r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 07: 09 Sunset: 05: 57 HUMIDITY Morning : 53 Evening : 40 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 24.8 C.9.6 C. A FACE-SAVER FOR ALOK VERMA ‘Sonchiriya is about what’s happening in the country’ www.freepressjournal.in EDIT GLAM SIX TRIBAL YOUTHS HURT IN POLICE FIRING VOL. XXXVI NO. 213 | INDORE INDORE | WEDNESDAY | JANUARY 9, 2019 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 NATION THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Real education is not just superimposing all kind of date upon our brains from outside sources. Real education is to bring out what is within us. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj Cong's Prajapati is new Assembly speaker, BJP cries foul OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Congress MLA N P Prajapati was on Tuesday elected Speaker of the 15th Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly but not after trading of bards between the ruling party and the Opposition. The BJP staged a walk out following commotion during voting. Prajapati got 120 votes. No vote was cast in opposition owing to BJP’s boycott. Thus, pro-tem speaker Deepak Saxena did not have to vote. At the start of the speaker’s election, pro-tem speak- B BJP MLAs march to Raj Bhawan, hand over memo to Patel JP MLAs accused pro-tem speaker for breaking rules and regulations and boycotted the House. They later walked to Raj Bhawan. LoP Gopal Bhargava and former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote in the memorandum that the pro-tem speaker read the proposals for only one name. They stated that such an act was a murder of democracy. The Governor was urged to do justice. Chouhan said he had objected on the name of pro-tem speaker on Monday. Chouhan said Congress does not want to run the House as per rules as its senior MLA was not made pro-tem speaker er read out four proposals for Prajapati’s candidature but skipped proposal of BJP’s Vijay Shah. Taking affront, Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava questioned Saxena’s decision of not reading BJP’s proposal. All BJP members rose in the House and entered into the Well of the House, forcing pro-tem to adjourn the House twice. Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accused Congress of murdering democracy and termed the incident as a ‘black day’. He said that BJP candidate was prevented from entering into the fray . CONTD. ON P10 QUOTA NO LONGER JUMLA Din in assembly BILL PASSED IN LOK SABHA WITH 323 LAWMAKERS VOTING FOR IT AND ONLY THREE WITHHOLDING SUPPORT NOT CASTE BASED, SO WILL NOT BREACH 50% CAP: FM FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi After a day of long-drawn discussions, a Bill envisaging 10% reservation in employment and education for the economically weaker sections of society , among those not enjoying any reservation benefit so far, was put to vote in the Lok Sabha and passed with an overwhelming majority . Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the House when the voting took place. The passage of the Bill was greeted with chants of "Bharat Mata ki Jai". The Bill is to be presented in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday where it stands a fair chance with several opposition parties supporting it despite reservations. The Bill was passed with 323 lawmakers voting for it and only three withholding support. Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK walked out before the voting. Among the opposition parties, the Samajwadi Party the Telangana Rashtra , Samithi, the Trinamool Congress, the Left and the Congress said they would support the Bill. The Congress, however, said it would prefer a parliamentary committee to look into the matter. The opposition had raised key points over the proposed quota. It said that there is no definition or mention of economic weaker section in the Constitution. It also expressed concern over the 50% ceiling. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley justified the Bill and claimed it will not violate the ceiling of 50% reservation fixed by the Supreme Court in the Indra Sawhney case. That ceiling applies only News Brief BJP-led Dhangars to boycott PM's tour MUMBAI: Spelling embarrassment for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party-led Dhangar community groups will boycott Prime Minister Narendra Modi's functions in Solapur in Maharashtra on Wednesday. HC notices to Nitish over bungalows PATNA: The Patna High Court on Tuesday issued notices to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and six former Chief Ministers asking them to reply within four weeks as to why former Chief Ministers cannot live in private accommodations in the city when they are being provided adequate security. ‘Rane said he was threatened by PM’ PANAJI: Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, who featured in a controversial audio clip where he says that files linked to the Rafale deal are in Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's bedroom, has been threatened with harm by top BJP leaders, AICC General Secretary A. Chella Kumar said on Tuesday. Mahila Cong gets first transgender GS NEW DELHI: The Congress on Tuesday appointed Apsara Reddy as the national general secretary of its women wing -- All India Mahila Congress (AIMC)-- making her the first transgender woman to be an officebearer of the party. SC okays re-opening of Vedanta's plant NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday paved the way, for now, for the re-opening of the Vedanta's Sterlite copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu's as it put on hold the status quo order passed by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court. to caste-based reservation under Article 15(4) and that is why the court has been striking down caste-based reservations by various states. ‘‘Just as equals cannot be treated unequally unequal cannot be treated equal, ly Reservation was always envisioned ... for socially or educationally backward, on the basis of caste. Therefore Supreme Court's judgment applies only to reservation of backward classes," Jaitley said. The Bill is expected to benefit a huge section of upper castes, including Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, and several trading castes, including Kapus and Kammas. Piloting the Bill, Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said even the Mandal Commission, which had ushered in reservation for the OBCs (other backward classes), had also recommended 10% reservation to the poorest among the upper castes. The same 10% was also recommended by a commission set up in 2004, which gave its report in May-June 2010. Gehlot said the Modi government had showered many facilities and benefits on those not covered by the existing reservation, but it ultimately felt that even this was not sufficient and hence the Constitution bill. He promised that this will not cut into the reservations available to the SCs, STs and OBCs. He also said the government is only fulfilling a long-time demand for reservation to the poor among the upper castes and noted that private members' bills were moved 21 times on the subject in Parliament. Jaitley exuded confidence that the Bill shall sail through Parliament in this winter session itself, since almost all parties had promised this 10% opportunity in their 2014 poll manifesto and that includes not only the BJP and the NDA but also the Congress. BJP offered `100-cr to Congress MLA Baijnath, claims Digvijaya THEY ARE IN POWER, should take legal action: Narottam OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, who had alleged the BJP of doing horse trading to topple the Congress government, levelled a sensational allegation against the BJP in a press conference here on Tuesday . BABU WAS ALSO OFFERED MONEY: KUSHWAHA B aijnath Kushwaha claimed that Babu Jandel and I were given offers by the BJP. Kushwaha said they had brought this matter into the knowledge of Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath. Kushwaha said the conversation had taken place at a dhaba in Bhopal. Jandel said he had gone with Kushwaha and had also all things to the leaders of his party. Singh alleged that Congress MLA from Sabalgarh, Baijnath Kushwaha was offered Rs 100 crore to topple the government. “BJP MLA Narayan Tripathi contacted Sabalgarh (Morena district) MLA Baijnath Kush- HEARTFELT COMPLAINT wah (of Congress) and took him to a dhaba (eatery), where former ministers Narottam Mishra and Vishwas Sarang (both from the BJP) met him (Kushwaha). CONTD. ON P10 Citizenship Bill through Lok Sabha FP NEWS SERVICE/ New Delhi A proposed law to give citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday despite objections by several Opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left Front. The necessary condition for citizenship is that these non-Muslims ought to have fled religious persecution in the three neighbouring countries and entered India before December 31, 2014. Most parties from the nor-theast, even those that were allies of the BJP have also , strongly opposed the Bill, saying it is "against the fundamental aspects of the Indian constitution". They say the Bill links religion to citizenship and want it to be "religion and country neutral". Incidentally a day-long , shutdown was observed against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, across the northeast, in which five people were injured. Assam has been witnessing protests since the NDA government said it was going ahead with the controversial bill. Vistara to launch two flights to Delhi in March MANISH UPADHYAY Indore Tata SIA Airlines Limited, operating as Vistara, will launch two direct flights to New Delhi from city in the later half of March this year. The flights will have premium economy seats too. The ticket bookings for two direct daily flights one each in morning and evening will start from beginning of March. Though the schedule has not been disclosed, the morning flight is likely to land in city from New Delhi between 6 am to 7 am. (Inside) Find my stolen heart, distress call to cops FP NEWS SERVICE Nagpur For police, finding stolen objects is all in a day's work or more. But they were left flummoxed when a student from a Nagpur college recently came to them with a 'heartfelt' complaint: A girl on campus had stolen his heart and could they find it? "This girl has stolen my heart and since she is refusing to acknowledge it, police should find my stolen heart," said the student in his complaint to police. Never having encountered such a case before, the police gave the matter much thought. The matter escalated to the topmost level of authority, which too found itself befuddled. After a series of heart-toheart discussions, it was decided that police could not play agony aunt. The student was informed, "There is no section under Indian laws that deals with such a complaint, hence we are unable to address it." This unusual incident was shared by Nagpur Police Commissioner Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay last week during a programme where the police department re- turned stolen articles worth Rs 82 lakh to their respective owners. Upadhyay, in a lighter vein, said, "We can return stolen articles, but sometimes we also get such complaints which even we cannot solve." However, health experts and counsellors are trying to make sense of his behaviour. They are wondering whether the youth has done this to draw the attention of the public and the girl he loves, or if he is a privileged individual who is not used to taking no for answer. Health experts have recommended that his parents pay heed to their son's behaviour. CBI chief wins but with rider Has to wait for a week for full powers, and that too after he gets nod from the Selection Committee comprising PM, the CJI and Leader of Opposition in LS. FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi In a slap on the wrists for interfering in the affairs of the CBI, the Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated its Director Alok Kumar Verma. However, he has to wait for a week before he can exercise his full powers – that is, until the decision of the 3-member selection committee of the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in the matter. Until then he would perform only "routine’’ functions without taking any fresh initiative or major policy decision having institutional implication, the court held. But the court was categorical that the government had no jurisdictional power to divest him from the post, without the consent of the selection committee. It said: "The legislative intent in shielding and insulating the office of the Director from any kind of extraneous influence has been foremost in the mind of Parliament." If now the committee rules in his favour, say by January 15, Verma will have just a fortnight before his retirement. The Congress has claimed Verma was summarily removed to stop him from registering a case of corruption in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal. That was why defence ministry files were removed from his office in the midnight drama on October 23, it is claimed. It, of course, remains to be seen what he will do now in the 15-day window he gets before retirement, if the committee restores his full powers. The 44-page judgment was written by CJI Ranjan Gogoi but pronounced in the court by Sanjay Kishan Kaul, since the former is on leave. The verdict by the 3-judge Bench, which included Justice K M Joseph, quashed orders of the government on October 23 divesting Verma of powers, and negated the same day order asking Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao to look after the duties and functions of the director. As regards the consequential transfers, etc., the court left it to the concerned officers to challenge them before an appropriate forum. It also directed convening of the meeting of the selection committee to decide actions on the reinstated CBI director "at the earliest and, in any case, within a week from the date of this order." Ayodhya hearing from Thursday 5-JUDGE CONSTITUTION BENCH SET UP FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Tuesday set up a 5-judge Constitution Be-nch headed by himself to hear the Ayodhya title case from Thursday . The other judges on the Bench are Justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana, U U Lalit and D Y Chandrachud. He has thus reversed the ruling by his predecessor Dipak Misra, just five days before retirement on September 27 not to send the case to a Constitution Bench but continue the hearing by a 3-judge Bench. The notice on setting up of the Constitution Bench was put on the court's website and said that the petitions in the Ayodhya land dispute will come up in Court No 1 at 10.30 AM on January 10. On January 4, when the case came up before a 2-judge Bench headed by the CJI, it had said further orders would be passed on January 10 by the "appropriate Bench." Pending before the Apex Court are 14 petitions against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, splitting 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya among three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On September 27, a 3-judge Bench had refused by a 2:1 majority to refer the matter to a fivejudge constitution bench for reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam. Many saffron organisations, led by the RSS, have been demanding an Ordinance for an early construction of the Ram Temple at the disputed site, but Prime Minister Modi shot down the demand in a January 1 televised interview, saying he will better wait for completion of the judicial process. "Let the judicial process be over. After the judicial process is over, whatever be our responsibility as government, we are ready to make all efforts," he had said.