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US NSA IN NATIONAL CAPITAL
India committed for ‘global good’: Modi to Jake
First India Bureau
New Delhi
rime Minister
Narendra Modi
met US Nation-
al Security Advisor Jake
Sullivan in the national
capital on Monday. After
the discussion, PM Modi
took to X and said that
India is all for strategic
partnership with the US
with an aim for global
good. Earlier in the day,
Sullivan had met his In-
dian counterpart Ajit
Doval. The talks centered
on execution of critical
India-US Initiative on
Critical and Emerging
Technologies (iCET). In
the Doval-Sullivan talks,
the two sides firmed up a
number of significant ini-
tiatives to bolster coop-
eration in areas of critical
technologies, defence,
semiconductor, advanced
telecommunications, AI,
quantum, biotechnology
and clean energy. During
the day, EAM S Jaishan-
kar met Sullivan and dis-
cussed bilateral, regional
& global issues. Jaishan-
kar expressed confidence
that strategic partnership
between the India and US
will advance strongly.
Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Mallikarjun
Kharge and KC Venugopal meet at Kharge’s residence, Monday.
P
IN BRIEF
MHA hands over Reasi
terror probe to NIA
New Delhi: The Union
Home Ministry on Mon-
day handed over the
probe into the recent ter-
ror attack on a bus in
J&K to the National
Investigation Agency
(NIA), officials said.
Bharat, India to be used
interchangeably: NCERT
New Delhi: Amid the on-
going row over revised
textbooks, NCERT
Director Dinesh Saklani
has said that the words
‘Bharat’ and ‘India’ could
be used interchangeably
in them.
AIFF terminates services
of head coach Stimac
New Delhi: Officials of
All India Football Federa-
tion (AIFF) held a meet-
ing over Men’s National
Team’s FIFA WC 2026
qualification campaign
and decided to terminate
Head Coach Igor Stimac.
Pannun murder plot:
Gupta pleads not guilty
Manhattan: Indian nat’l
Nikhil Gupta, accused of
hatching plot to kill Khal-
istani leader Pannun, pled
not guilty in a federal
court in Manhattan on
Monday over murder-for-
hire charges against him.
COURTESY MEETING!
Governor Kalraj
Mishra paid a
courtesy visit
to Union Home
and Cooperation
Minister Amit
Shah in New
Delhi on Monday.
The duo engaged
in wide-ranging
discussions,
concentrating
on various topics
with a focus
on Rajasthan’s
development.
PriyankaGandhi
tomakepolldebut
fromWayanad
3 names for pro-tem
Speaker finalised
First India Bureau
New Delhi
The BJP wants to retain
the post of Speaker for
the 18th Lok Sabha after
securing 240 seats in the
general election, sources
said on Monday, adding
the party might offer the
post of Deputy Speaker
to allies in NDA. Mean-
while, regarding pro-tem
Speaker, 3 names have
been finalised: Faggan
Singh Kulaste, Radham-
ohan Singh and Bhartru-
hari Mahtab. On the basis
of seniority, any one can
be made pro-tem Speak-
er. President Murmu will
administer oath to pro-
tem Speaker. Pro-tem
Speaker will administer
oath to all members. Af-
ter the Speaker is elected,
Pro-tem Speaker will
hand over charge. Mean-
while, Amit Shah and JP
Nadda reached 17th LS
Speaker Om Birla’s
home on Monday night.
There could be talks over
new Speaker, Dy Speaker.
First India Bureau
New Delhi
The decision for Priyan-
ka Gandhi Vadra to con-
test from Wayanad was
finalised during an im-
portant meeting held at
Congress President Mal-
likarjun Kharge’s resi-
dence on Monday. In
meeting discussions took
place with local organisa-
tions from Wayanad and
Raebareli via calls. Con-
sensus from both places
was clear, they insisted
that only a member of
Gandhi family should
contest election. It re-
mains to be seen if Rahul
will deliver an emotional
speech in Wayanad for
Priyanka Gandhi, akin to
Sonia’s heartfelt address
in Raebareli during Ra-
hul Gandhi’s campaign.
CONG DELETES POST
MOCKING MODI-POPE
MEET, APOLOGISES
Kerala Congress on
Monday posted an
apology on their X
handle a day after it took
a jibe at PM Modi over his
picture with Pope Francis
in Italy. Kerala unit of party
wrote, “Finally, the Pope got
a chance to meet God.” It
later deleted post. It was re-
ferring to PM’s remark dur-
ing Lok Sabha rally where
he expressed conviction
that he was “sent by God”
for a specific purpose.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma in Delhi on Monday.
Rescue work after a collision between Kanchanjunga Express and a goods train, near the Rangapani railway station, on Monday.
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma calls on Union Finance Minister
Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Monday.
Modimeetingbolsters
CM’spower,confidence
Aishwary Pradhan
New Delhi
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma,
on Monday, paid a cour-
tesy call on PM Narendra
Modi at his official resi-
dence in New Delhi. Af-
ter meeting the PM, The
CM suddenly reached
Delhi. Sources said, the
CM had asked for time to
meettheModiandamidst
the PM’s busy schedule,
PMO called him and as
soon as he got time to
meet. There is news of
BJP giving organisation-
al feedback in this meet-
ing as BJP’s big leaders
had done big brainstorm-
ing on lost seats. Feed-
back was also given on
points that came out of
the brainstorming. At the
same time, it is believed
CM may become more
powerful, appeared con-
fident after the Monday’s
meet. He also met vari-
ous Union Ministers. P8
CM SHARMA DELIBERATES RAJASTHAN’S BUDGET
2024-25 WITH FINMIN NIRMALA SITHARAMAN
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma also met Union Finance
Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at her official residence
on Monday. Sharma had a very meaningful discus-
sion regarding the upcoming Budget 2024-25 of Rajasthan
and received guidance from Sitharaman. Through the
CM’s met with Modi and Sitha, it is now believed that the
State may get many gifts in the Union Budget. During CM’s
visit to Delhi, he was accompanied by top officers Shikhar
Agrawal, Akhil Arora, Sandesh Nayak and T Ravikanth.
PREZ, VP, PM, UHM,
CONDOLE DEMISE
President Drou-
padi Murmu, Vice
President Jagdeep
Dhankhar, PM Narendra
Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker
Om Birla, Union Ministers
Amit Shah, JP Nadda,
Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gad-
kari, Kiren Rijiju, Piyush
Goyal, Bhupender Yadav,
Gajendra Singh Shekha-
wat and other top leaders
on Monday expressed
their condolences over
the accident in Darjeeling
involving the Kanchen-
junga Express train and a
goods train.
VAISHNAW VOWS ‘THOROUGH INVESTIGATION’
Ashwini Vaishnaw visited site of train collision
at Rangapani to assess the situation firsthand.
Due to narrow road, he travelled on the pillion
of a motorbike for part of the journey to reach the
accident site. He said, “Commission of Railway Safety
will conduct a thorough investigation. Rescue opera-
tion has concluded and now focus is on restoration.
SEALDAH KANCHANJUNGA EXPRESS ACCIDENT
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS
HUMANERROR!
15 dead, 60 injured as goods train
rams into Kanchanjunga Express
The anti-train collision system not
in place on route: Railway Board
Moni Sharma
Darjeeling
At least 15 people died
and around 60 others
were injured after a
goods train collided with
Sealdah-bound Kanchan-
junga Express near Ran-
gapani station in Bengal
at 9 am on Monday, po-
lice said. Three rear com-
partments of the express
train derailed under the
impact of the collision
from behind by the loco-
motive of the goods train,
railway officials said.
Railway Board Chairper-
son Jaya Varma Sinha
revealed that the ‘Ka-
vach’ anti-collision sys-
tem was not operational
of Guwahati route. “It is
currently functional on
1,500 km of railway
tracks, with plans to ex-
tend it to another 3,000
km by the end of the
year,” Sinha said. She at-
tributed collision to a
possible human error by
loco pilot of goods train,
who succumbed to inju-
ries. Rescue ops over and
train journey resumed. P6
PM announces `2 lakh
ex-gratia for kin of
deceased, `50,000
for injured. Ministry
announces `10 lakh
for kin of deceased,
`2.5 lakh for grievous
injures and `50,000
for minor injuries
 Investigation suggest-
ed that the driver of the
goods train disregarded
the signal and had hit the
Kanchanjunga Express
 Internal documents
showed goods train was
allowed to cross all red
signals as the automatic
signalling had ‘failed’
 WB CM Mamata
Banerjee expressed
“shock” over the tragic ac-
cident, saying the district
magistrate, doctors and
ambulances had been
rushed to the spot. She
also visited accident site
(L-R) PM Narendra Modi, EAM S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval hold separate meets with US NSA Jake Sullivan in New Delhi on Monday.
Rahul Gandhi keeps Raebareli seat
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CONCERNS OVER THE DECLINING ADMISSIONS
Need to boost enrollments in schools: Edu Secy
First India Bureau
Jaipur
comprehensive
review meeting
of the Educa-
tion Department was held
at the Indira Gandhi Pan-
chayati Raj Department
on Monday, focusing ex-
tensively on increasing
enrollments in govern-
ment schools. During
this, concerns were ex-
pressed over the declin-
ing enrollments, prompt-
ing concerted efforts to
address the issue.
Education Secretary
Krishna Kunal empha-
sized the urgent need to
boost enrollments in gov-
ernment schools in the
current scenario. He di-
rected joint directors, dis-
trict education officers,
and primary and second-
ary education officials to
take stringent measures.
The meeting provided
a platform for education
officials, teachers, and
students to discuss their
issues and seek solutions
and clear timelines were
set for resolving these is-
sues. The Director of
Secondary Education
conducted a district-
wise analysis of board
examination results dur-
ing the session.
Meanwhile, the Direc-
tor of Primary Education
presented strategies in-
cluding RTE (Right to
Education), RTI (Right to
Information), education
empowerment, and in-
volving parents through
lottery in school commit-
tees. Key officials from
various departments, in-
cluding the State Project
Director and officials
from the Mid-Day Meal
scheme, were also pre-
sent at the meeting.
Education Secretary Krishna Kunal adressing the meeting of the Education Department held at
Indira Gandhi Panchayati Raj Department on Monday.
A
First India Bureau
Udaipur
Four people including a
Brother-sister duo were
killed in a road collision
in Udaipur district on
Monday, police said. A
speeding trailer first hit a
dumper from behind and
then fell in a ditch along
the highway, they said.
The dumper driver lost
control and crushed two
women and a man who
were walking on the road
divider and then hit an-
other truck from behind,
Bekria Police Station
SHO Dhanpat said. The
fourth to die in the inci-
dent was the trailer driver.
The truck's cleaner is
among the injured. One
of the four deceased was
identified as Mashruf,
the SHO said.
Udaipur: A speeding Audi car hits 2 people and
then proceeded to hit 4 vehicles and 5 two-
wheelers. Two people, including the son of DIG
(ACB) Rajendra Goyal were seriously injured during the
accident. The incident happened around 10:45 pm on
Sunday night. It is said that the car was moving at such
a high speed that it jumped on the breaker and went out
of control. Surajpol police station in-charge Sunil Charan
said that two people including ACB DIG’s son Utkarsh
Goyal (23) have been seriously injured at Mali Colony
(Ring Road). “Utkarsh had come to buy fruits. The Audi
hit Utkarsh near the fruit cart and bike rider Bhagwati Lal
(30). Both are undergoing treatment at the district hospi-
tal. Teams have been formed and CCTV footage installed
nearby is being scanned. The Audi car has been seized.
The car has been badly damaged in the accident. Police
teams are searching for the car driver and soon the police
will arrest the accused,” Charan informed. According to
an eye witness, the car could have hit more people but in
time, people ran away from there.
PTI
Kota
A 40-year-old man died
of electrocution on Mon-
day and three more were
injured when they were
installing a handpump in
a village and a metal pipe
came in contact with a
power line passing over-
head, police said.
They said the incident
occurred in Bhindi vil-
lage under the Kesho-
raipatan police station in
Bundi district. The de-
ceased was identified as
Rambabu Meena (40), a
resident of Adila village.
Assistant Sub-Inspec-
tor Nand Singh Rajawat
of the Keshoraipatan po-
lice station said the four
workers were engaged in
installing the handpump.
He said Meena was
rushed to a community
health centre at Kapren
where doctors declared
him dead.
Police handed over
the body to his family
members after a post-
mortem examination and
registered a case of ac-
cidental death under sec-
tion 174 of the CrPC,
Rajawat said.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In a development related
to Shri Annapurna Rasoi
Yojana, now the benefi-
ciary will get only one
coupon instead of two.
Earlier, 2 coupons were
given to one beneficiary
& with those two cou-
pons, the beneficiary
used to get two plates.
But now, the current
government has increased
the quantity of the food
served in the plate and
nowinsteadof450grams,
600 grams of food mate-
rial is served in the plate.
Udaipur: 4 dead including
brother-sister in accident
SPEEDING AUDI HITS 2 INCLUDING DIG’S SON;
DESTROYS 4 VEHICLES AND 5 TWO-WHEELERS
40-year-old man dies
of electrocution while
installing handpump
Only one coupon
now in Annapurna
Rasoi Yojana
MuslimsmarkEidul-Adha
CELEBRATION MARKS THE END OF ANNUAL HAJJ PILGRIMAGE IN SAUDI ARABIA
Police personnel during rescue operations with the help of local
people at the accident site in Udaipur district on Monday.
Muslim worshippers offer massprayer(namaz) on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Adha festival, at Chaar Darwaza Maulana Sahab Dargah in Jaipur on Monday.  NAIM KHAN
Devotees arrive to offer namaz on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Adha festival, at the Chaar Darwaza Maulana Sahab Dargah in Jaipur on Monday.  NAIM KHAN
Injured victims were brought
to a hospital on Monday.
Locals gather at the accident
site at Mali Colony (Ring Road).
JDA thwarts attempts to settle
illegal colonies on agri land
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Enforcement Wing
of Jaipur Development
Authority on Monday
thwarted attempts to
settle illegal colonies
on about 4 bigha private
Khatedari agricultural
land without the ap-
proval of JDA and land
conversion.
The action was taken
on Diggi Road in the vil-
lage of Balawala under
the jurisdiction of Zone-
11. A new illegal colony
was being established
by levelling the land, by
making mud-gravel
roads, boundary walls
and other illegal con-
structions. The expens-
es on the demolition will
be recovered from the
concerned person as per
the rules. At the same
time, the wing removed
an illegal dhaba and oth-
er illegal constructions
on about 1 bigha of man-
dir-mafi land in village
Narsinghpura, Ajmer
Road under zone-11.
The enforcement wing deployed JCB machines and laborers to
complete the action.
Womanfounddead,familyallegesmurder
First India Bureau
Neem Ka Thana
A 30-year-old woman
was on Monday found
dead in a ditch in Ra-
jasthan’s Neem Ka Tha-
na district, police said.
Shikha Agarwal went
missing from her home
on Sunday and her body
was found in a ditch near
Bharala crossing on Pa-
tan the next morning.The
woman’s family mem-
bers alleged that she was
killed for dowry and filed
a case against her hus-
band Pankaj Gupta.
After she went miss-
ing, her family searched
for her in the surrounding
area but could not find
her and informed the po-
lice, he said. The body
has been handed over to
the family for a post-
mortem, police said.
30-YEAR-OLD JUDGE CAUGHT IN HONEYTRAP;
CASE FILED AGAINST SEVEN INDIVIDUALS
Ajmer: A 30-year-old judge has alleged that he was
honey-trapped by a woman, leading to a case being
filed at the Civil Lines police station of Ajmer against
seven individuals, including the woman involved. Accord-
ing to the judge, the woman, employed as a Lower Division
Clerk (LDC) in Ganganagar, initiated contact with him in
2019 while they were both preparing for the Rajasthan
Judicial Services (RJS) examination. The judge stated that
the woman visited his room under the pretence of exchang-
ing study notes but then pressured him into a physical
relationship  allegedly took indecent photographs of him.
Subsequently, she used these photographs to blackmail
him, extorting a total of `3.50 lakh from him.
JODHPUR: POLICE ASI
KILLED BY RELATIVES
DUE TO SUSPICION OF
ILLICIT AFFAIR
Jodhpur: In the case
of the murder of
Gujarat Police ASI
in the Chamu police station
area, the police revealed
the murderers on Monday
informing that ASI’s cousins
had beaten him due to
suspicion of illicit relation-
ship with a village girl. They
beat him and strangulated
him to death and threw
the body in the canal. The
accused took the service
pistol and money with them
to make the murder look
like a robbery incident. The
police have arrested both
the accused.
CRIME
ROUNDUP MAN SETS SELF ON FIRE
FOR DRUGS IN BARAN
Baran: A young man
set himself on fire in
Baran on Monday
when he was stopped from
taking drugs by his mother.
Sultan Singh of Kawai
Salpura took out petrol from
his bike and sprinkled it on
himself and set himself on
fire. He was referred from
Baran to Kota MBS hospital
in critical condition and has
suffered fifty percent burns.
INJURED UNDERGOING
TREATMENT AT HOSP
Udaipur: After the
fatal accident, the
injured were immedi-
ately taken to the hospital by
ambulance. The police have
kept the bodies of the dead
in the hospital mortuary,
while arrangements are be-
ing made for the treatment of
those injured in the accident.
BARMERRESIDENTHELD
INPTIEXAMSCAMCASE
Ajmer: In the Senior
PTI recruitment
exam case, a native
of Barmer who
is identified as
Genaram was
arrested on
Monday. He
was a dummy
candidate who
was made to sit after paying
`15 lakh. Two accused have
already been arrested.
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NATURE’S REMINDER
Tiger seen spreading msg of ‘No Plastic’
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
fter a tiger was
seen carrying a
plastic bag
filled with garbage out of
water in Ranthambore,
the authorities have in-
creased strictness to
check taking plastic items
inside the forest areas.
An interesting scene
was observed in Ranth-
ambore when tigress T8
Ladli’s son T86 ‘Chiriko’
was seen giving advice
to humans. Two-three
days ago in the Atal
Sagar area of Rantham-
bore, wildlifer Shobhit
Tiwari captured such a
scene in his camera
which is enough to give
a message to humans to
correct their mistakes.
Tiger Chiriko first
reached the shore ofAtal
Sagar and then slowly
went inside the water.
The feline took a deep
dive and when he came
out of the waters, there
was a big garbage sack
in his mouth which was
filled with plastic and
other garbage. The tiger
not only took this big
garbage sack out of Atal
Sagar but also took it far
away and left it there.As
if he is saying that ‘plas-
tic has been banned in
the forest, please do not
bring plastic items into
the forest.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Despite recent pre-mon-
soon showers in parts of
Rajasthan, nine districts
continue to endure re-
lentless heat, prompting
a yellow alert for heat-
wave conditions. Addi-
tionally, strong winds
pose a concern in seven
districts due to their po-
tential intensity. The
monsoon, which stalled
over Gujarat since June
10, has remained stag-
nant in Sikkim since
making landfall on May
31, lingering for 16 days
without further progres-
sion. However, there is
hope that the monsoon
will accelerate by June
18, potentially leading to
a timely or earlier onset
in Rajasthan.
Meanwhile, the severe
heat has adversely af-
fected the state’s water
reserves. Over the past
15 days, 40 reservoirs
have partially dried up,
exacerbating the situa-
tion from the earlier pe-
riod between March 30
and May 31, when 85
reservoirs faced water
scarcity. The number of
partially filled reservoirs
has risen from 157 to 197
within just 15 days. Con-
sequently, the overall wa-
ter capacity has declined
by 2.3%, with reservoirs
currently holding only
32.55% of their total ca-
pacity, compared to
42.96% on the same date
last year.
Bharat Dixit
Jaipur
In a remarkable
achievement, yoga
practitioners from 51
institutions in Jaipur set
a new world record by
engaging in continuous
yoga for 25 hours and
15 minutes.
The event took place
at the Indralok Audito-
rium near Narayan Sin-
gh Circle at the initiative
by Dr Somya, Mayor of
Jaipur Greater Munici-
pal Corporation, ahead
of the 10th International
Yoga Day.
Over 1500 participants
demonstrated various
yoga practices without
interruption, impressing
the World Record team.
She joined the yoga
practitioners on stage,
participating in various
activities such as Surya
Namaskar, and provided
encouragement through-
out the session.
Representatives from
51 institutions, including
Krida Bharti, Yogapeace
Institute, Patanjali, Brah-
makumari, Atmanirbhar
Vruddhashram, and Gay-
atri Parivar, collaborated
to achieve this feat, start-
ing at 7 am on Sunday
and concluding at 8 am
on Monday.
The event was attend-
ed by Deputy Chief Min-
ister Premchand Bairwa,
Cabinet MinisterAvinash
Gehlot, Minister of State
for Urban Development
Jhabar Singh Kharra,
Education Minister
Madan Dilawar, and In-
dian middle-distance
runner Gopal Saini
among others.
Tiger Chiriko reached the shore of Atal Sagar and then slowly
went inside the water. The feline took a deep dive and when
he came out of the waters, there was a big garbage sack in his
mouth which was filled with plastic and other garbage.
Women use scarfs to cover their faces during the intense
summer day, in Jaipur on Monday. SANTOSH SHARMA
A view of the notice informing that a section of the Central Park
track will be closed for approximately 200 meters from June 18.
Dr Somya recognized by the Asia Book of Records and India Book
of Records for her initiative. Also seen are Deputy Chief Minister
Premchand Bairwa, Jhabar Singh Kharra, Avinash Gehlot  others. Yoga practitioners performing yoga at the Indralok Auditorium near Narayan Singh Circle in Jaipur.
There has been a
decline in overall
water capacity by
2.3% during these 15
days, with reservoirs
holding 32.55% of
their total capacity
A
Jaipur sets world record with 25-hr nonstop Yoga session
Over 1500 participants
demonstrated various yoga
practices without interruption
OVER THE PAST 15 DAYS, 40 RESERVOIRS HAVE DRIED UP
Rajfaceswatercrisis,dams
dryupasmonsoonstalls
Abhishek Shrivastava
Jaipur
Jaipur Development
Commissioner Manju
Rajpal announced on
Monday that the Jaipur
Development Authority
(JDA) is set to construct
a pedestrian subway
from Rambagh Golf
Club to Gate No. 2 of the
Rajasthan High Court on
Bhagwan Das Road.
Due to this construction,
starting June 18, 2024, a
section of the Central
Park track will be closed
for approximately 200
meters. This closure will
extend from the entrance
of the Golf Club on Bha-
wani Singh Road to the
Shiv Ji temple within the
Golf Club, located op-
posite the Rajasthan
High Court. Visitors to
Central Park are advised
to plan their movements
accordingly.
Commissioner Rajpal
also revealed plans for a
two-level underground
parking lot, covering an
area of about 10,000
square meters in the ex-
isting parking space at
Rambagh Golf Club.
This new facility will
provide parking for ap-
proximately 500 vehi-
cles, including both
four-wheelers and two-
wheelers.
JDA announces subway
construction, Central
Park track closed
JDA offers 1
lakh plants via
mobile App this
monsoon
Missing Kota
NEET aspirant
found safe in
Chennai
Alliance Air
launches new Jpr-
Bikaner flight
First India Bureau
Jaipur
This time in monsoon,
the JDA will provide one
lakh plants. There will be
25 centers for distribu-
tion of plants in the city.
The JDAwill distribute 3
times more plants than
the last monsoon. This
time 10 feet tall plants
will be distributed from
these centers. Maximum
5 plants will be given to
a person through mobile
app. To get the plants, in-
formation of OTP re-
ceived on mobile will
have to be given. For
each plant, a person will
have to pay Rs 50 at the
center. Maximum 4,000
plants will be distributed
from one distribution cen-
ter.
Information about dis-
tribution centers and
plants available there will
be available on the app.
Apart from this, plants
will be planted in govt
premises and colonies.
First India Bureau
Kota
A 15-year-old NEET as-
pirant, missing from
coaching hub Kota for
several days, was traced
in Chennai.
The girl travelled from
Kota to Chennai, stop-
ping in Surat and Mum-
bai in between, police
said.
SP Kota city Amrita
Duhan said the girl, who
was preparing for the Na-
tional Eligibility-cum-
Entrance Test in a coach-
ing institute in the city,
left for classes on the
morning of June 10 but
did not return to her hos-
tel later.
Based on a report by
the caretaker of the hos-
tel, police lodged a miss-
ing person’s report and a
team of Mahaveer Nagar
police station and the
Anti-Human trafficking
Cell began an operation
to find the medical aspi-
rant, the SP said.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Alliance Air has inaugu-
rated a new air service
between Jaipur and Bi-
kaner using a 48-seater
aircraft. On Monday, Al-
liance Air flight 9I-833
commenced its journey
from Delhi, arriving in
Jaipur at 1:30 pm. The
flightthendepartedJaipur
at 2:10 pm, reaching Bi-
kaner by 3:10 pm. Subse-
quently, the return flight
took off from Bikaner at
3:35 pm, arriving back in
Jaipur at 4:35 pm.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In a startling turn of
events related to organ
transplants, the latest de-
velopments have brought
to light serious allega-
tions involving Dr. Sadip
Gupta’s wife, Shikha
Gupta.
In her meticulously de-
tailed seven-page corre-
spondence, Shikha Gupta
unequivocally labeled
the case as fabricated, ac-
cusing research officials
of concealing facts and
orchestrating illegal FIRs
and arrests. She under-
scored that no offenses
under sections 419, 420,
467, 468, 471, or 120-B
IPC had been committed,
thus rendering the FIR
lodged at the Jawahar
Circle Police Station
baseless.
It was also said that the
original FIR in question
was previously filed at
the Gurugram Sadar Po-
lice Station under case
number 239/2024.
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur
Rajasthan Pradesh Con-
gress Committee Presi-
dent Govind Singh Do-
tasra will now tour the
state after a great perfor-
mance in the Lok Sabha
elections. The purpose of
these tours will be to
campaign for the upcom-
ing assembly by-elec-
tions and civic elections
and to strengthen the or-
ganization.
Dotasra is currently out
of the state and will return
to Rajasthan after June
20. Homework has start-
ed regarding Dotasra’s
proposed tours. The big-
gest success for Dotasra
as the state Congress
president is that after get-
ting zero in 2 consecutive
Lok Sabha elections, the
Congress has been able to
win 11 seats this time as
an alliance.
The Congress has also
started aggressive prepa-
rations for the upcoming
Assembly elections. Con-
gress has made a com-
plete strategy to surround
the government in the
House. Congress MLAs
have been given the re-
sponsibility of asking
department-wise ques-
tions and along with this,
theclosureoftheschemes
of the Congress Gehlot
government by the cur-
rent government will also
be made an issue.
Dotasra and Leader of
Opposition Tikaram Jul-
ly are doing homework
for theAssembly session.
Subhash Trivedi
Pali
In a village in the Jaitpur
area of the district, two
neighboring girls have
decided to cancel their
plans to marry each other
after a series of counsel-
ing sessions on Monday
afternoon. Following
three rounds of counsel-
ing at the Sakhi Centre,
both girls agreed to re-
turn to their respective
homes.
During the sessions,
the girls expressed that
while they would not
marry each other, they
also had no intentions of
marrying anyone else.
Instead, they plan to lead
independent lives and fo-
cus on becoming suc-
cessful on their own. This
resolution brought relief
to their families.
ORGAN TRANSPLANT SCAM
Gupta’sletteruncoversallegedcorruption
DotasratoembarkonStatewide
tourafterLokSabhasuccess
Pali: Girls drop demand of
marriage post-counselling
Center manager Devi Bamaniya giving advice at Sakhi Centre.
Shikha Gupta
unequivocally labeled
the case as fabricated,
accusing research
officials of concealing
facts  orchestrating
illegal FIRs
Govind Singh Dotasra
Industrial alcohol – Interplay
of regulating Entries
t is important to
look into the inter-
play of regulating
entries of the Sev-
enth Schedule: i)
industries,thecontrolofwhichby
the Union is declared by Parlia-
mentbylawtobeexpedientinthe
public interest (Entry 52 of the
UnionList);ii)dutiesofexciseon
tobacco, medicinal and toilet
preparations containing alcohol,
opium, Indian hemp, narcotic
drugs narcotics and other goods
manufactured or produced in In-
dia except alcoholic liquors for
human consumption (Entry 84 of
the Union List); iii) intoxicating
liquors,i.e.theproduction,manu-
facture, possession, transport,
purchase and sale of intoxicating
liquors (Entry 8 of the State List);
and iv) duties of excise on alco-
holicliquorsforhumanconsump-
tion, opium, Indian hemp, nar-
cotic drugs and narcotics manu-
factured or produced in the state
and countervailing duties at the
same or lower rates on similar
goods manufactured or produced
elsewhere in India but excluding
medicinal and toilet preparations
containingalcohol,opium,Indian
hemp, narcotic drugs and narcot-
ics (Entry 51of the State List).
The conundrum
Apparently, there is a complete
overlap of jurisdiction of Centre
and states in regard to alcohol.
Interestingly, there is no mention
of “industrial alcohol” in any
entry in the three lists – central,
state and concurrent. But at the
crux is the power to control rev-
enue-rich liquor industry.
Case for the States
States maintain that extra neutral
alcohol (ENA), over which states
haveexclusiveregulatorypowers,
is the “mother raw material” for
potable liquor and denatured spir-
its. Ethyl alcohol becomes indus-
trialalcoholafterdenaturationand
mostoftheprocessesformanufac-
ture of denatured spirits are the
same as potable alcohol. If states
decideatthisstagethatnorawma-
terialwouldbedivertedformanu-
facturing industrial alcohol, then
ENAwouldbeusedonlyforpota-
ble liquor. Thus, states should
alone have exclusive regulatory
control over industrial alcohol.
States assert that intoxicating liq-
uor means every kind of alcohol,
whether for human consumption
or industrial use. Further, that
when an exhaustive Entry 8 of the
State List constitutionally puts the
subject under the purview of the
states, central government’s role
shouldbeousted.Statesaffirmthat
thecentrecannotdenudetheover-
archingcontrolvestedinthestates
overliquorindustrybyvirtueofan
exception under Entry 52 of the
State List.
Case against the States
A conjoint reading of regulating
entriesincentral,stateandconcur-
rent lists of the Constitution, pro-
jects that states have jurisdiction
over liquors consumable by hu-
mans for intoxication. All other
variants, including industrial alco-
hol, come under central domain.
The litmus test for Entry 8 is the
human factor introduced by the
Constitutionframersbyspecifying
liquor’s intoxicating effect. That
which is not consumable by hu-
manswillnotfallwithinthemean-
ing of intoxicating. Notwithstand-
ing the long history of definitions
of “liquor” to include liquids with
alcohol content, it cannot be can-
vassed that human consumption
part can be kept aside. Non-pota-
ble alcohol, including denatured
spiritsorindustrialalcohol,willbe
unfit for human consumption,
whereas Entry 8 of the State List
refers only to liquors for human
consumption.Inaddition,Entry52
of the Union List is untrammelled
by any other liquor regulating en-
try in State List. It has authorised
theParliamenttoexercisecompre-
hensive regulatory control over
liquor industry, extending to its
trade, commerce, supply and sale,
through legislation in public inter-
est, except those which manufac-
tured potable alcohol.
The Way Out
Dr Kenneth Clinton Wheare –
father of the contemporary fed-
eral theories - says that the un-
ion and regional governments
must each have under its control
financial resources sufficient to
perform its executive functions.
But the distribution of revenues
in India flies directly in the face
of the classical federal tradi-
tions. In the ConstituentAssem-
bly, little importance was at-
tached to the adage that “he who
pays piper calls the tune.” Rep-
resentatives of the states called
for increased revenues, more
out of pride that the states might
meet their responsibilities than
aiming for states’ fiscal autono-
my.Alladi KrishnaswamiAyyar
told the Constituent Assembly
(CAD VII 336) that there is a
tendency in several federation
for the central government to act
as the taxing agency and to
share proceeds of the taxes with
the units.
Despite the successful working
of the financial provisions of the
Constitution, the relationship be-
tween the Union and the states
continues to be a subject of con-
troversy, so much so, that CMs of
Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil
Nadu recently held demonstra-
tions in New Delhi in February
thisyear.Thesestatesclaimedthat
thecurrentsystemfordistributing
resources among states is disad-
vantageous to the southern states
ascomparedtothenorthernstates
with larger populations. In a re-
searchbyTakshshilaInstitution,it
was found that in 2018-2019, the
states generated 37.3% of the rev-
enue and incurred 62.4% of the
expenditures. Over the years, Un-
ion Finance Commissions have
played a pivot role in assessing
these fiscal imbalances between
the Union and the states and pro-
posed objective sharing mecha-
nisms. However, states’ share in
Union’s gross tax revenue has not
risen, despite 10% surge in the
revenue sharing formula during
2010-2020. Moreover, the intro-
duction of GSThas also hit states’
thin financial autonomy.
Larger tax transference.
Including cesses and
surcharges in the kitty
The 14th Finance Commission
proposed that tax devolution to
the states should be 42% of the
divisiblepool–whichincludesall
taxes collected by the Union but
excludestaxrevenueofunionter-
ritories, cesses and surcharges
leviedbytheUnion.Unfortunate-
ly, 15th Finance Commission has
reduced the tax transference and
pegged it to 41%. Also, Union’s
gross tax revenue has seen a
downturn. If the divisible pool
contracts, all states’share also di-
minishes.Importantly,cessesand
surcharges are not a part of the
divisiblepool.Thestates,inaddi-
tion to asking for a larger share of
the divisible pool from existing
41%, should also claim that cess-
es and surcharges should be part
of the divisible kitty. In this man-
ner their share will automatically
increase. States should also plead
with the Union Government to
rationalise tax slabs instead of
levying cesses and surcharges.
Thestatesmaychallengethecon-
stitutionality of cesses and sur-
charges because they violate fis-
cal federalism – a basic feature of
the constitution. (Concluded)
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
SIMPLIFYING
TAX SLABS
The 14th Finance
Commission proposed
that tax devolution to the
states should be 42% of
the divisible pool – which
includes all taxes collected
by the Union but excludes
tax revenue of union
territories, cesses and
surcharges levied by the
Union. Unfortunately, 15th
Finance Commission has
reduced the tax transfer-
ence and pegged it to 41%
Also, Union’s gross tax
revenue has seen a
downturn. If the divisible
pool contracts, all states’
share also diminishes.
Importantly, cesses and
surcharges are not a
part of the divisible pool.
The states, in addition to
asking for a larger share
of the divisible pool from
existing 41%, should also
claim that cesses and
surcharges should be part
of the divisible kitty
In this manner their share
will automatically increase.
States should also plead
with the Union Govern-
ment to rationalise tax
slabs instead of levying
cesses and surcharges.
The states may challenge
the constitutionality of
cesses and surcharges
because they violate fiscal
federalism – a basic fea-
ture of the constitution
DYNAMICSOFFISCAL
FEDERALISMININDIA
I
ndia’s decision to ab-
stain from signing the
joint communique on
Ukraine, alongside South Afri-
ca, Brazil, and the UAE, under-
scores a pragmatic approach to
international diplomacy. The
communique, endorsed by 84 of
the 100 participating countries,
aimed at addressing the conflict
in Ukraine. However, India’s
stance highlights a crucial ele-
ment for achieving enduring
peace: the inclusion of Russia in
the dialogue. India’s BRICS al-
lies toed the same line.
The absence of Russia, a key
party to the conflict, renders any
peace initiative incomplete and
less effective. By refraining
from signing the document, In-
dia emphasized the necessity of
a comprehensive peace process
that involves all major stake-
holders. This approach is rooted
in the understanding that sus-
tainable peace cannot be im-
posed unilaterally but must be
negotiated inclusively.
India’s position also reflects
itsstrategicautonomyinforeign
policy, balancing its relations
with both Western nations and
Russia. Given India’s historical
ties with Russia and its growing
partnership with Western coun-
tries, maintaining a neutral and
balanced stance is critical. This
enablesIndiatoactasapotential
mediator, fostering dialogue
rather than deepening divisions.
Moreover, the insistence on
Russia’s involvement aligns
with India’s broader vision of a
multi-polar world order where
global issues are addressed
through consensus and coopera-
tion, not coercion.This perspec-
tive is particularly pertinent for
ensuring regional stability and
preventing further escalation.
In essence, India’s decision is
a call for a more inclusive and
effective peace process. By ad-
vocating for participation of all
relevant parties, India upholds
principle that genuine and last-
ing peace can only be achieved
through collective engagement
and mutual understanding.
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot
coal with the intent of throwing it at someone
else; you are the one who gets burned.
BHAGAVAD GITA
India’s decision on
Ukraine justified
TOP TWEETS
Respectful tribute to Balasaheb Deoras ji on his
death anniversary. The third Sarsanghchalak
of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Param
Pujya Balasaheb Deoras Ji tried to integrate the
organization and the society with his ideas and
vision. He fought hard to remove social evils
and made people aware against untouchability.
Balasaheb, who remained dedicated to
democratic values throughout his life,
gave impetus to the public movement
against the Emergency.
Amit Shah
@AmitShah
Warm congratulations, Excellency @
CyrilRamaphosa on your re-election
as the President of the Republic of
South Africa. I look forward to working with
you to further strengthen the India-South
Africa strategic partnership.
Narendra Modi
@narendramodi
I
Given India’s historical ties with Russia and its
growing partnership with Western countries,
maintaining a neutral and balanced stance is critical.
This enables India to act as a potential mediator,
fostering dialogue rather than deepening divisions
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States maintain that extra neutral alcohol (ENA), over which
states have exclusive regulatory powers, is the “mother raw
material” for potable liquor and denatured spirits. Ethyl alcohol
becomes industrial alcohol after denaturation and most of the
processes for manufacture of denatured spirits are the same as
potable alcohol. If states decide at this stage that no raw
material would be diverted for manufacturing industrial
alcohol, then ENA would be used only for potable liquor
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PRE-BUDGET TALKS
FinMin to meet India Inc, farmers’bodies, state FMs this week
First India Bureau
New Delhi
inance Minister
Nirmala Sithar-
aman is set to
consult with key industry
groups, farmers’ associa-
tions, and state finance
ministers as she prepares
the 2024-25 budget,
which is expected to be
presented in late July. The
consultations with indus-
try leaders will take place
on Thursday, followed by
meetingswithfarmers’as-
sociationsandeconomists
on Friday. On Saturday,
Sitharaman will engage
with state finance minis-
tersduringtheGSTCoun-
cil meeting in New Delhi.
The Union govt over-
sees 108 Centrally Spon-
sored Schemes (CSS)
through state and UT
govts,withabudgetofap-
proximately Rs 5.01 lakh
crore for FY 2024-25 and
Rs 4.76 lakh crore for FY
2023-24.Discussionswith
statefinanceministerswill
likely focus on accelerat-
ing the implementation of
these schemes.
Senior officials indi-
cate that substantial
groundwork for the budg-
et has been completed as
part of govt’s 100-day
agenda. Broad consulta-
tions with industry and
agricultural bodies will
help the govt address key
issues more effectively.
The budget is antici-
pated to prioritize agri-
culture and rural devel-
opment, with a special
focus on empowering
women’s self-help
groups (SHGs) through
initiatives like the “Lakh-
pati Didis” scheme.
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s reappointment of
Sitharaman underscores
a commitment to conti-
nuity in economic policy.
Under Sitharaman’s
leadership, the Indian
economy achieved an
impressive 8.2 percent
growth in 2023-24, the
highest among major
global economies, with
inflation falling below 5
percent. The government
plans to maintain signifi-
cant investments in infra-
structure projects, in-
cluding highways, ports,
and railways, to drive
growth and job creation.
The production-linked
incentive (PLI) scheme,
which has made India a
manufacturing hub for
electronics like smart-
phones, may be expand-
ed to other sectors such
as toys and textiles. Ad-
ditionally, the focus on
promoting labor-inten-
sive MSMEs will con-
tinue to support large-
scale employment.
Sitharaman approach-
es the budget with the fis-
cal deficit well-managed,
having reduced it from
over 9 percent of GDP in
2020-21 to a targeted 5.1
percent for 2024-25.
Nirmala Sitharaman assumes charge as Finance Minister, at the
South Block, in New Delhi, last week. FILE
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MODI TO VISIT VARANASI TODAY
Kashi Vishwanath all set to welcome PM for 1st time after LS polls
First India Bureau
Varanasi
PM Narendra Modi is set
to visit Kashi Vishwa-
nath Temple on June 18,
marking his first visit to
Kashi after assuming of-
fice for the third-consec-
utive time.
The
temple
administration has final-
ised all preparations for
the PM’s visit, ensuring a
smooth and grand event.
Vishwa Bhushan
Mishra, CEO, Kashi
Vishwanath Trust, con-
firmed on Monday that
the protocol for the PM’s
visit had been received.
He said that security
arrangements would be
meticulously overseen by
security officials to guar-
antee the event’s success.
Reflecting on PM
Modi’s previous visit to
Kashi for election cam-
paigning, he noted,
“When PM Modi
last visited Kashi, it was
on the auspicious occa-
sion of Ganga Saptami.
Meanwhile, this visit co-
incides with the aftermath
of Ganga Dussehra, a
three-day festival, so the
decorations from the cel-
ebration are still in place.”
HMShahchairshigh-level
meetonManipurviolence
Meeting came a day after Manipur Guv met HM
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah on Monday
chaired a high-level meet-
ing here to review the se-
curitysituationinManipur.
The meeting comes a
day after Manipur Gover-
norAnusuiya Uike called
on Shah at his office and
learned to be briefed
about the situations in the
north-eastern state.
Union Home Secretary
Ajay Bhalla, Intelligence
BureauChiefTapanDeka,
Army Chief Gen Manoj
Pande, Army Chief (Des-
ignate) Lt Gen Upendra
Dwivedi,GoCThreeCore
HSSahi,SecurityAdvisor
to Manipur Kuldiep Sin-
gh, Manipur Chief Secre-
taryVineetJoshi,Manipur
DGP Rajiv Singh andAs-
sam Rifles DG Pradeep
Chandran Nair joined the
meetingattheMHAinthe
North Block here.
Row over EVMs
JD(U)rapsRaGa,says‘effortsbeingmadetostirrowover2024polls’
Agencies
New Delhi
JD(U) on Monday
slammed Rahul Gandhi
and the
I.N.D.I.A.
bloc over
‘ n e e d l e s s
controversy’
on the EVMs
and accused them of ‘con-
spiring’tocastacloudover
therecentLokSabhapolls.
JD(U)’s KCTyagi said
that despite clarifications
over the purity of EVMs
by concerned depart-
ments, the Opposition has
jumped the gun over Elon
Musk’s wild allegations.
BJPnamesin-chargesfor3
states,JammuKashmir
First India Bureau
New Delhi
BJP on Monday an-
nounced names of in-
charges and co-incharges
for upcoming assembly
elections in Maharashtra,
Haryana, Jharkhand, and
Jammu and Kashmir.
As per party, Union
Minister Bhupender Ya-
dav has been appointed
as in-charge of Maha-
rashtra while Ashwini
Vaishnaw has made co-
Incharge. Dharmendra
Pradhan and Biplab Ku-
mar Dev have made elec-
tion incharge and co-In-
charge for Haryana.
In Jharkhand, Shivraj
Singh Chouhan and Him-
anta Biswa Sarma are the
party’s election in-charg-
es. GK Reddy has been
given the charge in JK.
JK, without an elect-
ed government since
2018, is currently admin-
istered by the Centre’s
appointee Lt Governor.
The ECI is likely to an-
nounce the dates for the
Legislative Assembly
election for JK in July.
BSY appears
before CID in
POCSO case
PTI
Bengaluru
FormerKarnatakaCMBS
Yediyurappa on Monday
appeared before the CID
for an inquiry in connec-
tion with a POCSO case
registered against him.
The Karnataka High
Court on Friday re-
strained the CID from ar-
resting the veteran BJP
leader in this case.
Yediyurappa has been
booked under the Pro-
tection of Children from
Sexual Offences (POC-
SO) Act, 2012, and Sec-
tion 354 A of IPC based
on a complaint by the
mother of a 17-year-old
girl who alleged that he
molested her daughter.
Agencies
Shivamoga
Senior Karnataka BJP
leader and former MLC,
MB Bhanuprakash
(69), passed away on
Monday due to a heart
attack after participating
in a protest against the
fuel price hike intro-
duced by the Congress
government in the state
on Saturday.
Soon after the protest
at the Gopi Circle in Shi-
vamogga city, Bhanu-
prakash collapsed. Al-
though he was rushed to
a private hospital by the
BJP workers, he was de-
clared dead there.
The body has been
sent to his native place,
Muttur. Bhanuprakash, a
dedicated RSS worker,
served as the state BJP
Vice President.
BJP leader dies
of heart attack
after protest over
fuel price hike
PTI
New Delhi
“Bharat” and “India” will
be used interchangeably
in NCERT textbooks as
is the case in the coun-
try’s Constitution, Na-
tional Council of Educa-
tional Research and
Training Director Dinesh
Prasad Saklani has said.
The comments assume
significance in the wake
of a high-level panel
working on the social sci-
ence curriculum recom-
mending that “India”
should be replaced with
“Bharat” in school text-
books for all classes.
In an interaction with
PTI editors at the news
agency’s headquarters
here, the NCERT chief
said both the words will
be used in the books
and the council has no
aversion to either
“Bharat” or “India”.
It is a matter of pride
for all of us that Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
took oath as MP from
Varanasi for the third
time and as Prime
Minister of the country
for the third time.
DILIP PATEL,
VARANASI BJP CHIEF
SCHEDULE OF MODI’S
VARANASI VISIT:
z PM’s visit in Varanasi
will last for 4.5 hours. He
will land at Lal Bahadur
Shastri International airport
in Babatpur at around 4 pm.
z PM Modi will first at-
tend a ‘Kisan Samelan’ to
release the 17th installment
of the Samman Nidhi, a
scheme that is supposed to
bring benefits to 2,76,665
farmers in Kashi.
z After his meeting with
the farmers, PM Modi will
visit the Kashi Vishwanath
temple to participate in the
Ganga Aarti at Dashash-
wamedh ghat.
TURBULENT HISTORY OF MANIPUR SO FAR
z Manipur has been witnessing ethnic violence since
May 3 last year following clashes during a rally organ-
ised by ATSU to protest against the demand for inclusion
of Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe category.
z In fresh violence, several houses belonging to both
Meitei and Kuki communities were burned by unknown
miscreants in Kotlen following the murder of a person
earlier this month, the Manipur Police said.
z Around 600 people from Manipur's Jiribam area are
now taking shelter in Assam's Cachar district following
fresh violence reported in Manipur's Jiribam area. The
Cachar district police have heightened security along
the bordering areas.
SHIV SENA SEEKS RAHUL  UDDHAV’S APOLOGY
Mumbai: Shiv Sena deputy leader and spokesperson
Sanjay Nirupam on Monday demanded a public apol-
ogy from Rahul Gandhi and Uddhav Thackeray for al-
legedly spreading fake news about the manipulation of EVMs
in North West Mumbai constituency on social media based on
a media report. Nirupam’s demand came after a city-based
English newspaper, which had published the story in this re-
gard, issued a clarification and apologised after admitting that
the news published about the counting of votes in the Mumbai
North-West Constituency in the Lok Sabha polls was false.
Preparations in full swing ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s roadshow for the Lok Sabha elections, in Varanasi. FILE
Union HM Amit Shah, Home Secy Ajay Bhalla (L) and Intelligence Bureau Chief Tapan Deka (R) at a
high-level meeting to review the security situation in Manipur, in New Delhi, on Monday.  PTI
Amit Shah arrives to attend
the meeting on Manipur.
BS Yediyurappa leaves after
appearing before the CID in
Bengaluru, on Monday. PTI
Burning issue
BJP ANNOUNCES ITS CANDIDATES FOR WEST
BENGAL’S UPCOMING ASSEMBLY BYELECTIONS
The BJP on Monday
announced the name
of Kalyan Chaubey
and three new faces for the
four assembly seats in West
Bengal where by-polls are
slated to be held on July 10.
The ruling TMC has already
announced its candidates
for the by-polls a few days
back. The BJP has fielded
Kalyan Chaubey from Man-
iktala constituency in Kolkata,
Manas Kumar Ghosh from
Raiganj in Uttar Dinajpur
district, Manoj Kumar Biswas
from Ranaghat Dakshin (SC)
in Nadia district and Binay
Kumar Biswas from Bagda
(SC) seat. Both Manoj Kumar
Biswas and Binay Kumar
Biswas belong to the Matua
community which has a
significant chunk of voters
in Ranaghat Dakshin and
Bagda, both seats reserved
for SCs. Chaubey had been
defeated by TMC leader
Sadhan Pandey in 2021 as-
sembly polls but the seat fell
vacant after Pandey's death.
CONG’SCANDIDATES
FOR HP BY-POLLS
Shimla: Ruling Congress
has decided to nominate
Dr Pushpender Verma
for Hamirpur and Hard-
eep Singh Bawa for the
Nalagarh Assembly bye-
election seats. A press
release issued by the
AICC General Secretary
Venu Gopal announced
the names of Verma
and Bawa.
With a substantial
dividend of Rs 2.11
lakh crore from the
Reserve Bank of
India (RBI) and the
robust tax revenues,
Union Finance
Minister Sitharaman
has ample scope
to implement the
growth-boosting
policies
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EVMs again in
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Debate over ‘Bharat’
,
‘India’ useless: Saklani
ANI
Kolkata
The Railways Depart-
ment on Monday an-
nounced the diversion of
nine trains following the
Kanchanjunga Express-
goods train collision in
West Bengal.
The trains were sched-
uled to cross the spot
where two compartments
of the Kanchanjunga Ex-
press were hit by a goods
train between the New
Jalpaiguri and Rangapani
stations.
The nine trains whose
routes have been diverted
include the 19602 New
Jalpaiguri-Udaipur City
Express, 01666 Agartala
Rani Kamlapati (Habib-
ganj) Special, 12423 Di-
brugarh-New Delhi Rajd-
hani Express, 20503 Di-
brugarh-New Delhi Rajd-
hani Express, 12377
Sealdah-New Alipurduar
Padatik Express, 22301
Howrah-New Jalpaiguri
Vande Bharat Express,
06105 Nagercoil-Dibru-
garh Special, 20506 New
Delhi- Dibrugarh Rajd-
hani Express and 12424
New Delhi- Dibrugarh
Rajdhani Express.
Nine people, including
three Railway employees,
have died and about 50
others injured after an ex-
press train collided with a
goods train in Darjeeling
district of West Bengal
this morning.
RISING GOLD AND SILVER PRICES IMPACT INDIAN GEM AND JEWELLERY EXPORTS
Export of coloured Gems from Jaipur drops over 23% in May 2024
he effect of the
rapid rise in the
prices of gold
and silver is now being
felt on the export of
gems and jewellery. The
rise in prices has not
only led to lack of cus-
tomers in the domestic
market, but the expected
improvement in interna-
tional business is also
not happening. The fig-
ures released by the
Gem and Jewellery Ex-
port Promotion Council-
GJEPC, the largest na-
tional organisation of
jewellers, are a witness
to fact that there was
weakness in the export
of gems and jewellery
from the country in both
April and May, but the
matter of satisfaction is
that there is a trend of
improvement in export
of plain and studded
gold jewellery. Apart
from the current interna-
tional conditions, slack-
ness in the April to June
quarter every year is
also held responsible for
decrease in jewellery
exports.
According to the fig-
ures of gems and jewel-
lery exports from the
country, the start of this
financial year has not
been good. The highest
share in the export of
gems and jewellery from
India is of diamonds, but
despite the ongoing
business slowdown at
the international level
and the fall in the prices
of diamonds, their ex-
port is not improving. In
May, there has been a
decline of 13.53 percent
in the export of dia-
monds, which is even
more than this i.e. 14.58
percent according to
dollar values.
Jaipur jewelers have
expertise in the export
of colored gems. Jaipur
jewelers have the larg-
est share in the export of
colored gems from In-
dia, but on the export
front, Jaipur jewelers
have also been lagging
behind continuously for
the last two months. In
May 2024, colored
gems worth Rs 319.98
crore were exported
from India, while in
May 2023, colored
gems worth Rs 417.31
crore were exported.
That is, there was a de-
cline of 23.32% in the
export of colored gems
in May 2024. While in
dollar values, this de-
cline was 38.37 million
US dollars i.e. 24.26
percent compared to US
$ 50.66 million last
year. Regarding the de-
crease in exports, Nir-
mal Bardia, convener of
the Rajasthan unit of the
Gem and Jewellery Ex-
port Promotion Council,
believes that after June,
not only is there a hope,
but there may also be a
jump in exports in next
quarter.
According to gem and
jewellery export data, in
May 24, the total export
of gems and jewellery
worth Rs 20713.37 crore
was done from India,
which was 4.97 percent
less than Rs 21795.65
crore in May 23. In dol-
lar values, this export
fell by 6.14 percent to
US $ 2484.48 million in
May 2024. Now it is ex-
pected that from next
month international de-
mand will improve.
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Routesof9trainsdivertedafterWBtragedy
PTI
New Delhi
Congress president Mall-
ikarjunKhargeandformer
party chief Rahul Gandhi
on Monday slammed the
Modi government for “ut-
ter mismanagement” of
the Railway Ministry as
theycondoledlossoflives
in the West Bengal train
accident. “Extremely dis-
tressed by the Kanchan-
junga Express train colli-
sionaccidentinJalpaiguri,
West Bengal, where many
peoplehavelosttheirlives
and several have been in-
jured,” Kharge said.
Rahul Gandhi said the
news of death of several
people in this rail acci-
dent is extremely sad.
“The govt should imme-
diately provide compen-
sation to all victims,” he
said in his post.
Utter mismanagement of Railway
Ministry, alleges Kharge  Rahul
New Jalpaiguri-Udaipur City Express, Agartala Rani Kamlapati
(Habibganj)  7 other trains diverted after the mishap
The rescue and disaster management teams were able to dissect the affected compartments from the main train  operations are on to clear the adjacent railway track at the accident site in Darjeeling, on Monday.  PTI
M Kharge Rahul Gandhi
WBCM:RAILWAYMINISTRY
ISA‘PARENTLESS’BODY
ARMED TERRORIST
HELD IN KUPWARA
HIZBUL MILITANT HELD
IN JK’S HANDWARA
WB CM Mamata
Banerjee visited
Kanchanjunga train
accident site, criticized Indian
Railway Ministry for negli-
gence. She provided medical
 disaster teams for rescue
ops. She also questioned
the focus on fare hikes over
passenger amenities. At the
site, CM Mamata Banerjee
alleged that the Indian Rail-
way Ministry is a ‘parentless’
organisation. “Today, the
entire Railway Dept is facing
negligence,”, she added.
Kupwara: Security
forces said that they
have arrested an
armed terrorist in JK’s
Kupwara district on Monday.
Police identified the terrorist
as Zakir Hameed Mir of
Kachri village of Handwara
tehsil in Kashmir. “The ar-
rested terrorist was in touch
with his Pak handler across
the border. His question-
ing is going on and further
disclosures are expected to
come to the fore during the
investigation,” officials said.
Srinagar: Security
forces arrested a
Hizbul Mujahideen
militant in Jammu and
Kashmir’s Handwara sub
district, police said on
Monday. Zakir Hamid Mir, a
resident of Kachri, Chougal
was arrested in a joint op-
eration of forces which was
launched on Sunday night.
MoS RAILWAYS RAVNEET BITTU
EXTEND HIS CONDOLENCES
ASSAM CM BISWA CONDOLES LOSS
OF LIVES IN TRAIN ACCIDENT
Union Min of State for Railways
Ravneet Singh
Bittu on Monday
condoled the loss of lives in
the train accident in West
Bengal. The exact cause
of the accident would be
known only after an enquiry,
said Bittu who was here on
Monday. The minister said he is deeply
saddened by the tragic train accident.
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister
Himanta Biswa
Sarma offered
condolences for the loss
of lives in the tragic train
accident after Sealdah-
bound Kanchanjunga
Express collided with
a goods train close to
Rangapani station near New Jalpaiguri
on Monday morning.
ANI
Jammu
Chief of Defence Staff
GeneralAnil Chauhan on
Monday arrived on a day-
long visit to Jammu to
review the security situa-
tion and operational pre-
paredness in the region,
officials said. Gen Chau-
han’s visit comes soon
after Union Home Min
Amit Shah reviewed se-
curitysituationandprepa-
rations for annual Amar-
nathYatra on Sunday.The
CDS arrived at 16 Corps
headquarters in Nagrota,
where he is scheduled to
review the security situa-
tion of the region and op-
erational preparedness of
the security forces, they
said. He will be briefed by
top commanders of the
Army, including the
Northern Army Com-
mander and GoC.
A series of security re-
view meetings have been
held at various levels to
furtherchartoutastrategy
to deal with growing ter-
rorism in Jammu region
with a strong arm. Terror-
istsstruckatfourplacesin
the Reasi, Kathua and
Doda districts of Jammu
and Kashmir within four
days last week, killing
nine pilgrims and a CRPF
jawan and leaving seven
security personnel and
several others injured.
CDS Anil Chauhan visits Jammu,
reviews security situation in region
CDS Gen Anil Chauhan visited Headquarters Northern Command,
Udhampur and White Knight Corps on Monday.
People wait to collect water from a tanker Of Delhi Jal Board.
Vehicles passing through the water-logged roads in Guwahati.
ONE MILITANT KILLED IN JK’S BANDIPORA
Srinagar: Security forces shot dead a militant in
Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district, Army said
on Monday. They said an unidentified militant was
killed in a joint operation which was launched last night at
Gurihajin, Aragam in Bandipora, following a specific input.
PTI
Bhubaneswar
In a tragic incident, at
least four people were
crushed to death in a road
mishap as a four-wheeler
collided with a tractor
near Lachipur Chhak in
Odisha’s Kalahandi dis-
trict on Monday.
As per media reports,
the two vehicles collided
with a massive intensity
which led to the complete
damage of the four-
wheeler. Meanwhile, the
tractor driver is currently
on the run after the acci-
dent.Amanhunt has been
launched by the police in
an attempt to apprehend
him. Upon receiving the
accident information,
Khariar police reportedly
rushed to spot and sent
injured to Khariar Sub
Divisional hospital be-
fore launching an inves-
tigation. The deceased
have been identified as
Rushi Sahu, Subham
Mahanty, Banti Lal and
Debraj Patel from Khari-
ar. According to the offi-
cials, unidentified bodies
were sent for autopsy.
Meanwhile, two others
suffered serious injuries
in a road accident in Odi-
sha’s Nuapada district.
The injured labourers
have been undergoing
treatment at district hosp.
Four dead, two
injured in a car 
tractor’s collision
Odisha Accident
PTI
New Delhi
Water supply will be af-
fected in parts of Lu-
tyens’ Delhi since Tilak
Marg and Bengali Mar-
ket underground water
reservoirs are receiving
less water from Delhi Jal
Board, NDMC officials
said on Monday. There is
a 40% shortage in supply
being received from the
DJB, they added.
“As informed by DJB
that production of pota-
blewaterfromWazirabad
water plant is not run-
ning,” the official said.
ANI
Guwahati
The streets of Anil Nagar
and Chandmari areas in
Guwahati have been se-
verely waterlogged, dis-
rupting normal life, fol-
lowing heavy rainfall in
the region. The IMDhas
issued a week-long fore-
castpredictingcontinuous
rainfall in Guwahati.
“Waterfellduringnight
andthereissomuchwater
that it has filled up. How
willwecomeandgohere?
I want to tell administra-
tion that we need a diver-
sion here because without
diversion,thereisnosolu-
tion,” the resident said.
Water supply to be affected
in parts of Lutyens’ Delhi
Heavy rainfall batters Guwahati,
throws normal life out of gear
GIVINGAMPLEWATERTO
DELHI,SAYSHARYANACM
EVACUATIONOFSTRANDED
TOURISTSBEGINSINSIKKIM
Haryana CM Nayab
Singh Saini on
Monday dismissed
charges of any discrimina-
tion against national capital
in terms of water supply and
blamed it on the ‘inept and
inefficient’ AAP govt for city’s
severe water woes, for past
couple of days. Saini told
media persons in Kuruk-
shetra that the Haryana gov-
ernment was releasing more
water than earlier to mitigate
water woes in the capital but
the AAP govt’s approach to
the crisis has only aggra-
vated the situation.
Gangtok: The much-
delayed evacuation
of stranded tourists
began by road from Toong
in Sikkim’s Mangan on
Monday noon, officials said.
So far, a total of nine tour-
ists have been evacuated,
they said. The evacuation
process is being led by
Mangan District Magistrate
Hem Kumar Chettri and offi-
cials from Tourism and Civil
Aviation and Forest Depart-
ments. Despite incessant
rains and multiple slides to
cross over, the team is han-
dling the evacuation with
safety, care and caution, in
batches, they said.
Vimal
Kothari
Associate Editor, First
India News  Senior
Journalist
z CUT AND POLISHED
DIAMONDS: `12270.54
crore: Decline
–13.53%
z POLISHED LAB GROWN DIA-
MONDS: `1001.59 crore:
Decline –12.69%
z COLOURED GEMS: `319.98
crore: Decline
–23.32%
z PEARLS: `0.90 crore:
Decline –74.83%
z PLAIN GOLD JEWELLERY:
`2285.50 crore:
Improvement 19.76%
z STUDDED GOLD JEWEL-
LERY: `3222.22 crore:
Improvement 11.14%
z TOTAL EXPORT OF
GEMS AND JEWELLERY:
`20713.37 crore:
Decline –4.97%
EXPORT FIGURES OF GEMS  JEWELLERY IN MAY
COMEBACK OF FOREIGN INVESTORS
`11,730-cr inflow in Indian equity markets
Agencies
Mumbai
oreign investors
were selling eq-
uity in Indian
markets for the last few
months.Thetrendchanged
from the previous week
whenForeignInstitutional
Investors (FIIs) invested
Rs 11,730 crore in the In-
dian equity market.
FIIs sold more than Rs
40,000 crore of equity in
May which is the biggest
figure in any month of
2024 so far.
According to data
from depositories, Net
FIIs’ outflow for the
month stood at Rs 3,064
crore as of June 14.
Foreign investors had
sold Rs 14,794 crore eq-
uity between June 3 and
June 7.
Foreign investors are
preferring the debt mar-
ket instead of equity.
So far this month till
June 14, FIIs have invest-
ed Rs 5,700 crore in the
debt market.
According to experts,
“ThereasonforFIIsinvest-
ingmoreinthedebtmarket
is the inclusion of India in
the global bond index.”
FIIshavewithdrawnRs
26,428 crore from the In-
dian equity market. How-
ever, they invested Rs
59,373 crore in the debt
market so far in 2024.
The Indian stock mar-
ket continues to rise. Last
week, both Sensex and
Nifty made new all-time
highs of 77,145 and
23,490 respectively.
During this period,
Nifty Midcap and Small-
cap indices posted gains
of around 4 per cent and
5 per cent, respectively.
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Heavyrain,floodscause
severedamageinChina
Authorities in Guangdong relocated 11,100 people living in risk areas near dykes as a precautionary measure; (R) Heavy rains made roads impassable.
Agencies
Beijing
Heavy rainfall and flood-
ing have caused severe
damage in southern Chi-
na, causing landslides and
making roads impassable.
Chinese state televi-
sion on Monday reported
that the province of
Guangxi in southern Chi-
na is expecting total eco-
nomic damage of around
329 million yuan ($45
million), for example,
due to destroyed farm-
land or collapsed houses.
Meanwhile, authori-
ties in several provinces
warned of flooding.
In the region around
Meizhou in Guangdong
province, east of
Guangxi, nearly 1,38,000
households lost power,
state television reported.
Water levels in several
rivers in the area have
been at alarming levels
since the weekend due to
the heavy rainfall.
According to state tel-
evision, the authorities in
Guangdong relocated
11,100 people living in
risk areas near dykes as a
precautionary measure.
Classes were cancelled in
some schools in the
Meizhou area on Mon-
day. Kindergartens there
were also closed.
Authorities in several Chinese provinces warned of flooding triggered by heavy rainfall that caused severe damage in southern China.
4 KILLED, 2 MISSING AFTER TORRENTIAL RAINS IN
WUPING COUNTY, EAST CHINA’S FUJIAN PROVINCE
Fuzhou: Four people were killed and two others
are missing after landslides caused by torrential
rains swept through Wuping County, east China’s
Fujian Province, according to local authorities. As of Monday
afternoon, a total of 47,800 people in Wuping, Longyan City
have been impacted by the downpours starting from June
16. Several towns in Shanghang County suffered road dam-
age and partial interruption of communication and power due
to prolonged heavy rainfall. The local flood control head-
quarters in Wuping initiated a Level I emergency response
for heavy rain. China has a four-tier flood-control emergency
response system, with Level I being the most severe.
HANJIANG RIVER IN SOUTH CHINA’S PEARL RIVER
BASIN SEES FOURTH SEVERE FLOOD THIS YEAR
Beijing: Hanjiang River in south China’s Pearl
River basin flooded for fourth time this year, ac-
cording to the Ministry of Water Resources. Due
to heavy rainfall, the flood reached Sanhe Dam, the river’s
mainstream dam in Guangdong province on Sunday, with
the water level reaching its warning mark of 42 metres.
The river’s water level is forecasted to peak on Monday
noon, rising above its warning mark by nearly 6.5 metres.
Relevant authorities are leveraging water conservancy pro-
jects to mitigate flooding. Ministry has activated a Level-IV
emergency response to flooding, the lowest level in China’s
four-tier flood-control emergency response system.
US reporter’s closed-door
Russian trial set for June 26
Agencies
Moscow
Russia’s espionagetrialof
detained Wall Street Jour-
nal reporter Evan Gershk-
ovich,whodeniescharges
of collecting secrets for
the CIA, will be held be-
hindcloseddoors,thetrial
court said on Monday.
Gershkovich, 32, was
detained by Federal Secu-
rity Service (FSB) on
March29,2023,inasteak
house in the Urals city of
Yekaterinburg, 1,400 km
eastofMoscow,oncharg-
es of espionage that carry
up to 20 years in prison.
He is the firstAmerican
journalist to be detained
on spy charges in Russia
since the Cold War more
than three decades ago.
Evan Gershkovich was detained by FSB on March 29, 2023.
100 Burkina soldiers
die in al-Qaida attack
Agencies
Ouagadougou
An al-Qaida affiliate
claimed responsibility
for a deadly attack on
Tuesday that killed more
than 100 Burkina Faso
soldiers in Mansila, in
the northeastern part of
the country, the SITE In-
telligence Group said on
Sunday (local time).
According to the jihad-
istthreatmonitoringportal
cited by local media,
Jama’aNusratul-Islamwa
al-Muslimin, a militant ji-
hadist group associated
with al-Qaida, claimed
responsibility for the as-
sault in the Mansila area
neartheborderwithNiger.
According to a state-
ment published on Satur-
daybytheMansilaPupils’
and Students’Association
on its Facebook page, “ill-
intentioned individuals”
attacked the military de-
tachment, houses, and
shops on Tuesday.
ThegovernmentofBur-
kinaFasohasnotyetissued
a statement on the attack.
More than 100 Burkina Faso soldiers were killed in the attack.
5 terrorists
killed in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa
province of Pak
Agencies
Islamabad
Five terrorists were killed
inanoperationbysecurity
forces in Pakistan’s north-
west Khyber Pakhtunkh-
wa province on Sunday, a
military statement said.
The security forces
launched the operation in
Khyber tribal district in
the province on the re-
ported presence of the ter-
rorists, the Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR),
the media wing of the Pa-
kistanimilitary,saidinthe
statement.
“During the conduct of
the operation, the troops
effectively engaged the
terrorists’ location, kill-
ing five terrorists,” the
statement added.
Weapons, ammunition
and explosives were also
recovered from the killed
terrorists, the ISPR said.
Weapons were
also seized from
killed terrorists
China accuses Philippines
of ramming coastguard
vessel in South China Sea
Agencies
Beijing
China on Monday ac-
cused a Philippines naval
vessel of deliberately in-
fringing its territorial wa-
ters in the South China
Sea and ramming a Chi-
nese coastguard vessel.
A Philippines naval
supply vessel had ille-
gally approached a reef
known as Ren’ai Jiao, the
Chinese coastguard said.
The Philippines mili-
tary denied the allega-
tions and said they were
misleading. No details on
the supply operation to
the reef, known as the
Second Thomas Shoal or
theAyungin Shoal, would
be released, spokesman
Xerxes Trinidad said.
Chinaclaimstheregion
as belonging to its territo-
rial waters, despite a rul-
ing against the Chinese
position from the Perma-
nent Court of Arbitration
in The Hague in 2016.
The Philippines sees
the reef as part of its ex-
clusive economic zone
and regards the presence
of the Chinese coastguard
there as illegal. It accuses
China of raising tensions
through its actions.
According to the Chi-
nese coastguard report,
the Philippines vessel ap-
proached the Chinese in-
tentionally despite sev-
eral warnings “in an un-
professional way,” lead-
ing to the collision.
B’desh edge out Nepal to qualify for T20 WC Super 8
PTI
Kingstown (Saint Vincent)
Pacer Tanzim Hasan Sak-
ib’scareer-bestfiguresof4
for7withanastounding21
dotballsheadlinedBangla-
desh’s dominant bowling
performance as they en-
tered the Super Eights of
the T20 World Cup with a
comfortable 21-run win
against Nepal in their final
group league game.
Having nearly shocked
South Africa in their pre-
vious game, Nepal bowl-
ers were again on target,
bowling out Bangladesh
for 106 but Tanzim along
with seasoned Shakib al
Hasan (2/9) and Mustaf-
zurRahaman(3/7)bowled
out Nepal for 85 in 19.2
overs.
Nepal were on course at
78for5atonestagebefore
losing their last five wick-
ets for seven runs as a de-
terminedBangladeshteam
used all its reservoir of
experience after a disap-
pointing batting show.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib got together to celebrate with Shakib Al
Hasan during their match against Nepal.
Tanzim, Mustafizur
star in Bangladesh's
victory over Nepal
SRI LANKA BID ADIEU TO T20 WORLD CUP 2024
WITH CONSOLATORY WIN OVER NETHERLANDS
St Lucia: Sri Lanka showcased their prowess in
all three departments to secure a comfortable
83-run victory against the Netherlands in their
final match of the 2024 T20 World Cup here on Monday.
4-4-0-3: FERGUSON
CREATES HISTORY
NZ bower bowls
4 maidens for 3
wickets in extraor-
dinary T20 WC record vs
PNG. Ferguson bowled
an incredible spell against
Papua New Guinea in New
Zealand’s final match of
T20 World Cup on Mon-
day, as he didn’t concede
a single run off his four
overs. Ferguson picked 3
crucial wickets in his spell,
becoming first player in
the tournament’s history to
achieve this achievement.
First India Bureau
New Delhi
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma
on Monday paid a cour-
tesy call on PM Modi at
his residence in New Del-
hi. After that, he met Un-
ion Ministers Manohar
Lal Khattar, Bhupender
Yadav, Nirmala Sithara-
man, JP Nadda and Hard-
eep Singh Puri.
With Union Minister
ManoharLalKhattar,CM
discussed various impor-
tant points related to Ra-
jasthan state and the in-
crease of new sources of
energy, modernization in
the power sectors. After
this, CM met Union Envi-
ronment Minister Bhu-
pender Yadav and had a
discussion on many im-
portant issues related to
welfare and development
work of environment.
The CM also had a
meeting with Union Min
GajendraSShekhawatfor
aboutoneandahalfhours.
First India Bureau
Ajmer
Union Minister of Agri-
culture  Farmers Wel-
fare and Rural Develop-
mentShivrajSinghChou-
han held a press confer-
enceonMondaytoinform
about the release of 17th
instalment of about Rs.
20,000 crore under PM-
KISAN by PM Modi.
From Rajasthan, Union
Minister of State forAgri-
culture  Farmers Wel-
fareBhagirathChoudhary
will join the event from
Ajmer. The Prime Minis-
ter will visit Varanasi on
18th June, 2024 to release
17th instalment of PM
KISAN Yojana to farm-
ers and to provide certifi-
cates to more than 30,000
Self Help Groups as Kri-
shi Sakhis. This event
will be organized by the
Union Ministry of Agri-
culture  Farmers Wel-
fare in collaboration with
theGovtofUttarPradesh.
Many eminent dignitaries
including Governor of
Uttar Pradesh, UnionAg-
riculture Minister Shivraj
Singh Chouhan, CM of
Uttar PradeshYogiAdity-
anath and several Minis-
ters of Uttar Pradesh
Govt will be present in
this event.
First India Bureau
Indore
Rajasthan Assembly
SpeakerVasudevDevnani
commemorated the brav-
ery, patriotism, and stead-
fastness of Maharaja Da-
hir Sen, emphasizing that
his legacy of defending
India against invaders,
particularly in Sindh, re-
mains etched in the na-
tion’s memory.
Maharaja Dahir Sen
valiantly repelled foreign
assaults, ultimately sacri-
ficing his life along with
his family — his wife and
daughters — in the de-
fense of the motherland.
Devnani paid tribute to
Maharaja Dahir Sen dur-
ing the 1312th Balidan
Diwas at the DeviAhilya-
bai Holkar UniversityAu-
ditorium in Indore, high-
lighting the enduring rel-
evance of his declaration
ofSanatanHinduDharma
as Rajdharma. He praised
Maharaja Dahir Sen as a
symbol of national unity,
integrity, and pride.
First India Bureau
Jodhpur
Energy Minister Hiralal
Nagar, during his visit to
Jodhpur, emphasized that
no schemes initiated by
the previous government
have been halted, nor are
there any plans to do so.
He conducted meetings
with Jodhpur Discom of-
ficials and engaged with
local representatives to
address issues and con-
cerns related to electricity.
Speakingtomediaafter
the meetings, Nagar af-
firmed govt’s commit-
menttoresolvingelectric-
ity challenges in Ra-
jasthan. He highlighted
ongoing assessments at
the zonal level within di-
vision to optimize ar-
rangements, particularly
crucial during the intense
summer heat. “We are ac-
tively rectifying deficien-
cies through continuous
dialogue with public rep-
resentatives,” he stated.
The minister reassured
that all schemes from the
former Congress govern-
ment remain operational.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
On Monday, UDH Min-
ister Jhabar Singh
Kharra spoke on BJP’s
defeat on 11 seats in Lok
Sabha elections and said
that there were not one
but many reasons for BJP
losing 11 out of 25 seats
in Lok Sabha elections.
“If there is a com-
mon cold and one
does not take timely
treatment, it turns
into fever. Fever
leads to pneumonia
and then gradually
many organs start
getting damaged. Simi-
larly, there were not one
but many reasons for the
party’s result. At a
time when confu-
sion was spread
among the com-
mon voters by the
opposition, we
could not remove
that confusion, due
to which this result
came,” he said.
Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
BJP’sreviewoftheresults
contrarytoexpectationsin
the Lok Sabha elections is
ongoing.The party is now
busy preparing a factual
report by preparing booth
level data of the 11 lost
seats. This report will be
presented before the party
high command. With the
boothleveldatareport,the
party will reach a conclu-
sion on the reasons for its
defeat.
In the preliminary re-
view done just two days
ago, the party has broadly
accepted that the defeat
was due to the lie of end-
ing reservation and voters
divided on caste lines, but
with this, BJPis now also
worried that the leaders
of the new team prepared
by doing social engineer-
ing on the basis of castes
also proved to be flops
during the elections.
These leaders proved un-
successful in bringing
castes in favor of BJP.
This time BJP has got
9.83 percent less votes as
compared to 2019.
At the same time, some
big leaders of BJP who
had the responsibility of
many seats, remained
stuck in their own seats.
MAJOR REFORMS IN CRIMINAL LAW
Inform masses about 3 new Criminal Laws: CS to officials
Dr Rituraj Sharma
Jaipur
meeting regard-
ing the new
criminal law
was held in the State Sec-
retariat on Monday under
the chairmanship of
Chief Secretary Sud-
hansh Pant during which
the new criminal laws
were discussed.
CS Pant informed that
3 new laws - Indian Code
of Justice 2023, Indian
Evidence Act 2023 and
Indian Civil Security
Code 2023 will come
into force from July 1,
2024. Pant informed that
the three new laws will
make the 150-year-old
punishment-based justice
system justice-based.
The new laws being
brought in place of the
old laws have been made
on the basis of the three
basic sentiments of our
Constitution - freedom of
the individual, human
rights and the principle of
equal treatment to all. He
informed that in the new
laws, priority has been
given to matters like
crimes against women
and children, affecting
the human body.
A good balance has
been established between
the rights of the police
and the citizens in the
new laws and many sys-
tems have been simpli-
fied with the use of IT. In
the meeting, the Chief
Secretary directed the
concerned departments
to make the general pub-
lic aware about the three
new laws, especially
women and children. He
stressed that everyone
should be informed about
the new law and informa-
tion about crimes related
to children and women
should be given through
schools and colleges.
Pant directed the Home
Department to coordinate
with the lawyers and
make every Gram Pan-
chayat, Panchayat Samiti,
Municipal Body, Munici-
pality aware of the new
laws. The Information
and Public Relations De-
partment was instructed
to publicize the new laws
through the media and
put pop-ups on the de-
partment’s website. The
School Education De-
partment and Higher Ed-
ucation Department were
instructed to make stu-
dents and teachers aware
of women and child
crimes in colleges and
schools.TheWomen Em-
powerment Department
was instructed to make
everyAnganwadi worker
and Saathin aware of the
new laws so that the
women coming there can
know about their rights.
A
08
We all fail sometime or the other, one must
remember it enough so as not to repeat the
mistake but also forget enough to attempt the
task again.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD  Editor-in-Chief
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CMdiscussesState’sgrowth
variousissueswithUnionMins
BJPwillpreparebooth
levelrecordsonlostseats
Reasons for defeat
along with facts will
be submitted to the
party high command
Leaders made to
appease castes failed
Nagar assures
continuation of
previous Cong
govt’s schemes
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma greeting Union Minister of Health  Family
Welfare JP Nadda at his residence in New Delhi on Monday.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma paid a courtesy visit to Union Minister of
Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Puri in New Delhi on Monday.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma with Union Minister of Power, Housing and
Urban Development Manohar Lal Khattar in New Delhi on Monday.
CM Bhajan Lal congratulating Union Minister of Forest, Environment
and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav in New Delhi on Monday.
Vasudev Devnani being felicitated during the event at the Devi
Ahilyabai Holkar University Auditorium in Indore on Monday.
CS Sudhansh Pant and DGP Utkal Ranjan Sahoo, Home Secretary
Anand Kumar during the meeting in Jaipur on Monday.
Union Min Bhagirath Choudhary
visited Nimbarka Tirtha and
participated in the Prakatya
Patotsav in Ajmer on Monday.
Union Minister Bhagirath
Chaudhary to join PM-
KISAN event from Ajmer
DahirSen’scontributionhonouredby
AssemblySpeakerVasudevDevnani
MinJahabarSinghKharraputsblame
forLokSabhaseatlossonOpposition
KRISHI SAKHI LAUNCHED
IN 12 STATES: CHOUDHARY
JAT, DALIT VOTERS SCATTERED, SILENCE OF MIFFED
RAJPUT VOTERS ALSO CAUSED DAMAGE TO BJP
Union Min Bhagirath
Choudhary said that
Krishi Sakhi program
has been launched in 12
States in Phase-1 including
Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar
Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh,
Chhattisgarh, Karnataka,
Maharashtra, Rajasthan,
Odisha, Jharkhand, Andhra
Pradesh and Meghalaya.
To date, over 34,000 Krishi
Sakhis out of 70,000 have
been certified as para-
extension workers.
The party is assuming that in this Lok Sabha election,
the Jat and Dalit voters who came to it in 2019, got
scattered. At the same time, the silence of Rajput vot-
ers, considered to be the core vote bank of BJP, also caused
heavy damage to the party. Talking about the vote share
received on all 25 Lok Sabha seats of Rajasthan in the 2019
election, BJP got a total of 59.07 percent votes. Whereas this
time i.e. in the election of the year 2024, it got a total of 49.24
percent votes. 14 candidates of BJP won but the vote share
received in 13 out of 14 Lok Sabha constituencies decreased
significantly. In Barmer, the vote share decreased the most by
42.48% due to the distance of Rajputs from the party. Sri Gan-
ganagar is in second place in terms of maximum decrease in
vote percentage, where vote share decreased by 16%.
Meet and Greet
Courtesy Call
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra met Adarsh Nagar MLA Rafeek Khan
and greeted him on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha in Jaipur
on Monday. Sanjay Kalla, Saeed Tiranga, Mukesh Bhatia,
Yogesh Bindal, Gurvinder Singh, Himanshu, Ramavtar,
Fulchand were also present on this occasion.
SANTOSH SHARMA
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra paid a courtesy visit to Yunus Khan
and extended Eid-ul-Adha wishes in Jaipur on Monday.
SUNIL SHARMA
Rajasthan Forest and Environment Minister Sanjay
Sharma met former Lok Sabha Speaker and Kota-Bundi
MP Om Birla in New Delhi on Monday.
CHANDRASHEKHAR SHARMA
CS Pant discusses implementation of new
Indian Criminal Laws from next month
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orn on August
7, 1943, in
Jodhpur, Ra-
jasthan, India,
Justice Ashok
Kumar Mathur's journey in
the Indian judiciary has been
marked by notable contribu-
tions and significant judg-
ments. Completing his early
education with a Master of
Arts degree in Philosophy in
1964 and a Bachelor of Laws
in1966fromtheUniversityof
Jodhpur,Mathurembarkedon
a distinguished legal career
that spanned several decades
and left an indelible mark on
the Indian legal landscape.
EARLY LEGAL CAREER
Justice Ashok Kumar Ma-
thur's legal career began with
hisenrollmentasanadvocate
of the Rajasthan High Court
on October 20, 1967. His
early years as a lawyer were
characterized by rapid ad-
vancements. On August 2,
1969, he was appointed As-
sistant Government Advo-
cateandDeputyGovernment
Advocate.Hisdedicationand
legal acumen were evident as
he took on the role of Gov-
ernmentAdvocateofJodhpur
from January 31, 1977, to
July 12, 1978. In December
1981, he was appointed Ad-
ditionalAdvocate General of
Rajasthan,whereheexcelled,
demonstrating his commit-
ment to public service.
JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS
Mathur's judicial career be-
gan with his appointment as
an Additional Judge of the
Rajasthan High Court on
July 13, 1985, and he became
a Permanent Judge on July
23, 1986. His tenure at the
Rajasthan High Court was
marked by significant rulings
that reflected his deep under-
standing of the law and com-
mitment to justice.
THE INDIAN AIRLINES
FLIGHT IC 113 CRASH
INQUIRY
One of the notable cases dur-
inghistenureattheRajasthan
High Court was leading the
court of inquiry into the In-
dian Airlines Flight IC 113
crash atAhmedabad in 1987.
The inquiry uncovered a
chain of critical errors and
systemic lapses, revealing
that the pilots had failed to
read a crucial NOTAM about
non-functional landing aids.
The investigation highlighted
the inadequate pilot training
and oversight, stressing the
needformorerigorouschecks
by the Directorate General of
CivilAviationtopreventsuch
tragedies.
TENURE IN THE MADHYA
PRADESH HIGH COURT
In 1994, Justice Ashok Ku-
mar Mathur was transferred
from the Rajasthan High
Court to the Madhya Pradesh
High Court, marking a sig-
nificant phase in his judicial
career. On February 18,
1994, he officially joined the
Madhya Pradesh High Court
as a judge, part of a broader
effort to infuse different per-
spectives and expertise
across India's judicial sys-
tem.
TENURE IN THE
CALCUTTA HIGH COURT
On December 22, 1999, Jus-
tice Ashok Kumar Mathur
was transferred to the Cal-
cutta High Court as its Chief
Justice. The Calcutta High
Court, one of the oldest and
most prestigious high courts
in India, presented new op-
portunities and challenges
for Justice Mathur.
As Chief Justice, Mathur
continued his mission of ju-
dicial reform and efficiency.
He focused on improving the
court's administrative pro-
cesses and ensuring timely
justice delivery. His tenure
was marked by efforts to
modernize the court's infra-
structure and adopt technol-
ogy to streamline judicial
operations. One of his key
initiatives was the digitiza-
tion of court records, which
facilitated easier access to
information and improved
the overall efficiency of the
court's operations.
TENURE AT THE
SUPREME COURT OF
INDIA
From June 7, 2004, toAugust
7, 2008, Justice Ashok Ku-
mar Mathur served on the
bench of the Supreme Court
of India, where his tenure
was marked by a series of
landmark judgments that
have left an indelible mark
on Indian jurisprudence.Ap-
pointed by then-President
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Justice
Mathur brought to the high-
est court of the land his vast
experience from various
High Courts, his unwavering
commitment to justice, and
his deep understanding of
complex legal principles.
NOTABLE JUDGMENTS
Justice Mathur delivered no-
table judgments in various
areas of law, significantly
shaping legal precedents. In
R  M Trust vs. Koraman-
galaResi.VigilanceGroup
Ors (2005), balanced private
property rights and public
interest, emphasizing lawful
development practices. In
Chairman, U.P. Jal Nigam 
Anr vs. Jaswant Singh Anr
(2006), he reinforced proce-
dural fairness in administra-
tive actions. His judgment in
Raju S. Jethmalani  Ors vs.
State of Maharashtra  Ors
(2005) stressed the rights of
the accused and fair trial
principles.The ruling in Smt.
Savita Garg vs.The Director,
National Heart Institute
(2004) emphasized medical
professionals' duty of care. In
S.C. Chandra  Ors vs. State
of Jharkhand  Ors (2007),
he advocated for non-dis-
crimination in employment.
United India Insurance Co.
Ltd vs. M/S. Harchand Rai
Chandan Lal (2004) clarified
insurance claim principles,
while M/S. Sait Nagjee Pu-
rushotham  Co. Ltd vs. Vi-
malabai Prabhulal  Ors
(2005) reinforced contrac-
tual obligations. His judg-
ments in C.S. Krishnamur-
thy vs. State of Karnataka
(2005) and Yedla Srinivasa
Rao vs. State of A.P (2006)
highlighted evidence stand-
ards and the insanity defense
in criminal law.
LEGACY AT THE
SUPREME COURT
Justice Mathur's tenure at the
Supreme Court of India was
marked by a steadfast com-
mitment to upholding the
rule of law and ensuring jus-
tice for all. His judgments
have had a profound impact
on various branches of law,
shaping Indian jurisprudence
andreinforcingtheprinciples
of fairness, transparency, and
accountability. His legacy as
a Supreme Court judge con-
tinues to influence the legal
landscape, and his contribu-
tions remain a testament to
his dedication to justice and
public service.
LIFE AFTER RETIREMENT:
CONTINUED
CONTRIBUTION TO
PUBLIC SERVICE
After retiring from the Su-
preme Court of India on Au-
gust 7, 2008, Justice Ashok
Kumar Mathur embarked on
a new phase of his career that
was characterized by contin-
ued public service and sig-
nificant contributions to vari-
ous national and institutional
frameworks.
CHAIRPERSON OF THE
ARMED FORCES
TRIBUNAL
One of the prominent posi-
tionsJusticeMathurassumed
post-retirement was the
founder Chairperson of the
Armed Forces Tribunal
(AFT). Established to ensure
quick and efficient justice to
the members of the armed
forces, the AFT required a
leader with a profound un-
derstanding of legal princi-
ples and the unique needs of
military personnel. Justice
Mathur’s tenure as Chairper-
sonwasmarkedbyhisefforts
to streamline the tribunal’s
functioning and enhance its
accessibility to service mem-
bers.
The Armed Forces Tribu-
nal adjudicates disputes and
complaints related to service
matters and appeals arising
from court-martial decisions.
Under Justice Mathur's lead-
ership, the tribunal sought to
address grievances promptly
and impartially, reinforcing
the morale and welfare of the
armed forces.
CHAIRMAN OF THE 7TH
CENTRAL PAY
COMMISSION
In 2014, Justice Mathur was
appointed as the Chairman of
the 7th Central Pay Commis-
sion (CPC), underscoring his
significant influence on na-
tional policy. The CPC was
responsible for reviewing
and recommending changes
to the pay structure for nearly
50 lakh central government
employees and 55 lakh pen-
sioners. This role required a
comprehensive evaluation of
salaries, allowances, and
pensions to ensure that gov-
ernment employees received
fair compensation. Under
Justice Mathur’s leadership,
the 7th CPC conducted ex-
tensive consultations with
various stakeholders, includ-
ing government departments,
employee unions, and ex-
perts, aiming to modernize
thepaystructureandenhance
the financial well-being of
government employees.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO
LEGAL AND ACADEMIC
FIELDS
Beyond his formal roles, Jus-
ticeMathurcontinuedtocon-
tribute to the legal and aca-
demic communities. He fre-
quently participated in semi-
nars, conferences, and work-
shops, sharing his insights on
various legal issues and re-
forms. His extensive knowl-
edge and experience made
him a sought-after speaker
and advisor on topics ranging
from judicial reforms to pub-
lic administration.
LEGACY AND
RECOGNITION
Justice Ashok Kumar Ma-
thur’s post-retirement contri-
butions have been widely
recognized and appreciated.
His leadership in theArmed
Forces Tribunal and the 7th
Central Pay Commission,
along with his continued in-
volvement in legal education
and public welfare, have ce-
mented his legacy as a ded-
icated public servant and a
champion of justice.
In recognition of his
services, Justice Mathur
has received several
awards and honors from
various legal and govern-
mental institutions. His
commitment to upholding
the rule of law and his ef-
forts to improve the lives of
government employees and
military personnel have
earned him respect and ad-
miration across the country.
PERSONAL LIFE
JusticeAshok Kumar Mathur
hails from a distinguished
family with a rich heritage of
public service and legal ex-
cellence. His father, Pukhraj
Mathur, was a notable figure
in law enforcement, serving
as an Indian Police Service
(IPS) officer. Pukhraj Ma-
thur's career was marked by
dedication and exemplary
service, particularly during
the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
As the Superintendent of the
Criminal Investigation De-
partment (CID), he played a
crucial role in strategizing
and implementing critical in-
telligence and law enforce-
ment operations during this
tumultuous period. His ex-
ceptional contributions were
recognized with the Presi-
dent's Police Medal for ex-
emplary service, a prestig-
ious honor that underscored
his impact on maintaining
law and order during a time
of national crisis.
Justice Mathur's family
continues to uphold the tradi-
tion of legal excellence. His
elder son, Justice Vinit Ku-
mar Mathur, has also made
significant contributions to
the Indian judiciary. Enrolled
as an advocate onAugust 12,
1993, Justice Vinit Kumar
Mathur was elevated to the
High Court of Rajasthan on
November 16, 2016, and has
sincebeenknownforhisfirm
stance on integrity and ac-
countability in various land-
mark judgments.
His younger son, Suneet
Mathur, Chief General Man-
ager at RIICO, leads indus-
trial development initiatives
in Rajasthan and also serves
as CEO of RVCF, supporting
innovativestartups.Through-
out his career, Justice Ashok
Kumar Mathur has traveled
extensively, representing In-
dia at various international
forums and contributing to
the global discourse on law
and justice.
JusticeAshokKumarMathur
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Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, Chairman of the Armed Forces Tribunal,
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In the Doval-Sullivan talks, the two sides firmed up a number of significant ini- tiatives to bolster coop- eration in areas of critical technologies, defence, semiconductor, advanced telecommunications, AI, quantum, biotechnology and clean energy. During the day, EAM S Jaishan- kar met Sullivan and dis- cussed bilateral, regional & global issues. Jaishan- kar expressed confidence that strategic partnership between the India and US will advance strongly. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal meet at Kharge’s residence, Monday. P IN BRIEF MHA hands over Reasi terror probe to NIA New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Mon- day handed over the probe into the recent ter- ror attack on a bus in J&K to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), officials said. Bharat, India to be used interchangeably: NCERT New Delhi: Amid the on- going row over revised textbooks, NCERT Director Dinesh Saklani has said that the words ‘Bharat’ and ‘India’ could be used interchangeably in them. AIFF terminates services of head coach Stimac New Delhi: Officials of All India Football Federa- tion (AIFF) held a meet- ing over Men’s National Team’s FIFA WC 2026 qualification campaign and decided to terminate Head Coach Igor Stimac. Pannun murder plot: Gupta pleads not guilty Manhattan: Indian nat’l Nikhil Gupta, accused of hatching plot to kill Khal- istani leader Pannun, pled not guilty in a federal court in Manhattan on Monday over murder-for- hire charges against him. COURTESY MEETING! Governor Kalraj Mishra paid a courtesy visit to Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Monday. The duo engaged in wide-ranging discussions, concentrating on various topics with a focus on Rajasthan’s development. PriyankaGandhi tomakepolldebut fromWayanad 3 names for pro-tem Speaker finalised First India Bureau New Delhi The BJP wants to retain the post of Speaker for the 18th Lok Sabha after securing 240 seats in the general election, sources said on Monday, adding the party might offer the post of Deputy Speaker to allies in NDA. Mean- while, regarding pro-tem Speaker, 3 names have been finalised: Faggan Singh Kulaste, Radham- ohan Singh and Bhartru- hari Mahtab. On the basis of seniority, any one can be made pro-tem Speak- er. President Murmu will administer oath to pro- tem Speaker. Pro-tem Speaker will administer oath to all members. Af- ter the Speaker is elected, Pro-tem Speaker will hand over charge. Mean- while, Amit Shah and JP Nadda reached 17th LS Speaker Om Birla’s home on Monday night. There could be talks over new Speaker, Dy Speaker. First India Bureau New Delhi The decision for Priyan- ka Gandhi Vadra to con- test from Wayanad was finalised during an im- portant meeting held at Congress President Mal- likarjun Kharge’s resi- dence on Monday. In meeting discussions took place with local organisa- tions from Wayanad and Raebareli via calls. Con- sensus from both places was clear, they insisted that only a member of Gandhi family should contest election. It re- mains to be seen if Rahul will deliver an emotional speech in Wayanad for Priyanka Gandhi, akin to Sonia’s heartfelt address in Raebareli during Ra- hul Gandhi’s campaign. CONG DELETES POST MOCKING MODI-POPE MEET, APOLOGISES Kerala Congress on Monday posted an apology on their X handle a day after it took a jibe at PM Modi over his picture with Pope Francis in Italy. Kerala unit of party wrote, “Finally, the Pope got a chance to meet God.” It later deleted post. It was re- ferring to PM’s remark dur- ing Lok Sabha rally where he expressed conviction that he was “sent by God” for a specific purpose. Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma in Delhi on Monday. Rescue work after a collision between Kanchanjunga Express and a goods train, near the Rangapani railway station, on Monday. Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma calls on Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Monday. Modimeetingbolsters CM’spower,confidence Aishwary Pradhan New Delhi CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, on Monday, paid a cour- tesy call on PM Narendra Modi at his official resi- dence in New Delhi. Af- ter meeting the PM, The CM suddenly reached Delhi. Sources said, the CM had asked for time to meettheModiandamidst the PM’s busy schedule, PMO called him and as soon as he got time to meet. There is news of BJP giving organisation- al feedback in this meet- ing as BJP’s big leaders had done big brainstorm- ing on lost seats. Feed- back was also given on points that came out of the brainstorming. At the same time, it is believed CM may become more powerful, appeared con- fident after the Monday’s meet. He also met vari- ous Union Ministers. P8 CM SHARMA DELIBERATES RAJASTHAN’S BUDGET 2024-25 WITH FINMIN NIRMALA SITHARAMAN CM Bhajan Lal Sharma also met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at her official residence on Monday. Sharma had a very meaningful discus- sion regarding the upcoming Budget 2024-25 of Rajasthan and received guidance from Sitharaman. Through the CM’s met with Modi and Sitha, it is now believed that the State may get many gifts in the Union Budget. During CM’s visit to Delhi, he was accompanied by top officers Shikhar Agrawal, Akhil Arora, Sandesh Nayak and T Ravikanth. PREZ, VP, PM, UHM, CONDOLE DEMISE President Drou- padi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, PM Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Ministers Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gad- kari, Kiren Rijiju, Piyush Goyal, Bhupender Yadav, Gajendra Singh Shekha- wat and other top leaders on Monday expressed their condolences over the accident in Darjeeling involving the Kanchen- junga Express train and a goods train. VAISHNAW VOWS ‘THOROUGH INVESTIGATION’ Ashwini Vaishnaw visited site of train collision at Rangapani to assess the situation firsthand. Due to narrow road, he travelled on the pillion of a motorbike for part of the journey to reach the accident site. He said, “Commission of Railway Safety will conduct a thorough investigation. Rescue opera- tion has concluded and now focus is on restoration. SEALDAH KANCHANJUNGA EXPRESS ACCIDENT MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS HUMANERROR! 15 dead, 60 injured as goods train rams into Kanchanjunga Express The anti-train collision system not in place on route: Railway Board Moni Sharma Darjeeling At least 15 people died and around 60 others were injured after a goods train collided with Sealdah-bound Kanchan- junga Express near Ran- gapani station in Bengal at 9 am on Monday, po- lice said. Three rear com- partments of the express train derailed under the impact of the collision from behind by the loco- motive of the goods train, railway officials said. Railway Board Chairper- son Jaya Varma Sinha revealed that the ‘Ka- vach’ anti-collision sys- tem was not operational of Guwahati route. “It is currently functional on 1,500 km of railway tracks, with plans to ex- tend it to another 3,000 km by the end of the year,” Sinha said. She at- tributed collision to a possible human error by loco pilot of goods train, who succumbed to inju- ries. Rescue ops over and train journey resumed. P6 PM announces `2 lakh ex-gratia for kin of deceased, `50,000 for injured. Ministry announces `10 lakh for kin of deceased, `2.5 lakh for grievous injures and `50,000 for minor injuries  Investigation suggest- ed that the driver of the goods train disregarded the signal and had hit the Kanchanjunga Express  Internal documents showed goods train was allowed to cross all red signals as the automatic signalling had ‘failed’  WB CM Mamata Banerjee expressed “shock” over the tragic ac- cident, saying the district magistrate, doctors and ambulances had been rushed to the spot. She also visited accident site (L-R) PM Narendra Modi, EAM S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval hold separate meets with US NSA Jake Sullivan in New Delhi on Monday. Rahul Gandhi keeps Raebareli seat
  • 2. RAJASTHAN 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | June 18, 2024 CONCERNS OVER THE DECLINING ADMISSIONS Need to boost enrollments in schools: Edu Secy First India Bureau Jaipur comprehensive review meeting of the Educa- tion Department was held at the Indira Gandhi Pan- chayati Raj Department on Monday, focusing ex- tensively on increasing enrollments in govern- ment schools. During this, concerns were ex- pressed over the declin- ing enrollments, prompt- ing concerted efforts to address the issue. Education Secretary Krishna Kunal empha- sized the urgent need to boost enrollments in gov- ernment schools in the current scenario. He di- rected joint directors, dis- trict education officers, and primary and second- ary education officials to take stringent measures. The meeting provided a platform for education officials, teachers, and students to discuss their issues and seek solutions and clear timelines were set for resolving these is- sues. The Director of Secondary Education conducted a district- wise analysis of board examination results dur- ing the session. Meanwhile, the Direc- tor of Primary Education presented strategies in- cluding RTE (Right to Education), RTI (Right to Information), education empowerment, and in- volving parents through lottery in school commit- tees. Key officials from various departments, in- cluding the State Project Director and officials from the Mid-Day Meal scheme, were also pre- sent at the meeting. Education Secretary Krishna Kunal adressing the meeting of the Education Department held at Indira Gandhi Panchayati Raj Department on Monday. A First India Bureau Udaipur Four people including a Brother-sister duo were killed in a road collision in Udaipur district on Monday, police said. A speeding trailer first hit a dumper from behind and then fell in a ditch along the highway, they said. The dumper driver lost control and crushed two women and a man who were walking on the road divider and then hit an- other truck from behind, Bekria Police Station SHO Dhanpat said. The fourth to die in the inci- dent was the trailer driver. The truck's cleaner is among the injured. One of the four deceased was identified as Mashruf, the SHO said. Udaipur: A speeding Audi car hits 2 people and then proceeded to hit 4 vehicles and 5 two- wheelers. Two people, including the son of DIG (ACB) Rajendra Goyal were seriously injured during the accident. The incident happened around 10:45 pm on Sunday night. It is said that the car was moving at such a high speed that it jumped on the breaker and went out of control. Surajpol police station in-charge Sunil Charan said that two people including ACB DIG’s son Utkarsh Goyal (23) have been seriously injured at Mali Colony (Ring Road). “Utkarsh had come to buy fruits. The Audi hit Utkarsh near the fruit cart and bike rider Bhagwati Lal (30). Both are undergoing treatment at the district hospi- tal. Teams have been formed and CCTV footage installed nearby is being scanned. The Audi car has been seized. The car has been badly damaged in the accident. Police teams are searching for the car driver and soon the police will arrest the accused,” Charan informed. According to an eye witness, the car could have hit more people but in time, people ran away from there. PTI Kota A 40-year-old man died of electrocution on Mon- day and three more were injured when they were installing a handpump in a village and a metal pipe came in contact with a power line passing over- head, police said. They said the incident occurred in Bhindi vil- lage under the Kesho- raipatan police station in Bundi district. The de- ceased was identified as Rambabu Meena (40), a resident of Adila village. Assistant Sub-Inspec- tor Nand Singh Rajawat of the Keshoraipatan po- lice station said the four workers were engaged in installing the handpump. He said Meena was rushed to a community health centre at Kapren where doctors declared him dead. Police handed over the body to his family members after a post- mortem examination and registered a case of ac- cidental death under sec- tion 174 of the CrPC, Rajawat said. First India Bureau Jaipur In a development related to Shri Annapurna Rasoi Yojana, now the benefi- ciary will get only one coupon instead of two. Earlier, 2 coupons were given to one beneficiary & with those two cou- pons, the beneficiary used to get two plates. But now, the current government has increased the quantity of the food served in the plate and nowinsteadof450grams, 600 grams of food mate- rial is served in the plate. Udaipur: 4 dead including brother-sister in accident SPEEDING AUDI HITS 2 INCLUDING DIG’S SON; DESTROYS 4 VEHICLES AND 5 TWO-WHEELERS 40-year-old man dies of electrocution while installing handpump Only one coupon now in Annapurna Rasoi Yojana MuslimsmarkEidul-Adha CELEBRATION MARKS THE END OF ANNUAL HAJJ PILGRIMAGE IN SAUDI ARABIA Police personnel during rescue operations with the help of local people at the accident site in Udaipur district on Monday. Muslim worshippers offer massprayer(namaz) on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Adha festival, at Chaar Darwaza Maulana Sahab Dargah in Jaipur on Monday. NAIM KHAN Devotees arrive to offer namaz on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Adha festival, at the Chaar Darwaza Maulana Sahab Dargah in Jaipur on Monday. NAIM KHAN Injured victims were brought to a hospital on Monday. Locals gather at the accident site at Mali Colony (Ring Road). JDA thwarts attempts to settle illegal colonies on agri land First India Bureau Jaipur The Enforcement Wing of Jaipur Development Authority on Monday thwarted attempts to settle illegal colonies on about 4 bigha private Khatedari agricultural land without the ap- proval of JDA and land conversion. The action was taken on Diggi Road in the vil- lage of Balawala under the jurisdiction of Zone- 11. A new illegal colony was being established by levelling the land, by making mud-gravel roads, boundary walls and other illegal con- structions. The expens- es on the demolition will be recovered from the concerned person as per the rules. At the same time, the wing removed an illegal dhaba and oth- er illegal constructions on about 1 bigha of man- dir-mafi land in village Narsinghpura, Ajmer Road under zone-11. The enforcement wing deployed JCB machines and laborers to complete the action. Womanfounddead,familyallegesmurder First India Bureau Neem Ka Thana A 30-year-old woman was on Monday found dead in a ditch in Ra- jasthan’s Neem Ka Tha- na district, police said. Shikha Agarwal went missing from her home on Sunday and her body was found in a ditch near Bharala crossing on Pa- tan the next morning.The woman’s family mem- bers alleged that she was killed for dowry and filed a case against her hus- band Pankaj Gupta. After she went miss- ing, her family searched for her in the surrounding area but could not find her and informed the po- lice, he said. The body has been handed over to the family for a post- mortem, police said. 30-YEAR-OLD JUDGE CAUGHT IN HONEYTRAP; CASE FILED AGAINST SEVEN INDIVIDUALS Ajmer: A 30-year-old judge has alleged that he was honey-trapped by a woman, leading to a case being filed at the Civil Lines police station of Ajmer against seven individuals, including the woman involved. Accord- ing to the judge, the woman, employed as a Lower Division Clerk (LDC) in Ganganagar, initiated contact with him in 2019 while they were both preparing for the Rajasthan Judicial Services (RJS) examination. The judge stated that the woman visited his room under the pretence of exchang- ing study notes but then pressured him into a physical relationship allegedly took indecent photographs of him. Subsequently, she used these photographs to blackmail him, extorting a total of `3.50 lakh from him. JODHPUR: POLICE ASI KILLED BY RELATIVES DUE TO SUSPICION OF ILLICIT AFFAIR Jodhpur: In the case of the murder of Gujarat Police ASI in the Chamu police station area, the police revealed the murderers on Monday informing that ASI’s cousins had beaten him due to suspicion of illicit relation- ship with a village girl. They beat him and strangulated him to death and threw the body in the canal. The accused took the service pistol and money with them to make the murder look like a robbery incident. The police have arrested both the accused. CRIME ROUNDUP MAN SETS SELF ON FIRE FOR DRUGS IN BARAN Baran: A young man set himself on fire in Baran on Monday when he was stopped from taking drugs by his mother. Sultan Singh of Kawai Salpura took out petrol from his bike and sprinkled it on himself and set himself on fire. He was referred from Baran to Kota MBS hospital in critical condition and has suffered fifty percent burns. INJURED UNDERGOING TREATMENT AT HOSP Udaipur: After the fatal accident, the injured were immedi- ately taken to the hospital by ambulance. The police have kept the bodies of the dead in the hospital mortuary, while arrangements are be- ing made for the treatment of those injured in the accident. BARMERRESIDENTHELD INPTIEXAMSCAMCASE Ajmer: In the Senior PTI recruitment exam case, a native of Barmer who is identified as Genaram was arrested on Monday. He was a dummy candidate who was made to sit after paying `15 lakh. Two accused have already been arrested.
  • 3. RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | June 18, 2024 NATURE’S REMINDER Tiger seen spreading msg of ‘No Plastic’ Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur fter a tiger was seen carrying a plastic bag filled with garbage out of water in Ranthambore, the authorities have in- creased strictness to check taking plastic items inside the forest areas. An interesting scene was observed in Ranth- ambore when tigress T8 Ladli’s son T86 ‘Chiriko’ was seen giving advice to humans. Two-three days ago in the Atal Sagar area of Rantham- bore, wildlifer Shobhit Tiwari captured such a scene in his camera which is enough to give a message to humans to correct their mistakes. Tiger Chiriko first reached the shore ofAtal Sagar and then slowly went inside the water. The feline took a deep dive and when he came out of the waters, there was a big garbage sack in his mouth which was filled with plastic and other garbage. The tiger not only took this big garbage sack out of Atal Sagar but also took it far away and left it there.As if he is saying that ‘plas- tic has been banned in the forest, please do not bring plastic items into the forest. First India Bureau Jaipur Despite recent pre-mon- soon showers in parts of Rajasthan, nine districts continue to endure re- lentless heat, prompting a yellow alert for heat- wave conditions. Addi- tionally, strong winds pose a concern in seven districts due to their po- tential intensity. The monsoon, which stalled over Gujarat since June 10, has remained stag- nant in Sikkim since making landfall on May 31, lingering for 16 days without further progres- sion. However, there is hope that the monsoon will accelerate by June 18, potentially leading to a timely or earlier onset in Rajasthan. Meanwhile, the severe heat has adversely af- fected the state’s water reserves. Over the past 15 days, 40 reservoirs have partially dried up, exacerbating the situa- tion from the earlier pe- riod between March 30 and May 31, when 85 reservoirs faced water scarcity. The number of partially filled reservoirs has risen from 157 to 197 within just 15 days. Con- sequently, the overall wa- ter capacity has declined by 2.3%, with reservoirs currently holding only 32.55% of their total ca- pacity, compared to 42.96% on the same date last year. Bharat Dixit Jaipur In a remarkable achievement, yoga practitioners from 51 institutions in Jaipur set a new world record by engaging in continuous yoga for 25 hours and 15 minutes. The event took place at the Indralok Audito- rium near Narayan Sin- gh Circle at the initiative by Dr Somya, Mayor of Jaipur Greater Munici- pal Corporation, ahead of the 10th International Yoga Day. Over 1500 participants demonstrated various yoga practices without interruption, impressing the World Record team. She joined the yoga practitioners on stage, participating in various activities such as Surya Namaskar, and provided encouragement through- out the session. Representatives from 51 institutions, including Krida Bharti, Yogapeace Institute, Patanjali, Brah- makumari, Atmanirbhar Vruddhashram, and Gay- atri Parivar, collaborated to achieve this feat, start- ing at 7 am on Sunday and concluding at 8 am on Monday. The event was attend- ed by Deputy Chief Min- ister Premchand Bairwa, Cabinet MinisterAvinash Gehlot, Minister of State for Urban Development Jhabar Singh Kharra, Education Minister Madan Dilawar, and In- dian middle-distance runner Gopal Saini among others. Tiger Chiriko reached the shore of Atal Sagar and then slowly went inside the water. The feline took a deep dive and when he came out of the waters, there was a big garbage sack in his mouth which was filled with plastic and other garbage. Women use scarfs to cover their faces during the intense summer day, in Jaipur on Monday. SANTOSH SHARMA A view of the notice informing that a section of the Central Park track will be closed for approximately 200 meters from June 18. Dr Somya recognized by the Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records for her initiative. Also seen are Deputy Chief Minister Premchand Bairwa, Jhabar Singh Kharra, Avinash Gehlot others. Yoga practitioners performing yoga at the Indralok Auditorium near Narayan Singh Circle in Jaipur. There has been a decline in overall water capacity by 2.3% during these 15 days, with reservoirs holding 32.55% of their total capacity A Jaipur sets world record with 25-hr nonstop Yoga session Over 1500 participants demonstrated various yoga practices without interruption OVER THE PAST 15 DAYS, 40 RESERVOIRS HAVE DRIED UP Rajfaceswatercrisis,dams dryupasmonsoonstalls Abhishek Shrivastava Jaipur Jaipur Development Commissioner Manju Rajpal announced on Monday that the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) is set to construct a pedestrian subway from Rambagh Golf Club to Gate No. 2 of the Rajasthan High Court on Bhagwan Das Road. Due to this construction, starting June 18, 2024, a section of the Central Park track will be closed for approximately 200 meters. This closure will extend from the entrance of the Golf Club on Bha- wani Singh Road to the Shiv Ji temple within the Golf Club, located op- posite the Rajasthan High Court. Visitors to Central Park are advised to plan their movements accordingly. Commissioner Rajpal also revealed plans for a two-level underground parking lot, covering an area of about 10,000 square meters in the ex- isting parking space at Rambagh Golf Club. This new facility will provide parking for ap- proximately 500 vehi- cles, including both four-wheelers and two- wheelers. JDA announces subway construction, Central Park track closed JDA offers 1 lakh plants via mobile App this monsoon Missing Kota NEET aspirant found safe in Chennai Alliance Air launches new Jpr- Bikaner flight First India Bureau Jaipur This time in monsoon, the JDA will provide one lakh plants. There will be 25 centers for distribu- tion of plants in the city. The JDAwill distribute 3 times more plants than the last monsoon. This time 10 feet tall plants will be distributed from these centers. Maximum 5 plants will be given to a person through mobile app. To get the plants, in- formation of OTP re- ceived on mobile will have to be given. For each plant, a person will have to pay Rs 50 at the center. Maximum 4,000 plants will be distributed from one distribution cen- ter. Information about dis- tribution centers and plants available there will be available on the app. Apart from this, plants will be planted in govt premises and colonies. First India Bureau Kota A 15-year-old NEET as- pirant, missing from coaching hub Kota for several days, was traced in Chennai. The girl travelled from Kota to Chennai, stop- ping in Surat and Mum- bai in between, police said. SP Kota city Amrita Duhan said the girl, who was preparing for the Na- tional Eligibility-cum- Entrance Test in a coach- ing institute in the city, left for classes on the morning of June 10 but did not return to her hos- tel later. Based on a report by the caretaker of the hos- tel, police lodged a miss- ing person’s report and a team of Mahaveer Nagar police station and the Anti-Human trafficking Cell began an operation to find the medical aspi- rant, the SP said. First India Bureau Jaipur Alliance Air has inaugu- rated a new air service between Jaipur and Bi- kaner using a 48-seater aircraft. On Monday, Al- liance Air flight 9I-833 commenced its journey from Delhi, arriving in Jaipur at 1:30 pm. The flightthendepartedJaipur at 2:10 pm, reaching Bi- kaner by 3:10 pm. Subse- quently, the return flight took off from Bikaner at 3:35 pm, arriving back in Jaipur at 4:35 pm. First India Bureau Jaipur In a startling turn of events related to organ transplants, the latest de- velopments have brought to light serious allega- tions involving Dr. Sadip Gupta’s wife, Shikha Gupta. In her meticulously de- tailed seven-page corre- spondence, Shikha Gupta unequivocally labeled the case as fabricated, ac- cusing research officials of concealing facts and orchestrating illegal FIRs and arrests. She under- scored that no offenses under sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471, or 120-B IPC had been committed, thus rendering the FIR lodged at the Jawahar Circle Police Station baseless. It was also said that the original FIR in question was previously filed at the Gurugram Sadar Po- lice Station under case number 239/2024. Naresh Sharma Jaipur Rajasthan Pradesh Con- gress Committee Presi- dent Govind Singh Do- tasra will now tour the state after a great perfor- mance in the Lok Sabha elections. The purpose of these tours will be to campaign for the upcom- ing assembly by-elec- tions and civic elections and to strengthen the or- ganization. Dotasra is currently out of the state and will return to Rajasthan after June 20. Homework has start- ed regarding Dotasra’s proposed tours. The big- gest success for Dotasra as the state Congress president is that after get- ting zero in 2 consecutive Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has been able to win 11 seats this time as an alliance. The Congress has also started aggressive prepa- rations for the upcoming Assembly elections. Con- gress has made a com- plete strategy to surround the government in the House. Congress MLAs have been given the re- sponsibility of asking department-wise ques- tions and along with this, theclosureoftheschemes of the Congress Gehlot government by the cur- rent government will also be made an issue. Dotasra and Leader of Opposition Tikaram Jul- ly are doing homework for theAssembly session. Subhash Trivedi Pali In a village in the Jaitpur area of the district, two neighboring girls have decided to cancel their plans to marry each other after a series of counsel- ing sessions on Monday afternoon. Following three rounds of counsel- ing at the Sakhi Centre, both girls agreed to re- turn to their respective homes. During the sessions, the girls expressed that while they would not marry each other, they also had no intentions of marrying anyone else. Instead, they plan to lead independent lives and fo- cus on becoming suc- cessful on their own. This resolution brought relief to their families. ORGAN TRANSPLANT SCAM Gupta’sletteruncoversallegedcorruption DotasratoembarkonStatewide tourafterLokSabhasuccess Pali: Girls drop demand of marriage post-counselling Center manager Devi Bamaniya giving advice at Sakhi Centre. Shikha Gupta unequivocally labeled the case as fabricated, accusing research officials of concealing facts orchestrating illegal FIRs Govind Singh Dotasra
  • 4. Industrial alcohol – Interplay of regulating Entries t is important to look into the inter- play of regulating entries of the Sev- enth Schedule: i) industries,thecontrolofwhichby the Union is declared by Parlia- mentbylawtobeexpedientinthe public interest (Entry 52 of the UnionList);ii)dutiesofexciseon tobacco, medicinal and toilet preparations containing alcohol, opium, Indian hemp, narcotic drugs narcotics and other goods manufactured or produced in In- dia except alcoholic liquors for human consumption (Entry 84 of the Union List); iii) intoxicating liquors,i.e.theproduction,manu- facture, possession, transport, purchase and sale of intoxicating liquors (Entry 8 of the State List); and iv) duties of excise on alco- holicliquorsforhumanconsump- tion, opium, Indian hemp, nar- cotic drugs and narcotics manu- factured or produced in the state and countervailing duties at the same or lower rates on similar goods manufactured or produced elsewhere in India but excluding medicinal and toilet preparations containingalcohol,opium,Indian hemp, narcotic drugs and narcot- ics (Entry 51of the State List). The conundrum Apparently, there is a complete overlap of jurisdiction of Centre and states in regard to alcohol. Interestingly, there is no mention of “industrial alcohol” in any entry in the three lists – central, state and concurrent. But at the crux is the power to control rev- enue-rich liquor industry. Case for the States States maintain that extra neutral alcohol (ENA), over which states haveexclusiveregulatorypowers, is the “mother raw material” for potable liquor and denatured spir- its. Ethyl alcohol becomes indus- trialalcoholafterdenaturationand mostoftheprocessesformanufac- ture of denatured spirits are the same as potable alcohol. If states decideatthisstagethatnorawma- terialwouldbedivertedformanu- facturing industrial alcohol, then ENAwouldbeusedonlyforpota- ble liquor. Thus, states should alone have exclusive regulatory control over industrial alcohol. States assert that intoxicating liq- uor means every kind of alcohol, whether for human consumption or industrial use. Further, that when an exhaustive Entry 8 of the State List constitutionally puts the subject under the purview of the states, central government’s role shouldbeousted.Statesaffirmthat thecentrecannotdenudetheover- archingcontrolvestedinthestates overliquorindustrybyvirtueofan exception under Entry 52 of the State List. Case against the States A conjoint reading of regulating entriesincentral,stateandconcur- rent lists of the Constitution, pro- jects that states have jurisdiction over liquors consumable by hu- mans for intoxication. All other variants, including industrial alco- hol, come under central domain. The litmus test for Entry 8 is the human factor introduced by the Constitutionframersbyspecifying liquor’s intoxicating effect. That which is not consumable by hu- manswillnotfallwithinthemean- ing of intoxicating. Notwithstand- ing the long history of definitions of “liquor” to include liquids with alcohol content, it cannot be can- vassed that human consumption part can be kept aside. Non-pota- ble alcohol, including denatured spiritsorindustrialalcohol,willbe unfit for human consumption, whereas Entry 8 of the State List refers only to liquors for human consumption.Inaddition,Entry52 of the Union List is untrammelled by any other liquor regulating en- try in State List. It has authorised theParliamenttoexercisecompre- hensive regulatory control over liquor industry, extending to its trade, commerce, supply and sale, through legislation in public inter- est, except those which manufac- tured potable alcohol. The Way Out Dr Kenneth Clinton Wheare – father of the contemporary fed- eral theories - says that the un- ion and regional governments must each have under its control financial resources sufficient to perform its executive functions. But the distribution of revenues in India flies directly in the face of the classical federal tradi- tions. In the ConstituentAssem- bly, little importance was at- tached to the adage that “he who pays piper calls the tune.” Rep- resentatives of the states called for increased revenues, more out of pride that the states might meet their responsibilities than aiming for states’ fiscal autono- my.Alladi KrishnaswamiAyyar told the Constituent Assembly (CAD VII 336) that there is a tendency in several federation for the central government to act as the taxing agency and to share proceeds of the taxes with the units. Despite the successful working of the financial provisions of the Constitution, the relationship be- tween the Union and the states continues to be a subject of con- troversy, so much so, that CMs of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu recently held demonstra- tions in New Delhi in February thisyear.Thesestatesclaimedthat thecurrentsystemfordistributing resources among states is disad- vantageous to the southern states ascomparedtothenorthernstates with larger populations. In a re- searchbyTakshshilaInstitution,it was found that in 2018-2019, the states generated 37.3% of the rev- enue and incurred 62.4% of the expenditures. Over the years, Un- ion Finance Commissions have played a pivot role in assessing these fiscal imbalances between the Union and the states and pro- posed objective sharing mecha- nisms. However, states’ share in Union’s gross tax revenue has not risen, despite 10% surge in the revenue sharing formula during 2010-2020. Moreover, the intro- duction of GSThas also hit states’ thin financial autonomy. Larger tax transference. Including cesses and surcharges in the kitty The 14th Finance Commission proposed that tax devolution to the states should be 42% of the divisiblepool–whichincludesall taxes collected by the Union but excludestaxrevenueofunionter- ritories, cesses and surcharges leviedbytheUnion.Unfortunate- ly, 15th Finance Commission has reduced the tax transference and pegged it to 41%. Also, Union’s gross tax revenue has seen a downturn. If the divisible pool contracts, all states’share also di- minishes.Importantly,cessesand surcharges are not a part of the divisiblepool.Thestates,inaddi- tion to asking for a larger share of the divisible pool from existing 41%, should also claim that cess- es and surcharges should be part of the divisible kitty. In this man- ner their share will automatically increase. States should also plead with the Union Government to rationalise tax slabs instead of levying cesses and surcharges. Thestatesmaychallengethecon- stitutionality of cesses and sur- charges because they violate fis- cal federalism – a basic feature of the constitution. (Concluded) THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL SIMPLIFYING TAX SLABS The 14th Finance Commission proposed that tax devolution to the states should be 42% of the divisible pool – which includes all taxes collected by the Union but excludes tax revenue of union territories, cesses and surcharges levied by the Union. Unfortunately, 15th Finance Commission has reduced the tax transfer- ence and pegged it to 41% Also, Union’s gross tax revenue has seen a downturn. If the divisible pool contracts, all states’ share also diminishes. Importantly, cesses and surcharges are not a part of the divisible pool. The states, in addition to asking for a larger share of the divisible pool from existing 41%, should also claim that cesses and surcharges should be part of the divisible kitty In this manner their share will automatically increase. States should also plead with the Union Govern- ment to rationalise tax slabs instead of levying cesses and surcharges. The states may challenge the constitutionality of cesses and surcharges because they violate fiscal federalism – a basic fea- ture of the constitution DYNAMICSOFFISCAL FEDERALISMININDIA I ndia’s decision to ab- stain from signing the joint communique on Ukraine, alongside South Afri- ca, Brazil, and the UAE, under- scores a pragmatic approach to international diplomacy. The communique, endorsed by 84 of the 100 participating countries, aimed at addressing the conflict in Ukraine. However, India’s stance highlights a crucial ele- ment for achieving enduring peace: the inclusion of Russia in the dialogue. India’s BRICS al- lies toed the same line. The absence of Russia, a key party to the conflict, renders any peace initiative incomplete and less effective. By refraining from signing the document, In- dia emphasized the necessity of a comprehensive peace process that involves all major stake- holders. This approach is rooted in the understanding that sus- tainable peace cannot be im- posed unilaterally but must be negotiated inclusively. India’s position also reflects itsstrategicautonomyinforeign policy, balancing its relations with both Western nations and Russia. Given India’s historical ties with Russia and its growing partnership with Western coun- tries, maintaining a neutral and balanced stance is critical. This enablesIndiatoactasapotential mediator, fostering dialogue rather than deepening divisions. Moreover, the insistence on Russia’s involvement aligns with India’s broader vision of a multi-polar world order where global issues are addressed through consensus and coopera- tion, not coercion.This perspec- tive is particularly pertinent for ensuring regional stability and preventing further escalation. In essence, India’s decision is a call for a more inclusive and effective peace process. By ad- vocating for participation of all relevant parties, India upholds principle that genuine and last- ing peace can only be achieved through collective engagement and mutual understanding. SPIRITUAL SPEAK Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. BHAGAVAD GITA India’s decision on Ukraine justified TOP TWEETS Respectful tribute to Balasaheb Deoras ji on his death anniversary. The third Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Param Pujya Balasaheb Deoras Ji tried to integrate the organization and the society with his ideas and vision. He fought hard to remove social evils and made people aware against untouchability. Balasaheb, who remained dedicated to democratic values throughout his life, gave impetus to the public movement against the Emergency. Amit Shah @AmitShah Warm congratulations, Excellency @ CyrilRamaphosa on your re-election as the President of the Republic of South Africa. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the India-South Africa strategic partnership. Narendra Modi @narendramodi I Given India’s historical ties with Russia and its growing partnership with Western countries, maintaining a neutral and balanced stance is critical. This enables India to act as a potential mediator, fostering dialogue rather than deepening divisions  Vol 6  Issue No. 12  RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. 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  • 6. PRE-BUDGET TALKS FinMin to meet India Inc, farmers’bodies, state FMs this week First India Bureau New Delhi inance Minister Nirmala Sithar- aman is set to consult with key industry groups, farmers’ associa- tions, and state finance ministers as she prepares the 2024-25 budget, which is expected to be presented in late July. The consultations with indus- try leaders will take place on Thursday, followed by meetingswithfarmers’as- sociationsandeconomists on Friday. On Saturday, Sitharaman will engage with state finance minis- tersduringtheGSTCoun- cil meeting in New Delhi. The Union govt over- sees 108 Centrally Spon- sored Schemes (CSS) through state and UT govts,withabudgetofap- proximately Rs 5.01 lakh crore for FY 2024-25 and Rs 4.76 lakh crore for FY 2023-24.Discussionswith statefinanceministerswill likely focus on accelerat- ing the implementation of these schemes. Senior officials indi- cate that substantial groundwork for the budg- et has been completed as part of govt’s 100-day agenda. Broad consulta- tions with industry and agricultural bodies will help the govt address key issues more effectively. The budget is antici- pated to prioritize agri- culture and rural devel- opment, with a special focus on empowering women’s self-help groups (SHGs) through initiatives like the “Lakh- pati Didis” scheme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reappointment of Sitharaman underscores a commitment to conti- nuity in economic policy. Under Sitharaman’s leadership, the Indian economy achieved an impressive 8.2 percent growth in 2023-24, the highest among major global economies, with inflation falling below 5 percent. The government plans to maintain signifi- cant investments in infra- structure projects, in- cluding highways, ports, and railways, to drive growth and job creation. The production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme, which has made India a manufacturing hub for electronics like smart- phones, may be expand- ed to other sectors such as toys and textiles. Ad- ditionally, the focus on promoting labor-inten- sive MSMEs will con- tinue to support large- scale employment. Sitharaman approach- es the budget with the fis- cal deficit well-managed, having reduced it from over 9 percent of GDP in 2020-21 to a targeted 5.1 percent for 2024-25. Nirmala Sitharaman assumes charge as Finance Minister, at the South Block, in New Delhi, last week. FILE F INDIA 05 Jaipur, Tuesday | June 18, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia MODI TO VISIT VARANASI TODAY Kashi Vishwanath all set to welcome PM for 1st time after LS polls First India Bureau Varanasi PM Narendra Modi is set to visit Kashi Vishwa- nath Temple on June 18, marking his first visit to Kashi after assuming of- fice for the third-consec- utive time. The temple administration has final- ised all preparations for the PM’s visit, ensuring a smooth and grand event. Vishwa Bhushan Mishra, CEO, Kashi Vishwanath Trust, con- firmed on Monday that the protocol for the PM’s visit had been received. He said that security arrangements would be meticulously overseen by security officials to guar- antee the event’s success. Reflecting on PM Modi’s previous visit to Kashi for election cam- paigning, he noted, “When PM Modi last visited Kashi, it was on the auspicious occa- sion of Ganga Saptami. Meanwhile, this visit co- incides with the aftermath of Ganga Dussehra, a three-day festival, so the decorations from the cel- ebration are still in place.” HMShahchairshigh-level meetonManipurviolence Meeting came a day after Manipur Guv met HM First India Bureau New Delhi Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday chaired a high-level meet- ing here to review the se- curitysituationinManipur. The meeting comes a day after Manipur Gover- norAnusuiya Uike called on Shah at his office and learned to be briefed about the situations in the north-eastern state. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Intelligence BureauChiefTapanDeka, Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande, Army Chief (Des- ignate) Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi,GoCThreeCore HSSahi,SecurityAdvisor to Manipur Kuldiep Sin- gh, Manipur Chief Secre- taryVineetJoshi,Manipur DGP Rajiv Singh andAs- sam Rifles DG Pradeep Chandran Nair joined the meetingattheMHAinthe North Block here. Row over EVMs JD(U)rapsRaGa,says‘effortsbeingmadetostirrowover2024polls’ Agencies New Delhi JD(U) on Monday slammed Rahul Gandhi and the I.N.D.I.A. bloc over ‘ n e e d l e s s controversy’ on the EVMs and accused them of ‘con- spiring’tocastacloudover therecentLokSabhapolls. JD(U)’s KCTyagi said that despite clarifications over the purity of EVMs by concerned depart- ments, the Opposition has jumped the gun over Elon Musk’s wild allegations. BJPnamesin-chargesfor3 states,JammuKashmir First India Bureau New Delhi BJP on Monday an- nounced names of in- charges and co-incharges for upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, and Jammu and Kashmir. As per party, Union Minister Bhupender Ya- dav has been appointed as in-charge of Maha- rashtra while Ashwini Vaishnaw has made co- Incharge. Dharmendra Pradhan and Biplab Ku- mar Dev have made elec- tion incharge and co-In- charge for Haryana. In Jharkhand, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Him- anta Biswa Sarma are the party’s election in-charg- es. GK Reddy has been given the charge in JK. JK, without an elect- ed government since 2018, is currently admin- istered by the Centre’s appointee Lt Governor. The ECI is likely to an- nounce the dates for the Legislative Assembly election for JK in July. BSY appears before CID in POCSO case PTI Bengaluru FormerKarnatakaCMBS Yediyurappa on Monday appeared before the CID for an inquiry in connec- tion with a POCSO case registered against him. The Karnataka High Court on Friday re- strained the CID from ar- resting the veteran BJP leader in this case. Yediyurappa has been booked under the Pro- tection of Children from Sexual Offences (POC- SO) Act, 2012, and Sec- tion 354 A of IPC based on a complaint by the mother of a 17-year-old girl who alleged that he molested her daughter. Agencies Shivamoga Senior Karnataka BJP leader and former MLC, MB Bhanuprakash (69), passed away on Monday due to a heart attack after participating in a protest against the fuel price hike intro- duced by the Congress government in the state on Saturday. Soon after the protest at the Gopi Circle in Shi- vamogga city, Bhanu- prakash collapsed. Al- though he was rushed to a private hospital by the BJP workers, he was de- clared dead there. The body has been sent to his native place, Muttur. Bhanuprakash, a dedicated RSS worker, served as the state BJP Vice President. BJP leader dies of heart attack after protest over fuel price hike PTI New Delhi “Bharat” and “India” will be used interchangeably in NCERT textbooks as is the case in the coun- try’s Constitution, Na- tional Council of Educa- tional Research and Training Director Dinesh Prasad Saklani has said. The comments assume significance in the wake of a high-level panel working on the social sci- ence curriculum recom- mending that “India” should be replaced with “Bharat” in school text- books for all classes. In an interaction with PTI editors at the news agency’s headquarters here, the NCERT chief said both the words will be used in the books and the council has no aversion to either “Bharat” or “India”. It is a matter of pride for all of us that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath as MP from Varanasi for the third time and as Prime Minister of the country for the third time. DILIP PATEL, VARANASI BJP CHIEF SCHEDULE OF MODI’S VARANASI VISIT: z PM’s visit in Varanasi will last for 4.5 hours. He will land at Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport in Babatpur at around 4 pm. z PM Modi will first at- tend a ‘Kisan Samelan’ to release the 17th installment of the Samman Nidhi, a scheme that is supposed to bring benefits to 2,76,665 farmers in Kashi. z After his meeting with the farmers, PM Modi will visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple to participate in the Ganga Aarti at Dashash- wamedh ghat. TURBULENT HISTORY OF MANIPUR SO FAR z Manipur has been witnessing ethnic violence since May 3 last year following clashes during a rally organ- ised by ATSU to protest against the demand for inclusion of Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe category. z In fresh violence, several houses belonging to both Meitei and Kuki communities were burned by unknown miscreants in Kotlen following the murder of a person earlier this month, the Manipur Police said. z Around 600 people from Manipur's Jiribam area are now taking shelter in Assam's Cachar district following fresh violence reported in Manipur's Jiribam area. The Cachar district police have heightened security along the bordering areas. SHIV SENA SEEKS RAHUL UDDHAV’S APOLOGY Mumbai: Shiv Sena deputy leader and spokesperson Sanjay Nirupam on Monday demanded a public apol- ogy from Rahul Gandhi and Uddhav Thackeray for al- legedly spreading fake news about the manipulation of EVMs in North West Mumbai constituency on social media based on a media report. Nirupam’s demand came after a city-based English newspaper, which had published the story in this re- gard, issued a clarification and apologised after admitting that the news published about the counting of votes in the Mumbai North-West Constituency in the Lok Sabha polls was false. Preparations in full swing ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s roadshow for the Lok Sabha elections, in Varanasi. FILE Union HM Amit Shah, Home Secy Ajay Bhalla (L) and Intelligence Bureau Chief Tapan Deka (R) at a high-level meeting to review the security situation in Manipur, in New Delhi, on Monday. PTI Amit Shah arrives to attend the meeting on Manipur. BS Yediyurappa leaves after appearing before the CID in Bengaluru, on Monday. PTI Burning issue BJP ANNOUNCES ITS CANDIDATES FOR WEST BENGAL’S UPCOMING ASSEMBLY BYELECTIONS The BJP on Monday announced the name of Kalyan Chaubey and three new faces for the four assembly seats in West Bengal where by-polls are slated to be held on July 10. The ruling TMC has already announced its candidates for the by-polls a few days back. The BJP has fielded Kalyan Chaubey from Man- iktala constituency in Kolkata, Manas Kumar Ghosh from Raiganj in Uttar Dinajpur district, Manoj Kumar Biswas from Ranaghat Dakshin (SC) in Nadia district and Binay Kumar Biswas from Bagda (SC) seat. Both Manoj Kumar Biswas and Binay Kumar Biswas belong to the Matua community which has a significant chunk of voters in Ranaghat Dakshin and Bagda, both seats reserved for SCs. Chaubey had been defeated by TMC leader Sadhan Pandey in 2021 as- sembly polls but the seat fell vacant after Pandey's death. CONG’SCANDIDATES FOR HP BY-POLLS Shimla: Ruling Congress has decided to nominate Dr Pushpender Verma for Hamirpur and Hard- eep Singh Bawa for the Nalagarh Assembly bye- election seats. A press release issued by the AICC General Secretary Venu Gopal announced the names of Verma and Bawa. With a substantial dividend of Rs 2.11 lakh crore from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the robust tax revenues, Union Finance Minister Sitharaman has ample scope to implement the growth-boosting policies FI TOON SHEKHAR Ufff... what have I done now? EVMs again in question Debate over ‘Bharat’ , ‘India’ useless: Saklani
  • 7. ANI Kolkata The Railways Depart- ment on Monday an- nounced the diversion of nine trains following the Kanchanjunga Express- goods train collision in West Bengal. The trains were sched- uled to cross the spot where two compartments of the Kanchanjunga Ex- press were hit by a goods train between the New Jalpaiguri and Rangapani stations. The nine trains whose routes have been diverted include the 19602 New Jalpaiguri-Udaipur City Express, 01666 Agartala Rani Kamlapati (Habib- ganj) Special, 12423 Di- brugarh-New Delhi Rajd- hani Express, 20503 Di- brugarh-New Delhi Rajd- hani Express, 12377 Sealdah-New Alipurduar Padatik Express, 22301 Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express, 06105 Nagercoil-Dibru- garh Special, 20506 New Delhi- Dibrugarh Rajd- hani Express and 12424 New Delhi- Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express. Nine people, including three Railway employees, have died and about 50 others injured after an ex- press train collided with a goods train in Darjeeling district of West Bengal this morning. RISING GOLD AND SILVER PRICES IMPACT INDIAN GEM AND JEWELLERY EXPORTS Export of coloured Gems from Jaipur drops over 23% in May 2024 he effect of the rapid rise in the prices of gold and silver is now being felt on the export of gems and jewellery. The rise in prices has not only led to lack of cus- tomers in the domestic market, but the expected improvement in interna- tional business is also not happening. The fig- ures released by the Gem and Jewellery Ex- port Promotion Council- GJEPC, the largest na- tional organisation of jewellers, are a witness to fact that there was weakness in the export of gems and jewellery from the country in both April and May, but the matter of satisfaction is that there is a trend of improvement in export of plain and studded gold jewellery. Apart from the current interna- tional conditions, slack- ness in the April to June quarter every year is also held responsible for decrease in jewellery exports. According to the fig- ures of gems and jewel- lery exports from the country, the start of this financial year has not been good. The highest share in the export of gems and jewellery from India is of diamonds, but despite the ongoing business slowdown at the international level and the fall in the prices of diamonds, their ex- port is not improving. In May, there has been a decline of 13.53 percent in the export of dia- monds, which is even more than this i.e. 14.58 percent according to dollar values. Jaipur jewelers have expertise in the export of colored gems. Jaipur jewelers have the larg- est share in the export of colored gems from In- dia, but on the export front, Jaipur jewelers have also been lagging behind continuously for the last two months. In May 2024, colored gems worth Rs 319.98 crore were exported from India, while in May 2023, colored gems worth Rs 417.31 crore were exported. That is, there was a de- cline of 23.32% in the export of colored gems in May 2024. While in dollar values, this de- cline was 38.37 million US dollars i.e. 24.26 percent compared to US $ 50.66 million last year. Regarding the de- crease in exports, Nir- mal Bardia, convener of the Rajasthan unit of the Gem and Jewellery Ex- port Promotion Council, believes that after June, not only is there a hope, but there may also be a jump in exports in next quarter. According to gem and jewellery export data, in May 24, the total export of gems and jewellery worth Rs 20713.37 crore was done from India, which was 4.97 percent less than Rs 21795.65 crore in May 23. In dol- lar values, this export fell by 6.14 percent to US $ 2484.48 million in May 2024. Now it is ex- pected that from next month international de- mand will improve. T INDIA 06 Jaipur, Tuesday | June 18, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Routesof9trainsdivertedafterWBtragedy PTI New Delhi Congress president Mall- ikarjunKhargeandformer party chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed the Modi government for “ut- ter mismanagement” of the Railway Ministry as theycondoledlossoflives in the West Bengal train accident. “Extremely dis- tressed by the Kanchan- junga Express train colli- sionaccidentinJalpaiguri, West Bengal, where many peoplehavelosttheirlives and several have been in- jured,” Kharge said. Rahul Gandhi said the news of death of several people in this rail acci- dent is extremely sad. “The govt should imme- diately provide compen- sation to all victims,” he said in his post. Utter mismanagement of Railway Ministry, alleges Kharge Rahul New Jalpaiguri-Udaipur City Express, Agartala Rani Kamlapati (Habibganj) 7 other trains diverted after the mishap The rescue and disaster management teams were able to dissect the affected compartments from the main train operations are on to clear the adjacent railway track at the accident site in Darjeeling, on Monday. PTI M Kharge Rahul Gandhi WBCM:RAILWAYMINISTRY ISA‘PARENTLESS’BODY ARMED TERRORIST HELD IN KUPWARA HIZBUL MILITANT HELD IN JK’S HANDWARA WB CM Mamata Banerjee visited Kanchanjunga train accident site, criticized Indian Railway Ministry for negli- gence. She provided medical disaster teams for rescue ops. She also questioned the focus on fare hikes over passenger amenities. At the site, CM Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Indian Rail- way Ministry is a ‘parentless’ organisation. “Today, the entire Railway Dept is facing negligence,”, she added. Kupwara: Security forces said that they have arrested an armed terrorist in JK’s Kupwara district on Monday. Police identified the terrorist as Zakir Hameed Mir of Kachri village of Handwara tehsil in Kashmir. “The ar- rested terrorist was in touch with his Pak handler across the border. His question- ing is going on and further disclosures are expected to come to the fore during the investigation,” officials said. Srinagar: Security forces arrested a Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara sub district, police said on Monday. Zakir Hamid Mir, a resident of Kachri, Chougal was arrested in a joint op- eration of forces which was launched on Sunday night. MoS RAILWAYS RAVNEET BITTU EXTEND HIS CONDOLENCES ASSAM CM BISWA CONDOLES LOSS OF LIVES IN TRAIN ACCIDENT Union Min of State for Railways Ravneet Singh Bittu on Monday condoled the loss of lives in the train accident in West Bengal. The exact cause of the accident would be known only after an enquiry, said Bittu who was here on Monday. The minister said he is deeply saddened by the tragic train accident. Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma offered condolences for the loss of lives in the tragic train accident after Sealdah- bound Kanchanjunga Express collided with a goods train close to Rangapani station near New Jalpaiguri on Monday morning. ANI Jammu Chief of Defence Staff GeneralAnil Chauhan on Monday arrived on a day- long visit to Jammu to review the security situa- tion and operational pre- paredness in the region, officials said. Gen Chau- han’s visit comes soon after Union Home Min Amit Shah reviewed se- curitysituationandprepa- rations for annual Amar- nathYatra on Sunday.The CDS arrived at 16 Corps headquarters in Nagrota, where he is scheduled to review the security situa- tion of the region and op- erational preparedness of the security forces, they said. He will be briefed by top commanders of the Army, including the Northern Army Com- mander and GoC. A series of security re- view meetings have been held at various levels to furtherchartoutastrategy to deal with growing ter- rorism in Jammu region with a strong arm. Terror- istsstruckatfourplacesin the Reasi, Kathua and Doda districts of Jammu and Kashmir within four days last week, killing nine pilgrims and a CRPF jawan and leaving seven security personnel and several others injured. CDS Anil Chauhan visits Jammu, reviews security situation in region CDS Gen Anil Chauhan visited Headquarters Northern Command, Udhampur and White Knight Corps on Monday. People wait to collect water from a tanker Of Delhi Jal Board. Vehicles passing through the water-logged roads in Guwahati. ONE MILITANT KILLED IN JK’S BANDIPORA Srinagar: Security forces shot dead a militant in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district, Army said on Monday. They said an unidentified militant was killed in a joint operation which was launched last night at Gurihajin, Aragam in Bandipora, following a specific input. PTI Bhubaneswar In a tragic incident, at least four people were crushed to death in a road mishap as a four-wheeler collided with a tractor near Lachipur Chhak in Odisha’s Kalahandi dis- trict on Monday. As per media reports, the two vehicles collided with a massive intensity which led to the complete damage of the four- wheeler. Meanwhile, the tractor driver is currently on the run after the acci- dent.Amanhunt has been launched by the police in an attempt to apprehend him. Upon receiving the accident information, Khariar police reportedly rushed to spot and sent injured to Khariar Sub Divisional hospital be- fore launching an inves- tigation. The deceased have been identified as Rushi Sahu, Subham Mahanty, Banti Lal and Debraj Patel from Khari- ar. According to the offi- cials, unidentified bodies were sent for autopsy. Meanwhile, two others suffered serious injuries in a road accident in Odi- sha’s Nuapada district. The injured labourers have been undergoing treatment at district hosp. Four dead, two injured in a car tractor’s collision Odisha Accident PTI New Delhi Water supply will be af- fected in parts of Lu- tyens’ Delhi since Tilak Marg and Bengali Mar- ket underground water reservoirs are receiving less water from Delhi Jal Board, NDMC officials said on Monday. There is a 40% shortage in supply being received from the DJB, they added. “As informed by DJB that production of pota- blewaterfromWazirabad water plant is not run- ning,” the official said. ANI Guwahati The streets of Anil Nagar and Chandmari areas in Guwahati have been se- verely waterlogged, dis- rupting normal life, fol- lowing heavy rainfall in the region. The IMDhas issued a week-long fore- castpredictingcontinuous rainfall in Guwahati. “Waterfellduringnight andthereissomuchwater that it has filled up. How willwecomeandgohere? I want to tell administra- tion that we need a diver- sion here because without diversion,thereisnosolu- tion,” the resident said. Water supply to be affected in parts of Lutyens’ Delhi Heavy rainfall batters Guwahati, throws normal life out of gear GIVINGAMPLEWATERTO DELHI,SAYSHARYANACM EVACUATIONOFSTRANDED TOURISTSBEGINSINSIKKIM Haryana CM Nayab Singh Saini on Monday dismissed charges of any discrimina- tion against national capital in terms of water supply and blamed it on the ‘inept and inefficient’ AAP govt for city’s severe water woes, for past couple of days. Saini told media persons in Kuruk- shetra that the Haryana gov- ernment was releasing more water than earlier to mitigate water woes in the capital but the AAP govt’s approach to the crisis has only aggra- vated the situation. Gangtok: The much- delayed evacuation of stranded tourists began by road from Toong in Sikkim’s Mangan on Monday noon, officials said. So far, a total of nine tour- ists have been evacuated, they said. The evacuation process is being led by Mangan District Magistrate Hem Kumar Chettri and offi- cials from Tourism and Civil Aviation and Forest Depart- ments. Despite incessant rains and multiple slides to cross over, the team is han- dling the evacuation with safety, care and caution, in batches, they said. Vimal Kothari Associate Editor, First India News Senior Journalist z CUT AND POLISHED DIAMONDS: `12270.54 crore: Decline –13.53% z POLISHED LAB GROWN DIA- MONDS: `1001.59 crore: Decline –12.69% z COLOURED GEMS: `319.98 crore: Decline –23.32% z PEARLS: `0.90 crore: Decline –74.83% z PLAIN GOLD JEWELLERY: `2285.50 crore: Improvement 19.76% z STUDDED GOLD JEWEL- LERY: `3222.22 crore: Improvement 11.14% z TOTAL EXPORT OF GEMS AND JEWELLERY: `20713.37 crore: Decline –4.97% EXPORT FIGURES OF GEMS JEWELLERY IN MAY
  • 8. COMEBACK OF FOREIGN INVESTORS `11,730-cr inflow in Indian equity markets Agencies Mumbai oreign investors were selling eq- uity in Indian markets for the last few months.Thetrendchanged from the previous week whenForeignInstitutional Investors (FIIs) invested Rs 11,730 crore in the In- dian equity market. FIIs sold more than Rs 40,000 crore of equity in May which is the biggest figure in any month of 2024 so far. According to data from depositories, Net FIIs’ outflow for the month stood at Rs 3,064 crore as of June 14. Foreign investors had sold Rs 14,794 crore eq- uity between June 3 and June 7. Foreign investors are preferring the debt mar- ket instead of equity. So far this month till June 14, FIIs have invest- ed Rs 5,700 crore in the debt market. According to experts, “ThereasonforFIIsinvest- ingmoreinthedebtmarket is the inclusion of India in the global bond index.” FIIshavewithdrawnRs 26,428 crore from the In- dian equity market. How- ever, they invested Rs 59,373 crore in the debt market so far in 2024. The Indian stock mar- ket continues to rise. Last week, both Sensex and Nifty made new all-time highs of 77,145 and 23,490 respectively. During this period, Nifty Midcap and Small- cap indices posted gains of around 4 per cent and 5 per cent, respectively. F NEWS 07 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Tuesday | June 18, 2024 Heavyrain,floodscause severedamageinChina Authorities in Guangdong relocated 11,100 people living in risk areas near dykes as a precautionary measure; (R) Heavy rains made roads impassable. Agencies Beijing Heavy rainfall and flood- ing have caused severe damage in southern Chi- na, causing landslides and making roads impassable. Chinese state televi- sion on Monday reported that the province of Guangxi in southern Chi- na is expecting total eco- nomic damage of around 329 million yuan ($45 million), for example, due to destroyed farm- land or collapsed houses. Meanwhile, authori- ties in several provinces warned of flooding. In the region around Meizhou in Guangdong province, east of Guangxi, nearly 1,38,000 households lost power, state television reported. Water levels in several rivers in the area have been at alarming levels since the weekend due to the heavy rainfall. According to state tel- evision, the authorities in Guangdong relocated 11,100 people living in risk areas near dykes as a precautionary measure. Classes were cancelled in some schools in the Meizhou area on Mon- day. Kindergartens there were also closed. Authorities in several Chinese provinces warned of flooding triggered by heavy rainfall that caused severe damage in southern China. 4 KILLED, 2 MISSING AFTER TORRENTIAL RAINS IN WUPING COUNTY, EAST CHINA’S FUJIAN PROVINCE Fuzhou: Four people were killed and two others are missing after landslides caused by torrential rains swept through Wuping County, east China’s Fujian Province, according to local authorities. As of Monday afternoon, a total of 47,800 people in Wuping, Longyan City have been impacted by the downpours starting from June 16. Several towns in Shanghang County suffered road dam- age and partial interruption of communication and power due to prolonged heavy rainfall. The local flood control head- quarters in Wuping initiated a Level I emergency response for heavy rain. China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system, with Level I being the most severe. HANJIANG RIVER IN SOUTH CHINA’S PEARL RIVER BASIN SEES FOURTH SEVERE FLOOD THIS YEAR Beijing: Hanjiang River in south China’s Pearl River basin flooded for fourth time this year, ac- cording to the Ministry of Water Resources. Due to heavy rainfall, the flood reached Sanhe Dam, the river’s mainstream dam in Guangdong province on Sunday, with the water level reaching its warning mark of 42 metres. The river’s water level is forecasted to peak on Monday noon, rising above its warning mark by nearly 6.5 metres. Relevant authorities are leveraging water conservancy pro- jects to mitigate flooding. Ministry has activated a Level-IV emergency response to flooding, the lowest level in China’s four-tier flood-control emergency response system. US reporter’s closed-door Russian trial set for June 26 Agencies Moscow Russia’s espionagetrialof detained Wall Street Jour- nal reporter Evan Gershk- ovich,whodeniescharges of collecting secrets for the CIA, will be held be- hindcloseddoors,thetrial court said on Monday. Gershkovich, 32, was detained by Federal Secu- rity Service (FSB) on March29,2023,inasteak house in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, 1,400 km eastofMoscow,oncharg- es of espionage that carry up to 20 years in prison. He is the firstAmerican journalist to be detained on spy charges in Russia since the Cold War more than three decades ago. Evan Gershkovich was detained by FSB on March 29, 2023. 100 Burkina soldiers die in al-Qaida attack Agencies Ouagadougou An al-Qaida affiliate claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Tuesday that killed more than 100 Burkina Faso soldiers in Mansila, in the northeastern part of the country, the SITE In- telligence Group said on Sunday (local time). According to the jihad- istthreatmonitoringportal cited by local media, Jama’aNusratul-Islamwa al-Muslimin, a militant ji- hadist group associated with al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the as- sault in the Mansila area neartheborderwithNiger. According to a state- ment published on Satur- daybytheMansilaPupils’ and Students’Association on its Facebook page, “ill- intentioned individuals” attacked the military de- tachment, houses, and shops on Tuesday. ThegovernmentofBur- kinaFasohasnotyetissued a statement on the attack. More than 100 Burkina Faso soldiers were killed in the attack. 5 terrorists killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pak Agencies Islamabad Five terrorists were killed inanoperationbysecurity forces in Pakistan’s north- west Khyber Pakhtunkh- wa province on Sunday, a military statement said. The security forces launched the operation in Khyber tribal district in the province on the re- ported presence of the ter- rorists, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pa- kistanimilitary,saidinthe statement. “During the conduct of the operation, the troops effectively engaged the terrorists’ location, kill- ing five terrorists,” the statement added. Weapons, ammunition and explosives were also recovered from the killed terrorists, the ISPR said. Weapons were also seized from killed terrorists China accuses Philippines of ramming coastguard vessel in South China Sea Agencies Beijing China on Monday ac- cused a Philippines naval vessel of deliberately in- fringing its territorial wa- ters in the South China Sea and ramming a Chi- nese coastguard vessel. A Philippines naval supply vessel had ille- gally approached a reef known as Ren’ai Jiao, the Chinese coastguard said. The Philippines mili- tary denied the allega- tions and said they were misleading. No details on the supply operation to the reef, known as the Second Thomas Shoal or theAyungin Shoal, would be released, spokesman Xerxes Trinidad said. Chinaclaimstheregion as belonging to its territo- rial waters, despite a rul- ing against the Chinese position from the Perma- nent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2016. The Philippines sees the reef as part of its ex- clusive economic zone and regards the presence of the Chinese coastguard there as illegal. It accuses China of raising tensions through its actions. According to the Chi- nese coastguard report, the Philippines vessel ap- proached the Chinese in- tentionally despite sev- eral warnings “in an un- professional way,” lead- ing to the collision. B’desh edge out Nepal to qualify for T20 WC Super 8 PTI Kingstown (Saint Vincent) Pacer Tanzim Hasan Sak- ib’scareer-bestfiguresof4 for7withanastounding21 dotballsheadlinedBangla- desh’s dominant bowling performance as they en- tered the Super Eights of the T20 World Cup with a comfortable 21-run win against Nepal in their final group league game. Having nearly shocked South Africa in their pre- vious game, Nepal bowl- ers were again on target, bowling out Bangladesh for 106 but Tanzim along with seasoned Shakib al Hasan (2/9) and Mustaf- zurRahaman(3/7)bowled out Nepal for 85 in 19.2 overs. Nepal were on course at 78for5atonestagebefore losing their last five wick- ets for seven runs as a de- terminedBangladeshteam used all its reservoir of experience after a disap- pointing batting show. Tanzim Hasan Sakib got together to celebrate with Shakib Al Hasan during their match against Nepal. Tanzim, Mustafizur star in Bangladesh's victory over Nepal SRI LANKA BID ADIEU TO T20 WORLD CUP 2024 WITH CONSOLATORY WIN OVER NETHERLANDS St Lucia: Sri Lanka showcased their prowess in all three departments to secure a comfortable 83-run victory against the Netherlands in their final match of the 2024 T20 World Cup here on Monday. 4-4-0-3: FERGUSON CREATES HISTORY NZ bower bowls 4 maidens for 3 wickets in extraor- dinary T20 WC record vs PNG. Ferguson bowled an incredible spell against Papua New Guinea in New Zealand’s final match of T20 World Cup on Mon- day, as he didn’t concede a single run off his four overs. Ferguson picked 3 crucial wickets in his spell, becoming first player in the tournament’s history to achieve this achievement.
  • 9. First India Bureau New Delhi CM Bhajan Lal Sharma on Monday paid a cour- tesy call on PM Modi at his residence in New Del- hi. After that, he met Un- ion Ministers Manohar Lal Khattar, Bhupender Yadav, Nirmala Sithara- man, JP Nadda and Hard- eep Singh Puri. With Union Minister ManoharLalKhattar,CM discussed various impor- tant points related to Ra- jasthan state and the in- crease of new sources of energy, modernization in the power sectors. After this, CM met Union Envi- ronment Minister Bhu- pender Yadav and had a discussion on many im- portant issues related to welfare and development work of environment. The CM also had a meeting with Union Min GajendraSShekhawatfor aboutoneandahalfhours. First India Bureau Ajmer Union Minister of Agri- culture Farmers Wel- fare and Rural Develop- mentShivrajSinghChou- han held a press confer- enceonMondaytoinform about the release of 17th instalment of about Rs. 20,000 crore under PM- KISAN by PM Modi. From Rajasthan, Union Minister of State forAgri- culture Farmers Wel- fareBhagirathChoudhary will join the event from Ajmer. The Prime Minis- ter will visit Varanasi on 18th June, 2024 to release 17th instalment of PM KISAN Yojana to farm- ers and to provide certifi- cates to more than 30,000 Self Help Groups as Kri- shi Sakhis. This event will be organized by the Union Ministry of Agri- culture Farmers Wel- fare in collaboration with theGovtofUttarPradesh. Many eminent dignitaries including Governor of Uttar Pradesh, UnionAg- riculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, CM of Uttar PradeshYogiAdity- anath and several Minis- ters of Uttar Pradesh Govt will be present in this event. First India Bureau Indore Rajasthan Assembly SpeakerVasudevDevnani commemorated the brav- ery, patriotism, and stead- fastness of Maharaja Da- hir Sen, emphasizing that his legacy of defending India against invaders, particularly in Sindh, re- mains etched in the na- tion’s memory. Maharaja Dahir Sen valiantly repelled foreign assaults, ultimately sacri- ficing his life along with his family — his wife and daughters — in the de- fense of the motherland. Devnani paid tribute to Maharaja Dahir Sen dur- ing the 1312th Balidan Diwas at the DeviAhilya- bai Holkar UniversityAu- ditorium in Indore, high- lighting the enduring rel- evance of his declaration ofSanatanHinduDharma as Rajdharma. He praised Maharaja Dahir Sen as a symbol of national unity, integrity, and pride. First India Bureau Jodhpur Energy Minister Hiralal Nagar, during his visit to Jodhpur, emphasized that no schemes initiated by the previous government have been halted, nor are there any plans to do so. He conducted meetings with Jodhpur Discom of- ficials and engaged with local representatives to address issues and con- cerns related to electricity. Speakingtomediaafter the meetings, Nagar af- firmed govt’s commit- menttoresolvingelectric- ity challenges in Ra- jasthan. He highlighted ongoing assessments at the zonal level within di- vision to optimize ar- rangements, particularly crucial during the intense summer heat. “We are ac- tively rectifying deficien- cies through continuous dialogue with public rep- resentatives,” he stated. The minister reassured that all schemes from the former Congress govern- ment remain operational. First India Bureau Jaipur On Monday, UDH Min- ister Jhabar Singh Kharra spoke on BJP’s defeat on 11 seats in Lok Sabha elections and said that there were not one but many reasons for BJP losing 11 out of 25 seats in Lok Sabha elections. “If there is a com- mon cold and one does not take timely treatment, it turns into fever. Fever leads to pneumonia and then gradually many organs start getting damaged. Simi- larly, there were not one but many reasons for the party’s result. At a time when confu- sion was spread among the com- mon voters by the opposition, we could not remove that confusion, due to which this result came,” he said. Pankaj Soni Jaipur BJP’sreviewoftheresults contrarytoexpectationsin the Lok Sabha elections is ongoing.The party is now busy preparing a factual report by preparing booth level data of the 11 lost seats. This report will be presented before the party high command. With the boothleveldatareport,the party will reach a conclu- sion on the reasons for its defeat. In the preliminary re- view done just two days ago, the party has broadly accepted that the defeat was due to the lie of end- ing reservation and voters divided on caste lines, but with this, BJPis now also worried that the leaders of the new team prepared by doing social engineer- ing on the basis of castes also proved to be flops during the elections. These leaders proved un- successful in bringing castes in favor of BJP. This time BJP has got 9.83 percent less votes as compared to 2019. At the same time, some big leaders of BJP who had the responsibility of many seats, remained stuck in their own seats. MAJOR REFORMS IN CRIMINAL LAW Inform masses about 3 new Criminal Laws: CS to officials Dr Rituraj Sharma Jaipur meeting regard- ing the new criminal law was held in the State Sec- retariat on Monday under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sud- hansh Pant during which the new criminal laws were discussed. CS Pant informed that 3 new laws - Indian Code of Justice 2023, Indian Evidence Act 2023 and Indian Civil Security Code 2023 will come into force from July 1, 2024. Pant informed that the three new laws will make the 150-year-old punishment-based justice system justice-based. The new laws being brought in place of the old laws have been made on the basis of the three basic sentiments of our Constitution - freedom of the individual, human rights and the principle of equal treatment to all. He informed that in the new laws, priority has been given to matters like crimes against women and children, affecting the human body. A good balance has been established between the rights of the police and the citizens in the new laws and many sys- tems have been simpli- fied with the use of IT. In the meeting, the Chief Secretary directed the concerned departments to make the general pub- lic aware about the three new laws, especially women and children. He stressed that everyone should be informed about the new law and informa- tion about crimes related to children and women should be given through schools and colleges. Pant directed the Home Department to coordinate with the lawyers and make every Gram Pan- chayat, Panchayat Samiti, Municipal Body, Munici- pality aware of the new laws. The Information and Public Relations De- partment was instructed to publicize the new laws through the media and put pop-ups on the de- partment’s website. The School Education De- partment and Higher Ed- ucation Department were instructed to make stu- dents and teachers aware of women and child crimes in colleges and schools.TheWomen Em- powerment Department was instructed to make everyAnganwadi worker and Saathin aware of the new laws so that the women coming there can know about their rights. A 08 We all fail sometime or the other, one must remember it enough so as not to repeat the mistake but also forget enough to attempt the task again. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Tuesday | June 18, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia CMdiscussesState’sgrowth variousissueswithUnionMins BJPwillpreparebooth levelrecordsonlostseats Reasons for defeat along with facts will be submitted to the party high command Leaders made to appease castes failed Nagar assures continuation of previous Cong govt’s schemes CM Bhajan Lal Sharma greeting Union Minister of Health Family Welfare JP Nadda at his residence in New Delhi on Monday. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma paid a courtesy visit to Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Puri in New Delhi on Monday. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma with Union Minister of Power, Housing and Urban Development Manohar Lal Khattar in New Delhi on Monday. CM Bhajan Lal congratulating Union Minister of Forest, Environment and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav in New Delhi on Monday. Vasudev Devnani being felicitated during the event at the Devi Ahilyabai Holkar University Auditorium in Indore on Monday. CS Sudhansh Pant and DGP Utkal Ranjan Sahoo, Home Secretary Anand Kumar during the meeting in Jaipur on Monday. Union Min Bhagirath Choudhary visited Nimbarka Tirtha and participated in the Prakatya Patotsav in Ajmer on Monday. Union Minister Bhagirath Chaudhary to join PM- KISAN event from Ajmer DahirSen’scontributionhonouredby AssemblySpeakerVasudevDevnani MinJahabarSinghKharraputsblame forLokSabhaseatlossonOpposition KRISHI SAKHI LAUNCHED IN 12 STATES: CHOUDHARY JAT, DALIT VOTERS SCATTERED, SILENCE OF MIFFED RAJPUT VOTERS ALSO CAUSED DAMAGE TO BJP Union Min Bhagirath Choudhary said that Krishi Sakhi program has been launched in 12 States in Phase-1 including Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Meghalaya. To date, over 34,000 Krishi Sakhis out of 70,000 have been certified as para- extension workers. The party is assuming that in this Lok Sabha election, the Jat and Dalit voters who came to it in 2019, got scattered. At the same time, the silence of Rajput vot- ers, considered to be the core vote bank of BJP, also caused heavy damage to the party. Talking about the vote share received on all 25 Lok Sabha seats of Rajasthan in the 2019 election, BJP got a total of 59.07 percent votes. Whereas this time i.e. in the election of the year 2024, it got a total of 49.24 percent votes. 14 candidates of BJP won but the vote share received in 13 out of 14 Lok Sabha constituencies decreased significantly. In Barmer, the vote share decreased the most by 42.48% due to the distance of Rajputs from the party. Sri Gan- ganagar is in second place in terms of maximum decrease in vote percentage, where vote share decreased by 16%. Meet and Greet Courtesy Call Dr Jagdeesh Chandra met Adarsh Nagar MLA Rafeek Khan and greeted him on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha in Jaipur on Monday. Sanjay Kalla, Saeed Tiranga, Mukesh Bhatia, Yogesh Bindal, Gurvinder Singh, Himanshu, Ramavtar, Fulchand were also present on this occasion. SANTOSH SHARMA Dr Jagdeesh Chandra paid a courtesy visit to Yunus Khan and extended Eid-ul-Adha wishes in Jaipur on Monday. SUNIL SHARMA Rajasthan Forest and Environment Minister Sanjay Sharma met former Lok Sabha Speaker and Kota-Bundi MP Om Birla in New Delhi on Monday. CHANDRASHEKHAR SHARMA CS Pant discusses implementation of new Indian Criminal Laws from next month Exclusive
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  • 11. Your Page JAIPUR, TUESDAY | JUNE 18, 2024 10 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia orn on August 7, 1943, in Jodhpur, Ra- jasthan, India, Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur's journey in the Indian judiciary has been marked by notable contribu- tions and significant judg- ments. Completing his early education with a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1964 and a Bachelor of Laws in1966fromtheUniversityof Jodhpur,Mathurembarkedon a distinguished legal career that spanned several decades and left an indelible mark on the Indian legal landscape. EARLY LEGAL CAREER Justice Ashok Kumar Ma- thur's legal career began with hisenrollmentasanadvocate of the Rajasthan High Court on October 20, 1967. His early years as a lawyer were characterized by rapid ad- vancements. On August 2, 1969, he was appointed As- sistant Government Advo- cateandDeputyGovernment Advocate.Hisdedicationand legal acumen were evident as he took on the role of Gov- ernmentAdvocateofJodhpur from January 31, 1977, to July 12, 1978. In December 1981, he was appointed Ad- ditionalAdvocate General of Rajasthan,whereheexcelled, demonstrating his commit- ment to public service. JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS Mathur's judicial career be- gan with his appointment as an Additional Judge of the Rajasthan High Court on July 13, 1985, and he became a Permanent Judge on July 23, 1986. His tenure at the Rajasthan High Court was marked by significant rulings that reflected his deep under- standing of the law and com- mitment to justice. THE INDIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT IC 113 CRASH INQUIRY One of the notable cases dur- inghistenureattheRajasthan High Court was leading the court of inquiry into the In- dian Airlines Flight IC 113 crash atAhmedabad in 1987. The inquiry uncovered a chain of critical errors and systemic lapses, revealing that the pilots had failed to read a crucial NOTAM about non-functional landing aids. The investigation highlighted the inadequate pilot training and oversight, stressing the needformorerigorouschecks by the Directorate General of CivilAviationtopreventsuch tragedies. TENURE IN THE MADHYA PRADESH HIGH COURT In 1994, Justice Ashok Ku- mar Mathur was transferred from the Rajasthan High Court to the Madhya Pradesh High Court, marking a sig- nificant phase in his judicial career. On February 18, 1994, he officially joined the Madhya Pradesh High Court as a judge, part of a broader effort to infuse different per- spectives and expertise across India's judicial sys- tem. TENURE IN THE CALCUTTA HIGH COURT On December 22, 1999, Jus- tice Ashok Kumar Mathur was transferred to the Cal- cutta High Court as its Chief Justice. The Calcutta High Court, one of the oldest and most prestigious high courts in India, presented new op- portunities and challenges for Justice Mathur. As Chief Justice, Mathur continued his mission of ju- dicial reform and efficiency. He focused on improving the court's administrative pro- cesses and ensuring timely justice delivery. His tenure was marked by efforts to modernize the court's infra- structure and adopt technol- ogy to streamline judicial operations. One of his key initiatives was the digitiza- tion of court records, which facilitated easier access to information and improved the overall efficiency of the court's operations. TENURE AT THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA From June 7, 2004, toAugust 7, 2008, Justice Ashok Ku- mar Mathur served on the bench of the Supreme Court of India, where his tenure was marked by a series of landmark judgments that have left an indelible mark on Indian jurisprudence.Ap- pointed by then-President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Justice Mathur brought to the high- est court of the land his vast experience from various High Courts, his unwavering commitment to justice, and his deep understanding of complex legal principles. NOTABLE JUDGMENTS Justice Mathur delivered no- table judgments in various areas of law, significantly shaping legal precedents. In R M Trust vs. Koraman- galaResi.VigilanceGroup Ors (2005), balanced private property rights and public interest, emphasizing lawful development practices. In Chairman, U.P. Jal Nigam Anr vs. Jaswant Singh Anr (2006), he reinforced proce- dural fairness in administra- tive actions. His judgment in Raju S. Jethmalani Ors vs. State of Maharashtra Ors (2005) stressed the rights of the accused and fair trial principles.The ruling in Smt. Savita Garg vs.The Director, National Heart Institute (2004) emphasized medical professionals' duty of care. In S.C. Chandra Ors vs. State of Jharkhand Ors (2007), he advocated for non-dis- crimination in employment. United India Insurance Co. Ltd vs. M/S. Harchand Rai Chandan Lal (2004) clarified insurance claim principles, while M/S. Sait Nagjee Pu- rushotham Co. Ltd vs. Vi- malabai Prabhulal Ors (2005) reinforced contrac- tual obligations. His judg- ments in C.S. Krishnamur- thy vs. State of Karnataka (2005) and Yedla Srinivasa Rao vs. State of A.P (2006) highlighted evidence stand- ards and the insanity defense in criminal law. LEGACY AT THE SUPREME COURT Justice Mathur's tenure at the Supreme Court of India was marked by a steadfast com- mitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring jus- tice for all. His judgments have had a profound impact on various branches of law, shaping Indian jurisprudence andreinforcingtheprinciples of fairness, transparency, and accountability. His legacy as a Supreme Court judge con- tinues to influence the legal landscape, and his contribu- tions remain a testament to his dedication to justice and public service. LIFE AFTER RETIREMENT: CONTINUED CONTRIBUTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE After retiring from the Su- preme Court of India on Au- gust 7, 2008, Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur embarked on a new phase of his career that was characterized by contin- ued public service and sig- nificant contributions to vari- ous national and institutional frameworks. CHAIRPERSON OF THE ARMED FORCES TRIBUNAL One of the prominent posi- tionsJusticeMathurassumed post-retirement was the founder Chairperson of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT). Established to ensure quick and efficient justice to the members of the armed forces, the AFT required a leader with a profound un- derstanding of legal princi- ples and the unique needs of military personnel. Justice Mathur’s tenure as Chairper- sonwasmarkedbyhisefforts to streamline the tribunal’s functioning and enhance its accessibility to service mem- bers. The Armed Forces Tribu- nal adjudicates disputes and complaints related to service matters and appeals arising from court-martial decisions. Under Justice Mathur's lead- ership, the tribunal sought to address grievances promptly and impartially, reinforcing the morale and welfare of the armed forces. CHAIRMAN OF THE 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION In 2014, Justice Mathur was appointed as the Chairman of the 7th Central Pay Commis- sion (CPC), underscoring his significant influence on na- tional policy. The CPC was responsible for reviewing and recommending changes to the pay structure for nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pen- sioners. This role required a comprehensive evaluation of salaries, allowances, and pensions to ensure that gov- ernment employees received fair compensation. Under Justice Mathur’s leadership, the 7th CPC conducted ex- tensive consultations with various stakeholders, includ- ing government departments, employee unions, and ex- perts, aiming to modernize thepaystructureandenhance the financial well-being of government employees. CONTRIBUTIONS TO LEGAL AND ACADEMIC FIELDS Beyond his formal roles, Jus- ticeMathurcontinuedtocon- tribute to the legal and aca- demic communities. He fre- quently participated in semi- nars, conferences, and work- shops, sharing his insights on various legal issues and re- forms. His extensive knowl- edge and experience made him a sought-after speaker and advisor on topics ranging from judicial reforms to pub- lic administration. LEGACY AND RECOGNITION Justice Ashok Kumar Ma- thur’s post-retirement contri- butions have been widely recognized and appreciated. His leadership in theArmed Forces Tribunal and the 7th Central Pay Commission, along with his continued in- volvement in legal education and public welfare, have ce- mented his legacy as a ded- icated public servant and a champion of justice. In recognition of his services, Justice Mathur has received several awards and honors from various legal and govern- mental institutions. His commitment to upholding the rule of law and his ef- forts to improve the lives of government employees and military personnel have earned him respect and ad- miration across the country. PERSONAL LIFE JusticeAshok Kumar Mathur hails from a distinguished family with a rich heritage of public service and legal ex- cellence. His father, Pukhraj Mathur, was a notable figure in law enforcement, serving as an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. Pukhraj Ma- thur's career was marked by dedication and exemplary service, particularly during the 1971 India-Pakistan war. As the Superintendent of the Criminal Investigation De- partment (CID), he played a crucial role in strategizing and implementing critical in- telligence and law enforce- ment operations during this tumultuous period. His ex- ceptional contributions were recognized with the Presi- dent's Police Medal for ex- emplary service, a prestig- ious honor that underscored his impact on maintaining law and order during a time of national crisis. Justice Mathur's family continues to uphold the tradi- tion of legal excellence. His elder son, Justice Vinit Ku- mar Mathur, has also made significant contributions to the Indian judiciary. Enrolled as an advocate onAugust 12, 1993, Justice Vinit Kumar Mathur was elevated to the High Court of Rajasthan on November 16, 2016, and has sincebeenknownforhisfirm stance on integrity and ac- countability in various land- mark judgments. His younger son, Suneet Mathur, Chief General Man- ager at RIICO, leads indus- trial development initiatives in Rajasthan and also serves as CEO of RVCF, supporting innovativestartups.Through- out his career, Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur has traveled extensively, representing In- dia at various international forums and contributing to the global discourse on law and justice. JusticeAshokKumarMathur ALIFEDEDICATEDTOJUSTICE RajivGaur cityfirst@firstindia.co.in Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, Chairman of the Armed Forces Tribunal, alongside the Army’s GOC Northern Command in Siachen Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur with his father, IPS officer Pukhraj Mathur Ashok Kumar Mathur with his wife Usha Mathur, sons Sunil and Vineet Mathur, and daughter-in-law Amita Mathur Justice Mathur engaging in essential discussions with Navy officer in Andaman Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur B Your Page