RnI no. mpeng/2010/35815 t Indore t Bhopal t Ujjain t Mumbai t Pune r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 vol. 9 no. 168 | BhoPal BhoPal | SundaY | deCeMBeR 2, 2018 | PageS 12 + 6 = 18 | ` 4 www.freepressjournal.in What kind of Hindu are you? Rahul asks Modi NATION Weekend THE That’s Shashi tharoor, the man who sends netizens into a tizzy every time he posts GREAT words like floccinaucinihilipilification. Here INDIAN he speaks to ManaSI Y MaStakaR about WORDSMITH! PAGE 1 his latest release, The Paradoxical Prime Minister, politics and more... Modi, Xi, Putin agree to increase trilateral ties Lay stress on open world economy for global growth AgencIeS Buenos Aires News Brief George HW Bush passes away Houston: George HW Bush, the 41st president of the US, who led America during the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union and engineered the defeat of an audacious Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, died here on Friday. He was 94. His death came less than eight months after death of his wife Barbara Bush. "Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died," George Bush Jr, who went on to serve as the 43rd US president, said in a statement. Defence Min OKs arms procurement worth Rs 3000 cr new DelHi: The Defence Ministry on Saturday approved military procurement worth Rs 3,000 crore, including Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles for Navy's two stealth frigates and armoured recovery vehicles for the Army's Arjun main battle tanks, a senior official said. The go-ahead for both acquisitions was given by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the ministry's highest decision-making body on procurement, the senior military official said. Nirav Modi afraid of getting lynched, can't return: Lawyer MuMBai: Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, a key accused in the $2 billion PNB fraud case, cannot return to India as he is afraid of 'getting lynched' and is being compared to demon 'Ravan' , his lawyer told a special court on Saturday but the ED dismissed the claim saying if he felt there were 'security threats', he should have filed a police complaint. Bank strike on Dec 26 against mergers, pay revision CHennai: A day after the Indian Banks' Association raised its wage hike offer to 8% from 6%, the United Forum of Bank Unions on Saturday called a nationwide strike on December 26 against bank mergers and pay revision.UFBU is opposed to the merger of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank, the All India Bank Employees Association and National Organisation of Bank Workers said. Leaders of India, China and Russia at a trilateral meeting held here had an in-depth exchange of views on expanding mutual cooperation in international forums and to encourage greater interaction among the three countries under new circumstances. Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday agreed on the importance of reform and strengthening of multilateral institutions which have benefitted the world, including the UN, WTO and well-established as well as new global financial institutions, a statement from the EAM said. They underscored the benefits of a multilateral trading system and an open world economy for global growth and prosperity . Calling it an excellent meeting, Modi said a wide range of subjects were discussed which would further cement the friendship between the three nations and G20 SUMMIT India presents 9-point agenda on fugitive eco offenders ndia on preIsentedG-20Fridayagena 9-point da to countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo during their meeting at G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday enhance world peace. The three leaders agreed to have regular consultations at all levels to jointly promote international and regional peace and stability to , strengthen cooperation through BRICS, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and East Asia Summit (EAS) mechanisms, to address global challenges such as terrorism and climate change, and to encourage peaceful resolution of all differences. They also acknowledged the importance of cooperation in Russia-India-China format and agreed to hold further such trilateral meetings on multilateral occasions, the Ministry said. Video of MP abusing cops goes viral, booked Leopard found dead in well in Soeni Malviya lost cool after being denied entry into temple with his supporters SeOnI FP neWS SeRVIce Ujjain The Ujjain police have registered an FIR against MP Chintamani Malviya and his supporters on the basis of a viral video in which he is seen hurling abuses and threatening cops deployed at Shri Mahakaleshwar temple in a bid to ensure entry of his supporters. According to reports, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid obeisance to the presiding deity on Friday, when the BJP MP arrived on the scene along with his supporters. /Malviya forcibly removes barricades/ Malviya tried to enter the temple. However, he was stopped by the cops deployed for the security of the chief minister. The MP immediately lost cool and started hurling abuses. He physically pushed away the cops and even removed barricades put up for CM’s security in a bid to ensure entry into the premises along with his supporters. Soon the video of MP’s misbehaviour with the cops went viral resulting in all round condemnation. Even MP Chintamani Malviya trying to forcibly enter Mahakaleshwar temple FP Photo his party members criticised his behaviour. Taking the matter seriously, police administration registered an FIR against Malviya and his supporters under sections 294, 353, 147, 149, 186, 188, 189 and 504 of the IPC and Section 37 (e) and (f) of Madhya Pradesh Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple Act 1982, on the basis of statements of sub-inspector Manohar Patel along with constables Anil, Nitesh, Siddharth and others. The cops said that devotees and others present at the scene were surprised at MP Malviya’s behaviour. A leopard carcass was found floating in a well in Damjhir village of Seoni district. It seems the beast fell into the 30 feet deep well two days ago while chasing some animal and drowned, said DK Vasnik, Seoni Forest Development Corporation divisional manager. The leopard was about 5-6 years old, he said. Its main body parts, skin, teeth, nails, hair and paws were found intact and therefore poaching was ruled out as a cause of death, Vasnik said. 'Man eater' leopard might have entered MP: Ahmedabad: A leopard that killed three persons in Dhanpur taluka in Gujarat's Dahod district last month might have entered Madhya Pradesh, a senior Forest official said on Saturday Despite their efforts, . the forest personnel in Gujarat could not capture the big cat, even ten days after it killed two children and an elderly woman in different forest areas in the taluka, the official said. "Based on the pug marks, we suspect that the leopard has crossed into Madhya Pradesh. We have informed the forest staff there to stay alert as the leopard had killed three persons here (Dahod district)," said Deputy Conservator of Forests (Dahod) J L Zala. calling for "strong and active cooperation" among them to comprehensively deal with fugitive economic offenders. Modi presented the agenda in the 2nd session of the Summit on international trade, international financial and tax systems. "Cooperation in legal processes such as effective freezing of the proceeds of crime, early return of the offenders and efficient repatriation of the proceeds of crime should be enhanced and streamlined," the agenda read. India also called for joint efforts by G-20 countries to form a mechanism that denies entry and safe havens to fugitive economic offenders. Contd. on P8 AJL case Chargesheet filed against Hooda, Vora AgencIeS New Delhi The CBI filed a chargesheet against former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress leader Motilal Vora on Saturday in connection with alleged irregularities in the reallotment of institutional plot in Panchkula, Haryana to the Associated Journals Limited (AJL), which is allegedly controlled by Congress leaders. The central agency which , filed the chargesheet in a special court, has alleged that the re-allotment of the plot, C-17, has caused a loss of Rs 67 lakh to the exchequer. The agency has charged t Hooda, who was chairman of the HUDA, the then chairman of AJL, Vora, and the company under the IPC sections and the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. In the chargesheet, the CBI has alleged that the AJL was allotted a plot in Panchkula in 1982, on which no construction took place till 1992. The HUDA had subsequently taken back the possession of plot. The chargesheet alleged that the same plot was re-allotted to AJL at its original rates in 2005 by violating the set norms by Hooda. Thought for the day Honesty, faithfulness, civility and balance of mind help to maintain stability in human relations. Brahma Kumaris CEO takes to twitter to dispel doubts over EVM glitches, viral videos OUR STAFF RePORTeR Bhopal Chief Electoral Officer VL Kantha Rao took to twitter to dispel doubts over EVM snags and alleged videos about suspicious activities around strong rooms. The rwitter handle of CEO Madhya Pradesh @CEOMPElections was trolled following reports of largescale EVM glitches across the state. Twitterati was not satisfied by CEO’s stereotyped answers. Ultimately the CEO had to come up with clarifications related to complaints and videos circulating on social media platforms including WhatsApp. In one instance, in a bid to convince a complainant, the CEO even posted original inquiry report of Collector Sagar on twitter. Almost all senior leaders of Congress, including state president Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Digvijaya Singh, Arun Yadav and Suresh Pachauri had lodged formal complaints with the election commission. The CEO was flooded with complaints from across the state immediately after the start of polling process. One of the twitter users even taunted the CEO and tweeted, “Can EC give full satisfaction to MP people because losts of media showing clip of different region plz clarify because our vote was important for our future.” Contd. on P8 Congress leaders Abhishek Singhvi, Manish Tiwari, PL Punia and others leave after meeting Election Commission in New Delhi. They demanded more caution around strong rooms where EVMs are kept Hope of justice fades as Dow Chemicals is now DowDuPont SHAHROZ AFRIDI Bhopal Following acquisition of stakes by DuPont Company, Dow Chemicals is now DowDuPont, a new entity. The change has further diminished possibility of compensation as the new company has disowned liability of Bhopal gas victims. Alarmed at the development, gas victim organisations have sought Prime Minister’s intervention to ensure appropriate compensation to victims. Union Carbide, USA has been criminally charged for causing deaths of thousands of people and illness to over half million residents of Bhopal under various sections of the New entity has already disowned liability of Bhopal gas victims IPC after world’s worst industrial disaster in 1984. The US Corporation was declared an absconder in 1992 by Bhopal District Court and continues to evade prosecution, said Rachna Dhingra, convener of Bhopal Group for Information and Aid. Union Carbide’s 100% owner Dow Chemical- last year completed a merger of equals with DuPont Nemours, USA to form DowDuPont Incorporated, said Rachna after she obtained papers from US court. This company intends to complete a three-way split of its merged businesses by June 1 2019. According to regulatory Form 10K filings in the U.S.A, Union Carbide will itself be divided between resulting companies, said Colin Togood of Bhopal Appeal, working for Bhopal gas victims in the UK. Contd. on P8 Priyanka-Nick gets married in a Christian ceremony AgencIeS Jodhpur Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas on Saturday said 'I do' as they exchanged wedding vows as per Catholic traditions at Umaid Bhawan Palace here. According to People magazine, groom's father, Paul Kevin Jonas Sr, officiated the Christian ceremony, where the couple exchanged wedding bands by famed jeweller Chopard. Priyanka opted for a custom Ralph Lauren wedding gown, and Jonas, too, wore Ralph Lauren for their special day. Lauren is an important designer for the couple not only because he is a close friend of the actor but also because she and Jonas, 26, both rocked Ralph Lauren Collection at the 2017 Met Gala, which took place one week after their unofficial first date. The couple, who reached the Blue City of Rajasthan on Thursday, is having a dual wedding. The Christian wedding will be followed by a grand Hindu tradi- Odisha shelter home girls allege sexual abuse, in-charge held AgencIeS Dhenkanal (odisha) tional ceremony on Sunday. The respective families of the bride and the groom including Priyanka's mother Madhu Chopra, brother Siddharth and cousins Parineeti and Mannara Chopra and Nick's parents Paul Kevin Sr and Denise, brother Kevin and his wife Danielle, and brother Joe and his fiancee "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner arrived here on Thursday. Contd. on P8 Minor girls of a shelter home here have accused its in-charge of sexually abusing them following which he was arrested on Saturday, police said. The incident came to light when some girls while speaking to the media had accused the shelter home in-charge, the police said. The girls had alleged that the in-charge, Simanchal Nayak, had been harassing them sexually, physically and mentally for last two years and they did not tell anyone about it out of fear and shame. US H1B visas to be given to skilled, highest paid foreign workers AgencIeS Washington The Trump administration on Friday proposed major changes to the H-1B application process with the aim of awarding the visa to the most skilled and highest paid foreign workers. Under a new proposed merit-based rule, a notice for which was issued on Friday , companies employing foreign workers on the H-1B visa - under the Congressional mandated annual caps -- would have to electronically register with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period. The H1-B visa has an annual numerical limit cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year as mandated by the Congress. The first 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries with a US master's degree or higher are exempt from the cap. The USCIS would also reverse the order allowing it to select H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption. This is likely to increase the number of foreign workers with a master's or higher degree from a US institution of higher education to be selected for an H-1B cap number. As such the proposed rule will introduce a more meritorious selection of beneficiaries, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement. The DHS said public comments on the proposed rule can be submitted from December 3 to January 2. "Currently, in years when the H-1B cap and the ad- vanced degree exemption are both reached within the first five days that H1B cap petitions may be filed, the advanced degree exemption is selected prior to the H-1B cap. "The proposed rule would reverse the selection order and count all registrations or petitions towards the number project- ed as needed to reach the H-1B cap first," the DHS said. Once a sufficient number of registrations or petitions have been selected for the H-1B cap, the USCIS would then select registrations or petitions towards the advanced degree exemption. "This proposed change would increase the chances that beneficiaries with a master's or higher degree from a US institution of higher education would be selected under the H-1B cap and that H1B visas would be awarded to the mostskilled and highest-paid beneficiaries," it said. The proposed process would result in an estimated increase of up to 16 per cent (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master's degree or higher from a US institution of higher education, the DHS said. The USCIS said it expects that shifting to electronic registration would reduce overall costs for petitioners and create a more efficient and cost-effective H-1B cap petition process for the agency . The proposed rule would help alleviate massive administrative burdens on USCIS since the agency would no longer need to physically receive and handle hundreds of thousands of H-1B petitions and supporting documentation before conducting the cap selection process, it said. "This would help reduce wait times for cap selection notifications. The proposed rule also limits the filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions to the beneficiary named on the original selected registration, which would protect the integrity of this registration system," USCIS said.