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First India Bureau
New Delhi
As flight disruptions due
to cabin crew shortage
continued on Thursday,
Air India Express has
agreed to withdraw ter-
mination letters issued to
over 25 members. The
protesting 300 crew
members, meanwhile,
ended their strike as the
airline management also
agreed to look into their
issues, as per sources.
The decisions come
after a conciliation meet-
ing between the cabin
crew representatives and
theAir India Express rep-
resentatives at the Office
of the Chief Labour
Commissioner (Central)
in New Delhi earlier on
Thursday, sources said.
AI Express row:
Management &
crew reach deal
Kedarnath Dham Calling!
The portals of Baba Kedarnath Dham are all set for a grand opening today, after a gap of
6 months and the temple has been decorated with 40 quintals of flowers. Huge crowd of
devotees head for shrine for the ‘Char Dham Yatra’, in Rudraprayag district on Thursday.
BJP will win on all seats
of Telangana, says CM
PEOPLES
PADMA!
Aishwary Pradhan
Warangal
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma was on tour
of Telangana on Thurs-
day during which he
campaigned in Warangal
Lok Sabha constituency
in Thorur, Telangana. He
addressed a public meet-
ing organized in support
of BJPcandidate wherein
a large number of people
attended the meeting. He
said, “This immense
love, unwavering trust
and tremendous support
of the crowd is declaring
historic victory of BJPon
all seats of Telangana.”
Meanwhile, CM Shar-
ma also attended a con-
ference in support of BJP
candidate Varaprasad
Rao from Tirupati. A Ra-
jasthani Samaj Sam-
melan was also organ-
ized in Shri Ram Tulsi
Kalyan Function Hall,
Tirupati after which CM
Sharma rested for the
night in Tirupati. Nota-
bly, the CM will leave for
Pune from Tirupati Air-
port on Friday, address a
gathering in support of
Muralidhar from Pune at
12:30 pm. Additionally,
Pravasi Rajasthani con-
ference will be organized
in Erandvan and Sharma
will leave for Aurang-
abad, Maharashtra from
Pune at 4:15 pm. P8
SHARE OF RELIGIOUS MINORITIES: A CROSS-COUNTRY ANALYSIS
Hindu population fell 7.8%, Muslims
up by 43.15% between 1950 and 2015
First India Bureau
New Delhi
he share of the
Hindu popula-
tion decreased
by 7.82% between 1950
and 2015 in India, while
Muslims increased by
43.15%, suggesting there
is a conducive environ-
ment in nation to foster
diversity, said a recent
paper by Economic Ad-
visory Council to Prime
Minister (EAC-PM).
The paper titled ‘Share
of Religious Minorities:
A Cross-Country Analy-
sis’ said, “The share of
the majority Hindu popu-
lation decreased by
7.82% between 1950 and
2015 (from 84.68% to
78.06%). The share of
Muslim in 1950 was
9.84% and increased to
14.09% in 2015 — a
43.15% increase in their
share,” said EAC-PM.
T
Guv accepts Dr Sudhir
Bhandari’s resignation
Jaishankar welcomes
Maldives Foreign Min
Vikas Sharma
Jaipur
Dr Sudhir Bhandari, sur-
rounded by controversies
regarding Organ Trans-
plant fake NOC case, fi-
nally resigned from post
of RUHS VC. Governor
Kalraj Mishra accepted
his resignation. “This is a
serious matter, corrup-
tion worth crores of ru-
pees has taken place.
Therefore the govt has
decided to take strict ac-
tion in matter. Whoever it
is, action will be taken
against all those found
guilty in probe,” Health
Minister Gajendra Singh
Khimsar said. Mean-
while, Guv Kalraj Mishra
appointed Dr Dhananjay
Agrawal, Senior Prof of
Nephrology at SMS Col-
lege as the acting Vice
Chancellor of RUHS. P8
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Development of India-
Maldives ties is based on
“mutualinterests”and“re-
ciprocal sensitivity”, Ex-
ternal Affairs Minister S
Jaishankar said on Thurs-
day during his talks with
his Maldivian counterpart
Moosa Zameer.
“As far as India is con-
cerned, these are articu-
lated in terms of our
Neighbourhood First
policy & SAGAR vision.
I hope that our meeting
today will enable us to
strengthen convergence
of our perspectives in
various domains,” Jais-
hankar said. Moosa said
we exchanged perspec-
tives on increasing en-
gagement and exchanges
between Maldives and
India, both bilaterally &
in international arena.
 7.82% decrease in
Hindu population
 14.09% increase in
Muslim population
 0.36% decrease in
Jain population
 2.36% increase in
Christian population
 1.85% increase in
Sikh population
 0.004% decrease
in Parsi population
ABOUT 1950-2015 DATA
EAM S Jaishankar with Maldives
Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer
in New Delhi on Thursday.
AS BJP, CONGRESS BIGWIGS TAKE CENTRE
STAGE IN TELANGANA, AMIT SHAH SAYS...
ITS‘VOTEFORJIHAD’
VS‘VOTEFORVIKAS’
First India Bureau
Bhongir/Bhuvanagiri
Union Home Minister
and BJP leader Amit
Shah said, “It’s vote for
jihad vs vote for vikas
this time” during an elec-
tion rally in Telangana’s
Bhongir on Thursday.
Two days ago, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
raked up the “vote jihad”
issue during his rally in
the Madhya Pradesh’s
Khargone. It comes after
Congress leader Salman
Khurshid and his niece
Maria Alam Khan, an SP
leader, were booked over
an appeal Khan made for
“vote jihad” in support of
INDIAbloc candidate. In
her speech, Maria, re-
portedly urged those pre-
sent to practice “vote ji-
had” discreetly and intel-
ligently, stating that they
can remove the party in
power from government
only by doing this.
“BRS came to power
with a promise of ensur-
ing development in Tel-
angana, but all it did was
corruption. You gave 5
years to Revanth Reddy,
and he did nothing except
turning Telangana into an
‘ATM’ for the Congress
party. Bless us with 10+
seats in Telangana, we’ll
make it number-1 state of
Bharat,” said Shah. P5
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses during a public meeting in Bhongir on Thursday.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma addressing at rally in Warangal on Thursday.
The election of 2024 is an election of
Narendra Modi versus Rahul Gandhi.
AMIT SHAH, UNION HOME MINISTER
IF I.N.D.I.A. BLOC IS ELECTED, BY AUGUST 15,
WE WILL FILL UP 30 LAKH JOBS: RAHUL GANDHI
Addressing rally in Medak LS
constituency in Telangana,
Congress leader Rahul Gan-
dhi on Thursday alleged that several
infrastructure projects such as ports,
airports and defence contracts were
“given to Adani” in the past 10 years,
and promised that if the I.N.D.I.A.
bloc is elected, the new government
would, by August 15, begin the pro-
cess of filing up 30 lakh jobs.
SENSEX
72,404.17
1,062.22
BSE
21,957.50
345.00
NIFTY
DEEP RED CRASHING
Sensex and Nifty ended in
deep red in Thursday trading
session amid heavy foreign
fund outflows & selling in
banking heavyweight index
HDFC Bank, L&T and RIL.
Dr Dhananjay
Agrawal is acting
VC of the RUHS
Dr Sudhir
Bhandari
Dr Dhananjay
Agrawal
01
PM Narendra Modi & Amit Shah greet dur-
ing 2nd civil investiture ceremony of Padma
Awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.
01
President Droupadi Murmu confers Padma
Shri to KS Rajanna for his works for the
welfare of persons with the disabilities.
03
President Droupadi Murmu presents
Padma Vibhushan in the field of Art to
Vyjayantimala Bali on Thursday.
05
PM Modi being greeted by KS Rajanna be-
fore receiving Padma Shri, as Amit Shah, S
Jaishankar, Kiren Rijiju and others look on.
02
President Droupadi Murmu presents Pad-
ma Vibhushan in the field of Art to Konidela
Chiranjeevi at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.
04
President Droupadi Murmu confers Padma
Shri to Jageshwar Yadav for social service
during the Civil Investiture Ceremony-II.
06
02
04 05 06
03
PARSHURAM
JAYANTI
First India Bureau
Sivakasi
Nine workers, including
six women, were killed
in an explosion at Sudar-
shan fireworks unit in
Sivakasi on Thursday af-
ternoon. Police said 13
persons sustained inju-
ries, including burns, in
the accident. The work-
ers were involved in dif-
ferent processes of man-
ufacturing of fireworks at
the unit in Sengamalapa-
tti under Sivakasi East PS
when blast rocked fire-
works unit licensed by
Petroleum & Explosives
Safety Organisation. P6
6 women among
9 killed in blast
at fireworks unit
IN BRIEF
Chautala writes to Hry
Guv seeking floor test
Gurugram: Former Dep-
uty CM of Haryana Dush-
yant Chautala has written
to the state’s Governor
seeking a floor test days
after 3 independent MLAs
withdrew support to newly
elected Nayab Saini govt.
ED opposes interim bail
to Arvind Kejriwal in SC
New Delhi: ED on Thurs-
day opposed in SC grant
of interim bail to Kejriwal
in PMLA case linked to
excise policy scam, saying
the right to campaign in
elections is neither funda-
mental nor constitutional.
UWW suspends Bajrang
Punia till end of 2024
New Delhi: The United
World Wrestling (UWW)
on Thursday took cogni-
sance of the NADA’s de-
cision to impose a provi-
sional suspension on
wrestler Bajrang Punia for
an alleged rule violation.
42°C
29°C
Min
Humidity 28%
Max
Hazy sun and very warm
across state in the day
FORECAST
AKSHAY TRITIYA
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DR KRITI A GOOD SAMARITAN
Jodh activist annuls 51st child marriage
First India Bureau
Jodhpur
n the occasion
of Akshay Tri-
tya, with the
support of Dr Kriti Bhar-
ti, Rehabilitation Psy-
chologist, Child and
Women RightsAdvocate
and Managing Trustee of
Saarthi Trust, Sugand-
ha’s child marriage was
annulled before she at-
tained adulthood.
Jodhpur’s Family
Court No. 2 gave a strong
message to society on
Akshay Tritya by giving
a historic verdict of an-
nulling the child mar-
riage of Sugandha which
was held when she was
just 10 years old. With
this, Dr Kriti Bharti of
Saarthi Trust once again
created double records.
Kriti Bharti has creat-
ed a unique record of
getting the 51st child
marriage annulled till
now. At the same time,
by continuously main-
taining the good practice
of cancelling child mar-
riages, Akshay Tritya
made the Hatrick
Record.
India’s child marriage warrior
Kriti Bharti with a victim of
child marriage Sugandha
(name changed).
O
CASEFILEDOVER
PELTINGSTONESATBUS
Jaipur: After a
verbal spat with the
woman conductor of
a low-floor bus over leaving
the conductor’s seat, a man
along with his 2 friends start-
ed to pelt stones at the bus
full of passengers in Jaipur on
Wednesday. The attackers
also stopped the bus and
beat up the driver and the
conductor. The bikers chased
the bus for three kilometres
and kept pelting stones at it.
Case has been filed.
JAIPUR: MAN FOUND
DEAD IN SEWER TANK
Jaipur: The body
of a young man
was found in a
sewer tank in the Kardhani
police station area. People
informed the police when a
foul smell spread around.
Police reached the spot and
when the lid of the sewer
tank was removed, the
body of a young man was
found. The deceased was
identified as Jaan Moham-
mad. The reason behind his
death is yet not known.
Manstrangulatesfather,dies
bysuicidewithson;casefiled
Subhash Trivedi
Pali
Aman allegedly strangu-
lated his father over a
family dispute and then
jumped in a pond along
with his 5-year-old son
in Rajasthan’s Pali area,
police said on Thursday.
The incident occurred
in the Kulthana village
on Wednesday night,
Deputy Superintendent
of Police, Pali Rural,
Ratnaram Dewasi said.
Prakash Patel (30) al-
legedly strangulated his
father Durgaram Patel
(65) over a dispute re-
garding his divorce, the
DSP said.
After killing his father,
the accused Prakash with
his son Rahul allegedly
committed suicide by
jumping into a pond.
Their bodies were
fished out on Thursday
morning, according to
the police reports on
Thursday.
A case was registered
and the bodies were sent
for post-mortem, the
Deputy Superintendent
of Police added.
The accused committed crime over a family dispute regarding his divorce
In Pali
Norespitefromheatas
tempcontinuestosoar
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Mercury crossed 44 de-
greesCelsiusintheBhani-
yana sub-division area of
Jaisalmer on Thursday.
People have had no res-
pite from heat for the third
consecutive day.
Heat waves accompa-
nied by winds of up to 10
km speed made life mis-
erable. Shortage of elec-
tricity and water in the
area continued. There
were reports of similar
conditions throughout the
day in other parts as well.
The weather department
has issued an advisory for
heat waves for the next
two to three days.
Kota recorded the hot-
test day of the season as
temperature crossed 44
degrees Celsius. There is
a possibility of a further
rise in mercury in the next
2-3 days.
In Beawar, the day
temperature crosses 41
degrees. Under the direc-
tion of Municipal Coun-
cil Commissioner Shra-
van Ram, water was
sprinkled on the roads.
CRIME
ROUNDUP
Girls buy ice cream on a hot summer afternoon, outside their school in Jaipur on Thursday.
KOTA MAN BEATS WIFE, STABS SON TO
DEATH AS HE TRIES TO SAVE HIS MOTHER
TEEN NEET ASPIRANT
LYNCHED TO DEATH
MAN KIDNAPPED
FROM POLICE VAN
Kota: A father stabbed his 10-year-old son
to death for trying to save his mother. The
accused,
during a fight with
his wife, stabbed
her hand. When
the son went to
save his mother
after hearing
her scream, the
accused stabbed
him and also
injured himself. The
incident took place
in the Borkheda police station area on Thursday. On
receiving a call from the mother, relatives took all three
to MBS Hospital, where the child died during treat-
ment. The injured husband and wife are undergoing
treatment. Police said that the statement of the child’s
mother has been taken and a probe is on.
Nagaur: A 17
-year-old boy
from Bihar, who
was preparing for NEET
from an institute in Kota
who had befriended
a 16 -year-old girl on
Instagram, was beaten
to death on Wednesday
by the girl’s family when
he had gone to meet her
in Merta, Nagaur. A case
of murder has been reg-
istered against the girl’s
father, uncle and others.
There were injury marks
all over the boy’s body.
Raniwara: Some
people tried to
kidnap a married
woman and a young man
from a police van in front
of Raniwara police station
in Sanchore district on
Wednesday. Police, how-
ever, rescued the woman
but were unable to save
the man. The miscreants
forced him into a car and
fled. After the incident, the
police set up a blockade
and arrested the miscre-
ants who were involved
and saved the young man.
9MEMBERSOFGOLDIEBRAR,LAWRENCEGANGHELD
Chitrakoot/Jaipur: The Special Cell of Delhi Police has
arrested nine miscreants of gangsters Goldie Brar
and Lawrence Bishnoi gang in seven states. Among
these, one has been arrested from Jaipur, whose father is
a jeweller. The police team seized 7 pistols, 31 cartridges
and 11 mobile phones from them. Raids were conducted in
Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar
Pradesh and Bihar on Wednesday. Investigation revealed
that some of the accused were in touch with Goldie Brar.
E-MITRAOFFICERHELDFORTAKINGBRIBE
Jaipur: Following instructions
from the ACB headquarters,
Research Unit Jaipur arrested
e-Mitra operator Vishram Gurjar for
taking a bribe of Rs one lakh in Gram
Panchayat Lasadiya. The accused is being in-
terrogated under the supervision of Singh. ACB
will register a case under the Prevention of Cor-
ruption Act and conduct further investigation.
WOMAN ASSAULTS RETD RPS OFFICER
Jaipur: In a shocking incident of cruelty
against an elderly, the daughter-in-law of
a retired RPS officer assaulted him in the
Shastri Nagar police station area. The 90-year-
old victim registered a complaint with the police
against his daughter-in-law. He has accused her
of assaulting him and his wife. The elderly couple
was unable to oppose due to their age. Now, the
Shastri Nagar police are investigating the case.
VIVEK DHAKAR’S DEATH: KIN PROTESTS
Bhilwara: Thousands of people includ-
ing the family demonstrated at the
Collectorate on Thursday demanding an
impartial investigation into the mysterious death
of Vivek Dhakad, former MLA from Mandalgarh
assembly constituency of the district, on the
night of April 4. They submitted a memorandum
to the District Collector and the District Superin-
tendent of Police demanding a fair probe.
As mercury rises, people reel
under acute water shortage
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Asthemercuryhasstarted
soaring,thewaterdemand
is also increasing.Women
gathered at the Mini Sec-
retariat in Alwar to ad-
dress the issue of water
scarcity met with ADM
BeenaMahavartoexpress
their concerns regarding
the water crisis in wards
15 and 16 of Alwar city.
The women highlight-
ed the dire situation, stat-
ing, “If there is no water
in our homes, and no
clean water available,
then at least provide us
with saline water, admin-
istration.” ADM assured
them of prompt action
and initiated discussions
with the Water Depart-
ment’s SE for resolution.
Meanwhile, in Jodh-
pur, Prem Nagar, Sendra
Road, and Beawar, the
residents protested
against the water crisis as
it has compelled them to
pay 1200 to 1500 rupees
per tanker to secure water.
Villagers during the protest to demand water in Jodhpur village.
“PM Shri schools
should be centers
of excellent edu”
JMCG to run
spl drive against
single use plastic
Jaisalmer: Indian
Army jawan dies
of electrocution
First India Bureau
Jaipur
School Education Secre-
tary Krishna Kunal on
Thursday said that by
strengthening the infra-
structure, PM Shri
schools should be devel-
oped as centers of excel-
lent education.
Addressing the inaugu-
ral session of a three-day
capacity building work-
shop organized at RTDC
Hotel Gangaur, Kunal
said that to ensure all-
rounddevelopmentofstu-
dents,co-curricularactivi-
ties should be promoted
alongwiththecurriculum.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Under Swachh Survek-
shan 2024, a three-day
special campaign will be
held from May 15 to 17
under which banned sin-
gle-useplasticwillbecon-
fiscated and action will be
taken against the culprits
found using it in all the
wards and zones of Mu-
nicipalCorporationGreat-
er Jaipur. Commissioner
Rukmani Riyad that sin-
gle use plastic seized dur-
ing the campaign will be
handed over to the RDF
plant of the corporation.
Suryaveer Singh Tanwar
Jaisalmer
An army jawan died of
electrocution in the can-
tonment area here on
Thursday, according to
the police reports.
Lance Havildar Jag-
roop Singh (28) suffered
an electric shock after
touching a water motor in
a park located in the can-
tonment.
The army jawan Sin-
gh’s body has been sent
to his native village Tarn
Taran in Punjab where
his last rites will be per-
formed, a police official
said as per the reports.
TransportCommissioner
inspectsfitnesscentres
Shivendra Parmar
Dausa
The irregularities hap-
pening in the fitness cent-
ers in the state are not
showing signs of stop-
ping, despite all the ef-
forts of the transport de-
partment, the fitness cent-
ers are continuing the
fitness without coming to
the center with a vehicle.
On Thursday, Trans-
port Commissioner Man-
isha Arora who was on a
visit to Dausa caught the
irregularities in the fit-
ness centres.
She inspected Arihant
Fitness Center in Dausa
and found evidence of fit-
ness being issued without
5 vehicles coming to the
center,onwhichtheCom-
missioner expressed
strong displeasure, and
directed the RTO to take
action against the fitness
center. She also inspected
the RTO office in Dausa.
JDArazesillegalcolonieson21bighaland
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Jaipur Development
Authority, on Thursday,
sealed a four-storey il-
legal building built with-
out its permission in
Adinath Nagar in Zone-
4. In Zone-14, three new
illegal colonies on about
21 bighas of private ag-
ricultural land were
completely demolished.
Chief Controller of
Enforcement Mahendra
Kumar Sharma said that
illegal construction of
the basement and four
storeys was done for
commercial purposes
without the approval of
JDA in plot number S2
of Adinath Nagar on SL
Marg Jaipuria Hospital
Link Road in Zone-4.
Anotice was issued to
stop the illegal construc-
tion but as the builder
did not remove the ille-
galconstruction,anotice
was issued and action
was taken.The expenses
incurred in sealing by
JVP will be recovered
from the concerned as
per the rules.
RESTAURANT SEALED
IN C-SCHEME
Jaipur: The Jaipur
Municipal Corpo-
ration Heritage
swung into action after
First India brought to light
the illegal construction
going on at Algoza res-
taurant in C-Scheme and
sealed it for 180 days. The
action was taken on the
instructions of Heritage
Commissioner Abhishek
Surana. The matter is
of C-Scheme, Subhash
Marg, plot number J 18B.
In the Hasanpura
area, the illegal construc-
tion in the Dravyavati river
area was demolished after
instructions from
Surana.
DySecretaries,officerstoconduct
quarterlyinspection,submitreport
Dr Rituraj Sharma
Jaipur
After the instructions of
Chief Secretary Sud-
hansh Pant, complete
guidelines regarding in-
spections in the Secre-
tariat have been issued.
Under this, Deputy
Secretaries will conduct
quarterly inspections,The
Section Officer or Group
Officer has been instruct-
edtoinspecttheirsections
and submit the report.
Deputy Secretary level
officer in the Secretariat
had the powers of inspec-
tion in the section earlier
also, but now it has been
streamlined. Deputy Sec-
retaries will inspect their
sections once a quarter in
March, June, September
and December. The
Group Officers will in-
spect their sections every
month, review the pend-
ing cases and present
their report to the con-
cerned Secretary.
Reports of quarterly
inspections done by the
Joint Secretary/Deputy
Secretary in March,
June, September, and
December will be sent by
April 10, July 10, Octo-
ber 10 and January 10.
Group officers will
send the monthly inspec-
tion report by the 10th of
the next month. It is nec-
essary to send the out-
standing quarterly state-
ment and monthly state-
ment report by the 10th of
the next month.
Transport Commissioner
Manisha Arora visits fitness
centres in Dausa on Thursday. Three new illegal colonies on about 21 bighas of private
agricultural land were demolished on Thursday.
THREE MINOR GIRLS, AN UNDERAGE BOY
RESCUED FROM CHILD MARRIAGE IN KOTA
Kota: Three 14-year-old girls and an underage boy
were rescued while pre-wedding functions were on
at a village here, a Child Rights Department official
said on Thursday. The weddings were to take place on
Friday on the occasion ‘Akshaya Tritiya’, considered auspi-
cious for marriages. Child marriages are often reported in
rural areas of Kota and Bundi on this day, officials said.
The Rajasthan High Court had earlier directed the state
government to ensure that no child marriage takes place in
the state and said village heads and panchayat members
will be held accountable if they are solemnised.
 NAIM KHAN
‘HOCKEY WALI SARPANCH’
CM, Dy CM hail Neeru Yadav for UN speech
ANI
Jaipur
ajasthan CM
Bhajan Lal
Sharma con-
gratulated Neeru Yadav,
the Sarpanch of Lambi
Sahar, Surajgarh in Jhun-
jhunu district for partici-
pating in the annual con-
ference, Committee for
Development Policy
(CDP Meet 2024) and
said that her participa-
tion and excellent ideas
at this conference are an
amazing example of in-
spiration for all the wom-
en in the state.
The CDP Meet was or-
ganized by the United
Nations Commission on
Population and Develop-
ment and sharing unique
innovations. Neeru Ya-
dav is popularly known
as Hockey Wali Sar-
panch. “Proud moment...
Sarpanch of village Lam-
bi Ahir of Surajgarh as-
sembly of Jhunjhunu dis-
trict and daughter of Ra-
jasthan, Neeru Yadav
(hockey sarpanch) has
made the entire state
proud on the global stage
by becoming a partici-
pant in the annual confer-
ence (CDP Meet-2024)
organized by the Popula-
tion and Development
Commission of the Unit-
ed Nations and sharing
her special innovations,”
the CM posted on X.
“This unforgettable
achievement underlines
unique efforts made by
her towards women’s em-
powerment. Your partici-
pation and excellent ideas
in this conference are an
example of inspiration
for all women,” he added.
Adorned in Rajputi poshak Neeru Yadav greeting with ‘namaste’
during her speech at Unite Nation’s CDP meet.
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250teamsofmeddeptinspect
500hospsmedicalinstitutes
Vikas Sharma
Jaipur
A comprehensive in-
spection and awareness
campaign was conduct-
ed by the Medical De-
partment to strengthen
health services across
the state. Conducted
under the direction of
Additional Chief Secre-
tary, Shubhra Singh,
about 250 teams of of-
ficers of the Medical
Department simultane-
ously inspected about
500 medical institutions
and Anganwadi centres
across the state.
During the inspection,
the teams saw the condi-
tion of the building of the
medical institute, cleanli-
ness, prenatal health
check-up of pregnant
women, etc.
An action plan to im-
prove the facilities will
be prepared. During the
inspection, the prepared-
ness of medical institu-
tions to deal with sea-
sonal diseases and heat
wave and heat stroke was
also reviewed.
Singh inspected the
Sub District Hospital at
Chaksu in Jaipur. She
said that the QR code
system should be imple-
mented to improve
cleanliness. Singh
also checked the attend-
ance register and duty
roster register.
Shubhra Singh has
determined 39 indices in
27 promising blocks se-
lected by the Central
government. Of these 39
indices, seven are relat-
ed to health.
ACS Shubhra conducts inspection in Chaksu, instructs officers
Surprise Action
Puneflightlate;4
cancelledfromJpr,
flyersfaceproblems
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Four Air India Express
flights were cancelled
from Jaipur International
Airport as the crew went
on mass leave on Thurs-
day. The cancelled flights
are 5:40 am Dubai flight
IX-195, 12:15 pm Delhi
flight IX-769, 6:25 pm
Hyderabad flight and
9:35 pm Bengaluru
flight IX-1767.
Around a thousand
passengers have been af-
fected. Notably, the Air
India Express has sud-
denly dismissed 30 out of
more than 200 crew
members who went on
leave. The airline asked
the remaining employees
to return to work or be
ready to be sacked.
Air India senior crew
members went on a mass
sick leave on Tuesday
causing much inconven-
ience to people.
AIR INDIA EXPRESS ISSUE
Insectsfoundincakes,bakerysealedin Jhotwara
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Large number of cakes
infested with insects
were destroyed by the
team of Medical and
Food Security Depart-
ment during a raid at the
factory of Radhe Bakers
in Jhotwara Industrial
Area. The factory has
been sealed. The team
also found rats roaming
freely in the factory.
Samples of items used in
making other bakery
items were taken.
Under the leadership
of Additional Commis-
sioner of Food Security
Department, Pankaj
Ojha, the team carried
out the raid. Ojha said,
“We found a large quan-
tity of food colour boxes
in the bakery which had
no expiry or manufactur-
ing dates. Food items
were lying in the open
and were surrounded by
flies and insects. Our
team got 15 kg of cakes
destroyed.” Ojha said that
the factory’s food licence
has been suspended.
6 Raj IAS engaged in poll duty,
addl charge given to others
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Six IAS officers of Ra-
jasthan have been en-
gaged on election duty.
Additional charge of
their posts has been giv-
ing to other officers.Addl
charge of RSLDC CMD
PC Kishan has been giv-
en to Vikas S Bhale.
Bhale also got the addl
charge of Skill Develop-
ment Commissioner Ku-
marpal Gautam.
Addl charge of Water-
shed Director Vishram
Meena has been given to
Babulal Goyal. Addl
charge of SMSA Project
Director Avichal Chatur-
vedi has been given to
Krishna Kunal.
Bhanu Prakash Yeturu
has been given the addl
charge of Nathmal Didel,
MD of Rajasthan State
Vidhyut Prasaran Nigam
Ltd while the addl charge
of MD Renewable Ener-
gy Corp. Ltd. was given
to Girdhar. Additional
charge of the post of Di-
rector of Secondary Edu-
cation held by Ashish
Modi has been given to
Sitaram Jat. Jat will take
the additional charge of
the post of Ashish Modi
after returning from his
election duty.
SamPitrodarow:GhanshyamTiwaricornersCong
Yogesh Sharma
Jaipur
Senior BJPleader and Ra-
jya Sabha MP Ghanshy-
am Tiwari on Thursday
condemned racist state-
ment made by former
Overseas Congress Presi-
dentSamPitrodaonNorth
East  South Indians.
“The basic difference
between BJP and Con-
gress is that BJPconsiders
Indiaasonenationwhere-
as Congress considers In-
dia as a group of different
nations,” Tiwari said
while addressing a press
conference at the BJP
state headquarters. He
said that after the estab-
lishment of BJP, Atal Bi-
hari Vajpayee had told
throughPanchNishthasin
Mumbai’s Shivaji Park
that BJPis a party that be-
lieves in the motto of “one
people, one nation and
one culture”.
“Just as Congress has
been doing politics of re-
ligion, caste and region in
the country, in the same
way it has also started do-
ing racial politics. The
statement of Sam Pitroda,
the think tank of Rahul
Gandhi and Priyanka
Gandhi, matches the ide-
ology and policy of the
Congress Party,” he said.
Ghanshyam Tiwari addressing the press conference in Jaipur on
Thursday. Pramod Vashishtha is also seen. SANOTSH SHARMA
ACS Shubhra Singh taking stock of arrangements from duty officers
during the inspeciton at Chaksu, Sub District Hospital on Thursady.
ACS Subhra Singh also inquired about the health of the patients
admitted to the hospital and gave necessary directions.
Notice to Cong MLA Arjun Bamaniya
for derogatory remarks on PM Modi
First India Bureau
Banswara
Congress MLA Arjun
Singh Bamaniya has
been issued a notice by
the assistant electoral
registration officer
(Tehsildar) on a com-
plaint regarding his
statement against prime
minister Narendra Modi.
The notice was issued
on May 6. Advocate Yo-
gendra Singh Tanwar
had complained that on
April 24, MLA Bamani-
ya made false and de-
rogatory statements
against Prime Minister
Narendra Modi. In the
notice, MLABamnia has
been asked to present his
views within two days of
receiving the letter so
that a factual report can
be sent to the concerned
authorities.
District Collector Dr.
Inderjeet Yadav said that
the Chief Electoral Of-
ficer had received a com-
plaint in Jaipur.
Revenue review
of Commercial
Tax dept remains
incomplete
‘..couldn’t become
thanedaar’, boy
hangs self, another
takes ‘5-yrs break’
Vimal Kothari
Jaipur
The revenue review
meeting of Commer-
cial Tax Department
remained incomplete
as the ACS Finance
was not satisfied with
preparations of the of-
ficers. Several ques-
tions were raised on
revenue losses in the
meeting. Such ques-
tions were “out of syl-
labus”asdepartmental
officers were not pre-
pared with answers.
Even Commissioner
did not have answers
to some specific ques-
tions of the ACS Fi-
nance, who said that
the reasons given for
reduction in revenue
were inadequate.
After this, instruc-
tionsweregiventofind
answersfortheseques-
tions. Now the meet-
ing will be held again
with all Deputy Com-
missioners, Adminis-
trationEnforcement
Branches. Commer-
cial Tax Commission-
erDrRaviKumarSur-
pur and top officials
will also be present.
First India Bureau
Kota
A student has embraced
deathinKotaonThursday,
the student hailing from
Gangapur city ended his
life by hanging himself.
He was preparing for
civil services and was re-
siding in Awali Rojadi
area. He left behind a
suicide note in which it
was written that he
could’nt fulfil dream of
becoming a ‘thanedaar’.
RK Puram police are in-
vestigating the case.
An another 19-year-old
NEET aspirant studying
in Kota sent a message to
his parents, “I don’t want
to study further. I won’t
take any wrong steps. I
am leaving home for five
years,” before he went
missing from his room,
police said on Thursday.
On May 6, a day after tak-
ing the NEET exam,
Meena sent a text mes-
sage to his parents saying
that he did not want to
study any further and was
leaving home for 5 years.
Jaipur: Lashing out at Congress leader Sam
Pitroda for his controversial statement regarding
the countrymen, BJP State President CP Joshi
on Thursday said that the statement shows the atrocities
committed by the British on Indians on the basis racial
mentality. Pitroda, a close Gandhi family aide, triggered a
fresh controversy in the middle of Lok Sabha election with
his “people on the east look like the Chinese and those of
the south look like Africans remarks. Reacting to the re-
marks, CP Joshi said, “India has been a world leader and
under the leadership of PM Modi, India is moving in same
direction. Racist comments are shameful and unfortunate.
PM is increasing India’s fame in the world and Congress is
insulting the countrymen with its statements,” he said. ”.
BJP workers held a protest in Kota against Sam
Pitroda’s statement. A delegation of the party
workers led by BJP Kota city president Rakesh
Jain submitted a memorandum against Pitroda.
PM MODI IS INCREASING INDIA’S FAME  CONG IS
INSULTING COUNTRYMEN WITH ITS REMARKS: CP
BJP PROTESTS IN KOTA AND SUBMITS MEMO
Bikaner’s Mohammad Brothers
honored with Padma Shri award
First India Bureau
New Delhi
In the grand Padma Shri
award ceremony held on
Thursday at Rashtrapati
Bhavan in New Delhi, the
pair of Mand folk singer
brothers, Ali Mohammad
and Gani Mohammad,
residents of Bikaner, Ra-
jasthan, were honored
with the Padma Shri
award by President Drau-
padi Murmu. This Maand
art has been displayed
with great enthusiasm by
the Mohammed brothers
in cultural programs
acrosstheworldaswellas
in the film industry. Pad-
ma Shri award for Mo-
hammadbrothersinMand
singingisamatterofpride
for Rajasthan along with
giving this folk art a spe-
cial place in world.
Born in Tejrasar, a
small village of Bikaner,
Mohd brothers have done
an excellent job in taking
the musical art of Mand
Gayaki from Rajasthan to
film music and foreign
stages. The Mohd broth-
ers, who inherited basic
education in music, also
have an important influ-
ence in classical music.
(L) Ali Mohd (R) Ghani Mohd being honoured with Padma Shri for
‘Maand Gayaki’ by Prez Droupadi Murmu in New Delhi on Thursday.
Officials sealing the bakery in
Jhotwara on Thursday.
Arjun Singh Bamaniya
Bakery items were found being made amidst filth in the factory.
Fungus was also found in cashew nuts and peanuts.
The Committee for
Development Policy
Meet was organized
by the United Nations
Commission on
Population and
Development and
sharing unique
innovations. Neeru
Yadav is popularly
known as Hockey
Wali Sarpanch
At the Jaipur Int’l
Airport, around
thousand flyers were
affected due to the
flight cancellation
 FILE
ne of the
most basic
assumptions
e v e r y o n e
makes in life
is about free will. Each day
brings numerous chances
to choose A or B, this or
that, according to your
own inclination. Without
freedom of choice, human
existence is unthinkable.
But there’s a deeper cur-
rent of uncertainty that is
being ignored.
Behind the appearance
of free will, lots of things
are predetermined. The au-
tonomic nervous system
regulates all the major pro-
cesses taking place in your
body. Your brain operates
by fixed laws of physics
and chemistry. Your genes
are fixed at birth and cannot
be changed.We coast along
mostly ignoring these
things, but that’s a mistake
if you want to be as free as
you assume you are.
You are sacrificing your
free will whenever you do
the following things:
l Act out of habit
l Repeat second-hand
opinions
l Hold rigid beliefs
l Repeat the past
l Obey old conditioning
l Fall prey to bad
memories and fears
l Keep to the same old
routine
l Not thinking for
yourself
l Be ruled by religious or
political dogmas
That’s a long and discour-
aging list, but each item
belongs to the same cate-
gory: living unconscious-
ly. The more you indulge
in unconscious behavior,
the more constricted your
awareness becomes. This
fact, more than difference
in IQ, talent, personality,
status, and money, deter-
mines how your life will
turn out tomorrow. Most
people, unfortunately, ex-
perience tomorrow as a
repetition of today; there-
fore, they have surren-
dered their free will to the
past, which keeps repeat-
ing itself over and over.
Notice that we’re not
talking about the big philo-
sophical issue of free will
versus determinism. Centu-
ries of metaphysical specu-
lation haven’t settled such a
cosmic question. The prac-
ticality of free will is what
matters to each person, set-
ting metaphysics aside. But
this is a false distinction.
Practical life is metaphys-
ics at the same time.
The ”meta” in meta-
physics means “beyond”
in Greek, and the ancient
philosophers of Athens,
especially Plato and So-
crates, considered the
realm beyond the physical
more important than the
physical. This is also the
view held by devoutly re-
ligious people, who view
God or the gods as rulers
of a higher reality. They
meted out human fate.
In a modern secular
world, as God or the gods
have dwindled, fate re-
mains in different guises.
If you are a scientist, free
will is subject to genes,
physics, the laws of nature,
random interactions, etc.,
all acting mechanically as
impersonal fate. If you are
a neuroscientist, you are
almost certain to equate
brain and mind, which ba-
sically makes us little more
than brain puppets.
Of course, no one seri-
ously leads their life based
on such assumptions. If we
are marionettes, the strings
that pull us are invisible;
therefore,theymightaswell
notexist.Thesameistrueof
Karma,whichactsinvisibly
from behind the scenes.
Typically, people refer to
karma when something
goes wrong or life delivers
an unpleasant surprise.
I’ve painted a confusing
picture but a realistic one.
We all treat free will as a
given in the face of many
reasons to believe in deter-
minism. But there is a path
to clarity. A crucial word
needs to be eliminated from
the discussion: versus. We
casually think of a setup
where it is free will versus
determinism.Butthereisno
versus, not really. Free will
and determinism coexist.
Theyarenotpolesofadual-
ity; they are not either/or.
This should be obvious
now, given all the evidence
that some things in life are
determined while others
aren’t. Trying to figure out
which is which is futile,
however. Human behavior
exists in a fog, and the im-
portant thing is to dissipate
the fog, not stumble for-
ward as best we can, which
is what everyone does.
The alternative to “ver-
sus” is radical. Erase dual
thinking. Ultimately, living
in a scheme where every-
thing has an opposite—
good versus evil, light ver-
sus dark, desirable versus
undesirable, even pleasure
versus pain—is mind-
made. In a debate where
one political party opposes
the other, both are trapped
in the play of opposites. Of
course, practical affairs de-
mand answers, and there
are good and bad ones—no
one denies this.
But perhaps finding an-
swers will proceed better
without dual thinking. We
stubbornly cling to politi-
cal fighting even though
everyone knows that agree-
ment and cooperation are
much better. Equality of
gender and race is better
than racism and sexism,
but those failings stubborn-
ly persist.The trick is to get
away from duality alto-
gether; only then can har-
mony, unity, consistency,
and clarity rule in place of
confusion and conflict.
Escaping the perpetual
play of opposites lies be-
hind the entire tradition of
Eastern spirituality, yet it is
unfortunate that the vague
connotations of the word
“spiritual” must be in-
volved.Vedanta,Yoga, and
Buddhism are entirely
about consciousness. Even
the phrase “higher con-
sciousness” is misleading.
It is better to think of con-
sciousness expanding, be-
coming clear, waking up,
and overcoming the un-
conscious forces that dic-
tate so much of our lives.
Free will becomes real
when you take steps to
undo your unconscious be-
havior. Such a program is
much simpler than anyone
generally thinks. The only
step needed is “stop, pause,
and hang loose.” You do
this whenever you notice
that you are doing any-
thing like the following:
l Acting certain
l Repeating yourself
l Ignoring other opinions
l Getting into the same
old arguments
l Resisting
l Indulging in ego
l Making the rules for an-
other adult
l Insisting on some dog-
matic position
l Treating someone else
as inferior
To these, we can add all the
items on the previous list
of ways we sacrifice free
will, such as uttering sec-
ond-hand opinions and not
thinking for ourselves.
It might seem, alarming-
ly, as if every minute of the
day will be interrupted by
“stop, pause, and hang
loose,” but no one is being
asked to constantly scruti-
nize every word and act. It
is enough to simply notice
when you happen to notice.
This provides an opportu-
nity to stop a behavior that
isn’t working or creates a
negative atmosphere. The
“hang loose” part is impor-
tant.When you relax and let
go (to the extent that you
can),hanginglooseallowsa
fresh response to replace an
automaticreflex.Atthevery
least being quiet subdues
tension, and if you still no-
tice tension in the air, you
cangiveyourselfatime-out.
I hope I’ve made at least
one point. We all sacrifice
our free will needlessly.
This is necessary because
consciousness offers an es-
cape route, which should
be kept in mind always.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
TOP
TWEETS
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
Give, and it will be given to you. Good
measure, pressed down, shaken
together, running over, will be put in
your lap. For with the measure you
use it will be measured back to you.
BIBLE
FINDING
PEACE
It might seem, alarmingly,
as if every minute of the
day will be interrupted by
“stop, pause, and hang
loose,” but no one is be-
ing asked to constantly
scrutinize every word and
act. It is enough to simply
notice when you happen
to notice. This provides
an opportunity to stop a
behavior that isn’t work-
ing or creates a negative
atmosphere. The “hang
loose” part is important.
When you relax and let
go (to the extent that you
can), hanging loose allows
a fresh response to replace
an automatic reflex. At the
very least being quiet sub-
dues tension, and if you
still notice tension in the
air, you can give yourself a
time-out. I hope I’ve made
at least one point. We all
sacrifice our free will need-
lessly. This is necessary
because consciousness
offers an escape route,
which should be kept
in mind always.
DOYOUREALLY
HAVEFREEWILL?
Behind the appearance of free will, lots of things
are predetermined. The autonomic nervous system
regulates all the major processes taking place in
your body. Your brain operates by fixed laws of
physics and chemistry. Your genes are fixed at birth
and cannot be changed. We coast along mostly
ignoring these things, but that’s a mistake if you
want to be as free as you assume you are
IN-DEPTH
DECLINE IN HINDU
POPULATION STARTS
ANTI-CONGRESS MOVE
SAM PITRODA AND
HIS VERBAL MISSTEP
he decline in the Hindu population, as indi-
cated by statistics from the Prime Minister’s
Economic Advisory Council (EAC), is like-
ly to revive discussions surrounding Hindu-Muslim
communal dynamics. The EAC’s finding of a 43.15
percent rise in the Muslim population share from
1950 to 2015 instantly fuelled concerns about Hindus
becoming a minority in India and Congress being
blamed for its appeasement politics for the demo-
graphic changes.
That fear of Muslims overtaking Hindus may be a
little far-fetched as the share of Muslim population
increased from 9.84 percent in 1950 to 14.09 percent
in 2015. According to the data provided in a paper
released by the EAC, the share of the Hindu popula-
tion decreased from 84.68 percent to 78.06 percent,
a decline of 7.82 percent, during the same period.
Significantly, the EAC paper explained that the
data suggests that the country’s environment was
“conducive to fostering diversity in the society” and
was the “net result of all policy actions”.
T
am Pitroda appears to have fallen victim to
a case of foot-in-the-mouth syndrome. Just
last month, he sparked controversy by pro-
posing a discussion on implementing inheritance tax
as a means of wealth redistribution, advocating for a
system similar to that of the United States. However,
his suggestion faced extensive criticism and was ul-
timately dismissed outright even by the party he rep-
resents as chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress.
In about a fortnight Pitroda has verbally mis-
stepped again. Talking about India’s diversity, Pitro-
da told a newspaper, “People in the East look like the
Chinese, people in
the West look like the
Arabs, people in the
North look like, may-
be, White and people
in the South look like
Africans.” Although
he added, “It does
not matter. All of us
are brothers and sis-
ters,” it created a po-
litical storm and
pushed the Congress
on the back foot
when the poll season
was at its peak.
The party got into
damage control and
Pitroda resigned
from his post but not
before giving the BJP
some lethal ammunition during the campaign season.
Congress called Pitroda’s analogies to “describe In-
dia’s diversity” as “most unfortunate and unaccepta-
ble”. It is surprising how the US-based Pitroda failed
to assess the damage his racist analogies would
cause.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his strong
indignation at the statement questioning the Con-
gress’s adherence to Constitutional provisions which
declare any discrimination on the basis of skin colour
as unconstitutional and calling it the GOP’s attempt to
divide the country on racial lines. Assam, Tripura,
Meghalaya and Manipur shared the PM’s anger.
S
Congress called
Pitroda’s analogies
to “describe India’s
diversity” as “most
unfortunate and
unacceptable”. It is
surprising how the
US-based Pitroda
failed to assess the
damage his racist
analogies would
cause
O
I am pained by the passing away
of the Metropolitan of Believers
Eastern Church, Moran Mor
Athanasius Yohan. He will be remembered
for his service to society and emphasis
on improving the quality of life of the
downtrodden. My thoughts are with his
family and all devotees of the Believers
Church. May his soul rest in peace.
Narendra Modi @narendramodi
Ipaymyheartfelttributestotheimmortalheroof
valor,valorandself-respect,thebravesonofMaa
Bharati,MaharanaPratapjionhisbirthanniversary.
Yourcontributiontocultureandthenationisunforgettable.The
struggleyouwagedagainsttheinjustice,oppressionandcultural
invasionoftheMughalsisunparalleled.Thenation
willalwaysdrawinspirationfromhissacrificeand
dedicationtoprotectitsreligionandself-respect.
Jagat Prakash Nadda
(Modi Ka Parivar) @JPNadda
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UP CM IN TOP GEAR
‘Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar’voice
resonating in entire country: Yogi
First India Bureau
Lakhimpur Kheri
ttar Pradesh
Chief Minister
Yogi Adity-
anath on Thursday while
addressing a public rally
in Lakhimpur Kheri said
that one voice is resonat-
ing in the country, ‘Phir
Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar’
and the people will bring
to power the person who
brought Lord Ram.
Speaking at the rally,
Yogi Adityanath said,
“With the end of three
phases,halfoftheelection
isover...Onevoiceisreso-
nating in the whole coun-
try, ‘Phir Ek Baar, Modi
Sarkar.’And the public is
questioned about the rea-
son behind the enthusi-
asm, they say, ‘Jo Ram ko
laye hai, ham unko lay-
enge’ (We will bring the
one who brought Ram).”
Taking a dig at Con-
gress, the Uttar Pradesh
CM further said, “A so-
called intellectual of
Congress said that the
construction of Ram
Mandir was unnecessary.
He is an advisor to Rahul
Gandhi...”
Yogi Adityanath in his
speech also claimed that
for Congress and the Sa-
majwadi Party, these elec-
tions are a way of getting
power and added, “They
(Congress and SP) will
divide the nation based on
caste... For them, the fam-
ily comes first but for BJP,
nation is first and hence,
the elections for Congress
and SP will be to make
their family prosperous.”
Lauding the ruling
party, the UP CM said,
“And for BJP, the elec-
tions would be to make
India ‘Viksit Bharat and
Atmanirbhar Bharat...’”
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath waves to supporters during a public meeting in support of BJP
candidate Ajay Mishra Teni for the Lok Sabha polls, in Lakhimpur Kheri district, Thursday. PTI
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‘Superhuman’
Modihitscenturyofrallies
OPPN STRUGGLES TO MATCH PACE OF PM’S ‘VIJAY RATH’
First India Bureau
New Delhi
At the onset of the poll
campaign, analysts
have acknowledged PM
Narendra Modi’s stra-
tegic advantage over
the Opposition. Now,
they assert that he has
surged far ahead of his
rivals, notably Rahul
Gandhi of the Con-
gress, in traversing the
nation to secure a third
term for his govt.
Dubbing him a ‘su-
perhuman’, analysts
highlight PM’s remark-
able feat of surpassing a
hundred rallies and con-
ducting over two dozen
interviews with region-
al, national, and inter-
national media outlets
since March. This re-
lentless pace under-
scores PM Modi’s un-
paralleled commitment
and engagement on the
campaign trail, setting
him apart as an excep-
tionally dynamic leader
in the electoral arena.
In the ongoing polls,
PM Modi has been lead-
ing the BJP-NDA coali-
tion with remarkable
momentum,leavingOp-
position parties as mere
spectators. With unpar-
alleledoratoryskillsand
tireless energy, PM
Modi conducted a mas-
sive roadshow in Vi-
jayawada on Wednes-
day, Andhra Pradesh,
accompanied by Chan-
drababu Naidu and
Pawan Kalyan.
Starting his day with
prayers at Sri Raja
Rajeshwara Swamy
temple in Telangana,
PM Modi swiftly moved
through a series of pub-
lic meetings, addressing
rallies in various con-
stituencies. From Tel-
angana to Andhra
Pradesh, and later to
Madhya Pradesh and
Maharashtra, PM
Modi’s rigorous cam-
paign schedule show-
cased his commitment
to ensuring a third term
for his government.
ON THE OTHER HAND, OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE
ADOPTING A LACKADAISICAL APPROACH
On the other hand, the observers have also
taken note of the rather lackadaisical approach
of the Opposition parties, including Congress
leader Rahul Gandhi, that has already pushed the
alliance on the backfoot. Insisting that the ‘challenger’
has largely been missing, they reveal that since the
‘Nyay Yatra’ ended on March 17, Rahul Gandhi has
addressed only 39 public meetings till May 8 - many
of them planned poorly and held in areas where the
Congress may not have much chance of emerging
victorious. They also point out that, unlike PM Modi,
the Congress MP has not given any interview to put
across the viewpoint of the I.N.D.I.A. bloc.
PM Narendra Modi with JanaSena
party chief and actor Pawan Kalyan
and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu
during a roadshow in Vijayawada.
Giveus10seats,wewill
makeT’ganaNo.1:Shah
First India Bureau
Hyderabad
Sabha representatives,
pledging to elevate the
state to the forefront of the
nation. Speaking at a pub-
lic gathering in the Bhon-
gir Lok Sabha constituen-
cy, he envisioned that se-
curing a double-digit tally
from Telangana would
contribute significantly to
theBJP-ledNDA’sgoalof
surpassing the 400-seat
mark nationwide.
Highlighting the BJP’s
electoral progress, Shah
pointed out that the party
has garnered nearly 200
seats across three phases
of the elections. He
framed the current elec-
toral contest as a decisive
choice between Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
and Congress leader Ra-
hul Gandhi, characteriz-
ing it as a vote for devel-
opment versus divisive
politics, and for the wel-
fare of the people versus
dynastic interests.
Shah criticized the
Congress for its dwin-
dling presence in the elec-
toral arena, asserting that
it struggles to field candi-
dates.HelabeledtheCon-
gress, Bharat Rashtra
Samithi (BRS), and Maj-
lis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen
(MIM) as proponents of
Muslim appeasement,
dubbing them the ‘ABC
of appeasement’, with ‘A’
for Asaduddin Owaisi,
‘B’ for BRS, and ‘C’ for
Congress.
Union HM Amit Shah with BJP Yadadri Bhuvanagiri candidate
Boora Narsaiah Goud in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri on Thursday. ANI
SHAH: IF BJP WINS, WE WILL SCRAP MUSLIM
RESERVATION AND GIVE IT TO SC, ST AND OBC
Bhongir: Union HM Amit Shah on Thursday said if
BJP comes to power, it will increase the reservation
of SC, ST, and OBC and will end the Muslim reser-
vation. While appealing to the public, Shah said, “Congress
wants to fight elections by speaking lies. They say that if
PM Narendra Modi comes, he will finish the reservation. PM
Modi has been leading this country unanimously for the last
10 years, but he did not end the reservation. However, the
Congress party has robbed the reservations of SC, ST and
OBC by giving 4 per cent reservation to Muslims.”
Congress and BRS can’t stop Owaisi. They are
the ABC of appeasement. A for Asaduddin
Owaisi, B for BRS and C for Congress.
AMIT SHAH, Union Home Minister
Decline in Hindu population is a concern: BJP
Agencies
New Delhi
TheBJPonThursdayheld
Congress responsible for
the 7.82 per cent decline
in the Hindu population
from 1950 to 2015.
Sharing a news clip
about a shrink in Hindu
population, BJP’s IT cell
head Amit Malviya post-
ed on X, “Share of Hin-
dus shrunk 7.8 per cent
between 1950 and 2015.
Muslim population grew
at 43 per cent.”
“This is what decades
of Congress rule did to
us. Left to them, there
would be no country for
Hindus,” he said.
According to a study
publishedbytheEconom-
icAdvisory Council to the
Prime Minister (EAC-
PM), from 1950 to 2015,
the Hindu population de-
clined by 7.8 per cent
while the Muslim popula-
tion grew at 43 per cent.
According to 1951
census, the population of
Hindus in India was
84.68 per cent which de-
clined to 78.06 per cent
in 2015 while Muslim
population increased to
14.09 per cent from from
9.84 per cent.
REPORT POSES QUESTIONS: CHANDRASEKHAR
New Delhi: After the Economic Advisory Council
to the PM (EAC-PM) report said that the share of
the Muslim population between 1950 and 2015
has increased, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar on
Thursday said that this is a very important report that poses
questions that need serious answers. “The questions to be
asked need serious answers,” Chandrasekhar told ANI.
WB Guv shows CCTV
footage to people
Agencies
Kolkata
In the wake of sexual
molestation allegations
against West Bengal
Governor CV Ananda
Bose, the Raj
Bhavan released
CCTV footage of
the premises on
May 2 to around
100 common peo-
ple. Significantly,
the footage released or
telecasted, the Raj
Bhavan said, comes in
the wake of ‘mischie-
vous’and ‘fabricated’al-
legations by the Kolkata
Police that the gover-
nor’s office is not pro-
viding the CCTV foot-
age of an incident.
Released under the
‘Sach ke Saamne’ pro-
gram, the Governor’s of-
fice said any citizen of
West Bengal can
watch the footage
except CM Mama-
ta Banerjee and
Bengal Police for
the stand they have
taken. “To watch
the footage, anyone inter-
ested can simply drop an
email to adcrajb-
havankolkata@gmail.
com and governor-wb@
nic.in or call 033-
2200164,” it added.
Priyanka Gandhi reacts to PM’s
‘Ambani-Adani’ attack on Rahul
ANI
Raebareli
After PM Narendra Modi
questioned why Con-
gress leader Rahul Gan-
dhi stopped raking up the
“Ambani-Adani” issue in
his speeches, party’s gen-
eral secretary Priyanka
Gandhi reacted to the re-
mark, saying her brother
speaks about them daily.
“PM Modi said that
Rahul Gandhi is not tak-
ing Adani’s name. The
truth is this- Rahul talks
about Adani daily,” she
said on Thursday.
Commenting on Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi’s ‘need 400 seats
so the Congress cannot
put the Babri lock on the
Ram Mandir inAyodhya’
statement, she said, “This
is a blatant lie. Congress
has said again and again
that everyone will re-
spect the decision of the
Supreme Court and that
is what we have done and
will continue to do.”
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being welcomed by party workers during
her election campaign in Rae Bareli, on Thursday. PTI
BJP’s MP chief flays
Pitroda’s statement
ANI
Ujjain
The BJP’s MP chief VD
Sharma on Thursday
came down heavily on
former Indian Overseas
Congress chief Sam
Pitroda over his racist rant
against Indians saying the
latter’s statement was an
assault on the unity and
integrity of the country.
Speaking to ANI on
Thursday here after of-
fered prayers at Ma-
hakaleshwar temple, he
said, “Whatever Pitroda
said was an assault on the
unity and integrity of the
country. He inflicted a
deep wound on the plural
andsovereigncharacterof
the country. Hence, it is
importantthatsuchpeople
are prosecuted in accord-
ance with the law of the
land.TheCongressandits
so-called leaders have
been putting a taint on the
country’s image on for-
eign soil. This statement
hasexposedtheCongress’
character and mentality.”
CONG INDULGING IN
RACIAL ABUSE: BJP
Bengaluru: The
Karnataka BJP has
slammed Con-
gress over Sam Pitroda’s
remarks. “The people of
South India have a history
of 5,000 years. Without
knowing the facts, Con-
gress has called us South
Africans while attempts are
being made to disturb the
peace,” Karnataka LoP R
Ashoka said on Thursday.
Pradhan:BJPwillwin
all21LSseatsinOdisha
ANI
Sambalpur
Union Minister and BJP
candidate from Sambal-
pur, Dharmendra Pradhan
expressed confidence that
BJPwillwinallthe21Lok
Sabha seats of the state in
the upcoming polls.
Dharmendra Pradhan
said, “The credibility and
trust in PM Narendra
Modi is 100 percent in
Odisha. BJP will win all
the 21 Lok Sabha seats of
the state. PM Modi has
emphasised, why the
state of immense possi-
bilities, Odisha is lagging
behind. Why people are
migrating to other states
for jobs? Why there is no
drinking water in villag-
es? Why irrigation is not
taking place? Why there
is no cold storage? Why
there are no doctors in
government hospitals?”
He said that this in-
competent govt is abus-
ing PM Modi to hide its
failures and the people of
Odisha will answer to it.
“BJP WILL FORM GOVT
IN ODISHA ON JUNE 10”
Ganjam: Assam
CM Himanta Biswa
Sarma said that PM
Narendra Modi will take oath
first after the Lok Sabha poll
results on June 4 and fol-
lowing that, the BJP govt will
take oath in Odisha on June
10. “After 4th June, first, PM
Modi will take oath. After
that, BJP govt will take oath
in Odisha on 10th June,”
Sarma told ANI on Thursday.
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FOSTERING ECONOMY
India’s GDP growth to surpass China soon
Agencies
New Delhi
robust gross do-
mestic product
(GDP) growth,
continuous thrust on
manufacturing with
global giants (likeApple)
strengthening their local
supply chains, topAmer-
ican corporate honchos
praising the overall de-
velopment under Prime
Minister Narendra Modi,
and political stability en-
sure that India is in a po-
sition to pip China on
most economic parame-
ters faster than expected.
If we look at the eco-
nomic growth, India’s
GDP growth has been
exceeding China’s for a
few years now.
While India clocked
GDP growth at around
7.5 per cent in 2023, Chi-
na’s growth hovered
around 5 per cent. For the
first quarter (Q1) this
year, China’s GDP grew
5.3 per cent. On a quar-
ter-on-quarter basis, it
grew a mere 1.6 per cent.
The International
Monetary Fund (IMF)
has pegged India’s
growth projection to 6.8
per cent this year, an in-
crease of 0.3 per cent
over its January update,
while China’s GDP
growth has been pegged
at 4.6 per cent in 2024
and is expected to slow
down further to 4.1 per
cent in 2025.
The IMF even projects
China’s growth declin-
ing towards 3.5 per cent
in 2028 and estimates
that by 2027, India will
become the world’s
third-largest economy,
after the US and China.
On Thursday, Finance
Minister Nirmala Sithar-
aman said that PM
Modi’s government will
be formed again for a
third term and India’s
economy will reach third
place globally (behind
the US and China) from
fifth place in the coming
year or so – faster than
what is being projected.
A
Agencies
New Delhi
The India Meteorologi-
cal Department (IMD)
on Thursday, predicted a
wet spell accompanied
by thunderstorms, light-
ning and gusty winds
over Central, East and
south Peninsular India
till May 12.
According to IMD,
“Fairly widespread to
widespread light rainfall
accompanied by thunder-
storm, lightning and
squally winds up to 50
kmph is expected over
West Bengal, Sikkim Bi-
har, Jharkhand and Odi-
sha till May 12 with the
possibility of isolated
heavy rainfall.”
“Fairly widespread to
widespread light rainfall
accompanied with iso-
lated thunderstorm,
lightning and winds
gusting up to 40 kmph
very likely over
Arunachal Pradesh, As-
sam, Meghalaya, Naga-
land, Manipur, Mizoram
and Tripura for the next
7 days,” the IMD said.
Isolated heavy rainfall
also very likely over
Arunachal Pradesh, As-
sam, Meghalaya, Naga-
land, Manipur, Mizoram
and Tripura today.
Isolated heavy rainfall
very likely over South
Interior Karnataka on
May 09th, 12th  13th;
over Tamil Nadu, Pu-
ducherry  Karaikal on
May 9  12th; Rayala-
seema, Telangana on
13th and Kerala  Mahe
on 09th, 12th  13th
May, 2024.
The coastal areas of
Gujarat will witness hot
and humid weather for
the next 5 days, the
IMD said.
ANI
Ranchi
Union Finance Minister
NirmalaSitharamanwhile
speaking at an event of
Federation of Jharkhand
Chamber of Commerce
on the theme “Vikshit
Bharat 2047” in Ranchi
urged the Jharkhand govt
and fintech companies to
channel the “extraordi-
nary misguided talent in
theState,”thatisresorting
to cybercrimes into areas
such as ethical hacking.
Sitharaman pointed out
that financial regulators
can highlight how such
people can be engaged for
ethical practices to com-
bat cyber frauds and that
the Government should
highlight such potential 
stressed the importance
of using the young talent.
Agencies
Chennai
Eight people, including
two women, were killed
in a blast at a fireworks
factory in Sivakasi in Ta-
mil Nadu’s Virudhanagar
district on Thursday,
while several others were
injured, officials said.
Police and fire person-
nel reached the spot for
rescue operations and the
injured, which include
two in serious condition,
were being taken to the
Virudhunagar govern-
ment medical college and
hospital. Further details
were awaited.
Sivakasi is ‘fireworks
capital’ of India with an
annual turnover of Rs
6,000 cr and employing
more than 1 lakh people
directly and around two
and half lakh indirectly.
Agencies
Mohali
Two shooters suspected
to be involved in the
murder a 32-year-old
bouncer in Punjab on
May 8 were arrested dur-
ing an encounter with the
police in Mohali on
Thursday, officials said.
Both the men, identi-
fied as Kiran alias Dhan-
ua and Vikram Rana –
were injured in the
shootout, they added.
According to police,
the accused are said to be
involved in alleged re-
venge killing of Munish
Kumar alias Mani
Bouncer who was shot
dead in broad daylight
near Chandon village in
Kharar on May 6. The
killing was the fallout of
a gang rivalry between
two groups of bouncers.
Agencies
New Delhi
Defence Secretary
Giridhar Aramane,
while highlighting the
emphasis being laid by
the Government on infra-
structure development
along the borders, exhort-
ed the infrastructure firms
to contribute in further
strengthening the appara-
tus.
Addressing a National
Symposium and Industry
Meet on ‘Emerging Tech-
nologies in Infrastructure
Development’, organised
by Defence Research and
Development Organisa-
tion (DRDO) here on
Thursday, Aramane said
that while the Armed
Forces personnel are be-
ing provided with latest
weapons/equipment, the
private sector should con-
tribute in bolstering the
infrastructureset-upinthe
border areas, a Defence
Ministry statement said.
He referred to Vibrant
Villages Programme,
which aims to motivate
people to stay in their na-
tive locations in border
areas,  urged the firms
to set up a separate sec-
tion, within their respec-
tive organisations, which
focuses on development
in far-flung areas.He
urged industry to collab-
orate closely with govt.
Agencies
New Delhi
Delhi University's North
Campus hosted the 'Run
for Viksit Bharat' on May
8. This run, organized in
collaboration with theVi-
kas Bharat Ambassador
Club, witnessed a re-
markable turnout of over
8,000 students from more
than 80 colleges across
Delhi University repre-
senting various under-
graduate and postgradu-
ate disciplines.
Asea of young partici-
pants gathered at 6:00
a.m adorned in T-shirts
bearing the 'Viksit Bharat
Ambassadors' inscrip-
tion. Together, they par-
ticipated in a 2km run to
promote the vision of a
developed nation by
2047. Chief guests Raj-
kummar Rao and Saina
Nehwal emphasized
youth’s role in shaping
‘Viksit Bharat’ at the
event. Nehwal highlight-
ed voting’s importance
for national progress,
resonating with attend-
ees. Rao, a Delhi Univer-
sity alumnus, urged dili-
gent voting in ongoing
LS elections, aligning
with Nehwal’s call for
increased voter engage-
ment. Both underscored
the power of the ballot in
India’s ascent globally.
FI TOON
RainfallexpectedoverCentral,
EastSouthPeninsularIndia:IMD
The coastal areas of Gujarat
will witness hot and humid
weather for the next 5 days,
the IMD said
Weather dept also forecasts
hailstorm activity over MP,
Vidarbha, Madhya Maharashtra
and Marathwada for today
Children bath in a water body for respite from the scorching sun,
on a hot summer day, in Amritsar on Thursday.  PTI
Union Finance Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman
being welcomed during a party meeting for Lok Sabha elections,
in Ranchi on Thursday. PTI
Flames billow out after a firecracker blast at a fireworks-
manufacturing unit, in Sivakasi, Virudhunagar district of Tamil
Nadu on Thursday. PTI
THUNDERSTORMS
AND RAIN EXPECTED
FROM MAY 12 IN PUNE
IMD ISSUES
‘YELLOW' ALERT IN
TN FROM MAY 9-14
An IMD official
highlighted the
likelihood of light
rains in Pune and sur-
rounding areas starting
May 12, attributed to a
cyclonic circulation over
the Northeast Ara-
bian Sea and adjoining
Gujarat region, leading
to moisture incursion.
Although the show-
ers may not be heavy,
they are expected to
provide much-needed
relief from the scorching
temperatures.
The Indian
Meteorologi-
cal Department
(IMD) has issued a 'yel-
low' alert in Tamil Nadu
from May 9 to May 14
over the possibility of
heavy rains and winds.
The Weather Depart-
ment in a communique
issued on Thursday
said that there are
chances of gusty winds
at the speed of 40 kmph
along with heavy rains
in Tamil Nadu over the
next five days.
Wah Taj!
Miss Universe 2023 Sheynnis Palacios poses for
pictures at the Taj Mahal, in Agra on Thursday.
PTI
INDIA’S ECONOMIC REFORMS DRIVE GROWTH
According to IMF data, India’s per capita
GDP in 2024 has increased to $2,850 which
works out to 42% of the $6,770 for its peer
countries. It means that the gap has been nar-
rowed, with India’s economic performance being
better than other emerging economies in last 10
years. This 10-year journey is marked by several
reforms, both substantive and incremental, which
have significantly contributed to the country’s eco-
nomic progress,” according to the government.
‘Misguided’youth shouldbe used
ethically to check cyber frauds: FM
Eight killed in blast at fireworks
factory in Tamil Nadu’s Sivakasi
DATA OF CYBERCRIME IN JHARKHAND
According to data, from 2019 to July 2023, a total
of 5,350 cases of cybercrime have been reported in
the state. Among these, 1,432 cases were regis-
tered in Ranchi district alone. Other districts with high num-
bers of cybercrime cases include Dhanbad (496 cases),
Deoghar (405 cases), Jamshedpur (384 cases), and Haz-
aribagh (348 cases). Despite a slight decrease from 2021,
Jharkhand reported 967 cybercrime cases in 2022, making
it the second highest in the country for cybercrime cases.
Defence Secretary urges Infra firms to
contribute in govt's border devp initiatives
8k students at DU ‘Run for Viksit Bharat'
VISION OF A DEVELOPED INDIA by 2047
Saina Nehwal  Rajkumar Rao during the 'Run For Viksit Bharat'
event held at DU.
Viksit Bharat run is
very important. We
are here today so
that we build such a
future, such a country
which is the best in
the world. We are
anyway doing so well
in every field. But I
want us to work even
better and become
one of the best by
2047. We are heading
towards that...
It feels great to return
to my alma mater. We
are all here for Viksit
Bharat 2047. We are
committed to this
initiative to create
more opportunities for
everyone and build a
better India for the
younger generation.
SAINA NEHWAL,
BADMINTON ACE
RAJKUMAR RAO,
ACTOR
Mohali bouncer
murder: 2 held
after shootout
Saddened to learn about the loss of many
lives due to an explosion at a firecracker fac-
tory near Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. I convey my
heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. I pray
for speedy recovery of the injured.
President of India@rashtrapatibhvn
INDIAN CINEMA SOUNDTRACKS
Academy Museum to celebrate Indian music
PTI
New Delhi
he Academy
Museum of
Motion Pictures
has organised a pro-
gramme which will ex-
plore “musical tapes-
tries” created by ac-
claimed soundtracks of
three celebrated films
from Indian cinema –
“RRR”, “Slumdog Mil-
lionaire” and “Lagaan”.
The museum, under the
Academy of Motion Pic-
tureArtsandSciences,said
the lecture will be held on
May 18 at David Geffen
Theater in Los Angeles.
“Join us in celebrating
Indian cinema andAcade-
myAward history through
an immersive exploration
into the music mastery of
‘RRR’ (2022), ‘Slumdog
Millionaire’ (2008), and
‘Lagaan’(2001).
“This program delves
into the musical tapestries
woven by the acclaimed
soundtracks of three
groundbreaking films,
eachcelebratednotjustfor
their cinematic excellence
but also for their musical
innovation, and how they
resonated with audiences
worldwide,” as per Mu-
seum’s official website.
The lecture will be fol-
lowed by a live tabla and
performance by dance
company Bollypop and
Sadubas (collaborative
duoofclassicaltablaartist
Robin Sukhadia and elec-
tronic music producer
AmeetMehta)reinterpret-
ing the music of all three
films, the statement read.
SS Rajamouli’s
“RRR” followed a pre-
independence fictional
story woven around two
real-life Indian revolu-
tionaries — Alluri Sitar-
ama Raju (Charan) and
Komaram Bheem (Jr
NTR) — in the 1920s.
“Lagaan”, “RRR”  “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtracks on display.
The Academy
Museum of Motion
Pictures, under the
Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and
Sciences, said the
lecture will be held
on May 18 at David
Geffen Theater in
Los Angeles
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RidingonViratknock,RCBdefeat
PBKSby60runsatDharamshala
First India Bureau
Dharamshala
Royal Challengers Ben-
galuru beat Punjab Kings
by 60 runs in their IPL
match at Dharamshala on
Thursday. Chasing a vic-
tory target of 242 runs, the
Punjab were bowled all
out for 181 runs.
Earlier, Virat Kohli’s
fiery 92-run knock pow-
ered Royal Challengers
Bengaluru(RCB)to241/7
against Punjab Kings
(PBKS) in the IPL at the
HimachalPradeshCricket
Association Stadium.
The RCB batters dis-
played a stupendous per-
formance in Dharamsala
and gave a solid target in
a must-win IPL match.
After winning the
toss Sam Curran’s Pun-
jab Kings sent RCB to
bat first, however, their
decision did not go in
their favour.
Kohli (92) and Faf du
Plessis (9) opened for the
visitors. Even though the
skipper failed to make a
mark in the game but
Kohli did not make his
absence felt on the
crease.
The RCB openers
could only make a part-
nership of 19 runs after
Faf was dismissed by
Vidhwath Kaverappa in
the third over of the first
inning. The Proteas bat-
ter smashed just 2 fours
at a strike rate of 128.57.
Soon after the first dis-
missal, RCB lost Will
Jacks (12) in the 5th over,
when the visitors were at
43/2. Jacks slammed just
one four and six.
Virat Kohli’s blitz knock propels RCB to 241/7 against PBKS USmeddlinginIndia’s
ongoingLSpolls:Russia
PTI
Moscow
The US has not yet pro-
vided any reliable evi-
dence of involvement of
Indian citizens in murder
plot of a Khalistani terror-
ist in that country, Russia
has saidaccusing Wash-
ington of meddling in In-
dia’s domestic affairs and
the ongoing elections.
In November last year,
US federal prosecutors
charged Indian national
Nikhil Gupta with work-
ing with an Indian gov-
ernment employee in the
foiled plot to kill Gur-
patwant Pannun. Pan-
nun, wanted in India on
terror charges, holds dual
citizenship of the US and
Canada. He has been des-
ignated as a terrorist by
the Union Home Ministry
under the anti-terror law
Unlawful Activities (Pre-
vention) Act.
Russian Foreign Min-
istry spokesperson Maria
Zakharova, when asked
to respond to a report
claiming that India is try-
ing to adopt the policies
as Russia and Saudi Ara-
bia, said: “According to
the information we have,
Washington has not yet
provided any reliable evi-
dence of the involvement
of Indian citizens in the
preparation of the murder
of a certain GS Pannun.
Speculation on this topic
in the absence of evi-
dence is unacceptable.”
Washington lacks un-
derstanding of India’s na-
tional mentality and his-
toryandcontinuestomake
“unfounded accusations”
about religious freedoms
in India, she said.
“Regular unfounded ac-
cusationsbytheUSagainst
New Delhi ...we see that
they groundlessly accuse
not only India but also
many other states...of vio-
lating religious freedoms
are a reflection of the Unit-
ed States’ misunderstand-
ing of the national mental-
ity, the historical context of
the development of the In-
dianstateanddisrespectfor
India as a state,” she said.
ANI
New Delhi
NationalSecurityAdvisor
(NSA) Ajit Doval met
with his United Kingdom
counterpart, Tim Barrow,
onThursday for the India-
UK Strategic Dialogue.
During this meeting,
the two top sides held
discussions on the “Tech-
nology and Security Ini-
tiative, which will be a
major bilateral mecha-
nism to strengthen coop-
eration in critical and
emerging technologies
between the two coun-
tries”, govt officials said.
They also discussed
bilateral issues and re-
gional and global matters
of mutual interest. “This
visit will strengthen and
further broaden the Com-
prehensive Strategic Part-
nership between the two
countries,” said officials.
Earlier, Jaishankar
held a meeting with Bar-
row in Delhi and dis-
cussed regional and glob-
al issues of importance.
Doval,UKcounterpartdiscusscritical
tech,globalissuesatstrategicdialogue
Agencies
Peshawar
The only private school
for girls in a remote vil-
lage in restive North Wa-
ziristan was blown up
and destroyed by explo-
sives, a media report said
on Thursday.
No casualties were re-
ported in the incident that
occurred on Wednesday
in the Drazanda area of
Dera Ismail Khan dis-
trict, a Pakistani daily
reported on Thursday,
quoting the local police.
The school’s security
guard said that unidenti-
fied individuals blew up
the school with bombs,
destroying two rooms.
“He also complained of
being severely beaten up
by the perpetrators be-
fore they left,” the news-
paper report said.
Unidentified men blow
up girls’ school in Pak
SL Prez poll between
Sept 17 and October 16
This was the only private school for girls in the Drazanda area of
Dera Ismail Khan district in North Western Pakistan.
Act of Terror Election Schedule
PTI
Colombo
Sri Lanka will hold pres-
idential election between
September 17 and Octo-
ber 16, the country’s top
electoralbodyannounced
on Thursday.
In a notice signed by
its chairman RMAL Rat-
nayake on Thursday,
Election Commission
said it will call for nomi-
nations to hold the Presi-
dential election within
the specified timeframe
in terms of the provisions
of the Constitution.
The last presidential
election was held on No-
vember 19, 2019 when
Gotabaya Rajapaksa was
elected. The announce-
ment came on the second
anniversary of the public
uprising against Gota-
baya Rajapaksa’s gov-
ernment over the han-
dling of the unprecedent-
ed economic crisis in the
island nation.
On May 9, 2022, Ma-
hinda Rajapaksa was
forced to resign follow-
ing anti-government pro-
tests. Ranil Wickremes-
inghe replaced him as the
prime minister.
Two months later,
Wickremesinghe re-
placed Gotabaya Raja-
paksa as the President to
serve the balance term
until the end of 2024.
PTI
Lahore
A heavy police force was
deployed outside the resi-
dence of jailed former
prime minister Imran
Khan and the offices of
the Pakistan Tehreek-e-
Insaf here in Punjab prov-
ince of Pakistan onThurs-
day to prevent any protest
by the party on first anni-
versaryofMay9violence.
The mayhem on May 9
last year was led by sup-
porters of Khan’s party
who were triggered into
action by his arrest in a
caseofallegedcorruption.
His supporters vandal-
ised a dozen military in-
stallations, including the
Jinnah House, Mianwali
Airbase and the ISI build-
ing in Faisalabad after
the cricketer-turned-pol-
itician was arrested in a
corruption case.
Heavy force deployed in Pak to
stop protest by Imran’s party
PTI
Melbourne
Two Indian-origin broth-
ers wanted in the murder
of a 22-year-old MTech
student from India have
been arrested by Austral-
ian police.
Abhijeet Abhijeet, 26,
and Robin Gartan, 27,
were arrested on Tuesday
in the New South Wales
country town of Goulburn
police are preparing to ex-
traditethemtoVictoria,the
Goulburn Post reported.
The brothers were on
the run since the early
hours of Sunday after
Navjeet Sandhu from
Noble Park was killed
and a 30-year-old man,
also from Noble Park,
was injured at an Or-
mond home in Mel-
bourne’s southeast.
2 Indian-origin
brothers held for
stabbing Indian
student to death
NSA of India Ajit Doval during a meeting with National Security
Advisor of the United Kingdom (UK) Tim Barrow (left).
Russia has accused Washington of meddling in India’s domestic
affairs and the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. REPRESENTATIONAL
RCB’s Karn Sharma celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Punjab Kings’ Rilee
Rossouw during an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 T20 cricket match between Punjab Kings and
Royal Challengers Bengaluru, at HPCA Stadium, in Dharamshala, on Thursday. PTI
RCB’s Virat Kohli and Cameron Green interact during IPL match
against Punjab Kings, in Dharamshala, on Thursday. PTI
IPL Match No. 58
Regular unfounded accusations by the United States
against New Delhi ...we see that they groundlessly
accuse not only India but also many other states...of
violating religious freedoms are a reflection of the
United States’ misunderstanding of the national
mentality, the historical context of the development
of the Indian state and disrespect for India as a state,
MARIA ZAKHAROVA, RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON
MAY 9 PLOTTER WON’T
GO SCOT-FREE: ARMY
Islamabad: Pakistan’s
army on Thursday
condemned the vio-
lent protests by the Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters
last year, vowing that it would
not allow its “executors” to
get away with their violent
acts. On May 9 last year,
violent protests erupted
after the arrest of Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran
Khan by paramilitary Rang-
ers from the premises of the
Islamabad High Court.
IMRAN KHAN REFUSES
TO TENDER APOLOGY
Islamabad: Paki-
stan’s jailed former
PM Imran Khan has
refused to apologise for
the unprecedented May 9
riots, a day after the military
ruled out dialogue with his
party unless they tendered
a public apology over the
unprecedented violence.
Khan also said that he was
ready to face an inquiry into
the sit-in that his Pakistan
Tehreek-Insaf party staged
in 2014, media reported.
VIRATMILESTONE,
KOHLISCORES600
PLUSRUNS4thTIME
Dharamshala:
It was another
record-breaking
day for star Royal
Challengers Bengaluru
and India batter Virat
Kohli as he became the
second player who has
scored over 600 runs
four times in the IPL.
Virat accomplished this
feat during his side’s
game against Punjab
Kings at Dharamshala
on Thursday. Virat
smashed 92 in just
47 balls, with seven
fours and six sixes.
His runs came at a
strike rate of 195.74.
In the ongoing season,
Virat holds the Orange
Cap for the most runs,
with 634 runs in 12
matches at an average
of 70.44 and a strike
rate of 153.51. He has
scored a century and
five fifties and his best
score is 113*. Virat has
four seasons with 600
or more runs in the
IPL, tied with Lucknow
Super Giants skipper
KL Rahul.
FILE
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up or destroying them, is wisdom, so choose wisely.
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THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24
Jaipur, Friday | May 10, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia
GUV’S ADVISORY PANEL MEET
PRIORITISE SUSTAINABLE, LONG-TERM
DEVELOPMENT OF STATE: GUV MISHRA
Vinod Singh Chouhan
Jaipur
overnor Kalraj
Mishra called
for working to-
gether for the balanced
and sustainable develop-
ment of the state during a
meetingoftheGovernor’s
Advisory Committee at
Raj Bhavan.
He emphasised that
sustainable and long-
term development of the
state should be priori-
tised, urging for concert-
ed efforts towards this
goal. Mishra highlighted
the importance of imple-
menting well-planned
schemes in areas such as
tribal welfare, education,
agriculture, tourism, and
industry to ensure com-
prehensive development.
The Governor also un-
derscored the signifi-
cance of undertaking ef-
fective initiatives related
to state development un-
der Corporate Social Re-
sponsibility (CSR) and
ensuring their execution.
The Governor stressed
age-appropriate develop-
ment using Rajasthan’s
resourcesandintensifying
entrepreneurship efforts
during the meeting.
Governor Kalraj Mishra chairs the meeting of the Governor’s Advisory Committee at the Raj Bhavan
in Jaipur on Thursday. Govind Ram Jaiswal, Gaurav Goyal and others were present.
G
CM’sAurangabadMumbai
tourkickstartstomorrow
Vikas Sharma
Jaipur
Medical and Health Min-
ister Gajendra Singh Kh-
imsar addressed the press
regarding the organ
transplant fake NOC
case, citing a significant
conspiracy dating back to
2020. He emphasized the
need to uncover all con-
nections related to
Gaurav Singh and vowed
to apprehend the real cul-
prits who exploited the
system’s weaknesses.
Khimsar highlighted
the Chief Minister’s di-
rective for swift action,
similar to the paper leak
case, and stressed the
urgency of forming a
committee to investigate
the matter thoroughly. He
hinted at involvement
from the previous gov-
ernment and proposed
another committee to ex-
pose the multi-crore
scam. After meeting the
Governor, Khimsar reit-
erated the Chief Minis-
ter’s instructions for
prompt resolution and
evidence submission
against Dr Sudhir
Bhandari. He under-
scored efforts to ascertain
the extent of involvement
from previous govt min-
isters and noted Gaurav
Singh’s cooperation in
disclosing past meetings.
“We have no records
of how many NOCs were
issued  how much ac-
tion was taken. During
that time, people took
advantage of situation.
We will request CM form
another panel to expose
multi-crore scam, similar
to that of paper leak
case,” Khimsar said.
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur
In the upcoming phases
of the 2024 Lok Sabha
elections, more than 170
senior leaders and offi-
cials from Rajasthan will
lead the Congress party's
campaign efforts in Har-
yana, Punjab, and Delhi
under the directions of
Rajasthan Pradesh Con-
gress President Govind
Singh Dotasra.
Swarnim Chaturvedi,
the General Secretary
and spokesperson of the
Rajasthan Pradesh Con-
gress Committee, re-
vealed that, upon the urg-
ing of Pradesh Congress
Committees in Haryana,
Punjab, and Delhi, Do-
tasra, the President of the
Rajasthan Pradesh Con-
gress Committee, has en-
trusted the crucial re-
sponsibility of campaign-
ing for Congress candi-
dates in these states to
over 170 senior Congress
members from Ra-
jasthan. This group in-
cludes legislators, legis-
lative candidates, and
former chairpersons of
corporations and boards
from Rajasthan. Dotasra
has instructed senior
leaders from Rajasthan to
take responsibility in
various states, a list of
which has been sent to
the Congress committees
of Punjab, Haryana, and
Delhi. These leaders
have been directed to
diligently manage their
campaign duties upon ar-
rival in the allocated LS
constituencies over the
next three days. Addi-
tionally, they are to pro-
vide reports to PCC re-
garding their activities.
State government
reinstates three
RAS officers
SC: No ban on
Aravalli mining;
approval required
Birla to attend an
event in Raj
Bhavan today
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The State govt has rein-
stated three RAS offic-
ers. A committee was
formed to deliberate on
cases of reinstatement,
after which the decision
of revoking the suspen-
sion was made. The pan-
el recommended the rein-
statement of the RAS
officers, a decision that
was acknowledged and
executed by DoP. The re-
instated officers include
Chetan Chauhan, former
ADM of Jhalawar, Nidhi
Narnolia, former Asst
Collector of Bansur, and
Nidhi Singh, formerAsst
Collector of Bundi. Their
suspension was revoked
without any influence on
inquiry against them.
Kamal Kant Vyas
New Delhi
Supreme Court has ruled
that there will be no ban
on the current legal min-
ing process
and mining
auction pro-
cess. How-
ever, after
mining re-
lated statutory approval,
the concerned state will
have to take SC’s permis-
sion for mining leases.
The directions were
givenduringthehearingin
the matter ofAravalli con-
servation. The court said
thatstatesconnectedtothe
Aravalli mountain range
will submit reports after
discussion on the issue of
Aravali conservation in
the next two months.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
LS Speaker Om Birla
will travel from Jaipur to
Kota by road today. Prior
to this, he will participate
in a pro-
gramme or-
ganised at
Jaipur Raj
Bhavan.
He will
arrive in Jaipur by air at 7
am today and will direct-
ly head to Raj Bhavan
from Jaipur Airport. Fol-
lowing this, he will par-
ticipate in an event organ-
ised at Mahavir School
located at Statue Circle at
11:30 am. He will then
depart for Kota by road.
Bhanwar S Charan
Kota
A legal crisis has arisen
in Kota South Municipal
Corporation which has
put the department of lo-
cal bodies (DLB) in a
dilemma.
The Corporation had a
Congress board with Ra-
jeev Agrawal being the
mayor. Agrawal along
with 7 councilors has
joined BJP. Now, in such
a situation, the question
is whether the board
should be considered that
of Congress or BJP.
Local officials raised
their hands and sent the
file to the headquarters
for guidance. DLB is also
looking for provisions
for such a case, which
has probably come for
the first time.
Meanwhile, Corpora-
tion’s finance committee
chairman and Congress
Councilor Devesh Tiwari
reached the Mayor's of-
fice today and demanded
for resignation on moral
grounds.
“Now that you (Rajeev
Agrawal) are in BJP,
show morality by follow-
ing the ideals of Lord
Shri Ram and resign as
the mayor,” Tiwari said.
First India Bureau
Ludhiana
Senior BJP leader and
Union Jal Shakti Minister
Gajendra Shekhawat as-
serted that Sam Pitroda
had revealed the true di-
visive philosophy of the
Congress party, which
seeks to divide people
along sectarian, caste,
communal, regional, and
linguistic lines. Shekha-
wat noted that Pitroda
had added a racial angle
to this philosophy.
Shekhawat highlight-
ed the need to understand
Pitroda's remarks in the
context of Rahul Gan-
dhi's speeches, where
Gandhi has consistently
divided Indians into cat-
egories such as Dalits,
backward classes,Adiva-
sis, and minorities. He
suggested that Pitroda's
racial comments indicat-
ed his influence as Gan-
dhi's ideological mentor.
Regarding BJP's pros-
pects in Ludhiana and
Punjab, he confidently
asserted that BJP would
pleasantly surprise eve-
ryone, claiming that the
party would emerge as
‘No. 1’ party in Punjab.
He expressed confidence
in BJP’s strong position
in most of Punjab’s 13
constituencies.
First India Bureau
Ajmer
Assembly Speaker Vas-
udev Devnani has strong-
ly condemned the state-
ment made by Syed Sar-
war Chishti, Secretary of
the Anjuman of Ajmer
Dargah, regarding Jain
monks. “Sarwar Chishti
has insulted Indian Sana-
tan culture by comment-
ing on Jain saints. He
should apologise to the
entire Sanatan culture,”
Devnani said. Devnani
stated that a letter
would be written to the
Archaeological Survey of
India to ascertain the truth
about the Adhai Din Ka
Jhonpra.
The Speaker remarked
that Sarwar Chishti re-
ferred to Jain saints as
“without clothes”. “Jain
saints remain unclothed
throughout their lives
and impart a message of
devotion and penance to
society. Their conduct
symbolises purity in so-
ciety. Jain saints have
always emphasized non-
violence,” he said.
“Chishti’s remarks
against Jain saints is ex-
tremely disgusting, unfor-
tunate, and indicative of
his distorted mentality. It
insult the entire Jain soci-
ety and Sanatan culture,”
Devnani added.
Utilising the Governor’s
Advisory Board, we’re
fostering continuous,
sustainable, and holistic
development by
gathering insights from
experts. Implementing
suggestions from past
meetings, particularly
in university education
and beyond, has
proven fruitful.
KALRAJ MISHRA,
GOVERNOR
Pitroda has laid bare Cong’s true
‘divisive’ ideology: GS Shekhawat
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Gajendra Singh Khimsar
Making Pitroda resign
as the Chairman of
the Indian Overseas
Congress is just an
eyewash, as he
continues to be the
advisor of the
Congress and an
ideological mentor
of Rahul Gandhi.
GS SHEKHAWAT,
UNION MINISTER
He will attend Pravasi Rajasthani conference in Mumbai on May 12
THE 2-DAY TOUR ITINERARY
First India Bureau
Jaipur
On May 11, Chief Min-
ister Bhajan Lal Sharma
is scheduled to visit Shri
Ghrishneshwar Temple,
Sambhaji inAurangabad
at 10:45 am for darshan
and worship. Following
this, he will meet mem-
bers of the Rajasthani
society at 1 pm at Hotel
Rama International,
Sambhaji Nagar. Later,
CM Sharma will depart
for Mumbai from Au-
rangabad at 4:10 pm,
where a migrant Rajast-
hani conference will be
held in support of Lok
Sabha candidate Yamini
Jadhav from South
Mumbai at Bhatia Ma-
hajan Wadi on Kalba
Devi Road at 6 pm. Sub-
sequently, CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma will engage
with industrialists and
businessmen at 8 pm and
will spend the night in
Mumbai.
On May 12, Chief
Minister Bhajan Lal
Sharma will interact with
leaders of the Jain com-
munity at 10:30 am at
Hotel Trident, Nariman
Point.There will be a dia-
logue with the Rajasthani
media at Hotel Trident at
11:30 am. CM will then
participate in the Pravasi
Prabuddh Sammelan at
Maxus Mall at 1:15 pm
and in the Pravasi Rajast-
hani conference at 5:30
pm at Swami Vivekanan-
da Education Centre, Da-
hisar East.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma waves at people as he arrives to address a public meeting in support of BJP
candidate from Thorrur in Warangal LS constituency, Aroori Ramesh in Telangana on Thursday.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma receives a warm welcome
from Aroori Ramesh at Thorrur Helipad.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma greets people upon his
arrival in Thorrur.
DY CM DIYA KUMARI TO VISIT DELHI TODAY
Deputy Chief Minister Diya
Kumari will be in Delhi today,
where she will tour the West
Delhi Lok Sabha constituency and
participate in the women's conference
of Kesopur division at 4 pm. She will
also address a public meeting at 5:30
pm in Krishi Kunj in Karol Bagh.
Organ transplant scam was
going on since 2020: Khimsar
SarwarChishtishouldapologiseforinsulting
JainsSanatanculture,assertsDevnani
Vasudev Devnani distributes a kit to a patient during the 'National
Tuberculosis Elimination Programme' in Ajmer on Thursday.
Crisis in Kota Municipal
Corp as 7 Cong councillors
along with Mayor join BJP
Raj Congress leaders spearhead campaign
in Haryana, Punjab,  Delhi for LS polls
Govind Singh Dotasra meets Pramod Jain Bhaya and other
leaders at PCC office in Jaipur on Thursday.
Govind Singh Dotasra with
Ramchandra Choudhary at
PCC office.
ntherichtapestryof
Indian fashion, cot-
ton sarees stand as a
timeless symbol of
grace and sophisti-
cation. Rooted in centuries of
tradition, these exquisite gar-
mentshaveevolvedtobecome
essential staples in every
woman’s wardrobe, espe-
cially during the scorching
summer months.
Historically, cotton has
been woven into the fab-
ric of Indian culture,
with its origins dating
back thousands of years.
Revered for its breatha-
bility and comfort, cot-
ton sarees became the
attire of choice for wom-
en across the subcon-
tinent, offering res-
pite from the swel-
tering heat while
exuding an aura of
elegance and re-
finement.
Today, cotton
sarees continue
to reign
supreme
in the fashion world, seamlessly
blending tradition with modern
sensibilities. Renowned designers
have reimagined these classic
garments, infusing them with
contemporary designs, vibrant
colours, and intricate embellish-
ments, making them a versatile
choice for both casual and formal
occasions.
What sets cotton sarees apart is
not just their timeless appeal but
also their unparalleled comfort.
Lightweight and breathable, they
provide unparalleled comfort, al-
lowingwomentonavigatethehus-
tle and bustle of daily life with ease
while exuding effortless style.
From vibrant block prints to
delicate handloom weaves, cotton
sarees offer endless possibilities
for self-expression. Whether
paired with a simple blouse for a
casual day out or adorned with
statement jewellery for a special
event, these versatile garments ef-
fortlessly transition from day to
night, making them a must-have
in every fashion-forward wom-
an’s wardrobe.
So, as the mercury rises and the
summer sun beats down, embrace
the sheer elegance and comfort of
cotton sarees. With their rich histo-
ry, cultural significance, and mod-
ern allure, they are more than just
garments—they are a timeless ex-
pression of style and sophistication.
JAIPUR, FRIDAY | MAY 10, 2024
Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle
HITS THE BIG SCREEN!
aipur witnessed a whirlwind of
excitement as the iconic Hindi
animation show, “Chhota Bheem,” leapt
from the small screen to the grandeur of
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  • 1. Jaipur, Friday | May 10, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 333 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia First India Bureau New Delhi As flight disruptions due to cabin crew shortage continued on Thursday, Air India Express has agreed to withdraw ter- mination letters issued to over 25 members. The protesting 300 crew members, meanwhile, ended their strike as the airline management also agreed to look into their issues, as per sources. The decisions come after a conciliation meet- ing between the cabin crew representatives and theAir India Express rep- resentatives at the Office of the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) in New Delhi earlier on Thursday, sources said. AI Express row: Management & crew reach deal Kedarnath Dham Calling! The portals of Baba Kedarnath Dham are all set for a grand opening today, after a gap of 6 months and the temple has been decorated with 40 quintals of flowers. Huge crowd of devotees head for shrine for the ‘Char Dham Yatra’, in Rudraprayag district on Thursday. BJP will win on all seats of Telangana, says CM PEOPLES PADMA! Aishwary Pradhan Warangal Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma was on tour of Telangana on Thurs- day during which he campaigned in Warangal Lok Sabha constituency in Thorur, Telangana. He addressed a public meet- ing organized in support of BJPcandidate wherein a large number of people attended the meeting. He said, “This immense love, unwavering trust and tremendous support of the crowd is declaring historic victory of BJPon all seats of Telangana.” Meanwhile, CM Shar- ma also attended a con- ference in support of BJP candidate Varaprasad Rao from Tirupati. A Ra- jasthani Samaj Sam- melan was also organ- ized in Shri Ram Tulsi Kalyan Function Hall, Tirupati after which CM Sharma rested for the night in Tirupati. Nota- bly, the CM will leave for Pune from Tirupati Air- port on Friday, address a gathering in support of Muralidhar from Pune at 12:30 pm. Additionally, Pravasi Rajasthani con- ference will be organized in Erandvan and Sharma will leave for Aurang- abad, Maharashtra from Pune at 4:15 pm. P8 SHARE OF RELIGIOUS MINORITIES: A CROSS-COUNTRY ANALYSIS Hindu population fell 7.8%, Muslims up by 43.15% between 1950 and 2015 First India Bureau New Delhi he share of the Hindu popula- tion decreased by 7.82% between 1950 and 2015 in India, while Muslims increased by 43.15%, suggesting there is a conducive environ- ment in nation to foster diversity, said a recent paper by Economic Ad- visory Council to Prime Minister (EAC-PM). The paper titled ‘Share of Religious Minorities: A Cross-Country Analy- sis’ said, “The share of the majority Hindu popu- lation decreased by 7.82% between 1950 and 2015 (from 84.68% to 78.06%). The share of Muslim in 1950 was 9.84% and increased to 14.09% in 2015 — a 43.15% increase in their share,” said EAC-PM. T Guv accepts Dr Sudhir Bhandari’s resignation Jaishankar welcomes Maldives Foreign Min Vikas Sharma Jaipur Dr Sudhir Bhandari, sur- rounded by controversies regarding Organ Trans- plant fake NOC case, fi- nally resigned from post of RUHS VC. Governor Kalraj Mishra accepted his resignation. “This is a serious matter, corrup- tion worth crores of ru- pees has taken place. Therefore the govt has decided to take strict ac- tion in matter. Whoever it is, action will be taken against all those found guilty in probe,” Health Minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar said. Mean- while, Guv Kalraj Mishra appointed Dr Dhananjay Agrawal, Senior Prof of Nephrology at SMS Col- lege as the acting Vice Chancellor of RUHS. P8 First India Bureau New Delhi Development of India- Maldives ties is based on “mutualinterests”and“re- ciprocal sensitivity”, Ex- ternal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thurs- day during his talks with his Maldivian counterpart Moosa Zameer. “As far as India is con- cerned, these are articu- lated in terms of our Neighbourhood First policy & SAGAR vision. I hope that our meeting today will enable us to strengthen convergence of our perspectives in various domains,” Jais- hankar said. Moosa said we exchanged perspec- tives on increasing en- gagement and exchanges between Maldives and India, both bilaterally & in international arena.  7.82% decrease in Hindu population  14.09% increase in Muslim population  0.36% decrease in Jain population  2.36% increase in Christian population  1.85% increase in Sikh population  0.004% decrease in Parsi population ABOUT 1950-2015 DATA EAM S Jaishankar with Maldives Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer in New Delhi on Thursday. AS BJP, CONGRESS BIGWIGS TAKE CENTRE STAGE IN TELANGANA, AMIT SHAH SAYS... ITS‘VOTEFORJIHAD’ VS‘VOTEFORVIKAS’ First India Bureau Bhongir/Bhuvanagiri Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah said, “It’s vote for jihad vs vote for vikas this time” during an elec- tion rally in Telangana’s Bhongir on Thursday. Two days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi raked up the “vote jihad” issue during his rally in the Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone. It comes after Congress leader Salman Khurshid and his niece Maria Alam Khan, an SP leader, were booked over an appeal Khan made for “vote jihad” in support of INDIAbloc candidate. In her speech, Maria, re- portedly urged those pre- sent to practice “vote ji- had” discreetly and intel- ligently, stating that they can remove the party in power from government only by doing this. “BRS came to power with a promise of ensur- ing development in Tel- angana, but all it did was corruption. You gave 5 years to Revanth Reddy, and he did nothing except turning Telangana into an ‘ATM’ for the Congress party. Bless us with 10+ seats in Telangana, we’ll make it number-1 state of Bharat,” said Shah. P5 Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses during a public meeting in Bhongir on Thursday. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma addressing at rally in Warangal on Thursday. The election of 2024 is an election of Narendra Modi versus Rahul Gandhi. AMIT SHAH, UNION HOME MINISTER IF I.N.D.I.A. BLOC IS ELECTED, BY AUGUST 15, WE WILL FILL UP 30 LAKH JOBS: RAHUL GANDHI Addressing rally in Medak LS constituency in Telangana, Congress leader Rahul Gan- dhi on Thursday alleged that several infrastructure projects such as ports, airports and defence contracts were “given to Adani” in the past 10 years, and promised that if the I.N.D.I.A. bloc is elected, the new government would, by August 15, begin the pro- cess of filing up 30 lakh jobs. SENSEX 72,404.17 1,062.22 BSE 21,957.50 345.00 NIFTY DEEP RED CRASHING Sensex and Nifty ended in deep red in Thursday trading session amid heavy foreign fund outflows & selling in banking heavyweight index HDFC Bank, L&T and RIL. Dr Dhananjay Agrawal is acting VC of the RUHS Dr Sudhir Bhandari Dr Dhananjay Agrawal 01 PM Narendra Modi & Amit Shah greet dur- ing 2nd civil investiture ceremony of Padma Awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. 01 President Droupadi Murmu confers Padma Shri to KS Rajanna for his works for the welfare of persons with the disabilities. 03 President Droupadi Murmu presents Padma Vibhushan in the field of Art to Vyjayantimala Bali on Thursday. 05 PM Modi being greeted by KS Rajanna be- fore receiving Padma Shri, as Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, Kiren Rijiju and others look on. 02 President Droupadi Murmu presents Pad- ma Vibhushan in the field of Art to Konidela Chiranjeevi at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. 04 President Droupadi Murmu confers Padma Shri to Jageshwar Yadav for social service during the Civil Investiture Ceremony-II. 06 02 04 05 06 03 PARSHURAM JAYANTI First India Bureau Sivakasi Nine workers, including six women, were killed in an explosion at Sudar- shan fireworks unit in Sivakasi on Thursday af- ternoon. Police said 13 persons sustained inju- ries, including burns, in the accident. The work- ers were involved in dif- ferent processes of man- ufacturing of fireworks at the unit in Sengamalapa- tti under Sivakasi East PS when blast rocked fire- works unit licensed by Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation. P6 6 women among 9 killed in blast at fireworks unit IN BRIEF Chautala writes to Hry Guv seeking floor test Gurugram: Former Dep- uty CM of Haryana Dush- yant Chautala has written to the state’s Governor seeking a floor test days after 3 independent MLAs withdrew support to newly elected Nayab Saini govt. ED opposes interim bail to Arvind Kejriwal in SC New Delhi: ED on Thurs- day opposed in SC grant of interim bail to Kejriwal in PMLA case linked to excise policy scam, saying the right to campaign in elections is neither funda- mental nor constitutional. UWW suspends Bajrang Punia till end of 2024 New Delhi: The United World Wrestling (UWW) on Thursday took cogni- sance of the NADA’s de- cision to impose a provi- sional suspension on wrestler Bajrang Punia for an alleged rule violation. 42°C 29°C Min Humidity 28% Max Hazy sun and very warm across state in the day FORECAST AKSHAY TRITIYA
  • 2. RAJASTHAN 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Friday | May 10, 2024 DR KRITI A GOOD SAMARITAN Jodh activist annuls 51st child marriage First India Bureau Jodhpur n the occasion of Akshay Tri- tya, with the support of Dr Kriti Bhar- ti, Rehabilitation Psy- chologist, Child and Women RightsAdvocate and Managing Trustee of Saarthi Trust, Sugand- ha’s child marriage was annulled before she at- tained adulthood. Jodhpur’s Family Court No. 2 gave a strong message to society on Akshay Tritya by giving a historic verdict of an- nulling the child mar- riage of Sugandha which was held when she was just 10 years old. With this, Dr Kriti Bharti of Saarthi Trust once again created double records. Kriti Bharti has creat- ed a unique record of getting the 51st child marriage annulled till now. At the same time, by continuously main- taining the good practice of cancelling child mar- riages, Akshay Tritya made the Hatrick Record. India’s child marriage warrior Kriti Bharti with a victim of child marriage Sugandha (name changed). O CASEFILEDOVER PELTINGSTONESATBUS Jaipur: After a verbal spat with the woman conductor of a low-floor bus over leaving the conductor’s seat, a man along with his 2 friends start- ed to pelt stones at the bus full of passengers in Jaipur on Wednesday. The attackers also stopped the bus and beat up the driver and the conductor. The bikers chased the bus for three kilometres and kept pelting stones at it. Case has been filed. JAIPUR: MAN FOUND DEAD IN SEWER TANK Jaipur: The body of a young man was found in a sewer tank in the Kardhani police station area. People informed the police when a foul smell spread around. Police reached the spot and when the lid of the sewer tank was removed, the body of a young man was found. The deceased was identified as Jaan Moham- mad. The reason behind his death is yet not known. Manstrangulatesfather,dies bysuicidewithson;casefiled Subhash Trivedi Pali Aman allegedly strangu- lated his father over a family dispute and then jumped in a pond along with his 5-year-old son in Rajasthan’s Pali area, police said on Thursday. The incident occurred in the Kulthana village on Wednesday night, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Pali Rural, Ratnaram Dewasi said. Prakash Patel (30) al- legedly strangulated his father Durgaram Patel (65) over a dispute re- garding his divorce, the DSP said. After killing his father, the accused Prakash with his son Rahul allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a pond. Their bodies were fished out on Thursday morning, according to the police reports on Thursday. A case was registered and the bodies were sent for post-mortem, the Deputy Superintendent of Police added. The accused committed crime over a family dispute regarding his divorce In Pali Norespitefromheatas tempcontinuestosoar First India Bureau Jaipur Mercury crossed 44 de- greesCelsiusintheBhani- yana sub-division area of Jaisalmer on Thursday. People have had no res- pite from heat for the third consecutive day. Heat waves accompa- nied by winds of up to 10 km speed made life mis- erable. Shortage of elec- tricity and water in the area continued. There were reports of similar conditions throughout the day in other parts as well. The weather department has issued an advisory for heat waves for the next two to three days. Kota recorded the hot- test day of the season as temperature crossed 44 degrees Celsius. There is a possibility of a further rise in mercury in the next 2-3 days. In Beawar, the day temperature crosses 41 degrees. Under the direc- tion of Municipal Coun- cil Commissioner Shra- van Ram, water was sprinkled on the roads. CRIME ROUNDUP Girls buy ice cream on a hot summer afternoon, outside their school in Jaipur on Thursday. KOTA MAN BEATS WIFE, STABS SON TO DEATH AS HE TRIES TO SAVE HIS MOTHER TEEN NEET ASPIRANT LYNCHED TO DEATH MAN KIDNAPPED FROM POLICE VAN Kota: A father stabbed his 10-year-old son to death for trying to save his mother. The accused, during a fight with his wife, stabbed her hand. When the son went to save his mother after hearing her scream, the accused stabbed him and also injured himself. The incident took place in the Borkheda police station area on Thursday. On receiving a call from the mother, relatives took all three to MBS Hospital, where the child died during treat- ment. The injured husband and wife are undergoing treatment. Police said that the statement of the child’s mother has been taken and a probe is on. Nagaur: A 17 -year-old boy from Bihar, who was preparing for NEET from an institute in Kota who had befriended a 16 -year-old girl on Instagram, was beaten to death on Wednesday by the girl’s family when he had gone to meet her in Merta, Nagaur. A case of murder has been reg- istered against the girl’s father, uncle and others. There were injury marks all over the boy’s body. Raniwara: Some people tried to kidnap a married woman and a young man from a police van in front of Raniwara police station in Sanchore district on Wednesday. Police, how- ever, rescued the woman but were unable to save the man. The miscreants forced him into a car and fled. After the incident, the police set up a blockade and arrested the miscre- ants who were involved and saved the young man. 9MEMBERSOFGOLDIEBRAR,LAWRENCEGANGHELD Chitrakoot/Jaipur: The Special Cell of Delhi Police has arrested nine miscreants of gangsters Goldie Brar and Lawrence Bishnoi gang in seven states. Among these, one has been arrested from Jaipur, whose father is a jeweller. The police team seized 7 pistols, 31 cartridges and 11 mobile phones from them. Raids were conducted in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on Wednesday. Investigation revealed that some of the accused were in touch with Goldie Brar. E-MITRAOFFICERHELDFORTAKINGBRIBE Jaipur: Following instructions from the ACB headquarters, Research Unit Jaipur arrested e-Mitra operator Vishram Gurjar for taking a bribe of Rs one lakh in Gram Panchayat Lasadiya. The accused is being in- terrogated under the supervision of Singh. ACB will register a case under the Prevention of Cor- ruption Act and conduct further investigation. WOMAN ASSAULTS RETD RPS OFFICER Jaipur: In a shocking incident of cruelty against an elderly, the daughter-in-law of a retired RPS officer assaulted him in the Shastri Nagar police station area. The 90-year- old victim registered a complaint with the police against his daughter-in-law. He has accused her of assaulting him and his wife. The elderly couple was unable to oppose due to their age. Now, the Shastri Nagar police are investigating the case. VIVEK DHAKAR’S DEATH: KIN PROTESTS Bhilwara: Thousands of people includ- ing the family demonstrated at the Collectorate on Thursday demanding an impartial investigation into the mysterious death of Vivek Dhakad, former MLA from Mandalgarh assembly constituency of the district, on the night of April 4. They submitted a memorandum to the District Collector and the District Superin- tendent of Police demanding a fair probe. As mercury rises, people reel under acute water shortage First India Bureau Jaipur Asthemercuryhasstarted soaring,thewaterdemand is also increasing.Women gathered at the Mini Sec- retariat in Alwar to ad- dress the issue of water scarcity met with ADM BeenaMahavartoexpress their concerns regarding the water crisis in wards 15 and 16 of Alwar city. The women highlight- ed the dire situation, stat- ing, “If there is no water in our homes, and no clean water available, then at least provide us with saline water, admin- istration.” ADM assured them of prompt action and initiated discussions with the Water Depart- ment’s SE for resolution. Meanwhile, in Jodh- pur, Prem Nagar, Sendra Road, and Beawar, the residents protested against the water crisis as it has compelled them to pay 1200 to 1500 rupees per tanker to secure water. Villagers during the protest to demand water in Jodhpur village. “PM Shri schools should be centers of excellent edu” JMCG to run spl drive against single use plastic Jaisalmer: Indian Army jawan dies of electrocution First India Bureau Jaipur School Education Secre- tary Krishna Kunal on Thursday said that by strengthening the infra- structure, PM Shri schools should be devel- oped as centers of excel- lent education. Addressing the inaugu- ral session of a three-day capacity building work- shop organized at RTDC Hotel Gangaur, Kunal said that to ensure all- rounddevelopmentofstu- dents,co-curricularactivi- ties should be promoted alongwiththecurriculum. First India Bureau Jaipur Under Swachh Survek- shan 2024, a three-day special campaign will be held from May 15 to 17 under which banned sin- gle-useplasticwillbecon- fiscated and action will be taken against the culprits found using it in all the wards and zones of Mu- nicipalCorporationGreat- er Jaipur. Commissioner Rukmani Riyad that sin- gle use plastic seized dur- ing the campaign will be handed over to the RDF plant of the corporation. Suryaveer Singh Tanwar Jaisalmer An army jawan died of electrocution in the can- tonment area here on Thursday, according to the police reports. Lance Havildar Jag- roop Singh (28) suffered an electric shock after touching a water motor in a park located in the can- tonment. The army jawan Sin- gh’s body has been sent to his native village Tarn Taran in Punjab where his last rites will be per- formed, a police official said as per the reports. TransportCommissioner inspectsfitnesscentres Shivendra Parmar Dausa The irregularities hap- pening in the fitness cent- ers in the state are not showing signs of stop- ping, despite all the ef- forts of the transport de- partment, the fitness cent- ers are continuing the fitness without coming to the center with a vehicle. On Thursday, Trans- port Commissioner Man- isha Arora who was on a visit to Dausa caught the irregularities in the fit- ness centres. She inspected Arihant Fitness Center in Dausa and found evidence of fit- ness being issued without 5 vehicles coming to the center,onwhichtheCom- missioner expressed strong displeasure, and directed the RTO to take action against the fitness center. She also inspected the RTO office in Dausa. JDArazesillegalcolonieson21bighaland First India Bureau Jaipur The Jaipur Development Authority, on Thursday, sealed a four-storey il- legal building built with- out its permission in Adinath Nagar in Zone- 4. In Zone-14, three new illegal colonies on about 21 bighas of private ag- ricultural land were completely demolished. Chief Controller of Enforcement Mahendra Kumar Sharma said that illegal construction of the basement and four storeys was done for commercial purposes without the approval of JDA in plot number S2 of Adinath Nagar on SL Marg Jaipuria Hospital Link Road in Zone-4. Anotice was issued to stop the illegal construc- tion but as the builder did not remove the ille- galconstruction,anotice was issued and action was taken.The expenses incurred in sealing by JVP will be recovered from the concerned as per the rules. RESTAURANT SEALED IN C-SCHEME Jaipur: The Jaipur Municipal Corpo- ration Heritage swung into action after First India brought to light the illegal construction going on at Algoza res- taurant in C-Scheme and sealed it for 180 days. The action was taken on the instructions of Heritage Commissioner Abhishek Surana. The matter is of C-Scheme, Subhash Marg, plot number J 18B. In the Hasanpura area, the illegal construc- tion in the Dravyavati river area was demolished after instructions from Surana. DySecretaries,officerstoconduct quarterlyinspection,submitreport Dr Rituraj Sharma Jaipur After the instructions of Chief Secretary Sud- hansh Pant, complete guidelines regarding in- spections in the Secre- tariat have been issued. Under this, Deputy Secretaries will conduct quarterly inspections,The Section Officer or Group Officer has been instruct- edtoinspecttheirsections and submit the report. Deputy Secretary level officer in the Secretariat had the powers of inspec- tion in the section earlier also, but now it has been streamlined. Deputy Sec- retaries will inspect their sections once a quarter in March, June, September and December. The Group Officers will in- spect their sections every month, review the pend- ing cases and present their report to the con- cerned Secretary. Reports of quarterly inspections done by the Joint Secretary/Deputy Secretary in March, June, September, and December will be sent by April 10, July 10, Octo- ber 10 and January 10. Group officers will send the monthly inspec- tion report by the 10th of the next month. It is nec- essary to send the out- standing quarterly state- ment and monthly state- ment report by the 10th of the next month. Transport Commissioner Manisha Arora visits fitness centres in Dausa on Thursday. Three new illegal colonies on about 21 bighas of private agricultural land were demolished on Thursday. THREE MINOR GIRLS, AN UNDERAGE BOY RESCUED FROM CHILD MARRIAGE IN KOTA Kota: Three 14-year-old girls and an underage boy were rescued while pre-wedding functions were on at a village here, a Child Rights Department official said on Thursday. The weddings were to take place on Friday on the occasion ‘Akshaya Tritiya’, considered auspi- cious for marriages. Child marriages are often reported in rural areas of Kota and Bundi on this day, officials said. The Rajasthan High Court had earlier directed the state government to ensure that no child marriage takes place in the state and said village heads and panchayat members will be held accountable if they are solemnised. NAIM KHAN
  • 3. ‘HOCKEY WALI SARPANCH’ CM, Dy CM hail Neeru Yadav for UN speech ANI Jaipur ajasthan CM Bhajan Lal Sharma con- gratulated Neeru Yadav, the Sarpanch of Lambi Sahar, Surajgarh in Jhun- jhunu district for partici- pating in the annual con- ference, Committee for Development Policy (CDP Meet 2024) and said that her participa- tion and excellent ideas at this conference are an amazing example of in- spiration for all the wom- en in the state. The CDP Meet was or- ganized by the United Nations Commission on Population and Develop- ment and sharing unique innovations. Neeru Ya- dav is popularly known as Hockey Wali Sar- panch. “Proud moment... Sarpanch of village Lam- bi Ahir of Surajgarh as- sembly of Jhunjhunu dis- trict and daughter of Ra- jasthan, Neeru Yadav (hockey sarpanch) has made the entire state proud on the global stage by becoming a partici- pant in the annual confer- ence (CDP Meet-2024) organized by the Popula- tion and Development Commission of the Unit- ed Nations and sharing her special innovations,” the CM posted on X. “This unforgettable achievement underlines unique efforts made by her towards women’s em- powerment. Your partici- pation and excellent ideas in this conference are an example of inspiration for all women,” he added. Adorned in Rajputi poshak Neeru Yadav greeting with ‘namaste’ during her speech at Unite Nation’s CDP meet. R RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Friday | May 10, 2024 250teamsofmeddeptinspect 500hospsmedicalinstitutes Vikas Sharma Jaipur A comprehensive in- spection and awareness campaign was conduct- ed by the Medical De- partment to strengthen health services across the state. Conducted under the direction of Additional Chief Secre- tary, Shubhra Singh, about 250 teams of of- ficers of the Medical Department simultane- ously inspected about 500 medical institutions and Anganwadi centres across the state. During the inspection, the teams saw the condi- tion of the building of the medical institute, cleanli- ness, prenatal health check-up of pregnant women, etc. An action plan to im- prove the facilities will be prepared. During the inspection, the prepared- ness of medical institu- tions to deal with sea- sonal diseases and heat wave and heat stroke was also reviewed. Singh inspected the Sub District Hospital at Chaksu in Jaipur. She said that the QR code system should be imple- mented to improve cleanliness. Singh also checked the attend- ance register and duty roster register. Shubhra Singh has determined 39 indices in 27 promising blocks se- lected by the Central government. Of these 39 indices, seven are relat- ed to health. ACS Shubhra conducts inspection in Chaksu, instructs officers Surprise Action Puneflightlate;4 cancelledfromJpr, flyersfaceproblems First India Bureau Jaipur Four Air India Express flights were cancelled from Jaipur International Airport as the crew went on mass leave on Thurs- day. The cancelled flights are 5:40 am Dubai flight IX-195, 12:15 pm Delhi flight IX-769, 6:25 pm Hyderabad flight and 9:35 pm Bengaluru flight IX-1767. Around a thousand passengers have been af- fected. Notably, the Air India Express has sud- denly dismissed 30 out of more than 200 crew members who went on leave. The airline asked the remaining employees to return to work or be ready to be sacked. Air India senior crew members went on a mass sick leave on Tuesday causing much inconven- ience to people. AIR INDIA EXPRESS ISSUE Insectsfoundincakes,bakerysealedin Jhotwara First India Bureau Jaipur Large number of cakes infested with insects were destroyed by the team of Medical and Food Security Depart- ment during a raid at the factory of Radhe Bakers in Jhotwara Industrial Area. The factory has been sealed. The team also found rats roaming freely in the factory. Samples of items used in making other bakery items were taken. Under the leadership of Additional Commis- sioner of Food Security Department, Pankaj Ojha, the team carried out the raid. Ojha said, “We found a large quan- tity of food colour boxes in the bakery which had no expiry or manufactur- ing dates. Food items were lying in the open and were surrounded by flies and insects. Our team got 15 kg of cakes destroyed.” Ojha said that the factory’s food licence has been suspended. 6 Raj IAS engaged in poll duty, addl charge given to others First India Bureau Jaipur Six IAS officers of Ra- jasthan have been en- gaged on election duty. Additional charge of their posts has been giv- ing to other officers.Addl charge of RSLDC CMD PC Kishan has been giv- en to Vikas S Bhale. Bhale also got the addl charge of Skill Develop- ment Commissioner Ku- marpal Gautam. Addl charge of Water- shed Director Vishram Meena has been given to Babulal Goyal. Addl charge of SMSA Project Director Avichal Chatur- vedi has been given to Krishna Kunal. Bhanu Prakash Yeturu has been given the addl charge of Nathmal Didel, MD of Rajasthan State Vidhyut Prasaran Nigam Ltd while the addl charge of MD Renewable Ener- gy Corp. Ltd. was given to Girdhar. Additional charge of the post of Di- rector of Secondary Edu- cation held by Ashish Modi has been given to Sitaram Jat. Jat will take the additional charge of the post of Ashish Modi after returning from his election duty. SamPitrodarow:GhanshyamTiwaricornersCong Yogesh Sharma Jaipur Senior BJPleader and Ra- jya Sabha MP Ghanshy- am Tiwari on Thursday condemned racist state- ment made by former Overseas Congress Presi- dentSamPitrodaonNorth East South Indians. “The basic difference between BJP and Con- gress is that BJPconsiders Indiaasonenationwhere- as Congress considers In- dia as a group of different nations,” Tiwari said while addressing a press conference at the BJP state headquarters. He said that after the estab- lishment of BJP, Atal Bi- hari Vajpayee had told throughPanchNishthasin Mumbai’s Shivaji Park that BJPis a party that be- lieves in the motto of “one people, one nation and one culture”. “Just as Congress has been doing politics of re- ligion, caste and region in the country, in the same way it has also started do- ing racial politics. The statement of Sam Pitroda, the think tank of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, matches the ide- ology and policy of the Congress Party,” he said. Ghanshyam Tiwari addressing the press conference in Jaipur on Thursday. Pramod Vashishtha is also seen. SANOTSH SHARMA ACS Shubhra Singh taking stock of arrangements from duty officers during the inspeciton at Chaksu, Sub District Hospital on Thursady. ACS Subhra Singh also inquired about the health of the patients admitted to the hospital and gave necessary directions. Notice to Cong MLA Arjun Bamaniya for derogatory remarks on PM Modi First India Bureau Banswara Congress MLA Arjun Singh Bamaniya has been issued a notice by the assistant electoral registration officer (Tehsildar) on a com- plaint regarding his statement against prime minister Narendra Modi. The notice was issued on May 6. Advocate Yo- gendra Singh Tanwar had complained that on April 24, MLA Bamani- ya made false and de- rogatory statements against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the notice, MLABamnia has been asked to present his views within two days of receiving the letter so that a factual report can be sent to the concerned authorities. District Collector Dr. Inderjeet Yadav said that the Chief Electoral Of- ficer had received a com- plaint in Jaipur. Revenue review of Commercial Tax dept remains incomplete ‘..couldn’t become thanedaar’, boy hangs self, another takes ‘5-yrs break’ Vimal Kothari Jaipur The revenue review meeting of Commer- cial Tax Department remained incomplete as the ACS Finance was not satisfied with preparations of the of- ficers. Several ques- tions were raised on revenue losses in the meeting. Such ques- tions were “out of syl- labus”asdepartmental officers were not pre- pared with answers. Even Commissioner did not have answers to some specific ques- tions of the ACS Fi- nance, who said that the reasons given for reduction in revenue were inadequate. After this, instruc- tionsweregiventofind answersfortheseques- tions. Now the meet- ing will be held again with all Deputy Com- missioners, Adminis- trationEnforcement Branches. Commer- cial Tax Commission- erDrRaviKumarSur- pur and top officials will also be present. First India Bureau Kota A student has embraced deathinKotaonThursday, the student hailing from Gangapur city ended his life by hanging himself. He was preparing for civil services and was re- siding in Awali Rojadi area. He left behind a suicide note in which it was written that he could’nt fulfil dream of becoming a ‘thanedaar’. RK Puram police are in- vestigating the case. An another 19-year-old NEET aspirant studying in Kota sent a message to his parents, “I don’t want to study further. I won’t take any wrong steps. I am leaving home for five years,” before he went missing from his room, police said on Thursday. On May 6, a day after tak- ing the NEET exam, Meena sent a text mes- sage to his parents saying that he did not want to study any further and was leaving home for 5 years. Jaipur: Lashing out at Congress leader Sam Pitroda for his controversial statement regarding the countrymen, BJP State President CP Joshi on Thursday said that the statement shows the atrocities committed by the British on Indians on the basis racial mentality. Pitroda, a close Gandhi family aide, triggered a fresh controversy in the middle of Lok Sabha election with his “people on the east look like the Chinese and those of the south look like Africans remarks. Reacting to the re- marks, CP Joshi said, “India has been a world leader and under the leadership of PM Modi, India is moving in same direction. Racist comments are shameful and unfortunate. PM is increasing India’s fame in the world and Congress is insulting the countrymen with its statements,” he said. ”. BJP workers held a protest in Kota against Sam Pitroda’s statement. A delegation of the party workers led by BJP Kota city president Rakesh Jain submitted a memorandum against Pitroda. PM MODI IS INCREASING INDIA’S FAME CONG IS INSULTING COUNTRYMEN WITH ITS REMARKS: CP BJP PROTESTS IN KOTA AND SUBMITS MEMO Bikaner’s Mohammad Brothers honored with Padma Shri award First India Bureau New Delhi In the grand Padma Shri award ceremony held on Thursday at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, the pair of Mand folk singer brothers, Ali Mohammad and Gani Mohammad, residents of Bikaner, Ra- jasthan, were honored with the Padma Shri award by President Drau- padi Murmu. This Maand art has been displayed with great enthusiasm by the Mohammed brothers in cultural programs acrosstheworldaswellas in the film industry. Pad- ma Shri award for Mo- hammadbrothersinMand singingisamatterofpride for Rajasthan along with giving this folk art a spe- cial place in world. Born in Tejrasar, a small village of Bikaner, Mohd brothers have done an excellent job in taking the musical art of Mand Gayaki from Rajasthan to film music and foreign stages. The Mohd broth- ers, who inherited basic education in music, also have an important influ- ence in classical music. (L) Ali Mohd (R) Ghani Mohd being honoured with Padma Shri for ‘Maand Gayaki’ by Prez Droupadi Murmu in New Delhi on Thursday. Officials sealing the bakery in Jhotwara on Thursday. Arjun Singh Bamaniya Bakery items were found being made amidst filth in the factory. Fungus was also found in cashew nuts and peanuts. The Committee for Development Policy Meet was organized by the United Nations Commission on Population and Development and sharing unique innovations. Neeru Yadav is popularly known as Hockey Wali Sarpanch At the Jaipur Int’l Airport, around thousand flyers were affected due to the flight cancellation FILE
  • 4. ne of the most basic assumptions e v e r y o n e makes in life is about free will. Each day brings numerous chances to choose A or B, this or that, according to your own inclination. Without freedom of choice, human existence is unthinkable. But there’s a deeper cur- rent of uncertainty that is being ignored. Behind the appearance of free will, lots of things are predetermined. The au- tonomic nervous system regulates all the major pro- cesses taking place in your body. Your brain operates by fixed laws of physics and chemistry. Your genes are fixed at birth and cannot be changed.We coast along mostly ignoring these things, but that’s a mistake if you want to be as free as you assume you are. You are sacrificing your free will whenever you do the following things: l Act out of habit l Repeat second-hand opinions l Hold rigid beliefs l Repeat the past l Obey old conditioning l Fall prey to bad memories and fears l Keep to the same old routine l Not thinking for yourself l Be ruled by religious or political dogmas That’s a long and discour- aging list, but each item belongs to the same cate- gory: living unconscious- ly. The more you indulge in unconscious behavior, the more constricted your awareness becomes. This fact, more than difference in IQ, talent, personality, status, and money, deter- mines how your life will turn out tomorrow. Most people, unfortunately, ex- perience tomorrow as a repetition of today; there- fore, they have surren- dered their free will to the past, which keeps repeat- ing itself over and over. Notice that we’re not talking about the big philo- sophical issue of free will versus determinism. Centu- ries of metaphysical specu- lation haven’t settled such a cosmic question. The prac- ticality of free will is what matters to each person, set- ting metaphysics aside. But this is a false distinction. Practical life is metaphys- ics at the same time. The ”meta” in meta- physics means “beyond” in Greek, and the ancient philosophers of Athens, especially Plato and So- crates, considered the realm beyond the physical more important than the physical. This is also the view held by devoutly re- ligious people, who view God or the gods as rulers of a higher reality. They meted out human fate. In a modern secular world, as God or the gods have dwindled, fate re- mains in different guises. If you are a scientist, free will is subject to genes, physics, the laws of nature, random interactions, etc., all acting mechanically as impersonal fate. If you are a neuroscientist, you are almost certain to equate brain and mind, which ba- sically makes us little more than brain puppets. Of course, no one seri- ously leads their life based on such assumptions. If we are marionettes, the strings that pull us are invisible; therefore,theymightaswell notexist.Thesameistrueof Karma,whichactsinvisibly from behind the scenes. Typically, people refer to karma when something goes wrong or life delivers an unpleasant surprise. I’ve painted a confusing picture but a realistic one. We all treat free will as a given in the face of many reasons to believe in deter- minism. But there is a path to clarity. A crucial word needs to be eliminated from the discussion: versus. We casually think of a setup where it is free will versus determinism.Butthereisno versus, not really. Free will and determinism coexist. Theyarenotpolesofadual- ity; they are not either/or. This should be obvious now, given all the evidence that some things in life are determined while others aren’t. Trying to figure out which is which is futile, however. Human behavior exists in a fog, and the im- portant thing is to dissipate the fog, not stumble for- ward as best we can, which is what everyone does. The alternative to “ver- sus” is radical. Erase dual thinking. Ultimately, living in a scheme where every- thing has an opposite— good versus evil, light ver- sus dark, desirable versus undesirable, even pleasure versus pain—is mind- made. In a debate where one political party opposes the other, both are trapped in the play of opposites. Of course, practical affairs de- mand answers, and there are good and bad ones—no one denies this. But perhaps finding an- swers will proceed better without dual thinking. We stubbornly cling to politi- cal fighting even though everyone knows that agree- ment and cooperation are much better. Equality of gender and race is better than racism and sexism, but those failings stubborn- ly persist.The trick is to get away from duality alto- gether; only then can har- mony, unity, consistency, and clarity rule in place of confusion and conflict. Escaping the perpetual play of opposites lies be- hind the entire tradition of Eastern spirituality, yet it is unfortunate that the vague connotations of the word “spiritual” must be in- volved.Vedanta,Yoga, and Buddhism are entirely about consciousness. Even the phrase “higher con- sciousness” is misleading. It is better to think of con- sciousness expanding, be- coming clear, waking up, and overcoming the un- conscious forces that dic- tate so much of our lives. Free will becomes real when you take steps to undo your unconscious be- havior. Such a program is much simpler than anyone generally thinks. The only step needed is “stop, pause, and hang loose.” You do this whenever you notice that you are doing any- thing like the following: l Acting certain l Repeating yourself l Ignoring other opinions l Getting into the same old arguments l Resisting l Indulging in ego l Making the rules for an- other adult l Insisting on some dog- matic position l Treating someone else as inferior To these, we can add all the items on the previous list of ways we sacrifice free will, such as uttering sec- ond-hand opinions and not thinking for ourselves. It might seem, alarming- ly, as if every minute of the day will be interrupted by “stop, pause, and hang loose,” but no one is being asked to constantly scruti- nize every word and act. It is enough to simply notice when you happen to notice. This provides an opportu- nity to stop a behavior that isn’t working or creates a negative atmosphere. The “hang loose” part is impor- tant.When you relax and let go (to the extent that you can),hanginglooseallowsa fresh response to replace an automaticreflex.Atthevery least being quiet subdues tension, and if you still no- tice tension in the air, you cangiveyourselfatime-out. I hope I’ve made at least one point. We all sacrifice our free will needlessly. This is necessary because consciousness offers an es- cape route, which should be kept in mind always. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put in your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. BIBLE FINDING PEACE It might seem, alarmingly, as if every minute of the day will be interrupted by “stop, pause, and hang loose,” but no one is be- ing asked to constantly scrutinize every word and act. It is enough to simply notice when you happen to notice. This provides an opportunity to stop a behavior that isn’t work- ing or creates a negative atmosphere. The “hang loose” part is important. When you relax and let go (to the extent that you can), hanging loose allows a fresh response to replace an automatic reflex. At the very least being quiet sub- dues tension, and if you still notice tension in the air, you can give yourself a time-out. I hope I’ve made at least one point. We all sacrifice our free will need- lessly. This is necessary because consciousness offers an escape route, which should be kept in mind always. DOYOUREALLY HAVEFREEWILL? Behind the appearance of free will, lots of things are predetermined. The autonomic nervous system regulates all the major processes taking place in your body. Your brain operates by fixed laws of physics and chemistry. Your genes are fixed at birth and cannot be changed. We coast along mostly ignoring these things, but that’s a mistake if you want to be as free as you assume you are IN-DEPTH DECLINE IN HINDU POPULATION STARTS ANTI-CONGRESS MOVE SAM PITRODA AND HIS VERBAL MISSTEP he decline in the Hindu population, as indi- cated by statistics from the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (EAC), is like- ly to revive discussions surrounding Hindu-Muslim communal dynamics. The EAC’s finding of a 43.15 percent rise in the Muslim population share from 1950 to 2015 instantly fuelled concerns about Hindus becoming a minority in India and Congress being blamed for its appeasement politics for the demo- graphic changes. That fear of Muslims overtaking Hindus may be a little far-fetched as the share of Muslim population increased from 9.84 percent in 1950 to 14.09 percent in 2015. According to the data provided in a paper released by the EAC, the share of the Hindu popula- tion decreased from 84.68 percent to 78.06 percent, a decline of 7.82 percent, during the same period. Significantly, the EAC paper explained that the data suggests that the country’s environment was “conducive to fostering diversity in the society” and was the “net result of all policy actions”. T am Pitroda appears to have fallen victim to a case of foot-in-the-mouth syndrome. Just last month, he sparked controversy by pro- posing a discussion on implementing inheritance tax as a means of wealth redistribution, advocating for a system similar to that of the United States. However, his suggestion faced extensive criticism and was ul- timately dismissed outright even by the party he rep- resents as chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress. In about a fortnight Pitroda has verbally mis- stepped again. Talking about India’s diversity, Pitro- da told a newspaper, “People in the East look like the Chinese, people in the West look like the Arabs, people in the North look like, may- be, White and people in the South look like Africans.” Although he added, “It does not matter. All of us are brothers and sis- ters,” it created a po- litical storm and pushed the Congress on the back foot when the poll season was at its peak. The party got into damage control and Pitroda resigned from his post but not before giving the BJP some lethal ammunition during the campaign season. Congress called Pitroda’s analogies to “describe In- dia’s diversity” as “most unfortunate and unaccepta- ble”. It is surprising how the US-based Pitroda failed to assess the damage his racist analogies would cause. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his strong indignation at the statement questioning the Con- gress’s adherence to Constitutional provisions which declare any discrimination on the basis of skin colour as unconstitutional and calling it the GOP’s attempt to divide the country on racial lines. Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Manipur shared the PM’s anger. S Congress called Pitroda’s analogies to “describe India’s diversity” as “most unfortunate and unacceptable”. It is surprising how the US-based Pitroda failed to assess the damage his racist analogies would cause O I am pained by the passing away of the Metropolitan of Believers Eastern Church, Moran Mor Athanasius Yohan. He will be remembered for his service to society and emphasis on improving the quality of life of the downtrodden. My thoughts are with his family and all devotees of the Believers Church. May his soul rest in peace. Narendra Modi @narendramodi Ipaymyheartfelttributestotheimmortalheroof valor,valorandself-respect,thebravesonofMaa Bharati,MaharanaPratapjionhisbirthanniversary. Yourcontributiontocultureandthenationisunforgettable.The struggleyouwagedagainsttheinjustice,oppressionandcultural invasionoftheMughalsisunparalleled.Thenation willalwaysdrawinspirationfromhissacrificeand dedicationtoprotectitsreligionandself-respect. Jagat Prakash Nadda (Modi Ka Parivar) @JPNadda PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Friday | May 10, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia l Vol 5 l Issue No. 333 l RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. 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  • 6. UP CM IN TOP GEAR ‘Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar’voice resonating in entire country: Yogi First India Bureau Lakhimpur Kheri ttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adity- anath on Thursday while addressing a public rally in Lakhimpur Kheri said that one voice is resonat- ing in the country, ‘Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar’ and the people will bring to power the person who brought Lord Ram. Speaking at the rally, Yogi Adityanath said, “With the end of three phases,halfoftheelection isover...Onevoiceisreso- nating in the whole coun- try, ‘Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar.’And the public is questioned about the rea- son behind the enthusi- asm, they say, ‘Jo Ram ko laye hai, ham unko lay- enge’ (We will bring the one who brought Ram).” Taking a dig at Con- gress, the Uttar Pradesh CM further said, “A so- called intellectual of Congress said that the construction of Ram Mandir was unnecessary. He is an advisor to Rahul Gandhi...” Yogi Adityanath in his speech also claimed that for Congress and the Sa- majwadi Party, these elec- tions are a way of getting power and added, “They (Congress and SP) will divide the nation based on caste... For them, the fam- ily comes first but for BJP, nation is first and hence, the elections for Congress and SP will be to make their family prosperous.” Lauding the ruling party, the UP CM said, “And for BJP, the elec- tions would be to make India ‘Viksit Bharat and Atmanirbhar Bharat...’” Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath waves to supporters during a public meeting in support of BJP candidate Ajay Mishra Teni for the Lok Sabha polls, in Lakhimpur Kheri district, Thursday. PTI U INDIA 05 Jaipur, Friday | May 10, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ‘Superhuman’ Modihitscenturyofrallies OPPN STRUGGLES TO MATCH PACE OF PM’S ‘VIJAY RATH’ First India Bureau New Delhi At the onset of the poll campaign, analysts have acknowledged PM Narendra Modi’s stra- tegic advantage over the Opposition. Now, they assert that he has surged far ahead of his rivals, notably Rahul Gandhi of the Con- gress, in traversing the nation to secure a third term for his govt. Dubbing him a ‘su- perhuman’, analysts highlight PM’s remark- able feat of surpassing a hundred rallies and con- ducting over two dozen interviews with region- al, national, and inter- national media outlets since March. This re- lentless pace under- scores PM Modi’s un- paralleled commitment and engagement on the campaign trail, setting him apart as an excep- tionally dynamic leader in the electoral arena. In the ongoing polls, PM Modi has been lead- ing the BJP-NDA coali- tion with remarkable momentum,leavingOp- position parties as mere spectators. With unpar- alleledoratoryskillsand tireless energy, PM Modi conducted a mas- sive roadshow in Vi- jayawada on Wednes- day, Andhra Pradesh, accompanied by Chan- drababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan. Starting his day with prayers at Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy temple in Telangana, PM Modi swiftly moved through a series of pub- lic meetings, addressing rallies in various con- stituencies. From Tel- angana to Andhra Pradesh, and later to Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, PM Modi’s rigorous cam- paign schedule show- cased his commitment to ensuring a third term for his government. ON THE OTHER HAND, OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE ADOPTING A LACKADAISICAL APPROACH On the other hand, the observers have also taken note of the rather lackadaisical approach of the Opposition parties, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, that has already pushed the alliance on the backfoot. Insisting that the ‘challenger’ has largely been missing, they reveal that since the ‘Nyay Yatra’ ended on March 17, Rahul Gandhi has addressed only 39 public meetings till May 8 - many of them planned poorly and held in areas where the Congress may not have much chance of emerging victorious. They also point out that, unlike PM Modi, the Congress MP has not given any interview to put across the viewpoint of the I.N.D.I.A. bloc. PM Narendra Modi with JanaSena party chief and actor Pawan Kalyan and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu during a roadshow in Vijayawada. Giveus10seats,wewill makeT’ganaNo.1:Shah First India Bureau Hyderabad Sabha representatives, pledging to elevate the state to the forefront of the nation. Speaking at a pub- lic gathering in the Bhon- gir Lok Sabha constituen- cy, he envisioned that se- curing a double-digit tally from Telangana would contribute significantly to theBJP-ledNDA’sgoalof surpassing the 400-seat mark nationwide. Highlighting the BJP’s electoral progress, Shah pointed out that the party has garnered nearly 200 seats across three phases of the elections. He framed the current elec- toral contest as a decisive choice between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Ra- hul Gandhi, characteriz- ing it as a vote for devel- opment versus divisive politics, and for the wel- fare of the people versus dynastic interests. Shah criticized the Congress for its dwin- dling presence in the elec- toral arena, asserting that it struggles to field candi- dates.HelabeledtheCon- gress, Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), and Maj- lis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) as proponents of Muslim appeasement, dubbing them the ‘ABC of appeasement’, with ‘A’ for Asaduddin Owaisi, ‘B’ for BRS, and ‘C’ for Congress. Union HM Amit Shah with BJP Yadadri Bhuvanagiri candidate Boora Narsaiah Goud in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri on Thursday. ANI SHAH: IF BJP WINS, WE WILL SCRAP MUSLIM RESERVATION AND GIVE IT TO SC, ST AND OBC Bhongir: Union HM Amit Shah on Thursday said if BJP comes to power, it will increase the reservation of SC, ST, and OBC and will end the Muslim reser- vation. While appealing to the public, Shah said, “Congress wants to fight elections by speaking lies. They say that if PM Narendra Modi comes, he will finish the reservation. PM Modi has been leading this country unanimously for the last 10 years, but he did not end the reservation. However, the Congress party has robbed the reservations of SC, ST and OBC by giving 4 per cent reservation to Muslims.” Congress and BRS can’t stop Owaisi. They are the ABC of appeasement. A for Asaduddin Owaisi, B for BRS and C for Congress. AMIT SHAH, Union Home Minister Decline in Hindu population is a concern: BJP Agencies New Delhi TheBJPonThursdayheld Congress responsible for the 7.82 per cent decline in the Hindu population from 1950 to 2015. Sharing a news clip about a shrink in Hindu population, BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malviya post- ed on X, “Share of Hin- dus shrunk 7.8 per cent between 1950 and 2015. Muslim population grew at 43 per cent.” “This is what decades of Congress rule did to us. Left to them, there would be no country for Hindus,” he said. According to a study publishedbytheEconom- icAdvisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC- PM), from 1950 to 2015, the Hindu population de- clined by 7.8 per cent while the Muslim popula- tion grew at 43 per cent. According to 1951 census, the population of Hindus in India was 84.68 per cent which de- clined to 78.06 per cent in 2015 while Muslim population increased to 14.09 per cent from from 9.84 per cent. REPORT POSES QUESTIONS: CHANDRASEKHAR New Delhi: After the Economic Advisory Council to the PM (EAC-PM) report said that the share of the Muslim population between 1950 and 2015 has increased, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Thursday said that this is a very important report that poses questions that need serious answers. “The questions to be asked need serious answers,” Chandrasekhar told ANI. WB Guv shows CCTV footage to people Agencies Kolkata In the wake of sexual molestation allegations against West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose, the Raj Bhavan released CCTV footage of the premises on May 2 to around 100 common peo- ple. Significantly, the footage released or telecasted, the Raj Bhavan said, comes in the wake of ‘mischie- vous’and ‘fabricated’al- legations by the Kolkata Police that the gover- nor’s office is not pro- viding the CCTV foot- age of an incident. Released under the ‘Sach ke Saamne’ pro- gram, the Governor’s of- fice said any citizen of West Bengal can watch the footage except CM Mama- ta Banerjee and Bengal Police for the stand they have taken. “To watch the footage, anyone inter- ested can simply drop an email to adcrajb- havankolkata@gmail. com and governor-wb@ nic.in or call 033- 2200164,” it added. Priyanka Gandhi reacts to PM’s ‘Ambani-Adani’ attack on Rahul ANI Raebareli After PM Narendra Modi questioned why Con- gress leader Rahul Gan- dhi stopped raking up the “Ambani-Adani” issue in his speeches, party’s gen- eral secretary Priyanka Gandhi reacted to the re- mark, saying her brother speaks about them daily. “PM Modi said that Rahul Gandhi is not tak- ing Adani’s name. The truth is this- Rahul talks about Adani daily,” she said on Thursday. Commenting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘need 400 seats so the Congress cannot put the Babri lock on the Ram Mandir inAyodhya’ statement, she said, “This is a blatant lie. Congress has said again and again that everyone will re- spect the decision of the Supreme Court and that is what we have done and will continue to do.” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being welcomed by party workers during her election campaign in Rae Bareli, on Thursday. PTI BJP’s MP chief flays Pitroda’s statement ANI Ujjain The BJP’s MP chief VD Sharma on Thursday came down heavily on former Indian Overseas Congress chief Sam Pitroda over his racist rant against Indians saying the latter’s statement was an assault on the unity and integrity of the country. Speaking to ANI on Thursday here after of- fered prayers at Ma- hakaleshwar temple, he said, “Whatever Pitroda said was an assault on the unity and integrity of the country. He inflicted a deep wound on the plural andsovereigncharacterof the country. Hence, it is importantthatsuchpeople are prosecuted in accord- ance with the law of the land.TheCongressandits so-called leaders have been putting a taint on the country’s image on for- eign soil. This statement hasexposedtheCongress’ character and mentality.” CONG INDULGING IN RACIAL ABUSE: BJP Bengaluru: The Karnataka BJP has slammed Con- gress over Sam Pitroda’s remarks. “The people of South India have a history of 5,000 years. Without knowing the facts, Con- gress has called us South Africans while attempts are being made to disturb the peace,” Karnataka LoP R Ashoka said on Thursday. Pradhan:BJPwillwin all21LSseatsinOdisha ANI Sambalpur Union Minister and BJP candidate from Sambal- pur, Dharmendra Pradhan expressed confidence that BJPwillwinallthe21Lok Sabha seats of the state in the upcoming polls. Dharmendra Pradhan said, “The credibility and trust in PM Narendra Modi is 100 percent in Odisha. BJP will win all the 21 Lok Sabha seats of the state. PM Modi has emphasised, why the state of immense possi- bilities, Odisha is lagging behind. Why people are migrating to other states for jobs? Why there is no drinking water in villag- es? Why irrigation is not taking place? Why there is no cold storage? Why there are no doctors in government hospitals?” He said that this in- competent govt is abus- ing PM Modi to hide its failures and the people of Odisha will answer to it. “BJP WILL FORM GOVT IN ODISHA ON JUNE 10” Ganjam: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said that PM Narendra Modi will take oath first after the Lok Sabha poll results on June 4 and fol- lowing that, the BJP govt will take oath in Odisha on June 10. “After 4th June, first, PM Modi will take oath. After that, BJP govt will take oath in Odisha on 10th June,” Sarma told ANI on Thursday.
  • 7. INDIA 06 Jaipur, Friday | May 10, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia FOSTERING ECONOMY India’s GDP growth to surpass China soon Agencies New Delhi robust gross do- mestic product (GDP) growth, continuous thrust on manufacturing with global giants (likeApple) strengthening their local supply chains, topAmer- ican corporate honchos praising the overall de- velopment under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and political stability en- sure that India is in a po- sition to pip China on most economic parame- ters faster than expected. If we look at the eco- nomic growth, India’s GDP growth has been exceeding China’s for a few years now. While India clocked GDP growth at around 7.5 per cent in 2023, Chi- na’s growth hovered around 5 per cent. For the first quarter (Q1) this year, China’s GDP grew 5.3 per cent. On a quar- ter-on-quarter basis, it grew a mere 1.6 per cent. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has pegged India’s growth projection to 6.8 per cent this year, an in- crease of 0.3 per cent over its January update, while China’s GDP growth has been pegged at 4.6 per cent in 2024 and is expected to slow down further to 4.1 per cent in 2025. The IMF even projects China’s growth declin- ing towards 3.5 per cent in 2028 and estimates that by 2027, India will become the world’s third-largest economy, after the US and China. On Thursday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sithar- aman said that PM Modi’s government will be formed again for a third term and India’s economy will reach third place globally (behind the US and China) from fifth place in the coming year or so – faster than what is being projected. A Agencies New Delhi The India Meteorologi- cal Department (IMD) on Thursday, predicted a wet spell accompanied by thunderstorms, light- ning and gusty winds over Central, East and south Peninsular India till May 12. According to IMD, “Fairly widespread to widespread light rainfall accompanied by thunder- storm, lightning and squally winds up to 50 kmph is expected over West Bengal, Sikkim Bi- har, Jharkhand and Odi- sha till May 12 with the possibility of isolated heavy rainfall.” “Fairly widespread to widespread light rainfall accompanied with iso- lated thunderstorm, lightning and winds gusting up to 40 kmph very likely over Arunachal Pradesh, As- sam, Meghalaya, Naga- land, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura for the next 7 days,” the IMD said. Isolated heavy rainfall also very likely over Arunachal Pradesh, As- sam, Meghalaya, Naga- land, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura today. Isolated heavy rainfall very likely over South Interior Karnataka on May 09th, 12th 13th; over Tamil Nadu, Pu- ducherry Karaikal on May 9 12th; Rayala- seema, Telangana on 13th and Kerala Mahe on 09th, 12th 13th May, 2024. The coastal areas of Gujarat will witness hot and humid weather for the next 5 days, the IMD said. ANI Ranchi Union Finance Minister NirmalaSitharamanwhile speaking at an event of Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce on the theme “Vikshit Bharat 2047” in Ranchi urged the Jharkhand govt and fintech companies to channel the “extraordi- nary misguided talent in theState,”thatisresorting to cybercrimes into areas such as ethical hacking. Sitharaman pointed out that financial regulators can highlight how such people can be engaged for ethical practices to com- bat cyber frauds and that the Government should highlight such potential stressed the importance of using the young talent. Agencies Chennai Eight people, including two women, were killed in a blast at a fireworks factory in Sivakasi in Ta- mil Nadu’s Virudhanagar district on Thursday, while several others were injured, officials said. Police and fire person- nel reached the spot for rescue operations and the injured, which include two in serious condition, were being taken to the Virudhunagar govern- ment medical college and hospital. Further details were awaited. Sivakasi is ‘fireworks capital’ of India with an annual turnover of Rs 6,000 cr and employing more than 1 lakh people directly and around two and half lakh indirectly. Agencies Mohali Two shooters suspected to be involved in the murder a 32-year-old bouncer in Punjab on May 8 were arrested dur- ing an encounter with the police in Mohali on Thursday, officials said. Both the men, identi- fied as Kiran alias Dhan- ua and Vikram Rana – were injured in the shootout, they added. According to police, the accused are said to be involved in alleged re- venge killing of Munish Kumar alias Mani Bouncer who was shot dead in broad daylight near Chandon village in Kharar on May 6. The killing was the fallout of a gang rivalry between two groups of bouncers. Agencies New Delhi Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane, while highlighting the emphasis being laid by the Government on infra- structure development along the borders, exhort- ed the infrastructure firms to contribute in further strengthening the appara- tus. Addressing a National Symposium and Industry Meet on ‘Emerging Tech- nologies in Infrastructure Development’, organised by Defence Research and Development Organisa- tion (DRDO) here on Thursday, Aramane said that while the Armed Forces personnel are be- ing provided with latest weapons/equipment, the private sector should con- tribute in bolstering the infrastructureset-upinthe border areas, a Defence Ministry statement said. He referred to Vibrant Villages Programme, which aims to motivate people to stay in their na- tive locations in border areas, urged the firms to set up a separate sec- tion, within their respec- tive organisations, which focuses on development in far-flung areas.He urged industry to collab- orate closely with govt. Agencies New Delhi Delhi University's North Campus hosted the 'Run for Viksit Bharat' on May 8. This run, organized in collaboration with theVi- kas Bharat Ambassador Club, witnessed a re- markable turnout of over 8,000 students from more than 80 colleges across Delhi University repre- senting various under- graduate and postgradu- ate disciplines. Asea of young partici- pants gathered at 6:00 a.m adorned in T-shirts bearing the 'Viksit Bharat Ambassadors' inscrip- tion. Together, they par- ticipated in a 2km run to promote the vision of a developed nation by 2047. Chief guests Raj- kummar Rao and Saina Nehwal emphasized youth’s role in shaping ‘Viksit Bharat’ at the event. Nehwal highlight- ed voting’s importance for national progress, resonating with attend- ees. Rao, a Delhi Univer- sity alumnus, urged dili- gent voting in ongoing LS elections, aligning with Nehwal’s call for increased voter engage- ment. Both underscored the power of the ballot in India’s ascent globally. FI TOON RainfallexpectedoverCentral, EastSouthPeninsularIndia:IMD The coastal areas of Gujarat will witness hot and humid weather for the next 5 days, the IMD said Weather dept also forecasts hailstorm activity over MP, Vidarbha, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada for today Children bath in a water body for respite from the scorching sun, on a hot summer day, in Amritsar on Thursday. PTI Union Finance Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman being welcomed during a party meeting for Lok Sabha elections, in Ranchi on Thursday. PTI Flames billow out after a firecracker blast at a fireworks- manufacturing unit, in Sivakasi, Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu on Thursday. PTI THUNDERSTORMS AND RAIN EXPECTED FROM MAY 12 IN PUNE IMD ISSUES ‘YELLOW' ALERT IN TN FROM MAY 9-14 An IMD official highlighted the likelihood of light rains in Pune and sur- rounding areas starting May 12, attributed to a cyclonic circulation over the Northeast Ara- bian Sea and adjoining Gujarat region, leading to moisture incursion. Although the show- ers may not be heavy, they are expected to provide much-needed relief from the scorching temperatures. The Indian Meteorologi- cal Department (IMD) has issued a 'yel- low' alert in Tamil Nadu from May 9 to May 14 over the possibility of heavy rains and winds. The Weather Depart- ment in a communique issued on Thursday said that there are chances of gusty winds at the speed of 40 kmph along with heavy rains in Tamil Nadu over the next five days. Wah Taj! Miss Universe 2023 Sheynnis Palacios poses for pictures at the Taj Mahal, in Agra on Thursday. PTI INDIA’S ECONOMIC REFORMS DRIVE GROWTH According to IMF data, India’s per capita GDP in 2024 has increased to $2,850 which works out to 42% of the $6,770 for its peer countries. It means that the gap has been nar- rowed, with India’s economic performance being better than other emerging economies in last 10 years. This 10-year journey is marked by several reforms, both substantive and incremental, which have significantly contributed to the country’s eco- nomic progress,” according to the government. ‘Misguided’youth shouldbe used ethically to check cyber frauds: FM Eight killed in blast at fireworks factory in Tamil Nadu’s Sivakasi DATA OF CYBERCRIME IN JHARKHAND According to data, from 2019 to July 2023, a total of 5,350 cases of cybercrime have been reported in the state. Among these, 1,432 cases were regis- tered in Ranchi district alone. Other districts with high num- bers of cybercrime cases include Dhanbad (496 cases), Deoghar (405 cases), Jamshedpur (384 cases), and Haz- aribagh (348 cases). Despite a slight decrease from 2021, Jharkhand reported 967 cybercrime cases in 2022, making it the second highest in the country for cybercrime cases. Defence Secretary urges Infra firms to contribute in govt's border devp initiatives 8k students at DU ‘Run for Viksit Bharat' VISION OF A DEVELOPED INDIA by 2047 Saina Nehwal Rajkumar Rao during the 'Run For Viksit Bharat' event held at DU. Viksit Bharat run is very important. We are here today so that we build such a future, such a country which is the best in the world. We are anyway doing so well in every field. But I want us to work even better and become one of the best by 2047. We are heading towards that... It feels great to return to my alma mater. We are all here for Viksit Bharat 2047. We are committed to this initiative to create more opportunities for everyone and build a better India for the younger generation. SAINA NEHWAL, BADMINTON ACE RAJKUMAR RAO, ACTOR Mohali bouncer murder: 2 held after shootout Saddened to learn about the loss of many lives due to an explosion at a firecracker fac- tory near Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for speedy recovery of the injured. President of India@rashtrapatibhvn
  • 8. INDIAN CINEMA SOUNDTRACKS Academy Museum to celebrate Indian music PTI New Delhi he Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has organised a pro- gramme which will ex- plore “musical tapes- tries” created by ac- claimed soundtracks of three celebrated films from Indian cinema – “RRR”, “Slumdog Mil- lionaire” and “Lagaan”. The museum, under the Academy of Motion Pic- tureArtsandSciences,said the lecture will be held on May 18 at David Geffen Theater in Los Angeles. “Join us in celebrating Indian cinema andAcade- myAward history through an immersive exploration into the music mastery of ‘RRR’ (2022), ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (2008), and ‘Lagaan’(2001). “This program delves into the musical tapestries woven by the acclaimed soundtracks of three groundbreaking films, eachcelebratednotjustfor their cinematic excellence but also for their musical innovation, and how they resonated with audiences worldwide,” as per Mu- seum’s official website. The lecture will be fol- lowed by a live tabla and performance by dance company Bollypop and Sadubas (collaborative duoofclassicaltablaartist Robin Sukhadia and elec- tronic music producer AmeetMehta)reinterpret- ing the music of all three films, the statement read. SS Rajamouli’s “RRR” followed a pre- independence fictional story woven around two real-life Indian revolu- tionaries — Alluri Sitar- ama Raju (Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Jr NTR) — in the 1920s. “Lagaan”, “RRR” “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtracks on display. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, under the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said the lecture will be held on May 18 at David Geffen Theater in Los Angeles T Jaipur, Friday | May 10, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 RidingonViratknock,RCBdefeat PBKSby60runsatDharamshala First India Bureau Dharamshala Royal Challengers Ben- galuru beat Punjab Kings by 60 runs in their IPL match at Dharamshala on Thursday. Chasing a vic- tory target of 242 runs, the Punjab were bowled all out for 181 runs. Earlier, Virat Kohli’s fiery 92-run knock pow- ered Royal Challengers Bengaluru(RCB)to241/7 against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the IPL at the HimachalPradeshCricket Association Stadium. The RCB batters dis- played a stupendous per- formance in Dharamsala and gave a solid target in a must-win IPL match. After winning the toss Sam Curran’s Pun- jab Kings sent RCB to bat first, however, their decision did not go in their favour. Kohli (92) and Faf du Plessis (9) opened for the visitors. Even though the skipper failed to make a mark in the game but Kohli did not make his absence felt on the crease. The RCB openers could only make a part- nership of 19 runs after Faf was dismissed by Vidhwath Kaverappa in the third over of the first inning. The Proteas bat- ter smashed just 2 fours at a strike rate of 128.57. Soon after the first dis- missal, RCB lost Will Jacks (12) in the 5th over, when the visitors were at 43/2. Jacks slammed just one four and six. Virat Kohli’s blitz knock propels RCB to 241/7 against PBKS USmeddlinginIndia’s ongoingLSpolls:Russia PTI Moscow The US has not yet pro- vided any reliable evi- dence of involvement of Indian citizens in murder plot of a Khalistani terror- ist in that country, Russia has saidaccusing Wash- ington of meddling in In- dia’s domestic affairs and the ongoing elections. In November last year, US federal prosecutors charged Indian national Nikhil Gupta with work- ing with an Indian gov- ernment employee in the foiled plot to kill Gur- patwant Pannun. Pan- nun, wanted in India on terror charges, holds dual citizenship of the US and Canada. He has been des- ignated as a terrorist by the Union Home Ministry under the anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Pre- vention) Act. Russian Foreign Min- istry spokesperson Maria Zakharova, when asked to respond to a report claiming that India is try- ing to adopt the policies as Russia and Saudi Ara- bia, said: “According to the information we have, Washington has not yet provided any reliable evi- dence of the involvement of Indian citizens in the preparation of the murder of a certain GS Pannun. Speculation on this topic in the absence of evi- dence is unacceptable.” Washington lacks un- derstanding of India’s na- tional mentality and his- toryandcontinuestomake “unfounded accusations” about religious freedoms in India, she said. “Regular unfounded ac- cusationsbytheUSagainst New Delhi ...we see that they groundlessly accuse not only India but also many other states...of vio- lating religious freedoms are a reflection of the Unit- ed States’ misunderstand- ing of the national mental- ity, the historical context of the development of the In- dianstateanddisrespectfor India as a state,” she said. ANI New Delhi NationalSecurityAdvisor (NSA) Ajit Doval met with his United Kingdom counterpart, Tim Barrow, onThursday for the India- UK Strategic Dialogue. During this meeting, the two top sides held discussions on the “Tech- nology and Security Ini- tiative, which will be a major bilateral mecha- nism to strengthen coop- eration in critical and emerging technologies between the two coun- tries”, govt officials said. They also discussed bilateral issues and re- gional and global matters of mutual interest. “This visit will strengthen and further broaden the Com- prehensive Strategic Part- nership between the two countries,” said officials. Earlier, Jaishankar held a meeting with Bar- row in Delhi and dis- cussed regional and glob- al issues of importance. Doval,UKcounterpartdiscusscritical tech,globalissuesatstrategicdialogue Agencies Peshawar The only private school for girls in a remote vil- lage in restive North Wa- ziristan was blown up and destroyed by explo- sives, a media report said on Thursday. No casualties were re- ported in the incident that occurred on Wednesday in the Drazanda area of Dera Ismail Khan dis- trict, a Pakistani daily reported on Thursday, quoting the local police. The school’s security guard said that unidenti- fied individuals blew up the school with bombs, destroying two rooms. “He also complained of being severely beaten up by the perpetrators be- fore they left,” the news- paper report said. Unidentified men blow up girls’ school in Pak SL Prez poll between Sept 17 and October 16 This was the only private school for girls in the Drazanda area of Dera Ismail Khan district in North Western Pakistan. Act of Terror Election Schedule PTI Colombo Sri Lanka will hold pres- idential election between September 17 and Octo- ber 16, the country’s top electoralbodyannounced on Thursday. In a notice signed by its chairman RMAL Rat- nayake on Thursday, Election Commission said it will call for nomi- nations to hold the Presi- dential election within the specified timeframe in terms of the provisions of the Constitution. The last presidential election was held on No- vember 19, 2019 when Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected. The announce- ment came on the second anniversary of the public uprising against Gota- baya Rajapaksa’s gov- ernment over the han- dling of the unprecedent- ed economic crisis in the island nation. On May 9, 2022, Ma- hinda Rajapaksa was forced to resign follow- ing anti-government pro- tests. Ranil Wickremes- inghe replaced him as the prime minister. Two months later, Wickremesinghe re- placed Gotabaya Raja- paksa as the President to serve the balance term until the end of 2024. PTI Lahore A heavy police force was deployed outside the resi- dence of jailed former prime minister Imran Khan and the offices of the Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf here in Punjab prov- ince of Pakistan onThurs- day to prevent any protest by the party on first anni- versaryofMay9violence. The mayhem on May 9 last year was led by sup- porters of Khan’s party who were triggered into action by his arrest in a caseofallegedcorruption. His supporters vandal- ised a dozen military in- stallations, including the Jinnah House, Mianwali Airbase and the ISI build- ing in Faisalabad after the cricketer-turned-pol- itician was arrested in a corruption case. Heavy force deployed in Pak to stop protest by Imran’s party PTI Melbourne Two Indian-origin broth- ers wanted in the murder of a 22-year-old MTech student from India have been arrested by Austral- ian police. Abhijeet Abhijeet, 26, and Robin Gartan, 27, were arrested on Tuesday in the New South Wales country town of Goulburn police are preparing to ex- traditethemtoVictoria,the Goulburn Post reported. The brothers were on the run since the early hours of Sunday after Navjeet Sandhu from Noble Park was killed and a 30-year-old man, also from Noble Park, was injured at an Or- mond home in Mel- bourne’s southeast. 2 Indian-origin brothers held for stabbing Indian student to death NSA of India Ajit Doval during a meeting with National Security Advisor of the United Kingdom (UK) Tim Barrow (left). Russia has accused Washington of meddling in India’s domestic affairs and the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. REPRESENTATIONAL RCB’s Karn Sharma celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Punjab Kings’ Rilee Rossouw during an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 T20 cricket match between Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bengaluru, at HPCA Stadium, in Dharamshala, on Thursday. PTI RCB’s Virat Kohli and Cameron Green interact during IPL match against Punjab Kings, in Dharamshala, on Thursday. PTI IPL Match No. 58 Regular unfounded accusations by the United States against New Delhi ...we see that they groundlessly accuse not only India but also many other states...of violating religious freedoms are a reflection of the United States’ misunderstanding of the national mentality, the historical context of the development of the Indian state and disrespect for India as a state, MARIA ZAKHAROVA, RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON MAY 9 PLOTTER WON’T GO SCOT-FREE: ARMY Islamabad: Pakistan’s army on Thursday condemned the vio- lent protests by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters last year, vowing that it would not allow its “executors” to get away with their violent acts. On May 9 last year, violent protests erupted after the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan by paramilitary Rang- ers from the premises of the Islamabad High Court. IMRAN KHAN REFUSES TO TENDER APOLOGY Islamabad: Paki- stan’s jailed former PM Imran Khan has refused to apologise for the unprecedented May 9 riots, a day after the military ruled out dialogue with his party unless they tendered a public apology over the unprecedented violence. Khan also said that he was ready to face an inquiry into the sit-in that his Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf party staged in 2014, media reported. VIRATMILESTONE, KOHLISCORES600 PLUSRUNS4thTIME Dharamshala: It was another record-breaking day for star Royal Challengers Bengaluru and India batter Virat Kohli as he became the second player who has scored over 600 runs four times in the IPL. Virat accomplished this feat during his side’s game against Punjab Kings at Dharamshala on Thursday. Virat smashed 92 in just 47 balls, with seven fours and six sixes. His runs came at a strike rate of 195.74. In the ongoing season, Virat holds the Orange Cap for the most runs, with 634 runs in 12 matches at an average of 70.44 and a strike rate of 153.51. He has scored a century and five fifties and his best score is 113*. Virat has four seasons with 600 or more runs in the IPL, tied with Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul. FILE
  • 9. 08 The only major difference between building things up or destroying them, is wisdom, so choose wisely. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Friday | May 10, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia GUV’S ADVISORY PANEL MEET PRIORITISE SUSTAINABLE, LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT OF STATE: GUV MISHRA Vinod Singh Chouhan Jaipur overnor Kalraj Mishra called for working to- gether for the balanced and sustainable develop- ment of the state during a meetingoftheGovernor’s Advisory Committee at Raj Bhavan. He emphasised that sustainable and long- term development of the state should be priori- tised, urging for concert- ed efforts towards this goal. Mishra highlighted the importance of imple- menting well-planned schemes in areas such as tribal welfare, education, agriculture, tourism, and industry to ensure com- prehensive development. The Governor also un- derscored the signifi- cance of undertaking ef- fective initiatives related to state development un- der Corporate Social Re- sponsibility (CSR) and ensuring their execution. The Governor stressed age-appropriate develop- ment using Rajasthan’s resourcesandintensifying entrepreneurship efforts during the meeting. Governor Kalraj Mishra chairs the meeting of the Governor’s Advisory Committee at the Raj Bhavan in Jaipur on Thursday. Govind Ram Jaiswal, Gaurav Goyal and others were present. G CM’sAurangabadMumbai tourkickstartstomorrow Vikas Sharma Jaipur Medical and Health Min- ister Gajendra Singh Kh- imsar addressed the press regarding the organ transplant fake NOC case, citing a significant conspiracy dating back to 2020. He emphasized the need to uncover all con- nections related to Gaurav Singh and vowed to apprehend the real cul- prits who exploited the system’s weaknesses. Khimsar highlighted the Chief Minister’s di- rective for swift action, similar to the paper leak case, and stressed the urgency of forming a committee to investigate the matter thoroughly. He hinted at involvement from the previous gov- ernment and proposed another committee to ex- pose the multi-crore scam. After meeting the Governor, Khimsar reit- erated the Chief Minis- ter’s instructions for prompt resolution and evidence submission against Dr Sudhir Bhandari. He under- scored efforts to ascertain the extent of involvement from previous govt min- isters and noted Gaurav Singh’s cooperation in disclosing past meetings. “We have no records of how many NOCs were issued how much ac- tion was taken. During that time, people took advantage of situation. We will request CM form another panel to expose multi-crore scam, similar to that of paper leak case,” Khimsar said. Naresh Sharma Jaipur In the upcoming phases of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, more than 170 senior leaders and offi- cials from Rajasthan will lead the Congress party's campaign efforts in Har- yana, Punjab, and Delhi under the directions of Rajasthan Pradesh Con- gress President Govind Singh Dotasra. Swarnim Chaturvedi, the General Secretary and spokesperson of the Rajasthan Pradesh Con- gress Committee, re- vealed that, upon the urg- ing of Pradesh Congress Committees in Haryana, Punjab, and Delhi, Do- tasra, the President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Con- gress Committee, has en- trusted the crucial re- sponsibility of campaign- ing for Congress candi- dates in these states to over 170 senior Congress members from Ra- jasthan. This group in- cludes legislators, legis- lative candidates, and former chairpersons of corporations and boards from Rajasthan. Dotasra has instructed senior leaders from Rajasthan to take responsibility in various states, a list of which has been sent to the Congress committees of Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi. These leaders have been directed to diligently manage their campaign duties upon ar- rival in the allocated LS constituencies over the next three days. Addi- tionally, they are to pro- vide reports to PCC re- garding their activities. State government reinstates three RAS officers SC: No ban on Aravalli mining; approval required Birla to attend an event in Raj Bhavan today First India Bureau Jaipur The State govt has rein- stated three RAS offic- ers. A committee was formed to deliberate on cases of reinstatement, after which the decision of revoking the suspen- sion was made. The pan- el recommended the rein- statement of the RAS officers, a decision that was acknowledged and executed by DoP. The re- instated officers include Chetan Chauhan, former ADM of Jhalawar, Nidhi Narnolia, former Asst Collector of Bansur, and Nidhi Singh, formerAsst Collector of Bundi. Their suspension was revoked without any influence on inquiry against them. Kamal Kant Vyas New Delhi Supreme Court has ruled that there will be no ban on the current legal min- ing process and mining auction pro- cess. How- ever, after mining re- lated statutory approval, the concerned state will have to take SC’s permis- sion for mining leases. The directions were givenduringthehearingin the matter ofAravalli con- servation. The court said thatstatesconnectedtothe Aravalli mountain range will submit reports after discussion on the issue of Aravali conservation in the next two months. First India Bureau Jaipur LS Speaker Om Birla will travel from Jaipur to Kota by road today. Prior to this, he will participate in a pro- gramme or- ganised at Jaipur Raj Bhavan. He will arrive in Jaipur by air at 7 am today and will direct- ly head to Raj Bhavan from Jaipur Airport. Fol- lowing this, he will par- ticipate in an event organ- ised at Mahavir School located at Statue Circle at 11:30 am. He will then depart for Kota by road. Bhanwar S Charan Kota A legal crisis has arisen in Kota South Municipal Corporation which has put the department of lo- cal bodies (DLB) in a dilemma. The Corporation had a Congress board with Ra- jeev Agrawal being the mayor. Agrawal along with 7 councilors has joined BJP. Now, in such a situation, the question is whether the board should be considered that of Congress or BJP. Local officials raised their hands and sent the file to the headquarters for guidance. DLB is also looking for provisions for such a case, which has probably come for the first time. Meanwhile, Corpora- tion’s finance committee chairman and Congress Councilor Devesh Tiwari reached the Mayor's of- fice today and demanded for resignation on moral grounds. “Now that you (Rajeev Agrawal) are in BJP, show morality by follow- ing the ideals of Lord Shri Ram and resign as the mayor,” Tiwari said. First India Bureau Ludhiana Senior BJP leader and Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Shekhawat as- serted that Sam Pitroda had revealed the true di- visive philosophy of the Congress party, which seeks to divide people along sectarian, caste, communal, regional, and linguistic lines. Shekha- wat noted that Pitroda had added a racial angle to this philosophy. Shekhawat highlight- ed the need to understand Pitroda's remarks in the context of Rahul Gan- dhi's speeches, where Gandhi has consistently divided Indians into cat- egories such as Dalits, backward classes,Adiva- sis, and minorities. He suggested that Pitroda's racial comments indicat- ed his influence as Gan- dhi's ideological mentor. Regarding BJP's pros- pects in Ludhiana and Punjab, he confidently asserted that BJP would pleasantly surprise eve- ryone, claiming that the party would emerge as ‘No. 1’ party in Punjab. He expressed confidence in BJP’s strong position in most of Punjab’s 13 constituencies. First India Bureau Ajmer Assembly Speaker Vas- udev Devnani has strong- ly condemned the state- ment made by Syed Sar- war Chishti, Secretary of the Anjuman of Ajmer Dargah, regarding Jain monks. “Sarwar Chishti has insulted Indian Sana- tan culture by comment- ing on Jain saints. He should apologise to the entire Sanatan culture,” Devnani said. Devnani stated that a letter would be written to the Archaeological Survey of India to ascertain the truth about the Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra. The Speaker remarked that Sarwar Chishti re- ferred to Jain saints as “without clothes”. “Jain saints remain unclothed throughout their lives and impart a message of devotion and penance to society. Their conduct symbolises purity in so- ciety. Jain saints have always emphasized non- violence,” he said. “Chishti’s remarks against Jain saints is ex- tremely disgusting, unfor- tunate, and indicative of his distorted mentality. It insult the entire Jain soci- ety and Sanatan culture,” Devnani added. Utilising the Governor’s Advisory Board, we’re fostering continuous, sustainable, and holistic development by gathering insights from experts. Implementing suggestions from past meetings, particularly in university education and beyond, has proven fruitful. KALRAJ MISHRA, GOVERNOR Pitroda has laid bare Cong’s true ‘divisive’ ideology: GS Shekhawat Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Gajendra Singh Khimsar Making Pitroda resign as the Chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress is just an eyewash, as he continues to be the advisor of the Congress and an ideological mentor of Rahul Gandhi. GS SHEKHAWAT, UNION MINISTER He will attend Pravasi Rajasthani conference in Mumbai on May 12 THE 2-DAY TOUR ITINERARY First India Bureau Jaipur On May 11, Chief Min- ister Bhajan Lal Sharma is scheduled to visit Shri Ghrishneshwar Temple, Sambhaji inAurangabad at 10:45 am for darshan and worship. Following this, he will meet mem- bers of the Rajasthani society at 1 pm at Hotel Rama International, Sambhaji Nagar. Later, CM Sharma will depart for Mumbai from Au- rangabad at 4:10 pm, where a migrant Rajast- hani conference will be held in support of Lok Sabha candidate Yamini Jadhav from South Mumbai at Bhatia Ma- hajan Wadi on Kalba Devi Road at 6 pm. Sub- sequently, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma will engage with industrialists and businessmen at 8 pm and will spend the night in Mumbai. On May 12, Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma will interact with leaders of the Jain com- munity at 10:30 am at Hotel Trident, Nariman Point.There will be a dia- logue with the Rajasthani media at Hotel Trident at 11:30 am. CM will then participate in the Pravasi Prabuddh Sammelan at Maxus Mall at 1:15 pm and in the Pravasi Rajast- hani conference at 5:30 pm at Swami Vivekanan- da Education Centre, Da- hisar East. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma waves at people as he arrives to address a public meeting in support of BJP candidate from Thorrur in Warangal LS constituency, Aroori Ramesh in Telangana on Thursday. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma receives a warm welcome from Aroori Ramesh at Thorrur Helipad. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma greets people upon his arrival in Thorrur. DY CM DIYA KUMARI TO VISIT DELHI TODAY Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari will be in Delhi today, where she will tour the West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency and participate in the women's conference of Kesopur division at 4 pm. She will also address a public meeting at 5:30 pm in Krishi Kunj in Karol Bagh. Organ transplant scam was going on since 2020: Khimsar SarwarChishtishouldapologiseforinsulting JainsSanatanculture,assertsDevnani Vasudev Devnani distributes a kit to a patient during the 'National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme' in Ajmer on Thursday. Crisis in Kota Municipal Corp as 7 Cong councillors along with Mayor join BJP Raj Congress leaders spearhead campaign in Haryana, Punjab, Delhi for LS polls Govind Singh Dotasra meets Pramod Jain Bhaya and other leaders at PCC office in Jaipur on Thursday. Govind Singh Dotasra with Ramchandra Choudhary at PCC office.
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