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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 vol. 9 no. 117 | BhoPal BhoPal | Wednesday | oCtoBeR 10, 2018 | Pages 14 | ` 3 NATION We hear words, God hears intentions. his holiness Radhanath swami Maharaj exodus of migranTs from guj conTinues www.freepressjournal.in EDIT saving The world from iTself #METOO GLAM Thought for the day Taapsee is glad A DAY AFTER journalist Priya Ramani levelled allegations against MJ• Akbar, a junior External Affairs Minister, another of his former colleagues PRERNA SINGH BINDRA came up with charges of sexual harassment Modi’s min in the dock Sushma Swaraj ducks query on her deputy even as BJP lawmaker pooh-poohs campaign, says women take Rs 2-4L and target men Agencies New Delhi News Brief ‘Pension schemes for elderly, widows, disabled not working’ New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that pension schemes under the National Social Assistance Programme suffered from "huge" implementation gaps, observing that the benecifiaries who were assured of a monthly sum of Rs 200 were not getting it. The bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said that it (NSAP) appeared to be a "good scheme" backed with "good intention" but "nothing is delivering". ` slips to new low, touches 74.27 to USD MuMbai: The Indian rupee slipped to a new low of 74.27 to a US dollar during the mid-afternoon session on Tuesday. Around 1.25 p.m., the Indian rupee traded at 74.27 to a dollar -- the lowest ever against the greenback. The Indian currency made a slight recovery at 1.35 p.m. to stand at 74.26 to a USD. 3 Amrapali directors in police custody New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sent in police custody three Directors of the Amrapali Group till they handed over all documents related to their 46 companies to forensic auditors. The court said that in case the three directors -- Anil Kumar Sharma, Shiv Priya and Ajay Kumar -- "failed to hand over the documents as ordered, they shall remain in police custody till such time the documents are handed over." Nikki Haley quits as US Ambassador to UN washiNgtoN: Nikki Haley, the first American of Indian descent to hold a cabinet-level position in the US, resigned as Ambassador to the UN on Tuesday. CNN said that Haley sent her resignation directly to President Donald Trump. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted: "President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley will meet in the Oval Office.. This event will be open to the pool." The #MeToo movement that has caused a storm in the film industry and singed newsrooms reached the Modi government with former editor and union minister M.J. Akbar being named for sexual harassment by two journalists in the social media. A day after journalist Priya Ramani levelled allegations against Akbar, who is a junior External Affairs Minister, another of his former colleagues Prerna Singh Bindra came up with charges of sexual harassment. The Telegraph, of which Akbar was the founding editor, had carried a story on Tuesday based on tweets by Ramani and another account by an unnamed writer in Firstpost, a news portal. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday did not answer media queries about allegations concerning Akbar. Contd. on P10 'Tara' writer accuses Alok Nath of rape, ‘Neither deny nor agree Malayalam actor-turned MLA Mukesh caught in storm CINTAA to send him show-cause notice with Nanda’s account’ MuMBaI: The cine and Tv artists association Tuesday said it would send alok Nath a show-cause notice after writerproducer vinta Nanda accused the "most sanskaari person", as the actor is known, of raping her more than once 19 years ago. Nanda, best known for the Tv show "Tara", gave a detailed account of the alleged assaults in a lengthy facebook post Monday night, the latest expose in the #MeToo movement sweeping India. she did not name Nath but referred to her attacker as "the most sanskaari (cultured) person", a sobriquet attached with the actor courtesy his onscreen image of playing the goody-goody father, uncle and grandfather. Nanda alleged that Nath sexually assaulted her on more than one occasion after he was fired from the 1993 show for misbehaving with its lead actor, Navneet Nishan. actor richa chadha was one of many people on Twitter who were quick to put two and two together and name Nath as the person mentioned in Nanda's post. "#alokNath," wrote chadha in response to the account. cINTaa general secretary sushant singh extended his support to Nanda. ath has said actorNdenies not he 'neither Mukesh has Mla Malayalambeen turned agrees' with Nanda's account, that someone else must be the rapist, and that there was no point reacting to the abuse allegations because 'only what a woman says will be considered.' he also claimed that he 'made (Nanda) what she is' and that dismissed the public shredding of his 'sanskaari' image as 'people will say anything. I would imagine he's afraid and he is the one who needs to deal with his fear. I am fearless today because I have spoken what I had to and I've let it out. and for the first time in 20 years, I'm feeling fearless, like I used to feel at that time before this happened n Vinta nanda MusT supporT ThE voIcEs: aIshWarya raI BachchaN T he #MeToo movement has gained momentum in present times. The world has got smaller with social media, one voice is becoming larger. What is nice to see in present time is that the members of the media are becoming allied and propelling voices that needs to be heard and giving them the platform. The law of the land will take over for justice to be served. Jwala Gutta speaks of her #METOO moment adminton player Braked up past Jwala Gutta Tuesday complaints of "mental harassment" and selection biases, saying that what she went through fell under the ambit of the ongoing Me Too movement. In a series of tweets, the former world championships bronze-medallist in women's doubles neither took any names nor mentioned any instances of sexual harassment, which form the core of the movement that has taken India by storm after major ramifications the world over. EdITors GuIld calls for proBE: The Editors Guild of India on Tuesday expressed concern over instances of alleged sexual harassment, and spokesperson Sambit Patra was called upon the news media organisations to conduct unbiased probes also asked a volley of questions into all such cases.In a statement, the Editors Guild expressed solidarity on the issue but he declined to with the women journalists "who have displayed the courage to bring respond. He said his mandate these critical issues in public debate". was to speak on the specific NcW rEachEs ouT To survIvors: The National commission for issue of the Congress role in Women (NcW) is in the process of reaching out to the survivors of sexual allegedly fomenting violence harassment as the #MeToo storm Tuesday intensified in the country with against migrants in Gujarat. more women recounting their ordeal. CONG DEMANDS PROBE INTO ALLEGATION AGAINST MJ; GOVT MUM on T uesday demanded a The Congress probe into allegations of sexual harassment against Union minister M J Akbar. "It is an extremely serious matter and the minister concerned needs to speak up. Silence cannot be a way out. This matter should be investigated. We would like to hear from both the minister in question and the Prime Minister on this issue," Congress spokesperson Manish T ewari told reporters. At a regular party briefing, BJP upsc aspIraNT GaNGrapE casE Eight erring police officers penalised TWO TIs’ INCREMENT WITHHELD, GRP TI put on minimum wages & compulsory retirement for SI our stAFF rePorter Bhopal Inspector General of Police Jaideep Prasad on Tuesday said, “Police officers who were suspended in GRP gang rape case, have been penalised. Suspended subinspector has been given compulsory retirement while increment of the suspended TIs (the then Habibganj and MP Nagar) have been withheld. GRP station in-charge has been put on minimum wages as punishment.” Home department transferred inspector general (Bhopal range) Yogesh Choudhary. Jaisdeep Prasad has replaced him. Government railway police (GRP) superintendent, Bhopal Railway division, Anita Malviya has been shifted to the police headquarters as assistant inspector general (AIG). CSP MP Nagar Zone, Kulvant Singh, has been transferred to the police headquarters over alleged delay in registering the case. Two sub-inspector RN Tekram(MP Nagar) and Bhawani Prasad Uike(GRP) have been given compulsory retirement. GRP TI Mohit Saxena has been put on made minimum wages. Two increment of the then Habibganj TI Ravindra Yadav and one increment of the then MP Nagar TI Sanjay Singh Bains have been withheld. These officers were immediately suspended in 2017. The 19-year-old woman was allegedly abducted and raped by four men near railway tracks in vicinity of the Habibganj railway station here on the night of October 31, 2017 while she was returning home after attending a coaching class. Contd. on P10 daan of more than 850 people at sacred Triveni Ghat of Allahabad is all set to continue his noble cause this year as well. Revealing how it all start- India is projected to grow at 7.3 per cent in 2018 and 7.4 per cent next year, the IMF said Tuesday, predicting that the country will regain the tag of the world's fastest growing major economy this year, surpassing China with more than 0.7 percentage points. In 2017, India had clocked a 6.7 per cent growth rate. In India, important reforms have been implemented in the recent years, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the inflation-targeting framework, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and steps to liberalise foreign investment and make it easier to do business, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) report. "India's growth is expected to increase to 7.3 per cent in 2018 and 7.4 per cent in 2019 (slightly lower than in the April 2018 World Economic Outlook (WEO) for 2019, given the recent increase in oil prices and the tightening of global financial conditions), up from 6.7 per cent in 2017," it said in the WEO report. Infiltrators will be driven out of country, says Shah BhilAi A blast at the Bhilai Steel Plant here in Chhattisgarh killed 9 employees and injured 14 on Tuesday, the police said. The explosion at the plant of the state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) took place at around 10.30 am, the police said. The explosion took place in a gas pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant in Bhilai town, located around 30 km away from the Chhattisgarh capital Raipur, Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) G P Singh told PTI. As per preliminary information, over 24 employees were working at the spot when the accident occurred, he said. Police personnel and a rescue team rushed to the spot, Singh said, adding that all the victims were being taken to a local hospital. FP neWs service Shivpuri BJP national president Amit Shah, said every infiltrator would be driven out of the country after winning state elections in 2018 and Lok Sabha in 2019. Shah, addressing a party workers’ convention in Shivpuri on Tuesday said the security of the country was supreme for us but the Congress was concerned when infiltrators in Assam were identified. BJP chief said that Congress and other opposition parties had opposed the NRC when 40 lakh such settlers were identified under the exercise. Shah, accompanied by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state president Rakesh Singh and other leaders also held a road show in Guna. Showering praise on Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the party national president called him as the best chief minister across the country . Performing pind daan of unknown mortals riyAz KhAn Khirkiya WAshington India in bottom 15 of Oxfam index on efforts to reduce inequality New Delhi: India fared poorly, ranking 147 out of 157 countries, in terms of its commitment to reducing inequality, while Denmark topped the list, a report said T uesday. According to the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index developed by Oxfam and Development Finance International, Nigeria, Singapore, India and Argentina are among a group of governments that are fuelling inequality. The index ranks 157 countries on their policies on social spending, tax, and labour rights. As per the report, countries such as South Korea, Namibia and Uruguay are taking strong steps to reduce inequality. However, countries like India and Nigeria did very badly. Among rich countries, USA showed a lack of commitment towards closing the inequality gap. Regionally, India ranks sixth among the eight South Asian nations. On public spending and on labour rights it ranks sixth, but India is placed on the top in terms of progressiveness of tax policy. Patient among 9 killed, 14 three killed as hurt in blast ambulance hits at Bhilai tractor-trolley Steel Plant SHIVRAJ BEST CM, says BJP chief at roadshow in Guna for EMaNcIpaTIoN of ThE dEad As the Pitra Paksha or Shraddh comes to an end on Tuesday, Khirkiya municipal council’s former president Poonamchand Gupta is a busy man for different reasons. Gupta, who has been performing• pind• daan• of unknown persons since 1995 and so far he along with his family performed pind accused by a woman casting director of Bollywood of harassing her in 1999 during shooting of a television show. Tess Joseph Tuesday took to Twitter to share the harrowing experiences she had to undergo from the "Godfather" actor while he was hosting the quiz programme "Koteeswaran". IMF projects India's growth at 7.3% in 2018, 7.4% next year ed, Gupta and his family, which involved in various social causes in the village, said that during his tenure as municipal council president about 23 years back, he visited the crematorium for an inspection. During• inspection, he found ashes of an unidentified corpse lying in an unclaimed condition. Inquiring about the ashes, he got to know that these were left by the family because they couldn’t afford the immersion with proper rituals. He could not let the matter slide and then was inspired to this noble work by former MLA Badrinath Agrawal and current Samajwadi Party leader Brijmohan Das Sodani. Gupta, who visited local crematorium this year on October 7, collected ashes of 45 persons and without knowing their caste, gotra or financial status. Contd. on P10 BJP national president Amit Shah and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at roadshow in Guna on Tuesday Congress could not dare to even shake Chouhan’s government. Madhya Pradesh which was termed as BIMARU has been turned into developed state, said BJP chief. Taking a dig at Congress national president Rahul Gandhi, Shah said he should “stop daydreaming” about the Congress coming to power in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Rahul should dream keep- ing reality in mind, said Shah, adding that he would not be able to see Congress in the coming days. “Rahul Baba should stop daydreaming. The Congress’ condition is that it would (soon) be difficult to find them even with the help of binoculars,” Shah said. Shah said BJP has 1800 MLAs and 330 MPs in both houses of the Parliament from 19 states across the country . Contd. on P10 MorenA Three people, including a patient, were killed and four others injured Tuesday when an ambulance in which they were travelling rammed into a tractor- trolley here in Madhya Pradesh, police said. The ambulance was heading from Sabalgarh town here to Gwalior when it hit the tractor-trolley parked on a roadside near Mukunda village on Morena-Shivpuri road, sub-divisional officer of police Sudhir Kushwaha said. The deceased were identified as Rambabu Dhakad (47), who was being taken to hospital, his mother Rambati (70) and ambulance driver Salman (49), he said. Four other family members of the patient also received injuries in the mishap, Kushwaha said. Dhakad had got burnt during some work at his home and was referred by doctors to a hospital at Gwalior for treatment, he said. A case has been registered in connection with the incident, he added. Mizo weightlifting sensation claims nation’s first Youth Olympics gold Buenos Aires Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga scripted history by winning India's maiden gold medal at the Youth Olympics, claiming the top honours in the men's 62kg category here. The 15-year-old from Aizwal , who is also a world youth silver-medallist, lifted a total of 274kg (124kg +150kg) to finish on top in the Argentine capi- tal on Monday night. The silver medal went to Turkey's Toptas Caner, who lifted 263 kg (122kg+141kg), while Colombia's Villar Estiven Jose took the bronze with an effort of 260 kg (115kg+143kg). The Mizo sensation, who will turn 16 on October 26, is being touted as the next big thing in Indian weightlifting. "Lalrinnunga's father, Lalneihtluanga, is a former boxer who has seven national-level gold medals to his credit," said N Thangchungnunga, the president of the Mizoram Weightlifting Association.