RNI No. 38281/83 JAB MALLYA MET JAITLEY VOL. XXXVI NO. 96 | INDORE INDORE | THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 Fugitive businessman claims he had met FM Jaitley before ‘MANSION’ leaving India and made "repeated offers" to "settle issues" READY IN ‘‘I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva... I met the finance minister before I left India. Repeated my offer to settle with the banks. That's the truth.’’ FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Absconding liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya (62) on Wednesday put Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the dock with a claim of having met him with "repeated offers" to settle the banks' dues of Rs 9,000 crore before he fled India. Mallya has thereby given credence to Congress President Rahul Gandhi's assertion in London last month: "Before Mallya left India, he met senior BJP leaders. That is documented. I won't name them." Jaitley however, defended , himself saying "there is no question of my having ever given him (Mallya) an appointment to meet me," but admitted Mallya made the offer while he was walking to his office from the Rajya Sabha. In a brief statement on Facebook, Jaitley while recalling , the chance meeting, said Mallya had paced up to catch up with him and while walking he had said that "I am making an offer of settlement." "Having been briefed about his earlier bluff offers, without allowing him to proceed with the conversation, I curtly told him: ‘There is no point talking to me and you must make offers to the bankers’," Jaitley said. He added: "I did not even receive the papers that he was holding in his hand. Besides MUMBAI JAIL FP NEWS SERVICE Mumbai ‘‘The statement is factually false. It does not reflect the truth. Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me. However, since he was a Member of Rajya Sabha and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion while I was walking out of the House to go to my room. He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that 'I am making an offer of settlement'.’’ this one sentence exchange, where he misused his privilege as a Rajya Sabha Member in order to further his commercial interest as a bank debtor, there is no question of Cabinet okays Rs 15,053cr new procurement policy to assure MSP to farmers “Having been fully briefed about his earlier "bluff offers", without allowing him to proceed with the conversation, I curtly told him 'there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers'. I did not even receive the papers that he was holding in his hand. “ my having ever given him an appointment to meet me." Mallya, who is fighting the extradition request of the CBI in the UK, told reporters in London: "I left (India) be- cause I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva, I met the finance minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle with the banks... that's the truth." Vijay Mallya may not exactly wallow in luxury in his new mansion -- Barrack no 12 in Arthur Road Jail -but at least his concerns about conditions in Indian prisons will be allayed. Among other fixings, he will have a 40-inch plasma TV in his cell, a walking area outside the barrack, as big as a hotel corridor, a private ‘western’ style toilet and ample light to write his memoirs, if he so desires. Also, he will not exactly be cramped for space in the cell which is spread in a 300 sq. feet area. As per his express ‘wish,’ he will also have windows which open in the cell but without a view of the British countryside. There will be ample ventilation to ward off the sticky humid Mumbai weather. The video was played in the London court on Wednesday When asked for . comments after seeing the video, Mallya teasingly said: 'very impressive.' Mallya’s lawyer, however, said that they need to visit the prison as he believed that someone has done a ‘cleanup job before the video was shot.’ GANPATI BAPPA MORYA Lower food prices ease August retail inflation NEW DELHI: Lower food prices eased India's August retail inflation to 3.69 per cent from 4.17 per cent in July, official data showed on Wednesday. However, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in August 2018 was higher than in the corresponding period last year when it stood at 3.28 per cent. ALL FOR BAPPA: 1,25,000 ‘Modak’ was offered to Lord Ganesha at Khajrana temple on Ganesh Chaturthi on Wednesday midnight. The temple was attractively decorated with flowers for the occasion PHOTO BY PINTU NAMDEV Cong leaders are Ravana’s progeny: BJP MLA OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Ongoing war of words between the BJP and the Congress is touching a new low with every passing day in the run up to assembly elections. On Wednesday BJP state , vice-president and MLA Rameshwar Sharma termed Congress leadership as "progeny of Ravana." Commenting on 'Ramvangaman path yatra' of the Congress, Sharma said, "Now, even the progeny of Ravana are thinking of Ram-rajya. It Sharma had Rameshwar on statementsgiven past controversial in the too. Sharma, the issue of farmers Has a penchant for courting controversy committing suicides, had said that farmers who were dying were the ones who misused subsidy. Sharma had termed former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh as 'Lahore Ka Maulvi' and had raised questions on his DNA. has now become the path to success in the country De." scribing Congress as an 'incarnation' of Ravana, he said Congress wants to grab 'Sita Roopi Satta' (power) but its illusion would not work. He said the party that be- lieves in eating cow meat cannot make 'Ramvangaman Path'. Hitting back at Sharma's statement, Congress media committee chairperson Shobha Oza said "BJP leaders have lost their mental balance." India accounted for 37% of global suicide deaths among women in 2016 63% Men accounted for 24% of suicides NEW DELHI India accounted for 37% of global suicide deaths among women and 24% among men in 2016, according to a study published Wednesday . The Global Burden of Disease Study 1990-2016 published in the Lancet Public Health journal said K OUR STAFF REPROTER Bhopal Police on Wednesday registered cases against 100 people under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in Gwalior on Tuesday Superintendent . of police, SP Navneet Bhasin has line-attached Thatipur town inspector for dereliction of duty It is probably for . the first time that 100 persons have been booked under the Act in one go in the state. Gwalior municipal corporation corporator Chaturbhuj Dhanolia had filed a police complaint alleging that around 100 protestors had laid siege to his house. The agitators had allegedly gheraoed the corporator’s house over the poor road condition. Reportedly one Netrapal Bhado, ria had fallen into a pothole and annoyed over the incident he along with others marched to the corporator’s house and laid siege to it. Dhanolia did not meet the protestors and in turn called the police. On his complaint police booked 100 protestors including Bhadoria under SC/CT Act. SP said that in-charge of Thatipur police station, Inder Singh Rathore failed to timely brief the senior police officials about the incident. He has been shifted to the police lines for his nonperformance, SP added. No arrest was made till report the report was filed last. PETROL, DIESEL RATES FOR TODAY Petrol Diesel – – 86.83 77.09 of all suicide deaths reported in India were in the 15-39 age group SUICIDE ranked first in India as the cause of death compared to its third rank globally in this age group 40% increase in the number of suicide deaths between 1990 and 2016, with an estimated 2,30,314 deaths in 2016 SUICIDE DEATH RATE (SDR) has reduced by 15 per cent from 1990 to 2016 arnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Tripura had high suicide death rates for both men and women, in addition to Kerala and Chhattisgarh which had high suicide death rates for men 63% of all suicide deaths ranked first in India as the reported in India were in cause of death compared the 15-39 age group. Suicide to its third rank globally in this age group, it said. There was an increase of 40% in the number of suicide deaths between 1990 and 2016, with an estimated 2,30,314 deaths in 2016 indicating that "disproportionately high suicide deaths in India are a public health crisis", according to the lead author of the study, Professor Rakhi Dandona from Public Health Foundation of India. "Having said that, the suicide death rate (SDR) has reduced by 15 per cent from 1990 to 2016," she said. The study found wide variations in suicide death rate across states in India. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Tripura had high suicide death rates for both men and women, in addition to Kerala and Chhattisgarh which had high suicide death rates for men. The suicide death rate for women in India is 15 per one lakh women, double that of the global suicide rate for women in 2016, which is 7 per one lakh women. CASES PENDING AGAINST POLITICIANS SC to states & HCs: Furnish info on status of cases AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked 25 states and union territories and the high courts to place before it "full and complete updated information" about the status of cases pending against MPs and MLAs. The apex court also asked these states, union territories (UTs) and registrars general of all high courts to place before it the "precise number" of cases which are currently pending and are required to be transferred to the special courts, set up to deal exclusively with cases involving MPs and MLAs. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha noted that 12 special courts have already been set up in 11 states and said the information should be placed before it by October 10, the next date of hearing. The bench noted in its order that 25 states and UTs, including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Punjab and Chandigarh, have not furnished any information in pursuance to the orders passed by the court on November 1 last year and August 21 this year. "We direct the chief secretaries of the above mentioned (25) states and union territo- 25 STATES AND UTS, including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Punjab and Chandigarh, have not furnished any information HIGH COURTS of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Patna, Calcutta and Kerala have negated requirement of special courts, while the Bombay High Court has expressed the requirement for additional courts without specifying any particular number ries as well as the registrars general of the High Courts in each of the states and union territories to lay before us full and complete updated information as required in terms of our order dated November 1, 2017 and August 21, 2018," the bench said. "We specifically direct the two authorities-the chief secys and the registrars general of the HC, to lay before us the precise number of cases which are presently pending and required to be transferred to the special courts" it said. Assembly polls in 5 states together; exercise may be completed by mid-Dec AGENCIES New Delhi AGENCIES New Delhi Ahead of the 2019 polls, the government Wednesday announced a Rs 15,053crore procurement policy allowing states to choose a compensation scheme and rope in private agencies for procurement to ensure a remunerative price to farmers. The new umbrella policy 'Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan' (PM-AASHA) was approved in the Cabinet meeting, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, held here. "The PM-AASHA is aimed at ensuring remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018. This is a historic decision," Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh told reporters after the Cabinet meeting. Under the PM-AASHA, states would be allowed to choose from three schemes -- existing Price Support Scheme (PSS), newly designed Price Deficiency Payment Scheme (PDPS) and Pilot of Private Procurement Stockist Scheme (PPSS)-- to undertake procurement when prices of commodities fall below the MSP level, he said. In a first, 100 booked in one go under SC/ST Act The Election Commission is looking at the possibility of holding assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana together and the poll process in the five states could be completed by the second week of December, a senior poll panel functionary said Wednesday . Going by past poll schedules, while Chhattisgarh could have polls in two phases, in the remaining states the exercise could be completed in a single phase, he said. Stepping up preparations for conducting assembly elections in Telangana, the Commission had an- NEW SCHEDULE FOR REVISION OF ELECTORAL ROLE INTEGRATED DRAFT electoral roll will be published on September 10 CLAIMS AND OBJECTIONS can be filed from Sept 10 to 25 DISPOSAL of claims and objections will be taken up on October 4 UPDATION of database and printing of supplement will be completed before Oct 7 OCTOBER 8 will be the date for final publication of the electoral roll, which means elections may be held any time after that date AFTER THE NEW roll is published, the EC is legally ready to announce the poll schedule, the functionary said nounced on Saturday that the final voter list will be published on October 8. The poll panel has suspended an ongoing process of revision of electoral rolls in the wake of premature dissolution of the state assembly and declared a new schedule for revision. Under the new schedule, integrated draft electoral roll will be published on September 10. Claims and objections can be filed from September 10 to September 25 while disposal of claims and objections will be taken up on October 4. Updation of database and printing of supplement will be completed before October 7. CONTD. ON P10 Clinical drug trials will have serious impact on human health, says SC OUR STAFF REPORTER/AGENCY Indore/New Delhi Hearing a petition on clinical drug trials filed by Indore’s ‘Swasthya Adhikar Manch’ and others, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed Centre to come out with rules to regulate clinical drug trials, saying it would have a “serious impact” on the health of people. The Centre told the apex court that it has issued draft rules on clinical trials in February this year, which includes a compensation ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 75 lakh to victims of trials. The centre also told court that it has invited objections and suggestions from petitioners in next 45 days. The division bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta told petitioners to give their objections and sug- gestions on draft rules to the government so that they can be considered. The petitioners include Indore’s patients rights organisation Swasthya Adhikar Manch, who have alleged that large-scale clinical drug trials were being conducted on humans across India by pharmaceutical firms, which led to several deaths. Advocate Sanjay Parikh, representing one of the petitioners, told bench that the rules have to be framed to regulate the issue of clinical drug trial as people were being treated as “subjects” during the process. CONTD. ON P10 Disclose amount of demonetised currency deposited in Jan Dhan accounts: CIC to RBI NEW DELHI The Central Information Commission has directed the Reserve Bank of India to disclose the amount deposited in Jan Dhan accounts of various banks in the form of demonetised currency . Launched in August 2014, Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana is a national mission for financial inclusion to ensure access to financial services - banking or savings and deposit accounts, remittance, credit, insurance, pension in banks. Jan Dhan accounts had come into focus after demonetisation on November 8, 2016, when the deposits witnessed a meteoric rise, touching an approximate Rs 80,000 crore in April this year. Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava ordered the RBI to disclose details of demonetised currency deposited in Jan Dhan accounts to activist Subhash Agrawal, who has also demanded some other details related to demonetisation.