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PV NARASIMHA RAO
(posthumously)
“As the ninth PM, PV
Narasimha Rao led
far-reaching economic
reforms.
Earlier, in
his youth,
he had
taken an
active part
in the free-
dom struggle, especially
against the misrule and
oppression in the Nizam-
ruled Hyderabad. He
was known for his com-
mand over several lan-
guages and literature,”
the Rashtrapati Bhavan
said in a post on X.
MS SWAMINATHAN
(posthumously)
The President conferred
Bharat Ratna upon MS
Swaminathan posthu-
mously.
“Swami-
nathan
played a
major role
in making
India self-
sufficient in food produc-
tion. He is known as the
‘Father of India’s Green
Revolution’. He guided
several initiatives for
research, education, and
development of new va-
rieties and methods,” the
President’s Office said.
CH CHARAN SINGH
(posthumously)
The Rashtrapati Bhavan
said, “Chaudhary Charan
Singh was an ardent
patriot. He
was impris-
oned many
times
during the
freedom
struggle.
His contribution to za-
mindari abolition and land
reforms, and his deep
understanding of the
economy, especially rural
and agricultural economy
are respectfully remem-
bered. His connect with
farmers was legendary.”
KARPOORI THAKUR
(posthumously)
The Rashtrapati Bhavan
said. “Karpoori Thakur
was a freedom fighter
and a
champion
of equal-
ity and
inclusive
develop-
ment. He
was known for his simple
living and selfless ac-
tions.” Working tirelessly
to improve the lives
of the disadvantaged
people, Thakur com-
manded high regard and
had earned the honorific,
‘Jan-Nayak’, it said.
A cutout of Jesus Christ is
installed at Valiyathura,
ahead of Easter, in
Thiruvananthapuram, on
Saturday. PTI
IN BRIEF
NewsClick: Delhi cops
file charge sheet
New Delhi: The Delhi
Police has filed charge
sheet, spread across
about 8,000 pages, in the
UAPAcase against
NewsClick and its found-
er Prabir Purkayastha for
allegedly running Chi-
nese propaganda.
ED grills Shahjahan at
correctional home
Barasat: The ED on
Saturday questioned
suspended TMC leader
Shajahan Sheikh in the
Basirhat Correctional
Home in connection
with cases involving
land grabbing in Sand-
eshkhali.
Delhi Minister Gahlot
appears before ED
New Delhi: The ED
questioned Delhi minis-
ter Kailash Gahlot for
about five hours on Sat-
urday and recorded his
statement in connection
with a money-launder-
ing investigation linked
to the AAP govt’s now-
scrapped excise policy,
officials said.
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Rao,CharanSingh,Swaminathan,
KarpooriconferredBharatRatnas
First India Bureau
New Delhi
President Droupadi Mur-
mu on Saturday conferred
Bharat Ratna on former
Prime Ministers PV Nar-
asimha Rao and Chaud-
hary Charan Singh, agri-
culture scientist MS Swa-
minathan and two-time
former Bihar Chief Min-
ister Karpoori Thakur,
posthumously at the
Rashtrapati Bhavan here.
The country’s highest
civilian honour to Rao,
Singh, Swaminathan and
Thakur were received by
their kin at a ceremony
attended by Vice Presi-
dent Jagdeep Dhankhar,
PM Narendra Modi, HM
Amit Shah, JP Nadda
and other dignitaries.
This year, the govern-
ment announced five
Bharat Ratna awards,
including one to Bharati-
ya Janata Party (BJP)
stalwart and former
Deputy Prime Minister
LK Advani.
President Droupadi Murmu being greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremony for
presentation of Bharat Ratna, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, on Saturday. PTI
l BJP veteran LK
Advani is the only
living recipients of
the honour this year
l Families and kin
of the awardees
receive the award
from the President
Awardees’ list
shows Modi's
commitment to
all sections: HM
PTI
New Delhi
Union Home Minister
Amit Shah on Saturday
said conferment of
Bharat Ratna on former
Prime Ministers PV Nar-
asimha Rao and Chaud-
hary Charan Singh, agri-
culture scientist MS
Swaminathan and two-
time former Bihar Chief
Minister Late Karpoori
Thakur showed Modi
govt’s commitment to-
wards farmers, down-
trodden and backward
people. In a series of
posts on ‘X’, Shah said
honouring the four lead-
ing figures of the country
with the India’s highest
civilian award showed
the Modi govt’s commit-
ment towards farmers,
downtrodden people.
PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI PAYS RICH
TRIBUTES TO THE BHARAT RATNA AWARDEES
New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi lauded the con-
tributions of those conferred the Bharat Ratna
on Saturday by President Droupadi Murmu.
Paying tributes to former PMs PV Narasimha Rao,
Charan Singh, agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan
and two-time former Bihar CM Karpoori Thakur. The
PM said the Bharat Ratna for the awardees is a recog-
nition of their contributions to India’s development.
RajnathtoheadBJP
manifestocommittee
forLokSabhapolls
PTI
New Delhi
The BJP on Saturday an-
nounced a 27-member
committee, which in-
cluded several Union
ministers and chief min-
isters, headed by Defence
Minister Rajnath Singh
to prepare its manifesto
for the Lok Sabha polls.
Finance Minister Nir-
mala Sitharaman will be
its convener and Union
minister Piyush Goyal
co-convener.
Several other Union
Ministers,thechiefminis-
ters of states such as Gu-
jarat, Assam and Madhya
Pradesh, and seasoned
hands like Shivraj Singh
Chouhan and Vasundhara
Raje are among the mem-
bers of the committee.
Rajnath Singh, a for-
mer party president, was
the head of the BJP’s
manifesto committee for
the 2019 polls as well.
Many members have
been repeated in the cur-
rent panel as well.
From Rajasthan, three
senior BJP leaders
have been included in
the list. These leaders
include former CM
Vasundhara Raje,
Arjun Ram Meghwal
and Bhupender Yadav
I.N.D.I.A. bloc
to hold rally in
Delhi today
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Top I.N.D.I.A. bloc lead-
ers, including Rahul Gan-
dhi, Mallikarjun Kharge,
Sharad Pawar, Uddhav
Thackeray, Akhilesh Ya-
dav, Tejashwi Yadav and
many others are expected
to attend a rally at the
Ramleela ground on Sun-
day. It is being held in the
backdrop of Delhi CM
Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest.
The Congress on Satur-
day asserted that the
I.N.D.I.A. Opposition
bloc’s “Loktantra bachao
rally” to be held at the
Ramlila Maidan here is
aimedatsavingtheConsti-
tution and democracy and
not any particular person.
Meanwhile, Delhi Po-
lice has issued a traffic
advisory in view of the
Opposition I.N.D.I.A.
bloc’s rally. P5
Bharat 24 is
No. 1 channel
on Insta with
288k followers
Shashikesh Ranjan
New Delhi
Bharat24- Vision of New
India, fastest growing na-
tional Hindi News Channel
has made waves on Insta-
gram, surpassing industry
giants with its follower
count reaching 288k. Led
by CEO and Editor-in-
Chief Dr Jagdeesh Chan-
dra, channel’s unbiased re-
porting and accurate infor-
mation dissemination have
resonated with audiences,
solidifying its position as a
front-runner in media. This
featunderscoresBharat24’s
commitment to excellence
and its growing influence.
Surpassing competitors
Bharat 24 has established
itself as a dominant force
and continues to redefine
Indianmediawithitsunwa-
vering integrity and public
service. In fact, Bharat24
with 288k followers, has
leftbehindNews18(286k),
R Bharat (221k) and News
Nation (114k) in terms of
Instagram followers.
AMIT SHAH’S
roadshow in Sikar today
Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah
will take out a roadshow in Sikar on Sunday. Starting from
Kalyan ji temple at 4 pm, the procession will wind through the
city, including iconic landmarks like the clock tower, culminat-
ing at Taparia Garden. Notable figures such as Chief Minister
Bhajan Lal Sharma and BJP State President CP Joshi will grace
the event. Shah is scheduled to reach Jaipur Airport at about 2
pm from where he will go to Hotel Lalit and will chair a meeting
of BJP workers there.
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PREZ EXTENDS GREETINGS TO
PEOPLE ON THE EVE OF EASTER
President Droupadi Murmu in her
message on the Easter eve, said,
this festival marks the celebration of
Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
T20 WC: INDIAN SQUAD LIKELY TO
BE SELECTED IN APRIL LAST WEEK
India’s 15-member squad for the
upcoming T20 World Cup in the USA
and West Indies is likely to be named
in last week of April.
PM FREED J&K FROM CLUTCHES
OF TERRORISM: ANURAG THAKUR
PM Narendra Modi freed J&K from
terrorism & separatism which is the
biggest achievement of Modi govt,
Union Minister Anurag Thakur said.
JOE BIDEN’S POLL CAMPAIGN AD
TARGETS NIKKY HALEY VOTERS
US President Joe Biden’s reelection
campaign has launched a digital
advertisement aimed at supporters of
Indian-American Nikki Haley.
Why the Kejri ‘bawal’?
Moni Sharma
New Delhi
Delhi CM Arvind Kejri-
wal, faced arrest by the
ED on March 21, linked
to an excise policy case,
after a series of searches
and 9 summons.
Countries including
the US, Germany, and the
UN have raised objec-
tions to Kejriwal’s arrest,
prompting scrutiny over
why. India asserts this as
an “internal affair,”
staunchly opposing for-
eign intervention.
Diplomatically, re-
specting the sovereignty
and internal affairs of
other states is funda-
mental, particularly
among democracies.
Failure to do so risks es-
tablishing detrimental
precedents, undermin-
ing the principles of mu-
tual respect and non-in-
terference.
BJP’S SHOW OF STRENGTH
Shekhawat files
nomination from
Jodhpur Lok
Sabha seat
STATE BJP PRESIDENT CP JOSHI,
WHO IS PARTY’S CANDIDATE FROM
CHITTORGARH, WILL FILE HIS
NOMINATION ON APRIL 2 WHILE OM
BIRLA WILL FILE ON APRIL 3
Rajiv Gaur & Shivprakash Purohit
Jodhpur
nion Minister
Gajendra Singh
S h e k h a w a t ,
submitted his nomination
papers as the BJP candi-
date for the Jodhpur Lok
Sabha seat after a grand
meeting on Saturday in
Jodhpur.
Earlier, at Polo Ground
in Ratanada on Saturday,
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal Sharma launched a
scathing political attack
ontheCongress,branding
it as the “mother of cor-
ruption and terrorism.”
Addressingabigcrowd,
the CM highlighted the
transformative changes
broughtaboutbyBJPgov-
ernance, emphasizing de-
velopmental strides and
welfareschemesunderthe
leadership of late Atal Bi-
hari Vajpayee and PM
Narendra Modi.
CM Sharma pledged to
secure Shekhawat’s vic-
tory by a margin exceed-
ing five lakh votes, laud-
ing his contributions to
initiatives like providing
tap water to every house-
hold and Rajasthan’s pro-
gress under the “double
engine government.”
He also underscored
the fulfillment of prom-
ises, including the aug-
mentation of Kisan Sam-
man Nidhi and women’s
welfare schemes, accen-
tuating the state’s jour-
ney towards self-reliance
in water and electricity.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma at the nomination rally of Gajendra
Singh Shekhawat in Jodhpur. Also seen are PP Choudhary and
Gajendra Singh Khimsar.
U CM BL SHARMA TO ATTEND MALVIYA’S
NOMINATION RALLY ON APRIL 4 IN BANSWARA
BJP candidate from Banswara Dungarpur Lok
Sabha constituency Mahendrajit Singh Malviya
will file his nomination papers for Lok Sabha
elections in the presence of Chief Minister Bhajan Lal
Sharma on April 4. BJP District President Labchand
Patel informed that Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma
will come for Malviya’s nomination meeting. CM
Sharma will reach the college campus on Dungarpur
Road by helicopter on April 4 at 11:30 am and then
address a huge nomination meeting at Kushal Bagh
ground at 12 o’clock. Thereafter, candidate Malviya
will submit the nomination to District Election Officer.
Dalit student beaten
for touching bucket
Alwar: In Mangleshpur
village of this district, a
Dalit student was as-
saulted for touching a
pot while drinking wa-
ter from a school pump.
The student’s family
faced death threats
when they complained.
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The immense enthusiasm of
hardworking workers of BJP
indicates that under skilled
leadership of successful PM Shri
Narendra Modi Ji, Lotus is blossoming
across the nation, including Rajasthan.
Dr Kirodilal Meena, Raj Cabinet Minister
QUOTE-UNQUOTE
Kota’s soil is witnessing a
surge of public enthusiasm,
poised to become a witness
to a transformation. Resounding voice
of justice echoes across Kota-Bundi,
promising an historic victory for Cong.
Govind Singh Dotasra, PCC Chief
Now that I am contesting
polls and political kabaddi
game has begun, phase of
persuasion & dialogue has come to an
end. Adhering to orders of all sections
of society, I am contesting polls.
Ravindra Singh Bhati, Independent MLA
On the foundation Day of
Bharatiya Janata Party, it
is required to hoist the BJP
flag at every home. Place Modi Ji’s
sticker on the doors of every house in
the village.
CP Joshi, State BJP Chief
Pankaj Soni
Jaipur
The voting pattern in Ra-
jasthan Assembly and
Lok Sabha elections ap-
pears to be different for
the last two decades. Vic-
tory in theAssembly does
not guarantee victory on
25 Lok Sabha seats. The
thinking of voters is visi-
ble in different ways in
these two elections.At the
same time, election issues
also seem to float sepa-
rately in the election at-
mosphere.There is a huge
difference in the vote
share percentage of both
BJP and Congress and
this voting swing is visi-
ble with a difference of
just six months. In the
2018 assembly elections,
a slogan describing this
pattern in the politics of
Rajasthan was very much
discussed, ‘Vasundhara
teri khair nahin, Modi tu-
jhse bair nahi’. In this
election, where the people
ousted the BJP govern-
ment from power in the
state, in the Lok Sabha
electionsheldfivemonths
later, BJP won by getting
all 25 seats.
Different pattern
seen in 1998
If we look at the election
data of Rajasthan since
1998, we find that the
voting pattern ofAssem-
bly and Lok Sabha elec-
tions is completely dif-
ferent. Even though
there is a gap of a few
months between the two
elections, the results of
both do not have any
significant impact on
each other.
For example, in the
1998Assembly elections,
the Congress government
led by Ashok Gehlot
came to power with a
bumper mandate, while
in the next year i.e. 1999
Lok Sabha elections, the
BJP was defeated. In the
assembly elections, Con-
gress got 76 per cent
votes while BJPcould get
only 16.5 per cent. This
was reversed in the Lok
Sabha elections. In the
Lok Sabha elections,
Congress got 36 per cent
votes and BJP got 64 per
cent votes.
From 2003 to 2014,
party that formed
govt got more votes
Between 2003 and
2014, a special pattern
was visible in Ra-
jasthan. The party
which won the Assem-
bly elections also won
maximum seats in Lok
Sabha elections.
In 2003, when BJP
government was formed
in the state with 64 per-
cent votes, its voting per-
centage in the Lok Sabha
reached 84.
In the 2008 assembly
elections, Congress got
48 per cent votes and
when its government was
formed, this vote reached
80 per cent in the Lok
Sabha.
However, this pattern
changed in the year
2018 because Congress
won the Assembly elec-
tions that year but in
2019, the BJP won 24
out of 25 seats while one
seat was won by its
NDA ally Hanuman
Beniwal’s RLP.
Adda
Adda
RAJ
RAJniti
ka
PCC CHIEF GOVIND SINGH DOTASRA’S ADVISE ON
DHARIWAL-GUNJAL DISPUTE!
Responding to journal-
ists’ questions in Kota,
regarding Shanti Dhariwal and
Prahlad Gunjal issue, PCC
chief Govind Singh Dotasra
said, “Forget the past, it’s now
time for reconciliation
between elder and younger
brother.” Both Shanti Dhariwal and Prahlad Gunjal
who is the Congress candidate fron Kota also
refrained from delving into old matters on Saturday.
With emphasis in his speech, Dhariwal stated, “We
are all bound by the high command orders.”
BAPANDBTPSETTOSPOILCONG&BJPEQUATIONS?
A big political equation in Mewar-Wagad region
of the state has emerged ahead of the Lok
Sabha elections. Chhotu Bhai Asawa of Bharatiya
Tribal Party (BTP) has announced an alliance with
Bharat Adivasi Party (BAP). The alliance will cause
problems for both BJP and Congress. Now BAP will
contest elections in Udaipur also. The party has
already declared candidates for Banswara-Dungarpur
Lok Sabha seat. The alliance is very important in view
of the tribal vote bank in the southern part of the state.
VotingpatterninLokSabhadifferent
fromAssemblyelectionsinRajasthan
Political experts believe that in Lok
Sabha and Assembly elections,
voters focus not only on the issues
but also on the leaders. While local issues
do not dominate in the Lok Sabha, they
completely dominate in the Assembly
polls. It is also seen in the voting pat-
tern under whose leadership the party is
contesting the elections. For the last ten
years, the Lok Sabha elections have been
completely focused on Narendra Modi.
 BJP was out of power in 2018 in Raj but
won all 25 LS seats  A difference of up to
10% has been seen in party vote share
WHY VOTING PATTERN CHANGES
Alwar seat: A political saga of Yadav dominance
Soubhagya Sharma
Jaipur
he Alwar Lok
Sabha constitu-
ency, nestled in
the heart of Ra-
jasthan, boasts a
rich political history in-
tertwined with the rise
and consolidation of Ya-
dav power. Comprising
eight Vidhan Sabha seg-
ments, the constituency
has witnessed dynamic
shifts in political alle-
giances over the decades.
Historically,Alwar has
been a stronghold for the
Yadav community. Since
1952, notable figures like
Shobha Ram Kumawat,
Kashi Ram Gupta, and
Ram Singh Yadav have
represented the constitu-
ency, each leaving their
mark on its political tra-
jectory. In 1989, Ramjilal
Yadav of the Janata Dal
defeated Congress’s Ram
Singh Yadav, leading to
the formation of the Na-
tional Front government
at the Centre after Con-
gress’s defeat. In 1999,
JaswantYadav of the BJP
defeated Congress’s Ma-
hendra Kumari, leading
to the formation of the
NDA government. Jas-
wantYadav was defeated
by Dr. Karan Singh Ya-
dav in 2004.
In recent years, the
BJP has made significant
inroads, with leaders like
Mahant Chandnath and
Mahant Balaknath secur-
ing victories in 2014 and
2019, respectively. BJP
has nominated veteran
leader Bhupender Yadav
for 2024 Lok Sabha polls
in hopes to continue their
winning streak here.
The Congress, known
for its strongholds in five
assembly seats within the
Alwar Lok Sabha con-
stituency, is gearing up
with Lalit Yadav, MLA
from Mundawar, as the
candidate. This move un-
derscores the party’s de-
termination to reclaim its
foothold in the region.
The electoral dynam-
ics inAlwar are nuanced,
with factors such as caste
equations, local support,
and the Modi govern-
ment’s performance
playing pivotal roles.
The Yadav communi-
ty, a significant voting
bloc, remains a focal
point, with questions
arising about potential
divisions within the
community’s support
base.
As the countdown to
the 2024 Lok Sabha Elec-
tions begins, all eyes are
on Alwar, where the con-
vergence of political leg-
acies, emerging leaders,
and grassroots aspirations
promises a gripping elec-
toral battle, defining the
region’s political land-
scape for years to come.
T
ALWAR LOK SABHA SEAT
MPs OF ALWAR LS THUS FAR
l 1952 & 1957 SHOBHA RAM KUMAWAT: INC l 1962 KASHI RAM GUPTA: IND
l 1967 BHOLANATH MASTER: INC l 1971 HARI PRASAD SHARMA: INC
l 1977 RAMJI LAL YADAV: Janata Party l 1980 & 1984 RAM SINGH YADAV: INC
l 1989 RAMJI LAL YADAV: Janata Party l 1991 MAHENDRA KUMARI: BJP
l 1996 NAWAL KISHORE SHARMA: INC l 1998 GHASI RAM YADAV: INC
l 1999 JASWANT SINGH YADAV: BJP l 2004 KARAN SINGH YADAV: INC
l 2009 JITENDRA SINGH: INC l 2014 MAHANT CHANDNATH: BJP
l 2018^ KARAN SINGH YADAV: INC l 2019 MAHANT BALAKNATH: BJP
ALWAR: ASSEMBLY SEAT-WISE POSITION
l (59) TIJARA: Mahant Balaknath (BJP)
l (60) KISHANGARH BAS: Deepchand Khairiya (INC)
l (61) MUNDAWAR: Lalit Yadav (INC)
l (62) BEHROR: Jaswant Singh Yadav (BJP)
l (65) ALWAR RURAL: Tika Ram Jully (INC)
l (66) ALWAR URBAN: Sanjay Sharma (BJP)
l (67) RAMGARH: Zubair Khan (INC)
l (68) RAJGARH LAXMANGARH: Mangelal Meena (INC)
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Senior BJP leader and
Rajya Sabha MP Ghan-
shyam Tiwari on Satur-
day highlighted the
worksdonebytheBhajan
Lal government in Ra-
jasthan.
He said that the people
of the state are happy
with the leadership of
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma
government.
“Under the able lead-
ership of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, the
Bhajan Lal government
of Rajasthan implement-
ed public welfare
schemes one after the
other. In just 100 days, a
historic agreement was
signed for ERCP and Ya-
muna water, a life-giving
scheme for 25 districts of
Rajasthan,” he said at a
press conference.
He said that ERCPwill
solve the drinking water
problem by providing ir-
rigation to the people of
21 districts of the state
while on the other hand,
through the Yamuna Wa-
ter Agreement, the peo-
ple of Sikar, Neemkatha-
na, Churu and Jhunjhunu
will get irrigation and
drinking water.
“This work has been
done with the coopera-
tion of the triple engine
government of three
states under the leader-
ship of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi,” he said.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
As many as 114 candi-
dates are in the fray in the
first phase of Lok Sabha
elections in Rajasthan.
A total of 10 candi-
dates from the constitu-
encies which will go to
poll in the first phase
have withdrawn their
nomination papers.
With this, a total of 114
candidates are in the fray.
Polling in the first phase
will be held in 12 out of
13 Lok Sabha seats on
April 19.
Chief Electoral Officer
Praveen Gupta said that
on Saturday, 2 candidates
each from Sikar and
Dausa seats and 1 candi-
date each from Jaipur,
Alwar and Nagaur with-
drew their nomination
papers.
After the deadline for
the withdrawal of nomi-
nations ended on Satur-
day, a total of 114 candi-
dates are participating in
the elections in 12
Lok Sabha constituen-
cies of the state.
Tiwari hails PM Modi
and CM’s leadership
114 candidates in fray for first
phase of LS polls in Rajasthan
Mission 25: Raj BJP to seek
help of artistes to woo voters
Gunjal, Meena,
Bhati file papers
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In Rajasthan, BJPin a bid
to accomplish Mission 25
will also be making ap-
peals to voters through
street plays, folk singing,
puppet shows, magicians
& behrupiya art.
The BJP’s Cultural
Cell has initiated the pro-
motion of Modi govern-
ment’s achievements
through artists in the
state’s 25 LS seats.
On Saturday auditions
were held at the state of-
fice for the selection of
artists for street plays,
folk singing, puppetry,
magicians, and behrupiya
art for the Lok Sabha
elections 2024, organized
by the BJP’s Cultural a
Cell. Over 100 groups au-
ditioned before BJP offi-
cials.
First India Bureau
Kota
Congress candidate from
Kota-Bundi Lok Sabha
constituency Prahlad
Gunjal filed his nomina-
tion papers on Saturday.
PCC Chief Govind
Singh Dotasara, State
Congress in-charge SS
Randhawa, MLA Shanti
Dhariwal were present in
nomination rally. Con-
gress’Tara Chand Meena
also filed his papers from
Udaipur. Meanwhile, in-
dependent MLA Ravin-
dra Singh Bhati, who is
contesting as an inde-
pendent candidate in LS
polls from Barmer Jais-
almer Lok Sabha constit-
uency, also filed his nom-
ination on Saturday.
THE TALLY SO FAR
Maximum 15 candidates
are contesting in the Lok
Sabha constituency of
Jaipur Rural, 14 in Sikar,
13 in Churu and Jaipur City
LS each, 9 in Ganganagar,
Alwar, Bikaner and Nagaur
each, 8 in Jhunjhunu, 6 in
Bharatpur, 5 in Dausa and
4 in Karauli-Sawai Mad-
hopur according to SEC
figures.
Ziauddin Khan
Jaipur
Operations of many
flights are going to be
stopped in the summer
schedule which starts
today. Air connectivity
to many cities like Agra,
Ayodhya and Guwahati
will be stopped. Flight
from Jaipur to Jaisalmer
has already been
stopped.
Besides, the number of
flights to different cities
will also be reduced.
Flights to Ahmedabad,
Mumbai, Chennai will be
reduced. However, new
flights will start in the
summer schedule. Indi-
go’s flight to Pantnagar
will be stopped and this
flight will be started on
the Lucknow route.
The Flight numbered
6E-7482 will start oper-
ating on the Lucknow
route. The flight will
leave from Jaipur for
Lucknow at 1:10 pm.
With this, now there will
be two flights from
Jaipur to Lucknow daily.
RAJASTHAN DAY CELEBRATIONS
PM, President extend best wishes on Rajasthan Day
Nirmal Tiwari
Jaipur
n the occasion
of Rajasthan
Day on Satur-
day, entry to all state
monuments in Jaipur was
free. Tourists visiting the
Amber Palace were wel-
comed with tilak and gar-
land at the main gate.
PM Narendra Modi
extended his wishes to
the people. He said, “Best
wishes to all in the state
on Rajasthan Day. People
here have amazing ener-
gy. Rajasthan’s role is
very important in build-
ing a developed and self-
reliant India.”
Besides, CM Bhajan
Lal Sharma and Presi-
dent Draupadi Murmu
also wished the people.
Meanwhile, Saturday
being a holiday, thou-
sands of tourists visited
the monuments and had a
tryst with the rich cul-
tural heritage of Ra-
jasthan. The tourism and
the archaeology dept had
made proper arrange-
ments for the tourists.
O
RAJASTHAN 03
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ofrailwaylineapproved
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Abhishek Shrivastava
Jaipur
In a news related to Civil
Lines Railway Over-
bridge, approval has been
received for construction
on both sides of the rail-
way line. The Railway
approved the design sent
by the Jaipur Develop-
ment Authority.
Now, the JDA will
soon start work on both
sides of the railway line.
Piling work will be start-
ed on both sides. Before
this, the height barrier
will be removed. The
work had got stuck as the
railways had not ap-
proved it.
The piling work was
stuck for the last six
months. The deadline for
completion of the project
is August 11. Now, it
seems that the work will
be completed on time.
It is noteworthy that
ROB is planned on the
Jaipur-Delhi and Jaipur-
Sawai Madhopur rail-
way lines to ease traffic
woes. Due to closure of
railway overbridge, traf-
fic coming from Jacob
Road, Jamnalal Bajaj
Marg, Transport Road,
and Sawai Pratap Marg
gets congested from
more than 1.3 million
TVUs.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The city is home to a
group that preys on el-
derly ladies by imperson-
ating police officers. The
miscreants are commit-
ting crimes while riding
bikes. The event occurred
about 7 a.m. in the Jawa-
har Nagar area.
A man approached an
elderly woman on her
morning stroll, identified
himself as a police offic-
er, and fled the scene after
stealing the woman’s
jewellery. After that, at
7:30 p.m., a 58-year-old
woman was targeted in
the Motidungri region.
The miscreants threat-
ened to take gold. Fol-
lowing this, a 68-year-old
woman walking on the
roadside was stopped,
and miscreants left after
robbing her. Now, police
are looking for culprits.
Cops on the lookout for gang posing as
police officers, conning elderly women
A large number of tourist visited the famous Jaipur attraction on
the occasion of Rajasthan Day on Saturday.  NAIM KHAN
In Jaipur, folk dance and music programmes were organized at
Amber, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall  Nahargarh.
A tourist covers herself during daytime at Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.  NAIM KHAN
CRIME
ROUNDUP
HUSBAND BRUTALLY STABS WIFE TO DEATH IN
BEAWAR, SURRENDERS IN FRONT OF POLICE LATER
A husband arrived at the police station in Bar town,
Raipur Marwar subdivision, after savagely stabbing
his wife to death. On Saturday morning, Kailash
Sain murdered his wife Krishna by stabbing her with a
knife, following which the accused surrendered to the po-
lice. The police arrived at the accused’s house and investi-
gated the scene of the incident. The accused told the police
that domestic strife had been going on in the residence for
almost two years. As a result, early on Saturday morning,
he grew enraged and assaulted his wife with a knife laying
in the kitchen, stabbing her 8 to10 times in various loca-
tions including her neck, hands, and stomach.
ROTTENDEAD-BODYOF
WOMENFOUNDINAMBER
A woman’s body
was discovered on a
hill near the Amber
police station in Jaipur. The
body appears to be 2-3
days old. Police are seeking
to identify the deceased. CI
Anant Sharma explained
that some young people had
gone for a hike on the hill.
When they noticed the dead
body in the bushes, they
called the police. The cops
arrived on the scene and
conducted an inspection.
An FSL team was also dis-
patched to the scene, where
they gathered evidence.
TWOARRESTEDFOR
BETTINGINIPLMATCHES
In a strict move
against illegal
activities, DCP East,
Kavendra Sagar, has taken
decisive action against those
involved in betting on cricket
matches, as well as illegal
alcohol and narcotics trade.
Two persons affiliated with a
group betting on IPL matches
online were apprehended.
Authorities seized three mo-
bile phones, cash amounting
to Rs 5,000, and a regis-
ter containing records of
transactions totaling in lakhs.
A significant quantity of illicit
liquor was also seized.
5DETAINEDFORWIRE
THEFTATSOLARPLANT
Jaisalmer: Under
Operation Maru Va-
jra Prahar, a squad
from Jaisalmer’s Sankra
police station detained five
people accused of stealing
wires from a solar plant.
During interrogation, they
admitted to having commit-
ted over a dozen offenses.
According to SP Sudhir
Chaudhary, Raghuveer
Singh of Checkmate
Security Service said that
more than 22,000 meters of
cable were taken overnight
from Kajasar, Khuhra, and
Nedan in September and
October. The accused used
to cut the cables at the
power plant underneath the
module and steal the DC
cord.
MAHARAJASAWAIMAN
SINGHIIREMEMBEREDAS
STATE’SRAJPRAMUKH
Remembering the
historic occasion,
Dy CM Diya Kumari
posted on X, “On this
day, on March 30, 1949,
in the Durbar Hall of City
Palace, Jaipur, Iron Man
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
announced the merger
of the rule of Rajputana
princely states  appointed
Maharaja Sawai Man Singh
Ji II as the ‘Rajpramukh’
and inaugurated ‘Greater
Rajasthan’ by administering
him the oath of office. This
was a historic moment for
Rajasthan.”
Several flights to stop ops in summers
BSF hawaldar dies of gunshot
while cleaning service firearm
JMCH marks Int’l Zero Waste Day
with many eco-friendly initiatives
The Railway Overbridge will facilitate traffic flow on Jacob Road,
Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, Transport Road, and Sawai Pratap Marg
Noheat-waveexpectedinnextfivedays:MeT
First India Bureau
Jaipur
JDA’s enforcement squad
removed encroachments
from the land coming un-
der Southern Ring Road
Project. Encroachments
were removed from clo-
ver leaf land on Agra
Road. Action was taken
under the direction of
Chief Controller En-
forcement Mahendra
Sharma.
Atotal of 35 shops and
five permanent houses
were constructed on the
land. Five saw machines
were installed in a tin
shed-like structure.
Construction agency
NHAI had written a letter
to JDA to remove these
encroachments.
After the construction
of Clover Leaf, move-
ment of traffic between
Ring Road to Agra Road
will be smooth and there
will be no need for traf-
fic lights.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
The impact of western
disturbance could be
seen in Bikaner, Kota and
Jaipur. These places wit-
nessed light rain along
with thunder. The maxi-
mum rainfall of 16.2 mm
was recorded in Raisin-
ghnagar and Ganganagar.
After this, the maximum
temperature dropped by
2 to 3 degrees in the last
48 hours.
According to informa-
tion, there will be a tem-
porary respite from heat-
wave in the state for the
next five days. However,
the maximum tempera-
ture is expected to be
around 40 degrees Cel-
sius. Another new west-
ern disturbance will be
active April 5 and 6.
There is a possibility
of rain in Ganganagar
and Hanumangarh areas.
Besides, light rain or
drizzle along with thun-
der is expected at some
places. But the weather
will remain dry in most
of the other parts of the
state for the next four-
five days.
Vikas Sharma
Jaipur
After the blackout in
Jaipur and Kota, Energy
Minister Hiralal Nagar
and Additional CS (En-
ergy) Alok have consti-
tuted a high-level com-
mittee to investigate the
matter. Four members,
including the Technical
Director of Rajasthan
Electricity Transmission
Corporation, have been
included in the commit-
tee constituted under the
chairmanship of Energy
Department’s Joint Sec-
retary Girdhar.
The team will reach
Kota and investigate the
causes of the incident and
prepare a detailed report
along with suggestions to
prevent such incidents.
On Friday, Kota was
immersed in darkness
and one fourth of Jaipur
city was without power
for one hour. Union En-
ergy Minister RK Singh
expressed grave concern
on this.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
In a tragic incident, a
BSF hawaldar lost his
life while cleaning his
firearm in the village of
Anokhu in the Dhod
Thana area of Sikar. The
deceased, BSF Hawal-
dar Pokharamal Sen,
aged 50, was on holiday
in the village during the
Holi festivities. He was
scheduled to rejoin duty
on Sunday. Currently
posted in Gujarat, he
had recently been en-
gaged in shooting prac-
tice at Pokhran field fir-
ing range.
On Saturday after-
noon, as he was cleaning
his 12-bore double-bar-
rel firearm, a sudden
gunshot resulted in his
untimely demise.
Upon receiving infor-
mation about the inci-
dent, the Dhod Thana
police personnel prompt-
ly reached the scene, fol-
lowed by an FSL team
for carrying out further
investigation.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Jaipur Municipal Corpo-
ration Heritage celebrat-
ed international zero
waste day in the park of
DLB campus. Deputy
Commissioners of the
Corporation, DLB and
Corporation officers, em-
ployees and Hotel Asso-
ciation officials partici-
pated in the programme.
Alive demo of making
compost from wet waste
through zero waste pro-
ject was shown. Hotel
Association Rajasthan
President Hussain Khan
appreciated the initiative
of the corporation.
During the Corona pe-
riod, the contribution of
officers and employees
of the corporation, in-
cluding CHO Dr Sonia in
distribution of masks and
sanitizers and other
works was appreciated.
Joint Director Public
Relations Motilal Verma
emphasised on reducing
requirements, conserving
water, protecting the en-
vironment and ensuring
cleanliness. He took oath
to donate 5 hours every
day for cleanliness and to
inspire others for same.
The New Summer schedule starts today JDA razes encroachments at
Southern Ring Road Project
High level committee formed
after blackout in Kota-Jaipur
DEVOTEES IN DISMAY AS SPICEJET STOPS JAIPUR-AYODHYA FLIGHT
The SpiceJet flight from Jaipur to
Ayodhya which started opera-
tions from February 1 has been
abruptly stopped. The last flight that
operated from Jaipur was on
February 28. SpiceJet flight
SG-3421 used to depart
for Ayodhya from
Jaipur at 7:15 am. Bookings were on
since the time the flight services started.
Flight bookings were done till Saturday
as per the winter schedule. But the flight
to Ayodhya did not operate leaving the
devotees who wanted to visit
the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya
in dismay.
FILE
he Indian
P r e m i e r
L e a g u e
(IPL) has
kicked off in
grand style this season and
has created a wave of ex-
citement in its first week
itself. Besides controver-
sies, the glamour and the
social media ‘chutzpah’,
fans have been treated to
excellent cricket by all
teams.The current IPLsea-
son holds special signifi-
cance as it precedes theT20
World Cup which begins
just a week after the final.
In such a scenario, the IPL
is a crucial opportunity for
youngsters to catch the eye
of the selectors and also for
the veterans to prove that
they are still relevant in the
T20 format. All this prom-
ises high-octane cricket as
players strive to excel at the
world’s most expensive
cricket league.
It was an emotional start
to the tournament though
as Dhoni stepped down
from the captaincy of the
Chennai Super Kings
(CSK) just a couple of
days before the first match
with Royal Challengers
Bengaluru (RCB). Ruturaj
Gaikwad took over from
the 5-time IPL winning
skipper. Dhoni is playing
his final IPL and has clear-
ly stated that he will be
hanging his boots after the
2024 season.
The CSK campaign, un-
der the new captain, began
in style as they registered
their first victory and de-
feated RCB by 6 wickets.
While RCB posted a strong
total, it was overhauled by
the CSK batsmen with 8
balls to spare. In fact, after
the first two games, CSK
is at the top of the points
table and undefeated along
with Kolkata Knight Rid-
ers (KKR) and Rajasthan
Royals (RR).
In sharp contrast, another
5-time IPL winner Mumbai
Indians (MI) have had a
sloppy start with 2 losses in
as many games. Unfortu-
nately,insteadoftheircrick-
et, it’s the controversies sur-
rounding the leadership of
the team that has kept MI in
the headlines. The rival
camps and divisions in the
team have been fueling the
rumor mills crazy and in
both their matches, MI
failed to chase the target
which has pushed them to
the bottom of the table.
It is already proving to be
a season of big totals and
high run-scoring. Till now,
the batsmen have dominat-
ed the season. Interestingly,
while all the talk before the
tournament was aboutVirat
not being in the scheme of
things for the T20 World
Cup, he has topped the run
scoring charts till now. He
holds the Orange Cap with
181 runs but has been un-
fortunate that RCB has lost
2outof3games,despitehis
good form.
With only a few slots ac-
tually fixed for the World
Cup team, many young-
sters have been performing
excellently to capture the
remaining spots. Tilak Ver-
ma was phenomenal
against the Sunrisers Hy-
derabad (SRH), scoring 64
of just 34 balls even as MI
fell short chasing a record
277 by 31 runs. From the
SRH side, Abhishek Shar-
ma was explosive in his 23
ball 63 knock as he hit the
fastest ever fifty for an
SRH batter in IPL history.
Among the rising young
stars, none has shone as
brightly as Riyan Parag
from RR. His 84 not out in
45 balls ensured RR a
competitive target
against Delhi Capitals
(DC). He played another
splendid innings in the first
match against Lucknow
Super Giants (LSG) of 43
and is one of the reasons
why RR is off to a fine start
this season. He was almost
written off after a poor
show last season but has
now made a great come-
back and is currently 3rd
on the top scorers list!
On the bowling front,
India will be delighted that
its top pacer- Jasprit Bum-
rah has continued his rich
vein of form and picked up
3 wickets in the first match.
In the second match, the
record-scoring encounter
against SRH, he was the
mosteconomicalbowleron
the night. Importantly, In-
dian fans would hope that
he stays fit and ready for
theWorld Cup as he will be
the key weapon for India in
their quest for an ICC title
after a decade.
Although Bumrah is not
in the top 3 wicket takers
after the end of the first
week, another pacer occu-
pies the top spot in the list.
Bangladesh fast bowler
Mustafizur Rahman holds
the Purple Cap with 6 wick-
ets. His slow cutters have
deceivedmostbattersandhe
has led the CSK attack well.
As the IPL progresses,
the anticipation for the
World Cup is intensifying.
Amid the frenzy, players
must tread carefully to
avoid injuries that could
jeopardize their chances for
the upcoming T20 World
Cup. Even as they compete
hard to win in the IPL and
get a spot in the national
squad, players need to
maintain peak fitness and
ensure that they perform at
their best for the ultimate
cricketing showdown.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
TOP
TWEETS
SPIRITUAL SPEAK
Trust in the Lord with all
your heart and lean not on
your own understanding.
BIBLE
SEASON OF
BIG TOTALS
It is already proving to
be a season of big totals
and high run-scoring. Till
now, the batsmen have
dominated the season.
Interestingly, while all the
talk before the tournament
was about Virat not being
in the scheme of things
for the T20 World Cup,
he has topped the run
scoring charts till now. He
holds the Orange Cap with
181 runs but has been
unfortunate that RCB has
lost 2 out of 3 games,
despite his good form.
With only a few slots
actually fixed for the World
Cup team, many youngsters
have been performing
excellently to capture the
remaining spots.
IPLOFFTOACRACKINGSTART
ASINDIANPLAYERSVIEFORSLOTS
INT20WORLDCUPSQUAD
IN-DEPTH
THEUNEMPLOYMENT
PARADOX AMONG
YOUTHS IN INDIA
nternational Labour Organisation’s India
Employment Report 2024 highlights the
problem of unemployment among youth in
India. The report said, “Unemployment in India was
predominantly a problem among youths, especially
youths with a secondary level of education or higher,
and it intensified over time.” The situation is para-
doxical. While educated youth are unlikely to find
jobs, those without formal schooling stand a better
chance. The 29.1 percent unemployment rate for
graduates was several times higher than the 3.4 per-
cent for the illiterate. The jobless rate for those with
secondary-level education stood at 18.4 percent. As
per the ILO “youth unemployment in India is high-
er than the global levels”.
Remedial measures have to be
taken to avoid future problems for the
economy. Priority has to be given to
improving the quality of education.
The other key focus area is to improve
the quality of employment from those of low-paid
food delivery jobs. Job market also has to prepare for
the challenge from Artificial Intelligence.
I
POTENTIAL DISRUPTOR
IN US PREZ ELECTION
obert Kennedy Jr’s name has sparked con-
siderable intrigue in the US presidential
politics, igniting speculation of a potential
dark horse. As the scion of the illustrious Kennedy
dynasty, he inherits a legacy deeply rooted in Amer-
ican political history. The familial connection to
President John F. Kennedy, his uncle, and his father,
Robert F. Kennedy, a former attorney-general and
senator, adds substantial weight to his profile.
Kennedy Jr’s entry into the political arena could
introduce a significant dynamic, leveraging the en-
during Kennedy mystique to capture public attention
and support. His family’s iconic status, coupled with
his own achievements and activism, positions him as
a formidable candidate.
However, amidst the buzz of his potential candi-
dacy, questions linger
regarding his politi-
cal experience and
policy platform.
While his lineage un-
doubtedly commands
reverence, voters
may scrutinize his
qualifications and vi-
sion for the nation’s
future. Furthermore,
the shadow of past
controversies associ-
ated with the Kenne-
dy name may poten-
tially influence pub-
lic perception and
electoral outcomes.
As the political landscape continues to evolve,
Robert Kennedy Jr’s emergence as a potential con-
tender moves and his choice of Nicole Shanahan, a
Silicon Valley lawyer, has created a lot of buzz
around the presidential race.
Whether Robert Kennedy Jr and Shanahan combo
can be disruptors will be known later but the 12 per-
cent votes he is averaging now does not give him a
semblance of chance.
His stand against Covid vaccines and Big Tech
make the environmental lawyer controversial but it
does add a compelling dimension to the electoral
contest. Who will gain with his presence, Trump or
Biden, remains to be seen.
R
Kennedy Jr’s entry
into the political
arena could
introduce a
significant dynamic,
leveraging the
enduring Kennedy
mystique to capture
public attention
and support
T
Best wishes to all the people of the
state on Rajasthan Day! Rajasthan,
the land of a glorious past, vibrant
folk culture, and bravery, has made an
important contribution to the progress of
the nation. I wish that this state continues
to touch new heights of prosperity and
happiness! #Rajasthan
Vice President of India
@VPIndia
Happy Rajasthan Day to the sisters and
brothers of Rajasthan, the brave land rich in
cultural heritage and glory stories. Rajasthan
is the land of culture, hospitality and bravery. The
residents of this land, adorned with the stories of
brave women like Maharana Pratap, Rao Jodha, Rani
Padmini, Hadi Rani, have made many records of
loyalty and sacrifice towards the nation.
Amit Shah (Modi Ka Parivar)
@AmitShah
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‘PM freed JK from clutches of Article 370’
PTI
Jammu
rime Minister
Narendra Modi
freed Jammu
and Kashmir from the
clutches of Article 370,
terrorism and separatism
which is the biggest
achievement of the BJP-
led government, Union
Minister Anurag Thakur
on Saturday said.
Thakur made this as-
sertion as he joined BJP
candidate Jugal Kishore,
who submitted his nomi-
nation papers from the
Jammu Lok Sabha seat
after a massive road
show here.
He said Prime Minister
Modi-led government
provided new wings of
development to Jammu
and Kashmir over the
past 10 years besides
showing that it cannot
stay silent on Pakistan-
sponsored terror attacks
like the previous regime
by conducting surgical
strikes across the border.
“Someone travelling
with me asked what Jam-
mu and Kashmir has got
under Modi? Jammu and
Kashmir got freedom
from Article 370, stone-
pelting, terrorism and
separatism while devel-
opmental activities got
new wings,” the Informa-
tion and Broadcasting
minister said addressing
a public gathering after
the road show along Res-
idency Road here.
Talking to reporters
later after his public ad-
dress, Thakur said that
Jammu and Kashmir re-
corded a decline of 75 per
cent in terror attacks, 81
per cent in killing of civil-
ians and 50 per cent drop
in security personnel cas-
ualties under Prime Min-
ister Modi’s leadership.
“It all became possi-
ble when there was a
strong government at
the Centre,” he said,
asking people to vote for
BJP candidates.
Anurag Thakur during the rally in support of BJP candidate
from Jammu-Reasi parliamentary constituency, Jugal Kishore
Sharma during the latter’s nomination filing ahead of Lok Sabha
elections, in Jammu on Saturday. ANI
P
PM,SoniaGandhiandothersgear
upforelectioneeringinKerala
Agencies
Thiruvananthapuram
Star campaigners like
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, former Congress
president Sonia Gandhi,
her daughter Priyanka
Gandhi and CPI-M gen-
eral secretary Sitaram
Yechury will be descend-
ing on Kerala for the
electioneering.
Kerala goes to the
polls on April 26 to elect
20 Lok Sabha members.
PM Modi has so far
made a few visits and is
expected to come again,
so would Union Home
Minister Amit Shah, BJP
President J.P. Nadda and
other top leaders.
From the Congress,
one of their star cam-
paigners, former presi-
dent RahulGandhiwillbe
defending his Wayanad
Lok Sabha seat and hence
he will be making quick
trips across the state.
Rahul, who is expect-
ed to arrive on Tuesday,
will be filing his nomi-
nation after a roadshow.
The star campaigner this
time is expected to be
Sonia Gandhi who did
not campaign in the state
during the 2019 Lok
Sabha polls.
According to sources,
Sonia might be coming
this time and is expected
to campaign at Wayanad,
Kannur, Thrissur and
Thiruvananthapuram.
Priyanka Gandhi is
also lined up for a whirl-
wind trip to several con-
stituencies. With regards
to the CPI-M, Yechuri,
former general secretary
Prakash Karat, and his
wife Brinda Karat would
be the national leaders
who will be campaign-
ing in the state, which
is considered as their
last bastion.
Kerala goes to the polls on April 26 to elect 20 LS members
I.N.D.I.A.blocrallynot
person-specific:Cong
‘Loktantra Bachao Rally’
PTI
New Delhi
The Congress asserted on
SaturdaythattheI.N.D.I.A.
Opposition bloc’s “Lok-
tantra Bachao Rally” that
will be held at the Ramlila
Maidan here is not aimed
at protecting a person but
at saving the Constitution
and democracy.
The opposition party
said a “strong message”
will be sent out from the
rally on Sunday to Lok
Kalyan Marg (where the
prime minister’s resi-
dence is located) that the
BJP-led govt’s “time is
up”. Addressing a press
conference on the rally,
Congress general secre-
tary Jairam Ramesh said
party chief Mallikarjun
Kharge and former party
chief Rahul Gandhi will
address the rally, among
other senior leaders.
“It is not a person-
specific rally. That is
why it is called Loktan-
tra Bachao Rally. This is
not one party’s rally,
about 27-28 parties are
involved in it. All con-
stituents of the
I.N.D.I.A. jan bandhan
will be taking part in the
rally,” Ramesh said.
His remarks assume
significance in view of
AAP leaders pitching
the rally as being spe-
cific to protesting
against the arrest of Del-
hi Chief MinisterArvind
Kejriwal by the ED.
Congwillusherin'RozgarKranti':Kharge
PTI
New Delhi
The Congress will usher
in a ‘Rozgar Kranti’ by
taking concrete steps to
increase employment op-
portunities, enable entre-
preneurship and realise
the aspirations of the
youth, party chief Mall-
ikarjun Kharge said on
Saturday. He said the
Congress guarantees that
the future of youth will
turn from bleak to bright
and reiterated the ‘Yuva
Nyay’ guarantees which
the party would imple-
ment if voted to power.
In a post on X, he said,
“The Congress party will
usher in a ‘Rozgar Kran-
ti (employment revolu-
tion)’throughYuva Nyay
guarantee! We will take
concrete measures to in-
crease employment op-
portunities, enable entre-
preneurship and realise
the dreams and aspira-
tions of our youth.”
Kharge listed the guar-
antees given by his par-
ty under its ‘Yuva Nyay’
pitch. Under the ‘Bharti
Bharosa’ guarantee,
the Congress chief said,
his party would provide
30 lakh new Union
govt jobs, according to
a jobs calendar.
‘Yuva Nyay’ Guarantees for Youth Empowerment
PRIYANKA SLAMS GOVT OVER ‘RISING DEBT'
GHAR WAPSI OF THREE
RAJ CONG LEADERS
CONG ROLLS OUT TOP
27 STAR CAMPAIGNERS
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed
the BJP-led Centre on Saturday over its proposal to
borrow more than Rs 14 trillion, asking why is the
government “drowning the people in debt” when instead
of relief being provided to them, the “burden of unemploy-
ment, inflation and economic crisis” is increasing. In a post
in Hindi on X, Gandhi said: “The finance ministry stated that
the government is going to borrow more than Rs 14 trillion
in the current financial year. Why?”In the 67 years since
independence till 2014, the country’s total debt was Rs 55
trillion, the Congress general secretary said.
Jaipur: Former
Minister in Ashok
Gehlot govt Virendra
Beniwal, who contested
independent elections from
Lunkaransar constituency
 Om Bishnoi, a former
member of Raj Pradesh
Congress, who contested
independent elections from
the Sadulshahar constitu-
ency along with former Zila
Pramukh Manju Meghwal,
have joined the Congress
party in Jaipur on Saturday.
Srinagar: The INC
released a list of 27
star campaigners
on Saturday for Jammu
and Kashmir, including
party president Mallikarjun
Kharge, Sonia Gandhi,
Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka
Gandhi Vadra, among
others.These leaders will
campaign for the party
candidates in Jammu and
Kashmir during the Lok
Sabha elections scheduled
to be held in five phases.
Police  CAPF conduct flag marches
in several districts of Kashmir
PTI
Srinagar
Security forces conduct-
ed flag marches across
the Kashmir Valley on
Saturday to instil a sense
of security and confi-
dence among the voters
ahead of the Lok Sabha
elections, officials said.
Of the three Lok Sabha
seats in Kashmir, Anant-
nag-Rajouri will go to
polls on May 7, Srinagar
on May 13 and Baram-
ulla on May 20. The
marches were conducted
by the district police and
Central Armed Police
Forces (CAPF) in vari-
ous districts, including
Ganderbal, Baramulla,
Pulwama, Kulgam,
Sopore, Shopian, Bandi-
pora and Budgam, offi-
cials said.
Nehwallashesoutatanti-woman
remarksbyCongressleader
PTI
Bengaluru
Star shuttler Saina Ne-
hwal on Saturday lashed
out at Shamanur
Shivashankarappa, veter-
an Congress leader from
the state, for making “sex-
ist jibe” at Gayatri Sid-
deshwara, a BJP candi-
date from the Davangere
constituency.
Shivashankarappa, a
92-year-old sitting
MLA from Davangere
South, had said that
Gayatri, wife of former
Union Minister and in-
cumbent MP Siddesh-
wara GM, “belonged to
the kitchen”.
Taking exception to his
remark,Nehwalpostedon
her X account: “Women
should be restricted to the
kitchen – this is what a top
Karnataka leader Shama-
nur Shivashankarappa ji
has said. The sexist jibe at
@bjp4india candidate
fromDavanagere,Gayatri
Siddeshwara ji is least ex-
pected from a party that
says Ladki Hoon Lad
Sakti Hoon.”
She said such misogy-
nisticremarkswereupset-
ting when women in the
country are aspiring to
leave their mark in every
field. “When I won med-
als for Bharat on the play
field what would Con-
gress party have pre-
ferred, I should have
done? Why say like that
when all the girls and
women dream of achiev-
ing big in any field.
Mukhtar Ansari
laid to rest, chaos
during burial rites
Agencies
Lucknow
Gangster-turned-politi-
cian Mukhtar Ansari was
laid to rest at his ancestral
Kali Bagh graveyard in
Ghazipur of Uttar
Pradesh state on Satur-
day. His body was
brought to his hometown
late Friday following the
postmortem examination
at Rani Durgavati Medi-
cal College in Banda dis-
trict. The Ansari family
designated the family
graveyard in Moham-
madabad’s Kali Bagh as
the final resting place for
the dead criminal.
Ahead of the funeral,
security was beefed up
outsideAnsari’s residence
in Mohammadabad as
his supporters gathered
in large numbers and
chanted slogans.
NCP leader
Nawab Malik
hospitalised
Agencies
Mumbai
Senior Nationalist Con-
gress Party (NCP) lead-
er and former minister
Nawab Malik has been
hospitalised in the
Mumabi's City Hospital
after he complained
about breathing prob-
lems on Saturday.
His daughter and par-
ty spokesperson con-
firmed that Malik was
taken to the hospital and
has been kept under
medical observation.
Lok Sabha Polls
Prime Minister Narendra Modi  Sonia Gandhi.
Mallikarjun Kharge
Arvinder Singh Lovely  Jairam Ramesh during a press conference.
EX-UNION HOME MINISTER  CONG VETERAN
SHIVRAJ PATIL'S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW JOINS BJP
PM TO ADDRESS MEGA
RALLY IN MEERUT
CONG MLA KAMLESH
SHAH JOINS BJP
Mumbai: Archana Patil, the daughter-in-law
of senior Congress leader and former Union
home minister Shivraj Patil joined the Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) on Satur-
day ahead of the Lok Sabha
elections. Shivraj Patil, who
hails from Latur in Marath-
wada region of Maharashtra,
was Union home minister
during the UPA-I government, but stepped down in the
wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Prior to that,
he had also served as the Lok Sabha Speaker.
Meerut: Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi will kick-start
his Lok Sabha elec-
tion campaign in Uttar
Pradesh. According to
sources, apart from Arun
Govil, Rashtriya Lok Dal
president Jayant Chaud-
hary, who recently joined
the BJP-led National
Democratic Alliance, will
share the dais with the
Prime Minister.
Bhopal: In a big
setback to the
Congress ahead
of the LS polls, its three-
term MLA from Amarwara
Kamlesh Shah, on Friday
joined the ruling BJP.
NCP FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST BJP AND
SHIV SENA FOR POLL VIOLATIONS
Mumbai: The Sharad Pawar camp on Sat-
urday said it has filed a complaint with the
EC against the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena
for violating the Representation of the People Act
and poll code by publishing the names of individ-
uals from other parties as their star campaigners.
The NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar) is part of the
opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maha,
also comprising Shiv Sena (UBT)  Congress.
CPI (ML) LIBERATION
PICKS FOR BIHAR,
JHARKHAND SEATS
Patna: The
Communist Party
of India (Marx-
ist–Leninist) Liberation
CPI(ML) Liberation, an
ally of the
Mahagath-
bandhan in
Bihar, on
Saturday
nominated
two sitting
MLAs and
a former legislator for
the Lok Sabha polls. Su-
dama Prasad, the party’s
MLA from the Tarari as-
sembly seat, will contest
for the Arrah Lok Sabha
constituency. CPI(ML)
Liberation’s former MLA
Rajaram Singh will be
the Mahagathbandhan
nominee from the Kara-
kat Lok Sabha seat.
KARNATAKA BJP LEADER TEJASWINI GOWDA
JOINS CONGRESS AHEAD OF LOK SABHA POLLS
AAP EXPECTS OVER ONE LAKH PEOPLE FROM
PUNJAB TO PARTICIPATE IN DELHI RALLY
New Delhi: Days after resigning as an
MLC in Karnataka, the BJP’s Tejaswini
Gowda joined the Cong on Saturday 
alleged that the saffron party does not believe
in constitutional  democratic values. Gowda,
who was a Congress MP between 2004 
2009,  crossed over to the BJP in 2014.
Chandigarh: AAP is expecting more than
one lakh people from Punjab to
participate in the I.N.D.I.A. bloc’s rally in Delhi
on Sunday, said a senior party leader on
Saturday. The opposition I.N.D.I.A. bloc will
hold a ‘Maharally’ at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on
March 31 to “safeguard” the country’s interests.
VOTE FOR INDIA BLOC
IF YOU WANT
DEMOCRACY: STALIN
Dharmapuri: Tamil
Nadu Chief Minister
M K Stalin has called on
people here to vote for
the INDIA bloc if they
want democracy and
social justice to prevail in
the country.”Will you do
it? Are you ready to vote
for I.N.D.I.A. (bloc)?” he
asked while addressing
an election rally here.
AAP REVEALS BJP-
TDP LINK IN LIQUOR
POLICY CASE
Aam Aadmi Party
has alleged a
connection between
witnesses in the Delhi
liquor policy case and the
Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP).AAP leaders
challenged the ED to
initiate an investigation
into this alleged connec-
tion, questioning the
agency's independence.
Saina Nehwal
PTI
Raipur
Congress president
Mallikarjun Kharge,
senior leaders Sonia
Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi
and Priyanka Gandhi
Vadra are among the
opposition party's 40
star campaigners for
the Lok Sabha polls in
Chhattisgarh.
The list of star cam-
paigners was sharedon
Saturday by the state
unit of the Congress.
Others on the list in-
clude the party's state
in charge Sachin Pilot,
Rajani Patil and three
chiefministers,namely
Siddaramaiah (Karna-
taka), Sukhvinder Sin-
gh Sukhu (Himachal
Pradesh) and Revanth
Reddy (Telangana).
Congress releases list
of 40 star campaigners
for Chhattisgarh
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STOCK MARKET WATCH
NEW YEAR, NEW ENTHUSIASM AND HOPE FOR NEW HEIGHTS
fter the an-
nouncement of
Lok Sabha and
along with it assembly
elections of five states,
the faltering stock market
is now expecting excite-
ment and heights from the
new financial year. From
the first day of the finan-
cial year starting this
Monday itself, it is be-
lieved that the market
trend will be positive and
the index will start mov-
ing towards new heights
from its current level.
If we talk about the
strength of the Indian
economy, there is no
doubt that the govern-
ment is determined to
make India the third eco-
nomic power in the world
and efforts are being
made in this direction and
results are also coming.
This single reason will
become the focal point of
bullishness in the times to
come and the foreign in-
stitutional investors who
are staying away from the
Indian stock markets will
definitely return to the
market, albeit at expen-
sive prices, but consider-
ing the future prospects.
However, investors
should always keep in
mind that with every rise
in the market comes prof-
it making and investors
shouldnotmisstheoppor-
tunity to make profits in-
stead of building a mar-
riage-like relationship
with their invested shares.
The period of decline in
the market in the initial
weeks of last month has
only strengthened the
market, experts also be-
lieve that barring excep-
tions,thereisahiddenrise
behind every decline, in
such a situation investors
have confidence in their
selected investments.
There has been an im-
proving trend in the Indi-
an stock markets again
last week. According to
the data, last week the
BSE index improved by
819.41 points and closed
at 73651.35, while the
NSE Nifty index also in-
creased by 230.15 points
and closed at 22326.90.
The special thing is that
the midcap and smallcap
indices also kept pace
with the basic index, but
their improvement was
comparatively more,
which is pointing towards
the future of this sector.
Talking about the bul-
lion market, this week
gold prices improved by
Rs 1700 per 10 grams,
while silver prices in-
creased by Rs 500 per kg
and the price of gold was
Rs 69,500 per ten grams
and silver was Rs 76,600
per kg. Traders say that
bullion business is ex-
pected to improve this
week also.
Regarding the market
trend this week, traders
say that companies with
strong fundamentals are
safer from the point of
view of long-term invest-
ment,butinvestorsshould
also invest in these in
pieces, so that if there is a
decline in the market due
to any reason, new invest-
ment can be made.
Accordingtothechoice
of businessmen, from the
point of view of new in-
vestment, Reliance Indus-
tries, Tata Motors, Adani
Ports, Ambuja Cement,
Jio Finance, JK Tyres,
Hindustan Aeronautics,
BHEL etc. can be consid-
ered as safe investments,
but in this financial year it
also it is believed that this
time the growth in the
stock market index will
not be equal to last year’s
30 percent, but the in-
crease in the prices of a
particular share can be
anything.BhartiHexacom
Ltd. is in the main board
this week and its IPO will
be available to investors.
This IPO of the company
is the first of the financial
year and the largest of this
calendar year.
(This is the personal opin-
ion of the author. The author,
his family members and
acquaintances may have
investments in the companies
mentioned in the article.)
A
Vimal
Kothari
Associate Editor, First
India News  Senior
Journalist
168 roads, including three National Highways closed as snow, rains lash parts of Himachal Pradesh
Western Disturbances
IT'SSNOWINGAGAIN!
A view of the snow-covered area during fresh snowfall at the
Atal Tunnel in Rohtang on Saturday. ANI
A snow-covered area during snowfall at
Solang Nala, in Manali, Saturday. PTI
A Vehicle moves through a snow-covered road after fresh snowfall
at Koksar village, in Lahaul and Spiti on Saturday. ANI
PTI
Shimla
Higher reaches and
tribal areas received
fresh spell of snow
while low and middle
hills were lashed by
intermittent hail and
rains on Saturday as
the local MeT office
predicted wet spell in
Himachal Pradesh
till April 4.
Traffic came to a
halt at the Atal Tunnel
in Rohtang near
Manali following
heavy snow. Kalpa
and Kukumseri re-
ceived 5 cm of snow
followed by Keylong
with 3 cm of snow in
the past 24 hours.
Agencies
New Delhi
MicrosoftCo-founderand
billionaire philanthropist
Bill Gates on Saturday
said that technologies like
digital public infrastruc-
ture (DPI) that are created
in India can be transform-
ative for the world.
A day after having a
candid conversation with
PM Modi on an array of
topics ranging from AI to
healthcare and climate
change, Gates said the
technology is bridging the
digital divide for millions
of people in the country.
During my visit to In-
dia, I saw how AI and
DPI are improving ac-
cess to education, health-
care, and lives of small
farmers, and how these
technologies can be
transformative for the
world, Gates said.
DPIs like Unified Pay-
ments Interface (UPI)
and Aadhaar are poised
to propel India towards a
$8 trillion economy by
2030, helping the country
achieve a $1 trillion digi-
tal economy target.
PTI
New Delhi
Aday after rescuing a hi-
jacked Iranian fishing
vessel and its 23-member
Pakistani crew under an
anti-piracy operation at
sea, the Indian Navy on
Saturday said the nine
surrendered pirates are
being brought to India for
further legal action.
The legal action will
be taken against them un-
der the Maritime Anti-
Piracy Act, 2022.
The Indian Navy’s spe-
cialist teams have com-
pleted sanitisation and
seaworthiness checks of
fishing vessel Al-Kam-
bar, as per statement.
“The crew, comprising
Pakistani nationals, were
given a thorough medical
checkup prior to clearing
the boat to continue with
her fishing,” it said.
Navy Day After Rescuing Iranian Vessel
9 pirates being brought to
India to face legal action
The Indian Navy capture 9 armed pirates  rescued 23 Pakistani
nationals from them during a daring 12-hour-long operation.
Bill Gates ANI
“Made in India techcanbe
transformative forworld”
‘RangpanchamiGer’Celebrations
The traditional festival of
Rangpanchami Ger was
celebrated in Madhya
Pradesh’s Indore district
on Saturday. The festival
is celebrated on the fifth
day after Holi  people put
colours to each other on
the occasion. ANI
Congressstillarrogant,itisnotabovelaw:Thakur
PTI
Jammu
Defending the issuance
of fresh notices by the I-T
department to the Con-
gress, Union minister
Anurag Thakur on Satur-
day lashed out at Con-
gress for its “arrogance”
and said the party is not
above law.
Thakur claimed the
Congress changed its
name from the United
Progressive Alliance
(UPA) to Indian National
Developmental Inclusive
Alliance (INDIA) to hide
its corruption. “Congress
is still arrogant due to its
six- decade rule. If other
political parties are hon-
ouring IT laws, why not
Congress,” he said.
I-T NOTICE TO CONGRESS IS WARNING TO ALL
POLITICAL PARTIES, SAYS P CHIDAMBARAM
Pudukottai: The Income Tax department's notice to
the Congress, imposing a penalty of `135 crore, was
a warning to all political parties in the country and
the public too, of the BJP's intention to destroy the parties,
former union minister P Chidambaram alleged on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Congress on Friday received fresh notices
from the income-tax department, asking it to pay another
`1,823.08 crore. The BJP government imposed a fine of
`135 crore on the Congress party though the saffron party
obtained Rs 8,250 crore through electoral bonds. This is a
warning to the political parties and people that the BJP wants
to destroy all the parties, Chidambaram told reporters here.
Through the move, the BJP hoped to remain as the only
party in the country, he said. It's agenda of 'One nation, One
election' is nothing but 'One country, One party.'s
PAKISTANIS RAISE ‘INDIA ZINDABAD’ SLOGAN
AFTER BEING RESCUED BY INDIAN NAVY
New Delhi As many as 23 Pakistani nationals res-
cued by the Indian Navy from Somali pirates after
a daring operation in the Arabian Sea on March
29 thanked India and raised slogans of ‘India Zindabad’.
The Pakistani crew of the rescued Iranian flagged fishing
vessel could be seen raising India Zindabad slogans in
the Arabian Sea after they were freed from the pirates.
The Indian Navy remains committed to ensuring maritime
security in the region and safety of seafarers, irrespective
of nationalities, according to the statement.
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Jaipur, Sunday | March 31, 2024
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EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY DIRECTOR PRAISES ISRO
“What India accomplishing in space is astonishing”
ANI
Paris
irector General
of European
Space Agency
(ESA), JosefAschbacher,
heaped praise on the In-
dian Space Research Or-
ganisation (ISRO) for its
recent successful launch-
es and said that India’s
accomplishmentsinspace
and especially in lunar ex-
ploration is ‘astonishing’.
Aschbacher posted an
appreciation post on X,
after ESA hosted its
323rd Council meeting in
Paris which was attended
by the ISRO Chairman, S
Somanath.
The European scientist
also underscored that the
significance of strength-
ening ties and deepening
cooperation with interna-
tional partners cannot be
underestimated.
“What India is accom-
plishing in space – espe-
cially in Lunar explora-
tion – is astonishing. We
hosted ISRO’s Chair-
man, Dr. S. Somanath at
ESA Council today. It
was a milestone occasion
for Delegates to learn
more about current and
future plans for ESA-
ISRO cooperation,” he
posted on X.
“The strategic impor-
tance of strengthening
ties and deepening coop-
eration with international
partners cannot be under-
estimated,” he added.
Additionally,Astronaut
Thomas Pesquet also
sharedaboutmeetingwith
the ISRO chairman and
the ESADirector and said
thatthetheywitnesseden-
thusiastic exchanges be-
tween the two leaders.
ISRO Chairman, S Somanath (C) with ESA Director General, Josef
Aschbacher (L) and Astronaut Thomas Pesquet (R).
European Space Agency (ESA), Member States met in Paris, France,
for the 323rd session of the ESA Council on March 26 and 27, 2024.
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ANI
Geneva
United Kashmir People’s
National Party (UKPNP)
central spokesperson,
Sardar Nasir Aziz Khan,
highlighted human rights
violations in Pakistan-
occupied Kashmir and
Gilgit-Baltistan. He
urged the United Nations
to intervene and ask Pa-
kistan to fulfill its inter-
national obligations and
respect human rights.
He made the remarks at
a side event organised on
the sidelines of the ongo-
ing 55th session of the
United Nations Human
RightsCouncil.Khanem-
phasised that the people
of Gilgit-Baltistan and
PoK have been facing dif-
ficulties since the illegal
occupation of Pakistan.
He said that the people
of PoK have never been
granted the rights they
deserve as successive
governments in Islama-
bad have continued to
treat them unfairly.
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Russian Ambassador to
India, Denis Alipov, said
on Saturday that his
country is committed to
fighting terrorism togeth-
er with India and other
nations, as he highlighted
the strong statement of
support from Prime Min-
ister Narendra Modi.
The remarks came af-
ter a dastardly terror at-
tack near Moscow on
March 22 left more than
140 people dead and sev-
eral injured as terrorists,
reportedly dressed in
camouflage uniforms,
stormed the Crocus City
Hall, opening fire and
setting off explosives.
“Russia is committed
to decisively fight the
menace of terrorism to-
gether with India and
other countries bilateral-
ly and multilaterally,”
Ambassador Alipov said
in a post on X.
“Strong statements of
support to Russia and re-
jection of terrorism in all
manifestations were
made by Hon. Prime
Minister Narendra Modi,
leaders of political par-
ties, ministers, senior of-
ficials and public activ-
ists,” he added.
Agencies
Near Jenin
Israeli forces shot dead a
13-year-old Palestinian
boy during a raid in the
occupied West Bank, the
official Palestinian news
agency Wafa reported on
Saturday, an incident
which the Israeli military
said was under review.
There were confronta-
tions with Israeli forces at
the town of Qabatiya,
south of Jenin city, during
a pre-dawn military raid
there, the Wafa report
said. The Israeli military
said a number of Palestin-
ian gunmen had shot at its
troops, who returned fire.
A report was later re-
ceived regarding a Pales-
tinian minor who was
killed, the military said.
“The circumstances of
the incident are under re-
view,” it said in a state-
ment to Reuters.
Agencies
Kyiv
Massive Russian missile
and drone attacks hit
thermal and hydro pow-
er plants in central and
western Ukraine over-
night, officials said on
Friday, in the latest bar-
rage targeting the coun-
try's already damaged
power infrastructure.
Kaniv hydropower
plant was among the tar-
gets along with Dnister
plant, which is located
on the Dnister River,
flowing through neigh-
bouring Moldova, Presi-
dent Volodymyr Zelens-
kiy said.
The terrorist state of
Russia wishes to repeat
the ecological disaster
in the Kherson region
following Russia’s de-
struction of the Kakhov-
ka HPP (blown up by
Russian forces last
year). This time, not
only Ukraine but also
Moldova are at risk, he
said on X.
Last week, Russia
also hit Ukraine's largest
dam, the DniproHES in
the southern Zapor-
izhzhia region, eight
times during a massive
overnight attack.
ANI
New Delhi
The Indian Embassy in
Cambodia has been
promptly responding to
complaints from Indian
nationals who were
“lured” with employment
opportunities in Cambo-
dia but were forced to un-
dertake illegal cyber
work, the Ministry of Ex-
ternal Affairs (MEA) has
said on Saturday.
The MEA said it has
rescued and repatriated
250 Indians, 75 of which
were in the past 3 months.
MEA official Randhir
Jaiswal stated, “Our Em-
bassy in Cambodia has
beenpromptlyresponding
to complaints from Indian
nationals who were lured
with employment oppor-
tunities to that country but
were forced to undertake
illegal cyber work.
Activist highlights human
rights violations in PoK
Russia calls for jointly
combating terrorism
with India, other nations
Palestinian teen shot dead
in Israeli West Bank raid
Russian Ambassador to India,
Denis Alipov FILE
Mourners react next to the body of Palestinian teen Mutasem
Kameel, 13, who was killed in an Israeli raid, during his funeral
near Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Saturday.
Rescued 250:
MEA on Indians
lured by fake job
Russian drone, missile attacks
damage power facilities: Ukraine
Ukraine says Russia’s attacks threatening security
At G20 Summit in India
A police officer inspects a residential area heavily damaged
during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on
Ukraine, in the city of Kamianske, Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine.
Worldleaderstoldmenot
toletTrumpwin:JoeBiden
PTI
New York
Making a forceful case
for his re-election, US
President Joe Biden has
claimed that during his
meetings with world
leaders, including at the
G20 summit in India, al-
most every one of them
told him not to let his pre-
decessor Donald Trump
win in 2024 as they feel
it would put their democ-
racies in danger.
Former Presidents Ba-
rack Obama and Bill
Clinton also joined Biden
on Thursday night in
New York at the most lu-
crative fundraiser of the
2024 campaign, warning
fellow Democrats that
Trump, a Republican,
must be defeated.
Trump says if he loses
again again in Novem-
ber, there will be a
bloodbath. What the
hell is with this guy? No,
I'm I'm not no, I'm really
serious. It concerns me
the most, Biden said.
And but whether it's
the G20 meeting in in In-
dia or whatever the meet-
ing where there are other
heads of state, I am not
exaggerating when I say
and I say it in front of the
press without giving the
names almost every one
of the world leaders finds
an excuse to get me alone
for a moment, put their
hand on my arm, and say,
You can't let him win.
My meaning his coun-
try or her country my
democracy is at stake.
My democracy is at
stake, he said.
India hosted the G20
Summit in New Delhi for
the first time from Sep-
tember 9-10.
President Joe Biden, right, and former president Barack Obama
participate in a fundraising event, in New York City.
US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN'S ELECTION CAMPAIGN
LAUNCHES AD TARGETING NIKKY HALEY VOTERS
New Delhi: US President Joe Biden's reelection
campaign has launched a digital advertisement
aimed at supporters of Indian-American Nikki
Haley, who dropped out of the race for the Republi-
can presidential nomination, part of a broader effort
by Biden’s team to win over Republicans who may
be disinclined to vote for Donald Trump. The Biden
campaign, which is spending more than USD 1 million
on the ad across digital platforms, will run the spot for 3
weeks in battleground states, campaign officials said.
MayankYadavshinesondebutasGiantsbeatPunjabKingsby21runs
LucknowSuperGiantsscore
season’s1stwin,beatKings
First India Bureau
New Delhi
Riding on impressive
knocks from Quinton de
Kock (54), Krunal Pan-
dya (43*) and Nicholas
Pooran (42) powered
Lucknow Super Giants to
199/8 in 20 overs. They
kept losing wickets at
regular intervals but there
was a batter at one end
who kept going and
helped Lucknow post a
formidable total at their
home ground.
Shikhar Dhawan and
Jonny Bairstow opened
PBKS’ daunting 200-run
chase against LSG in
Lucknow on Saturday.
A half-century from
Quinton de Kock and
quickfire cameos from
Krunal Pandya and
stand-in captain Nicholas
Pooran led LSG to 199
for eight against PBKS
after a top-order wobble.
KL Rahul and Devdutt
Padikkal fell cheaply af-
ter Lucknow Super Gi-
ants opted to bat against
Shikhar Dhawan-led
Punjab Kings in the IPL.
Lucknow Super Giants’ players celebrate the wicket of Punjab Kings’ Prabhsimran Singh during
the IPL match between Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings in Lucknow, Saturday.
Punjab Kings’ captain Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow run
between the wickets during the IPL match in Lucknow on Saturday.
Lucknow Super Giants’ Marcus Stoinis gets clean bowled by Punjab
Kings’ Rahul Chahar at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Saturday.
In IPL clash
Lucknow Super Giants’ Quinton de
Kock celebrates his half century.
First India Bureau
Jaipur
Deputy CM Diya Kumari
on Saturday took meeting
ofthepartyleadersofVid-
hyadhar Nagar assembly
constituency for the Lok
Sabha election on Jaipur
seat. Party office bearers,
mandal presidents, coun-
cilors, morcha presidents
and ward presidents from
Vidhyadhar Nagar attend-
ed meeting in Diya Ku-
mari’s civil lines office.
Theyresolvedtoensure
victory of Lok Sabha can-
didate Manju Sharma
from Jaipur city with his-
toricvotes.Inthemeeting,
state spox and office in-
charge Mukesh Pareek,
ex- MLA Biru Rathore,
JMCG’s Dy Mayor
Puneet Karnavat and oth-
ers were present.
SPEAKER’S INITIATIVE
Flowers bloom in State Assembly
First India Bureau
Jaipur
n a directive
from the Speak-
er of the Ra-
jasthan Legislative As-
sembly, Vasudev Devna-
ni, various seasonal plants
have been planted in the
Assembly Garden. With
the onset of spring, flow-
ers of various varieties are
bloomingonplantsingar-
den,captivatingtheminds
of onlookers effortlessly.
Spread across approxi-
mately two hectares sur-
roundingAssemblybuild-
ing, more than 50 species
of plants have been plant-
ed in the garden. Each
plant in the garden yields
up to 50 flowers at once.
For the first time in the
floral garden of the As-
sembly, numerous sea-
sonal plants including
gladiolus,hollyhocks,and
star flakes, along with lil-
ies, have been planted.
The museum built
within the Assembly
premises attracts school
and college students from
the city as well as domes-
tic and international tour-
ists free of cost.
Vasudev Devnani in the garden of the Raj Assembly on Saturday.
Variety of flowers bloomed in
State Assembly garden.
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Pay close attention to your acts, words and
thoughts to constructive your ends and goals
to what you want.
Dr JAGDEESH CHANDRA, CMD  Editor-in-Chief
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
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CMSharma:Gurjarcommunityhas
alwaysfulfilleditsresponsibilities
Aishwary Pradhan
Jaipur
A ‘Holi milan’ ceremony
of Gurjar community was
organised at BirlaAudito-
riuminJaipuronSaturday
wherein Chief Minister
Bhajan Lal Sharma at-
tended as Chief Guest.
Addressing the function,
CM Sharma said, “Gurjar
community has always
fulfilled its responsibili-
ties. Worked to enhance
the cultural heritage of
Giriraj Dharan. Gurjar
community has shown its
courage from time to
time. Mothers of Gurjar
community have always
set example.”
Chief Minister Bhajan
Lal mentioned Pannad-
hay’s devotion to Mewar
and said, “A society that
protects cows, brahmins
and saints, I had the privi-
lege of seeing such a soci-
ety, I am grateful for it.
The society always raised
its voice against atrocities
and injustice. Gurjar com-
munity has fulfilled the
duty of a good citizen and
devoted itself to the de-
fense of cultural values.
We are all celebrating
HoliMilanofGurjarcom-
munity so that the coming
generation understands
our culture.”
The Chief Minister
mentioned the announce-
ments of the new budget.
Jaipur hosts Gurjar community event; CM lauds cultural contributions
Holi Milan
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, Dy CM PC Bairwa, Jawahar Singh Bedham
along with leaders of Gurjar community during Holi Sneh-Milan
Samaroh of Gurjars at the Birla auditorium in Jaipur on Saturday.
CM Bhajan Lal Sharma greets Governor Kalraj Mishra during the
Rajasthan Diwas celebration at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur on Saturday.
BEDHAM TERMS CM SHARMA AS ‘Pt. BHAJAN LAL
GURJAR’ IN RESPONSE TO ‘Pt. JAWAHAR SINGH’
Diya Kumari reviews BJP
preps for LS Polls in Jpr
Diya Kumari, Manju Sharma
during the meeting in Jaipur
on Saturday.
Former CM Raje
included in BJP
LS-Poll manifesto
committee
First India Bureau
Jaipur
For the Lok Sabha elec-
tions of 2024, the Na-
tional President of the
Bharatiya Janata Party,
JP Nadda, has formed an
E l e c t i o n
Manifesto
Committee.
Senior lead-
er Rajnath
Singh has
been appointed as the
head of this committee,
with former Chief Minis-
ter Vasundhara Raje
also finding a place in the
list. Additionally, Bhu-
pendra Yadav and Arjun
Ram Meghwal from Ra-
jasthan have been includ-
ed as members.
Inclusion of Raje is be-
ing seen as a signal of her
political weight and con-
tinued significance in the
party.Raje was not seen
active till the last few
days but nowadays she
has become active and is
on a tour of Jhalawar. On
Saturday, she brain-
stormed with the party
workers at Prithvi vilas
kothi and also conducted
one to one dialogue with
councillors of nagar pa-
likas. Raje also took
feedback from party of-
ficials and workers.
Schemes by PM Modi govt aims at
welfare of villages, poor: Om Birla
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat files nomination
First India Bureau
Bundi
In the run-up to the Lok
Sabha elections, BJP can-
didate Om Birla from
Kota-Bundi constituency
emphasized that every
scheme by PM Modi tar-
gets the welfare of villag-
es and the poor. Over the
past decade, the Modi
govt has introduced
schemes for every sector.
Engaging with the
common people across
various regions like
Baldevpura, Kotri, Ghat
Ka Barana, Jhapayta, Da-
hekhedi,Noutada,Laxmi-
pura, Raibarpura, Pach-
hipala, Dangaheri, Bud-
hel, Maliyon Ki Badiyan,
Uttarana, Kankra,
Chamawli, Kankra Bair-
wa Basti, Kvari Sati,
Lakheri Bypass, Ramd-
han Chauraha, Balapura,
Bhandgwar, Papdi, and
Badakheda, Birla ap-
pealed to the masses.
Rajiv Gaur and
Shivprakash Purohit
Jodhpur
BJP candidate from
Jodhpur and Union Jal
Shakti Minister Gajendra
Singh Shekhawat filed
his nomination today. A
road show was also or-
ganized in which CM
Bhajan Lal Sharma ad-
dressed public.
Cabinet minister Joga-
ram Patel, MLA Atul
Bhansali, advocate Nathu
Singh Bhati and Shekha-
wat’s daughter were with
him while filing nomina-
tion. After nomination,
Bhajan Lal Sharma in-
tensified attack on Con-
gress. He said Narendra
Modi will become the
PM of the country once
again and the party will
win all 25 seats.
Om Birla alongwith his supporters during the public connect
campaign in Bundi district on Saturday.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat filing his nomination in Jodhpur on
Saturday in presence of CM Bhajan Lal Sharma and others.
SHEKHAWATFILESPAPERS
WITHINCREASEDASSETS
BJP candidate
from Jodhpur Lok
Sabha Gajendra
Singh Shekhawat filed his
nomination on Saturday. In
his affidavit he has revealed
having 4.13 lakh cash along
with 3.79 lakh rupees cash
with his wife. In the last
election, he had mentioned
his annual income to be
9.18 lakh rupees, and now
after five years, his income
has increased to 11.10
LPA. Meanwhile, his wife’s
income has increased from
8.31 lakh per Anjum in 2019
to 15.37 lakhs now.
By Tridib Raman
The author is a journalist and political commentator
and views expressed are his personal
FIRST INDIA SUNDAY SPECIAL
Mirch Masala
CAN PRESIDENT’S RULE BE IMPOSED IN DELHI AMID KEJRIWAL’S ARREST?
he current situation in Delhi is
giving rise to a new tale of politi-
cal chaos, while Delhi CM Arvind
Kejriwal is helpless in ED custody. There
is restlessness, murmurings among AAP,
there is a struggle to identify new leader,
but who should be the new face in place of
Kejriwal? At present, even specula-
tions on this matter are at a stand-
still. Delhi has seen many eras
of different sultanates, has seen
rebellions, wars and has seen a
fierce struggle for the throne, but
the people who have seen all this
are still silent. Perhaps his silence
is waiting for right time and
right opportunity. As recently, a PIL was
filed in Delhi HC saying that ‘If Kejriwal
issues any order while in ED custody, it will
be a violation of the oath taken by him for
Constitution.’ Along with this, another peti-
tion was also filed. A petition was also filed
in which there was a demand to remove
Kejriwal from the post of Delhi CM, on
this HC rejected both the petitions.
At the same time, the Lieutenant
Governor of Delhi is bluntly saying
that ‘Kejriwal cannot run the govt
from jail.’ Sources associated
with the central govt reveal that
President’s rule may be
imposed in Delhi.
T
he arguments
presented by
senior advocate
Abhishek Manu Singhvi
in various courts in the
latest ED case against
Kejriwal are being
praised everywhere in
the legal world. Kejriwal’s
acquaintance with Ab-
hishek Manu is also very
old. This is the reason
why Kejriwal wanted to
send Abhishek Manu
Singhvi to Rajya Sabha
from AAP for a long time.
Last time he had almost
finalized Singhvi’s name
for Rajya Sabha from
Delhi. But Anita Singh,
wife of jailed Sanjay
Singh, met Kejriwal and
persuaded him to get the
Rajya Sabha seat for her
husband again. It is said
that after this, Kejriwal
asked Punjab Chief
Minister Bhagwant Mann
whether Singhvi can be
sent to the Rajya Sabha
from there. Mann, show-
ing political shrewdness,
said that except one, all
his Rajya Sabha MPs
are from Punjab and if he
wants to send an outsid-
er in place of an outsider,
then he has no objection.
Kejriwal had understood
that Mann was referring
to Raghav Chadha, with
whom he was not on the
same page.
T
f sources are to be believed, Arvind Kejri-
wal’s ‘blue eyed boy’ Raghav Chadha has
sent a message to his ‘mentor’ AAP supremo
Arvind Kejriwal that due to his health reasons he
cannot come to India for 4 months. ED’s eyes have
turned towards fresh-faced Kailash Gehlot and
sources claim that Raghav’s number was also going
to come in this list soon. Sources also reveal that Ra-
ghav has made inroads into BJP through his wife’s el-
der sister Priyanka Chopra. So, no one
should be surprised if in the coming
days their loyalties and intentions get
saffron colored coating. Recently, while
in London, Raghav had a meaningful
meeting with Britain’s first Sikh woman
MP Preet Kaur Gill. It should be noted
that this is Preet Kaur Gill who is known for her pro-
Khalistan image and anti-India sentiments. However,
there was strong opposition to meeting of Raghav 
Gill on social media. Especially BJP supporters cursed
Raghav for this. Now the question arises that why is
Raghav changing color so much? Sources reveal that
Raghav has strong disagreements with Punjab CM
Bhagwant Mann on many issues. If sources are to be
believed, Mann did not want to give Rajya Sabha seat
to Raghav from Punjab, but he had to bow down to
Kejriwal’s insistence. BJP’s strategy is to strengthen
itself in the Punjab assembly elections to be held in
2027. Recently, Ludhiana MP Ravneet S Bittu joined
BJP. AAP’s Jalandhar MP Sushil Kumar Rinku has
also joined BJP. Captain Amarinder’s wife Preneet
Kaur has already joined BJP. In such a situation, it will
be interesting to see how useful a young and popular
face like Raghav Chaddha can be to Punjab.
t one time it seemed that BJP’s old ally Shi-
romani Akali Dal would return and join the
NDA alliance. But there was no consensus
between BJP and Akali Dal on some issues. Trusted
sources say that Akali Dal put forward three major
conditions which were not acceptable to BJP. It is
said that the first condition of the Akali Dal was that
Amritpal Singh, the fundamentalist leader of the pro-
Khalistan ‘Waris Punjab De’ organisation, should be
released. Condition number two is to release the rad-
ical Khalistan supporters lodged in jails and condition
number three is to allow pro-Khalistan Indian leaders
living abroad, who are currently ‘blacklisted’ by India,
to come to India. None of these conditions were
acceptable to the BJP. Due to which the process of
talks between the two parties broke down.
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A
...AND FINALLY
ongress is having to pay the price for its dereliction of duty. Due to delay
in taking decisions, many important seats of the alliance are slipping from
its hands. In Bihar, Pappu Yadav merged his ‘Jan Adhikar Party’ with
Congress and presented his candidature from Purnia Lok Sabha, while Congress’s
alliance partner RJD fielded Bima Bharti from JDU from there. Uddhav Thackeray
hastily gave ticket to Amol Kirtikar from Mumbai North West, whereas Congress
had claim on this seat, due to which she wanted to field Sanjay Nirupam from here.
Later, Nirupam targeted Amol and called him ‘Khichdi Chor’.
C
RAGHAV, WHERE IS YOUR ATTENTION?
WHY COULD BJP-AKALI ALLIANCE NOT HAPPEN?
ARVIND KEJRIWAL’S
CLOSENESS TO
ABHISHEK SINGHVI
TELEVISION’S ‘RAM’ ARUN GOVIL’S PATH IS DIFFICULT IN LS POLL
rime Minister Narendra Modi
has sounded the election trum-
pet for LS Polls from Meerut
in Western UP. In the rally to be called
on Sunday, BJP candidate from Meerut
and ‘Ram’ Arun Govil of
the famous ‘Ramayan’
serial will also share the
stage with the PM. RLD’s
Jayant Chaudhary, who
changed sides in recent
times, will also grace
the PM’s stage. It should be noted that
this time BJP has canceled the ticket of
three-time MP from Meerut, Rajendra
Aggarwal and in his place has fielded
Arun Govil, who belongs to his cognate
Vaishya community. It should be noted
that Rajendra Aggarwal had was fielded
from Meerut Lok Sabha seat in 2009,
2014 and 2019. Considering that there
are more than 5.5 lakh Muslim voters
in Meerut, earlier opposition parties like
BSP and SP had fielded their Muslim
candidates in every election here. So,
BJP always got the benefit of polariza-
tion of votes here. But this time both SP
and BSP parties have changed their
game. While BSP has fielded Devvrat
Tyagi, SP has fielded Bhanu Pratap
Singh. There are also more than 3
lakh Dalit voters in Meerut who till now
were included in core vote bank of
BSP. There is also a large population
of Vaishya community and in many
ways their votes play a decisive role
in deciding victory of a candidate, but
it is believed that there is some anger
among Vaishya community here due to
the arrest of Kejriwal.
P
Jawahar Singh Bedham termed the CM ‘Pandit Bhajan
Lal Gurjar’. As soon as he said this in Holi affection
meeting ceremony of Gurjar community, the community
members started applauding. Gurjar community was filled with
enthusiasm and kept raising slogans. There is an interesting
history regarding Bhajan Lal  Jawahar Singh. When Bhajan
Lal had gone to Kanawar village of Bharatpur, where a Holi
affection meeting was held. Jawahar Singh was called to speak
 Bhajan Lal said in introduction, “Pandit Jawahar Singh boldly
came on the stage  delivered the address.” This was the rea-
son why Jawahar Bedham gave the CM the likeness of Gurjar.
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he glitz
a n d
glamour
of the
fashion
world descended upon
Diablo Lounge on Fri-
day evening as the
poster launch ceremo-
ny for Season 12 of the
Jaipur Couture Show,
presented by Bharat24-
Vision of New India and
First India unfolded. The
who’swhoofthecitygath-
ered to unveil the much-
anticipated poster, marking
thecountdowntoRajasthan’s
premier fashion extravagan-
za. Jaipur Couture Show
stand as the beacon of oppor-
tunity for Rajasthan’s bur-
geoning talent, providing a
coveted platform for models,
designersandlocalartisansto
showcase their creativity and
skills on a grand stage.
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra,
graced the ceremony as the
Chief Guest, lauded the ef-
forts of Gaurav Gaur and his
team, emphasizing the im-
portance of nurturing local
talent in the fashion industry.
“I’ve witnessed countless
beauty pageants and fashion
shows, but this initiative
stands out for its unwavering
support of indigenous tal-
ent,” remarked Dr Chandra.
Among the luminaries
gracing the event were
Gaurav Gaur, the visionary
Director and Founder of
Jaipur Couture Show, along
with directors and models
such as Akanksha Bhalla,
Mona Gautam, Pihu Chaud-
hary, Yashwini, Mitali Ku-
mawat, Neha Shekhawat,
AlfirdoushKhan,amongoth-
ers, adding their star power to
the occasion. Turn to Pg11
The poster launch for
Season 12 of Jaipur
Couture Show presented
by Bharat24- Vision of
New India and First India
dazzled attendees at
Diablo Lounge on Friday
evening. Fashion
enthusiasts commended
the promotion of local
talent in fashion!
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SANTOSH SHARMA
JAIPUR, SUNDAY | MARCH 31, 2024
Dr Jagdeesh Chandra with Gaurav Gaur  Akanksha Bhalla
(R-L) Vishakha Khatri, Shashi Meena, Mitali Kumawat,
Neha Shekhawat, Samiksha Arora, Pihu Choudhary,
Alfirdoush Khan  Stuti Bartwal
Alfirdoush Khan
(Top to Bottom) Riya Sain, Sheena Parashar,
Mona Gautam, Riya Sulediya  Pihu Choudhary
RAJASTHAN UTSAV-2024!
handni Bagh at Bikaner House
was transformed into a vibrant
celebration of Rajasthan Utsav-2024,
enchanting visitors with the cultural
richness of the state. P12
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months is vital for their health and
happiness. While cats are known for their
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owners to navigate the unique challenges
that summer brings. Here are some expert
tips to help you keep your cat healthy and
content throughout the season.
INDOOR VS. OUTDOOR LIVING: FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE
Deciding whether to keep your cat indoors or allow outdoor access requires
careful consideration. While indoor cats are generally safer from external hazards
like heatstroke and parasites, many cats crave the freedom and stimulation of
the great outdoors. If you choose to let your cat roam outside, ensure they have
access to shaded areas and a constant supply of fresh, cool water. Alternatively,
consider creating an outdoor enclosure or “catio” where your feline can enjoy
the outdoors safely.
HYDRATION IS KEY
Water is essential for your cat’s over-
all health and well-being, especially
during the hot summer months. How-
ever, keeping water cool and readily
available can be a challenge. One
clever trick is to place ice cubes or
frozen water bottles in your cat’s wa-
ter bowl to provide a refreshing
source of hydration. Additionally,
consider investing in a pet fountain,
which continuously circulates and
filters water to keep it fresh and ap-
pealing to your cat.
Water is essential for your cat’s over-
all health and well-being, especially
during the hot summer months. How-
ever, keeping water cool and readily
available can be a challenge. One
clever trick is to place ice cubes or
filters water to keep it fresh and ap-
INTERESTING
FACT
Did you know that cats have a higher
body temperature than humans,
averaging around 101 to 102.5 degrees
Fahrenheit? This means they are more sensitive
to heat and can easily become overheated,
making it crucial to provide adequate cooling
options during the summer months.
By implementing these tips, you can ensure your
cat stays healthy, happy, and comfortable
throughout the summer season. Remember
to monitor your cat's behavior closely
and make adjustments as needed
to ensure their well-being.
NUTRITIOUS DIET
Summer can affect your cat’s appetite and hy-
dration levels, so it’s essential to provide a bal-
anced and nutritious diet. Consider offering
wet food with a high water content to help keep
your cat hydrated. You can also freeze treats
like watermelon or catnip in ice cubes for a
refreshing and enjoyable summer snack.
consider creating an outdoor enclosure or “catio” where your feline can enjoy
COMBATTING
HAIRBALLS
Summer is shedding season for
cats, which means an increased
risk of hairballs as your feline friend
grooms themselves. Help prevent
hairballs by regularly grooming your
cat with a specialized brush designed
to remove loose fur. You can also
offer hairball prevention treats or
supplements to aid in diges-
tion and reduce hairball
formation.
Dr Pawan
Saini
Assistant Professor,
VAHEE MJFCVAS
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evening. As excitement
mounts for the upcoming
Finale Week slated for
June at Alankar Resort,
Jaipur, anticipation builds
for the showcase of re-
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His contribution to za- mindari abolition and land reforms, and his deep understanding of the economy, especially rural and agricultural economy are respectfully remem- bered. His connect with farmers was legendary.” KARPOORI THAKUR (posthumously) The Rashtrapati Bhavan said. “Karpoori Thakur was a freedom fighter and a champion of equal- ity and inclusive develop- ment. He was known for his simple living and selfless ac- tions.” Working tirelessly to improve the lives of the disadvantaged people, Thakur com- manded high regard and had earned the honorific, ‘Jan-Nayak’, it said. A cutout of Jesus Christ is installed at Valiyathura, ahead of Easter, in Thiruvananthapuram, on Saturday. PTI IN BRIEF NewsClick: Delhi cops file charge sheet New Delhi: The Delhi Police has filed charge sheet, spread across about 8,000 pages, in the UAPAcase against NewsClick and its found- er Prabir Purkayastha for allegedly running Chi- nese propaganda. ED grills Shahjahan at correctional home Barasat: The ED on Saturday questioned suspended TMC leader Shajahan Sheikh in the Basirhat Correctional Home in connection with cases involving land grabbing in Sand- eshkhali. Delhi Minister Gahlot appears before ED New Delhi: The ED questioned Delhi minis- ter Kailash Gahlot for about five hours on Sat- urday and recorded his statement in connection with a money-launder- ing investigation linked to the AAP govt’s now- scrapped excise policy, officials said. P2 Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Rao,CharanSingh,Swaminathan, KarpooriconferredBharatRatnas First India Bureau New Delhi President Droupadi Mur- mu on Saturday conferred Bharat Ratna on former Prime Ministers PV Nar- asimha Rao and Chaud- hary Charan Singh, agri- culture scientist MS Swa- minathan and two-time former Bihar Chief Min- ister Karpoori Thakur, posthumously at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here. The country’s highest civilian honour to Rao, Singh, Swaminathan and Thakur were received by their kin at a ceremony attended by Vice Presi- dent Jagdeep Dhankhar, PM Narendra Modi, HM Amit Shah, JP Nadda and other dignitaries. This year, the govern- ment announced five Bharat Ratna awards, including one to Bharati- ya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart and former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani. President Droupadi Murmu being greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremony for presentation of Bharat Ratna, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, on Saturday. PTI l BJP veteran LK Advani is the only living recipients of the honour this year l Families and kin of the awardees receive the award from the President Awardees’ list shows Modi's commitment to all sections: HM PTI New Delhi Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said conferment of Bharat Ratna on former Prime Ministers PV Nar- asimha Rao and Chaud- hary Charan Singh, agri- culture scientist MS Swaminathan and two- time former Bihar Chief Minister Late Karpoori Thakur showed Modi govt’s commitment to- wards farmers, down- trodden and backward people. In a series of posts on ‘X’, Shah said honouring the four lead- ing figures of the country with the India’s highest civilian award showed the Modi govt’s commit- ment towards farmers, downtrodden people. PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI PAYS RICH TRIBUTES TO THE BHARAT RATNA AWARDEES New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi lauded the con- tributions of those conferred the Bharat Ratna on Saturday by President Droupadi Murmu. Paying tributes to former PMs PV Narasimha Rao, Charan Singh, agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan and two-time former Bihar CM Karpoori Thakur. The PM said the Bharat Ratna for the awardees is a recog- nition of their contributions to India’s development. RajnathtoheadBJP manifestocommittee forLokSabhapolls PTI New Delhi The BJP on Saturday an- nounced a 27-member committee, which in- cluded several Union ministers and chief min- isters, headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to prepare its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls. Finance Minister Nir- mala Sitharaman will be its convener and Union minister Piyush Goyal co-convener. Several other Union Ministers,thechiefminis- ters of states such as Gu- jarat, Assam and Madhya Pradesh, and seasoned hands like Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje are among the mem- bers of the committee. Rajnath Singh, a for- mer party president, was the head of the BJP’s manifesto committee for the 2019 polls as well. Many members have been repeated in the cur- rent panel as well. From Rajasthan, three senior BJP leaders have been included in the list. These leaders include former CM Vasundhara Raje, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Bhupender Yadav I.N.D.I.A. bloc to hold rally in Delhi today First India Bureau New Delhi Top I.N.D.I.A. bloc lead- ers, including Rahul Gan- dhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray, Akhilesh Ya- dav, Tejashwi Yadav and many others are expected to attend a rally at the Ramleela ground on Sun- day. It is being held in the backdrop of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest. The Congress on Satur- day asserted that the I.N.D.I.A. Opposition bloc’s “Loktantra bachao rally” to be held at the Ramlila Maidan here is aimedatsavingtheConsti- tution and democracy and not any particular person. Meanwhile, Delhi Po- lice has issued a traffic advisory in view of the Opposition I.N.D.I.A. bloc’s rally. P5 Bharat 24 is No. 1 channel on Insta with 288k followers Shashikesh Ranjan New Delhi Bharat24- Vision of New India, fastest growing na- tional Hindi News Channel has made waves on Insta- gram, surpassing industry giants with its follower count reaching 288k. Led by CEO and Editor-in- Chief Dr Jagdeesh Chan- dra, channel’s unbiased re- porting and accurate infor- mation dissemination have resonated with audiences, solidifying its position as a front-runner in media. This featunderscoresBharat24’s commitment to excellence and its growing influence. Surpassing competitors Bharat 24 has established itself as a dominant force and continues to redefine Indianmediawithitsunwa- vering integrity and public service. In fact, Bharat24 with 288k followers, has leftbehindNews18(286k), R Bharat (221k) and News Nation (114k) in terms of Instagram followers. AMIT SHAH’S roadshow in Sikar today Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will take out a roadshow in Sikar on Sunday. Starting from Kalyan ji temple at 4 pm, the procession will wind through the city, including iconic landmarks like the clock tower, culminat- ing at Taparia Garden. Notable figures such as Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma and BJP State President CP Joshi will grace the event. Shah is scheduled to reach Jaipur Airport at about 2 pm from where he will go to Hotel Lalit and will chair a meeting of BJP workers there. Jaipur, Sunday | March 31, 2024 RNI NUMBER: RAJENG/2019/77764 | VOL 5 | ISSUE NO. 293 | PAGES 12 | `3.00 Rajasthan’s Own English Newspaper firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia PREZ EXTENDS GREETINGS TO PEOPLE ON THE EVE OF EASTER President Droupadi Murmu in her message on the Easter eve, said, this festival marks the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. T20 WC: INDIAN SQUAD LIKELY TO BE SELECTED IN APRIL LAST WEEK India’s 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies is likely to be named in last week of April. PM FREED J&K FROM CLUTCHES OF TERRORISM: ANURAG THAKUR PM Narendra Modi freed J&K from terrorism & separatism which is the biggest achievement of Modi govt, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said. JOE BIDEN’S POLL CAMPAIGN AD TARGETS NIKKY HALEY VOTERS US President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign has launched a digital advertisement aimed at supporters of Indian-American Nikki Haley. Why the Kejri ‘bawal’? Moni Sharma New Delhi Delhi CM Arvind Kejri- wal, faced arrest by the ED on March 21, linked to an excise policy case, after a series of searches and 9 summons. Countries including the US, Germany, and the UN have raised objec- tions to Kejriwal’s arrest, prompting scrutiny over why. India asserts this as an “internal affair,” staunchly opposing for- eign intervention. Diplomatically, re- specting the sovereignty and internal affairs of other states is funda- mental, particularly among democracies. Failure to do so risks es- tablishing detrimental precedents, undermin- ing the principles of mu- tual respect and non-in- terference. BJP’S SHOW OF STRENGTH Shekhawat files nomination from Jodhpur Lok Sabha seat STATE BJP PRESIDENT CP JOSHI, WHO IS PARTY’S CANDIDATE FROM CHITTORGARH, WILL FILE HIS NOMINATION ON APRIL 2 WHILE OM BIRLA WILL FILE ON APRIL 3 Rajiv Gaur & Shivprakash Purohit Jodhpur nion Minister Gajendra Singh S h e k h a w a t , submitted his nomination papers as the BJP candi- date for the Jodhpur Lok Sabha seat after a grand meeting on Saturday in Jodhpur. Earlier, at Polo Ground in Ratanada on Saturday, Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma launched a scathing political attack ontheCongress,branding it as the “mother of cor- ruption and terrorism.” Addressingabigcrowd, the CM highlighted the transformative changes broughtaboutbyBJPgov- ernance, emphasizing de- velopmental strides and welfareschemesunderthe leadership of late Atal Bi- hari Vajpayee and PM Narendra Modi. CM Sharma pledged to secure Shekhawat’s vic- tory by a margin exceed- ing five lakh votes, laud- ing his contributions to initiatives like providing tap water to every house- hold and Rajasthan’s pro- gress under the “double engine government.” He also underscored the fulfillment of prom- ises, including the aug- mentation of Kisan Sam- man Nidhi and women’s welfare schemes, accen- tuating the state’s jour- ney towards self-reliance in water and electricity. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma at the nomination rally of Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in Jodhpur. Also seen are PP Choudhary and Gajendra Singh Khimsar. U CM BL SHARMA TO ATTEND MALVIYA’S NOMINATION RALLY ON APRIL 4 IN BANSWARA BJP candidate from Banswara Dungarpur Lok Sabha constituency Mahendrajit Singh Malviya will file his nomination papers for Lok Sabha elections in the presence of Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma on April 4. BJP District President Labchand Patel informed that Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma will come for Malviya’s nomination meeting. CM Sharma will reach the college campus on Dungarpur Road by helicopter on April 4 at 11:30 am and then address a huge nomination meeting at Kushal Bagh ground at 12 o’clock. Thereafter, candidate Malviya will submit the nomination to District Election Officer. Dalit student beaten for touching bucket Alwar: In Mangleshpur village of this district, a Dalit student was as- saulted for touching a pot while drinking wa- ter from a school pump. The student’s family faced death threats when they complained.
  • 2. 02 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Sunday | March 31, 2024 Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Ballot Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat Beat 02 The immense enthusiasm of hardworking workers of BJP indicates that under skilled leadership of successful PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji, Lotus is blossoming across the nation, including Rajasthan. Dr Kirodilal Meena, Raj Cabinet Minister QUOTE-UNQUOTE Kota’s soil is witnessing a surge of public enthusiasm, poised to become a witness to a transformation. Resounding voice of justice echoes across Kota-Bundi, promising an historic victory for Cong. Govind Singh Dotasra, PCC Chief Now that I am contesting polls and political kabaddi game has begun, phase of persuasion & dialogue has come to an end. Adhering to orders of all sections of society, I am contesting polls. Ravindra Singh Bhati, Independent MLA On the foundation Day of Bharatiya Janata Party, it is required to hoist the BJP flag at every home. Place Modi Ji’s sticker on the doors of every house in the village. CP Joshi, State BJP Chief Pankaj Soni Jaipur The voting pattern in Ra- jasthan Assembly and Lok Sabha elections ap- pears to be different for the last two decades. Vic- tory in theAssembly does not guarantee victory on 25 Lok Sabha seats. The thinking of voters is visi- ble in different ways in these two elections.At the same time, election issues also seem to float sepa- rately in the election at- mosphere.There is a huge difference in the vote share percentage of both BJP and Congress and this voting swing is visi- ble with a difference of just six months. In the 2018 assembly elections, a slogan describing this pattern in the politics of Rajasthan was very much discussed, ‘Vasundhara teri khair nahin, Modi tu- jhse bair nahi’. In this election, where the people ousted the BJP govern- ment from power in the state, in the Lok Sabha electionsheldfivemonths later, BJP won by getting all 25 seats. Different pattern seen in 1998 If we look at the election data of Rajasthan since 1998, we find that the voting pattern ofAssem- bly and Lok Sabha elec- tions is completely dif- ferent. Even though there is a gap of a few months between the two elections, the results of both do not have any significant impact on each other. For example, in the 1998Assembly elections, the Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot came to power with a bumper mandate, while in the next year i.e. 1999 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP was defeated. In the assembly elections, Con- gress got 76 per cent votes while BJPcould get only 16.5 per cent. This was reversed in the Lok Sabha elections. In the Lok Sabha elections, Congress got 36 per cent votes and BJP got 64 per cent votes. From 2003 to 2014, party that formed govt got more votes Between 2003 and 2014, a special pattern was visible in Ra- jasthan. The party which won the Assem- bly elections also won maximum seats in Lok Sabha elections. In 2003, when BJP government was formed in the state with 64 per- cent votes, its voting per- centage in the Lok Sabha reached 84. In the 2008 assembly elections, Congress got 48 per cent votes and when its government was formed, this vote reached 80 per cent in the Lok Sabha. However, this pattern changed in the year 2018 because Congress won the Assembly elec- tions that year but in 2019, the BJP won 24 out of 25 seats while one seat was won by its NDA ally Hanuman Beniwal’s RLP. Adda Adda RAJ RAJniti ka PCC CHIEF GOVIND SINGH DOTASRA’S ADVISE ON DHARIWAL-GUNJAL DISPUTE! Responding to journal- ists’ questions in Kota, regarding Shanti Dhariwal and Prahlad Gunjal issue, PCC chief Govind Singh Dotasra said, “Forget the past, it’s now time for reconciliation between elder and younger brother.” Both Shanti Dhariwal and Prahlad Gunjal who is the Congress candidate fron Kota also refrained from delving into old matters on Saturday. With emphasis in his speech, Dhariwal stated, “We are all bound by the high command orders.” BAPANDBTPSETTOSPOILCONG&BJPEQUATIONS? A big political equation in Mewar-Wagad region of the state has emerged ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Chhotu Bhai Asawa of Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) has announced an alliance with Bharat Adivasi Party (BAP). The alliance will cause problems for both BJP and Congress. Now BAP will contest elections in Udaipur also. The party has already declared candidates for Banswara-Dungarpur Lok Sabha seat. The alliance is very important in view of the tribal vote bank in the southern part of the state. VotingpatterninLokSabhadifferent fromAssemblyelectionsinRajasthan Political experts believe that in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, voters focus not only on the issues but also on the leaders. While local issues do not dominate in the Lok Sabha, they completely dominate in the Assembly polls. It is also seen in the voting pat- tern under whose leadership the party is contesting the elections. For the last ten years, the Lok Sabha elections have been completely focused on Narendra Modi.  BJP was out of power in 2018 in Raj but won all 25 LS seats  A difference of up to 10% has been seen in party vote share WHY VOTING PATTERN CHANGES Alwar seat: A political saga of Yadav dominance Soubhagya Sharma Jaipur he Alwar Lok Sabha constitu- ency, nestled in the heart of Ra- jasthan, boasts a rich political history in- tertwined with the rise and consolidation of Ya- dav power. Comprising eight Vidhan Sabha seg- ments, the constituency has witnessed dynamic shifts in political alle- giances over the decades. Historically,Alwar has been a stronghold for the Yadav community. Since 1952, notable figures like Shobha Ram Kumawat, Kashi Ram Gupta, and Ram Singh Yadav have represented the constitu- ency, each leaving their mark on its political tra- jectory. In 1989, Ramjilal Yadav of the Janata Dal defeated Congress’s Ram Singh Yadav, leading to the formation of the Na- tional Front government at the Centre after Con- gress’s defeat. In 1999, JaswantYadav of the BJP defeated Congress’s Ma- hendra Kumari, leading to the formation of the NDA government. Jas- wantYadav was defeated by Dr. Karan Singh Ya- dav in 2004. In recent years, the BJP has made significant inroads, with leaders like Mahant Chandnath and Mahant Balaknath secur- ing victories in 2014 and 2019, respectively. BJP has nominated veteran leader Bhupender Yadav for 2024 Lok Sabha polls in hopes to continue their winning streak here. The Congress, known for its strongholds in five assembly seats within the Alwar Lok Sabha con- stituency, is gearing up with Lalit Yadav, MLA from Mundawar, as the candidate. This move un- derscores the party’s de- termination to reclaim its foothold in the region. The electoral dynam- ics inAlwar are nuanced, with factors such as caste equations, local support, and the Modi govern- ment’s performance playing pivotal roles. The Yadav communi- ty, a significant voting bloc, remains a focal point, with questions arising about potential divisions within the community’s support base. As the countdown to the 2024 Lok Sabha Elec- tions begins, all eyes are on Alwar, where the con- vergence of political leg- acies, emerging leaders, and grassroots aspirations promises a gripping elec- toral battle, defining the region’s political land- scape for years to come. T ALWAR LOK SABHA SEAT MPs OF ALWAR LS THUS FAR l 1952 & 1957 SHOBHA RAM KUMAWAT: INC l 1962 KASHI RAM GUPTA: IND l 1967 BHOLANATH MASTER: INC l 1971 HARI PRASAD SHARMA: INC l 1977 RAMJI LAL YADAV: Janata Party l 1980 & 1984 RAM SINGH YADAV: INC l 1989 RAMJI LAL YADAV: Janata Party l 1991 MAHENDRA KUMARI: BJP l 1996 NAWAL KISHORE SHARMA: INC l 1998 GHASI RAM YADAV: INC l 1999 JASWANT SINGH YADAV: BJP l 2004 KARAN SINGH YADAV: INC l 2009 JITENDRA SINGH: INC l 2014 MAHANT CHANDNATH: BJP l 2018^ KARAN SINGH YADAV: INC l 2019 MAHANT BALAKNATH: BJP ALWAR: ASSEMBLY SEAT-WISE POSITION l (59) TIJARA: Mahant Balaknath (BJP) l (60) KISHANGARH BAS: Deepchand Khairiya (INC) l (61) MUNDAWAR: Lalit Yadav (INC) l (62) BEHROR: Jaswant Singh Yadav (BJP) l (65) ALWAR RURAL: Tika Ram Jully (INC) l (66) ALWAR URBAN: Sanjay Sharma (BJP) l (67) RAMGARH: Zubair Khan (INC) l (68) RAJGARH LAXMANGARH: Mangelal Meena (INC) First India Bureau Jaipur Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ghan- shyam Tiwari on Satur- day highlighted the worksdonebytheBhajan Lal government in Ra- jasthan. He said that the people of the state are happy with the leadership of CM Bhajan Lal Sharma government. “Under the able lead- ership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bhajan Lal government of Rajasthan implement- ed public welfare schemes one after the other. In just 100 days, a historic agreement was signed for ERCP and Ya- muna water, a life-giving scheme for 25 districts of Rajasthan,” he said at a press conference. He said that ERCPwill solve the drinking water problem by providing ir- rigation to the people of 21 districts of the state while on the other hand, through the Yamuna Wa- ter Agreement, the peo- ple of Sikar, Neemkatha- na, Churu and Jhunjhunu will get irrigation and drinking water. “This work has been done with the coopera- tion of the triple engine government of three states under the leader- ship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said. First India Bureau Jaipur As many as 114 candi- dates are in the fray in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan. A total of 10 candi- dates from the constitu- encies which will go to poll in the first phase have withdrawn their nomination papers. With this, a total of 114 candidates are in the fray. Polling in the first phase will be held in 12 out of 13 Lok Sabha seats on April 19. Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Gupta said that on Saturday, 2 candidates each from Sikar and Dausa seats and 1 candi- date each from Jaipur, Alwar and Nagaur with- drew their nomination papers. After the deadline for the withdrawal of nomi- nations ended on Satur- day, a total of 114 candi- dates are participating in the elections in 12 Lok Sabha constituen- cies of the state. Tiwari hails PM Modi and CM’s leadership 114 candidates in fray for first phase of LS polls in Rajasthan Mission 25: Raj BJP to seek help of artistes to woo voters Gunjal, Meena, Bhati file papers First India Bureau Jaipur In Rajasthan, BJPin a bid to accomplish Mission 25 will also be making ap- peals to voters through street plays, folk singing, puppet shows, magicians & behrupiya art. The BJP’s Cultural Cell has initiated the pro- motion of Modi govern- ment’s achievements through artists in the state’s 25 LS seats. On Saturday auditions were held at the state of- fice for the selection of artists for street plays, folk singing, puppetry, magicians, and behrupiya art for the Lok Sabha elections 2024, organized by the BJP’s Cultural a Cell. Over 100 groups au- ditioned before BJP offi- cials. First India Bureau Kota Congress candidate from Kota-Bundi Lok Sabha constituency Prahlad Gunjal filed his nomina- tion papers on Saturday. PCC Chief Govind Singh Dotasara, State Congress in-charge SS Randhawa, MLA Shanti Dhariwal were present in nomination rally. Con- gress’Tara Chand Meena also filed his papers from Udaipur. Meanwhile, in- dependent MLA Ravin- dra Singh Bhati, who is contesting as an inde- pendent candidate in LS polls from Barmer Jais- almer Lok Sabha constit- uency, also filed his nom- ination on Saturday. THE TALLY SO FAR Maximum 15 candidates are contesting in the Lok Sabha constituency of Jaipur Rural, 14 in Sikar, 13 in Churu and Jaipur City LS each, 9 in Ganganagar, Alwar, Bikaner and Nagaur each, 8 in Jhunjhunu, 6 in Bharatpur, 5 in Dausa and 4 in Karauli-Sawai Mad- hopur according to SEC figures.
  • 3. Ziauddin Khan Jaipur Operations of many flights are going to be stopped in the summer schedule which starts today. Air connectivity to many cities like Agra, Ayodhya and Guwahati will be stopped. Flight from Jaipur to Jaisalmer has already been stopped. Besides, the number of flights to different cities will also be reduced. Flights to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai will be reduced. However, new flights will start in the summer schedule. Indi- go’s flight to Pantnagar will be stopped and this flight will be started on the Lucknow route. The Flight numbered 6E-7482 will start oper- ating on the Lucknow route. The flight will leave from Jaipur for Lucknow at 1:10 pm. With this, now there will be two flights from Jaipur to Lucknow daily. RAJASTHAN DAY CELEBRATIONS PM, President extend best wishes on Rajasthan Day Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur n the occasion of Rajasthan Day on Satur- day, entry to all state monuments in Jaipur was free. Tourists visiting the Amber Palace were wel- comed with tilak and gar- land at the main gate. PM Narendra Modi extended his wishes to the people. He said, “Best wishes to all in the state on Rajasthan Day. People here have amazing ener- gy. Rajasthan’s role is very important in build- ing a developed and self- reliant India.” Besides, CM Bhajan Lal Sharma and Presi- dent Draupadi Murmu also wished the people. Meanwhile, Saturday being a holiday, thou- sands of tourists visited the monuments and had a tryst with the rich cul- tural heritage of Ra- jasthan. The tourism and the archaeology dept had made proper arrange- ments for the tourists. O RAJASTHAN 03 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Jaipur, Sunday | March 31, 2024 Constructiononbothsides ofrailwaylineapproved Civil Lines ROB Project Abhishek Shrivastava Jaipur In a news related to Civil Lines Railway Over- bridge, approval has been received for construction on both sides of the rail- way line. The Railway approved the design sent by the Jaipur Develop- ment Authority. Now, the JDA will soon start work on both sides of the railway line. Piling work will be start- ed on both sides. Before this, the height barrier will be removed. The work had got stuck as the railways had not ap- proved it. The piling work was stuck for the last six months. The deadline for completion of the project is August 11. Now, it seems that the work will be completed on time. It is noteworthy that ROB is planned on the Jaipur-Delhi and Jaipur- Sawai Madhopur rail- way lines to ease traffic woes. Due to closure of railway overbridge, traf- fic coming from Jacob Road, Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, Transport Road, and Sawai Pratap Marg gets congested from more than 1.3 million TVUs. First India Bureau Jaipur The city is home to a group that preys on el- derly ladies by imperson- ating police officers. The miscreants are commit- ting crimes while riding bikes. The event occurred about 7 a.m. in the Jawa- har Nagar area. A man approached an elderly woman on her morning stroll, identified himself as a police offic- er, and fled the scene after stealing the woman’s jewellery. After that, at 7:30 p.m., a 58-year-old woman was targeted in the Motidungri region. The miscreants threat- ened to take gold. Fol- lowing this, a 68-year-old woman walking on the roadside was stopped, and miscreants left after robbing her. Now, police are looking for culprits. Cops on the lookout for gang posing as police officers, conning elderly women A large number of tourist visited the famous Jaipur attraction on the occasion of Rajasthan Day on Saturday. NAIM KHAN In Jaipur, folk dance and music programmes were organized at Amber, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall Nahargarh. A tourist covers herself during daytime at Jantar Mantar in Jaipur. NAIM KHAN CRIME ROUNDUP HUSBAND BRUTALLY STABS WIFE TO DEATH IN BEAWAR, SURRENDERS IN FRONT OF POLICE LATER A husband arrived at the police station in Bar town, Raipur Marwar subdivision, after savagely stabbing his wife to death. On Saturday morning, Kailash Sain murdered his wife Krishna by stabbing her with a knife, following which the accused surrendered to the po- lice. The police arrived at the accused’s house and investi- gated the scene of the incident. The accused told the police that domestic strife had been going on in the residence for almost two years. As a result, early on Saturday morning, he grew enraged and assaulted his wife with a knife laying in the kitchen, stabbing her 8 to10 times in various loca- tions including her neck, hands, and stomach. ROTTENDEAD-BODYOF WOMENFOUNDINAMBER A woman’s body was discovered on a hill near the Amber police station in Jaipur. The body appears to be 2-3 days old. Police are seeking to identify the deceased. CI Anant Sharma explained that some young people had gone for a hike on the hill. When they noticed the dead body in the bushes, they called the police. The cops arrived on the scene and conducted an inspection. An FSL team was also dis- patched to the scene, where they gathered evidence. TWOARRESTEDFOR BETTINGINIPLMATCHES In a strict move against illegal activities, DCP East, Kavendra Sagar, has taken decisive action against those involved in betting on cricket matches, as well as illegal alcohol and narcotics trade. Two persons affiliated with a group betting on IPL matches online were apprehended. Authorities seized three mo- bile phones, cash amounting to Rs 5,000, and a regis- ter containing records of transactions totaling in lakhs. A significant quantity of illicit liquor was also seized. 5DETAINEDFORWIRE THEFTATSOLARPLANT Jaisalmer: Under Operation Maru Va- jra Prahar, a squad from Jaisalmer’s Sankra police station detained five people accused of stealing wires from a solar plant. During interrogation, they admitted to having commit- ted over a dozen offenses. According to SP Sudhir Chaudhary, Raghuveer Singh of Checkmate Security Service said that more than 22,000 meters of cable were taken overnight from Kajasar, Khuhra, and Nedan in September and October. The accused used to cut the cables at the power plant underneath the module and steal the DC cord. MAHARAJASAWAIMAN SINGHIIREMEMBEREDAS STATE’SRAJPRAMUKH Remembering the historic occasion, Dy CM Diya Kumari posted on X, “On this day, on March 30, 1949, in the Durbar Hall of City Palace, Jaipur, Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel announced the merger of the rule of Rajputana princely states appointed Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Ji II as the ‘Rajpramukh’ and inaugurated ‘Greater Rajasthan’ by administering him the oath of office. This was a historic moment for Rajasthan.” Several flights to stop ops in summers BSF hawaldar dies of gunshot while cleaning service firearm JMCH marks Int’l Zero Waste Day with many eco-friendly initiatives The Railway Overbridge will facilitate traffic flow on Jacob Road, Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, Transport Road, and Sawai Pratap Marg Noheat-waveexpectedinnextfivedays:MeT First India Bureau Jaipur JDA’s enforcement squad removed encroachments from the land coming un- der Southern Ring Road Project. Encroachments were removed from clo- ver leaf land on Agra Road. Action was taken under the direction of Chief Controller En- forcement Mahendra Sharma. Atotal of 35 shops and five permanent houses were constructed on the land. Five saw machines were installed in a tin shed-like structure. Construction agency NHAI had written a letter to JDA to remove these encroachments. After the construction of Clover Leaf, move- ment of traffic between Ring Road to Agra Road will be smooth and there will be no need for traf- fic lights. First India Bureau Jaipur The impact of western disturbance could be seen in Bikaner, Kota and Jaipur. These places wit- nessed light rain along with thunder. The maxi- mum rainfall of 16.2 mm was recorded in Raisin- ghnagar and Ganganagar. After this, the maximum temperature dropped by 2 to 3 degrees in the last 48 hours. According to informa- tion, there will be a tem- porary respite from heat- wave in the state for the next five days. However, the maximum tempera- ture is expected to be around 40 degrees Cel- sius. Another new west- ern disturbance will be active April 5 and 6. There is a possibility of rain in Ganganagar and Hanumangarh areas. Besides, light rain or drizzle along with thun- der is expected at some places. But the weather will remain dry in most of the other parts of the state for the next four- five days. Vikas Sharma Jaipur After the blackout in Jaipur and Kota, Energy Minister Hiralal Nagar and Additional CS (En- ergy) Alok have consti- tuted a high-level com- mittee to investigate the matter. Four members, including the Technical Director of Rajasthan Electricity Transmission Corporation, have been included in the commit- tee constituted under the chairmanship of Energy Department’s Joint Sec- retary Girdhar. The team will reach Kota and investigate the causes of the incident and prepare a detailed report along with suggestions to prevent such incidents. On Friday, Kota was immersed in darkness and one fourth of Jaipur city was without power for one hour. Union En- ergy Minister RK Singh expressed grave concern on this. First India Bureau Jaipur In a tragic incident, a BSF hawaldar lost his life while cleaning his firearm in the village of Anokhu in the Dhod Thana area of Sikar. The deceased, BSF Hawal- dar Pokharamal Sen, aged 50, was on holiday in the village during the Holi festivities. He was scheduled to rejoin duty on Sunday. Currently posted in Gujarat, he had recently been en- gaged in shooting prac- tice at Pokhran field fir- ing range. On Saturday after- noon, as he was cleaning his 12-bore double-bar- rel firearm, a sudden gunshot resulted in his untimely demise. Upon receiving infor- mation about the inci- dent, the Dhod Thana police personnel prompt- ly reached the scene, fol- lowed by an FSL team for carrying out further investigation. First India Bureau Jaipur Jaipur Municipal Corpo- ration Heritage celebrat- ed international zero waste day in the park of DLB campus. Deputy Commissioners of the Corporation, DLB and Corporation officers, em- ployees and Hotel Asso- ciation officials partici- pated in the programme. Alive demo of making compost from wet waste through zero waste pro- ject was shown. Hotel Association Rajasthan President Hussain Khan appreciated the initiative of the corporation. During the Corona pe- riod, the contribution of officers and employees of the corporation, in- cluding CHO Dr Sonia in distribution of masks and sanitizers and other works was appreciated. Joint Director Public Relations Motilal Verma emphasised on reducing requirements, conserving water, protecting the en- vironment and ensuring cleanliness. He took oath to donate 5 hours every day for cleanliness and to inspire others for same. The New Summer schedule starts today JDA razes encroachments at Southern Ring Road Project High level committee formed after blackout in Kota-Jaipur DEVOTEES IN DISMAY AS SPICEJET STOPS JAIPUR-AYODHYA FLIGHT The SpiceJet flight from Jaipur to Ayodhya which started opera- tions from February 1 has been abruptly stopped. The last flight that operated from Jaipur was on February 28. SpiceJet flight SG-3421 used to depart for Ayodhya from Jaipur at 7:15 am. Bookings were on since the time the flight services started. Flight bookings were done till Saturday as per the winter schedule. But the flight to Ayodhya did not operate leaving the devotees who wanted to visit the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya in dismay. FILE
  • 4. he Indian P r e m i e r L e a g u e (IPL) has kicked off in grand style this season and has created a wave of ex- citement in its first week itself. Besides controver- sies, the glamour and the social media ‘chutzpah’, fans have been treated to excellent cricket by all teams.The current IPLsea- son holds special signifi- cance as it precedes theT20 World Cup which begins just a week after the final. In such a scenario, the IPL is a crucial opportunity for youngsters to catch the eye of the selectors and also for the veterans to prove that they are still relevant in the T20 format. All this prom- ises high-octane cricket as players strive to excel at the world’s most expensive cricket league. It was an emotional start to the tournament though as Dhoni stepped down from the captaincy of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) just a couple of days before the first match with Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB). Ruturaj Gaikwad took over from the 5-time IPL winning skipper. Dhoni is playing his final IPL and has clear- ly stated that he will be hanging his boots after the 2024 season. The CSK campaign, un- der the new captain, began in style as they registered their first victory and de- feated RCB by 6 wickets. While RCB posted a strong total, it was overhauled by the CSK batsmen with 8 balls to spare. In fact, after the first two games, CSK is at the top of the points table and undefeated along with Kolkata Knight Rid- ers (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). In sharp contrast, another 5-time IPL winner Mumbai Indians (MI) have had a sloppy start with 2 losses in as many games. Unfortu- nately,insteadoftheircrick- et, it’s the controversies sur- rounding the leadership of the team that has kept MI in the headlines. The rival camps and divisions in the team have been fueling the rumor mills crazy and in both their matches, MI failed to chase the target which has pushed them to the bottom of the table. It is already proving to be a season of big totals and high run-scoring. Till now, the batsmen have dominat- ed the season. Interestingly, while all the talk before the tournament was aboutVirat not being in the scheme of things for the T20 World Cup, he has topped the run scoring charts till now. He holds the Orange Cap with 181 runs but has been un- fortunate that RCB has lost 2outof3games,despitehis good form. With only a few slots ac- tually fixed for the World Cup team, many young- sters have been performing excellently to capture the remaining spots. Tilak Ver- ma was phenomenal against the Sunrisers Hy- derabad (SRH), scoring 64 of just 34 balls even as MI fell short chasing a record 277 by 31 runs. From the SRH side, Abhishek Shar- ma was explosive in his 23 ball 63 knock as he hit the fastest ever fifty for an SRH batter in IPL history. Among the rising young stars, none has shone as brightly as Riyan Parag from RR. His 84 not out in 45 balls ensured RR a competitive target against Delhi Capitals (DC). He played another splendid innings in the first match against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) of 43 and is one of the reasons why RR is off to a fine start this season. He was almost written off after a poor show last season but has now made a great come- back and is currently 3rd on the top scorers list! On the bowling front, India will be delighted that its top pacer- Jasprit Bum- rah has continued his rich vein of form and picked up 3 wickets in the first match. In the second match, the record-scoring encounter against SRH, he was the mosteconomicalbowleron the night. Importantly, In- dian fans would hope that he stays fit and ready for theWorld Cup as he will be the key weapon for India in their quest for an ICC title after a decade. Although Bumrah is not in the top 3 wicket takers after the end of the first week, another pacer occu- pies the top spot in the list. Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman holds the Purple Cap with 6 wick- ets. His slow cutters have deceivedmostbattersandhe has led the CSK attack well. As the IPL progresses, the anticipation for the World Cup is intensifying. Amid the frenzy, players must tread carefully to avoid injuries that could jeopardize their chances for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Even as they compete hard to win in the IPL and get a spot in the national squad, players need to maintain peak fitness and ensure that they perform at their best for the ultimate cricketing showdown. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL TOP TWEETS SPIRITUAL SPEAK Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. BIBLE SEASON OF BIG TOTALS It is already proving to be a season of big totals and high run-scoring. Till now, the batsmen have dominated the season. Interestingly, while all the talk before the tournament was about Virat not being in the scheme of things for the T20 World Cup, he has topped the run scoring charts till now. He holds the Orange Cap with 181 runs but has been unfortunate that RCB has lost 2 out of 3 games, despite his good form. With only a few slots actually fixed for the World Cup team, many youngsters have been performing excellently to capture the remaining spots. IPLOFFTOACRACKINGSTART ASINDIANPLAYERSVIEFORSLOTS INT20WORLDCUPSQUAD IN-DEPTH THEUNEMPLOYMENT PARADOX AMONG YOUTHS IN INDIA nternational Labour Organisation’s India Employment Report 2024 highlights the problem of unemployment among youth in India. The report said, “Unemployment in India was predominantly a problem among youths, especially youths with a secondary level of education or higher, and it intensified over time.” The situation is para- doxical. While educated youth are unlikely to find jobs, those without formal schooling stand a better chance. The 29.1 percent unemployment rate for graduates was several times higher than the 3.4 per- cent for the illiterate. The jobless rate for those with secondary-level education stood at 18.4 percent. As per the ILO “youth unemployment in India is high- er than the global levels”. Remedial measures have to be taken to avoid future problems for the economy. Priority has to be given to improving the quality of education. The other key focus area is to improve the quality of employment from those of low-paid food delivery jobs. Job market also has to prepare for the challenge from Artificial Intelligence. I POTENTIAL DISRUPTOR IN US PREZ ELECTION obert Kennedy Jr’s name has sparked con- siderable intrigue in the US presidential politics, igniting speculation of a potential dark horse. As the scion of the illustrious Kennedy dynasty, he inherits a legacy deeply rooted in Amer- ican political history. The familial connection to President John F. Kennedy, his uncle, and his father, Robert F. Kennedy, a former attorney-general and senator, adds substantial weight to his profile. Kennedy Jr’s entry into the political arena could introduce a significant dynamic, leveraging the en- during Kennedy mystique to capture public attention and support. His family’s iconic status, coupled with his own achievements and activism, positions him as a formidable candidate. However, amidst the buzz of his potential candi- dacy, questions linger regarding his politi- cal experience and policy platform. While his lineage un- doubtedly commands reverence, voters may scrutinize his qualifications and vi- sion for the nation’s future. Furthermore, the shadow of past controversies associ- ated with the Kenne- dy name may poten- tially influence pub- lic perception and electoral outcomes. As the political landscape continues to evolve, Robert Kennedy Jr’s emergence as a potential con- tender moves and his choice of Nicole Shanahan, a Silicon Valley lawyer, has created a lot of buzz around the presidential race. Whether Robert Kennedy Jr and Shanahan combo can be disruptors will be known later but the 12 per- cent votes he is averaging now does not give him a semblance of chance. His stand against Covid vaccines and Big Tech make the environmental lawyer controversial but it does add a compelling dimension to the electoral contest. Who will gain with his presence, Trump or Biden, remains to be seen. R Kennedy Jr’s entry into the political arena could introduce a significant dynamic, leveraging the enduring Kennedy mystique to capture public attention and support T Best wishes to all the people of the state on Rajasthan Day! Rajasthan, the land of a glorious past, vibrant folk culture, and bravery, has made an important contribution to the progress of the nation. I wish that this state continues to touch new heights of prosperity and happiness! #Rajasthan Vice President of India @VPIndia Happy Rajasthan Day to the sisters and brothers of Rajasthan, the brave land rich in cultural heritage and glory stories. Rajasthan is the land of culture, hospitality and bravery. The residents of this land, adorned with the stories of brave women like Maharana Pratap, Rao Jodha, Rani Padmini, Hadi Rani, have made many records of loyalty and sacrifice towards the nation. Amit Shah (Modi Ka Parivar) @AmitShah l Vol 5 l Issue No. 293 l RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504. l Editor-In-Chief: Dr Jagdeesh Chandra l Managing Editor: Pawan Arora l Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act PERSPECT VE 04 Jaipur, Sunday | March 31, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia Promoted by FS Township LLP Siddhaarth Mahan The writer is a specialist on Sports and Cinema who works as an actor in the Hindi film industry
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  • 6. 05 Jaipur, Sunday | March 31, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia LS POLL BUZZ NEW WINGS OF DEVELOPMENT ‘PM freed JK from clutches of Article 370’ PTI Jammu rime Minister Narendra Modi freed Jammu and Kashmir from the clutches of Article 370, terrorism and separatism which is the biggest achievement of the BJP- led government, Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday said. Thakur made this as- sertion as he joined BJP candidate Jugal Kishore, who submitted his nomi- nation papers from the Jammu Lok Sabha seat after a massive road show here. He said Prime Minister Modi-led government provided new wings of development to Jammu and Kashmir over the past 10 years besides showing that it cannot stay silent on Pakistan- sponsored terror attacks like the previous regime by conducting surgical strikes across the border. “Someone travelling with me asked what Jam- mu and Kashmir has got under Modi? Jammu and Kashmir got freedom from Article 370, stone- pelting, terrorism and separatism while devel- opmental activities got new wings,” the Informa- tion and Broadcasting minister said addressing a public gathering after the road show along Res- idency Road here. Talking to reporters later after his public ad- dress, Thakur said that Jammu and Kashmir re- corded a decline of 75 per cent in terror attacks, 81 per cent in killing of civil- ians and 50 per cent drop in security personnel cas- ualties under Prime Min- ister Modi’s leadership. “It all became possi- ble when there was a strong government at the Centre,” he said, asking people to vote for BJP candidates. Anurag Thakur during the rally in support of BJP candidate from Jammu-Reasi parliamentary constituency, Jugal Kishore Sharma during the latter’s nomination filing ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Jammu on Saturday. ANI P PM,SoniaGandhiandothersgear upforelectioneeringinKerala Agencies Thiruvananthapuram Star campaigners like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her daughter Priyanka Gandhi and CPI-M gen- eral secretary Sitaram Yechury will be descend- ing on Kerala for the electioneering. Kerala goes to the polls on April 26 to elect 20 Lok Sabha members. PM Modi has so far made a few visits and is expected to come again, so would Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President J.P. Nadda and other top leaders. From the Congress, one of their star cam- paigners, former presi- dent RahulGandhiwillbe defending his Wayanad Lok Sabha seat and hence he will be making quick trips across the state. Rahul, who is expect- ed to arrive on Tuesday, will be filing his nomi- nation after a roadshow. The star campaigner this time is expected to be Sonia Gandhi who did not campaign in the state during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. According to sources, Sonia might be coming this time and is expected to campaign at Wayanad, Kannur, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram. Priyanka Gandhi is also lined up for a whirl- wind trip to several con- stituencies. With regards to the CPI-M, Yechuri, former general secretary Prakash Karat, and his wife Brinda Karat would be the national leaders who will be campaign- ing in the state, which is considered as their last bastion. Kerala goes to the polls on April 26 to elect 20 LS members I.N.D.I.A.blocrallynot person-specific:Cong ‘Loktantra Bachao Rally’ PTI New Delhi The Congress asserted on SaturdaythattheI.N.D.I.A. Opposition bloc’s “Lok- tantra Bachao Rally” that will be held at the Ramlila Maidan here is not aimed at protecting a person but at saving the Constitution and democracy. The opposition party said a “strong message” will be sent out from the rally on Sunday to Lok Kalyan Marg (where the prime minister’s resi- dence is located) that the BJP-led govt’s “time is up”. Addressing a press conference on the rally, Congress general secre- tary Jairam Ramesh said party chief Mallikarjun Kharge and former party chief Rahul Gandhi will address the rally, among other senior leaders. “It is not a person- specific rally. That is why it is called Loktan- tra Bachao Rally. This is not one party’s rally, about 27-28 parties are involved in it. All con- stituents of the I.N.D.I.A. jan bandhan will be taking part in the rally,” Ramesh said. His remarks assume significance in view of AAP leaders pitching the rally as being spe- cific to protesting against the arrest of Del- hi Chief MinisterArvind Kejriwal by the ED. Congwillusherin'RozgarKranti':Kharge PTI New Delhi The Congress will usher in a ‘Rozgar Kranti’ by taking concrete steps to increase employment op- portunities, enable entre- preneurship and realise the aspirations of the youth, party chief Mall- ikarjun Kharge said on Saturday. He said the Congress guarantees that the future of youth will turn from bleak to bright and reiterated the ‘Yuva Nyay’ guarantees which the party would imple- ment if voted to power. In a post on X, he said, “The Congress party will usher in a ‘Rozgar Kran- ti (employment revolu- tion)’throughYuva Nyay guarantee! We will take concrete measures to in- crease employment op- portunities, enable entre- preneurship and realise the dreams and aspira- tions of our youth.” Kharge listed the guar- antees given by his par- ty under its ‘Yuva Nyay’ pitch. Under the ‘Bharti Bharosa’ guarantee, the Congress chief said, his party would provide 30 lakh new Union govt jobs, according to a jobs calendar. ‘Yuva Nyay’ Guarantees for Youth Empowerment PRIYANKA SLAMS GOVT OVER ‘RISING DEBT' GHAR WAPSI OF THREE RAJ CONG LEADERS CONG ROLLS OUT TOP 27 STAR CAMPAIGNERS Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed the BJP-led Centre on Saturday over its proposal to borrow more than Rs 14 trillion, asking why is the government “drowning the people in debt” when instead of relief being provided to them, the “burden of unemploy- ment, inflation and economic crisis” is increasing. In a post in Hindi on X, Gandhi said: “The finance ministry stated that the government is going to borrow more than Rs 14 trillion in the current financial year. Why?”In the 67 years since independence till 2014, the country’s total debt was Rs 55 trillion, the Congress general secretary said. Jaipur: Former Minister in Ashok Gehlot govt Virendra Beniwal, who contested independent elections from Lunkaransar constituency Om Bishnoi, a former member of Raj Pradesh Congress, who contested independent elections from the Sadulshahar constitu- ency along with former Zila Pramukh Manju Meghwal, have joined the Congress party in Jaipur on Saturday. Srinagar: The INC released a list of 27 star campaigners on Saturday for Jammu and Kashmir, including party president Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, among others.These leaders will campaign for the party candidates in Jammu and Kashmir during the Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held in five phases. Police CAPF conduct flag marches in several districts of Kashmir PTI Srinagar Security forces conduct- ed flag marches across the Kashmir Valley on Saturday to instil a sense of security and confi- dence among the voters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, officials said. Of the three Lok Sabha seats in Kashmir, Anant- nag-Rajouri will go to polls on May 7, Srinagar on May 13 and Baram- ulla on May 20. The marches were conducted by the district police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in vari- ous districts, including Ganderbal, Baramulla, Pulwama, Kulgam, Sopore, Shopian, Bandi- pora and Budgam, offi- cials said. Nehwallashesoutatanti-woman remarksbyCongressleader PTI Bengaluru Star shuttler Saina Ne- hwal on Saturday lashed out at Shamanur Shivashankarappa, veter- an Congress leader from the state, for making “sex- ist jibe” at Gayatri Sid- deshwara, a BJP candi- date from the Davangere constituency. Shivashankarappa, a 92-year-old sitting MLA from Davangere South, had said that Gayatri, wife of former Union Minister and in- cumbent MP Siddesh- wara GM, “belonged to the kitchen”. Taking exception to his remark,Nehwalpostedon her X account: “Women should be restricted to the kitchen – this is what a top Karnataka leader Shama- nur Shivashankarappa ji has said. The sexist jibe at @bjp4india candidate fromDavanagere,Gayatri Siddeshwara ji is least ex- pected from a party that says Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon.” She said such misogy- nisticremarkswereupset- ting when women in the country are aspiring to leave their mark in every field. “When I won med- als for Bharat on the play field what would Con- gress party have pre- ferred, I should have done? Why say like that when all the girls and women dream of achiev- ing big in any field. Mukhtar Ansari laid to rest, chaos during burial rites Agencies Lucknow Gangster-turned-politi- cian Mukhtar Ansari was laid to rest at his ancestral Kali Bagh graveyard in Ghazipur of Uttar Pradesh state on Satur- day. His body was brought to his hometown late Friday following the postmortem examination at Rani Durgavati Medi- cal College in Banda dis- trict. The Ansari family designated the family graveyard in Moham- madabad’s Kali Bagh as the final resting place for the dead criminal. Ahead of the funeral, security was beefed up outsideAnsari’s residence in Mohammadabad as his supporters gathered in large numbers and chanted slogans. NCP leader Nawab Malik hospitalised Agencies Mumbai Senior Nationalist Con- gress Party (NCP) lead- er and former minister Nawab Malik has been hospitalised in the Mumabi's City Hospital after he complained about breathing prob- lems on Saturday. His daughter and par- ty spokesperson con- firmed that Malik was taken to the hospital and has been kept under medical observation. Lok Sabha Polls Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sonia Gandhi. Mallikarjun Kharge Arvinder Singh Lovely Jairam Ramesh during a press conference. EX-UNION HOME MINISTER CONG VETERAN SHIVRAJ PATIL'S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW JOINS BJP PM TO ADDRESS MEGA RALLY IN MEERUT CONG MLA KAMLESH SHAH JOINS BJP Mumbai: Archana Patil, the daughter-in-law of senior Congress leader and former Union home minister Shivraj Patil joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Satur- day ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Shivraj Patil, who hails from Latur in Marath- wada region of Maharashtra, was Union home minister during the UPA-I government, but stepped down in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Prior to that, he had also served as the Lok Sabha Speaker. Meerut: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kick-start his Lok Sabha elec- tion campaign in Uttar Pradesh. According to sources, apart from Arun Govil, Rashtriya Lok Dal president Jayant Chaud- hary, who recently joined the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, will share the dais with the Prime Minister. Bhopal: In a big setback to the Congress ahead of the LS polls, its three- term MLA from Amarwara Kamlesh Shah, on Friday joined the ruling BJP. NCP FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST BJP AND SHIV SENA FOR POLL VIOLATIONS Mumbai: The Sharad Pawar camp on Sat- urday said it has filed a complaint with the EC against the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena for violating the Representation of the People Act and poll code by publishing the names of individ- uals from other parties as their star campaigners. The NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar) is part of the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maha, also comprising Shiv Sena (UBT) Congress. CPI (ML) LIBERATION PICKS FOR BIHAR, JHARKHAND SEATS Patna: The Communist Party of India (Marx- ist–Leninist) Liberation CPI(ML) Liberation, an ally of the Mahagath- bandhan in Bihar, on Saturday nominated two sitting MLAs and a former legislator for the Lok Sabha polls. Su- dama Prasad, the party’s MLA from the Tarari as- sembly seat, will contest for the Arrah Lok Sabha constituency. CPI(ML) Liberation’s former MLA Rajaram Singh will be the Mahagathbandhan nominee from the Kara- kat Lok Sabha seat. KARNATAKA BJP LEADER TEJASWINI GOWDA JOINS CONGRESS AHEAD OF LOK SABHA POLLS AAP EXPECTS OVER ONE LAKH PEOPLE FROM PUNJAB TO PARTICIPATE IN DELHI RALLY New Delhi: Days after resigning as an MLC in Karnataka, the BJP’s Tejaswini Gowda joined the Cong on Saturday alleged that the saffron party does not believe in constitutional democratic values. Gowda, who was a Congress MP between 2004 2009, crossed over to the BJP in 2014. Chandigarh: AAP is expecting more than one lakh people from Punjab to participate in the I.N.D.I.A. bloc’s rally in Delhi on Sunday, said a senior party leader on Saturday. The opposition I.N.D.I.A. bloc will hold a ‘Maharally’ at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on March 31 to “safeguard” the country’s interests. VOTE FOR INDIA BLOC IF YOU WANT DEMOCRACY: STALIN Dharmapuri: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin has called on people here to vote for the INDIA bloc if they want democracy and social justice to prevail in the country.”Will you do it? Are you ready to vote for I.N.D.I.A. (bloc)?” he asked while addressing an election rally here. AAP REVEALS BJP- TDP LINK IN LIQUOR POLICY CASE Aam Aadmi Party has alleged a connection between witnesses in the Delhi liquor policy case and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).AAP leaders challenged the ED to initiate an investigation into this alleged connec- tion, questioning the agency's independence. Saina Nehwal PTI Raipur Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, senior leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are among the opposition party's 40 star campaigners for the Lok Sabha polls in Chhattisgarh. The list of star cam- paigners was sharedon Saturday by the state unit of the Congress. Others on the list in- clude the party's state in charge Sachin Pilot, Rajani Patil and three chiefministers,namely Siddaramaiah (Karna- taka), Sukhvinder Sin- gh Sukhu (Himachal Pradesh) and Revanth Reddy (Telangana). Congress releases list of 40 star campaigners for Chhattisgarh
  • 7. INDIA 06 Jaipur, Sunday | March 31, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia STOCK MARKET WATCH NEW YEAR, NEW ENTHUSIASM AND HOPE FOR NEW HEIGHTS fter the an- nouncement of Lok Sabha and along with it assembly elections of five states, the faltering stock market is now expecting excite- ment and heights from the new financial year. From the first day of the finan- cial year starting this Monday itself, it is be- lieved that the market trend will be positive and the index will start mov- ing towards new heights from its current level. If we talk about the strength of the Indian economy, there is no doubt that the govern- ment is determined to make India the third eco- nomic power in the world and efforts are being made in this direction and results are also coming. This single reason will become the focal point of bullishness in the times to come and the foreign in- stitutional investors who are staying away from the Indian stock markets will definitely return to the market, albeit at expen- sive prices, but consider- ing the future prospects. However, investors should always keep in mind that with every rise in the market comes prof- it making and investors shouldnotmisstheoppor- tunity to make profits in- stead of building a mar- riage-like relationship with their invested shares. The period of decline in the market in the initial weeks of last month has only strengthened the market, experts also be- lieve that barring excep- tions,thereisahiddenrise behind every decline, in such a situation investors have confidence in their selected investments. There has been an im- proving trend in the Indi- an stock markets again last week. According to the data, last week the BSE index improved by 819.41 points and closed at 73651.35, while the NSE Nifty index also in- creased by 230.15 points and closed at 22326.90. The special thing is that the midcap and smallcap indices also kept pace with the basic index, but their improvement was comparatively more, which is pointing towards the future of this sector. Talking about the bul- lion market, this week gold prices improved by Rs 1700 per 10 grams, while silver prices in- creased by Rs 500 per kg and the price of gold was Rs 69,500 per ten grams and silver was Rs 76,600 per kg. Traders say that bullion business is ex- pected to improve this week also. Regarding the market trend this week, traders say that companies with strong fundamentals are safer from the point of view of long-term invest- ment,butinvestorsshould also invest in these in pieces, so that if there is a decline in the market due to any reason, new invest- ment can be made. Accordingtothechoice of businessmen, from the point of view of new in- vestment, Reliance Indus- tries, Tata Motors, Adani Ports, Ambuja Cement, Jio Finance, JK Tyres, Hindustan Aeronautics, BHEL etc. can be consid- ered as safe investments, but in this financial year it also it is believed that this time the growth in the stock market index will not be equal to last year’s 30 percent, but the in- crease in the prices of a particular share can be anything.BhartiHexacom Ltd. is in the main board this week and its IPO will be available to investors. This IPO of the company is the first of the financial year and the largest of this calendar year. (This is the personal opin- ion of the author. The author, his family members and acquaintances may have investments in the companies mentioned in the article.) A Vimal Kothari Associate Editor, First India News Senior Journalist 168 roads, including three National Highways closed as snow, rains lash parts of Himachal Pradesh Western Disturbances IT'SSNOWINGAGAIN! A view of the snow-covered area during fresh snowfall at the Atal Tunnel in Rohtang on Saturday. ANI A snow-covered area during snowfall at Solang Nala, in Manali, Saturday. PTI A Vehicle moves through a snow-covered road after fresh snowfall at Koksar village, in Lahaul and Spiti on Saturday. ANI PTI Shimla Higher reaches and tribal areas received fresh spell of snow while low and middle hills were lashed by intermittent hail and rains on Saturday as the local MeT office predicted wet spell in Himachal Pradesh till April 4. Traffic came to a halt at the Atal Tunnel in Rohtang near Manali following heavy snow. Kalpa and Kukumseri re- ceived 5 cm of snow followed by Keylong with 3 cm of snow in the past 24 hours. Agencies New Delhi MicrosoftCo-founderand billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Saturday said that technologies like digital public infrastruc- ture (DPI) that are created in India can be transform- ative for the world. A day after having a candid conversation with PM Modi on an array of topics ranging from AI to healthcare and climate change, Gates said the technology is bridging the digital divide for millions of people in the country. During my visit to In- dia, I saw how AI and DPI are improving ac- cess to education, health- care, and lives of small farmers, and how these technologies can be transformative for the world, Gates said. DPIs like Unified Pay- ments Interface (UPI) and Aadhaar are poised to propel India towards a $8 trillion economy by 2030, helping the country achieve a $1 trillion digi- tal economy target. PTI New Delhi Aday after rescuing a hi- jacked Iranian fishing vessel and its 23-member Pakistani crew under an anti-piracy operation at sea, the Indian Navy on Saturday said the nine surrendered pirates are being brought to India for further legal action. The legal action will be taken against them un- der the Maritime Anti- Piracy Act, 2022. The Indian Navy’s spe- cialist teams have com- pleted sanitisation and seaworthiness checks of fishing vessel Al-Kam- bar, as per statement. “The crew, comprising Pakistani nationals, were given a thorough medical checkup prior to clearing the boat to continue with her fishing,” it said. Navy Day After Rescuing Iranian Vessel 9 pirates being brought to India to face legal action The Indian Navy capture 9 armed pirates rescued 23 Pakistani nationals from them during a daring 12-hour-long operation. Bill Gates ANI “Made in India techcanbe transformative forworld” ‘RangpanchamiGer’Celebrations The traditional festival of Rangpanchami Ger was celebrated in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district on Saturday. The festival is celebrated on the fifth day after Holi people put colours to each other on the occasion. ANI Congressstillarrogant,itisnotabovelaw:Thakur PTI Jammu Defending the issuance of fresh notices by the I-T department to the Con- gress, Union minister Anurag Thakur on Satur- day lashed out at Con- gress for its “arrogance” and said the party is not above law. Thakur claimed the Congress changed its name from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) to hide its corruption. “Congress is still arrogant due to its six- decade rule. If other political parties are hon- ouring IT laws, why not Congress,” he said. I-T NOTICE TO CONGRESS IS WARNING TO ALL POLITICAL PARTIES, SAYS P CHIDAMBARAM Pudukottai: The Income Tax department's notice to the Congress, imposing a penalty of `135 crore, was a warning to all political parties in the country and the public too, of the BJP's intention to destroy the parties, former union minister P Chidambaram alleged on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Congress on Friday received fresh notices from the income-tax department, asking it to pay another `1,823.08 crore. The BJP government imposed a fine of `135 crore on the Congress party though the saffron party obtained Rs 8,250 crore through electoral bonds. This is a warning to the political parties and people that the BJP wants to destroy all the parties, Chidambaram told reporters here. Through the move, the BJP hoped to remain as the only party in the country, he said. It's agenda of 'One nation, One election' is nothing but 'One country, One party.'s PAKISTANIS RAISE ‘INDIA ZINDABAD’ SLOGAN AFTER BEING RESCUED BY INDIAN NAVY New Delhi As many as 23 Pakistani nationals res- cued by the Indian Navy from Somali pirates after a daring operation in the Arabian Sea on March 29 thanked India and raised slogans of ‘India Zindabad’. The Pakistani crew of the rescued Iranian flagged fishing vessel could be seen raising India Zindabad slogans in the Arabian Sea after they were freed from the pirates. The Indian Navy remains committed to ensuring maritime security in the region and safety of seafarers, irrespective of nationalities, according to the statement. FILE
  • 8. Jaipur, Sunday | March 31, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia 07 EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY DIRECTOR PRAISES ISRO “What India accomplishing in space is astonishing” ANI Paris irector General of European Space Agency (ESA), JosefAschbacher, heaped praise on the In- dian Space Research Or- ganisation (ISRO) for its recent successful launch- es and said that India’s accomplishmentsinspace and especially in lunar ex- ploration is ‘astonishing’. Aschbacher posted an appreciation post on X, after ESA hosted its 323rd Council meeting in Paris which was attended by the ISRO Chairman, S Somanath. The European scientist also underscored that the significance of strength- ening ties and deepening cooperation with interna- tional partners cannot be underestimated. “What India is accom- plishing in space – espe- cially in Lunar explora- tion – is astonishing. We hosted ISRO’s Chair- man, Dr. S. Somanath at ESA Council today. It was a milestone occasion for Delegates to learn more about current and future plans for ESA- ISRO cooperation,” he posted on X. “The strategic impor- tance of strengthening ties and deepening coop- eration with international partners cannot be under- estimated,” he added. Additionally,Astronaut Thomas Pesquet also sharedaboutmeetingwith the ISRO chairman and the ESADirector and said thatthetheywitnesseden- thusiastic exchanges be- tween the two leaders. ISRO Chairman, S Somanath (C) with ESA Director General, Josef Aschbacher (L) and Astronaut Thomas Pesquet (R). European Space Agency (ESA), Member States met in Paris, France, for the 323rd session of the ESA Council on March 26 and 27, 2024. D ANI Geneva United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) central spokesperson, Sardar Nasir Aziz Khan, highlighted human rights violations in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. He urged the United Nations to intervene and ask Pa- kistan to fulfill its inter- national obligations and respect human rights. He made the remarks at a side event organised on the sidelines of the ongo- ing 55th session of the United Nations Human RightsCouncil.Khanem- phasised that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK have been facing dif- ficulties since the illegal occupation of Pakistan. He said that the people of PoK have never been granted the rights they deserve as successive governments in Islama- bad have continued to treat them unfairly. First India Bureau New Delhi Russian Ambassador to India, Denis Alipov, said on Saturday that his country is committed to fighting terrorism togeth- er with India and other nations, as he highlighted the strong statement of support from Prime Min- ister Narendra Modi. The remarks came af- ter a dastardly terror at- tack near Moscow on March 22 left more than 140 people dead and sev- eral injured as terrorists, reportedly dressed in camouflage uniforms, stormed the Crocus City Hall, opening fire and setting off explosives. “Russia is committed to decisively fight the menace of terrorism to- gether with India and other countries bilateral- ly and multilaterally,” Ambassador Alipov said in a post on X. “Strong statements of support to Russia and re- jection of terrorism in all manifestations were made by Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leaders of political par- ties, ministers, senior of- ficials and public activ- ists,” he added. Agencies Near Jenin Israeli forces shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian boy during a raid in the occupied West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported on Saturday, an incident which the Israeli military said was under review. There were confronta- tions with Israeli forces at the town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin city, during a pre-dawn military raid there, the Wafa report said. The Israeli military said a number of Palestin- ian gunmen had shot at its troops, who returned fire. A report was later re- ceived regarding a Pales- tinian minor who was killed, the military said. “The circumstances of the incident are under re- view,” it said in a state- ment to Reuters. Agencies Kyiv Massive Russian missile and drone attacks hit thermal and hydro pow- er plants in central and western Ukraine over- night, officials said on Friday, in the latest bar- rage targeting the coun- try's already damaged power infrastructure. Kaniv hydropower plant was among the tar- gets along with Dnister plant, which is located on the Dnister River, flowing through neigh- bouring Moldova, Presi- dent Volodymyr Zelens- kiy said. The terrorist state of Russia wishes to repeat the ecological disaster in the Kherson region following Russia’s de- struction of the Kakhov- ka HPP (blown up by Russian forces last year). This time, not only Ukraine but also Moldova are at risk, he said on X. Last week, Russia also hit Ukraine's largest dam, the DniproHES in the southern Zapor- izhzhia region, eight times during a massive overnight attack. ANI New Delhi The Indian Embassy in Cambodia has been promptly responding to complaints from Indian nationals who were “lured” with employment opportunities in Cambo- dia but were forced to un- dertake illegal cyber work, the Ministry of Ex- ternal Affairs (MEA) has said on Saturday. The MEA said it has rescued and repatriated 250 Indians, 75 of which were in the past 3 months. MEA official Randhir Jaiswal stated, “Our Em- bassy in Cambodia has beenpromptlyresponding to complaints from Indian nationals who were lured with employment oppor- tunities to that country but were forced to undertake illegal cyber work. Activist highlights human rights violations in PoK Russia calls for jointly combating terrorism with India, other nations Palestinian teen shot dead in Israeli West Bank raid Russian Ambassador to India, Denis Alipov FILE Mourners react next to the body of Palestinian teen Mutasem Kameel, 13, who was killed in an Israeli raid, during his funeral near Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Saturday. Rescued 250: MEA on Indians lured by fake job Russian drone, missile attacks damage power facilities: Ukraine Ukraine says Russia’s attacks threatening security At G20 Summit in India A police officer inspects a residential area heavily damaged during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the city of Kamianske, Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine. Worldleaderstoldmenot toletTrumpwin:JoeBiden PTI New York Making a forceful case for his re-election, US President Joe Biden has claimed that during his meetings with world leaders, including at the G20 summit in India, al- most every one of them told him not to let his pre- decessor Donald Trump win in 2024 as they feel it would put their democ- racies in danger. Former Presidents Ba- rack Obama and Bill Clinton also joined Biden on Thursday night in New York at the most lu- crative fundraiser of the 2024 campaign, warning fellow Democrats that Trump, a Republican, must be defeated. Trump says if he loses again again in Novem- ber, there will be a bloodbath. What the hell is with this guy? No, I'm I'm not no, I'm really serious. It concerns me the most, Biden said. And but whether it's the G20 meeting in in In- dia or whatever the meet- ing where there are other heads of state, I am not exaggerating when I say and I say it in front of the press without giving the names almost every one of the world leaders finds an excuse to get me alone for a moment, put their hand on my arm, and say, You can't let him win. My meaning his coun- try or her country my democracy is at stake. My democracy is at stake, he said. India hosted the G20 Summit in New Delhi for the first time from Sep- tember 9-10. President Joe Biden, right, and former president Barack Obama participate in a fundraising event, in New York City. US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN'S ELECTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES AD TARGETING NIKKY HALEY VOTERS New Delhi: US President Joe Biden's reelection campaign has launched a digital advertisement aimed at supporters of Indian-American Nikki Haley, who dropped out of the race for the Republi- can presidential nomination, part of a broader effort by Biden’s team to win over Republicans who may be disinclined to vote for Donald Trump. The Biden campaign, which is spending more than USD 1 million on the ad across digital platforms, will run the spot for 3 weeks in battleground states, campaign officials said. MayankYadavshinesondebutasGiantsbeatPunjabKingsby21runs LucknowSuperGiantsscore season’s1stwin,beatKings First India Bureau New Delhi Riding on impressive knocks from Quinton de Kock (54), Krunal Pan- dya (43*) and Nicholas Pooran (42) powered Lucknow Super Giants to 199/8 in 20 overs. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals but there was a batter at one end who kept going and helped Lucknow post a formidable total at their home ground. Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow opened PBKS’ daunting 200-run chase against LSG in Lucknow on Saturday. A half-century from Quinton de Kock and quickfire cameos from Krunal Pandya and stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran led LSG to 199 for eight against PBKS after a top-order wobble. KL Rahul and Devdutt Padikkal fell cheaply af- ter Lucknow Super Gi- ants opted to bat against Shikhar Dhawan-led Punjab Kings in the IPL. Lucknow Super Giants’ players celebrate the wicket of Punjab Kings’ Prabhsimran Singh during the IPL match between Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings in Lucknow, Saturday. Punjab Kings’ captain Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow run between the wickets during the IPL match in Lucknow on Saturday. Lucknow Super Giants’ Marcus Stoinis gets clean bowled by Punjab Kings’ Rahul Chahar at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Saturday. In IPL clash Lucknow Super Giants’ Quinton de Kock celebrates his half century.
  • 9. First India Bureau Jaipur Deputy CM Diya Kumari on Saturday took meeting ofthepartyleadersofVid- hyadhar Nagar assembly constituency for the Lok Sabha election on Jaipur seat. Party office bearers, mandal presidents, coun- cilors, morcha presidents and ward presidents from Vidhyadhar Nagar attend- ed meeting in Diya Ku- mari’s civil lines office. Theyresolvedtoensure victory of Lok Sabha can- didate Manju Sharma from Jaipur city with his- toricvotes.Inthemeeting, state spox and office in- charge Mukesh Pareek, ex- MLA Biru Rathore, JMCG’s Dy Mayor Puneet Karnavat and oth- ers were present. SPEAKER’S INITIATIVE Flowers bloom in State Assembly First India Bureau Jaipur n a directive from the Speak- er of the Ra- jasthan Legislative As- sembly, Vasudev Devna- ni, various seasonal plants have been planted in the Assembly Garden. With the onset of spring, flow- ers of various varieties are bloomingonplantsingar- den,captivatingtheminds of onlookers effortlessly. Spread across approxi- mately two hectares sur- roundingAssemblybuild- ing, more than 50 species of plants have been plant- ed in the garden. Each plant in the garden yields up to 50 flowers at once. For the first time in the floral garden of the As- sembly, numerous sea- sonal plants including gladiolus,hollyhocks,and star flakes, along with lil- ies, have been planted. The museum built within the Assembly premises attracts school and college students from the city as well as domes- tic and international tour- ists free of cost. Vasudev Devnani in the garden of the Raj Assembly on Saturday. Variety of flowers bloomed in State Assembly garden. I 08 Pay close attention to your acts, words and thoughts to constructive your ends and goals to what you want. Dr JAGDEESH CHANDRA, CMD Editor-in-Chief THOUGHT OF THE DAY Postal Reg No. JPC/004/2022-24 Jaipur, Sunday | March 31, 2024 www.firstindia.co.in firstindia.co.in/epapers/jaipur thefirstindia thefirstindia thefirstindia CMSharma:Gurjarcommunityhas alwaysfulfilleditsresponsibilities Aishwary Pradhan Jaipur A ‘Holi milan’ ceremony of Gurjar community was organised at BirlaAudito- riuminJaipuronSaturday wherein Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma at- tended as Chief Guest. Addressing the function, CM Sharma said, “Gurjar community has always fulfilled its responsibili- ties. Worked to enhance the cultural heritage of Giriraj Dharan. Gurjar community has shown its courage from time to time. Mothers of Gurjar community have always set example.” Chief Minister Bhajan Lal mentioned Pannad- hay’s devotion to Mewar and said, “A society that protects cows, brahmins and saints, I had the privi- lege of seeing such a soci- ety, I am grateful for it. The society always raised its voice against atrocities and injustice. Gurjar com- munity has fulfilled the duty of a good citizen and devoted itself to the de- fense of cultural values. We are all celebrating HoliMilanofGurjarcom- munity so that the coming generation understands our culture.” The Chief Minister mentioned the announce- ments of the new budget. Jaipur hosts Gurjar community event; CM lauds cultural contributions Holi Milan CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, Dy CM PC Bairwa, Jawahar Singh Bedham along with leaders of Gurjar community during Holi Sneh-Milan Samaroh of Gurjars at the Birla auditorium in Jaipur on Saturday. CM Bhajan Lal Sharma greets Governor Kalraj Mishra during the Rajasthan Diwas celebration at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur on Saturday. BEDHAM TERMS CM SHARMA AS ‘Pt. BHAJAN LAL GURJAR’ IN RESPONSE TO ‘Pt. JAWAHAR SINGH’ Diya Kumari reviews BJP preps for LS Polls in Jpr Diya Kumari, Manju Sharma during the meeting in Jaipur on Saturday. Former CM Raje included in BJP LS-Poll manifesto committee First India Bureau Jaipur For the Lok Sabha elec- tions of 2024, the Na- tional President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, JP Nadda, has formed an E l e c t i o n Manifesto Committee. Senior lead- er Rajnath Singh has been appointed as the head of this committee, with former Chief Minis- ter Vasundhara Raje also finding a place in the list. Additionally, Bhu- pendra Yadav and Arjun Ram Meghwal from Ra- jasthan have been includ- ed as members. Inclusion of Raje is be- ing seen as a signal of her political weight and con- tinued significance in the party.Raje was not seen active till the last few days but nowadays she has become active and is on a tour of Jhalawar. On Saturday, she brain- stormed with the party workers at Prithvi vilas kothi and also conducted one to one dialogue with councillors of nagar pa- likas. Raje also took feedback from party of- ficials and workers. Schemes by PM Modi govt aims at welfare of villages, poor: Om Birla Gajendra Singh Shekhawat files nomination First India Bureau Bundi In the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, BJP can- didate Om Birla from Kota-Bundi constituency emphasized that every scheme by PM Modi tar- gets the welfare of villag- es and the poor. Over the past decade, the Modi govt has introduced schemes for every sector. Engaging with the common people across various regions like Baldevpura, Kotri, Ghat Ka Barana, Jhapayta, Da- hekhedi,Noutada,Laxmi- pura, Raibarpura, Pach- hipala, Dangaheri, Bud- hel, Maliyon Ki Badiyan, Uttarana, Kankra, Chamawli, Kankra Bair- wa Basti, Kvari Sati, Lakheri Bypass, Ramd- han Chauraha, Balapura, Bhandgwar, Papdi, and Badakheda, Birla ap- pealed to the masses. Rajiv Gaur and Shivprakash Purohit Jodhpur BJP candidate from Jodhpur and Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat filed his nomination today. A road show was also or- ganized in which CM Bhajan Lal Sharma ad- dressed public. Cabinet minister Joga- ram Patel, MLA Atul Bhansali, advocate Nathu Singh Bhati and Shekha- wat’s daughter were with him while filing nomina- tion. After nomination, Bhajan Lal Sharma in- tensified attack on Con- gress. He said Narendra Modi will become the PM of the country once again and the party will win all 25 seats. Om Birla alongwith his supporters during the public connect campaign in Bundi district on Saturday. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat filing his nomination in Jodhpur on Saturday in presence of CM Bhajan Lal Sharma and others. SHEKHAWATFILESPAPERS WITHINCREASEDASSETS BJP candidate from Jodhpur Lok Sabha Gajendra Singh Shekhawat filed his nomination on Saturday. In his affidavit he has revealed having 4.13 lakh cash along with 3.79 lakh rupees cash with his wife. In the last election, he had mentioned his annual income to be 9.18 lakh rupees, and now after five years, his income has increased to 11.10 LPA. Meanwhile, his wife’s income has increased from 8.31 lakh per Anjum in 2019 to 15.37 lakhs now. By Tridib Raman The author is a journalist and political commentator and views expressed are his personal FIRST INDIA SUNDAY SPECIAL Mirch Masala CAN PRESIDENT’S RULE BE IMPOSED IN DELHI AMID KEJRIWAL’S ARREST? he current situation in Delhi is giving rise to a new tale of politi- cal chaos, while Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is helpless in ED custody. There is restlessness, murmurings among AAP, there is a struggle to identify new leader, but who should be the new face in place of Kejriwal? At present, even specula- tions on this matter are at a stand- still. Delhi has seen many eras of different sultanates, has seen rebellions, wars and has seen a fierce struggle for the throne, but the people who have seen all this are still silent. Perhaps his silence is waiting for right time and right opportunity. As recently, a PIL was filed in Delhi HC saying that ‘If Kejriwal issues any order while in ED custody, it will be a violation of the oath taken by him for Constitution.’ Along with this, another peti- tion was also filed. A petition was also filed in which there was a demand to remove Kejriwal from the post of Delhi CM, on this HC rejected both the petitions. At the same time, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is bluntly saying that ‘Kejriwal cannot run the govt from jail.’ Sources associated with the central govt reveal that President’s rule may be imposed in Delhi. T he arguments presented by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi in various courts in the latest ED case against Kejriwal are being praised everywhere in the legal world. Kejriwal’s acquaintance with Ab- hishek Manu is also very old. This is the reason why Kejriwal wanted to send Abhishek Manu Singhvi to Rajya Sabha from AAP for a long time. Last time he had almost finalized Singhvi’s name for Rajya Sabha from Delhi. But Anita Singh, wife of jailed Sanjay Singh, met Kejriwal and persuaded him to get the Rajya Sabha seat for her husband again. It is said that after this, Kejriwal asked Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann whether Singhvi can be sent to the Rajya Sabha from there. Mann, show- ing political shrewdness, said that except one, all his Rajya Sabha MPs are from Punjab and if he wants to send an outsid- er in place of an outsider, then he has no objection. Kejriwal had understood that Mann was referring to Raghav Chadha, with whom he was not on the same page. T f sources are to be believed, Arvind Kejri- wal’s ‘blue eyed boy’ Raghav Chadha has sent a message to his ‘mentor’ AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal that due to his health reasons he cannot come to India for 4 months. ED’s eyes have turned towards fresh-faced Kailash Gehlot and sources claim that Raghav’s number was also going to come in this list soon. Sources also reveal that Ra- ghav has made inroads into BJP through his wife’s el- der sister Priyanka Chopra. So, no one should be surprised if in the coming days their loyalties and intentions get saffron colored coating. Recently, while in London, Raghav had a meaningful meeting with Britain’s first Sikh woman MP Preet Kaur Gill. It should be noted that this is Preet Kaur Gill who is known for her pro- Khalistan image and anti-India sentiments. However, there was strong opposition to meeting of Raghav Gill on social media. Especially BJP supporters cursed Raghav for this. Now the question arises that why is Raghav changing color so much? Sources reveal that Raghav has strong disagreements with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann on many issues. If sources are to be believed, Mann did not want to give Rajya Sabha seat to Raghav from Punjab, but he had to bow down to Kejriwal’s insistence. BJP’s strategy is to strengthen itself in the Punjab assembly elections to be held in 2027. Recently, Ludhiana MP Ravneet S Bittu joined BJP. AAP’s Jalandhar MP Sushil Kumar Rinku has also joined BJP. Captain Amarinder’s wife Preneet Kaur has already joined BJP. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see how useful a young and popular face like Raghav Chaddha can be to Punjab. t one time it seemed that BJP’s old ally Shi- romani Akali Dal would return and join the NDA alliance. But there was no consensus between BJP and Akali Dal on some issues. Trusted sources say that Akali Dal put forward three major conditions which were not acceptable to BJP. It is said that the first condition of the Akali Dal was that Amritpal Singh, the fundamentalist leader of the pro- Khalistan ‘Waris Punjab De’ organisation, should be released. Condition number two is to release the rad- ical Khalistan supporters lodged in jails and condition number three is to allow pro-Khalistan Indian leaders living abroad, who are currently ‘blacklisted’ by India, to come to India. None of these conditions were acceptable to the BJP. Due to which the process of talks between the two parties broke down. I A ...AND FINALLY ongress is having to pay the price for its dereliction of duty. Due to delay in taking decisions, many important seats of the alliance are slipping from its hands. In Bihar, Pappu Yadav merged his ‘Jan Adhikar Party’ with Congress and presented his candidature from Purnia Lok Sabha, while Congress’s alliance partner RJD fielded Bima Bharti from JDU from there. Uddhav Thackeray hastily gave ticket to Amol Kirtikar from Mumbai North West, whereas Congress had claim on this seat, due to which she wanted to field Sanjay Nirupam from here. Later, Nirupam targeted Amol and called him ‘Khichdi Chor’. C RAGHAV, WHERE IS YOUR ATTENTION? WHY COULD BJP-AKALI ALLIANCE NOT HAPPEN? ARVIND KEJRIWAL’S CLOSENESS TO ABHISHEK SINGHVI TELEVISION’S ‘RAM’ ARUN GOVIL’S PATH IS DIFFICULT IN LS POLL rime Minister Narendra Modi has sounded the election trum- pet for LS Polls from Meerut in Western UP. In the rally to be called on Sunday, BJP candidate from Meerut and ‘Ram’ Arun Govil of the famous ‘Ramayan’ serial will also share the stage with the PM. RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary, who changed sides in recent times, will also grace the PM’s stage. It should be noted that this time BJP has canceled the ticket of three-time MP from Meerut, Rajendra Aggarwal and in his place has fielded Arun Govil, who belongs to his cognate Vaishya community. It should be noted that Rajendra Aggarwal had was fielded from Meerut Lok Sabha seat in 2009, 2014 and 2019. Considering that there are more than 5.5 lakh Muslim voters in Meerut, earlier opposition parties like BSP and SP had fielded their Muslim candidates in every election here. So, BJP always got the benefit of polariza- tion of votes here. But this time both SP and BSP parties have changed their game. While BSP has fielded Devvrat Tyagi, SP has fielded Bhanu Pratap Singh. There are also more than 3 lakh Dalit voters in Meerut who till now were included in core vote bank of BSP. There is also a large population of Vaishya community and in many ways their votes play a decisive role in deciding victory of a candidate, but it is believed that there is some anger among Vaishya community here due to the arrest of Kejriwal. P Jawahar Singh Bedham termed the CM ‘Pandit Bhajan Lal Gurjar’. As soon as he said this in Holi affection meeting ceremony of Gurjar community, the community members started applauding. Gurjar community was filled with enthusiasm and kept raising slogans. There is an interesting history regarding Bhajan Lal Jawahar Singh. When Bhajan Lal had gone to Kanawar village of Bharatpur, where a Holi affection meeting was held. Jawahar Singh was called to speak Bhajan Lal said in introduction, “Pandit Jawahar Singh boldly came on the stage delivered the address.” This was the rea- son why Jawahar Bedham gave the CM the likeness of Gurjar.
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