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CMO REACHES OUT TO TERROR VICTIMS’ KIN
CM assures help to Raj couple hurt in JK
Aishwary Pradhan
Jaipur
fficials of the
Chief Minis-
ter’s Office
(CMO) contacted the
family members of the
Jaipur resident couple
who were injured in the
terrorist attack on Satur-
day evening inAnantnag,
Jammu and Kashmir.
On the instructions of
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma, they in-
quired about the couple’s
well-being and assured
them of health and treat-
ment related support.
It is noteworthy that 50
people of the same fam-
ily, residents of Nahar-
garh Road, Jaipur, had
gone from Jaipur to visit
Kashmir on May 15.
While returning to the
hotel there, Tabrez Khan
and his wife Farha Khan
were seriously injured in
firing by the terrorists.
They are undergoing
treatment in the Military
Hospital, Srinagar.
As soon as information
about the incident was
received, Chief Minister
Bhajan Lal Sharma di-
rected the officials to im-
mediately contact the
family members of the
injured couple following
which the officials im-
mediately contacted his
brother-in-law Shahrukh
who was present with Ta-
brez Khan.
Shahrukh said that
now the condition of both
of them is out of danger.
The CMO officials are in
constant touch with
Shahrukh. Besides, they
also talked to the local
police administration in
Jammu and Kashmir re-
garding ensuring the
safety of other passen-
gers staying in the hotel.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being welcomed in Ludhiana city of
Punjab where he went to campaign for BJP candidate Ravneet
Singh Bittu. Union Minister Kailash Choudhary is also seen.
Delhi Police team at Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to probe AAP MP
Swati Maliwal’s assault case, in New Delhi, on Sunday.  PTI
On CM’s instructions,
the CMO officials
inquired about the
couple’s well-being
and assured them of
health and treatment
related support
O
Commuters deboard after
a ferry ride as clouds cover
the city skyline, in Kochi, on
Sunday.  PTI
IN BRIEF
lBJP chief JP Nadda
asks people to teach
AAP a ‘lesson’.  P5
l AirIndiaflightcatches
fire,makesemergency
landinginBengaluru
l IMD predicts heavy
rainfall in Kerala; red
alert for 3 districts.  P6
l Heroin worth `105
crore seized in Assam’s
Cachar dist on Sunday.
RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 343 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a memento during a public meeting for Lok Sabha
polls, in Bishnupur, West Bengal, on Sunday.  PTI
Union HM Amit Shah with BJP candidate from Allahabad Neeraj
Tripathi a rally for LS polls, near Prayagraj, on Sunday.  PTI
IranianPrez’schopper
crashesinAzerbaijan
Agencies
Tehran
A helicopter carrying Ira-
nian President Ebrahim
Raisi has suffered an ac-
cident in northwestern
Iran, Iranian broadcaster
Press TV reported on
Sunday, citing officials.
Till the filing of this re-
port, rescue teams were
trying to reach the scene
where the accident took
place, the broadcaster re-
ported, adding that poor
weather conditions had
complicated the situation.
“BJPWILLGET
HISTORICMANDATE”
PMMODI
SAYS...
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi claimed on Sunday
that BJP will get a “his-
toric mandate” when the
results of Lok Sabha polls
are declared on June 4.
On the eve of the fifth
phase of polling, the
Prime Minister, in an in-
terview with a TV news
channel, underlined how
the trust shown by voters
will help BJP win a “his-
toric mandate”.
PM Modi, who confi-
dent that India will be-
come the third largest
economyinhisthirdterm,
spelt out the ‘four-S’
(scope, scale, speed and
skill) mantra for the coun-
try to achieve big things.
The BJP, which won
303 seats in 2019, has set
itself a mammoth target
of 370 this time and with
help from allies, it aims
to go “400 paar”.
 MORE ON P5
Today the
country feels
that there is
such a government which
is concerned about our
sorrows, respects our
dreams and always tries to
show our strength.
NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER
MAMATA ABUSING SADHUS UNDER PRESSURE
FROM HARDCORE MUSLIMS: PM IN WEST BENGAL
Bishnupur/Purulia: PM Narendra Modi on Sunday
said he was convinced that West Bengal CM Ma-
mata Banerjee has started attacking Sadhu Samaj
under pressure from the hardcore Muslims. He said this
while referring to the TMC supremo’s criticisism of a section
of ISKCON, Rama Krishna Mission, and Bharat Sevashram
monks for allegedly aiding the BJP in the elections.  P5
PoK is ours, will
take it back: Shah
First India Bureau
Prayagraj
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah on Sunday as-
serted that Pakistan oc-
cupied Kashmir (PoK)
belongs to India, and “we
will take it back”.
Shah was addressing
an election rally in Praya-
graj to seek votes for BJP
candidate NeerajTripathi.
“Farooq Abdullah and
Mani Shankar Aiyar say
give respect to Pakistan
because it has atom
bomb...Rahul baba, today
from the sacred land of
Prayagraj I will say this
PoK is ours, will remain
ours, and we will take it
back,” he said while re-
I.N.D.I.A. BLOC WIPED
OUT IN 4 PHASES: HM
Prayagraj: Union HM
Amit Shah attacked
the Congress and
said that four phases of
polls have been held so far
in which the I.N.D.I. alliance
has been wiped out. Ad-
dressing a rally in Soraon
village of Meja, Shah said
that under the leadership of
PM Narendra Modi, BJP is
moving ahead towards 400
mark at a fast pace. He said
that every vote cast on the
lotus will make Narendra
Modi the Prime Minister for
the third time.
POLICE GET 5-DAY
CUSTODY OF BIBHAV
A Delhi court on past
Saturday midnight
allowed five-day custodial
interrogation of Chief Min-
ister Arvind Kejriwal’s aide
Bibhav Kumar in the Swati
Maliwal assault case, sing
the police remand was a
“necessity” in the matter.
BJP TRYING TO CRUSH
AAP, CLAIMS KEJRIWAL
In a swipe at the
Bharatiya Janata
Party, Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal said on
Sunday that the BJP has
initiated ‘Operation Jhaddu’
to crush AAP, adding that
the BJP plans to arrest all
the big leaders of his party.
ferring to Aiyar’s atom
bomb remark that has
sparked a political row.
Delhi Police seize CCTV DVR at Kejriwal residence
PTI
New Delhi
A Delhi Police team
reached the official resi-
dence of Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal here on
Sundayinconnectionwith
its investigation in the al-
leged assault on AAP Ra-
jya Sabha MPSwati Mali-
wal, sources said.
They said the police
team collected electronic
devices including CCTV
DVR (digital video re-
corder) to potentially get
the footage of the alleged
assault on Maliwal on
May 13 when Bibhav
Kumar, Kejriwal’s close
aide, allegedly attacked
her at the CM’s resi-
dence.  MORE ON P6
PTI
Jammu
Jammu  Kashmir L-G
Manoj Sinha on Sunday
strongly condemned the
terrorist attacks in Shop-
ian and Pahalgam and
said security forces have
been given a free hand to
bring the perpetrators of
these attacks to justice.
Terrorists struck at two
places in Kashmir on Sat-
urday night, killing a for-
mer sarpanch in Shopian
and injuring a tourist
couple from Rajasthan in
Anantnag, two days
ahead of the Lok Sabha
elections in Baramulla.
Perpetrators of
terror attacks to
face music: L-G
l 25 cr lifted out of
poverty by Modi govt:
Rajnath Singh.  P5
l SC to hear plea
against new criminal
laws today.  P6
l Menstruationfest
tobecelebratedin11
countriesfromMay21.
WORLD
WINDOW
l An airstrike kills 20
in central Gaza and
fighting rages as
Israel’s leaders air
wartime divisions
l Heavyrainssetoff
flashfloodsinnorthern
Afghanistan,killingat
least47people.
l Nepalese Prime
Minister Prachanda
confident of winning
confidence vote today.
l Yemen’s Houthi
rebels launch a missile
that strikes an oil
tanker in the Red Sea.
l Congolese army
says shootout in the
capital is failed coup,
perpetrators arrested.
l Elon Musk launches
Starlink satellite
internet service in
Indonesia’s Bali.  P7
l WikiLeaks’Julian
Assangefacingpivotal
momentinlongfightto
stayoutofUScourt.
PHASE 5 OF LOK SABHA ELECTIONS
All arrangements in
place for voting today
Polling to start at 7 in the morning and conclude at 6 in the evening
STATES  SEATS
153 Observers (55 General Observers, 30 Police
Observers, 68 Expenditure Observers) have
already reached their Constituencies days
before the polls. They serve as the eyes and ears of the
Commission to exercise utmost vigilance. Additionally,
Special Observers have been deployed in certain states.
 ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
Polling staff carrying EVMs and other polling material leave for poll duty for the fifth phase of
Lok Sabha elections, in Baramulla, on Sunday.  PTI
l UTTAR PRADESH: 14
l MAHARASHTRA: 13
l WEST BENGAL: 7
l BIHAR: 5
l ODISHA: 5
l JHARKHAND: 3
l LADAKH: 1
l JAMMU 
KASHMIR: 1
PROMINENT CANDIDATES
l Rajnath Singh
(Lucknow)
l Piyush Goyal
(Mumbai North)
l Smriti Irani (Amethi)
l Rahul Gandhi
(Raebareli)
l Omar Abdullah
(Baramulla)
l Chirag Paswan (Hajipur)
TOTAL VOTERS
8.95 crore
POLLING STATIONS
94,732
MALE VOTERS
4.69 crore
POLLING OFFICIALS
9.47 lakh
FEMALE VOTERS
4.26 crore
TOTAL OBSERVERS
153
49
35
Lok Sabha seats spread
over 8 States/UTs
Legislative Assembly
constituencies in Odisha
are also simultaneously
going to polls in this phase
of elections
KEY STATS
RAJNATH
SINGH
SMRITI
IRANI
PIYUSH
GOYAL
RAHUL
GANDHI
Deeply concerned
by reports
regarding
President Raisi’s helicopter
flight today. We stand in
solidarity with the Iranian
people in this hour of
distress, and pray for well
being of the President and
his entourage.
Narendra Modi
@narendramodi
RAJASTHAN 02
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RASHTRIYA SAHKAR MELA AT JKK
119 stalls of quality spices  more
First India Bureau
Jaipur
he National Co-
o p e r a t i v e s
Spice Fair
(Rashtriya Sehkar Mela)
was inaugurated on Sun-
day at Jawahar Kala Ken-
dra. The event began
with a ceremonial lamp
lighting by women’s
groups from cooperative
societies, in the presence
of Shuchi Tyagi, Secre-
tary of department of co-
operatives, and Registrar
Archana Singh.
This annual fair has
become a favorite among
Jaipur residents, who ea-
gerly await it each year.
For over 20 years, the
Department of coopera-
tives has been providing
high-quality spices to
Jaipur citizens on a single
platform.
This year’s fair fea-
tures 119 stalls from co-
operative institutions of
various states. This al-
lows residents to access
excellent products from
different regions all un-
der one roof.
In addition to whole
and ground spices, this
year’s National Coopera-
tives Spice Fair offers
special products to help
beat the heat, such as
sherbets and thandai.
Udaipur Bhandar and
Rajsamand Bhandar
have introduced a wide
range of flavors includ-
ing khas, paan, and rose,
catering to the tastes of
Jaipur’s residents.
Abhishek Shrivastava
Jaipur
Taking action against il-
legal construction on
Sunday, the Jaipur De-
velopment Authority
(JDA) officials sealed an
illegal school and two
factories built on agricul-
tural land located in Jho-
twara in Zone 12.
Officials said that
those doing illegal con-
struction were issued
notices and given time
but they did not act.
Chief Enforcement Of-
ficer of JDA Mahendra
Sharma said, “Commer-
cial activities were be-
ing carried out on agri-
cultural land in Jhot-
wara area in Zone 12.
The Kids Original
School camp.
Pradeep Gadhwal
Jaipur
Preparations have started
to increase enrollment in
government schools with
the education department
running the Praveshotsav
campaign in two phases.
Posters, banners and
pamphlets will be distrib-
uted by the school to at-
tract children.Also, new-
ly admitted children will
be welcomed with tilak
and garland.
The first phase of
Praveshotsav started on
May 13 and will continue
till July 17. In this, teach-
ers will go door-to-door
and conduct household
surveys till July 1 and
identify children.
The second phase of
the campaign will start
from July 18 and survey
will continue till July 24.
After this, children will
be enrolled in CRC mod-
ule by running a nomina-
tion campaign from July
25 to August 16.
Ravi Katara, Naveen Sharma,
Shivendra Parmar
Bharatpur/Jaipur
In a major action against
corruption, ACB de-
tained the guards along
with an inspector of the
Transport Department
near Ludhabai Toll Plaza
located on Bharatpur -
Bikaner NH 21 on suspi-
cion of illegal collections
from vehicles passing
through the toll plaza.
A sum of Rs. 75,000
was recovered following
interrogations at the
BharatpurACB office, all
individuals were later re-
leased and in the coming
days a case will be filed
against them.
Under the leadership of
Additional SP Amit
Singh, ACB detained a
transportation depart-
ment inspector and five
guards, along with a pri-
vate individual, on alle-
gations of illegal collec-
tions. Amit Singh, Addi-
tional SP, stated that
complaints of illegal col-
lections from drivers
were being received.
Shuchi Tyagi, Archana Singh and others during lamp lighting
ceremony on Sunday.  MUKESH KIRADOO
The JDA team also sealed a
cardboard factory in Nilgiri
Colony in Murlipura on Sunday.
The accused in ACB custody on Sunday.
T
IN BRIEF
Jaisalmer: Two kids
drowned today in Jais-
almer’s renowned Gadis-
ar Sarovar. By the time
neighboring individuals
extracted them, both
were dead. According to
the information, three
friends, Sanjay, Piyush,
and Karan, arrived at
Jaisalmer’s Mukteshwar
Mahadev Temple at 1
p.m. and headed for
Gadisar Sarovar. The
three buddies meet near
Gadisar Pond with the
goal of taking photos.
Two friends, Sanjay and
Piyush, plunge into the
water to have a bath but
drowned in the pond.
Barmer: A truck
crushed 3 construction
workers undertaking
fencing work. Two peo-
ple died at the scene of
the collision, and one
died on the way to the
hospital. The vehicle also
struck a Bolero on the
side of the road. The
three were placed in the
mortuary. Around 12:30
p.m., an uncontrolled
truck collided with a Bole-
ro parked on the road.
Ehich in turn, smashed
three individuals who
were standing close before
coming to a halt after col-
liding with side netting.
Two children drown
in Gadisar Sarovar
lake while bathing
Speeding truck hits a
Bolero, 3 construction
workers die in mishap
Transport dept officials detained for
illegal collections at NH 21 by ACB
CRIME
ROUNDUP
POLICE ARREST WOMAN IN CONNECTION
WITH 15 FALSE RAPE AND BLACKMAIL CASES
A woman, who registered 15 false cases of
rape at several police stations, was finally ar-
rested in Jaipur on Sunday. The Bar Associa-
tion Jaipur had written a letter to the Police Commis-
sioner demanding investigation by a senior officer to
find out the truth behind the rape cases registered by
a particular woman. Additional SP Gurusharan Rao
found the accused woman guilty in the investigation
and arrested her on Sunday.
MANSAROVAR POLICE
RESCUES TEEN GIRL
FROM A WOMAN
Major action is
being taken under
the guidance of
ACP Mansarovar Sanjay
Sharma. A teenage girl was
rescued from the hands
of a woman allegedly
connected with a human
trafficking ring. Rajina was
detained after bringing the
girl to Pushkar and Delhi
and forcing her to work in a
spa facility. The girl was not
provided a mobile phone or
allowed to contact anyone.
The victim’s father had
reported the missing girl to
the Mansarovar police sta-
tion. ACP Sanjay Sharma
and his crew launched an
inquiry and apprehended
the girl by connecting all the
dots. The alleged woman is
currently being interrogated.
POLICE SEIZE DRUGS WORTH `3.5
CR FROM TRUCK, NABS DRIVER
The Rajasthan police have
seized more than 21 quintals
of narcotics worth about Rs 3.5
crore from a truck and arrested the
driver, officials said on Sunday. The
recovery was made following a joint
operation of the Anti-Gangster Task
Force and Sikar police in the Laxman-
garh area of Sikar district on Saturday
night, they added.
60-YR-OLD MAN FALLS VICTIM TO
HONEYTRAP, FILES COMPLAINT
A 60-year-old guy became
victim of a honeytrap in Jaipur’s
Muhana police station area. After
being repeatedly blackmailed, the victim
turned to the police. The elderly man
who had been victimized went to the
police station and reported the incident.
A named complaint has been made
against a young guy and a girl. The
police is now investigating the case.
PraveshotsavtocontinuetillJuly17
toupenrolmentsingovtschools
RBSE 12th
class
results to be
declared today
Over 10 lakh
devotees visit
Khatu Shyamji
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Rajasthan Board of
Secondary Education
(RBSE) is set to an-
nounce the results for
12th grade students in the
Science, Commerce, and
Arts streams on Monday
at 12:15 PM. The board
administration has com-
pleted all preparations to
release the results.Atotal
of 8,66,270 students
were registered across
the three streams.
Sujal Swami
Sikar
More than 10 lakh devo-
tees from across the
country have visited the
Khatu Shyamji fair till
now. The scorching heat
of Rajasthan could not
waver the faith of the
devotees. Devotees could
be seen on foot, dancing
and singing on Shyam
Bhajans. Devotees are al-
lowed entry from the en-
trance of the temple via
Taran Gate via Hospital
Square, Shani Temple,
Kairpura Tiraha, Lamian
Square, Kumawat Agri-
cultural Farm House.
Shubham Jain
Ajmer
The use of CCTV cam-
eras for generating e-
challans is not being
made in Ajmer for the
past year. These CCTV
cameras, installed at the
Abhay Command Cen-
ter, were instrumental in
monitoring and penaliz-
ing traffic rule violations.
However, since May
2023, this method has
been inactive.
In light of this, the traf-
fic police have written to
the ASP of the Abhay
Command Center, re-
questing the resumption
of the e-challan system.
The letter specifically
urges the command cen-
tre to resume sending
photographs of traffic
violators so that appro-
priate action can be taken
against negligent drivers.
No e-challans being issued
in Ajmer since last one year
Action against illegal construction: JDA
seals school, 2 factories in Jhotwara
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
A special study conduct-
ed in Ranthambore on
the instructions of
Pawan Upadhyay, Chief
Wildlife Warden and
Principal Chief Conser-
vator of Forests, on the
utility of underpasses
under highways and oth-
er roads to minimise
wild animals dying in
road accidents, has
yielded positive results.
FDAnup KR, DCF Dr
Ramanand Bhakar, Field
Biologist Hari Mohan
Meena, GIS and Data
Security Expert Vivek
Raj and Forest Staff con-
ducted the study in
which 23 camera traps
were installed under var-
ious underpasses on
Sawai Madhopur and
Sheopur Highways.
From April 15 to May
3, about 3,417 photos
were obtained from these
traps which showed four
tigers on four different
routes. The tigers used
Neem Chowki, Rajbagh,
Kushalipura and Bodal
underpasses. Tigress T
127 used Rajbagh and
Neem Chowki, Tigress T
8 Kushalpura, Tigress T
108 Bodal and Tigress T
2401 Kushalpura under-
pass. Other animals using
the underpass include
leopards, hyenas, desert
cats, golden jackals,
Asian palm civets, sloth
bears and more.
The study shows that the
construction of the un-
derpass has reduced the
threat to wildlife and has
paved the way for more
such underpasses in other
tiger reserves.
ANI
Ranthambore
The First Secretary (Po-
litical) to the High Com-
missioner of Singapore,
Sean Lim, spotted Shak-
ti, the Tigress, in Ranth-
ambore National Park.
Singapore High Com-
missioner to India, Si-
mon Wong, shared a post
on X, calling the first
secretary Lim “lucky” to
have spotted Shakti in
Ranthambore.
Simon Wong also
shared pictures from the
site. “Happy Sunday ev-
eryone! First Secretary
(Political) Sean Lim was
lucky to have spotted
Shakti the Tigress in
#Ranthambore. Here are
some clicks! What a
good omen! - HCWong,”
he stated on X.
Tigress T 111 is a ti-
gress of the Machli fam-
ily tree and is daughter of
Tigress Krishna, aka
T19, according to the of-
ficial website of Ranth-
ambore National Park.
T19, is the daughter of
famous tigress Machli of
Ranthambore. The terri-
tory of this tigress is in
forest area like Lakarda,
Semli, Aadi Dagar, etc.
High Commissioner Singapore
spotted Tigress Shakti in
Ranthambore National Park.
Map showing 23 camera traps installed under various underpasses on Sawai Madhopur and Sheopur Highways which were used by animals like tigers, sloth bears etc.
UnderpassesaboonforwildlifeinR’bhore
Study shows construction of underpass reduced threat to wildlife  paved way for more such in other reserves
MAN VS WILD COORDINATION
Singapore’s mission official
spots Tigress ‘Shakti’ at
Ranthambore Nat’l Park
FILE
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Heatwave alert has been
issuedin24districtsofthe
state on Sunday. Light
rain occurred at places in
Sikar’s Losal in the morn-
ing. Some areas of Jodh-
pur also remained cloudy
on Sunday.
Barmer was the hottest
on Saturday at 46.9 de-
grees Celsius. Jaipur also
recorded the highest tem-
perature of the season.
Municipal Corporation
Greater and Heritage got
water sprinkled on the
roads to provide relief to
people and animals.
Pilani, Jaisalmer, Pha-
lodi, Sriganganagar,
Jalore, Fatehpur and
Karauli recorded 46 de-
grees. In Chittorgarh,
mercury crossed 43 de-
grees Celsius. According
totheweatherdepartment,
there will be extreme heat
in the coming three-four
days. In Sirohi, the tem-
perature crossed 41 de-
grees on Sunday. The
main market and busy
roads of the city were de-
serted. The temperature
reached 44 degrees Cel-
sius in Khanpur of Jhala-
war. The meteorological
department has appealed
to people to be cautious.
In Pokaran, Jaisalmer
temperature touched 45
degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, in re-
sponse to the severe heat-
wave, SMS Medical Col-
lege in Jaipur has an-
nounced that all MBBS
students will transition to
online classes for the next
seven days.This decision,
aimed at ensuring the
safety and well-being of
the students, was made
under the directives of
College Principal Dr.
Deepak Maheshwari.
The college adminis-
tration has issued an order
stating that medical edu-
cation will be conducted
online. This move is de-
signed to protect students
from the extreme heat
conditions currently af-
fecting the region.
Astana(Kazakhstan): In a remarkable display of skill
and tenacity, Havildar Gaurav Chauhan of the DOT
Gunners has secured a bronze medal in the 92 Kg
Men’s category boxing at the prestigious 3rd Edition Elorda
Cup held in Astana, Kazakhstan from May 12th to 19th,
2024. Representing the Indian Army,
Havildar Chauhan’s performance at the
international event has been exception-
al, earning him accolades and bringing
glory to the nation. His achievement
is a testament to the relentless pursuit
of excellence and the indomitable
spirit of the Indian soldier. The Sapta
Shakti Command extends its heartfelt
congratulations to Havildar Chauhan for
his outstanding achievement. His dedication to the sport of
boxing and his unwavering commitment to his training have
culminated in this well-deserved victory on the global stage.
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DUBAI: 21ST
ASIAN UNDER-20 ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sikar boy Dev bags bronze in pole vault
Hukum Singh
Sikar
ev Meena, a
student from Si-
kar, has made
his hometown and coun-
try proud by winning a
bronze medal in the pole
vault event at the 21st
Asian Under-20Athletics
Championship held in
Dubai. Meena, who is a
class eleven student at
Swami Keshwanand Ed-
ucational Institute on
Bhadhadar Road,
achieved this feat by
clearing a height of 5.10
meters, setting a new
benchmark in the compe-
tition.
Rahul Dhaka, the
sports in-charge, lauded
Meena’s performance,
highlighting that he has
made history with his im-
pressive jump.
Dev Meena at the podium finish in Dubai on Sunday.
SHARING IS CARING: Three
girls while walking in intense
heat near Albert Hall share
one scarf to cover them from
scorching heat in Jaipur on
Sunday. SUNIL SHARMA
The recently installed shades at a traffic light on Tonk road in
Jaipur got uprooted in wind on Sunday.  MUKESH KIRADOO
WIND STOPS PLAY!: Enthusiastic kids near eidgaah on Delhi Road continue to play cricket amid heavy and gusty wind storm in Jaipur on Sunday.  NAIM KHAN
D
FI TOON
SHEKHAR
ACS Health Shubhra Singh writes to collectors for heatwave precautions
Heatwave Alert in 24 dists
BARMERRECORDS46.9°
C
POWER OUTAGES ACROSS STATE, MLA AKYA
WRITES TO CM EXPRESSING CONCERN
In the midst of an intense heatwave, Jaipur
experienced yet another major power outage
as the 220 kV GSS operated by RVPNL
tripped for the third time in a month and a half. The
overload at the I.G. Nagar 220 kV GSS caused a
disruption in the power supply to several areas. In a
related development related to power cuts, Chittorgarh
MLA Chandrabhan Singh Akya has written a letter to
the Chief Minister expressing concerns over the unan-
nounced nightly power cuts in his constituency.
INDIANARMY’SHAVGAURAVCHAUHANCLINCHES
BRONZEMEDALATELORDACUPINKAZAKHSTAN
ACS SINGH DIRECTS COLLECTORS TO ENSURE
ARRANGEMENTS FOR HEATWAVE PRECAUTION
In light of the severe heat and looming threat
of heatwaves, the Additional Chief Secretary of
the Medical and Health Department, Shubhra
Singh, has issued directives to all district collectors to
ensure necessary arrangements are in place. Singh’s
instructions emphasize the importance of inter-depart-
mental coordination to effectively monitor and manage
heatwave and heat stroke-related measures. In her
letter, she stressed that safeguarding human lives
amid the extreme heat is a primary responsibility.
ANI
Anantnag (JK)
The father of a tourist
couple from Rajasthan
who were injured in a ter-
ror attack in Jammu and
Kashmir's Anantnag on
Saturday requested the
Centre to airlift the duo
from Srinagar to AIIMS,
Delhi for further treat-
ment and to provide them
with the best medical fa-
cilities. I request the In-
dian government to bring
them from Srinagar to
AIIMS Delhi and provide
them with the best medi-
cal facilities. Arrest the
terrorists and deal with
them accordingly, said
Aslam Khan, the father of
the victim.
Sharing the details,
Aslam Khan, said, My
younger son (along with
his wife) had left for
Kashmir on May 13. A
tour guide had taken them
to Pahalgam. They re-
turned in the evening. As
they were on their way,
two bike-borne assailants
came and opened fire on
them and fled away.
Fatherofcouplerequests
Rajgovttoairliftthem
fromSrinagartoDelhi
Tabrez Khan’s mother weeping
in front of media on Sunday.
Ravi Katara
Bharatpur
The feud in the Bharat-
pur royal family has sur-
faced again and this
time the matter has
reached the court. For-
mer minister Vishvendra
Singh has filed a com-
plaint in the SDM Tribu-
nal Court alleging that
his wife Divya Singh
and son Anirudh were
harassing him mentally.
Singh alleged that he
was not given food and
not allowed to meet any-
one. He has also sought
maintenance.
Responding to the al-
legations, Divya Singh
andAnirudh held a press
conference and said that
Vishvendra Singh has
no business and he was
only trying to defame
them with baseless alle-
gations. “This fight is to
save ancestral property.
Vishvendra Singh was
continuously selling the
ancestral property and
was about to sell Moti
Mahal also.
This fight started
from there. We have to
manage the house and
the business. Vishven-
dra Singh sits with his
10-15 people and makes
strategies to defame us,”
said Anirudh.
I-TraidsonARLGroupend,
detailedprobebeginstoday
Vimal Kothari
Jaipur
The Income Tax raid,
which started on Thurs-
day, against the country’s
largest asbestos sheet
manufacturer  ARL
Group ended late on Sun-
day. Officials claim to
haveseizedcashworthRs
50 lakh and 9.55 kg gold
jewellery worth Rs 6.13
crore.ARLInfratechLim-
ited evaded Rs 50 crore.
Fraudulent expenditure
of more than Rs 60 crore
and construction related
units Akshat Apartments
Pvt Ltd,Akshat Real Care
LLP etc has surfaced a
scam involving Rs 52
crore. Statement of direc-
tors of group was taken.
The raids began onThurs-
day at the units of ARL
Group concluded on Sun-
day. A detailed investiga-
tion will start on Monday.
As per sources, ARL
Infratech Limited
evaded `50 crore
BJP govt failed to fulfill its
promises: Pilot in Haryana
Bharatpurroyalfamilyfeud:
Vishvendrareachescourt;
wife,sonrefuteallegations
JDA gets into
action after news
flashed on FIN
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Many officials and em-
ployees arrived at their
officesonSunday,delving
intovariouspendingcases
to resolve them. First In-
dia News had reported the
matter on May 18. The
report highlighted pend-
ing issues concerning
leases, name transfers,
sub-division matters, and
related to reorganization.
More than 3000 cases
were pending in JDA,
including those that have
exceeded their resolution
deadlines. Following the
news broadcast, there
was unrest among JDA
employees. On Sunday,
efforts were made to
tackle the backlog. As a
result, in Zone 11 alone,
pending cases dropped
from 860 to 354.
First India Bureau
Ajmer
Devmali in the Masuda
region of Ajmer has
been bustling with ex-
citement as the shooting
for the much-anticipated
film 'Jolly LLB 3' takes
place in Devmali Gram
Panchayat.
Over the past week,
the serene surroundings
of the Devanarayan
Temple and its vicinity
have transformed into a
lively film set featuring
Bollywood stars Akshay
Kumar, Huma Qureshi,
and Arshad Warsi. Be-
fore departing for Mum-
bai, Akshay Kumar took
a moment to visit the
Devanarayan Temple.
Accompanied by former
Sarpanch Madhu Gurjar
and other prominent vil-
lagers, Kumar made a
heartfelt appeal for the
education of girls in the
village.
He urged the villag-
ers to open accounts
under the Sukanya
Samriddhi Yojana and
committed to paying
the premium for girls.
This generous gesture
was met with gratitude
from the community,
who expressed their ap-
preciation for Kumar's
support. Although Ak-
shay Kumar has left for
Mumbai, his team will
remain in Devmali for
another week to con-
tinue the filming.
SHOOTING OF ‘JOLLY LLB-3’ IN AJMER
Couple hurt in JK terror attack
AkshayKumartohelp500girls,will
depositmoneyinSukanyaAccounts
On Sunday, taking break from shooting film star Akshay Kumar
visited a temple in Devmali. He also interacted with sarpanches.
Sachin Pilot addressing a rally in Sirsa, Haryana on Sunday.
First India Bureau
Mahendrgarh
Former Dy CM Sachin
Pilot launched a whirl-
wind tour of Haryana on
Sunday, intensifying his
party’s campaign efforts
by addressing public
gatherings in the key
constituencies of Bhi-
wani-Mahendragarh,
Karnal, and Sirsa.
At a rally in Mahen-
dragarh, rallying behind
Rao Dhan Singh, Pilot
took aim at the BJP, ac-
cusing the party of failing
to fulfill its promises.
“Farmers, youth, women,
and laborers have seen
through BJP’s facade of
deceit over past decade.
The public is now in-
clined towards assurance
of ‘justice’,” Pilot said.
In Sirsa, Pilot lent his
support to Cong candi-
date Kumari Selja, high-
lighting party’s commit-
ment to addressing na-
tional issues. In Karnal,
Pilot alleged that both the
central and state govern-
ments have neglected the
interests of the public.
Divya Singh  Anirudh Singh
during the PC on Sunday.
Maharaj, can you also tell
the future by looking at the
lines on this hand?
TOP
TWEETS
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
A person can rise through the
efforts of his own mind; or draw
himself down, in the same manner.
Because each person is his own
friend or enemy.
BHAGAVAD GITA
The chants of
‘Modi-Modi’ in the
Phulpur parliamentary
constituency are proof that the
victory of BJP-NDA on all
80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh
is assured. Heartfelt thanks to the
residents of Phulpur Lok Sabha
constituency for this immense
public support!
YogiAdityanath( )
@myogiadityanath
In Karnal, Haryana, the trust in the policies and decisions of the
Modi government at the ‘Intellectual Conference’ is reassuring
that the BJP is once again receiving overwhelming support. Under
the esteemed leadership of Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi, the
work done in all areas has brought effective results on the ground. This
has brought positive changes in the lives of the people and ensured the
rapid progress and prestige of the country. With our resolve for
‘Building a Developed India,’ every section of society is joining
in today and is hopeful for the bright future of the country.
Jagat Prakash Nadda
(Modi Ka Parivar) @JPNadda
AgloriouserainIPLcomes
toanemotionalcrossroads
IN-DEPTH
WHERE DOES ONE
GO IF HIMACHAL
ALSO SIZZLES?
emperatures are soaring across several states.
Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh,
Odisha, Punjab and Delhi, which sizzled at 46
degrees, are all reeling under the Sun’s intense heat.
These are known summer “hot spots” to avoid. But if
Himachal Pradesh, where one would love to go for res-
pite, also starts experiencing severe heat wave condi-
tionsthenthealarmingtrenddeservesseriousattention.
Himachal last experienced high temperatures in
2022. Neri in Una and Hamirpur reported a high of 43
degrees Celsius. Dharamshala, the seat of spiritual
guru the Dalai Lama, also reported 43 degree Celsius.
One has to come to terms with heat waves as they
are a consequence of climate change and global
warming. Year 2022 was the hottest across some
parts of the country. This year extreme heat wave
conditions are going to last for some days.
Short term measures to beat the heat are good but
one must not lose sight of their long term effect on
the ozone layer.
T
s climate change intensifies annually, the
emphasis remains on reducing carbon emis-
sions by lessening reliance on fossil fuels.
This goal, however, has proven challenging, with
various nations citing different reasons for postpon-
ing the transition to alternative energy sources. In-
novative thinking is essential to save the planet by
actively engaging the public.
In a novel idea, IIT-Bombay Professor Chetan
Solanki proposed on Earth Day last month that peo-
ple should wear wrinkled attire every Monday. While
this may seem absurd to those who always wear
neatly ironed clothes,
even at home and
consider going out in
crumpled clothes be-
low their dignity,
Professor Solanki of-
fers compelling argu-
ments to support his
suggestion.
Professor Solanki
has started a weekly
campaign called
“Wrinkles Achhe
Hain” to save energy.
Prof Solanki told a
newspaper that iron-
ing single apparel
consumes around 0.2
units of electricity
which comes from
coal. The chief ex-
ecutive officer of Waste Warriors Society, Vishal
Kumar, “ironing clothes contributes to carbon diox-
ide emissions”. To give an idea of the impact of iron-
ing clothes on the environment, Kumar told a news-
paper that “ironing five shirts a week for a year is
equivalent to driving seven miles in an average car”.
ProfSolankiandVishalKumararetalkingofelectric-
ity consumption during ironing. But where coal-based
iron is used for the purpose the impact is direct and
greater.Institutionalandindividualeffortstogetherwill
help attain the UN’s sustainable goals by 2030. Making
ProfSolanki’s“WrinklesAchheHain”initiativeamass
movement would go a long way in making the planet
safe for humanity.Are we ready to take it forward?
A
Professor Solanki
has started a weekly
campaign called
“Wrinkles Achhe
Hain” to save energy.
Prof Solanki told a
newspaper that
ironing single
apparel consumes
around 0.2 units of
electricity which
comes from coal
Mohit
Choudhary
The writer is sub-editor
and digital executive at
First India
he cricketing
world is
abuzz with
speculations
about Ma-
hendra Singh Dhoni’s po-
tential retirement from the
Indian Premier League
(IPL). The former Indian
cricket team captain and
current leader of the Chen-
nai Super Kings (CSK) has
left an indelible mark on the
sport, but the recent IPL
season has raised questions
about his future on the field.
THE HEART OF
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Born on July 7, 1981, in
Ranchi, Jharkhand, MS
Dhoni has been the heart-
beat of Chennai Super
Kings since the inaugural
IPLseason in 2008. Known
for his calm demeanour,
sharp cricketing acumen,
and unyielding finishing
abilities, Dhoni has carved
out a legacy that few can
match. Under his leader-
ship,CSKhasclinchedfour
IPL titles—in 2010, 2011,
2018, and 2021—and won
the now-defunct Champi-
ons League T20 twice.
Dhoni’s impact on CSK
isprofound.Hehasamassed
over 5,000 runs in the IPL,
becoming one of the few
players to reach this mile-
stone. His leadership and
strategic mind have been
pivotal in making CSK one
of the most successful fran-
chises in IPLhistory.Yet, as
the 2024 IPL season con-
cludes, the cricketing icon’s
future remains uncertain.
A SEASON OF
REFLECTION
The match between Royal
Challengers Bengaluru
(RCB) and CSK on May
18, 2024, might have been
Dhoni’s last in the IPL.
CSK, needing 219 to win
and 201 to secure a playoff
spot, fell short by 27 runs,
missing the playoffs for
only the second time in
their illustrious history.
This defeat has ignited dis-
cussions about whether this
was Dhoni’s final appear-
ance in the tournament.
Virat Kohli, former cap-
tain of the Indian team and a
key figure in RCB, hinted at
this possibility. “Me  him
playingagain,maybeforthe
lasttime,youneverknow—
that is a special thing,” Koh-
li said in a recent interview.
Reflecting on their numer-
ousmemorablepartnerships
and shared moments, Kohli
emphasised Dhoni’s unique
approach to chasing targets,
often taking the game deep
and finishing dramatically.
“Peopleusedtosaythesame
about Mahi bhai...but how
many matches did he finish
for India!” Kohli added, ac-
knowledging Dhoni’s un-
matched finishing prowess.
THE LEGEND’S
POTENTIAL FAREWELL
As Dhoni nears 43, with a
persistent knee issue, retire-
ment speculations are rife.
Overthelasttwoseasons,he
hasdismissedtalksofretire-
ment, but the physical toll is
evident. His recent perfor-
mances,thoughstillimpact-
ful, reflect the wear and tear
of an illustrious career.
Former Australian crick-
eter and CSK teammate
Matthew Hayden believes
this may indeed be Dhoni’s
final season as a player. “I’d
be very surprised if he
doesn’t mentor or be a part
of the family of CSK in an
official capacity,” Hayden
statedonStarSportsCricket
Live, suggesting that Dho-
ni’s association with CSK
might continue off the field.
In contrast, Ambati Ray-
udu, another former team-
mate, is optimistic about
Dhoni’sreturn.“Idon’tthink
this is his last game... He just
wanted to qualify and finish
on a high,” Rayudu re-
marked,notingDhoni’sfrus-
tration after the recent loss.
Rayudu also highlighted the
impact player role, which
could allow Dhoni to con-
tribute without the full phys-
icaldemandsofregularplay.
A CAREER DEFINED
BY TRIUMPHS
Dhoni’s journey from a
small-town boy in Ranchi
to one of the most revered
cricketers globally is noth-
ing short of extraordinary.
As captain, he led India to
victory in the 2007 T20
World Cup, the 2011 ODI
World Cup, and the ICC
Champions Trophy in
2013. His leadership inTest
cricket also brought India
the ICCTest Championship
Mace in 2010 and 2011.
Beyond his cricketing
achievements,Dhoni’scalm
underpressureandunortho-
dox strategies have earned
him immense respect. His
ability to remain unaffected
by external criticism and fo-
cusonthegamehasinspired
countless cricketers.
A FAMILY MAN
AND BEYOND
Off the field, Dhoni’s life is
grounded in his family. He
istheyoungestofthreechil-
dren to Pan Singh and De-
vaki Devi. In 2010, he mar-
ried Sakshi Singh Rawat in
Dehradun, and the couple
has a daughter named Ziva.
Despite his celebrity status,
Dhoni has always prior-
itized his family’s privacy,
adding to his mystique.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
Dhoni’sjourneyfrom
asmall-townboyin
Ranchitooneofthe
mostrevered
cricketersgloballyis
nothingshortof
extraordinary.As
captain,heledIndia
tovictoryinthe2007
T20WorldCup,the
2011ODIWorld
Cup,andtheICC
ChampionsTrophy
in2013.His
leadershipinTest
cricketalsobrought
IndiatheICCTest
ChampionshipMace
in2010and2011
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THE FINAL COUNTDOWN?
s fans await an official announcement, the
cricketing world is left in suspense. Will Dhoni
return for another season, or has he played
his last game in the IPL? His retirement from
international cricket in 2020 was sudden, suggesting he
might again choose a quiet exit. Regardless of his deci-
sion, Dhoni’s legacy is firmly etched in cricket history.
His contributions to CSK and Indian cricket are unparal-
leled, and his presence will be felt long after he steps
off the field. Whether as a player, mentor, or in another
capacity, Dhoni’s influence on the game will continue
to inspire future generations. In the hearts of fans, MS
Dhoni remains “Captain Cool,” the man who could turn
the tide of any game with his bat, his gloves, or his bril-
liant mind. As we await his next move, we celebrate an
icon whose impact on cricket is ‘timeless.’
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First India Bureau
Mumbai
head of the
Phase 5 polling
for the Lok
Sabha elections 2024,
top Bollywood stars in-
cluding Shah Rukh Khan
have taken to their social
media accounts and ap-
pealed to the people in
Mumbai to vote.
Also, Salman Khan,
Akshay Kumar, Shilpa
Shetty, and Suniel Shetty
too have urged voters in
Mumbai  other areas
going to polls to exercise
their voting rights.
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exercise our right to
vote this Monday in
Maharashtra. Let’s
carry out our duty as
Indians and vote
keeping our country’s
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Go forth Promote, our
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May 20 offers an
opportunity to
Mumbaikaars that
comes only once in 5
years - an opportunity
to exercise your right to
vote and choose your
Lok Sabha MP. Don’t
miss it because each
vote matters. Do your
duty for the country.
AKSHAY KUMAR, ACTOR
Voting isn’t just our
right, but also a
responsibility. “As a
proud Mumbaikaar, I
will certainly vote. On
May 20, please step
out and do cast your
vote.
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ACTOR
PTI
Medinipur (WB)
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Sunday accused
the TMC of insulting the
faith of Hindus to ap-
pease its vote bank and
asserted that infiltrators
are “perilous” to West
Bengal since they are
“disturbing” the demog-
raphy of the state.
Addressing his third
election rally in West
Bengal during the day,
the prime minister said,
“Infiltrators, who are the
vote bank of the TMC”,
are a threat to the state as
in many areas the Hin-
dus have become lesser
in number.
“In Bengal, TMC is
synonymous with terror-
ism, corruption, appease-
ment and nepotism. To
appease its vote bank, the
TMC is insulting the
faith Hindus. The entire
country is angry due to
the recent derogatory
statement made by the
CM of West Bengal,” he
said at the Medinipur
rally. The prime minister
said that ongoing infiltra-
tion in West Bengal is
“fast changing the de-
mography” of the state.
“The appeasement of
the TMC has disturbed
the demography of Ben-
gal. The infiltration has
disturbed the demogra-
phy of the state. The
TMC calls the people
from other states ‘outsid-
ers’. However, it embrac-
es infiltrators,” he said.
He also said, “Infiltra-
tors are perilous to Ben-
gal since they are disturb-
ing the demography of
the state. In many parts,
the Hindus have become
a minority.”
Modi also alleged, “In-
filtrators are capturing
the land of Dalits and the
underprivileged. Our
daughters and sisters are
not safe anymore.”
TMCinsultingHindus,infiltrators
changingdemographyofWB:Modi
Modi criticises Didi
for remarks against
RKM and Bharat
Sevashram Sangha Muzaffarpur: A
government school
teacher in Bihar has
been arrested and sent to
jail for allegedly telling chil-
dren in his class “nobody
should vote for Modi”, an of-
ficial said on Sunday. The
teacher has been booked
for violating the election
model code of conduct,
after an FIR lodged by the
district education officer.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Bishnupur, West Bengal, Sunday.  PTI
GOVT SCHOOL TEACHER
JAILED FOR SAYING
‘DON’T VOTE FOR MODI’
z PM Modi on Sunday
arrived on a two-day visit
in Odisha to campaign for
BJP candidates in simul-
taneous Lok Sabha and
assembly elections.
z PM Modi will address
two election rallies -- in
Sirmaur and Mandi -- in
Himachal on May 24.
z PM Modi will start his poll
campaign in Punjab with
his first rally in Patiala on
Thursday, according to
state BJP secretary.
z Polling in 13 LS seats in
Maharashtra on May 20;
Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Ni-
kam in fray from Mumbai
z 54 candidates in fray for
3 LS seats in Jharkhand
z Bihar: 95.11 lakh people
to vote for 80 candidates
across 5 seats in phase 5
z 33,000 security personnel
for May 20 Lok Sabha,
assembly polls in Odisha
z Delhi poll body launches
‘Sankalp Patra’ initiative
for schoolchildren
to boost voter turnout
z `50 lakh seized near
Indo-Nepal Border in
Bihar a day before polls
UPDATES ON RALLIES
OTHER LOK SABHA POLL
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS
PTI
Jaunpur (UP)
Launching a blistering
attack on the Congress,
Union Home minister
Amit Shah accused the
opposition party on Sun-
day of “preserving” Arti-
cle 370 of the Constitu-
tion, due to which terror-
ism increased in the
country. He also asserted
that the BJP will never
allow another division of
the country.
Addressing a Lok Sab-
ha poll rally in Jaunpur
district of Uttar Pradesh,
Shah said, “The Con-
gress and the Samajwadi
Party preserved (sambhal
ke rakha) Article 370 for
70 years, due to which
terrorism increased
across the country.
“You made Modiji the
prime minister for the
second time and he abro-
gated Article 370 from
Jammu and Kashmir on
August 5, 2019. In Kash-
mir, where the Army had
to be taken along for
hoisting the tricolour, at
that same Lal Chowk (in
Srinagar) now, the ‘shob-
hayatra’ of Lord Krishna
is taken out.”
The rally was organ-
ised to garner support for
B P Saroj, the Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) candi-
date from the Mach-
hlishahr Lok Sabha con-
stituency in Jaunpur.
Cong preserved Article
370 for 70 years: Shah
Home Minister Amit Shah with BJP leaders during a public
meeting for Lok Sabha polls, near Prayagraj, Sunday.  PTI
PTI
Sambalpur (Odisha)
Defence Minister Ra-
jnath Singh on Sunday
claimed that as many as
25 crore people have
been pulled out from
poverty under the leader-
ship of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi.
Singh said this while
addressing an election
rally at Rairakhole under
the Sambalpur Lok Sab-
ha seat.
“Beginning from
Jawahar Lal Nehru to In-
dira Gandhi, Rajiv Gan-
dhi and Manmohan Sin-
gh, all have failed to
eradicate poverty from
the country. However,
Modi is the first prime
minister who could re-
duce the miseries of the
poor people in this coun-
try,” Singh said.
ANI
Karnal (Haryana)
Lauding the leadership of
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, Bharatiya Janata
Party national president
JP Nadda said on Sunday
that the party is “fortu-
nate” to witness the era
when the BJP is ‘the
world’s largest political
party’. He further said
that PM Modi has
changed the whole narra-
tive and discourse of
politics, centring it on
the lines of development.
“There was a genera-
tion of (BJP) that sold
their lands to save de-
posits for contesting
elections...Today, we are
fortunate to witness an
era when BJP is the
world’s largest party,”
Nadda said while ad-
dressing an intellectual
meet as part of the par-
ty’s campaign for the
Karnal Lok Sabha seat.
“PMModihaschanged
the whole narrative, dis-
course and manner of
politics. We have wit-
nessed all this, 10 years
ago, India was called a
corrupt, backward nation.
It was criticised. Today,
the whole world looks at
the country with respect,”
he added.
The BJP President as-
serted that every Indian is
working to achieve the
aim of ‘Viksit Bharat’.
PTI
Patna
Congress leader Jairam
Ramesh on Sunday as-
serted that reservations
have been provided to
certain sections of minor-
ity communities, in states
ruled by it, “on the
ground of social and eco-
nomic backwardness”.
Addressing a press
conference at the Sadaqat
Ashram here, the BPCC
headquarters, Ramesh
clarified that no quotas
have been provided “on
the basis of religion” in
states like Karnataka.
“We abide by the Con-
stitution which does not
allow grant of reserva-
tions and citizenship on
the basis of religion. It is
the BJP which has vio-
lated the Constitution
through CAA, which is
nothing but grant of citi-
zenship along religious
lines. The law has, there-
fore, been challenged in
court”, the AICC general
secretary said.
Ramesh was respond-
ing to queries on allega-
tions by BJP leaders, in-
cluding PM Modi, that
Congress was snatching
away quotas meant for
OBCs and Dalits and di-
verting these to its own
“vote bank” of Muslims.
Ramesh alleged that
Modi was “making one
false statement after an-
other” to divert public at-
tention from real issues.
Congprovidedquotastominorities:Ramesh
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh being feliciteted by party’s Bihar
President Akhilesh Singh, in Patna, Sunday. PTI
BJP President JP Nadda being felicitated by party leaders
during a public meeting, in Faridabad on Sunday.  PTI
25 crore lifted
out of poverty
by Modi govt:
Rajnath Singh
“We are fortunate
to witness BJP being
world’s largest party”
PTI
Bhubaneswar
Tight security arrange-
ments have been made,
with the deployment of
over 33,000 personnel,
for elections to five Lok
Sabha and 35 assembly
constituencies in Odisha
on Monday, officials said.
Over 70.69 lakh vot-
ers, including 40.33 lakh
men, 39.35 lakh women
and 851 transgender per-
sons, are eligible to cast
their votes at 9,162 poll-
ing stations in Aska,
Kandhamal, Bargarh,
Bolangir and Sundargarh
Lok Sabha constituen-
cies, and 35 assembly
seats falling under these
parliamentary constitu-
encies, in the second
phase of polls in the state.
A total of 40 candi-
dates are in the fray for
the five Lok Sabha seats.
Stagesetforpollsto5LSseats,35
assemblyconstituenciesinOdisha
BJP going to win
only one seat in
UP:RahulGandhi
PTI
Prayagraj
Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi on Sunday
said that the BJP is
winning only one seat
in Uttar Pradesh.
“Have you heard
Narendra Modi is win-
ning only one BJPseat
of Kyoto (Varanasi) in
Uttar Pradesh,” said
Gandhi while address-
ing a joint poll meet-
ing with Samajwadi
Party president Akh-
ilesh Yadav in Praya-
graj in support of IN-
DIA bloc candidate
Ujjawal Raman Singh.
PM Narendra Modi
had earlier said that he
will turn Varanasi into
Kyoto, a picturesque
town in Japan.
“The fight is to save
the Constitution. The
BJP and the RSS are
attacking it, and I want
to tell them that no
power can tear and
throw the Constitution
away,” he said while
waiving a copy of the
Indian Constitution.
Prayagraj: Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi
Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday
abandoned a joint poll meeting in Phulpur area
without delivering speech as their supporters broke
through barricades trying to reach the dais. According
to sources, scores of Congress and SP supporters had
reached the venue to attend the rally. When Yadav ar-
rived, the crowd standing broke through the barricades
to reach it, creating a “stampede-like” situation.
RAHUL, YADAV LEAVE WITHOUT ADDRESSING
RALLY AMID ‘STAMPEDE-LIKE’ SITUATION
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a public rally for Lok
Sabha polls, in Prayagraj on Sunday.  PTI
Agencies
New Delhi
The Southwest monsoon,
the lifeline of India’s
farm-based economy, on
Sunday made its onset
over the Nicobar Islands,
the southernmost region
of the country, the India
Meteorological Depart-
ment (IMD) said here.
“Southwest monsoon
has advanced into some
parts of the Maldives, and
the Comorin area and
some parts of the South
Bay of Bengal, Nicobar
Islands and South Anda-
man Sea on Sunday,” the
weather office said.
The annual rainfall
phenomenon is expected
to reach Kerala by May
31. The rain-bearing sys-
tem arrived in the south-
ern state on June 8 last
year, May 29 in 2022,
June 3 in 2021 and June 1
in 2020.
Last month, the IMD
had forecast above-nor-
mal rain in the monsoon
season in India with fa-
vourable La Nina condi-
tions, cooling of equato-
rial Pacific Ocean, ex-
pected to set in by Au-
gust-September.
La Nina conditions
help in a good monsoon
season over India. Large
parts of the country are
battling a brutal heat-
wave with maximum
temperatures touching 48
degrees Celsius, shatter-
ing records in several
states and severely im-
pacting health and liveli-
hoods.
Southern India experi-
enced heatwave spells in
April. The crippling heat
is straining power grids
and drying up water bod-
ies triggering drought-
like conditions in parts of
the country.
BIASED REPORTING
Western press fosters unfair view of India
ANI
Asia
hedding light
into what he
claimed were
prevailing ‘misconcep-
tions’ surrounding India
in the West, Sam Steven-
son, the assistant editor of
the UK-based newspaper,
Daily Express, said Eu-
rope and the West are ‘in-
undated’ with ‘unfavour-
able narratives’ about In-
dia, primarily propagated
by the media.
“Unfortunately, the
perceptions of India
across Europe and the
West are not good. And
this is because we are be-
ing fed negative stories
from the press,” Steven-
son said, pointing to the
‘detrimental’ impact of
‘biased reporting’on pub-
lic opinion.
In a candid assessment
of the perception of India
in theWestern world, Ste-
venson told ANI expand-
ed on the prevalence of
negative narratives
fuelled by media cover-
age.
Stevenson, who recent-
ly visited India, empha-
sised the importance of
firsthand experiences in
understanding the coun-
try’s reality, saying, “Peo-
ple need to come here, see
it with their own eyes, live
it, breathe it, meet the
people, speak to people
on the ground, and you
will be seeing that new
India, global Britain, we
can be a force for good.”
While advocating for a
more nuanced approach
to reporting, he also
weighed in on the por-
trayal of religious dynam-
ics in India, calling out the
‘simplistic narratives’
perpetuated by the media.
Sam Stevenson
S
New Delhi: The SC is
scheduled to hear on
Monday a petition chal-
lenging the enactment of
three new laws that seek
to overhaul India’s penal
codes claiming that they
suffer from many “defects
and discrepancies”. The
Lok Sabha, on Dec 21
last year, passed three key
legislations -- the Bharati-
ya Nyaya (Second) Sanh-
ita, the Bharatiya Nagarik
Suraksha (Second) Sanhi-
ta and the Bharatiya Sak-
shya (Second) Bill.
SC to hear on plea
against new criminal
laws passed by Parl
New Delhi: The SC has
sought response from the
Delhi government on a
plea filed by alleged con-
man Sukesh Chan-
drasekhar seeking a direc-
tion to authorities to shift
him from Mandoli jail to
any other prison except
those in Punjab and Delhi.
“Having regard to the alle-
gations made in the writ
petition, let the notice be
issued to the respondent,
returnable on July 19,
2024,” the bench said.
Sukesh Chandrasekhar
requests jail transfer; SC
seeks Delhi’s response
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Southwestmonsoonmakes
onsetoverNicobarIslands:IMD
The unrelenting heat turned daily
activities into an arduous task in
large parts of India on Sunday,
with Najafgarh in southwest Delhi reach-
ing a sweltering 47.8 degrees Celsius
-- the highest in the country so far this
season. The crippling heat strained low-
income households, which often have
poor access to water and cooling, and
tested the endurance of outdoor workers
toiling in the searing sun, forcing them to
take frequent breaks. The IMD reported
a severe heat wave in parts of Haryana,
Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar,
Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
As rains lashed many parts of
Kerala, authorities on Sunday
urged people, particularly those
living in hilly and coastal areas, to
exercise vigil. The Meteorological Dept
has issued red alerts for Pathanamthitta,
Kottayam, and Idukki districts for Sun-
day and Monday, and sounded orange
alerts for four other districts, including
Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alap-
puzha, and Ernakulam, for these days.
The Met office predicted thunderstorms
with moderate rainfall and gusty winds
reaching speeds of 40 km/h at one or
two places in Thiruvananthapuram.
Rains continued to
lash many parts of
Tamil Nadu, as the
regional weather office on
Sunday forecast extremely
heavy rain in Tenkasi,
Tirunelveli and Theni
districts. Jamunamarathur
(Tiruvannamalai dt) and Pe-
chiparai in Kanniyakumari
received 12 cm and 10 cm
rainfall, respectively, during
the 24-hour period ending
8.30 am on Sunday. The
Tamil Nadu State Disaster
Management Authority
has asked tourists visiting
places like Udhagama-
nadalam (Ooty), Tenkasi,
Hogenakkal (Dharmapuri
dt) and others.
UNRELENTING HEAT DISRUPTS
DAILY LIFE IN SWATHES OF INDIA
HEAVY RAINS PROMPT WARNINGS
IN MANY KERALA DISTRICTS
RAINS CONTINUE TO
LASH PARTS OF TN
A boy walks near water sprinklers at Central Vista Lawns near India Gate during a hot summer day,
in New Delhi, Sunday.
BJP workers holding placards shout slogans during a protest
against the killing of former Sarpanch by militants, in Srinagar.
PTI
New Delhi
AAP Rajya Sabha MP
Swati Maliwal, who has
been accused by her par-
ty of being part of a con-
spiracy to frame Delhi
Chief Minister Arvind
Kejriwal in a false case,
on Sunday said her party
colleagues once sought
justice for Nirbhaya but
today they are supporting
a person accused of as-
saulting her.
She said if AAP leader
and former deputy chief
minister Manish Sisodia,
who is in jail in connec-
tion with the Delhi excise
police case, had been
here “maybe things
wouldn’t have been so
bad for me!” Maliwal has
alleged that Chief Minis-
ter Arvind Kejriwal’s
aide Bibhav Kumar as-
saulted her on May 13
when she went to the
CM’s residence to meet
him.
AAP once fought for
justice, now shields
accused, says Maliwal
AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal.
New Delhi: AAP on Sunday said the Delhi Police
has seized the DVR of CCTV cameras installed
inside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in
connection with its probe into the “assault” on Swati Mali-
wal and accused the cops of planting stories to tarnish the
party’s image ahead of the elections. There was no imme-
diate reaction from the Delhi Police. Maliwal, an AAP Rajya
Sabha member, has alleged that Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav
Kumar assaulted her on May 13 when she had gone to the
chief minister’s residence to meet him. AAP has rubbished
her allegations and claimed that Maliwal is acting at the
behest of the BJP to frame Kejriwal. Kumar was arrested
on Saturday and produced in a court, which remanded him
in five-day police custody.
POLICE PLANTING STORIES TO TARNISH AAP’S IMAGE
Agencies
Pimpri Chinchwad
A massive explosion
took place in a gas tank-
er in Chakan area of
Pimpri Chinchwad of
Pune district at around 5
am. The intensity of the
explosion was so high
that it damaged nearby
hotels, houses and
parked trucks.Further-
more, no causalities
have been reported.Ac-
cording to the reports,
the primary reason for
the explosion was the il-
legal refilling of the gas
in the tanker, which
caused damage to the
nearby areas.
DCP of Pimpri
Chinchwad Police,
Shivaji Pawar, said, “In
the morning, in a Chakan
area of Pimpri Chinch-
wad, an explosion oc-
curred, which was so
massive that it damaged
nearby parked trucks and
areas. The primary pos-
sible reason for the ex-
plosion is illegal refilling
of the gas in the tanker.”
Police: Massive
explosion in gas
tanker in Pune
destroys many
houses, hotels
New Delhi: Lauding the “new India”, Sam
Stevenson, Assistant Editor of the UK-based
newspaper Daily Express, emphasised on
Sunday that it is time to start telling the positive sto-
ries of this new India on its epic trajectory to become
a USD 5 trillion economy in the future. On his visit to
India to cover the general elections, Sam Stevenson
said that there are a lot of positive stories that can be
told from India. “It’s time to start telling the positive
stories of new India,” Stevenson told ANI.
NEEDTOTELLSTORIESOFANEWINDIA:BRITISH
JOURNALIST PRAISES INDIA’S DIVERSITY
PTI
Srinagar
The BJP on Sunday held
a protest against the mur-
der of party worker and
former sarpanch Aijaz
Ahmad Sheikh in Shop-
ian and accused the JK
civil admin of ignoring
its requests for security to
some key functionaries
facing terror threats. BJP
workers gathered outside
the ‘mini secretariat’ in
Shopain and raised slo-
gans against the district
administration for not
providing safe accom-
modation to vulnerable
party leaders  workers.
Sheikh was killed and
a tourist couple from Ra-
jasthan were injured in
twin terror attacks in
JK’s Shopian and
Anantnag districts late on
Saturday. One of the pro-
testers said, “We have
been requesting the dep-
uty commissioner for a
year to provide safe ac-
commodation to our
leaders and workers but
he has been delaying.
Now we have lost one
worker.”
Altaf Thakur, a party
spokesperson, said there
was a lapse on part of the
district administration at
some level.
BJPprotestssecuritylapses
afterleader’smurderinJK
2 killed as luxury car hits motorcycle in Pune
Assam woman kills husband, sets body on fire
CISF to take over Parliament
security after CRPF withdrawal
PTI
New Delhi
More than 3,300 CISF
personnel will take over
the complete counterter-
rorism and anti-sabotage
security duties at the
Parliament complex
from Monday following
the withdrawal of over
1,400 CRPF staff from
the country’s most im-
portant symbol of de-
mocracy, official sources
said.
The parliament duty
group (PDG) of the
CRPF wound up its en-
tire administrative and
operational parapherna-
lia — vehicles, weapons
and commandos — from
of the complex on Friday
and its commander, a
deputy inspector general
(DIG)-rank officer,
handed over all the secu-
rity points in the com-
plex to the incoming
CISF group, the sources
said. A total of 3,317
(CISF) personnel are be-
ing inducted for securing
both the old and new
Parliament buildings
and the associated struc-
tures in this complex lo-
cated in central Delhi.
PTI
Pune
Two persons were killed
when a speeding luxury
car driven by a juvenile
hit their motorcycle in
Maharashtra’s Pune city
on Sunday, police said.
The 17-year-old car
driver was detained after
a case was registered
against him under rele-
vant provisions, they
said. The police are also
in the process of taking
legal action against the
boy’s parents, an official
said. The accident took
place around 3.15 am in
Kalyani Nagar when a
group of friends after a
party at a restaurant in the
area was returning home
on their motorbikes.
Near the Kalyani Na-
gar junction, a speeding
luxury car hit one of the
motorcycles following
which its two riders fell
from the vehicle and died
on the spot, as per the
FIR. After knocking
down the duo, the car
crashed into the roadside
pavement railings, it
said.
A video surfaced on
social media wherein a
group of people was seen
thrashing the driver as he
tried to come out of the
crashed car.
Raigarh: Three people were killed
when their speeding motorcycle
rammed into a tree in Chhat-
tisgarh’s Raigarh district, police said on
Sunday. The accident occurred near
Karrahan village under the Lailunga police
station limits on Saturday night, an official
said. The victims, Khule Paikra and Vijay
Sanwra, both aged 18, and Laxman
Chauhan (22), were heading to Gerupani
village to attend a wedding, he said.
3 KILLED AFTER MOTORCYCLE RAMS INTO TREE IN CHHATTISGARH
Agencies
Guwahati
A woman has been ar-
rested in Assam’s Jorhat
district for allegedly kill-
ingherhusbandandeven-
tually setting the body on
fire, the police said on
Saturday. A police officer
said that the woman’s mi-
nor son was also appre-
hended along with her.
According to the po-
lice,thewomanconfessed
to the killing of her hus-
band. She claimed that
she was a victim of do-
mestic violence.
Shwetank Mishra, Su-
perintendent of Police of
Jorhat district, said: “As
the woman’s son is a mi-
nor, he would be investi-
gated under Child in Con-
flict with Law (CCL) of
the Juvenile Justice (Care
 Protection of Children)
Act, 2015.”
“In her confession, the
lady claimed that her
husband used to physi-
cally assault her every
day in an drunken state
and to save her son, she
took the extreme step of
killing her husband,” the
police officer said.
The victim was identi-
fied as Prahalad Soren.
He was a tea garden
worker.
Agartala (Tripura): In a tragic and shocking incident,
Taur Ali, a resident of Prakash Latiapura Village
Panchayat in the Unakoti district of Tripura, brutally
murdered his wife, Nichhafa Begam, on Saturday. Accord-
ing to the reports, on the night of May 18, around 1 am, a
violent altercation erupted between the couple when Nich-
hafa refused to comply with Taur Ali’s monetary demands.
In a fit of rage, Taur Ali attacked her with a sharp blade, de-
livering five vicious blows to her head and neck. Nichhafa
Begam succumbed to her injuries on the spot. Reportedly,
the accused, Taur Ali, immediately fled from the spot after
committing the crime.
WOMAN DIES AFTER HUSBAND ATTACKS HER
WITH SHARP BLADE IN TRIPURA: POLICE
STOCK MARKET: WAIT PATIENTLY FOR THE DECLINE
he stock market
has also not re-
mained un-
touched by the web of
voting and its percentage
figures for the Lok Sabha
elections. Amidst the on-
going turmoil in the stock
market, even though an
improving trend is being
seen for the last three
days this week, this im-
provement cannot be
considered permanent.
In such a situation,
there is a need for inves-
tors to be careful in se-
lecting investments and
wait patiently for the
market to fall. Experts
say that before the an-
nouncement of election
results on June 4, there
will definitely be a good
fall in the market which
will give investors a
chance to try their luck
before the formation of
the new government.
Talking about the elec-
tion results, the credibil-
ity of the figures which
are being seen on social
media, allegedly in the
name of Phalodi betting
market, is also doubtful.
I believe that investors do
not need to be confused
by this, the reason is that
whatever be the election
result, whatever govern-
ment will be formed, un-
der whose leadership,
there will definitely be
efforts to give impetus to
the country’s economy
which will help in in-
creasing the Indian
shares. It will be good for
the market. The data
available regarding the
results of the last few
Lok Sabha elections and
the situation in the stock
market thereafter, also
indicates that the stock
market has been rising
four out of five times af-
ter the election results.
After the end of the
special session on Satur-
day, the BSE index rose
by 1341.47 points
(1.85%) last week and
closed at 74005.94 points
from 72664.47 points last
week, while the NSE
Nifty index improved by
446.80 points (2.03%)
and it increased from
22055.20 points to
22502.00 points. Midcap
and smallcap indices also
did not remain untouched
by the ongoing bullish-
ness in the market and
they also kept pace with
the basic index. It is a dif-
ferent matter that the per-
centage of improvement
in midcap and smallcap
is much higher than the
base index, and is highest
in smallcap.
Talking about the bul-
lion market, this week
there was a good im-
provement in the bullion
market on the strength of
the demand coming out
in the international mar-
kets, the reason for the
rise in silver prices is be-
lieved to be the breaking
of the barrier of $ 30 per
ounce. While gold prices
increased by Rs 1100 per
10 grams this week, sil-
ver prices increased by
Rs 6000 per kg and the
price of 24 carat gold in-
creased from Rs 74,900
per ten grams to Rs
76,000 per ten grams and
silver from Rs 86,100 per
kg to Rs 92,100 per kg.
Traders say that even
though the prices have
increased, there is no im-
provement in the ongo-
ing lack of business in
the market. Traders be-
lieve that since there is an
improving trend in the
metal, there is a possibil-
ity of further improve-
ment in the prices of gold
and silver.
Regarding the market
trend this week, traders
say that the market will
continue to be volatile
and in such a situation
investors need to remain
cautious. Traders believe
that due to the ongoing
fluctuations in the mar-
ket, investors will get
many opportunities to
make new investments
till June 4.
The only thing that is
needed is that investment
should be made in com-
panies with strong funda-
mentals, so that good
profits can be earned
when the environment of
improvement is created.
According to traders, in
the current circumstanc-
es, investments can be
made on decline in
BHEL, Bharat Electron-
ics, JSW Infrastructure,
IFCI, Coal India, HFCL,
ITC, Bayer Corp, UPL,
Biocon etc.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
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New Delhi: Punjab Kings opener Prabhsim-
ran Singh hammered a stunning 71 against
Sunrisers Hyderabad in the penultimate
league match of the 2024 Indian Premier League
(IPL) in Hyderabad. Having faced 45 balls, he
slammed seven fours and four sixes. He was also in-
volved in two 50-plus stands. Meanwhile, the young
batter finished the season with over 300 runs.
PRABHSIMRAN SINGH SLAMS HIS FOURTH
50-PLUS SCORE IN MATCH AGAINST SRH
First India Bureau
Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad
crushed Punjab Kings by
four wickets to end the
league phase of the In-
dian Premier League
with 17 points here on
Sunday.
Chasing 215, SRH
overhauled the target
with five balls to spare
after opener Abhishek
Sharma hammered a 28-
ball 66 (6x6s, 5x4s).
SRH were also bol-
stered by contributions
from Rahul Tripathi (33),
Nitish Reddy (37) and
Heinrich Klaasen (42)
along the way.
It was a high-scoring
duel as SRH chased
down 215 thanks to a
whirlwind 66 from Ab-
hishek Sharma.
Meanwhile, Prabhsim-
ran Singh’s 71 went in
vain. With this win, Sun-
risers Hyderabad have
kept their hopes for a top-
two finish alive.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Abdul Samad and Sanvir Singh after winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 T20 cricket match between
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Punjab Kings (PBKS), at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, in Hyderabad, Sunday, PTI
Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Shreyas Iyer and Rajasthan Royals’ captain Sanju Samson inspects the
pitch after rain delayed their IPL match, at the ACA Stadium, Barsapara, in Guwahati, Sunday. PTI
SunrisersHyderabadstayaliveintop-2race
Abhishek Sharma
registers his third
half-century of IPL
match against PBKS
Abhishek piped
Kohli to become
leading six-hitter in
the ongoing season
Royals finish third after rain plays
spoilsport in IPL game against KKR
First India Bureau
Guwahati
Rajasthan Royals paid
the price for their shoddy
show during the business
end as a washout of their
final IPL league game
against table toppers
Kolkata Knight Riders
on Sunday pushed them
to third place behind
Sunrisers Hyderabad.
While KKR finished
the league engagements
on 20 points with nine
wins and two more soli-
tarypointscourtesywash-
outs, SRH (17 points)
pipped RR (17 points) by
virtue of better (NRR).
SRH finished with NRR
of 0.414 compared to
RR’s 0.273.
KKR will play Sunris-
ers Hyderabad in the first
Qualifier in Ahmedabad
on Tuesday followed by
the ‘Eliminator’ between
Rajasthan Royals and
Royal Challengers Ben-
galuru in the same venue.
Royals would blame
themselves for getting
into a nice little rut after
an incredible run during
the first half of the tourna-
ment when they had won
8 out of their 9 games.
Agencies
Denpasar (Indonesia)
Elon Musk travelled to
Indonesia’s resort island
of Bali on Sunday to
launch Starlink satellite
internet service in the
world’s largest archipel-
ago nation.
Wearing a green Batik
shirt, Musk was greeted
with a garland of flower
petals at a community
health clinic in Denpasar,
the provincial capital of
Bali, where he launched
the Starlink service
alongside Indonesian
ministers. Indonesia, a
vast archipelago of
17,000 islands sprawled
across three time zones
with a population of
more than 270 million,
has been trying for years
to secure deals with
Musk’s Tesla on battery
investment and for
Musk’s SpaceX to pro-
vide fast internet for the
country’s remote regions.
MusklaunchesStarlink
satelliteinternetservice
inIndonesia:Report
Elon Musk center, talks to press media during the launch of
Starlink satellite internet service, at a public health center in
Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Sunday. PTI
PTI
Washington
Gopi Thotakura, an en-
trepreneur and a pilot, on
Sunday became the first
Indian to venture into
space as a tourist aboard
Amazon founder Jeff Be-
zos’s Blue Origin’s NS-
25 mission.
Thotakura was select-
ed as one of the six crew
members for the NS-25
mission, making him the
first Indian space tourist
and the second Indian to
venture into space after
the Indian Army’s Wing
Commander Rakesh
Sharma in 1984.
Blue Origin’s seventh
human flight, NS-25,
lifted off from Launch
Site One in West Texas
on Sunday morning, the
company announced on
social media.
This mission was the
seventh human flight for
the New Shepard pro-
gramme and the 25th in
its history. To date, the
programme has flown 31
humans above the Kar-
man line, the proposed
conventional boundary
between Earth’s atmos-
phere and outer space.
New Shepard is a fully
reusable sub-orbital
launch vehicle developed
for space tourism by Blue
Origin. According to
Blue Origin, “Gopi is a
pilot and aviator who
learned how to fly before
he could drive.”
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Kothari
Associate Editor, First
India News  Senior
Journalist
Agencies
Kharkiv
Russian strikes killed at
least 11 people, including
a pregnant woman, and
injured 25 others in two
separate attacks in
Ukraine’s northeastern
Kharkiv region on Sun-
day, local officials said.
It was the latest in
what have been constant
attacks in recent weeks
on Kharkiv city and the
region of the same name
by Russian missiles and
guided bombs as Russian
troops have launched an
offensive in the northeast
of the region.
The first strike killed
five and wounded 16 in a
recreation area just out-
side Kharkiv, while an-
other 6 were killed and 9
injured later in the day in
two villages in Kupiansk.
Russian strikes on
Kharkiv region kill
at least 11, says
local officials
Agencies
New Delhi
UK Prime Minister Rishi
Sunak and his wife Ak-
shata Murty’s personal
wealth overtook that of
King Charles, reported
the latest Sunday Times
Rich List.
The Sunday Times
Rich List compiles the
top 1,000 wealthiest indi-
viduals or families resid-
ing in the United King-
dom, ordered by their net
wealth. As per this in-
dex, the couple’s person-
al fortune has increased
by more than £120 mil-
lion over the past year.
Overtaking the UK’s
monarch King Charles,
their wealth witnessed a
jump from last year’s
£529 million to £651 mil-
lion in 2024.
While Sunak has oc-
cupied 245th place on the
list, King Charles holds
258th rank, after his
wealth grew from £600
million to £610 million in
the same period.
UK PM Rishi Sunak, wife Akshata
Murty richer than King Charles
Saudi crown prince, Biden aide
discuss ‘semi-final’ security deal
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak
and his wife Akshata Murty
Agencies
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia’s de facto
ruler and a top aide to US
President Joe Biden have
discussed a “semi-final”
version of a deal expect-
ed to beef up security
ties, Saudi state media
reported on Sunday.
The meeting between
Crown Prince Moham-
med bin Salman and Jake
Sullivan, Biden’s nation-
al security advisor, took
place in the eastern Saudi
city of Dhahran, the of-
ficial Saudi PressAgency
(SPA) reported.
Sullivan arrived in Is-
rael later on Sunday for
talks about the war in
Gaza.
“The semi-final ver-
sion of the draft strategic
agreements between the
Kingdom and the United
States ofAmerica, which
are almost being final-
ised... were discussed,”
SPA said.
Indian entrepreneur and pilot Gopi Thotakura with crew members
of Blue Origin’s private astronaut launch NS-25 mission, in Texas.
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The most beautiful part of life is that one
doesn’t need to be rich or powerful to reach
out and help others in need.
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Assembly’s security will be ensured during
public visits to the museum, assures Devnani
First India Bureau
Jaipur
ajasthan As-
sembly Speaker
Vasudev Dev-
nani announced on Sun-
day that full care will be
taken to ensure the secu-
rity and sensitivity of the
Assembly during public
visits to the political nar-
rative museum in the As-
sembly building.
Devnani held a meet-
ing with officials from
the departments of Ar-
chaeology,Tourism, Cen-
tral Museum, representa-
tives from the Assembly
Museum Research Com-
mittee, Hotel Associa-
tion, and Federation of
Hotel Associations,
inviting suggestions re-
garding the Political Nar-
rative Museum.
“Nowthecommonpeo-
ple will be able to see the
Vidhan Sabha Museum,
but special care will be
takenforthesecurityofthe
Vidhan Sabha,” he said.
Devnani stated that all
suggestions received in
the meeting would be
considered, and efforts
will be made to ensure
that the maximum num-
ber of people can visit the
museum.
Principal Secretary of
the Rajasthan Legislative
Assembly, Mahavir Pras-
ad Sharma, was also pre-
sent at the meeting.
Vasudev Devnani chairs a meeting regarding the Museum at
State Assembly in Jaipur on Sunday. Mahavir Prasad Sharma
and representatives from Archaeology  Tourism depts, Central
Museum  the Museum Research Committee were present.
R
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Former Chief Minister,
Ashok Gehlot, launched
an attack on the BJPgov-
ernment in Rajasthan on
Sunday, criticising a pub-
lic notice of the auction
of farmers' land for fail-
ing to repay loans in Ha-
numangarh district.
Gehlot pointed out that
the BJP had promised in
its election manifesto in
Rajasthan to halt the auc-
tion of farmers' land, yet
such auctions are taking
place. These advertise-
ments,publishedinHanu-
mangarh district newspa-
pers, auctioning farmers'
land, expose the truth of
'Modi's Guarantee', Ge-
hlot stated in a post along-
sideaphotoofnoticepub-
lished in newspapers.
The Hanumangarh Co-
operative Land Devp
Bank Ltd issued a public
notice for auction of agri
lands of 20 farmers in
various Tehsils of Hanu-
mangarh on May 17 due
to loan repaymentdefaults.
First India Bureau
Kota
RSS training camp 'Kar-
ykarta Vikas Varg – I' for
the volunteers from 3 re-
gions of Rajasthan be-
gan in Kota on Sunday.
Addressing the camp,
Raj Kshetriya Pracharak
Nimbaram said that in
the 99 years of the
Sangh's journey, training
classes have been held
every year during the
summer holidays, except
during the emergency
and corona pandemic.
He said that “Karykar-
ta Vikas Varg – I” is a
training especially for
those who are responsi-
ble for more than one
shakha. “Training class-
es play an important role
in improving the quality
of volunteers. Workers
will be trained for mod-
ern innovations.” Nim-
baram also inaugurated a
digital exhibition on pro-
motional activities via
smart screen board.
Officers should work on ground
to meet people’s aspirations: CS
First India Bureau
Jaipur
CS Sudhansh Pant in-
structed officers to pri-
oritise people’s aspira-
tions, ensure essential
service inspections, and
promptly address issues.
“Officers should work on
ground to meet people’s
aspirations, he said. Dur-
ing a VC review of Divi-
sional Commissioners
and District Collectors,
he emphasised water,
electricity, medicine, and
governance concerns.
Pant advocated for divi-
sion-level committees
akin to JJM and urged of-
ficials to conduct night
chaupals to engage with
citizens.
He stressed using gov-
ernment facilities only
during such events. Pant
underscored the impor-
tance of water conserva-
tion, electricity supply,
and medical services,
urging collaborative ef-
forts. ACS Home Anand
Kumar  Principal Sec-
retary Industries Ajitabh
Sharma were present .
RSSworkerswillbetrainedfor
moderninnovations:Nimbaram
Nimbaram and other RSS workers during the training camp
'Karykarta Vikas Varg – I' in Kota on Sunday.
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
z Discussions were held
on creating bilingual fold-
ers in Hindi and English
covering the museum’s
subject matter
z Plans were made to
adorn the ramp and gate with
Rajasthani paintings in line
with the museum’s dignity
z It was proposed to
place attractive photo
folders in hotels to provide
information about the As-
sembly museum
z The idea of displaying
miniature paintings of the
Legislative Assembly was
also discussed
Offering condolences...
Deputy Chief Minister Diya
Kumari pays tributes to the
former Governor of Gujarat
and former Deputy CM of
Rajasthan, late Dr Kamla
Beniwal during her visit
to the latter's residence
in Jaipur on Sunday. Diya
Kumari also consoled
Beniwal's son, Alok Beniwal,
and other family members.
Gehlot slams BJP for
farmer land auctions
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat being welcomed during a programme held in support of BJP candidate,
Dr Subhash Sharma in Anandpur Sahib in Punjab on Sunday.
Modi govt aims for inclusive
devp for all, says Shekhawat
NEPrevolutionisingeducation
withPM'sefforts:CMSharma
Vidya Bharti Schools significantly contribute to nation building, says CM
CM held a public meeting in Ludhiana supporting BJP candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu;
Union Min Kailash Choudhary, MLA Bhairaram Siyol, Shrichand Kriplani also attend
Shiv Prakash Purohit and
Subhash Trivedi
Pali
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma while ad-
dressing the inaugural
programme of the new
building of Raigandhi
Adarsh Vidya Mandir
and Bhamashah Samman
Samaroh in Pali, said that
at Vidya Bharati’sAdarsh
Vidya Mandir and Saras-
wati Shishu Mandir, stu-
dents learn character
building, national spirit,
and social responsibility.
With PM Modi’s efforts,
the New Education Poli-
cy of the Centre will
revolutionise the field of
education. This policy
focuses on holistic stu-
dent development, skill
enhancement, .PM
Modi’s ‘Pariksha Pe
Charcha’ provides inspi-
rational guidance to stu-
dents. State govt offers
free education from KG
to PG for low-income
families, farmers,  agri
labourers. Students from
class 1 to 8, and girls
from class 9 to 12, re-
ceive Rs 1,000 aid school
essentials, the CM said.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma inaugurates the new building of Raigandhi Adarsh Vidhya Mandir run by
Vidhya Bharti during a programme in Takhatgarh in Pali district on Sunday.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being felicitated during the 'Bhamshah Samman Samaroh' held in Takhatgarh.
CM SHARMA
ATTACKS
KEJRIWAL
OVER GRAFT
Attacking Delhi Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal
on the issue of corruption,
Rajasthan CM Bhajanlal Sharma
said that Kejriwal talked about
eradicating corruption but he
himself is immersed in corruption.
“Arvind Kejriwal came to power in
Delhi by talking about eradicating
corruption with Anna Hazare but
himself got immersed in corrup-
tion. He is on bail for a few days,”
he said. The Chief Minister said
that no one believes what Kejriwal
says now. “He has nothing left to
say,” Sharma added.
In Raj, initiatives
nurture talent across
domains. Govt sets up
Rajasthan Institute of
Technology, mirroring
IITs, and Rajasthan
Institute of Medical
Sciences, akin to AIIMS,
in each region. Medical
colleges in every
district  Atal
Innovation Studios with
a Rs 1 cr budget drive
innovation,
empowering students
in AI, machine learning.
Vidya Bharti, through
its Adarsh Vidya
Mandir and Saraswati
Shishu Mandir, focuses
on character building,
fostering national
spirit, and developing
social responsibility
among students. With
13,000 schools across
the country, these
institutions operate
with community
support, dedicated to
the task of nation-
building.
BHAJAN LAL SHARMA,
CHIEF MINISTER
TOP
QUOTES
CS Sudhansh Pant sights
Leopard ‘Rana, who was resting
at a distance at Jhalana Leopard
Safari in Jaipur on Sunday.
CS SPOTS FAMOUS
LEOPARD ‘RANA’ AT
JHALANA SAFARI
CS Sudhansh
Pant visited Jha-
lana Leopard Safari,
sighting its popular leopard,
Rana. Thrilled by Rana’s
presence, he discussed
leopard count, water man-
agement, and prey base
with officials. Earlier, Chief
Wildlife Warden Pawan
Upadhyay, Additional
Principal Chief Conservator
of Forest (Wildlife) Rajesh
Gupta, and DCF Jagdish
Gupta welcomed Pant. CS
inspected the Interpretation
Centre and ordered sapling
planting along safari routes.
Chief Wildlife Warden
Pawan Upadhyay invited
Pant to Ranthambore Sa-
riska Tiger Reserves. Pant’s
visit aimed to address wild-
life management  enhance
conservation efforts in the
region. Nirmal Tiwari
First India Bureau
Anandpur Sahib/ Kharar
Union Minister Gajendra
Singh Shekhawat on
Sunday said that Modi
government wants to
benefit every section
with development in the
country.
Shekhawat addressed
a public meeting in Pun-
jab’s Kharar in support of
Dr Subhash Sharma, the
party candidate from
Anandpur Sahib. He
pointed out the difference
between the actions of
the Modi government
and the hypocrisy of the
opposition parties.
Targeting AAP gov-
ernment in Punjab, he
said, “An example of
this is the new city
named, ‘Nayagaon’ es-
tablished here. The Aam
Aadmi Party govern-
ment has cheated the
public in the name of
‘change.’The people liv-
ing here are worried.”
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat addresses a public meeting at
Macchlikalan village in Anandpur Sahib in Punjab.
AAP govt has
cheated people in
name of change,
says Union Minister
STATE GOVT ORDERS
PROBE IN THE CASE
Meanwhile, the
State govt ordered
a probe in the case.
Speaking on behalf of the
government, Mos (coop-
eratives) Gautam Dak said,
‘No such action has been
taken at the level of the
state government. “Will not
allow any farmer’s land to
be auctioned,” he said.
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CROWNING ELEGANCE AWAITS!
aipur is abuzz with excitement as the
highly anticipated Miss Rajasthan
2024 finale week kicked off with the top
28 finalists, selected from across the state
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diti Sharma, a talented young
supermodel hailing from Pi-
lani in the Shekhawati region
of Rajasthan, embodies the
perfect blend of beauty, intel-
lect, and compassion. Stand-
ing at 5’7”, Aditi has recently completed her
post-graduation in Psychology fromAmity Uni-
versity Rajasthan, following her graduation
from Banasthali Vidyapith. Her journey, how-
ever, is as much about her achievements in fash-
ion and social work as it is about her academic
pursuits.
Aditi’s involvement in co-curricular activities
from a young age set the stage for her diverse
interests and talents. She has not only excelled
in academics but also in music, having gradu-
ated in Vocal Classical Music and in various
sports such as swimming and rifle shooting. Her
commitment to social causes is evident from her
work with the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, an
organisation dedicated to aiding homeless
people and her current role as a lead counsel-
lor with the Parindey Foundation, where she
provides free counseling sessions.
Her beauty pageant journey began
with her participation in Miss Ra-
jasthan 2023, where she was
a finalist and earned the
title “Beauty for a
Cause,” a testament
to her dedication to
social work.
Stepping into
the world of
beauty pag-
eants was not
without its
challenges. De-
spite initial dif-
ficulties, such as
mastering the art
of walking in six-
inch heels, Aditi’s
determination and
the mentorship of organ-
isersYogesh Mishra and Nimisha
Mishra, founders  directors, Miss
Rajasthan, helped her navigate the
competition with grace.
Aditi attributes her resilience and
success to the teachings of Pandit
Shri Ram Sharma Acharya, espe-
cially his saying, “You are the creator
of your own destiny.” This philosophy has guid-
ed her through her journey, helping her balance
her professional ambitions with her personal val-
ues. Her parents, both teachers, have been pillars
of support, encouraging her diverse pursuits de-
spite their traditional academic backgrounds. A
state-level swimmer, NCC “C” certificate holder,
rifle shooter, and district-level debater, Aditi’s
accomplishments are numerous and varied.
Looking ahead, she envisions a future where she
continues to grow professionally, with a focus on
mental well-being as a psychologist, while
achieving new milestones in her modeling career.
Aditi’s lifestyle mantra is rooted in balance
and mindfulness: “Nourish your body with
wholesome foods, energize it with regular exer-
cise, and rejuvenate it with ample rest.” This
holistic approach to health and well-being mir-
rors her multifaceted life and her commitment
to progress over perfection.
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here are several
definitions of po-
etry. The poems
of Professor
Malashri Lal can
be best described
through the definition of the well-
known romantic
poet, Samuel Taylor
Coleridge: “The
best words in the
best order. When we
write, we string
words together like
beads, even mindful
of colour and shape,
the powerful nuances
of meaning each word
conveys.”
What astounds as
one goes through the 75
poems is the wide vari-
ety of themes. They have
been written over a long period. It
was only during the lockdown that
Professor Malashri started compil-
ing her poems and also getting them
published in different journals of
poetry as well as online portals. As
expected, there are COVID poems,
destination poems, poems which
have mythical figures, and feminist
verses among others.
Sample this Covid poem, ‘Sita
and the Pandemic’, for instance:
“But I trust Hanuman
will again peer down
from the Ashoka tree
With a message of hope
And bring the minivan to
thisnew war of justice
I'm told it's called a 'vaccine'
in a modern tongue.”
The dexterity with which mythi-
cal figures find their place in the
poem is simply remarkable. So one
findsreferencestoSita,Radha,Lax-
mi, Krishna, Kaykayi, Hanuman,
etc. It needs to be recalled that
Malashri Lal has co-authored three
books with Namita Gokhale: ‘Find-
ing Radha: The Quest for Love’, ‘In
Search of Sita' and very recently,
‘Treasures of Lakshmi’ which was
released at the Jaipur Literature Fes-
tival in February this year and has
received rave reviews.
So here are lines from the poem,
‘Radha's Flute’ with mythical
figures:
“Krishna flung the flute
Discarding Vrindavan's
idyllic pastoral
Of joyful dalliance,
Kingship awaited him
in Dwarka.
Radha picked the reed but
it would
Never sing again
Loveless, ownerless,
Godless.”
The first thing that will strike a
reader while going through the po-
ems of Malashri will be the sensu-
ous abundance of nature, as de-
scribed by Ranjit Hoskote in the
afterword. The vivid description
and imagery of nature can trans-
port a reader into another world.
There is hardly a poem which does
not have a reference to some aspect
of nature. There is a reference to
trees, flowers and shrubs like
Ashoka, Champa and Pilkhan.
There is a beautiful poem on bou-
gainvillaea itself, which would
have done Wordsworth proud. Na-
ture in her poems is genteel, sooth-
ing and friendly. One does not find
any reference to the destructive
element of nature in any manner.
Even a poem entitled 'Diwali
with Goddess Lakshmi' has refer-
ences to nature:
“Jovial last Diwali,
this empty home
Has overgrown hedges now
Hiding behind towering
Ashoka branches
Peeping through
browning Champas.
Today Lakshmi will pause
at the dark empty home
Before moving to the next one
with sparkling colours
Dancing over the
shapely trees
Lighting shadows among
unfolding rosebuds.”
Yet another aspect of her poetry
is the destination poems. She has
t h i s amazing knack for writing
poems on the places she
visits, which not only
describe the place but
also have deeper layers
of meanings. There are
poems on Calcutta
(Howrah Bridge),
Delhi (Godhuli),
Jaipur Bazaar and
Santiniketan. Simi-
larly, well-known
figures like Ra-
bindranath Tagore,
and Mahatma Gan-
dhi also figure in her
poetry. Take a look at this small
destination poem entitled 'Jaipur
Bazaar’:
“In the gem cutters' hands
Twinkling green-eyed
emeralds
Emerge out of blobs of
stone from Zambia
Who knows what love and
loss are ingrained In
this heritage?”
Malashri hails from Bengal but
has been brought up in Rajasthan.
Both Bengal and Rajasthan come
out beautifully in their poems. She
aptly writes: “When I struggled
with my identity flitting between
Rajasthan and Bengal.”
Here are the lines from her poem
‘Shyamoli’, which are so fitting:
“The feudal heritage of
my childhood
Fights off the reformist
Bengali lineage,
My troubled feminism
struggling
Between Poshak
and Purdah.”
Yet another facet of her poems is
that many of them end in interroga-
tion marks. As many as 9 of them.
In one of her interviews, she said
that she leaves it to the readers to
interpret the meaning, as per their
poetic sensibility.
There are not many intensely
personal poems in the anthology.
Which means there are no love po-
ems or confessional poems. There
is one death poem as well entitled
‘Go Gently into the Sunset’
“Gods accomplish
immortality
Giving false models to
frail humans.
Here one must accept illness
Slowdown, faltering steps
Towards unachieved goals
Foolishly believing
there is time.”
I would like to conclude this
review with a favourite poem of
mine from this anthology: ‘Blue
Haze’
“In the blue haze of
anaesthesia,
I found your cool palm
Soothing my forehead
I looked beyond for a face
And saw Nothing.
Or Everything.”
For poetry lovers, this is a must-
read anthology. For her poems of-
fer coherence, provide solace, re-
instate dignity and suggest that
beauty exists, even if only in a
metaphor.
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poems is the wide vari-
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describe the place but
also have deeper layers
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(Howrah Bridge),
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Crowning
aipur is abuzz with
excitement as the
highly anticipated
Miss Rajasthan
2024 finale week
kicked off in style,
on Saturday. The top 28 finalists,
selected from across the state, re-
ceived a grand welcome at Hotel
Hilton, with organisers Yogesh
Mishra  Nimisha Mishra (Found-
ers  Directors), and Hilton GM
Rahul Bhagat celebrating their ar-
rival by cutting a cake. This marked
the beginning of a week filled with
international-level grooming ses-
sions, fashion and elegance.
These young beauties have started
undergoing rigorous grooming ses-
sions conducted by national and in-
ternational experts, preparing them
for the grand finale on May 25 at
Birla Auditorium. The event is or-
ganised by Fusion Group in collabo-
ration with Arya Group of Colleges
and Ruvi Digital, making it a land-
mark edition of the 26-year-old
beauty pageant.
Nutrition expert DT Kirti Jain
kicked off the first day of the final
week with an enlightening session
on the importance of timely and ad-
equate nutrition. In today’s fast-
paced world, Kirti emphasised, peo-
ple often neglect healthy eating hab-
its. She stressed that a balanced diet
is as crucial as air and water for
maintaining a healthy body. Her
practical tips resonated with the con-
testants, who are now more aware of
their nutritional needs.
Fashion choreographer Shahrukh
Khan followed with a session on the
nuances of walking the ramp. His
expert guidance ensured that the fi-
nalists mastered the art of a confi-
dent and graceful walk, essential for
their performances in the upcoming
rounds. The excitement builds to-
wards the talent round and pre-fina-
le on May 23, where contestants will
showcase their diverse skills. This
crucial event will set the stage for the
grand finale, where Rajasthan’s new
beauty queen will be crowned.
The grand finale promises to be a
spectacular affair with 28 emerging
designers from Nivaran College of
Design presenting their collections.
The highlight of the evening will be
the showcase of renowned fashion
designer Mandakini’s Prashant Ku-
mar Poddar’s collection, adding a
touch of high fashion to the event.
As Jaipur eagerly awaits May 25,
fashion enthusiasts are ready to wit-
ness a blend of beauty, talent, and
style. Who will take home the cov-
eted Miss Rajasthan 2024 crown?
The countdown has begun and the
excitement is palpable.
Mohit
Choudhary
cityfirst@firstindia.co.in
EleganceAwaits!
MISS RAJASTHAN 2024 FINALE WEEK BEGINS
Crowning
Crowning
MISS RAJASTHAN 2024 FINALE WEEK BEGINS
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(Standing): Janvi, Aayushi, Niviya, Preksha, Shreya, Jyoti, Tannu, Isha  Kiran
(Seating): Simran, Vrishty, Saniya, Harshika  Arnika
Clockwise: Aura Virmani, Dimple, Jiya, Khushi,
Harshika Batra, Heena Thakur  Saniya Abbasi
Yogesh Mishra  Nimisha Mishra along with
(L-R) Pallavi Joshi, Akanksha Choudhary, Vaishnavi Sharma, Orzala  Disha Singh
JAIPUR, MONDAY |MAY 20, 2024
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PM Modi, who confi- dent that India will be- come the third largest economyinhisthirdterm, spelt out the ‘four-S’ (scope, scale, speed and skill) mantra for the coun- try to achieve big things. The BJP, which won 303 seats in 2019, has set itself a mammoth target of 370 this time and with help from allies, it aims to go “400 paar”. MORE ON P5 Today the country feels that there is such a government which is concerned about our sorrows, respects our dreams and always tries to show our strength. NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER MAMATA ABUSING SADHUS UNDER PRESSURE FROM HARDCORE MUSLIMS: PM IN WEST BENGAL Bishnupur/Purulia: PM Narendra Modi on Sunday said he was convinced that West Bengal CM Ma- mata Banerjee has started attacking Sadhu Samaj under pressure from the hardcore Muslims. He said this while referring to the TMC supremo’s criticisism of a section of ISKCON, Rama Krishna Mission, and Bharat Sevashram monks for allegedly aiding the BJP in the elections. P5 PoK is ours, will take it back: Shah First India Bureau Prayagraj Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday as- serted that Pakistan oc- cupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to India, and “we will take it back”. Shah was addressing an election rally in Praya- graj to seek votes for BJP candidate NeerajTripathi. “Farooq Abdullah and Mani Shankar Aiyar say give respect to Pakistan because it has atom bomb...Rahul baba, today from the sacred land of Prayagraj I will say this PoK is ours, will remain ours, and we will take it back,” he said while re- I.N.D.I.A. BLOC WIPED OUT IN 4 PHASES: HM Prayagraj: Union HM Amit Shah attacked the Congress and said that four phases of polls have been held so far in which the I.N.D.I. alliance has been wiped out. Ad- dressing a rally in Soraon village of Meja, Shah said that under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, BJP is moving ahead towards 400 mark at a fast pace. He said that every vote cast on the lotus will make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister for the third time. POLICE GET 5-DAY CUSTODY OF BIBHAV A Delhi court on past Saturday midnight allowed five-day custodial interrogation of Chief Min- ister Arvind Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar in the Swati Maliwal assault case, sing the police remand was a “necessity” in the matter. BJP TRYING TO CRUSH AAP, CLAIMS KEJRIWAL In a swipe at the Bharatiya Janata Party, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that the BJP has initiated ‘Operation Jhaddu’ to crush AAP, adding that the BJP plans to arrest all the big leaders of his party. ferring to Aiyar’s atom bomb remark that has sparked a political row. Delhi Police seize CCTV DVR at Kejriwal residence PTI New Delhi A Delhi Police team reached the official resi- dence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Sundayinconnectionwith its investigation in the al- leged assault on AAP Ra- jya Sabha MPSwati Mali- wal, sources said. They said the police team collected electronic devices including CCTV DVR (digital video re- corder) to potentially get the footage of the alleged assault on Maliwal on May 13 when Bibhav Kumar, Kejriwal’s close aide, allegedly attacked her at the CM’s resi- dence. MORE ON P6 PTI Jammu Jammu Kashmir L-G Manoj Sinha on Sunday strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Shop- ian and Pahalgam and said security forces have been given a free hand to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice. Terrorists struck at two places in Kashmir on Sat- urday night, killing a for- mer sarpanch in Shopian and injuring a tourist couple from Rajasthan in Anantnag, two days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Baramulla. Perpetrators of terror attacks to face music: L-G l 25 cr lifted out of poverty by Modi govt: Rajnath Singh. P5 l SC to hear plea against new criminal laws today. P6 l Menstruationfest tobecelebratedin11 countriesfromMay21. WORLD WINDOW l An airstrike kills 20 in central Gaza and fighting rages as Israel’s leaders air wartime divisions l Heavyrainssetoff flashfloodsinnorthern Afghanistan,killingat least47people. l Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda confident of winning confidence vote today. l Yemen’s Houthi rebels launch a missile that strikes an oil tanker in the Red Sea. l Congolese army says shootout in the capital is failed coup, perpetrators arrested. l Elon Musk launches Starlink satellite internet service in Indonesia’s Bali. P7 l WikiLeaks’Julian Assangefacingpivotal momentinlongfightto stayoutofUScourt. PHASE 5 OF LOK SABHA ELECTIONS All arrangements in place for voting today Polling to start at 7 in the morning and conclude at 6 in the evening STATES SEATS 153 Observers (55 General Observers, 30 Police Observers, 68 Expenditure Observers) have already reached their Constituencies days before the polls. They serve as the eyes and ears of the Commission to exercise utmost vigilance. Additionally, Special Observers have been deployed in certain states. ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA Polling staff carrying EVMs and other polling material leave for poll duty for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Baramulla, on Sunday. PTI l UTTAR PRADESH: 14 l MAHARASHTRA: 13 l WEST BENGAL: 7 l BIHAR: 5 l ODISHA: 5 l JHARKHAND: 3 l LADAKH: 1 l JAMMU KASHMIR: 1 PROMINENT CANDIDATES l Rajnath Singh (Lucknow) l Piyush Goyal (Mumbai North) l Smriti Irani (Amethi) l Rahul Gandhi (Raebareli) l Omar Abdullah (Baramulla) l Chirag Paswan (Hajipur) TOTAL VOTERS 8.95 crore POLLING STATIONS 94,732 MALE VOTERS 4.69 crore POLLING OFFICIALS 9.47 lakh FEMALE VOTERS 4.26 crore TOTAL OBSERVERS 153 49 35 Lok Sabha seats spread over 8 States/UTs Legislative Assembly constituencies in Odisha are also simultaneously going to polls in this phase of elections KEY STATS RAJNATH SINGH SMRITI IRANI PIYUSH GOYAL RAHUL GANDHI Deeply concerned by reports regarding President Raisi’s helicopter flight today. We stand in solidarity with the Iranian people in this hour of distress, and pray for well being of the President and his entourage. Narendra Modi @narendramodi
  • 2. RAJASTHAN 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Monday | May 20, 2024 RASHTRIYA SAHKAR MELA AT JKK 119 stalls of quality spices more First India Bureau Jaipur he National Co- o p e r a t i v e s Spice Fair (Rashtriya Sehkar Mela) was inaugurated on Sun- day at Jawahar Kala Ken- dra. The event began with a ceremonial lamp lighting by women’s groups from cooperative societies, in the presence of Shuchi Tyagi, Secre- tary of department of co- operatives, and Registrar Archana Singh. This annual fair has become a favorite among Jaipur residents, who ea- gerly await it each year. For over 20 years, the Department of coopera- tives has been providing high-quality spices to Jaipur citizens on a single platform. This year’s fair fea- tures 119 stalls from co- operative institutions of various states. This al- lows residents to access excellent products from different regions all un- der one roof. In addition to whole and ground spices, this year’s National Coopera- tives Spice Fair offers special products to help beat the heat, such as sherbets and thandai. Udaipur Bhandar and Rajsamand Bhandar have introduced a wide range of flavors includ- ing khas, paan, and rose, catering to the tastes of Jaipur’s residents. Abhishek Shrivastava Jaipur Taking action against il- legal construction on Sunday, the Jaipur De- velopment Authority (JDA) officials sealed an illegal school and two factories built on agricul- tural land located in Jho- twara in Zone 12. Officials said that those doing illegal con- struction were issued notices and given time but they did not act. Chief Enforcement Of- ficer of JDA Mahendra Sharma said, “Commer- cial activities were be- ing carried out on agri- cultural land in Jhot- wara area in Zone 12. The Kids Original School camp. Pradeep Gadhwal Jaipur Preparations have started to increase enrollment in government schools with the education department running the Praveshotsav campaign in two phases. Posters, banners and pamphlets will be distrib- uted by the school to at- tract children.Also, new- ly admitted children will be welcomed with tilak and garland. The first phase of Praveshotsav started on May 13 and will continue till July 17. In this, teach- ers will go door-to-door and conduct household surveys till July 1 and identify children. The second phase of the campaign will start from July 18 and survey will continue till July 24. After this, children will be enrolled in CRC mod- ule by running a nomina- tion campaign from July 25 to August 16. Ravi Katara, Naveen Sharma, Shivendra Parmar Bharatpur/Jaipur In a major action against corruption, ACB de- tained the guards along with an inspector of the Transport Department near Ludhabai Toll Plaza located on Bharatpur - Bikaner NH 21 on suspi- cion of illegal collections from vehicles passing through the toll plaza. A sum of Rs. 75,000 was recovered following interrogations at the BharatpurACB office, all individuals were later re- leased and in the coming days a case will be filed against them. Under the leadership of Additional SP Amit Singh, ACB detained a transportation depart- ment inspector and five guards, along with a pri- vate individual, on alle- gations of illegal collec- tions. Amit Singh, Addi- tional SP, stated that complaints of illegal col- lections from drivers were being received. Shuchi Tyagi, Archana Singh and others during lamp lighting ceremony on Sunday. MUKESH KIRADOO The JDA team also sealed a cardboard factory in Nilgiri Colony in Murlipura on Sunday. The accused in ACB custody on Sunday. T IN BRIEF Jaisalmer: Two kids drowned today in Jais- almer’s renowned Gadis- ar Sarovar. By the time neighboring individuals extracted them, both were dead. According to the information, three friends, Sanjay, Piyush, and Karan, arrived at Jaisalmer’s Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple at 1 p.m. and headed for Gadisar Sarovar. The three buddies meet near Gadisar Pond with the goal of taking photos. Two friends, Sanjay and Piyush, plunge into the water to have a bath but drowned in the pond. Barmer: A truck crushed 3 construction workers undertaking fencing work. Two peo- ple died at the scene of the collision, and one died on the way to the hospital. The vehicle also struck a Bolero on the side of the road. The three were placed in the mortuary. Around 12:30 p.m., an uncontrolled truck collided with a Bole- ro parked on the road. Ehich in turn, smashed three individuals who were standing close before coming to a halt after col- liding with side netting. Two children drown in Gadisar Sarovar lake while bathing Speeding truck hits a Bolero, 3 construction workers die in mishap Transport dept officials detained for illegal collections at NH 21 by ACB CRIME ROUNDUP POLICE ARREST WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH 15 FALSE RAPE AND BLACKMAIL CASES A woman, who registered 15 false cases of rape at several police stations, was finally ar- rested in Jaipur on Sunday. The Bar Associa- tion Jaipur had written a letter to the Police Commis- sioner demanding investigation by a senior officer to find out the truth behind the rape cases registered by a particular woman. Additional SP Gurusharan Rao found the accused woman guilty in the investigation and arrested her on Sunday. MANSAROVAR POLICE RESCUES TEEN GIRL FROM A WOMAN Major action is being taken under the guidance of ACP Mansarovar Sanjay Sharma. A teenage girl was rescued from the hands of a woman allegedly connected with a human trafficking ring. Rajina was detained after bringing the girl to Pushkar and Delhi and forcing her to work in a spa facility. The girl was not provided a mobile phone or allowed to contact anyone. The victim’s father had reported the missing girl to the Mansarovar police sta- tion. ACP Sanjay Sharma and his crew launched an inquiry and apprehended the girl by connecting all the dots. The alleged woman is currently being interrogated. POLICE SEIZE DRUGS WORTH `3.5 CR FROM TRUCK, NABS DRIVER The Rajasthan police have seized more than 21 quintals of narcotics worth about Rs 3.5 crore from a truck and arrested the driver, officials said on Sunday. The recovery was made following a joint operation of the Anti-Gangster Task Force and Sikar police in the Laxman- garh area of Sikar district on Saturday night, they added. 60-YR-OLD MAN FALLS VICTIM TO HONEYTRAP, FILES COMPLAINT A 60-year-old guy became victim of a honeytrap in Jaipur’s Muhana police station area. After being repeatedly blackmailed, the victim turned to the police. The elderly man who had been victimized went to the police station and reported the incident. A named complaint has been made against a young guy and a girl. The police is now investigating the case. PraveshotsavtocontinuetillJuly17 toupenrolmentsingovtschools RBSE 12th class results to be declared today Over 10 lakh devotees visit Khatu Shyamji First India Bureau Jaipur The Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) is set to an- nounce the results for 12th grade students in the Science, Commerce, and Arts streams on Monday at 12:15 PM. The board administration has com- pleted all preparations to release the results.Atotal of 8,66,270 students were registered across the three streams. Sujal Swami Sikar More than 10 lakh devo- tees from across the country have visited the Khatu Shyamji fair till now. The scorching heat of Rajasthan could not waver the faith of the devotees. Devotees could be seen on foot, dancing and singing on Shyam Bhajans. Devotees are al- lowed entry from the en- trance of the temple via Taran Gate via Hospital Square, Shani Temple, Kairpura Tiraha, Lamian Square, Kumawat Agri- cultural Farm House. Shubham Jain Ajmer The use of CCTV cam- eras for generating e- challans is not being made in Ajmer for the past year. These CCTV cameras, installed at the Abhay Command Cen- ter, were instrumental in monitoring and penaliz- ing traffic rule violations. However, since May 2023, this method has been inactive. In light of this, the traf- fic police have written to the ASP of the Abhay Command Center, re- questing the resumption of the e-challan system. The letter specifically urges the command cen- tre to resume sending photographs of traffic violators so that appro- priate action can be taken against negligent drivers. No e-challans being issued in Ajmer since last one year Action against illegal construction: JDA seals school, 2 factories in Jhotwara Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur A special study conduct- ed in Ranthambore on the instructions of Pawan Upadhyay, Chief Wildlife Warden and Principal Chief Conser- vator of Forests, on the utility of underpasses under highways and oth- er roads to minimise wild animals dying in road accidents, has yielded positive results. FDAnup KR, DCF Dr Ramanand Bhakar, Field Biologist Hari Mohan Meena, GIS and Data Security Expert Vivek Raj and Forest Staff con- ducted the study in which 23 camera traps were installed under var- ious underpasses on Sawai Madhopur and Sheopur Highways. From April 15 to May 3, about 3,417 photos were obtained from these traps which showed four tigers on four different routes. The tigers used Neem Chowki, Rajbagh, Kushalipura and Bodal underpasses. Tigress T 127 used Rajbagh and Neem Chowki, Tigress T 8 Kushalpura, Tigress T 108 Bodal and Tigress T 2401 Kushalpura under- pass. Other animals using the underpass include leopards, hyenas, desert cats, golden jackals, Asian palm civets, sloth bears and more. The study shows that the construction of the un- derpass has reduced the threat to wildlife and has paved the way for more such underpasses in other tiger reserves. ANI Ranthambore The First Secretary (Po- litical) to the High Com- missioner of Singapore, Sean Lim, spotted Shak- ti, the Tigress, in Ranth- ambore National Park. Singapore High Com- missioner to India, Si- mon Wong, shared a post on X, calling the first secretary Lim “lucky” to have spotted Shakti in Ranthambore. Simon Wong also shared pictures from the site. “Happy Sunday ev- eryone! First Secretary (Political) Sean Lim was lucky to have spotted Shakti the Tigress in #Ranthambore. Here are some clicks! What a good omen! - HCWong,” he stated on X. Tigress T 111 is a ti- gress of the Machli fam- ily tree and is daughter of Tigress Krishna, aka T19, according to the of- ficial website of Ranth- ambore National Park. T19, is the daughter of famous tigress Machli of Ranthambore. The terri- tory of this tigress is in forest area like Lakarda, Semli, Aadi Dagar, etc. High Commissioner Singapore spotted Tigress Shakti in Ranthambore National Park. Map showing 23 camera traps installed under various underpasses on Sawai Madhopur and Sheopur Highways which were used by animals like tigers, sloth bears etc. UnderpassesaboonforwildlifeinR’bhore Study shows construction of underpass reduced threat to wildlife paved way for more such in other reserves MAN VS WILD COORDINATION Singapore’s mission official spots Tigress ‘Shakti’ at Ranthambore Nat’l Park FILE
  • 3. First India Bureau Jaipur Heatwave alert has been issuedin24districtsofthe state on Sunday. Light rain occurred at places in Sikar’s Losal in the morn- ing. Some areas of Jodh- pur also remained cloudy on Sunday. Barmer was the hottest on Saturday at 46.9 de- grees Celsius. Jaipur also recorded the highest tem- perature of the season. Municipal Corporation Greater and Heritage got water sprinkled on the roads to provide relief to people and animals. Pilani, Jaisalmer, Pha- lodi, Sriganganagar, Jalore, Fatehpur and Karauli recorded 46 de- grees. In Chittorgarh, mercury crossed 43 de- grees Celsius. According totheweatherdepartment, there will be extreme heat in the coming three-four days. In Sirohi, the tem- perature crossed 41 de- grees on Sunday. The main market and busy roads of the city were de- serted. The temperature reached 44 degrees Cel- sius in Khanpur of Jhala- war. The meteorological department has appealed to people to be cautious. In Pokaran, Jaisalmer temperature touched 45 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, in re- sponse to the severe heat- wave, SMS Medical Col- lege in Jaipur has an- nounced that all MBBS students will transition to online classes for the next seven days.This decision, aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of the students, was made under the directives of College Principal Dr. Deepak Maheshwari. The college adminis- tration has issued an order stating that medical edu- cation will be conducted online. This move is de- signed to protect students from the extreme heat conditions currently af- fecting the region. Astana(Kazakhstan): In a remarkable display of skill and tenacity, Havildar Gaurav Chauhan of the DOT Gunners has secured a bronze medal in the 92 Kg Men’s category boxing at the prestigious 3rd Edition Elorda Cup held in Astana, Kazakhstan from May 12th to 19th, 2024. Representing the Indian Army, Havildar Chauhan’s performance at the international event has been exception- al, earning him accolades and bringing glory to the nation. His achievement is a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence and the indomitable spirit of the Indian soldier. The Sapta Shakti Command extends its heartfelt congratulations to Havildar Chauhan for his outstanding achievement. His dedication to the sport of boxing and his unwavering commitment to his training have culminated in this well-deserved victory on the global stage. RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Monday | May 20, 2024 DUBAI: 21ST ASIAN UNDER-20 ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP Sikar boy Dev bags bronze in pole vault Hukum Singh Sikar ev Meena, a student from Si- kar, has made his hometown and coun- try proud by winning a bronze medal in the pole vault event at the 21st Asian Under-20Athletics Championship held in Dubai. Meena, who is a class eleven student at Swami Keshwanand Ed- ucational Institute on Bhadhadar Road, achieved this feat by clearing a height of 5.10 meters, setting a new benchmark in the compe- tition. Rahul Dhaka, the sports in-charge, lauded Meena’s performance, highlighting that he has made history with his im- pressive jump. Dev Meena at the podium finish in Dubai on Sunday. SHARING IS CARING: Three girls while walking in intense heat near Albert Hall share one scarf to cover them from scorching heat in Jaipur on Sunday. SUNIL SHARMA The recently installed shades at a traffic light on Tonk road in Jaipur got uprooted in wind on Sunday. MUKESH KIRADOO WIND STOPS PLAY!: Enthusiastic kids near eidgaah on Delhi Road continue to play cricket amid heavy and gusty wind storm in Jaipur on Sunday. NAIM KHAN D FI TOON SHEKHAR ACS Health Shubhra Singh writes to collectors for heatwave precautions Heatwave Alert in 24 dists BARMERRECORDS46.9° C POWER OUTAGES ACROSS STATE, MLA AKYA WRITES TO CM EXPRESSING CONCERN In the midst of an intense heatwave, Jaipur experienced yet another major power outage as the 220 kV GSS operated by RVPNL tripped for the third time in a month and a half. The overload at the I.G. Nagar 220 kV GSS caused a disruption in the power supply to several areas. In a related development related to power cuts, Chittorgarh MLA Chandrabhan Singh Akya has written a letter to the Chief Minister expressing concerns over the unan- nounced nightly power cuts in his constituency. INDIANARMY’SHAVGAURAVCHAUHANCLINCHES BRONZEMEDALATELORDACUPINKAZAKHSTAN ACS SINGH DIRECTS COLLECTORS TO ENSURE ARRANGEMENTS FOR HEATWAVE PRECAUTION In light of the severe heat and looming threat of heatwaves, the Additional Chief Secretary of the Medical and Health Department, Shubhra Singh, has issued directives to all district collectors to ensure necessary arrangements are in place. Singh’s instructions emphasize the importance of inter-depart- mental coordination to effectively monitor and manage heatwave and heat stroke-related measures. In her letter, she stressed that safeguarding human lives amid the extreme heat is a primary responsibility. ANI Anantnag (JK) The father of a tourist couple from Rajasthan who were injured in a ter- ror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag on Saturday requested the Centre to airlift the duo from Srinagar to AIIMS, Delhi for further treat- ment and to provide them with the best medical fa- cilities. I request the In- dian government to bring them from Srinagar to AIIMS Delhi and provide them with the best medi- cal facilities. Arrest the terrorists and deal with them accordingly, said Aslam Khan, the father of the victim. Sharing the details, Aslam Khan, said, My younger son (along with his wife) had left for Kashmir on May 13. A tour guide had taken them to Pahalgam. They re- turned in the evening. As they were on their way, two bike-borne assailants came and opened fire on them and fled away. Fatherofcouplerequests Rajgovttoairliftthem fromSrinagartoDelhi Tabrez Khan’s mother weeping in front of media on Sunday. Ravi Katara Bharatpur The feud in the Bharat- pur royal family has sur- faced again and this time the matter has reached the court. For- mer minister Vishvendra Singh has filed a com- plaint in the SDM Tribu- nal Court alleging that his wife Divya Singh and son Anirudh were harassing him mentally. Singh alleged that he was not given food and not allowed to meet any- one. He has also sought maintenance. Responding to the al- legations, Divya Singh andAnirudh held a press conference and said that Vishvendra Singh has no business and he was only trying to defame them with baseless alle- gations. “This fight is to save ancestral property. Vishvendra Singh was continuously selling the ancestral property and was about to sell Moti Mahal also. This fight started from there. We have to manage the house and the business. Vishven- dra Singh sits with his 10-15 people and makes strategies to defame us,” said Anirudh. I-TraidsonARLGroupend, detailedprobebeginstoday Vimal Kothari Jaipur The Income Tax raid, which started on Thurs- day, against the country’s largest asbestos sheet manufacturer ARL Group ended late on Sun- day. Officials claim to haveseizedcashworthRs 50 lakh and 9.55 kg gold jewellery worth Rs 6.13 crore.ARLInfratechLim- ited evaded Rs 50 crore. Fraudulent expenditure of more than Rs 60 crore and construction related units Akshat Apartments Pvt Ltd,Akshat Real Care LLP etc has surfaced a scam involving Rs 52 crore. Statement of direc- tors of group was taken. The raids began onThurs- day at the units of ARL Group concluded on Sun- day. A detailed investiga- tion will start on Monday. As per sources, ARL Infratech Limited evaded `50 crore BJP govt failed to fulfill its promises: Pilot in Haryana Bharatpurroyalfamilyfeud: Vishvendrareachescourt; wife,sonrefuteallegations JDA gets into action after news flashed on FIN First India Bureau Jaipur Many officials and em- ployees arrived at their officesonSunday,delving intovariouspendingcases to resolve them. First In- dia News had reported the matter on May 18. The report highlighted pend- ing issues concerning leases, name transfers, sub-division matters, and related to reorganization. More than 3000 cases were pending in JDA, including those that have exceeded their resolution deadlines. Following the news broadcast, there was unrest among JDA employees. On Sunday, efforts were made to tackle the backlog. As a result, in Zone 11 alone, pending cases dropped from 860 to 354. First India Bureau Ajmer Devmali in the Masuda region of Ajmer has been bustling with ex- citement as the shooting for the much-anticipated film 'Jolly LLB 3' takes place in Devmali Gram Panchayat. Over the past week, the serene surroundings of the Devanarayan Temple and its vicinity have transformed into a lively film set featuring Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, and Arshad Warsi. Be- fore departing for Mum- bai, Akshay Kumar took a moment to visit the Devanarayan Temple. Accompanied by former Sarpanch Madhu Gurjar and other prominent vil- lagers, Kumar made a heartfelt appeal for the education of girls in the village. He urged the villag- ers to open accounts under the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana and committed to paying the premium for girls. This generous gesture was met with gratitude from the community, who expressed their ap- preciation for Kumar's support. Although Ak- shay Kumar has left for Mumbai, his team will remain in Devmali for another week to con- tinue the filming. SHOOTING OF ‘JOLLY LLB-3’ IN AJMER Couple hurt in JK terror attack AkshayKumartohelp500girls,will depositmoneyinSukanyaAccounts On Sunday, taking break from shooting film star Akshay Kumar visited a temple in Devmali. He also interacted with sarpanches. Sachin Pilot addressing a rally in Sirsa, Haryana on Sunday. First India Bureau Mahendrgarh Former Dy CM Sachin Pilot launched a whirl- wind tour of Haryana on Sunday, intensifying his party’s campaign efforts by addressing public gatherings in the key constituencies of Bhi- wani-Mahendragarh, Karnal, and Sirsa. At a rally in Mahen- dragarh, rallying behind Rao Dhan Singh, Pilot took aim at the BJP, ac- cusing the party of failing to fulfill its promises. “Farmers, youth, women, and laborers have seen through BJP’s facade of deceit over past decade. The public is now in- clined towards assurance of ‘justice’,” Pilot said. In Sirsa, Pilot lent his support to Cong candi- date Kumari Selja, high- lighting party’s commit- ment to addressing na- tional issues. In Karnal, Pilot alleged that both the central and state govern- ments have neglected the interests of the public. Divya Singh Anirudh Singh during the PC on Sunday. Maharaj, can you also tell the future by looking at the lines on this hand?
  • 4. TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK A person can rise through the efforts of his own mind; or draw himself down, in the same manner. Because each person is his own friend or enemy. BHAGAVAD GITA The chants of ‘Modi-Modi’ in the Phulpur parliamentary constituency are proof that the victory of BJP-NDA on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh is assured. Heartfelt thanks to the residents of Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency for this immense public support! YogiAdityanath( ) @myogiadityanath In Karnal, Haryana, the trust in the policies and decisions of the Modi government at the ‘Intellectual Conference’ is reassuring that the BJP is once again receiving overwhelming support. Under the esteemed leadership of Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi, the work done in all areas has brought effective results on the ground. This has brought positive changes in the lives of the people and ensured the rapid progress and prestige of the country. With our resolve for ‘Building a Developed India,’ every section of society is joining in today and is hopeful for the bright future of the country. Jagat Prakash Nadda (Modi Ka Parivar) @JPNadda AgloriouserainIPLcomes toanemotionalcrossroads IN-DEPTH WHERE DOES ONE GO IF HIMACHAL ALSO SIZZLES? emperatures are soaring across several states. Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab and Delhi, which sizzled at 46 degrees, are all reeling under the Sun’s intense heat. These are known summer “hot spots” to avoid. But if Himachal Pradesh, where one would love to go for res- pite, also starts experiencing severe heat wave condi- tionsthenthealarmingtrenddeservesseriousattention. Himachal last experienced high temperatures in 2022. Neri in Una and Hamirpur reported a high of 43 degrees Celsius. Dharamshala, the seat of spiritual guru the Dalai Lama, also reported 43 degree Celsius. One has to come to terms with heat waves as they are a consequence of climate change and global warming. Year 2022 was the hottest across some parts of the country. This year extreme heat wave conditions are going to last for some days. Short term measures to beat the heat are good but one must not lose sight of their long term effect on the ozone layer. T s climate change intensifies annually, the emphasis remains on reducing carbon emis- sions by lessening reliance on fossil fuels. This goal, however, has proven challenging, with various nations citing different reasons for postpon- ing the transition to alternative energy sources. In- novative thinking is essential to save the planet by actively engaging the public. In a novel idea, IIT-Bombay Professor Chetan Solanki proposed on Earth Day last month that peo- ple should wear wrinkled attire every Monday. While this may seem absurd to those who always wear neatly ironed clothes, even at home and consider going out in crumpled clothes be- low their dignity, Professor Solanki of- fers compelling argu- ments to support his suggestion. Professor Solanki has started a weekly campaign called “Wrinkles Achhe Hain” to save energy. Prof Solanki told a newspaper that iron- ing single apparel consumes around 0.2 units of electricity which comes from coal. The chief ex- ecutive officer of Waste Warriors Society, Vishal Kumar, “ironing clothes contributes to carbon diox- ide emissions”. To give an idea of the impact of iron- ing clothes on the environment, Kumar told a news- paper that “ironing five shirts a week for a year is equivalent to driving seven miles in an average car”. ProfSolankiandVishalKumararetalkingofelectric- ity consumption during ironing. But where coal-based iron is used for the purpose the impact is direct and greater.Institutionalandindividualeffortstogetherwill help attain the UN’s sustainable goals by 2030. Making ProfSolanki’s“WrinklesAchheHain”initiativeamass movement would go a long way in making the planet safe for humanity.Are we ready to take it forward? A Professor Solanki has started a weekly campaign called “Wrinkles Achhe Hain” to save energy. Prof Solanki told a newspaper that ironing single apparel consumes around 0.2 units of electricity which comes from coal Mohit Choudhary The writer is sub-editor and digital executive at First India he cricketing world is abuzz with speculations about Ma- hendra Singh Dhoni’s po- tential retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL). The former Indian cricket team captain and current leader of the Chen- nai Super Kings (CSK) has left an indelible mark on the sport, but the recent IPL season has raised questions about his future on the field. THE HEART OF CHENNAI SUPER KINGS Born on July 7, 1981, in Ranchi, Jharkhand, MS Dhoni has been the heart- beat of Chennai Super Kings since the inaugural IPLseason in 2008. Known for his calm demeanour, sharp cricketing acumen, and unyielding finishing abilities, Dhoni has carved out a legacy that few can match. Under his leader- ship,CSKhasclinchedfour IPL titles—in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021—and won the now-defunct Champi- ons League T20 twice. Dhoni’s impact on CSK isprofound.Hehasamassed over 5,000 runs in the IPL, becoming one of the few players to reach this mile- stone. His leadership and strategic mind have been pivotal in making CSK one of the most successful fran- chises in IPLhistory.Yet, as the 2024 IPL season con- cludes, the cricketing icon’s future remains uncertain. A SEASON OF REFLECTION The match between Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and CSK on May 18, 2024, might have been Dhoni’s last in the IPL. CSK, needing 219 to win and 201 to secure a playoff spot, fell short by 27 runs, missing the playoffs for only the second time in their illustrious history. This defeat has ignited dis- cussions about whether this was Dhoni’s final appear- ance in the tournament. Virat Kohli, former cap- tain of the Indian team and a key figure in RCB, hinted at this possibility. “Me him playingagain,maybeforthe lasttime,youneverknow— that is a special thing,” Koh- li said in a recent interview. Reflecting on their numer- ousmemorablepartnerships and shared moments, Kohli emphasised Dhoni’s unique approach to chasing targets, often taking the game deep and finishing dramatically. “Peopleusedtosaythesame about Mahi bhai...but how many matches did he finish for India!” Kohli added, ac- knowledging Dhoni’s un- matched finishing prowess. THE LEGEND’S POTENTIAL FAREWELL As Dhoni nears 43, with a persistent knee issue, retire- ment speculations are rife. Overthelasttwoseasons,he hasdismissedtalksofretire- ment, but the physical toll is evident. His recent perfor- mances,thoughstillimpact- ful, reflect the wear and tear of an illustrious career. Former Australian crick- eter and CSK teammate Matthew Hayden believes this may indeed be Dhoni’s final season as a player. “I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t mentor or be a part of the family of CSK in an official capacity,” Hayden statedonStarSportsCricket Live, suggesting that Dho- ni’s association with CSK might continue off the field. In contrast, Ambati Ray- udu, another former team- mate, is optimistic about Dhoni’sreturn.“Idon’tthink this is his last game... He just wanted to qualify and finish on a high,” Rayudu re- marked,notingDhoni’sfrus- tration after the recent loss. Rayudu also highlighted the impact player role, which could allow Dhoni to con- tribute without the full phys- icaldemandsofregularplay. A CAREER DEFINED BY TRIUMPHS Dhoni’s journey from a small-town boy in Ranchi to one of the most revered cricketers globally is noth- ing short of extraordinary. As captain, he led India to victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 ODI World Cup, and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. His leadership inTest cricket also brought India the ICCTest Championship Mace in 2010 and 2011. Beyond his cricketing achievements,Dhoni’scalm underpressureandunortho- dox strategies have earned him immense respect. His ability to remain unaffected by external criticism and fo- cusonthegamehasinspired countless cricketers. A FAMILY MAN AND BEYOND Off the field, Dhoni’s life is grounded in his family. He istheyoungestofthreechil- dren to Pan Singh and De- vaki Devi. In 2010, he mar- ried Sakshi Singh Rawat in Dehradun, and the couple has a daughter named Ziva. Despite his celebrity status, Dhoni has always prior- itized his family’s privacy, adding to his mystique. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL Dhoni’sjourneyfrom asmall-townboyin Ranchitooneofthe mostrevered cricketersgloballyis nothingshortof extraordinary.As captain,heledIndia tovictoryinthe2007 T20WorldCup,the 2011ODIWorld Cup,andtheICC ChampionsTrophy in2013.His leadershipinTest cricketalsobrought IndiatheICCTest ChampionshipMace in2010and2011 T  Vol 5  Issue No. 343  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. 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In the hearts of fans, MS Dhoni remains “Captain Cool,” the man who could turn the tide of any game with his bat, his gloves, or his bril- liant mind. As we await his next move, we celebrate an icon whose impact on cricket is ‘timeless.’ A SUPPORT THE WRINKLE WEAR INITIATIVE
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  • 6. APPEAL TO MUMBAIKARS TO VOTE TODAY Bollywood celebrities ask fans to go out and vote First India Bureau Mumbai head of the Phase 5 polling for the Lok Sabha elections 2024, top Bollywood stars in- cluding Shah Rukh Khan have taken to their social media accounts and ap- pealed to the people in Mumbai to vote. Also, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty, and Suniel Shetty too have urged voters in Mumbai other areas going to polls to exercise their voting rights. A INDIA 05 Jaipur, Monday | May 20, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia As responsible Indian citizens we must exercise our right to vote this Monday in Maharashtra. Let’s carry out our duty as Indians and vote keeping our country’s best interests in mind. Go forth Promote, our right to Vote. SHAH RUKH KHAN, ACTOR Iexercise365daysa yearnomatterwhat andnowI’mgoingto exercisemyrightto voteonthe20thofMay nomatterwhat.Sodo whateveryouwantto doman,butgoand voteanddon’ttrouble yourBharatMata. BharatMatakiJai. SALMAN KHAN, ACTOR May 20 offers an opportunity to Mumbaikaars that comes only once in 5 years - an opportunity to exercise your right to vote and choose your Lok Sabha MP. Don’t miss it because each vote matters. Do your duty for the country. AKSHAY KUMAR, ACTOR Voting isn’t just our right, but also a responsibility. “As a proud Mumbaikaar, I will certainly vote. On May 20, please step out and do cast your vote. SUNIEL SHETTY, ACTOR I appeal to all Mumbaikaars who are eligible to vote - please go out and vote on May 20. Voting is your right and make use of you. SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA, ACTOR PTI Medinipur (WB) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the TMC of insulting the faith of Hindus to ap- pease its vote bank and asserted that infiltrators are “perilous” to West Bengal since they are “disturbing” the demog- raphy of the state. Addressing his third election rally in West Bengal during the day, the prime minister said, “Infiltrators, who are the vote bank of the TMC”, are a threat to the state as in many areas the Hin- dus have become lesser in number. “In Bengal, TMC is synonymous with terror- ism, corruption, appease- ment and nepotism. To appease its vote bank, the TMC is insulting the faith Hindus. The entire country is angry due to the recent derogatory statement made by the CM of West Bengal,” he said at the Medinipur rally. The prime minister said that ongoing infiltra- tion in West Bengal is “fast changing the de- mography” of the state. “The appeasement of the TMC has disturbed the demography of Ben- gal. The infiltration has disturbed the demogra- phy of the state. The TMC calls the people from other states ‘outsid- ers’. However, it embrac- es infiltrators,” he said. He also said, “Infiltra- tors are perilous to Ben- gal since they are disturb- ing the demography of the state. In many parts, the Hindus have become a minority.” Modi also alleged, “In- filtrators are capturing the land of Dalits and the underprivileged. Our daughters and sisters are not safe anymore.” TMCinsultingHindus,infiltrators changingdemographyofWB:Modi Modi criticises Didi for remarks against RKM and Bharat Sevashram Sangha Muzaffarpur: A government school teacher in Bihar has been arrested and sent to jail for allegedly telling chil- dren in his class “nobody should vote for Modi”, an of- ficial said on Sunday. The teacher has been booked for violating the election model code of conduct, after an FIR lodged by the district education officer. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Bishnupur, West Bengal, Sunday. PTI GOVT SCHOOL TEACHER JAILED FOR SAYING ‘DON’T VOTE FOR MODI’ z PM Modi on Sunday arrived on a two-day visit in Odisha to campaign for BJP candidates in simul- taneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections. z PM Modi will address two election rallies -- in Sirmaur and Mandi -- in Himachal on May 24. z PM Modi will start his poll campaign in Punjab with his first rally in Patiala on Thursday, according to state BJP secretary. z Polling in 13 LS seats in Maharashtra on May 20; Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Ni- kam in fray from Mumbai z 54 candidates in fray for 3 LS seats in Jharkhand z Bihar: 95.11 lakh people to vote for 80 candidates across 5 seats in phase 5 z 33,000 security personnel for May 20 Lok Sabha, assembly polls in Odisha z Delhi poll body launches ‘Sankalp Patra’ initiative for schoolchildren to boost voter turnout z `50 lakh seized near Indo-Nepal Border in Bihar a day before polls UPDATES ON RALLIES OTHER LOK SABHA POLL MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS PTI Jaunpur (UP) Launching a blistering attack on the Congress, Union Home minister Amit Shah accused the opposition party on Sun- day of “preserving” Arti- cle 370 of the Constitu- tion, due to which terror- ism increased in the country. He also asserted that the BJP will never allow another division of the country. Addressing a Lok Sab- ha poll rally in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, Shah said, “The Con- gress and the Samajwadi Party preserved (sambhal ke rakha) Article 370 for 70 years, due to which terrorism increased across the country. “You made Modiji the prime minister for the second time and he abro- gated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019. In Kash- mir, where the Army had to be taken along for hoisting the tricolour, at that same Lal Chowk (in Srinagar) now, the ‘shob- hayatra’ of Lord Krishna is taken out.” The rally was organ- ised to garner support for B P Saroj, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candi- date from the Mach- hlishahr Lok Sabha con- stituency in Jaunpur. Cong preserved Article 370 for 70 years: Shah Home Minister Amit Shah with BJP leaders during a public meeting for Lok Sabha polls, near Prayagraj, Sunday. PTI PTI Sambalpur (Odisha) Defence Minister Ra- jnath Singh on Sunday claimed that as many as 25 crore people have been pulled out from poverty under the leader- ship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh said this while addressing an election rally at Rairakhole under the Sambalpur Lok Sab- ha seat. “Beginning from Jawahar Lal Nehru to In- dira Gandhi, Rajiv Gan- dhi and Manmohan Sin- gh, all have failed to eradicate poverty from the country. However, Modi is the first prime minister who could re- duce the miseries of the poor people in this coun- try,” Singh said. ANI Karnal (Haryana) Lauding the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party national president JP Nadda said on Sunday that the party is “fortu- nate” to witness the era when the BJP is ‘the world’s largest political party’. He further said that PM Modi has changed the whole narra- tive and discourse of politics, centring it on the lines of development. “There was a genera- tion of (BJP) that sold their lands to save de- posits for contesting elections...Today, we are fortunate to witness an era when BJP is the world’s largest party,” Nadda said while ad- dressing an intellectual meet as part of the par- ty’s campaign for the Karnal Lok Sabha seat. “PMModihaschanged the whole narrative, dis- course and manner of politics. We have wit- nessed all this, 10 years ago, India was called a corrupt, backward nation. It was criticised. Today, the whole world looks at the country with respect,” he added. The BJP President as- serted that every Indian is working to achieve the aim of ‘Viksit Bharat’. PTI Patna Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Sunday as- serted that reservations have been provided to certain sections of minor- ity communities, in states ruled by it, “on the ground of social and eco- nomic backwardness”. Addressing a press conference at the Sadaqat Ashram here, the BPCC headquarters, Ramesh clarified that no quotas have been provided “on the basis of religion” in states like Karnataka. “We abide by the Con- stitution which does not allow grant of reserva- tions and citizenship on the basis of religion. It is the BJP which has vio- lated the Constitution through CAA, which is nothing but grant of citi- zenship along religious lines. The law has, there- fore, been challenged in court”, the AICC general secretary said. Ramesh was respond- ing to queries on allega- tions by BJP leaders, in- cluding PM Modi, that Congress was snatching away quotas meant for OBCs and Dalits and di- verting these to its own “vote bank” of Muslims. Ramesh alleged that Modi was “making one false statement after an- other” to divert public at- tention from real issues. Congprovidedquotastominorities:Ramesh Congress leader Jairam Ramesh being feliciteted by party’s Bihar President Akhilesh Singh, in Patna, Sunday. PTI BJP President JP Nadda being felicitated by party leaders during a public meeting, in Faridabad on Sunday. PTI 25 crore lifted out of poverty by Modi govt: Rajnath Singh “We are fortunate to witness BJP being world’s largest party” PTI Bhubaneswar Tight security arrange- ments have been made, with the deployment of over 33,000 personnel, for elections to five Lok Sabha and 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha on Monday, officials said. Over 70.69 lakh vot- ers, including 40.33 lakh men, 39.35 lakh women and 851 transgender per- sons, are eligible to cast their votes at 9,162 poll- ing stations in Aska, Kandhamal, Bargarh, Bolangir and Sundargarh Lok Sabha constituen- cies, and 35 assembly seats falling under these parliamentary constitu- encies, in the second phase of polls in the state. A total of 40 candi- dates are in the fray for the five Lok Sabha seats. Stagesetforpollsto5LSseats,35 assemblyconstituenciesinOdisha BJP going to win only one seat in UP:RahulGandhi PTI Prayagraj Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that the BJP is winning only one seat in Uttar Pradesh. “Have you heard Narendra Modi is win- ning only one BJPseat of Kyoto (Varanasi) in Uttar Pradesh,” said Gandhi while address- ing a joint poll meet- ing with Samajwadi Party president Akh- ilesh Yadav in Praya- graj in support of IN- DIA bloc candidate Ujjawal Raman Singh. PM Narendra Modi had earlier said that he will turn Varanasi into Kyoto, a picturesque town in Japan. “The fight is to save the Constitution. The BJP and the RSS are attacking it, and I want to tell them that no power can tear and throw the Constitution away,” he said while waiving a copy of the Indian Constitution. Prayagraj: Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday abandoned a joint poll meeting in Phulpur area without delivering speech as their supporters broke through barricades trying to reach the dais. According to sources, scores of Congress and SP supporters had reached the venue to attend the rally. When Yadav ar- rived, the crowd standing broke through the barricades to reach it, creating a “stampede-like” situation. RAHUL, YADAV LEAVE WITHOUT ADDRESSING RALLY AMID ‘STAMPEDE-LIKE’ SITUATION Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a public rally for Lok Sabha polls, in Prayagraj on Sunday. PTI
  • 7. Agencies New Delhi The Southwest monsoon, the lifeline of India’s farm-based economy, on Sunday made its onset over the Nicobar Islands, the southernmost region of the country, the India Meteorological Depart- ment (IMD) said here. “Southwest monsoon has advanced into some parts of the Maldives, and the Comorin area and some parts of the South Bay of Bengal, Nicobar Islands and South Anda- man Sea on Sunday,” the weather office said. The annual rainfall phenomenon is expected to reach Kerala by May 31. The rain-bearing sys- tem arrived in the south- ern state on June 8 last year, May 29 in 2022, June 3 in 2021 and June 1 in 2020. Last month, the IMD had forecast above-nor- mal rain in the monsoon season in India with fa- vourable La Nina condi- tions, cooling of equato- rial Pacific Ocean, ex- pected to set in by Au- gust-September. La Nina conditions help in a good monsoon season over India. Large parts of the country are battling a brutal heat- wave with maximum temperatures touching 48 degrees Celsius, shatter- ing records in several states and severely im- pacting health and liveli- hoods. Southern India experi- enced heatwave spells in April. The crippling heat is straining power grids and drying up water bod- ies triggering drought- like conditions in parts of the country. BIASED REPORTING Western press fosters unfair view of India ANI Asia hedding light into what he claimed were prevailing ‘misconcep- tions’ surrounding India in the West, Sam Steven- son, the assistant editor of the UK-based newspaper, Daily Express, said Eu- rope and the West are ‘in- undated’ with ‘unfavour- able narratives’ about In- dia, primarily propagated by the media. “Unfortunately, the perceptions of India across Europe and the West are not good. And this is because we are be- ing fed negative stories from the press,” Steven- son said, pointing to the ‘detrimental’ impact of ‘biased reporting’on pub- lic opinion. In a candid assessment of the perception of India in theWestern world, Ste- venson told ANI expand- ed on the prevalence of negative narratives fuelled by media cover- age. Stevenson, who recent- ly visited India, empha- sised the importance of firsthand experiences in understanding the coun- try’s reality, saying, “Peo- ple need to come here, see it with their own eyes, live it, breathe it, meet the people, speak to people on the ground, and you will be seeing that new India, global Britain, we can be a force for good.” While advocating for a more nuanced approach to reporting, he also weighed in on the por- trayal of religious dynam- ics in India, calling out the ‘simplistic narratives’ perpetuated by the media. Sam Stevenson S New Delhi: The SC is scheduled to hear on Monday a petition chal- lenging the enactment of three new laws that seek to overhaul India’s penal codes claiming that they suffer from many “defects and discrepancies”. The Lok Sabha, on Dec 21 last year, passed three key legislations -- the Bharati- ya Nyaya (Second) Sanh- ita, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha (Second) Sanhi- ta and the Bharatiya Sak- shya (Second) Bill. SC to hear on plea against new criminal laws passed by Parl New Delhi: The SC has sought response from the Delhi government on a plea filed by alleged con- man Sukesh Chan- drasekhar seeking a direc- tion to authorities to shift him from Mandoli jail to any other prison except those in Punjab and Delhi. “Having regard to the alle- gations made in the writ petition, let the notice be issued to the respondent, returnable on July 19, 2024,” the bench said. Sukesh Chandrasekhar requests jail transfer; SC seeks Delhi’s response CRUCIAL READ INDIA 06 Jaipur, Monday | May 20, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Southwestmonsoonmakes onsetoverNicobarIslands:IMD The unrelenting heat turned daily activities into an arduous task in large parts of India on Sunday, with Najafgarh in southwest Delhi reach- ing a sweltering 47.8 degrees Celsius -- the highest in the country so far this season. The crippling heat strained low- income households, which often have poor access to water and cooling, and tested the endurance of outdoor workers toiling in the searing sun, forcing them to take frequent breaks. The IMD reported a severe heat wave in parts of Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. As rains lashed many parts of Kerala, authorities on Sunday urged people, particularly those living in hilly and coastal areas, to exercise vigil. The Meteorological Dept has issued red alerts for Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, and Idukki districts for Sun- day and Monday, and sounded orange alerts for four other districts, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alap- puzha, and Ernakulam, for these days. The Met office predicted thunderstorms with moderate rainfall and gusty winds reaching speeds of 40 km/h at one or two places in Thiruvananthapuram. Rains continued to lash many parts of Tamil Nadu, as the regional weather office on Sunday forecast extremely heavy rain in Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and Theni districts. Jamunamarathur (Tiruvannamalai dt) and Pe- chiparai in Kanniyakumari received 12 cm and 10 cm rainfall, respectively, during the 24-hour period ending 8.30 am on Sunday. The Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority has asked tourists visiting places like Udhagama- nadalam (Ooty), Tenkasi, Hogenakkal (Dharmapuri dt) and others. UNRELENTING HEAT DISRUPTS DAILY LIFE IN SWATHES OF INDIA HEAVY RAINS PROMPT WARNINGS IN MANY KERALA DISTRICTS RAINS CONTINUE TO LASH PARTS OF TN A boy walks near water sprinklers at Central Vista Lawns near India Gate during a hot summer day, in New Delhi, Sunday. BJP workers holding placards shout slogans during a protest against the killing of former Sarpanch by militants, in Srinagar. PTI New Delhi AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal, who has been accused by her par- ty of being part of a con- spiracy to frame Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a false case, on Sunday said her party colleagues once sought justice for Nirbhaya but today they are supporting a person accused of as- saulting her. She said if AAP leader and former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who is in jail in connec- tion with the Delhi excise police case, had been here “maybe things wouldn’t have been so bad for me!” Maliwal has alleged that Chief Minis- ter Arvind Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar as- saulted her on May 13 when she went to the CM’s residence to meet him. AAP once fought for justice, now shields accused, says Maliwal AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal. New Delhi: AAP on Sunday said the Delhi Police has seized the DVR of CCTV cameras installed inside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in connection with its probe into the “assault” on Swati Mali- wal and accused the cops of planting stories to tarnish the party’s image ahead of the elections. There was no imme- diate reaction from the Delhi Police. Maliwal, an AAP Rajya Sabha member, has alleged that Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar assaulted her on May 13 when she had gone to the chief minister’s residence to meet him. AAP has rubbished her allegations and claimed that Maliwal is acting at the behest of the BJP to frame Kejriwal. Kumar was arrested on Saturday and produced in a court, which remanded him in five-day police custody. POLICE PLANTING STORIES TO TARNISH AAP’S IMAGE Agencies Pimpri Chinchwad A massive explosion took place in a gas tank- er in Chakan area of Pimpri Chinchwad of Pune district at around 5 am. The intensity of the explosion was so high that it damaged nearby hotels, houses and parked trucks.Further- more, no causalities have been reported.Ac- cording to the reports, the primary reason for the explosion was the il- legal refilling of the gas in the tanker, which caused damage to the nearby areas. DCP of Pimpri Chinchwad Police, Shivaji Pawar, said, “In the morning, in a Chakan area of Pimpri Chinch- wad, an explosion oc- curred, which was so massive that it damaged nearby parked trucks and areas. The primary pos- sible reason for the ex- plosion is illegal refilling of the gas in the tanker.” Police: Massive explosion in gas tanker in Pune destroys many houses, hotels New Delhi: Lauding the “new India”, Sam Stevenson, Assistant Editor of the UK-based newspaper Daily Express, emphasised on Sunday that it is time to start telling the positive sto- ries of this new India on its epic trajectory to become a USD 5 trillion economy in the future. On his visit to India to cover the general elections, Sam Stevenson said that there are a lot of positive stories that can be told from India. “It’s time to start telling the positive stories of new India,” Stevenson told ANI. NEEDTOTELLSTORIESOFANEWINDIA:BRITISH JOURNALIST PRAISES INDIA’S DIVERSITY PTI Srinagar The BJP on Sunday held a protest against the mur- der of party worker and former sarpanch Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh in Shop- ian and accused the JK civil admin of ignoring its requests for security to some key functionaries facing terror threats. BJP workers gathered outside the ‘mini secretariat’ in Shopain and raised slo- gans against the district administration for not providing safe accom- modation to vulnerable party leaders workers. Sheikh was killed and a tourist couple from Ra- jasthan were injured in twin terror attacks in JK’s Shopian and Anantnag districts late on Saturday. One of the pro- testers said, “We have been requesting the dep- uty commissioner for a year to provide safe ac- commodation to our leaders and workers but he has been delaying. Now we have lost one worker.” Altaf Thakur, a party spokesperson, said there was a lapse on part of the district administration at some level. BJPprotestssecuritylapses afterleader’smurderinJK 2 killed as luxury car hits motorcycle in Pune Assam woman kills husband, sets body on fire CISF to take over Parliament security after CRPF withdrawal PTI New Delhi More than 3,300 CISF personnel will take over the complete counterter- rorism and anti-sabotage security duties at the Parliament complex from Monday following the withdrawal of over 1,400 CRPF staff from the country’s most im- portant symbol of de- mocracy, official sources said. The parliament duty group (PDG) of the CRPF wound up its en- tire administrative and operational parapherna- lia — vehicles, weapons and commandos — from of the complex on Friday and its commander, a deputy inspector general (DIG)-rank officer, handed over all the secu- rity points in the com- plex to the incoming CISF group, the sources said. A total of 3,317 (CISF) personnel are be- ing inducted for securing both the old and new Parliament buildings and the associated struc- tures in this complex lo- cated in central Delhi. PTI Pune Two persons were killed when a speeding luxury car driven by a juvenile hit their motorcycle in Maharashtra’s Pune city on Sunday, police said. The 17-year-old car driver was detained after a case was registered against him under rele- vant provisions, they said. The police are also in the process of taking legal action against the boy’s parents, an official said. The accident took place around 3.15 am in Kalyani Nagar when a group of friends after a party at a restaurant in the area was returning home on their motorbikes. Near the Kalyani Na- gar junction, a speeding luxury car hit one of the motorcycles following which its two riders fell from the vehicle and died on the spot, as per the FIR. After knocking down the duo, the car crashed into the roadside pavement railings, it said. A video surfaced on social media wherein a group of people was seen thrashing the driver as he tried to come out of the crashed car. Raigarh: Three people were killed when their speeding motorcycle rammed into a tree in Chhat- tisgarh’s Raigarh district, police said on Sunday. The accident occurred near Karrahan village under the Lailunga police station limits on Saturday night, an official said. The victims, Khule Paikra and Vijay Sanwra, both aged 18, and Laxman Chauhan (22), were heading to Gerupani village to attend a wedding, he said. 3 KILLED AFTER MOTORCYCLE RAMS INTO TREE IN CHHATTISGARH Agencies Guwahati A woman has been ar- rested in Assam’s Jorhat district for allegedly kill- ingherhusbandandeven- tually setting the body on fire, the police said on Saturday. A police officer said that the woman’s mi- nor son was also appre- hended along with her. According to the po- lice,thewomanconfessed to the killing of her hus- band. She claimed that she was a victim of do- mestic violence. Shwetank Mishra, Su- perintendent of Police of Jorhat district, said: “As the woman’s son is a mi- nor, he would be investi- gated under Child in Con- flict with Law (CCL) of the Juvenile Justice (Care Protection of Children) Act, 2015.” “In her confession, the lady claimed that her husband used to physi- cally assault her every day in an drunken state and to save her son, she took the extreme step of killing her husband,” the police officer said. The victim was identi- fied as Prahalad Soren. He was a tea garden worker. Agartala (Tripura): In a tragic and shocking incident, Taur Ali, a resident of Prakash Latiapura Village Panchayat in the Unakoti district of Tripura, brutally murdered his wife, Nichhafa Begam, on Saturday. Accord- ing to the reports, on the night of May 18, around 1 am, a violent altercation erupted between the couple when Nich- hafa refused to comply with Taur Ali’s monetary demands. In a fit of rage, Taur Ali attacked her with a sharp blade, de- livering five vicious blows to her head and neck. Nichhafa Begam succumbed to her injuries on the spot. Reportedly, the accused, Taur Ali, immediately fled from the spot after committing the crime. WOMAN DIES AFTER HUSBAND ATTACKS HER WITH SHARP BLADE IN TRIPURA: POLICE
  • 8. STOCK MARKET: WAIT PATIENTLY FOR THE DECLINE he stock market has also not re- mained un- touched by the web of voting and its percentage figures for the Lok Sabha elections. Amidst the on- going turmoil in the stock market, even though an improving trend is being seen for the last three days this week, this im- provement cannot be considered permanent. In such a situation, there is a need for inves- tors to be careful in se- lecting investments and wait patiently for the market to fall. Experts say that before the an- nouncement of election results on June 4, there will definitely be a good fall in the market which will give investors a chance to try their luck before the formation of the new government. Talking about the elec- tion results, the credibil- ity of the figures which are being seen on social media, allegedly in the name of Phalodi betting market, is also doubtful. I believe that investors do not need to be confused by this, the reason is that whatever be the election result, whatever govern- ment will be formed, un- der whose leadership, there will definitely be efforts to give impetus to the country’s economy which will help in in- creasing the Indian shares. It will be good for the market. The data available regarding the results of the last few Lok Sabha elections and the situation in the stock market thereafter, also indicates that the stock market has been rising four out of five times af- ter the election results. After the end of the special session on Satur- day, the BSE index rose by 1341.47 points (1.85%) last week and closed at 74005.94 points from 72664.47 points last week, while the NSE Nifty index improved by 446.80 points (2.03%) and it increased from 22055.20 points to 22502.00 points. Midcap and smallcap indices also did not remain untouched by the ongoing bullish- ness in the market and they also kept pace with the basic index. It is a dif- ferent matter that the per- centage of improvement in midcap and smallcap is much higher than the base index, and is highest in smallcap. Talking about the bul- lion market, this week there was a good im- provement in the bullion market on the strength of the demand coming out in the international mar- kets, the reason for the rise in silver prices is be- lieved to be the breaking of the barrier of $ 30 per ounce. While gold prices increased by Rs 1100 per 10 grams this week, sil- ver prices increased by Rs 6000 per kg and the price of 24 carat gold in- creased from Rs 74,900 per ten grams to Rs 76,000 per ten grams and silver from Rs 86,100 per kg to Rs 92,100 per kg. Traders say that even though the prices have increased, there is no im- provement in the ongo- ing lack of business in the market. Traders be- lieve that since there is an improving trend in the metal, there is a possibil- ity of further improve- ment in the prices of gold and silver. Regarding the market trend this week, traders say that the market will continue to be volatile and in such a situation investors need to remain cautious. Traders believe that due to the ongoing fluctuations in the mar- ket, investors will get many opportunities to make new investments till June 4. The only thing that is needed is that investment should be made in com- panies with strong funda- mentals, so that good profits can be earned when the environment of improvement is created. According to traders, in the current circumstanc- es, investments can be made on decline in BHEL, Bharat Electron- ics, JSW Infrastructure, IFCI, Coal India, HFCL, ITC, Bayer Corp, UPL, Biocon etc. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL T New Delhi: Punjab Kings opener Prabhsim- ran Singh hammered a stunning 71 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the penultimate league match of the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) in Hyderabad. Having faced 45 balls, he slammed seven fours and four sixes. He was also in- volved in two 50-plus stands. Meanwhile, the young batter finished the season with over 300 runs. PRABHSIMRAN SINGH SLAMS HIS FOURTH 50-PLUS SCORE IN MATCH AGAINST SRH First India Bureau Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad crushed Punjab Kings by four wickets to end the league phase of the In- dian Premier League with 17 points here on Sunday. Chasing 215, SRH overhauled the target with five balls to spare after opener Abhishek Sharma hammered a 28- ball 66 (6x6s, 5x4s). SRH were also bol- stered by contributions from Rahul Tripathi (33), Nitish Reddy (37) and Heinrich Klaasen (42) along the way. It was a high-scoring duel as SRH chased down 215 thanks to a whirlwind 66 from Ab- hishek Sharma. Meanwhile, Prabhsim- ran Singh’s 71 went in vain. With this win, Sun- risers Hyderabad have kept their hopes for a top- two finish alive. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Abdul Samad and Sanvir Singh after winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 T20 cricket match between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Punjab Kings (PBKS), at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, in Hyderabad, Sunday, PTI Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Shreyas Iyer and Rajasthan Royals’ captain Sanju Samson inspects the pitch after rain delayed their IPL match, at the ACA Stadium, Barsapara, in Guwahati, Sunday. PTI SunrisersHyderabadstayaliveintop-2race Abhishek Sharma registers his third half-century of IPL match against PBKS Abhishek piped Kohli to become leading six-hitter in the ongoing season Royals finish third after rain plays spoilsport in IPL game against KKR First India Bureau Guwahati Rajasthan Royals paid the price for their shoddy show during the business end as a washout of their final IPL league game against table toppers Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday pushed them to third place behind Sunrisers Hyderabad. While KKR finished the league engagements on 20 points with nine wins and two more soli- tarypointscourtesywash- outs, SRH (17 points) pipped RR (17 points) by virtue of better (NRR). SRH finished with NRR of 0.414 compared to RR’s 0.273. KKR will play Sunris- ers Hyderabad in the first Qualifier in Ahmedabad on Tuesday followed by the ‘Eliminator’ between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Ben- galuru in the same venue. Royals would blame themselves for getting into a nice little rut after an incredible run during the first half of the tourna- ment when they had won 8 out of their 9 games. Agencies Denpasar (Indonesia) Elon Musk travelled to Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Sunday to launch Starlink satellite internet service in the world’s largest archipel- ago nation. Wearing a green Batik shirt, Musk was greeted with a garland of flower petals at a community health clinic in Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali, where he launched the Starlink service alongside Indonesian ministers. Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 17,000 islands sprawled across three time zones with a population of more than 270 million, has been trying for years to secure deals with Musk’s Tesla on battery investment and for Musk’s SpaceX to pro- vide fast internet for the country’s remote regions. MusklaunchesStarlink satelliteinternetservice inIndonesia:Report Elon Musk center, talks to press media during the launch of Starlink satellite internet service, at a public health center in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Sunday. PTI PTI Washington Gopi Thotakura, an en- trepreneur and a pilot, on Sunday became the first Indian to venture into space as a tourist aboard Amazon founder Jeff Be- zos’s Blue Origin’s NS- 25 mission. Thotakura was select- ed as one of the six crew members for the NS-25 mission, making him the first Indian space tourist and the second Indian to venture into space after the Indian Army’s Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma in 1984. Blue Origin’s seventh human flight, NS-25, lifted off from Launch Site One in West Texas on Sunday morning, the company announced on social media. This mission was the seventh human flight for the New Shepard pro- gramme and the 25th in its history. To date, the programme has flown 31 humans above the Kar- man line, the proposed conventional boundary between Earth’s atmos- phere and outer space. New Shepard is a fully reusable sub-orbital launch vehicle developed for space tourism by Blue Origin. According to Blue Origin, “Gopi is a pilot and aviator who learned how to fly before he could drive.” Thotakura becomes 1st Indian space tourist Jaipur, Monday | May 20, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 Vimal Kothari Associate Editor, First India News Senior Journalist Agencies Kharkiv Russian strikes killed at least 11 people, including a pregnant woman, and injured 25 others in two separate attacks in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region on Sun- day, local officials said. It was the latest in what have been constant attacks in recent weeks on Kharkiv city and the region of the same name by Russian missiles and guided bombs as Russian troops have launched an offensive in the northeast of the region. The first strike killed five and wounded 16 in a recreation area just out- side Kharkiv, while an- other 6 were killed and 9 injured later in the day in two villages in Kupiansk. Russian strikes on Kharkiv region kill at least 11, says local officials Agencies New Delhi UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Ak- shata Murty’s personal wealth overtook that of King Charles, reported the latest Sunday Times Rich List. The Sunday Times Rich List compiles the top 1,000 wealthiest indi- viduals or families resid- ing in the United King- dom, ordered by their net wealth. As per this in- dex, the couple’s person- al fortune has increased by more than £120 mil- lion over the past year. Overtaking the UK’s monarch King Charles, their wealth witnessed a jump from last year’s £529 million to £651 mil- lion in 2024. While Sunak has oc- cupied 245th place on the list, King Charles holds 258th rank, after his wealth grew from £600 million to £610 million in the same period. UK PM Rishi Sunak, wife Akshata Murty richer than King Charles Saudi crown prince, Biden aide discuss ‘semi-final’ security deal UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty Agencies Riyadh Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler and a top aide to US President Joe Biden have discussed a “semi-final” version of a deal expect- ed to beef up security ties, Saudi state media reported on Sunday. The meeting between Crown Prince Moham- med bin Salman and Jake Sullivan, Biden’s nation- al security advisor, took place in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran, the of- ficial Saudi PressAgency (SPA) reported. Sullivan arrived in Is- rael later on Sunday for talks about the war in Gaza. “The semi-final ver- sion of the draft strategic agreements between the Kingdom and the United States ofAmerica, which are almost being final- ised... were discussed,” SPA said. Indian entrepreneur and pilot Gopi Thotakura with crew members of Blue Origin’s private astronaut launch NS-25 mission, in Texas.
  • 9. 08 The most beautiful part of life is that one doesn’t need to be rich or powerful to reach out and help others in need. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Monday | May 20, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Assembly’s security will be ensured during public visits to the museum, assures Devnani First India Bureau Jaipur ajasthan As- sembly Speaker Vasudev Dev- nani announced on Sun- day that full care will be taken to ensure the secu- rity and sensitivity of the Assembly during public visits to the political nar- rative museum in the As- sembly building. Devnani held a meet- ing with officials from the departments of Ar- chaeology,Tourism, Cen- tral Museum, representa- tives from the Assembly Museum Research Com- mittee, Hotel Associa- tion, and Federation of Hotel Associations, inviting suggestions re- garding the Political Nar- rative Museum. “Nowthecommonpeo- ple will be able to see the Vidhan Sabha Museum, but special care will be takenforthesecurityofthe Vidhan Sabha,” he said. Devnani stated that all suggestions received in the meeting would be considered, and efforts will be made to ensure that the maximum num- ber of people can visit the museum. Principal Secretary of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, Mahavir Pras- ad Sharma, was also pre- sent at the meeting. Vasudev Devnani chairs a meeting regarding the Museum at State Assembly in Jaipur on Sunday. Mahavir Prasad Sharma and representatives from Archaeology Tourism depts, Central Museum the Museum Research Committee were present. R First India Bureau Jaipur Former Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, launched an attack on the BJPgov- ernment in Rajasthan on Sunday, criticising a pub- lic notice of the auction of farmers' land for fail- ing to repay loans in Ha- numangarh district. Gehlot pointed out that the BJP had promised in its election manifesto in Rajasthan to halt the auc- tion of farmers' land, yet such auctions are taking place. These advertise- ments,publishedinHanu- mangarh district newspa- pers, auctioning farmers' land, expose the truth of 'Modi's Guarantee', Ge- hlot stated in a post along- sideaphotoofnoticepub- lished in newspapers. The Hanumangarh Co- operative Land Devp Bank Ltd issued a public notice for auction of agri lands of 20 farmers in various Tehsils of Hanu- mangarh on May 17 due to loan repaymentdefaults. First India Bureau Kota RSS training camp 'Kar- ykarta Vikas Varg – I' for the volunteers from 3 re- gions of Rajasthan be- gan in Kota on Sunday. Addressing the camp, Raj Kshetriya Pracharak Nimbaram said that in the 99 years of the Sangh's journey, training classes have been held every year during the summer holidays, except during the emergency and corona pandemic. He said that “Karykar- ta Vikas Varg – I” is a training especially for those who are responsi- ble for more than one shakha. “Training class- es play an important role in improving the quality of volunteers. Workers will be trained for mod- ern innovations.” Nim- baram also inaugurated a digital exhibition on pro- motional activities via smart screen board. Officers should work on ground to meet people’s aspirations: CS First India Bureau Jaipur CS Sudhansh Pant in- structed officers to pri- oritise people’s aspira- tions, ensure essential service inspections, and promptly address issues. “Officers should work on ground to meet people’s aspirations, he said. Dur- ing a VC review of Divi- sional Commissioners and District Collectors, he emphasised water, electricity, medicine, and governance concerns. Pant advocated for divi- sion-level committees akin to JJM and urged of- ficials to conduct night chaupals to engage with citizens. He stressed using gov- ernment facilities only during such events. Pant underscored the impor- tance of water conserva- tion, electricity supply, and medical services, urging collaborative ef- forts. ACS Home Anand Kumar Principal Sec- retary Industries Ajitabh Sharma were present . RSSworkerswillbetrainedfor moderninnovations:Nimbaram Nimbaram and other RSS workers during the training camp 'Karykarta Vikas Varg – I' in Kota on Sunday. MEETING HIGHLIGHTS z Discussions were held on creating bilingual fold- ers in Hindi and English covering the museum’s subject matter z Plans were made to adorn the ramp and gate with Rajasthani paintings in line with the museum’s dignity z It was proposed to place attractive photo folders in hotels to provide information about the As- sembly museum z The idea of displaying miniature paintings of the Legislative Assembly was also discussed Offering condolences... Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari pays tributes to the former Governor of Gujarat and former Deputy CM of Rajasthan, late Dr Kamla Beniwal during her visit to the latter's residence in Jaipur on Sunday. Diya Kumari also consoled Beniwal's son, Alok Beniwal, and other family members. Gehlot slams BJP for farmer land auctions Gajendra Singh Shekhawat being welcomed during a programme held in support of BJP candidate, Dr Subhash Sharma in Anandpur Sahib in Punjab on Sunday. Modi govt aims for inclusive devp for all, says Shekhawat NEPrevolutionisingeducation withPM'sefforts:CMSharma Vidya Bharti Schools significantly contribute to nation building, says CM CM held a public meeting in Ludhiana supporting BJP candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu; Union Min Kailash Choudhary, MLA Bhairaram Siyol, Shrichand Kriplani also attend Shiv Prakash Purohit and Subhash Trivedi Pali Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma while ad- dressing the inaugural programme of the new building of Raigandhi Adarsh Vidya Mandir and Bhamashah Samman Samaroh in Pali, said that at Vidya Bharati’sAdarsh Vidya Mandir and Saras- wati Shishu Mandir, stu- dents learn character building, national spirit, and social responsibility. With PM Modi’s efforts, the New Education Poli- cy of the Centre will revolutionise the field of education. This policy focuses on holistic stu- dent development, skill enhancement, .PM Modi’s ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ provides inspi- rational guidance to stu- dents. State govt offers free education from KG to PG for low-income families, farmers, agri labourers. Students from class 1 to 8, and girls from class 9 to 12, re- ceive Rs 1,000 aid school essentials, the CM said. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma inaugurates the new building of Raigandhi Adarsh Vidhya Mandir run by Vidhya Bharti during a programme in Takhatgarh in Pali district on Sunday. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being felicitated during the 'Bhamshah Samman Samaroh' held in Takhatgarh. CM SHARMA ATTACKS KEJRIWAL OVER GRAFT Attacking Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the issue of corruption, Rajasthan CM Bhajanlal Sharma said that Kejriwal talked about eradicating corruption but he himself is immersed in corruption. “Arvind Kejriwal came to power in Delhi by talking about eradicating corruption with Anna Hazare but himself got immersed in corrup- tion. He is on bail for a few days,” he said. The Chief Minister said that no one believes what Kejriwal says now. “He has nothing left to say,” Sharma added. In Raj, initiatives nurture talent across domains. Govt sets up Rajasthan Institute of Technology, mirroring IITs, and Rajasthan Institute of Medical Sciences, akin to AIIMS, in each region. Medical colleges in every district Atal Innovation Studios with a Rs 1 cr budget drive innovation, empowering students in AI, machine learning. Vidya Bharti, through its Adarsh Vidya Mandir and Saraswati Shishu Mandir, focuses on character building, fostering national spirit, and developing social responsibility among students. With 13,000 schools across the country, these institutions operate with community support, dedicated to the task of nation- building. BHAJAN LAL SHARMA, CHIEF MINISTER TOP QUOTES CS Sudhansh Pant sights Leopard ‘Rana, who was resting at a distance at Jhalana Leopard Safari in Jaipur on Sunday. CS SPOTS FAMOUS LEOPARD ‘RANA’ AT JHALANA SAFARI CS Sudhansh Pant visited Jha- lana Leopard Safari, sighting its popular leopard, Rana. Thrilled by Rana’s presence, he discussed leopard count, water man- agement, and prey base with officials. Earlier, Chief Wildlife Warden Pawan Upadhyay, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Rajesh Gupta, and DCF Jagdish Gupta welcomed Pant. CS inspected the Interpretation Centre and ordered sapling planting along safari routes. Chief Wildlife Warden Pawan Upadhyay invited Pant to Ranthambore Sa- riska Tiger Reserves. Pant’s visit aimed to address wild- life management enhance conservation efforts in the region. Nirmal Tiwari First India Bureau Anandpur Sahib/ Kharar Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Sunday said that Modi government wants to benefit every section with development in the country. Shekhawat addressed a public meeting in Pun- jab’s Kharar in support of Dr Subhash Sharma, the party candidate from Anandpur Sahib. He pointed out the difference between the actions of the Modi government and the hypocrisy of the opposition parties. Targeting AAP gov- ernment in Punjab, he said, “An example of this is the new city named, ‘Nayagaon’ es- tablished here. The Aam Aadmi Party govern- ment has cheated the public in the name of ‘change.’The people liv- ing here are worried.” Gajendra Singh Shekhawat addresses a public meeting at Macchlikalan village in Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. AAP govt has cheated people in name of change, says Union Minister STATE GOVT ORDERS PROBE IN THE CASE Meanwhile, the State govt ordered a probe in the case. Speaking on behalf of the government, Mos (coop- eratives) Gautam Dak said, ‘No such action has been taken at the level of the state government. “Will not allow any farmer’s land to be auctioned,” he said.
  • 10. Glamour | Fashion | Bollywood | Hollywood | Lifestyle CROWNING ELEGANCE AWAITS! aipur is abuzz with excitement as the highly anticipated Miss Rajasthan 2024 finale week kicked off with the top 28 finalists, selected from across the state in style, on Saturday. P11 J 09 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia diti Sharma, a talented young supermodel hailing from Pi- lani in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, embodies the perfect blend of beauty, intel- lect, and compassion. Stand- ing at 5’7”, Aditi has recently completed her post-graduation in Psychology fromAmity Uni- versity Rajasthan, following her graduation from Banasthali Vidyapith. Her journey, how- ever, is as much about her achievements in fash- ion and social work as it is about her academic pursuits. Aditi’s involvement in co-curricular activities from a young age set the stage for her diverse interests and talents. She has not only excelled in academics but also in music, having gradu- ated in Vocal Classical Music and in various sports such as swimming and rifle shooting. Her commitment to social causes is evident from her work with the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, an organisation dedicated to aiding homeless people and her current role as a lead counsel- lor with the Parindey Foundation, where she provides free counseling sessions. Her beauty pageant journey began with her participation in Miss Ra- jasthan 2023, where she was a finalist and earned the title “Beauty for a Cause,” a testament to her dedication to social work. Stepping into the world of beauty pag- eants was not without its challenges. De- spite initial dif- ficulties, such as mastering the art of walking in six- inch heels, Aditi’s determination and the mentorship of organ- isersYogesh Mishra and Nimisha Mishra, founders directors, Miss Rajasthan, helped her navigate the competition with grace. Aditi attributes her resilience and success to the teachings of Pandit Shri Ram Sharma Acharya, espe- cially his saying, “You are the creator of your own destiny.” This philosophy has guid- ed her through her journey, helping her balance her professional ambitions with her personal val- ues. Her parents, both teachers, have been pillars of support, encouraging her diverse pursuits de- spite their traditional academic backgrounds. A state-level swimmer, NCC “C” certificate holder, rifle shooter, and district-level debater, Aditi’s accomplishments are numerous and varied. Looking ahead, she envisions a future where she continues to grow professionally, with a focus on mental well-being as a psychologist, while achieving new milestones in her modeling career. Aditi’s lifestyle mantra is rooted in balance and mindfulness: “Nourish your body with wholesome foods, energize it with regular exer- cise, and rejuvenate it with ample rest.” This holistic approach to health and well-being mir- rors her multifaceted life and her commitment to progress over perfection. TheManyFacetsof ADITISHARMA Aditi Sharma, a 22-year-old supermodel from Pilani, Rajasthan, blends beauty, intellect and compassion. A Miss Rajasthan 2023 finalist, she’s also a psychologist dedicated to social causes and holistic well-being. City First sheds light on her beautiful journey. Mitali Dusad mitalidusad@firstindia.co.in A JAIPUR, MONDAY | MAY 20, 2024 MUKESH KIRADOO
  • 11. JAIPUR, MONDAY | MAY 20, 2024 10 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia here are several definitions of po- etry. The poems of Professor Malashri Lal can be best described through the definition of the well- known romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge: “The best words in the best order. When we write, we string words together like beads, even mindful of colour and shape, the powerful nuances of meaning each word conveys.” What astounds as one goes through the 75 poems is the wide vari- ety of themes. They have been written over a long period. It was only during the lockdown that Professor Malashri started compil- ing her poems and also getting them published in different journals of poetry as well as online portals. As expected, there are COVID poems, destination poems, poems which have mythical figures, and feminist verses among others. Sample this Covid poem, ‘Sita and the Pandemic’, for instance: “But I trust Hanuman will again peer down from the Ashoka tree With a message of hope And bring the minivan to thisnew war of justice I'm told it's called a 'vaccine' in a modern tongue.” The dexterity with which mythi- cal figures find their place in the poem is simply remarkable. So one findsreferencestoSita,Radha,Lax- mi, Krishna, Kaykayi, Hanuman, etc. It needs to be recalled that Malashri Lal has co-authored three books with Namita Gokhale: ‘Find- ing Radha: The Quest for Love’, ‘In Search of Sita' and very recently, ‘Treasures of Lakshmi’ which was released at the Jaipur Literature Fes- tival in February this year and has received rave reviews. So here are lines from the poem, ‘Radha's Flute’ with mythical figures: “Krishna flung the flute Discarding Vrindavan's idyllic pastoral Of joyful dalliance, Kingship awaited him in Dwarka. Radha picked the reed but it would Never sing again Loveless, ownerless, Godless.” The first thing that will strike a reader while going through the po- ems of Malashri will be the sensu- ous abundance of nature, as de- scribed by Ranjit Hoskote in the afterword. The vivid description and imagery of nature can trans- port a reader into another world. There is hardly a poem which does not have a reference to some aspect of nature. There is a reference to trees, flowers and shrubs like Ashoka, Champa and Pilkhan. There is a beautiful poem on bou- gainvillaea itself, which would have done Wordsworth proud. Na- ture in her poems is genteel, sooth- ing and friendly. One does not find any reference to the destructive element of nature in any manner. Even a poem entitled 'Diwali with Goddess Lakshmi' has refer- ences to nature: “Jovial last Diwali, this empty home Has overgrown hedges now Hiding behind towering Ashoka branches Peeping through browning Champas. Today Lakshmi will pause at the dark empty home Before moving to the next one with sparkling colours Dancing over the shapely trees Lighting shadows among unfolding rosebuds.” Yet another aspect of her poetry is the destination poems. She has t h i s amazing knack for writing poems on the places she visits, which not only describe the place but also have deeper layers of meanings. There are poems on Calcutta (Howrah Bridge), Delhi (Godhuli), Jaipur Bazaar and Santiniketan. Simi- larly, well-known figures like Ra- bindranath Tagore, and Mahatma Gan- dhi also figure in her poetry. Take a look at this small destination poem entitled 'Jaipur Bazaar’: “In the gem cutters' hands Twinkling green-eyed emeralds Emerge out of blobs of stone from Zambia Who knows what love and loss are ingrained In this heritage?” Malashri hails from Bengal but has been brought up in Rajasthan. Both Bengal and Rajasthan come out beautifully in their poems. She aptly writes: “When I struggled with my identity flitting between Rajasthan and Bengal.” Here are the lines from her poem ‘Shyamoli’, which are so fitting: “The feudal heritage of my childhood Fights off the reformist Bengali lineage, My troubled feminism struggling Between Poshak and Purdah.” Yet another facet of her poems is that many of them end in interroga- tion marks. As many as 9 of them. In one of her interviews, she said that she leaves it to the readers to interpret the meaning, as per their poetic sensibility. There are not many intensely personal poems in the anthology. Which means there are no love po- ems or confessional poems. There is one death poem as well entitled ‘Go Gently into the Sunset’ “Gods accomplish immortality Giving false models to frail humans. Here one must accept illness Slowdown, faltering steps Towards unachieved goals Foolishly believing there is time.” I would like to conclude this review with a favourite poem of mine from this anthology: ‘Blue Haze’ “In the blue haze of anaesthesia, I found your cool palm Soothing my forehead I looked beyond for a face And saw Nothing. Or Everything.” For poetry lovers, this is a must- read anthology. For her poems of- fer coherence, provide solace, re- instate dignity and suggest that beauty exists, even if only in a metaphor. Thebestorder Jagdeep Singh cityfirst@firstindia.co.in MANDALAS OF TIME AUTHOR : MALASHRI LAL PUBLISHER : HAWAKAL PUBLISHERS GENRE : POETRY PAGES : 113 PRICE : ` 500 of colour and shape, the powerful nuances of meaning each word What astounds as one goes through the 75 poems is the wide vari- poems on the places she visits, which not only describe the place but also have deeper layers of meanings. 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  • 12. JAIPUR, MONDAY |MAY 20, 2024 11 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Crowning aipur is abuzz with excitement as the highly anticipated Miss Rajasthan 2024 finale week kicked off in style, on Saturday. The top 28 finalists, selected from across the state, re- ceived a grand welcome at Hotel Hilton, with organisers Yogesh Mishra Nimisha Mishra (Found- ers Directors), and Hilton GM Rahul Bhagat celebrating their ar- rival by cutting a cake. This marked the beginning of a week filled with international-level grooming ses- sions, fashion and elegance. These young beauties have started undergoing rigorous grooming ses- sions conducted by national and in- ternational experts, preparing them for the grand finale on May 25 at Birla Auditorium. The event is or- ganised by Fusion Group in collabo- ration with Arya Group of Colleges and Ruvi Digital, making it a land- mark edition of the 26-year-old beauty pageant. Nutrition expert DT Kirti Jain kicked off the first day of the final week with an enlightening session on the importance of timely and ad- equate nutrition. In today’s fast- paced world, Kirti emphasised, peo- ple often neglect healthy eating hab- its. She stressed that a balanced diet is as crucial as air and water for maintaining a healthy body. Her practical tips resonated with the con- testants, who are now more aware of their nutritional needs. Fashion choreographer Shahrukh Khan followed with a session on the nuances of walking the ramp. His expert guidance ensured that the fi- nalists mastered the art of a confi- dent and graceful walk, essential for their performances in the upcoming rounds. The excitement builds to- wards the talent round and pre-fina- le on May 23, where contestants will showcase their diverse skills. This crucial event will set the stage for the grand finale, where Rajasthan’s new beauty queen will be crowned. The grand finale promises to be a spectacular affair with 28 emerging designers from Nivaran College of Design presenting their collections. The highlight of the evening will be the showcase of renowned fashion designer Mandakini’s Prashant Ku- mar Poddar’s collection, adding a touch of high fashion to the event. As Jaipur eagerly awaits May 25, fashion enthusiasts are ready to wit- ness a blend of beauty, talent, and style. Who will take home the cov- eted Miss Rajasthan 2024 crown? The countdown has begun and the excitement is palpable. Mohit Choudhary cityfirst@firstindia.co.in EleganceAwaits! MISS RAJASTHAN 2024 FINALE WEEK BEGINS Crowning Crowning MISS RAJASTHAN 2024 FINALE WEEK BEGINS J (Standing): Janvi, Aayushi, Niviya, Preksha, Shreya, Jyoti, Tannu, Isha Kiran (Seating): Simran, Vrishty, Saniya, Harshika Arnika Clockwise: Aura Virmani, Dimple, Jiya, Khushi, Harshika Batra, Heena Thakur Saniya Abbasi Yogesh Mishra Nimisha Mishra along with (L-R) Pallavi Joshi, Akanksha Choudhary, Vaishnavi Sharma, Orzala Disha Singh JAIPUR, MONDAY |MAY 20, 2024 11