FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI - PUNE VOL. 10 NO. 218 | BHOPAL | THURSDAY | JANUARY 21, 2021 | PAGES 12 LEAKING OFFICIAL SECRETS OF MILITARY OPS IS TREASON: EX-DEF MINISTER Pg-7 EDIT VACCINATION NEEDS POPULAR SUPPORT Pg- 6 Revenue official caught taking Rs 1 lakh bribe PANNA: Lokayukta police on Wednesday caught a revenue official while he was allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a man to facilitate his land , case here in MP an official said. The accused, serving as tehsilar at Ajaygarh in Panna district, allegedly demanded the bribe from the complainant to facilitate a change in a land title and give permis-sion for construction of a house, said DSP Rajesh Khede. 7.86 lakh health workers get jabs NEW DELHI: In total 7.86 lakh healthcare workers have received COVID-19 vaccine jabs till the evening of the fifth day of the nationwide immunisation drive, according to a provisional report of the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday. It also said that on Wednesday, 1,12,007 beneficiaries were vaccinated till 6 pm across 20 states and Union Territories, while adding the final report would be completed by late in the night. Madrid blast kills 2; gas leak suspected MADRID: A powerful explosion apparently caused by a gas leak ripped the facade off a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring at least two more, according to the mayor. The first images and footage shared on social media showed a tower of smoke coming out from the six-story building and rubble scattered in Toledo Street, near the city center. Maha budget session on Mar 1 MUMBAI: The Budget session of the Maharashtra legislature is likely to begin in Mumbai from March 1, sources said on Wednesday. The duration of the session will be finalised in the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting scheduled to be held in February, they said. The monsoon session and the winter session of the state legislature were curtailed and held for two days each in the months of September and December last year, respectively, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. TMC MLA Arindam joins BJP NEW DELHI: Ahead of the Assembly election in West Bengal, TMC MLA Arindam Bhattacharya joined the BJP at its headquarters here on Wednesday in presence of general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. Bhattacharya is the legislator of Santipur constituency in Nadia district. OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Enforcement Directorate has arrested two people on money laundering charges in the infamous e-tender scam on Wednesday . The agency arrested Srinivas Raju Mantena, chairman of Mantena Constructions and his associate Aditya Tripathi of Arni Infra, of Bhopal under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on Wednesday in Hyderabad. The accused were produced before the ED PMLA Court and have been remanded to judicial cus- Court sends CBI DSP, inspector to 5-day custody NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Wednesday sent a CBI's DSP and an inspector, along with an advocate, all three arrested in connection with an alleged bribery scam within the , agency to five day custodial interrogation. RK Rishi, DSP, Kapil Dhankad, inspector and advocate Manohar Malik, who were arrested on Tuesday night in connection with an alleged bribery ring run by them within the agency to help companies accused of siphoning off bank loan funds worth Rs 4,300 crore, were produced before Judge Special Anurag Sain. Max Mantena Micro JV Hyderabad, GVPR Engineers Limited Hyderabad etc were named as the main beneficiaries of the scam Mantena had set up a front entity Armi Infra in Bhopal and used it to route funds for hawala activities. He has admitted that it has given sub-contracts of earth works worth around Rs 93 Crore to Tripathi. Investigation yielded direct unexplained financial transactions between Mantena and Arni Infra with directors of Osmo IT Solutions Max Mantena JV Hyderabad had illegally won a tender worth Rs 1030 Crore. Several other tenders are also under scrutiny Osmo IT Solutions Pvt Limited misused login credentials and illegally accessed, tampered e-tenders and changed the bid values of several companies tody till February 3. A large number of infrastructure companies- mostly based in Hyderabad -had conspired with some senior government officials and IT service of providers MPSEDC to tamper with the e-Tenders to illegally obtain contracts worth thousand crores. Enforcement Directorate (ED) has initiated investigation based on the FIR filed with EOW in April, 2019. CONTD. ON P8 uring the investigaDtionoperationsPMLA, under search were conducted in first week of January in Hyderabad, Bhopal and Bangalore at more than 20 locations at the residence and office premises connected with Mantena Constructions, Max Infra, GVPR Engineers, Arni Infra, Osmo IT Solutions, Antares etc and large amount of incriminating documents and digital devices were seized for examination. Premises of former chief Madhya secretary of Pradesh M Gopal Reddy were also raided. OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that state employees should be immediately promoted on the basis of their eligibility The promotion of . government employees stopped after the MP High Court had set aside the provisions of reservation in promotions in 2016. The government had moved a C ‘IMPLEMENT E-OFFICE SYSTEM’ houhan said the e-office system should be implemented across the state. At the outset, it should be executed in Mantralaya and a time-bound programme made, he said. Legislators and ministers should also learn how to work in that system and the service books of employees should be digitised, he added. According to Chouhan, documents related to caste, income and original residence must be given to an applicant in time and the work of the GAD should be flawless. special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court on May 12, 2016. Chouhan said the general administration department (GAD) should make efforts to resolve the issue without further delay . About the progress of any projects, the heads of department should not write Two killed in paramotor crash at Hanuwantia FP NEWS SERVICE Hanuwantia (Mundi) Two persons, including an operator, were killed paramotor a after crashed during ongoing annual water festival at Hanuwantiya village on the bank of Indira Sagar dam backwater. The incident took place on pm 5 around Wednesday and those killed were identified as Gajpal Singh, 28, son of Surendra Singh Rajput and a resident of Burha Malgliyan village in Pali district of Rajasthan and Balchand, 32, son of Ramprasad Dangi and a resident of Bhagora in Rajgarh district. During preliminary investigation it was revealed that both the deceased were employees of an event . company district Meanwhile, magistrate Anay Dwivedi has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. People present at the site said that the duo along with paramotor crashed on the ground RAIDS ON 20 LOCATIONS State staff should be promoted soon: CM Dispute over quota has come in way of promotion since 2016 that instructions had been issued, but what action they had taken, he said. The duty of the heads of big departments was not confined to issuing directions to the smaller ones, he said, adding that they should ensure that a particular work was done. CONTD. ON P8 SC rejects pleas seeking review of '18 Aadhaar verdict Justice Chandrachud dissents NEW DELHI from a height. The duo was rushed to community health centre in Mundi where doctors declared them dead on arrival. Mundi police station BS sub-inspector Mandloi and ASI Sunil Patil reached Mundi Hospital and started investigation. collector Additional Nanda Bhalwey Kushrey said that Punasa submagistrate divisional would investigate the matter and submit a report to the district magistrate. Kushrey also added that if anyone has any information, including photo or video footage, then they should share it with SDM Punasa as it would be helpful in investigation. Spread over 95 square kilometres, the water fesat began tival Hanuwantiya in 2016. Earlier, a month-long festival was scheduled to end on January 15, but it has been extended for a tourists’ on month demand up to February 15. Tourists can enjoy ballooning, air hot cycling, cruise boating, camping, parasailing, star gazing and bird watching at the camp. In all, 60 luxury tents have been set up for tourists. The Supreme Court has dismissed a batch of pleas seeking review of its 2018 verdict which had upheld the CenAadhaar flagship tre's scheme as constitutionally valid but struck down some of its provisions, including its linking with bank accounts, mobile phones and school admissions. A 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar, by a majority of 4:1, rejected the review pleas against the SC's Sept 26, 2018 verdict. Justice D Y Chandrachud, one of the five-judges of the bench, dissented with the majority order and said that review petitions be kept pending until a larger bench decides the question related to certification of a bill as a money bill. Justice Chandrachud, in his famous dissenting verdict in 2018 in the case, had held that Aadhaar Act should not have been passed as money bill as it amounts to a fraud on the Constitution and is liable to be struck down. Yashodhara gets Khongwar shifted, Bhadoria behind Agarwal’s transfer 8 IAS officers get postings OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL A few IAS officers have been shifted from their present positions because of anger of ministers. The state government transferred eight IAS officers on . Wednesday It is because of the annoyance of technical education minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia that, principal secretary (technical education), Caralyn Khongwar Deshmukh and director of skill development, Dhanraju S were transferred. , Similarly because of the annoyance of Cooperatives Minister Arvind Bhadauria, commissioner of cooperatives department MK Agarwal was transferred. Now, Agarwal will only hold the charge of the backward caste and minority welfare department. Both the ministers complained to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan against those officers. Scindia demanded their shifting from the department at Chai Pe Charcha. Chouhan assured them of shifting those officers. Skill development department organised a job fair on . Wednesday After that, orders for the officers’ removal were issued. Deshmukh has been ap- pointed as principal secretary of Ayush. Commissioner of treasury and accounts, Mukesh Gupta, was shifted as secretary to technical education department and given the charge of skill development and that of commissioner (technical education). Commissioner of state education centre, Lokesh Jatav, was shifted to treasury and accounts department. Managing director of MP WEATHER 25.00c. 13.00c Sunrise : 07.09 Sunset : 06.07 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY “Wisdom does not come through intelligence, it comes through love.” Her Holiness Mataji Nirmala Devi CONTROVERSY’S CURRENT FAVOURITE CHILD! Pg-10 ED arrests Mantena, Tripathi, to remain in JC till February 3 Bribe trail to govt officials and others exposed Quality at Value www.freepressjournal.in MP E-TENDER MONEY LAUNDERING CASE News Brief `3 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 Marketing Agriculture Board, Sandeep Yadav, was appointed commissioner of Ujjain. Commissioner of Shahdol, Naresh Pal, was appointed commissioner of cooperatives department. Priyanka Das was made managing director of MD Marketing Agriculture Board. She will also hold the additional charge of MP of Seeds and Farm Development Corporation. Dhanaraju S was made director of state education centre. Gangrape-murder of Dalit girl: Two get death penalty Govt to give 12 lakh jobs every year: CM OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The district and sessions , court, Sagar, on Wednesday awarded capital punishment in the case of gangrape and murder of a 12year-old Dalit girl. The incident occurred on March 13, 2019. Ramprasad Ahirwar and Banshilal, both known to the victim, have been awarded capital punishment on charges framed under sections 376 and 302 of the IPC. The case was registered under sections 376 and 302 and various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). ADJ Umesh Shankar Agrawal passed the order. Besides, rigorous imprisonment (RI) of 7 years has been awarded to Ramprasad under sections 366 and 363 of the IPC. The Class VI student had been reported missing on March 13 and her body and severed head were found the next day in a crop field outside Berkhedi village of the district. The deceased girl’s two brothers and uncle Banshilal revealed that the girl was not allowed to go to school, but was, instead, abducted by her eldest brother, Ramlal, and brought to uncle Banshilal’s house in the same Berkhedi village in Banda town of Sagar district. CONTD. ON P8 Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressing a job fair in Bhopal on Wednesday 70% of govt’s budget spent on staff salary OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The government will provide employment and selfemployment to 1.2 million people every year, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a job fair on . Wednesday The government should work with an aim to provide job to one lakh people every year, Chouhan said, adding that 70% of the budget is spent on salary payment. Development work is also done with this budget, but the government cannot compromise on the issue of employment, he added. A government job has its limitations, and the state does not want that its talented youths should be disappointed by not getting any employment, he said. Therefore, the state has begun to create opportunities for selfemployment by giving loans and imparting training, he added.The focus is on providing livelihood, and the Global Skill Park will be ready by 2022, he said. In the first year, 6,000 and in the second year, 10,000 youths will be imparted training there, Chouhan said. According to the Chief Minister, 20 new industries have employed 4,000 people, and 46,000 got jobs through Rozgar Portal. In the current financial year, 1.45 lakh have been provided employment or selfemployment, he added. A few schemes are being repackaged, and according to one-district-one product programme, the products will be branded and sent to international markets, that maximum number of people may get self-employment, Chouhan emphasised. Joe takes oath as US Prez, Kamala as his deputy WASHINGTON Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris took oath as first woman Vice President on Wednesday in a historic but scaled down ceremony under the unprecedented security umbrella of thousands of security personnel, who transformed the Capitol into a fortress to prevent any breach by pro-Trump extremists. The 78-year-old veteran Democrat leader was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice John Roberts at the West Front of the Capitol - the traditional location for presidential inaugural ceremonies – where the deadly violence took place just two weeks ago. The inauguration was held under the watch of more Trump leaves White House, skips Biden's inauguration ceremony WASHINGTON: Donald Trump on Wednesday skipped his successor Joe Biden's inauguration and exited the White House for the last time as US president, saying he had "an amazing four years" and hoping that it would not be a "long goodbye." Trump left the White House on the Marine One presidential helicopter along with his wife Melania, hours before Biden's inauguration. Following a short helicopter flight to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, he received a sendoff ceremony with a red carpet, military band, a 21gun salute and crowd of about 200 guests in attendance. He then boarded a final flight on Air Force One to begin his post-presidential life at his palatial Mar-a-Lago golf club in Palm Beach. National 25,000 than Guards, who have transformed the capital into a , garrison city mainly because of the threat of more violent protests by the supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, who became the first president to skip his successor’s inauguration since Andrew Johnson in 1869. Just before Biden’s oath, his deputy 56year-old Harris was sworn in as 49th Vice President of the US by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina member of the Supreme Court, creating history as the first female, first Black and first Indian-American vice president of the world’s oldest and most powerful . democracy First Love Jihad case registered in Bhopal Govt offers to put on hold 3 farm laws for 1-1.5 years to end protest INVOKING MP DHARMIK SWATANTRATA ACT Promising marriage, the accused raped victim concealing his real identity OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The first case of Love Jihad was registered in Bhopal on . Wednesday The new law was announced this month and this was the first incident where the cops have invoked sections of the MP Dharmik Swatantrata Act, 2020. The Ashoka Garden police said the 23-year-old complainant is an engineering student. She befriended a youth, Asad, who had identified himself as Ashu in 2018 hiding his religion. Promising marriage, the accused raped her several times concealing his real . identity However, in 2019, when they visited Raisen, she found the accused offering prayers according to Muslim customs. The girl turned suspicious and asked him his real name. He then identified himself as Asad. The girl stopped talking to him, but the accused kept following and stalking her. The Ashoka Garden police said the accused, however, did not stop chasing and harassing the girl, asking her to change her religion and marry him. She, on her part, kept avoiding him. The police said Asad met her again in November after she returned from her hometown, Balaghat, after the lockdown and asked her to marry him, pressuring her to convert. Even as the girl refused to do so, he kept on mounting pressure on her. On January 11, Asad met the girl once again and, in front of the victim’s friends, asked her to marry him. It was then that one of her friends asked her to lodge a police , complaint. On Wednesday the girl and a few of her friends approached the Ashoka Garden police. The accused, Asad, a resident of Aishbagh, was booked under sections 376 2 N, 354 D, 294, 323 and 506 IPC and 3/5 the MP Dharmik of Swatantrata Act, 2020. NEW DELHI Yielding some ground to end the nearly two-month-long protest by thousands of farmers on the national capital borders, the government on Wednesday proposed to suspend the three contentious farm laws for 1-1.5 years and set up a joint committee to find an amicable solution in the interest of the . farming community During their tenth round of negotiations with three central ministers, the two sides decided to meet again on Friday after the union leaders hold their own internal consultations on Thursday to decide on the government's new proposal. Minister Agriculture Tomar said the govt has proposed to suspend implementation of the laws for 1-1.5 years, during which period a joint committee of representatives from the govt and farmers' sides can continue their talks and those protesting on Delhi borders in extremely cold weather return to their homes.