FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI - PUNE VOL. 10 NO. 222 | BHOPAL | MONDAY | JANUARY 25, 2021 | PAGES 12 CONG-AIUDF ALLIANCE WILL OPEN 'ALL GATES' FOR INFILTRATORS IN ASSAM: SHAH Pg-7 EDIT LESSON FROM BENGAL: POLL OUTSOURCING CAN BE COSTLY Pg- 6 Over 300 Pak Twitter handles eyeing event Delhi police okay tractor rally on Jan 26, say... News Brief WW-II drama 'Into the Darkness' bags Golden Peacock at 51st IFFI PANAJI: Danish World War II drama "Into The Darkness" won the Golden Peacock award at the closing ceremony of the 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here. Directed by Anders Refn, the 152-minute film chronicles the complex, emotional turmoil which the people of Denmark had to undergo, during the Nazi occupation of the country. Economy is gradually recovering: Montek PUNE: The country's economy, which contracted in the first two quarters of the current fiscal, has started recovering at a gradual pace, former deputy chairman of erstwhile Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Sunday. The economy contracted by a massive 23.9 per cent in the first quarter and 7.5 per cent in the second quarter on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress MP Bittu assaulted CHANDIGARH: Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu was Sunday allegedly assaulted, pushed around and his turban pulled off in what he described was a "murderous attack" by some "mischievous elements" during a 'Jan Sansad' programme at the Singhu border. Two Chinese held in money laundering case NOIDA: The ATS of the UP police on Sunday said it has arrested two Chinese nationals from Noida for their role in a money laundering case. The duo had allegedly used forged documents to open bank accounts. AGENCIES New Delhi Delhi Police on Sunday claimed that over 300 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to disrupt the tractor rally proposed by protesting . farmers on Republic Day Detailing the plan for the tractor parade, Deependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) said the rally on Tuesday will be conducted amid tight security after the Republic Day celebrations conclude. "Over 300 twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan during January 13 to 18 to disrupt the tractor rally by farmers only people. misleading by There are inputs about the same from different agencies too. It will be a challenging task for us but the rally will be conducted amid tight security after the Republic Day parade is over," Pathak said at a press conference. Since November last year, farmers, mostly from Pun- after several round of on Sunday said he Delhi has the Ttalks withPolicefarmers groups, itthathaspermitted the tractor said that the rally inside Delhi on January 26.Police Barricades to open for tractor parade barricades would be lifted at Singhu, Tikri and Gazipur borders on January 26 after the Republic Day parade is over and the farmers would be allowed to enter upto 100 kilometers within Delhi with their tractors in a circular path on the routes discussed with the farmers. agitating farmers will feature he tractor parade of tableaux from across states depicting village Tnumber against thebyCentre's contentious farm laws,a andlife, the protest Tableaux to depict protest against agri laws hailing their courage, according to organisers. A farmer said that directions were issued to all organisations participating in the protest to prepare tableaux for the parade. jab and Haryana, have been protesting against the Centre's three new agriculture laws at several Delhi border points, including and Tikri Singhu, Ghazipur, demanding that the legislations be repealed. CONTD. ON P8 Pak terror groups switch to new messaging apps SRINAGAR: Amid a raging debate over privacy offered by messaging platforms like WhatsApp, terrorist groups and their handlers from Pakistan are switching to new applications which include one urkish company, officials here said. The three new applications came to light after developed by a T evidence was collected following encounters with terrorists or those who surrendered before the Army gave details about their mode of radicalisation by Pakistan-based terrorist groups, they said. ‘Vocal for Local’ can be strengthened by 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat': PM NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the 'Vocal for Local' initiative can be strengthened by Bharat-Shreshtha 'Ek Bharat', and the success of the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' initiative is dependent on the country's youth. "The spirit of 'Vocal for Local' can be greatly strengthened when it is empowered by the spirit of Bharat-Shreshtha Ek Bharat. The success of At- manirbhar Bharat is dependent on the youth," he said while interacting with artists and NCC cadets ahead of the Republic Day Parade scheduled to take place on Jan 26 in Delhi. He also asked the people present to observe the things that they used on a daily basis to see how many things were made in . the country "You will be surprised to see how many foreign things have entered our lives without even realising. CONTD. ON P8 Faction expels Nepal PM Oli from party KATHMANDU The ruling Nepal Communist Party's faction led by Dahal Kamal Pushpa ‘Prachanda' on Sunday expelled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli from the party, amid increasing political unrest following his decision to dissolve the lower house of Parliament without the party’s consent. Since then, discord and division have simmered inside the Nepal Communist Party, which has not split formally but virtually fallen apart. CONTD. ON P8 DRUG BUST: Mumbai blasts convict among 3 arrested Former CM Kamal Nath led a tractor rally in Depalpur to protest against the new farm laws on Sunday INDORE: A 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict and a person held and acquitted in connection with the murder of TSeries founder Gulshan Kumar were among three arrested on Sunday in Indore for allegedly peddling drugs, police said. An official said the three were held from different places here as part of the probe into the seizure of Rs 70 crore worth of MDMA, a psychoactive drug, also known as ecstasy in street lingo, on January 5. "Mumbai resident Ayub Ibrahim Qureshi (55), Wasim Khan alias Babuji (50) from Nashik and a local resident . Gaurav Puri (36) were arrested today Qureshi served five years after being convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Khan was arrested in connection with the 1997 murder of Gulshan Kumar and was acquitted due to lack of evidence," ADG Yogesh Deshmukh told reporters here. In the January 5 seizure of 70 kg of MDMA, five people, including owner of a Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical unit Vedparakash Vyas, were held. Further probe into the case has led to the arrest of 16 people in all, police said. CRPF to get Micro UAV for Maoist Op by May NEW DELHI In a bid to gear up its force for a "big" anti-extremist operation in the Maoist hotbeds, especially in areas prone to attacks, the CRPF is engaged in adding updated gadgets and arms . to its armoury In the process, the force will use an upgraded version of the Netra-V2 drone named 'Micro UAV A-410'. The UAV weighing 6 kg with payload and battery is an updated version of Netra-V2 -- the drone being used by the CRPF for several years in Maoistaffected areas to carry out operations against the rebel groups, which has proved to be an indispensable asset in surveillance, reconnaissance and res- `3 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 cue operations on numerous occasions. With a "cruise speed" of 35 km per hour, the UAV A-410 has the capacity to fly for around 60 minutes in one go at an altitude of 600 metres, covering 5 km range. It has dual camera system both for day and night. The day camera has 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution with 10x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. The night camera has thermal imaging capacity of 640 x 480 pixel resolution and 4x digital zoom. "Micro UAV A-410 is a vertical takeoff and landing small RPAS for quick deployment from confined locations with 60-minute endurance. It provides autonomous operation from takeoff to landing with digital encrypted com- munication link. It has full HD camera and reliable aerial imaging for surveillance and security operations," said an CRPF officer. The 'Made in India' drone being manufactured by Asteria Aerospace is expected to be included in the CRPF armoury by April or May end, sources in the CRPF told IANS. The CRPF, a 3.5 lakh strong force under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) with mandatory responsibility to provide internal security across the country as well as Maoist-hit states and Jammu and Kashmir, will procure 40 such drones and use them in different regions of its deployments.One Micro UAV A-410 is expected to cost between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 15 lakh. CONTD. ON P8 Quality at Value WEATHER 25.20c. 10.60c Sunrise : 07.09 Sunset : 06.09 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY www.freepressjournal.in Positive emotions and thoughts such as happiness, kindness, joy, enthusiasm and others tend to have beneficial effects psychologically, etherically and physically. - Master Choa Kok Sui I USED TO BE PETRIFIED OF BOUNCERS, SAYS SHUBMAN GILLM Pg-12 Chouhan bats for censoring obscene content on OTT platforms OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Vulgar and obscene material are present on the OTT platform and censorship on such material is needed, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh while Chouhan launching the 'PANKH Abhiyan' on the occasion of , National Girl Child Day on . Sunday The CM launched the 'Abhiyan' under the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' scheme in order to help empowerment and growth of the girl child. "We're launching the PANKH Abhiyan under the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' scheme wherein 'P' stands for protection, 'A' for awareness of their rights, 'N' for nutrition, 'K' for knowledge and 'H' for health. The abhiyan will go on for a year," the CM said. He also added that if needed the government would ready to permit to the girls to keep the knife with them and also the government can provide gun licence to them. Highlighting the steps taken by his government for women empowerment and overall growth of the girl child, he said, "When I became MLA, I introduced a scheme for the wedding of girls from poor families so that it is not considered a burden. When I became CM, we wanted girls to be seen as a boon, not a burden, hence we brought Ladli Laxmi Yojana." CONTD. ON P8 Car falls into river, 2 killed, one missing Ill-fated car being taken out from river bed FP NEWS SERVICE Ujjain Two persons were killed when a speeding car broke the side railings of a bridge and fell into Gambhir River in Ujjain district morning Sunday on around 8. Local people informed the police as soon as the accident took place. Anotehr member of the family is missing. According to preliminary investigation, the family was coming from Siwan district of Bihar and was going to Vadodara. The accident took place near village Nalwa located on Barnagar Road. Divers and rescue team of police started search for the passengers in the river. Later they took out the car from riverbed. man and Bodies of woman were also recovered while the search for one more passenger is on. The bodies were sent to the hospital for postmortem. The police confirmed that the car bearing registration number UP 78 GH 6324 was heading to Vadodara. On being informed the police team and SP Satyendra Kumar Shukla reached the accident spot. Police said that the bridge is located in and Nalwa between Khadotiya where the car fell into the river. CONTD. ON P8 LADAKH STANDOFF India, China hold 9th round of talks NEW DELHI After a gap of over two-andhalf months, the Indian and Chinese armies on Sunday held another round of Corps Commander-level talks with an aim to move forward on disengagement of troops from all friction points in eastern Ladakh, sources said. The ninth round of highlevel military talks began at around 10 am at Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, they said. The eighth and last round of military talks had taken place on November 6 during which both sides broadly discussed disengagement of troops from specific friction points. The Indian delegation at talks is being led by Lt Gen PGK Menon, the Commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps. India has all along been maintaining that the onus is on China to carry forward the process of disengagement and de-escalation at the friction points in the mountainous region. The seventh round of Commander-level Corps talks had taken place on October 12 during which China was pressing for withdrawal of Indian troops from a number of strategic heights around the Southern bank of Pangong lake.