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 27.8 C.12.1 C. Sunrise: 06: 56 Sunset: 06: 24 HUMIDITY Morning : 53 Evening : 40 NATION vol. 9 No. 250 | Bhopal Bhopal | SatuRday | FeBRuaRy 23, 2019 | pageS 14 + 8 = 22 | ` 3 Gen Hooda's appointment is Congress acceptance of surgical strikes: Jaitley EDIT China caves in to Indian diplomacy SC: Stop hostility against Kashmiris DIRECTS CS, DGPs OF 11 STATES to prevent assault on J&K people China holds back UNSC statement on Pulwama AgeNcies New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday directed chief secretaries and DGPs of states and UTs to take ‘prompt’ and ‘necessary’ action to prevent incidents of threat, social boycott and violence against Kashmiris following the Pulwama terror attack. It also sought responses from the Centre and 11 states where incidents of threat and violence against Kashmiris have taken place after the February 14 terror attack. “The Chief Secretaries, the DGPs of all states and Union Territories (UTs) including the Commissioner of Police, Delhi are directed to take prompt and necessary action to prevent incidents of assault, threat, social boycott and such other egregious acts against Kashmiris including students enrolled with the institutions in the respondent states and the UTs and other minorities in the wake of the terrorist attack of February 14," said a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna. CoNtd. oN p10 China's lone opposition in the 15member Security Council to any mention of terrorism resulted in a delay of nearly one week in issuance of a statement by the powerful body on the dastardly Pulwama terror attack, official sources said here Friday. However, the US assiduously worked as ‘pen holder’ making Students protest facilities to Kashmiri students at DAVV in Indore various adjustments to get the approval by all other members of ensure safety of kashMiri stuDents: ugC teLLs varsities the Council, sources said. While New Delhi: In the wake of attack on Kashmiri students after the China was trying to water down Pulwama incident, the UGC on Friday wrote to vice-chancellors of varsities the UNSC statement on across the country to ensure their safety on campus and to maintain peace and Pulwama, Pakistan worked harmony. The UGC was directed by the Human Resource Development Ministry Thursday to issue an advisory to all the universities to ensure that the against issuance of any statement. security of Kashmiri students is not compromised. Omar & Mehbooba welcome direction Pak takes control of Protect Kashmiris, Jaish headquarters says CPM uccumbing to intense the SC's directive to 11 states to take ‘prompt’ action to prevent incidents of threat, assault and social boycott of Kashmiris in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack. protect Kashmiris living outside Jammu and Kashmir, following reports of them being targeted in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. ormer J&K chief Sinternational pressure to rein and FMehbooba Mufti ministers The CPM demanded thatto terror groups operating from its in the Central and state Omar Abdullah welcomed governments take all steps soil, the Pakistan government on 2 MiLitants kiLLeD in BaraMuLLa t wo militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district on friday. security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Warpora area of sopore, acting on specific information about the presence of militants there. the militants fired at the search party, leading to a gunfight. two militants have been killed, a police official said. Appointment of judges to HCs much faster now: SC AgeNcies New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday said the collegium recommendations for the appointment of judges to different High Courts was being cleared by the government and only 27 recommendations were pending. Pointing out that the government was "speedily" clearing the collegium recommendations for the appointment of judges to the High Courts, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, sitting with Justice Sanjiv Khanna, told counsel Prashant Bhushan: "As CJI, I must say that government has speedily cleared the files and only 27 are pending (with the government) and there are 70 to 80 proposals pending with the collegiums." Making it clear that the appointment of judges was much faster now, Gogoi said it was the collegium that was not able to clear the proposals before it. www.freepressjournal.in Friday took over the administrative control of the headquarters of JeM. The Punjab government has taken over the control of the JeM headquarters in Bahawalpur," Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said. "The government of Punjab has taken over the control of a campus comprising Madressatul Sabir and Jama-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur...and appointed an administrator to manage its affairs.” CBI gets Centre’s nod to prosecute Chidambaram New Delhi The CBI is likely to file a chargesheet in the INX media foreign investment clearance case as it has received sanction from the Centre to prosecute former finance minister P Chidambaram, under whose tenure approval for it was given, officials said Friday . They said after clearance from the Centre, giving a go-ahead to the agency to press charges against Chidambaram, the CBI might inX MeDia Case soon proceed with the filing of the chargesheet. The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017 against alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007, when Chidambaram was the finance minister. The Law Ministry had told the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that there was "no legal infirmity" in the agency's request seeking prosecution sanction. This view has now been communicated to the CBI, they said. Chidambaram was not listed as an accused in the FIR registered by the agency. Rahul calls Modi 'prime time minister', says continued photoshoot hours after attack news India has always come up trumps against Pak in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament Reminder: At the height of the 1999 Kargil War, India played Pak in the World Cup, & won. To forfeit match would not just cost two points: It would be worse than surrender Disappointing to see cricket targeted after the Pulwama incident. I don't recall Pak ever mixing sports with politics. Sports should just be taken as sports speculation around the match, the CoA deliberated on the matter but did not take any position for now. "The 16th of June is very far away We will take a call . on that much later and in consultation with the government," CoA chief Vinod Rai said. CoNtd. oN p10 nationaL tiger Conservation authority teLLs supreMe Court Nauradehi sanctuary to be new home of Cheetahs New Delhi African cheetahs, to be translocated in India from Namibia, will be kept at Nauradehi wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) told the Supreme Court on Friday . It said the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which provides inputs to governments and institutions on biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development, has given no objection for the translocation. India's last spotted cheetah had died in 1947. In 1952, the animal was declared extinct in the country The matter came up for . hearing before a bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and Deepak Gupta Govt rolls out farm loan waiver, dole for jobless WITH EYES on LS polls, focus on youths & farmers Our sTAFF rePOrTer Bhopal/Ratlam Eying 29 Lok Sabha seats of the state, the Congress government on Friday rolled out two major schemes focussing on youths and farmers. Chief Minister Kamal Nath launched farm loan waiver scheme in Ratlam and Yuva Swabhimaan Yojana in Bhopal. In the first phase of farm loan waiver, 25L farmers would become debtfree. The work to distribute certificate of 100 days employment to youths has also begun. They would get Rs 4,000/ month for 100 days under the scheme. Rolling out Yuva Swabhimaan Yojana, Nath targetted PM•Narendra Modi and said that five years back he had talked about Skill India and Digital India five years ago, but nothing was done. “PM Modi may claim of giving Rs 6000 per year to farmers but our government is giving Rs 13,000 per year to youth,” said Nath. He distributed certificates to 12 youths, including Shani Dubey of Bhopal. CoNtd. oN p10 Chief Minister Kamal Nath poses with farmers who received loan waiver certificates at a function held at Namli village of Ratlam on Friday MBAs, engineers register for Yuva Swabhimaan Yojana Our sTAFF rePOrTer Bhopal As many as 63,000 youths, including 2800 from Bhopal, have registered themselves for Yuva Swabhimaan Yojana. More worrying is the fact that MBAs, engineers and post-graduates are applying for the registrations bringing to fore the grave unemployment crisis in the state. The record of registration would be sent to urban bodies. Under the scheme, the youths would be given 100 days employment. They would be given around Rs 13000 at the rate of Rs 4000 per month for 100 days work. According to sources, a large number of engineers have got themselves registered under the scheme. The youths would be imparted training and given work in urban bodies. Several of the youths, who were attending the inaugural programme of the scheme at Lal Parade Ground, were highly qualified. CoNtd. oN p10 DenieD proposing vote of thanks, Mayor storMs out of event M ayor alok sharma walked out of the programme after minister arif Masood proposed vote of thanks. accusing Congress of violating protocol, sharma said as the programme was organised by Bhopal Municipal Corporation, he was supposed to propose vote of thanks and termed the incident as "an insult of the people of Bhopal." former CM shivraj singh Chouhan too tweeted his displeasure. "not allowing a public representative to propose vote of thanks is a violation of his rights," he tweeted and even demanded apology from the Congress. "such arrogance is not good as power is not permanent," he added. Seoul: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred Seoul Peace Prize on Friday. He dedicated the prize to the people of India and donated its amount to the Namami Gange Fund. "This award is for the people who have always put societal good above individual ambitions. And I am honoured that it is being conferred on me this year, when we celebrate the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma," he said. Donating the award money, Modi said, "I would like to contribute the monetary award of $200,000 (Rs 1.30 cr) to the Namami Gange fund for our efforts to clean Ganga, which is not just the economic lifeline of millions of people but is also held sacred by us." No decision on Pak WC tie, CoA to consult Govt: Rai The Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket on Friday decided against taking any stand on the World Cup clash against Pakistan but urged the ICC and other nations to ‘sever ties’ with countries from where ‘terrorism emanates’. There has been a call to boycott the June 16 World Cup face-off against Pakistan at the Old Trafford in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack. In a meeting to address the spiralling Manisha’s second innings... Modi donates Seoul Peace Prize NVDA chairman money to Namami Gange fund Sahani sacked New Delhi: In a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the "prime time minister" continued shooting for a film till even three hours after news of the Pulwama terror strike came in. There was an ocean of pain in the country's heart and in the homes of martyrs and he was smiling and doing a photoshoot in the waters, Gandhi said on Twitter with the hashtag 'PhotoShootSarkar'. "Even after three hours of the news of the 40 jawans being martyred in the Pulwama terror strike, the prime time minister continued with a film shooting," the Congress president tweeted in Hindi. AgeNcies New Delhi GLAM Thought for the day When you encounter obstacles do not freeze! Do not be emotionally, mentally and physically paralysed. Remain calm. Flow around the obstacles! Go over, under and around and as a last resort, gently remove the obstacles! Master Choa Kok Sui on Friday and the counsel representing NTCA told the court that Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, has also supported the proposal to re-introduce cheetahs in the country . NTCA's counsel said: "We are suggesting Nauradehi sanctuary in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh (for keeping cheetahs)". CoNtd. oN p10 CBI issues lookout notice against Chanda Kochhar New Delhi The CBI has issued lookout notices against former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak and MD of the Videocon Group Venugopal Dhoot, officials said here on Friday . The move was taken a week after a case was registered against Chanda Kocchar, Deepak and Dhoot, they said. The move is to ensure that none of the accused in the case related to alleged corruption in clearing loans worth Rs 1,875 crore to the Videocon Group were able to leave the country, the officials said. A lookout notice is an intimation to immigration authorities at all the ports of exit to intimate the investigation agency incase the accused tries to leave the country. The immigration authorities may also detain the person if requested by the agency . The CBI had to cut a sorry figure after its dilution of lookout circular against Vijay Mallya led to his escape to the UK in 2016. BHOPAL: Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) chairman Rakesh Sahani was terminated by the state government with immediate effect, on Friday The 1972 batch retired IAS . officer was appointed as the chairman in July 2015. An order of his removal was issued by NVDA additional secretary SK Baghel. Cong to build Ram temple if it wins polls, says Rawat DehrADuN Congress General Secretary Harish Rawat on Friday said the party will launch sincere efforts to build a grand Ram Temple at Ayodhya if it comes to power after the Lok Sabha elections. "On two previous occasions, the Congress made sincere attempts to build the Ram temple when it was in power. We will sincerely launch efforts to build the Ram temple if we come to power," Rawat told reporters here. Asked whether this the party's official stand, Rawat quipped: "My statement regarding the Ram temple was widely reported in the media. There is no denial from the Congress." He accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of being insincere on the issue. "BJP is only doing politics on the Ram temple issue," said Rawat. The government must work as a facilitator for building the temple, he said. On the Pulwama suicide bombing, Rawat accused the BJP of projecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the only nationalist in the country "I have strong ob. jections on the projection of Modi as the only nationalist in India. We all are nationalists. Everybody in the country is a nationalist," Rawat said. Criticizing the Uttarakhand BJP government on its budget presented this week, Rawat said the declining agriculture and manufacturing growth in the state was a matter of grave concern. He said nearly a dozen factories had been closed in the state after the November 7 investors meet. He also claimed that of the nine lakh farmers in the state, 50,000 have quit farming in the past two years.