Sunrise: 05: 59 Sunset: 05: 44 HUMIDITY Morning : 53 Evening : 40 r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 23.6 C.13.4 C. Brahma Kumaris Court grants bail to Dabholkar murder accused Rafale verdict a big vindication for Modi Abhishek joins the web bandwagon RAFALE No Proof Of DEAL Wrongdoing VOL. XXXVI NO. 188 | INDORE INDORE | SATURDAY | DECEMBER 15, 2018 | PAGES 14 + 8 = 22 | ` 3 www.freepressjournal.in EDIT SUPREME COURT SAYS... I GLAM We need to understand that spirituality is a way of sharpening the mind. NATION THOUGHT FOR THE DAY CONGRESS LEADS OPPN demand for JPC probe think a clean chit has been given to the government on Rafale deal AGENCIES New Delhi News Brief Nepal bans use of Indian currency notes above Rs 100 KATHMANDU: The Nepal government has banned the use of Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations, a move that could affect Indian tourists visiting the Himalayan nation where Indian currency is widely used. Indian currency is extensively used by Nepalese people. Decision on C’garh CM likely today NEW DELHI: The Congress is likely to announce the Chief Minister for Chhattisgarh on Saturday with the contenders to the post -state party chief Bhupesh Baghel and Ambikarpur MLA T.S. Singh Deo -meeting party president Rahul Gandhi on Friday. Dabholkar murder accused gets bail PUNE: A Pune court on Friday granted bail to three accused in the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar after the investigating agency, CBI failed to file its chargesheet within the stipulated 90-day time-frame. Lower food prices ease WPI to 4.64% In relief to the Modi government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the pleas challenging the deal between India and France for procurement of 36 Rafale jets saying there was no occasion to "really doubt the decision making process" warranting setting aside of the contract. The apex court rejected the pleas seeking lodging of an FIR and the courtmonitored probe alleging irregularities in the Rs 58,000 crore deal, in which both the countries have entered into an inter-governmental agreement (IGA). A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dealt with "three broad areas of concern" raised in the petitions -- the decision making process, pricing and the choice of Indian offset partners (IOP) -- and said there was no reason for intervention by the court on the "sensitive issue" of purchase of 36 jets. It said the Indian Air Force (IAF) needs advanced fighter jets as the country cannot afford to be "unprepared" or "under prepared" in a situation where adversaries have acquired fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft, "of which, we have none". RAGASPEAK Our basic question is how price of each aircraft has gone up to Rs 1,600 crore from Rs 526 crore JAITLEYSPEAK Rafale deal has protected both security and commercial interest of India. Allegations on Rafale was fiction writing that was compromising national security SHAHSPEAK The Congress has been levelling allegations about this and the order is a slap on the face of those who have levelled these charges OMAR TWEETS Can't see how #RafaleDeal remains an election issue after this E Gehlot to pilot Raj with Sachin as his deputy INDORE: Indore Collector Nishant Warwade has issued a notice to all government and private schools, including CBSE and ICSE schools, instructing them to change timings for primary and secondary classes to 9 am and higher secondary classes to 8.30 am from December 15 following decrease in temperature. Congress workers celebrate after the party named Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot for CM and deputy CM, respectively in Ajmer on Friday AGENCIES New Delhi Ending the intense jockeying for power in Rajasthan, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday picked party veteran Ashok Gehlot as the new Chief Minister of the state and Sachin Pilot, who had put up a strong claim, as his deputy. The formal announcement of Gandhi's decision was made at a press conference at the party headquar- NEW DELHI: Even as the Supreme Court dismissed four petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the purchase of Rafale jet fighters, the Congress on Friday persisted with its demand in Parliament for a JPC probe, leading to a heated argument between the treasury benches and the Opposition. The pandemonium over the issue forced the chairs in both houses of Parliament to adjourn the proceedings for the day . The government, however, agreed for a discussion on Rafale but kept mum on Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe. Armed with the Supreme Court judgement, the government launched a counter-offensive seeking an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi for "misleading" the nation on Rafale. VERDICT SHOCKING, SAY SHOURIE & SINHA 7 dead, 82 sick after eating prasad Winter school timings NO CASE OF COMMERCIAL FAVOURITISM: The Centre had no role in the choice of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Aerostructure as an Indian Offset Partner in the Rafale fighter jet deal and there is no substantial material to show that it was a case of "commercial favouritism. PROCUREMENT PROCESS: The Supreme Court said Friday it cannot seek clause-by-clause compliances of Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP) in the Rafale fighter jet deal and opined that the processes have been "broadly" BJP workers torch Rahul Gandhi’s effigy in Indore followed. EMPOWERMENT OF DEFENCE FORCES VITAL: Empowerment of defence forces with adequate technology and material support is a matter of vital importance, the Supreme Court said Friday while refusing to interfere with the govt decision to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. ters by K.C. Venugopal, observer for the legislature party leader's election, after an over hour-long meeting between Gandhi and the two contenders, Gehlot and Pilot, at his residence. Informed sources said Gandhi is said to have convinced Pilot to become Gehlot's deputy as the party is keen to keep the Gujjar community, to which he belongs, on its side ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. CONTD. ON P10 49 tigers died in 2018, MP accounts for 13 NEW DELHI Nearly 50 tigers have died in India this year with the highest number of deaths recorded in Madhya Pradesh, the Lok Sabha was told on Friday . Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma in a written reply said as per figures recorded till December 12, total tiger mortality stood at 49, with 13 and 10 deaths registered in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively. He also said around 13 elephant casualties in train accidents have been reported in 2018-19 (up to November 15 in 2018). He said around 35 elephant died by electrocution in 201819 (up to November 15 in 2018), while three elephants have died during the same period due to poaching. Replying to another question, he said the total number of leopard poached during 2015, 2016 and 2017 are 194 and in the current year till October, the figure is 66. Congress leader Kamal Nath, accompanied by party leaders, meets Governor Anandiben Patel, who invited him to form new government, at Raj Bhawan in Bhopal Rafale rocks Parl, govt ready for RAGA TO ATTEND swearing-in discussion on Monday at Jamboori Maidan xpressing shock and disappointment over the Supreme Court on Friday dismissing their petition seeking a court monitored CBI probe into the Rafale deal, former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and advocate Prashant Bhushan said the verdict "neither addressed the documented facts nor dealt with their main prayer seeking an investigation into the deal to purchase the French fighter jets". "The judgment does not even address the documented facts stated in our petition or even deal with our main prayer seeking an investigation. In fact some of the facts mentioned in the court judgment are not only not on record but are patently incorrect," Sinha, Shourie and Bhushan said NEW DELHI: Lower food and fuel prices eased India's annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices to 4.64% in November from 5.28% in October, official data showed here on Friday. BENGALURU: At least seven people died and 82 were hospitalised after consuming religious food offering -- or prasad -- at a temple in Karnataka's Chamarajnagar district . AND THE BENCH SAID n KK VENUGOPAL, AG Guv invites Nath to form govt in state OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Governor Anandiben Patel on Friday appointed Congress state president Kamal Nath as new chief minister of the state and asked him to form the new government. The swearing-in-ceremony will be organised at Jamboori Maidan, BHEL on Monday at 1.30 pm. CMdesignate Nath also submitted list of MLAs to the governor. Earlier, Congress Legislature Party met late on Thursday where in state election campaign chairman Jyotiradity Scindia proposed Kamal Nath as chief minister. Newly-elected MLA unanimously accepted the proposal. Before the meeting, the air over the new CM was cleared by Congress president Rahul Gandhi after long consultation with senior state party leaders. Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too had joined the consultation. CONTD. ON P10 Rs 200 cr bogus transaction scam exposed Perpetrators used documents of BPL persons MANISH UPADHYAY Indore This is Sachhe Din where a group of people huddled to create a “conglomerate” of sorts to hoodwink the government and usurp money to make Achhe Din for themselves. The joint action team officials of Central and Service Tax (CGST) and State Goods and Service Tax (SGST) have succeeded in exposing one of the “biggest” scam worth approximately Rs 200 crore involving bogus transaction that in turn “minted” to the tune of Rs 25 crore in the form of Input Tax Credit (ITC) on Friday The perpe. trators of the scam had created shell companies with the help of documents of cobblers, auto drivers and tailors, to realize the ITC in fake iron-steel trade. Indore has emerged as the epicenter of the scam, as out of 32 premises of the across the country, 17 locations that were searched came under CGST Commissionerate Indore. Two Taxing times l Initially Rs 25 crore Input Tax Credit (ITC) scam was established. l CGST and SGST conducted search action at 40 locations including 22 in the city. l Perpetrators formed shell companies using documents of cobblers, auto drivers and tailors premises fell under Jabalpur and 1 under Bhopal Commissionerate. Besides the state, 5 premises were zeroed in at Bhavnagar, 5 in Thane and 2 in Mumbai (West) Commissionerate. Modus Operandi: These bogus companies made a transaction of 200 crore af- ter which they submitted invoices and claimed a total ITC worth Rs 25 crore. Following the bulk of companies, this amount would have been astronomical. This is how the “conglomerate” minted money without actually making NO transaction in real terms. The alert department officials, noticed the flaw in the whole process that the “conglomerate” was claiming money but was filing GST returns! Following this, the department officials decided to swoop in on the “directors” and “honchos” of the company . “Mr Cobbler and Ms Tailor’s documents used The search action revealed that all the dealers’ premises were non-existent and no business activities were being undertaken from there. In most of the cases, the owners of respective premises were found to be ignorant of the activities. The address proof was obtained by the perpetrators of the crime. CONTD. ON P10 Far from maddening crowd, there’s a petting zoo! TINA KHATRI Indore Coming close to nature Indore leads in development, entertainment, education. Now, it has state’s first and probably India’s second petting zoo. Matching up with facilities and unique ideas, Indore takes the blue ribbon from metro cities with this petting zoo. India’s first petting zoo led by Gerry Martin is in Karnataka. Students have found a new way to spend their weekends and holidays with their families and classmates at the petting zoo located in Indore district. From testing the spines of hedgehog to handling exotic cockatoo on their arms, it is world of adventure and dreams for children as well as their parents. Located at Songuradiya village, the petting zoo has become a popular place for picnics, camps and hangouts for families. A day with exotic pets in a far off village away from pollution and noise is surely adventurous. But to make it educational, volunteers organise seminars along with feeding-the-fish drive. 10 exotic animals to pet A petting zoo has a combination of domesticated animals and wild species that are docile enough to touch and feed. The petting zoo at Songuradiya has 10 exotic animals, which are trained to be around human beings. Animals to pet: Red iguana, sugar glider, falabella horse, hedgehog, cockatiel, bearded dragon, conure, turkey, cockatoo and two Indian donkeys. Further, there is a small pond with marine lives, where visitors can feed the fishes. Who started it? The petting zoo has been funded by an NGO ARPF India. Headquartered in Hyderabad, the NGO has a wing in Indore. Indore branch director Aishani Jain said, “Exotic animals are rare species, which we have trained to be around visitors.” She said petting zoo would help people to connect with animals. “If we want to protect animals and work for them, people should care for and connect with animals, which is possible through petting zoo,” Aishani said. tate media president SSobhaleaders of Rahul Oza said Gandhi, other Maya, Akhilesh to attend ceremony parties, including BSP national president Mayawati, Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav, LJD leader Sharad Yadav, chief ministers of Congress-led states along with industrialists and others will attend the function. "Our first invitation will go to our workers. Government formation is culmination of their efforts," she added. THE CABINET Several MLAs too would take oath as ministers. A few of the front runners are Dr Govind Singh, Govind Rajput, Tulsiram Silawat, Sajjan Verma, Jaivardhan Singh, Vijay Laxmi Sadho, Bala Bacchan, Deepak Saxena, Jhooma Solanki, Kalawati Bhuria, Jeetu Patwari, Imarti Devi, Ajay Makan, KP Singh and Harsh Yadav. In a first, IB & RAW chiefs get six months extension NEW DELHI Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Jain and Research & Analysis Wing Secretary Anil K Dhasmana, whose two-year terms end later this month, have been given extensions of six months, a government order said Friday . Jain's tenure was to end on December 30 and Dhasmana's on December 29. The decision to extend the tenure of the two intelligence chiefs was taken due to the forthcoming general election by the prime minister-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). The centre wanted a new government to take a decision on appointments on these key posts, officials in the know said. Jain, a 1980-batch IPS officer from Jharkhand, was appointed IB Director on December 30, 2016 for two years. A recipient of the President's Police Medal, Jain has served in various departments of IB, including the sensitive Kashmir Desk. No rules for exotic animals When inquired about license and other requirements for starting a petting zoo, Aishani said, “Wildlife Protection Act 1972 protects wildlife animals from human touch under conservation. But there are no such rules for exotic animals.” Hence, the petting zoo has only exotic animals. “We are also using this zoo as a rescue centre for exotic animals and birds, which would help us in keeping more animals in safety,” Aishani said. From tiny hedgehogs to large iguanas Volunteers Prachi Vyas and Rajat Atre, said every exotic animal has a unique feature that excites visitors. “Hedgehog’s tiny structure, rolling into a ball and innocence, is much-loved by children,” they said. “Red iguana, a genus of herbivorous lizards native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, are loved due to striking looks and sheer size,” volunteers Rajkumar Sindal and Riddhi Sharma said.