RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 40.8 C.22.2 C. sunrise: 06: 11 sunset: 06: 45 Thought for the day vol. 9 No. 295 | Bhopal | FRIday | apRIl 12, 2019 | pages 14 | ` 3 MoDi charges congress With ‘tughlaq roaD chunaV ghotala’ www.freepressjournal.in EDIT reVersing the sloWDoWn lok sabha elections: Phase 1 Violence, EVM glitches, blasts, missing names mar polling AgeNcies New Delhi News Brief Niwari collector shunted out Bhopal: On the direction of Election Commission, the state government on Thursday shifted Niwari district collector Akshay Kumar Singh. He has been replaced by Shailbala Anjana Martin, CEO of interstate transport authority beating the heat Election-2019 kicked off to a troubled start on Thursday with two people being killed in clashes in Andhra Pradesh, IED blasts in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, reports of EVM glitches and multiple complaints from voters about their names not being on the electoral list. As Round 1 of the sevenphase Lok Sabha election began in 91 constituencies across the length and breadth of the country , from the hills of Kashmir to the islands of Andaman and Nicobar, reports of unrest and irregularities cast shadows over the world's biggest poll process. There were reports of violence from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh while the chiefs of several parties, including TDP's N Chandrababu Naidu, AAP's Arvind Kejriwal and PDP's Mehbooba Mufti, came forward to complain about administrative and other lapses. In Andhra Pradesh, where elections were held for 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats, one worker from the TDP and one from YSR Congress were killed in a clash in a village in Tadipatri Assembly constituency in Anantapuramu district. Condemning the killing of his party worker, TDP president Chandrababu Naidu accused the YSR Congress Over 14 cr voters in first phase ver 14.21 crore voters owillcandidates infate of decide the 1,279 91 World's shortest woman Jyoti Amge (25), shows finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during first phase of general elections, in Nagpur naxal violence in Maha, chh’garh encounter took place between security forces and naxals in gadchiroli district of Maharashtra when a polling party was returning on thursday evening, police said. the naxal-affected district also witnessed ied blasts at two other places since morning.in chattishgarh, one naxal was killed and an stF jawan suffered injuries in a gun-battle in narayanpur district of chhattisgarh on the day of polling for the bastar. BSF opens fire in Kairana bsF personnel fired in the air at a polling booth when some people, who were not carrying their identity cards, tried to forcibly enter the premises to cast their votes, police said. evM glitches glitches in evMs were reported at some places in the seven lok sabha constituencies in Maharashtra. returning officer said faulty machines were replaced quickly Sumitra Rai, 107, shows her voter ID after casting her vote at Poklok Kamrang, South Sikkim of indulging in violence to win the election. The opposition countered it by saying followers of local TDP MP and MLA, the JC brothers (MP JC Diwakar Reddy and MLA JC tions of attacks and vandalism coming in from Eluru city as well as from Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district and Narsaraopet constituency in Guntur district. CoNtd. oN p10 directors of IT firm arrested Bhopal Indore UjjaIn 41.30C 40.40C 41.50C Jeweller gunned down in Mandsaur MandsaUr: A 42year-old jeweller was gunned down by unidentified assailants at around 9 pm on Wednesday in the vicinity of his Chaudhary Colony dwelling in the town, police said. He was identified as Anil Soni. His sibling Ajay Jain survived a similar attack some years back, but was grievously injured and is still unable to walk properly. Sources claimed that the family has a festering dispute with a ruffian in the area. oUr sTAFF rePorTer Bhopal The EOW conducted the first raid and made first arrest in the high profile multi-crore e-tendering scam. The Economic Offences Wing raided Osmo IT Solution Company at Mansarovar Complex in connection with e-tendering scam here on Thursday . Superintendent of Police Arun Mishra said two directors and one sales director of the company: Vinay Coudhary Varun Chaturvedi , and Sumit Bolwalkar were detained on Wednesday And . on Thursday they have been arrested, he added. The police have also seized computer hard disks, servers and other equipments during the raids. The equipments seized will be sent to the digital forensic labs in New Delhi and Hyderabad for investigation. CoNtd. oN p10 tenders since 2016, to be Probed sP arun Mishra said the time period of the investigation has been extended. now, the police will investigate the tendering process since 2016. Whereas the MP state electronics development corporation has been executing e-tenders since 2013-14. around 3.50 lakh tenders had been floated by the corporation since then. earlier the tenders from January 2018 to March 18 were under the eoWs scanner. iP address trail lesson FroM vyaPaM drUbbing interestingly the osmo it solution is not the part of any procurement process, they have neither participated in the tendering process nor did it help any firm to file the tenders. but its name came to fore in the scam as during the primary investigations the companies iP address was traced by the investigation agencies which is used in the tampering of the contract. this time the it team of the police is taking the hash value of the computers. according to sources the issue of hash value came to fore during the hearing in vyapam case and the hash value status had created problems to the investigation agency. but this time the police it team is taking the computer hash value at the time of seizure so as to avoid being proved wrong by the accused in the court. the team of experts is taking the hash value of the computers in the same office. not only this the cctv cameras installed in the office are being kept operative to keep a record of the happenings. ‘Modi most popular world leader on FB’ New York Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with over 43.5 million likes on his personal Page and 13.7 million likes on his official Page on Facebook, is the most popular world leader on the social network as more world leaders are now paying to promote their posts, a new report said on Thursday . US President Donald Trump is at the second place with more than 23 2019 World leaders on Facebook Us President donald trump is at the second place with more than 23 million likes Jordan's Queen rania is third with 16.9 million likes brazil's new President Jair bolsonaro, who took office on January 1, is the most engaged world leader million likes on his personal Facebook Page and Jordan's Queen Rania is third with 16.9 million likes, said the "2019 World Leaders on Facebook" report -- part of the annual "Twiplomacy" study -- prepared by the leading global communications agency BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe). Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office on January 1, is the most engaged world leader on Facebook. Assange held from UK embassy hideout, faces extradition to US LoNdoN A UK court on Thursday found Julian Assange guilty on the charge of breaching his bail conditions after the Wikileaks co-founder was arrested by Scotland Yard officers from his Ecuador Embassy hideout in London as the South American country withdrew the asylum granted to him. Assange, who has also been arrested on a provisional US extradition warrant, was produced before Westminster Magistrates Court in London where he pleaded not guilty to the charge of failing to surrender. Describing his behaviour as that of a "narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interest", District Judge Michael Snow ruled Assange was guilty for breaching bail and ordered him to appear via videolink on May 2 for an extradition hearing. Fedward snowden on thursday slammed arrest in ugitive Us whistleblower are these elections Fair: keJriWal tWeets Prabhakar Reddy) tried to rig votes in a polling booth in Veerapuram village. The two parties clashed in other parts of the state as well with reports of stone throwing and allega- Direction is the next ‘logical step’ for tisca 'Dark moment for press freedom': Snowden anti-bJP votes deleted all across india. reports coming from all across india that votes have been deleted on unprecedented scale. Why are all faulty evMs seen to be voting always for bJP E-TENDERING SCAM: Three teMP Watch constituencies across india in the first phase of lok sabha elections on thursday. the first phase is third biggest in terms of number of lok sabha seats among the seven phases in which the election will be conducted. More than 1.70 lakh polling booths set up across 20 states and Union territories. GLAM NATION “Children are tomorrow’s Humanity. We are today’s. The humanity has to be looked after.” her holiness Mataji nirmala devi london of Wikileaks founder Julian assange, calling it a "dark moment for press freedom." "images of ecuador's ambassador inviting the Uk's secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of -- like it or not -- awardwinning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books," he said. incoMe tax raid FalloUt Nath govt to tighten noose around dozen ministers of Shivraj CM ISSUES directives in meeting NiTeNdrA sHArMA Bhopal The I-T raids on confidants of Chief Minister Kamal Nath, followed by filing of first information report (FIR) in e-tendering scam has created a political storm in the state. Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has also instantly started investigating into etendering scam. The preparations are on to tighten noose around ex-CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with a dozen ministers by opening old files. Nath on Thursday held a discussion with chief secretary (CS) and director general of police (DGP) in connection with I-T raids and action taken on scams that took place during previous government. Nath has clearly instructed them to get files of irregularities that took place during BJP government and hand them over to EOW for investigations. BJP leaders would be targeted through inquiry The . government would be handing over all documents to EOW and other police agencies. It was also decided in the meeting that information about irregularities that took place in districts should also be collected after Lok Sabha polls. Nath is also going to give clear message to ministers and MLAs that all issues related to BJP leaders should be put up before him. Congress had raised the is- Under scanner n Purchases made during simhastha n irregularities in loan disbursement in cooperatives department & cM discretionary fund, n Purchase of onions & plantation done on banks of narmada n Pending complaints with stF about vyapam n appointments in Makhanlal chaturvedi University of Journalism and Mass communication n expenses in organising global investors summit n scholarship scam n Works assigned to ngos n events conducted by culture department n expenditure during vaicharik Mahakumbh sue of scams that took place in BJP government during assembly polls. Nath had clarified after elections that he would target anyone. It was said that ex-CM Digvijaya Singh was not happy with Nath’s intentions. Bhupesh Baghel in Chattisgarh after assembly polls had tightened noose around ex-CM Raman Singh and his confidants. Now, Nath also want action against BJP leaders in the state on the same lines. Nath, after I-T raids, has clearly hinted his close officers that he would not spare any BJP leader now. Minor raped in Mandsaur, 60-yr-old held Flutter after ‘green light’ pointed at Rahul in Amethi road show FP News service Mandsaur MHA SAYS No threat, ‘laser’ was mobile light An eight-year-old minor was allegedly raped by a 60year-old man in Mandsaur on Wednesday night. The accused, identified as Kaluram, has been arrested. The incident led to tension in the area on Thursday afternoon with members of two different communities taking to road. A few miscreants even pelted stones on shops. On being informed, district collector Dhanraju S and Superintendent of Police Vivek Agrawal rushed to the spot along with adequate police force and brought the situation under control. The angry residents were demanding death penalty for the accused. AgeNcies New Delhi A green laser light pointed at Congress President Rahul Gandhi during his roadshow in Amethi on Wednesday created a scare, but the Home Ministry said there was no threat to his life. However, sources said that a security breach was alleged when the laser light was seen pointed at the head of Rahul during the roadshow. This led to security concerns within the party, but it was later found that the light was from a camera. When contacted, a home ministry spokesperson said as soon as the ministry's attention was drawn to reports about the incident, the Director (Special Protection Group) was The 'green light' shown in the clipping was found to be that of a mobile phone used by AICC photographer, who was videographing the impromptu press interaction of Rahul Gandhi near collectorate at Amethi DIReCToR, SPG asked to verify the factual position. “Director (SPG) has informed MHA that they have gone through the video clipping of the incident very closely. The 'green light' shown in the clipping was found to be that of a mobile phone used by the AICC photographer, who was videographing the impromptu press interaction of Rahul Gandhi near the collectorate at Amethi. “Director (SPG) has also informed MHA that this position was conveyed to the personal staff of Rahul Gandhi. Director (SPG) has confirmed that there was no security implication whatsoever,” the spokesperson said. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the party has written no letter pertaining to alleged security breach to Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Twitter records 45.6 mn tweets as polls begin New deLHi Twitter recorded 45.6 million tweets on its platform during a one-month period in the run-up to the polls, registering 1.2 million tweets on the first day of voting on Thursday . Polling was done for 91 seats in 18 states and two union territories on Thursday . Prime Minister Modi (@narendramodi) emerged as the most men- tWitterati have all the FUn n Prime Minister Modi (@narendramodi) emerged as the most mentioned figure during the first phase of the #loksabhaelections2019 conversations on twitter. n campaigns, manifestos and announcements around policies and key social issues have accounted for some of the top-tweeted moments as voters get ready to go to the polls tioned figure during the first phase of the #LokSabhaElections2019 conversations on Twitter. "Campaigns, manifestos and announcements around policies and key social issues have accounted for some of the topTweeted moments as voters get ready to go to the polls," the micro-blogging platform said in a statement. The top election conversations were national security, religion, jobs, agriculture and taxes and trade during the March 11-April 11 period. In a survey late last month, Twitter India said that over 90 per cent of first-time eligible voters are expected to vote in the elections. Twitter India said that seven in 10 first-time eligible voters in India believe that they are contributing to the public debate by posting on Twitter. Nearly 54.6 per cent of those surveyed said they will use Twitter to gather support for a cause or movement, and 54.4 per cent will use the platform to express their opinion to be heard. Over 80 per cent said they will turn to social media to find out what's happening in India and around the world.