r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 06: 00 Sunset: 07: 07 HUMIDITY Morning : 87 Evening : 62 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 29.5 C.22.9 C. Sri Ma Not averse to projecting Mamata as PM face: Gowda NO NEED FOR CONTROVERSY VOL. XXXVI NO. 59 | INDORE INDORE | MONDAY | AUGUST 6, 2018 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 NATION Government has the right over a free land. Similarly, God occupies the heart and mind freed from sensory pleasures and attachments. EDIT Bihar govt suspends 6 officials; BJP demands minister’s scalp RAPE OF 34 MINORS IN STATE-FUNDED SHELTER HOME IN MUZAFFARPUR AGENCIES Patna News Brief Shutdown affects life in Kashmir SRINAGAR: A shutdown called by separatists in support of Article 35A, which gives special powers to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, affected life across the Kashmir Valley on Sunday. Don’t politicise NRC, warns AASU SHILLONG: The powerful All Assam Students Union (AASU) on Sunday warned political parties not to politicise and communalize the NRC which was published in Assam on July 31. Prez visits ailing Karunanidhi CHENNAI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday visited DMK President M. Karunanidhi at the Kauvery Hospital here and wished him speedy recovery. Senior scientist killed in Syria DAMASCUS: Aziz Asber, the head of the Scientific Research Centre in Syria's central province of Hama, has been assassinated, according to activists and progovernment reports. 7.0-magnitude quake hits Indonesia JAKARTA: A 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted 2 kilometres from Loloan, Indonesia, on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. The epicentre, with a depth of 10.48 km, was initially determined to be at 8.2679 degrees south latitude and 116.4574 degrees east longitude. Six officials of Bihar's social welfare department, which has drawn flak after the sexual abuse of girls at a state-funded shelter home in Muzaffarpur came to light, have been placed under suspension on account of "negligence and dereliction of duty". Notifications to this effect were issued late last night. The officials put under suspension were posted as assistant directors of Child Protection Units in Muzaffarpur, Munger, Araria, Madhubani, Bhagalpur and Bhojpur districts. Meanwhile, senior BJP leader and former Union Minister C.P. Thakur on Sunday demanded the resignation of Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma in connection with the rape of 34 minor girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur district.’Manju Verma should resign taking moral responsibility for what happened in the shelter home being run under her department and resign,” Thakur said. “The Muzaffarpur incident is Members of different organisation stage a protest march against the recent incident of Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, in Patna on Sunday the result of lapses of the social welfare department,” he said. All the officials, suspended with immediate effect, have been charged with "failure to take adequate legal action" with regard to "assault, indecent behaviour and other undesirable activities" at shelter homes within their respective areas of jurisdiction. The Muzaffarpur shelter home incident had surfaced in a social audit conducted by Mumbai-based Tata In- stitute of Social Sciences. An FIR was lodged by the state social welfare department in June, which led to the arrest of 10 people. Medical reports have confirmed sexual abuse of more than 30 girls formerly lodged at the shelter home, which has since been sealed. The case has been handed over to the CBI. The suspension orders also pointed out that TISS had flagged anomalies, which the officials "did not bring to the notice of higher officials in inspection reports". ‘Nitish Kumar won’t resign, ready for SC-monitored probe’ U nder fire from the opposition over the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, the Janta Dal (United) asserted on Sunday that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would not resign and said it was ready for a Supreme Court-monitored probe into it. Rejecting the demand for Kumar's resignation, senior JD(U) leader K C TYagi slammed opposition leaders including Congress president Rahul Gandhi for attending the RJD-organised protest in Jantar Mantar here on Saturday. It was a ‘friendship day’ of parties seeking ‘political mileage’ from the ‘unfortunate and shameful’ incident in the state, he said. OPPN FOCUS IS ON JUST ONE NEGATIVE THING THAT HAPPENED IN BIHAR: KUMAR Nitish Kumar on Sunday said that he is not going to spare anyone involved in the case. Targetting opposition and media at an event, Kumar said that many positive works have also been done in the state but they are focussed on just one negative aspect. “I am not going to spare anyone, and I have never made a compromise. Still, if you want to abuse me keep doing it,” Nitish said. You should also focus on the positive things. One negative incident happened and you are just talking about it only,” added Kumar. 18 cows die of suffocation at shelter home in Chhattisgarh Extradite Choksi: India tells Antigua AGENCIES New Delhi RAIPUR At least 18 cows died of suffocation over the past few days at a shelter home managed by a village panchayat in Chhattisgarh's Balodabazar district, a senior official said on Sunday . Carcasses of 18 cows were recovered from Rohasi village on August 3, Balodabazar Collector Janak Prasad Pathak told PTI. The incident came to light after local officials received information that carcasses of cows were being transported to be buried in the village, located around 70 km from the state capital, he said. "Preliminary investigation revealed that the cows were locked in a room for the past few days and they died of suffocation," he said. Some villagers were earlier worried about stray cattle damaging crops in their fields. After discussing the issue among themselves, locals captured the stray cattle, including cows and buffaloes. They locked some of the animals in a room at a 'kanji house' (cow shelter) in the village and tied other cattle in an open area on the premises, Pathak said. India has handed over a request to Antigua for extradition of bank fraud fugitive Mehul Choksi who has obtained citizenship of the Caribbean nation. Official sources said a team from India was sent to Antigua few days back to pursue the authorities there to extradite Choksi. "The team met the Foreign Ministry officials of the island nation yesterday and handed over the request to extradite Choksi to Kiara is more confident now www.freepressjournal.in India," an official source said. Choksi is one of the alleged masterminds of the USD 2 billion scam in state-run Punjab National Bank and is an uncle of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi. He is wanted in India by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate probing the fraud, the biggest banking scam in the country . As per reports, Antiguan authorities cleared his citizenship in November 2017 after India did not give any adverse report to stall his application. Case against Airtel for power theft SRINAGAR Police has registered a case against telecom giant Airtel for allegedly stealing electricity from rival BSNL in Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir following a complaint by the the public sector company . “On 3 August 2018, a written complaint was received from BSNL authorities at Kargil regarding tapping and theft of electricity from the transformer used exclusively by BSNL for its mobile tower by Airtel tower at Chanigund in Kargil,” a police spokesman said on Sunday . KATHUA RAPE CASE GLAM THOUGHT FOR THE DAY NEW DELHI President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a law that will deter fugitive economic offenders to evade legal process in India and flee the country . A fugitive economic offender is any individual against whom warrants for arrest is issued for his involvement in select economic offences involving amount of at least Rs 100 crore or more and has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 has got the nod from the president, according to an official order. The new legislation will prevent big economic offenders like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi from fleeing the country and evading the law. Both Mallya and Modi, wanted in cases being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), are out of India. The new law allows designated special court to declare a person as fugitive economic offender and to confiscate his property, including 'benami' ones. "All the rights and title in the confiscated property shall, from the date of the confiscation order, vest in the central government, free from all encumbrances," the Act says. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 was passed by the Rajya Sabha on July 25. A total of 1155 distress calls were made by men to police in the first six months of this year, complaining about being beaten by wife, Indorian husbands are on top list facing harassment at the hands of their wives. It isn't just women who are subjected to domestic violence by their husbands, even the men are complaining of being harassed and tortured by their wives in the state. Alcoholism and jobless are As many as 21 public sector banks and three major private sector lenders collected a whopping Rs 5,000 crore from customers for non-maintenance of minimum balance in their accounts in 2017-18, according to banking data. India’s largest lender State Bank of India, which suffered a staggering net loss of Rs 6,547 crore during 2017-18, led the pack in penalising its customers for not maintaining minimum account balance. The government-owned SBI, which re-introduced the penalty on deposits going below monthly average balance basis from April 2017, collected nearly half the amount raised by the 24 banks put together (Rs 4,989.55 crore). But for the additional income of Rs 2,433.87 crore under this head, SBI's losses would have soared further. After SBI, the largest amount of charges for not maintaining minimum balance during 201718 was collected by HDFC Bank. It charged its customers Rs 590.84 crore, which is lower than Rs 619.39 crore in 2016-17, the data revealed. Axis Bank collected Rs 530.12 crore in the last fis- SBI leads the pack in penalising its customers for not maintaining minimum account balance. THE BANK collected nearly half the amount raised by the 24 banks put together (Rs 4,989.55 crore) HDFC BANK stands second. It charged its customers Rs 590.84 crore for not maintaining minimum balance AXIS BANK collected Rs 530.12 crore in the last fiscal while ICICI Bank charged Rs 317.6 crore cal while ICICI Bank charged Rs 317.6 crore. SBI was charging the penalty on failure to maintain monthly average balance requirement till 2012 and again re-introduced it from April 1, 2017. Following the criticism, SBI reduced charges with effect from October 1, 2017. According to the RBI norms, banks are permitted to levy sevice/miscellaneous charges. Customers opening accounts under Basic Savings Bank Deposit (BSBD) scheme as well as Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna are not required to maintain any minimum balance. FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi The controversy over the elevation of Justice KM Joseph has not blown over with his name being cleared by the government. Rather, a new fault line is visible in the relations between the judiciary and the Modi government. In question now is the seniority of Jospeh, which has been tweaked in the government notification, so that he is a notch below two other judges whose names too have been cleared. Indira Banerjee Vineet Saran Several judges of the Supreme Court are upset with the government for tampering with the seniority of judges, media reports K M Joseph said. ‘It is a blatant interference by the government," one of the miffed judges told NDTV .’’ CONTD. ON P10 Where are the jobs, Accused was not in Meerut, handwriting tests claim Gadkari asks on demand for quota AGENCIES Jammu The crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir have carried out scientific tests to support its probe that Vishal Jangotra, an accused in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua, was not in Meerut when the crime took place in January . The charges of rape and murder of the girl were framed by the district and sessions court in Pathankot against Vishal, who is pursuing a bachelors degree in agriculture from a college in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut district, and his juvenile cousin, his father Sanji Ram, and special police officer Deepak Khajuria alias Deepu. It is alleged in the charge sheet that Vishal, accused of raping the girl, had tried to Accused Vishal tried to create an alibi by allegedly resorting to manipulation of records and creation of false evidence with connivance of his father, says the chargesheet create an alibi of his absence from the crime scene by allegedly "resorting to manip- ulation of records and creation of false evidence with the connivance and assistance of his father". According to the charge sheet filed by the crime branch, the answer sheets as well as attendance sheet of Vishal, son of alleged main accused Sanji Ram, were sent to handwriting experts, also known as Questioners of Examined Documents (QED). Indore ranks first in cases of harassment by wives in MP among the top two reasons for which the husbands are being beaten by their better half. As per Dial 100 emergency helpline service, in last six months, on an average six men called up the helpline every day seeking police help claiming torture and harassment by their spouse. In all 292 distress calls were received from four major cities including Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur and Gwalior. With 92 calls, Indore, stands first in men harassment, followed by 75 calls THE FINE AGENCIES New Delhi Several judges miffed over tweaking of Joseph seniority MEN IN DISTRESS OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Banks collected ` 5,000cr from customers in FY18 Prez nod to law BREACHING MINIMUM BALANCE to deter fugitive economic offenders from fleeing country SEEKING SAFETY 1155 DISTRESS calls by troubled husband in last six months SIX MEN called up Dial 100 every day seeking police help HUSBANDS beaten and abused for being alcoholic, jobless 292 CALLS received from Indore (92), Bhopal (75), Jabalpur (73) & Gwalior (52) TOP 20 CITIES account for over 36 % calls from harassed husbands 40% DISTRESS calls from 24 tribal dominated districts 246 CALLS received from Indore-Ujjain region forming Malwa-Nimar region I n some cases, particularly with respect to calls being received from tribal dominated districts - where women in large numbers also consume liquor- the husbands were beaten by their better half over refusal to share alcohol with them. from state capital Bhopal, 73 calls from Jabalpur and 52 distress calls from Gwalior, says the data. Top 20 cities of the state account for over 36 per cent of distress calls. Also, among the top 20 districts, from which the distress calls were made by troubled husbands, more than 30 per cent calls (246 calls) were made from Indore and Ujjain region which form part of the affluent Malwa-Nimar region of the state. Men in other districts are not far behind in calling Dial 100 in time of distress. The team received 46 distress calls from Chhindwara, 45 from Ujjain and 42 from Singrauli, Dhar (36), Shahdol (35), Satna (30) and 29 calls each from Sagar, Rewa and Betul districts. Around 40 per cent of these distress calls by men seeking urgent help against physical torture by wives were reported from 24 tribal dominated districts, including Chhindwara, Dhar, Singrauli, Shahdol, Betul, Ratlam, Balaghat, Mandla, Khargone and Hoshangabad. CONTD. ON P10 AURANGABAD Agencies Stating that reservation will not guarantee employment as jobs are shrinking, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said there is a “school of thought” which wants policy-makers to consider the poorest of poor in every community. Nitin Gadkari made the remarks responding to reporters’ questions on the ongoing agitation by the Marathas for reservation and similar demands by other communities in Maharashtra. “Let us assume the reservation is given. But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen. Where are the jobs,” he asked. “The problem with the quota is that backwardness is becoming a political interest. Everyone says I am backward. In Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Brahmins are strong. They dominate politics. (And) They say they are backward,” the senior BJP leader said. “So one school of thought is that a poor person is a poor person, he has no caste, creed or language. Whatever may be the religion -- the Muslim, the Hindu or the Maratha (a caste), in all communities there is one section which has no clothes to wear, no food to eat. “One school of thought also is (that) we must also consider the poorest of the poor section in every community,” he said. This is a “socio-economic thinking” and it must not be politicised, the Union Minister said. Maintaining that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was trying to resolve the Maratha quota demand by holding talks, Gadkari urged people to maintain peace. “The responsible political parties must not add fuel to the fire,” he added.