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XXXIV NO. 271 | INDORE INDORE | WEDNESDAY | MARCH 14, 2018 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 Thought for the day ‘This is surreal’ www.freepressjournal.in GLAM NATION ‘No Aadhaar link for bank a/cs, mobiles as of now’ Her Holiness Mataji Nirmala Devi EDIT SUPREME COURT extends March 31 deadline indefinitely for availing various services & welfare schemes AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the March 31 deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes run by the government till its constitution bench delivered its verdict on the validity of the 12-digit biometric number and its enabling law. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra extended the deadline after the Centre said it had already submitted that they were ready to extend the March 31 deadline for linking of the national biometric identifier with all services and welfare schemes. "We direct that the March 31, 2018, deadline for linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes stand extended till the matter is heard and judgement is pronounced by the constitution bench," the bench also comprising Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan said. The extension of deadline would also apply on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with the bank accounts and mobile phone Weeks after NiMo scam, RBI bans LoUs for trade credit for imports AGENCIES Mumbai News Brief Bhandari relected Nepal president KATHMANDU: Nepal's first woman president Bidya Devi Bhandari was on Tuesday relected for a second term in office with an overwhelming majority. Shahbaz elected PML-N chief ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's ruling PML-N today elected Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's younger brother, as its president, two weeks after he was appointed as interim chief of the party. Property of Samruddha Jeevan Foods attached NEW DELHI: The ED on Tuesday said that it has attached assets worth Rs 101 crore of Samruddha Jeevan Foods India Ltd group which siphoned off Rs 3,500 crore from over 20 lakh people across India. Haspel to be first woman boss of CIA WASHINGTON: Gina Haspel, US President Donald Trump’s nominee to become the first woman to lead the CIA, is a veteran, who once reportedly ran a secret prison in Thailand where terrorism suspects were allegedly subjected to harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding. In a major decision, RBI on Tuesday banned banks from issuing Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) -- instruments used allegedly by diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi to defraud state-owned PNB of Rs nearly 13,000 crore in connivance of bank officials. The RBI said the decision to discontinue the practice of LoUs and Letters of Comfort (LoCs) for trade finance comes into force with immediate effect. "On a review of the extant guidelines, it has been decided to discontinue the practice of issuance of LoUs/ LoCs for Trade Credits for imports into India by AD Category-I banks with immediate effect," the central bank said in a notification. Punjab National Bank reported fraudulent issuance of LoUs/ Foreign Letters of Credit for payment of import bills and fraudulent Trump sacks Tillerson; appoints CIA chief as new Secretary of State AGENCIES Washington US President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is currently on a visit to Africa, and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. "Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!" Trump tweeted, in a surprise announcement. The position, however, needs to be confirmed by the US Senate. “I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture. He will continue our program of restoring America's standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. PG-6 F Nirav Modi got 1,213 fraudulent guarantees in six yrs: FM ugitive jeweller Nirav Modi obtained his first fraudulent guarantee from PNB's Brady House branch in Mumbai on March 10, 2011 and managed to get 1,212 more such guarantees over the next 74 months, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday. Companies linked to Nirav Modi obtained LoUs, which were used to get loans from overseas branches of Indian banks, up to five guarantees on a single day, with help of rouge employees of country's second biggest state-run bank. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said the last fraudulent LoU was issued on May 23, 2017. No firm of diamond trader in list of 2.26 lakh deregistered cos: Govt he government Tuesday that no firm promoted by TModinames weresaid on off fromofthe official recordslakh the Niravof group featured in the list more than 2.26 companies whose struck till end 2017.As part of larger efforts to curb the black money menace, the corporate affairs ministry has deregistered little over 2.26 lakh companies for not carrying out business activities for long. To a query on whether there are any companies promoted by Nirav Modi group in the list of struck off entities, Minister of State for Corporate Affairs P P Chaudhary replied in the negative. transactions in accounts, amounting to Rs 12,967.86 crore, to the RBI through its fraud monitoring reporting system. A multi-agency probe, including by CBI and ED has been launched into the PNB fraud. The RBI notification further said that Letters of Credit and Bank Guarantees for trade credits for imports into India may continue to be issued subject to compliance with the provisions. Education in tatters in MP, says ex-CM Gaur OPPOSES teachers involvement in polls OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Former chief minister Babulal Gaur, during Question Hour in the House on Tuesday, said that the education system in the state has deteriorated because teachers are deployed for non-teaching work like elections. He said teachers are deployed as booth level officers (BLOs) during elections. Gaur said despite vacancy of 45,000 teachers in the state, 41,000 teachers get deployed for non-teaching work such as BLO. He said more numbers of teachers are put ongress MLA Madhu CBhagat expressed MLA fumes over advt on Raja Bhoj displeasure during Zero Hour over an advertisement, which showed Raja Bhoj carrying a broom. Bhagat said the advertisement is an insult to the ruler who founded Bhopal on election duty in comparison to employees of other government departments. In response, minister of state for general administration Lal Singh Arya said employees of various departments are put on election related work as there is no cadre for this job. PATTA RENEWAL RATE TO BE REDUCED to MLA Hemant Khandelwal’s query revenue Replyingrenewal rates ofGupta said that decision be taken minister Umashankar on reducing commercial pattas will by March 31. Gupta assured to dispose of the matter soon. Assembly speaker Sitasharan Sharma urged to curb guideline rates. Gupta said he would discuss the matter with commercial tax minister as the matter relates to him. numbers. The constitution bench is hearing a batch of petitions which have challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and its enabling Act. On March 6, Attorney General K K Venugopal had indicated to the bench that the Centre was willing to extend the March 31 deadline in the wake of prolonged hearing of the matter. On December 15 last year, the apex court had extended till March 31 the deadline for mandato- ry linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes. Former Karnataka High Court judge Justice K S Puttaswamy, who is the lead petitioner in the case, had told the apex court on February 22 that several deaths had reportedly taken place due to starvation on account of glitches in the Aadhaarbased public distribution system and the court must consider granting them compensation. Govt asks banks to ‘name & shame’ wilful defaulters Govt overlooks HC order on nutritious food supply AGENCIES New Delhi Tightening the noose around wilful defaulters, the government has asked banks to 'name and shame' such borrowers by publishing their photographs and other details in newspapers. The finance ministry has written a letter to all state-run banks directing them to take board approvals for publication of photographs of such defaulters. Sources quoting advisory of the finance ministry said, "Lending institutions shall formulate a policy with the approval of their board of directors which clearly set out the criteria for publication of photographs of wilful defaulters." The number of wilful defaulters, who did not repay loans to public sector banks (PSBs) despite the capacity to do so, rose to 9,063 at the end of December 2017. The amount involved for PSBs is reported as Rs 1,10,050 crore, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla had said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. Foreign lawyers, firms cannot practice law in India: SC NEW DELHI: Foreign lawyers, law firms and companies cannot practice the legal profession in India, the Supreme Court on Tuesday held in a verdict that could have far-reaching consequences. The court, which also heard over 30 law firms hailing from the United Kingdom, the USA, France and Australia, also modifed a Madras High Court order permitting foreign lawyers and law firms to come to India on a 'fly in and fly out' basis for rendering legal services here. "We hold that the expression 'fly in and fly out' will only cover a casual visit not amounting to 'practice'. In case of a dispute whether a foreign lawyer was limiting himself to 'fly in and fly out' on casual basis for the purpose of giving legal advice to their clients in India regarding foreign law or their own system of law and on diverse international legal issues or whether in substance he was doing practice which is prohibited can be determined by the Bar Council of India," a bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and U U Lalit said. DUO SUFFERING FROM RARE GENETIC DISEASE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY PETITIONS THE PRESIDENT NITENDRA SHARMA Bhopal The Cabinet on Tuesday decided to distribute supplementary nutritious food through Rural Livelihood Mission by setting up a federation of self-help groups, which is against a decision given by Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court. The High Court’s decision came on February 27 following a petition filed by Sadhana Mahila Mandal based in Ratlam. The bench comprising Justice P K Jaiswal and Justice Virendra Singh ordered that the self-help groups should not be given the work without tender. The next date for hearing the petition was fixed after six weeks but the cabinet on Tuesday decided to distribute supplementary nutritious food through Rural Livelihood Mission by setting up a federation of selfhelp groups. CONTD. ON P10 AG asked to find way fter receiving Areprimand, thecourt’s government has asked Advocate General to seek court’s advice on how to run Supplementary Nutritious Food Scheme through MP Agro. The officials of woman and child welfare department held discussions with AG about the distribution of supplementary nutritious food. Contempt of court by govt: Singh pposition the OSingh saidleader Ajay government has committed contempt of court. He demanded a probe by panel headed by retired HC judge. into distribution of nutritious food. Raising hte issue in assembly he demanded to know as to why chief minister was unable to implement new distribution system. 9 CRPF men killed as Naxals trigger blast in Sukma Security personnel inspect site of an IED blast where nine CRPF personnel were killed and two injured after Maoists ambushed them in Kistaram area of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Tuesday AGENCIES Raipur/New Delhi Nine CRPF personnel were on Tuesday killed after Maoists blasted their mine protected vehicle using over 50 kgs of explosives in Chhattisgarh's Sukma, about a year after a dozen jawans were killed in a similar ambush in the district. Officials said the incident took place around 12:30 pm along the 5-km under-construction Kistaram-Palodi road when the troops of the 212th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were out for an operation. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the incident was "deeply distressing" and asked CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar to rush to Chhattisgarh. "My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans," he said. Govt order to discontinue supply stayed OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday granted stay on the discontinuation of supply of notorious food by MP Agro Industrial Development Corporation and pri- TAKE HOME RATION SCHEME CASE vate persons under Take Home Ration scheme. The stay was granted on a PIL filed by Sadhana Mahila Mandal of Ratlam that had challenged the government's order of stopping the supply dated March 8. The court also ordered for clubbing all the petition related to Take Home Ration scheme and forward the case to principal bench in Jabalpur for hearing. IndiGo, GoAir cancel 65 flights, passengers stuck AGENCIES New Delhi Budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir cancelled as many as 65 flights today after the country's aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation, or DGCA grounded Eleven of their A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines, causing severe inconvenience to hundreds of flyers. The Gurugram-based IndiGo cancelled 47 of its 1,000-odd flights per day while the Wadia Group-promoted GoAir said it has cancelled 18 flights. GoAir cancelled 18 flights originating from over eight cities, the airline said in a statement to PTI. GoAir operates 230 flights per day. On its website, IndiGo announced the cancellations of some 47 flights across its domestic network for today. The flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others. Google India makes address Woman, mother seek nod for passive euthanasia search, navigation easy on Maps AGENCIES Kanpur A woman and her 33-yearold daughter, suffering from muscular dystrophy, have written to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking permission for passive euthanasia. Shashi Mishra, 59, and her daughter Anamika Mishra, hailing from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, have written letters to the President with their plea. City magistrate Raj Narayan Pandey said, “The letters have been sent directly to the office of the President of India.” Anamika Mishra said that she had written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra requesting them to provide financial help for their treatment or allow them to end their lives. “My father Ganga Mishra also suffered from muscular dystrophy, and died almost 15 years ago. After his demise, there is no one to look after the family. In 1985, my mother came to know that she, too, Anamika Mishra is suffering from the disease,” she said. Anamika Mishra contracted muscular dystro- phy, a genetic disease which increasingly weakens and breaks down skeletal muscles, six years ago. The city magistrate said, “As far as financial assistance from the state government is concerned, it will be given from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, and the procedure will be completed after they submit an application.” Anamika Mishra said, “In the past, after writing a letter (with blood) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking help, a financial assistance of Rs. 50,000 was given.” The amount was not enough to sustain the mother-daughter duo beyond a few days, she said. On March 9, in a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court recognised the living will made by terminally-ill patients for passive euthanasia. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said passive euthanasia and advance living will would be permissible . AGENCIES New Delhi In a bid to make it easy for users to find addresses and navigate, Google India on Tuesday announced a slew of updates and features on Maps, including "Voice Navigation" in six additional regional languages. According to Google, in India, it can be challenging to reach a given residential address. While some addresses are well defined by street names and house numbers that are easy to find, others can be longwinded and hard to locate. "Millions of people and places in India are hard to locate -- especially those in remote areas. We are deeply committed to helping find solutions to these challenges," Suren Ruhela, Director, Google Maps Next Billion Users, told reporters here. The tech giant introduced "Plus Codes" -- an open source solution that represents a simple and consistent addressing system and works not only in India but globally. The feature zeroes in on an area based on the "Plus Code" which is provided by a user. The code comprises of a "six-character + city" format that can be generated, shared and searched by anyone. To use a "Plus Code", users need to simply enter it into the Search field on Google or Google Maps, mobile or desktop, which will instantly show a location.