RNI No. 38281/83 t Indore t Bhopal t Ujjain t Mumbai t Pune Law won’t spare those who toyed with national security: Modi NATION VOL. XXXVI NO. 210 | INDORE r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 INDORE | SUNDAY | JANUARY 6, 2019 | PAGES 14 + 6 = 20 | ` 4 www.freepressjournal.in No change in cut-off date OBSESSIVE CELEBRITY DISORDER It’s getting worse! MAITHILI CHAKRAVARTHY analyses the craze behind the growing fixation with celebrityhood INTERPRETATION OF CABINET DECISION ON LOAN WAIVER CREATES CONFUSION Farmers who repaid loan till Dec 12 to benefit too NO WAIVER OF LOAN AVAILED AFTER APRIL OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL News Brief 6 children killed after school bus falls into gorge SHIMLA: Six children and the driver of their school bus were killed on Saturday when the vehicle fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmaur district, police said.The accident in which 12 schoolchildren were also injured occurred in Sangrah town around 8 AM. Money laundering case: ED seeks NBW against Vadra aide NEW DELHI: The ED moved a Delhi court on Saturday seeking issuance of open-ended NBW against Manoj Arora, allegedly a close aide of Robert Vadra, in a money laundering case. The ED's special public prosecutor Nitesh Rana made the submission before special judge Arvind Kumar who put up the matter for hearing on January 8. The agency told the court that Arora failed to appear for questioning despite repeated summonses. 3 dead, 4 injured in California shooting WASHINGTON: Police in California on Saturday said three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a bowling alley near Los Angeles. Sergeant Ronald Harris of the Torrance Police Department confirmed to AFP that officers responded at 11:54 pm on Friday to reports of gunfire at Gable House Bowl. He added all seven victims were male. . India heading for series win SYDNEY: India closed in on their maiden Test series triumph in Australia. Bad light stopped play in the final session of day three of the fourth Test as the hosts, responding to India's mammoth first-innings total of 622 for 7 declared, were reduced to 236 for six in 83.3 overs on Saturday. With two full days play left in the game and Australia still 386 runs adrift of India's score, the visitors will fancy their chances of winning the four-match rubber 3-1. Interpretation of cabinet decision on farm loan waiver is causing confusion in the state. Talking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting on Saturday, Ministers Jitu Patwari and PC Sharma said that loans taken by farmers till December 12 had been waived. They said that farmers who failed to repay loans till March 31 would benefit from this decision. The decision would also be extended to those who repaid loans till Dec 12, 2018. Earlier, ministers’ had demanded that cut-off date of loan waiver be extended from March 31 to December 12. However, instead of extending the cut-off date of loan waiver, the Cabinet decided to extend the bene- BOGUS GST ITC SCAM WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE 50% discount on road tax on buying vehicles from Gwalior Mela C abinet also decided to give 50% relaxation in road tax on buying vehicle from Gwalior Mela. The decision was taken following MP Jyotiraditya Scindia writing to Chief Minister Kamal Nath regarding relaxation in road tax to people buying vehicles in the Mela. l Sitting and former MPs, MLAs, district panchayat president, presidents and mayor of urban bodies, presidents and vice presidents of Krishi Upaj Mandi, cooperative banks, Boards and corporations l Income-tax payers l All officers and employees (excluding class IV employees) of state and Central government l People getting more than Rs 15,000 as pension l Persons registered under GST, owners and partners of firms l Debtors of companies and corporate bodies l Loans taken by group of farmers Loan taken on gold for girl’s marriage from Rs 28,000 to It was The cabinet also decided to raise fundmarriage functions (individual & group)Rsin51,000.areas. also decided to give financial aid in tribal fit of the scheme to farmers who repaid loans between March 31 and De- cember 12, 2018. As per the Cabinet decision, the loan amount repaid by farmers between the above-mentioned period would be returned to them as incen- Akhilesh-Maya meet sets off political buzz One of the masterminds arrested Sr party leader indicates Cong could go it alone OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Indore Central and state GST arrested one of the masterminds of Rs 1,000 crore bogus transaction and Rs 25 crore bogus ITC (Input Tax Credit) mega scam case on Saturday. The accused was produced in special court that sent him into three-day remand of CGST department. This is the first arrest in connection with indirect taxes (Sales tax, Commercial Tax, VAT, Central Excise) in the state. (Details inside) AGENCIES / New Delhi A political buzz was set off on Saturday in the wake of a meeting between Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, reportedly on seat-sharing for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, even as sources said that so far Congress had not figured in the discussions for an alliance. However, there was no official word from both parties on alliance talks. Reports suggested that Akhilesh and Mayawati were Case politicised, can't return: NiMo AGENCIES Mumbai Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, a prime accused in the PNB fraud case, told a court here Saturday that he cannot return to India due to safety concerns and also because his case has been politicised. Modi's lawyer filed his reply to the ED plea seeking to declare the diamond merchant a fugitive under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act (FEOA) before the special court for cases filed under the PMLA. Modi feared for his safety given the violent threats made against him "as illustrated by the burning of his effigies", the reply said. Statements made by politicians showed that they had "prejudged the issue of his guilt" and his case was being used for political purposes, it added. While he left the country long before a case was registered against him, the ED tried to "falsely implicate" him for offences "backed by shallow claims", Modi's reply said. The fugitive diamond merchant also claimed to have duly replied to the ED's summons. According to the ED, Modi failed to respond to its summons thrice, after which it filed the plea under the FEOA. The ED did not mention that he had stated in his reply that he could not travel as his passport had been revoked, Modi said. inclined to keep the Congress out of the proposed alliance, prompting senior Congress leader PL Punia to indicate that his party could go it alone. “The chiefs of Samajwadi Party and BSP held a meeting and discussions were held over the alliance,” Punia said. “Both po- CAT results declared, techies rule roost litical parties (SP and BSP) are independent to take their own decisions. How can a third person interfere? Whatever decision they take for themselves, they would take it according to their own understanding and considering the benefits for their parties,” the Congress MP added. On reports that Akhilesh and Mayawati were inclined to keep his party out of the proposed alliance, Punia said, “The Congress is doing its own politics and all the leaders and workers are ready for the upcoming polls.” Andhra University vice-chancellor G Nageshwar Rao has claimed that Dashavatar, which talks about ten avatars of Lord Vishnu in Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, has a more developed theory of evolution than the one proposed by 17th century English scientist Charles Darwin. During his presentation at the 106th Indian Science Congress here, Rao said while Darwin's Theory spoke about evolution of life from a marine animal to a man, Dashavtars went a step further by showing a transformation from "Ram" to "politically nuanced" Krishna. "Dashavatras starts with 'Matsya avatar', a marine animal. Then 'Kurma avatar', an amphibian which lives in water as well as on land. The third Tigress killed in territorial flight in Kanha OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Four-year-old tigress died in territorial flight in Kisali region of Kanha Tiger Reserve (Mandla and Balaghat districts). Ruling out foul play, forest department claimed that no suspicious things were found and the tigress died due to territorial fight. Canines and nail impression were found on body of the big cat. Major portion of the body was found eaten by other tigers. Post mortem was performed in the presence of National Tigers Conservation Authority (NTCA), WWF(India), director Kanha Tiger reserves. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Mallya first tycoon to be declared Fugitive Economic Offender AGENCIES Mumbai Weeks after a UK court ordered his extradition, former liquor baron Vijay Mallya, accused of defaulting on loans of over Rs 9,00O crore, received another blow as a Mumbai court declared him a 'Fugitive Economic Offender' (FEO). Mallya on Saturday became the first businessman to be declared an FEO under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act which came into existence in August 2018. The ED had moved the special court for FEOA for this purpose. The agency had requested the court that Mallya, currently in the UK, be declared a fugitive and his properties be confiscated and brought under the control of the Union government as provided under the act. "The application of the ED is partly allowed. Vijay Mallya is declared as Fugitive Economic Offender under section 12 (i) of the FEO Act," said judge M S Azmi in the order. Hearing on the second part of ED's plea confiscation of propertieswill start from February 5. Incidentally the same , court is also hearing ED's plea to declare diamond merchants Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi FEOs in the Punjab National Bank fraud case. Mallya's lawyers requested the court to stay the order for four weeks so that they could obtain its full copy and move the high court. The judge declined, saying a court under the FEO Act can't stay its own order. The ED had argued that it made all possible efforts to bring Mallya back to India, but failed. The extradition process in the UK court was a proof enough that he was not willing to return, ED counsel D N Singh had contended. AGUSTAWESTLAND CHOPPER CASE AGENCIES Kolkata Michel received money from other defence deals too, ED tells court Despite the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) saying that they will change the format of the CAT to enrol students from diverse backgrounds, the top ranks are still secured by techies. According to IIM Calcutta, which has conducted the CAT 2018, as many as 11 candidates secured a 100 percentile. All first rankers are from engineering background. There was a tie between 21 students across the country who had secured 99.99 percentile score and held the second rank. Out of these, 19 students were from engineering and technology background. Most toppers are from Maharashtra with as many as seven candidates scoring 100 percentile in CAT 2018. also told the court that the 'accused has also routed money through 'hawala' operators for acquiring cash and for the purchase of property.' The ED produced Michel before the court on the expiry of his 14-day custodial interrogation and requested the court to send him to judicial custody, claiming that he might flee from justice if left free. "The accused is a British national and has no roots in India. There is every likelihood that he may abscond from India and evade the process of law, especially in the light of his past conduct. "He has been brought to this court through rigorous extradition proceedings. His fleeing away from jus- 11 secure 100% AGENCIES New Delhi Alleged middleman Christian Michel, arrested in the , received money from other defence deals as well which was to be probed, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday told a Delhi court, which sent the accused to judicial custody . The agency told special judge Arvind Kumar that Michel had received 24.25 million Euros and 1,60,96,245 pounds from the AgustaWestland deal. "During the interrogation, it was observed that he had also received money from other defence deals, which the ED will inquire," it said. The ED's special public prosecutors DP Singh and NK Matta ‘Dashavatar gave better theory of evolution than Darwin' AGENCIES Jalandhar tive. However, the form of incentive is yet to be decided. However, the Cabinet made it amply clear that loan availed by farmers in and after April would not be waived. The Cabinet decision would benefit 55 lakh farmers, including 37 lakh small and marginal farmers. The benefits of loan waiver would be availed from February 22. It is estimated that Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 crore would be spent on loan waiver process. The farmers, who repaid loans, would be awarded ‘Kisan Samman Patra’. Farmers who procured loan from cooperative banks, regional rural banks and nationalized banks would benefit. However, those who secured loan from private banks would not benefit from the scheme. CONTD. ON P10 Playfulness cannot happen if there is no beauty. Deva, the word for angel, also means, “One who loves to play, one who is effulgent, glorious.” avatar is a 'Varaha avatar' in which Vishnu becomes a boar to save the earth. The fourth avatar is 'Narismha', a half-lion and half-human. The fifth avatar is 'Vaman', the drawf, a complete human being with little maturity . "Finally comes Rama, a perfect human being and then Krishna, a more knowledgeable, logical.. he is more of a politician. We believe Krishna is a politician, but not Rama. This (the evolution) goes on," he said.. The western thought revolved around the evolution of the man, he asserted. "But in our science, it is not just making of human beings to marine animals, it is beyond. By the time of 'Vaman avatar', we became human beings, but beyond that (we) matured (into) human beings, we thought beyond. "Our sages and saints thought beyond. That is why they proposed Dashavatar, which is a better theory than the theory of evolution proposed by Charles Darwin," he said. tice again cannot be ruled out," the ED said. The application was allowed by the court, which sent Michel to judicial custody till February 26. In the CBI case related to the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, the court sent Michel to judicial custody till February 27. Michel, who was extradited from Dubai recently, was arrested by the ED on December 22 and since then was in the agency's custody on a court order. The ED told the court that it had identified Michel's properties purchased with the proceeds of crime. "He has given contradictory answers to various questions and he was not able to explain the contradiction," it said. Cong helped Mallya, we're trying to nab him, says BJP ttacking the Congress, BJP on Athethe UPA Saturday said while government under Manmohan Singh went all out to help debt-ridden Vijay Mallya and his crisisridden airline Kingfisher, the Modi government is doing everything possible to nab him. Welcoming Mallya being declared as "fugitive", BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra credited it to the Modi government and said it is under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act brought by Modi that he has been declared fugitive by a Mumbai court. Even after the London court upheld Indian authorities' plea for his extradition, Mallya decided to appeal against the order before the higher court there and refused to return, so he should be declared an FEO, Singh had argued. Mallya's lawyers contended that as he had surrendered before a magistrate's court in London (during the hearing on his extradition case) and obtained bail, he could not be called a fugitive. They had also questioned ED's claim that he left India under suspicious circumstances, arguing that he had left to attend a meeting of World Motor Sports as the director of an F1 team (Force India). BJP leader seeks Gadkari as Dy PM, Shivraj as party chief LUCKNOW Veteran BJP leader Sanghpriya Gautam dropped a bombshell on his party on Saturday when he demanded that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari should be made the Deputy PM while Home Minister Rajnath Singh should be assigned the charge of UP Chief Minister. He also suggested that Bjp chief Amit Shah must work hard in the Rajya Sabha while paving the way for former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan as the party President. In a letter released to the media, he also said that the incumbent Yogi Adityanath, should be sent to do religious work. Admitting that Modi was one of the tallest leaders the country had produced, the BJP leader said that a repeat of the Modi wave in 2019 was in doubt. Indian student falls from cliff while taking selfie in Ireland, dies LONDON An Indian student died after falling from cliffs in Ireland while clicking a 'selfie', media reports said. The man, whose identity was not immediately known, is said to be an Indian national studying in Dublin, The Irish Sun reported. He was visiting the popular tourist attraction on Friday afternoon when the incident happened south of the main viewing areas near the visitor centre. There were hundreds of people when the man fell from the Cliffs. Search and rescue officials were mobilised as soon as an alarm was raised. His body was recovered with the help of a helicopter. He was pronounced dead at around 5.35 PM (local time), the report said. Officials interviewed a number of eye-witnesses and confirmed that at this stage, they are treating the incident as a trag- ic accident. "There is nothing to suggest at this stage that this was anything other than a tragic accident. Initial indications are, having taken statements from a number of people, that the victim was taking a selfie and lost his footing," an official said. The officials were trying to contact the victim's family in India. In 2007, a Hungarian man died after he fell to his death at the Cliffs of Moher while taking photos.