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Sam Pitroda’s 'Indians look' remark...
PMMODI’SRETORTTO
PITRODA’SRACISTSLUR
First India Bureau
Karimnagar/Warangal
Tearing into the Con-
gress over its veteran
leader Sam Pitroda’s
fresh flub, Prime Minis-
ter Narendra Modi on
Wednesday demanded a
response from Congress
leader Rahul Gandhi,
saying, ‘Shehzade, you
will have to answer. The
country will not tolerate
the disrespect of our
countrymen on the basis
of the colour of skin.
Modi will definitely not
tolerate it.’
Pitroda, whose remark
on an inheritance tax in
the US last month left the
Congress red-faced in the
election season, came up
with a new howler while
he was trying to make a
pitch for national unity
despite India’s diversity.
In an interview, Pitroda
described India as a di-
verse country where peo-
ple on East look like Chi-
nese, people on West
look likeArab, people on
North look like maybe
White and people in
South look like Africa.
Doubling down, the
PM said, “I used to won-
der why the Congress op-
posed Droupadi Mur-
mu’s candidature in
Presidential election, but
I could not understand.
But now I know why
they tried to defeat Mur-
mu, an adivasi.” P5
PM leads BJP attack, says ‘won’t tolerate insulting citizens’
PM Narendra Modi during a public meeting for LS polls, in Karimnagar at Telangana on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi worships a cow at Sri Raja
Rajeshwara Swamy temple, in Vemulawada on Wednesday.
PM MODI’S HOLY RITUAL!
PUSHED INTO FIREFIGHT MODE, THE
CONGRESS PARTY DISTANCED ITSELF
FROM THE SAM PITRODA'S REMARK
SAM PITRODA QUITS
AFTER LANDING CONG
PARTY IN A NEW MESS
Amid row over
several controver-
sial remarks, Sam
Pitroda on Wednesday
stepped down as the Chair-
man of the Indian Overseas
Congress “of his own ac-
cord.” His resignation was
accepted by party President
Mallikarjun Kharge, Con-
gress General Secretary in-
charge (Communications)
Jairam Ramesh said.
Guv calls on President
Governor Kalraj Mishra calls on President Droupadi Murmu,
at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Modi works for welfare
of poor people, says CM
Aishwary Pradhan
Hyderabad
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma reached
Medchal to attend the
Pravasi Bharatiya Sam-
melan organized in Mal-
kajgiri Lok Sabha con-
stituency on Wednesday.
Addressing the gather-
ing, CM Sharma fired
salvos at Congress and its
leader Rahul Gandhi.
CM Sharma said, “Paki-
stan praises Rahul Baba
a lot these days. Those
who have connections
with the Tukde Tukde
gang, they may have con-
nections anywhere. Such
people want to see Rahul
Gandhi as Prime Minis-
ter. PM Modi did work of
implementing poor wel-
fare schemes on ground.
Being among you, I don’t
feel as if I am away from
Rajasthan. When I come
to Hyderabad, I feel as if
I am sitting among the
people of Rajasthan.”
Rajendra Rathore also
addressed gathering and
said, Modi is greatest
leader of the world. The
timehascomeforworld’s
most popular leader to
complete the mission. P8
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being felicitated during rally in Hyderabad
on Wednesday. Also seen here are Narayan Panchariya & others.
In just three months,
major public welfare
decisions have been
taken in Rajasthan,
says CM Sharma
Raebareli is
ready for Cong
again: Priyanka
First India Bureau
Raebareli
Congress leader
Priyanka GandhiVadra
on Wednesday said her
party’s 100
year old re-
lationship
with the peo-
ple of Rae-
bareli has
entered a new era and the
people here are once
again ready for its leader-
ship. Priyanka, who is
here to bolster Rahul’s
campaign from family
bastion, said enthusiasm
of every Congress worker
and people of Raebareli is
worth seeing. P5
Moni Sharma
New Delhi
Over 90 international and
domestic flights of Air
India Express were can-
celled after about 300
senior crew members of
the airline went on mass
‘sick leave’ at the last
minute and switched off
their mobile phones.
Air India Express said,
“A section of our cabin
crewhasreportedsicklast
minute, starting last night,
resulting in flight delays
and cancellations.” “We
sincerely apologise to our
guests, those impacted
will be offered a full re-
fund or rescheduling,”AI
added.
Hours after the news,
theCivilAviationMinistry
sought a report and asked
airlines to ensure facilities
for passengers as per the
norms laid down by the
DGCA. In addition to this,
the ministry asked the car-
rier, a wholly-owned sub-
sidiaryofAI,toresolvethe
issue “promptly”. Mean-
while, many passengers
took to social media on
Wednesday complaining
the sudden cancellations.
Calicut Airport turns into a protest site as several Air India Express flights cancelled on Wednesday.
Passengers face dire situation
in Trivandrum on Wednesday.
l Over 90 AI Express flights
cancelled after 300
crews' 'mass sick leave'
l Aviation Ministry seeks
prompt report, Air India
Express apologises
l Labour Commissioner
slams Tatas, accuses the
AI of mismanagement
l AI Express to curtail
flights over next few days
amid cabin crew woes
AIXEU WRITES
TO AI CHAIRMAN
Air India Express Em-
ployees Union (AIXEU)
wrote to the Chairman
of AI Natarajan Chan-
drashekharan, talking
about grievances of
employees and raised
concerns regarding the
current situation. The
union alleged that the
airline is being misman-
aged and there is a lack
of equality in the treat-
ment of the staff and
alleged that misman-
agement of the affairs
has affected the morale
of the employees.
AZADSAYS‘TATA’
TOAIRINDIA
DPAP chief Ghulam
Nabi Azad was stuck at
the Delhi airport for over
3 hours on Wednes-
day, slammed Air India
Express for the cancel-
lation of flights and said
the Tata group-owned
airline should be shut.
Our management is currently trying to
reach out to the crew, who are protesting
against the new employment term.
—AIR INDIA EXPRESS
ndia surpassed
Japan to claim
the title of the
world’s third-largest so-
lar power generator in
2023 as it has climbed
from 9th ranking in 2015,
according to a report
from global energy think
tank Ember. On Wednes-
day, the Global Electric-
ity Review 2024 was
published which offers a
comprehensive examina-
tion of the global power
landscape in 2023, draw-
ing on data from indi-
vidual countries.
Accompanying this re-
view is the world’s inau-
guralopendatasetonelec-
tricity generation in 2023,
encompassing 80 nations
that represent 92% of
global electricity demand,
along with historical data
from 215 countries. “In-
dia’s growth in solar gen-
erationin2023pushedthe
country past Japan to be-
come the world’s third-
largest solar power gen-
erator.Ithasclimbedfrom
ranking ninth in 2015,”
the report said.
GLOBAL ELECTRICITY REVIEW REPORT 2024
INDIA ‘POWERING’FUTURE!
From 9th, India is now
the world’s 3rd largest
solar power producer,
surpassing Japan
I
GLOBAL RANKINGS
India saw the world's fourth-
largest increase in solar gener-
ation in 2023 (18 terawatt hour
or TWh), behind China (156
TWh), the United States (33
TWh) and Brazil ( 22 TWh).
Together, the top four solar
growth countries accounted for
75% of growth in 2023.
“Net Zero Emissions”
scenario, solar would
increase to 22% of
global electricity
generation by 2030.
—INTERNATIONAL
ENERGY AGENCY (IEA)
Welcome Miss Universe!
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra warmly welcomes Miss Universe 2023,
Sheynnis Palacios to the Bharat24 channel office in Noida,
on Wednesday. READ MORE IN CITY FIRST — P9 & P12
Dudhwa Khurd repoll:
85.70% voting recorded
Ashok Shera
Barmer
During the repolling held
at Dudhwa Khurd repoll-
ing booth number 50 in
the Chauhtan Vidhan
Sabha constituency of
Barmer Lok Sabha area
under LS Elections 2024,
an impressive 85.70 per-
cent voter turnout was
recorded. Praveen Gupta,
the Chief Electoral Of-
ficer, highlighted that the
re-polling was conducted
in a fair and fear-free en-
vironment. According to
Gupta, in accordance
with the EC’s directives,
rural voters actively par-
ticipated in the repolling
conducted at Dudhwa
Khurd on Wednesday.
Out of the registered
1,294 voters, 1,109 exer-
cised their franchise. The
polling booth for the re-
polling was closely mon-
itored by supervisors ap-
pointed by the EC.
Repolling held in Dudhwa Khurd
at Barmer on Wednesday.
OH SICK!
ANOTHER AIRLINE DEBACLE...
SENSEX
73,466.39
45.46
BSE
22,302.50
0.00
NIFTY
IN BRIEF
Another terrorist killed
by security forces in J&K
Kulgam: A security oper-
ation in Jammu and Kash-
mir’s Kulgam district re-
sulted in the death of an-
other terrorist on Wednes-
day. The incident occurred
close to the location
where two militants were
eliminated just a day be-
fore, police said.
Filmmaker Sangeeth
Sivan passes away
Mumbai: Director Sang-
eeth Sivan, best known
for Malayalam hit Yoddha
and Hindi films Kya Kool
Hain Hum and Apna Sap-
na Money Money, died at
a hospital here on
Wednesday after a cardiac
arrest. He was 65. His
brother confirmed death.
Maldives Foreign Minister
in India amid strained ties
New Delhi: Amid a diplo-
matic standoff, Maldives
Foreign Minister Moosa
Zameer on Wednesday ar-
rived in New Delhi on an
official visit to India to
discuss bilateral ties be-
tween 2 countries. During
his visit, 2 sides will dis-
cuss bilateral and regional
issues and seek ways to
provide impetus to our
multifaceted relationship.
EAM S Jaishankar to dis-
cuss bilateral issues.
OVERWHELMING RESPONSE
Great Indian Travel Bazaar wraps
up; FAM tours begin on 3 itineraries
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
fter a power-
packed 13th
edition of the
Great Indian Travel Ba-
zaar (GITB), which saw
over 10,000 pre-sched-
uled meetings, the For-
eign Tour Operators
(FTOs) left for FAM
(Familiarisation) Tours
on Wednesday morning
from Novotel Hotel in
Sitapura. A total of 95
tour operators have
signed up for the FAM
Tours, which is being
organised by the Ra-
jasthan Association of
Tour Operators (RATO).
The tours this year cover
3 itineraries: Jaipur-
Bundi-Udaipur-Deog-
arh-Jaipur; Jaipur-Saris-
ka-Ranthambore-Jaipur
and Jaipur-Jodhpur-
Jaisalmer-Bikaner-
Jaipur. This was in-
formed by the President
of RATO, Mahendra
Singh Rathore.
The group of Foreign Tour Operators leaving for fam tours in Jaipur on Wednesday.
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State braces for intense heat, thunderstorm to bring relief
Bisalpur project fails to
quench Jagatpura’s thirst
Residents of Gulzar Colony Delhi bypass on their way to fill water from a tanker as they face water
crisis amid sweltering heat in Jaipur on Wednesday. NAIM KHAN
A woman uses her scarf to cover her child’s head during a hot
summer day, in Jaipur on Wednesday.  SANTOSH SHARMA
Residents receive water from a tanker as they face severe water
scarcity in Jaipur on Wednesday.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Rajasthan is reeling under
intense heat conditions
where the mercury
touched 46 degree Celsi-
us in Barmer, which is the
highest temperature of the
summer season this year.
The Met Jaipur center has
warned of heat waves in
many areas of the state in
the next few days.
The day temperature
was 45.5 degree in Jalore,
45.4 degree in Phalodi,
45.2 degree in Jaisalmer
and Ganganagar each, 45
degree in Jodhpur, 44.6
degree in Kota and Bi-
kaner, 44.1 degree in Ba-
nasthali, 44 degree Celsi-
us in Sangaria and Jaipur
42.8 degrees Celsius.
Due to a new western
disturbance becoming ac-
tive from May 10-11,
there is a possibility of
thunderstorm  light rain.
First India Bureau
Baran
Aman allegedly smashed
his parents’heads against
a wall and killed them
with a sharp weapon over
a dispute on pension and
property in Rajasthan’s
Baran city, police said on
Wednesday.
According to police,
the incident occurred in
the accused’s house in
Nakoda colony on Tues-
day night after an argu-
ment broke out between
the accused, Gagendra
Gautam (50) and his par-
ents.
On Wednesday morn-
ing, Gautam reached the
police station and surren-
dered himself, police
said. The argument over
pension money and prop-
erty escalated and Gau-
tam allegedly thrashed
both his parents, smashed
their heads to the wall
and then killed them with
a sharp weapon, Circle
Inspector Ramvilas Mee-
na said.
The deceased were
identified as Prembihari
Gautam (75), a retired
gram panchayat secre-
tary and his wife Devki
Bai (72), police said.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Rajasthan High Court
has cancelled the order of
a lower court to grant bail
to 11 trainee Sub Inspec-
tors and 1 constable ar-
rested in Sub Inspector
Recruitment Examina-
tion-2021 paper leak
case. CMM court had
granted bail to the ac-
cused on April 12.
Justice Sudesh said
that when the court had
directed the DGP to in-
vestigate the facts re-
garding the 14 already
arrested accused, there
was no need for the court
to take a different view
regarding these accused.
The High Court has di-
rected the DGPto investi-
gate the facts of the arrest
of these 12 accused along
with the already pending
investigation and submit
the report to the CMM
Court within 15 days.
The court said that af-
ter the report comes, the
CMM court should de-
cide the point of illegal
detention.
Sanjay Prajapat
Churu
A potential disaster near
Pankha Circle in the city
was averted on Wednes-
day due to the swift ac-
tion of the Apni Sakhi
police team.Amidst cha-
otic scenes as a cylinder
caught fire, prompting
panic among bystanders,
ASI Bejulal and his team
arrived promptly. Em-
ploying quick thinking,
they doused the flames
by covering the burning
cylinder with a wet
cloth, preventing any
further escalation of the
situation.
ASI Bejulal remarked
that the incident involved
a fire in a stove and a cyl-
inder on the roadway.
This decisive interven-
tion not only prevented a
potential catastrophe but
also bolstered public
confidence in law en-
forcement.
SP honored ASI Beju-
lal, Head Constable Lak-
shmi, Constable Sharda,
Draupadi, Shabnam, and
Driver Neeraj.
Suryaveer Singh Tanwar
Jaisalmer
Top officials from the
Border Security Force
(BSF) Rajasthan Frontier
recently embarked on a
significant two-day visit
to Jaisalmer. IG IPS Ma-
karand Deuskar and DIG
(Operations) S Shiva
Murthy were warmly
welcomed by DIG South
Sector Vikram Kunwar
upon their arrival. During
the visit, they received
comprehensive briefings
and assessments regard-
ing the active operations
and administrative pro-
ceedings within the sec-
tor,includinganoverview
of the challenges faced.
Hukum Singh 
Naveen Sharma
Jhunjhunu
A lady Patwari was ar-
rested red-handed while
taking bribe in the Tehsil
office of Fatehpur Shek-
hawati town on Wednes-
day.ACB Deputy Super-
intendent Ravindra Sin-
gh Shekhawat said that
Nikita, the Halka Pat-
wari of Udansar Gram
Panchayat of Fatehpur
town, had asked for a
bribe of Rs 3,000 in ex-
change for inheritance
transfer of the land.
Lady Patwari got en-
gaged 3 days ago. Ac-
cording to the informa-
tion, Patwari Nikita, ar-
rested by ACB, is a resi-
dent of Behror in Jhunj-
hunu district. This is the
fourth action of ACB
inside Fatehpur in the
last one year.
First India Bureau
Dausa
Panic gripped the train
passengers when smoke
was detected from the
brake block near Bhankri
railway station of Ra-
jasthan’s Dausa district
on Wednesday.
No casualties or any
untoward incidents were
reported, Chief Public
Relations Officer of
North Western Railway
Captain Shashi Kiran
said. According to the
officials, the train was
going from Lucknow to
Sabarmati when the sta-
tion master noticed
smoke from the brake
block due to heat, near
the wheels under a gen-
eral coach. The situation
was brought under con-
trol by firefighters.
After some time, the
train left for its destina-
tion, Kiran said.
During the summers,
incidents of leather stick-
ing to trains frequently
come to light.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Three new illegal colo-
nies were completely de-
molished by the enforce-
ment wing of the JDA.
The colonies were set-
tled on about 10 bighas
of private agricultural
land in Zone-12.
In Zone-9, the road
boundary of the colony
situated towards the
emergency gate of the
airport was made en-
croachment-free and the
govt land owned by JDA
in Ramnagariya Expan-
sion Scheme was freed
from encroachment.
Under a joint campaign
with the Municipal Cor-
poration in Zone-1, the
road boundary of Vanik
Path Sahdev Marg, near
Rajasthan High Court,
was made free from en-
croachment.
Chief Controller of En-
forcement Mahendra Ku-
mar Sharma said that in
village Machwa in Zone-
12, the land was leveled
on about 3 bighas. of pri-
vate agricultural land.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Jagatpura area of
Jaipur is grappling with a
severe water crisis de-
spite the presence of the
Bisalpur water supply
project. Residents in Jag-
atpura and Ramnagaria
areas are facing acute
shortages of drinking wa-
ter, leaving them parched
and frustrated.
Despite hefty fees col-
lected from consumers
for water connections,
the taps remain dry, leav-
ing residents at the mercy
of private tankers for
their water needs.
“Why aren’t the offi-
cials taking action?” is
the question on every-
one’s lips as they struggle
to meet their daily water
requirements. With the
scorching heat intensify-
ing the problem, resi-
dents are left with no
choice but to rely on ex-
pensive private tankers,
further straining their fi-
nances.
DISTRICTS IN
RAJASTHAN ALTER
SCHOOL TIMING DUE
TO SCORCHING HEAT
Jaipur: School timings were changed in several districts
of the state due to the prevailing heat condition. Jhunj-
hunu Collector Chinmayi Gopal issued orders to change
school timings in the district in view of the scorching
heat. School timings for students up to upper primary
level will be from 7:30 am to 11 am from Thursday in
all schools.Similarly, school timings were changed in
Jodhpur. The upper primary schools will function till 11
am.Kota and Jaisalmer collectors also issued an order
to revise the time for students of class 1 to 8 from 7.30
am to 11 am.In Tonk, collector Saumya Jha issued
an order to declare holidays in schools from May 9 to
11. However, there is already a holiday on May 10 on
Parshuram Jayanti.
Mankillsparentsoverproperty
argumentinBaran,arrested
ACB arrests lady
Patwari with
`3,000 bribe
IG IPS Deuskar
 DIG S Murthy
visit Jaisalmer
Accused Gajendra Gautam in police custody in Baran on Wednesday.
CRIME
ROUNDUP
MASTERMIND OF SALMAN KHAN FIRING
CASE ARRESTED FROM NAGAUR
Nagaur:
The recent
developments
in the firing case out-
side Salman Khan’s
residence have uncov-
ered a Nagaur con-
nection. The Mumbai
Police’s Crime Branch
made a significant
breakthrough with
the fifth arrest in the
case, leading to the
identification of Mohammad Rafi Choudhary as
the mastermind. Hailing from Basni, Nagaur,
Choudhary was apprehended while traveling
by train from Marwar Junction Railway Station
in Rajasthan. Investigations reveal his affilia-
tion with the Lawrence Gang and his alleged
financial support to individuals involved in the
purchase of a motorcycle and the rental of a
residence. Following his arrest, Choudhary was
presented in court by the Mumbai Crime Branch
and subsequently remanded to custody.
POLICE NABS 3 CRIMINALS
IN ‘LALLAN TOP’ OPERATION
Jodhpur: A team of Jodh-
pur range nabbed three
notorious absconding
criminals, carrying cash rewards
of Rs 40,000 each, from different
states under a special operation
codenamed ‘LALLAN TOP’. IG
Jodhpur Vikas Kumar said that
the accused Laldev, Uday alias
Ganesh alias Golu, and Naresh
were involved in a case of murder
and loot. They were living in
Telangana, Odisha, and Punjab at
present. They were also involved
in extorting money for naxals. All
three accused were brought to
Phalodi on Wednesday and are
being interrogated.Vikas Kumar
said that 12 years ago, Kojaram,
an accountant in a factory, was
brutally murdered in Phalodi by
three Bihari laborers – Laldev,
Uday and Naresh who were work-
ing under his supervision.
MAN ALLEGES FRAUD IN `83L
MONEY LAUNDERING SCAM
Sikar: Sikar resident Babu-
lal has lodged a complaint
with the cyber police sta-
tion alleging an incident on May 6
at 10 a.m., where he received an
unexpected call from an unknown
number. This call, he claims, is
connected to a mysterious courier
dispatched from Mumbai to Iran
on April 24, a shipment that he
asserts he did not authorize. In a
twist, Pradeep, possibly a figure
involved in the situation, provided
Babulal with an identification card
and indicated that the matter
was linked to money launder-
ing. Consequently, Babulal was
instructed to transfer the entire
balance in his Reserve Bank of
India account, amounting to Rs
83 lakh, via cheque. However, fol-
lowing the transaction, attempts
to contact those involved have
been unsuccessful.
HC reverses lower court’s bail
decision in SI Recruitment case
Smoke detected in train at
Bhankri Railway Station
in Dausa; no casualties
JDA’s CCE spearheads
demolition drive, reclaims
govt and private land
JOLLY LLB-3 HEARING
ON MAY 10 IN AJMER
Ajmer: The case filed
in Ajmer regarding
the film Jolly LLB 3
was considered by the court
on Wednesday. The lawyers
for Akshay Kumar, Arshad
Warsi, and the film producer
appeared. On the other
hand, the Railways has filed
a motion to have the petition
rejected. Both applications
will be heard on May 10. Ak-
shay Kumar, Arshad Warsi,
and the film producer’s
advocate traveled to Ajmer
to appear in court.
ApniSakhipoliceaverts
cylinderfiredisaster
EXPANDING WILDLIFE FAMILY
Abheda gets bears, plans to get 5 emus next
First India Bureau
Kota
he staff of
A b h e d a
B i o l o g i c a l
Park, Kota welcomed
male bear who came
from Nahargarh in Jaipur
on Wednesday. The
name of this bear, aged
about 3.5 years, is
Ganesh and now efforts
will be made to pair it
with the female bear
Ridvi already living in
the park. However, at
present, as a precaution,
male and female bears
are being kept in sepa-
rate cells.
Apart from honey and
sattu, half a kilo of fruits,
1.25 kilos of flour bread,
3 liters of milk and fruit
ice cream are being giv-
en to Ganesh as part of
his regular daily diet.
This male bear, which
was brought to Kota, was
born in November 2020
in Nahargarh Biological
Park, Jaipur and after
fully maturing at 4 years
old, it has been shifted to
Abheda.
Moreover, Abheda
Biological Park, Kota
will once again be buzz-
ing with emus. Four
emus were bought to the
park earlier. but tragi-
cally not one bird out of
the four could survive,
and now a fresh effort is
being made by the govt
and Park Administration
to bring 5 new Emus to
Abheda Bio park.
In this regard, an in-
principle consent has
been received by the
Abheda administration
from the Central Zoo
Authority of India on
shifting of the exoti
birds, and now one of the
world’s largest bird will
arrive in Abheda was
again as soon as the
formal order is received.
The park, situated in
309 ha area of
Sakatpura forest
block. is home to a
variety of animals,
including tigers, Lion,
Leopard, Wolf, Hyena,
Deer, antelope, and
Birds. It is divided
into theree blocks
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Jaipur
Dr. Sushil Bhati, a senior
faculty member at SMS
Hospital, took over as the
Acting Superintendent of
the esteemed institution
on Wednesday. Dr. Achal
Sharma, the former
Superintendent, handed
over the reins to Dr.
Bhati, extending his best
wishes for his tenure.
Expressing his vision
for the hospital, Dr. Bhati
emphasized his commit-
ment to strengthening
medical facilities at
Sawai Man Singh Hospi-
tal, the largest hospital in
the state. He reiterated his
goal to ensure that health-
care services at the
hospital are bolstered fur-
ther.
Senior medical
officials from SMS were
present on the occasion to
witness the transition of
responsibilities. In an ex-
clusive interview with
First India, Dr. Sushil
Bhati shared insights into
his plans for the hospital.
He acknowledged the
significant strides made
in recent years but
stressed the need for con-
tinuous improvement, a
goal he aims to achieve in
collaboration with the
hospital team. “Consider-
able progress has been
made in the hospital in
recent years, but there is
always room for
improvement.
New supdt takes charge at SMS
Dr. Bhati aims to elevate healthcare standards at SMS Hosp
Leadership Transition
State’s med services to be online with
Integrated health mgmt system 2.0
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The medical system
in Rajasthan will be
made completely on-
line with the introduc-
tion of a new health
management system, a
senior official said
Wednesday.
‘Integrated Health
Management System
2.0 ’ will be
implemented to
strengthen health ser-
vices in the state, the of-
ficial said. This is an
ambitious and visionary
project to provide easy
access to health services
to the common people,
Additional Chief Secre-
tary of the Medical and
Health Department
Shubhra Singh said.
Singh reviewed the
development of the
health management sys-
tem in a high-level
meeting here on
Wednesday. She said
that it will be a state-of-
the-art health manage-
ment system, which
will bring positive revo-
lutionary changes in the
medical system of the
state. It will be extreme-
ly beneficial for the
general public, doctors
and administration and
will remove the chal-
lenges faced by medical
facilities.
Under the new health
system, electronic
health records, DIGI
health locker, freedom
from queues for pa-
tients, unified digital
survey, KPI-based
dashboard, single win-
dow system for health-
related license and
NOC etc., tele ICU,
geo-tagging based hos-
pital etc. will be made
available, the statement
read.
Now CBI to probe JJM
scam;BJPattacksCong
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur
CBI will now investigate
the scam of around Rs
900 crore in Jal Jeevan
Mission in Rajasthan.
CBI has registered an
FIR in this case after the
recommendation of the
state and central govern-
ment and a complaint.
Notably, ACB and ED
are already investigating
this matter, but now with
the entry of CBI, it seems
that this time big fishes of
the scam will get trapped.
CBI has registered an
FIR against Water Sup-
ply Department’s XEN
Vishal Saxena, Shrishy-
am Tubewell Company
Proprietor Padamchand
Jain and Shriganpati
Tubewell Company
Shahpura Proprietor Ma-
hesh Mittal.
Besides, CBI has also
considered unknown
government and non-
government people to be
involved in the FIR. CBI
Sub Inspector Yogesh
Kumar conducted a pre-
liminary investigation on
the basis of a complaint
and lodged an FIR with
the CBI on February 1,
2024.
In a statement, Union
Jal shakti minister Gajen-
dra Singh Shekhawat
said that now the sins of
the previous government
will be exposed. Those
who keep the people of
the state thirsty will get
severe punishment. No
matter how big a corrupt
person is, he will not be
spared under any circum-
stances. The central gov-
ernment gave the maxi-
mum amount of Rs 27
thousand crore to Ra-
jasthan under this
scheme, but the previous
Ashok Gehlot govern-
ment deliberately kept
the scheme in limbo.
Water Supply Minister
Kanhaiyalal Choudhary
issued a statement after
the entry of CBI and said,
“Modi ji wanted to
provide relief to
Rajasthan by providing
tap water to every house,
butthepreviousCongress
government had not
spared even a scheme
like JJM in its demonic
greed!”
Meanwhile, minister
Kirorilal Meena also
posted on social media in
this regard saying,
“Prime Minister Shri @
narendramodi ji took the
initiative to provide tap
water to every house in
Jal Jeevan Mission, but
instead of helping in this,
the previous Congress
government in Rajasthan
committed a scam of Rs
900 crore.
Three big corporate houses
eyeing Raj cement industry
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
Ambuja group has about
Rs 50 thousand crore in
its investment pocket for
cement in Rajasthan
whereas Dalmia’s
investment capacity is
Rs 30 thousand crores
and JK’s investment
pocket is Rs 20 thousand
crores.
Dalmia already has 3
blocks in Jaisalmer,
Chittorgarh and
Jhunjhunu now the group
has its eyes on 2 blocks
of Jaisalmer and all 51
blocks of Nagaur. The
company had submitted
bids for all 53 blocks.
Dalmia alone had bid
on 36 blocks but 42
blocks were cancelled
due to single and double
bids. Second round of
the auction process will
start soon and Dalmia
will again bid for all the
blocks. JK Cement also
prepared a pocket of Rs
10 thousand crores for
investment in the
cement industry in
Rajasthan.
The company had bid
for 13 limestone blocks.
Notably, the Ambuja
group has already
acquired 20 limestone
blocks in Rajasthan.
Now they are keeping an
eye on the remaining
blocks, so they can
aquire them as well.
OUT OF 17 BIDDERS FOR 11 LIME STONE BLOCKS, 10
RAJASTHAN BASED COMPANIES INCLUDED IN LIST
17 companies are in the race for 11 limestone blocks
of Rajasthan. Of them, 7 are from out of Rajasthan
and 10 companies are from Rajasthan itself. The
companies which will participate in online billing to acquire
blocks are Ambuja Cement- Ahmedabad, UltraTech Cement-
Mumbai, Dalmia Bharat Green- Delhi, Star Cement- Kolkata,
The Ramco- Chennai and JK Cement- Kanpur. Suncity
Chemicals and Minerals Jodhpur, Shivakriti International
Jaipur, GR Infra Projects- Udaipur, Mundan Construction
Company –Jodhpur, Galaxy Mining and Royalties -Jaipur,
FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals- Jodhpur, Concretec
Infra Projects- Jodhpur, Sigma Minerals –Jodhpur, Team
Geo Resources- Mumbai, White White Minerals- Jodhpur,
Associated Soapstone Distributing Company- Udaipur will
also participate.
STATEWIDE INSPECTION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TODAY: ACS HEALTH
A statewide
special inspection
and awareness
campaign will be conducted
on Thursday across
the state with a view to
strengthening maternity
and child health services
along with other medical
facilities. Under the
direction of Addl Chief
Secy of Health Dept,
Shubhra Singh, this
campaign will scrutinize
the health services related
to maternity and child
health available in medical
institutions, preparedness
for seasonal diseases,
heatstroke management,
and management of
heat-related illnesses.
From the Additional Chief
Secretary down to block-
level officials, inspections of
medical institutions will be
conducted simultaneously.
Awareness regarding
maternal and child health
will also be raised.
Food commissionerate raids Ramganj hotels
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Ramganj hotels were
found using domestic
cylinders to cook food.
Under the Medical
Department’s ‘pure food-
attack on adulteration’
campaign, Food
Commissionerate teams
raided three locations in
Ramganj.
Action taken against
MM Khan Hotel, Garib
Nawaz Restaurant, and
Jaipur Ghee House. The
dish was prepared using
home cylinders. Non-
vegetarian food was
discovered exposed at
both motels, along with a
lot of grime. Provide a
health test report for any
staff not located on the
spot. Pankaj Ojha,
Additional Food
C o m m i s s i o n e r ,
immediately alerted the
DSO team, who
investigated the misuse
of cylinders. Along with
this, samples were
collected from all three
locations for testing.
The issuance of a
license for a seal
manufacturing in
Mahapura made
headlines. ACS Medical
Shubhra Singh requested
a report on First India’s
news. CMHO-2 Dr.
Hansraj Badhaliya
quickly issued notices.
Show cause notice to
FSO Deepak Sindhi,
RameshYadav, and Babu
Anurag Nagarm. Dilling
Babu Anurag Nagar was
also removed from his
position in the Food
Division. Regarding the
entire affair, CMHO-2
Dr. Hansraj Badhaliya
stated, “FSO quoted my
instructions during the
factory visit, but I did not
send FSO to investigate
Jaipur Cold Storage
Private Limited.” I was
kept in the dark about the
situation, and a report
would be given to the
government. A four-
member committee,
including two deputy
CMHOs, has been
constituted to investigate
the problem.
A team during action at the eatries in Ramganj.  NAIM KHAN
Notice to food inspectors, clerk for
issuing licence to sealed ice factory
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The issuance of a license
for a seald manufacturing
unit in Mahapura made
headlines. ACS Medical
Shubhra Singh requested
a report on First India’s
news. CMHO-2 Dr.
Hansraj Badhaliya
quickly issued notices.
Show cause notice to
FSO Deepak Sindhi,
RameshYadav, and Babu
Anurag Nagarm. Cleark
Anurag Nagar was also
removed from his
position in the Food
Division.
Regarding the entire
affair, CMHO-2 Dr.
Hansraj Badhaliya stated,
“FSO quoted my
instructions during the
factory visit, but I did not
send FSO to investigate
Jaipur Cold Storage
Private Limited. I was
kept in the dark about the
situation, and a report
would be given to the
government.”
Meanwhile, A four-
member committee,
including two deputy
CMHOs, has been
constituted to investigate
the problem.
Secy of Legal Services Authority
inspects open jail, meets inmates
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Secretary of Jaipur Legal
ServicesAuthority Jaipur
Metropolitan II Pallavi
Sharma on Wednesday
conducted inspection of
open jail as per the in-
structions of Rajasthan
State Legal Services Au-
thority.
Sharma interacted
with the jail inmates and
provided information
about free legal aid to the
prisoners. Deprived and
eligible prisoners also
made applications for
legal aid. During the
inspection, the secretary
took stock of the
accommodation and
cleanliness arrangements
provided by the prison
administration for the
prisoners. Janardan Atre,
Chief, LADCS, officers
and personnel of the
prison were present on
the occasion.
Pallavi Sharma during the inspection of the open jail in
Sanganer, on Wednesday.
Dr Sushil Bhati being welcomed on Wednesday.  NAIM KHAN
7 ENGINEERS, 1 SECTION
ACCOUNTANT SUSPENDED
Jaipur: Public Health
Engineering Depart-
ment’s 7 engineers
and one section accountant
has been suspended for
their alleged involvement
in JJM scam in Balotra.
3 executive engineers, 2
assistant engineers and two
junior engineers have been
suspended.
CM Sharma meets Amit Shah
First India Bureau
Hyderabad
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma met Union
Home Minister Amit
Shah at ITC Hotel in Hy-
derabad on late Wednes-
day. Also present here
during the occasion was
State General Secretary
- Organisation Chan-
drashekhar and other BJP
leaders.
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MODI’S SIMPLE-YET-STRONG
POWER PLAY APPROACH!
e have an RSS office at Salatwada
locality of Vadodara. I was a
pracharak at the office. Even then
I found, Modi ji took the smallest care of
any need of even the smallest karyakarta.
Among all those who reached the office at
3 pm, none was allowed to leave the place
without at least having a cup of tea. Modi
ji ensured that himself. And I also found
he was meticulous about cleanliness from
early days. He would wash his own cup
and also ensure all the cups had been
washed clean and they were spotless. He
used to ask us, “Have you all washed your
cups properly?” He was so particular
about cleanliness that not a piece of paper
was allowed to litter the office premises.
These were some things we had noticed
in Modi ji very early on and they have
continued till today.
s the state CM, Modi ji started
Gunotsav, a programme to im-
prove the quality of education
in the government schools. During the
Gunotsav festival, he would often visit
schools to take stock of the improve-
ments. He would usually take up the
remotest school in the most backward
districts to pay visit. Once during such
a visit he went to a school and after the
inspection, while discussing with the
headmaster, he asked, where is the toi-
let in your school? Surprisingly, he po-
litely said, there was no toilet in the
school. This shocked Modi ji so much
that the very next day as he reached of-
fice, he issued orders that every school
in the state must have proper toilets,
separate for boys and girls. Years later
when he became the PM he launched
the same campaign in the country to
end open defecation and it was a re-
sounding success. The seeds of this
idea came to him from the Gunotsav
experience.
n 1989, 1990 and 1991 elec-
tions were to be held. Those
days there were no mobile
phones or internet and thus communi-
cating with the karyakartas on the
ground level, directing them or getting
information was very difficult and time
taking. For this, Modi ji planned a cer-
tain strategy. Most karyakartas go out
for campaigning or poll related work
around 11 in the morning. Thus they
were mostly in their homes in the early
part of the day. We sat from 7 am to
10:30 am every day and called all the
karyakartas in the required constituen-
cies within this time to get all the details
and brief them about their day’s itiner-
ary. We made a list of the karyakartas to
be called the night before. So that in the
morning we were
well equipped
and didn’t need to
waste time. By
10:30 every day,
Modi hi had all
the grasp of the
ground realities
on his fingertips
which helped him
tremendously in
formulating his
next poll strategy.
t was a unique pro-
gramme I fondly
remember. It was in
the year 2005. He organised
a programme for his teach-
ers inAhmedabad. It was for
‘Guru Vandana’ to seek the
blessings of his teachers. He
had invited 27 teachers at
the event. Surprisingly, he
personally went up to each
and every teacher invited
and addressed him by his
name. He bowed in front of
them in obeisance and gar-
landed them in honour of
their services. This was a
unique event never held in
India before in such scale. Pt
Naval Kishore Sharma was
the governor of Gujarat at
that time and had come to
the event as chief guest. He
himself said during his
speech that he had travelled
all over the country but had
never seen or heard such an
initiative as taken up by
Narendra Modi in honour of
his teachers.
nce Narendra Modi
came to his school,
BN High School to
attend an event. There his old
friend Dr Sudheer was also
present. They used to sit on
the same bench in school
whengrowingup.Whiletalk-
ing, Sudheer ji addressed
Modi ji as ‘tu’several times.
Later when he realised
this, he apologised to
him for the disrespect
and told ‘sorry I called
youtuinmyaddress’.At
that time Modi ji didn’t
say much. But when he
went on to the stage for
his speech, he said, “ I
was talking to Sudheer a
while back. He called
me by ‘tu’ a couple of
timesandlateralsoapol-
ogised for the same. But I
want to tell Sudheer, that
these days when I find some-
oneaddressingmeas‘tu’,my
heart fills with joy.” This the
simplicity and humility of
Modi ji.
t was in 1985 that an RSS camp
was about to begin. A meeting
was held to discusss the prepa-
rations for the same. We were five peo-
ple who were overseeing the arrange-
ments for the event. The smallest thing
was ensured, from the safety pin to the
soap. We had to note down everything
so that nothing was found wanting dur-
ing the event. Even the amount of water
that would be required by a karyakarta
for his shower or consumption was cal-
culated and based on the total number
of karyakartas to be attending the event,
the arrangements were planned so that
nothing went waste at the end of the
day. All these were spearheaded by
Narendra Modi. As a pracharak for 20
years, this master planning learnt from
him in 1985 got imprinted in my mind
and always helped me in making the
best arrangements for every event of
the party.
Chandrakant Upadhyay
Vadodara
Natubhai Dhabi
Gandhinagar
Parshottam Rupala
Union minister
Ketan Devnani
Gujarat
Som Patel
Narendra Modi’s teacher
Bharat Modi
Gujarat
Modi’s penchant
for cleanliness
Narendra Modi started
Gunotsav to improve
quality of education
Narendra Modi ji’s
planned strategy for
communication
WHEN MODI SHOWED
GRATITUDE TO HIS TEACHERS
MODI’SSIMPLICITYENHANCES
OURRESPECTFORHIM
Modi ji, a master
of management
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was the leader of
the opposition in
the assembly. At
that time I took strong
stands on issues. And
mostly Narendra Modi
tried to accommodate
whatever I said. At that
time he used to tell us that
whatever the opposition
suggests, our government
notes it down and even
implements the ones
which are worth it.
Talking about Por-
bandar airport, a terminal
building was established.
Its inauguration was to be
done by then aviation
minister Praful Patel. Nar-
endra Modi was presiding
over that function and as
an MLA and leader of the
Opposition, I was also
present at the programme.
I told Praful Patel that
the runway of the airport
was so small that no big
aircraft could land here. It
was only 1,300 metres
long and thus we needed a
longer runway. It must be
increased to at least 2,600
metres. To this he said that
if Modi gives us the extra
land, we can do that too.
Immediately after hear-
ing this, Modi ji publicly
announced that the airport
would be expanded and
the state government was
ready to make the extra
land available to the Cen-
tre and AAI for the pro-
ject. Simultaneously, he
also informed the collector
to issue the proposal for
the same at the earliest.
But after 2012, I was no
longer an MLA and Modi
ji went on to become the
PM by 2014, so the work
of Porbandar airport even-
tually got sidelined. The
land that was to be allotted
to the airport finally went
to the Coast Guard. It was
a bureaucratic lapse.
I thought, the Coast
Guard was under Defence
Services. So the Gujarat
government won’t be able
to stop them. It is only the
PM who can do the need-
ful. So I told then Gujarat
CM Vijay Rupani that
Modi ji had publicly de-
clared Porbandar airport
would be expanded. The
CMO sent across my mes-
sage to the PM, reminding
him of his promise.
Modi ji acknowledged
and accepted he had
promised it. He immedi-
ately ordered that at any
cost the airport had to be
expanded with a runway
length of 2,600 metres.
Despite my being in the
opposition, Narendra
Modi worked for the
larger interest of the peo-
ple and the state and ac-
cepted and implemented
my proposal, even just
through a message I sent.
Only a big-hearted leader
can do this.
ne day Modi ji de-
cidedtohavelunchat
the Parliament can-
teen. So he walked into the
MPs canteen on the Parlia-
ment premises. Soon he said,
the same food is being taken
by people outside for Rs 50 to
Rs100aplate,andhereinside
it is available for just Rs 10.
This is not fair. Do we belong
to some kind of privileged
class? This injustice must
stop. The same food that a
poor man is buying for Rs 50,
we are getting for Rs 5, why?
Since that day, the age-old
practiceofcanteensubsidyfor
MPs came to an end. At the
same time, Modi ji was also
disturbed by the laal batti cul-
ture of MPs, which had be-
come a show of might and
power of the political class - a
colonial hangover. Modi ji
brought an end to this culture
as well. When he faced oppo-
sitiontothisfromcertainquar-
ters, he said no matter who
abides by this or not, but my
ministers at the Centre won’t
indulge in this practice any-
more. All ministers brought
down the red beacons from
their vehicles and the pomp
and show associated with po-
litical heft was thus gone.
e were travelling in
Kashmir.Modijiwas
the CM of Gujarat at
that time. There at a place I
met aYuva Morcha karyakar-
ta (BJP youth wing activist).
He asked, “Where are you
from?” I said I was coming
fromGujarat.Heimmediately
said, you guys are so lucky. In
curiosity asked him, why is it
so? He said, because Naren-
dra Modi is your CM.
Amused, I further prodded
him and asked, why do you
think so? To this he narrated
to me a small story.
He said, “One day I was
sleeping. It was early in the
morning. When I picked up
the call and asked who it was,
the voice from the other side
said here’s Narendra Modi
speaking. Thinking it was a
bad joke by someone, I hung
up the phone. It happened the
second time too.When a third
time the same call came, then
I got alerted. It can’t be a joke
anymore. I thought I could in
fact recognise the voice.Then
once I took the call, he said I
am indeed Narendra Modi. I
have an important message.A
private vehicle from Gujarat
withseveralGujaratisinithas
met with an accident in your
area. Immediately send relief
to them and put the injured in
hospitals. After that, update
me. Sitting in Gujarat, Modi ji
had every minute-by-minute
information of anything hap-
pening anywhere on the plan-
et. He even had the number of
the party karyakarta available
nearest to the point of acci-
dent. He didn’t let any proto-
col come in between and di-
rectly called my number to
expedite the rescue. How can
a leader be so meticulous?
That’s why say you are lucky
to have a CM like him.”
Arjun Modhwadia
Former LoP, Gujarat
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Former Union Minister
Kanubhai Vyas
Gujarat
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PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI
The narrators express their belief that PM
Narendra Modi, a leader with a big heart,
dedicated himself to the greater good of the
people. They note that Modi possessed
detailed, minute-by-minute information
about events worldwide. Furthermore,
they acknowledge Modi’s efforts in
abolishing the ‘laal batti’
culture, among other
accomplishments.
MODI,ATRUEDEMOCRAT
INLETTERANDSPIRIT
End of canteen subsidy
and ‘laal batti’ culture
Gujaratis lucky to have the
then CM like Narendra Modi
I O
W
NAMO
hat was my first budget
speech as finance minis-
ter. It was a two-and-a-
half hour budget speech and I
had no idea beforehand that it
would be so long. I hadn’t had
water before coming and during
the session also I didn’t drink and
as a result after sometime I was
dehydrated.
People seated around me were
wondering what was wrong with
me and slowly I had to sit down
without being able to read out
the full budget piece. Four or
five paragraphs were left to be
finished when I urged the hon-
ourable speaker to consider it as
read as I was unable to continue
any further.
I hadn’t yet reached home
when there was a call from Prime
Minister Narendra Modi himself.
He asked me, what have you
done? Please take care of your-
self, and then he kept the phone
down. In a short time, he sent his
personal doctor to take care of
me. He told him, conduct all the
necessary tests, check her up and
ensure that she is alright.
And after that day, even today,
he periodically asks about my
well being and reminds me to take
proper care of myself. He doesn’t
have to. There are so many min-
isters who could do this. If you
are going to take care of yourself
you are going to
serve, or else I am
sorry. It is as simple
as that. But no. The
PM will make sure
that you take care of
yourself.
So, that care, that
tenderness in him...
He is seen as a
tough, big and seri-
ous leader, but he
has got that human
element in his heart.
That’s what I want
to highlight.
n artist named Chhaganlal
Jadhav,whobelongedtothe
scheduled caste and was as-
sociatedwithMahatmaGandhifrom
the age of 12, had drawn live images
of the Mahatma during his historic
Dandi march. He drew pencil
sketches of Gandhi ji at six different
spots during his journey apart from
other incidents of those days.Thus it
became a pictorial document of the
march as well as events surrounding
Mahatma Gandhi.
When Acharya Swami ji present-
ed the coffee table book to PM Modi
in 2018, he immediately recognised
Chhaganlal Jadhav’s
work and cried in ex-
citement, oh this is the
drawing of Chhagan-
lal Jadhav. He then
decided to hold an ex-
hibition of the works
of the artist. This was
a unique pictorial doc-
ument of the inde-
pendence struggle
which had no parallel
in the country.
In the National Gal-
lery of Modern Art in
Delhi, the largest of its
kind, the exhibition was put up that
continued for around eight months.
The artist of Ahmedabad from the
SC community made the pictorial
documentation from 1930-1948 and
it was revealed to the world for the
first time due to the innovation and
effort of Narendra Modi.
On March 12, 2021, at Abhay
Ghat, Sabarmati, nearAhmedabad’s
Bapu Ashram, when the Azadi ka
Amrit Mahotsav was to be held, on
thePM’sdirectionsthepaintingsand
drawings were exhibited again.
Chhaganlal Jadhav soon got global
recognition due to these steps.
uring the time of the
Covid pandemic, I used
to get calls all through
the day to perform the final
rites. Everyone wanted to get it
done early. My crematorium at
Seemapuri started receiving
dead bodies. I didn’t go home
for around 21 days.
I lived on the fourth floor
and residents of my building
objected that I was at the cre-
matorium the whole day and I
would thus be carrying the in-
fection back home, which
could lead to its spread. One
night, while performing the fi-
nal rites around 2:30 AM, my
driver told me that there was a
call for me from the PMO. My
hands were full at that time so
I asked him to hold the phone
close to my ear.
On the other side of the
phone, there was a voice that
told me, Shunty ji, I have been
watching you on television for
a long time. The whole country
is with you. Keep on with the
service you are doing. Take
care of the unidentified aban-
doned bodies..I thanked him
and when I asked who I was
speaking to, the voice on the
other side said, I am Narendra
Modi speaking!
The Prime Minister of the
country, calling up a common
man like me at the dead of night
to motivate and thank me for
my service, shows how meticu-
lous he is and how he worries
about the whole nation. I have
shared this on several plat-
forms. For me, I got to learn
that irrespective of the position
one achieves, one must always
be down to earth. This is a great
learning of life I realised after
Modi ji’s call that night.
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The narrators highlight PM Narendra Modi’s
work ethic and rapid decision-making skills,
underscoring how his quick thinking has saved
lives. They discuss the Prime Minister’s
three-day stay with the DGs, emphasising his
commitment to being an integral part of the
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he thing that astounded me
is Modi ji’s work culture. He
is a patriot and works with
complete dedication. But, for him, it
is not that only those who are loyal
to him are tapped for their potential
and brought to good use. All that
matters to him is expertise and get-
ting the best from that expertise a
person has. The purpose is progress
and collective good.
There was once a meeting with us
and after about two hours of discus-
sions with Modi ji as we were com-
ing out, I asked him, what is the se-
cret of your efficiency? There must
be something special in your work
culture which is why it is appreciated
by the whole world. Without going
too deep into the details, he gave me
a small example. He said, see, if I
need a driver, I will test the driver for
his skill and expertise in driving the
car and nothing else. That is the only
yardstick I have. I am not concerned
with how he salutes me. After this,
he put his hand on my shoulder and
laughed. That was enough for any-
one to understand why and how he
has such a robust work culture.
n all India DG-IG confer-
ence is held every year. It
was being held in Guwahati
for the first time and PM Narendra
Modi sent a message to all DGs
about the dress code to
be followed, how long
the meeting would last
and the subject-specific
studies that have to be
discussed. Before Modi
was the Prime Minister,
the DG conference was a
one-day perfunctory af-
fair, where the DGs
would assemble, the PM
will come and speak for
30 minutes and it was all
over. This was happen-
ing for the first time that
the Prime Minister stayed with the
DGs for three days to be an integral
part of the programme. The routine
was hard and focussed. There was a
yoga session at 5:30 in the morning.
At 7:30 sharp it was breakfast time
and even during breakfast, for in-
stance, as I was the MoS, I was as-
signed DGs of six states and an IB
official to take notes, deliberate and
discuss on topics of importance that
would be taken up in the day. Then
we would move straight to the con-
ference hall and this gruelling ses-
sion continued for three days. Offic-
ers had never experienced such in-
tensity and seriousness before. They
had never seen a Prime Minister who
was so deeply involved in each and
every topic and discussed every-
thing so minutely. It was a lifetime’s
experience in governance and ad-
ministration for all of us.
arendra Modi ji once given an
example. He said, open the morn-
ing’s newspaper and when you
see the headline, ‘Bomb blast in school
bus in Kashmir, 8 kids killed, 22 injured’,
does that sound to you a normal daily
news story or strike you as a personal
tragedy? If it is just news to you then
know that you are in politics only to pro-
mote your personal aspirations. If this
incident makes you restless, gives you
sleepless nights, then there is some patri-
otism still alive in you. He used to say, as
a karyakarta, you are here to give to the
nation, to society. You are not here to take
anything. So, the karyakarta had no illu-
sions and later he won’t be disappointed
later on for things he won’t get.
n 1979, there was Sangh Siksha
Varg. I was in Class 10 at that
time. In those days we didn’t have
big pandals set up for events. There was
the modest shamiyana, tied to the ground
at four ends. It was summer time and there
was an unexpected cyclone. The tent got
inflated like a balloon. Every-
one at the venue was aston-
ished to see what was happen-
ing there. Narendra Modi ji
was sitting just behind us. As
soon as he saw the situation,
he ran with a small kitchen
knife and tore open one side
of the tent’s curtain. Soon the
air escaped and the tent de-
flated. That day I realised the
power of quick decision-mak-
ing that Modi ji displayed and
how such a quick presence of
mind helps save lives.
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FROM HIMACHAL PRADESH IN THE PAST 72 YEARS...
Only 3 women elected to Lok Sabha till date
PTI
Shimla
nly three wom-
en have made it
to the Lok Sab-
ha from Himachal
Pradesh in the past 72
years and this time, just
two are in the fray.
Women constitute al-
most 49 per cent of the
total voters in the state.
Rajkumari Amrit
Kaur, Chandresh Kumari
and Pratibha Singh, the
three successful candi-
dates till now belonged to
royal families.
Only the BJP and the
BSP have nominated
women candidates for
the June 1 elections for
the four Lok Sabha seats
in the state.
While the BJP has
fielded actor Kangana
Ranaut from Mandi, Re-
kha Rani is contesting on
a BSPticket from Kangra.
“Women from humble
background rising high
in politics and carving a
niche for themselves is
still a big challenge in the
country and Himachal
Pradesh is no exception.
At present, women
constitute about 49 per
cent of the total voters in
the state but representa-
tion is not even one
fourth and this is a cause
of serious concern,” said
Ramesh Chauhan, head
of the department of po-
litical science at
Himachal Pradesh Uni-
versity.
In politics, what mat-
ters is who has the deci-
sion-making power. This
power is normally with
men and until women are
given prominent posi-
tions, they would not
emerge as “empowered”
and surpass their domi-
nant male counterparts,
Chauhan told PTI.
But women were not
so keen to climb the lad-
der to the assembly, he
claimed. Moreover, the
political parties also did
not promote or encourage
the women with humble
background, he added.
While the BJP has fielded actor Kangana Ranaut from Mandi,
Rekha Rani is contesting on a BSP ticket from Kangra.
O
“IfOppnwins,itwillput
BabrilockatRamtemple”
Agencies
Lakhimpur
Hitting out at the INDIA
opposition bloc, Union
Home Minister Amit
Shah on Wednesday said
if it comes to power after
the ongoing Lok Sabha
polls, it will put a “Babri”
lock at the Ram temple
in Ayodhya.
Shah also accused the
Congress, Samajwadi
Party  Bahujan Samaj
Party of defaming the saf-
fron party and Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
by saying if he gets 400
seats in the ongoing elec-
tion, reservation will be
done away with.
The senior BJP leader
said though it is not going
to happen, if the opposi-
tion parties come to pow-
er, they will put a “Babri
naam ka tala (Babri
lock)” at the Ram temple.
He said Modi not only
won the legal dispute in-
volving the Ram Janma-
bhoomi, but also per-
formed the “bhoomi puja
(groundbreaking cere-
mony)” of the Ram tem-
ple and its “pran pratish-
tha” (consecration) was
held in January.
Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a public meeting in support
of party candidate and Union Minister Ajay Mishra, for Lok
Sabha elecions, in Lakhimpur, Wednesday.  PTI
Maha legislative
council poll to be
held on June 10
PTI
Mumbai
The biennial election to
four seats of the Maha-
rashtra Legislative Coun-
cil will be held on June
10, the Election Commis-
sion of India announced
on Wednesday as per lat-
est reports.
Counting of votes will
take place on June 13, an
official release said here.
The six-year tenure of
theincumbentMembersof
Legislative Council
(MLCs)willendonJuly7.
BJP spreading lies against
Rahul: Priyanka Gandhi
Agencies
New Delhi
Congress leader Priyan-
ka Gandhi Vadra on
Wednesday charged that
the entire BJP machinery
is engaged in spreading
lies against Rahul Gan-
dhi. Slamming the BJP,
she also said that it talks
about religion, caste and
temple-mosque but not
about real issues con-
cerning the people.
Campaigning for her
brother Rahul Gandhi
from the family bastion,
she said the people of Rae
Bareli understand leaders
well. “When they did not
likesomepolicyofIndira-
ji they defeated her also.
Indira did not get angry
but did introspection. You
elected her again. It is a
speciality of the people of
RaeBarelithattheyunder-
stand leaders,” she said.
FI TOON
Congress playing the
politics of negativism,
says Rajnath Singh
Agencies
New Delhi
Defence Minister and
senior BJP leader Ra-
jnath Singh on Wednes-
day hit out at the Con-
gress accusing the grand-
old party of playing poli-
tics of negativism.
Singh launched a
broadside at Congress on
national security issue cit-
ing the statement of a sen-
ior leader of the party on
the recent terrorist attack
in Jammu and Kashmir
“Congress always
played the politics of
negativism. In Jammu
and Kashmir, terrorists
attacked an army convoy.
A senior Congress
minister from Punjab
Charanjit Singh Channi
said that it was an ‘elec-
tion stunt’. Does it mean
we orchestrated a terror-
ist attack on our army?”
he questioned.
”What are these people
doing with national secu-
rity and ‘swabhiman’
(pride)?Acts of terrorism
were occurring in the past
in almost all parts of the
country. But terrorism
has almost been wiped
out after the BJP-led gov-
ernment came to power at
the Centre,” he stressed.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
BJP paying
money to buy
votes: Mamata
Agencies
Kolkata
West Bengal chief minis-
ter Mamata Banerjee on
Wednesday alleged that
the BJP is
paying mon-
ey to people
to buy votes.
Speaking at
an election
rally atArambagh in sup-
port of Trinamool Con-
gress candidate Mitali
Bagh, Banerjee alleged
that the saffron party is
paying money to the ex-
tent of Rs 5,000, Rs
10,000 and Rs 15,000 to
people to purchase votes.
“The BJP leaders at
present are former
CPI(M) ‘harmads’ (anti-
socials). If you don’t want
a reign of terror to usher
in, then refrain from vot-
ing for the BJP”, she said.
Congress is ‘anti-Ram,
anti-Sanatan’: JP Nadda
PTI
Bilaspur/ Mandi
BJP national president JP
Nadda on Wednesday al-
leged the Congress is
“anti-Ram” and “anti-
Sanatan”,  accused the
party of joining hands
withanti-nationalpowers.
Nadda called upon the
party cadres to go from
door-to-door to expose
the party’s real face and
claimed that it would be
wiped out after the Lok
Sabha polls. He claimed
that all other political
parties compromised
with their ideology but
the BJP remained firm
and constructed the grand
Ram Temple, performed
‘PranPratistha’,scrapped
Article 370 and rid the
Muslim women from the
evil of triple talaq.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur with National President JP Nadda,
in Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency on Wednesday. PTI
KARNATAKA POLICE SUMMONS BJP NATIONAL
PRESIDENT JP NADDA, AND LEADER AMIT MALVIYA
New Delhi: Karnataka Police has summoned BJP
National President JP Nadda and party member
Amit Malviya to Bengaluru’s High Grounds police
station, asking them to appear in connection with a tweet
posted by BJP Karnataka that allegedly targeted the SC/
ST community. “For the purpose of investigation of the
said case, you are hereby directed to appear before the
undersigned investigation officer at 11 am at High grounds
police station within seven days of receipt of this notice,”
the summons read.
It’s ‘Ram Bhakts’
versus ‘Ramdrohis’:
Yogi on LS elections
Agencies
New Delhi
Chief Minister Yogi Adi-
tyanath once again rallied
in the election battle-
ground on Wednesday,
urging for the reelection
of Devendra Singh Bhole
fromAkbarpurLokSabha
seat, Mukesh Rajput from
Farrukhabad, and Arun
SagarfromShahjahanpur.
While expressing grat-
itude to the crowds, the
CM also criticized SP-
Congress.Adityanathem-
phasized to the public
that this election repre-
sents a choice between
‘Rambhakts’ and ‘Ram-
drohis,’ asserting that
those who are ‘Ramb-
hakts’ are also Rashtrab-
hakts. The public should
reject ‘Ramdrohis’.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
z EC puts Gujarat
voter turnout at 59.51%,
says final figure likely
to be more.
z Congress candidate
Dharamvira Gandhi files
nomination from Patiala
z LS polls is between ‘rak-
shak’ and ‘bhakshak’ of
Constitution: Akhilesh
z “Record” `110 crore
seized ahead of LS polls
in Jharkhand
z Phase 5 of LS polls: 695
candidates set to contest
across 49 constituencies
ModislamsRahul,allegesCong
sealeddealwithAdani,Ambani
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan holds a
roadshow in Vijayawada on Wednesday. 	 ANI
AFTER POLLS, CONG
AND INDI ALLIANCE’S
FUSE BLOWN OFF: PM
New Delhi: After the
third phase of gen-
eral elections, the
third fuse of Congress and
its INDI Alliance parties was
blown off, PM Modi said on
Wednesday. Modi said four
phases of polling are left
and with the blessings of
people, the BJP and NDA
marching towards victory.
Attacking the Congress and
BRS, Modi said while the
BJP believes in ‘nation first’
principle, for the Congress
and BRS it is ‘family first’.
SENDCBI,EDTOPROBE:
RAGAHITSBACKOVER
LOADSOFMONEYJIBE
New Delhi:
Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi on
Wednesday dared Prime
Minister Narendra Modi to
hold a probe by the CBI or
ED into whether business-
men Adani and Ambani
sent his party “money in a
tempo”. Taking a swipe at
the Prime Minister, Gandhi
in a video message asked
whether Modi was speaking
from his “personal experi-
ence” about money being
sent by businessmen.
First India Bureau
Hyderabad/New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Wednesday for
the first time during the
Lok Sabha elections ac-
cused the Congress of
having a “deal” with
“Ambani and Adani”,
and asked if the party has
received “tempo loads of
black money” from the
two industrialists for its
leader Rahul Gandhi to
stop “abusing” them.
In what appeared to be
a change in the narrative
on the ‘Ambani-Adani’
issue, which was until
now used by the Congress
to attack Modi and his
government at the Centre,
the Prime Minister also
demanded that the party
should explain to people
why it has stopped raising
the issue as its ‘Shehzada’
(Rahul Gandhi) used to
do for the past five years
and asked if it has struck
a ‘sauda’ (deal).
In a sharp reaction full
of sarcasm, Gandhi asked
whether Modi was speak-
ing from his “personal ex-
perience” when he men-
tioned“moneyinatempo”
being sent byAmbani and
Adani. “Modi ji, are you a
little scared? Normally
you talk about Adani and
Ambani in closed doors,
but for the first time you
have talked about Adani
and Ambani in public,”
Gandhi said in a 46-sec-
ondvideomessage,posted
on X by the Congress.
Earlier, in Telangana,
Modi said:”Since his Ra-
fale issue got grounded,
he started chanting about
‘five industrialists’. Then
he started saying Amba-
ni-Adani. But ever since
elections have been an-
nounced, these people
(Congress) have stopped
abusing Ambani-Adani.
PM MODI, AMBANI, ADANI RESHAPING INDIA: CNN
India is poised to become a 21st-century
economic powerhouse, offering an alternative
to China for investors looking for growth and
for reducing supply chain risks with PM Narendra Modi
and industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani
playing a fundamental role in shaping the economic
superpower the country will become in the coming
decades, according to a CNN report. The report says
to spur growth, the Modi government has begun a
massive infrastructure transformation by spending bil-
lions on building roads, ports, airports and railways.
PTI
New Delhi
straZeneca has
begun the glob-
al withdrawal of
its COVID-19 vaccine,
Vaxzevria, citing a sur-
plus of available updated
vaccines since the pan-
demic began. The com-
pany has also decided to
withdraw the vaccine’s
marketing authorizations
within Europe. “As mul-
tiple, variant COVID-19
vaccines have since been
developed, there is a sur-
plus of available updated
vaccines,” AstraZeneca
stated. This surplus has
led to a decline in demand
for Vaxzevria, which is
no longer being manufac-
tured or supplied.
The Anglo-Swedish
drugmaker has previously
admitted in court docu-
ments that the vaccine can
cause side effects such as
blood clots and low blood
platelet counts. The com-
pany’s application to
withdraw the vaccine was
submitted on March 5 and
became effective on May
7, according to media re-
ports. Last year, Astra-
Zeneca diversified its fo-
cusintorespiratorysyncy-
tial virus vaccines  obe-
sity drugs through several
deals after experiencing a
slowdown in growth due
to declining COVID-19
medicine sales.
Leading pharma
company withdraws
Covid vaccine globally
as demand declines;
faces legal challenges
over side effects
SUPPLY OF VAXZEVRIA DIPS
AstraZeneca withdraws COVID-19
vaccines, cites surplus of availability
A
Kolkata: The West
Bengal Council of
Higher Education on
May 7 announced re-
sults of Class 12 exami-
nation with nearly 90%
of the students clearing
the examination. WB
Council of Higher Sec
Edu president Chiranjib
Bhattacharya told that
the pass percentage was
89.98. He said among
districts Purba Medin-
ipur district topped list
of successful candidates.
90% of 7.55 lakh
students clear WB
class 12 board exam
Bilaspur: Live-in rela-
tionship is an “imported
philosophy”  against
“expectations of Indian
tenets”, the C’garh HC
has observed, holding
that institution of mar-
riage no longer controls
people as it did in past.
The division bench of
Justices Goutam Bha-
duri  Sanjay Agrawal
made observation while
dismissing an appeal of
a man seeking custody
of child born in live-in.
Live-in relationship is
animportedphilosophy:
Chhattisgarh HC
New Delhi: Tech giant
Google on Wednesday
launched Google Wallet
app in India, enabling
users to store and re-
trieve digital documents
like boarding passes,
loyalty cards, movie
tickets, and more. How-
ever, unlike its US of-
fering, the Google Wal-
let app won’t allow us-
ers to store payment
cards and access the
tap-and-pay feature in
stores. The wallet app,
which has gone live in
the country, will cater
to non-payment usage.
Google launches
‘Google Wallet’ for
Android users in India
Idukki: An FIR has
been lodged against
Cong MLA Mathew Ku-
zhalnadan by Idukki
Vigilance Unit regarding
a land deal in Chinnaka-
nal, Kerala. The FIR al-
leged that Kuzhalnadan
purchased land despite
being aware of irregular-
ities. An FIR has been
registered against Cong
MLA Mathew Kuzhal-
nadan by Idukki Vigi-
lance Unit. There are to-
tal of 21 accused in case.
FIR against Cong MLA
in Kerala over alleged
illegal land dealings
IN BRIEF
New Delhi: A state-
level two-time gold
medalist wrestler, who
was wanted in an at-
tempt to murder case,
was arrested from
city’s Mukarba Chowk
bus stand, police said
on Wednesday. The ac-
cused was identified as
Sumeet, a resident of
national capital. His ar-
rest comes after Su-
meet along with his
four associates Sagar,
Nikhil, Dev and Aniket
tried to murder one
Vishnu on April 21.
Wrestlerwantedin
attempttomurdercase
arrestedinDelhi:Cops
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Hot weather continues in Kerala, IMD issues yellow alert till May 9
PTI
Thiruvananthapuram
The India Meteorologi-
cal Department (IMD) on
Wednesday issued a yel-
low alert for Thiruvanan-
thapuram, Alappuzha
and Kozhikode districts
of the state till May 9 due
to the likelihood of heat
wave conditions there.
The IMD said maxi-
mum temperatures were
likely to be around 39°C
in Kollam, Palakkad and
Kozhikode, 38 degrees
Celsius in Thiruvanan-
thapuram, Alappuzha,
Ernakulam and Thrissur,
37°C in Kottayam,
Pathanamthitta and Kan-
nur and 36°C in Malap-
puram and Kasaragod
districts of the state from
today till May 10. These
temperatures were three
to 5°C more than what
was normal for this time
of the year, it said. “Heat
wave conditions are very
likely to prevail at one or
two places inThiruvanan-
thapuram,Alappuzha and
Kozhikode districts on
May 8 and 9 (YELLOW
WARNING),” the IMD
further said.
HeavyRainscausekilometres-
longtrafficjamsamidpower
cutsinHyderabadonTuesday.
THUNDERSTORMS ALERT
FOR PARTS OF ANDHRA
PRADESH TILL MAY 12
SEVEN DEAD AS WALL
COLLAPSES AFTER
HEAVY RAIN IN H’BAD
Amravati: The Mete-
orological Depart-
ment on Wednesday
forecast thunderstorms
accompanied by lightning
and gusty winds in parts of
Andhra Pradesh for the next
five days from May 8 to 12. It
forecast this weather in parts
of North Coastal Andhra
Pradesh, Yanam, South
Coastal Andhra Pradesh
(SCAP) and Rayalaseema,
where winds are expected
to blow between 30 km per
hour (kmph) to 50 kmph.
Hyderbad: At least
seven people,
including a child,
were killed when a retain-
ing wall of an under-
construction apartment
collapsed on migrant
workers' accommodation
on Tuesday night in Ba-
chupally of Hyderabad,
said the police. All were
migrant workers. Seven
others are undergoing
treatment at a hospital,
they added.
FM:PSUsarenotindisarray,
thrivingunderModiregime
Union Finance Minister on Congress’ allegations
PTI
New Delhi
Finance Minister Nirma-
la Sitharaman on
Wednesday said PSUs
have suffered under the
Congress-led UPA gov-
ernment and previously
neglected ones like, the
Hindustan Aeronautics
Limited (HAL), have
seen a ‘resurgence’under
the Modi government.
Rebutting allegations
by the Congress party
and its leader Rahul Gan-
dhi that state-owned
companies are in a disar-
ray, Sitharaman said such
claims are a textbook ex-
ample of the pot calling
the kettle black.
In a post on X, the
Minister said that under
the Modi-government,
public sector undertak-
ings (PSUs) are thriv-
ing, benefiting signifi-
cantly from the culture
of professionalism in-
fused in them along
with increased opera-
tional freedom.
PSUs have suffered
under the Congress-led
UPA government. PSUs
that were previously ne-
glected under the UPA
government, such as Hin-
dustan Aeronautics Lim-
ited, have seen a resur-
gence under the Modi
government, she said.
Search ops to track down
terrorists enter 5th day
PTI
Jammu
Thecordonandsearchop-
eration (CASO) to track
down terrorists responsi-
ble for attacking an IAF
convoy, which claimed
the life of a corporal rank
personnel, entered the
fifth day on Wednesday,
officials said. Security
forces, including the
Army, police and CRPF,
have further intensified
combing and search op-
erationinnearly20square
kilometres area in
Surankote belt and over
five kilometres of the area
has been searched, the of-
ficials said.
Terrorists targeted an
Indian Air Force (IAF)
convoy in Shaistar area of
Poonch district, resulting
in the killing of an IAF
corporal and injuries to
four others on Saturday.
POONCH IAF CONVOY ATTACK
Agencies
New Delhi
Rejecting it as 'not main-
tainable', the Delhi High
Court today imposed a
Rs 1 lakh penalty on a
petitioner, who sought
permission and facilities
for Arvind Kejriwal to
set up the chief minis-
ter's office in jail to gov-
ern the union territory
from judicial custody.
Filed by advocate
Shrikant Prasad, the PIL
petition sought to facili-
tate virtual conferencing
arrangements for Chief
MinisterArvind Kejriwal
to engage with cabinet
ministers, ensuring unin-
terrupted governance. It
also sought to restrain
media houses from sen-
sationalising news
about the chief minis-
ter's potential resigna-
tion and the imposition
of President's Rule in
the national capital.
PTI
Bhubaneswar
Defence Minister Rajnath
Singh onWednesday took
a dig at former Punjab
chief minister Charanjit
Singh Channi over his
controversial remarks on
the recent terrorist attack
on IndianAir Force (IAF)
convoy at Poonch in Jam-
mu and Kashmir leading
to the death of one IAF
soldier.Addressing a pub-
lic gathering in Kalahandi
on Wednesday, Singh
said, “Congress has al-
ways been involved in
negative politics. Recent-
ly, some terrorists
launched an attack on our
defence forces convoy in
Jammu  Kashmir. Cong
leader Charanjit Channi
said that it (the terrorist
act) was an election stunt.
Will we get our army sol-
diers attacked? What are
these people trying to do
with security and self-es-
teem of nation?”
Penaltyof `1Lforpetitionto
setupKejriwal’sofficeinjail
Rajnath tears into Channi
over remarks on Poonch
Fourleadingautomakerstorecall
over7,700vehiclesforfaultyparts
Agencies
Seoul
Hyundai Motor, Kia and
two other carmakers will
recall over 7,700 vehicles
due to faulty compo-
nents, the transport min-
istry here said on
Wednesday. The four
companies, including
Jaguar Land-Rover Ko-
rea and Volkswagen
Group Korea, are volun-
tarily recalling 7,783
units of 11 different mod-
els, the Ministry of Land,
Infrastructure and Trans-
port said in a statement.
The problems that
prompted the recall in-
cluded a manufacturing
defect in the exhaust gas
recirculation valve pow-
er unit, which may cause
the engine to stall while
driving, in 4,118 units of
five different Hyundai
models and 2,668 units
of Kia models, reports
Yonhap news agency.
Another problem was
the poor fixation of the
rear right illumination
device in 329 units of
two different Jaguar
Land-Rover models, in-
cluding the new Range
Rover Sport P360. Also,
623 units of Volkswa-
gen’s Touareg 3 3.0 TDI
model were subject to a
corrective action due to a
software error in the ve-
hicles’mobile app, which
could lead to a vehicle
malfunction during re-
mote automated parking.
Kerala Guv in Ayodhya
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan reached Ayodhya to have darshan of
Shri Ram Lalla on Wednesday. Later, Champat Rai, General Secretary of Shri
Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, presented him a memento.
IMD warns of heat wave in Kerala with temperatures reaching up to 39 degrees Celsius. FILE
Nirmala speaks
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman FILE
Photographs of three suspected terrorists released on Wednesday.
RBI ASKS NON-BANKS
TO STICK TO `20,000
LOAN CASH PAYOUT
LIMIT: REPORT
Mumbai: India's
central bank has
asked non-bank
finance companies
(NBFC) to strictly ad-
here to a cap of 20,000
rupees ($240) in cash
loans, according to a
letter seen by Reuters
and two people aware
of the development, in a
bid to deter cash trans-
actions. Please refer
to provisions of Section
269SS of Income Tax
Act, 1961, which stipu-
lates that no individual
can receive more than
20,000 rupees as loan
amount in cash, the
letter showed.
Arvind Kejriwal
LASHKAR TERRORISTS, WHO ATTACKED AIR FORCE
CONVOY IN JK’S POONCH, CAPTURED ON CAM
Jammu: Photographs of three suspected terror-
ists– believed to be involved in the May 4 attack
on an Air Force convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s
Poonch district– have been released on Wednesday. The
images of the suspected terrorists have been taken out
from a CCTV footage clip. In the attack on the two-vehicle
IAF convoy at Surankote tehsil in Poonch district, one air
warrior named Corporal Vikky Pahade was killed, while
four other IAF personnel were injured. As per media
reports, three names have come up during the probe into
the Poonch attack – Illiyas (a former Pakistan Army com-
mando), Abu Hamza (code-name of the commander of the
banned Lashkar-e-Taiba), and Hadoon.
Min Rajnath Singh addressing
public meeting in Kalahandi
of Odisha on Wednesday.
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IN SUPPORT OF MODI’S 3RD TERM
Indian Americans are with PM Modi: Diaspora leader
PTI
Santa Clara
ajority of Indian
Americans fa-
vour a third
term for Prime Minister
Narendra Modi as his
government’s policies
are transforming India,
an influential community
leader has said.
Indians are part of the
deep economic growth of
the United States and
they’ve been working
hard to contribute to the
economic growth, Indi-
an-American Democratic
fundraiserAjay Jain Bha-
turia said, underling that
when they see similar
economic growth hap-
pening back in India,
they feel very proud of it.
“I think the majority
of Indian Americans
want Prime Minister
Modi to come back. It’s
a sense of pride for them
that when India shines,
they shine,” Bhaturia
told PTI in an interview.
“They feel proud that
India is rising, India is
growing. India has been
growing at almost a
much faster rate of eco-
nomic growth, six to
seven per cent. When I’m
reading the statistics, it
says that it’ll overtake
Japan by the end of this
year to become the fourth
largest economy. And
maybe by 2027, India
would be the third largest
economy behind the US
and China,” he said.
Observing that a ma-
jority of Indian Ameri-
cans favour Modi for a
third term, Bhaturia said
the government’s poli-
cies are transforming In-
dia, whether in com-
merce or small business-
es or large businesses
railways development or
road infrastructure.
“So continue this
growth, I think it’s im-
portant that the commu-
nity rightfully feels that
Prime Minister Modi and
his team should be ree-
lected and India should
continue on the success
story,” Bhutoria said.
Indians are part of the deep economic growth of the United States and they’ve been working hard to
contribute to the economic growth, Indian-American Democratic fundraiser Ajay Jain Bhaturia said.
Dr BS Tomar, Dr Sobha Tomar, Dilip Singh Shekhawat, Prof Amrika
Singh, Mahipal Singh, Kuldeep Singh Jhala  others during launch
of jersey  NIMS - main sponsor, at NIMS University on Wednesday.
M
AbhishekSharmaleadsSRHto
adominant10-wicketvictory
Hyderabad’s Travis Head and Abhishek orchestrate historic IPL triumph
Match 57
Indiabecomesfirstto
receiveover$100bn
inremittances:UN
Agencies
United Nations
India received over USD
111 billion in remittanc-
es in 2022, the largest in
the world, becoming the
first country to reach and
even surpass the USD
100 billion mark, the
United Nations migra-
tion agency has said.
The International Or-
ganisation for Migration
(IOM), in its World Mi-
gration Report 2024
launched Tuesday, said
that in 2022, India, Mex-
ico, China, the Philip-
pines and France were
the top five remittance
recipient countries.
“India was well above
the rest, receiving more
than USD 111 billion, the
first country to reach and
evensurpasstheUSD100
billion mark. Mexico was
the second-largest remit-
tance recipient in 2022, a
position it also held in
2021 after overtaking
China, which historically
had been the second-big-
gest recipient after India,”
the report said.
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS
 India has contributed
USD 500,000 to the UN
Counter-Terrorism Trust
Fund, underscoring its
unwavering commitment to
support multilateral efforts
in the global fight against
the scourge of terrorism.
 India, Pakistan and
Bangladesh, rank among
the top ten recipients of
international remittances in
the world, underscoring the
significance of labour migra-
tion from the subregion.
 With India estimated to
have received more than
USD 111 billion in 2022, it is
by far the largest recipient of
international remittances in
the world and the first coun-
try to ever reach that figure.
 Pakistan and Bangla-
desh were the sixth and
eighth largest international
remittance recipients in
2022, receiving nearly USD
30 billion and USD 21.5 bn.
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS
 Travis Head smashed
a whirlwind knock of 89*
for Sunrisers Hyderabad
against Lucknow Super
Giants in Match 57 of the
Indian Premier League
2024 season.
 Head and his opening
partner Abhishek Sharma
helped SRH script a record-
breaking chase in the IPL.
 Lucknow Super Giants
captain KL Rahul has
completed 7,500 runs
in T20 cricket during his
match against Sunrisers
Hyderabad in the IPL on
Wednesday.
 Rahul is now the fifth
Indian batter to reach
this feat. Rahul took 224
games and 211 innings to
complete 7,500 runs in the
format.
Bidentounveil$3.3bn
MicrosoftAIinvestment
Agencies
Washington
Joe Biden will visit the
political battleground
state of Wisconsin on
Wednesday to announce
plans by Microsoft Corp,
opens new tab to build a
$3.3 billion high-tech
data center that will cre-
ate thousands of jobs, the
White House said.
The Microsoft facility
in southeastern Wiscon-
sin, will be built on the
same land where Taiwan
electronics manufacturer
Foxconn had planned to
build a $10 billion fac-
tory that Donald Trump
once called “the eighth
wonder of the world”.
JOE BIDEN, TRUMP WIN
INDIANA PRESIDENTIAL
PRIMARIES: REPORT
Washington: Presi-
dent Joe Biden and
former President
Donald Trump have won
the Indiana Democratic
and Republican primaries
ahead of the US presiden-
tial election in November.
Tuesday’s win gives Trump,
already the presumptive
Republican nominee,
another 58 delegates,
according to US media
reports. Trump, 77, was the
only active candidate on
Indiana’s Republican ballot.
President Biden, also the
presumptive Democratic
Party candidate, won all
79 delegates in Indiana’s
Democratic primary.
BattlesragearoundRafahafterUShaltssomeweaponstoIsrael
Agencies
Cairo/Washington/Rafah
Hamas battled Israeli
troops on the outskirts
of the Gaza Strip’s
crowded southern city
of Rafah on Wednesday
and Washington said it
had held up a shipment
of powerful bombs to
Israel to prevent civilian
casualties.
The United States,
which aims to stave off a
full Israeli invasion of
Rafah, said it believes a
revised Hamas ceasefire
proposal may lead to a
breakthrough in an im-
passe in negotiations,
with talks resuming in
Cairo on Wednesday.
AU.N. official said no
fuel or aid had entered
the Gaza Strip due to the
military operation, a sit-
uation “disastrous for
the humanitarian re-
sponse” in Gaza where
more than half the popu-
lation is suffering cata-
strophic hunger.
Israeli military vehicles are seen near the Israel-Gaza border, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in southern Israel.
Daniels testifies about sex with Trump at Hush-Money trial
Agencies
New York
Stormy Daniels took the
witness stand on Tues-
day at Donald Trump’s
criminal trial and de-
scribed in lurid detail her
alleged 2006 sexual en-
counter with the former
U.S. president.
Trump has pleaded not
guilty to Manhattan pros-
ecutors’ charges he falsi-
fied business records to
cover up his former law-
yer’s $130,000 payment
to Daniels, whose real
name is Stephanie Clif-
ford, for her silence be-
fore the 2016 election.
“He also said I remind-
ed him of his daughter
because she’s smart and
blonde,” Daniels added.
It was the courtroom
face-off everyone was
waitingfor--testimonyof
high legal importance, 
salacious sexual content.
Rajasthan football team
launches jersey for U-20
National Championship
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The jersey of the Ra-
jasthan football team was
launched for the Under
20 National Football
Championship, which
will be held in Chhattis-
garh, at a function hosted
by Mahipal Singh Nim-
bada, Director of First
India News, and organ-
ized by NIMS University
and the Rajasthan Foot-
ball Association.
Dr. Shobha Tomar,
Vice Chairperson of
NIMS University, Dr. B.
S. Tomar, Registrar of
NIMS University, Dr.
Sandeep Tripathi, and Dr.
Ashok Acharya, Gover-
nor’s Representative,
Bom Member, Rajasthan
University of Health Sci-
ences, all wished the
team well.
During the occasion,
authorities from NIMS
University, Faculty
Chairman and Principal
Dr. Manoj Srivastava, Dr.
Ujjwal Chaudhary, Dr.
Alka Vijay, Dr. Anupama
Pandey, Dr. Pramod
Sharma, Dr.Ajit Saharan,
Dr. Deepika Varshney,
Dr. Vinay Nayyar, Sunita
Yadav, Dr. Dignitaries
such as Govind Upad-
hyay, and officials from
the Rajasthan Football
Association were present.
Over 1/3rd of
Australians facing
financial crisis
Canberra: Over one
third of Australians
are finding it difficult to get
by on their current
incomes, a survey has
found. Researchers from
Australian National
University on Wednesday
published the results of
the ANUPoll, which has
been tracking the views of
Australians since 2008. It
found that as of January,
34.2% of more than 4,000
respondents were finding
it difficult to get by on their
current income.
Russian attack
hits school in
Ukraine, injures 7
Kharkiv: A
Russian air
attack hit a school
stadium in Ukraine’s
northeastern Kharkiv
on Wednesday,
injuring four children
and 3 adults.Two
teenagers were
hospitalised in serious
condition, regional
governor Oleh
Synehubov said. The
prosecutor’s general
office added that the
school and nearby
residential buildings
were damaged in the
attack.
CRUCIAL READ
PTI
Hyderabad
The remorseless domi-
nation of Travis Head
and Abhishek Sharma,
who carved lightning-
fast fifties, helped Sun-
risers Hyderabad mount
the fastest chase of a
160-plus target en route
their convincing
10-wicket win over Luc-
know Super Giants in the
IPL match here on
Wednesday.
Chasing a modest tar-
get of 166, Head (89 not
out, 30 balls, 8x4, 8x6)
and Sharma (75 not out,
28 balls, 8x4, 6x6) toyed
with LSG bowlers, find-
ing boundaries and sixes
at will to canter home in
just 9.4 overs.
The win propelled
SRH to the 3rd position in
the standings with 14
points from 12 games,
while LSG are struggling
at the 6th spot with 12
points from the same
number of matches.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket
of Lucknow Super Giants Marcus Stoinis during an IPL 2024 T20 cricket match between Sunrisers
Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants, at the Rajiv Gandhi Int’l Stadium, Uppal, in Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captain
Pat Cummins celebrates the
wicket of Krunal Pandya
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  • 1. P4 Jaipur, Thursday | May 9, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 332 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Sam Pitroda’s 'Indians look' remark... PMMODI’SRETORTTO PITRODA’SRACISTSLUR First India Bureau Karimnagar/Warangal Tearing into the Con- gress over its veteran leader Sam Pitroda’s fresh flub, Prime Minis- ter Narendra Modi on Wednesday demanded a response from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, saying, ‘Shehzade, you will have to answer. The country will not tolerate the disrespect of our countrymen on the basis of the colour of skin. Modi will definitely not tolerate it.’ Pitroda, whose remark on an inheritance tax in the US last month left the Congress red-faced in the election season, came up with a new howler while he was trying to make a pitch for national unity despite India’s diversity. In an interview, Pitroda described India as a di- verse country where peo- ple on East look like Chi- nese, people on West look likeArab, people on North look like maybe White and people in South look like Africa. Doubling down, the PM said, “I used to won- der why the Congress op- posed Droupadi Mur- mu’s candidature in Presidential election, but I could not understand. But now I know why they tried to defeat Mur- mu, an adivasi.” P5 PM leads BJP attack, says ‘won’t tolerate insulting citizens’ PM Narendra Modi during a public meeting for LS polls, in Karimnagar at Telangana on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi worships a cow at Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy temple, in Vemulawada on Wednesday. PM MODI’S HOLY RITUAL! PUSHED INTO FIREFIGHT MODE, THE CONGRESS PARTY DISTANCED ITSELF FROM THE SAM PITRODA'S REMARK SAM PITRODA QUITS AFTER LANDING CONG PARTY IN A NEW MESS Amid row over several controver- sial remarks, Sam Pitroda on Wednesday stepped down as the Chair- man of the Indian Overseas Congress “of his own ac- cord.” His resignation was accepted by party President Mallikarjun Kharge, Con- gress General Secretary in- charge (Communications) Jairam Ramesh said. Guv calls on President Governor Kalraj Mishra calls on President Droupadi Murmu, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Modi works for welfare of poor people, says CM Aishwary Pradhan Hyderabad Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma reached Medchal to attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Sam- melan organized in Mal- kajgiri Lok Sabha con- stituency on Wednesday. Addressing the gather- ing, CM Sharma fired salvos at Congress and its leader Rahul Gandhi. CM Sharma said, “Paki- stan praises Rahul Baba a lot these days. Those who have connections with the Tukde Tukde gang, they may have con- nections anywhere. Such people want to see Rahul Gandhi as Prime Minis- ter. PM Modi did work of implementing poor wel- fare schemes on ground. Being among you, I don’t feel as if I am away from Rajasthan. When I come to Hyderabad, I feel as if I am sitting among the people of Rajasthan.” Rajendra Rathore also addressed gathering and said, Modi is greatest leader of the world. The timehascomeforworld’s most popular leader to complete the mission. P8 CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being felicitated during rally in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Also seen here are Narayan Panchariya & others. In just three months, major public welfare decisions have been taken in Rajasthan, says CM Sharma Raebareli is ready for Cong again: Priyanka First India Bureau Raebareli Congress leader Priyanka GandhiVadra on Wednesday said her party’s 100 year old re- lationship with the peo- ple of Rae- bareli has entered a new era and the people here are once again ready for its leader- ship. Priyanka, who is here to bolster Rahul’s campaign from family bastion, said enthusiasm of every Congress worker and people of Raebareli is worth seeing. P5 Moni Sharma New Delhi Over 90 international and domestic flights of Air India Express were can- celled after about 300 senior crew members of the airline went on mass ‘sick leave’ at the last minute and switched off their mobile phones. Air India Express said, “A section of our cabin crewhasreportedsicklast minute, starting last night, resulting in flight delays and cancellations.” “We sincerely apologise to our guests, those impacted will be offered a full re- fund or rescheduling,”AI added. Hours after the news, theCivilAviationMinistry sought a report and asked airlines to ensure facilities for passengers as per the norms laid down by the DGCA. In addition to this, the ministry asked the car- rier, a wholly-owned sub- sidiaryofAI,toresolvethe issue “promptly”. Mean- while, many passengers took to social media on Wednesday complaining the sudden cancellations. Calicut Airport turns into a protest site as several Air India Express flights cancelled on Wednesday. Passengers face dire situation in Trivandrum on Wednesday. l Over 90 AI Express flights cancelled after 300 crews' 'mass sick leave' l Aviation Ministry seeks prompt report, Air India Express apologises l Labour Commissioner slams Tatas, accuses the AI of mismanagement l AI Express to curtail flights over next few days amid cabin crew woes AIXEU WRITES TO AI CHAIRMAN Air India Express Em- ployees Union (AIXEU) wrote to the Chairman of AI Natarajan Chan- drashekharan, talking about grievances of employees and raised concerns regarding the current situation. The union alleged that the airline is being misman- aged and there is a lack of equality in the treat- ment of the staff and alleged that misman- agement of the affairs has affected the morale of the employees. AZADSAYS‘TATA’ TOAIRINDIA DPAP chief Ghulam Nabi Azad was stuck at the Delhi airport for over 3 hours on Wednes- day, slammed Air India Express for the cancel- lation of flights and said the Tata group-owned airline should be shut. Our management is currently trying to reach out to the crew, who are protesting against the new employment term. —AIR INDIA EXPRESS ndia surpassed Japan to claim the title of the world’s third-largest so- lar power generator in 2023 as it has climbed from 9th ranking in 2015, according to a report from global energy think tank Ember. On Wednes- day, the Global Electric- ity Review 2024 was published which offers a comprehensive examina- tion of the global power landscape in 2023, draw- ing on data from indi- vidual countries. Accompanying this re- view is the world’s inau- guralopendatasetonelec- tricity generation in 2023, encompassing 80 nations that represent 92% of global electricity demand, along with historical data from 215 countries. “In- dia’s growth in solar gen- erationin2023pushedthe country past Japan to be- come the world’s third- largest solar power gen- erator.Ithasclimbedfrom ranking ninth in 2015,” the report said. GLOBAL ELECTRICITY REVIEW REPORT 2024 INDIA ‘POWERING’FUTURE! From 9th, India is now the world’s 3rd largest solar power producer, surpassing Japan I GLOBAL RANKINGS India saw the world's fourth- largest increase in solar gener- ation in 2023 (18 terawatt hour or TWh), behind China (156 TWh), the United States (33 TWh) and Brazil ( 22 TWh). Together, the top four solar growth countries accounted for 75% of growth in 2023. “Net Zero Emissions” scenario, solar would increase to 22% of global electricity generation by 2030. —INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY (IEA) Welcome Miss Universe! Dr Jagdeesh Chandra warmly welcomes Miss Universe 2023, Sheynnis Palacios to the Bharat24 channel office in Noida, on Wednesday. READ MORE IN CITY FIRST — P9 & P12 Dudhwa Khurd repoll: 85.70% voting recorded Ashok Shera Barmer During the repolling held at Dudhwa Khurd repoll- ing booth number 50 in the Chauhtan Vidhan Sabha constituency of Barmer Lok Sabha area under LS Elections 2024, an impressive 85.70 per- cent voter turnout was recorded. Praveen Gupta, the Chief Electoral Of- ficer, highlighted that the re-polling was conducted in a fair and fear-free en- vironment. According to Gupta, in accordance with the EC’s directives, rural voters actively par- ticipated in the repolling conducted at Dudhwa Khurd on Wednesday. Out of the registered 1,294 voters, 1,109 exer- cised their franchise. The polling booth for the re- polling was closely mon- itored by supervisors ap- pointed by the EC. Repolling held in Dudhwa Khurd at Barmer on Wednesday. OH SICK! ANOTHER AIRLINE DEBACLE... SENSEX 73,466.39 45.46 BSE 22,302.50 0.00 NIFTY IN BRIEF Another terrorist killed by security forces in J&K Kulgam: A security oper- ation in Jammu and Kash- mir’s Kulgam district re- sulted in the death of an- other terrorist on Wednes- day. The incident occurred close to the location where two militants were eliminated just a day be- fore, police said. Filmmaker Sangeeth Sivan passes away Mumbai: Director Sang- eeth Sivan, best known for Malayalam hit Yoddha and Hindi films Kya Kool Hain Hum and Apna Sap- na Money Money, died at a hospital here on Wednesday after a cardiac arrest. He was 65. His brother confirmed death. Maldives Foreign Minister in India amid strained ties New Delhi: Amid a diplo- matic standoff, Maldives Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer on Wednesday ar- rived in New Delhi on an official visit to India to discuss bilateral ties be- tween 2 countries. During his visit, 2 sides will dis- cuss bilateral and regional issues and seek ways to provide impetus to our multifaceted relationship. EAM S Jaishankar to dis- cuss bilateral issues.
  • 2. OVERWHELMING RESPONSE Great Indian Travel Bazaar wraps up; FAM tours begin on 3 itineraries Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur fter a power- packed 13th edition of the Great Indian Travel Ba- zaar (GITB), which saw over 10,000 pre-sched- uled meetings, the For- eign Tour Operators (FTOs) left for FAM (Familiarisation) Tours on Wednesday morning from Novotel Hotel in Sitapura. A total of 95 tour operators have signed up for the FAM Tours, which is being organised by the Ra- jasthan Association of Tour Operators (RATO). The tours this year cover 3 itineraries: Jaipur- Bundi-Udaipur-Deog- arh-Jaipur; Jaipur-Saris- ka-Ranthambore-Jaipur and Jaipur-Jodhpur- Jaisalmer-Bikaner- Jaipur. This was in- formed by the President of RATO, Mahendra Singh Rathore. The group of Foreign Tour Operators leaving for fam tours in Jaipur on Wednesday. A RAJASTHAN 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Thursday | May 9, 2024 State braces for intense heat, thunderstorm to bring relief Bisalpur project fails to quench Jagatpura’s thirst Residents of Gulzar Colony Delhi bypass on their way to fill water from a tanker as they face water crisis amid sweltering heat in Jaipur on Wednesday. NAIM KHAN A woman uses her scarf to cover her child’s head during a hot summer day, in Jaipur on Wednesday. SANTOSH SHARMA Residents receive water from a tanker as they face severe water scarcity in Jaipur on Wednesday. First India Bureau Jaipur Rajasthan is reeling under intense heat conditions where the mercury touched 46 degree Celsi- us in Barmer, which is the highest temperature of the summer season this year. The Met Jaipur center has warned of heat waves in many areas of the state in the next few days. The day temperature was 45.5 degree in Jalore, 45.4 degree in Phalodi, 45.2 degree in Jaisalmer and Ganganagar each, 45 degree in Jodhpur, 44.6 degree in Kota and Bi- kaner, 44.1 degree in Ba- nasthali, 44 degree Celsi- us in Sangaria and Jaipur 42.8 degrees Celsius. Due to a new western disturbance becoming ac- tive from May 10-11, there is a possibility of thunderstorm light rain. First India Bureau Baran Aman allegedly smashed his parents’heads against a wall and killed them with a sharp weapon over a dispute on pension and property in Rajasthan’s Baran city, police said on Wednesday. According to police, the incident occurred in the accused’s house in Nakoda colony on Tues- day night after an argu- ment broke out between the accused, Gagendra Gautam (50) and his par- ents. On Wednesday morn- ing, Gautam reached the police station and surren- dered himself, police said. The argument over pension money and prop- erty escalated and Gau- tam allegedly thrashed both his parents, smashed their heads to the wall and then killed them with a sharp weapon, Circle Inspector Ramvilas Mee- na said. The deceased were identified as Prembihari Gautam (75), a retired gram panchayat secre- tary and his wife Devki Bai (72), police said. First India Bureau Jaipur Rajasthan High Court has cancelled the order of a lower court to grant bail to 11 trainee Sub Inspec- tors and 1 constable ar- rested in Sub Inspector Recruitment Examina- tion-2021 paper leak case. CMM court had granted bail to the ac- cused on April 12. Justice Sudesh said that when the court had directed the DGP to in- vestigate the facts re- garding the 14 already arrested accused, there was no need for the court to take a different view regarding these accused. The High Court has di- rected the DGPto investi- gate the facts of the arrest of these 12 accused along with the already pending investigation and submit the report to the CMM Court within 15 days. The court said that af- ter the report comes, the CMM court should de- cide the point of illegal detention. Sanjay Prajapat Churu A potential disaster near Pankha Circle in the city was averted on Wednes- day due to the swift ac- tion of the Apni Sakhi police team.Amidst cha- otic scenes as a cylinder caught fire, prompting panic among bystanders, ASI Bejulal and his team arrived promptly. Em- ploying quick thinking, they doused the flames by covering the burning cylinder with a wet cloth, preventing any further escalation of the situation. ASI Bejulal remarked that the incident involved a fire in a stove and a cyl- inder on the roadway. This decisive interven- tion not only prevented a potential catastrophe but also bolstered public confidence in law en- forcement. SP honored ASI Beju- lal, Head Constable Lak- shmi, Constable Sharda, Draupadi, Shabnam, and Driver Neeraj. Suryaveer Singh Tanwar Jaisalmer Top officials from the Border Security Force (BSF) Rajasthan Frontier recently embarked on a significant two-day visit to Jaisalmer. IG IPS Ma- karand Deuskar and DIG (Operations) S Shiva Murthy were warmly welcomed by DIG South Sector Vikram Kunwar upon their arrival. During the visit, they received comprehensive briefings and assessments regard- ing the active operations and administrative pro- ceedings within the sec- tor,includinganoverview of the challenges faced. Hukum Singh Naveen Sharma Jhunjhunu A lady Patwari was ar- rested red-handed while taking bribe in the Tehsil office of Fatehpur Shek- hawati town on Wednes- day.ACB Deputy Super- intendent Ravindra Sin- gh Shekhawat said that Nikita, the Halka Pat- wari of Udansar Gram Panchayat of Fatehpur town, had asked for a bribe of Rs 3,000 in ex- change for inheritance transfer of the land. Lady Patwari got en- gaged 3 days ago. Ac- cording to the informa- tion, Patwari Nikita, ar- rested by ACB, is a resi- dent of Behror in Jhunj- hunu district. This is the fourth action of ACB inside Fatehpur in the last one year. First India Bureau Dausa Panic gripped the train passengers when smoke was detected from the brake block near Bhankri railway station of Ra- jasthan’s Dausa district on Wednesday. No casualties or any untoward incidents were reported, Chief Public Relations Officer of North Western Railway Captain Shashi Kiran said. According to the officials, the train was going from Lucknow to Sabarmati when the sta- tion master noticed smoke from the brake block due to heat, near the wheels under a gen- eral coach. The situation was brought under con- trol by firefighters. After some time, the train left for its destina- tion, Kiran said. During the summers, incidents of leather stick- ing to trains frequently come to light. First India Bureau Jaipur Three new illegal colo- nies were completely de- molished by the enforce- ment wing of the JDA. The colonies were set- tled on about 10 bighas of private agricultural land in Zone-12. In Zone-9, the road boundary of the colony situated towards the emergency gate of the airport was made en- croachment-free and the govt land owned by JDA in Ramnagariya Expan- sion Scheme was freed from encroachment. Under a joint campaign with the Municipal Cor- poration in Zone-1, the road boundary of Vanik Path Sahdev Marg, near Rajasthan High Court, was made free from en- croachment. Chief Controller of En- forcement Mahendra Ku- mar Sharma said that in village Machwa in Zone- 12, the land was leveled on about 3 bighas. of pri- vate agricultural land. First India Bureau Jaipur The Jagatpura area of Jaipur is grappling with a severe water crisis de- spite the presence of the Bisalpur water supply project. Residents in Jag- atpura and Ramnagaria areas are facing acute shortages of drinking wa- ter, leaving them parched and frustrated. Despite hefty fees col- lected from consumers for water connections, the taps remain dry, leav- ing residents at the mercy of private tankers for their water needs. “Why aren’t the offi- cials taking action?” is the question on every- one’s lips as they struggle to meet their daily water requirements. With the scorching heat intensify- ing the problem, resi- dents are left with no choice but to rely on ex- pensive private tankers, further straining their fi- nances. DISTRICTS IN RAJASTHAN ALTER SCHOOL TIMING DUE TO SCORCHING HEAT Jaipur: School timings were changed in several districts of the state due to the prevailing heat condition. Jhunj- hunu Collector Chinmayi Gopal issued orders to change school timings in the district in view of the scorching heat. School timings for students up to upper primary level will be from 7:30 am to 11 am from Thursday in all schools.Similarly, school timings were changed in Jodhpur. The upper primary schools will function till 11 am.Kota and Jaisalmer collectors also issued an order to revise the time for students of class 1 to 8 from 7.30 am to 11 am.In Tonk, collector Saumya Jha issued an order to declare holidays in schools from May 9 to 11. However, there is already a holiday on May 10 on Parshuram Jayanti. Mankillsparentsoverproperty argumentinBaran,arrested ACB arrests lady Patwari with `3,000 bribe IG IPS Deuskar DIG S Murthy visit Jaisalmer Accused Gajendra Gautam in police custody in Baran on Wednesday. CRIME ROUNDUP MASTERMIND OF SALMAN KHAN FIRING CASE ARRESTED FROM NAGAUR Nagaur: The recent developments in the firing case out- side Salman Khan’s residence have uncov- ered a Nagaur con- nection. The Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch made a significant breakthrough with the fifth arrest in the case, leading to the identification of Mohammad Rafi Choudhary as the mastermind. Hailing from Basni, Nagaur, Choudhary was apprehended while traveling by train from Marwar Junction Railway Station in Rajasthan. Investigations reveal his affilia- tion with the Lawrence Gang and his alleged financial support to individuals involved in the purchase of a motorcycle and the rental of a residence. Following his arrest, Choudhary was presented in court by the Mumbai Crime Branch and subsequently remanded to custody. POLICE NABS 3 CRIMINALS IN ‘LALLAN TOP’ OPERATION Jodhpur: A team of Jodh- pur range nabbed three notorious absconding criminals, carrying cash rewards of Rs 40,000 each, from different states under a special operation codenamed ‘LALLAN TOP’. IG Jodhpur Vikas Kumar said that the accused Laldev, Uday alias Ganesh alias Golu, and Naresh were involved in a case of murder and loot. They were living in Telangana, Odisha, and Punjab at present. They were also involved in extorting money for naxals. All three accused were brought to Phalodi on Wednesday and are being interrogated.Vikas Kumar said that 12 years ago, Kojaram, an accountant in a factory, was brutally murdered in Phalodi by three Bihari laborers – Laldev, Uday and Naresh who were work- ing under his supervision. MAN ALLEGES FRAUD IN `83L MONEY LAUNDERING SCAM Sikar: Sikar resident Babu- lal has lodged a complaint with the cyber police sta- tion alleging an incident on May 6 at 10 a.m., where he received an unexpected call from an unknown number. This call, he claims, is connected to a mysterious courier dispatched from Mumbai to Iran on April 24, a shipment that he asserts he did not authorize. In a twist, Pradeep, possibly a figure involved in the situation, provided Babulal with an identification card and indicated that the matter was linked to money launder- ing. Consequently, Babulal was instructed to transfer the entire balance in his Reserve Bank of India account, amounting to Rs 83 lakh, via cheque. However, fol- lowing the transaction, attempts to contact those involved have been unsuccessful. HC reverses lower court’s bail decision in SI Recruitment case Smoke detected in train at Bhankri Railway Station in Dausa; no casualties JDA’s CCE spearheads demolition drive, reclaims govt and private land JOLLY LLB-3 HEARING ON MAY 10 IN AJMER Ajmer: The case filed in Ajmer regarding the film Jolly LLB 3 was considered by the court on Wednesday. The lawyers for Akshay Kumar, Arshad Warsi, and the film producer appeared. On the other hand, the Railways has filed a motion to have the petition rejected. Both applications will be heard on May 10. Ak- shay Kumar, Arshad Warsi, and the film producer’s advocate traveled to Ajmer to appear in court. ApniSakhipoliceaverts cylinderfiredisaster
  • 3. EXPANDING WILDLIFE FAMILY Abheda gets bears, plans to get 5 emus next First India Bureau Kota he staff of A b h e d a B i o l o g i c a l Park, Kota welcomed male bear who came from Nahargarh in Jaipur on Wednesday. The name of this bear, aged about 3.5 years, is Ganesh and now efforts will be made to pair it with the female bear Ridvi already living in the park. However, at present, as a precaution, male and female bears are being kept in sepa- rate cells. Apart from honey and sattu, half a kilo of fruits, 1.25 kilos of flour bread, 3 liters of milk and fruit ice cream are being giv- en to Ganesh as part of his regular daily diet. This male bear, which was brought to Kota, was born in November 2020 in Nahargarh Biological Park, Jaipur and after fully maturing at 4 years old, it has been shifted to Abheda. Moreover, Abheda Biological Park, Kota will once again be buzz- ing with emus. Four emus were bought to the park earlier. but tragi- cally not one bird out of the four could survive, and now a fresh effort is being made by the govt and Park Administration to bring 5 new Emus to Abheda Bio park. In this regard, an in- principle consent has been received by the Abheda administration from the Central Zoo Authority of India on shifting of the exoti birds, and now one of the world’s largest bird will arrive in Abheda was again as soon as the formal order is received. The park, situated in 309 ha area of Sakatpura forest block. is home to a variety of animals, including tigers, Lion, Leopard, Wolf, Hyena, Deer, antelope, and Birds. It is divided into theree blocks T RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Thursday | May 9, 2024 Vikas Sharma Jaipur Dr. Sushil Bhati, a senior faculty member at SMS Hospital, took over as the Acting Superintendent of the esteemed institution on Wednesday. Dr. Achal Sharma, the former Superintendent, handed over the reins to Dr. Bhati, extending his best wishes for his tenure. Expressing his vision for the hospital, Dr. Bhati emphasized his commit- ment to strengthening medical facilities at Sawai Man Singh Hospi- tal, the largest hospital in the state. He reiterated his goal to ensure that health- care services at the hospital are bolstered fur- ther. Senior medical officials from SMS were present on the occasion to witness the transition of responsibilities. In an ex- clusive interview with First India, Dr. Sushil Bhati shared insights into his plans for the hospital. He acknowledged the significant strides made in recent years but stressed the need for con- tinuous improvement, a goal he aims to achieve in collaboration with the hospital team. “Consider- able progress has been made in the hospital in recent years, but there is always room for improvement. New supdt takes charge at SMS Dr. Bhati aims to elevate healthcare standards at SMS Hosp Leadership Transition State’s med services to be online with Integrated health mgmt system 2.0 First India Bureau Jaipur The medical system in Rajasthan will be made completely on- line with the introduc- tion of a new health management system, a senior official said Wednesday. ‘Integrated Health Management System 2.0 ’ will be implemented to strengthen health ser- vices in the state, the of- ficial said. This is an ambitious and visionary project to provide easy access to health services to the common people, Additional Chief Secre- tary of the Medical and Health Department Shubhra Singh said. Singh reviewed the development of the health management sys- tem in a high-level meeting here on Wednesday. She said that it will be a state-of- the-art health manage- ment system, which will bring positive revo- lutionary changes in the medical system of the state. It will be extreme- ly beneficial for the general public, doctors and administration and will remove the chal- lenges faced by medical facilities. Under the new health system, electronic health records, DIGI health locker, freedom from queues for pa- tients, unified digital survey, KPI-based dashboard, single win- dow system for health- related license and NOC etc., tele ICU, geo-tagging based hos- pital etc. will be made available, the statement read. Now CBI to probe JJM scam;BJPattacksCong Naresh Sharma Jaipur CBI will now investigate the scam of around Rs 900 crore in Jal Jeevan Mission in Rajasthan. CBI has registered an FIR in this case after the recommendation of the state and central govern- ment and a complaint. Notably, ACB and ED are already investigating this matter, but now with the entry of CBI, it seems that this time big fishes of the scam will get trapped. CBI has registered an FIR against Water Sup- ply Department’s XEN Vishal Saxena, Shrishy- am Tubewell Company Proprietor Padamchand Jain and Shriganpati Tubewell Company Shahpura Proprietor Ma- hesh Mittal. Besides, CBI has also considered unknown government and non- government people to be involved in the FIR. CBI Sub Inspector Yogesh Kumar conducted a pre- liminary investigation on the basis of a complaint and lodged an FIR with the CBI on February 1, 2024. In a statement, Union Jal shakti minister Gajen- dra Singh Shekhawat said that now the sins of the previous government will be exposed. Those who keep the people of the state thirsty will get severe punishment. No matter how big a corrupt person is, he will not be spared under any circum- stances. The central gov- ernment gave the maxi- mum amount of Rs 27 thousand crore to Ra- jasthan under this scheme, but the previous Ashok Gehlot govern- ment deliberately kept the scheme in limbo. Water Supply Minister Kanhaiyalal Choudhary issued a statement after the entry of CBI and said, “Modi ji wanted to provide relief to Rajasthan by providing tap water to every house, butthepreviousCongress government had not spared even a scheme like JJM in its demonic greed!” Meanwhile, minister Kirorilal Meena also posted on social media in this regard saying, “Prime Minister Shri @ narendramodi ji took the initiative to provide tap water to every house in Jal Jeevan Mission, but instead of helping in this, the previous Congress government in Rajasthan committed a scam of Rs 900 crore. Three big corporate houses eyeing Raj cement industry Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur Ambuja group has about Rs 50 thousand crore in its investment pocket for cement in Rajasthan whereas Dalmia’s investment capacity is Rs 30 thousand crores and JK’s investment pocket is Rs 20 thousand crores. Dalmia already has 3 blocks in Jaisalmer, Chittorgarh and Jhunjhunu now the group has its eyes on 2 blocks of Jaisalmer and all 51 blocks of Nagaur. The company had submitted bids for all 53 blocks. Dalmia alone had bid on 36 blocks but 42 blocks were cancelled due to single and double bids. Second round of the auction process will start soon and Dalmia will again bid for all the blocks. JK Cement also prepared a pocket of Rs 10 thousand crores for investment in the cement industry in Rajasthan. The company had bid for 13 limestone blocks. Notably, the Ambuja group has already acquired 20 limestone blocks in Rajasthan. Now they are keeping an eye on the remaining blocks, so they can aquire them as well. OUT OF 17 BIDDERS FOR 11 LIME STONE BLOCKS, 10 RAJASTHAN BASED COMPANIES INCLUDED IN LIST 17 companies are in the race for 11 limestone blocks of Rajasthan. Of them, 7 are from out of Rajasthan and 10 companies are from Rajasthan itself. The companies which will participate in online billing to acquire blocks are Ambuja Cement- Ahmedabad, UltraTech Cement- Mumbai, Dalmia Bharat Green- Delhi, Star Cement- Kolkata, The Ramco- Chennai and JK Cement- Kanpur. Suncity Chemicals and Minerals Jodhpur, Shivakriti International Jaipur, GR Infra Projects- Udaipur, Mundan Construction Company –Jodhpur, Galaxy Mining and Royalties -Jaipur, FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals- Jodhpur, Concretec Infra Projects- Jodhpur, Sigma Minerals –Jodhpur, Team Geo Resources- Mumbai, White White Minerals- Jodhpur, Associated Soapstone Distributing Company- Udaipur will also participate. STATEWIDE INSPECTION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TODAY: ACS HEALTH A statewide special inspection and awareness campaign will be conducted on Thursday across the state with a view to strengthening maternity and child health services along with other medical facilities. Under the direction of Addl Chief Secy of Health Dept, Shubhra Singh, this campaign will scrutinize the health services related to maternity and child health available in medical institutions, preparedness for seasonal diseases, heatstroke management, and management of heat-related illnesses. From the Additional Chief Secretary down to block- level officials, inspections of medical institutions will be conducted simultaneously. Awareness regarding maternal and child health will also be raised. Food commissionerate raids Ramganj hotels First India Bureau Jaipur Ramganj hotels were found using domestic cylinders to cook food. Under the Medical Department’s ‘pure food- attack on adulteration’ campaign, Food Commissionerate teams raided three locations in Ramganj. Action taken against MM Khan Hotel, Garib Nawaz Restaurant, and Jaipur Ghee House. The dish was prepared using home cylinders. Non- vegetarian food was discovered exposed at both motels, along with a lot of grime. Provide a health test report for any staff not located on the spot. Pankaj Ojha, Additional Food C o m m i s s i o n e r , immediately alerted the DSO team, who investigated the misuse of cylinders. Along with this, samples were collected from all three locations for testing. The issuance of a license for a seal manufacturing in Mahapura made headlines. ACS Medical Shubhra Singh requested a report on First India’s news. CMHO-2 Dr. Hansraj Badhaliya quickly issued notices. Show cause notice to FSO Deepak Sindhi, RameshYadav, and Babu Anurag Nagarm. Dilling Babu Anurag Nagar was also removed from his position in the Food Division. Regarding the entire affair, CMHO-2 Dr. Hansraj Badhaliya stated, “FSO quoted my instructions during the factory visit, but I did not send FSO to investigate Jaipur Cold Storage Private Limited.” I was kept in the dark about the situation, and a report would be given to the government. A four- member committee, including two deputy CMHOs, has been constituted to investigate the problem. A team during action at the eatries in Ramganj. NAIM KHAN Notice to food inspectors, clerk for issuing licence to sealed ice factory First India Bureau Jaipur The issuance of a license for a seald manufacturing unit in Mahapura made headlines. ACS Medical Shubhra Singh requested a report on First India’s news. CMHO-2 Dr. Hansraj Badhaliya quickly issued notices. Show cause notice to FSO Deepak Sindhi, RameshYadav, and Babu Anurag Nagarm. Cleark Anurag Nagar was also removed from his position in the Food Division. Regarding the entire affair, CMHO-2 Dr. Hansraj Badhaliya stated, “FSO quoted my instructions during the factory visit, but I did not send FSO to investigate Jaipur Cold Storage Private Limited. I was kept in the dark about the situation, and a report would be given to the government.” Meanwhile, A four- member committee, including two deputy CMHOs, has been constituted to investigate the problem. Secy of Legal Services Authority inspects open jail, meets inmates First India Bureau Jaipur Secretary of Jaipur Legal ServicesAuthority Jaipur Metropolitan II Pallavi Sharma on Wednesday conducted inspection of open jail as per the in- structions of Rajasthan State Legal Services Au- thority. Sharma interacted with the jail inmates and provided information about free legal aid to the prisoners. Deprived and eligible prisoners also made applications for legal aid. During the inspection, the secretary took stock of the accommodation and cleanliness arrangements provided by the prison administration for the prisoners. Janardan Atre, Chief, LADCS, officers and personnel of the prison were present on the occasion. Pallavi Sharma during the inspection of the open jail in Sanganer, on Wednesday. Dr Sushil Bhati being welcomed on Wednesday. NAIM KHAN 7 ENGINEERS, 1 SECTION ACCOUNTANT SUSPENDED Jaipur: Public Health Engineering Depart- ment’s 7 engineers and one section accountant has been suspended for their alleged involvement in JJM scam in Balotra. 3 executive engineers, 2 assistant engineers and two junior engineers have been suspended. CM Sharma meets Amit Shah First India Bureau Hyderabad Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma met Union Home Minister Amit Shah at ITC Hotel in Hy- derabad on late Wednes- day. Also present here during the occasion was State General Secretary - Organisation Chan- drashekhar and other BJP leaders.
  • 4. PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Thursday | May 9, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 83 MODI’S SIMPLE-YET-STRONG POWER PLAY APPROACH! e have an RSS office at Salatwada locality of Vadodara. I was a pracharak at the office. Even then I found, Modi ji took the smallest care of any need of even the smallest karyakarta. Among all those who reached the office at 3 pm, none was allowed to leave the place without at least having a cup of tea. Modi ji ensured that himself. And I also found he was meticulous about cleanliness from early days. He would wash his own cup and also ensure all the cups had been washed clean and they were spotless. He used to ask us, “Have you all washed your cups properly?” He was so particular about cleanliness that not a piece of paper was allowed to litter the office premises. These were some things we had noticed in Modi ji very early on and they have continued till today. s the state CM, Modi ji started Gunotsav, a programme to im- prove the quality of education in the government schools. During the Gunotsav festival, he would often visit schools to take stock of the improve- ments. He would usually take up the remotest school in the most backward districts to pay visit. Once during such a visit he went to a school and after the inspection, while discussing with the headmaster, he asked, where is the toi- let in your school? Surprisingly, he po- litely said, there was no toilet in the school. This shocked Modi ji so much that the very next day as he reached of- fice, he issued orders that every school in the state must have proper toilets, separate for boys and girls. Years later when he became the PM he launched the same campaign in the country to end open defecation and it was a re- sounding success. The seeds of this idea came to him from the Gunotsav experience. n 1989, 1990 and 1991 elec- tions were to be held. Those days there were no mobile phones or internet and thus communi- cating with the karyakartas on the ground level, directing them or getting information was very difficult and time taking. For this, Modi ji planned a cer- tain strategy. Most karyakartas go out for campaigning or poll related work around 11 in the morning. Thus they were mostly in their homes in the early part of the day. We sat from 7 am to 10:30 am every day and called all the karyakartas in the required constituen- cies within this time to get all the details and brief them about their day’s itiner- ary. We made a list of the karyakartas to be called the night before. So that in the morning we were well equipped and didn’t need to waste time. By 10:30 every day, Modi hi had all the grasp of the ground realities on his fingertips which helped him tremendously in formulating his next poll strategy. t was a unique pro- gramme I fondly remember. It was in the year 2005. He organised a programme for his teach- ers inAhmedabad. It was for ‘Guru Vandana’ to seek the blessings of his teachers. He had invited 27 teachers at the event. Surprisingly, he personally went up to each and every teacher invited and addressed him by his name. He bowed in front of them in obeisance and gar- landed them in honour of their services. This was a unique event never held in India before in such scale. Pt Naval Kishore Sharma was the governor of Gujarat at that time and had come to the event as chief guest. He himself said during his speech that he had travelled all over the country but had never seen or heard such an initiative as taken up by Narendra Modi in honour of his teachers. nce Narendra Modi came to his school, BN High School to attend an event. There his old friend Dr Sudheer was also present. They used to sit on the same bench in school whengrowingup.Whiletalk- ing, Sudheer ji addressed Modi ji as ‘tu’several times. Later when he realised this, he apologised to him for the disrespect and told ‘sorry I called youtuinmyaddress’.At that time Modi ji didn’t say much. But when he went on to the stage for his speech, he said, “ I was talking to Sudheer a while back. He called me by ‘tu’ a couple of timesandlateralsoapol- ogised for the same. But I want to tell Sudheer, that these days when I find some- oneaddressingmeas‘tu’,my heart fills with joy.” This the simplicity and humility of Modi ji. t was in 1985 that an RSS camp was about to begin. A meeting was held to discusss the prepa- rations for the same. We were five peo- ple who were overseeing the arrange- ments for the event. The smallest thing was ensured, from the safety pin to the soap. We had to note down everything so that nothing was found wanting dur- ing the event. Even the amount of water that would be required by a karyakarta for his shower or consumption was cal- culated and based on the total number of karyakartas to be attending the event, the arrangements were planned so that nothing went waste at the end of the day. All these were spearheaded by Narendra Modi. As a pracharak for 20 years, this master planning learnt from him in 1985 got imprinted in my mind and always helped me in making the best arrangements for every event of the party. Chandrakant Upadhyay Vadodara Natubhai Dhabi Gandhinagar Parshottam Rupala Union minister Ketan Devnani Gujarat Som Patel Narendra Modi’s teacher Bharat Modi Gujarat Modi’s penchant for cleanliness Narendra Modi started Gunotsav to improve quality of education Narendra Modi ji’s planned strategy for communication WHEN MODI SHOWED GRATITUDE TO HIS TEACHERS MODI’SSIMPLICITYENHANCES OURRESPECTFORHIM Modi ji, a master of management W I A O I I COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Thursday | May 2, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia was the leader of the opposition in the assembly. At that time I took strong stands on issues. And mostly Narendra Modi tried to accommodate whatever I said. At that time he used to tell us that whatever the opposition suggests, our government notes it down and even implements the ones which are worth it. Talking about Por- bandar airport, a terminal building was established. Its inauguration was to be done by then aviation minister Praful Patel. Nar- endra Modi was presiding over that function and as an MLA and leader of the Opposition, I was also present at the programme. I told Praful Patel that the runway of the airport was so small that no big aircraft could land here. It was only 1,300 metres long and thus we needed a longer runway. It must be increased to at least 2,600 metres. To this he said that if Modi gives us the extra land, we can do that too. Immediately after hear- ing this, Modi ji publicly announced that the airport would be expanded and the state government was ready to make the extra land available to the Cen- tre and AAI for the pro- ject. Simultaneously, he also informed the collector to issue the proposal for the same at the earliest. But after 2012, I was no longer an MLA and Modi ji went on to become the PM by 2014, so the work of Porbandar airport even- tually got sidelined. The land that was to be allotted to the airport finally went to the Coast Guard. It was a bureaucratic lapse. I thought, the Coast Guard was under Defence Services. So the Gujarat government won’t be able to stop them. It is only the PM who can do the need- ful. So I told then Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani that Modi ji had publicly de- clared Porbandar airport would be expanded. The CMO sent across my mes- sage to the PM, reminding him of his promise. Modi ji acknowledged and accepted he had promised it. He immedi- ately ordered that at any cost the airport had to be expanded with a runway length of 2,600 metres. Despite my being in the opposition, Narendra Modi worked for the larger interest of the peo- ple and the state and ac- cepted and implemented my proposal, even just through a message I sent. Only a big-hearted leader can do this. ne day Modi ji de- cidedtohavelunchat the Parliament can- teen. So he walked into the MPs canteen on the Parlia- ment premises. Soon he said, the same food is being taken by people outside for Rs 50 to Rs100aplate,andhereinside it is available for just Rs 10. This is not fair. Do we belong to some kind of privileged class? This injustice must stop. The same food that a poor man is buying for Rs 50, we are getting for Rs 5, why? Since that day, the age-old practiceofcanteensubsidyfor MPs came to an end. At the same time, Modi ji was also disturbed by the laal batti cul- ture of MPs, which had be- come a show of might and power of the political class - a colonial hangover. Modi ji brought an end to this culture as well. When he faced oppo- sitiontothisfromcertainquar- ters, he said no matter who abides by this or not, but my ministers at the Centre won’t indulge in this practice any- more. All ministers brought down the red beacons from their vehicles and the pomp and show associated with po- litical heft was thus gone. e were travelling in Kashmir.Modijiwas the CM of Gujarat at that time. There at a place I met aYuva Morcha karyakar- ta (BJP youth wing activist). He asked, “Where are you from?” I said I was coming fromGujarat.Heimmediately said, you guys are so lucky. In curiosity asked him, why is it so? He said, because Naren- dra Modi is your CM. Amused, I further prodded him and asked, why do you think so? To this he narrated to me a small story. He said, “One day I was sleeping. It was early in the morning. When I picked up the call and asked who it was, the voice from the other side said here’s Narendra Modi speaking. Thinking it was a bad joke by someone, I hung up the phone. It happened the second time too.When a third time the same call came, then I got alerted. It can’t be a joke anymore. I thought I could in fact recognise the voice.Then once I took the call, he said I am indeed Narendra Modi. I have an important message.A private vehicle from Gujarat withseveralGujaratisinithas met with an accident in your area. Immediately send relief to them and put the injured in hospitals. After that, update me. Sitting in Gujarat, Modi ji had every minute-by-minute information of anything hap- pening anywhere on the plan- et. He even had the number of the party karyakarta available nearest to the point of acci- dent. He didn’t let any proto- col come in between and di- rectly called my number to expedite the rescue. How can a leader be so meticulous? That’s why say you are lucky to have a CM like him.” Arjun Modhwadia Former LoP, Gujarat Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Former Union Minister Kanubhai Vyas Gujarat ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 82 COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI The narrators express their belief that PM Narendra Modi, a leader with a big heart, dedicated himself to the greater good of the people. They note that Modi possessed detailed, minute-by-minute information about events worldwide. Furthermore, they acknowledge Modi’s efforts in abolishing the ‘laal batti’ culture, among other accomplishments. MODI,ATRUEDEMOCRAT INLETTERANDSPIRIT End of canteen subsidy and ‘laal batti’ culture Gujaratis lucky to have the then CM like Narendra Modi I O W NAMO hat was my first budget speech as finance minis- ter. It was a two-and-a- half hour budget speech and I had no idea beforehand that it would be so long. I hadn’t had water before coming and during the session also I didn’t drink and as a result after sometime I was dehydrated. People seated around me were wondering what was wrong with me and slowly I had to sit down without being able to read out the full budget piece. Four or five paragraphs were left to be finished when I urged the hon- ourable speaker to consider it as read as I was unable to continue any further. I hadn’t yet reached home when there was a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. He asked me, what have you done? Please take care of your- self, and then he kept the phone down. In a short time, he sent his personal doctor to take care of me. He told him, conduct all the necessary tests, check her up and ensure that she is alright. And after that day, even today, he periodically asks about my well being and reminds me to take proper care of myself. He doesn’t have to. There are so many min- isters who could do this. If you are going to take care of yourself you are going to serve, or else I am sorry. It is as simple as that. But no. The PM will make sure that you take care of yourself. So, that care, that tenderness in him... He is seen as a tough, big and seri- ous leader, but he has got that human element in his heart. That’s what I want to highlight. n artist named Chhaganlal Jadhav,whobelongedtothe scheduled caste and was as- sociatedwithMahatmaGandhifrom the age of 12, had drawn live images of the Mahatma during his historic Dandi march. He drew pencil sketches of Gandhi ji at six different spots during his journey apart from other incidents of those days.Thus it became a pictorial document of the march as well as events surrounding Mahatma Gandhi. When Acharya Swami ji present- ed the coffee table book to PM Modi in 2018, he immediately recognised Chhaganlal Jadhav’s work and cried in ex- citement, oh this is the drawing of Chhagan- lal Jadhav. He then decided to hold an ex- hibition of the works of the artist. This was a unique pictorial doc- ument of the inde- pendence struggle which had no parallel in the country. In the National Gal- lery of Modern Art in Delhi, the largest of its kind, the exhibition was put up that continued for around eight months. The artist of Ahmedabad from the SC community made the pictorial documentation from 1930-1948 and it was revealed to the world for the first time due to the innovation and effort of Narendra Modi. On March 12, 2021, at Abhay Ghat, Sabarmati, nearAhmedabad’s Bapu Ashram, when the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav was to be held, on thePM’sdirectionsthepaintingsand drawings were exhibited again. Chhaganlal Jadhav soon got global recognition due to these steps. uring the time of the Covid pandemic, I used to get calls all through the day to perform the final rites. Everyone wanted to get it done early. My crematorium at Seemapuri started receiving dead bodies. I didn’t go home for around 21 days. I lived on the fourth floor and residents of my building objected that I was at the cre- matorium the whole day and I would thus be carrying the in- fection back home, which could lead to its spread. One night, while performing the fi- nal rites around 2:30 AM, my driver told me that there was a call for me from the PMO. My hands were full at that time so I asked him to hold the phone close to my ear. On the other side of the phone, there was a voice that told me, Shunty ji, I have been watching you on television for a long time. The whole country is with you. Keep on with the service you are doing. Take care of the unidentified aban- doned bodies..I thanked him and when I asked who I was speaking to, the voice on the other side said, I am Narendra Modi speaking! The Prime Minister of the country, calling up a common man like me at the dead of night to motivate and thank me for my service, shows how meticu- lous he is and how he worries about the whole nation. I have shared this on several plat- forms. For me, I got to learn that irrespective of the position one achieves, one must always be down to earth. This is a great learning of life I realised after Modi ji’s call that night. PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Thursday | April 25, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dr Rizwan Kadri Historian Jitender Singh Shunty Former MLA and social worker, Delhi ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 81 COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI The narrators shed light on PM Modi’s nurturing and affectionate demeanour, revealing innate humanity within him. Regardless of his position, PM’s grounded nature shines through, with myriad other qualities he possesses and lots more... ThehumansideofPMModi How artist Chhagan Jadhav got global recognition due to Modi The leader who cares... T A D APromiseofEmpathy THEMODI COVENANT PERSPECT VE 02 Jaipur, Thursday | April 18, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Bipin Sikka Gujarat BJP leader Atul Pandya Gujarat BJP Saurabh Shah Journalist ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 80 COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA Prime Minister Narendra Modi The narrators highlight PM Narendra Modi’s work ethic and rapid decision-making skills, underscoring how his quick thinking has saved lives. They discuss the Prime Minister’s three-day stay with the DGs, emphasising his commitment to being an integral part of the programme, among other topics... MASTERCLASS INLEADERSHIP he thing that astounded me is Modi ji’s work culture. He is a patriot and works with complete dedication. But, for him, it is not that only those who are loyal to him are tapped for their potential and brought to good use. All that matters to him is expertise and get- ting the best from that expertise a person has. The purpose is progress and collective good. There was once a meeting with us and after about two hours of discus- sions with Modi ji as we were com- ing out, I asked him, what is the se- cret of your efficiency? There must be something special in your work culture which is why it is appreciated by the whole world. Without going too deep into the details, he gave me a small example. He said, see, if I need a driver, I will test the driver for his skill and expertise in driving the car and nothing else. That is the only yardstick I have. I am not concerned with how he salutes me. After this, he put his hand on my shoulder and laughed. That was enough for any- one to understand why and how he has such a robust work culture. n all India DG-IG confer- ence is held every year. It was being held in Guwahati for the first time and PM Narendra Modi sent a message to all DGs about the dress code to be followed, how long the meeting would last and the subject-specific studies that have to be discussed. Before Modi was the Prime Minister, the DG conference was a one-day perfunctory af- fair, where the DGs would assemble, the PM will come and speak for 30 minutes and it was all over. This was happen- ing for the first time that the Prime Minister stayed with the DGs for three days to be an integral part of the programme. The routine was hard and focussed. There was a yoga session at 5:30 in the morning. At 7:30 sharp it was breakfast time and even during breakfast, for in- stance, as I was the MoS, I was as- signed DGs of six states and an IB official to take notes, deliberate and discuss on topics of importance that would be taken up in the day. Then we would move straight to the con- ference hall and this gruelling ses- sion continued for three days. Offic- ers had never experienced such in- tensity and seriousness before. They had never seen a Prime Minister who was so deeply involved in each and every topic and discussed every- thing so minutely. It was a lifetime’s experience in governance and ad- ministration for all of us. arendra Modi ji once given an example. He said, open the morn- ing’s newspaper and when you see the headline, ‘Bomb blast in school bus in Kashmir, 8 kids killed, 22 injured’, does that sound to you a normal daily news story or strike you as a personal tragedy? If it is just news to you then know that you are in politics only to pro- mote your personal aspirations. If this incident makes you restless, gives you sleepless nights, then there is some patri- otism still alive in you. He used to say, as a karyakarta, you are here to give to the nation, to society. You are not here to take anything. So, the karyakarta had no illu- sions and later he won’t be disappointed later on for things he won’t get. n 1979, there was Sangh Siksha Varg. I was in Class 10 at that time. In those days we didn’t have big pandals set up for events. There was the modest shamiyana, tied to the ground at four ends. It was summer time and there was an unexpected cyclone. The tent got inflated like a balloon. Every- one at the venue was aston- ished to see what was happen- ing there. Narendra Modi ji was sitting just behind us. As soon as he saw the situation, he ran with a small kitchen knife and tore open one side of the tent’s curtain. Soon the air escaped and the tent de- flated. That day I realised the power of quick decision-mak- ing that Modi ji displayed and how such a quick presence of mind helps save lives. Secret of Modi’s work culture When Modi met the top cops Quick decision- making: Hallmark of Modi’s leadership PM Narendra Modi’s precondition for becoming karyakarta TA N I NaMo Kiren Rijiju Union minister PERSPECT VE MASTERING SOCIETAL FORCES! NaMo You read PART 79 on APRIL 4, 2024  Vol 5  Issue No. 311  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. 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  • 6. INDIA 05 Jaipur, Thursday | May 9, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia FROM HIMACHAL PRADESH IN THE PAST 72 YEARS... Only 3 women elected to Lok Sabha till date PTI Shimla nly three wom- en have made it to the Lok Sab- ha from Himachal Pradesh in the past 72 years and this time, just two are in the fray. Women constitute al- most 49 per cent of the total voters in the state. Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Chandresh Kumari and Pratibha Singh, the three successful candi- dates till now belonged to royal families. Only the BJP and the BSP have nominated women candidates for the June 1 elections for the four Lok Sabha seats in the state. While the BJP has fielded actor Kangana Ranaut from Mandi, Re- kha Rani is contesting on a BSPticket from Kangra. “Women from humble background rising high in politics and carving a niche for themselves is still a big challenge in the country and Himachal Pradesh is no exception. At present, women constitute about 49 per cent of the total voters in the state but representa- tion is not even one fourth and this is a cause of serious concern,” said Ramesh Chauhan, head of the department of po- litical science at Himachal Pradesh Uni- versity. In politics, what mat- ters is who has the deci- sion-making power. This power is normally with men and until women are given prominent posi- tions, they would not emerge as “empowered” and surpass their domi- nant male counterparts, Chauhan told PTI. But women were not so keen to climb the lad- der to the assembly, he claimed. Moreover, the political parties also did not promote or encourage the women with humble background, he added. While the BJP has fielded actor Kangana Ranaut from Mandi, Rekha Rani is contesting on a BSP ticket from Kangra. O “IfOppnwins,itwillput BabrilockatRamtemple” Agencies Lakhimpur Hitting out at the INDIA opposition bloc, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said if it comes to power after the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, it will put a “Babri” lock at the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Shah also accused the Congress, Samajwadi Party Bahujan Samaj Party of defaming the saf- fron party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying if he gets 400 seats in the ongoing elec- tion, reservation will be done away with. The senior BJP leader said though it is not going to happen, if the opposi- tion parties come to pow- er, they will put a “Babri naam ka tala (Babri lock)” at the Ram temple. He said Modi not only won the legal dispute in- volving the Ram Janma- bhoomi, but also per- formed the “bhoomi puja (groundbreaking cere- mony)” of the Ram tem- ple and its “pran pratish- tha” (consecration) was held in January. Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a public meeting in support of party candidate and Union Minister Ajay Mishra, for Lok Sabha elecions, in Lakhimpur, Wednesday. PTI Maha legislative council poll to be held on June 10 PTI Mumbai The biennial election to four seats of the Maha- rashtra Legislative Coun- cil will be held on June 10, the Election Commis- sion of India announced on Wednesday as per lat- est reports. Counting of votes will take place on June 13, an official release said here. The six-year tenure of theincumbentMembersof Legislative Council (MLCs)willendonJuly7. BJP spreading lies against Rahul: Priyanka Gandhi Agencies New Delhi Congress leader Priyan- ka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday charged that the entire BJP machinery is engaged in spreading lies against Rahul Gan- dhi. Slamming the BJP, she also said that it talks about religion, caste and temple-mosque but not about real issues con- cerning the people. Campaigning for her brother Rahul Gandhi from the family bastion, she said the people of Rae Bareli understand leaders well. “When they did not likesomepolicyofIndira- ji they defeated her also. Indira did not get angry but did introspection. You elected her again. It is a speciality of the people of RaeBarelithattheyunder- stand leaders,” she said. FI TOON Congress playing the politics of negativism, says Rajnath Singh Agencies New Delhi Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Ra- jnath Singh on Wednes- day hit out at the Con- gress accusing the grand- old party of playing poli- tics of negativism. Singh launched a broadside at Congress on national security issue cit- ing the statement of a sen- ior leader of the party on the recent terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir “Congress always played the politics of negativism. In Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists attacked an army convoy. A senior Congress minister from Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi said that it was an ‘elec- tion stunt’. Does it mean we orchestrated a terror- ist attack on our army?” he questioned. ”What are these people doing with national secu- rity and ‘swabhiman’ (pride)?Acts of terrorism were occurring in the past in almost all parts of the country. But terrorism has almost been wiped out after the BJP-led gov- ernment came to power at the Centre,” he stressed. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh BJP paying money to buy votes: Mamata Agencies Kolkata West Bengal chief minis- ter Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that the BJP is paying mon- ey to people to buy votes. Speaking at an election rally atArambagh in sup- port of Trinamool Con- gress candidate Mitali Bagh, Banerjee alleged that the saffron party is paying money to the ex- tent of Rs 5,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 to people to purchase votes. “The BJP leaders at present are former CPI(M) ‘harmads’ (anti- socials). If you don’t want a reign of terror to usher in, then refrain from vot- ing for the BJP”, she said. Congress is ‘anti-Ram, anti-Sanatan’: JP Nadda PTI Bilaspur/ Mandi BJP national president JP Nadda on Wednesday al- leged the Congress is “anti-Ram” and “anti- Sanatan”, accused the party of joining hands withanti-nationalpowers. Nadda called upon the party cadres to go from door-to-door to expose the party’s real face and claimed that it would be wiped out after the Lok Sabha polls. He claimed that all other political parties compromised with their ideology but the BJP remained firm and constructed the grand Ram Temple, performed ‘PranPratistha’,scrapped Article 370 and rid the Muslim women from the evil of triple talaq. Union Minister Anurag Thakur with National President JP Nadda, in Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency on Wednesday. PTI KARNATAKA POLICE SUMMONS BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT JP NADDA, AND LEADER AMIT MALVIYA New Delhi: Karnataka Police has summoned BJP National President JP Nadda and party member Amit Malviya to Bengaluru’s High Grounds police station, asking them to appear in connection with a tweet posted by BJP Karnataka that allegedly targeted the SC/ ST community. “For the purpose of investigation of the said case, you are hereby directed to appear before the undersigned investigation officer at 11 am at High grounds police station within seven days of receipt of this notice,” the summons read. It’s ‘Ram Bhakts’ versus ‘Ramdrohis’: Yogi on LS elections Agencies New Delhi Chief Minister Yogi Adi- tyanath once again rallied in the election battle- ground on Wednesday, urging for the reelection of Devendra Singh Bhole fromAkbarpurLokSabha seat, Mukesh Rajput from Farrukhabad, and Arun SagarfromShahjahanpur. While expressing grat- itude to the crowds, the CM also criticized SP- Congress.Adityanathem- phasized to the public that this election repre- sents a choice between ‘Rambhakts’ and ‘Ram- drohis,’ asserting that those who are ‘Ramb- hakts’ are also Rashtrab- hakts. The public should reject ‘Ramdrohis’. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS z EC puts Gujarat voter turnout at 59.51%, says final figure likely to be more. z Congress candidate Dharamvira Gandhi files nomination from Patiala z LS polls is between ‘rak- shak’ and ‘bhakshak’ of Constitution: Akhilesh z “Record” `110 crore seized ahead of LS polls in Jharkhand z Phase 5 of LS polls: 695 candidates set to contest across 49 constituencies ModislamsRahul,allegesCong sealeddealwithAdani,Ambani Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan holds a roadshow in Vijayawada on Wednesday. ANI AFTER POLLS, CONG AND INDI ALLIANCE’S FUSE BLOWN OFF: PM New Delhi: After the third phase of gen- eral elections, the third fuse of Congress and its INDI Alliance parties was blown off, PM Modi said on Wednesday. Modi said four phases of polling are left and with the blessings of people, the BJP and NDA marching towards victory. Attacking the Congress and BRS, Modi said while the BJP believes in ‘nation first’ principle, for the Congress and BRS it is ‘family first’. SENDCBI,EDTOPROBE: RAGAHITSBACKOVER LOADSOFMONEYJIBE New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a probe by the CBI or ED into whether business- men Adani and Ambani sent his party “money in a tempo”. Taking a swipe at the Prime Minister, Gandhi in a video message asked whether Modi was speaking from his “personal experi- ence” about money being sent by businessmen. First India Bureau Hyderabad/New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday for the first time during the Lok Sabha elections ac- cused the Congress of having a “deal” with “Ambani and Adani”, and asked if the party has received “tempo loads of black money” from the two industrialists for its leader Rahul Gandhi to stop “abusing” them. In what appeared to be a change in the narrative on the ‘Ambani-Adani’ issue, which was until now used by the Congress to attack Modi and his government at the Centre, the Prime Minister also demanded that the party should explain to people why it has stopped raising the issue as its ‘Shehzada’ (Rahul Gandhi) used to do for the past five years and asked if it has struck a ‘sauda’ (deal). In a sharp reaction full of sarcasm, Gandhi asked whether Modi was speak- ing from his “personal ex- perience” when he men- tioned“moneyinatempo” being sent byAmbani and Adani. “Modi ji, are you a little scared? Normally you talk about Adani and Ambani in closed doors, but for the first time you have talked about Adani and Ambani in public,” Gandhi said in a 46-sec- ondvideomessage,posted on X by the Congress. Earlier, in Telangana, Modi said:”Since his Ra- fale issue got grounded, he started chanting about ‘five industrialists’. Then he started saying Amba- ni-Adani. But ever since elections have been an- nounced, these people (Congress) have stopped abusing Ambani-Adani. PM MODI, AMBANI, ADANI RESHAPING INDIA: CNN India is poised to become a 21st-century economic powerhouse, offering an alternative to China for investors looking for growth and for reducing supply chain risks with PM Narendra Modi and industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani playing a fundamental role in shaping the economic superpower the country will become in the coming decades, according to a CNN report. The report says to spur growth, the Modi government has begun a massive infrastructure transformation by spending bil- lions on building roads, ports, airports and railways.
  • 7. PTI New Delhi straZeneca has begun the glob- al withdrawal of its COVID-19 vaccine, Vaxzevria, citing a sur- plus of available updated vaccines since the pan- demic began. The com- pany has also decided to withdraw the vaccine’s marketing authorizations within Europe. “As mul- tiple, variant COVID-19 vaccines have since been developed, there is a sur- plus of available updated vaccines,” AstraZeneca stated. This surplus has led to a decline in demand for Vaxzevria, which is no longer being manufac- tured or supplied. The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker has previously admitted in court docu- ments that the vaccine can cause side effects such as blood clots and low blood platelet counts. The com- pany’s application to withdraw the vaccine was submitted on March 5 and became effective on May 7, according to media re- ports. Last year, Astra- Zeneca diversified its fo- cusintorespiratorysyncy- tial virus vaccines obe- sity drugs through several deals after experiencing a slowdown in growth due to declining COVID-19 medicine sales. Leading pharma company withdraws Covid vaccine globally as demand declines; faces legal challenges over side effects SUPPLY OF VAXZEVRIA DIPS AstraZeneca withdraws COVID-19 vaccines, cites surplus of availability A Kolkata: The West Bengal Council of Higher Education on May 7 announced re- sults of Class 12 exami- nation with nearly 90% of the students clearing the examination. WB Council of Higher Sec Edu president Chiranjib Bhattacharya told that the pass percentage was 89.98. He said among districts Purba Medin- ipur district topped list of successful candidates. 90% of 7.55 lakh students clear WB class 12 board exam Bilaspur: Live-in rela- tionship is an “imported philosophy” against “expectations of Indian tenets”, the C’garh HC has observed, holding that institution of mar- riage no longer controls people as it did in past. The division bench of Justices Goutam Bha- duri Sanjay Agrawal made observation while dismissing an appeal of a man seeking custody of child born in live-in. Live-in relationship is animportedphilosophy: Chhattisgarh HC New Delhi: Tech giant Google on Wednesday launched Google Wallet app in India, enabling users to store and re- trieve digital documents like boarding passes, loyalty cards, movie tickets, and more. How- ever, unlike its US of- fering, the Google Wal- let app won’t allow us- ers to store payment cards and access the tap-and-pay feature in stores. The wallet app, which has gone live in the country, will cater to non-payment usage. Google launches ‘Google Wallet’ for Android users in India Idukki: An FIR has been lodged against Cong MLA Mathew Ku- zhalnadan by Idukki Vigilance Unit regarding a land deal in Chinnaka- nal, Kerala. The FIR al- leged that Kuzhalnadan purchased land despite being aware of irregular- ities. An FIR has been registered against Cong MLA Mathew Kuzhal- nadan by Idukki Vigi- lance Unit. There are to- tal of 21 accused in case. FIR against Cong MLA in Kerala over alleged illegal land dealings IN BRIEF New Delhi: A state- level two-time gold medalist wrestler, who was wanted in an at- tempt to murder case, was arrested from city’s Mukarba Chowk bus stand, police said on Wednesday. The ac- cused was identified as Sumeet, a resident of national capital. His ar- rest comes after Su- meet along with his four associates Sagar, Nikhil, Dev and Aniket tried to murder one Vishnu on April 21. Wrestlerwantedin attempttomurdercase arrestedinDelhi:Cops INDIA 06 Jaipur, Thursday | May 9, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Hot weather continues in Kerala, IMD issues yellow alert till May 9 PTI Thiruvananthapuram The India Meteorologi- cal Department (IMD) on Wednesday issued a yel- low alert for Thiruvanan- thapuram, Alappuzha and Kozhikode districts of the state till May 9 due to the likelihood of heat wave conditions there. The IMD said maxi- mum temperatures were likely to be around 39°C in Kollam, Palakkad and Kozhikode, 38 degrees Celsius in Thiruvanan- thapuram, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur, 37°C in Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Kan- nur and 36°C in Malap- puram and Kasaragod districts of the state from today till May 10. These temperatures were three to 5°C more than what was normal for this time of the year, it said. “Heat wave conditions are very likely to prevail at one or two places inThiruvanan- thapuram,Alappuzha and Kozhikode districts on May 8 and 9 (YELLOW WARNING),” the IMD further said. HeavyRainscausekilometres- longtrafficjamsamidpower cutsinHyderabadonTuesday. THUNDERSTORMS ALERT FOR PARTS OF ANDHRA PRADESH TILL MAY 12 SEVEN DEAD AS WALL COLLAPSES AFTER HEAVY RAIN IN H’BAD Amravati: The Mete- orological Depart- ment on Wednesday forecast thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds in parts of Andhra Pradesh for the next five days from May 8 to 12. It forecast this weather in parts of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, South Coastal Andhra Pradesh (SCAP) and Rayalaseema, where winds are expected to blow between 30 km per hour (kmph) to 50 kmph. Hyderbad: At least seven people, including a child, were killed when a retain- ing wall of an under- construction apartment collapsed on migrant workers' accommodation on Tuesday night in Ba- chupally of Hyderabad, said the police. All were migrant workers. Seven others are undergoing treatment at a hospital, they added. FM:PSUsarenotindisarray, thrivingunderModiregime Union Finance Minister on Congress’ allegations PTI New Delhi Finance Minister Nirma- la Sitharaman on Wednesday said PSUs have suffered under the Congress-led UPA gov- ernment and previously neglected ones like, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), have seen a ‘resurgence’under the Modi government. Rebutting allegations by the Congress party and its leader Rahul Gan- dhi that state-owned companies are in a disar- ray, Sitharaman said such claims are a textbook ex- ample of the pot calling the kettle black. In a post on X, the Minister said that under the Modi-government, public sector undertak- ings (PSUs) are thriv- ing, benefiting signifi- cantly from the culture of professionalism in- fused in them along with increased opera- tional freedom. PSUs have suffered under the Congress-led UPA government. PSUs that were previously ne- glected under the UPA government, such as Hin- dustan Aeronautics Lim- ited, have seen a resur- gence under the Modi government, she said. Search ops to track down terrorists enter 5th day PTI Jammu Thecordonandsearchop- eration (CASO) to track down terrorists responsi- ble for attacking an IAF convoy, which claimed the life of a corporal rank personnel, entered the fifth day on Wednesday, officials said. Security forces, including the Army, police and CRPF, have further intensified combing and search op- erationinnearly20square kilometres area in Surankote belt and over five kilometres of the area has been searched, the of- ficials said. Terrorists targeted an Indian Air Force (IAF) convoy in Shaistar area of Poonch district, resulting in the killing of an IAF corporal and injuries to four others on Saturday. POONCH IAF CONVOY ATTACK Agencies New Delhi Rejecting it as 'not main- tainable', the Delhi High Court today imposed a Rs 1 lakh penalty on a petitioner, who sought permission and facilities for Arvind Kejriwal to set up the chief minis- ter's office in jail to gov- ern the union territory from judicial custody. Filed by advocate Shrikant Prasad, the PIL petition sought to facili- tate virtual conferencing arrangements for Chief MinisterArvind Kejriwal to engage with cabinet ministers, ensuring unin- terrupted governance. It also sought to restrain media houses from sen- sationalising news about the chief minis- ter's potential resigna- tion and the imposition of President's Rule in the national capital. PTI Bhubaneswar Defence Minister Rajnath Singh onWednesday took a dig at former Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi over his controversial remarks on the recent terrorist attack on IndianAir Force (IAF) convoy at Poonch in Jam- mu and Kashmir leading to the death of one IAF soldier.Addressing a pub- lic gathering in Kalahandi on Wednesday, Singh said, “Congress has al- ways been involved in negative politics. Recent- ly, some terrorists launched an attack on our defence forces convoy in Jammu Kashmir. Cong leader Charanjit Channi said that it (the terrorist act) was an election stunt. Will we get our army sol- diers attacked? What are these people trying to do with security and self-es- teem of nation?” Penaltyof `1Lforpetitionto setupKejriwal’sofficeinjail Rajnath tears into Channi over remarks on Poonch Fourleadingautomakerstorecall over7,700vehiclesforfaultyparts Agencies Seoul Hyundai Motor, Kia and two other carmakers will recall over 7,700 vehicles due to faulty compo- nents, the transport min- istry here said on Wednesday. The four companies, including Jaguar Land-Rover Ko- rea and Volkswagen Group Korea, are volun- tarily recalling 7,783 units of 11 different mod- els, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Trans- port said in a statement. The problems that prompted the recall in- cluded a manufacturing defect in the exhaust gas recirculation valve pow- er unit, which may cause the engine to stall while driving, in 4,118 units of five different Hyundai models and 2,668 units of Kia models, reports Yonhap news agency. Another problem was the poor fixation of the rear right illumination device in 329 units of two different Jaguar Land-Rover models, in- cluding the new Range Rover Sport P360. Also, 623 units of Volkswa- gen’s Touareg 3 3.0 TDI model were subject to a corrective action due to a software error in the ve- hicles’mobile app, which could lead to a vehicle malfunction during re- mote automated parking. Kerala Guv in Ayodhya Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan reached Ayodhya to have darshan of Shri Ram Lalla on Wednesday. Later, Champat Rai, General Secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, presented him a memento. IMD warns of heat wave in Kerala with temperatures reaching up to 39 degrees Celsius. FILE Nirmala speaks Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman FILE Photographs of three suspected terrorists released on Wednesday. RBI ASKS NON-BANKS TO STICK TO `20,000 LOAN CASH PAYOUT LIMIT: REPORT Mumbai: India's central bank has asked non-bank finance companies (NBFC) to strictly ad- here to a cap of 20,000 rupees ($240) in cash loans, according to a letter seen by Reuters and two people aware of the development, in a bid to deter cash trans- actions. Please refer to provisions of Section 269SS of Income Tax Act, 1961, which stipu- lates that no individual can receive more than 20,000 rupees as loan amount in cash, the letter showed. Arvind Kejriwal LASHKAR TERRORISTS, WHO ATTACKED AIR FORCE CONVOY IN JK’S POONCH, CAPTURED ON CAM Jammu: Photographs of three suspected terror- ists– believed to be involved in the May 4 attack on an Air Force convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district– have been released on Wednesday. The images of the suspected terrorists have been taken out from a CCTV footage clip. In the attack on the two-vehicle IAF convoy at Surankote tehsil in Poonch district, one air warrior named Corporal Vikky Pahade was killed, while four other IAF personnel were injured. As per media reports, three names have come up during the probe into the Poonch attack – Illiyas (a former Pakistan Army com- mando), Abu Hamza (code-name of the commander of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba), and Hadoon. Min Rajnath Singh addressing public meeting in Kalahandi of Odisha on Wednesday.
  • 8. Jaipur, Thursday | May 9, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 IN SUPPORT OF MODI’S 3RD TERM Indian Americans are with PM Modi: Diaspora leader PTI Santa Clara ajority of Indian Americans fa- vour a third term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his government’s policies are transforming India, an influential community leader has said. Indians are part of the deep economic growth of the United States and they’ve been working hard to contribute to the economic growth, Indi- an-American Democratic fundraiserAjay Jain Bha- turia said, underling that when they see similar economic growth hap- pening back in India, they feel very proud of it. “I think the majority of Indian Americans want Prime Minister Modi to come back. It’s a sense of pride for them that when India shines, they shine,” Bhaturia told PTI in an interview. “They feel proud that India is rising, India is growing. India has been growing at almost a much faster rate of eco- nomic growth, six to seven per cent. When I’m reading the statistics, it says that it’ll overtake Japan by the end of this year to become the fourth largest economy. And maybe by 2027, India would be the third largest economy behind the US and China,” he said. Observing that a ma- jority of Indian Ameri- cans favour Modi for a third term, Bhaturia said the government’s poli- cies are transforming In- dia, whether in com- merce or small business- es or large businesses railways development or road infrastructure. “So continue this growth, I think it’s im- portant that the commu- nity rightfully feels that Prime Minister Modi and his team should be ree- lected and India should continue on the success story,” Bhutoria said. Indians are part of the deep economic growth of the United States and they’ve been working hard to contribute to the economic growth, Indian-American Democratic fundraiser Ajay Jain Bhaturia said. Dr BS Tomar, Dr Sobha Tomar, Dilip Singh Shekhawat, Prof Amrika Singh, Mahipal Singh, Kuldeep Singh Jhala others during launch of jersey NIMS - main sponsor, at NIMS University on Wednesday. M AbhishekSharmaleadsSRHto adominant10-wicketvictory Hyderabad’s Travis Head and Abhishek orchestrate historic IPL triumph Match 57 Indiabecomesfirstto receiveover$100bn inremittances:UN Agencies United Nations India received over USD 111 billion in remittanc- es in 2022, the largest in the world, becoming the first country to reach and even surpass the USD 100 billion mark, the United Nations migra- tion agency has said. The International Or- ganisation for Migration (IOM), in its World Mi- gration Report 2024 launched Tuesday, said that in 2022, India, Mex- ico, China, the Philip- pines and France were the top five remittance recipient countries. “India was well above the rest, receiving more than USD 111 billion, the first country to reach and evensurpasstheUSD100 billion mark. Mexico was the second-largest remit- tance recipient in 2022, a position it also held in 2021 after overtaking China, which historically had been the second-big- gest recipient after India,” the report said. MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS  India has contributed USD 500,000 to the UN Counter-Terrorism Trust Fund, underscoring its unwavering commitment to support multilateral efforts in the global fight against the scourge of terrorism.  India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, rank among the top ten recipients of international remittances in the world, underscoring the significance of labour migra- tion from the subregion.  With India estimated to have received more than USD 111 billion in 2022, it is by far the largest recipient of international remittances in the world and the first coun- try to ever reach that figure.  Pakistan and Bangla- desh were the sixth and eighth largest international remittance recipients in 2022, receiving nearly USD 30 billion and USD 21.5 bn. MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS  Travis Head smashed a whirlwind knock of 89* for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Lucknow Super Giants in Match 57 of the Indian Premier League 2024 season.  Head and his opening partner Abhishek Sharma helped SRH script a record- breaking chase in the IPL.  Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul has completed 7,500 runs in T20 cricket during his match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL on Wednesday.  Rahul is now the fifth Indian batter to reach this feat. Rahul took 224 games and 211 innings to complete 7,500 runs in the format. Bidentounveil$3.3bn MicrosoftAIinvestment Agencies Washington Joe Biden will visit the political battleground state of Wisconsin on Wednesday to announce plans by Microsoft Corp, opens new tab to build a $3.3 billion high-tech data center that will cre- ate thousands of jobs, the White House said. The Microsoft facility in southeastern Wiscon- sin, will be built on the same land where Taiwan electronics manufacturer Foxconn had planned to build a $10 billion fac- tory that Donald Trump once called “the eighth wonder of the world”. JOE BIDEN, TRUMP WIN INDIANA PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES: REPORT Washington: Presi- dent Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have won the Indiana Democratic and Republican primaries ahead of the US presiden- tial election in November. Tuesday’s win gives Trump, already the presumptive Republican nominee, another 58 delegates, according to US media reports. Trump, 77, was the only active candidate on Indiana’s Republican ballot. President Biden, also the presumptive Democratic Party candidate, won all 79 delegates in Indiana’s Democratic primary. BattlesragearoundRafahafterUShaltssomeweaponstoIsrael Agencies Cairo/Washington/Rafah Hamas battled Israeli troops on the outskirts of the Gaza Strip’s crowded southern city of Rafah on Wednesday and Washington said it had held up a shipment of powerful bombs to Israel to prevent civilian casualties. The United States, which aims to stave off a full Israeli invasion of Rafah, said it believes a revised Hamas ceasefire proposal may lead to a breakthrough in an im- passe in negotiations, with talks resuming in Cairo on Wednesday. AU.N. official said no fuel or aid had entered the Gaza Strip due to the military operation, a sit- uation “disastrous for the humanitarian re- sponse” in Gaza where more than half the popu- lation is suffering cata- strophic hunger. Israeli military vehicles are seen near the Israel-Gaza border, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in southern Israel. Daniels testifies about sex with Trump at Hush-Money trial Agencies New York Stormy Daniels took the witness stand on Tues- day at Donald Trump’s criminal trial and de- scribed in lurid detail her alleged 2006 sexual en- counter with the former U.S. president. Trump has pleaded not guilty to Manhattan pros- ecutors’ charges he falsi- fied business records to cover up his former law- yer’s $130,000 payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clif- ford, for her silence be- fore the 2016 election. “He also said I remind- ed him of his daughter because she’s smart and blonde,” Daniels added. It was the courtroom face-off everyone was waitingfor--testimonyof high legal importance, salacious sexual content. Rajasthan football team launches jersey for U-20 National Championship First India Bureau Jaipur The jersey of the Ra- jasthan football team was launched for the Under 20 National Football Championship, which will be held in Chhattis- garh, at a function hosted by Mahipal Singh Nim- bada, Director of First India News, and organ- ized by NIMS University and the Rajasthan Foot- ball Association. Dr. Shobha Tomar, Vice Chairperson of NIMS University, Dr. B. S. Tomar, Registrar of NIMS University, Dr. Sandeep Tripathi, and Dr. Ashok Acharya, Gover- nor’s Representative, Bom Member, Rajasthan University of Health Sci- ences, all wished the team well. During the occasion, authorities from NIMS University, Faculty Chairman and Principal Dr. Manoj Srivastava, Dr. Ujjwal Chaudhary, Dr. Alka Vijay, Dr. Anupama Pandey, Dr. Pramod Sharma, Dr.Ajit Saharan, Dr. Deepika Varshney, Dr. Vinay Nayyar, Sunita Yadav, Dr. Dignitaries such as Govind Upad- hyay, and officials from the Rajasthan Football Association were present. Over 1/3rd of Australians facing financial crisis Canberra: Over one third of Australians are finding it difficult to get by on their current incomes, a survey has found. Researchers from Australian National University on Wednesday published the results of the ANUPoll, which has been tracking the views of Australians since 2008. It found that as of January, 34.2% of more than 4,000 respondents were finding it difficult to get by on their current income. Russian attack hits school in Ukraine, injures 7 Kharkiv: A Russian air attack hit a school stadium in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv on Wednesday, injuring four children and 3 adults.Two teenagers were hospitalised in serious condition, regional governor Oleh Synehubov said. The prosecutor’s general office added that the school and nearby residential buildings were damaged in the attack. CRUCIAL READ PTI Hyderabad The remorseless domi- nation of Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, who carved lightning- fast fifties, helped Sun- risers Hyderabad mount the fastest chase of a 160-plus target en route their convincing 10-wicket win over Luc- know Super Giants in the IPL match here on Wednesday. Chasing a modest tar- get of 166, Head (89 not out, 30 balls, 8x4, 8x6) and Sharma (75 not out, 28 balls, 8x4, 6x6) toyed with LSG bowlers, find- ing boundaries and sixes at will to canter home in just 9.4 overs. The win propelled SRH to the 3rd position in the standings with 14 points from 12 games, while LSG are struggling at the 6th spot with 12 points from the same number of matches. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Lucknow Super Giants Marcus Stoinis during an IPL 2024 T20 cricket match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants, at the Rajiv Gandhi Int’l Stadium, Uppal, in Hyderabad. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captain Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket of Krunal Pandya