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 40.8 C.26.0 C. Sunrise: 05: 42 Sunset: 07: 10 HUMIDITY Morning : 61 Evening : 54 vol. 7 No. 361 | Bhopal Bhopal | FRIday | JuNe 8, 2018 | pages 14 | ` 3 NATION What is impossible for an ordinary person is possible with the blessings of God, the Guru and the higher beings. master Choa Kok Sui amit Shah cannot change Sena’S Stand: raut www.freepressjournal.in EDIT expected hike KATHUA RAPE & MURDER Pathankot court frames charges against seven ageNcies Pathankot News Brief Mukesh keeps salary unchanged at Rs 15 crore New DelhI: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh D. Ambani, who keeps his standing as the richest Indian, has kept his annual compensation unchanged at Rs 15 crore for the 10th consecutive year. According to the company's annual report released on Thursday, Ambani's decision reflects "his desire to continue to set a personal example for moderation in managerial compensation levels". BJP MLAs marshalled out of Delhi Assembly New DelhI : The Delhi Assembly's special session witnessed high drama on Thursday as BJP leader and Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta and party MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa were marshalled out of the house for creating a ruckus. The two, along with another opposition MLA Jagdish Pradhan, were demanding an apology from Deputy CM Manish Sisodia for "misleading" the Assembly by levelling allegations against the Centre during a discussion on Wednesday on the demand for full statehood to Delhi. Lightning, strong winds in Raj claim seven lives JaIPuR: Seven people have died in different parts of Rajasthan over the last two days due to extreme weather conditions, police said on Thursday. In Hanumangarh district, an elderly women Jyani Devi (70) and her two grandsons, Punit (3) and Pradeep (5), died when a portion of their house collapsed due to strong winds and rain on Tuesday evening, police said. In Dholpur, Munshilal (52) and Kumari Shashi (10) died after being struck by lightning yesterday, police said. Munshilal was in his farm in Kanchanpur while the girl was grazing cattle in Saipau area when the incidents occurred, police added. Arjun Tendulkar breaks into India U-19 squad New DelhI: Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun Tendulkar has found a place in the India Under-19 squad for the two four-day matches in Sri Lanka next month. Arjun, a left-arm seamer, was a part of the Mumbai Under-19 squad last year in the Cooch Behar Trophy where he impressed with 18 wickets. The 18-year-old has also regularly featured in net sessions involving international teams. A court here, hearing the brutal gang rape-and-murder case of an eight-yearold girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday framed charges against seven of the eight accused, paving way for beginning of trial against them, officials said here. The district and sessions court has framed charges under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code including 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 376-D (gang rape), special public prosecutor J K Chopra said here. The accused against whom charges were framed were Sanji Ram, his son Vishal, special police officers Deepak Khajuria alias Deepu and Surinder Verma, Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu, head constable Tilak Raj, and sub-inspector Arvind Datta. Sanji Ram is considered to be the main accused who is alleged to have hatched the conspiracy with other accused for kidnapping the girl as a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area. The fate of the eighth accused, who is a juvenile and nephew of Sanji Ram, was MALAYALAM WRITER 'ATONES' Kannur: In a vicarious 'atonement' for the perpetrators of the Kathua gang rape, noted malayalam writer and Sahitiya akademi award winner, KP Ramanunni, on Thursday performed a symbolic 'Sayana Pradakshinam' (prostration) at a temple in nearby Chirakkal. This was a 'penance' for the brutal rape and murder of the 8-year-old girl. PANUN KASHMIR FOR CBI PROBE Jammu: The current political situation in Kashmir is far from normal and the ceasefire violations by Pakistan as well intrusions by terrorists have caused a great damage to the socio-security scenario of the state. The organisation also backed the demand for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape and murder case calling it totally justified. yet to be decided after the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed that he was an adult, Chopra said. The court also framed charges for destruction of evidence and under section 328 (causing hurt by poi- Hatred will dilute our identity: Pranab ageNcies Nagpur TOP QUOTES Q The aim of all the states should be to galvanize the Former President Pranab people and fight a war Mukherjee on Thursday against poverty warned that any attempt to define India through 'reli- Q We must free our public discourse from all kinds of gion, hatred, dogmas and infear and violence tolerance' will dilute our existence and said public dis- Q As Gandhi ji has explained, "Indian nationalism was not courses must be freed of all exclusive nor aggressive forms of violence, as he adnor destructive" dressed an RSS event despite criticism by the Con- Q Soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance. gress and his family . This plurality came with Asserting that India's idenassimilation of ideas over tity has emerged through a centuries. Secularism is a long-drawn process of conmatter of faith for us fluence, assimilation and coexistence, Mukherjee, in a Q Our constitution represents the hopes and strong-worded speech on aspirations of billion-plus 'nation, nationalism and papeople of India triotism' in context of Bharat, said India's soul resides in pluralism and tolerance. CoNtd. oN p10 Former president Pranab Mukherjee being welcomed by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the closing ceremony of ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg’ in Nagpur, on Thursday. soning with an intent to hurt) of the RPC. The two policemen -- Tilak Raj and Arvind Datta -- were also charged under Section 161 (public servant taking illegal gratification) of the RPC, the special public prosecutor said. Nagrota attacker visited Pakistan several times to meet Jaish leaders: NIA New Delhi/sriNagar Mohammad Ashiq Baba, one of the arrested accused in the terror attack on Nagrota Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016, had visited Pakistan four times "legally" with a reference letter issued by senior Hurriyat leaders, the NIA said on Thursday . "As part of conspiracy to conduct attacks on the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, terrorist Baba visited Pakistan four times, crossing the Wagah border between 2015 to 2017 legally ," an NIA official said in Delhi. "He obtained his visas after getting reference letters from Huriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Abdul Gani Bhat and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq," the official added. The officer revealed that Baba met Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) commanders in Pakistan and took directions from them after getting clearance from a local ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) agent. "Baba thereafter, on return, received instructions on how and when to receive the group of terrorists. "Baba later went to Pakistan in April/May 2017, and met Waseem, Abu Talha and Mufti Ashghar. He also met Maulana Rauf, brother of Maulana Masood Azhar, and an accused in the Pathankot attack case at their headquarters at Bahawalpur," the official revealed. GLAM Thought for the day Soha not ready to work yet Confusion remains over Cong gets Mani back into UDF fold with RS seat CS’s appointment New Delhi/ ThiruvaNaNThapuram ‘Speculations over extension or new incumbent’ Our sTaFF repOrTer BHOPAL Confusion on whether chief secretary BP Singh, who is retires on June 30, will get an extension or he will be replaced, still continues in the government because Singh’s service extension has not yet received nod from the Centre. There’re speculations over the CS’ service extension. Those close to Singh maintain that his extension is almost certain. Meanwhile, contemplation on new names if Singh does not get extension has also begun. As far as seniority is concerned, additional chief secretary, finance, AP Shrivastava is the most senior after Singh. Besides him, Rajnish Vaish, who is an officer of 1985 batch and additional chief secretary, Narmada Valley Development and Iqbal Singh Bains, who is additional chief secretary, Panchayat and rural development, are also in the race. As far as service exten- sion is concerned, chief secretary R Parshuram was given an extension before the 2013 assembly polls. When Parshuram’s extension proposal was sent for approval, the UPA government was at the Centre. Despite this, his service extension was approved a month before his retirement. The bureaucratic circles are rife with speculations as nothing concrete has come about service extension to Singh, despite having BJP-led government at the state and the Centre. The chief secretary has an important role to play in the upcoming assembly polls this year. The bureaucrats are anxiously waiting for the decision on Singh but no one except Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan knows about the decision. SC: Yadav will retain official residence but not draw allowances Salem gets 7 yrs in extortion case ageNcies New Delhi NEW DELHI Rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav will continue to occupy his official accommodation in the national capital as the Supreme Court on Thursday did not interfere with a Delhi High Court order allowing him to retain the official bungalow on Tughlaq Road here. Observing that the issue of official accommodation could be looked into at an "appropriate level in accordance with law", the vacation bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Ashok Bhushan took on record a statement that Sharad Yadav would not draw any "remuneration or other perks" till the matter was decided by the high court. Senior counsel Guru Krishna Kumar made the statement that Yadav would not draw any remuneration and allowances as the bench observed "how can high court give him public money?" The top court also said that the division bench of the high court would decide the matter listed for hearing on July 12 at the earliest. "Since on account of delay in proceedings, the election to vacant posts (in the Rajya Sabha) may be delayed, we request the high court to decide the petition at the earliest," the court said. After hectic political parleys between Congress leader from Kerala and the high command, including party President Rahul Gandhi, it was decided to hand over a Rajya Sabha seat to former ally Kerala Congress-Mani (KC-M), paving the way for its return into the UDF fold. Of the three seats to which elections are to be held later this month, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) is able to win just one seat and was likely to renominate Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson P.J. Kurien, but this is now unlikely with Thursday's decision. Addressing reporters soon after the over an hour long meeting with Gandhi, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said this is just a one-time adjustment. The general consensus in the UDF is strengthening of the alliance and that's the need of the hour and to do that, "we all felt that KC-M should get a seat. As a special case, this time the Rajya Sabha seat will be given to them", he said.• "In return, the Congress will get a Rajya Sabha seat when it falls vacant after four years... This out of turn allotment need be seen only as a special case." Rajnikanth fans celebrate release of his film 'Kaala' in Mumbai on Thursday A court here on Thursday sentenced extradited gangster Abu Salem to seven years rigorous imprisonment in a 2002 extortion case. "...the convict is a hardcore criminal (who) indulged in the activities of extending threats and extortion under the fear of death, and he has been previously involved in several cases of similar nature, therefore, he deserves severe punishment of such magnitude that the same should be a lesson for the convict and an alarming lesson for others," Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sahrawat said. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on him. On May 26, Abu Salem was convicted under Section 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt in order to commit extortion) and Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, but acquitted under charges of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. The court has acquitted co-accused Pawan Kumar Mittal alias Raja Bhai, Mohd Ashraf alias Bablu, Majid Khan alias Raju Bhai and Chanchal Mehta in the case. According to the prosecution, the gangster demanded money from a Delhi-based businessman and threatened to eliminate his family members if the amount was not paid. Govt seeks explanation from FB by June 20 over data sharing NEW DELHI: The Indian government has asked social networking major Facebook to explain reports that it had allowed phone and other device manufacturers access to its users' personal information, including that of their friends without taking their explicit consent. "The government of India is deeply concerned about reports of such lapses and violations," a statement issued by the IT Ministry said on Thursday "In response to earlier notices about . breaches of personal data relating to the Cam- bridge Analytica episode, Facebook had apologised and given strong assurances to the government of India that they would take sincere efforts to protect the privacy of users' data on the platform," it said. However, such reports raise uncomfortable questions about the assurances made by Facebook, the government said."Therefore, the Ministry of Electronics and IT has sought an explanation from Facebook seeking a detailed factual report... Facebook has been asked to respond by June 20," it added. India will keep fiscal deficit target, oil to jack up CAD: Moody's ageNcies Singapore Moody's expects the Indian government to meet its fiscal deficit target of 3.3 per cent of GDP for the current fiscal based on its commitment to gradual fiscal consolidation and budget assumptions, even as the US rating agency's Indian affiliate ICRA said that high global crude prices threaten India's current account deficit (CAD), according to reports issued on Thursday . Moody's Investors Service has rated India's sovereign credit rating at Baa2 stable. "Although Moody's sees some downside risk to budgeted revenue and expenditure targets, it expects that the government would cut back on planned capital expenditure, as has occurred in past years, if it is needed to offset any slippage from its fiscal targets," said Moody's Vice President William Foster. "On the revenue side, Moody's sees some downside risk to the government's assumptions on the collections from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and petroleum products excise duty," he said. The ICRA report said that high crude oil prices are likely to widen India's CAD and points to slowing foreign portfolio in- "On the revenue side, Moody's sees some downside risk to the government's assumptions on the collections from the GST and petroleum products excise duty" vestments as an area of concern. Moody's said that the credit quality of Indian non-financial corporates will remain supported by a robust growth outlook for the domestic economy and a benign outlook for global economic growth. ICRA believes the non-infra corporate sector has seen some revival in growth and margin expansion over last 2-3 quarters. The American agency said, however, that given their international revenue base, many rated Indian non-financial corporates remain exposed to increasing protectionism and tighter monetary policy in the US. Moody's feels domestic bank funding availability could weaken as the banking system struggles with fresh asset quality and governance issues. ICRA said that with the accel- erated recognition of stressed assets during 2017-18, the asset quality problems of the banks peaked in March 2018 and further additions to gross non-performing assets (GNPAs), or bad loans, will decline with fresh slippages falling to around 3 per cent during the current fiscal, compared to 7.1 per cent last year and 5.5 per cent in 2016-17. The sharp rise in fresh slippages, ageing of earlier NPAs because of limited resolution, and higher provisioning on accounts referred for resolution under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code pushed up credit provisions and net losses for the sector, ICRA added. "Rural demand, which has seen a recent pick-up, would be critically dependent on normal monsoon, hike in MSPs (minimum support prices) and overall thrust on agri-economy ahead of elections," said ICRA Senior Group Vice President Subrata Ray . Moody's has a stable outlook on India's power sector which reflects an improvement in domestic coal availability moderating the fuel supply risk. Moody's also said that while distribution utilities have seen an improvement in their liquidity, the extent to which operational efficiency has improved is still unclear.