Dungarpur,
a tribal dominated seat,
the agreement has fallen
apart due to factionalism
between Congress and
BAP. In such a situation,
the campaign to mobilise
votes against BJPhas suf-
fered a setback. Congress
candidate Arvind Damor
has played a game with
his own party. After Con-
gress announced its
agreement with BAP, it
was certain that there
would be a direct contest
between BJP and BAP
from Banswara. On Mon-
day all the equations
changed completely as
Congress candidate
Arvind Damor did not
withdraw his nomination
at the time of last date for
withdrawal of nomina-
tion. Congress expelled
Damor from the party but
the strange situation is
that he will still be an of-
ficial Congress candidate
and will be seen on the
EVM with the Congress’
election symbol.
CLOSE CONTEST
EXPECTED IN ‘JAT BELT’
A close contest is ex-
pected in Jat dominated
seats including Nagaur
and Churu. In Churu,
there is a direct contest
between two-time MP
Rahul Kaswan, who
comes from a family of
political players, and
sports player Devendra
Jhanjharia. The decision
on the seat will be in the
favour of Jat voters.
Same is the situation in
Nagaur Lok Sabha seat
where there is a contest
between Jyoti Mirdha
of BJP and Hanuman
Baniwal of Congress-
RLP alliance.
GURJAR VOTERS
ARE ‘GAME CHANGERS’
IN DAUSA
There is a contest on
the Dausa Lok Sabha
seat between BJP’s
Kanhaiyalal Meena and
former Minister Murar-
ilal Meena.
The Gurjar voters will
decide the victory on
this seat reserved for the
ST (Scheduled Tribe).
Traditionally, the Gurjar
community has been
seen standing in support
of BJP on this seat till
now.
But Murari Meena is
among those leaders,
who along with Sachin
Pilot, raised the flag of
rebellion against the Ge-
hlot government.
Pilot is believed to
have a hold on the ‘Gur-
jar’ voters of this area.
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Greetings on the occasion of Chaitra Navratri,
Ugadi and Gudi Padwa! Today also marks the
beginning of the Hindu New Year, Vikram
Samvat 2081.
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‘Castepoliticsreplacedby
politicsofdevpunderModi’
India, now 5th
largest
economy, aims for 3rd
place globally, he says
This is the ‘ghamandia’
alliance, an alliance to
save the corrupt
JP Nadda holds swords in his hands showcasing strength during the nomination meeting in
support of BJP candidate Priyanka Balan in Sangaria town in Hanumangarh district on Monday.
Other local leaders were also present on the occasion.
Om Birla addresses people
during the ‘Jansampark
Abhiyan’ at Pipalda in Kota.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat welcomes Bageshwar Dham Sarkar
Dhirendra Shastri at his residence in Jodhpur on Monday.
HOME MIN SHAH MAY
VISIT ALWAR ON APRIL
14  JPR ON APR 16-17
Union Home Min-
ister Amit Shah is
scheduled to visit
Rajasthan in the coming
days. On April 14, he is
expected to visit Alwar,
followed by visits to Jaipur
on April 16 and 17. During
his visit, Amit Shah will be
addressing public meet-
ings in three Lok Sabha
constituencies.
Yogesh Sharma
Dausa
PM Narendra Modi will
conduct a road show in
Dausa on April 12. This
will be the first road show
of Modi in Dausa for
which the party is making
preparations.
Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi had visited Dausa
city during ‘Bharat Jodo
Yatra.’During that time, a
huge crowd had gathered
in the Yatra.
Now the BJP is trying
to break that report in PM
Modi’s road show. BJP
has made former minister
Kanhaiyalal Meena its
candidate while MLA
Murari Lal Meena is Lok
Sabha candidate from
Congress party on Dausa
seat.
Focusing Dausa means
targeting Meena, Gurjar
and Dalit votes. Dausa is
politicallyknownbecause
of Pandit Naval Kishore
Sharma and Rajesh Pilot.
Dr Kirori Lal Meena is
the most prominent face
of BJP here.
PM Modi’s first roadshow in
Dausa scheduled for April 12
CM TO ADDRESS
ELECTION RALLY IN
SIKRAI ON APRIL 10
Dausa has be-
come a hot seat for
Lok Sabha elec-
tions-2024. Prime Minister
Narendra Modi is going
to conduct a road show in
Dausa on April. 12. Before
this, CM Bhajanlal Sharma
will hold an election meeting
in Sikrai on April 10. The
party is showing strength to
make the BJP candidate win
there. Meanwhile, minis-
ter Rajyavardhan Singh
Rathore held a meeting of
BJP leaders and workers to
review the preparations for
the PM’s roadshow. All four
BJP MLAs of Dausa were
also present in the meeting.
‘Modi’s3rdtermkeyforstrongerIndia’
JP Nadda at nomination meeting in Sangaria
CSstressesefficiencyaccountability
duringhissecondsurprisevisittoJDA
Samit allowed to return
to quench people’s
thirst in summers!
Dhirendra Shastri: As long
as we are alive, we will
continue to unite Sanatanis
BJP’s CP Joshi
confident of
crossing the
400-seat mark CS ENQUIRES ABOUT DEPARTMENTAL
INNOVATIONS DURING UDH-LSG MEETING
During a meeting of the
UDH-LSG, CS Sudhansh
Pant asked officials
about the innovations they have
implemented in their respective
departments. Officials from the
Urban Development Depart-
ment, Autonomous Government
Department, Housing Board,
JDA, Jaipur Municipal Corpora-
tion Greater, Jaipur Heritage
Municipal Corporation, and senior officials from the
Town Planning Department briefed Pant on the
improvements and innovations within their areas of
responsibility.
EC honours State Govt’s request
Analysis
On22seats,BJP
facesCongress,
whileon3seats,
alliancecandidates
willfightagainstBJP
The Barmer-
Jaisalmer seat is
embroiled in a
triangular conflict
due to caste
equations
The agreement
with ‘BAP’
undermined by
factionalism within
the Congress in the
Banswara seat
“The manner in which
work has been done
in this country under
the leadership of
Prime Minister Modi ji
for India’s sovereignty
and India’s culture,
India’s cultural
awakening was never
done before.If anyone
has worried about the
villages, the poor, the
deprived, the
exploited, the Dalits,
the women, the
youth, the tribal
brothers and the
farmers, then PM Modi
has done so.”
JP NADDA, BJP NATIONAL
PRESIDENT
JAIPUR, TUESDAY | APRIL 9, 2024
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olar eclipses, with
their awe-inspir-
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have captivated
humanity since
ancient times.
These rare astronomical events
often spark curiosity, wonder, and
sometimes even superstition. In-
terestingly, there exists a fascinat-
ing connection between solar
eclipses and Eid, the joyous Mus-
lim festival.
Eid al-Fitr, the festival that
marks the end of Ramadan, the
holy month of fasting, holds pro-
found spiritual signifi-
cance for Muslims
worldwide. It's
a time of cel-
ebration,
reflection,
and grati-
t u d e .
However,
some tra-
ditions and
beliefs asso-
ciated with
Eid intersect
with solar eclipses in
intriguing ways.
In Islamic tradition, the
solar eclipse is seen as a
sign of the greatness of
Allah and a reminder of
His power over all crea-
tion. It's considered a time for in-
creased prayer, reflection, and
seeking forgiveness. Some Mus-
lims believe that witnessing an
eclipse during Ramadan or on Eid
day holds special spiritual signifi-
cance.
Historically, there have been in-
stances where solar eclipses oc-
curred on or near Eid al-Fitr.
While eclipses follow their celes-
tial timetable, the convergence
with Eid adds layers of symbolism
and spiritual contemplation for
believers. Some scholars and reli-
gious leaders have interpreted
these occurrences as signs from
Allah, emphasizing the impor-
tance of reflection, repentance,
and gratitude during times of ce-
lestial wonder.
The celestial spectacle of a solar
eclipse during Eid can also serve
as a reminder of the transient na-
ture of life and the importance of
living by Islamic principles. It en-
courages believers to ponder the
mysteries of the universe and their
place within it, fostering a deeper
connection to their faith and com-
munity.
Despite the scientific under-
standing of solar eclipses, the mys-
tical allure and spiritual signifi-
cance attributed to them persist
across cultures and religions. For
Muslims celebrating Eid, the rare
occurrence of a solar eclipse adds
a unique dimension to their reli-
gious observance, infusing the
holiday with a sense of wonder
and reverence for the cosmic forc-
es at play.
In essence, the intersection of so-
lar eclipses and Eid offers a poign-
ant reminder of the interconnect-
edness of the natural world and the
divine, inviting believers to con-
template the mysteries of the uni-
verse and reaffirm theirfaith in
the guiding light of
Allah.
Mohit
Choudhary
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COSMIC CONNECTION SPARKS SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION
COSMIC CONNECTION SPARKS SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION
found spiritual signifi-
cance for Muslims
worldwide. It's
a time of cel-
ebration,
reflection,
and grati-
t u d e .
However,
some tra-
ditions and
beliefs asso-
ciated with
Eid intersect
with solar eclipses in
intriguing ways.
In Islamic tradition, the
solar eclipse is seen as a
sign of the greatness of
Allah and a reminder of
His power over all crea-
Despite the scientific under-
standing of solar eclipses, the mys-
tical allure and spiritual signifi-
cance attributed to them persist
across cultures and religions. For
Muslims celebrating Eid, the rare
occurrence of a solar eclipse adds
a unique dimension to their reli-
gious observance, infusing the
holiday with a sense of wonder
and reverence for the cosmic forc-
es at play.
In essence, the intersection of so-
lar eclipses and Eid offers a poign-
ant reminder of the interconnect-
edness of the natural world and the
divine, inviting believers to con-
template the mysteries of the uni-
verse and reaffirm theirfaith in
the guiding light of
Allah.
Ahead
of Eid al-Fitr, City
First Unveils The
Mystical Connection
Between Solar Eclipses and
Eid, Where Celestial
Wonder Meets Sacred
Celebration.
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  • 1. Jaipur, Tuesday | April 9, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 302 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper After 30 years on Chaitra Navratri, this time an auspicious combination of Amrit Siddhi Yoga, Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga, Shash Yoga and Ashwini Nakshatra is going to happen. Let us worship ‘Maa Shailputri’ , one of the most divine forms of Goddess Durga today. First India wishes its readers a very ‘Happy Navratri’! GHATASTHAPANA Abhijit Muhurat — 11:57 AM to 12:48 PM MODI’SRISEFROM ‘POOR’TO‘POWER’! PM KICKSTARTS BJP’S MEGA MAHARASHTRA CAMPAIGN WITH CHANDRAPUR RALLY Moni Sharma Chandrapur Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur on Monday. During stirring address to the people of Maharash- tra, PM Modi empha- sized importance of sta- bility and development while urging support for the BJP-NDAcandidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Speak- ing at public meeting, PM Modi highlighted progress made in various sectors & called for con- tinued efforts towards the betterment of the nation. Addressing the enthu- siastic crowd, PM Modi highlighted the trans- formative initiatives un- dertaken by the govt for the development of Ma- harashtra and Vidarbha, reinstating schemes and projects that had been stalled by previous ad- ministrations. Reflecting on the contrasting visions of stability and instability in upcoming elections, PM Narendra Modi con- trasted the BJP-NDA’s commitment to decisive action for the country’s progress with the Con- gress and I.N.D.I Alli- ance’s focus on self-serv- ing interests. The PM also said that Modi did not become the Prime Minister by being born in a royal family, instead, Narendra Modi was born in a poor family, lived among you people and has come this far. P5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Maharashtra Minister for Cultural Affairs Sudhir Mungantiwar during a public meeting for the Lok Sabha elections, as Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis look on, during rally in Chandrapur on Monday. ‘CENTRE’S TIMELY INTERVENTION SAVED MANIPUR’ PM Modi on Monday stressed the need for collective responsibility to deal with Manipur situation sensitively and said there has been a marked improvement in the situation due to timely intervention of Centre and efforts made by state govt. In an interview to As- sam Tribune, PM said Centre has dedicated its best resources and administrative machinery to resolv- ing Manipur conflict. PM MODI’S J&K AND RAJASTHAN TOUR ON APRIL 12 For the past 10 years, the Congress has been out of power. You have given the NDA a full majority. We have provided a permanent solution to the country’s major problems. Today, not only Maharashtra but the entire country has weakened Naxalism. NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER KEY HIGHLIGHTS  PM emphasizes the need for stability and develop- ment in upcoming elections  PM commends unwaver- ing spirit of Maharashtra’s residents and their contri- bution to the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya  PM Modi highlights the transformative initiatives for Maharashtra’s develop- ment, reinstating stalled projects for rapid progress  I.N.D.I.A bloc has pushed country into instability: Modi  Bitter gourd can never be sweet even if mixed with ghee or sugar. It also implies to Cong Due to its misdeeds, today Congress party has lost public support within the country, says PM 11:00 AM Udhampur PUBLIC MEETING 11:45 AM Barmer PUBLIC MEETING 04:45 PM Dausa MEGA ROAD SHOW CM SHARMA GREETS PANDIT DHIRENDRA SHASTRI Barmer visit successful after meeting Guruji: CM Suryaveer Singh Tanwar and Ashok Shera Jaisalmer/Barmer hief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma’s heli- copter made an emergen- cy landing due to a tech- nical glitch while going from Jaisalmer to Barmer on Monday. After the pi- lot made a safe landing, the CM had to alight and wait at the civil airport lounge for about 3 hours. Later he left for Barmer by chartered plane at 5 pm. Due to a malfunction in helicopter, his meeting which was to be held in Saundri area of Barmer also had to be cancelled. In this context, CM Bha- jan Lal reached Jaisalmer from Bikaner at 12:00 on Sunday night on 2-day visit. The CM also held discussion with current MP and candidate Kai- lash Choudhary. In the CM’s meeting, the step- motherly treatment given by the MP to Jaisalmer in the last 5 years was dis- cussed in a hushed voice. At Barmer, CM Sharma and Pandit Dhirendra Shastri were given a huge welcome. During this, CM Sharma had also ad- dressed the crowd and said, “My coming to Barmer was successful after Guruji’s darshan.” Notably a huge crowd gathered to see Bagesh- war Dham baba. P8 C Cong faces revolt in Banswara & Bagidora, 2 expelled for 6 years Naresh Sharma & Dinesh Dangi Jaipur Once again the Congress was seen in trouble re- garding the Banswara Lok Sabha and Bagidora Assembly by-elections. First the party discussed forming an alliance with BAPon this seat and then when things didn’t work out, the nomination was filed at the last minute. During the day, candi- dates were fielded at both the places and the nomi- nations of Arvind Damor from Banswara and Ka- poor Singh from Bagi- dora were filed. Later the party suddenly decided to support BAP. Duo did not follow party’s deci- sion and did not with- draw their nominations. Congress considered it as gross indiscipline and then expelled both of them for 6 years. How- ever, despite the expul- sion, both would remain Congress candidates be- cause according to the rules of the EC, either the candidate withdraws his nomination or his nomi- nation is rejected due to some reason, only then can a candidate not con- test election. But both things did not happen in this instance and hence technically still both will remain Cong candidates. CM SHARMA’S ROAD SHOW IN BANSUR TODAY Chief Minister Bha- jan Lal Sharma will hold a road show in Bansur on Tuesday in sup- port of BJP candidate. CM’s road show will start from 4 pm and after the road show, CM will address a huge public meeting. Notably, th road show starting from Subhash Chowk, Bansur, Kotputli stand and will reach Ramlila Maidan via Dangal Chowk. Chief Minister will address the public meeting at Ramlila Maidan. Mean- while, CM Sharma’s tour of Didwana was cancelled. First India Bureau Lucknow Former Uttar Pradesh Di- rector General of Police (DGP) Vijay Kumar, who retired from the post nearly two months ago, joined the BJPalong with his wife on Monday, stat- ing that he will follow the party’s instructions on contesting LS elections. First India Bureau New Delhi Suspended Maldivian minister Mariyam Shiu- na issued an apology on Monday following up- roar over a deleted social media post allegedly dis- respecting the Indian Na- tional Flag. The post, which has since been re- moved, featured an op- position party’s cam- paign poster with what appeared to be theAshok Chakra that appears on the white central band. “The MDP is heading to- wards a big slip. The peo- ple of Maldives don’t want to fall and slip with them,” the post read. Lat- er, due to backlash and outrage, Shiuna deleted the post before issuing an apology. Former Uttar Pradesh DGP Vijay joins BJP Apology for Indian flag post: Maldives ex-min IN BRIEF Suryatilak for Ram Lalla in Ayodhya on first Ram Navami Ayodhya: Lucky devo- tees of lord Ram could get a chance to witness first Suryatilak of Ram Lalla on this Ram Nava- mi. Experts from CBRI are camping in Ayodhya to lay down optomechan- ical system on ground floor of Ram Temple in collaboration with scien- tists from Indian Institute of Astrophysics. P6 Delhi High Court to pronounce verdict in Kejriwal’s petition challenging arrest by ED at 2:30 pm today New Delhi: Delhi HC is scheduled to deliver on Tuesday its verdict on a plea by CM Arvind Kejriwal, who is in judicial custody in a money laundering case linked with the alleged excise scam, challenging his arrest. As per the cause list uploaded on HC’s website, Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma will pronounce the order at 2:30 pm today. SENSEX 74,742.50 494.28 BSE 22,666.30 152.60 NIFTY haitra Shukla P r a t i p a d a stands synony- mous to strong d e c i s i o n s which have been taken in In- dia to script a new story: a story of development, a story of growth, a story of spiritu- ality, a story of the victory of dharma over adharma, a sto- ry of victory of justice over injustice and much more… Today, when we are ac- cording a warm welcome to Vikram Sanwat 2081, the occasion immediately takes us back to the old memory lanes when Rajasthan was born as a new state on the map of India with the ear- nest efforts taken by iron- man Sardar Vallabhbhai Pa- tel on this auspicious occa- sion at 10.40 am. Sardar Patel was a vision- ary man who well under- stood the significance of this day and hence he said, “To- day is the new beginning of the new year in Rajputana. Today, year changes. This is a new year, so we should un- derstand the significance of the new Maha-Rajasthan. Today, we should purify our hearts and pray to God to help us become worthy Ra- jasthanis for the state of Ra- jasthan. May God give us strength and wisdom to up- lift Rajasthan and serve the Rajputani people. Today on this auspicious day, we have to seek blessings from God. I hope that all of you will join me in this pledge to serve Rajasthan, in this prayer, he said. Today, when Rajasthan has already completed 75 years of its existence and forma- tion, this auspicious day of Varsha Pratipada is an oppor- tune time to yet again offer the same prayer to God. Fur- ther, this is also an opportu- nity to pledge to work whole- heartedly for the develop- ment of Rajasthan during the ongoing Amrit Kaal. Varsha Pratipada is a symbol of our self-pride. This Pratipada in- spires us to make strong ef- forts for the nation. Today, Rajasthan is ready to take a big leap, leaving behind five years of intense darkness, disappointment, fear and de- spair. In the last four months, due to the efforts of the BJP governments at the Cen- tre and the State, new saplings of hope and expecta- tions have blossomed amongst the minds of the common people of the state. They have started feeling that the state can script a new story of development in the next five years by keeping pace with the visionary think- ing of the country’s success- ful Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I believe that during the Lok Sabha election to be held in the beginning of Sam- vat 2081, voters of the coun- try and state will take the right decision in the national interest taking clues from the development story being scripted in the last 10 years on the national map and in four months in Rajasthan. In fact, on the occasion of New Year, we all need to un- derstand the implications of the new message being given by the nature silently and smartly. Let’s understand this message by reading between the lines of renowned poet Suryakant Nirala who said, ‘Nav Gati, Nav Lay, Taal Chhand Nav, Naval Kanth Nav Jalad Mandra Rav, Nav Nabh ke Nav Vihag Vrand ko Nav per Nav Swar de.’These lines reflect the sentiments of the New Year which symbol- ise new thinking, new energy and new excitement. Nature wears a new look with new leaves and new branches, and grains are harvested on this occasion which symbolise with prosperity. In India, the tradition of welcoming the New Year on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is not without reason. It has deep implications related to creation, nature, religion, and science. Varsha Pratipada is a cultural festival to purify oneself. There is a feeling of dedication and revival which is done by synergising with nature. It is said in Brahma- puran that the beginning of the creation of earth took place on the Pratipada of Chaitra Shukla and from this auspicious, started the time calculation in India. This day also stands syn- onymous to traditions and festivities; this festival of New Year is celebrated with different names at different places like Ugadi, Chet- ichand, Gudi Padwa etc. Ever since I have memory, I have been observing the pro- cess of wearing new clothes on Varsha Pratipada, deco- rating the house with flags, banners, bandhanwar, doing charity and bringing Neem branches home. Elderly people give neem shoots to chew on this day, so that the body’s immunity re- mains intact. From a histori- cal point of view, Vikramadi- tya and his Digvijayini army had driven the Shakas out of India and re-established hap- piness, peace and prosperity in the country. Emperor Vikramaditya had started ‘Vikram Samvat’ from Var- sha Pratipada to commemo- rate the defeat of Shakas and our victory over them. It is also believed that after the killing of Ravana for the es- tablishment of religion, the coronation of Lord Ram, took place on the year Prati- pada itself. If we look at it, there cannot be a better day than this to start new work and make new resolutions. Dr. Keshavrao Baliram Hedgewar, who gave the in- fallible mantra of organiza- tion to the country in the form of Rashtriya Swayam- sevak Sangh, was also born on the year Pratipada. Dr Hedgewar, with his amazing vision and organiza- tional skills, prepared many patriots who are today en- gaged in realizing the dream of taking India towards ulti- mate glory. It is the success of their efforts that after al- most five hundred years, Ram Lalla will celebrate his birth anniversary in a grand and divine temple at his birthplace in Ayodhya. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL whenRajasthanwasbornasanewStateinIndia An auspicious occasion to recall resolutions of Patel PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Tuesday | April 9, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Bhajan Lal Sharma The writer is Chief Minister of Rajasthan ON THE OCCASION OF NEW YEAR, WE ALL NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW MESSAGE BEING GIVEN BY THE NATURE SILENTLY AND SMARTLY ardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a visionary man who well understood the significance of this day and hence he said, “Today is the new beginning of the new year in Rajputana. Today, year changes. This is a new year, so we should understand the significance of the new Maha-Rajasthan. Today, we should purify our hearts and pray to God to help us become worthy Rajasthanis for the state of Rajasthan. May God give us strength and wisdom to uplift Rajasthan and serve the Rajputani people. Today on this auspicious day, we have to seek blessings from God. I hope that all of you will join me in this pledge to serve Rajasthan, in this prayer, he said. SIGNIFICANCE OF NEW MAHA-RAJASTHAN CHAITRA SHUKLA PRATIPADA C S Let’s understand this message by reading between the lines of renowned poet Suryakant Nirala who said, ‘Nav Gati, Nav Lay, Taal Chhand Nav, Naval Kanth Nav Jalad Mandra Rav, Nav Nabh ke Nav Vihag Vrand ko Nav per Nav Swar de’  Vol 5  Issue No. 302  RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504.  Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra  Managing Editor: Pawan Arora  Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act PERSPECTIVE P4 Celebrating Chaitra Navratri, Hindu Nav Varsh, Ugadi, Gudi Padwa! 266 candidates are in fray for elections in the 25 Lok Sabha seats of Rajasthan Vikram Samvat 2081 begins from today Abhijit Muhurat — 11:57 AM to 12:48 PM Abhijit Muhurat — 11:57 AM to 12:48 PM (L) Arvind Damor — Banswara (R) Kapoor Singh — Bagidora CM Bhajan Lal Sharma greets Pandit Dhirendra Shastri during his visit to Barmer on Monday. Also seen here is Pratap Puriji Maharaj. BJP chief JP Nadda greets during a public meeting in support of party candidate from Ganganagar constituency Priyanka Balan for LS polls, at Sangaria, in Hanumangarh on Monday. P8 Dramatic Skies! Clouds roll by as the beginning phase of a total solar eclipse is visible from Arlington, Texas on Monday.
  • 2. The political arena in State is set to witness a significant surge in activity as Gandhi siblings, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, gear up to rally support for Congress candidates. On April 11th, Rahul Gandhi is poised to embark on a crucial campaign trail in Raj. He will host two pivotal public gatherings aimed at galvanizing support for Congress contenders in the region. The first public meeting is scheduled in Anoopgarh, followed by another at in Phalodi. These gatherings are expected to draw substantial crowds and bolster momentum for the Congress party. In par- allel, Priyanka Gandhi will rekindle her presence, reaffirming her commitment to electoral battle. Priyanka Gandhi’s itinerary includes electoral meetings during her tour of Jalore. 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | April 9, 2024 Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat 02 Adda Adda RAJ RAJniti ka TASKMASTER‘MAATSAHAB’ASSIGNS‘IMPORTED LEADER’TOBRINGMOREPEOPLETOSAFFRONPARTY After joining BJP, a seasoned leader pondered upon finding some tasks to engage in. So, he made his way to BJP stalwart who is populary called ‘Maat Sahab’, and asked, “Sir, you are overseeing all election work, what assignment do you have for me?” Maat Sahab, known for his unwavering commitment, replied promptly, “Utilize all the numbers in your phone, all the contacts you have. Urge them to vote for BJP.” Upon hearing Maat Sahab’s words, ‘imported’ leader became restless and began to rethink the days spent in Congress. RAVINDRA BHATI’S GUJARAT VISIT TO GARNER SUPPORT IMPRESSES LEADERS The campaign of Independent candidate from Barmer Ravindra Singh Bhati has become talk of the town. His visit to Gujarat to garner sup- port from Rajasthani people living there has been lauded by senior poli- ticians who feel that Bhati is leaving no stone unturned to make this presence felt in the desert state. PilotcampaignsforAmra Ram,confidentINDIAbloc willwinmaxseatsinRaj PCC chief Dotasra gives details on ‘Nyay Patra’ High turnout in ‘Home Voting’ on Jaipur and Jaipur Rural LS seats 12 LS seats: BJP to reach every house from April 10 Parivaar Parchi Mahabhiyan Sachin Pilot, Amra Ram & Suresh Modi during the rally of I.N.D.I. Alliance in Patan, Neem Ka Thana of Sikar LS Seat on Monday. Hukum Singh Sikar Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Monday ex- pressed confidence that the party will win most of the seats in Rajasthan as there is a wave of change. “Last time the results were not good but today there is a wave of change. The public has seen the report card of the coun- try’s government for 10 years. Congress will win most of seats in State,” he said while addressing a public rally in Sikar in support of I.N.D.I.A. can- didate Amra Ram. He said that BJP has ruled this country in such a way that it is ruining de- mocracyandconstitution- al institutions. Pilot further said that the public had formed a government at the Center with confidence but the BJP government disap- pointed farmers by mak- ing three agricultural laws against farmers, and is puttingelectedChiefMin- isters in jail. First India Bureau Jaipur As the Lok Sabha elec- tion battle intensifies, a volley of accusations and counter-accusations has ignited between leaders of the Congress and BJP in Rajasthan. On Mon- day, PCC President Go- vind Singh Dotasra, launched a scathing at- tack on the BJP, particu- larly targeting their slo- gan of crossing 400 seats. Dotasra asserted that BJP’s ambitious claim of securing over 400 seats is merely a ploy to deceive the public. He accused the BJP of harboring in- tentions to alter principles of Dr BR Ambedkar’s constitution and under- mine democracy. These allegations were made during a press conference held at PCC where Do- tasra highlighted the par- ty’s commitments and guarantees to mentioned in ‘Nyay patra’. First India Bureau Jaipur On the fourth day of home voting under the Lok Sabha elections 2024, Jaipur Lok Sabha constituency witnessed an impressive turnout of 95.45% while the Jaipur Rural Lok Sabha seat re- corded an even higher turnout of 96.73%. Nota- bly, voters aged 85 years and above, as well as over 40% of differently- abled individuals exer- cised their voting rights. According to Neelima Takshak, the Deputy Dis- trict Election Officer, out of the total 440 registered voters in the Jaipur Lok Sabha constituency, 420 voters cast their votes during the home voting process. Unfortunately, five voters were unable to vote due to their de- mise, while 15 voters were absent. Similarly, in the Jaipur Rural Lok Sabha con- stituency, out of the total 704 registered voters, 681 voters participated in the home voting process. Nine voters could not cast their votes due to their demise, and 14 vot- ers were absent. First India Bureau Jaipur With mere 11 days left for voting, state BJP has de- cidedtoreacheveryhouse through ‘Parivaar Parchi Mahabhiyan.’ The cam- paign will first be run in those seats where 12 seats under the first phase come. FromApril 10, dis- tribution of Parivaar Parchi will begin. Along with this, BJP workers will also take PM Naren- dra Modi’s message to every household. Two handbills will also be distributed which will include election an- nouncements of the party and govt’s achievements. ByApril 14, 15 and 16, the Parivaar Parchi aims to reach every house. BJP Election Management Committee Convenor Narayan Panchariya said that the party workers at the mandal, booth, page level are engaged in poll preparations. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma and BJPState Prez CP Joshi also have responsibilities. GANDHI SIBLINGS TO TOUR RAJ FOR CAMPAIGNING Govind Singh Dotasra, Swarnim Chaturvedi during PC in Jaipur on Monday. NAIM KHAN Old lady casting her vote using Home Voting facility on fourth day of campagin on Monday. l PM Modi changes political narrative by calling ‘Devendra’ as ‘Narendra’s’ candidate l Cong fields a seasoned political player in front of BJP’s medal winning player GROUND REPORT CHURU LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY 22,22,213 TOTAL VOTERS IN CHURU Nohar Bhadra Sadulpur Taranagar Sardarshahar Churu Ratangarh Sujangarh RAJASTHAN CHURU LS CONSTITUENCY Males 11,64,762 10,57,435 Females ThirdGender 16 2,11,498 Voters increased since 2019 in Churu Lok Sabha Constituency 02 BJP 05 CONGRESS 01 BSP ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2023 65.67% Voting recorded on Churu seat in 2019 CHURU FACE TO FACE DEVENDRA JHANJHARIA Age: 44 years Education: BCA Assets: `20,71,000 Vehicle: A Car RAHUL KASWAN Age: 47 years Education: B.Com Assets: `2,65,00,000 Vehicle: A Jeep Young player close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Source of inspiration for the farming community and divyangs Benefit of BJP’s traditional votes and strong structure of the organisation Political experience and strong family political lineage Direct contact with people and workers owing to being two-time MP Good hold among Jat-Muslim voters STRENGTHS STRENGTHS Lack of experience in politics Relatively less hold on Jat vote bank Attempt to entangle the elections in local political equations WEAKNESS First experience of contesting elections from Congress Threat of infighting from local Congress leaders Overcoming Modi factor is a big challenge WEAKNESS CongressrelyingonBJPrebelto stageawininthehotseatofChuru Sanjay Prajapat Churu he political tem- perature in the Churu Lok Sab- ha seat has been soaring rapidly ever since the BJP can- celled the ticket of its two- time MP Rahul Kaswan, who won from here with a huge margin. In his place, the BJP nominated Para- lympic medalist and inter- national player Devendra Jhanjhariaasitscandidate. The Congress has fielded Rahul Kaswan, who left the BJPafter being denied a ticket. The Congress party’s strategy is to defeat the BJPwith the help of its old pawns by entangling them in local political equa- tions. Under this strategy, Rahul Kaswan is claiming that Rajendra Rathore is the reason he was denied the MP ticket. Although both Jhanjharia and Kas- wan come from the Jat community, on the pretext of Rajendra Rathore, there is an attempt to make the election on this seat Jat versus Rajput. Amidst all this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has curbed these efforts to a great extent by calling Devendra the candidate of Narendra’s choice in the election meeting in Churu while seeking votes for him. With this election meeting, Modi changed the political direction of this seat towards national issues and the Modi factor instead of local equations. Talking about the can- didatureofRahulKaswan, he has inherited political experience. His father, Ramsingh Kaswan, was a four-time MP, his mother was an MLA and district chief, his grandfather was an MLA, and he himself has been a BJP MP twice. He also has a hold on the ground. BJP candidate Devendra Jhajharia is an international player. Even though he lacks political experience, Jhanjharia can definitely benefit from the Modiwaveandstrengthof BJP’s organisation on the ground. Congress party’s opposition to not giving a ticket to even a single Muslim in State can harm the party here, as the party has in the past fielded a Muslim, Rafique Mande- lia, twice as a candidate from here.This time, Con- gress has also cancelled his ticket and given it to BJP rebel Rahul Kaswan. Meanwhile, the BSP and independents are also in the fray in the Churu seat, but no significant im- pact is visible. Rahul Kas- wan is new in the Con- gress family, so how much the grand old party helps him will be important here because, with the arrival of Kaswan, the careers of many Congress leaders are at stake. The biggest plus point for the Con- gress is that it can mobi- lize Jat voters in its favour. At the same time, the chal- lenge for the BJP to save thisseatistoretainJatvot- ers along with other tradi- tional votes in its favour. The election here is considered to be a close contest. T RAILWAY SERVICE EXPANSION AND YAMUNA WATER ARE BIG ELECTION ISSUES The main election issue is the expansion of rail service in Churu district in which Sardarshahar to Suratgarh and Taranagar is to be connected by rail service. At the same time, a plan is proposed to expand the canal for irrigation water and to bring Yamuna water to this area. Along with the expansion of tourism sector, setting up of big industries in Churu district etc. are important issues. REPORT CARD OF MP RAHUL KASWAN This topic is also very interesting here, MP Rahul Kaswan was an MP from BJP, his development work has been the achievement of Modi govern- ment. In such a situation, the development work of Rahul Kaswan is not being considered as his personal work. In such a situation, Rahul is counting on crop insurance, increasing the frequency of railway trains, the plan to bring Yamuna water to Churu district etc. Whereas BJP is calling all these works as achievements of Modi government. BJP candidate from Churu Devendra Jhanjharia presents a javelin to PM Narendra Modi during his April 5 rally in Churu in presence of CM Bhajan Lal sharma. FILE
  • 3. RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | April 9, 2024 A SHOW OF STRENGTH! IAF training exercise at air strip in Agdawa First India Bureau Sanchore n exercise was conducted by theAir Force on Monday at the country’s first emergency air strip Agadwa, located near the India-Pakistan interna- tional border. This exer- cise was done through modern fighter aircraft like Jaguar and Tejas of theAir Force. Located on the border of Sanchore and Barmer in Rajasthan, this air strip is also very important strategically. During this period, along with theAir Force, the lo- cal police administration also remained on full alert mode. This emergency air strip built on National Highway No. 925A at Agadwa in Sanchore dis- trict of Rajasthan is lo- cated just 40 kilometers away from the India-Pa- kistan international bor- der. Due to this, if neces- sary, it can play a very important role in emer- gency situations. In view of theAir Force exercise, traffic was diverted on both sides of the national highway. In view of the exercise, the Air Force had taken possession of the area around the air strip adjacent to the high- way from April 6 itself. Notably, this air strip was inaugurated by Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari on 9 September 2021. During the exercise, a bull came on the air strip, a video of the bull walk- ing on the air strip during exercise went viral. First India Bureau Jaipur The Central Goods and Services Tax Department has detected GST eva- sion of Rs 5.50 crore by Rajasthali Resort and Studio Ltd., the company that operates a luxury re- sort, Rajasthali on Jaipur- Delhi road. CGST, which is inves- tigating the complaints for unaccounted expend- iture and non-payment of GST on the expenses in luxury weddings, has found that adequate GST was not paid in the wed- dings held a few days ago at Rajasthali Resort. Af- ter investigation, the di- rectors of the company have also deposited Rs 2 crore with the authorities. There was a big differ- ence between the amount recovered from the events organized in the company’s resort and the amount in account books. First India Bureau Jaipur In Phalodi, the tempera- ture exceeded 42 degrees four times in 12 days. Phalodi had the highest temperature in the state. Temperatures in the Jodhpur-Bikaner division will rise by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius over the next 72 hours. Maximum tem- peratures are predicted to exceed 42-43 degrees. Most sections of the state are anticipated to see tem- peratures ranging from 39 to 41 degrees. Western Disturbances will be ac- tive starting April 10. There may be rain be- tween April 10 and April 16. There is also a possi- bility of thunder and rain in southern, south-east Rajasthan. Vikas Sharma Jaipur Resident doctors are out- raged by the actions tak- en at Kanwatia Hospital regarding a woman’s open delivery. However, the medical college administration assigned faculty duty un- der a different arrange- ment. After the suspen- sion of three resident doctors, JARD has now opened a front and call- ing the suspension a one- sided action. A complete work boy- cott was declared in GBM which continued till late night. Instruc- tions are issued to keep the system in order from OPD to IPD. Residents have gone on strike in other hospitals including Janana , Gangauri , Kan- watia, Mahila Hospital related to SMS Medical College. Due to which the medical system in the hospitals has completely derailed . There are long queues of patients in the SMS hospital since the morning. Afew days ago, after a woman delivered a baby outside the Kanwatia Hospital, the administra- tion suspended three resident doctors. Govern- ment considered Resi- dent Doctors Dr. Kusum Saini, Dr. Neha Rajawat, and Dr. Manoj guilty in this incident and issued orders for their suspen- sion. In protest against this, the doctors have gone on strike today. First India Bureau Jaipur Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Vasudev Dev- nani on Monday said that there is a need to make fresh efforts to enliven the digital museum of the Assembly ‘Political Nar- rative Museum’. He has said that inno- vations should be made to make maximum use of the museum. Devnani also asserted that ar- rangements should be made to show the muse- um to all the tourists coming to Jaipur. Devnani held a review meeting regarding the upgradation of the Digi- tal Museum with senior officials of various de- partments of the state government, Jaipur Smart City Ltd & mem- bers of the Research Committee in theAssem- bly here on Monday. First India Bureau Jaipur People across the state are excited & have planned to celebrate as per customs & tradition. In Phalodi, the VHP and will celebrate Saf- fron Day today on occa- sion of Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, Hindu New Year Nav Samvatsara 2081. VHP district prez Jaiprakash Guchia said that every house will hoist a saffron flag. In Jaipur, a huge saf- fron procession was tak- en out on the eve of New Year in Chomu by local people. Special teams and police personnel in civil uniform were de- ployed. In Jhalawar, many celebrities will per- form today to mark the occasion. FILE Ramnath Kovind at Maa Draupadi Anand Old Age Home on Monday. Rajasthali Resort in Jaipur. Tourists seen struggling to cover themselves from the scorching sun in Jaipur on Monday. SUNIL SHARMA Resident doctors demonstrating against the administration at Kanwatia Hospital in Jaipur on Monday. Assembly Speaker Vasudev Devnani speaking with the officials during the review meeting in Jaipur on Monday. Preprations being done at Amber Dort for Chaitra Navratri fair. Long queues of patients at the SMS hospital on Monday Morning due to the strike by resident doctors. Several concrete arrangements were also made by district administration for this important pre- exercise of the Air Force. Jaguar and Tejas engaged in ‘touch and go’ sorties on the airstrip in Sanchore’s Agadwa A SMSResidentsstrikework, protestsuspensionofdocs Patients affected; surgeries postponed Kanwatia Hosp issue MercuryrisingacrossRaj, Phalodirecords42°Celsius Admin preps up for Gangaur fest procession in Jpr 50-year-old man gets life term for raping minor girl SI recruitment: SOG court sends 12 accused on remand Jpr biz-man gets threats in name of Rohit Godara First India Bureau Jaipur Dist Collector Prakash Rajpurohit has instructed officials of departments concerned to ensure the safety of tourists and make necessary arrange- ments during the upcom- ing Gangaur festival. As part of the festival, Gan- gaur procession on April 11 and Budhi Gangaur procession on April 12 will depart from Janani Deorhi City Palace at 6 pm and reach Palka Bagh via Tripolia Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupad, Gan- gauri Bazaar. Tourists from across the country and abroad reach Jaipur to witness this procession. Commis- sioner of the JMCH has been instructed to ensure facilities. PTI Kota APOCSO court here sen- tenced a man to life im- prisonment for raping a 13-year-old girl in 2023. POCSO court 3 con- victed Revadilal (50), a resident of Budadeet po- lice station area, for rap- ing a the girl in October last year and imposed a fine of Rs 21,000 on him, Public Prosecutor Lalit Kumar Sharma said. On October 5, Revadi- lal, on the pretext of buy- ing the minor wheat from ration shop, took her to an isolated place and raped her, he said. He threat- ened the minor of dire consequences if she told anyone about the inci- dent.The girl told her par- ents and then they moved to police, Sharma said. First India Bureau Jaipur “Elders are not a burden, they are an asset. They are a wealth of experi- ence. They are our prop- erty. Not only this, the presence of elders is an assurance. Elders are very useful in a family. Their usefulness is sig- nificant in every era and time,” said former Presi- dent Ramnath Kovind, who was on his visit to Udaipur on Monday. Ko- vind participated in the function organized at Maa Draupadi Devi Anand OldAge Home on the occasion of comple- tion of 12 years of Tara Sansthan, Udaipur. He inquired about the well-being of many el- ders. Kovind said that every family has its own stories. Some stories are small, some are big. Our life is spent in listening and narrating them. Satyanarayan Sharma Jaipur Jaipur SOG court today remanded 11 trainee sub- inspectors and one con- stable who cheated their way through the SI re- cruitment exam 2021. The SOG sought 12 days of remand for all of the defendants, but the judge only granted 4 days. Lawyers informed the court, On April 2, SOG RPA went to arrest 11 SIs. They were housed at SOG headquarters. They were produced in court on the fourth. This is the second time SOG has il- legally detained the SI. Action should be made on this. While seeking remand, SOG stated that all of the accused’s ac- counts and signatures must be checked. First India Bureau Jaipur A businessman has been threatened under the name of mobster Rohit G o d a r a . The miscre- ant added, “Call me back”, in an SMS sent to the victim. After getting the threatening SMS, the victim filed a FIR at Shy- am Nagar police station. The miscreant may en- danger people’s lives and property. The police filed a FIR after receiving a complaint from victim. DCP (South) Digant Anand says there is no mention of an extortion demand. The internation- al number from which the threat was received is under investigation. Devnani pushes for digitisation of ‘Political Narrative Museum’ Special arrangements in State as Navsamvatsar celebrations begin Elderlyarenotaburden,but anasset:Former-prezKovind Rajasthali Resorts group under CGST radar for GST evasion of more than `5.50 crore PREPS UNDERWAY FOR FAIR AT AMBER SHILA MATA TEMPLE AS NAVRATRI BEGINS TODAY As Chaitra Navratri starts today, a fair will be held in the ancient Amer Shila Mata temple. Ghat will be put up at 12:05 am in Shila Mata temple and then proper worship will be done for nine days. Special preparations have been made in Amer Palace for Navratri. During Navratri fair, elephant rides and night tourism will remain closed from April 8 to 18. Darshan for devotees will start from 1 pm. It will be closed from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm from second Navratri. MUKESH KIRADOO
  • 4. haitra Shukla P r a t i p a d a stands synony- mous to strong d e c i s i o n s which have been taken in In- dia to script a new story: a story of development, a story of growth, a story of spiritu- ality, a story of the victory of dharma over adharma, a sto- ry of victory of justice over injustice and much more… Today, when we are ac- cording a warm welcome to Vikram Sanwat 2081, the occasion immediately takes us back to the old memory lanes when Rajasthan was born as a new state on the map of India with the ear- nest efforts taken by iron- man Sardar Vallabhbhai Pa- tel on this auspicious occa- sion at 10.40 am. Sardar Patel was a vision- ary man who well under- stood the significance of this day and hence he said, “To- day is the new beginning of the new year in Rajputana. Today, year changes. This is a new year, so we should un- derstand the significance of the new Maha-Rajasthan. Today, we should purify our hearts and pray to God to help us become worthy Ra- jasthanis for the state of Ra- jasthan. May God give us strength and wisdom to up- lift Rajasthan and serve the Rajputani people. Today on this auspicious day, we have to seek blessings from God. I hope that all of you will join me in this pledge to serve Rajasthan, in this prayer, he said. Today, when Rajasthan has already completed 75 years of its existence and forma- tion, this auspicious day of Varsha Pratipada is an oppor- tune time to yet again offer the same prayer to God. Fur- ther, this is also an opportu- nity to pledge to work whole- heartedly for the develop- ment of Rajasthan during the ongoing Amrit Kaal. Varsha Pratipada is a symbol of our self-pride. This Pratipada in- spires us to make strong ef- forts for the nation. Today, Rajasthan is ready to take a big leap, leaving behind five years of intense darkness, disappointment, fear and de- spair. In the last four months, due to the efforts of the BJP governments at the Cen- tre and the State, new saplings of hope and expecta- tions have blossomed amongst the minds of the common people of the state. They have started feeling that the state can script a new story of development in the next five years by keeping pace with the visionary think- ing of the country’s success- ful Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I believe that during the Lok Sabha election to be held in the beginning of Sam- vat 2081, voters of the coun- try and state will take the right decision in the national interest taking clues from the development story being scripted in the last 10 years on the national map and in four months in Rajasthan. In fact, on the occasion of New Year, we all need to un- derstand the implications of the new message being given by the nature silently and smartly. Let’s understand this message by reading between the lines of renowned poet Suryakant Nirala who said, ‘Nav Gati, Nav Lay, Taal Chhand Nav, Naval Kanth Nav Jalad Mandra Rav, Nav Nabh ke Nav Vihag Vrand ko Nav per Nav Swar de.’These lines reflect the sentiments of the New Year which symbol- ise new thinking, new energy and new excitement. Nature wears a new look with new leaves and new branches, and grains are harvested on this occasion which symbolise with prosperity. In India, the tradition of welcoming the New Year on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is not without reason. It has deep implications related to creation, nature, religion, and science. Varsha Pratipada is a cultural festival to purify oneself. There is a feeling of dedication and revival which is done by synergising with nature. It is said in Brahma- puran that the beginning of the creation of earth took place on the Pratipada of Chaitra Shukla and from this auspicious, started the time calculation in India. This day also stands syn- onymous to traditions and festivities; this festival of New Year is celebrated with different names at different places like Ugadi, Chet- ichand, Gudi Padwa etc. Ever since I have memory, I have been observing the pro- cess of wearing new clothes on Varsha Pratipada, deco- rating the house with flags, banners, bandhanwar, doing charity and bringing Neem branches home. Elderly people give neem shoots to chew on this day, so that the body’s immunity re- mains intact. From a histori- cal point of view, Vikramadi- tya and his Digvijayini army had driven the Shakas out of India and re-established hap- piness, peace and prosperity in the country. Emperor Vikramaditya had started ‘Vikram Samvat’ from Var- sha Pratipada to commemo- rate the defeat of Shakas and our victory over them. It is also believed that after the killing of Ravana for the es- tablishment of religion, the coronation of Lord Ram, took place on the year Prati- pada itself. If we look at it, there cannot be a better day than this to start new work and make new resolutions. Dr. Keshavrao Baliram Hedgewar, who gave the in- fallible mantra of organiza- tion to the country in the form of Rashtriya Swayam- sevak Sangh, was also born on the year Pratipada. Dr Hedgewar, with his amazing vision and organiza- tional skills, prepared many patriots who are today en- gaged in realizing the dream of taking India towards ulti- mate glory. It is the success of their efforts that after al- most five hundred years, Ram Lalla will celebrate his birth anniversary in a grand and divine temple at his birthplace in Ayodhya. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL whenRajasthanwasbornasanewStateinIndia An auspicious occasion to recall resolutions of Patel PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Tuesday | April 9, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Bhajan Lal Sharma The writer is Chief Minister of Rajasthan ON THE OCCASION OF NEW YEAR, WE ALL NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW MESSAGE BEING GIVEN BY THE NATURE SILENTLY AND SMARTLY ardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a visionary man who well understood the significance of this day and hence he said, “Today is the new beginning of the new year in Rajputana. Today, year changes. This is a new year, so we should understand the significance of the new Maha-Rajasthan. Today, we should purify our hearts and pray to God to help us become worthy Rajasthanis for the state of Rajasthan. May God give us strength and wisdom to uplift Rajasthan and serve the Rajputani people. Today on this auspicious day, we have to seek blessings from God. I hope that all of you will join me in this pledge to serve Rajasthan, in this prayer, he said. SIGNIFICANCE OF NEW MAHA-RAJASTHAN CHAITRA SHUKLA PRATIPADA C S Let’s understand this message by reading between the lines of renowned poet Suryakant Nirala who said, ‘Nav Gati, Nav Lay, Taal Chhand Nav, Naval Kanth Nav Jalad Mandra Rav, Nav Nabh ke Nav Vihag Vrand ko Nav per Nav Swar de’  Vol 5  Issue No. 302  RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504.  Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra  Managing Editor: Pawan Arora  Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act
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  • 6. AISI DEEWANGI DEKHI NAHI KAHIN... K’taka man cuts finger to make Modi PM again Agencies Bengaluru n a bizarre inci- dent from Kar- nataka, a man named Arun Varnekar, known for his unwaver- ing devotion to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, shocked everyone by chopping off his own fin- ger. His unusual sacrifice was an offering to God- dess Kali, praying for Prime Minister Modi’s third term in office. Varnekar, who lives in the Sonarwada area of Karwar city, has taken his support for PM Modi to extraordinary levels. Not content with conven- tional displays of admira- tion, he built a temple dedicated to the Prime Minister in his own home and holds regular special prayers in his honour. Using his own blood, Varnekar wrote a plea on the walls of his house, be- seeching Goddess Kali to protect ‘Modi baba’. He passionately believes that PM Modi is the greatest leader and inscribed “Modibabasabsemahan” on the wall, along with “Maa Kali Mata, Modi baba ka raksha karo”. While the family mem- bers rushed the victim to the hospital, doctors said it was impossible to fix it and he was advised to sever it completely. The young jeweller and BJP supporter is a ‘die-hard fan’ of the PM. He has built a small tem- ple for PM Modi in his home and has put up a bust of the Prime Minis- ter in the temple. Arun Vernekar performs pooja at the PM Narendra Modi temple in his house in Karwar. INTERNET Arun Vernekar had written a letter to the public, in blood in 2014, BJP’s first election led by PM Modi. Varnekar, who lives in the Sonarwada area of Karwar city, has taken his support for PM Modi to extraordinary levels I 05 Jaipur, Tuesday | April 9, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Congressneverunderstood painofpoorpeople:PMModi First India Bureau Raipur Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hit out at the Opposition Con- gress, saying it over- looked needs of the poor for decades since inde- pendence and never un- derstood their pain. Addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district, which will go to polls on April 19, he also said that the Congress’ manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections has the Muslim League imprint. During the Congress regime, corruption had become the country’s identity, he said. “Since independence, the Congress overlooked needs of the poor for dec- ades and never under- stood their pain,” he said. “People said what will happen to the poor during the COVID-19 pandem- ic, but I said I will give free vaccine and ration to them,” he said, adding that “due to my govern- ment’s efforts, 25 crore people have risen above the poverty line.” Campaigning in Chhattisgarh, PM Modi attacks Opposition PTI Rampur/Bijnor BJP president JP Nadda on Monday came down heavily on the Congress, accusing it of committing scams in all the three worlds and said the party did not spare the sky, un- derground and water. Addressing an election rally in Rampur on Mon- day in favour of the BJP candidates, Nadda at- tacked the I.N.D.I.A. bloc and said, “Modi ji is saying to end corruption and that none of the cor- rupt persons will be spared. All of them will go to jail.” Further quot- ing Modi, he said the ‘gathbandhan’ (alliance) is saying that the corrupt should be “saved” and they are “engaged” in it. Cong committed scams in all three worlds: JP Nadda “Army was against Agniveer scheme”, claims Rahul Gandhi ANI Shahdol Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday claimed that IndianArmy was against the idea of Agnipath scheme adding that this policy was a brainchild of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all decisions regard- ing it were taken in the Prime Minister Office. “Earlier poor used to joinArmy,theyusedtoget pension. Now they are training an individual for 4 monthswhereasaChinese soldier is getting training for five years. You know what will happen, and whenthatagniveerwilldie he won’t get anything no pension, no canteen. We will abolish this scheme once our government comes to power. Interst- ingly,evenArmyisagainst theAgniveer scheme.This scheme was the idea of Prime Minister and its de- cision was taken in Prime Minister office,” Rahul Gandhisaidwhileaddress- ing a rally in Shahdol. Congress in its mani- festo for the Lok Sabha polls has promised to abolishAgnipath Scheme and return to the normal recruitment processes followed by the Army, Navy and Air Force. “It will guarantee economic and social security for our soldiers,” the mani- festo read. He further said that a caste census and an eco- nomic survey is much needed for the country. ANI New Delhi The Central government has sanctioned ‘Y+’ cat- egory secu- rity cover administered by the Cen- tral Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for Madhavi La- tha, the BJP candidate vying for Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat against AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. Sources reveal that the CRPF security ar- rangement is exclusively provided to the BJP lead- er for Telangana. BJP candidate Latha granted Y+ security cover ANI Mumbai Sanjay Nirupam, ex- pelled Congress leader, has said that Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray) leader Sanjay Raut is the ‘real kingpin’ of ‘Khich- di’ scam in Maharashtra. Earlier Nirupam had also targeted Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Amol Kir- tikar as he was declared the I.N.D.I.A. bloc candi- date for the Mumbai North West seat for the Lok Sabha polls. Amid the broiling Khichdi scam case, Enforcement Directorate (ED) has is- sued summons to Amol Kirtikar. “When I started work- ing on this scam, I came to know that the ‘king- pin’ was someone else. The kingpin in this whole scam is Shiv Sena (UBT) spokesperson, Sanjay Raut...,” Sanjay Niru- pam, told ANI. Kingpin of ‘khichdi’ scam in Maha is Raut: Sanjay Nirupam PTI Patna Bihar Chief Minister Ni- tish Kumar on Monday asserted that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will win the Lok Sabha polls comprehen- sively, while lashing out at former ally RJD for claiming credit for job creation in the state. Kumar, who is also the national president of the JD(U), was briefly inter- acting with journalists during a routine visit to the party office here. Asked about NDA’s campaign, Kumar, who recently shared stage Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a couple of ral- lies and is likely to hold roadshows in the next few days, said, “Every- thing is going on fine. We will win all seats in Bi- har. We do not engage in self-publicity, but people know what we have done for them”. On RJD claiming cred- it for employment gen- eration in the state, he said, “All development work took place only af- ter we came to power. Let them (RJD) claim what- ever they wish. They want credit without hav- ing done anything”. NDA will comprehensively win Lok Sabha polls: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar PTI Agartala Tipra Motha President Pradyot Kishore Man- ikya Debbarma on Mon- day said Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured him of taking corrective steps to rectify “75 years of mistakes to- wards the Tiprasa people in Tripura.” Addressing a joint rally of BJP, Tipra Mo- tha, and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripu- ra (IPFT) in West Tripu- ra’s Khumulwng, Deb- barma highlighted the significance of this mo- ment, noting that for the first time, the issues of the Tiprasa people have been addressed without any violence. “Shahhasvowedtorectify mistakestoTiprasapeople” Public fully aware that ‘Ayenge to Modi hi’: Yogi ANI Wardha Expressing his confi- dence in BJP’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Min- ister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that this is the first election after the Independence where the public is already aware of the results that “Ayenge to Modi hi.” Addressing a public meeting in Maharashtra’s Wardha, CM Yogi said in Uttar Pradesh, which sends the maximum num- ber of MPs in Parliament (80 Lok Sabha seats), people are confident in supporting the BJP. “The first voting in the 2024 elections is to be held on April 19. I have come from Uttar Pradesh where there are 80 Lok Sabha seats which will be voted in seven phases. Everyone is confident about it and there is a similar feeling of confidence in Ra- jasthan too,” he said. HM TO CAMPAIGN IN ASSAM TODAY Guwahati: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit As- sam on Tuesday to campaign for the Lok Sabha Elections here. He is scheduled to ad- dress a public meeting at Chukuli Bhoria in Lakhimpur constitu- ency in the afternoon, BJP sources said here. FRESH SALVOS Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at supporters during a public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, Monday. (Inset) Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a memento by Chhattisgarh BJP chief Kiran Singh Deo during a public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Bastar, on Monday. PTI Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha polls, at Dhanora in Seoni district, on Monday. PTI BJP National President JP Nadda speaks during a public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Dhampur, on Monday. PTI Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath during a meeting, in Nagpur, on Monday. PTI Bihar CM Nitish Kumar after a meeting with JD (U) senior leaders at the party office, in Patna, on Monday. PTI PM MODI ON 2-DAY VISIT TO TAMIL NADU FROM TODAY Coimbatore: PM Narendra Modi will be on a two- day visit to Tamil Nadu starting April 9, BJP state chief K Annamalai said here on Monday. The PM will hold a roadshow in Chennai on Tuesday and address two rallies the next day, he said. “The roadshow in Chennai will be held after 6 pm,” covering segments of both South Chennai and Central Chennai, he said. Tamilisai Soundararjan is BJP’s South Chennai candidate while Vinoj P Selvam is taking on DMK heavyweight Dayanidhi Maran from Central Chennai. On Wednesday, Modi will first address a public meeting in Vellore, can- vassing votes in support of ally PMK’s Dharma- puri candidate Soumya Anbumani and AC Shanmugam, another alliance partner. “CONG MANIFESTO A REPLICA OF MUSLIM LEAGUE” New Delhi: Taking a dig at Congress’ Manifesto BJP Presi- dent JP Nadda alleged that it is difficult to know whether it is the manifesto of Congress or Muslim League. In a statement, JP Nadda said, “The Congress manifesto is a blueprint for division, a blatant replica of Jin- nah’s Muslim League agenda” “By prioritizing appeasement politics over national unity, the Congress seeks to perpetuate division. India has rejected such divisive politics before and will do so again” Nadda alleged. RAHUL GANDHI TO STAY OVERNIGHT IN MADHYA PRADESH AS BAD WEATHER GROUNDS HELICOPTER Bhopal: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will stay overnight in Shahdol district in Madhya Pradesh as his helicopter could not take off due to inclement weather, a party functionary said on Monday. Gandhi is in MP for his party’s Lok Sabha campaign and he addressed two rallies in Mandla and Shahdol, which will go to polls on April 26. “His helicopter could not take off due to bad weath- er in Shahdol. Gandhi was supposed to fly to Jabalpur from where he was to leave for Delhi,” MP Congress chief Jitu Patwari told PTI. “Now, he will stay overnight in a hotel in Shahdol and leave at 6am on Tuesday,” Patwari informed. Further, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that PM Modi has given a new identity, respect and security to India in the last 10 years Awareness Rally! Officers and workers take part in a bullock cart rally organised by the district administration to create awareness about voting ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Chikkamagaluru district, on Monday. PTI LS POLL BUZZ
  • 7. FOR THE FIRST TIME Ram Lalla’s scientific Surya Tilak planned for Ram Navami Pankaj Soni Jaipur n a first a 4-min- ute long ‘Surya Tilak’is planned for Ram Lalla inAyodhya Ram Mandir.This is being plannedfortheoccasionof Ram Navami, a day which is set to be celebrated with great fervour and enthusi- asm this year in Ayodhya followingtheinauguration of the Ram Mandir. Several scientists from across India are making preparations for the grand ‘Surya Tilak’of the Lord. Equipment needed for this event are also being installed inside the tem- ple, sources said.Atrial is also scheduled to be held soon, may happen any- time before April 17, the day Ram Navami festival is set to be celebrated across India. Equipment for optom- echanical system is being installed at the temple for the ‘surya tilak’. The cir- cular ‘Surya Abhishek’ will cover the Lord’s forehead and the ‘tilak’ will measure 75 millim- eter, said sources in the know of the event. The event will be held exactly at 12 noon, when the rays of the sun fall directly on the forehead of Ram La- lla’s idol. The rays will be falling on the idol for a full 4-minutes. Scientists from Roor- kee Central Building Re- search Institute have been deployed at the temple to make the event a grand success. On the advice of the scientists 2 mirrors and 1 lens have been in- stalled on the ground floor of the temple. The sunlight will fall on the mirror installed on the third floor of the temple. Explaining how ex- actly the ‘tilak’ will re- flect on the forehead of the idol, scientists said that light falling on the 3 lenses will pass through the 2 mirrors and then fall on the last mirror on the ground floor. The rays reflected from it will form a ‘tilak’on the fore- head of ‘Ram Lalla’. People in the temple town, including the offi- cials of the Ram Mandir are really excited to wit- ness this unique phenom- enon. It is sure to pull crowds from near and far on the Ram Navami day, which is already a re- vered festival for Hindus. Priests perform puja at Ram Temple in Ayodhya. FILE I INDIA 06 Jaipur, Tuesday | April 9, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Agencies New Delhi Parts of East, Central and adjoiningPeninsularIndia are expected to witness heavy rainfall accompa- nied by thunderstorms and gusty winds for next 4-5 days, the India Mete- orological Department (IMD) said on Monday. AsperIMD,“Scattered light to moderate rainfall with isolated thunder- storms, lightning, and gusty winds is very likely over Arunachal Pradesh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya and Naga- land, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura during the next 7 days, with the pos- sibility of heavy rainfall over Arunachal Pradesh onMondayandTuesday.” “Scattered to fairly widespread moderate rainfall, thunderstorms, lightning, and winds gusting up to 50 kmph are very likely over Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Bihar today and will de- crease in intensity there- after,” the IMD said. “EastMadhyaPradesh, West Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, Marathwada, and Mad- hya Maharashtra will also witness scattered to fairly widespread light rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds reaching up to 50 kmph from April 8 to 12,” the IMD said. The weather depart- ment also predicted iso- lated light to moderate rainfall with thunder- storm activity over Coastal Andhra Pradesh Yanam, Telangana, Kerala Mahe, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal till April 14. The heat wave condi- tions will continue to pre- vail over parts of penin- sular India during the next 24 hours. Rain, thunderstorms likely over many parts of India: IMD First India Bureau New Delhi The Directorate of En- forcement (ED) on Mon- day questioned jailed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s per- sonal assistant (PA), Bib- hav Kumar, and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA, Durgesh Pathak, in a money laundering probe related to irregu- larities in the Delhi Ex- cise Policy 2021-22 case. The interrogation with both Bibhav and Pathak is continued at ED head- quarters. ED investigators started questioning Bib- hav soon after he deposed before them in the morn- ing, while Pathak’s ques- tioning began when he reached at the agency of- fice in the afternoon fol- lowing summons issued against them separately. Earlier in February, the ED had also questioned Bibhav and recorded his statements in connection with the case under the provisions of the Preven- tion of Money Launder- ing Act (PMLA). The move comes days after the federal agency arrested Delhi CM and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal in the case. The case against the AAP supremo among others is based on an FIR alleging multiple irregu- larities in the formation and implementation of the Delhi excise policy (2021-22) by the Central Bureau of Investigation. EDgrillsKejriwal’saide AAPMLADurgeshPathak Interrogation of duo held at ED office Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MPs Sandeep Pathak, Sanjay Singh and party National Secretary Pankaj Gupta launch the ‘Jail Ka Jawaab Vote Se’ campaign for the Lok Sabha elections 2024, at 206, Rouse Avenue, in New Delhi on Monday. ANI ROUSE AVENUE COURT DENIES INTERIM BAIL TO BRS LEADER K KAVITHA SC DECLINES AAP’S SANJAY SINGH PLEA New Delhi: The Rouse Avenue court in the national captial on Monday dismissed the detailed interim bail ap- plication of Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC K Kavi- tha. She had sought interim bail on the grounds that her minor son had school ex- aminations. She is in judicial custody after the ED remand in the excise policy case. Special judge Kaveri Baweja had dismissed the interim bail application this morning. A detailed bail order has yet to be uploaded. The bail application of the BRS leader was opposed by the counsel for ED, who argued that Kavitha destroyed the evidence in her phone and that witnesses were forced to retract their statements. Kavitha had filed an ap- plication seeking interim bail given the examination of her school-going son. New Delhi: Apex Court on Monday de- clined the plea of AAP MP Sanjay Singh against the summons issued by the trial court in a defamation case filed by Gujarat University over his alleged comments in relating to PM Narendra Modi’s academic degree. The court was not convinced to interfere with the High Court order which had also refused to stay the trial. Onlyonepersonappliedfor citizenshipunderCAA:Sarma Agencies Guwahati Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday launchedasharpattackon people protesting against the Citizenship Amend- mentAct (CAA) claiming that to date only one per- son has applied for citi- zenship under CAArules. “Many days have passed since the imple- mentation of CAA. But to date, only one person from Assam has applied for the citizenship under provisions laid down by CAA,” Sarma told media persons here on Monday. He said that some peo- ple are opposing CAA and claiming that lakhs of people would apply for citizenship under the new rules of CAA. “Now they must be held an- swerable,” he said. He said that in Benga- li-dominated areas in the state, CAAdoes not have anyimpactontheground. “You can take the Sonari assembly constit- uency as an example. Many Bengali-speaking people are residing here. But no one has applied for citizenship under the new rules,” he added. Notably, theAllAssam Students’Union (AASU) and several other organi- sations protested in the state soon after the rules of CAA were notified by the Central government last month. Several scientists from across India make preparations for ‘Surya Tilak’ CHAITRA NAVRATRI: RAM LALLA TO WEAR CLOTHES DECORATED WITH GOLD HAND BLOCK PRINTS Ayodhya: Gearing up for the festival of Chaitra Navratri, Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra, a trust constituted to look after the management of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya, has said that the clothes of Bhagwan Shri Ram Lalla’s idol will be spe- cial. From the first day of Chaitra Navratri, April 9 till Ram Navami, April 17, the idol of Ram Lalla will wear clothes or vastras made of special hand-woven and hand-spun khadi cotton. These vastras will be decorated with real silver and gold khaddi hand block prints. The block prints used in printing the vastra are inspired by Vaishnav Chinha. The trust has uploaded a video on its official X handle that provides a glimpse of the vastras that are being decorated with the help of hand block prints for Lord Ram. Scattered to fairly widespread moderate rainfall, thunderstorms, lightning, and winds gusting up to 50 kmph are very likely over Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Bihar today and will decrease in intensity thereafter. IINDIA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT An overcast sky presents a splendid view of the Statue Circle in Jaipur on Monday. NAIM KHAN Air India to make Bengaluru its hub for southern India, inks pact with BIAL Agencies New Delhi Air India and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) have en- tered into an agreement seeking to develop Ben- galuru as an aviation hub for southern India. The pact is also aimed at boosting air travel con- nectivitytoandfromIndia over next years. “The agreement marks a sig- nificant milestone in the Indian aviation industry. AirIndia(alongwithother Tata Group airlines –AIX and Vistara) and BIAL willcollaboratetoenhance international connectivity, operationalefficiency,and passengerexperienceover the next five years,” said AirIndiainapressrelease. TMC and BJP workers engage in scuffle in Paschim Bardhaman ANI Paschim Bardhaman An altercation broke out between TMC and BJP workers during BJP MP Dilip Ghosh’s visit to Durgapur area of the dis- trict on Monday. The scuffle between the two groups broke out when Dilip Ghosh, a BJP candidate from Bardha- man-Durgapur Lok Sab- ha of West Bengal, had arrived to participate in a discussion programme in the New Township area of Durgapur. Shortly after the BJP leader arrived, a few peo- ple in the area started raising TMC flags and shouting slogans against Dilip Ghosh.Theincident later turned into an uproar afterBJPworkerswiththe party leader objected to slogans by the TMC sup- porters, said the police. The situation was some- how brought down by po- lice officials in the area. BJP leader Dilip Ghosh later spoke toANI regarding the protest and said, “Some people had come here forcibly to create a ruckus.” Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers clash at Paschim Bardhaman on Monday. ANI AAP EXCISE ‘SCAM’ DJB LACKS ACCOUNTABILITY, GOT OVER `28K CR SINCE 2015-16, DELHI FINANCE SECY TO SC New Delhi: The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) received more than Rs 28,400 crore since 2015-16 but it did not use the funds as per sanction condi- tions, the Delhi government’s principal finance secre- tary has told the Supreme Court which is hearing an AAP government’s plea alleging non-disbursal of funds to the water utility. The senior government official also said the statutory body lacks accountability. The top court had on April 5 asked the Delhi government’s Principal Secretary (Finance) to release funds to the DJB and had made the utility, responsible for supply- ing potable water to the national capital, a party to the plea filed by the ruling AAP dispensation. Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma with State Minister Atul Bora, at a rally ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Bokakhat. ANI PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre, the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) and others on a PIL seeking directions for safeguarding the interests of intersex children who under- go unregulated sex change surgeries. A bench compris- ing Supreme Court Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and justices J B Pardi- wala and Manoj Misra took note of the submissions of the counsel appear- ing for the petitioner, Madurai resident Gopi Shankar M, that such intersex persons are subject- ed to unregulated surgeries putting them at risk. “Issue notice,” the bench said. The Supreme Court asked Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati to assist it during the hearing of the plea. PIL alleges unregulated sex change surgeries
  • 8. Jaipur, Tuesday | April 9, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 Agencies Wellington New Zealand is making immediate changes to its employmentvisaprogram after a near record migra- tion last year which it said was “unsustainable”. The changes include meas- ures such as introducing English language re- quirement for low skilled jobs and setting a mini- mum skills and work ex- perience threshold. New Zealand tightens visa rules as migration hits “unsustainable” levels BREAKING BARRIERS Jaipur’s Renu Singhi completes 125 km cycling trek First India Bureau Jaipur yclist Renu Sin- ghi (58), who has proved her mettle in many competi- tions in the country and abroad, has recently made another achievement in her name. She has com- pleted a challenging cy- cling journey of about 125 kilometers from Miao to Vijayanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), considered one of the most inaccessible routes in the country. She is probably the first wom- anofIndiatodoso.Prady- umanSingh,a61-year-old hotelier from Jodhpur also completed this self-sup- porttaskwithher.Bothdid about 340 kilometers Mountain Terrain Bicy- cling (MTB) in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland in five days. Renu Singhi spoke about this challenging journey that we started from Dibrugarh (Assam). On the first day, after cy- cling 126 kilometers, we stopped at Jairampur. On the second day, from there we went to Pangsau pass located near the In- do-Myanmar border. Due to dense forest and moun- tain climbing, it took four hours to cover the dis- tance of 12 kilometers. Then we returned to Nampong in Arunachal Pradesh after cycling 45 kilometers. The next day, the 35 kilometer journey from Miao to Burma Ca- nal was completed in five hours. The round stones spread on the way and the mud of rain made this rough and unpaved path more difficult, but we did not give up. There was no facility to eat or drink during this period. Singhi and Pradyuman Singh said it was an ad- venturous journey, in whichwesawthecustoms and traditions of the Naga people. We got a lot of supportfromAssamRifles and Forest Department of Arunachal Pradesh. Renu Singhi (R) and Pradyuman Singh completed a challenging cycling journey from Miao to Vijayanagar (Arunachal Pradesh). Renu Singhi has become an example for the people today and is known as ‘Iron Lady’ in the cycling groups C Chennai Super Kings’ captain Ruturaj Gaikwad plays a shot during the (IPL) 2024 T20 cricket match between CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders, at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai, on Monday. Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad and Daryl Mitchell put on 50 runs for the 2nd wicket. Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowler Sunil Narine celebrates the wicket of Chennai Super Kings’ batter Daryl Mitchell during the IPL. First India Bureau Chennai Hosts Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets to get back to winning ways in the IPL match here on Monday. Having suffered back- to-back losses, CSK re- stricted Kolkata Knight Riders to a paltry 137 for 9 after opting to bowl. Captain Ruturaj Gaik- wad (67) then scored an unbeaten half-century to anchor the chase while Shivam Dube slammed 28 off 18 balls to take CSK to their third victory of the season and end KKR’s winning run. Earlier, seasoned all- rounder Ravindra Jadeja (3/18) led the charge for CSK, who took wickets at regular intervals and did well to stem the flow of runs at the Chepauk. Pacer Tushar Desh- pande (3/33) also ac- counted for three batters while Mustafizur Re- hman (2/22) picked two wickets. Skipper Shreyas Iyer top scored for KKR with a 32-ball 34. CHENNAI SUPER KINGS MAKE IT 3/3 AT HOME Kolkata Knight Riders 137 for 9 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 34, Sunil Narine 27; Ravindra Jadeja 3/18, Tushar Deshpande 3/33). Chennai Super Kings 141 for 3 in 17.4 overs (Ru- turaj Gaikwad 67 not out, Shivam Dube 28; Vaibhav Arora 2/28, Sunil Narine 1/30). Coming into this game, Gaikwad had only scored 88 runs in four games with a highest score of 46. The CSK captain made amends, scoring his first fifty of the season, tak- ing his side closer. Agencies New York Former President Donald Trump says he believes abortion should be left to the states in a video re- leased on Monday outlin- ing his position after months of mixed mes- sages and speculation. “Many people have asked me what my posi- tion is on abortion and abortion rights, Trump said. “My view is now that we have abortion where everybody wanted it from a legal stand- point, the states will de- termine by vote or legis- lation or perhaps both. And whatever they de- cide must be the law of the land — in this case, the law of the state. He declined to lay out a timeline for when he believes abortion should be banned. He went on to describe the current legal landscape, in which different states have dif- ferent restrictions fol- lowing the US Supreme Court decision ending Roe v. Wade. “Many will have a different number of weeks or some will have more conservative than others and that's what they will be, he said. “At the end of the day it's all about will of the people.” Republican-led states have ushered in a wave of new restrictions fol- lowing the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022. Democrats believe the fight over abortion rights helps them at the polls and have outper- formed expectations in elections since. First India Bureau Jaipur The SOG in Jaipur made a major arrest on Monday in connection with a fake degree case related to the Hindi teacher recruit- ment exam of 2022. The arrested individual, Kaushal Kishore, serves as the Principal of Mewar University. He will be produced in court on Tuesday for re- mand, and further inquir- ies will be conducted re- garding other individuals involved in the racket of distributing fake degrees. Assistant Director General (ADG) V.K. Sin- gh of SOG-ATS revealed that the recruitment ex- amination for the post of (RPSC) Hindi teacher was conducted on Octo- ber 15, 2022. Agencies Moscow The Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station said on Monday that a Ukrain- ian drone was shot down over the roof of Reactor No. 6. Today, a kamikaze drone was shot down over the plant. It fell on the roof of Unit 6, the plant said, below a picture of reactor No. 6. Reactor No. 6 is cur- rently shut down, ac- cording to the plant. Agencies Vatican City The Vatican on Monday declaredsexchangeopera- tions and surrogacy as gravethreatstohumandig- nity, putting them on par with abortion and euthana- sia as practices that violate God's plan for human life. The Vatican's doctrine office issued “Infinite Dignity,” a 20-page dec- laration that has been in the works for five years. After substantial revision in recent months, it was approved March 25 by Pope Francis, who or- dered its publication. In its most eagerly an- ticipated section, the Vat- ican repeated its rejection of “gender theory” or the idea that one's gender can be changed. It said God created man and woman as biologically different, separate beings, and said they must not tinker with that plan or try to make oneself God.” PTI Ningbo (China) Star Indian shuttlers, in- cluding PV Sindhu, will face a tough test against some of the world's best when they begin their medal hunt at the Bad- minton Asia Champion- ships which will start with the qualifiers here on Tuesday. The last- minute withdrawal of world No. 1 pair and de- fending champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty might have taken a bit of sheen away but it will put the onus on the singles stars to put their hands up. First India Bureau Jaipur Former councillor Giriraj Khandelwal has been re- elected as the president of Jaipur District Softball Association for a term of four years. He is also the secretary of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Com- mittee and is associated with many sports organi- zations. In the elections held unopposed for all the posts on Sunday at Hotel Shree Residency Dhuleshwar Garden on Ajmer Road, apart from Khandelwal, prominent social worker Sajjan Singh has been elected as Senior Vice-Presi- dent, Leader of Opposi- tion in Jaipur Greater Municipal Corporation Rajiv Chaudhary has been elected as Vice- President. BACmedal hunt:Sindhu Coface toughchallenge Sindhu has a 4-1 record against the Malaysian and a favourable result might see her face sixth seed Chinese Han Yue. Russia says Ukraine tried to strike Zaporizhzhia plant again with drone The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, is seen in the background of the shallow Kakhovka Reservoir. Vatican says ‘no’ to sex changes gender theory Pope Francis with volunteers of Italian Red Cross at the Vatican. Donald Trump Giriraj Khandelwal with others at Hotel Shree Residency Dhuleshwar Garden on Ajmer Road. Principal of Mewar varsity held in fake degree case Donald Trump says abortion law should be left to states Declines to endorse a nationwide abortion ban A call for a national ban could have hurt Trump’s chances in the six or seven U.S. states likely to determine the outcome in November Giriraj re-elected Jpr Dist Softball Association chief HostsCSKreturntowinningways withseven-wicketwinoverKKR CSK restrict KKR to 137 for 9; achieve victory target in 17.4 overs Match 22 Ghar Wapsi Veteran politician Chandra Raj Singhvi, who is also known as Chanakya of politics, rejoined the BJP on Monday. Singhvi was previously associated with the Rajasthan Shiv Sena and has also held many positions in both Congress and BJP organisations.
  • 9. Abhishek Shrivastava Jaipur Early on Monday morn- ing, CS Sudhansh Pant reached JDA at around 9:15 am and conducted a surprise inspection. JDA Commissioner, Manju Rajpal and JDA Secre- tary, Hempushpa Sharma were not in their office. He assessed attendance and office arrangements, marking his second sur- prise visit this year after January 23. Pant scrutinized files in officers’ rooms before leading a meeting attend- ed by top JDA officials, where he stressed prompt public service and office cleanliness. He warned against complacency, urging of- ficials to fulfill responsi- bilities diligently. Pant acknowledged improve- ments since his last in- spection and praised JDA’s reduced file back- log and enhanced effi- ciency, especially high- lighting JDA Secretary’s reduced average disposal time to 9 hours. He in- structed fair treatment in handling encroachments and illegal constructions, emphasising equal en- forcement regardless of status. He commended JDC Manju Rajpal her team for JDA’s progress, “I reached JDA at 9:08 in the morning.Arriving be- fore the scheduled time gives time to view files comfortably.” “Action will be taken against one or two offic- ers; I will write to JDC Manju Rajpal,” the CS told media after meeting. Rajeev Gaur Jodhpur Acharya Dhirendra Krishna Shastri of Bageshwar Dham on Monday, said that every Hindu should apply tilak on the forehead and hoist the flag of his religion outside the house. At the Shri Ram Nav- ami Mahotsav organised by Vishwa Hindu Pari- shad in Jodhpur, he said, “We are not against any religion, but are staunch supporters of our own faith. We are not against anyone, everyone should live, but if you live by the rules then you will be benefitted.” He said he will con- tinue to unite the Sana- tanis. Shastri said that he will continue to targetthe opponents of Sanatan Dharma. He will organ- ise a five-day Katha a ‘Divya Darbar’ in Jodh- pur in days to come. PTI Jaipur BJP National President JP Nadda on Monday said earlier vote bank politics was done by di- viding people into castes, but Prime Minister Nar- endra Modi started poli- tics of development in the country. He said a few days ago, some people talked about caste census to di- vide the society. The BJP is not against caste cen- sus but their objective of having caste census done was less important and it was more to divide the people among castes. “Today India’s poli- tics has changed under the leadership of Modi. What was seen 10 years ago is no longer the same today. “Earlier, the govern- ment belonged to a par- ticular caste group. It was not the government of every section,” Nadda said, addressing a public meeting in Sangaria of Hanumangarh district in support of BJP candidate Priyanka Balan from Anupgarh. He said the elections were also conducted in such a way that caste played an important role. Politics was done by di- viding the people, he added. “Prime Minister Nar- endra Modi changed the definition and culture of politics. Today politics of development is being done. Our opponents also have to talk about devel- opment,” he said. He said on one hand there is Modi who talks about removing corrup- tion and on the other side there is a ‘Ghamandia Gathbandhan’, which says they will save the corrupt. There will be ac- tion against the corrupts, he added. Lalit Bansal Kota Attacking Congress, BJP candidate from Kota Bundi LS seat, Om Birla on Monday said that the Congress party has no candidate for the PM’s post. He added that Nar- endra Modi has to be made the PM for a third time to make the country stronger in the world. During campaigning in the constituency, Birla highlighted the achieve- ments of the Modi gov- ernment and appealed to people to vote for the party. Many senior lead- ers including former minister Ram Gopal Bairwa, Nagar palika chairperson Rajni Soni were present. Independ- ent candidate Yogesh Sharma withdrew nomi- nation in favour of Birla. District President Rakesh Jain welcomed Yogesh Sharma to party. Sharma took membership of BJP via missed call. First India Bureau Chittorgarh BJP’s State President and candidate from Chittor- garh LS seat, CP Joshi, embarked on a compre- hensive poll campaign across various assembly segments on Monday He visited Kachotia, Mota Dhamaniya, Sandani (Patelia), Rampuria, Lu- hariaa, and Badi Sadri as- sembly segments to en- gage with electorate and urge support for the BJP. During his interactions, Joshi was warmly wel- comed by BJP officials, representatives, public. He reiterated accomplish- ments of the Modi govt overthepastdecade,Joshi assertedconfidenceinsur- passing the 400-seat mark thistime,signalingtheim- pendingreturnoftheModi govt for another term. Rajendra Chhabra Jaipur IAS Samit Sharma has been recalled from elec- tion duty as he was ap- pointed as observer in Chhattisgarh’s Mahasam- und LS constituency. The State govt had requested the Election Commission to recall Samit Sharma owing to the approaching summer months and the problemofdrinkingwater availability in the state. According to sources, keeping in view the seri- ousness of the matter, the ElectionCommissionper- mitted Samit to return to state, even though Samit hadreachedMahasamund onlytwodaysago.Gener- ally, the Election Com- mission does not change any officer and in Samit’s case, this change has oc- curred after the duty allot- ment which in itself is an uncommon development. In place of Samit, now Anil Agrawal has been sent to Mahasamund. Af- ter Samit left, the DoP handedovertheadditional charge of Samit’s post to ACS Abhay Kumar, but now, from today onwards, Samit will continue to carry out his responsibili- ties as PrincipalSecretary, PHED. Picture is clear on 25 seats, with straight contests on all seats except one Pankaj Soni Jaipur ith the comple- tion of the sec- ond phase of withdrawal of nomina- tions in Rajasthan on Monday, the picture of the contest on all 25 seats in the State has become clear. Congress candi- dates are in direct com- petition with BJP on 22 seats, while Congress’ alliance partners are challenging BJP on three seats. There seems to be a direct contest on 24 out of 25 seats, whereas in Barmer-Jaisalmer, which is included in the list of the largest Lok Sabha seats in the country, the contest seems to be trian- gular. On this seat, which seems to be entangled in the caste equation, BJP has again fielded Union Minister Kailash Choud- hary, while Congress has fielded Umedaram Beni- wal. The direct fight be- tween these two has be- come triangular with the arrival of Ravindra Bha- ti because apart from Jats, there is also a large number of Rajput voters on this seat. NEW EQUATIONS FORMED FROM DAMOR’S ‘KHELA’ In Banswara-Dungarpur, a tribal dominated seat, the agreement has fallen apart due to factionalism between Congress and BAP. In such a situation, the campaign to mobilise votes against BJPhas suf- fered a setback. Congress candidate Arvind Damor has played a game with his own party. After Con- gress announced its agreement with BAP, it was certain that there would be a direct contest between BJP and BAP from Banswara. On Mon- day all the equations changed completely as Congress candidate Arvind Damor did not withdraw his nomination at the time of last date for withdrawal of nomina- tion. Congress expelled Damor from the party but the strange situation is that he will still be an of- ficial Congress candidate and will be seen on the EVM with the Congress’ election symbol. CLOSE CONTEST EXPECTED IN ‘JAT BELT’ A close contest is ex- pected in Jat dominated seats including Nagaur and Churu. In Churu, there is a direct contest between two-time MP Rahul Kaswan, who comes from a family of political players, and sports player Devendra Jhanjharia. The decision on the seat will be in the favour of Jat voters. Same is the situation in Nagaur Lok Sabha seat where there is a contest between Jyoti Mirdha of BJP and Hanuman Baniwal of Congress- RLP alliance. GURJAR VOTERS ARE ‘GAME CHANGERS’ IN DAUSA There is a contest on the Dausa Lok Sabha seat between BJP’s Kanhaiyalal Meena and former Minister Murar- ilal Meena. The Gurjar voters will decide the victory on this seat reserved for the ST (Scheduled Tribe). Traditionally, the Gurjar community has been seen standing in support of BJP on this seat till now. But Murari Meena is among those leaders, who along with Sachin Pilot, raised the flag of rebellion against the Ge- hlot government. Pilot is believed to have a hold on the ‘Gur- jar’ voters of this area. W 08 Greetings on the occasion of Chaitra Navratri, Ugadi and Gudi Padwa! Today also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year, Vikram Samvat 2081. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Tuesday | April 9, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ‘Castepoliticsreplacedby politicsofdevpunderModi’ India, now 5th largest economy, aims for 3rd place globally, he says This is the ‘ghamandia’ alliance, an alliance to save the corrupt JP Nadda holds swords in his hands showcasing strength during the nomination meeting in support of BJP candidate Priyanka Balan in Sangaria town in Hanumangarh district on Monday. Other local leaders were also present on the occasion. Om Birla addresses people during the ‘Jansampark Abhiyan’ at Pipalda in Kota. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat welcomes Bageshwar Dham Sarkar Dhirendra Shastri at his residence in Jodhpur on Monday. HOME MIN SHAH MAY VISIT ALWAR ON APRIL 14 JPR ON APR 16-17 Union Home Min- ister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Rajasthan in the coming days. On April 14, he is expected to visit Alwar, followed by visits to Jaipur on April 16 and 17. During his visit, Amit Shah will be addressing public meet- ings in three Lok Sabha constituencies. Yogesh Sharma Dausa PM Narendra Modi will conduct a road show in Dausa on April 12. This will be the first road show of Modi in Dausa for which the party is making preparations. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had visited Dausa city during ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra.’During that time, a huge crowd had gathered in the Yatra. Now the BJP is trying to break that report in PM Modi’s road show. BJP has made former minister Kanhaiyalal Meena its candidate while MLA Murari Lal Meena is Lok Sabha candidate from Congress party on Dausa seat. Focusing Dausa means targeting Meena, Gurjar and Dalit votes. Dausa is politicallyknownbecause of Pandit Naval Kishore Sharma and Rajesh Pilot. Dr Kirori Lal Meena is the most prominent face of BJP here. PM Modi’s first roadshow in Dausa scheduled for April 12 CM TO ADDRESS ELECTION RALLY IN SIKRAI ON APRIL 10 Dausa has be- come a hot seat for Lok Sabha elec- tions-2024. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to conduct a road show in Dausa on April. 12. Before this, CM Bhajanlal Sharma will hold an election meeting in Sikrai on April 10. The party is showing strength to make the BJP candidate win there. Meanwhile, minis- ter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore held a meeting of BJP leaders and workers to review the preparations for the PM’s roadshow. All four BJP MLAs of Dausa were also present in the meeting. ‘Modi’s3rdtermkeyforstrongerIndia’ JP Nadda at nomination meeting in Sangaria CSstressesefficiencyaccountability duringhissecondsurprisevisittoJDA Samit allowed to return to quench people’s thirst in summers! Dhirendra Shastri: As long as we are alive, we will continue to unite Sanatanis BJP’s CP Joshi confident of crossing the 400-seat mark CS ENQUIRES ABOUT DEPARTMENTAL INNOVATIONS DURING UDH-LSG MEETING During a meeting of the UDH-LSG, CS Sudhansh Pant asked officials about the innovations they have implemented in their respective departments. Officials from the Urban Development Depart- ment, Autonomous Government Department, Housing Board, JDA, Jaipur Municipal Corpora- tion Greater, Jaipur Heritage Municipal Corporation, and senior officials from the Town Planning Department briefed Pant on the improvements and innovations within their areas of responsibility. EC honours State Govt’s request Analysis On22seats,BJP facesCongress, whileon3seats, alliancecandidates willfightagainstBJP The Barmer- Jaisalmer seat is embroiled in a triangular conflict due to caste equations The agreement with ‘BAP’ undermined by factionalism within the Congress in the Banswara seat “The manner in which work has been done in this country under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi ji for India’s sovereignty and India’s culture, India’s cultural awakening was never done before.If anyone has worried about the villages, the poor, the deprived, the exploited, the Dalits, the women, the youth, the tribal brothers and the farmers, then PM Modi has done so.” JP NADDA, BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT
  • 10. JAIPUR, TUESDAY | APRIL 9, 2024 Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle AWAITED DEBUT! asha Thadani, is gearing up for her Bollywood debut alongside Abhishek Kapoor in a much-anticipated film. The star kid spilt the beans about her journey into the film industry. P11 R 09 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia n the vibrant streets of Jaipur, amidst the tapestry of culture and tradition, Anshi- ka Choudhary, a spir- ited medical student, found her calling in the world of fash- ion and modeling. Her journey, a ka- leidoscope of determination, resil- ience, and boundless creativity, has woven a narrative of inspiration and empowerment. Anshika's odyssey into the realm of fashion was not merely a whim but a culmination of a lifetime of explo- ration and self-discovery. Raised in a nurturing environment that fostered curiosity and ambition, she embraced her innate flair for creativity and em- barked on a path less traveled. Driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence,Anshika's foray into fashion and modeling has been marked by triumphs and trials alike. With unwavering sup- port from her family, she navigated the competitive landscape of the indus- try, channeling every setback into an op- portunity for growth. Beyond the glitz and glamour, An- shika embodies a holistic approach to life, prioritizing physical vitality, mental well-being, and meaningful connections. Her ad- vocacy for self-care and mindfulness serves as a guiding light, illu- minating the path to holis- tic wellness. In a symbolic fusion of passion and purpose, the dresses adorning Anshika in her latest shoot are not merely garments but a manifesta- tion of her journey. Cre- ated in collaboration with her sister, they epitomize her commitment to crea- tivity and entrepreneurship. In her crowning moment as Victory Miss Rajasthan Vi- vacious 2021, under the mentor- ship of Founder Director Yogesh Mishra, Miss and Mrs Rajasthan, Anshika stands as a beacon of inspi- ration, illuminating the path for as- piring dreamers everywhere. As she continues to evolve and expand her horizons, her journey serves as a tes- tament to the transformative power of passion and perseverance. Tripti Mahawar cityfirst@firstindia.co.in I Driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence,Anshika's foray into fashion and modeling has been marked by triumphs and trials alike. With unwavering sup- port from her family, she navigated the competitive landscape of the indus- try, channeling every setback into an op- portunity for growth. connections. Her ad- vocacy for self-care and mindfulness serves as a guiding light, illu- minating the path to holis- tic wellness. In a symbolic fusion of passion and purpose, the dresses adorning Anshika in of City First highlights Anshika Choudhary, a medical student turned fashion icon from Jaipur. Her journey is a testament to resilience, creativity and advocacy for inclusivity within the fashion industry! MUKESH KIRADOO
  • 11. olar eclipses, with their awe-inspir- ing celestial dance, have captivated humanity since ancient times. These rare astronomical events often spark curiosity, wonder, and sometimes even superstition. In- terestingly, there exists a fascinat- ing connection between solar eclipses and Eid, the joyous Mus- lim festival. Eid al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, holds pro- found spiritual signifi- cance for Muslims worldwide. It's a time of cel- ebration, reflection, and grati- t u d e . However, some tra- ditions and beliefs asso- ciated with Eid intersect with solar eclipses in intriguing ways. In Islamic tradition, the solar eclipse is seen as a sign of the greatness of Allah and a reminder of His power over all crea- tion. It's considered a time for in- creased prayer, reflection, and seeking forgiveness. Some Mus- lims believe that witnessing an eclipse during Ramadan or on Eid day holds special spiritual signifi- cance. Historically, there have been in- stances where solar eclipses oc- curred on or near Eid al-Fitr. While eclipses follow their celes- tial timetable, the convergence with Eid adds layers of symbolism and spiritual contemplation for believers. Some scholars and reli- gious leaders have interpreted these occurrences as signs from Allah, emphasizing the impor- tance of reflection, repentance, and gratitude during times of ce- lestial wonder. The celestial spectacle of a solar eclipse during Eid can also serve as a reminder of the transient na- ture of life and the importance of living by Islamic principles. It en- courages believers to ponder the mysteries of the universe and their place within it, fostering a deeper connection to their faith and com- munity. Despite the scientific under- standing of solar eclipses, the mys- tical allure and spiritual signifi- cance attributed to them persist across cultures and religions. For Muslims celebrating Eid, the rare occurrence of a solar eclipse adds a unique dimension to their reli- gious observance, infusing the holiday with a sense of wonder and reverence for the cosmic forc- es at play. In essence, the intersection of so- lar eclipses and Eid offers a poign- ant reminder of the interconnect- edness of the natural world and the divine, inviting believers to con- template the mysteries of the uni- verse and reaffirm theirfaith in the guiding light of Allah. Mohit Choudhary cityfirst@firstindia.co.in S Your Page Your Page JAIPUR, TUESDAY | APRIL 9, 2024 10 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Eclipse COSMIC CONNECTION SPARKS SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION COSMIC CONNECTION SPARKS SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION found spiritual signifi- cance for Muslims worldwide. It's a time of cel- ebration, reflection, and grati- t u d e . However, some tra- ditions and beliefs asso- ciated with Eid intersect with solar eclipses in intriguing ways. In Islamic tradition, the solar eclipse is seen as a sign of the greatness of Allah and a reminder of His power over all crea- Despite the scientific under- standing of solar eclipses, the mys- tical allure and spiritual signifi- cance attributed to them persist across cultures and religions. For Muslims celebrating Eid, the rare occurrence of a solar eclipse adds a unique dimension to their reli- gious observance, infusing the holiday with a sense of wonder and reverence for the cosmic forc- es at play. In essence, the intersection of so- lar eclipses and Eid offers a poign- ant reminder of the interconnect- edness of the natural world and the divine, inviting believers to con- template the mysteries of the uni- verse and reaffirm theirfaith in the guiding light of Allah. Ahead of Eid al-Fitr, City First Unveils The Mystical Connection Between Solar Eclipses and Eid, Where Celestial Wonder Meets Sacred Celebration.