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CM SHARMA CAMPAIGNS IN DELHI
Modi is the greatest leader of the world: CM
Aishwary Pradhan
New Delhi
ccusing the
AAP of being
involved neck
deep in corruption, Chief
Minister Bhajan Lal
Sharma on Thursday said
it is funny that Delhi CM
Arvind Kejriwal had ear-
lier campaigned against
corruption with Anna
Hazare but now he him-
self went to jail after be-
ing found involved in
corruption. He said that if
this party misbehaved
with a senior leader of its
own party in the Chief
Minister’s office, then
how will it provide secu-
rity to the mothers and
sisters of Delhi.
Addressing a road
show in Rohini, Delhi in
support of the BJP candi-
date from North West
Delhi seat Yogendra
Chandolia, Sharma said
that the people of Delhi
will answer these hypo-
crites by voting in favour
of BJP.
Praising PM Narendra
Modi, Sharma said that
he is the greatest leader
of the world and due to
the unprecedented work
done in the last 10 years
in the country; the public
has full faith in him. He
said that Modi has taken
concrete steps for poor
welfare, border security,
development of the coun-
try and eradicating ter-
rorism and Naxalism,
due to which India is
proud of the whole world
and the world is looking
at India with hopeful
eyes. Sharma said that
the Congress party only
does politics of corrup-
tion and appeasement. P8
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma takes part in roadshow to
support Yogendra Chandolia at Delhi’s Rohini on Thursday.
A
IN BRIEF
Seven Naxalites killed
in encounter in Ch’garh
Bijapur: Seven Naxalites
were killed in an encoun-
ter with the security per-
sonnel on Thursday in the
border area of Bijapur dis-
trict in Chhatisgarh. The
joint team of security per-
sonnel was engaged in an
anti-Naxal operation when
the encounter took place,
said SP Prabhat Kumar.
RECORD HIGH!
Staging a smart recov-
ery intraday, equity
markets hit an all-time
high on Thursday with
the benchmark indices
surging over 1.5%.
The S&P BSE Sensex
touched a lifetime high.
 Many colleges in Delhi,
including Lady Sri Ram
College, Hansraj College,
get bomb threat email on
Thursday, cops call it hoax.
 Three hotels in Bengal-
uru received bomb threats
via email on Thursday,
prompting city authorities
to initiate an investigation.
Return to India, face
law: Gowda to Prajwal
Bengaluru: Former
Prime Minister and JDS
patriarch HD Deve
Gowda on Thursday is-
sued a warning to his
grandson Prajwal Re-
vanna to return to India
and submit himself to
the legal process.
PASSIONATE WELCOME FOR PM MODI IN PATIALA AS
HE ADDRESSES A POWERFUL RALLY IN PUNJAB
BOILER EXPLODES AT MAHA’S DOMBIVLI CHEMICAL PLANT
I.N.D.I.A bloc talking about
having 5 PMs in 5 years: Modi
First India Bureau
Patiala
Ahead of the impending
Lok Sabha elections in
2024, PM Narendra Modi
addressed a powerful
rally amid a passionate
welcome by the people of
Patiala, Punjab on Thurs-
day. PM Modi began his
address by paying rich
tributes to the land of
‘Guru Tegh Bahadur.’
PM said, “INDIA bloc is
talking about having 5
PMs over the next 5 years
and said the fight over
‘ghee’ has broken out in
the alliance, even before
cow has given milk”. P5
PM MODI URGES PUNJAB VOTERS TO CHOOSE ‘VIKSIT PUNJAB’
PM Narendra Modi during a public meeting for Phase 6 of the Lok
Sabha polls, in Patiala on Thursday. Also seen here are Preneet
Kaur, Sunil Jakhar, Arvind Khanna and other BJP leaders.
Firefighters attempt to douse the fire after an explosion in the
Dombivali Chemical Plant at Maharashtra’s Thane on Thursday.
It was I.N.D.I Alliance’s divisive politics which
caused the partition of India and kept us away
from the Kartarpur Sahib for 70 years.
NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER
At least 8 killed, 60 injured as
blast and fire hit Thane factory
First India Bureau
Thane
At least 8 people have
lost their lives and over
60 others injured after a
major fire erupted fol-
lowing a boiler explosion
at a chemical factory in
Dombivli, Thane district,
Maharashtra, on Thurs-
day. Among deceased, 2
were women and 5 men.
The incident was report-
ed at chemical factory in
the Phase 2 of Dombivli
MIDC complex, officials
said. As per initial re-
ports, four boilers ofAm-
ber Chemical Company
exploded, triggering a
massive blaze. Due to
fire, drums containing
chemicals started burst-
ing, shattering window
panes of nearby houses.
Congress has only taken forward dynastic
politics. From Indira Gandhi to the present
generation of the family, Congress has been
giving the slogan of eradicating poverty, but has done
nothing for the poor.
BHAJAN LAL SHARMA, CHIEF MINISTER
Campaigning ends for
Phase 6 of LS election
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Campaigning ended on
Thursday for the penulti-
mate phase of Lok Sabha
electionsin58constituen-
cies across 6 states and 2
Union territories, includ-
ing all the 7 seats in Delhi.
Besides the national
capital, polling for the
6th round of the mara-
thon 7-phase elections
will be held Saturday in
14 seats in Uttar Pradesh,
all 10 seats of Haryana, 8
seats each in Bihar and
West Bengal, 6 seats in
Odisha, 4 in Jharkhand
and 1 seat in J&K.
Officials carrying poll materials
in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.
‘62% VOTER TURNOUT
RECORDED IN PHASE 5’
BOMBTHREATS!
A voter turnout of 62.2%
has been recorded in
phase-5, covering 49 par-
liamentary constituencies
(PCs) in eight states and
union territories in the ongo-
ing Lok Sabha elections
2024, the ECI on Thursday.
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Half of India turns into furnace due to severe heatwave & forest fire Over 7 die of heavier than normal pre-monsoon rains in South
T
he blistering heat
across the nation,
especially North-
ern India, continued to
unabated on Thursday as
the maximum tempera-
ture breached the 48 de-
grees Celsius mark in
Rajasthan’s Barmar, the
highest in India so far this
season. Official data
showed that at least 24
places in Delhi, Punjab,
Haryana, Rajasthan, UP,
Gujarat, and MP record-
ed maximum tempera-
tures of 46 degrees Cel-
sius or above on Thurs-
day. Conditions are likely
to worsen as the IMD
predicted a rise of 3 to 4
degrees in northwest In-
dia over next few days.
FIVE LIVES LOST DUE
TO HEATWAVE IN RAJ
CYCLONIC STORM REMAL
TO HIT WEST BENGAL
O
n the other hand,
a red alert was is-
sued for several
parts of Kerala as torren-
tial rains killed at least 7
people across state. Ac-
cording to the India Me-
teorological Department
(IMD), the red alert was
issued in 5 districts that
were likely to receive
heavy rainfall. Pre-mon-
soon rains were 18%
above normal in Kerala
this year, causing flood-
ing in parts and disrupt-
ing flights at Kozhikode
airport, officials said.
Meanwhile, parts of the
Cochin city corporation
in the Ernakulam district
were inundated after
heavy rainfall.
In a tragic development, 5
people are suspected to
have lost their lives due to
severe heatwave gripping
Rajasthan. Four people
have reportedly died due to
the extreme heat in Jalore.
Additionally, another young
man passed away in Ahore,
although it has yet to be
confirmed if his death was
heatwave-related. P3
The IMD told on Thursday
that a low-pressure system
over the Bay of Bengal will
intensify and reach Bang-
ladesh and adjoining WB
coasts as a severe cyclonic
storm by Sunday evening. It
is 1st pre-monsoon cyclone
in Bay of Bengal and will
be named Remal, as per
system of naming cyclones
in Indian Ocean region. P6
(T-B) Tourists use umbrellas for protection from scorching sun at
Jantar Mantar, in Jaipur. Policeman covers his face for protection
from heat in Amritsar. Woman with a child during hot sunny day.
(T-B) People walk amid heavy rainfall which brought relief from
excessive summer heat, in Hyderabad on Thursday. Commuters
move on flooded road during heavy rain, in Kochi, on Thursday.
49°C
BARMER 19°C
KOCHI
46°C
PILANI 26°C
KOZHIKODE
47°C
CHURU 25°C
BENGALURU
45°C
JAIPUR 28°C
HYDERABAD
HOTTEST RAJ CITIES WEATHER IN SOUTH
MELTING
MELTING
NORTH
NORTH
FLOODING
FLOODING
SOUTH
SOUTH
A wave of urgency swept through Jaipur police on
Wednesday night at 8:45 PM, following a message
from Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph over
the wireless network. The
Commissioner alerted
the force about criminals
allegedly roaming the
city in a car, providing a
specific vehicle number
and urging for stringent
roadblocks to apprehend
the suspects. Within 15
minutes, police person-
nel mobilized in the field. Extensive roadblocks were set
up, and vehicles were thoroughly checked.Commissioner
Joseph later clarified that the operation was a mock drill
designed to test the police’s readiness.
HONOURING EXCELLENCE
Acharya Lokesh honored globally
First India Bureau
New Delhi/Jodhpur
fter being hon-
oured with the
American Pres-
idential Award, Acharya
Lokesh will reach Jodh-
pur on Saturday. Ra-
jasthan being his birth
place, he will be given a
warm welcome at the air-
port. Acharya Lokesh
leave for Shri Nakoda
Tirtha after this.
During the World
Peace Sadbhavana Yatra,
the acharya was hon-
oured with the American
Presidential Award in
Washington and the
World Book of Records
in the British Parliament
and the Lokmat Global
Trailblazer Award in the
Global Economic Con-
vention in Singapore.
Acharya Lokeshji,
founderofAhimsaVishwa
Bharati and World Peace
Centre, while addressing
the delegation led by for-
mer mayor Rameshwar
Dadhich from Jodhpur,
said that he had never
thought that a man born in
Pachpadra,asmalltownin
Barmer would ever be
honoured with such a
prestegious award.
Acharya Lokesh receiving the American Presidential Award.
A
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Raj Police, NCB bust two major drug ops in State
Rajeev Gaur
Jodhpur/Sanchore
NCB zonal director Gha-
nasyam Soni informed
that a joint team raided
one Suresh Kumar’s resi-
dence, seizing 6.870 kg
of Morphine and 17.50
gm of Codeine hidden
under cattle food. Kumar,
not present during the
raid, faces charges under
NDPSAct sections 8, 21,
22, and 29. Meanwhile
in another case, more
than 800 kgs of Ganja be-
ing transported from
Odisha has been recov-
ered in Vivek Vihar po-
lice station area in Jodh-
pur. The Marijuana
seized is worth approxi-
mately Rs 4.30 Crores
800 KG MARIJUANA, 6.8 KG MORPHINE AND 17.50 GM CODEINE RECOVERED
The cops seized over 800 Kg
of Ganja in Jodhpur. (Inset)
Ghanshyam Soni speaking
about the raid on Thursday.
EducationalexpensesofPrachito
becoveredbystate,saysDilawar
First India Bureau
Alwar
Education Minister
Madan Dilawar declared
that the Rajasthan gov-
ernment will bear all fu-
ture educational expens-
es for Prachi Soni, a stu-
dent fromAxisAcademy
School in Ikerotia vil-
lage, Khairthal, Alwar.
Prachi made history by
scoring a perfect 500 out
of 500 in the State Sec-
ondary Education
Board’s Class 12 exams.
Minister Dilawar made
this announcement while
addressing a ceremony in
Khairthal held in honor
of the exemplary student.
“Prachi Soni has accom-
plished something un-
precedented in Ra-
jasthan’s history,” the
Minister stated. He also
highlighted the efforts of
CM Bhajan Lal’s govt in
striving to improve the
quality of education.
Education Minister Madan Dilawar along with Forest min Sanjay
Sharma during the felicitation ceremony on Thursday.
POLICE AMBUSHED DURING OPERATION IN HINDOLI WOMAN, LOVER BEATEN BY IN-LAWS IN BANSWARA
A police team from Anantpura station in Kota was
attacked while attempting to apprehend a criminal
in Hindoli. The sudden assault occurred as the
team was searching for a notorious offender named Ram-
raj. The Kota police were in the village to arrest Ramraj
when some local villagers intervened, pelting stones at the
officers and enabling the criminals to escape. There are
also reports of gunfire during the altercation, although this
has not yet been confirmed.
In the Motagaon police station area in Banswara ,
a married woman and her lover were brutally as-
saulted by her in-laws. The couple, who had been
missing for five days, were found and tied up before being
beaten. The woman’s in-laws caught the pair and forcibly
took them home. The woman was tied to a tree, while her
lover was bound with ropes and beaten. Photos of the
assault went viral, bringing the incident to the attention of
police.The police have detained the husband.
J&Kattack:Injured
womanbroughttoSMS
First India Bureau
Jaipur
A couple from Jaipur,
who were injured in the
firing by terrorists in
Anantnag, Jammu and
Kashmir, have been
shifted to the Medical
College in Jammu. Ta-
brez Khan has been ad-
mitted to a hospital in
Chennai for eye treat-
ment while his wife
Farha has been admitted
to the trauma centre of
SMS Hospital, Jaipur.
Orthopedics specialist
Dr Anurag Dhakad said,
“As per the orders of the
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma, Farha Khan
has been provided the
best medical care. The
bullet wound has been
examined and her health
is stable. The X-ray and
CT scan have been done
to see the condition of
her shoulder.”
Tabrez (38) and Farha
(38) are residents of the
Brahmpuri area in Jaipur
and had gone to Jammu
and Kashmir.
Farha Khan, was shot in the
shoulder on May 18.
JDA action on illegal
colonies in eco zone
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The Jaipur Development
Authority has once again
taken action against at-
tempts to establish illegal
colonies in the ecological
zone. Under the direction
of Chief Enforcement
Controller Mahendra
Sharma, JDA enforce-
ment team successfully
thwarted efforts to set up
unauthorized settlements
in various locations.
In Looniyawas, prepa-
rations were underway to
establish an illegal colo-
ny under the name of
Sadbhavana Nagar. Sim-
ilarly, near Baba Bal-
aknath Ashram, an area
was being prepared un-
der the name of Dwarka-
puri, and in Kho Nagori-
yan, there were efforts to
set up a colony called
Makka Nagar.
Housing Board
to plant over one
lakh trees in Raj
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Housing Board President
T Ravikant held a review
meeting of departmental
officers on Thursday &
took feedback on work
done and suggestions
given in the meetings
held last month and nec-
essary directions given.
Ravikant told the of-
ficers and employees to
plant trees for a safe fu-
ture. He said that as per
the instructions of the
CS, Housing Board
should also make an im-
portant contribution to-
wards environmental
protection by planting
more than a lakh trees.
Commissioner Inderjit
Singh said that trees
should also be planted in
the handed over property
to maximise greenery.
Sports Council
sacks tennis
coach on rape
case conviction
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Tennis coach
Gaurang Nalwaya,
who was found
guilty on rape charg-
es, was dismissed
from the service of
Rajasthan Sports
Council on Wednes-
day. Nalvaya, a ten-
nis coach at Sawai
Mansingh Stadium,
was sentenced to 20
years of rigorous im-
prisonment by the
Special Judge of
Jaipur Metropolitan
I on November 9,
2023 after being
convicted in a rape
case by one of the
tennis trainees.
Rajasthan Sports
Council disciplinary
authority’s Sohan-
ram Chaudhary is-
sued an order on
Wednesday dismiss-
ing Gaurang Nalvaya
from Sports Council
service with effect
from November 9,
2023, the day he was
convicted.
It is worth noting
that one of his train-
ees had leveled rape
allegations against
tenniscoachGaurang
Nalwaya. he was ar-
rested on this charge
in June 2021 and was
suspended from Ra-
jasthan Sports
Council service.
Gaurang was ac-
cused of taking his
trainee to a hotel in
Udaipur on the pre-
text of selection and
raping her there.
CRIME
ROUNDUP COMMISSIONER BIJU’S MOCK DRILL TESTS JAIPUR
POLICE’S RAPID DEPLOYMENT IN EMERGENCIES
NOTICE ISSUED TO
GUNJAL’S ILLEGAL
COWSHED BY UIT
In a significant
development,
the Urban
Improvement Trust
(UIT) has issued a
notice against an illegal
gaushala operated
by Ramratan Gunjal,
brother of former MLA
Prahlad Gunjal. The
gaushla is located in
Dharmpura village on
plot number 226.
The notice, issued by
the Deputy Secretary
of UIT, declares the
cowshed an illegal en-
croachment and gives
a three-day ultimatum
to vacate the land. If
the encroachment is
not removed within
the stipulated period,
further action will be
taken according to the
regulations.
WILDLIFECENSUSCOMMENCES
Wildlife census
began in State’s
forest reserves
on Vaishakh
Purnima, which
fell on Thursday.
The census will
continue till 8 am
on Friday. The
population of
tigers, leopards &
other wildlife is
being estimated
using the water
hole method.
This time, scaffolding has
been erected at a total of
12 water points in Jhalana
Leopard Reserve in Jaipur.
First India Photojournalist
SANTOSH SHARMA captured a
leopard resting near the water
hole unmindful of the birds
looking for food near him.
Two women volunteers, brave intense heat as they sit on a makeshift machan in Jhalana
Leopard Reserve waiting for the animals to come to the water hole to drink water on Thursday.
Preparations being done to help forest officials & volunteers sit
on special machan made on trees. 
A nilgai grazing in the forest reserve. As of 2020, the nilgai
population in Rajasthan was 80,234, up from 70,924 in 2015.
SANTOSH SHARMA  SUNIL SHARMA
CAMPAIGN AGAINST ADULTERATION
7k litres ghee, 43k litres mustard oil seized
Vikas Sharma
Jaipur
n a concerted
effort to combat
food adultera-
tion, the Food Safety
Commission conducted
extensive operations
across various locations
in Jaipur on Thursday.
Over 43,000 litres of
adulterated cooking oil
and approximately 7,000
litres of contaminated
ghee were seized during
the raids.
Under the guidance of
Food Safety Commis-
sioner Iqbal Khan and the
leadership of Additional
Commissioner Pankaj
Ojha, a significant raid
took place at Ritesh En-
terprises in Cooker Khe-
da Mandi on Sikar Road.
Ojha reported that
samples were collected
from Paliwal, Balaji, and
Tirumala brands, totaling
2044 kilograms of ghee.
Additionally, around
4000 litres of ghee from
the Nand Krishna brand
by Home Sarathi at Shri
Food Trading were also
sampled. Notably, the
Paliwal brand had previ-
ously failed quality tests.
Officials of Food Safety Commissionerate with the seized mustard
oil at the Surajpol Anajmandi in Jaipur on Thursday.
Afterseizureofabout
2,470litresofmustard
oilfromSurajpol,
41,000litresof
Tagorebrandoilwas
alsoseizedatGoyal
OilIndustryinVKI
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First India Bureau
Jaipur
Rajasthan University
held a Senate meeting on
Thursday to discuss
preparations for the up-
coming convocation cer-
emony scheduled for
June 19. The meetingth-
at was chaired by Vice-
Chancellor Professor
Alpana Kateja, focused
on key decisions regard-
ing the convocation.
Professor Kateja an-
nounced that 467 de-
grees and 126 gold med-
als will be awarded dur-
ing the ceremony.
In total, approximate-
ly 166,139 degrees, in-
cluding undergraduate
degrees, will be distrib-
uted. The list of degree
recipients has been up-
loaded to the universi-
ty’s website.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The state government has
issued a notification to
constitute the State Level
Authorization Committee
under the Transplantation
ofHumanOrgansandTis-
sues Act-1994.
ACS Health Shubhra
Singh said that the Princi-
pal and Controller of
SawaiMansinghMedical
College will be the chair-
man of this committee.
Dr. Narpat Singh Shekha-
wat, former Superinten-
dent of Sawai Mansingh
Hospital, Dr. B.L. Yadav,
Professor of General Sur-
gery Department at SMS
Hospital, Dr.Ashok Shar-
da, former President of
Indian Medical Associa-
tion Rajasthan, Seema
Daya of Seva Bharti Ra-
jasthan, Medical Educa-
tion Secy. and representa-
tives of Director Public
Healthwillbemembersin
committee.
First India Bureau
Jaipur/Kota
The rising mercury levels
in Jaipur have led to de-
teriorating health condi-
tions among children,
adding to woes of scorch-
ing heat wave across the
state. Children are flood-
ing hospitals, including
JK Lone Hospital.
Amid scorching tem-
peratures, Tonk is facing
a dual onslaught of fire
incidents and blistering
heat. While fire hazards
loom from sky, scorching
heatwaves continue to
torment residents, affect-
ing daily life. The mer-
cury soared past 43° C by
noon, leaving people
struggling to cope with
intense heat. In response,
authorities are spraying
water on roads to provide
relief but the situation re-
mains dire as hospitals
witness a surge in pa-
tients suffering from
heat-related illnesses.
First India Bureau
Jaipur/Churu
Irate residents of Ward 47
protested on Thursday by
holding contractor hos-
tage here over power cuts.
They locked the electrici-
ty office of Mochibada.
CouncillorAshok Panwar
said that on Wednesday
night, an electric wire of
11,000 KV LT fused.
“When contractor Mu-
rali Swamy was called, he
started abusing. People
called the officials of the
electricity department but
none answered the calls.
Angry, the residents held
the contractor hostage the
next day,” he said.
Animal Husbandry and
Dairy Minister Joraram
Kumawat met the Energy
MinHiralalNagarregard-
ing undeclared power
cuts. Rajya Sabha MP
Madan Rathore talked to
CM Bahajan Lal Sharma
regarding drinking water
crisis in rural areas and
requested him to solve the
problem. BJP candidate
from Sujangarh assembly
constituency and head of
BidasarPanchayatSamiti,
Santosh Meghwal also
met Minister Nagar.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
ACS health Shubhra Sin-
gh reached SMS hospital
after the news of First In-
dia. Notably First India
had run a special story
yesterday on the inade-
quate arrangements in the
hospital. Shubhra Singh
took stock of the arrange-
ments regarding heat
stroke cases. Expressing
displeasure overthe cha-
os, she directed the hospi-
tal administration to im-
mediately make a contin-
gency plan and all ar-
rangementswithin7days.
Singh visited the emer-
gency unit, medicine
ward, Bangar complex
and Charak Bhawan to
see the arrangements. She
expressed her discontent-
ment over the shut duct-
ing plant in emergency
unit and coolers not func-
tioning at other places.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
FormerdeputyCMSachin
Pilot campaigned for a
staggering 18 hours in a
singleday.Startinghisday
at 6 AM on May 22, Pilot
embarked on an extensive
election tour, returning to
Delhibymidnight.During
this marathon day, he ad-
dressed electoral rallies in
three Lok Sabha constitu-
encies across Punjab and
Himachal Pradesh.
Despite his late return,
Pilot was up early the next
morning, joining Rahul
Gandhi at a rally in North
East Delhi at 9 AM on
May23.Followingthis,he
is scheduled to return to
Punjab for further cam-
paigning on May 24.
Pilot has emerged as a
key figure in the current
LSPolls,havingaddressed
over 100 rallies across 14
states.
Vimal Kothari
Jaipur
Officials of the Commer-
cial Tax Department
(SGST) are under im-
mense stress these days.
Work pressure has
claimed the life of one
Deputy Commissioner
level officer, who died of
heart attack while one
underwent a stunt sur-
gery and two officers are
undergoing treatment for
heart related ailments.
Apart from this, two of-
ficers posted as Assistant
Commercial Tax Officer
suffered brain stroke and
are undergoing treat-
ment. Many officers are
ignoring pain in their
heart. However, the GST
law alone is not responsi-
ble for the condition of
the officers.
The GST on domesti-
cally sold goods and ser-
vices was implemented
in 2017. Since it is a new
law, many amendments
have been made in it.
There is a big problem in
the GST law regarding
filing of returns and re-
covery of dues. The situ-
ation is that despite the
amendments, there is a
lot of resentment regard-
ing GST among the tax-
payers and the officers
collecting GST due to the
desired amendments not
being made. Since the
GST law has fixed dead-
lines for filing returns
and penalizing taxpayers
on the basis of technical
mistakes, it has increased
stress on officers.
Department officials
said that work was al-
ways there but there is a
shortage of supporting
staff and officers.
RU Senate meet
to discuss preps
for convocation
Authorisation panel
formedforRajasthan
Pilot campaigns for 18
hours in a single day
Under stress, SGST officials
suffer heart related ailments
Since, the GST law has fixed deadlines for filing returns, penalizing
taxpayers on technical mistakes, it has increased stress on officers.
Sachin Pilot during the rally in support of Amarinder Singh Raja
Warring in Ludhiana on Thursday.
ACS Health Shubhra Singh during inspection of heat preparedness
at SMS Hospital in Jaipur on Thursday.
A family takes shade of umbrella to protect self from heat in Jaipur on Thursday. NAIM KHAN
(L ) Women protesting by throwing pots from a water tank in Aradavata near Chirawa in Jhunjhunu
on Thursday. (R) Farmers submitting memo at Discom office in Raniwada, Sanchore on Thursday.
Weather-borne diseases
on the rise across State
Health woes amid heatwave
ACS inspects SMS hosp
after FIN reports chaos
SMS MEDICAL COLLEGE PRINCIPAL
INSPECTS JANANA HOSPITAL
In the midst of scorching heat,
SMS Medical College Principal
Dr. Deepak Maheshwari led a
meticulous inspection of Janana Hospi-
tal, scrutinizing its facilities and opera-
tions. The inspection aimed to assess
the hospital’s preparedness amidst the
intense summer conditions. Patients,
particularly in OPD and ICU, expressed
dismay over the inadequacies. Mahesh-
wari assured swift corrective action to
address the patients’ concerns.
EX-CMASHOKGEHLOTCONCERNED
OVERRISEINTEMPERATURE
Former CM Ashok Gehlot has
suggested people to take full pre-
cautions to avoid heat. He also
said that the state government should
be fully prepared to face any adverse
situation. “The temperature has reached
above 45 degrees Celsius in many dis-
tricts of the state. The Meteorological De-
partment has issued a red alert for May
25 and 26 in which the temperature may
go up to 50 degrees at some places,” the
Congress leader posted on X.
May-mayhemasmercurysoars;
publicprotestsforpowersupply
Barmer
48.8
Jaisalmer
47.5
Phalodi
48.6
Jodhpurr
47.4
MERCURY NEARING
49°
C IN WEST-RAJ
POWER DEMAND
SOARS BY 20%
2 UNITS OF STPP 
KALISINDH OFFLINE
With soaring tem-
perature, demand
for electricity is
reaching a record break-
ing level in Rajasthan.
Despite the power cuts,
supply has increased
by 500 lakh units in
the second fortnight of
May. 3178 lakh units of
electricity were supplied
to the public on May 15
whereas on May 22, 3575
lakh units were supplied,
that too when about 60 to
70 lakh units were cut.
Two power gen-
eration units in
state have been
shut down. One unit of
the Kalisindh Thermal
Plant, with a capacity
of 600 megawatts, has
been taken offline due
to technical reasons.
Additionally, a unit of
the Suratgarh Thermal
Plant is closed for annual
maintenance. Accord-
ing to sources from the
production corporation,
efforts are underway to
resolve technical issues.
A REALITY CHECK BY FIRST INDIA REVEALS
RAMPANT POWER WASTAGE IN GOVT OFFICES
ENERGYMININSTRUCTS
OFFICIALSTOENSURE
UNINTERRUPTEDPOWER Amid scorching heat and ongoing electricity and
water crises, a stark contrast in power usage has
been observed in government offices in Jaipur. A
reality check by First India reveals rampant electricity wast-
age in these offices, despite widespread public suffering
due to power cuts. Empty rooms and buildings in govern-
ment facilities are found with lights, fans, coolers, and ACs
running unnecessarily. While citizens struggle without
power, government offices display a dismal state of energy
management. In the wake of First India’s news report,
Greater Nigam sprung into action  has issued directives
to all officials and employees, mandating the shutdown of
electricity upon leaving offices. The order, issued by the
Additional Commissioner, aims to promote energy conser-
vation and responsible usage practices among government
staff. Shivendra Parmar, Vikas Sharma, and Ziauddin Khan
Amid surge in de-
mand for electricity
due to prevailing
heatwaves, the Energy
Minister, Hiralal Nagar has
instructed all officers and
employees of the Electric-
ity dept to ensure uninter-
rupted power supply to
state. He instructed officials
to ensure adequate power
supply to meet increasing
demand while addressing
outages promptly.
Furious residents
hold contractor
hostage in Churu;
sanitation workers
shift time changed
Organ donation fake NOC case
The beautiful full moon illuminates the majestic Albert Hall on the pious occasion of Buddha Purnima on Thursday. NAIM KHAN
MAJESTIC ALBERT HALL
ON ‘FULL MOON’
here are
times when a
wave of anx-
iety sweeps
over people,
sometimes because the
world seems more unsafe
than usual, at other times
because of a personal situ-
ation. Yet ultimately the
ability to feel safe and se-
cure is always personal.
The issue crosses the line
between psychological and
spiritual, so we need to con-
sider both aspects.
As a psychological issue,
anxiety hasn’t yielded a
medical solution, which is
why millions of people are
prescribed a tranquilizer to
subdue the symptoms of
free-floating anxiety in-
stead of being offered a
cure. Free-floating anxiety
is defined as “a chronic,
general feeling of unease or
apprehension that doesn’t
relate to any specific situa-
tion or object.” Unlike a
fearrootedinaspecificsitu-
ation,suchaslosingajobor
running out of money, peo-
ple who suffer from free-
floating anxiety feel unsafe.
Whether or not the world
is unsafe doesn’t really
cause you to feel unsafe—
this is more like feeling un-
safe in your skin. It is a
pervasive sensation that
crosses over into the physi-
cal as literally trembling,
hyperventilating, feeling
cold and faint, etc. Fear has
a certain weightless quality,
which offers a clue.The op-
posite of weightlessness is
grounded, and if you feel
grounded, it naturally fol-
lows that you will feel safe
and unthreatened.
Grounding has more
than one meaning. You can
be physically grounded,
with the implication that
you are calm, stable, and
secure, with both feet on
the ground. You can have a
personality that exhibits the
same traits. Your behavior
is grounded if you are rea-
sonable, not easily shaken,
reliable, and down to earth.
I’ve described a constel-
lation of qualities that be-
long together, but they also
exist on a spectrum. There
aremilderwordsforfeeling
anxious (jumpy, nervous,
worried) and stronger
words (dread, fearful, ter-
rifying). Not everyone is
gifted with a lifelong sense
of being rounded, secure,
and safe. Everyone else
falls along the spectrum of
anxiety by way of memory
and past experience. To-
day’s anxious feelings were
born in the past and keep
repeating themselves. This
pattern of repetition contin-
ues and even grows worse
if healing isn’t introduced.
Starting in childhood, we
all learn behaviors that re-
inforce feeling safe or not.
You will feel safe today
if you learned in the past
how to...
Love and be loved
Trust in yourself and others
Take responsibility for your
life
Be self-reliant
Develop courage and con-
fidence
Handle crises well
Believe in positive solu-
tions
Value yourself, have good
self-esteem
Call on help and support
when you need it
Accept negative emotions
as passing events
Value calmness and
stability
Looking back, everyone
has mixed experiences of
these qualities, which are
enmeshed in everyday life
and jumbled together with
their opposite. Yet none is
merely a lucky gift. These
are learned behaviors and
attitudes. You can con-
sciously promote them as
an adult.
At the same time, it is
necessary to confront the
qualities that give rise to
anxiety. These are the op-
posite of the list above.You
will feel unsafe today if
you learned in the past that
you are...
Unloved and unlovable
Not safe trusting in your-
self or others
Not responsibility for your
life but blame others in-
stead
Unable to stand on your
own
Not likely to be coura-
geous in difficult situa-
tions
Very likely to be over-
whelmed in a crisis
Fated to fall into worst-
case scenarios
Prone to low self-esteem
Alone without support
from others
Threatened by negative
emotions in yourself or di-
rected from others
Rarely calm and relaxed
Because everything on
both lists is interconnected,
it only makes sense that
overcoming free-floating
anxiety is so difficult thera-
peutically. How can there
be enough time to unravel
such a tangled web? With
enougheffortandvigilance,
it is possible to address
theseissuesonebyone.You
can develop a support net-
work around yourself, un-
dertakechallengesthatraise
your self-esteem, and find
someone who truly loves
you for who you are.
Yet as a solution, this
sounds half-hearted and
piecemeal. The point of
listing the qualities that
make a person safe, secure,
and grounded isn’t to dis-
courage you but to bring to
light the elements of the
problem. Finding a better
solution is a pressing need
and for many people an ur-
gent one—as time passes,
their anxiety will only grow
worse.
This is where the crosso-
ver to spirituality occurs, if
we understand spirituality
not as religion but as a path
to the true self. The anxiety
experienced in everyday
life is innate in the ego,
which feels alone and inse-
cure by its very construc-
tion.The “me” you identify
with is a jumbled construct
of memory amassed from
experiences going back to
early childhood.
Yet underlying this frag-
ile construct is the sense of
“I am,” which is constant
and unchanging. Your true
self is grounded in “I am”
as a permanent aspect of
itself. Being here now is the
basis of its existence, undis-
turbed by incessant activity
of the active mind. InYoga,
there is even a fundamental
source of safety, security,
andstabilityintheso-called
first chakra.
There are seven chakras
or energy centers distribut-
ed from the base of the
spine (first chakra) to the
crown of the head (seventh
chakra), but it isn’t neces-
sary to accept or even un-
derstand how this map of
subtle physiology works.
The point is that feeling
grounded is a state of bal-
anced awareness. From this
state spreads all the physi-
cal, emotional, and psycho-
logical qualities we’ve
been discussing. (For much
more detail, you might look
at my book, Living in the
Light, which fully explores
Yoga and chakra system.)
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
TOP
TWEETS
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
What we are today comes from
our thoughts today comes from,
and our present thoughts build
our life of tomorrow.
BIBLE
THE CHAKRA
SYSTEM
It is also part of the chakra
system to place the first
chakra as the most basic
- you have to be grounded
before the pursuit of higher
consciousness is made
possible. Any practice
that settles your aware-
ness into the simple state
of being here now will
make you more grounded,
including yoga, meditation,
and self-reflection prac-
tices. Just as effective is to
value the feeling of simple
awareness, when you are
centered and relaxed.
Returning to the state of
simple awareness should
be done anytime during the
day when you feel dis-
tracted or disturbed. This
is a simple matter of being
alone, taking a few deep
breaths, sitting with your
eyes closed, your attention
on your heart, and letting
relaxation come naturally.
Anxiety needs a trigger,
and small, everyday stress-
ors are the general culprit.
Catch this early, and
simple awareness will bring
you closer to your true self.
Maintain the practice, and
day by day your nervous
system will recognize that
its default state is
balanced and quiet.
In short, your focus should
be on learning that the
grounded state is natural
and innate. Anxiety is a
deviation from this natural
state, and just as you
learned to identify with the
agitation of anxiety, you
can unlearn it by acting as
your own healer. Severe
states of chronic anxiety
require medical attention,
but the path out of mild to
moderate anxiety is yours
to pursue here and now.
HOWTOFEELSAFE
INTROUBLEDTIMES
As a psychological issue, anxiety hasn’t yielded a
medical solution, which is why millions of people
are prescribed a tranquilizer to subdue the
symptoms of free-floating anxiety instead of being
offered a cure. Free-floating anxiety is defined as
“a chronic, general feeling of unease or
apprehension that doesn’t relate to any specific
situation or object.” Unlike a fear rooted in a
specific situation, such as losing a job or running
out of money, people who suffer from free-floating
anxiety feel unsafe
IN-DEPTH
LESSONS FROM
TURBULENCE-HIT
SINGAPORE FLIGHT
DECLINING FDI A
REASON TO WORRY
he recent severe air turbulence experienced
by a SingaporeAirlines Boeing 777 has raised
significant concerns about flight safety in tur-
bulent zones. This incident, occurring mid-flight and
causing the death of one passenger and injuries to sev-
eral others, underscores the unpredictable nature of air
travel. A former commercial pilot suggested that the
plane likely encountered the Intertropical Conver-
gence Zone (ITCZ), an area known for volatile weath-
er patterns which cause a cluster of thunderstorms
stretching to “well over 50 miles”.
While turbulence is a common aviation hazard, the
intensity of this event highlights the need for enhanced
predictive technologies and real-time weather monitor-
ing.Airlines and aviation authorities must invest in bet-
ter training for pilots to handle unexpected turbulence
and improve communication with passengers about
potentialrisks.Additionally,thereshouldbeaconcerted
effort to advance meteorological research to understand
andpredictsuchphenomenamoreaccuratelyastheyare
almostunavoidable.Incidentsliketheseserveascritical
reminders of the need to ensure passenger safety.
T
ndia is talked about in glowing terms for its
growth story. India’s GDP of 3.5 trillion dol-
lars, a young workforce, democracy and ease
of doing business makes it an ideal alternative to China
where the economy is slowing down. Global investors
have been upbeat about India over the past several
years. Now, as the RBI data suggest, their enthusiasm
seems to be waning.
India’s gross FDI inflows in the first six months of
the current financial year were only $10.1 billion.
When compared with the previous year’s figure of
$27.98 billion, the decline is significant. The net de-
cline of over 62 per-
cent is the lowest
since 2007.
The fall in FDI de-
spite the optimism
about India as an eco-
nomic powerhouse,
which is set to over-
take Germany this
year and Japan by
2026, is not too per-
plexing. Analysts put
the blame on bureau-
cratic hurdles and red
tape. Mostly it is re-
lated to tax regimes,
obtaining tax refunds,
ambiguity in rules
and regulations and
unavoidable interface
with bureaucracy.
The ease of doing
business is lost in the process.
This also renders the government’s pro-investor
schemes ineffective. Production-linked incentives, cut
in corporation tax to 17 percent, high import duties for
the benefit of domestic manufacturers failed to attract
investors as much as was expected.
Global uncertainties due to the war in Ukraine and
WestAsiaalsokeepinvestorsonthetenterhookdespite
India having managed the situation arising out of US
sanctions on Russia rather well. The falling FDI de-
prives the country of technology and know-how. The
next government would certainly take a call on this.
I
This also renders the
government’s pro-
investor schemes
ineffective.
Production-linked
incentives, cut in
corporation tax to
17 percent, high
import duties for the
benefit of domestic
manufacturers
failed to attract
investors as much as
was expected
T
Hearty congratulations and best
wishes on the sacred festival
of Buddha Purnima! By giving
the message of sacrifice, non-violence,
compassion and friendship, Lord Buddha gave
the key to living a meaningful life to the entire
human society. His teachings will continue to
guide all of us for ages.
Amit Shah (Modi Ka Parivar)
@AmitShah
Chief Minister Sukhu has himself been
exposed by continuously lying about
Hamirpur Medical College. Sukhu
has been misleading people in the name of
medical college since 1 March 2014. In the
Modi government in 2015, we got the medical
college in Jolsappar approved and started this
project by giving a budget of 174 crores.
Anurag Thakur ( )
@ianuragthakur
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RAJNATH SINGH ON INDIAN POLITICS
“Cong, AAP responsible for crisis of credibility”
PTI
New Delhi
enior BJP lead-
er and Defence
Minister Ra-
jnath Singh on Thursday
attacked opposition IN-
DIA bloc partners Con-
gress and AAP, alleging
that they are responsible
for the crisis of credibil-
ity in Indian politics.
Singh made the re-
marks while addressing
an election meeting in
favour of BJP’s West
Delhi Lok Sabha constit-
uency candidate Ka-
maljeet Sehrawat, hours
before campaigning for
the May 25 round of poll-
ing ended. Targeting
CongressandAAP,which
are contesting the general
elections in the national
capital under a seat-shar-
ing arrangement, he said,
“The leaders of the Con-
gress and the AAP have
contributed the most to
the crisis of credibility in
the politics of India.”
While the AAP is con-
testing four seats, the
Congress has fielded
candidates from three
seats. The seven Lok
Sabha constituencies in
Delhi go to polls in the
sixth round of the seven-
phase general elections.
Taking a swipe at Delhi
CM and AAP supremo
Arvind Kejriwal on con-
tinuing on the post despite
being arrested and jailed
inconnectionwithaDelhi
excisepolicy-linkedmon-
ey laundering case, Singh
said, “I have heard about
work from office and
workfromhome.TheCM
here has done the miracle
of work from jail.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during a rally in support of BJP candidate Krishan Pal Gurjar for
Lok Sabha elections, at Solda village in Faridabad on Thursday. PTI
S
“TillModiisalive,noonecan
snatchreservationforDalits”
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Hours before campaign-
ing for the sixth round of
the seven-phase Lok Sab-
ha polls came to an end,
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Thursday at a
rally in Haryana’s Ma-
hendragarh asserted that
till he is alive, no one can
snatch the reservation for
Dalits and tribals.
In this election, “you
will not only choose the
country’s PM but also de-
cide the country’s fu-
ture”, the prime minister
told the gathering.
“On one hand is your
tried and tested ‘sewak’
Modi. Who is on the oth-
er side, one does not
know,” he said, targeting
the INDIA bloc that has
as its constituents oppo-
sition parties, including
the Congress, Aam Aad-
mi Party,Trinamool Con-
gress and the Dravida
Munnetra Kazhagam.
The INDIA bloc is
“extremely communal,
casteist and nepotist”, he
said while alleging that
when the Congress was
in power, it did not allow
construction of the Ram
temple in Ayodhya.
Recalling his days
working for the BJP in
the state in the mid-
1990s, Modi said, “Hary-
ana has showered a lot of
love on me, I have deep
relations with you.”
“It is my guarantee
that we will not let Hary-
ana’s development stop,”
he said while canvassing
for BJP’s BhiwaniMa-
hendragarh Lok Sabha
seat candidate Dharam-
bir Singh.
Modi also said that in
the last 10 years, “we
have worked hard to
wash off the sins of the
Congress”.
PM Modi slams Opposition for snatching reservation from SC/ST/OBCs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini during a public meeting
for Lok Sabha elections, in Mahendragarh, Thursday. PTI
“PM STARTED CULTURE
OF EQUITABLE SERVICE
DELIVERY, MINORITIES
EQUALLY BENEFITED”
New Delhi: Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi had introduced
a culture of equitable service
delivery in the country
wherein minorities were
equally benefited, Union Min-
ister Jitendra Singh said on
Thursday. He said Modi has
successfully raised the stand-
ards of public service delivery
above vote consideration,
based on the principle of jus-
tice for all. “Modi will always
be credited for having intro-
duced a new work culture
in India wherein each of the
pro-poor and public welfare
schemes were designed
in such a manner so as to
reach the most needy or the
last man in the last queue,
regardless of caste, creed,
religion or vote consideration.
Purely objective parameters
were followed to meet the
requirement, “wherever the
requirement was not met in
the past and to deliver justice
wherever justice had been
denied in the past”, he said.
This, the minister said, was
quite a departure from the
practice followed by the Con-
gress earlier wherein vote
bank politics pre-determined
the selective rolling out of the
state benefits.
Cong,SPvotebankmadeup
ofintruders,saysAmitShah
PTI
Siddharthnagar (UP)
Union Minister Amit
Shah on Thursday said
Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi and Samajwadi
Party president Akhile-
sh Yadav refused to go
to Ram temple for the
fear of losing their vote
bank, which is all made
up of “intruders.”
Addressing a rally in
Ambedkar Nagar, Shah
said, “Akhilesh Yadav
and Rahul Gandhi did
not attend the consecra-
tion ceremony of Ram
temple because they are
scared of their vote
bank. You know who
their vote bank is? I’ll
tell you. Their vote
bank is those intruders.
They did not go for the
fear of losing them.
They jeopardised the
safety of the country.”
In another rally in
Sant Kabir Nagar, Shah
named several leaders
from the opposition
parties and accused
them of nepotism.
Union Home Minister in UP
OdishaMLAs,MPs
cannotmeetCM,govt
is‘outsourced’:Nadda
PTI
Karanjia/ Dhamnagar
Alleging that the Odisha
government has been
“outsourced”, BJP presi-
dent JP Nadda on Thurs-
day claimed the people’s
representatives like
MLAs and MPs are una-
ble to meet Chief Minis-
ter Naveen Patnaik.
The government in the
state needs to be changed
to get rid of this practice,
Nadda said.
The Odisha adminis-
tration has been out-
sourced. There is no son
or daughter of Odisha left
who can run the adminis-
tration here. Who is stop-
ping the MPs and MLAs
of Odisha from reaching
the seat of Chief Minis-
ter? he said at a public
meeting in Karanjia add-
ing that the BJP has been
calling him an outsider in
Odisha’s politics.
BJP slams RaGa, Didi over reservation;
accuses Oppn of appeasement politics
First India Bureau
New Delhi
The BJPlaunched a fresh
attack on the INDIAbloc
on the issue of reserva-
tion, accusing the oppo-
sition grouping of in-
dulging in appeasement
politics, and said the
people of the country
will give them a fitting
reply in the LS polls.
The BJP’s charge came
a day after West Bengal
CM and TMC supremo
Mamata Banerjee said
she will not accept a Cal-
cutta High Court order
that scrapped the OBC
status of several classes
granted in the state since
2010, and Congress lead-
er Rahul Gandhi claimed
the system is heavily
aligned against lower
castes and his party aims
to fix this. Senior BJP
leader Shivraj Singh
Chouhan said, “Appease-
ment is the dose and diet
of parties like the Con-
gress and the TMC.”
ARVIND KEJRIWAL TRAVELLING WITH ACCUSED
SHOWS WHERE HIS LOYALTY LIES, SAYS BJP
New Delhi: The BJP said on Thursday that no one
should hamper the probe into the alleged assault
on AAP MP Swati Maliwal, claiming it is part of the
investigation to ascertain who were present at Delhi CM
Arvind Kejriwal’s residence and the role they played when
the incident occurred. “Who all were present at Kejriwal’s
residence from his family and office, the role they played and
what they witnessed when Maliwal was being beaten up are
part of the investigation. I am a spokesperson of the BJP, not
the police. I will only request that no one should hamper the
investigation,” Union Minister Smriti Irani said. The fact that
Kejriwal has been seen travelling with the accused, his aide
Bibhav Kumar, signals where his loyalty lies, she said.
“BJPresponsibleforunemployment,
corruptioninHaryana,willpayprice”
PTI
Sirsa (Haryana)
Congress leader Priyan-
ka Gandhi Vadra on
Thursday slammed the
BJP government for
“unemployment, cor-
ruption and inflation” in
the Haryana.
“There is a huge wave
of Congress in Haryana.
Haryana has the highest
unemployment in the en-
tire country, the price of
which is being paid by
the youth here.
“The public is fed up
with the rampant infla-
tion, corruption and in-
stability of the BJPand is
going to bring about a big
change),” she said in a
post in Hindi on X.
The Congress will win
all seats in the state with
a huge margin, she said.
Earlier, she led a road-
show to garner support
forpartynomineeKumari
Selja for the May 25 Lok
Sabha poll in Haryana.
Election is fight
to safeguard
Constitution:
Rahul Gandhi
Varun Gandhi
addresses rally for
mother Maneka
in Sultanpur
PTI
New Delhi
Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi on Thursday
charged that the BJP al-
ways wanted to “tear and
throw away” the Consti-
tution, and asserted that
the Lok Sabha elections
this time is a fight to safe-
guard it. He claimed that
the BJPalways wanted to
change the Constitution.
“BJP have always
wanted to tear and throw
it (Constitution) away.
They never accepted nei-
ther the Indian Constitu-
tion nor the Indian flag.
In this election they have
accepted that they want to
change it,” he charged.
PTI
Sultanpur (UP)
BJP leader and Pilibhit
MPVarunGandhireached
Sultanpur on Thursday to
campaign for his mother
Maneka Gandhi who is in
the fray from the seat on a
BJP ticket.
Addressing a poll
meeting, Varun high-
lighted the close connec-
tion of her mother with
the public. “Elections are
going on everywhere in
the country... but there is
only one region in the
country where people
don’t call their MP, San-
sad ji, Mantri ji, or by her
name, but call her mata
ji,” Varun Gandhi.
In Haryana
IF CONGRESS HAS ITS WAY, THOSE WHO SAY
‘RAM RAM’ WILL BE ARRESTED: PM MODI
Mahendragarh (Haryana): Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Thursday claimed that if the Congress
has its way, it will arrest everyone who says “Ram
Ram”, and accused the party of dividing India and creating
two Muslim nations to appease its vote bank. “In Hary-
ana, everybody says ‘Ram Ram’. People say ‘Ram Ram’
after every 10 steps,” Modi told the gathering at his third
rally in the state. “But if the Congress has its way, it will
arrest those who say ‘Ram Ram’,” he said. Till the time the
Congress was in power, it did not allow the Ram temple
to be built, Modi alleged while slamming it for rejecting the
invitation for the consecration ceremony of the temple in
Ayodhya. The prime minister alleged that an “advisor” of
the ‘shehzada’ -- a reference to Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi -- has revealed that if the Congress comes to
power, it would want to put a lock on the Ram temple. The
Congress has “insulted our ‘astha’ (devotion)”, he said
adding that the entire country knows the Congress’ truth.
Home Minister Amit Shah being felicitated during a public meeting for Lok Sabha elections, in
Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh.  PTI
Siddharthnagar/Sant Kabir Nagar (UP): Union
Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday claimed
that in the first five rounds of polling, “BJP has
crossed 310” and that the Congress is “not even get-
ting 40 seats” this time. “INDI alliance has been wiped
out in the first five phases. I am telling you, this time
Congress is not even getting 40 seats and Akhilesh
Yadav will not even get four seats,” said Shah, ad-
dressing a poll meeting in Siddharthnagar in support
of Domariyaganj BJP candidate Jagdambika Pal. The
BJP leader held several rallies in Uttar Pradesh in the
day, attacking mainly the Congress and the SP, which
are fighting the polls this time in an alliance.
BJP HAS ALREADY CROSSED 310-MARK, CONG
STRUGGLING TO GET 40: HOME MINISTER
BJP President JP Nadda being garlanded by party leaders
during the public meeting in Mayurbhanj on Thursday.  ANI
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during a roadshow in
support of party candidate Kumari Selja, in Haryana, Thursday.
Union Minister Smriti Irani, Delhi BJP President Virendra Sachdeva
during a roadshow in support of party candidate from East Delhi
constituency Harsh Malhotra, in New Delhi, Thursday.  PTI
New Delhi: Arvind
Kejriwal has said
he won’t resign
because it will set a
precedent and give the
BJP government a free
hand to target opposition
chief ministers, including
Mamata Banerjee and M
K Stalin. He said, is very
dangerous for democ-
racy. The BJP has been
demanding his resigna-
tion since his arrest.
New Delhi: Assert-
ing that he was
being “unfairly
targeted”, BJP MP Jayant
Sinha asserted that he
was “very surprised” to
get a letter asking him
why he didn’t vote in the
ongoing Lok Sabha elec-
tions and why he did not
take part in campaigning.
Sinha said he did vote but
through postal ballot, as
he was overseas.
‘WON’TRESIGNASIT
WILLSETPRECEDENT’
I’M BEING UNFAIRLY
TARGETED: SINHA
PTI
Jamshedpur
aamya Karthi-
keyan, a
1 6 - y e a r- o l d
mountaineer, has become
the youngest Indian to
climb Mt Everest from
Nepal side, the Tata Steel
Adventure Foundation
(TSAF) said onThursday.
An official of the
TSAF, which supported
her endeavour, said
Kaamya was accompa-
nied by her father, Com-
mander S Karthikeyan of
the Indian Navy, during
the journey to the highest
peak on the earth.
“After this feat, she
has become the second
youngest girl in the world
and the youngest Indian
Mountaineer to summit
the world’s highest peak
from the Nepal side,” the
Western Naval Com-
mand said in a post on X.
The teenager and her
father reached the sum-
mit at 8848 metres on
May 20.
Kaamya is a class XII
student of Navy Children
School, Mumbai.
“We are incredibly
proud of Kaamya
Karthikeyan’s extraordi-
nary achievement of
summiting Mt. Everest at
such a young age. Her
journey is a testament to
the spirit of persever-
ance, meticulous prepa-
ration, and unwavering
determination,” Tata
Steel Adventure Founda-
tion, Chairman,
Chanakya Chaudhary
said in a statement.
SKY IS THE LIMIT
Kaamya: Youngest Indian to scale Mt Everest
Kaamya Karthikeyan after
successfully scaling Mount
Everest on Monday. PTI
K
New Delhi: After fly-
ing for nearly 18 years,
IndiGo on Thursday an-
nounced it will intro-
duce business class in
flights this year, The
airline will launch a
‘tailor-made business
product,’ details of
which will be unveiled
around Aug that will
also mark its 18th anniv.
IndiGoaddingbusiness
classinflightsthisyear
Virudhunagar: Five
members of a family al-
legedly died by suicide
in Thiruthangal near Si-
vakasi in the district re-
portedly over huge
debts, police said. Their
neighbours became sus-
picious when the family
members didn’t step out
of the house for a long
time  informed police.
Five of family die by
suicide in Tamil Nadu
Hapur: At a wedding
in Uttar Pradesh, a kiss
by the groom during the
Varmala ceremony, led
to a family clash. The
bride’s relatives at-
tacked the groom’s
family on stage, injur-
ing six, including the
bride’s father. Seven
were detained by cops.
UP: Wedding kiss
sparks family clash
IN BRIEF
New Delhi: A CBI
court in Lucknow, sen-
tences IIT alumnus Ra-
hul Verma to life im-
prisonment in 2008
murder case of fashion
designer Adesh Bajpai.
Rs 75,000 fine im-
posed. Verma is an IIT
Kanpur graduate.
IIT alumnus sentenced
to life for murder
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First India Bureau
New Delhi
A low-pressure system
over the Bay of Bengal
will intensify and
reach Bangladesh and
adjoining West Bengal
coasts as a severe
cyclonic storm by Sun-
day evening, the IMD
said on Thursday.
This is the first cyclone
in the Bay of Bengal this
pre-monsoon season and
will be named Remal, ac-
cording to a system of
naming cyclones in the
Indian Ocean region.
“The system will con-
centrate into a depression
over central Bay of Ben-
gal by Friday morning. It
will further intensify into
a cyclonic storm on Satur-
day morning and reach
Bangladesh and the ad-
joiningWest Bengal coast
as a severe cyclonic storm
by Sunday evening,” said
India Meteorological De-
partment (IMD) scientist
Monica Sharma.
According to the IMD,
the cyclone could reach a
wind speed of 102 kilo-
metres per hour on Sun-
day. The Met office has
warned of very heavy
rainfall in the coastal dis-
tricts of WB, north Odi-
sha, Mizoram, Tripura 
south Manipur on May
26-27. Fisherfolk out at
sea have been advised
not venture into Bay of
Bengal until May 27.
IMD ISSUES RED ALERT IN 2 DISTS OF KERALA
MET: THUNDERSTORM IN
PARTS OF AP FOR 5 DAYS
DELHI MAY WITNESS
HOTTEST POLL DAY
Kochi: As Kerala reels under heavy pre-monsoon
rains, the IMD revised the rain alerts and issued
a red alert in two districts in the state. A red alert
indicates heavy to extremely heavy rain of over 20 cm in
24 hours. Meanwhile, heavy rains continued to lash several
parts of the state, leading to waterlogging in the low-lying
areas of major cities, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi
and Thrissur. The IMD issued a red alert in Ernakulam
and Thrissur districts. Earlier, an orange alert was issued
in these two places.It has also issued an orange alert in
Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Palakkad,
Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts of state.
New Delhi: IMD fore-
cast thunderstorms
accompanied by
lightning and gusty winds
in parts of Andhra Pradesh
between May 23 to 27.Rain-
fall is likely in parts of North
Coastal Andhra Pradesh
(NCAP), Yanam, SCAP
and Rayalaseema, while
heavy rains are predicted in
some places in NCAP today.
New Delhi: Delhi is
bracing for its hottest
polling day ever,
with temperatures expected
to exceed 47 degrees Cel-
sius, as per the IMD, which
has issued a ‘red alert’
warning of severe heatwave
conditions in coming days.
The national capital will go
to polls in sixth phase of the
LS elections on May 25.
Thoseinpowercanpressure
police,SuletargetsFadnavis
Sule surprised by Fadnavis’s insinuations
PTI
Mumbai
Member of Parliament
and NCP (SP) leader Su-
priya Sule on Thursday
targeted Maharashtra
Deputy Chief Minister
Devendra Fadnavis say-
ing those in power should
reveal who tried to pres-
sure police in the Pune
Porsche fatal crash.
Speaking to reporters
here, Sule also expressed
her surprise over Fad-
navis “rushing” to Pune
and making veiled in-
sinuations concerning
the accident.“Fadnavis
told reporters that police
should not come under
any political pressure. I
want to tell him that those
in power can pressure the
police in such probes.
My question to Fadnavis
is who pressured the po-
lice and how despite such
a heinous crime, the kid
got bail,” she asked.
A Porsche car, alleg-
edly driven by a 17-year-
old boy, who the police
claim was drunk, fatally
knocked down two mo-
torbike-borne software
engineers in Pune on
Sunday. The teenager,
son of realtor, Vishal
Agarwal,wasgrantedbail
by Juvenile Justice Board,
sparking public outrage.
Police later approached
JJB, which remanded the
boy to an observation
home till June 5. His fa-
ther was remanded in po-
lice custody till May 24.
1 HOUR TV, 2 HOURS PLAY TIME: PUNE PORSCHE
TEEN'S SCHEDULE AT THE REMAND HOME
Pune: A morning wake-up call, a healthy breakfast,
and prayers, followed by three hours of studying
languages. This is the schedule the 17-year-old
Pune teen - who was “heavily drunk” and driving his
father’s `2.5 crore Porsche supercar when he killed two
people - will be expected to follow at a remand home for
juvenile accused. Sources told the daily schedule at the
remand home - to which the boy has been sent till June 5
begins with a breakfast. The boys will be given an hour’s
rest after which a daily prayer session will be convened.
‘INSTEAD OF DOLI, SHE
LEFT IN ARTHI: MOTHERS
MOURN PORSCHE VICTIMS
In Jabalpur, Mamata
Costa mourns
Ashwini, “We were
supposed to send her off in
a palanquin (to the groom’s
house) after her marriage
(in future), but now we were
forced to carry her body on
a bier,” Ashwini’s inconsol-
able mother Mamata Costa
told PTI in Jabalpur after
performing her last rites.
Savita Awadhiya, 150 km
away, grieves her son’s
death, “He killed my son.
Now, I will never be able to
meet my son. It is the boy’s
mistake, you can call it
murder. If he had not made
such a big mistake, no one
would have died.”
PUNE PORSCHE CRASH: COPS PROBE, GRILL 3
GENERATIONS OF ACCUSED’S FAMILY
Following the gruesome killing of two persons with
a speeding Porsche on May 19, Pune Police started
grilling three generations of city’s realtor family,
Agarwals. They include, Vishal S. Agarwal, his father SK
Agarwal, and his minor son, who was allegedly at the
wheel of the Porsche, which he zoomed off in a drunken
state at a dizzying speed of some 200 kmph, and killing two
techies from MP. Vishal S Agarwal is being probed for al-
legedly giving his minor son the car that had no registration
 allowing the driver to let the underage boy drive it.
17-YEAR OLD JUVENILE ACCUSED MOVED TO
OBSERVATION HOME AFTER BAIL OUTCRY
A 17-year-old boy allegedly involved in a car accident
in Pune that claimed two lives has been shifted to an
observation home following an order of the Juvenile
Justice Board (JJB), an official said on Thursday. More than
30 minors are currently lodged at the observation home,
located at the same premises where the hearing on the
police’s review petition in connection with the case involving
the teenager took place on Wednesday, the official said.
FAMILY DRIVER WAS
BEHIND WHEEL AT TIME
OF CRASH: FATHER
Pune: The 17-year-
old boy, who was
involved in the Pune
crash, has claimed that his
family driver was behind the
wheel when the accident
happened. The minor’s two
friends, who were with him
at the time of the accident,
have backed his claims.
The family driver in his first
statement had claimed that
he was driving the Porsche
when the accident hap-
pened. Vishal Agarwal has
also claimed that it was the
driver employed by him who
was driving the Porsche.
Surendra Kumar Agarwal,
the grandfather of the boy
was also questioned by the
crime branch on Thursday
after he stood surety for the
teenager’s bail.
Prez Murmu, V-P Dhankhar
and PM Modi extend wishes
Buddha Purnima
ANI
New Delhi
On Buddha Purnima,
President Droupadi Mur-
mu extended congratula-
tions, emphasising Lord
Buddha’s teachings of
truth, non-violence, and
love.President Murmu-
said, “Let’s imbibe Bud-
dha’s teachings for social
harmony and nation-
building.”
V-PJagdeep Dhankhar
echoed sentiments, urg-
ing adoption of Buddha’s
values. “Resolve to em-
brace Buddha’s eternal
values for humanity’s
well-being.”
Prime Minister Naren-
dra Modi taking to his
social media account
shared, “Greetings on
Buddha Purnima. Over
the last decade, our work
highlights our deep-root-
ed commitment to fulfil
Lord Buddha’s ideals and
build a planet that is pros-
perous and sustainable.”
NPCLsuccessfullymeetstherecord
peakpowerdemandinlicensedarea
First India Bureau
Greater Noida
On May 20, Noida Power
Company Limited im-
pressively met the record
peak power demand of
707 MW, breaking all
previous records, mark-
ing the highest recorded
so far and representing a
30% increase compared
to last year. A spokesper-
son from NPCL empha-
sized, “Amidst the in-
tense heatwave engulfing
the NCR region, Noida
Power Company Limited
achieved a new mile-
stone by meeting Greater
Noida’s all-time record
peak demand of 707 MW
on May 20, 2024”.
Sarnath Ganguly, Sen-
ior Vice-President of Op-
erations at NPCL, re-
marked, “On May 20,
2024, NPCL reached a
milestone, managing a
peak load of 707 MW,
30% higher than last
year. With a power con-
nectivity of 1200 MW,
we’re well-equipped to
handle this year’s expect-
ed peak load of 750
MW.”
Mumbai hoarding
collapse: 100
notices against
accused Bhinde
Agencies
Mumbai
Over 100 notices  pen-
alties have been issued
against Mumbai busi-
n e s s m a n
B h a v e s h
Bhinde for
installing an
i l l e g a l l y
large hoard-
ing in Ghatkopar. The
structure collapsed last
week, causing 16 deaths
and hurting 75. Police
sources suggest Bhinde 
his firm may be main cul-
prits, prompting a crack-
down on illegal hoardings
in Mumbai  Chennai.
KAAMYA KARTHIKEYAN’S VARIOUS FEATS
z Her Himalayan journey
started at the age of
seven with a high-altitude
trek to Chandrashila Peak
(12,000 ft) in 2015.
z Next year, she tackled
tougher treks like Har-ki
Dun (13,500 ft), Kedar-
kantha Peak (13,500
ft), and Roopkund Lake
(16,400 ft).
z In May 2017, she
trekked to Everest Base
Camp (17,600 ft) in Nepal,
becoming the 2nd young-
est girl to achieve this.
z In May 2019, she
trekked to Brighu Lake
(14,100 ft) and crossed
the Sar Pass (13,850 ft)
in Himachal Pradesh, ac-
cording to TSAF release.
According to senior
IMD scientist DS Pai,
warmer sea surface
temperatures
mean more
moisture, which is
ideal for cyclone
intensification
Firemen remove fallen trees after rainfall, in Thiruvananthapuram, Thursday,
A woman wears an 'umbrella hat’ to shield herself from the
scorching sun on a hot day in Mumbai on Thursday. PTI
PoliceSUVstormsHosp
After a junior resident doctor allegedly faced sexual harassment
by a nursing officer at AIIMS Rishikesh, and doctors agitated
demanding action, police on Tuesday drove an SUV all the way
to the sixth floor of the hospital building to arrest the accused.
The incident came to light on Thursday.
PUNE CAR CRASH
PEAK POWER DEMAND DATA FOR THE LAST 5
YEARS IN GREATER NOIDA
S.No. Year Peack Demant (MW) Date  Month
1 2019 433 11 July
2 2020 448 10 August
3 2021 522 07 July
4 2022 592 09 September
5 2023 652 21 August
Supriya Sule addresses a press conference, in Mumbai, Thursday.
Buddhist Monks perform special prayers on Buddha Poornima,
at Mahabodhi Society in Bengaluru on Thursday ANI
PTI
Agencies
Gaza
Israeli forces killed at
least 38 Palestinians in
aerial and ground bom-
bardments across the
Gaza Strip on Thursday
and battled in close com-
bat with Hamas fighters
in areas of the southern
city of Rafah, health offi-
cials  Gaza media said.
Israeli tanks advanced
in Rafah’s south-east,
edged towards the city’s
western district of Yibna
and continued to operate
in three eastern suburbs,
residents said.
“The Occupation (Is-
raeli forces) is trying to
move further to the west,
they are on the edge of
Yibna, which is densely
populated. They didn’t
invade it yet,” one resi-
dent said, asking not to
be named.
“We hear explosions
and we see black smoke
coming up from the areas
where the army has in-
vaded. It was another
very difficult night,” he
said. Simultaneous Is-
raeli assaults on the
northern and southern
edges of Gaza this month
have caused a new exo-
dus of hundreds of thou-
sands of Palestinians
fleeing their homes, and
have cut off the main ac-
cess routes for aid, rais-
ing the risk of famine.
INDIAN-ORIGIN ASTRONAUT ON CLOUD NINE
Sunita Williams set to fly into space next month
PTI
Houston
oeing’s Starlin-
er first crewed
spacecraft to be
piloted by Indian-origin
astronaut Sunita Wil-
liams is expected to be
launched between June 1
and June 5 after the flight
was postponed earlier
this month due to a tech-
nical snag.
The Indian-origin as-
tronaut, 58, will fly into
space for the third time
aboard the test flight.
A statement from
NASA said: “Mission
managers from NASA,
Boeing, and ULA (Unit-
ed LaunchAlliance) con-
tinue to evaluate a path
forward toward launch-
ing the agency’s Boeing
Crew Flight Test to the
International Space Sta-
tion. The teams are now
working toward a launch
opportunity at 12:25 p.m.
on Saturday, June 1, with
additional opportunities
on Sunday, June 2,
Wednesday, June 5, and
Thursday, June 6.”
Work continues to as-
sess Starliner perfor-
mance and redundancy
following the discovery
of a small helium leak in
the spacecraft’s service
module, the statement
said. It said teams were in
the process of complet-
ing a follow-on propul-
sion system assessment
to understand potential
helium system impacts
on some Starliner return
scenarios.
Starliner will carry
Williams and Butch Wil-
more to the International
Space Station, marking
what could be a momen-
tous  long-awaited vic-
tory for the beleaguered
Boeing programme.
An attempt to launch
the first crewed test flight
for the International
Space Station from Cape
Canaveral in Florida was
postponed on May 6 after
a technical snag was dis-
covered moments before
the take-off.
NASA on Thursday announced that the first crewed launch of
Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, piloted by Indian-origin Sunita
Williams to the ISS, is now being targeted for June 1.
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People  vehicles pass by buildings destroyed in an Israeli strike,
amid the ongoing conflict in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip.
POLICE LOCK DOWN OXFORD UNIV BUILDING;
‘MAKE ARRESTS’ DURING STUDENT PROTESTS
New Delhi: Police have arrested students
during an occupation of an Oxford University
building during their latest protest over the
Israel-Gaza conflict. The demonstration took place
at the University of Oxford’s administration offices
in Wellington Square. Students refused to move
until they had spoken with Oxford’s Vice Chancellor
Professor Irene Tracey, demanding that the institution
change its policies relating to the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Several students were arrested by police, Oxford Uni-
versity’s student paper Cherwell reported, as officers
locked down the building with 14 student protesters
still inside. The protests were part of Oxford Action for
Palestine’s ongoing demonstration over the univer-
sity’s investment in companies linked to Israel.
Agencies
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Russian missiles
slammed into Ukraine’s
second-largest city in the
country’s northeast and
killed at least seven civil-
ians early Thursday, of-
ficials said, as Kyiv’s
army labored to hold off
an intense cross-border
offensive by the Krem-
lin’s larger and better-
equipped forces.
At least 20 people
were wounded as S-300
missiles struck the city of
Kharkiv, regional Gov.
Oleh Syniehubov said.
Explosions reverberated
around the city of some 1
million people.
Ukrainian President
Volodymyr Zelenskyy
called the attack “ex-
tremely cruel” and ex-
pressed renewed frustra-
tion at not getting
enough air defense sys-
tems from the country’s
Western partners to pre-
vent the barrages after
more than two years on
unrelenting war.
The city of Kharkiv,
which is the capital of the
region of the same name,
is about 20 kilometers
(12 miles) from the Rus-
sian border.
Agencies
Dubai
Jaya Badiga, born in Vi-
jayawada, Andhra
Pradesh, has made his-
tory by becoming the
first Telugu woman ap-
pointed as a judge in the
US. She was appointed
as a judge in the Sacra-
mento County Superior
Court in California.
She is the daughter of
industrialist and former
Machilipatnam Lok Sab-
ha MP Badiga Ram-
akrishna. Before her
judgeship, Badiga served
as a commissioner for the
Sacramento County Su-
perior Court. Her appoint-
ment is a significant mile-
stone for both the Telugu
and broader Indian com-
munities in the US.
She was a commission-
er at the Sacramento Su-
perior Court and was as-
signed to a domestic vio-
lence and child support
calendar. Commissioner
Badiga was a certified
family law specialist and
has worked in Family
Law for over 10 years.
Russian missiles kill 7 in Kharkiv as
Moscow’s troops press offensive
Indian student
dies in bike
accident in NY
India-born Jaya is new
judge in California
Ex-rival Nikki Haley
says will vote for Trump
A Police bomb squad member works at the site of a Russian air
strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Nikki Haley and Donald Trump
Jaya Badiga has contributed to legal education as a faculty
member at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the
McGeorge School of Law.
PTI
New York
In a tragic incident, an
Indian student here has
died after he met with a
bike accident. Belem
Atchyuth from Andhra
Pradesh was a student at
The State University of
New York and passed
away in a bike accident
Wednesday evening.
“Saddened to learn
about the untimely de-
mise of Belem Atchy-
uth, a student at SUNY
who met with a bike ac-
cident and passed away
yesterday evening,” the
Consulate General of In-
dia said in a post on X
(formerly Twitter).
Expressing “deepest
condolences” to his
family, the Consulate
said they are in touch
with the “bereaved fam-
ily  local agencies to
extend all assistance in-
cluding sending the
mortal remains back to
India”.
Agencies
Washington
Former presidential
hopeful Nikki Haley said
Wednesday she will vote
for Donald Trump in No-
vember’s US election,
ending months of silence
after quitting the contest
to choose a Republican to
face Joe Biden.
The former South Car-
olina governor, 52, aban-
doned her White House
ambitions in March but
had not previously indi-
cated whether she would
support the man who re-
ferred to her repeatedly
as “birdbrain.”
“I put my priorities on
a president who’s going to
have the backs of our al-
lies and hold our enemies
to account, who would
secure the border -- no
more excuses -- a presi-
dent who would support
capitalism and freedom, a
president who under-
stands we need less debt
not more debt,” she said.
“Trump hasn’t been
perfect on these policies.
I’ve made that clear,
many, many times. But
Biden has been a catas-
trophe. So I will be vot-
ing for Trump.”
Agencies
Mexico
A stage collapsed at a
Mexican election cam-
paign rally on Wednes-
day night, killing nine
people and injuring doz-
ens as high winds tore
apart the large, concert-
style structure, scattering
politicians and attendees.
Some 70 people were
hospitalized after the
rally for the Citizens’
Movement party in the
northern Mexican state
of Nuevo Leon, Samuel
Garcia, the state’s gover-
nor, said on social media.
He said he would meet
with security and civil
protection officials at the
government palace early
on Thursday. The vic-
tims were 8 adults and
one child, Garcia said,
adding he was headed to
a hospital where three
people were in surgery.
Many of the injured were
being treated at local
clinics, the director of
Mexico’s social security
institute reported.
Mexico: 9 killed as stage collapses
at Presidential candidate’s rally
Soldiers stand near ambulances after a gust of wind caused a
structure to collapse, resulting in multiple fatalities and injuries,
in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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ARTILLERYAMMUNITIONFORUKRAINE:OFFICIALS
Washington: The United States is expected to
announce an additional $275 million in military aid
for Ukraine on Friday as Kyiv struggles to hold off
advances by Russian troops in the Kharkiv region, two
U.S. officials say. This will be the fourth installment of
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as possible.
Agencies
New Delhi
Sunrisers Hyderabad and
Rajasthan Royals will
square off in the 2024 In-
dian Premier League
(IPL) season Qualifier 2
at the MA Chidambaram
Stadium, Chennai.
RR recently beat Roy-
al Challengers Bengaluru
in the Eliminator in
Ahmedabad. Meanwhile,
SRH lost the Qualifier 1
to Kolkata Knight Rid-
ers, who await the winner
of Qualifier 2 in the final.
Chennai’s MA Chid-
ambaram Stadium will
host this duel on May 24
(7:30pm IST). The wick-
ets at this venue have a
history of assisting the
bowlers, especially spin-
ners. Therefore, scoring
in middle overs will be a
challenge. The previous
encounter here saw CSK
chase 142 against Punjab
Kings.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s players Aiden Markram and Washington
Sundar during a training session ahead of their IPL Qualifier
match against Rajasthan Royals in Chennai on Thursday.
The winner of this
Qualifier 2 will fight
Kolkata Knight
Riders in IPL final
SRH VS RR HEAD TO HEAD
OVER ALL IN JAIPUR
Rajasthan Royals’ Yuzvendra Chahal trains with a football during
a practice session ahead of the IPL Qualifier match against SRH.
Total matches 19
SRH won 10
RR won 9
No result 0
Matches played 04
SRH won 02
RR won 02
Abandoned 00
IPL 2024
QUALIFIER 2
Aishwary Pradhan
Lucknow
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma
while addressing a press
conference at the BJP of-
fice in Lucknow, said that
the INDIAlliance and the
Trinamool Congress
have committed the
grave sin of giving back-
ward class reservation
rights to Muslim castes
by crossing all limits of
appeasement.
He stated that the high
commands of Congress
and Samajwadi Party are
symbols of nepotism,
which have snatched the
dreams of workers and
leaders only to fulfill the
political ambitions of
their family members.
Sharma said that West
Bengal CM Mamata Ba-
nerjee has committed the
grave sin of giving un-
constitutional reserva-
tions to 118 Muslim
castes by including them
in the Other Backward
Classes. “The people of
West Bengal are respond-
ing to her anarchist poli-
tics in the Lok Sabha
elections,” he said.
Sharma also stated that
the Congress govern-
ment in Karnataka has
insulted the Constitution
by including Muslim
castes in the backward
class reservation.
He recalled the Con-
gress and SP’s 2017 alli-
ance, “History will be
repeated again in these
Lok Sabha elections, and
they will face a crushing
defeat,” he added.
“PM Modi’s tenure re-
shaped politicians; now
seen wearing Janeu and
visiting temples,” re-
marked Sharma.
FOR ELECTION DUTY
50 IAS, 60 RAS to be out of state in June first week!
Rajendra Chhabra
Jaipur
lthough the
IAS officers,
who went for
election duty during the
ongoing Lok Sabha elec-
tions, have returned to
the state for the time be-
ing, these officers will
again have to leave on
June 2 for counting pur-
poses. However, the IAS
officers, who will carry
out their role in the sev-
enth phase of the elec-
tion, will stay in their
respective areas.
On the other hand, the
Election Commission
has appointed four IAS
and 60 RAS officers for
duty on counting day,
i.e., June 4. These offic-
ers also have to reach
their respective spots by
June 2. The IAS officers
leaving for election duty
are Bhawani Singh De-
tha for Gujarat, Krishna
Kunal for Tamil Nadu,
and the three officers,
Tikam Chand Bohra,
ML Chauhan, and Harsh
Sawansukha, for West
Bengal.
RAS officers from the
1998–2006 batch have
been included by the
Election Commission
for this purpose, and
they will be posted in 13
states across the length
and breadth of India.
This means that in the
first week of June, 50
IAS and 60 RAS officers
of the state will be out of
Rajasthan for election
duty, and such a devel-
opment happens only
once every five years.
It is also worth noting
that this time, the ECI is
extremely strict and has
made exceptions for
only three IAS officers
to allow them to leave
from the middle of elec-
tion duty, and they are
Samit Sharma and
Ajitabh Sharma on the
request of the state gov-
ernment for official du-
ties in the state and
Krishna Kunal on health
grounds.
A
08
Keep on taking tiny steps towards improving
yourself and reaching your goal. It’s not the
giant leap, it is always the baby steps that
matter.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD  Editor-in-Chief
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
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Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
The Rajasthan govern-
ment officers and doc-
tors involved in the pro-
curement process to
provide excellent and
free medical services to
the common man under
the Nirogi Rajasthan
Scheme are embezzling
the budget allotted for
the scheme.
One such case has re-
cently come to light in
a purchase made under
Nirogi Rajasthan,
where Rajasthan Medi-
cal Service Corporation
Limited (RMSCL) pur-
chased gloves worth Rs
110 crore, considering
them as a special cate-
gory.
Out of this, purchase
of gloves worth Rs 10
crore has also been
completed and that too
from a specific compa-
ny because such gloves
are supplied by only
that company.
Meanwhile, doctors
at the state’s largest
SMS Hospital say the
quantity of gloves pur-
chased is excessive. Ef-
forts are now being
made to distribute these
gloves to other hospi-
tals.
RMSCL procurement
officials colluded to buy
these surgical gloves at
Rs 323 per pair, which
is 10 times the normal
price, from Molnlycke
Health Care India Pri-
vate Limited, based in
Gurgaon, Haryana. Typ-
ically, surgical gloves
used in surgeries cost
between Rs 8 to Rs 20
per pair, and even less
when bought in bulk.
If the gloves had
been purchased at pre-
vailing rates, the entire
state could have been
supplied for less than
one crore.
Shocking!‘Specialquality’
glovesboughtfor`322/pair
Rs 10 crore worth
of purchases
already completed,
tender process for
Rs100 cr ongoing
SMS Hospital
doctors deem the
large purchase
unnecessary
RMSCL procurement officials colluded to buy these surgical gloves at Rs 323 per pair, which is 10
times the normal price.
Corruption suspicions in this
purchase decision arose because
the purchase was made at several
times higher than the required quantity.
If such surgical gloves have any utility, it
would be during surgeries on HIV-positive
patients. The estimated number of HIV-
positive patients in the state is around
60,000, with a maximum of 10 per cent
requiring surgery in a year, amounting to
about 6,000 patients. Even for them, the
relevance of purchasing Rs10 crore worth
of such surgical gloves is questionable to
any reasonable person.
In February 2024, RMSCL issued another tender worth Rs 160 crore under the Nirogi
Rajasthan scheme. Of this, Rs 90 to Rs 110 crore was allocated for these expensive
gloves. The remaining surgical and suture items account for only Rs 60 crore. This
tender process is also in its final stages.
REASONS FOR SUSPICIONS IN THE PURCHASE
` 110 CRORE GLOVES IN ` 160 CRORE TENDER
Arbitrary Purchase Scam in Nirogi Rajasthan Medicine Scheme
TENDER PASSED
WITHOUT
COMPETITION
Investigations
revealed that
the company
claims their gloves
are non-latex, syn-
thetic polyisoprene,
and powder-free with
puncture indicator
technology. How-
ever, this company
does not manu-
facture the gloves
themselves. The
US-FDA-approved
surgical gloves are
made by a foreign
company named
Molnlycke Health
Care, which has
an import depot in
Gurgaon. The tender
for these three sizes
of surgical gloves
was passed based
on these standards
through a single bid
without competition,
allowing high rates.
The company did
not even attach a
US-FDA certificate in
the tender, yet it was
deemed responsive,
while many other
firms were marked
non-responsive
without the US-FDA
certificate.
Exclusive
High commands of Congress 
SP symbolise nepotism, says CM
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma addresses a press conference at BJP office
in Lucknow on Thursday. Other local leaders were also present.
Jaipur: CM Bhajanlal Sharma targeted West
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, questioning
why she wanted to carry forward the agenda
of Muslim League. Welcoming the order of the
Calcutta HC on the matter, he said that Mamata has
now proved to entire nation that her government is
biased. “She practices appeasement politics and is
against the interests of backward communities. Her
disrespect for the HC order is extremely condemn-
able  unfortunate,” he said. Sharma accused
Banerjee of not respecting the dignity of democracy
and law, claiming that for her, only Muslim appease-
ment is paramount. “The HC has cancelled OBC
certificates issued to Muslims in WB from 2010 to
2024, showing that Mamata Banerjee’s government
was pursuing appeasement politics unconstitutional-
ly. It is clear that Mamata Banerjee needs to please
the Muslim vote bank and her top priority is to carry
forward the agenda of the Muslim League,” he said.
MAMATA BANERJEE IS AGAINST INTEREST OF
BACKWARD COMMUNITIES, SAYS CM SHARMA
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Chief Minister Bhajanlal
Sharma said that the state
government is continu-
ously monitoring the on-
going developments in
Kyrgyzstan and is com-
mitted to the safety of
Rajasthani students stud-
ying there.
He mentioned that a
guideline has been issued
by the Ministry of Exter-
nal Affairs in this matter.
The ministry stated
that the embassy is con-
cerned about the recent
incidents of violence
against foreign students
in Bishkek. No untoward
incident has been report-
ed in Bishkek during the
last few days.
There are no restric-
tions on transport or
movement of people.
However, as a precau-
tionary measure, classes
are being conducted on-
line.
The Embassy is ac-
tively working with uni-
versities and senior gov-
ernment officials. Two
helplines, 0555710041
and 0555005538, have
been issued to assist the
students. The Embassy
has urged people not to
pay attention to rumors
spread by anti-social ele-
ments.
It is noteworthy that
every year, a large num-
ber of Indian students
take admission in medi-
cal and other universities
in the Kyrgyz Republic.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Rajasthan Assembly
Speaker Vasudev Dev-
nani was engaged in var-
ious activities on Thurs-
day. Floral tributes were
paid to former Speaker
Ram Kishore Vyas on his
birth anniversary in the
Assembly building. Dev-
nani, along with former
MLANavrang Singh and
officers and employees
of the Assembly, paid
floral tributes to Vyas.
Meanwhile, the Mar-
shal team of Andhra
Pradesh Assembly met
Devnani in theAssembly
building. Devnani was
felicitated by Chief Mar-
shal of Andhra Pradesh
Legislative Assembly D
Kaundla Reddy, who pre-
sented him with a ‘du-
patta’ and a picture of
Tirupati Balaji.
Marshal of Rajasthan
Assembly Sanjay Choud-
hary took the team of
Marshals of Andhra
Pradesh on a tour of the
Rajasthan Assembly and
discussed security ar-
rangements.
Devnani released ‘Be
Unite Foundation’poster,
promoting women’s em-
powerment, environmen-
tal conservation, and
public awareness. He
also highlighted Political
Narrative Museum’s role
in showcasing Raj’s po-
litical history to Rotary
Club members.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being felicitated by local leaders during a
public meeting held in support of BJP candidate, Shashank Mani
in Deoria in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.
Govt monitoring Kyrgyzstan
developments, committed
to safety of Raj students: CM
Udan Yojana sanitary napkins
being sold in UP, alleges Gehlot
CS: Compulsory
retirement for
corrupt officials
Speaker Devnani has a busy
Thursday; meets many leaders
Hindaun traders meet Diya, demand
road construction as per G schedule
Vasudev Devnani with the
Marshal team of Andhra
Pradesh Assembly, who called
upon him at State Assembly in
Jaipur on Thursday.
Vasudev Devnani calls upon
Om Mathur at the latter’s
residence in Jaipur on
Thursday and enquires about
his well being during his visit.
Ashok Gehlot offers his condolences to Alok Beniwal on
the demise of his mother, late Kamla Beniwal at the latter’s
residence in Jaipur on Thursday. Suresh Chaudhary is also seen.
Manish Bansal
Hindaun City
Representatives of
Hindaun City Vyapar
Mahasangh met Deputy
Chief Minister Diya
Kumari, demanding
road construction as per
the G schedule.
The proposed road
construction from Sta-
tion Road to Kotwali
police station area in
Hindaun City is estimat-
ed to cost Rs 17 crore.
Engineersinsistoncon-
structing on the old road
and are obtaining agree-
ments from traders not to
complain in the future.
They stated that the
road work will begin
only after these agree-
ments are signed. An-
guished by this, the
traders met Diya Ku-
mari and apprised her of
the issue.
Deputy Chief Minis-
ter, Diya Kumari as-
sured them that, keeping
in mind the views of the
traders, construction will
be done as per the G
schedule.
Traders allege that the
engineers want to per-
sonally benefit the con-
tractor while completing
the proposed project.
Proposed road
from Station Road
to Kotwali police
stn will cost `17 cr
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Former Chief Minister
Ashok Gehlot raised con-
cerns over reports of
sanitary napkins distrib-
uted under the Udan Yo-
jana in Rajasthan being
sold in Uttar Pradesh.
Gehlot condemned the
diversion, highlighting
the scheme’s original in-
tent to address women’s
health issues. He criti-
cised the BJP govern-
ment for weakening
schemes and diverting
resources. Additionally,
Gehlot criticised political
strategist Prashant Kishor
and the BJP’s election
tactics, accusing them of
orchestrating predictions
to sway public opinion in
their favour.
Dr Rituraj Sharma
Jaipur
In order to ensure fair-
ness, transparency and
accountability among
government employees,
CS Sudhansh Pant gave
instructions in the meet-
ing of senior
officers on
May 16, say-
ing that such
w o r k e r s
would face
compulsory retirement.
Pant had given instruc-
tions to the officers of all
departments that corrupt,
disinterested and inca-
pable workers will face
compulsory retirement.
The proposal for which
will have to be sent to the
administrative depart-
ments concerned.
The tender has been
made for two years.
Now orders will be
placed for purchase in
pieces. These gloves
are expensive because
they are specialized
for surgical use. We
purchase as per the
demand coming from
medical colleges.
HARISH KUMAR LALWANI,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PROCUREMENT, RMSCL
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BEAUTY BEYOND THE CROWN!
aipur’s Miss Rajasthan 2024 pre-
finale, commenced with a meditation
led by Nirmala Sewani. With diverse
talents showcased, the event celebrated
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Conclave
JAIPUR, FRIDAY | MAY 24, 2024
Trailblazing
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Kailash Vijayvargiya and Nikhil Anand
Bharat24 team with Arun Sao, Rittik Banerjee, Keshav Jha,
Ayush Suryavanshi, Sakshi Mishra, Palak Prakash, Poornima Mishra,
Ranjana Rawat, Priya Sinha, and Gaurav Mishra
Aditi Nagar in conversation with Kailash Vijayvargiya
Aditi Nagar in conversation with Dr Jitendra Singh
Shikha Thakur in conversation with Sushil Kumar Aggarwal
Shikha Thakur in conversation with General VK Singh
Shikha Thakur in conversation with Dr Raghuraj Singh
Poornima Mishra in conversation with SP Singh Baghel
Poornima Mishra in conversation with Prof Praveen Bist
Poornima Mishra in conversation with Prof Gourav Vallabh
Poornima Mishra in conversation with Razaur Rehman
Poornima Mishra in conversation with Arun Sao
Poornima Mishra in conversation with Acharya Pramod Krishnam
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra along with Mahant Narayan Giri, Upasana Arora,
light the inaugural lamp. Also seen are Poornima Mishra, Dr Jitendra Singh,
Razaur Rehman, Sushil Kumar Aggarwal and Piyush Dwivedi
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remarkable progress and future roadmap. Dr
Jagdeesh Chandra along with esteemed figures like
Dr Jitendra Singh, SP Singh Baghel, General VK
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insights. Interviews with notable dignitaries
added depth, and the conclave ended with a
shared commitment to a prosperous
India. City First brings you more
glimpses of this impactful
event!
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra and Dr Jitender Singh
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  • 1. Jaipur, Friday | May 24, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 347 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper SENSEX 75,418.04 1,196.98 BSE 22,967.65 369.85 NIFTY firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia CM SHARMA CAMPAIGNS IN DELHI Modi is the greatest leader of the world: CM Aishwary Pradhan New Delhi ccusing the AAP of being involved neck deep in corruption, Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma on Thursday said it is funny that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had ear- lier campaigned against corruption with Anna Hazare but now he him- self went to jail after be- ing found involved in corruption. He said that if this party misbehaved with a senior leader of its own party in the Chief Minister’s office, then how will it provide secu- rity to the mothers and sisters of Delhi. Addressing a road show in Rohini, Delhi in support of the BJP candi- date from North West Delhi seat Yogendra Chandolia, Sharma said that the people of Delhi will answer these hypo- crites by voting in favour of BJP. Praising PM Narendra Modi, Sharma said that he is the greatest leader of the world and due to the unprecedented work done in the last 10 years in the country; the public has full faith in him. He said that Modi has taken concrete steps for poor welfare, border security, development of the coun- try and eradicating ter- rorism and Naxalism, due to which India is proud of the whole world and the world is looking at India with hopeful eyes. Sharma said that the Congress party only does politics of corrup- tion and appeasement. P8 Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma takes part in roadshow to support Yogendra Chandolia at Delhi’s Rohini on Thursday. A IN BRIEF Seven Naxalites killed in encounter in Ch’garh Bijapur: Seven Naxalites were killed in an encoun- ter with the security per- sonnel on Thursday in the border area of Bijapur dis- trict in Chhatisgarh. The joint team of security per- sonnel was engaged in an anti-Naxal operation when the encounter took place, said SP Prabhat Kumar. RECORD HIGH! Staging a smart recov- ery intraday, equity markets hit an all-time high on Thursday with the benchmark indices surging over 1.5%. The S&P BSE Sensex touched a lifetime high.  Many colleges in Delhi, including Lady Sri Ram College, Hansraj College, get bomb threat email on Thursday, cops call it hoax.  Three hotels in Bengal- uru received bomb threats via email on Thursday, prompting city authorities to initiate an investigation. Return to India, face law: Gowda to Prajwal Bengaluru: Former Prime Minister and JDS patriarch HD Deve Gowda on Thursday is- sued a warning to his grandson Prajwal Re- vanna to return to India and submit himself to the legal process. PASSIONATE WELCOME FOR PM MODI IN PATIALA AS HE ADDRESSES A POWERFUL RALLY IN PUNJAB BOILER EXPLODES AT MAHA’S DOMBIVLI CHEMICAL PLANT I.N.D.I.A bloc talking about having 5 PMs in 5 years: Modi First India Bureau Patiala Ahead of the impending Lok Sabha elections in 2024, PM Narendra Modi addressed a powerful rally amid a passionate welcome by the people of Patiala, Punjab on Thurs- day. PM Modi began his address by paying rich tributes to the land of ‘Guru Tegh Bahadur.’ PM said, “INDIA bloc is talking about having 5 PMs over the next 5 years and said the fight over ‘ghee’ has broken out in the alliance, even before cow has given milk”. P5 PM MODI URGES PUNJAB VOTERS TO CHOOSE ‘VIKSIT PUNJAB’ PM Narendra Modi during a public meeting for Phase 6 of the Lok Sabha polls, in Patiala on Thursday. Also seen here are Preneet Kaur, Sunil Jakhar, Arvind Khanna and other BJP leaders. Firefighters attempt to douse the fire after an explosion in the Dombivali Chemical Plant at Maharashtra’s Thane on Thursday. It was I.N.D.I Alliance’s divisive politics which caused the partition of India and kept us away from the Kartarpur Sahib for 70 years. NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER At least 8 killed, 60 injured as blast and fire hit Thane factory First India Bureau Thane At least 8 people have lost their lives and over 60 others injured after a major fire erupted fol- lowing a boiler explosion at a chemical factory in Dombivli, Thane district, Maharashtra, on Thurs- day. Among deceased, 2 were women and 5 men. The incident was report- ed at chemical factory in the Phase 2 of Dombivli MIDC complex, officials said. As per initial re- ports, four boilers ofAm- ber Chemical Company exploded, triggering a massive blaze. Due to fire, drums containing chemicals started burst- ing, shattering window panes of nearby houses. Congress has only taken forward dynastic politics. From Indira Gandhi to the present generation of the family, Congress has been giving the slogan of eradicating poverty, but has done nothing for the poor. BHAJAN LAL SHARMA, CHIEF MINISTER Campaigning ends for Phase 6 of LS election First India Bureau New Delhi Campaigning ended on Thursday for the penulti- mate phase of Lok Sabha electionsin58constituen- cies across 6 states and 2 Union territories, includ- ing all the 7 seats in Delhi. Besides the national capital, polling for the 6th round of the mara- thon 7-phase elections will be held Saturday in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, all 10 seats of Haryana, 8 seats each in Bihar and West Bengal, 6 seats in Odisha, 4 in Jharkhand and 1 seat in J&K. Officials carrying poll materials in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. ‘62% VOTER TURNOUT RECORDED IN PHASE 5’ BOMBTHREATS! A voter turnout of 62.2% has been recorded in phase-5, covering 49 par- liamentary constituencies (PCs) in eight states and union territories in the ongo- ing Lok Sabha elections 2024, the ECI on Thursday. Now enter new world of entertainment with First India. Click or Scan to download our own OTT 1st India+ Half of India turns into furnace due to severe heatwave & forest fire Over 7 die of heavier than normal pre-monsoon rains in South T he blistering heat across the nation, especially North- ern India, continued to unabated on Thursday as the maximum tempera- ture breached the 48 de- grees Celsius mark in Rajasthan’s Barmar, the highest in India so far this season. Official data showed that at least 24 places in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP, Gujarat, and MP record- ed maximum tempera- tures of 46 degrees Cel- sius or above on Thurs- day. Conditions are likely to worsen as the IMD predicted a rise of 3 to 4 degrees in northwest In- dia over next few days. FIVE LIVES LOST DUE TO HEATWAVE IN RAJ CYCLONIC STORM REMAL TO HIT WEST BENGAL O n the other hand, a red alert was is- sued for several parts of Kerala as torren- tial rains killed at least 7 people across state. Ac- cording to the India Me- teorological Department (IMD), the red alert was issued in 5 districts that were likely to receive heavy rainfall. Pre-mon- soon rains were 18% above normal in Kerala this year, causing flood- ing in parts and disrupt- ing flights at Kozhikode airport, officials said. Meanwhile, parts of the Cochin city corporation in the Ernakulam district were inundated after heavy rainfall. In a tragic development, 5 people are suspected to have lost their lives due to severe heatwave gripping Rajasthan. Four people have reportedly died due to the extreme heat in Jalore. Additionally, another young man passed away in Ahore, although it has yet to be confirmed if his death was heatwave-related. P3 The IMD told on Thursday that a low-pressure system over the Bay of Bengal will intensify and reach Bang- ladesh and adjoining WB coasts as a severe cyclonic storm by Sunday evening. It is 1st pre-monsoon cyclone in Bay of Bengal and will be named Remal, as per system of naming cyclones in Indian Ocean region. P6 (T-B) Tourists use umbrellas for protection from scorching sun at Jantar Mantar, in Jaipur. Policeman covers his face for protection from heat in Amritsar. Woman with a child during hot sunny day. (T-B) People walk amid heavy rainfall which brought relief from excessive summer heat, in Hyderabad on Thursday. Commuters move on flooded road during heavy rain, in Kochi, on Thursday. 49°C BARMER 19°C KOCHI 46°C PILANI 26°C KOZHIKODE 47°C CHURU 25°C BENGALURU 45°C JAIPUR 28°C HYDERABAD HOTTEST RAJ CITIES WEATHER IN SOUTH MELTING MELTING NORTH NORTH FLOODING FLOODING SOUTH SOUTH
  • 2. A wave of urgency swept through Jaipur police on Wednesday night at 8:45 PM, following a message from Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph over the wireless network. The Commissioner alerted the force about criminals allegedly roaming the city in a car, providing a specific vehicle number and urging for stringent roadblocks to apprehend the suspects. Within 15 minutes, police person- nel mobilized in the field. Extensive roadblocks were set up, and vehicles were thoroughly checked.Commissioner Joseph later clarified that the operation was a mock drill designed to test the police’s readiness. HONOURING EXCELLENCE Acharya Lokesh honored globally First India Bureau New Delhi/Jodhpur fter being hon- oured with the American Pres- idential Award, Acharya Lokesh will reach Jodh- pur on Saturday. Ra- jasthan being his birth place, he will be given a warm welcome at the air- port. Acharya Lokesh leave for Shri Nakoda Tirtha after this. During the World Peace Sadbhavana Yatra, the acharya was hon- oured with the American Presidential Award in Washington and the World Book of Records in the British Parliament and the Lokmat Global Trailblazer Award in the Global Economic Con- vention in Singapore. Acharya Lokeshji, founderofAhimsaVishwa Bharati and World Peace Centre, while addressing the delegation led by for- mer mayor Rameshwar Dadhich from Jodhpur, said that he had never thought that a man born in Pachpadra,asmalltownin Barmer would ever be honoured with such a prestegious award. Acharya Lokesh receiving the American Presidential Award. A RAJASTHAN 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Friday | May 24, 2024 Raj Police, NCB bust two major drug ops in State Rajeev Gaur Jodhpur/Sanchore NCB zonal director Gha- nasyam Soni informed that a joint team raided one Suresh Kumar’s resi- dence, seizing 6.870 kg of Morphine and 17.50 gm of Codeine hidden under cattle food. Kumar, not present during the raid, faces charges under NDPSAct sections 8, 21, 22, and 29. Meanwhile in another case, more than 800 kgs of Ganja be- ing transported from Odisha has been recov- ered in Vivek Vihar po- lice station area in Jodh- pur. The Marijuana seized is worth approxi- mately Rs 4.30 Crores 800 KG MARIJUANA, 6.8 KG MORPHINE AND 17.50 GM CODEINE RECOVERED The cops seized over 800 Kg of Ganja in Jodhpur. (Inset) Ghanshyam Soni speaking about the raid on Thursday. EducationalexpensesofPrachito becoveredbystate,saysDilawar First India Bureau Alwar Education Minister Madan Dilawar declared that the Rajasthan gov- ernment will bear all fu- ture educational expens- es for Prachi Soni, a stu- dent fromAxisAcademy School in Ikerotia vil- lage, Khairthal, Alwar. Prachi made history by scoring a perfect 500 out of 500 in the State Sec- ondary Education Board’s Class 12 exams. Minister Dilawar made this announcement while addressing a ceremony in Khairthal held in honor of the exemplary student. “Prachi Soni has accom- plished something un- precedented in Ra- jasthan’s history,” the Minister stated. He also highlighted the efforts of CM Bhajan Lal’s govt in striving to improve the quality of education. Education Minister Madan Dilawar along with Forest min Sanjay Sharma during the felicitation ceremony on Thursday. POLICE AMBUSHED DURING OPERATION IN HINDOLI WOMAN, LOVER BEATEN BY IN-LAWS IN BANSWARA A police team from Anantpura station in Kota was attacked while attempting to apprehend a criminal in Hindoli. The sudden assault occurred as the team was searching for a notorious offender named Ram- raj. The Kota police were in the village to arrest Ramraj when some local villagers intervened, pelting stones at the officers and enabling the criminals to escape. There are also reports of gunfire during the altercation, although this has not yet been confirmed. In the Motagaon police station area in Banswara , a married woman and her lover were brutally as- saulted by her in-laws. The couple, who had been missing for five days, were found and tied up before being beaten. The woman’s in-laws caught the pair and forcibly took them home. The woman was tied to a tree, while her lover was bound with ropes and beaten. Photos of the assault went viral, bringing the incident to the attention of police.The police have detained the husband. J&Kattack:Injured womanbroughttoSMS First India Bureau Jaipur A couple from Jaipur, who were injured in the firing by terrorists in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, have been shifted to the Medical College in Jammu. Ta- brez Khan has been ad- mitted to a hospital in Chennai for eye treat- ment while his wife Farha has been admitted to the trauma centre of SMS Hospital, Jaipur. Orthopedics specialist Dr Anurag Dhakad said, “As per the orders of the Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, Farha Khan has been provided the best medical care. The bullet wound has been examined and her health is stable. The X-ray and CT scan have been done to see the condition of her shoulder.” Tabrez (38) and Farha (38) are residents of the Brahmpuri area in Jaipur and had gone to Jammu and Kashmir. Farha Khan, was shot in the shoulder on May 18. JDA action on illegal colonies in eco zone First India Bureau Jaipur The Jaipur Development Authority has once again taken action against at- tempts to establish illegal colonies in the ecological zone. Under the direction of Chief Enforcement Controller Mahendra Sharma, JDA enforce- ment team successfully thwarted efforts to set up unauthorized settlements in various locations. In Looniyawas, prepa- rations were underway to establish an illegal colo- ny under the name of Sadbhavana Nagar. Sim- ilarly, near Baba Bal- aknath Ashram, an area was being prepared un- der the name of Dwarka- puri, and in Kho Nagori- yan, there were efforts to set up a colony called Makka Nagar. Housing Board to plant over one lakh trees in Raj First India Bureau Jaipur Housing Board President T Ravikant held a review meeting of departmental officers on Thursday & took feedback on work done and suggestions given in the meetings held last month and nec- essary directions given. Ravikant told the of- ficers and employees to plant trees for a safe fu- ture. He said that as per the instructions of the CS, Housing Board should also make an im- portant contribution to- wards environmental protection by planting more than a lakh trees. Commissioner Inderjit Singh said that trees should also be planted in the handed over property to maximise greenery. Sports Council sacks tennis coach on rape case conviction First India Bureau Jaipur Tennis coach Gaurang Nalwaya, who was found guilty on rape charg- es, was dismissed from the service of Rajasthan Sports Council on Wednes- day. Nalvaya, a ten- nis coach at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous im- prisonment by the Special Judge of Jaipur Metropolitan I on November 9, 2023 after being convicted in a rape case by one of the tennis trainees. Rajasthan Sports Council disciplinary authority’s Sohan- ram Chaudhary is- sued an order on Wednesday dismiss- ing Gaurang Nalvaya from Sports Council service with effect from November 9, 2023, the day he was convicted. It is worth noting that one of his train- ees had leveled rape allegations against tenniscoachGaurang Nalwaya. he was ar- rested on this charge in June 2021 and was suspended from Ra- jasthan Sports Council service. Gaurang was ac- cused of taking his trainee to a hotel in Udaipur on the pre- text of selection and raping her there. CRIME ROUNDUP COMMISSIONER BIJU’S MOCK DRILL TESTS JAIPUR POLICE’S RAPID DEPLOYMENT IN EMERGENCIES NOTICE ISSUED TO GUNJAL’S ILLEGAL COWSHED BY UIT In a significant development, the Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) has issued a notice against an illegal gaushala operated by Ramratan Gunjal, brother of former MLA Prahlad Gunjal. The gaushla is located in Dharmpura village on plot number 226. The notice, issued by the Deputy Secretary of UIT, declares the cowshed an illegal en- croachment and gives a three-day ultimatum to vacate the land. If the encroachment is not removed within the stipulated period, further action will be taken according to the regulations. WILDLIFECENSUSCOMMENCES Wildlife census began in State’s forest reserves on Vaishakh Purnima, which fell on Thursday. The census will continue till 8 am on Friday. The population of tigers, leopards & other wildlife is being estimated using the water hole method. This time, scaffolding has been erected at a total of 12 water points in Jhalana Leopard Reserve in Jaipur. First India Photojournalist SANTOSH SHARMA captured a leopard resting near the water hole unmindful of the birds looking for food near him. Two women volunteers, brave intense heat as they sit on a makeshift machan in Jhalana Leopard Reserve waiting for the animals to come to the water hole to drink water on Thursday. Preparations being done to help forest officials & volunteers sit on special machan made on trees. A nilgai grazing in the forest reserve. As of 2020, the nilgai population in Rajasthan was 80,234, up from 70,924 in 2015. SANTOSH SHARMA SUNIL SHARMA
  • 3. CAMPAIGN AGAINST ADULTERATION 7k litres ghee, 43k litres mustard oil seized Vikas Sharma Jaipur n a concerted effort to combat food adultera- tion, the Food Safety Commission conducted extensive operations across various locations in Jaipur on Thursday. Over 43,000 litres of adulterated cooking oil and approximately 7,000 litres of contaminated ghee were seized during the raids. Under the guidance of Food Safety Commis- sioner Iqbal Khan and the leadership of Additional Commissioner Pankaj Ojha, a significant raid took place at Ritesh En- terprises in Cooker Khe- da Mandi on Sikar Road. Ojha reported that samples were collected from Paliwal, Balaji, and Tirumala brands, totaling 2044 kilograms of ghee. Additionally, around 4000 litres of ghee from the Nand Krishna brand by Home Sarathi at Shri Food Trading were also sampled. Notably, the Paliwal brand had previ- ously failed quality tests. Officials of Food Safety Commissionerate with the seized mustard oil at the Surajpol Anajmandi in Jaipur on Thursday. Afterseizureofabout 2,470litresofmustard oilfromSurajpol, 41,000litresof Tagorebrandoilwas alsoseizedatGoyal OilIndustryinVKI I RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Friday | May 24, 2024 First India Bureau Jaipur Rajasthan University held a Senate meeting on Thursday to discuss preparations for the up- coming convocation cer- emony scheduled for June 19. The meetingth- at was chaired by Vice- Chancellor Professor Alpana Kateja, focused on key decisions regard- ing the convocation. Professor Kateja an- nounced that 467 de- grees and 126 gold med- als will be awarded dur- ing the ceremony. In total, approximate- ly 166,139 degrees, in- cluding undergraduate degrees, will be distrib- uted. The list of degree recipients has been up- loaded to the universi- ty’s website. First India Bureau Jaipur The state government has issued a notification to constitute the State Level Authorization Committee under the Transplantation ofHumanOrgansandTis- sues Act-1994. ACS Health Shubhra Singh said that the Princi- pal and Controller of SawaiMansinghMedical College will be the chair- man of this committee. Dr. Narpat Singh Shekha- wat, former Superinten- dent of Sawai Mansingh Hospital, Dr. B.L. Yadav, Professor of General Sur- gery Department at SMS Hospital, Dr.Ashok Shar- da, former President of Indian Medical Associa- tion Rajasthan, Seema Daya of Seva Bharti Ra- jasthan, Medical Educa- tion Secy. and representa- tives of Director Public Healthwillbemembersin committee. First India Bureau Jaipur/Kota The rising mercury levels in Jaipur have led to de- teriorating health condi- tions among children, adding to woes of scorch- ing heat wave across the state. Children are flood- ing hospitals, including JK Lone Hospital. Amid scorching tem- peratures, Tonk is facing a dual onslaught of fire incidents and blistering heat. While fire hazards loom from sky, scorching heatwaves continue to torment residents, affect- ing daily life. The mer- cury soared past 43° C by noon, leaving people struggling to cope with intense heat. In response, authorities are spraying water on roads to provide relief but the situation re- mains dire as hospitals witness a surge in pa- tients suffering from heat-related illnesses. First India Bureau Jaipur/Churu Irate residents of Ward 47 protested on Thursday by holding contractor hos- tage here over power cuts. They locked the electrici- ty office of Mochibada. CouncillorAshok Panwar said that on Wednesday night, an electric wire of 11,000 KV LT fused. “When contractor Mu- rali Swamy was called, he started abusing. People called the officials of the electricity department but none answered the calls. Angry, the residents held the contractor hostage the next day,” he said. Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister Joraram Kumawat met the Energy MinHiralalNagarregard- ing undeclared power cuts. Rajya Sabha MP Madan Rathore talked to CM Bahajan Lal Sharma regarding drinking water crisis in rural areas and requested him to solve the problem. BJP candidate from Sujangarh assembly constituency and head of BidasarPanchayatSamiti, Santosh Meghwal also met Minister Nagar. First India Bureau Jaipur ACS health Shubhra Sin- gh reached SMS hospital after the news of First In- dia. Notably First India had run a special story yesterday on the inade- quate arrangements in the hospital. Shubhra Singh took stock of the arrange- ments regarding heat stroke cases. Expressing displeasure overthe cha- os, she directed the hospi- tal administration to im- mediately make a contin- gency plan and all ar- rangementswithin7days. Singh visited the emer- gency unit, medicine ward, Bangar complex and Charak Bhawan to see the arrangements. She expressed her discontent- ment over the shut duct- ing plant in emergency unit and coolers not func- tioning at other places. First India Bureau Jaipur FormerdeputyCMSachin Pilot campaigned for a staggering 18 hours in a singleday.Startinghisday at 6 AM on May 22, Pilot embarked on an extensive election tour, returning to Delhibymidnight.During this marathon day, he ad- dressed electoral rallies in three Lok Sabha constitu- encies across Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Despite his late return, Pilot was up early the next morning, joining Rahul Gandhi at a rally in North East Delhi at 9 AM on May23.Followingthis,he is scheduled to return to Punjab for further cam- paigning on May 24. Pilot has emerged as a key figure in the current LSPolls,havingaddressed over 100 rallies across 14 states. Vimal Kothari Jaipur Officials of the Commer- cial Tax Department (SGST) are under im- mense stress these days. Work pressure has claimed the life of one Deputy Commissioner level officer, who died of heart attack while one underwent a stunt sur- gery and two officers are undergoing treatment for heart related ailments. Apart from this, two of- ficers posted as Assistant Commercial Tax Officer suffered brain stroke and are undergoing treat- ment. Many officers are ignoring pain in their heart. However, the GST law alone is not responsi- ble for the condition of the officers. The GST on domesti- cally sold goods and ser- vices was implemented in 2017. Since it is a new law, many amendments have been made in it. There is a big problem in the GST law regarding filing of returns and re- covery of dues. The situ- ation is that despite the amendments, there is a lot of resentment regard- ing GST among the tax- payers and the officers collecting GST due to the desired amendments not being made. Since the GST law has fixed dead- lines for filing returns and penalizing taxpayers on the basis of technical mistakes, it has increased stress on officers. Department officials said that work was al- ways there but there is a shortage of supporting staff and officers. RU Senate meet to discuss preps for convocation Authorisation panel formedforRajasthan Pilot campaigns for 18 hours in a single day Under stress, SGST officials suffer heart related ailments Since, the GST law has fixed deadlines for filing returns, penalizing taxpayers on technical mistakes, it has increased stress on officers. Sachin Pilot during the rally in support of Amarinder Singh Raja Warring in Ludhiana on Thursday. ACS Health Shubhra Singh during inspection of heat preparedness at SMS Hospital in Jaipur on Thursday. A family takes shade of umbrella to protect self from heat in Jaipur on Thursday. NAIM KHAN (L ) Women protesting by throwing pots from a water tank in Aradavata near Chirawa in Jhunjhunu on Thursday. (R) Farmers submitting memo at Discom office in Raniwada, Sanchore on Thursday. Weather-borne diseases on the rise across State Health woes amid heatwave ACS inspects SMS hosp after FIN reports chaos SMS MEDICAL COLLEGE PRINCIPAL INSPECTS JANANA HOSPITAL In the midst of scorching heat, SMS Medical College Principal Dr. Deepak Maheshwari led a meticulous inspection of Janana Hospi- tal, scrutinizing its facilities and opera- tions. The inspection aimed to assess the hospital’s preparedness amidst the intense summer conditions. Patients, particularly in OPD and ICU, expressed dismay over the inadequacies. Mahesh- wari assured swift corrective action to address the patients’ concerns. EX-CMASHOKGEHLOTCONCERNED OVERRISEINTEMPERATURE Former CM Ashok Gehlot has suggested people to take full pre- cautions to avoid heat. He also said that the state government should be fully prepared to face any adverse situation. “The temperature has reached above 45 degrees Celsius in many dis- tricts of the state. The Meteorological De- partment has issued a red alert for May 25 and 26 in which the temperature may go up to 50 degrees at some places,” the Congress leader posted on X. May-mayhemasmercurysoars; publicprotestsforpowersupply Barmer 48.8 Jaisalmer 47.5 Phalodi 48.6 Jodhpurr 47.4 MERCURY NEARING 49° C IN WEST-RAJ POWER DEMAND SOARS BY 20% 2 UNITS OF STPP KALISINDH OFFLINE With soaring tem- perature, demand for electricity is reaching a record break- ing level in Rajasthan. Despite the power cuts, supply has increased by 500 lakh units in the second fortnight of May. 3178 lakh units of electricity were supplied to the public on May 15 whereas on May 22, 3575 lakh units were supplied, that too when about 60 to 70 lakh units were cut. Two power gen- eration units in state have been shut down. One unit of the Kalisindh Thermal Plant, with a capacity of 600 megawatts, has been taken offline due to technical reasons. Additionally, a unit of the Suratgarh Thermal Plant is closed for annual maintenance. Accord- ing to sources from the production corporation, efforts are underway to resolve technical issues. A REALITY CHECK BY FIRST INDIA REVEALS RAMPANT POWER WASTAGE IN GOVT OFFICES ENERGYMININSTRUCTS OFFICIALSTOENSURE UNINTERRUPTEDPOWER Amid scorching heat and ongoing electricity and water crises, a stark contrast in power usage has been observed in government offices in Jaipur. A reality check by First India reveals rampant electricity wast- age in these offices, despite widespread public suffering due to power cuts. Empty rooms and buildings in govern- ment facilities are found with lights, fans, coolers, and ACs running unnecessarily. While citizens struggle without power, government offices display a dismal state of energy management. In the wake of First India’s news report, Greater Nigam sprung into action has issued directives to all officials and employees, mandating the shutdown of electricity upon leaving offices. The order, issued by the Additional Commissioner, aims to promote energy conser- vation and responsible usage practices among government staff. Shivendra Parmar, Vikas Sharma, and Ziauddin Khan Amid surge in de- mand for electricity due to prevailing heatwaves, the Energy Minister, Hiralal Nagar has instructed all officers and employees of the Electric- ity dept to ensure uninter- rupted power supply to state. He instructed officials to ensure adequate power supply to meet increasing demand while addressing outages promptly. Furious residents hold contractor hostage in Churu; sanitation workers shift time changed Organ donation fake NOC case The beautiful full moon illuminates the majestic Albert Hall on the pious occasion of Buddha Purnima on Thursday. NAIM KHAN MAJESTIC ALBERT HALL ON ‘FULL MOON’
  • 4. here are times when a wave of anx- iety sweeps over people, sometimes because the world seems more unsafe than usual, at other times because of a personal situ- ation. Yet ultimately the ability to feel safe and se- cure is always personal. The issue crosses the line between psychological and spiritual, so we need to con- sider both aspects. As a psychological issue, anxiety hasn’t yielded a medical solution, which is why millions of people are prescribed a tranquilizer to subdue the symptoms of free-floating anxiety in- stead of being offered a cure. Free-floating anxiety is defined as “a chronic, general feeling of unease or apprehension that doesn’t relate to any specific situa- tion or object.” Unlike a fearrootedinaspecificsitu- ation,suchaslosingajobor running out of money, peo- ple who suffer from free- floating anxiety feel unsafe. Whether or not the world is unsafe doesn’t really cause you to feel unsafe— this is more like feeling un- safe in your skin. It is a pervasive sensation that crosses over into the physi- cal as literally trembling, hyperventilating, feeling cold and faint, etc. Fear has a certain weightless quality, which offers a clue.The op- posite of weightlessness is grounded, and if you feel grounded, it naturally fol- lows that you will feel safe and unthreatened. Grounding has more than one meaning. You can be physically grounded, with the implication that you are calm, stable, and secure, with both feet on the ground. You can have a personality that exhibits the same traits. Your behavior is grounded if you are rea- sonable, not easily shaken, reliable, and down to earth. I’ve described a constel- lation of qualities that be- long together, but they also exist on a spectrum. There aremilderwordsforfeeling anxious (jumpy, nervous, worried) and stronger words (dread, fearful, ter- rifying). Not everyone is gifted with a lifelong sense of being rounded, secure, and safe. Everyone else falls along the spectrum of anxiety by way of memory and past experience. To- day’s anxious feelings were born in the past and keep repeating themselves. This pattern of repetition contin- ues and even grows worse if healing isn’t introduced. Starting in childhood, we all learn behaviors that re- inforce feeling safe or not. You will feel safe today if you learned in the past how to... Love and be loved Trust in yourself and others Take responsibility for your life Be self-reliant Develop courage and con- fidence Handle crises well Believe in positive solu- tions Value yourself, have good self-esteem Call on help and support when you need it Accept negative emotions as passing events Value calmness and stability Looking back, everyone has mixed experiences of these qualities, which are enmeshed in everyday life and jumbled together with their opposite. Yet none is merely a lucky gift. These are learned behaviors and attitudes. You can con- sciously promote them as an adult. At the same time, it is necessary to confront the qualities that give rise to anxiety. These are the op- posite of the list above.You will feel unsafe today if you learned in the past that you are... Unloved and unlovable Not safe trusting in your- self or others Not responsibility for your life but blame others in- stead Unable to stand on your own Not likely to be coura- geous in difficult situa- tions Very likely to be over- whelmed in a crisis Fated to fall into worst- case scenarios Prone to low self-esteem Alone without support from others Threatened by negative emotions in yourself or di- rected from others Rarely calm and relaxed Because everything on both lists is interconnected, it only makes sense that overcoming free-floating anxiety is so difficult thera- peutically. How can there be enough time to unravel such a tangled web? With enougheffortandvigilance, it is possible to address theseissuesonebyone.You can develop a support net- work around yourself, un- dertakechallengesthatraise your self-esteem, and find someone who truly loves you for who you are. Yet as a solution, this sounds half-hearted and piecemeal. The point of listing the qualities that make a person safe, secure, and grounded isn’t to dis- courage you but to bring to light the elements of the problem. Finding a better solution is a pressing need and for many people an ur- gent one—as time passes, their anxiety will only grow worse. This is where the crosso- ver to spirituality occurs, if we understand spirituality not as religion but as a path to the true self. The anxiety experienced in everyday life is innate in the ego, which feels alone and inse- cure by its very construc- tion.The “me” you identify with is a jumbled construct of memory amassed from experiences going back to early childhood. Yet underlying this frag- ile construct is the sense of “I am,” which is constant and unchanging. Your true self is grounded in “I am” as a permanent aspect of itself. Being here now is the basis of its existence, undis- turbed by incessant activity of the active mind. InYoga, there is even a fundamental source of safety, security, andstabilityintheso-called first chakra. There are seven chakras or energy centers distribut- ed from the base of the spine (first chakra) to the crown of the head (seventh chakra), but it isn’t neces- sary to accept or even un- derstand how this map of subtle physiology works. The point is that feeling grounded is a state of bal- anced awareness. From this state spreads all the physi- cal, emotional, and psycho- logical qualities we’ve been discussing. (For much more detail, you might look at my book, Living in the Light, which fully explores Yoga and chakra system.) THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK What we are today comes from our thoughts today comes from, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. BIBLE THE CHAKRA SYSTEM It is also part of the chakra system to place the first chakra as the most basic - you have to be grounded before the pursuit of higher consciousness is made possible. Any practice that settles your aware- ness into the simple state of being here now will make you more grounded, including yoga, meditation, and self-reflection prac- tices. Just as effective is to value the feeling of simple awareness, when you are centered and relaxed. Returning to the state of simple awareness should be done anytime during the day when you feel dis- tracted or disturbed. This is a simple matter of being alone, taking a few deep breaths, sitting with your eyes closed, your attention on your heart, and letting relaxation come naturally. Anxiety needs a trigger, and small, everyday stress- ors are the general culprit. Catch this early, and simple awareness will bring you closer to your true self. Maintain the practice, and day by day your nervous system will recognize that its default state is balanced and quiet. In short, your focus should be on learning that the grounded state is natural and innate. Anxiety is a deviation from this natural state, and just as you learned to identify with the agitation of anxiety, you can unlearn it by acting as your own healer. Severe states of chronic anxiety require medical attention, but the path out of mild to moderate anxiety is yours to pursue here and now. HOWTOFEELSAFE INTROUBLEDTIMES As a psychological issue, anxiety hasn’t yielded a medical solution, which is why millions of people are prescribed a tranquilizer to subdue the symptoms of free-floating anxiety instead of being offered a cure. Free-floating anxiety is defined as “a chronic, general feeling of unease or apprehension that doesn’t relate to any specific situation or object.” Unlike a fear rooted in a specific situation, such as losing a job or running out of money, people who suffer from free-floating anxiety feel unsafe IN-DEPTH LESSONS FROM TURBULENCE-HIT SINGAPORE FLIGHT DECLINING FDI A REASON TO WORRY he recent severe air turbulence experienced by a SingaporeAirlines Boeing 777 has raised significant concerns about flight safety in tur- bulent zones. This incident, occurring mid-flight and causing the death of one passenger and injuries to sev- eral others, underscores the unpredictable nature of air travel. A former commercial pilot suggested that the plane likely encountered the Intertropical Conver- gence Zone (ITCZ), an area known for volatile weath- er patterns which cause a cluster of thunderstorms stretching to “well over 50 miles”. While turbulence is a common aviation hazard, the intensity of this event highlights the need for enhanced predictive technologies and real-time weather monitor- ing.Airlines and aviation authorities must invest in bet- ter training for pilots to handle unexpected turbulence and improve communication with passengers about potentialrisks.Additionally,thereshouldbeaconcerted effort to advance meteorological research to understand andpredictsuchphenomenamoreaccuratelyastheyare almostunavoidable.Incidentsliketheseserveascritical reminders of the need to ensure passenger safety. T ndia is talked about in glowing terms for its growth story. India’s GDP of 3.5 trillion dol- lars, a young workforce, democracy and ease of doing business makes it an ideal alternative to China where the economy is slowing down. Global investors have been upbeat about India over the past several years. Now, as the RBI data suggest, their enthusiasm seems to be waning. India’s gross FDI inflows in the first six months of the current financial year were only $10.1 billion. When compared with the previous year’s figure of $27.98 billion, the decline is significant. The net de- cline of over 62 per- cent is the lowest since 2007. The fall in FDI de- spite the optimism about India as an eco- nomic powerhouse, which is set to over- take Germany this year and Japan by 2026, is not too per- plexing. Analysts put the blame on bureau- cratic hurdles and red tape. Mostly it is re- lated to tax regimes, obtaining tax refunds, ambiguity in rules and regulations and unavoidable interface with bureaucracy. The ease of doing business is lost in the process. This also renders the government’s pro-investor schemes ineffective. Production-linked incentives, cut in corporation tax to 17 percent, high import duties for the benefit of domestic manufacturers failed to attract investors as much as was expected. Global uncertainties due to the war in Ukraine and WestAsiaalsokeepinvestorsonthetenterhookdespite India having managed the situation arising out of US sanctions on Russia rather well. The falling FDI de- prives the country of technology and know-how. The next government would certainly take a call on this. I This also renders the government’s pro- investor schemes ineffective. Production-linked incentives, cut in corporation tax to 17 percent, high import duties for the benefit of domestic manufacturers failed to attract investors as much as was expected T Hearty congratulations and best wishes on the sacred festival of Buddha Purnima! By giving the message of sacrifice, non-violence, compassion and friendship, Lord Buddha gave the key to living a meaningful life to the entire human society. His teachings will continue to guide all of us for ages. Amit Shah (Modi Ka Parivar) @AmitShah Chief Minister Sukhu has himself been exposed by continuously lying about Hamirpur Medical College. Sukhu has been misleading people in the name of medical college since 1 March 2014. In the Modi government in 2015, we got the medical college in Jolsappar approved and started this project by giving a budget of 174 crores. Anurag Thakur ( ) @ianuragthakur l Vol 5 l Issue No. 347 l RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. 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  • 6. INDIA 05 Jaipur, Friday | May 24, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia RAJNATH SINGH ON INDIAN POLITICS “Cong, AAP responsible for crisis of credibility” PTI New Delhi enior BJP lead- er and Defence Minister Ra- jnath Singh on Thursday attacked opposition IN- DIA bloc partners Con- gress and AAP, alleging that they are responsible for the crisis of credibil- ity in Indian politics. Singh made the re- marks while addressing an election meeting in favour of BJP’s West Delhi Lok Sabha constit- uency candidate Ka- maljeet Sehrawat, hours before campaigning for the May 25 round of poll- ing ended. Targeting CongressandAAP,which are contesting the general elections in the national capital under a seat-shar- ing arrangement, he said, “The leaders of the Con- gress and the AAP have contributed the most to the crisis of credibility in the politics of India.” While the AAP is con- testing four seats, the Congress has fielded candidates from three seats. The seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi go to polls in the sixth round of the seven- phase general elections. Taking a swipe at Delhi CM and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal on con- tinuing on the post despite being arrested and jailed inconnectionwithaDelhi excisepolicy-linkedmon- ey laundering case, Singh said, “I have heard about work from office and workfromhome.TheCM here has done the miracle of work from jail.” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during a rally in support of BJP candidate Krishan Pal Gurjar for Lok Sabha elections, at Solda village in Faridabad on Thursday. PTI S “TillModiisalive,noonecan snatchreservationforDalits” First India Bureau New Delhi Hours before campaign- ing for the sixth round of the seven-phase Lok Sab- ha polls came to an end, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday at a rally in Haryana’s Ma- hendragarh asserted that till he is alive, no one can snatch the reservation for Dalits and tribals. In this election, “you will not only choose the country’s PM but also de- cide the country’s fu- ture”, the prime minister told the gathering. “On one hand is your tried and tested ‘sewak’ Modi. Who is on the oth- er side, one does not know,” he said, targeting the INDIA bloc that has as its constituents oppo- sition parties, including the Congress, Aam Aad- mi Party,Trinamool Con- gress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. The INDIA bloc is “extremely communal, casteist and nepotist”, he said while alleging that when the Congress was in power, it did not allow construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Recalling his days working for the BJP in the state in the mid- 1990s, Modi said, “Hary- ana has showered a lot of love on me, I have deep relations with you.” “It is my guarantee that we will not let Hary- ana’s development stop,” he said while canvassing for BJP’s BhiwaniMa- hendragarh Lok Sabha seat candidate Dharam- bir Singh. Modi also said that in the last 10 years, “we have worked hard to wash off the sins of the Congress”. PM Modi slams Opposition for snatching reservation from SC/ST/OBCs Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini during a public meeting for Lok Sabha elections, in Mahendragarh, Thursday. PTI “PM STARTED CULTURE OF EQUITABLE SERVICE DELIVERY, MINORITIES EQUALLY BENEFITED” New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had introduced a culture of equitable service delivery in the country wherein minorities were equally benefited, Union Min- ister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday. He said Modi has successfully raised the stand- ards of public service delivery above vote consideration, based on the principle of jus- tice for all. “Modi will always be credited for having intro- duced a new work culture in India wherein each of the pro-poor and public welfare schemes were designed in such a manner so as to reach the most needy or the last man in the last queue, regardless of caste, creed, religion or vote consideration. Purely objective parameters were followed to meet the requirement, “wherever the requirement was not met in the past and to deliver justice wherever justice had been denied in the past”, he said. This, the minister said, was quite a departure from the practice followed by the Con- gress earlier wherein vote bank politics pre-determined the selective rolling out of the state benefits. Cong,SPvotebankmadeup ofintruders,saysAmitShah PTI Siddharthnagar (UP) Union Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party president Akhile- sh Yadav refused to go to Ram temple for the fear of losing their vote bank, which is all made up of “intruders.” Addressing a rally in Ambedkar Nagar, Shah said, “Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi did not attend the consecra- tion ceremony of Ram temple because they are scared of their vote bank. You know who their vote bank is? I’ll tell you. Their vote bank is those intruders. They did not go for the fear of losing them. They jeopardised the safety of the country.” In another rally in Sant Kabir Nagar, Shah named several leaders from the opposition parties and accused them of nepotism. Union Home Minister in UP OdishaMLAs,MPs cannotmeetCM,govt is‘outsourced’:Nadda PTI Karanjia/ Dhamnagar Alleging that the Odisha government has been “outsourced”, BJP presi- dent JP Nadda on Thurs- day claimed the people’s representatives like MLAs and MPs are una- ble to meet Chief Minis- ter Naveen Patnaik. The government in the state needs to be changed to get rid of this practice, Nadda said. The Odisha adminis- tration has been out- sourced. There is no son or daughter of Odisha left who can run the adminis- tration here. Who is stop- ping the MPs and MLAs of Odisha from reaching the seat of Chief Minis- ter? he said at a public meeting in Karanjia add- ing that the BJP has been calling him an outsider in Odisha’s politics. BJP slams RaGa, Didi over reservation; accuses Oppn of appeasement politics First India Bureau New Delhi The BJPlaunched a fresh attack on the INDIAbloc on the issue of reserva- tion, accusing the oppo- sition grouping of in- dulging in appeasement politics, and said the people of the country will give them a fitting reply in the LS polls. The BJP’s charge came a day after West Bengal CM and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said she will not accept a Cal- cutta High Court order that scrapped the OBC status of several classes granted in the state since 2010, and Congress lead- er Rahul Gandhi claimed the system is heavily aligned against lower castes and his party aims to fix this. Senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “Appease- ment is the dose and diet of parties like the Con- gress and the TMC.” ARVIND KEJRIWAL TRAVELLING WITH ACCUSED SHOWS WHERE HIS LOYALTY LIES, SAYS BJP New Delhi: The BJP said on Thursday that no one should hamper the probe into the alleged assault on AAP MP Swati Maliwal, claiming it is part of the investigation to ascertain who were present at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence and the role they played when the incident occurred. “Who all were present at Kejriwal’s residence from his family and office, the role they played and what they witnessed when Maliwal was being beaten up are part of the investigation. I am a spokesperson of the BJP, not the police. I will only request that no one should hamper the investigation,” Union Minister Smriti Irani said. The fact that Kejriwal has been seen travelling with the accused, his aide Bibhav Kumar, signals where his loyalty lies, she said. “BJPresponsibleforunemployment, corruptioninHaryana,willpayprice” PTI Sirsa (Haryana) Congress leader Priyan- ka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday slammed the BJP government for “unemployment, cor- ruption and inflation” in the Haryana. “There is a huge wave of Congress in Haryana. Haryana has the highest unemployment in the en- tire country, the price of which is being paid by the youth here. “The public is fed up with the rampant infla- tion, corruption and in- stability of the BJPand is going to bring about a big change),” she said in a post in Hindi on X. The Congress will win all seats in the state with a huge margin, she said. Earlier, she led a road- show to garner support forpartynomineeKumari Selja for the May 25 Lok Sabha poll in Haryana. Election is fight to safeguard Constitution: Rahul Gandhi Varun Gandhi addresses rally for mother Maneka in Sultanpur PTI New Delhi Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday charged that the BJP al- ways wanted to “tear and throw away” the Consti- tution, and asserted that the Lok Sabha elections this time is a fight to safe- guard it. He claimed that the BJPalways wanted to change the Constitution. “BJP have always wanted to tear and throw it (Constitution) away. They never accepted nei- ther the Indian Constitu- tion nor the Indian flag. In this election they have accepted that they want to change it,” he charged. PTI Sultanpur (UP) BJP leader and Pilibhit MPVarunGandhireached Sultanpur on Thursday to campaign for his mother Maneka Gandhi who is in the fray from the seat on a BJP ticket. Addressing a poll meeting, Varun high- lighted the close connec- tion of her mother with the public. “Elections are going on everywhere in the country... but there is only one region in the country where people don’t call their MP, San- sad ji, Mantri ji, or by her name, but call her mata ji,” Varun Gandhi. In Haryana IF CONGRESS HAS ITS WAY, THOSE WHO SAY ‘RAM RAM’ WILL BE ARRESTED: PM MODI Mahendragarh (Haryana): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday claimed that if the Congress has its way, it will arrest everyone who says “Ram Ram”, and accused the party of dividing India and creating two Muslim nations to appease its vote bank. “In Hary- ana, everybody says ‘Ram Ram’. People say ‘Ram Ram’ after every 10 steps,” Modi told the gathering at his third rally in the state. “But if the Congress has its way, it will arrest those who say ‘Ram Ram’,” he said. Till the time the Congress was in power, it did not allow the Ram temple to be built, Modi alleged while slamming it for rejecting the invitation for the consecration ceremony of the temple in Ayodhya. The prime minister alleged that an “advisor” of the ‘shehzada’ -- a reference to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi -- has revealed that if the Congress comes to power, it would want to put a lock on the Ram temple. The Congress has “insulted our ‘astha’ (devotion)”, he said adding that the entire country knows the Congress’ truth. Home Minister Amit Shah being felicitated during a public meeting for Lok Sabha elections, in Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh. PTI Siddharthnagar/Sant Kabir Nagar (UP): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday claimed that in the first five rounds of polling, “BJP has crossed 310” and that the Congress is “not even get- ting 40 seats” this time. “INDI alliance has been wiped out in the first five phases. I am telling you, this time Congress is not even getting 40 seats and Akhilesh Yadav will not even get four seats,” said Shah, ad- dressing a poll meeting in Siddharthnagar in support of Domariyaganj BJP candidate Jagdambika Pal. The BJP leader held several rallies in Uttar Pradesh in the day, attacking mainly the Congress and the SP, which are fighting the polls this time in an alliance. BJP HAS ALREADY CROSSED 310-MARK, CONG STRUGGLING TO GET 40: HOME MINISTER BJP President JP Nadda being garlanded by party leaders during the public meeting in Mayurbhanj on Thursday. ANI Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during a roadshow in support of party candidate Kumari Selja, in Haryana, Thursday. Union Minister Smriti Irani, Delhi BJP President Virendra Sachdeva during a roadshow in support of party candidate from East Delhi constituency Harsh Malhotra, in New Delhi, Thursday. PTI New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal has said he won’t resign because it will set a precedent and give the BJP government a free hand to target opposition chief ministers, including Mamata Banerjee and M K Stalin. He said, is very dangerous for democ- racy. The BJP has been demanding his resigna- tion since his arrest. New Delhi: Assert- ing that he was being “unfairly targeted”, BJP MP Jayant Sinha asserted that he was “very surprised” to get a letter asking him why he didn’t vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha elec- tions and why he did not take part in campaigning. Sinha said he did vote but through postal ballot, as he was overseas. ‘WON’TRESIGNASIT WILLSETPRECEDENT’ I’M BEING UNFAIRLY TARGETED: SINHA
  • 7. PTI Jamshedpur aamya Karthi- keyan, a 1 6 - y e a r- o l d mountaineer, has become the youngest Indian to climb Mt Everest from Nepal side, the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) said onThursday. An official of the TSAF, which supported her endeavour, said Kaamya was accompa- nied by her father, Com- mander S Karthikeyan of the Indian Navy, during the journey to the highest peak on the earth. “After this feat, she has become the second youngest girl in the world and the youngest Indian Mountaineer to summit the world’s highest peak from the Nepal side,” the Western Naval Com- mand said in a post on X. The teenager and her father reached the sum- mit at 8848 metres on May 20. Kaamya is a class XII student of Navy Children School, Mumbai. “We are incredibly proud of Kaamya Karthikeyan’s extraordi- nary achievement of summiting Mt. Everest at such a young age. Her journey is a testament to the spirit of persever- ance, meticulous prepa- ration, and unwavering determination,” Tata Steel Adventure Founda- tion, Chairman, Chanakya Chaudhary said in a statement. SKY IS THE LIMIT Kaamya: Youngest Indian to scale Mt Everest Kaamya Karthikeyan after successfully scaling Mount Everest on Monday. PTI K New Delhi: After fly- ing for nearly 18 years, IndiGo on Thursday an- nounced it will intro- duce business class in flights this year, The airline will launch a ‘tailor-made business product,’ details of which will be unveiled around Aug that will also mark its 18th anniv. IndiGoaddingbusiness classinflightsthisyear Virudhunagar: Five members of a family al- legedly died by suicide in Thiruthangal near Si- vakasi in the district re- portedly over huge debts, police said. Their neighbours became sus- picious when the family members didn’t step out of the house for a long time informed police. Five of family die by suicide in Tamil Nadu Hapur: At a wedding in Uttar Pradesh, a kiss by the groom during the Varmala ceremony, led to a family clash. The bride’s relatives at- tacked the groom’s family on stage, injur- ing six, including the bride’s father. Seven were detained by cops. UP: Wedding kiss sparks family clash IN BRIEF New Delhi: A CBI court in Lucknow, sen- tences IIT alumnus Ra- hul Verma to life im- prisonment in 2008 murder case of fashion designer Adesh Bajpai. Rs 75,000 fine im- posed. Verma is an IIT Kanpur graduate. IIT alumnus sentenced to life for murder INDIA 06 Jaipur, Friday | May 24, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Cyclone Remal: Storm to reach WB, Bangladesh coasts by Sunday First India Bureau New Delhi A low-pressure system over the Bay of Bengal will intensify and reach Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal coasts as a severe cyclonic storm by Sun- day evening, the IMD said on Thursday. This is the first cyclone in the Bay of Bengal this pre-monsoon season and will be named Remal, ac- cording to a system of naming cyclones in the Indian Ocean region. “The system will con- centrate into a depression over central Bay of Ben- gal by Friday morning. It will further intensify into a cyclonic storm on Satur- day morning and reach Bangladesh and the ad- joiningWest Bengal coast as a severe cyclonic storm by Sunday evening,” said India Meteorological De- partment (IMD) scientist Monica Sharma. According to the IMD, the cyclone could reach a wind speed of 102 kilo- metres per hour on Sun- day. The Met office has warned of very heavy rainfall in the coastal dis- tricts of WB, north Odi- sha, Mizoram, Tripura south Manipur on May 26-27. Fisherfolk out at sea have been advised not venture into Bay of Bengal until May 27. IMD ISSUES RED ALERT IN 2 DISTS OF KERALA MET: THUNDERSTORM IN PARTS OF AP FOR 5 DAYS DELHI MAY WITNESS HOTTEST POLL DAY Kochi: As Kerala reels under heavy pre-monsoon rains, the IMD revised the rain alerts and issued a red alert in two districts in the state. A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rain of over 20 cm in 24 hours. Meanwhile, heavy rains continued to lash several parts of the state, leading to waterlogging in the low-lying areas of major cities, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Thrissur. The IMD issued a red alert in Ernakulam and Thrissur districts. Earlier, an orange alert was issued in these two places.It has also issued an orange alert in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts of state. New Delhi: IMD fore- cast thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds in parts of Andhra Pradesh between May 23 to 27.Rain- fall is likely in parts of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh (NCAP), Yanam, SCAP and Rayalaseema, while heavy rains are predicted in some places in NCAP today. New Delhi: Delhi is bracing for its hottest polling day ever, with temperatures expected to exceed 47 degrees Cel- sius, as per the IMD, which has issued a ‘red alert’ warning of severe heatwave conditions in coming days. The national capital will go to polls in sixth phase of the LS elections on May 25. Thoseinpowercanpressure police,SuletargetsFadnavis Sule surprised by Fadnavis’s insinuations PTI Mumbai Member of Parliament and NCP (SP) leader Su- priya Sule on Thursday targeted Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis say- ing those in power should reveal who tried to pres- sure police in the Pune Porsche fatal crash. Speaking to reporters here, Sule also expressed her surprise over Fad- navis “rushing” to Pune and making veiled in- sinuations concerning the accident.“Fadnavis told reporters that police should not come under any political pressure. I want to tell him that those in power can pressure the police in such probes. My question to Fadnavis is who pressured the po- lice and how despite such a heinous crime, the kid got bail,” she asked. A Porsche car, alleg- edly driven by a 17-year- old boy, who the police claim was drunk, fatally knocked down two mo- torbike-borne software engineers in Pune on Sunday. The teenager, son of realtor, Vishal Agarwal,wasgrantedbail by Juvenile Justice Board, sparking public outrage. Police later approached JJB, which remanded the boy to an observation home till June 5. His fa- ther was remanded in po- lice custody till May 24. 1 HOUR TV, 2 HOURS PLAY TIME: PUNE PORSCHE TEEN'S SCHEDULE AT THE REMAND HOME Pune: A morning wake-up call, a healthy breakfast, and prayers, followed by three hours of studying languages. This is the schedule the 17-year-old Pune teen - who was “heavily drunk” and driving his father’s `2.5 crore Porsche supercar when he killed two people - will be expected to follow at a remand home for juvenile accused. Sources told the daily schedule at the remand home - to which the boy has been sent till June 5 begins with a breakfast. The boys will be given an hour’s rest after which a daily prayer session will be convened. ‘INSTEAD OF DOLI, SHE LEFT IN ARTHI: MOTHERS MOURN PORSCHE VICTIMS In Jabalpur, Mamata Costa mourns Ashwini, “We were supposed to send her off in a palanquin (to the groom’s house) after her marriage (in future), but now we were forced to carry her body on a bier,” Ashwini’s inconsol- able mother Mamata Costa told PTI in Jabalpur after performing her last rites. Savita Awadhiya, 150 km away, grieves her son’s death, “He killed my son. Now, I will never be able to meet my son. It is the boy’s mistake, you can call it murder. If he had not made such a big mistake, no one would have died.” PUNE PORSCHE CRASH: COPS PROBE, GRILL 3 GENERATIONS OF ACCUSED’S FAMILY Following the gruesome killing of two persons with a speeding Porsche on May 19, Pune Police started grilling three generations of city’s realtor family, Agarwals. They include, Vishal S. Agarwal, his father SK Agarwal, and his minor son, who was allegedly at the wheel of the Porsche, which he zoomed off in a drunken state at a dizzying speed of some 200 kmph, and killing two techies from MP. Vishal S Agarwal is being probed for al- legedly giving his minor son the car that had no registration allowing the driver to let the underage boy drive it. 17-YEAR OLD JUVENILE ACCUSED MOVED TO OBSERVATION HOME AFTER BAIL OUTCRY A 17-year-old boy allegedly involved in a car accident in Pune that claimed two lives has been shifted to an observation home following an order of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), an official said on Thursday. More than 30 minors are currently lodged at the observation home, located at the same premises where the hearing on the police’s review petition in connection with the case involving the teenager took place on Wednesday, the official said. FAMILY DRIVER WAS BEHIND WHEEL AT TIME OF CRASH: FATHER Pune: The 17-year- old boy, who was involved in the Pune crash, has claimed that his family driver was behind the wheel when the accident happened. The minor’s two friends, who were with him at the time of the accident, have backed his claims. The family driver in his first statement had claimed that he was driving the Porsche when the accident hap- pened. Vishal Agarwal has also claimed that it was the driver employed by him who was driving the Porsche. Surendra Kumar Agarwal, the grandfather of the boy was also questioned by the crime branch on Thursday after he stood surety for the teenager’s bail. Prez Murmu, V-P Dhankhar and PM Modi extend wishes Buddha Purnima ANI New Delhi On Buddha Purnima, President Droupadi Mur- mu extended congratula- tions, emphasising Lord Buddha’s teachings of truth, non-violence, and love.President Murmu- said, “Let’s imbibe Bud- dha’s teachings for social harmony and nation- building.” V-PJagdeep Dhankhar echoed sentiments, urg- ing adoption of Buddha’s values. “Resolve to em- brace Buddha’s eternal values for humanity’s well-being.” Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi taking to his social media account shared, “Greetings on Buddha Purnima. Over the last decade, our work highlights our deep-root- ed commitment to fulfil Lord Buddha’s ideals and build a planet that is pros- perous and sustainable.” NPCLsuccessfullymeetstherecord peakpowerdemandinlicensedarea First India Bureau Greater Noida On May 20, Noida Power Company Limited im- pressively met the record peak power demand of 707 MW, breaking all previous records, mark- ing the highest recorded so far and representing a 30% increase compared to last year. A spokesper- son from NPCL empha- sized, “Amidst the in- tense heatwave engulfing the NCR region, Noida Power Company Limited achieved a new mile- stone by meeting Greater Noida’s all-time record peak demand of 707 MW on May 20, 2024”. Sarnath Ganguly, Sen- ior Vice-President of Op- erations at NPCL, re- marked, “On May 20, 2024, NPCL reached a milestone, managing a peak load of 707 MW, 30% higher than last year. With a power con- nectivity of 1200 MW, we’re well-equipped to handle this year’s expect- ed peak load of 750 MW.” Mumbai hoarding collapse: 100 notices against accused Bhinde Agencies Mumbai Over 100 notices pen- alties have been issued against Mumbai busi- n e s s m a n B h a v e s h Bhinde for installing an i l l e g a l l y large hoard- ing in Ghatkopar. The structure collapsed last week, causing 16 deaths and hurting 75. Police sources suggest Bhinde his firm may be main cul- prits, prompting a crack- down on illegal hoardings in Mumbai Chennai. KAAMYA KARTHIKEYAN’S VARIOUS FEATS z Her Himalayan journey started at the age of seven with a high-altitude trek to Chandrashila Peak (12,000 ft) in 2015. z Next year, she tackled tougher treks like Har-ki Dun (13,500 ft), Kedar- kantha Peak (13,500 ft), and Roopkund Lake (16,400 ft). z In May 2017, she trekked to Everest Base Camp (17,600 ft) in Nepal, becoming the 2nd young- est girl to achieve this. z In May 2019, she trekked to Brighu Lake (14,100 ft) and crossed the Sar Pass (13,850 ft) in Himachal Pradesh, ac- cording to TSAF release. According to senior IMD scientist DS Pai, warmer sea surface temperatures mean more moisture, which is ideal for cyclone intensification Firemen remove fallen trees after rainfall, in Thiruvananthapuram, Thursday, A woman wears an 'umbrella hat’ to shield herself from the scorching sun on a hot day in Mumbai on Thursday. PTI PoliceSUVstormsHosp After a junior resident doctor allegedly faced sexual harassment by a nursing officer at AIIMS Rishikesh, and doctors agitated demanding action, police on Tuesday drove an SUV all the way to the sixth floor of the hospital building to arrest the accused. The incident came to light on Thursday. PUNE CAR CRASH PEAK POWER DEMAND DATA FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS IN GREATER NOIDA S.No. Year Peack Demant (MW) Date Month 1 2019 433 11 July 2 2020 448 10 August 3 2021 522 07 July 4 2022 592 09 September 5 2023 652 21 August Supriya Sule addresses a press conference, in Mumbai, Thursday. Buddhist Monks perform special prayers on Buddha Poornima, at Mahabodhi Society in Bengaluru on Thursday ANI PTI
  • 8. Agencies Gaza Israeli forces killed at least 38 Palestinians in aerial and ground bom- bardments across the Gaza Strip on Thursday and battled in close com- bat with Hamas fighters in areas of the southern city of Rafah, health offi- cials Gaza media said. Israeli tanks advanced in Rafah’s south-east, edged towards the city’s western district of Yibna and continued to operate in three eastern suburbs, residents said. “The Occupation (Is- raeli forces) is trying to move further to the west, they are on the edge of Yibna, which is densely populated. They didn’t invade it yet,” one resi- dent said, asking not to be named. “We hear explosions and we see black smoke coming up from the areas where the army has in- vaded. It was another very difficult night,” he said. Simultaneous Is- raeli assaults on the northern and southern edges of Gaza this month have caused a new exo- dus of hundreds of thou- sands of Palestinians fleeing their homes, and have cut off the main ac- cess routes for aid, rais- ing the risk of famine. INDIAN-ORIGIN ASTRONAUT ON CLOUD NINE Sunita Williams set to fly into space next month PTI Houston oeing’s Starlin- er first crewed spacecraft to be piloted by Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Wil- liams is expected to be launched between June 1 and June 5 after the flight was postponed earlier this month due to a tech- nical snag. The Indian-origin as- tronaut, 58, will fly into space for the third time aboard the test flight. A statement from NASA said: “Mission managers from NASA, Boeing, and ULA (Unit- ed LaunchAlliance) con- tinue to evaluate a path forward toward launch- ing the agency’s Boeing Crew Flight Test to the International Space Sta- tion. The teams are now working toward a launch opportunity at 12:25 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, with additional opportunities on Sunday, June 2, Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6.” Work continues to as- sess Starliner perfor- mance and redundancy following the discovery of a small helium leak in the spacecraft’s service module, the statement said. It said teams were in the process of complet- ing a follow-on propul- sion system assessment to understand potential helium system impacts on some Starliner return scenarios. Starliner will carry Williams and Butch Wil- more to the International Space Station, marking what could be a momen- tous long-awaited vic- tory for the beleaguered Boeing programme. An attempt to launch the first crewed test flight for the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral in Florida was postponed on May 6 after a technical snag was dis- covered moments before the take-off. NASA on Thursday announced that the first crewed launch of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, piloted by Indian-origin Sunita Williams to the ISS, is now being targeted for June 1. B SunrisersHydsettofaceRaj Royalsinknock-outencounter Israelforceskill38Palestinians inGaza,battleHamasinRafah Jaipur, Friday | May 24, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 People vehicles pass by buildings destroyed in an Israeli strike, amid the ongoing conflict in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip. POLICE LOCK DOWN OXFORD UNIV BUILDING; ‘MAKE ARRESTS’ DURING STUDENT PROTESTS New Delhi: Police have arrested students during an occupation of an Oxford University building during their latest protest over the Israel-Gaza conflict. The demonstration took place at the University of Oxford’s administration offices in Wellington Square. Students refused to move until they had spoken with Oxford’s Vice Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey, demanding that the institution change its policies relating to the Israel-Gaza conflict. Several students were arrested by police, Oxford Uni- versity’s student paper Cherwell reported, as officers locked down the building with 14 student protesters still inside. The protests were part of Oxford Action for Palestine’s ongoing demonstration over the univer- sity’s investment in companies linked to Israel. Agencies Kharkiv, Ukraine Russian missiles slammed into Ukraine’s second-largest city in the country’s northeast and killed at least seven civil- ians early Thursday, of- ficials said, as Kyiv’s army labored to hold off an intense cross-border offensive by the Krem- lin’s larger and better- equipped forces. At least 20 people were wounded as S-300 missiles struck the city of Kharkiv, regional Gov. Oleh Syniehubov said. Explosions reverberated around the city of some 1 million people. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the attack “ex- tremely cruel” and ex- pressed renewed frustra- tion at not getting enough air defense sys- tems from the country’s Western partners to pre- vent the barrages after more than two years on unrelenting war. The city of Kharkiv, which is the capital of the region of the same name, is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Rus- sian border. Agencies Dubai Jaya Badiga, born in Vi- jayawada, Andhra Pradesh, has made his- tory by becoming the first Telugu woman ap- pointed as a judge in the US. She was appointed as a judge in the Sacra- mento County Superior Court in California. She is the daughter of industrialist and former Machilipatnam Lok Sab- ha MP Badiga Ram- akrishna. Before her judgeship, Badiga served as a commissioner for the Sacramento County Su- perior Court. Her appoint- ment is a significant mile- stone for both the Telugu and broader Indian com- munities in the US. She was a commission- er at the Sacramento Su- perior Court and was as- signed to a domestic vio- lence and child support calendar. Commissioner Badiga was a certified family law specialist and has worked in Family Law for over 10 years. Russian missiles kill 7 in Kharkiv as Moscow’s troops press offensive Indian student dies in bike accident in NY India-born Jaya is new judge in California Ex-rival Nikki Haley says will vote for Trump A Police bomb squad member works at the site of a Russian air strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Nikki Haley and Donald Trump Jaya Badiga has contributed to legal education as a faculty member at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the McGeorge School of Law. PTI New York In a tragic incident, an Indian student here has died after he met with a bike accident. Belem Atchyuth from Andhra Pradesh was a student at The State University of New York and passed away in a bike accident Wednesday evening. “Saddened to learn about the untimely de- mise of Belem Atchy- uth, a student at SUNY who met with a bike ac- cident and passed away yesterday evening,” the Consulate General of In- dia said in a post on X (formerly Twitter). Expressing “deepest condolences” to his family, the Consulate said they are in touch with the “bereaved fam- ily local agencies to extend all assistance in- cluding sending the mortal remains back to India”. Agencies Washington Former presidential hopeful Nikki Haley said Wednesday she will vote for Donald Trump in No- vember’s US election, ending months of silence after quitting the contest to choose a Republican to face Joe Biden. The former South Car- olina governor, 52, aban- doned her White House ambitions in March but had not previously indi- cated whether she would support the man who re- ferred to her repeatedly as “birdbrain.” “I put my priorities on a president who’s going to have the backs of our al- lies and hold our enemies to account, who would secure the border -- no more excuses -- a presi- dent who would support capitalism and freedom, a president who under- stands we need less debt not more debt,” she said. “Trump hasn’t been perfect on these policies. I’ve made that clear, many, many times. But Biden has been a catas- trophe. So I will be vot- ing for Trump.” Agencies Mexico A stage collapsed at a Mexican election cam- paign rally on Wednes- day night, killing nine people and injuring doz- ens as high winds tore apart the large, concert- style structure, scattering politicians and attendees. Some 70 people were hospitalized after the rally for the Citizens’ Movement party in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, Samuel Garcia, the state’s gover- nor, said on social media. He said he would meet with security and civil protection officials at the government palace early on Thursday. The vic- tims were 8 adults and one child, Garcia said, adding he was headed to a hospital where three people were in surgery. Many of the injured were being treated at local clinics, the director of Mexico’s social security institute reported. Mexico: 9 killed as stage collapses at Presidential candidate’s rally Soldiers stand near ambulances after a gust of wind caused a structure to collapse, resulting in multiple fatalities and injuries, in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. THEUSWILLANNOUNCE$275MILLIONMOREIN ARTILLERYAMMUNITIONFORUKRAINE:OFFICIALS Washington: The United States is expected to announce an additional $275 million in military aid for Ukraine on Friday as Kyiv struggles to hold off advances by Russian troops in the Kharkiv region, two U.S. officials say. This will be the fourth installment of military aid for Ukraine since Congress passed a long- delayed foreign aid bill late last month and comes as the Niden administration has pledged to keep weapons flow- ing regularly and to get them to the front lines as quickly as possible. Agencies New Delhi Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals will square off in the 2024 In- dian Premier League (IPL) season Qualifier 2 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. RR recently beat Roy- al Challengers Bengaluru in the Eliminator in Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, SRH lost the Qualifier 1 to Kolkata Knight Rid- ers, who await the winner of Qualifier 2 in the final. Chennai’s MA Chid- ambaram Stadium will host this duel on May 24 (7:30pm IST). The wick- ets at this venue have a history of assisting the bowlers, especially spin- ners. Therefore, scoring in middle overs will be a challenge. The previous encounter here saw CSK chase 142 against Punjab Kings. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s players Aiden Markram and Washington Sundar during a training session ahead of their IPL Qualifier match against Rajasthan Royals in Chennai on Thursday. The winner of this Qualifier 2 will fight Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL final SRH VS RR HEAD TO HEAD OVER ALL IN JAIPUR Rajasthan Royals’ Yuzvendra Chahal trains with a football during a practice session ahead of the IPL Qualifier match against SRH. Total matches 19 SRH won 10 RR won 9 No result 0 Matches played 04 SRH won 02 RR won 02 Abandoned 00 IPL 2024 QUALIFIER 2
  • 9. Aishwary Pradhan Lucknow CM Bhajan Lal Sharma while addressing a press conference at the BJP of- fice in Lucknow, said that the INDIAlliance and the Trinamool Congress have committed the grave sin of giving back- ward class reservation rights to Muslim castes by crossing all limits of appeasement. He stated that the high commands of Congress and Samajwadi Party are symbols of nepotism, which have snatched the dreams of workers and leaders only to fulfill the political ambitions of their family members. Sharma said that West Bengal CM Mamata Ba- nerjee has committed the grave sin of giving un- constitutional reserva- tions to 118 Muslim castes by including them in the Other Backward Classes. “The people of West Bengal are respond- ing to her anarchist poli- tics in the Lok Sabha elections,” he said. Sharma also stated that the Congress govern- ment in Karnataka has insulted the Constitution by including Muslim castes in the backward class reservation. He recalled the Con- gress and SP’s 2017 alli- ance, “History will be repeated again in these Lok Sabha elections, and they will face a crushing defeat,” he added. “PM Modi’s tenure re- shaped politicians; now seen wearing Janeu and visiting temples,” re- marked Sharma. FOR ELECTION DUTY 50 IAS, 60 RAS to be out of state in June first week! Rajendra Chhabra Jaipur lthough the IAS officers, who went for election duty during the ongoing Lok Sabha elec- tions, have returned to the state for the time be- ing, these officers will again have to leave on June 2 for counting pur- poses. However, the IAS officers, who will carry out their role in the sev- enth phase of the elec- tion, will stay in their respective areas. On the other hand, the Election Commission has appointed four IAS and 60 RAS officers for duty on counting day, i.e., June 4. These offic- ers also have to reach their respective spots by June 2. The IAS officers leaving for election duty are Bhawani Singh De- tha for Gujarat, Krishna Kunal for Tamil Nadu, and the three officers, Tikam Chand Bohra, ML Chauhan, and Harsh Sawansukha, for West Bengal. RAS officers from the 1998–2006 batch have been included by the Election Commission for this purpose, and they will be posted in 13 states across the length and breadth of India. This means that in the first week of June, 50 IAS and 60 RAS officers of the state will be out of Rajasthan for election duty, and such a devel- opment happens only once every five years. It is also worth noting that this time, the ECI is extremely strict and has made exceptions for only three IAS officers to allow them to leave from the middle of elec- tion duty, and they are Samit Sharma and Ajitabh Sharma on the request of the state gov- ernment for official du- ties in the state and Krishna Kunal on health grounds. A 08 Keep on taking tiny steps towards improving yourself and reaching your goal. It’s not the giant leap, it is always the baby steps that matter. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Friday | May 24, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Pankaj Soni Jaipur The Rajasthan govern- ment officers and doc- tors involved in the pro- curement process to provide excellent and free medical services to the common man under the Nirogi Rajasthan Scheme are embezzling the budget allotted for the scheme. One such case has re- cently come to light in a purchase made under Nirogi Rajasthan, where Rajasthan Medi- cal Service Corporation Limited (RMSCL) pur- chased gloves worth Rs 110 crore, considering them as a special cate- gory. Out of this, purchase of gloves worth Rs 10 crore has also been completed and that too from a specific compa- ny because such gloves are supplied by only that company. Meanwhile, doctors at the state’s largest SMS Hospital say the quantity of gloves pur- chased is excessive. Ef- forts are now being made to distribute these gloves to other hospi- tals. RMSCL procurement officials colluded to buy these surgical gloves at Rs 323 per pair, which is 10 times the normal price, from Molnlycke Health Care India Pri- vate Limited, based in Gurgaon, Haryana. Typ- ically, surgical gloves used in surgeries cost between Rs 8 to Rs 20 per pair, and even less when bought in bulk. If the gloves had been purchased at pre- vailing rates, the entire state could have been supplied for less than one crore. Shocking!‘Specialquality’ glovesboughtfor`322/pair Rs 10 crore worth of purchases already completed, tender process for Rs100 cr ongoing SMS Hospital doctors deem the large purchase unnecessary RMSCL procurement officials colluded to buy these surgical gloves at Rs 323 per pair, which is 10 times the normal price. Corruption suspicions in this purchase decision arose because the purchase was made at several times higher than the required quantity. If such surgical gloves have any utility, it would be during surgeries on HIV-positive patients. The estimated number of HIV- positive patients in the state is around 60,000, with a maximum of 10 per cent requiring surgery in a year, amounting to about 6,000 patients. Even for them, the relevance of purchasing Rs10 crore worth of such surgical gloves is questionable to any reasonable person. In February 2024, RMSCL issued another tender worth Rs 160 crore under the Nirogi Rajasthan scheme. Of this, Rs 90 to Rs 110 crore was allocated for these expensive gloves. The remaining surgical and suture items account for only Rs 60 crore. This tender process is also in its final stages. REASONS FOR SUSPICIONS IN THE PURCHASE ` 110 CRORE GLOVES IN ` 160 CRORE TENDER Arbitrary Purchase Scam in Nirogi Rajasthan Medicine Scheme TENDER PASSED WITHOUT COMPETITION Investigations revealed that the company claims their gloves are non-latex, syn- thetic polyisoprene, and powder-free with puncture indicator technology. How- ever, this company does not manu- facture the gloves themselves. The US-FDA-approved surgical gloves are made by a foreign company named Molnlycke Health Care, which has an import depot in Gurgaon. The tender for these three sizes of surgical gloves was passed based on these standards through a single bid without competition, allowing high rates. The company did not even attach a US-FDA certificate in the tender, yet it was deemed responsive, while many other firms were marked non-responsive without the US-FDA certificate. Exclusive High commands of Congress SP symbolise nepotism, says CM CM Bhajan Lal Sharma addresses a press conference at BJP office in Lucknow on Thursday. Other local leaders were also present. Jaipur: CM Bhajanlal Sharma targeted West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, questioning why she wanted to carry forward the agenda of Muslim League. Welcoming the order of the Calcutta HC on the matter, he said that Mamata has now proved to entire nation that her government is biased. “She practices appeasement politics and is against the interests of backward communities. Her disrespect for the HC order is extremely condemn- able unfortunate,” he said. Sharma accused Banerjee of not respecting the dignity of democracy and law, claiming that for her, only Muslim appease- ment is paramount. “The HC has cancelled OBC certificates issued to Muslims in WB from 2010 to 2024, showing that Mamata Banerjee’s government was pursuing appeasement politics unconstitutional- ly. It is clear that Mamata Banerjee needs to please the Muslim vote bank and her top priority is to carry forward the agenda of the Muslim League,” he said. MAMATA BANERJEE IS AGAINST INTEREST OF BACKWARD COMMUNITIES, SAYS CM SHARMA First India Bureau Jaipur Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma said that the state government is continu- ously monitoring the on- going developments in Kyrgyzstan and is com- mitted to the safety of Rajasthani students stud- ying there. He mentioned that a guideline has been issued by the Ministry of Exter- nal Affairs in this matter. The ministry stated that the embassy is con- cerned about the recent incidents of violence against foreign students in Bishkek. No untoward incident has been report- ed in Bishkek during the last few days. There are no restric- tions on transport or movement of people. However, as a precau- tionary measure, classes are being conducted on- line. The Embassy is ac- tively working with uni- versities and senior gov- ernment officials. Two helplines, 0555710041 and 0555005538, have been issued to assist the students. The Embassy has urged people not to pay attention to rumors spread by anti-social ele- ments. It is noteworthy that every year, a large num- ber of Indian students take admission in medi- cal and other universities in the Kyrgyz Republic. First India Bureau Jaipur Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Vasudev Dev- nani was engaged in var- ious activities on Thurs- day. Floral tributes were paid to former Speaker Ram Kishore Vyas on his birth anniversary in the Assembly building. Dev- nani, along with former MLANavrang Singh and officers and employees of the Assembly, paid floral tributes to Vyas. Meanwhile, the Mar- shal team of Andhra Pradesh Assembly met Devnani in theAssembly building. Devnani was felicitated by Chief Mar- shal of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly D Kaundla Reddy, who pre- sented him with a ‘du- patta’ and a picture of Tirupati Balaji. Marshal of Rajasthan Assembly Sanjay Choud- hary took the team of Marshals of Andhra Pradesh on a tour of the Rajasthan Assembly and discussed security ar- rangements. Devnani released ‘Be Unite Foundation’poster, promoting women’s em- powerment, environmen- tal conservation, and public awareness. He also highlighted Political Narrative Museum’s role in showcasing Raj’s po- litical history to Rotary Club members. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma being felicitated by local leaders during a public meeting held in support of BJP candidate, Shashank Mani in Deoria in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Govt monitoring Kyrgyzstan developments, committed to safety of Raj students: CM Udan Yojana sanitary napkins being sold in UP, alleges Gehlot CS: Compulsory retirement for corrupt officials Speaker Devnani has a busy Thursday; meets many leaders Hindaun traders meet Diya, demand road construction as per G schedule Vasudev Devnani with the Marshal team of Andhra Pradesh Assembly, who called upon him at State Assembly in Jaipur on Thursday. Vasudev Devnani calls upon Om Mathur at the latter’s residence in Jaipur on Thursday and enquires about his well being during his visit. Ashok Gehlot offers his condolences to Alok Beniwal on the demise of his mother, late Kamla Beniwal at the latter’s residence in Jaipur on Thursday. Suresh Chaudhary is also seen. Manish Bansal Hindaun City Representatives of Hindaun City Vyapar Mahasangh met Deputy Chief Minister Diya Kumari, demanding road construction as per the G schedule. The proposed road construction from Sta- tion Road to Kotwali police station area in Hindaun City is estimat- ed to cost Rs 17 crore. Engineersinsistoncon- structing on the old road and are obtaining agree- ments from traders not to complain in the future. They stated that the road work will begin only after these agree- ments are signed. An- guished by this, the traders met Diya Ku- mari and apprised her of the issue. Deputy Chief Minis- ter, Diya Kumari as- sured them that, keeping in mind the views of the traders, construction will be done as per the G schedule. Traders allege that the engineers want to per- sonally benefit the con- tractor while completing the proposed project. Proposed road from Station Road to Kotwali police stn will cost `17 cr First India Bureau Jaipur Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot raised con- cerns over reports of sanitary napkins distrib- uted under the Udan Yo- jana in Rajasthan being sold in Uttar Pradesh. Gehlot condemned the diversion, highlighting the scheme’s original in- tent to address women’s health issues. He criti- cised the BJP govern- ment for weakening schemes and diverting resources. Additionally, Gehlot criticised political strategist Prashant Kishor and the BJP’s election tactics, accusing them of orchestrating predictions to sway public opinion in their favour. Dr Rituraj Sharma Jaipur In order to ensure fair- ness, transparency and accountability among government employees, CS Sudhansh Pant gave instructions in the meet- ing of senior officers on May 16, say- ing that such w o r k e r s would face compulsory retirement. Pant had given instruc- tions to the officers of all departments that corrupt, disinterested and inca- pable workers will face compulsory retirement. The proposal for which will have to be sent to the administrative depart- ments concerned. The tender has been made for two years. Now orders will be placed for purchase in pieces. These gloves are expensive because they are specialized for surgical use. We purchase as per the demand coming from medical colleges. HARISH KUMAR LALWANI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PROCUREMENT, RMSCL
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  • 11. 10 firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Conclave JAIPUR, FRIDAY | MAY 24, 2024 Trailblazing Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Kailash Vijayvargiya and Nikhil Anand Bharat24 team with Arun Sao, Rittik Banerjee, Keshav Jha, Ayush Suryavanshi, Sakshi Mishra, Palak Prakash, Poornima Mishra, Ranjana Rawat, Priya Sinha, and Gaurav Mishra Aditi Nagar in conversation with Kailash Vijayvargiya Aditi Nagar in conversation with Dr Jitendra Singh Shikha Thakur in conversation with Sushil Kumar Aggarwal Shikha Thakur in conversation with General VK Singh Shikha Thakur in conversation with Dr Raghuraj Singh Poornima Mishra in conversation with SP Singh Baghel Poornima Mishra in conversation with Prof Praveen Bist Poornima Mishra in conversation with Prof Gourav Vallabh Poornima Mishra in conversation with Razaur Rehman Poornima Mishra in conversation with Arun Sao Poornima Mishra in conversation with Acharya Pramod Krishnam Dr Jagdeesh Chandra along with Mahant Narayan Giri, Upasana Arora, light the inaugural lamp. Also seen are Poornima Mishra, Dr Jitendra Singh, Razaur Rehman, Sushil Kumar Aggarwal and Piyush Dwivedi Bharat24 team celebrating photograph: (L-R) Dev Kumar, Arif Khan, Lalit Midhore, Amit Ojha, Vishal Varshney, Suryansh Pandey, Narendra, Kamal Rautela, Radhika Sidana, Prafful Malik, Aditi Nagar, Syed Umar, Amit Baliyan, Manoj Jagyasi, Rittik Banerjee, Bhim Negi, Ashish Malhotra, Ajay Tiwari, Shikha Thakur, Prodeep Das, Poornima Mishra, Priya Sinha, Shivam, Mohit, Naushad Khan and Shubham Bharat24- Vision of New India, the fastest-growing national Hindi news channel, successfully convened the 'Super Indians 2024 Conclave' at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi. The event, themed 'Super Indians 2024,' highlighted India's remarkable progress and future roadmap. Dr Jagdeesh Chandra along with esteemed figures like Dr Jitendra Singh, SP Singh Baghel, General VK Singh and Kailash Vijayvargiya, shared invaluable insights. Interviews with notable dignitaries added depth, and the conclave ended with a shared commitment to a prosperous India. City First brings you more glimpses of this impactful event! Dr Jagdeesh Chandra and Dr Jitender Singh felicitate Dr Upasana Arora. Also seen is Manoj Jagyasi