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‘ModiKiGuarantee'will
makeOdishano.1,saysPM
First India Bureau
Bargarh/Kandhamal
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Saturday issued
a challenge to Odisha
Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik. PM Modi asked
Naveen Patnaik to name
all the districts in Odisha
without taking help from
any written note.
“...I want to challenge
‘Naveen Babu’ as he has
been the Chief Minister
for such long, ask Naveen
Babu to name the districts
of Odisha without seeing
on a paper,” PM Modi
said, addressing a rally in
Kandhamal, Odisha.
He asked the Odisha
voters to give the BJP a
chance for five years. “If
in five years, I don’t
make your Odisha num-
ber 1, you can then ask
me ‘what did you prom-
ise us’,” PM Modi said.
Criticising BJD and the
Congress for “declaring
Kandhamal a backward
district”, PM Modi said,
“Modi decided to turn
such backward districts
into aspirational districts
of the country. I monitor
the work being done in
these dists regularly.” P5
PM Modi dares ‘Naveen babu’ to name Odisha’s districts
PM Narendra Modi meets Tula Behera, who donated her savings
of `1L to Lord Jagannath, at Odisha’s Kandhamal on Saturday.
PM Narendra Modi and Union
Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
greet during public meeting in
Odisha’s Bargarh on Saturday.
Promising to restore the position of
reputation of “Shri Ratna Bhandar” Give me 5
years of time, not more than that, just 5
years, I will make your state number one.
NARENDRA MODI, Prime Minister
Amit Shah slams Arvind Kejriwal's retirement prediction...
‘MODI WILL
LEAD TILL 2029’
Amit Shah addresses press conference in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Moni Sharma
Hyderabad
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah on Saturday
clarified whether Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
will retire from politics
at the age of 75. Shah
said that PM Modi will
“lead the country till
2029” and there is “no
confusion in the party
regarding this matter”.
“I want to say this to
Arvind Kejriwal and
company and the INDIA
alliance that nothing of
the sort is mentioned in
the BJP’s constitution.
PM Modi is only going to
complete this tenure and
will continue to lead the
country in the future.
There is no confusion in
the BJP,” said Shah. P5
Out from jail,
Kejriwal hits
Delhi streets
Out of jail & immediate-
ly hitting the campaign
trail, Delhi CM Arvind
Kejriwal on Saturday
said, “These people
ask the INDIA alliance
who will be their PM.
I ask the BJP who will
be your PM? PM Modi
is turning 75 on Sep-
tember 17. He made
a rule that leaders in
the party would retire
after 75 years. If their
government is formed,
they will make Amit
Shah the PM of the
country. Modi is asking
for votes for Amit Shah.
Will Shah fulfill ‘Modi Ki
Guarantee?” P5
RAJASTHAN CONFERENCE IN SOUTH MUMBAI
People have seen misgovernance before
the year 2014, stresses CM Sharma
Aishwary Pradhan
Mumbai
M Bhajan Lal
Sharma on Sat-
urday addressed
Rajasthan Conference in
South Mumbai in support
of BJP-Sena (Shinde fac-
tion) alliance candidate
Yamini Jadhav and ap-
pealed to make her victo-
rious with max votes. He
called upon migrant Raj-
asthanis to first vote and
then have refreshments.
The CM said that the
common people of the
country have seen the
misgovernance before
the year 2014. “Mumbai-
Pune bore the brunt of
terrorist incidents. But
after the formation of the
government under the
strong leadership of the
successful PM Modi, ter-
rorism & Naxalism were
curbed in country and
after Pulwama attack, the
country saw a befitting
reply given to the terror-
ists. Congress is mother
of corruption. One cor-
ruption after another hap-
pened during his rule.
The tukde tukde gang &
Cong are making nation
directionless by lying in
these polls,” he said. P8
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma addresses Rajasthan Conference
in South Mumbai to support Yamini Jadhav on Saturday.
C
Fake NoC case: Two
Fortis docs arrested
Vikas Sharma and
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur
Police have arrested 2
doctors of Fortis Hospital
for taking bribe and issu-
ing fake NoC for organ
transplant on Saturday. In
fact, after arrest of Fortis
Hospital nursing staff
Bhanu Lavvanshi alias
Bhanu Pratap on Friday,
the police received infor-
mation about the doctors.
Jaipur Police interro-
gated doctors of 3 hospi-
tals for 6 hrs. After this,
surgeons Sandeep Gupta
and Jitendra Goswami
were arrested. During in-
terrogation it was re-
vealed that both doctors
used to visit patients in
rented houses. It has also
come to light that these
people have infoabout
many other doctors who
have done transplants.
(L) Dr Jitendra Goswami
(R) Dr Sandeep Gupta
Af: Devastating
flash floods kill
over 300 people
First India Bureau
Baghlan
More than 300 people
were killed in devastat-
ing flash floods in north-
ern Afghanistan, the
United Nations said on
Saturday, with the Tali-
ban’s interior ministry
declaring a state of emer-
gency. Earlier on Friday,
heavy rains caused rivers
to rumble, and mud
crashed through villages
and agricultural land in
several provinces, in-
cluding the northern
Baghlan, Takhar, and
Badakhshan. MORE ON P7
IN BRIEF
Mumbai: Bollywood star
Kareena Kapoor Khan has
received a notice from the
Madhya Pradesh High
Court for using the word
‘Bible’ in the title of her
book, ‘Kareena Kapoor
Khan’s Pregnancy Bible.’
Actor Kareena Kapoor
gets notice from MP HC
London: England cricket
great James Anderson will
retire from the longest
format after the first Test
against West Indies at
Lord’s in July, the fast
bowler said on Saturday.
Anderson announces
retirement from Test
New Delhi: Delhi Capi-
tals skipper Rishabh Pant
fined `30 lakh & suspend-
ed for 1 match for breach-
ing IPL Code of Conduct.
The team was accused of
maintaining a slow over-
rate in match on May 7.
Rishabh Pant suspended
for 1 match, fined `30L
 The campaigning for
Phase 4 LS polls, sched-
uled for May 13, came to
an end on Saturday fol-
lowed by commencement
of a 48-hr silence period.
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur
A husband killed his wife
by slitting her throat with
a knife in Jaipur on Satur-
day. After the murder, the
accused husband reached
the police station and told
the duty officer – I have
killed my wife by slitting
her throat. When the po-
lice reached the spot, the
woman’s body was found
in a bloody condition in
the room. The matter is
of Shyam Nagar area.
CI Kailash Chand
Meena said that Kajal
Sarkar (35), resident of
West Bengal, was living
with his wife Preeti
Sarkar (32) in Shyam Na-
gar area. Kajal reached
the govt police station at
7 am on Saturday morn-
ing and told the duty of-
ficer that he had mur-
dered his wife.
The police also called
the FSL team to collect
evidence from the spot.
After this, Preeti’s body
was kept in the mortuary
of SMS Hospital.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Atragic incident unfold-
ed as a dispute within the
Khan Family WhatsApp
group escalated into a
deadly altercation in
Jaipur. Cousins turned
against each other, re-
sulting in the fatal stab-
bing of one brother, Sal-
man Ansari. His col-
league, Shahrukh, who
attempted to intervene,
was also gravely injured
in the altercation. Both
victims were rushed to
SMS Hospital, where
Salman succumbed to
his wounds despite med-
ical efforts, while Shah-
rukh continues to receive
treatment. The police,
led by SHO Rajesh Mee-
na, are actively pursuing
leads to apprehend the
culprits
Ashvini Yadav
Alwar
Putting humanity to
shame, a man along with
his wife attempted to
murderhisfather,aschool
lecturer, to get a govern-
ment job on compassion-
ate grounds and to get the
father’s property.
However, because the
lecturer’s elder brother
came to know about it, the
son could not succeed in
his plans.
Both the son and the
daughter-in-law together
tortured the 55-year-old
man to such an extent that
he started trembling. He
was beaten brutally. The
man has more than 100
marks on his body.
Niranjan Lal Sharma,
resident of Malviya Na-
gar of Alwar city and lec-
turer of Government
Higher Secondary
School, Bhandodi
Malakheda, reported to
the police that his young-
er son Ankit and daugh-
ter-in-law Pooja had beat-
en him for 4 hours on
May 9.
EMPOWERING WOMEN
Sapta Shakti hosts convocation for PMKVY
First India Bureau
Jaipur
apta ShaktiWel-
fare Centre’ in
collaboration
with Army Skill Training
Centre, Sapta Shakti
Command Jaipur organ-
ised a convocation cere-
mony of Pradhan Mantri
Kaushal Vikas Yojna
courses at Sapta Shakti
Auditorium in Jaipur Mil-
itary Station on May 11.
Komal Seth, Regional
President AWWA, Sapta
Shakti Command was the
chief guest at the occa-
sion. She gave away the
certificates to 66 candi-
dates on successful com-
pletion of their course.
Komal Seth compliment-
ed all the participants on
their achievements and
urged them to continue to
strive seamlessly in their
chosen profession &
wished them the very best
to soar high in all future
endeavors. She also
coaxed all women to
come forward to learn &
hone their skills to be-
come self-employed, eco-
nomically independent &
truly empowered women.
Three courses to in-
clude, tailoring, beauti-
cian, and computer
course are being run by
the Army Skill Training
Centre, Jaipur; which is
a recognized nodal cen-
tre by the National Skill
Development Corpora-
tion under the Pradhan
Mantri Kaushal Vikas
Yojana 4.0.
Candidates at the convocation ceremony of Pradhan Mantri
Kaushal Vikas Yojna courses at Sapta Shakti Auditorium in
Jaipur Military Station on Saturday.
Komal Seth, Regional
President AWWA,
Sapta Shakti
Command was the
chief guest at the
occasion
‘S
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First India Bureau
Jaipur
Keeping Indianness in
mind, the new criminal
laws have been brought
in with significant chang-
es towards becoming
victim-centric. These
views were expressed by
Dr. Malini Aggarwal,
Additional Director Gen-
eral of Police (Police
Training), in the work-
shop ‘Vartalaap’ organ-
ized in Jaipur on three
new criminal laws for
journalists under the joint
aegis of Home Ministry
and Press Information
Bureau, Jaipur.
Dr. Malini Aggarwal
said that today the num-
ber of cyber crimes has
increased. He said that
with the new criminal
laws - Indian Justice
Code 2023, Indian Civil
Defense 2023 and Indian
Evidence Act 2023 be-
coming law on 25 De-
cember 2023, a new era
has begun in India’s
criminal justice system.
The aim of the three new
major laws is to provide
justice rather than pun-
ishment.
First India Bureau
Kota
Ajoint team of food safe-
ty and drug control de-
partments raided a ghee
manufacturing factory in
the city’s Ranpur area on
Saturday noon and seized
over 6,700 litres of adul-
terated ghee, officials
said. The factory, Balgo-
pal Dairy Products, was
also sealed until further
orders. they added.
The team found that
adulterated ghee was be-
ing manufactured at the
factory and sold under
4-5 types of brands such
as Bal Krishna, Balgopal,
Soras Sudh Desi Ghee in
rural areas, said Pankaj
Ojha, Additional Com-
missioner, Food Safety
dept, who led the raid.
Besides food safety,
medical and pest control
licences were also not
found with the proprietor
of the manufacturing unit
and no guidelines set by
government were being
followed, he added.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Besides former CM
Ashok Gehlot, who is
currently camped in Am-
ethi to support party can-
didate K L Sharma, other
Congress leaders from
Rajasthan are also gear-
ing up to join the cam-
paign trail.
Senior Congress lead-
er Dr. Raghu sharma is
heading to Rae Bareli
andAmethi to participate
in Rahul Gandhi’s ongo-
ing promotional cam-
paign. He will also lend
his support to Congress
candidate K L Sharma.
These leaders are ex-
pected to remain in Rae-
Bareli andAmethi for the
next few days. Former
RTDC Chairman Dhar-
mendra Rathore has also
arrived inAmethi, taking
charge as the coordinator
for election management.
Congress state spokes-
person Yashwardhan
Singh will also be cam-
paigning in Amethi, ad-
vocating for party candi-
date K L Sharma. Yash-
wardhan Singh Shekha-
wat will be in Amethi on
Sunday.
Campaign activities in
Amethi will be conduct-
ed under the supervision
of election in-charge
Ashok Gehlot.
New criminal laws
victim-centric & justice-
centric: ADGP Dr Malini
Dr Raghu Sharma, Dharmendra
Rathore to campaign in Amethi
Kota factory sealed after
authorities seize 6,700
litres of adulterated ghee
Bisalpur Dam rehab
pays off: Gates open for
farmers’ prosperity
Dr. Malini Aggarwal at the workshop ‘Vartalaap’ organized in
Jaipur, Also seen are Ritu Shukla and Nishith Dixit
6,700 litres of adulterated ghee has been recovered from the factory.
The police outside the crime spot in Jaipur on Saturday. The
police detained the accused from the spot.
Accused Pooja and Ankit.
HusbandkillswifeinfrontofminorsoninJaipur
WhatsApp family chat
leads to murder in Jaipur
Son, daughter-in-law brutally
assault father for govt job in Alwar
CRIME
ROUNDUP
Deceased Salman Ansari
Looteri dulhan dupes man of `1.4 lakh
Arif Mansoori
Jhalawar
A young man from the
village of Jhijhania has
been charged with fraud
of Rs 1 lakh 40 thou-
sand in the guise of
marriage. Nanuram
Lodha, the victim, stat-
ed that the accused col-
lected Rs 1 lakh 40
thousand from him a
month ago and signed a
written agreement on
the stamp. Following
this, Indrasingh Gurjar
married him to a wom-
an named Devkibai.Af-
ter 25 days of marriage,
everyone told him to
take the bride to Ujjain
Mahakal in Madhya
Pradesh. Meanwhile,
the woman fled away.
The robber bride, Devki
Bai, could not be dis-
covered. Now, in this
case, the accused are
threatening to kill the
young man.
The victim has gone
to the SP office and
lodged a complaint with
Jhalawar DSP Harshraj
Singh Khareda and has
demanded appropriate
action. The victim in-
formed the police about
the entire matter and
demanded action on the
same.
Puneet Chaturvedi
Dungarpur
In a devastating incident
near Navadera on Bichi-
wada Road, two close
friends met with a fatal
accident while returning
on their motorcycle after
a selfless act of donating
blood. The incident oc-
curred at approximately
1 p.m. on
Friday night,
leaving both
young men’s
bodies se-
verely im-
pacted, resulting in a
tragic loss.
The deceased, Kapil,
had earlier donated blood
to his niece, who was un-
dergoing treatment at the
district hospital. Follow-
ing this act of kindness,
Kapil embarked on a
journey with his friend
Babulal to visit his sister,
Shilpa, in Bori village.
Vinod Singh Chouhan
Jaipur
The sight of this monsoon
season at the Bisalpur
Dam, serving as a lifeline
for Jaipur and Ajmer,
promise a new spectacle.
After three years of dili-
gent efforts under the
Dam Rehabilitation and
Improvement Program,
the power system has
been strengthened, and
the gates’ lifeline has
been enhanced. Rehabili-
tation work downstream
of the dam will manifest
during floods this time.
Commenced in July
2021, the project was
slated to be completed by
July 2024, with a stagger-
ing investment of Rs.
29.61 crore in the dam’s
system. The hope now is
that the gates at Bisalpur
Dam will open, allowing
water to flow down-
stream, benefiting thou-
sands of farmers with ir-
rigation. The opening of
dam’s gates will not only
signify the commence-
ment of irrigation but also
serve as a revelation of
the improvements wit-
nessed in Bisalpur.
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur
The Public Health Engi-
neering Department will
eliminate all interest and
penalties on the unpaid
water charge fee provid-
ed a lump sum is depos-
ited by May 31, 2024,
under the Amnesty
Scheme. Dr. Samit Shar-
ma, Govt Secretary of the
Water Supply Dept, stat-
ed that users who have
not paid their water bills
in many years will re-
ceive financial assis-
tance. This exemption in
interest and penalty will
apply solely to the out-
standing amount of water
charge charges for all cat-
egories of drinking water
consumers until March
31, 2023. Depositing the
outstanding amount in
one lump sum will qual-
ify individuals for addi-
tional discounts.
First India Bureau
Bhilwara
In a baffling incident in
Jahazpur, Bhilwara, a
teacher has become a tar-
get of harassment via
fake calls, with the per-
petrators disguising their
voices as females. The
callers, allegedly posing
as females, engaged in
discussions regarding
love interests and at-
tempted to lure the teach-
er. Seeking legal inter-
vention, the distressed
teacher, employed at a
private school, has
sought assistance from
the judiciary.
Identified as Hemraj,
the targeted teacher has
taken decisive action by
lodging a formal com-
plaint against the accused
individuals, namely Nar-
endra and Hansraj Rebari
hailing from Devpura.
Assigned to investigate
this case, Inspector
Balveer Khan has taken
charge, working diligent-
ly to unravel the com-
plexities surrounding this
matter.
Teacher files complaint
against alleged harassers
FIRAGAINSTGURUGRAM
COPINBRIBERYCASE
The Chittorgarh unit
of the (ACB) has
taken decisive action
by filing a zero FIR against
Head Constable Rajesh
Kumar of Gurugram. This
action stems from an inci-
dent where Head Constable
Rajesh Kumar solicited
a bribe in exchange for
releasing an accused indi-
vidual during a cyber fraud
case. On Feb 2, the head
constable had asked for a
bribe of `2 lakh in exchange
for releasing the accused
and the amount was de-
liberated upon after which
first at `70k, and thereafter
agreement was reached at
`50k.  PK Agarwal
`25K REWARD FOR
INFO OF KIDNAPPED KID
Kota: GRP has an-
nounced a reward of
Rs 25,000 to anyone
who can provide information
about the whereabouts of
4-year-old innocent Lavish,
who was kidnapped from
Kota railway station. Lavish
was kidnapped six days
ago from platform number
1 of Kota railway station.
The police are clueless
about his whereabouts.
The scene of two kidnap-
pers taking away children
was captured in CCTV, the
footage of which has been
released by GRP. Lavish’s
father had gone to purchase
a ticket when the incident
happened.
Victim Indrasingh Gurjar and accused Devkibai
2 youths crushed
on bike after
blood donation in
Dungarpur
Amnesty scheme:
Waive off interest
and penalties for
water defaulters
Auspiciousprocession!
Governor Kalraj Mishra participated in the procession
of Lord Shri Parshuram in Jaipur on Saturday. During
the event organised by the Rajasthan Brahmin
Mahasabha, Governor Mishra conducted the Maha
Aarti at Badi Chaupar, while reflecting on Lord Shri
Parshuram’s divine journey from birth to becoming the
embodiment of justice and valor.
JMCG has started
a new initiative to
provide relief to the
people from the scorching
heat and sunlight in Jaipur.
The corporation has made
an effort to provide shade
to the drivers by install-
ing green sheds at traffic
signals in Jaipur city. The
initiative was started from
Rambagh chauraha where
shade was arranged by
installing a big green shed
on Saturday. Drivers who
stopped at signal got some
respite from the heat. On
instructions of CS Sud-
hansh Pant, Jaipur Greater
Municipal Corporation
Commissioner Rukmani
Riar made this arrangement
at Rambagh intersection.
The municipal corporation
administration is considering
making such arrangements
at other intersections and
traffic signals of the city.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Rain and thunderstorms
were witnessed in many
areas of Rajasthan due to
the impact of a western
disturbance during the
last 24 hours, the local
weather office said on
Saturday. During this,
Gogunda (Udaipur) re-
corded a maximum rain-
fall of 75 mm, followed
by 34 mm in Ajmer’s
Bhinay, 18 mm in Buha-
na of Jhunjhunu and
Chhoti Sadri of Pratap-
garh and 15 mm in Pugal
of Bikaner, it said.
Similarly, several
other districts including
Bikaner, Dausa, Alwar,
Tonk, Chittorgarh,
Bhilwara, Ganganagar,
Hanumangarh and Churu
and Sikar also recorded
rainfall. Thunderstorm
activities are likely to
continue till May 14.
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Western Disturbance graces the state with refreshing showers
Rajasthan Sports
Council begins
selection trials
Accused in blood plasma theft nabbed
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur
Theselectioncompetition
of sports academies run
by Rajasthan Sports
Council in various sports
in different districts
started from Saturday at
SMS Stadium in Jaipur.
The competition
started for Boys Archery
Academy, Dungarpur,
Udaipur and Girls
ArcheryAcademy, Jaipur
along with Boys Hockey
Academy, Jaipur, Girls
Hockey Academy,
Ajmer, Boys Kabaddi
Academy, Karauli and
Boys and Girls Kabaddi
Academy, Churu.
Apart from this, se-
lection trial is also be-
ing organized for the
proposed Boys Kabad-
di Academy in Did-
wana, Nagaur.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Policehaveapprehended
the alleged perpetrator
of plasma theft from JK
Lone Hospital. The
accused, identified as
Kishan Sahay Kataria,
was taken into custody.
Hailing from Karauli,
the suspect is currently
under interrogation. Dy
commissioner Jaipur
east Kavendra Sagar
informed that a report
was filed that lab
technician of the blood
bank Kishan Sahay
Kataria had taken 76
units of plasma from
store. The plasma was
found in his car while
Kataria had immediately
fled from the scene.
A team was
constituted under
Inspector Sudhir kumar
Upadhaya who started
their search for accused.
On Saturday, upon
receiving information
via an informer, the
accused was arrested.
New selection
committees
formed in RCA
PantwasDistCollectoratthe
timeofPokhranIInucleartest
RAS asso prepares for
convention and polls
in general meeting
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Parminder Singh has
become chairman of the
senior selection
committee. Singh has
been the Ranji captain of
Rajasthan. Bijendra
Yadav, Zakir Hussain,
Amar Singh Negi and
Anoop Dave also became
selectors.
Pranay Sharma was
made chairman of the
junior selection
committee. Gajendra
Singh Senior, Punit
Yadav, Lokesh Jain and
Kishan Choudhary have
been included in the
committee.
Sultana Khan, Anju
Sharma, Maya Jat and
Shweta Bishnoi have
been included in the
women’s selection
committee.
Cricket training camp
will be organised at
Laxman Maidan in
Dungarpur from May
15. The camp will run
till May 31 in which
players of Under-14,
Under-16, Under-19
and Under-23 will par-
ticipate. The event will
be organized by District
Cricket Association
Dungarpur, DCA Secre-
tary Sushil Jain said.
Suryaveer Singh Tanwar
Jaisalmer
CS Sudhansh Pant was
the then District Collector
of Jaisalmer at the time of
historic nuclear testing in
Pokhran. The whole world
had seen India’s power
with N tests on May 11 
13, 1998. Countries in-
cluding the US were left
stunned when AB Vajpyee
govt conducted test.
The biggest challenge
was to complete the nu-
clear operation by avoid-
ing ‘Eye in the Sky’. The
tests were done by nuclear
scientist Dr APJ Abdul
Kalam who later became
the President of India.
Meanwhile, CS Sud-
hansh Pant reached Jaipur
from Delhi by Indigo flight
number 6E 2204. Howev-
er, the flight operated from
Delhi was delayed.The CS
reached Jaipur Airport af-
ter around 6 o’clock.
Dr Rituraj Sharma
Jaipur
A general meeting of
the RAS Association
was convened under the
chairmanship of Presi-
dent Gaurav Bajad.
The meeting, held at
the RAS Club on Satur-
day, saw amendments to
rules for internet voting
and revision of member-
ship fees among various
issues discussed.
Several matters, in-
cluding the amendments
were deliberated upon in
this meeting, yet no de-
cision was reached.
It is expected that
the decisions regard-
ing the issues deliber-
ated upon will be tak-
en in the next meeting
which may be con-
vened soon. Following
this, it is expected that
announcements re-
garding the conven-
tion and elections of
the association will
also be made. The an-
nouncement of the
convention date may
be made after the
model code of con-
duct is lifte
Ghanshyam Tiwari launches scathing attack on Cong
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Rajya Sabha MP and
senior BJP leader
Ghanshyam Tiwari on
Saturday attacked former
chief minister Ashok
Gehlot for his statements
against BJP and RSS.
He also said that Con-
gress as a special strategy
to strengthen its vote
bank has made people
like Mani Shankar Aiyar
and Sam Pitroda its main
spokespersons.
“Gehlot’s frustration
clearly shows that his son
Vaibhav Gehlot is losing
the election from Jalore,”
he said. He said that the
Congress party did not
give respect to Gehlot.
“When he was going
to Rae Bareli for Rahul
Gandhi’s nomination,
Congress sent him to
Amethi,” he said.
Attacking Congress,
he said that party uses
people like Sam Pitroda
and Mani Shankar Ai-
yar for its divisive
agenda. Their aim is to
gather votes by encour-
aging divisive forces,”
Tiwari said.
“With the help of these
leaders, Congress
strengthens the minority
vote bank in the country
by portraying Pakistan as
strong. All this does not
happen suddenly in one
day; rather it is done as
part of a well-thought-
out strategy,” he said.
PROVIDING GREEN SHADE: JMCG’S INITIATIVE TO COMBAT SCORCHING HEAT
A man feeds milk to monkeys, at Galta Ji Temple in Jaipur on Saturday. PTI
The deserted Albert Hall on Saturday afternoon.  NAIM KHAN
 SANTOSH SHARMA
Ghanshyam Tiwari
A man helps an elephant cool off by spraying it with water at
Jaipur on Saturday.  SUNIL SHARMA
Water woes continue in parts of city amid relentless heat.
AMID RISING TEMP, RESIDENTS STRUGGLE WITH
POWER CUTS IN MANY AREAS OF THE CITY
With soaring temperatures, the problem of pow-
er cuts has also increased in the state capital
where people in several areas faced electricity
failure due to extreme heat. The situation is bad in
the areas under chief minister Bhajan Lal Sharma’s
assembly constituency Sanganer. In several areas
of Mansarovar, electricity was cut there since morn-
ing. Apart from this, electricity supply was interrupted
in Pratap Nagar, Sanganer and Barkat Nagar also.
Consumers were deprived of electricity at most places
due to HT system problems. Consumers were tired of
calling Jaipur Discom’s call center but there was no
satisfactory answer. With the increase in demand for
electricity for the last three days, the system is expos-
ing the functioning of DISCOM. In Tonk also, people
were troubled due to power cuts.
3 OF A FAMILY DIE
AS ROOF COLLAPSES
DUE TO LIGHTING
Three persons,
including a
toddler and her
mother, died when the
roof of a two-storey
house collapsed in
Rajasthan’s Bundi.
Those killed have been
identified as Babulal
Gurjar (45), Karmabai
Gurjar (30) and her
four-yr-old daughter
Divya. The incident oc-
curred around 1.30 am
at Prabhulal Gurjar’s
house on Saturday.
A stone slab ceiling
collapsed over sleeping
people after lightning
struck the house, killing
three of them. The bod-
ies were handed over
to family members after
a post-mortem later
this morning. While two
injured were discharged
from the hospital.
Kishan Sahay Kataria
NEW TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT RAMBAGH CIRCLE
Better system  a touch of aesthetics
First India Bureau
Jaipur
umping traffic
lights won’t be
easy now.
Traffic signal junction at
Jaipur’s Rambagh circle
now has a full-polled
traffic light which match-
es with the colour of the
traffic light. Taking a cue
from cities like Chennai,
Mumbai, Bengaluru, Va-
dodara, this kind of traf-
fic light pole has been
installed at Rambagh cir-
cle which is a major traf-
fic junction of the city.
The colour of the lights
at the pole change as per
the colour of the traffic
light. This has also added
aesthetic look to the
traffic light at this point
which connects major
buildings of the city
including JDA office at
one end , SMS stadium
building and the road
leading to 22 godown
and secretariat.
The new lights would be more visible to the commuters. SANTOSH SHARMA
J
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TWEETS
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
Hatred does not cease by
hatred, but only by love;
this is the eternal rule.
BUDDHA
Theeuphoricparticipationofthepeople
ofTirupatiduringourroadshowtoday
indicatesaclearmandate,showing
thattheyhavealreadymadetheirchoice
tosupporttheNDAgovernmentunderthe
visionaryleadershipofHon.PMShri@
narendramodiji.
Jagat Prakash Nadda
(Modi Ka Parivar) @JPNadda
Snaps from the Khajuwala-Poogal-
Bap section in Rajasthan, part of
the Bharatmala Pariyojana, near
the India-Pakistan border, aim to boost
the economy, create job opportunities,
develop tourist spots, and bolster
national security.
Nitin Gadkari
( ) @nitin_gadkari
IN-DEPTH
PROTECTING
MINORS FROM RISKS
OF SOCIAL MEDIA
ata privacy concerns for children are univer-
sal. Europe has stringent laws in place to
protect children from addiction to social me-
dia apps and exploitation from online predators.
Similar measures are being introduced in the UK to
prevent children from harmful content.
The Office of Communication (Ofcom) in the UK
has asked Instagram, Facebook and TikTok to “take
40 practical measures” for children’s online safety.
The guidelines include checking the age of users,
changing the content viewed by children and remov-
ing harmful content. Ofcom has set a deadline of
2025 for the implementation of its guidelines despite
doubts about effective monitoring.
India also has taken a few initiatives to protect
children from hazardous social media platforms. The
Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023 makes
parental consent mandatory to prevent a minor from
opening a social media account. The most effective
safeguard against the perils of social media is paren-
tal oversight of a child’s online endeavors and the
duration of their engagement.
D
IT’S EASY TO MAKE
POLL PROMISES
ongress leader is on a promise-making spree
as he rolls up his sleeves to take on Prime
Minister Narendra Modi in the 2024 Lok
Sabha elections. Some of the promises are too tall to
be fulfilled but that does not deter him from doling
out dreams. From right to apprenticeship, to reserva-
tion to cash transfer to women and caste census, Ra-
hul Gandhi’s bag of goodies is full of them.
At a poll rally in Rajasthan he said if his party is
returned to power he will transfer Rs 1 lakh in the
account of one woman from every poor household.
This translates to
about Rs 8,500 per
month. How many
women will be ben-
efited and what will
be the burden on the
exchequer is for the
economists to calcu-
late and decide if it
will be financially
viable. The money
being transferred to
the account of farm-
ers, one assumes,
will not be stopped.
He has so far re-
mained silent on the demands of farmers, barring a
mention of legal guarantee on MSP.
Flagging the two biggest issues---unemployment
and inflation---Rahul Gandhi promised to start filling
30 lakh vacant government jobs fromAugust 15, be-
sides right to apprenticeship to diploma and degree-
holders on stipend basis.
The most incredulous of all his promises is the one
on wiping out poverty “khatakhat”, in one single
stroke. What magic wand will be used to achieve that
wondrous goal has not been revealed but one can wait
for El Dorado to happen. As of now it’s a distant
dream. Or, perhaps, even a pipedream.
C
Congress leader is
on a promise-
making spree as he
rolls up his sleeves
to take on Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi in the 2024 Lok
Sabha elections
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LOVE FOR
CHILDREN
Never doubt your love for
your kids, never think you
have not loved your chil-
dren enough. You should
not get into this kind of
guilt. When you feel guilty
then you are preparing
yourself to get angry. So
anger and guilt are two
ends of the pendulum
that your mind will
wing between.
I would say, keep moving
ahead instead of sitting and
analyzing the past. When
you are going through
some emotional distur-
bance, do some breathing,
yoga exercises because
when you do meditation,
breathing and Sudarshan
Kriya it gives you enor-
mous strength from inside
to move forward.
CANTHEREBE
ABADMOTHER?
SRI SRI RAVI
SHANKAR
The writer is an Indian yoga
guru, a spiritual leader,
founder of The Art of Living
here is a cer-
tain sweet-
ness to
motherhood.
A mother is
your first connection to
this manifest world. Moth-
erhood lies in each of us.
What is motherhood? It is
to want and wish the best
for others without expect-
ing anything in return.
They build the foundation
for the finest aspects of so-
ciety to flourish; they pos-
sess the ability to create
and the ability to make a
difference. They bring us
to the planet and teach us
how to live.Amother is the
first guru, our first teacher.
My mother was a per-
fectionist. Whatever I
would do, she would say,
“You did not do it properly.
You could have done it
better.” She never had to
apologize to anybody in
her entire life. Can you im-
agine this? She was so
thorough and aware of
everything she said and
did. She had no regrets and
she did nothing to have re-
grets about. At the same
time, she was also very
sharp. So there is one
woman who always said
that I could have been bet-
ter and that is my mother.
Mothers, who teach us to
take our first step, also play
a greater role in society.
They can be strong peace-
makers at home; in the
communities; in societies;
and in the world. They can
bridge differences and
bring diverse people,
sometimes directly oppos-
ing in nature, together – she
does it at home all the time!
SOWING THE SEED
OF PRAYER
One important thing a moth-
er can do is she can sow the
seedofprayerinthechildren
at a very young age. This
sense of prayer arising from
withinwouldaidthemwhen
theygrowup.Ifsometimein
the future they ever feel
stressedorhelpless,knowing
that they have the power of
prayer will help them over-
come these situations, and
theywillneverlosetheirself-
confidence.Theymaynotdo
itintheirteenyearsbutwhen
they grow older and are
faced with such situations, it
will be of great value.
DEALING WITH
MOTHER’S GUILT
There is a verse by Adi
Shankara that says, “Bad
sons are born, but a bad
mother has never been
born”. There can never be
a bad mother. Nobody
should even think they will
be a bad mother. As a
mother, if you get angry at
your kids, you don’t have
to feel guilty about it.
Sometimes you should
show some anger at your
children. It is like vaccina-
tion for them to be strong.
Suppose a mother never
scolds a child, they be-
come so weak, so delicate
they cannot stand any crit-
icism from anybody, they
cannot stand up to hard-
ships. So, one of the par-
ents needs to be tough with
the child. But it should be
in moderation, showing a
lot of anger, and often, can
be counter-productive.
Never doubt your love
for your kids, never think
you have not loved your
children enough. You
should not get into this
kind of guilt. When you
feel guilty then you are pre-
paring yourself to get an-
gry. So anger and guilt are
two ends of the pendulum
that your mind will swing
between. I would say, keep
moving ahead instead of
sitting and analyzing the
past. When you are going
through some emotional
disturbance, do some
breathing, yoga exercises
because when you do med-
itation, breathing and Su-
darshan Kriya it gives you
enormous strength from
inside to move forward.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
My mother was a perfectionist. Whatever I would
do, she would say, “You did not do it properly. You
could have done it better.” She never had to
apologize to anybody in her entire life. Can you
imagine this? She was so thorough and aware of
everything she said and did. She had no regrets
and she did nothing to have regrets about. At the
same time, she was also very sharp. So there is
one woman who always said that I could have
been better and that is my mother
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First India Bureau
New Delhi
Celebrating the milestone
ofIndia’snuclearprowess
showcased in the 1998
Pokhrantests,PrimeMin-
ister Narendra Modi em-
phasized its significance
beyond national borders.
He highlighted the day
not only as a pivotal mo-
ment in India’s nuclear
journey but also as a sym-
bol of the nation’s stead-
fast advancement and
global leadership in tech-
nological innovations.
The anniversary of the
Pokhran nuclear tests
serves as a reminder of In-
dia’s bold assertion of its
capabilities to the world.
At a rally in Odisha on
Saturday, PM Modi said,
“25 years ago today, Atal
Ji’s government conduct-
ed nuclear tests in
Pokhran, showcasing In-
dia’s strength to the
world. While India dem-
onstrated its potential,
the Congress continues
to sow fear by suggesting
Pakistan’s possession of
nuclear weapons.”
He criticised Congress
for its softened stance,
saying: “They repeatedly
try to frighten us, warning
about Pakistan’s atomic
bomb. However, Pakistan
is struggling to manage
its own situation. They’re
even trying to sell their
bombs, but no one wants
to buy them because of
their poor quality.”
Various BJP leaders
also extended their re-
gards to the scientific
community. External Af-
fairsMinisterSJaishankar
commended the present
government, led by PM
Modi, for its effective
counter-terrorism efforts,
building upon the strong
foundation laid by the late
PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
EAM Jaishankar post-
ed on X: “This day in
1998, an NDA Govern-
ment finally exercised
India’s nuclear weapon
option. That momentous
decision has since en-
sured our National Secu-
rity. The current NDA
Government has built on
that foundation, robustly
countering terror and
building our border infra-
structure. The country
must know who stands
where when it comes to
National Security issues.
Our political choices are
eventually choices about
the future of Bharat.”
Union Minister Hard-
eep Puri, echoed the senti-
ment of continuous pro-
gress under Modi’s unwa-
vering leadership, empha-
sising India’s journey to-
wards success in technol-
ogy and innovation. He
said, “It was on May 11,
1998, that India conduct-
ed a series of successful
nuclear tests in Pokhran
and established itself as a
responsiblenuclearpower
with credible deterrence.
On National Technology
Day 2024, we celebrate
the continued triumph of
ourscientists,researchers,
innovators and techni-
cians as they lead India
towards newer heights of
glory in our journey
throughAmrit Kaal under
the firm and resolute lead-
ership of PM Modi.”
VIJAY SANKALP RALLY
Lotus will bloom again, says Anurag Thakur
First India Bureau
Hamirpur
nurag Thakur,
Union Minister
and the BJP MP
representing the Hamir-
pur seat consecutively
since 2008, stands as a
prominent figure in
Himachal Pradesh’s up-
coming elections on
June 1. With a legacy
deeply rooted in politics,
aided by his father and
former two-time CM
Prem Kumar Dhumal’s
support, Thakur asserts
confidence in the face of
elections, dismissing the
notion of anti-incum-
bency.
Expressing determina-
tion to carry forward their
developmental agenda,
Thakur launched the Vi-
jay SankalpYatra, a road-
show, from his ancestral
home in Samirpur. Devel-
opment remains at the
forefront of his campaign,
as he aims to showcase
the achievements of the
Modi govt and the pro-
gress witnessed in his
constituency.
Before embarking on
the roadshow, Thakur
sought blessings through
traditional rituals and vis-
its to ancestral temples,
highlighting the cultural
and familial roots of his
campaign. His efforts be-
yond political mandates,
such as promoting sports
to deter youth from sub-
stance abuse, resonate
with constituents, who
credit him with initiatives
benefiting various seg-
ments of society.
Anurag Thakur with former Himachal Pradesh CM Prem Kumar
Dhumal, Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Jairam Thakur
and state BJP chief Rajeev in Hamirpur district, Saturday.  PTI
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25th Anniversary of Pokhran Nuclear Tests
PM Modi, BJP recall Pokhran tests that showcased India’s strength
The then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at nuclear test site in Pokhran. Chief scientific adviser and the
DRDO director, Dr Abdul Kalam, and Dr R Chidambaram, the director of the Department of Atomic
Energy (DAE), were the chief coordinators of this test planning.  FILE
Congwon’tgeteven50seats,
won’tgetOppn’sstatus:Modi
First India Bureau
Bhubaneswar
PM Narendra Modi, ad-
dressing election rallies in
Kandhamal, Bolangir,
and Bargarh Lok Sabha
seats, confidently predict-
ed that the Congress party
would fail to secure even
50 seats in the upcoming
Lok Sabha polls, thereby
denying it the status of the
principal Opposition.
The PM asserted that
the pride of Odisha is at
stake, promising that the
BJPwould safeguard it by
forminga“doubleengine”
government in the state
and appointing a chief
minister rooted in Odia
language and culture.
Modi criticised the rul-
ing BJD for perpetuating
poverty despite the state’s
abundant natural resourc-
es. He ridiculed the Con-
gress leadership, particu-
larly Rahul Gandhi, for
repetitive rhetoric and
accused them of under-
mining national security
by appeasing terrorists.
Promising develop-
ment and cultural preser-
vation, Modi invited the
audience to “the swear-
ing-in ceremony of a BJP
chief minister” in Bhu-
baneswar, on June 10.
PM accuses Cong of undermining India’s security
PM IN ODISHA
First India Bureau
Vikarabad
Claiming that the Oppo-
sitionbloc—I.N.D.I.A.—
had no prime ministerial
face, Union Home Min-
ister Amit Shah said if
there was anyone who
could take the country
forward, it was Prime
Minister Narendra Modi.
Addressing a rally here
in Congress-ruled Telan-
gana on Saturday, Shah
said, “They (I.N.D.I.A.
bloc) have no consensus
candidate for the prime
minister...no one they can
project as an alternative
to PM Modi. When a re-
porter asked them to
name their PM candidate,
they said their leaders
would take turns to hold-
ing the country’s most
powerful post. I want to
ask them: who would be
their leader to save us
from another pandemic
like Covid-19?”
AmitShahtargetsI.N.D.I.
Allianceover‘noPMface’
‘Earlyactionformula’inWBtoensurefairpollsinnext4phases
Agencies
Kolkata
The Election Commis-
sion of India (ECI) will
adopt an ‘early action
formula’in the forthcom-
ing four phases of the
Lok Sabha polls in West
Bengal to ensure peace-
ful and fair elections.
Explaining ‘early ac-
tion formula’, a source in
the CEO’s office said on
Saturday that this strategy
will be multi-pronged.
First, the Central
Armed Police Forces
(CAPF)willnotallowun-
necessary assembly of
supporters of political
parties within a specific
area in the radius of the
polling stations, from the
very first hour of the com-
mencement of polling.
“Itwillbeakindofcau-
tion for potential trouble-
makers that stricter puni-
tive measures will follow
in the case of habitual of-
fenders,” the source said.
Cong’s approach towards terrorism
weak and soft, says Sitharaman
PTI
New Delhi
Finance Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman on Saturday
attacked the Congress,
saying the approach of the
party towards terrorism
has been “soft”.
“You saw it during the
ten years of UPA rule led
by the Congress how ter-
ror attacks were tolerat-
ed… proper response
was not given,” she said.
“Theybelievedinsend-
ing dossiers to Pakistan to
the extent that you will
recall that handlers of the
Mumbai attack are still
not punished,” she said.
Samajwadi Party
used to fire
bullets at Ram
devotees: Yogi
Agencies
Kanpur Dehat
Addressing a rally here,
UP Chief Minister Yogi
Adityanath launched a
scathing attack against
Samajwadi Party.
“This new Bharat not
only speaks but accom-
plishes. BJP said ‘Ram
Lalla hum aaenge mandir
wahi banaege’but the Sa-
majwadi party used to fire
bullets at the Ram devo-
tees,” Yogi said.
Lashing out further he
said, “There was a terror-
ist attack in Ayodhya un-
der the rule of SP. It is the
character of the Sama-
jwadi party to fire bullets
at Ram devotees and
withdraw cases against
terrorists.”
‘OneNation,OneLeader’isPM
Modi’smission,saysKejriwal
Agencies
New Delhi
AAP convener and Delhi
CM Arvind Kejriwal on
Saturday alleged that
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi is executing a dan-
gerous mission “One Na-
tion, One Leader” and
eliminatingallOpposition
leaders in the country.
“PM wants to elimi-
nate all leaders of the
country. He will put all
Opposition leaders in
jail and finish off all BJP
leaders,” Kejriwal said
addressing the gathering
here following his bail
after 50 days in jail.
“After a few days all
Opposition leaders in-
cluding West Bengal CM
Mamata Banerjee, Tamil
Nadu CM MK Stalin,
Maharashtra former CM
Uddhav Thackeray and
Bihar’s leader of Opposi-
tion Tejaswi Yadav will
be in jail,” he alleged.
PTI
Nandurbar (Maharashtra)
Congress leader Priyan-
ka Gandhi Vadra on Sat-
urday dubbed Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi’s election speeches
as hollow talk, and said
he should imbibe quali-
ties like courage and de-
termination from former
PM Indira Gandhi.
Speaking at a rally
here to drum up support
for Congress candidate
Gowaal Padvi from the
Nandurbar Lok Sabha
seat in Maharashtra, a
day after PM Modi ad-
dressed a public meeting
in this tribal-dominated
constituency, she ac-
cused the Bharatiya Ja-
nata Party (BJP) of not
respecting the culture
and tradition of adivasis
(tribals).
She also asked people
if they want politics of
principles, service and
dedication or politics of
power and self glory.
Whatever PM
Modi says is just
for elections:
Priyanka Gandhi
Will not go inside Raj Bhavan
even if I am invited: Mamata
Agencies
Kolkata
In an oblique reference to
the alleged sexual harass-
ment controversy sur-
rounding West Bengal
Governor CV Ananda
Bose, CM Mamata Ba-
nerjee on Saturday after-
noon said that she would
never go inside Raj
Bhavan even if she was
invited. “I will not go in-
side Raj Bhavan even if I
am invited. I would be
better to meet on the
streets,” she said.
Today Gandhi Chowk
of Hamirpur witnessed
a historic crowd where
countless BJP workers
filled the Hamirpur
constituency with new
energy with immense
enthusiasm and loud
slogans. I salute,
salute  congratulate
all my fellow BJP
workers for making
this rally historic.
ANURAG THAKUR,
UNION MINISTER
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal with
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann during a road show for Lok Sabha
elections, at Mehrauli in New Delhi, on Saturday. PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated during an election rally for the upcoming Lok
Sabha elections, in Bargarh, Odisha, on Saturday. PTI
Union Home Minister Amit Shah at an election rally ahead of
Lok Sabha elections in Vikarabad, on Saturday. PTI
PM PREDICTS NDA SWEEP IN ANDHRA, TELANGANA
Hyderabad: Predicting a clean sweep for the
BJP-led NDA in Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi said he never considered CM Jagan
Mohan Reddy as an ‘ally’. In an interview with NTV, a
Telugu news channel, PM Modi said the incumbent YSRCP
regime in the state led by Jagan wouldn’t be voted back in
the state elections. The BJP is contesting the Lok Sabha
and the assembly elections in the state in alliance with its
NDA partners–the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP and actor-
turned-politician Pawan Kalyan’s JanaSena Party.
Nirmala Sitharaman.  FILE
INDO-BANGLA BORDER SEALED AHEAD OF PHASE
4 OF LOK SABHA ELECTIONS IN WEST BENGAL
Kolkata: Ravi Gandhi, ADG, Eastern Command,
BSF, inspected border areas in the districts of Nadia
and Murshidabad in West Bengal ahead of the
fourth phase of Lok Sabha polls, to be held on Monday.
During his meetings with senior commanders, the ADG
instructed them to keep a close watch on the goings-on
along the Indo-Bangladesh border that is to be completely
sealed during the polling process. Gandhi, accompanied
by Ayush Mani Tiwari, IG, BSF, South Bengal Frontier,
also visited areas close to Padma River, next to the Border
Road in Behrampore to assess soil erosion, instructing
officers to take appropriate measures wherever required.
Gandhi also visited the Meghna and Shikaripur border
outposts under the 146 and 86 battalions.
25 years ago, Atal Ji’s govt conducted
nuclear tests in Pokhran, showcasing
India’s strength to world. While India
demonstrated its potential, Congress
continues to sow fear by suggesting
Pakistan’s possession of
nuclear weapons.
NARENDRAMODI,PRIME MINISTER
INDIA 06
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New Delhi
After days of high tem-
peratures,Delhi-NCRwit-
nessed a major thunder-
storm, strong winds, and
rainfallonFridayevening,
causing traffic disruptions
and flight diversion in the
national capital.
Adjoining areas like
Noida and Ghaziabad
also experienced a sudden
and intense dust storm..
Delhi airport sources
said that due to bad
weather, 9 flights head-
ing to the city were di-
verted to Jaipur.
Traffic was also affect-
ed in the nationals capital
and the adjoining areas as
trees fell on the roads due
to the gusty winds.
Several cars were also
damaged in Sector 58 of
Noida after a shuttering
installed to repair a build-
ing fell on the vehicles.
The India Meteoro-
logical Department said
that winds with over 50
kmph reported in Delhi at
10 pm on Friday.
“Gusty Winds (at 2200
hrs IST of today) reported
(kmph) over Delhi: Ujwa
77 kmph; Jafarpur 57
kmph; Lodhi road 61
kmph; Pragati Maidan 63
kmph; Pitampura 57
kmph;Narayana50kmph;
Najafgarh 40 kmph,” the
IMD posted on X.
ANI
Mumbai
Post three consecutive
weeks of decline, India’s
foreign exchange re-
serves rose again by US$
3.668 billion to US$
641.590 billion in the
week that ended on May
3, RBI data showed.
Prior to the reporting
period,thecountryforeign
exchange reserves de-
clined for the third week,
after having risen for the
seventh straight week to
hitanall-timehighofUS$
648.562 billion.
As per latest Reserve
Bank of India data, India’s
foreign currency assets
(FCA), the biggest compo-
nent of the forex reserves,
rosebyUS$4.459billionto
US$ 564.161 billion. Gold
reserves during the week
declinedbyUS$653billion
to US$ 54.880 billion.
India’s foreign ex-
change reserves, which
had reached an all-time
high are sufficient to cov-
er 11 months of projected
imports, according to the
Monthly Economic Re-
view report of the Depart-
ment of EconomicAffairs
under the Ministry of Fi-
nance, released lately.
In the calendar year
2023, the RBI added
about US$ 58 billion to
its foreign exchange kit-
ty. In 2022, India’s forex
kitty slumped by US$ 71
billion cumulatively.
First India Bureau
Srinagar
JK Police, in south
Kashmir’s Shopian dis-
trict, arrested two terrorist
associates and recovered
incriminating materials
from their possession, po-
lice said on Saturday.
“Police along with
Army (44 RR) and CRPF
(14th BN), at a check-
point established at Ma-
lik Chak Crossing, ar-
rested two terrorist asso-
ciates,” police said.
They have been identi-
fied as Suhaib Iqbal Ma-
lik and Tufail Yousuf
Malik, both residents of
Baba Mohalla, Shopian.
Agencies
Alibaug
As many as 1,820 cases
of snake bites were re-
ported from coastal
Raigad in Maharashtra
from January 2023 to
April this year, resulting
in the death of five per-
sons, a health official
said. According to the
district administration,
the cases of snake bites
spike when farmers un-
dertake pre-monsoon
work in the paddy field.
Sufficient anti-venom
medicine is available in
govt hospitals, he said.
Agencies
Agra
Work on remaining seg-
ments of 29.8 km net-
work of Agra Metro pro-
ject has been sped up to
ensure that it is completed
before the deadline next
year. The priority six km
sector from Taj Mahal to
the Agra Fort was green-
flagged in February. This
stretch is unique as it con-
nects the two world herit-
age monuments, the Taj
and the Fort.
First India Bureau
New Delhi
International Nurses Day
2024 was celebrated on
11 May 2024 at Ayurvig-
yan Auditorium, Army
Hospital (R  R). Major
General Kanwarjit Sin-
gh, Offg Commandant
Army Hospital (RR)
was the chief guest on
this occasion.
International Nurses
Day is celebrated across
the world, every year on
the birth anniversary of
Florence Nightingale to
mark the contributions of
nurses towards society.
International Council
of Nurses has declared
the theme for this year as
‘Our Nurses Our Future,
The Economic Power of
Care’ and the theme was
unveiled by Maj Gen I D
Flora, Addl DGMNS.
First India Bureau
Greater Noida
Noida Power Company
Ltd provided a one-day
on-site training session to
a group of B.Tech stu-
dents specialising in
Electrical Engineering
from Gautam Buddha
University at its Skill De-
velopment Centre here.
The visit, aimed at en-
hancing students’ practi-
cal understanding of
electrical distribution
systems, proved to be an
enlightening experience.
Under the guidance of
NPCL’s safety team, the
students participated in a
comprehensive one-day
training session. This
session, which included
onsite demonstrations,
covered a wide range of
topics related to power
distribution.
Agencies
New Delhi
G20SherpaAmitabhKant
has assured the legal fra-
ternity that the role of law-
yerswillbedulyacknowl-
edgedduringthenextG20
conference, and we will
make sure that the Legal
Fraternity is included.
Amitabh Kant was
honoured by the Society
of Indian Law Firms
(SILF) in an event held in
New Delhi called ‘Cele-
brating and Calibrating
G20:TheSherpaSpeaks’.
Hewaspresentedwiththe
Award for Outstanding
Achiever—India 2023.
The event was organ-
ised to honour the re-
markable achievements
of the G20 Sherpa, Am-
itabh Kant, for his sig-
nificant contributions in
spearheading the suc-
cess of the G20 in New
Delhi last year.
Speaking at the occa-
sion,Attorney General R.
Venkataramani said the
legal fraternity has a
much greater role in shap-
ing society and making
India a vibrant economy.
Once we have domestic
reforms, it will snowball.
SHARE MARKET WATCH
If you want to avoid risk then wait for LS elections results
he impact of de-
cline in voting
percentageinthe
Lok Sabha polls has start-
edbecomingvisibleonthe
Indian stock market. The
fluctuating trends in the
Indian stock market, influ-
enced by the declining
voter turnout in these elec-
tions, have stirred specula-
tionamonginvestors.With
uncertaintiesloomingover
theelectionresults,market
analysts anticipate height-
ened volatility in the near
future. In light of this un-
certainty, investors are ad-
vised to exercise caution
and consider deferring in-
vestment decisions until
after the election results
are announced, allowing
foraclearerunderstanding
of the political landscape
and its potential impact on
the market.
In such volatile condi-
tions,investorsareencour-
aged to assess their confi-
dence levels regarding in-
vestment decisions. While
some may choose to wait
on the sidelines, others
may view market down-
turns as opportunities to
capitalize on undervalued
stocks. The adage in the
stock market, “the only
one who earns money
from shares is the one who
knowshowtoflowagainst
the current,” underscores
the importance of contrar-
ian thinking and strategic
investment decisions
amidst market turbulence.
Despite concerns sur-
rounding the upcoming
election results, the pre-
vailing sentiment among
businessmen is a strong
belief in the formation of a
government led by the
BJP. This conviction ex-
tends even to the betting
market,furtherreinforcing
thenotionthatpoliticalsta-
bilityisanticipatedregard-
less of specific electoral
outcomes. Amidst specu-
lation and market maneu-
vers, investors are advised
to focus on fundamental
indicators such as compa-
ny performance and eco-
nomic conditions to main-
tain confidence in their
investment strategies.
Last week witnessed
significant downturns in
both the BSE and NSE in-
dices, reflecting the pre-
vailing uncertainty in the
market. While a slight re-
covery was observed to-
wards the end of the week,
it remains insufficient to
signal a bullish trend. Sim-
ilarly, the bullion market
experienced notable price
increasesingoldandsilver,
accompanied by a decline
in business activity attrib-
uted to elevated prices.
Looking ahead, market
analysts anticipate contin-
ued volatility, emphasiz-
ing the need for investors
to exercise caution and
make informed decisions
based on their individual
risk profiles and market
assessments. Amidst on-
going market fluctua-
tions, investors are ad-
vised to conduct thorough
evaluations of potential
investments, considering
factors such as previous
financial performance
and dividend liabilities.
Furthermore,thecurrent
market environment sees
ongoing Initial Public Of-
ferings (IPOs), with com-
panies seeking to raise
funds at significant premi-
ums. While IPOs have
yielded benefits for inves-
tors in recent months,
questions arise regarding
the sustainability of such
high premiums and the
profitabilityofinvestments
in lesser-known compa-
nies.As new IPO applica-
tions emerge, investors are
urged to conduct diligent
research to mitigate risks
associated with specula-
tive investments.
In summary, amidst the
backdrop of electoral un-
certainties and market
fluctuations, investors are
advised to approach in-
vestment decisions with
caution and prudence, pri-
oritizing thorough assess-
ments of market condi-
tions and individual risk
tolerances.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
T
Vimal
Kothari
Associate Editor, First
India News  Senior
Journalist
Thunderstormcausestraffic
snarls,flightdiversionsinNCR
IMD predicts possibility of dust storm and thunderstorm
WEATHER FORECAST
(Top and left) Tourists amid rainfall in Shimla, on Saturday. (Right) A tri-cart puller amid rains, in Kolkata, on Saturday. PTI
2 KILLED AS HEAVY RAINS LASH UTTARAKHAND;
BADRINATH-RISHIKESH HIGHWAY CLOSED
Sirobagadh: Two persons were killed and six people
sustained injuries as heavy rains created havoc
near Peepal Kothi on the hilly areas of Uttarakhand
and the Badrinath Highway. Seventeen more people were
injured due to building damage. The Badrinath-Rishikesh
highway has been closed near Sirobagadh, due to which
passengers going to Badrinath and Kedarnath have been
stopped at Srikot-Srinagar and Kaliyasod. Srinagar Kotwal
Hoshiyar Singh Pankholi said that care is being taken to
ensure that passengers do not face any problems.
IMD PREDICTS RAIN, THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS
COUNTRY AFTER DUST STORM WREAKS HAVOC
New Delhi: Several parts of the country are likely to
witness a wet spell accompanied by thunderstorms
and lightning on Saturday, the IMD said. “Light to
moderate rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and light-
ning is likely over Uttarakhand, and Tamil Nadu during the
next 3 hours,” IMD posted on X. The IMD also predicted
light rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning
also likely over south Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and west Ut-
tar Pradesh. “Light rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms
and lightning is also likely over south Punjab,” it added.
India’sforexreservesrise
US$3.7billioninlatestweek
Over 1800 snake
bite cases in
Raigad in 1 year
Work of Agra
Metro project
gains momentum
2 terrorist aides held in
south Kashmir’s Shopian
Police said an FIR has been lodged and probe has been initiated.
Major General Kanwarjit Singh (C) was the chief guest. Students of GBU participating in a one-day training session.
International Nurses
Day 2024 celebrated
NPCL provides on-site
training to GBU students
Successful Hosting of G20 Events
Legal fraternity honours Sherpa
Kant for outstanding leadership
Amitabh Kant was honoured by the Society of Indian Law Firms
(SILF) in an event held in New Delhi, on Saturday.
First India Bureau
Kolkata
Mumbai Indian were 65
for the loss of 1 wicket in
7 overs in their IPLmatch
against Kolkata Knight
Riders at the iconic Eden
Gardens here on Satur-
day evening, till the fil-
ing of this report.
Earlier, batting first,
Venkatesh Iyer’s stand-
out performance pow-
ered KKR) to 157/7
against Mumbai Indians.
Rain played a spoil-
sport just during the time
of toss, and the match of-
ficials decided to make it
a 16-over contest.
After winning the toss,
Hardik Pandya-led MI
sent KKR to bat first. The
KKR openers Philip Salt
(6) and Sunil Narine (0)
displayed a sloppy per-
formance.
MI’s bowling attack
was successful in picking
quick wickets. Pacer Nu-
wan Thushara made the
first breakthrough of the
match as he dismissed
Philip in the fifth ball of
the first over. Salt started
the brilliantly after he
smashed a six in the first
ball of the inning against
Thushara. Star pacer Jas-
prit Bumrah picked up
the second wicket of the
match after he removed
dangerous Narine on his
first ball in the second
over. After losing quick
wickets, Venkatesh Iyer
(42) stood still on the
crease to take KKR to a
better position.
People are seen near to their damaged homes after heavy flooding in Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan Saturday.. Flash
floods from seasonal rains in Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan killed dozens of people on Friday, a Taliban official said.
MALDIVES OVER OPERATING AVIATION PLATFORMS
Indian military personnel replaced by civilians
First India Bureau
New Delhi
aldives an-
nounced that
the 76 Indian
military personnel in the
country have been re-
placed with civilian em-
ployees of the Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited to
operate helicopter and
platforms gifted by India.
Moosa Zameer, Mal-
dives minister of foreign
affairs made the an-
nouncement on Saturday,
putting an end to specula-
tion surrounding the ex-
act number of personnel
repatriated from Mal-
dives to India.
The personnel, previ-
ously stationed in the
Maldives to manage two
helicopter platforms and
a Dornier aircraft primar-
ily used for medical
evacuations, were repat-
riated by Friday, in line
with the agreement
reached between the two
nations in February in
New Delhi, setting a
deadline of May 10.
The agreement was
prompted on the request
of President Mohamed
Muizzu, known for his
pro-China stance, shortly
after assuming office in
November.
Reports indicate that
personnel withdrawal oc-
curred in phases from
various locations in the
Maldives. Zameer men-
tioned that 26 soldiers
left Gan between March
7 and March 9, followed
by 25 from Hanimaad-
hoo between April 7 and
April 9, and 12 from
Kadhdhoo on a recent
Tuesday, with the final
batch of 13 withdrawing
on Thursday.
Earlier assertions by
the Maldivian govern-
ment suggested the pres-
ence of 89 Indian sol-
diers responsible for op-
erating two military heli-
copters and a Dornier
aircraft. Zameer clarified
that civilian employees
from Hindustan Aero-
nautics Limited (HAL),
the manufacturer of the
gifted helicopters, have
replaced the military per-
sonnel.
EAM S. Jaishankar (R) with Moosa Zameer (L), Maldives minister
of foreign affairs made the announcement on Saturday
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Agencies
Muzaffarabad
A two-day holiday has
beendeclaredinPakistan-
occupied Kashmir (PoK)
after a violent confronta-
tion between the local po-
lice authorities and the
protesters, who took to
the streets against what
they termed unjust taxes
levied on electricity bills
and towering inflation.
The protest, called in
by Kashmir Joint Awami
Action Committee aka
People’sAction Commit-
tee, announced for Friday
and Saturday has been
met with an aggressive
response from the police,
which resorted to a crack-
down and arrests of pro-
testers and their leaders,
further inflaming the al-
ready angry protestors.
On Saturday, a com-
plete wheel-jam shutter-
down strike was observed
across PoK with a call for
a rally towards Muzaffa-
rbaad, where the legisla-
tive government and its
assembly are based.
“There is going to be a
complete shutter-down
and wheel-jam strike ob-
served across PoK and
specifically in Muzaffar-
abad against the police
brutality against our
peaceful protestors in
Dadyal,” said Saukat
Nawaz Mir, member of
the Kashmir Joint Awami
Action Committee.
Locals demand freedom as
violent protests break in PoK
Agencies
Cairo/Jeruslem
Israel called on Saturday
for Palestinians in more
areas of Gaza’s southern
city of Rafah to evacuate
and head to what it calls
an expanded humanitar-
ian area inAl-Mawasi, in
a further indication that
the military is pressing
ahead with its plans for a
ground attack on Rafah.
A military spokesper-
son also called on resi-
dents and displaced peo-
ple in the Jabalia area of
northern Gaza, and 11
other neighbourhoods in
the enclave to go imme-
diately to places west of
Gaza City.
The Palestinian health
ministry said at least 37
Palestinians, 24 of them
from central Gaza areas,
were killed in overnight
airstrikes across the en-
clave, including in Rafah.
“They threw fliers on
Rafah and said, from Ra-
fah to al-Zawayda is
safe, people should evac-
uate there, and they did,
and what has become of
them? Dismembered
bodies? There is no safe
place in Gaza,” Khitam
Al-Khatib, who said she
had lost at least 10 of her
relatives in an airstrike
on a family house here
on Saturday.
Israel orders Palestinians to
evacuate from areas of Rafah
 Israel may have violated International Law With Ameri-
can weapons in Gaza: US
 Tensions mounting on U.S. college campuses over
Gaza war
 Some students profiled by Canary Mission say they
received flood of online abuse
 Canary Mission accused students of supporting terror-
ism, spreading antisemitism
 Posts that are accurate and publicly-sourced are gener-
ally legal, experts say
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF ISRAEL–HAMAS WAR
Palestinians load belongings, as they prepare to evacuate, after
Israeli forces launched a ground and air operation on Monday.
Devastation in
Gaza as Israel
wages war on
Hamas: Report
Agencies
Cairo/Jeruslem
The Taliban Defense
Ministry said in a state-
ment Saturday that the
country’s air force has
already begun evacuat-
ing people in Baghlan
and has rescued a large
number of people stuck
in flooded areas and
transported 100 injured
people to military hospi-
tals in the region.
Richard Bennett, the
UN special rapporteur on
the situation of human
rights in Afghanistan,
said on X that the floods
are a stark reminder of
Afghanistan’s vulnera-
bility to the climate crisis
and that both immediate
aid and long-term plan-
ning by the Taliban and
international actors are
needed.
Videos posted on so-
cial media showed doz-
ens of people gathered
Saturday behind the hos-
pital in Baghlan looking
for their loved ones. An
official tells them that
they should go and start
digging graves while
their staff are busy with
preparing bodies for the
burial ceremony.
Officials previously
said that in April at least
70 people died from
heavy rains and flash
flooding in the country.
About 2,000 homes, three
mosques,andfourschools
were also damaged.
Flash floods damage about 2,000 homes, 3
mosques, and four schools after heavy rains
PTI
Washington
Prominent Indian-Amer-
ican billionaire and ven-
ture capitalist Vinod Kh-
osla hosted US President
Joe Biden at his Silicon
Valley residence for an
election fundraiser dur-
ing which the Democrat-
ic Party’s presumptive
candidate raised more
than USD 1.5 million.
Tickets for the fund-
raiser on Friday at the
residence of Khosla, the
co-founder of Sun Mi-
crosystems and the
founder of Khosla Ven-
tures, ranged from USD
6,600 to USD 100,000.
In the 2024 election,
this was the first time the
president attended a fun-
draiser hosted by an Indi-
an-American.
Over USD 1.5 million
was raised attended by
many Indian-Americans
from the Silicon Valley
area.There were about 50
people seated and 30 or so
standing. In his remarks,
which lasted for about 15
minutes, Biden focused
more on immigration and
women’s rights.
Though he did say that
the US is not a xenopho-
bic country, Biden did
not mention India and
Japan this time unlike his
controversial remarks
about a week ago.
Agencies
Moscow
Five people were killed
and nine wounded in
three separate Ukrainian
drone and artillery strikes
on the Russian border
provinces of Belgorod
and Kursk, and the city of
Donetsk, which Russia
claims to have annexed,
local officials said on
Saturday.
Denis Pushilin, the
Russian-installed head of
east Ukraine’s Donetsk
region, said in a state-
ment posted on the Tele-
gram messaging app that
three civilians had been
killed and eight more in-
jured when a Ukrainian
missile struck a restau-
rant in Donetsk city.
Donetsk, which fell
under the control of Rus-
sian-backed separatists in
2014, regularly came un-
der Ukrainian shelling
after Moscow ordered
tens of thousands of
troops into Ukraine in
February 2022, but be-
came more secure after
Kyiv’s troops were
forced from its outskirts
earlier this year.
Indian-American venture
capitalist hosts Prez Biden
5 killed in Ukrainian strikes
on Russian border regions
President Joe Biden.
RUSSIA CLAIMS CAPTURE
OF VILLAGES IN UKRAINE
Vovchansk:
Moscow’s forces
have captured
five villages as part of a
renewed ground assault
in Ukraine’s northeast, the
Russian Defense Ministry
said Saturday. Ukrainian
journalists reported Friday
that Russian troops took
the villages of Borysivka,
Ohirtseve, Pylna and
Strilecha, all of which lie
in a militarily contested
“gray zone” on the border
of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region
and Russia.
On Friday, violent
scenes of angry
protests were
witnessed involving
stone pelting and fierce
tear gas shelling.
VENKATESHIYER’S42-RUNKNOCK
POWERSKKRTO157/7AGAINSTMI
ATSILICONVALLEYRESIDENCEFORFUNDRAISER
Mumbai Indians bowler Jasprit Bumrah celebrates with Tilak Verma and Ishan
Kishan after taking the wicket of KKR’s Sunil Narine at Eden Gardens. (Inset)
Ground staff clear water after a spell of rain during the IPL match on Saturday.
RajendraChhabra
Jaipur
hief Secretary
SudhanshPantis
completely en-
gagedinimplementingthe
mandate of the Bhajan Lal
government to provide
‘good, effective, and an-
swerable governance’ to
Rajasthan. In this regard,
he is making the field ad-
ministration fit and active,
which is a major undertak-
ing. In the districts, collec-
tors are considered to be
the representatives of gov-
ernment and administra-
tion, and since the new
government came to pow-
er,theroleofcollectorshas
changed to a great extent.
On one hand, while the
collectors have been made
more powerful and effec-
tive,ontheother,theyhave
been made more responsi-
ble and answerable. With
the handover of monitor-
ing of the revenue collec-
tion system in the districts,
the collectors now have
direct control of revenue-
earning departments in
districts. Thus, the collec-
tors’power has increased.
Recently, when the
ChiefSecretarydemanded
areportfromallthecollec-
tors regarding revenue tar-
getsforAprilthatwastobe
submitted by May 5, the
officials realised the seri-
ousness of the state gov-
ernment’s intent.
But the CS is also con-
ducting monitoring as to
how serious and active the
district collectors are to-
wards their work. Interest-
ingly, it has happened for
the first time that the rank-
ing given to collectors,
which depicts the time
taken in disposing of a file
through the e-filing sys-
tem,hasbeenmadepublic.
Amongthese,Salumber
collector Jasmeet Singh
Sandhu has achieved the
first spot. His file disposal
time is only 11 minutes.
Thereafter, from second
place to tenth spot are
Shahpura collector Rajen-
dra Shekhawat (21 min-
utes), Sanchore collector
Shakti Singh Rathore (45
minutes), Jaipur collector
Prakash Rajpurohit (53
minutes), Gangapur City
collector Gaurav Soni (56
minutes),Beawarcollector
Utsav Kaushal (59 min-
utes), Kota collector
Ravindra Goswami (one
hour and one minute),
Dungarpur collectorAnkit
Kumar Singh (one hour 
five minutes), Khairthal-
Tijara collector Astika
Shukla (one hour and five
minutes), and Kekri col-
lector Shweta Chauhan
(one hour and eight min-
utes). But perhaps what is
more interesting is the de-
velopment that three col-
lectors have been put on
red list by CS for not per-
forming ‘up to the mark’.
These are Rajsamand col-
lector Bhanwarlal (fifteen
hours and two minutes),
BikanercollectorNamrata
Vrishi (fifteen hours and
two minutes) and the last
Chittorgarh collector who
took 22 hours and 22 min-
utes to dispose of one file.
They have had to face mu-
sicowingtotheirpoorper-
formance.
Among major districts,
Udaipur collector Arvind
Poswal has stood at the
40th spot (6 hours 56 min-
utes), Jodhour collector
Gaurav Agrawal at the
30th spot (4 hours and 42
minutes), Ajmer collector
Bharti Dixit at the 25th
spot (four hours and five
minutes), and Alwar col-
lector Ashish Gupta has
stoodon23rdspot(3hours
and 35 minutes). CS Sud-
hansh Pant is promoting
thissystemsothatitcanbe
known which collectors
are working with utmost
commitmentandsincerity.
Thepurposebehindreleas-
ingtherankingistoinform
the people about the per-
formanceofthecollectors.
Administrative experts
believe that giving such
emphasis on the disposal
of files may affect collec-
tor-level field works, in-
spections, tours and public
hearings whereas, for any
collector, fieldwork is
equally important as dis-
posing of the files.
08
A mother’s love is the perfect balance of a combination
of unconditional love, powerful protection, a sea of
acceptance and an ocean of understanding, there is
nothing similar to it in the entire world.
Dr JAGDEESH CHANDRA, CMD  Editor-in-Chief
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24
Jaipur, Sunday | May 12, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia
By Tridib Raman
The author is a journalist and political commentator
and views expressed are his personal
FIRST INDIA SUNDAY SPECIAL
Mirch Masala
BJP AND BJD UNITED IN ODISHA?
ven though BJP and Biju Ja-
nata Dal may not have appar-
ently formed a pre-poll alliance
in Odisha, the news is confirmed that
internally both the parties are contesting
the elections together against Congress.
Perhaps this is the reason why top BJD
leader and state Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik is focusing his election meet-
ings only on the assembly constituen-
cies. Perhaps this is the reason why
Naveen Patnaik is not campaigning for
his authorized candidates in the Lok
Sabha seats where BJP stalwarts have
contested. Like BJP’s Jai Panda from
Kendrapara, Sambit Patra from Puri, Un-
ion Minister Dharmendra Pradhan from
Sambalpur and Jual Oram from Sun-
dergarh are contesting the election, but
Naveen Patnaik has no interest in going
here. In these elections, courtesy of Pat-
naik’s close associate Pandian, the draft
of alliance between BJP and BJD had
been decided, but Naveen Patnaik came
to know in the ground survey of Odisha
that ‘if there is an alliance between BJD
and BJP, then its biggest beneficiary
will be Congress and the vote share of
Congress can increase to about 25 per-
cent.’ So, a formula was made that BJP
will ‘lead’ in the Lok Sabha and BJD will
‘support’ it internally, while the assembly
elections will be completely in BJD’s
share. BJP’s own survey is showing that
if the graph of this ‘friendly fight’ pans out
properly then BJP can win most of the
21 seats in Odisha.
E
erhaps you
remember that
‘Maharashtra
Navnirman Sena’ Presi-
dent Raj Thackeray had
announced unconditional
support to BJP in the Lok
Sabha elections in the
state. The background
for this was prepared in
Delhi when Raj Thackeray
came to Delhi and met the
BJP top leadership. Only
after this, BJP top brass
had given the responsibil-
ity to Maharashtra CM
Eknath Shinde to ‘take
full care of Raj Thack-
eray and cooperate with
him’. Initially there was
some cooperation from
Shinde’s side but later his
attitude became indiffer-
ent. Angered by this, Raj
Thackeray sat at home.
When the BJP leadership
came to know about this,
it started training Shinde
vigorously. Then Raj
got more support from
Shinde, after which Raj
Thackeray came out
and now he is firmly
campaigning on 13 seats
in the fifth phase of Ma-
harashtra where elections
are going to be held on
May 20. Apart from this,
he will also share the
stage with PM Modi at
an election rally at Shivaji
Park on May 17.
P
JP has identified 18 major seats in these
elections where it is necessary for the par-
ty candidate to win by any means. These
18 seats have been named ‘Code Blue’. Even
though the fight is tough on these 18 seats, the BJP
and Sangh cadre are showing their full strength
here. Last week, an important meeting of top BJP
leaders and some key officials of the Sangh was
held. It is said that in this
meeting it was decided
that it is necessary to win
these 18 seats at any
cost. So, Sangh and BJP
leaders will campaign
‘door-to-door’ on all these 18 seats, social and digi-
tal media will be used extensively and there will be
no shortage of resources under any circumstances.
Mandi has been kept at the top among the ‘Blue’
seats, from where Bollywood actress Kangana
Ranaut is contesting. After this comes Amethi, from
where prominent BJP leader Smriti Irani is contest-
ing against Gandhi family loyalist KL Sharma.
Apart from this, it also includes the seat of Rajkot in
Gujarat, from where Modi’s favourite Parushottam
Rupala is in the news for his recent controversial
statements. Even though Asaduddin Owaisi has
been accused of being a ‘hidden friend’ of the BJP,
the BJP has made elaborate preparations to defeat
him in Hyderabad. BJP is putting all its efforts here
for its candidate Madhavi Lata.
rashant Kishor is more famous for his
loudness than he is for his infallible
election strategy. Recently, while sitting
in the lobby of a five-star hotel in Hyderabad, he
was talking to someone on his speaker phone.
The person on the other side was asking him,
‘Till now you were working for Jagan, now you
are working for Chandrababu.’ On this Prashant
Kishor said, ‘What should I do, I am caught
between Naidu and Jagan. A close friend of
Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh was sit-
ting on the adjoining sofa in the lobby of the same
hotel and was listening to PK’s conversation. He
immediately called Nara and told him all these
things. Nara, who was furious, called PK imme-
diately and said, “We have a relationship, so you
should respect that relationship and refrain from
unnecessary talk.”
B
P
...AND FINALLY
CONGRESS IN KANGANA'S FAVOUR!
prominent youth leader of AAP has been in London for several
months for his treatment. If sources are to be believed, recently he
came to Dubai and met a senior BJP leader’s son. The intention
of this meeting is to avoid his arrest in India. For this he seemed ready
to leave the party and become a government witness. On the proposal of
this young leader, BJP leader’s son immediately called a renowned lawyer
and wanted to know, ‘How can we help him?’ On this the lawyer said, ‘This
gentleman is from a government board. He has been a chairman and seri-
ous allegations have also been made against him, so how can he become
a government witness in such a situation?’
n the Mandi Lok Sabha elections, Congress party has emerged as the
savior of BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut where she is contesting against
Congress candidate Vikramaditya Singh. Sources reveal that 5 big Con-
gress leaders including Himachal Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu are angry
with Vikramaditya. They feel that Vikramaditya supporters had conspired to topple
the Sukhu government. Sources reveal that Sukhu and his supporting leaders are
providing full support to BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut from inside. Even the local
administration seems to be taking steps in favor of Kangana.
A
I
WHAT IS BJP'S ‘CODE BLUE'?
PRASHANT KISHOR'S ARROGANCE!
HOW DID RAJ
THACKERAY STOP
SULKING?
CS’ RANKING SYSTEM JOLTS COLLECTORS, DCs!
Pant’s all-out effort to give Raj a better ‘raj’!
C
Indiahasbecome5th
largest
economyunderPMModi:CM
Dy CM Diya Kumari
campaigns for
Manoj Tiwari in
North East Delhi
First India Bureau
New Delhi
On Saturday, Rajasthan
deputy CM Diya Kumari
congratulated BJP’s
Manoj Tiwari who is the
party’s contestant from
North East Delhi Lok
Sabha constituency. Diya
Kumari said while ad-
dressing a gathering,
“While Manoj Tiwari
made his mark as a super
star in Bhojpuri films, he
becamesynonymouswith
development in politics.
Actor-turned-politician
Manoj ji strengthened the
party in Delhi, took the
party ideology and
schemes to masses and
gave a new dimension to
development,” she said.
Dimple Sharma
Jaipur
Education Minister
Madan Dilawar along
with his family members
reached Govinddevji
temple to seek blessings
on his birthday. His wife
Suraj Dilawar, son Deep-
ak and Pawan, daughter
Dr Anupama and son-in-
law Dr Rahul Chandel
were present with him.
During this, he prayed
for peace and prosperity
in the state.
There was a rush of
people at his residence
on his birthday. A large
number of people, sup-
porters and well wishers
of the minister wished
him. Madan Dilawar also
worshiped a cow and calf
on Saturday morning at
his residence in Jaipur.
He also honored the
sanitation worker cou-
ple working at his resi-
dence in Civil Lines and
later reached Govind
Dev Ji temple.
Aishwary Pradhan
Mumbai
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma
on Saturday addressed
the Rajasthan Confer-
ence in South Mumbai
and said that after 2014,
PMModistartedschemes
for the welfare of the
poor in the country. “Un-
der his leadership, the na-
tion has seen work rang-
ing from development
plans to border security
and increasing the coun-
try’s pride in the world.
When Modi ji sends Rs
100 from Centre for de-
velopment, the entire
amount is spent on the
ground,” the CM said.
Sharma further added
that under leadership of
PM,apoorman’sbankac-
countwasopenedincoun-
try and accident insurance
was possible for Rs 12.
“Under the leadership
of the PM, the country has
become fifth largest econ-
omy in the world and will
soon become the third
largest economy. Swami
Vivekananda had said
that the 21st century will
belong to India. PM Modi
is fulfilling this dream.
This election is an elec-
tion to show India’s
strength in world. PM has
done great work for Raj-
asthan. After the forma-
tion of our govt, Modi ji
fulfilled the aspirations of
people and gave approval
of ERCP scheme and Ya-
muna water agreement
for Shekhawati. A double
engine govt is working in
Rajasthan. The dreams of
the youth were shattered
due to the leak of 17 pa-
pers in the previous gov-
ernment, we formed a SIT
totakestrictactionagainst
the culprits and arrested
100 people,” he said.
“Victory to the sol-
dier, Victory to the
farmer, Victory to
science” Hearty congratula-
tions and best wishes on
‘National Technology Day’ to
all the scientists and engi-
neers engaged in making In-
dia modern, developed and
strong. On this day in the
year 1998, by conducting
successful nuclear testing in
Pokhran, India had ushered
in a new era of its incred-
ible capability, power and
technological revolution.
Bhajanlal Sharma (Modi
Ka Parivar)@bhajanlalbjp
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma addressing Pravasi Rajasthani Conference organized in support of NDA candidate
Sandipan Bhumare from Aurangabad (Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar) Lok Sabha constituency on Saturday.
Madan Dilawar prays at Govind
Dev Ji in Jaipur on Saturday.
Diya Kumari, Manoj Tiwari, 
others in Delhi on Saturday.
On the Campaign Trail!
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra reached Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh on Saturday to assess the reach and
popularity of Bharat24 News channel and also to take ground level feedback for the upcoming
Lok Sabha elections. Dr Chandra met and conveyed his best wishes to Union Information and
Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, who has returned to the Lok Sabha from the Hamirpur
seat four consecutive times since 2008 and is one of the most prominent faces in the fray
from Himachal Pradesh that will go to the polls on June 1. Shashikant Sharma of the Bharat24
family accompanied Dr Chandra. A confident Thakur launched the Vijay Sankalp Yatra on
Saturday, before that he performed ‘kanya pujan’ and took the blessings of his parents as he
paid obeisance at Awahdevi Temple (his family deity) and sought her blessings. Thakur holds
a clear edge over the Congress candidate Satpal Singh Raizada, former MLA-Una Sadar. Dr
Jagdeesh Chandra and Shashikant Sharma also paid a courtesy call to Arun Singh Dhumal, IPL
Chairman  former Treasurer, BCCI and brother of Anurag Thakur.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra greets Anurag Thakur,
also seen is Shashikant Sharma
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra and Shashikant Sharma
with Arun Singh Dhumal
Dilawarseeksblessingsof
GovindDevjionhisB’day
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma
addressed Rajasthan
Conference in South
Mumbai on Saturday
RANKING OF DIVISIONAL COMMISSIONERS
Division Officer File Disposal Time
Ajmer Mahesh Chand Sharma 21 minutes
Bharatpur Sanwar Mal Verma 1 hour 10 minutes
Pali Pratibha Singh 2 hours 23 minutes
Kota Urmila Rajoria 2 hours 31 minutes
Jaipur Arushi Malik 3 hours 45 minutes
Bikaner Vandana Singhvi 3 hours 55 minutes
Banswara Neeraj K Pawan 4 hours 53 minutes
Jodhpur Bhanwar Lal 5 hours 19 minutes
Udaipur Rajendra Bhatt 8 hours 48 minutes
Sikar Charge with Bikaner
CS Sudhansh Pant
JAIPUR, SUNDAY | MAY 12, 2024
Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle
BATTLEFIELD TO BOARDROOM
n a captivating event celebrating
the Silver Jubilee of Data Infosys,
inspiring narratives and forward-
looking discussions were held. The event
encapsulated the spirit of development. P11
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ity First has celebrat-
ed motherhood in all
its glories from reel
life (from Nirupama
Roy as the Suprene
Sacrificing Bollywood Mother to
Sushmita Sen as Aarya) to real life
but increasingly as marriage and
motherhood undergo changes in an
evolving society, I too look outside
and within and celebrate new ‘moth-
ers’ beyond the narrow definitions
and write anew on a blank canvas.
The definition of motherhood has
evolved, transcending traditional
roles. Beyond biological ties, it en-
compasses diverse expressions of
love and nurturing. Modern mothers
navigate careers, aspirations, and
societal expectations, challenging
conventional norms. They balance
caregiving with personal growth,
advocating for gender equality and
individual autonomy. Technology
connects them globally, fostering
communities and support networks.
Motherhood embraces diversity,
honouring single parents, adoptive
families, and LGBTQ+ caregivers.
It celebrates resilience, sacrifice,
and unconditional love, shaping fu-
ture generations with empathy and
empowerment. In a dynamic world,
the essence of motherhood endures,
adapting to meet the evolving needs
of families and society.
This Mother’s Day put your feet
up and watch The Mother on Netf-
lix, an action-packed thriller that
delves into the depths of a mother’s
love in an unethical and captivating
manner. Directed by a visionary
filmmaker, this movie takes audi-
ences on an exhilarating and emo-
tional rollercoaster ride, leaving
them on the edge of their seats from
start to finish.
There are a lot of intense car chas-
es and hand-to-hand combat which
Lopez naturally does with Elan
without a hair out of place. Regard-
less of the cliches and formulas
(been there/done that) the movie is
a good watch and Lucy Paez as
Lopez’s daughter gives a revelatory
performance. Watch out for her, she
will go places.
It should make us think about the
boundaries we are willing to cross
and the sacrifices we make for our
loved ones and as mothers- the
boundaries are so flexible when the
loved one is our child.
evolved, transcending traditional
roles. Beyond biological ties, it en-
compasses diverse expressions of
love and nurturing. Modern mothers
navigate careers, aspirations, and
adapting to meet the evolving needs
of families and society.
This Mother’s Day put your feet
up and watch The Mother on Netf-
lix, an action-packed thriller that
delves into the depths of a mother’s
MOTHERHOOD
REDEFINED!
Even as City First wishes all its readers a Very Happy Mother’s Day,
we also take a look at the changing definition of motherhood as
we explore Jennifer Lopez on a path of vengeance and justice,
blurring the lines between right and wrong in The Mother.
Anita Hada
anita.hada@
firstindianews.com
C
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Matriarch'sDay
CELEBRATING LOVE, SACRIFICE, AND STRENGTH ON MOTHER'S DAY
Mother's Day, a day of reverence
and gratitude, beckons us to
honour the extraordinary women
who shape our lives with
boundless love and unwavering
devotion. City First presents a
heartwarming tribute to mothers
everywhere this Mother's Day,
showcasing a curated selection of
remarkable books with touching
poems that capture the essence
of maternal love.
I, a mother, came into
being when you were
born.
Many oaths about your
future, I had sworn.
You took over my days
and nights.
I don’t remember
when I slept tight.
I suffered with guilt al-
ways.
My preferences and in-
terests I gave away.
Whether at home or
out for work.
That dilemma of prov-
ing a dutiful mother al-
ways, sucked.
I strived to get the best
for you.
And when I saw you
happy, all my worries,
away they flew.
I wasn’t trained or ex-
perienced.
Every action was an
interesting lesson.
Had no vague idea to
bring up a child.
Some memories of my
childhood, some books
at hand.
And of course, some
tips and teachings by
mom figures around...
What to do?
When to do it?
How to do?
Why do?
Why not do ?
So on and so forth...
I tried and tried.
I succeeded a little and
a little I failed.
Going through this
hustle, life changed me
in person.
I’m amazed at my
multitasking and mul-
tifaceted self.
I witness your mood
swings and tantrums.
I adore your concern
and emotions.
Yes.. you give me hap-
piness and fulfilment
like no other.
I must say...I’m a
gratified mother.
Rinkal Haldiya Khandelwal
TOM LAKE
In Patchett's latest enchanting
tale, adult daughters delve into
their parents' past lives, dreams,
and loves amidst the backdrop of
an idyllic Michigan cherry farm
during the early pandemic. This
poignant narrative unfolds as they
hunker down together, unravelling
familial mysteries and forging
deeper connections. As you im-
merse yourself in their journey,
you may find echoes of your own
experiences, prompting moments
of reflection and discovery along-
side your mom. Patchett's story
offers a poignant reminder of the
profound bonds that endure, even
in the face of separation and un-
certainty.
— by Ann Patchett
ACTS OF FORGIVENESS
In Maura Cheeks' debut
novel, single mom Willie
Revel embarks on a mis-
sion to rescue her family
from financial turmoil.
She applies for a new
program offering up to
$175,000 in reparations
to Black families de-
scended from slaves.
However, tensions arise
within the family as not
everyone supports
delving into the past,
even if it means salvation
for them all. Cheeks'
gripping narrative ex-
plores the complexities of
identity, history, and fa-
milial bonds in the pur-
suit of justice and
survival.
—by Maura Cheeks
FAMILY FAMILY
Actress and adoptive mom India
Allwood challenges the portrayal
of adoption in her latest film,
sparking controversy. Her twin
ten-year-olds rally to her side,
seeking solace from an unexpected
source: India's biological child,
whom she placed for adoption
years ago. As family dynamics in-
tertwine with Hollywood drama,
Allwood's journey unfolds, explor-
ing themes of identity, mother-
hood, and the power of familial
bonds in navigating life's complex-
ities and controversies.
— by Laurie Frankel
HAMNET
This evocative novel delves into the enig-
matic world of Shakespeare's wife and fam-
ily, exploring the profound impact of the
plague on their lives. Through lyrical prose
and rich storytelling, the narrative unveils
the untold stories and hidden struggles of
these historical figures. As the backdrop of
the plague looms large, the novel captures
the essence of love, loss, and resilience in the
face of adversity, offering a poignant explo-
ration of human resilience and the enduring
power of art.
- by Maggie O'Farrell
I'M SO EFFING TIRED
A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy,
and Reclaim Your Life - For the burnt-out mom in
need of rejuvenation, this self-help book offers a
roadmap to manage stress and reclaim vitality. Paired
with dedicated me-time, it serves as a powerful tool
for rebuilding energy and restoring balance. With
practical insights and actionable strategies, it empow-
ers mothers to prioritize self-care and navigate life's
challenges with resilience. Give the gift of rejuvena-
tion and renewal, supporting the mom in your life on
her journey to wellness and well-being.
— by Amy Shah
THE GOODBYE DIARIES
Explore the profound journey of
Marisa Bardach Ramel and her late
mother Sally Bardach in their poi-
gnant memoir, navigating through
Sally's terminal cancer diagnosis. In
this tribute to maternal love, the
duo's unwavering bond shines
amidst grief and loss, revealing the
enduring strength of mother-daugh-
ter relationships.
— by Marisa Bardach Ramel
and Sally Bardach
You are so
full of compassion,
love, and strength. I love
you for all that you are and
for all that you do. Happy
Mother's Day to the most
amazing mother. Thank you
for all the joy you've
brought to my life as
my mother.
There
aren’t enough
words in the world
to say how much you
mean to me. I love
you, Mom!
MOM'S RHYMES
Tripti
Mahawar
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day
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Earlier on Friday, heavy rains caused rivers to rumble, and mud crashed through villages and agricultural land in several provinces, in- cluding the northern Baghlan, Takhar, and Badakhshan. MORE ON P7 IN BRIEF Mumbai: Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan has received a notice from the Madhya Pradesh High Court for using the word ‘Bible’ in the title of her book, ‘Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Pregnancy Bible.’ Actor Kareena Kapoor gets notice from MP HC London: England cricket great James Anderson will retire from the longest format after the first Test against West Indies at Lord’s in July, the fast bowler said on Saturday. Anderson announces retirement from Test New Delhi: Delhi Capi- tals skipper Rishabh Pant fined `30 lakh & suspend- ed for 1 match for breach- ing IPL Code of Conduct. The team was accused of maintaining a slow over- rate in match on May 7. Rishabh Pant suspended for 1 match, fined `30L  The campaigning for Phase 4 LS polls, sched- uled for May 13, came to an end on Saturday fol- lowed by commencement of a 48-hr silence period.
  • 2. Satyanarayan Sharma Jaipur A husband killed his wife by slitting her throat with a knife in Jaipur on Satur- day. After the murder, the accused husband reached the police station and told the duty officer – I have killed my wife by slitting her throat. When the po- lice reached the spot, the woman’s body was found in a bloody condition in the room. The matter is of Shyam Nagar area. CI Kailash Chand Meena said that Kajal Sarkar (35), resident of West Bengal, was living with his wife Preeti Sarkar (32) in Shyam Na- gar area. Kajal reached the govt police station at 7 am on Saturday morn- ing and told the duty of- ficer that he had mur- dered his wife. The police also called the FSL team to collect evidence from the spot. After this, Preeti’s body was kept in the mortuary of SMS Hospital. First India Bureau Jaipur Atragic incident unfold- ed as a dispute within the Khan Family WhatsApp group escalated into a deadly altercation in Jaipur. Cousins turned against each other, re- sulting in the fatal stab- bing of one brother, Sal- man Ansari. His col- league, Shahrukh, who attempted to intervene, was also gravely injured in the altercation. Both victims were rushed to SMS Hospital, where Salman succumbed to his wounds despite med- ical efforts, while Shah- rukh continues to receive treatment. The police, led by SHO Rajesh Mee- na, are actively pursuing leads to apprehend the culprits Ashvini Yadav Alwar Putting humanity to shame, a man along with his wife attempted to murderhisfather,aschool lecturer, to get a govern- ment job on compassion- ate grounds and to get the father’s property. However, because the lecturer’s elder brother came to know about it, the son could not succeed in his plans. Both the son and the daughter-in-law together tortured the 55-year-old man to such an extent that he started trembling. He was beaten brutally. The man has more than 100 marks on his body. Niranjan Lal Sharma, resident of Malviya Na- gar of Alwar city and lec- turer of Government Higher Secondary School, Bhandodi Malakheda, reported to the police that his young- er son Ankit and daugh- ter-in-law Pooja had beat- en him for 4 hours on May 9. EMPOWERING WOMEN Sapta Shakti hosts convocation for PMKVY First India Bureau Jaipur apta ShaktiWel- fare Centre’ in collaboration with Army Skill Training Centre, Sapta Shakti Command Jaipur organ- ised a convocation cere- mony of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna courses at Sapta Shakti Auditorium in Jaipur Mil- itary Station on May 11. Komal Seth, Regional President AWWA, Sapta Shakti Command was the chief guest at the occa- sion. She gave away the certificates to 66 candi- dates on successful com- pletion of their course. Komal Seth compliment- ed all the participants on their achievements and urged them to continue to strive seamlessly in their chosen profession & wished them the very best to soar high in all future endeavors. She also coaxed all women to come forward to learn & hone their skills to be- come self-employed, eco- nomically independent & truly empowered women. Three courses to in- clude, tailoring, beauti- cian, and computer course are being run by the Army Skill Training Centre, Jaipur; which is a recognized nodal cen- tre by the National Skill Development Corpora- tion under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 4.0. Candidates at the convocation ceremony of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna courses at Sapta Shakti Auditorium in Jaipur Military Station on Saturday. Komal Seth, Regional President AWWA, Sapta Shakti Command was the chief guest at the occasion ‘S RAJASTHAN 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Sunday | May 12, 2024 First India Bureau Jaipur Keeping Indianness in mind, the new criminal laws have been brought in with significant chang- es towards becoming victim-centric. These views were expressed by Dr. Malini Aggarwal, Additional Director Gen- eral of Police (Police Training), in the work- shop ‘Vartalaap’ organ- ized in Jaipur on three new criminal laws for journalists under the joint aegis of Home Ministry and Press Information Bureau, Jaipur. Dr. Malini Aggarwal said that today the num- ber of cyber crimes has increased. He said that with the new criminal laws - Indian Justice Code 2023, Indian Civil Defense 2023 and Indian Evidence Act 2023 be- coming law on 25 De- cember 2023, a new era has begun in India’s criminal justice system. The aim of the three new major laws is to provide justice rather than pun- ishment. First India Bureau Kota Ajoint team of food safe- ty and drug control de- partments raided a ghee manufacturing factory in the city’s Ranpur area on Saturday noon and seized over 6,700 litres of adul- terated ghee, officials said. The factory, Balgo- pal Dairy Products, was also sealed until further orders. they added. The team found that adulterated ghee was be- ing manufactured at the factory and sold under 4-5 types of brands such as Bal Krishna, Balgopal, Soras Sudh Desi Ghee in rural areas, said Pankaj Ojha, Additional Com- missioner, Food Safety dept, who led the raid. Besides food safety, medical and pest control licences were also not found with the proprietor of the manufacturing unit and no guidelines set by government were being followed, he added. First India Bureau Jaipur Besides former CM Ashok Gehlot, who is currently camped in Am- ethi to support party can- didate K L Sharma, other Congress leaders from Rajasthan are also gear- ing up to join the cam- paign trail. Senior Congress lead- er Dr. Raghu sharma is heading to Rae Bareli andAmethi to participate in Rahul Gandhi’s ongo- ing promotional cam- paign. He will also lend his support to Congress candidate K L Sharma. These leaders are ex- pected to remain in Rae- Bareli andAmethi for the next few days. Former RTDC Chairman Dhar- mendra Rathore has also arrived inAmethi, taking charge as the coordinator for election management. Congress state spokes- person Yashwardhan Singh will also be cam- paigning in Amethi, ad- vocating for party candi- date K L Sharma. Yash- wardhan Singh Shekha- wat will be in Amethi on Sunday. Campaign activities in Amethi will be conduct- ed under the supervision of election in-charge Ashok Gehlot. New criminal laws victim-centric & justice- centric: ADGP Dr Malini Dr Raghu Sharma, Dharmendra Rathore to campaign in Amethi Kota factory sealed after authorities seize 6,700 litres of adulterated ghee Bisalpur Dam rehab pays off: Gates open for farmers’ prosperity Dr. Malini Aggarwal at the workshop ‘Vartalaap’ organized in Jaipur, Also seen are Ritu Shukla and Nishith Dixit 6,700 litres of adulterated ghee has been recovered from the factory. The police outside the crime spot in Jaipur on Saturday. The police detained the accused from the spot. Accused Pooja and Ankit. HusbandkillswifeinfrontofminorsoninJaipur WhatsApp family chat leads to murder in Jaipur Son, daughter-in-law brutally assault father for govt job in Alwar CRIME ROUNDUP Deceased Salman Ansari Looteri dulhan dupes man of `1.4 lakh Arif Mansoori Jhalawar A young man from the village of Jhijhania has been charged with fraud of Rs 1 lakh 40 thou- sand in the guise of marriage. Nanuram Lodha, the victim, stat- ed that the accused col- lected Rs 1 lakh 40 thousand from him a month ago and signed a written agreement on the stamp. Following this, Indrasingh Gurjar married him to a wom- an named Devkibai.Af- ter 25 days of marriage, everyone told him to take the bride to Ujjain Mahakal in Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, the woman fled away. The robber bride, Devki Bai, could not be dis- covered. Now, in this case, the accused are threatening to kill the young man. The victim has gone to the SP office and lodged a complaint with Jhalawar DSP Harshraj Singh Khareda and has demanded appropriate action. The victim in- formed the police about the entire matter and demanded action on the same. Puneet Chaturvedi Dungarpur In a devastating incident near Navadera on Bichi- wada Road, two close friends met with a fatal accident while returning on their motorcycle after a selfless act of donating blood. The incident oc- curred at approximately 1 p.m. on Friday night, leaving both young men’s bodies se- verely im- pacted, resulting in a tragic loss. The deceased, Kapil, had earlier donated blood to his niece, who was un- dergoing treatment at the district hospital. Follow- ing this act of kindness, Kapil embarked on a journey with his friend Babulal to visit his sister, Shilpa, in Bori village. Vinod Singh Chouhan Jaipur The sight of this monsoon season at the Bisalpur Dam, serving as a lifeline for Jaipur and Ajmer, promise a new spectacle. After three years of dili- gent efforts under the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, the power system has been strengthened, and the gates’ lifeline has been enhanced. Rehabili- tation work downstream of the dam will manifest during floods this time. Commenced in July 2021, the project was slated to be completed by July 2024, with a stagger- ing investment of Rs. 29.61 crore in the dam’s system. The hope now is that the gates at Bisalpur Dam will open, allowing water to flow down- stream, benefiting thou- sands of farmers with ir- rigation. The opening of dam’s gates will not only signify the commence- ment of irrigation but also serve as a revelation of the improvements wit- nessed in Bisalpur. Naresh Sharma Jaipur The Public Health Engi- neering Department will eliminate all interest and penalties on the unpaid water charge fee provid- ed a lump sum is depos- ited by May 31, 2024, under the Amnesty Scheme. Dr. Samit Shar- ma, Govt Secretary of the Water Supply Dept, stat- ed that users who have not paid their water bills in many years will re- ceive financial assis- tance. This exemption in interest and penalty will apply solely to the out- standing amount of water charge charges for all cat- egories of drinking water consumers until March 31, 2023. Depositing the outstanding amount in one lump sum will qual- ify individuals for addi- tional discounts. First India Bureau Bhilwara In a baffling incident in Jahazpur, Bhilwara, a teacher has become a tar- get of harassment via fake calls, with the per- petrators disguising their voices as females. The callers, allegedly posing as females, engaged in discussions regarding love interests and at- tempted to lure the teach- er. Seeking legal inter- vention, the distressed teacher, employed at a private school, has sought assistance from the judiciary. Identified as Hemraj, the targeted teacher has taken decisive action by lodging a formal com- plaint against the accused individuals, namely Nar- endra and Hansraj Rebari hailing from Devpura. Assigned to investigate this case, Inspector Balveer Khan has taken charge, working diligent- ly to unravel the com- plexities surrounding this matter. Teacher files complaint against alleged harassers FIRAGAINSTGURUGRAM COPINBRIBERYCASE The Chittorgarh unit of the (ACB) has taken decisive action by filing a zero FIR against Head Constable Rajesh Kumar of Gurugram. This action stems from an inci- dent where Head Constable Rajesh Kumar solicited a bribe in exchange for releasing an accused indi- vidual during a cyber fraud case. On Feb 2, the head constable had asked for a bribe of `2 lakh in exchange for releasing the accused and the amount was de- liberated upon after which first at `70k, and thereafter agreement was reached at `50k. PK Agarwal `25K REWARD FOR INFO OF KIDNAPPED KID Kota: GRP has an- nounced a reward of Rs 25,000 to anyone who can provide information about the whereabouts of 4-year-old innocent Lavish, who was kidnapped from Kota railway station. Lavish was kidnapped six days ago from platform number 1 of Kota railway station. The police are clueless about his whereabouts. The scene of two kidnap- pers taking away children was captured in CCTV, the footage of which has been released by GRP. Lavish’s father had gone to purchase a ticket when the incident happened. Victim Indrasingh Gurjar and accused Devkibai 2 youths crushed on bike after blood donation in Dungarpur Amnesty scheme: Waive off interest and penalties for water defaulters Auspiciousprocession! Governor Kalraj Mishra participated in the procession of Lord Shri Parshuram in Jaipur on Saturday. During the event organised by the Rajasthan Brahmin Mahasabha, Governor Mishra conducted the Maha Aarti at Badi Chaupar, while reflecting on Lord Shri Parshuram’s divine journey from birth to becoming the embodiment of justice and valor.
  • 3. JMCG has started a new initiative to provide relief to the people from the scorching heat and sunlight in Jaipur. The corporation has made an effort to provide shade to the drivers by install- ing green sheds at traffic signals in Jaipur city. The initiative was started from Rambagh chauraha where shade was arranged by installing a big green shed on Saturday. Drivers who stopped at signal got some respite from the heat. On instructions of CS Sud- hansh Pant, Jaipur Greater Municipal Corporation Commissioner Rukmani Riar made this arrangement at Rambagh intersection. The municipal corporation administration is considering making such arrangements at other intersections and traffic signals of the city. First India Bureau Jaipur Rain and thunderstorms were witnessed in many areas of Rajasthan due to the impact of a western disturbance during the last 24 hours, the local weather office said on Saturday. During this, Gogunda (Udaipur) re- corded a maximum rain- fall of 75 mm, followed by 34 mm in Ajmer’s Bhinay, 18 mm in Buha- na of Jhunjhunu and Chhoti Sadri of Pratap- garh and 15 mm in Pugal of Bikaner, it said. Similarly, several other districts including Bikaner, Dausa, Alwar, Tonk, Chittorgarh, Bhilwara, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh and Churu and Sikar also recorded rainfall. Thunderstorm activities are likely to continue till May 14. RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Sunday | May 12, 2024 Rajreelingunderheat,getsabitofrelief Western Disturbance graces the state with refreshing showers Rajasthan Sports Council begins selection trials Accused in blood plasma theft nabbed Naresh Sharma Jaipur Theselectioncompetition of sports academies run by Rajasthan Sports Council in various sports in different districts started from Saturday at SMS Stadium in Jaipur. The competition started for Boys Archery Academy, Dungarpur, Udaipur and Girls ArcheryAcademy, Jaipur along with Boys Hockey Academy, Jaipur, Girls Hockey Academy, Ajmer, Boys Kabaddi Academy, Karauli and Boys and Girls Kabaddi Academy, Churu. Apart from this, se- lection trial is also be- ing organized for the proposed Boys Kabad- di Academy in Did- wana, Nagaur. First India Bureau Jaipur Policehaveapprehended the alleged perpetrator of plasma theft from JK Lone Hospital. The accused, identified as Kishan Sahay Kataria, was taken into custody. Hailing from Karauli, the suspect is currently under interrogation. Dy commissioner Jaipur east Kavendra Sagar informed that a report was filed that lab technician of the blood bank Kishan Sahay Kataria had taken 76 units of plasma from store. The plasma was found in his car while Kataria had immediately fled from the scene. A team was constituted under Inspector Sudhir kumar Upadhaya who started their search for accused. On Saturday, upon receiving information via an informer, the accused was arrested. New selection committees formed in RCA PantwasDistCollectoratthe timeofPokhranIInucleartest RAS asso prepares for convention and polls in general meeting First India Bureau Jaipur Parminder Singh has become chairman of the senior selection committee. Singh has been the Ranji captain of Rajasthan. Bijendra Yadav, Zakir Hussain, Amar Singh Negi and Anoop Dave also became selectors. Pranay Sharma was made chairman of the junior selection committee. Gajendra Singh Senior, Punit Yadav, Lokesh Jain and Kishan Choudhary have been included in the committee. Sultana Khan, Anju Sharma, Maya Jat and Shweta Bishnoi have been included in the women’s selection committee. Cricket training camp will be organised at Laxman Maidan in Dungarpur from May 15. The camp will run till May 31 in which players of Under-14, Under-16, Under-19 and Under-23 will par- ticipate. The event will be organized by District Cricket Association Dungarpur, DCA Secre- tary Sushil Jain said. Suryaveer Singh Tanwar Jaisalmer CS Sudhansh Pant was the then District Collector of Jaisalmer at the time of historic nuclear testing in Pokhran. The whole world had seen India’s power with N tests on May 11 13, 1998. Countries in- cluding the US were left stunned when AB Vajpyee govt conducted test. The biggest challenge was to complete the nu- clear operation by avoid- ing ‘Eye in the Sky’. The tests were done by nuclear scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam who later became the President of India. Meanwhile, CS Sud- hansh Pant reached Jaipur from Delhi by Indigo flight number 6E 2204. Howev- er, the flight operated from Delhi was delayed.The CS reached Jaipur Airport af- ter around 6 o’clock. Dr Rituraj Sharma Jaipur A general meeting of the RAS Association was convened under the chairmanship of Presi- dent Gaurav Bajad. The meeting, held at the RAS Club on Satur- day, saw amendments to rules for internet voting and revision of member- ship fees among various issues discussed. Several matters, in- cluding the amendments were deliberated upon in this meeting, yet no de- cision was reached. It is expected that the decisions regard- ing the issues deliber- ated upon will be tak- en in the next meeting which may be con- vened soon. Following this, it is expected that announcements re- garding the conven- tion and elections of the association will also be made. The an- nouncement of the convention date may be made after the model code of con- duct is lifte Ghanshyam Tiwari launches scathing attack on Cong First India Bureau Jaipur Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari on Saturday attacked former chief minister Ashok Gehlot for his statements against BJP and RSS. He also said that Con- gress as a special strategy to strengthen its vote bank has made people like Mani Shankar Aiyar and Sam Pitroda its main spokespersons. “Gehlot’s frustration clearly shows that his son Vaibhav Gehlot is losing the election from Jalore,” he said. He said that the Congress party did not give respect to Gehlot. “When he was going to Rae Bareli for Rahul Gandhi’s nomination, Congress sent him to Amethi,” he said. Attacking Congress, he said that party uses people like Sam Pitroda and Mani Shankar Ai- yar for its divisive agenda. Their aim is to gather votes by encour- aging divisive forces,” Tiwari said. “With the help of these leaders, Congress strengthens the minority vote bank in the country by portraying Pakistan as strong. All this does not happen suddenly in one day; rather it is done as part of a well-thought- out strategy,” he said. PROVIDING GREEN SHADE: JMCG’S INITIATIVE TO COMBAT SCORCHING HEAT A man feeds milk to monkeys, at Galta Ji Temple in Jaipur on Saturday. PTI The deserted Albert Hall on Saturday afternoon. NAIM KHAN SANTOSH SHARMA Ghanshyam Tiwari A man helps an elephant cool off by spraying it with water at Jaipur on Saturday. SUNIL SHARMA Water woes continue in parts of city amid relentless heat. AMID RISING TEMP, RESIDENTS STRUGGLE WITH POWER CUTS IN MANY AREAS OF THE CITY With soaring temperatures, the problem of pow- er cuts has also increased in the state capital where people in several areas faced electricity failure due to extreme heat. The situation is bad in the areas under chief minister Bhajan Lal Sharma’s assembly constituency Sanganer. In several areas of Mansarovar, electricity was cut there since morn- ing. Apart from this, electricity supply was interrupted in Pratap Nagar, Sanganer and Barkat Nagar also. Consumers were deprived of electricity at most places due to HT system problems. Consumers were tired of calling Jaipur Discom’s call center but there was no satisfactory answer. With the increase in demand for electricity for the last three days, the system is expos- ing the functioning of DISCOM. In Tonk also, people were troubled due to power cuts. 3 OF A FAMILY DIE AS ROOF COLLAPSES DUE TO LIGHTING Three persons, including a toddler and her mother, died when the roof of a two-storey house collapsed in Rajasthan’s Bundi. Those killed have been identified as Babulal Gurjar (45), Karmabai Gurjar (30) and her four-yr-old daughter Divya. The incident oc- curred around 1.30 am at Prabhulal Gurjar’s house on Saturday. A stone slab ceiling collapsed over sleeping people after lightning struck the house, killing three of them. The bod- ies were handed over to family members after a post-mortem later this morning. While two injured were discharged from the hospital. Kishan Sahay Kataria NEW TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT RAMBAGH CIRCLE Better system a touch of aesthetics First India Bureau Jaipur umping traffic lights won’t be easy now. Traffic signal junction at Jaipur’s Rambagh circle now has a full-polled traffic light which match- es with the colour of the traffic light. Taking a cue from cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Va- dodara, this kind of traf- fic light pole has been installed at Rambagh cir- cle which is a major traf- fic junction of the city. The colour of the lights at the pole change as per the colour of the traffic light. This has also added aesthetic look to the traffic light at this point which connects major buildings of the city including JDA office at one end , SMS stadium building and the road leading to 22 godown and secretariat. The new lights would be more visible to the commuters. SANTOSH SHARMA J
  • 4. TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. BUDDHA Theeuphoricparticipationofthepeople ofTirupatiduringourroadshowtoday indicatesaclearmandate,showing thattheyhavealreadymadetheirchoice tosupporttheNDAgovernmentunderthe visionaryleadershipofHon.PMShri@ narendramodiji. Jagat Prakash Nadda (Modi Ka Parivar) @JPNadda Snaps from the Khajuwala-Poogal- Bap section in Rajasthan, part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana, near the India-Pakistan border, aim to boost the economy, create job opportunities, develop tourist spots, and bolster national security. Nitin Gadkari ( ) @nitin_gadkari IN-DEPTH PROTECTING MINORS FROM RISKS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ata privacy concerns for children are univer- sal. Europe has stringent laws in place to protect children from addiction to social me- dia apps and exploitation from online predators. Similar measures are being introduced in the UK to prevent children from harmful content. The Office of Communication (Ofcom) in the UK has asked Instagram, Facebook and TikTok to “take 40 practical measures” for children’s online safety. The guidelines include checking the age of users, changing the content viewed by children and remov- ing harmful content. Ofcom has set a deadline of 2025 for the implementation of its guidelines despite doubts about effective monitoring. India also has taken a few initiatives to protect children from hazardous social media platforms. The Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023 makes parental consent mandatory to prevent a minor from opening a social media account. The most effective safeguard against the perils of social media is paren- tal oversight of a child’s online endeavors and the duration of their engagement. D IT’S EASY TO MAKE POLL PROMISES ongress leader is on a promise-making spree as he rolls up his sleeves to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Some of the promises are too tall to be fulfilled but that does not deter him from doling out dreams. From right to apprenticeship, to reserva- tion to cash transfer to women and caste census, Ra- hul Gandhi’s bag of goodies is full of them. At a poll rally in Rajasthan he said if his party is returned to power he will transfer Rs 1 lakh in the account of one woman from every poor household. This translates to about Rs 8,500 per month. How many women will be ben- efited and what will be the burden on the exchequer is for the economists to calcu- late and decide if it will be financially viable. The money being transferred to the account of farm- ers, one assumes, will not be stopped. He has so far re- mained silent on the demands of farmers, barring a mention of legal guarantee on MSP. Flagging the two biggest issues---unemployment and inflation---Rahul Gandhi promised to start filling 30 lakh vacant government jobs fromAugust 15, be- sides right to apprenticeship to diploma and degree- holders on stipend basis. The most incredulous of all his promises is the one on wiping out poverty “khatakhat”, in one single stroke. What magic wand will be used to achieve that wondrous goal has not been revealed but one can wait for El Dorado to happen. As of now it’s a distant dream. Or, perhaps, even a pipedream. C Congress leader is on a promise- making spree as he rolls up his sleeves to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Sunday | May 12, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia l Vol 5 l Issue No. 335 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 LOVE FOR CHILDREN Never doubt your love for your kids, never think you have not loved your chil- dren enough. You should not get into this kind of guilt. When you feel guilty then you are preparing yourself to get angry. So anger and guilt are two ends of the pendulum that your mind will wing between. I would say, keep moving ahead instead of sitting and analyzing the past. When you are going through some emotional distur- bance, do some breathing, yoga exercises because when you do meditation, breathing and Sudarshan Kriya it gives you enor- mous strength from inside to move forward. CANTHEREBE ABADMOTHER? SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR The writer is an Indian yoga guru, a spiritual leader, founder of The Art of Living here is a cer- tain sweet- ness to motherhood. A mother is your first connection to this manifest world. Moth- erhood lies in each of us. What is motherhood? It is to want and wish the best for others without expect- ing anything in return. They build the foundation for the finest aspects of so- ciety to flourish; they pos- sess the ability to create and the ability to make a difference. They bring us to the planet and teach us how to live.Amother is the first guru, our first teacher. My mother was a per- fectionist. Whatever I would do, she would say, “You did not do it properly. You could have done it better.” She never had to apologize to anybody in her entire life. Can you im- agine this? She was so thorough and aware of everything she said and did. She had no regrets and she did nothing to have re- grets about. At the same time, she was also very sharp. So there is one woman who always said that I could have been bet- ter and that is my mother. Mothers, who teach us to take our first step, also play a greater role in society. They can be strong peace- makers at home; in the communities; in societies; and in the world. They can bridge differences and bring diverse people, sometimes directly oppos- ing in nature, together – she does it at home all the time! SOWING THE SEED OF PRAYER One important thing a moth- er can do is she can sow the seedofprayerinthechildren at a very young age. This sense of prayer arising from withinwouldaidthemwhen theygrowup.Ifsometimein the future they ever feel stressedorhelpless,knowing that they have the power of prayer will help them over- come these situations, and theywillneverlosetheirself- confidence.Theymaynotdo itintheirteenyearsbutwhen they grow older and are faced with such situations, it will be of great value. DEALING WITH MOTHER’S GUILT There is a verse by Adi Shankara that says, “Bad sons are born, but a bad mother has never been born”. There can never be a bad mother. Nobody should even think they will be a bad mother. As a mother, if you get angry at your kids, you don’t have to feel guilty about it. Sometimes you should show some anger at your children. It is like vaccina- tion for them to be strong. Suppose a mother never scolds a child, they be- come so weak, so delicate they cannot stand any crit- icism from anybody, they cannot stand up to hard- ships. So, one of the par- ents needs to be tough with the child. But it should be in moderation, showing a lot of anger, and often, can be counter-productive. Never doubt your love for your kids, never think you have not loved your children enough. You should not get into this kind of guilt. When you feel guilty then you are pre- paring yourself to get an- gry. So anger and guilt are two ends of the pendulum that your mind will swing between. I would say, keep moving ahead instead of sitting and analyzing the past. When you are going through some emotional disturbance, do some breathing, yoga exercises because when you do med- itation, breathing and Su- darshan Kriya it gives you enormous strength from inside to move forward. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL My mother was a perfectionist. Whatever I would do, she would say, “You did not do it properly. You could have done it better.” She never had to apologize to anybody in her entire life. Can you imagine this? She was so thorough and aware of everything she said and did. She had no regrets and she did nothing to have regrets about. At the same time, she was also very sharp. So there is one woman who always said that I could have been better and that is my mother T
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  • 6. First India Bureau New Delhi Celebrating the milestone ofIndia’snuclearprowess showcased in the 1998 Pokhrantests,PrimeMin- ister Narendra Modi em- phasized its significance beyond national borders. He highlighted the day not only as a pivotal mo- ment in India’s nuclear journey but also as a sym- bol of the nation’s stead- fast advancement and global leadership in tech- nological innovations. The anniversary of the Pokhran nuclear tests serves as a reminder of In- dia’s bold assertion of its capabilities to the world. At a rally in Odisha on Saturday, PM Modi said, “25 years ago today, Atal Ji’s government conduct- ed nuclear tests in Pokhran, showcasing In- dia’s strength to the world. While India dem- onstrated its potential, the Congress continues to sow fear by suggesting Pakistan’s possession of nuclear weapons.” He criticised Congress for its softened stance, saying: “They repeatedly try to frighten us, warning about Pakistan’s atomic bomb. However, Pakistan is struggling to manage its own situation. They’re even trying to sell their bombs, but no one wants to buy them because of their poor quality.” Various BJP leaders also extended their re- gards to the scientific community. External Af- fairsMinisterSJaishankar commended the present government, led by PM Modi, for its effective counter-terrorism efforts, building upon the strong foundation laid by the late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. EAM Jaishankar post- ed on X: “This day in 1998, an NDA Govern- ment finally exercised India’s nuclear weapon option. That momentous decision has since en- sured our National Secu- rity. The current NDA Government has built on that foundation, robustly countering terror and building our border infra- structure. The country must know who stands where when it comes to National Security issues. Our political choices are eventually choices about the future of Bharat.” Union Minister Hard- eep Puri, echoed the senti- ment of continuous pro- gress under Modi’s unwa- vering leadership, empha- sising India’s journey to- wards success in technol- ogy and innovation. He said, “It was on May 11, 1998, that India conduct- ed a series of successful nuclear tests in Pokhran and established itself as a responsiblenuclearpower with credible deterrence. On National Technology Day 2024, we celebrate the continued triumph of ourscientists,researchers, innovators and techni- cians as they lead India towards newer heights of glory in our journey throughAmrit Kaal under the firm and resolute lead- ership of PM Modi.” VIJAY SANKALP RALLY Lotus will bloom again, says Anurag Thakur First India Bureau Hamirpur nurag Thakur, Union Minister and the BJP MP representing the Hamir- pur seat consecutively since 2008, stands as a prominent figure in Himachal Pradesh’s up- coming elections on June 1. With a legacy deeply rooted in politics, aided by his father and former two-time CM Prem Kumar Dhumal’s support, Thakur asserts confidence in the face of elections, dismissing the notion of anti-incum- bency. Expressing determina- tion to carry forward their developmental agenda, Thakur launched the Vi- jay SankalpYatra, a road- show, from his ancestral home in Samirpur. Devel- opment remains at the forefront of his campaign, as he aims to showcase the achievements of the Modi govt and the pro- gress witnessed in his constituency. Before embarking on the roadshow, Thakur sought blessings through traditional rituals and vis- its to ancestral temples, highlighting the cultural and familial roots of his campaign. His efforts be- yond political mandates, such as promoting sports to deter youth from sub- stance abuse, resonate with constituents, who credit him with initiatives benefiting various seg- ments of society. Anurag Thakur with former Himachal Pradesh CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Jairam Thakur and state BJP chief Rajeev in Hamirpur district, Saturday. PTI A INDIA 05 Jaipur, Sunday | May 12, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 25th Anniversary of Pokhran Nuclear Tests PM Modi, BJP recall Pokhran tests that showcased India’s strength The then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at nuclear test site in Pokhran. Chief scientific adviser and the DRDO director, Dr Abdul Kalam, and Dr R Chidambaram, the director of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), were the chief coordinators of this test planning. FILE Congwon’tgeteven50seats, won’tgetOppn’sstatus:Modi First India Bureau Bhubaneswar PM Narendra Modi, ad- dressing election rallies in Kandhamal, Bolangir, and Bargarh Lok Sabha seats, confidently predict- ed that the Congress party would fail to secure even 50 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, thereby denying it the status of the principal Opposition. The PM asserted that the pride of Odisha is at stake, promising that the BJPwould safeguard it by forminga“doubleengine” government in the state and appointing a chief minister rooted in Odia language and culture. Modi criticised the rul- ing BJD for perpetuating poverty despite the state’s abundant natural resourc- es. He ridiculed the Con- gress leadership, particu- larly Rahul Gandhi, for repetitive rhetoric and accused them of under- mining national security by appeasing terrorists. Promising develop- ment and cultural preser- vation, Modi invited the audience to “the swear- ing-in ceremony of a BJP chief minister” in Bhu- baneswar, on June 10. PM accuses Cong of undermining India’s security PM IN ODISHA First India Bureau Vikarabad Claiming that the Oppo- sitionbloc—I.N.D.I.A.— had no prime ministerial face, Union Home Min- ister Amit Shah said if there was anyone who could take the country forward, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing a rally here in Congress-ruled Telan- gana on Saturday, Shah said, “They (I.N.D.I.A. bloc) have no consensus candidate for the prime minister...no one they can project as an alternative to PM Modi. When a re- porter asked them to name their PM candidate, they said their leaders would take turns to hold- ing the country’s most powerful post. I want to ask them: who would be their leader to save us from another pandemic like Covid-19?” AmitShahtargetsI.N.D.I. Allianceover‘noPMface’ ‘Earlyactionformula’inWBtoensurefairpollsinnext4phases Agencies Kolkata The Election Commis- sion of India (ECI) will adopt an ‘early action formula’in the forthcom- ing four phases of the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal to ensure peace- ful and fair elections. Explaining ‘early ac- tion formula’, a source in the CEO’s office said on Saturday that this strategy will be multi-pronged. First, the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)willnotallowun- necessary assembly of supporters of political parties within a specific area in the radius of the polling stations, from the very first hour of the com- mencement of polling. “Itwillbeakindofcau- tion for potential trouble- makers that stricter puni- tive measures will follow in the case of habitual of- fenders,” the source said. Cong’s approach towards terrorism weak and soft, says Sitharaman PTI New Delhi Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday attacked the Congress, saying the approach of the party towards terrorism has been “soft”. “You saw it during the ten years of UPA rule led by the Congress how ter- ror attacks were tolerat- ed… proper response was not given,” she said. “Theybelievedinsend- ing dossiers to Pakistan to the extent that you will recall that handlers of the Mumbai attack are still not punished,” she said. Samajwadi Party used to fire bullets at Ram devotees: Yogi Agencies Kanpur Dehat Addressing a rally here, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched a scathing attack against Samajwadi Party. “This new Bharat not only speaks but accom- plishes. BJP said ‘Ram Lalla hum aaenge mandir wahi banaege’but the Sa- majwadi party used to fire bullets at the Ram devo- tees,” Yogi said. Lashing out further he said, “There was a terror- ist attack in Ayodhya un- der the rule of SP. It is the character of the Sama- jwadi party to fire bullets at Ram devotees and withdraw cases against terrorists.” ‘OneNation,OneLeader’isPM Modi’smission,saysKejriwal Agencies New Delhi AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is executing a dan- gerous mission “One Na- tion, One Leader” and eliminatingallOpposition leaders in the country. “PM wants to elimi- nate all leaders of the country. He will put all Opposition leaders in jail and finish off all BJP leaders,” Kejriwal said addressing the gathering here following his bail after 50 days in jail. “After a few days all Opposition leaders in- cluding West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin, Maharashtra former CM Uddhav Thackeray and Bihar’s leader of Opposi- tion Tejaswi Yadav will be in jail,” he alleged. PTI Nandurbar (Maharashtra) Congress leader Priyan- ka Gandhi Vadra on Sat- urday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election speeches as hollow talk, and said he should imbibe quali- ties like courage and de- termination from former PM Indira Gandhi. Speaking at a rally here to drum up support for Congress candidate Gowaal Padvi from the Nandurbar Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra, a day after PM Modi ad- dressed a public meeting in this tribal-dominated constituency, she ac- cused the Bharatiya Ja- nata Party (BJP) of not respecting the culture and tradition of adivasis (tribals). She also asked people if they want politics of principles, service and dedication or politics of power and self glory. Whatever PM Modi says is just for elections: Priyanka Gandhi Will not go inside Raj Bhavan even if I am invited: Mamata Agencies Kolkata In an oblique reference to the alleged sexual harass- ment controversy sur- rounding West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose, CM Mamata Ba- nerjee on Saturday after- noon said that she would never go inside Raj Bhavan even if she was invited. “I will not go in- side Raj Bhavan even if I am invited. I would be better to meet on the streets,” she said. Today Gandhi Chowk of Hamirpur witnessed a historic crowd where countless BJP workers filled the Hamirpur constituency with new energy with immense enthusiasm and loud slogans. I salute, salute congratulate all my fellow BJP workers for making this rally historic. ANURAG THAKUR, UNION MINISTER Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann during a road show for Lok Sabha elections, at Mehrauli in New Delhi, on Saturday. PTI Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated during an election rally for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, in Bargarh, Odisha, on Saturday. PTI Union Home Minister Amit Shah at an election rally ahead of Lok Sabha elections in Vikarabad, on Saturday. PTI PM PREDICTS NDA SWEEP IN ANDHRA, TELANGANA Hyderabad: Predicting a clean sweep for the BJP-led NDA in Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he never considered CM Jagan Mohan Reddy as an ‘ally’. In an interview with NTV, a Telugu news channel, PM Modi said the incumbent YSRCP regime in the state led by Jagan wouldn’t be voted back in the state elections. The BJP is contesting the Lok Sabha and the assembly elections in the state in alliance with its NDA partners–the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP and actor- turned-politician Pawan Kalyan’s JanaSena Party. Nirmala Sitharaman. FILE INDO-BANGLA BORDER SEALED AHEAD OF PHASE 4 OF LOK SABHA ELECTIONS IN WEST BENGAL Kolkata: Ravi Gandhi, ADG, Eastern Command, BSF, inspected border areas in the districts of Nadia and Murshidabad in West Bengal ahead of the fourth phase of Lok Sabha polls, to be held on Monday. During his meetings with senior commanders, the ADG instructed them to keep a close watch on the goings-on along the Indo-Bangladesh border that is to be completely sealed during the polling process. Gandhi, accompanied by Ayush Mani Tiwari, IG, BSF, South Bengal Frontier, also visited areas close to Padma River, next to the Border Road in Behrampore to assess soil erosion, instructing officers to take appropriate measures wherever required. Gandhi also visited the Meghna and Shikaripur border outposts under the 146 and 86 battalions. 25 years ago, Atal Ji’s govt conducted nuclear tests in Pokhran, showcasing India’s strength to world. While India demonstrated its potential, Congress continues to sow fear by suggesting Pakistan’s possession of nuclear weapons. NARENDRAMODI,PRIME MINISTER
  • 7. INDIA 06 Jaipur, Sunday | May 12, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia First India Bureau New Delhi After days of high tem- peratures,Delhi-NCRwit- nessed a major thunder- storm, strong winds, and rainfallonFridayevening, causing traffic disruptions and flight diversion in the national capital. Adjoining areas like Noida and Ghaziabad also experienced a sudden and intense dust storm.. Delhi airport sources said that due to bad weather, 9 flights head- ing to the city were di- verted to Jaipur. Traffic was also affect- ed in the nationals capital and the adjoining areas as trees fell on the roads due to the gusty winds. Several cars were also damaged in Sector 58 of Noida after a shuttering installed to repair a build- ing fell on the vehicles. The India Meteoro- logical Department said that winds with over 50 kmph reported in Delhi at 10 pm on Friday. “Gusty Winds (at 2200 hrs IST of today) reported (kmph) over Delhi: Ujwa 77 kmph; Jafarpur 57 kmph; Lodhi road 61 kmph; Pragati Maidan 63 kmph; Pitampura 57 kmph;Narayana50kmph; Najafgarh 40 kmph,” the IMD posted on X. ANI Mumbai Post three consecutive weeks of decline, India’s foreign exchange re- serves rose again by US$ 3.668 billion to US$ 641.590 billion in the week that ended on May 3, RBI data showed. Prior to the reporting period,thecountryforeign exchange reserves de- clined for the third week, after having risen for the seventh straight week to hitanall-timehighofUS$ 648.562 billion. As per latest Reserve Bank of India data, India’s foreign currency assets (FCA), the biggest compo- nent of the forex reserves, rosebyUS$4.459billionto US$ 564.161 billion. Gold reserves during the week declinedbyUS$653billion to US$ 54.880 billion. India’s foreign ex- change reserves, which had reached an all-time high are sufficient to cov- er 11 months of projected imports, according to the Monthly Economic Re- view report of the Depart- ment of EconomicAffairs under the Ministry of Fi- nance, released lately. In the calendar year 2023, the RBI added about US$ 58 billion to its foreign exchange kit- ty. In 2022, India’s forex kitty slumped by US$ 71 billion cumulatively. First India Bureau Srinagar JK Police, in south Kashmir’s Shopian dis- trict, arrested two terrorist associates and recovered incriminating materials from their possession, po- lice said on Saturday. “Police along with Army (44 RR) and CRPF (14th BN), at a check- point established at Ma- lik Chak Crossing, ar- rested two terrorist asso- ciates,” police said. They have been identi- fied as Suhaib Iqbal Ma- lik and Tufail Yousuf Malik, both residents of Baba Mohalla, Shopian. Agencies Alibaug As many as 1,820 cases of snake bites were re- ported from coastal Raigad in Maharashtra from January 2023 to April this year, resulting in the death of five per- sons, a health official said. According to the district administration, the cases of snake bites spike when farmers un- dertake pre-monsoon work in the paddy field. Sufficient anti-venom medicine is available in govt hospitals, he said. Agencies Agra Work on remaining seg- ments of 29.8 km net- work of Agra Metro pro- ject has been sped up to ensure that it is completed before the deadline next year. The priority six km sector from Taj Mahal to the Agra Fort was green- flagged in February. This stretch is unique as it con- nects the two world herit- age monuments, the Taj and the Fort. First India Bureau New Delhi International Nurses Day 2024 was celebrated on 11 May 2024 at Ayurvig- yan Auditorium, Army Hospital (R R). Major General Kanwarjit Sin- gh, Offg Commandant Army Hospital (RR) was the chief guest on this occasion. International Nurses Day is celebrated across the world, every year on the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale to mark the contributions of nurses towards society. International Council of Nurses has declared the theme for this year as ‘Our Nurses Our Future, The Economic Power of Care’ and the theme was unveiled by Maj Gen I D Flora, Addl DGMNS. First India Bureau Greater Noida Noida Power Company Ltd provided a one-day on-site training session to a group of B.Tech stu- dents specialising in Electrical Engineering from Gautam Buddha University at its Skill De- velopment Centre here. The visit, aimed at en- hancing students’ practi- cal understanding of electrical distribution systems, proved to be an enlightening experience. Under the guidance of NPCL’s safety team, the students participated in a comprehensive one-day training session. This session, which included onsite demonstrations, covered a wide range of topics related to power distribution. Agencies New Delhi G20SherpaAmitabhKant has assured the legal fra- ternity that the role of law- yerswillbedulyacknowl- edgedduringthenextG20 conference, and we will make sure that the Legal Fraternity is included. Amitabh Kant was honoured by the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) in an event held in New Delhi called ‘Cele- brating and Calibrating G20:TheSherpaSpeaks’. Hewaspresentedwiththe Award for Outstanding Achiever—India 2023. The event was organ- ised to honour the re- markable achievements of the G20 Sherpa, Am- itabh Kant, for his sig- nificant contributions in spearheading the suc- cess of the G20 in New Delhi last year. Speaking at the occa- sion,Attorney General R. Venkataramani said the legal fraternity has a much greater role in shap- ing society and making India a vibrant economy. Once we have domestic reforms, it will snowball. SHARE MARKET WATCH If you want to avoid risk then wait for LS elections results he impact of de- cline in voting percentageinthe Lok Sabha polls has start- edbecomingvisibleonthe Indian stock market. The fluctuating trends in the Indian stock market, influ- enced by the declining voter turnout in these elec- tions, have stirred specula- tionamonginvestors.With uncertaintiesloomingover theelectionresults,market analysts anticipate height- ened volatility in the near future. In light of this un- certainty, investors are ad- vised to exercise caution and consider deferring in- vestment decisions until after the election results are announced, allowing foraclearerunderstanding of the political landscape and its potential impact on the market. In such volatile condi- tions,investorsareencour- aged to assess their confi- dence levels regarding in- vestment decisions. While some may choose to wait on the sidelines, others may view market down- turns as opportunities to capitalize on undervalued stocks. The adage in the stock market, “the only one who earns money from shares is the one who knowshowtoflowagainst the current,” underscores the importance of contrar- ian thinking and strategic investment decisions amidst market turbulence. Despite concerns sur- rounding the upcoming election results, the pre- vailing sentiment among businessmen is a strong belief in the formation of a government led by the BJP. This conviction ex- tends even to the betting market,furtherreinforcing thenotionthatpoliticalsta- bilityisanticipatedregard- less of specific electoral outcomes. Amidst specu- lation and market maneu- vers, investors are advised to focus on fundamental indicators such as compa- ny performance and eco- nomic conditions to main- tain confidence in their investment strategies. Last week witnessed significant downturns in both the BSE and NSE in- dices, reflecting the pre- vailing uncertainty in the market. While a slight re- covery was observed to- wards the end of the week, it remains insufficient to signal a bullish trend. Sim- ilarly, the bullion market experienced notable price increasesingoldandsilver, accompanied by a decline in business activity attrib- uted to elevated prices. Looking ahead, market analysts anticipate contin- ued volatility, emphasiz- ing the need for investors to exercise caution and make informed decisions based on their individual risk profiles and market assessments. Amidst on- going market fluctua- tions, investors are ad- vised to conduct thorough evaluations of potential investments, considering factors such as previous financial performance and dividend liabilities. Furthermore,thecurrent market environment sees ongoing Initial Public Of- ferings (IPOs), with com- panies seeking to raise funds at significant premi- ums. While IPOs have yielded benefits for inves- tors in recent months, questions arise regarding the sustainability of such high premiums and the profitabilityofinvestments in lesser-known compa- nies.As new IPO applica- tions emerge, investors are urged to conduct diligent research to mitigate risks associated with specula- tive investments. In summary, amidst the backdrop of electoral un- certainties and market fluctuations, investors are advised to approach in- vestment decisions with caution and prudence, pri- oritizing thorough assess- ments of market condi- tions and individual risk tolerances. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL T Vimal Kothari Associate Editor, First India News Senior Journalist Thunderstormcausestraffic snarls,flightdiversionsinNCR IMD predicts possibility of dust storm and thunderstorm WEATHER FORECAST (Top and left) Tourists amid rainfall in Shimla, on Saturday. (Right) A tri-cart puller amid rains, in Kolkata, on Saturday. PTI 2 KILLED AS HEAVY RAINS LASH UTTARAKHAND; BADRINATH-RISHIKESH HIGHWAY CLOSED Sirobagadh: Two persons were killed and six people sustained injuries as heavy rains created havoc near Peepal Kothi on the hilly areas of Uttarakhand and the Badrinath Highway. Seventeen more people were injured due to building damage. The Badrinath-Rishikesh highway has been closed near Sirobagadh, due to which passengers going to Badrinath and Kedarnath have been stopped at Srikot-Srinagar and Kaliyasod. Srinagar Kotwal Hoshiyar Singh Pankholi said that care is being taken to ensure that passengers do not face any problems. IMD PREDICTS RAIN, THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS COUNTRY AFTER DUST STORM WREAKS HAVOC New Delhi: Several parts of the country are likely to witness a wet spell accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning on Saturday, the IMD said. “Light to moderate rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and light- ning is likely over Uttarakhand, and Tamil Nadu during the next 3 hours,” IMD posted on X. The IMD also predicted light rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning also likely over south Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and west Ut- tar Pradesh. “Light rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms and lightning is also likely over south Punjab,” it added. India’sforexreservesrise US$3.7billioninlatestweek Over 1800 snake bite cases in Raigad in 1 year Work of Agra Metro project gains momentum 2 terrorist aides held in south Kashmir’s Shopian Police said an FIR has been lodged and probe has been initiated. Major General Kanwarjit Singh (C) was the chief guest. Students of GBU participating in a one-day training session. International Nurses Day 2024 celebrated NPCL provides on-site training to GBU students Successful Hosting of G20 Events Legal fraternity honours Sherpa Kant for outstanding leadership Amitabh Kant was honoured by the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) in an event held in New Delhi, on Saturday.
  • 8. First India Bureau Kolkata Mumbai Indian were 65 for the loss of 1 wicket in 7 overs in their IPLmatch against Kolkata Knight Riders at the iconic Eden Gardens here on Satur- day evening, till the fil- ing of this report. Earlier, batting first, Venkatesh Iyer’s stand- out performance pow- ered KKR) to 157/7 against Mumbai Indians. Rain played a spoil- sport just during the time of toss, and the match of- ficials decided to make it a 16-over contest. After winning the toss, Hardik Pandya-led MI sent KKR to bat first. The KKR openers Philip Salt (6) and Sunil Narine (0) displayed a sloppy per- formance. MI’s bowling attack was successful in picking quick wickets. Pacer Nu- wan Thushara made the first breakthrough of the match as he dismissed Philip in the fifth ball of the first over. Salt started the brilliantly after he smashed a six in the first ball of the inning against Thushara. Star pacer Jas- prit Bumrah picked up the second wicket of the match after he removed dangerous Narine on his first ball in the second over. After losing quick wickets, Venkatesh Iyer (42) stood still on the crease to take KKR to a better position. People are seen near to their damaged homes after heavy flooding in Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan Saturday.. Flash floods from seasonal rains in Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan killed dozens of people on Friday, a Taliban official said. MALDIVES OVER OPERATING AVIATION PLATFORMS Indian military personnel replaced by civilians First India Bureau New Delhi aldives an- nounced that the 76 Indian military personnel in the country have been re- placed with civilian em- ployees of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to operate helicopter and platforms gifted by India. Moosa Zameer, Mal- dives minister of foreign affairs made the an- nouncement on Saturday, putting an end to specula- tion surrounding the ex- act number of personnel repatriated from Mal- dives to India. The personnel, previ- ously stationed in the Maldives to manage two helicopter platforms and a Dornier aircraft primar- ily used for medical evacuations, were repat- riated by Friday, in line with the agreement reached between the two nations in February in New Delhi, setting a deadline of May 10. The agreement was prompted on the request of President Mohamed Muizzu, known for his pro-China stance, shortly after assuming office in November. Reports indicate that personnel withdrawal oc- curred in phases from various locations in the Maldives. Zameer men- tioned that 26 soldiers left Gan between March 7 and March 9, followed by 25 from Hanimaad- hoo between April 7 and April 9, and 12 from Kadhdhoo on a recent Tuesday, with the final batch of 13 withdrawing on Thursday. Earlier assertions by the Maldivian govern- ment suggested the pres- ence of 89 Indian sol- diers responsible for op- erating two military heli- copters and a Dornier aircraft. Zameer clarified that civilian employees from Hindustan Aero- nautics Limited (HAL), the manufacturer of the gifted helicopters, have replaced the military per- sonnel. EAM S. Jaishankar (R) with Moosa Zameer (L), Maldives minister of foreign affairs made the announcement on Saturday M Jaipur, Sunday | May 12, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 Agencies Muzaffarabad A two-day holiday has beendeclaredinPakistan- occupied Kashmir (PoK) after a violent confronta- tion between the local po- lice authorities and the protesters, who took to the streets against what they termed unjust taxes levied on electricity bills and towering inflation. The protest, called in by Kashmir Joint Awami Action Committee aka People’sAction Commit- tee, announced for Friday and Saturday has been met with an aggressive response from the police, which resorted to a crack- down and arrests of pro- testers and their leaders, further inflaming the al- ready angry protestors. On Saturday, a com- plete wheel-jam shutter- down strike was observed across PoK with a call for a rally towards Muzaffa- rbaad, where the legisla- tive government and its assembly are based. “There is going to be a complete shutter-down and wheel-jam strike ob- served across PoK and specifically in Muzaffar- abad against the police brutality against our peaceful protestors in Dadyal,” said Saukat Nawaz Mir, member of the Kashmir Joint Awami Action Committee. Locals demand freedom as violent protests break in PoK Agencies Cairo/Jeruslem Israel called on Saturday for Palestinians in more areas of Gaza’s southern city of Rafah to evacuate and head to what it calls an expanded humanitar- ian area inAl-Mawasi, in a further indication that the military is pressing ahead with its plans for a ground attack on Rafah. A military spokesper- son also called on resi- dents and displaced peo- ple in the Jabalia area of northern Gaza, and 11 other neighbourhoods in the enclave to go imme- diately to places west of Gaza City. The Palestinian health ministry said at least 37 Palestinians, 24 of them from central Gaza areas, were killed in overnight airstrikes across the en- clave, including in Rafah. “They threw fliers on Rafah and said, from Ra- fah to al-Zawayda is safe, people should evac- uate there, and they did, and what has become of them? Dismembered bodies? There is no safe place in Gaza,” Khitam Al-Khatib, who said she had lost at least 10 of her relatives in an airstrike on a family house here on Saturday. Israel orders Palestinians to evacuate from areas of Rafah  Israel may have violated International Law With Ameri- can weapons in Gaza: US  Tensions mounting on U.S. college campuses over Gaza war  Some students profiled by Canary Mission say they received flood of online abuse  Canary Mission accused students of supporting terror- ism, spreading antisemitism  Posts that are accurate and publicly-sourced are gener- ally legal, experts say MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF ISRAEL–HAMAS WAR Palestinians load belongings, as they prepare to evacuate, after Israeli forces launched a ground and air operation on Monday. Devastation in Gaza as Israel wages war on Hamas: Report Agencies Cairo/Jeruslem The Taliban Defense Ministry said in a state- ment Saturday that the country’s air force has already begun evacuat- ing people in Baghlan and has rescued a large number of people stuck in flooded areas and transported 100 injured people to military hospi- tals in the region. Richard Bennett, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, said on X that the floods are a stark reminder of Afghanistan’s vulnera- bility to the climate crisis and that both immediate aid and long-term plan- ning by the Taliban and international actors are needed. Videos posted on so- cial media showed doz- ens of people gathered Saturday behind the hos- pital in Baghlan looking for their loved ones. An official tells them that they should go and start digging graves while their staff are busy with preparing bodies for the burial ceremony. Officials previously said that in April at least 70 people died from heavy rains and flash flooding in the country. About 2,000 homes, three mosques,andfourschools were also damaged. Flash floods damage about 2,000 homes, 3 mosques, and four schools after heavy rains PTI Washington Prominent Indian-Amer- ican billionaire and ven- ture capitalist Vinod Kh- osla hosted US President Joe Biden at his Silicon Valley residence for an election fundraiser dur- ing which the Democrat- ic Party’s presumptive candidate raised more than USD 1.5 million. Tickets for the fund- raiser on Friday at the residence of Khosla, the co-founder of Sun Mi- crosystems and the founder of Khosla Ven- tures, ranged from USD 6,600 to USD 100,000. In the 2024 election, this was the first time the president attended a fun- draiser hosted by an Indi- an-American. Over USD 1.5 million was raised attended by many Indian-Americans from the Silicon Valley area.There were about 50 people seated and 30 or so standing. In his remarks, which lasted for about 15 minutes, Biden focused more on immigration and women’s rights. Though he did say that the US is not a xenopho- bic country, Biden did not mention India and Japan this time unlike his controversial remarks about a week ago. Agencies Moscow Five people were killed and nine wounded in three separate Ukrainian drone and artillery strikes on the Russian border provinces of Belgorod and Kursk, and the city of Donetsk, which Russia claims to have annexed, local officials said on Saturday. Denis Pushilin, the Russian-installed head of east Ukraine’s Donetsk region, said in a state- ment posted on the Tele- gram messaging app that three civilians had been killed and eight more in- jured when a Ukrainian missile struck a restau- rant in Donetsk city. Donetsk, which fell under the control of Rus- sian-backed separatists in 2014, regularly came un- der Ukrainian shelling after Moscow ordered tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine in February 2022, but be- came more secure after Kyiv’s troops were forced from its outskirts earlier this year. Indian-American venture capitalist hosts Prez Biden 5 killed in Ukrainian strikes on Russian border regions President Joe Biden. RUSSIA CLAIMS CAPTURE OF VILLAGES IN UKRAINE Vovchansk: Moscow’s forces have captured five villages as part of a renewed ground assault in Ukraine’s northeast, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday. Ukrainian journalists reported Friday that Russian troops took the villages of Borysivka, Ohirtseve, Pylna and Strilecha, all of which lie in a militarily contested “gray zone” on the border of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region and Russia. On Friday, violent scenes of angry protests were witnessed involving stone pelting and fierce tear gas shelling. VENKATESHIYER’S42-RUNKNOCK POWERSKKRTO157/7AGAINSTMI ATSILICONVALLEYRESIDENCEFORFUNDRAISER Mumbai Indians bowler Jasprit Bumrah celebrates with Tilak Verma and Ishan Kishan after taking the wicket of KKR’s Sunil Narine at Eden Gardens. (Inset) Ground staff clear water after a spell of rain during the IPL match on Saturday.
  • 9. RajendraChhabra Jaipur hief Secretary SudhanshPantis completely en- gagedinimplementingthe mandate of the Bhajan Lal government to provide ‘good, effective, and an- swerable governance’ to Rajasthan. In this regard, he is making the field ad- ministration fit and active, which is a major undertak- ing. In the districts, collec- tors are considered to be the representatives of gov- ernment and administra- tion, and since the new government came to pow- er,theroleofcollectorshas changed to a great extent. On one hand, while the collectors have been made more powerful and effec- tive,ontheother,theyhave been made more responsi- ble and answerable. With the handover of monitor- ing of the revenue collec- tion system in the districts, the collectors now have direct control of revenue- earning departments in districts. Thus, the collec- tors’power has increased. Recently, when the ChiefSecretarydemanded areportfromallthecollec- tors regarding revenue tar- getsforAprilthatwastobe submitted by May 5, the officials realised the seri- ousness of the state gov- ernment’s intent. But the CS is also con- ducting monitoring as to how serious and active the district collectors are to- wards their work. Interest- ingly, it has happened for the first time that the rank- ing given to collectors, which depicts the time taken in disposing of a file through the e-filing sys- tem,hasbeenmadepublic. Amongthese,Salumber collector Jasmeet Singh Sandhu has achieved the first spot. His file disposal time is only 11 minutes. Thereafter, from second place to tenth spot are Shahpura collector Rajen- dra Shekhawat (21 min- utes), Sanchore collector Shakti Singh Rathore (45 minutes), Jaipur collector Prakash Rajpurohit (53 minutes), Gangapur City collector Gaurav Soni (56 minutes),Beawarcollector Utsav Kaushal (59 min- utes), Kota collector Ravindra Goswami (one hour and one minute), Dungarpur collectorAnkit Kumar Singh (one hour five minutes), Khairthal- Tijara collector Astika Shukla (one hour and five minutes), and Kekri col- lector Shweta Chauhan (one hour and eight min- utes). But perhaps what is more interesting is the de- velopment that three col- lectors have been put on red list by CS for not per- forming ‘up to the mark’. These are Rajsamand col- lector Bhanwarlal (fifteen hours and two minutes), BikanercollectorNamrata Vrishi (fifteen hours and two minutes) and the last Chittorgarh collector who took 22 hours and 22 min- utes to dispose of one file. They have had to face mu- sicowingtotheirpoorper- formance. Among major districts, Udaipur collector Arvind Poswal has stood at the 40th spot (6 hours 56 min- utes), Jodhour collector Gaurav Agrawal at the 30th spot (4 hours and 42 minutes), Ajmer collector Bharti Dixit at the 25th spot (four hours and five minutes), and Alwar col- lector Ashish Gupta has stoodon23rdspot(3hours and 35 minutes). CS Sud- hansh Pant is promoting thissystemsothatitcanbe known which collectors are working with utmost commitmentandsincerity. Thepurposebehindreleas- ingtherankingistoinform the people about the per- formanceofthecollectors. Administrative experts believe that giving such emphasis on the disposal of files may affect collec- tor-level field works, in- spections, tours and public hearings whereas, for any collector, fieldwork is equally important as dis- posing of the files. 08 A mother’s love is the perfect balance of a combination of unconditional love, powerful protection, a sea of acceptance and an ocean of understanding, there is nothing similar to it in the entire world. Dr JAGDEESH CHANDRA, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Sunday | May 12, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia By Tridib Raman The author is a journalist and political commentator and views expressed are his personal FIRST INDIA SUNDAY SPECIAL Mirch Masala BJP AND BJD UNITED IN ODISHA? ven though BJP and Biju Ja- nata Dal may not have appar- ently formed a pre-poll alliance in Odisha, the news is confirmed that internally both the parties are contesting the elections together against Congress. Perhaps this is the reason why top BJD leader and state Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is focusing his election meet- ings only on the assembly constituen- cies. Perhaps this is the reason why Naveen Patnaik is not campaigning for his authorized candidates in the Lok Sabha seats where BJP stalwarts have contested. Like BJP’s Jai Panda from Kendrapara, Sambit Patra from Puri, Un- ion Minister Dharmendra Pradhan from Sambalpur and Jual Oram from Sun- dergarh are contesting the election, but Naveen Patnaik has no interest in going here. In these elections, courtesy of Pat- naik’s close associate Pandian, the draft of alliance between BJP and BJD had been decided, but Naveen Patnaik came to know in the ground survey of Odisha that ‘if there is an alliance between BJD and BJP, then its biggest beneficiary will be Congress and the vote share of Congress can increase to about 25 per- cent.’ So, a formula was made that BJP will ‘lead’ in the Lok Sabha and BJD will ‘support’ it internally, while the assembly elections will be completely in BJD’s share. BJP’s own survey is showing that if the graph of this ‘friendly fight’ pans out properly then BJP can win most of the 21 seats in Odisha. E erhaps you remember that ‘Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’ Presi- dent Raj Thackeray had announced unconditional support to BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in the state. The background for this was prepared in Delhi when Raj Thackeray came to Delhi and met the BJP top leadership. Only after this, BJP top brass had given the responsibil- ity to Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde to ‘take full care of Raj Thack- eray and cooperate with him’. Initially there was some cooperation from Shinde’s side but later his attitude became indiffer- ent. Angered by this, Raj Thackeray sat at home. When the BJP leadership came to know about this, it started training Shinde vigorously. Then Raj got more support from Shinde, after which Raj Thackeray came out and now he is firmly campaigning on 13 seats in the fifth phase of Ma- harashtra where elections are going to be held on May 20. Apart from this, he will also share the stage with PM Modi at an election rally at Shivaji Park on May 17. P JP has identified 18 major seats in these elections where it is necessary for the par- ty candidate to win by any means. These 18 seats have been named ‘Code Blue’. Even though the fight is tough on these 18 seats, the BJP and Sangh cadre are showing their full strength here. Last week, an important meeting of top BJP leaders and some key officials of the Sangh was held. It is said that in this meeting it was decided that it is necessary to win these 18 seats at any cost. So, Sangh and BJP leaders will campaign ‘door-to-door’ on all these 18 seats, social and digi- tal media will be used extensively and there will be no shortage of resources under any circumstances. Mandi has been kept at the top among the ‘Blue’ seats, from where Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut is contesting. After this comes Amethi, from where prominent BJP leader Smriti Irani is contest- ing against Gandhi family loyalist KL Sharma. Apart from this, it also includes the seat of Rajkot in Gujarat, from where Modi’s favourite Parushottam Rupala is in the news for his recent controversial statements. Even though Asaduddin Owaisi has been accused of being a ‘hidden friend’ of the BJP, the BJP has made elaborate preparations to defeat him in Hyderabad. BJP is putting all its efforts here for its candidate Madhavi Lata. rashant Kishor is more famous for his loudness than he is for his infallible election strategy. Recently, while sitting in the lobby of a five-star hotel in Hyderabad, he was talking to someone on his speaker phone. The person on the other side was asking him, ‘Till now you were working for Jagan, now you are working for Chandrababu.’ On this Prashant Kishor said, ‘What should I do, I am caught between Naidu and Jagan. A close friend of Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh was sit- ting on the adjoining sofa in the lobby of the same hotel and was listening to PK’s conversation. He immediately called Nara and told him all these things. Nara, who was furious, called PK imme- diately and said, “We have a relationship, so you should respect that relationship and refrain from unnecessary talk.” B P ...AND FINALLY CONGRESS IN KANGANA'S FAVOUR! prominent youth leader of AAP has been in London for several months for his treatment. If sources are to be believed, recently he came to Dubai and met a senior BJP leader’s son. The intention of this meeting is to avoid his arrest in India. For this he seemed ready to leave the party and become a government witness. On the proposal of this young leader, BJP leader’s son immediately called a renowned lawyer and wanted to know, ‘How can we help him?’ On this the lawyer said, ‘This gentleman is from a government board. He has been a chairman and seri- ous allegations have also been made against him, so how can he become a government witness in such a situation?’ n the Mandi Lok Sabha elections, Congress party has emerged as the savior of BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut where she is contesting against Congress candidate Vikramaditya Singh. Sources reveal that 5 big Con- gress leaders including Himachal Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu are angry with Vikramaditya. They feel that Vikramaditya supporters had conspired to topple the Sukhu government. Sources reveal that Sukhu and his supporting leaders are providing full support to BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut from inside. Even the local administration seems to be taking steps in favor of Kangana. A I WHAT IS BJP'S ‘CODE BLUE'? PRASHANT KISHOR'S ARROGANCE! HOW DID RAJ THACKERAY STOP SULKING? CS’ RANKING SYSTEM JOLTS COLLECTORS, DCs! Pant’s all-out effort to give Raj a better ‘raj’! C Indiahasbecome5th largest economyunderPMModi:CM Dy CM Diya Kumari campaigns for Manoj Tiwari in North East Delhi First India Bureau New Delhi On Saturday, Rajasthan deputy CM Diya Kumari congratulated BJP’s Manoj Tiwari who is the party’s contestant from North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Diya Kumari said while ad- dressing a gathering, “While Manoj Tiwari made his mark as a super star in Bhojpuri films, he becamesynonymouswith development in politics. Actor-turned-politician Manoj ji strengthened the party in Delhi, took the party ideology and schemes to masses and gave a new dimension to development,” she said. Dimple Sharma Jaipur Education Minister Madan Dilawar along with his family members reached Govinddevji temple to seek blessings on his birthday. His wife Suraj Dilawar, son Deep- ak and Pawan, daughter Dr Anupama and son-in- law Dr Rahul Chandel were present with him. During this, he prayed for peace and prosperity in the state. There was a rush of people at his residence on his birthday. A large number of people, sup- porters and well wishers of the minister wished him. Madan Dilawar also worshiped a cow and calf on Saturday morning at his residence in Jaipur. He also honored the sanitation worker cou- ple working at his resi- dence in Civil Lines and later reached Govind Dev Ji temple. Aishwary Pradhan Mumbai CM Bhajan Lal Sharma on Saturday addressed the Rajasthan Confer- ence in South Mumbai and said that after 2014, PMModistartedschemes for the welfare of the poor in the country. “Un- der his leadership, the na- tion has seen work rang- ing from development plans to border security and increasing the coun- try’s pride in the world. When Modi ji sends Rs 100 from Centre for de- velopment, the entire amount is spent on the ground,” the CM said. Sharma further added that under leadership of PM,apoorman’sbankac- countwasopenedincoun- try and accident insurance was possible for Rs 12. “Under the leadership of the PM, the country has become fifth largest econ- omy in the world and will soon become the third largest economy. Swami Vivekananda had said that the 21st century will belong to India. PM Modi is fulfilling this dream. This election is an elec- tion to show India’s strength in world. PM has done great work for Raj- asthan. After the forma- tion of our govt, Modi ji fulfilled the aspirations of people and gave approval of ERCP scheme and Ya- muna water agreement for Shekhawati. A double engine govt is working in Rajasthan. The dreams of the youth were shattered due to the leak of 17 pa- pers in the previous gov- ernment, we formed a SIT totakestrictactionagainst the culprits and arrested 100 people,” he said. “Victory to the sol- dier, Victory to the farmer, Victory to science” Hearty congratula- tions and best wishes on ‘National Technology Day’ to all the scientists and engi- neers engaged in making In- dia modern, developed and strong. On this day in the year 1998, by conducting successful nuclear testing in Pokhran, India had ushered in a new era of its incred- ible capability, power and technological revolution. Bhajanlal Sharma (Modi Ka Parivar)@bhajanlalbjp CM Bhajan Lal Sharma addressing Pravasi Rajasthani Conference organized in support of NDA candidate Sandipan Bhumare from Aurangabad (Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar) Lok Sabha constituency on Saturday. Madan Dilawar prays at Govind Dev Ji in Jaipur on Saturday. Diya Kumari, Manoj Tiwari, others in Delhi on Saturday. On the Campaign Trail! Dr Jagdeesh Chandra reached Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh on Saturday to assess the reach and popularity of Bharat24 News channel and also to take ground level feedback for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Dr Chandra met and conveyed his best wishes to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, who has returned to the Lok Sabha from the Hamirpur seat four consecutive times since 2008 and is one of the most prominent faces in the fray from Himachal Pradesh that will go to the polls on June 1. Shashikant Sharma of the Bharat24 family accompanied Dr Chandra. A confident Thakur launched the Vijay Sankalp Yatra on Saturday, before that he performed ‘kanya pujan’ and took the blessings of his parents as he paid obeisance at Awahdevi Temple (his family deity) and sought her blessings. Thakur holds a clear edge over the Congress candidate Satpal Singh Raizada, former MLA-Una Sadar. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra and Shashikant Sharma also paid a courtesy call to Arun Singh Dhumal, IPL Chairman former Treasurer, BCCI and brother of Anurag Thakur. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra greets Anurag Thakur, also seen is Shashikant Sharma Dr Jagdeesh Chandra and Shashikant Sharma with Arun Singh Dhumal Dilawarseeksblessingsof GovindDevjionhisB’day CM Bhajan Lal Sharma addressed Rajasthan Conference in South Mumbai on Saturday RANKING OF DIVISIONAL COMMISSIONERS Division Officer File Disposal Time Ajmer Mahesh Chand Sharma 21 minutes Bharatpur Sanwar Mal Verma 1 hour 10 minutes Pali Pratibha Singh 2 hours 23 minutes Kota Urmila Rajoria 2 hours 31 minutes Jaipur Arushi Malik 3 hours 45 minutes Bikaner Vandana Singhvi 3 hours 55 minutes Banswara Neeraj K Pawan 4 hours 53 minutes Jodhpur Bhanwar Lal 5 hours 19 minutes Udaipur Rajendra Bhatt 8 hours 48 minutes Sikar Charge with Bikaner CS Sudhansh Pant
  • 10. JAIPUR, SUNDAY | MAY 12, 2024 Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle BATTLEFIELD TO BOARDROOM n a captivating event celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Data Infosys, inspiring narratives and forward- looking discussions were held. The event encapsulated the spirit of development. P11 I 09 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ity First has celebrat- ed motherhood in all its glories from reel life (from Nirupama Roy as the Suprene Sacrificing Bollywood Mother to Sushmita Sen as Aarya) to real life but increasingly as marriage and motherhood undergo changes in an evolving society, I too look outside and within and celebrate new ‘moth- ers’ beyond the narrow definitions and write anew on a blank canvas. The definition of motherhood has evolved, transcending traditional roles. Beyond biological ties, it en- compasses diverse expressions of love and nurturing. Modern mothers navigate careers, aspirations, and societal expectations, challenging conventional norms. They balance caregiving with personal growth, advocating for gender equality and individual autonomy. Technology connects them globally, fostering communities and support networks. Motherhood embraces diversity, honouring single parents, adoptive families, and LGBTQ+ caregivers. It celebrates resilience, sacrifice, and unconditional love, shaping fu- ture generations with empathy and empowerment. In a dynamic world, the essence of motherhood endures, adapting to meet the evolving needs of families and society. This Mother’s Day put your feet up and watch The Mother on Netf- lix, an action-packed thriller that delves into the depths of a mother’s love in an unethical and captivating manner. Directed by a visionary filmmaker, this movie takes audi- ences on an exhilarating and emo- tional rollercoaster ride, leaving them on the edge of their seats from start to finish. There are a lot of intense car chas- es and hand-to-hand combat which Lopez naturally does with Elan without a hair out of place. Regard- less of the cliches and formulas (been there/done that) the movie is a good watch and Lucy Paez as Lopez’s daughter gives a revelatory performance. Watch out for her, she will go places. It should make us think about the boundaries we are willing to cross and the sacrifices we make for our loved ones and as mothers- the boundaries are so flexible when the loved one is our child. evolved, transcending traditional roles. Beyond biological ties, it en- compasses diverse expressions of love and nurturing. Modern mothers navigate careers, aspirations, and adapting to meet the evolving needs of families and society. This Mother’s Day put your feet up and watch The Mother on Netf- lix, an action-packed thriller that delves into the depths of a mother’s MOTHERHOOD REDEFINED! Even as City First wishes all its readers a Very Happy Mother’s Day, we also take a look at the changing definition of motherhood as we explore Jennifer Lopez on a path of vengeance and justice, blurring the lines between right and wrong in The Mother. Anita Hada anita.hada@ firstindianews.com C
  • 11. JAIPUR, SUNDAY | MAY 12, 2024 10 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Matriarch'sDay CELEBRATING LOVE, SACRIFICE, AND STRENGTH ON MOTHER'S DAY Mother's Day, a day of reverence and gratitude, beckons us to honour the extraordinary women who shape our lives with boundless love and unwavering devotion. City First presents a heartwarming tribute to mothers everywhere this Mother's Day, showcasing a curated selection of remarkable books with touching poems that capture the essence of maternal love. I, a mother, came into being when you were born. Many oaths about your future, I had sworn. You took over my days and nights. I don’t remember when I slept tight. I suffered with guilt al- ways. My preferences and in- terests I gave away. Whether at home or out for work. That dilemma of prov- ing a dutiful mother al- ways, sucked. I strived to get the best for you. And when I saw you happy, all my worries, away they flew. I wasn’t trained or ex- perienced. Every action was an interesting lesson. Had no vague idea to bring up a child. Some memories of my childhood, some books at hand. And of course, some tips and teachings by mom figures around... What to do? When to do it? How to do? Why do? Why not do ? So on and so forth... I tried and tried. I succeeded a little and a little I failed. Going through this hustle, life changed me in person. I’m amazed at my multitasking and mul- tifaceted self. I witness your mood swings and tantrums. I adore your concern and emotions. Yes.. you give me hap- piness and fulfilment like no other. I must say...I’m a gratified mother. Rinkal Haldiya Khandelwal TOM LAKE In Patchett's latest enchanting tale, adult daughters delve into their parents' past lives, dreams, and loves amidst the backdrop of an idyllic Michigan cherry farm during the early pandemic. This poignant narrative unfolds as they hunker down together, unravelling familial mysteries and forging deeper connections. As you im- merse yourself in their journey, you may find echoes of your own experiences, prompting moments of reflection and discovery along- side your mom. Patchett's story offers a poignant reminder of the profound bonds that endure, even in the face of separation and un- certainty. — by Ann Patchett ACTS OF FORGIVENESS In Maura Cheeks' debut novel, single mom Willie Revel embarks on a mis- sion to rescue her family from financial turmoil. She applies for a new program offering up to $175,000 in reparations to Black families de- scended from slaves. However, tensions arise within the family as not everyone supports delving into the past, even if it means salvation for them all. Cheeks' gripping narrative ex- plores the complexities of identity, history, and fa- milial bonds in the pur- suit of justice and survival. —by Maura Cheeks FAMILY FAMILY Actress and adoptive mom India Allwood challenges the portrayal of adoption in her latest film, sparking controversy. Her twin ten-year-olds rally to her side, seeking solace from an unexpected source: India's biological child, whom she placed for adoption years ago. As family dynamics in- tertwine with Hollywood drama, Allwood's journey unfolds, explor- ing themes of identity, mother- hood, and the power of familial bonds in navigating life's complex- ities and controversies. — by Laurie Frankel HAMNET This evocative novel delves into the enig- matic world of Shakespeare's wife and fam- ily, exploring the profound impact of the plague on their lives. Through lyrical prose and rich storytelling, the narrative unveils the untold stories and hidden struggles of these historical figures. As the backdrop of the plague looms large, the novel captures the essence of love, loss, and resilience in the face of adversity, offering a poignant explo- ration of human resilience and the enduring power of art. - by Maggie O'Farrell I'M SO EFFING TIRED A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy, and Reclaim Your Life - For the burnt-out mom in need of rejuvenation, this self-help book offers a roadmap to manage stress and reclaim vitality. Paired with dedicated me-time, it serves as a powerful tool for rebuilding energy and restoring balance. With practical insights and actionable strategies, it empow- ers mothers to prioritize self-care and navigate life's challenges with resilience. Give the gift of rejuvena- tion and renewal, supporting the mom in your life on her journey to wellness and well-being. — by Amy Shah THE GOODBYE DIARIES Explore the profound journey of Marisa Bardach Ramel and her late mother Sally Bardach in their poi- gnant memoir, navigating through Sally's terminal cancer diagnosis. In this tribute to maternal love, the duo's unwavering bond shines amidst grief and loss, revealing the enduring strength of mother-daugh- ter relationships. — by Marisa Bardach Ramel and Sally Bardach You are so full of compassion, love, and strength. I love you for all that you are and for all that you do. Happy Mother's Day to the most amazing mother. Thank you for all the joy you've brought to my life as my mother. There aren’t enough words in the world to say how much you mean to me. I love you, Mom! MOM'S RHYMES Tripti Mahawar cityfirst@firstindia.co.in Mother’s Day Mother’s Day