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 29.0 C.22.6 C. Sunrise: 05: 59 Sunset: 07: 07 HUMIDITY Morning : 90 Evening : 72 vol. 9 No. 51 | bhopal bhopal | satuRDay | august 4, 2018 | pages 14 + 8 = 22 | ` 3 Oppn alliances in UP, Bihar, Maha crucial: Cong www.freepressjournal.in EDIT Trump’s ties with Modi not quite warm India gave clean chit to Choksi, says Antigua agencies New Delhi Fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi, wanted in a Rs 13,500 crore bank fraud, was given Antiguan citizenship after "stringent background checks" and a clearance certificate from the Indian authorities, the Antiguan government has said. The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) of Antigua and Barbuda said that while conducting background checks on Choksi, it found that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had initiated investigations against him twice. But the cases, according to India's market regulator, had been closed. But SEBI denied the claim, saying it has "neither received any request from the CIU of Antigua for updates on any investigation nor provided any such information to the CIU". In a detailed statement, the Antiguan citizenship authority said the businessman's application was received in May 2017 with PNB SCAm ‘Complicity of Modi govt exposed’ T he Congress on Friday alleged that "shocking details" emerging from Antigua have "exposed the complicity and connivance" of the Modi gvernment in the escape of fugitive billionaire Mehul Choksi to the Caribbean country. "Loot and make them scoot is the prime policy of Modi government. The details reveal how the Modi government enacted this mega scam," Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. He questioned why PM Modi did not raise the issue when he met his Antiguan counterpart Gaston Browne in April 2018. Did not clear citizenship request: SEBI mEA PROCESSINg EXTRAdITION REqUEST: CBI T he SEBI on Friday dismissed reports that said the markets regulator had provided “positive report” on fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) of Antigua, based on which he was granted citizenship in their country.“SEBI has neither received any request from the CIU of Antigua for updates on any investigation nor provided any such information to CIU,” the markets regulator said in a statement. T T he extradition request to bring back fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi back from Antigua is being processed by the Ministry of External Affairs, after CBI filed it with the Home Ministry last week. The CBI was alerted by foreign ministry that Mehul Choksi was in Antigua on July 23. A day later it wrote to Antiguan authorities to confirm the information. The CBI heard back from the Interpol on July 28. On Monday, July 30, the CBI sent the extradition request to the Home Ministry which forwarded it to the foreign ministry. INdIA TO UK: EXTRAdITE NIRAv mOdI he government has sent a request to the UK for extradition of absconding jeweller Nirav modi, wanted in India in connection with USd 2 billion scam in the PNB. minister of State for External Affairs v K Singh also said two Red Corner Notices have been issued against modi by the interpol. "The request has been sent by a Special diplomatic Bag to the high Commission of India, London for onward transmission to the UK authorities," Singh said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha. necessary documentary requirements, including a po- lice clearance certificate. "The said police clearance certificate from the government of India, Ministry of External Affairs Regional Passport Office, Mumbai, certified that there was no adverse information against Mehul Chinubbhai Choksi which would render him ineligible for grant of travel facilities including visa for Antigua and Barbuda." Choksi and his business partner and nephew Nirav Modi are wanted in India for a Rs 13,500 crore fraud they allegedly committed on the Punjab National Bank by getting fake guarantees in the name of the second largest public bank to facilitate overseas loans. Choksi is said to have fled India on an Indian passport in the first week of January . In November 2017, his application for the Antigua citizenship was cleared as part of a Citizenship by Investment policy for which he may have paid around Rs. 1.3 crore. He took an oath of allegiance as a citizen of Antigua on January 15. Days later, on January 29, the CBI filed a case and started investigating Choksi and Nirav Modi. GLAM NATION Thought for the day One needs to enlighten self to make a difference to the whole world. Brahma Kumaris Diana is happy... Govt clears elevation of Justice K M Joseph to SC new Delhi Ending a protracted stand off with the judiciary the govern, ment has cleared the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph to the top court, sources in the government said on Friday . The government has also given its nod to appoint Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran to the SC, the sources said. They also said that the files were cleared in two batches on Wednesday and Thursday . The sources said their warrants of appointment are likely to be issued by Monday The . number of judges in the top court after the appointments would go up to 25. There would still be six vacancies. Justice Joseph's name was recommended for appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court by the collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on January 10. On April 30, the government had returned the recommendation for reconsideration on the grounds that he lacked seniority The execu. tive had also pointed out that several high courts remain unrepresented and Justice Joseph's elevation would be against the principle of regional representation. WHODUNNIT? UIDAI helpline no added to people's contacts, body blames vested interest agencies New Delhi Thousands of smartphone users in India woke up puzzled on Friday as a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI was saved in their phonebooks by default. “This is no joke as it is on my phone too. I didn't save this number. Check your phone asap, feeling worried,” a user tweeted with a screenshot of the saved number. “How the hell this got into my phone book? If you can do this, then you can read and monitor my activities,” another user tweeted. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), however, said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider for providing any such facility . Many users later joined in the conversation sharing screenshots of the phone number appearing on their own phones. Not asked mobile makers, operators: UIDAI he on said ThasUIDAIaskedFridaydeviceit not any maker or service provider to include its toll free number on mobile phones and clarified that the number 1800-3001947 appearing in the contact list of Android phones is an "outdated and invalid" helpline number. Telecom operators not responsible: COAI he inclusion of a Tunknown numbercertain in the phonebooks of various mobile handsets is not from any telecom service provider,” Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said in a statement. ‘CORE BIOmETRICS UNdER AAdhAAR TOTALLy SAfE’ sserting that core under Abiometrics safe and Aadhaar were secure, minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "There has been no case of misuse of UIdAI database till date". Govt to withdraw 20,000 cases of power theft After court’s surveillance state comment, OuR sTaFF RePORTeR BHOPAL The state government is all set to withdraw 20,000 cases of electricity theft. Principal secretary, energy, ICP Keshri has send a letter to registrar general of the MP High Court urging him to Blocking pesky calls will take 1.5 years: COAI new Delhi SC to AG: Frame holistic guidelines on live streaming of court proceedings New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the attorney general to frame "holistic" guidelines for its perusal and approval on video recording and live streaming of court proceedings. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra also asked the parties including senior advocate Indira Jaising, who has filed the PIL seeking video recording of proceedings in important constitutional matters - to provide their suggestions to AG K K Venugopal. The bench, comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said the top law officer would collate the suggestions and prepare holistic guidelines for perusal and approval of the court. Venugopal said the guidelines would be also sent to the government for its perusal and inputs. Telecom operators will need more than 18 months to block pesky calls by fully implementing the amended regulations on unwarranted commercial calls and messages, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said on Friday . The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has set a six-month deadline ending on December 16 for implementing the new regulations. According to Rajan S. Mathews, Director General of COAI, the cost involved in the process would be Rs 200-400 crore. The association would put forward their concerns to the regulator. “It’s going to take a minimum of a year and a half… by the time it’s tested, verified and ready ,” Mathews said during an interaction with the media. Talking of blockchain or the distributed ledger technology prescribed by TRAI to identify and block unsolicited communication, he said. organise special Lok Adalats to withdraw these cases. The letter states that under state government’s Sambal Scheme, labourers of unorganised sectors would receive electricity supply at fixed monthly payment of Rs 200. The state government has already waived pending bills of these people, says the letter and adds that withdrawal of cases will save time of both the courts and the labourers. The Chief Minister had recently introduced a scheme under which labourers registered under unorgan- Asst co-op manager turns out to be a crorepati LOKAYUKTA police find property worth Rs 80L during raid OuR sTaFF RePORTeR Bhopal Lokayukta police, Sagar, on Friday morning conducts raids on properties owned by assistant cooperative manager of Tikamgarh district’s Acharra Society Murarilal Rawat and unearthed disproportionate property worth over Rs 80 lakh. Superintendent of Sagar Lokayukta Police Sunil Tiwari informed Free Press that raids were conducted at Rawat’s three houses worth Rs 30 lakh, registries of four plots worth Rs 24 lakh, tractor trolley and four motorcycles worth•Rs 8 lakh. Besides, jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh and several other assets were un- earthed. Tiwari said that raids were conducted following a complaint that Rawat owned property beyond his known sources of income. The SP added that the details of bank accounts, lockers, fix deposits, insurances and others would be collected on Saturday . Notice has been issued to the office of registrar for details of property owned by•Rawat. A letter has also been sent to RTO office inquire about vehicles owned by the assistant manager. The SP further said that Rawat was appointed in 1994. Till July 2018, his known income aggregates to Rs 9 lakh. He added that the worth of total assets owned by Rawat may cross Rs 1 crore mark. His involvement in transport business too has come to fore, but it could not be established during the raid. ised sector would have to pay only RS 200 per month for electricity. Remaining amount of the bill would be paid by the government.The state government has ordered all cases of electricity theft registered till June 2018 should be withdrawn. 6 dead as truck rams dhaba in Chhindwara OuR sTaFF RePORTeR Bhopal Six persons, including three of a family died after a truck , rammed a dhaba in Chhindwara’s Harrai on Friday afternoon. The deceased include dhaba owner, his two minor children, two cooks and a vendor who was having tea at the joint, said Chhindwara SP Atul Singh. ASI Shiv Hari said that speeding truck rammed into the dhaba killing its owner Dinesh alias Shiv Nandan Daheria, his son Raja (12) and daughter Karishma (15). Besides, two cooks employed at dhaba - Sanju and Navish, both residents of Gwalior, and a garment vendor Satish, who hailed from Bihar, were also killed in the accident. Police force from Harrai and Amarwara was rushed to spot. Five persons in the truck were injured and they were referred to Narsinghpur. The bodies have been sent for postmortem. govt withdraws social media hub policy agencies New Delhi The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it will undertake a complete review of social media policy and has withdrawn its notification proposing a social media hub for the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry . A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission of Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, that the proposed decision has been withdrawn and decided to dispose of the petition that had alleged that it was a tool to On JUly 13, the apex COUrt had aSked the government whether its move to create such a hub was to tap people's Whatsapp messages, and observed that it will be like creating a surveillance state. monitor online activities of citizens. The government, in its request for proposal (RFP), had invited bids and proposals for selecting an agency to set up a "Social Media Communication Hub' by the I&B Ministry . At the outset, Venugopal submitted that the plea has been rendered infructuous as the government has withdrawn its decision and would undertake a "complete review" of the matter. ABP JOURNALISTS’ EXIT Cong alleges govt hounding media; Govt refutes charge agencies New Delhi The Congress on Friday alleged in the Lok Sabha that a senior executive of a prominent news channel and two other staffers had recently quit due to pressure from the government for airing stories critical of the ruling establishment. Strongly refuting the charge, Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said the government has nothing to do with the in- Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha on Friday ternal developments of the channel and the opposition was raising the matter as it has no issues to flag in the House. “No showcause notice was served on the channel when it was running wrong news,” Rathore said. The bench was hearing a petition filed by TMC MLA Mahua Moitra alleging that the Centre's social media hub policy was to be used as a tool to monitor social media activities of citizens and should be quashed. On July 13, the apex court had asked the government whether its move to create such a hub was to tap people's WhatsApp messages, and observed that it will be like creating a "surveillance state". Film The Accidental Prime Minister director held for GST fraud MuMbai Filmmaker Vijay Ratnakar Gutte has been arrested for alleged GST fraud of over Rs 34 crore, a GST department official said on Friday . Gutte, director of upcoming film "The Accidental Prime Minister", was arrested by the Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI) on Thursday and produced before a metropolitan magistrate court here which remanded him in judicial custody till August 14, he said. Monsoon to be normal in Aug-Sept: IMD ‘97% of family-run biz in India don’t have succession plan documents’ agencies New Delhi Monsoon rains will be normal in August and September, the India Meteorological Department said on Friday In the second Long . Range Forecast for rainfall during the second half of the Southwest Monsoon season, the IMD said the scenario realised till the end of July suggests that distribution of rainfall was very good across the country except Bihar, Jharkhand and north-east- ern states. The favourable distribution of rainfall was expect- ed to continue for the next two months, it said, raising hopes for agricultural operations during the kharif season. "The rainfall during August-2018 is likely to be 96 plus/minus 9 pc of LPA and expected to be higher than predicted in June. Quantitatively the rainfall for the , country as a whole during the second half of the season is likely to be 95 per cent of LPA (Long Period Average ) with a model error of plus or minus 8 pc," the IMD said. Monsoon rains is considered normal in the range of 96-104 per cent of the LPA. The 90-96 pc of the LPA range is considered "below normal". However, IMD Additional Director General M Mohapatra said for August-September period the normal limit is 94100 per cent of the LPA. Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, has downgraded its forecast for this year's monsoon, stating that the country might receive below normal rainfall, citing the continuing warming of the sea surface in the Pacific Ocean. agencies New Delhi India has a significant number of family-run businesses but 97 per cent of those do not have family constitutions or succession planning documents, according to BAF Consultants. According to the company , which specialises in family business consultancy India , has 108 publicly-listed familyowned businesses, the third India has 108 publicly-listed family-owned businesses, the third highest in the world. China tops the tally with 167 such companies followed by the US with 121 highest in the world. China tops the tally with 167 such companies followed by the US with 121. A trend which has emerged in India is the inclusion of daughters and spouses in family-owned businesses to take up leadership roles, which is more prevalent in South India, BAF Consultants said in a statement. "Family businesses are dealing with complex situations at varied steps of their business life cycle... 97 per cent of Indian family businesses do not have family constitutions or succession planning document," it added.