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MODI’S‘VIJAYSHANKHNAAD’
SETTOECHOINRAJ’SBRAJTODAY!
PM Narendra Modi
PM IN KARAULI FOR POLL RALLY
KARTIKEY DEV SINGH
ith a little over a week left to the first phase of polls
in Rajasthan, BJP has intensified the public appear-
ances of its ‘trump card’- Prime Minister Narendra
Modi. With 12 Lok Sabha seats undergoing polls
on April 19, the BJP is not leaving any stone unturned to swing
the voters to its side and thus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
will be seen conducting ‘blitzkrieg’ tours of the desert state.
Having held public rallies in support of the party’s candidates
from Jaipur Rural, Churu andAjmer, PM Modi will now address
the voters of the Karauli-Dholpur seat. It is a well-known fact
that PM Modi’s face is the biggest poll influencer in BJP’s kit-
ty and hence the party think-tank and strategists are using this
advantage to make the opposition inconsequential!
The mood of voters from the Karauli-Dholpur seat has always
been considered to be ‘unique’ i.e. they do not get influenced
into voting for one party en masse easily, however, having
changed that belief over the past two times, PM Modi would
once again look to repeat his earlier success on the seat, in a bid
to bag all 25 seats of the state in his party’s kitty.
Modi will address a public meeting, dubbed the Vijay
Shankhnaad rally’ on April 11 on the occasion of Gangaur at
Siddharth City located on Karauli-Kailadevi Marg in support
of Indu Devi Jatav, BJP candidate from Karauli-Dholpur Lok
Sabha constituency. Along with the Prime Minister, CM
Bhajan Lal Sharma and other BJP leaders will also be present
in the rally.
For this, the Prime Minister will reach Jaipur airport at 12.30
pm onApril 11, from where he will leave for Karauli and ad-
dress the Vijay Shankhnaad Sabha in Karauli at 1.15 pm.
W
TOP
TWEETS
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
The soul can never be cut into
pieces by any weapon nor burned
by fire, nor moistened by water,
nor withered by the wind..!!
BHAGAVAD GITA
IN-DEPTH
WELCOMING, BUT UNSAFE
FOR INDIAN STUDENTS
MAYAWATI PLAN TO
GO SOLO IN LS POLL
nother Indian student has been found dead
in the US, taking the tally of those killed to
11. The latest victim is a student from Hy-
derabad, 25-year-old Mohammed Abdul Arfeth,
whose body was retrieved from Lake Erie in Cleve-
land. The killing of innocent students has raised se-
rious concerns about the safety of Indian students
and also doubts if the US is where students should
be headed.
The number of Indian students going abroad for
studies is huge. Canada was their preferred destina-
tion until the diplomatic row over the killing of a
Khalistani activist. The country has now approved a
35 percent reduction in study permits. Indian students
will be hit hard.
The number of Indian students enrolled in the UK
is expected to cross the 3 lakh mark. Australia is an-
other favourite destination for education.
None of the above countries has been as unsafe
as the US which granted 130,839 student visas in
2023. With increasing risks, will Indians still prefer
America?
A
n the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, long-stand-
ing rivals, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), joined forces.
Despite their alliance, BSP emerged more success-
ful, securing 11 seats compared to SP’s five. How-
ever, post-election, the unity dissolved as BSP
leader Mayawati leaned towards the BJP, earning
her party the label of BJP’s ‘B team’, akin to
AIMIM. Now, in 2024, Mayawati ventures solo,
openly distancing herself from Akhilesh Yadav and
the I.N.D.I.A bloc, dubbing him a ‘chameleon’ and
also dumping the Congress. This move aims to
clarify her stance
and assert independ-
ence from former al-
liances.
The INDI Alli-
ance was hopeful
that Mayawati
would join the bloc,
and so was the BJP
expecting her to
fight the polls as an
NDA ally. Even if
she has not commit-
ted to join the NDA
now, she may will-
ingly enter into a
post-poll alliance.
She’s set April 11
as the launch date
for her campaign.
Unlike before, when
she relied on senior
leaders like SC Mis-
ra, this time, the Dalit leader has given responsibil-
ity to her nephew, Akash Anand, for a bigger role,
marking his trial by fire. The challenge before the
BSP will be to retain its seats in the face of an ag-
gressive BJP which has been talking of winning all
the 80 seats at stake in Uttar Pradesh.
That will be quite a tall order. However, the BSP
would be able to help the BJP move close to the
target by nibbling into the SP votes in constituencies
where Mayawati has fielded strong candidates from
the minority community.
I
The INDI Alliance
was hopeful that
Mayawati would
join the bloc, and so
was the BJP
expecting her to
fight the polls as an
NDA ally. Even if she
has not committed
to join the NDA now,
she may willingly
enter into a post-
poll alliance
Saddened by the demise of Thiru
RM Veerappan Ji. His impact on
public service through his long
political career and his contributions to the
film industry will always be remembered.
My sincere condolences to his family and
supporters in this difficult time. Om Shanti
Anurag Thakur (मोदी का पिरवार)
@ianuragthakur
The news of the bus accident in
Durg, Chhattisgarh is extremely sad.
I express my deepest condolences
to those who lost their loved ones in this
accident. I pray to God for the peace of the
departed souls and speedy recovery of the
injured. Om Shanti
Piyush Goyal (मोदी का पिरवार)
@PiyushGoyal
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City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504. l Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra l Managing Editor: Pawan Arora l Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act
PERSPECT VE 02
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he cyber-
crime has
r e a c h e d
c o m m o n
man’s door-
steps and taking a shape of
menace duly supported by
the emergence of AI and
newpowerfultechnologies.
The global dimensions of
its spread and harm it can
cause is alarming. Now is
thetimefororganisationsto
invest in their security, as
the developments of the
past few years are just the
beginning of an emerging
future where cyber crimi-
nalswilldevelopevenmore
sophisticated methods to
achieve their goals. Gov-
ernments,banks,andglobal
corporations now face a se-
rious threat as a result of
cyber security threats.
Hackers use a lot of private
and business data to their
advantage, posing a serious
threat to the online commu-
nity. Cyber-crime taking
shape of cyber terrorism is
alarming as well as fright-
eningandwarrantsimmedi-
ate cyber terrorism counter
measures.
PREVAILING MAJOR
CYBER CRIMES
Unauthorized Access is
gainingaccesstosystemsor
networkswithouttheneces-
sary permissions like digi-
tally breaking into a house.
Phishing is craftily im-
personating legitimate enti-
ties in deceptive attacks,
with an aim to trick unsus-
pecting individuals into re-
vealing sensitive data.
Malware is introducing
various malicious software
types including viruses,
worms and ransomware
with purpose to harm or ex-
ploit any device, network,
service or program.
Distributed Denial of
Service(DDoS)isbyflood-
ing systems, servers or net-
works with overwhelming
traffic resulting in complete
exhaustionofresources and
bandwidth that renders the
target system inoperable.
Identity Theft is an act
of illicitly obtaining and us-
ing another person’s data in
suchscenarios,typicallyfor
financialgain.Thiscanlead
to online fraud, unauthor-
ized purchases, loans or
even fraudulent activities
undersomeoneelse’sname.
Cyberstalkingorbully-
ing. Online harassment of
individuals resulting in
emotional distress as stalk-
ers use digital means to in-
timidate, threaten or harass
victims.
Cyber terrorism is the
convergence of terrorism
and cyberspace has given
rise to the explicit notion of
cyber terrorism. This phe-
nomenon is anticipated to
be the most alarming crimi-
nal development in the
coming years, with the po-
tential for terrorists to ex-
ploit the Internet for de-
structivepurposes,resulting
inmoresevereconsequenc-
es compared to traditional
methods.Thismakescyber-
crime far more impacting
andseriousthreatthanwhat
it is till now.
Processadoptedbycyber
criminals for unauthorised
access to Systems and Net-
works. First, they often ex-
ploit software vulnerabili-
ties, seeking out weak
points in systems to breach,
then, they craft phishing
emails, aiming to deceive
users into revealing their
credentials. Next, they cap-
italize on weak passwords,
which, surprisingly, many
individuals still use outdat-
ed software can present se-
curity gaps, which cyber-
criminals are quick to ex-
ploit and lastly, through
social engineering tactics,
they can manipulate indi-
viduals into unknowingly
granting them access.
PREVENTION OF
CYBER ATTACKS
Usestronganduniquepass-
words and avoid the same
password across multiple
platforms.Regularlyupdate
allsoftwaretoavoiditbeing
exploited by cybercrimi-
nals.Avoid clicking on sus-
picious links on emails, text
messages, or social media.
Backup data regularly to
obviate loss of vital infor-
mation. Educate yourself
and others about the latest
cyber threats and possible
countermeasures.
AI AND CYBER CRIMES
AI can help cyber crimi-
nals automate the process
of targeting businesses to
steal valuable intellectual
property. AI algorithms
can analyse high-volume
of data and identify high-
value trade secrets or sen-
sitive information, facili-
tating their theft for com-
petitive advantage or fi-
nancial gain. Cyber crimi-
nals may use AI for mali-
cious purposes like, en-
hancing existing attacks,
creating new attacks and
automating and scaling at-
tacks. The AI enabled cy-
bercrimes include- Deep-
fakes technology to craft
non-consensual pornogra-
phy of celebrities or spread
political misinformation,
employing machine learn-
ing (ML) for guessing us-
ers’ passwords, hacking,
vulnerability scanning, in-
telligent system weakness-
es detection and exploita-
tion, adaptive malware
development, etc.
AI can also be used to
compromisethesoftwareor
hardwaresupplychainofan
organization, targeting
businesses, phishing attack
targeting organisations to
steal money/critical infor-
mation,enhancethescaleof
intensity of DDoS attacks
against business websites
and online services over-
whelming servers and dis-
ruptingbusinessoperations.
Artificial intelligence can
be used to make predictions
about terrorism by analys-
ing communications meta-
data, information about fi-
nancial transactions, travel
patterns, and web browsing
activities.
SAFEGUARDS
AI-driven cyber attacks
may seem unstoppable, but
they’re not completely un-
beatable. The trick is to
fightfirewithfireandcyber
security is evolving withAI
as well. To stay ahead of
cyber criminals in this new
frontier, businesses should
adopt a comprehensive
strategy combining AI and
human expertise. Business-
es should also adopt robust
security measures, includ-
ingimplementingadvanced
AI-driven cybersecurity
solutions for real-time
threat detection and re-
sponse. AI has been effec-
tively applied to combat
cybercrimes in a number of
nations, including the de-
tection and prevention of
cyberattacks, the identifica-
tionofprospectiverisksand
the prediction of future as-
saults.
IMPLEMENTING AI-BASED
SOLUTIONS IN INDIA
Need to standardise the cy-
bercrime counter processes
by integrating solutions
from several stakeholders.
Establish a standardised
regulatory framework and
strengthen existing set ups
to guarantee that AI is cre-
ated and applied responsi-
bly and ethically.
Need to remove bias in
data to obviate discriminat-
ing consequences for AI-
based solutions. Identify
and ensure correct invest-
ments in people, infrastruc-
ture, and legal frameworks
for a better management of
AI to counter rising cyber-
crimes in the country.
The role ofAI in combat-
ing cyber terrorism consti-
tutes a critical and evolving
field with considerable
scope for future research.
One promising avenue for
exploration involves ad-
vancing the capabilities of
AI-driven predictive mod-
els for early detection and
prevention of cyber threats
associated with terrorism.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
UNLAWFUL
ACTIVITIES
The National Cyber Se-
curity Policy 2013 makes
cybercrime as unlawful
act wherein the computer
is either a tool or a target
or both and offenses and
punishments are ad-
dressed by the Information
Technology Act, 2000
While AI has already led
to remarkable advance-
ments in multiple indus-
tries, experts are getting
increasingly concerned
about criminals using
the technology to spread
terrorism, chaos and
financial frauds against
individuals and business
organisations
The DPDP passed on
August 11, 2023 by the
Indian Central Govern-
ment aims to protect data
principals and restrict
activities of data fiduciaries
2024 is witnessing the begin-
ning of AI reality and the
European Union Regulation
Act of Mar 2024 on artificial
intelligence is just a happy
beginning for regulation of AI
for good use
REGULATEDAITOCOUNTER
CYBERCRIMEMENACE
The global dimensions of its spread and harm it can
cause is alarming. Now is the time for organisations to
invest in their security, as the developments of the past
few years are just the beginning of an emerging future
where cyber criminals will develop even more
sophisticated methods to achieve their goals.
Governments, banks, and global corporations now
face a serious threat as a result of cyber security
threats. Hackers use a lot of private and business data
to their advantage, posing a serious threat to the
online community
T
Col Rajesh
Bhukar
The writer is a Post
Graduate in International
Studies, Alumni of Defence
Services Staff College,
Wellington and College
of Combat, Mhow
CM SHARMA ADDRESSES POLL RALLY AMIDST DRIZZLE
Modi has come
from poor family,
he knows plight of
poor, farmer: CM
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma may
take some time to shift to 8, Civil Lines.
The CM has not shifted to the designated
CMR due to the busyness of Lok Sabha
elections. Meanwhile, CS Sudhansh Pant
may shift to his residence on April 14
Aishwary Pradhan and Laxmikant Sharma
Jaipur/Dausa
hief Minister
Bhajan Lal
Sharma ad-
dressed a gathering in
Andhi town of Jaipur and
claimed that some parties
resort to lies during elec-
tions. “Political parties
make announcements af-
ter announcements, but
they don’t do what they
should do. ERCP will
come, before that good
rains will also come.
Modi has come from a
poor family and that is
why he knows the plight
of poor and farmer. Con-
gress has done nothing in
70 years. Congress cre-
ated a gap between vil-
lage and city,” he said.
Interestingly, CM’s ad-
dress started along with a
light drizzle. Meanwhile,
busy in conquering ‘Mis-
sion-25’, CM Sharma ad-
dressed a public meeting
in Baharawanda, Sikrai
as well in support of BJP
candidate Kanhaiya Lal
Meena. During this, CM
Sharma fiercely targeted
the Congress party.
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma being garlanded by BJP leaders
and workers during public meeting in Andhi on Wednesday.
C
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MAA CHANDRAGHANTA
Day 3
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Former Congress Presi-
dent Rahul Gandhi will
hold public rallies in Bi-
kaner and Jodhpur Lok
Sabha con-
stituencies
on Thurs-
day. Gandhi
will address
rally in An-
upgarh at 12
noon and Phalodi at 2
pm. Senior leaders in-
cluding former CM
AshokGehlot,Sukhjinder
Randhawa, Dotasra will
also be present in public
meetings.
First India Bureau
South Dinajpur
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah onWednesday
hit out at West Bengal
chief minister Mamata
Banerjee over CAA, ac-
cusing her of misleading
people. Continuing his
attack on the Trinamool
Congress chief, Shah
said,”To build a ‘Sashakt
Bharat’, we will have to
build a ‘Sashakt Bengal’.
But you see the extent of
infiltration in West Ben-
gal! If such situations
persist, the state can not
progress and can never
become empowered.”
Shah said that only Modi
and BJP govt in WB can
stop infiltration in WB. “I
have come to tell you
Modi’s Guarantee that
make us cross 30 seats, &
form a BJP govt in Ben-
gal, we will stop infiltra-
tion,” Shah said. P6
First India Bureau
New Delhi
SC on Wednesday reject-
ed affidavit filed by Pa-
tanjali, offering an ‘un-
conditional apology’ in
connection with mislead-
ing advertisement case.
The court warned both
Baba Ramdev and the
company’s MD,Acharya
Krishan, to brace them-
selves for potential reper-
cussions.Abench of Jus-
tices Hima Kohli & Ahs-
anuddin Amanullah pre-
sided over proceedings.
Rahul to visit
Bikaner and
Jodhpur today
Shah pitches for 30 seats
in Bengal, criticises TMC
PATANJALI-RAMDEV MISLEADING ADVTS CASE
Don’t want to be generous: SC
rejects Baba Ramdev’s apology
Baba Ramdev & Acharya Balkrishna arrive for hearing on Patanjali
misleading advertisements case at Supreme Court on Wednesday.
KEJRI MOVES SC, COURT
DENIES URGENT LISTING
Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal is
set to spend the
weekend in Tihar Jail as
the Supreme Court has de-
ferred hearing
his challenge
to the Delhi
High Court’s
recent ruling.
The apex
court, which
resumes its sessions on
Monday, is anticipated to
take up the petition filed by
the AAP leader at that time.
SANDESHKHALI
CASE: CAL HC
ORDERS CBI
TO MONITOR
The Calcutta HC on Wednesday recom-
mended a court-monitored CBI probe
into Sandeshkhali case. The High Court
bench also directed CBI to file a report
on illegal conversion of agricultural land.
Amit Shah addresses a public
rally in Dinajpur, Wednesday
CelebratingGangaur:
GrandeurofRajasthan
angaur is a colourful festival
which is one of the most
important celebrations of
the people of Rajasthan. Department
of Tourism and Royal Family of
Jaipur are making arrangements of
the two-day Gangaur procession.
G
Route: City Palace Premises
- Tripolia Gate - Chaura Rasta
- Nehru Bazaar - Kishanpole
Bazaar - Chhoti Chaupar -
Gangauri Bazaar - Pondrik Park
Timings: 5:45 PM on April 11-12
NARENDRAMODIANDTHE
UNSTOPPABLERISEOFINDIA
 PM Modi addressed Newsweek’s questions
& followed up with a 90-minute conversation
 Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister
to be on Newsweek cover after Indira Gandhi
P
M Narendra Modi
addressed News-
week’s written
questions and followed
up with a 90-minute con-
versation at his official
residence with News-
week President and CEO
Dev Pragad, Global Edi-
tor in Chief Nancy Coop-
er and Editorial Director,
Asia, Danish Manzoor
Bhat. Subjects covered
ranged from major eco-
nomic advances made
under Modi’s leadership
to the tension between
infrastructure expan-
sion and environmen-
tal concerns to India’s
relationship with
China and criticism
for allegedly curtail-
ing press freedom and
not bringing along the
Muslims who represent
some one in seven of
India’s popula-
tion of 1.4
billion.
PM Narendra Modi features on
cover of Newsweek magazine.
12:30 PM
Will reach
Jaipur Airport
01:15 PM
Address public
rally in Karauli
TN SHOWCASES SPIRIT OF ‘FIR EK BAAR
MODI SARKAR’, STRESSES PM MODI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a
warm welcome by the massive crowd support
in Vellore and Mettupalayam as he addressed 2
public meetings in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. He said,
“I bow down to the history, mythology, and bravery of
Vellore.” He added, “Vellore created a pivotal revolution
against the British, and presently, its robust support for the
N.D.A. showcases the spirit of ‘Fir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar’.”
PM Narendra Modi being presented with Sengol during public rally in Vellore on Wednesday.
PM in Karauli today
Click here to read exclusive
interview of Narendra Modi
in Newsweek Magazine
This is the time for Tamil Nadu to
lead the developed India. But, the
DMK wants to keep the state trapped
in old thinking and old politics.
NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER
EIDMUBARAK!
The crescent moon rises over
the Jama Masjid Mosque
on the eve of the Eid-ul-Fitr
celebrations, in New Delhi on
Wednesday. Eid-ul-Fitr will be
celebrated with widespread
prayer offerings, charity &
feasting with great zeal today.
IN BRIEF
Tesla CEO Musk to meet
PM Modi in India soon!
Tesla chief Elon Musk to
visit India later this month
to meet PM
Modi, he is
expected to
make an an-
nouncement
related to
his plans to
invest and open a new fac-
tory in the country.
Raaj Anand resigns from
Delhi cabinet, quits AAP
Delhi minister and AAP
leader Raaj Kumar Anand
resigned
from his
cabinet and
party post,
stating that
he does not
want to be
associated with a party
“involved in corruption”.
TITANS PIP RR IN
LAST-BALL THRILLER
Gujarat Titan’s Rashid Khan plays winning shot against Rajasthan
Royals. Khan hugs Noor Ahmad after GT won with 3 wickets in the
IPL 2024, at SMS Stadium on Wednesday. SANTOSH SHARMA
Adda
Adda
RAJ
RAJniti
ka
3OUTOF8‘RAJKUMAR’INBANSWARA-DUNGARPUR
Call it a coincidence of conspiracy, 3 out of
8 candidates contesting Lok Sabha elections
on Banswara-Dungarpur seat have the same
name “Rajkumar”, a fact that has given interesting
twist to the political battle on the tribal dominated
seat in the Sothern Rajasthan. Banswara-Dungarpur
LS seat, reserved for ST, has already become a hot
seat with a visible triangular contest among BJP’s MS
Malviya, who is former Cong minister, BAP candidate
and MLA Rajkumar Roat & Cong candidate Arvind
Damore, who did not withdraw nomination despite
party’s decision of alliance with BAP. In Roat’s view, it
is a conspiracy and not a coincidence.
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HryCMcampaigns
forBhupendra
YadavinAlwar
Ashwini Yadav
Alwar
Haryana CM Nayab Saini
who was in Alwar on
Wednesday to campaign
for BJP candidate Bhu-
pendra Yadav in Lok
Sabha Polls stated that
policies, intentions, and
leadership of the Modi
govt are commendable.
He criticized the Cong,
questioning both its poli-
cies and intentions, & ex-
pressing uncertainty re-
garding its leadership.
Saini emphasized that
PM Modi stands out
globally, while the Con-
gress party with its arro-
gant coalition lacks both
sound policies and good
intentions, and its leader-
ship remains ambiguous.
He stressed that in a sce-
nario where someone’s
intentions, policies, and
leadership are right, be-
coming number one in
the world is inevitable.
Haryana CM Nayab Saini in
Alwar on Wednesday.
Rajendra Gudha, Vijaya Rahatkar, Pramod Vashistha & Mukesh
Dadhich during the press conference in Jaipur on Wednesday.
‘LalDiary’fameGudha
extends his support to
BJP for LSPollin Raj
Yogesh Sharma
Jaipur
Rajendra Singh Gudha,
who was a minister in the
Gehlot government, an-
nounced his campaign in
support of the BJP on
Wednesday. A joint BJP
and Shiv Sena Shinde
group’s joint press confer-
ence was organized at a
Jaipurhotel.Rajasthanco-
ordinator of the Shinde
group, Rajendra Singh
Gudha stated, “We have a
national-level alliance,
and we fully support the
BJP in our state.” Gudha
also added, “The conse-
quences of Lal Diary is
that where is Ashok Ge-
hlot now, and Bhajan Lal
Sharma’s government is
taking strong action
against the accused in the
leaked paper case. The
previous Gehlot govern-
mentmisusedgovernment
agencies.Falsecaseswere
registered against me.”
BJPjoint in-charge Vijaya
RahatkarandMukeshDa-
dhich welcomed Gudha.
In an exclusive inter-
view with First India,
Rajendra Singh Gudha
did not mention whether
he would campaign for
Shubhkaran Choudhary
in the Jhunjhunu constit-
uency or not.
We have a national-level alliance, and we
fully support the BJP in our state. The
consequences of Lal Diary is that where is
Ashok Gehlot now, and Bhajan Lal Sharma’s
government is taking strong action against the
accused in the leaked paper case.
RAJENDRA GUDHA, SHIV SENA LEADER
EC issues directives for TV and
other media for poll coverage
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The ECI has issued de-
tailedguidelinesregarding
media coverage for the
Lok Sabha General Elec-
tions 2024. There will be a
ban on displaying any
election matter (advt or
publicity etc.) through TV,
cinematograph, or other
similar means of commu-
nication for a period of up
to 48 hours before end of
pollinginanypollingarea.
The Commission has
clarified that no person
shall display any election
matter to public through
the medium of cinemato-
graph, television, or other
similar medium. For vio-
lating the provisions, the
guilty person can be pun-
ished with imprisonment
of up to 2 years, or a fine,
or both. Chief Electoral
Officer Praveen Gupta
said that there are allega-
tions of violation of the
provisions of Representa-
tionofPeopleAct,1951in
telecast of panel discus-
sions/debates and other
news & current affairs
programsonTVchannels.
He said that the Com-
mission has clarified that
TV/Radio channels and
cable networks should en-
surethatcontentdisplayed
by them during the 48
hours mentioned does not
contain any material in-
volving political visuals.
CEO Praveen Gupta
Dotasra attacks Union Govt
for misusing central agencies
Kapil Sharma
Hanumangarh
In a spirited rally today at
Hanumangarh Junction,
Congress candidate Kul-
deep Indora received a
boost as Congress State
President Govind Singh
Dotasra addressed a pub-
lic gathering in his sup-
port. The rally witnessed
the presence of Sangariya
MLAandYouthCongress
State Prez Abhimanyu
Poonia & others.
Dotasra launched a
scathing attack on the
Central Govt during the
rally, accusing it of misus-
ing constitutional institu-
tions. He warned that if
Narendra Modi were to
become PM again, the
Constitution would be
tampered with, and reser-
vations would be abol-
ished. Dotasra remarked
that Modi is not a PM but
a Minister of Propaganda.
GS Dotasra, Kuldeep Indora in
Hanumangarh on Wednesday.
DUTY FIRST! BIJU
JOSEPH USES
POSTAL BALLOT
Biju George Joseph casting his
vote at Reserve Police Lines in
Jaipur on Wednesday.
Police Commissioner
Jaipur Biju George
Joseph casts his vote
through postal ballot to
be on toes during election
duty for the LS Elections.
GROUND REPORT GANGANAGAR LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY
BJPandCongressbetonnewfaces,
chancesofadirectfightonthisseat
1 2
BOTH PRIYANKA OF BJP AND KULDEEP OF CONGRESS
ARE CURRENTLY PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES
STOPPING THE BJP’S HAT-TRICK IS A
DIFFICULT CHALLENGE FOR CONGRESS
Sunil Sihag
Ganganagar
here seems to be
a direct contest
between the
BJP and Con-
gresscandidates
for the Ganganagar Lok
Sabhaseatreservedforthe
Scheduled Caste. This
time, both Congress and
BJP have given an oppor-
tunity to new faces and
botharepublicrepresenta-
tives.
Congress candidate
Kuldeep Indora is the dis-
trict chief of Srigangana-
gar, while BJP candidate
Priyanka Balan is the
chairperson of Anupgarh
Municipal Council. Pri-
yanka Balan started her
political innings from the
Anupgarh Assembly con-
stituency. BJP had given
her a ticket from Anup-
garh Assembly constitu-
ency in 2013. However,
the party fielded Shimla
Bawri as its candidate af-
ter cancelling her ticket as
she was less than the eligi-
ble age of 25 years, to con-
test polls, at that time.
Hiralal Indora, father of
Congress candidate Kul-
deep Indora, was elected
MLA four times. While
being a minister, he han-
dled the responsibilities of
many departments. Con-
gress gave a ticket to Kul-
deep from the Anupgarh
Assembly seat twice, but
he did not get success. In
the municipal elections,
Indora was successful in
making his wife Seema
Indora the Chairman.
The big thing is that
BJP has canceled the tick-
et of its 5-time MP Nihal
Chand in Ganganagar and
has made Priyanka Balan
its candidate. Earlier there
were talks of Nihal Chand
being unhappy over the
denial of ticket, but ending
all such speculations he
has joined the election
campaign in support of the
BJP candidate.
In the 17 Lok Sabha
elections held since inde-
pendence till 2019, Con-
gress has won this seat 10
times, while BJP has won
it five times. Janata Party
and Bharatiya Lok Dal
have won it once each.
It is also interesting that
not even once has a non-
MeghwalMPbeenelected
from this seat. This se-
quence, which started
from Pannaram Barupal,
was continued by Begar-
am, Birbal Ram and
Shankar Pannu. Even Be-
garam’s son Nihalchand
did not allow this tradition
to be broken.
Themainreasonforthis
trend is that in this Sched-
uled Caste dominated
area, Meghwal communi-
ty constitutes one-third of
the population, hence
every party bets on the
candidate of Meghwal
community.
BJPcandidate Priyanka
Balan herself comes from
the Meghwal caste but she
is married to the Arora
community. Whereas
Congress candidate Kul-
deep Indora comes from
Dhanka community. The
votes of Dhanka commu-
nity are very less in the
Lok Sabha compared to
other castes. However, In-
dora’s problem is that be-
ing angry with his candi-
dature, many local leaders
including former MP
Shankar Pannu have left
Congress and joined BJP.
It can be seen that out of
the eight Assembly seats
of this Lok Sabha constit-
uency, 5 are occupied by
Congress, 2 by BJP and
one by an independent
candidate. Still, it seems to
be a very difficult chal-
lenge for Congress to stop
BJP’s hat-trick of victory
on this seat. BJP national
president JP Nadda has
already held a meeting in
Hanumangarh, while
Congress’star campaigner
Rahul Gandhi will hold a
public meeting in Anup-
garh on April 11.
T
NO LOCAL ISSUE DOMINATING THE ELECTIONS;
BJP SEEKING VOTES ON PM MODI’S FACE
This time, elections are not being fought on any
specific local issue in Ganganagar Lok Sabha
constituency. BJP is contesting the elections on
Modi’s face and recounting the development works done in
the last ten years to the voters. At the same time, Congress
is fighting the elections on the issue of not fulfilment of
promises made by the Central Government.
MP NIHAL CHAND’S REPORT CARD
In the last five years, MP Nihal Chand has got a lot
of work done right from railways to canal water. He
has been very active regarding this. The public is
not even paying much attention to the development work.
There is a big discussion among the voters about canceling
the ticket of sitting MP Nihal Chand.
BJP candidate from Ganganagar LS seat Priyanka Balan.
RAJASTHAN
GANGANAGAR
LS CONSTITUENCY
21,02,002
Total voters in Ganganagar
Males
10,96,432 10,05,505
Females
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Raisinghnagar
Ganganagar
Sadulshahar ThirdGender
65
1,58,516
Voters increased
since 2019 in
Ganganagar Lok
Sabha Constituency
74.77%
Voting recorded on Ganganagar seat in 2019
GANGANAGAR FACE TO FACE
PRIYANKA
BALAN
Age: 33 years
Education: MBA
Assets: `50,00,000
Vehicle: Scooty
KULDEEP
INDORA
Age: 54 years
Education: PG
Assets: `4,05,00,000
Vehicle: None
Can attract young and
female voters here
Support from ethnic Meghwal voters
who are about one third in the
entire parliamentary constituency
Full support of the organisation
and benefit of Brand Modi
Benefit from strong political legacy
Good hold in the upper caste
and OBC communities
Direct contact with workers at the
grassroots level
STRENGTHS STRENGTHS
Lack of political experience
Internal opposition of some
organisations of Meghwal community
Impact of farmer movement in area
WEAKNESS Many local leaders including
former MP Shankar Pannu left
Congress and joined BJP
Has lost assembly elections twice
Factionalism in Congress
organisation can temper situtation
WEAKNESS
ResultsofAssemblyPolls BJP CONG IND
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Jaipur, Thursday | April 11, 2024
MDRMSCGiriconductssurprise
inspectionofGandhinagarCHC
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Gandhinagar Urban
Community Health Cent-
er was inspected on
Wednesday by Neha
Giri, Managing Director
of Rajasthan Medical
Services Corporation.
She supplied the ap-
propriate instructions af-
ter inspecting the phar-
macy, medicine distribu-
tion center, lab, OPD
counter, etc. at the health
center. Giri obtained in-
formation regarding the
need for and availability
of surgeries as well as the
disposal of expired med-
ications.
She gave the pharma-
cists instructions to use
software on a regular ba-
sis to examine medica-
tion availability and con-
sumption trends.All test-
ing equipment, according
to him, needs to be listed
on the e-equipment por-
tal. Dr. Poonam Prasad,
who oversees the Prima-
ry Health Center, and Dr.
Sumir Ghai, who over-
sees District Drug Store
in Jaipur, were both pre-
sent during inspection.
Vikas Sharma
Jaipur
Another accused has
been arrested in the case
of providing fake NOCs
for organ transplants.
Giriraj Sharma, the trans-
plant coordinator at For-
tis Hospital, has been ap-
prehended in connection
with the fake NOC case.
At 11:00 a.m. on
Wednesday, ACB con-
tacted Dr. Ravi Gupta,
senior surgeon at EHCC,
to conduct an interview.
In addition to providing a
forged certificate for Rs.
35,000, ACB is looking
into numerous other pos-
sible explanations for
this incident, whichACB
has also reported in FIR.
Remarkably, on March
31, the ACB apprehend-
ed Anil Joshi, the organ
transplant coordinator at
the EHCC Hospital, and
Assistant Administrative
Officer Gaurav Singh of
SMS Hospital redhanded
during a transaction. 3
forged NOC letters and
Rs. 70,000 were also
seized from the scene.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
SMS Medical College
administration has sus-
pended senior resident
Dr. Sushma for negli-
gence after a woman de-
livered a baby outside the
hospital as she was de-
nied admission earlier
this month.
The action has been
taken against the senior
resident for being absent
from duty. So far, action
has been taken against
two junior and one senior
resident in the matter.
However, Dr Sushma
said that she was sus-
pended by the authorities
to protect the faculty.
Dr Sushma was not
present on duty at the
time of incident. Instruc-
tions have been given to
remain present in the
Medical Health Directo-
rate during the period of
suspension. On the other
hand, 5 months pregnant
Dr. Sushma claimed that
duty was done as per ros-
ter on April 3. She said
that she was on duty in
OPD from 8 am to 2 pm
and got one cesarean de-
livery done. After this,
her on-call duty was from
2 pm to 8 pm.
Dr Sushma alleged
that the unit head secretly
changed the duty roster.
On the basis of the roster,
she has been shown ab-
sent and suspended to
protect the ones at fault.
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur
SOG has detained two
dealers and one PTI in
connection with a fake
degrees case. Five search
teams from the SOG car-
ried out a search opera-
tion at OPJS University
on Wednesday in the Ra-
jgarh district of Churu.
SOG obtained ficti-
tious degrees and sports
credentials. These docu-
ments, along with the
university’s archives,
were seized by SOG and
taken to their headquar-
ters. According to ADG
SOG VK Singh, he has
learned that Subhash
Poonia, his son Param-
jeet, and his pals operate
a well-organized gang to
supply forged credentials
to numerous colleges.
Accused Subhash Poo-
nia is employed by nu-
merous colleges as a bro-
ker. In collusion with the
administration, OPJS
produces forged diplo-
mas, medals, and back-
dated certificates. On
this, SOG filed a FIR.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The auspicious festival
of Gangaur will be cele-
brated on Thursday,
marking a day of rever-
ence for Lord Shiva and
Goddess Parvati. Mar-
ried women will observe
fasting and engage in
prayers for the long life
of their husbands, seek-
ing blessings for endur-
ing marital bliss and
prosperity. Unmarried
girls, will worship Gana-
gaur to find their desired
life partners.
Commencing from the
day of Holi, the festival
unfolds with the proces-
sion of Gangaur on April
11th, followed by the
grand procession of
‘Boodhi Gangaur’ on
April 12th, starting from
Janani Dyodhi City Pal-
ace at 6 PM and culmi-
nating at various markets
and palka bagh.
The Municipal Com-
missioner has directed
for the deployment of
sanitation crews, provi-
sion of drinking water,
illumination, seating ar-
rangements for tourists,
as well as the mobiliza-
tion of fire brigade vehi-
cles and staff along the
procession route.
Abhishek Shrivastava
Jaipur
Urban Development and
Housing (UDH) principal
secretary T Ravikanth
led an inspection of the
Rajasthan Housing
Board’s (RHB) projects
in the capital, accompa-
nied by several officials
of the board.
The inspection includ-
ed a thorough examina-
tion of the land desig-
nated for the Indira Gan-
dhi Vistar yojana with
detailed discussions on
project planning.
Moreover, he person-
ally assessed the ongoing
construction at the NRI
Club in Pratap Nagar and
also inspected coaching
hub. The inspection ex-
tended to lands reserved
for proposed projects in
Sectors 19 and 28, as
well as those earmarked
for residential develop-
ment in Sectors 5 and 6.
Urban Development
and Housing (UDH)
principal secretary T Ra-
vikanth’s main objective
was to gather crucial in-
sights into the Housing
Board’s forthcoming
plans.
First India Bureau
Udaipur
A team of Hathipol po-
lice station has arrested
three vehicle thieves and
seized an auto, three sto-
len motorcycles and a
scooter. The arrested ac-
cused are Vishal (24),
Pankaj (21) and Harish
(23). SP Yogesh Goyal
said that on March 13,
unknown thieves stole
theActivaof onePradeep
Patel, following which an
FIR was registered. With
the help of CCTV cam-
eras and informer sys-
tem, the team found the
three accused.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The birth celebration of
the revered deity of the
Sindhi community, Lord
Jhulelal, known as Cheti
Chand Mahaparva, was
celebrated with great fer-
vor on Wednesday.
In Jaipur, a grand pro-
cession was organized in
honor of Lord Jhulelal,
commencing from Am-
arapura Durbar and tra-
versing through the city
streets, attracting throngs
of devotees.
In Kota, Cheti Chand
was celebrated with exu-
berance and gaiety. Led
by District Prez Rakesh
Jain, BJP supporters
showered the procession
with flower petals, wel-
coming them.
Kanwatia hosp case: Suspended
sr resident doctor alleges foulplay
PTI, son among 3 arrested by SOG
in fake degree case at OPJS varsity
The accused in police custody
on Wednesday.
Neha Giri speaking with the officials at Gandhinagar CHC in Jaipur.
Vasudev Devnani, Speaker of Legislative Assembly, participates
in the Cheti Chand festival organised in Ajmer.
One more accused arrested,
ACB continues questioning
Giri also spoke with
patients about the
accessibility of
medications
SMS patients will get test
reports on WhatsApp now!
Fake NOC for Organ Transplant
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Significant relief has
been announced by
the SMS Hospital. Pa-
tients won’t have to go
looking for lab test re-
ports anymore. The
reports will be sent
straight to the patients’
smartphones.
Patients who visit
the hospital for treat-
ment actually have to
wait in line to receive
their reports after pro-
viding their samples
for testing.An endeav-
or to send reports on
WhatsApp is being
initiated in order to al-
leviate this.
Dr. Pradeep Shar-
ma, hospital’s addl su-
perintendent, said that
a trial program has
also been implement-
ed wherein online re-
ports are sent to the
Jan Aadhaar-linked
WhatsApp number.
SI PAPER LEAK CASE:
SOG IN ACTION MODE
SOG teams have
been sent to various
districts following
the revelation of the leaked
SI recruitment examina-
tion-2021. The teams
have taken into custody
the arrested trainee SIs
for further investigation,
spanning districts such as
Jodhpur and Bikaner. The
teams searched the houses
of those people who had
taken money for arranging
dummy candidates and for
buying question papers.
Notably, on Monday, the
Jaipur SOG court remanded
11 trainee sub-inspectors
and one constable, accused
of cheating in SI recruitment
exam-21, for 4 days.
Special preps done for
Gangaur procession
T Ravikanth inspects
RHB projects in city
Principal secy aims
to get insights on
RHB’s future plans
Udaipur police
nabs three for
stealing vehicles
ChetiChandcelebrations
acrossRaj,Speakerjoinsin
Eid Mubarak
‘Rain’ to provide ‘Relief ’
Dark clouds hover over the Jaipur sky due to the effect of Western Disturbances. On
Wednesday evening, dusty wind started blowing with the sky becoming cloudy leading
to light rain around JLN Marg, Ajmer Road, Sanganer, and other areas. Due to this
change in the weather, the temperature dropped and people got relief from heat.
SANTOSH SHARMA
Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated with joy and happiness across the state today. Across cities
preparations are underway to mark this auspicious occasion with grandeur. Governor
Kalraj Mishra, along with other esteemed leaders, extended heartfelt wishes to the people
of the state on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Their messages resonate with the spirit of unity
and harmony, encouraging all citizens to come together in celebration.
NAIM KHAN
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CRACK DOWN ON ANONYMOUS HOARDING
ECI mandates publisher details on political hoardings
ANI
New Delhi
ending a strong
message, the
Election Com-
mission of India (ECI) on
Wednesday directed all
States/UTs mandating the
clear identification of
printer & publisher on
printed election-related
material including hoard-
ings, ensuring accounta-
bility & transparency in
campaign communica-
tions.
The decision was taken
by the Commission con-
sisting of Chief Election
Commissioner Rajiv Ku-
mar, and Election Com-
missioners Gyanesh Ku-
marandDrSukhbirSingh
Sandhu after representa-
tions were received in the
Commission stating that
in hoarding spaces con-
trolled by Municipal au-
thorities, hoardings with-
out the identity of the
printer or publisher came
in notice of the poll body.
Section 127A of the
RepresentationofthePeo-
ple Act, 1951, unequivo-
callyprohibitstheprinting
or publishing of election
pamphlets, posters, plac-
ards, or banners without
prominently displaying
the name and address of
the printer and publisher.
This requirement of
disclosing the identity of
publishers serves as a cor-
nerstone for regulating
campaign financing and
fixing of responsibility in
case content is found un-
becoming of the frame-
work of Model Code of
Conduct or the statutory
provisions.
Representational
S
PTI
Nagpur
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Wednesday at-
tacked the opposition for
saying that the Constitu-
tion and democracy
would be in danger if he
wins a third term in office
and asserted abrogation
of Article 370 ensured
the statute book was im-
plemented throughout
the country.
Modi said even during
the Vajpayee govern-
ment’s tenure, it was al-
leged the Constitution
will be changed and the
same narrative now
shows the “opposition is
facing bankruptcy of new
ideas”.
“When a poor man be-
comes PM, democracy
comes under threat for
the opposition. It (oppo-
sition) cannot see a poor
mother’s son growing in
stature. But Modi is com-
mitted to serve the people
of India,” he noted.
Addressing a rally at
Kanhan town of Nagpur
district in support of rul-
ing alliance candidates
from Nagpur, Ramtek,
Bhandara-Gondiya Lok
Sabha seats of Maharash-
tra, the PM said chief
Constitution maker B R
Ambedkar’s soul must be
blessing him for nullify-
ing Article 370 which
provided special status to
Jammu and Kashmir.
Kanhan town falls un-
der the Ramtek parlia-
mentary constituency.
The BJP’s star cam-
paigner accused the op-
position of fooling peo-
ple by saying that the
Constitution would be
changed if he gets a third
term in office and asked
if democracy had not
come under threat during
Emergency (1975-77).
The PM said the oppo-
sition’s abuses targeted at
him will only help in in-
creasing the BJP-led
NDA’s Lok Sabha seat
tally. He accused the IN-
DIAbloc of attempting to
divide people.
“Their politics will end
if people stay united.You
have to vote in the name
of the country. If the IN-
DIA alliance becomes
strong, it will break the
country,” he said, attack-
ing the opposition group-
ing which has more than
two dozen political par-
ties.
This was Modi’s sec-
ond visit to Vidarbha,
where polling will take
place in the first phase on
April 19, this week.
PTI
Balurghat
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah on Wednes-
day accused West Bengal
Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee of “misleading”
people on the CAA and
“facilitating” infiltrators
for vote bank politics,
emphasising that refu-
gees should apply for
citizenship without ap-
prehension.
While addressing an
election rally in Bal-
urghat, his first in Bengal
since the Lok Sabha polls
were announced, Shah
slammed the TMC gov-
ernment “for trying to
save the culprits in the
Bhupatinagar bomb blast
case” and for filing cases
against NIA officials.
“Mamata didi is mis-
leading people about the
Citizenship Amendment
Act (CAA). Why is she
against refugees obtain-
ing citizenship? I re-
quest refugees not to be
afraid, please apply for
citizenship, there will be
absolutely no problem.
No police case will be
filed against you. Grant-
ing citizenship to refu-
gees is our commit-
ment,” he said.
The Centre last month
implemented the Citizen-
ship (Amendment) Act,
2019, notifying the rules
four years after the law
was passed by Parlia-
ment to fast-track citi-
zenship for undocument-
ed non-Muslim migrants
from Pakistan, Bangla-
desh and Afghanistan
who came to India before
December 31, 2014.
PTI
Saharanpur
The BJP has changed the
public's perception to-
wards politicians and
politics, Defence Minis-
ter Rajnath Singh said on
Wednesday.
Speaking at a cam-
paign rally for the BJP's
Saharanpur candidate
Raghav Lakhanpal, he
said, "A few years ago,
there was a perception
that politicians speak lies
to seek votes and go
away. They don't care
about the public or the
nation. This was the
common perception to-
wards politicians and po-
litical parties."
"We have changed this
perception. It is our char-
acter that we do what we
say. Earlier, it was the
norm to think that a poli-
tician would lie but we
changed this perception,"
Singh added.
The defence minister
said political parties
make big promises in
their manifestos but for-
get those after assuming
power. "We have over-
come the crisis of confi-
dence in politics. We had
promised to revoke Arti-
cle 370 and we did it after
assuming power. We had
promised to abolish triple
talaq and we did it after
getting a majority in Par-
liament," he said.
Singh, a former Uttar
Pradesh CM, said the
perception of India has
improved under Prime
Minister Narendra Modi.
He claimed that Modi
"halted" the war between
Russia and Ukraine to
ensure safe passage for
Indian students stuck in
the war-torn country.
PTI
Itanagar
BJP president JP Nadda
on Wednesday claimed
that the Northeast, which
was earlier known for
bandh culture, insurgen-
cy and targeted killings,
has made rapid progress
in the last ten years of the
Modi government.
He released the party
manifesto for the April
19 simultaneous Lok
Sabha and assembly
elections in the north-
eastern state.
“The Northeast, which
was neglected for dec-
ades, has witnessed a sea
change after the BJP-led
NDAgovt came to power
at the Centre in 2014.”
ANI
Kathua
In his address at a public
meeting in Kathua, Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister
Yogi Adityanath hailed
BJP’s top leadership for
the decision to abrogate
Article 370 in Jammu
and Kashmir.
Yogi has arrived in
Kathua to campaign for
BJPcandidate and Union
Minister, Dr Jitendra
Singh from Udhampur
Lok Sabha constituency.
“When it’s about J-K,
the slogans of independ-
ent India, ‘Jahaan huye
balidaan Mookerjee, wo
Kashmir hamara hai’
echoes. Dr Syama Prasad
Mookerjee sacrificed
himself for this dream to
be fulfilled (abrogation
of Article 370), but none
of the governments could
take a decision in this re-
gard. I am grateful to PM
Modi and HMAmit Shah
that they have ended the
terrorism.”
Yogi slammed Con-
gress and said, “Ask
these people who were
responsible for the Parti-
tion of the country, Con-
gress made an unfortu-
nate division of the coun-
try a day ahead of Inde-
pendence in 1947.”
PTI
Thiruvananthapuram
Minister of State (E&IT)
Rajeev Chandrasekhar
has sent a legal notice to
Congress MP Shashi
Tharoor accusing him of
making defamatory
statements against the
BJP leader on a TV
channel recently. The
notice also claimed that
the statements were also
targeted at injuring the
BJP leader’s election
campaign.
Agencies
Bengaluru
Officials on election
duty on Wednesday al-
legedly stopped the
‘Hosa Todaku’ pro-
gramme at the farm-
house of JD(S) leader H
D Kumaraswamy at Bi-
dadi in Ramanagara dis-
trict, citing violation of
model code of conduct
in force for the Lok Sab-
ha polls.
The programme is cel-
ebrated a day after Ugadi
when many communi-
ties in the state have a
nonvegetarian feast and
the EC action elicited a
sharp reaction from the
former chief minister,
who hit out at the Con-
gress for casting its evil
eye on the tradition.
Agencies
New Delhi
The Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) on Wednes-
day released its 10th list
with candidates for nine
constituencies, including
Chandigarh andAsansol,
ahead of the upcoming
Lok Sabha elections.
The list has eight new
names, while the party re-
placed its candidate from
West Bengal’s Asansol.
The party had earlier
fielded Bhojpuri star
Pawan Singh from Asan-
sol, who has now been
replacedbySSAhluwalia.
Pawan Singh with-
drew from the LS race
last month after he drew
the ire of Trinamool Con-
gress (TMC) leaders for
allegedly “mocking & tar-
geting” Bengali women in
his videos & movies.
‘Ambedkar’s soul must be blessing me for nullifying Article 370’
PM also alleged that Opposition parties
were facing bankruptcy of new ideas
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis and others
during a public rally in Nagpur, Wednesday. Nitin Gadkari is also seen.
Rajnath Singh being felicitated by BJP workers at a public
meeting, in Jahangirabad town of Bulandshahr, Wednesday.
Yogi Adityanath and Jitendra Singh during a public meeting for
the Lok Sabha elections, in Kathua district, Wednesday,
Amit Shah greets the supporters with Sukanta Majumdar during a
public meeting near Buniadpur, in South Dinajpur on Wednesday.
AmitShahslamsMamatafor
misleadingpeopleonCAA
UHM said only the Saffron party can stop infiltration in Bengal
BJPchangedpublicperception
towardspoliticians,politics:Singh
Yogi Adityanath praises PM Modi, Amit
Shah for abrogation of Article 370
NorthEasthasmaderapid
progressinlast10yrs:Nadda
History doesn’t change by
spewing lies, says Rahul
Chandrasekhar
accuses Tharoor
of defamation
Kumaraswamy
slams Cong after
EC stops feast
LS elections: BJP releases
10th list of candidates
LIST OF BJP CANDIDATE
FOR 9 CONSTITUENCIES
Chandigarh: Sanjay Tandon
Mainpuri: Jaiveer Singh Thakur
Kaushambi: Vinod Sonkar
Phulpur: Praveen Patel
Allahabad: Neeraj Tripathi
Ballia: Neeraj Shekhar
Machhlishahr: BJ Saroj
Ghazipur: Paras Nath Rai
Asansol: SS Ahluwalia
ELECTION PROCESS IN BETUL CONSTITUENCY
CANCELLED AS BSP CANDIDATE DIES
Betul (MP): The election process in Madhya
Pradesh’s Betul Lok Sabha constituency was
cancelled after the Bahujan Samaj Party’s
(BSP) candidate died on Tuesday, an
official said. Ashok Bhalavi, the BSP
candidate from the seat, died in the
evening. The polling in the constitu-
ency, scheduled for April 26, was
consequently postponed, district col-
lector and returning officer Narendra
Singh Raghuvanshi told PTI. Under
the provisions of the Representation of the People
Act, the election process was stopped and further
action will be taken as per the directives of the
Election Commission of India, he added. Dr Manish
Lashkare, who runs a private hospital, said the BSP
leader suffered a heart attack and he was dead by
the time he was brought to the hospital.
JP Nadda along with Pema Khandu releases the party’s
manifesto for the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Elections.
HM AMIT SHAH TO
ADDRESS 3 RALLIES IN
MP, MAHA TODAY
New Delhi: Amit Shah
on Thursday will
visit Madhya Pradesh
and Maha during which he
will address three rallies to
campaign for BJP candidates
& attend other programmes,
sources said. Shah will first
travel to Mandla in MP where
he will perform puja at Maa
Narmada Pujon Rapta ghat.
After that, he will garland
the statue of Rani Durgavati
in the town. Subsequently,
the senior BJP leader will
address a rally at the local
police ground under the Man-
dla Lok Sabha constituency,
sources said. In the after-
noon, he will travel to Katni in
Madhya Pradesh where he
will offer prayer at Vijaynath
Dham mandir in the town
and then he address a rally
at the town, which comes
under the Khajuraho Lok
Sabha constituency.
PTI
New Delhi
Amid the BJP’s repeated
‘Muslim League im-
print’barb over the Con-
gress manifesto, Rahul
Gandhi on Wednesday
said history is witness as
to who joined hands with
the forces that wanted to
divide the country and
asserted that history
does not change by
“spewing lies” from po-
litical platforms.
Gandhi said that the
2024 Lok Sabha polls
are a fight between two
ideologies, with the
Congress, which has al-
ways united India, on
one side and those who
have always tried to di-
vide people on the other
side.
“This election is a
fight between two ide-
ologies! On one side
there is the Congress,
which has always united
India, and on the other
side there are those who
have always tried to di-
vide people,” the former
Congress chief said in a
post in Hindi.
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Declaration about criminal cases
(As per the judgment dated 25th
September, 2018, of Hon'ble Supreme Court in WP(Civil)
No. 536 of 2011 (Public Interest Foundation & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Anr.)
Name and address of candidate: DR. OM SINGH MEENA
R/O BADABAS, KOTPUTALI,
VPO KOTPUTLI,
DISTRICT KOTPUTLI-BEHROR (RAJ.)
Name of political party: “INDEPENDENT”
(Independent candidates should write "Independent" here)
Name of Election: HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE
*Name of Constituency: 06- JAIPUR-RURAL
I DR. OM SINGH MEENA (name of candidate), a candidate for the above mentioned
election, declare for public information the following details about my criminal antecedents:
(A) Pending criminal cases
SL.
No.
Name of Court
Case No.
and dated
Status of
case(s)
Section(s) of Acts concerned and
brief description of offence(s)
1.
JMFC-
GURGURAM
COURT NO. 7A
551/2022 Dt.
21.02.2022
Under
Proceeding
IPC-323, 406, 498-A,
506 RW/34
D.V. DOWRY, MAINTENANCE
COMPENSATION
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NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL
(B) Details about cases of conviction for criminal offences NOT APPLICABLE
SL.
No.
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& date(s) of
order(s)
Description of offence(s)
& punishment imposed
Maximum Punishment
Imposed
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*In the case of election to Council of States or election to Legislative Council by MLAs,
mention the election concerned in place of name of constituency.
IndiaelectedtoseveralkeyUNbodies
PTI
United Nations
India has been elected to
several key bodies at the
UN,includingasignificant
victorybyitsnomineeJag-
jit Pavadia who was re-
elected for a third term to
the International Narcotics
Control Board after gar-
nering the highest number
of votes.
Pavadia was re-elected
totheInternationalNarcot-
ics Control Board (INCB)
by secret ballot for the
third term for five years
from March 2025-2030,
getting the highest number
of votes in the highly com-
petitiveelection. Indiawas
also elected by acclama-
tion to the Commission on
the Status of Women for
the term 2025-2029; Ex-
ecutive Board of the Unit-
ed Nations Children’s
Fund for the term 2025-
2027; Executive Board of
the United Nations Devel-
opment Programme and
theUnitedNationsPopula-
tion Fund and the United
Nations Office for Project
Services for 2025-2027.
US: TIES WITH INDIA HAS
GONE TO NEW HEIGHTS
Washington: The
partnership between
India and the United
States has reached a new
height with collaboration on
technology and other fields,
the US National Security Advi-
sor has said. “The partnership
between the US and India, a
country in BRICs, has gone to
new heights with an engage-
ment across technology and
security,” Jake Sullivan said.
US Ambassador to India Eric
Garcetti praised strides made
by India in shaping the future
of the world, saying that if any-
one wants to “see the future”,
they should come to India.
Ex-IAS officer donates Ramayana
inscribedwithgoldatRamMandir
First India Bureau
Ayodhya
An idea of writing with
golden letters is no longer
just an idiom, as it has
been made a reality by a
formerIASofficerandhis
wife. Ramayana with
gold letters engraved on
copper plate has been
kept in the sanctum sanc-
torum along with Shri
Ram Lala. With this, an-
othergemhasbeenadded
to the gifts received by
RamLalaonhisbirthday.
Ex-Madhya Pradesh
cadre IAS officer Subra-
maniam Lakshminaray-
anan and his wife Saras-
wati were trying to com-
plete this work, for a
long time, so that they
can deliver it to Ram
Lala before Navami.
Ultimately, their re-
quest was accepted and
this metal book weigh-
ing one and a half quin-
tals, written in gold on a
heavy copper plate, in
separate packing of 25-
25 pages, was delivered
to the Ram temple and it
was installed in the
sanctum sanctorum at
the pre-determined time.
Now devotees are
also getting the darshan
of this unique gold
Ramayana.
The Ramayana inscripted on golden pages has been installed
in the sanctum sanctorum on the occasion of Ram Navami.
WORLD HOMEOPATHY DAY
Encouragingscientificrigour
will bolster confidence: Prez
PTI
New Delhi
President Droupadi Mur-
mu on Wednesday said
research and proficiency
will play an important
role in further increasing
the acceptance and popu-
larity of homeopathy.
Inaugurating a two-
day symposium organ-
ised by the Central Coun-
cil for Research in Ho-
moeopathy here on
World Homoeopathy
Day, Murmu said home-
opathy has been adopted
in many countries as a
simple and accessible
treatment method.
All over the world,
many institutions at in-
ternational, national and
local levels have been
promoting homeopathy,
she said while appreciat-
ing the Ministry of
AYUSH, Central Coun-
cil for Research in Ho-
meopathy, National
Commission for Home-
opathy, National Institute
of Homeopathy and oth-
er such institutions for
their contribution in the
promotion of homeopa-
thy in India.
“The importance of re-
search is continuously
increasing in the 21st
century.
Therefore, the theme
of this symposium ‘Em-
powering Research, En-
hancing Proficiency’ is
very relevant,” she said
emphasising that re-
search and proficiency
will play an important
role in further increasing
the acceptance and popu-
larity of homeopathy.
C’garh: 12 die,
in bus accident;
PM expresses
condolences
Agencies
New Delhi
At least twelve lives
were claimed and doz-
ens were injured after
a bus fell into a mine
pit in Durg district of
Chhattisgarh. The res-
cue operations are un-
derway and the senior
police officials were
on the spot.
According to the of-
ficials, the toll might
rise as the rescue is
still going on and vic-
tims were badly
wounded. Mean-
while, President Drau-
padi Murmu & PM
Narendra Modi ex-
pressed their grief
over the incident.
Israel bombs
Gaza during
Eid despite
US rebuke
Agencies
Gaza
Israeli strikes hit Gaza on
Wednesday as Muslims
marked the end of the
holy fasting month of
Ramadan and after US
President Joe Biden la-
belled Israel’s approach
to the war a “mistake”.
Palestinians gathered
for morning prayers on the
first day of the Eid al-Fitr
holiday amid the ruins of
Gaza,whichhasbeendev-
astated by war. Israeli
forces kept up combat op-
erations and air strikes on
Gaza a day after PM Ben-
jamin Netanyahu vowed
no let-up in the campaign
to destroy Hamas and
bring home the hostages.
President Droupadi Murmu during the inauguration of a two-day
Homeopathic Symposium in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Owner of Rajasthan Royals Manoj Badale (left) and sports
minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
Fans cheer during the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals
and Gujarat Titans at SMS Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday.
GT STOPS RR’S
winning streak
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Riyan Parag and Sanju
Samson’s blistering part-
nership of 130-run pow-
ered Rajasthan Royals
(RR) to 196/3 against
Gujarat Titans in their In-
dian Premier League
(IPL) 2024 match at
Sawai Mansingh Stadium
here on Wednesday. But
the partnership failed to
see the Royals win in the
home turf.
Parag scored the high-
est for RR with his ter-
rific 76 off 48 while cap-
tain Sanju Samson played
a crucial unbeaten knock
of 68 in 38 deliveries.
Put to bat first, Yashas-
vi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler
kicked off the proceed-
ings for RR. Jaiswal fi-
nally found his rhythm
back as he took on the GT
bowlers, hitting bounda-
ries in every over to pro-
vide RR with a sensation-
al start.Umesh Yadav
drew first blood as he got
the dangerous opener
Jaiswal for 24 runs in the
5th over of the match.
SANTOSH SHARMA
RashidandTewatiasealwinforTitansasGujaratbreachRajasthanRoyals’fortressinJpr
Match 24
Hot air balloon was flown for the first time at the Sawai Man
Singh Stadium during the match between Rajasthan Royals and
Gujarat Titans on Wednesday amidst cheering crowd.
RR’s Riyan Parag
celebrates with
Sanju Samson at
SMS Stadium on
Wednesday.
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lives be blessed and full of peace, joy and success!
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THE POLL TALES
Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
orkers of BJP
areexcitedabout
PM Narendra
Modi’s focus on Ra-
jasthan, as Modi has al-
ready held three election
meetings in the State. The
first meeting, the Vijay
Shankhnad rally, took
placeinKotputli.Thiswas
followed by a significant
shift in mood, when the
PM held an election meet-
ing in the challenging
Churu seat. Later, by or-
ganisingarallyinPushkar,
he appears to have made
gains in the Nagaur and
Ajmer LS constituencies.
In the next two days,
Modi will hold two more
election meetings and his
firstroadshowintheState.
Theelectionmeetingswill
be held in the Barmer-
Jaisalmer and Karauli-
Dholpur Lok Sabha con-
stituencies. A roadshow is
planned in Dausa to reach
out to Eastern Rajasthan.
Following this, Modi
planstoconductfourmore
election programmes in
Rajasthan, including an
election meeting in the
Banswara-Dungarpur
seat. The BJP had cam-
paigned in the Rajasthan
Assembly elections using
Modi’s image, and his
current activity in Ra-
jasthan during the
LokSabhaelections
is expected to fur-
ther advance Mis-
sion-25.
Laxman Raghav
Bikaner
EAM S Jaishankar ad-
dressed a ‘Prabuddhjan
Sammelan’in Bikaner on
Wednesday, emphasising
that the upcoming poll is
a vote on Modi’s guaran-
tee. Highlighting India’s
self-reliance, he cited
Balakot and Uri as re-
sponses to incidents like
26/11. Jaishankar praised
India’s digital achieve-
ments during COVID-19,
“In my capacity as MEA,
I can affirm that Modi Ki
Guarantee also works be-
yond our borders, wher-
ever our citizens or even
our compatriots find
themselves trapped.” He
mentioned recognition of
Indian talent. Bikaneri
Bhujia, Camel Festival &
Meenakari are world fa-
mous, he said. Bikaner’s
historical significance in
world diplomacy due to
treaties post-World War
was highlighted.
Bhanwar S Charan
Kota
Lok Sabha Speaker and
BJP candidate from Ko-
ta-Bundi, Om Birla, con-
tinued his election cam-
paigning on Wednesday,
making rounds across
various areas such as
Anadhora, Devpura,
Dhakadkhedi, Balvan,
Sumer Ganj Mandi, and
more.Actively appealing
for votes, he emphasised
the developmental works
undertaken in his con-
stituency and highlighted
the achievements of the
Modi government.
With the BJP nominat-
ing him for the Kota-
Bundi Lok Sabha seat for
the third consecutive
time, Birla aims to make
a significant impact in
the political landscape.
Breaking a longstanding
tradition, he seeks to defy
the myth that no Lok
Sabha Speaker has se-
cured a parliamentary
seat in the subsequent
term since the 1999 Lok
Sabha elections.
Om Birla’s ‘Jansam-
park Abhiyan’ resonates
with promises of contin-
ued development and
progress for his constitu-
ents in Kota-Bundi dis-
tricts, coupled with the
various achievements of
the Modi government.
Rajeev Gaur
Jodhpur
Union Minister for Jal
Shakti and BJPcandidate
from Jodhpur GS Shek-
hawat held several public
meetings in the Luni con-
stituency on Wednesday.
In Jodhpur, he blamed
the previous Congress
govt for water crisis. He
stated that if the Gehlot
govt had initiated work
on third phase of the Lift
Canal in 2018, the people
of Jodhpur wouldn’t be
facing water scarcity to-
day.
During his addresses,
Shekhawat praised the
Modi govt for initiating
the construction of four
reservoirs in Jodhpur to
address water crisis. He
mentioned that Rs 1,400
cr have been allocated for
this project, & it is ex-
pected to be completed
within next six months.
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
Deputy Chief Minister
Diya Kumari, on
Wednesday, conducted a
marathon road show in
support of BJP candidate
Manju Sharma from Jai-
pur City LS seat. During
this period, she addressed
the general public at
more than one and a half
dozen places and asked
for votes for the BJPcan-
didate. Meanwhile, im-
pressed by the 10-year
tenure of PM Narendra
Modi and his Antyodaya
policies, 306 leaders, in-
cluding Congress leader
Sitaram Agarwal, took
membership of BJPwith-
out any conditions in the
presence of Diya Kumari
at BJP state office today.
Diya Kumari said that
after Sitaram Agarwal
took membership of BJP,
Vidyadharnagar assem-
bly constituency has be-
come Congress free. “In
the coming few days, not
only Vidyadharnagar but
the entire Rajasthan will
be Congress free. The
aim of all of us is to make
BJP’s lotus blossom on
all the 25 seats of the
state under the leadership
of PM Narendra Modi.”
MEA S Jaishankar being felicitated by Union Minister Arjun Ram
Meghwal with a picture of ‘Karni Mata’ in a beautiful frame
made up with the famous Usta art during the Prabuddhjan
Samvad’ in Bikaner on Wednesday.
S Jaishankar addresses the gathering during the ‘Prabuddhjan Samvad’ in Bikaner on Wednesday.
Arjun Ram Meghwal, Parvesh Verma, Devi Singh Bhati, Siddhi Kumari and others are seen.
Om Birla being welcomed by the locals and the leaders as he
arrives to address people during the ‘Jansampark Abhiyan’ in
various villages of Bundi district on Wednesday.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat drives a tractor to reach Khejarli
village in Jodhpur to address a public meeting on Wednesday.
Diya Kumari welcomes Sitaram Agarwal to BJP by offering him a Saffron scarf during a programme
held at BJP Headquarters in Jaipur on Wednesday. Narayan Lal Panchariya and others were present.
Sitaram Agarwal greets Diya Kumari as he joins BJP during a programme held at BJP HQs in Jaipur.
Onkar Singh Lakhawat, Narayan Lal Panchariya and others were present. SANTOSH SHARMA
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EntireRajwillbe‘Cong-free’
indaystocome,saysDiya
BJP is more than a party, its a family: Dy CM
Cong leaders jump ship to BJP
ModiKiGuaranteeworks
outsideIndiatoo:Jaishankar
OmBirlaaimstomakeanimpact
withhisthirdconsecutiveLSouting
Bikaneri Bhujiya,
Camel Festival and
Meenakari are world
famous, EAM adds
Shekhawat blames Gehlot
govt for water crisis in Jodh
CEO inspects
EVM & VVPAT
readiness for
upcoming polls
CS’s routine health
checkup sends
SMS hosp in a tizzy
First India Bureau
Jaipur
CS Sudhansh Pant’s
visit to SMS hospital for
routine health checkup
done, which
is mandato-
ry for ACR,
sent the
SMS hospi-
tal staff into
a tizzy on Wednesday.
Since he is on an inspec-
tion spree these days &
has been visiting govt
depts, SMS staffers con-
jectured that he was in the
hospital for the same.
However, this wasn’t the
case, & since he needs to
submit his medical fitness
report to DoP, he visited
hospital. SMS Medical
College Principal Dr Ra-
jeev Bagarhatta, Superin-
tendent Dr Achal Sharma
& others were present.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In light of the Lok Sabha
elections 2024, Chief
Electoral Officer
Praveen Gupta conduct-
ed an inspection of the
Electronic Voting Ma-
chines (EVMs) and Vot-
er-Verified Paper Audit
Trail (VVPAT) commis-
sioning at Rajasthan Col-
lege in Jaipur onWednes-
day.
During the inspection,
he directed officials to
ensure timely completion
of commissioning pro-
cess for EVMs and
VVPATs.
Gupta also instructed
engineers from Bharat
Electronics Limited to
efficiently complete the
mapping, sealing, se-
quencing, and symbol
loading process of the
EVM machines.
He engaged with all
stationed officers and
employees to gather
practical insights into
the voting process
through mock polling,
addressing any technical
issues that may arise
during the process.
Throughout the in-
spection, the CEO also
emphasised the impor-
tance of ensuring
smooth voting proce-
dures for seamless elec-
tions in the State.
Governor Kalraj Mishra offers prayers to Maa Vindhyavasini at
the famous Vindhyadham in Varanasi on the second day of the
festival of Chaitra Navratri on Wednesday.
A Busy Day for Governor
Mishra in Uttar Pradesh
Governor Kalraj Mishra
performs ‘Abhishek’ at the
Kashi Vishwanath Temple in
Varanasi on Wednesday.
Governor Kalraj Mishra
inaugurates the ‘Sanjeevani
Therapy Centre for Special
Children’ in Varanasi.
PM’s focus on Rajasthan gathers
momentum ahead of elections
Analysis
Chittorgarh flourished under
Modi government, says CP Joshi
First India Bureau
Chittorgrah
Chittorgarh constituency
soars in development un-
der BJP’s Modi govern-
ment,” stated BJP State
President, CP Joshi on
Wednesday. Highlighting
progress, Joshi empha-
sised exceeding expecta-
tions in infrastructure
development. During
constituency campaign-
ing, he cited significant
investments, including
Rs 190 crore for Bagolia
of Mavli and plans for
DabokAirport to become
the state’s largest.
Joshi outlined achieve-
ments over the past de-
cade, such as new rail-
way lines, gauge conver-
sions, and road expan-
sions like the Kishangarh
to Ahmedabad six-lane
route in Chittorgarh. The
BJP State President fur-
ther affirmed that devel-
opment will persist under
the ‘double engine’ gov-
ernment in the State.
CP Joshi greets people as he arrives to address a public meeting
in Mavli town in Udaipur district on Wednesday.
PM Narendra Modi
He aims to break the myth that since
1999 LS polls, no Speaker has won a
parliamentary seat in subsequent term
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oday, the festival
of festival of Eid
al-Fitr, which
marks the end of
the holy month
of Ramadan, is celebrated all
over the world. Ramadan is ob-
served by the pious followers of
Allah by reading the Qur’an,
emphasizing charity (zakat),
abstaining from food and drink
during daylight hours, and con-
centrating on prayer and study
to increase their taqwa, or sa-
cred consciousness, it is said.
Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated during
the first three days of Shawwāl,
the 10th month of the Islamic
calendar.
The day will have already
started today, for many with the
‘salat’, communal prayer even
as the day stretches ahead full of
joy, happiness, togetherness,
celebration, charity, love and
prayer too!Another very impor-
tant part of Eid-al-Fitr is the
mandatory charity called Zakat
al-Fitr, which is collected before
the prayer and distributed to the
poor and needy to ensure all can
participate in the festivities.
Eid al-Fitr is significant in
celebrating the end of a very
intense month of fasting, prayer,
self-reflection and charity. It is
a time for families and friends
to come together and rejoice
with food and drink, gift each
other presents and dress up in
new clothes.
Another important fes-
tival is Eid al Adha,
which comes after Eif-
al-Fitr in the year,
which commemorates
Prophet Ibrahim’s
willingness to sacri-
fice his son upon God’s
command. Eid alAdha
is also significant be-
cause it is celebrated
on the last day of Hajj,
another one of the five
pillars of Islam, which
is the holy pilgrim-
age Muslims
make to Mak-
kah (Mecca).
Anita Hada
anita.hada@firstindianews.com
CITY FIRST GREETS ALL ITS READERS OF THE
AUSPICIOUS FESTIVAL OF EID-AL-FITR, WHICH MARKS
THE END OF THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN,
ONE OF THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM!
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THE END OF THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN,
ONE OF THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM!
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THE GREAT MOSQUE OF MAKKAH
Masjid Al-Haram stands as the holiest site
in Islam, embracing millions of worshippers
annually during the Hajj pilgrimage and
throughout the year. Its central focus is the
Kaaba, the sacred cubic structure towards
which Muslims worldwide turn during their
prayers. Masjid Al-Haram’s significance ex-
tends far beyond its religious importance;
it serves as a symbol of unity for Muslims
worldwide, representing the heart of their
faith and spiritual journey. With its mas-
sive size and intricate architecture, Masjid
Al-Haram can accommodate over a million
worshippers at once, making it one of the
largest mosques globally. Its marble floors,
adorned with intricate patterns and cal-
ligraphy, create a serene and awe-inspiring
atmosphere for worshippers and visitors
alike. Beyond its physical grandeur, Masjid
Al-Haram holds deep historical and cultural
significance, attracting visitors from diverse
cultures and backgrounds who come to wit-
ness its magnificence and experience the
profound sense of spirituality that perme-
ates its sacred precincts.
Ramadan
is a sacred time
for Muslims worldwide,
marked by fasting, prayer,
charity, and community. On the
occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, City First
highlights a period of spiritual renewal,
self-discipline, and deepening of faith.
amadan, the
ninth month
of the Islam-
ic lunar cal-
endar, holds
profound sig-
nificance for Muslims world-
wide. It is a time of spiritual
reflection, self-discipline,
and heightened devotion.
Central to Ramadan is the
practice of fasting, abstaining
from food, drink, smoking,
and marital relations from
dawn until sunset. However,
Ramadan encompasses more
than just fasting it is a period
marked by increased prayer,
charity, and community
bonding.
SIGNIFICANCE &
OBSERVING OF RAMADAN
Ramadan holds immense
spiritual significance in Islam
as it commemorates the
month in which the Quran,
the holy book of Islam, was
revealed to the Prophet Mu-
hammad. It is believed that
during this month, the gates
of heaven are open, the gates
of hell are closed, and the
devils are chained. Muslims
view Ramadan as an oppor-
tunity for spiritual growth,
self-improvement, and draw-
ing closer to Allah.
The most prominent as-
pect of Ramadan is fasting,
known as Sawm. Fasting be-
gins at dawn with Suhoor, the
pre-dawn meal, and ends at
sunset with Iftar, the break-
ing of the fast. During day-
light hours, Muslims refrain
from consuming food, or
water, smoking, and engag-
ing in marital relations. Fast-
ing is not only an act of obe-
dience to Allah but also a
means of practising self-
discipline, empathy for
the less fortunate, and grati-
tude for the blessings of life.
Beyond fasting, Ramadan
encourages increased prayer
and recitation of the Quran.
Muslims engage in addition-
al prayers, such as Taraweeh,
performed every night dur-
ing Ramadan. This nightly
prayer offers an opportunity
for spiritual reflection
and communal wor-
ship.
Charity, known as
Zakat al-Fitr, is an-
other essential as-
pect of Ramadan.
Muslims are encour-
aged to give to
those in need, both
financially and
through acts of
kindness and
service.
R
THE ROLE OF HIJAB
The hijab, a symbol of modesty and faith for millions of Muslim
women worldwide, holds deep cultural, religious, and social sig-
nificance. Its primary role is to preserve the modesty and privacy of
women by covering their hair and body according to Islamic teachings.
Beyond its religious significance, the hijab serves as a form of self-ex-
pression and identity, allowing women to assert their faith and values in
a world that often promotes conflicting ideals of beauty and femininity.
Importantly, the hijab fosters a sense of unity and solidarity among Mus-
lim women, transcending cultural and ethnic boundaries. It symbolizes
the empowerment and autonomy of women, challenging stereotypes and
misconceptions about Islam and gender roles. By wearing the hijab, Muslim
women assert their agency and autonomy over their bodies and lives,
reclaiming control of their narratives and identities. Its importance lies in its
ability to promote respect, dignity, and equality, emphasizing the inherent
worth and value of every individual regardless of their outward appearance.
Unity
Fasting
aith &
RAMADAN IFTAR
While fasting during daylight
hours, Muslims typically
break their fast with a
meal called Iftar. This meal
traditionally begins with
the consumption of dates
and water, following the
example of the Prophet
Muhammad. Iftar meals vary
greatly depending on cul-
tural traditions and regional
cuisine but often include a
combination of soups, sal-
ads, meat dishes, rice, bread,
and desserts. Suhoor, the
pre-dawn meal, is equally
important as it provides
sustenance for the fasting
day ahead. Suhoor typically
consists of wholesome foods
that provide energy and
hydration, such as fruits,
vegetables, whole grains,
and protein-rich foods.
Tripti
Mahawar
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
CHARITY (ZAKAT & SADAQAH)
Zakat and Sadaqah, holds profound significance in Islam, reflecting the principle of social responsibility and
compassion. Zakat, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, is obligatory charity prescribed for those who possess wealth
above a certain threshold. It serves to purify one's wealth and support the less fortunate, including the
poor, needy, and those in debt. Sadaqah, in contrast, refers to voluntary acts of giving beyond Zakat,
emphasizing generosity and kindness towards others. During Eid, Muslims often intensify their chari-
table efforts, distributing Zakat and engaging in Sadaqah to spread joy and alleviate the suffering
of the less fortunate. Together, Zakat and Sadaqah embody the spirit of selflessness and solidar-
ity within the Muslim community, fostering a culture of empathy and support for those in need,
thereby strengthening bonds and fostering a sense of communal responsibility.
Masjid- Al- Haram, Makkah (Meeca)
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'town iftar par-
ties are not just
g a t h e r i n g s ;
they're glitter-
ing spectacles
that blend tradi-
tion with glamour. Iftaar, the
breaking of the fast at sunset,
holds deep spiritual significance
for Muslims worldwide.
In Bollywood, the tradition of
hosting Iftaar parties has been a
longstanding affair, reflecting
the industry's cultural diversity
and inclusivity. These gather-
ings serve as platforms for stars
to come together, not just to in-
dulge in sumptuous feasts but
also to foster bonds of friend-
ship and camaraderie. It's a time
when celebrities set aside their
busy schedules to connect on a
more personal level, sharing
laughter, stories, and blessings.
The origins of Bollywood's
connection to Iftaar parties can
be traced back to the industry's
deep-rooted ties with the Mus-
lim community and its rich cul-
tural heritage. Over the years,
these gatherings have evolved
into extravagant affairs, with
lavish spreads of traditional
delicacies, live music, and per-
formances adding to the festive
atmosphere. One of B'town's
most famous Iftaar parties is
hosted by Baba Siddique every
year in Mumbai, drawing A-
listers from Bollywood and TV
industries. Salman Khan, Shah-
rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Shilpa
Shetty, Preity Zinta, Vijay Var-
ma, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Em-
raan Hashmi and many others
embrace the party with their
presence.
Celebrities often dress to im-
press, showcasing their sartorial
elegance in traditional attire
while posing for the paparazzi
and mingling with fellow indus-
try members. From veteran ac-
tors to rising stars, directors,
producers, and other luminaries,
Bollywood's Iftaar parties at-
tract a diverse crowd, reflecting
the industry's spirit of unity and
togetherness.
These gatherings also serve as
opportunities for stars to extend
their warm wishes to their Mus-
lim colleagues and fans, foster-
ing a sense of harmony and
goodwill within the Bollywood
fraternity. In essence, Bolly-
wood's Iftaar parties are more
than just glamorous affairs;
they're symbolic celebrations of
unity, diversity, and the spirit of
togetherness that defines the In-
dian film industry.
Mohit
Choudhary
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
B
Baba Siddique, Salim Khan & Zeeshan Siddique
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Glittering Spectacles of Tradition and
Glamour at Bollywood's Iftaar Parties
Clockwise- Adah Sharma, Nikki Tamboli, Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan, Zareen Khan, Kapil Sharma, Hina KhanPreity Zinta, Emraan Hashmi & Sanjay Dutt.
City Buzz
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ANightof Prestige!
City First
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
ormer Di-
r e c t o r
General of
the Border
Security
Force (BSF) and security
advisortoRamMandirin
Ayodhya, KK Sharma,
hosted a special meet and
greet event to honour Dr
Rekha and Prem
Bhandari from the USA.
Dr Rekha Bhandari, a
highly accomplished US
doctor with triple board
certification and Dr Prem
Bhandari, Chief Medical
Officer of one of the larg-
est networks of nursing
homes in the US, were
the guests of honour.
Duringtheevent,Prem
Bhandari, Chairman of
Jaipur Foot USA and
PresidentoftheRajasthan
Association of North
America, New York,
made a significant an-
nouncement.Heunveiled
plans for a mega free ar-
tificiallimbfitmentcamp,
‘Jaipur Foot’, to be held
in Delhi. This initiative,
dedicated to the memory
of the late IPS Arun Ku-
mar Sinha, former Spe-
cial Protection Group
(SPG) director and a sup-
porter of Jaipur Foot, was
conceived after discus-
sions with Padma Bhush-
an DR Mehta. Former
DG BSF, KK Sharma,
will coordinate the camp.
The event, held at the
Nizamuddin BSF Offic-
er’s Mess, was graced by
distinguished guests in-
cluding Justice Manish
Bhandari, former Chief
Justice of Tamil Nadu
and Chairman of theAp-
pellate Tribunal, RS
Chowan; former Chief
Justice of Telangana and
Uttarakhand, Rajeev
Jain; former Director of
the Intelligence Bureau
and National Human
Rights Commission
(NHRC) member,
Pradeep Singh Kharola;
and CMD of the Indian
Trade Promotion Organ-
isation, Anurag Srivas-
tav. Other notable attend-
ees included senior IPS
officer Subhash Chan-
dra; IFS Randheer Jay-
swal; MEA spokesman
& senior IFS Shatrughan
Sinha; Joint Secretary
MEA Rahul Barath IPS;
advocate Pratibhanu Sin-
gh; and Rajiv Singh from
the USA, among others.
Newlyweds Rahul Sinha
and Bhawna Bala were
specially invited and re-
ceived blessings from
the Bhandaris.
Despite their earlier
attempt to meet Arun
Sinha before his passing,
the Bhandaris were una-
ble to attend his son’s
wedding. However, they
took the opportunity to
bless the newlyweds dur-
ing this gathering.
(L-R) Abha Jayswal, Randheer Jayswal, Dr Prem Bhandari, Rajeev Jain & Rajeev Singh
Bhavna Bala & Rahul Sinha exchange greetings with Dr Prem Bhandari.
Also seen are Dr Rekha Bhandari and Randheer Jayswal
Dr Prem Bhandari receiving a warm floral welcome by
Justice Manish Bhandari and his wife
During the ceremony
F
Erlend Blakstad Haffner addressing the press conference.
Also seen are Dhruv Raj Singh & Oliva Sartogo
Redefining the Essence
of Architecture
Rachna Singh
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
n a realm
where tradi-
tion meets
innovation,
architecture stands as a
testament of human in-
genuity, shaping the
landscapes of our cities
and the spaces we in-
habit. In a pioneering
initiative to redefine
how we build homes, a
consortium of national
and international archi-
tects launched the plat-
form, “Made India” in
Jaipur to provide one-
stop state-of-the-art
architectural expertise.
“The platform al-
lows access and pur-
chase of full architec-
tural plans from lead-
ing national and inter-
national architects,
ready to be built in In-
dia. By harnessing the
expertise of top-tier
architects and leverag-
ing cutting-edge tech-
nologies, we strive to
maximize the potential
of every project, ensur-
ing that each home is a
testament to luxury,
functionality, and time-
less elegance,” said
Dhruv Raj Singh and
Oliva Sartogo, the
founders.
Singh further an-
nounced the collabora-
tion with award-win-
ning international part-
ner CHAP Architects,
marking the official
inaugural endeavour of
the ‘Made India’ plat-
form. “Under the um-
brella of Made India,
we proudly present
Ghar Development and
Ghar Banao, devel-
oped to foster collabo-
ration between vision-
ary architects, es-
teemed real estate de-
velopers, and discern-
ing landowners,” he
said.
Fuelled by a relent-
less pursuit of excel-
lence, ‘Made India’
stands as a beacon of
change in an ever-
evolving landscape,
ushering in a new era
where architecture
transcends boundaries
and empowers indi-
viduals to build the fu-
ture they envision.
“With a simple click,
users gain access to an
unparalleled array of
full architectural plans,
meticulously crafted
by the industry’s finest
minds, ready to be real-
ized on Indian soil,”
stressed Oliva.
I
EVENTS!
The UHV&EC at Swami Keshvanand Institute of Technology, Management &
Gramothan (SKIT), Jaipur, orchestrated a profound exploration of spirituality
with a discourse on Lord Shree Ram’s divine persona on Wednesday. Led by
Siddha Swaroop from Krishna Balram Temple, the session delved into Lord Ram’s
noble virtues and teachings from the Ramayana. An interactive quiz followed,
engaging 80 students in showcasing their understanding of Lord Shree Ram’s
life. Dr Nidhi Sharma and Dr Amit Jhalani coordinated the event, praised for its
insightful content and contribution to holistic student development.
Jawahar Kala Kendra
in Jaipur, Rajasthan,
is celebrating its
Foundation Day
with two remarkable
exhibitions until April
14th. The Alankar
Gallery offers a visual
journey of the centre
through captivating
photographs, showcasing over 150 images capturing its history and cultural
significance on Wednesday. Concurrently, the Crystal Gallery houses an exquisite
collection of state art, featuring 50 artworks and 40 paintings. Notable displays
include iron artefacts by Gadia Lohar, showcasing tribal culture, and a diverse
range of handicrafts from Rajasthan. Additionally, the exhibition highlights
prints from a recent workshop and traditional miniature paintings, providing a
comprehensive view of the region’s rich artistic heritage.
WHAT’S HAPPENING!
Dr Ashok Singh Solanki, Director and physician at Aravali
Homoeopathy Hospital & Research Center in Jagatpura
Jaipur, celebrated World Homoeopathy Day with his research
students on Wednesday. The occasion highlighted the
significance of homoeopathy in healthcare. Dr Solanki, along
with the students, emphasized the importance of research
and innovation in advancing homoeopathic treatments.
Manav Milan Sansthan, a leading organization in philanthropy
& human service, has been dedicated to aiding both humans
and animals for the past decade. On Tuesday under Bhagwan
Mahavir Vikabhagam Sahayata Samiti’s guidance, they
distributed essential equipment to 101 needy disabled
individuals free of charge. This event, the third of its kind, saw
the provision of Jaipur Foot, Kuchen, Walkers, Tricycles etc.
Padma Bhushan Manav Ratna (Dr) DR Mehta inaugurated the
program, garnering widespread acclaim and support.
Raju Mangodiwala, Chairman of Jaipur’s Jeweller
Association’s CSR Committee, announced the
inauguration of a cold water fountain on Agra
Road on Tuesday, funded by tax jewels from
President DP Khandelwal and Minister Neeraj
Lunawat, the fountain aims to quench pedestrians’
thirst. The Association, renowned for its service,
has previously installed fountains across
various locations. This initiative showcased their
commitment to humanitarian efforts. Present
at the event were Vice President Alok Sonkhia,
Secretary Raju Mangodiwala, Treasurer Govind
Agarwal, and other esteemed officials.
MUKESH
KIRADOO
Rajasthan braces for scorching temperatures
as the India Meteorological Department (IMD)
predicts a relentless heatwave spanning 20
days across various parts of the state. With
summer looming, IMD forecasts an arid and
harsh season, with temperatures soaring to
unprecedented highs, expected to experience
prolonged heatwave spells, lasting 10 to 20
days. Residents are urged to take precautionary
measures as the mercury rises, preparing for a
relentless battle against the sweltering heat.
Swaranjali Music Training Centre, Mansarovar Jaipur, hosted an
award ceremony on-site on Tuesday. 20 students from Gandharva
Mahavidyalaya (Music), Mumbai, scoring 80 to 90%, were
honoured. Renowned sitar player Pt. Chandramohan Bhatt graced
the event as chief guest, with senior tabla player Prem Kumar
Sharma as special guest. Pt. Bhatt emphasized diligent practice
and guru devotion for perfect notes. The students were impressed
with their presentations, earning accolades from teachers.
President KC Mathur extended gratitude to attendees.
Foreign tourists looking at wooden Kavad
FASHION FINESSE IN PINK CITY!
Mitali Dusad
mitalidusad@firstindia.co.in
t the illustrious
Grand Uniara,
the spectacular
Sash ceremony
of Glamanand Mrs India
and Miss Teen Diva, pre-
sented by First India and
Bharat24- Vision of New
India, unfolded on
Wednesday.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra,
as the Chief Guest, graced
the event, commending
the participants’ elegance
and poise. In his welcom-
ing remarks, Dr Chandra
articulated, “In this indus-
try, women exemplify re-
markable virtue. Introduc-
ing the Mrs category
marks a pioneering step,
acknowledging the bril-
liance of married women.
I extend a warm wel-
come to the Pink City.
Nikhil’s choice of Jaipur
for the finale, for the sec-
ond consecutive year, de-
serves applause.” Ad-
dressing the transforma-
tive power of the fashion
industry, Dr Chandra em-
phasized its role in em-
powering women. He
added, “This platform re-
alizes parental aspirations
of seeing their daughters
stand independently.”
Dr Chandra further men-
tored the participants,
stressing the importance
of a clear career vision,
hard work, discipline,
and shedding unnecessary
burdens in life. Nikhil
Anand, expressing im-
mense gratitude, received
warm wishes for future
endeavours from Dr Chan-
dra, fostering a spirit of
collaboration and empow-
erment.
MORE IN CITY FIRST TOMORROW
A
MUKESH
KIRADOO
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Nikhil Anand and 20 stunning participants of Mrs India Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Nikhil Anand and 29 gorgeous participants of Miss Teen Diva
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra
addressing the audience
SUNIL
SHARMA
SANTOSH SHARMA

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  • 1. Jaipur, Thursday | April 11, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 304 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 304 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia MODI’S‘VIJAYSHANKHNAAD’ SETTOECHOINRAJ’SBRAJTODAY! PM Narendra Modi PM IN KARAULI FOR POLL RALLY KARTIKEY DEV SINGH ith a little over a week left to the first phase of polls in Rajasthan, BJP has intensified the public appear- ances of its ‘trump card’- Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With 12 Lok Sabha seats undergoing polls on April 19, the BJP is not leaving any stone unturned to swing the voters to its side and thus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be seen conducting ‘blitzkrieg’ tours of the desert state. Having held public rallies in support of the party’s candidates from Jaipur Rural, Churu andAjmer, PM Modi will now address the voters of the Karauli-Dholpur seat. It is a well-known fact that PM Modi’s face is the biggest poll influencer in BJP’s kit- ty and hence the party think-tank and strategists are using this advantage to make the opposition inconsequential! The mood of voters from the Karauli-Dholpur seat has always been considered to be ‘unique’ i.e. they do not get influenced into voting for one party en masse easily, however, having changed that belief over the past two times, PM Modi would once again look to repeat his earlier success on the seat, in a bid to bag all 25 seats of the state in his party’s kitty. Modi will address a public meeting, dubbed the Vijay Shankhnaad rally’ on April 11 on the occasion of Gangaur at Siddharth City located on Karauli-Kailadevi Marg in support of Indu Devi Jatav, BJP candidate from Karauli-Dholpur Lok Sabha constituency. Along with the Prime Minister, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma and other BJP leaders will also be present in the rally. For this, the Prime Minister will reach Jaipur airport at 12.30 pm onApril 11, from where he will leave for Karauli and ad- dress the Vijay Shankhnaad Sabha in Karauli at 1.15 pm. W
  • 2. TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind..!! BHAGAVAD GITA IN-DEPTH WELCOMING, BUT UNSAFE FOR INDIAN STUDENTS MAYAWATI PLAN TO GO SOLO IN LS POLL nother Indian student has been found dead in the US, taking the tally of those killed to 11. The latest victim is a student from Hy- derabad, 25-year-old Mohammed Abdul Arfeth, whose body was retrieved from Lake Erie in Cleve- land. The killing of innocent students has raised se- rious concerns about the safety of Indian students and also doubts if the US is where students should be headed. The number of Indian students going abroad for studies is huge. Canada was their preferred destina- tion until the diplomatic row over the killing of a Khalistani activist. The country has now approved a 35 percent reduction in study permits. Indian students will be hit hard. The number of Indian students enrolled in the UK is expected to cross the 3 lakh mark. Australia is an- other favourite destination for education. None of the above countries has been as unsafe as the US which granted 130,839 student visas in 2023. With increasing risks, will Indians still prefer America? A n the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, long-stand- ing rivals, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), joined forces. Despite their alliance, BSP emerged more success- ful, securing 11 seats compared to SP’s five. How- ever, post-election, the unity dissolved as BSP leader Mayawati leaned towards the BJP, earning her party the label of BJP’s ‘B team’, akin to AIMIM. Now, in 2024, Mayawati ventures solo, openly distancing herself from Akhilesh Yadav and the I.N.D.I.A bloc, dubbing him a ‘chameleon’ and also dumping the Congress. This move aims to clarify her stance and assert independ- ence from former al- liances. The INDI Alli- ance was hopeful that Mayawati would join the bloc, and so was the BJP expecting her to fight the polls as an NDA ally. Even if she has not commit- ted to join the NDA now, she may will- ingly enter into a post-poll alliance. She’s set April 11 as the launch date for her campaign. Unlike before, when she relied on senior leaders like SC Mis- ra, this time, the Dalit leader has given responsibil- ity to her nephew, Akash Anand, for a bigger role, marking his trial by fire. The challenge before the BSP will be to retain its seats in the face of an ag- gressive BJP which has been talking of winning all the 80 seats at stake in Uttar Pradesh. That will be quite a tall order. However, the BSP would be able to help the BJP move close to the target by nibbling into the SP votes in constituencies where Mayawati has fielded strong candidates from the minority community. I The INDI Alliance was hopeful that Mayawati would join the bloc, and so was the BJP expecting her to fight the polls as an NDA ally. Even if she has not committed to join the NDA now, she may willingly enter into a post- poll alliance Saddened by the demise of Thiru RM Veerappan Ji. His impact on public service through his long political career and his contributions to the film industry will always be remembered. My sincere condolences to his family and supporters in this difficult time. Om Shanti Anurag Thakur (मोदी का पिरवार) @ianuragthakur The news of the bus accident in Durg, Chhattisgarh is extremely sad. I express my deepest condolences to those who lost their loved ones in this accident. I pray to God for the peace of the departed souls and speedy recovery of the injured. Om Shanti Piyush Goyal (मोदी का पिरवार) @PiyushGoyal l Vol 5 l Issue No. 304 l RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504. l Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra l Managing Editor: Pawan Arora l Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act PERSPECT VE 02 Jaipur, Thursday | April 11, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia he cyber- crime has r e a c h e d c o m m o n man’s door- steps and taking a shape of menace duly supported by the emergence of AI and newpowerfultechnologies. The global dimensions of its spread and harm it can cause is alarming. Now is thetimefororganisationsto invest in their security, as the developments of the past few years are just the beginning of an emerging future where cyber crimi- nalswilldevelopevenmore sophisticated methods to achieve their goals. Gov- ernments,banks,andglobal corporations now face a se- rious threat as a result of cyber security threats. Hackers use a lot of private and business data to their advantage, posing a serious threat to the online commu- nity. Cyber-crime taking shape of cyber terrorism is alarming as well as fright- eningandwarrantsimmedi- ate cyber terrorism counter measures. PREVAILING MAJOR CYBER CRIMES Unauthorized Access is gainingaccesstosystemsor networkswithouttheneces- sary permissions like digi- tally breaking into a house. Phishing is craftily im- personating legitimate enti- ties in deceptive attacks, with an aim to trick unsus- pecting individuals into re- vealing sensitive data. Malware is introducing various malicious software types including viruses, worms and ransomware with purpose to harm or ex- ploit any device, network, service or program. Distributed Denial of Service(DDoS)isbyflood- ing systems, servers or net- works with overwhelming traffic resulting in complete exhaustionofresources and bandwidth that renders the target system inoperable. Identity Theft is an act of illicitly obtaining and us- ing another person’s data in suchscenarios,typicallyfor financialgain.Thiscanlead to online fraud, unauthor- ized purchases, loans or even fraudulent activities undersomeoneelse’sname. Cyberstalkingorbully- ing. Online harassment of individuals resulting in emotional distress as stalk- ers use digital means to in- timidate, threaten or harass victims. Cyber terrorism is the convergence of terrorism and cyberspace has given rise to the explicit notion of cyber terrorism. This phe- nomenon is anticipated to be the most alarming crimi- nal development in the coming years, with the po- tential for terrorists to ex- ploit the Internet for de- structivepurposes,resulting inmoresevereconsequenc- es compared to traditional methods.Thismakescyber- crime far more impacting andseriousthreatthanwhat it is till now. Processadoptedbycyber criminals for unauthorised access to Systems and Net- works. First, they often ex- ploit software vulnerabili- ties, seeking out weak points in systems to breach, then, they craft phishing emails, aiming to deceive users into revealing their credentials. Next, they cap- italize on weak passwords, which, surprisingly, many individuals still use outdat- ed software can present se- curity gaps, which cyber- criminals are quick to ex- ploit and lastly, through social engineering tactics, they can manipulate indi- viduals into unknowingly granting them access. PREVENTION OF CYBER ATTACKS Usestronganduniquepass- words and avoid the same password across multiple platforms.Regularlyupdate allsoftwaretoavoiditbeing exploited by cybercrimi- nals.Avoid clicking on sus- picious links on emails, text messages, or social media. Backup data regularly to obviate loss of vital infor- mation. Educate yourself and others about the latest cyber threats and possible countermeasures. AI AND CYBER CRIMES AI can help cyber crimi- nals automate the process of targeting businesses to steal valuable intellectual property. AI algorithms can analyse high-volume of data and identify high- value trade secrets or sen- sitive information, facili- tating their theft for com- petitive advantage or fi- nancial gain. Cyber crimi- nals may use AI for mali- cious purposes like, en- hancing existing attacks, creating new attacks and automating and scaling at- tacks. The AI enabled cy- bercrimes include- Deep- fakes technology to craft non-consensual pornogra- phy of celebrities or spread political misinformation, employing machine learn- ing (ML) for guessing us- ers’ passwords, hacking, vulnerability scanning, in- telligent system weakness- es detection and exploita- tion, adaptive malware development, etc. AI can also be used to compromisethesoftwareor hardwaresupplychainofan organization, targeting businesses, phishing attack targeting organisations to steal money/critical infor- mation,enhancethescaleof intensity of DDoS attacks against business websites and online services over- whelming servers and dis- ruptingbusinessoperations. Artificial intelligence can be used to make predictions about terrorism by analys- ing communications meta- data, information about fi- nancial transactions, travel patterns, and web browsing activities. SAFEGUARDS AI-driven cyber attacks may seem unstoppable, but they’re not completely un- beatable. The trick is to fightfirewithfireandcyber security is evolving withAI as well. To stay ahead of cyber criminals in this new frontier, businesses should adopt a comprehensive strategy combining AI and human expertise. Business- es should also adopt robust security measures, includ- ingimplementingadvanced AI-driven cybersecurity solutions for real-time threat detection and re- sponse. AI has been effec- tively applied to combat cybercrimes in a number of nations, including the de- tection and prevention of cyberattacks, the identifica- tionofprospectiverisksand the prediction of future as- saults. IMPLEMENTING AI-BASED SOLUTIONS IN INDIA Need to standardise the cy- bercrime counter processes by integrating solutions from several stakeholders. Establish a standardised regulatory framework and strengthen existing set ups to guarantee that AI is cre- ated and applied responsi- bly and ethically. Need to remove bias in data to obviate discriminat- ing consequences for AI- based solutions. Identify and ensure correct invest- ments in people, infrastruc- ture, and legal frameworks for a better management of AI to counter rising cyber- crimes in the country. The role ofAI in combat- ing cyber terrorism consti- tutes a critical and evolving field with considerable scope for future research. One promising avenue for exploration involves ad- vancing the capabilities of AI-driven predictive mod- els for early detection and prevention of cyber threats associated with terrorism. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES The National Cyber Se- curity Policy 2013 makes cybercrime as unlawful act wherein the computer is either a tool or a target or both and offenses and punishments are ad- dressed by the Information Technology Act, 2000 While AI has already led to remarkable advance- ments in multiple indus- tries, experts are getting increasingly concerned about criminals using the technology to spread terrorism, chaos and financial frauds against individuals and business organisations The DPDP passed on August 11, 2023 by the Indian Central Govern- ment aims to protect data principals and restrict activities of data fiduciaries 2024 is witnessing the begin- ning of AI reality and the European Union Regulation Act of Mar 2024 on artificial intelligence is just a happy beginning for regulation of AI for good use REGULATEDAITOCOUNTER CYBERCRIMEMENACE The global dimensions of its spread and harm it can cause is alarming. Now is the time for organisations to invest in their security, as the developments of the past few years are just the beginning of an emerging future where cyber criminals will develop even more sophisticated methods to achieve their goals. Governments, banks, and global corporations now face a serious threat as a result of cyber security threats. Hackers use a lot of private and business data to their advantage, posing a serious threat to the online community T Col Rajesh Bhukar The writer is a Post Graduate in International Studies, Alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and College of Combat, Mhow
  • 3. CM SHARMA ADDRESSES POLL RALLY AMIDST DRIZZLE Modi has come from poor family, he knows plight of poor, farmer: CM Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma may take some time to shift to 8, Civil Lines. The CM has not shifted to the designated CMR due to the busyness of Lok Sabha elections. Meanwhile, CS Sudhansh Pant may shift to his residence on April 14 Aishwary Pradhan and Laxmikant Sharma Jaipur/Dausa hief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma ad- dressed a gathering in Andhi town of Jaipur and claimed that some parties resort to lies during elec- tions. “Political parties make announcements af- ter announcements, but they don’t do what they should do. ERCP will come, before that good rains will also come. Modi has come from a poor family and that is why he knows the plight of poor and farmer. Con- gress has done nothing in 70 years. Congress cre- ated a gap between vil- lage and city,” he said. Interestingly, CM’s ad- dress started along with a light drizzle. Meanwhile, busy in conquering ‘Mis- sion-25’, CM Sharma ad- dressed a public meeting in Baharawanda, Sikrai as well in support of BJP candidate Kanhaiya Lal Meena. During this, CM Sharma fiercely targeted the Congress party. Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma being garlanded by BJP leaders and workers during public meeting in Andhi on Wednesday. C Jaipur, Thursday | April 11, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 304 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia MAA CHANDRAGHANTA Day 3 First India Bureau Jaipur Former Congress Presi- dent Rahul Gandhi will hold public rallies in Bi- kaner and Jodhpur Lok Sabha con- stituencies on Thurs- day. Gandhi will address rally in An- upgarh at 12 noon and Phalodi at 2 pm. Senior leaders in- cluding former CM AshokGehlot,Sukhjinder Randhawa, Dotasra will also be present in public meetings. First India Bureau South Dinajpur Union Home Minister Amit Shah onWednesday hit out at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee over CAA, ac- cusing her of misleading people. Continuing his attack on the Trinamool Congress chief, Shah said,”To build a ‘Sashakt Bharat’, we will have to build a ‘Sashakt Bengal’. But you see the extent of infiltration in West Ben- gal! If such situations persist, the state can not progress and can never become empowered.” Shah said that only Modi and BJP govt in WB can stop infiltration in WB. “I have come to tell you Modi’s Guarantee that make us cross 30 seats, & form a BJP govt in Ben- gal, we will stop infiltra- tion,” Shah said. P6 First India Bureau New Delhi SC on Wednesday reject- ed affidavit filed by Pa- tanjali, offering an ‘un- conditional apology’ in connection with mislead- ing advertisement case. The court warned both Baba Ramdev and the company’s MD,Acharya Krishan, to brace them- selves for potential reper- cussions.Abench of Jus- tices Hima Kohli & Ahs- anuddin Amanullah pre- sided over proceedings. Rahul to visit Bikaner and Jodhpur today Shah pitches for 30 seats in Bengal, criticises TMC PATANJALI-RAMDEV MISLEADING ADVTS CASE Don’t want to be generous: SC rejects Baba Ramdev’s apology Baba Ramdev & Acharya Balkrishna arrive for hearing on Patanjali misleading advertisements case at Supreme Court on Wednesday. KEJRI MOVES SC, COURT DENIES URGENT LISTING Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to spend the weekend in Tihar Jail as the Supreme Court has de- ferred hearing his challenge to the Delhi High Court’s recent ruling. The apex court, which resumes its sessions on Monday, is anticipated to take up the petition filed by the AAP leader at that time. SANDESHKHALI CASE: CAL HC ORDERS CBI TO MONITOR The Calcutta HC on Wednesday recom- mended a court-monitored CBI probe into Sandeshkhali case. The High Court bench also directed CBI to file a report on illegal conversion of agricultural land. Amit Shah addresses a public rally in Dinajpur, Wednesday CelebratingGangaur: GrandeurofRajasthan angaur is a colourful festival which is one of the most important celebrations of the people of Rajasthan. Department of Tourism and Royal Family of Jaipur are making arrangements of the two-day Gangaur procession. G Route: City Palace Premises - Tripolia Gate - Chaura Rasta - Nehru Bazaar - Kishanpole Bazaar - Chhoti Chaupar - Gangauri Bazaar - Pondrik Park Timings: 5:45 PM on April 11-12 NARENDRAMODIANDTHE UNSTOPPABLERISEOFINDIA  PM Modi addressed Newsweek’s questions & followed up with a 90-minute conversation  Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister to be on Newsweek cover after Indira Gandhi P M Narendra Modi addressed News- week’s written questions and followed up with a 90-minute con- versation at his official residence with News- week President and CEO Dev Pragad, Global Edi- tor in Chief Nancy Coop- er and Editorial Director, Asia, Danish Manzoor Bhat. Subjects covered ranged from major eco- nomic advances made under Modi’s leadership to the tension between infrastructure expan- sion and environmen- tal concerns to India’s relationship with China and criticism for allegedly curtail- ing press freedom and not bringing along the Muslims who represent some one in seven of India’s popula- tion of 1.4 billion. PM Narendra Modi features on cover of Newsweek magazine. 12:30 PM Will reach Jaipur Airport 01:15 PM Address public rally in Karauli TN SHOWCASES SPIRIT OF ‘FIR EK BAAR MODI SARKAR’, STRESSES PM MODI Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a warm welcome by the massive crowd support in Vellore and Mettupalayam as he addressed 2 public meetings in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. He said, “I bow down to the history, mythology, and bravery of Vellore.” He added, “Vellore created a pivotal revolution against the British, and presently, its robust support for the N.D.A. showcases the spirit of ‘Fir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar’.” PM Narendra Modi being presented with Sengol during public rally in Vellore on Wednesday. PM in Karauli today Click here to read exclusive interview of Narendra Modi in Newsweek Magazine This is the time for Tamil Nadu to lead the developed India. But, the DMK wants to keep the state trapped in old thinking and old politics. NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER EIDMUBARAK! The crescent moon rises over the Jama Masjid Mosque on the eve of the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated with widespread prayer offerings, charity & feasting with great zeal today. IN BRIEF Tesla CEO Musk to meet PM Modi in India soon! Tesla chief Elon Musk to visit India later this month to meet PM Modi, he is expected to make an an- nouncement related to his plans to invest and open a new fac- tory in the country. Raaj Anand resigns from Delhi cabinet, quits AAP Delhi minister and AAP leader Raaj Kumar Anand resigned from his cabinet and party post, stating that he does not want to be associated with a party “involved in corruption”. TITANS PIP RR IN LAST-BALL THRILLER Gujarat Titan’s Rashid Khan plays winning shot against Rajasthan Royals. Khan hugs Noor Ahmad after GT won with 3 wickets in the IPL 2024, at SMS Stadium on Wednesday. SANTOSH SHARMA
  • 4. Adda Adda RAJ RAJniti ka 3OUTOF8‘RAJKUMAR’INBANSWARA-DUNGARPUR Call it a coincidence of conspiracy, 3 out of 8 candidates contesting Lok Sabha elections on Banswara-Dungarpur seat have the same name “Rajkumar”, a fact that has given interesting twist to the political battle on the tribal dominated seat in the Sothern Rajasthan. Banswara-Dungarpur LS seat, reserved for ST, has already become a hot seat with a visible triangular contest among BJP’s MS Malviya, who is former Cong minister, BAP candidate and MLA Rajkumar Roat & Cong candidate Arvind Damore, who did not withdraw nomination despite party’s decision of alliance with BAP. In Roat’s view, it is a conspiracy and not a coincidence. 04 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Thursday | April 11, 2024 Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat 04 HryCMcampaigns forBhupendra YadavinAlwar Ashwini Yadav Alwar Haryana CM Nayab Saini who was in Alwar on Wednesday to campaign for BJP candidate Bhu- pendra Yadav in Lok Sabha Polls stated that policies, intentions, and leadership of the Modi govt are commendable. He criticized the Cong, questioning both its poli- cies and intentions, & ex- pressing uncertainty re- garding its leadership. Saini emphasized that PM Modi stands out globally, while the Con- gress party with its arro- gant coalition lacks both sound policies and good intentions, and its leader- ship remains ambiguous. He stressed that in a sce- nario where someone’s intentions, policies, and leadership are right, be- coming number one in the world is inevitable. Haryana CM Nayab Saini in Alwar on Wednesday. Rajendra Gudha, Vijaya Rahatkar, Pramod Vashistha & Mukesh Dadhich during the press conference in Jaipur on Wednesday. ‘LalDiary’fameGudha extends his support to BJP for LSPollin Raj Yogesh Sharma Jaipur Rajendra Singh Gudha, who was a minister in the Gehlot government, an- nounced his campaign in support of the BJP on Wednesday. A joint BJP and Shiv Sena Shinde group’s joint press confer- ence was organized at a Jaipurhotel.Rajasthanco- ordinator of the Shinde group, Rajendra Singh Gudha stated, “We have a national-level alliance, and we fully support the BJP in our state.” Gudha also added, “The conse- quences of Lal Diary is that where is Ashok Ge- hlot now, and Bhajan Lal Sharma’s government is taking strong action against the accused in the leaked paper case. The previous Gehlot govern- mentmisusedgovernment agencies.Falsecaseswere registered against me.” BJPjoint in-charge Vijaya RahatkarandMukeshDa- dhich welcomed Gudha. In an exclusive inter- view with First India, Rajendra Singh Gudha did not mention whether he would campaign for Shubhkaran Choudhary in the Jhunjhunu constit- uency or not. We have a national-level alliance, and we fully support the BJP in our state. The consequences of Lal Diary is that where is Ashok Gehlot now, and Bhajan Lal Sharma’s government is taking strong action against the accused in the leaked paper case. RAJENDRA GUDHA, SHIV SENA LEADER EC issues directives for TV and other media for poll coverage First India Bureau Jaipur The ECI has issued de- tailedguidelinesregarding media coverage for the Lok Sabha General Elec- tions 2024. There will be a ban on displaying any election matter (advt or publicity etc.) through TV, cinematograph, or other similar means of commu- nication for a period of up to 48 hours before end of pollinginanypollingarea. The Commission has clarified that no person shall display any election matter to public through the medium of cinemato- graph, television, or other similar medium. For vio- lating the provisions, the guilty person can be pun- ished with imprisonment of up to 2 years, or a fine, or both. Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Gupta said that there are allega- tions of violation of the provisions of Representa- tionofPeopleAct,1951in telecast of panel discus- sions/debates and other news & current affairs programsonTVchannels. He said that the Com- mission has clarified that TV/Radio channels and cable networks should en- surethatcontentdisplayed by them during the 48 hours mentioned does not contain any material in- volving political visuals. CEO Praveen Gupta Dotasra attacks Union Govt for misusing central agencies Kapil Sharma Hanumangarh In a spirited rally today at Hanumangarh Junction, Congress candidate Kul- deep Indora received a boost as Congress State President Govind Singh Dotasra addressed a pub- lic gathering in his sup- port. The rally witnessed the presence of Sangariya MLAandYouthCongress State Prez Abhimanyu Poonia & others. Dotasra launched a scathing attack on the Central Govt during the rally, accusing it of misus- ing constitutional institu- tions. He warned that if Narendra Modi were to become PM again, the Constitution would be tampered with, and reser- vations would be abol- ished. Dotasra remarked that Modi is not a PM but a Minister of Propaganda. GS Dotasra, Kuldeep Indora in Hanumangarh on Wednesday. DUTY FIRST! BIJU JOSEPH USES POSTAL BALLOT Biju George Joseph casting his vote at Reserve Police Lines in Jaipur on Wednesday. Police Commissioner Jaipur Biju George Joseph casts his vote through postal ballot to be on toes during election duty for the LS Elections. GROUND REPORT GANGANAGAR LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY BJPandCongressbetonnewfaces, chancesofadirectfightonthisseat 1 2 BOTH PRIYANKA OF BJP AND KULDEEP OF CONGRESS ARE CURRENTLY PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES STOPPING THE BJP’S HAT-TRICK IS A DIFFICULT CHALLENGE FOR CONGRESS Sunil Sihag Ganganagar here seems to be a direct contest between the BJP and Con- gresscandidates for the Ganganagar Lok Sabhaseatreservedforthe Scheduled Caste. This time, both Congress and BJP have given an oppor- tunity to new faces and botharepublicrepresenta- tives. Congress candidate Kuldeep Indora is the dis- trict chief of Srigangana- gar, while BJP candidate Priyanka Balan is the chairperson of Anupgarh Municipal Council. Pri- yanka Balan started her political innings from the Anupgarh Assembly con- stituency. BJP had given her a ticket from Anup- garh Assembly constitu- ency in 2013. However, the party fielded Shimla Bawri as its candidate af- ter cancelling her ticket as she was less than the eligi- ble age of 25 years, to con- test polls, at that time. Hiralal Indora, father of Congress candidate Kul- deep Indora, was elected MLA four times. While being a minister, he han- dled the responsibilities of many departments. Con- gress gave a ticket to Kul- deep from the Anupgarh Assembly seat twice, but he did not get success. In the municipal elections, Indora was successful in making his wife Seema Indora the Chairman. The big thing is that BJP has canceled the tick- et of its 5-time MP Nihal Chand in Ganganagar and has made Priyanka Balan its candidate. Earlier there were talks of Nihal Chand being unhappy over the denial of ticket, but ending all such speculations he has joined the election campaign in support of the BJP candidate. In the 17 Lok Sabha elections held since inde- pendence till 2019, Con- gress has won this seat 10 times, while BJP has won it five times. Janata Party and Bharatiya Lok Dal have won it once each. It is also interesting that not even once has a non- MeghwalMPbeenelected from this seat. This se- quence, which started from Pannaram Barupal, was continued by Begar- am, Birbal Ram and Shankar Pannu. Even Be- garam’s son Nihalchand did not allow this tradition to be broken. Themainreasonforthis trend is that in this Sched- uled Caste dominated area, Meghwal communi- ty constitutes one-third of the population, hence every party bets on the candidate of Meghwal community. BJPcandidate Priyanka Balan herself comes from the Meghwal caste but she is married to the Arora community. Whereas Congress candidate Kul- deep Indora comes from Dhanka community. The votes of Dhanka commu- nity are very less in the Lok Sabha compared to other castes. However, In- dora’s problem is that be- ing angry with his candi- dature, many local leaders including former MP Shankar Pannu have left Congress and joined BJP. It can be seen that out of the eight Assembly seats of this Lok Sabha constit- uency, 5 are occupied by Congress, 2 by BJP and one by an independent candidate. Still, it seems to be a very difficult chal- lenge for Congress to stop BJP’s hat-trick of victory on this seat. BJP national president JP Nadda has already held a meeting in Hanumangarh, while Congress’star campaigner Rahul Gandhi will hold a public meeting in Anup- garh on April 11. T NO LOCAL ISSUE DOMINATING THE ELECTIONS; BJP SEEKING VOTES ON PM MODI’S FACE This time, elections are not being fought on any specific local issue in Ganganagar Lok Sabha constituency. BJP is contesting the elections on Modi’s face and recounting the development works done in the last ten years to the voters. At the same time, Congress is fighting the elections on the issue of not fulfilment of promises made by the Central Government. MP NIHAL CHAND’S REPORT CARD In the last five years, MP Nihal Chand has got a lot of work done right from railways to canal water. He has been very active regarding this. The public is not even paying much attention to the development work. There is a big discussion among the voters about canceling the ticket of sitting MP Nihal Chand. BJP candidate from Ganganagar LS seat Priyanka Balan. RAJASTHAN GANGANAGAR LS CONSTITUENCY 21,02,002 Total voters in Ganganagar Males 10,96,432 10,05,505 Females Karanpur H a n u m a n g a r h Pilibanga S a n g a r ia Suratgarh Raisinghnagar Ganganagar Sadulshahar ThirdGender 65 1,58,516 Voters increased since 2019 in Ganganagar Lok Sabha Constituency 74.77% Voting recorded on Ganganagar seat in 2019 GANGANAGAR FACE TO FACE PRIYANKA BALAN Age: 33 years Education: MBA Assets: `50,00,000 Vehicle: Scooty KULDEEP INDORA Age: 54 years Education: PG Assets: `4,05,00,000 Vehicle: None Can attract young and female voters here Support from ethnic Meghwal voters who are about one third in the entire parliamentary constituency Full support of the organisation and benefit of Brand Modi Benefit from strong political legacy Good hold in the upper caste and OBC communities Direct contact with workers at the grassroots level STRENGTHS STRENGTHS Lack of political experience Internal opposition of some organisations of Meghwal community Impact of farmer movement in area WEAKNESS Many local leaders including former MP Shankar Pannu left Congress and joined BJP Has lost assembly elections twice Factionalism in Congress organisation can temper situtation WEAKNESS ResultsofAssemblyPolls BJP CONG IND 02 05 01
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  • 6. RAJASTHAN 05 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Thursday | April 11, 2024 MDRMSCGiriconductssurprise inspectionofGandhinagarCHC First India Bureau Jaipur Gandhinagar Urban Community Health Cent- er was inspected on Wednesday by Neha Giri, Managing Director of Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation. She supplied the ap- propriate instructions af- ter inspecting the phar- macy, medicine distribu- tion center, lab, OPD counter, etc. at the health center. Giri obtained in- formation regarding the need for and availability of surgeries as well as the disposal of expired med- ications. She gave the pharma- cists instructions to use software on a regular ba- sis to examine medica- tion availability and con- sumption trends.All test- ing equipment, according to him, needs to be listed on the e-equipment por- tal. Dr. Poonam Prasad, who oversees the Prima- ry Health Center, and Dr. Sumir Ghai, who over- sees District Drug Store in Jaipur, were both pre- sent during inspection. Vikas Sharma Jaipur Another accused has been arrested in the case of providing fake NOCs for organ transplants. Giriraj Sharma, the trans- plant coordinator at For- tis Hospital, has been ap- prehended in connection with the fake NOC case. At 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, ACB con- tacted Dr. Ravi Gupta, senior surgeon at EHCC, to conduct an interview. In addition to providing a forged certificate for Rs. 35,000, ACB is looking into numerous other pos- sible explanations for this incident, whichACB has also reported in FIR. Remarkably, on March 31, the ACB apprehend- ed Anil Joshi, the organ transplant coordinator at the EHCC Hospital, and Assistant Administrative Officer Gaurav Singh of SMS Hospital redhanded during a transaction. 3 forged NOC letters and Rs. 70,000 were also seized from the scene. First India Bureau Jaipur SMS Medical College administration has sus- pended senior resident Dr. Sushma for negli- gence after a woman de- livered a baby outside the hospital as she was de- nied admission earlier this month. The action has been taken against the senior resident for being absent from duty. So far, action has been taken against two junior and one senior resident in the matter. However, Dr Sushma said that she was sus- pended by the authorities to protect the faculty. Dr Sushma was not present on duty at the time of incident. Instruc- tions have been given to remain present in the Medical Health Directo- rate during the period of suspension. On the other hand, 5 months pregnant Dr. Sushma claimed that duty was done as per ros- ter on April 3. She said that she was on duty in OPD from 8 am to 2 pm and got one cesarean de- livery done. After this, her on-call duty was from 2 pm to 8 pm. Dr Sushma alleged that the unit head secretly changed the duty roster. On the basis of the roster, she has been shown ab- sent and suspended to protect the ones at fault. Satyanarayan Sharma Jaipur SOG has detained two dealers and one PTI in connection with a fake degrees case. Five search teams from the SOG car- ried out a search opera- tion at OPJS University on Wednesday in the Ra- jgarh district of Churu. SOG obtained ficti- tious degrees and sports credentials. These docu- ments, along with the university’s archives, were seized by SOG and taken to their headquar- ters. According to ADG SOG VK Singh, he has learned that Subhash Poonia, his son Param- jeet, and his pals operate a well-organized gang to supply forged credentials to numerous colleges. Accused Subhash Poo- nia is employed by nu- merous colleges as a bro- ker. In collusion with the administration, OPJS produces forged diplo- mas, medals, and back- dated certificates. On this, SOG filed a FIR. First India Bureau Jaipur The auspicious festival of Gangaur will be cele- brated on Thursday, marking a day of rever- ence for Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Mar- ried women will observe fasting and engage in prayers for the long life of their husbands, seek- ing blessings for endur- ing marital bliss and prosperity. Unmarried girls, will worship Gana- gaur to find their desired life partners. Commencing from the day of Holi, the festival unfolds with the proces- sion of Gangaur on April 11th, followed by the grand procession of ‘Boodhi Gangaur’ on April 12th, starting from Janani Dyodhi City Pal- ace at 6 PM and culmi- nating at various markets and palka bagh. The Municipal Com- missioner has directed for the deployment of sanitation crews, provi- sion of drinking water, illumination, seating ar- rangements for tourists, as well as the mobiliza- tion of fire brigade vehi- cles and staff along the procession route. Abhishek Shrivastava Jaipur Urban Development and Housing (UDH) principal secretary T Ravikanth led an inspection of the Rajasthan Housing Board’s (RHB) projects in the capital, accompa- nied by several officials of the board. The inspection includ- ed a thorough examina- tion of the land desig- nated for the Indira Gan- dhi Vistar yojana with detailed discussions on project planning. Moreover, he person- ally assessed the ongoing construction at the NRI Club in Pratap Nagar and also inspected coaching hub. The inspection ex- tended to lands reserved for proposed projects in Sectors 19 and 28, as well as those earmarked for residential develop- ment in Sectors 5 and 6. Urban Development and Housing (UDH) principal secretary T Ra- vikanth’s main objective was to gather crucial in- sights into the Housing Board’s forthcoming plans. First India Bureau Udaipur A team of Hathipol po- lice station has arrested three vehicle thieves and seized an auto, three sto- len motorcycles and a scooter. The arrested ac- cused are Vishal (24), Pankaj (21) and Harish (23). SP Yogesh Goyal said that on March 13, unknown thieves stole theActivaof onePradeep Patel, following which an FIR was registered. With the help of CCTV cam- eras and informer sys- tem, the team found the three accused. First India Bureau Jaipur The birth celebration of the revered deity of the Sindhi community, Lord Jhulelal, known as Cheti Chand Mahaparva, was celebrated with great fer- vor on Wednesday. In Jaipur, a grand pro- cession was organized in honor of Lord Jhulelal, commencing from Am- arapura Durbar and tra- versing through the city streets, attracting throngs of devotees. In Kota, Cheti Chand was celebrated with exu- berance and gaiety. Led by District Prez Rakesh Jain, BJP supporters showered the procession with flower petals, wel- coming them. Kanwatia hosp case: Suspended sr resident doctor alleges foulplay PTI, son among 3 arrested by SOG in fake degree case at OPJS varsity The accused in police custody on Wednesday. Neha Giri speaking with the officials at Gandhinagar CHC in Jaipur. Vasudev Devnani, Speaker of Legislative Assembly, participates in the Cheti Chand festival organised in Ajmer. One more accused arrested, ACB continues questioning Giri also spoke with patients about the accessibility of medications SMS patients will get test reports on WhatsApp now! Fake NOC for Organ Transplant First India Bureau Jaipur Significant relief has been announced by the SMS Hospital. Pa- tients won’t have to go looking for lab test re- ports anymore. The reports will be sent straight to the patients’ smartphones. Patients who visit the hospital for treat- ment actually have to wait in line to receive their reports after pro- viding their samples for testing.An endeav- or to send reports on WhatsApp is being initiated in order to al- leviate this. Dr. Pradeep Shar- ma, hospital’s addl su- perintendent, said that a trial program has also been implement- ed wherein online re- ports are sent to the Jan Aadhaar-linked WhatsApp number. SI PAPER LEAK CASE: SOG IN ACTION MODE SOG teams have been sent to various districts following the revelation of the leaked SI recruitment examina- tion-2021. The teams have taken into custody the arrested trainee SIs for further investigation, spanning districts such as Jodhpur and Bikaner. The teams searched the houses of those people who had taken money for arranging dummy candidates and for buying question papers. Notably, on Monday, the Jaipur SOG court remanded 11 trainee sub-inspectors and one constable, accused of cheating in SI recruitment exam-21, for 4 days. Special preps done for Gangaur procession T Ravikanth inspects RHB projects in city Principal secy aims to get insights on RHB’s future plans Udaipur police nabs three for stealing vehicles ChetiChandcelebrations acrossRaj,Speakerjoinsin Eid Mubarak ‘Rain’ to provide ‘Relief ’ Dark clouds hover over the Jaipur sky due to the effect of Western Disturbances. On Wednesday evening, dusty wind started blowing with the sky becoming cloudy leading to light rain around JLN Marg, Ajmer Road, Sanganer, and other areas. Due to this change in the weather, the temperature dropped and people got relief from heat. SANTOSH SHARMA Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated with joy and happiness across the state today. Across cities preparations are underway to mark this auspicious occasion with grandeur. Governor Kalraj Mishra, along with other esteemed leaders, extended heartfelt wishes to the people of the state on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Their messages resonate with the spirit of unity and harmony, encouraging all citizens to come together in celebration. NAIM KHAN
  • 7. LS POLL BUZZ 06 Jaipur, Thursday | April 11, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia CRACK DOWN ON ANONYMOUS HOARDING ECI mandates publisher details on political hoardings ANI New Delhi ending a strong message, the Election Com- mission of India (ECI) on Wednesday directed all States/UTs mandating the clear identification of printer & publisher on printed election-related material including hoard- ings, ensuring accounta- bility & transparency in campaign communica- tions. The decision was taken by the Commission con- sisting of Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Ku- mar, and Election Com- missioners Gyanesh Ku- marandDrSukhbirSingh Sandhu after representa- tions were received in the Commission stating that in hoarding spaces con- trolled by Municipal au- thorities, hoardings with- out the identity of the printer or publisher came in notice of the poll body. Section 127A of the RepresentationofthePeo- ple Act, 1951, unequivo- callyprohibitstheprinting or publishing of election pamphlets, posters, plac- ards, or banners without prominently displaying the name and address of the printer and publisher. This requirement of disclosing the identity of publishers serves as a cor- nerstone for regulating campaign financing and fixing of responsibility in case content is found un- becoming of the frame- work of Model Code of Conduct or the statutory provisions. Representational S PTI Nagpur Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday at- tacked the opposition for saying that the Constitu- tion and democracy would be in danger if he wins a third term in office and asserted abrogation of Article 370 ensured the statute book was im- plemented throughout the country. Modi said even during the Vajpayee govern- ment’s tenure, it was al- leged the Constitution will be changed and the same narrative now shows the “opposition is facing bankruptcy of new ideas”. “When a poor man be- comes PM, democracy comes under threat for the opposition. It (oppo- sition) cannot see a poor mother’s son growing in stature. But Modi is com- mitted to serve the people of India,” he noted. Addressing a rally at Kanhan town of Nagpur district in support of rul- ing alliance candidates from Nagpur, Ramtek, Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha seats of Maharash- tra, the PM said chief Constitution maker B R Ambedkar’s soul must be blessing him for nullify- ing Article 370 which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Kanhan town falls un- der the Ramtek parlia- mentary constituency. The BJP’s star cam- paigner accused the op- position of fooling peo- ple by saying that the Constitution would be changed if he gets a third term in office and asked if democracy had not come under threat during Emergency (1975-77). The PM said the oppo- sition’s abuses targeted at him will only help in in- creasing the BJP-led NDA’s Lok Sabha seat tally. He accused the IN- DIAbloc of attempting to divide people. “Their politics will end if people stay united.You have to vote in the name of the country. If the IN- DIA alliance becomes strong, it will break the country,” he said, attack- ing the opposition group- ing which has more than two dozen political par- ties. This was Modi’s sec- ond visit to Vidarbha, where polling will take place in the first phase on April 19, this week. PTI Balurghat Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednes- day accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of “misleading” people on the CAA and “facilitating” infiltrators for vote bank politics, emphasising that refu- gees should apply for citizenship without ap- prehension. While addressing an election rally in Bal- urghat, his first in Bengal since the Lok Sabha polls were announced, Shah slammed the TMC gov- ernment “for trying to save the culprits in the Bhupatinagar bomb blast case” and for filing cases against NIA officials. “Mamata didi is mis- leading people about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Why is she against refugees obtain- ing citizenship? I re- quest refugees not to be afraid, please apply for citizenship, there will be absolutely no problem. No police case will be filed against you. Grant- ing citizenship to refu- gees is our commit- ment,” he said. The Centre last month implemented the Citizen- ship (Amendment) Act, 2019, notifying the rules four years after the law was passed by Parlia- ment to fast-track citi- zenship for undocument- ed non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangla- desh and Afghanistan who came to India before December 31, 2014. PTI Saharanpur The BJP has changed the public's perception to- wards politicians and politics, Defence Minis- ter Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday. Speaking at a cam- paign rally for the BJP's Saharanpur candidate Raghav Lakhanpal, he said, "A few years ago, there was a perception that politicians speak lies to seek votes and go away. They don't care about the public or the nation. This was the common perception to- wards politicians and po- litical parties." "We have changed this perception. It is our char- acter that we do what we say. Earlier, it was the norm to think that a poli- tician would lie but we changed this perception," Singh added. The defence minister said political parties make big promises in their manifestos but for- get those after assuming power. "We have over- come the crisis of confi- dence in politics. We had promised to revoke Arti- cle 370 and we did it after assuming power. We had promised to abolish triple talaq and we did it after getting a majority in Par- liament," he said. Singh, a former Uttar Pradesh CM, said the perception of India has improved under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He claimed that Modi "halted" the war between Russia and Ukraine to ensure safe passage for Indian students stuck in the war-torn country. PTI Itanagar BJP president JP Nadda on Wednesday claimed that the Northeast, which was earlier known for bandh culture, insurgen- cy and targeted killings, has made rapid progress in the last ten years of the Modi government. He released the party manifesto for the April 19 simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the north- eastern state. “The Northeast, which was neglected for dec- ades, has witnessed a sea change after the BJP-led NDAgovt came to power at the Centre in 2014.” ANI Kathua In his address at a public meeting in Kathua, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hailed BJP’s top leadership for the decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Yogi has arrived in Kathua to campaign for BJPcandidate and Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh from Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency. “When it’s about J-K, the slogans of independ- ent India, ‘Jahaan huye balidaan Mookerjee, wo Kashmir hamara hai’ echoes. Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee sacrificed himself for this dream to be fulfilled (abrogation of Article 370), but none of the governments could take a decision in this re- gard. I am grateful to PM Modi and HMAmit Shah that they have ended the terrorism.” Yogi slammed Con- gress and said, “Ask these people who were responsible for the Parti- tion of the country, Con- gress made an unfortu- nate division of the coun- try a day ahead of Inde- pendence in 1947.” PTI Thiruvananthapuram Minister of State (E&IT) Rajeev Chandrasekhar has sent a legal notice to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor accusing him of making defamatory statements against the BJP leader on a TV channel recently. The notice also claimed that the statements were also targeted at injuring the BJP leader’s election campaign. Agencies Bengaluru Officials on election duty on Wednesday al- legedly stopped the ‘Hosa Todaku’ pro- gramme at the farm- house of JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy at Bi- dadi in Ramanagara dis- trict, citing violation of model code of conduct in force for the Lok Sab- ha polls. The programme is cel- ebrated a day after Ugadi when many communi- ties in the state have a nonvegetarian feast and the EC action elicited a sharp reaction from the former chief minister, who hit out at the Con- gress for casting its evil eye on the tradition. Agencies New Delhi The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednes- day released its 10th list with candidates for nine constituencies, including Chandigarh andAsansol, ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The list has eight new names, while the party re- placed its candidate from West Bengal’s Asansol. The party had earlier fielded Bhojpuri star Pawan Singh from Asan- sol, who has now been replacedbySSAhluwalia. Pawan Singh with- drew from the LS race last month after he drew the ire of Trinamool Con- gress (TMC) leaders for allegedly “mocking & tar- geting” Bengali women in his videos & movies. ‘Ambedkar’s soul must be blessing me for nullifying Article 370’ PM also alleged that Opposition parties were facing bankruptcy of new ideas Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis and others during a public rally in Nagpur, Wednesday. Nitin Gadkari is also seen. Rajnath Singh being felicitated by BJP workers at a public meeting, in Jahangirabad town of Bulandshahr, Wednesday. Yogi Adityanath and Jitendra Singh during a public meeting for the Lok Sabha elections, in Kathua district, Wednesday, Amit Shah greets the supporters with Sukanta Majumdar during a public meeting near Buniadpur, in South Dinajpur on Wednesday. AmitShahslamsMamatafor misleadingpeopleonCAA UHM said only the Saffron party can stop infiltration in Bengal BJPchangedpublicperception towardspoliticians,politics:Singh Yogi Adityanath praises PM Modi, Amit Shah for abrogation of Article 370 NorthEasthasmaderapid progressinlast10yrs:Nadda History doesn’t change by spewing lies, says Rahul Chandrasekhar accuses Tharoor of defamation Kumaraswamy slams Cong after EC stops feast LS elections: BJP releases 10th list of candidates LIST OF BJP CANDIDATE FOR 9 CONSTITUENCIES Chandigarh: Sanjay Tandon Mainpuri: Jaiveer Singh Thakur Kaushambi: Vinod Sonkar Phulpur: Praveen Patel Allahabad: Neeraj Tripathi Ballia: Neeraj Shekhar Machhlishahr: BJ Saroj Ghazipur: Paras Nath Rai Asansol: SS Ahluwalia ELECTION PROCESS IN BETUL CONSTITUENCY CANCELLED AS BSP CANDIDATE DIES Betul (MP): The election process in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul Lok Sabha constituency was cancelled after the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) candidate died on Tuesday, an official said. Ashok Bhalavi, the BSP candidate from the seat, died in the evening. The polling in the constitu- ency, scheduled for April 26, was consequently postponed, district col- lector and returning officer Narendra Singh Raghuvanshi told PTI. Under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, the election process was stopped and further action will be taken as per the directives of the Election Commission of India, he added. Dr Manish Lashkare, who runs a private hospital, said the BSP leader suffered a heart attack and he was dead by the time he was brought to the hospital. JP Nadda along with Pema Khandu releases the party’s manifesto for the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Elections. HM AMIT SHAH TO ADDRESS 3 RALLIES IN MP, MAHA TODAY New Delhi: Amit Shah on Thursday will visit Madhya Pradesh and Maha during which he will address three rallies to campaign for BJP candidates & attend other programmes, sources said. Shah will first travel to Mandla in MP where he will perform puja at Maa Narmada Pujon Rapta ghat. After that, he will garland the statue of Rani Durgavati in the town. Subsequently, the senior BJP leader will address a rally at the local police ground under the Man- dla Lok Sabha constituency, sources said. In the after- noon, he will travel to Katni in Madhya Pradesh where he will offer prayer at Vijaynath Dham mandir in the town and then he address a rally at the town, which comes under the Khajuraho Lok Sabha constituency. PTI New Delhi Amid the BJP’s repeated ‘Muslim League im- print’barb over the Con- gress manifesto, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said history is witness as to who joined hands with the forces that wanted to divide the country and asserted that history does not change by “spewing lies” from po- litical platforms. Gandhi said that the 2024 Lok Sabha polls are a fight between two ideologies, with the Congress, which has al- ways united India, on one side and those who have always tried to di- vide people on the other side. “This election is a fight between two ide- ologies! On one side there is the Congress, which has always united India, and on the other side there are those who have always tried to di- vide people,” the former Congress chief said in a post in Hindi. Rahul Gandhi
  • 8. Jaipur, Thursday | April 11, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 Format C-1 (for candidate to publish in Newspapers, TV) Declaration about criminal cases (As per the judgment dated 25th September, 2018, of Hon'ble Supreme Court in WP(Civil) No. 536 of 2011 (Public Interest Foundation & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Anr.) Name and address of candidate: DR. OM SINGH MEENA R/O BADABAS, KOTPUTALI, VPO KOTPUTLI, DISTRICT KOTPUTLI-BEHROR (RAJ.) Name of political party: “INDEPENDENT” (Independent candidates should write "Independent" here) Name of Election: HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE *Name of Constituency: 06- JAIPUR-RURAL I DR. OM SINGH MEENA (name of candidate), a candidate for the above mentioned election, declare for public information the following details about my criminal antecedents: (A) Pending criminal cases SL. No. Name of Court Case No. and dated Status of case(s) Section(s) of Acts concerned and brief description of offence(s) 1. JMFC- GURGURAM COURT NO. 7A 551/2022 Dt. 21.02.2022 Under Proceeding IPC-323, 406, 498-A, 506 RW/34 D.V. DOWRY, MAINTENANCE COMPENSATION NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL (B) Details about cases of conviction for criminal offences NOT APPLICABLE SL. No. Name of Court & date(s) of order(s) Description of offence(s) & punishment imposed Maximum Punishment Imposed NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL *In the case of election to Council of States or election to Legislative Council by MLAs, mention the election concerned in place of name of constituency. IndiaelectedtoseveralkeyUNbodies PTI United Nations India has been elected to several key bodies at the UN,includingasignificant victorybyitsnomineeJag- jit Pavadia who was re- elected for a third term to the International Narcotics Control Board after gar- nering the highest number of votes. Pavadia was re-elected totheInternationalNarcot- ics Control Board (INCB) by secret ballot for the third term for five years from March 2025-2030, getting the highest number of votes in the highly com- petitiveelection. Indiawas also elected by acclama- tion to the Commission on the Status of Women for the term 2025-2029; Ex- ecutive Board of the Unit- ed Nations Children’s Fund for the term 2025- 2027; Executive Board of the United Nations Devel- opment Programme and theUnitedNationsPopula- tion Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Services for 2025-2027. US: TIES WITH INDIA HAS GONE TO NEW HEIGHTS Washington: The partnership between India and the United States has reached a new height with collaboration on technology and other fields, the US National Security Advi- sor has said. “The partnership between the US and India, a country in BRICs, has gone to new heights with an engage- ment across technology and security,” Jake Sullivan said. US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti praised strides made by India in shaping the future of the world, saying that if any- one wants to “see the future”, they should come to India. Ex-IAS officer donates Ramayana inscribedwithgoldatRamMandir First India Bureau Ayodhya An idea of writing with golden letters is no longer just an idiom, as it has been made a reality by a formerIASofficerandhis wife. Ramayana with gold letters engraved on copper plate has been kept in the sanctum sanc- torum along with Shri Ram Lala. With this, an- othergemhasbeenadded to the gifts received by RamLalaonhisbirthday. Ex-Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Subra- maniam Lakshminaray- anan and his wife Saras- wati were trying to com- plete this work, for a long time, so that they can deliver it to Ram Lala before Navami. Ultimately, their re- quest was accepted and this metal book weigh- ing one and a half quin- tals, written in gold on a heavy copper plate, in separate packing of 25- 25 pages, was delivered to the Ram temple and it was installed in the sanctum sanctorum at the pre-determined time. Now devotees are also getting the darshan of this unique gold Ramayana. The Ramayana inscripted on golden pages has been installed in the sanctum sanctorum on the occasion of Ram Navami. WORLD HOMEOPATHY DAY Encouragingscientificrigour will bolster confidence: Prez PTI New Delhi President Droupadi Mur- mu on Wednesday said research and proficiency will play an important role in further increasing the acceptance and popu- larity of homeopathy. Inaugurating a two- day symposium organ- ised by the Central Coun- cil for Research in Ho- moeopathy here on World Homoeopathy Day, Murmu said home- opathy has been adopted in many countries as a simple and accessible treatment method. All over the world, many institutions at in- ternational, national and local levels have been promoting homeopathy, she said while appreciat- ing the Ministry of AYUSH, Central Coun- cil for Research in Ho- meopathy, National Commission for Home- opathy, National Institute of Homeopathy and oth- er such institutions for their contribution in the promotion of homeopa- thy in India. “The importance of re- search is continuously increasing in the 21st century. Therefore, the theme of this symposium ‘Em- powering Research, En- hancing Proficiency’ is very relevant,” she said emphasising that re- search and proficiency will play an important role in further increasing the acceptance and popu- larity of homeopathy. C’garh: 12 die, in bus accident; PM expresses condolences Agencies New Delhi At least twelve lives were claimed and doz- ens were injured after a bus fell into a mine pit in Durg district of Chhattisgarh. The res- cue operations are un- derway and the senior police officials were on the spot. According to the of- ficials, the toll might rise as the rescue is still going on and vic- tims were badly wounded. Mean- while, President Drau- padi Murmu & PM Narendra Modi ex- pressed their grief over the incident. Israel bombs Gaza during Eid despite US rebuke Agencies Gaza Israeli strikes hit Gaza on Wednesday as Muslims marked the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan and after US President Joe Biden la- belled Israel’s approach to the war a “mistake”. Palestinians gathered for morning prayers on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday amid the ruins of Gaza,whichhasbeendev- astated by war. Israeli forces kept up combat op- erations and air strikes on Gaza a day after PM Ben- jamin Netanyahu vowed no let-up in the campaign to destroy Hamas and bring home the hostages. President Droupadi Murmu during the inauguration of a two-day Homeopathic Symposium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Owner of Rajasthan Royals Manoj Badale (left) and sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Fans cheer during the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans at SMS Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. GT STOPS RR’S winning streak First India Bureau Jaipur Riyan Parag and Sanju Samson’s blistering part- nership of 130-run pow- ered Rajasthan Royals (RR) to 196/3 against Gujarat Titans in their In- dian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match at Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Wednesday. But the partnership failed to see the Royals win in the home turf. Parag scored the high- est for RR with his ter- rific 76 off 48 while cap- tain Sanju Samson played a crucial unbeaten knock of 68 in 38 deliveries. Put to bat first, Yashas- vi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler kicked off the proceed- ings for RR. Jaiswal fi- nally found his rhythm back as he took on the GT bowlers, hitting bounda- ries in every over to pro- vide RR with a sensation- al start.Umesh Yadav drew first blood as he got the dangerous opener Jaiswal for 24 runs in the 5th over of the match. SANTOSH SHARMA RashidandTewatiasealwinforTitansasGujaratbreachRajasthanRoyals’fortressinJpr Match 24 Hot air balloon was flown for the first time at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium during the match between Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans on Wednesday amidst cheering crowd. RR’s Riyan Parag celebrates with Sanju Samson at SMS Stadium on Wednesday.
  • 9. 08 Greetings on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, may our lives be blessed and full of peace, joy and success! Dr JAGDEESH CHANDRA, CMD & Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Thursday | April 11, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia THE POLL TALES Pankaj Soni Jaipur orkers of BJP areexcitedabout PM Narendra Modi’s focus on Ra- jasthan, as Modi has al- ready held three election meetings in the State. The first meeting, the Vijay Shankhnad rally, took placeinKotputli.Thiswas followed by a significant shift in mood, when the PM held an election meet- ing in the challenging Churu seat. Later, by or- ganisingarallyinPushkar, he appears to have made gains in the Nagaur and Ajmer LS constituencies. In the next two days, Modi will hold two more election meetings and his firstroadshowintheState. Theelectionmeetingswill be held in the Barmer- Jaisalmer and Karauli- Dholpur Lok Sabha con- stituencies. A roadshow is planned in Dausa to reach out to Eastern Rajasthan. Following this, Modi planstoconductfourmore election programmes in Rajasthan, including an election meeting in the Banswara-Dungarpur seat. The BJP had cam- paigned in the Rajasthan Assembly elections using Modi’s image, and his current activity in Ra- jasthan during the LokSabhaelections is expected to fur- ther advance Mis- sion-25. Laxman Raghav Bikaner EAM S Jaishankar ad- dressed a ‘Prabuddhjan Sammelan’in Bikaner on Wednesday, emphasising that the upcoming poll is a vote on Modi’s guaran- tee. Highlighting India’s self-reliance, he cited Balakot and Uri as re- sponses to incidents like 26/11. Jaishankar praised India’s digital achieve- ments during COVID-19, “In my capacity as MEA, I can affirm that Modi Ki Guarantee also works be- yond our borders, wher- ever our citizens or even our compatriots find themselves trapped.” He mentioned recognition of Indian talent. Bikaneri Bhujia, Camel Festival & Meenakari are world fa- mous, he said. Bikaner’s historical significance in world diplomacy due to treaties post-World War was highlighted. Bhanwar S Charan Kota Lok Sabha Speaker and BJP candidate from Ko- ta-Bundi, Om Birla, con- tinued his election cam- paigning on Wednesday, making rounds across various areas such as Anadhora, Devpura, Dhakadkhedi, Balvan, Sumer Ganj Mandi, and more.Actively appealing for votes, he emphasised the developmental works undertaken in his con- stituency and highlighted the achievements of the Modi government. With the BJP nominat- ing him for the Kota- Bundi Lok Sabha seat for the third consecutive time, Birla aims to make a significant impact in the political landscape. Breaking a longstanding tradition, he seeks to defy the myth that no Lok Sabha Speaker has se- cured a parliamentary seat in the subsequent term since the 1999 Lok Sabha elections. Om Birla’s ‘Jansam- park Abhiyan’ resonates with promises of contin- ued development and progress for his constitu- ents in Kota-Bundi dis- tricts, coupled with the various achievements of the Modi government. Rajeev Gaur Jodhpur Union Minister for Jal Shakti and BJPcandidate from Jodhpur GS Shek- hawat held several public meetings in the Luni con- stituency on Wednesday. In Jodhpur, he blamed the previous Congress govt for water crisis. He stated that if the Gehlot govt had initiated work on third phase of the Lift Canal in 2018, the people of Jodhpur wouldn’t be facing water scarcity to- day. During his addresses, Shekhawat praised the Modi govt for initiating the construction of four reservoirs in Jodhpur to address water crisis. He mentioned that Rs 1,400 cr have been allocated for this project, & it is ex- pected to be completed within next six months. Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari, on Wednesday, conducted a marathon road show in support of BJP candidate Manju Sharma from Jai- pur City LS seat. During this period, she addressed the general public at more than one and a half dozen places and asked for votes for the BJPcan- didate. Meanwhile, im- pressed by the 10-year tenure of PM Narendra Modi and his Antyodaya policies, 306 leaders, in- cluding Congress leader Sitaram Agarwal, took membership of BJPwith- out any conditions in the presence of Diya Kumari at BJP state office today. Diya Kumari said that after Sitaram Agarwal took membership of BJP, Vidyadharnagar assem- bly constituency has be- come Congress free. “In the coming few days, not only Vidyadharnagar but the entire Rajasthan will be Congress free. The aim of all of us is to make BJP’s lotus blossom on all the 25 seats of the state under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi.” MEA S Jaishankar being felicitated by Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal with a picture of ‘Karni Mata’ in a beautiful frame made up with the famous Usta art during the Prabuddhjan Samvad’ in Bikaner on Wednesday. S Jaishankar addresses the gathering during the ‘Prabuddhjan Samvad’ in Bikaner on Wednesday. Arjun Ram Meghwal, Parvesh Verma, Devi Singh Bhati, Siddhi Kumari and others are seen. Om Birla being welcomed by the locals and the leaders as he arrives to address people during the ‘Jansampark Abhiyan’ in various villages of Bundi district on Wednesday. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat drives a tractor to reach Khejarli village in Jodhpur to address a public meeting on Wednesday. Diya Kumari welcomes Sitaram Agarwal to BJP by offering him a Saffron scarf during a programme held at BJP Headquarters in Jaipur on Wednesday. Narayan Lal Panchariya and others were present. Sitaram Agarwal greets Diya Kumari as he joins BJP during a programme held at BJP HQs in Jaipur. Onkar Singh Lakhawat, Narayan Lal Panchariya and others were present. SANTOSH SHARMA W EntireRajwillbe‘Cong-free’ indaystocome,saysDiya BJP is more than a party, its a family: Dy CM Cong leaders jump ship to BJP ModiKiGuaranteeworks outsideIndiatoo:Jaishankar OmBirlaaimstomakeanimpact withhisthirdconsecutiveLSouting Bikaneri Bhujiya, Camel Festival and Meenakari are world famous, EAM adds Shekhawat blames Gehlot govt for water crisis in Jodh CEO inspects EVM & VVPAT readiness for upcoming polls CS’s routine health checkup sends SMS hosp in a tizzy First India Bureau Jaipur CS Sudhansh Pant’s visit to SMS hospital for routine health checkup done, which is mandato- ry for ACR, sent the SMS hospi- tal staff into a tizzy on Wednesday. Since he is on an inspec- tion spree these days & has been visiting govt depts, SMS staffers con- jectured that he was in the hospital for the same. However, this wasn’t the case, & since he needs to submit his medical fitness report to DoP, he visited hospital. SMS Medical College Principal Dr Ra- jeev Bagarhatta, Superin- tendent Dr Achal Sharma & others were present. First India Bureau Jaipur In light of the Lok Sabha elections 2024, Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Gupta conduct- ed an inspection of the Electronic Voting Ma- chines (EVMs) and Vot- er-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) commis- sioning at Rajasthan Col- lege in Jaipur onWednes- day. During the inspection, he directed officials to ensure timely completion of commissioning pro- cess for EVMs and VVPATs. Gupta also instructed engineers from Bharat Electronics Limited to efficiently complete the mapping, sealing, se- quencing, and symbol loading process of the EVM machines. He engaged with all stationed officers and employees to gather practical insights into the voting process through mock polling, addressing any technical issues that may arise during the process. Throughout the in- spection, the CEO also emphasised the impor- tance of ensuring smooth voting proce- dures for seamless elec- tions in the State. Governor Kalraj Mishra offers prayers to Maa Vindhyavasini at the famous Vindhyadham in Varanasi on the second day of the festival of Chaitra Navratri on Wednesday. A Busy Day for Governor Mishra in Uttar Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra performs ‘Abhishek’ at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi on Wednesday. Governor Kalraj Mishra inaugurates the ‘Sanjeevani Therapy Centre for Special Children’ in Varanasi. PM’s focus on Rajasthan gathers momentum ahead of elections Analysis Chittorgarh flourished under Modi government, says CP Joshi First India Bureau Chittorgrah Chittorgarh constituency soars in development un- der BJP’s Modi govern- ment,” stated BJP State President, CP Joshi on Wednesday. Highlighting progress, Joshi empha- sised exceeding expecta- tions in infrastructure development. During constituency campaign- ing, he cited significant investments, including Rs 190 crore for Bagolia of Mavli and plans for DabokAirport to become the state’s largest. Joshi outlined achieve- ments over the past de- cade, such as new rail- way lines, gauge conver- sions, and road expan- sions like the Kishangarh to Ahmedabad six-lane route in Chittorgarh. The BJP State President fur- ther affirmed that devel- opment will persist under the ‘double engine’ gov- ernment in the State. CP Joshi greets people as he arrives to address a public meeting in Mavli town in Udaipur district on Wednesday. PM Narendra Modi He aims to break the myth that since 1999 LS polls, no Speaker has won a parliamentary seat in subsequent term
  • 10. JAIPUR, THURSDAY | APRIL 11, 2024 09 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia oday, the festival of festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is celebrated all over the world. Ramadan is ob- served by the pious followers of Allah by reading the Qur’an, emphasizing charity (zakat), abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours, and con- centrating on prayer and study to increase their taqwa, or sa- cred consciousness, it is said. Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwāl, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. The day will have already started today, for many with the ‘salat’, communal prayer even as the day stretches ahead full of joy, happiness, togetherness, celebration, charity, love and prayer too!Another very impor- tant part of Eid-al-Fitr is the mandatory charity called Zakat al-Fitr, which is collected before the prayer and distributed to the poor and needy to ensure all can participate in the festivities. Eid al-Fitr is significant in celebrating the end of a very intense month of fasting, prayer, self-reflection and charity. It is a time for families and friends to come together and rejoice with food and drink, gift each other presents and dress up in new clothes. Another important fes- tival is Eid al Adha, which comes after Eif- al-Fitr in the year, which commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacri- fice his son upon God’s command. Eid alAdha is also significant be- cause it is celebrated on the last day of Hajj, another one of the five pillars of Islam, which is the holy pilgrim- age Muslims make to Mak- kah (Mecca). Anita Hada anita.hada@firstindianews.com CITY FIRST GREETS ALL ITS READERS OF THE AUSPICIOUS FESTIVAL OF EID-AL-FITR, WHICH MARKS THE END OF THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN, ONE OF THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM! T THE END OF THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN, ONE OF THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM!
  • 11. JAIPUR, THURSDAY | APRIL 11, 2024 10 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia THE GREAT MOSQUE OF MAKKAH Masjid Al-Haram stands as the holiest site in Islam, embracing millions of worshippers annually during the Hajj pilgrimage and throughout the year. Its central focus is the Kaaba, the sacred cubic structure towards which Muslims worldwide turn during their prayers. Masjid Al-Haram’s significance ex- tends far beyond its religious importance; it serves as a symbol of unity for Muslims worldwide, representing the heart of their faith and spiritual journey. With its mas- sive size and intricate architecture, Masjid Al-Haram can accommodate over a million worshippers at once, making it one of the largest mosques globally. Its marble floors, adorned with intricate patterns and cal- ligraphy, create a serene and awe-inspiring atmosphere for worshippers and visitors alike. Beyond its physical grandeur, Masjid Al-Haram holds deep historical and cultural significance, attracting visitors from diverse cultures and backgrounds who come to wit- ness its magnificence and experience the profound sense of spirituality that perme- ates its sacred precincts. Ramadan is a sacred time for Muslims worldwide, marked by fasting, prayer, charity, and community. On the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, City First highlights a period of spiritual renewal, self-discipline, and deepening of faith. amadan, the ninth month of the Islam- ic lunar cal- endar, holds profound sig- nificance for Muslims world- wide. It is a time of spiritual reflection, self-discipline, and heightened devotion. Central to Ramadan is the practice of fasting, abstaining from food, drink, smoking, and marital relations from dawn until sunset. However, Ramadan encompasses more than just fasting it is a period marked by increased prayer, charity, and community bonding. SIGNIFICANCE & OBSERVING OF RAMADAN Ramadan holds immense spiritual significance in Islam as it commemorates the month in which the Quran, the holy book of Islam, was revealed to the Prophet Mu- hammad. It is believed that during this month, the gates of heaven are open, the gates of hell are closed, and the devils are chained. Muslims view Ramadan as an oppor- tunity for spiritual growth, self-improvement, and draw- ing closer to Allah. The most prominent as- pect of Ramadan is fasting, known as Sawm. Fasting be- gins at dawn with Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal, and ends at sunset with Iftar, the break- ing of the fast. During day- light hours, Muslims refrain from consuming food, or water, smoking, and engag- ing in marital relations. Fast- ing is not only an act of obe- dience to Allah but also a means of practising self- discipline, empathy for the less fortunate, and grati- tude for the blessings of life. Beyond fasting, Ramadan encourages increased prayer and recitation of the Quran. Muslims engage in addition- al prayers, such as Taraweeh, performed every night dur- ing Ramadan. This nightly prayer offers an opportunity for spiritual reflection and communal wor- ship. Charity, known as Zakat al-Fitr, is an- other essential as- pect of Ramadan. Muslims are encour- aged to give to those in need, both financially and through acts of kindness and service. R THE ROLE OF HIJAB The hijab, a symbol of modesty and faith for millions of Muslim women worldwide, holds deep cultural, religious, and social sig- nificance. Its primary role is to preserve the modesty and privacy of women by covering their hair and body according to Islamic teachings. Beyond its religious significance, the hijab serves as a form of self-ex- pression and identity, allowing women to assert their faith and values in a world that often promotes conflicting ideals of beauty and femininity. Importantly, the hijab fosters a sense of unity and solidarity among Mus- lim women, transcending cultural and ethnic boundaries. It symbolizes the empowerment and autonomy of women, challenging stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam and gender roles. By wearing the hijab, Muslim women assert their agency and autonomy over their bodies and lives, reclaiming control of their narratives and identities. Its importance lies in its ability to promote respect, dignity, and equality, emphasizing the inherent worth and value of every individual regardless of their outward appearance. Unity Fasting aith & RAMADAN IFTAR While fasting during daylight hours, Muslims typically break their fast with a meal called Iftar. This meal traditionally begins with the consumption of dates and water, following the example of the Prophet Muhammad. Iftar meals vary greatly depending on cul- tural traditions and regional cuisine but often include a combination of soups, sal- ads, meat dishes, rice, bread, and desserts. Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal, is equally important as it provides sustenance for the fasting day ahead. Suhoor typically consists of wholesome foods that provide energy and hydration, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein-rich foods. Tripti Mahawar cityfirst@firstindia.co.in CHARITY (ZAKAT & SADAQAH) Zakat and Sadaqah, holds profound significance in Islam, reflecting the principle of social responsibility and compassion. Zakat, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, is obligatory charity prescribed for those who possess wealth above a certain threshold. It serves to purify one's wealth and support the less fortunate, including the poor, needy, and those in debt. Sadaqah, in contrast, refers to voluntary acts of giving beyond Zakat, emphasizing generosity and kindness towards others. During Eid, Muslims often intensify their chari- table efforts, distributing Zakat and engaging in Sadaqah to spread joy and alleviate the suffering of the less fortunate. Together, Zakat and Sadaqah embody the spirit of selflessness and solidar- ity within the Muslim community, fostering a culture of empathy and support for those in need, thereby strengthening bonds and fostering a sense of communal responsibility. Masjid- Al- Haram, Makkah (Meeca) JAIPUR, THURSDAY | APRIL 11, 2024
  • 12. JAIPUR, THURSDAY | APRIL 11, 2024 11 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 'town iftar par- ties are not just g a t h e r i n g s ; they're glitter- ing spectacles that blend tradi- tion with glamour. Iftaar, the breaking of the fast at sunset, holds deep spiritual significance for Muslims worldwide. In Bollywood, the tradition of hosting Iftaar parties has been a longstanding affair, reflecting the industry's cultural diversity and inclusivity. These gather- ings serve as platforms for stars to come together, not just to in- dulge in sumptuous feasts but also to foster bonds of friend- ship and camaraderie. It's a time when celebrities set aside their busy schedules to connect on a more personal level, sharing laughter, stories, and blessings. The origins of Bollywood's connection to Iftaar parties can be traced back to the industry's deep-rooted ties with the Mus- lim community and its rich cul- tural heritage. Over the years, these gatherings have evolved into extravagant affairs, with lavish spreads of traditional delicacies, live music, and per- formances adding to the festive atmosphere. One of B'town's most famous Iftaar parties is hosted by Baba Siddique every year in Mumbai, drawing A- listers from Bollywood and TV industries. Salman Khan, Shah- rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Shilpa Shetty, Preity Zinta, Vijay Var- ma, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Em- raan Hashmi and many others embrace the party with their presence. Celebrities often dress to im- press, showcasing their sartorial elegance in traditional attire while posing for the paparazzi and mingling with fellow indus- try members. From veteran ac- tors to rising stars, directors, producers, and other luminaries, Bollywood's Iftaar parties at- tract a diverse crowd, reflecting the industry's spirit of unity and togetherness. These gatherings also serve as opportunities for stars to extend their warm wishes to their Mus- lim colleagues and fans, foster- ing a sense of harmony and goodwill within the Bollywood fraternity. In essence, Bolly- wood's Iftaar parties are more than just glamorous affairs; they're symbolic celebrations of unity, diversity, and the spirit of togetherness that defines the In- dian film industry. Mohit Choudhary cityfirst@firstindia.co.in B Baba Siddique, Salim Khan & Zeeshan Siddique JAIPUR, THURSDAY | APRIL 11, 2024 11 Glittering Spectacles of Tradition and Glamour at Bollywood's Iftaar Parties Clockwise- Adah Sharma, Nikki Tamboli, Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan, Zareen Khan, Kapil Sharma, Hina KhanPreity Zinta, Emraan Hashmi & Sanjay Dutt.
  • 13. City Buzz JAIPUR, THURSDAY | APRIL 11, 2024 12 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ANightof Prestige! City First cityfirst@firstindia.co.in ormer Di- r e c t o r General of the Border Security Force (BSF) and security advisortoRamMandirin Ayodhya, KK Sharma, hosted a special meet and greet event to honour Dr Rekha and Prem Bhandari from the USA. Dr Rekha Bhandari, a highly accomplished US doctor with triple board certification and Dr Prem Bhandari, Chief Medical Officer of one of the larg- est networks of nursing homes in the US, were the guests of honour. Duringtheevent,Prem Bhandari, Chairman of Jaipur Foot USA and PresidentoftheRajasthan Association of North America, New York, made a significant an- nouncement.Heunveiled plans for a mega free ar- tificiallimbfitmentcamp, ‘Jaipur Foot’, to be held in Delhi. This initiative, dedicated to the memory of the late IPS Arun Ku- mar Sinha, former Spe- cial Protection Group (SPG) director and a sup- porter of Jaipur Foot, was conceived after discus- sions with Padma Bhush- an DR Mehta. Former DG BSF, KK Sharma, will coordinate the camp. The event, held at the Nizamuddin BSF Offic- er’s Mess, was graced by distinguished guests in- cluding Justice Manish Bhandari, former Chief Justice of Tamil Nadu and Chairman of theAp- pellate Tribunal, RS Chowan; former Chief Justice of Telangana and Uttarakhand, Rajeev Jain; former Director of the Intelligence Bureau and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) member, Pradeep Singh Kharola; and CMD of the Indian Trade Promotion Organ- isation, Anurag Srivas- tav. Other notable attend- ees included senior IPS officer Subhash Chan- dra; IFS Randheer Jay- swal; MEA spokesman & senior IFS Shatrughan Sinha; Joint Secretary MEA Rahul Barath IPS; advocate Pratibhanu Sin- gh; and Rajiv Singh from the USA, among others. Newlyweds Rahul Sinha and Bhawna Bala were specially invited and re- ceived blessings from the Bhandaris. Despite their earlier attempt to meet Arun Sinha before his passing, the Bhandaris were una- ble to attend his son’s wedding. However, they took the opportunity to bless the newlyweds dur- ing this gathering. (L-R) Abha Jayswal, Randheer Jayswal, Dr Prem Bhandari, Rajeev Jain & Rajeev Singh Bhavna Bala & Rahul Sinha exchange greetings with Dr Prem Bhandari. Also seen are Dr Rekha Bhandari and Randheer Jayswal Dr Prem Bhandari receiving a warm floral welcome by Justice Manish Bhandari and his wife During the ceremony F Erlend Blakstad Haffner addressing the press conference. Also seen are Dhruv Raj Singh & Oliva Sartogo Redefining the Essence of Architecture Rachna Singh cityfirst@firstindia.co.in n a realm where tradi- tion meets innovation, architecture stands as a testament of human in- genuity, shaping the landscapes of our cities and the spaces we in- habit. In a pioneering initiative to redefine how we build homes, a consortium of national and international archi- tects launched the plat- form, “Made India” in Jaipur to provide one- stop state-of-the-art architectural expertise. “The platform al- lows access and pur- chase of full architec- tural plans from lead- ing national and inter- national architects, ready to be built in In- dia. By harnessing the expertise of top-tier architects and leverag- ing cutting-edge tech- nologies, we strive to maximize the potential of every project, ensur- ing that each home is a testament to luxury, functionality, and time- less elegance,” said Dhruv Raj Singh and Oliva Sartogo, the founders. Singh further an- nounced the collabora- tion with award-win- ning international part- ner CHAP Architects, marking the official inaugural endeavour of the ‘Made India’ plat- form. “Under the um- brella of Made India, we proudly present Ghar Development and Ghar Banao, devel- oped to foster collabo- ration between vision- ary architects, es- teemed real estate de- velopers, and discern- ing landowners,” he said. Fuelled by a relent- less pursuit of excel- lence, ‘Made India’ stands as a beacon of change in an ever- evolving landscape, ushering in a new era where architecture transcends boundaries and empowers indi- viduals to build the fu- ture they envision. “With a simple click, users gain access to an unparalleled array of full architectural plans, meticulously crafted by the industry’s finest minds, ready to be real- ized on Indian soil,” stressed Oliva. I EVENTS! The UHV&EC at Swami Keshvanand Institute of Technology, Management & Gramothan (SKIT), Jaipur, orchestrated a profound exploration of spirituality with a discourse on Lord Shree Ram’s divine persona on Wednesday. Led by Siddha Swaroop from Krishna Balram Temple, the session delved into Lord Ram’s noble virtues and teachings from the Ramayana. An interactive quiz followed, engaging 80 students in showcasing their understanding of Lord Shree Ram’s life. Dr Nidhi Sharma and Dr Amit Jhalani coordinated the event, praised for its insightful content and contribution to holistic student development. Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, Rajasthan, is celebrating its Foundation Day with two remarkable exhibitions until April 14th. The Alankar Gallery offers a visual journey of the centre through captivating photographs, showcasing over 150 images capturing its history and cultural significance on Wednesday. Concurrently, the Crystal Gallery houses an exquisite collection of state art, featuring 50 artworks and 40 paintings. Notable displays include iron artefacts by Gadia Lohar, showcasing tribal culture, and a diverse range of handicrafts from Rajasthan. Additionally, the exhibition highlights prints from a recent workshop and traditional miniature paintings, providing a comprehensive view of the region’s rich artistic heritage. WHAT’S HAPPENING! Dr Ashok Singh Solanki, Director and physician at Aravali Homoeopathy Hospital & Research Center in Jagatpura Jaipur, celebrated World Homoeopathy Day with his research students on Wednesday. The occasion highlighted the significance of homoeopathy in healthcare. Dr Solanki, along with the students, emphasized the importance of research and innovation in advancing homoeopathic treatments. Manav Milan Sansthan, a leading organization in philanthropy & human service, has been dedicated to aiding both humans and animals for the past decade. On Tuesday under Bhagwan Mahavir Vikabhagam Sahayata Samiti’s guidance, they distributed essential equipment to 101 needy disabled individuals free of charge. This event, the third of its kind, saw the provision of Jaipur Foot, Kuchen, Walkers, Tricycles etc. Padma Bhushan Manav Ratna (Dr) DR Mehta inaugurated the program, garnering widespread acclaim and support. Raju Mangodiwala, Chairman of Jaipur’s Jeweller Association’s CSR Committee, announced the inauguration of a cold water fountain on Agra Road on Tuesday, funded by tax jewels from President DP Khandelwal and Minister Neeraj Lunawat, the fountain aims to quench pedestrians’ thirst. The Association, renowned for its service, has previously installed fountains across various locations. This initiative showcased their commitment to humanitarian efforts. Present at the event were Vice President Alok Sonkhia, Secretary Raju Mangodiwala, Treasurer Govind Agarwal, and other esteemed officials. MUKESH KIRADOO Rajasthan braces for scorching temperatures as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts a relentless heatwave spanning 20 days across various parts of the state. With summer looming, IMD forecasts an arid and harsh season, with temperatures soaring to unprecedented highs, expected to experience prolonged heatwave spells, lasting 10 to 20 days. Residents are urged to take precautionary measures as the mercury rises, preparing for a relentless battle against the sweltering heat. Swaranjali Music Training Centre, Mansarovar Jaipur, hosted an award ceremony on-site on Tuesday. 20 students from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya (Music), Mumbai, scoring 80 to 90%, were honoured. Renowned sitar player Pt. Chandramohan Bhatt graced the event as chief guest, with senior tabla player Prem Kumar Sharma as special guest. Pt. Bhatt emphasized diligent practice and guru devotion for perfect notes. The students were impressed with their presentations, earning accolades from teachers. President KC Mathur extended gratitude to attendees. Foreign tourists looking at wooden Kavad FASHION FINESSE IN PINK CITY! Mitali Dusad mitalidusad@firstindia.co.in t the illustrious Grand Uniara, the spectacular Sash ceremony of Glamanand Mrs India and Miss Teen Diva, pre- sented by First India and Bharat24- Vision of New India, unfolded on Wednesday. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, as the Chief Guest, graced the event, commending the participants’ elegance and poise. In his welcom- ing remarks, Dr Chandra articulated, “In this indus- try, women exemplify re- markable virtue. Introduc- ing the Mrs category marks a pioneering step, acknowledging the bril- liance of married women. I extend a warm wel- come to the Pink City. Nikhil’s choice of Jaipur for the finale, for the sec- ond consecutive year, de- serves applause.” Ad- dressing the transforma- tive power of the fashion industry, Dr Chandra em- phasized its role in em- powering women. He added, “This platform re- alizes parental aspirations of seeing their daughters stand independently.” Dr Chandra further men- tored the participants, stressing the importance of a clear career vision, hard work, discipline, and shedding unnecessary burdens in life. Nikhil Anand, expressing im- mense gratitude, received warm wishes for future endeavours from Dr Chan- dra, fostering a spirit of collaboration and empow- erment. MORE IN CITY FIRST TOMORROW A MUKESH KIRADOO Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Nikhil Anand and 20 stunning participants of Mrs India Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Nikhil Anand and 29 gorgeous participants of Miss Teen Diva Dr Jagdeesh Chandra addressing the audience SUNIL SHARMA SANTOSH SHARMA