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. 307 | BhoPal BhoPal | Sunday | aPRIl 15, 2018 | PageS 12 + 6 = 18 | ` 4 www.freepressjournal.in Central govt employees can't be denied medical reimbursement: SC NATION Weekend A NEW Disha Prashant takes you through KIND OF the ever-growing world of ELIXIR supplements that are supposedly OF LIFE? doing their bit to help people have PAGE 1 a healthy lifestyle and enduring life GOLDEN SATURDAY KATHUA RAPE-MURDER Resignation of J-K ministers accepted AGEncIES Jammu VS Kokje elected new VHP chief GuRuGRAm Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje was on Saturday elected the new President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) brushing aside the challenge posed by the firebrand Pravin Togadia, a VHP official said. Kokje who bagged 131 votes cast by the VHP National Executive members, while the former got a meagre 60, a VHP spokesperson said in a statement. The election was held in the government-run guest house located in the upscale and high-security Civil Lines area. Before casting their votes, the assembled VHP members paid tribute to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar on the occasion his birth anniversary VHP Joint General Secretary . Surender Kumar Jain announced the results. CBI books former CMD of UCO Bank in Rs 621-cr fraud case nEw DELhI The CBI has booked former chairman-cum-managing director of UCO Bank Arun Kaul and others in connection with an alleged Rs 621-crore loan fraud which has caused a loss of over Rs 737 crore to the bank, officials said on Saturday The agency carried out . searches at 10 locations today , they said here. Besides Kaul, the CBI booked Era Engineer- Thought Aum is the eternal sound... for the it is the sound of your soul - feel it. day sri sri ravi shankar ing Infra India Ltd. (EEIL), its CMD Hem Singh Bharana, two chartered accountants -Pankaj Jain and Vandna Sharda -- and Pawan Bansal of Altius Finserve Pvt. Ltd. among others, they said. It is alleged that the accused persons in pursuance of a criminal conspiracy defrauded the UCO Bank to the tune of about Rs 621 crore by diversion and siphoning of the bank loans, they said. The BJP on Saturday accepted the resignation of two of its ministers from the Jammu and Kashmir coalition government but said their unwise move to go and pacify people rallying for suspects of rape and murder of a minor was "mistaken for trying to shield the accused". BJP General Secretary and its Kashmir pointsman Ram Madhav, who was here to attend the party's legislature meet, ruled out any threat to the ruling alliance in the wake of the resignations by the two ministers Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga. He said the resignation letters were now being forwarded to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Madhav, largely credited for stitching together the C ruling combine of the BJP and the PDP denied that the , two ministers had been asked to resign following pressure from its senior partner in the government. "There is no question of any pressure. These two ministers had gone to pacify the people, but subsequently their presence was mistaken for trying to shield the accused. They had never supported the accused. Wish to see culprits hanged: Victim's family Udhampur : As the Bakerwals make their way to the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir with their belongings, she trudges along burdened by the weight of her eight-year-old daughter's death. "My only wish is the culprits should be hanged for the heinous crime, so that no other family has to go through it," she says. Contd. on P10 Set up fast track court, CM to CJ hief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has written to the chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, requesting setting up of a special fast track court to try the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. The chief minister requested the chief justice for establishment of the special fast track court for the case, official sources said. It would complete trial in 90 days and would be the first such court in state, they said. The government has also decided to terminate from service the cops accused in the case, they added. UNNAO RAPE CBI gets 7 day custody of MLA, victim undergoes tests Lucknow A special CBI court here on Saturday sent, to seven days CBI custody, rape accused Uttar Pradesh BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, while the medical examination of the 17-year-old victim was conducted at a hospital here earlier in the day . The CBI had sought a 14-day remand but the court only allowed a week-long remand. The agency earlier got Sengar's medical examination done here. Sengar, the lawmaker from Unnao's Bangamau, however continued to claim that he was innocent and told media persons before he was presented before the court that he had full faith in God and the judiciary . Accused of raping a 17year-old and conspiring to kill her father, who died of injuries he sustained while beaten brutally in police custody by Sengar's brother and some aides, was arrested. Contd. on P10 US, allies strike Syria, Cauvery water protests: draw condemnation Vaiko's from Assad, Putin relative dead AGEncIES Madurai News Brief Chandrababu Naidu to observe fast over special status to Andhra amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will observe a day-long fast on April 20 to protest the Narendra Modi-led Central government's refusal to grant special category status to the state. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President will be staging the protest on his 68th birthday to pressurise the Central government to fulfill all commitments made at the time of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. His announcement on Saturday came close on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's day-long huger strike on April 12 to protest disruption of Parliament. Rs 22 cr illegal cash seized in Karnataka Bengaluru: The Election Commission's surveillance squads and police officials have seized over Rs 22 crore illegal cash since the model code of conduct was put in force on March 27 in poll-bound Karnataka, the state's Chief Electoral Officer said on Saturday."The EC squads and police authorities have so far seized cash over Rs 22.34 crore, besides 7.5kg gold valued at Rs 1.76 crore, unspecified amount of silver worth over Rs 12 lakh, 10 sarees and 160 laptops, among other items, for violation of the model code of conduct in force for the May 12 state legislative assembly election," said CEO Sanjiv Kumar in a statement here. AGEncIES Washington/Damascus/Moscow/London The US, Britain and France launched coordinated strikes against Syria's research, storage and military targets to "punish" the Bashar al-Assad regime for an apparent chemical attack in Douma that killed over 70 people. The military action was denounced by Damascus and its ally Moscow as a "failure" and "an act of aggression". Western allies warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further attacks if chemical weapons were used again. PG-6 Macron's decision to hit Syria sparks debate in France Paris: France's participation in the US-led military operation in Syria sparked fierce debate at home on Saturday.French President Emmanuel Macron defended his decision to join the operation in a statement shortly after the strike was launched late Friday, stressing that France's participation was limited to "the capabilities of the Syrian regime for the production and use of chemical weapons". "I ordered the French armed forces to intervene as part of an international operation in coalition with the US and the UK directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime. Saravana Suresh, nephew of MDMK leader Vaiko, who had set himself on fire over the Cauvery water dispute, died on Saturday . Announcing his death in a local hospital where he was admitted, Vaiko appealed to the youth not to commit selfimmolation. He said his entire family was shattered by the development. Suresh, who is the son of the brother of Vaiko's wife, set himself afire in Virudhunagar after feeling disturbed over the Cauvery water dispute. He was later brought taken to Madurai and hospitalised. In a statement on Friday, appealed to people to refrain from harming themselves in similar manner, the MDMK leader said Suresh had listened to his speech against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Chennai on Thursday and had been feeling disturbed ever since. According to Vaiko, on Friday morning Suresh said he was going for a walk. Later, it was found that he had doused himself with kerosene and set ablaze. I have lost hope of his survival. All in my family are suffering... (due to this incident)," Vaiko said. President Ramnath Kovind inaugurated a function organised on 127th birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar by lighting a lamp in Mhow on Saturday. Governor Anandiben Patel, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and others were present. CHOUHAN LOST DEFAMATION CASE IN APEX COURT Deposit litigation cost in govt a/c, CM told Mishra claims to book Chouhans if Cong comes to power ouR STAFF REPoRTER BHOPAL Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra on Saturday demanded that after the Supreme Court decision, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should deposit the amount spent on defamation case in the accounts of the govern- ment. The case was filed by the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on June 24,2014, in Bhopal Court. However, the Supreme Court had stated in its decision that the district Court should not have entertained this case filed by Chouhan against Mishra. It decided the case in favour of Mishra on April 13.He alleged that the case was entertained by the court only under the pressure of the govt. He claimed that he is having many evidences against the chief minister and his wife and that he will book them "If the Congress forms the government". Advocate Ajay Gupta, member of legal wing of the party said that the union and the state government are suppressing the rights of the common man. "The constitution is in danger. The Congress party is forced to take out the Samvidhan Bachao Yatra, from April 14," he added. He claimed that govt is sabotaging the right of asking questions by filing defamation cases on petty issues. He alleged that Mishra had asked CM to clarify as to why around 15 of the newly recruited transport constable belong to Gondia Maharashtra. But in place of conducting any enquiry the CM filed the case. Later an FIR was registered by the STF in the transport constable recruitment case. US adds India in currency monitoring list with China Russian cosmonauts greet AGEncIES New Delhi The United States has included India in "the monitoring list" of its "major trading partners that merit close attention to their currency practices and macroeconomic policies". The list is a part of the semi-annual report on "Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the US" prepared by the US Department of Treasury for the US Congress. The report, which was submitted to the US Congress on April 13, included the list which comprised of China, Japan, South Ko- rea, Germany, Switzerland, and India. "The Treasury Dept is working to ensure that trade is free, fair, and reciprocal so American workers and companies can compete and succeed globally said US Treas," ury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. "We will continue to monitor and combat unfair currency practices, while encouraging policies and reforms to address large trade imbalances." Accordingly once listed, , the concerned country would remain on it for at least two consecutive report cycles which is submitted to the US Congress "to help ensure that any improvement in performance versus the criteria is durable and is not due to temporary factors". On India, the report said that the country increased its purchases of foreign exchange over the first three quarters of 2017. "Despite a sharp drop-off in purchases in the fourth quarter, net annual purchases of foreign exchange reached $56 billion in 2017, equivalent to 2.2 percent of GDP ," the report said. "India has a significant bilateral goods trade surplus with the United States, totaling $23 billion in 2017, but India's current account is in deficit at 1.5 percent of GDP and the exchange rate is not deemed to be undervalued by the IMF." Given that Indian foreign exchange reserves are ample by common metrics, and that India maintains some controls on both inbound and outbound flows of private capital, further reserve accumulation does not "appear necessary" the report observed.Regarding China, the report said: "China has an extremely large and persistent bilateral trade surplus with the US, by far the largest among any of the US' major trading partners, with the goods trade surplus standing at $375 bn over the four quarters through Dec 2017, an increase of $28 billion over 2016." Kudankulam schoolchildren AGEncIES Mumbai Two Russian cosmonauts from the International Space Station (ISS) have greeted students of the Atomic Energy Central School at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu after receiving a letter from them, according to a statement from Russian state-run nuclear energy corporation Rosatom. The company is the equipment supplier and technical consultant for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project being operated by the Nuclear Power Corp. The letter from the ISS was written by cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Anton Shkaplerov. "Out of more than 12,000 letters, the students' letter was chosen to be replied and the astronauts sent greetings," the statement said. A video sent by Rosatom showed the astroanuts displaying a picture taken by the children with Russian space pilot, Mikhail Kornienko during his visit to the school last year.Artemyev said in the video that they had received a lot of letters and congratulations on the International Cosmonauts Day . "One of those letters was unique. It was full of warmth and love and we could not resist ourselves from replying. The letter is written by school children from a village called Kundakulam in South India who study at Atomic Central School," he said.