RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 t Indore t Bhopal t Ujjain t Mumbai t Pune r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 vol. 9 No. 114 | Bhopal Bhopal | 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 to STATE TO VOTE on Nov 28; Counting on Dec 11 FB• deploy task force to check agencies New Delhi hate speech News Brief No alliance with Cong in MP: SP Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday ruled out any alliance with the Congress for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said they waited long to come to an understanding but the Congress showed no willingness to join hands with like-minded parties to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 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 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. 21 dead as mini-bus falls into gorge on Jammu-Srinagar national highway Banihal/Jammu Twenty-one 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 national highway 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. The vehicle was on its way to Ramban town from Banihal when the accident occurred at around 9.55 am. The driver lost control over the "overcrowded" vehicle which rolled down the deep gorge at Kela Morh near Maroof, DIG Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range, Rafiq-ul-Hassan said. Thought for the day Your bondage is when you have a certain viewpoint and you are stuck with it; you are cooking, wrestling inside - “This is not right! This is not right!” - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 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 16-year-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 Justice 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 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 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". Sanctions waiver intended to wean India off Russia: US washington The US presidential waiver on weapons deal with sanctions-hit Russia is intended to "wean" countries like India off the Russian equipment, the White House has said as New Delhi inked a USD 5 billion deal to purchase S-400 Triumf air defence system from Moscow. The mega deal was sealed in New Delhi on Friday during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin for the annual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a guarded reaction, the US said Friday its intent to slap sanctions against Russia was not aimed at imposing damage to the military capabilities of its "allies or partners," shortly after India conclud- ed the deal for purchase of S-400 missile defence system from Russia. “The (CAATSA presidential) waiver is narrow, intended to wean countries off Russian equipment and allow for things such as spare parts for previouslypurchased equipment,” a White House National Security Council Spokesperson said.