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 39.4 C.23.8 C. Sunrise: 06: 06 Sunset: 06: 46 HUMIDITY Morning : 38 Evening : 29 vol. 7 No. 309 | Bhopal Bhopal | tUESDay | apRIl 17, 2018 | pagES 14 | ` 3 NATION Peace and happiness are life’s invaluable gems. Without them, man becomes a beggar. - Sri Ma Gujarat scans 8,000 missing girls' data to identify rape victim www.freepressjournal.in EDIT Pak judiciary: At beck and call of Army Mecca masjid blast accused acquitted AgeNcieS Hyderabad News Brief Army man joins Hizbul: JK police Srinagar: An army man who had gone missing from south Kashmir earlier this month has joined the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group, police officials said on Monday. Idrees Mir, who was posted in the Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) unit, joined the group on Sunday, a police official said. The official said Mir had gone missing from Shopian. He joined the group along with two locals who had also been missing. The Army maintains that he is 'missing' and has no confirmation about his joining the terror outfit. According to the police, Mir was posted to Jharkhand and was unhappy about the move. Delhi HC says no to changing class 12 re-exam date new delHi: The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking to change the date of the reexamination of the Class 12 economics paper, which the CBSE has decided to conduct on April 25 after the paper was leaked. Order allowing screening of 'Nanak Shah Fakir' to continue: SC new delHi: The screening of the controversial movie 'Nanak Shah Fakir', based on the life of the first guru of the Sikhs, will continue, with the Supreme Court on Monday ruling that its interim order allowing its release would remain operational. A bench headed by CJ Dipak Misra said it would hear on May 8 the submission and the counter on behalf of the film producer and the SGPC on the movie. The SGPC vehemently referred to its 2003 notification and said it had specifically prohibited anyone from portraying any of the ten 'Gurus', their family members and 'Panj Pyare' on the silver screen. Nearly 11 years after a bomb blast killed nine worshippers at the historic Mecca masjid here, a special NIA court on Monday acquitted all five Hindu activist accused, inviting strong criticism from Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi. The National Investigation Agency court held that none of the charges framed against the accused, including Swamy Aseemanand, had been proved, a lawyer for one of the accused told reporters outside the Nampally criminal court complex. Righwing Hindu activists Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swamy Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajender Chowdhary against , whom the charges were framed, were all acquitted. Swamy Aseemanand, a resident of Gujarat and head of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, was earlier acquitted in the Ajmer Dargah blast case and is currently on bail in Samjhauta Express blast case of 2014. Devendra Gupta is the RSS parcharak from Bihar while Lokesh Sharma is a RSS activist from MP. The powerful explo- Darsagah-e-Jehad-e-Shahadat activists being arrested by the police during a protest against NIA court’s judgment on Mecca Masjid bomb blast case, in old city of Hyderabad on Monday PTI Judge resigns after verdict Hyderabad: Hours after acquitting all five Hindu activists accused in the 2011 bomb blast at the historic Mecca Masjid here left nine worshippers dead, special NIA court judge Ravinder Reddy on Monday tendered his resignation. Reddy, who is the fourth Metropolitan Sessions Judge, cited "personal reasons" in his resignation letter sent to the Chief Justice of the Hyderabad High Court, said informed sources. There was no information if his decision was linked to the verdict. sion had killed nine people and injured more than 50 during the Friday prayers at the 17th century mosque near the iconic Charminar on May 18, 2007. Two live IEDs were also recovered by police and defused. Later, five more people were killed in subse- quent police firing on the crowd outside the mosque. There were a total of 10 accused in the case and five of them were chargesheeted by the NIA. One, Sunil Joshi, a RSS pracharak, was murdered during the course of investigation. CoNtD. oN p10 Bhargava questions quota, courts controversy NARSINGPUR: State Minister Gopal Bhargava has courted controversy by saying that maximum officers and other staff in the government should be from his Brahmin community since they were more talented. "Earlier, one fourth of govt officers and staff were from our Brahmin community but now , the figure is 10%. This is happening because merit has been jettisoned and incompetent people hired. If a person with 40% marks is selected instead of one with 90%, the country will lag. Talent is being insulted," he said on Sunday at an event in Narsingpur district. As his comments generated a controversy the Rural Development , Minister clarified that he was a supporter of the constitutional provision of reservation in jobs and education to the weaker sections. "I have not used or mentioned the word reservation in my earlier statement," Bhargava maintained. PTI GLAM Thought for the day Fresh portrayal of women made Richa say ‘yes’ SC orders security for Kathua rape victim's family, others AgeNcieS New Delhi Aseemanand still faces Samjhauta case trial New Delhi, Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand, acquitted by a NIA court on Monday in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, now faces trial only in the 2007 Samjhauta Express train blast case since he was earlier acquitted in the Ajmer Dargah blast case of the same year. A resident of Gujarat and head of the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Aseemanand was formerly associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The septuagenarian is currently on bail in the case pertaining to the blast on the Samjhauta Express train near Panipat in Haryana. On Monday the , special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Hyderabad acquitted the Swami and four other Hindu right wing members in the Mecca Masjid blast case by saying that none of the charges framed against the accused were proved. A powerful explosion killed nine people at the Mecca Masjid near Charminar in Hyderabad during the Friday prayers on May 18, 2007. The Supreme Court on Monday ordered adequate security for the Kathua rape victim's family their lawyer , Deepika Singh Rajawat and others and sought the Jammu and Kashmir government's response to a plea for the transfer of the trial of the case to Chandigarh. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the state to provide adequate security also to Rajawat's family as well as Talib Hussain - a member of the Bakerwal community who is helping the victim's family . As an interim measure, the court directed that Jammu and Kashmir government "shall keep the security as provided to the family , members of the victim, in continuity; provide security to Ms. Deepika Singh Rajawat and her family members; and that protection shall be provided to Mr. Talib Hussain, who is assisting the victim's family in prosecution of the grievance by remaining present in the Court or engaging counsel to assist the public prosecutor".The court said that the security so provided would be in plainclothes.The court order came on the victim's father's plea who sought transfer of the trial from Kathua to Chandigarh and protection to the family . Main accused Sanji Ram (R) and other accused of Kathua rape & murder case being produced in District Court, on Monday. PTI ACCUSED PLEAD NOT GUILTY, DEMAND NARCO TEST KatHua: The eight people accused of raping and killing an 8year-old girl pleaded not guilty and asked the judge for narco analysis test as the trial into the case, which has become the focal point of outrage across the country, began here on Monday. Seven of the eight accused were produced before District and Sessions Judge Sanjeev Gupta, who asked the state Crime Branch to give them copies of the chargesheet and fixed April 28 as the next date of hearing. The eighth accused is a juvenile who moved a bail application before the chief judicial magistrate. The matter was posted for April 26. The accused were presented before the court which was packed with lawyers and heavy posse of policemen. The child from a minority nomadic community was allegedly held in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district for a week in January this year during which she was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death. According to the chargesheets filed by the Crime Branch, the abduction, rape and killing of the girl was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the nomadic community from the area. A separate chargesheet was filed for the juvenile. The counsel for the accused demanded a copy of the chargesheet filed by the Crime Branch on April 9 before the chief judicial magistrate. Minor among three beaten to death after accident fp NewS SeRvice Kukshi / Indore Three persons, including a minor, were beaten to death following a road accident in which one person was killed on Nawadpura road near Konada Phata, on Sunday night. The incident took place when two bikes collided head on. It is said that five persons including a minor were travelling on a bike towards Helada village when it collided with another bike in which three persons were going towards Pipripura village after attending a marriage function.Kukshi SDPO Priyanka Dudwey said the deceased were identified as Golu, 21, son of Indu Singh of Pipripura, Bhupendra, 14, son of Kanhiyalal, Ramlal, 28, son of Sekdiya and Mukesh, 25, son of Jamsingh, all resident of Helad. Police registered a case and began investigation after villagers staged a protest outside the police station demanding arrest of the accused. As per the reports, it was revealed that after death of Indu's son, his relatives who were following them in a pick-up van attacked five persons who were travelling on another bike. They hold them responsible for death and bashed them mercilessly with sticks and also stoned them. Bhupendra died on the spot and Ramlal succumbed to injuries at Nawadpura hospital while Mukesh declared brought dead at Barwani hospital. In the police complaint, Ashok, brother of Jitendra, who rushed to the spot, said that the accused did not allow them to take the trio to Barwani hospital in an ambulance and forced them to take Nawadpura PHC. Police registered a case accident but in the morning after people staged a protest outside the police station, they registered a case under relevant section of the IPC. SDOP Dudwey also assured the villagers of suitable action against the guilty . IRCTC HOTELS CASE SC quashes NGT CBI charge-sheets Lokayukta unearths ‘disproportionate’ order on 'silence zone' Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi assets of Co-op samiti manager New Delhi The CBI on Monday said it has filed a charge-sheet against former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and others in connection with its probe into alleged irregularities in the 2006 IRCTC hotels maintenance contract case. A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official said that the agency had filed a case against Lalu Prasad, his wife and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, his son and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and others.The case pertains to the period when Lalu Prasad was the Railway Minister. On April 10, the CBI had grilled Rabri Devi for hours in Patna in connection with the case. In Oc- tober last year, the investigating agency had questioned Lalu Prasad and his younger son Tejashwi Yadav in the case at its Delhi headquarters. The CBI on July 5, 2017 filed a corruption case against Rabri Devi, Lalu Prasad, and Tejashwi Yadav for alleged irregularities in the allotment of contracts of two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006 to a private firm. The contracts were given to Sujata Hotels, a company owned by Vijay and Vinay Kochhar -- both named in the CBI FIR as accused -- in lieu of bribe in the form of a three-acre commercial plot at a prime location in Patna district, the CBI said. oUR StAff RepoRteR BHOPAL Lokayukta police on Monday raided residences of a Samiti manager of Cooperative Society, Rahatgarh as he amassed disproportionate assets to the tune of crores. The raiding team also found ‘45 land registries and 22 bank accounts from the places of the accused. Lokayukta TI, Sagar, Jamra said they received complaint that Samiti manager Ashok Kumar Dubey was owning disproportionate assets despite getting a salary of Rs 11,500 per month. The Lokayukta team investigated the matter minutely and found the complaint true. Three teams were constituted to raid the known places of Ashok, who owns property in Sagar, Berkheri and Garhakota. A team raided his residence in Sagar and seized registry papers of 45 land pieces, out of which 24 registries were made on his name and the remaining were on the names of his wife, son and daughter and it is said that the total value of properties is worth Rs 1.10 crore. He also owns land in two other places-Garahakota and Berkheri and the department is calculating the cost of land. During the raid in Sagar, the team also recovered passbooks of 22 bank accounts, 12 insurance policies and gold ornaments worth Rs 5.50 lakh and silver of Rs 20,000. At present, Ashok is drawing a salary of Rs 11,500 PM but he had managed to own huge property through illegal means. The teams will check his and family members bank accounts and lockers in the coming days. The Samiti manager is the first line service provider to the farmers and he used to give fertilizers, seed and other things required for farming. Normal monsoon this yr, govt expects boost to farm output AgeNcieS New Delhi The country will receive 'normal' monsoon rainfall this year, the Indian Meteorological Department forecast on Monday raising hopes , for higher farm output and a boost to the rains-dependent rural economy . Nearly 50 per cent of India's cultivable farm area depend on the monsoon, making it lifeline of the country's rural economy and agriculture sector that has been lagging the overall economic growth rate. The monsoon will be 97 per cent of long period average (LPA), which is normal for the season, IMD Director General K G Ramesh told reporters. The error margin in the forecast is plus/minus 5 per cent. He said there was 'very less probability' of a deficient monsoon. The four-month monsoon season from June to September provides about 75 per cent of annual rainfall to the country . Over 50 per cent of the country's population is dependent on farming and about 15 per cent of the GDP comes from agriculture and allied sectors. While Ramesh said it would be the third consecutive year of 'normal' monsoon in 2018, the country had recorded 95 per cent rains during the monsoon period in 2017. Since October saw further rains, the overall rainfall for the last year can be considered as normal, Ramesh said. The monsoon rainfall during 2016 was 97 per cent, while it was below normal at 86 per cent in 2015. The monsoon is considered normal if the average rainfall is between 96-104 per cent of the long period average. Anything less than 90 per cageent of LPA is termed a 'deficient', and 90-96 per cent of the same is considered 'below normal'. Enthused by the Met Department's forecast of a normal monsoon, Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak said the country's foodgrain production may surpass this year's record high of 277.49 million tonne. "The normal monsoon will boost kharif sowing that will start from June. We expect foodgrain output to surpass this year's record," Pattanayak told PTI. "The forecast (for 2018) suggests maximum probability for normal monsoon and low probability for deficient rainfall," Ramesh said. There is 14 per cent chance of a deficient rainfall and 30 per cent chance of a below-normal precipitation. The chance for a normal rainfall is 42 per cent, 12 per cent for above normal rainfall and 2 per cent chance for excess precipitation. Several parts of India are witnessing agriculture distress and a good rainfall is likely to provide some relief. Economists expect a good monsoon season to provide the much-needed boost to house- hold income and consumer demand in rural areas, and also help bring down the food inflation. DS Pai, a scientist with the IMD, said the La Nina condition is weakening and is highly likely to enter a neutral phase.The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is negative, but even that is reducing, Ramesh said. "Neutral La Nina is not detrimental for the Monsoon," Ramesh said. La Nina is associated with cooling of the equatorial Pacific waters, while El Nino is associated with the warming of these waters. A positive IOD is associated with cooling of the equatorial waters of the Indian Ocean and a negative IOD is associated with the warming of these waters. at Amarnath shrine file photo AgeNcieS New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday set aside an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that declared a "silence zone" in front of the ice stalagmite resembling the "Shivalinga" at the Amarnath cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta stayed the December 13 order of the NGT while hearing a plea filed by the Amarnath Shrine Board against the order on the ground that a decision in a case could not be based on grounds outside the pleading of the parties. The Amarnath cave shrine is considered one of the most holy by Hindus. The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year barring a short period of time in summer when it is opened for pilgrims. Appearing for the Amarnath Shrine Board, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi told the bench that the NGT had taken up the Amarnath issue on its own while dealing with a plea relating to stopping the use of horses and ponies in Vaishno Devi shrine premises in Jammu. The bench asked petitioner and environment activist Gauri Mulekhi to file a proper petition on the issue relating to the Amarnath shrine. During the hearing, Rohatgi told the bench that the NGT had barred chiming of bells, offering of "prasad", chanting of mantras or saying "Jai Bholenath" in the areas surrounding the famed cave shrine to preserve its eco sensitivity . Hearing this, the bench quipped: "What does it (NGT) want to say?" Rohatgi added: "How can they ask that you can't take 'prasad' with you? People have religious sentiments." On the NGT's order of banning carrying of "prasad", the bench suggested that Amarnath Shrine Board could provide the "prasad".