r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 06: 53 Sunset: 05: 42 HUMIDITY Morning : 64 Evening : 53 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 26.0 C.15.2 C. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj Govt planning riots on Ram temple issue with Owaisi's help: MNS chief Truce in US-China trade war? VOL. XXXVI NO. 178 | INDORE INDORE | WEDNESDAY | DECEMBER 5, 2018 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 NATION Happiness is not in acquisition, but in inner realization. Mommy’s girl www.freepressjournal.in EDIT GLAM THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Ragging out of bounds, cases all-time high in MP T STATE SURPASSES all previous figures; 101 complaints clocked this year News Brief After RaGa’s Bharat Mata jibe, Modi's fatwa retort SIKAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday alleged that the Congress party is trying to stop him from raising "Bharat Mata ki jai' slogan in election rallies. Addressing a rally here, Modi said the Congress party's "naamdar" (an allusion to Congress President Rahul Gandhi) has issued a "fatwa" against him to stop him from saying "Bharat Mata ki jai". Modi raised the slogans multiple times before he began his speech. 4 held for B’shahr violence, main accused on run BULANDSHAHR: Police arrested four people on Tuesday and were hunting for a Bajrang Dal activist in connection with mob violence in Bulandshahr that left an inspector and a passerby dead, as angry families demanded action amid criticism of the UP chief minister and suggestions of conspiracies. If US stops our oil, no oil will be exported from the Gulf: Iran GENEVA: The United States will not be able to stop Iran exporting its oil and any move to prevent Iranian crude shipments passing through the Gulf would lead to all oil exports through the waterway being blocked, Iran's president said on Tuesday. SC concerned over over-crowded jails NEW DELHI: Concerned that as many as 67 per cent prisoners in the "overcrowded" jails across India are undertrials, the Supreme Court Tuesday sought urgent steps for early conclusion of cases against them. Countdown for launch of GSAT-11 begins BENGALURU: Countdown began Tuesday for the launch of India's heaviest satellite GSAT-11, that would boost broadband services, from French Guiana in the early hours of Wednesday. The countdown started at 1.14 pm IST and the launch is scheduled for 2.07 AM IST Wednesday. The haste with which Shivraj government has decided to seek loan of Rs 800 crore from the market has alarmed the Congress. "Why can't the government wait for six days for the result to be out," asked party spokesperson. The loan is being taken for a period of 10 years to complete projects. A notification in this regard too was issued by the evening by the government which has already taken loan of Rs 12,000 crore in this year. During the poll campaign, Congress repeatedly roasted MP government, over poor financial condition of the state. had CASES CASES CASES CASES CASES 2014 YEAR 2016 YEAR CASES 2015 YEAR CASES 2018 YEAR PLAINTS REGISTERED ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN 2018 SO FAR STATE STARING at bankruptcy, claims Cong OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal 2012 YEAR 2013 YEAR 2017 YEAR 33 32 74 55 101* 2010 YEAR 2011 YEAR *STILL COUNTING 6 days before poll results MP seeks to borrow `800 cr 954 40 37 80 48 100 2009 YEAR CASES he UGC data also revealed that maximum number of ragging complaints was received from Bhopal in year 2018. As many as 26 complaints were received from Bhopal followed by 11 each from Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur. DAVV registrar Ajay Verma said that most of the ragging incidents in the state were witnessed at engineering colleges. “Out of total 101 cases, 70 were reported at engineering colleges,” he said citing the UGC data. Not only MP but the country also witnessed highest number of ragging complaints this year which stands at 954, 53 more to what was reported last year. CASES Despite strict measures in place, ragging in institutions of higher learning is not only alive and kicking but ever-increasing with the state surpassing all its previous figures to witness a record 101 complaints in 2018. “Last year, MP had stood second in the country with 100 ragging complaints. This year’s figure surpassed last year’s,” an RTI activist and student leader Pankaj Prajapati said citing nationwide data on ragging com- MP AT A GLANCE MAXIMUM CASES FROM BHOPAL CASES ATUL GAUTAM Indore THE LOAN is being taken, in the name of completing undergoing projects, for a period of ten years. A notification in this regard has been issued. THE GOVERNMENT has already taken loan of Rs 12,000 crore this year WHAT WAS the urgency of taking loan when less than a week was left for the formation of new government, asks Congress termed government decision to seek loan ahead of election results as improper. State Congress media cell, vice president, Bhupendra Gupta alleged that Shivraj government had secretly decided to take loan of Rs 800 crore from the RBI against state assets. Gupta alleged that the state government was on the verge of bankruptcy. He asked as to what was the urgency of taking loan when less than a week was left for the formation of new government. Gupta urged the Election Commission to inquire as to whether permission from the cabinet was taken or not before going ahead with the decision to seek the loan. Gupta said that in case Cabinet's nod was not taken, the EC should immediately ban the decision and initiate punitive action against the officers concerned. SC allows I-T dept to reopen tax assessment of Rahul & Sonia NEW DELHI The Supreme Court Tuesday allowed the Income Tax Department to reopen tax assessment of top Congress leaders Rahul and Sonia Gandhi for 2011-12 in connection with the National Herald case. The apex court, however, restrained the department from implementing its order in the proceedings against Rahul, who is the NATIONAL HERALD CASE Congress president, and his mother Sonia till the pendency of the matter before the court. The court also said that it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the pleas filed by Rahul and Sonia Gandhi in the case. The tax matter is related to the National Herald case in which the Congress leaders are also facing criminal proceedings. P9 Hanuman was slave of manuwadi people: BJP MP AGENCIES Lucknow Bahraich BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule Tuesday claimed that Lord Hanuman was "a Dalit and a slave of 'manuwadi' people", joining a row which erupted over UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's statement that the deity was a Dalit. She alleged that Dalits and backwards were being Hanuman was a dalit and a human. He did all for Lord Ram then why he was given a tail and his face was blackened. Why was he made a monkey called 'bandar' (monkey) and 'rakshas' (demon). "Lord Hanuman was a Dalit and a slave of 'manuwadi' people. He was a Dalit and a human. He did all for Lord Ram then why he was given a tail and his face was blackened. Why was he made a monkey?," Phule said. "When he did all for Lord Ram with devotion, he (Lord Hanuman) should After Swaraj, Uma opts out of 2019 Lok Sabha electoral race WILL concentrate on Ram temple and clean Ganga BHOPAL Union minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday said she won't contest the next Lok Sabha elections. The senior BJP leader's announcement came days after her cabinet colleague Sushma Swaraj said she won't contest the next LS polls. Bharti said she will instead concentrate on the issues of Ram temple in Ayodhya and cleanliness of the Riv- PRODUCE either sells for peanuts or is being dumped in mandis FP NEWS SERVICE Shyamgarh/ Neemuch Fall in prices, coupled with rising costs and low demand, apparently brought about by demonetisation has forced thousands of onion and garlic growers in Mandsaur and Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh to sell their EC should let people prove secretly if EVMs can be hacked Amid the ongoing controversy over the efficacy of EVMs, Union minister Uma Bharti Tuesday said the EC should let people secretly prove if the machines can be tampered with or not. The statement comes in the wake of the Congress raising doubts over the security of EVMs which contain the votes cast in the November 28 election for the 230 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh. er Ganga for the next oneand-a half years. Bharti said she would "embark on a pilgrimage to devote time for Ganga river and Lord Ram by leaving power". The Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister, however, clarified that she was not quitting politics. External Affairs Min- ister Swaraj, who represents Vidisha Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh, had last month announced that she would not contest the 2019 polls due to health reasons. When asked about Swaraj's announcement, the Jhansi MP said, "I am so sorry CONTD. ON P10 . have been made a human and not a 'bandar' (monkey). At that time also he had to face humilation due to being a Dalit. Why can't we Dalits be considered humans?", she told PTI over phone. During a poll rally in Malakheda of Alwar district, Adityanath had said, "Lord Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit. CONTD. ON P10 Govt rejects Army's demand for higher military service pay NEW DELHI: The government has rejected a long-standing demand of the armed forces for higher Military Service Pay (MSP) for over 1.12 lakh military personnel includ- ing Junior Commissioned Officers of the Army, official sources said Tuesday . They told PTI that the Army headquarters is ‘very anguished’ over the decision by the Finance Ministry, and will seek its immediate review. OH-NIONS! MP Kisans in a JAM produce between 50-90 paise and Rs 2 per kilogram respectively. Nose-dive in prices has led to heartburn among farmers. To add to their woes, they had to pay mandi charges and transportation costs, which have risen due to fuel price hike. While some of them returned without placing their produce for sale, others dumped it in the market and came home. Ramesh Rathore, a farmer from Shyamgarh village of Mandsaur district, said he spend Rs 1.5 lakh on onion harvest and got a bumper crop. “But the price crash shattered our hopes to earn profit as I had to sell my crop for a meagre Rs 50,000. I had to gulp up a loss Rs 1 lakh. Another farmer from Ghasoi village in Suwasara tehsil, Bhuwaniram Gurjar, said he left his crop in the Mandi as he didn’t get proper rates and taking it back would entail transportation costs. “How can one take his crop back after spending a good amount on transportation and having to spend on it again? It’s good to abandoned the produce,” he said. Garlic crop also sold as low as Rs two per kilogram at the Mandi with Rajesh, a farmer from Badnawar, claiming that he arrived at the market on Sunday but was yet to sell his stock due to lack of remunerative rates. CONTD. ON P10 plied by University Grants Commission (UGC). This figure of 101 complaints is the highest recorded from MP in last 10 years since national anti-ragging helpline was launched in 2009 following the Supreme Court’s directives to the central government to enforce a tough regulatory mechanism to check the menace. “The figure is really alarming and exposes hollow claims made by the state government of implementing anti-ragging measures strictly,” said Prajapati. CONTD. ON P10 Prioritise trial against lawmakers, says SC NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that criminal cases against present and former members of Parliament and state Assemblies, involving offences punishable with life imprisonment or death should be taken up by the special or designated courts on priority . The cases allocated by the High Courts to designated courts involving the offences "punishable with imprisonment for life/death against sitting MPs or MLAs as well as former MPs or MLAs would be taken up on first priority ..." said the bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph. The court said the cases punishable with life imprisonment or death would FOR EFFECTIVE TRIAL CASES PUNISHABLE with imprisonment for life/death against sitting MPs or MLAs as well as former MPs or MLAs would be taken up on first priority IT WILL BE FOLLOWED by the cases involving offences entailing imprisonment for five years or more AMICUS CURIAE report said 4,122 cases are pending against sitting and former lawmakers of Parliament and the State legislatures 2,324 CASES are pending against sitting lawmakers and 1,675 against former legislators. OF 4,122 CASES, charges are yet to be framed in 1,991. be followed by the cases involving offences entailing imprisonment for five years or more. These two categories of cases would be followed by cases involving other offences. The court made it clear that there would be no distinction between cases involving sitting or former lawmakers. The designated courts will follow the steps "with- out creating any distinction between cases involving sitting legislators and former legislators". Amicus curiae Vijay Hansaria, in his report, told the court that 4,122 cases are pending against sitting and former lawmakers of Parliament and the State legislatures. Of this, 2,324 cases are pending against sitting lawmakers and 1,675 against former legislators. VIDEO GOES VIRAL Now, postal ballots found dumped in a canteen OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Amidst complaints of mishandling of EVMs, a video showing alleged postal ballots lying unclaimed in a canteen near PHQ surfaced here on Tuesday. The administration was quick to term the video as fake. In the video, doing rounds on social media, hundreds of enveloped postal ballots are seen lying unclaimed at the canteen situated near PHQ and home guard headquarters. Rubbishing the claim, AIG Vikas Pathak told Free Press that “no such incident occurred at the police canteen”. The Election Commission had provided the postal ballot papers to the government officials to cast their votes and the same were to be sent back to the concerned returning officers. In the series of allotment, the ballot papers were pro- FAKE OR GENUINE THE VIDEO shows hundreds of enveloped postal ballots are seen lying unclaimed at the canteen situated near PHQ and home guard headquarters AIG VIKAS PATHAK rubbished the claim, and said “no such incident occurred at the police canteen” CONGRESS ALLEGED that the incident again proved manipulation and mishandling of votes. vided to the police department to distribute among the police personnel on duty . Congress, however, was soon to take up the issue alleging that police personnel were under government pressure and the incident once again proved manipulation and mishandling of votes. CONTD. ON P10 RBI to inject `10k-cr through open market ops MUMBAI The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Tuesday said it would inject Rs 10,000 crore into the system through purchase of government securities on December 6 to increase liquidity. The purchase will be made through open market operations (OMOs). "Based on an assessment of prevailing liquidity conditions and also of the durable liquidity needs going forward, the Reserve Bank has decided to conduct purchase of ... government securities under open market operations for an aggregate amount of Rs 100 billion on December 6, 2018 (Thursday)," the central bank said. The OMO operation will help ease tight liquidity situation triggered by a series of defaults by group companies of IL&FS. The eligible participants should submit their offers in electronic format on the RBI Core Banking Solution (E-Kuber) system on December 6. JP secures Westland deal; was under pressure to testify Bclaimed hethe extradition of middleman inagainst Gandhis he had Michel: BJP gambit to counter Rafale FP NEWS SERVICE New delhi The BJP may have finally found an answer to the allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal: it has succeeded in securing from Dubai the extradition of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Westland chopper deal. Michel reached Delhi around 11 pm on Tuesday night and has been taken into custody; he will be put up at the CBI headquarters for the night. The entire operation was conducted under the guidance of NSA Ajit Doval, which highlights the importance the government attaches to its ‘catch.’ Until now, facing an imminent extradition and IT IS WESTLAND V/S RAFALE locked up in a Dubai jail, British arms agent Christian Michel had maintained that allegations of corruption in the Westland deal against the United Progressive Alliance leadership were bogus. He had also claimed that his extradition to India was not going to alter his stance in the case. The British arms agent had also charged that he had been offered a deal to sign a testimony incriminating the Congress leadership in the VVIP chopper scam in exchange for his freedom. "Yes, I still maintain that I was given the papers to sign and I refused," Michel had told India Today TV . All that may change now and investigative agencies expect him to be more forthcoming about his role in the payoffs -- allegedly to the UPA leadership. Incidentally the extradition re, quest came through on a day Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj was holding discussions with her UAE counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi. Michel’s lawyer too has alleged that he is being made a scapegoat by the Modi government due to the upcoming elections.