r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 06: 38 Sunset: 06: 34 HUMIDITY Morning : 53 Evening : 40 33.2 C.16.6 C. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Pak cornered globally Vote for your future, this is another freedom struggle NATION His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj AAP will fight and win LS polls on its own: Kejriwal VOL. XXXVI NO. 275 | INDORE | WEDNESDAY | MARCH 13, 2019 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 EDIT IN FIRST POLL SPEECH ON MODI’S HOME TURF, PRIYANKA TELLS PEOPLE ATTACKS PM, demands answer on jobs, women’s safety ADALAJ (GUJARAT) News Brief Chartered flights carry money for voters KOLKATA: Alleging chartered flights and special helicopters were used by VIPs to carry money for "purchasing voters", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday urged the Election Commission to stop any such attempts during the Lok Sabha poll campaign. Terming the coming Lok Sabha elections "another independence struggle", Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday urged the voters to ask tough questions from the government and raise "real issues" facing them and the country instead of getting drawn into trivialities. "Those who make tall promises to you, ask them where are the two crore jobs that were promised to the nation? Where is the Rs 15 lakh which was supposed to come into your bank accounts? Ask right questions in these elections," she said while addressing an election rally here after the Congress Working Committee meeting in Ahmedabad. IRRELEVANT issues should not be raised. The issues that are to be raised should be about what is most important to you THIS NATION has been built over foundations of social harmony and love. But whatever is happening in the country, it pains us YOU TELL BJP what is the true character of this country. The true character is such that it will turn the winds of hatred into breeze of love and compassion. "Irrelevant issues should not be raised. The issues that are to be raised should be about what is most important to you -- how you will progress, how our youth will get employment, how would women feel safe, what will be done for the farmers. These are the real election issues. AHMEDABAD/ADALAJ: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday expressed confidence that Patidar leader Hardik Patel will not only contest the Lok Sabha polls but also win, soon after the youngster embraced the grand old party and set at rest speculations about his political affiliations. "Hardik jeetega (will win)," Rahul snapped back at a question if Patel would contest the elections on Congress ticket. The Gandhi scion was speaking to reporters at the Ahmedabad airport after attending the party's working committee meeting here. Patel formally joined the party at a public rally as Rahul Gandhi put a party scarf around him and welcomed him. Patel, 25, was already at the Congress podium hours before the party rally at Adalaj, near state capital Gandhinagar, waving at the crowds cheering him. He was in tow with another young turk and OBC leader Alpesh Thakore. NEW DELHI: Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who represents Lucknow in the present Lok Sabha, may be fielded from the prestigious Gautam Buddh Nagar parliamentary constituency replacing sitting MP and Union minister Mahesh Sharma, who is likely to be shifted to Alwar in Rajasthan. PATNA: A day before the Grand Alliance meets in Delhi to finalize the seat sharing for the Lok Sabha elections, the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) warned on Tuesday that it will not contest if it was not given a respectable number of seats. ‘Manmohan Singh won't contest polls’ CHANDIGARH: Putting to rest all speculations, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not contest in the upcoming general elections. BJD to go it alone in elections: Patnaik BHUBANESWAR: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, here on Tuesday, his party will not forge an alliance with any party and will go it alone in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Physicist AK Mohanty is BARC chief MUMBAI: Distinguished physicist and scientist Ajit Kumar Mohanty was appointed the new Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) on Tuesday. Mohanty, 60, who is Director of Physics Group at the BARC, took over his new assignment from K.N. Vyas, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). India too bans Boeing Max FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi India on Tuesday grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, two days after 157 persons were killed on such a plane during a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Nairobi, Kenya. SpiceJet has around 12 such planes in its fleet, while Jet Airways has five which it claims are not in use. Germany Britain, Aus, tralia, Singapore, Malaysia and Oman were among the other countries which banned Max 8 planes from their airspaces on Tuesday . The decisions are expected to cause considerable disruption in global air travel. By now, at least 27 airlines have grounded the Max 8, which has crashed twice in five months. Boeing stands by the airworthiness of the jet, but it said it planned to issue a software update and was working on changes to its flight controls and training guidelines. But even as the global turbulence continued, the aircraft has found a supporter in SpiceJet. The low-cost airline jumped to the defence of the latest model of Boeing saying, "The 737 MAX is a highly sophisticated aircraft." FESTIVITIE TURN SOUR Centre fails to release Rs 3000 cr payment under MNREGA LABOURERS gherao Barwani police station SHAHROZ AFRIDI BHOPAL Festival season of lakhs of labourers in Madhya Pradesh who have worked under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act for days have gone sour as their payment has been not been released by union government. According to MNREGA website Rs 3133 crores is pending with the union government. To add to the woes of labourers Modi government did not process Fund Transfer Orders (FTOs) from October 2018 to February 1 due to nonavailability of funds for the scheme. The Act promises that wages will be given within 7 to 15 days of work. The website mentions that labour wages for more than 3 crore days in MP haven’t been paid. High level sources have revealed that Modi government has asked the state governments to make MNREGA payment from their kitty. Most of the states have expressed unwillingness to do so. In Madhya Pradesh lakhs of labourers have been suffering due to nonpayment of wages. Tribal people from Dhar, Barwani, Jhabua and Alirajpur are said to be worst sufferers because their main festival ‘Bhagoriya’ has started. Most of the labourers have depended on this payment but are now left in the lurch. On Tuesday, scores of tribal gheroed Barwani police station and demanded their wages from the government. ‘The police should either help us in getting our payment against the labour done or arrest us,’ said one of the protestors. But the police are doing neither. The protest was on till filing of the story. Barwani District administration has already said that they were unable to pay the amount, therefore the labourers decided to move to the police. Asthana threatened me in Dubai: Michel to court NEW DELHI Alleged AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal middleman Christian Michel told a court here on Tuesday that then CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana had threatened him in Dubai. Michel said Asthana had met him sometime back in Dubai and threatened to make his life hell inside the jail if he did not support the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its investigation in the case. Michel, who was presented before Special Judge Arvind Kumar, said he was put in the prison with 16-17 Kashmiri separatist leaders and that his next door inmate is gangster Chhota Rajan. "I don't understand what crime I have committed to be put along with those who have killed," he asked. Michel's advocates Aljo K. Joseph and Vishnu Sankar also requested the court to shift him from an isolation cell to a normal cell in jail number 7, where white-collar accused are housed. Public prosecutor N.K. Matta, appearing for the Enforcement Directorate (ED), told the court that this application is an afterthought. Ms Khiladi dupes groom in Khiledi village ‘Bride’ with 5-member gang has cheated several families SHRENIK BATHIA Badnawar Is this a case of Miss Khiladi in Khiledi village? Sort of… Or is it a case of a run-away bride with a twist in the script. The bride and five of her gang members, including three women deceived people in the name of marriage and fled into the thin with the cash and booty . The village which is situated about 30 kilometre away from Badnawar tehsil of Dhar district falls under Kanwan police station limit. TMC MP joins BJP, Cong, CPI-M MLAs follow suit NEW DELHI In a major setback to the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, its MP Anupam Hazra on Tuesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party at the party headquarters here in the presence of BJP General Secretary in-charge of West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya and party leader Mukul Roy . Along with Hazra, Congress MLA Dulal Chandra Bar and CPI-M MLA Khagen Murmu too joined the saffron party . Before joining the BJP, Hazra had met Vijayvargiya and Roy here. "A fresh beginning," Hazra wrote on his Facebook page where he also and due discretion. Ensure that it does not hurt anyone. "You will have to consider what you are going to vote for. You are going to vote for your future. This nation has been built over the foundations of social harmony and love. But whatever is happening in the country, it pains us," she added. HARDIK JOINS CONG, RAHUL CONFIDENT OF HIS WIN Rajnath may be fielded from Noida ‘Won't contest if not given enough seats’ "Only your awareness can bring these issues to the front," Priyanka Gandhi said, terming voters' awareness and their votes "their biggest weapons". "Your greatest weapon is awareness about the realities facing the country, your vote is your weapon. Use it with after due consideration Priyanka proud of Jonas brothers www.freepressjournal.in GLAM WEATHER 0 0 Beauty attracts the eye. Accomplishments attract the mind. But character captures the heart. RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE However, the team could not venture far as the alert cops arrested five of them. Kanwan police station in charge KS Gehlot said the police arrested five of gang, including main accused Sakshi alias Yashodha, “daughter” of Lallan Shah, a resident of Bangai Mohalla, Padidayal, Motihari district, Bihar, Onkar, a resident of Amzhera village, Geetabai Bhabar and Kalabai Bhabar, both resident of Manawar village, Ranu, a resident of Palsud village. CONTD. ON P10 TMC MP Anupam Hazra (C) being felicitated by senior party leaders Mukul Roy and Kailash Vijayvargiya (R) as he joins BJP on Tuesday posted his photograph with Vijayvargiya. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP from Bolpur, who was once close to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was expelled from the TMC in January for antiparty activities. SC: Automobiles causing more pollution than firecrackers NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked why firecrackers were being singled out for rising pollution levels when automobiles caused much more pollution. It asked the Centre to apprise it with a comparative study of the two. Linking the plea for a ban on the manufacture, sale and bursting of firecrackers across the country with Article 19 (1)(g) guaranteeing the right to occupation, trade or business, a bench headed by Justice S.A. Bobde flagged the issue of loss of jobs if there was a clampdown on the firecracker manufacturing industry. Article 19 (1)(g) of the Constitution guarantees the right "to practice any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business". Sitting along with Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer, Justice Bobde said the issue had not been examined on the touchstone of Article 19 (1)(g) of the Constitution. Making it clear that it does not want to generate "unemployment", the court said those who would lose their livelihood can't be compensated in terms of alternate jobs, financial or other support if the firecracker industry was shut down. Observing how there can be a ban on the firecracker industry whose operations were legal and licensed, Justice Bobde said the way out was not cancelling the license but there could be a change in the licensing conditions. Spl bench hears plea of Sethi’s wife at 9pm, says no demolition for 2 days OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore In sudden change of events, Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court late on Tuesday evening stayed demolition of illegally built portions of Rohit Sethi – main accused in the sensational Sandeep Agarwal murder case— house till Thursday. A special bench of Justice SC Sharma and Justice Virendra Singh held hearing at 9 pm following a writ filed by Sethi’s wife Prerna fearing demolition by Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC). The stay was granted when petitioner’s counsel stated that the petitioner would get illegally built portion of her house at Bima Nagar demol- LATE NIGHT RESPITE n Wife of Rohit Sethi – main accused in the sensational Sandeep Agarwal murder case-told the court that she would get illegally built portion of her house demolished. n IMC had served a notice to Sethis claiming that they had constructed house in gross violation of norms. n The IMC claimed that Sethis had even used minimum open space (MOS) from all four sides and the house. ished. Earlier, IMC had served a notice to Sethis claiming that they had constructed house in gross violation of norms. The IMC claimed that Sethis had even used minimum open space (MOS) from all four sides and the house. Prerna had filed a petition in the High Court challenging the notice. Single bench of High Court two days ago had disposed of the petition directing the IMC to act as per Capitalism is under threat AGENCIES London Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday warned that capitalism is under "serious threat" of a "revolt" as the economic and political system has stopped providing for the people, especially after the 2008 global financial meltdown. Rajan, now a professor at the University of Chicago, told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that governments across the world cannot afford to ignore social inequality when considering the economy . "I think capitalism is under serious threat because it's stopped providing for the many and when that hap, pens, the many revolt against capitalism," the former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund said. Rajan said he believes that capitalism is breaking down because it is not providing equal opportunities. "It's not providing equal opportunity and in fact the people who are falling off are in a much worse situation," he said. He said authoritarian regimes arise "when you socialise all the means of production". "A balance is needed, you can't pick and choose what you need to do is improve opportunity ," he said. Rajan, tipped by some as a possible successor to take over from Mark Carney as governor of the Bank of England, said it was possible in the past to obtain a middle class job with "modest education". But the landscape has changed in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis and the resulting austerity . "Now, if you really want to succeed, you need a really good education," he said. norms. On Tuesday, Prerna filed a writ appeal in the court stating that IMC told her that they would be demolishing her house any time. Fearing demolition in the night or Wednesday morning, she filed writ with request for hearing on Tuesday itself. The appeal went to Chief Justice who gave permission for setting up of special bench for hearing in the case on Tuesday itself. CONTD. ON P10 No alliance with Cong in any state, says Maya; We don't need her: Cong LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI In a blow to the prospects of an opposition grand alliance to take on the ruling BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, BSP chief Mayawati Tuesday said her party will not have an election tie-up with the Congress in any state. Mayawati's statement drew a sharp retort from the Congress, with its Uttar Pradesh unit spokesperson saying, "We don't need her." In a statement, Mayawati said, "It is being made clear again that the Bahujan Samaj Party will not have any electoral alliance with the Congress in any state." Referring to her party's pre-poll alliance with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati said it is based on "mutual respect" and "honest intentions".