RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 t Indore t Bhopal t Ujjain t Mumbai t Pune r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 vol. 9 No. 237 | Bhopal Bhopal | SuNday | FeBRuaRy 10, 2019 | pageS 12 + 6 = 18 | ` 4 www.freepressjournal.in I will retire from politics if audio clip about Yeddy is fake: HDK NATION Weekend LOVE IN Does happily-everafter TIMES OF exist? Shikha Jain talks to MARRIAGE celebrities and experts who have been thre, done that PAGE 1 AGITATION AGAINST CITIZENSHIP BILL CONTINUES Black flags, naked protests greet PM on Assam visit Thought for the day For world peace first root out the vices from your mind. Brahma Kumaris Farm Loan Waiver Banks agree to Nath’s demand of cuts on NPA SIX KMSS activists held for stripping in front of Janata Bhawan ‘Modi go back’ NOW, state protest in Andhra aGeNCieS Guwahati News Brief Don't distort, says Maya on SC order LucKNOw: A day after the Supreme Court suggested that former UP CM Mayawati return the crores she had spent on statues installed in parks across Lucknow and Noida, the Bahujan Samaj Party chief urged that the observation of the top court shouldn't be "distorted". ‘Top BJP leaders trying to topple K’taka govt’ New DeLHI: The Congress on Saturday alleged that top central BJP leaders were behind the move to topple the Karnataka government and said it would rake up the issue in Parliament next week. Vadra appears before ED again New DeLHI: Robert Vadra on Saturday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here for a third round of questioning in a money laundering case. He is being questioned on transactions, purchase and possession of certain immovable assets in London. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second day in Assam saw nude protests, a bandh, raising of black flags and burning of effigies by agitators over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Six Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) activists were taken into police custody on Saturday when they stripped naked in front of Janata Bhawan -- the state secretariat here. The KMSS activists had arrived in cars and stripped naked before holding the protests. The Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad had called a 12hour bandh in the state to protest against the prime minister's visit and its impact was felt in the upper Assam districts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Lakhimpur and Jorhat with vehicles remaining off the road and shops and business establishments closed. The bandh was supported by the KMSS along with 70 other organisations jointly protesting against the bill. The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) claimed that police resorted to mild lathi-charge to disperse its activists who had assembled with black flags and black balloons at the Amingaon-Hajo Road, about 10 km from Modi's rally at Changsari. Molestation accused jumps off PS roof, dies Gwalior A man accused of eve-teasing and molestation allegedly jumped to death Saturday afternoon from the roof of Hazira police station in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior district, an official said. Nandu Batham (23) was accused of eve-teasing and molestation by a woman living in Ladhedi area and was brought to Hazira police station Saturday afternoon, ASP Aman Singh said. On the insistence of the woman, when the officials there were registering an FIR, Batham ran towards the roof and jumped off, the ASP said. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but could not be saved, Singh said, adding that a posse of police personnel had been deployed in the area to diffuse the tension prevailing there following the incident. He said a probe was underway and the deceased’s post mortem report was awaited. AmARAvATI: A day ahead of PM's Narendra Modi's visit to Andhra Pradesh, protests were held at various places in the state on Saturday with protesters raising 'Modi go back' slogans. Protests were staged in 13 districts of the state by leaders and workers of TDP Congress, Left, student , groups and organisations fighting for the special category status for Andhra. Carrying black flags, they took out rallies and staged sit-ins at different places. Some could also be seen shirtless. Leaders of the Left parties held protests by smashing empty pots in Vijayawada. AASU members display black ballons on PM’s arrival in protest over Citizenship Amendment Bill, in Dibrugarh on Saturday modi tries to douse FLames, derides opposition Lays foundation of ‘Bill will not harm ‘It seems Olympics Assam, NE's interests’ going on to deride me’ Rs 4K-cr projects cHANGSARI (ASSAm): PM Narendra Modi Saturday assured the people of Assam and the Northeast that the citizenship bill will in no way cause harm to their interests. He said the NDA government is committed to protecting the language, culture, resources, hopes and aspirations of the people of Assam and the Northeast. "It is a national commitment to the people of the Northeast that they will not be harmed in any way and citizenship will be only granted after due investigation and recommendation of the state governments," Modi said. AGARTALA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at the opposition, saying the main job of the ''mahamilawatwalas'' is to deride him and it seems they were all competing in an Olympics of hurling abuses at him. Calling the opposition a ''mahamilawat'' (great adulteration) again, he said its leaders are only involved in "holding each other's hands in meetings in Delhi and Kolkata for photographs". "The job of the ''mahamilawatwalas'' is only to heap abuses and more abuses on PM Modi. It is as if an Olympics is on to deride Modi," he said. ITANAGAR (ARuNAcHAL): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated and laid foundation stone of projects in Arunachal Pradesh worth over Rs 4,000 crore and said his government was giving a lot of importance to improve connectivity in the sensitive border state. He said his government was giving importance to improve the highway, railway, airway and power situation in Arunachal Pradesh, which he alleged was neglected by the previous governments. Terming the state the "pride" of the country, Modi said it is the gateway to the nation as it guards the frontier. It is the duty of the government to develop the state at any cost, he said. Twitter CEO, officials decline to appear before Parl panel Arunachal integral part of India, says MEA on China’s protest against visit aGeNCieS New Delhi Twitter CEO and top officials have declined to appear before the Parliamentary Committee on IT that had summoned them over the issue of safeguarding citizens' rights on social media platforms, sources in the panel said on Saturday . The Parliamentary Committee, headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur, had issued a summon to Twitter via an official letter on February 1. The parliamentary committee meeting was scheduled for February 7, but was later postponed to February 11 to allow the Twitter CEO and senior officials more time to make themselves available. Twitter cited "short notice of the hearing" as the reason, despite being given 10 days to travel, the sources said. The letter sent to Twitter by the Parliamentary IT Committee on February 1 clearly stated that "it may be noted that the Head of the Organisation has to appear BJP warns of repercussions BJP warned Twitter "repercussions" after Thenetwork company'stheof social CEO and top officials declined to appear before the parliamentary committee on information technology, saying no agency has the right to disrespect institutions of the country. The parliamentary panel had summoned Twitter CEO and officials over the issue of safeguarding citizens' rights on social media platforms. before the Committee". It further stated that "He/She may be accompanied by another representative." The Parliamentary IT Committee received a letter on February 7 from Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's global lead for legal, policy, trust and safety stating, "No one who , engages publicly for Twitter India makes enforcement decisions with respect to our rules for content or accounts in India." New Delhi India Saturday asserted Arunachal Pradesh is its "integral and inalienable" part after China opposed Prime Minister's Narendra Modi's visit to the border state. The Ministry of External Affairs said India has conveyed its "consistent position" on the issue to China on several occasions. "The state of Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of India. This consistent position has been conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions," the MEA said in a statement. In response to a question on Modi's visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "China's position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut. The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called 'Arunachal Pradesh' and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the East Section of the China-India boundary ." Govt fails to develop supply network for Kadaknath LACK OF logistic support irks poultry owners Shahroz afriDi BHOPAL Vinod Meda of Jhabua started rearing Kadaknath chicken about four years ago. Demand for this black fowl increased to an extent that he bought a second hand Maruti 800 a year ago. But, now he is struggling to take his business further. The MP Cooperative department launched a mobile application MP Kadaknath in March 2018 to boost sale of this rare breed. It proved beneficial for Kadaknath rearing farms and enquiries started flowing in from length and breadth of the country "We are getting inquiries . from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Mysore among others. But we don't know how to supply them," said Vinod. "We send them by train, bus and truck but only for orders of more than 50 pieces and if the buyer agrees on bearing the transportation cost, he adds. Improper handling leads to death of chickens in the transit. About 59 societies are currently engaged in rearing of Kadaknath in Jhabua, Barwani, Alirajpur and Dhar. The mobile application MP Kadaknath gave it an exposure and boost in sale of this black winged bird but now they are facing problem of sending them safely to those places. "We have an agent in Indore, who supplies it further. Government has promised to help us in developing supply network but has done nothing so far," said Dinesh Ohri of Pooja Kadaknath Murgipalan Sahkari Sanstha, Thandla in Jhabua district. CoNtd. oN p10 Will quit NDA, says Meghalaya CM SHILLONG: Amid widespread protests in the Northeast over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, National Peoples Party (NPP) president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Saturday threatened that his party will quit the NDA if the proposed legislation is passed in Rajya Sabha.The NPP , which is in power in Meghalaya and backs the governments in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland, adopted a resolution to this effect at its general body convention in Shillong today, he said. The NPP leaders of all the four northeast states were present at the meeting. farmers will become debt-free NiTeNDra SharMa BHOPAL Chief Minister Kamal Nath has successfully made banks agree to his demand of giving discount to state government on nonperforming assets (NPAs). It will go a long way in fulfilling Congress poll promise of farm loan waiver. The state government had convened a meeting of StateLevel Bankers Committee (SLBC) on Saturday The . bank representatives attending the meeting agreed to state government’s proposal of discount on NPAs. Nath personally spoke to chief managing directors (CMDs) of big banks over discount on NPAs. A team led by principal secretary, finance, Anurag Jain was dispatched to Mumbai to make the banks toe the line. The team met key officers of banks and submitted proposal of discount on agriculture loan that had turned into NPA. Finance department officials held several rounds of talks with commercial banks. After deliberations, the banks agreed to offer 40 to 50% discount on agriculture loans that had turned into NPAs. The bank’s nod would help the state government RBI, Central officials skip meeting In a first, officers of the Central government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) did not attend the meeting of state-level bankers committee (SLBC). Their absence indicates their unclear stand on state government’s decision on farm loan waiver. save more than Rs 3,000 crore. While going for farm loan waiver, the state government had decided to resolve the NPA issue in the end. Most of the farmers, whose loan have turned into NPAs making them a defaulter, would now be free from debt. As far as farm loan waiver from commercial banks is concerned, there are around 23 lakh accounts. Most of these accounts have turned into NPAs. Nath, while deciding on farm loan waiver, had said that discussions would be held with banks over NPAs. Nath had been commerce minister in the Central government in the past. His personal relations have helped in getting this deal done. Cong MLA demands SIT, Khandwa DM’s transfer our STaff reporTer Bhopal/Khandwa A Congress MLA has written to Chief Minister Kamal Nath demanding setting up of an SIT and transfer of Khandwa collector for invoking National Security Act (NSA) on three persons accused of cow slaughter. Bhopal Central MLA Arif Masood, in his letter sent on Friday, termed the NSA move as ‘one-sided’, adding that the kin of the three accused had met him and had alleged that the collector had not heard their side. He said cow slaughter was “shameful” but reiterated that the collector’s move to invoke the stringent NSA was unjustified. He demanded constitution of a special investiga- COW SLAUGHTER CASE tion team (SIT) to probe the case and the collector’s transfer in order to have a “fair” probe. Talking to PTI Saturday, Masood said, “I have written to the Chief Minister and urged him to intervene in the matter. GettinG ready For vaLentine’s day Nepal to import over 1.5L roses from India KaThMaNDu As demand for red roses rises ahead of Valentine's Day, Nepal is importing the flowers from India. Nepal's Floriculture Association has said they would import about 1,60,000 rose stems worth 15 million Nepalese rupee. "Importing flowers from other countries would push the price of roses. We bring these roses especially from Calcutta and Bangalore, Floriculture Association president Kumar Kasjoo Shrestha said. "We have estimated that about 200,000 roses will be needed this year. Out of this, approximately 1.5 lakh stem roses would be imported from India while the demand for about 50,000 stem roses will be addressed by internally," he added. Nepal imported roses worth 12.5 million Nepalese Rupee from India in 2018. The figure is higher this year due to increased demand. In fact, 60 per cent of the total demand comes from Kathmandu valley alone. Amid intense cold, the production of roses in Nepal is down because of the cold and we are fulfilling the demands by importing from India. The action taken by police and district officials was on the basis of information given by an informer. The side of the accused should have been heard before invoking NSA.” Masood claimed minority community leaders from different parts of the country have also spoken to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in this regard. Earlier last week, authorities had slapped NSA on three accused, identified as Shakeel, Nadeem and Azam, for allegedly killing a cow at Khandwa, and jailed. Spurious hooch toll reaches 61 hariDwar/SaharaNpur The death toll in the hooch tragedy that hit two adjoining districts in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh has risen to 61 with more people dying of the spurious liquor they drank at a Haridwar village, officials said on Saturday . The viscera examination on 11 more bodies is yet to be conducted to find out if these too were alcohol-related deaths. Twenty-four of the victims died in Balupur and its neighbouring villages in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district, state's Additional Director General (Law and Order) Ashok Kumar said. At least 46 others, who had come home to the adjoining Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh after drinking the spurious liquor in Balupur on Thursday night, are also dead.