r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 05: 48 Sunset: 07: 16 HUMIDITY Morning : 59 Evening : 49 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 32.4 C.23.6 C. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar EDIT Heavy rains inundate Nagpur, Kumaraswamy’s budget for farmer legislature in darkness VOL. XXXVI NO. 29 | INDORE INDORE | SATURDAY | JULY 7, 2018 | PAGES 16 + 8 = 24 | ` 3 Forex reserves dip by $1.75bn NATION Make your smile cheaper and your anger expensive. AGENCIES Mumbai News Brief TODAY IN WORLD CUP ROUND OF 8 SWEDEN VS ENGLANDSAMARA- 7.30 PM RUSSIA V CROTIA SOCHI- 11.30 PM Man kills daughter, shoots at wife over money to buy liquor DATIA: A 32-year old man on Friday allegedly killed one of his daughters, injured another and shot at his wife after the latter refused to give him money to buy liquor in Datia district, the police said. The incident happened at 7am at Indargarh village here. "Monu Jha shot at and injured his wife Jyoti (30) with a country-made pistol after she refused to give him money to buy liquor. He then attacked his five-year-old and six-month old daughters with a knife," Indargarh police station incharge Jagdish Sharma said. The 6-month-old died while undergoing treatment for her injuries at a hospital in Gwalior, he said. Nitish says will give BJP 22 seats PAtNA: Just days before BJP chief Amit Shah was scheduled to meet Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, the Janata Dal (United) made it clear that it was not willing to give BJP more than 22 seats in next year’s Lok Sabha elections. Senior JD(U) leader KC tyagi told News18 that his party would contest the election as the elder brother. the assertion comes a day before the party’s allimportant executive meet where it will draw the strategy for the seat sharing for the general elections. Another JD(U) leader, Shyam Rajak, also said that Nitish would contest the election as the main face of the alliance in Bihar. MP Tourism Board crossed 1mn FB followers KOLKATA: Madhya Pradesh is a popular holiday destination, its tourism board has recently crossed one million followers on Facebook, an official said here on Friday. Yuvraj Padole, deputy director of events and marketing, MP Tourism Board, said that the state offers a wide array of attractions - from wildlife to pilgrimage and heritage to leisure. "Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board's Facebook page has crossed one million followers. It is now one of the most popular and active tourism organisations in the country," Padole said. India's foreign exchange reserves declined by $1.757 billion to $406.058 billion in the week to June 29 owing to fall in foreign currency assets, the RBI data showed. In the previous week, reserves had dipped by USD 2.25 billion to USD 407.81 billion. Forex reserves had touched a record high of USD 426.028 billion in the week to April 13, 2018. Reserves had crossed the USD 400-billion mark for the first time in the week to September 8, 2017, but have since been fluctuating. In the reporting week, foreign currency assets, a major component of the overall reserves, decreased by USD 1.781 billion to USD 380.718 billion, according to Reserve Bank data. Expressed in the US dollar terms, foreign currency assets include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of the non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and yen held in the reserves. Gold reserves rose by USD 38 million to USD 21.369 billion in the reporting week. The special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) fell by USD 5.2 million to USD 1.486 billion. The country's reserve position with the IMF also declined by USD 8.7 million to USD 2.484 billion, the apex bank said. Re recovers from all-time closing low, up 8 paise MUMBAI: Staging a mild recovery from a record closing low, the rupee edged up by 8 paise to end at 68.87 against the US currency, largely tracking gains in key Asian units amid weak dollar tone overseas. The domestic bourses too enjoyed a healthy weekend run. The outcome of the latest FOMC meeting minutes and the release of better-than-expected US ISM nonmanufacturing PMI numbers did little to influence the home currency even as investors braced for a potential interest rate hikes near-term. Though, the rupee briefly slipped below 69 levels in mid-morning deals but managed to recoup losses on apparent intervention by the RBI , coupled with greenback selling by exporters. Sharif sentenced to 10 yrs for graft, daughter gets 7 SAJJAD HUSSAIN Islamabad An accountability court in Pakistan on Friday sentenced ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison in one of the three corruption cases registered against him after the highprofile Panama Papers scandal erupted. This particular case pertains to the ownership of four flats in the posh Avenfield House in London. Sharif and his family were accused of being unable to legitimately show the money trail for the purchase of these luxurious properties, mostly in the mid-1990s. The ruling has come weeks before the general elections in Pakistan on July 25. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the party founded by Sharif, is one of three key parties contesting the general elections apart from Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf and Pakistan People’s Party headed by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Maryam, who was sentenced to seven years in jail, was widely seen as Shatrif ’s chosen political heir. Incidentally Sharif, 68, is , in London attending to his wife Kulsoom Nawaz who was diagnosed with throat cancer last year. The accountability court judge pronounced the verdict behind closed doors. While Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison, his daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years. Nawaz's son-in-law Captain Safdar was given a one year sentence. Nawaz Sharif's sons Hasan and Hussain - also wanted in the case, have been declared proclaimed offenders owing to their noshow. Women cricket team is at par with men’s www.freepressjournal.in SPORT THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Two retd BoI officials held in Rs 2654 cr fraud case Torrential rains hit normal life in capital OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Torrential rains paralysed normal life in the state capital on Friday It left many ar. eas waterlogged and the capital remained power-less for hours. A trough running across Central India and a cyclonic circulation over South Chhattisgarh will give moderate to heavy rains over East Madhya Pradesh. Heavy rains posed problems for commuters as they had to wade through waterlogged roads. Nearly 38mm rainfall was recorded in just one hour in Bhopal. People had to wade through knee-deep water especially in Bhopal Talkies, Hamidia Road, Jyoti Talkies, Shahpura (Manisha Market). CONTD. ON P10 AGENCIES New Delhi The CBI on Friday arrested two senior retired officers of Bank of India in connection with alleged loan fraud of Rs 2,654 crore by Vadodarabased Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd (DPIL). V V Agnihotri and PK Shrivastava, retired GM and DGM, respectively had allegedly , granted undue favours to the company in granting credit limits, the officials said. They said both have been arrested on Friday and will be produced before special court in Ahmedabad tomorrow. The promoters of the company were arrested in April this year. The agency in an FIR had said that the DPIL, which manufactures electric cables and equipment, is promoted by Suresh Narain Bhatnagar and his sons Amit and Sumit, who are also the directors of the firm. The loan, it said, was declared a non-performing asset in 2016-17. "It is alleged that the DPIL, through its management, fraudulently availed credit facilities from a consortium of 11 banks (both public and private) since 2008, leaving behind an outstanding debit of Rs 2,654.40 crore as of June 29, 2016," the agency had said. While Agnihotri was posted as AGM, Shrivastava was posted as DGM in the Zonal office of BoI in Vadodara in 2007-08. Agnihotri had retired as GM and Shrivastava as DGM. "Both had shown undue favour in the sanction of the working capital limits to a Vadodara based firm in 2008. It was also alleged that these officials were responsible for processing and recommending the working capital limits of Rs. 53.40 cr in violation of the guidelines of the bank," CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said. He said they were responsible for disbursal of limits without ensuring compliance of conditions stipulated in the sanction. The company and its directors managed to get term loans and credit facilities despite being on the RBI's defaulters list and the ECGC's caution list at the time of the initial sanction of credit. IN SEMIS AGENCIES Raisen France advanced into the semi-finals of the World Cup at Uruguay's expense thanks to a perfectly-placed Raphael Varane header and a horror show from keeper Fernando Muslera. BJP minister fetes lynching accused At a time the Centre is reaching out to social media groups and the state governments, in its well-meaning attempt to address the menace of lynching, Union minister Jayant Sinha has the AGENCIES New Delhi Dubbing betting in sports a worse idea, the Congress on Friday said the Law Commission's recommendation for such a step will turn every shop selling betel leaves into a gambling den. "Gambling is a bad idea; gambling in sports is a worse idea. And between a bad and a worse idea, I don't think any choice can be made," Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here. "If you legalise betting in sports, you will not only spoil the sports but also turn every 'paan ki dukaan' into a 'juye ka adda'. Does the Modi government want to turn every paan shop in the country into a den for gambling?" he asked. Tewari's comments a day after the Law Commission in its report recommended that betting in sports, including cricket, should be legalised. Two minor girls raped in Raisen FRANCE FP NEWS SERVICE Ranchi Legalising betting in sports worse idea: Congress dubious distinction of playing host to 8 men convicted in a Jharkhand lynching case. On Friday he welcomed , and feted the eight men, after they were released on bail. Not only did the minister meet them, he also went ahead and garlanded them. Photographs of the event show Sinha standing with the convicts and offering them sweets. The life sentences handed to the eight men, including a BJP functionary was sus, pended by the high court on Thursday; interestingly af, ter they CONTD. ON P10 Two cases of rape of minor girls, one of them only over four years old, have been registered in Bareli town in the district, police said on Friday . The incidents follow an alleged gang-rape of an 8year-old girl at Mandsaur last month, which led to outrage across the state. A 26-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a four-and-a-half-yearold girl who lived in his neighbourhood in Bareli town, a police official said. The accused -- identity not disclosed -- took the girl with him on the pretext of `Kanya Bhoj', a ritual where a young girl is invited home and fed, on June 28, said Bareli police station in-charge SS Mukati. He allegedly raped her and warned her not to disclose the incident to anyone, the officer said. When he went to the girl's house again two days ago, saying he wanted to take her along for another Kanya Bhoj, the girl refused to go and started crying. When her mother asked her the reason, she narrated the earlier incident, the police officer said. The girl's parents approached the SP who directed officials to register a case. The accused was arrested at Bareli bus stand last evening when he was trying to flee the town, Mukati said. In the second incident, a 15-year-old girl was allegedly abducted and raped by two men on July 3. The accused, identified as Sanjay Singh Dhakad and Akash Singh Dhakad, are absconding, Mukati said. In both cases, police have pressed charges of rape under the IPC and relevant charges under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said. Dalit youth tied to pole, flogged Gene therapy may help treat chronic kidney disease OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal A Dalit youth of Hosangabad was allegedly tied to a pole near petrol pump and whipped mercilessly by his employer as he stayed away from duty without permission. The incident occurred on June 23 but the matter was reported to police on July 2. Petrol pump owner Chintu Sahu and Dipak Sahu not only thrashed the youth but also shot the incident with their cellphones. Though the incident took place on June 23 night, the alleged victim reported the matter to Hoshangabad Dehat police station on July 2. It is said that the victim had left for his maternal uncle's village out of fear of being killed by the accused if he reported the matter to the police. While narrating his ordeal, the victim told media persons on Friday that he couldn't go to work at petrol pump because he was badly hurt in an accident. Five days later, both Chintu and Dipak Sahu reached his house and took him forcibly to the petrol pump. After reaching petrol pump, the accused duo tied him to a pole and flogged for remaining absent for five days without permission. He said both Chintu and Dipak Sahu had also threatened him to kill if he reported the matter to police. "Fearing for life, I fled to my maternal uncle's house in Pawarkhedi but returned and reported the matter to police at my uncle's insistence," alleged Ahirwar. ASP of Hoshangabad Rakesh Khaka said acting on Ahirwar's complaint, a case was lodged at Hoshangabad Dehat police station under Sections 342, 294, 323 and 506 of IPC, besides under provisions of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Both the accused were arrested and the whip used in the crime was seized by the police. The police have also seized the one minute ten seconds long video clip of the employer flogging Ahirwar with a hunter and abusing him. S cientists have found that administering gene therapy may reverse damage in kidney cells, suggesting a potential treatment for chronic kidney disease characterised by gradual loss of its functions. The research showed that whether adeno-associated virus (AAV) -- a relative of the virus that causes the common cold -- could deliver genetic material to damaged cells in the kidneys.They explained that diabetes, hypertension and other conditions cause chronic kidney disease, which occurs when damaged kidneys cannot effectively filter waste and excess fluids from the body . "Chronic kidney disease is an enormous and growing prob- lem. Unfortunately, over the years, we have not developed more effective drugs for the condition, and this reality is leading us to explore gene therapy," said Benjamin D Humphreys from the Division of Nephrology at Washington University . In the study published in Jour, nal of the American Society of Nephrology the team evaluated , six AAV viruses, both natural and synthetic, in mice and in stem-cell-derived human kidney organoids. A synthetic virus, Anc80, created by the researchers proved successful in reaching two types of cells that contribute to chronic kidney disease by secreting proteins that gum up the organ and cause irreversible damage.The results showed that the genetic material carried by Anc80 was transferred successfully to the targeted kidney cells and the same virus was also used in gene therapy strategies to treat mice with kidney scarring. "The interesting thing about the adeno-associated viruses is that they persist in the body for many months, potentially giving a therapeutic gene a chance to do its work," Humphreys explained."Chronic kidney disease is a slowly progressive disease, so that is an advantage. After many years of research, we could envision that patients would need injections maybe twice a year as opposed to every week, like with chemo," he added. IANS Rewa solar plant starts operations, to serve Delhi Metro OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd (RUMS) on Friday said that power supply has started from its 750 MW Rewa solar power project from Thursday midnight. The 750MW Solar Project in Rewa district, is among the largest single-site solar power plants in the world. Rewa project has been acknowledged in India and abroad for its robust project structuring and numerous innovations. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said "Rewa Project is a living example of transparency that Madhya Pradesh Government believes in. The bidding for the project was conducted online for as long as the bidders were interested, 33 hours without stop, said CM adding the project has started producing merely 17 months from the historical bidding in February 2017. The project made possible an investment of over Rs 4,000 crore in the State. The environmental impact of the project is like planting 2.6 crore trees, said Chouhan. New and renewable energy SALIENT FEATURES Q 750 MW project, among the largest single site projects in world Q Power off take by Madhya Pradesh & DMRC - meets 90% of Delhi Metro day demand Q Potential saving of more than 6000 cr to MP and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Q Funding via Clean Technology Fund and World Bank concessional loan Q Project would lead to of CO2 avoidance of 15.4 lac tonnes minister Narayan Singh Kushwaha, said "it is a matter of happiness that the project would give environmentally friendly power to the state at an extremely low rate of Rs. 2.97 per unit, which is even less than our average power procurement cost. It is also a matter of happiness that, after meeting the requirement of Madhya Pradesh, the power would also be supplied to Delhi Metro." The project is being developed by Mahindra Renewables, ACME Solar Holdings and Solengeri Power - who emerged as the winners for project's three units at tariffs of Rs 2.979, Rs 2.970 and Rs 2.974 for the first year. This was the lowest tariff discovered at that point in time through a bidding process for solar projects in India. The project is an expression of commitment of Madhya Pradesh to fulfil the promises made by India to the world community and to the next generation of developing 100 Giga Watt solar energy by 2022. ZAKIR WILL NOT BE DEPORTED KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad on Friday ruled out deportation of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to India, since he is not creating problems in that country, where he has permanent residency status. In January, India had made a formal request to Malaysia for deportation of Naik, who is wanted by India for allegedly inciting youngsters to take to terror through his hate speeches. India also has an extradition treaty with Malaysia. But Mahathir said Naik will not be sent back.