r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 RnI no. mpeng/2010/35815 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 30.6 C.13.0 C. Sunrise: 07: 03 Sunset: 06: 18 HUMIDITY Morning : 53 Evening : 40 NATION vol. 9 no. 235 | BhoPal BhoPal | FRIday | FeBRuaRy 8, 2019 | Pages 14 | ` 3 Sena laments ally BJP's step-motherly treatment www.freepressjournal.in EDIT Making Vadra accountable, at last GLAM Thought for the day “Let us have competition in compassion, in mildness, in sweetness and in beautiful behaviour.” Her Holiness Mataji Nirmala Devi Priyanka always wanted to be Mrs Jonas RBI rate cut to bring down EMI on home loans MUMBAi cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25 per cent as inflation continues to remain benign. While four out of the six members, including Das, voted for a reduction in interest rate, all the six members unanimously favoured switch in stance to 'neutral' from 'calibrated tightening' adopted in October. Emboldened by a slowdown in inflation which fell to 18-month low of 2.19 per cent in December and is expected to be in the range of 3.2-3.4 per cent in April-September to 3.23.4 per cent - lower than previous RBI prediction of 3.8-4.2 per cent range, Dasled MPC weighed more concern about economic growth risks, paving the way for more rate cuts. In the first interest rate cut in 18 months, the RBI Thursday shed its hawkish stance to reduce policy rates in the maiden policy meeting under new Governor Shaktikanta Das, a move that may make home and other loans cheaper. Coming just months ahead of the general elections, the move will help boost lending and support the government's efforts to boost a slowing economy after it last week unveiled an expansionary budget which included a Rs 75,000 crore cash dole to small farmers and income tax rebate to the middle class. The Reserve Bank of India's six-member monetary policy committee (MPC) News Brief 10 Naxals killed in C'garh encounter RaipuR: Ten Naxals were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh Thursday, police said. The face-off took place in forests under Bhairamgarh police station area of Bijapur district, DGP D M Awasthi told reporters. Talwar has links with Mallya: ED NEW DELHi: The ED claimed before a Delhi court that corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar has links with fugitive Vijay Mallya in a money laundering case. Special Judge SS Mann later extended the ED's custody of Deepak Talwar till February 12. 65,000 Km highways by 2022: Gadkari NEW DELHi: Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday that 65,000 km of highways will be constructed across the country at a cost of over Rs. 5.35 lakh crore by 2022. India climbs 8 places in Inter’l IP Index WaSHiNGTON: India has climbed eight places to rank 36th in the latest annual International Intellectual Property (IP) Index released by the US Chambers of Commerce. In 2018 International Intellectual Property Index, India was ranked 44 out of 50 countries ‘Cong will scrap triple talaq law when it comes to power’ NEw DElhi The Congress will scrap the triple talaq law if it forms the government in 2019, the party's women's wing chief Sushmita Dev said on Thursday . Addressing the Congress' Minority Department convention here, Dev alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had created an atmosphere pitting Muslim women against Muslim men through the triple talaq law. AppEASEmEnT bJp uslim women and the mof india its "perverted people will not forgive the congress for mentality", the bJp said on Thursday. "what kind of mentality is this? This is only to appease. The people of this country are looking. neither muslim women nor the people of this country will forgive Rahul gandhi for this kind of perverted mentality," said bJp spokesperson Sambit patra. "A lot of people told us that women will be empowered if the triple talaq bill is passed. But we opposed that law because it is a weapon that Narendra Modi ji has prepared to put Muslim men in jail and make them stand in police stations," the All India Mahila Congress chief said. She hailed Muslim women from all parts of the country for writing "crores of letters, carrying out signature campaigns and rebelling against" the law. bAck To winning wAyS Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu after winning gold at EGAT Cup in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Thursday biHAR SHElTER HomE cASES SC raps CBI, summons Rao for transferring officer ONLY GOD help you, warns bench headed by• CJI AgENciES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a contempt notice to former CBI interim director M Nageswara Rao and asked him to personally appear before it on February 12 for transferring a senior officer, heading the probe in the Bihar shelter home cases, with a warning that "only God help you". The apex court took serious note of transfer of former CBI Joint Director A K Sharma to CRPF on January 17 without its prior permission despite specific orders earlier that the mEAnwHilE in DiDi’S lAnD Kolkata Commissioner to be questioned on Feb 9 Centre mulls punitive action against top Bengal cops Centre likely to take punitive action against five senior The officers,isincluding DGPWB police Virendra he CBI on Thursday Rajeev Kumar to TPolice Commissionersummoned Kolkata appear before it on February 9 in connection with its probe into Sharada chit fund case, officials said.The move comes a day after the CBI chief Rishi Kumar Shukla posted 10 of its Kumar, for taking part in the dharna of officials temporarily in Kolkata. In an order issued on February 6, the CBI attached 10 CM Mamata Banerjee. This may officials, including one Superintendent of include stripping off meritorious awards and removing the officers from Police (SP), three Assistant SPs, two Deputy the list of seniority. A similar action is SPs and three inspectors from different zones to Kolkata's Economic Offence Wing of the also expected against Kolkata Police agency from February 8 to 20. Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. probe into shelter homes cases, including the Muzaffarpur rape and sexual harassment matter, has to be supervised by him only . "Why you (CBI) did not obtain leave of this court as per earlier orders. It is a fit case for contempt. Why should we bear with you. Enough is enough. Enough. ...we intend to deal with it (contempt)," said a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. cASE TRAnSfERRED To DElHi, TRiAl To conclUDE in 6 monTHS T he Sc on Thursday ordered that the sensational muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case be transferred from bihar to a new Delhi court which would conclude the trial within six months, saying "enough is enough" and the children cannot be treated like this Digvijaya questions CM removes PS, UAD, in just 45 days slapping NSA on alleged cow killers RAjgARh Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Digvijaya Singh on Thursday raised questions over imposition of the National Security Act (NSA) on three persons suspected of killing a cow in Khandwa district of the state. “NSA should not be imposed for this. The accused should have been charged under other relevant laws,” Singh told reporters here. The three accused -Nadeem, his brother Shaqeel and Ajmal -- were charged under the NSA over killing of a cow in Kharkhali village of Khandwa district's Moghat area. Currently, they are in jail. The police said Nadeem is a criminal and has been involved in many incidents of crime, including a similar incident. The police took the step to maintain harmony, they added. Ever since the Kamal Nath-led Congress government came to power in the state, it is first incident of a cow killing in which the NSA was invoked. On questions asked by the reporters on Ram Mandir construction, Singh said the Congress has never opposed it. “The party respects all religions... The Congress neither asks to cast vote nor collects donations in the name of religion.” BhOPAl Principal Secretary for urban administration department (UAD) Pramod Agarwal who incurred the wrath of Chief Minister Kamal Nath was shifted to labour and technical education department. Nath was angry with him because of certain irregularities in Satna smart city and transfer of some officers. Agarwal is replaced by Sanjay Dubey The state govern. ment has transferred nine IAS officers: Salina Singh, has been made additional 9 IAS OFFICERS TRANSFERRED chief secretary higher edu, cation, SN Mishra has been shifted from tribal welfare department and has been appointed as principal secretary scheduled tribe welfare, , Sanjay Shukla, managing director, Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited has been posted as principal secretary public , health engineering department while Hariranjan. inDoRE’S EliTE EnginEERing inSTiTUTE’S gifT foR RURAl pEoplE IIT-I develops eRespirocare for early diagnosis of lung diseases OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore Making a significant contribution to healthcare sector, an inter-disciplinary team of researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, Indore has developed an intelligent, low-cost and easy to use digital auscultation based integrated diagnostic system which provides a seamless connect inTEgRATED DiAgnoSTic SySTEm EASy: Useful for ASHA workers with minimal training, skill enhancement DigiTAl: Auscultation measurement in the form of a waveform inTElligEnT: Decision making based on machine learning algorithm REmoTE: Seamless connect of rural areas to specialist for diagnosis and monitoring through mobile application between patients in rural areas and specialist doctors, for an early diagnosis of lung-related diseases. The prototype has been named as eRespirocare. “Early screening and diagnosis of symptomatic cases through eRespirocare will not only help in timely detection and initiation of treatment but will also result in significant reduction in morbidity and mortality due to respiratory diseases,” said a press release issued by IIT Indore on Thursday. In many far-flung areas, the barefoot doctor, an Accredited Social Health Ac- tivist (ASHA), is a source of medical care and the need for a smart device facilitating a remote access of doctor to a patient is a necessity . “eRespirocare uses digital auscultation coupled with information technology (IT) platform and artificial intelligence (AI) based machine learning approaches.” Contd. on P10 Besides repo rate, reverse repo was reduced to 6 per cent from 6.25 per cent. Repo rate is the rate at which commercial banks borrow money from the RBI; while reverse repo rate is the rate at which RBI collects money from banks. Das, who unlike his predecessor Urjit Patel is seen more amenable to government demands for boosting credit growth, said it was "vital to act decisively and in a timely manner to address the objective of growth once price stability as defined (in RBI's inflation-targeting mandate) is achieved." A former bureaucrat, Das was appointed RBI Governor in December as Patel quit amid a debate over central bank's autonomy . Govt axes tenure of senior CBI officer of MP cadre OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal The tenure of IPS officer Abhay Singh at the CBI has been curtailed by two years, according to an official order issued on late Wednesday . Singh, a 2002 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was posted in Rancni, at the level of DIG. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved premature repatriation of Singh with immediate effect, the order said without citing further details. ‘Placement of services of DIG CBI Abhay Singh at the disposal of Ministry of Home Affairs consequent of tenure/ repatriation from CBI,’ the stated the order. The services of Singh have been placed at the disposal of the Union Home Ministry the or, der said. Contd. on P10 Cabinet puts stamp on Rs 100 for 100 units for farmers Relaxes liquor policy to generate revenue OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The State cabinet has taken some major decisions to benefit farmers by relaxing power tariff and will generate revenue by relaxing liquor policy . Targeting poor and farmers, the Cabinet, on Thursday, decided to charge electricity bill of Rs 100 up to 100 units. This decision will benefit at least 62 lakh people. Besides, farmers’ power bill will be halved up to 10HP motors (Ten hours powers). It will benefit large section of farmers in the state as they have been demanding for such kind of relaxation from a long time. Under the Yuva Swabhiman Yojana, unemployed youths will be given employment of 100 days and they will be paid Rs 4,000 per month. As far employment is concerned, it will benefit 6.5 lakh youths of the state. Rs 800 crore will be spent on it. Decision has been taken to generate jobs for unemployed youths. Youths in the age group of 21 to 30 years can apply. T he State government has taken a major decision to increase revenue by relaxing liquor policy and gives relaxation for opening liquor shops at airports. Earlier, it was mandatory of 1500 sqft space for opening beer-bar at Airports in the state but now this rule has been relaxed. Similarly, decision has been taken that bars which have not renewed licence since 2014-2015 can apply for renewal. Such relaxation will generate revenue. Other eligibility criteria will be family income must be below Rs 2 lakh per annum. Youths will be imparted skill training in 180 civic bodies. These bodies will also make their registrations and provide jobs. The state cabinet also increased old-age pension from Rs 300 to Rs 600 under Social Pension Scheme. The state Government has initiated a social security pension scheme for elderly destitute people of the state. This scheme intends to provide financial assistance to the beneficiaries with a monthly pension. Vadra questioned for 9 hrs New Delhi: Robert Vadra was questioned by Enforcement Directorate for nine hours on Thursday the second consec, utive day of his deposition in connection with a probe into allegations he laundered money to purchase illegal foreign assets. His wife and Congress party leader Priyanka Gandhi came to the ED office in Jamnagar House in central Delhi to pick him in her SUV Official sources said Vadra was . required to rejoin the probe on Thursday as he needed to answer more questions on allegedly acquiring immovable assets in the UK. It is understood that he was “confronted with” documents that the agency has obtained as part of its probe in the case, including those linked to absconding defence dealer Sanjay Bhandari. REply To DEbATE on moTion of THAnkS To pRESiDEnT'S ADDRESS People don’t want mahamilavat govt, says PM; slams Congress FOR SOME BC stands for before Congress and AD for after dynasty: Modi NEw DElhi In a frontal attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday alleged that those who imposed Emergency "bullied" , the judiciary and insulted the Army were accusing him of destroying institutions. The PM also hit back at the Congress over the Rafale issue, which has been repeatedly raised by its chief Rahul Gandhi, as he alleged that the Congress did not want the Indian Air Force to be strong and asked "which companies are they bidding for that they are acting so shamefully". n in hating modi, the opposition has begun to hate the nation. That is why their leaders go to london and do press conferences to show india in bad light n you know what is my crime for them? That a person born to a poor family is challenging their Sultanate. n congress imposed Emergency, but modi is destroying institutions. congress insults Army, calls the Army chief a gunda but modi is destroying institutions. n price rise and congress are a team. when congress comes, so does rising prices. The nDA government has worked to keep prices under check. Modi took potshots at attempts to cobble a grand alliance of opposition parties to take on the BJP saying , people do not want a "ma- hamilavat" (highly adulterated) government as they have seen how the NDA government which has a majority can deliver. THE bARbS 2g cASE: coURT TEllS RESponDEnTS Plant 15k trees for no response NEw DElhi Irked over firms and individuals, including Swan Telecom promoter Shahid (STPL) Usman Balwa, asking for more time to file responses on the ED and CBI appeals challenging their acquittals in 2G cases, the Delhi High Court directed them Thursday to plant over 16,000 trees as penalty . Justice Najmi Waziri said the plantation drive be carried out in Delhi's South Ridge forest area. Granting one last opportunity to file responses to Balwa, director of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Private Limited Rajiv Agarwal, and firms -- Dynamic Realty , D B Realty Limited and Nihar Constructions Private Limited -- in the ED's case, he The judge said till now he has asked litigants in various cases to plant 39,000 trees and this way, soon the forest area would revive asked them to plant 3,000 trees each here. It said three months have passed since the last order was passed in October 2018 but some of the parties have not yet filed their responses. Balwa, Agarwal and the three companies along with others including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi were acquitted by the trial court in the ED's money laundering case. Principal beats children for not sweeping floors in Bihar, 16 in hospital PATNA: Sixteen minor students of a State -run middle school in Bihar's Vaishali district fell ill on Thursday after they were mercilessly beaten up by the school principal for not sweeping the school floor, the police said. Enraged over the incident, villagers ransacked school and demanded action against school principal, Rajesh Kumar. A police officer posted in Mahua, Sunil Kumar Singh, said that about 16 children of school had to be admitted to a local hospital after they were mercilessly beaten up by the Principal. "Following the beating, they fell ill and were taken to the hospital." Singh said that villagers, mostly parents and guardians of school children, staged protest at the school on hearing about the incident.