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Dr Jitendra Singh speaking during Super Indians 2024 conclave.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra addressing the gathering during event.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra presents First India newspaper to Kailash Vijayvargiya, as Dharmesh Jagridar,
Manoj Jagyasi, Aditi Nagar and Dr Piyush Dwivedi look on, during the event at Taj Mahal Hotel.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra presents memento to SP Singh Baghel in presence of VK Singh, Manoj Jagyasi,
Ajay Kumar and Syed Umar, during Super Indians 2024 conclave by Bharat24, on Wednesday.
PM Narendra Modi with Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva during rally to support Ramvir Singh
Bidhuri, Bansuri Swaraj, Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Yogendra Chandolia in New Delhi on Wednesday.
SUPER INDIANS 2024 CONCLAVE BY BHARAT24
PoKresolutionpossibleonlywith
Modiatthehelm,saysDrJitendra
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Bharat24-Vision of New
India, the popular and
fastest growing national
Hindi news channel ,
successfully, successful-
ly convened the “Super
Indians 2024 Conclave”
at the Taj Mahal Hotel in
New Delhi on Wednes-
day. Under the theme
“Super Indians 2024,”
the summit served as a
pivotal forum to show-
case India’s remarkable
strides across various do-
mains while articulating
a strategic roadmap for
the future.
In addition to insight-
ful panel deliberations,
the event featured exclu-
sive interviews with no-
table dignitaries, adding
layers of depth and per-
spective to the discourse.
Esteemed personalities
such as Dr Jitendra Sin-
gh, Union Minister of
State for Science & Tech-
nology and MoS in the
PMO, SP Singh Baghel,
MoS for Health & Fam-
ily Welfare, General VK
Singh, MoS for Road
Transport and CivilAvia-
tion, and Dr Jagdeesh
Chandra CEO and Edi-
tor-in-Chief Bharat24,
among others, shared the
invaluable insights on In-
dia’s future trajectory.
Noteworthy interviews
also included interactions
with Arun Sao, Deputy
Chief Minister of Chhat-
tisgarh, Kailash Vijay-
vargiya, Cabinet Minis-
ter in the Govt of Mad-
hya Pradesh, Mahant
Narayan Giri Ji 16th
Peethadheeshwar of the
historic Siddhapeeth Shri
Dudheshwarnath Ma-
hadev Math Temple, and
Acharya Pramod
Krishnam, a revered spir-
itual guru. Political lumi-
naries such as Prof
Gourav Vallabh, lent
their perspectives on key
issues facing the nation.
Dr Raghuraj Singh,
Chairman and State Min-
ister of Labour and Em-
ployment in the Uttar
Pradesh Government,
and Dr Shalini Ali, Di-
rector of the Assam State
Warehousing Corpora-
tion, also provided in-
valuable insights during
the interviews, shedding
light on India’s prospects
and challenges across
different regions. During
the event, Dr Jitendra
Singh said PoK prob-
lem’s solution can only
be done under the guid-
ance of PM Modi.
TURN TO P8
Delhi plays crucial role in
nat’l politics, stresses PM
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Addressing a massive
gathering in Dwarka,
West Delhi on Wednes-
day, Prime Minister Nar-
endra Modi highlighted
the critical role Delhi
plays in shaping the na-
tion’s political landscape
and urged voters to make
informed choices in the
ongoing elections.
During his speech, PM
Narendra Modi empha-
sized the stark differenc-
es between the govern-
ance models of the BJP
and the Congress-led
INDI alliance. He under-
scored the BJP’s commit-
ment to fast-paced devel-
opment and efficient
governance, contrasting
it with the slow progress
and systemic injustice
perpetuated by the Con-
gress and its allies. P5
EC directs parties to
refrain from religious
& casteist campaign
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Coming down heavily on
BJP, Congress and other
paties for violation of
MCC, ECI on Wednes-
day said the defence sub-
mitted by presidents of
BJPand Congress parties
is “not tenebale”. The EC
directed the BJP presi-
dent to convey to all star
campaigners to not make
any speeches and state-
ments, which may divide
the society; refrain from
any campaigning meth-
ods/ utterances along re-
ligious/ communal lines.
It also instructed Con-
gress president to convey
to all star campaigners
that they don’t make
statements, which gives
false impressions such as
that Constitution of India
may be abolished or sold.
First India Bureau
Kolkata
The Calcutta High Court
Wednesday cancelled
over 5 lakh Other Back-
ward Class (OBC) cer-
tificates is-
sued by the
West Bengal
government
since 2010.
Hours later,
Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee said she will
not accept the order, and
OBC reservation will
continue in the state. The
court was hearing a pub-
lic interest litigation
challenging provisions of
the West Bengal Back-
ward Classes (Other than
Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes) (Res-
ervation of Vacancies in
Services and Posts) Act.
First India Bureau
New Delhi
In India, the current
lengthy process of ac-
quiring a driver’s license
is set to evolve signifi-
cantly. Starting June 1,
2024, individuals will no
longer be mandated to
undergo a driving test at
the RTO. The Ministry of
Road Transport & High-
ways has introduced new
regulations to streamline
the procedure and en-
courage the adoption of
cleaner energy solutions.
Cal HC cancels
over 5 lakh OBC
certificates in WB
Driving test not
must at RTO
from June 1
‘CORRECT DISCOURSE,
MAINTAIN DECORUM’
The EC asked the
parties to correct
their discourse,
exercise care and maintain
decorum. “It constitutes the
more precious heritage of
Indian elections and our
electoral democracy and
this should not be allowed
to be weakened by anyone,
including your party,” it said.
Poll panel has taken a view
that star campaigners would
continue to remain respon-
sible for speeches, the ECI
will address party chiefs “on
a case-to-case basis”.
CM BHAJAN LAL MONITORS POWER & WATER SITUATION
Tells depts to ensure proper supply
Aishwary Pradhan
Jaipur
ffective moni-
toring is being
done on the in-
structions of CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma, the PHED
and Energy Department
are ensuring water and
electricity supply respec-
tively. CM gave instruc-
tions to Energy Depart-
ment and DISCOM offi-
cials to improve electric-
ity transmission and dis-
tribution system stressing
that according to the in-
creased demand of elec-
tricity, electricity should
be purchased through
exchange at reasonable
rates. The CM also took
feedback from CS Sud-
hansh Pant and stressed
to ensure mutual coordi-
nation between Energy
and PHED Department.
On Wednesday, a 45 min-
ute meeting of CM Shar-
ma took place as the CM
reached Om Mathur’s
Mangyawas residence to
inquire about his well-
being post knee surgery.
Meanwhile, Chief Minis-
ter Bhajan Lal Sharma
paid tributes in the con-
dolence meeting of RS
Jaimini’s grandson. P8
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma
E
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s development model says, Nation First. On
the other hand, Congress and the I.N.D.I.A bloc’s only agenda is Family
First. This I.N.D.I.A bloc is a symbol of every evil that exists in the
country today. They are highly communal, casteist, and family-oriented. Our Delhi
has been a direct witness to their communalism. NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER
The defeat
Opposition is
going to face
this time no one knows
how many days they will
take to gain senses again.
KAILASH VIJAYVARGIYA,
MP CABINET MINISTER
I won’t accept order,
says WB CM Mamata
P4
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Breezy and very hot with
plenty of sunshine in Raj
FORECAST
IN BRIEF
Campaigning for Phase 6
LS election to end today
New Delhi: As the Lok
Sabha Elections 2024 is
progressing, India gears
up for Phase 6 of polling
on May 26. Campaignings
for this phase will end
today evening with 48-
hour silence period.
Kejriwal demands ‘fair
probe’ in Maliwal case
New Delhi: In his first re-
action to AAP MP Swati
Maliwal’s assault case,
Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal demand-
ed a fair probe in the case
and claimed “the incident
has two versions”.
50 PAAR!
Desert of Rajasthan
continued to burn like
fire and the maximum
temperature recorded
around 50 degrees Cel-
sius at the posts along
the Pakistan border.
TRIBUTE TO RAISI !
VP Jagdeep Dhankhar pays tribute to Iran’s President
Ebrahim Raisi, who recently died in the chopper crash in
Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, in Tehran on Wednesday.
HEAT STROKE! SHAH RUKH
HOSPITALISED IN AHMEDABAD
Shah Rukh Khan was admitted to KD
Hospital in Ahmedabad on Wednesday
afternoon. He was taken to hosp due
to dehydration was later discharged.
UK GENERAL ELECTIONS TO BE
HELD ON JULY 4: RISHI SUNAK
The UK general elections will be held
on July 4, British Prime Minister Rishi
Sunak announced on Wednesday from
the lectern on the 10 Downing Street.
SCREFUSESTOENTERTAIN
HEMANTSOREN’SINTERIMBAIL
The Supreme Court on Wednes-
day declined to entertain former
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant
Soren’s plea seeking interim bail.
US POLITICAL SCIENTIST’S LOK
SABHA ELECTION PREDICTION
The BJP will win 305 (+/- 10) seats in
2024 Lok Sabha election, American
political scientist and global political
risk consultant Ian Bremmer told. P7
Missing Bangladeshi MP
found dead in Kol, 3 held
Dhaka: Anwarul Azim, a
Member of Parliament
from Bangladesh’s ruling
Awami League party, who
went missing on May 18,
was found dead in Kolka-
ta on Wednesday. Bangla-
desh HM said 3 arrested.
FOREST DEPARTMENT’S MEETING
RAJASTHAN 02
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Bharat Seva Sansthan &
NYP sends help to victims
of violence in Manipur
NYP is distributing milk powder, lactogen and other materials to
the people, especially children, living in the relief camps.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
National Youth Project
(NYP) and Bharat Seva
Sansthan have started
distribution of relief ma-
terial in several districts
of Manipur to provide
relief to victims of the
violence in Manipur.
Girdhari Singh Bafna,
Secretary of Bharat Seva
Sansthan, said that the
situation in Manipur,
which has been burning
in the fire of caste vio-
lence for the last one
year, is very bad.
“Following the latest
spate of violence, the in-
stitute, on the instruc-
tions of its Founder Pres-
ident and former CM,
Ashok Gehlot, has sent
State Convener Hanu-
man Sharma to Imphal
with relief material. NYP
National Secy Ran Singh
is also with him,” he said.
Minor siblings,
mother-son duo
drown in separate
incidents in Raj
Rajasthanpolicetonow
monitorsocialmediafor
preventionofsuicidecases
First India Bureau
Pokhran/Jayal
Two young children from
the same family tragi-
cally drowned while
playing near a water pit
in Dedhia near Jodhpur
border on Wednesday.
The victims, 9-yr-old
Kuldeep Singh and
10-yr-old Jog Singh,
were visiting their mater-
nal grandparents.
In another incident in
Jyani village, under the
Jayal police jurisdiction,
a mother and her son
drowned in a water tank.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Now Rajasthan Police
will do its best to save
endangered human lives
by quickly analysing
posts on social media
platforms that contain
self-harm, mental de-
pression or suicidal in-
tentions. If such mes-
sages are received on
social media platforms,
through technical analy-
sis, effective steps will be
taken to reach out to the
victim and counsel them
and prevent any unto-
ward incident.
DGP Utkal Ranjan Sa-
hoo said that the objec-
tive of this initiative is to
save precious human life
by reaching out to the
persons who have the in-
tention of taking suicidal
steps in the state of de-
pression or despair.
DGP Sahoo said, “Af-
ter analyzing the mes-
sages of this nature on
Facebook/Instagram, po-
lice officers have been
instructed to immediate-
ly inform the police
headquarters through e-
mail about the cases with
suspicious circumstanc-
es. On the basis of this
e-mail received, this in-
formation will be shared
by SCRB with the duty
officer of the concerned
police station. After this,
the in-charge of the con-
cerned police station will
take immediate action on
and will try to reach the
victim and help. Efforts
will be made by the po-
lice personnel to stop un-
toward incident by coun-
seling the victim.”
4-km road cleared of encroachments
from SMS Hosp to Jacob Road: JDA
Abhishek Shrivavasta
Jaipur
The Enforcement Wing of
Jaipur Development Au-
thority demolished three
illegal colonies being set-
tled on about 6 bighas of
private land in Zone-13.
In Chomu, the land of
Rani Dam downstream
area was made encroach-
ment free. In Zone-1, un-
der a joint action with Mu-
nicipal Corporation, traffic
police, the road boundaries
for about 4 km from SMS
Hospital to Jacob Road,
JK Lone have been made
encroachment free.
Shivendra Parmar
Jaipur
On one hand the graph of
crimes is increasing in
the state, while on the
other hand Rajasthan Po-
lice is facing shortage of
staff as at present a large
number of posts from IPS
to constable are lying va-
cant in the state.
For the past few years,
the number of crimes in
Rajasthan has been in-
creasing year after year.
The number of serious
crimes ranging from
murder to rape is also
continuously increasing
in the state, according to
NCRB data.
In the year 2022, 2
lakh 39 thousand 459
cases were registered un-
der various IPC sections
in the state and 73 thou-
sand 345 cases were reg-
istered under local and
special acts. Of these, FR
was filed in 1 lakh 13
thousand 508 cases, chal-
lan has been presented in
1 lakh 77 thousand 419
cases and investigation is
pending in 21877 cases.
In the year 2022, 1337
cases of gang rape were
registered. 4128 cases
have been registered in
relation to other rapes
which has increased by
11.90 percent compared
to 2021. 1628 cases were
registered under Section
4/6 of the POCSOAct for
crimes against children
and minors whereas 2162
cases were registered un-
der other POCSO Act. In
the rape cases of these
two categories, investi-
gation of 887 cases is
currently pending. 99
cases of murder, 11 of
grievous hurt, 658 of
rape and 83 of causing
grievous harm were reg-
istered.
One of the major rea-
sons for the increase in
crime graph in the state is
that there is a huge short-
age of staff in the Ra-
jasthan Police.
HOW MANY VACANT POSTS OF EACH CATEGORY
Post Category Sanctioned Vacant
Indian Police Service 222 22
Rajasthan Police Service 1127 251
Inspector 1410 229
Sub Inspector 4661 2107
Asst Sub Inspectors 12056 7289
Head Constable 21116 5205
Constable 75625 3767
Spikeincrimeas
policedepartment
isunderstaffed
Murder of Dalit Youth
Mafiaarrested,licencessuspended
Pradeep Gadwal
Jhunjhunu
After the brutal beating
to death of Rameshwar
Valmiki from the Suraj-
garh police station area in
Jhunjhunu, by liquor ma-
fia members , Congress
has reacted sharply.
PCC President Govind
Singh Dotasra con-
demned the incident,
stating, “In Jhunjhunu,
liquor mafia beat a Dalit
youth so mercilessly that
he lost his life. Under the
BJP govt, atrocities and
caste discrimination
against Dalits are con-
tinuously increasing. The
BJP is inherently anti-
Dalit. Crime is rampant
across the state.”
Leader of Opposition
Tikaram Jully also criti-
cized the law and order in
State.
In response to the inci-
dent, authorities have
suspended the licenses of
the involved liquor ma-
fia. Police have arrested
several suspects, includ-
ing Deependra alias
Chintu Rajput, PK
Meghwal, Baba Megh-
wal, Chintu Meghwal,
and Sukha Meghwal, all
residents of Baloada and
Uriya villages. These in-
dividuals have a history
of criminal activities and
were promptly taken into
custody by police.
Govt suspends licence of liquor mafia after the brutal killing on May 14
CRIME
ROUNDUP
RECOVERY AGENT
HACKED TO DEATH FOR
STEALING `40,000
TB OFFICER, BROKER
CAUGHT RED-HANDED
IN BRIBERY CASE
TWO COUSINS HELD FOR RAPE AND MURDER
OF THEIR 3-YEAR-OLD SISTER IN DHOLPUR
RAJSAMAND CHILD ABDUCTION CASE SOLVED IN
FOUR HRS, CHILD RECOVERED, ACCUSED NABBED
A 28-year-old
recovery agent of a
private finance com-
pany was hacked to death
and allegedly robbed of Rs
40,000 in Baran, police said
on Wednesday. The police
identified the victim as Bud-
dhiprakash Soni. His body
was recovered from a ditch
on Tuesday after his family
lodged a missing report at
Baran Sadar police station.
It was found that he was
returning home after collect-
ing recovery amount and
had Rs 40,000 in his bag,
Singh said. The accused
allegedly knew about the
money and in a bid to steal
it, they slit his throat with a
sharp weapon, dumped his
body near a ditch & fled.
The Udaipur unit of
ACB arrested Dis-
trict Tuberculosis Of-
ficer Dr. Anshul Mattha and
broker Sameer Mattha for
taking bribe of Rs 25 thou-
sand from the complainant.
ACB officials informed that
the complainant had given
a complaint to the Udaipur
unit of ACB. “It was told
that the accused officer Dr.
Anshul Mattha demanded a
bribe of Rs 30 thousand in
return for adjusting the audit
report of the bills of phenyl
purchased for the hospital.
On this, the complaint was
verified and a trap was laid.
While taking action, team
arrested the accused Dr.
Anshul Mattha and broker
Sameer Mattha red handed.
In a shocking incident in the Rajakhera police
station area of Dholpur district, two cousins bru-
tally gang-raped their 3-year-old sister and then
murdered her, disposing of her body in the ravines.
To conceal their crime, the child’s uncle threw her
body into the Chambal River. On May 21, Rajakhera
Station Officer Veer Singh received a report at 10 AM
about the girl’s murder and the disposal of her body
in the river the previous night. Acting promptly, the
police, with the help of local villagers, recovered the
body from 10 feet underwater within an hour. Both the
accused were detained. Dholpur SP Sumit Mehrada
provided details of the incident, confirming that the
post-mortem, conducted by a medical board, revealed
the girl had been raped. The body was then handed
over to her family. Police is now looking for the third
accomplice in the case, the accused boys’ father.
The police in Rajsamand have successfully solved
a child abduction case within a just four hours. The
incident, took place at Kamla Nehru Hospital, in-
volved the theft of a newborn baby. Authorities swiftly acted
on the crime and managed to locate both the infant and the
woman responsible for the abduction. Police discovered
that the woman, despaired over her inability to conceive,
resorted to stealing the baby. Along with the woman, her
mother was also detained.
TWO CYBER CRIME
SUSPECTS SHOT IN
LEG DURING POLICE
CONFRONTATION
In a high-ten-
sion encounter
between police
and cyber criminals,
two suspects were
shot in the leg during
a confrontation which
could have turned
fatal. Deeg SP Rajesh
Meena informed in
a press conference
on Wednesday. The
incident occurred under
the ongoing ‘Anti-Virus
Campaign’, against
Cyber crime in Bharat-
pur. Acting on a tip-off,
police had previously
arrested eight individu-
als in the Kaman area
in connection with a
Cyber-crime case.
During an investigation,
while transporting the
suspects to an undis-
closed location, two
criminals, identified as
Dilawar and another
accomplice, man-
aged to seize a police
pistol and attempted
to escape by opening
fire at the accompa-
nying police officers.
In self-defense, the
police responded with
gunfire, resulting in
both suspects being
shot in the legs. The
injured criminals were
immediately taken to
Kaman Hospital and
subsequently referred
to RBM Hospital in
Bharatpur for further
treatment.
GandhiNagarrlystntogetafacelift
The re-development work at Jaipur’s Gandhi Nagar railway station is currently going on. The
station which caters to a large population of state Capital Jaipur is one of the major station
coming under the North Western Railways. The re-development work is expected to be
completed by 2025. A total of Rs177.45 crore are to be spent in giving a facelift to the station.
This railway station also happens to be the first station in the state where the entire staff is
women. Being built as part of the Indian Railways Amrit Bharat Station Scheme the Gandhi
Nagar Railway Station will have metal detector system, baggage scanner system, additional
waiting rooms, retail stalls, modular toilets, stairs, lifts, escalators etc among other things.
Escalators, lifts and stairs will be built for easy access to the first floor.
DIVYA KANWALIYA
Commitment to ‘greening’Raj & wildlife conservation
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
dditional Chief
Secretary of
Forest Depart-
ment, Aparna Arora said
that department is work-
ing determinedly to make
the state green along with
wildlife conservation.
She said that there is a
need to make the general
public aware about wild-
life conservation and
plantation through vari-
ous schemes of the For-
est Department so that
the resolution of making
the state a green state
can be realized.
Chairing a state level
meeting, the ACS re-
viewed progress of vari-
ous schemes and issued
necessary directions.
She praised the work be-
ing done at the district
level and said that the
officers should work
with full determination
for wildlife and forest
conservation.
Instructing the offi-
cials to stop illegal min-
ing and illegal en-
croachment, she said
that in coordination
with the local adminis-
tration and other con-
cerned departments, it
should be ensured that
illegal mining and en-
croachment is stopped.
Addl CS of forest department, Aparna Arora speaking with the
officials during the meeting in Jaipur on Wednesday.
A
WILDLIFE CENSUS TO
BEGIN ON VAISHAKH
PURNIMA TODAY
RAJASTHAN SEEKS FOUR TIGERS FROM MADHYA
PRADESH, NOW WAITING FOR NTCA PERMISSION
On Vaishakh
Purnima, the
state will com-
mence its wildlife census
using the waterhole
method. This 24-hour
exercise will take place
from 8:00 AM on May
23 to 8:00 AM on May
24 across all protected
forest area. The census
will involve staying on
watchtowers for the
24-hour period. In the
Sikarai Range, three
foresters and 20 forest
workers will be dedicat-
ed to counting wildlife.
Tigers from Madhya Pradesh will increase the
population of big cats in other states. Permission
has been granted to send
two tigers from Madhya Pradesh to
Chhattisgarh. Rajasthan has also
asked for 4 tigers from the neigh-
boring state. However, consensus
has not been reached yet in the
case of Rajasthan and permission
for NTCA is awaited. Tigers will be
shifted to Rajasthan as soon as NTCA permission is given.
KARAULI: SIT FORMED IN DEAF-MUTE GIRL MURDER CASE; CM ASSURES A FAIR PROBE IN THE MATTER
Hindaun City: After
the death of a deaf
and mute girl, 12
days since she was found
burnt near a house in
Hindaun Nai Mandi police
station area, IG Rahul
Prakash reached Hindon
on Wednesday. After
inspecting the spot, he held
a meeting with the police
officers and gave necessary
instructions and constituted
a Special Investigation
Team (SIT) under the lead-
ership of DSP. On Wednes-
day MLA Anita Meena and
Congress District President
Shivraj Meena, submit-
ted a memorandum to the
police regarding the matter,
demanding early arrest of
the accused. A suspect has
been taken into custody and
the investigation is ongoing.
The IG told the media that
he had seen the crime spot
and had also spoken to the
family members. “A SIT has
been formed to investigate.
Right now the investigation
has been done at the pri-
mary level and investigation
is being done on all aspects
which will take some time,”
he said. During treatment in
Jaipur, facts were collected
from the girl through experts
and showing photographs
of many people. In the form
statement, the girl has iden-
tified a person. It has come
to light that she was burnt
by sprinkling petrol.
I am deeply sad-
dened by the inci-
dent that happened
with a daughter in Hindaun
City of Karauli. In this hour
of grief, I want to assure the
bereaved family that our
govt stands with them. There
will be a fair probe in this
case and justice will also be
ensured. Considering se-
riousness of the matter, SIT
has been formed and orders
have been given to probe the
matter at a fast pace.
Bhajanlal Sharma (Modi
Ka Parivar) @BhajanlalBjp
Patients at SMS Hospital,
are suffering due to insuf-
ficient heatwave prepara-
tions. Several major wards lack
functioning centralized AC, and
there are no proper ventilation
systems. The situation is particu-
larly dire in the trauma center. Meanwhile, in Kota, authorities
have taken significant steps to prepare for the intense heat.
Wards equipped with ACs and coolers have been set up.
EXERCISE ANANT VIJAY CONCLUDED
Army Cdr Sapta Shakti Command
reviews Operation preparedness
First India Bureau
Jaipur
ieutenant Gen-
eral Dhiraj
Seth, Army
Commander South West-
ern Command reviewed
the operational prepared-
ness of Ranbankura Divi-
sionduringtheconductof
ExerciseAnant Vijay.
Exercise Anant Vijay
was conducted by troops
of Ranbankura Division
in vast expanses of Thar
Desert from 20thApril to
22nd May 2024. During
the exercise the division
executed various opera-
tional maneuvers validat-
ing combined arms oper-
ations and integrated em-
ployment of ground and
airborne resources. The
exercise also validated
various Tactics, Tech-
niques and Procedures.
The exercise witnessed
active participation of
Army Aviation and Indi-
anAirForceassetsalong-
with other forcemultipli-
ers.TheArmyCommand-
erlaudedsteadfastresolve
and unwavering commit-
ment to duty exhibited by
all ranks of Ranbankura
Division. He also com-
mended their exceptional
operational readiness de-
spite the daunting chal-
lenges posed by the rug-
ged terrain and extreme
weather conditions.
(L) Dhiraj Seth inspecting the bunker. (R) Army officials at observation point on Wednesday.
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METISSUESREDANDORANGE
ALERTFORVARIOUSDISTRICTS
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Inthelatestprediction,the
Regional Meteorological
DeptofRajasthan,inview
ofthesearingandscalding
heatwave has issued a red
and orange alert for vari-
ous districts. After the
temperature breached the
mark of 46 degrees Cel-
sius, the MeTofficials has
expressed the possibility
of daytime temperature
crossing mark of 48 de-
greesCelsiusandabovein
variouspartsofRajasthan.
Radhe Shyam Sharma,
Director of Regional MeT
Center,Jaipursaid,“There
is no respite from scorch-
ing heat, as temperatures
have already crossed the
mark of 46 degrees Cel-
sius and now mercury is
intendedtorisebeyond48
degrees Celsius.” “In the
next 48 to 72 hours, the
temperature will rise
above normal and witness
an increase by 2 degrees
Celsius. The current spell
of heatwave will continue
in Rajasthan for the next
4-5 days,” said the Direc-
tor of the Regional Mete-
orological Department.
ACSenergyAlokreviews
powersupply,mgmtinRaj
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In a bid to ensure uninter-
rupted electricity supply
for the public, the Energy
Department of the state is
conducting continuous
monitoring. In line with
directives from the CM
and the Energy Minister,
ACS of Energy, Alok,
conducted a comprehen-
sive review of electricity
supply and power man-
agement in the state on
Wednesday, along with
officials from the Trans-
mission Corporation, Dis-
coms, Production Corpo-
ration, and Energy Devel-
opment Corporation.
Alok instructed Chief
EngineerofJaipurZoneto
collaborate with officials
from the Energy Develop-
ment Corporation at load
dispatch center in Heera-
pura to devise a plan for
better load management.
Similarly, a decision has
been made to restart elec-
tricity production from
units of the Dholpur Gas-
based Electricity Project.
To alleviate the strain
on the public due to the
shortage of electricity, the
state government has
granted permission to re-
startelectricityproduction
from a project with a ca-
pacity of 330 megawatts.
The restart of production
from one or more of the
250-megawatt capacity
units in Suratgarh will im-
prove electricity supply.
Vinod Singh Chouhan
Jaipur
Three states of Rajasthan,
Gujarat and Madhya
Pradesh will now work in
coordination to prevent
wastage of water to deal
with flood situations dur-
ing monsoon. Views will
also be exchanged on bet-
terarrangementsforwater
drainage & management.
The decision was taken
in the meeting of the Inter
State Coordination Com-
mittee held in Gujarat. It
hasbeendecidedthatafter
the information received
on flood monitoring app,
there will be a joint VC.
First India Bureau
Bharatpur
The ongoing dispute
over ancestral property
in the Bharatpur royal
family, it seem, will not
end any time soon. On
Wednesday,formermin-
isterVishvendra Singh’s
wife — former MP Di-
vya Singh — and her
son Anirudh held a PC.
In the PC, Divya Sin-
gh made serious allega-
tions against former CM
Ashok Gehlot and said
that he participated in
personal fight of their
family. “Our phone calls
were recorded. The
beautification work be-
ing done in Bharatpur’s
heritage Moti Mahal
was stopped during the
previousgovt.Thesecu-
rity guards deployed to
protect the historical ob-
jectswereremovedfrom
there,” she claimed.
Divya also said about
the Panchayat held in
PenghorvillageofKum-
her that there is democ-
racy in India. “Panchay-
at has no importance in
this.Wehavefullfaithin
judicial system. This
type of Panchayat is be-
ingorganizedonlytoput
pressure on bureaucra-
cy,” she said.
First India Bureau
Amritsar
Former Dy CM Sachin
Pilot is actively touring
various states, campaign-
ing for Congress party
candidates. On Wednes-
day, Pilot addressed an
election rally in support of
Congress candidate Gur-
jeet SAujla fromAmritsar
Lok Sabha constituency.
The rally took place in the
village of Bhindi Saidan,
Amritsar, where Pilot
urged voters to support
Aujla in upcoming polls.
Continuing his cam-
paign trail, Pilot also vis-
ited Himachal Pradesh,
where he addressed a pub-
lic meeting in Biasar, Kul-
lu, to support Vikramadi-
tya Singh, the Congress
candidate from the Mandi
Lok Sabha constituency.
He appealed to the voters
to ensure a decisive vic-
tory for Singh.
Raj, Guj, & MP
meet to prevent
water wastage
ACS Energy Alok during meeting
in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Familyspat:Divyalevels
allegationsonGehlot
Pilot addresses rallies
in Punjab & Himachal
Sighting at Jhalana
An interesting scene was witnessed on Tuesday evening
when Rana, who has become the uncrowned king of Jhalana,
was seen having a love battle with Flora, the mother of his
one-time rival ‘Simba’ and famous as ‘Mother of Jhalana’.
The possibility of mating between the two is being expected.
Anupama, a tourist from Pune who was on a safari captured
the love fight between Rana and Flora.
NIRMAL TIWARI
Sachin Pilot with Gurjeet Aujla
in Amritsar on Wednesday.
The Municipal Council sprinkled water with the help of fire brigade
on the main roads of the Barmer city to provide relief from the
heat on Wednesday.
Due to extreme heat, elephant rides were held at the Amber Fort for just 3 hours in the morning
starting from 7 am to 10 on Wednesday. NAIM KHAN
Barmer
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Churu
47.4
Pilani
46.8
Phalodi
47.8
Jaisalmer
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Ganganagar
46.7
HOTTEST: BARMER
AND PHALODI
WATER, POWER SHORTAGE PLAGUES SEVERAL DISTS
FACILITIES TO COMBAT HEAT FALL SHORT AT SMS HOSP RAJ DAMS DRY UP AS HEAT
TAKESTOLLON WATERLEVEL
Dholpur/Chaksu: Shortage of water in scorching heat
has worsened situation in many areas. In Dholpur,
People are deprived of water in Kachchi Kui, Birja
Pada  other localities. Similarly, problem of drinking water
has increased in Chaksu town of Jaipur. Local BJP workers
reached PHED office  demanded to improve water supply.
Extreme heat condi-
tions have taken a
toll on water level in
dams of Rajasthan which
is declining rapidly. There
is 2.89 percent reduction in
total filling capacity of dams
within just one and a half
month. The decline in water
level was 1.32% between
May 1  15. Presently, 35.41
percent water of the total
filling capacity is there in the
dams of the state. Jodhpur
division has the least amount
of water in its dams, while
Jpr div is at second place.
Divya Singh  Anirudh Singh
during PC on Wednesday.
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t was about two years back when
I suffered a stroke. I was undergo-
ing tests on Friday, Saturday and
on Sunday too and was being prescribed
different medicines. On Monday, I was
feeling very uncomfortable and I was hav-
ing trouble breathing. So I went to Ram
Manohar Lohia hospital and the same day,
within a matter of an hour, the doctors per-
formed a stent procedure on my heart.
Peoplehadcometoknowofthisandeven-
tually PM Modi also came to know of this
situation,asdidtheSpeakerandothermin-
isters and colleagues of mine. But the first
person among all to call me and ask of my
healthwasNarendraModi.Mysonpicked
the call. Later he told me, Modi ji literally
scolded him like the uncle in the family
and complained how he or others in the
family did not know of my health condi-
tion even as I was suffering for the last
three days. This demonstrates the Prime
Minister’s genuine affection and familial
attachmentwithpeople’sconcernsintimes
of ordeal. I will always remember the care
the PM showed during those days of my
suffering. Even today when I ask my son
what Modi ji had actually told him, he
amusinglysaysevenmygrandfatherwon’t
admonish me the way he did, visibly con-
cerned at your health condition and the
possibility of a lapse in attention by the
family in time. The way Modi ji supports
us, it is beyond political calculations, it is
notforanygain,butitissimplyforthefact
that he is our own and considers all people
his very own. His affection is equal for
everyone, beyond class or position. This
makeshimsospecialanddeartoeveryone.
had once left National Demo-
cratic Alliance (NDA) and later
when I came back into the fold,
I was apprehensive that due to my ac-
tion of leaving the alliance, I would be
neglected in the party. The greatest
doubt was if the Prime Minister
Narendra Modi would give time or not.
Surprisingly, when I requested an ap-
pointment with him, Modi ji called me
to his residence for a chat and there was
no one, except us two. On June 18,
there was a big meeting of NDA, where
everyone from the constituents was in
attendance. My chair was on the stage
to the left of the Prime Minister’s seat,
while on the right it was that of Eknath
Shinde ji. I was filled with pride at this
gesture of respect because I was to sit
closest to the Prime Minister and en-
gage with him. Even when the 5- mem-
ber reception team was formed to wel-
come the PM, my name was inducted
along with Eknath Shinde ji and BJP
National President JP Nadda. Later,
during lunch time, the table was laid in
such a way that the five of us had the
privilege of taking our lunch with the
Prime Minister himself. I realised that
I was being given even more respect
and love than before I left the alliance.
There was no feeling of animosity, dis-
respect or neglect for my past action.
My coming back was made to feel like
my homecoming.
egendary singer Asha Bhosle
reminisces about the warmth
and intimacy she shared with
Narendra Modi for several years, dating
back to his time as the Chief Minister of
Gujarat. She fondly recounts numerous
heartfelt anecdotes about her interac-
tions with him.
Recalling their first meeting, Asha
Bhosle remembers when Modi, then the
Chief Minister of Gujarat, greeted her
on stage during a function in Mumbai
with the words, ‘Didi, how are you?’
“His affectionate and respectful ad-
dress as ‘sister’made me feel as though
he were my younger brother.” In return,
Bhosle sang a Gujarati song for Modi,
which brought immense joy to him. “As
he departed, he once again respectfully
folded his hands and said, ‘Didi, I am
leaving. Will see you later’.”
Bhosle recalls their subsequent meet-
ing in Pune, along with her family. “My
grandson, who was ten years old at the
time, exclaimed ‘Landslide victory!’
upon seeing Narendra Modi. In re-
sponse, Modi remarked, ‘God speaks
through the mouths of children.’ It was
a wonderful encounter,” reminisces
Asha Bhosle.
“Almost 10 years later, at another
event, my granddaughter was seated
near Modi. She asked if he remembered
her. Modi instantly replied, ‘Once I
meet someone, I never forget them,’and
inquired about her brother. My grand-
daughter was utterly surprised, exclaim-
ing how such a busy person could re-
member a small boy whom he had met
once, almost a decade earlier,” recalls
the singer.
Bhosle shares that she has kept in
touch with Modi since their first meet-
ing, occasionally calling to check on his
well-being. “He always responds with a
hearty laugh - ‘Majama che!’ (I’m
fine).” She admires Modi’s ability to
infuse humor, recite poems, and share
jokes in his speeches without causing
offense. Even in the face of harsh criti-
cism, Modi simply laughs it off and
says, ‘Yes, say as much as you want.’
“This is a great virtue,” acknowledges
Asha Bhosle.
Born in 1933, Asha Bhosle has wit-
nessed India’s evolution from the Brit-
ish era to the present day. Having expe-
rienced the tenure of numerous Prime
Ministers, she believes that India has
significantly prospered under Modi’s
leadership in the past decade.
Bharturhari Mahtab
Ex-BJD leader and MP
Jitan Ram Manjhi
Former Bihar CM
Asha Bhosle
Singer
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LIKE AN ELDER BROTHER
NARENDRA MODI JI ENSURES
NO ONE FEELS NEGLECTED
India has
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manifold in the
last 10 years
under PM Modi
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THEMODIEVOLUTION
THEMODIEVOLUTION
HOMETOWN HERO TO
GLOBAL STATESMAN
remember once we were
in Gujarat and there was
a gentleman from a
southern state. There is a CM of-
fice complex where all the min-
isters also sit. Narendra bhai was
reaching the office and on his
way when he saw this man stand-
ing outside in the sun, away from
the office complex, he immedi-
ately stopped his vehicle and
talked to him. He asked what had
happened and why he was stand-
ing there? To this, the gentleman
said he had come to visit Gujarat
with his family on a holiday and
his wife had fallen sick. She was
reportedly admitted to the civil
hospital in Ahmedabad and he
had run out of money to bear the
expenses for her further medical
treatment. I remember, without
giving a second thought, Naren-
dra bhai said, I will pay for your
treatment, you need not worry.
Eventually he took charge of his
wife’s treatment and she soon
got well. Much later, when Modi
ji took a trip down to the south
Indian state on a party campaign,
it was found that the same gen-
tleman had pasted and circulated
small posters, urging everyone
to take him to Modi ji. He want-
ed to meet him and pay back the
medical expenses Modi ji had
borne for his wife’s treatment
way back inAhmedabad. Naren-
dra bhai helps so
many people. He
didn’t even re-
member this gen-
tleman but the
man wanted to
pay back his grati-
tude for the lead-
er. Such is Naren-
dra Modi’s rela-
tion with even the
ordinary man of
the street.
fter June 21 was desig-
nated as a global day for
the celebration of yoga,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
“The entire world is today com-
mitted to celebrating International
Yoga Day on June 21 every year.
India is proud of the fact that the
UNO took this matter forward and
177 countries of the world co-
sponsored it. India’s invaluable
heritage has today become the
world’s invaluable heritage.” Be-
fore that, he had told me, we have
to get June 21 recognised by the
UN as International Day of Yoga.
At that time Modi was about to
travel to the US to attend a UNO
meeting. So he told me we have to
get it included in the UN agenda
3-6monthspriortothevisit.Iwant
to put forth a holistic vision of
yoga. Everyone accepted the pro-
posalunanimously.Eventually,the
need never arose to introduce it in
the UN agenda. I told him, you
have done a great job. It is a big
contribution by you. Modi ji said,
I am amused that even 45 Islamic
countries supported this initiative.
Later,inaspeechontheauspicious
day, he told a huge gathering of
yogapractitioners,todaywherethe
first ray of the sun arose from and
24 hours later where the last ray of
the sun will reach, there will be no
ray, no journey of the sun that will
remain untouched from blessing
all of you yoga practitioners. Modi
very ingeniously chose June 21 as
thedaybecauseonthatdaythesun
would be visible for the longest
time.Lightisthemaximumonthat
day across the globe. It was an apt
tribute to yoga and the most noble
waytotakeitontotheglobalstage
of acceptance and appreciation.
hen I was here in Guja-
rat, working in education
counselling, there was a
divisional forest officer (DFO)
named Khamar, whose son would
often consult me for counselling.
Regarding this, I often visited
their house. Once, during a casu-
al conversation I asked him how
things were shaping up and pro-
gressing under the leadership of
Narendra Modi as the state chief
minister. So he told me, when we
go to meet Narendra Modi, we
prepare well beforehand because
no one knows what he would ask.
We do our homework for at least
10 possible questions spanning
different subjects. Once we went
to him with all the 10 possible
questions ready, but he bowled us
with a googly of
an eleventh ques-
tion to which we
had no clue, he
said. He then went
on to add that
Modi ji’s home-
grown informa-
tion network is
beyond the capac-
ity of any official
channel of com-
munication. It is
lightning fast and impeccable.An
incident had happened related to
the forest department at one of
the meetings, of which surpris-
ingly we didn’t know anything,
but Modi ji knew all about it well
before us. He immediately rang
up someone and proved to us the
authenticity of the news that had
happened in our own area but we
didn’t know of. We were left
shame faced, the DFO told me. I
realised, Modi ji’s success as a
great leader, a great CM and a PM
of such calibre rests largely on his
direct and strong rapport at the
local level.
Smriti Irani
Union Minister
Dr HR Nagendra
Yoga Guru
Sunil Lodha
Maharashtra
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MODI’S SIMPLE-YET-STRONG
POWER PLAY APPROACH!
e have an RSS office at Salatwada
locality of Vadodara. I was a
pracharak at the office. Even then
I found, Modi ji took the smallest care of
any need of even the smallest karyakarta.
Among all those who reached the office at
3 pm, none was allowed to leave the place
without at least having a cup of tea. Modi
ji ensured that himself. And I also found
he was meticulous about cleanliness from
early days. He would wash his own cup
and also ensure all the cups had been
washed clean and they were spotless. He
used to ask us, “Have you all washed your
cups properly?” He was so particular
about cleanliness that not a piece of paper
was allowed to litter the office premises.
These were some things we had noticed
in Modi ji very early on and they have
continued till today.
s the state CM, Modi ji started
Gunotsav, a programme to im-
prove the quality of education
in the government schools. During the
Gunotsav festival, he would often visit
schools to take stock of the improve-
ments. He would usually take up the
remotest school in the most backward
districts to pay visit. Once during such
a visit he went to a school and after the
inspection, while discussing with the
headmaster, he asked, where is the toi-
let in your school? Surprisingly, he po-
litely said, there was no toilet in the
school. This shocked Modi ji so much
that the very next day as he reached of-
fice, he issued orders that every school
in the state must have proper toilets,
separate for boys and girls. Years later
when he became the PM he launched
the same campaign in the country to
end open defecation and it was a re-
sounding success. The seeds of this
idea came to him from the Gunotsav
experience.
n 1989, 1990 and 1991 elec-
tions were to be held. Those
days there were no mobile
phones or internet and thus communi-
cating with the karyakartas on the
ground level, directing them or getting
information was very difficult and time
taking. For this, Modi ji planned a cer-
tain strategy. Most karyakartas go out
for campaigning or poll related work
around 11 in the morning. Thus they
were mostly in their homes in the early
part of the day. We sat from 7 am to
10:30 am every day and called all the
karyakartas in the required constituen-
cies within this time to get all the details
and brief them about their day’s itiner-
ary. We made a list of the karyakartas to
be called the night before. So that in the
morning we were
well equipped
and didn’t need to
waste time. By
10:30 every day,
Modi hi had all
the grasp of the
ground realities
on his fingertips
which helped him
tremendously in
formulating his
next poll strategy.
t was a unique pro-
gramme I fondly
remember. It was in
the year 2005. He organised
a programme for his teach-
ers inAhmedabad. It was for
‘Guru Vandana’ to seek the
blessings of his teachers. He
had invited 27 teachers at
the event. Surprisingly, he
personally went up to each
and every teacher invited
and addressed him by his
name. He bowed in front of
them in obeisance and gar-
landed them in honour of
their services. This was a
unique event never held in
India before in such scale. Pt
Naval Kishore Sharma was
the governor of Gujarat at
that time and had come to
the event as chief guest. He
himself said during his
speech that he had travelled
all over the country but had
never seen or heard such an
initiative as taken up by
Narendra Modi in honour of
his teachers.
nce Narendra Modi
came to his school,
BN High School to
attend an event. There his old
friend Dr Sudheer was also
present. They used to sit on
the same bench in school
whengrowingup.Whiletalk-
ing, Sudheer ji addressed
Modi ji as ‘tu’several times.
Later when he realised
this, he apologised to
him for the disrespect
and told ‘sorry I called
youtuinmyaddress’.At
that time Modi ji didn’t
say much. But when he
went on to the stage for
his speech, he said, “ I
was talking to Sudheer a
while back. He called
me by ‘tu’ a couple of
timesandlateralsoapol-
ogised for the same. But I
want to tell Sudheer, that
these days when I find some-
oneaddressingmeas‘tu’,my
heart fills with joy.” This the
simplicity and humility of
Modi ji.
t was in 1985 that an RSS camp
was about to begin. A meeting
was held to discusss the prepa-
rations for the same. We were five peo-
ple who were overseeing the arrange-
ments for the event. The smallest thing
was ensured, from the safety pin to the
soap. We had to note down everything
so that nothing was found wanting dur-
ing the event. Even the amount of water
that would be required by a karyakarta
for his shower or consumption was cal-
culated and based on the total number
of karyakartas to be attending the event,
the arrangements were planned so that
nothing went waste at the end of the
day. All these were spearheaded by
Narendra Modi. As a pracharak for 20
years, this master planning learnt from
him in 1985 got imprinted in my mind
and always helped me in making the
best arrangements for every event of
the party.
Chandrakant Upadhyay
Vadodara
Natubhai Dhabi
Gandhinagar
Parshottam Rupala
Union minister
Ketan Devnani
Gujarat
Som Patel
Narendra Modi’s teacher
Bharat Modi
Gujarat
Modi’s penchant
for cleanliness
Narendra Modi started
Gunotsav to improve
quality of education
Narendra Modi ji’s
planned strategy for
communication
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MODI’SSIMPLICITYENHANCES
OURRESPECTFORHIM
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was the leader of
the opposition in
the assembly. At
that time I took strong
stands on issues. And
mostly Narendra Modi
tried to accommodate
whatever I said. At that
time he used to tell us that
whatever the opposition
suggests, our government
notes it down and even
implements the ones
which are worth it.
Talking about Por-
bandar airport, a terminal
building was established.
Its inauguration was to be
done by then aviation
minister Praful Patel. Nar-
endra Modi was presiding
over that function and as
an MLA and leader of the
Opposition, I was also
present at the programme.
I told Praful Patel that
the runway of the airport
was so small that no big
aircraft could land here. It
was only 1,300 metres
long and thus we needed a
longer runway. It must be
increased to at least 2,600
metres. To this he said that
if Modi gives us the extra
land, we can do that too.
Immediately after hear-
ing this, Modi ji publicly
announced that the airport
would be expanded and
the state government was
ready to make the extra
land available to the Cen-
tre and AAI for the pro-
ject. Simultaneously, he
also informed the collector
to issue the proposal for
the same at the earliest.
But after 2012, I was no
longer an MLA and Modi
ji went on to become the
PM by 2014, so the work
of Porbandar airport even-
tually got sidelined. The
land that was to be allotted
to the airport finally went
to the Coast Guard. It was
a bureaucratic lapse.
I thought, the Coast
Guard was under Defence
Services. So the Gujarat
government won’t be able
to stop them. It is only the
PM who can do the need-
ful. So I told then Gujarat
CM Vijay Rupani that
Modi ji had publicly de-
clared Porbandar airport
would be expanded. The
CMO sent across my mes-
sage to the PM, reminding
him of his promise.
Modi ji acknowledged
and accepted he had
promised it. He immedi-
ately ordered that at any
cost the airport had to be
expanded with a runway
length of 2,600 metres.
Despite my being in the
opposition, Narendra
Modi worked for the
larger interest of the peo-
ple and the state and ac-
cepted and implemented
my proposal, even just
through a message I sent.
Only a big-hearted leader
can do this.
ne day Modi ji de-
cidedtohavelunchat
the Parliament can-
teen. So he walked into the
MPs canteen on the Parlia-
ment premises. Soon he said,
the same food is being taken
by people outside for Rs 50 to
Rs100 aplate,andhereinside
it is available for just Rs 10.
This is not fair. Do we belong
to some kind of privileged
class? This injustice must
stop. The same food that a
poor man is buying for Rs 50,
we are getting for Rs 5, why?
Since that day, the age-old
practiceofcanteensubsidyfor
MPs came to an end. At the
same time, Modi ji was also
disturbed by the laal batti cul-
ture of MPs, which had be-
come a show of might and
power of the political class - a
colonial hangover. Modi ji
brought an end to this culture
as well. When he faced oppo-
sitiontothisfromcertainquar-
ters, he said no matter who
abides by this or not, but my
ministers at the Centre won’t
indulge in this practice any-
more. All ministers brought
down the red beacons from
their vehicles and the pomp
and show associated with po-
litical heft was thus gone.
e were travelling in
Kashmir.Modijiwas
the CM of Gujarat at
that time. There at a place I
met aYuva Morcha karyakar-
ta (BJP youth wing activist).
He asked, “Where are you
from?” I said I was coming
fromGujarat.Heimmediately
said, you guys are so lucky. In
curiosity asked him, why is it
so? He said, because Naren-
dra Modi is your CM.
Amused, I further prodded
him and asked, why do you
think so? To this he narrated
to me a small story.
He said, “One day I was
sleeping. It was early in the
morning. When I picked up
the call and asked who it was,
the voice from the other side
said here’s Narendra Modi
speaking. Thinking it was a
bad joke by someone, I hung
up the phone. It happened the
second time too.When a third
time the same call came, then
I got alerted. It can’t be a joke
anymore. I thought I could in
fact recognise the voice.Then
once I took the call, he said I
am indeed Narendra Modi. I
have an important message.A
private vehicle from Gujarat
withseveralGujaratisinithas
met with an accident in your
area. Immediately send relief
to them and put the injured in
hospitals. After that, update
me. Sitting in Gujarat, Modi ji
had every minute-by-minute
information of anything hap-
pening anywhere on the plan-
et. He even had the number of
the party karyakarta available
nearest to the point of acci-
dent. He didn’t let any proto-
col come in between and di-
rectly called my number to
expedite the rescue. How can
a leader be so meticulous?
That’s why say you are lucky
to have a CM like him.”
Arjun Modhwadia
Former LoP, Gujarat
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Former Union Minister
Kanubhai Vyas
Gujarat
‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 82
COMPILED AND EDITED BY
SHASHIKANT SHARMA
PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI
The narrators express their belief that PM
Narendra Modi, a leader with a big heart,
dedicated himself to the greater good of the
people. They note that Modi possessed
detailed, minute-by-minute information
about events worldwide. Furthermore,
they acknowledge Modi’s efforts in
abolishing the ‘laal batti’
culture, among other
accomplishments.
MODI,ATRUEDEMOCRAT
INLETTERANDSPIRIT
End of canteen subsidy
and ‘laal batti’ culture
Gujaratis lucky to have the
then CM like Narendra Modi
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GIRIRAJ SINGH IN ODISHA
‘Pradhan will win with lakhs of votes’
ANI
Sambalpur
nion Minister
Giriraj Singh on
Wednesdayheld
a roadshow in support of
BJP Lok Sabha candidate
and Union Minister Dhar-
mendra Pradhan in Odis-
ha’s Sambalpur.
Polling for Sambalpur
will be held on May 25.
Dharmendra Pradhan is
up against three-time
MLAPranab Prakash Das
of the BJD and Nagendra
Pradhan of Congress.
During the roadshow,
Giriraj attacked the Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik-
led BJD government and
said while speaking to
ANI, “Naveen Babu’s
government has been in
Odisha for the last 25
years. He said that he
would leave his chair at
the age of 75. The people
of Odisha want to know
if no one else is eligible to
be the CM… They have
made it the poorest state,
even though it is full of
minerals.”
“You cannot celebrate
Hanuman Jayanti here. If
not here, then will we
celebrate it? In Pakistan,
Bangladesh or Malaysia?
The Waqf board is doing
‘Land Jihad,” he alleged.
The Union Minister
added saying, “Dhar-
mendra Pradhan will win
with lakhs of votes. We
will win at least 18 seats
in Odisha… We will send
the sand and mineral ma-
fia to jail…”
PM Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other leaders during a public meeting held in support of
Jagdambika Pal in Basti on Wednesday.  PTI
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a public meeting in
support of BJP candidate from Ghatak constituency Hiranmoy
Chatterjee at Debra, in Paschim Medinipur on Wednesday.  PTI
U
PTI
Basti
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi onWednesday took
a swipe at Samajwadi
Party chief Akhilesh Ya-
dav and Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi over their
claim of winning 79 seats
in Uttar Pradesh and said
that on June 4, the people
of UP will wake them
from their sleep.“Both
the ‘Shehzadas’ of Con-
gress and SP are spread-
ing rumours that they
will win 79 seats of UP.
Earlier I used to hear that
people used to daydream,
but now I understand
what it means to day-
dream. On June 4, the
people of UP will wake
them and then they will
blame the Electronic Vot-
ing Machine (EVM),”
PM Modi said while ad-
dressing a public meeting
in Uttar Pradesh’s Basti.
The situation of terror-
ist country Pakistan, that
used to threaten us, is
now 'na ghar ka na ghat
ka'. Pakistan is devastat-
ed but its well-wishers,
Congress and Samajwadi
Party, are now trying to
intimidate India. They
say that we should be
afraid of Pakistan, said
PM Modi in UP.
PTI
Ghatal (WB)
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah onWednesday
launched a blistering at-
tack on the corrupt INDI
alliance and said the op-
position bloc doesn't have
any leader who can be-
come Prime Minister.
While addressing a
rally at Ghatal, Shah said
the INDIA bloc leaders
just want their dynasty to
move ahead and neither
have any leaders to lead
the country nor have any
intention for the develop-
ment of the nation.
Shah, while referring to
Pakistan-occupied Kash-
mir said PoK is part of
India and we will take it.
The INDI alliance
doesn't have any leaders.
The INDI alliance wants
five PMs in five years.
The INDI alliances nei-
ther have leaders nor have
any intention for nation’s
development, he said.
PTI
Patna
The Bihar Bharatiya Ja-
nata Party on Wednesday
expelled Bhojpuri singer
Pawan Singh for con-
testing the Lok Sabha
elections 2024 against the
National Democratic Al-
liance (NDA)’s official
candidate as an Inde-
pendent candidate from
the Karakat seat. Though
Pawan Singh was be-
lieved to be a member of
the BJP, party sources re-
mained silent on the mat-
ter earlier. The singer-
turned-politician had re-
portedly sought a ticket
from Rashtriya Janata
Dal before opting to con-
test independently.
In a post on X, Pawan
Singh earlier wrote,
“There will only be de-
velopment. There won’t
be any noise. We will
give a new dawn to
Karakat.”
Agencies
New Delhi
Union Defence Minister
Rajnath Singh on
Wednesday tore into the
AAP over its multiple
stances of double-stand-
ards in politics and said
that a ‘leadership with
taintedcredibility’isbound
to fail as society will reject
it, sooner or later.
In an interview, De-
fence Minister Singh also
hit out at theAAP’s brass
over ‘punching and
thrashing’ of former
DCW chief Swati Mali-
wal inside Arvind Kejri-
wal’s official residence
and also its cover-up at-
tempt involving the CM’s
PA, Bibhav Kumar.
“The AAP has created
a crisis of credibility. No
other party in Indian pol-
itics has created such a
trust deficit,” he said in
reply to questions of re-
peated denial of bail to
former Deputy CM Man-
ish Sisodia and also the
Supreme Court’s stern
observations in the liquor
excise case.
PTI
New Delhi
The Congress has con-
sciously contested on a
lesser number of seats in
this LS polls as part of a
strategy to keep INDIA
bloc together and defeat
the BJP, Congress presi-
dent Mallikarjun Kharge
has said.
In an interview with
PTI, he said this does
not exhibit under-con-
fidence on the part of
the party as the com-
promise was struck to
ensure victory of the
united opposition while
giving space to other
parties which have
strengths in different
parts of the country.
We have taken a con-
scious decision to con-
test on a lesser number
of seats. This is being
done to keep the alliance
partners together and
that's why we have made
this compromise, he
told PTI.
OMAR QUESTIONS
PDP’S ALLEGIANCE TO
INDIA BLOC
‘ABKI BAAR 400 PAAR'
A COMPLETE FANTASY,
SAYS THAROOR
Pahalgam: Ex- JK
Kashmir CM Omar
Abdullah criticised
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti,
questioning her allegiance
to INDIA
bloc. “There
was a method
that they
did. PAGD
is intact. The
PAGD fought
this election together,
whether it was Awami Na-
tional Conference, CPI(M)
 NC, it was only PDP that
moved away.”
Senior Congress
leader Shashi Tha-
roor dubbed BJP's
400-plus target a complete
fantasy and said after the
five phases of polling, the
Confidence of Congress
has gone up further. It was
already very clear when
BJP started
talking about
'Abki Baar
400 Paar'
that this was
a complete
fantasy, the
Congress leader said. He
observed that in 2019, be-
cause of the Pulwama trag-
edy and India's response to
it in Balakot, conversations
around elections switched
from what should have
been a referendum on eco-
nomic failures of first term
of Mr Modi and became a
national security issue.”
PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI in UP
5PHASESHAVEENSURED3rd
TERMFORMODISARKAR:PM
The country is moving ahead on the mantra of Ram to nation,
heritage to development, spirituality to modernity, the PM says
He also highlighted the fact that India has
become fifth-largest economy in the world
There are many people in this country who do not
remember their son’s birthday, do not remember
their wedding date, but every child in this country
knows January 22, 2024. I say January 22 and the
whole country says Jai Shri Ram.
Both the ‘Shehzadas’ of
Congress and SP are
spreading rumours that
they will win 79 seats of
UP. Earlier I used to hear
that people used to
daydream, but now I
understand what it
means to daydream. On
June 4, the people of UP
will wake them and then
they will blame the EVM.
Fivephasesofpolling
havebeencompletedin
thecountry,andthesefive
phaseshaveconfirmed
theModigovernmentfor
athirdterminthe
country.Forthis,youdon’t
needtolookaround;just
seethestatementsofthe
leadersoftheINDI
alliance.Everyoneis
tellingdifferentstatistics.
SECURITY BEEFED UP IN DELHI
AHEAD OF PM'S DWARKA RALLY
New Delhi: Security was been
beefed up in parts of the national
capital ahead of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi's rally in southwest
Delhi's Dwarka, police on Wednesday
said. The Delhi Police had issued an
advisory informing the public about
traffic diversions and asking commuters
to avoid certain roads. A heavy deploy-
ment of force was made to maintain law
and order. Deployment of police force
along with paramilitary forces was there.
As Dwarka area also shares its bound-
aries with Haryana, there was a strict
vigil and extra checking points to ensure
smooth functioning, a senior police of-
ficer said. According to the advisory, the
PM was scheduled to visit the DDA Park
in Dwarka's Sector-14, opposite Vegas
Mall, at 6 pm to address a rally.
Shah: INDIA bloc doesn’t have
any leader who can become PM
Sharad Pawar wants his daughter to be the
chief minister. Mamata Banerjee wants her
nephew to succeed her as chief minister. Stalin
(Tamil Nadu CM) wants to see his son succeed
him. Sonia Gandhi wants Rahul Baba to become
the Prime Minister of the country. On the other
side, there is Narendra Modi Ji who considers
the entire country as his family.
Bengal has become a safe haven for infiltrators.
Due to infiltration, the demography of Bengal is
changing and it is impacting not only this state
but also the entire country. Mamata Banerjee is
committing a sin by helping to change the
demography of Bengal. She is compromising
national security for the sake of vote bank politics.
AMIT SHAH, UNION HOME MINISTER
BJP suspends Bhojpuri actor Pawan
Singh for contesting as independent
AAP has created a crisis
ofcredibilityin politics, it
isdoomed to fail: Singh
A politician, whose
credibility and probity
has been questioned
repeatedly can’t have
a long innings in
politics. People will
reject this person, this
is my prediction.
RAJNATH SINGH,
DEFENCE MINISTER
If they (the BJP) come
to power again, they
will change the
Constitution and cut
down on reservations.
They weakened
democracy in last 10
years, as well as
institutions like
Parliament  judiciary.
PRIYANKA GANDHI,
CONGRESS LEADER
Congress suits
Pak, Pak suits
Cong: UP Dy CM
ANI
New Delhi
Uttar Pradesh Deputy
CM Keshav Prasad
Maurya claimed that
while neighbouring Paki-
stan favours
Oppn parties
of India, the
opposition
has also fa-
voured Paki-
stan by claiming that
BJP has conducted air
strikes and surgical
strikes to win elections.
“Pakistan is now taking a
lot of interest in India’s
LS polls. New statements
come out from Pakistan
every day. Pakistan is
also favouring the oppo-
sition parties of India.
Not only this, ex-Pak
Min has also praised
Mamata Banerjee, Kejri-
wal  Rahul Gandhi.”
‘Cong decided to contest fewer
seats to maintain Oppn unity’
PTI
New Delhi
In his first poll meeting
for the 2024 Lok Sabha
elections after returning
from the UK following
an eye sur-
gery, AAP
MP Raghav
C h a d h a
said Delhi
Chief Min-
ister Arvind Kejriwal
will be voting for Con-
gress and Rahul Gandhi
will be voting for AAP
when the national capital
goes to polls.
Addressing a poll
meeting in South Delhi
on Tuesday in support of
party's Lok Sabha pick
Sahi Ram Pahalwan, Mr
Chadha said, I am here
to support my brother not
only because he is a good
person but also because
this election is about sav-
ing the country and the
Constitution. The future
of your children depends
on your vote, the RS MP
told the gathering. Amid
questions over his long
absence at a time when
party was grappling with
Kejri’s arrestAAP’s Sau-
rabh Bharadwaj had said
Raghav had developed a
serious eye ailment
which could have led to
blindness. “Since AAP
came into power, Delhi
residents save about Rs
18,000 monthly on elec-
tricity, medicines, water,
school fees,  bus trav-
el,” he said.
Raghav Chadha addresses a poll meeting in South Delhi for Sahi Ram Pahalwan
‘Kejri will vote for Cong, RaGa for AAP’
PM TURNED SOLDIERS INTO LABOURERS, SAYS RAHUL GANDHI
Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi on
Wednesday said
the Agniveer scheme will
be scrapped and thrown
into dustbin if the INDIA
bloc comes to power
as he slammed Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
for turning Hindustan
ke jawan into labour-
ers.Slamming the BJP
government over the Ag-
niveer scheme, he said,
This is Modi's scheme
and not Army's scheme,
Army does not want it.
When the INDIA bloc
forms government, we will
throw Agniveer scheme
into dustbin, he said at
the rally held under the
Mahendragarh-Bhiwani
Lok Sabha seat.
Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Mahendragarh
on Wednesday . PTI
Naveen Babu’s government has been in Odisha
for the last 25 years. He said that he would
leave his chair at the age of 75. The people of
Odisha want to know if no one else is eligible
to be the CM… They have made it the poorest
state, even though it is full of minerals.
GIRIRAJ SINGH, UNION MINISTER
PM’S TOP QUOTES
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Mumbai
he Reserve
Bank on
Wednesday ap-
proved a Rs 2.11 lakh
crore dividend payout to
the central govt for 2023-
24, more than double the
amount it paid for the pre-
vious 2022-23 financial
year. The decision was
takenatthe608thmeeting
of the Central Board of
Directors of the Reserve
Bank of India held under
the chairmanship of Gov-
ernor Shaktikanta Das.
“The Board…ap-
proved the transfer of Rs
2,10,874 crore as surplus
to the Central Govern-
ment for the accounting
year 2023-24,” RBI said
in a statement.
“With the revival in eco-
nomic growth in FY2022-
23, the Contingent Risk
Buffer (CRB) was in-
creasedto6.00percent.As
the economy remains ro-
bustandresilient,theBoard
has decided to increase the
CRB to 6.50 per cent for
FY2023-24,”theRBIsaid.
Agencies
Pune
The family of the
17-year-old, who has
been accused of running
his Porsche car over two
people in Pune, allegedly
has an underworld con-
nection. Surendra Kumar
Agarwal, the grandfather
of the accused, is report-
edly facing trial in a
shootout case for alleg-
edly making payments to
gangster Chhota Rajan.
The boy, who was
drunk at the time of ac-
cident, was granted bail
by Juvenile Justice Board
on a surety of Rs 7,500
 an assurance from his
grandfather to keep him
away from bad company.
SURPLUS TRANSFER
RBI approves `2.11 lakh cr dividend to govt
T
Ranchi:The Jharkhand
govt on Wednesday
sounded an alert after
bird flu cases were re-
ported in a poultry farm
in state capital Ranchi,
an official said. As
many as 920 birds, in-
cluding 770 ducks,
were culled at the Ram
Krishna Ashram-run
poultry farm.
Avian flu outbreak in
Ranchi poultry farm,
920 birds culled
Mysuru: JD(S) leader
H D Kumaraswamy
once again appealed to
his nephew  Hassan
MP Prajwal Revanna,
who is facing charges
of sexually abusing
women, to return from
abroad  face the in-
vestigation. He left for
Germany on April 27.
Kumaraswamy urges
Prajwal Revanna to
return, face probe
Mumbai: The death toll
in the billboard collapse
incident in Mumbai’s
Ghatkopar has jumped
to 17 this week as a per-
son receiving treatment
after being rescued from
the rubble succumbed to
his injuries. Raju Son-
awane, 52, was one of
the 41 people receiving
treatments.
Death toll in Ghatkopar
hoarding collapse
incident rises to 17
New Delhi: The SC on
Wednesday set aside a
verdict of the Madras
HC which had granted
bail to eight accused in
a case registered under
the Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act against
alleged PFI operatives,
holding that national se-
curity is of paramount
importance.
SC sets aside HC
verdict granting bail to
8 alleged PFI members
Raipur: A 25-yr-old
medical student has al-
legedly committed sui-
cide in his hostel room
on the campus of the
(AIIMS) in Raipur, po-
lice said on Wednesday.
A preliminary probe
suggested the deceased,
Ranjeet Bhoyar, who
was an MBBS PG in-
tern, was undergoing
treatment for depression.
Medical student
commits suicide at
AIIMS hostel in Raipur
IN BRIEF
New Delhi: Zomato
Founder  CEO Deep-
inder Goyal praised PM
Modi for providing am-
ple opportunities to
small-town entrepre-
neurs like him, as the on-
line food delivery plat-
form scaled new highs in
the last couple of years.
Zomato CEO responds
after PM Modi’s praise
Agencies
New Delhi
The India Meteorologi-
cal Department (IMD)
said that parts of West
Bengal and Odisha along
the Bay of Bengal coast
are expected to experi-
ence heavy rainfall on
Saturday, May 25, due to
a low-pressure area form-
ing over the southwest
Bay of Bengal coast on
Wednesday.
Under the influence of
the cyclonic circulation
over the Southwest Bay
of Bengal, a low-pres-
sure area has formed
over the Southwest and
adjoining Westcentral
Bay of Bengal, off the
north Tamil Nadu-South
Andhra Pradesh coasts,
with the associated cy-
clonic circulation ex-
tending up to 5.8 km
above mean sea level.
The IMD indicated
that this system will like-
ly move northeastwards
and develop into a De-
pression over the central
parts of the Bay of Ben-
gal by the morning of
May 24. It is expected to
continue moving north-
eastwards and further in-
tensify thereafter.
IMD said that light to
moderate rainfall is ex-
pected in many places on
May 25, with heavy rain-
fall at isolated spots like-
ly over North and South
24 Parganas, East Medin-
ipur districts of West
Bengal, and Balasore dis-
trict of Odisha.
Light to moderate rain-
fall is also expected in
many places on May 25,
with heavy rainfall at iso-
lated spots likely over
Mizoram, Tripura, and
South Manipur.
The weather agency
advised fishermen not
to venture into the cen-
tral and adjoining south
Bay of Bengal from
Thursday, May 23 and
into the North Bay of
Bengal from Friday,
May 24 onwards.
HEATWAVE RED ALERT
ISSUED IN NORTH INDIA
New Delhi: Offer-
ing little respite to
people reeling under
a savage and searing sum-
mer wave across the vast
swathes of the country’s
northern belt, the India
Meteorological Department
(IMD) on Tuesday predicted
heatwave to severe heat-
wave conditions to prevail
over parts of Raj, Punjab,
Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi,
and West Uttar Pradesh
as it issued a ‘red alert’ for
the states over the next five
days. The Met Department
said maximum daytime tem-
peratures in several districts
of these states may breach
the 470
C mark.
A rickshaw puller carries passengers through waterlogged road, following rains, in Kolkata, Wednesday.
‘Udbhav’projectexplores
India’srichmilitaryheritage
Project Udbhav delves deep into ancient texts such as Vedas
PTI
New Delhi
The Army has explored
the epic battles of the
Mahabharata, heroic ex-
ploits of eminent mili-
tary figures and India’s
rich heritage in statecraft
under a project that aims
to enrich the nation’s
outlook in the defence
domain, Army Chief
Gen Manoj Pande said
on Tuesday.
The project ‘Udbhav’,
launched last year, delved
deep into ancient texts
such as Vedas, Puranas,
Upanishads and Artha-
shastra, and it has re-
vealed substantial intel-
lectual convergences be-
tween eminent Indian
and Western scholars, he
said. The Army chief
made the remarks at a
conference titled ‘His-
torical Patterns in Indian
Strategic Culture’.
The project ‘Udbhav’
aims to promote indige-
nous discourse in the
Army by integrating In-
dia’s ancient strategic
acumen into contempo-
rary military domain
with a focus on making
the force “future-ready”.
“The project has
delved deep into ancient
texts such as Vedas, Pura-
nas, Upanishads and
Arthashastra, which are
rooted in inter-connect-
edness, righteousness
and ethical values,” the
Army chief said.
“Furthermore, it has
explored the epic battles
of the Mahabharata and
the strategic brilliance
during the reigns of Mau-
ryas, Guptas and Mar-
athas, which has shaped
India’s rich military her-
itage,” he said.
PUNE PORSCHE CRASH
Porsche owner’s family’s connection
with Chhota Rajan comes to light
Senior AAP leader
called, spoke of
pressure: Maliwal
amid assault row
Agencies
New Delhi
AAP Rajya Sabha MP
Swati Maliwal on
Wednesday alleged that
party leaders were being
pressured to speak
against her and do certain
things to defame her.
Maliwal took to X and
said: “Yes-
terday, I got
a call from a
senior leader
of the party.
He told me
how there is a lot of pres-
sure on everyone, they
have to speak dirty things
against Swati, they have
to break her by leaking
her personal photos. It is
being said that whoever
supports her will be ex-
pelled from the party.”
Maliwal claimed that
someone has been given
the duty of doing press
conferences and someone
else has been given the
duty of tweeting.
Water woes plague
South Delhi as
election day nears
PTI
New Delhi
Sitting in the hot summer
sun with two empty jerry
cans, 26-year-old Ra-
jneesh Kumar waits for
a water tanker to arrive
due to the erratic water
supply at his house in
south Delhi’s Sangam
Vihar. Apart from water
scarcity, traffic snarls,
lack of parking space
and poor drainage sys-
tem are among the other
issues plaguing the South
Delhi constituency.
MCXseessharpdecline
inGoldSilver prices
Vimal Kothari
Jaipur
The recent bullish trend
in gold and silver has
come to a halt with sig-
nificant price drops on
the Multi Commodity
Exchange (MCX). Gold
prices on the MCX have
decreased by Rs 1014 per
10 grams, while silver
prices have fallen by Rs
1896 per kilogram, re-
flecting international
market trends.
This decline on the
MCX has also impacted
the spot prices in Jaipur.
The price of gold in
Jaipur has dropped from
Rs 76,050 per 10 grams
in the morning to Rs
75,250 per 10 grams.
The drop in gold prices
is attributed to the up-
coming monthly cut in
the gold futures market,
while a profit recovery
has been reported in sil-
ver. This correction fol-
lows three days of con-
tinuous price increases.
Matadin Soni, General
Secretary of the Jaipur
Bullion Committee,
commented, “Recession
after every boom is a
natural process. Gold and
silver prices may in-
crease again once profit
recovery ceases.”
PTI
Kanpur
Four women were killed
after being hit by a speed-
ing car while they were
crossing a road here, po-
lice said on Wednesday.
Deputy Commissioner
of Police (Eastern Re-
gion) Shravan Kumar
Singh said the incident
occurred on Tuesday
night when some women
were crossing GT Road
near Maharajpur police
station and they got hit
by a car passing.
The women were
rushed to the hospital
where they were declared
dead, police said.
Those killed have been
identified as Sarita (40),
Poonam Pandey (40),
Jyoti Tiwari alias Rupa
(30) and Divya alias
Chanchal (26), they said.
A case has been regis-
tered against the car driv-
er who fled from the spot.
WOMAN KILLS CHILD AFTER FIGHT WITH HUSBAND
IN NAGPUR; ROAMS WITH BODY FOR 4 KM
TRAGIC COLLISION: THREE KILLED, SIX INJURED IN
TEMPO-TRUCK COLLISION IN BIHAR'S SITAMARHI
Nagpur: A woman allegedly killed her three-year-old
daughter after a fight with her husband in Maharash-
tra’s Nagpur city and roamed around 4 km on streets
with the body before informing police about the incident,
officials said on Wednesday. The incident took place on
Monday evening in the MIDC police station limits, they said.
Three people lost their lives and six others were
injured in a collision between a tempo and a truck
near Mohanpur Chowk in
Bihar's Sitamarhi district, police
said. Sitamarhi (Sadar) SDPO
Ram Krishna told reporters,
The incident occurred around
10 pm on Tuesday when the
tempo, carrying the victims, col-
lided head-on with a truck near
Mohanpur Chowk.
JOB CRISIS IN PAYTM LOOMS LARGE AFTER FALL
IN SHARE PRICES AND REVENUE AMID RBI ACTION
Paytm warned of job cuts and said it would trim
non-core assets after reporting its first sales decline
on record, reflecting fallout from a regulatory probe
that curtailed much of the Indian fintech pioneer’s business.
Once a role model for India’s nascent startup economy,
Paytm’s net losses swelled several-fold to 5.5 billion rupees
($66.1 million) for the three months through March. The
company known as One 97 Communications Ltd. reported
a 2.6% slide in revenue to 22.7 billion rupees - the first drop
since its 2021 stock-market debut. Its shares slid as much
as 2%. Paytm, founded by Vijay Shekhar Sharma in 2010,
is struggling to recover after a finance watchdog in January
ordered a key banking affiliate to wind down.
West Bengal, Odisha brace for heavy rainfall; get respite from heatwave
IMD FORECASTS
HEATWAVE IN PUNE
Pune: After a
few days of
stormy pre-
monsoon showers,
Pune would witness
a heat wave and hot
and humid conditions,
from Thursday, with the
maximum temperature
expected to rise and
continue to do so for the
next few days. Anupam
Kashyapi, former head
of weather forecasting,
India Meteorological
Department (IMD) said
the heat wave condi-
tions in Pune would co-
incide with the gradual
decrease in rainfall.
Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande, Northern Army Commander Lieutenant Upendra Dwivedi  others at
Seminar cum Exhibition on “Historical Patterns of Indian Strategic Culture” in New Delhi.
 REPRESENTATIONAL
 FILE
Mangled remains of the
speeding car in Kanpur.
BJP WANTS TO CREATE
WATER CRISIS IN DELHI
Addressing a press
conference, Atishi,
who is also the
Water minister, said the
BJP has been
hatching
conspiracies
to target AAP
ever since the
Lok Sabha
polls were an-
nounced. Within five days
of the announcement of LS
polls, Delhi CM Kejriwal
was arrested so that the
AAP could not campaign in
the polls.”
Speeding car kills 4 women in Kanpur
INK THROWN AT
POLICE VEHICLE
Pune: Some
persons alleg-
edly tried to
throw ink at the police
vehicle in which the
father of a 17-year-old
boy, whose speeding
luxury car killed two
software engineers
in Pune, was being
brought to a local
court, an official said.
The incident occurred
around 2.30 pm.
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PTI
Hong Kong
In recognition of his
groundbreaking discover-
ies in the field of astrono-
my, Shrini-
vas R.
Kulkarni,
an Indian-
origin pro-
fessor from
the California Institute of
Technology (Caltech),
has been awarded the
prestigious Shaw Prize in
Astronomy for 2024.
Kulkarni, the George
Ellery Hale Professor of
Astronomy and Planetary
Science at Caltech’s Di-
vision of Physics, Math-
ematics and Astronomy,
has been honoured for his
pioneering work.
MICROSOFT CEO ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Stop treating AI like humans: Satya Nadella
India election only thing that looks stable: US political scientist
Agencies
New York
week after Ope-
nAI unveiled a
personal assis-
tant that can laugh, sing
and speak with a mix of
different voices, the com-
pany’s closest partner of-
fered a subtly different
view for how people
should engage with arti-
ficial intelligence tools.
“I don’t like anthropo-
morphizing AI,” Micro-
soft Corp. Chief Execu-
tive Officer Satya Na-
della told Bloomberg
Television on Monday,
referring to the practice
of using verbs and nouns
to describe AI that are
typically reserved for
people. “I sort of believe
it’s a tool.”
Nadella’s remarks hint
at an ongoing debate in
the tech industry over
how much to humanize
AI services at a time
when the technology is
advancing and respond-
ing in ways that appear
more human-like. Last
week, a Google execu-
tive told Bloomberg that
while it’s possible to
build AI tools that “show
emotion,” the company
prefers to focus on “be-
ing super helpful and su-
per useful.”
OpenAI has taken a
different approach. The
company demonstrated a
new voice assistant last
week that it said can un-
derstand emotions and
express feelings of its
own. At multiple points
in the presentation, the
AI voice appeared to hit
on the employee using
the tool onstage.
Agencies
New Delhi
It is the year of elections.
India, which is in the mid-
dle of a 6-week-long gen-
eral elections, is the “only
thing that looks stable”,
says top US political sci-
entist Ian Bremmer.
Over 60 countries are
going to polls this year
amid two raging wars,
the Russia-Ukraine and
Israel-Hamas war. The
year began with Bangla-
desh polls, followed by
Pakistan, then Russia and
Maldives. US polls are
later this year. The Indi-
an election is spread over
seven phases, its longest
since the first general
election of 1951-52.
“There’s an enormous
amount of macro geopo-
litical uncertainty. The
future of globalisation is
not going the way the
companies want it to go.
Politics is inserting itself
into the global market-
place. The wars are a big
part of that. US China re-
lations is a big part of it.
US elections is a big part
of that. And all four of
those are not going well.
None of them are being
managed easily. And the
pressures in all of these
major issues are more
negative. The only thing
that looks stable and con-
sistent politically is the
India election. Every-
thing else is problemat-
ic,” Bremmer, the found-
er of the Eurasia Group, a
risk and research consult-
ing firm, said.
Bremmer maintains
that PM Modi, 73, seek-
ing re-election, will most
likely be back in office
for a third term with the
same numbers as he did
in 2019.
First India Bureau
Ahmedabad
Rajasthan Royals ended
Royal Challengers Ben-
galuru’s eventful cam-
paign in the Indian Pre-
mier League with a four-
wicket win in the Elimi-
nator here onWednesday.
Sent into bat, Royal
Challengers Bengaluru
scored 172/8. In reply,
Rajasthan Royals chased
down the target of 173
with six balls to spare.
Opener Yashasvi
Jaiswal struck a 30-ball
45, while Riyan Parag
and Shimron Hetmyer
chipped in with quick-
fire 36 and 26 respec-
tively. Earlier, Rajat Pati-
dar top-scored for RCB
with 34 off 22 balls.
Virat Kohli made 33
off 24 balls before falling
to wily leg-spinner Yuz-
vendra Chahal, while
Mahipal Lomror scored a
brisk 17-ball 32. Notably,
the match recorded no in-
dividual half-centuries.
Satya Nadella comments on the AI came shortly after Microsoft
partner OpenAI introduced a new personal assistant capable of
expressing a range of emotions and mimicking different voices.
US political scientist and founder of the Eurasia Group Ian Bremmer.
Rajasthan Royals' players celebrate their win in the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangaluru
and Rajasthan Royals, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad, Wednesday.
Players of Rajasthan Royals celebrate during their IPL Eliminator
match against RCB in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.  ANI
Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s captain Faf du Plessis and Virat
Kohli celebrate their partnership in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
“I don’t like
anthropomorphizing
AI,” Microsoft Corp.
CEO Satya Nadella
said, referring to the
practice of using
verbs and nouns to
describe AI that are
typically reserved for
people. “I sort of
believe it’s a tool.”
A
The Royals will now take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2
Match 72
RoyalsendRCB’scampaignwith
four-wicketwininIPLEliminator
Agencies
Oslo
Norway will recognise an
independent Palestinian
state in the hope that this
will help to bring peace
with Israel, Prime Minis-
ter Jonas Gahr Stoere said
on Wednesday.
Ireland and Spain will
also announce the recog-
nition of a Palestinian
state, sources said on
Wednesday.
European Union mem-
bers Slovenia and Malta
have also indicated in re-
cent weeks that they plan
to make the recognition,
arguing a two-state solu-
tion is essential for last-
ing peace in the region.
In the middle of a
war, with tens of thou-
sands of dead and in-
jured, we must keep alive
the only thing that can
provide a safe home for
both Israelis and Pales-
tinians: two states that
can live in peace with
each other, Stoere told a
press conference.
Before the announce-
ment, some 143 out of
193 member-states of the
United Nations recog-
nised a Palestinian state.
Agencies
Georgia
Three Indian-origin stu-
dents were killed while
two others were injured in
a car accident in the US
stateofGeorgialastweek.
The 5 students, all 18
years old, studied at Al-
pharetta High School and
the University of Geor-
gia. Police believe speed
may have been a factor in
the deadly crash that took
place in Alpharetta. They
said the speeding vehicle
overturned and ended up-
side down in a tree line
after the driver lost con-
trol of the vehicle. While
Aryan Joshi and Sriya
Avasarala died on the
spot, Anvi Sharma died
during treatment.
Agencies
New York
Donald Trump’s contro-
versial biopic, titled The
Apprentice debuted at
Cannes 2024 and it has
sent shaken the festival.
The film, based on the
life of businessman and
former President of Unit-
ed States of America,
starred Sebastian Stan as
Donald Trump. The film
put Trump’s personal life
before he became a
household name across
the globe. A report stated
the film also depicts
Donald Trump raping his
late ex-wife Ivana, mak-
ing deals with under-
world figures to bring his
dream of Trump Towers
to life and more.
PTI
Mumbai
America will send an In-
dian astronaut to the In-
ternational Space Station
by the end of the year, US
envoy to India Eric Garc-
etti said on Wednesday.
He said the NISAR
project, a joint Earth-ob-
serving mission between
US space agency NASA
and the ISRO, is also
likely to be launched by
the end of the year.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
India defeated Kyr-
gyzstan by 34-31 in the
bronze medal match in
the men’s category at the
4th Central Asian Open
Handball Championship
held from 14 to 21 May
inTashkent (Uzbekistan).
The feat was achieved
due to the brilliant goal-
keeping of Rajasthan’s
AkshayrajSinghRathore.
Till half time, both the
teams were equal at 17-
17. In this match, Aksh-
ayraj saved 13 goals in-
cluding 4 penalties. Uz-
bekistan defeated Ka-
zakhstan in the title
match. Teams from In-
dia, Kazakhstan, Tajik-
istan, Azerbaijan, and
Kyrgyzstan along with
host Uzbekistan partici-
pated in this competition.
India defeated Tajik-
istan by 43-40 (27-21) in
the first match. In this,
Akshayraj saved 14 goals
including 3 penalties.
In the second match,
India defeated Uzbeki-
stan by 31-30 in a hard-
fought match. In the
fourth match, Azerbai-
jan defeated India by
21-19 (13-09).
Politics is inserting itself into global marketplace.
US elections is a big part of that. None of them
are being managed easily. The only thing that
looks stable and consistent politically is the India
election. Everything else is problematic.
IANBREMMER, FOUNDER OF THE EURASIA GROUP
“BJP WILL WIN 305
SEATS”: IAN BREMMER
PREDICTS
Mumbai: The BJP
will win 305 (+/- 10)
seats in the 2024
Lok Sabha election, Ian
Bremmer said. Asked about
his prediction for the Indian
election, Bremmer said
Eurasia Group research
suggests the BJP will win
295-315 seats. PM Modi’s
party, bidding for a third
consecutive term, won the
2014 election with 282 seats
(336 including its NDA part-
ners) and the 2019 with 303
(353 with NDA allies).
VIRATKOHLIBECOMES
FIRSTSUPERBATTERTO
COMPLETE8,000RUNS
New Delhi: Batting
talisman Virat Kohli
has become the first
batter to complete 8,000
runs in the Indian Premier
League (IPL). The Royal
Challengers Bengaluru star
accomplished the milestone
with his 29th run against
Rajasthan Royals in the
Eliminator of the 2024 In-
dian Premier League (IPL)
in Ahmedabad. Notably, no
other batter has even 7,000
runs in the competition.
Norway,alongwith Irelandand
Spain,torecognisePalestinianstate
Palestinian kids stand in a house destroyed by an Israeli strike
in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
Palestinians inspect boats damaged in Israeli fire, amid the
ongoing conflict in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
The Indian team included Akshayraj Singh Rathore from Jaipur,
Rai Singh from Hanumangarh and Shahrukh Gauri from Bundi.
Sriya Avasarala, Anvi Sharma
and Aryan Joshi.
Late Ivana and Donald Trump.
ISRAELI FORCES MOVE DEEPER INTO RAFAH IN
NIGHT OF HEAVY BATTLE: STATE OFFICIALS
Cairo: Israeli tanks advanced to the edge of a crowd-
ed district in the heart of Rafah on Wednesday during
one of the most intense nights of bombardment of the
southern Gaza city since Israel launched its offensive there
this month as per State officials. Israel's assault on Rafah on
Gaza's southern edge has set hundreds of thousands of peo-
ple fleeing what had been a refuge for half of the enclave's
2.3 million people. It has also cut off the main access routes
for aid into Gaza, drawing international fears of mass casual-
ties and famine. Israel says it has no choice but to attack the
city to root out the all battalions of Hamas fighters.
MEET INDIAN-BORN NIKESH ARORA,
SECOND-HIGHEST PAID CEO IN THE US
New York: Indian-born Nikesh Arora, the
CEO of Palo Alto Networks, has landed the
second spot on The Wall Street Journal's
2023 list of highest-paid CEOs in
the US. With a compensation of
$151.43 million, the 56-year-old's
earnings have surpassed those
of many tech giants, like Meta's
Mark Zuckerberg and Google's
Sundar Pichai. Nikesh Arora went
to the US for an MBA at Northeastern University in
Boston, Massachusetts.
CentralAsianHandballC’ship:Indiabeat
Kyrgyzstan34-31inbronzemedalmatch
“US will send an
Indian astronaut to
ISS by year-end”
3 Indian-origin students
killed in accident in USA
Trump biopic shows him
‘raping’ ex-wife Ivana
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  • 1. Jaipur, Thursday | May 23, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 346 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Dr Jitendra Singh speaking during Super Indians 2024 conclave. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra addressing the gathering during event. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra presents First India newspaper to Kailash Vijayvargiya, as Dharmesh Jagridar, Manoj Jagyasi, Aditi Nagar and Dr Piyush Dwivedi look on, during the event at Taj Mahal Hotel. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra presents memento to SP Singh Baghel in presence of VK Singh, Manoj Jagyasi, Ajay Kumar and Syed Umar, during Super Indians 2024 conclave by Bharat24, on Wednesday. PM Narendra Modi with Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva during rally to support Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, Bansuri Swaraj, Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Yogendra Chandolia in New Delhi on Wednesday. SUPER INDIANS 2024 CONCLAVE BY BHARAT24 PoKresolutionpossibleonlywith Modiatthehelm,saysDrJitendra First India Bureau New Delhi Bharat24-Vision of New India, the popular and fastest growing national Hindi news channel , successfully, successful- ly convened the “Super Indians 2024 Conclave” at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi on Wednes- day. Under the theme “Super Indians 2024,” the summit served as a pivotal forum to show- case India’s remarkable strides across various do- mains while articulating a strategic roadmap for the future. In addition to insight- ful panel deliberations, the event featured exclu- sive interviews with no- table dignitaries, adding layers of depth and per- spective to the discourse. Esteemed personalities such as Dr Jitendra Sin- gh, Union Minister of State for Science & Tech- nology and MoS in the PMO, SP Singh Baghel, MoS for Health & Fam- ily Welfare, General VK Singh, MoS for Road Transport and CivilAvia- tion, and Dr Jagdeesh Chandra CEO and Edi- tor-in-Chief Bharat24, among others, shared the invaluable insights on In- dia’s future trajectory. Noteworthy interviews also included interactions with Arun Sao, Deputy Chief Minister of Chhat- tisgarh, Kailash Vijay- vargiya, Cabinet Minis- ter in the Govt of Mad- hya Pradesh, Mahant Narayan Giri Ji 16th Peethadheeshwar of the historic Siddhapeeth Shri Dudheshwarnath Ma- hadev Math Temple, and Acharya Pramod Krishnam, a revered spir- itual guru. Political lumi- naries such as Prof Gourav Vallabh, lent their perspectives on key issues facing the nation. Dr Raghuraj Singh, Chairman and State Min- ister of Labour and Em- ployment in the Uttar Pradesh Government, and Dr Shalini Ali, Di- rector of the Assam State Warehousing Corpora- tion, also provided in- valuable insights during the interviews, shedding light on India’s prospects and challenges across different regions. During the event, Dr Jitendra Singh said PoK prob- lem’s solution can only be done under the guid- ance of PM Modi. TURN TO P8 Delhi plays crucial role in nat’l politics, stresses PM First India Bureau New Delhi Addressing a massive gathering in Dwarka, West Delhi on Wednes- day, Prime Minister Nar- endra Modi highlighted the critical role Delhi plays in shaping the na- tion’s political landscape and urged voters to make informed choices in the ongoing elections. During his speech, PM Narendra Modi empha- sized the stark differenc- es between the govern- ance models of the BJP and the Congress-led INDI alliance. He under- scored the BJP’s commit- ment to fast-paced devel- opment and efficient governance, contrasting it with the slow progress and systemic injustice perpetuated by the Con- gress and its allies. P5 EC directs parties to refrain from religious & casteist campaign First India Bureau New Delhi Coming down heavily on BJP, Congress and other paties for violation of MCC, ECI on Wednes- day said the defence sub- mitted by presidents of BJPand Congress parties is “not tenebale”. The EC directed the BJP presi- dent to convey to all star campaigners to not make any speeches and state- ments, which may divide the society; refrain from any campaigning meth- ods/ utterances along re- ligious/ communal lines. It also instructed Con- gress president to convey to all star campaigners that they don’t make statements, which gives false impressions such as that Constitution of India may be abolished or sold. First India Bureau Kolkata The Calcutta High Court Wednesday cancelled over 5 lakh Other Back- ward Class (OBC) cer- tificates is- sued by the West Bengal government since 2010. Hours later, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she will not accept the order, and OBC reservation will continue in the state. The court was hearing a pub- lic interest litigation challenging provisions of the West Bengal Back- ward Classes (Other than Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) (Res- ervation of Vacancies in Services and Posts) Act. First India Bureau New Delhi In India, the current lengthy process of ac- quiring a driver’s license is set to evolve signifi- cantly. Starting June 1, 2024, individuals will no longer be mandated to undergo a driving test at the RTO. The Ministry of Road Transport & High- ways has introduced new regulations to streamline the procedure and en- courage the adoption of cleaner energy solutions. Cal HC cancels over 5 lakh OBC certificates in WB Driving test not must at RTO from June 1 ‘CORRECT DISCOURSE, MAINTAIN DECORUM’ The EC asked the parties to correct their discourse, exercise care and maintain decorum. “It constitutes the more precious heritage of Indian elections and our electoral democracy and this should not be allowed to be weakened by anyone, including your party,” it said. Poll panel has taken a view that star campaigners would continue to remain respon- sible for speeches, the ECI will address party chiefs “on a case-to-case basis”. CM BHAJAN LAL MONITORS POWER & WATER SITUATION Tells depts to ensure proper supply Aishwary Pradhan Jaipur ffective moni- toring is being done on the in- structions of CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, the PHED and Energy Department are ensuring water and electricity supply respec- tively. CM gave instruc- tions to Energy Depart- ment and DISCOM offi- cials to improve electric- ity transmission and dis- tribution system stressing that according to the in- creased demand of elec- tricity, electricity should be purchased through exchange at reasonable rates. The CM also took feedback from CS Sud- hansh Pant and stressed to ensure mutual coordi- nation between Energy and PHED Department. On Wednesday, a 45 min- ute meeting of CM Shar- ma took place as the CM reached Om Mathur’s Mangyawas residence to inquire about his well- being post knee surgery. Meanwhile, Chief Minis- ter Bhajan Lal Sharma paid tributes in the con- dolence meeting of RS Jaimini’s grandson. P8 Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma E The Bharatiya Janata Party’s development model says, Nation First. On the other hand, Congress and the I.N.D.I.A bloc’s only agenda is Family First. This I.N.D.I.A bloc is a symbol of every evil that exists in the country today. They are highly communal, casteist, and family-oriented. Our Delhi has been a direct witness to their communalism. NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER The defeat Opposition is going to face this time no one knows how many days they will take to gain senses again. KAILASH VIJAYVARGIYA, MP CABINET MINISTER I won’t accept order, says WB CM Mamata P4 SENSEX 74,221.06 267.75 BSE 22,597.80 68.75 NIFTY 46°C 32°C Min Humidity 23% Max Breezy and very hot with plenty of sunshine in Raj FORECAST IN BRIEF Campaigning for Phase 6 LS election to end today New Delhi: As the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 is progressing, India gears up for Phase 6 of polling on May 26. Campaignings for this phase will end today evening with 48- hour silence period. Kejriwal demands ‘fair probe’ in Maliwal case New Delhi: In his first re- action to AAP MP Swati Maliwal’s assault case, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demand- ed a fair probe in the case and claimed “the incident has two versions”. 50 PAAR! Desert of Rajasthan continued to burn like fire and the maximum temperature recorded around 50 degrees Cel- sius at the posts along the Pakistan border. TRIBUTE TO RAISI ! VP Jagdeep Dhankhar pays tribute to Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, who recently died in the chopper crash in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, in Tehran on Wednesday. HEAT STROKE! SHAH RUKH HOSPITALISED IN AHMEDABAD Shah Rukh Khan was admitted to KD Hospital in Ahmedabad on Wednesday afternoon. He was taken to hosp due to dehydration was later discharged. UK GENERAL ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON JULY 4: RISHI SUNAK The UK general elections will be held on July 4, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday from the lectern on the 10 Downing Street. SCREFUSESTOENTERTAIN HEMANTSOREN’SINTERIMBAIL The Supreme Court on Wednes- day declined to entertain former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren’s plea seeking interim bail. US POLITICAL SCIENTIST’S LOK SABHA ELECTION PREDICTION The BJP will win 305 (+/- 10) seats in 2024 Lok Sabha election, American political scientist and global political risk consultant Ian Bremmer told. P7 Missing Bangladeshi MP found dead in Kol, 3 held Dhaka: Anwarul Azim, a Member of Parliament from Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League party, who went missing on May 18, was found dead in Kolka- ta on Wednesday. Bangla- desh HM said 3 arrested.
  • 2. FOREST DEPARTMENT’S MEETING RAJASTHAN 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Thursday | May 23, 2024 Bharat Seva Sansthan & NYP sends help to victims of violence in Manipur NYP is distributing milk powder, lactogen and other materials to the people, especially children, living in the relief camps. First India Bureau Jaipur National Youth Project (NYP) and Bharat Seva Sansthan have started distribution of relief ma- terial in several districts of Manipur to provide relief to victims of the violence in Manipur. Girdhari Singh Bafna, Secretary of Bharat Seva Sansthan, said that the situation in Manipur, which has been burning in the fire of caste vio- lence for the last one year, is very bad. “Following the latest spate of violence, the in- stitute, on the instruc- tions of its Founder Pres- ident and former CM, Ashok Gehlot, has sent State Convener Hanu- man Sharma to Imphal with relief material. NYP National Secy Ran Singh is also with him,” he said. Minor siblings, mother-son duo drown in separate incidents in Raj Rajasthanpolicetonow monitorsocialmediafor preventionofsuicidecases First India Bureau Pokhran/Jayal Two young children from the same family tragi- cally drowned while playing near a water pit in Dedhia near Jodhpur border on Wednesday. The victims, 9-yr-old Kuldeep Singh and 10-yr-old Jog Singh, were visiting their mater- nal grandparents. In another incident in Jyani village, under the Jayal police jurisdiction, a mother and her son drowned in a water tank. First India Bureau Jaipur Now Rajasthan Police will do its best to save endangered human lives by quickly analysing posts on social media platforms that contain self-harm, mental de- pression or suicidal in- tentions. If such mes- sages are received on social media platforms, through technical analy- sis, effective steps will be taken to reach out to the victim and counsel them and prevent any unto- ward incident. DGP Utkal Ranjan Sa- hoo said that the objec- tive of this initiative is to save precious human life by reaching out to the persons who have the in- tention of taking suicidal steps in the state of de- pression or despair. DGP Sahoo said, “Af- ter analyzing the mes- sages of this nature on Facebook/Instagram, po- lice officers have been instructed to immediate- ly inform the police headquarters through e- mail about the cases with suspicious circumstanc- es. On the basis of this e-mail received, this in- formation will be shared by SCRB with the duty officer of the concerned police station. After this, the in-charge of the con- cerned police station will take immediate action on and will try to reach the victim and help. Efforts will be made by the po- lice personnel to stop un- toward incident by coun- seling the victim.” 4-km road cleared of encroachments from SMS Hosp to Jacob Road: JDA Abhishek Shrivavasta Jaipur The Enforcement Wing of Jaipur Development Au- thority demolished three illegal colonies being set- tled on about 6 bighas of private land in Zone-13. In Chomu, the land of Rani Dam downstream area was made encroach- ment free. In Zone-1, un- der a joint action with Mu- nicipal Corporation, traffic police, the road boundaries for about 4 km from SMS Hospital to Jacob Road, JK Lone have been made encroachment free. Shivendra Parmar Jaipur On one hand the graph of crimes is increasing in the state, while on the other hand Rajasthan Po- lice is facing shortage of staff as at present a large number of posts from IPS to constable are lying va- cant in the state. For the past few years, the number of crimes in Rajasthan has been in- creasing year after year. The number of serious crimes ranging from murder to rape is also continuously increasing in the state, according to NCRB data. In the year 2022, 2 lakh 39 thousand 459 cases were registered un- der various IPC sections in the state and 73 thou- sand 345 cases were reg- istered under local and special acts. Of these, FR was filed in 1 lakh 13 thousand 508 cases, chal- lan has been presented in 1 lakh 77 thousand 419 cases and investigation is pending in 21877 cases. In the year 2022, 1337 cases of gang rape were registered. 4128 cases have been registered in relation to other rapes which has increased by 11.90 percent compared to 2021. 1628 cases were registered under Section 4/6 of the POCSOAct for crimes against children and minors whereas 2162 cases were registered un- der other POCSO Act. In the rape cases of these two categories, investi- gation of 887 cases is currently pending. 99 cases of murder, 11 of grievous hurt, 658 of rape and 83 of causing grievous harm were reg- istered. One of the major rea- sons for the increase in crime graph in the state is that there is a huge short- age of staff in the Ra- jasthan Police. HOW MANY VACANT POSTS OF EACH CATEGORY Post Category Sanctioned Vacant Indian Police Service 222 22 Rajasthan Police Service 1127 251 Inspector 1410 229 Sub Inspector 4661 2107 Asst Sub Inspectors 12056 7289 Head Constable 21116 5205 Constable 75625 3767 Spikeincrimeas policedepartment isunderstaffed Murder of Dalit Youth Mafiaarrested,licencessuspended Pradeep Gadwal Jhunjhunu After the brutal beating to death of Rameshwar Valmiki from the Suraj- garh police station area in Jhunjhunu, by liquor ma- fia members , Congress has reacted sharply. PCC President Govind Singh Dotasra con- demned the incident, stating, “In Jhunjhunu, liquor mafia beat a Dalit youth so mercilessly that he lost his life. Under the BJP govt, atrocities and caste discrimination against Dalits are con- tinuously increasing. The BJP is inherently anti- Dalit. Crime is rampant across the state.” Leader of Opposition Tikaram Jully also criti- cized the law and order in State. In response to the inci- dent, authorities have suspended the licenses of the involved liquor ma- fia. Police have arrested several suspects, includ- ing Deependra alias Chintu Rajput, PK Meghwal, Baba Megh- wal, Chintu Meghwal, and Sukha Meghwal, all residents of Baloada and Uriya villages. These in- dividuals have a history of criminal activities and were promptly taken into custody by police. Govt suspends licence of liquor mafia after the brutal killing on May 14 CRIME ROUNDUP RECOVERY AGENT HACKED TO DEATH FOR STEALING `40,000 TB OFFICER, BROKER CAUGHT RED-HANDED IN BRIBERY CASE TWO COUSINS HELD FOR RAPE AND MURDER OF THEIR 3-YEAR-OLD SISTER IN DHOLPUR RAJSAMAND CHILD ABDUCTION CASE SOLVED IN FOUR HRS, CHILD RECOVERED, ACCUSED NABBED A 28-year-old recovery agent of a private finance com- pany was hacked to death and allegedly robbed of Rs 40,000 in Baran, police said on Wednesday. The police identified the victim as Bud- dhiprakash Soni. His body was recovered from a ditch on Tuesday after his family lodged a missing report at Baran Sadar police station. It was found that he was returning home after collect- ing recovery amount and had Rs 40,000 in his bag, Singh said. The accused allegedly knew about the money and in a bid to steal it, they slit his throat with a sharp weapon, dumped his body near a ditch & fled. The Udaipur unit of ACB arrested Dis- trict Tuberculosis Of- ficer Dr. Anshul Mattha and broker Sameer Mattha for taking bribe of Rs 25 thou- sand from the complainant. ACB officials informed that the complainant had given a complaint to the Udaipur unit of ACB. “It was told that the accused officer Dr. Anshul Mattha demanded a bribe of Rs 30 thousand in return for adjusting the audit report of the bills of phenyl purchased for the hospital. On this, the complaint was verified and a trap was laid. While taking action, team arrested the accused Dr. Anshul Mattha and broker Sameer Mattha red handed. In a shocking incident in the Rajakhera police station area of Dholpur district, two cousins bru- tally gang-raped their 3-year-old sister and then murdered her, disposing of her body in the ravines. To conceal their crime, the child’s uncle threw her body into the Chambal River. On May 21, Rajakhera Station Officer Veer Singh received a report at 10 AM about the girl’s murder and the disposal of her body in the river the previous night. Acting promptly, the police, with the help of local villagers, recovered the body from 10 feet underwater within an hour. Both the accused were detained. Dholpur SP Sumit Mehrada provided details of the incident, confirming that the post-mortem, conducted by a medical board, revealed the girl had been raped. The body was then handed over to her family. Police is now looking for the third accomplice in the case, the accused boys’ father. The police in Rajsamand have successfully solved a child abduction case within a just four hours. The incident, took place at Kamla Nehru Hospital, in- volved the theft of a newborn baby. Authorities swiftly acted on the crime and managed to locate both the infant and the woman responsible for the abduction. Police discovered that the woman, despaired over her inability to conceive, resorted to stealing the baby. Along with the woman, her mother was also detained. TWO CYBER CRIME SUSPECTS SHOT IN LEG DURING POLICE CONFRONTATION In a high-ten- sion encounter between police and cyber criminals, two suspects were shot in the leg during a confrontation which could have turned fatal. Deeg SP Rajesh Meena informed in a press conference on Wednesday. The incident occurred under the ongoing ‘Anti-Virus Campaign’, against Cyber crime in Bharat- pur. Acting on a tip-off, police had previously arrested eight individu- als in the Kaman area in connection with a Cyber-crime case. During an investigation, while transporting the suspects to an undis- closed location, two criminals, identified as Dilawar and another accomplice, man- aged to seize a police pistol and attempted to escape by opening fire at the accompa- nying police officers. In self-defense, the police responded with gunfire, resulting in both suspects being shot in the legs. The injured criminals were immediately taken to Kaman Hospital and subsequently referred to RBM Hospital in Bharatpur for further treatment. GandhiNagarrlystntogetafacelift The re-development work at Jaipur’s Gandhi Nagar railway station is currently going on. The station which caters to a large population of state Capital Jaipur is one of the major station coming under the North Western Railways. The re-development work is expected to be completed by 2025. A total of Rs177.45 crore are to be spent in giving a facelift to the station. This railway station also happens to be the first station in the state where the entire staff is women. Being built as part of the Indian Railways Amrit Bharat Station Scheme the Gandhi Nagar Railway Station will have metal detector system, baggage scanner system, additional waiting rooms, retail stalls, modular toilets, stairs, lifts, escalators etc among other things. Escalators, lifts and stairs will be built for easy access to the first floor. DIVYA KANWALIYA Commitment to ‘greening’Raj & wildlife conservation Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur dditional Chief Secretary of Forest Depart- ment, Aparna Arora said that department is work- ing determinedly to make the state green along with wildlife conservation. She said that there is a need to make the general public aware about wild- life conservation and plantation through vari- ous schemes of the For- est Department so that the resolution of making the state a green state can be realized. Chairing a state level meeting, the ACS re- viewed progress of vari- ous schemes and issued necessary directions. She praised the work be- ing done at the district level and said that the officers should work with full determination for wildlife and forest conservation. Instructing the offi- cials to stop illegal min- ing and illegal en- croachment, she said that in coordination with the local adminis- tration and other con- cerned departments, it should be ensured that illegal mining and en- croachment is stopped. Addl CS of forest department, Aparna Arora speaking with the officials during the meeting in Jaipur on Wednesday. A WILDLIFE CENSUS TO BEGIN ON VAISHAKH PURNIMA TODAY RAJASTHAN SEEKS FOUR TIGERS FROM MADHYA PRADESH, NOW WAITING FOR NTCA PERMISSION On Vaishakh Purnima, the state will com- mence its wildlife census using the waterhole method. This 24-hour exercise will take place from 8:00 AM on May 23 to 8:00 AM on May 24 across all protected forest area. The census will involve staying on watchtowers for the 24-hour period. In the Sikarai Range, three foresters and 20 forest workers will be dedicat- ed to counting wildlife. Tigers from Madhya Pradesh will increase the population of big cats in other states. Permission has been granted to send two tigers from Madhya Pradesh to Chhattisgarh. Rajasthan has also asked for 4 tigers from the neigh- boring state. However, consensus has not been reached yet in the case of Rajasthan and permission for NTCA is awaited. Tigers will be shifted to Rajasthan as soon as NTCA permission is given. KARAULI: SIT FORMED IN DEAF-MUTE GIRL MURDER CASE; CM ASSURES A FAIR PROBE IN THE MATTER Hindaun City: After the death of a deaf and mute girl, 12 days since she was found burnt near a house in Hindaun Nai Mandi police station area, IG Rahul Prakash reached Hindon on Wednesday. After inspecting the spot, he held a meeting with the police officers and gave necessary instructions and constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the lead- ership of DSP. On Wednes- day MLA Anita Meena and Congress District President Shivraj Meena, submit- ted a memorandum to the police regarding the matter, demanding early arrest of the accused. A suspect has been taken into custody and the investigation is ongoing. The IG told the media that he had seen the crime spot and had also spoken to the family members. “A SIT has been formed to investigate. Right now the investigation has been done at the pri- mary level and investigation is being done on all aspects which will take some time,” he said. During treatment in Jaipur, facts were collected from the girl through experts and showing photographs of many people. In the form statement, the girl has iden- tified a person. It has come to light that she was burnt by sprinkling petrol. I am deeply sad- dened by the inci- dent that happened with a daughter in Hindaun City of Karauli. In this hour of grief, I want to assure the bereaved family that our govt stands with them. There will be a fair probe in this case and justice will also be ensured. Considering se- riousness of the matter, SIT has been formed and orders have been given to probe the matter at a fast pace. Bhajanlal Sharma (Modi Ka Parivar) @BhajanlalBjp
  • 3. Patients at SMS Hospital, are suffering due to insuf- ficient heatwave prepara- tions. Several major wards lack functioning centralized AC, and there are no proper ventilation systems. The situation is particu- larly dire in the trauma center. Meanwhile, in Kota, authorities have taken significant steps to prepare for the intense heat. Wards equipped with ACs and coolers have been set up. EXERCISE ANANT VIJAY CONCLUDED Army Cdr Sapta Shakti Command reviews Operation preparedness First India Bureau Jaipur ieutenant Gen- eral Dhiraj Seth, Army Commander South West- ern Command reviewed the operational prepared- ness of Ranbankura Divi- sionduringtheconductof ExerciseAnant Vijay. Exercise Anant Vijay was conducted by troops of Ranbankura Division in vast expanses of Thar Desert from 20thApril to 22nd May 2024. During the exercise the division executed various opera- tional maneuvers validat- ing combined arms oper- ations and integrated em- ployment of ground and airborne resources. The exercise also validated various Tactics, Tech- niques and Procedures. The exercise witnessed active participation of Army Aviation and Indi- anAirForceassetsalong- with other forcemultipli- ers.TheArmyCommand- erlaudedsteadfastresolve and unwavering commit- ment to duty exhibited by all ranks of Ranbankura Division. He also com- mended their exceptional operational readiness de- spite the daunting chal- lenges posed by the rug- ged terrain and extreme weather conditions. (L) Dhiraj Seth inspecting the bunker. (R) Army officials at observation point on Wednesday. L RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Thursday | May 23, 2024 METISSUESREDANDORANGE ALERTFORVARIOUSDISTRICTS First India Bureau Jaipur Inthelatestprediction,the Regional Meteorological DeptofRajasthan,inview ofthesearingandscalding heatwave has issued a red and orange alert for vari- ous districts. After the temperature breached the mark of 46 degrees Cel- sius, the MeTofficials has expressed the possibility of daytime temperature crossing mark of 48 de- greesCelsiusandabovein variouspartsofRajasthan. Radhe Shyam Sharma, Director of Regional MeT Center,Jaipursaid,“There is no respite from scorch- ing heat, as temperatures have already crossed the mark of 46 degrees Cel- sius and now mercury is intendedtorisebeyond48 degrees Celsius.” “In the next 48 to 72 hours, the temperature will rise above normal and witness an increase by 2 degrees Celsius. The current spell of heatwave will continue in Rajasthan for the next 4-5 days,” said the Direc- tor of the Regional Mete- orological Department. ACSenergyAlokreviews powersupply,mgmtinRaj First India Bureau Jaipur In a bid to ensure uninter- rupted electricity supply for the public, the Energy Department of the state is conducting continuous monitoring. In line with directives from the CM and the Energy Minister, ACS of Energy, Alok, conducted a comprehen- sive review of electricity supply and power man- agement in the state on Wednesday, along with officials from the Trans- mission Corporation, Dis- coms, Production Corpo- ration, and Energy Devel- opment Corporation. Alok instructed Chief EngineerofJaipurZoneto collaborate with officials from the Energy Develop- ment Corporation at load dispatch center in Heera- pura to devise a plan for better load management. Similarly, a decision has been made to restart elec- tricity production from units of the Dholpur Gas- based Electricity Project. To alleviate the strain on the public due to the shortage of electricity, the state government has granted permission to re- startelectricityproduction from a project with a ca- pacity of 330 megawatts. The restart of production from one or more of the 250-megawatt capacity units in Suratgarh will im- prove electricity supply. Vinod Singh Chouhan Jaipur Three states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh will now work in coordination to prevent wastage of water to deal with flood situations dur- ing monsoon. Views will also be exchanged on bet- terarrangementsforwater drainage & management. The decision was taken in the meeting of the Inter State Coordination Com- mittee held in Gujarat. It hasbeendecidedthatafter the information received on flood monitoring app, there will be a joint VC. First India Bureau Bharatpur The ongoing dispute over ancestral property in the Bharatpur royal family, it seem, will not end any time soon. On Wednesday,formermin- isterVishvendra Singh’s wife — former MP Di- vya Singh — and her son Anirudh held a PC. In the PC, Divya Sin- gh made serious allega- tions against former CM Ashok Gehlot and said that he participated in personal fight of their family. “Our phone calls were recorded. The beautification work be- ing done in Bharatpur’s heritage Moti Mahal was stopped during the previousgovt.Thesecu- rity guards deployed to protect the historical ob- jectswereremovedfrom there,” she claimed. Divya also said about the Panchayat held in PenghorvillageofKum- her that there is democ- racy in India. “Panchay- at has no importance in this.Wehavefullfaithin judicial system. This type of Panchayat is be- ingorganizedonlytoput pressure on bureaucra- cy,” she said. First India Bureau Amritsar Former Dy CM Sachin Pilot is actively touring various states, campaign- ing for Congress party candidates. On Wednes- day, Pilot addressed an election rally in support of Congress candidate Gur- jeet SAujla fromAmritsar Lok Sabha constituency. The rally took place in the village of Bhindi Saidan, Amritsar, where Pilot urged voters to support Aujla in upcoming polls. Continuing his cam- paign trail, Pilot also vis- ited Himachal Pradesh, where he addressed a pub- lic meeting in Biasar, Kul- lu, to support Vikramadi- tya Singh, the Congress candidate from the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency. He appealed to the voters to ensure a decisive vic- tory for Singh. Raj, Guj, & MP meet to prevent water wastage ACS Energy Alok during meeting in Jaipur on Wednesday. Familyspat:Divyalevels allegationsonGehlot Pilot addresses rallies in Punjab & Himachal Sighting at Jhalana An interesting scene was witnessed on Tuesday evening when Rana, who has become the uncrowned king of Jhalana, was seen having a love battle with Flora, the mother of his one-time rival ‘Simba’ and famous as ‘Mother of Jhalana’. The possibility of mating between the two is being expected. Anupama, a tourist from Pune who was on a safari captured the love fight between Rana and Flora. NIRMAL TIWARI Sachin Pilot with Gurjeet Aujla in Amritsar on Wednesday. The Municipal Council sprinkled water with the help of fire brigade on the main roads of the Barmer city to provide relief from the heat on Wednesday. Due to extreme heat, elephant rides were held at the Amber Fort for just 3 hours in the morning starting from 7 am to 10 on Wednesday. NAIM KHAN Barmer 48 Churu 47.4 Pilani 46.8 Phalodi 47.8 Jaisalmer 47.2 Ganganagar 46.7 HOTTEST: BARMER AND PHALODI WATER, POWER SHORTAGE PLAGUES SEVERAL DISTS FACILITIES TO COMBAT HEAT FALL SHORT AT SMS HOSP RAJ DAMS DRY UP AS HEAT TAKESTOLLON WATERLEVEL Dholpur/Chaksu: Shortage of water in scorching heat has worsened situation in many areas. In Dholpur, People are deprived of water in Kachchi Kui, Birja Pada other localities. Similarly, problem of drinking water has increased in Chaksu town of Jaipur. Local BJP workers reached PHED office demanded to improve water supply. Extreme heat condi- tions have taken a toll on water level in dams of Rajasthan which is declining rapidly. There is 2.89 percent reduction in total filling capacity of dams within just one and a half month. The decline in water level was 1.32% between May 1 15. Presently, 35.41 percent water of the total filling capacity is there in the dams of the state. Jodhpur division has the least amount of water in its dams, while Jpr div is at second place. Divya Singh Anirudh Singh during PC on Wednesday.
  • 4. PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Thursday | May 23, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 85 t was about two years back when I suffered a stroke. I was undergo- ing tests on Friday, Saturday and on Sunday too and was being prescribed different medicines. On Monday, I was feeling very uncomfortable and I was hav- ing trouble breathing. So I went to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital and the same day, within a matter of an hour, the doctors per- formed a stent procedure on my heart. Peoplehadcometoknowofthisandeven- tually PM Modi also came to know of this situation,asdidtheSpeakerandothermin- isters and colleagues of mine. But the first person among all to call me and ask of my healthwasNarendraModi.Mysonpicked the call. Later he told me, Modi ji literally scolded him like the uncle in the family and complained how he or others in the family did not know of my health condi- tion even as I was suffering for the last three days. This demonstrates the Prime Minister’s genuine affection and familial attachmentwithpeople’sconcernsintimes of ordeal. I will always remember the care the PM showed during those days of my suffering. Even today when I ask my son what Modi ji had actually told him, he amusinglysaysevenmygrandfatherwon’t admonish me the way he did, visibly con- cerned at your health condition and the possibility of a lapse in attention by the family in time. The way Modi ji supports us, it is beyond political calculations, it is notforanygain,butitissimplyforthefact that he is our own and considers all people his very own. His affection is equal for everyone, beyond class or position. This makeshimsospecialanddeartoeveryone. had once left National Demo- cratic Alliance (NDA) and later when I came back into the fold, I was apprehensive that due to my ac- tion of leaving the alliance, I would be neglected in the party. The greatest doubt was if the Prime Minister Narendra Modi would give time or not. Surprisingly, when I requested an ap- pointment with him, Modi ji called me to his residence for a chat and there was no one, except us two. On June 18, there was a big meeting of NDA, where everyone from the constituents was in attendance. My chair was on the stage to the left of the Prime Minister’s seat, while on the right it was that of Eknath Shinde ji. I was filled with pride at this gesture of respect because I was to sit closest to the Prime Minister and en- gage with him. Even when the 5- mem- ber reception team was formed to wel- come the PM, my name was inducted along with Eknath Shinde ji and BJP National President JP Nadda. Later, during lunch time, the table was laid in such a way that the five of us had the privilege of taking our lunch with the Prime Minister himself. I realised that I was being given even more respect and love than before I left the alliance. There was no feeling of animosity, dis- respect or neglect for my past action. My coming back was made to feel like my homecoming. egendary singer Asha Bhosle reminisces about the warmth and intimacy she shared with Narendra Modi for several years, dating back to his time as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. She fondly recounts numerous heartfelt anecdotes about her interac- tions with him. Recalling their first meeting, Asha Bhosle remembers when Modi, then the Chief Minister of Gujarat, greeted her on stage during a function in Mumbai with the words, ‘Didi, how are you?’ “His affectionate and respectful ad- dress as ‘sister’made me feel as though he were my younger brother.” In return, Bhosle sang a Gujarati song for Modi, which brought immense joy to him. “As he departed, he once again respectfully folded his hands and said, ‘Didi, I am leaving. Will see you later’.” Bhosle recalls their subsequent meet- ing in Pune, along with her family. “My grandson, who was ten years old at the time, exclaimed ‘Landslide victory!’ upon seeing Narendra Modi. In re- sponse, Modi remarked, ‘God speaks through the mouths of children.’ It was a wonderful encounter,” reminisces Asha Bhosle. “Almost 10 years later, at another event, my granddaughter was seated near Modi. She asked if he remembered her. Modi instantly replied, ‘Once I meet someone, I never forget them,’and inquired about her brother. My grand- daughter was utterly surprised, exclaim- ing how such a busy person could re- member a small boy whom he had met once, almost a decade earlier,” recalls the singer. Bhosle shares that she has kept in touch with Modi since their first meet- ing, occasionally calling to check on his well-being. “He always responds with a hearty laugh - ‘Majama che!’ (I’m fine).” She admires Modi’s ability to infuse humor, recite poems, and share jokes in his speeches without causing offense. Even in the face of harsh criti- cism, Modi simply laughs it off and says, ‘Yes, say as much as you want.’ “This is a great virtue,” acknowledges Asha Bhosle. Born in 1933, Asha Bhosle has wit- nessed India’s evolution from the Brit- ish era to the present day. Having expe- rienced the tenure of numerous Prime Ministers, she believes that India has significantly prospered under Modi’s leadership in the past decade. Bharturhari Mahtab Ex-BJD leader and MP Jitan Ram Manjhi Former Bihar CM Asha Bhosle Singer I I L PM MODI CARED FOR ME LIKE AN ELDER BROTHER NARENDRA MODI JI ENSURES NO ONE FEELS NEGLECTED India has prospered manifold in the last 10 years under PM Modi LEADERADORED BYMILLIONS NaMo PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Thursday | May 16, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 84 THEMODIEVOLUTION THEMODIEVOLUTION HOMETOWN HERO TO GLOBAL STATESMAN remember once we were in Gujarat and there was a gentleman from a southern state. There is a CM of- fice complex where all the min- isters also sit. Narendra bhai was reaching the office and on his way when he saw this man stand- ing outside in the sun, away from the office complex, he immedi- ately stopped his vehicle and talked to him. He asked what had happened and why he was stand- ing there? To this, the gentleman said he had come to visit Gujarat with his family on a holiday and his wife had fallen sick. She was reportedly admitted to the civil hospital in Ahmedabad and he had run out of money to bear the expenses for her further medical treatment. I remember, without giving a second thought, Naren- dra bhai said, I will pay for your treatment, you need not worry. Eventually he took charge of his wife’s treatment and she soon got well. Much later, when Modi ji took a trip down to the south Indian state on a party campaign, it was found that the same gen- tleman had pasted and circulated small posters, urging everyone to take him to Modi ji. He want- ed to meet him and pay back the medical expenses Modi ji had borne for his wife’s treatment way back inAhmedabad. Naren- dra bhai helps so many people. He didn’t even re- member this gen- tleman but the man wanted to pay back his grati- tude for the lead- er. Such is Naren- dra Modi’s rela- tion with even the ordinary man of the street. fter June 21 was desig- nated as a global day for the celebration of yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “The entire world is today com- mitted to celebrating International Yoga Day on June 21 every year. India is proud of the fact that the UNO took this matter forward and 177 countries of the world co- sponsored it. India’s invaluable heritage has today become the world’s invaluable heritage.” Be- fore that, he had told me, we have to get June 21 recognised by the UN as International Day of Yoga. At that time Modi was about to travel to the US to attend a UNO meeting. So he told me we have to get it included in the UN agenda 3-6monthspriortothevisit.Iwant to put forth a holistic vision of yoga. Everyone accepted the pro- posalunanimously.Eventually,the need never arose to introduce it in the UN agenda. I told him, you have done a great job. It is a big contribution by you. Modi ji said, I am amused that even 45 Islamic countries supported this initiative. Later,inaspeechontheauspicious day, he told a huge gathering of yogapractitioners,todaywherethe first ray of the sun arose from and 24 hours later where the last ray of the sun will reach, there will be no ray, no journey of the sun that will remain untouched from blessing all of you yoga practitioners. Modi very ingeniously chose June 21 as thedaybecauseonthatdaythesun would be visible for the longest time.Lightisthemaximumonthat day across the globe. It was an apt tribute to yoga and the most noble waytotakeitontotheglobalstage of acceptance and appreciation. hen I was here in Guja- rat, working in education counselling, there was a divisional forest officer (DFO) named Khamar, whose son would often consult me for counselling. Regarding this, I often visited their house. Once, during a casu- al conversation I asked him how things were shaping up and pro- gressing under the leadership of Narendra Modi as the state chief minister. So he told me, when we go to meet Narendra Modi, we prepare well beforehand because no one knows what he would ask. We do our homework for at least 10 possible questions spanning different subjects. Once we went to him with all the 10 possible questions ready, but he bowled us with a googly of an eleventh ques- tion to which we had no clue, he said. He then went on to add that Modi ji’s home- grown informa- tion network is beyond the capac- ity of any official channel of com- munication. It is lightning fast and impeccable.An incident had happened related to the forest department at one of the meetings, of which surpris- ingly we didn’t know anything, but Modi ji knew all about it well before us. He immediately rang up someone and proved to us the authenticity of the news that had happened in our own area but we didn’t know of. We were left shame faced, the DFO told me. I realised, Modi ji’s success as a great leader, a great CM and a PM of such calibre rests largely on his direct and strong rapport at the local level. Smriti Irani Union Minister Dr HR Nagendra Yoga Guru Sunil Lodha Maharashtra I A W COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA A LEADER’S CARE, AND LOVE RETURNED TAKING YOGA TO THE WORLD, THE MODI WAY MODIJI’S INFORMATION NETWORK FASTER THAN ANY OFFICIAL CHANNEL PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Thursday | May 9, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 83 MODI’S SIMPLE-YET-STRONG POWER PLAY APPROACH! e have an RSS office at Salatwada locality of Vadodara. I was a pracharak at the office. Even then I found, Modi ji took the smallest care of any need of even the smallest karyakarta. Among all those who reached the office at 3 pm, none was allowed to leave the place without at least having a cup of tea. Modi ji ensured that himself. And I also found he was meticulous about cleanliness from early days. He would wash his own cup and also ensure all the cups had been washed clean and they were spotless. He used to ask us, “Have you all washed your cups properly?” He was so particular about cleanliness that not a piece of paper was allowed to litter the office premises. These were some things we had noticed in Modi ji very early on and they have continued till today. s the state CM, Modi ji started Gunotsav, a programme to im- prove the quality of education in the government schools. During the Gunotsav festival, he would often visit schools to take stock of the improve- ments. He would usually take up the remotest school in the most backward districts to pay visit. Once during such a visit he went to a school and after the inspection, while discussing with the headmaster, he asked, where is the toi- let in your school? Surprisingly, he po- litely said, there was no toilet in the school. This shocked Modi ji so much that the very next day as he reached of- fice, he issued orders that every school in the state must have proper toilets, separate for boys and girls. Years later when he became the PM he launched the same campaign in the country to end open defecation and it was a re- sounding success. The seeds of this idea came to him from the Gunotsav experience. n 1989, 1990 and 1991 elec- tions were to be held. Those days there were no mobile phones or internet and thus communi- cating with the karyakartas on the ground level, directing them or getting information was very difficult and time taking. For this, Modi ji planned a cer- tain strategy. Most karyakartas go out for campaigning or poll related work around 11 in the morning. Thus they were mostly in their homes in the early part of the day. We sat from 7 am to 10:30 am every day and called all the karyakartas in the required constituen- cies within this time to get all the details and brief them about their day’s itiner- ary. We made a list of the karyakartas to be called the night before. So that in the morning we were well equipped and didn’t need to waste time. By 10:30 every day, Modi hi had all the grasp of the ground realities on his fingertips which helped him tremendously in formulating his next poll strategy. t was a unique pro- gramme I fondly remember. It was in the year 2005. He organised a programme for his teach- ers inAhmedabad. It was for ‘Guru Vandana’ to seek the blessings of his teachers. He had invited 27 teachers at the event. Surprisingly, he personally went up to each and every teacher invited and addressed him by his name. He bowed in front of them in obeisance and gar- landed them in honour of their services. This was a unique event never held in India before in such scale. Pt Naval Kishore Sharma was the governor of Gujarat at that time and had come to the event as chief guest. He himself said during his speech that he had travelled all over the country but had never seen or heard such an initiative as taken up by Narendra Modi in honour of his teachers. nce Narendra Modi came to his school, BN High School to attend an event. There his old friend Dr Sudheer was also present. They used to sit on the same bench in school whengrowingup.Whiletalk- ing, Sudheer ji addressed Modi ji as ‘tu’several times. Later when he realised this, he apologised to him for the disrespect and told ‘sorry I called youtuinmyaddress’.At that time Modi ji didn’t say much. But when he went on to the stage for his speech, he said, “ I was talking to Sudheer a while back. He called me by ‘tu’ a couple of timesandlateralsoapol- ogised for the same. But I want to tell Sudheer, that these days when I find some- oneaddressingmeas‘tu’,my heart fills with joy.” This the simplicity and humility of Modi ji. t was in 1985 that an RSS camp was about to begin. A meeting was held to discusss the prepa- rations for the same. We were five peo- ple who were overseeing the arrange- ments for the event. The smallest thing was ensured, from the safety pin to the soap. We had to note down everything so that nothing was found wanting dur- ing the event. Even the amount of water that would be required by a karyakarta for his shower or consumption was cal- culated and based on the total number of karyakartas to be attending the event, the arrangements were planned so that nothing went waste at the end of the day. All these were spearheaded by Narendra Modi. As a pracharak for 20 years, this master planning learnt from him in 1985 got imprinted in my mind and always helped me in making the best arrangements for every event of the party. Chandrakant Upadhyay Vadodara Natubhai Dhabi Gandhinagar Parshottam Rupala Union minister Ketan Devnani Gujarat Som Patel Narendra Modi’s teacher Bharat Modi Gujarat Modi’s penchant for cleanliness Narendra Modi started Gunotsav to improve quality of education Narendra Modi ji’s planned strategy for communication WHEN MODI SHOWED GRATITUDE TO HIS TEACHERS MODI’SSIMPLICITYENHANCES OURRESPECTFORHIM Modi ji, a master of management W I A O I I COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Thursday | May 2, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia was the leader of the opposition in the assembly. At that time I took strong stands on issues. And mostly Narendra Modi tried to accommodate whatever I said. At that time he used to tell us that whatever the opposition suggests, our government notes it down and even implements the ones which are worth it. Talking about Por- bandar airport, a terminal building was established. Its inauguration was to be done by then aviation minister Praful Patel. Nar- endra Modi was presiding over that function and as an MLA and leader of the Opposition, I was also present at the programme. I told Praful Patel that the runway of the airport was so small that no big aircraft could land here. It was only 1,300 metres long and thus we needed a longer runway. It must be increased to at least 2,600 metres. To this he said that if Modi gives us the extra land, we can do that too. Immediately after hear- ing this, Modi ji publicly announced that the airport would be expanded and the state government was ready to make the extra land available to the Cen- tre and AAI for the pro- ject. Simultaneously, he also informed the collector to issue the proposal for the same at the earliest. But after 2012, I was no longer an MLA and Modi ji went on to become the PM by 2014, so the work of Porbandar airport even- tually got sidelined. The land that was to be allotted to the airport finally went to the Coast Guard. It was a bureaucratic lapse. I thought, the Coast Guard was under Defence Services. So the Gujarat government won’t be able to stop them. It is only the PM who can do the need- ful. So I told then Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani that Modi ji had publicly de- clared Porbandar airport would be expanded. The CMO sent across my mes- sage to the PM, reminding him of his promise. Modi ji acknowledged and accepted he had promised it. He immedi- ately ordered that at any cost the airport had to be expanded with a runway length of 2,600 metres. Despite my being in the opposition, Narendra Modi worked for the larger interest of the peo- ple and the state and ac- cepted and implemented my proposal, even just through a message I sent. Only a big-hearted leader can do this. ne day Modi ji de- cidedtohavelunchat the Parliament can- teen. So he walked into the MPs canteen on the Parlia- ment premises. Soon he said, the same food is being taken by people outside for Rs 50 to Rs100 aplate,andhereinside it is available for just Rs 10. This is not fair. Do we belong to some kind of privileged class? This injustice must stop. The same food that a poor man is buying for Rs 50, we are getting for Rs 5, why? Since that day, the age-old practiceofcanteensubsidyfor MPs came to an end. At the same time, Modi ji was also disturbed by the laal batti cul- ture of MPs, which had be- come a show of might and power of the political class - a colonial hangover. Modi ji brought an end to this culture as well. When he faced oppo- sitiontothisfromcertainquar- ters, he said no matter who abides by this or not, but my ministers at the Centre won’t indulge in this practice any- more. All ministers brought down the red beacons from their vehicles and the pomp and show associated with po- litical heft was thus gone. e were travelling in Kashmir.Modijiwas the CM of Gujarat at that time. There at a place I met aYuva Morcha karyakar- ta (BJP youth wing activist). He asked, “Where are you from?” I said I was coming fromGujarat.Heimmediately said, you guys are so lucky. In curiosity asked him, why is it so? He said, because Naren- dra Modi is your CM. Amused, I further prodded him and asked, why do you think so? To this he narrated to me a small story. He said, “One day I was sleeping. It was early in the morning. When I picked up the call and asked who it was, the voice from the other side said here’s Narendra Modi speaking. Thinking it was a bad joke by someone, I hung up the phone. It happened the second time too.When a third time the same call came, then I got alerted. It can’t be a joke anymore. I thought I could in fact recognise the voice.Then once I took the call, he said I am indeed Narendra Modi. I have an important message.A private vehicle from Gujarat withseveralGujaratisinithas met with an accident in your area. Immediately send relief to them and put the injured in hospitals. After that, update me. Sitting in Gujarat, Modi ji had every minute-by-minute information of anything hap- pening anywhere on the plan- et. He even had the number of the party karyakarta available nearest to the point of acci- dent. He didn’t let any proto- col come in between and di- rectly called my number to expedite the rescue. How can a leader be so meticulous? That’s why say you are lucky to have a CM like him.” Arjun Modhwadia Former LoP, Gujarat Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Former Union Minister Kanubhai Vyas Gujarat ‘MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI…’ UNTOLD STORIES OF PM MODI — PART 82 COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI The narrators express their belief that PM Narendra Modi, a leader with a big heart, dedicated himself to the greater good of the people. They note that Modi possessed detailed, minute-by-minute information about events worldwide. Furthermore, they acknowledge Modi’s efforts in abolishing the ‘laal batti’ culture, among other accomplishments. MODI,ATRUEDEMOCRAT INLETTERANDSPIRIT End of canteen subsidy and ‘laal batti’ culture Gujaratis lucky to have the then CM like Narendra Modi I O W NAMO PERSPECT VE 04 APromiseofEmpathy THEMODI COVENANT You read PART 81 on APRIL 25, 2024 PEOPLE-FIRST PARADIGM  Vol 5  Issue No. 325  RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504.  Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra  Managing Editor: Pawan Arora  Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act You read PART 82 on MAY 2, 2024  Vol 5  Issue No. 332  RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504.  Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra  Managing Editor: Pawan Arora  Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act Prime Minister Narendra Modi You read PART 83 on MAY 9, 2024  Vol 5  Issue No. 339  RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504.  Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra  Managing Editor: Pawan Arora  Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act Prime Minister Narendra Modi The narrators highlight Modi’s compassionate leadership through personal hospital support and his tireless promotion of yoga globally. His direct connections with people at the local level are credited for his effective governance, solidifying his impactful legacy and lots more... You read PART 84 on MAY 16, 2024 COMPILED AND EDITED BY SHASHIKANT SHARMA Prime Minister Narendra Modi The narrators share that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s support goes beyond mere political calculations; it is not motivated by personal gain but by a genuine sense of belonging and connection. He considers all people as his own . His gestures of respect, such as seating others close to him and engaging with them personally and lots more...  Vol 5  Issue No. 346  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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  • 6. INDIA 05 Jaipur, Thursday | May 23, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia GIRIRAJ SINGH IN ODISHA ‘Pradhan will win with lakhs of votes’ ANI Sambalpur nion Minister Giriraj Singh on Wednesdayheld a roadshow in support of BJP Lok Sabha candidate and Union Minister Dhar- mendra Pradhan in Odis- ha’s Sambalpur. Polling for Sambalpur will be held on May 25. Dharmendra Pradhan is up against three-time MLAPranab Prakash Das of the BJD and Nagendra Pradhan of Congress. During the roadshow, Giriraj attacked the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik- led BJD government and said while speaking to ANI, “Naveen Babu’s government has been in Odisha for the last 25 years. He said that he would leave his chair at the age of 75. The people of Odisha want to know if no one else is eligible to be the CM… They have made it the poorest state, even though it is full of minerals.” “You cannot celebrate Hanuman Jayanti here. If not here, then will we celebrate it? In Pakistan, Bangladesh or Malaysia? The Waqf board is doing ‘Land Jihad,” he alleged. The Union Minister added saying, “Dhar- mendra Pradhan will win with lakhs of votes. We will win at least 18 seats in Odisha… We will send the sand and mineral ma- fia to jail…” PM Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other leaders during a public meeting held in support of Jagdambika Pal in Basti on Wednesday. PTI Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a public meeting in support of BJP candidate from Ghatak constituency Hiranmoy Chatterjee at Debra, in Paschim Medinipur on Wednesday. PTI U PTI Basti Prime Minister Narendra Modi onWednesday took a swipe at Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Ya- dav and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over their claim of winning 79 seats in Uttar Pradesh and said that on June 4, the people of UP will wake them from their sleep.“Both the ‘Shehzadas’ of Con- gress and SP are spread- ing rumours that they will win 79 seats of UP. Earlier I used to hear that people used to daydream, but now I understand what it means to day- dream. On June 4, the people of UP will wake them and then they will blame the Electronic Vot- ing Machine (EVM),” PM Modi said while ad- dressing a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh’s Basti. The situation of terror- ist country Pakistan, that used to threaten us, is now 'na ghar ka na ghat ka'. Pakistan is devastat- ed but its well-wishers, Congress and Samajwadi Party, are now trying to intimidate India. They say that we should be afraid of Pakistan, said PM Modi in UP. PTI Ghatal (WB) Union Home Minister Amit Shah onWednesday launched a blistering at- tack on the corrupt INDI alliance and said the op- position bloc doesn't have any leader who can be- come Prime Minister. While addressing a rally at Ghatal, Shah said the INDIA bloc leaders just want their dynasty to move ahead and neither have any leaders to lead the country nor have any intention for the develop- ment of the nation. Shah, while referring to Pakistan-occupied Kash- mir said PoK is part of India and we will take it. The INDI alliance doesn't have any leaders. The INDI alliance wants five PMs in five years. The INDI alliances nei- ther have leaders nor have any intention for nation’s development, he said. PTI Patna The Bihar Bharatiya Ja- nata Party on Wednesday expelled Bhojpuri singer Pawan Singh for con- testing the Lok Sabha elections 2024 against the National Democratic Al- liance (NDA)’s official candidate as an Inde- pendent candidate from the Karakat seat. Though Pawan Singh was be- lieved to be a member of the BJP, party sources re- mained silent on the mat- ter earlier. The singer- turned-politician had re- portedly sought a ticket from Rashtriya Janata Dal before opting to con- test independently. In a post on X, Pawan Singh earlier wrote, “There will only be de- velopment. There won’t be any noise. We will give a new dawn to Karakat.” Agencies New Delhi Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday tore into the AAP over its multiple stances of double-stand- ards in politics and said that a ‘leadership with taintedcredibility’isbound to fail as society will reject it, sooner or later. In an interview, De- fence Minister Singh also hit out at theAAP’s brass over ‘punching and thrashing’ of former DCW chief Swati Mali- wal inside Arvind Kejri- wal’s official residence and also its cover-up at- tempt involving the CM’s PA, Bibhav Kumar. “The AAP has created a crisis of credibility. No other party in Indian pol- itics has created such a trust deficit,” he said in reply to questions of re- peated denial of bail to former Deputy CM Man- ish Sisodia and also the Supreme Court’s stern observations in the liquor excise case. PTI New Delhi The Congress has con- sciously contested on a lesser number of seats in this LS polls as part of a strategy to keep INDIA bloc together and defeat the BJP, Congress presi- dent Mallikarjun Kharge has said. In an interview with PTI, he said this does not exhibit under-con- fidence on the part of the party as the com- promise was struck to ensure victory of the united opposition while giving space to other parties which have strengths in different parts of the country. We have taken a con- scious decision to con- test on a lesser number of seats. This is being done to keep the alliance partners together and that's why we have made this compromise, he told PTI. OMAR QUESTIONS PDP’S ALLEGIANCE TO INDIA BLOC ‘ABKI BAAR 400 PAAR' A COMPLETE FANTASY, SAYS THAROOR Pahalgam: Ex- JK Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah criticised PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, questioning her allegiance to INDIA bloc. “There was a method that they did. PAGD is intact. The PAGD fought this election together, whether it was Awami Na- tional Conference, CPI(M) NC, it was only PDP that moved away.” Senior Congress leader Shashi Tha- roor dubbed BJP's 400-plus target a complete fantasy and said after the five phases of polling, the Confidence of Congress has gone up further. It was already very clear when BJP started talking about 'Abki Baar 400 Paar' that this was a complete fantasy, the Congress leader said. He observed that in 2019, be- cause of the Pulwama trag- edy and India's response to it in Balakot, conversations around elections switched from what should have been a referendum on eco- nomic failures of first term of Mr Modi and became a national security issue.” PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI in UP 5PHASESHAVEENSURED3rd TERMFORMODISARKAR:PM The country is moving ahead on the mantra of Ram to nation, heritage to development, spirituality to modernity, the PM says He also highlighted the fact that India has become fifth-largest economy in the world There are many people in this country who do not remember their son’s birthday, do not remember their wedding date, but every child in this country knows January 22, 2024. I say January 22 and the whole country says Jai Shri Ram. Both the ‘Shehzadas’ of Congress and SP are spreading rumours that they will win 79 seats of UP. Earlier I used to hear that people used to daydream, but now I understand what it means to daydream. On June 4, the people of UP will wake them and then they will blame the EVM. Fivephasesofpolling havebeencompletedin thecountry,andthesefive phaseshaveconfirmed theModigovernmentfor athirdterminthe country.Forthis,youdon’t needtolookaround;just seethestatementsofthe leadersoftheINDI alliance.Everyoneis tellingdifferentstatistics. SECURITY BEEFED UP IN DELHI AHEAD OF PM'S DWARKA RALLY New Delhi: Security was been beefed up in parts of the national capital ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in southwest Delhi's Dwarka, police on Wednesday said. The Delhi Police had issued an advisory informing the public about traffic diversions and asking commuters to avoid certain roads. A heavy deploy- ment of force was made to maintain law and order. Deployment of police force along with paramilitary forces was there. As Dwarka area also shares its bound- aries with Haryana, there was a strict vigil and extra checking points to ensure smooth functioning, a senior police of- ficer said. According to the advisory, the PM was scheduled to visit the DDA Park in Dwarka's Sector-14, opposite Vegas Mall, at 6 pm to address a rally. Shah: INDIA bloc doesn’t have any leader who can become PM Sharad Pawar wants his daughter to be the chief minister. Mamata Banerjee wants her nephew to succeed her as chief minister. Stalin (Tamil Nadu CM) wants to see his son succeed him. Sonia Gandhi wants Rahul Baba to become the Prime Minister of the country. On the other side, there is Narendra Modi Ji who considers the entire country as his family. Bengal has become a safe haven for infiltrators. Due to infiltration, the demography of Bengal is changing and it is impacting not only this state but also the entire country. Mamata Banerjee is committing a sin by helping to change the demography of Bengal. She is compromising national security for the sake of vote bank politics. AMIT SHAH, UNION HOME MINISTER BJP suspends Bhojpuri actor Pawan Singh for contesting as independent AAP has created a crisis ofcredibilityin politics, it isdoomed to fail: Singh A politician, whose credibility and probity has been questioned repeatedly can’t have a long innings in politics. People will reject this person, this is my prediction. RAJNATH SINGH, DEFENCE MINISTER If they (the BJP) come to power again, they will change the Constitution and cut down on reservations. They weakened democracy in last 10 years, as well as institutions like Parliament judiciary. PRIYANKA GANDHI, CONGRESS LEADER Congress suits Pak, Pak suits Cong: UP Dy CM ANI New Delhi Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya claimed that while neighbouring Paki- stan favours Oppn parties of India, the opposition has also fa- voured Paki- stan by claiming that BJP has conducted air strikes and surgical strikes to win elections. “Pakistan is now taking a lot of interest in India’s LS polls. New statements come out from Pakistan every day. Pakistan is also favouring the oppo- sition parties of India. Not only this, ex-Pak Min has also praised Mamata Banerjee, Kejri- wal Rahul Gandhi.” ‘Cong decided to contest fewer seats to maintain Oppn unity’ PTI New Delhi In his first poll meeting for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections after returning from the UK following an eye sur- gery, AAP MP Raghav C h a d h a said Delhi Chief Min- ister Arvind Kejriwal will be voting for Con- gress and Rahul Gandhi will be voting for AAP when the national capital goes to polls. Addressing a poll meeting in South Delhi on Tuesday in support of party's Lok Sabha pick Sahi Ram Pahalwan, Mr Chadha said, I am here to support my brother not only because he is a good person but also because this election is about sav- ing the country and the Constitution. The future of your children depends on your vote, the RS MP told the gathering. Amid questions over his long absence at a time when party was grappling with Kejri’s arrestAAP’s Sau- rabh Bharadwaj had said Raghav had developed a serious eye ailment which could have led to blindness. “Since AAP came into power, Delhi residents save about Rs 18,000 monthly on elec- tricity, medicines, water, school fees, bus trav- el,” he said. Raghav Chadha addresses a poll meeting in South Delhi for Sahi Ram Pahalwan ‘Kejri will vote for Cong, RaGa for AAP’ PM TURNED SOLDIERS INTO LABOURERS, SAYS RAHUL GANDHI Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the Agniveer scheme will be scrapped and thrown into dustbin if the INDIA bloc comes to power as he slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for turning Hindustan ke jawan into labour- ers.Slamming the BJP government over the Ag- niveer scheme, he said, This is Modi's scheme and not Army's scheme, Army does not want it. When the INDIA bloc forms government, we will throw Agniveer scheme into dustbin, he said at the rally held under the Mahendragarh-Bhiwani Lok Sabha seat. Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Mahendragarh on Wednesday . PTI Naveen Babu’s government has been in Odisha for the last 25 years. He said that he would leave his chair at the age of 75. The people of Odisha want to know if no one else is eligible to be the CM… They have made it the poorest state, even though it is full of minerals. GIRIRAJ SINGH, UNION MINISTER PM’S TOP QUOTES
  • 7. INDIA 06 Jaipur, Thursday | May 23, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia PTI Mumbai he Reserve Bank on Wednesday ap- proved a Rs 2.11 lakh crore dividend payout to the central govt for 2023- 24, more than double the amount it paid for the pre- vious 2022-23 financial year. The decision was takenatthe608thmeeting of the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India held under the chairmanship of Gov- ernor Shaktikanta Das. “The Board…ap- proved the transfer of Rs 2,10,874 crore as surplus to the Central Govern- ment for the accounting year 2023-24,” RBI said in a statement. “With the revival in eco- nomic growth in FY2022- 23, the Contingent Risk Buffer (CRB) was in- creasedto6.00percent.As the economy remains ro- bustandresilient,theBoard has decided to increase the CRB to 6.50 per cent for FY2023-24,”theRBIsaid. Agencies Pune The family of the 17-year-old, who has been accused of running his Porsche car over two people in Pune, allegedly has an underworld con- nection. Surendra Kumar Agarwal, the grandfather of the accused, is report- edly facing trial in a shootout case for alleg- edly making payments to gangster Chhota Rajan. The boy, who was drunk at the time of ac- cident, was granted bail by Juvenile Justice Board on a surety of Rs 7,500 an assurance from his grandfather to keep him away from bad company. SURPLUS TRANSFER RBI approves `2.11 lakh cr dividend to govt T Ranchi:The Jharkhand govt on Wednesday sounded an alert after bird flu cases were re- ported in a poultry farm in state capital Ranchi, an official said. As many as 920 birds, in- cluding 770 ducks, were culled at the Ram Krishna Ashram-run poultry farm. Avian flu outbreak in Ranchi poultry farm, 920 birds culled Mysuru: JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy once again appealed to his nephew Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna, who is facing charges of sexually abusing women, to return from abroad face the in- vestigation. He left for Germany on April 27. Kumaraswamy urges Prajwal Revanna to return, face probe Mumbai: The death toll in the billboard collapse incident in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar has jumped to 17 this week as a per- son receiving treatment after being rescued from the rubble succumbed to his injuries. Raju Son- awane, 52, was one of the 41 people receiving treatments. Death toll in Ghatkopar hoarding collapse incident rises to 17 New Delhi: The SC on Wednesday set aside a verdict of the Madras HC which had granted bail to eight accused in a case registered under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against alleged PFI operatives, holding that national se- curity is of paramount importance. SC sets aside HC verdict granting bail to 8 alleged PFI members Raipur: A 25-yr-old medical student has al- legedly committed sui- cide in his hostel room on the campus of the (AIIMS) in Raipur, po- lice said on Wednesday. A preliminary probe suggested the deceased, Ranjeet Bhoyar, who was an MBBS PG in- tern, was undergoing treatment for depression. Medical student commits suicide at AIIMS hostel in Raipur IN BRIEF New Delhi: Zomato Founder CEO Deep- inder Goyal praised PM Modi for providing am- ple opportunities to small-town entrepre- neurs like him, as the on- line food delivery plat- form scaled new highs in the last couple of years. Zomato CEO responds after PM Modi’s praise Agencies New Delhi The India Meteorologi- cal Department (IMD) said that parts of West Bengal and Odisha along the Bay of Bengal coast are expected to experi- ence heavy rainfall on Saturday, May 25, due to a low-pressure area form- ing over the southwest Bay of Bengal coast on Wednesday. Under the influence of the cyclonic circulation over the Southwest Bay of Bengal, a low-pres- sure area has formed over the Southwest and adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal, off the north Tamil Nadu-South Andhra Pradesh coasts, with the associated cy- clonic circulation ex- tending up to 5.8 km above mean sea level. The IMD indicated that this system will like- ly move northeastwards and develop into a De- pression over the central parts of the Bay of Ben- gal by the morning of May 24. It is expected to continue moving north- eastwards and further in- tensify thereafter. IMD said that light to moderate rainfall is ex- pected in many places on May 25, with heavy rain- fall at isolated spots like- ly over North and South 24 Parganas, East Medin- ipur districts of West Bengal, and Balasore dis- trict of Odisha. Light to moderate rain- fall is also expected in many places on May 25, with heavy rainfall at iso- lated spots likely over Mizoram, Tripura, and South Manipur. The weather agency advised fishermen not to venture into the cen- tral and adjoining south Bay of Bengal from Thursday, May 23 and into the North Bay of Bengal from Friday, May 24 onwards. HEATWAVE RED ALERT ISSUED IN NORTH INDIA New Delhi: Offer- ing little respite to people reeling under a savage and searing sum- mer wave across the vast swathes of the country’s northern belt, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted heatwave to severe heat- wave conditions to prevail over parts of Raj, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, and West Uttar Pradesh as it issued a ‘red alert’ for the states over the next five days. The Met Department said maximum daytime tem- peratures in several districts of these states may breach the 470 C mark. A rickshaw puller carries passengers through waterlogged road, following rains, in Kolkata, Wednesday. ‘Udbhav’projectexplores India’srichmilitaryheritage Project Udbhav delves deep into ancient texts such as Vedas PTI New Delhi The Army has explored the epic battles of the Mahabharata, heroic ex- ploits of eminent mili- tary figures and India’s rich heritage in statecraft under a project that aims to enrich the nation’s outlook in the defence domain, Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande said on Tuesday. The project ‘Udbhav’, launched last year, delved deep into ancient texts such as Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads and Artha- shastra, and it has re- vealed substantial intel- lectual convergences be- tween eminent Indian and Western scholars, he said. The Army chief made the remarks at a conference titled ‘His- torical Patterns in Indian Strategic Culture’. The project ‘Udbhav’ aims to promote indige- nous discourse in the Army by integrating In- dia’s ancient strategic acumen into contempo- rary military domain with a focus on making the force “future-ready”. “The project has delved deep into ancient texts such as Vedas, Pura- nas, Upanishads and Arthashastra, which are rooted in inter-connect- edness, righteousness and ethical values,” the Army chief said. “Furthermore, it has explored the epic battles of the Mahabharata and the strategic brilliance during the reigns of Mau- ryas, Guptas and Mar- athas, which has shaped India’s rich military her- itage,” he said. PUNE PORSCHE CRASH Porsche owner’s family’s connection with Chhota Rajan comes to light Senior AAP leader called, spoke of pressure: Maliwal amid assault row Agencies New Delhi AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal on Wednesday alleged that party leaders were being pressured to speak against her and do certain things to defame her. Maliwal took to X and said: “Yes- terday, I got a call from a senior leader of the party. He told me how there is a lot of pres- sure on everyone, they have to speak dirty things against Swati, they have to break her by leaking her personal photos. It is being said that whoever supports her will be ex- pelled from the party.” Maliwal claimed that someone has been given the duty of doing press conferences and someone else has been given the duty of tweeting. Water woes plague South Delhi as election day nears PTI New Delhi Sitting in the hot summer sun with two empty jerry cans, 26-year-old Ra- jneesh Kumar waits for a water tanker to arrive due to the erratic water supply at his house in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar. Apart from water scarcity, traffic snarls, lack of parking space and poor drainage sys- tem are among the other issues plaguing the South Delhi constituency. MCXseessharpdecline inGoldSilver prices Vimal Kothari Jaipur The recent bullish trend in gold and silver has come to a halt with sig- nificant price drops on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX). Gold prices on the MCX have decreased by Rs 1014 per 10 grams, while silver prices have fallen by Rs 1896 per kilogram, re- flecting international market trends. This decline on the MCX has also impacted the spot prices in Jaipur. The price of gold in Jaipur has dropped from Rs 76,050 per 10 grams in the morning to Rs 75,250 per 10 grams. The drop in gold prices is attributed to the up- coming monthly cut in the gold futures market, while a profit recovery has been reported in sil- ver. This correction fol- lows three days of con- tinuous price increases. Matadin Soni, General Secretary of the Jaipur Bullion Committee, commented, “Recession after every boom is a natural process. Gold and silver prices may in- crease again once profit recovery ceases.” PTI Kanpur Four women were killed after being hit by a speed- ing car while they were crossing a road here, po- lice said on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Eastern Re- gion) Shravan Kumar Singh said the incident occurred on Tuesday night when some women were crossing GT Road near Maharajpur police station and they got hit by a car passing. The women were rushed to the hospital where they were declared dead, police said. Those killed have been identified as Sarita (40), Poonam Pandey (40), Jyoti Tiwari alias Rupa (30) and Divya alias Chanchal (26), they said. A case has been regis- tered against the car driv- er who fled from the spot. WOMAN KILLS CHILD AFTER FIGHT WITH HUSBAND IN NAGPUR; ROAMS WITH BODY FOR 4 KM TRAGIC COLLISION: THREE KILLED, SIX INJURED IN TEMPO-TRUCK COLLISION IN BIHAR'S SITAMARHI Nagpur: A woman allegedly killed her three-year-old daughter after a fight with her husband in Maharash- tra’s Nagpur city and roamed around 4 km on streets with the body before informing police about the incident, officials said on Wednesday. The incident took place on Monday evening in the MIDC police station limits, they said. Three people lost their lives and six others were injured in a collision between a tempo and a truck near Mohanpur Chowk in Bihar's Sitamarhi district, police said. Sitamarhi (Sadar) SDPO Ram Krishna told reporters, The incident occurred around 10 pm on Tuesday when the tempo, carrying the victims, col- lided head-on with a truck near Mohanpur Chowk. JOB CRISIS IN PAYTM LOOMS LARGE AFTER FALL IN SHARE PRICES AND REVENUE AMID RBI ACTION Paytm warned of job cuts and said it would trim non-core assets after reporting its first sales decline on record, reflecting fallout from a regulatory probe that curtailed much of the Indian fintech pioneer’s business. Once a role model for India’s nascent startup economy, Paytm’s net losses swelled several-fold to 5.5 billion rupees ($66.1 million) for the three months through March. The company known as One 97 Communications Ltd. reported a 2.6% slide in revenue to 22.7 billion rupees - the first drop since its 2021 stock-market debut. Its shares slid as much as 2%. Paytm, founded by Vijay Shekhar Sharma in 2010, is struggling to recover after a finance watchdog in January ordered a key banking affiliate to wind down. West Bengal, Odisha brace for heavy rainfall; get respite from heatwave IMD FORECASTS HEATWAVE IN PUNE Pune: After a few days of stormy pre- monsoon showers, Pune would witness a heat wave and hot and humid conditions, from Thursday, with the maximum temperature expected to rise and continue to do so for the next few days. Anupam Kashyapi, former head of weather forecasting, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the heat wave condi- tions in Pune would co- incide with the gradual decrease in rainfall. Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande, Northern Army Commander Lieutenant Upendra Dwivedi others at Seminar cum Exhibition on “Historical Patterns of Indian Strategic Culture” in New Delhi. REPRESENTATIONAL FILE Mangled remains of the speeding car in Kanpur. BJP WANTS TO CREATE WATER CRISIS IN DELHI Addressing a press conference, Atishi, who is also the Water minister, said the BJP has been hatching conspiracies to target AAP ever since the Lok Sabha polls were an- nounced. Within five days of the announcement of LS polls, Delhi CM Kejriwal was arrested so that the AAP could not campaign in the polls.” Speeding car kills 4 women in Kanpur INK THROWN AT POLICE VEHICLE Pune: Some persons alleg- edly tried to throw ink at the police vehicle in which the father of a 17-year-old boy, whose speeding luxury car killed two software engineers in Pune, was being brought to a local court, an official said. The incident occurred around 2.30 pm.
  • 8. NEWS 07 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Thursday | May 23, 2024 PTI Hong Kong In recognition of his groundbreaking discover- ies in the field of astrono- my, Shrini- vas R. Kulkarni, an Indian- origin pro- fessor from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has been awarded the prestigious Shaw Prize in Astronomy for 2024. Kulkarni, the George Ellery Hale Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science at Caltech’s Di- vision of Physics, Math- ematics and Astronomy, has been honoured for his pioneering work. MICROSOFT CEO ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Stop treating AI like humans: Satya Nadella India election only thing that looks stable: US political scientist Agencies New York week after Ope- nAI unveiled a personal assis- tant that can laugh, sing and speak with a mix of different voices, the com- pany’s closest partner of- fered a subtly different view for how people should engage with arti- ficial intelligence tools. “I don’t like anthropo- morphizing AI,” Micro- soft Corp. Chief Execu- tive Officer Satya Na- della told Bloomberg Television on Monday, referring to the practice of using verbs and nouns to describe AI that are typically reserved for people. “I sort of believe it’s a tool.” Nadella’s remarks hint at an ongoing debate in the tech industry over how much to humanize AI services at a time when the technology is advancing and respond- ing in ways that appear more human-like. Last week, a Google execu- tive told Bloomberg that while it’s possible to build AI tools that “show emotion,” the company prefers to focus on “be- ing super helpful and su- per useful.” OpenAI has taken a different approach. The company demonstrated a new voice assistant last week that it said can un- derstand emotions and express feelings of its own. At multiple points in the presentation, the AI voice appeared to hit on the employee using the tool onstage. Agencies New Delhi It is the year of elections. India, which is in the mid- dle of a 6-week-long gen- eral elections, is the “only thing that looks stable”, says top US political sci- entist Ian Bremmer. Over 60 countries are going to polls this year amid two raging wars, the Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Hamas war. The year began with Bangla- desh polls, followed by Pakistan, then Russia and Maldives. US polls are later this year. The Indi- an election is spread over seven phases, its longest since the first general election of 1951-52. “There’s an enormous amount of macro geopo- litical uncertainty. The future of globalisation is not going the way the companies want it to go. Politics is inserting itself into the global market- place. The wars are a big part of that. US China re- lations is a big part of it. US elections is a big part of that. And all four of those are not going well. None of them are being managed easily. And the pressures in all of these major issues are more negative. The only thing that looks stable and con- sistent politically is the India election. Every- thing else is problemat- ic,” Bremmer, the found- er of the Eurasia Group, a risk and research consult- ing firm, said. Bremmer maintains that PM Modi, 73, seek- ing re-election, will most likely be back in office for a third term with the same numbers as he did in 2019. First India Bureau Ahmedabad Rajasthan Royals ended Royal Challengers Ben- galuru’s eventful cam- paign in the Indian Pre- mier League with a four- wicket win in the Elimi- nator here onWednesday. Sent into bat, Royal Challengers Bengaluru scored 172/8. In reply, Rajasthan Royals chased down the target of 173 with six balls to spare. Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal struck a 30-ball 45, while Riyan Parag and Shimron Hetmyer chipped in with quick- fire 36 and 26 respec- tively. Earlier, Rajat Pati- dar top-scored for RCB with 34 off 22 balls. Virat Kohli made 33 off 24 balls before falling to wily leg-spinner Yuz- vendra Chahal, while Mahipal Lomror scored a brisk 17-ball 32. Notably, the match recorded no in- dividual half-centuries. Satya Nadella comments on the AI came shortly after Microsoft partner OpenAI introduced a new personal assistant capable of expressing a range of emotions and mimicking different voices. US political scientist and founder of the Eurasia Group Ian Bremmer. Rajasthan Royals' players celebrate their win in the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangaluru and Rajasthan Royals, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad, Wednesday. Players of Rajasthan Royals celebrate during their IPL Eliminator match against RCB in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. ANI Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s captain Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli celebrate their partnership in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. “I don’t like anthropomorphizing AI,” Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella said, referring to the practice of using verbs and nouns to describe AI that are typically reserved for people. “I sort of believe it’s a tool.” A The Royals will now take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 Match 72 RoyalsendRCB’scampaignwith four-wicketwininIPLEliminator Agencies Oslo Norway will recognise an independent Palestinian state in the hope that this will help to bring peace with Israel, Prime Minis- ter Jonas Gahr Stoere said on Wednesday. Ireland and Spain will also announce the recog- nition of a Palestinian state, sources said on Wednesday. European Union mem- bers Slovenia and Malta have also indicated in re- cent weeks that they plan to make the recognition, arguing a two-state solu- tion is essential for last- ing peace in the region. In the middle of a war, with tens of thou- sands of dead and in- jured, we must keep alive the only thing that can provide a safe home for both Israelis and Pales- tinians: two states that can live in peace with each other, Stoere told a press conference. Before the announce- ment, some 143 out of 193 member-states of the United Nations recog- nised a Palestinian state. Agencies Georgia Three Indian-origin stu- dents were killed while two others were injured in a car accident in the US stateofGeorgialastweek. The 5 students, all 18 years old, studied at Al- pharetta High School and the University of Geor- gia. Police believe speed may have been a factor in the deadly crash that took place in Alpharetta. They said the speeding vehicle overturned and ended up- side down in a tree line after the driver lost con- trol of the vehicle. While Aryan Joshi and Sriya Avasarala died on the spot, Anvi Sharma died during treatment. Agencies New York Donald Trump’s contro- versial biopic, titled The Apprentice debuted at Cannes 2024 and it has sent shaken the festival. The film, based on the life of businessman and former President of Unit- ed States of America, starred Sebastian Stan as Donald Trump. The film put Trump’s personal life before he became a household name across the globe. A report stated the film also depicts Donald Trump raping his late ex-wife Ivana, mak- ing deals with under- world figures to bring his dream of Trump Towers to life and more. PTI Mumbai America will send an In- dian astronaut to the In- ternational Space Station by the end of the year, US envoy to India Eric Garc- etti said on Wednesday. He said the NISAR project, a joint Earth-ob- serving mission between US space agency NASA and the ISRO, is also likely to be launched by the end of the year. First India Bureau Jaipur India defeated Kyr- gyzstan by 34-31 in the bronze medal match in the men’s category at the 4th Central Asian Open Handball Championship held from 14 to 21 May inTashkent (Uzbekistan). The feat was achieved due to the brilliant goal- keeping of Rajasthan’s AkshayrajSinghRathore. Till half time, both the teams were equal at 17- 17. In this match, Aksh- ayraj saved 13 goals in- cluding 4 penalties. Uz- bekistan defeated Ka- zakhstan in the title match. Teams from In- dia, Kazakhstan, Tajik- istan, Azerbaijan, and Kyrgyzstan along with host Uzbekistan partici- pated in this competition. India defeated Tajik- istan by 43-40 (27-21) in the first match. In this, Akshayraj saved 14 goals including 3 penalties. In the second match, India defeated Uzbeki- stan by 31-30 in a hard- fought match. In the fourth match, Azerbai- jan defeated India by 21-19 (13-09). Politics is inserting itself into global marketplace. US elections is a big part of that. None of them are being managed easily. The only thing that looks stable and consistent politically is the India election. Everything else is problematic. IANBREMMER, FOUNDER OF THE EURASIA GROUP “BJP WILL WIN 305 SEATS”: IAN BREMMER PREDICTS Mumbai: The BJP will win 305 (+/- 10) seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha election, Ian Bremmer said. Asked about his prediction for the Indian election, Bremmer said Eurasia Group research suggests the BJP will win 295-315 seats. PM Modi’s party, bidding for a third consecutive term, won the 2014 election with 282 seats (336 including its NDA part- ners) and the 2019 with 303 (353 with NDA allies). VIRATKOHLIBECOMES FIRSTSUPERBATTERTO COMPLETE8,000RUNS New Delhi: Batting talisman Virat Kohli has become the first batter to complete 8,000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Royal Challengers Bengaluru star accomplished the milestone with his 29th run against Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator of the 2024 In- dian Premier League (IPL) in Ahmedabad. Notably, no other batter has even 7,000 runs in the competition. Norway,alongwith Irelandand Spain,torecognisePalestinianstate Palestinian kids stand in a house destroyed by an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Palestinians inspect boats damaged in Israeli fire, amid the ongoing conflict in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. The Indian team included Akshayraj Singh Rathore from Jaipur, Rai Singh from Hanumangarh and Shahrukh Gauri from Bundi. Sriya Avasarala, Anvi Sharma and Aryan Joshi. Late Ivana and Donald Trump. ISRAELI FORCES MOVE DEEPER INTO RAFAH IN NIGHT OF HEAVY BATTLE: STATE OFFICIALS Cairo: Israeli tanks advanced to the edge of a crowd- ed district in the heart of Rafah on Wednesday during one of the most intense nights of bombardment of the southern Gaza city since Israel launched its offensive there this month as per State officials. Israel's assault on Rafah on Gaza's southern edge has set hundreds of thousands of peo- ple fleeing what had been a refuge for half of the enclave's 2.3 million people. It has also cut off the main access routes for aid into Gaza, drawing international fears of mass casual- ties and famine. Israel says it has no choice but to attack the city to root out the all battalions of Hamas fighters. MEET INDIAN-BORN NIKESH ARORA, SECOND-HIGHEST PAID CEO IN THE US New York: Indian-born Nikesh Arora, the CEO of Palo Alto Networks, has landed the second spot on The Wall Street Journal's 2023 list of highest-paid CEOs in the US. With a compensation of $151.43 million, the 56-year-old's earnings have surpassed those of many tech giants, like Meta's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sundar Pichai. Nikesh Arora went to the US for an MBA at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. CentralAsianHandballC’ship:Indiabeat Kyrgyzstan34-31inbronzemedalmatch “US will send an Indian astronaut to ISS by year-end” 3 Indian-origin students killed in accident in USA Trump biopic shows him ‘raping’ ex-wife Ivana IndianscientistwinsprestigiousShawPrize