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 39.8 C.25.7 C. Sunrise: 05: 46 Sunset: 07: 00 HUMIDITY Morning : 45 Evening : 43 vol. 7 No. 338 | Bhopal Bhopal | WedNesday | May 16, 2018 | pages 14 | ` 3 NATION We cannot control the environment around us, but we can control our perceptions completely. his holiness radhanath swami Maharaj TMC has murdered democracy in Bengal, says state BJP chief www.freepressjournal.in EDIT BJP doesn’t win, Congress defeated GLAM Thought for the day Their style of work is slightly better 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 AllAHABAD BANK DIVeSTS CeO Of All POweRS B 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. WHO WILL RULE KARNATAKA: Fractured verdict puts ball in Guv’s court Cong+JD(S), BJP vie for govt pie Combine stakes claim Yeddy to guv: Allow us to prove majority AgEnciES 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 Tuesday, as more protesters 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. The Karnataka Assembly election results threw up an unexpected suspense on Tuesday, as a simple majority tantalisingly eluded BJP and the Congress quickly proclaimed support to third-placed JD(S) to keep the saffron party out of power. All eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will have to decide whether to call BJP, the single largest winner of seats, to try to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress combine, which together have a clear majority in the 224member Assembly. Elections were held for 222 seats on May 12. Both sides rushed to meet Vala, their vehicles slowly cutting through the throngs of party workers and supporters assembled outside the Raj Bhavan gates, and staked claim to power. In a roller-coaster ride for BJP, it initially appeared that the party was set to return to power after a five-year hiatus with a resounding majority. But Learning from mistakes, Cong acted swiftly earning mistakes, the Tuesday moved swiftly to in the game Lextendedfrom pastto JD(S) remainCongress on as it support to form a government Outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and JD(S) President HD Kumaraswamy address the media after a meeting with Governor Rudabhai Vala in relation with in Bengaluru on Tuesday Won't let devpt journey trampled on: Modi Inviting BJP akin to inviting horse trading: Azad journey to be trampled upon, terming the assembly poll results an "unparalleled and unprecedented win". "I want to assure the people of Karnataka that the BJP will not allow the state's development journey to be trampled upon. It will not lag behind for ensuring the state a bright future," he said in an address to party leaders and workers in Karnataka after the BJP failed to get a simple majority. The move is seen as an attempt by the beleaguered party to save yet another state from slipping out of its kitty. The Congress currently rules Punjab, Mizoram and Puducherry. The step will also help provide a major boost to the "sagging morale" of the Congress ahead of state assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where the party sees an opportunity to upstage the BJP , and 2019 general elections. Unlike in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya, where the Congress failed to form its government despite securing the highest seats, it forged a quick post-poll alliance with the JD-S. government, it would mean that he was "openly inviting horse trading, corruption and defection in the parties." Speaking to reporters after meeting governor Vajubhai Vala, Azad said the Congress and JD (S) have adequate numbers to form the government and that the coalition would provide a stable government. He said that the Congress was ready to stop BJP’s march. Modi Congress leader Ghulam Prime Minister Narendrahis partyonwill Senior on Tuesday saidform the Nabi Tuesday asserted that Azad if the Karnataka not allow the state's development governor invites BJP to as all the trends became known, it appeared the party will fall a few seats short of the 112 needed to form the government. "We had to be ready for any eventuality. So when there was a window, we chipped in," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told India Today TV. "In the morning, it looked like the BJP will have enough to form the government, and on the basis of that BJP started celebrating also. Meanwhile, we fared well. JD(S) did not fare that well. And later, when the JD(S) and the Congress numbers swelled up, that was the time we felt we can make it," he said. Azad's comments summed up the breathtaking daylong developments in an election seen as a bellwether for the 2019 general elections at a time when the saffron wave is sweeping the country. Karnataka was the only major non-BJP ruled state, and the party offices had reverberated with jubilation in the morning when initial trends put it ahead. ‘Yes sir’ no more, say Jai Hind to mark attendance in state 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. Sidhu guilty of road rage, Six tigers from MP to make 30 gold bars seized from says SC; to pay Rs 1k fine Odisha reserve their new home Jet aircraft’s toilet nEw dElhi The Supreme Court on Tuesday convicted Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for voluntarily causing hurt to a 65-yearold 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 AgEnciES Bhubaneswar A life was lost and everybody will regret it. But the court says it was an accident. I have submitted to the majesty of the law and whatever the court says I abide by it. Navjot SiNgh Sidhu 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". Six tigers will be relocated to Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha's Angul district from Madhya Pradesh as part of the state government's plan to revive big cat population in the protected forest. The first tiger is scheduled to reach the state next month, said Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray . "Initially, just one tiger will be relocated to the reserve from Madhya Pradesh on a pilot basis. The remaining five would be released in Satkosia over a period of time," Routray said. The 963 sq-km reserve, as of now, has just two tigers, both over the age of 13, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Sandeep Tripathy said. The forest has favourable environment with adequate prey base but the two old tigers are not fit for breed- ing, he stated. The divisional forest officer (DFO) of Satkosia, SMT Rehaman, however, stated there were contradictory reports over Satkosia's tiger population. "Earlier, tigers were counted based on pug marks, but now there are camera traps. It is difficult to ascertain the exact number in Satkosia," he explained According to NTCA estimation in 2010, there were eight (8) tigers in the reserve. Asked about the reason behind the dwindling population in Satkosia, the DFO said, "The two existing tigers are females and old. That explains why the numbers have fallen." CoNtd. oN p10 DRI foils smuggling bid, pegs cost of seized metal at Rs 1.13cr 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 from where it was to be distribution to other parts of India. A senior DRI official told Free Press that their officers seized 30 gold bars from the toilet of Jet flight 9W-743 that arrived from New Delhi to Indore airport. CoNtd. oN p10 ‘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 239,000 excess deaths each year of girls under the age of five owing to neglect due to gender discrimination. 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 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 Univer- site 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 liter- acy and employment in modern industries, the researchers noted. "Regional estimates of excess deaths of girls shows any intervention in the food and health care allocation should particularly target Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, where poverty low social de, velopment, and patriarchal institutions persist and investments on girls are limited," said Nandita Saikia postdoctoral research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. 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 report also found that more 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 than two-thirds of adolescent girls from urban and rural areas 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 Madhya Pradesh. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launched the report of the survey today and said, "Women and girls must be at the heart of policies that guide urban development.