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 25.0 C.20.0 C. sunrise: 06: 12 sunset: 06: 36 HUMIDITY Morning : 91 Evening : 84 vol. 9 No. 87 | Bhopal Bhopal | MoNDay | SepteMBeR 10, 2018 | pageS 14 | ` 3 NATION Spiritual Books are good food for the soul. When you read a good book, the Shakti goes to you. - master Choa Kok sui Terrorists 'shelf life' reduced in kashmir: CrPF DG EDIT BankinG WiTH inDia PosT New anti-corruption law Seeking, accepting sexual favours is punishable Ashwini shRivAsTAvA New Delhi Seeking and accepting sexual favours can be considered a bribe under the new anti-corruption law with the accused getting up to 7 years jail term, a senior government official said on Sunday . The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018 incorporates the umbrella term "undue advantage", which means any gratification other than legal remuneration and also includes expensive club memberships and hospitality the official , explained. The word "gratification" is not limited to pecuniary gratifications or to gratifications estimable in money says the , amended anti-corruption law . The Act has been notified in late July by the Centre after getting assent from President Kovind. The 2018 law amends the 30-year-old Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, that covers instances of corruption by public servants. "Under the amended law, investigating agencies like the CBI can News Brief Arif Alvi takes oath as Pak Prez islamaBad: Senior Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Arif Alvi took oath as the country's 13th President on Sunday, a day after outgoing President Mamnoon Hussain's fiveyear term ended. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar administered the oath to Alvi, who was elected to the National Assembly from Karachi's NA-247 constituency in July, reports Dawn news. 84 dead in fighting in Yemen's Hodeida after talks fail KhoKha (Yemen): Clashes and air strikes have left 84 people dead around Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeida since the collapse of UN-brokered peace talks, hospital sources said Sunday. The sources in Hodeida province, controlled by Huthi rebels, said 11 soldiers and 73 insurgents had been killed since the talks were abandoned on Saturday. MP fuel pumps to remain open Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Congress Sunday urged people to make the Bharat Bandh a successful one even as an association of fuel pump owners in the state said that their establishments would remain open. The opposition Congress has called for a nationwide shutdown Monday to protest against rising prices of petrol and diesel as well as the fall in the value of the Rupee in comparison to the US Dollar. Sidhu wants 'positive step' on Kartarpur corridor Agencies Chandigarh Undeterred by BJP criticism over his praise of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the issue of the Kartarpur gurdwara corridor, Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has written to the Centre seeking a "positive step". "It is time for India to take a positive step on this highly emotional issue. When opportunity knocks, kindly step up and open the door. The opening of this corridor will be a huge thing for Sikh community all over the world. The corridor can usher in peace and prosperity between the two countries," Sidhu said in a letter to Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj that was released to the media on Sunday . Sidhu, who was present at the swearing-in of his "friend" Imran Khan as the Pakistan Prime Minister on August 18 in Islamabad, has been claiming that he has been virtually instrumental in getting the Kartarpur corridor opened to devotees. "Pakistan has shown a positive intent towards the longpending corridor demand. Some positivity came out when I visited Pakistan for the oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan. Now their Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary has categorically said that the corridor will be opened and even visas won't be required to visit the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara as part of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev. now book officials for seeking and accepting sexual favours, expensive club memberships and hospitality or for providing employment to close friends or relatives among others," the official said. It also has the provision to punish bribe givers with a jail term of maximum of seven years. Before this, bribe The law has provision to punish bribe givers with a jail term of maximum seven years. Before this, bribe givers were not covered in any domestic legislation to check corruption givers were not covered in any domestic legislation to check corruption. Senior SC lawyer G Venkatesh Rao said the term 'undue advantage" could mean any favours which are non-monetary like expensive , gifts or any kind of freebies, giving a free holiday or payment of airline tickets and stay "It would also encom. pass payments for any goods www.freepressjournal.in GLAM Thought for the day and services deliverable any other commercial entity too, like down payments for the purchase of property or movables and or payments towards memberships of clubs etc. It also includes more specifically sexual favours, which is the most reprehensible of all expectations," Rao said. Five years ago, the government introduced the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 to expand the definition of bribery and to cover graft in the private sector. The term used to define bribery related offences then was "financial or other advantage". In November 2015, some official amendments were moved to replace the term "financial or other advantage" with "undue advantage" to make "any gratification other than legal remuneration" punishable. The official amendments were moved after a Law Commission report in February 2015 suggested there should be a distinction between 'due' and 'undue' financial or other advantage. CoNtD. oN p10 UP bill to restore anticipatory bail clause referred to President Agencies Lucknow A crucial bill that will pave the way for the re-introduction of the provision of anticipatory bail, which was revoked over 40 years ago in UP during the Emergency has been referred , for presidential assent. Governor Ram Naik has referred the Code of Criminal Procedure (UP Amendment) Bill, 2018, to the President, a Raj Bhawan communique said Sunday The state Assem. bly had on August 30 approved the bill that aims at restoring the provision of anticipatory bail in the state. The proposed legislation will have to be sent to the Union government for final approval, as it proposes amendments for the state in Section 438 (anticipatory bail) of the CrPC. "Under the Section 438 of the CrPC, imposing conditions or riders before such bail, has been left to the discretion of the court. However, in the UP amendment, we have made certain riders mandatory like the accused would have to be present for interrogation whenever required by police, the accused will not threaten anyone directly or indirectly involved with the case and that the accused will not leave the country without court permission ," an official said. Priyanka aPProves! NCL official held for bribery Tamil Nadu govt recommends release of Rajiv killers chennAi Rs 26L cash, Rs 1.21 cr in bank a/c found \OUR sTAFF RePORTeR BHOPAL Northern Coalfields Limited senior manager was caught red-handed accepting Rs 10000 bribe from a contractor to clear a pending bill in Singrauli. Shailendra Pasari, the manager and head of Jayant Project, had demanded from contractor Triloke Narayan Pandey a , commission of 10 per cent to clear a bill of Rs 1.36 lakh. After agreeing to pay Rs 10,000 to Pasari, the con- tractor approached CBI and reported the matter. The CBI laid a trap and caught Pasari on Saturday evening while he was accepting the cash from the contractor in front of his official residence. Subsequent searches at Pasari's residence led to recovery of Rs 26 lakh in cash and Rs 1.21 crore deposit in bank accounts. The documents related to the property were also seized by the agency, and their details are being ascertained. The NCL official has been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act and would be produced in the special CBI court here on Monday. The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday recommended to Governor Banwarilal Purohit the release of seven convicts serving life term for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar said. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami. Jayakumar told reporters that the decision was taken after the Supreme Court asked Purohit to consider the mercy petition of A.G. Perarivalan, serving life term for the 1991 assassination of Gandhi, for release under Article 161 of the Constitution. Jayakumar said though the apex court had given its order in the petition filed by Perarivalan, the state govt had decided to recommend to the Governor his release as well as six other convicts as they had also sent their mercy petitions. The other six are V Sriharan alais Muru. gan, T. Suthendraraja alais Santhan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini Sriharan, wife of Sriharan alias Murugan. They include both Indians and Sri Lankans. 26 parties to take part in Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP: Modi’s slogan for '19 polls Cong-led Bharat Bandh Agencies New Delhi Agencies New Delhi A number of opposition parties will unitedly protest the rise in fuel prices in the country on Monday and participate in the 'Bharat Bandh' called by the Congress. Sharad Pawar, MK Stalin and Left leaders have openly extended their support for the bandh call, while Trinamool Congress, AAP and BJD have decided to stay away from the protest. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the Modi government has "looted" Rs 11 lakh crore from the people of the country in the last 52 months and was running a "profiteering company" rather than a government. The way gas, diesel and petrol prices are increas- Raj announces a 4% reduction in VAT on petrol, diesel Jaipur: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje announced a 4% reduction in VAT on petrol and diesel on Sunday, which will reduce their prices by Rs 2.5 per litre in the state. VAT on petrol will be reduced from 30 to 26 per cent and on diesel from 22 to 18 per cent, Raje announced at a public meeting in Rawatsar. The decision will cost the exchequer Rs 2,000 crore and will provide the people a relief of Rs 2.5 per litre on petrol and diesel. "We have decided to reduce VAT on diesel and petrol by 4%, which will provide muchneeded relief to the people of the state, be it farmers or women or others," Raje said. ing every day, it has caused great distress to farmers, he said. CoNtD. oN p10 Setting the tone for the 2019 parliamentary election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi coined Sunday a new slogan, 'Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP', highlighting his party's commitment to its core values and the country's progress and forward march under its rule. Addressing the BJP national executive meet, Modi also paid rich tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee through his slogan. The new slogan, 'Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP', means an India which is victorious and cannot be subjugated by anyone and a party which is committed to its principles, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said briefing the media about Modi's speech in the closed-door meeting. Taking a dig at efforts by opposition parties to stitch together a grand alliance against the BJP, Modi said, "People who do not see eye to eye are thinking of a grand alliance. It is vindication of our work." He said that no one, not even smaller parties, was ready to accept the leadership of the Congress in such an alliance. Describing his vision for the country, the prime minister said, "I want the country to be affluent, but its bedrock should be simplicity ." See no challenge from Oppn: PM Modi said Sunday he sees "no challenge" to the BJP and described unity efforts among opposition parties "unable to stand each other" as a proof of his government's popularity and his party's big success. "We have started our journey with confidence of victory. We enjoy the confidence of 125 crore people of In- dia." In his concluding address at the party's two-day national executive meeting, Modi also heaped scorn on Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying his party's leadership is not acceptable to any ally, is seen as a burden by some others and is not acceptable to a few within his own party. The opposition has neither ideology nor a leader and any coordination, with its policies being unclear and intentions corrupt, Modi said, according to Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who briefed the media on the speech in the closed-door meeting. "We do not see any challenge," he said, lashing out at the opposition over its allegations based on "falsehoods and lies" against his government. When they were in power they were a failure, and they are a failure even in opposition, he said. Slamming rival parties, he said they cannot see eye to eye and never stand each other but have been forced to embrace one another to challenge the BJP It shows the . government's popularity and acceptance of its programmes and leadership by the people, he said. He said his government has lived up to the slogan of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas' by bringing development to all without any consideration of caste, religion or region. Trial through WhatsApp: Is this some kind of a joke: SC new Delhi Leaders of Opposition parties hold a torchlight procession during a protest against the fuel price hike ahead of Bharat Bandh, in Ranchi, Sunday Have you ever heard of a trial in a criminal case being conducted through instant messaging app WhatsApp? Bizzare but true. This peculiar case has reached the Supreme Court, which was left wondering as to how this kind of a 'joke' was allowed to happen in a court of law in India. The case, involving a former minister of Jharkhand and his MLA wife, saw the lower court judge in Hazaribagh putting these accused on trial by pronouncing the order framing charges against them through a 'WhatsApp' call. Former Jharkhand minister Yogendra Sao and his wife Nirmala Devi, who are accused in a rioting case of 2016, were granted bail last year by the top court which had imposed a condition that they shall stay in Bhopal and not enter Jharkhand except for attending the court proceedings. Both the accused have now told the apex court that the trial judge had on April 19 this year framed charges against them through a 'WhatsApp' call despite they raising objections to it. A bench of Justices SA Bobde and L N Rao took serious note of the submissions and said, "What is happening in Jharkhand. This process can't be allowed and we can't allow administration of justice to be brought into disrepute". "We are here on the way of trial being conducted through WhatsApp. This cannot be done. What kind of a trial is this? Is this a kind of joke?" the bench asked the counsel appearing for Jharkhand. The bench issued notice to Jharkhand on the plea by both the accused, who have sought transfer of their cases from Hazaribagh to New Delhi, and asked the state to respond to it within two weeks. Jharkhand's counsel told the top court that Sao has been violating the bail condition and had been out of Bhopal most of the time due to which proceedings in the case were delayed. To this, the bench observed, "That is a different thing. If you have a problem with violation of bail conditions by the accused, you can file a separate application seeking cancellation of bail. We make it clear that we have no sympathy with those who have violated bail condition." A hijab-wearing Muslim bodybuilder breaks stereotypes in India Agencies Vadakara When 23-year-old Majiziya Bhanu took to the stage to compete in the women's segment of the Mr Kerala competition in Kochi earlier this year, all eyes were on her -- never before had a bodybuilder wearing a hijab (Muslim head scarf) participated in the event. Proving that hijab is no hurdle for her or any other woman, she went on to win the competition. Bhanu believes that the hijab is never an obstacle for a woman with burning passion, and if a woman is free to show her body, she should be free to cover it as well. While Bhanu is not the only Muslim woman in the world of arm-wrestling and powerlifting, she is yet to see another woman in the field who performs in a hijab. "It is only after their names are announced that one realises that the contestant is a Muslim," she said. "I feel proud to wear the hijab, which is a part of my identity It does not lim. it me in any way but gives me dignity and strength." It took Bhanu just about two years to transform from being an ordinary dental student to a local celebrity, not just in her sleepy village here, but across Kerala. She has been selected three times as the strongest woman of the state by the Kerala State Powerlifting Association. In the two years since she began her career, she has already won national medals in powerlifting and arm-wrestling, while also continuing her dental training. And be it in practice or in competitions, she always wears her hijab. "In the initial days, men used to stare at me as I had "I feel proud to wear the hijab, which is a part of my identity. It does not limit me in any way but gives me dignity and strength." my hijab on. But soon they realised that I was as serious as them in my workouts. Then all the eyes disappeared," Bhanu told IANS. While she was always interested in sports, there were hardly any facilities available in her village. But that did not stop her. Every day after her dental classes, she used to travel 60 km by train to Kozhikode to a gymnasium. "I used to return around 9 pm. Initially, it was tough, but I slowly gained the confidence to travel alone and, eventually, it became a part of my routine," said the final year dental student Bhanu said that, but for her parents' strong support, she would not have been able to achieve what she did. "I hail from a very orthodox village here and my parents agreed to let me pursue my passion of bodybuilding." Today, Bhanu is an inspiration in her village for many other girls like her. After her success, the village has now got its own gym, which is frequented by women just as much as men. "Many young girls and women have started coming to me to seek advice on what needs to be done as they also want to do what I am doing. Now there is a gym in my village itself," she said, adding that now she goes to Kozhikode only three to four times a month. Bhanu today is extremely busy as she is getting ready to participate in the World Arm Wrestling Championship 2018 in Turkey next month. "I never knew I could make it as funds was needed for the trip. I did knock on quite a few doors and finally managed -- a few well-wishers have sponsored my trip. At times, when I went scouting for sponsors, I felt that some did not wish to sponsor me as I was a Muslim woman," said Bhanu. And of her future plans, she said her first goal is to finish her studies as it was her parents' dream to make her a medical professional. "Once I finish it, then I will pursue my dream of setting up an academy which will be a multi-disciplinary one, including martial arts, powerlifting, arm-wrestling and bodybuilding. It would give special importance to girls. I am sure I will be able to pursue my passion and wish to empower women," Bhanu added with confidence.