Sunrise: 07: 03 Sunset: 06: 18 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 30.6 C.13.0 C. Master Choa Kok Sui Sena laments ally BJP's step-motherly treatment Red flags in monetary policy FP SPECIAL REPORT R K PATTNAIK W e have a rate cut after a gap of about 18 months. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announced on Thursday that the policy repo rate, which goes on to influence the rate at which banks lend to customers, stands cut to 6.25 per cent, down from 6.5 per cent. This change came along with a change in the policy stance from “calibrated tightening” to “neutral”. Most of the market participants did not expect a rate cut at this juncture but they did expect the change in policy stance. The cut comes in the very first policy announcement after Shaktikanta Das took over as the RBI Governor. It is 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. India climbs 8 places in Int’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 Airport chaos after hailstorm NEW DELHI: Over 30 flights were diverted on Thursday evening from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport due to bad weather, as several parts in national capital and neighbouring cities were hit by hailstorm and heavy rain. Twenty three domestic and nine international flights have been diverted. Making Vadra accountable, at last ‘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 the last policy of this fiscal year. The MPC has given its reasons for the repo rate cut. Among these are the lowest actual CPI inflation rates of 2.2 per cent, which is the lowest in the last 18 months. Some 30 per cent of the foods group (viz; vegetables, sugar, pulses, eggs and fruits) are in deflation, or the negative EDIT zone in inflation rates. Core inflation (headline inflation minus food and fuel) is down to 5.6 per cent (December 2018) from 6.2 per cent (October 2018). Household inflation expectation has softened by 80 basis points and 130 basis points in a three-month horizon and 12- month horizon in the December survey over the , previous round. A moderation in rural wages and the assumption of a normal monsoon add to this list. As the RBI Governor put it: “The path of inflation has moved downwards significantly and over the period of , the next one year, headline inflation is expected to remain contained below or at the target of 4 per cent. CONTD. ON P10 It is important to mention that the economic cycle in a very short run period of two months has not changed in so dramatic a manner that the monetary policy stance could be changed from calibrated tightening to neutral, with a rate cut. Dividend is a Govt right: Das MUMBAI: Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das on Thursday said it is the right of the government to ask for an interim dividend from it and use it the way it wants. Das was replying to a question on the impact of the Rs 6000-per annum cash pay out to farmers on the fiscal numbers. The BJP government's move was criticized by many 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 T MEANWHILE IN DIDI’S LAND Kolkata Commissioner to be questioned on Feb 9 Centre mulls punitive action against top Bengal cops he Centre is to take punitive five Taction againstlikelysenior WB police officers, including DGP 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 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 Vidarbha win Ranji title for second time www.freepressjournal.in 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- SPORTS Truth is dynamic. It is not static. VOL. XXXVI NO. 242 | INDORE INDORE | FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 8, 2019 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 NATION THOUGHT FOR THE DAY 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 and seen as an attempt to buy peace with the distressed farmers, the funds for which are likely to be met by an interim dividend of Rs 28,000 crore from the RBI. "Payment of surplus or interim dividend to the government is a part of the RBI Act, so we are not doing anything beyond what is there in the legal provision," was all Das would say . 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 per 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. Gadkari basks in Sonia’s applause FP NEWS SERVICE/NEW DELHI: Nitin Gadkari, the Union Surface Transport Minister, is finally getting his due for the "wonderful" work he has been doing to improve the country's infrastructure. On Thursday he got kudos from an unlikely quarter – the , Congress benches. During Question Hour, the House took up two questions related to Gadkari's ministry in which he gave a detailed briefing on the projects being executed. "I must say here that all MPs, cutting across political affiliation, have been appreciating me for the work being done by my ministry in their respective constituencies," Gadkari said, striking a self-congratulatory note. 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 THE BARBS 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. Vadra’s alleged UK flat in name of British couple Principal beats children for not sweeping floors in Bihar, 16 in hospital Vadra's lawyer KTS Tulsi told reporters outside the ED office on Thursday his client has not committed any wrongdoing. However, the BJP cited nine emails that the party alleged were exchanged between Vadra and Sumit Chadha, a relative of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, regarding properties in London. "The first email has been sent by Sumit Chadha, who is relative of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. He has sent it to Robert Vadra only... What tiles should be used in kitchen? How would the bathroom look? All of it is in this email," Patra said. According to party sources, Priyanka said at this meeting that she is in the game for a long haul and not just for one election. She then went back to the ED office to pick up Robert after his grilling session got over for the day. 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. 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". FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi The Robert Vadra case is throwing up some surprises. India Today newsmagazine has accessed the original registry documents of the Bryanston Square flat in London, which the Enforcement Directorate has claimed belongs to Robert Vadra. The documents show that the flat is actually in a British couple's name and not that of Vadra. Incidentally, the ED has information about various new properties in London which it claims also belong to Vadra. Keeping the heat on, Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law was questioned by the agency for the second day on Thursday -- for over six hours. He has been summoned to again appear before the ED on Friday (February 8) at 10.30 am.