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 35.1 C.23.0 C. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj Grand alliance not possible at national level: CPI-M Election season begins VOL. XXXVI NO. 122 | INDORE INDORE | TUESDAY | OCTOBER 9, 2018 | PAGES 20+6 = 26 | ` 3 EDIT 431 ARRESTED, 35 FIRS LODGED FOR ATTACKS AGENCIES Ahmedabad/Patna/New Delhi News Brief Maha industrialist's son rescued from Rajgarh district RAJGARH: A 16-year-old son of a Nagpur-based industrialist was rescued from his kidnappers by officials of MP crime branch from Rajgarh district, the police said Monday. Harshit Pal was kidnapped from Wadi near Nagpur by four persons who demanded ransom of Rs 1 crore for his release. The kidnappers took the teenager to Betul, Bina and Sironj before taking him to Pachore town in Rajgarh district, he said. On a tip-off, the crime branch team intercepted a car at Mitthanpur on Mumbai-Agra NH on Saturday night and rescued the teenager, the official said. A person travelling along with Pal, identified as CJ Chandran, was arrested. Dilip Kumar admitted to hospital MUMBAI : Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, 95, has been admitted to a hospital here and is being treated for recurrent pneumonia, a family friend said. Faisal Farooqui, who tweets on behalf of the thespian, gave a health update on the ailing actor via Twitter. "Want to inform you Dilip Kumar has been admitted to hospital last night. He is being treated for recurrent pneumonia. Praying. Will keep you updated on twitter," Farooqui tweeted on Monday. Valley gives cold shoulder to J&K civic polls SRINAGAR: Just 8.3 per cent of the electorate voted in the first-phase of the urban local body polls in militancy-wracked Kashmir Valley while Kargil recorded the highest turnout of 78 per cent, an official said Monday. Polling in 83 wards of the valley began at 7 am and ended at 4 pm amidst tight security. "Only 7,057 voters of the 84,692 eligible persons turned up to vote in the wards which went to polls Monday. The polling was by and large peaceful," the official said. Nordhaus, Romer win Nobel Eco STOCKHOLM: US economists William Nordhaus and Paul Romer on Monday shared the 2018 Nobel Economics Prize for integrating innovation and climate with economic growth, the jury said. Nordhaus, a professor at Yale University, and Romer of New York University's Stern School of Business, have addressed "some of our time's most basic and pressing questions about how we create long-term sustained and sustainable growth," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement. Additional forces were deployed in industrial areas in Gujarat for security of Hindi-speaking migrants after attacks on them sparked their exodus that prompted the state government on Monday to make an appeal for their return. Assuring security to the migrants, the Gujarat government said 431 people were arrested and 56 FIRs registered in connection with the attacks, as Chief Minister Vijay Rupani appealed to people not to engage in violence. Claiming that no untoward incident had taken place during the last 48 hours, Rupani said the situation has been brought under control by the police. "We are committed to maintaining law and order and people can call police in case of trouble. We will provide them security he told reporters in Rajkot. ." Chief Ministers of UP and Bihar-Yogi Adityanath and Nitish Kumar-and Union minister and BJP ally Ram Vilas Paswan, who hails from Bihar, spoke to Rupani to voice their concern. Since the alleged rape of a 14-monthold girl in Sabarkantha district on September 28, six districts, most of them in north Gujarat, have witnessed sporadic incidents of violence against Hindispeaking people, the police said. Police have arrested Ravindra Sahu, a labourer hailing from Bihar and working in a local ceramic factory, for the crime. Uttar Bharatiya Vikas Parishad president Maheshsingh Kushwah claimed that over 20,000 people belonging to UP, MP and Bihar had already fled Gujarat due to the prevailing situation. "Over 20,000 migrants from these states have fled due to fear as Hindispeaking people are being attacked in Migrant workers from UP and Bihar leave for their homes in the view of some protests which broke out over the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl in Ahmedabad, on Monday "Gujarat is a peace loving state and a model of development. Those who do not have any issue spread such rumours. Those who do not want development spread rumours. " Yogi Adityanath, UP CM "If somebody has committed a crime, he must be punished severely. But on account of one incident, people should not generalise and hold a grouse against an entire state. Nitish Kumar, Bihar CM different parts of the state. All non-Gujaratis should not be seen as culprits for the misdeeds of one person," he said. A political dimension to the attacks was also injected with a leader of the "There is nothing more frightening than poverty. The root cause of violence is the closed down factories and unemployment there. Both the system and that economy are reeling. Making migrant labour their target is completely wrong. I stand totally against it." Rahul Gandhi, Cong prez My party (LJP) stands for speedy action against the guilty. I condemn attacks on north Indians in Gujarat. " Ramvilas Paswan, Union minister JD-U, which is headed by Nitish Kumar, dashing off a two-page open letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, blaming his party for the violence against Biharis. Six poll code violations reported in 48-hour Rs 9.50 lakh cash recovered from car in Raisen; CM’s pic on Sambal Yojana card; bags with minister's image seized in Damoh OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL In the first 48 hours after the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct in pollbound Madhya Pradesh, six cases of code violation were reported, said chief electoral officer VL Kantha Rao. The election code of conduct came into force in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday after the Election Commission announced poll dates for five states. Addressing a press conference, CEO said that an RTI activist Ajay Dubey on Sunday had filed a complaint against appointment of information commissioners. He has alleged that state government had issued the appointment notification on the day when poll model code came into force. The detailed reported is sought from ACS of the general administration department, said Rao. Second complaint of code violation refers to featuring of ministers’ photographs on government websites. The commission has received a eanwhile, the CEO parried to question Mon. On being asked whetherdirect reply tohouse on programme being conducted at CM Sunday it amounts poll code violation, Rao said that there is no clear instruction pertaining to holding of programme at government residential area, however he clarified that no political event can be organised at government offices. n n n n IN LAST 48 HOURS Number of weapon seized -59, deposited -33,000 Non-bailable warrant executed 1033, pending 73,357 Preventive action against 1599 In all 1,49,151 cases of property defacement was registered, FIR in four cases. n Government property defaced 1,23,165 cases, action initiated against 1.03 lakh n 25,402 cases registered for defacing private propertyaction taken in 9700 cases complaint stating that image of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is printed on Sambal Yojna card. The commission has sought a detail report from the government in this connection. Seizure of cash has been reported from Raisen. The district collector has seized unaccountable cash amounting to Rs 9.50 lakh from a car. He further informed that The authorities in Damoh district have seized around 2,000 bags carrying images of state finance minister Jayant Malaiya. The bags were meant for a centre run by State Rural Livelihoods Mission that imparts training to members of self-help groups (SHGs). These bags were seized from different places and a case under relevant sections of the Public Representative Act and IPC has been registered against RLM district programme officer and a driver. One more complaint regarding poll code violation was reported, the details of which are being sought. CEO informed that Election Commission-appointed surveillance teams comprising 20,000 members are on toes to ensure fee and fair elections in the state. Eight-ten teams are visiting every constituency to keep vigil on the distribution of sarees, liquor and other inducements to lure the voters. CONTD. ON P24 Unexperienced selection panel can’t challenge Shastri, Kohli: Kirmani www.freepressjournal.in Guj urges migrants to return NATION We hear words, God hears intentions. Petitions filed in SC seeking review of Sabarimala verdict NEW DELHI Two petitions were filed in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking review of its judgement which lifted the ban on entry of women in age group 10 to 50 years into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, contending it was 'absolutely untenable and irrational'. The separate pleas were filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association and the Nair Service Society (NSS) in connection with the September 28 judgment. The review petition filed by Shylaja Vijayan, president of Devotees Association, said Lord Ayyappa, wanted to keep "himself not being distracted by presence of ladies of fertile ages" and this is faith."Faith cannot be judged by scientific or rationale reasons," the plea said. "The notion that the judgment under review is revolutionary one which removes , the stigma or the concept of dirt or pollution associated with menstruation, is unfounded. It is a judgment welcomed by hypocrites who were aspiring for media headlines. On the merits of the case, as well, the said judgment is untenable and irrational, if not perverse," the Devotees Association plea, filed said. SPORTS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY DRDO staffer leaked BrahMos secrets to Pak NAGPUR/LUCKNOW In a shocking development, a young scientist working with the BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (BAPL)'s missile research centre in Nagpur was arrested on Monday on alleged charges of spying for Pakistan's ISI and other countries, informed sources said. Scientist Nishant Pradeep Agrawal has been working for the last four years in the BAPL and was nabbed by UP Police and Maharashtra Police. The UP-Anti Terrorist Squad (UP-ATS) has also raided two other unidentified persons in Agra and Kanpur and seized their laptops. Following a tip-off, he was placed under surveillance for the past few days by the Military Intelligence as well as UP and Maharashtra Police. The BAPL officer has been booked under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), the sources said. The information came to light after the BSF recently nabbed a person in Noida, and two fake Facebook IDs of women created in Pakistan were put under observation after they were found to be chatting with Agrawal. Accordingly the UP-ATS acquired a , search warrant from a court and along with Maharashtra ATS, swooped on Agrawal's residence at Ujjwal Nagar in Nagpur. "We have found certain secret and ultra-sensitive information on his computer. It should not be there on his laptop. It violates the provisions of the OSA, and hence he has been arrested," the statement added. EC, Cong clash in SC over voters' list in MP, Raj APEX COURT reserves its verdict AGENCIES New Delhi The Congress and the Election Commission Monday sparred in the Supreme Court over the pleas by two senior Congress leaders alleging duplication of names in the voters' lists for the upcoming Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan reserved its verdict after concluded the hearing of the pleas during which senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Vikas Singh traded charges over conduct of the polls. Sibal is representing Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot while Singh is the counsel for the ECI. The two leaders also sought random verification of VVPAT machines in the two states. Singh said attempts have been made to malign an important constitutional institution like the Election Commission and get favourable order by fabricating documents by alleging discrepancies in voters' lists. "I stand by what I had said earlier," the senior lawyer said, adding the poll panel had taken note of the allegations of the Congress party and undertaken corrective measures with regard to discrep- ancies in the voters list which was evident from the EC's communication of June 8 this year. Despite this, the Congress party alleged discrepancies in their petition in September and this was a clear attempt to malign the institution, he said, adding the leaders have "casually filed something" to "malign" and "denigrate" the poll panel. Observing that free and fair polls is the "essence of democracy", Sibal strongly rebutted the submissions of the poll panel and referred to alleged discrepancies and duplication in the voters list, giving illustrations of four assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh. Giving an illustration, Sibal said 36 voters have different details, but their photographs are the same and this assumed significance against the backdrop of 60 lakh fake voters having been found in Madhya Pradesh alone. Also, 24 lakh names have been deleted from the list by the poll panel, he alleged. The plea filed by Nath through advocate Varun Chopra said directions should be issued to publish the voters list in a "text format as per rules", instead of the PDF format and expeditious decisions be taken on all complaints before its final publication. Nath also said a direction should be issued to the poll panel to randomly verify VVPAT slips with EVM votes at 10 per cent of randomly selected polling stations in every constituency. CRIME AGAINST WOMEN IN INDORE Stepdad rapes daughter; tribal girl molested OUR STAFF REPORTER INDORE Rape after rape has been denting the image of Indore. On Sunday, a man was booked for raping his 14year-old step daughter in Banganga Police Station area. According to the police, the victim is a Class VIII student and the accused is her step father. The victim was sleeping in the house when the accused raped her on Friday . The accused, then threatened her with dire consequences. The "harassed" victim eventually could not take the burden of the incident further and informed her mother. Following this, her mother took her to the police station on Sunday The police . have booked the accused under POCSO Act and other relevant sections of the IPC. Principal booked he police have booked Ta schoolaprincipal for molesting 17-year-old tribal girl at a private school in Annapurna area on Monday According to . police, the victim who was living in the school accommodation in the campus was called by her school principal to an isolated room on the pretext of some work.The accused then molested the victim following which she raised an alarm. The accused fled the scene. On Sunday the vicitm's fami, ly met the accused and questioned him. They then reported the incident to the police. Some Congress activists protested against the incident and met police officials at Annapurna Police Station. The police booked the accused under IPC section 354, SC/ST Act and POCSO Act. The police are searching for the absconding accused. REAL POTBOILER: Cinegoers to shell out Rs 8 more! Govt allows theatre operators to increase service charges from Rs 2 to Rs 10 ATUL GAUTAM Indore Watching a movie in theatres will cost you more now. The state government has allowed theatre owners to levy Rs 10 service charge on each ticket instead of Rs 2, the existing charge. The decision, apparently taken following the on-going strike by exhibitors against the (up to 20%) entertainment tax imposed by civic bodies, will increase the income of theatre owners but will burn a hole in the cinegoers’ pockets. exhibitors disappointed when poll into two days after their strike that they not Thestrike unlesswereciviccall. They had thoughtcode camewouldforce call off their the body revokes entertainment tax. But with the STRIKE LIKELY TO END SOON government allowing them to recover Rs 10 as service tax, their income related issue got resolved. Following the development, the exhibitors signalled at calling off their on-going strike after increase in service tax. Yadav said that they would hold a meeting and take a decision to this effect. On the call of Central Circuit Cine Association and Cinema Association, exhibitors in the state had gone on indefinite strike on Oct 5 to protest against entertainment tax imposed by civic bodies. All multiplexes and single screen cinemas had stopped exhibiting movies stating that dual tax – goods and service tax and entertainment tax – have increased the operation cost. To end the impasse, the commercial tax department increased the service charge from Rs 2 to Rs 10. The order to this effect was issued on October 6, a day before MCC for Assembly elections came into being, but the theatre owners received it on Monday . Central Circuit Cine Association former director and Jyoti Talkies operator Adarsh Yadav confirmed CONFLICT MAY ARISE BETWEEN DISTRIBUTORS & OPERATORS scenario may create a conflict between the distributor and The new operator.earned fromtheatre operators kept filmthe service tax theatre So far, the the service tax and divided the amount screening movies. But as has been increased significantly, the distributors may seek their “pound of flesh” from that amount also. A film distributor, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the amount sharing terms will be re-negotiated. receiving such order from the commercial tax department. He said that the government increased the service charge by Rs 8 on the request of the association. “We have demanded an increase in service charge for improvement of facilities and advancement of theatres,” he added. “The new service charge will be applicable for both single screen and multi- plex cinemas,” he added. The government, however, imposed a condition that the theatre operators would have to pay GST on the service charge. This means that the government’s income will also go up with the increase in service charge. Only the cinegoers will face the brunt of the hike. firstname.lastname@example.org FREE PRESS VIEW The smooth and amicable solution to the cinema strike brings forth several issues to the fore. Were the authorities in "connivance" when the entertainment tax was imposed? Did they have a behind "the scene" planning of sharing the booty in the form of increasing the service tax and thereby hiking the ticket prices? Unanswered questions galore. This is another case, where the common man has to pay more to watch his favourite flick. Despite being adamant over issue and demanding the withdrawal of the tax, the initially, "adamant" Central Circuit Cine Association and Cinema Association suddenly agreed to the terms and called truce!