RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 vol. 9 No. 90 | Bhopal Bhopal | ThuRsday | sepTemBeR 13, 2018 | pages 14 | ` 3 Met FM before leaving: Mallya; factually wrong, says Jaitley UTTERLY UNFOUNDED, says his defence team about evidence presented in UK•court AgNEciES London/ New Delhi News Brief 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. Ex-IAF chief gets bail in chopper case New Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday granted bail to former Air Force Chief S P Tyagi and others in a money laundering case related to the Agusta Westland VVIP chopper scam. Special judge Arvind Kumar granted bail to Tyagi and his cousins involved in the case and asked them to furnish a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh with one surety of the like amount. SC to reconsider fine to Sidhu New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to reconsider the quantum of punishment to former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu as he had been let off with a fine of just Rs 1,000 for causing simple injury in a 30-year-old road-rage case. Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul admitted a review petition filed by a son of deceased Gurnam Singh and issued notice to Sidhu, now a Punjab Cabinet Minister. Cabinet hikes ethanol prices New Delhi: Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved a hike in the price for procurement of ethanol by oil marketing companies by over Rs 3 increasing the rate for the clean fuel derived out of 'B' heavy molasses from the current Rs 47.13 per litre to Rs 52.43. UPA gave loans blindly: BJP New Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday attacked the previous UPA government for blindly giving away loans and weakening the banks due to which their losses increased from Rs 18,000 crore to Rs 53,000 crore.The BJP also said that due to the strictness of the Modi government, for the first time in the country, fugitive offenders were facing the heat. Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya said Wednesday that he met the finance minister before leaving India, a sensational claim denied by Arun Jaitley as “factually false.” The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss, who arrived here to appear before the Westminster Magistrates' Court in a case regarding his extradition to India to face the trial on fraud and money laundering charges, was asked by reporters if he was “tipped off ” to leave the country . “I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. I met the finance minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle with the banks. That is the truth,” he responded, without naming the minister. Arun Jaitley, who was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India, denied the liquor baron's claim. “Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise,” Finance Minister Jaitley said in a Facebook post. “The statement is factually false in as much as it In a first, 100 booked in one go under SC/ST Act 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. exTrAdITIoN CASe verdICT oN deC 10: BrITISh CourT T he ruling on whether fugitive tycoon vijay Mallya can be extradited from the uK to India to face fraud charges will be given on december 10, england's Chief Magistrate emma Arbuthnot said on Wednesday. The prosecution said the 62-year-old businessman has no intention of honouring the guarantees he had given while taking loans for his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines. The judge said the most important point for her to consider is the prima facie case, which could mean the court may not give much weightage to other related matters. "The prosecution has argued their case. It's now for judges to decide," vijay Mallya told reporters outside the court. Why Mallya was allowed to leave: Cong T he government must explain how and why vijay Mallya was allowed to leave India, the Congress said Wednesday after the liquor baron claimed in London that he met finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving the country. The government, the party said, was fully complicit in the flight of people like Mallya and others from the country. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said “The government should now explain how and why he was allowed to leave and what transpired at those meetings. The nation wants to know.” does not reflect truth,” he asserted. Jaitley said Mallya “misused” the privilege of being a Rajya Sabha MP to catch him in corridors of Parliament on one occasion while he was walking out of the House to go to his room. He said Mallya, while walking alongside, "uttered a sentence that 'I am making an offer of settlement'. Having being fully briefed about his 'bluff offers', without allowing him to proceed with ‘hAve MAde SeTTLeMeNT offer’ A defiant vijay Mallya said that he had made a “comprehensive settlement" offer before the Karnataka high Court that will help in paying off his dues. "As far as I am concerned, I have . I hope the honourable judges will consider it favourably; everybody gets paid off and I guess that's the primary objective,” said Mallya. 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 he was holding in his hand," Jaitley said. In London, talking to reporters Mallya said the media should question the banks why they are not supporting him in his efforts to repay "I have said . before that I am a political football. There is nothing Cong leaders are Ravana’s progeny, says 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 has now become the path to success in the country ." Describing 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 believes 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." According to Oza, fear of impending defeat is driv- Has a penchant for courting controversy rameshwar Sharma had given controversial statements in the past too. Sharma, on the issue of farmers 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. ing BJP leaders to stoop to a new low. She claimed that the BJP had failed to fulfill most of the promises it made during the last elections. Now, as people are demanding answers for unfulfilled promises, the BJP leadership is resorting to gimmicks and making controversial statements to hide their failure that I can do about it. My conscience is clear and (I) put almost Rs 15,000 crore worth of assets on the table of the Karnataka High Court," he said. "I am certainly a scapegoat, I feel like a scapegoat. Both political parties don't like me," he said, while having a cigarette during the lunch break during the hearing for his ongoing extradition case at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. 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. The Union government demonetised Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes on November 8, 2016. Bhargava directed the RBI that in case the information was not available with it, the bankers' bank will file "an affidavit with the commission" disposing that no record related to the information sought were available with it. India accounted for 37% of global suicide deaths among women in 2016 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 63% 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 K 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. Cabinet okays Rs 15,053cr new procurement policy to assure MSP to farmers NEw DElhi Ahead of the 2019 polls, the government Wednesday announced a Rs 15,053-crore 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. The Cabinet has sanctioned Rs 15,053 crore to implement the PMAASHA in the next two financial years, of which Rs 6,250 crore will be spent this year. 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 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 Will not interfere in fuel price issue, it’s economic policy decision: HC 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- 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 NEw DElhi Daily change in fuel prices was an "economic policy decision" of the central government and the courts must remain away from it, the Delhi High Court said Wednesday . A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao made it clear it was not inclined to interfere with the government's decision, saying "there are larger economic issues" involved. "It is an economic policy matter of the government. There are larger economic issues. The courts must remain away from it. Government may do it (fix a fair price). We cannot issue a mandamus (direction) to them to do it," the court said. The bench was hearing a PIL by Delhi-based designer, Puja Mahajan, challenging the daily rise in fuel rates and seeking a direction to the Centre to fix a fair price for petrol and diesel by treating them as essential commodities.