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 27.2 C.14.3 C. Thought for the day His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj Violence in Allahabad over Dalit student’s killing VOL. XXXIV NO. 243 | INDORE INDORE | TUESDAY | FEBRUARY 13, 2018 | PAGES 14 NATION To the degree we have something, to that degree we can give something. To the degree we have love and harmony in our heart, to that degree we can give it to others. Kashmir: How long the slow-bleed? EDIT 350 villages lose Rabi crop to hailstorm, wind SOYBEAN CROP in 125 villages of Sehore damaged CM promises better relief for hailstorm damages OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal News Brief Retail inflation eases to 5.07% NEW DELHI: India’s retail inflation for January has eased down to 5.07 per cent compared to 5.21 per cent in December 2017, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office on Monday. UK court verdict against Vijay Mallya LONDON/SINGAPORE: Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya has lost another legal battle linked to his now- defunct Kingfisher Airlines after the UK High Court awarded Singapore-based BOC Aviation an estimated USD 90 million in claims. WCD for lifting time bar on child sexual abuse NEW DELHI: The Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry will seek a change in the CrPC to allow filing of complaints of child sexual abuse many years after the crime. Rabi crops of 350 villages spread across 13 districts have been damaged due to hailstorm and gusty wind which lashed Madhya Pradesh on Sunday afternoon. Of the total, 125 villages are located in Sehore district. Soybean crops have suffered heavy loss due to the heavy hail in Sehore district. After the hailstorm, temperatures have decreased across the state. Agriculture director Mohanlal said, “Hailstorm damaged rabi crops but more damage is due to gusty wind, which bent the standing crops like wheat in the affected districts. Survey will be held to assess the damage. The crops may revive if the weather gets clear soon.” According to agriculture department, hail-hit districts are Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Sehore, Vidisha, Raisen, Betul, Harda, Dewas, Narsingpur, Guna, Rajgarh, Morena, Shivpuri, Sheopur, Umaria and Panna. CONTD. ON P10 OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Former Sehore MLA Ramesh Saxena has advised farmers to recite Hanuman Chalisa to ward off hailstorm and unseasonal rain. In a videographed message, he has also warned of more hailstorms in next four to five How can convicted person barred from polls hold party post, says SC AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday said if a convicted person can't contest election, then how can he lead a political party and select candidates to contest elections. “If a convicted person cannot contest an election, how can he be at the head of a political party and select candidates to contest elections” asked the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, observing that this flies in the face of top court judgments calling for eliminating corruption. Saying that what can’t be done directly can’t be done indirectly , , the top court asked the Central government to spell out its stand on the plea seeking that people who are barred from contesting election after their conviction in criminal cases, should also be debarred from forming a political party or be- CHOUHAN showers poll gifts on farmers OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal and also assured to provide better relief aid for hailstorm damages. In 2017, 68 lakh metric tonne of wheat was The bonus of Rs 200 per procured at minimum quintal will be given to farmers support price. who had sold wheat and rice During his address, he in 2017, said chief minister announced loan interest Shivraj Singh Chouhan while waiver. “Farmer will have to addressing state level farmers’ pay principal convention FARMERS’ CONVENTION amount of held at loan, the Jamboree interest will be waived off. Maidan here on Monday. The Also, after depositing the first relief measures he announced instalment of the amount, for farmers are being seen as farmers will be entitled to get an exercise to appease loan amount again,” Chouhan cultivators in assembly said. He added that Rs 1 lakh election year. crore will be spent on the The chief minister irrigation projects in coming announced several measures five years. CONTD. ON P10 for betterment of farmers ‘Recite Hanuman Chalisa to ward off natural calamities’ Minister of state for agriculture backs Sehore ex-MLA’s advice ing the office bearer of a political party for the period they are electorally disqualified. Petitioner Ashwani Kumar is seeking that Section 29A of the Representation of People Act should be so read as to mean that the power to register and recognise a political party by the Election Commission also include power to de-register a political party . The court, in the last hearing of the matter on December 1, 2017, had said that it will examine if the poll panel can take recourse to Section 29A of the act to deregister a political party if its office bearers have convicted politicians among them. Responding to the issue being examined by the court, the Election Commission sought to empower itself to deregister a political party and be authorised to issue necessary order regulating registration and de-registration of political parties particularly in view of its constitutional mandate. days. His advice enjoys backing of minister of state for agriculture Balkrishna Patidar “Only Hanuman Chalisa can save farmers in the time of crisis,” he says in the message and suggests, “every village should organise hourlong recital of Hanuman Chalisa to ward off calamities.” His suggestion has been seconded by minister of 10 cops hurt in attack by kin of fugitive accused DEWAS Ten policemen were injured in an attack by the relatives of a man whom they had gone to nab after he escaped from custody an official said , on Monday . Sitaram Gurjar (23), who was in police custody in connection with a theft case, escaped with his handcuffs on from the Tonk Khurd police station in the district on Sunday. However, when a police team went to his native village Chandgarh to nab him on the basis of a tip-off, his relatives opened fire and pelted the security personnel with stones, injuring 10 of them, Tonk Khurd police station in-charge J G Choukse said. One of the policemen, who sustained serious injuries in the incident, was rushed to a hospital in Indore for treatment, he said. A case under relevant sections for attempt to murder and preventing policemen from discharging their duty was registered against 20 people. state for agriculture Balkrishna Patidar, "Lord Hanuman is 'sankat mochan' (trouble shooter). He can protect us from all calamities.” Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said that on one hand chief minister is promising farmers that he would help them tide over the crisis, on another his partymen are urging the people to seek the help of the almighty "This . is condemnable", he said. EPFO may retain 8.65% interest rate for FY'18 AGENCIES New Delhi Retirement fund body EPFO is expected to keep interest rate unchanged at 8.65 per cent on provident funds for its about 5 crore members for 2017-18 at its trustees' meet on February 21, 2018, sources said. The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has already sold exchange traded funds (ETF) worth Rs 2,886 crore earlier this month to bridge the gap to maintain 8.65 per cent for this fiscal, they said. The EPFO had announced 8.65 per cent rate of interest on deposits for 2016-17, a tad lower than 8.8 per cent in 2015- 16. It has earned a return of around 16 per cent at Rs 1,054 crore which would be sufficient to provide 8.65 per cent rate of interest this fiscal, said sources. The income projections for the current fiscal have not been circulated along the agenda to the trustees and it would be tabled during the meeting, they said, adding the decision to sell the ETFs was taken after factoring in the income projections for the current fiscal by the EPFO. The EPFO has been investing in ETF since August 2015 and it has so far not monetised the ETF investments. DPS PRINCIPAL HELD, SENT TO JAIL OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore Delhi Public School principal Sudarshan Sonar was arrested on Monday in connection with the school bus tragedy that left four children and driver dead. He was arrested from school gate and was later sent to jail by court. Shopian killing: SC restrains cops from taking coercive steps against Army officers FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the FIR against Army major Aditya Kumar and other personnel in the killing of three civilians in Shopian district in Kashmir Valley The civilians died when . the Army opened fire at a stone-pelting mob, ostensibly in self-defence. Major Aditya Kumar has been listed in the FIR as an "accused." Accepting the plea of the major's father, Lt Colonel Karamveer Singh, a serving officer, the three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud directed the J&K Police not to take any coercive steps on the basis of the FIR and issued a notice to the Centre and the J&K government. Both have been asked to reply in two weeks as to why the FIR was registered despite AFSPA being in operation. Seeking absolute immuni-ty Lt Col. Karamveer Singh, father of Major Aditya Kumar, leaves SC after a hearing in New Delhi on Monday for Army personnel in bona fide service of their country, the petition said the Army is one of the tools of the government for maintaining public order. "A legitimate method of removing any obstacle or impediment for completing the authorised task can be defined as a part of charter of duty," the petition said. The Bench also sought assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal in the matter. The order came on a petition filed by the major's father, a Kargil War veteran, seeking to quash the FIR and issue guidelines to protect the dignity of soldiers acting in the line of duty . Naidu is richest CM and Mamata among poorest AGENCIES New Delhi The Association for Democratic Reform on Monday released its report on India’s 31 Chief Ministers and the wealth held by each of them. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu topped the list of wealthiest CMs with assets valued at over Rs 177 crore. The poorest was Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, with assets valued just over Rs 26 lakh.Next to Naidu on the list is THE RICHEST N Chandrababu Naidu......... Rs 177 cr. Pema Khandu (Arunachal)Rs 129.57 cr. Amarinder Singh ........................Rs 48 cr. THE POOREST Manik Sarkar (Tripura) -- Rs 26 lakh Mamata Banerjee -- Rs 30.45 lakh Mehbooba Mufti -- Rs 55.96 lakh. POSTSCRIPT The BJP does not have a single CM in the top ten list Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu with total assets worth Rs 129.57 crore. Rounding up the top three is Punjab Chief Min- From RANI to GUNDI… www.freepressjournal.in | `3 ister Captain Amarinder Singh, but the Maharaja of Patiala is a distant third with assets worth Rs 48.31 crore. Telengana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (Rs 15.15 crore) and Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma (Rs 14.50 cr) are the fourth and fifth richest CMs, respectively. The BJP, which has governments in 18 states, does not have a single CM in the top ten list. Six out of the top ten richest CMs are from the Congress and the rest belong to the TDP, TRS, BJD and SDF. Out of 31 CMs in India, 25 are crorepatis (with assets exceeding Rs 1 crore). Manik Sarkar of Tripura is followed on the “poorest CMs” list by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who has moveable assets worth Rs 30.45 lakh and no immovable assets whatsoever. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is the third poorest CM with total assets worth Rs 55.96 lakh. Haryana CM Manoharlal Khattar (Rs 61.29 lakh) and Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das (Rs 72.72 lakh) are fourth and fifth, respectively. Among the noncrorepatis. GLAM Sunrise: 07: 00 Sunset: 06: 21 HUMIDITY Morning : 71 Evening : 41 Terror bid foiled on CRPF camp in Srinagar, trooper killed AGENCIES Srinagar A paramilitary trooper was killed in an ongoing gunfight with militants holed up in a building after a failed terror bid on a CRPF camp in Srinagar, police said. The trooper was wounded in the shootout as the security forces prepared for a final assault against the holed-up militants, a police officer said. He was shifted to the nearby SMHS hospital, barely 300 metres away from the site of the gunfight, and died later. It was the same hospital from where Pakistani LeT militant Naveed Jat alias Abu Hunzullah managed to escape on February 6 after killing two policemen. Police said residents in the vicinity have been evacuated to safety . Troops of the CRPF and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police were carrying out the operation against the militants. Kashmir police chief S.P. Vaid in a tweet said: “I congratulate alert CRPF sentry for averting Suicidal attack in Karan nagar Srinagar. Fortunately two terrorists are in cordon & exchange of fire going on.” Earlier around 4.30 a.m., two militants were spotted by an alert sentry at the observation post of 23rd battalion of the CRPF in Karan Nagar area. The two were forced to flee as the alert sentry fired at them. Searches in the area revealed that the militants, carrying backpacks and AK-47 rifles, had taken shelter in a building near the CRPF camp, which was then surrounded. After the hiding militants were challenged, they fired at the security forces triggering a gunfight, that is still on. Security forces rescues families from CRPF camp during an encounter with militants hiding in in a building near the camp at Karra Nagar in Srinagar on Monday War not an option, talks JeM terrorist still with Pak is the only holed up in Sunjuwan solution: Mehbooba military camp: Army &K minister Mehbooba army on said, JMuftichiefMonday wars “We The upone on Monday said that terrorist was still fought and won all against holed inside the Sunjuwan Pakistan but even now there is no solution other than dialogue. Till when will our jawans and civilians keep dying. Dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end bloodshed... We have to talk because war is not an option. military camp in Jammu, three days after a terror attack left six persons dead.”One terrorist is still holed-up inside the camp and efforts are on to neutralise him,” a Defence Ministry official said in Jammu on Monday. Pak will pay, warns Sitha FP NEWS SERVICE Jammu Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday warned Pakistan that it will pay a price for the terror attack on an army camp in Jammu. "Pakistan will have to pay for this misadven-ture," Sitharaman told reporters here. However, she said she could not "give a timeline" for action against Pakistan. But even as the Minister put out the curt warning, a statement from Pakistan's foreign ministry said it was a "well-established pattern that Indian officials begin making irresponsible statements and levelling unfounded allegations" before any proper investigation has been conducted. In a scathing rebuttal, Sitharaman said the neighbouring state has not acted "despite dossier after dossier be- Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman hugs a victim of the attack at Sunjwan Army camp. ing given to them. Even so, India will present evidence in this case. Giving evidence to Pakistan will be a "continuous process" because it has to be "proven again and again", the Defence Minister said. ‘‘But it does not take away India's right to retaliate at an appropriate time,’’ she added. Sitharaman also said that Pakistan was expanding its arc of terror to areas south of Pir Panjal.