r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 05: 46 Sunset: 07: 00 HUMIDITY Morning : 45 Evening : 43 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 39.8 C.25.7 C. Her Holiness Mataji Nirmala Devi TMC has murdered democracy in Bengal, says state BJP chief BJP doesn’t win, Congress defeated VOL. XXXIV NO. 333 | INDORE INDORE | WEDNESDAY | MAY 16, 2018 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 NATION “If you develop detachment through thoughtless awareness, God will take over and do your work.” Their style of work is slightly better www.freepressjournal.in EDIT GLAM Thought for the day NiMo fraud costs PNB Rs 14,357 crore AGENCIES Mumbai Punjab National Bank said on Tuesday that its total liability works out to Rs 14,356.84 crore on account of the fraud allegedly carried out by jewellery designer Nirav Modi and associates. The fraud was detected at PNB's Brady House branch in Mumbai involving certain accounts under 'gems and jewellery' sector wherein, through apparent connivance between "these entities and few employees of the bank", some B ALLAHABAD BANK DIVESTS CEO OF ALL POWERS oard of state-owned Allahabad Bank on Tuesday divested its MD and CEO Usha Ananthasubramanian of all powers with immediate effect, following a directive from the finance ministry after she was named in the CBI's chargesheet in PNB fraud case. Ananthasubramanian, was the CMD of Punjab National Bank till May 2017. Finance ministry had asked boards of Allahabad Bank and PNB to take action against Ananthasubramanian and two executive directors of PNB. LoUs/FLCs were issued fraudulently to certain overseas branches of Indian banks through misuse of the SWIFT messaging system. The fraud allegedly perpetuated through Letters of Undertaking (LoUs)/Foreign Letter of Credit (FLCs) is currently being investigated by different agencies. The CBI on Monday filed its first chargesheet in the matter detailing the roles of Nirav Modi, his brother Nishal Modi and Subhash Parab, an executive in Nirav Modis company . "The liabilities on account of LoUs/FLCs, which became due up to March 31, 2018 amounting to Rs 6,586.11 crore have been paid by the bank...," the PNB said in a regulatory filing, while announcing its fourth quarter result. It further said that as a prudent measure, the bank has created liability in the books in respect of LoUs/FLCs which are becoming due after March 31 amounting to Rs 6,959.79 crore. "Bank will make payments to the concerned banks on the due dates of LoUs/FLCs. "After including outstanding amounts under other credit facilities to the above entities, the amount involved now works out to be Rs 14,356.84 crore," PNB said. The Reserve Bank has permitted PNB to make provisions against the fraud amount. The filing further said that the bank has made higher than required provisions amounting to Rs 7,178.42 crore. The remaining provision of Rs 7,178.42 crore will be made during the first three quarters of the ensuing financial year. The bank today posted largest ever quarterly loss of Rs 13,416.91 crore for January-March period, mainly on account of high provisioning for bad loans. It had reported standalone profit of Rs 261.90 crore in the fourth quarter of 2016-17. (P11) Cong+JD(S), BJP vie for govt pie WHO WILL RULE KARNATAKA: Fractured verdict puts ball in Guv’s court • Both BJP and Cong-JD(S) combine stake claim • As per S R Bommai judgment, Governor obliged to Cong president invite largest single party • BJP needs 7 days to prove majority – sufficient time to stitch an alliance clueless, Sonia RAJ SHANKAR Bengaluru News Brief Aadhaar not must for pension: Govt NEW DELHI: Aadhaar card is not mandatory for central government employees to get their pension, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh has said. 12 killed in Varanasi flyover collapse VARANASI: Twelve persons were killed and more than 50 feared trapped as an under construction flyover collapsed on Tuesday in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official said. Gaza death toll reaches 61 GAZA: The number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli forces rose to 61 on uesday, as more protesters T succumbed to their injuries following mass demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel boundary on Monday against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Lalu Prasad to spend another night in jail RANCHI: Convicted RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav will spend one more night in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi and may be released on provisional bail on Wednesday, his lawyer said. Dalits, Lingayats deserted Cong The verdict for the Karnataka Assembly has turned out to be a cliff-hanger T-20 cricket match heading down to the wire. But unlike in T-20s, where the umpire can refer a rather difficult case to the third umpire, Governor Vajabhai Rudabhai Vala has no such option; unless of course one considers Amit Shah or the BJP high command to be the `hidden third umpire.' After a bitter political battle for 222 seats in the Karnataka Assembly (one was countermanded due to the death of a candidate and the other postponed due to some irregularities), foes turned pals overnight, proving once again the adage that politics makes strange bedfellows. The saying is a take-off on a line in the play ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare: “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” In Karnataka, the misery of both the Congress and the JD(S) seems to be an overbearing BJP . Both the BJP and the Congress-JD(S) combine have met the Governor and staked claim to form the next government. The final result is likely to read as BJP 104, Congress 78, JD(S) 38 and others 2. Both the independents have decided to sail with the Congress. Thus, the post-poll alliance of the JD(S) combine will have 118 MLAs. In fact, the two parties on Tuesday took 118 MLA-elect to the Raj Bhavan to prove the point. The Congress and the JD(S) put up a show of unity when chief minister Siddaramaiah and his bitter one-time enemy H D Kumaraswamy met the Governor and staked claim. As per norms established by the Supreme Court in the S R Bommai judgment, the Governor cannot decide on who has the majority That has to be decided on the floor . of the House. NaMo spell helps lotus bloom SARWAR KASHANI Bengaluru LINGAYAT MLAs IN CONG, JD(S) MIFFED WITH TIE-UP RAJ SHANKAR Bengaluru There are reports that seven Congress MLAs, mostly Lingayats, and five JD(S) MLAs, are unhappy with the new alliance. The Lingayats have overwhelmingly voted for the BJP and the last thing they would like to see is a Vokaliga chief minister in Kumaraswamy The Lingay. ats view Vokaligas as betrayers. Yeddyurappa is a tall Lingayat leader and the JD(S) had earlier betrayed him by rescinding a power sharing formula way back in 2007. According to a power-sharing agreement between the BJP and the JD(S) in 2006, Kumaraswamy was to head the coalition government for the first 20 months followed by Yeddyurappa for the same period. However, at the last moment Kumaraswamy refused to relinquish his post. Yeddyurappa and his party then withdrew support to the government in 2007, leading to its collapse and subsequently President's rule was imposed in the state. The Lingayats now see another betrayal in the making by the JD(S). The BJP has tapped the Lingayat MLAs in the Congress and disgruntled elements in the JD(S), prodding them to abstain from voting if the JD(S)-Congress combine indeed comes to power. Twelve short in numbers will pull down the JD(S)-Congress combine on the floor of the House. The lotus is blooming again in Karnataka – almost. Though it has emerged as the single largest party it failed to cross , the half-way mark in the 224member Assembly where two constituencies didn't vote. Nonetheless, it left the ruling Congress stunned and the JDS licking its wounds in the third spot. For the BJP, 104 seats is a dramatic jump from the 40 it won five years ago. The Congress, desperate to retain power in the state amid shrinking national appeal, was given another defeat on the platter (78 seats) with outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah losing in Chamundeshwari to a JD(S) candidate, even as he retained Badami. In fact, out of the 30 outgoing Congress Ministers, 16, including Siddaramaiah, were unceremoniously shown the door by the electorate. While a detailed analysis can wait, it is apparent that two of the major chunks of Sidhu guilty of road rage, 30 gold bars, worth Rs 1.13cr says SC; to pay Rs 1k fine seized from Jet aircraft’s toilet NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Tuesday convicted Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for voluntarily causing hurt to a 65year-old man but spared him a jail term in the 1988 road rage case. A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said Sidhu is guilty of Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and is fined Rs 1,000 for the offence. “A1 (Sidhu) is guilty of Section 323 of IPC. Awarded no sentence but fine of Rs 1,000 for the offence. A2 (Rupinder Singh Sandhu) is acquitted,” the bench said. On April 18, the apex court had reserved its judgement in the case in which Sidhu had claimed that evidence about the cause of death of the victim Gurnam Singh was contradictory and medical opinion on the issue was "vague". 3 gold smuggling bids foiled so far Smuggled from the Gulf; incident indicator to city as haven for smugglers DRI has foiled three attempt of smuggling of gold in the city in last two years. Earlier, DRI foiled two attempts of gold smuggling in February and May last year, seizing 30 gold bars worth Rs 1.54 crore. OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Indore The officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) foiled a smuggling bid when they seized 30 gold bars from toilet of Jet aircraft from the city airport on Monday night. The flight came from Abu Dhabi. The value of seized gold, which weighs upto 3 kilograms, is worth Rs 1.13 crore. Free Press in its May 1 edition had highlighted that the city has become a haven of smugglers, which was proved on Monday night when DRI intercepted and recovered gold alleged to have been flown from Gulf country to Indore. CONTD. ON P10 voters that the Congress was banking on in Karnataka -Dalits and Lingayats – appear to have voted in large numbers for the BJP . The Congress in 2013 rose to power in the southern state with a strong backing of minorities, backward classes and Dalits and the same coalition, ironically, led to its ouster in 2018. The party desperately tried to add to the coalition the Lingayat factor by granting religious minority status to the community - a move that didn't work to its advantage. to rescue FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday saw his position diminished in the Karnataka Assembly elections even as he rushed to 10 Janpath along with his sister Priyanka to take help of his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi. It was decided then to immediately call up former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda for formation of a coalition government. Rahul had no face to speak to Deve Gowda or his son, who will be the coalition CM; Gandhi had not only ruled out any kind of alliance with Janata Dal(Secular) party but even attacked both in the course of the poll campaign. It was Priyanka who reportedly told him to take mother's help when he conveyed that he has no rapport with the Gowdas. The party sources said it was, however, Rahul who instantly agreed at Sonia’s behest to offer the chief ministership to H D Kumaraswamy despite his party winning just half of the seats bagged by the Congress. Sonia first talked to Ghulam Nabi Azad and asked him to send the feelers to both Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy; then, she spoke to them after getting a positive response. ‘Yes sir’ no more, say Jai Hind to mark attendance in schools OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal The attendance in schools will now be marked by hailing ‘Jail Hind’. The Department of School Education issued an order on Monday in this regard. The order said different schools have different words to mark attendance. In order to develop patriotism, Jai Hind will be said for marking attendance. Earlier, school education minister Vijay Shah, during his Satna tour, had ordered to replace ‘Yes Sir’ with ‘Jai Hind’ for marking attendance in schools of Satna district as experiment. The order issued does not clarify that whether it would be applicable only on government schools or also on the private schools. Previously, an order was issued making it mandatory for teachers to wear jacket with a name plate of ‘Rashtra Nirmata’ as part of their uniform. ‘Gender bias kills over 2L girls in India each year’ 1 in 3 teenage girls fears sexual assault in public places AGENCIES London Apart from the rising number of female foeticide cases in India, more than 200,000 girls under the age of five die each year in the country, finds a Lancet study led by an Indian-origin researcher. The study, published in the journal Lancet Global Health, has found that there is on an average In all, 29 out of 35 states in India had overall excess mortality in girls under five. Problem is most pronounced in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh 239,000 excess deaths each year of girls under the age of five owing to neglect due to gender discrimination. The numbers which are particularly higher in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, are mostly due to unwanted child bearing and subsequent neglect. For too long, the focus has been only on prenatal sex selection, said co-researcher Christophe Guilmoto from the Universite Paris Descartes in France. "Gender-based discrimination towards girls doesn't simply prevent them from being born, it may also precipitate the death of those who are born," he said. The figures which are around 2.4 million in a decade can only be checked with stress on female literacy and employment in modern industries, the researchers noted. N AGENCIES New Delhi One in three adolescent girls in India is concerned about sexual harassment in public places while one in five fears physical assault, even rape, according to a new study. The data was collected in a survey -- WINGS 2018: World of India's Girls -- a study on the perception of girls' safety in public spaces, conducted by 'Save the Children' NGO. The early two out of five said that if their parents found out about an incident of harassment in a public space, they would restrict their movement outside of home report also found that more than two-thirds of adolescent girls from urban and rural ar- eas said they would confide in their mother if they face harassment in a public space. Nearly two out of five said that if their parents found out about an incident of harassment in a public space, they would restrict their movement outside of home. The study included surveys with more than 4,000 adolescent girls and boys in India as well as 800 parents of adolescent girls, which was conducted across six states, 30 cities and 84 villages in 12 districts of Delhi-NCR, Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal, Assam and MP.