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 35.1 C.23.0 C. Sunrise: 06: 20 Sunset: 06: 10 HUMIDITY Morning : 70 Evening : 42 NATION vol. 9 No. 116 | bhopal bhopal | tuesDay | octobeR 9, 2018 | pages 14 | ` 3 Grand alliance not possible at national level: CPI-M www.freepressjournal.in EDIT Election season begins 431 ARRESTED, 35 FIRS LODGED FOR ATTACKS Guj urges migrants to return 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 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. 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 In last 48 hours n n n n 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 p10 BrahMos scientist held on spying charge AgEnciES Nagpur In a shocking development, a young scientist working with the BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (BAPL)'s missile research centre here, was arrested on Monday on alleged charges of spying for Pakistan's ISI and other countries, informed sources said. Scientist Nishant Agrawal has been working for the last four years in the BAPL, an Indo-Russian Joint Venture. Following a tip-off, he was placed under surveillance for the past few days by the Military Intelligence as well as Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra Police. Early on Monday, the BAPL officer was arrested and has been booked under the Official Secrets Act, the sources said. As per preliminary information, Agrawal was reportedly passing on certain highly classified information to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan as well as the USA. However, official circles here are not aware of what kind of access to sensitive information or the security clearance levels Agrawal enjoyed in the company. The young scientist had been living in rented home in Nagpur and married earlier this year. SPORTS 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. Sri Ma Unexperienced selection panel can’t challenge Shastri, Kohli: Kirmani 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 which had allowed entry of women of all ages in the hill-top shrine. The review petition filed by Shylaja Vijayan, president of the Devotees Association, said Lord Ayyappa, wanted to keep "himself not being distracted by the presence of ladies of fertile ages" and this is faith. "Faith cannot be judged by scientific or rationale reasons or logic," 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 absolutely untenable and irrational, if not perverse," the Devotees Association plea, filed through advocate Mathews J Nedumpara, said. The second petition filed by NSS, an organisation working for welfare of the Nair community, said as the deity is a 'Naistika Brahmachari, the females before the age of 10 and after the age of 50 years are eligible to worship him and there is no practice of excluding worship by females. EC, Cong clash in SC over voters' list in MP, Raj APEX COURT reserves 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 Election Commission of India (ECI). The two leaders also sought random verification of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (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 discrepancies in the voters list which was evident from the EC's commu- 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 dadfather. The victim was sleeping in the house when the accused raped her on Friday The accused, then threat. ened 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. Minor tribal girl molested by principal T he police have booked a school principal for molesting a 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 family met the accused and questioned him. They then reported the incident to the police. Some Congress activists protested against the incident and met REAL POTBOILER: Cinegoers to shell out Rs 8 more! Govt allows theatre operators to increase service charge 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 up to 20 per cent entertainment tax imposed by civic STRIKE LIKELY TO END SOON he exhibitors disappointed when model code of into two their strike call. Tconduct camewere forcewoulddays aftertheir strike without They had thought that they call off revoking the entertainment tax by the civic body. But with the 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 ongoing strike after increase in service tax. Yadav said that they would hold a meeting and take a decision to this effect. bodies, will increase the income of theatre owners but will burn a hole in the cinegoers’ pockets. On the call of Central Circuit Cine Association and Cinema Association, exhibitors in the state had gone on indefinite strike on Octo- ber 5 to protest against the 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. CONFLICT MAY ARISE BETWEEN DISTRIBUTORS, OPERATORS T he new scenario may create a conflict between the film distributor and theatre operator. As of now, the theatre operators kept the service tax and then divided the amount earned from screening movies. But as the service tax 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. 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 model code of conduct for Assembly elections came into being, but the theatre nication 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. owners received it on Monday Central Circuit Cine As. sociation former director and Jyoti Talkies operator Adarsh Yadav confirmed 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 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 multiplexes,” he went on to add. The government, however, imposed a condition that the theatre operators would have to pay GST on the service charge. That means that the government’s income will also increase with the increase in service charge. The only person who will be at the receiving end of the decision will be the viewer. 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. 4 of family die as truck lands on their hut TIKAMGARH: Four members of a family were Monday killed and a minor girl injured after a sandladen truck turned turtle and landed on their roadside hut in Madhya Pradesh's Tikamgarh district, police said. An official said that the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle near TaalLidhora village on Jatara-Chandera road following which it overturned, killing four members of the family on the spot.