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. Her Holiness Mataji Nirmala Devi Min against using children as 'shield' in Sabari stir VOL. XXXVI NO. 179 | INDORE INDORE | THURSDAY | DECEMBER 6, 2018 | PAGES 16 | ` 3 NO SURPRISES EDIT CBI ROW FIGHT BETWEEN 2 top officers exposed agency to ridicule: Centre NEW DELHI News Brief Sahitya Akademi announces winners in 24 languages NEW DELHI: An extensive range of works representing diversity in contemporary Indian literature, comprising seven collections of poetry, six novels, six short story collections, three works of literary criticism and two collections of essays were announced on Wednesday as the winners of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 in 24 languages. Ex-coal secy gets 3yrs jail, gets bail NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Wednesday sentenced former Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta and two other former government officials to three years in jail in a coal block allocation case and said that "white collar crimes" are more dangerous than ordinary crimes. The court later granted bail to former government official on personal bond & surety of Rs 1 lakh. BJP seeks HC nod for Bengal 'rath yatra' KOLKATA: The BJP moved the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday claiming that the West Bengal administration and the police were not responding to its applications for permission to take out three rallies in West Bengal from December 7. BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to kickstart the party's 'Save Democracy Rally', comprising three 'rath yatra', in the state. IPL Auction: 70 spots, 1003 players NEW DELHI: A total of 1003 players have registered themselves for the 70 spots available in the eight IPL franchises for the upcoming mini-auction of the 12th edition of Indian Premier League on December 18 in Jaipur. While the newest addition are players from the Northeastern states, Uttarakhand and Bihar, there will also be 232 overseas players, who have thrown their hat in the ring. The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the fight between two top officers of the CBI -- Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana -- in public exposed the premier probe agency to ridicule. Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the fight between the two officers impacted the image of the CBI. The Centre's main aim was to see that confi- AGSPEAK DISPUTE BETWEEN CBI Director and Special Director was pulling down integrity and respect of premier institution TWO TOP OFFICERS were fighting against each other and went public which exposed CBI to ridicule THE FIGHT between them had created an unprecedented and extraordinary situation and the Government of India was watching with "amazement" as to what these two officers were doing dence of the public in this premier institution is restored, he said. "Dispute between CBI Director and Special Director was pulling down integrity and respect of premier institution," he told the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph. "Two top officers, Alok Kumar Verma and AGUSTAWESTLAND VVIP CHOPPER SCAM Michel denies charges, sent to 5-day CBI custody by court AGENCIES New Delhi Christian Michel, the alleged middleman who has been chargesheeted in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, was on Wednesday produced before a Delhi court which allowed his five-day custodial interrogation by the CBI. He will again be produced in the court on December 10. Michel, who is a citizen of United Kingdom, was brought to India late Tuesday night following his extradition by the UAE in connection with the case. He was produced before Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar which allowed discussions between him and his advocate for five minutes. Michel’s extradition gives Mallya jitters P lease take it! Will pay 100%: Mallya offers to repay principal amount but not the interest 'Rajdar' will spill the beans, says Modi; Rahul questions Rafale Fugitive Vijay Mallya is jittery. Unnerved by the extradition of Christian Michel and with the judgment day fast approaching – five days from now a UK court will take a call on his return – Mallya has offered to pay back 100 per cent of the principal loan amount he owes to Indian banks. (Mallya has a good reason to be nervous: Michel happens to be a British national). ‘‘I have offered to repay 100 % of the principal amount to them. Please take it (sic)," he tweeted. When his attention was drawn to some Indian media which have claimed that his offer is linked to an expected ruling in the extradition case on December 10, he added: "Usual nonsense! I have made settlement offers since 2016." After lying low for weeks, Mallya shot off a series of tweets since the early hours of Wednesday to defend the loans he had acquired from various banks as a means of keeping his now-defunct Kingfisher Airline afloat. "Airlines were struggling financially, partly because of high ATF prices. Kingfisher was a fab airline that faced the highest ever crude prices of USD 140/barrel. Losses mounted and that is where the banks’ money went. I have offered to repay 100 per cent of the principal amount to them. Please take it," reads one of his posts. The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss, who has been on bail in the UK on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year, is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering allegedly amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores. FP NEWS SERVICE / London Tiger carcass with missing paws found in Ratapani reserve OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal/Mandideep An eight-year-old tiger was found dead in Ratapani Wildlife Reserve on Wednesday. The paws of the tiger were severed and hair from some important part of the body were found missing. After looking at the carcass, forest department has not ruled out possibilities of poaching. The carcass was found near Obaidullahganj area in Raisen district. The carcass is said to be three or four days old. Front paws of the tiger were chopped and hair around tail and eye lashes was missing. A team comprising doctor from Van Vihar national park, STF (Special Task force) and a squad of sniffer dogs was sent to the spot. The team made an inquiry in the nearby vil- Rakesh Asthana, were fighting against each other and went public which exposed CBI to ridicule," Venugopal told the bench. He said the fight between them had created an unprecedented and extraordinary situation and the Government of India was watching with "amazement" as to what these two officers were doing. "They were fighting like Kilkenny cats," Venugopal said, adding that it was absolutely essential for the Centre to step in and act in the tussle between two officers. He is one of the three middlemen being probed in the case, besides Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, by the ED and the CBI NEW DELHI: A day after British national Christian Michel James, a middleman wanted in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, was extradited to India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the accused, who has taken UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's name, will spill the beans on the deal during the UPA government's tenure. The Congress hit out at Modi and accused him of being the "protector, benefactor and promoter" of AgustaWestland and its parent company Finmeccanica and demanded a CBI probe into the Prime Minister's role while its President Rahul Gandhi sought explanation from Modi on Rafale. T THIS IS SECOND incident of tiger poaching in the same area where a dead tiger was found with chopped paws. Experts are of opinion that people who practice witchcraft do demand such parts of the tiger’s body to perform some acts specially ‘raining money.’ IN MARCH too a body of tiger was found with severed paws. The incident was reported by local villagers he tiger death toll has reached 22 this year with death of this tiger. There has been a rise in death of tigers in last one-and-a-half year and has reached about 80. lages but failed to get any clues about death. This is the second incidence of tiger poaching in the same area where a dead tiger was found with chopped paws. Experts are of opinion that people who practice witchcraft do demand such parts of the tiger’s body to perform some acts specially ‘raining money .’ Earlier in March also a body of tiger was found with severed paws. The in- cident was reported by local villagers. The tiger death toll has reached 22 this year with death of this tiger. There has been a rise in death of tigers in last one and a half year and has reached about 80. Wild life activist Ajay Dubey expressed concern over safety of tigers in state and accused lackadaisical behavior of officials of the forest department. YOUNG ACHIEVER Rolicking time for Indore’s volleyball champ TO TRAIN FOR 2024 OLY; To receive Rs 5L scholarship for 8 yrs TINA KHATRI Indore Making the city proud, 16-year-old volleyball champ Roli Pathak will be receiving Rs 5 lakh as scholarship per year for 8 years and Rs 1,20,000 in cash along with many other facilities to train for the 2024 Olympics. She has been shortlisted S ROAD TO SUCCESS he began learning volleyball in summer vacation of 2011. “I was bored at home, so I had joined a summer camp, where I first played volleyball,” Roli said. She enjoyed the sport, so continued it as a hobby for a year. “I was not very good initially, just an average player, but soon it became my passion,” Roli said. Working on improving her skills, she practised and became school caption in class ninth. “I remained the school caption till class 12th and now, I have the biggest chance to mark my school and the city by competing in Olympics,” Roli said. for the scholarship and training programme under Khelo India Khelo initiative of government. She had to compete with 110 top volleyball champions from all over the country to win the scholarship. “The Serena, Nadal and Murray all confirmed for Australian Open www.freepressjournal.in AG to SC: Verma, Asthana were fighting like cats NATION "A Star is shining within us and that is our Spirit." first round of the selection games was organised in New Delhi in April, where the best female players from the country had come,” Roli said. From 110 participants, 60 girls were selected for round 2. “The second round of competition was held in Aurangabad in June. Only 12 students were selected from all, which is almost 10 per cent, so I was just praying to get selected,” Roli said. She received the letter confirming her scholarship and a chance to join the training academy for Olympics in Pathanamthitta, Kerala on Wednesday CONTD. ON P12 . SPORT THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Postal ballots at PHQ canteen: Disciplinary action against 4 home guards officials OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The Election Commission on Wednesday claimed that postal ballots found at police headquarters canteen were not tampered with. The panel said that disciplinary action has been initiated against four home guard officials and a postman in this connection. In a major lapse, polled and un-polled ballot papers were found in canteen of home guard on Tuesday. The election officer, however, issued two press statements on the same issue within a few minutes. The first release stated that three polled, sealed postal ballots and 74 un-polled postal ballots to be delivered to government employees were found in the canteen of home guard headquarters. The three polled ballots were handed over to returning officer of Govindpura. It said that 74 unpolled postal ballots that were found undelivered by the postman even though each envelope was individually marked with name and address. All of them were delivered to the home guard office by the postman. The ballots could not be delivered as the employees were posted elsewhere, now they are being delivered. CONTD. ON P12 CHIEF MINISTER FIRES SALVO AT POLL PANEL ‘Inhumane EC didn’t allow me attend last rites of my dear one’ CONG INTENDS to blame EVM for its defeat: Chouhan OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday fired a salvo at the Election Commission (EC) and accused it of being uncompassionate. "The EC did not allow me to go to Vidisha to mourn death of my close acquaintance Raghuvir Dangi on November 27," he said and added, "I wanted to go to Dangi's place but Commission denied permission citing ban on outsider in a constituency ." Talking to reporters, the Chief Minister alleged that the poll panel was too strict with the BJP and claimed that as a constitutional institution was not fair with the party. He also claimed that the Congress was well aware of its defeat at the hustings and was preparing ground for shifting the blame of its poor performance on the EVMs. World's first baby born via womb transplant from deceased donor WASHINGTON In a world-first, a Brazilian woman who received a womb transplant from a deceased donor, has successfully given birth to a baby girl, according to a case report published in The Lancet journal. The report shows that uterus transplants from deceased donors are feasible and may open access for all women with uterine infertility, without the need for live donors. Currently, uterus donation is only available for women with family members who are willing to donate. "The use of deceased donors could greatly broaden access to this treatment, 1 killed, 3 hurt in IISc lab explosion AGENCIES Bengaluru A suspected cylinder blast killed a 32-year old technician and injured three others during an experiment in the aero-dynamics laboratory of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here Wednesday, police said. Four technicians of a private start-up company were involved in some experiment at the laboratory when an explosion occurred suddenly at around 2.20 pm, they said. Technician Manoj from Mysuru died on the spot while three others suffered injuries. The injured have been admitted to a private hospital where their condition was said to be stable, police said. Though the nature of explosion and its cause were yet to be established, it was suspected that the incident occurred due to a blast in a cylinder containing some gas, they said. Assistant Commissioner of Police Niranjan Raj Urs told PTI that the start-up company Superwave Technologies Private Limited was having a tie-up with the IISc for carrying out experiments pertaining to its research. and our results provide proof-of-concept for a new option for women with uterine infertility," said Dani Ejzenberg, from University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, who led the research. The recipient of the transplant was a patient with uterine infertility. This was the first uterine transplantation in Latin America. Previously, there have been 10 other uterus transplants from deceased donors attempted in the US, Czech Republic and Turkey, but this is the first to result in a livebirth. The first childbirth following uterine transplantation from living donors occurred in Sweden in September 2013. Nath to CM: Apologise to EC ommenting on Chief CMinister's statement, state Congress chief Kamal Nath said that Chouhan insulted employees on election duty by leveling allegations of harassment and inhumane act on the Election Commission. Accusing Chouhan of suspecting poll panel's objectivity, he demanded an apology from him. Accusing Congress of making a mockery of elections, Chouhan said that for the grand old party everyone be it the EC or police or government officials are dishonest. He said that unsubstantiated and irrelevant allegations were being hurled only to create confusion. Chouhan claimed that the Congress took a team from Nagpur to Rewa and accused his officer-on-special-duty (OSD) SN Ruplah of EVM hacking. The Congress was readying a background for its defeat and trying to exert pressure on the administration, he claimed. CONTD. ON P12 Campaigning ends in Raj, Telangana Jaipur/Hyderabad: Campaigning in the high-stakes December 7 Assembly elections, dubbed as the semi-final before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, ended in Rajasthan and Telangana on Wednesday with PM Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi making a concerted attempt on the last day to win the contest for their parties. The contest is largely bipolar between the BJP and Congress for Rajasthan assembly but is expected to be triangular, especially in some seats, for the Telangana assembly where the Congress has tied up with TDP, CPI and TJS, a new party floated by M. Kodandaram, who was once KCR's friend in the Telangana movement to form 'Praja Kutami" (People's Front). DEBUNKING A FAIRY TALE Priyanka made out to be a scamster FP NEWS SERVICE T he West does not believe in fairy tale weddings and at least one columnist working for New York Magazine is surely repelled by them. More so, when the lady in matrimony happens to be the first major Indian crossover star in America. So, for Mariah Smith, incidentally a Black, Priyanka Chopra is a 'global scam artist' and Nick Jonas needs to get on the horse that he rode to his wedding and 'gallop away as fast as you can'. But as is true of this new breed of bloggers and columnists, there is nothing to back the fantastic claim. "Nicholas Jonas married into a fraudulent relationship against his will this past Saturday, December the 1st, and I'll tell you why I think so," writes Smith, as she spews venom on an unsuspecting Priyanka, the star of ABC drama series Quantico. Not just that, the article labels Priyanka a 'modern-day scam artist' and suggests that Nick has 'married against his will.' Actor Sonam Kapoor was among those who took offence, outraged at the racist rant of a journalist who possibly looks at all people from the sub-continent as gold diggers. A furious Sonam tweeted, "For a publication that 'shows women what they are made of' The Cut has a lot to answer for. The article on Priyanka Chopra was sexist, racist and disgusting. Also it's written by a woman which is so sad. It reeks of envy and bitterness." There is more obnoxious nuggets in the article. So, Priyanka's confession that she 'works very hard to spoil herself' is connected to 'shopping around for the finer things in life while her team shops for finer men.’’ But that is enough of a rotten egg. Over to Twitter.