r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 27.6 C.13.6 C. Thought for the day Sri Ma Start working, you don't have much time: Rahul to Modi VOL. XXXIV NO. 242 | INDORE INDORE | MONDAY | FEBRUARY 12, 2018 | PAGES 14 | `3 EARLY POLL RULED OUT Weather changes dramatically with clouds covering the skyline OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal, Morena, Multai About four people died and five were injured when lightning struck in different parts of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. The weather changed dramatically in the morning with clouds covering the sky . Hailstorm coupled with rains and gusty winds lashed Bhopal, Betul, Sat- na, Multai, Chhindwara, Gwalior, Narsingpur, Dabara on Sunday. Hailstorm damaged standing rabi crops like wheat, grams, pea and masur. Two farmers, Baniya (25) and Chiddi (17) died and four others were injured after lightning struck. Baniya and Chiddi were irrigating their farm in Majra, Pilua village in Morena district. The injuredBharat and Dhruv - were admitted in Morena district hospital. All of them belong to Kushwaha community . Similarly, Dabara residents Indal Singh Jathav EDIT and Motiram died due lightning. Rampal Bundeja, Mangal Singh, Ghanshyam Kewat were injured. They have been admitted in district hospital. According to meteorological department, hailstorm coupled with gusty winds and rains occurred due to an upper air trough running from Assam to south-eastern parts of Bangladesh. Another upper air trough is seen extending from Lakshadweep to Karnataka coast. The western disturbance lies over northern parts of Pakistan and adjoining region. EC to SC: Bar people facing trial for serious offences from polls Pak activist Asma Jahangir dies of cardiac arrest said that it has actively taken steps to decriminalise politics and also made recommendations, but “any further steps to effectively decriminalise politics would require legislative amendments, which is beyond the scope” of the poll panel. It said people against whom charges have been framed by a court for offences punishable with at least five years, should be barred from contest- Asma Jahangir, Pakistan's renowned human rights lawyer, social activist and an outspoken critic of the country's powerful military establishment, died here on Sunday of cardiac arrest, her daughter said. Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights, Asma, 66, was the first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. “I am devastated @ loss of my mother Asma Jahangir. We shall B announcing date of funeral soon,” tweeted family members. AGENCIES New Delhi RUSSIAN PLANE CARRYING 71 PEOPLE CRASHES: A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from capital's Domodedovo airport. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has told the Supreme Court that it has proposed to the Centre to amend the law and bar people, accused of an offence punishable with at least five years, from contesting elections after charges were framed against them by a court. In an affidavit filed in the top court, the ECI ing polls if the cases were registered against them at least six months prior to the election. The matter is listed for hearing on Monday before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. The affidavit said that the ECI should be given the power to de-register political parties and be authorised to issue necessary orders regulating registration and deregistration of parties. ACTRESS WITH A DIFFERENCE www.freepressjournal.in Lightning kills 4 as rain, hailstorm lash MP NATION Maya is of one’s own making. What is there to save you from Maya? You will be saved from Maya only by knowledge. LAHORE GLAM Sunrise: 07: 00 Sunset: 06: 21 HUMIDITY Morning : 57 Evening : 43 Sunjuwan terror attack: 5 armymen, 1 civilian dead; 3 JeM men killed SUNJUWAN Security forces have neutralised three terrorists holed up in the Sunjuwan Army camp here, while six people, including five Army personnel, have been killed in the attack by suspected JeM militants, Army officials said on Sunday . A defence spokesperson in a statement said three terrorists had so far been killed in the ongoing operation. A group of heavily armed men struck the sprawling camp of the 36 brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry before dawn on Saturday. Five Army men, including two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs), were killed in the PG9 attack. SBI wrote off bad loans worth over Rs 20k cr last fiscal AGENCIES New Delhi The country’s largest lender SBI wrote off bad loans worth Rs 20,339 crore in 2016-17, the highest among all the public sector banks, which had a collective write off of Rs 81,683 crore for the fiscal. The data pertains to the period when the associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI) were not merged with it. Public sector banks' (PSBs) write-off stood at Rs 27,231 crore in 2012-13, government data showed. The figure has jumped nearly three-fold in five years. In 2013-14, the stateowned banks wrote off bad loans worth Rs 34,409 crore; Rs 49,018 crore in 2014-15; Rs 57,585 crore in 2015-16 and hitting Rs 81,683 in the fiscal ended March 2017. Besides SBI, Punjab National Bank had a write-off of Rs 9,205 crore in 2016-17, followed by Bank of India (Rs 7,346 crore), Canara Bank (Rs 5,545 crore) and Bank of Baroda (Rs 4,348 crore). In the current financial year, PSBs have written off loans worth Rs 53,625 crore in the six months to September. PTI 15 months after note ban, RBI still processing returned notes AGENCIES New Delhi The RBI has said that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, returned to banks when the government demonetised high value currency 15 months ago, are still being “processed for their arithmetical accuracy and genuineness”. This is being done in an ‘expedited manner’, the central bank said. “Spe- cific bank notes are being processed for their arithmetical accuracy and genuineness and the reconciliation for the same is ongoing. This information can, therefore, be shared on completion of the process and reconciliation,” the RBI said in reply to an RTI application filed by a PTI correspondent. To a query on the number of demonetised notes, it said, “...subject to future corrections if any, arising in the course of verification process, the estimated value of specified bank notes received as on June 30, 2017 is Rs 15.28 trillion (lakh crore)”. Asked to provide the details of the deadline for finishing the counting of demonetised notes, the RBI said ‘specified bank notes are being processed in an expedited manner’.