r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 27.2 C.14.3 C. Sunrise: 07: 00 Sunset: 06: 21 HUMIDITY Morning : 71 Evening : 41 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. -Sri Ma VOL. 7 NO. 238 | BHOPAL BHOPAL | TUESDAY | FEBRUARY 13, 2018 | PAGES 14 Violence in Allahabad over Dalit student’s killing EDIT Kashmir: How long the slow-bleed? 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.On a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the CPI inflation last month was 3.17 per cent in January 2017. 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. Students mowed down by train while clicking pics KolKata: Two college students died and another was critically injured after getting hit by a local train while clicking pictures standing on the railway track in Kolkata on Monday afternoon, the Railway Police said. China refutes Maldives ex-Prez allegation new delhI: Amid the raging political crisis in the Maldives, China on Monday refuted allegations made by former Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed that Beijing is engaging in grabbing land in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation. AIMPLB spokesman clarifies on RSS hyderabad: AIMPLB spokesman Maulana Khalilur Rahman Sajjad Nomani on Monday clarified his remarks on visits to RSS camps, saying they were taken out of context to label him a friend and agent of RSS. 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 CHOUHAN showers poll gifts on farmers 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 OUR STAFF RePORTeR Bhopal ‘Recite Hanuman Chalisa to ward off natural calamities’ Minister of state for agriculture backs Sehore ex-MLA’s advice 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 SC poser: How can convicted person barred from polls hold party post 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 being the office bearer of a political party for the period they are electorally disqualified. 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 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. Shopian killing: SC restrains cops from taking coercive steps against Army officers AgeNcieS New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday restrained the Jammu and Kashmir police from taking any "coercive steps" against Army officers, including Major Aditya Kumar, who have been named as accused in the Shopian firing case, in which three civilians were killed. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also asked the counsel for Lieutenant Colonel Karamveer Singh, the father of Major Aditya Kumar, to share the copies of his petition with the office of Attorney General K K Venugopal and the Jammu and Kashmir government. Besides seeking Venugopal's assistance in dealing with the matter, the bench asked the state government to file its response to the plea within two weeks. As an interim measure, it directed www.freepressjournal.in | `3 Lt Col. Karamveer Singh, father of Major Aditya Kumar, leaves SC after a hearing in New Delhi on Monday the state government not to take any coercive steps against the Army officials. The apex court had, on February 9, agreed to hear the plea of Singh, seeking to quash the FIR against his son. Singh has said in his petition that his son, a major in 10 Garhwal Rifles, was “wrongly and arbitrarily” named in the FIR as the incident relates to an Army convoy that was on bona fide military duty in an area under the AFSPA and was isolated by an "unruly and deranged" mob pelting stones, causing damage to the military vehicles. 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. With mom, dad and grandma signing up in increasing numbers, Facebook is losing younger users in the United States at a faster pace than previously estimated, researchers said on Monday . A report by eMarketer said Snapchat is drawing youths away from Facebook at a quicker clip than Facebook-owned Insta- gram. Facebook is still growing in the US market, according to research firm, mainly due to increases in usage by older age groups. The report is the latest to highlight Facebook's problem with attracting and keeping young people, who have long been a core user base for the world's biggest social network. The research firm said it expected the first-ever decline in the 18-24 age group in the US, a drop of 5.8 per cent this year. It also said that for the first time since its research began, less than half of the 12-17 age group in the United States would be on Facebook, with a 5.6 per cent drop in that segment. The under-12 age group meanwhile will see a decline of 9.3 per cent this year, eMarketer said. The same trend is expected to continue into 2019 and 2020, with declines in all segments of US users under 25, the report added. Facebook will lose an estimated two million users under 25 this year, with From RANI to GUNDI… 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 ter- 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. I wouldn't certainly state a timeline (for action against pakistan). but will say this, pakistan will pay for this misadventure. I repeat, pakistan will pay for it nnIrMala rorists are in cordon & exchange of fire going on.” Earlier around 4.30 a.m., two militants were spotted SItharaMan, defence minister by an alert sentry at the observation post of 23rd battalion of the CRPF in Karan Nagar area. Forest, tree cover up by 1% in 2yr AgeNcieS New Delhi India's tree and forest cover has registered an increase of one per cent or 821 sq km in two years since 2015, according to the latest assessment by the government. The India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017 was released by Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan and his deputy Mahesh Sharma here on Monday Harsh . Vardhan said India has shown an increasing trend 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. Less-cool FB losing youth at fast pace AgeNcieS Washington GLAM Thought for the day Snapchat and Instagram the main beneficiaries. The report said Snapchat will add 1.9 million users under 25 in 2018 and Instagram will add 1.6 million. Snapchat, which is known for its disappearing messages, will continue to have more users aged 12 to 24 than Instagram, the researchers said. But Snapchat could end up facing a similar problem as it seeks to increase its user base and reach all ages. IndIa State of foreSt report-2017 StateS wIth largeS foreSt cover: MP (77,414 sq km), Arunachal Pradesh (66,964 sq km) and Chhattisgarh (55,547 sq km). Max foreSt cover IncreaSe: Andhra Pradesh (2,141 sq kms), Karnataka (1,101 sq kms), Kerala (1,043 sq kms), Odisha (885 sq kms) and Telangana (565 sq kms). IncreaSe In water bodIeS: Maharashtra (432 sq kms), Gujarat (428 sq kms) & MP (389 sq kms) decreaSed foreSt cover: Mizoram (531 sq km), Nagaland (450 sq km), Arunachal Pradesh (190 sq km), Tripura (164 sq km) and Meghalaya (116 sq km) in the forest and tree cover as against the global trend of decreasing forest cover during the last decade. Accord- ing to the report, the total forest cover is 7,08,273 sq km, which is 21.54 per cent of the total geographical area of the country Forest and tree . cover combined is 8,02,088 sq km or 24.39 per cent of the total geographical area. The environment ministry said in the latest assessment that very dense forest in India has also increased by 1.36 per cent as compared to 2015. ISFR is released every two years. “There is an increase of 8,021 sq km (about 80.20 million hectare) in the total forest and tree cover of the country compared to the pre, vious assessment in 2015.