r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 05: 59 Sunset: 07: 07 HUMIDITY Morning : 90 Evening : 72 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 29.0 C.22.6 C. Oppn alliances in UP, Bihar, Maha crucial: Cong Trump’s ties with Modi not quite warm VOL. XXXVI NO. 57 | INDORE INDORE | SATURDAY | AUGUST 4, 2018 | PAGES 14 + 8 = 22 | ` 3 What is art? of what is. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar NATION India gave clean chit to Choksi, says Antigua An appreciation PNB SCAM 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 necessary documentary requirements, including a police clearance certificate. "The said police clearance certificate from the govern- T ‘Complicity of Modi govt exposed’ 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. ment 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. EDIT 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. Govt to withdraw 20,000 cases of power theft 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 Monsoon to be normal in Aug-Sept: IMD 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-eastern states. The favourable distribution of rainfall was expected 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. 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. MYSTERY OF UIDAI HELPLINE NUMBER IN PHONE CONTACTS Google has an answer to UIDAI whodunnit FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Thousands of smartphone users were stumped on Friday morning to find a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI in their contact list. Following this, the Twitterati went into a tizzy asking each other a simple question -- Where did the number come from, as none of the users seemed to have saved the number on their own. The Unique Identifica- tion Authority of India, however, said that some vested interests were trying to create "unwarranted confusion" in the public mind and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider for providing any such facility . The UIDAI number was visible mostly on Android phones. The issue surfaced late on Thursday night when a French hacker who goes by the alias Elliot Alderson asked people on Twitter if they had the UIDAI helpline in their phonebooks. Within hours, social media was abuzz with people posting screenshots confirming that the UIDAI helpline had been saved in their Android phones, without their Diana is happy... www.freepressjournal.in knowledge or consent. The issue raises both fear and concern about how the helpline number made its way into so many phones. One news portal attempted to find the source of the number by starting a BlackBerry device after a factory reset. The portal wanted to check if the number is being pushed by the network operators or through an internet update. Without connecting the device to the internet or inserting CONTD. ON P10 GLAM THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Centre pitches for quota in promotions for SCs/STs FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi The Modi government seems to be desperate to reach out to the Dalit constituency . The Centre has, no wonder, made a strong submission in the Supreme Court that in job promotions the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes must be given 23 percent quota. Otherwise, the rationale for affirmative action will be defeated. This was the argument of the Centre’s top legal officer, Attorney General K K Venugopal, in the apex court on Friday . A verdict of the top court in 2006 had ruled against quotas in promotions for the creamy layer, ordering that SC/ST employees could only get guaranteed promotions if the government comes up with hard data to justify the same. Not just that. This data, in turn, had to bring out the "compelling reasons" for extending quotas such as backwardness of the community and their inadequate representation in government. The Centre contended that these criteria should be done away with as SCs and STs are presumed to be backward and there was no need to have a quantifiable data to prove that such categories of employees suffered from backwardness. The judges are hearing a batch of petitions against the 2006 order of the apex court. To begin with, this bench will first decide if they should continue the hearings or ask a larger bench of seven judges to take it up. The centre wants the case to be heard by a larger bench. Senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan, who is representing antiquota petitioners, countered the government, insisting that quota in promotion for SC/ST employees is against the fundamental right to equality . The five-judge Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra underscored that the 2006 verdict on creamy clearly said that accelerated promotion to SCs/STs can only be given by the states, if they are inadequately represented and if it is necessary for overall efficiency of administration. Ahmed Patel in ED net, now? FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi It seems the ED is spreading the dragnet for another top Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who is known for his proximity to the Gandhis. The basis of the probe is a startling allegation contained in a remand copy of a person arrested by the directorate in the Sterling Biotech case. The allegation, in turn, stems from an under-oath statement of a 'cash courier' that he delivered Rs 25 lakh at an address that, as per the Rajya Sabha website, is the residence of Patel, Sonia Gandhi’s key adviser. Patel's office told NDTV the charges are "baseless just like the charges against him in the Augusta VIP Chopper case." The Sterling Biotech case relates to the promoters of the group and others who fraudulently availed of credit worth Rs 5,000 crore sanctioned by a consortium of banks. These loans were later declared bad debt. IT raids in 2011 had led to a diary which allegedly showed a list of payoffs and that has become the basis of the Enforcement Directorate's case. The Directorate’s officials have told the court that they not only had a witness statement but also "telephonic chats and financial transactions" in the case. After court’s surveillance state comment, 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 . 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. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission of Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, that the pro- posed decision has been withdrawn and decided to dispose of the petition that had alleged that it was a tool to monitor online activities of citizens.