RNI No. 38281/83 t Indore t Bhopal t Ujjain t Mumbai t Pune vol. XXXvI No. 120 | INdoRe r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 INdoRe | SuNday | octobeR 7, 2018 | PageS 12 + 6 = 18 | ` 4 www.freepressjournal.in Weekend Single day poll in MP, Raj, T’gana, Mizoram; Chh’garh on two days EYES WIDE SHUT ‘Cong practises vote bank politics, divides to rule’ NATION PAGE 1 With a meeting of eyes becoming an effort in these times of mobile entrapment, Munmun Ghosh explores its impact on relationships Thought for the day The more you develop your Virtues, the stronger your connection to God will become. Master Choa Kok Sui STATE TO VOTE on Nov 28; Counting on Dec 11 FB to deploy task force to check hate speech AgeNcies New Delhi News Brief 21 die as mini-bus falls into gorge Banihal/JaMMu: Twentyone persons were killed and 15 injured when an overcrowded mini-bus fell into a 200-ft-deep gorge on Saturday after its driver lost control over the vehicle on Jammu-Srinagar NH in Ramban district, officials said. Among the dead were four women and the driver. Ten critically injured passengers were airlifted from the accident site to Army hospital at Udhampur and two others to Jammu, they said. Setting the stage for the high-stakes battle between the BJP and the Congress in at least in three states ahead of the Lok Sabha polls next year, the Election Commission on Saturday announced the schedule for Assembly elections in five states, including Telangana, between November 12 and December 7. Counting of votes in all the states will be done on December 11, Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat said announcing the schedule at a press conference here. Voting will be held in a single phase in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram and Rajasthan and Telangana on November 28 and December 7 respectively while Chhattisgarh will have a two-phased elections on November 12 and 20. The BJP and the Congress will face head on in Madhya Pradesh (230 seats), Rajasthan (200) and Chattisgarh (90), where the saffron is in power while in Telangana (119) the ruling TRS is seeking a second New Delhi Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, flanked by Election Commissioners Sunil Arora (L) and Ashok Lavasa (R), addresses a press conference to announce the dates for elections in five states in New Delhi, on Saturday PM put pressure on EC to delay press meet, says Congress; CEC rubbishes claim T he Congress on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “put pressure” on the EC to delay press conference to announce poll dates in five states as he was scheduled to address a rally in Rajasthan, a claim rubbished by the poll panel chief. CEC O P Rawat said that the EC does not work under pressure and listed three reasons for the nearly three-hour delay in giving out the schedule. Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said the CEC's explanation is “preposterous” and wondered whether BJP is the "super EC". term. In Mizoram (40) Congress is the ruling party . The BJP is in power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for three consecutive terms while in Rajasthan power alternates between the two parties every election. The Model Code of Conduct comes into force with immediate effect in four states while in Telangana it was in force from the date of dissolution of the Assembly last month. Facing the uphill task of tackling election-related interference on its platform as India gets ready for polls next year, Facebook on Saturday said it is establishing a task force comprising "hundreds of people" in the country to prevent bad actors from abusing its platform. "With the 2019 elections coming, we are pulling together a group of specialists to work together with political parties," Richard Allan, Facebook's Vice President for Global Policy Solutions, told the media here. Facebook has also set a goal of bringing a transparency feature for political ads -- now available in the US and Brazil -- to India by March next year, Allan informed. With the new ad architecture in place, people would be able to see who paid for a particular political ad. In May this year, Facebook announced that all election-related ads on Facebook and Instagram in the US must be clearly labelled -- including a "Paid for by" disclosure from the advertiser at the top of the ad. BJP national president Amit Shah launches ‘Maha Jansampark Abhiyan’ from Indore on Saturday. He also addressed a meeting at Dusherra Maidan. FP Photo (Report inside) Lift ban on strike, says Bar; CJI unimpressed New Delhi Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Saturday disagreed with a suggestion by the apex bar body to lift a 16year-old ban on strikes by lawyers, wondering why there should be a strike at all. Justice Gogoi's response came after Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra raised the issue of lifting the ban at a BCI event to felicitate the new CJI. The CJI's view was also shared by apex court's Jus- GoGoispeak Can we afford jungle raj? Can we shut the doors for common man in rule of law. 67% of prison population are undertrials out of which 47 per cent are between the age of 18 and 30 out of this 67 per cent, 66 per cent belong to the Scheduled Caste and 71 per cent are below Class 10 and 28 per cent are illiterates tice Arun Mishra, who reminded the lawyers that their absence in court will affect people's liberty and deny many of their rights. Justice Gogoi, who was sworn in as the CJI on October 3, said, "I don't think it is an issue at all. Why go into the legalities. Why should there be a strike? I am sure there wont be any". Echoing his views, Justice Mishra said that the strikes of the Bar can only be supported in "exceptional cases when the democracy is in danger" or for "saving the judicial system" but otherwise "it has no right to go on strike".