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 38.0 C.20.2 C. Sunrise: 06: 11 Sunset: 06: 45 HUMIDITY Morning : 37 Evening : 17 vol. 7 no. 302 | BhoPal BhoPal | tuesday | aPRIl 10, 2018 | Pages 14 | ` 3 NATION Where there is education, knowledge and devotion,there is no place for ignorance. — Sri Maa Rahul leads Cong fast against Modi govt, BJP dubs it ‘farce’ 27 schoolkids killed as bus plunges into gorge aGencieS Shimla Thirty people, including 27 students, were killed on Monday when a private school bus fell into a gorge in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, police said. Superintendent of Police Santosh Patyal said all the killed students were in the age of 10 to 12, while the bus driver and two women teachers were among the victims. Local villagers had begun rescue operation even before officials could reach the spot, eyewitnesses said. Around 45 students of Wazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial Public School were returning home when the bus skidded off road and fell into the 100-feet deep gorge near Gurchal village on the NurpurChamba road, some 300 km from the state capital. Teams of local administration and the National Disaster Response Force were involved in the rescue and faced tough time in pulling out the victims from the mangled bus. Thirteen of the injured were referred to hospitals A rescue operation is carried out after a bus carrying school students fell into a gorge near Nurpur in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on Monday evening. PTI in Pathankot in Punjab. One of them died in a hospital, while 12 students were admitted with critical injuries. The rescue operation was almost over, said an official. "Prima facie, negligent driving and over-speeding are the main reasons for the accident," he added. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Governor Acharya Devvrat and Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda condoled the deaths. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered. The government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 500,000 to the next of kin of each of those killed and free treatment to those injured. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kishan Kapoor along with local legislator Rakesh Pathania and Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar reached the spot to supervise rescue and relief operation. www.freepressjournal.in EDIT Controlled elections in Bengal Centre obliged to implement Cauvery award, says SC The name of public relations minister Narottam Mishra for appointment as new BJP state president has been almost final. His appointment will be announced soon. BJP national president Amit Shah has given his approval on the appointment of Mishra. The issue of appointment of BJP state president surfaced during the meeting of BJP Central Election Committee which deliberated on selection of candidates News Brief Indrani drug overdose: Probe ordered MuMbai: The prisons department of Maharashtra has ordered a detailed inquiry into the case of possible drug overdose by Indrani Mukerjea, who was arrested in August, 2015 for allegedly killing her daughter Sheena Bora. Jharkhand govt to release 221 serving life term RaNCHi: The Jharkhand government has decided to free 221 prisoners, who have completed 23 years in jail, on account of their good behaviour, anofficial release said on Monday. The State Punishment Review Committee discussed a proposal for release of 233prisoners, who are serving life term in various jails across the state, it said. HK can take call on NiMo's arrest: China bEiJiNG: The chances of the arrest of Nirav Modi in Hong Kong brightened on Monday after China said the special administrative region which functioned under its effective control can take a decision over the issue based on its laws and judicial assistance agreements. India has reportedly sought Modi's arrest under the 'Surrender of Fugitive Offenders Agreement' with Hong Kong. for Karnataka elections on Sunday . Shah termed Mishra as the most suitable candidate for the state BJP president. Chief minister Shiv- The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the Centre for not framing a scheme for the implementation of its verdict on the sharing of Cauvery river water as it declined its plea for deferring the issue by three months. Asking the Centre to draft the scheme by May 3, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said: "You must show your bonafide that you will frame a scheme to respect the top court order for the distribution of water." Asking Attorney General K.K. Venugopal to file the scheme as ordered by the top court by its February 16 judgement, Chief Justice Misra said: "You must file it... they are bound to do it and obliged to it." Citing the ongoing election to Karnataka assembly and seeking some clarifications, the Centre had sought three months time to frame the scheme for the implementation of Cauvery award which was slightly modified by the apex court by its February judgement. raj Singh Chouhan also gave his consent. Mishra’s appointment has been seen as a move to deal with MP JyotiradityaScindia in Gwalior. Mishra’s name was also approved considering the fact that his appointment will influence the Brahmin voters in Gwalior and Chambal regions. Mishra emerged as a significant name in national politics of the BJP after getting assignments in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat elections. He came closer to Shah in the recent past too. Father of girl, who accused BJP MLA of rape, dies in custody aGencieS Lucknow A day after a girl tried to set herself on fire outside the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's residence, alleging police inaction in her gang rape by a BJP MLA, her father died in police custody on Monday . Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath termed the incident unfortunate and announced that a top-ranking police official will probe the matter. Those behind the incident will not be spared at any cost, he added. Surendra Singh, whose daughter accused BJP legislator from Unnao Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her, was picked up by police late on Sunday and was apparently beaten mercilessly by four aides of the legislator as well as police personnel. An official said the man had serious injuries on his body and was not taken to a hospital till late in the night. A doctor at the district hospital, where he was eventually taken, told the media that he was brought with serious abdominal pain and vomiting. Unnao Superintendent of Police Pushpanjali Devi said the four aides who took part in the beating have been arrested. Inspector General of Police Praveen Kumar said a magisterial probe had been ordered. An informed source said that District Magistrate Ravi Kumar N.G. went to the post-mortem centre to seek first hand information. Sub-Divisional Magistrate Manish Bansal has been asked to submit a report to the CWG:• SHOOTERS, SHUTTLERS, PADDLERS TAKE INDIA TO THIRD SPOT government at the earliest. Following the Chief Minister's orders, the Uttar Pradesh government suspended four police officers, including the Station House Officer of Makhi, Ashok Shukla, and three constables. The probe has been assigned to Additional Director General, Rajeev Krishna. Meanwhile Sengar told some reporters in Unnao that he was being framed by some people in a pre-planned manner to defame him. Former Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has meanwhile demanded the resignation of Adityanath over the incident. In a tweet soon after the incident came to light, he said it was shameful that such an incident had happened. India badminton players hold tricolour as they celebrate India's win in mixed-team badminton event final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, on Monday. (Left) Shooter Jitu Rai after winning gold PTI April 10 bandh: 'Undeclared curfew' in 12 dists Our Staff repOrter Bhopal More than one dozen districts will be under 'undeclared curfew' during a bandh called by a section of society on Tuesday. However, nobody in the administration or in the police was able to tell who called the bandh as no organisation or person came out with a proposal for strike. The district administrations of various districts had prepared themselves to face any untoward situation during bandh. Holiday has been declared for schools and colleges and efforts are on to make market closed till afternoon. Some major divisions like Gwalior, SC to decide maintainability of plea for court-monitored probe into PNB scam new Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday said it will decide whether the PIL seeking a court-monitored probe into the over Rs 11,000 crore Punjab National Bank fraud case is maintainable or not. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud was told by the Centre that agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Income Tax department and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) are independently probing the PNB scam. Attorney General K K Venugopal sought dismissal of the PIL seeking a court-monitored probe into the alleged scam saying multiple agencies are already probing the matter. The AG was opposing a plea filed by lawyer Vineet Dhanda, who has sought an independent probe in the PNB case and a direction to the government to get diamond merchant Nirav Modi deported. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has already registered two FIRs -one on January 31 and another in February -- against billionaire Nirav Modi, his relative Mehul Choksi of Gitanjali Gems and others for allegedly defrauding the bank of about Rs 11,400 crore. The PIL has made PNB, the Reserve Bank of India and the ministries of finance and law and justice parties. New FB initiative to insulate upcoming polls from fake news aGencieS San Francisco In yet another bid to prevent fake news and foreign interference in upcoming elections globally including in India, Facebook on Monday announced a new initiative to help provide credible research about the role of social media in elections. At the heart of this initiative will be a group of scholars who will define the research agenda; solicit proposals for independent research on a range of different topics; and manage a peer-review process to select scholars who will receive funding for their research -- as well as access to privacy-protected Richa likes actors who improvise aGencieS New Delhi Narottam to be BJP state prez, announcement soon Our Staff repOrter Bhopal GLAM Thought for the day datasets from Facebook which they can analyse. "Our goals are to understand Facebook's impact on upcoming elections -- like Brazil, India, Mexico and the US midterms -- and to inform our future product and policy decisions," Elliot Schrage, Vice President of Communications and Public Policy, and David Ginsberg, Director of Research at Facebook, said in a blog post. "Facebook will not have any right to review or approve their research findings prior to publication," they added. Facebook claimed it has made real progress since Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election in fighting fake news, as well as combating foreign interference, in elections in France, Germany, Alabama and Italy "But there is much more to do . and we don't have all the answers. This initiative will enable Facebook to learn from the advice and analysis of outside experts so we can make better decisions - and faster progress," the post further read. Facebook will invite respected academic experts to form a commission which will then develop a research agenda about the impact of social media on society - starting with upcoming elections. The initial term of the commission will be one year and membership will be determined in the coming weeks. The commission will exercise its mandate in several ways. Contd. on P10 Chambal, Sagar, Rewa, Indore and Ujjain are under scanner. The intelligence agency has alerted the IGs of the ranges and also the divisional commissioners to prepare preventive measures for the bandh. Meanwhile, no community organisations have informed the government about their participation in the bandh. But some small originations are circulating the messages on social media and asking people to participate in the bandh. Following the messages, the district administration is taking precautionary measures. Home minister Bhupendra Singh Thakur told media persons that he would going to monitor the whole sit- uation personally by sitting in the control room. "This will going to help taking fast decision". "The government is taking precaution after violence reported on April 2 during the SC/ST sponsored agitation. The police are keeping tight vigil on the messages of social media and whoever will post the provoking messages would be arrested", he informed. The OBC United Front of MP, one of the major organisations of the OBC, asks the community members to keep themselves away from the bandh. Bhopal division convenor V Kumar informed Free Press that they did not support the agitation called by the unreserved community Contd. on P10 . HC seek govt's reply on MoS status to religious leaders Our Staff repOrter Indore The Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Monday sought the state government's response on a public interest litigation (PIL) against granting of Minister of State (MoS) status to five religious leaders. A division bench of Justice PK Jaiswal and Justice SK Awasthi issued a notice to the state government on the plea by a local resident asking it to furnish a response within three weeks. The PIL, demanding withdrawal of MoS status given to these religious leaders, was filed by Rambahadur Verma, who claimed the status has no constitutional validity. He also claimed that the expenditure on facilities provided to the five religious leaders would ultimately have to be borne by taxpayers. The state government had on March 31 constituted a special committee to conduct public awareness campaigns about plantation, water conservation and sanitation on the banks of river Narmada. On April 3, it had granted five members of this committee- Narmadanand Maharaj, Hariharanand Maharaj, Bhaiyyu Maharaj, Computer Baba and Yogendra Mahant- MoS status. 37 convicted in fodder scam case ranchi A special CBI court in Ranchi on Monday convicted 37 people and acquitted five in one of the cases related to the fodder scam. The case (number RC 45A/96) related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 34.91 crore from Dumka treasury during 1991-92 and 1995-96. This is 51st fodder scam case in which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court has delivered judgment. In this case, the accused were suppliers and officials of the Animal Husbandry Department. No politician was accused. Special CBI judge Shivapal Singh will hear arguments over the quantum of sentence on Tuesday . The FIR was lodged against 72 people in 1996 and charges were framed finally against 60 accused in 2004. Fourteen accused died during trial, two admitted to their crime and two are absconding. The CBI court on Monday convicted 37 and acquitted five. The fodder scam came to limelight in 1996 after FIR was lodged against then undivided Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad. Diggy concludes 6-month-long ‘Narmada Yatra’ aGencieS Narsinghpur Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday concluded his over six-month-long 'Narmada Yatra' along the banks of the holy river in Narsinghpur district. Singh, 70, his wife Amrita, and former MPs Rameshwar Neekhra and Narayan Singh Amlabe, along with everal supporters, reached Barman ghat of the river this morning after covering a distance of nearly 3,300 km on foot. At the ghat, Singh and his wife performed various rituals associated with his religious and spiritual" exercise. A large number of people, including former Union ministers Kantilal Bhuria and Suresh Pachouri, mpcc president Arun Yadav and other party leaders reached the ghat to greet Singh on the completion of his yatra. Ex-CM Digvijay Singh and his wife have concluded190-day Narmada Yarta at Barman. The Congress earlier claimed that the former CM had gathered evidence on "corruption" in the Madhya Pradesh government during his 'Narmada Yatra', which he would reveal soon.Singh started the yatra from the district on September 30 last year. Three months ago, Singh, a descendant of the erst- while royal family of Raghogarh, had said he was worried about the plight of the revered river due to illegal sand mining. The Narmada is the "oldest" river in India, he had said during his yatra covering 110 of the 230 assembly constituencies in the state, and demanded urgent measures to ensure its revival.