RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 t Indore t Bhopal t Ujjain t Mumbai t Pune r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 vol. 7 No. 273 | Bhopal Bhopal | SuNday | MaRch 11, 2018 | pageS 12 + 6 = 18 | ` 4 www.freepressjournal.in Maha farmers protest against agrarian distress NATION Weekend BEAUTY There is nothing wrong in looking AND THE beautiful. It gets nasty when people start pushing the boundary and CLICHE indulge in something damaging, PAGE 1 writes Sounak Mukhopadhyay India, Pak exchange heavy fire on LoC LIFE IN villages of Poonch and Rajouri districts on tailspin Agencies Jammu News Brief Rane to file paper for RS from BJP quota MuMbai: Former Maharasthra chief minister Narayan Rane will on Monday file his nomination papers from the BJP quota for the biennial Rajya Sabha polls from the state, sources close to him said on Saturday. Morchas not relevant for political career: PM delHi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told lawmakers that working for development in most backward districts would be a step towards social justice and that ‘hardcore politics’ of struggle and agitation was no longer as relevant as it used to be. 16 kg gold seized, one arrested Heavy shelling and firing started on Saturday between the Indian and Pakistani armies on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district. The Pakistani army resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate targeting of defence and civilian facilities in Mankote area using small arms, automatics and mortars, the Defence Ministry sources said. The shelling and firing started around 7.45 a.m. “Our troops are retaliating appropriately and effectively. Firing exchanges were going on when the last reports came in,” the sources added. Life for hundreds of border villagers in Poonch and Rajouri districts in Jammu and Kashmir has been on a tailspin ever since the beginning of 2018. Heavy shelling from across the border has brought their lives to a virtual halt. Fear of shells raining from across the LoC has now become an unending nightmare for these people. So far, the state government has only been responding with knee-jerk reactions to these cross border shelling. Schools are closed, people are advised not to move out of their homes during shelling and whenever the shelling stops, schools are again re-opened. KolKata: About 16 kg gold, valued at Rs 4.81 crore, being smuggled into India through the IndiaMyanmar border, was seized in Manipur and one person apprehended, an official said here on Saturday Citing post-poll violence, CPM withdraws from Charilam poll in Tripura Indian Coast Guard chopper crashlands The CPI(M) in Tripura on Saturday withdrew from the election to Charilam Assembly seat, citing ‘postpoll violence’ in the constituency . Polling to the Charilam seat was postponed following the death of CPI(M) candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma, a week before the February 18 elections in the state. The party had later fielded Palash Debbarma from the seat. Palash Debbarma was pitted against BJP leader and newly appointed Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman, who is not a member of the 60member Tripura Assembly . The Congress has nominated Arjun Debbarma from the seat. Charilam is slated to go to polls on March 12. CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhar said the BJP, along with Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), has resorted to ‘post-poll violence in the constituency’. MuMbai: A Chetak helicopter of the Indian Coast Guard crashlanded near Mumbai on Saturday, an official said adding that all the crew members were safe, though one pilot sustained minor injuries. Bengali actress found hanging in her flat KolKata: The body of a 23-year-old Bengali television actress Moumita Saha was found hanging in her flat here on Saturday, with police saying she could have taken the extreme step out of depression. Rajasthan MLA Meena joins BJP Jaipur: NPP MLA from Rajasthan Kirodilal Meena has joined the BJP informed , sources said on Saturday. An official confirmation is yet to come. Agencies Agartala Thought for the day I am the path, the goal and the seeker. If a flower does not remind you of the eternal truth, then it has not served its purpose. - Sri Sri ravi Shankar Woman gang-raped, video uploaded on social media Victim lodges plaint after she was informed about viral video Agencies Kota day invoked Jawaharlal Nehru to make his case for a plebiscite in Kashmir. Kumum said, “Pakistan keeps referring to UN Security Council Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. However, it very conveniently forgets its own obligation under these resolutions to first vacate the illegal occupation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. It has also blatantly disregarded its other commitments, be it under the 1972 Simla Agreement or Lahore Declaration of February 1999." Instead, "they continue to support cross-border terrorism in India," she said. A 40-year-old woman was raped by six youths in Rajasthan's Baran district who filmed the crime and uploaded the video on social media, police said on Saturday . The crime was committed around a month ago but the victim lodged a report in Mahila police station of Baran district after she came to know about the video being uploaded on social media, they said. Police have booked the six persons under section 376 of the IPC and various sections of the IT Act but none of the accused has been arrested so far. The woman, who works as a labourer at a roadside dhaba in Kota, lodged a complaint on March 5 against the six youths, SHO Mahila police station, Baran Anis Ahamed said. The victim, in her complaint, alleged that around a month ago, when she reached Baran to visit her in-laws’ family, one of the accused, Chetan Meena (21), who was also familiar to her, took her on his motorbike to an isolated place near Samaspura village in pretext of dropping her to her destination. Five others joined Meena and they took turns to rape her, the victim said, alleg- India, France ink 14 pacts; major boost to defence, nuclear energy cooperation Bhaiyyaji Joshi gets another term as RSS gen secy Don’t need democracy lessons from a failed state: India slams Pak at UN Agencies United Nations Responding to Islamabad's bid to raise the Kashmir issue for a second day on Friday at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, India denounced Pakistan as a "failed state" where terrorists thrive and Osama Bin Laden received protection, and demanded that it bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai, Pathankot and Uri attacks to justice. “Even as terrorists thrive in Pakistan and roam its streets with impunity, we have heard it lecture about the protection of human rights in India,” Mini Devi Kumam, a Second Secretary at the India’s UN Mission in Geneva, said. “We await credible action by the Government of Pakistan to bring all those involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack and the 2016 Pathankot and Uri attacks to justice,” she said. “The world does not need lessons on democracy and human rights from a country whose own situation is charitably described as a failed state,” she added. Kumam was responding to Tahir Andrabi, Pakistan’s UN Deputy Permanent Representative in Geneva, who earlier on Fri- TO USE each other's military bases Agencies New Delhi India and France on Saturday inked 14 pacts, including in key areas of defence, nuclear energy and protection of classified information besides resolving to boost cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that the synergy between the two sides was from "land to sky". The agreements were signed after extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron, including on ways to intensify counter-terrorism efforts. The two leaders strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including cross-border terrorism, and terror-related incidents in France and India. Reaffirming their commitment to further IndoFrench ties, the two lead- President Ram Nath Kovind and PM•Narendra Modi with French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday India, France commit to relaunch EU FTA Defence pact to check China’s ambitions India and France on Saturday committed to increase bilateral trade to 15 billion euro by 2022 and "timely relaunching" of negotiations on the India-EU free trade agreement. The two nations signed key accord for Indian Ocean to counter China's growing influence. India and France will open naval bases to warships from each other, a move seen as an attempt to undermine China's territorial ambitions. ers decided to take it to a new level by agreeing to hold biennial summits between the Prime Minister Minor girl raped by auto driver Suresh Prabhu gets additional charge of civil aviation ministry Agencies New Delhi Commerce and Industries minister Suresh Prabhu was on Saturday given additional charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry, a day after the resignation of TDP's Ashok Gajapathi Raju was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said. In a brief communique, the spokesperson said, "The President, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed that Hyderabad: A minor girl was allegedly raped by an autorickshaw driver near here, police said on Saturday. The 32-year-old man has been arrested. The 15-yearold girl in her complaint said that the man, who is her neighbour, raped her on March 5, police said. ing that the accused also filmed the crime on mobile. They dropped her near her in-laws’ house the next day and threatened to kill her family members if she disclosed the matter to others. She could gather the courage to file a police complaint only after she came to know that the video had been uploaded on the internet and was being circulated throughout the area, the SHO said. The victim's statement would be recorded before a magistrate on Monday, the SHO said. Further investigation into the matter has been handed over to the DSP, Baran, the SHO added. Suresh Prabhu, Cabinet Minister, shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in addition to his existing portfolio." Raju and another Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Y S Chowdary had resigned from the council of ministers after party supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu decided to pull out his ministers. Naidu took the decision after facing relentless attacks from the opposition for "failing" to secure special category status for Andhra Pradesh. TDP, however, continues to be a part of the NDA. Four-year-old boy falls into borewell, rescue efforts on Agencies Nagpur FP news service Dewas RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi, who has been holding the post since 2009, was on Saturday given another three-year term. “The election of seh karyavah was today held peacefully and Shri Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi was reelected for another term,” RSS Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya told reporters here. He was speaking after the triennial meeting of the Sangh. Joshi will now continue in the post till 2021. According to sources, who were present in the meeting, no other name was proposed. The Sangh's general secretary is its executive head who looks after the day-to-day affairs of the organisation. Panic prevailed at small Umaria village of Khategaon tehsil in Dewas district after a four-year-old boy fell into 110-feet-deep borewell, about 110 kilometre from the district headquarters, police said on Saturday . The incident happened around noon and efforts are on to rescue the minor, they said. Later, in the evening Army rescue team from Bhopal took over the rescue mission after district administration sought Army's help in a rescue operation. Till filing the report, efforts are on to rescue child. According to police, the local administration is digging a parallel pit to rescue the boy . Khategaon police station in-charge Tehjib Qazi said that, "The boy fell into the 110-feet-deep open borewell at an agriculture field while he was playing when his parents were busy working in the farm." "He is stuck at the depth of 40 feet and oxygen is being supplied to him to ensure that he can breathe easily...efforts are on to save him," the officer said. BJP MLA from Khategaon Ashish Sharma who rushed to the site and closely monitoring the rescue operation said, "The child fell into the borewell around noon and the rescue operation has been launched." of India and the President of France, a joint statement issued after ModiMacron talks said. 2 lady cadets bag top honours Carcasses of 23 dolphins washed ashore along TN coast at Officers Training Academy Agencies Nagapattinam(TN) The carcasses of 23 dolphins were washed ashore in Vedaranyam coast in this district in the past two days, forest department officials said. Most of the dead dolphins varied in size and weight and were in a highly decomposed state, they said. Ayub Khan, Forest Ranger, Kodiakarai, said the forest department had passed on the information to the district administration and other top government officials. Most of the dead dolphins varied in size and weight and were in a highly decomposed state The ranger pointed out that dolphins are found in large numbers near the Kodiakarai-Vedaranyam coast every year between November and April. “Destructive fishing practices like pair-trawling and use of purse seine fishing nets could potentially cause damage to the dolphins. These fishing practices have been banned by the Government,” he said. In the past two months, 40 dead dolphins (including the present 23) have been washed ashore in the coastal belt of Nagapattinam district, he said, adding that the department was carrying out a detailed analysis to ascertain the exact cause for the incident. Agencies Chennai Two lady cadets won the top honours of 2018, including the coveted Sword of Honour, at the passing out parade held in the Officers Training Academy (OTA) here on Saturday . Academy Cadet Adjutant Preeti Choudhary received the Sword of Honour from Reviewing Officer Lt. General Dewan Rabindranath Soni, General Officer Commanding-in Chief, Southern Command. Senior Under Officer Vreeti was awarded the Silver Medal, the Defence Ministry said in a statement. A B.Tech in Mechanical In the 55-year history of Officers Training Academy, Chennai, it is the third time that a lady cadet has won the Sword of Honour Engineering, Vreeti quit a highly paid job in Japan as a Design Engineer before joining OTA as a lady cadet. Both the lady cadets are from Haryana and scored over more than 200 gentlemen cadets to bag the top two honours. In the 55-year history of OTA, it is the third time that a lady cadet has won the Sword of Honour. The first to win the honour was Divya Ajith Kumar in September 2010. She was followed by M. Anjana in March 2015. The Sword of Honour is awarded to the First Cadet in overall order of merit. The Gold Medal was won by Academy Under Officer Vivek Suraj.