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KARTIKEY DEV SINGH
ith the mercury soaring in the de-
sert land, the political mercury
has also risen several notches as
the all-important first phase of
Lok Sabha polls is round the cor-
ner. While the voting for the first phase will be
held on April 19, the Bharatiya Janata Party is
hoping to swing the public’s mood in its favour
and thus, after holding a massive public rally on
Thursday in Karauli, Prime Minister Narendra
Modi will be back in Rajasthan on the very next
day to hold the party’s ‘Vijay Shankhnaad rally’
for candidates on the Barmer-Jaisalmer and
Dausa Parliamentary constituencies. Interest-
ingly, PM Narendra Modi will also partake in
his first roadshow of these elections within Ra-
jasthan in Dausa.
Modi will address the Vijay Shankhnaad pub-
lic meeting at the Adarsh Stadium in Barmer. A
roadshow will be held subsequently from Som-
nath Square to Gupteshwar Darwaja in Dausa.
Notably, the Barmer-Jaisalmer seat has be-
come the hottest in the current Lok Sabha elec-
tions. This is the only seat that is stuck in a
triangular contest as there is a contest between
Congress’s Ummeda Ram Beniwal, Independ-
ent candidate and Sheo MLA Ravindra Singh
Bhati and BJP’s Kailash Choudhary. This seat
borders Pakistan and is one of the largest Lok
Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan whose effect
can be seen in the entire Marwar. The dialect
and lifestyle of people here is almost the same.
On the other hand, regarding the roadshow in
Dausa, Rajasthan Government’s Cabinet Min-
ister Dr Kirodi Lal Meena is roaming around
distributing ‘Peele Chawal’and inviting people
to participate in the Prime Minister’s roadshow.
Congress has given a ticket to MLA Murari Lal
Meena, while BJP has fielded Kanhaiya Lal
Meena. Before the roadshow, special decora-
tions will be done at major places and intersec-
tions of Dausa city. For this, responsibilities
have been distributed among the workers for
various preparations like welcome gate, stage
for felicitation, place for showering the flowers
etc. Just like the Barmer-Jaisalmer seat’s impact
could be seen in the entire Marwar region, sim-
ilarly, the impact of Dausa will be seen till
Jaipur City, Jaipur Rural and Tonk-Sawai Mad-
hopur seats.
It is due to this aspect and the impact of the
Dausa constituency that Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma has been campaigning in various
assembly constituencies under this seat. Politi-
cal observers have noticed that CM Sharma has
been on his toes for the better part of the past
fortnight and with each passing day, his cam-
paigning has become aggressive as he wants to
fulfill the party’s ‘hat-trick’of Mission-25. It is
believed that his focused approach and connect
with the grass-root worker has boosted the mo-
rale of the party workers.
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KARTIKEY DEV SINGH
ith the mercury soaring in the de-
sert land, the political mercury
has also risen several notches as
the all-important first phase of
Lok Sabha polls is round the cor-
ner. While the voting for the first phase will be
held on April 19, the Bharatiya Janata Party is
hoping to swing the public’s mood in its favour
and thus, after holding a massive public rally on
Thursday in Karauli, Prime Minister Narendra
Modi will be back in Rajasthan on the very next
day to hold the party’s ‘Vijay Shankhnaad rally’
for candidates on the Barmer-Jaisalmer and
Dausa Parliamentary constituencies. Interest-
ingly, PM Narendra Modi will also partake in
his first roadshow of these elections within Ra-
jasthan in Dausa.
Modi will address the Vijay Shankhnaad pub-
lic meeting at the Adarsh Stadium in Barmer. A
roadshow will be held subsequently from Som-
nath Square to Gupteshwar Darwaja in Dausa.
Notably, the Barmer-Jaisalmer seat has be-
come the hottest in the current Lok Sabha elec-
tions. This is the only seat that is stuck in a
triangular contest as there is a contest between
Congress’s Ummeda Ram Beniwal, Independ-
ent candidate and Sheo MLA Ravindra Singh
Bhati and BJP’s Kailash Choudhary. This seat
borders Pakistan and is one of the largest Lok
Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan whose effect
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FROMTHEDUNESOFBARMERTO
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2ELECTIONRALLIESINSTATE
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma
PM’S ‘PURAB-PASHCHIM’ TOUR OF RAJ TODAY
TOP
TWEETS
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
When you let go, you
create space for better
things to enter your life.
BUDDHA
IN-DEPTH
CONGRESS AND
AIMIM MAY AGREE
TO PLAY FOOTSIE
he recent unexpected gesture from the Con-
gress leader Mohammad Feroze Khan that he
is ready to befriend Asaduddin Owaisi and
supportAll India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen in the
Lok sabha poll underscores Congress’s pronounced
pro-minority stance. This move, coupled with the In-
dian Union Muslim League in Kerala’s decision to
support Rahul Gandhi, signals a more overt alignment
with minority interests compared to 2019. By forging
ties with Asaduddin Owaisi’s party, Congress solidi-
fies its commitment to the minority community.
This proposed strategic alliance, which is yet to re-
ceive the high command’s blessings, reflects a unified
effortbetweenCongressandMuslimsaimedatdisplac-
ing the BJP from power, highlighting the growing im-
portance of minority concerns in the Grand Old Party.
It would indeed be a surprise if the two parties join
hands for the polls as there’s been no love lost between
thetwo.Theircomingtogetherwillmakeitathree-way
contest between the BJP, Congress and BRS. The con-
sequent polarisation may defeat the purpose.
T
HEALTH WARNINGS
FOR HEPATITIS
ndia grapples with a concerning trifecta of
health challenges: hepatitis infection, diabe-
tes, and tuberculosis. Remarkably, it ranks
second globally in hepatitis prevalence, has the un-
fortunate title of being the “diabetes capital of the
world,” and accounts for a staggering 27 percent of
global tuberculosis cases.
AWorld Health Organisation report has raised the
red flag regarding the high incidence of hepatitis in-
fection, or inflammation of the liver, which may lead
to liver fibrosis, cirrhosis or liver cancer. As per the
report, 40 million people in India are chronically in-
fected with hepatitis B and six to eight million people
are chronically in-
fected with hepatitis
C, making it a seri-
ous health problem.
The major cause of
the epidemic hepati-
tis is the hepatitis E
virus (HEV). India’s
burden of hepatitis
infection is the sec-
ond highest in the
world and a strain on
the health system.
Hepatitis infection
is not the only seri-
ous health concern in
India, which is the
diabetes capital of
the world with 41
million Indians hav-
ing diabetes; every
fifth diabetic in the world is an Indian. According to
a paper in the Journal of Association of Physicians
of India, India also leads in the prevalence of meta-
bolic syndrome as well as obesity. An estimated 20
million Indians are either obese or abdominally
obese. The real impact of diabetes and obesity is
through cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
In tuberculosis, increased access to treatment and
more accurate diagnosis are helping India in its erad-
ication by 2025. These conditions not only strain the
healthcare system but also significantly impact the
quality of life for millions.
I
As per the report,
40 million people in
India are chronically
infected with
hepatitis B and
six to eight million
people are
chronically infected
with hepatitis C,
making it a serious
health problem
Heartiest greetings to all countrymen
on the auspicious festival of ‘Sarhul’
.
This festival, which marks the arrival
of the New Year, gives us the message of
having love and respect for nature. I wish
that all countrymen give importance to
environmental protection and work together
for the welfare of humanity.
President of India
@rashtrapatibhvn
Heartiest greetings on the auspicious
occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Symbolising the
spirit of gratitude and togetherness,
this festival reminds us of the values of
compassion, generosity, and brotherhood
that resonate with the ethos of our diverse
nation. May this #Eid bring joy, fulfilment, and
abundant blessings to the lives of all.
Vice President of India
@VPIndia
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any if not
most people
are dissatis-
fied with the
reality they
are living. Life feels unsafe,
unpredictable, unfair, prone
to accidents, and never far
from pain and suffering.
Everyone has their own
way of dealing with life’s
mischances, but headway
cannot be made unless we
understand what is really
going wrong. I want to ar-
gue that a pivotal cause is
materialism, in fact, the
very existence of matter.
First, we have to back up.
The problem with reality, as
humans experience it, isn’t
that we don’t understand re-
ality but that we understand
it in too many ways. In eve-
ryday life, we skirt this
problemallthetimewithout
realizing how confused
thingsactuallyare.Whatwe
call reality is really just a
perspective, and there is no
end to perspectives.
Themainsourceofcon-
fusion is that all of us
bounce between mental
andphysicalexplanations,
neverdeciding on a single,
all-embracing view of re-
ality. Take something as
simple as sliding off an icy
road in winter.You can at-
tributethistoanynumber
of causes:
l Ice is slippery in contact
with tires.
l The road wasn’t properly
maintained.
l The ice was black and
nearly invisible.
l The driver wasn’t paying
attention to the road.
l The driver slammed on the
brakes too hard.
l The traffic was terrible.
The list doesn’t stop
there. Maybe the driver
was incompetent or had a
medical condition or was
too old to be driving. May-
be the car’s steering mal-
functioned or the tires were
bald. If the incident caused
a serious accident, then the
law, morality, and psychol-
ogy enter the picture.
Since each of us is faced
with a constant barrage of
experiences, things rapidly
get too complicated. It is
far easier to adopt a blan-
ket explanation. In the
modern secular world, the
blanket explanation is ma-
terialism, also known as
physicalism. Any experi-
ence, not just sliding off an
icy road, but getting de-
pressed, feeling optimistic,
enjoying music, or loving
a baby, can be reduced to a
physical explanation.
In philosophy a banket
explanation is called mon-
ism, the belief that one
cause works in all cases.
Religion is monistic when
it ascribes everything to
God’s will. Science is mo-
nistic when it assigns eve-
rything to the activity of
atoms, molecules, and
subatomic particles obey-
ing fixed laws of nature.
The problem with this
monism is awareness. You
cannot ascribe thinking to
atoms, molecules, and sub-
atomic particles. Go back
to the example of sliding
off an icy road.What deter-
mines which explanation
you choose as the actual
cause? We choose perspec-
tives mentally, not physi-
cally. It is absurd to say,
“My brain considers the
driver incompetent.” Even
if you are a neuroscientist,
who is extremely likely to
equate mind and brain,
there is no explanation for
how, given a dozen differ-
ent perspectives that any-
one can choose from, peo-
ple make different choices.
The brain is determinis-
tic: every brain cell obeys
fixed laws of chemistry
and physics. But the mind
is free. These two facts
clash, and the materialistic
monism therefore collaps-
es. This brings us up to
speed when it comes to
matter itself, the bulwark
of materialism. Matter is
the bedrock, sometimes
literally, of everyday exist-
ence. We are embedded in
the physical world. But
amazingly, this isn’t
enough to make matter
real. One of the greatest
pioneering quantum physi-
cists, Werner Heisenberg,
wrote, “The atoms or ele-
mentary particles them-
selves are not real; they
form a world of potentiali-
ties or possibilities rather
than one of things or facts.”
Many other quantum
pioneers agreed with
Heisenberg, so it is ironic
that modern physics
spends billions of dollars
to affirm the opposite, that
nothing is more real than
atoms and elementary par-
ticles. How could they pos-
sibly be wrong?
The experience of the
physical world is undeni-
ableandtotallynecessary.
Butthekeywordis“expe-
rience.” Physical objects
don’t experience the
world; we do thanks to
awareness, which is men-
tal. If you can accept that
basicfact,thenthepicture
of reality clears up once
and for all. The sequence
of ideas goes like this:
l Matter is the appearance
of mind.
l Mind is the appearance of
awareness.
l Awareness has no
appearance.
This sequence is like a
vanishing act.The physical
world appears in your mind
as a 3-D image accessible
by the five senses. This
mental appearance is cre-
ated in awareness. Aware-
ness has no appearance, yet
it is the source of the “real”
reality.As a logical train of
thought, this isn’t absurd,
because quantum physics,
despite its defense of mat-
ter, has its own vanishing
act. Any object—cloud,
tree, mountain, stars, the
human body, including the
brain—can be reduced to
atoms and atoms to suba-
tomic particles like quarks.
But at this point matter
vanishes, leaving only en-
ergy trails, pure possibili-
ties, and the potential to
create the physical world.
So the crucial question is
which vanishing act you
prefer, the one that ends in
pure awareness or the one
that ends in physical noth-
ingness? If you base reality
on matter, you are ultimate-
ly basing it on a void, a
virtual space that vibrates
with the potential to blink
into subatomic activity. If
you base reality on aware-
ness, the physical world
still pops into existence fol-
lowing standard scientific
processes—at least that’s
one of the choices—but it
pops into existence alive,
conscious, intelligent, cre-
ative, and endowed with
the ability to experience
anything and everything.
It’s not a difficult choice,
but most people don’t real-
ize that a choice exists. The
five senses tell them that
they are embedded in the
physical world. If any ex-
perience comes along like
falling in love, nobody
says, “My brain is in love.”
They conveniently ignore
materialism and resort to
another perspective. Un-
fortunately, this habit of
jumping around at whim
makes it impossible to ever
solve the problem of pain
and suffering.
The problem of pain and
suffering is only solved by
going beyond the senses,
transcending everyday ex-
perience to reach the level
of awareness where pain
and suffering do not exist.
That, of course, opens an-
other story, a vast and nev-
er-ending one. But the hori-
zonofhigherconsciousness
can’t be found if you begin
with matter. What matters
in the end is consciousness,
and with that realization,
freedom begins.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
BEYOND THE
EXISTENCE
So the crucial question is
which vanishing act you
prefer, the one that ends in
pure awareness or the one
that ends in physical noth-
ingness? If you base reality
on matter, you are ulti-
mately basing it on a void,
a virtual space that vibrates
with the potential to blink
into subatomic activity.
If you base reality on
awareness, the physical
world still pops into exist-
ence following standard
scientific processes—at
least that’s one of the
choices—but it pops into
existence alive, con-
scious, intelligent, crea-
tive, and endowed with
the ability to experience
anything and everything.
What’sReallyTheMatter?
ItCouldBeMatterItself
Many if not most people are dissatisfied with the
reality they are living. Life feels unsafe,
unpredictable, unfair, prone to accidents, and
never far from pain and suffering. Everyone has
their own way of dealing with life’s mischances,
but headway cannot be made unless we
understand what is really going wrong. I want to
argue that a pivotal cause is materialism, in fact,
the very existence of matter
M
DEEPAK
CHOPRA
The writer is MD,
FACP, FRCP founder of the
Chopra Foundation,
a non-profit entity for
research on well-being
and humanitarianism,
and Chopra Global
Jaipur, Friday | April 12, 2024
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Unemployment is big
issue in India: Gandhi
8SCHOOLKIDSDIE;PRINCIPAL,
DRUNKDRIVERAMONG3HELD
LOK SABHA FEVER GRIPS NATION
Nominations for Phase 3 polls to begin today
First India Bureau
New Delhi
he filing of the
nominations for
the third phase
of the 2024 general elec-
tions will begin on Fri-
day, the Election Com-
mission said. Voting un-
der phase 3 will be held
in 94 constituencies in 12
states and UTs on May 7.
The counting of votes for
all polls will done on
June 4. The Gazette noti-
fication for 94 PCs across
12 states and union ter-
ritories going for polls in
the Lok Sabha 2024 will
be issued tomorrow,” the
statement issued by the
ECI said. Separately, no-
tification for the ad-
journed poll in 29-Betul
(ST) PC of MP will also
be issued today, it added.
Women constables perform ‘nukkad natak’ to spread awareness
about voting ahead of the LS election, in Bikaner on Thursday.
T
Royal ride of Gangaur Mata
Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur Royal family performs rituals during traditional ‘Gangaur
Festival’ procession at the Tripolia Bazar, in Jaipur on Thursday. Several domestic and
foreign tourists gather to witness royal procession in the ‘Pink City’. MUKESH KIRADOO
12 STATES TO VOTE
IN PHASE 3 OF LOK
SABHA ELECTIONS
The third phase
elections for
Lok Sabha,
scheduled for May 7,
will encompass 94
constituencies across
12 states and Union
Territories. The filing of
nominations for Phase
3 will begin on April 12.
States going to the polls
in this phase of LS polls
are 4 seats in Assam,
5 seats in Bihar and 7
seats in Chhattisgarh.
Date of Issue of
Gazette Notification
APRIL 12
Last Date of Filing
Nominations
APRIL 19
Date for Scrutiny
of Nominations
APRIL 20
Last Date for Withdrawl
of Candidatures
APRIL 22
P3 SCHEDULE
First India Bureau
New Delhi
The State Bank of India
(SBI) has refused to dis-
close under the RTI Act
the details of the elec-
toral bonds furnished to
the Election Commission
(EC), claiming that it
is personal information
held in a fiduciary capac-
ity, even though the re-
cords are in the public
domain on the poll pan-
el’s website.
Holding that the elec-
toral bonds scheme was
“unconstitutional and
manifestly arbitrary”, the
Supreme Court directed
the SBI on February 15
to furnish the complete
details of the bonds pur-
chased since April 12,
2019 to the EC, which
would publish the infor-
mation on its website by
March 13.
Dinesh Dangi & Laxman Raghav
Anupgarh and Phalodi
Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi was in Anupgarh
and Phalodi on Thursday
to campaign for the party
candidates. InAnupgarh,
he hit out at BJP-led Cen-
tre saying farmers are
asking for MSP for their
crops. He said that the LS
elections-2024 is an elec-
tion to save the Constitu-
tion and democracy, big-
gest issue in the nation is
unemployment, followed
by inflation. Rahul said
first task of the Congress
govt will be to do caste
census, adding that, con-
tract labour in PSU &
govt will be eliminated.
In Phalodi too Gandhi
made significant state-
ments, particularly fo-
cusing on the scrapping
of the Agniveer scheme.
First India Bureau
Mahendragarh
At least 8 children were
killed, 18 others suffered
injuries after school bus
overturned near Unhani
village of Haryana’s Nar-
naul on Thursday morn-
ing. 40 kids were on their
way to GLPublic School,
a private school located
in Kanina of Mahendra-
garh, when the incident
happened. One of the in-
jured students told media
that the driver was drunk
and he did not reduce the
speed of the bus, causing
it to go out of control and
overturn while turning.
The Haryana govern-
ment has ordered a probe
into the incident follow-
ing the registration of an
FIR, officials said.
SBI refuses to
give bonds’ info
under RTI Act
HARYANA SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT EID HOLIDAY MARRED BY TRAGEDY!
The UK has appointed Lindy
Cameron as its new high
commissioner to India.
IN BRIEF
Fraud: Vietnam tycoon
sentenced to death
A court in Vietnam hand-
ed the death sentence on
Thursday to real estate ty-
coon Truong My Lan for
her role in a 304-trillion-
dong ($12.5-billion) fi-
nancial fraud, the coun-
try’s biggest on record.
LeT terrorist killed in
encounter in Pulwama
A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)
terrorist was killed in an
encounter with security
forces in Jammu and
Kashmir’s Pulwama dis-
trict on Thursday, police
said. This was the first en-
counter in over 3 months.
Rahul Gandhi with Ashok Gehlot, Govind Singh Dotasra & others
during Congress poll campaign rally at Anupgarh on Thursday.
Locals gather near a damaged school bus after an accident near
Mahendragarh, in Narnaul district of Haryana on Thursday.
KEY HAPPENINGS
l Haryana Education
Minister Seema Trikha
said an inquiry is being
conducted to find out
why school was func-
tioning on EID holiday
l SP Arsh Verma
said the medical test
conducted on the driver
has confirmed that
alcohol was present in
his bloodstream
l The official docu-
ments show that the
bus’s fitness certificate
had already expired six
years ago in 2018
l Dr Ravi Kaushik of
Nihal hospital said 20
children were brought to
hospital, 12 children are
undergoing treatment.
She said the condition
of one student is critical
PRESIDENT MURMU, PM MODI, SHAH, BIRLA AND
OTHER LEADERS EXPRESS GRIEF AT ACCIDENT
President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Nar-
endra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union
Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP National President
JP Nadda, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Nitin
Gadkari, Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini on
Thursday expressed condolences over Haryana’s Mahen-
dragarh bus accident that claimed the lives of 8 children
and prayed for the “speedy recovery of the injured.”
MODIKAHARPAL,HAR
KSHANDESHKELIYE:PM
4 June, 400 paar: PM Modi reiterates in Karauli
Ravi Katara and Manoj Jain
Karauli
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi gave the slogan of
4 June, 400 paar while
calling for victory on all
25 seats of Rajasthan in
the election rally organ-
ised in support of BJP
candidate in Karauli. As
soonasPMModireached
the stage in the meeting
organized in Siddharth
City, slogans of ‘Modi-
Modi’ echoed across the
area. Attacking the Con-
gress fiercely, Modi de-
scribed the Congress as a
government that destroys
temples and promotes
appeasement. Taking the
former Congress to task
over paper leak in Ra-
jasthan], Modi said that
Congress had nurtured
the paper mafia whereas
Bhajan Lal’s govt has put
the paper mafia in jail
within 100 days. This is
Modi’s guarantee, he
said. He also drew peo-
ple’s attention to the de-
velopment of ERCP in
area and especially Dhol-
pur to Karauli rail line.
PM Narendra Modi being felicitated with a ‘Gada’ during a public
meeting ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, in Karauli on Thursday.
PM Narendra Modi being greeted by a BJP worker, as CM
Bhajan Lal Sharma looks on during the public meeting.
PM Narendra Modi being felicitated during a public rally at the Siddharth City in Karauli on Thursday.
Also seen here are CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, Manoj Rajoria, Girraj Malinga, Rohini Kumari and others.
Congress kept
giving slogan of
eradicating
poverty for decades, but
Modi has worked to bring
25 crore countrymen out of
poverty. Congress left the
farmers to their fate, but
the BJP govt is working to
make farmers prosperous.
NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER
Shah’s roadshow set to
electrify Jpr on April 16
U
nion Home
Minister Amit
Shah will hold
a road show on April
16 in Jaipur. However,
as of now, the route of
the road show is being
planned. It is believed
that there will be a road
show in the Walled
City. PM Modi had
also undertaken a road
show in the last assem-
bly elections and had
also engaged in a road
show in Jaipur with the
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
which highlighted
Jaipur on international
stage. However, now it
will be Amit Shah
holding a road show in
the Pink City. Union Home Minister Amit Shah
MAA KUSHMANDA
Day 4
MODI’S J&K AND
RAJ TOUR TODAY
11:00 AM
Udhampur
PUBLIC MEETING
02:15 PM
Barmer
PUBLIC MEETING
04:45 PM
Dausa
MEGA ROAD SHOW
CM SHARMA HAILS
SCHEMES OF THE
CENTRAL GOVT
In his address, CM
Bhajan Lal Sharma
praised development
schemes of Central
Government. He said
that under the double
engine government,
development has
started visible within
100 days and the
poor and unemployed
have been benefited.
MANVENDRA
SINGH SET FOR
‘GHAR WAPSI’!
Former MP
Manvendra Singh is
all set
for ‘ ghar
wapsi’.
He
will be
rejoining
the BJP on Friday
during the rally of
PM Modi in Barmer
on Friday. Son of
former Union Minister
Jaswant Singh,
Manvendra has a
strong hold on the
Rajput community.
19,95,699
TOTAL VOTERS IN AJMER
AJMER FACE TO FACE
Bhagirath Choudhary is a friendly
leader and has a simple nature
Farmers’ leader & even today he works
in his fields, popular in rural areas
Personal connection with each worker
He has been chairman of Ajmer Dairy for
many decades, due to which his team is
formed from rural areas of district
A farmers’ leader connected to the ground
During Congress govt, he raised voice
for farmers and cattle herders
STRENGTHS STRENGTHS
Local level factionalism in Congress,
some leaders in opposition
Damage to image due to rape
allegations some time ago
Chaudhary has been chairman of Dairy
for last several decades, opponents in
dairy politics can cause harm
WEAKNESS
BHAGIRATH
CHOUDHARY
Age: 69 years
Edu: BA (IInd year)
Assets: `9,18,93,865
Vehicle: 2 luxury cars
RAMCHANDRA
CHAUDHARY
Age: 74 years
Edu: MSc Physics
Assets: `80,00,000
Vehicle: None
1,19,353
Voters increased since
2019 in Ajmer Lok
Sabha Constituency
07
BJP
01
CONGRESS
ASSEMBLY
ELECTION 2023
Males
10,10,862 9,80,684
Females
RAJASTHAN
AJMER LS
CONSTITUENCY
Dudu
Kishangarh
Ajmer North
Ajmer South
Masuda
Nasirabad
Kekri
Pushkar
Third
Gender 27
67.32%
VOTING
RECORDED
ON AJMER
SEAT IN 2019
There is always a question
mark regarding the working style of
Bhagirath Choudhary
Being the MP of Ajmer Lok Sabha,
his development work focused
only on Kishangarh
Finished third in Kishangarh seat in the
2023 Assembly elections
WEAKNESS
GROUND REPORT AJMER LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY
Cong,BJPfieldcandidateswithrural
background,makecontestgripping
1 2
CHALLENGE FOR BHAGIRATH IS TO SAVE HIS SEAT WHILE
RAMCHANDRA IS RELYING ON HIS DAIRY NETWORK
PM MODI’S RALLY IN PUSHKAR
HEIGHTENS ELECTORAL FERVOUR
ShubhamJain
Ajmer
t present, the
election atmos-
phere in the
Ajmer Lok Sab-
ha seat is quite
heated. Prime Minister
Narendra Modi held a
massive poll rally in Push-
kar in support of BJP can-
didate Bhagirath Chaud-
hary. After this, the elec-
toral tempo has further in-
creasedintheentireparlia-
mentary constituency. The
BJP has once again made
sitting MP Bhagirath
Chaudhary its candidate
from Ajmer LS, while
Congress has placed its
bets on Ramchandra
Chaudhary this time. The
main contest for this seat
seems to be between these
two candidates, who be-
long to rural areas.
BJP candidate Bhagi-
rath Chaudhary is known
as a farmer leader, comes
from a rural background,
and has also been an MLA
from Kishangarh in the
past. He became an MP in
the 2019 Lok Sabha elec-
tions. Congress candidate
Ramchandra Chaudhary
also comes from a rural
background and has been
associated with coopera-
tive dairy for three and a
half decades. Due to this,
Ramchandra’s hold is
strong in rural areas.After
the declaration of the can-
didate,thecurrentpolitical
situation of theAjmer Lok
Sabha seat is quite differ-
ent because both parties
have made a Jat commu-
nity member their candi-
date, asAjmer is said to be
a Jat-dominated seat.
If we talk about caste
equations, then there are
about 2.5 lakh Jats, 2 lakh
Brahmins, 2.25 lakh Gur-
jars, 2.25 lakh Muslims, 1
lakh Vaishya, 1 lakh Raw-
at, 1 lakh Sindhi, 1 lakh
Mali,and2.25lakhSched-
uled Castes and Tribes.
Apart from this, other
castes including Ahir, Ya-
dav, Kumawat, Tailor,
Sikh, Lodhi, Rewari,
Charan, Barber, Sunar,
Teli, Kalal, and Lakhera,
also have a share in votes.
Thepartycandidatesare
getting full support from
the organisation at the lo-
cal level, although the BJP
has included former inde-
pendent MLA from Kis-
hangarh, Suresh Tank, in
its camp, while the Con-
gress has also included Dr
Shrigopal Baheti.
Wajid Khan Cheetah,
who contested the elec-
tions on the BSP ticket,
has also been included,
whichwillstrengthenboth
parties in the elections.
This Lok Sabha constitu-
ency, formed by combin-
ing one Assembly seat of
Jaipur and 7 Assembly
seats of Ajmer district,
currentlyhassevenMLAs
from BJP, while Congress
only has the Kishangarh
Assembly seat in Ajmer
district.
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Bhagirath Choudhary, Vasudev Devnani dancing during an election rally in Ajmer. FILE
WATER IS THE MAIN ISSUE IN AJMER
Water is the main issue in Ajmer during the Lok
Sabha elections. Apart from this, other major
demands include opening new faculty in the only
university of the division and Ajmer be developed as a
tourist city along with getting responsibility of maintenance
of Vande Bharat train in the carriage factory of Ajmer.
MP BHAGIRATH CHOUDHARY’S REPORT CARD
At present, the MP from Ajmer is Bhagirath
Choudhary and he has got work done in Ajmer Lok
Sabha constituency. Although some people are
appreciating his work and some are against him, however,
most people are not satisfied with the work of
Choudhary. People like the image of the current MP
because he comes from a farmer family and is known as a
friendly leader. People have different arguments regarding
his working style, some raise many questions about him
and some are talking in his support.
ECI’s Satrangi Saptah
being celebrated
across Rajasthan
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Ontheupcoming19thand
26th of April 2024, every
voter is urged to visit their
respective polling booths
and cast their vote for the
betterment of the nation.
In line with the directives
of the Election Commis-
sion of India, ‘Satrangi
Saptah’a week-long voter
awareness campaign is
being organized by the
district election office.
Under the guidance of
District Election Officer
Prakash Rajpurohit and
District Sveep Nodal Of-
ficer Dr. Shilpa Singh, on
the second day of satrangi
saptah, newly registered
voters and staff members
pledged to vote in various
educational and commer-
cial institutions.
In the town of Malviya
Nagar, additional District
Collector Jaipur East and
Assistant Returning Of-
ficer, Malviya Nagar, Su-
man Panwar, facilitated a
voter awareness pledge at
the Rajasthan Hospital.
Meanwhile, at the ICFAI
University in Jaipur, a
voter pledge ceremony
was organized by the dis-
trict sveep team. RAS of-
ficer Priyanka Rathore
administeredthepledgeto
more than 2,000 students
and teachers.
Satrangi Saptah of Election Commission being celebrated with
band performance in Bikaner on Thursday.
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BJP’s Kisan Sammelan on April13
towooJatvoters;Jayanttoattend
First India Bureau
Bikaner
The Bharatiya Janata Par-
ty (BJP) has geared up
with a strategic approach
for the Lok Sabha elec-
tions and is organizing a
major gathering of Jat
leaders in Shri Dungar-
garh to counter the con-
solidation of Jat votes due
to the Congress and the
CPM alliance. Scheduled
for tomorrow in front of
the govt school on Kalu
Road, a farmers’ conven-
tion – Kisan Sammelan is
set to take place.
Among those expected
to attend are Richhpal
Mirdha, whose controver-
sial statements have re-
cently gone viral on social
media, and Jayant Chaud-
hary, the grandson of for-
mer PM Chaudhary
Charan Singh and a prom-
inent farmer leader.
In addition to them,
candidates Arjun Ram
Meghwal, Minister Sumit
Godara, MLA Tarachand
Saraswat, Vishwakarma
BoardPrezRamgopalSu-
thar, and former MLABi-
harilal Vishnoi will also
address gathering of BJP
workers&farmersatcon-
vention. Preparations for
the farmers’ convention
have commenced, the ar-
rival of farmer leaders
will be facilitated by
helicopters, with a heli-
pad also being prepared.
Jayant Chaudhary
Sahasrabuddhe stresses on media preparedness
First India Bureau
Jaipur
On Thursday, BJP’s State
Lok Sabha Election In-
chargeVinaySahasrabud-
dhe convened a meeting
at the party’s state office
where spokespersons and
panelists participated.
During the session, dis-
cussions were held exten-
sively on communication
with spokespersons and
panelists, articulation,
and debates on TV chan-
nels concerning the prep-
arations for the LS polls.
Dr. Vinay Sahasrabud-
dhe, the BJP’s State Lok
Sabha Election Incharge,
guided all spokespersons
on contemporary events,
understanding of sub-
jects, study, feedback,
topics, context, and other
related activities during
the meeting. Media pan-
elists were also advised to
maintain factual accuracy
and effective communi-
cation duringTVdebates.
Sahasrabuddhe empha-
sized importance of ra-
tionality & factual accu-
racy for spokespersons in
theeraofsocialmedia.He
stressed that public con-
siders media a better
means of communication,
hence media should be
fair,impartial,andpositive
towards public welfare.
Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Pramod Vashistha, and Pinkesh Porwal
during the meeting in Jaipur on Thursday.
BJP’sStateLSpoll
inchargeemphasises
onmediaaccuracyat
ameetinginJaipur
HC NOTICE TO BJP R’SAMAND CANDIDATE MAHIMA
SINGH FOR HIDING INFO IN NOMINATION PAPERS
The Rajasthan High Court has issued notices to
BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Rajsamand,
Mahima Singh, and MLA Nathdwara, Vishvaraj
Singh Mewar, in a case related to conceal-
ing facts. This development could pose difficulties for
Mahima Singh. Both have been asked to respond to the
notices regarding concealing information in their nomi-
nation applications during the 2023 Assembly elections.
Justice Rekha Borana issued a notice against Mahima
Singh after a petition was filed against her.
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HIGH PROFILE VISITS AT BARMER-JAISALMER
SEAT BRINGS IT TO CENTRE STAGE IN STATE
The Barmer-Jaisalmer parliamentary seat
is attracting significant attention amidst
Rajasthan’s 25-seat election landscape,
captivating both media and political figures nation-
wide. Remarkably, an independent candidate from
a border constituency is commanding attention even
in Delhi political circles, prompting intrigue among
strategists. With high-profile visits slated for the
region, electoral dynamics and candidate’s influence
have become focal points of discussion, underscor-
ing the seat’s prominence in the upcoming elections.
PRIYANKAGANDHIGETSACTIVEFORRAJCONG
LSPOLLCAMPAIGN,2RALLIESIN2DAYSAHEAD
It appears that Priyanka Gandhi
has got active in Rajasthan
elections. After coming with
her mother Sonia Gandhi in Jaipur
recently, Priyanka is again coming to
Rajasthan and will be campaigning in
Jalore on April 14 and then in Alwar
and Dausa on April 15. Interestingly Vaibhav Gehlot
is contesting from Jalore and it will be perhaps for
the first time that Priyanka Gandhi will be address-
ing gatherings in his support.
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JAIPUR MARKETS TAKE A HIT
Soaring bullion prices keep customers away
Vimal Kothari
Jaipur
f you were re-
ally happy
about the surge
in bullion prices, think
twice. As the prices of
gold and silver went
through the roof, the bul-
lion markets saw inves-
tors withering away re-
sulting in a huge decline
in sales of gold & silver.
As the shooting bul-
lion prices kept the buy-
ers away from the sarafa
market, the buying and
selling in the market was
just restricted to jewel-
lery purchases for wed-
ding ceremonies. The
impact of the bullion
trade was felt in the
Jaipur market too.
It is said that these
prices have increased due
to the increase in interna-
tional tension, but it has
had a direct impact on the
markets of India. Traders
say that the prices of gold
and silver are expected to
remain high in the month
ofApril, due to which the
possibility of further de-
cline in the current busi-
ness cannot be ruled out.
The traders also rue
the 3% GST that they
have to pay on sale and
purchase of jewellery
items that indirectly in-
conveniences the buyers.
While the price of 24
carat gold on Thursday is
Rs 73,550 per 10 grams,
price of 24 carat gold
sold in cash is being said
to be around Rs 72,000.
Similarly, the price of sil-
ver is Rs 84,400 per kg,
while its selling price in
cash is said to be Rs
82,500-82,800 only.
First India Bureau
Karauli
In a rescue operation at
the Panchana Dam in
Karauli district, Uttar
Pradesh resident Deven-
dra, son of Jagdish Ku-
mar (25), was success-
fully rescued by the per-
sonnel of the SDRF from
drowning in deep waters
while bathing.
The SDRF rescue
team, managed to safely
extricate Devendra from
the dam. Expressing grat-
itude towards the rescue
team, present devotees
and the youth’s relatives
praised the valorous ef-
forts of SDRF personnel.
Commandant Rajen-
dra Singh Sisodia of the
SDRF informed that, a
youth accidentally fell
into the waters near the
dam. SDRF constables
reached the spot with a
motorboat and success-
fully rescued the youth.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Anti-Gangster Task
Force (AGTF) team of
the Police Headquarters
has apprehended wanted
criminal Jeetu, also
known as Jitesh Meena,
son of Prakash Meena
(21), a resident of Badoli
Thana in Gangapur dis-
trict, Jaipur. The arrest
was made by the AGTF
team in connection with
an Arms Act case.
The accused Jitesh
Meena was nabbed from
the Kardhani police sta-
tion area in Jaipur. A re-
ward of `5,000 had been
announced by SP, Sawai
Madhopur for his arrest.
ADG AGTF and
Crime, Dinesh MN, stat-
ed that, presently in the
state, various teams from
PHQ have been dis-
patched to different cities
for surveillance and
monitoring activities of
wanted criminals, active
members of gangs, and
gangsters involved in
criminal activities. These
special police teams are
continuously taking ac-
tion based on confiden-
tial information received
from sources and based
on their investigation of
the wanted criminals and
Gangsters in Rajasthan.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In Jaipur, the transport
department is not able to
decide the zones of e-
rickshaws has turned into
a menace, causing incon-
venience to commuters.
Furthermore, the imple-
mentation of High-Secu-
rity Registration Plates
(HSRP) on vehicles has
been progressing slowly.
Despite the process be-
ing initiated for vehicles
registered before April
2019, the plates are yet to
be affixed as per the de-
partment’s expectations.
The sluggish progress is
attributed to the lack of
regular monitoring.
Adding to the transport
department’s challenges,
the officers appear slug-
gish in their efforts, espe-
cially since the end of
March, failing to meet
the targeted revenue
goals. The preoccupation
with elections has con-
tributed to the inertia in-
formed the sources.
The discontent extends
to the department’s social
media performance,
which has annoyed Ad-
ditional Chief Secretary
(ACS) Shreya Guha.
With dull activity on
social media platforms,
crucial information re-
garding departmental ini-
tiatives and innovations
fails to reach the public,
This led to ACS Shreya
Guha expressing strong
dissatisfaction in depart-
ment’s efforts.
The responsibility for
promoting road safety on
social media platforms
has been assigned to the
Road Safety Division.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In Rajasthan, the weather
is displaying a myriad of
colors every day. While
other states are grappling
with the scorching heat
of April, residents of the
state are enjoying pleas-
ant weather. The state’s
meteorological depart-
ment has issued an or-
ange alert for rainfall in
14 districts, accompanied
by storms and hail.
On April 13th and
14th, Western Rajasthan
may experience hail-
storms, with wind speeds
ranging from 40 to 60 km
per hour.
However, despite the
inclement weather warn-
ings, the temperature
soared to 42 degrees Cel-
sius in several areas of
Western Rajasthan.
Vikas Sharma
and Naveen Sharma
Jaipur
A case has been regis-
tered against doctor Ran-
jan Lamba of SMS Hos-
pital and his family under
various sections of fraud.
Bullion Traders Associa-
tion President Shivkaran
Janu filed the case. Dr
Lamba’s wife Dr Sunita,
mother Malidevi, Dr Ab-
hishek Lamba have been
accused of fraud.
A case was registered
at the Kotwali police sta-
tion in the matter related
to the Golden Tower on
Road Number One.
Recently, Dr Lamba
was in news after the
ACB conducted searches
at the residence and a pri-
vate hospital. During the
searches, the ACB teams
visited the doctor’s hos-
pital and home in Jaipur,
Jhunjhunu and Sikar.
Vikas Sharma
Jaipur
Amidst the controversy
surrounding the woman
giving birth to a child in
open at at Kanwatia Hos-
pital, voices of opposi-
tion are refusing to die
down even after actions
were taken. Resident
doctors continued their
protest against the ac-
tions taken against 3
residents even on the
fourth day.
During this, resident
doctors protested vehe-
mently in front of SMS
Medical College, raising
slogans in defiance. Ad-
ditionally, a ‘ sabuddhi
yagya’ was organized by
protesting residents.
In this, a large number
of resident doctors par-
ticipated. A resident doc-
tor alleged that they are
consistently being tar-
geted, even though the
responsibility lies else-
where. They cautioned
that if their demands are
not met soon, their agita-
tion could intensify.
Warning of further ac-
tion, the residents stated
that on Friday all medical
colleges will observe a
two-hour strike.
FILE
The SDRF rescue team
members safely extricate
Devendra who fell into the
dam on Thursday.
Jitesh Meena
The chaotic situation due to e-rickshaws results in traffic jams, adding to woes of general public.
Overcast clouds at Jaipur on Thursday.  SANTOSH SHARMA
Dr Ranjan Lamba
The biggest reasons
for rise in gold and
silver prices are the
announcement made
by the US Federal
Bank regarding
reduction in interest
rates, the Ukraine-
Russia war and the
increasing tension in
the Gulf countries
The accused Jitesh
Meena was nabbed
from the Kardhani
police station area in
Jaipur by the AGTF
team in connection
with an Arms Act case
I
Dept’s efforts for revenue collection have also fallen flat
Transportdeptgrappleswithzones
fore-rickshawsandHSRProllout
SDRF team rescues 25-yr-old
man from drowning in dam
AGTF arrests wanted criminal
with a bounty of `5,000 in Jaipur
11-member team
of SDRF ensuring
safety of devotees
in Kaila Devi Fair
MeT issues warning for Western Rajasthan
Orange alert for rain in 14 districts
After ACB action, case of
fraud filed against SMS doc
Resident doctors continue
protest against govt action
TWIN CELEBRATIONS ADD TO FESTIVITIES IN CITY AS GANGAUR AND EID-UL-FITR WERE CELEBRATED TOGETHER DEPICTING COMMUNAL HARMONY
On the occasion of Gangaur, procession of Gangaur Mata was taken out in all its royal grandeur from Tripolia Gate on Thursday
evening where member of the erstwhile Jaipur Royal family offered prayers. MUKESH KIRADOO
Members of the Muslims community gathered to offer Namaz at the Eidgah on Delhi Road on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. During this,
flowers were showered on Idgah via drones.  NAIM KHAN
PTI
Mandla
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah on Thursday
slammed the I.N.D.I.A.
blocforpractisingdynastic
politics,andsaidthatinthe
upcoming elections, peo-
plehavetochoosebetween
theoneleaderwhoworked
for taking every section of
society forward and those
who promote their own
family members.
He was addressing a
public meeting in Man-
dla (ST) Lok Sabha seat
for BJP candidate and
Union Minister Faggan
Singh Kulaste.
“There is a team led by
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and the one led by
Congress party leader-
ship. The only aim of the
‘ghamandia’ (arrogant)
alliance is to promote
their own family mem-
bers, while Modi’s only
aim is to take forward the
poor, tribal, Dalits, back-
ward and every section of
the society,” he said.
In the 10 years of Modi
rule, 25 crore people
have come out of the be-
low poverty line mark in
the country, he said. Al-
though the Congress has
ruled the country for a
long time, it has not done
anything for the tribal
community, he alleged.
“I want to ask Rahul
Gandhi what his party
has done for the tribal
community. It was the
BJP government that
made a tribal woman of
Odisha, Droupadi Mur-
mu, the President of the
country,” he said.
First India Bureau
Rishikesh
PM Narendra Modi on
Thursday said the “weak”
Congress governments in
the past failed to strength-
en border infrastructure
while under the “strong”
BJP-led govt, security
forces were eliminating
terroristsontheirownturf.
Addressing an election
rally here, Modi said the
echoes of ‘Phir Ek Baar
Modi Sarkar’were being
heard across the country
as people have seen the
benefits of having a sta-
ble government.
“Enemies took advan-
tage and terrorism spread
whenever there were
weak and unstable gov-
ernments in the country.
But under a strong Modi
government, our forces
are killing terrorists on
theirownturf,”Modisaid.
“A strong BJP govern-
ment had the courage to
abrogate Article 370 in
Jammu and Kashmir af-
ter seven decades, make
a law against triple talaq,
give reservation to wom-
en in legislatures, and
implement one rank, one
pension,” he added.
BJP’S ‘SANKALP PATRA’
Embrace mainstream politics: Nadda in Sikkim
First India Bureau
Gangtok
haratiya Janata
Party chief JP
Nadda unveiled
the party’s manifesto,
known as ‘Sankalp
Patra,’here on Thursday.
The manifesto or Sankalp
Patra is designed specifi-
cally for the upcoming
Sikkim Assembly polls.
In the event he high-
lighted PM Narendra
Modi’s vision for the
Northeast,Naddaasserted
on BJP’s commitment to
ensuring last-mile deliv-
eryandconnectivityinthe
region. He emphasized
BJP’s approach towards
“Look East, Act East”
policy,whichhasintegrat-
ed the Northeast into the
national mainstream.
During the release of
the manifesto BJP nation-
alpresidenturgedthepeo-
ple to call for change, he
said, “enough is enough;
you have to join the main-
stream, and the main-
stream is BJP. The era of
regional parties is over;
it’s high time to bid fare-
well to regional politics
and embrace BJP, which
promises comprehensive
development”, he added.
Emphasizing the BJP’s
vision for Sikkim’s pro-
gress, Nadda said, “gone
are the days of corruption
and divisive politics. It’s
timeforthelotustobloom
in Sikkim,” he added.
Nadda further pointed
out the transformation in
the Northeast under BJP
rule, from a region once
synonymous with con-
flict to one experiencing
peace and prosperity.
BJP National President JP Nadda FILE
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New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi interacted with top
Indian gamers on a host of issues relating to the gam-
ing industry, BJP IT Cell head Amit Malviya said on
Thursday. Sharing a
video of PM’s interac-
tion with gamers, he
said they discussed
“new developments”
in the gaming indus-
try and how Modi
govt has recognised
the creativity of the
gamers promoting
gaming industry. Meanwhile, amid a forecast for extreme
weather conditions in summer months, PM Modi on Thursday
reviewed the preparedness for heat wave conditions.
PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI INTERACTS
WITH TOP GAMERS, THEY CALL HIM ‘NAMO OP’
I.N.D.I.A.blocpromoting
ownfamilymembers:Shah
‘Will sweep K’taka, win seats in
Kerala, TN in LS polls’: Rajnath
ANI
New Delhi
Defence Minister Rajnath
Singh asserted that the
BJP will ‘sweep’ in Kar-
nataka in the upcoming
Lok Sabha elections
while exuding confidence
in registering a victory on
some seats in Kerala as
well as in Tamil Nadu.
He also said efforts are
being put to form BJP
govt in Tamil Nadu in the
2026 Assembly polls.
Responding to Rahul
Gandhi’s claims that BJP
cannot win in southern
states, Singh said, “I think
he is not rightly aware of
the country.We have been
in power in Karnataka.
That too twice. Then how
are they claiming that we
can’t assume power in the
South?InAndhraPradesh
also, we were in alliance
withTDPandtheywerein
power. Yes, we haven’t
formedagovtyetinTamil
Nadu, eventually that too
will happen. I’m saying
this based on my ground
experience, I just returned
from Tamil Nadu. And
I’m not very happy with
the situation there, the
waythingshavechanged.”
Notably, when BJP
contested for first time in
1984, it won only two
Lok Sabha seats. Inter-
estingly, both these seats
were not won by AB Va-
jpayee or LK Advani.
PTI
New Delhi
Former Congress
spokesperson Rohan
Gupta joined the Bharati-
ya Janata Party (BJP) on
Thursday, marking the
defection of yet another
visible opposition face to
the ruling party in elec-
tion season.
Gupta had resigned
from the Congress last
month after withdrawing
his candidature for the
Ahmedabad East Lok
Sabha constituency.
He, along with some
other leaders, joined the
BJP in the presence of
Union Minister Hardeep
Singh Puri and BJP na-
tional general secretary
Vinod Tawde.
Former Congress spokesperson Rohan Gupta joins BJP
Agencies
Kolkata
The Cooch Behar con-
stituency will be having
the maximum security
cover of the Central
Armed Police Forces
(CAPF) personnel among
the three Lok Sabha seats
in West Bengal that are
going to polls in the first
phase on April 19.
Insiders from the of-
fice of the Chief Elec-
toral Officer, West Ben-
gal said that Cooch Behar
will have a deployment
of 112 companies of
CPAF on the polling day.
Among other two Lok
Sabha seats in the state
that will be going for
polls on the same day,
Jalpaiguri will have a de-
ployment of 75 compa-
nies, while Alipurduar
will have 63.
Besides, 13 companies
ofCAPFwillbedeployed
in those pockets of Jal-
paiguri seat under Siliguri
Police Commiserate.
Cooch Behar to have maximum CAPF
cover in 1st phase of LS polls in WB
Smriti accuses RaGa of taking
PFI support in Wayanad LS seat
PTI
Amethi
Union Minister and Ame-
thi MPSmriti Irani Thurs-
day alleged that Congress
leader Rahul Gandhi has
taken the support of the
banned Popular Front of
India to contest the Lok
SabhaelectionfromKera-
la’s Wayanad seat.
Addressing a Yadav
Sammelan in Gauriganj,
she said, “Rahul Gandhi
took the support of the
terrorist organisation PFI
that made a list of Hindus
to kill, to contest the elec-
tions in Wayanad.”
Irani is seeking a re-
election from the Amethi
seat where she defeated
Rahul Gandhi in 2019.
She also raised the is-
sue of absence of flags in
the rally of Indian Union
Muslim League (IUML)
and the Congress earlier
this month in which Ra-
hul Gandhi took part.
Agencies
Thiruvananthapuram
Veteran Congress leader
and CWC member AK
Antony has
said there
will be one
person from
the Gandhi
family who
will contest either Rae
Bareli or Amethi in Ut-
tar Pradesh.
The veteran Congress
leader said this while
speaking to a TV channel
here on Thursday.
When asked if one
member of the Gandhi
family would be contest-
ing from the traditional
seat of the Gandhi fami-
ly, Antony said, “Yes,
there will be one”, and
when further probed if
that would be Robert
Vadra, he shot back and
said, “it would be either
Rahul or Priyanka.”
Either Rahul or Priyanka will
contest from UP: AK Antony
BJP Chief releases
manifesto for Sikkim
Assembly elections
Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani during an election
campaign rally in, in Chennai. FILE
3 Lok Sabha seats in WB will go
to polls on April 19.  FILE
MODI MANTRA
Rishikesh: Taking a jibe at the ‘culture of
subservience’ to party high command, PM
Narendra Modi said that for Congress, “Shahi
Parivar is their everything but for him, the whole
country was his family.” Sounding the poll bugle in
Uttarakhand, he also hit out at Congress for its resist-
ance to ‘Shakti’, a divine form of power in Hinduism,
and also for insulting Ram Lalla by boycotting the
consecration ceremony in Ayodhya. PM Modi said
that Congress has taken a pledge to destroy ‘Shakti’
and ‘this will add fuel to fire in conspiracies being
hatched to destroy the faith of Uttarakhand’.
Raking up the Congress refusal to attend the Pran
Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla, PM Modi dubbed
it as ‘anti-vikas and anti-virasat’.
Agartala: PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Min-
ister Amit Shah are likely to visit Manipur and Tripura
next week to further intensify the ongoing Lok Sabha
election campaign in the northeastern states, party said on
Thursday. BJP sources said that Amit Shah, one of the star
campaigners of the ruling BJP, is likely to visit Manipur on April
14 and will address an election rally at the Hapta Kangjeibung
ground in Imphal. Manipur CM N Biren Singh and other BJP
leaders are also likely to address the gathering. The detailed
schedule of Shah’s visit to Manipur is yet to be finalised.
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has as-
serted that Pakistan should end terrorism emanating
from its soil and if the country feels it is not capable of
doing so, it can take India’s help. In an interview, Rajnath said
if Pakistan tries to destabilise India using terrorism, it will have
to bear the consequences. India has repeatedly emphasised
that it will not tolerate cross-border terrorism and it cannot keep
aside terrorism to improve ties with Islamabad. New Delhi
has also said the onus is on Islamabad to create a conducive
atmosphere in which there is no terror, hostility or violence.
New Delhi: Param-
pal Kaur Sidhu, the
daughter-in-law of
former Shiromani Akali Dal
minister Sikander Singh
Maluka joined the BJP here
on Thursday and is likely to
be fielded from Bathinda Lok
Sabha seat. Parampal’s en-
try into the BJP has intrigued
observers in Punjab as her
father-in-law, the former Pun-
jab education minister, is still
an active member of SAD.
PM MODI SLAMS ‘SHAHI PARIVAR’ OVER
BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE, ‘SHAKTI’
PRIME MINISTER MODI, HOME MINISTER SHAH TO
BEGIN LS POLL CAMPAIGN IN TRIPURA NEXT WEEK
RAJNATH SINGH OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO PAKISTAN
TO COMBAT TERRORISM FROM ITS SOIL
MALUKA’S DAUGHTER-
IN-LAW JOINS BJP
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.  FILE
BJP leaders Hardeep Puri and Vinod Tawde with newly joined leaders Jahanzaib Sirwal, Rohan Gupta,
Gurpreet Singh Maluka and Parampal Kaur at a press conference, in New Delhi, on Thursday.  PTI
JP Nadda highlighted
achievements like
signing of 11 peace
accords, the
surrender of over
9000 insurgents and
investments totaling
5 lakh crore in the
region for various
developmental
projects
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UK to hold joint military
exercises with US, Japan in
Indo-Pacific security focus
PTI
London
The UK, US and Japan
will hold regular trilater-
al military exercises in
the Indo-Pacific from
2025 to boost security in
the region and further de-
velop the ability of each
country’s armed forces to
operate together, Brit-
ain’s Ministry of Defence
(MoD) said on Thursday.
The Indo-Pacific has
been described as “par-
ticularly important” for
the UK due to growing
economic ties with coun-
tries in the region – in-
cluding India, and the
MoD said the UK al-
ready conducts various
exercises in the area –
with HMS Spey and
HMS Tamar continu-
ously deployed.
Agencies
Ottawa
Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau on Wednesday
insisted that Canada’s last
two elections were in-
deed “decided by Canadi-
ans,” as he pushed back
against criticism that his
government had not done
enough to thwart foreign
interference.
Trudeau testified for
hours before an inde-
pendent commission
probing allegations Chi-
na and others sought to
meddle in Canada’s dem-
ocratic process -- as well
as Ottawa’s response.
“Those elections held
in their integrity, (they)
were decided by Canadi-
ans,” Trudeau testified
about the 2019 and 2021
votes, both won by his
Liberal Party. Ministers,
intelligence officials and
Trudeau aides also testi-
fied at the hearings, which
were organized to try to
shed light on a political
scandal that has shaken
Canada for over a year.
Israelonalertnowafter
Iranianthreat:Report
Five-starBumrahtakes
Mumbaitodominantwin
First India Bureau
Mumbai
Mumbai Indians record-
ed a big 7-wicket over
struggling Royal Chal-
lengers Bengaluru at
Wankede Stadium on
Thursday. RCB posted
196 despite Jasprit Bum-
rah’s five-fer but explo-
sive knocks from Ishan
Kishan and Suryakyumar
Yadav boosted Mumbai
to their second win.
Comingintothisfixture
with just one win, both
teams produced a memo-
rable game with five bat-
ters recording fifties and
Bumrah producing a sen-
sational five-wicket haul.
With their fifth loss of the
season,RCBremaininthe
ninthpositioninthepoints
table while Mumbai
jumped to seventh place.
RCB made four chang-
es to their playing eleven
in the hope of a second
win of the season with
English all-rounder Will
Jacks replacing Cameron
Green. Jasprit Bumrah
claimed second 5-wicket
haul in IPL history.
Bumrah claims his second 5-wicket haul in IPL history
Agencies
Tel Aviv, Israel
Israel was on alert Thurs-
day after its arch foe Iran
threatened reprisals over
a strike in Syria this
month that killed two Ira-
nian generals, and as the
war against Hamas
ground on in Gaza.
Days after Israel
strengthened its air de-
fences and paused leave
for combat units, the
United States also
warned of the risk of an
attack by Iran or its allied
groups at a time Middle
East tensions have
soared.
Iran is “threatening to
launch a significant attack
on Israel,” US President
Joe Biden said Wednes-
day, pledging “ironclad”
support for its top region-
al ally despite diplomatic
tensions over Israel’s
military conduct in Gaza.
Israel was widely
blamed for an April 1 at-
tack that destroyed Iran’s
consulate building in Da-
mascus and killed seven
members of the Islamic
Revolutionary Guard
Corps (IRGC), including
two generals.
Mideast Crisis Deepens
“Pollsdecidedbycitizens”:Canada
PMdeniesforeignmeddlingclaims
An ambulance outside the Iranian embassy after a suspected
Israeli strike on Iran's consulate, adjacent to the Iranian embassy
building, which Iran said had killed 7 military personnel. FILE
Mumbai Indians player Jasprit Bumrah with his teammates celebrates the wicket of RCB’s Vijaykumar
Vyshak during the IPL match at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai on Thursday. PTI
Mumbai Indians player Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the
IPL 2024 cricket match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru and
Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, Thursday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau FILE
Lt Gen TK Aich DCOAS being briefed by the US Army personnel
during the India-US ESG meeting, at US Army Headquarters, in USA.
Applehitwith‘spywareattacks’,
issueswarningtoiPhoneusers
Agencies
New York
Aterrifying and extreme-
ly advanced cyberattack
has impacted iPhone us-
ers from at least 92 coun-
tries, including India,
Reuters reported.
Parent companyApple
warned targeted users in
an email that hackers
aimed to “remotely com-
promise the iPhone” and
updated its guidance
about these cases of high-
ly sophisticated device
infiltration Wednesday.
Called “mercenary at-
tacks,” they actually don’t
hone in on average users
to lift a bank account
number or other personal
information. Everyday
people typically are never
a target at all even.
Instead, they common-
ly target high-profile indi-
viduals—“likelybecause
of who they are or what
they do” — in small num-
bers. They typically in-
clude politicians, diplo-
mats, journalists and ac-
tivists, according to Ap-
ple. “The extreme cost,
sophistication and world-
wide nature of mercenary
spyware attacks makes
them some of the most
advanceddigitalthreats in
existence today,” Apple
wrote in its new guidance.
“Such attacks are vast-
ly more complex than
regular cybercriminal ac-
tivity and consumer mal-
ware, as mercenary spy-
ware attackers apply ex-
ceptional resources to
target a very small num-
ber of specific individu-
als and their devices.”
India-born
researcher led
NASA’s sounding
rockets mission
Aroh Barjatya
Agencies
Mumbai
NASA’s mission that
launched sounding rock-
ets during the recent total
solar eclipse was led by
Aroh Barjatya, an India-
born researcher who
studied in cities across
the country before mov-
ing to the United States,
his family said.
The US space agency
onApril 8 launched three
sounding rockets during
the solar eclipse -- visible
in North America -- to
study how Earth’s upper
atmosphere is affected
when sunlight momentar-
ily dims over a portion of
the planet.
“The mission was led
by Barjatya, a professor
of engineering physics at
Embry-RiddleAeronauti-
cal University, where he
directs the Space and At-
mospheric Instrumenta-
tion Lab,” NASA said.
SPANNING 5 TIMES THE SIZE OF PARIS
Adani Group builds world’s largest
renewable energy park in Gujarat
Agencies
Khavda, Gujarat
n a remote area
bordering Paki-
stan, multi-bil-
lionaire Gautam Adani’s
group has built the
world’s largest renewa-
ble energy park in Guja-
rat’s Khavda region, as it
has a massive 45 GW
capacity to generate
electricity largely from
solar energy.
This area, initially de-
void of any infrastructure
save for a portable toilet
and a makeshift office in
a container, caught the at-
tention of GautamAdani,
then the second wealthi-
est person globally, in
December 2022. Despite
lacking basic amenities
like a pincode and being
situated amidst vast bar-
ren land, Adani recog-
nized its potential.
Initially, the land was
barren, with little vegeta-
tion due to its highly sa-
line soil and no human
settlement nearby. How-
ever, boasting the sec-
ond-best solar radiation
in the country after
Ladakh and wind speeds
five times that of the
plains, it presented an
ideal location for a re-
newable energy park.
Adani Green Energy Ltd will invest about `1.5 lakh crore to
generate 30 megawatts of clean electricity at Khavda. FILE
I
IN BRIEF
Russian air strikes
destroy Kyiv power
plant  other stations
Kyiv: Russian missiles
and drones destroyed a
large electricity plant
near Kyiv and hit pow-
er facilities in several
regions of Ukraine, as
per the officials report-
ed on Thursday, ramp-
ing up pressure on the
embattled energy sys-
tem as Kyiv runs low
on air defences.
17 killed as truck
plunges into ravine in
Pakistan: Report
New Delhi: At least 17
religious pilgrims were
killed and 41 others in-
jured in a tragic acci-
dent while en route to a
shrine in southwestern
Pakistan. According to
a report by AFP, the in-
cident occurred at 10
pm on Wednesday night
in the Hub district of
Balochistan province.
Expecting refund of
`6,329 crore from IT
department: Infosys
New Delhi: Infosys
will be getting a refund
of `6,329 crore from
the income tax depart-
ment, the firm said in
an exchange filing. The
company also faces a
significant tax liability
of `2,763 crore, ac-
cording to assessment
orders covering 2007-
08 to 2018-19.
Billie Jean King Cup:
India beat China 2-1
New Delhi: Rutuja Bho-
sale won the singles rub-
ber while the duo of Pra-
rthana Thombare and
Ankita Raina prevailed
in the doubles contest as
the Indian women’s team
defeated Chinese Taipei
2-1 in a Billie Jean King
Cup Asia-Oceania
Group-1 on Thursday.
JOE BIDEN VOWS ‘IRONCLAD' SUPPORT FOR
ISRAEL'S SECURITY AMID THREATS FROM IRAN
Washington: US
President Joe Biden
has stressed his
country's ironclad support
for Israel, after Iran vowed
to retaliate for the recent
deadly strike on the Iranian
embassy in Syria. As I told
PM Netanyahu, our com-
mitment to Israel's security
against these threats from
Iran and its proxies is iron-
clad. Let me say it again:
ironclad. We're going to do
all we can to protect Israel's
security, Biden said while
speaking at a White House
press conference alongside
visiting Japanese Prime
Minister PM Kishida Fumio
on Wednesday.
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS
 Israeli strike kills 3
sons of Hamas lead-
er Ismail Haniyeh
 Ismail Haniyeh‘s
sons were involved
with Hamas military
wing, says IDF
 Russia and Germany
urge restraint as
Iranian threat puts
Middle East on edge
China tried to
interfere but the
Canadians decided
the elections in 2019,
2021: Justin Trudeau
Palace on Wheels
reaches Jaipur on
last trip of the season
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
The royal train Palace
on Wheels, which has
been the first choice of
tourists from across
the country and the
world for four dec-
ades, reached Jaipur
on Thursday on the
last tour of the season.
In the current sea-
son, the royal train was
operated by a private
operator for the first
time. Dozens of trips
were canceled during
the time  790 tourists
traveledinthe21tours.
The Palace on
Wheels has been oper-
ating for 42 years. Dur-
ing this period, 3 racks
were changed and its
facilities were also up-
graded every year.
During the Corona pe-
riod, the operation of
the Palace on Wheels
remained closed for
over 2 years, but the
Tourism Corporation
made successful ef-
forts to get the royal
train back on track.
For the first time, a
contract was signed
with an OM operator
for the operation of the
royal train.
Palace on Wheels FILE
Match 25
SURYAKUMAR YADAV
COMPLETES 7K RUNS
Suryakumar Yadav
has completed 7,000
runs in men’s T20
cricket. The right-handed
dasher reached this land-
mark playing for Mumbai
Indians against Royal
Challengers Bengaluru in
the IPL match. He unlocked
this achievement with his
31st run in the match. The
previous encounter versus
the Delhi Capitals marked
Suryakumar’s return to com-
petitive cricket after an injury.
BEIJING REJECTS ALLEGATIONS OF MEDDLING
The opposition Conservatives have accused Ottawa
of turning a blind eye to supposed interference, par-
ticularly by China. Beijing has rejected allegations of
meddling. An intelligence report submitted to the commission
described China’s activities as “sophisticated, pervasive,
persistent and directed against all levels of government and
civil society across the country.” Trudeau and several of his
ministers who appeared at the inquiry however downplayed
the intelligence, saying it was often not conclusive.
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Desire and expectations make a man weak and
look to others for fulfilment. Fight these and
emerge as a true winner.
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Rajendra Chhabra
Jaipur
CSSudhanshPanthasex-
pressed his concern and
interest regarding the
State capital, Jaipur. He
called a meeting of HOD
and Principal Secretaries
of agencies engaged in
cleanliness and upkeep of
the city, officials, and em-
ployees of JDA, and the 2
Municipal Corporations ,
Greater and Heritage.
Pant chaired a 2-hour
meetingintheSecretariat.
Duringthis,hequestioned
each officer on a one-to-
one basis regarding the
workscarriedoutoverthe
past two months as the
entire meeting revolved
only around Jaipur city.
Administrativeobserv-
ers claim that perhaps this
isthefirstinstancewhena
Chief Secretary has
chaired such a lengthy
meeting exclusively for
Jaipurcity.Panthasgiven
orders and directions to
Principal Secretary UDH
 LSG, T Ravikanth, Di-
rector LSG, Suresh Ola,
JDA Commissioner,
Manju Rajpal, Commis-
sioners of both JMCs-
HeritageandGreater,Ab-
hishekSuranaandRukm-
ani Riar respectively, to
comeupwithanextensive
work plan to improve the
situation and look of the
city. Most of the focus in
the meeting was on both
the Commissioners as
these two were the most
questioned and given the
most directions.
Actually,CSSudhansh
Pantknowsthebittertruth
thatthepreviousCongress
government completely
neglected Jaipur. Dubbed
‘India’s Paris’, the state
capitalofRajasthan,ahis-
toric and beautiful city,
has gone down several
notches when it comes to
urban governance. And
themostdamagehasbeen
caused in cleanliness
works. Once considered
among the cleanest cities
of the nation, Jaipur has
fallen among the worst
cities now. Moreover, the
politics around how can
the Mayors save their
seats in both the Munici-
pal Corporations has fur-
ther worsened the situa-
tion. Add to that the fact
that the CEOs of both the
Corporations were
changed repeatedly, 
thus no one was left to
look out for Jaipur. The
money received for the
Smart city project was
usedupforpoliticalambi-
tions instead of works re-
lated to the city’s beautifi-
cation.
Neither did JDA nor
both the JMCs prepared
any projects for develop-
ment and betterment of
thecity.Whateverprojects
saw the light of the day,
were due to Rajasthan
Housing Board. It is also
a bitter truth that ruling
party MLAs from Jaipur
and Ministers didn’t do
anythingforthePinkCity.
NowthattheChiefSecre-
tary himself is looking
into the betterment of
Jaipur and is concerned
about it, it could be said
that the ‘Achhe Din’ of
Jaipur are round the cor-
ner.Andperhapsthemost
important aspect is that
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma
hails from Jaipur  holds
the most important politi-
cal position in the State.
The bus belonged to a
private school and was
being driven rashly at a
high speed due to which,
thedriverlostcontroland
rammed the vehicle into
a tree after which it over-
turned, the police said,
citing reports.
First India Bureau
Jodhpur
Union Jal Shakti Minis-
ter and BJP candidate
Gajendra Singh Shekha-
wat visited the residence
of senior party leader and
former MLA Suryakanta
Vyas on Thursday to seek
her blessings. Both the
leaders discussed the up-
coming Lok Sabha polls.
Shekhawat expressed
reverence for Vyas, stat-
ing that she has always
been revered and has
blessed him. Shekhawat
said that she shared her
experiences with all par-
ty workers and col-
leagues  her (Vyas’s)
trust on us gives us en-
ergy. Shekhawat gath-
ered feedback for poll
strategy  urged to
achieve PM Modi’s
target of 400 seats.
First India Bureau
Alwar
Deputy Chief Minister
Diya Kumari asserted
that all seats in Rajasthan
would be won by the
Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP), securing even
more votes than before.
She made these remarks
while addressing a gath-
ering organized by the
Rajput community in Al-
war today. Speaking at
the event, she empha-
sized that she stands
amidst the community
today, and BJP candidate
Bhupendra Yadav, con-
testing from Alwar in the
Lok Sabha elections, is
an exemplary individual.
“PM Modi’s guaran-
tees are unquestionable,”
stated Diya Kumari, en-
dorsing Yadav’s candi-
dacy and the BJP’s prom-
ises. “He fulfills what-
ever promises he makes.
This is what I have expe-
rienced. Now there is a
need to make him win
from Alwar with a big
margin,” she added.
“Bhupendra Yadav has
come with the guarantee
of the Modi govt. No one
can question Modi’s
guarantee. We all will
have to achieve the target
of 400 plus seats,” she
further said, rallying sup-
port forYadav, emphasis-
ing the significance of
securing a strong victory
in upcoming LS polls.
Ashvini Yadav
Alwar/ Bharatpur
While addressing a pub-
lic meeting in support of
Bharatpur LS candidate
Ramswaroop Koli in
Kathumar, CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma made a scath-
ing attack on Congress
and said that the Con-
gress leaders have done
the work of lying and
looting with the slogan of
‘Garibi Hatao’. They
kept opposing Ramlala
and now Congress’s Ram
has gone.
The CM appealed to
the people that BJP
should win from all the
booths. “Congress called
Lord Ram imaginary,
called Ayodhya temple a
‘jumla,’ rejected temple
invitation and indulged
in appeasement and
caste-religion politics.
Congress’ leaders are
still returning the tickets.
The situation has become
bad in Banswara,” he
said. 45-50% of resolu-
tion have been fulfilled in
90 days, he said.
Meanwhile, the CM
also reached the Govt
HigherSecondarySchool
in Thanagazi town of Al-
war in evening. He then
addressed a meeting in
support of Dausa LS
candidate Kanhaiyalal
Meena. Attacking the
Congress govt, the CM
said that only scams have
taken place during the
Congress govt’s regime.”
Sudhansh Pant
Diya Kumari being felicitated during an event organised by the
Rajput Samaj in support of BJP candidate, Bhupender Yadav in
Alwar on Thursday. Sanjay Sharma, Neeraj K Singh, Bhagirath
Prasad, Nepal Singh, Ghanshyam Gurjar, Sanjay Singh Naruka
and others were also present.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma waves at
the supporters during the public
meeting held in support of BJP
candidate Ramswaroop Koli at
Kathumar in Bharatpur district on
Thursday. Nauksham Chaudhary,
Ritu Banawat, Ranjeeta Koli 
others were also present.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being
felicitated with a bouquet after
paying tributes to Mahatma Jyotirao
Phule during a programme held
to mark his birth anniversary at 22
Godam Circle in Jaipur on Thursday.
Avinash Gehlot, Ramcharan Bohra,
Dr Somya  others were present.
Congresshadliedlootedusing
‘GaribiHatao’slogan:CMSharma
Only scams have taken place during
the time of Congress government,
says CM at a public meet in Dausa
KeyNote buzz at FIN office!
BJPwouldwinallLSseats
inRajwithmorevotes:Diya
First India News CEO and Managing Editor Pawan Arora welcoming BJP election in-charge
for Rajasthan Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe at the channel office on Thursday. First India News
Editor Jinendra Singh Shekhawat and Vinay Katiyar were also present. Sahasrabuddhe had
come for recording of special show, ‘KeyNote By Pawan Arora’ that will be telecasted on
FIN at 10:30 am today and will be featured in the First India newspaper tomorrow.
SUNIL SHARMA
First India Bureau
Kota
LS Speaker  BJP can-
didate from Kota- Bundi,
Om Birla said that PM
Modi is emphasising on
women’s education and
employment, taking for-
ward the torch ignited by
Jyotiba Phule. “The great
thinker  social reformer
Mahatma Jyotirao Phule,
who dedicated his life to
poor  deprived, is the
pioneer of Indian social
revolution. The torch of
women’s education that
Mahatma Phule ignited
by breaking all conven-
tions, is still shining
bright on the canvas of
Indian Republic.”
Energy Min Heeralal
Nagar said that Jyotiba
Phule championed anti-
caste sentiments through-
out his life via speeches
and writings.
PM Modi is fulfilling the dreams
of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule: Birla
Om Birla pays floral tributes to Mahatma Jyotirao Phule during a
programme held to mark his birth anniversary in Kota on Thursday.
GSShekhawatdiscussesLS
pollswithSuryakantaVyas
GS Shekhawat discusses the
upcoming LS elections with
Suryakanta Vyas at her residence
in Jodhpur on Thursday.
First India Bureau
Chittorgarh
Taking a dig at Congress
leader Rahul Gandhi’s
rallies in Anupgarh 
Phalodi, BJP State Presi-
dent CPJoshi said that he
visits Rajasthan during
polls, makes big promis-
es and then disappears
for 5 years without taking
care of the people.
“Same old promises and
slogans have again be-
come the identity of Con-
gress during polls. The
public has understood
everything and will not
fall into any trap now,”
He said that in the up-
coming LS polls in the
State, the BJP is set to
win with a huge majority
on all the seats.
Meet and
Greet...
First India News CEO and
Managing Director, Pawan
Arora, met with Deputy CM
Diya Kumari at City Palace
on Thursday. During their
meeting, Managing Editor
extended his wishes to the
Dy CM on the auspicious
occasion of Gangaur  also
congratulated her on her
assembly election rival
Sitaram Agarwal (who was
Treasurer of Congress) joining
BJP. The discussion covered
various topics including the
city’s development, tourism,
and Lok Sabha polls.
Cong’sidentityismarkedby
recycledpoll promises:Joshi
CP Joshi during the Jansampark
Abhiyan in Kapasan city in
Chittorgarh district on Thursday.
ARD’stransfernormsinresponsetoCSPant’sconcerns
Dr Rituraj Sharma
Jaipur
CS Sudhansh Pant is seri-
ous about the fact that
there should be transfers
done according to policy
inBhajanLalgovernment.
Accordingtohisguidance,
Administrative Reforms
SecretaryRajanVishalhas
issued comprehensive
guidelines for all govern-
ment departments, on the
basis of which the depart-
ment will prepare a road-
map for transfers and
thereafter formulate a
policy. The transfer policy
that will be made by the
departmentinconsultation
with its stakeholders/em-
ployees will be approved
atCM’slevelaftersending
it to ARD. Departments
will have to post details of
eligible posts for transfer
through counselling and
possible vacant posts on
their website/notice board
by Jan 15 every year.
Departments will have
to make different provi-
sions in the portal in
their policy keeping in
mind needs of gazetted
and non-gazetted offic-
ers and employees.
Along with classifica-
tion of departments on
the basis of more than
two thousand and less
than two thousand, it
will have to be ensured
that transfers are made
only on equivalent posts.
From Jan 1-30, depart-
ments will display details
of possible vacant posts
for transfer on their por-
tal and invite applica-
tions from Feb 1-28.
Without application,
transfer will not be con-
sidered. Patients suffer-
ing from incurable dis-
eases will get priority in
transfers. Ex-service-
men, outstanding sports
persons, spouses posted
separately, family mem-
bers of dependents of
martyrs, etc will be able
to get relief on complet-
ing their tenure for stipu-
lated period. For single
employee, transfer will
done only after finding a
suitable alternative.
ADMINISTRATIVE
TRANSFER POLICY
CASES OF SPECIFIC
NATURE
GENERAL GUIDELINES
Transfer is allowed
based on serious
complaints that are
preliminarily found to be
true. Pending disciplinary
proceedings may result in
transfer to prevent interfer-
ence with investigations.
Upon promotion, efforts are
made to post the employee
in a vacant position.
For inter-departmen-
tal adjustments or
employee deputa-
tions, postings are allowed
only on available vacant
posts. New appts should
ideally fill existing vacan-
cies in dept. APO transfers
require consent from ARD
 prevent postings back to
previous location after APO.
Employees with one year or less until retirement
cannot be transferred unless they volunteer. Once
transferred, he/she can’t return to same post for two
years. Specific rules apply to transfers involving sched-
uled areas. Any transfers made against guidelines will
be canceled,  responsible officers may face disciplinary
action. Employee will be able to apply for transfer only after
completion of 2 years of service and the said completion of
two years will be counted from April 1st.
PANTTOENSURE‘ACHHE
DIN’FORJAIPURCITY!
JAIPUR, FRIDAY | APRIL 12, 2024
Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle
MOTIVATING WOMEN!
he opulent halls of Jai Mahal Palace
in the city, radiated with excitement
as the city embraced the commencement
of the FICCI Jaipur, the inaugural session
witnessed presence of actor Anil Kapoor. P12
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n a dazzling affair at
the grand Uniara, the
Sash ceremony of
Mrs India and Miss
Teen Diva, presented
by Bharat24- Vision
of New India and First India took
center stage on Wednesday. Dr
Jagdeesh Chandra, gracing the
occasion as the Chief Guest,
welcomed the stunning par-
ticipants with elegance and
warmth. “In this field, where
the presence of women is
rare, your adherence to high
moralsiscommendable.In-
troducingtheMrscategory
forthefirsttimesignifiesa
newtrend,acknowledging
the brilliance of married
women who still wish to
pursue their dreams. I ex-
tend a heartfelt welcome
to the Pink City,” ex-
pressed Dr Chandra, radi-
ating enthusiasm.
Addressing the aspiring
beauties,DrChandraimparted
invaluable insights during the
trainingandgroomingsession,em-
phasizing the importance of a clear
career vision, hard work, disci-
plined routine, and shedding un-
necessary burdens in life. Nikhil
Anand, owner of Glamanand
Group and Miss Universe India,
expressed profound gratitude to Dr
Chandra, acknowledging his un-
wavering support.
Reflecting on the event, Nikhil
Anand encouraged
participants to em-
brace the moment
and shine with au-
thenticity, assuring
them that their hard
work and patience
would bear fruit. “It’s
your time to shine now,
beyourself,andmakethe
most of this moment,” he
remarked, igniting a spark of
determination among the par-
ticipants.
During the event, participants
engaged in interactive sessions
with Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, re-
solving queries and boosting mo-
rale ahead of the grand finale. The
evening culminated with a capti-
vating photo session, where par-
ticipants gleaned wisdom from
previous pageant winners, includ-
ing Sejal Gupta (Miss Teen Inter-
national India 2024), Trishna
Ray( Miss Teen Universe India
2024), Kashish Goswami (Miss
Teen Grand International 2nd
Runner up) and Wachi Pareek
(Miss Teen Universe 2022 2nd
Runner up), enriching their jour-
ney with invaluable experiences.
Nishant Anand, Director of Gla-
manand Group along with entire
team were also present on the oc-
casion. Amidst the glitz and glam-
our, the event not only celebrated
beautybutalsoempoweredwomen
to pursue their dreams with confi-
dence and grace, leaving an indel-
ible mark on the fashion and mod-
eling industry, particularly in the
vibrant Pink City of Jaipur.
More on pg 11
Dreams
TakeFlight!
The Sash ceremony of Mrs India and Miss Teen Diva, presented
by Bharat24- Vision of New India and First India dazzled with
elegance, insights and empowerment, igniting aspirations in
Jaipur’s vibrant fashion scene, at Grand Uniara on Wednesday.
The grand finale of Mrs India and Miss Teen Diva will be held
on April 16 and 17, respectively at Zee Studios, Jaipur!
Mitali
Dusad
mitalidusad@firstindia.co.in
I
MUKESH
KIRADOO
Mrs India  Miss Teen Diva
Elevate Jaipur’s Beauty Realm!
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with
(L-R) Kashish Goswami (Miss Teen Grand International 2nd Runner up),
Wachi Pareek (Miss Teen Universe 2022 2nd Runner up),
Sejal Gupta (Miss Teen International India 2024) and Trishna Ray (Miss Teen Universe India 2024)
(Top to Bottom) Shrawani Dudulkar, Khushi Yadav, Carrisa Bopanna, Srija Banerjee  Tanishqa Sharma
Jiya during the interactive session
DivineChaitra
CELEBRATIONS
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haitra Navratri, an
auspicious Hindu
festival celebrated
with fervour and de-
votion, marks the
nine divine nights dedicated to the
worship of Goddess Durga. This
vibrant festival, observed in the
HindulunarmonthofChaitra,holds
profound significance across India,
uniting devotees in their reverence
for the divine feminine energy.
One of the focal points of
Chaitra Navratri is the establish-
ment of the Ghat Sthapana, where
devotees install a clay pot or kalash
symbolizing the presence of God-
dess Durga in their homes or tem-
ples. This ritual signifies the com-
mencement of the auspicious pe-
riod dedicated to the Goddess’s
worship, inviting her divine bless-
ings into their lives.
Throughout the nine days of
Navratri, devotees engage in vari-
ous rituals and practices to honour
Goddess Durga. Daily puja rituals
involve offering flowers, fruits,
sweets, and other items to the deity,
seeking her blessings for prosper-
ity, happiness, and protection. Fast-
ing is also observed by many devo-
tees as a form of spiritual purifica-
tion and devotion, strengthening
their connection with the divine.
The recitation of sacred mantras
dedicated to Goddess Durga, such
as the Durga Chalisa or the Nav-
arna Mantra, fills the atmosphere
with divine vibrations, fostering a
sense of peace and devotion among
devotees. Reading or listening to
the Durga Saptashati, which nar-
rates the divine exploits of the
Goddess, further deepens one’s
spiritual connection with her.
A unique aspect of Chaitra
Navratri is the Kanya Puja, where
young girls, symbolizing the nine
forms of Goddess Durga, are wor-
shipped. Devotees offer them food,
and gifts, and seek their blessings,
honouring the divine feminine en-
ergy inherent in every woman.
Several famous temples across
India are closely associated with
Navratri celebrations. Temples
like Vaishno Devi in Jammu and
Kashmir, Kamakhya Temple in
Assam, and Maa Chintpurni Tem-
ple in Himachal Pradesh witness a
surge in devotees during this aus-
picious period, as pilgrims seek the
blessings of Goddess Durga.
Havan or Yagna ceremonies are
conducted by some devotees to
invoke the blessings of the God-
dess and seek her protection and
guidance. Visiting temples dedi-
cated to Goddess Durga and par-
ticipating in cultural celebrations,
including traditional dances like
Garba and Dandiya Raas, further
enrich the Navratri experience,
fostering a sense of community
and joyous celebration.
Throughout history, Navratri
has served as a time for spiritual
reflection, renewal, and celebra-
tion, symbolizing the triumph of
good over evil. Its vibrant rituals
and practices not only honour
Goddess Durga but also inspire
devotees to cultivate virtues of
courage, compassion, and resil-
ience in their lives.
As devotees immerse them-
selves in the divine energy of
Navratri, they are reminded of the
eternal presence of Goddess Dur-
ga, who embodies the essence of
divine grace and strength, guiding
them on their spiritual journey to-
wards enlightenment and inner
fulfilment.
MAA CHINTPURNI TEMPLE IN
HIMACHAL PRADESH
Nestled in the serene hills of Himachal
Pradesh, the Maa Chintpurni Tem-
ple stands as a beacon of faith and
devotion. Dedicated to Goddess
Chintpurni, the deity believed to allevi-
ate worries and anxieties, this sacred
site draws pilgrims from far and wide
seeking blessings and solace. With
its picturesque surroundings and rich
cultural heritage, the temple offers
not just spiritual fulfilment but also a
captivating experience for visitors.
It remains a cherished destination
for those seeking divine intervention
amidst the tranquil beauty of Himachal
Pradesh.
Mohit
Choudhary
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
C
VAISHNO DEVI IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Nestled amidst the picturesque Trikuta Mountains in Jammu and Kashmir, the Vaishno Devi Temple beckons
pilgrims with its mystical allure. Dedicated to the divine Mother Goddess Vaishno Devi, this revered shrine witnesses
a steady stream of devotees seeking blessings and spiritual solace. Trekking through rugged terrain, visitors embark
on a journey of faith, chanting hymns and prayers. The temple's divine ambience and breathtaking surroundings
offer not just religious fulfilment but also a memorable adventure for pilgrims from far and wide.
KAMAKHYA
TEMPLE IN
ASSAM
Nestled atop the
Nilachal Hill in As-
sam, the Kamakhya
Temple stands as a
symbol of mystique
and spiritual allure.
Dedicated to the
powerful Goddess
Kamakhya, this
ancient shrine at-
tracts devotees and
curious travellers
alike. Legends
whisper of its
mystical pow-
ers and unique
rituals, including
the Ambubachi
Mela, celebrating
the Goddess's
menstruation. With
its intricate pano-
ramic views of the
Brahmaputra River,
the temple offers
not just religious
significance but
also a mesmerizing
experience for all
who venture to its
sacred precincts.
Celebrating Goddess
Durga, Embracing
Navratri's Spiritual
Splendour
Vaishno Devi Temple
Kamakhya Devi Temple
Maa Chintpurni Temple Idol
Navratri Special
JAIPUR, FRIDAY | APRIL 12, 2024
Kanya Pujan
Hawan
Shila Mata, Amber
Vaishno Devi Temple Idol
Event
JAIPUR, FRIDAY | APRIL 12, 2024
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City First
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n a spectacular event at
Uniara, Mrs India and
Miss Teen Diva Sash
ceremony, hosted by
Bharat24- Vision of
New India and First India, dazzled on
Wednesday. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra,
the Chief Guest, welcomed partici-
pants, hailing their moral strength.
Introducing the Mrs category signi-
fies recognition for married women's
aspirations. During the event,
valuable career advice
was imparted, igniting determi-
nation. Interactive session and a
captivating photo session enriched
the evening, with past winners shar-
ing wisdom. City First brings more
glimpses from theceremony.
I
The stunning finalists of Mrs India: S Baby Thanuja, Kanika Narbar Shruti Raj, Asha Raghavendra,
Deveshrii Vikas Bandewar, Ganashree G Ural, Sruthi Chakravarthi, Deepshikha Lakra,
Manjeet Kaur Baweja, Ankita Tiwari, Mary Stella Michael, Dr Ankur Sharma,
Apeksha Singh Bhadauria, Julee Saikia, Sruti Sharma, Sonia Saini, Sudipta Sen,
Damini Bhattacharya, Geet Sone  Supriti Mustafi
A joyous cake cutting celebration by the mentors and Miss Teen beauties ahead of the grand finale
(Top) Angelina Jackson  (Bottom) Rashi Panchal
Prashikha Sonowal
The gorgeous finalists of Miss Teen Diva: Aishwika Gupta, Prashikha Sonowal, Aayushi Meena, Kashish Chauhan,
Smrutipragya Samantray, Prakriti Bhujel, Lavanya Das, Kairavi Jindal, Carrisaa Bopanna, Ankita Mazumder, Titli Panda, Krishna Finavkar,
Charvi Pawar, Yashika Gour, Ambika Iyer, Dhruvi Singhal, Tanishqa Sharma, Kaziah Liz Mejo, Shrawani Dudulkar, Kavin Rao, Khushi Yadav,
Sanjana Tejwani, Shourya Shrivastava, Jiya Patil, Rashi Dayanand Panchal, Samridhi Sharma, Angelina Jackson, Srija Banerjee  Rupsa Das
Kairavi Jindal with Sejal Gupta
Samridhi Sharma  Khushi Yadav in conversation
with Dr Chandra during the training session
Nikhil Anand addressing
the audience
Samridhi Sharma with Trishna Ray
Krishna Finavkar
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra interacting with the participants of Miss Teen Diva during the session
MUKESH KIRADOO
BeautyBeyond
BOUNDARIES!
City Buzz
JAIPUR, FRIDAY | APRIL 12, 2024
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The amazing hoarding by
First India conceptualising
the charisma and hard
work of the popular Prime
Minister Narendra Modi,
as taken on the front page
of the First India daily on
Sunday April 7, which has
been put up at the City Mall
Jaipur has quickly become
the centre of attraction
as the ‘bang on’ headline,
catches both the eyeballs
and the imagination of the
reader and the viewer.
MUKESH KIRADOO
Unveiling
Modi’s Majesty!
City First
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
r Jagdeesh Chan-
dra hosted a cel-
ebratory dinner
for the business
team of Bharat24 at Ram-
bagh Palace, Jaipur on
Wednesday evening on the
successful completion of the
financial year. The team led
by Manoj Jagyasi, Chief
Business Officer and Strate-
gic Analyst, Bharat24 has
done exceedingly well and
the evening of celebratory
togetherness was perfectly
placed to motivate them for
further heights in the new
financial year. Bharat24 is
today the fastest-growing
Hindi news channel in terms
of popularity as it scales new
heights with its news-orient-
ed outlook and the same vi-
sion and breakthroughs can
be seen in the sales and ad-
vertising sector too.
Dr Chandra congratulated
Manoj Jagyasi and his team
on marking an unprecedent-
ed path in the media world,
Bharat24 is close to the
breakeven point after mere-
ly 18 months of its launch.
Manoj Jagyasi thanked Dr
Chandra for his constant
motivation and support and
said that in his more than
two decades in this industry,
he has never worked for a
leader who sets such a fine
example. This is the only
organisation in which no tar-
gets are given to the busi-
ness team due to which the
entire team is motivated to
work even harder and con-
sider the organisation as
their own and not as an em-
ployer he added.
The team members were
appreciated individually
for their outstanding per-
formance in different sec-
tors with a memento and
incentives. Dr Anita Hada
was also present on the
occasion.
CELEBRATIONS!
D
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra greets Bharat24 News
Director Syed Umar, his wife Waheeda Amin
and adorable son Abdullah at their residence in
New Delhi on Thursday.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra greets Nasim Bano,
mother of Bharat24 anchor Shazia Nisar on the
occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr.
DrJagdeeshChandrawith
DrLiyaquatAmar,RubikaLiyaquat
andNavedQureshi.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra greets
Rubika Liyaquat, Consulting
Editor, News 18, India on the
occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr on Thursday
at her residence in Noida.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra greets
Dr Liyaquat Amar and all family
members, seen here with
Naved Qureshi, Dr. Liyaquat Amar,
Imran Hita, Anjum Liyaquat,
Ozil Ruvaid and Laibah Anjum.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra congratulates Manoj Jagyasi
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Manoj Jagyasi, Anita Hada and the team members, seen here are (L-R) – Prodeep Das,
Kamal Rautela, Kuldeep Tripathi, Atul Verma, Shyam Bihari, Nitin Dhaboo, Rittik Banerjee, Ajay Tiwari,
Ashish Malhotra, Bhim Negi and Radhika Sidana
BUZZ!
The vibrant festival
of Gangaur was
celebrated with
fervour and joy
by women across
the Pink City
on Thursday.
Adorned in
traditional attire,
they gathered to
honour the divine
union of Lord
Shiva and Goddess
Parvati, marking
the onset of
spring. The streets
echoed with
music, colourful
processions
and prayers as
the community
came together to
revel in the rich
cultural heritage of
Rajasthan.
GANGAUR CELEBRATIONS!
Former MP and Indian High Commissioner
Gajsingh who belongs to the erstwhile
Jodhpur Royal family has been honoured
with the “Bharat Kirtiman Alankaran”
award. He will be felicitated at the House
of Commons in the British Parliament by
the World Book of Records in July 2024.
The prestigious accolade recognizes his
outstanding contributions to society and
his exemplary leadership. This ceremony
celebrates his remarkable achievements
on an international platform, highlighting
India’s cultural heritage and legacy.
MOTIVATING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
City First
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
he opulent halls
of Jai Mahal Pal-
ace in the city,
radiated with ex-
citement as the city em-
braced the commencement
of the Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce and
Industry (FICCI) Ladies Or-
ganisation (FLO) Jaipur
chapter for the year 2024-25
on Wednesday. Led by the
dynamic Chairperson
Raghushree Poddar, the in-
augural session witnessed
the remarkable presence of
Bollywood actor, Anil Ka-
poor.
Anil Kapoor, renowned
for his illustrious career in
the entertainment industry,
graced the occasion with his
charismatic presence. With
captivating anecdotes from
his journey, Kapoor under-
scored the significance of
fitness, dedication, and per-
severance in achieving one’s
aspirations, inspiring wom-
en entrepreneurs and en-
thusiasts present.
Amidst the fervour, a
noble initiative named
‘Daan Vahan’ was un-
veiled, aiming to fa-
cilitate charitable
contributions in
diverse forms,
ranging from
clothing to food
donations. This
innovative plat-
form, symbol-
izing the ethos
of giving back to
society, received commen-
dation and attention from
the attendees.
Expressing gratitude to
Anil Kapoor for his inspiring
presence, Chairperson
Raghushree Poddar reiterat-
edthechapter’scommitment
to fostering empower-
ment,collaboration,and
philanthropy in the re-
gion.
The inaugural ses-
sion of FICCI
FLO Jaipur
Chapter 2024-
25, graced by
the actorAnil
Kapoor, con-
cluded on a
resounding
note of mo-
tivation and
inspiration.
T
SUNIL
SHARMA
Anil Kapoor
Raghushree Poddar in conversation with Anil Kapoor
Renu, joyti, Preeti, Poonam, Reena, Varsha,
Gangour Puja at Paras enclave society Jagatpura
Renu, Jyoti, Preeti, Poonam, Reena and Varsha in Jagatpura
SUNIL
SHARMA

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12042024_First India Newspaper Jaipur.pdf

  • 1. KARTIKEY DEV SINGH ith the mercury soaring in the de- sert land, the political mercury has also risen several notches as the all-important first phase of Lok Sabha polls is round the cor- ner. While the voting for the first phase will be held on April 19, the Bharatiya Janata Party is hoping to swing the public’s mood in its favour and thus, after holding a massive public rally on Thursday in Karauli, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be back in Rajasthan on the very next day to hold the party’s ‘Vijay Shankhnaad rally’ for candidates on the Barmer-Jaisalmer and Dausa Parliamentary constituencies. Interest- ingly, PM Narendra Modi will also partake in his first roadshow of these elections within Ra- jasthan in Dausa. Modi will address the Vijay Shankhnaad pub- lic meeting at the Adarsh Stadium in Barmer. A roadshow will be held subsequently from Som- nath Square to Gupteshwar Darwaja in Dausa. Notably, the Barmer-Jaisalmer seat has be- come the hottest in the current Lok Sabha elec- tions. This is the only seat that is stuck in a triangular contest as there is a contest between Congress’s Ummeda Ram Beniwal, Independ- ent candidate and Sheo MLA Ravindra Singh Bhati and BJP’s Kailash Choudhary. This seat borders Pakistan and is one of the largest Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan whose effect can be seen in the entire Marwar. The dialect and lifestyle of people here is almost the same. On the other hand, regarding the roadshow in Dausa, Rajasthan Government’s Cabinet Min- ister Dr Kirodi Lal Meena is roaming around distributing ‘Peele Chawal’and inviting people to participate in the Prime Minister’s roadshow. Congress has given a ticket to MLA Murari Lal Meena, while BJP has fielded Kanhaiya Lal Meena. Before the roadshow, special decora- tions will be done at major places and intersec- tions of Dausa city. For this, responsibilities have been distributed among the workers for various preparations like welcome gate, stage for felicitation, place for showering the flowers etc. Just like the Barmer-Jaisalmer seat’s impact could be seen in the entire Marwar region, sim- ilarly, the impact of Dausa will be seen till Jaipur City, Jaipur Rural and Tonk-Sawai Mad- hopur seats. It is due to this aspect and the impact of the Dausa constituency that Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma has been campaigning in various assembly constituencies under this seat. Politi- cal observers have noticed that CM Sharma has been on his toes for the better part of the past fortnight and with each passing day, his cam- paigning has become aggressive as he wants to fulfill the party’s ‘hat-trick’of Mission-25. It is believed that his focused approach and connect with the grass-root worker has boosted the mo- rale of the party workers. W FROMTHEDUNESOFBARMERTO THEHILLSOFDAUSA,MODITOHOLD 2ELECTIONRALLIESINSTATE Jaipur, Friday | April 12, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 305 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia KARTIKEY DEV SINGH ith the mercury soaring in the de- sert land, the political mercury has also risen several notches as the all-important first phase of Lok Sabha polls is round the cor- ner. While the voting for the first phase will be held on April 19, the Bharatiya Janata Party is hoping to swing the public’s mood in its favour and thus, after holding a massive public rally on Thursday in Karauli, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be back in Rajasthan on the very next day to hold the party’s ‘Vijay Shankhnaad rally’ for candidates on the Barmer-Jaisalmer and Dausa Parliamentary constituencies. Interest- ingly, PM Narendra Modi will also partake in his first roadshow of these elections within Ra- jasthan in Dausa. Modi will address the Vijay Shankhnaad pub- lic meeting at the Adarsh Stadium in Barmer. A roadshow will be held subsequently from Som- nath Square to Gupteshwar Darwaja in Dausa. Notably, the Barmer-Jaisalmer seat has be- come the hottest in the current Lok Sabha elec- tions. This is the only seat that is stuck in a triangular contest as there is a contest between Congress’s Ummeda Ram Beniwal, Independ- ent candidate and Sheo MLA Ravindra Singh Bhati and BJP’s Kailash Choudhary. This seat borders Pakistan and is one of the largest Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan whose effect W FROMTHEDUNESOFBARMERTO THEHILLSOFDAUSA,MODITOHOLD 2ELECTIONRALLIESINSTATE Prime Minister Narendra Modi Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma PM’S ‘PURAB-PASHCHIM’ TOUR OF RAJ TODAY
  • 2. TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK When you let go, you create space for better things to enter your life. BUDDHA IN-DEPTH CONGRESS AND AIMIM MAY AGREE TO PLAY FOOTSIE he recent unexpected gesture from the Con- gress leader Mohammad Feroze Khan that he is ready to befriend Asaduddin Owaisi and supportAll India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen in the Lok sabha poll underscores Congress’s pronounced pro-minority stance. This move, coupled with the In- dian Union Muslim League in Kerala’s decision to support Rahul Gandhi, signals a more overt alignment with minority interests compared to 2019. By forging ties with Asaduddin Owaisi’s party, Congress solidi- fies its commitment to the minority community. This proposed strategic alliance, which is yet to re- ceive the high command’s blessings, reflects a unified effortbetweenCongressandMuslimsaimedatdisplac- ing the BJP from power, highlighting the growing im- portance of minority concerns in the Grand Old Party. It would indeed be a surprise if the two parties join hands for the polls as there’s been no love lost between thetwo.Theircomingtogetherwillmakeitathree-way contest between the BJP, Congress and BRS. The con- sequent polarisation may defeat the purpose. T HEALTH WARNINGS FOR HEPATITIS ndia grapples with a concerning trifecta of health challenges: hepatitis infection, diabe- tes, and tuberculosis. Remarkably, it ranks second globally in hepatitis prevalence, has the un- fortunate title of being the “diabetes capital of the world,” and accounts for a staggering 27 percent of global tuberculosis cases. AWorld Health Organisation report has raised the red flag regarding the high incidence of hepatitis in- fection, or inflammation of the liver, which may lead to liver fibrosis, cirrhosis or liver cancer. As per the report, 40 million people in India are chronically in- fected with hepatitis B and six to eight million people are chronically in- fected with hepatitis C, making it a seri- ous health problem. The major cause of the epidemic hepati- tis is the hepatitis E virus (HEV). India’s burden of hepatitis infection is the sec- ond highest in the world and a strain on the health system. Hepatitis infection is not the only seri- ous health concern in India, which is the diabetes capital of the world with 41 million Indians hav- ing diabetes; every fifth diabetic in the world is an Indian. According to a paper in the Journal of Association of Physicians of India, India also leads in the prevalence of meta- bolic syndrome as well as obesity. An estimated 20 million Indians are either obese or abdominally obese. The real impact of diabetes and obesity is through cardiovascular disease and hypertension. In tuberculosis, increased access to treatment and more accurate diagnosis are helping India in its erad- ication by 2025. These conditions not only strain the healthcare system but also significantly impact the quality of life for millions. I As per the report, 40 million people in India are chronically infected with hepatitis B and six to eight million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C, making it a serious health problem Heartiest greetings to all countrymen on the auspicious festival of ‘Sarhul’ . This festival, which marks the arrival of the New Year, gives us the message of having love and respect for nature. I wish that all countrymen give importance to environmental protection and work together for the welfare of humanity. President of India @rashtrapatibhvn Heartiest greetings on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Symbolising the spirit of gratitude and togetherness, this festival reminds us of the values of compassion, generosity, and brotherhood that resonate with the ethos of our diverse nation. May this #Eid bring joy, fulfilment, and abundant blessings to the lives of all. Vice President of India @VPIndia l Vol 5 l Issue No. 305 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, Friday | April 12, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia any if not most people are dissatis- fied with the reality they are living. Life feels unsafe, unpredictable, unfair, prone to accidents, and never far from pain and suffering. Everyone has their own way of dealing with life’s mischances, but headway cannot be made unless we understand what is really going wrong. I want to ar- gue that a pivotal cause is materialism, in fact, the very existence of matter. First, we have to back up. The problem with reality, as humans experience it, isn’t that we don’t understand re- ality but that we understand it in too many ways. In eve- ryday life, we skirt this problemallthetimewithout realizing how confused thingsactuallyare.Whatwe call reality is really just a perspective, and there is no end to perspectives. Themainsourceofcon- fusion is that all of us bounce between mental andphysicalexplanations, neverdeciding on a single, all-embracing view of re- ality. Take something as simple as sliding off an icy road in winter.You can at- tributethistoanynumber of causes: l Ice is slippery in contact with tires. l The road wasn’t properly maintained. l The ice was black and nearly invisible. l The driver wasn’t paying attention to the road. l The driver slammed on the brakes too hard. l The traffic was terrible. The list doesn’t stop there. Maybe the driver was incompetent or had a medical condition or was too old to be driving. May- be the car’s steering mal- functioned or the tires were bald. If the incident caused a serious accident, then the law, morality, and psychol- ogy enter the picture. Since each of us is faced with a constant barrage of experiences, things rapidly get too complicated. It is far easier to adopt a blan- ket explanation. In the modern secular world, the blanket explanation is ma- terialism, also known as physicalism. Any experi- ence, not just sliding off an icy road, but getting de- pressed, feeling optimistic, enjoying music, or loving a baby, can be reduced to a physical explanation. In philosophy a banket explanation is called mon- ism, the belief that one cause works in all cases. Religion is monistic when it ascribes everything to God’s will. Science is mo- nistic when it assigns eve- rything to the activity of atoms, molecules, and subatomic particles obey- ing fixed laws of nature. The problem with this monism is awareness. You cannot ascribe thinking to atoms, molecules, and sub- atomic particles. Go back to the example of sliding off an icy road.What deter- mines which explanation you choose as the actual cause? We choose perspec- tives mentally, not physi- cally. It is absurd to say, “My brain considers the driver incompetent.” Even if you are a neuroscientist, who is extremely likely to equate mind and brain, there is no explanation for how, given a dozen differ- ent perspectives that any- one can choose from, peo- ple make different choices. The brain is determinis- tic: every brain cell obeys fixed laws of chemistry and physics. But the mind is free. These two facts clash, and the materialistic monism therefore collaps- es. This brings us up to speed when it comes to matter itself, the bulwark of materialism. Matter is the bedrock, sometimes literally, of everyday exist- ence. We are embedded in the physical world. But amazingly, this isn’t enough to make matter real. One of the greatest pioneering quantum physi- cists, Werner Heisenberg, wrote, “The atoms or ele- mentary particles them- selves are not real; they form a world of potentiali- ties or possibilities rather than one of things or facts.” Many other quantum pioneers agreed with Heisenberg, so it is ironic that modern physics spends billions of dollars to affirm the opposite, that nothing is more real than atoms and elementary par- ticles. How could they pos- sibly be wrong? The experience of the physical world is undeni- ableandtotallynecessary. Butthekeywordis“expe- rience.” Physical objects don’t experience the world; we do thanks to awareness, which is men- tal. If you can accept that basicfact,thenthepicture of reality clears up once and for all. The sequence of ideas goes like this: l Matter is the appearance of mind. l Mind is the appearance of awareness. l Awareness has no appearance. This sequence is like a vanishing act.The physical world appears in your mind as a 3-D image accessible by the five senses. This mental appearance is cre- ated in awareness. Aware- ness has no appearance, yet it is the source of the “real” reality.As a logical train of thought, this isn’t absurd, because quantum physics, despite its defense of mat- ter, has its own vanishing act. Any object—cloud, tree, mountain, stars, the human body, including the brain—can be reduced to atoms and atoms to suba- tomic particles like quarks. But at this point matter vanishes, leaving only en- ergy trails, pure possibili- ties, and the potential to create the physical world. So the crucial question is which vanishing act you prefer, the one that ends in pure awareness or the one that ends in physical noth- ingness? If you base reality on matter, you are ultimate- ly basing it on a void, a virtual space that vibrates with the potential to blink into subatomic activity. If you base reality on aware- ness, the physical world still pops into existence fol- lowing standard scientific processes—at least that’s one of the choices—but it pops into existence alive, conscious, intelligent, cre- ative, and endowed with the ability to experience anything and everything. It’s not a difficult choice, but most people don’t real- ize that a choice exists. The five senses tell them that they are embedded in the physical world. If any ex- perience comes along like falling in love, nobody says, “My brain is in love.” They conveniently ignore materialism and resort to another perspective. Un- fortunately, this habit of jumping around at whim makes it impossible to ever solve the problem of pain and suffering. The problem of pain and suffering is only solved by going beyond the senses, transcending everyday ex- perience to reach the level of awareness where pain and suffering do not exist. That, of course, opens an- other story, a vast and nev- er-ending one. But the hori- zonofhigherconsciousness can’t be found if you begin with matter. What matters in the end is consciousness, and with that realization, freedom begins. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL BEYOND THE EXISTENCE So the crucial question is which vanishing act you prefer, the one that ends in pure awareness or the one that ends in physical noth- ingness? If you base reality on matter, you are ulti- mately basing it on a void, a virtual space that vibrates with the potential to blink into subatomic activity. If you base reality on awareness, the physical world still pops into exist- ence following standard scientific processes—at least that’s one of the choices—but it pops into existence alive, con- scious, intelligent, crea- tive, and endowed with the ability to experience anything and everything. What’sReallyTheMatter? ItCouldBeMatterItself Many if not most people are dissatisfied with the reality they are living. Life feels unsafe, unpredictable, unfair, prone to accidents, and never far from pain and suffering. Everyone has their own way of dealing with life’s mischances, but headway cannot be made unless we understand what is really going wrong. I want to argue that a pivotal cause is materialism, in fact, the very existence of matter M DEEPAK CHOPRA The writer is MD, FACP, FRCP founder of the Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global
  • 3. Jaipur, Friday | April 12, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 305 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Unemployment is big issue in India: Gandhi 8SCHOOLKIDSDIE;PRINCIPAL, DRUNKDRIVERAMONG3HELD LOK SABHA FEVER GRIPS NATION Nominations for Phase 3 polls to begin today First India Bureau New Delhi he filing of the nominations for the third phase of the 2024 general elec- tions will begin on Fri- day, the Election Com- mission said. Voting un- der phase 3 will be held in 94 constituencies in 12 states and UTs on May 7. The counting of votes for all polls will done on June 4. The Gazette noti- fication for 94 PCs across 12 states and union ter- ritories going for polls in the Lok Sabha 2024 will be issued tomorrow,” the statement issued by the ECI said. Separately, no- tification for the ad- journed poll in 29-Betul (ST) PC of MP will also be issued today, it added. Women constables perform ‘nukkad natak’ to spread awareness about voting ahead of the LS election, in Bikaner on Thursday. T Royal ride of Gangaur Mata Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur Royal family performs rituals during traditional ‘Gangaur Festival’ procession at the Tripolia Bazar, in Jaipur on Thursday. Several domestic and foreign tourists gather to witness royal procession in the ‘Pink City’. MUKESH KIRADOO 12 STATES TO VOTE IN PHASE 3 OF LOK SABHA ELECTIONS The third phase elections for Lok Sabha, scheduled for May 7, will encompass 94 constituencies across 12 states and Union Territories. The filing of nominations for Phase 3 will begin on April 12. States going to the polls in this phase of LS polls are 4 seats in Assam, 5 seats in Bihar and 7 seats in Chhattisgarh. Date of Issue of Gazette Notification APRIL 12 Last Date of Filing Nominations APRIL 19 Date for Scrutiny of Nominations APRIL 20 Last Date for Withdrawl of Candidatures APRIL 22 P3 SCHEDULE First India Bureau New Delhi The State Bank of India (SBI) has refused to dis- close under the RTI Act the details of the elec- toral bonds furnished to the Election Commission (EC), claiming that it is personal information held in a fiduciary capac- ity, even though the re- cords are in the public domain on the poll pan- el’s website. Holding that the elec- toral bonds scheme was “unconstitutional and manifestly arbitrary”, the Supreme Court directed the SBI on February 15 to furnish the complete details of the bonds pur- chased since April 12, 2019 to the EC, which would publish the infor- mation on its website by March 13. Dinesh Dangi & Laxman Raghav Anupgarh and Phalodi Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was in Anupgarh and Phalodi on Thursday to campaign for the party candidates. InAnupgarh, he hit out at BJP-led Cen- tre saying farmers are asking for MSP for their crops. He said that the LS elections-2024 is an elec- tion to save the Constitu- tion and democracy, big- gest issue in the nation is unemployment, followed by inflation. Rahul said first task of the Congress govt will be to do caste census, adding that, con- tract labour in PSU & govt will be eliminated. In Phalodi too Gandhi made significant state- ments, particularly fo- cusing on the scrapping of the Agniveer scheme. First India Bureau Mahendragarh At least 8 children were killed, 18 others suffered injuries after school bus overturned near Unhani village of Haryana’s Nar- naul on Thursday morn- ing. 40 kids were on their way to GLPublic School, a private school located in Kanina of Mahendra- garh, when the incident happened. One of the in- jured students told media that the driver was drunk and he did not reduce the speed of the bus, causing it to go out of control and overturn while turning. The Haryana govern- ment has ordered a probe into the incident follow- ing the registration of an FIR, officials said. SBI refuses to give bonds’ info under RTI Act HARYANA SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT EID HOLIDAY MARRED BY TRAGEDY! The UK has appointed Lindy Cameron as its new high commissioner to India. IN BRIEF Fraud: Vietnam tycoon sentenced to death A court in Vietnam hand- ed the death sentence on Thursday to real estate ty- coon Truong My Lan for her role in a 304-trillion- dong ($12.5-billion) fi- nancial fraud, the coun- try’s biggest on record. LeT terrorist killed in encounter in Pulwama A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama dis- trict on Thursday, police said. This was the first en- counter in over 3 months. Rahul Gandhi with Ashok Gehlot, Govind Singh Dotasra & others during Congress poll campaign rally at Anupgarh on Thursday. Locals gather near a damaged school bus after an accident near Mahendragarh, in Narnaul district of Haryana on Thursday. KEY HAPPENINGS l Haryana Education Minister Seema Trikha said an inquiry is being conducted to find out why school was func- tioning on EID holiday l SP Arsh Verma said the medical test conducted on the driver has confirmed that alcohol was present in his bloodstream l The official docu- ments show that the bus’s fitness certificate had already expired six years ago in 2018 l Dr Ravi Kaushik of Nihal hospital said 20 children were brought to hospital, 12 children are undergoing treatment. She said the condition of one student is critical PRESIDENT MURMU, PM MODI, SHAH, BIRLA AND OTHER LEADERS EXPRESS GRIEF AT ACCIDENT President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Nar- endra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP National President JP Nadda, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Nitin Gadkari, Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini on Thursday expressed condolences over Haryana’s Mahen- dragarh bus accident that claimed the lives of 8 children and prayed for the “speedy recovery of the injured.” MODIKAHARPAL,HAR KSHANDESHKELIYE:PM 4 June, 400 paar: PM Modi reiterates in Karauli Ravi Katara and Manoj Jain Karauli Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the slogan of 4 June, 400 paar while calling for victory on all 25 seats of Rajasthan in the election rally organ- ised in support of BJP candidate in Karauli. As soonasPMModireached the stage in the meeting organized in Siddharth City, slogans of ‘Modi- Modi’ echoed across the area. Attacking the Con- gress fiercely, Modi de- scribed the Congress as a government that destroys temples and promotes appeasement. Taking the former Congress to task over paper leak in Ra- jasthan], Modi said that Congress had nurtured the paper mafia whereas Bhajan Lal’s govt has put the paper mafia in jail within 100 days. This is Modi’s guarantee, he said. He also drew peo- ple’s attention to the de- velopment of ERCP in area and especially Dhol- pur to Karauli rail line. PM Narendra Modi being felicitated with a ‘Gada’ during a public meeting ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, in Karauli on Thursday. PM Narendra Modi being greeted by a BJP worker, as CM Bhajan Lal Sharma looks on during the public meeting. PM Narendra Modi being felicitated during a public rally at the Siddharth City in Karauli on Thursday. Also seen here are CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, Manoj Rajoria, Girraj Malinga, Rohini Kumari and others. Congress kept giving slogan of eradicating poverty for decades, but Modi has worked to bring 25 crore countrymen out of poverty. Congress left the farmers to their fate, but the BJP govt is working to make farmers prosperous. NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER Shah’s roadshow set to electrify Jpr on April 16 U nion Home Minister Amit Shah will hold a road show on April 16 in Jaipur. However, as of now, the route of the road show is being planned. It is believed that there will be a road show in the Walled City. PM Modi had also undertaken a road show in the last assem- bly elections and had also engaged in a road show in Jaipur with the President of France Emmanuel Macron which highlighted Jaipur on international stage. However, now it will be Amit Shah holding a road show in the Pink City. Union Home Minister Amit Shah MAA KUSHMANDA Day 4 MODI’S J&K AND RAJ TOUR TODAY 11:00 AM Udhampur PUBLIC MEETING 02:15 PM Barmer PUBLIC MEETING 04:45 PM Dausa MEGA ROAD SHOW CM SHARMA HAILS SCHEMES OF THE CENTRAL GOVT In his address, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma praised development schemes of Central Government. He said that under the double engine government, development has started visible within 100 days and the poor and unemployed have been benefited. MANVENDRA SINGH SET FOR ‘GHAR WAPSI’! Former MP Manvendra Singh is all set for ‘ ghar wapsi’. He will be rejoining the BJP on Friday during the rally of PM Modi in Barmer on Friday. Son of former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, Manvendra has a strong hold on the Rajput community.
  • 4. 19,95,699 TOTAL VOTERS IN AJMER AJMER FACE TO FACE Bhagirath Choudhary is a friendly leader and has a simple nature Farmers’ leader & even today he works in his fields, popular in rural areas Personal connection with each worker He has been chairman of Ajmer Dairy for many decades, due to which his team is formed from rural areas of district A farmers’ leader connected to the ground During Congress govt, he raised voice for farmers and cattle herders STRENGTHS STRENGTHS Local level factionalism in Congress, some leaders in opposition Damage to image due to rape allegations some time ago Chaudhary has been chairman of Dairy for last several decades, opponents in dairy politics can cause harm WEAKNESS BHAGIRATH CHOUDHARY Age: 69 years Edu: BA (IInd year) Assets: `9,18,93,865 Vehicle: 2 luxury cars RAMCHANDRA CHAUDHARY Age: 74 years Edu: MSc Physics Assets: `80,00,000 Vehicle: None 1,19,353 Voters increased since 2019 in Ajmer Lok Sabha Constituency 07 BJP 01 CONGRESS ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2023 Males 10,10,862 9,80,684 Females RAJASTHAN AJMER LS CONSTITUENCY Dudu Kishangarh Ajmer North Ajmer South Masuda Nasirabad Kekri Pushkar Third Gender 27 67.32% VOTING RECORDED ON AJMER SEAT IN 2019 There is always a question mark regarding the working style of Bhagirath Choudhary Being the MP of Ajmer Lok Sabha, his development work focused only on Kishangarh Finished third in Kishangarh seat in the 2023 Assembly elections WEAKNESS GROUND REPORT AJMER LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCY Cong,BJPfieldcandidateswithrural background,makecontestgripping 1 2 CHALLENGE FOR BHAGIRATH IS TO SAVE HIS SEAT WHILE RAMCHANDRA IS RELYING ON HIS DAIRY NETWORK PM MODI’S RALLY IN PUSHKAR HEIGHTENS ELECTORAL FERVOUR ShubhamJain Ajmer t present, the election atmos- phere in the Ajmer Lok Sab- ha seat is quite heated. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a massive poll rally in Push- kar in support of BJP can- didate Bhagirath Chaud- hary. After this, the elec- toral tempo has further in- creasedintheentireparlia- mentary constituency. The BJP has once again made sitting MP Bhagirath Chaudhary its candidate from Ajmer LS, while Congress has placed its bets on Ramchandra Chaudhary this time. The main contest for this seat seems to be between these two candidates, who be- long to rural areas. BJP candidate Bhagi- rath Chaudhary is known as a farmer leader, comes from a rural background, and has also been an MLA from Kishangarh in the past. He became an MP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elec- tions. Congress candidate Ramchandra Chaudhary also comes from a rural background and has been associated with coopera- tive dairy for three and a half decades. Due to this, Ramchandra’s hold is strong in rural areas.After the declaration of the can- didate,thecurrentpolitical situation of theAjmer Lok Sabha seat is quite differ- ent because both parties have made a Jat commu- nity member their candi- date, asAjmer is said to be a Jat-dominated seat. If we talk about caste equations, then there are about 2.5 lakh Jats, 2 lakh Brahmins, 2.25 lakh Gur- jars, 2.25 lakh Muslims, 1 lakh Vaishya, 1 lakh Raw- at, 1 lakh Sindhi, 1 lakh Mali,and2.25lakhSched- uled Castes and Tribes. Apart from this, other castes including Ahir, Ya- dav, Kumawat, Tailor, Sikh, Lodhi, Rewari, Charan, Barber, Sunar, Teli, Kalal, and Lakhera, also have a share in votes. Thepartycandidatesare getting full support from the organisation at the lo- cal level, although the BJP has included former inde- pendent MLA from Kis- hangarh, Suresh Tank, in its camp, while the Con- gress has also included Dr Shrigopal Baheti. Wajid Khan Cheetah, who contested the elec- tions on the BSP ticket, has also been included, whichwillstrengthenboth parties in the elections. This Lok Sabha constitu- ency, formed by combin- ing one Assembly seat of Jaipur and 7 Assembly seats of Ajmer district, currentlyhassevenMLAs from BJP, while Congress only has the Kishangarh Assembly seat in Ajmer district. A Bhagirath Choudhary, Vasudev Devnani dancing during an election rally in Ajmer. FILE WATER IS THE MAIN ISSUE IN AJMER Water is the main issue in Ajmer during the Lok Sabha elections. Apart from this, other major demands include opening new faculty in the only university of the division and Ajmer be developed as a tourist city along with getting responsibility of maintenance of Vande Bharat train in the carriage factory of Ajmer. MP BHAGIRATH CHOUDHARY’S REPORT CARD At present, the MP from Ajmer is Bhagirath Choudhary and he has got work done in Ajmer Lok Sabha constituency. Although some people are appreciating his work and some are against him, however, most people are not satisfied with the work of Choudhary. People like the image of the current MP because he comes from a farmer family and is known as a friendly leader. People have different arguments regarding his working style, some raise many questions about him and some are talking in his support. ECI’s Satrangi Saptah being celebrated across Rajasthan First India Bureau Jaipur Ontheupcoming19thand 26th of April 2024, every voter is urged to visit their respective polling booths and cast their vote for the betterment of the nation. In line with the directives of the Election Commis- sion of India, ‘Satrangi Saptah’a week-long voter awareness campaign is being organized by the district election office. Under the guidance of District Election Officer Prakash Rajpurohit and District Sveep Nodal Of- ficer Dr. Shilpa Singh, on the second day of satrangi saptah, newly registered voters and staff members pledged to vote in various educational and commer- cial institutions. In the town of Malviya Nagar, additional District Collector Jaipur East and Assistant Returning Of- ficer, Malviya Nagar, Su- man Panwar, facilitated a voter awareness pledge at the Rajasthan Hospital. Meanwhile, at the ICFAI University in Jaipur, a voter pledge ceremony was organized by the dis- trict sveep team. RAS of- ficer Priyanka Rathore administeredthepledgeto more than 2,000 students and teachers. Satrangi Saptah of Election Commission being celebrated with band performance in Bikaner on Thursday. 04 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Friday | April 12, 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 BJP’s Kisan Sammelan on April13 towooJatvoters;Jayanttoattend First India Bureau Bikaner The Bharatiya Janata Par- ty (BJP) has geared up with a strategic approach for the Lok Sabha elec- tions and is organizing a major gathering of Jat leaders in Shri Dungar- garh to counter the con- solidation of Jat votes due to the Congress and the CPM alliance. Scheduled for tomorrow in front of the govt school on Kalu Road, a farmers’ conven- tion – Kisan Sammelan is set to take place. Among those expected to attend are Richhpal Mirdha, whose controver- sial statements have re- cently gone viral on social media, and Jayant Chaud- hary, the grandson of for- mer PM Chaudhary Charan Singh and a prom- inent farmer leader. In addition to them, candidates Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister Sumit Godara, MLA Tarachand Saraswat, Vishwakarma BoardPrezRamgopalSu- thar, and former MLABi- harilal Vishnoi will also address gathering of BJP workers&farmersatcon- vention. Preparations for the farmers’ convention have commenced, the ar- rival of farmer leaders will be facilitated by helicopters, with a heli- pad also being prepared. Jayant Chaudhary Sahasrabuddhe stresses on media preparedness First India Bureau Jaipur On Thursday, BJP’s State Lok Sabha Election In- chargeVinaySahasrabud- dhe convened a meeting at the party’s state office where spokespersons and panelists participated. During the session, dis- cussions were held exten- sively on communication with spokespersons and panelists, articulation, and debates on TV chan- nels concerning the prep- arations for the LS polls. Dr. Vinay Sahasrabud- dhe, the BJP’s State Lok Sabha Election Incharge, guided all spokespersons on contemporary events, understanding of sub- jects, study, feedback, topics, context, and other related activities during the meeting. Media pan- elists were also advised to maintain factual accuracy and effective communi- cation duringTVdebates. Sahasrabuddhe empha- sized importance of ra- tionality & factual accu- racy for spokespersons in theeraofsocialmedia.He stressed that public con- siders media a better means of communication, hence media should be fair,impartial,andpositive towards public welfare. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Pramod Vashistha, and Pinkesh Porwal during the meeting in Jaipur on Thursday. BJP’sStateLSpoll inchargeemphasises onmediaaccuracyat ameetinginJaipur HC NOTICE TO BJP R’SAMAND CANDIDATE MAHIMA SINGH FOR HIDING INFO IN NOMINATION PAPERS The Rajasthan High Court has issued notices to BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Rajsamand, Mahima Singh, and MLA Nathdwara, Vishvaraj Singh Mewar, in a case related to conceal- ing facts. This development could pose difficulties for Mahima Singh. Both have been asked to respond to the notices regarding concealing information in their nomi- nation applications during the 2023 Assembly elections. Justice Rekha Borana issued a notice against Mahima Singh after a petition was filed against her. Adda Adda RAJ RAJniti ka HIGH PROFILE VISITS AT BARMER-JAISALMER SEAT BRINGS IT TO CENTRE STAGE IN STATE The Barmer-Jaisalmer parliamentary seat is attracting significant attention amidst Rajasthan’s 25-seat election landscape, captivating both media and political figures nation- wide. Remarkably, an independent candidate from a border constituency is commanding attention even in Delhi political circles, prompting intrigue among strategists. With high-profile visits slated for the region, electoral dynamics and candidate’s influence have become focal points of discussion, underscor- ing the seat’s prominence in the upcoming elections. PRIYANKAGANDHIGETSACTIVEFORRAJCONG LSPOLLCAMPAIGN,2RALLIESIN2DAYSAHEAD It appears that Priyanka Gandhi has got active in Rajasthan elections. After coming with her mother Sonia Gandhi in Jaipur recently, Priyanka is again coming to Rajasthan and will be campaigning in Jalore on April 14 and then in Alwar and Dausa on April 15. Interestingly Vaibhav Gehlot is contesting from Jalore and it will be perhaps for the first time that Priyanka Gandhi will be address- ing gatherings in his support.
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  • 6. RAJASTHAN 05 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Friday | April 12, 2024 JAIPUR MARKETS TAKE A HIT Soaring bullion prices keep customers away Vimal Kothari Jaipur f you were re- ally happy about the surge in bullion prices, think twice. As the prices of gold and silver went through the roof, the bul- lion markets saw inves- tors withering away re- sulting in a huge decline in sales of gold & silver. As the shooting bul- lion prices kept the buy- ers away from the sarafa market, the buying and selling in the market was just restricted to jewel- lery purchases for wed- ding ceremonies. The impact of the bullion trade was felt in the Jaipur market too. It is said that these prices have increased due to the increase in interna- tional tension, but it has had a direct impact on the markets of India. Traders say that the prices of gold and silver are expected to remain high in the month ofApril, due to which the possibility of further de- cline in the current busi- ness cannot be ruled out. The traders also rue the 3% GST that they have to pay on sale and purchase of jewellery items that indirectly in- conveniences the buyers. While the price of 24 carat gold on Thursday is Rs 73,550 per 10 grams, price of 24 carat gold sold in cash is being said to be around Rs 72,000. Similarly, the price of sil- ver is Rs 84,400 per kg, while its selling price in cash is said to be Rs 82,500-82,800 only. First India Bureau Karauli In a rescue operation at the Panchana Dam in Karauli district, Uttar Pradesh resident Deven- dra, son of Jagdish Ku- mar (25), was success- fully rescued by the per- sonnel of the SDRF from drowning in deep waters while bathing. The SDRF rescue team, managed to safely extricate Devendra from the dam. Expressing grat- itude towards the rescue team, present devotees and the youth’s relatives praised the valorous ef- forts of SDRF personnel. Commandant Rajen- dra Singh Sisodia of the SDRF informed that, a youth accidentally fell into the waters near the dam. SDRF constables reached the spot with a motorboat and success- fully rescued the youth. First India Bureau Jaipur The Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) team of the Police Headquarters has apprehended wanted criminal Jeetu, also known as Jitesh Meena, son of Prakash Meena (21), a resident of Badoli Thana in Gangapur dis- trict, Jaipur. The arrest was made by the AGTF team in connection with an Arms Act case. The accused Jitesh Meena was nabbed from the Kardhani police sta- tion area in Jaipur. A re- ward of `5,000 had been announced by SP, Sawai Madhopur for his arrest. ADG AGTF and Crime, Dinesh MN, stat- ed that, presently in the state, various teams from PHQ have been dis- patched to different cities for surveillance and monitoring activities of wanted criminals, active members of gangs, and gangsters involved in criminal activities. These special police teams are continuously taking ac- tion based on confiden- tial information received from sources and based on their investigation of the wanted criminals and Gangsters in Rajasthan. First India Bureau Jaipur In Jaipur, the transport department is not able to decide the zones of e- rickshaws has turned into a menace, causing incon- venience to commuters. Furthermore, the imple- mentation of High-Secu- rity Registration Plates (HSRP) on vehicles has been progressing slowly. Despite the process be- ing initiated for vehicles registered before April 2019, the plates are yet to be affixed as per the de- partment’s expectations. The sluggish progress is attributed to the lack of regular monitoring. Adding to the transport department’s challenges, the officers appear slug- gish in their efforts, espe- cially since the end of March, failing to meet the targeted revenue goals. The preoccupation with elections has con- tributed to the inertia in- formed the sources. The discontent extends to the department’s social media performance, which has annoyed Ad- ditional Chief Secretary (ACS) Shreya Guha. With dull activity on social media platforms, crucial information re- garding departmental ini- tiatives and innovations fails to reach the public, This led to ACS Shreya Guha expressing strong dissatisfaction in depart- ment’s efforts. The responsibility for promoting road safety on social media platforms has been assigned to the Road Safety Division. First India Bureau Jaipur In Rajasthan, the weather is displaying a myriad of colors every day. While other states are grappling with the scorching heat of April, residents of the state are enjoying pleas- ant weather. The state’s meteorological depart- ment has issued an or- ange alert for rainfall in 14 districts, accompanied by storms and hail. On April 13th and 14th, Western Rajasthan may experience hail- storms, with wind speeds ranging from 40 to 60 km per hour. However, despite the inclement weather warn- ings, the temperature soared to 42 degrees Cel- sius in several areas of Western Rajasthan. Vikas Sharma and Naveen Sharma Jaipur A case has been regis- tered against doctor Ran- jan Lamba of SMS Hos- pital and his family under various sections of fraud. Bullion Traders Associa- tion President Shivkaran Janu filed the case. Dr Lamba’s wife Dr Sunita, mother Malidevi, Dr Ab- hishek Lamba have been accused of fraud. A case was registered at the Kotwali police sta- tion in the matter related to the Golden Tower on Road Number One. Recently, Dr Lamba was in news after the ACB conducted searches at the residence and a pri- vate hospital. During the searches, the ACB teams visited the doctor’s hos- pital and home in Jaipur, Jhunjhunu and Sikar. Vikas Sharma Jaipur Amidst the controversy surrounding the woman giving birth to a child in open at at Kanwatia Hos- pital, voices of opposi- tion are refusing to die down even after actions were taken. Resident doctors continued their protest against the ac- tions taken against 3 residents even on the fourth day. During this, resident doctors protested vehe- mently in front of SMS Medical College, raising slogans in defiance. Ad- ditionally, a ‘ sabuddhi yagya’ was organized by protesting residents. In this, a large number of resident doctors par- ticipated. A resident doc- tor alleged that they are consistently being tar- geted, even though the responsibility lies else- where. They cautioned that if their demands are not met soon, their agita- tion could intensify. Warning of further ac- tion, the residents stated that on Friday all medical colleges will observe a two-hour strike. FILE The SDRF rescue team members safely extricate Devendra who fell into the dam on Thursday. Jitesh Meena The chaotic situation due to e-rickshaws results in traffic jams, adding to woes of general public. Overcast clouds at Jaipur on Thursday. SANTOSH SHARMA Dr Ranjan Lamba The biggest reasons for rise in gold and silver prices are the announcement made by the US Federal Bank regarding reduction in interest rates, the Ukraine- Russia war and the increasing tension in the Gulf countries The accused Jitesh Meena was nabbed from the Kardhani police station area in Jaipur by the AGTF team in connection with an Arms Act case I Dept’s efforts for revenue collection have also fallen flat Transportdeptgrappleswithzones fore-rickshawsandHSRProllout SDRF team rescues 25-yr-old man from drowning in dam AGTF arrests wanted criminal with a bounty of `5,000 in Jaipur 11-member team of SDRF ensuring safety of devotees in Kaila Devi Fair MeT issues warning for Western Rajasthan Orange alert for rain in 14 districts After ACB action, case of fraud filed against SMS doc Resident doctors continue protest against govt action TWIN CELEBRATIONS ADD TO FESTIVITIES IN CITY AS GANGAUR AND EID-UL-FITR WERE CELEBRATED TOGETHER DEPICTING COMMUNAL HARMONY On the occasion of Gangaur, procession of Gangaur Mata was taken out in all its royal grandeur from Tripolia Gate on Thursday evening where member of the erstwhile Jaipur Royal family offered prayers. MUKESH KIRADOO Members of the Muslims community gathered to offer Namaz at the Eidgah on Delhi Road on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. During this, flowers were showered on Idgah via drones. NAIM KHAN
  • 7. PTI Mandla Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday slammed the I.N.D.I.A. blocforpractisingdynastic politics,andsaidthatinthe upcoming elections, peo- plehavetochoosebetween theoneleaderwhoworked for taking every section of society forward and those who promote their own family members. He was addressing a public meeting in Man- dla (ST) Lok Sabha seat for BJP candidate and Union Minister Faggan Singh Kulaste. “There is a team led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the one led by Congress party leader- ship. The only aim of the ‘ghamandia’ (arrogant) alliance is to promote their own family mem- bers, while Modi’s only aim is to take forward the poor, tribal, Dalits, back- ward and every section of the society,” he said. In the 10 years of Modi rule, 25 crore people have come out of the be- low poverty line mark in the country, he said. Al- though the Congress has ruled the country for a long time, it has not done anything for the tribal community, he alleged. “I want to ask Rahul Gandhi what his party has done for the tribal community. It was the BJP government that made a tribal woman of Odisha, Droupadi Mur- mu, the President of the country,” he said. First India Bureau Rishikesh PM Narendra Modi on Thursday said the “weak” Congress governments in the past failed to strength- en border infrastructure while under the “strong” BJP-led govt, security forces were eliminating terroristsontheirownturf. Addressing an election rally here, Modi said the echoes of ‘Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar’were being heard across the country as people have seen the benefits of having a sta- ble government. “Enemies took advan- tage and terrorism spread whenever there were weak and unstable gov- ernments in the country. But under a strong Modi government, our forces are killing terrorists on theirownturf,”Modisaid. “A strong BJP govern- ment had the courage to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir af- ter seven decades, make a law against triple talaq, give reservation to wom- en in legislatures, and implement one rank, one pension,” he added. BJP’S ‘SANKALP PATRA’ Embrace mainstream politics: Nadda in Sikkim First India Bureau Gangtok haratiya Janata Party chief JP Nadda unveiled the party’s manifesto, known as ‘Sankalp Patra,’here on Thursday. The manifesto or Sankalp Patra is designed specifi- cally for the upcoming Sikkim Assembly polls. In the event he high- lighted PM Narendra Modi’s vision for the Northeast,Naddaasserted on BJP’s commitment to ensuring last-mile deliv- eryandconnectivityinthe region. He emphasized BJP’s approach towards “Look East, Act East” policy,whichhasintegrat- ed the Northeast into the national mainstream. During the release of the manifesto BJP nation- alpresidenturgedthepeo- ple to call for change, he said, “enough is enough; you have to join the main- stream, and the main- stream is BJP. The era of regional parties is over; it’s high time to bid fare- well to regional politics and embrace BJP, which promises comprehensive development”, he added. Emphasizing the BJP’s vision for Sikkim’s pro- gress, Nadda said, “gone are the days of corruption and divisive politics. It’s timeforthelotustobloom in Sikkim,” he added. Nadda further pointed out the transformation in the Northeast under BJP rule, from a region once synonymous with con- flict to one experiencing peace and prosperity. BJP National President JP Nadda FILE B LS POLL BUZZ 06 Jaipur, Friday | April 12, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia UnderstrongModigovtterrorists killedontheirownturf,saysPM Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at supporters during a public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Rishikesh, on Thursday. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and others are also seen. PTI Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav during a public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Mandla, on Thursday. PTI Modi says “weak” Cong govts could not strengthen the borders New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi interacted with top Indian gamers on a host of issues relating to the gam- ing industry, BJP IT Cell head Amit Malviya said on Thursday. Sharing a video of PM’s interac- tion with gamers, he said they discussed “new developments” in the gaming indus- try and how Modi govt has recognised the creativity of the gamers promoting gaming industry. Meanwhile, amid a forecast for extreme weather conditions in summer months, PM Modi on Thursday reviewed the preparedness for heat wave conditions. PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI INTERACTS WITH TOP GAMERS, THEY CALL HIM ‘NAMO OP’ I.N.D.I.A.blocpromoting ownfamilymembers:Shah ‘Will sweep K’taka, win seats in Kerala, TN in LS polls’: Rajnath ANI New Delhi Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that the BJP will ‘sweep’ in Kar- nataka in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections while exuding confidence in registering a victory on some seats in Kerala as well as in Tamil Nadu. He also said efforts are being put to form BJP govt in Tamil Nadu in the 2026 Assembly polls. Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s claims that BJP cannot win in southern states, Singh said, “I think he is not rightly aware of the country.We have been in power in Karnataka. That too twice. Then how are they claiming that we can’t assume power in the South?InAndhraPradesh also, we were in alliance withTDPandtheywerein power. Yes, we haven’t formedagovtyetinTamil Nadu, eventually that too will happen. I’m saying this based on my ground experience, I just returned from Tamil Nadu. And I’m not very happy with the situation there, the waythingshavechanged.” Notably, when BJP contested for first time in 1984, it won only two Lok Sabha seats. Inter- estingly, both these seats were not won by AB Va- jpayee or LK Advani. PTI New Delhi Former Congress spokesperson Rohan Gupta joined the Bharati- ya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday, marking the defection of yet another visible opposition face to the ruling party in elec- tion season. Gupta had resigned from the Congress last month after withdrawing his candidature for the Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha constituency. He, along with some other leaders, joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and BJP na- tional general secretary Vinod Tawde. Former Congress spokesperson Rohan Gupta joins BJP Agencies Kolkata The Cooch Behar con- stituency will be having the maximum security cover of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel among the three Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal that are going to polls in the first phase on April 19. Insiders from the of- fice of the Chief Elec- toral Officer, West Ben- gal said that Cooch Behar will have a deployment of 112 companies of CPAF on the polling day. Among other two Lok Sabha seats in the state that will be going for polls on the same day, Jalpaiguri will have a de- ployment of 75 compa- nies, while Alipurduar will have 63. Besides, 13 companies ofCAPFwillbedeployed in those pockets of Jal- paiguri seat under Siliguri Police Commiserate. Cooch Behar to have maximum CAPF cover in 1st phase of LS polls in WB Smriti accuses RaGa of taking PFI support in Wayanad LS seat PTI Amethi Union Minister and Ame- thi MPSmriti Irani Thurs- day alleged that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has taken the support of the banned Popular Front of India to contest the Lok SabhaelectionfromKera- la’s Wayanad seat. Addressing a Yadav Sammelan in Gauriganj, she said, “Rahul Gandhi took the support of the terrorist organisation PFI that made a list of Hindus to kill, to contest the elec- tions in Wayanad.” Irani is seeking a re- election from the Amethi seat where she defeated Rahul Gandhi in 2019. She also raised the is- sue of absence of flags in the rally of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and the Congress earlier this month in which Ra- hul Gandhi took part. Agencies Thiruvananthapuram Veteran Congress leader and CWC member AK Antony has said there will be one person from the Gandhi family who will contest either Rae Bareli or Amethi in Ut- tar Pradesh. The veteran Congress leader said this while speaking to a TV channel here on Thursday. When asked if one member of the Gandhi family would be contest- ing from the traditional seat of the Gandhi fami- ly, Antony said, “Yes, there will be one”, and when further probed if that would be Robert Vadra, he shot back and said, “it would be either Rahul or Priyanka.” Either Rahul or Priyanka will contest from UP: AK Antony BJP Chief releases manifesto for Sikkim Assembly elections Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani during an election campaign rally in, in Chennai. FILE 3 Lok Sabha seats in WB will go to polls on April 19. FILE MODI MANTRA Rishikesh: Taking a jibe at the ‘culture of subservience’ to party high command, PM Narendra Modi said that for Congress, “Shahi Parivar is their everything but for him, the whole country was his family.” Sounding the poll bugle in Uttarakhand, he also hit out at Congress for its resist- ance to ‘Shakti’, a divine form of power in Hinduism, and also for insulting Ram Lalla by boycotting the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya. PM Modi said that Congress has taken a pledge to destroy ‘Shakti’ and ‘this will add fuel to fire in conspiracies being hatched to destroy the faith of Uttarakhand’. Raking up the Congress refusal to attend the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla, PM Modi dubbed it as ‘anti-vikas and anti-virasat’. Agartala: PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Min- ister Amit Shah are likely to visit Manipur and Tripura next week to further intensify the ongoing Lok Sabha election campaign in the northeastern states, party said on Thursday. BJP sources said that Amit Shah, one of the star campaigners of the ruling BJP, is likely to visit Manipur on April 14 and will address an election rally at the Hapta Kangjeibung ground in Imphal. Manipur CM N Biren Singh and other BJP leaders are also likely to address the gathering. The detailed schedule of Shah’s visit to Manipur is yet to be finalised. New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has as- serted that Pakistan should end terrorism emanating from its soil and if the country feels it is not capable of doing so, it can take India’s help. In an interview, Rajnath said if Pakistan tries to destabilise India using terrorism, it will have to bear the consequences. India has repeatedly emphasised that it will not tolerate cross-border terrorism and it cannot keep aside terrorism to improve ties with Islamabad. New Delhi has also said the onus is on Islamabad to create a conducive atmosphere in which there is no terror, hostility or violence. New Delhi: Param- pal Kaur Sidhu, the daughter-in-law of former Shiromani Akali Dal minister Sikander Singh Maluka joined the BJP here on Thursday and is likely to be fielded from Bathinda Lok Sabha seat. Parampal’s en- try into the BJP has intrigued observers in Punjab as her father-in-law, the former Pun- jab education minister, is still an active member of SAD. PM MODI SLAMS ‘SHAHI PARIVAR’ OVER BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE, ‘SHAKTI’ PRIME MINISTER MODI, HOME MINISTER SHAH TO BEGIN LS POLL CAMPAIGN IN TRIPURA NEXT WEEK RAJNATH SINGH OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO PAKISTAN TO COMBAT TERRORISM FROM ITS SOIL MALUKA’S DAUGHTER- IN-LAW JOINS BJP Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. FILE BJP leaders Hardeep Puri and Vinod Tawde with newly joined leaders Jahanzaib Sirwal, Rohan Gupta, Gurpreet Singh Maluka and Parampal Kaur at a press conference, in New Delhi, on Thursday. PTI JP Nadda highlighted achievements like signing of 11 peace accords, the surrender of over 9000 insurgents and investments totaling 5 lakh crore in the region for various developmental projects
  • 8. Jaipur, Friday | April 12, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 UK to hold joint military exercises with US, Japan in Indo-Pacific security focus PTI London The UK, US and Japan will hold regular trilater- al military exercises in the Indo-Pacific from 2025 to boost security in the region and further de- velop the ability of each country’s armed forces to operate together, Brit- ain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Thursday. The Indo-Pacific has been described as “par- ticularly important” for the UK due to growing economic ties with coun- tries in the region – in- cluding India, and the MoD said the UK al- ready conducts various exercises in the area – with HMS Spey and HMS Tamar continu- ously deployed. Agencies Ottawa Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday insisted that Canada’s last two elections were in- deed “decided by Canadi- ans,” as he pushed back against criticism that his government had not done enough to thwart foreign interference. Trudeau testified for hours before an inde- pendent commission probing allegations Chi- na and others sought to meddle in Canada’s dem- ocratic process -- as well as Ottawa’s response. “Those elections held in their integrity, (they) were decided by Canadi- ans,” Trudeau testified about the 2019 and 2021 votes, both won by his Liberal Party. Ministers, intelligence officials and Trudeau aides also testi- fied at the hearings, which were organized to try to shed light on a political scandal that has shaken Canada for over a year. Israelonalertnowafter Iranianthreat:Report Five-starBumrahtakes Mumbaitodominantwin First India Bureau Mumbai Mumbai Indians record- ed a big 7-wicket over struggling Royal Chal- lengers Bengaluru at Wankede Stadium on Thursday. RCB posted 196 despite Jasprit Bum- rah’s five-fer but explo- sive knocks from Ishan Kishan and Suryakyumar Yadav boosted Mumbai to their second win. Comingintothisfixture with just one win, both teams produced a memo- rable game with five bat- ters recording fifties and Bumrah producing a sen- sational five-wicket haul. With their fifth loss of the season,RCBremaininthe ninthpositioninthepoints table while Mumbai jumped to seventh place. RCB made four chang- es to their playing eleven in the hope of a second win of the season with English all-rounder Will Jacks replacing Cameron Green. Jasprit Bumrah claimed second 5-wicket haul in IPL history. Bumrah claims his second 5-wicket haul in IPL history Agencies Tel Aviv, Israel Israel was on alert Thurs- day after its arch foe Iran threatened reprisals over a strike in Syria this month that killed two Ira- nian generals, and as the war against Hamas ground on in Gaza. Days after Israel strengthened its air de- fences and paused leave for combat units, the United States also warned of the risk of an attack by Iran or its allied groups at a time Middle East tensions have soared. Iran is “threatening to launch a significant attack on Israel,” US President Joe Biden said Wednes- day, pledging “ironclad” support for its top region- al ally despite diplomatic tensions over Israel’s military conduct in Gaza. Israel was widely blamed for an April 1 at- tack that destroyed Iran’s consulate building in Da- mascus and killed seven members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including two generals. Mideast Crisis Deepens “Pollsdecidedbycitizens”:Canada PMdeniesforeignmeddlingclaims An ambulance outside the Iranian embassy after a suspected Israeli strike on Iran's consulate, adjacent to the Iranian embassy building, which Iran said had killed 7 military personnel. FILE Mumbai Indians player Jasprit Bumrah with his teammates celebrates the wicket of RCB’s Vijaykumar Vyshak during the IPL match at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai on Thursday. PTI Mumbai Indians player Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the IPL 2024 cricket match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, Thursday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau FILE Lt Gen TK Aich DCOAS being briefed by the US Army personnel during the India-US ESG meeting, at US Army Headquarters, in USA. Applehitwith‘spywareattacks’, issueswarningtoiPhoneusers Agencies New York Aterrifying and extreme- ly advanced cyberattack has impacted iPhone us- ers from at least 92 coun- tries, including India, Reuters reported. Parent companyApple warned targeted users in an email that hackers aimed to “remotely com- promise the iPhone” and updated its guidance about these cases of high- ly sophisticated device infiltration Wednesday. Called “mercenary at- tacks,” they actually don’t hone in on average users to lift a bank account number or other personal information. Everyday people typically are never a target at all even. Instead, they common- ly target high-profile indi- viduals—“likelybecause of who they are or what they do” — in small num- bers. They typically in- clude politicians, diplo- mats, journalists and ac- tivists, according to Ap- ple. “The extreme cost, sophistication and world- wide nature of mercenary spyware attacks makes them some of the most advanceddigitalthreats in existence today,” Apple wrote in its new guidance. “Such attacks are vast- ly more complex than regular cybercriminal ac- tivity and consumer mal- ware, as mercenary spy- ware attackers apply ex- ceptional resources to target a very small num- ber of specific individu- als and their devices.” India-born researcher led NASA’s sounding rockets mission Aroh Barjatya Agencies Mumbai NASA’s mission that launched sounding rock- ets during the recent total solar eclipse was led by Aroh Barjatya, an India- born researcher who studied in cities across the country before mov- ing to the United States, his family said. The US space agency onApril 8 launched three sounding rockets during the solar eclipse -- visible in North America -- to study how Earth’s upper atmosphere is affected when sunlight momentar- ily dims over a portion of the planet. “The mission was led by Barjatya, a professor of engineering physics at Embry-RiddleAeronauti- cal University, where he directs the Space and At- mospheric Instrumenta- tion Lab,” NASA said. SPANNING 5 TIMES THE SIZE OF PARIS Adani Group builds world’s largest renewable energy park in Gujarat Agencies Khavda, Gujarat n a remote area bordering Paki- stan, multi-bil- lionaire Gautam Adani’s group has built the world’s largest renewa- ble energy park in Guja- rat’s Khavda region, as it has a massive 45 GW capacity to generate electricity largely from solar energy. This area, initially de- void of any infrastructure save for a portable toilet and a makeshift office in a container, caught the at- tention of GautamAdani, then the second wealthi- est person globally, in December 2022. Despite lacking basic amenities like a pincode and being situated amidst vast bar- ren land, Adani recog- nized its potential. Initially, the land was barren, with little vegeta- tion due to its highly sa- line soil and no human settlement nearby. How- ever, boasting the sec- ond-best solar radiation in the country after Ladakh and wind speeds five times that of the plains, it presented an ideal location for a re- newable energy park. Adani Green Energy Ltd will invest about `1.5 lakh crore to generate 30 megawatts of clean electricity at Khavda. FILE I IN BRIEF Russian air strikes destroy Kyiv power plant other stations Kyiv: Russian missiles and drones destroyed a large electricity plant near Kyiv and hit pow- er facilities in several regions of Ukraine, as per the officials report- ed on Thursday, ramp- ing up pressure on the embattled energy sys- tem as Kyiv runs low on air defences. 17 killed as truck plunges into ravine in Pakistan: Report New Delhi: At least 17 religious pilgrims were killed and 41 others in- jured in a tragic acci- dent while en route to a shrine in southwestern Pakistan. According to a report by AFP, the in- cident occurred at 10 pm on Wednesday night in the Hub district of Balochistan province. Expecting refund of `6,329 crore from IT department: Infosys New Delhi: Infosys will be getting a refund of `6,329 crore from the income tax depart- ment, the firm said in an exchange filing. The company also faces a significant tax liability of `2,763 crore, ac- cording to assessment orders covering 2007- 08 to 2018-19. Billie Jean King Cup: India beat China 2-1 New Delhi: Rutuja Bho- sale won the singles rub- ber while the duo of Pra- rthana Thombare and Ankita Raina prevailed in the doubles contest as the Indian women’s team defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1 in a Billie Jean King Cup Asia-Oceania Group-1 on Thursday. JOE BIDEN VOWS ‘IRONCLAD' SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL'S SECURITY AMID THREATS FROM IRAN Washington: US President Joe Biden has stressed his country's ironclad support for Israel, after Iran vowed to retaliate for the recent deadly strike on the Iranian embassy in Syria. As I told PM Netanyahu, our com- mitment to Israel's security against these threats from Iran and its proxies is iron- clad. Let me say it again: ironclad. We're going to do all we can to protect Israel's security, Biden said while speaking at a White House press conference alongside visiting Japanese Prime Minister PM Kishida Fumio on Wednesday. MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS  Israeli strike kills 3 sons of Hamas lead- er Ismail Haniyeh  Ismail Haniyeh‘s sons were involved with Hamas military wing, says IDF  Russia and Germany urge restraint as Iranian threat puts Middle East on edge China tried to interfere but the Canadians decided the elections in 2019, 2021: Justin Trudeau Palace on Wheels reaches Jaipur on last trip of the season Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur The royal train Palace on Wheels, which has been the first choice of tourists from across the country and the world for four dec- ades, reached Jaipur on Thursday on the last tour of the season. In the current sea- son, the royal train was operated by a private operator for the first time. Dozens of trips were canceled during the time 790 tourists traveledinthe21tours. The Palace on Wheels has been oper- ating for 42 years. Dur- ing this period, 3 racks were changed and its facilities were also up- graded every year. During the Corona pe- riod, the operation of the Palace on Wheels remained closed for over 2 years, but the Tourism Corporation made successful ef- forts to get the royal train back on track. For the first time, a contract was signed with an OM operator for the operation of the royal train. Palace on Wheels FILE Match 25 SURYAKUMAR YADAV COMPLETES 7K RUNS Suryakumar Yadav has completed 7,000 runs in men’s T20 cricket. The right-handed dasher reached this land- mark playing for Mumbai Indians against Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the IPL match. He unlocked this achievement with his 31st run in the match. The previous encounter versus the Delhi Capitals marked Suryakumar’s return to com- petitive cricket after an injury. BEIJING REJECTS ALLEGATIONS OF MEDDLING The opposition Conservatives have accused Ottawa of turning a blind eye to supposed interference, par- ticularly by China. Beijing has rejected allegations of meddling. An intelligence report submitted to the commission described China’s activities as “sophisticated, pervasive, persistent and directed against all levels of government and civil society across the country.” Trudeau and several of his ministers who appeared at the inquiry however downplayed the intelligence, saying it was often not conclusive.
  • 9. 08 Desire and expectations make a man weak and look to others for fulfilment. Fight these and emerge as a true winner. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Friday | April 12, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Rajendra Chhabra Jaipur CSSudhanshPanthasex- pressed his concern and interest regarding the State capital, Jaipur. He called a meeting of HOD and Principal Secretaries of agencies engaged in cleanliness and upkeep of the city, officials, and em- ployees of JDA, and the 2 Municipal Corporations , Greater and Heritage. Pant chaired a 2-hour meetingintheSecretariat. Duringthis,hequestioned each officer on a one-to- one basis regarding the workscarriedoutoverthe past two months as the entire meeting revolved only around Jaipur city. Administrativeobserv- ers claim that perhaps this isthefirstinstancewhena Chief Secretary has chaired such a lengthy meeting exclusively for Jaipurcity.Panthasgiven orders and directions to Principal Secretary UDH LSG, T Ravikanth, Di- rector LSG, Suresh Ola, JDA Commissioner, Manju Rajpal, Commis- sioners of both JMCs- HeritageandGreater,Ab- hishekSuranaandRukm- ani Riar respectively, to comeupwithanextensive work plan to improve the situation and look of the city. Most of the focus in the meeting was on both the Commissioners as these two were the most questioned and given the most directions. Actually,CSSudhansh Pantknowsthebittertruth thatthepreviousCongress government completely neglected Jaipur. Dubbed ‘India’s Paris’, the state capitalofRajasthan,ahis- toric and beautiful city, has gone down several notches when it comes to urban governance. And themostdamagehasbeen caused in cleanliness works. Once considered among the cleanest cities of the nation, Jaipur has fallen among the worst cities now. Moreover, the politics around how can the Mayors save their seats in both the Munici- pal Corporations has fur- ther worsened the situa- tion. Add to that the fact that the CEOs of both the Corporations were changed repeatedly, thus no one was left to look out for Jaipur. The money received for the Smart city project was usedupforpoliticalambi- tions instead of works re- lated to the city’s beautifi- cation. Neither did JDA nor both the JMCs prepared any projects for develop- ment and betterment of thecity.Whateverprojects saw the light of the day, were due to Rajasthan Housing Board. It is also a bitter truth that ruling party MLAs from Jaipur and Ministers didn’t do anythingforthePinkCity. NowthattheChiefSecre- tary himself is looking into the betterment of Jaipur and is concerned about it, it could be said that the ‘Achhe Din’ of Jaipur are round the cor- ner.Andperhapsthemost important aspect is that CM Bhajan Lal Sharma hails from Jaipur holds the most important politi- cal position in the State. The bus belonged to a private school and was being driven rashly at a high speed due to which, thedriverlostcontroland rammed the vehicle into a tree after which it over- turned, the police said, citing reports. First India Bureau Jodhpur Union Jal Shakti Minis- ter and BJP candidate Gajendra Singh Shekha- wat visited the residence of senior party leader and former MLA Suryakanta Vyas on Thursday to seek her blessings. Both the leaders discussed the up- coming Lok Sabha polls. Shekhawat expressed reverence for Vyas, stat- ing that she has always been revered and has blessed him. Shekhawat said that she shared her experiences with all par- ty workers and col- leagues her (Vyas’s) trust on us gives us en- ergy. Shekhawat gath- ered feedback for poll strategy urged to achieve PM Modi’s target of 400 seats. First India Bureau Alwar Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari asserted that all seats in Rajasthan would be won by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), securing even more votes than before. She made these remarks while addressing a gath- ering organized by the Rajput community in Al- war today. Speaking at the event, she empha- sized that she stands amidst the community today, and BJP candidate Bhupendra Yadav, con- testing from Alwar in the Lok Sabha elections, is an exemplary individual. “PM Modi’s guaran- tees are unquestionable,” stated Diya Kumari, en- dorsing Yadav’s candi- dacy and the BJP’s prom- ises. “He fulfills what- ever promises he makes. This is what I have expe- rienced. Now there is a need to make him win from Alwar with a big margin,” she added. “Bhupendra Yadav has come with the guarantee of the Modi govt. No one can question Modi’s guarantee. We all will have to achieve the target of 400 plus seats,” she further said, rallying sup- port forYadav, emphasis- ing the significance of securing a strong victory in upcoming LS polls. Ashvini Yadav Alwar/ Bharatpur While addressing a pub- lic meeting in support of Bharatpur LS candidate Ramswaroop Koli in Kathumar, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma made a scath- ing attack on Congress and said that the Con- gress leaders have done the work of lying and looting with the slogan of ‘Garibi Hatao’. They kept opposing Ramlala and now Congress’s Ram has gone. The CM appealed to the people that BJP should win from all the booths. “Congress called Lord Ram imaginary, called Ayodhya temple a ‘jumla,’ rejected temple invitation and indulged in appeasement and caste-religion politics. Congress’ leaders are still returning the tickets. The situation has become bad in Banswara,” he said. 45-50% of resolu- tion have been fulfilled in 90 days, he said. Meanwhile, the CM also reached the Govt HigherSecondarySchool in Thanagazi town of Al- war in evening. He then addressed a meeting in support of Dausa LS candidate Kanhaiyalal Meena. Attacking the Congress govt, the CM said that only scams have taken place during the Congress govt’s regime.” Sudhansh Pant Diya Kumari being felicitated during an event organised by the Rajput Samaj in support of BJP candidate, Bhupender Yadav in Alwar on Thursday. Sanjay Sharma, Neeraj K Singh, Bhagirath Prasad, Nepal Singh, Ghanshyam Gurjar, Sanjay Singh Naruka and others were also present. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma waves at the supporters during the public meeting held in support of BJP candidate Ramswaroop Koli at Kathumar in Bharatpur district on Thursday. Nauksham Chaudhary, Ritu Banawat, Ranjeeta Koli others were also present. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being felicitated with a bouquet after paying tributes to Mahatma Jyotirao Phule during a programme held to mark his birth anniversary at 22 Godam Circle in Jaipur on Thursday. Avinash Gehlot, Ramcharan Bohra, Dr Somya others were present. Congresshadliedlootedusing ‘GaribiHatao’slogan:CMSharma Only scams have taken place during the time of Congress government, says CM at a public meet in Dausa KeyNote buzz at FIN office! BJPwouldwinallLSseats inRajwithmorevotes:Diya First India News CEO and Managing Editor Pawan Arora welcoming BJP election in-charge for Rajasthan Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe at the channel office on Thursday. First India News Editor Jinendra Singh Shekhawat and Vinay Katiyar were also present. Sahasrabuddhe had come for recording of special show, ‘KeyNote By Pawan Arora’ that will be telecasted on FIN at 10:30 am today and will be featured in the First India newspaper tomorrow. SUNIL SHARMA First India Bureau Kota LS Speaker BJP can- didate from Kota- Bundi, Om Birla said that PM Modi is emphasising on women’s education and employment, taking for- ward the torch ignited by Jyotiba Phule. “The great thinker social reformer Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, who dedicated his life to poor deprived, is the pioneer of Indian social revolution. The torch of women’s education that Mahatma Phule ignited by breaking all conven- tions, is still shining bright on the canvas of Indian Republic.” Energy Min Heeralal Nagar said that Jyotiba Phule championed anti- caste sentiments through- out his life via speeches and writings. PM Modi is fulfilling the dreams of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule: Birla Om Birla pays floral tributes to Mahatma Jyotirao Phule during a programme held to mark his birth anniversary in Kota on Thursday. GSShekhawatdiscussesLS pollswithSuryakantaVyas GS Shekhawat discusses the upcoming LS elections with Suryakanta Vyas at her residence in Jodhpur on Thursday. First India Bureau Chittorgarh Taking a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s rallies in Anupgarh Phalodi, BJP State Presi- dent CPJoshi said that he visits Rajasthan during polls, makes big promis- es and then disappears for 5 years without taking care of the people. “Same old promises and slogans have again be- come the identity of Con- gress during polls. The public has understood everything and will not fall into any trap now,” He said that in the up- coming LS polls in the State, the BJP is set to win with a huge majority on all the seats. Meet and Greet... First India News CEO and Managing Director, Pawan Arora, met with Deputy CM Diya Kumari at City Palace on Thursday. During their meeting, Managing Editor extended his wishes to the Dy CM on the auspicious occasion of Gangaur also congratulated her on her assembly election rival Sitaram Agarwal (who was Treasurer of Congress) joining BJP. The discussion covered various topics including the city’s development, tourism, and Lok Sabha polls. Cong’sidentityismarkedby recycledpoll promises:Joshi CP Joshi during the Jansampark Abhiyan in Kapasan city in Chittorgarh district on Thursday. ARD’stransfernormsinresponsetoCSPant’sconcerns Dr Rituraj Sharma Jaipur CS Sudhansh Pant is seri- ous about the fact that there should be transfers done according to policy inBhajanLalgovernment. Accordingtohisguidance, Administrative Reforms SecretaryRajanVishalhas issued comprehensive guidelines for all govern- ment departments, on the basis of which the depart- ment will prepare a road- map for transfers and thereafter formulate a policy. The transfer policy that will be made by the departmentinconsultation with its stakeholders/em- ployees will be approved atCM’slevelaftersending it to ARD. Departments will have to post details of eligible posts for transfer through counselling and possible vacant posts on their website/notice board by Jan 15 every year. Departments will have to make different provi- sions in the portal in their policy keeping in mind needs of gazetted and non-gazetted offic- ers and employees. Along with classifica- tion of departments on the basis of more than two thousand and less than two thousand, it will have to be ensured that transfers are made only on equivalent posts. From Jan 1-30, depart- ments will display details of possible vacant posts for transfer on their por- tal and invite applica- tions from Feb 1-28. Without application, transfer will not be con- sidered. Patients suffer- ing from incurable dis- eases will get priority in transfers. Ex-service- men, outstanding sports persons, spouses posted separately, family mem- bers of dependents of martyrs, etc will be able to get relief on complet- ing their tenure for stipu- lated period. For single employee, transfer will done only after finding a suitable alternative. ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSFER POLICY CASES OF SPECIFIC NATURE GENERAL GUIDELINES Transfer is allowed based on serious complaints that are preliminarily found to be true. Pending disciplinary proceedings may result in transfer to prevent interfer- ence with investigations. Upon promotion, efforts are made to post the employee in a vacant position. For inter-departmen- tal adjustments or employee deputa- tions, postings are allowed only on available vacant posts. New appts should ideally fill existing vacan- cies in dept. APO transfers require consent from ARD prevent postings back to previous location after APO. Employees with one year or less until retirement cannot be transferred unless they volunteer. Once transferred, he/she can’t return to same post for two years. Specific rules apply to transfers involving sched- uled areas. Any transfers made against guidelines will be canceled, responsible officers may face disciplinary action. Employee will be able to apply for transfer only after completion of 2 years of service and the said completion of two years will be counted from April 1st. PANTTOENSURE‘ACHHE DIN’FORJAIPURCITY!
  • 10. JAIPUR, FRIDAY | APRIL 12, 2024 Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle MOTIVATING WOMEN! he opulent halls of Jai Mahal Palace in the city, radiated with excitement as the city embraced the commencement of the FICCI Jaipur, the inaugural session witnessed presence of actor Anil Kapoor. P12 T 09 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia n a dazzling affair at the grand Uniara, the Sash ceremony of Mrs India and Miss Teen Diva, presented by Bharat24- Vision of New India and First India took center stage on Wednesday. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest, welcomed the stunning par- ticipants with elegance and warmth. “In this field, where the presence of women is rare, your adherence to high moralsiscommendable.In- troducingtheMrscategory forthefirsttimesignifiesa newtrend,acknowledging the brilliance of married women who still wish to pursue their dreams. I ex- tend a heartfelt welcome to the Pink City,” ex- pressed Dr Chandra, radi- ating enthusiasm. Addressing the aspiring beauties,DrChandraimparted invaluable insights during the trainingandgroomingsession,em- phasizing the importance of a clear career vision, hard work, disci- plined routine, and shedding un- necessary burdens in life. Nikhil Anand, owner of Glamanand Group and Miss Universe India, expressed profound gratitude to Dr Chandra, acknowledging his un- wavering support. Reflecting on the event, Nikhil Anand encouraged participants to em- brace the moment and shine with au- thenticity, assuring them that their hard work and patience would bear fruit. “It’s your time to shine now, beyourself,andmakethe most of this moment,” he remarked, igniting a spark of determination among the par- ticipants. During the event, participants engaged in interactive sessions with Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, re- solving queries and boosting mo- rale ahead of the grand finale. The evening culminated with a capti- vating photo session, where par- ticipants gleaned wisdom from previous pageant winners, includ- ing Sejal Gupta (Miss Teen Inter- national India 2024), Trishna Ray( Miss Teen Universe India 2024), Kashish Goswami (Miss Teen Grand International 2nd Runner up) and Wachi Pareek (Miss Teen Universe 2022 2nd Runner up), enriching their jour- ney with invaluable experiences. Nishant Anand, Director of Gla- manand Group along with entire team were also present on the oc- casion. Amidst the glitz and glam- our, the event not only celebrated beautybutalsoempoweredwomen to pursue their dreams with confi- dence and grace, leaving an indel- ible mark on the fashion and mod- eling industry, particularly in the vibrant Pink City of Jaipur. More on pg 11 Dreams TakeFlight! The Sash ceremony of Mrs India and Miss Teen Diva, presented by Bharat24- Vision of New India and First India dazzled with elegance, insights and empowerment, igniting aspirations in Jaipur’s vibrant fashion scene, at Grand Uniara on Wednesday. The grand finale of Mrs India and Miss Teen Diva will be held on April 16 and 17, respectively at Zee Studios, Jaipur! Mitali Dusad mitalidusad@firstindia.co.in I MUKESH KIRADOO Mrs India Miss Teen Diva Elevate Jaipur’s Beauty Realm! Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with (L-R) Kashish Goswami (Miss Teen Grand International 2nd Runner up), Wachi Pareek (Miss Teen Universe 2022 2nd Runner up), Sejal Gupta (Miss Teen International India 2024) and Trishna Ray (Miss Teen Universe India 2024) (Top to Bottom) Shrawani Dudulkar, Khushi Yadav, Carrisa Bopanna, Srija Banerjee Tanishqa Sharma Jiya during the interactive session
  • 11. DivineChaitra CELEBRATIONS 10 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia haitra Navratri, an auspicious Hindu festival celebrated with fervour and de- votion, marks the nine divine nights dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. This vibrant festival, observed in the HindulunarmonthofChaitra,holds profound significance across India, uniting devotees in their reverence for the divine feminine energy. One of the focal points of Chaitra Navratri is the establish- ment of the Ghat Sthapana, where devotees install a clay pot or kalash symbolizing the presence of God- dess Durga in their homes or tem- ples. This ritual signifies the com- mencement of the auspicious pe- riod dedicated to the Goddess’s worship, inviting her divine bless- ings into their lives. Throughout the nine days of Navratri, devotees engage in vari- ous rituals and practices to honour Goddess Durga. Daily puja rituals involve offering flowers, fruits, sweets, and other items to the deity, seeking her blessings for prosper- ity, happiness, and protection. Fast- ing is also observed by many devo- tees as a form of spiritual purifica- tion and devotion, strengthening their connection with the divine. The recitation of sacred mantras dedicated to Goddess Durga, such as the Durga Chalisa or the Nav- arna Mantra, fills the atmosphere with divine vibrations, fostering a sense of peace and devotion among devotees. Reading or listening to the Durga Saptashati, which nar- rates the divine exploits of the Goddess, further deepens one’s spiritual connection with her. A unique aspect of Chaitra Navratri is the Kanya Puja, where young girls, symbolizing the nine forms of Goddess Durga, are wor- shipped. Devotees offer them food, and gifts, and seek their blessings, honouring the divine feminine en- ergy inherent in every woman. Several famous temples across India are closely associated with Navratri celebrations. Temples like Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir, Kamakhya Temple in Assam, and Maa Chintpurni Tem- ple in Himachal Pradesh witness a surge in devotees during this aus- picious period, as pilgrims seek the blessings of Goddess Durga. Havan or Yagna ceremonies are conducted by some devotees to invoke the blessings of the God- dess and seek her protection and guidance. Visiting temples dedi- cated to Goddess Durga and par- ticipating in cultural celebrations, including traditional dances like Garba and Dandiya Raas, further enrich the Navratri experience, fostering a sense of community and joyous celebration. Throughout history, Navratri has served as a time for spiritual reflection, renewal, and celebra- tion, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. Its vibrant rituals and practices not only honour Goddess Durga but also inspire devotees to cultivate virtues of courage, compassion, and resil- ience in their lives. As devotees immerse them- selves in the divine energy of Navratri, they are reminded of the eternal presence of Goddess Dur- ga, who embodies the essence of divine grace and strength, guiding them on their spiritual journey to- wards enlightenment and inner fulfilment. MAA CHINTPURNI TEMPLE IN HIMACHAL PRADESH Nestled in the serene hills of Himachal Pradesh, the Maa Chintpurni Tem- ple stands as a beacon of faith and devotion. Dedicated to Goddess Chintpurni, the deity believed to allevi- ate worries and anxieties, this sacred site draws pilgrims from far and wide seeking blessings and solace. With its picturesque surroundings and rich cultural heritage, the temple offers not just spiritual fulfilment but also a captivating experience for visitors. It remains a cherished destination for those seeking divine intervention amidst the tranquil beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Mohit Choudhary cityfirst@firstindia.co.in C VAISHNO DEVI IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR Nestled amidst the picturesque Trikuta Mountains in Jammu and Kashmir, the Vaishno Devi Temple beckons pilgrims with its mystical allure. Dedicated to the divine Mother Goddess Vaishno Devi, this revered shrine witnesses a steady stream of devotees seeking blessings and spiritual solace. Trekking through rugged terrain, visitors embark on a journey of faith, chanting hymns and prayers. The temple's divine ambience and breathtaking surroundings offer not just religious fulfilment but also a memorable adventure for pilgrims from far and wide. KAMAKHYA TEMPLE IN ASSAM Nestled atop the Nilachal Hill in As- sam, the Kamakhya Temple stands as a symbol of mystique and spiritual allure. Dedicated to the powerful Goddess Kamakhya, this ancient shrine at- tracts devotees and curious travellers alike. Legends whisper of its mystical pow- ers and unique rituals, including the Ambubachi Mela, celebrating the Goddess's menstruation. With its intricate pano- ramic views of the Brahmaputra River, the temple offers not just religious significance but also a mesmerizing experience for all who venture to its sacred precincts. Celebrating Goddess Durga, Embracing Navratri's Spiritual Splendour Vaishno Devi Temple Kamakhya Devi Temple Maa Chintpurni Temple Idol Navratri Special JAIPUR, FRIDAY | APRIL 12, 2024 Kanya Pujan Hawan Shila Mata, Amber Vaishno Devi Temple Idol
  • 12. Event JAIPUR, FRIDAY | APRIL 12, 2024 11 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia City First cityfirst@firstindia.co.in n a spectacular event at Uniara, Mrs India and Miss Teen Diva Sash ceremony, hosted by Bharat24- Vision of New India and First India, dazzled on Wednesday. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, the Chief Guest, welcomed partici- pants, hailing their moral strength. Introducing the Mrs category signi- fies recognition for married women's aspirations. During the event, valuable career advice was imparted, igniting determi- nation. Interactive session and a captivating photo session enriched the evening, with past winners shar- ing wisdom. City First brings more glimpses from theceremony. I The stunning finalists of Mrs India: S Baby Thanuja, Kanika Narbar Shruti Raj, Asha Raghavendra, Deveshrii Vikas Bandewar, Ganashree G Ural, Sruthi Chakravarthi, Deepshikha Lakra, Manjeet Kaur Baweja, Ankita Tiwari, Mary Stella Michael, Dr Ankur Sharma, Apeksha Singh Bhadauria, Julee Saikia, Sruti Sharma, Sonia Saini, Sudipta Sen, Damini Bhattacharya, Geet Sone Supriti Mustafi A joyous cake cutting celebration by the mentors and Miss Teen beauties ahead of the grand finale (Top) Angelina Jackson (Bottom) Rashi Panchal Prashikha Sonowal The gorgeous finalists of Miss Teen Diva: Aishwika Gupta, Prashikha Sonowal, Aayushi Meena, Kashish Chauhan, Smrutipragya Samantray, Prakriti Bhujel, Lavanya Das, Kairavi Jindal, Carrisaa Bopanna, Ankita Mazumder, Titli Panda, Krishna Finavkar, Charvi Pawar, Yashika Gour, Ambika Iyer, Dhruvi Singhal, Tanishqa Sharma, Kaziah Liz Mejo, Shrawani Dudulkar, Kavin Rao, Khushi Yadav, Sanjana Tejwani, Shourya Shrivastava, Jiya Patil, Rashi Dayanand Panchal, Samridhi Sharma, Angelina Jackson, Srija Banerjee Rupsa Das Kairavi Jindal with Sejal Gupta Samridhi Sharma Khushi Yadav in conversation with Dr Chandra during the training session Nikhil Anand addressing the audience Samridhi Sharma with Trishna Ray Krishna Finavkar Dr Jagdeesh Chandra interacting with the participants of Miss Teen Diva during the session MUKESH KIRADOO BeautyBeyond BOUNDARIES!
  • 13. City Buzz JAIPUR, FRIDAY | APRIL 12, 2024 12 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia The amazing hoarding by First India conceptualising the charisma and hard work of the popular Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as taken on the front page of the First India daily on Sunday April 7, which has been put up at the City Mall Jaipur has quickly become the centre of attraction as the ‘bang on’ headline, catches both the eyeballs and the imagination of the reader and the viewer. MUKESH KIRADOO Unveiling Modi’s Majesty! City First cityfirst@firstindia.co.in r Jagdeesh Chan- dra hosted a cel- ebratory dinner for the business team of Bharat24 at Ram- bagh Palace, Jaipur on Wednesday evening on the successful completion of the financial year. The team led by Manoj Jagyasi, Chief Business Officer and Strate- gic Analyst, Bharat24 has done exceedingly well and the evening of celebratory togetherness was perfectly placed to motivate them for further heights in the new financial year. Bharat24 is today the fastest-growing Hindi news channel in terms of popularity as it scales new heights with its news-orient- ed outlook and the same vi- sion and breakthroughs can be seen in the sales and ad- vertising sector too. Dr Chandra congratulated Manoj Jagyasi and his team on marking an unprecedent- ed path in the media world, Bharat24 is close to the breakeven point after mere- ly 18 months of its launch. Manoj Jagyasi thanked Dr Chandra for his constant motivation and support and said that in his more than two decades in this industry, he has never worked for a leader who sets such a fine example. This is the only organisation in which no tar- gets are given to the busi- ness team due to which the entire team is motivated to work even harder and con- sider the organisation as their own and not as an em- ployer he added. The team members were appreciated individually for their outstanding per- formance in different sec- tors with a memento and incentives. Dr Anita Hada was also present on the occasion. CELEBRATIONS! D Dr Jagdeesh Chandra greets Bharat24 News Director Syed Umar, his wife Waheeda Amin and adorable son Abdullah at their residence in New Delhi on Thursday. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra greets Nasim Bano, mother of Bharat24 anchor Shazia Nisar on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr. DrJagdeeshChandrawith DrLiyaquatAmar,RubikaLiyaquat andNavedQureshi. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra greets Rubika Liyaquat, Consulting Editor, News 18, India on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr on Thursday at her residence in Noida. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra greets Dr Liyaquat Amar and all family members, seen here with Naved Qureshi, Dr. Liyaquat Amar, Imran Hita, Anjum Liyaquat, Ozil Ruvaid and Laibah Anjum. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra congratulates Manoj Jagyasi Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Manoj Jagyasi, Anita Hada and the team members, seen here are (L-R) – Prodeep Das, Kamal Rautela, Kuldeep Tripathi, Atul Verma, Shyam Bihari, Nitin Dhaboo, Rittik Banerjee, Ajay Tiwari, Ashish Malhotra, Bhim Negi and Radhika Sidana BUZZ! The vibrant festival of Gangaur was celebrated with fervour and joy by women across the Pink City on Thursday. Adorned in traditional attire, they gathered to honour the divine union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, marking the onset of spring. The streets echoed with music, colourful processions and prayers as the community came together to revel in the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. GANGAUR CELEBRATIONS! Former MP and Indian High Commissioner Gajsingh who belongs to the erstwhile Jodhpur Royal family has been honoured with the “Bharat Kirtiman Alankaran” award. He will be felicitated at the House of Commons in the British Parliament by the World Book of Records in July 2024. The prestigious accolade recognizes his outstanding contributions to society and his exemplary leadership. This ceremony celebrates his remarkable achievements on an international platform, highlighting India’s cultural heritage and legacy. MOTIVATING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS City First cityfirst@firstindia.co.in he opulent halls of Jai Mahal Pal- ace in the city, radiated with ex- citement as the city em- braced the commencement of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Ladies Or- ganisation (FLO) Jaipur chapter for the year 2024-25 on Wednesday. Led by the dynamic Chairperson Raghushree Poddar, the in- augural session witnessed the remarkable presence of Bollywood actor, Anil Ka- poor. Anil Kapoor, renowned for his illustrious career in the entertainment industry, graced the occasion with his charismatic presence. With captivating anecdotes from his journey, Kapoor under- scored the significance of fitness, dedication, and per- severance in achieving one’s aspirations, inspiring wom- en entrepreneurs and en- thusiasts present. Amidst the fervour, a noble initiative named ‘Daan Vahan’ was un- veiled, aiming to fa- cilitate charitable contributions in diverse forms, ranging from clothing to food donations. This innovative plat- form, symbol- izing the ethos of giving back to society, received commen- dation and attention from the attendees. Expressing gratitude to Anil Kapoor for his inspiring presence, Chairperson Raghushree Poddar reiterat- edthechapter’scommitment to fostering empower- ment,collaboration,and philanthropy in the re- gion. The inaugural ses- sion of FICCI FLO Jaipur Chapter 2024- 25, graced by the actorAnil Kapoor, con- cluded on a resounding note of mo- tivation and inspiration. T SUNIL SHARMA Anil Kapoor Raghushree Poddar in conversation with Anil Kapoor Renu, joyti, Preeti, Poonam, Reena, Varsha, Gangour Puja at Paras enclave society Jagatpura Renu, Jyoti, Preeti, Poonam, Reena and Varsha in Jagatpura SUNIL SHARMA