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CM BHAJAN LAL’S BRIGADE IN BHUBANESWAR
CM’s pep-talk to Raj BJP workers in Odisha
Aishwary Pradhan
Bhubaneswar
hief Minister
Bhajan Lal
Sharma, on Sat-
urday, interacted with the
BJP workers who had
gone from Rajasthan to
campaign for the Lok
Sabha-Assembly elec-
tions in Bhubaneswar,
Odisha and encouraged
them and also took feed-
back of the elections.
In his address, he said
that when a BJP worker
works with loyalty for
the party, his experience
also increases and his de-
cision making ability be-
comes stronger. “There-
fore, our workers can
work in coordination and
give better results to the
party. The harder you
work, the more recogni-
tion you will gain. Along
with fulfilling one’s re-
sponsibilities, one should
also evaluate one’s own
work,” he said and called
upon the workers per-
forming various respon-
sibilities for the Odisha
Lok Sabha-Assembly
elections to remain en-
gaged in preparations
with full enthusiasm. P8
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma being greeted by BJP workers
in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, on Saturday.
C
Our‘dhakad’govtbrought
downArticle370:PMModi
First India Bureau
Ambala
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi said on Saturday
that it was his “dhakad”
(strong) government that
brought down the wall of
Article 370 and as a re-
sult, Kashmir is now
moving ahead on the path
of development.
“Could a weak govern-
ment have changed the
situation in Jammu and
Kashmir?” Prime Minis-
ter Narendra Modi asked
the gathering, addressing
his first Lok Sabha elec-
tion rally in Haryana. He
referred to Haryana con-
tributing a sizable num-
ber of soldiers in the
armed forces. P5
NDA govt has replaced bomb in Pak’s hands with begging bowl, says Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bharatiya Janata Party workers and leaders during a public
meeting for the Lok Sabha elections, in Ambala district of Haryana on Saturday. PTI
Union HM Amit Shah with BJP candidate from Jhansi Anurag
Sharma and others, in Lalitpur district of UP, on Saturday. PTI
A bus on fire in Haryana’s Nuh
district on Saturday. PTI
MERA KOI WARIS NAHI HAI, 140 CRORE
DESHWASI HI MERE WARIS HAIN: MODI
At a rally in Delhi on Saturday, PM
Narendra Modi called 140 crore
countrymen as his successors. He
said that when he left home 60 years ago
he was not aware that countrymen would
become his family.
WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF MODI’S 3RD
TERM PoK WILL COME IN INDIA: YOGI
Palghar: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minis-
ter Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said
that the Pakistan-Occupied Jammu
and Kashmir will become part of India
within six months after Prime Minister Modi
is re-elected for his third term.
A family takes a camel ride
at a beach along the Bay
of Bengal, at Velankanni in
Nagapattinam district, on
Saturday. PTI
IN BRIEF
Campaigning ends for
5th phase of LS polls
New Delhi: Campaigning
came to an end on Satur-
day evening for the fifth
phase of Lok Sabha polls.
As many as 49 Lok Sabha
seats across eight States/
UTs, are scheduled to go to
voting on May 20, Mon-
day. According to the
Election Commission, 695
candidates are contesting
across these constituencies.
Jaipur couple injured in
terrorist attack in J&K
Anantnag: A couple from
Jaipur got injured after be-
ing attacked by terrorists
in J&K’s Anantnag on
Saturday. The official so-
cial media handle of the
J&K police posted that
terrorists fired upon and
injured a lady Farha who
is a resident of Jaipur and
her spouse Tabrez in he
Anantnag district.
4 law students killed in
accident in Patiala
Patiala: Four students of
Rajiv Gandhi National
University of Law
(RGNUL), Patiala, were
killed when their high-
speed SUV car met with
an accident, police said on
Saturday. The late Friday
accident took place on the
highway near village Bak-
shiwala on Bhadson Road
of the district.
Bibhav Kumar arrested,
produced in Delhi court
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal’s aide
Bibhav Kumar was ar-
rested on Saturday for the
alleged as-
sault on Ra-
jya Sabha
MP Swati
M a l i w a l .
Meanwhile,
a local court observed on
Saturday that Bibhav’s
anticipatory bail plea has
become infructuous as he
has been arrested. Bibhav
was later produced be-
fore Metropolitan Magis-
trate Gaurav Goyal. Po-
lice, through their coun-
sel, have sought his sev-
en-day custody to ques-
tion him.
ShahlaudsUPfor
itscannonballs
First India Bureau
Lalitpur
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah on Saturday
highlighted Uttar
Pradesh’s transformation
from a state known for
producing country-made
pistols to one now manu-
facturing cannon balls.
Addressing an election
rally in Lalitpur in favour
of BJP’s Jhansi candidate
Anurag Sharma, who is
eyeing a second term, the
Union HM said the state
started developing only
after Narendra Modi be-
came the Prime Minister
and Yogi Adityanath the
Chief Minister.
“There was a time
when country-made pis-
tols were produced in Ut-
tar Pradesh. But PM
Modi built a defence cor-
ridor in Bundelkhand,
and now cannon balls are
made here,” Shah said.
PTI
Gurugram
Nine people, including
five women and a
12-year-old girl, were
burnt alive and 17 injured
when a moving tourist
bus caught fire near
Dhulawat village in Har-
yana’s Nuh district in the
wee hours of Saturday.
The incident took place
around 2 am on the
Kundli-Manesar-Palwal
(KMP) Expressway, they
said. The bus was carry-
ing around 60 people, all
residents of Punjab’s Ho-
shiarpur and Ludhiana.
9 killed, 17 hurt
as bus catches
fire in Haryana
CHADHA REACHES
KEJRIWAL’S RESIDENCE
Rajya Sabha MP of
Aam Aadmi Party
Raghav Chadha on
Saturday made his first ap-
pearance in months as he
arrived at Delhi chief minis-
ter Arvind Kejriwal’s official
residence in the national
capital. A video posted by
news agency ANI showed
Chadha arriving in a car at
the CM’s residence.
CM, HIMANTA HOLD DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSIONS
In Odisha, CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma engaged
in discussions with
his Assam counterpart Dr Hi-
manta Biswa Sarma on Satur-
day. The meeting focused on
developmental projects and
welfare initiatives undertaken
by their respective states.
They exchanged views on
strategies to enhance overall
development of their regions.
WORLD FAMILY
DOCTOR DAY
LusciousLitchis
Farmers prepare bunches of harvested litchi, at an orchard in Nadia, West
Bengal on Saturday. Litchi is a much-awaited summer fruit of India and it
ranks 7th in area and 9th in production among fruit crops. West Bengal is
the second largest litchi-producing state in the country after Bihar.
INSTANT REDRESSAL
Jaipur Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph
resolves complaints on-the-spot at public hearing
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur
aipur Police
Commissioner
Biju George Jo-
seph held a public hear-
ing at Bagru police sta-
tion on Saturday and
heard the problems of the
complainants.
He gave instructions to
the concerned officers to
resolve them on the spot.
Additional Commis-
sioner of Police Kailash
Chandra Vishnoi, Deputy
Commissioner of Police
West Amit Kumar, Ad-
ditional Deputy Com-
missioner of Police West
Neeraj Pathak, Assistant
Commissioner of Police
Bagru Aamir Hasan,As-
sistant Commissioner of
Police Vaishali Nagar
Alok Kumar along with
concerned SHOs were
present during this.
Joseph said that the
problems of the com-
plainants are being re-
solved on the spot. He
said that due to this posi-
tive initiative of the po-
lice, confidence among
the common people and
fear among criminals is
increasing.
The CP said that to
provide relief to the
common people, public
hearings are being held
every day in all the po-
lice stations.
Jaipur Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph held a public
hearing at Bagru police station on Saturday.
He gave instructions
to investigate all the
complaints and
resolve them in the
shortest possible
time. He also directed
the concerned
officers to
immediately respond
and resolve the
problems of the
complainants
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Vikas Sharma
Jaipur
For the smooth operation
of blood banks in the
state, Blood Transfusion
Services Section will be
established under the Di-
rector of Public Health.
This section will coordi-
nate with the Drug Con-
trol Department in the
state to ensure transpar-
ency and regular moni-
toring in all work related
to the blood bank.
This information was
given by ACS of the
Medical and Health De-
partment - Shubhra Singh
- on Saturday on the oc-
casion of presenting the
report by the investiga-
tion team formed in the
plasma theft case at JK
Lone Hospital.
Singh said that accord-
ing to the report present-
ed by the investigation
team, on the information
about the role of a private
hospital in plasma theft
case at JK Lone Hospital,
the department has also
investigated the blood
bank located at Soni Hos-
pital. “A notice has been
issued to the hospital if
irregularities were found
here. Action will also be
taken against the hospital
as per rules. The blood
banks of Jaipuria and
SMS Hospital were also
inspected by the team.
The arrangements in the
blood banks of these two
hospitals were found to
be smooth,” she said.
First India Bureau
Bhilwara
The Bhilwara Pocso court
on Saturday pronounced
two accused guilty in the
case of burning a 14-year-
old girl alive in a coal fur-
nace after she was gan-
graped. Besides, seven
other accused have been
acquitted in the case.
On August 2 last year,
a case of gangrape of a
minor came to light in
Kotdi police station area
of Shahpura district. Nine
men and women were
facing trial in the case.
The court found the two
prime accused and sib-
lings Kalu and Kanha
Kalbeliya, guilty while
acquitted the seven ac-
cused due to lack of evi-
dence. The acquitted in-
clude the wife, sister,
mother and father of the
main accused among oth-
ers.
A 473-page charge
sheet was filed in the case
and the trial was on for the
last 10 months, Special
public prosecutor Ma-
havir Kisanawat said.
New Blood Transfusion Services
Section to be set in State soon
POCSOcourtconvicts2,
acquits7forrapingteen Notice has been
issued to Soni
Hospital after
irregularities found
The wives of the accused had opened door of the furnace to throw
the minor in the fire. Family also found silver bangle in the coal.
The quantum of the
sentence has been
kept reserved  next
hearing is on May 20
JK Lone plasma theft case
Bhilwara minor was gangraped, burnt alive in furnace
First India Bureau
Jaipur
India became a nuclear
power country on this
day, 50 years ago.
This entire test opera-
tion was named ‘Smiling
Buddha’because Buddha
Purnima was being cele-
brated in the country on
18 May 1974.
According to the re-
ports of that time, the
exercise of this operation
started on 7 September
1972. The government
had given permission to
the scientists of the coun-
try to test the indigenous-
ly designed nuclear de-
vice. The information
about this successful test
was given to Prime Min-
ister Indira Gandhi by
Raja Ramanna, then Di-
rector of Bhabha Atomic
Research Center
(BARC), who said ‘Bud-
dha smiled’. After this
Indira Gandhi visited
that place.
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur
Parts of Jaipur are facing
significant water supply
issues due to a fault in the
220 kV substation line at
Dooni in Tonk. The elec-
trical fault had led to the
shutdown of the Sura-
jpura pump house, dis-
rupting water supply
across the city.
For the past three days,
intermittent faults have
caused repeated shut-
downs of the pump
house. On May 16 and
17, the pump house was
inactive for an hour each
day due to electrical is-
sues, resulting in water
supply disruptions in
multiple areas. On Satur-
day a ten-minute power
fault once again halted
operations at the Sura-
jpura pump house, lead-
ing to a reduction of ap-
proximately 20 MLD
(million liters per day) in
the water supply.
Restarting the pump
house after a shutdown
takes about an hour, com-
pounding the delay in
water distribution.
First India Bureau
Ajmer
Police in Ajmer have ap-
prehended a self-pro-
claimed Tantrik who al-
legedly defrauded a
woman of millions of
rupees. The accused,
who had a penchant for
online gambling and bet-
ting, incurred significant
debts after losing around
Rs 2.5 crore in these ac-
tivities. Subsequently, to
alleviate his financial
situation, he resorted to
fraudulent means.
The case came to light
when Payal Gurnani,
aged 41, reported the
fraud to the authorities.
Following her complaint,
law enforcement officials
conducted a thorough in-
vestigation, scrutinizing
the accused’s financial
records. Upon verifying
the authenticity of the
claims, the suspect was
taken into custody.
Divya Kanwaliya
Jaipur
Jaipur, along with all mu-
seums across the state, is
celebrating International
Museum Day by offering
free entry to tourists.
Both domestic and inter-
national visitors are be-
ing welcomed with tradi-
tional Rajasthani hospi-
tality, complete with
garlands and tilak.
At Albert Hall, a large
crowd gathered on Satur-
day. Despite the scorch-
ing heat, visitors enjoyed
their time at the museum.
After a brief lull, there
was another surge of vis-
itors, including school
children on educational
trips organized by their
schools.
Visitors from other cit-
ies expressed their admi-
ration for Jaipur, noting
that they had visited all
the heritage sites since
morning before arriving
at Albert Hall.
At Hawa Mahal, Su-
perintendent Saroj
Chanchlani explained
that a special rangoli had
been created at the en-
trance in honor of Mu-
seum Day.
Shivendra Singh Parmar
Jaipur
Inasternwarningtosocial
media enthusiasts, Ra-
jasthan Police has an-
nounced strict action
againstindividualsmaking
reels with weapons. This
crackdown comes in re-
sponse to the growing
trend of creating videos
featuring both real and
fake firearms.
Thepolicehaveempha-
sized that anyone found
making reels with weap-
onswillfacesevereconse-
quences.Themoveaimsto
curb the rising popularity
of such content, which of-
ten glamorizes the use of
firearmsandposesariskto
public safety.
The authorities have
clarified that even using
fake weapons in reels will
not be exempt from pun-
ishment. This decision un-
derscores the commitment
of Rajasthan Police to
maintaining law and order
and preventing the misuse
of weapons, whether real
or simulated.
India remembers ‘Smiling
Buddha’ on its 50th anniversary
Electrical issues at Pump House
cause water shortages in Jaipur
FreeentryfortouristsatAlbertHall Sternwarningbycops:No
morereelswithweapons
Police arrest self-proclaimed tantrik for
swindling crores from woman in Ajmer
CRIME
ROUNDUP MANSAROVAR POLICE ARREST
WANTED CRIMINAL JAY SINDHI
FAKE AGENCY SWINDLES YOUTH,
DEMANDS RS 10L FOR RESCUE
FATHER MURDERS 3-YEAR-OLD
SON IN DUNGARPUR, HELD
Jaipur In a significant break-
through, the Mansarovar
police have apprehended the
notorious criminal and bookie, Jay
Sindhi. Sindhi has over 30 cases
registered against him, including
charges of cricket betting, robbery,
kidnapping, and extortion. He was
wanted in four police station jurisdic-
tions. Constable Mahesh Kumar of
the Mansarovar police station had
been tracking the criminal since May
2023. Through diligent work and
developing crucial inputs, Constable
was able to provide vital information
on Sindhi’s location to his superiors.
Hindaun City: In a troubling
incident, a young man from
Kanjoli Ka Pura in Hindon City
has fallen victim to a fraudulent job
placement agency. The agency, pur-
portedly set up to send young people
abroad for employment, initially took
Rs 2 lakh from the victim with the
promise of a job in Canada. Instead,
the young man was sent to Thailand
on a tourist visa. The scam didn’t end
there. The agency then demanded an
additional Rs 3 lakh to arrange for his
return. Now, the fraudsters are asking
for a further Rs10 lakh to bring him
back from Thailand.
Dungarpur: In Bedwa village,
Kua police station area,
Dungarpur district, a man
brutally murdered his three-year-old
kid by slicing his throat with a knife.
The motive for the murder has not
been revealed. The alleged father
has been detained by the police.
The cops also discovered a carved
grave inside the house. According
to Sunil Chawla, an officer at Kua
police station, Kanji awoke in the
middle of the night and killed his son
Ayush by slicing his throat with a
knife. A burial was also discovered
carved inside the same house.
FILE
Deputy CM Prem Chand Bairwa visited Albert Hall on Saturday
on the occassion of International Museum Day.
Superintendent Saroj Chanchlani welcoming tourists at Hawa
Mahal in Jaipur on Saturday.  NAIM KHAN
The exercise of
‘Smiling Buddha’
operation started
on 7 Sept 1972
For the past three
days, intermittent
faults have caused
repeatedshutdowns
Crackdown comes in
response to growing
trend of creating
videos with real and
fake firearms
Vimal Kothari
Jaipur
Cash and jewelry worth
Rs 6.83 crore have been
seized in the income tax
action being taken
against the units, ware-
houses, and associates of
ARL Group.
The seizure includes
cash worth Rs 50 lakh
and gold jewellery
weighing 9.55 kg worth
Rs 6.13 crore.
Income Tax officials
said that the promoters of
the group’s flagship com-
panyARLInfratech Lim-
ited had evaded income
tax of Rs 50 crore.
The action of the IT
department continued on
Saturday on ARL Group.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Hearing in the case re-
lated to the brutal murder
of Kanhaiyalal in
Udaipur has been post-
poned to May 28 due to
non-appearance of the
witness policeman.
Ajmer High Security Jail
Administration had pro-
duced the accused on
Saturday. The NIA court
had issued charge orders
against all the accused on
January 12. Apart from
Farhad Mohammad, oth-
ers accused are RiyazAt-
tari, Mohammad Ghaus,
Asif Hussain, Mohsin,
Mohd. Mohsin, Wasim
Ali, Mohd. Javed and
Muslim Khan. They are
in judicial custody.
Challan was presented
against 11 people, in-
cluding two Pakistanis
on Dec 22, 2022. Riyaz
Jabbar and Mohd. Gaus
had murder Kanhaiyalal
on June 28, 2022.
Even after almost 23
months of the incident,
not a single witness’s
statement has started in
the court.
NIA court postpones
hearing for May 28
Kanhaiyalal beheading case
` 6.83 crore
seized from ARL
group in IT raids
INTERNATIONAL
MUSEUM DAY
On May 18, 1974, the Indian Army tested a
nuclear explosion in a 107-meter-deep
underground shaft at the Pokhran Test Range
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EK THA PANTHER
Pakistani panther tamed by forest dept
Rajiv Gaur
Jodhpur
panther that
crossed the In-
do-Pak border
and entered Indian terri-
tory for hunting was
brought to Jodhpur by a
forest department team.
Initially the panther will
be kept in Machia Bio-
logical Park of Jodhpur
before being released at a
suitable place as per the
rules.
The dreaded panther
had come to Jaisalmer
from Pakistan and started
hunting goats. When the
villagers came to know
about this, they immedi-
ately informed the forest
department. The forest
department team led by
Jodhpur Forest Officer
Bansilal tranquilized the
panther and brought to
Jodhpur. Officials said
that the captured panther
is a 4-year-old male. He
had covered a distance of
12 kms inside India after
crossing the border.
A
The four-year-old
male panther,
which had traveled
12 km into Indian
territory from
Pakistan and started
hunting goats, was
tranquilized by a team
led by Forest Officer
Bansilal. The panther
will be kept in the
park before being
released at a
suitable location
Tonk, Jaisalmer sizzle at 45°C as heat intensifies in State
Ziyauddin Khan
Jaipur
Tonk and Jaisalmer
were the hottest on Sat-
urday with mercury
touching 45 degrees
Celsius in both the plac-
es. Streets in Tonk wore
a deserted look due to
the heat wave. The rise
in temperature has in-
creased the demand for
coolers, fridges, ACs
and other electronic ap-
pliances.
In Jaisalmer, hot
winds blew at a speed of
10 kilometre per hour.
In Chittorgarh, for the
second time the maxi-
mum temperature of the
district crossed 43 de-
grees Celsius. Accord-
ing to the weather de-
partment, heat would
intensify in the state for
one or two weeks. The
temperature here is ex-
pected to touch 44-45
degrees Celsius.
Notably, on May 9,
the temperature in sev-
eral parts of the State
had crossed 43 degrees
Celsius.
JMC sprays water on road in a bid to lower
temprature, provide relief to general public
Jaipur is currently experiencing an unprecedented
heatwave, even before the onset of June. The
extreme heat has made daily life challenging for resi-
dents, who are struggling to cope with the scorching sun
and relentless heat. In an effort to provide some relief,
JMC greater has deployed anti-smog guns to spray water
in various parts of the city. This innovative measure aims
to cool down the streets and offer respite. On Saturday
afternoon, water spraying through the fog guns was
observed on Tonk Road near SMS Stadium, providing
much-needed relief to commuters. The water mist helped
ease the discomfort caused by sweltering temperatures.
12vehiclesguttedasfire
breaksoutatparkingarea
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur
On Saturday morning, a
big fire broke out in the
parking area of a Jaipur
apartment complex. Due
to the sudden smoke, 40
people were trapped in
the apartment and had to
be rescued by the fire de-
partment.
The fire was brought
under control by the Mu-
hana police station,
which used two fire en-
gines. The fire destroyed
12 vehicles parked in the
parking lot and turned
them into scrap.
The police inquiry dis-
covered that an electronic
scooter parked in the
parking lot had caught
fire.According to the po-
lice, the flames devoured
the bikes parked nearby.
Vehicles in the parking
lot all caught fire. Within
no time, a cloud of smoke
rose alongside the flames.
4 fire tenders douse
flames at in the
forest near Amber
Short circut at cotton factory in Jpr’s Sitapura
leads to a massive fire, no casualties reported
On Saturday afternoon, a major fire broke out in
Jaipur’s cotton plant. The plant suffered a fire caused
by a short circuit, resulting in a loss of thousands of rupees.
The fire was brought under control in approximately an
hour with the assistance of four fire trucks. Usha Sharma, a
fire officer, stated that cotton and fiber production is done in
the factory. At roughly 1 p.m., there was a sudden short
circuit. After seeing the massive flames rising from the
facility, fear spread. According to police reports, four fire
vehicles arrived at the scene. After roughly an hour of
intense efforts by the fire department, the fire was com-
pletely contained. According to the preliminary reports, the
cotton factory has suffered a loss of thousands of rupees
due to the firey mishap on Saturday.
People nearby were
terrified as a sudden
fire broke out in the forest
area between Sarai Bawadi
in Amber and Khor
Darwaza. As the fire spread
towards the forested hills,
the plants and trees caught
in it were reduced to ashes.
After a lot of effort by the
personnel from the fire
department, the fire was
brought under control. Four
fire tenders from the Amer
fire department had arrived
at the scene upon recieving
the information. Ranger Ajit
Kumar Meena stated that
the cause of the forest fire is
unknown, and that efforts by
the department to bring it
under control were sucessful.
Even in the second round,
the fire tenders were unable
to contain the fire in the lower
portions, which was
increasing with the wind.
 Nirmal Tiwari,
 Mahesh Sharma
Auction of all blocks to
be expedited: Mines
secretary Anandi
Inspection of Jaipur
jails, awareness drive
for prisoners held
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Chairman of the Dis-
trict Legal Services Au-
thority and District and
Sessions Judge, Jaipur
Metropolitan-II, C.P.
Shrimali inspected the
Central Jail, Women’s Jail
and Dist Jail on Saturday.
DLSA Secretary Palla-
viSharmasaid that during
this inspection conducted
in compliance with the
instructions of NALSA,
Chairman CP Shrimali
interacted with the pris-
oners in Central Jail and
feedback was taken re-
garding accommodation,
cleanliness, food and em-
ployment.Alegal aware-
ness camp was organized
in which the prisoners
were made aware of their
fundamental rights and
various aspects of the Le-
gal Services Authority.
Besides, information
about witness protection
scheme and other wel-
fare and protection
schemes run by National
Legal ServicesAuthority
and Rajasthan Legal Ser-
vices Authority was also
provided.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Mines Secretary Anandi,
during a meeting of sen-
ior officials of Mines and
Geology Department at
the Secretariat on Satur-
day, said that the deline-
ation work for auction of
minor and major blocks
in the state will be expe-
dited. She said that strict
steps would be taken to
recover the fine amount
in cases of illegal mining
activities.
Anandi said that to ef-
fectively stop illegal
mining in the state, em-
phasis will be laid on pre-
paring more mining
blocks and auctioning
them. For this, a monthly
roadmap has been pre-
pared by the department
from June.
Anandi said that by
drilling for exploration of
minerals in the state,
analysis of reports and
then preparing plots and
auctioning them, illegal
mining activities of pre-
cious minerals will be
stopped and revenue and
employment opportuni-
ties will be generated.
The team of forest officials that tranqualised the Panther and
brought it to Jodhpur on Saturday.
DrJeevanKankaria
removes30stonesstuck
inwoman’sintestine
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Dr. Jeevan Kankaria and
his team at SMS Medical
College in Jaipur have
successfully performed a
rare and complex surgery
on a 36-year-old woman
from Sawai Madhopur,
who had been suffering
from severe stomach
pain and anemia for a
decade.
Despite numerous
treatments in various
hospitals across Ra-
jasthan and Gujarat, her
condition remained undi-
agnosed until she ap-
proached Dr. Kankaria.
Investigations re-
vealed multiple gall-
stones and intestinal ob-
struction.
During the laparoscop-
ic surgery, doctors dis-
covered around 30 stones
in the intestine and sig-
nificant intestinal swell-
ing, necessitating the re-
moval of about four feet
of the intestine.
Remarkably, no blood
transfusions were re-
quired during the sur-
gery.
This unusual case,
characterized by the large
number of stones and
multiple intestinal con-
tractions, will be docu-
mented in an internation-
al medical journal.
Dr. Kankaria’s team,
including anesthetist Dr.
Sunil Chauhan and nurs-
ing staff Rakesh Gurjar,
achieved a significant
milestone in medical sci-
ence.
The patient is now sta-
ble and expected to make
a full recovery soon.
JMCG to get rid
of open garbage
depots; wards to
be ‘self-reliant’
Cong leaders
from Raj given
responsibility in
Punjab elections
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Jaipur Municipal Corpo-
ration Greater is making
continuous efforts to get
thebestrankintheSwachh
Survekshan 2024 and to
achieve this, a campaign
to create an ideal self-reli-
ant ward was started from
Ward 81 of Mansarovar
Zone.
Under this campaign
which ran from 7 am to 11
am,officersofthecorpora-
tion,DeputyCommission-
er(Health)NaveenBhard-
waj, Deputy Commission-
er (Garage), Atul Deputy
Commissioner (Gardens),
Ravindra and others were
present. Local councillor
Jai Vashishtha, about 20
members of the team of
Finiloop, the team of CK
Birla Hospital along with
more than 100 locals par-
ticipated in the campaign.
More than 20 team
members went door-to-
door and told people to
segregate garbage.
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur
Congress has entrusted
leaders from Rajasthan
with key responsibilities
in the state of Punjab
ahead of the upcoming
Lok Sabha elections.
Various leaders have
been appointed as ob-
servers for different par-
liamentary constituen-
cies in Punjab.
Ashok Chandna has
been tasked with over-
seeing the Ludhiana par-
liamentary constituency,
while opposition leader
Tikaram Jully has been
assigned the responsibil-
ity for Gurdaspur.
Rahul Kaswan, who
contested the Lok Sabha
elections from Churu,
has been appointed as the
observer for the
Ferozepur parliamentary
constituency. Similarly,
Raghu Sharma has been
designated as the observ-
er for the Firozpur Lok
Sabha seat.

SANTOSH
SHARMA
Two elephants try to cool themselves inside a pool as the mercury touched 44 Degree mark on
Saturday.  SANTOSH SHARMA
Dogs chase a swan as they play in a lake near Jaipur to cool themselves on Saturday. 
 SUNIL SHARMA
TOP
TWEETS
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
One who is not disturbed by
happiness and distress and
is steady in both is certainly
eligible for liberation.
 BHAGAVAD GITA
Best wishes to Shri @H_D_
Devegowda Ji on his birthday. He
is respected across the political
spectrum for his service to the nation. His
passion towards agriculture and rural
development are remarkable. Praying for
his long and healthy life.
Narendra Modi
@narendramodi
The people of Uttar Pradesh
are once again going to foil the
appeasement and casteist politics
of SP-Congress. The immense enthusiasm
of the brothers and sisters in the Banda
public meeting is proof that this time BJP
will cross 400.
Amit Shah (Modi Ka Parivar)
@AmitShah
IN-DEPTH
UNBECOMING OF
A FORMER JUDGE
OF HIGH COURT
t is indeed good for the higher judiciary that
Abhijit Gangopadhyay no longer adorns
Calcutta High Court’s bench. His misogynist
remarks against West Bengal Chief Minister Mama-
ta Banerjee are unbecoming of a former judge of the
high court. The Election Commission has called the
remarks “improper, injudicious and undignified”.
Gangopadhyay asked, “…Mamata Banerjee, how
much are being sold for...Why is your rate Rs 10 lakh?
Is it because of your make-up…? Only crass politi-
cians make such derogatory remarks against a woman.
Misogyny, a deeply ingrained prejudice against
women, often manifests as attempts to humiliate, de-
mean and undermine women’s confidence and autono-
my, perpetuating gender inequality. By humiliating
women, misogynists seek to maintain control and pow-
er, stifling women’s voices and contributions. Combat-
ing this requires societal change, education, and strong
support systems to empower women and challenge the
structures that promote such harmful attitudes.
One cannot question Gangopadhyay’s educational
qualifications but he seems to have a mindset which
does allow dignified treatment to women.
I
TROUBLES OF DELHI
CM JUST INCREASED
he Swati Maliwal saga has taken a murky
turn. Aam Aadmi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP
filed an FIR detailing the physical and verbal
assault she allegedly endured from Bibhav Kumar,
Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant. Following her
statement, Kumar was arrested and produced before
a Delhi court on Saturday, where his bail request was
denied. Maliwal’s medical examination corroborated
some of the injuries described in the FIR.
After another AAP MP, Sanjay Singh, confirmed
that “a condemnable incident” had taken place against
Maliwal at the Delhi
chief minister’s resi-
dence, the party took
a U-turn and claimed
that Maliwal was
planted by the BJP as
part of a bigger con-
spiracy against Kejri-
wal who has not ut-
tered a word con-
demning the assault.
Senior AAP leader
Aatishi claimed that
the BJP was stumped
by the bail given to
Kejriwal by the Su-
preme Court and dis-
missed Maliwal’s al-
legations as false.
Bibhav Kumar of-
fered his own version
of the incident which, obviously, the court did not buy.
The CCTV footage leaked by AAP has not con-
vinced the police. If Maliwal is right, CCTV footage
of her being kicked and slapped should be there. In
a tweet to Delhi Police she said she had information
“that these people are now tampering with the CCTV
of the house”.
Regardless of the veracity of Maliwal’s claims, this
incident significantly hampers Kejriwal’s political
efforts. The Enforcement Directorate naming AAP
as an accused in the excise case adds to the blow for
the Delhi Chief Minister. Both the future of the par-
ty and Kejriwal himself are now in jeopardy.
T
Senior AAP leader
Aatishi claimed that
BJP was stumped by
bail given to Kejriwal
by SC  dismissed
Maliwal’s allegations
as false. Bibhav
Kumar offered his
own version of the
incident which,
obviously, the court
did not buy
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PERSPECT VE 04
Jaipur, Sunday | May 19, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia
epal, 45th in
size in the
world and
has 29 mil-
lion people,
takes pride in its history of
never having been colo-
nised and has an important
geostrategic position, with
two nuclear states India and
China on either side. In the
current scenario, Nepal has
opted for a trend of hedging
with both neighbours while
adhering to a non-alignment
foreign policy. Historically
Nepal has extensive eco-
nomicanddefencecoopera-
tion with India and now
aims to seek economic and
infrastructure development
opportunities from China
through initiatives like the
Belt and Road Initiative
(BRI), to overcome its geo-
political challenges. How-
ever, India is concerned
about Nepal’s growing rela-
tions with China, as it poses
asignificantthreattoIndia’s
interests.
Despite Nepal’s ruling
leaders’ perception that In-
diadidnottreatNepalasper
the spirit of a special rela-
tionship, India managed to
keeptheminitsfoldforsev-
eral decades. The Indian
establishment saw this as a
success of its policies that
yielded a stable relationship
with its “little brother.”
Now, with China making
inroads into the new repub-
lic, India’s success may be
rendered unsustainable.
Whether India will succeed
in effectively competing
with China to safeguard its
interests and maintain its
sphere of influence, is going
to depend on two overarch-
ing factors: India’s overall
capacitytochallengeChina,
and its political will to ad-
dress its own controversial
approaches towards Nepal.
INDO-NEPAL
RELATIONS
Nepal occupies a special
significance in its foreign
policy because of the geo-
graphic, historical, cultural
and economic linkages/ties
that span centuries. India
and Nepal share similar
ethnic, religious and de-
mographic profiles. The
two countries not only
share an open border and
unhindered movement of
people, but they also have
close bonds through mar-
riages and familial ties.
The India-Nepal Treaty
of Peace and Friendship of
1950 forms the bedrock of
the special relations that
exist between India and
Nepal. Nepali citizens en-
joy special privileges under
a 1950 treaty, which allows
them to work, live and in-
vest in India as well as join
its armed forces. Nepal
feeds many perennial riv-
ers in India, houses many
pilgrim centres for Hindus,
and Buddhists, and acts as
a buffer state between two
rival nuclear states. India
on the other hand is the
largest trading partner and
source of foreign invest-
ment, transit to trade with
all other nations, has close
defence cooperation and
strong military ties, a lead-
ing investor in infrastruc-
ture and other developmen-
tal activities in Nepal.
CHINA’S GROWING
INTERESTS IN NEPAL
NepalsupportstheOneChi-
na policy, yet China is ap-
prehensive about furthering
its regional power dynamics
due to the friendly presence
of India and the United
States in Nepal.
With Maoists in power,
China has managed to ad-
dress its insecurities and
concerns about the border
and Tibetan refugees in
Nepal. China failed to rope
in Nepal to join the Global
Security Initiative (GSI),
but got them on board for
BRI, and finally a rail link
between Kathmandu -
Lhasa is likely to be effec-
tive by 2025. China has
become a major source of
Foreign Direct Invest-
ments (FDI) surpassing
India as the largest inves-
tor in Nepal marking a
shift in the traditional
Indo- Nepalese economic
ties. Sino-Newalese eco-
nomic and defence coop-
eration has seen an upsurge
in recent years.
MAJOR CHALLENGES
Nepal’s territorial claims
on Kalapani, Limpiyadhura
and Lipulekh of Uttara-
khand and the area of Susta
in West Champaran dis-
trict, Bihar have become
border irritants.
The 1950 Treaty of
Peace and Friendship en-
visaged special links be-
tween India and Nepal and
is now viewed as a sign of
an unequal relationship and
an Indian imposition. The
idea of revising and updat-
ing it has found mention in
Joint Statements since the
mid-1990s but in vain.
India’s refusal to accept
demonetised bills with the
Nepal Rashtra Bank and
the unknown fate of the re-
port submitted by the Emi-
nent Persons Group (EPG)
has become a bone of con-
tention. In recent years, Ne-
pal has drifted away from
India’s influence, and Chi-
na has gradually filled the
space with investments, aid
and loans. Effectively
countering growing Chi-
nese influence in Nepal is
essential as it undermines
India’s safety and security.
Indo-Nepal border is vir-
tually open and lightly po-
liced which is exploited by
terrorist outfits and insur-
gent groups for supply of
trained cadres, fake Indian
currency etc. Trust deficit
has widened between India
and Nepal because of the
Indian reputation for delay-
ing the implementation of
various projects.
OPPORTUNITIES
AND WAY FORWARD
Taking a cue from the Indo-
Bangladesh model, India-
Nepal can resolve border
disputes without a rhetoric
on territorial nationalism.
Need to increase people-to-
people, bureaucratic as well
as political interactions.
India has to stick to the
principles of non-interfer-
ence and peaceful co-exist-
ence are respected and a
high level of political en-
gagement with Nepal.
The power trade agree-
ments must be used to build
trust in Nepal and optimise
the use of hydropower pro-
jectsformutualbenefit,both
financially and for environ-
mental pollution.
Despite the recent pro-
China political alliance
shifting in Nepal, India can
exploit the opportunities
created by the two Prime
Ministers. In July 2021, the
Nepalese PM, Pushpa Ka-
mal Dahal visited India and
his maiden visit abroad was
a great success in terms of
launching connectivity pro-
jects and signing Memoran-
dums of Understanding
(MoUs). In May 2022, the
Indian PM, Narendra Modi,
laid a foundation stone for a
Buddhist Vihara, built with
Indian assistance at Lumbi-
ni,thebirthplaceofBuddha.
IndiamustexploittheNepa-
lese leadership’s fear that
Chinese projects are under
commercial loans that could
create an economic crisis
like the one in Sri Lanka.
Useeconomicdiplomacyby
not buying power from Chi-
nese-aided Hydropower
projects thereby making
Chinese investments in Hy-
dropower projects unsafe
and vulnerable.
China’s growing footprint
inSouthAsiaisthe‘newnor-
mal’and most neighbouring
countries have learnt to deal
with both India and China.
Nepal too is trying to recali-
brate its policies to face this
reality. Thus, the role of Chi-
na in Nepal has become a
reality and India has to be
cooperativeratherthantaking
thepathofconfrontationwith
Nepal for the larger good.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
CHINA’S GROWING INTEREST IN NEPAL
CHALLENGESAND
OPPORTUNITIESFORINDIA
Historically Nepal has extensive economic and
defence cooperation with India and now aims to
seek economic and infrastructure development
opportunities from China through initiatives like Belt
and Road Initiative (BRI), to overcome its geopolitical
challenges. However, India is concerned about
Nepal’s growing relations with China, as it poses a
significant threat to India’s interests
N
Col Rajesh
Bhukar
The writer is a Post
Graduate in International
Studies, Alumni of Defence
Services Staff College,
Wellington and College
of Combat, Mhow
HISTORIC
TIES
India and Nepal share
similar ethnic, religious
and demographic pro-
files. The two countries
not only share an open
border and unhindered
movement of people,
but they also have close
bonds through marriag-
es and familial ties.
The India-Nepal Treaty
of Peace and Friendship
of 1950 forms the bed-
rock of the special rela-
tions that exist between
India and Nepal. Nepali
citizens enjoy special
privileges under a 1950
treaty, which allows
them to work, live and
invest in India as well as
join its armed forces.
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Mumbai
Madhya Pradesh Chief
Minister Mohan Yadav
on Saturday hit out at
AamAadmi Party (AAP)
chief and his Delhi coun-
terpart Arvind Kejriwal,
saying the latter was in
alliance with the Con-
gress party that has a re-
cord of imprisoning op-
position leaders.
Yadav slammed Kejri-
wal for alleging that the
Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) will put leaders
from the opposition par-
ties behind bars if it gets a
third term. “The Con-
gress has a record of put-
ting the entire opposition
in jail. Kejriwal is in alli-
ancewiththesamepeople
and is accusing the BJP.
Show me one instance
where opposition leaders
have been arrested like at
the time of Emergency,”
the CM said.
Mohan Yadav further
claimed that the Con-
gress never accepted the
existence of Lord Ram.
VETERANS AVAIL HOME VOTING FACILITY
Manmohan, Ansari, Advani, Joshi vote from home
PTI
New Delhi
ormer vice
president Mo-
hammad Hamid
Ansari, former prime
minister Dr Manmohan
Singh, former deputy
prime minister LK Ad-
vani and former Union
minister Dr Murli Mano-
har Joshi have cast their
votes using the home vot-
ing facility, the Delhi poll
body said.
The office of the chief
electoral officer (CEO)
of Delhi on Thursday
kicked off the home vot-
ing facility for elderly
voters and persons with
disabilities (PwDs) and it
will go on till May 24.
According to the data,
1409 voters cast their
ballots from the comfort
of their homes across all
seven parliamentary
constituencies in Delhi
on Friday, which was the
second day of the facility
being started. The West
Delhi constituency re-
ported the highest num-
ber of home votes, with
348 voters participating.
Among them, 299 were
elderly individuals.
“Former prime minis-
ter Dr Manmohan Singh
and former Union minis-
ter Dr Murli Manohar
Joshi successfully cast
their votes on May 17
from their home availing
home voting facility in
the New Delhi parlia-
mentary constituency,”
the office said.
Former deputy prime
minister LK Advani cast
his vote on Saturday,
sources said.
(L-R) Former PM Manmohan Singh, former deputy PM Lal Krishna
Advani and veteran BJP leader MM Joshi show their fingers
marked with indelible ink after casting votes in New Delhi.
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PTI
Sonipat (Haryana)
Addressing a rally at Go-
hana, his second of the
day in Haryana, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
on Saturday referred to
the Lok Sabha polls as a
“kurukshetra (battle)” in
which “there is develop-
ment on one hand and
‘vote jihad’on the other”.
“Dhara 370 ki deewar
hamne kabristan me gaad
diya hai....We have bur-
ied the hurdle of Article
370 in kabristan (grave-
yard),” he asserted.
Modi said now the
Congress is not even hid-
ing its “desh-virodhi
agenda (anti-national
agenda). They are saying
openly what Modi did in
10 years they will reverse
it if they come to power,
hesaid.Buttheir“dream”
of bringing Article 370
back will never be ful-
filled, he added.
“They are saying that
we will restore Article
370 in Kashmir... This
means once again a free
run for terrorism and
bloodshed in the Valley,”
PM Modi said.
“From the brave land
of Haryana, I want to tell
those associated with the
Congress that only tri-
colour will fly in Kash-
mir now,” he said. “For-
get the dream of bring-
ing back 370 in Kashmir.
And if you try to do it
‘lene k dene pad jay-
enge’ (you will pay very
heavy price).”
On the opposition
naming their grouping
INDIA, he said, “The re-
ality does not change by
changing name. This
INDI Alliance is a gang
of the corrupt. (jJamaatof
ghotalebaaz).”
Article370buriedin‘kabristan’,
Congcan’trestoreit,saysModi
PM Narendra Modi being felicitated by Haryana CM Nayab Saini, BJP candidate from Sonipat
constituency Mohan Lal Badoli, party candidate from Rohtak constituency Arvind Sharma and others
during a public meeting for the Lok Sabha elections, in Sonipat district, on Saturday.  PTI
New Delhi: Security
in parts of the nation-
al capital was beefed
up in view of two different
rallies of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi and Con-
gress leader Rahul Gandhi
with the local police having
planned to deploy around
3,000-personnel strong force
on the day. On Friday, the
Delhi Police Commissioner
Sanjay Arora, along with
other senior officers, visited
the northeast district and
took stock of the security
arrangements, where PM
Modi will address a rally.
Meanwhile, Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi will campaign
at the Chandni Chowk Lok
Sabha constituency.
New Delhi: 25 representatives from 13 diplomatic
missions in India will experience the enthusiasm of
the people during PM Narendra Modi’s rally in Delhi
on Saturday. The attendees include representatives from
the diplomatic missions of Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Indonesia, Japan, Mauritius, Nepal, Russia, Seychelles, Sin-
gapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United Kingdom. BJP’s
head of the Foreign Affairs Department, Vijay Chauthaiwale,
informed that this initiative is part of the ‘Know BJP’.
25 DIPLOMATS FROM 13 MISSIONS TO ATTEND
PM NARENDRA MODI’S RALLY IN DELHI
PM MODI WON’T DEBATE WITH ME AS HE CAN’T
ANSWER QUESTIONS ON ADANI LINKS: RAGA
OTHER MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS
PM referred to the Lok Sabha polls as a “kurukshetra (battle)” in which
“there is development on one hand and ‘vote jihad’ on the other
SECURITY BEEFED UP
AHEAD OF RALLIES BY
MODI, RAGA IN DELHI
Agencies
Mumbai
Exuding supreme confi-
dence, the national oppo-
sition INDIA bloc part-
ners asserted that ‘achhe
din’ promised by Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
will finally dawn on June
4, on the vote-counting
day, when the BJPwill be
voted out and the Oppo-
sition government shall
take office, on Saturday.
The alliance leaders
also claimed that they
would bag at least 46 of
the 48 Lok Sabha seats in
Maharashtra, and accused
the PM of resorting to bla-
tant lies to divert attention
from the real problems
confronting the nation.
“In 2014, the PM had
promised ‘achhe din’. On
June 4 (the election re-
sults), the ‘achche din’
will actually begin when
the INDIAbloc will come
to office. All these years
theBJPdefamedandloot-
ed the state, shifted busi-
nesses from Maharashtra-
Mumbai to Gujarat,” said
Thackeray.
Kharge said that the
mood in the state is very
favourable for the Oppo-
sition and ground reports
indicate that the INDIA-
MVAwould bag 46 seats.
Oppn claims ‘acche din’ to start
from June 4; to win 46 Maha seats
Cong Prez Mallikarjun Kharge with NCP (Sharad) Chief Sharad
Pawar and Shiv Sena (UBT) Chief Uddhav Thackeray during an
INDIA alliance press conference, in Mumbai, Saturday.  PTI
z Rahul Gandhi said Rae Bareli should once again
show the path to progress and development to Uttar
Pradesh and the country as it has been the ideologi-
cal and political centre of the state in the past
z Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi attacked BJP’s
Amethi LS seat candidate  MP Smriti Irani, alleging
that the region has “suffered” in the last five years
as the BJP never thought about its development
z The Congress on Saturday asked why Narendra
Modi has “broken” his promise of giving legal sanctity
to a minimum support price for crops and why he
prioritises his politics over the country’s daughters
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on
Saturday claimed that Narendra Modi is refusing to
have a debate with him as the prime minister can-
not answer questions about his “links” with a few favoured
businessmen and how he “misused” electoral bonds.
Addressing a public meeting organised by the Congress in
Delhi, he urged workers of his party and of the Aam Aadmi
Party to work together and ensure victory for their alliance
on all seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital. “It’s
interesting that I’ll vote for AAP and Arvind Kejriwal will
vote for Congress in these elections,” he said.
PTI
Amethi
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah took part in a
roadshow taken out to
garner support for Smriti
Irani, the BJP’s Lok Sab-
ha poll candidate from
Amethi in Uttar Pradesh,
on Saturday, the last day
of campaigning for the
fifth phase of polling in
the ongoing election.
Shah and Irani, a Un-
ion minister, greeted
people from an open-top
vehicle decorated with
saffron flags, banners
and flowers, with the
slogan of the Narendra
Modi government at the
Centre written on it. As
the roadshow started
from the Ramlila Maid-
an and proceeded till the
Devipatan temple, the
crowd raised the “Jai
Shri Ram” slogan.
Sharing a live video of
the event on X, Shah said
in a post in Hindi: “I sa-
lute this huge crowd of
people who took to the
streets in Amethi to form
the Modi government.”
Amid performances
by local artistes and slo-
ganeering on both sides
of the road, the crowd
was seen waving at Shah
and Irani.
Amit Shah takes part in roadshow in UP’s
Amethi to garner support for Smriti Irani
Youth Congress
protest against
Kerala CM
Home Minister Amit Shah with Union Minister Smriti Irani and
others during an election roadshow in Amethi district, Saturday.
z Odisha Assembly elections: 126 ‘crorepati’ candi-
dates in third phase polls
z Migration, irrigation major issues in Bolangir Lok
Sabha constituency
z Inducements worth Rs 8,889 crore seized; drugs
contribute 45 pc of total seizures
z Campaigning ends for five seats in Bihar
z Over 20k litres of illicit liquor seized, 381 FIRs
registered in Gurugram
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF LOK SABHA POLLS
1,409 ELDERLY VOTERS USE HOME VOTING
FACILITY ON SECOND DAY IN DELHI
New Delhi: 1409 elderly voters Persons with Dis-
abilities cast their ballots using the home voting
facility across all seven parliamentary constituen-
cies in Delhi on the second day of the exercise on Satur-
day, said an official statement. The home voting facility
which started on May 17 will be available till May 25.
Cong has record of imprisoning
leaders from Oppn parties: Yadav
PTI
Patna
Union Parliamentary Af-
fairs Minister Pralhad
Joshi on Saturday ac-
cused the Congress of
spreading lies that the
NDA intends to change
the constitution and end
reservations if it returns
to power for a third term.
    He alleged that the
Congress never gave due
respect to B RAmbedkar.
    Interacting with me-
dia persons here, Joshi
said, “Congress and RJD
leaders are spreading lies
that BJP-led NDAwould
change the Constitution
after coming to power.
The NDA government
headed by Prime Minis-
ter, Narendra Modi, is
committed to the Indian
Constitution including
reservation policies that
B R Ambedkar evolved
for the upliftment of the
socially oppressed sec-
tions of society.
“No government can
change the constitu-
tion…..and reservation is
something which the fa-
ther of the Indian Consti-
tution, Ambedkar, has
given us, no power can
take it away. Congress
never gave due respect to
the icon (Ambedkar).”
Cong never gave due respect to Ambedkar: Joshi
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi addresses a press
conference, in Patna.  PTI
PTI
Thiruvananthapuram
The Youth Congress on
Saturday held a protest
march to the official resi-
dence of Kerala CM
Pinarayi Vijayan and
burnedhiseffigydemand-
ing his resignation, alleg-
ing failure of law and or-
der in the state.The march
by the youth wing of the
Congress was held on the
samedaytheCMreturned
to the state after report-
edly cutting short his va-
cationwithfamilyabroad.
New Delhi: Delhi CM
Arvind Kejriwal said on
Saturday that he and oth-
er AAP leaders would go to the
BJP headquarters on March 19
“so that the prime minister can
send anyone he wants to jail”.
Kejriwal asserted that his party
could not be crushed by sending
its leaders to jail. Accusing PM
Modi of “playing the game” of
sending AAP leaders such as
Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain,
and Sanjay Singh to jail, he said,
“I along with my MLAs and MPs
would go to the BJP office at to-
morrow so that the PM can send
anyone he wants to jail.”
z “No one has right
to assault woman”:
Adhir Ranjan on
Swati Maliwal case
z BJP accuses AAP
of circulating ‘edited’
videos to malign
Swati Maliwal
z “Can’t crush us”:
Arvind Kejriwal
on aide’s arrest in
Swati Maliwal case
z Swati Maliwal
assault case: BJP
says AAP ‘anti-aurat
party’, resorting to
victim-shaming
KEJRIWAL DARES MODI TO
ARREST ALL AAP LEADERS
SWATI MALIWAL
ASSAULT CASE
Agencies
New Delhi
The BJP on Saturday ac-
cused AAP of resorting
to victim-shaming and
victim-blaming in its bra-
zen defence of Delhi
Chief Minister Arvind
Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav
Kumar in the Swati Mal-
iwal assault case.
BJP national spokes-
person Shehzad Poona-
walla alleged that Kejri-
wal is making efforts to
protect Kumar as his aide
is in a position to expose
the chief minister’s dam-
aging “secrets.”.
In a swipe at the party,
Poonawalla told report-
ers that AAP is essen-
tially an “anti-aurat party
(anti-women party), as he
cited past allegations of
mistreatment of women
involving its leaders.
With theAAPclaiming
that Maliwal is acting at
the BJP’s behest, Poona-
walla cited another AAP
leader and Delhi Com-
mission forWomen mem-
ber Vandana Singh’s sup-
port for the Rajya Sabha
MP to hit out at the party.
AAP is ‘Anti-Aurat Party’: BJP slams
Aam Aadmi Party in Maliwal case
FI TOON
Sir, how about to give the
same prison effect to your
PA’s picture just like yours.
Bibhav
Kumar
arrested
SHEKHAR
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CENTRE: REPORTS OF MODEL OF CHINOOK CHOPPER MISSING IN UP ARE MISLEADING
‘DRDO never installed any chopper model’
PTI
New Delhi
he defence
ministry on
S a t u r d a y
trashed reports that a
model of a Chinook
chopper installed by the
DRDO at the 2020 edi-
tion of DefExpo went
missing.
Defence Ministry
spokesperson A Bharat
Bhushan Babu said the
Defence Research and
Development Organisa-
tion (DRDO) never in-
stalled any helicopter
model in Lucknow.
“The news circulating
about a DRDO installed
Chinook Helicopter
Model at Lucknow dur-
ing DefExpo 2020 miss-
ing is misleading,” he
said in a brief statement.
“Chinook is made by
Boeing and DRDO has
never installed any heli-
copter model at Luc-
know anytime. DefEx-
po2020 was an incident-
free exhibition and no
product or model went
missing during its con-
duct,” Babu said.
The DRDO also de-
scribed the reports as
“misleading”.
“There is news circu-
lating that DRDO had
installed Chinook heli-
copter model at Luc-
know during DefExpo
2020 and model is now
missing,” it said on ‘X’.
“This information is
misleading as DRDO
has never installed any
Helicopter Model at
Lucknow anytime,” it
said.
Officials said there
was a model of a heli-
copter in a dilapidated
condition at Sector 20 of
Vrindavan Yojna area in
Lucknow and it was re-
moved following a rec-
ommendation by secu-
rity personnel as a heli-
pad had to be construct-
ed for the prime minis-
ter’s visit to the city for
an event relating to G20.
A Chinook Helicopter. FILE
T
ANI
New Delhi
The weather department
has issued a severe heat-
wave warning for north-
west India during the next
five days, and heat wave
conditions will persist
over central and east India
over the next three days.
Warm winds and high
temperatures have swept
north India. Delhi's Najaf-
garh was the warmest
place in the country after
47.6 degrees Celsius was
recorded yesterday.
Rajasthan, Punjab and
Haryana are marked in
red in the India Meteoro-
logical Department's
alert, asking people and
authorities to take action.
Meanwhile, parts of east-
ern Rajasthan and west-
ern Uttar Pradesh are in
orange and people have
been advised to stay alert
and be prepared for high
temperatures.
The mercury breached
45 degrees Celsius at 19
places in Rajasthan, 18 in
Haryana,  8 in Delhi.
The threshold for a heat
wave is met when the
maximum temperature of
a weather station reaches
atleast40degreesCelsius.
PTI
New Delhi
India on Saturday asked
its students in Bishkek to
stay indoors after the Kyr-
gyz capital city reported
fights between some lo-
cals and foreigners. The
Indian embassy in the
CentralAsiancountrysaid
it is in touch with the In-
dian students and the situ-
ation is calm now. The
mission asked Indian stu-
dents in the city to stay
indoors. External Affairs
Minister S Jaishankar ad-
vised the Indian students
to stay in regular touch
with the Indian embassy.
Monitoring the wel-
fare of Indian students in
Bishkek. Situation is re-
portedly calm now.
Strongly advise students
to stay in regular touch
withtheEmbassy,hesaid
in a post on X. The Indian
embassy said, We are in
touch with our students.
The situation is presently
calm but students are ad-
vised to stay indoors for
the moment and get in
touch with Embassy in
case of any issue.
PTI
Srinagar
Northern Army Com-
mander Lieutenant Gen-
eral MV Suchindra Ku-
mar on Saturday re-
viewed the security situ-
ation and counter-terror
grid in south Kashmir.
#LtGenMVSuchindra-
Kumar, #ArmyCdrNC
accompanied by #Chi-
narCorps Cdr visited
Victor Force to review
the prevalent security
situation, Army's
Northern command said
in a post on X.
The Army said the
Northern commander
was briefed on the coun-
ter terrorism grid and
operational prepared-
ness of the force. The
Army Commander moti-
vated the troops to re-
main in a high state of
operational alacrity to
meet all forthcoming
challenges and com-
mended them for their
high morale and vigil,
the Army said.
PTI
Raipur
Five members of a fam-
ily were hacked to death
while another person
was found hanging in
Chhattisgarh's Saran-
garh-Bilaigarh district
on Saturday, police
said. The incident took
place at Thargaon vil-
lage under Saliha police
station limits, around
200 km from Raipur,
district Superintendent
of Police Pushkar Shar-
ma told PTI.
Those killed were
identified as Hemlal
Sahu (55), his wife Jag-
moti Sahu (50), their
daughters Meera Sahu
(30) and Mamta Sahu
(35), and the couple's
grandson Ayush (5).
Manoj Sahu, a resident
of the same village, was
found hanging on the
premises.
PTI
New Delhi
Four people including
two MBBS students were
arrested for allegedly run-
ning a paper solver gang
for NEET exams here,
police said on Saturday.
“The matter came to
the fore on May 5 when a
student's biometric data
was mismatched during
the NEET exam at Bhar-
tiya Vidya Bhavan Mehta
Vidyalaya located in Ti-
lak Marg area, police
said,” DCP New Delhi
Devesh Kuamr Mahla in-
formed on Saturday.
PTI
Bengaluru
JD patriarch HD Deve
Gowda, who turned 92
on Saturday, broke his
silence over sexual abuse
charges levelled against
his grandson and MP
Prajwal Revanna and
said he has no objection
to the action taken against
him if found guilty.
However, he said the
cases against his son and
JD MLA HD Revanna, ,
were “created”, but re-
frained from comment-
ing further, as the matter
was subjudice.
PTI
Thiruvananthapuram
ISRO Chairman S Som-
anathonSaturdayadvised
setting up libraries in tem-
ples, stating that such an
initiative would help at-
tract youngsters to places
of worship.
Speaking after receiv-
ing an award instituted by
theSreeUdiyannoorDevi
Temple in Thiruvanan-
thapuram, Mr Somanath
said “Temples should not
only be places where el-
derly people come for
nama japa (chanting the
name of God), but they
should also become plac-
es for transforming soci-
ety.” He urged temple
managements across the
country to work in this
direction. He said that
such an initiative would
help attract youth to tem-
ples where they could
read, discuss various is-
sues in evenings.
ANI
Malegaon
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi
Adityanath on Saturday
criticised Congress party
over alleged proposal to
introduce inheritance tax.
Speaking at a rally in
Malegaon, Maharashtra,
CMAdityanathcompared
the proposed tax to the
'jizya' tax imposed by
Mughal emperorAurang-
zeb, suggesting that Con-
gress has been influenced
by Aurangzeb's spirit.
Addressing a rally in
Malegaon town in Maha-
rashtra's Nashik district,
he said the BJPis contest-
ing elections not merely
for power but to build a
developed India. There
should be no doubt that
Modi is coming back
once again as PM, he
said. Inheritance tax is
like jizya imposed byAu-
rangzeb. Aurangzeb's
soul has crept into Con-
gress, he added.
Heatwave warning with mercury over 40°
C for NW India
The mercury breached 45 degrees Celsius at 19 places in Rajasthan.
Security personnel deployed after the Kyrgyz capital city Bishkek reported fights between some
locals and foreigners on late Friday night.
Keralatoreceiveheavyrains;IMDissuesredalertforMay1920
The India
Meteorological
Department (IMD)
on Saturday predicted
extremely heavy rainfall
in Kerala in the coming
days and issued a red
alert in some districts of
the state for May 19 and
20. The IMD issued the
red alert in Pathanamthit-
ta, Kottayam and Idukki
districts of the state for
May 19 and 20. Addition-
ally, an orange alert was
issued for Thiruvanantha-
puram, Kollam, Alappu-
zha, and Ernakulam for
those two days. IMD issued red alert in Pathanamthitta  Kottayam districts.
Lt Gen MV Suchindra Kumar motivated the troops to remain in a high
state of operational alacrity to meet all forthcoming challenges.
Jabalpur: The Mad-
hya Pradesh High
Court has imposed a
cost of Rs 25,000 on
the National Insurance
Company Limited
(NICL) after no advo-
cate appeared for it
during the final hearing
of a case related to the
sacking of one of its
woman employees.
MP:HCimposes`25K
oninsurancecompany
afteritfailstoappear
New Delhi: The Elec-
tion Commission (EC)
has told the Delhi
High Court it will pre-
serve the video foot-
age in respect of the
EVMs for the Rampur
Lok Sabha Constituen-
cy in Uttar Pradesh in
accordance with the
protocol.
Will preserve EVM’s
video footage for
Rampur seat: EC to HC
Bhopal: Forest author-
ities have sounded a
red alert for 36 villages
in Madhya Padesh’s
Raisen district as a ti-
ger is on the prowl af-
ter killing a 62-year-
old man in the region
close to the capital
Bhopal, an official said
on Saturday.
Red alert issued for
36 villages in Bhopal
as tiger kills man
IN BRIEF
New Delhi: The Delhi
High Court has re-
strained various enti-
ties from using actor
Jackie Shroff’s name,
including sobriquets
‘Jackie’ and ‘Jaggu
Dadda’, voice and im-
ages for commercial
purposes without per-
mission.
HC restrains entities
from using actor Jackie
Shroff's name, voice
VIOLENCE IN BISHKEK
IndianmissionasksIndian
studentstostayindoors
The Embassies of Pakistan and India also commented on the incident
Five of a family
killed; a man found
hanging in Cgarh's
Sarangarh district
NorthernArmycommander
reviewssecuritysituationin
southernpartsof Kashmir
In Full Bloom
Women carry statice flowers in bamboo baskets, in Senapati of Manipur, on Saturday.  PTI
Aurangzeb’s soul has crept into Congress
Adityanathoninheritancetax
UP CM Yogi Adityanath speaking at a rally in Malegaon on Saturday.
S Somanath
ISROchairmanadvices how
templescanattractyouth
4 charge lakhs
from NEET
students, held
No objection to
action against my
grandson: Gowda
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CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Aishwarya walks in blue-silver gown in second appearance
PTI
Cannes
n her second
appearance at
the 2024
Cannes Film Festival,
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
once again opted for a
gown by designer duo
Falguni Shane Peacock.
Aishwarya Rai Bach-
chan wore a shimmery
blue and silver gown as
she walked the red car-
pet on Friday for the
screening of acclaimed
filmmaker Yorgos Lan-
thimos’ latest feature
“Kinds of Kindness”,
starring two-time Oscar
winner Emma Stone.
The outfit boasted a
sweeping trail and bold,
dramatic shoulders, fea-
turing metallic fringe.
The actor had a cast on
her right hand that she
has been wearing for an
unspecified injury.
Aregular at the Cannes
Film Festival for the past
two decades, Aishwarya
debuted at the 2024 edi-
tion on Thursday with a
gown by Falguni Shane
Peacock, who are also at-
tending the film gala.
The actor struck a pose
in the monochrome gown
adorned with 3D metallic
elements and golden ac-
cents while walking the
red carpet. She was at-
tending the premiere of
Hollywood legend Fran-
cis Ford Coppola’s latest
movie “Megalopolis”,
starring Adam Driver.
Besides Aishwarya,
actor Kiara Advani made
her first appearance at the
French Riviera in a
draped ivory crepe back
satin dress from designer
Prabal Gurung.
“Rendezvous at the
Riviera,” Kiara posted on
Instagram along with a
video from Cannes.
At the internationally
recognized festival, sev-
eral Indian movies and
productions will be show-
cased. The highlight will
be filmmaker Payal Ka-
padia’s “All We Imagine
As Light”, which has
been selected in the Com-
petition section, where it
will vie for the top prize,
Palme d’Or.
Actor Kiara Advani
also made her first
appearance at the
French Riviera in a
draped ivory crepe
back satin dress
I
Aid begins to arrive in
Gaza via US-built pier
Agencies
Gaza
Aid deliveries began ar-
riving at a U.S.-built pier
off the Gaza Strip on Fri-
day as Israel comes under
growing global pressure
to allow more supplies
into the besieged coastal
enclave, where it is at
war with Palestinian mil-
itants Hamas and a fam-
ine looms.
The temporary float-
ing pier was pre-assem-
bled at the Israeli port of
Ashdod and moved into
place on Thursday on the
shore of Gaza, which
lacks port infrastructure
of its own. No U.S.
troops went ashore, the
Pentagon’s Central Com-
mand said.
A Palestinian inspects the site of an Israeli military airstrike, in
the area of Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Saturday.
Trucks move towards a U.S.-built pier where they will be loaded with aid, as seen from central Gaza
Strip, on Saturday.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (right) with Eva Longoria at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival.
ISRAELI STRIKE KILLS PALESTINIAN MILITANT
Ramallah: A Palestinian militant was killed and eight
other people wounded on Friday in an Israeli air
strike on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied
West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry and Israeli military
said. The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group
named the killed man as member Islam Khamayseh. The
Palestinian health ministry said the eight wounded people
were in stable condition and receiving treatment at hospitals.
Reuters could not immediately confirm their identities.
White House: India is
a ‘vibrant democracy’
ANI
Washington, DC [US]
Applauding people in
India for exercising their
right to vote in the gen-
eral elections, the White
House said on Friday
that there are not too
many more vibrant de-
mocracies in the world
than India.
National Security
Communications Advi-
sor John Kirby applaud-
ed the people of India for
having a voice in their
future government.
Several days after US
President Joe Biden’s re-
marks on ‘xenophobia,’
that targeted India, the
national security advisor
of the White House tried
to undo the damage of
Biden’s remarks through
a statement and called
India a ‘vibrant democ-
racy.’ “Not too many
more vibrant democra-
cies in the world than In-
dia. And we applaud the
Indian people for exer-
cising, you know, their
ability to vote, and to
have a voice in their fu-
ture government.And we
wish them well through-
out the process, of
course,” Kirby said at a
news conference in the
White House.
“Our relationship with
India is extremely close
and getting closer,” John
Kirby said.
Ficoinstablecondition,politicianssaythreatsrising
Agencies
Bratislava
Slovakian Prime Minis-
ter Robert Fico, who
was critically injured in
an assassination attempt
on Wednesday, is in sta-
ble condition, Health
Minister Zuzana Dolink-
ová said on Saturday.
After his second opera-
tion on Friday, there is
cause for optimism, the
minister said.
Since then, there has
been an increase in
threats against other pol-
iticians in the country,
Interior Minister Matúš
Šutaj Eštok told the daily
newspaper on Saturday.
A member of parliament
from Smer, the largest
governing party led by
Fico, had also been
threatened.Aperpetrator
has been identified in
both cases.
Robert Fico, 59, was
hit by several gunshots
and has since undergone
two operations.
Satwik-Chirag pair
enters Thailand
Open final
Bangkok: India’s
premier men’s
doubles pair of Satwik-
sairaj Rankireddy and
Chirag Shetty entered
the final of the Thailand
Open badminton
tournament with an easy
straight-game victory
over Lu Ming-Che and
Tang Kai-Wei of Chinese
Taipei here on Saturday.
Satwik and Chirag have
fond memories in
Thailand where they had
won their maiden Super
500 crown in 2019.
Nepal bans Indian
spice products over
quality concerns
New Delhi: Nepal
has also banned
the sale and import of
certain spice-mix
products manufactured
by Indian brands over
alleged quality concerns.
Four spice-mix products
by MDH and Everest
were banned in the
Himalayan nation from
Friday due to suspected
ethylene oxide or EtO
contamination, accord-
ing to the Department of
Food Technology and
Quality Control here.
Elorda Cup: Nikhat
Zareen, Minakshi
clinch gold
New Delhi:
Nikhat Zareen
and Minakshi clinched
a gold each as the
Indian team conclud-
ed their Elorda Cup
campaign with a
best-ever tally of a
whopping 12 medals
in Kazakhstan on
Saturday. Besides
Nikhat and Minakshi’s
gold medals, Indian
boxers won 2 silver 
8 bronze to better
their last edition’s
record of five medals.
CRUCIAL READ
New Covid wave hits Singapore,
people advised to wear masks
PTI
Singapore
Singapore is seeing a
new COVID-19 wave as
the authorities recorded
more than 25,900 cases
from May 5 to 11 even as
Health Minister Ong Ye
Kung on Saturday ad-
vised the wearing of
masks again.
We are at the begin-
ning part of the wave
where it is steadily rising,
said Ong. The Ministry of
Health (MOH) said the
estimated number of
COVID-19 cases in the
week of May 5 to 11 rose
to 25,900 cases, com-
pared with 13,700 cases
in the previous week.The
average daily COVID-19
hospitalisations rose to
about 250 from 181 the
week before.
Flash floods kill at least 68
people in Afghanistan: Report
PTI
Islamabad
Flash floods from heavy
seasonal rains have killed
at least 68 people in Af-
ghanistan, Taliban offi-
cialssaidSaturday,adding
the death toll was based
on preliminary reports.
In the hard-hit western
province of Ghor, 50 peo-
ple were reported dead,
said Abdul Wahid Ha-
mas, spokesman for the
provincial governor. He
also said the province has
suffered significant fi-
nancial losses after thou-
sands of homes and prop-
erties were damaged and
hundreds of hectares of
agricultural land de-
stroyed following Fri-
day’s floods, including
capital city Feroz Koh.
RC Bengaluru, under du Plessis, dominate CSK in crucial IPL clash
Match 68
RCBposts218-5againstCSK
inbattleforplayoffsspot
PTI
Bengaluru
Royal Challengers Ben-
galuru's top-order, led by
skipper Faf du Plessis,
fired in unison as they
posted a solid 218 for five
against defending cham-
pionChennaiSuperKings
in their must-win IPL
clash here on Saturday.
Du Plessis hit three
fours and three sixes on
hiswaytoa39-ball54,his
fourth fifty of the season,
while Virat Kohli (47 off
29balls),RajatPatidar(41
off 23 balls) and Cameron
Green (38 not out off 17
balls) also went on a six-
hitting spree to put RCB
on solid ground.
According to the play-
off qualification scenario,
RCB, who made a fair-
ytale turnaround with a
five-match winning
streak, needs to win by 18
runs at least to make the
cut. CSK, however, will
qualify if they score more
than 200 at the expense of
RCB even if they lose the
game or if the match is
washed out.
RC Bengaluru bowler Glenn Maxwell celebrates the wicket of
Chennai Super Kings batter Ruturaj Gaikwad during IPL.
Virat Kohli
celebrates after
taking the catch
of Chennai Super
Kings batter Daryl
Mitchell during
the Indian Premier
League (IPL) 2024
between RCB and
Chennai Super
Kings.
KOHLI MATCHES GAYLE’S RECORD
 Kohli scored a crucial 47-run knock
against Chennai Super Kings in Match
68 of the IPL 2024 on Saturday.
 The 35-year-old surpassed 700 runs
in the ongoing season.
 Kohli has now matched the record
of Chris Gayle in terms of scoring 700-
plus runs in an IPL campaign twice.
08
Family is the key to motivation, happiness, to the
pursuit of dreams—both the family in which we
are born and the family we make our own.
Dr JAGDEESH CHANDRA, CMD  Editor-in-Chief
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24
Jaipur, Sunday | May 19, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia
By Tridib Raman
The author is a journalist and political commentator
and views expressed are his personal
FIRST INDIA SUNDAY SPECIAL
Mirch Masala
WHAT IS THE REAL TRUTH OF AAP’s RAJYA SABHA MP SWATI MALIWAL?
AP’s Rajya Sabha MP and
chairperson of ‘Delhi Women’s
Commission’ Swati Maliwal,
who came to Delhi from America in this
election season, has given a new lease
of life to the saffron hopes in Delhi. AAP
leaders have also started admitting in
hushed tones that ‘some ‘sleeper cells’
have started working within the party.’
Swati Maliwal has been the apple of AAP
supremo Arvind Kejriwal’s eye for a long
time. But for some time, since Arvind
Kejriwal and AAP were facing adverse
circumstances, Swati Maliwal had been
continuously staying in America in con-
nection with the treatment of her sister.
Kejriwal and his special supporters were
not liking this. Sources also reveal that
when Swati was in America, a message
was sent to her by Kejriwal asking her to
come to Delhi and resign from her Rajya
Sabha seat. Kejriwal wants to give this
seat to his lawyer friend Abhishek Manu
Singhvi. Maliwal was given this Rajya
Sabha seat in January this year, but the
AAP high command did not get any suita-
ble response from Maliwal in this regard.
It is said that she was asked to come
to Delhi and talk to Kejriwal about this.
Reliable sources associated with AAP
say that when Maliwal boarded the flight
from America to Delhi, Kejriwal’s bail ap-
plication was approved by the Supreme
Court. Sources also say that Swati asked
for an appointment with Kejriwal several
times but neither Kejriwal nor Vibhav
came on the line, so Swati decided to go
to CM House and meet Kejriwal without
any appointment. She reached there and
sat in the drawing room and started wait-
ing. After getting the news of Maliwal’s
arrival, Vibhav came to the drawing room
and bluntly told Swati that ‘she will not
be able to meet Arvind ji today.’ After
hearing this, Swati became furious and
scolded Vibhav. On this, Vibhav also told
that ‘when the party needed you, you
could have come from America only for
a few days.’ Saying this, Vibhav went
inside. After this, the security personnel
of CM House took charge and it was
also seen in a video that when a female
security personnel was taking Maliwal
out by holding his hand, her clothes
were intact. At present, Delhi Police has
arrested Vibhav, who holds the most
secrets about Kejriwal.
A
mar Abdullah, a promi-
nent leader of the National
Conference, is contesting the
Lok Sabha elections from Baramulla
in Kashmir this time on behalf of the
I.N.D.I. Alliance, but at present, Omar
seems to be surrounded from all sides
on his seat. Omar’s father Farooq Ab-
dullah is an MP from Srinagar, which is
a traditional seat of the National Confer-
ence. Citing his age and health reasons,
Farooq has refused to contest elec-
tions from Srinagar this time, but Omar
considered the Baramulla seat safer
where he is facing the challenge from
People’s Conference’s Sajjad Lone.
But this time the election of Baramulla
has been made interesting by Sheikh
Abdul Rashid alias Engineer Rashid,
who is lodged in Tihar Jail. Rashid is a
two-time MLA and is in jail in a ‘terror
funding’ case. Rashid has contested as
an independent from Baramulla with the
support of Awami Inteha Party i.e. AIP.
His election campaign is being com-
manded by his 23-year-old son Abrar
Rashid. Needless to say, Engineer
Rashid has made the election contest
of Baramulla triangular and this is what
Omar Abdullah is worried about.
O
OMAR ABDULLAH'S BARAMULLA SEAT LOOKS TOUGH NUT TO CRACK
t is becoming a bit difficult
for the newly appointed
Chief Minister of Haryana,
Nayab Singh Saini, to retain the
independent MLAs of the state. Even
before this, 3 independent MLAs had
withdrawn their hands from the BJP
government. Sources reveal that
these three independent MLAs had
some personal demands which they
wanted to be fulfilled by the Chief
Minister within a week. In this regard,
they went and met the Chief Minister
and also presented their views before
him. But it is said that after listening to
their demands, Saini said, ‘I will not be
able to take a decision on this matter,
I will have to talk to Delhi also.’ Well,
the independent MLAs gave him a
week’s time to resolve their problems.
. Whenever Saini called to talk to the
top leadership in Delhi, he got the
same answer that ‘everyone is busy
in elections, we will not be able to talk
to you at this time.’ After a week, the
three independent MLAs called the
Chief Minister. When Saini met them,
they reminded him of their demand
and in turn Saini asked them for a few
more days’ time. But the MLAs stood
up from the meeting and aid that now
they can not give more time.
I
HARYANA CM NAYAB SINGH SAINI'S DIFFICULT POSITION
CM Sharma mobilises BJP workers in Odisha for Modi 3.0
Campaign trail in Odisha
CMBhajanLalSharmaforesees
BJPvictory,PMModi’sre-election
UNIQUE INITIATIVE
Speaker Vasudev Devnani starts ‘Vidhan Sabha Jandarshan’programme
Yogesh Sharma
Jaipur
ommon people
will now also be
able to see the
politicalnarrativemuseum
in the RajasthanAssembly
building. For this, Ra-
jasthan Assembly public
darshanprogramwasstart-
ed on Saturday. While in-
auguratingthisprogramon
World Museum Day, Ra-
jasthanLegislativeAssem-
bly SpeakerVasudev Dev-
nanisaidthatmuseumsare
abridgetoconnectcultural
andhistoricalheritagewith
the common people, and it
is also a repository of
unique collections of his-
tory, art, science, culture
and politics.Are.
Due to the initiative of
Devnani, now common
people will also be able to
see the political narrative
museum in the assembly
building.Theywillbeable
to enter the assembly
premises free of cost by
showingAadharcardfrom
gate number seven. The
museumwillhaveaweek-
ly holiday on Saturday.
Devnani called upon
the people to come to the
museum and become par-
ticipants in the political
development journey of
the country and the state.
He said that one should
actively participate in the
development of the nation
by knowing the past, un-
derstanding the present
and giving a new direc-
tion to the future. He said
that the museum built
with the incorporation of
modern technology is a
constant source of inspi-
ration for the new genera-
tion to know the function-
ing of the Legislative As-
sembly and the journey
from an ordinary citizen
to the supreme represent-
ative of the people. On the
first day of the pro-
gramme, political science
students of Maharani Col-
lege visited the Museum.
Aishwary Pradhan
Bhubaneswar
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma
has said that with the
blessings of the public,
the Bharatiya Janata Party
govt will be formed at the
Center with an over-
whelming majority and
PM Modi will become the
Prime Minister for the
third time. He was speak-
ing to BJP workers in
Bhubaneswar during his
tour of state on Saturday.
He said that after visit-
ing many states, he real-
ized that wherever the
migrant Rajasthanis and
Marwaris live, they have
their presence there.They
have a feeling of patrio-
tism. BJP State President
CP Joshi told the workers
in the dialogue meeting
that the party workers of
Rajasthan are migrating
to different states to make
Modiji the PM of India
again. It is extremely im-
portant for workers to
make full use of their time
for party work.
A large number of
workers including Minis-
ter Jogaram Patel, Avi-
nash Gehlot, Manju
Baghmar, senior leaders
Narayan Panchariya and
Hemraj Meena were pres-
ent in the dialogue meet-
ing. Moreover, a meeting
occurred between Chief
Minister Bhajan Lal Shar-
ma and Union Minister
Bhupendra Yadav during
which general organiza-
tional consultation took
place between the two
took place in Bhu-
baneswar.
Later CM Bhajan Lal
Sharma reached Jaipur
from Bhubaneswar on
Saturday from 2-day elec-
tion tour of Odisha.
Meanwhile BJP workers
from Sanganer celebrated
his marriage ceremony.
(L) Vasude Devnani with the political science students of Maharani College at the Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha in Jaipur on Saturday. (R) Devnani addressing a session to the students on Saturday.
During his stay in Odisha, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma met the officials
and workers of BJP and addressed them and discussed other
strategies to ensure the party’s victory in LS elections. During this,
BJP Rajasthan State President CP Joshi was also present.
C
CM REFUSES TO CUT
CAKE ON MARRIAGE
ANNIVERSARY
Jaipur: Follow-
ing RSS values,
Chief Minister
Bhajan Lal Sharma
today refused to cut
cake in Puri on his wed-
ding anniversary. Some
workers brought cake
and to celebrate the
wedding anniversary.
However, Sharma hum-
bly refused saying he
does not cut cakes, nor
has he ever cut cakes
as it is not a part of his
culture. Meanwhile,
BJP State President CP
Joshi and other leaders
congratulated Sharma
on his wedding anniver-
sary during a meeting in
Bhubaneswar.
Naresh Sharma
Amethi/Jaipur
Former Rajasthan Chief
Minister Ashok Gehlot
has launched a scathing
attack on the BJP. Gehlot
who was campaigning in
Amethi, accused the BJP
of using central agencies
like the ED, Income Tax
Department, and CBI to
dominate the country.
He described the current
political climate as one
of political hooligan-
ism, alleging that BJP
members are toppling
democratically elected
governments.
Gehlot cited instances
in Madhya Pradesh, Ma-
harashtra, and Karnataka
where he claims the BJP
engaged in horse-trading
to bring down elected
governments. He also
mentioned that Congress
party accounts have been
frozen and that two of its
Chief Ministers have
been imprisoned.
On the topic of the
Ram Temple, Gehlot
made a significant state-
ment, asserting that there
is no threat to the Ram
Temple, which has been
constructed following a
Supreme Court order.
First India Bureau
Bhiwani
Deputy Chief Minister
Diya Kumari on Saturday
campaigned in support of
BJP candidate Dharam-
veer Singh from Hary-
ana’s Bhiwani-Mahen-
dragarh Lok Sabha seat.
In a public meeting
held in Bhojawas, she ap-
pealed to make Narendra
Modi the Prime Minister
for the third time by giv-
ing a huge majority to the
BJP and said, “Congress
has insulted Sanatan by
rejecting the invitation
for the consecration pro-
gram of Ram temple. In
such a situation, they
have no right to get pow-
er in India. During Con-
gress rule, no work was
done except corruption
and nepotism. Despite
the heat, the common
people have to fulfill
their duty of going out
and voting in interest of
the country and after that
no stone will be left un-
turned in development of
the area under the leader-
ship of PM Modi.”
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Vice President Jagdeep
Dhankhar turned 73 on
Saturday. President Drou-
padi Murmu wished him
and took to social media.
She posted “Warm greet-
ings and best wishes to
Vice President Shri
Jagdeep Dhankhar Ji on
his birthday! I pray for his
long and healthy life in
service of the nation.
PM Modi, Home Min-
ister Amit Shah, Gover-
nor Kalraj Mishra, CM
Bhajanlal Sharma and
other leaders also con-
gratulated Dhankhar.
Shah in his message
wrote “Happy birthday to
the Vice President of the
country, Jagdeep
Dhankhar. The way you
fulfilled your constitu-
tional responsibilities by
carrying forward the tra-
dition of free and mean-
ingful dialogue in the Up-
per House is inspirational
to all of us,”
Governor Kalraj
Mishra called the Vice
President and congratu-
lated him. He extended
best wishes for Dhankhar.
First India Bureau
Bikaner
After a prolonged period,
theboundarydemarcation
of the Mahajan Firing
Range is set to take
place once again.
Chief Secretary
SudhanshPanthas
directed the District
Collector to com-
mence the boundary iden-
tification process for the
Mahajan Firing Range as
soon as the code of con-
duct is lifted. This issue
dates back to 1984, when
34 villages were acquired
for military purposes.
Both farmers and the mil-
itary had informed the
government about
the need for clear
boundary demarca-
tion. Disputes have
arisen over land
within the firing
range,withfarmersclaim-
ing some of the land as
theirs while the military
asserts its ownership.
Gehlot in Amethi: Attacks BJP
over misuse of Central agencies
DiyacampaignsforDharamveerSingh,
appealstomakeModiPMfor3rdterm
Ashok Gehlot, Rafeek Khan during the campaign for Kishori Lal
Sharma in Amethi on Saturday.
Diya Kumari campaigning in
Haryana on Saturday.
Leaders extend wishes on VP
Jageep Dhankhar’s B’day
OnCSPant’sorders,limitof
MFFRtobedecidedpostMCC
JAIPUR, SUNDAY | MAY 19, 2024
Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle
SPRING-SUMMER SHOWCASE
he air in Jaipur buzzed with
anticipation as United Colors of
Benetton unveiled its Spring-Summer
2024 collection at the iconic Bar Palladio
recently.  P11
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t just 20 years
old, Sezal Shar-
ma has already
carved out a re-
markable path in
the world of fashion and pag-
eantry. Pursuing a B-Tech in
Delhi, Sezal is not just aca-
demically inclined but
also holds prestigious
titles such as Miss In-
tercontinental India
Runner-up 2023 and
Miss Rajasthan
Runner-up 2023.
Born in Alwar and
raised in Jaipur,
Sezal’s journey began at
the tender age of three
when she enthusiastically
started doing ramp walks in
front of her family. This early
passion set the stage for her
future in pageantry and model-
ling. By the time she was in the
11th grade, Sezal realized her
heart was drawn more to the
spotlight of pageants and act-
ing than to academics alone.
Her journey, marked by
challenges and triumphs, has
been made possible with the
unwavering support of her par-
ents and mentors  organisers
Yogesh Mishra and Nimisha
Mishra, founders  directors,
of Miss Rajasthan.
As an only child, Sezal has
enjoyed immense love and
support from her parents,
whom she describes as her
best friends and pillars of
strength. Despite being pam-
pered, she developed a sense
of responsibility early on, a
trait that has served her well in
her career. A significant trans-
formation came when Sezal
lost 25 kilograms, a journey
that not only reshaped her
physically but also strength-
ened her mentally and emo-
tionally. This experience
taught her the importance of
self-improvement over soci-
etal expectations, a message
she passionately advocates.
Sezal’s mantra for a healthy
lifestyle revolves around be-
coming one’s competition,
striving continuously to be the
best version of oneself. Her
academic achievements are
equally impressive, with an
international rank of 11 in a
science olympiad and various
top ranks at state and national
levels. Looking ahead, Sezal
envisions herself as a success-
ful actor and model in Mum-
bai, making her parents proud
and representing India on an
international stage.
Model,Scholar
Inspiration
City First highlights the journey of supermodel Sezal Sharma, a
B-Tech student and accomplished beauty queen, who
seamlessly blends her academic prowess with a fervent
passion for pageantry and modelling, all fueled by strong
family support and a transformative personal journey.
Tripti
Mahawar
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
A MUKESH
KIRADOO
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JAIPUR, SUNDAY | MAY 19, 2024
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hen we walk
into a muse-
um, we open
the doors to
a whole new
world, a
portal to realms that tran-
scend our everyday reality.
From music and dance to
films, fashion, and historical
artefacts, museums celebrate
culture in its dynamic forms.
Once purely educational,
these spaces have evolved
into realms of 'edutainment',
seamlessly blending learning
with entertainment. Technol-
ogy, ever-present in our lives,
now enhances our museum
experiences with pop-up ex-
hibits, 3D displays, and vir-
tual art. The modern muse-
um is now a world within a
world.
Back in the 16th century,
museums were known as
'places of curiosity', and they
remain so today. Their origi-
nal purpose was to conserve,
preserve, collect, and show-
case art. The Albert Hall
Museum in Jaipur, one of the
city's oldest museums, still
upholds this tradition. Its ar-
tefacts, encased in glass and
meticulously maintained,
serve as windows into histo-
ry, inviting visitors to ob-
serve and appreciate from a
distance. Yet, today's muse-
ums embrace a dynamic, in-
teractive approach, trans-
forming visitors from pas-
sive onlookers into active
participants. Post-COVID,
the trend towards experien-
tial learning has accelerated,
driven by a desire for crea-
tive, hands-on experiences.
A prime example is The
Indian Music Experience
(IME) in Bengalu-
ru, India’s only interactive
music museum. Here, visi-
tors are immersed in musical
exploration, creating mix-
tapes, playing instruments,
and engaging with live per-
formances. Similarly,
Jaipur's RRAP Music Mu-
seum, curated by the Jaipur
Virasat Foundation, pre-
serves Rajasthan's fading
folk art through an interac-
tive model that invites active
participation.
Jaipur, a city renowned
for its vibrant culture and
heritage, celebrates art as a
daily festival. From the ma-
jestic Jaigarh Fort to the
bustling lanes of Johari Ba-
zaar, from the iconic Hawa
Mahal to the scenic route to
Amer Fort, the city's essence
is steeped in Rajasthani cul-
ture and royalty. Adding a
unique twist, Jaipur’s re-
nowned painter Vinay Shar-
ma has introduced miniature
museums for families, called
‘Smritiyo ka Kona’ in his
museum ‘Atit Raag.’ It is a
wooden structure with a
glass frame to, allow families
to preserve and celebrate
their lineage and cultural
bonds. He envisions them to
be placed in the corner of
every household, as a corner
of memories. This initiative,
born from the needs of mil-
lennials and Gen Z, helps
reconnect with forgotten
family histories and create
personal museums within
the conventional world of
museums.
What's often missing in
modern museums is rele-
vance to contemporary times
and the digital age. How do
these artefacts shape the fu-
ture of their fields? How can
they remain connected to
current advancements? Mu-
seums should be spaces of
dialogue, not just display,
fostering communication be-
tween artefacts and viewers.
Virtual museums and online
exhibitions have made art
more accessible, and modern
museums now seek to en-
hance user experiences
through feedback and con-
tinuous reviews.
The National Museum of
Delhi, the Anglo-Sikh Virtu-
al Museum, and the Salar
Jung Museum are among
many that are redefining
what it means to be a muse-
um in the 21st century. Ulti-
mately, museums are limit-
less; they can be anything
and everything that tells a
story, adds value and
strengthens a community’s
identity. They are not just
repositories of the past but
vibrant spaces that engage
with the present and inspire
the future.
W
Bhavishya
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CELEBRATING
museumexperiences
The Van Gogh Immersive Exhibit
3D Exhibitions at
Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC)
Atit Raag Museum
Artifact at Albert Museum
Indian Music Experience, Bengaluru
Albert Hall Museum
Smritiyo ka Kona
(Corner of memories)
Upcoming Virtual Galleries
Barricaded Artifacts at Albert Museum
National Museum of Indian Cinema, Mumbai
RRAP Museum, Jaipur Virasat Foundation
Garuda Artifact at Albert Museum
Event
JAIPUR, SUNDAY |MAY 19, 2024
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he air in Jaipur buzzed
with anticipation as
United Colors of Ben-
etton unveiled its
Spring-Summer 2024
collection at the iconic
Bar Palladio recently. This remarkable
showcase was a masterful blend of fash-
ion and a celebration of family and to-
getherness, perfectly encapsulating Unit-
ed Colors of Benetton's ethos of inclusiv-
ity and unity.
The event, themed 'Be Family,' saw
Jaipur’s fashion elite gather for an even-
ing of sartorial splendour. Real, distinc-
tive, and contemporary families took
centre stage, flaunting meticulously cu-
rated ensembles from Benetton’s latest
collection. This showcase was a testa-
ment to the brand’s innovative approach
to family fashion, presenting a redefined
vision of how families can dress.
Walking the ramp were notable fig-
ures from various fields, each bring-
ing their unique flair. The lineup
included marketer-turned-influ-
encer Marcela Baur, designer
Ashna Vaswani, fashion director Tejesh-
war Rajawat, and CA Nandini Jaiswani.
Joining them were Gen Z influencers
Aishvina and Parth, and dance artist
Khushi, along with their vibrant families.
The ramp walk, choreographed  direct-
ed by Show Director Abhimanyu Tomar,
beautifully embodied the essence of a
modern family, where individual style
coexists harmoniously to create a striking
haute family portrait. Each family show-
cased key pieces from the Spring-Sum-
mer 2024 collection, highlighting the
brand's versatility and enduring charm.
Guests were treated to an unforgettable
evening that brimmed with fashion, cul-
ture, and a palpable sense of love and
unity. The atmosphere was elevated by a
delectable array of food and beverages,
while an interesting heritage wall at the
entrance welcomed attendees, showcas-
ing United Colors of Benetton’s rich his-
tory and iconic campaigns.
The event attracted over 100 guests,
including Jaipur’s beau monde and
prominent fashion content creators, who
immersed themselves in an evening of
style, culinary delights, and fine wine.
The picturesque backdrop of Bar Pal-
ladio added to the allure, making it a
night to remember.
Ramprasad Sridharan, CEO  MD at
United Colors of Benetton India, ex-
pressed his delight, saying, “I am thrilled
to witness the vibrant spirit of Jaipur come
alive through this fashion showcase.
Jaipur holds a special place in our hearts
as a key market for United Colors of Ben-
etton, and we are excited to bring our lat-
est collection to the heart of this dynamic
city. The success of this event is a testa-
ment to our commitment to connecting
with the people of Jaipur and celebrating
their unique sense of style and culture.”
Kaveri Nag, Head of Marketing  PR,
echoed this sentiment, stating,“United
Colors of Benetton prides itself on being
a forerunner of fashion, and we are
thrilled to capture the unique essence of
style at the core of every real family with
this memorable family showcase.”
The night, filled with glamour and
elegance, perfectly showcased United
Colors of Benetton’s commitment to not
just fashion but also to fostering a sense
of community and family. As the even-
ing drew to a close, it was clear that the
brand had successfully woven a tapestry
of style, culture, and familial bonds, set-
ting a new benchmark for fashion events
in Jaipur. This Spring-Summer show-
case was more than just a display of
clothing; it was a celebration of unity,
inclusivity, and the enduring charm of
the family—true to the spirit of United
Colors of Benetton.
Mohit
Choudhary
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
Spectacular
howcase
pring-Summer
T
Show director Abhimanyu Tomar with Ramprasad Sridharan,
Ashna Vaswani, Tejeshwar Rajawat, Aishvina, Parth, Khushi, Kaveri Nag and others
Vedansh  Neitu Goyal along with other guests
Model strutting the runway
Models and dog in perfect harmony Jai Sharma with others Shweta Saharan, Rishiee Miglani  other
Ramprasad Sridharan
Kaveri Nag with a friend
International models walk the ramp
Guests during the event
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  • 1. Jaipur, Sunday | May 19, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 342 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper SENSEX 74005.94 88.91 BSE 22502.00 35.90 NIFTY firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia CM BHAJAN LAL’S BRIGADE IN BHUBANESWAR CM’s pep-talk to Raj BJP workers in Odisha Aishwary Pradhan Bhubaneswar hief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, on Sat- urday, interacted with the BJP workers who had gone from Rajasthan to campaign for the Lok Sabha-Assembly elec- tions in Bhubaneswar, Odisha and encouraged them and also took feed- back of the elections. In his address, he said that when a BJP worker works with loyalty for the party, his experience also increases and his de- cision making ability be- comes stronger. “There- fore, our workers can work in coordination and give better results to the party. The harder you work, the more recogni- tion you will gain. Along with fulfilling one’s re- sponsibilities, one should also evaluate one’s own work,” he said and called upon the workers per- forming various respon- sibilities for the Odisha Lok Sabha-Assembly elections to remain en- gaged in preparations with full enthusiasm. P8 Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma being greeted by BJP workers in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, on Saturday. C Our‘dhakad’govtbrought downArticle370:PMModi First India Bureau Ambala Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that it was his “dhakad” (strong) government that brought down the wall of Article 370 and as a re- sult, Kashmir is now moving ahead on the path of development. “Could a weak govern- ment have changed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir?” Prime Minis- ter Narendra Modi asked the gathering, addressing his first Lok Sabha elec- tion rally in Haryana. He referred to Haryana con- tributing a sizable num- ber of soldiers in the armed forces. P5 NDA govt has replaced bomb in Pak’s hands with begging bowl, says Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bharatiya Janata Party workers and leaders during a public meeting for the Lok Sabha elections, in Ambala district of Haryana on Saturday. PTI Union HM Amit Shah with BJP candidate from Jhansi Anurag Sharma and others, in Lalitpur district of UP, on Saturday. PTI A bus on fire in Haryana’s Nuh district on Saturday. PTI MERA KOI WARIS NAHI HAI, 140 CRORE DESHWASI HI MERE WARIS HAIN: MODI At a rally in Delhi on Saturday, PM Narendra Modi called 140 crore countrymen as his successors. He said that when he left home 60 years ago he was not aware that countrymen would become his family. WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF MODI’S 3RD TERM PoK WILL COME IN INDIA: YOGI Palghar: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minis- ter Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that the Pakistan-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir will become part of India within six months after Prime Minister Modi is re-elected for his third term. A family takes a camel ride at a beach along the Bay of Bengal, at Velankanni in Nagapattinam district, on Saturday. PTI IN BRIEF Campaigning ends for 5th phase of LS polls New Delhi: Campaigning came to an end on Satur- day evening for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls. As many as 49 Lok Sabha seats across eight States/ UTs, are scheduled to go to voting on May 20, Mon- day. According to the Election Commission, 695 candidates are contesting across these constituencies. Jaipur couple injured in terrorist attack in J&K Anantnag: A couple from Jaipur got injured after be- ing attacked by terrorists in J&K’s Anantnag on Saturday. The official so- cial media handle of the J&K police posted that terrorists fired upon and injured a lady Farha who is a resident of Jaipur and her spouse Tabrez in he Anantnag district. 4 law students killed in accident in Patiala Patiala: Four students of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala, were killed when their high- speed SUV car met with an accident, police said on Saturday. The late Friday accident took place on the highway near village Bak- shiwala on Bhadson Road of the district. Bibhav Kumar arrested, produced in Delhi court First India Bureau New Delhi Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar was ar- rested on Saturday for the alleged as- sault on Ra- jya Sabha MP Swati M a l i w a l . Meanwhile, a local court observed on Saturday that Bibhav’s anticipatory bail plea has become infructuous as he has been arrested. Bibhav was later produced be- fore Metropolitan Magis- trate Gaurav Goyal. Po- lice, through their coun- sel, have sought his sev- en-day custody to ques- tion him. ShahlaudsUPfor itscannonballs First India Bureau Lalitpur Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday highlighted Uttar Pradesh’s transformation from a state known for producing country-made pistols to one now manu- facturing cannon balls. Addressing an election rally in Lalitpur in favour of BJP’s Jhansi candidate Anurag Sharma, who is eyeing a second term, the Union HM said the state started developing only after Narendra Modi be- came the Prime Minister and Yogi Adityanath the Chief Minister. “There was a time when country-made pis- tols were produced in Ut- tar Pradesh. But PM Modi built a defence cor- ridor in Bundelkhand, and now cannon balls are made here,” Shah said. PTI Gurugram Nine people, including five women and a 12-year-old girl, were burnt alive and 17 injured when a moving tourist bus caught fire near Dhulawat village in Har- yana’s Nuh district in the wee hours of Saturday. The incident took place around 2 am on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, they said. The bus was carry- ing around 60 people, all residents of Punjab’s Ho- shiarpur and Ludhiana. 9 killed, 17 hurt as bus catches fire in Haryana CHADHA REACHES KEJRIWAL’S RESIDENCE Rajya Sabha MP of Aam Aadmi Party Raghav Chadha on Saturday made his first ap- pearance in months as he arrived at Delhi chief minis- ter Arvind Kejriwal’s official residence in the national capital. A video posted by news agency ANI showed Chadha arriving in a car at the CM’s residence. CM, HIMANTA HOLD DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSIONS In Odisha, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma engaged in discussions with his Assam counterpart Dr Hi- manta Biswa Sarma on Satur- day. The meeting focused on developmental projects and welfare initiatives undertaken by their respective states. They exchanged views on strategies to enhance overall development of their regions. WORLD FAMILY DOCTOR DAY LusciousLitchis Farmers prepare bunches of harvested litchi, at an orchard in Nadia, West Bengal on Saturday. Litchi is a much-awaited summer fruit of India and it ranks 7th in area and 9th in production among fruit crops. West Bengal is the second largest litchi-producing state in the country after Bihar.
  • 2. INSTANT REDRESSAL Jaipur Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph resolves complaints on-the-spot at public hearing Satyanarayan Sharma Jaipur aipur Police Commissioner Biju George Jo- seph held a public hear- ing at Bagru police sta- tion on Saturday and heard the problems of the complainants. He gave instructions to the concerned officers to resolve them on the spot. Additional Commis- sioner of Police Kailash Chandra Vishnoi, Deputy Commissioner of Police West Amit Kumar, Ad- ditional Deputy Com- missioner of Police West Neeraj Pathak, Assistant Commissioner of Police Bagru Aamir Hasan,As- sistant Commissioner of Police Vaishali Nagar Alok Kumar along with concerned SHOs were present during this. Joseph said that the problems of the com- plainants are being re- solved on the spot. He said that due to this posi- tive initiative of the po- lice, confidence among the common people and fear among criminals is increasing. The CP said that to provide relief to the common people, public hearings are being held every day in all the po- lice stations. Jaipur Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph held a public hearing at Bagru police station on Saturday. He gave instructions to investigate all the complaints and resolve them in the shortest possible time. He also directed the concerned officers to immediately respond and resolve the problems of the complainants J RAJASTHAN 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Sunday | May 19, 2024 Vikas Sharma Jaipur For the smooth operation of blood banks in the state, Blood Transfusion Services Section will be established under the Di- rector of Public Health. This section will coordi- nate with the Drug Con- trol Department in the state to ensure transpar- ency and regular moni- toring in all work related to the blood bank. This information was given by ACS of the Medical and Health De- partment - Shubhra Singh - on Saturday on the oc- casion of presenting the report by the investiga- tion team formed in the plasma theft case at JK Lone Hospital. Singh said that accord- ing to the report present- ed by the investigation team, on the information about the role of a private hospital in plasma theft case at JK Lone Hospital, the department has also investigated the blood bank located at Soni Hos- pital. “A notice has been issued to the hospital if irregularities were found here. Action will also be taken against the hospital as per rules. The blood banks of Jaipuria and SMS Hospital were also inspected by the team. The arrangements in the blood banks of these two hospitals were found to be smooth,” she said. First India Bureau Bhilwara The Bhilwara Pocso court on Saturday pronounced two accused guilty in the case of burning a 14-year- old girl alive in a coal fur- nace after she was gan- graped. Besides, seven other accused have been acquitted in the case. On August 2 last year, a case of gangrape of a minor came to light in Kotdi police station area of Shahpura district. Nine men and women were facing trial in the case. The court found the two prime accused and sib- lings Kalu and Kanha Kalbeliya, guilty while acquitted the seven ac- cused due to lack of evi- dence. The acquitted in- clude the wife, sister, mother and father of the main accused among oth- ers. A 473-page charge sheet was filed in the case and the trial was on for the last 10 months, Special public prosecutor Ma- havir Kisanawat said. New Blood Transfusion Services Section to be set in State soon POCSOcourtconvicts2, acquits7forrapingteen Notice has been issued to Soni Hospital after irregularities found The wives of the accused had opened door of the furnace to throw the minor in the fire. Family also found silver bangle in the coal. The quantum of the sentence has been kept reserved next hearing is on May 20 JK Lone plasma theft case Bhilwara minor was gangraped, burnt alive in furnace First India Bureau Jaipur India became a nuclear power country on this day, 50 years ago. This entire test opera- tion was named ‘Smiling Buddha’because Buddha Purnima was being cele- brated in the country on 18 May 1974. According to the re- ports of that time, the exercise of this operation started on 7 September 1972. The government had given permission to the scientists of the coun- try to test the indigenous- ly designed nuclear de- vice. The information about this successful test was given to Prime Min- ister Indira Gandhi by Raja Ramanna, then Di- rector of Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), who said ‘Bud- dha smiled’. After this Indira Gandhi visited that place. Naresh Sharma Jaipur Parts of Jaipur are facing significant water supply issues due to a fault in the 220 kV substation line at Dooni in Tonk. The elec- trical fault had led to the shutdown of the Sura- jpura pump house, dis- rupting water supply across the city. For the past three days, intermittent faults have caused repeated shut- downs of the pump house. On May 16 and 17, the pump house was inactive for an hour each day due to electrical is- sues, resulting in water supply disruptions in multiple areas. On Satur- day a ten-minute power fault once again halted operations at the Sura- jpura pump house, lead- ing to a reduction of ap- proximately 20 MLD (million liters per day) in the water supply. Restarting the pump house after a shutdown takes about an hour, com- pounding the delay in water distribution. First India Bureau Ajmer Police in Ajmer have ap- prehended a self-pro- claimed Tantrik who al- legedly defrauded a woman of millions of rupees. The accused, who had a penchant for online gambling and bet- ting, incurred significant debts after losing around Rs 2.5 crore in these ac- tivities. Subsequently, to alleviate his financial situation, he resorted to fraudulent means. The case came to light when Payal Gurnani, aged 41, reported the fraud to the authorities. Following her complaint, law enforcement officials conducted a thorough in- vestigation, scrutinizing the accused’s financial records. Upon verifying the authenticity of the claims, the suspect was taken into custody. Divya Kanwaliya Jaipur Jaipur, along with all mu- seums across the state, is celebrating International Museum Day by offering free entry to tourists. Both domestic and inter- national visitors are be- ing welcomed with tradi- tional Rajasthani hospi- tality, complete with garlands and tilak. At Albert Hall, a large crowd gathered on Satur- day. Despite the scorch- ing heat, visitors enjoyed their time at the museum. After a brief lull, there was another surge of vis- itors, including school children on educational trips organized by their schools. Visitors from other cit- ies expressed their admi- ration for Jaipur, noting that they had visited all the heritage sites since morning before arriving at Albert Hall. At Hawa Mahal, Su- perintendent Saroj Chanchlani explained that a special rangoli had been created at the en- trance in honor of Mu- seum Day. Shivendra Singh Parmar Jaipur Inasternwarningtosocial media enthusiasts, Ra- jasthan Police has an- nounced strict action againstindividualsmaking reels with weapons. This crackdown comes in re- sponse to the growing trend of creating videos featuring both real and fake firearms. Thepolicehaveempha- sized that anyone found making reels with weap- onswillfacesevereconse- quences.Themoveaimsto curb the rising popularity of such content, which of- ten glamorizes the use of firearmsandposesariskto public safety. The authorities have clarified that even using fake weapons in reels will not be exempt from pun- ishment. This decision un- derscores the commitment of Rajasthan Police to maintaining law and order and preventing the misuse of weapons, whether real or simulated. India remembers ‘Smiling Buddha’ on its 50th anniversary Electrical issues at Pump House cause water shortages in Jaipur FreeentryfortouristsatAlbertHall Sternwarningbycops:No morereelswithweapons Police arrest self-proclaimed tantrik for swindling crores from woman in Ajmer CRIME ROUNDUP MANSAROVAR POLICE ARREST WANTED CRIMINAL JAY SINDHI FAKE AGENCY SWINDLES YOUTH, DEMANDS RS 10L FOR RESCUE FATHER MURDERS 3-YEAR-OLD SON IN DUNGARPUR, HELD Jaipur In a significant break- through, the Mansarovar police have apprehended the notorious criminal and bookie, Jay Sindhi. Sindhi has over 30 cases registered against him, including charges of cricket betting, robbery, kidnapping, and extortion. He was wanted in four police station jurisdic- tions. Constable Mahesh Kumar of the Mansarovar police station had been tracking the criminal since May 2023. Through diligent work and developing crucial inputs, Constable was able to provide vital information on Sindhi’s location to his superiors. Hindaun City: In a troubling incident, a young man from Kanjoli Ka Pura in Hindon City has fallen victim to a fraudulent job placement agency. The agency, pur- portedly set up to send young people abroad for employment, initially took Rs 2 lakh from the victim with the promise of a job in Canada. Instead, the young man was sent to Thailand on a tourist visa. The scam didn’t end there. The agency then demanded an additional Rs 3 lakh to arrange for his return. Now, the fraudsters are asking for a further Rs10 lakh to bring him back from Thailand. Dungarpur: In Bedwa village, Kua police station area, Dungarpur district, a man brutally murdered his three-year-old kid by slicing his throat with a knife. The motive for the murder has not been revealed. The alleged father has been detained by the police. The cops also discovered a carved grave inside the house. According to Sunil Chawla, an officer at Kua police station, Kanji awoke in the middle of the night and killed his son Ayush by slicing his throat with a knife. A burial was also discovered carved inside the same house. FILE Deputy CM Prem Chand Bairwa visited Albert Hall on Saturday on the occassion of International Museum Day. Superintendent Saroj Chanchlani welcoming tourists at Hawa Mahal in Jaipur on Saturday. NAIM KHAN The exercise of ‘Smiling Buddha’ operation started on 7 Sept 1972 For the past three days, intermittent faults have caused repeatedshutdowns Crackdown comes in response to growing trend of creating videos with real and fake firearms Vimal Kothari Jaipur Cash and jewelry worth Rs 6.83 crore have been seized in the income tax action being taken against the units, ware- houses, and associates of ARL Group. The seizure includes cash worth Rs 50 lakh and gold jewellery weighing 9.55 kg worth Rs 6.13 crore. Income Tax officials said that the promoters of the group’s flagship com- panyARLInfratech Lim- ited had evaded income tax of Rs 50 crore. The action of the IT department continued on Saturday on ARL Group. First India Bureau Jaipur Hearing in the case re- lated to the brutal murder of Kanhaiyalal in Udaipur has been post- poned to May 28 due to non-appearance of the witness policeman. Ajmer High Security Jail Administration had pro- duced the accused on Saturday. The NIA court had issued charge orders against all the accused on January 12. Apart from Farhad Mohammad, oth- ers accused are RiyazAt- tari, Mohammad Ghaus, Asif Hussain, Mohsin, Mohd. Mohsin, Wasim Ali, Mohd. Javed and Muslim Khan. They are in judicial custody. Challan was presented against 11 people, in- cluding two Pakistanis on Dec 22, 2022. Riyaz Jabbar and Mohd. Gaus had murder Kanhaiyalal on June 28, 2022. Even after almost 23 months of the incident, not a single witness’s statement has started in the court. NIA court postpones hearing for May 28 Kanhaiyalal beheading case ` 6.83 crore seized from ARL group in IT raids INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY On May 18, 1974, the Indian Army tested a nuclear explosion in a 107-meter-deep underground shaft at the Pokhran Test Range
  • 3. RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Sunday | May 19, 2024 EK THA PANTHER Pakistani panther tamed by forest dept Rajiv Gaur Jodhpur panther that crossed the In- do-Pak border and entered Indian terri- tory for hunting was brought to Jodhpur by a forest department team. Initially the panther will be kept in Machia Bio- logical Park of Jodhpur before being released at a suitable place as per the rules. The dreaded panther had come to Jaisalmer from Pakistan and started hunting goats. When the villagers came to know about this, they immedi- ately informed the forest department. The forest department team led by Jodhpur Forest Officer Bansilal tranquilized the panther and brought to Jodhpur. Officials said that the captured panther is a 4-year-old male. He had covered a distance of 12 kms inside India after crossing the border. A The four-year-old male panther, which had traveled 12 km into Indian territory from Pakistan and started hunting goats, was tranquilized by a team led by Forest Officer Bansilal. The panther will be kept in the park before being released at a suitable location Tonk, Jaisalmer sizzle at 45°C as heat intensifies in State Ziyauddin Khan Jaipur Tonk and Jaisalmer were the hottest on Sat- urday with mercury touching 45 degrees Celsius in both the plac- es. Streets in Tonk wore a deserted look due to the heat wave. The rise in temperature has in- creased the demand for coolers, fridges, ACs and other electronic ap- pliances. In Jaisalmer, hot winds blew at a speed of 10 kilometre per hour. In Chittorgarh, for the second time the maxi- mum temperature of the district crossed 43 de- grees Celsius. Accord- ing to the weather de- partment, heat would intensify in the state for one or two weeks. The temperature here is ex- pected to touch 44-45 degrees Celsius. Notably, on May 9, the temperature in sev- eral parts of the State had crossed 43 degrees Celsius. JMC sprays water on road in a bid to lower temprature, provide relief to general public Jaipur is currently experiencing an unprecedented heatwave, even before the onset of June. The extreme heat has made daily life challenging for resi- dents, who are struggling to cope with the scorching sun and relentless heat. In an effort to provide some relief, JMC greater has deployed anti-smog guns to spray water in various parts of the city. This innovative measure aims to cool down the streets and offer respite. On Saturday afternoon, water spraying through the fog guns was observed on Tonk Road near SMS Stadium, providing much-needed relief to commuters. The water mist helped ease the discomfort caused by sweltering temperatures. 12vehiclesguttedasfire breaksoutatparkingarea Satyanarayan Sharma Jaipur On Saturday morning, a big fire broke out in the parking area of a Jaipur apartment complex. Due to the sudden smoke, 40 people were trapped in the apartment and had to be rescued by the fire de- partment. The fire was brought under control by the Mu- hana police station, which used two fire en- gines. The fire destroyed 12 vehicles parked in the parking lot and turned them into scrap. The police inquiry dis- covered that an electronic scooter parked in the parking lot had caught fire.According to the po- lice, the flames devoured the bikes parked nearby. Vehicles in the parking lot all caught fire. Within no time, a cloud of smoke rose alongside the flames. 4 fire tenders douse flames at in the forest near Amber Short circut at cotton factory in Jpr’s Sitapura leads to a massive fire, no casualties reported On Saturday afternoon, a major fire broke out in Jaipur’s cotton plant. The plant suffered a fire caused by a short circuit, resulting in a loss of thousands of rupees. The fire was brought under control in approximately an hour with the assistance of four fire trucks. Usha Sharma, a fire officer, stated that cotton and fiber production is done in the factory. At roughly 1 p.m., there was a sudden short circuit. After seeing the massive flames rising from the facility, fear spread. According to police reports, four fire vehicles arrived at the scene. After roughly an hour of intense efforts by the fire department, the fire was com- pletely contained. According to the preliminary reports, the cotton factory has suffered a loss of thousands of rupees due to the firey mishap on Saturday. People nearby were terrified as a sudden fire broke out in the forest area between Sarai Bawadi in Amber and Khor Darwaza. As the fire spread towards the forested hills, the plants and trees caught in it were reduced to ashes. After a lot of effort by the personnel from the fire department, the fire was brought under control. Four fire tenders from the Amer fire department had arrived at the scene upon recieving the information. Ranger Ajit Kumar Meena stated that the cause of the forest fire is unknown, and that efforts by the department to bring it under control were sucessful. Even in the second round, the fire tenders were unable to contain the fire in the lower portions, which was increasing with the wind. Nirmal Tiwari, Mahesh Sharma Auction of all blocks to be expedited: Mines secretary Anandi Inspection of Jaipur jails, awareness drive for prisoners held First India Bureau Jaipur The Chairman of the Dis- trict Legal Services Au- thority and District and Sessions Judge, Jaipur Metropolitan-II, C.P. Shrimali inspected the Central Jail, Women’s Jail and Dist Jail on Saturday. DLSA Secretary Palla- viSharmasaid that during this inspection conducted in compliance with the instructions of NALSA, Chairman CP Shrimali interacted with the pris- oners in Central Jail and feedback was taken re- garding accommodation, cleanliness, food and em- ployment.Alegal aware- ness camp was organized in which the prisoners were made aware of their fundamental rights and various aspects of the Le- gal Services Authority. Besides, information about witness protection scheme and other wel- fare and protection schemes run by National Legal ServicesAuthority and Rajasthan Legal Ser- vices Authority was also provided. First India Bureau Jaipur Mines Secretary Anandi, during a meeting of sen- ior officials of Mines and Geology Department at the Secretariat on Satur- day, said that the deline- ation work for auction of minor and major blocks in the state will be expe- dited. She said that strict steps would be taken to recover the fine amount in cases of illegal mining activities. Anandi said that to ef- fectively stop illegal mining in the state, em- phasis will be laid on pre- paring more mining blocks and auctioning them. For this, a monthly roadmap has been pre- pared by the department from June. Anandi said that by drilling for exploration of minerals in the state, analysis of reports and then preparing plots and auctioning them, illegal mining activities of pre- cious minerals will be stopped and revenue and employment opportuni- ties will be generated. The team of forest officials that tranqualised the Panther and brought it to Jodhpur on Saturday. DrJeevanKankaria removes30stonesstuck inwoman’sintestine First India Bureau Jaipur Dr. Jeevan Kankaria and his team at SMS Medical College in Jaipur have successfully performed a rare and complex surgery on a 36-year-old woman from Sawai Madhopur, who had been suffering from severe stomach pain and anemia for a decade. Despite numerous treatments in various hospitals across Ra- jasthan and Gujarat, her condition remained undi- agnosed until she ap- proached Dr. Kankaria. Investigations re- vealed multiple gall- stones and intestinal ob- struction. During the laparoscop- ic surgery, doctors dis- covered around 30 stones in the intestine and sig- nificant intestinal swell- ing, necessitating the re- moval of about four feet of the intestine. Remarkably, no blood transfusions were re- quired during the sur- gery. This unusual case, characterized by the large number of stones and multiple intestinal con- tractions, will be docu- mented in an internation- al medical journal. Dr. Kankaria’s team, including anesthetist Dr. Sunil Chauhan and nurs- ing staff Rakesh Gurjar, achieved a significant milestone in medical sci- ence. The patient is now sta- ble and expected to make a full recovery soon. JMCG to get rid of open garbage depots; wards to be ‘self-reliant’ Cong leaders from Raj given responsibility in Punjab elections First India Bureau Jaipur Jaipur Municipal Corpo- ration Greater is making continuous efforts to get thebestrankintheSwachh Survekshan 2024 and to achieve this, a campaign to create an ideal self-reli- ant ward was started from Ward 81 of Mansarovar Zone. Under this campaign which ran from 7 am to 11 am,officersofthecorpora- tion,DeputyCommission- er(Health)NaveenBhard- waj, Deputy Commission- er (Garage), Atul Deputy Commissioner (Gardens), Ravindra and others were present. Local councillor Jai Vashishtha, about 20 members of the team of Finiloop, the team of CK Birla Hospital along with more than 100 locals par- ticipated in the campaign. More than 20 team members went door-to- door and told people to segregate garbage. Naresh Sharma Jaipur Congress has entrusted leaders from Rajasthan with key responsibilities in the state of Punjab ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Various leaders have been appointed as ob- servers for different par- liamentary constituen- cies in Punjab. Ashok Chandna has been tasked with over- seeing the Ludhiana par- liamentary constituency, while opposition leader Tikaram Jully has been assigned the responsibil- ity for Gurdaspur. Rahul Kaswan, who contested the Lok Sabha elections from Churu, has been appointed as the observer for the Ferozepur parliamentary constituency. Similarly, Raghu Sharma has been designated as the observ- er for the Firozpur Lok Sabha seat. SANTOSH SHARMA Two elephants try to cool themselves inside a pool as the mercury touched 44 Degree mark on Saturday. SANTOSH SHARMA Dogs chase a swan as they play in a lake near Jaipur to cool themselves on Saturday. SUNIL SHARMA
  • 4. TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK One who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation. BHAGAVAD GITA Best wishes to Shri @H_D_ Devegowda Ji on his birthday. He is respected across the political spectrum for his service to the nation. His passion towards agriculture and rural development are remarkable. Praying for his long and healthy life. Narendra Modi @narendramodi The people of Uttar Pradesh are once again going to foil the appeasement and casteist politics of SP-Congress. The immense enthusiasm of the brothers and sisters in the Banda public meeting is proof that this time BJP will cross 400. Amit Shah (Modi Ka Parivar) @AmitShah IN-DEPTH UNBECOMING OF A FORMER JUDGE OF HIGH COURT t is indeed good for the higher judiciary that Abhijit Gangopadhyay no longer adorns Calcutta High Court’s bench. His misogynist remarks against West Bengal Chief Minister Mama- ta Banerjee are unbecoming of a former judge of the high court. The Election Commission has called the remarks “improper, injudicious and undignified”. Gangopadhyay asked, “…Mamata Banerjee, how much are being sold for...Why is your rate Rs 10 lakh? Is it because of your make-up…? Only crass politi- cians make such derogatory remarks against a woman. Misogyny, a deeply ingrained prejudice against women, often manifests as attempts to humiliate, de- mean and undermine women’s confidence and autono- my, perpetuating gender inequality. By humiliating women, misogynists seek to maintain control and pow- er, stifling women’s voices and contributions. Combat- ing this requires societal change, education, and strong support systems to empower women and challenge the structures that promote such harmful attitudes. One cannot question Gangopadhyay’s educational qualifications but he seems to have a mindset which does allow dignified treatment to women. I TROUBLES OF DELHI CM JUST INCREASED he Swati Maliwal saga has taken a murky turn. Aam Aadmi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP filed an FIR detailing the physical and verbal assault she allegedly endured from Bibhav Kumar, Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant. Following her statement, Kumar was arrested and produced before a Delhi court on Saturday, where his bail request was denied. Maliwal’s medical examination corroborated some of the injuries described in the FIR. After another AAP MP, Sanjay Singh, confirmed that “a condemnable incident” had taken place against Maliwal at the Delhi chief minister’s resi- dence, the party took a U-turn and claimed that Maliwal was planted by the BJP as part of a bigger con- spiracy against Kejri- wal who has not ut- tered a word con- demning the assault. Senior AAP leader Aatishi claimed that the BJP was stumped by the bail given to Kejriwal by the Su- preme Court and dis- missed Maliwal’s al- legations as false. Bibhav Kumar of- fered his own version of the incident which, obviously, the court did not buy. The CCTV footage leaked by AAP has not con- vinced the police. If Maliwal is right, CCTV footage of her being kicked and slapped should be there. In a tweet to Delhi Police she said she had information “that these people are now tampering with the CCTV of the house”. Regardless of the veracity of Maliwal’s claims, this incident significantly hampers Kejriwal’s political efforts. The Enforcement Directorate naming AAP as an accused in the excise case adds to the blow for the Delhi Chief Minister. Both the future of the par- ty and Kejriwal himself are now in jeopardy. T Senior AAP leader Aatishi claimed that BJP was stumped by bail given to Kejriwal by SC dismissed Maliwal’s allegations as false. Bibhav Kumar offered his own version of the incident which, obviously, the court did not buy l Vol 5 l Issue No. 342 l RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504. l Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra l Managing Editor: Pawan Arora l Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Sunday | May 19, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia epal, 45th in size in the world and has 29 mil- lion people, takes pride in its history of never having been colo- nised and has an important geostrategic position, with two nuclear states India and China on either side. In the current scenario, Nepal has opted for a trend of hedging with both neighbours while adhering to a non-alignment foreign policy. Historically Nepal has extensive eco- nomicanddefencecoopera- tion with India and now aims to seek economic and infrastructure development opportunities from China through initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), to overcome its geo- political challenges. How- ever, India is concerned about Nepal’s growing rela- tions with China, as it poses asignificantthreattoIndia’s interests. Despite Nepal’s ruling leaders’ perception that In- diadidnottreatNepalasper the spirit of a special rela- tionship, India managed to keeptheminitsfoldforsev- eral decades. The Indian establishment saw this as a success of its policies that yielded a stable relationship with its “little brother.” Now, with China making inroads into the new repub- lic, India’s success may be rendered unsustainable. Whether India will succeed in effectively competing with China to safeguard its interests and maintain its sphere of influence, is going to depend on two overarch- ing factors: India’s overall capacitytochallengeChina, and its political will to ad- dress its own controversial approaches towards Nepal. INDO-NEPAL RELATIONS Nepal occupies a special significance in its foreign policy because of the geo- graphic, historical, cultural and economic linkages/ties that span centuries. India and Nepal share similar ethnic, religious and de- mographic profiles. The two countries not only share an open border and unhindered movement of people, but they also have close bonds through mar- riages and familial ties. The India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 forms the bedrock of the special relations that exist between India and Nepal. Nepali citizens en- joy special privileges under a 1950 treaty, which allows them to work, live and in- vest in India as well as join its armed forces. Nepal feeds many perennial riv- ers in India, houses many pilgrim centres for Hindus, and Buddhists, and acts as a buffer state between two rival nuclear states. India on the other hand is the largest trading partner and source of foreign invest- ment, transit to trade with all other nations, has close defence cooperation and strong military ties, a lead- ing investor in infrastruc- ture and other developmen- tal activities in Nepal. CHINA’S GROWING INTERESTS IN NEPAL NepalsupportstheOneChi- na policy, yet China is ap- prehensive about furthering its regional power dynamics due to the friendly presence of India and the United States in Nepal. With Maoists in power, China has managed to ad- dress its insecurities and concerns about the border and Tibetan refugees in Nepal. China failed to rope in Nepal to join the Global Security Initiative (GSI), but got them on board for BRI, and finally a rail link between Kathmandu - Lhasa is likely to be effec- tive by 2025. China has become a major source of Foreign Direct Invest- ments (FDI) surpassing India as the largest inves- tor in Nepal marking a shift in the traditional Indo- Nepalese economic ties. Sino-Newalese eco- nomic and defence coop- eration has seen an upsurge in recent years. MAJOR CHALLENGES Nepal’s territorial claims on Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh of Uttara- khand and the area of Susta in West Champaran dis- trict, Bihar have become border irritants. The 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship en- visaged special links be- tween India and Nepal and is now viewed as a sign of an unequal relationship and an Indian imposition. The idea of revising and updat- ing it has found mention in Joint Statements since the mid-1990s but in vain. India’s refusal to accept demonetised bills with the Nepal Rashtra Bank and the unknown fate of the re- port submitted by the Emi- nent Persons Group (EPG) has become a bone of con- tention. In recent years, Ne- pal has drifted away from India’s influence, and Chi- na has gradually filled the space with investments, aid and loans. Effectively countering growing Chi- nese influence in Nepal is essential as it undermines India’s safety and security. Indo-Nepal border is vir- tually open and lightly po- liced which is exploited by terrorist outfits and insur- gent groups for supply of trained cadres, fake Indian currency etc. Trust deficit has widened between India and Nepal because of the Indian reputation for delay- ing the implementation of various projects. OPPORTUNITIES AND WAY FORWARD Taking a cue from the Indo- Bangladesh model, India- Nepal can resolve border disputes without a rhetoric on territorial nationalism. Need to increase people-to- people, bureaucratic as well as political interactions. India has to stick to the principles of non-interfer- ence and peaceful co-exist- ence are respected and a high level of political en- gagement with Nepal. The power trade agree- ments must be used to build trust in Nepal and optimise the use of hydropower pro- jectsformutualbenefit,both financially and for environ- mental pollution. Despite the recent pro- China political alliance shifting in Nepal, India can exploit the opportunities created by the two Prime Ministers. In July 2021, the Nepalese PM, Pushpa Ka- mal Dahal visited India and his maiden visit abroad was a great success in terms of launching connectivity pro- jects and signing Memoran- dums of Understanding (MoUs). In May 2022, the Indian PM, Narendra Modi, laid a foundation stone for a Buddhist Vihara, built with Indian assistance at Lumbi- ni,thebirthplaceofBuddha. IndiamustexploittheNepa- lese leadership’s fear that Chinese projects are under commercial loans that could create an economic crisis like the one in Sri Lanka. Useeconomicdiplomacyby not buying power from Chi- nese-aided Hydropower projects thereby making Chinese investments in Hy- dropower projects unsafe and vulnerable. China’s growing footprint inSouthAsiaisthe‘newnor- mal’and most neighbouring countries have learnt to deal with both India and China. Nepal too is trying to recali- brate its policies to face this reality. Thus, the role of Chi- na in Nepal has become a reality and India has to be cooperativeratherthantaking thepathofconfrontationwith Nepal for the larger good. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL CHINA’S GROWING INTEREST IN NEPAL CHALLENGESAND OPPORTUNITIESFORINDIA Historically Nepal has extensive economic and defence cooperation with India and now aims to seek economic and infrastructure development opportunities from China through initiatives like Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), to overcome its geopolitical challenges. However, India is concerned about Nepal’s growing relations with China, as it poses a significant threat to India’s interests N Col Rajesh Bhukar The writer is a Post Graduate in International Studies, Alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and College of Combat, Mhow HISTORIC TIES India and Nepal share similar ethnic, religious and demographic pro- files. The two countries not only share an open border and unhindered movement of people, but they also have close bonds through marriag- es and familial ties. The India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 forms the bed- rock of the special rela- tions that exist between India and Nepal. Nepali citizens enjoy special privileges under a 1950 treaty, which allows them to work, live and invest in India as well as join its armed forces.
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  • 6. PTI Mumbai Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Saturday hit out at AamAadmi Party (AAP) chief and his Delhi coun- terpart Arvind Kejriwal, saying the latter was in alliance with the Con- gress party that has a re- cord of imprisoning op- position leaders. Yadav slammed Kejri- wal for alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will put leaders from the opposition par- ties behind bars if it gets a third term. “The Con- gress has a record of put- ting the entire opposition in jail. Kejriwal is in alli- ancewiththesamepeople and is accusing the BJP. Show me one instance where opposition leaders have been arrested like at the time of Emergency,” the CM said. Mohan Yadav further claimed that the Con- gress never accepted the existence of Lord Ram. VETERANS AVAIL HOME VOTING FACILITY Manmohan, Ansari, Advani, Joshi vote from home PTI New Delhi ormer vice president Mo- hammad Hamid Ansari, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, former deputy prime minister LK Ad- vani and former Union minister Dr Murli Mano- har Joshi have cast their votes using the home vot- ing facility, the Delhi poll body said. The office of the chief electoral officer (CEO) of Delhi on Thursday kicked off the home vot- ing facility for elderly voters and persons with disabilities (PwDs) and it will go on till May 24. According to the data, 1409 voters cast their ballots from the comfort of their homes across all seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi on Friday, which was the second day of the facility being started. The West Delhi constituency re- ported the highest num- ber of home votes, with 348 voters participating. Among them, 299 were elderly individuals. “Former prime minis- ter Dr Manmohan Singh and former Union minis- ter Dr Murli Manohar Joshi successfully cast their votes on May 17 from their home availing home voting facility in the New Delhi parlia- mentary constituency,” the office said. Former deputy prime minister LK Advani cast his vote on Saturday, sources said. (L-R) Former PM Manmohan Singh, former deputy PM Lal Krishna Advani and veteran BJP leader MM Joshi show their fingers marked with indelible ink after casting votes in New Delhi. F INDIA 05 Jaipur, Sunday | May 19, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia PTI Sonipat (Haryana) Addressing a rally at Go- hana, his second of the day in Haryana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday referred to the Lok Sabha polls as a “kurukshetra (battle)” in which “there is develop- ment on one hand and ‘vote jihad’on the other”. “Dhara 370 ki deewar hamne kabristan me gaad diya hai....We have bur- ied the hurdle of Article 370 in kabristan (grave- yard),” he asserted. Modi said now the Congress is not even hid- ing its “desh-virodhi agenda (anti-national agenda). They are saying openly what Modi did in 10 years they will reverse it if they come to power, hesaid.Buttheir“dream” of bringing Article 370 back will never be ful- filled, he added. “They are saying that we will restore Article 370 in Kashmir... This means once again a free run for terrorism and bloodshed in the Valley,” PM Modi said. “From the brave land of Haryana, I want to tell those associated with the Congress that only tri- colour will fly in Kash- mir now,” he said. “For- get the dream of bring- ing back 370 in Kashmir. And if you try to do it ‘lene k dene pad jay- enge’ (you will pay very heavy price).” On the opposition naming their grouping INDIA, he said, “The re- ality does not change by changing name. This INDI Alliance is a gang of the corrupt. (jJamaatof ghotalebaaz).” Article370buriedin‘kabristan’, Congcan’trestoreit,saysModi PM Narendra Modi being felicitated by Haryana CM Nayab Saini, BJP candidate from Sonipat constituency Mohan Lal Badoli, party candidate from Rohtak constituency Arvind Sharma and others during a public meeting for the Lok Sabha elections, in Sonipat district, on Saturday. PTI New Delhi: Security in parts of the nation- al capital was beefed up in view of two different rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Con- gress leader Rahul Gandhi with the local police having planned to deploy around 3,000-personnel strong force on the day. On Friday, the Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora, along with other senior officers, visited the northeast district and took stock of the security arrangements, where PM Modi will address a rally. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will campaign at the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency. New Delhi: 25 representatives from 13 diplomatic missions in India will experience the enthusiasm of the people during PM Narendra Modi’s rally in Delhi on Saturday. The attendees include representatives from the diplomatic missions of Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Japan, Mauritius, Nepal, Russia, Seychelles, Sin- gapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United Kingdom. BJP’s head of the Foreign Affairs Department, Vijay Chauthaiwale, informed that this initiative is part of the ‘Know BJP’. 25 DIPLOMATS FROM 13 MISSIONS TO ATTEND PM NARENDRA MODI’S RALLY IN DELHI PM MODI WON’T DEBATE WITH ME AS HE CAN’T ANSWER QUESTIONS ON ADANI LINKS: RAGA OTHER MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS PM referred to the Lok Sabha polls as a “kurukshetra (battle)” in which “there is development on one hand and ‘vote jihad’ on the other SECURITY BEEFED UP AHEAD OF RALLIES BY MODI, RAGA IN DELHI Agencies Mumbai Exuding supreme confi- dence, the national oppo- sition INDIA bloc part- ners asserted that ‘achhe din’ promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will finally dawn on June 4, on the vote-counting day, when the BJPwill be voted out and the Oppo- sition government shall take office, on Saturday. The alliance leaders also claimed that they would bag at least 46 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, and accused the PM of resorting to bla- tant lies to divert attention from the real problems confronting the nation. “In 2014, the PM had promised ‘achhe din’. On June 4 (the election re- sults), the ‘achche din’ will actually begin when the INDIAbloc will come to office. All these years theBJPdefamedandloot- ed the state, shifted busi- nesses from Maharashtra- Mumbai to Gujarat,” said Thackeray. Kharge said that the mood in the state is very favourable for the Oppo- sition and ground reports indicate that the INDIA- MVAwould bag 46 seats. Oppn claims ‘acche din’ to start from June 4; to win 46 Maha seats Cong Prez Mallikarjun Kharge with NCP (Sharad) Chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena (UBT) Chief Uddhav Thackeray during an INDIA alliance press conference, in Mumbai, Saturday. PTI z Rahul Gandhi said Rae Bareli should once again show the path to progress and development to Uttar Pradesh and the country as it has been the ideologi- cal and political centre of the state in the past z Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi attacked BJP’s Amethi LS seat candidate MP Smriti Irani, alleging that the region has “suffered” in the last five years as the BJP never thought about its development z The Congress on Saturday asked why Narendra Modi has “broken” his promise of giving legal sanctity to a minimum support price for crops and why he prioritises his politics over the country’s daughters New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday claimed that Narendra Modi is refusing to have a debate with him as the prime minister can- not answer questions about his “links” with a few favoured businessmen and how he “misused” electoral bonds. Addressing a public meeting organised by the Congress in Delhi, he urged workers of his party and of the Aam Aadmi Party to work together and ensure victory for their alliance on all seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital. “It’s interesting that I’ll vote for AAP and Arvind Kejriwal will vote for Congress in these elections,” he said. PTI Amethi Union Home Minister Amit Shah took part in a roadshow taken out to garner support for Smriti Irani, the BJP’s Lok Sab- ha poll candidate from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday, the last day of campaigning for the fifth phase of polling in the ongoing election. Shah and Irani, a Un- ion minister, greeted people from an open-top vehicle decorated with saffron flags, banners and flowers, with the slogan of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre written on it. As the roadshow started from the Ramlila Maid- an and proceeded till the Devipatan temple, the crowd raised the “Jai Shri Ram” slogan. Sharing a live video of the event on X, Shah said in a post in Hindi: “I sa- lute this huge crowd of people who took to the streets in Amethi to form the Modi government.” Amid performances by local artistes and slo- ganeering on both sides of the road, the crowd was seen waving at Shah and Irani. Amit Shah takes part in roadshow in UP’s Amethi to garner support for Smriti Irani Youth Congress protest against Kerala CM Home Minister Amit Shah with Union Minister Smriti Irani and others during an election roadshow in Amethi district, Saturday. z Odisha Assembly elections: 126 ‘crorepati’ candi- dates in third phase polls z Migration, irrigation major issues in Bolangir Lok Sabha constituency z Inducements worth Rs 8,889 crore seized; drugs contribute 45 pc of total seizures z Campaigning ends for five seats in Bihar z Over 20k litres of illicit liquor seized, 381 FIRs registered in Gurugram MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF LOK SABHA POLLS 1,409 ELDERLY VOTERS USE HOME VOTING FACILITY ON SECOND DAY IN DELHI New Delhi: 1409 elderly voters Persons with Dis- abilities cast their ballots using the home voting facility across all seven parliamentary constituen- cies in Delhi on the second day of the exercise on Satur- day, said an official statement. The home voting facility which started on May 17 will be available till May 25. Cong has record of imprisoning leaders from Oppn parties: Yadav PTI Patna Union Parliamentary Af- fairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Saturday ac- cused the Congress of spreading lies that the NDA intends to change the constitution and end reservations if it returns to power for a third term.     He alleged that the Congress never gave due respect to B RAmbedkar.     Interacting with me- dia persons here, Joshi said, “Congress and RJD leaders are spreading lies that BJP-led NDAwould change the Constitution after coming to power. The NDA government headed by Prime Minis- ter, Narendra Modi, is committed to the Indian Constitution including reservation policies that B R Ambedkar evolved for the upliftment of the socially oppressed sec- tions of society. “No government can change the constitu- tion…..and reservation is something which the fa- ther of the Indian Consti- tution, Ambedkar, has given us, no power can take it away. Congress never gave due respect to the icon (Ambedkar).” Cong never gave due respect to Ambedkar: Joshi Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi addresses a press conference, in Patna. PTI PTI Thiruvananthapuram The Youth Congress on Saturday held a protest march to the official resi- dence of Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and burnedhiseffigydemand- ing his resignation, alleg- ing failure of law and or- der in the state.The march by the youth wing of the Congress was held on the samedaytheCMreturned to the state after report- edly cutting short his va- cationwithfamilyabroad. New Delhi: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that he and oth- er AAP leaders would go to the BJP headquarters on March 19 “so that the prime minister can send anyone he wants to jail”. Kejriwal asserted that his party could not be crushed by sending its leaders to jail. Accusing PM Modi of “playing the game” of sending AAP leaders such as Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, and Sanjay Singh to jail, he said, “I along with my MLAs and MPs would go to the BJP office at to- morrow so that the PM can send anyone he wants to jail.” z “No one has right to assault woman”: Adhir Ranjan on Swati Maliwal case z BJP accuses AAP of circulating ‘edited’ videos to malign Swati Maliwal z “Can’t crush us”: Arvind Kejriwal on aide’s arrest in Swati Maliwal case z Swati Maliwal assault case: BJP says AAP ‘anti-aurat party’, resorting to victim-shaming KEJRIWAL DARES MODI TO ARREST ALL AAP LEADERS SWATI MALIWAL ASSAULT CASE Agencies New Delhi The BJP on Saturday ac- cused AAP of resorting to victim-shaming and victim-blaming in its bra- zen defence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar in the Swati Mal- iwal assault case. BJP national spokes- person Shehzad Poona- walla alleged that Kejri- wal is making efforts to protect Kumar as his aide is in a position to expose the chief minister’s dam- aging “secrets.”. In a swipe at the party, Poonawalla told report- ers that AAP is essen- tially an “anti-aurat party (anti-women party), as he cited past allegations of mistreatment of women involving its leaders. With theAAPclaiming that Maliwal is acting at the BJP’s behest, Poona- walla cited another AAP leader and Delhi Com- mission forWomen mem- ber Vandana Singh’s sup- port for the Rajya Sabha MP to hit out at the party. AAP is ‘Anti-Aurat Party’: BJP slams Aam Aadmi Party in Maliwal case FI TOON Sir, how about to give the same prison effect to your PA’s picture just like yours. Bibhav Kumar arrested SHEKHAR
  • 7. INDIA 06 Jaipur, Sunday | May 19, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia CENTRE: REPORTS OF MODEL OF CHINOOK CHOPPER MISSING IN UP ARE MISLEADING ‘DRDO never installed any chopper model’ PTI New Delhi he defence ministry on S a t u r d a y trashed reports that a model of a Chinook chopper installed by the DRDO at the 2020 edi- tion of DefExpo went missing. Defence Ministry spokesperson A Bharat Bhushan Babu said the Defence Research and Development Organisa- tion (DRDO) never in- stalled any helicopter model in Lucknow. “The news circulating about a DRDO installed Chinook Helicopter Model at Lucknow dur- ing DefExpo 2020 miss- ing is misleading,” he said in a brief statement. “Chinook is made by Boeing and DRDO has never installed any heli- copter model at Luc- know anytime. DefEx- po2020 was an incident- free exhibition and no product or model went missing during its con- duct,” Babu said. The DRDO also de- scribed the reports as “misleading”. “There is news circu- lating that DRDO had installed Chinook heli- copter model at Luc- know during DefExpo 2020 and model is now missing,” it said on ‘X’. “This information is misleading as DRDO has never installed any Helicopter Model at Lucknow anytime,” it said. Officials said there was a model of a heli- copter in a dilapidated condition at Sector 20 of Vrindavan Yojna area in Lucknow and it was re- moved following a rec- ommendation by secu- rity personnel as a heli- pad had to be construct- ed for the prime minis- ter’s visit to the city for an event relating to G20. A Chinook Helicopter. FILE T ANI New Delhi The weather department has issued a severe heat- wave warning for north- west India during the next five days, and heat wave conditions will persist over central and east India over the next three days. Warm winds and high temperatures have swept north India. Delhi's Najaf- garh was the warmest place in the country after 47.6 degrees Celsius was recorded yesterday. Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana are marked in red in the India Meteoro- logical Department's alert, asking people and authorities to take action. Meanwhile, parts of east- ern Rajasthan and west- ern Uttar Pradesh are in orange and people have been advised to stay alert and be prepared for high temperatures. The mercury breached 45 degrees Celsius at 19 places in Rajasthan, 18 in Haryana, 8 in Delhi. The threshold for a heat wave is met when the maximum temperature of a weather station reaches atleast40degreesCelsius. PTI New Delhi India on Saturday asked its students in Bishkek to stay indoors after the Kyr- gyz capital city reported fights between some lo- cals and foreigners. The Indian embassy in the CentralAsiancountrysaid it is in touch with the In- dian students and the situ- ation is calm now. The mission asked Indian stu- dents in the city to stay indoors. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar ad- vised the Indian students to stay in regular touch with the Indian embassy. Monitoring the wel- fare of Indian students in Bishkek. Situation is re- portedly calm now. Strongly advise students to stay in regular touch withtheEmbassy,hesaid in a post on X. The Indian embassy said, We are in touch with our students. The situation is presently calm but students are ad- vised to stay indoors for the moment and get in touch with Embassy in case of any issue. PTI Srinagar Northern Army Com- mander Lieutenant Gen- eral MV Suchindra Ku- mar on Saturday re- viewed the security situ- ation and counter-terror grid in south Kashmir. #LtGenMVSuchindra- Kumar, #ArmyCdrNC accompanied by #Chi- narCorps Cdr visited Victor Force to review the prevalent security situation, Army's Northern command said in a post on X. The Army said the Northern commander was briefed on the coun- ter terrorism grid and operational prepared- ness of the force. The Army Commander moti- vated the troops to re- main in a high state of operational alacrity to meet all forthcoming challenges and com- mended them for their high morale and vigil, the Army said. PTI Raipur Five members of a fam- ily were hacked to death while another person was found hanging in Chhattisgarh's Saran- garh-Bilaigarh district on Saturday, police said. The incident took place at Thargaon vil- lage under Saliha police station limits, around 200 km from Raipur, district Superintendent of Police Pushkar Shar- ma told PTI. Those killed were identified as Hemlal Sahu (55), his wife Jag- moti Sahu (50), their daughters Meera Sahu (30) and Mamta Sahu (35), and the couple's grandson Ayush (5). Manoj Sahu, a resident of the same village, was found hanging on the premises. PTI New Delhi Four people including two MBBS students were arrested for allegedly run- ning a paper solver gang for NEET exams here, police said on Saturday. “The matter came to the fore on May 5 when a student's biometric data was mismatched during the NEET exam at Bhar- tiya Vidya Bhavan Mehta Vidyalaya located in Ti- lak Marg area, police said,” DCP New Delhi Devesh Kuamr Mahla in- formed on Saturday. PTI Bengaluru JD patriarch HD Deve Gowda, who turned 92 on Saturday, broke his silence over sexual abuse charges levelled against his grandson and MP Prajwal Revanna and said he has no objection to the action taken against him if found guilty. However, he said the cases against his son and JD MLA HD Revanna, , were “created”, but re- frained from comment- ing further, as the matter was subjudice. PTI Thiruvananthapuram ISRO Chairman S Som- anathonSaturdayadvised setting up libraries in tem- ples, stating that such an initiative would help at- tract youngsters to places of worship. Speaking after receiv- ing an award instituted by theSreeUdiyannoorDevi Temple in Thiruvanan- thapuram, Mr Somanath said “Temples should not only be places where el- derly people come for nama japa (chanting the name of God), but they should also become plac- es for transforming soci- ety.” He urged temple managements across the country to work in this direction. He said that such an initiative would help attract youth to tem- ples where they could read, discuss various is- sues in evenings. ANI Malegaon Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on Saturday criticised Congress party over alleged proposal to introduce inheritance tax. Speaking at a rally in Malegaon, Maharashtra, CMAdityanathcompared the proposed tax to the 'jizya' tax imposed by Mughal emperorAurang- zeb, suggesting that Con- gress has been influenced by Aurangzeb's spirit. Addressing a rally in Malegaon town in Maha- rashtra's Nashik district, he said the BJPis contest- ing elections not merely for power but to build a developed India. There should be no doubt that Modi is coming back once again as PM, he said. Inheritance tax is like jizya imposed byAu- rangzeb. Aurangzeb's soul has crept into Con- gress, he added. Heatwave warning with mercury over 40° C for NW India The mercury breached 45 degrees Celsius at 19 places in Rajasthan. Security personnel deployed after the Kyrgyz capital city Bishkek reported fights between some locals and foreigners on late Friday night. Keralatoreceiveheavyrains;IMDissuesredalertforMay1920 The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday predicted extremely heavy rainfall in Kerala in the coming days and issued a red alert in some districts of the state for May 19 and 20. The IMD issued the red alert in Pathanamthit- ta, Kottayam and Idukki districts of the state for May 19 and 20. Addition- ally, an orange alert was issued for Thiruvanantha- puram, Kollam, Alappu- zha, and Ernakulam for those two days. IMD issued red alert in Pathanamthitta Kottayam districts. Lt Gen MV Suchindra Kumar motivated the troops to remain in a high state of operational alacrity to meet all forthcoming challenges. Jabalpur: The Mad- hya Pradesh High Court has imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) after no advo- cate appeared for it during the final hearing of a case related to the sacking of one of its woman employees. MP:HCimposes`25K oninsurancecompany afteritfailstoappear New Delhi: The Elec- tion Commission (EC) has told the Delhi High Court it will pre- serve the video foot- age in respect of the EVMs for the Rampur Lok Sabha Constituen- cy in Uttar Pradesh in accordance with the protocol. Will preserve EVM’s video footage for Rampur seat: EC to HC Bhopal: Forest author- ities have sounded a red alert for 36 villages in Madhya Padesh’s Raisen district as a ti- ger is on the prowl af- ter killing a 62-year- old man in the region close to the capital Bhopal, an official said on Saturday. Red alert issued for 36 villages in Bhopal as tiger kills man IN BRIEF New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has re- strained various enti- ties from using actor Jackie Shroff’s name, including sobriquets ‘Jackie’ and ‘Jaggu Dadda’, voice and im- ages for commercial purposes without per- mission. HC restrains entities from using actor Jackie Shroff's name, voice VIOLENCE IN BISHKEK IndianmissionasksIndian studentstostayindoors The Embassies of Pakistan and India also commented on the incident Five of a family killed; a man found hanging in Cgarh's Sarangarh district NorthernArmycommander reviewssecuritysituationin southernpartsof Kashmir In Full Bloom Women carry statice flowers in bamboo baskets, in Senapati of Manipur, on Saturday. PTI Aurangzeb’s soul has crept into Congress Adityanathoninheritancetax UP CM Yogi Adityanath speaking at a rally in Malegaon on Saturday. S Somanath ISROchairmanadvices how templescanattractyouth 4 charge lakhs from NEET students, held No objection to action against my grandson: Gowda
  • 8. Jaipur, Sunday | May 19, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL Aishwarya walks in blue-silver gown in second appearance PTI Cannes n her second appearance at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan once again opted for a gown by designer duo Falguni Shane Peacock. Aishwarya Rai Bach- chan wore a shimmery blue and silver gown as she walked the red car- pet on Friday for the screening of acclaimed filmmaker Yorgos Lan- thimos’ latest feature “Kinds of Kindness”, starring two-time Oscar winner Emma Stone. The outfit boasted a sweeping trail and bold, dramatic shoulders, fea- turing metallic fringe. The actor had a cast on her right hand that she has been wearing for an unspecified injury. Aregular at the Cannes Film Festival for the past two decades, Aishwarya debuted at the 2024 edi- tion on Thursday with a gown by Falguni Shane Peacock, who are also at- tending the film gala. The actor struck a pose in the monochrome gown adorned with 3D metallic elements and golden ac- cents while walking the red carpet. She was at- tending the premiere of Hollywood legend Fran- cis Ford Coppola’s latest movie “Megalopolis”, starring Adam Driver. Besides Aishwarya, actor Kiara Advani made her first appearance at the French Riviera in a draped ivory crepe back satin dress from designer Prabal Gurung. “Rendezvous at the Riviera,” Kiara posted on Instagram along with a video from Cannes. At the internationally recognized festival, sev- eral Indian movies and productions will be show- cased. The highlight will be filmmaker Payal Ka- padia’s “All We Imagine As Light”, which has been selected in the Com- petition section, where it will vie for the top prize, Palme d’Or. Actor Kiara Advani also made her first appearance at the French Riviera in a draped ivory crepe back satin dress I Aid begins to arrive in Gaza via US-built pier Agencies Gaza Aid deliveries began ar- riving at a U.S.-built pier off the Gaza Strip on Fri- day as Israel comes under growing global pressure to allow more supplies into the besieged coastal enclave, where it is at war with Palestinian mil- itants Hamas and a fam- ine looms. The temporary float- ing pier was pre-assem- bled at the Israeli port of Ashdod and moved into place on Thursday on the shore of Gaza, which lacks port infrastructure of its own. No U.S. troops went ashore, the Pentagon’s Central Com- mand said. A Palestinian inspects the site of an Israeli military airstrike, in the area of Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Saturday. Trucks move towards a U.S.-built pier where they will be loaded with aid, as seen from central Gaza Strip, on Saturday. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (right) with Eva Longoria at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival. ISRAELI STRIKE KILLS PALESTINIAN MILITANT Ramallah: A Palestinian militant was killed and eight other people wounded on Friday in an Israeli air strike on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry and Israeli military said. The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group named the killed man as member Islam Khamayseh. The Palestinian health ministry said the eight wounded people were in stable condition and receiving treatment at hospitals. Reuters could not immediately confirm their identities. White House: India is a ‘vibrant democracy’ ANI Washington, DC [US] Applauding people in India for exercising their right to vote in the gen- eral elections, the White House said on Friday that there are not too many more vibrant de- mocracies in the world than India. National Security Communications Advi- sor John Kirby applaud- ed the people of India for having a voice in their future government. Several days after US President Joe Biden’s re- marks on ‘xenophobia,’ that targeted India, the national security advisor of the White House tried to undo the damage of Biden’s remarks through a statement and called India a ‘vibrant democ- racy.’ “Not too many more vibrant democra- cies in the world than In- dia. And we applaud the Indian people for exer- cising, you know, their ability to vote, and to have a voice in their fu- ture government.And we wish them well through- out the process, of course,” Kirby said at a news conference in the White House. “Our relationship with India is extremely close and getting closer,” John Kirby said. Ficoinstablecondition,politicianssaythreatsrising Agencies Bratislava Slovakian Prime Minis- ter Robert Fico, who was critically injured in an assassination attempt on Wednesday, is in sta- ble condition, Health Minister Zuzana Dolink- ová said on Saturday. After his second opera- tion on Friday, there is cause for optimism, the minister said. Since then, there has been an increase in threats against other pol- iticians in the country, Interior Minister Matúš Šutaj Eštok told the daily newspaper on Saturday. A member of parliament from Smer, the largest governing party led by Fico, had also been threatened.Aperpetrator has been identified in both cases. Robert Fico, 59, was hit by several gunshots and has since undergone two operations. Satwik-Chirag pair enters Thailand Open final Bangkok: India’s premier men’s doubles pair of Satwik- sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty entered the final of the Thailand Open badminton tournament with an easy straight-game victory over Lu Ming-Che and Tang Kai-Wei of Chinese Taipei here on Saturday. Satwik and Chirag have fond memories in Thailand where they had won their maiden Super 500 crown in 2019. Nepal bans Indian spice products over quality concerns New Delhi: Nepal has also banned the sale and import of certain spice-mix products manufactured by Indian brands over alleged quality concerns. Four spice-mix products by MDH and Everest were banned in the Himalayan nation from Friday due to suspected ethylene oxide or EtO contamination, accord- ing to the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control here. Elorda Cup: Nikhat Zareen, Minakshi clinch gold New Delhi: Nikhat Zareen and Minakshi clinched a gold each as the Indian team conclud- ed their Elorda Cup campaign with a best-ever tally of a whopping 12 medals in Kazakhstan on Saturday. Besides Nikhat and Minakshi’s gold medals, Indian boxers won 2 silver 8 bronze to better their last edition’s record of five medals. CRUCIAL READ New Covid wave hits Singapore, people advised to wear masks PTI Singapore Singapore is seeing a new COVID-19 wave as the authorities recorded more than 25,900 cases from May 5 to 11 even as Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Saturday ad- vised the wearing of masks again. We are at the begin- ning part of the wave where it is steadily rising, said Ong. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said the estimated number of COVID-19 cases in the week of May 5 to 11 rose to 25,900 cases, com- pared with 13,700 cases in the previous week.The average daily COVID-19 hospitalisations rose to about 250 from 181 the week before. Flash floods kill at least 68 people in Afghanistan: Report PTI Islamabad Flash floods from heavy seasonal rains have killed at least 68 people in Af- ghanistan, Taliban offi- cialssaidSaturday,adding the death toll was based on preliminary reports. In the hard-hit western province of Ghor, 50 peo- ple were reported dead, said Abdul Wahid Ha- mas, spokesman for the provincial governor. He also said the province has suffered significant fi- nancial losses after thou- sands of homes and prop- erties were damaged and hundreds of hectares of agricultural land de- stroyed following Fri- day’s floods, including capital city Feroz Koh. RC Bengaluru, under du Plessis, dominate CSK in crucial IPL clash Match 68 RCBposts218-5againstCSK inbattleforplayoffsspot PTI Bengaluru Royal Challengers Ben- galuru's top-order, led by skipper Faf du Plessis, fired in unison as they posted a solid 218 for five against defending cham- pionChennaiSuperKings in their must-win IPL clash here on Saturday. Du Plessis hit three fours and three sixes on hiswaytoa39-ball54,his fourth fifty of the season, while Virat Kohli (47 off 29balls),RajatPatidar(41 off 23 balls) and Cameron Green (38 not out off 17 balls) also went on a six- hitting spree to put RCB on solid ground. According to the play- off qualification scenario, RCB, who made a fair- ytale turnaround with a five-match winning streak, needs to win by 18 runs at least to make the cut. CSK, however, will qualify if they score more than 200 at the expense of RCB even if they lose the game or if the match is washed out. RC Bengaluru bowler Glenn Maxwell celebrates the wicket of Chennai Super Kings batter Ruturaj Gaikwad during IPL. Virat Kohli celebrates after taking the catch of Chennai Super Kings batter Daryl Mitchell during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 between RCB and Chennai Super Kings. KOHLI MATCHES GAYLE’S RECORD  Kohli scored a crucial 47-run knock against Chennai Super Kings in Match 68 of the IPL 2024 on Saturday.  The 35-year-old surpassed 700 runs in the ongoing season.  Kohli has now matched the record of Chris Gayle in terms of scoring 700- plus runs in an IPL campaign twice.
  • 9. 08 Family is the key to motivation, happiness, to the pursuit of dreams—both the family in which we are born and the family we make our own. Dr JAGDEESH CHANDRA, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Sunday | May 19, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia By Tridib Raman The author is a journalist and political commentator and views expressed are his personal FIRST INDIA SUNDAY SPECIAL Mirch Masala WHAT IS THE REAL TRUTH OF AAP’s RAJYA SABHA MP SWATI MALIWAL? AP’s Rajya Sabha MP and chairperson of ‘Delhi Women’s Commission’ Swati Maliwal, who came to Delhi from America in this election season, has given a new lease of life to the saffron hopes in Delhi. AAP leaders have also started admitting in hushed tones that ‘some ‘sleeper cells’ have started working within the party.’ Swati Maliwal has been the apple of AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal’s eye for a long time. But for some time, since Arvind Kejriwal and AAP were facing adverse circumstances, Swati Maliwal had been continuously staying in America in con- nection with the treatment of her sister. Kejriwal and his special supporters were not liking this. Sources also reveal that when Swati was in America, a message was sent to her by Kejriwal asking her to come to Delhi and resign from her Rajya Sabha seat. Kejriwal wants to give this seat to his lawyer friend Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Maliwal was given this Rajya Sabha seat in January this year, but the AAP high command did not get any suita- ble response from Maliwal in this regard. It is said that she was asked to come to Delhi and talk to Kejriwal about this. Reliable sources associated with AAP say that when Maliwal boarded the flight from America to Delhi, Kejriwal’s bail ap- plication was approved by the Supreme Court. Sources also say that Swati asked for an appointment with Kejriwal several times but neither Kejriwal nor Vibhav came on the line, so Swati decided to go to CM House and meet Kejriwal without any appointment. She reached there and sat in the drawing room and started wait- ing. After getting the news of Maliwal’s arrival, Vibhav came to the drawing room and bluntly told Swati that ‘she will not be able to meet Arvind ji today.’ After hearing this, Swati became furious and scolded Vibhav. On this, Vibhav also told that ‘when the party needed you, you could have come from America only for a few days.’ Saying this, Vibhav went inside. After this, the security personnel of CM House took charge and it was also seen in a video that when a female security personnel was taking Maliwal out by holding his hand, her clothes were intact. At present, Delhi Police has arrested Vibhav, who holds the most secrets about Kejriwal. A mar Abdullah, a promi- nent leader of the National Conference, is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Baramulla in Kashmir this time on behalf of the I.N.D.I. Alliance, but at present, Omar seems to be surrounded from all sides on his seat. Omar’s father Farooq Ab- dullah is an MP from Srinagar, which is a traditional seat of the National Confer- ence. Citing his age and health reasons, Farooq has refused to contest elec- tions from Srinagar this time, but Omar considered the Baramulla seat safer where he is facing the challenge from People’s Conference’s Sajjad Lone. But this time the election of Baramulla has been made interesting by Sheikh Abdul Rashid alias Engineer Rashid, who is lodged in Tihar Jail. Rashid is a two-time MLA and is in jail in a ‘terror funding’ case. Rashid has contested as an independent from Baramulla with the support of Awami Inteha Party i.e. AIP. His election campaign is being com- manded by his 23-year-old son Abrar Rashid. Needless to say, Engineer Rashid has made the election contest of Baramulla triangular and this is what Omar Abdullah is worried about. O OMAR ABDULLAH'S BARAMULLA SEAT LOOKS TOUGH NUT TO CRACK t is becoming a bit difficult for the newly appointed Chief Minister of Haryana, Nayab Singh Saini, to retain the independent MLAs of the state. Even before this, 3 independent MLAs had withdrawn their hands from the BJP government. Sources reveal that these three independent MLAs had some personal demands which they wanted to be fulfilled by the Chief Minister within a week. In this regard, they went and met the Chief Minister and also presented their views before him. But it is said that after listening to their demands, Saini said, ‘I will not be able to take a decision on this matter, I will have to talk to Delhi also.’ Well, the independent MLAs gave him a week’s time to resolve their problems. . Whenever Saini called to talk to the top leadership in Delhi, he got the same answer that ‘everyone is busy in elections, we will not be able to talk to you at this time.’ After a week, the three independent MLAs called the Chief Minister. When Saini met them, they reminded him of their demand and in turn Saini asked them for a few more days’ time. But the MLAs stood up from the meeting and aid that now they can not give more time. I HARYANA CM NAYAB SINGH SAINI'S DIFFICULT POSITION CM Sharma mobilises BJP workers in Odisha for Modi 3.0 Campaign trail in Odisha CMBhajanLalSharmaforesees BJPvictory,PMModi’sre-election UNIQUE INITIATIVE Speaker Vasudev Devnani starts ‘Vidhan Sabha Jandarshan’programme Yogesh Sharma Jaipur ommon people will now also be able to see the politicalnarrativemuseum in the RajasthanAssembly building. For this, Ra- jasthan Assembly public darshanprogramwasstart- ed on Saturday. While in- auguratingthisprogramon World Museum Day, Ra- jasthanLegislativeAssem- bly SpeakerVasudev Dev- nanisaidthatmuseumsare abridgetoconnectcultural andhistoricalheritagewith the common people, and it is also a repository of unique collections of his- tory, art, science, culture and politics.Are. Due to the initiative of Devnani, now common people will also be able to see the political narrative museum in the assembly building.Theywillbeable to enter the assembly premises free of cost by showingAadharcardfrom gate number seven. The museumwillhaveaweek- ly holiday on Saturday. Devnani called upon the people to come to the museum and become par- ticipants in the political development journey of the country and the state. He said that one should actively participate in the development of the nation by knowing the past, un- derstanding the present and giving a new direc- tion to the future. He said that the museum built with the incorporation of modern technology is a constant source of inspi- ration for the new genera- tion to know the function- ing of the Legislative As- sembly and the journey from an ordinary citizen to the supreme represent- ative of the people. On the first day of the pro- gramme, political science students of Maharani Col- lege visited the Museum. Aishwary Pradhan Bhubaneswar CM Bhajan Lal Sharma has said that with the blessings of the public, the Bharatiya Janata Party govt will be formed at the Center with an over- whelming majority and PM Modi will become the Prime Minister for the third time. He was speak- ing to BJP workers in Bhubaneswar during his tour of state on Saturday. He said that after visit- ing many states, he real- ized that wherever the migrant Rajasthanis and Marwaris live, they have their presence there.They have a feeling of patrio- tism. BJP State President CP Joshi told the workers in the dialogue meeting that the party workers of Rajasthan are migrating to different states to make Modiji the PM of India again. It is extremely im- portant for workers to make full use of their time for party work. A large number of workers including Minis- ter Jogaram Patel, Avi- nash Gehlot, Manju Baghmar, senior leaders Narayan Panchariya and Hemraj Meena were pres- ent in the dialogue meet- ing. Moreover, a meeting occurred between Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Shar- ma and Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav during which general organiza- tional consultation took place between the two took place in Bhu- baneswar. Later CM Bhajan Lal Sharma reached Jaipur from Bhubaneswar on Saturday from 2-day elec- tion tour of Odisha. Meanwhile BJP workers from Sanganer celebrated his marriage ceremony. (L) Vasude Devnani with the political science students of Maharani College at the Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha in Jaipur on Saturday. (R) Devnani addressing a session to the students on Saturday. During his stay in Odisha, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma met the officials and workers of BJP and addressed them and discussed other strategies to ensure the party’s victory in LS elections. During this, BJP Rajasthan State President CP Joshi was also present. C CM REFUSES TO CUT CAKE ON MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARY Jaipur: Follow- ing RSS values, Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma today refused to cut cake in Puri on his wed- ding anniversary. Some workers brought cake and to celebrate the wedding anniversary. However, Sharma hum- bly refused saying he does not cut cakes, nor has he ever cut cakes as it is not a part of his culture. Meanwhile, BJP State President CP Joshi and other leaders congratulated Sharma on his wedding anniver- sary during a meeting in Bhubaneswar. Naresh Sharma Amethi/Jaipur Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has launched a scathing attack on the BJP. Gehlot who was campaigning in Amethi, accused the BJP of using central agencies like the ED, Income Tax Department, and CBI to dominate the country. He described the current political climate as one of political hooligan- ism, alleging that BJP members are toppling democratically elected governments. Gehlot cited instances in Madhya Pradesh, Ma- harashtra, and Karnataka where he claims the BJP engaged in horse-trading to bring down elected governments. He also mentioned that Congress party accounts have been frozen and that two of its Chief Ministers have been imprisoned. On the topic of the Ram Temple, Gehlot made a significant state- ment, asserting that there is no threat to the Ram Temple, which has been constructed following a Supreme Court order. First India Bureau Bhiwani Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari on Saturday campaigned in support of BJP candidate Dharam- veer Singh from Hary- ana’s Bhiwani-Mahen- dragarh Lok Sabha seat. In a public meeting held in Bhojawas, she ap- pealed to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister for the third time by giv- ing a huge majority to the BJP and said, “Congress has insulted Sanatan by rejecting the invitation for the consecration pro- gram of Ram temple. In such a situation, they have no right to get pow- er in India. During Con- gress rule, no work was done except corruption and nepotism. Despite the heat, the common people have to fulfill their duty of going out and voting in interest of the country and after that no stone will be left un- turned in development of the area under the leader- ship of PM Modi.” First India Bureau Jaipur Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar turned 73 on Saturday. President Drou- padi Murmu wished him and took to social media. She posted “Warm greet- ings and best wishes to Vice President Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar Ji on his birthday! I pray for his long and healthy life in service of the nation. PM Modi, Home Min- ister Amit Shah, Gover- nor Kalraj Mishra, CM Bhajanlal Sharma and other leaders also con- gratulated Dhankhar. Shah in his message wrote “Happy birthday to the Vice President of the country, Jagdeep Dhankhar. The way you fulfilled your constitu- tional responsibilities by carrying forward the tra- dition of free and mean- ingful dialogue in the Up- per House is inspirational to all of us,” Governor Kalraj Mishra called the Vice President and congratu- lated him. He extended best wishes for Dhankhar. First India Bureau Bikaner After a prolonged period, theboundarydemarcation of the Mahajan Firing Range is set to take place once again. Chief Secretary SudhanshPanthas directed the District Collector to com- mence the boundary iden- tification process for the Mahajan Firing Range as soon as the code of con- duct is lifted. This issue dates back to 1984, when 34 villages were acquired for military purposes. Both farmers and the mil- itary had informed the government about the need for clear boundary demarca- tion. Disputes have arisen over land within the firing range,withfarmersclaim- ing some of the land as theirs while the military asserts its ownership. Gehlot in Amethi: Attacks BJP over misuse of Central agencies DiyacampaignsforDharamveerSingh, appealstomakeModiPMfor3rdterm Ashok Gehlot, Rafeek Khan during the campaign for Kishori Lal Sharma in Amethi on Saturday. Diya Kumari campaigning in Haryana on Saturday. Leaders extend wishes on VP Jageep Dhankhar’s B’day OnCSPant’sorders,limitof MFFRtobedecidedpostMCC
  • 10. JAIPUR, SUNDAY | MAY 19, 2024 Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle SPRING-SUMMER SHOWCASE he air in Jaipur buzzed with anticipation as United Colors of Benetton unveiled its Spring-Summer 2024 collection at the iconic Bar Palladio recently. P11 T 09 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia t just 20 years old, Sezal Shar- ma has already carved out a re- markable path in the world of fashion and pag- eantry. Pursuing a B-Tech in Delhi, Sezal is not just aca- demically inclined but also holds prestigious titles such as Miss In- tercontinental India Runner-up 2023 and Miss Rajasthan Runner-up 2023. Born in Alwar and raised in Jaipur, Sezal’s journey began at the tender age of three when she enthusiastically started doing ramp walks in front of her family. This early passion set the stage for her future in pageantry and model- ling. By the time she was in the 11th grade, Sezal realized her heart was drawn more to the spotlight of pageants and act- ing than to academics alone. Her journey, marked by challenges and triumphs, has been made possible with the unwavering support of her par- ents and mentors organisers Yogesh Mishra and Nimisha Mishra, founders directors, of Miss Rajasthan. As an only child, Sezal has enjoyed immense love and support from her parents, whom she describes as her best friends and pillars of strength. Despite being pam- pered, she developed a sense of responsibility early on, a trait that has served her well in her career. A significant trans- formation came when Sezal lost 25 kilograms, a journey that not only reshaped her physically but also strength- ened her mentally and emo- tionally. This experience taught her the importance of self-improvement over soci- etal expectations, a message she passionately advocates. Sezal’s mantra for a healthy lifestyle revolves around be- coming one’s competition, striving continuously to be the best version of oneself. Her academic achievements are equally impressive, with an international rank of 11 in a science olympiad and various top ranks at state and national levels. Looking ahead, Sezal envisions herself as a success- ful actor and model in Mum- bai, making her parents proud and representing India on an international stage. Model,Scholar Inspiration City First highlights the journey of supermodel Sezal Sharma, a B-Tech student and accomplished beauty queen, who seamlessly blends her academic prowess with a fervent passion for pageantry and modelling, all fueled by strong family support and a transformative personal journey. Tripti Mahawar cityfirst@firstindia.co.in A MUKESH KIRADOO
  • 11. Your Page JAIPUR, SUNDAY | MAY 19, 2024 10 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia hen we walk into a muse- um, we open the doors to a whole new world, a portal to realms that tran- scend our everyday reality. From music and dance to films, fashion, and historical artefacts, museums celebrate culture in its dynamic forms. Once purely educational, these spaces have evolved into realms of 'edutainment', seamlessly blending learning with entertainment. Technol- ogy, ever-present in our lives, now enhances our museum experiences with pop-up ex- hibits, 3D displays, and vir- tual art. The modern muse- um is now a world within a world. Back in the 16th century, museums were known as 'places of curiosity', and they remain so today. Their origi- nal purpose was to conserve, preserve, collect, and show- case art. The Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur, one of the city's oldest museums, still upholds this tradition. Its ar- tefacts, encased in glass and meticulously maintained, serve as windows into histo- ry, inviting visitors to ob- serve and appreciate from a distance. Yet, today's muse- ums embrace a dynamic, in- teractive approach, trans- forming visitors from pas- sive onlookers into active participants. Post-COVID, the trend towards experien- tial learning has accelerated, driven by a desire for crea- tive, hands-on experiences. A prime example is The Indian Music Experience (IME) in Bengalu- ru, India’s only interactive music museum. Here, visi- tors are immersed in musical exploration, creating mix- tapes, playing instruments, and engaging with live per- formances. Similarly, Jaipur's RRAP Music Mu- seum, curated by the Jaipur Virasat Foundation, pre- serves Rajasthan's fading folk art through an interac- tive model that invites active participation. Jaipur, a city renowned for its vibrant culture and heritage, celebrates art as a daily festival. From the ma- jestic Jaigarh Fort to the bustling lanes of Johari Ba- zaar, from the iconic Hawa Mahal to the scenic route to Amer Fort, the city's essence is steeped in Rajasthani cul- ture and royalty. Adding a unique twist, Jaipur’s re- nowned painter Vinay Shar- ma has introduced miniature museums for families, called ‘Smritiyo ka Kona’ in his museum ‘Atit Raag.’ It is a wooden structure with a glass frame to, allow families to preserve and celebrate their lineage and cultural bonds. He envisions them to be placed in the corner of every household, as a corner of memories. This initiative, born from the needs of mil- lennials and Gen Z, helps reconnect with forgotten family histories and create personal museums within the conventional world of museums. What's often missing in modern museums is rele- vance to contemporary times and the digital age. How do these artefacts shape the fu- ture of their fields? How can they remain connected to current advancements? Mu- seums should be spaces of dialogue, not just display, fostering communication be- tween artefacts and viewers. Virtual museums and online exhibitions have made art more accessible, and modern museums now seek to en- hance user experiences through feedback and con- tinuous reviews. The National Museum of Delhi, the Anglo-Sikh Virtu- al Museum, and the Salar Jung Museum are among many that are redefining what it means to be a muse- um in the 21st century. Ulti- mately, museums are limit- less; they can be anything and everything that tells a story, adds value and strengthens a community’s identity. They are not just repositories of the past but vibrant spaces that engage with the present and inspire the future. W Bhavishya cityfirst@firstindia.co.in CELEBRATING museumexperiences The Van Gogh Immersive Exhibit 3D Exhibitions at Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) Atit Raag Museum Artifact at Albert Museum Indian Music Experience, Bengaluru Albert Hall Museum Smritiyo ka Kona (Corner of memories) Upcoming Virtual Galleries Barricaded Artifacts at Albert Museum National Museum of Indian Cinema, Mumbai RRAP Museum, Jaipur Virasat Foundation Garuda Artifact at Albert Museum
  • 12. Event JAIPUR, SUNDAY |MAY 19, 2024 11 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia he air in Jaipur buzzed with anticipation as United Colors of Ben- etton unveiled its Spring-Summer 2024 collection at the iconic Bar Palladio recently. This remarkable showcase was a masterful blend of fash- ion and a celebration of family and to- getherness, perfectly encapsulating Unit- ed Colors of Benetton's ethos of inclusiv- ity and unity. The event, themed 'Be Family,' saw Jaipur’s fashion elite gather for an even- ing of sartorial splendour. Real, distinc- tive, and contemporary families took centre stage, flaunting meticulously cu- rated ensembles from Benetton’s latest collection. This showcase was a testa- ment to the brand’s innovative approach to family fashion, presenting a redefined vision of how families can dress. Walking the ramp were notable fig- ures from various fields, each bring- ing their unique flair. The lineup included marketer-turned-influ- encer Marcela Baur, designer Ashna Vaswani, fashion director Tejesh- war Rajawat, and CA Nandini Jaiswani. Joining them were Gen Z influencers Aishvina and Parth, and dance artist Khushi, along with their vibrant families. The ramp walk, choreographed direct- ed by Show Director Abhimanyu Tomar, beautifully embodied the essence of a modern family, where individual style coexists harmoniously to create a striking haute family portrait. Each family show- cased key pieces from the Spring-Sum- mer 2024 collection, highlighting the brand's versatility and enduring charm. Guests were treated to an unforgettable evening that brimmed with fashion, cul- ture, and a palpable sense of love and unity. The atmosphere was elevated by a delectable array of food and beverages, while an interesting heritage wall at the entrance welcomed attendees, showcas- ing United Colors of Benetton’s rich his- tory and iconic campaigns. The event attracted over 100 guests, including Jaipur’s beau monde and prominent fashion content creators, who immersed themselves in an evening of style, culinary delights, and fine wine. The picturesque backdrop of Bar Pal- ladio added to the allure, making it a night to remember. Ramprasad Sridharan, CEO MD at United Colors of Benetton India, ex- pressed his delight, saying, “I am thrilled to witness the vibrant spirit of Jaipur come alive through this fashion showcase. Jaipur holds a special place in our hearts as a key market for United Colors of Ben- etton, and we are excited to bring our lat- est collection to the heart of this dynamic city. The success of this event is a testa- ment to our commitment to connecting with the people of Jaipur and celebrating their unique sense of style and culture.” Kaveri Nag, Head of Marketing PR, echoed this sentiment, stating,“United Colors of Benetton prides itself on being a forerunner of fashion, and we are thrilled to capture the unique essence of style at the core of every real family with this memorable family showcase.” The night, filled with glamour and elegance, perfectly showcased United Colors of Benetton’s commitment to not just fashion but also to fostering a sense of community and family. As the even- ing drew to a close, it was clear that the brand had successfully woven a tapestry of style, culture, and familial bonds, set- ting a new benchmark for fashion events in Jaipur. This Spring-Summer show- case was more than just a display of clothing; it was a celebration of unity, inclusivity, and the enduring charm of the family—true to the spirit of United Colors of Benetton. Mohit Choudhary cityfirst@firstindia.co.in Spectacular howcase pring-Summer T Show director Abhimanyu Tomar with Ramprasad Sridharan, Ashna Vaswani, Tejeshwar Rajawat, Aishvina, Parth, Khushi, Kaveri Nag and others Vedansh Neitu Goyal along with other guests Model strutting the runway Models and dog in perfect harmony Jai Sharma with others Shweta Saharan, Rishiee Miglani other Ramprasad Sridharan Kaveri Nag with a friend International models walk the ramp Guests during the event