r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 06: 20 Sunset: 06: 10 HUMIDITY Morning : 70 Evening : 42 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 33.7 C.20.5 C. NATION Sri Ma Cong needs to be accommodating for true rainbow coalition: RLD A POSITIVE OUTCOME VOL. XXXVI NO. 121 | INDORE INDORE | MONDAY | OCTOBER 8, 2018 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 EDIT 2019 Lok Sabha Elections VVPATs for all 10.6 lakh polling stations, says EC AGENCIES New Delhi Assuring timely allocation of electronic voting machines (EVM) for the 2019 general elections, the Election Commission on Sunday said it was in the process of ensuring allocation of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) for over 10 lakh polling stations. The mandatory First Level Checks and training to District Officers are being ensured to meet the requirement of 100 per cent VVPATs across approximately 10.6 lakh polling stations for the Lok Sabha 22.3L ballot units, 16.3L control units and 17.3L VVPATs to be used in LS elections Election in 2019, it said. With around 22.3 lakh ballot Units, 16.3 lakh control units and nearly 17.3 lakh VVPATs to be used for the forthcoming elections, the poll panel said it is consistently reviewing the status of production and supply of EVMs and VVPATs by the public sector units. The poll panel on September 26 had said that it has enhanced the requirement of additional VVPATs from 125 per cent to 135 per cent considering the trend of failure rate of the machines in past elections, besides adopting improved hardware for them. Petrol, diesel prices on the rise again NEW DELHI Within a day of the one-off excise duty cut and PSUs subsidising fuel, petrol and diesel prices are on the rise again and have hit a three week high. Petrol and diesel prices were cut by a minimum Rs 2.50 on Oct 5 when the government's only second cut in excise duty of Rs 1.50 per litre and state-owned fuel retailers providing a Re 1 per litre subsidy came into effect. In BJP-ruled states, the reduction was higher as they matched the cut with a similar reduction local sales tax or VAT. But the prices were on the rise from the very next day Petrol was hiked by . 18 paise a litre on Oct 6 and 14 paise on Sunday accord, ing to daily price notification issued by oil firms. Petrol, which in Delhi was cut to Rs 81.50 on Oct 5, on Sunday costs Rs 81.82.Similarly diesel rates are hiked , by 29 paise a litre each on Oct 6 and Sunday. It costs Rs 73.53 per litre in Delhi, up from Rs 72.95 on Oct 5, according to the oil firms. India follows independent policy: Gen Rawat NEW DELHI News Brief Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US, N Korea summit SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump as soon as possible, Seoul said on Sunday. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "he agreed with Chairman Kim to hold the second US-North Korea summit at the earliest date possible," South Korea's presidential office said in a statement. The two sides agreed to "continue talks to decide on the specific time and location for the second summit", Pompeo told South Korean President Moon Jaein, following his meeting with Kim in Pyongyang earlier Sunday Kavanaugh sworn in as SC Judge WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a judge of the US Supreme Court, in a major victory for the US President ahead of key midterm elections in November amid crackling tension, angry protests and high drama on Capitol Hill. Kavanaugh was officially sworn in Saturday evening as the 114th Justice of the Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts who administered the Constitutional Oath in the Justices' Conference Room, hours after the 53-yearold judge was confirmed by a bitterly divided Senate by 50-48 votes -- the closest nomination vote since 1881. 4 labourers die, 15 hurt in accident KHARGONE: Four labourers were killed and 15 others injured Sunday when their bus collided with a truck near here in Madhya Pradesh, police said. The mishap took place on the Indore-Kasrawad Road, about 50km from here. "A bus belonging to a factory was on its way to drop labourers to their homes after the night shift when it collided with a truck," Khargone Superintendent of Police (SP) D Kalyan Chakrabarti said. "Four persons, identified as Pankaj (20), Amit (22), Rahul (22) and Rajesh (25), were killed on the spot, while 15 others injured," he said. All the injured were being treated at Kasrawad Hospital, the police officer said. A case has been registered and an investigation is underway, Chakrabarti added. Amid fears of U S sanctions over the S-400 deal with Russia, Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat Sunday asserted that India follows an independent policy and was also keen on getting the Kamov helicopters and other weapon systems from Moscow. India and Russia on Friday signed a multi-billion-dollar deal to procure Missing Saudi scribe tortured and murdered AGENCIES Istanbul A Saudi journalist extremely critical of the regime in Riyadh, who went missing after visiting his country's consulate in Istanbul, was 'tortured, murdered and cut to pieces', Turkish police claim, reports Daily Mail. Jamal Khashoggi, 59, entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in the Turkish capital to obtain official documents for his upcoming wedding, and 'never came back out again'. Turkish police believe Khashoggi was murdered inside the building, which Riyadh fiercely denies, instead claiming the journalist disappeared after leaving the consulate on Tuesday afternoon. Khashoggi, who has been a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies, was brutally tortured before he was murdered, a police source told Middle East Eye. 'Everything was videotaped to prove the mission had been accomplished and the tape was taken out of the country the source said. ,' the S-400 Triumf air defence system, which could attract sanctions under the CAATSA. The act is primarily aimed at countering Russia, Iran and North Korea. India and Russia concluded the deal notwithstanding the US warning that it would be a "focus area" for it to implement punitive sanctions against a nation undertaking "significant" business deals with the Russians. Gen Rawat, who returned on Saturday night after a six-day visit to Russia, held talks with military officials of that country to enhance bilateral cooperation. He said the Russians were very keen on associating with the Indian Army and defence forces. "Because they do understand that we are a strong Army, capable of standing up for what is right for us, based on our strategic thought process," he said. India going through major transformation, says Modi DEHRADUN Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India is going through major social and economic changes and the resultant New India will prove to be a catalyst for global growth. "India is witnessing rapid economic and social changes. The country is going through a big transformation. We are marching towards a New India," Modi said at Uttarakhand's maiden Investors Summit here. "Every major institution in the world is predicting that in the coming decades, India is going to be the driving engine of world growth," he said, adding that the country was witnessing the "best conducive environment" for business and investment. Modi said India's economy had stabilized over the last few years, fiscal deficit had come down, inflation was under control and the middle class was rising. "The scale and speed at which reforms are happening are unprecedented. In the last two years, the central and state governments have ushered in more than 10,000 re- forms. Thanks to this, India has made a significant jump of 42 points in the global 'ease of doing business index," the Prime Minister said. "As part of these reforms, more than 1,400 laws have been repealed. Major tax reforms have been brought in. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) has made doing business easier and strengthened the banking system." Modi said the GST had been the "biggest tax reform since independence" that had made the entire country a single market and widened the tax base. HOME COMING IT’S ABOUT RIGHT OVER WRONG... www.freepressjournal.in Migrants flee Gujarat GLAM THOUGHT FOR THE DAY The power you achieve through your spiritual Sadhana (practice) should be utilized only to realize God. Otherwise, without your knowledge, it may raise your ego and you may attempt to misuse the power. The fruit of your Sadhana will thus be washed. Trigger is the brutal rape of a 14-month-old girl allegedly by a labourer of Bihar origin R K MISRA Gandhinagar Coming elections cast their shadows ahead. Just a day before the Election Commission announced polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, migrant workers from the Hindi belt, being targeted in Gujarat, began fleeing for home, carrying discordant tales. The trigger for this politicking was the brutal rape of a 14 month old girl of Sabarkantha district allegedly by a labourer of Bihari origin. Soon after started the targeting of migrant workers from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. The rape had taken place on September 28 but the targeting began almost a week later. As an atmosphere of fear was sought to be created through word of mouth and menacing outpourings, the exodus of people from Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh be- jarat.” Attributing this information to his conversation with the Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, he sought to blame Alpesh Thakore, Congress legislator and Gujarat Thakore Sena chief, for the attacks. Sushil Modi said that ‘‘thanks to the BJP government, Biharis were safe in Gujarat but the role of the forces backed by the Congress was regrettable”. Growth in India firming up, projected to accelerate further: WB Opinion polls predict win for Cong in Raj WASHINGTON AGENCIES New Delhi Growth in India is firming up and projected to accelerate to 7.3 per cent in the 2018-19 fiscal and 7.5 per cent in the next two years, the World Bank said on Sunday. The global lender said that the Indian economy appears to have recovered from the temporary disruptions caused by demonetisation and the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). However, domestic risks and a less benign external environment impact the macro-economic outlook, it said. Growth reached 6.7 per cent in fiscal year 2017/18, with a significant acceleration in recent months, it said. "Prompted by the adoption of the 'Goods and Services Tax' (GST) and the recapitalisation of banks, growth in India is firming up and it is projected to accelerate further," the World bank said in its latest report on South Asia. The Congress is likely to unseat the BJP from power in Rajasthan, two opinion polls have predicted in what could be a continuation of the state's tradition of over two decades of voting out the ruling party . Surveys carried out by ABP NewsCVoter and C fore have given the Congress almost 50 per cent of the vote share and 142 and 124-138 seats respectively in the 200member Rajasthan Assembly, with its state president Sachin Pilot leading Chief Minister VasundharaRaje as the most preferred candidate for the top post. While the C fore survey is restricted to Rajasthan, the ABP News-CVoter opinion poll has also predicted the outcome of the Assembly elections in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, giving an edge to the Congress in both the states. The BJP is in power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for 15 years. The pre-poll survey has, however, added that a minor swing in both the states can turn the tide in the favour of either of the two main parties due to a very small difference between their projected vote shares. It has predicted 122 seats for the Congress in the 230member Madhya Pradesh Assembly and 47 seats for the opposition party in the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly. The BJP has been projected to bag 108 and 40 seats in these two states respectively . TheBJP had on Saturday expressed confidence that it would register a "record victory" in the upcoming state Assembly elections and retain power in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. CONTD. ON P10 ABP-CVoter and C Fore Bihar schoolgirls taste mob’s wrath for outing sex pests FP NEWS SERVICE Patna People carry idols of Durga across Ganga to install at pandals for upcoming Durga Puja in Kolkata. gan. Particularly migrants , from MP Rajasthan and UP , are being singled out for attention. The issue turned into a political slugfest in the face of a coordinated BJP attack on its political rivals and the Congress countrywide. Bihar Deputy chief Minister Sushil Modi was quick to allege that ‘‘forces backed by the Congress were responsible for the attacks on Biharis in Gu- In a shameful incident from Bihar, a village mob punished more than 30 schoolgirls by beating them mercilessly after they rebuffed the sexual overtures of some local boys. The girls -- all of them between 12 and 16 years of age -were admitted to a local hospital. Six of the girls are in critical condition and suffered internal injuries. The incident took place at the State-funded Kasturba Gandhi residential school in Triveni- ganj block's Dafarkha village in Supaul. More than 80 girls, mostly from the SC-ST community, were being harassed by youths from a nearby village. They would pass lewd remarks and write vulgar comments on the school wall. No action was taken despite complaints to the school administration. On Saturday, some girls caught some youths who were trying to write a vulgar comment on the school wall. Seeing this, they scolded them; but when the boys refused and misbehaved, the girls beat them up in self-defence, said one of the eyewitnesses at the school. However, after some time, a mob of about two dozen people, armed with sticks, swooped down on the school. Among the mob were some of the youths and their parents and relatives, the police said, quoting one of the students. ‘‘I saw the mob, both men and women, thrashing them. They were kicked and beaten with canes,’’ said Reema Raj, warden of the school, reports India Today.com The portal adds that the pandemonium inside the school continued for an hour. The girls were brutally beaten. Many were bleeding. Angry Indian women say #MeToo with a vengeance NEW DELHI Call it a bonfire of the vanities or an all-consuming sacrificial havan. But the "MeToo" flames now sweeping across social media have turned into a cleansing firestorm, burning holes in carefully honed public personas and turning the heat back on those whose job is to keep the social conscience and hold the powerful to account. From best-selling authors to creative filmmakers to senior media editors and other guardians of public morality -- people across industries are being named and shamed by the "MeToo" and "Time's Up" movements which began in Hollywood a year ago. The irony is profound in the case of celebrity author Chetan Bhagat. With a Twitter following of over 12.3 million, Bhagat has long been an active social commentator. But it is social media that is now pestering him with questions. "Bhagat now finds himself arraigned in the court Tanushree Dutta who last month gave the MeToo campaign the much-needed spark in India when she renewed an old allegation against acting veteran Nana Patekar of harassment on the sets of public opinion, having to answer charges ranging from sexual harassment to wilful abuse of power that comes from a mass culture of celebrity worship. The old cliche of idols having feet of clay couldn't ring truer," said a senior media analyst. On Saturday Bhagat responded quickly , to the charge with a somewhat abject apology saying "sorry" for "going through a , phase" in trying to "woo" a woman -- all of this without naming the woman concerned. "Much of what Bhagat says suggests that he believes himself to be no worse than 'stupid', guilty at best of misreading the drift of an intense, friendly social interaction and not being able to exercise 'better judgment'. "There was, as he puts it, 'nothing physical', 'no lewd pictures or words were exchanged' -- as though sexual harassment cannot be said to have taken place in the absence of these overt predatory markers," the analyst said. In a scenario where silence or brazening it out are seen by many as an acceptable option, this may come as a relief. But is it enough, the victim might want to ask? It was actress Tanushree Dutta who last month gave the MeToo campaign the much-needed spark in India when she renewed an old allegation against acting veteran Nana Patekar of harassment on the sets of a 2008 film, "Horn OK Pleasss". A decade ago when she came up with the same accusation, she says she felt silenced by those in power. But now, there's silence no more. Leading stars have spoken up against the harassment that goes behind the gloss and glamour, and how the industry protects the "creeps" by letting complaints go unanswered or unaddressed. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta has openly called "Queen" director Vikas Bahl a "creep" as the latter grabbed the spotlight, again in light of the MeToo movement, over allegations by a woman who had earlier accused him of sexually assaulting her."Will anybody do anything about this bloody creep or will the industry protect him like it always does," questioned Mehta, who as a father of two daughters, fears they would have to deal with such "predators".