r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 06: 11 Sunset: 06: 45 HUMIDITY Morning : 37 Evening : 17 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 38.0 C.20.2 C. Nature is speaking the highest glory of God at every moment if we just have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Rahul leads Cong fast against Modi govt, BJP dubs it ‘farce’ 2 teachers and driver also killed in accident NATION 27 schoolkids die as bus falls into gorge HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj 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 Controlled elections in Bengal VOL. XXXIV NO. 298 | INDORE INDORE | TUESDAY | APRIL 10, 2018 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 A rescue operation is carried out after a bus carrying school students fell into a gorge near Nurpur on Monday evening. PTI pulling out the victims from the mangled bus. Thirteen of the injured were referred to hospitals 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 exgratia 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. Richa likes actors who improvise www.freepressjournal.in EDIT 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 antireservation people 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 the 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, 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 GLAM Thought for the day CWG-2018: THE PARTY CONTINUES CONTD. ON P10 'No support to bandh' 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 told Free Press that they did not support the agitation called by the unreserved community. He claimed that some sections or originations are spreading the message for observing bandh on Tuesday. 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. Winning table tennis team (right) PTI ICICI Bank board divided over continuing with Kochhar in view of allegations of impropriety HC seek govt's reply CHANDA ON A STICKY WICKET on MoS status to Axis Bank CEO cuts religious leaders short her FP NEWS SERVICE Mumbai 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. Prez Kovind to visit Mhow on April 14 BHOPAL: President Ramnath Kovind will arrive in Mhow on April 14, on the occasion of birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar. Police headquarters have issued instructions to observe full security and alertness, in the wake of Kovind’s visit. Extra care is being taken considering the controversy that generated after police action during Bharat Bandh on the Supreme Court’s decision on SC & ST Act. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan too took detailed information from officers on Monday over Kovind’s visit. 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. ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar is not able to throw her weight around anymore in the board, which less than two weeks earlier had expressed full faith in her leadership. Media reports suggest that the board is divided over whether to ask her to step down over allegations of impropriety in loans extended to the Videocon group. The allegations of nepotism against Kochhar have put a question mark on the bank's corporate governance. Rating agencies fear the ongoing investigations will undermine investor confidence in the bank, and have potential implications for funding costs and liquidity . Late last month, the bank admitted that Kochhar did not recuse herself from a credit committee meeting tenure I which decided to give a Rs 3,250 crore loan to the Videocon Group in 2012. It is understood that at least some outside directors are not favourably disposed towards her. The board of India’s second-largest private sector bank may meet as early as this week to consider its next course of action. Kochhar’s current tenure as CEO is set to end on March 31, 2019. There are six independent directors on the ICICI board, including the bank’s chairman as well as the head of State-owned Life Insurance Corporation of India, which owns about a 9.4 percent stake, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The board also includes a government nominee and five executive directors from the ICICI. Of course, the RBI, the regulator, will take the final call. The Finance Ministry is not inclined to interfere in the matter. Narottam to be BJP state prez OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal 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 for Karnataka elections on Sunday . Shah termed Mishra as the most suitable candidate for the state BJP pres- ident. Chief minister Shivraj 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. GOVT RESTRICTS SALE OF FAIRNESS CREAMS CONTAINING STEROIDS n another development, Axis Bank Managing Director and CEO Shikha Sharma has decided to cut short her new term to seven months from the three-year tenure that had been approved by the bank's board. The move comes amid a controversy surrounding her tenure and in the wake of the mounting NPA (non-performing assets) in the bank. The Axis Bank board has accepted her request for a shorter seven-month term (from June 1 to December 31, 2018), subject to the approval of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the bank said in a regulatory filing. Centre obliged to implement Cauvery award, says SC NEW DELHI: 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." Now, you need a doctor’s slip to look ‘fair & lovely’ FP NEWS SERVICE Mumbai The ‘fair and lovely’ creams, which have thrived on an innate desire to look ‘fair’ and spawned a booming industry in skin care products, will now require prescriptions. The Union health ministry has restricted ‘over the counter’ sale of all fairness creams containing steroids and listed them in Schedule H – which essentially means you need a doctor’s prescription. A senior official said chemists who will be caught selling such creams and ointments without adhering to the prescribed procedure for Schedule H items will be punished by the drug controller. In a notification issued on March 23, the ministry has put 14 steroid-based creams and ointments in the Schedule H category by making amendments to certain Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945. A senior official said the creams which have been banned are alclometasone, beclomethasone, desonide, desoximetasone, fluocinonide, halobetasone, methylprednisolone, prednicarbate and triamcinolone acetonide and others. The decision is not applicable to normal face cleansers and moisturisers without topical preparations. The decision was taken following consultations with the Drugs Technical Advisory Board which had recommended a ban on the sale of such creams without prescription and had also submitted their recommendations to the Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation. CONTD. ON P10 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. 225 flights cancelled due to runway closure in Mumbai AGENCIES Mumbai Around 225 flights were cancelled and many more were rescheduled for twoday closure of the Mumbai International Airport main runway starting from Monday, an official said. The official said the planned closure was necessitated "on account of premonsoon maintenance activities" and requested all passengers to contact their respective airlines for revised travel schedules. Besides the MIAL authorities, individual airlines also announced their cancellations and rescheduled flight plans as thousands of passengers were inconvenienced. Air India has announced cancellation of at least 34 flights and rescheduled around half a dozen other services till Tuesday evening. While Jet Airways has cancelled at least 64 domestic and six international flights, Spicejet has also cancelled around 70 services. 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 concluded 190-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.