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Sunrise: 06: 56 Sunset: 06: 24 HUMIDITY Morning : 53 Evening : 40 vol. 9 No. 248 | Bhopal Bhopal |ThuRsday | FeBRuaRy 21, 2019 | pages 14 | ` 3 NATION Greatness is not in what we do but how we are an instrument in the hands of God. his holiness Radhanath Swami maharaj BJP leaders asked to remove shoes by soldier's angry relatives www.freepressjournal.in EDIT AlliAnce Time comeTh Terrorism common concern but skips Pulwama: Saudi Prince modi Sought punishment for terrorists, backers Congress denounces Modi over 'grand welcome' to prince Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for receiving Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the airport, the Congress asked whether according a "grand welcome" to those who praised Pakistan's "antiterror" efforts was his way of remembering the Pulwama attack martyrs. agencies New Delhi News Brief Arvind Shukla is new CIC Bhopal: Registrar General of Jabalpur High Court Arvind Shukla is the new Chief Information Commissioner. Journalist Rahul Singh and retired IFS GV Krishnamurti would be information commissioner. The decision was taken in a meeting held in Vidhan Sabha. Chief Minister Kamal Nath, LoP Gopal Bhargav and urban development minister Jaivardhan Singh attended the meeting. Noted Hindi writer Namvar Singh dies New Delhi: Namvar Singh, writer, poet, critic and one of contemporary Hindi literature's tallest figures, has died after a month-long illness, his family said on Wednesday. He was 92. Singh died on Tuesday night at the AIIMS. He had not been keeping well for more than a month and was on the ventilator for three weeks, his daughter Sameeksha said "He died at 11.51 pm on Tuesday," she said. President Ram Nath Kovind said Singh's death was a huge loss to not only Hindi literature but also other languages in India. Avalanche in HP kills 5 ITBP jawans Shimla: An avalanche killed five ITBP troopers while one trooper was missing near Tibet border in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district on Wednesday, officials said. The avalanche, triggered with the slide of glacier near Shipkila bordering Tibet. Terrorism and extremism are 'common concerns' and Saudi Arabia will extend all cooperation to India and other countries in the region to deal with them, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday after holding extensive talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While the two leaders in their respective press statements after their meeting did not mention Pakistan, top officials in the Ministry of External Affairs later said Pakistan's complicity in the Pulwama terror strike was underlined during their parleys where they also condemned the terrorist attack by the Pakistanbased JeM in "strongest" possible terms. The meeting took place two days after the influential Arab leader concluded a high profile visit to Islamabad, and in the backdrop of escalating tension between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. In his statement, Modi called the attack a 'cruel symbol' of the scourge of terrorism and sought punishment for terrorists and Anil Ambani guilty of contempt: SC agencies New Delhi Observing there was a 'wilful default', the Supreme Court on Wednesday held Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Communication(RCom), guilty of contempt of court and ordered the debt-laden company to clear the Rs 453 crore dues Pay Rs 453cr to Ericsson to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson within four weeks or face a 3month jail term. In a verdict that came as a setback to Ambani, the apex court also pulled up the industrialist for his "cavalier attitude" demonstrated through the affidavit filed in the court, saying any "unconditional apology" given must be rejected. Prime Minister Modi greets Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as President Ram Nath Kovind looks on during a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan NIA takes over Feb 14 terror attack probe NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a fresh case and begun its probe in the February 14 terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in which 40 troopers were killed, an official said on Wednesday . Chief visits NIA chief YC Modi also inspected attack site the attack site on the Jammu-Srinagar highway . "We have re-registered the Pulwama terror attack case," said an NIA spokesperson. The first case in the attack, claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror outfit, was registered by the Jammu and Kashmir Police on the day of attack. their backers. The crown prince, however, did not mention the Pulwama strike in his remarks. Asserting that a close contact between people of Saudi and India was a "living bridge" for the two countries, Modi also welcomed the Crown Prince's announcement of potential investment of USD 100 billion in India in areas like energy , refining, petro-chemicals, infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing etc. Briefing reporters on the Saudi Crown Prince's visit and issues discussed during his meeting with Modi, T S Tirumurti, Secretary (ER) in Ministry of External Affairs said they also underlined the importance of comprehensive sanctioning of not just terror organisations, but also terrorists by the UN, in an apparent reference to New Delhi's demand for JeM head Massod Azhar's listing by the global body . No scandal in Rafale jet deal, says Dassault CEO DEFENDS ROLE FOR RELIANCE BengalURU Asserting there is 'no scandal' in the Rafale deal, Dassault Aviation, makers of the fighter jet, on Wednesday said it was also in the race for 110 aircraft for the IAF, for which the government had floated an RFI last year. The RFI (Request for Information) or initial tender for the deal was issued by IAF in April 6 2018, the first mega procurement initiative for fighter jets. This was after the government scrapped the process to acquire 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft six years ago. Instead, the NDA government, in September 2016, signed an Euro 7.87 billion (approx Rs 59,000 crore) deal with the French government for purchase of 36 Rafale twin-engine fighter jets. "There is no scandal in the Rafale deal. We are going to deliver 36 aircraft. If the Government of India wants more aircraft, we will be pleased to deliver. There is also an Rafale manoeuvres during AERO India 2019 air show at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru RFI for 110 aircraft and we are in the race because we feel Rafale is the best aircraft and we have our footprint here in India. So we feel confident here in India," Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier told reporters here. Asked why Dassault had partnered Reliance despite that company's lack of experience in making defence equipment, Trappier said: "Yes. But I have the experience. I am transferring this know-how and experience to the Indian team. UK to reflect on apology for Jallianwala Bagh massacre agencies London The UK government is 'reflecting' on demands for a formal apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in April 1919 during the British Raj, a minister told the House of Lords during a debate to mark the centenary of the attack. During a debate titled 'Amritsar Massacre: Centenary' in the Lower House on Tuesday evening, Baroness Annabel Goldie also confirmed plans to mark 100 years since the tragedy "in the most appropriate and respectful way". "The government at the time, as we know, roundly condemned the atroc- PUNJAB HOUSE PASSES RESOLUTION, SEEKS BRITISH GOVT APOLOGY The Punjab Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution, seeking an apology from the British govt for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra moved the resolution and political parties, cutting across party lines, supported it. ity but it is the case that no subse, quent government have apologised," said Baroness Goldie, who holds the post of government whip and Baroness-in Waiting in the Lords. "I understand that the reason is that governments have considered that history cannot be rewritten and it is important that we do not get trapped by the past," she said. However, she made specific reference to oral evidence given by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to the Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee in October last year in reference to the centenary being an appropriate time for a formal apology . She noted: "The Foreign Secretary responded by saying: 'That is a very profound thought; let me reflect on that, but I can understand why that could be a potentially very significant gesture'. "The Foreign Secretary is currently doing that - reflecting on the situation - and I can say that the views expressed in this debate are certainly noted and will be conveyed back to the department." Her response came at the end of interventions by a series of peers during the debate, called by Indianorigin peers Lords Raj Loomba and Meghnad Desai, who believe the April 2019 centenary was the right time to "make amends" and offer a formal apology for the atrocities to bring “closure”. GLAM Thought for the day ‘There are no trappings of Bollywood today’ Vote on account of Rs 89,000 cr passed in House OUR sTaFF RePORTeR BHOPAL A vote-on-account of Rs 89,000 crore, to meet the expenses of four months in the state was passed in the House on Wednesday. Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot presented the voteon-account for expenses between April and July. As per estimation of voteon-account, the next budget of the state would be of 2.23 lakh crore. In vote-on-account, agriculture department has been allotted around Rs 6,000 crore. The government needs a huge amount for farm loan waiver. From the fund allocated for agriculture from voteon-account, it is clear that farm loan waiving may be difficult with code of conduct for Lok Sabha polls coming into effect. An estimation of receipts and payment was also put up with the budget estimates for 2019-20 along with vote-onaccount. Panel to examine 10% quota to upper caste poor: CM BJP TERMS it diversionary tactic OUR sTaFF RePORTeR BhOPal Chief Minister Kamal Nath has announced in the House that a Cabinet committee will be constituted to examine the Central government’s provision of 10 per cent reservation to financially weak from general category . Leader of opposition Gopal Bhargava, raising the issue during Question Hour, said several states have already applied the provision after constitutional amendment by the Central government. Bhargava said financially weak general category unemployed people are committing suicides. For this ten per cent seats have been increased and reservation to any section of the society has not been reduced. MLA Narottam Mishra said it was conspiracy to divert the issue. Mishra claimed that general category people were facing discrimination. Mishra demanded Nath to set a Govt takes U-turn on promises in Vachan Patra No proposal to shut Vyapam OUR sTaFF RePORTeR BHOPAL In an apparent U-turn from the promises Congress made in its ‘Vachan Patra’, the Kamal Nath government on Tuesday ruled out considering any proposal of scrapping Vyapam or proceeding with regularization of the contractual employees. On the second day of proceedings in state Assembly , the Chief Minister Kamal Nath in a written reply to a question raised by MLA Harsh Vijay Gehlot said that no proposal to shut down Vyapam was under consideration. Congress had promised in its ‘Vachan Patra’ about shutting down Vyapam. Nath on the issue of fee taken by Vyapam, replied that it has the right to fix examination fee. Vyapam did not cheat unemployed in any way claimed , CM in his written reply . GAD Govind Singh, reply- Industries in state give jobs to 1lakh CM Kamal Nath said the industries set up in the state gave employment to 1.15 lakh people. He said, 290 big industries have been set up. MPIDC Limited Bhopal did not allot any private land to any industries, said Nath, adding that there was no question of returning land to the farmers, where industries have shut down. No white paper on financial condition Finance minister Tarun Bhanot had announced to bring White paper on financial condition. In his reply, he said there was no plan to bring White paper on financial health of the state. ing to a question of MLA Sunil Uikey said there was , no rule for regularize contractual employees. Congress ahead of the Assembly polls, had promised to regularize the contractual employees. time-limit for the Committee’s submission of report. Mishra said it should be implemented before code of conduct comes into effect. Bhargava has also written several letters to Nath. He asked him to get a debate on the issue done in the House. Acroding to the political experts BJP has been demanding extension of provision of reservation to financially weak general category candidates before Lok Sabha elections as the party allegedly lost assembly polls because of anger against SC/ST Atrocities Act. SC to hear Janmabhoomi land dispute case on Feb 26 new Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday decided to hear on February 26 the politically sensitive Ayodhya's Ram-Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid land dispute matter. It will be heard by a fivejudge Constitution Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer. The apex court on January 27 had cancelled the scheduled hearing for January 29 as Justice Bobde was not available that day . The fresh notice issued by the apex court registry said all the petitions in Ayodhya land dispute will come up for hearing on February 26. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. 17 IPS officers transferred OUR sTaFF RePORTeR BHOPAL The state government has transferred five SP among 17 IPS officers here on Wednesday. IG provision Sashid Absar is appointed as an officer on special duty of the home department. OSD home department Ravi Kumar Gupta was transferred as a ADG of EOW. IG, Shahdol zone IP Kulshersth is appointed as IG PHQ. IG CID SP Singh is appointed as an IG Shahdol zone. DIG Sagar range Rakesh Kumar Jain is appointed as a DIG PHQ, DIG SAF Deepak Kumar Varma is appointed as a DIG of Sagar range. SP PTS Tighra Vineet Khanna is appointed as a commandant of 6th SAF Jabalpur. The commandant of 6th SAF Jabalpur is appointed as a SP of PTS Tighra. AIG PHQ, Anurag Sharma has become the SP of PTS Ujjain. SP Mandsaur TK Vidhyarthi is appointed as a AIG at PHQ, AIG administration Vivek Agarwal will be the new SP of Mandsaur. SP Rajgarh Prashant Khare is transferred as an AIG at PHQ, commandant of 32 SAF Ujjain Pradeep Sharma is the new SP of Rajgarh. SP Sheopur Shivdyal is transferred as a commandant of 32 SAF Ujjain, SP Umaria Asit Yadav will be the new SP of Sheopur. SP PTS Indore Sachin Yadav will be the new SP of Umaria. The transfer of SP Alirajpur Vipul Shrivastava is cancelled, he will remained SP of Alirajpur till further orders.