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 31.5 C.15.6 C. Sunrise: 06: 40 Sunset: 06: 34 HUMIDITY Morning : 53 Evening : 40 Battle of alliances: BJP takes early lead over rivals EDIT BACK TO THE VOTERS Poll code pulls plug on loan waiver scheme 16L FARMERS to turn defaulter in April NITENDRA SHARMA BHOPAL The state government, with the model code of conduct coming into effect, has stopped the process of farm loan waiver. Although the BJP hasn’t complained about loan waiver but the government took the initiative to stop the process. Following this, around 16 lakh farmers would turn into defaulter from April 1 in the state. Cooperative banks have extended the due date of loan waiver to June 15 while due date in nationalized banks is March 31. Prior to code of conduct coming into effect, 19.60 BJP creating unnecessary fuss, says Nath Farmers to turn defaulters if they do not repay loan: Vyas Minister Kamal Nath on Chiefcreating waiver after modelMonday accused BJP of unnecessary fuss over farm loan Central Bank, general manager, Ajay Vyas, said farmers have been asked regularly to repay loan. The farmers would be declared defaulters if they do not repay loan by March 31. According to Vyas, the cut-off date of farm loan waiver was March 31, 2018. The farmers have been asked to repay the loan taken after this date. Vyas also added that he did not receive any communication from the government in which it was said that the process of loan waiver would begin after Lok Sabha elections. code of conduct came into force. The CM said, "It is not to waive loan of 55 lakh farmers." Commending officers and staff for their relentless effort in loan waiver scheme's implementation, he asked Congressmen to visit each and every village and inform farmers that their loan would be waived. He added that loan of remaining farmers would be waived after removal of model code. lakh farmers had availed agriculture loan waiver scheme. There are more than 30 lakh farmers in the state whose process of loan waiver would start after June. The farmers, whose SC to hear plea against poll road shows, bike rallies on March 15 NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a PIL seeking to prohibit road shows and motorbike rallies by political parties during campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls as they violate law and breach of instructions issued by the Election Commission. Refusing to an urgent hearing, the Bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, indicated the PIL could be taken up on March 15. The PIL, filed by former DGP Vikram Singh and social activist Shaivika Agrawal, contended that these road shows and bike rallies were detrimental to the environment and cause traffic jams. News Brief SC to hear PILs on electoral bonds NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear petitions by the Association of Democratic Reforms and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) challenging amendments to various statutes through the Finance Act 2017-2018 for the issuing electoral bonds for poll funding. Court refuses to stay 10% quota NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay 10% reservation for economically deprived among the upper castes, fixing the next hearing on March 28 to decide if it should be referred to the Constitution Bench. The 3-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, however, refused to pass an order forthwith on senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan's plea for a Constitution Bench hearing since the matter "involves the basic structure" of the Constitution. Instead, it asked Dhavan to file a short note on why the matter should be sent to the Constitution Bench for consideration in the next hearing. COOP BANKS extend recovery date farm loan has been waived, include 2.25 lakh farmers who took loan from the nationalized banks. Around 18 lakh farmers who took loan from the banks, are yet to avail the facility of loan waiver. With the process of farm loan waiver, the farmers, whose loan has not been paid, would turn into defaulters. Despite extending due date to repay farm loan to the cooperative societies, the farmers are facing problem of borrowing fresh loans. Farmers generally take fresh loans in April. The farmers would be having tough times this year to get this loan. The cooperative societies, which have waived farm loan, have not yet been released the grant from the government. The societies, without grant, will have to face problems in giving loans to farmers. The farmers, after start of farm loan waiver process by cooperative banks and agriculture committees, have reduced their financial transactions. It would also create problems in giving new loan. Three nations ground Boeing jets, India takes baby step FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi T he best-selling model of Boeing’s most popular jet is under lens after a deadly crash on Sunday , leading several countries and airlines around the world to ground their 737 Max 8 planes. Boeing shares, in fact, fell more than 12% in early morning trading on Monday . China has ordered 96 of these planes to be grounded and Indonesia has followed suit. Ethiopian Airlines has already done the needful, and so has Caribbean airline Cayman. India’s aviation regulator DGCA was also mulling over action it can take in the mat- ter. There was reason for concern as both Jet Airways and low-cost carrier SpiceJet own and operate these aircraft in India. SpiceJet told NDTV that it is operating all 13 of its 737 MAX planes. Jet Airways, which has five such aircraft, said it is not flying any of them currently . The DGCA, after extensive discussions, has directed that only pilots with 1,000 hours of experience can fly these aircraft. The watchdog has also asked the airlines to ensure that various requirements are complied with by engineering and maintenance personnel with respect to 737 MAX planes. This is for the second time in less than five months that a Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane has crashed. In October 2018, an aircraft operated by Lion Air crashed, killing over 180 people in Indonesia. Nat’l security takes Choose between over jobs as key Mahatma & Godse's concern: Survey India, says Rahul NEW DELHI National security has taken over issues such as unemployment as one of the major concern areas for the people after the air strike on terror camps in Pakistan, according to the CVOTER-IANS opinion tracker. Unemployment was the number one issue on the mood of the people tracker at the start of year with 29 per cent respondents calling it the prime concern. But as on March 7, the concern is reduced to 22 per cent. Reverse is true for national security ‘Post-air strike, rise in Modi's popularity’ he popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the satisfaction level of the people with his government soared while Congress president Rahul Gandhi's rise on rating chart crashed after the aerial strike on terror camps in Pakistan, according to the findings of CVOTER-IANS Opinion Poll. 51% cent of the respondents interviewed on March 7 said they were very satisfied with the working of the Central government compared to 36% on January 1. The net approval rating has risen to an all-time high of 62% on March 7, almost doubling from 32 per cent at the start of the year. which was seen as a nonissue in the first week of January with only 2.6 per cent listing it as a major issue. CONTD. ON P10 T NEW DELHI The choice is between Mahatma Gandhi's India or Godse's India with love on one hand and hate on the other, Congress president Rahul Gandhi told his party's booth workers here on Monday, a day after the Lok Sabha elections were announced. In an all out attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gandhi flayed him on a host of issues such as the Rafale deal, employment generation, national security and alleged agrarian distress. Says 'Masood Azharji', invites BJP barbs ongress President CGandhi on MondayRahulhe stirred a controversy after referred Jaish-e-Mohammad founder Massod Azhar as 'Masood Azhar ji' giving fresh ammunitions to the BJP, which said the Congress "loves terrorists."While addressing the party's booth presidents in national capital's Indira Gandhi Stadium, Gandhi while hitting out at the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval over Pulwama. "You have to decide, you want Gandhi's India or Godse's India. On the one hand there is love, brotherhood, on the other is hate, fear.” CONTD. ON P10 NOTHING WRONG IN HOLDING ELECTIONS DURING RAMZAN: OWAISI IM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said elections during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would have no impact on the voter turnout and slammed the political parties for raking up a controversy over this. The Hyderabad MP hoped that the poll percentage will be higher during Ramadan as more Muslims will go out and vote due to the high degree of spirituality they experience during the fasting month. M UGC secy roped in for poll duty at Indore ATUL GAUTAM Indore Election Commission deploying educational institutions teachers and officers for poll duty is routine affair. But perhaps for the first time, the Commission has roped a honcho of higher education regulator into election work. University Grants Commission (UGC) COMPLAINT FILED WITH EC AGAINST UGC A complaint has been filed with election commission by former executive council member of RGPV Ajay Chordia against UGC for violating model code of conduct in force for Lok Sabha elections. In his complaint, Chordia stated that the official website of UGC is showing a picture of an event “Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0Pariksha Ki Baat PM Ke Saath” held on January 29. The picture features Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some school kids. Chordia said that the picture may lead young voter students and others to vote for a particular party as large number of students, academics and others access the UGC website daily. secretary Rajnish Jain has Sabha elections. been directed to show up “The UGC secretary is at Indore district election also a faculty with Devi office for undergoing poll Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya training for upcoming Lok and in that capacity he has been deployed in the election duty,” sources said. As per them, the district election office fed names of all government officials in software and it randomly select them for election duty . “Jain’s name was in the software as a faculty with DAVV so he was randomly picked up for the poll duty election ,” commission sources said. DAVV vice chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad, who is cross with district election office for deploying examination department employ- ees also in poll duty thus jeopardizing preparation for upcoming exams, wrote to the election office stating that Jain could not be relieved for poll duty as he is serving as UGC secretary in New Delhi. When contacted, Jain said that he was also surprised to listen that he was also deployed in poll duty “I know . that is by mistake and not intentional. I was told that the software at Indore election office was not updated and it will update now,” Jain said. www.freepressjournal.in GLAM VOL. XXXVI NO. 274 | INDORE | TUESDAY | MARCH 12, 2019 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 NATION THOUGHT FOR THE DAY The course of natural events can never be predicted. Anything can happen any time. However, there is no need for fear or any mental turmoil as God is our strength. Sri Ma Rajkummar’s urge to youngistan IAF’s Balakot strike RTI REVEALS... killed 4 to 5 Pak soldiers, claims media report RBI had objections to notes ban, agreed in public interest AGENCIES New Delhi A media report on Monday claimed that the Indian Air Force (IAF) strike at a Jaish camp in Balakot inside Pakistan on February 26 also killed at least four Pakistani soldiers besides damaging the camp infrastructure and killing militants. The 'India Today' report said that its "undercover reporters caught residents of Balakot and police officials" in Pakistan-administered Kashmir "admitting on tape" that the Indian strikes also caused military casualties. "In Balakot, near the JeM terror camp that the IAF bombed, mosque worker Mohammad Naeem told India Today TV's investigative reporters that several Pakistani soldiers were killed in the Indian air strikes late last month," the report said. "Whatever I have seen or read, four or five people from the Pakistani Army lost their lives," the report quoted Naeem as saying. "The team of reporters then contacted Rehman, a cleric from a mosque in another Balakot neighbourhood, who recounted the IAF bombing as 'Qayamat ka manzar' (a doomsday moment)," it further said. "He confirmed that the air strikes left a building badly damaged," it said. WARNED OF short-term impact on economy; no material effect on black money AGENCIES New Delhi The RBI board, which included the present Governor Shaktikanta Das as a director, had warned of short-term negative impact of demonetisation on the country's economic growth and observed that the unprecedented move will not have any material impact on tackling the black money menace. The board, according to minutes of the meeting revealed by the central bank in an RTI reply, had met just two-and-a-half hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an address to the nation announced the demonetisation decision on November 8, 2016. Curbing black money was one of the prime objectives of the shock move to junk old Rs 500 and 1,000 notes, which saw 86 per cent of high value currency going out of circulation. The minutes of the crucial board meeting, which approved the government's request for demonetisation, recorded the presence of the then RBI Governor Urjit Patel and the then economic Affairs Secre- Will probe post-DeMo deposits if voted to power, says Cong Prime LambastingModi Minister Narendra for destroying the economy through demonetisation, the Congress on Monday claimed that if voted to power, it will probe the postnote ban deposits in tax havens and Indian banks, including a Gujarat bank with BJP President Amit Shah as its director which had netted a very high amount of money. The Congress' fresh attack against Modi on demonetisation came following revelations that RBI had contested the impact of the move, particularly in the context of its stated objective of curbing black money and counterfeit notes. Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said government imposed demonetisation on the RBI and termed it a “huge money lacquering scheme”. tary Shaktikanta Das. Others at the board meeting included the then Financial Services Secretary Anjuli Chib Duggal, and RBI deputy governors R Gandhi and S S Mundra. CBI finds ghost patients in hosp; SC bars it from admitting students NEW DELHI In a real life plot resembling the Sanjay Dutt starrer film Munna Bhai MBBS, a medical college in Bhopal allegedly admitted fake and ghost patients to comply with minimum requirements of Medical Council of India, a CBI inquiry has found. On the basis of the findings of the agency, the Supreme Court has barred RKDF Medical College Hospital and Research Centre from admissions in its first year MBBS course for the next two years 201819 and 2019-20. The apex court has also directed its Secretary General to initiate prosecution against the Dean of the col- lege S S Kushwaha and imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore for playing fraud on it. The apex court has directed the college to refund the fee paid by the students for the academic year 2017-19 along with a compensation of Rs one lakh to each student. The inquiry found that the college misled the Supreme Court by manipulating and filing of fabricated records. "The assertion made by the college regarding the genuineness of UK sought papers to arrest NiMo, India didn't respond, say sources NEW DELHI When fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi was spotted on the streets of London last week looking somewhat different and wearing an extravagant ostrich-leather jacket, the government insisted there had been no delay on India's part in efforts to prosecute him and extradite him. It is learnt that contrary to these claims, the British authorities have had no response to several queries they've sent for information. In fact, a legal team from the UK also offered to come to India to help facilitate action against Nirav Modi but allegedly got no response from India. It was learnt from the Serious Fraud Office in London that the first time that India sent an alert to the UK was under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) way back in February 2018. This was soon after the CBI first registered the criminal case against Nirav Modi and his family members for cheating the taxpayer of Rs. 13,000 crores of money in the Punjab National Bank Scam. While earlier, legal assistance for catching offenders abroad could be tedious and timetaking, the legal assistance treaty meant that the Home Ministry could directly forward summons or warrants to the Indian High Commission in London, which would then forward it to the central authority. In this case, the central authority in Britain decided that between the crown prosecution service and the SFO, it was the serious frauds office that was more appropriate to handle a request for taking action against Nirav Modi. the patients in the hospital turned out to be false in the enquiry conducted by the Committee which was comprised of the officers of the CBI and medical experts," an official said. The Central Government and Medical Council of India had highlighted before the Supreme Court gross mal-practices in the college and inadequate infrastructure and patients to impart education to MBBS students. CONTD. ON P10 No invoking of Sabarimala judgment in Kerala polls FP NEWS SERVICE Thiruvananthapuram The Election Commissioner on Monday warned political parties in Kerala not to invoke the Sabarimala temple as a campaign issue, eliciting a sharp reaction from the BJP which termed the direc, tive as absurd. With the state getting into the poll groove, Kerala Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena was categorical that "citing or invoking" religious propaganda on the "Sabarimala issue" would be a clear violation of the model code of conduct. "Using any part of the Supreme Court judgment, invoking or soliciting votes in the name of religion, or inciting religious feelings, is a clear violation of the model code of conduct," he told reporters at Thiruvanathapuram. Lest there is any doubt, the CEO also said the commission would not allow any kind of violation that gives a particular political party an advantage over the other.