r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 RnI no. mpeng/2010/35815 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 33.7 C.20.5 C. sunrise: 06: 20 sunset: 06: 10 HUMIDITY Morning : 70 Evening : 42 vol. 9 no. 115 | BhoPal BhoPal | Monday | oCtoBeR 8, 2018 | Pages 14 | ` 3 NATION The more you develop your Virtues, the stronger your connection to God will become. Master Choa Kok Sui cong needs to be accommodating for true rainbow coalition: rLD www.freepressjournal.in EDIT a posItIve outcome 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 GLAM Thought for the day 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. 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 USNorth 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 Jae-in, following his meeting with Kim in Pyongyang earlier Sunday Kavanaugh sworn in as SC Judge WaShington: Donald rump's controversial T 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-year-old judge was confirmed by a bitterly divided Senate by 5048 votes -- the closest nomination vote since 1881. 30 school girls oppose lewd graffiti, thrashed Supaul: Thirty minor girls of a school in Bihar's Supaul district were beaten up by a mob after they protested against lewd comments on a wall allegedly written by boys of a neighbouring school, police said on Sunday. Three persons, including a woman, have been arrested in this connection following the registration of an FIR that named nine persons as accused, Superintendent of Police Mrityunjay Kumar Choudhary told PTI. All the injured girls are students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) in Darpakha village in Supaul under Triveniganj police station of the district. 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 342 held for attacks on non-Gujaratis, security beefed up AhmEDAbAD The police have so far arrested 342 people from various parts of Gujarat for allegedly attacking non-Gujaratis, especially those hailing from UP and Bihar, following rape of a 14month-old girl in Sabarkantha district, a senior officer said on Sunday. Non-Gujaratis were targeted and hate messages circulated against them on social media after a native of Bihar was arrested for allegedly raping the toddler on Sept 28. "Six districts have mainly been affected (by the violence), with Mehsana and Sabarkantha being the worst hit. In these districts, 42 cases have been lodged and so far we have arrested 342 accused. More arrests will be made as names of the accused come up during investigation," Director General of Police Shivanand Jha told reporters. He said 17 companies of State Reserve Police (SRP) have been deployed in the affected areas. "Security of areas inhabited by non-Gujaratis and the factories where they work has been increased. Police have also increased patrolling in these areas," he added. 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. 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. 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- 4 labourers die, 15 hurt in accident Petrol, diesel prices on the rise again India follows independent policy: Gen Rawat nEW DElhi It’s about rIght over wrong... 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 AgEnciES Khargone Actress Disha Patani during the 2nd edition of 'Saksham Pedal Delhi', a cyclothon organised by PCRA to propagate importance of fuel conservation at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. 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 Use govt vehicles only for official purpose: Jamod OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL People carry idols of Durga across Ganga to install at pandals for upcoming Durga Puja in Kolkata. 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. With the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct in the state, Deputy Secretary, Home BS Jamod issued orders on Saturday stating that government vehicles should be used for government works only . A copy of letter has been sent to offices of the Chief Minister and all ministers besides former Chief Ministers, vice-chairman 20 sutriya kriyanvan samiti, chairman Madhya Pradesh Karmchari Kalyan Samiti and vice-chairman Rashtriya Ekta Samiti. Copy of the letters have also been sent to drivers of the vehicles. The letter has specifically highlighted the portion which shows the guidelines of the Election Commission. According to the norms, the government vehicles would be allotted 20 litres of fuel per week. In case additional fuel, a photocopy of the log book would be required to compensate the sum spent on the basis of actual consumption of fuel. The letter strictly warns of Election Commission of India (ECI) guidelines and Model Code of Conduct and asked to follow it. The letter also warns not to use any sort of political symbol, sticker or pamphlet on the government vehicles. 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".