r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 `4 r RnI no. 38281/83 free press t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE Quality at Value - vol. XXXvII no. 81 | IndoRe | sunday | august 30, 2020 | Pages 14 MODI PITCHeS FOR TAKING FARM eDUCATION TO MIDDLe SCHOOL LeVeL Pg --7 WEatHEr 260c. 220c Sunrise : 06:09 Sunset :06.46 tHougHt for tHE day www.freepressjournal.in EtcEtEra Compassion is not just a theoretical conceptualization of themind. Compassion is a way of life. His Holiness radhanath Swami Maharaj RIP KING T’CHALLA... PHOTO CHADweeK Pg --12 LeSS SLeeP MAy TURN yOU INTO A HOT HeAD Pg --6 394 vIllaGes In 9 dIsts flooded, 7k Rescued narmada Flows 18-Ft above danger mark heavy RaIn WaRnInG The districts likely to receive heavy rain in next 24 hours include Chhindwara, Sehore, Rajgarh, Shajapur, Bhopal, Raisen, Narsinghpur, Seoni, Balaghat, Damoh, Sagar, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Barwani, Dhar, Indore, Ratlam, Ujjain, Dewas, Neemuch, and Mandsaur. OuR StaFF REPORtER BHOPAL/HOSHANGABAD Rains have spelt disaster for the state as 394 villages of nine districts have been inundated. Till date, 7,000 people have been rescued while thousands are still trapped in flood. Late on Saturday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that he would monitor the flood situation in state through out the night. Breaking 48-year-old record, the Narmada flowed 18-feet that is 5.4 metres above danger mark at Sethani Ghat in Hoshangabad on Saturday . The river flowed at this level in 1973. The water level may increase further because water was released from Tawa dam, Bargi dam and from a river in Betul. Narmadapuram divisional commissioner Rajnish Shrivastava said nearly 3,000 people have been rescued. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and army teams have been pressed into service. Rescue operation is still on. "Right now, Narmada is flowing 18 feet above the danger mark of 293 metres. Water level increased because Tawa and Bargi dam gates were opened. A river in spate in Betul adds water to Narmada. Level is expected to rise further," he added. Extremely heavy rain continued to lash Madhya Pradesh for the second consecutive day on Saturday marooning many villages in different districts. Road connectivity was dis- extReMe flood aleRt foR Mp, chhattIsGaRh people aIRlIfted RaInfall In last 24 houRs place Water level of the Narmada river rises following heavy rainfall in Hoshangabad on Saturday rupted at National Highway-12. Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in Hoshangabad. Narmada river is flowing above the danger mark in Narsinghpur too. In Narsinghpur, danger mark is 323 metres while Narmada is flowing at 325.35 metres at Barman Ghat. In Hoshangabad, danger mark is 293 metres where Narmada is flowing at 297.75 metres at Sethani ghat. Sluice gates of Indira Sagar (Khandwa) and Omkareshwar ( Khargone), Bhadbhada (Bhopal) were opened. Tawa Dam's 13 sluice gates were opened in Hoshangabad while 21 sluice gates. Onkareshwar Dam's 21 sluice gates were opened. Similarly, Kalisot dam water level has attained Full Reservoir Level of 505.67 metres leading to opening of four sluice gates of Bhabhada dam. In Raisen, Barna dam's eight gates were opened. Forty people have been shifted to a school in Bareli. Contd. on P8 The Central Water Commission (CWC) on Saturday issued an "extreme flood" alert for Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. "River Karun at Pathardihi in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh continues to flow in extreme flood situation at 11 hrs today. At 11 hrs, it was flowing at a level of 280.47 m with falling trend which is above its danger level and 1.28 m Chaurai Palasia harai umreh mohkheda amarwara Chhindwara sohagPur PaChmarhi Timarni seoni hoshangabad saunser Junardev biChhua narsingPur seoni-malwa kareli sohagPur iTarsi bankhedi godhadongri gauharganJ babai beTul mulTai RaInfall* 41 33 31 30 29 27 24 24 23 22 21 21 21 20 20 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 * in cm above its previous HFL of 279.21 m (1994-07-12)," the advisory by the CWC read. "River Mahanadi at Surajgarh in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh continues to flow in extreme flood State revenue commissioner Manish Rashtogi stranded people have been rescued from all over the state. Some of them were airlifted. “People in Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Narsinghpur, Sehore, Chhindwara were stranded in flood-like situation. In Bhopal, people were trapped in excess rain and were rescued,” he added. 3 Iaf choppeRs The state government has sought three helicopters from Air Force for rescue operation launched in inundated areas. According to additional chief secretary (home) Rajesh Rajora, two Air Force helicopters were requisitioned for Sehore and Hoshangabad. Their arrival on Saturday was delayed due to adverse weather in Bhopal district. They will start rescue in Sehore, Hoshangabad districts from Sunday morning. Third helicopter of Air Force is engaged in evacuating affected people in Chhindwara. A column of army has reached Hoshangabad to help district administration in rescue operations. An NDRF team is engaged in Hoshangabad, one in Sehore and another in Narsinghpur. Another NDRF team is on way from Varanasi. In all, 6,300 home guard personnel and 150 boats (with engine) have been deployed for rescue operations in the state. At the meeting, it was decided to keep 20 army columns on alert. situation at 11 yrs. At 11 hrs, it was flowing at a level of 200.74 m with rising trend which is above its danger level and 0.84 m above its previous HFL of 199.9 m (2003-08303)." Contd. on P8 RaIn ReIGn aGaIn OuR StaFF REPORtER Indore Even as several broken roads and low lying areas in and around the city are still ankle-deep in rain water from last week's sharp downpour, rains once again lashed the city on Saturday , sending the administration in a tizzy Moreover, the Re. gional Meteorological Department officials sounded an alert of heavy rains with thunders in city and nearby districts on Sunday as well. The city recorded 44 mm rainfall throughout the day with this the total rainfall of the season was pegged at 888.5 mm (34.5 inches) so far. Regional Meteorological Department said that the condition will remain the same for the next couple of days. Rains which started on Saturday morning with driz- Rain lashed city in evening hours on Saturday zles continued to lash the city throughout intermittently Citizens woke up to . dark clouds and rains in the morning and the sun hid behind a thick curtain of rainbearing clouds. Continuous rains with cool breeze pulled down the day temperature by three degrees Celsius. However, it was a major concern for those who have weak immunity as the Covid-19 fear continues to loom large. “Monsoon is active across the state and the conditions will remain same for next couple of days. The well marked low pressure area lies over north Madhya Pradesh and neighbourhood. It is very likely to move west northwestwards during next 2 days and weaken gradually ,” Met official said adding “Under the influence of the above system, wide- spread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls likely over Madhya Pradesh on August 30.”Maximum temperature on Saturday was recorded at 26 degrees Celsius while minimum temperature was recorded at 22.6 degrees Celsius which were 3 degrees Celsius below and 1 degree Celsius above the normal, respectively . In no time, many city roads were flooded with rainwater, courtesy choked drains. In some areas, rainwater entered the houses. However, the situation had hardly eased when another bout of downpour lashed the city turning roads into virtual rivulets once again. While the supply was disrupted in many areas due to technical snags and falling of trees, the Discom snapped supply in some areas as precautionary measures. cM faIls to coMplete aeRIal suRvey OuR StaFF REPORtER BHOPAL CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan could not undertake aerial survey of flood-hit areas on Saturday because of bad weather. He had to return to the state capital. The overcast sky caused poor visibility and he had to stop the survey midway. The pilot also cited risk factor and returned. Chouhan said he could not complete aerial survey of areas inundated by Narmada river due to bad weather. He surveyed flood situation from residence. He held a high-level meeting and told officials to ensure that there is no loss of life due to flood. Chouhan issued directives to arrange boats of SDRF, NDRF and divers. He told officials to shift people living in low-lying areas to safe places. He asked district administration of Hoshangabad, Shahganj and Barely to remain on alert because of continuous rise in water level of Narmada. Chouhan took feedback on flood situation from commissioners of all divisions India to skip exercise with 265 new cases, BSF troops detect tunnel unlock 4 5 deaths in a China, Pak on Russian soil day in Indore near Int’l Border in Samba What’s closed & open NEW DElhI News Brief Verdict in Bhushan contempt case today NeW DeLHi: The SC will pronounce on Monday its order on the point of sentence against senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan in connection with the suo motu criminal contempt case over his tweets accusing former Chief Justices of India of corruption. A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, had reserved its order on August 25 reserved its judgement on the sentence of Bhushan in connection with the case. In a big step in the backdrop of an ongoing conflict with China in eastern Ladakh, India is likely to convey to Russia that its troops would not be participating in the multinational military exercise Kavkaz-2020 where Chinese and Pakistani troops are also going to be there. The Indian authorities have also taken into account the worsening global COVID-19 situation where India alone is witnessing over 70,000 positive cases daily to take a decision regarding participation in the wargames being held in the Astrakhan area of Southern Russia. "A high-level meeting was held in South Block in which External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat were present. After the meeting, it was discussed that it First in the state UJJAIN’S MALLKHAMB COACH BAGS DRONACHARYA AWARD FP NEWS SERVICE Ujjain City’s Mallkhamb trainer Yogesh Malviya bagged the prestigious ‘Dronacharya Award’ in a virtual programme. The award was conferred on Malviya by President Ramnath Kovind at Lokmanya Tilak Sanskritik Nyas. Malviya is the first trainer from state to receive the prestigious national award. On his achievement the Sanskritik Nyas , friends, family members and disciples congratulated him. For the last 20 years Yogesh Malivya, has been imparting training of Mallkhamb to his disciples. On behalf of the Sanskritik Nyas, spokesperson Girish Bhalerao wished Malviya a bright future. OuR StaFF REPORtER Indore would not be right to take part in the multilateral exercise where Chinese and Pakistani military personnel would also be present," defence sources told ANI here. Sources said while India is locked in a military conflict with the Chinese in eastern Ladakh and on high alert all along the 4,000 kilometre Line of Actual Control (LAC), it cannot be business as usual for us to be participating in multilateral military exercises with them. India and China had clashed in the Galwan valley on June 15 in which 20 Indian troops had lost their lives. Contd. on P8 Saturday's corona score stood at 265 as 2,577 samples were put to test. With this corona tally of Indore has now reached 12,720. Five deaths were also reported during the day taking toll to 389. A 49-year-old man of Rishi Vihar, 54-yearold man of Usha Nagar Ex, a 72-year woman of Rahi Nagar, a 61-year-old woman of Malharganj, and a 72year-old man of Mehta Colony in Banganga succumbed to the disease. According to the bulletin released by CMHO, reports of samples received till Saturday night was 2,10,428. "We have taken 1,369 more samples," acting CMHO Dr Purnima Gadariya said. As many as 3,484 patients are under treatment in various hospitals of the city. Total 8847 patients have been discharged so far. Samba BSF troops have detected a tunnel near the International Border in Samba area of Jammu region and unearthed nefarious design of Pakistan to infiltrate terrorists into Indian territory . BSF officials said the tunnel starts in Pakistan along the border and ends in Samba and could not have been built without the approval of Pakistani Rangers and other agencies. Security forces deployed at the site where the tunnel has been found. Boder Security Force Inspector General (Jammu) NS Jamwal said on Saturday that mouth of the tunnel was properly reinforced by sandbags, which had proper markings of Pakistan and added. He said a protest will be lodged with the Pakistani authorities over the same. A tunnel was found by BSF in Samba on Saturday. The tunnel starts in Pakistan along the border and ends in Samba “We were getting input about the existence of a tunnel in the Samba area of Jammu and Kashmir. A special team found the tunnel yesterday,” Jamwal said at a press conference here. According to an official release, a BSF patrol party detected a tunnel of approximately 20 feet long and 3-4 feet in diameter in Indian territory near border fencing in Basantar area in Samba district on August 28. "The mouth of the tunnel was properly reinforced with sandbags and they have proper markings of Pakistan, which clearly shows that it was dug with proper planning and engineering," Jamwal said. Contd. on P8 WhatsApp indirectly controlled by BJP: Cong DEMANDS JPC probe into the matter NEW DElhI The Congress on Saturday once again attacked the Narendra Modi government nexus with Facebook's WhatsApp saying it is allegedly being controlled indirectly by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the matter. The Congress also demanded that WhatsApp should not be given the permission for starting its payment services until the probe is not completed. Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said: "The unholy intimacy between social media giant Facebook's India operations and the Narendra Modi-led BJP government is now unravelling fast and is no longer just an India issue but a global one." Citing a media report published in an international publication, the Congress leader said, "A reputed global publication has revealed that even WhatsApp, which is used by 40 crore Indian citizens is compromised and 'controlled indirectly' by the BJP . Pointing at the relations between Facebook and WhatsApp executives with the BJP, Khera said, "Beyond just Ankhi Das, what has now been revealed exposes that another senior executive, Shivnath Thukral of Whatsapp, is an unabashed devotee of the ruling establishment and was partisan in his professional conduct." "The expose reveals Thukral was hired by Facebook in 2017 only because he was extremely close to the ruling establishment. It elaborates that Thukral's relationship with the ruling party goes as far back as 2013 when he operated websites and Facebook pages for the 2014 election campaign in conjunction with other BJP affiliates who continue to hold senior positions in the current government," Khera added. The Congress leader also alleged that documents accessed by the media house shows that it was a "deliberate plot" to keep the relation between a Facebook page and the BJP hidden in order to get greater volunteer participation. Contd. on P8 n Metro trains will be allowed to resume services in a graded manner from September 7. Open air theatres will be allowed to open from September 21. n Social, academic, sports, entertainment, political, cultural and religious functions and gatherings will be allowed with a maximum of 100 people from September 21. Face masks and social distancing are however mandatory in all such gatherings. n No restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of people and goods. No separate permission or e-permits will be required. n Schools and educational institutions will remain shut till September 30 and online classes will continue. However students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, outside containment zones only, to take teachers' guidance. This will require a written consent of their parents. n 50 per cent of teaching and non-teaching staff can be called to schools at a time for online teaching. n Skill or entrepreneurship training will be allowed in institutes registered with the government. n Research scholars and PG students of technical and professional programmes who need laboratory practicals will be permitted by the government. n Movie theatres, swimming pools, entertainment parks will remain shut. n International air travel of passengers remains banned, except for those allowed by the centre. n Only essential services will be allowed in containment zones. Lockdown will continue in the containment zones till September 30.