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 33.2 C.16.6 C. Sunrise: 06: 38 Sunset: 06: 34 HUMIDITY Morning : 53 Evening : 40 sri ma vol. 9 no. 268 | bhoPal | wednesday | MaRCh 13, 2019 | Pages 14 | ` 3 NATION 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. EDIT AAP will fight and win LS polls on its own: Kejriwal Pak cornered globally IN FIRST POLL SPEECH ON MODI’S HOME TURF, PRIYANKA TELLS PEOPLE Vote for your future, this is another freedom struggle 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, Pak to discuss Kartarpur corridor ChaNDigarh Indian and Pakistani officials will meet at Attari, near Amritsar, on Thursday for their first meeting to finalize the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor to enable Indian pilgrims to pray at the historic Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan. The meeting, amid heightened tensions between both countries, is being held to discuss the draft agreement for setting up a dedicated corridor that will allow pilgrims from India to visit the Sikh shrine located in Pakistan without obtaining a visa. Officials from the Home and Foreign Ministries of both countries will attend the meeting at Attari, 30 km from Amritsar. Both sides will also have a technical level discussion on the alignment of the project. The meeting will take place exactly a month after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force troopers were killed, triggering India-Pakistan tensions. While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has welcomed the decision of the Home Ministry to fasttrack the Kartarpur corridor, he wants "passport and visa free `khule darshan' for pilgrims". Festivitie turn sour Centre fails to release Rs 3000 cr of 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. Priyanka proud of Jonas brothers 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 www.freepressjournal.in GLAM Thought for the day 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. Refinery letter blaming farmers for stealing water kicks up dust but borL draws 40L litres of water daily from betwa rajeSh jaiN Bina The management of the Bharat Oman Refineries Limited (BORL) in Bina has kicked up a controversy by dashing off a letter to the water resources department alleging that the farmers are stealing water from the Betwa river to irrigate their fields. The letter was sent after it came to light that, the refinery management was illegally drawing water from the river through pipes that were hidden under plastic sheets. As the above incident came to the knowledge of the in charge minister of Sagar district Brajendra Singh Rathore he took an exception to it. The refinery management draws nearly 40-lakhlitre water from the Betwa daily, so the river loses a 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". "The SP-BSP alliance is perfect enough to defeat the BJP, especially in Uttar Pradesh," she said. The SP and the BSP have stitched together an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, keeping the Congress out, though the two parties decided not to field any candidates in Rae Bareli and Amethi, the traditional strongholds of the grand old party . Of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the SP will contest 37 and the BSP 38, leaving three for the Ajit Singhled Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and two for Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli) and Rahul Gandhi (Amethi). huge amount of water in a year. The farmers’ leaders are maintaining a silence over the issue. But the refinery management has put up the matter before the district administration and objected to the farmers’ drawing water from the reservoir. Contd. on P10 SC to Centre: Why no mechanism to monitor assets of lawmakers New Delhi The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to explain in two weeks why it has not set up a permanent mechanism to monitor the undue accretion of assets by elected representatives as directed by it last year. On Feb 16 last year, the apex court had said the undue accretion of assets by lawmakers was a "sure indicator" of the beginning of a failing democracy which if , left unattended, would lead to the destruction of democracy and pave way for "rule of mafia". It had then asked for a permanent mechanism to monitor the undue accretion of wealth by lawmakers. On Tuesday hearing a , contempt plea filed by NGO 'Lok Prahari', it said it was not issuing any notice but seeking a reply from the secretary of legislative department of the Union of India why the court's directions were not complied with.