r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 WEATHER 0 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE 0 30.0 C.12.0 C. Sunrise: 07: 01 am Sunset: 06: 07 pm HUMIDITY Morning : 55 Evening : 28 VOL. 7 NO. 234 | BHOPAL BHOPAL | FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 9, 2018 | PAGES 14 www.freepressjournal.in | `3 NATION ‘MahabharaT’ over Modi’s ‘raMayan’ jibe aT renuka EDIT no scope for reducTion GLAM Thought for the day freak out! Think, what is the worst thing that can happen? If the possible consequence is of minimal significance, then have a cup of coffee and enjoy life! - master Choa Kok Sui The balancing acT No Padmaavat in MP as Cine Assn searches SHARMA, 85 OTHERS charged with irregularities in teachers’ recruitment for consensus VYAPAM SCAM PROBE Ex-min, OSD chargesheeted Our stAff repOrter & Agencies Bhopal/New Delhi Former Madhya Pradesh minister Laxmikant Sharma, his OSD and 85 others were on Thursday charged by the CBI for alleged cheating and corruption in the recruitment of GradeII contractual teachers through Vyapam in 2012, agency officials said. The chargesheet, filed in the Bhopal Special court, has named then controller of Madhya Pradesh Professional Ex- Sharma had appointed Trivedi as the controller of examination even when he was not in the list of shortlisted candidates for the crucial post Trivedi Through Mohindra allegedly returned the favour by manipulating marks of the candidates ensuring their selections in the service amination Board - also known as Vyapam Pankaj Trivedi; then principal system analyst in Vyapam Nitin Mohindra, 72 candidates, two other Vyapam officials and 11 middlemen, including Sharma, they said. A first for MP: Rajnish Jain is UGC secy Our stAff repOrter Indore Professor Rajnish Jain, a faculty of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), has been appointed as secretary of University Grants Commission (UGC) nearly oneand-a half-month after former Indore varsity vice chancellor Prof DP Singh was appointed chairman of the higher education regulator. Jain became the first person from Madhya Pradesh to make it to the coveted post and second person from DAVV after Singh, to be ap, pointed in the UGC. News Brief Rafale deal echoes in Lok Sabha again New delhi: The Rafale deal echoed in the Lok Sabha once again on Thursday, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claiming the Congress was ‘manufacturing’ allegations on the defence deal, leading to opposition protests and adjournment of the House and cutting short of his reply. Kangana on Manikarnika row Jaipur: Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut on Thursday said there was nothing controversial in her upcoming movie 'Manikarnika", adding that the controversy is being created just for the simple reason that a few people want to get famous. PM’s Pareeksha pe Charcha on Feb 16 New delhi: After authoring a book on the issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now address students' examination-related concerns in person on February 16 at Talkatora Stadium here where school students from across the country are expected. O P Shukla, the OSD of Sharma, then technical and higher education minister in the BJP government in the state, has been named as an accused in the chargesheet, the officials said. Mohindra and Trivedi allegedly helped in in- flating marks of the candidates appearing for the examination for the appointment of Grade-II contractual teachers, they said. The CBI has found that Sharma had appointed Trivedi as the controller of examination even when he was not in the list of shortlisted candidates for the crucial post, they said. Trivedi through Mohindra allegedly returned the favour by manipulating marks of the candidates ensuring their selections in the service, they said. CONTD. ON P10 No evidence against Uma Bharati C BI sources said that no evidence has been found against former chief minister and current Union minister Uma Bharati in the case. As per the charge-sheet, excel sheet retrieved from computer hard disc of accused Vyapam official Nitin Mohindra contained names of beneficiary candidates (accused candidates). The same sheet also mentioned names of middlemen or private persons who aided them in clearing the exam. CONTD. ON P10 Ex-Bangla PM Zia jailed for 5 years for corruption CONVICTED of embezzling $252,000 from orphanage trust Agencies Dhaka ‘I will be back, don't cry’ Khaleda Zia was on Thursday sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment for corruption, a body blow for the ex-Bangladeshi prime minister and main opposition leader who may be disqualified from contesting the next general elections in December. The 72-year-old three-time former prime minister was sentenced by Dhaka's Special Court in connection with the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about USD 250,000) in foreign dona- “There is no need to cry. I will be alright. You all wait, I will be back. Do not worry and be strong,” Khaleda said while trying to comfort her weeping relatives. Her elder sister, her sisters-in-law, younger brother, nephews and her lawyers accompanied Zia to the court. Zia's son Tarique Rahman was given 10 years in jail in the same case. tions meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her late husband Ziaur Rahman, a military rulerturned-politician. The verdict simultaneously sentenced Zia's "fugitive" elder son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP's) senior vice president Tarique Rahman as he was tried in absentia. Rahman and four others have been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Judge Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman, who delivering the judgement, said: "The case was proved beyond any doubt against the accused". RAM MANDIR-BABRI MASJID CASE Will deal with it as pure land dispute: SC REFUSES to hear it on day-to-day basis ‘Act against those talking of building Ayodhya temple’ The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Thursday demanded contempt of court proceedings against those speaking of building Ram temple at the site of the demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Agencies New Delhi The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will deal with the Ram MandirBabri Masjid case as a pure land dispute and refused to hear it on day-to-day basis. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S. Ab- dul Nazeer refused appellants’ plea for day to day hearing, saying “over 700 poor litigants are waiting for justice, we have to hear them”. Posting the next hearing for March 14, it asked parties in the case to file translated copies of the documents before it. The court was hearing a batch of cross petitions challenging 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that had divid- No proposal to ban junk food advt on television, says govt COMPANIES voluntarily stopped advts on children's channels Agencies New Delhi The government on Thursday said there is no proposal at present to ban advertisements of junk food on television, while nine major food business operators have decided not to advertise products with high fat on children's channels. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour that N ine major food business operators have decided not to advertise products with high fat, salt or sugar on children's channels n I&B MINIster bodies like the Food and Beverage Alliance of India (FBIA) have already decided to voluntarily restrict food and beverage advertisements concerning children. On whether the government proposes to impose a ban on telecast of junk food and cold/soft drinks advertisements on television, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani said in a written reply that "presently there is no such proposal". Nine major food business operators have decided not to advertise products with high fat, salt or sugar on children's channels, she said. ed the disputed Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi site between the Nirmohi Akhara, Lord Ram deity and the Sunni Waqf Board. The top court was moved challenging the High Court verdict by petitioners M. Siddiqui represented by his legal heirs, the Nirmohi Akhara, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, Bhagwan Shri Ram Virajman and All India Hindu Mahasabha's Swami Chakrapani. 10-yr-old girl 4th victim of leopard Agencies Chhindwara A ten-year-old girl was mauled to death by a leopard in the Tamai forest division area near here Wednesday night, the fourth such incident in the last 31 days, an official said on Thursday . “The big cat attacked Punam Salaam when she was playing alone outside her house in Khulsan village,” said area Deputy Ranger SS Mishra. The leopard had killed Kalpana (5), Harsh (10) in the Tamia forest division area on January 7 and Sawan (12) on January 9, he said. PG2 ‘Majority of 8-12-yr-old kids subject to online threats’ Agencies New Delhi Majority of the kids in the age bracket of 8-12 are subjected to online threats like cyber- bullying and video game addiction, says a survey across 29 countries including India. The joint report by DQ Institute and the World Economic Forum noted that over 50 per cent of the age bracket was susceptible to cyber-bullying, video game addiction, offline meetings, disinformation and online sexual grooming. most susceptible 50 PER CENT were susceptible to cyber-bullying, video game addiction and online sexual grooming 47 PER CENT were victimised through cyberbullying in the past year 32 HOURS per week is pent in front of digital screens by children for entertainment alone roblem is more acute in emerging economies, where internet adoption has been more rapid and less subject to appropriate safeguards by parents, industry or government P Notably the problem is , more acute in emerging economies, where “internet adoption has been more rapid and less subject to appropriate safeguards by parents, industry or government”. The study of 38,000 children noted that 47 per cent have been victimised through cyber-bullying in the past year. “Today’s youth make up an important part of our informed society they will be , tomorrow’s voters and our future leaders. Ensuring they are better equipped to face the challenges of hyper-connected life, earlier on, should be a societal priority said Cheryl Martin, ,” MD Head of Industries and Member of the Managing Board at the WEF. Children spend an average of 32 hours per week in front of digital screens for entertainment alone longer than the time they spend in school, it said. There is a positive association between screen time and exposure to cyber-bullying, video game addiction, offline meetings and online sexual behaviours, it said. “We must act quickly and take positive steps to help these children...especially in emerging countries. We need to work together to help our children outsmart cyberrisks and become successful and responsible digital citizens who maximise their potential and minimise cyberrisks,” said Yuhyun Park, founder and CEO of DQ Institute, Singapore. Our stAff repOrter Indore The proposed release of controversial film Padmaavat was deferred on Thursday as Central Cine Circuit Association could not come to a consensus on the date of release. The film distributors and theatre owners had agreed to screen the film on Thursday following state government's assurance of adequate security cover. "We have cancelled the release of the movie for now. Decision on releasing the movie will be taken in a day or two," Basant Laddha, Director of Central Cine Circuit Association (CCCA), said. However, sources said that the issue of releasing the movie is pending at producers' level due to clash with Akshay Kumar starrer 'Pad Man.' A special show of the film was held for Karni Sena leaders and activists in Indore on Wednesday night. However, the organisation continued to object to the film alleging distortion of history. After watching the movie, MP Karni Sena incharge Raghu Parmar told reporters, "History has been distorted in the movie. CONTD. ON P10 BEATING OF BJP CORPORATORS After 17 years, SP, collector absolved of beating CM’s bro UMA had staged dharna against officials Our stAff repOrter Bhopal Former district administration officials have been absolved in the 17-year-old incident of merciless thrashing of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s brother Surjeet Singh Chouhan and a dozen BJP corporators. Surjeet Singh is presently the chairman of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation. A judicial commission of inquiry that was constituted to probe, what came to known as “Parshad Pitayee Kaand”, has given clean chit to the then collector and SP. In January 2000, when Congress party leader Digvijay Singh was the chief minister, a dispute broke out during the election of Bhopal Municipal Corporation chairman. The police had to intervene and the policemen mercilessly rained lathis on the corporators. They were admitted to Hamidia Hospital, some of them with multiple fractures. But their ordeal was not over. After some of them had a tiff with junior doctors on duty scores of them, , armed with sticks and iron rods, reached general ward, where they all were admitted, and beat them up black and blue. The second round of past-midnight thrashing NothiNg wroNg judicial commissioN had found nothing wrong in the use of force by the police in its report submitted in 2004. the goverNmeNt then constituted a cabinet subcommittee to vet the findings. the sub-committee has given a clean chit to all the administrative and police officials the report of the sub-committee was approved by the cabinet on thursday. left the corporators with more fractures, broken teeth and bloodied faces. Writhing in pain, they were shifted to other hospitals in police security . The BJP had made the two rounds of beatings a big issue. Uma Bharati, who was a union minister at that time, had staged a dharna demanding removal of the then collector S K Vashishtha. Chouhan was also at the forefront in attacking the government. A judicial probe was ordered into the incident. It was entrusted to a commission of enquiry headed by S K Dubey. The commission submitted its report in 2004. The government then constituted a cabinet sub-committee to vet the findings. CONTD. ON P10 Shopian firing: Major’s father moves SC for quashing of FIR WILL HURT army’s morale, says Major Aditya’s father Agencies New Delhi The father of Major Aditya Kumar, named in an FIR by Jammu and Kashmir Police in civilian killings during a firing incident, on Thursday moved the Supreme Court to quash the case because it will hurt the Army's morale in fighting terrorism in the state. Major Kumar and other soldiers of 10 Garhwal Rifles have been accused of opening fire and fatally injuring three civilians when a stone-pelting mob attacked an army convoy near Ganowpora village in Shopian district on January 27. The FIR would hurt the morale of Army personnel in discharging duty, Lt Col Karamveer Singh said in his plea filed through advocate Aishwarya Bhati. "The manner in which India ranks 44 out of 50 nations in global IP Index Agencies Washington India has increased 'substantially' its score in the International Intellectual Property (IP) Index, ranking 44th among 50 nations, but it needs to take additional and meaningful reforms to complement its policy, the US Chambers of Commerce said in a report. Despite improvement in the score, India continues to remain towards the bottom of the ladder. It now ranks 44 out of 50 countries. Last year, India ranked 43rd out of 45 countries in the Index. “India’s overall score has increased substantially from 25 per cent (8.75 out of 35) in the 5th edition of the Index to 30 per cent (12.03 out of 40) in the 6th edition,” according to the annual report prepared by the Global Innovation Policy Centre (GIPC) of the US Chambers of Commerce. India’s ranking, the report said, reflects a relatively strong performance substaNtial rise THE US tops the list with 37.98 points, followed by United Kingdom (37.97) and Sweden (37.03). LAST YEAR, India ranked 43rd out of 45 countries in the Index INDIA’S RANKING, the report said, reflects a relatively strong performance in the new indicators as well as positive reform efforts MEANINGFUL REFORMS are still needed to incentivize domestic innovation, attract foreign investors, and improve access to innovation in the new indicators as well as positive reform efforts on patentability of computer-implemented inventions (CIIs) and registration procedures for wellknown marks. The US tops the list with 37.98 points, followed by United Kingdom (37.97) and Sweden (37.03). The annual report notes that India in July 2017 issued 'Guidelines on the Examination of ComputerRelated Inventions' which significantly improved the patentability environment for technological innovations. the lodging of the FIR has been portrayed and projected by the political leadership and administrative higher-ups of the State, reflects the extremely hostile atmosphere in the state. "In these circumstances, the petitioner is left with no other viable option but to approach this Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India for protection of valuable Fundamental Rights of his son and himself, enshrined under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India," the plea said. Amid India snub, Maldives sends envoys to China and Pak Agencies Male/New Delhi Maldives’ embattled President Abdulla Yameen, under global scrutiny sent envoys to , ‘friendly’ China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them about the political crisis in his Indian Ocean atoll nation as India politely declined to host his Foreign Minister. A day after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called Maldivian crisis an “all-out assault on democracy”, Yameen refused to meet an EU delegation that arrived in the Maldives on•Thursday . Yameen sent his Economic Development Minister Mohamed Saeed to China, Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim to Pakistan and Farming and Fisheries Minister Mohamed Shainee to Saudi Arabia, his office said. The Maldivian Embassy in New Delhi said Foreign Minister Asim was scheduled to reach India on Thursday but the visit was cancelled at New Delhi’s request.