r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 06: 42 Sunset: 06: 32 HUMIDITY Morning : 37 Evening : 40 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 29.4 C.12.4 C. You must transform your inner power into the will to do good! Goodwill is not enough! You must have the will to do good! Inform date of meeting within 10 days: SC to AG Rafale: Don’t blame messenger VOL. XXXVI NO. 270 | INDORE INDORE | FRIDAY | MARCH 8, 2019 | PAGES 20 | ` 3 NATION FIRE IN SAMRAT HOTEL Master Choa Kok Sui Providential escape for 23 3 injured TI hurt in rescue Ops OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore Twenty-three people had a miraculous escape as a major fire broke out in Hotel Samrat on MG Road, late on Thursday evening. Swift reaction by police and fire brigade prevented any loss of life. The fire broke out in the four-storey hotel building around 7:45 pm. At that time three to four families were staying in it. The situation worsened as smoke spread into various floors posing a challenge to police and fire brigade. Fire fighters had to break window glasses to rescue people. No casualty was reported. However, three people were rushed to a hospital after their condition deteriorated due to inhalation Occupants tried to jump out of windows in panic after fire broke out in four-storey Hotel Samrat on MG Road on Thursday evening. The fire was brought under control after half-an-hour PIX BY ANAND SHIVRE of smoke. Police station in-charge of Tukoganj Tehzeeb Qazi led the rescue operation from the front. He suffered injuries while trying to MP restores retention or exam policy for V & VIII News Brief NGT slaps Rs 500 cr fine on Volkswagen NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday imposed a Rs 500 crore penalty on German automaker Volkswagen for using a "cheat device" in its diesel cars to deceive emission tests. Soft loan of `12,900 cr for sugar mills okayed NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved funds amounting to Rs 2,790 crore towards interest subvention for extending a soft loan of Rs 12,900 crore by the banks to the sugar mills to boost ethanol production capacity. India to get third N-sub from Russia on lease NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing tension with Pakistan, India on Thursday signed a $3.3 billion deal with Russia for leasing the third nuclear-powered Akula class attack submarine. Cabinet nod for 50 new KVs in country NEW DELHI: Union Cabinet on Thursday approved setting up of 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) under the civil and defence sectors across the country. UK NSA backs India on terrorism NEW DELHI: The UKs National Security Advisor (NSA) Mark Sedwill spoke to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on Thursday and expressed solidarity with India in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The state government has decided to restore exams or retention policy for the class 5 and 8. According to gazetted notification, the government has amended the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009. Now regular exams will be conducted for Class 5 and 8. Students who secure minimum marks prescribed by Rajya Shiksha Kendra will be declared pass. Those failing in exam will be given opportunity of re-examination within two months from the date of declaration of the result. Those failing in the second attempt will be retained in the same class. As per the latest decision no child will be expelled from the school till completion of elementary education General promotions since 2011 break window glasses on the second floor of the hotel. (Details inside) Match-fixing between Modi & Pak over Pulwama: Cong leader NEW DELHI students' dropout annually with girls outpacing boys. More than 2L students dropout annually in class 9 and above. Experts claim that retention policy would create fear among students and lead to rise in dropout rate. However, reformists are happy with the notification- they claim that in an era of competition, students should be made aware of exams from childhood. Senior Congress leader B K Hariprasad on Thursday alleged ‘match-fixing’ between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan over the Pulwama terror attack, prompting the BJP to accuse the opposition party of ‘stooping to a new low’ and claiming that he spoke at the instance of Rahul Gandhi. "If you look at the chain of events that have taken place after Pulwama, it looks like Modi had a match-fixing with the Pakistani people," he said. His remarks drew condemnation from the BJP, which said the Congress leader has crossed all limits of decency by insulting the armed forces with such "obnoxious" remarks and that the party has no future under its chief Rahul Gandhi. and Development Corporation would waive the loan. The decision would benefit 32,000 people. According to information, recovery in the loans given through Tribal Finance and Development Corporation and Scheduled Caste Finance and Development Corporation, is not taking place. The announcement of the government would waive the loan and also benefit the government in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The state government withdrew 5th and 8th board exams in 2011 after implementation of the Right to Education policy. Students were promoted up to class 8. In 2017, the state decided to restore board exams but did not implement it fearing rise in dropout rate. 2 lakh students of 9th & above dropout every year tate has high dropout Slakh middle school (classratetoinOver comparison to other states. 1 1 8) Loans of SC/ST up to `1L to be waived Bhopal: Chief Minister Kamal Nath has decided to waive loan up to Rs 1 lakh taken by people of SC/ST category for small business. Nath said Tribal Finance and Development Corporation and Scheduled Caste Finance Alia has opinions www.freepressjournal.in EDIT Sonia, Rahul in Cong LS poll list; no Priyanka yet NEW DELHI Congress party on Thursday evening released its first list for the Lok Sabha elections, naming four candidates in Gujarat and 11 in UP While . Congress president Rahul Gandhi will contest from Amethi, his mother Sonia Gandhi will fight from Rae Bareli. Both Amethi and Rae Bareli are the Gandhi bastions in Uttar Pradesh. The list of 15 candidates does not include Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who had recently announced her political debut and was made the Congress’s General Secretary for UP East. While senior leader Salman Khursheed will contest from Farrukhabad, where he had contested and lost in 2014, RPN Singh will contest from Kushi Nagar. The other leaders on the list for UP are Imran Masood from Saharanpur, Jitin Prasad from Dhaurahra, Annu Tandon from Unnao, Rajaram Pal from Akbarpur, Brij Lal Khabri from Jalaun and Nirmal Khatri from Faizabad. GLAM THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AMID NEW PLEA TO BAN JEM CHIEF UN rejects Saeed's plea on list of banned terrorists AGENCIES New Delhi In a significant development, the United Nations has rejected an appeal of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, to remove his name from its list of banned terrorists, government sources said on Thursday . Notably, the decision comes at a time when UN's 1267 Sanctions Committee has received a new request to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Pakistanbased JeM has claimed responsibility for the strike. The UN decision to reject appeal of Saeed, also a cofounder of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), came after India provided detailed evidence including "highly confidential in- 121 DETAINED, 182 MADRASAS SEALED ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said that law enforcement agencies took 121 people into preventive detention and sealed 182 madrasas as part of its continuing crackdown on terror groups. I BUT TENSION PREVAILS n a clear indication that tension between India and Pakistan still prevails, the IAF on Thursday said it was in a high state of preparedness to engage with any perceived threat from Islamabad. Citing a document of Pakistan’s civil aviation authority, the IAF said 11 entry and exit points located along Indo-Pak airspace were still closed. formation" about his activities, sources said, adding that the verdict of the global body was conveyed to his lawyer Haider Rasul Mirza earlier this week. 1 killed, 30 hurt in Jammu blast, attacker held JAMMU At least one person was killed and 30 others were injured on Thursday when a grenade flung under a parked bus by a militant exploded at Jammu's main bus stand. The attacker was arrested within hours. Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh told re- porters that police had arrested Yasir alias Arhaan of Kulgam district in the Kashmir Valley who had thrown the grenade. "He was caught while trying to flee from the explosion site," he said. The thunderous explosion occurred around 11.30 a.m. when the General Bus Stand, as it is known, was teeming with people. Inspector General of Police Manish Kumar Sinha said the grenade rolled under the parked bus that was headed to Uttarakhand. Salman will be brand ambassador of MP: Nath OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will soon be seen doing branding of Madhya Pradesh, said Chief Minister Kamal Nath here on Wednesday. Salman belonged to Indore and I had spoken to him on this matter twice, said Nath. Modi will not be PM after LS polls ath, commenting Nstatements of BJP on the leaders about Congress government losing power after Lok Sabha polls, said the results of Lok Sabha elections would come after May 15 but he would continue as Chief Minister whereas Narendra Modi would not be Prime Minister. Nath claimed that Congress will win 25 seats from the state in the Lok Sabha polls. “Salman would be in state from April 1 to 18 to promote tourism and heritage,” said Nath, addressing a press conference here. Nath said he had asked Salman during a conversation to do something for Madhya Pradesh as he also belonged to it. The code of conduct for Lok Sabha polls would be effective in April. The statement of Nath has hinted that Salman would also do campaigning for Congress during that period.