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 39.9 C.24.6 C. Sunrise: 05: 49 Sunset: 06: 58 HUMIDITY Morning : 40 Evening : 22 NATION vol. 7 no. 332 | BhoPal BhoPal | thuRsday | May 10, 2018 | Pages 14 | ` 3 Time foR ConG To bid adieu To K’TaKa: modi www.freepressjournal.in EDIT Rahul Gandhi’S wiSh Courts can refer to parliamentary panel reports: SC agencieS New Delhi News Brief Blast kills 2 BSF troopers in Manipur IMphAl: A powerful explosion triggered by suspected militants killed two Border Security Force (BSF) troopers on the Imphal-Dimapur road in Manipur on Wednesday, officials said.The BSF said in a statement that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off around 1.30 p.m. inside a store situated on the roadside near the BSF headquarter campus. The deafening blast seriously injured BSF constables Sanjay Tirkey and N.N. Meetei, amputating the lower parts of their bodies. Journalist Rai sent to judicial custody New DelhI: A court here on Wednesday rejected the CBI's plea for additional custody of senior journalist Upendra Rai, arrested for dubious transactions in his accounts, and sent him to 14-day judicial custody. Rai was presented before Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann who rejected the CBI plea seeking extension of his custodial interrogation and remanded him to judicial custody till May 23. Owner of Printlines Media Group and formerly employed with Tehelka, Rai was arrested for dubious transactions in his accounts to the tune of over Rs 100 cr during 2017-2018. Multiple attacks on police stations in Kabul kill 7 KABul: At least seven people were killed and another 17 were wounded in multiple attacks on police districts in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, officials said. According to police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai, the first attack began with a blast when two militants equipped with arms and suicide vests targeted a police station in Police District 13 in Dashti Barchi locality at 11.30 a.m, Xinhua news agency reported. US dumping Iran deal will push oil up, hit India New DelhI: A day after President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal and decided to re-impose sanctions on Tehran, Assocham said on Wednesday that the move will hit the Indian economy due to its likely upward impact on oil prices. Iran is a major oil producing country ."Trump pulling out of the Iran deal and announcing his decision to re-impose sanctions would exert pressure on the fuel prices and affect the Indian economy on the downside," Assocham Secretary General D.S. Rawat said in a statement. The Supreme Court on Wednesday said courts can look into parliamentary committee reports and take them on record while deciding a case but added the report cannot be challenged. A five-judge constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan in three separate but concurring judgements held that this would not amount to any breach of Parliament's privilege. Chief Justice Misra, along with Justice Khanwilkar, said: "In a litigation filed either under Article 32 or Article 136 of the Constitution, this court can take on record the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee." However, the report "cannot be impinged or challenged in a court of law", they said. Chief Justice Misra said: "Judicial notice can be taken of the Parliamentary Standing Committee report under Section 57(4) of the Evidence Act and it is admissible under Section 74 of the said Act." Concurring with the two, Sexual offender gets 14 years R-I Our STaFF rePOrTer BHOPAL Additional district judge Vandana Jain of District and Sessions court has convicted a man in connection with sexual offense against 7 years old girl and awarded him a rigorous imprisonment (RI) of 14 years. Matter was reported to police on March 18, 2017 when a 7 years old victim and her mother, approached Aishbag police station. As per the complaint, the accused, 27-year old Muzib son of Bafati took advantage of his closeness with the kids in his neighbourhood to molest the girl. He molested the girl behind cars and threatened her to keep silence. It became a regular practice, but one day, the victim gathered courage and narrated the entire story to her mother. Police registered a case under 376(2)(I)(N),506 of IPC and relevant sections of under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, was registered against accused. Justice Chandrachud, also speaking for Justice A.K. Sikri, said: "Once the report of a Parliamentary Committee has been published, reference to it in the course of judicial proceedings will not constitute a breach of parliamentary privilege." Holding that the validity of the report cannot be called into question in the court, he said: "No Member of Parliament or person can be made liable for what is stated in the course of the proceedings before a Parliamentary Committee or for a vote tendered or given." Asserting they don't see any "valid reason for not accepting" the submission of petitioner that "courts are not debarred" from looking into the Parliamentary materials and reports, Justice Ashok Bhushan too in a concurring judgment said there was "no requirement of any permission" from the Lok Sabha Speaker for "producing such documents as evidence in court". He said after a committee report has been adopted by Parliament, it becomes a public document within the meaning of Evidence Act. However, Justice Bhushan said the admissibility of a Parliamentary Committee Report in evidence "does not mean that facts stated in the report stand proved". "When issues of facts come before a court of law for adjudication, the court is to decide the issues on the basis of the evidence and material brought before it." The constitution bench said this while answering the question whether reliance can be placed on the report of a Parliamentary Standing Committee for adjudication of a fact and also what other purposes can it can be used for. It came as a setback for the Central government and drug manufacturing company MSD Pharmaceuticals which contended that the court can't look at the Parliamentary Committee report for deciding an issue being adjudicated by it. Kasauli killing Name erring officials: SC agencieS New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Himachal Pradesh government to provide it the names and designations of officers who were posted in Kasauli when unauthorized constructions were carried out. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta also sought a report from the state on specific steps taken to ensure that no uauthorized construction was being carried out in other parts of the state. During the hearing, the bench asked Advocate General of Himachal Pradesh what action will the state take against officials who were posted when the unauthorized construction took place. It said: "Unless you take action and remove four-five people from service, nothing will fall in line." It also asked the HP government about the steps it will take to remove the debris of unauthorized construction. Giving two months to file its report, the bench posted the matter for August. Earlier, the SC said the murder of a woman officer when she was supervising an anti-encroachment drive in Kasauli was because of the non-implementation of the state law prohibiting illegal construction.The apex court took suo motu cognizance of the killing and described the incident as "extremely serious". GLAM Thought for the day “The greatest friend you have is the Divine Power which is looking after you and doing everything for you.” her holiness Mataji Nirmala Devi Katy apologises to Swift, ends long-standing feud Walmart buys 77% stake in Flipkart for $16 bn agencieS Bengaluru In a mega deal in India's e-commerce space, the world's retail giant, Walmart Inc, on Wednesday announced it was buying 77 per cent equity stake in the country's largest etailor Flipkart for $16 billion. "Subject to regulatory approval in India, Walmart will pay $16 billion (Rs 1,07,662 crore at $67.3) for 77 per cent equity stake in Flipkart," the Arkansasbased firm said in a statement from the US. The acquisition of the majority stake makes the $500-billion Walmart the largest shareholder of the city-based Flipkart group and will help accelerate its mission to transform ecommerce through digital technology . "The investment underscores our commitment to sustained job creation and investment in India, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing economies," said Walmart. As part of the agreement, the remaining 33 per cent of the equity will be with Flipkart cofounder Binny Bansal and institutional investors Tencent Holdings Ltd, Tiger Global Management LLC and Microsoft Corporation. Walmart CEO says deal among best decisions Within hours of adding Flipkart to its shopping cart, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told the e-retailer's employees that the deal was among the best decisions and emphasised that India was the best place was to be in, according to sources. Traders oppose but industry gives thumbs up walmart's acquisition of Flipkart faced opposition from traders and an RSS affiliate, though industry body Assocham said it was a 'salute' to the success of Indian start-ups. Walmart making back-door entry into retail sector: RSS wing RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch today alleged that US retail giant Walmart was "circumventing" rules for a "back-door entry" into India with its acquisition of Flipkart and sought Modi's intervention to safeguard "national interest". Walmart shares tumble over 4 pc walmart shares slumped more than 4 per cent in the morning trade on wednesday wiping off nearly $10 billion from its market capitalisation, hours after the retail giant announced the Flipkart deal. "Though the focus will be on serving customers and growing the business, we will support Flipkart's ambition to transition into a publicly-listed, majorityowned subsidiary in the future," the statement said. The deal will also give Walmart an opportunity to partner with the local leader in a large, fast-growing market, as the e-tailer's leadership team will be supported by other investment and technology partners. In an investors' call later, Walmart Chief Executive Doug McMillon said India Road accidents claim 15 lives 7 from MP killed as tanker collides with car in Gujarat FP newS Service Dhar At least 10 persons including three minors were killed and 11 persons seriously injured in two separate road accidents. In the first accident that took place at Rangpur village of Gujarat's Chhotaudepur district on Wednesday morning, seven members of two families, including three minors, from Kukshi village of Dhar district were killed when a tanker collided with their car, the police said. Contd. on P10 SC pulls up ASI for failing to take steps to protect Taj 5 of family killed in accident Dhar/Mhow: Five persons from a family were killed when their car collided a bus on Tuesday night. According to information, the accident took place around 8 pm on Indore Ahmedabad highway near Ghatta Billod bypass when the passenger bus collided head-on with a car carrying five persons.Three persons including a woman and two minors were killed on the spot, while one person died on the way to Mhow and one other died while undergoing treatment in the hospital. new Delhi Activists of Shiv Sena Dogra Front protest against Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over the killing of a tourist in a stone pelting incident at Narbal area on Srinagar-Gulmarg road, in Jammu on Wednesday PTI Justice Chelameswar refuses to attend SCBA farewell agencieS/new Delhi The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) said on Wednesday it will not organise the customary farewell for Justice J. Chelameswar after he expressed his inability to attend it, citing "personal reasons". Justice Chelameswar conveyed this to SCBA President Vikas Singh when he called on the outgoing judge for the invite. Confirming that farewell function will not be held, Vikas Singh told IANS that Justice Chelameswar has cited "personal reasons" for not attending the customary sendoff function. His demits office on June 22. Justice Chelameswar was one of the four senior-most judges of the top court who stunned the nation by holding a press conference on January 12 airing their reservations over the functioning of the top court. The SCBA was to hold the farewell on May 18 -- the last working day before top court goes into six-week summer break starting May 20. The Court will reopen on July 2. Suffering from osteoarthritis? Have fish oil, spinach agencieS London Consuming one gram of fish oil every day and including spinach in the diet could help reduce the pain of patients with osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis that generally affects the hands, hips and knees. In the study published in the journal Rheumatology, the researchers examined the link between diet and the effective selfmanagement of osteoarthritis. Analysing 68 previous studies in the field, they found that a low-dose supplement of fish oil (one and a half standard capsules) could result in pain reduction for patients with osteoarthritis and help improve their cardiovascular health. An inadequate intake of vitamin adversely affects the working of the protein, affecting bone growth and repair and increasing the risk of osteoarthritis Essential fatty acids in fish oil reduce inflammation in joints, helping to alleviate pain, the study said. An increase in foods rich in vitamin K such as kale, spinach and parsley was also found to deliver benefits to patients with osteoarthritis. Vitamin K is needed for vitaminK-dependent (VKD) proteins, which are found in bone and cartilage. An inadequate intake of the vitamin adversely affects the working of the protein, affecting was a priority market for the retail giant as the country was the largest and fastest growing economy . "As a company, we are transforming globally to meet and exceed the needs of customers and we look forward to working with Flipkart to grow in this critical market," said McMillon. The deal will benefit India in providing quality, affordable goods for customers and create skilled jobs and opportunities for small suppliers, farmers and women entrepreneurs. Contd. on P10 bone growth and repair and increasing the risk of osteoarthritis. "The importance of a good diet and regular exercise should never be underestimated. Not only does it keep us fit and healthy, but as we have learned from this study, it can also lessen painful symptoms of osteoarthritis," said study co-author Margaret Rayman, Professor at the University of Surrey in Britain. "We are what we eat and it is important that we have the right amount of nutrients from our food to ensure that our body systems work as they should," Rayman added. The researchers also found that a reduction of weight for overweight and obese patients and the introduction of exercise tailored to mobility could also help ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Not only does obesity increase strain on joints, it can cause lowgrade, systemic inflammation in the body aggravating the condition further. A calorie restricted diet, combined with strengthening, flexibility and aerobic exercises, was identified as an effective approach in reducing pain in overweight patients. There is no evidence that a calorie restricted diet does anything beneficial for lean patients with the condition, the study said. The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) for its failure to take appropriate steps to protect and preserve of the iconic Taj Mahal. The SC also expressed concern over the historic monument being infected by insects and asked the authorities, including ASI, what steps they have taken to prevent this. "This situation would not have arisen if the ASI would have done its job. We are surprised with the way the ASI is defending itself. You (Centre) please consider if the ASI is needed there or not," a bench of Justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta told Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni, who was appearing for the Centre. Nadkarni told the bench that the Ministry of Environment and Forests Was considering the SC's suggestion to appoint international experts to look into the issue of protection and preservation of Taj Mahal. The counsel for ASI told the court that the problem of insects was due to stagnation of the water of river Yamuna. The top court has been monitoring developments in the area to protect the monument. Voter ID card case Two held in Bengaluru Bengaluru Two persons were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly keeping about 10,000 voter cards and over a lakh counterfoils at a flat in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly segment, a senior police officer said. "Two persons have been arrested, one for committing the electoral offence of keeping several voter cards in one place and another for breaking into the apartment where the voter cards and counterfoils were kept, without informing the Election Commission authorities," Additional Commissioner of Police Bijay Kumar Singh told IANS here. State CEO Sanjiv Kumar told reporters here on Wednesday that a total of 9,896 voter cards and over a lakh counterfoils resembling acknowledgement slips were seized so far from a flat in the Assembly constituency ahead of the May 12 assembly , election. Police and Election Commission officials, however, did not disclose the details of the people arrested. "Preliminary investigation shows that the voter cards are genuine, but the counterfoils are yet to be verified," Kumar said.